Monday, February 22, 2021

Chip Ganassi Fined and Suspended

Chip Ganassi fined

One Race after COVID-19 Violation

Chip Ganassi Fined and Suspended



NASCAR officials issued a one-race suspension Monday to team owner Chip Ganassi for violating COVID-19 event protocols last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Ganassi violated Section 12.8.1.b of the NASCAR Rule Book, a subsection of the member conduct guidelines that includes compliance with COVID-19 event procedures. Officials said that Ganassi’s penalty was “for bringing into the competition area a non-essential individual that was restricted from the footprint.” 





Ganassi was also fined $30,000. Pending any potential appeal, he is barred from this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Chip Ganassi Racing is still permitted to field its two entries — the No. 1 Chevrolet for driver Kurt Busch and the No. 42 Chevy for Ross Chastain — in Sunday’s event.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

NASCAR Camping World Truck Recap

NASCAR Camping World Truck Recap / Ben Rhodes Wins

Ben Rhodes Wins First Two Races of Season

NASCAR Camping World Truck Recap - Ben Rhodes Wins


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Official Results

  • 1. (1) Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 51.
  • 2. (5) Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 3. (4) John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, 51.
  • 4. (32) Todd Gilliland, Ford, 51.
  • 5. (25) Riley Herbst(i), Ford, 51.
  • 6. (9) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 51.
  • 7. (31) Derek Kraus, Toyota, 51.
  • 8. (24) Kaz Grala(i), Chevrolet, 51.
  • 9. (34) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 51.
  • 10. (16) Christian Eckes, Toyota, 51.
  • 11. (30) Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 51.
  • 12. (8) Chandler Smith #, Toyota, 51.
  • 13. (37) Camden Murphy, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 14. (3) Carson Hocevar #, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 15. (14) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 16. (7) Codie Rohrbaugh, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 17. (38) Dawson Cram, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 18. (19) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 51.
  • 19. (28) Tate Fogleman, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 20. (33) Tanner Gray, Ford, 51.
  • 21. (26) Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 22. (29) Chase Purdy #, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 23. (22) Parker Chase, Toyota, 51.
  • 24. (27) Timothy Peters, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 25. (21) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 26. (12) Raphael Lessard, Chevrolet, 51.
  • 27. (13) Bobby Reuse, Chevrolet, 50.
  • 28. (23) Hailie Deegan #, Ford, 50.
  • 29. (35) Jett Noland, Chevrolet, Accident, 49.
  • 30. (15) Danny Bohn, Toyota, 49.
  • 31. (2) Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 48.
  • 32. (39) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 48.
  • 33. (20) Austin Hill, Toyota, 48.
  • 34. (6) Cory Roper, Ford, Fuel Pressure, 47.
  • 35. (17) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 47.
  • 36. (40) Lawless Alan, Toyota, 45.
  • 37. (36) Sam Mayer, Chevrolet, Accident, 41.
  • 38. (18) Jason White, Chevrolet, 41.
  • 39. (10) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, Transmission, 38.
  • 40. (11) Zane Smith, Chevrolet, Accident, 35.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 67.044 mph.
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 44 Mins, 46 Secs. Margin of Victory: Under Caution Seconds.
Caution Flags: 10 for 20 laps.
Lead Changes: 9 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Nemechek 1-14;S. Creed 15-21;R. Lessard 22-26;S. Creed 27-33;R. Herbst(i) 34;S. Friesen 35;B. Rhodes 36-41;S. Creed 42-44;B. Rhodes 45-51.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Sheldon Creed 3 times for 17 laps; John Hunter Nemechek 1 time for 14 laps; Ben Rhodes 2 times for 13 laps; Raphael Lessard 1 time for 5 laps; Stewart Friesen 1 time for 1 lap; Riley Herbst(i) 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Top Ten: 4,99,18,45,40,88,13,16,2,17
Stage #2 Top Ten: 24,02,21,22,38,88,1,2,23,15



“Unbelievable, I don’t even have words for it,” Ben Rhodes said after climbing out of this truck just below the flag-stand on the frontstretch. “I don’t even know what to say, this is so cool.

“I just have to thank my team. The Bombardier Tundra was fast all day. ThorSport Racing gave me a truck that handled this year and we were fast. Rich (Lushes) is a really good crew chief. It’s good to be paired up with him and all of the guys on my team. I’m just thrilled. I don’t know what to say. I’ve been on cloud nine all week, so it’s above that. I’m just so happy.” (Ben Rhodes)




“Never fun being the first loser,” Sheldon Creed said. “But my guys brought a fast truck and I felt like we were on top of the strategy there going to slicks early. Man, got hit by a lapper there leading and I don’t think that did us any favors and got to the lead, saving fuel and then worked way back to the lead got pushed out the way on the restart, just doing everything I could there. Wished it could have stayed green.”


The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next race is March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (9 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).



Source: NASCAR Media

Friday, February 19, 2021

Castrol® Supports Roush Fenway Racing To Power First Carbon Neutral NASCAR Race Team

Castrol® Supports Roush Fenway Racing To Power First Carbon Neutral NASCAR Race Team

Roush Fenway will be powered by Castrol as it delivers carbon reduction and offset programs across team's operations both on and off the track


Roush Fenway #NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman #6

Roush Fenway Racing today announced that the team has become the first carbon neutral NASCAR race team, powered by its official sponsor Castrol. Throughout the 2021 NASCAR season, Castrol will power the Roush Fenway team by supporting Roush Fenway's carbon reduction and offset programs across their operations both on and off the track.

"As an organization, Roush Fenway has always been environmentally conscious," said Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark. "Our hope with this program is to demonstrate that every business, small or large, and regardless of industry, can contribute to address global climate challenges. We hope to set an example and highlight that small steps by many can make a real difference."

Roush Fenway has achieved carbon neutrality for the entire organization including operations, the two race teams and race cars for the period between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020, according to the PAS 2060 standard as verified by ERM CVS (independent 3rd party).

Roush Fenway #NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman #6

The partnership between Roush Fenway and Castrol is designed to help the team better manage its greenhouse gas emissions by tracking, quantifying, and reducing those emissions, and offsetting the balance with high-quality carbon offsets.

"At Castrol, we believe that small steps together can make a difference," said Castrol's Vice President of Marketing Rayne Pacek. "We want to play our part and teaming up with Roush Fenway to achieve their carbon neutral ambitions is a notable milestone in the sport and another step in supporting our partners in their efforts to drive change."

In addition to working with Roush Fenway, Castrol plans to drive change by expanding its carbon neutral product range, reducing the carbon used in its production, and offering a new and expanded range of services – all to give consumers and customers more lower carbon choices.

"It's an honor to pave the way in the sport and bring awareness to the importance of reducing your carbon footprint," said Roush Fenway Driver Ryan Newman. "Every business can make choices to help promote a more sustainable future and this program makes me proud to be part of a team that takes the initiative to drive change."

As part of the program, Newman's traditionally green and red Castrol No 6. Ford Mustang will don an all-white paint scheme featuring a grey Castrol badge and muted logos from partners like Ford Motor Company, Kohler Generators, Oscar Mayer, Coca-Cola, Guaranteed Rate, MacTools, and Wyndham Rewards to show their support of the initiative. This paint scheme will be used at the Daytona Road Course on Sunday, February 21, 2021.

The initiative is part of Castrol's ongoing relationship with Roush Fenway and is another step towards supporting its partners in achieving their lower carbon ambitions. Consumers interested in learning more about Roush Fenway carbon neutral initiative powered by Castrol can visit Castrol.com/DrivingForChange. Visitors can also enter for a chance to win Ryan Newman race-used gear following the Daytona Road Race on February 21, 2021.

About Castrol

Castrol, a global leader in lubricant technology, serves consumers in over 140 countries. Our leadership brands include Castrol® GTX® — a premium conventional motor oil; Castrol® GTX® High–Mileage™ – a premium synthetic blend designed for vehicles with over 75,000 miles; the Castrol® EDGE ® line of advanced full-synthetic super premium motor oils that offer unsurpassed strength and performance; as well as our range of commercial transport lubricants. To find out more about Castrol products and programs, please call 1–888–CASTROL or visit www.castrol.com/us

About Roush Fenway Racing

Roush Fenway Racing is one of the most successful teams in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Cup Series. Set to begin its 34th season in 2021, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, having produced multiple award-winning Social Media, digital content and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Jack Roush and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox and English Premier League's Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram, and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway. 
 
Roush Fenway #NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman #6

Roush Fenway #NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman #6

 

Source: Team PR

New Reality TV Show Puts Audience Behind the Wheel of a Race Car

New Reality TV Show Puts Audience Behind the Wheel of a Race Car
Damon Surzyshyn /New Reality TV Show Puts Audience Behind the Wheel of a Race Car


A new reality series is coming to CBS Sports Net this weekend. Going Pro SRO America, from Nomad Digital allows viewers to see first-hand what it's like to compete in pro racing in the SRO TC America car race series.

Going Pro SRO America follows Damon Surzyshyn's amateur-to-pro journey as part of the Subaru Motorsport USA team competing at the greatest race tracks in America.

The seven-episode series provides a glimpse into the world of professional racing where the audience gets full access to every part of the racing experience. From race strategy, car prep, in the pits and the behind the wheel, viewers will see what it takes to compete and win at the professional level.

"Racing is fun and stressful," says Surzyshyn. "Racing professionally for the first time with a camera documenting every move adds another layer, and when you're also producing the show during a pandemic, well, that's really over the top, as I discovered."



Despite the hurdles, Surzyshyn states that making the leap to pro racing has been exhilarating. 

 

"Amateur racing is about fun, and pro racing is about winning." he says. "It's so much more competitive, and there is a ton of pressure to max out the potential of the car. Racing against huge talents such as Nick Wittmer, Mark and Mat Pombo, and Eric Powell just took everything to a much higher level."


Going Pro SRO America premieres on CBS SN with back-to-back episodes starting at 2:30pm ET Sunday February 21st with a replay at 10pm PT.

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Posted by Nomad Digital on Tuesday, 26 January 2021


source: Team PR

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

GEARWRENCH to Sponsor Mother-Daughter Racing Team’s ARCA Menards Series West Journey

GEARWRENCH to Sponsor Mother-Daughter Racing Team’s ARCA Menards Series West Journey

GEARWRENCH becomes official tool sponsor for driver Bridget Burgess and the family-fueled BMI Racing team

Bridget Burgess #ARCA Driver

 

Bridget Burgess gets her passion for driving from her mother, Sarah. In fact, that’s where she gets her passion for everything that goes into driving: building, tuning, and repairing cars to deliver peak performance on the track. That passion is why the team at GEARWRENCH has decided to sponsor the BMI Racing team’s journey in the ARCA Menards Series West in 2021.



“They’re just relentless,” said Rena Fiorello, Director of Brand Management for GEARWRENCH. “The intensity that they bring is contagious and it makes them easy to root for, easy to get behind. We’re really looking forward to watching Bridget grow as a driver and helping her every step of the way.”


Bridget and Sarah Burgess (#ARCA Racing)


Bridget, 19, has been driving ARCA West since 2019 with her mom as crew chief. Sarah is a former short-course off-road racer herself, and her husband Adam serves as the on-track spotter. The upcoming nine-race ARCA Menards Series West season starts on March 12 and runs through November 11.

“I’ve grown up in an environment where both my parents are hands-on with tools,” said Bridget, who is the only full-time female racer on the Arca West series. “I’m proud that GEARWRENCH recognizes this and is very supportive of my racing program in 2021 as I continue to chase my goals.” 





Source: Team PR

Monday, February 15, 2021

NASCAR Humor Premiers Today

NASCAR Humor Premiers Today

#TheCrew

The Crew is a new American Comedy Series which takes place in a NASCAR garage setting. Created by Jeff Lowell, it premiered today on Netflix



Kevin James stars as the #NASCAR crew chief for the #74 NASCAR team in the Crew


The program stars Kevin James as the crew chief for the #74 NASCAR team. The team has degenerated into a back-marker operation, when the owner steps down and passes the team off to his daughter, James has to protect himself and his crew from her attempts to modernize / improve the team. 





NASCAR Race Mom binge watched the first three of the ten-episode season. Lots of Laughs. However, what surprised this writer was the NASCAR insider realities intermingle in the comedy. The Crew is an easy watch and will not stretch your intellect; however, it is bound to recruit new fans into the ranks of NASCAR enthusiasts – a good thing.




Check it out and tell them NASCAR Race Mom sent you.

Cast and characters

Main
  • Kevin James as Kevin Gibson
  • Gary Anthony Williams as Chuck
  • Dan Ahdoot as Amir
  • Freddie Stroma as Jake
  • Sarah Stiles as Beth
  • Jillian Mueller as Catherine

Recurring
  • Mather Zickel as Frank
Guest starring
  • Paris Berelc as Jessie
  • Bruce McGill as Bobby Spencer

*****Bonus- the show has lots of NASCAR driver cameos such as Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney, and Austin Dillon. Blaney is hysterical.

Ford Performance Sweeps Daytona

Ford Performance Sweeps Daytona

Winners Michael McDowell (Cup) and Austin Cindric (Xfinity)

Michael McDowell and Austin Cindric brought home two victories for Ford Motor Co., sweeping the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity races at Daytona. McDowell, from Front Row Motorsports, won his first Daytona 500 and NASCAR Cup Series race. While Cindric captured his first Xfinity win at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night for Team Penske.
 
Michael McDowell, from Front Row Motorsports, won his first Daytona 500. #NASCAR
“Congratulations to Michael, Drew, Jerry, Bob and the Front Row Motorsports organization for winning the Daytona 500,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “This was such an amazing weekend of racing, to win both the Cup and Xfinity races is such a blessing. Congrats, to Austin, Brian, Roger, and Team Penske for winning the Xfinity race and marking Roush Yates Engines’ 150th NASCAR Xfinity win. I’m so proud of our entire team and our partnership with Ford Performance to power these fast Fords.”

It was a story book ending for McDowell, recording the Ford Mustang’s first Daytona 500 win and his first win in his 358th career start. McDowell is the eighth driver to get his first win at Daytona.
 
“I just can’t believe it,” McDowell commented. “The only thing I can think of is just God is so good. For so many years I’ve just been grinding it out trying to stay in this sport. Bob Jenkins gave me a great opportunity to go full-time in a competitive car and Drew Blickensderfer and my whole entire team we’ve been working so hard for years to get into this position and I’m so thankful to Love’s Travel Stops and Speeco and Ford, Doug Yates. All of my Ford partners out there. I just can’t believe it. I’m so thankful. It’s amazing.”


The 500-mile, Great American Race all came down to the last lap. McDowell, following Ford teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, found himself in position to take the lead after Logano and Keselowski had an on-track incident in Turn 3 of the final lap. McDowell took the lead, and it became a drag race to the checkered flag with Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon. After a video tape review, McDowell was announced the official winner, beating Elliott by over a car length as the raced ended under caution.  
 
Ford Performance Sweeps Daytona - #NASCAR

“There’s no better way to start the season than by winning NASCAR’s biggest race,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “There aren’t many things that Mustang hasn’t achieved in its storied history, but winning the Daytona 500 was one of them and we’re excited about adding that to the list.”

 
Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick finished P4 and Cole Custer P11, while Team Penske teammates Logano and Keselowski finished P12 and P13 respectively.

 

Ford Performance Sweeps Daytona - #NASCAR
Austin Cindric, in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang, brought home the first NASCAR Xfinity Series win of 2021. This marked Cindric’s first win at Daytona International Speedway, securing his position in the 2021 Playoffs to defend his 2020 Championship title. 
Ford Performance Sweeps Daytona - #NASCAR
In an overtime finish, the current NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion, Cindric held off a hard charging Brett Moffitt on the last lap, to take the checkered flag .104 seconds in front of Moffitt to record his ninth career win. This also marked the first Xfinity win at Daytona for team owner Roger Penske.
 
“What a way to kick off the season,” commented Cindric. “I’m really proud of the speed our boys brought with me in the Verizon 5G Ford Mustang. I really feel like over the no practice races we made our superspeedway cars better, so to be able to showcase that tonight makes me really proud, proud of the effort of the guys in the shop and obviously our road crew. To start off our season like this is incredible.”
Ford Performance Sweeps Daytona - #NASCAR
Ford Performance teammates led a combined 67 laps out of the 122-lap race, led by Cindric with 28 laps and newcomer Ryan Sieg from RSS Racing with 23 laps before he was collected in an on-track incident to finish 31st. Jason White of NXT Motorsports finished tenth and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Riley Herbst finished 26th.
Ford Performance Sweeps Daytona - #NASCAR
The NASCAR Series will be back at Daytona International Speedway this weekend to run the Road Course.
 
source:  Ford Performance PR

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Hendrick Motorsorts Daytona 500 Front Row

Hendrick Motorsorts Daytona 500 Front Row

#48 Alex Bowman and #24 William Byron

The front row for Sunday’s Daytona 500 main event was determined after single-car qualifying on Wednesday. The all Hendrick Motorsports first row has Alex Bowman (#48 Chevrolet) on the Busch Pole with teammate William Byron (#24 Chevrolet) starting from second. 



Hendrick Motorsports is no stranger to success at DAYTONA International Speedway. The organization boasts of eight DAYTONA 500 wins with five different drivers and has won events at Daytona International Speedway a whopping 43 times.

#48 Alex Bowman and #24 William Byron #nascar




Coming off a career year in his third full season with 13-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports, driver Alex Bowman is ready for even more. 

 

In 2021, he will be paired for the fourth year in a row with crew chief Greg Ives, but with a whole new look as the pair move to the iconic No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. 




William Byron has ascended the professional ranks of auto racing more rapidly than anyone in recent memory. 

 

Going into his fourth season in the NASCAR Cup Series, the 23-year-old driver reunites with former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief Ryan “Rudy” Fugle who led him to one of the most successful seasons by a rookie in series history.

The 63rd running of the DAYTONA 500 will start Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET and be broadcast on FOX ( MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

Full Starting Lineup:

  • 1. Alex Bowman
  • 2. William Byron
  • 3. Aric Almirola
  • 4. Austin Dillon
  • 5. Christopher Bell
  • 6. Bubba Wallace
  • 7. Ryan Newman
  • 8. Kevin Harvick
  • 9. Joey Logano
  • 10. Kyle Busch
  • 11. Ryan Preece
  • 12. Chase Elliott
  • 13. Kyle Larson
  • 14. Ryan Blaney
  • 15. Daniel Suarez
  • 16. Corie LaJoie
  • 17. Michael McDowell
  • 18. David Ragan
  • 19. Jamie McMurray
  • 20. Kurt Busch
  • 21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • 22. Chris Buescher
  • 23. Matt DiBenedetto
  • 24. Brad Keselowski
  • 25. Denny Hamlin
  • 26. Martin Truex Jr.
  • 27. Cole Custer
  • 28. Joey Gase
  • 29. Tyler Reddick
  • 30. Chase Briscoe
  • 31. Erik Jones
  • 32. Derrike Cope
  • 33. Quin Houff
  • 34. Ross Chastain
  • 35. Cody Ware
  • 36. Anthony Alfredo
  • 37. Josh Bilicki
  • 38. BJ McLeod
  • 39. Austin Cindric
  • 40. Kaz Grala


Saturday, February 13, 2021

No bigger #NASCAR Spectacle

No bigger #NASCAR Spectacle

Daytona 500 - Great American Race

No bigger #NASCAR Spectacle


From Presidents to entertainment superstars there is just something about the pageantry and enormity of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) that has folks from all walks of life showing up and tuning into the Great American Race.

This season’s Daytona 500 festivities kick off with multi-platinum, ACM, CMA, CMT and Billboard  Music Award-winning artist Luke Combs performing the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show prior to the 63rd running of The Great American Race on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).



Combs, an Asheville, North Carolina native, is a longtime NASCAR fan and is looking forward to performing at the World Center of Racing to help ignite the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

“I grew up watching the NASCAR race every Sunday with my granddad; that was our thing.” said Combs. “I never could have imagined back then that I’d be playing the Daytona 500 one day, so this is super awesome and is something I’m really looking forward to.”


Combs will take to the stage prior to the start of Daytona 500 in front of a limited number of fans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while millions will watch from home on FOX.



“The tradition of the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show has been an incredibly popular hit with race fans,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “Luke has been one of the most influential country music stars over the last few years and his fan appeal is incredible. It’s a bonus, too, that he loves our sport. He will help get another thrilling Daytona 500, as well as a new NASCAR season, off to an exciting start.”


NASCAR Cup Series

  • Next Race: Daytona 500
  • The Place: Daytona International Speedway
  • The Date: Sunday, February 14
  • The Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, 2 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 500 miles (200 laps):
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 65),
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 130)
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)
  • Race Hashtag: #DAYTONA500
  • 2020 Race Winner: Denny Hamlin




Thursday, February 11, 2021

Life and Legacy of Wendell Scott

Life and Legacy of Wendell Scott

First Black NASCAR Driver, Being Brought to Life by David Steward II’s Polarity and Scott 34 Racing in Extensive Multi-Media Play

Life and Legacy of Wendell Scott

Joint Venture Partnership Between Polarity and Scott 34 Racing Will Deliver Groundbreaking Wendell Scott Stories Through Films, Television Series, Digital Content, Comics, Games and More

David Steward II’s Lion Forge Films (Academy Award®-winning Hair Love), and parent company Polarity, a leading black-owned entertainment holding company, have inked a deal with Scott 34 Racing, creating Wendell Scott Ventures to introduce the iconic and groundbreaking life and legacy of Wendell Scott, NASCAR’s first black racer (and later, owner), to audiences through films, TV series, docu-series, digital content, games, and more through an extensive multi-platform engagement.

Life and Legacy of Wendell Scott
Wendell Scott’s awe-inspiring life and career were filled with adversity, which he triumphantly overcame. This started with being born in rural Virginia during Jim Crow times (1921) when racial segregation was enforced by law. Scott’s love and knowledge of cars was passed down from his father, and after serving as a mechanic in WWII (in a segregated division), he was denied access to NASCAR due to the color of his skin. Scott spent nine years in the “Dixie Circuit”, a smaller regional competitor to NASCAR, until he was finally able to persuade NASCAR to grant him a license to race in 1953 – officially breaking the sport’s color barrier. Scott won the Jacksonville 200 race in 1963 –only to see the win given to a white driver on a “clerical error” (later reversed). After competing in 496 NASCAR races, with 147 Top 10 finishes, a horrific near-death crash in 1973 ended his career. Scott died of cancer in 1990 and was officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015, becoming the first African- American to do so in NASCAR history.

Wendell Scott’s career was repeatedly challenged by racial prejudice and threats. However, his determined struggle as an underdog would prove to win over thousands of fans and fellow racers. Scott was, and still is, a pop culture icon who was the subject of the film “Greased Lightning” starring Richard Pryor, and inspired the character of River Scott in Disney’s animated film “Cars 3.”

Life and Legacy of Wendell Scott
Steward II and his team will work in partnership with Wendell Scott’s son, Frank Scott, and grandson, Warrick Scott, on all initiatives. Immediately being put into development by Steward II and the Wendell Scott Ventures team are a docu-series and a fictionalized limited series for television / streaming that, through the lens of his incredible life, cover themes of family, racism, American culture and racing. These series will tell stories of his upbringing, time in WWII, bootlegging, raising a family, battling racism, breaking color barriers, overcoming adversity, and of course - winning.

The partnership and mission to tell Wendell Scott stories aligns squarely with Steward II’s singular mission to champion diversity and promote underrepresented faces and voices throughout the entertainment ecosystem. His portfolio of companies source, acquire, develop, and produce authentic, diverse content, and are uniquely equipped to create and deliver genuine and diverse stories that meet an increasing market demand fueled by insatiable content consumption and social movements.

Said Steward II, “It’s an honor and privilege to work with the Scott family to bring Wendell’s legacy to life in a multitude of ways, all of which carry the dual obligation to entertain while delivering an important message. What Jackie Robinson did for baseball in breaking the color barrier, Wendell Scott did for NASCAR. However, Wendell’s story transcends his sport, his personality, and his accomplishments to speak about the possibility of hope and drive. These are stories that need to be told – and retold.”


“Wendell Scott built a bridge to diversity in racing, so NASCAR needs to tell that story through the lens of Wendell Scott. He gave people hope because he had a big heart for everyone. He had more love in his heart than (his enemies) had hate in theirs. He did as much for race relations in the South as Dr. (Martin Luther) King,” said Warrick Scott, Wendell’s grandson.


Said Frank Scott Sr., "The creation of this venture is the realization of a dream my father had 60 years ago, it's everything that he wanted and could never get!”


Life and Legacy of Wendell Scott
The Wendell Scott opportunity was brought to Polarity by Jimmy Thomas, a leading member of the Business Development team at Lion Forge, who has strong ties to the Scott family and will lead sales and media efforts around the joint venture. Said Thomas, “This is a very proud moment for me in the sense that I can now be assured that the amazing stories I’ve known about throughout my life, thanks to the bond with the Scott family, will be shared with global audiences through every medium possible. Wendell Scott was an innovator and pioneer inside the racetrack, inside the garage, with his ingenuity and inventiveness, and most certainly outside the track where his legacy transcended the sport altogether.”

In addition to Lion Forge Films, David Steward II’s Polarity includes Lion Forge Animation, which was behind the 2019 Academy Award® winning Hair Love, directed by Matthew A Cherry. The studio contributes to the growth of Lion Forge IP and is one of the only black owned animation studios in the world, but unmatched in size and scale (and the only African-American owned studio with an Oscar®). The deal to bring Wendell Scott’s legacy to life comes on the heels of a busy year for David Steward II’s studio, which saw a stream of major deals including a “Hair Love” spinoff series (“Young Love’” with HBO Max), an exclusive first-look partnership with Imagine Kids+Family, and a multi-year / multi project joint venture partnership with Chinese studio Starlight Media.

About Wendell Scott

The story of Wendell Scott is not only a story of a single man defying the standards of the Jim Crow South, but the story of a man who had a goal, a drive, and a determination to accomplish that goal despite all of the challenges laid in front of him. The Wendell Scott brand is a call-to-action to those who not only desire to compete at the highest level, but desire to be the BEST at the highest level. Wendell Scott embodied a competitive cadence that giving up is way harder than trying.

Wendell Scott believed there is no such word as, can’t. This vision helped to build the vision for The Wendell Scott Foundation. WSF organization was established to commemorate the memory Wendell Scott and his plight of social justice and equality. We believe the values of Wendell Scott is a call-to-action to those who not only desire to achieve, but have the desire to be the best at the highest level. He embodied a competitive credence that giving up is much harder than succeeding.

He was inducted into The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the National Black Athletic Hall of Fame; is an honorary member of the Black American Racers Association; is lifetime member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

About Polarity

Polarity, LLC is a leading Black-owned diversified entertainment holding company. With expertise in publishing, film & television, and games, Polarity is focused on producing leading-edge, world-class content for a rapidly changing and diverse marketplace. Completely self-financed, Polarity has developed deep value chains across multiple market platforms to nurture individual brands and creator-driven content, and to produce long-lasting asset value across broad channel consumption.

Portfolio companies of Polarity include:

Lion Forge Animation: Independent animation production company partnering with premier creators and developers around the world

Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group: Major independent publisher of graphic novels and comics with a 20-year history of pushing creative boundaries. Channels: 1) Publishing, 2) Entertainment, 3) Games

Magnetic Press: Premium branded publisher of graphic novels and comics

Illustrated Syndicate: IP development and holding company; repository of deep and diverse IP libraries

Find out more at www.polarityltd.com. Polarity on LinkedIn:

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Monday, February 8, 2021

ARCA Introduces Reese’s Sweet Move Of The Race Award For 2021

ARCA Introduces Reese’s Sweet Move Of The Race Award For 2021 The Reese’s brand of candy will "sponsor" a special award in each ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West race in 2021: the Reese’s Sweet Move of the Race.

#ARCA Introduces Reese’s Sweet Move Of The Race Award For 2021


The Sweet Move of the Race will reward the team and/or driver who has performed a remarkable or extraordinary action during each event.

The award sponsorship will be determined via fan vote on the ARCA Menards Series’ Twitter page following each race.

Race fans should go to @ARCA_Racing on Twitter to vote for the Reese’s Sweet Move of the Race the day after the race starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. ET.

The Reese’s Sweet Move of the Race will be announced upon the conclusion of the voting period.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Sasha Banks to Waive Green Flag on the Great American Race

Sasha Banks to Waive Green Flag on the Great American Race WWE Superstar Sasha Banks will serve as the Honorary Starter for the 63rd DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, February 14. She will waive the green flag on the Great American Race, which is set for a 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) start at the 2.5-mile World Center of Racing. 


I am honored to be the official starter of the Daytona 500. I would like to thank NASCAR and our partners at FOX for this opportunity, said Sasha Banks. I can’t wait to get out to the track in front of the great fans and find out which driver has what it takes to be a “Legit Boss.”

Banks can be seen each week on Friday Night SmackDown, which airs live every Friday night on FOX. The current SmackDown Women’s Champion, she is one of the most celebrated Superstars in WWE, having held every major Women’s Championship in WWE. As a pioneer of the WWE Women’s Division, Banks has continuously broken down barriers and shattered glass ceilings, helping usher in WWE’s current Women’s Evolution. She is a former NXT® Women’s Champion, a multi-time Raw® Women’s Champion, and one half of the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.

Sasha Banks to Waive Green Flag on the Great American Race #NASCAR

“The tradition of having high-profile athletes, including those from WWE, as part of the Great American Race continues this year with Sasha Banks as our Honorary Starter, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “She is a true champion, and I know our fans will be anxious to see her drop the green flag on the historical 63rd DAYTONA 500.”



Banks’ appearance at the DAYTONA 500 marks the second consecutive year that a WWE Superstar has been a part of pre-race ceremonies. In 2020, Sheamus® was the Honorary Pace Car Driver. Daytona International Speedway has a long history of professional athletes being involved in official capacities at the DAYTONA 500, dating to 1977 when then-Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler was the Honorary Starter. More recently, another WWE Superstar, John Cena, was the 2012 Honorary Starter and the 2016 Honorary Pace Car Driver while former NFL great Peyton Manning was Honorary Pace Car Driver in 2018.

For information on the 2021 DAYTONA 500 and all Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, which kicks off on Tuesday, Feb. 9 with the 43rd Annual Busch Clash on the DAYTONA Road Course under the lights, fans can visit www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Tickets for Speedweeks events, excluding the DAYTONA 500 in which Denny Hamlin goes for a record third straight win, are still available. Fans wishing to attend are encouraged to quickly secure their seats. Excluding the DAYTONA 500, children 12 and under are FREE in the 100 level seating and $10 in all other reserved seating. Tickets start at $49 for adults for the Busch Clash, Thursday’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel At DAYTONA, Friday’s Nextera Energy 250 and Saturday’s doubleheader featuring the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. ® 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire for the ARCA Menards Series.

All Speedweeks events will be conducted in accordance with enhanced safety protocols and procedures to provide a safe environment for guests, NASCAR competitors, employees and the local community. All guests will be screened before entering the facility and will be required to wear face coverings while maintaining six feet social distancing throughout their visit.

For a schedule of on-track activities and protocols, logo onto www.DAYTONA500.com. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news.


Friday, February 5, 2021

Format Announced for 43rd Annual Busch Clash

Format Announced for 43rd Annual Busch Clash

Starting Lineup to be set Monday Evening During Blind Draw on facebook.com/DAYTONA

Format Announced for 43rd Annual Busch Clash #NASCAR



The format of next Tuesday night’s 43rd Annual Busch Clash At DAYTONA on the iconic DAYTONA Road course will be 35 laps with one scheduled caution set on lap 15, while the starting lineup for the will be determined via a blind draw Monday night on Daytona International Speedway’s Facebook page.

The draw can be seen Monday beginning at 9 p.m. on facebook.com/DAYTONA. NASCAR.com’s Alex Weaver will host the virtual event, and will be joined by Speedway President Chip Wile as well as the crew chiefs of each teams that will compete in the Busch Clash.

With 21 cans of Busch Beer on display, a number (1-21) will be affixed to the bottom each. In front of each can will be a letter and the crew chief will call out what letter they choose. Wile will then pick up the can, turn it upside down and reveal the starting position of each team.

The first pick will be for the No. 9 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Chevrolet team of Chase Elliott with crew chief – and Ormond Beach native – Alan Gustafson. 

Second will be for the No. 2 Team Penske Ford of Brad Keselowski and crew chief Jeremy Bullins. The draw will continue in order of the championship standings from 2020.

A total of 21 teams are scheduled to compete in this year’s Clash. Due to the pandemic, NASCAR adjusted the format for setting the field for a majority of its races last season. As such, the eligibility for the Busch Clash At DAYTONA – which has long been tied to Busch Pole Award wins in the previous season – has a new look. The eligibility requirements for the 2021 edition are:

  • 2020 Busch Pole Award winners
  • Past Busch Clash Winners who competed full-time in 2020
  • DAYTONA 500 Champions who competed full-time in 2020
  • Former DAYTONA 500 Busch Pole Winners who competed full-time in 2020
  • 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers
  • 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Race winners
  • 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Stage winners



The 21 drivers eligible to compete in the Busch Clash include:

  1. Aric Almirola (#10)
  2. Ryan Blaney (#12)
  3. Alex Bowman (#88)
  4. Chris Buescher (#17)
  5. Kurt Busch (#1)
  6. Kyle Busch (#18)
  7. William Byron (#24)
  8. Cole Custer (#41)
  9. Matt DiBenedetto (#21)
  10. Austin Dillon (#3)
  11. Ty Dillon (#23)
  12. Chase Elliott (#9)
  13. Denny Hamlin (#11)
  14. Kevin Harvick (#4)
  15. Erik Jones (#43)
  16. Brad Keselowski (#2)
  17. Joey Logano (#22)
  18. Ryan Newman (#6)
  19. Tyler Reddick (#8)
  20. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.,(#47)
  21. Martin Truex, Jr. (#19).


Seven of the entries are former winners of the Busch Clash, led by Harvick and Hamlin with three wins each, along with one-time victors Keselowski, Logano, Kyle and Kurt Busch, as well as defending champion Jones.

One of the most unique and anticipated events in all of motorsports, the Busch Clash At DAYTONA will mark the first time the traditional exhibition-style event will tackle the track’s 14-turn, 3.61-mile road course, plus will take place under the lights with a scheduled a 7:00 p.m. ET start. Drivers will compete on the same storied course (with the lone addition a NASCAR fourth-turn chicane) of as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and the DAYTONA 200, North America’s premier races for sports cars and motorcycles, respectively. The road course was introduced to NASCAR’s top three national series this past August for the first time.



Tickets for Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, excluding the DAYTONA 500 in which Hamlin goes for a record third straight win, are still available. Fans wishing to attend are encouraged to secure their seats. Excluding the DAYTONA 500, children 12 and under are FREE in the 100 level seating and $10 in all other reserved seating. Tickets start at $49 for adults for the Busch Clash, Thursday’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel At DAYTONA, Friday’s Nextera Energy 250 and Saturday’s doubleheader featuring the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. ® 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire for the ARCA Menards Series.

For information and a complete schedule of all racing events as part of Speedweeks, log onto www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. Tickets are also available for the track’s tripleheader weekend on the DAYTONA Road course (Feb. 19-21), featuring NASCAR’s top three national series.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Want to #Win a RV from Busch Beer?

Want to #Win a RV from Busch Beer?

Begins at the start of the Busch Clash / 7:00 pm EST on 02/09/2021


Want to #Win a RV from Busch Beer? #NASCAR

Next week marks the return of NASCAR. Busch, the official beer of the sport is kicking the season off in style with an incredible opportunity for fans.

During the Busch Clash, Busch will be gifting one lucky fan a brand-new RV.

Busch Clash is meant to be a celebration of the upcoming NASCAR season, and Busch wants to provide NASCAR fans with a special prize that gives a chance to get them closer to the action than ever before!

To celebrate the Clash, and upcoming season, Busch is asking fans to keep their “hand-le the car” and will be giving away a brand new RV to one lucky winner!

How To Enter

All you need to do is tweet during the Clash; one tweet for every 5 laps including the #HandOnRV  and #BuschSweepstakes.  
 
Please Tell Them NASCAR Race Mom Sent You

Buschhhhhhh, the official beer of #NASCAR

BUSCH® HAND-LE ON RV SWEEPSTAKES

No Purchase Necessary. Open to US residents 21+. Begins at the start of the Busch Clash scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm EST on 2/9/21 (“Race”) and ends at the conclusion of lap thirty-five (35) of the Race. Multiple entry periods. See Official Rules at busch.com/RVrules for entry deadlines, prize & details. Msg & data rates may apply. Void where prohibited.

Prize Details

Prize (1 total): Winner will receive one (1) Busch branded RV. Approximate Retail Value is $50,000,00, Winner may choose to take a cash option in the amount of $30,000.00 in lieu of the prize.