Race fans had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Austin-area children, raising more than $15,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities, the official charity of Speedway Motorsports.
Ross Chastain had the car to beat all day at the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix, but in the closing corners, the Watermelon Man had to beat and bang his way past a bevy of hard-charging contenders to earn the first career NASCAR Cup Series victory for himself and his Trackhouse Racing team.
A.J. Allmendinger was the class of the field in Saturday’s Pit Boss 250, holding off a hard-charging pack of drivers to take the checkered flag by 2.039 seconds. The donnybrook capped off an action-packed day of white-knuckled excitement at the 20-turn, 3.41-mile Circuit of The Americas.
Four drivers, two overtimes and one corner created a finish for the ages as Zane Smith took the checkered flag in the wild XPEL 225 Camping World Truck Series race at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday.
After just three laps of practice at the technical 3.41-mile Circuit of The Americas, things looked bleak for Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney and his No. 12 Menards/Richmond Water Heaters machine. But the 28-year-old got things turned around – quite literally – and ended his morning capturing the Busch Light Pole Award for Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix.