“Abraham Lincoln” gives command to start NASCAR Trucks race (VIDEO)

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It’s been quite the bizarre week in NASCAR: Race manipulation tactics, massive penalties, and as of Friday afternoon, the inclusion of Jeff Gordon as a 13th driver to the Chase – a decision that has been met with either delight or disdain depending on your point of view.

So of course, it was only fitting that Abraham Lincoln dropped in to add even more surrealism to the proceedings at Chicagoland Speedway. Tonight’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 for the Camping World Truck Series got underway after the command to start engines was given by Honest Abe himself.

Okay, okay, it wasn’t the real Lincoln. NASCAR CEO Brian France may have the authority to put Gordon in the Chase, but even he can’t bring America’s 16th President back from the Great Beyond.

But considering all of the madness that has ensued since last Saturday, having “Lincoln” telling the NASCAR Truck corps to start their engines seemed to put a proper period on it all. At least until the next controversy breaks.

As for the race itself, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski – both stepping away momentarily from their Sprint Cup duties – had a terrific late-race duel in the closing laps before Busch was able to score the win. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by points leader Matt Crafton in fourth, and Ty Dillon in fifth.

Video credit goes to “tireballmedia” on YouTube.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,