Saturday, August 8, 2020

Derek Kraus Takes 8th In Spectacular Finish

Kraus Takes 8th In Spectacular Finish At Michigan

Spins Backwards Across The Finish Line In Truck Series Race At Michigan

Derek Kraus Takes 8th In Spectacular Finish #NASCAR Trucks
 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Event:
  • Race: Henry Ford Health System 200, Aug. 7, 2020
  • Location: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich. (2-mile oval) 
  • Format: Three Stages
    • Lap 20
    • Lap 40
    • Lap 100
Derek Kraus had one of the more spectacular finishes of his young career in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, taking eighth while spinning backwards across the finish line in his No. 19 NAPA AutoCare Toyota Tundra at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.

It was a fitting finish for the 18-year-old rookie, capping off a race that featured a record number of cautions and went into overtime twice before the checkered flag flew.

The multiple cautions in the final 20 laps nearly prevented Kraus from getting back into the top 10, after a flat right rear tire required a pit stop and put him deep in the field less than 30 laps from the finish.

Kraus, who had started ninth and ran in the top five on two occasions, scrambled to mount a late-race charge. He was up to 16th with 10 laps remaining, but could not gain ground on the leaders as the yellow flag waved over and over. He charged from 15th on the final restart and was ninth when he took the white flag a lap later. He was battling for seventh heading to the finish when he got turned around, but still managed to cross the finish line.

With his Michigan finish, Kraus remains ninth in the championship standings – 30 points above the cutoff for making the playoffs.

Derek Kraus – Thoughts about Michigan

How was the race for you? 

“Overall, it was a pretty good race and ended up eighth. We got stage points in both stages and just struggled on pit stops again, which seems to be a thing that happens for us quite a bit. Once we got done with the pit stops, I felt like we were able to work our way back to the front. Got to eighth at the end there and had a good solid top-10, good points day. Finishing both stages and getting stage points was big. Ready to move onto the road course in Daytona.”

What did you think of the ‘choose rule’ in today’s race?  

“I liked it. It kind of brought a whole new challenge to the race. If you were farther back in the field – obviously the top lane was dominant so a lot of people picked the top and a few that were farther back in the field could take the bottom. It was just another option. Just like Late Model races where you’ve got options on the restarts. I feel like it was definitely a move in the right direction.”

Derek Kraus

No. 19 NAPA AutoCare Toyota Tundra
Age: 18
Hometown: Stratford, Wisc

  • Stage 1: 5th
  • Stage 2: 10th
  • Finished: 8th (Running, completed 100 of 100 laps)

Race Winner: Zane Smith

2020 Series Stats:

Races: Eleven Starts, Two top fives, Seven top 10s
Laps completed: 1,306/1,310 (Ranks 1st)
Series standings: 9th

Next Race:

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Event, Aug. 16, 2020, Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Daytona Beach, Fla. (3.57-mile road course)

Derek Kraus - Eighth Place Finish #NASCAR Trucks

Derek Kraus - Eighth Place Finish #NASCAR Trucks

Derek Kraus - Eighth Place Finish #NASCAR Trucks

Monday, August 3, 2020

NASCAR Returns to Michigan International Speedway

#NASCAR Returns to Michigan International Speedway

Two Cup, a Truck Race, and an ARCA Race - August 7-9

#NASCAR Returns to Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR will return to Michigan International Speedway the weekend of August 7-9, it was announced today. Over the course of the three days, NASCAR will run four races across three different series. This includes the postponed NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400, which will be run on Saturday, August 8, as well as the scheduled NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday, August 9.

It will mark just the second time that NASCAR will run Cup Series races on consecutive days at the same track. The first occurred two weeks ago, with the previously scheduled races at Pocono, Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28.

The weekend slate will also consist of a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race (August 7) and the ARCA Menards Series VizCom 200 (August 9). The VizCom 200 was originally scheduled for June. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race that was scheduled for June in Michigan will been realigned to a future date on NASCAR’s 2020 schedule.

All four races will be televised nationally and will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90. The events will be run without fans.

“The return of NASCAR racing at Michigan International Speedway is an important step in the reemergence of professional sports to our state,” said Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner. “The opportunity to host four races over the course of one weekend, including a pair of Cup events on successive days, is something that we look forward to and that we feel a tremendous amount of responsibility. We appreciate the patience and support from all of our fans, and we look forward to seeing them back in 2021.”

Ticket holders for 2020 NASCAR races at Michigan International Speedway will automatically receive a credit for the full amount of their purchase, plus an additional 20% of the total amount paid in their account within the next 7-10 days. The credit can be applied to a future race event in 2020 or 2021 at a NASCAR-owned track, subject to availability. For additional ticket holder options and more information, please visit If a refund is preferred, forms are due August 7, 2020.

The schedule for the weekend will consist of the following (times are ET):
  • Friday, Aug. 7: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (200 miles) | 6:00 pm (FS1)
  • Saturday, Aug. 8: NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 (312 miles) | 4:00 pm (NBCSN)
  • Sunday, Aug. 9: ARCA Menards Series VizCom 200 (200 miles)| 1:00 pm (MAVTV)
  • Sunday, Aug. 9: NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 (312 miles) | 4:30 pm (NBCSN)

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Welcome Cotten Cable Petty

Welcome Cotten Cable Petty
Welcome Cotten Cable Petty

Kyle Petty, the former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analysts, and his wife Morgan have welcomed their second child, a baby boy today. Kyle and Morgan were married in 2015. Formerly Morgan Castano, Petty’s wife served as the executive director of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, the annual cross-country motorcycle trip that fundraises for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Friday, July 31, 2020

All American Speedway Returns

All American Speedway Returns

With Live Streaming Coverage

All American Speedway Returns

Racing returns to Roseville on Saturday night with round one of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series at the All American Speedway.  The events will be closed to spectators but streamed live on All American Speedway TV. NASCAR Late Models, Jaws Gear & Axle Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, and Bandolero/Mini Cups will begin their drive for 2020 track championships.

Race fans can visit www.AllAmericanSpeedway.TV  to purchase their live viewing pass for $19.99 in high definition. The pass is also good for 30 days after the event to view it on demand.

The 66th season of stock car racing in Roseville includes events on August 1, August 15, August 29, September 12, September 26, and the October Classic on October 10. Touring stock car racing includes the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour on both August 15 and September 26 along with the ARCA Menards Series West on October 10.

The NASCAR Late Model competition will see drivers racing for state and national titles with ARCA Menards Series West rookies Gracie Trotter and Holley Hollan joining the division to gain additional stock car experience against the best in the west.

Awards up for grabs include the NASCAR championship points fund with over $15,000 in cash and prizes. The points fund includes $3,500 to the Div. 1 Late Model champion, $1,000 to the Div. II Limited Modified champion, $700 to the Div. III Super Stock champion, and $500 to the Div. IV F4 champion. The full points fund is available at the end of this release.

Competition Carburetion will offer “Send-It” cash bonuses this weekend with Late Models (second twin), Jaws Gear & Axle Limited Modifieds, Jr. Late Models, and Super Stocks each racing for $125, $75, and $50 for the top-three finishers. Fastest lap cash will also be offered with $50 going to the fastest car in each of those divisions. American Racer West will award a tire to a randomly selected driver at each event. Hunt’s Race World and K&N Filters are also offering contingency bonuses.

NASCAR licenses will be required. Friday practice will be $100 per car and driver registration with $40 for other pit passes. Registration for Friday practice closes at 5pm on Thursday. On Saturday, pit passes will be $40 for NASCAR members and $50 for non-members.

All American Speedway wants to thank @the Grounds for their support along with partners such as Sinister Diesel, Riebes Auto Parts, Jaws Gear & Axle, and JM Environmental for making this season possible. Companies interested in supporting these events can contact All American Speedway at (916) 786-2025. Without competitor support and local community partners, these events would not take place.

Drivers will be required to fill out a COVID-19 waiver and questionnaire. All forms are available at Friday night practice will see gates open at 4:00 pm with the track hot from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. On Saturday, pit gates open at 11:30 am with practice beginning at 1 pm. Opening ceremonies will be at 5:00 pm with main events to follow.

www.AllAmericanSpeedway.TV Logo
Race fans can visit www.AllAmericanSpeedway.TV to purchase their live viewing pass for $19.99 in high definition.

The pass is also good for 30 days after the event to view it on demand.

2020 All American Speedway NASCAR Weekly Schedule Subject to Change

Saturday, August 1 – NASCAR Racing

  • Late Model Twin
  • Jaws Gear Limited Modifieds
  • Super Stocks
  • F4
  • Jr Late Models
  • Bando/Mini Cup

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Bowyer, DiBenedetto, Byron on Playoff Bubble at New Hampshire

Bowyer, DiBenedetto, Byron on Playoff bubble at New Hampshire As the NASCAR Cup Series prepares for the 20th event of the 2020 season, time is running out for drivers to solidify their positions in the Playoffs. With 10 drivers already locked in on wins - Denny Hamlin (five wins), Kevin Harvick (four wins), Brad Keselowski (two), Joey Logano (two), Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon, and Cole Custer (each have one win) - there are still six spots up for grabs as the series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

As we head to the Magic Mile on Sunday, Aric Almirola (+134 points up), defending series champion Kyle Busch (+120) and his brother Kurt Busch (+119) all have comfortable point leads over 17th place Tyler Reddick – in the first spot outside the Playoff cutoff. But the drivers right below them in the standings – Clint Bowyer (+42) in 14th, Matt DiBenedetto (+35) in 15th, and William Byron (+10) in the 16th and final transfer spot are all feeling the pressure of clinging to their postseason contention chances by such small point margins.

Clint Bowyer / Stewart-Haas Racing #NASCAR
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer, who jumped up one position after last week at Kansas and is now sitting in 14th in the Playoff outlook is 42 points up on the postseason cutline. This season, Bowyer has amassed two top fives and five top 10s. He finished 14th at Kansas Speedway last weekend and finished 20th last season at New Hampshire. In 26 series starts at New Hampshire, he has posted two wins (including his NCS career-first victory), four top fives and nine top 10s.

Matt DiBenedetto / Wood Brothers Racing #NASCAR
Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto is next in the driver standings and is having a career year, currently 15th in the Playoff outlook with just a 35-point cushion up on 17th place Reddick – the first spot outside the Playoff cutoff. This season DiBenedetto has collected two top fives and five top 10s in 19 starts. DiBenedetto has recorded one top five and one top 10 in eight starts at New Hampshire. Last season, he finished fifth for Leavine Family Racing, one of his best career finishes to date.

William Byron / Hendrick Motorsport #NASCAR
Hendrick Motorsport’s driver William Byron is sitting in 16th - the final Playoff transfer spot - just 10 points up on Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick in 17th.

Byron will be making his third Cup Series start at New Hampshire on Sunday. Last season he posted his career-best New Hampshire finish (12th) in this event.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

ARCA Menards Series Twinbill at Toledo

ARCA Menards Series Twinbill at Toledo

July 31 & August 1 Live on MAVTV

July 31 & August 1 Live on MAVTV

The ARCA Menards Series races originally scheduled for May 29 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and July 11 at Elko Speedway have been removed from the 2020 schedule and their dates reassigned to July 31 and August 1 at Toledo Speedway, series and track officials announced. Officials from ARCA, Mid-Ohio and Elko expect to renew the originally scheduled races in the 2021 season.

The unique schedule marks the first weekend doubleheader at the same track for the ARCA Menards Series since Pocono ran a pair of races on the Friday and Saturday of its July weekend in 2003. It is the first time since 1956 that the series will hold multiple races on a single weekend in its hometown, when a Friday/Saturday tripleheader was held at the now defunct Toledo Raceway Park.

The Friday/Saturday doubleheader at Toledo Speedway will be run under ARCA's Event Operations Protocol and limited to essential race team and operations personnel only. Toledo/Lucas County Health Department officials, as with the June 13 ARCA Menards Series East race at Toledo Speedway, have approved the event to be run with participants only and as such fans will not be permitted.

Friday's 200 presented by SPxE is slated for an 8 pm ET green flag, while Saturday's Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands is set for a 6 pm ET start.

Schedule for 200 presented by SPxE

Schedule for Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands

Both races will be televised live on MAVTV and streamed on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Baby #2 Joins Kaitlyn Vincie's Team

Baby #2 Joins Kaitlyn Vincie's Team

Kaitlyn Anne Vincie is an American sports presenter and journalist. She currently works for the Fox NASCAR team as a reporter and presents in their daily news and update show NASCAR Race Hub.

Kaitlyn is married to Blake Harris. Blake is the car boss for Team 78 of Furniture Row Racing. He is also a multi-instrumentalist.

FYI: this writer had the pleasure of working with Ms. Vincie in December of 2011 during a media op - genuinely a nice and classy lady. I am immediately to Matt Kenseth's Left and Kaitlyn is the second person to his right. 

Working with Kaitlyn Vincie during a Matt Kenseth Media Op (#NASCAR)

Sunday, July 26, 2020

RIP Bob Bahre

RIP Bob Bahre

Speedway Motorsports Executive Statements on Passing of New Hampshire Motor Speedway Founder

RIP Bob Bahre / #NASCAR

Following are statements from Speedway Motorsports executives on the passing of New Hampshire Motor Speedway founder Bob Bahre:

Bruton Smith, Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman:

“Bob Bahre was a true pioneer for motorsports in New England. He wanted to grow our sport and build things that people will remember. He was a smart businessman and I have a lot of respect for that, but I have even more respect for the positive impact he had on people. I’ll pray for Sandy and Gary during this tough time, and I know they are proud of the legacy Bob leaves behind.”

Marcus Smith, Speedway Motorsports President and CEO:

“What I’ll remember most about Bob Bahre will be his character, understated yet charming. Every time I saw him he had on khakis and a white shirt. I always enjoyed our genuine conversations. He was very generous to people in the motorsports industry and to the New England communities where he did business. He went about things in a quiet, dignified manner and often times that simple approach is the most impactful. It’s truly an honor to have known Bob. He lived a meaningful life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. ”

David McGrath, NHMS Executive Vice President and General Manager:

“On behalf of our team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I’d like to extend our deepest condolences to Sandy, Gary and the entire Bahre family. Bob left an incredible mark on auto racing through the New England region, and his love of motorsports was legendary. He had a passionate commitment to both drivers and race fans, and that commitment was evident when he built our facility in 1990. I am proud to have known Bob. It was a true pleasure to have spent time getting to know him and learning from him over the years. He will be missed, but his legacy of supporting and building motorsports in New England will live on forever.”

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Derek Kraus 5th At Kansas

Kraus 5th At Kansas

Moves To Top 10 In Points

 Derek Kraus 5th At Kansas / #NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series

A fifth-place finish by Derek Kraus behind the wheel of the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing No. 19 ENEOS / NAPA Toyota Tundra on Friday – in the first race of a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series doubleheader at Kansas Speedway – moved him into the top 10 of the championship standings.

The 18-year-old driver, who missed his high school graduation to race at Kansas, will return to competition on Saturday in the second race of the weekend for the series.

Kraus had a fast Tundra and demonstrated its strength in charging toward the front on several different occasions in Friday’s race. After starting 15th, he quickly made his way into the top 10 within two laps and finished the first stage in sixth on Lap 30.

Although he got shuffled back to 19th as the field cycled through pit stops, Kraus wasted no time battling his way back to the front. After finishing fifth in the second stage at Lap 60, he went to work, again, after restarting 10th. Shortly after moving into fifth by Lap 80, he pitted with the rest of the field under caution.

Kraus restarted in 13th and began another charge to the front – moving into the top 10 by Lap 90 and seventh by Lap 100. He was up to sixth by Lap 120 and charged into fifth on Lap 126 of the 134-lap event.

It marked his second top-five finish of the season. He opened the year with a best-career finish of fourth at Daytona International Speedway.

With his finish on Friday, Kraus moved to 10th in points – as the battle continues for a top-10 position and a spot in the playoffs.

Saturday’s truck series race at Kansas Speedway, slated for 1:30 p.m. ET, will be televised live on FS1.

Derek Kraus – Thoughts about Kansas

You were up front all night, and earned stage points in both stages and scored your second top-five finish of the season. Talk about the solid run.

Derek Kraus  / #NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series “Yeah, our ENEOS Toyota Tundra was really fast tonight. I felt like right from the drop of the green flag we had a good Tundra. We were able to drive from 15th to seventh/eighth at the end of that first stage. Then, we fell back a little bit on the pit stop and then made our way back up and finished fifth at the end of the night. I feel like that was a really good run and a really good way to start off the weekend.”

This was your high school Graduation Night. What did it mean to you to have such a strong finish tonight.

“I feel like tonight we had a really good run, and it was a special night, for me. It was graduation. I got my diploma from my principal back in Strafford, Wisconsin. I really can’t thank them guys enough. They let me chase my dreams of racing, and they let me miss as much school as I needed to, to chase my dreams. I just can’t thank them enough, and tonight was a really good night to have a good finish.”

With this run, you are back inside the top 10 in the overall standings. What do you need to continue to do to maintain that Playoff spot?

“We just need to have good runs. Tonight was a really good run. We had a really good start to the weekend, as we have that race tomorrow. I feel like we just have to have consistently good runs, finish inside the top 10 every week. If we do that, and do our jobs, we will be in the top 10 I feel like.”zzz

The No. 19 @ENEOSUSA Toyota Team is ready for the @kansasspeedway Double-header.

Tune in to @FS1 tonight for Race #1@BMR_NASCAR | @ToyotaRacing | @NAPAKnowHow @NAPAFilters | @ArtofFast | #NASCAR | #TeamDK
— Derek Kraus (@derek9kraus) July 24, 2020

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Event:

  • Race: Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 (134 Laps) (Race 9) July 24, 2020
  • Format: Three Stages; Lap 30 / Lap 60 / Lap 134
  • Location: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (1.5-mile oval)

Derek Kraus No. 19 ENEOS / NAPA Toyota Tundra

  • Age: 18
  • Hometown: Stratford, Wisc.

2020 Series Stats:

  • Races: 9 starts, 2 top fives, five top 10s
  • Laps completed: 1,072/1,076
  • Series standings: 10th
  • Next Race: e.p.t. 200, July 25, 2020, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (1.5-mile oval) e.p.t. 200

Friday, July 24, 2020

Kansas Speedway Doubleheaders

Kansas Speedway Doubleheaders #NASCAR

Racing continues with doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday at Kansas Speedway, consisting of the following:

Friday, July 24 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 (200 miles) 6:00 pm (FS1)
Friday, July 24 ARCA Menards Series Dawn 150 (150 miles) 9:00 pm (FS1)
Saturday, July 25 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series e.p.t™ 200 (200 miles) 12:30 pm (FS1)
Saturday, July 25 NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 250 (250 miles) 4:00 pm (NBCSN)

Times are CT

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About Kansas Speedway
Kansas Speedway is a premier motorsports facility in the Midwest. The track, which opened in 2001, hosts two NASCAR Cup Series weekends each year, along with approximately 200 other event days each year. The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, which opened in 2012, overlooks Turn 2 of the track.

Denny Hamlin #Wins

Denny Hamlin #Wins

Super Start Batteries 400 Presented By O’Reilly Auto Parts At Kansas Speedway

Denny Hamlin passed leader Kevin Harvick with 13 laps to go then held off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski to win the Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway Thursday night. 

It was a Cup Series-high fifth victory of the season for Hamlin, his second consecutive win at the 1.5-mile venue (after winning last October) and the 42nd trip to Victory Lane of his career. His margin of victory over Keselowski was .510 seconds. Harvick slipped to fourth while Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates - Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones – were third and fifth, respectively. Hamlin now has recorded five or more wins in a season on four occasions in his career, including two straight after taking the checkered flag six times in 2019.

“I saw him (Harvick) get loose, and I kind saw blood in the water there, so we just ran him down (and made the pass),” said Hamlin. “I thought the 2 car (Keselowski) was really fast. We just got it right when it really mattered. This is how you win them. We tried to keep track position at all costs and were able to keep it in clean air. Proud of this team. We are really doing a lot of things well and looking forward to getting to the playoffs.”

“I thought Denny and I were probably pretty close to equal the second half of the night,” said Keselowski. “It was just a matter of who got out in front. We didn’t get out in front on the restarts there and he was able to take advantage and bring home the win. All in all, it was still a really good day.” 

Hamlin led four times for a race-high 57 laps. His average speed was 121.832 mph. There were 22 lead changes among nine drivers.

Rounding out the top 10 were:
  • Aric Almirola (6th)
  • Cole Custer (7th)
  • Alex Bowman (8th)
  • Kurt Busch (9th)
  • William Byron (10th)

The fourth Gibbs driver – Kyle Busch – rebounded from a late scrape with the wall to come home 11th while NASCAR’s most popular driver, Chase Elliott, was 12th. Custer’s seventh-place standing made him the highest finishing rookie in tonight’s field.

With this year marking the 20th season of racing at Kansas Speedway, Hamlin became the fourth driver to win consecutive races at the track, joining Jeff Gordon (2001-02), Matt Kenseth (2012-13) and Martin Truex Jr. (2017). For Hamlin, tonight’s victory was important in that it ended a string of three straight races in which he placed 12thor lower, including finishes of 28th and 20th.

“We want to bounce back and it’s not like we ran bad by any means,” Hamlin said. “Indy, we were leading the race and blew a tire with six (laps) to go and then Texas, we’re going to come out with the lead and had that late-race caution that trapped us a lap down. We’re really doing a lot of things well. Kentucky is kind of the only outlier where we really didn’t run that well. Looking forward to downloading this and figuring out what we can do to be better.”

Busch won Stage One, his first of the season, as well his initial one at Kansas, earning him his first 2020 NASCAR Playoff point. Keselowski held off his Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney to claim Stage Two for his fifth stage win of the season.

There were 11 cautions for 47 laps, with two accidents coming back-to-back on restarts that took out many contenders. The first occurred on lap 176 of 267 when two-time Kansas winner Joey Logano slowed in turn two, setting off a chain reaction incident that included Jimmie Johnson, Matt DiBenedetto, Harvick and Austin Dillon, last weekend’s winner at Texas. Logano and DiBenedetto immediately retired to the garage while Johnson’s wounded car would only make it 200 laps, resulting in a 32nd-place effort.

Six laps later on the lap-182 restart, Ryan Newman and Christopher Bell got together down the backstretch, sending Ryan Preece into the inside SAFER Barrier and Chris Buescher in the back of teammate Newman. Both Preece and Buescher were eliminated while Newman and Bell continued but with battered machines.

With his end result, Johnson, the seven-time Cup champion who is retiring from full-time driving at the end of the season, slipped to 18th in the playoff standings. He is now sandwiched in between 17th-place Dillon and 19th-place Cole Custer, who both have won races recently and are already guaranteed a spot in the 16-driver playoff field. The series has seven more races before the playoffs begin at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 6.

Photos: Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts

#NASCAR Cup - Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
#NASCAR Cup - Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
#NASCAR Cup - Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
#NASCAR Cup - Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
#NASCAR Cup - Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
#NASCAR Cup - Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
#NASCAR Cup - Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
#NASCAR Cup - Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

2 Million Dollars for Childhood Cancer

2 Million Dollars for Childhood Cancer

Jeff Gordon's “#CorvetteForACure” Helps Kids Beat Cancer

For the past fifteen years Jeff Gordon has donated his personal Corvette as part of an incredible partnership with fans to raise much-needed funds for childhood cancer research.

Jeff Gordon's “#CorvetteForACure” Helps Kids Beat Cancer #NASCAR

Grand Prize Sticker price: $85,310

  • • 6.2 Liter V8, 495 HP & 470 lb.-ft. of Torque
  • • 8-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission
  • • 0-60 Miles Per Hour in 2.9 Seconds
  • • Torch Red Exterior with Jet Black Interior
  • • Targa Top Removable Roof
  • • Magnetic Ride Control
  • • Front Adjustable Lift: 2” Adjustability with 1,000 Way Points

In addition to the Corvette Grand Prize, every ticket purchased during the first week of this year’s program – July 8 through July 15 ONLY – will be entered into an early drawing to win $10,000 cash.

All Federal Taxes will be paid on either prize – Jeff’s Vette and/or the $10,000.

The cash prize ticket was drawn on July 20th and will be announced on July 27th. 

The grand prize drawing is scheduled for September 23 and will be announced on September 30th.

NASCAR Race Mom bought her ticket. Fingers Crossed; however, with two million dollars raised for this worth cause, everyone emerges a winner.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Kansas Speedway – Races Without Fans

Kansas Speedway – Races Without Fans
“Over the past month, we have worked closely with public health officials, medical experts as well as state and federal officials to determine if we could run our rescheduled July NASCAR weekend with fans in attendance.

After careful and extensive consideration for the health and safety of our fans and the local community, we determined that the most prudent course of action would be to host the races without fans.

While it was a difficult decision, the well-being of everyone who comes to our venue is paramount. We appreciate the patience and support from our fans, and look forward to our Fall NASCAR weekend, October 16-18.” Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren

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Week of Kansas Speedway, July 20-25, 2020

Week of Kansas Speedway, July 20-25, 2020
Week of Kansas Speedway, July 20-25, 2020 #NASCAR #ARCA

Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval race track in Kansas City, Kansas. It was built in 2001 and will be host to NASCAR’s three top series plus the ARCA Menards Series.

Below is the weekend schedule. Please note that Cup will run on Thursday and the Trucks will contest in two races; one on Friday and the second on Saturday.

Kansas Speedway Event Schedule for

NASCAR Cup Series - Super Start Batteries 400

NASCAR Xfinity Series - Kansas Lottery 250

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
  • Kansas 200
  • Kansas Speedway 200

ARCA Menards Series - Kansas 150

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Thursday, July 23

6:30 PM NASCAR Cup Series Race (400.5 Miles)
  • Stage 1 = 80 Laps
  • Stage 2 = 160 Laps
  • Stage 3 = 267 Laps

Friday, July 24

4:30 PM ARCA Menards Series Practice

6:00 PM NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
Race 1 of 2 (201 Miles)
  • Stage 1 = 30 Laps
  • Stage 2 = 60 Laps
  • Stage 3 = 134 Laps

9:00 PM ARCA Menards Series Race (100 Laps, 150 Miles)

Saturday, July 25

12:30 PM NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
Race 2 of 2 (201 Miles)
  • Stage 1 = 30 Laps
  • Stage 2 = 60 Laps
  • Stage 3 = 134 Laps

4:00 PM NASCAR Xfinity Series RACE (250.5 Miles)
  • Stage 1 = 40 Laps
  • Stage 2 = 80 Laps
  • Stage 3 = 167 Laps
**Times are CT **

Monday, July 20, 2020

Ford Finishes 1-2 in Texas Xfinity Race

Ford Finishes 1-2 in Texas Xfinity Race
Ford Finishes 1-2 in #NASCAR Texas Xfinity Race - Austin Cindric #22

Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe brought home a 1-2 finish from Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang went to victory lane for the third time in three races and marked the fifth straight win for Ford Performance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Ford Finishes 1-2 in #NASCAR Texas Xfinity Race - Austin Cindric #22

“Congratulations to Austin, Brian and the No. 22 crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Austin and Brian worked hard all day to put the No. 22 Ford Mustang in position to compete for the win and three wins in a row is impressive.”

Ford Finishes 1-2 in #NASCAR Texas Xfinity Race - Austin Cindric #22

In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, My Bariatric Solutions 300, Kyle Busch finished P1 with the Ford Performance teammates of Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe finishing P2 and P3, respectively. Busch’s car then failed post-race inspection, and the win was officially awarded to Cindric and Briscoe was moved up to P2.

Ford Finishes 1-2 in #NASCAR Texas Xfinity Race - Austin Cindric #22

“I just got out of the hauler from getting changed back into my street clothes and saw the 54 and everyone and their brother surrounding the scales, that’s never a good sign for those guys,” said Cindric, when asked about how he found out about the win ruling. “I know they race hard and word hard. I want to win it on the track. I felt like we had a shot to do that today and maybe didn’t execute as well as we should have and that’s what kept us out, but fast race cars and being in position that’s where it counts.”

Ford leads all manufacturers with eight total wins and Briscoe with Stewart-Haas Racing leads the driver and owners’ points standings with Cindric and Team Penske in P2.

The Ford Mustangs showed a lot of speed on Sunday during the #NASCAR Cup Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

zzzThe Ford Mustangs showed a lot of speed on Sunday during the NASCAR Cup Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, leading a race high 275 laps out of the 334-lap race. Ryan Blaney led 150 laps and won Stage 1 and 2.

The Ford Mustangs showed a lot of speed on Sunday during the #NASCAR Cup Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Five of the Fords finished in the top-10:
  • Joey Logano finished P3
  • Kevin Harvick P5
  • Blaney P7
  • Brad Keselowski P9
  • Aric Almirola P10.

Ford leads all manufacturers with 10 race wins, while Stewart-Haas and Kevin Harvick continue to lead the owner and driver points standings.

NASCAR will head to Kansas to run the Cup race this Thursday night and Xfinity race on Saturday evening at Kansas Speedway. I

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Derek Pernesiglio Promoted

Derek Pernesiglio Promoted

New Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Network Pit Reporter

 Derek Pernesiglio Promoted

Although he may be a new face to the world of short course off road, veteran trackside reporter Derek Pernesiglio brings a wealth of experience and talent to the Lucas Oil Off Road Series. The newest addition to the broadcast team for 2020 will handle pit reporting duties at the races, providing viewers with the latest breaking news from the paddock as well as one-on-one interviews with the drivers that make the sport so exciting.

A native of the New England area, Pernesiglio has spent his entire career at the racetrack, where he’s spent time behind the wheel, on the mic, and in front of the camera. Growing up in a racing family, he had the privilege of competing at a young age, with the dream of perhaps one day racing in the Indy 500. As time wore on, Pernesiglio started to focus on a career in broadcasting and was able to get his start as a local track announcer. After completing school with a degree in television and radio production, Derek took advantage of a chance to work for NASCAR and made the move to North Carolina, the proverbial heart of stock car country, in the early 2000s.

From the moment he stepped foot in Charlotte, Pernesiglio has made inroads within the greater NASCAR community. After spending his early days behind the lens as a producer, he eventually made his on-air move in 2006 for the ASA Late Model Series. Shortly thereafter, he became the full-time pit reporter for NASCAR’s developmental K&N Series and has held that position ever since for what is now the ARCA Menards Series. He also serves as the pit reporter for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2015. Through his role with the ARCA Menards Series Pernesiglio might be a familiar face and name to some viewers of MAVTV, where he’s also served as Ralph Sheheen’s co-host on Speed Sport.

After leaving a strong impression through his work with MAVTV, the opportunity arose for Pernesiglio to bring his talents to a new audience at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. While the racing world was unfortunately put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pernesiglio found himself more available than originally expected and he got the call to join the off road team. Moreover, as a racer himself, Pernesiglio has an uncanny appreciation for the craft.

"I can’t wait to check out these racetracks and experience a new type of racing for the first time. It’s clear that all the drivers in this sport are exceptionally talented, and I’m looking forward to getting to know them better so that their personalities can come out on camera.

"I know I’m going to need to learn on the fly, but I’m really looking forward to jumping in and figuring it all out. I’ve been a racer my whole life, and I still have my own small race team, so I’m always in the shop turning wrenches. I can’t wait to see what goes into the fabrication process of these off road vehicles because what they do on the track is spectacular. I’ve always been called a ‘nuts and bolts’ reporter because I’m such a gearhead, and I think that’s going to help me learn everything there is to know about short course off road in a hurry. I really just can’t wait to get started.”

With his many years of reporting on the oval track circuit, Pernesiglio has garnered quite a loyal following of supporters that he hopes will follow him over into the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and expand the sport’s continuously growing fan base.

"I know that I find myself jumping out of my seat and yelling at the TV screen whenever I watch these races, and I’m sure the people who really spend most of their time watching stock cars and sprint cars will appreciate how exciting and unpredictable off road racing can be. If there’s one thing I really hope can come out of this season it’s bringing the awareness of the sport to different parts of the country that wouldn't otherwise see it.”

 NASCAR Race Mom had the pleasure of Derek's company back in our K&N Pro Series Days - this could not have happened to a nicer more deserving man.  Hard work is rewarded!!

Photo:  Derek and Me at Miller Motorsports Park (09/12/2010)