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Racing News: SCCA Announces '23 Runoffs Schedule


The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has announced the 2023 installment ofSCCA the SCCA National Championship Runoffs will take place September 23-October 3, at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.

The event is currently slated to include three days of testing (September 23-25) and three days of qualifying sessions (September 26-28). These will be followed by three days of racing (September 29-October 1).

Organizers have also announced the SCCA Runoffs will act as the championship season finale for the Spec MX-5 Challenge (SMX), often featured at SCCA Road Racing weekends. SMX will feature a single qualifying session, with two races during the Runoffs weekend. 

NASCAR Announces Pinty's Series Promotions

NASCAR has announced the promotion of Doug Gonder to series director of the NASCAR Pinty's Series. He previously served as assistant series director under Cherie Putnam, who retired at the end of last season.

In addition, longtime series official Sam Putnam has been promoted to technical director. Mike Hennink, who has been with the series since its inception, will serve as supervisor of officials.

'World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing' Sets New Standards of Console Success for Monster Games, iRacing

After bringing "The Greatest Show on Dirt" back to the console gaming worldWoO for the first time in more than a decade, World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing has been a major success for Monster Games and its parent company, iRacing. Universal acclaim from the community--including an average rating of more than 4.5 stars--has led to record engagement levels, setting the stage for a significant 2023 season update and Nintendo Switch release in the fall (more details below).

World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing engagement has roughly quadrupled, with more multiplayer races completed than its previous three games combined. Since its release, players have created more than 2.2 million multiplayer races across the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox console families, with the PlayStation 4 and 5 combining for 1.2 million sessions and Xbox One, Series X and Series S combining for the remaining million. In addition, the title has set new all-time records for peak users.

The title will receive an extensive update this summer that will feature new drivers, paint schemes, tracks and series. The 2023 Season Update will be a paid add-on to the game for PlayStation and Xbox users, following the conclusion of the 2022 Season Pass. In addition, a Nintendo Switch port of World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing will be released in the fall; the Switch port will integrate all content from the 2022 Season Pass and 2023 Season Update into the base game. Players can immediately get in on the action, though; World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing is now on sale for $39.99 for all PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

New England Modified Star to Make ASA STARS Debut

The ASA National Tour has announced one of New England's most outstanding drivers, Derek Griffith, will make his ASA STARS National Tour debut during the ECMD 150 at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina. 

With two PASS National championships, a Granite State Pro Stock Series title and multiple wins in the Northeast, the driver known as "D-Griff" has established himself as one of the region's top racers. But, his success also followed him to the South, securing two World Series of Asphalt Super Late Model championships at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. 

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