Friday, March 26, 2021

Covid Safety for the Food City Dirt Race Weekend

Covid Safety for the Food City Dirt Race Weekend

Fan Checklist for March 27 & 28th

Detailed Schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Races

Detailed Schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Races

#ItsBristolBaby Trucks on Saturday & Cup on Sunday

Detailed Schedule for Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Races


The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will join the dirt racing fun at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. The Pinty’s Dirt Race will be held tomorrow, as the primary companion race to Sunday’s Food City Dirt Race in the NASCAR Cup Series. This much-anticipated race will showcase the Cup Series on a dirt racing surface for the first time in more than 50 years!


Friday, March 26

  • 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. — Cup haulers enter (screening & equipment unload)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Truck haulers enter (screening & equipment unload)
  • Noon – 10 p.m. — Cup garage open
  • 12:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Truck garage open
  • 3:05 – 3:55 p.m. — Truck practice (FS1)
  • 4:05 – 4:55 p.m. — Cup practice (FS1)
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m. — Track prep
  • 5:35 – 6:25 p.m. — Final Truck practice (FS1)
  • 6:35 – 7:25 p.m. — Final Cup practice (FS1)


Saturday, March 27

  • 11:30 a.m. — Truck garage opens
  • 1 – 9:30 p.m. — Cup garage openz
  • 4:30 p.m. — First Truck qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)
  • 4:45 p.m. — Second Truck qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)
  • 5 p.m. — Third Truck qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)
  • 5:15 p.m. — Fourth Truck qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)
  • 5:30 – 6 p.m. — Track prep
  • 6 p.m. — First Cup qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)
  • 6:15 p.m. — Second Cup qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)
  • 6:30 p.m. — Third Cup qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)
  • 6:45 p.m. — Fourth Cup qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)
  • 7- 7:30 p.m. — Track prep
  • 7:35 p.m. — Truck Series drivers report to their vehicles
  • 7:40 p.m. — Truck Series driver introductions
  • 8 p.m. — Truck Series race; 150 laps/75 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)


Sunday, March 28

  • 9 a.m. — Cup garage opens
  • 3:20 p.m. — Cup drivers report to their vehicles
  • 3:25 p.m. — Cup driver introductions
  • 3:30 p.m. — Cup Series race; 250 laps/125 miles (Fox, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)





Thursday, March 25, 2021

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS at Bristol Race Preview

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS at Bristol Race Preview

March 27, 2021 “Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt” (Stages 40/90/150 laps = 75 miles)

By: Nascarvd Nascarvédé


Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS at Bristol Race Preview #NASCAR



This Friday 26th and Saturday 27th March is in Tennessee that we are going to eat mud and dust! 


Indeed, it will be the first time that the 0.533 mile oval at Bristol has been covered with a thick layer of dirt for a NASCAR race. If for the Cup Series, there had not been a dirt race since 1970 in Raleigh, NC with the victory of The King Richard Petty himself. 


For the NCWTS it's not necessary to go back so far in time. Because between 2013 and 2019, there were 7 races at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. The half mile belonging to Tony Stewart having offered very good races. Last year, if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn't disrupted everything, there would have been the 8th edition of the Eldora race on July 30. But it was called off, preventing rookie Derek Kraus from making his dirt debut in a national NASCAR Series.


But this year, Eldora is off the NCWTS schedule for obscure reasons. To put it simply, Tony Stewart and NASCAR couldn't come to an agreement.


But NASCAR is never short of ideas. And if she can get complicated, she doesn't hesitate! Because there are so many beautiful dirt tracks in the USA, so why the hell went to put hundreds of tons of dirt on the Bristol oval… At a time when we are talking about ecology and reducing costs… NASCAR managed to do just the opposite. Because what logistics to bring all this dirt on place. Hundreds of trucks… And what a cost to prepare the track before… to dismantle and clean everything a few days later… In short, it's incomprehensible and totally ridiculous.


I will only change my mind if Derek wins the race!


Young Derek Kraus

Young Derek Kraus

Young Derek Kraus



And we come to the experience of Derek Kraus on dirt track. She's not tall. In fact, apart from his first years of GoKart competition (with success), he did not race much on dirt, moving very quickly to asphalt.



Derek Kraus in 2018 at the Tomahawk Speedway,


His most recent races are one race in 2018 at the Tomahawk Speedway, WI in Street Stock Series (7th) and two races in K&N Pro Series West in 2018 (17th) and 2019 (6th) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track but each time he was the driver who had led the most laps. He had just been unlucky. Note that he had won his qualifying races each time. He will also find many of his opponents from the K&N era such as Sheldon Creed or Hailie Deegan.


Derek Kraus - K&N Pro Series West in 2018

Derek Kraus in 2019 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway



This will be the 2nd time that Hunter Nation has been Derek's main sponsor this year. I hope it goes better than in Las Vegas. Friday there will be two practices which will be very useful to understand this new track. On Saturday there will be the qualifying races. Their results will determine the starting grid for the main race. And you must not damage your truck. Because the main race will take place barely 3 hours later!


The mode for determining the starting grid is once again… complicated… In short, to keep things simple, it will be necessary to finish in the top10 and if possible not to lose position in relation to its starting position…


The main race will consist of 3 segments. Tire changes and refueling will only be allowed during the competition caution between each stage. Relatively short courses with respectively 40, 50 and 60 laps for a total of 75 miles. Either the shortest race of the season.


There are 44 entered including Cup drivers, coming to train on dirt like Martin Truex, Jr. or Kevin Harvick for example. The first thing to do is survive. Because this race is likely to be a real crashfest. 

  • Objective number 1, finish the race. 
  • Objective number 2, finish it as high as possible. 

But with dirt racing specialists like Kyle Larson, Stewart Friesen or Sheldon Creed. It might be difficult for victory. But Derek is a fighter and is always in “never give up” mode!


Matt Noyce did only one race as a crew chief in NCWTS on dirt. It was in 2019 at Eldora with Ben Rhodes. They had obtained the 14th position.


Finally, note that there will be three (3) girls with Hailie Deegan, Jennifer Jo Cobb and newcomer Jessica Friesen who is none other than the wife of Stewart Friesen. And this will be the first time that a husband and wife couple have competed in a national NASCAR race at the same time since Elton Sawyer and Patty Moise. It was November 7, 1998 at Atlanta in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.


GO Derek GO !!


Entry list, starting lineup and much more here:


Race live this Saturday on FS1 at 8:00 p.m. ET (Qualifying races at 4:30 p.m.)


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Will #NASCAR #LetTimmyRace?


Top Ten Finish for Timmy Hill 

  1. William Byron
  2. Tyler Reddick
  3. Christopher Bell
  4. Garrett Smithley
  5. James Davison
  6. Alex Bowman
  7. Kyle Larson
  8. Timmy Hill
  9. Ross Chastain
  10. Joey Gase


Update: Timmy Hill is in!!! Great Job All

Kudos to Austin Cindric, Brad Keselowski, Penske, and Timmy Hill Fans!

It is not too late – Please #LetTimmyRace

Will #NASCAR #LetTimmyRace?

Despite the success of a win in the 2020 Pro Invitational Series, NASCAR has left Veteran NASCAR Racer Timmy Hill of of the 2021 List of Invitees. The NASCAR Fans are as much in the dark as NASCAR Race Mom. 


It is not too late – Please
#LetTimmyRace #ProInvitationalSeries

Race Fan's Guide to Enjoying the Food City Dirt Race Weekend

Race Fan's Guide to Enjoying the Food City Dirt Race Weekend

Be Prepared to Get Dirty

Race Fan's Guide to Enjoying the Food City Dirt Race Weekend #NASCAR



After a half-century absence from dirt, NASCAR’s top tour returns to its roots this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.


At last week’s Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals, race fans were treated to a variety of late models and modifieds banging and bumping on a red clay mosaic atop the traditional .533-mile concrete surface—three months in the making.


Kyle Larson, the most accomplished dirt racer on the Cup tour, tested the conditions during the Super Late Model contests at Bristol last weekend.


“The track is fun,” Larson said following his second-place finish on Friday. “It’s got some bumps and characteristics that helped the groove open up a little bit. It’s definitely cool.” 



Now, the wait is almost over for the most anticipated event on the 2021 NASCAR calendar—the Food City Dirt Race.


While no one knows quite what to expect this weekend, a little preparation can go a long way in making the experience memorable.


As stock cars get ready to play in the Bluff City clay at the Last Great Colosseum, the uninitiated dirt fan can take a page from the competitors’ playbook. When the dirt starts flying, no surface is safe. Just as the race teams will take precautions to protect components—and drivers—from an inordinate amount of dust, spectators must do the same.


In addition to the traditional creature comforts hauled to the track like ear protection, seat cushions, blankets and sunscreen, dirt fans know a good set of goggles or sunglasses goes a long way toward not missing any of the action.


Bring a clean sock or stocking to use as a filter for your beverage in case there’s no lid. And speaking of lids, a good hat, cap or hoodie will keep chunks of mud from flying into your hair or ears. Comfortable boots are also a good idea—particularly should there be any weather issues. Packs of sanitizing wipes and Swiffer dust pads are great for cleaning scanners, cell phones and seat cushions.


Also remember, it’s still a Sullivan County mandate to wear a mask, but once you get to your seat you can remove it. However, with all the dust and dirt flying you may find it beneficial to keep it out of your mouth and nose.


Mama probably told you never to wear white before Memorial Day, but white clothes at a dirt track is never a good idea. Wear comfortable clothes that you are ok getting dirty. This rule goes for shoes too. We highly encourage you not to wear your brand new pair of white Air Force Ones.


The general rule is at a dirt track, it gets, ….well, dirty! Your seat will be a little dustier than usual. Some folks opt to bring a hand towel to wipe off their seat, hands and face. While other folks enjoy it as part of the full experience – sometimes it’s just a fun time to get dirty!




Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Rising Country Star Larry Fleet To Perform Preceding Historic Food City Dirt Race

Rising Country Star Larry Fleet To Perform Preceding Historic Food City Dirt Race



Praised by CMT as “a rising country artist with a rich, bluesy voice,” Larry Fleet has struck a major chord with fans as his powerhouse sound is taking Country music by storm.


Rising Country Star Larry Fleet To Perform Preceding Historic Food City Dirt Race
That storm will thunder into iconic Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 28, as the rising star will perform the pre-race concert prior to the start of the historic Food City Dirt Race NASCAR Cup Series race, track officials announced today.


The one time construction worker who was discovered by fellow Country artist Jake Owen in 2017 while playing a friend’s backyard party, Fleet will take the stage at the Sugarlands Roof at Turn 4 in the track’s infield at approximately 2:30 p.m., safely distanced away from fans and participants.


Fleet joins a long list of Country artists who have sang inside The Last Great Colosseum, including most recently Pryor & Lee, Kenny Chesney, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Old Dominion, The Band Perry, A Thousand Horses and Travis Denning, among others.


“Bristol is the birthplace of Country Music and we are thrilled to bring in another powerful voice to get things started the right way at the historic Food City Dirt Race,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. “Music here at Bristol Motor Speedway is such a major tradition and Larry Fleet is a perfect choice to entertain the fans before we buckle in for some thrilling racing action on the dirt.”


Fleet’s first single, “Where I Find God” recently hit the airwaves to critical acclaim and follows the success of his first album, “Workin’ Hard,” which was released in November 2019 on Big Loud Records. His performance at BMS will be his first ever at a NASCAR event.


“I’ve always been a massive fan of Bristol and it’s been on my bucket list to go,” Fleet says. “Playing the pre-race show my first time being at the track makes it that much sweeter and it’s something I’ll always remember. The Food City Dirt Race can’t get here quick enough!”


The Food City Dirt Race at the dirt-transformed Bristol Motor Speedway is the first race on a dirt surface for the NASCAR Cup Series in more than 50 years. Richard Petty won the last Cup race on dirt in 1970 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.


The Food City Dirt Race will air on FOX and PRN Radio at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. The weekend also will feature Bush’s Beans Practice Day on Friday, March 26 and the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt for the Camping World Truck Series on Saturday, March 27, with the green flag dropping under the lights at 8 p.m. and race coverage by FS1 and MRN Radio.



About Larry Fleet

Blue-collar, Tennessee-native Larry Fleet grew up with a love of music sparked by an eclectic mix of influences spanning from Merle Haggard to Marvin Gaye. To make ends meet, Fleet spent tireless hours working construction jobs – never losing his dream of making music. A chance encounter with Jake Owen in 2017 led to a collaborative friendship and an opening slot on the road with Owen. Not long after, Fleet was sharing the stage with a living legend and one of his heroes – Willie Nelson – and etching his mark in the Nashville songwriting community co-writing with esteemed tunesmiths including Rhett Akins, Brett James and Kendell Marvel. The hard-working family man (and father of 1-year-old son, Waylon) is now turning heads with his debut single “Where I Find God” – a powerful ode to finding peace in the higher power’s presence. Garnering Fleet praise for his “emotive vocals” (Billboard), the song’s official music video continues to resonate with fans, amassing 13 MILLION YouTube views. “Where I Find God” follows the release of Fleet’s aptly-titled debut album on Big Loud Records, WORKIN’ HARD, produced by studio ace Joey Moi.



Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS At Atlanta: Race Review

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS At Atlanta (4/22): Race Review

Bodes Well for the Next Races

By: Nascarvd Nascarvédé 


Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS At Atlanta: Race Review


On Saturday in Atlanta, under blue skies, Derek and the entire #19 NAPA MHR Team almost played a score without false notes. I say almost because it didn't miss much to get a top10 or even better.


From his distant 29th position on the starting grid, however, the task was not easy. But from the start the Toyota Tundra #19 had a great pace and in just 10 laps it had already gained ten positions. But on the mile and a half oval in Hampton, GA, the gaps were bigs and despite this strong comeback, the chances of making it into the top10 at the end of the first stage seemed slim. 


How to catch 8 seconds in the last 15 laps? The competition caution halfway through the stage (17th lap) was going to be the solution thanks to a strategy very inspired by Matt Noyce. Derek was one of the few drivers who returned to the pit lane to put on new tires. And on such an abrasive track, that's an advantage. But at the restart Derek found himself again far from the top10 at the 28th position. But in barely 10 laps, thanks to a very incisive driving, he was going to move up the peloton. Entering the top10 with 5 laps from the end, he was not going to settle for this position and will finally finish the 1st stage with an excellent 6th position. And 5 points won for the championship! Finally stage points, the firsts of the year !!


An overloaded pitlane during the yellow flag, a distant position with the 3rd pit box after the pitlane entrance and unfortunately positions will be lost. At the restart of the 2nd stage Derek is 19th. But he will drive intelligently and succeed in returning to the top 10 at the end of this 2nd stage. And a new point gleaned for the championship. But it could have been better without the lost positions.


Because the race was crystal clear. No incident will slow down the race. And that's what will miss in the final stage for the #19 team. Why ? Because during the pit stop at the end of the 2nd stage, the team will make its only mistake of the day. Too fast for a fraction of a second. One of the members of the pit crews will touch the asphalt too quickly and this will not escape the NASCAR officials… “crewmember over the wall too soon”… 

Result a penalty forcing Derek to start at the back of the peloton in 27th position. The final segment is longer and the last 63 laps will be done without the slightest yellow flag. But to get back into the peloton, you have to attack. And who says incisive driving in traffic says premature tire wear. So Derek will gain 14 positions but he will lose a lap at the end of the race. He finally finished 13th and first driver in one lap. And this is where we regret that there was not a yellow flag. Because that would have allowed team #19 to benefit from the free pass and to put the 5th and last set of new tires which was still available. And with that it was the top 5 or even better! Because Derek certainly didn't have the best lap times during the race since he never had the clean air, but he was very fast. As proof, he was the one who overtook the most trucks under green flags with 82 !! Far ahead of Ross Chastain and Spencer Davis who made 63. Kyle Busch for example only made 10. That's the advantage of starting from the first row.


But this 13th position should not be seen as a failure. On the contrary, it brings a lot of positive. Derek already climbs from 24th to 15th position in the championship. Then we could see that the Tundra was fast on this type of oval. That Matt Noyce is a good strategist. “Matt is a thinker” as Kathy, Derek’s mom, told me. And finally the pit crews did a good job. Let’s not throw stones at them for this little “mistake”. On the contrary, it's even positive. They want to go fast because they are over-motivated!


And then for the record Kyle Busch wins the race, yes it is ... But with one lug nut not safe and secure. If we voluntarily "forget" to secure a lug nut, it's sure that we gain a little time in the pitlane… I cannot remember when Kyle Busch won a race with a car 100% compliant in the post-race inspection. I say that ... I say nothing ...


Next race on March 27 in Bristol Motor Speedway, TN on the dirt track. There will be a show! GO Derek GO !!


Race Results


Monday, March 22, 2021

#NASCAR Atlanta Race Recap

#NASCAR Atlanta Race Recap

Winners: Ryan Blaney (Cup); Justin Allgaier (Xfinity); Kyle Busch (Trucks)

Ryan Blaney win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Ryan Blaney win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

All of Ryan Blaney's NASCAR Cup Series wins have come with a move in the final 10 laps of a race.


The 27-year-old did it for a fifth time Sunday, ripping the victory away from Kyle Larson with eight laps to go in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


Blaney's previous best finish at the 1.5-mile quad-oval track was fourth. He started 10th and lurked until he found an opening to pounce.


"Gosh, we had a great long-run car all day," Blaney said. "It took us a little bit to get going, but I was pretty free all day. We made a really good change to tighten me up where I needed it and it looked like Kyle was getting loose.


"I'm happy it worked in our favor that there were a couple long runs at the end that helped us get there. We're been good this year and had some bad breaks so it's nice to close out a race like that. That was awesome."


Larson led 269 of the 325 laps, but quickly lost touch with Blaney once the pass was executed. He was bidding to become the first repeat winner this season. Instead, Blaney became the sixth driver to take a checkered flag.


Allgaier Pilots EchoPark Machine to Victory Lane in EchoPark 250

Allgaier Pilots EchoPark Machine to Victory Lane in EchoPark 250


Hounded by Martin Truex Jr. for a tense final 13 laps, Justin Allgaier held off the veteran to win the EchoPark 250 on Saturday evening at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


Allgaier won for the first time this season and the first time at AMS. His No. 7 EchoPark team struggled mightily in the first four races of the 2021, but finished in the top 10 last week and broke through for the checkered flag Saturday.


"We have had a rough go at it," Allgaier said. "Today was more about digging deep and persevering. I knew Martin was going to be coming at the end of the race there.


"It's really special. I'm just proud of the guys. We had great pit stops all day and made great adjustments all day. At the end, we put ourselves in the right spot."


Truex charged to the lead after starting 18th. Truex, who last competed in the Xfinity series in 2010, overtook the top spot on Lap 7. He held it until a penalty on Lap 114 of 163.


Kyle Busch dominates the Fr8Auctions 200

Kyle Busch dominates the Fr8Auctions 200


Kyle Busch dominated the last 30 laps and finished more than four seconds ahead of the field to win the Fr8Auctions 200 on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


It was his 60th Camping World Series Truck race victory.


"It's always cool to get back to victory lane," Busch said. "And it's good to see John Hunter come home with a top-3 today, too. Obviously him racing for a championship, that's important."


John Hunter Nemechek, as the standings leader, started on the pole. The 23-year-old was coming off a win in Las Vegas on March 5 where he held off his team owner, Busch. It set up another showdown between the two Toyotas in Atlanta.


At least until Busch began to pull away from the field in the final stage. Nemechek finished third.


"I was hoping to beat Kyle, but I didn't have anything for him at the end," Nemechek said with a little laugh.




Saturday, March 20, 2021

Kyle Busch dominates the Fr8Auctions 200

Kyle Busch dominates the Fr8Auctions 200
Kyle Busch dominates the Fr8Auctions 200 #NASCAR


Kyle Busch dominated the last 30 laps and finished more than four seconds ahead of the field to win the Fr8Auctions 200 on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


It was his 60th Camping World Series Truck race victory.


"It's always cool to get back to victory lane," Busch said. "And it's good to see John Hunter come home with a top-3 today, too. Obviously him racing for a championship, that's important."


John Hunter Nemechek, as the standings leader, started on the pole. The 23-year-old was coming off a win in Las Vegas on March 5 where he held off his team owner, Busch. It set up another showdown between the two Toyotas in Atlanta.



At least until Busch began to pull away from the field in the final stage. Nemechek finished third.


 "I was hoping to beat Kyle, but I didn't have anything for him at the end," Nemechek said with a little laugh.


Austin Hill also made a significant move down the stretch, carving his way up to second, but there was no overcoming the gap to Busch. The runner-up finish was Hill's best of the season.


"That last restart we had, I was trying to save my tires a little bit," Hill said. "I didn't want to kill them right off the bat. I started matching Kyle's lap times and we had the green-flag restarts and got out in second. The pit crew did an awesome job today, but I gave that gap up and I could never close it. I needed to be a little quicker."


The Winston Ga., native, who wore a UGA mask for his post-race TV interview, lamented this being the lone AMS stop for the trucks this season. Only the Cup and Xfinity Series return in July for the track's second weekend of the 2021.


"All in all, a solid day," Hill said. "I love Atlanta Motor Speedway, my home track. Can't thank the fans enough for coming out. It was awesome to have you guys back. I just wish we could have gotten the job done and wish we could come back. This is a fun place to run."


Johnny Sauter was fourth and Sheldon Creed, the only Chevy among a slew of Toyotas at the top of the standings, was fifth.

Zane Smith, Ross Chastain, Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top 10. Crafton (2015) and Moffitt (2018) are former winners at Atlanta. The 2020 winner, Grant Enfinger, was 11th.

It was just the fourth race of the 2021 season. Ben Rhodes won the first two at Daytona, on the super speedway and then the road course, in February.


Fold of Honor Lap Thirteen Tribute

Fold of Honor Lap Thirteen Tribute

Honor Their Sacrifice.
Educate Their Legacy.

Fans attending Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be asked to raise and hold replicas of folded American flags on Lap 13 in a show of honor.

Click Here To Print Folded American Flag Replica 


Fold of Honor Lap Thirteen Tribute #NASCAR


Print out a folded flag and tweet a photo of yourself holding it on the thirteenth lap of tomorrow’s cup race using the hashtag #FOHQT500 to help pay tribute.



The event is also a fundraiser for Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that helps to pay for the education of children and adults whose parents or spouses are killed or injured in military service. Each of the 13 folds in a ceremonial flag has a specific meaning. 

This is what the 13 folds mean:

  1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
  2. The second fold signifies our belief in eternal life.
  3. The third fold is made in honor and tribute of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace.
  4. The fourth fold exemplifies our weaker nature as citizens trusting in God; it is to Him we turn for His divine guidance.
  5. The fifth fold is an acknowledgement to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealign with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
  6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies.
  8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
  9. The ninth fold is an honor to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
  10. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first-born.
  11. The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  12. The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
  13. The last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.” 


The ‘Folds of Honor’ began with Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney


The ‘Folds of Honor’ began with Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney’s  flight home from his second tour of duty in Iraq. An F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, he became painfully aware of the realities families face when a loved one in uniform is fallen or disabled. 


As his flight landed, the pilot announced they carried the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin on board. Lt. Colonel Rooney watched as Corporal Bucklin’s twin brother walked somberly alongside the flag-covered casket to meet his family on the tarmac. Among them was the deceased Corporal’s young son, Jacob.


Since that night, Lt Col Rooney has committed his life – through the Folds of Honor – to provide scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. Jacob Bucklin became the first Folds of Honor scholarship recipient in 2007. 





Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy

Atlanta Motor Speedway #NASCAR Weekend Schedule

Triple Header: Trucks, Xfinity, & Cup


Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • 8:00 a.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series Haulers Enter
  • 9:00 a.m. - Parking Lots Open
  • 10:00 a.m. – Fan Zone Opens
  • 1:00 p.m. – Gates 10, 12, 13, and 15 Open
  • 2:10 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Introductions
  • 2:30 p.m. – Fr8Auctions 200 Begins
  • 4:45 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Introductions
  • 5:00 p.m. – EchoPark 250 Begins



Sunday, March 21, 2021

  • 6:00 a.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Haulers Enter
  • 9:00 a.m. - Parking Lots Open
  • 10:00 a.m. – Fan Zone Opens
  • 12:30 p.m. – Gates 1, 10, 12, 13, 14, and 15 Open
  • 1:45 p.m. – Pre-Race Entertainment featuring Jeff Foxworthy 
  • 2:45 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Driver Introductions
  • 3:00 p.m. – Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Begins



Grandstand seats for the March 20 Fr8Auctions 200 and EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway are sold out.

The Speedway sold the last of its available grandstand tickets for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events today, reaching the capacity currently permitted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order.


Atlanta Motor Speedway previously announced a sellout of its limited capacity grandstands for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. 






Thursday, March 18, 2021

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Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS At Atlanta Race Preview

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS At Atlanta Race Preview

March 20, 2021 “Fr8Auctions 200”

(Stages 30/60/130 laps = 200.02 miles)

By: Nascarvd Nascarvédé


Derek Kraus - #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series #19


A special milestone for Derek Kraus: 50th race with NAPA as a primary sponsor.


This Saturday will mark an important milestone in the relationship between Derek Kraus and NAPA. Indeed since Derek arrived at Bill McAnally Racing (McAnally-Hilgemann Racing) in 2017, he has always worn the NAPA logo (and / or its derivatives) on his cars and firesuits. In Atlanta, not far away of the NAPA headquarters, it will be the 87th time (89 if we take into account the 2 races with DGR-Crosley in 2018 in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) that Derek will proudly wear their colors. And more specifically it will be the 50th time that NAPA has been Derek Kraus' main sponsor in a NASCAR race. A great longevity in a partnership which has had many successes together.


*And I do not take into account the SLM races.


The 13th annual race at Atlanta should see Derek Kraus and his new crew chief Matt Noyce secure their first top 5 of the season. And why not victory? Because last year, when he was discovering the 1.5 mile track in Hampton, GA, he had been remarkably efficient by securing a nice 7th position. He even pocketed the points for 3rd position during the 2nd stage. This allowed him to return to the top 10 in the championship.


This year, same thing, no practice nor qualifying session. Due to his disappointment in Las Vegas (32nd, the engine had lost power shortly after the start of the race) and his position in the championship (24th), Derek will have to start the race beyond the 20th position. You will have to be fast while preserving your tires to move up the rankings in the 1st stage. The main thing will be to be around the top10 to start the final stage. The Atlanta track is a tire killer. Its old abrasive and uneven surface does not forgive in case of excessive slips. But that's exactly the type of oval Derek likes.


And Derek regained some confidence after his excellent return to the ARCA West Series in Phoenix where he obtained a nice 5th position last week despite some mechanical problems at the start of the race.


But the competition will be tough with his opponents to which we must add Kyle Busch.



Note the return to the age of 60 of Bill Lester after almost 15 years of absence from NCWTS! His last race being Nashville, August 11, 2007! Atlanta he has known well having done 6 races in NCWTS with a 15th position as the best result. But it dates back to 2004! Derek Kraus was not even 3 years old then! But it was also in Atlanta that Bill made his first Cup Series start in 2006. But Bill will not be the oldest of the race, as this honor remains to Norm Benning at 69 years old!


Good news concerning the 5 members of the pit crews since the quintet remains the same from Las Vegas. This stability race after race is one of the keys to success. Because it's from cohesion that performance is born!


GO Derek GO !!


Entry list, starting lineup and much more- Click Here


Race live this Saturday on FS1 at 2:30 p.m. ET



Derek Kraus - #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series #19





Tuesday, March 16, 2021

FOX Entertainment's Free Streaming Service Tubi Heads to NASCAR with Chip Ganassi Racing

FOX Entertainment's Free Streaming Service Tubi Heads to NASCAR with Chip Ganassi Racing

Tubi to Sponsor Ross Chastain’s No. 42 Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Mar. 21 and Kurt Busch’s No. 1 Chevrolet at Richmond Raceway on Apr. 18

FOX Entertainment's Free Streaming Service Tubi Heads to NASCAR with Chip Ganassi Racing


The free streaming platform Tubi (, a division of FOX Entertainment, announced its first-ever branded integration at NASCAR, kicking off its partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and the No. 42 team, led by driver Ross Chastain, in Atlanta on March 21. Tubi will also make an appearance on the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro with former NASCAR Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, at Richmond Raceway on April 17. The partnership will feature Tubi as the primary partner on each car, in-car cameras and driver firesuits at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond Raceway. FOX Sports’ veteran reporter and newly named Tubi Ambassador Erin Andrews will also serve as Grand Marshal on behalf of Tubi in Atlanta.


“We’re excited to make history with FOX as Tubi appears at its first NASCAR race,” said Natalie Bastian, Vice President, Marketing at Tubi. “Our collaboration is a uniquely organic one, given both Tubi and NASCAR have such a massive and diverse audience and we’re thrilled that established drivers Ross Chastain and Kurt Busch will be in the driver’s seat, as well as Tubi Ambassador Erin Andrews being a Grand Marshal.”


“The car looks great and I’m excited to welcome Tubi to the No. 42 team for the Atlanta race,” said Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 42 Tubi Chevrolet. “FOX does a great job bringing NASCAR into homes each weekend through their race broadcast and it’s great that our team can help highlight the Tubi streaming service from FOX to those same fans.”


Tubi has more than 30,000 movies and television shows from over 250 content partners, including nearly every major studio. The service gives fans of films and television programs an easy way to discover new content that is available completely free.



Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, and soon on Hisense TVs globally. 


Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at


souce: Team PR


Monday, March 15, 2021

2021 ARCA Menards Series West at Phoenix

2021 ARCA Menards Series West at Phoenix

Detailed Race Review

By Nascarvd Nascarvédé


"Not too bad for the West drivers!"

March 12, on a cold Friday night race on the Phoenix Raceway at Avondale, AZ, Ty Gibbs won the General Tire 150, a combination race between the national ARCA Menards Series and the regional ARCA Menards Series West.


An eventful race with accidents, aggressive overtaking and the little personal touch offered by Mother Nature!


Following the cancellation of the qualifying session due to the rain, per ARCA rule books the result of the practice was used to establish the starting grid. Ty Gibbs (Joe Gibbs Racing) securing the “pole” ahead of Daytona race winner Corey Heim. Zane Smith is the best representative of the West Series in 8th position. There are a total of 14 drivers flying the "West Series" flag out of the 30 participants in the race. I suggest that you analyze the race of our friends in the West Series driver by driver, taking into account their finish position.



-5th = Derek Kraus (# 19)

I invite you to read the article dedicated to him and available on my Facebook page (Click Here).



-6th  Jesse Love

6th - Jesse Love - ARCA Menards West Series


The 2020 champion lives up to his status as champion and favorite to his own succession by being the best representative of the drivers who will make the full season in the West Series this year. After a tire puncture early, he continuously held a position in the top 10 and managed to resist Drew Dollar, who had one of the 3 fastest cars in the race, on the last restart to finish in 6th position. He's virtually the leader of the West Series championship as the drivers preceding him in the standings will not make the full season.



-8th Todd Souza

-8th Todd Souza - ARCA Menards West Series


10th during the practice, he maintained himself in this position easily until contact with the wall at the exit of turn 2. Benefiting from the free pass during the 5th yellow flag, he patiently climbed back into the peloton to join the top10 again around the 90th lap. The strategy even allows him to be in second position during the restart on the 134th lap. Unfortunately, he made his tires spin a little too much and lost many positions. But the Ford is fast and especially Todd is very consistent lap after lap. This allows him to obtain an excellent 8th position.



-10th Trevor Huddleston

A real rescue! Because Trevor had a fast car but he suffered a problem early in the race causing him to lose 2 laps on the leaders. Already compromising his chances in the championship against Jesse Love? You would have thought so because while Jesse was riding "quietly" in the top 10, Trevor had to fight to move up the rankings. He will never be able to benefit from the free pass and will thank the Lord for the misfortunes of his opponents. This allows him to save a top10 and to be only 4 points behind in the championship against Jesse.



-11th Paul Pedroncelli, Jr.

-11th Paul Pedroncelli, Jr. - ARCA Menards West Series


We were surprised to see him on the entry list and he almost did the feat of getting a top10. As in Sonoma during his last race in West in 2019, he finished at the door of the top10 and this in the greatest discretion! The TV did not find it "useful" to offer him screen time when he well deserved it! The presence of Ty Joiner as crew chief has shown its effectiveness.



-12th Cole Moore

The 2nd full time BMR team rider lacked performance compared to his teammates Derek Kraus and Jesse Love. He was new to the track, but he was never really able to aim for a top10. But let's give it time to find its bearings.



-15th Dean Thompson

-15th Dean Thompson - ARCA Menards West Series


Quite simply, lack of speed. But a studious race and big points in the optics of the title of best rookie against Jake Drew.



-16th Joey Iest

-16th Joey Iest - ARCA Menards West Series


Definitely there is a curse hanging over Joey in the West Series. He shows once again that he's fast but a spin late in the race puts definitively an end to his hopes for a good result. While in the East Series he's 100% of the time in the top5, he still hasn't achieved a top 10 in West in 5 races. Incomprehensible. A real mystery.



-17th Tony Toste

-17th Tony Toste - ARCA Menards West Series


A little rusty? Let's be honest, as much as I love PP1M, there is one thing that didn't work here in Phoenix because the #77 was one of the slowest cars on the track if you don't factor in the Fast Track Racing turtles... 



-18th Jake Drew

A good start to the race but the second half was more complicated. A good learning session for the Bruncati Racing rookie. 



-22th Bridget Burgess

-22th Bridget Burgess - ARCA Menards West Series


The only girl under the checkered flag. The other two haven't even completed the first lap. Unfortunately the #88 Chevrolet was delayed too long due to a technical problem. Once back on track, it was only for fun and to get information that will be useful for the next races.


-23th Takuma Koga

-23th Takuma Koga - ARCA Menards West Series


It’s the disappointment of the race. Because Takuma was driving very well and he was in 9th position when unfortunately he had an accident. Bodes well for the rest of the season.



-24th Bobby Hillis, Jr.

-24th Bobby Hillis, Jr. - ARCA Menards West Series


Only one lap during the practice following an accident ... And the lack of rolling was felt. An unstable car that will end its race in the wall.



-28th Zane Smith

Nothing to say except that it's bad luck. Very fast during the practice, it was unfortunately hit from the 1st turn by Gracie Trotter. Race over when he was a candidate for the top 5 or even better.


We'll have to be patient because the next West Series race will take place on the Sonoma road track on June 5…! An eternity ... 

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