Saturday, May 8, 2021

NASCAR Xfinity Series: Steakhouse Elite 200

NASCAR Xfinity Series: Steakhouse Elite 200

News & Notes

#NASCAR Xfinity Series:  Steakhouse Elite 200

 

  • Next Race: Steakhouse Elite 200
  • The Place: Darlington Raceway
  • The Date: Saturday, May 8
  • The Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 200.1 miles (147 Laps)
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45)
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90)
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)

 

A @TooToughToTame finish we're still thinking about.

What's in store for us today? (1 PM ET, FS1) pic.twitter.com/fkj6F1gobh

— NASCAR Xfinity (@NASCAR_Xfinity) May 8, 2021

 

Xfinity Series heads to Darlington Raceway

After another off week for the NASCAR Xfinity Series last weekend, the series is back in action this weekend for the Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway (1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on Saturday, May 8.

 

AJ Allmendinger will start from the pole with Austin Cindric joining him on the front row. Jeb Burton, Justin Haley and Noah Gragson will round out the top five starters on Saturday.

 

There have been 61 NASCAR Xfinity Series races held at Darlington Raceway producing 33 different race winners and 29 different pole winners.

 

The youngest pole winner is Kyle Busch in 2004 at age 18 years, 10 months, 18 days and the oldest pole winner was Harry Gant in 1991 at 51 years, 7 month, 21 days.

 

There have been 33 different race winners. The youngest winner is Chase Elliott in 2014 at age 18 years, 4 months, and 14 days. The oldest winner was Dick Trickle in 1998 at 56 years, 10 months, and 9 days.

 

A total of 15 of the 61 races have been won from the pole or first starting position. The last race won from the pole was in 2017 by Denny Hamlin.

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin holds a bunch of records for the Xfinity Series at Darlington. He has the most poles (eight), most wins (eight), most top fives (14), and most top 10s (18). He’s also led the most laps at 972.

 

Another First: Jeb Burton wins first career Xfinity Series race at Talladega

 

Another First: Jeb Burton wins first career Xfinity Series race at Talladega

Time was of the essence on Saturday as a thunderstorm was barreling toward Talladega Superspeedway in the middle of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The competition was fierce but as the skies opened up, it was Kaulig Racing’s Jeb Burton that was able to hold onto the lead just before the final caution came out before the race was red-flagged and ultimately called because of weather securing his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win.

 

Burton’s win marked the third straight win at Talladega Superspeedway for Kaulig Racing as Justin Haley swept both races at the Alabama track last season.

 

The first two stages had no incidents. Haley won the first stage and JR Motorsport’s driver Noah Gragson won the second stage.

 

Series standings leader and Team Penske driver Austin Cindric finished second at Talladega followed by AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg rounding out the top five.

 

The #Dash4Cash battle continues at @TooToughToTame! @JebBurtonRacing, @AustinCindric, @AJDinger and @NoahGragson will compete for the next $100,000 bonus on May 8. pic.twitter.com/QQclJ6qsB4

— NASCAR Xfinity (@NASCAR_Xfinity) April 24, 2021

 

#Dash4Cash

Not only did Gragson grab a stage win at Talladega, but he also pocketed another $100,000 Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus as the highest finisher among the four eligible drivers. He won the money at the previous Dash 4 Cash event at Martinsville Speedway as well bringing his 2021 Dash 4 Cash bonus total to $200,000.

 

Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger and Noah Gragson have all qualified for the next round of the Dash 4 Cash that will take place at Darlington Raceway on May 8 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Doubled Up: Gragson wins back-to-back Dash 4 Cash checks, Darlington is next

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program was designed to add elements of unpredictability and drama leading up to and during four designated races, increase on-track competition, engage fans and reward and recognize NASCAR Xfinity Series regular competitors.

 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash will take place at four tracks in 2021 - Martinsville Speedway (April 9), Talladega Superspeedway (April 24), Darlington Raceway (May 8) and Dover International Speedway (May 15).

 


JR Motorsport’s Noah Gragson took home both Dash 4 Cash prizes so far this season at Martinsville and Talladega bringing his Dash 4 Cash bonus total to $200,000.

 

Gragson and the next three highest finishing full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers (Allmendinger, J. Burton, and Cindric) have qualified for the next round of the Dash 4 Cash program at Darlington Raceway this weekend (May 8).

 

The format will then continue to Dover International Speedway as the finale, with the Dash 4 Cash winner and the highest three finishing NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers at Darlington qualifying for the final round.

 

 

source: NASCAR Media

Friday, May 7, 2021

RCA EAST “Crosley Record Pressing 200”

RCA EAST “Crosley Record Pressing 200”

Nashville (3/8) Race Preview
#RaceNashville #MusicCity200 #NorthSouthChallenge

By Nascarvd Nascarvédé 

 

RCA EAST “Crosley Record Pressing 200”  #ARCA

 

After more than two months of waiting, our patience is finally paying off. The East Series is back for its 3rd race of the season. After Max Gutierrez in New Smyrna and Sammy Smith in Pensacola, who will take home the trophy at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville, TN?

 

There will not be 36 possibilities to bet on a winner. Indeed they are only 14 registered for this race. And among them, 9 have a real chance of visiting Victory Lane. The big absentee is Taylor Gray. Victim of a road accident, he still has to wait to be fully recovered after surgery to repair his 4th lumbar vertebra, his foot and his left ankle. In such a short championship with only 8 races, he's already out for the title.

 

There will be 200 laps on the 0.596 mile paved oval which was previously on the calendar of the Cup Series (1958-1984), the Xfinity (1984-2000) and even the Camping World Truck (1996-2000). The ARCA, in its national version, came there 6 times between 1992 and 2019. Finally concerning what interests us here, the EAST Series, it will be the 3rd time after the races of 2007 and 2008 respectively won by Rogelio Lopez and Matt Kobyluck.

 



The race will be divided into 3 segments with breaks on (or near) the 75th and 150th laps.

 

We will review the 14 drivers entered.

 

#06 Wayne Peterson

Last minute hired, he's just there to…? In fact, I don't know why he's there… It’s not to get a good result, he's the undisputed master of "start & park" ! With 112 DNFs in 116 races including 36 times after ... zero lap! It's not for the gains either. They are already ridiculous in ARCA for the winner, so for the 14th and last ... Evil tongues will say that he escaped from his retirement home ... At 82 years old he deserves all our respect for his tenacity.

 

#6 Rajah Caruth

Struggling in New Smyrna and surprisingly good in Pensacola. The REV Racing driver will have to confirm that he can be a regular candidate for the top5.

 



#10 Dick Doheny

He knows the track to have driven very little there in 2019 ... He's part of the badly named Fast Track Racing led by Andy Hillenburg. Nailing a top 10 in the event of a massacre among the leaders is his only hope.

 

#11 Richard Garvie

Aside from the missed race in Kansas due to illness, he's the one who rode the most in ARCA this year as he combines the ARCA, East and West. Thanks to the DNFs he had obtained his first top10 at Pensacola despite he was 22 laps behind the winner! But the guy is friendly and passionate.

 

#12 Stephanie Moyer

Like her teammate Richard Garvie, she had for her debut at Pensacola benefited from the rout of several favorites to obtain a nice 8th position with 12 laps behind the 7th and without.. no less than 2 spuns. Difficult learning but ultimately successful!

 

#18 Sammy Smith

Succeeding Ty Gibbs at the wheel of the #18, he quickly showed that he knew how to operate top quality equipment. 2nd for his debut, he obtained a victory on his 2nd attempt. And with the manner. Pole position, and the most laps led. In short 2021 was to be a partial season, it's now a full season with the goal of winning the championship. And Sammy already leads the standings with an 8 point lead over Taylor Gray and 9 over Max Gutierrez.

 

#21 Conner Jones

This is the newbie to the race. The young driver from Fredericksburg, VA replaces Jack Wood in the #21 at GMS. Indeed, Jack having changed his 2021 plans by leaving the East in favor of a full season in the ARCA National Series. Jones, who usually rides in CARS Late Models, set the bar high by announcing that he was aiming for no more and no less than a top 3 for his debut.

 

#30 Max Gutierrez

The Rette-Jones Racing #30 driver took the photo finish victory at New Smyrna but had a complicated race at Pensacola where to get 7th position he had to benefit 3 times from the free pass. He didn't have the speed. Hope he finds her in Nashville.

 



#41 Carson Kvapil

Travis’s son, the 2003 NCWTS champion, showed he could go fast but also lacked the pace for an entire race. He's looking for his first top10 of the season. In his defense, he also had his share of problems that he was not the source of. Luck is a determining factor in motorsport.

 

#42 Parker Retzlaff

He's very, very fast, no doubt about it. But he will have to funnel his enthusiasm so as not to burn out his tires and brakes like in New Smyrna where he led the race more than 5 seconds ahead before collapsing. Once he has completely mastered the management of a race, he will be formidable. And Parker learns fast. So that could be the case here in Nashville.

 

#43 Daniel Dye

Very fast but he too must manage his effort better (like Parker) and be let down by bad luck (like Carson). If everything works correctly, he will at least be a candidate for the top5.

 

#48 Brad Smith

The veteran has fun, he rides at his own pace and when the car hold up, he goes under the checkered flag. We wish him a good walk and who knows a top10 is still possible.

 

#54 Joey Iest

Twice 5th is really good. But that didn't mean Joey was a candidate for victory. He's young and is discovering the tracks. But so are the majority of his opponents. He will be the only representative of David Gilliland Racing following the withdrawal of his teammate Taylor Gray (#17). It's time to show more aggression on the track. To be more biting. This is the only complaint I can make with him.

 

#74 Mason Diaz

Mason is one of the most experienced drivers as he has competed in NCWTS and NXS races before. But he hasn't had a chance to win any races yet. With Visconti Motorsports he has a great car. He came very close to victory in New Smyrna and confirmed to Pensacola with a 2nd position. In my opinion, he's one of the favorites for the win.

 

Despite the low number of drivers, the quality is there and we should have a good race.

 

Race live this Saturday on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold at 9:30 p.m. ET

 

 

Opinions in this Post are solely Nascarvd Nascarvédé

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS at Darlington Race Preview

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS at Darlington: Race Preview By Nascarvd Nascarvédé 

 

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS at Darlington Race Preview

 

May 7, 2021 “Liftkits4less.com 200”
(Stages 45/90/147 laps = 200.802 miles)

“How avoiding a sophomore slump? By a win of course!”

 

This Friday it's the now traditional "Throwback Race" that awaits us in Darlington, South Carolina.

 

The old Lady in Black has been on the NASCAR schedule continuously since 1950. For the NCWTS this will be the 8th race in series history on this atypical 1,366 mile oval. After a first series of 4 races between 2001 and 2004, the trucks returned to it in 2010 and 2011 before a further hiatus until last year. A race won by Ben Rhodes. Ben who could tie the record of two NCWTS wins co-owned by Kasey Kahne and the late Bobby Hamilton, Sr.

 

If Ben Rhodes won last year, it was in large part thanks to a small slip by Derek Kraus during the last restart with 2 laps to go. Following an excellent strategy he was in the lead for the last restart. Despite everything, he had managed to keep the 2nd position under the checkered flag. What remains his best career result. Hopefully this year it’s on Victory Lane that we will find the young driver from Stratford, WI.

 

Since the arrival of Mark Hillman as crew chief, the speed is there, unfortunately the results are not yet. Blame it on incredible bad luck. When it's not a tire puncture, or a drop in engine power, it's sometimes a driving error that is the cause of the sinking ... A driving error? Yes, you read that right. Derek doesn't do a lot of errors. But it was the case in Kansas when he brushed the wall, messing up his Toyota Tundra. But Derek knows how to admit his mistakes without looking for false excuses. And that’s to his credit.

 

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS at Darlington Race Preview

 

 

Like last year Derek will be wearing the historic colors of his sponsor NAPA Auto Parts. In 2020 it was a tribute to the 1996 championship of Ron Hornaday, Jr. This year it's again a former paint scheme of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. which is honored, that of Michael Waltrip when won the Daytona 500 in 2003. The McAnally-Hilgemann Racing's #19 Toyota Tundra is simply superb. As long as his destiny is also prolific and gets Derek into the 2021 Playoffs, it's ok for me. A win would be a fantastic result. And would help to forget that disappointing first third of the season. Indeed in the first 7 races, the #19 team only obtained one top10 (7th at Daytona RC) and two DNFs. Derek is 17th in the championship. Last year after the first 7 races, he was 11th in the championship with 4 top10s (including one top5). You must absolutely avoid the sophomore slump!

 



Like all atypical tracks, Darlington suits Derek's riding style well. So let's keep our fingers crossed. Because in the modern world where only profitability and money count, I wouldn't get over a "Raphael Lessard issue" for my favorite Derek!

 

For those who did not follow, for lack of results and money this year, despite a victory last year, the young Quebecer Raphael Lessard has just lost his ride of the #24 Chevrolet at GMS. A real injustice in my opinion. Certainly the situation was a little different for Raphael who had to scramble to finance each race by finding sponsors. Derek and MHR having multiple sponsors this year. But what about the future? Getting a ticket to the Playoffs would be a real breath of fresh air.

 

Michael Waltrip was able to benefit from the name of his illustrious big brother Darrell, but also from the love of the fans. His very bankable side allowed him to have a long career before finally winning his first victory after 462 races in the Cup! But what was possible in the 1980s and 1990s is no longer possible. Derek doesn't plan to wait that long to win his first race anyway. That's good because me neither!

 

Derek Kraus: 2021 NCWTS at Darlington Race Preview


 

GO Derek GO !!

 

Entry list, starting lineup and much more here:

 

Race live this Friday on FS1 at 7:30 p.m. ET

 

 

Darlington Raceway Storyteller Series

Darlington Raceway Storyteller Series Presented by The NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Presented by The NASCAR Hall Of Fame

In year seven of our award-winning Throwback Weekend, The Lady in Black will unite generations of race fans to celebrate on Mother’s Day as part of a memorable weekend of action-packed racing featuring all three-premier series. 

 

This will be the first time the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR has featured all three premier series on its regular schedule with the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. 

 

To celebrate the return of spring racing, Darlington will welcome honorary guests Dale Inman, Leonard Wood, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle.

Photo Gallery (2015 - 2019)

 

Darlington Raceway Storyteller Series

Darlington Raceway Storyteller Series

Darlington Raceway Storyteller Series

Darlington Raceway Storyteller Series

Darlington Raceway Storyteller Series

In partnership with the NASCAR Hall of Fame, they will be sharing the history of Darlington Raceway and the significance around the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR.


For more information about the NASCAR Hall of Fame and to check hours of operation and upcoming schedule of events, please visit nascarhall.com.

 

CURRENT SPOTLIGHT: 2015-2020 Throwback Weekend Recap

As Darlington Raceway prepares for their upcoming Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR, they want to take a walk down memory lane and recap what the last six years of throwback weekend looked like.

 

From throwback paint schemes to pre-race moments that we will never forget, explore each year below to learn more!

 

Throwback Weekend History Timeline  

  • • 2020: Celebrated NASCAR Champions of the past, present and future
  • 2019: Fifth year of the throwback campaign, celebrated years 1990-94
  • 2018: Celebrated the seven decades of NASCAR, highlighting the beginnings
  • 2017: Announced as the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR, celebrated years 1985-89
  • 2016: Second year of the throwback campaign, celebrated years 1975-84
  • 2015: First year of the throwback campaign, celebrated the early 1970s

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Darlington Raceway Welcomes Legends Back for Official Throwback Weekend

Darlington Raceway Welcomes Legends Back for Official Throwback Weekend

Race week has finally arrived for the new spring home of the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at Darlington Raceway. For the first announced spring race weekend since 2004, the Lady in Black will welcome competitors, legends and fans back for the fierce competition of NASCAR’s three premier series and a host of memorable moments on May 7-9.

 

Darlington Raceway Welcomes Legends Back for Official Throwback Weekend

This will be the first time the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR has featured all three premier series on its regular schedule with the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. To celebrate the return of spring racing, Darlington will welcome honorary guests Dale Inman, Leonard Wood, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle.

 

“As we welcome legends, competitors and fans back to Darlington Raceway, the track Too Tough To Tame is ready to offer a spring throwback race weekend experience like no other,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “For the first time since 2004, the Lady in Black has two regularly scheduled weekend events that will be alive with fierce racing action. The upcoming throwback weekend will be a celebration of NASCAR history with our loyal fans cheering on the sport’s best in all three premier series.”

 

Darlington Raceway Welcomes Legends Back for Official Throwback Weekend

2012 NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Inman has been named the Honorary Starter to wave the green flag for the Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 9. Prior to the green flag, 2013 NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonard Wood and 2015 NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will take parade laps. Wood will drive a 1971 restored Ford Mercury that 2011 NASCAR Hall of Famer and Darlington’s all-time winningest driver “The Silver Fox” David Pearson competed in. Elliott will drive a restored version of the No. 9 Coors Motorcraft Ford Thunderbird from his 1988 NASCAR Cup Series championship season.

 

For Mother’s Day, NASCAR and Darlington Raceway will hand out flowers to welcome mothers attending the Goodyear 400. The flowers will be distributed to the first 1,000 mothers who enter the gates for the Cup Series race at the Lady in Black. There will also be photo opportunities for mothers and children to remember their race day together.

 

Prior to the green flag for the Steakhouse Elite 200 Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 9, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2021 NASCAR Hall of Famer, will drive his father’s restored No. 8 Chevrolet Nova for parade laps. Dale Earnhardt Sr. was a three-time Darlington winner in the Xfinity Series, and twice drove a GM Goodwrench-sponsored No. 8 to Victory Lane at the Lady in Black. To learn more about the restored No. 8, read this NASCAR.com article.

 

Darlington Raceway Welcomes Legends Back for Official Throwback Weekend

To kick off the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR on Friday, May 7, three-time Darlington race winner Greg Biffle will take parade laps in a vintage 1976 Ford truck prior to the green flag for the LiftKits4Less.com 200 Camping World Truck Series Triple Truck Challenge race.

 

On Wednesday, May 5, virtual Darlington Raceway will host the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. The third event in the 10-race schedule will be broadcast live on FS1 at 8 p.m. (ET). For more information on the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, along with other esports initiatives, visit eNASCAR.com.

 

Darlington Raceway Welcomes Legends Back for Official Throwback Weekend

As Darlington hosts fans back at the racetrack, it will also welcome the public back to the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum & National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame for the first time since the pandemic began last spring. The museum will be open on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

The museum will offer free admission to fans who hold a race ticket. Face masks will be required and social distancing must be practiced. Entrance will be through the front door of the gift shop. There will also be a Legends Merchandise trailer located outside the museum exit.

 

The track encourages fans to wear their favorite NASCAR Throwback gear for race weekend to further engage with the race weekend experience. Darlington Raceway will have additional fan engagements including a Throwback paint scheme fan vote, Throwback concession items and much more throughout race week. To learn more about fan engagements for the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR, stay connected to Darlington Raceway on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

2021 NASCAR Season

The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR will unite generations of race fans to celebrate on Mother’s Day as part of the new spring weekend of action-packed racing featuring all three premier series on May 7-9. Darlington will host the LiftKits4Less.com 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Triple Truck Challenge race on Friday night, May 7 at 7:30 p.m., Steakhouse Elite 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. and Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m.

 

The Tradition Continues as the famed Cook Out Southern 500® will launch the NASCAR Playoffs for the second consecutive year as part of a Labor Day weekend of racing on Sept. 4-5. The Xfinity Series will compete in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. The Cook Out Southern 500® NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race will once again compete at night on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 6:00 p.m.

 

NASCAR tickets are available for purchase via phone at 866-459-7223 or online at darlingtonraceway.com. Fans can view the full 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules and purchase tickets at nascar.com/tickets.

 

About Darlington Raceway

Darlington Raceway, nicknamed The Lady in Black and the track Too Tough To Tame, is home to the award-winning Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR and annually hosts two NASCAR Cup Series race weekends, along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and/or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Opening in 1950, Darlington Raceway is “A NASCAR Tradition” and NASCAR’s original superspeedway with its famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval, challenging the sports best in one of the most iconic NASCAR races, the Southern 500®. For more information about Darlington Raceway, visit darlingtonraceway.com.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 

 

Henry Offering Military Free Admission to Henry 180

Henry Offering Military Free Admission to Henry 180
Henry Offering Military Free Admission to Henry 180

 

A day before the fireworks shows of July 4th, the Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America will treat fans to an equally impressive performance on the track. Wisconsin-based firearm manufacturer and title sponsor of the race, Henry Repeating Arms, is celebrating by inviting 180 active-duty members or veterans of the United States military to attend the race with free general admission.

 

Henry Offering Military Free Admission to Henry 180

 

Henry Repeating Arms has a long history of supporting the military and its veterans with recent donations to The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) totaling over $100,000, a $200,000 donation to The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project, and tribute edition rifle presentations to veterans around the country including World War II hero, Louis Zamperini, and several Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

 

“It’s a weekend to celebrate America, and there’s no better place to do that than our home track in the good company of our employees, friends, and guests while enjoying a packed schedule of racing,” said Anthony Imperato, President and Owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “That mix of guns, gears, and July 4th gets my patriotic juices flowing, and I’m looking forward to shaking hands with those who served to keep weekends like this possible.”

 

For its 4th straight year of being the primary sponsor of an Xfinity Series racecar at Road America, Henry Repeating Arms is continuing its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing. Henry expects to announce the driver and paint scheme in June.

 

The Henry 180 Xfinity Series race at Road America begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 3rd, with live coverage on NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Active-duty members or veterans of the United States military who wish to attend the race in person can apply online for free admission from Henry here: https://www.henryusa.com/thankyou/

 

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Derrick Lancaster Out of Hospital

Derrick Lancaster Out of Hospital Christiansburg driver Derrick Lancaster, whose car caught fire in an April 24 ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway, has been released from an Alabama hospital.

 

Derrick Lancaster Out of Hospital

 

 

His wife, Elizabeth Nunley Lancaster, posted an update on social media Tuesday, according to Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass.

 

"Virginia here we come," she wrote. "We're bringing him home."

 

She also posted a photo of the couple outside their car, apparently in the hospital parking garage.

 



Derrick Lancaster, 48, suffered second- and third-degree burns to both arms, his neck and his face in the crash.



source:  Roanoke Times

Dixie Vodka Announces Partnership with Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing

Dixie Vodka Announces Partnership with Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing

Dixie Vodka, the award-winning craft vodka based in Charleston, SC, announced today a partnership with Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing, one of NASCAR's most celebrated drivers. The partnership represents a natural extension for Dixie Vodka, which is not only one of the fastest-growing craft spirits brand in the Southeast, but also claims the honor of the first Official Vodka of NASCAR and serves as the title sponsor for the Dixie Vodka 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway each February.

 

Dixie Vodka will be recognized as the Official Vodka of Tony Stewart, as well as the Official Vodka of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH and the Official Vodka of the All Star Circuit of Champions.

 

"The opportunity to partner with legendary driver Tony Stewart is exciting for everyone on the Dixie team and further expands our presence in the motorsports world," says Matti Anttila, founder and CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits, the parent portfolio of Dixie Vodka. "Already the Official Vodka of NASCAR, we are quickly becoming the go to vodka for motorsports fans across the country."

 

As a result of the partnership, Dixie Vodka will be recognized as the Official Vodka of Tony Stewart, as well as the Official Vodka of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH and the Official Vodka of the All Star Circuit of Champions.

 

TONY'S TEA HITS SHELVES IN JUNE

In collaboration with Stewart, Dixie Vodka has also created a new, ready-to-drink canned cocktail called "Tony's Tea," which will debut this June alongside a series of three other canned cocktails from the brand. Tony's Tea features a combination of iced tea and lemonade spiked with Dixie Vodka's award-winning flagship Southern Vodka.

 

"I'm always on the go, but that doesn't mean I sacrifice quality for speed. That's why I partnered with Dixie Vodka," Stewart said. "Their attention to detail is second to none, and when we were looking to create a great-tasting and ready-to-drink cocktail, Dixie Vodka delivered. Ice it and open it and Tony's Tea is ready to go. I'm looking forward to working with Matti and his team at Dixie Vodka to introduce this line of canned cocktails to our fans."

 

ABOUT DIXIE VODKA:



Launched in 2014 and based in Charleston, SC, Dixie Vodka was established with the simple mission of creating an all-American premium craft vodka that represents the best of Southern flavor, craftsmanship and hospitality. With six signature flavors – including its flagship Southern Original, Black Pepper, Citrus, Mint, Peach and Wildflower Honey – Dixie Vodka partners with local farmers across the South to infuse regionally cherished ingredients into its award-winning products, each of which is six-times distilled from American corn. 

 

In 2020, Dixie Vodka was ranked the ninth-fastest growing spirits brand in the United States by the Beverage Information Group and remains the largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast. In partnership with the Southern-raised sport that transcends regional boundaries, Dixie Vodka is proud to serve as the Official Vodka of NASCAR, the title sponsor of the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the Official Vodka of Stewart-Haas Racing. Dixie Vodka donates at least 1% of all profits through its 1% for the Planet program, a commitment to supporting non-profits that work to protect the future of the planet. 

 

A core brand within the Grain & Barrel Spirits portfolio – an innovation-driven beverage platform that develops and scales craft spirits brands led by founder Matti Anttila – Dixie Vodka can be found on Facebook and Instagram, and on shelves in more than 30 states.



 

source: Dixie Vodka

Darlington Raceway #NASCAR Triple Header Detailed Schedule

Darlington Raceway #NASCAR Triple Header Detailed Schedule NASCAR Cup (NCS)

Sunday, May 9 3:30 PM ET

Goodyear 400 - 293 laps / 400.2 miles

 

NASCAR Xfinity (NXS)

Saturday, May 8 1:00 PM ET

Steakhouse Elite 200 - 147 laps / 199.92 miles

 

NASCAR Camping World Trucks (NCWTS)

Friday, May 7 7:30 PM ET

LiftKits4Less.com 200 - 147 laps / 200.8 miles

 

Darlington Speedway #NASCAR Triple Header Detailed Schedule

 

Darlington Event Schedule

Wednesday, May 5

  • 7:30 AM 7:30 PM  Event Operations Set-Up (Screening in Progress)


Thursday, May 6

  • 7:30 AM 7:30 PM Event Operations Set-Up (Screening in Progress)
  • 2:00 PM 2:30 PM Safety & Communications Meeting (Virtual)
  • 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Broadcasting Set-Up
  • 5:00 PM NCWTS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting (Virtual)
  • 5:30 PM 7:30 PM Driver/Owner Motorhome Parking (Screening in Progress)


Friday, May 7

*Infield Access Limited - Approved Personnel Only*

  • 11:00 AM 6:30 PM Operations Access Screening in Progress
  • 11:30 AM 1:30 PM NCWTS Haulers Enter (Screening & Equipment Unload)
  • 1:00 PM 1:30 PM Pace Vehicle Calibration
  • 1:30 PM 6:30 PM NCWTS Team Access Screening in Progress
  • 1:30 PM NCWTS Garage Open
  • 2:00 PM NCWTS Rookie Meeting (Virtual)
  • 3:30 PM 6:30 PM NCWTS VIP Guest Pass Screening
    (Admittance Restricted to Approved Timeframe)
  • 4:00 PM NXS Rookie Meeting (Virtual)
  • 4:30 PM NXS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting (Virtual)
  • 5:00 PM 7:00 PM NXS Haulers Enter (Screening & Equipment Unload)
  • 7:00 PM Track Services Meeting (Radio Channel Assignment)
  • 7:05 PM NCWTS Drivers Report to Vehicles (Grid Location)
  • 7:10 PM NCWTS Driver Introductions (Drivers Standing by Trucks)
  • 7:30 PM NCWTS Race (Stages 45/90/147 Laps = 200.1 Miles)
  • 10:30 PM Approx NCWTS Haulers Exit


Saturday, May 8

*Infield Access Limited - Approved Personnel Only*

  • 5:00 AM 12:00 PM Operations Access Screening in Progress
  • 6:30 AM 12:00 PM NXS Team Access Screening in Progress
  • 6:30 AM NXS Garage Open
  • 9:00 AM 12:00 PM NXS VIP Guest Pass Screening
    (Admittance Restricted to Approved Timeframe)
  • 10:30 AM NCS Rookie Meeting (Virtual)
  • 11:00 AM NCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting (Virtual)
  • 12:30 PM Track Services Meeting (Radio Channel Assignment)
  • 12:35 PM NXS Drivers Report to Vehicles (Grid Location)
  • 12:40 PM NXS Driver Introductions (Drivers Standing by Cars)
  • 1:00 PM NXS Race (Stages 45/90/147 Laps = 200.1 Miles)
  • 4:00 PM Approx NXS Haulers Exit
  • 5:30 PM 7:30 PM NCS Haulers Enter (Screening & Equipment Unload)


Sunday, May 9

*Infield Access Limited - Approved Personnel Only*

  • 7:00 AM 2:30 PM Operations Access Screening in Progress
  • 8:30 AM 2:30 PM NCS Team Access Screening in Progress
  • 8:30 AM NCS Garage Open
  • 11:30 AM 2:30 PM NCS VIP Guest Pass Screening
    (Admittance Restricted to Approved Timeframe)
  • 3:00 PM Track Services Meeting (Radio Channel Assignment)
  • 3:05 PM Drivers Report to Vehicles (Grid Location)
  • 3:10 PM NCS Driver Introductions (Drivers Standing by Cars)
  • 3:30 PM NCS Race (Stages 90/185/293 Laps = 400.2 Miles)
  • 7:30 PM Approx NCS Haulers Exit

 

source: NASCAR Media

Monday, May 3, 2021

Kansas Speedway #NASCAR Race Recap

Kansas Speedway #NASCAR Race Recap

Winners: Ty Gibbs / ARCA; Kyle Busch / Trucks & Cup 

 

Kyle Busch Celebrates Birthday with First Cup Series Win of 2021

Kyle Busch Celebrates Birthday with First Cup Series Win of 2021 at Kansas

 

Perhaps it was birthday fate. When the name of the race is the Buschy McBusch Race 400, your name is Kyle Busch and it’s your 36th birthday, you have to figure there’s some serious racing juju in your favor. And Busch took advantage of it.

 

Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota took the lead on a restart with two laps remaining and held off the field by .336 seconds Sunday at Kansas Speedway to give him his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season – 58th of his career – and new crew chief Ben Beshore the first win of his career.

 

It completed a weekend trophy sweep for Busch, who won Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, too.

 

“Just a great day to be able to put this M&Ms Camry up front,” Busch said smiling, adding “Great to be able to get everyone back in Victory Lane again this early in the season and get those points going our way.

 

“And,” he said breaking into a grin, “I just remembered it’s the Buschy McBusch Race and a Busch won. What do you know?”

 

 

 

Kyle Busch Grabs His 61st Truck Win

Kyle Busch Grabs His 61st Truck Win
 

Statistically speaking, Kyle Busch had a perfect night at Kansas Speedway on Friday, sweeping both stage victories in the Wise Power 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, leading the most laps and earning his series record 61st trophy.

 

But the veteran had to earn that joyous finish – rallying from a fourth-place starting position on the final overtime restart to take the lead in a three-wide battle. He ultimately led the final two laps to take the checkered by .665-seconds over Ross Chastain. It marked the second win of the season for Busch. He’s either won or finished runner-up in his four Truck Series races this season.

 

Despite the dominance of Busch’s No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, he was on the radio with his team during the race’s final caution, worried there may have been some sort technical problem with his truck. But at the drop of the green, he maneuvered around the front-running trucks of Chastain and Austin Hill, pulling away on the final lap.

 

Busch’s win marks the fifth straight this season for his Kyle Busch Motorsports. His 59 laps out front was most on the night. It’s Busch’s third victory in his last four Kansas starts.

 

“No restarts actually went our way tonight, I was shocked, we definitely missed something just being able to come up through the gears and get going,” said the Las Vegas native who turns 37 Sunday.

 

“It just would not go. Those guys would just swarm us. I think we saw it one of the restarts with the 4-truck (Nemechek) too, he got run over. So all and all, great job by KBM and Toyota, TRD, this Cessna Beechcraft Tundra was awesome.”

 

 

 

Ty Gibbs Dominates At Kansas For Second Win Of 2021 Season

Ty Gibbs Dominates At Kansas For Second Win Of 2021 Season
 

Ty Gibbs  entered Saturday’s Dutch Boy 150 at Kansas Speedway hoping to prove his 27th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway the week prior was an anomaly as it relates to his speed in 2021.

 

He could not have done more to prove just that.

 

Driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the 18-year-old Gibbs started the fourth race of the ARCA Menards Series season on the General Tire Pole and led every lap of the race en route to his second victory of the year.

 

Gibbs dedicated his win Saturday on the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, Kansas, to a childhood hero, the late Ayrton Senna, who won Formula 1 world championships in 1988, 1990 and 1991. Senna died at age 34 on May 1, 1994, eight years before Gibbs was born.

 

“It’s (been) 27 years since we lost, I feel like, the best ever: Ayrton Senna,” said Gibbs after performing another epic victory burnout. “This was for him and all his fans. And I want to say, the man above, I really feel like I’ve changed my life in the last couple weeks. I’m really focused on what’s right, and not what’s wrong.”

 

Gibbs won the General Tire Pole Award on Saturday morning at Kansas with a lap time that was almost a half a second and three mph quicker than second-place qualifier Bret Holmes.

 

 

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

#NASCAR Cup Series - Kansas Pre Race Facts

NASCAR Cup Series - Kansas Pre Race Facts
#NASCAR Cup Series - Pre Race Facts

  • Next Race: Buschy McBusch Race 400
  • The Place: Kansas Speedway
  • The Date: Sunday, May 2
  • The Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps)
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 80)
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 160)
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 267)

 

By The Numbers

Ground Break:

May 25, 1999

Inaugural Race:

ARCA RE/MAX

Tri-Oval:

1.5 mile

Road Course:

2.37 mile

Property Size:

1,200+ acres

Banking in turns:

17-20 degrees variable banking

Banking on frontstretch:

9-11 degrees variable banking

Banking on backstretch:

5 degrees

Parking:

Space for over 35,000 vehicles

 

 

After a wild race at the behemoth that is Talladega Superspeedway last weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series prepares for this Sunday’s Buschy McBusch Race 400 (3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Kansas Speedway, its fourth event of the 2021 season on a 1.5-mile track.

 

Groundbreaking for Kansas Speedway was held on May 25, 1999. The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first NASCAR Cup Series race being held on Sept. 30, 2001. The event was won by Hendrick Motorsport’s driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet). Gordon would actually win the first two NASCAR Cup Series races held at Kansas (2001, 2002).

 

During the 2012 season, between the April and October events, the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway track underwent a repave, adding variable banking in the corners bringing them to 17-20 degrees.

 

In total, there have been 30 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 – 2010 and two races per year since 2011. The 30 Cup events have produced 16 different pole winners and 15 different race winners.

 

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick leads the series in poles at Kansas Speedway with five (fall 2013, 2014 sweep, spring 2018, spring 2019).

 

Jeff Gordon (2001, 2002, 2014), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2011, 2015), Kevin Harvick (2013, 2016, 2018), Joey Logano (2014, 2015, 2020) and Denny Hamlin (2012, 2019, 2020) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Kansas Speedway with three victories each. This weekend, eight of the 15 NASCAR Cup Series Kansas winners are active.

 

 

Winners aplenty this season

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season has become the fourth different year in the Modern Era (1972-Present) with nine or more different winners in the first 10 races; joining 2003 (9 winners), 2000 (10 winners) and 1991 (9 winners). Which bodes the question, Will we see a 10th different winner this weekend at Kansas?

 

There are eight former NASCAR Cup Series winners entered this weekend at Kansas and five them have yet to win this season – Denny Hamlin (three Kansas wins), Kevin Harvick (three Kansas wins), Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman (each with one Kansas win).

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch is the only active driver to win in all three NASCAR national series at Kansas Speedway – NCS (2014), NXS (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016) and NCWTS (2014, 2017). He finished 11th in the first Kansas race last season.

 

Four drivers entered this weekend have won at Kansas in both the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series – Denny Hamlin (NCS, three wins; NXS, one win), Joey Logano (NCS, three wins; NXS, two wins), Kevin Harvick (NCS, three wins; NXS one win) and Brad Keselowski (NCS, two wins; NXS one win).

 

Five other drivers entered this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series race have won at Kansas Speedway either in the NASCAR Xfinity Series – Chase Briscoe (2020), Christopher Bell (2017) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2012) or the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Ross Chastain (2019) and William Byron (2016). Three of the five are looking for their first win of the season – Briscoe, Chastain and Stenhouse.

 

Interestingly, the 30 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Kansas Speedway have never been won by a first-time Cup Series winner. NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon is the only driver in series history to win in his first appearance at Kansas Speedway.

 

source: NASCAR Media