Motorsports Industry News

November 16, 2023


Ken Squier, Hall of Fame broadcasting pioneer, dies at 88

Ken Squier spent a career talking about other folks and rarely spoke about himself. That’s our loss. The world of sports — NASCAR, in particular — is so much richer for his unselfish approach. Squier, who passed away Wednesday night at the age of 88, likely did as much for the growth of NASCAR as any car owner, crew chief or driver. Yet the Vermont native and lifelong resident of the Granite State never saw it that way…

Josh Williams joins Kaulig Racing for full-time Xfinity Series campaign in 2024joins Kaulig Racing for full-time Xfinity Series campaign in 2024

Josh Williams will drive the No. 11 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2024 with primary sponsorship from Alloy Employer Services, the team announced Thursday…

South Carolina 400 at Florence Motor Speedway: Entry list, live stream, more for 2023 race featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr., other NASCAR stars

Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. is getting used to racing his Late Model Stock Car at Florence Motor Speedway. Having finished ninth in last year’s South Carolina 400 at the NASCAR Home Track, the 49-year-old during Saturday’s edition of the race will have his third chance at a Florence victory in 2023…

Richard Petty inducted into Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame

Richard Petty was one of six inductees into the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame ( on Tuesday night…

Kris Wright Joins Venturini Motorsports for 2024 ARCA Menards Series Season

Venturini Motorsports has announced Kris Wright will join its team for the full 2024 ARCA Menards Series season, aiming for the championship title. The 29-year-old Wright will pilot the No. 15 F.N.B. Corporation Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports in his second season with the team. He made two starts with the organization in the ARCA Menards Series and one start in the ARCA Menards Series West during the 2023 season.…

Lanie Buice earns the 2023 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award as a result of her unwavering hard work and passion

At just 16, Lanie Buice already possesses a strong desire for motorsports. The Locust Grove, Georgia native has spent most of 2023 gaining valuable on-track experience in a Late Model Stock Car at the abrasive Florence Motor Speedway in South Carolina. Although she did not visit Victory Lane this year, Buice made a name for herself by besting many track veterans to finish second in the point standings at the NASCAR Home Track. Buice’s determination is one of many reasons why she is the recipient of the 2023 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award…

F1 looking to make stride in U.S. with inaugural Las Vegas racee

F1 is "pushing boundaries and breaking the glass ceiling in a manner which would be unambiguously imposing" if it was not in the U.S., but after 75 races at 11 different American venues, F1 has "finally cracked the American code," according to Kieran Jackson of the London INDEPENDENT. There are now...

Podcast: Kip Childress

Kip Childress took his final spin behind the wheel of the NASCAR pace car in July, and since then, he’s taken on a new role as the executive director of the CARS Tour. Childress is back on The Racing Writer’s Podcast to reflect on his time in NASCAR, the emotion of his final weekend in Chicago, the growth and future of grassroots racing, and the big ideas around the CARS Tour…

A New, Merry and Bright Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health

The lights, sights and sounds of Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health have played a part in bringing the magic of the holidays to visitors for the last 14 seasons.  This year the lights are brighter and the show even bigger as the new nearly four-mile course is illuminated by almost 5 million lights featuring a new concourse, tunnels and Christmas Village attractions…

WBTV’s David Whisenant Named Grand Marshal for Speedway Christmas Opening Night

Over the course of his career, longtime WBTV journalist David Whisenant has covered countless laps of racing, car shows and campers at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Friday, the Salisbury native will trade in his mic flag for a green flag, serving as grand marshal for opening night of Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health…

Queen City News Movie Nights Return to Speedway Christmas Presented by Atrium Health

Charlotte Motor Speedway is rolling out the magical red-and-green carpet for a whimsical festive holiday season as Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health opens next weekend. The curtain goes up on the Southeast’s largest drive-thru holiday light show on Friday, Nov. 17 and remains open nightly through Jan. 7, 2024…

2023 Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) Awards Banquet scheduled for December 14 at the Speedway Club

A huge night is set for December 14th at the Speedway Club, located within the iconic Charlotte Motor Speedway! Get ready for a thrilling celebration as we host the highly anticipated 2023 Kulwicki Driver Development Program Awards Banquet, where we'll honor and showcase 7 of the most exceptional short-track drivers in North America who are poised to become the next superstars in NASCAR.


Highlighting the evening is an exclusive roundtable discussion featuring members of the 1992 Alan Kulwicki Racing championship team, offering a rare glimpse into the history and legacy of this legendary racing figure. The renowned Fox Sports racing analyst Larry McReynolds will moderate this insightful conversation.


But that's not all! We are honored to have a special guest in our midst, an 18-time NASCAR Cup race winner, Geoff Bodine. After the tragic loss of Alan Kulwicki in 1993, Geoff Bodine acquired the assets of Kulwicki's race team. His presence at the event adds a unique layer of depth and history to our evening.


This unique event will also culminate with the crowning of the 2023 Kulwicki Cup Champion. Who will claim the prestigious "mighty mouse" trophy? Could it go to Max Cookson, Haedon Plybon, or Jackson Boone, the current front runners, or will Evan Szotko, Levon Van Der Geest, Riley Stenjem, or Jacob Borst make a surprise victory?


These remarkable drivers represent the future of NASCAR, not only for their achievements on the track but also for their dedication to giving back to their local communities in Alan Kulwicki's name. They embody the spirit of Alan Kulwicki, who was not only a champion on the track but a philanthropist off it.


During this evening, you'll hear inspiring stories of how these drivers have made a positive impact on their communities and how they've carried forward Alan's legacy. From charity work to community outreach, these drivers are more than just racers; they are role models and advocates for change.

The banquet is open to all who share our passion for racing and celebration, so reserve your seat today to enjoy the electrifying atmosphere and connect with fellow racing enthusiasts.


For those who seek an elevated experience, we offer a limited number of sponsor tables for the evening. For more information on table reservations or to secure your spot, please contact Wally McCarty at or (704) 621-0212. 


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