Saturday, May 28, 2022

WWE Superstar Lacey Evans Named Grand Marshal for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600

WWE Superstar Lacey Evans Named Grand Marshal for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600

List of  Dignitaries for Saturday's Alsco Uniform 300 and Sunday's Cup Race

WWE Superstar Lacey Evans Named Grand Marshal for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600


The world’s most patriotic racing event will feature a star-studded list of dignitaries, as the 63rd running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway is just four days from thrilling race fans from across the globe. No stranger to delivering in the ring, WWE Superstar Lacey Evans has been named Grand Marshal, and will deliver the most famous words in motorsports when she gives the command to fire engines before the start of Sunday’s 600-mile showdown.


The weekend fun kicked off Friday with the ARCA Menards Series’ General Tire 150 and the Camping World Truck Series N.C. Education Lottery 200 as well as an energetic performance at Circle K Speed Street by Grammy-nominated rapper Flo Rida


On Saturday, Xfinity Series drivers will battle for supremacy in the Alsco Uniforms 300 and the NASCAR Cup Series will take the track for the first time to set the field for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Steve Miller Band will rock the Circle K Speed Street stage. 


The party moves to the infield on Sunday as the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd is scheduled to perform a 60-minute pre-race concert before the patriotic salute to the U.S. Armed Services and the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600.


Dignitaries for Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300:

  • Honorary Starter: Chris Strickland, General Manager, Alsco Uniforms Durham
  • Grand Marshal: Mike Johnson, Sales Consultant, Alsco
  • Presentation of Colors: Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard
  • Invocation: Will Strong, chaplain
  • National Anthem: Damien Fraser

Dignitaries for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 include:

  • Honorary Race Director: Eric Tarr , West Virginia Finance Chair
  • Honorary Pace Car Driver: DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers
  • Honorary Starter: Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears
  • Grand Marshal: Lacey Evans, WWE Superstar
  • God Bless The USA: Lee Greenwood
  • Presentation of Colors: Joint Color Guard
  • Invocation: Capt. Melvin Underwood, United States Navy
  • Amazing Grace: Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
  • Taps: Benjamin Aird, “The Commandant’s Own” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps
  • 21 Gun Salute: U.S. Navy
  • National Anthem: SPC Will McCarthy


Tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 start at just $49 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in for just $10 with a paying adult. For tickets to all of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s events, including the 63rd running of the Coca-Cola 600, visit



source: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Friday, May 27, 2022

Red Farmer in the Hospital

Red Farmer in the Hospital

#NASCAR Hall of Famer Battling Double Pneumonia.


Red Farmer - NASCAR Hall of Famer
Throughout his long career, Red Farmer has earned th
admiration of his fellow competitors. (Getty Images)



Charles "Red" Farmer (born October 15, 1932) is a former NASCAR race car driver and a member of the Alabama Gang.


First winner of NASCAR Hall of Fame Pioneer Ballot traces his amazing racing career back to the late 1940s.




If longevity alone got you into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Red Farmer would have been inducted a long time ago.


Farmer, the winner of the first Pioneer Ballot for racers whose careers began before 1961, traces his racing career back to the late 1940s, around the same time NASCAR was founded. And at the ripe old age of 89, Farmer is still racing on the short tracks of Alabama on Saturday nights.




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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Top 10 Can’t-Miss Attractions

Top 10 Can’t-Miss Attractions

for Fans During Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend

Top 10 Can’t-Miss Attractions for Fans During Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend


One of NASCAR’s crown jewels, the Coca-Cola 600, roars to life this Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, capping off an action packed weekend at America’s Home for Racing. Before NASCAR’s best strap in for the 63rd running of the iconic event, here’s a look at some of the other can’t-miss attractions fans will enjoy during the most patriotic race weekend of the year at the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway:


Click here for a full weekend schedule.

Flo Rida, Steve Miller Band at Circle K Speed Street

Charlotte’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend celebration of music and motorsports – Circle K Speed Street – debuts Friday at its new home, Charlotte Motor Speedway. The three-day, multi-genre festival features Grammy-nominated rapper Flo Rida headlining Friday night and the iconic Steve Miller Band rocking the stage on Saturday. Speed Street admission is free every day with any weekend race ticket or for just $20 at the gate.


Mouth-Watering Menus

From a trio of popular food trucks dubbed “Little Pig Town” to celebrity chef Robert Irvine’s all-new “Chef Shack” and The Speedway Club’s limited-time Coca-Cola infused menu items, race fans will have no shortage of options when it comes time to fuel up for fun. Located just inside the Gate 4 entrance, Little Pig Town features the culinary offerings of three barbeque-themed food trucks, including Flip Flop’s BBQ’s famed BBQ sundae. New for 2022, Irvine’s Chef Shack, located on the concourse, has pulled out all the stops with a mouth-watering menu featuring a dueling pork grinder, Thai chicken bahn mi and pork barbecue stack. And as a tribute to Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, The Speedway Club is offering an array of Coca-Cola inspired dishes from pork belly bites to a Coca-Cola infused brownie. Seating is limited and reservations are required.


Edge-of-You-Seat Stunt Shows

In addition to show-stopping musical acts, Circle K Speed Street will come to life with high-flying, death-defying stunt shows throughout the three-day event. Fans can step back in time with medieval Full Steel Combat shows or take in the aerial acrobatics of the Xpogo extreme pogo stunt team. If two-wheeled tricks are more your speed, don’t miss the King BMX demonstrations or the Globe of Death.


Stars Will Shine at Coca-Cola 600

On Memorial Day Weekend, Old Glory won't be the only stars on display at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Carolina Panthers' wide receiver DJ Moore, who will drive the Toyota Camry TRD pace car to lead the field to green Sunday, is expected to be joined by teammates Derrick Brown and Mike Jordan. Other stars confirmed to attend include country artists Ray Fulcher and Jordan Davis, comedian John Crist and actors Griffin Santopietro, Lucy Martin and Clive Standen.


Ride a Ferris Wheel at Speed Street

What’s better than riding a giant Ferris wheel during the Coca-Cola 600? Check out all the views of the massive Circle K Speed Street from high above – if you’re not afraid of heights. This year, the Ferris Wheel will be a centerpiece of the Speed Street fun, located just outside of Gate 6.


Lynyrd Skynyrd to Rock Coca-Cola 600 Pre-race

After a Sunday spin through Speed Street, fans should be sure to head in to their seats early for an electric 60-minute pre-race concert with Hall of Fame rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. Those who upgrade to a pre-race Track Pass will get stage-front access to chart-topping hits like “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” plus be right up front for driver introductions.


Salute to Service

As has become tradition at the Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway will once again host a moving tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces ahead of Sunday’s 63rd running of the iconic race. Highlighting all six branches of service, the patriotic salute will include aerial support by U.S. Army Blackhawks, Howitzer demonstrations, static military vehicle displays and more than 600 service men and women taking part.


600 Miles of Remembrance

Bringing the rousing NASCAR Salutes campaign to a stirring finish, the race’s 600 Miles of Remembrance includes the names of fallen service men and women prominently featured on the windshield of each NASCAR Cup Series car competing during the Coca-Cola 600. In addition, at the halfway point of the race, the 40-car field will be brought down pit road and shut off during a moving moment of remembrance.


New-Look Champagne Toast at The Speedway Club

New for 2022, The Speedway Club has revamped its champagne toast to give fans even more entertainment in one of the most exclusive post-race celebrations in sports. After watching the victory lane celebrations from a dedicated stage just outside of the winner’s circle, guests will be treated to a four-course meal and live music in The Speedway Club before toasting with the race winner to end the night. Limited seating is available by calling 704-455-3216. Full details online at


More Access, More Driver Appearances

When it comes to driver appearances, no one delivers more than NASCAR’s home track. Throughout the weekend, fans can catch Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland (Saturday) or Erik Jones and Austin Dillon (Sunday) on the Circle K Speed Street stage, while Daniel Suarez, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch and Joey Logano are all scheduled to make appearances on the pre-race stage on Sunday. Cominbed with several of the teams hosting fan days and reopening their race shops to fans for the first time since the pandemic began and there’s no place to take in all things motorsports better than Charlotte.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kyle Busch on Youth Inc. with Greg Olsen

Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kyle Busch on Youth Inc. with Greg Olsen


On this week’s episode of the Youth Inc. with Greg Olsen from podcast network Audiorama, Olsen sits down with NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kyle Busch, for a special sit-down episode in Charlotte, NC. The three discuss the balance between support and failure, losing and sportsmanship, plus how to manage and embrace expectations.


Olsen — who wore the No. 88, just like Junior, during his playing career — previously was a guest on Dale Jr.’s podcast earlier this year and the two swapped stories on Olsen’s upbringing and the ups and downs of his football life. His own podcast focuses on navigating the world of youth sports with help from legacy families, coaches, psychologists and more.


Olsen sat down with both Earnhardt Jr. and Busch to discuss family legacies, defining your own path and the burden and benefit of expectations. They delve into the rivalry between the two drivers, growing up a fan, growing up an Earnhardt and how Busch manages fatherhood with his son Brexton, an aspiring racer.



Kyle on the difference in racing in Vegas v. Carolina,
and his father's struggle to fund his own racing career

Dale Jr. on moving in with his father after his mother's
house burned down and finding his love for racing
through going to the track with his dad.

Click Here for the Full Episode

Youth Inc., the must listen for all things youth sports, is the first podcast from Audiorama, a podcast network created by Vince Vaughn, Olsen and another former NFL’er and college football standout Ryan Kalil. Olsen has a passion for youth sports, both as a parent, coach, and former participant with a goal to always bring a positive attitude to the culture. From Little League, Pop Warner football, to Jr Hockey, AYSO and everything in between this Apple Podcasts Top 15 ranked podcast dives into it all.


After a lifetime of playing sports himself, Olsen now finds himself caught in the uncertainty and stress of balancing his personal experience as a pro football player and his role of a father. In this podcast, he takes the audience on this journey by interviewing experts and other pro-athletes to find the answers he- and many other parents-are looking for.


With guests including Cooper Manning from the dynastic football family, gold medal award winning Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson, National Women’s Soccer team member Sam Mewis, NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, famed college hoops coach Roy Williams and US Hockey Hall of Famer Keith Tkachuk, Youth Inc. is a manifestation of Olsen’s passion for instilling a love of play in kids of all ages.



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Reserved Grandstand Seating Sold Out for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600

Reserved Grandstand Seating Sold Out for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600

Standing-Room-Only Sun Deck Tickets and Infield Wristbands Still Available

Reserved Grandstand Seating Sold Out for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600


'America’s Home for Racing' is THE place to be this Memorial Day Weekend, but for fans who haven’t already gotten their tickets, time is running out. Charlotte Motor Speedway officials announced today that reserved grandstand seats for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 have sold out. Only standing-room-only access in the popular Turn 4 Sun Deck remains for fans who don’t want to miss any of the action at the crown jewel event.


“For many fans, the Coca-Cola 600 is a bucket-list experience,” said Greg Walter, executive vice president and general manager of the iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway. “We’re thrilled to host a sellout crowd this year, with fans joining us from all 50 states and 12 foreign countries as far away as Australia. From A-list music acts at Circle K Speed Street to our patriotic pre-race salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, we promise to show our fans why there’s no better place to be than America’s Home for Racing on Memorial Day Weekend.”


Fans hoping to take in the action in person need to act fast. A limited number of standing-room-only tickets are available for just $40 and kids 12 and under can enjoy the Coca-Cola 600 for just $10. Additionally, college students with a valid student ID can get a ticket to the Sun Deck for just $25. The Turn 4 Sun Deck features great views of the legendary 1.5-mile quad-oval and the giant Speedway TV, plus a bar, concessions, cornhole and music.


Infield wristbands good for admission Friday, Saturday and Sunday are also still available, as are select reserved seats in premium areas such as the frontstretch clubhouse.


While Sunday tickets are limited, reserved grandstand seats remain for Friday’s double-header featuring the General Tire 150 (ARCA Menards Series) and the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Camping World Truck Series). Grandstand seating is also still available for Saturday’s slate of action, which includes the Alsco Uniforms 300 (Xfinity Series) showdown as well as NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.


Any weekend race ticket is also good for access to Circle K Speed Street, which is being held just outside the speedway’s Turn 1. With more than 10 acres of music, interactive displays, driver appearances and more, Circle K Speed Street brings yet another layer of family fun to the can’t-miss weekend of activities. Grammy-nominated rapper Flo Rida will kick off this year’s music and motorsports celebration on Friday night, while legendary rock group Steve Miller Band will take the stage Saturday night.


The party moves to the infield frontstretch on Sunday as legendary rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd takes the stage for an hour-long pre-race concert before the patriotic pre-race salute to the troops. Fans who upgrade their grandstand ticket to a Track Pass will have stage from access for classics like “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” as well as driver introductions.



Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Schedule for the NASCAR Weekend

Schedule for the NASCAR Weekend

Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, North Carolina


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

  • Friday, May 27 8:30 PM ET
  • North Carolina Education Lottery 200
  • 134 laps / 200 miles

It's a high-speed, tailgate-tangling extravaganza! The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off Memorial Day weekend at 'America's Home for Racing' with 200 miles of wheel-to-wheel excitement. Kids 12 and under get in FREE!


Practice and qualifying are BACK in 2022! North Carolina Education Lottery 200 practice and qualifying takes place on Friday, May 27, and all tickets include admission to the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150!



ARCA Menards Series

  • Friday, May 27 8:30 PM ET
  • General Tire 150
  • 100 laps / 150 miles

For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the ARCA Menards Series invades Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend for the General Tire 150 this Friday afternoon.


The General Tire 150 at the 1.5-mile tri-oval is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FS1 with a live stream available on the Fox Sports App.




NASCAR Xfinity Series

  • Saturday, May 28 1:00 PM ET
  • Alsco Uniforms 300
  • 200 laps / 300 miles

NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars take on NASCAR Cup Series superstars in the Alsco Uniforms 300, an afternoon showcase of speed! Kids 12 and under get in FREE!


Alsco Uniforms 300 practice and qualifying will take place on Saturday, May 28.




NASCAR Cup Series

  • Sunday, May 29 6:00 PM ET
  • Coca-Cola 600
  • 400 laps / 600 miles

Rev up your Memorial Day weekend with the historic 63rd running of the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s toughest test of man and machine! Coca-Cola 600 festivities include:


  • A Lynyrd Skynyrd pre-race concert! (Click here to see it up close!)
  • A pre-race military salute with demonstrations from Fort Bragg
  • Performances by the 82nd Airborne Chorus

Coca-Cola 600 practice and qualifying will take place on Saturday, May 28.


Monday, May 23, 2022

MAVTV Announces ‘All-American Weekend’

MAVTV Announces ‘All-American Weekend’

MAVTV Motorsports Network to air live broadcasts of America's favorite racing events along with special programming for MAVTV and MAVTV Plus subscribers starting May 26th through Memorial Day weekend.




MAVTV Motorsports Network celebrates racing, America's most patriotic sport, with a heart-pounding lineup of race programming that fans can't get anywhere else. With live coverage from Lucas Oil Speedway, the MAVTV team is giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the premier racing events in the country. From the drama of the Late Model Dirt Series to the high-flying action of Pro Motocross, and the sheer will of sprint car drivers on a quarter-mile track in Indiana, MAVTV's All-American weekend has something for every race fan. Race coverage begins with the Cowboy Classic, airing live on Thursday, May 26, and runs through Memorial Day weekend, ending with the Lucas Oil Little 500 on Sunday, May 29.

MAVTV's All-American Weekend Lineup

  • Show-Me Marathon - A round-up of classic Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Show-Me 100 events from 2018 to 2021. Airing exclusively on MAVTV Motorsports Network on Wednesday, May 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. EDT

  • Cowboy Classic - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series' 45-lap preliminary feature event kicks off the Show-Me 100 weekend. Airs LIVE from Lucas Oil Speedway on Thursday, May 26 at 10 p.m. EDT on MAVTV and MAVTV Plus.

  • The Pre-Race - MAVTV is on location at Lucas Oil Speedway, the Diamond of the Dirt Tracks, to give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the All-American Weekend. It will feature interviews with drivers from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Show-Me 100 Weekend. Coverage includes onsite reports from the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season opener in Pala, CA and the Lucas Oil Little 500 in Anderson, IN.

  • Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson - Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers compete in this special 40-lap event, named in honor of longtime West Plains Motor Speedway owners Don and Billie Gibson, the creators of the Show-Me 100. Airs LIVE from Lucas Oil Speedway on Friday, May 27 at 10 p.m. EDT on MAVTV and MAVTV Plus.

  • Pro MX LIVE - The highly-anticipated opener of the world's most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series is Memorial Day weekend with the season kickoff for the 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. MAVTV is the primary broadcast and streaming partner of the Pro MX Championship, offering viewers an unprecedented slate of live telecasts, available on most cable, satellite, and digital TV providers. All four rounds of the season opener at Fox Raceway will air LIVE Saturday, May 28 at 4 p.m. EDT on MAVTV with worldwide live streaming available on MAVTV Plus.

  • Show-Me 100 - It's one of dirt-racing's crown jewels. The celebrated event attracts the nation's most elite late model drivers and is a must-see for race fans every year during Memorial Day weekend. Airs LIVE from Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, May 28 at 10 p.m. EDT on MAVTV and MAVTV Plus.

  • National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation - In honor of Memorial Day, attendees of the Show-Me 100 will be given special National Medal of Honor commemorative pins in memory of military service members who gave their lives for American freedoms. Lucas Oil is a proud partner of the National Medal of Honor Foundation, supporting its mission to share the stories and preserve the memory of the bravest and most decorated members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The foundation is working to create a museum, monument and global institute dedicated to this goal. To learn more, please visit

  • Lucas Oil Little 500 - Entering its 74th year, the Lucas Oil Little 500 presented by UAW is a grueling 500-lap sprint car race that has become a fan and driver favorite of open-wheel racing since 1948. It will feature some of the top drivers in the country, as well as former NASCAR stars, Ryan Newman and Ken Schrader. Airs LIVE Sunday, May 29 at 9 a.m. EDT on MAVTV and MAVTV Plus (yearly subscribers only).

"There's nothing like the All-American Weekend on MAVTV," said Bob Dillner, Senior Director of Programming and Development. "No other network is as dedicated to motorsports and nowhere else can you find grassroots racing alongside national legendary series like the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The All-American Weekend is all about speed, grit, freedom, and die-hard fans rooting for the riders and drivers they love. We are excited to bring viewers every minute of these races across our expanded lineup of cable, satellite, digital, and streaming platforms through MAVTV Motorsports Network and MAVTV Plus. We have some of the best motorsports programming in the nation for fans to enjoy."



MAVTV is available through 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco, and digital broadcast platforms, including AT&T U-verse, Charter/Spectrum, DIRECTV, Fios by Verizon, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Mediacom, Hulu + Live TV and many more. The country's premier motorsports network is seen in more than 30-million households. Race fans who don't have access to MAVTV Motorsports Network should contact their local cable, satellite, or other subscription service provider to get details on how to add it to their channel lineup. A full list of providers, shows and scheduled broadcasts can be found by visiting


MAVTV's digital subscription service, MAVTV Plus, is available for download on all major mobile and streaming devices and can also be accessed via web browser at www.



MAVTV Motorsports Network is the only television network in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to motorsports. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive and unique events. MAVTV goes beyond the national mainstream motorsports events to include grassroots racing from across the globe: drag racing, pro motocross, sprint boats, rally cars, short course off-road truck racing, sprint cars, pro pulling, drifting, ice racing, and everything in between. MAVTV knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that are truly second-to-none. From 24/7 automotive and motorsports content on MAVTV Motorsports Network to the free and exclusive content available on MAVTV Select and the on-demand streaming service of MAVTV Plus, if it has a motor, it's probably on MAVTV – The Motorsports Network!

Never miss your favorite show/race! Set your MAVTV reminder now for:
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Ryan Blaney Scores All-Star Race Win

Ryan Blaney Scores All-Star Race Win

Ryan Blaney Scores All-Star Race Win #NASCAR


Ryan Blaney won big after an overtime restart this weekend at the 38th running of the All-Star Race, netting a $1 million dollar payout. This was Ryan Blaney’s first win of the season after 3 poles and the 4th All-Star race win for Team Penske.


Ryan Blaney Scores All-Star Race Win #NASCAR


“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Roger, Jonathan, Ryan, and everyone at Team Penske for the race win and performance at Texas,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Ryan and Jonathan did a great job with strategy and execution throughout the race to secure the win.” 


“This Mustang was a rocketship. I am really glad we ended up winning that after that last caution. I am so proud of everybody. Tonight will be fun” commented Blaney.


Ryan Blaney Scores All-Star Race Win #NASCAR


8 Ford drivers were locked in to the All-Star race and Chris Buescher transferred in to the big race by winning Stage 2 of the All-Star Open. Team Penske was represented by Austin Cindric, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney while Stewart-Haas Racing had Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Chase Briscoe. Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing co-owner Brad Keselowski was in the field along with teammate Chris Buescher, and Michael McDowell from Front Row Motorsports for the second year in a row. 



A total of twenty-four drivers competed for the All-Star win this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, which consisted of three 25-lap stages, followed by a final 50 lap stage. With 8 laps to go in Stage 2, a large accident took out three front runners in the race and Austin Cindric took the lead, going on to win Stage 2. 


At the end of Stage 2 while under caution, Joey Logano and his team won the pit crew challenge, netting him a no-rush pit stop at the end of Stage 3. 


Ryan Blaney took the lead and won Stage 3 to give Team Penske a 1, 2, 3 start in the final segment. Blaney quickly pulled away from the field, leading a total of 84 laps of the 140 lap race. As Blaney came to the checkered flag, a final lap caution required an overtime finish. The end of the race came down to a battle between Blaney, Cindric, and Hamlin, but Blaney was able to pull away from the field once again and win the All-Star race.


Ford Performance Driver Austin Cindric Finished 3rd - #NASCAR


Ford Performance teammates Austin Cindric and Joey Logano with Team Penske finished in P3 and P4, while Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P8 and P9.


Riley Herbst with Stewart-Haas Racing finished P8 in Saturday’s #NASCAR Xfinity Series


Riley Herbst with Stewart-Haas Racing finished P8 in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series SRS Distribution 250 at Texas. NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series return next weekend to Charlotte Motor Speedway. 


The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday starts the second half of the 26-race regular season before the 10-race playoffs begin.



source: News from Roush Yates Engines

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Kyle Busch Defeats Ryan Blaney For Pole

Kyle Busch Defeats Ryan Blaney For Pole

In Head-To-Head Match Up to Earn Pole for NASCAR All-Star Race

Kyle Busch Defeats Ryan Blaney For Pole


Kyle Busch and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will start from the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race after defeating Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 Team Penske Ford in a head-to-head matchup for the $1 million-to-win non-points race at Texas Motor Speedway.


Each driver had to win two rounds of competition to make the final-round pairing for the opportunity to then lead the 24-car field for Sunday evening’s 125-lap race.


Sunday’s on-track schedule begins with The NASCAR Open for non-all-star qualifiers at 4:30 p.m., with three drivers transferring to the All-Star Race due to their on-track performance and one more earning a spot from the fan vote. Following the Blake Shelton concert that begins at 5:30 p.m., the NASCAR All-Star Race will begin at 7 p.m. (TV: FS1, Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Radio, 95.9 The Ranch).


The first-of-its-kind format began with a traditional single-car, one-lap opening round. From there, the fastest eight qualifiers transferred to a three-round, head-to-head eliminations bracket featuring two cars staged in adjacent pit stalls near the end of pit road. At the sound of an alert, each pit crew performed a four-tire stop and, at the drop of the jack, drivers exited their pit stalls (with no speed limit) onto the track. The first car back to the start/finish line advanced to the next round with the final pairing competing for the pole.


William Byron was quickest in the first round of NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying, with a best single-lap run of 28.528 seconds at 189.288 mph in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. The balance of the top eight qualifiers moving on to the single-elimination bracket were Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, and Aric Almirola.


In the Round of 8, Byron defeated Almirola, Blaney got around Chastain, Larson ended Kurt Busch’s competition, and Kyle Busch got past JGR teammate Truex.


In the Round of 4, the final pairing was set when Blaney got by Byron and Larson stalled at the starting lights to give Busch an uncontested run to the start/finish.



Saturday, May 21, 2022

2022 NASCAR Open and NASCAR All-Star Race Formats

2022 NASCAR Open and NASCAR All-Star Race Formats

The NASCAR All-Star Race has become one of the sport’s most innovative exhibition events, where formats and technical elements can be tested on a grand scale and this weekend’s spectacular will be no different.



NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway announced the format and eligibility for the NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday, May 22 that features four stages and 125 laps of on-track competition for a $1 million payday, stage winner incentives, amplified roles for the pit crews, and a distinctive head-to-head elimination qualifying format.


The NASCAR All-Star Race returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the second consecutive season and this 38th edition brings some unique twists for the eligible Cup drivers pursuing the winner-take-all $1 million payday. The most prominent twist will come in the form of a four-round qualifying format with head-to-head elimination rounds and the pivotal role of the pit crews.


The NASCAR All-Star Qualifying format is as follows:

  • • Opening round is the traditional single-car, one-lap format in reverse order of the current 2022 owner points.
  • • Fastest eight qualifiers transfer to a three-round, head-to-head elimination bracket.
  • • Elimination bracket will feature two cars staged in adjacent pit stalls near the end of pit road.
  • • At the sound of an alert, each pit crew will perform a four-tire stop and, at the drop of the jack, drivers will exit their pit stalls (with no speed limit) onto the track.
  • • First car back to the start/finish line advances to the next round.
  • • Final pairing competes for the pole.


The NASCAR All-Star Race format is as follows:


The race will consist of four stages, with the first three 25 laps in length and the fourth and final being a 50-lap shootout for the $1 million prize. The new format has provided a major incentive to win any of the opening three stages or the pit stop competition during the break between Stages 2 and 3.


  • • Stage 1 (25 laps): Stage 1 winner will start on the pole in the final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stages 2 and 3.
  • • Stage 2 (25 laps): Stage 2 winner starts second in final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.
  • • Special Stage Break (Pit Stop Competition): Each team must pit and perform a four-tire stop. The team with the shortest time on pit road (pit in/pit out) wins the pit crew award and the driver will start fourth in the final stage as long as he finishes 15th or better in Stage 3.
  • • Stage 3 (25 laps): Stage 3 winner starts third in final stage.
  • • Stage 4 (50 laps): Stage 1 winner starts first, Stage 2 winner second, Stage 3 winner third and pit stop competition winner fourth. If a “natural” caution occurs between laps 15-25 of the final stage, standard race procedures will be in effect. If no “natural” caution occurs during that time, NASCAR will call an “All Star” competition caution.
  • • Winner of Stage 4 earns $1 million.


NASCAR All-Star Open format is as follows:

  • • The NASCAR All-Star Open will run immediately prior to the NASCAR All-Star Race and will include three stages (20 laps / 20 laps / 10 laps).
  • • The winner of each stage will earn a spot in the NASCAR All-Star Race.
  • • The winner of the Fan Vote will also earn a spot in the NASCAR All-Star Race. Fans may vote for their favorite driver by visiting


Who’s already locked into the Main Event – the 2022 NASCAR All-Stars Heading into this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, 20 different drivers have earned their spot in the NASCAR All-Star Race on May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Drivers eligible for the 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race consist of:

  • • Cup Series drivers who have earned a points-paying race victory in either 2021 or 2022.
  • • Previous NASCAR All-Star Race winners who are competing full-time this season.
  • • Previous NASCAR Cup Series champions who are competing full-time this season.


Entry Car Driver Organization
1 1 Ross Chastain TrackHouse Racing
2 2 Austin Cindric Team Penske
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing
4 5 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports
5 6 Brad Keselowski RFK Racing
6 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart Haas Racing
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske
10 14 Chase Briscoe Stewart Haas Racing
11 16 Allmendinger  (i) Kaulig Racing
12 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
13 19 Martin Truex Jr Joe Gibbs Racing
14 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing
15 22 Joey Logano Team Penske
16 23 Bubba Wallace 23XI Racing
17 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports
18 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports
19 45 Kurt Busch 23XI Racing
20 48 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports


Of the 20 drivers already entered in the NASCAR All-Star race, seven have previously scored wins in the annual exhibition event, led by Kevin Harvick (2007, 2018) and Kyle Larson (2019, 2021) with two All-Star victories each. 2021 series champion, Kyle Larson is the most recent NASCAR All-Star race winner, bringing home the victory from Texas Motor Speedway last season.


In total, 24 drivers will make a start in this season’s NASCAR All-Star race and four additional positions will be added to the NASCAR All-Star Race field following the NASCAR All-Star Open – the NASCAR Open Stage 1 Winner, the NASCAR Open Stage 2 Winner, the NASCAR All-Star Open Winner, and the Fan Vote Winner.



source: NASCAR Media

Friday, May 20, 2022

Entertainment Expectations Sky High For NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend

Entertainment Expectations Sky High For #NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend


Beware of large falling objects from the sky during the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend set for May 20-22 at Texas Motor Speedway.


While the majority of adrenalin-pumped, all-star daredevils will be on track competing for the $1 million payday in the NASCAR All-Star Race, The “Rocketman” Valencia and Great American High Dive Show will give them a run for their money as the featured entertainment acts for the weekend.


“Rocketman” Valencia is a human cannonball who propels out of a giant cannon at more than 55 miles per hour, reaches heights of over 65 feet and travels into a safety net some 165 feet away. He will be front and center Saturday (May 21) and Sunday (May 22) during the Xfinity Series race and NASCAR All-Star Race, respectively, as he will perform in front of the race crowd from the infield scoring pylon.


“Rocketman” Valencia will make his Texas Motor Speedway debut at the conclusion of Stage 2 of Saturday’s SRS Distribution 250 Xfinity Series race and once again following the checkered flag. The SRS Distribution 250 begins at 12:30 p.m. CT (TV: FS1).


The human cannonball returns the next evening for the NASCAR All-Star Race, where he will perform following the conclusion of Rounds 2, 3 and 4. The NASCAR All-Star Race begins at 7 p.m. (TV: FS1) but on-track action officially opens at 5 p.m. with the Open Race for non-qualifiers to earn a berth in the all-star field.


“Rocketman” will have competition for air space from the Great American High Dive Show.


This act features a team of Olympic-caliber, national and world champion divers who will perform dramatic human torch fire dives, thrilling high dives from an 80-foot platform mixed with a patriotic All-American show and costumed clown diving act. The high dive act will be located near Gate 3 of the Fan Zone with two performances Saturday (10:15 & 11:30 a.m.) and three Sunday (12:30, 1:45 & 3 p.m.).


But wait, there’s more.


Country music superstar Blake Shelton will perform a one-hour, pre-race concert beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday prior to the NASCAR All-Star race activities. The concert will take place from the frontstretch stage and free to all in the grandstands.


For those wanting to get more intimate with Shelton on stage, Texas Motor Speedway is offering a limited “Track Pass” for just $99 ($79 for season ticket holders) as an add-on option to a race admission ticket. “Track Pass” holders will move from the grandstands to in front of the stage for the concert, driver introductions and also have pre-race pit access included.


In addition to the high-flying entertainment music, there is a variety of acts for adults and kids alike ranging from full-armor, medieval fighting to acrobatic dogs. The free entertainment is available all three days as soon as the public gates open. The entertainment will be featured primarily near Gates 3 and 7 of the Fan Zone. Click here for a full public schedule of race weekend events. 



The entertainment line-up includes:


  • Canine Stars - Featured on the hit show “America’s Got Talent” last season, Canine Stars features a world-class team of dog trainers and their adopted dogs from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands and South Korea showcasing their athletic ability and extreme discipline. Location: Fan Zone near Gate 7. Performance Times: Friday (3:30 & 5 p.m.), Saturday (9:30 & 11 a.m.), Sunday (12:15, 2 & 3:30 p.m.).
  • Full Steel Combat – This is not a video game but actual steel-clad, medieval soldiers taking part in a tournament that features individual duels with axes, swords, shields and maces, team combat and a grand melee where it is everyone for themselves. Location: Fan Zone near Gate 7. Performance Times: Saturday (10 & 11:30 a.m.), Sunday (1 & 2:45 p.m.).
  • Tumbleweed Crossing – This is a traveling comedy Wild West gunfight stunt show on the Western town set of Tumbleweed Crossing. Enjoy a 25-minute show featuring stunts, comedy and special effects with an Old West theme. Location: Fan Zone near Gate 3. Performance Times: Saturday (9:45 & 11 a.m.), Sunday (12:45, 2 & 3:15 p.m.).
  • Robert Castillo’s Freestyle BMX team – This group of nationally recognized extreme action sports athletes will amaze with thrilling and entertaining BMX stunts that will amaze you. Location: Fan Zone near Gate 7. Performance Times: Saturday (10 & 11:30 a.m.), Sunday (1 & 2:45 p.m.).
  • Face Painter & Balloon Artist: Kids will love the opportunity to get their faces painted as well as watch a balloon artist create all kinds on fun designs. Location: Fan Zone. Performance Times: Friday (2 – 6:30 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. - Noon), Sunday (12:30 - 4:30 p.m.).
  • Mobile Escape Room Texas – A popular, interactive experience where players use teamwork and communication skills to find clues and solve complex puzzles inside this state-of-the-art, climate-controlled adventure trailer. Location: Fan Zone. Performance Times: Friday (2 – 6:30 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. - Noon), Sunday (12:30 - 4:30 p.m.).
  • Smacking Axes – Another interactive display where fans get the opportunity to throw axes at targets. A Master Axe Smacker will be on hand to help you with proper technique and having fun with this popular entertainment. Location: Fan Zone. Performance Times: Friday (2 – 6:30 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. - Noon), Sunday (12:30 - 4:30 p.m.).

The $1 million-to-win NASCAR All-Star Race is the marquee event of a race weekend (May 20-22) featuring all three of NASCAR’s premier series. The 220 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be held Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) and the SRS Distribution 250 Xfinity Series race on Saturday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, PRN, and 95.9 The Ranch). The NASCAR Open will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) and the NASCAR All-Star Race at 7 p.m. (FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch).



Tickets for the May 20-22 NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend, are on sale now at