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Gander Trucks M&M’s 200 postponed till Sunday at Iowa

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The race has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 16 at noon ET, airing live on FS1 and MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Chandler Smith will lead the field to the green flag in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra following the cancellation of qualifying. Per the NASCAR Rule Book, the starting lineup was set by owner points.

Sunday’s race is the second of three races in the Triple Truck Challenge as the race winner will receive an extra $50,000 bonus.

The M&M’s 200 will be followed up with the NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 Presented by Tamron from Iowa at 5:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Weather delays FireKeepers Casino 400 in Michigan

Weather again delayed the start of the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Rain in the area led to a revised green-flag time of 3:02 p.m. ET being missed. Cars got on the track, but rain picked up during pace laps to prevent the start, which originally was slated for 2 p.m. ET. Cars were brought down pit road at approximately 3:08 p.m. ET.

The race was postponed until Monday at 5 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

When the race gets started, Joey Logano will lead the field to the green flag in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Aric Almirola, in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, will join Logano on the front row for the season’s 15th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Clint Bowyer, the defending winner of the race, will line up fifth as Ford drivers make up eight of the top 10 starting spots.

NASCAR had a sizable contingent of track-drying equipment on hand to prepare the 2-mile oval: 13 Air Titans, 10 jet dryers, one track blower, two track vacuums and one Elgin sweeper.

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NAPA Spring Sizzler Postponed To May 11

Due to the rain expected this Friday, the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Whelen Modified Tour 200 has been moved to Saturday, May 11th, in an afternoon format. All 5 of Stafford’s weekly divisions will compete in a feature only format with feature racing slated to begin at 1:15pm. The 48th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Whelen Modified Tour 200 is scheduled to roll off at 4:45pm.

All tickets purchased for the NAPA Spring Sizzler® will be honored Saturday, May 11th. NAPA Auto Parts ticket holder buffet will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm Saturday May 11th. Stafford’s five weekly divisions will compete in a feature only format with the Top-18 in points locked into their respective feature events. Consi’s will be held for SK and SK Lights if needed.

The track will be open Friday until 6:00pm for trailer parking and the track office will be open until 5:00pm for pit band exchange and ticket sales. Pit gates will open at 7:30am Saturday morning with practice for Stafford’s weekly divisions scheduled for 10:30am and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at 12:35am. General admission gates will open at 10:30am as well.

As a reminder: The Open Modified 80 event scheduled for May 10th has been moved to May 24th in conjunction with Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modifiedz Night.

“We appreciate all of our teams to continue to work with us,” explained Stafford GM Mark Arute. “This weather has been unprecedented and we want to ensure we get the Spring Sizzler in this weekend. With the forecast calling for rain throughout the day and evening on Friday it made the most sense to move the event to Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience, one thing we can’t control is the weather. Hope to see everyone at the track Saturday.”

For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783, visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com, or contact us on social media.

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Gander RV 400 postponed until Monday because of weather

DOVER, Del. — Persistent rain on Sunday foiled NASCAR’s attempts to start the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, forcing postponement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race until noon Monday, to be broadcast on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The cars started rolling before 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, but the rain, which had stopped long enough to dry the track, picked up again as the field took pace laps around the Monster Mile.

Accordingly, pole winner Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, the second-place qualifier, will lead the field to the green flag on Monday.

Pre-race inspection issues, however, caused a shakeup within the field behind them.

The cars of fifth-place qualifier Alex Bowman, 13th-place Martin Truex Jr., 29th-place Ryan Preece and 32nd-place Matt Tifft all failed inspection twice and must drop to the rear for the start of the race.

Truex, from Mayetta, New Jersey, considers Dover his home track. It was at the Monster Mile in 2007 that the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion picked up his first Cup victory in a race delayed by rain. Truex won that Monday, June 4 race by a whopping 7.355 seconds. In 2016, Truex added a second win at the one-mile concrete track.

But trying to advance from the back of the field will be a challenging proposition.

“It’s going to be tough,” Truex acknowledged before driver introductions on Sunday. “We couldn’t have picked a worse place to start in the back, for sure. It’s going to be difficult because, generally, this is the toughest place to pass there is, because it’s so fast through the center of the corner. And now we’re faster than we’ve ever been.

“So, it’s going to be difficult, for sure. But if we’re good on long runs, we can make it happen.”

During Saturday’s practice, Truex and crew chief Cole Pearn tried to make their car as versatile as possible, given the importance of finding speed both on the bottom and the top of the track.

“Everybody is going to be in traffic, and that’s going to make you pick different options,” Truex said.

“We tried to work hard yesterday on having a car we could move around with, because we knew it was going to be hard to pass, and you were going to have to find some air somehow. We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s going to be tough.”

Elliott is the most recent winner at Dover, having broken through in last year’s fall race. Kevin Harvick, who will start sixth, is the defending race winner.

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NAPA Spring Sizzler Postponed To May 10

STAFFORD, Conn. — Due to the expected heavy rain, Sunday, May 5th’s NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Whelen Modified Tour 200 has been moved to Friday, May 10th, under the lights. Racing will still take place this Saturday, May 4th as Stafford’s 5 Weekly divisions and the Vintage Modifieds will run a full schedule in an afternoon racing format for Stafford’s first event of 2019.

All tickets purchased for the NAPA Spring Sizzler® will be honored Friday, May 10th. NAPA Auto Parts ticket holder buffet will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Friday May, 10th. Stafford’s five weekly divisions will also be on hand Friday, May 10th in a feature only format. The Top-18 cars in points will be locked into their respective feature events.

Saturday, May 4th will play host to Opening Day at Stafford. Pit gates will open at 10:00AM and General Admission gates at 11:00AM. Qualifying races will kick-off at 1:30PM with feature racing slated to begin at 2:30PM. See full schedule below. General Admission ticket pricing for Saturday’s event will be $18.50 for adults, kids 6-14 $5, and 5 & under free. Reserved seating is $20 for all ages and paddock passes will be $30 for NASCAR members and $35 for non-NASCAR members.

The Open Modified 80 event scheduled for May 10th has been moved to May 24th in conjunction with Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modifiedz Night.

“We appreciate all of our teams working with us,” explained Stafford GM Mark Arute. “This weather has been tough but we want to get a race in for all the teams, drivers, and fans. It made the most sense to bring the Modified Tour back next Friday for a one day show. Hopefully we can put the bad weather behind us.”

For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783, visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com, or contact us on social media.

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2019 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Silly Season Synopsis

With the snow finally melted across most of Canada and temperatures feeling more spring like, anticipation continues to build towards the 2019 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season. There has been constant hype over the winter building with veterans coming back to run the full schedule, combined with other fresh faces.

Currently a month out from the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, here is where things stand as of right now.

DJK Racing will be fielding a pair of entries, with Andrew Ranger and D.J. Kennington full-time, chasing after the championship. Ranger told POPULAR SPEED with the improvement over the past three years, he feels that they have all the puzzle pieces to finish the races, have fun, win races, and take home the championship. 

Julia Landauer will also continue to run events in the series, scheduled to run Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 19, Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 1, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 25, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, and again at Jukasa Motor Speedway on September 28 for DJK Racing.

Canada’s Best Racing Team has strengthened their effort, partnering with Wright Motorsports Incorporated. They will field 2018 Rookie of the Year Brett Taylor full-time in one of their entries. The Alberta native believes the merger, combined with building a pair of new cars, a new engine builder and adding new personnel, sees them “coming into the season with the tools to win.”

Ed Hakonson Racing announced in March that Jason Hathaway will be returning to the series on a full-time basis, after spending the past two years pursuing other racing endeavors. 

“Our team is solely focused on winning races and the championship,” Hathaway told POPULAR SPEED last month. “From where we’re at, this is our major goal and we have been working towards it all winter. We’re working on the cars, building on some new ones, so I guess all cards on the table entering the year.”

22 Racing will be once again fielding three entries full-time, with Alex Tagliani, Marc-Antoine Camirand and Donald Theetge behind the wheel. After scoring his first career series victory last year at St. Eustache, Camirand “is looking forward to being a championship contender.” Tagliani knows what it feels like to be in title contention, placing second last year to L.P. Dumoulin. 

Micks Motorsports revealed at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo that Mark Dilley will be returning to the series full-time behind the wheel of the No. 64 Leland Industries Ford. Additionally, they will field rookie T.J. Rinomato in four road/street course events in the No. 02 Ford.

The news shook the racing world in March, as they announced a commitment to the future of motorsports, with plans to support five teams in 2020, before bumping the total to eight in 2021 across all of NASCAR’s divisions.

Dumoulin Competition returns with 2018 series champion L.P. Dumoulin prepared to defend his championship, on the heels of signing a three-year extension with primary sponsor WeatherTech last year. 

“It means the world to us,” Dumoulin told POPULAR SPEED in November. “We’ve done seven seasons together with myself, Dumoulin Competition, Bellevue, and WeatherTech and we’ve got two championships. It means the world for me, but the team as well. All those guys that work on the car all year round, but it’s fun for them and their family to know that there’s three years ahead of them. You know in racing that it’s hard to get sponsorship and it’s hard to have long run partnerships.”

Although not announced officially yet, his brother Jean-François Dumoulin is also expected to be back in the series in 2019. 

Simone Autosport fielded Connor James for a limited amount of races last year, and they plan to do the same once again this year. NASCAR Home Tracks revealed post-Motorama that James will be running a couple events in 2019, including both races at Jukasa Motor Speedway. If funding could be found, it is possible for his schedule to expand further beyond that. The third-generation racer will keep himself busy, regardless, running the full Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series tour and the pair of Super Stocks event at Jukasa. 

Simon Dion-Viens announced a three-year deal with Castrol Canada to be the primary sponsor on Dion-Viens’ No.37 car for a maximum of four races.

Jocelyn Fecteau announced new sponsorship from Roxor, but has yet to reveal the amount of events he will be entering for the 2019 campaign. 

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Rain Postpones New Smyrna 175 to Monday Night

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — The 2019 K&N Pro Series season opener will have to wait.

Rain forced the postponement of Sunday night’s New Smyrna 175 at New Smyrna Speedway to Monday night. The race is scheduled to go green at 7 p.m., the first race of the night, to kick off another evening of the New Smyrna Speedway World Series.

After qualifying was canceled due to precipitation, track crews and Air Titans worked feverishly to dry the track. But showers persisted, and NASCAR was forced to move the 175-lap event to Monday.

Hailie Deegan will start first, followed by Drew Dollar, Brandon McReynolds, Sam Mayer and Colin Garrett.

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Moffitt Partners Up with Hattori Racing Enterprises

Following previous success together in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Brett Moffitt and crew chief Scott Zipadelli have been reunited together, hopeful of chasing a championship with Hattori Racing Enterprises.

“This is an awesome opportunity for me to reunite with Shige Hattori and get back into a position to win races,” Moffitt said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with so many familiar faces. I believe the people in place at HRE are the right group for us to find a lot of success.

“Working with Zippy (Scott Zipadelli) again makes this opportunity even better. We had a great stretch together a couple years ago, especially winning at Michigan. Hopefully we can do that again, because Zippy, Shige, and everyone at HRE have built an impressive program over the last two years.”

The pair worked together in 2016, scoring three top-fives in six races, including Moffitt’s lone truck series victory at Michigan International Speedway. In total, the Iowa native has picked up six top-10’s in 13 career truck events. 

“I am so glad to have Brett back with us at HRE,” Shigeaki Hattori said. “We enjoyed working together several years ago and he has made the most of every opportunity he’s had in this sport over the last few years, especially in the NCWTS. He’s proven he can win races and is deserving of the opportunity.

“It’s great to have AISIN Group’s continued support of our team and to have them reunited with Brett. We’re very proud of the program we have built with Scott (Zipadelli) and the entire team, and we’re looking forward to having Brett behind the wheel and elevating our performance even further this season.”

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VIDEO: Stewart Gives Harvick the Brush Off

This season marks Tony Stewart’s last year of Sprint Cup Series competition, and Mobil 1 wants to make sure he’s prepared for life after racing.

As one of the sponsors on Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet, Mobil 1 has been releasing a series of videos titled “Tony’s Next Chapter,” where he explores avenues that could be of interest to him in the future.

The latest video explores painting, where Stewart is seen painting a photo of Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick. Whether this is the right avenue to go, we’ll let you be the judge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvOq4miuI48

This video marks the fourth in the series for Mobil 1, with the rest available for viewing on YouTube by clicking here.

Stewart announced during the second half of last season that 2016 would be his last year behind the wheel full-time. Stewart finished 28th in points this past season with three top-10 finishes.

He has yet to make a start this year, though, as a result of suffering burst fracture to the L1 vertebra in his back in late January.

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VIDEO: Singing Career Looks Bleak for Christopher Bell

At 21 years old Christopher Bell is already an accomplished racecar driver having won races and championships along the way to a full-time Camping World Truck Series ride.

It’s clear that Bell has found his calling. But that doesn’t mean he can’t test the waters somewhere else.

Bell’s No. 4 Toyota at Kyle Busch Motorsports is sponsored by JBL, an electronics company with products like speakers, Bluetooth devices, sound bars and much more. As a result, it’s quite common to see Bell walking around the garage or pit road with a nice pair of JBL headphones either on or around his neck.

Wednesday, Bell posted a video on Twitter where he invites fans to guess the song their singing for a chance to win JBL products. The video was an instant hit; it’s too bad that American Idol is already in the midst of its final season.

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