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Phoenix to Host 100% Capacity for NASCAR Championship Weekend

When NASCAR returns to Phoenix Raceway for NASCAR Championship Weekend, November 5–7, there will be no restrictions on the number of fans allowed on the grandstands and hillside. The three-day celebration features championship events for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and the ARCA Menards Series West. In addition, camping restrictions will also be lifted, and fans will have the option to upgrade to the INfield Experience, which includes access to the garage walkways, pre-race festivities, victory lane and post-race championship celebrations. Both NASCAR and Phoenix Raceway will work closely with local and state government and health officials on any necessary health and safety protocols. In addition, NASCAR officials have confirmed that NASCAR Championship Weekend will remain at Phoenix Raceway in 2022.

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QA1’s Mopar event featured a wide range of classic and modern
Mopar vehicles, including QA1’s newest project vehicles: a ’69 Dodge
D100 pickup known as “Project Corkscrew” and a ’66 Dodge Charger
called “Silver Bullet.” 

QA1 Hosts Special Mopar Event at Company HQ

QA1 has hosted Mopar enthusiasts from around the country during a special open house event at its facility in Lakeville, Minnesota, last week. The event featured a wide range of classic and modern Mopar vehicles, including QA1’s newest project vehicles: a ’69 Dodge D100 pickup known as “Project Corkscrew” and a ’66 Dodge Charger called “Silver Bullet.”   

The event featured an open house of QA1’s state-of-the-art research and development center where attendees could see the technology used to design, manufacture, and test new suspension products. Guests were also able to learn more about the development process of QA1’s Mopar product lineup, which includes tubular components designed to maximize the performance of factory torsion bars and Gerst-designed front coil-over conversion systems for classic Mopar pickups and cars, as well as rear coil-over conversion systems for classic A, B, and E body chassis. For more information, visit qa1.net/mopar.

Motor State Announces 13th Annual Pro-Touring Challenge

Motor State Distributing has announced the 13th Annual Motor State Challenge will take place July 15–17, centered around GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. The three-day Pro-Touring event brings together drivers from across the United States and Canada to compete in several classes, including: Late Model, standard and manufacturer vintage classes, the unscored/untimed touring class, and the new QA1 #goDRIVEit class where participants drive their car to the event, race it, then drive it home. The event kicks off Thursday, July 15, with a more than 50-mile cruise through Southwest Michigan led by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit.

On Friday, July 16, drivers hit the track at GingerMan for timed lap sessions. The 1.88-mile-long road course provides drivers with long straights, short sprints, sweeping curves, tight apexes, and changing elevations, all with open run-off areas. On Saturday, July 17, the Challenge continues at GingerMan with the Track Sprint, where drivers will experience a start-stop course on the most technical area of the track. Each group is given six runs on the timed, single-lap sprint, with the fastest course time counting towards their overall points. The day concludes with an awards ceremony. For more information and to register, visit motorstatechallenge.com.

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