MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2024) - Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has named Kaz Grala to its 2024 driver lineup with the 25-year-old Boston native piloting the organization's
Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases
Thad Moffitt to Compete Full-Time in NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Faction46 Newest NASCAR Team to Continue Petty Tradition
LEVEL CROSS, N.C. (December 9, 2023) — Thad Moffitt, the grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, will make his full-time series debut in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series with a new team, Faction46. The new team is owned by Lane Moore, owner of Venture Food Stores, and will have an alliance with Niece Motorsports. Veteran NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series crew chief, Doug George will lead the team.
NASCAR Announces Historic Media Rights Agreements with FOX, NBC, Amazon and Warner Bros. Discovery Partners Join The CW on Seven-Year Deals Covering All NASCAR National Series Races from 2025-2031
PLANO, Texas (November 27, 2023) – Toyota revealed today a newly-designed NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Toyota Camry XSE race car that will make its debut in the 2024 NCS season. The Camry XSE Next Gen follows the Toyota Camry TRD Next Gen, which produced 18 victories and 25 poles during the last two seasons of competition.
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (Nov. 7, 2023) – Media were invited to the speedway Tuesday to view the first repave at the legendary North Wilkesboro Speedway since 1981
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT: PHOENIX RACEWAY - November 2, 2023
DEARBORN, MI, 12:00pm, Nov. 1, 2023 – Ford Performance has today unveiled the new Mustang for the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series based on the Mustang Dark Horse®. After a busy year of Mustang racing news, this 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Mustang is the icing on the cake for the full family of performance Mustang cars.
RALEIGH, N.C. (SEPT. 28, 2023) – NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports announced today that the 40th running of the NASCAR All-Star Race will take place at historic North Wilkesboro Speedway as part of a three-day weekend of motorsports entertainment on May 17-19, 2024.
CONCORD, NC (Sept. 18, 2023) – NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell, alongside 30 local elementary students from five area schools, helped Charlotte Motor Speedway staff prepare for the upcoming Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 weekend by painting “turtles” at America’s Home for Racing on Monday. As part of the speedway’s year-round STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program, students designed and painted six-inch-high steel rumble strips that will be installed around the road course ahead of next month’s pivotal NASCAR Cup Series race. The 100-pound kerbs will be bolted to the track surface to help keep drivers on the 17-turn, 2.28-mile course during the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sunday, Oct. 8.
Toyota Racing – Kurt Busch NASCAR Cup Series Quotes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 26, 2023) – Kurt Busch was made available to media prior to the NASCAR Cup Series event at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday:
Ford Performance Notes and Quotes: NASCAR Cup Series
Circuit of The Americas Advance | Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Austin Cindric, driver of the No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang, will be making his 49th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Circuit of The Americas this weekend. Cindric has shifted his road racing experiences to NASCAR, producing NXS wins with Ford at Watkins Glen (2019), Mid-Ohio (2019), Road America (2020), Daytona Road Course (2020), and Indianapolis Road Course (2021).
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STRATEGY WILL BE AND HOW WILL IT CHANGE WITH THE LACK OF STAGE CAUTIONS? “I think it changes a lot in comparison to… I’d say especially what we saw last year with stage racing and how it really impacted the road courses. I’d say COTA probably wasn’t the worst, but as far as like Sonoma, you either took points or you decided to finish well. You had opportunities for people to decide if they had a car that was good enough to win or just take points. Obviously, in my opinion, the purpose of the stage points is to reward the cars that run well, and I think everyone would agree that the winner of the race should be one of the best cars. With that all being said, I’m not saying that the best cars didn’t win races last year, but I think with eliminating the breaks and the ability for us to run green flags pretty organically – probably more traditionally – it really changes the opportunity for strategy depending on cautions and potentially fuel mileage. I think it really changes the strategy of the race and how to go about your speed, but also and most importantly, it gives the chance for the best cars of that race to be rewarded for being the best.”
Jeff Andrews, Hendrick Motorsports’ President and General Manager, and Chad Knaus, Hendrick Motorsports’ Vice President of Competition – Media Availability Transcript
Can you give us any more indication of what NASCAR is saying you guys did and what you’re going to try to argue on for the appeal?
Knaus: “Honestly, it’s pretty messy right now as we’re trying to figure out exactly what angle we’re going to take. I know that the whole industry went through a tremendous amount of work in the latter-stages of 2022 to try to get a new.. INAUDIBLE.. package from a cooling standpoint to help fix what maybe another OEM had problems with last year.
Team Chevy Press Conf. Transcript - March 4, 2023
jeff andrews, president and general manager, hendrick motorsports; alan gustafson, crew chief, NO. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1; and Josh Berry, fill-in driver for the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1 - Press Conference Transcript:
JEFF ANDREWS: “First and foremost, thank you for gathering here this morning. I just want to say that on behalf of Mr. Hendrick; he wants to make sure that everyone knows that our concern at this time is the health and wellbeing – first and foremost – of Chase Elliott. I know there are a lot of questions about the injury, the timing and where we’re going with all of that. We will do our best to answer a lot of that for you. We don’t obviously have a lot of details with this being a little bit less than 24 hours old for us now.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Kyle Busch won the pole and then dominated the NASCAR Craftman truck race a Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night. He led 85 of the 134 laps even despite a Lap one stop in the pits. His win also marked the first checkered flag for Kyle Busch Motorsports running under the Chevrolet banner, adding to a long history of victorious tradition in his time with Toyota. It was his 63rd victory in the truck series.
Ford Performance Notes and Quotes
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
ThorSport Media Call | Thursday, December 15, 2022
ThorSport Racing announced earlier today that the team will be returning to Ford in 2023, competing with a four-truck team that will include drivers Hailie Deegan, Ty Majeski, Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton. During a call with media, ThorSport team representatives Allison Thorson and Deegan joined Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director Mark Rushbrook to answer questions.
(Team Release) CONCORD, NC (Dec. 6, 2022) – Today, at the Chevrolet Performance Center, GMS Racing announced its newest driver to the fold, as standout talent Rajah Caruth officially joins the team to drive the No. 24 Chevrolet in the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Joey Logano won four times this year, but this last one made him the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series champion for 2022. Logano won the pole and the first stage while winning the season’s final race at Phoenix Raceway. It was the second time Logano had accomplished this feat, having won first in 2018.
Laps for Charity, Live Auction Among the Ways Fans Can Support Speedway Children’s Charities This Weekend
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2022) – One world-class NASCAR driver will make his way to Victory Lane following the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sunday, but thanks to the efforts of Speedway Children’s Charities, he won’t be the only winner of the weekend. Through a variety of different initiatives, Speedway Children’s Charities will use the weekend to raise money to support local nonprofits in the community.
LOUDON, N.H. (July 17, 2022) – Christopher Bell drove his Toyota Camry TRD to victory lane on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he met the famous ‘Loudon the Lobster’ trophy as he punched his ticket to this year’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Bell led the final 42 laps of the race en route to his second career Cup Series victory. Fellow Toyota drivers Bubba Wallace (third), Martin Truex Jr. (fourth), Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Kurt Busch (10th) also scored top-10 finishes for Toyota. Truex Jr. won the first two stages of the race and led the most laps with 172 (of 301).
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford Mustang -- (Finished 5th) - HOW MUCH WERE YOU SLIPPING AND SLIDING AT THE END THERE? “A lot. We put two tires on there, which we all thought was the right thing to do and it just would not get going. We were sliding up the race track and it took seven or eight laps to get the car underneath ya and then about 20 laps to get the pace back. Then at the end, everybody was just out of tires. I am proud of everybody on our GEARWRENCH Ford Mustang. We will keep plugging away.”
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 18 Devotion Nutrition Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 2nd--How was your race overall?---“Congratulations to (Justin) Allgaier again. This is the second time I’ve run second to him – Nashville and here. Our car was good, but as the grip compound wore out of the race track, I feel like we got behind early in the race and actually got free in the second run, late in the run and took us a while to get it back. Felt like we gave up some in the short run speed there. On restarts, it was chaos. That’s why my car looks the way it does. People missing shifts and putting us four wide. I think if we could have got there or been up front a little sooner, I think we had a shot. Allgaier was just a little better on that short run.”
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Race Winner
THAT FINISH WAS CRAZY. YOU WIN BOTH OF THE STAGES TODAY AND FOR THESE FANS HERE AT ATLANTA, THE HOMETOWN BOY DELIVERS. YOU’VE HAD A LOT OF BIG WINS IN YOUR CAREER. I CAN THINK OF ONE IN PHOENIX THAT GOT YOU A TITLE, BUT WHERE DOES THIS RANK ON THE ALL-TIME LIST?
“This one is up there for sure, man. To win at your home track is a really big deal.. I think to any race car driver. I've watched a lot of guys do it over the years; Jimmie (Johnson) out in California. We haven't really had a very good run here, so I felt like today was a great opportunity for us.
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang – YOUR MUSTANG SEEMED TO COME TO LIFE IN THE LAST STAGE. “It came to life. We had to do a little CPR there early. We were struggling pretty bad. We were pretty loose to start the race and I’m just proud of the effort from the guys on the 2 car, being able to make the right adjustments and get us out of a hole there. We went from not being able to go full throttle by myself on the racetrack to being able to run close behind other guys wide-open, so I’m proud of that effort and proud of a top-three finish. I felt like we deserved to be up there by the end of the race after we established track position. It was a solid day. I wish we could have gotten the Quaker State Ford in victory lane in the Quaker State 400, but a top-three is pretty good.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 25th--After having a solid top-five run, Ross Chastain made contact with you, how frustrating is it to lose what could have been a strong finish?---“It’s just frustrating. We were in pretty good position, but ultimately got taken out.”--Are you frustrated with Ross Chastain after the contact that impacted your race?--“Yeah, of course.”
Chris Buescher, driver of the No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, is coming off a sixth-place finish last week at Road America, his second top-6 finish in the last three races (2nd at Sonoma). He stopped by the Atlanta Motor Speedway infield media center before qualifying to talk about his recent hot streak and expectations for tomorrow’s scheduled race.
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Race Winner
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN THAT LAST CAUTION CAME OUT?
“I was figuring that it was coming, but was hoping not. Ryan (Blaney) gave me a great shove and I appreciate him doing me a solid there in getting us out front. Just so proud of our team because we kind of had a setback there about halfway and we were able to get our NAPA Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix.
RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang – “I’m not sure as the race kind of kept progressing later into the night I thought we lost some ground between some of the other cars. I thought hot and slick during the day we were pretty competitive and then something went down and I didn’t think we were as good. I had to go to the back and then spun out trying too hard. Jonathan made a good call to stay out the last stop. Why not, running ninth and was able to run third, so that was a good call by him. Overall, I wish it was in the hot and slick of the day because I thought we were a little bit more competitive, but not a bad finish.”
KURT BUSCH, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, 23XI Racing--Finishing Position: 2nd---What more did you need to beat Chase Elliott on the final restar“I got soft on him. I should have been throwing some fenders and moving some momentum around. I didn’t stick with our strength. We didn’t have many strengths tonight. We just executed really well. The restarts were so-so and long run speed was good. I just needed to stick with our strength and I messed up. I want to thank all my guys at 23XI. We have a great group of guys and girls. The way that we’re running, a second is cool, but we’re here for wins with the Playoff situation. Thanks to Monster Energy, Toyota and all of our associate sponsors. This Camry and all the TRD Camrys were awesome. I just hate it when we don’t get into victory lane and I was right there.”
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 18 Devotion Nutrition Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race overall and how were you able to come from the back twice to score and second-place finish?---“It’s really hard to win a race when you go to the back twice. We drove to second twice, from the back. The second stage, we came in with Riley (Herbst) and hit a pit crew member, not intentionally, but it can happen. Then fell back to 15th and drove back to second. Then we had a loose wheel and had to go to the very back and drove back and was catching (Justin) Allgaier. He’s my buddy, Gator, congrats to him. Happy for him, but man, I wanted to win that guitar and win here at Nashville. I feel like we did everything right on the car and feel like I did everything right behind the wheel. We have to clean up the mistakes and we’re going to win because it takes every piece of this deal. But thankful to be here, but it’s perspective. I used to be mad and I’m still mad, but with perspective being happy to be here.”
RILEY HERBST, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang – “I don’t think the whole field had anything for the 7. I think he was on cruise control all day, but our Monster Energy Ford Mustang was really good. I’m just proud of us as a group. Way to execute. I messed up on pit road a few times myself and the team, so we’ve got to clean up a little stuff there, but, all in all, it was a good day. We got a pole and good points. This is what we need to keep doing, just knock on the door and eventually it will open.”
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – YESTERDAY YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE PRETTY FAST, SO DID TODAY SURPRISE YOU? “I really didn’t think I was that fast, that’s for sure. Good changes, I guess, at least for qualifying got the car doing the right things at least for one lap. We’ll see what that means later on, but we’ll take that and we’ll go from there.”
Ryan Preece gave David Gilliland Racing its second consecutive victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after winning tonight’s Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Preece, who won the race for the second year in a row, follows Todd Gilliland’s victory last week at Knoxville Raceway. Zane Smith finished second to give Ford a 1-2 finish.
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 18, 2022) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) took
to the historic Knoxville dirt in Iowa on Saturday night for the second time in series history. Toyota
Tundra drivers scored three top-five finishes and six top-10 results overall with John Hunter
Nemechek leading the way as he took the checkered flag in the second position.
Tyler Ankrum tied his best-career dirt track finish on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway after delivering a ninth-place result. The driver of the No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota Tundra TRD Pro completed a fierce late-race rally from 20th position with less than 25 laps remaining after being black flagged and forced to make repairs to a front bumper bar. His performance at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World” marks the second time this season he has recorded consecutive top-10 results and earned him the eighth most points of all drivers in the field.
Hailie Deegan, driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for David Gilliland Racing, was a guest today on the weekly Ford Performance media call. She answered questions from the media about her season to date and this weekend’s return to Sonoma Raceway.
MADISON, Ill. (June 4, 2022) – Corey Heim won his second career Truck Series race in just his ninth career start in the Toyota 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday afternoon. Heim won the race from the pole, his first. Heim led four other Toyota Tundras across the finish line, as Toyota swept the top-five positions for the sixth time in their NASCAR Truck Series history.
Ford Performance NASCAR: Ford Sweeps Front Row as Chase Briscoe Captures First Career Cup Series Pole (NCS Qualifying)
Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoing.com Ford Mustang -- THIS IS YOUR FIRST CAREER CUP SERIES POLE. HOW DOES THAT FEEL? “Yeah, I felt like yesterday in practice our car was really good. I thought we were a third to fifth-place car and I thought the 22 was the best car. The first round of qualifying I felt like I didn’t run a very good lap at all and wasn’t sure I would make the top five. To see how fast it was I knew we would be pretty good for the second round. The second round I kind of did the opposite and overdrove that one. I didn’t think the lap was going to hold up. I felt like Reddick or Joey would be able to get us but we were able to hold it off. It is super cool to be here. This is a cool race track and a cool area. There are a lot of really passionate race fans in the St. Louis area and a lot of great dirt tracks and race tracks in general. I remember coming here in the Truck Series and always having a huge crowd and it will be the same tomorrow. I am excited to be a part of the inaugural event here and it is really special to lead the field to green in front of a sold-out crowd here. I am looking forward to tomorrow for sure.”
SMI release: Legendary Businessman, Philanthropist
And NASCAR Hall of Famer Bruton Smith Passes Away
Smith had trailblazing careers in motorsports, philanthropy and automotive retail, serving as Founder and Executive Chairman of Sonic Automotive, Speedway Motorsports and Speedway Children’s Charities
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 22, 2022) – A visionary and transformative figure in both business and entertainment, Ollen Bruton Smith, the founder and executive chairman of Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH), Speedway Motorsports and Speedway Children’s Charities died today of natural causes. He was 95.
THE MODERATOR: We are joined by our race winner tonight, Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
DENNY HAMLIN: Yeah, it feels great. Obviously it wasn't looking good for about 398 laps. Considering our day, I was going to be pretty content with a fourth-place finish.
I just knew with that number one pit stall we had an opportunity, if everyone pitted, that we could come out first. We didn't. But we were the first car on four tires.
TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 6th
TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE TONIGHT.--“To start with, I was worried about it. I’m not really sure what I have going on, but I’m not 100 percent. Can’t really breath that well; all that fun stuff. So trying to battle that in our longest race of the year is not fun.
Outside of that, it’s tough having a really fast car and having these things keep happening. I don’t know – we may have been in that really big crash, or a couple of them there; so maybe it’s a good thing we had the problem on pit road.
We had a good No. 8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy. We’ll just keep moving forward.”