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Congrats to Martin Truex Jr.! He outlasted the field to win the 2nd NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum. While the format is like a-- night at the local short track-- with heat and other races, all leading up to the grand finale, it is time to bid farewell to the LA Coliseum experiment. NASCAR tried a build up like the Super Bowl, which this race is not, and never will be. Maybe they need it for sponsors, the large TV market, or they think it is attracting true new fans. Not really. NASCAR may be limited to where it holds the Clash due to mother nature. There are other options. Perhaps next year they'll do it. By the way, did you really see much excitement from the drivers and teams before, during, and after the Clash? No. All went through the motions. Thank goodness Daytona and the Great American Race is up next!

Kimmel Racing is working non-stop to gets its cars ready for the ARCA 200 on February 18 in Daytona. "We like what we're taking to Daytona" said Will Kimmel. Will and his father, Bill have been steadily working to prepare two cars for the ARCA event at the 2.5 mile historic Daytona track. Scott Melton and Gage Rodgers will represent the Clarksville, Indiana (Across the Ohio River from Louisville) based racing team. Melton has been with the Kimmel's for several years and is the veteran driver set to take the green flag. Also set to race the ARCA 200 in Daytona is Kevin Campbell from Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He tested at Daytona in January.

Jimmie Johnson is going to have to qualify to get into the Daytona 500 this year. Yes, he's back! The 7-Time Cup Champion is only "planning" to run roughly a half-dozen NASCAR Cup Races in 2023. However, if Johnson comes away with a top 10, feels good about the race, and secures some points, who knows if he may run a full schedule. Johnson is now part owner of the #43 and #42 NASCAR Cup team headed by the great Richard Petty. Legacy Motor Club is the new team name. Johnson will run the #84 car for his events. Erick Jones wheels the #43 again this season, and new to the team in the #42 is racer Noah Gragson. Don't be surprised if both of the drivers don't win in the regular season and advance to the playoffs this season. And for that matter, you can bet Johnson would like to take the checkered flag again! He has 83 NASCAR Cup Series wins (Tied with Cale Yarborough).

Have you used Lucas Oil lately? It Works! We had someone tell us they added some Lucas Oil Fuel Injection cleaner to car and it helped boost performance. Lucas Oil has been a huge backer of KMS for more than two decades. whether it be the TV show, on radio, fan events, and more! You can improve the performance of your car or truck by adding Lucas Oil products into the tank or engine. It Works! Other supporters: PNC Bank (Sponsor of Scott Dixon's Indy Car Series Car), Sportsdrome Speedway (Celebrating more than 75 years of Racing!), locally owned Bright Pest Control and Bright Retail in Louisville, (Offering Do-It-Yourself Professional Pest Products with a retail store), and Knox Ford in Radcliff, Kentucky) (It also has a sister dealership, Tri-County Ford in Oldham County, KY). KMS friends also include: VoiceTel Kentucky (Offering telephone service for $25.00 a line, and that includes all taxes and fees), Temco Roofing, Jim Ellis/Attorney At Law, ICA Dumpsters, Kentucky Raceway Ministries, Nimlok Kentucky, Dynamic Healthcare, Lyndon Mower Repair, and Kentucky Medicare Plans (Serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana with Health and Medicare plans). We also thank our media connections in all series, especially NASCAR and with NASCAR Media for helping us bring the sport to the fans!

We encourage you to support not only racing, but also America's amazing farmers, ranchers, and those who work in animal agriculture. The Lucas Oil backed Protect the Harvest supports those who work and love the outdoors. Learn more:

Enjoy the racing!

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