BitPay coming to NASCAR, on Justin Boston’s KBM Truck at Daytona

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Last year was the year of the doge. This year might be the year of the bitcoin.

While Josh Wise’s Reddit community-fueled Dogecoin livery last year was both a rallying point for the online community and something that upset the establishment in terms of normal NASCAR team sponsorship, the introduction of BitPay to Justin Boston’s truck at Kyle Busch Motorsports may be for more than just a one-off appearance generated for PR and marketing purposes.

BitPay – the world’s leading bitcoin payment processor which enables businesses to accept bitcoin payments – will serve as primary sponsor for Boston’s No. 54 Toyota Tundra at the season-opening round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season at Daytona in a couple weeks. With BitPay joining one of the top truck teams, it marks a big arrival in NASCAR for the digital currency.

“I couldn’t be more excited about having this opportunity to represent the BitPay brand on and off the track,” Boston said, via a team release. “BitPay is a global leader in bitcoin payment processing and they are at the forefront of shaping how we all spend money in everyday life.”

Added Stephanie Wargo, Vice President of Marketing for BitPay, “NASCAR is watched by millions of people all over the world. Through this exposure and working with Justin and KBM, we hope to help raise awareness about the bitcoin technology and our company’s platform.”

Boston was announced in November to run a full Truck season with KBM for his rookie year. He has one prior Truck start, and also made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing a year ago.

Female racer makes history with record finishes in dirt national midget events

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Holly Shelton is riding high after setting a milestone for a female driver in a national midget series feature event on dirt this past weekend.

The Sacramento, California-area resident recorded the highest finish ever for a female dirt national midget series driver with a runner-up finish last Friday at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League double-header weekend at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri.

Shelton broke her own national record for top finish by a woman in a national dirt event – she finished third in a USAC race at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, last year.

One night after setting her new national record, Shelton and her Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyota roared back Saturday to finish third (started on the outside pole) in the second half of the weekend double-header, making her the first female dirt driver ever on the national midget circuit to earn back-to-back podium finishes.

“It’s cool making history as a female, but my number one thing is I just want to win,” said Shelton, who will be graduating from Cal-State Sacramento with a B.A. in Criminal Justice this fall. “Truthfully, on the track I don’t even remember that I’m a girl. I’m just racing all the guys with the same goal they have – to win.”

Only one other woman has finished second in either a USAC or POWRi midget feature – Sarah McCune at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1999 – but that was on pavement, not dirt.

The record-setting weekend was great consolation for Shelton, who missed three races earlier this season due to surgery and then sat out three other races last month after suffering a race-related concussion.

“It felt good,” she said of her back-to-back podium finishes. “It builds up my confidence. The car is fast and we keep getting better and we want to build on it.”

Shelton was one of four women that competed in midget competition this weekend. The others were 19-year-old Maria Cofer and 16-year-olds Holley Hollan and Presley Truedson.

“It’s awesome seeing all the little girls come up to me excited to see me at the track,” Shelton said. “Hopefully, it encourages them to pursue their dreams as well and, as the years go on, more girls will get into it.”

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