Harry Tincknell gives Mazda Team Joest third straight IMSA win

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At the end of a 2 hour, 40-minute sprint race the top three drivers saved their best for last as the final three minutes were action-packed. Harry Tincknell protected the lead through the final lap as he and Dan Cameron banged fenders in Round 9 of the IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship.  Tincknell prevailed.

It was the third win in a row for Mazda Team Joest and the second for the No. 55 of Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito. The No. 55 team won the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen. Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez won the Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

“I just had nothing left,” Tincknell said after the race. “I was pushing as hard as I could the whole way.”

On his way to the lead, Tincknell made a dramatic move to the outside of Montoya.

“On the outside move, I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s not easy to get by Juan Pablo. But at the end, I was just hanging on for dear life.”

Tincknell pushed a little too hard in Turn 5, which opened the door for Cameron. Tincknell slammed it shut and clipped the front nose of the No. 6. Both drivers kept the cars pointed in the right direction and finished 1-2.

It was not as if the lead was ever particularly safe. After a spirited battle in the opening laps between the Team Penske cars of Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 6 and Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor in the No. 7. Bomarito took the lead from Cameron on Lap 15. At the end of the first hour, the top three were separated by less than a second as they navigated traffic.

Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez in the No. 77 team car to the winner finished third with the second-place team in the points, Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr finishing fourth.

Jordan Taylor and Renger Van Der Zande rounded out the top five. Road American remains the only track on which Wayne Taylor has not yet conquered.

Patrick Kelly scores his first LMP2 victory

Matthew McMurray and Patrick Kelly won following a return from injury. It was the first win for Kelly and the fourth for McMurray.

Patrick Kelly described the feeling of winning after such a long, nine-year hiatus.

“I’ll tell you, it’s hard to describe. I think the last race I was in was Laguna or maybe it was Sebring in GTC, remember when we had the Cup cars that ran in the class,” Kelly said. “I was in a really horrible crash with a school bus driver who was texting and swerved into on-coming traffic. I was just about a year ago able to cleared to go back. I just said I have to keep a clear head, do what I need to do, do decent lap times, don’t do anything stupid and foolish. And just hand it over to Matt in one piece. I’ll admit, it was hard to stay relaxed.

“Wow. Road America. I mean, Road America is the greatest track in North America. I’m originally from Minnesota, this is like the Mecca. So I’ve been coming here for holidays and even better holidays when there are race events. It’s always been that track that the European drivers come over and say it’s their first or second favorite track in the world. It’s incredible.”

The pair finished 10th overall.

Westbrook, Briscoe earn GTLM victory

Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe in the No. 67 Chip Ganassi Ford scored a 10.657 second win over their Chip Ganassi teammate Joey Hand and the No. 66 in GTLM class.

“The key was being good on the tires,” Westbrook said. “Really the last 10 laps of the stint were the important 10 laps, not the first 10 laps. If you fell off the cliff like the Corvettes definitely did 20 laps into the stint, you were toast. That was the key, the polar opposite of Lime Rock. We won on a three-stopper and today we made the two-stopper work.”

Briscoe is now one victory away from the 20-win mark in IMSA competition. This was his 10th Weathertech victory to go along with nine in the American LeMans Series.

“We’ve always run strong here,” Briscoe said. “I think we were unlucky to not win the first year too. It’s just a track that really suits the Ford GT. The long straights and fast corners. I think now it’s the consistency than the outright speed. We always come here with a lot of confidence and we know we’ll always have a shot at winning.”

Robichon, No. 9 team wins back to back in GTD

In the GTD class, it was back to back wins for the No. 9. After scoring the win with Zacharie Robichon and Dennis Olsen at Lime Rock, Matt Campbell took the car to Victory Lane at Road America along with Robichon.

It is Campbell’s first IMSA win and the second for Robichon.

Soon after losing the lead to Corey Lewis (who is filling in for the remainder of the season for Ryan Hardwick) on Lap 17 of the race, pole sitter Ben Keating broke a suspension and retired the No. 33 Mercedes less than 30 minutes into the race.

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The next race of the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Michelin  GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway on August 25.

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World of Outlaws release 2023 Sprint Car Series schedule

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The 2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule features 87 races, almost identical to the last year’s number, to be contested at 36 venues across 19 states. With cancelations for mostly weather, they closed out this year’s calendar on November 5 with 69 events in the books. Carson Macedo won a series high 11 races.

In 2022, David Gravel chased Brad Sweet into the three-race finale on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in one of the most hotly contested championships in Outlaws history. Sweet emerged victorious for the fourth straight year.

For the 19th consecutive season, the Outlaws Sprints will begin their season at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 9-11 and will return March 5-6 for another two-day show before hitting the road with a three-track swing into Pennsylvania to take on the Posse.

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“Every year we continue to build the best schedule we can for drivers and fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter is a series release. “I’m excited for the journey we’ve put together, which includes the biggest races in Sprint Car racing, our new Spring Swing through Pennsylvania, the thrill of combining the World of Outlaws and ‘Bike Week’ and so much more.”

Some tracks returning from hiatus and one brand new course include 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans. in April and again in October, Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon City, Ill. in April, Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway in June and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Penn.

BAPS hosts its first race in more than 30 years when the track was known as Susquehanna Speedway. This midweek show will give the local Pennsylvania Posse 14 attempts to beat the traveling Outlaws.

Ogilvie Speedway is completely new to the series and makes it the 224th different venue they will have challenged.

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Notably missing from the calendar are Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

In addition to the new spring Pennsylvania Swing, the second date at Volusia Speedway will coincide with Daytona Beach’s Bike Week and bring new eyes to the sport.

Knoxville Raceway adds another multi-night show to the calendar in April, giving this track eight sanctioned events in 2023.

And of course, there are plenty of mainstays and high dollar events, such as the Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the 35th running of the Brad Doty Classic in July and the Labor Day Spectacular at Gray’s Harbor in Elma, Wash.

Several big paydays are on the line in 2023 including the 40th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio paying $175,000 to the winner, the Huset’s High Bank Nationals’ $250,000-to-win finale and the grandaddy of them all, the 62nd Knoxville Nationals with a total purse exceeding $1 million.

2023 Outlaws Sprint Schedule

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)

Sunday-Monday, March 5-6 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, March 17 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, March 18 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday, March 24 – Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL)
Saturday, March 25 – Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS)
Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Friday, April 7 – US-36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
Saturday, April 8 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday, April 28 – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Saturday, April 29 – Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, May 10 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Friday, May 19 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Saturday, May 20 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, OH)
Monday, May 29 – Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Friday, June 2 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, June 3 – Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN)
Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday-Saturday, June 16-17 – Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI)
Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24 – Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD)
Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI)

Friday, July 7 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Saturday, July 8 – Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Tuesday, July 11 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, July 19 – BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 – Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 9-12 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 17-19 – Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)
Friday, Aug. 25 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, ND)
Thursday, Aug. 31-Saturday, September 2 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)

Monday, Sept. 4 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9 – Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA)
Friday, Sept. 15 – Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA)
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Friday, Sept. 22 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, Oct. 13 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Saturday, Oct. 14 – Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21 – TBA

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 1-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC)