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Bobby Pierce, Nick Hoffman Win in Summer Nationals Debut at Richmond Pierce Wins 11th of Season at Richmond - Godsey bags back-to-back top-fives with seven races now remaining RICHMOND, KY – July 25, 2021 – Inching closer and closer to a fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals title with his 11th Feature win of the season Sunday night at Richmond Raceway, Bobby Pierce also made a bit of personal history, reflective of the great success he’s had thus far in his career. In 2016, Pierce won a season-best 11 Features en route to his second Hell Tour championship in two years. With just seven races remaining on the 2021 schedule, 11 wins and a 186-point lead, Pierce will now go for a new personal best single-season win total before the end of the tour next month. “It feels great to get my 11th win,” Pierce, of Oakwood IL, said in Victory Lane. “We’ve got seven races left to go, so hopefully we can break it.” The debut at the 3/10-mile of Richmond, known as The Beast of the East, was a dominant one for Pierce, who led all 40 laps unchallenged for the $5,000 prize. Several caution flags were thrown over the course of the race, forcing Pierce to be good on restarts. “My dad was signaling me down the backstretch, and every restart I kinda pulled away, even though I didn’t feel great off of Turn 2. It was just so slick out there – this place is really slick,” Pierce said. Ashton Winger rode third for the opening five laps before getting a run on Tanner English for second, where he stayed to the checkered. English held on for third, Joe Godsey bagged his fifth top-five of the season in fourth and three-time Richmond track champion Derek Fisher rounded out the top-five. Pierce will also get the opportunity to break another record before the season’s out. Four-time champion Shannon Babb owns the record for the most wins in a single-season at 15, which he set back in 2005. Pierce can both tie and pass Babb, but has to win at least five of the remaining races. UP NEXT The Summer Nationals Late Models cap off Week #6 with the final race on Monday night, July 26, in the tour’s debut at Lake Cumberland Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results) Feature (40 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce; 2. 12-Ashton Winger; 3. 81E-Tanner English; 4. 14G-Joe Godsey; 5. 38-Derek Fisher; 6. 11-Tommy Bailey; 7. D8-Dustin Linville; 8. 38H-Thomas Hunziker; 9. 12J-Jason Jameson; 10. 21-Kirk Phillips; 11. 74-Mitch McGrath; 12. 14R-Jeff Roth; 13. 118-Mike Fenton; 14. 248-Brandon Lance; 15. T22- Tegan Evans; 16. 83-Scott James; 17. 11W-Jeff Watson; 18. 16-Justin Rattliff; 19. 15-William Byrd; 20. (DNS) 13-Brayton Laster HISTORY MADE: Hoffman Wins 17th of Season at Richmond, Now Sits Atop All-Time Wins List It’s official. Nick Hoffman is now the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals’ all-time leader in Feature wins. At just 29 years of age, the Mooresville, NC-driver has had a season for the record books already and added to it again on Sunday night, winning the tour’s first-ever visit to Richmond Raceway. He and the Elite Chassis team have been the guys to beat all season long and showed exactly why on Sunday with a dominating flag-to-flag victory in the 25-lap event. For their efforts, Hoffman has now taken sole possession of #1 on the all-time Feature wins list from six-time champion Mike Harrison – a goal he’d been working on, among others, since the start of the tour in June. “It’s really cool,” Hoffman said in Victory Lane. “Really didn’t start on this whole Hell Tour deal until like 2015, so to pick up that many wins that quick is pretty cool for us.” On the track, Hoffman was untouchable. Original start, restart – it just didn’t matter. His Elite Chassis #2 jetted out at the drop of the green and took off, leaving his opponents in the dust. At one point, Hoffman’s lead stretched to almost 7 seconds in traffic. His only concern came upon reaching the rear of the field and dealing with the slower traffic. Several cautions had been thrown throughout for drivers spinning at the bottom of the turns, which Hoffman did his best to try and avoid. “I could maneuver pretty decent. The biggest thing was I just wanted to pass those guys around the outside – just in case they did spin out, they would go to the bottom,” Hoffman said. UP NEXT The Summit Modifieds help cap off Week #6 with the final race on Monday night, July 26, in the tour’s debut at Lake Cumberland Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view all results) Feature (25 Laps) 1. 2-Nick Hoffman; 2. 4-Victor Lee; 3. 25-Dennis Roberson; 4. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr; 5. 25N-Tyler Nicely; 6. A85-Brandon Hutchinson; 7. 9H-John Demoss; 8. 38-Aaron Branham; 9. 1F-Austin Francis; 10. 37-Harold Branham; 11. 21S-Kenny Shaw; 12. 33Z-Zach Powers; 13. 17-Tyler Rigsby; 14. 27-Tyler Collis; 15. 26- Kyle Cochran; 16. 122-Ryan Turner; 17. 1C-Roy Cox; 18. C8-Jimmy Crabtree; 19. 66W-Tyler Watson; 20. 17R-Jimmy Robinson; 21. 24S-Trae Soper
Cory Roper – No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc./Carquest Ford F-150 Review Toyota Care 250 at Richmond Raceway No. 04 Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc./Carquest News and Notes · Tough Break in Richmond: Cory Roper crossed the finish line with a 31st place finish in his Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc./Carquest Ford F-150 for Roper Racing in the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond Raceway. · Throttle Problems: Roper started 21st but battled issues with his throttle early in the race which forced him to pit early to fix the problem and lost a lot of laps in the process. · Picking Up Spots: Despite the issues, Roper was able to pick up a few more spots with other drivers having issues during the race, which helped the team gain a few more points. From the Driver’s Seat: Cory Roper: “It was a frustrating day not being able to compete with a great truck. Not happy with the finish but excited about the way the truck handled and the speed we had. Shane, Chris and all the guys are building fast trucks and we will keep pushing.” From the Pit Box: Shane Whitbeck: “We had some issues right at the start of the race and it was just hard to overcome that. Cory did a good job and stayed with it all day. We learn a lot about the truck and what he needs on the short tracks. I feel good about going to more of them and I can’t wait to get to Kansas.” Roper’s 2021 Camping World Truck Series Stats Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish 5 0 1 1 0 0 23.8 26.2 Roper’s Career Camping World Truck Series Stats Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish 32 0 1 2 0 0 22.4 22.8 About Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. Preferred Industrial Contractors, Inc. is a national industrial engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and maintenance company that is located in Baytown, Texas. They execute turnkey capital, and maintenance projects from scope development through construction, and they can maintain your facilities. PIC proudly serves a vast range of industries including the power, chemical processing, petroleum refining, food and beverage, and biotechnical facilities. For more information go to preferredindustrialcontractors.com About Carquest Carquest Auto Parts is a part of the Advanced Auto Parts family which resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than 85 years of experience, their combined knowledge of automobiles runs deep. They have more than 71,000 Team Members who are passionate about the industry and are committed to your success. They use state-of-the-art data and technology systems to ensure that their distribution centers have the right mix of products based on the vehicles in any common area. For more information about Carquest Auto Parts go to carquest.com About Roper Racing Roper Racing Team Headquarters is located in Mont Belvieu, Texas, just outside of Houston, where they field the No. 04 Ford F-150 truck. The core of the team has been together with Cory Roper for many years. Part of the success of the team comes from the dedication of many friends and family members. After working all day at their full-time jobs, they commit to working late nights at the race shop. The 2021 season will be the 4th year for the team. Cory Roper serves not only as the driver but the owner of the team as well. Roper’s lifelong dream had been to drive in NASCAR. For more information go to roperracingteam.com
AM Racing | NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Richmond (Va.) Raceway | ToyotaCare 250 - No. 22 AM Racing Team - Driver: Austin Wayne Self - Primary Partner(s): GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions - Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado - Crew Chief: Ryan Salomon - 2021 Driver Points Position: 10th | 2021 Owner Points Position: 11th - Chassis Intel: AMR Chassis No. 117; previously raced at Martinsville on October 30, 2020 (Start: 13th | Finish: Ninth) - Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies Notes of Interest: Back To Familiar Territory: In his fifth full-time season of Truck Series competition, Self returns to Richmond (Va.) Raceway looking to improve on his track-best 14th place run at the 0.875-mile short track in September 2020. Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 will be Self’s second start at Richmond. Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Short Track Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a short track, Self has made 16 starts throughout his career with one top-10 finish (Martinsville 2020) while also carrying an average finishing position of 19.4. Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway | Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the highly anticipated Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self made his 112th NCWTS start. After Mother Nature canceled the heat races, Self-started the race 17th but showcased his dirt track skills to move forward throughout the 150-lap race to finish 10th and claim his first top-10 finish of the 2021 Truck Series season. The performance was also the second top-10 for the Austin, Texas native on the dirt. In 2016, he netted his first career top-10 finish on the dirt at Eldora Speedway finishing ninth. Overall, it was his 10th career top-10 finish. To The Point(s): Entering Richmond, Self sits 10th in the championship standings, a gain of four spots since Bristol. Just 47 points separate Self from fifth in the championship standings currently held by Stewart Friesen with 17 races remaining this season. AM Racing also secures 11th in the NCWTS owner standings. Calling the Shots: Ryan Salomon will continue to lead Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team this weekend at Richmond. This weekend marks his ninth race as crew chief for Self and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During his tenure, he guided Self to an average finish of 15.3 during the 2020 and 2021 seasons respectively. Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 112 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings in 2018. Spanning six years of Truck Series competition, he maintains an average finish of 18.5. Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes: On Richmond Raceway: “I feel really good about going to Richmond this weekend, especially with the momentum our AM Racing team is carrying right now. Ryan and the AM Racing guys are doing a tremendous job and bringing fast No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverados to the track and I think we can contend for our second straight top-10 finish on Saturday afternoon. Richmond is about track position and tire management. Being able to start inside the top-10 is going to help our position on the track, but we just need to make sure the balance is drivable and be as conservative as we can until its go time in Stage 3.” On Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt Finish: “I had an absolute blast at Bristol with our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado. The track continued to change throughout the race – but luckily we adapted as best as we could and we still had a fast truck. I was bound and determined to bring the guys and our partners home a top-10 and that’s exactly what we accomplished. It was a great confidence booster for our team.” On 2021 Season After Five Races: “Honestly, I think we have proven a lot as a race team in 2021 but there is still more work to be done. Our trucks have been fast, but the series is extremely competitive this season. We just need to stay focused and come to the track worried about the performance of our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet and hope everything else will work out for itself.” Race Information: The ToyotaCare 250 (250 laps | 187.5 miles) is the sixth of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-truck field will take the green flag on Sat., Apr. 17, 2021 shortly after 1:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90. Follow on Social Media: For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf. About AM Racing: AM Racing is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team headquartered in Statesville, N.C. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self as its driver for the 2021 season. For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR.