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Racing Notebook: It’s Bristol Baby! Plus Bryant to sponsor Tony Kanaan at Iowa and Sheppard Wins At Gondik

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Today’s Racing Notebook has details on the NASCAR All-Star race is this evening from Bristol Motor Speedway plus Bryant Heating and Cooling to sponsor Tony Kanaan at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Iowa and Brandon Sheppard wins at Gondik Law and more:

Martin Truex Jr. on NASCAR All Star Race Pole:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr will start on the pole position for tonight’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman will start alongside Truex in the second spot.  Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney will start third followed by Spire Motorsports Justin Haley in fourth.  Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick will start fifth with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Matt Kenseth in sixth place.  Kenseth’s teammate Kurt Busch lines up next in the seventh spot alongside SHR’s Cole Custer. All Star Starting Lineup
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Bryant To Sponsor Kanaan At Iowa Speedway:

  • Bryant Heating and Cooling will be the primary sponsor of the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet and driver Tony Kanaan in this weekend’s pair of Iowa 250s at Iowa Speedway.  Bryant Heating & Cooling has enjoyed a long relationship with Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Champion, signing on in 2007 when he was driving for Andretti Green Racing. Bryant has been a major associate marketing partner of AJ Foyt Racing since Kanaan was signed to drive in 2018.

Brandon Sheppard Wins At Gondik Law Speedway:

  • Brandon Sheppard started on the pole position and led wire-to-wire to win the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series feature at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin.  Cade Dillard finished second and Jimmy Owens came home in third place.  The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will wrap up the Northern Swing this weekend with a Friday, July 17 showing at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday, July 18.
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INDYCAR Community Reacts To No Fans At Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The INDYCAR community is reacting to the news that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has decided to run the Indy 500 on August 23 without fans in attendance.  The decision is a reversal of a plan set forth a few weeks ago where the event would be run in front of 25-percent of the capacity of the Speedway.

Speedway President J. Douglas Boles, who has been a guest on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast, is appreciative of his team and the fans:

Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal took to social media to make some great points:

Spencer Pigot who drives for Steelers minority owner Rob Citrone and Robbie Buhl’s team Citrone Buhl Autosport with RLL also took to Twitter to express his feelings:

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson also weighed in:

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Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Real and Alexander Rossi, two former 500 winners had this to say:

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who’s boss owns the Speedway has a great idea:

Stay tuned to Pittsburgh Racing Now for updated comments from the INDYCAR Community

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No Fans At Indianapolis 500 in 2020

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is cancelling plans to have fans at the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

“It is with great regret that we announce the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans.  This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership” the Speedway said in a statement.

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“As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened.  Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled.  We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment.”

The Speedway is closing all on-track activity to the general public, including practice and qualifications.  Ticket holders will be credited for the 2021 Indianapolis 500 and will retain their seniority and their originally assigned seats.

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The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 15 – Aaron Reutzel, Matthew Dillner, Chip Ganassi and more!

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast features the 2-time and defending Champion of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 Aaron Reutzel.  We also talk to Matthew Dillner of Dirty Mo Media about the new show he co-hosts with Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chip Ganassi takes his own trip down memory lane and we hear from Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials about safety protocols in place at this year’s Indy 500.

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