Building on momentum, Rev Racing looks for continued success in Kansas

Building on momentum, Rev Racing looks for continued success in Kansas

May 13, 2022

Concord, NC — Rev Racing returns to action this Saturday at Kansas Speedway, in the fourth ARCA Menards Series(AMS) event of the season. Building off early-season momentum, both Rajah Caruth and Nick Sanchez are anticipating successful outcomes in this weekend’s Dutch Boy 150 and beyond. 

There is no denying that Chevrolet drivers, Caruth and Sanchez, have proved they are major contenders for the 2022 AMS Championship season title. According to ARCA’s most recent Pit Box review, “The top two drivers in the AMS standings are Rev Racing teammates Rajah Caruth and Nick Sanchez.” Sanchez is coming off of his first 2022 win at Talladega Speedway, and second career AMS win. Caruth, although still looking to earn his first AMS trip to victory lane, currently leads Sanchez by a four-point delta in the standings.

For the first time in his racing career, Caruth will enter this weekend’s event as the AMS leader. Caruth also made history post-Talladega, as the first African-American driver to lead the point standings in the AMS history. 

“Being the points leader is a pretty cool feat,” said Rajah Caruth. “Although it’s still very early in the season, it’s just a preview of what both this #6 Chevrolet team and I are capable of. To be the first Black driver to lead the Series in points is a true honor and I hope to continue to be a good representative for those that look like me both nationally and globally.”

Sanchez is no stranger to Kansas Speedway, having earned his first ARCA Menards Series win and trip to victory lane in the 2021 season finale. This will be his third trip to Kansas competing on the 1.5-mile paved oval and is eager to build off his momentum from Talladega. 

“Each race presents the same goal for me,” said Sanchez. “No matter what track we’re on, I treat every track the same in terms of preparation. Rev excels at 1.5-mile tracks, so we are in a good position to capitalize and hopefully find ourselves in victory lane for the second time this season.”

Sanchez, announced today, that he will pick up six NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) races for the remainder of 2022 in conjunction with his AMS schedule. Sanchez made his Xfinity Series debut with B.J. McLeod Motorsports on March 12, 2022, at Phoenix Raceway in the United Rentals 200 earlier this season. Teammate Caruth, will also run six NASCAR Xfinity Series races with Alpha Prime Racing in the 2022 season. Both drivers plan to return to Kansas Speedway in September to compete in the NXS in the Kansas Lottery 300.

The ARCA race at Kansas Speedway will take place this Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by FOX Sports 1. Coverage will also be available via live stream on the Fox Sports App, a live radio broadcast on MRN / SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981), and at ARCARacing.com.

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About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Nick Sanchez’s Return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with BJMM

Nick Sanchez’s Return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with BJMM

May 12, 2022
Nick Sanchez’s Return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with BJMM
Nick Sanchez’s Return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with BJMM

Sanchez Adds Six 2022 NXS Races

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (MAY 13, 2022): B.J. McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) announced today that Nick Sanchez will pick up six NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) races with the team for the remainder of 2022. Sanchez made his Xfinity Series debut with BJMM on March 12, 2022 at Phoenix Raceway in the United Rentals 200 earlier this season and finished P26. The two have decided to expand their partnership. 

BJMM welcomes Nick Sanchez to race in the Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Motor Speedway, the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  

Today, Sanchez races in the ARCA Series Dutch Boy 150 at Kansas Speedway. Sanchez will also continue to race full-time in NASCAR’s ARCA Series driving the No. 2 Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet for Rev Racing. In the ARCA series, Sanchez is currently third in points and only 4 points short of the leader.

“I’m really looking forward to expanding my 2022 Xfinity Series schedule with BJMM,” said full-time NASCAR ARCA Series and part-time Xfinity Series driver, Nick Sanchez. “I’m excited to continue to work and grow as a driver with this organization.”

“Nick is a talented driver and determined student when it comes to racing,” said co-owner of BJMM, BJ McLeod. “He is passionate about the sport. We are excited to see his hard work transfer to the Xfinity Series and witness the results that follow.”

B.J. McLeod Motorsports looks forward to welcoming Sanchez for his first added Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. BJMM and Sanchez fans, tune in to watch Sanchez in the Alsco Uniforms 300 at 1 PM EST on Sat. May 28, 2022 on Fox Sports 1. 

About B.J. McLeod Motorsports..

B. J. McLeod Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team is based out of Mooresville, NC. and owned by B.J. McLeod and his wife, Jessica. The team currently fields the No. 5, No. 78 and No. 99 stock cars. 

NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program Application is Open

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For Immediate Release:
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program along with its competition arm, Rev Racing, seeks to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Drivers will have the opportunity to submit a digital application via our site, highlighting racing experience, references and historical success.

APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Be a female or member of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications: American Indian (must provide proof of a tribal card), Alaskan Native or of native/indigenous descent; Asian or Pacific Islander; Black or African-American; Latino or Hispanic
  • Be at least 12 years of age but no older than 22 years of age as of October 1st of the present year
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States. Drivers from foreign countries are welcome to apply, however, if the applicant is not already a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien, the applicant must be legally capable of traveling to designated program-related locations in the United States. Applicants must also be able to obtain necessary authorization to accept employment in the United States if selected to participate in the Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns its drivers with a team of executives, athletic trainers, crew chiefs and mentors helping them achieve professional success, and thus improving their likelihood of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series. Selected drivers will compete in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series or Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as other select U.S. Legend Car races.

Note: Drivers selected to participate in testing/combine should be prepared to compete in go-karts, legend cars and/or late model stocks. Not all drivers selected will participate in all levels of racing. Testing and combine dates and location is TBD and will be decided following the close of applications.  The application deadline will close on July 1, 2022.

For additional information please email info@RevRacing.net. Apply now: https://revracing.net/driver-application/

Rev Racing captures first Arca Menards Series 2022 victory at Talledega

Rev Racing captures first Arca Menards Series 2022 victory at Talledega 
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April 25, 2022

Concord, NC — Rev Racing returned to action this past Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway for the running of the General Tire 200. The ARCA Menards Series (AMS) event sent Rev Racing and Team Chevy Drivers, Nick Sanchez and Rajah Caruth home with a lot to celebrate. 

The race ended nine laps early so Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race could start on time, as teams were informed that the next caution flag would complete the race. Sanchez got aggressive with a three-wide move just before the final caution. He was able to slip through Cory Heim and Bret Holmes to take the lead right before the caution flag waved, declaring the No. 2 Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet the race winner. 

“They told me the last caution was going to end it, so I got aggressive and positioned myself for the best outcome,” Sanchez said. “I could not be more proud of the Team and the car we prepared for this weekend’s event. As a team, we have a lot of momentum right now. We need to keep pushing and hopefully find ourselves in victory lane multiple times throughout the season.”

This win marked the second AMS victory for Rev Racing, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program and owner, Max Siegel. Sanchez earned his first victory, last year, in a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway. Sanchez is the only repeat winner in the AMS  other than Cory Heim and Ty Gibbs since September of 2020. Sanchez moved to third in the AMS standings, four points behind Rev Racing teammate and current championship leader Rajah Caruth.

Caruth, driver of the No. 6 Max Siegel Chevrolet, also did not disappoint as the laps unfolded at the second Superspeedway event of the season. With 19 laps left in the race, Caruth capitalized on a push from Daniel Dye, finding himself at the front of the field, leading the first six laps of his AMS rookie season. Caruth ultimately ended the race in sixth place, but left Talladega as the new AMS points leader. He leads the charge by one point, with Daniel Dye following. Caruth also earned the Reese’s Sweet Move of the Race at Talladega and the Bounty Rookie Challenge Race Award. 

Caruth will return to action this Saturday (4.29) in the General Tire 125 at Dover Motor Speedway, in the third ARCA Menards Series East race event of the season. Caruth will play double duty this weekend as he will also participate in the NASCAR Xfinity Series A-Game 200. 

Both drivers will head to Kansas Speedway for the next ARCA Menards Series scheduled race on May 14th for the Dutch Boy 150. The race will be shown live on FS1. A radio broadcast of the race can be heard on MRN / SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981) / ARCARacing.com. 

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About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Sanchez and Caruth on the hunt for Phoenix success

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Sanchez and Caruth on the hunt for Phoenix success

March 10, 2022

Concord, NC — Drivers Rajah Caruth and Nick Sanchez are just a day away from taking on a 150-lap race on the one-mile tri-oval in Avondale, Arizona. The General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway, the second race of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series (AMS) season, the first race of the ARCA Menards Series West season and the first event of this year’s Sioux Chief Showdown, is scheduled for this Friday, March 11th.

Both drivers are fresh off the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Although Caruth and Sanchez did not garner the results they hoped for, they are laser focused on the remainder of the season. Both are looking to capitalize from their previous experiences at Phoenix and anticipate some top finishes over the weekend. 

Nick Sanchez (No. 2 NTI/UTI Chevrolet): After one race in the AMS, Sanchez is currently 20th in point standings after experiencing a flat late in the race at DIS. Sanchez finished 3rd place in the 2021 AMS point standings with one win at Kansas Speedway and nine top 5s and 13 top 10s. Sanchez, having had some good runs at Phoenix, is certainly looking for redemption to shift the momentum of his season. In his first 2021 Phoenix experience, Sanchez was running comfortably in the top 5 when he got caught up with lap traffic and did not complete the race due to extensive damage from the accident. His second experience yielded a 4th place finish.  

Sanchez will also make his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend, running the No. 5 Chevy Camaro with BJ McLeod Motorsports. 

Rajah Caruth (No. 61 Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet): Rajah Caruth making his second start at Phoenix, earned a top 10 finish in his first time at this track. Caruth finished 3rd in the ARCA Menards Series East 2021 point standings with two top 5s and five top 10s. He is currently 11th in the 2022 AMS point standings. 

The General Tire 150 is set for this Friday at 5:30 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. ET, at Phoenix Raceway. The race will be shown live on MAVTV Motorsports Network with a live stream available on FloRacing. A radio broadcast of the race can be heard on MRN / SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981) / ARCARacing.com. 


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About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Rev Racing heads to Hickory Motor Speedway for season opener

Rev Racing heads to Hickory Motor Speedway for season opener

March 3, 2022

Concord, NCWhen the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Late Model Development Drivers take the green flag at Hickory Motor Speedway(HMS) in what will mark the first race of the 2022 season, the team will highlight two returning drivers and one new participant on the Rev Racing Late Model roster. Jaiden Reyna, will join returning teammates Lavar Scott and Regina Sirvent, from last year’s Late Model team. The group will travel to Hickory, North Carolina, today (March 3rd), for a one day test and commence racing activities this coming Saturday (March 5th) at HMS in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.


Driver Lavar Lavar Scott (No. 34 Max Siegel Inc./NTI/UTI Chevrolet):
Scott, from Carney’s Point, New Jersey, will join the Rev Racing roster and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program for the third season. Scott piloted a full-time ride in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series in 2021, securing his career-first Late Model win at Hickory Motor Speedway back in September. This victory did not mark the first ever NASCAR-sanctioned win for Scott, as he competed in the NASCAR FB y Bohn Mikel‘s Trucks Series, a subseries of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, this past summer, where he recorded a win at Autódromo del Ecocentro de la Unión Ganadera in Mexico driving for Dynamic Motorsports.

“I could not be more excited about our first race of the season at Hickory,” said Lavar Scott. “I have experience, both competing and winning, at this track. I am hopeful we find our way to victory lane, again, to get off to a good start this season.”


Driver RerginaRegina Sirvent (No. 10 Max Siegel Inc./Eibach Chevrolet):
Sirvent will also join the 2022 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development roster this coming season for the third consecutive year, piloting the No. 10 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. Sirvent earned a full-time ride with Rev Racing in the Weekly Touring Series as a rookie late model driver in 2021, earning 4 top 5s and 1 top 3. Sirvent also participated in a portion of the 2021 Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as the NASCAR FedEx Challenge Series throughout 2021. Sirvent earned 4 top 10s in her NASCAR FedEx Challenge Series season, also a subseries of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series.


Driver JaidenJaiden Reyna (No. 19 Max Siegel Inc./Honda Generators):
Reyna earned a spot on the Rev Racing roster this year for his second season with the team. Last year, Reyna piloted a U.S. Legends Car in the Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as several other asphalt and dirt Legends Car events throughout the season. After 6 top 10 finishes and 2 top 5 finishes in the Shootout, Reyna garnered a full-time ride in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series in the 2022 season. 

Drivers are set to practice at 2:00 pm on Saturday, with qualifying to follow at 5:00 pm.  Racing activities, for
the three drivers, will include Twin 40’s beginning at 6:00 pm.



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About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Crew chief Brad Parrott joins Rev Racing as team prepares for upcoming Daytona test

Crew chief Brad Parrott joins Rev Racing as team prepares for upcoming Daytona test

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January 11, 2022

Concord, NC — Brad Parrott has officially joined Rev Racing to crew chief Rajah Caruth and the No. 6 Chevrolet in the upcoming 2022 ARCA Menards Series season. Parrott will make his first appearance with Rev Racing, in the ARCA Menards Series pre-season test at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. 

Parrott, son of legendary NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief Buddy Parrott, has 35+ years of experience in NASCAR and worked his way up the ranks with some of NASCAR’s most elite teams. Parrott, has 18 career victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NASCAR Xfinity Series) as a crew chief and called the shots for drivers such as Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson and Juan Pablo Montoya. He remains one of the top-10 most winningest crew chiefs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 

“I am really excited to join Rev Racing and work with Rajah this upcoming ARCA season,” said Parrott. “I have witnessed both his dedication to growth and development and his passion and commitment for the sport. I foresee a very bright future for Rajah and look forward to putting our heads down and getting to work.”

Parrott’s experience in the ARCA Series offers Caruth the support he needs this year in his full-time ARCA Menards Series season, and as he prepares for his 2022 debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 

“I am extremely excited to work with Brad this season,” said Caruth, driver of the No. 6 Chevrolet. “Brad’s experience and track record is exactly the type of support I need as I take on some of these tracks for the first time. He has called the shots on multiple levels of the sport. I am focused on growth this season and I know his guidance will be an asset to my development and my teammates.”

Caruth will join teammate, Nick Sanchez, at the pre-race practice session at the 2.5-mile superspeedway this weekend. Sanchez, approaching his second full-time season in the ARCA Menards Series, will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet. Sanchez finished top-3 in the ARCA Menards Series 2021 point standings.

This year’s pre-race practice at Daytona is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14 and Saturday, Jan. 15. The two-day open session gives teams seven hours of practice time (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET) each day. Timing and scoring throughout the duration of the two-day session will be available on ARCARacing.com.

The ARCA Menards Series season will open for Caruth, Sanchez and Team with the running of the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19.

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About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Chevrolet Announces Partnership with Rev Racing, Supporting NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program

For Release: Thursday, December, 9th, 2021, at 11:05 a.m. ET

Chevrolet Announces Partnership with Rev Racing, Supporting NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program

Agreement provides engineering and marketing support for Rev Racing, along with driver and pit crew development

INDIANAPOLIS – Chevrolet is proud to announce a multi-year engineering and marketing partnership with Rev Racing, the competition arm of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is responsible for developing female and ethnically diverse drivers along with pit crew members for future competition at NASCAR’s highest levels.  

“We are proud to partner with Rev Racing to support the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program in the development of diverse drivers and team members,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance & Motorsports. “This agreement will enable Rev Racing to leverage Chevrolet’s competition engineering resources, including the new General Motors Charlotte Technical Center.” 

Rev Racing is co-owned by Max Siegel and Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel. Max oversees management of the entire program, including being the exclusive manager of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program. As owners of Rev Racing, the Siegels took the program to new heights, advancing it from a fledgling operation to a juggernaut on the racetrack. 

“Through the years we have continued to feel really proud of the driver alumni and pit crew graduates who have come through our program,” said Max Siegel. “These individuals are great examples of our mission in action and our goals being met. Chevrolet is a strategic partner and supporter of Rev Racing. They are in alignment with our mission of providing opportunities and developing these young drivers to the next level. I could not be more thrilled to see the heightened level of impact we can create together.”

Additionally, Chevrolet will partner in the development of drivers Rajah Caruth and Nick Sanchez. This is Caruth’s fourth season participating in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. Sanchez scored his first win in the ARCA Menards Series in 2021 and finished third overall in the point standings. Both drivers will run a full ARCA Menards schedule and a limited number of NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2022.

Rev Racing partnered with NASCAR in 2009 to operate the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which was founded to develop and train female and ethnically diverse drivers and crew members. NASCAR Cup Series drivers Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suárez and Kyle Larson are graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program, and currently there are more than 50 alums from the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program now working in NASCAR.

“This new partnership aligns with NASCAR President Steve Phelps’ vision to create a more diverse and inclusive sport and our partners are committed to helping us enact positive change,” said Brandon Thompson, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, NASCAR. “For many years, Chevrolet and Rev Racing have been on the forefront of driving meaningful progress, and their partnership will only strengthen efforts to identify and develop diverse competitors through our developmental series via the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program.”

ABOUT CHEVROLET 

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, available in 79 countries with more than 3.2 million cars and trucks sold in 2020. Chevrolet models include electric and fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

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Chevrolet CONTACT: 

Dana Haselhuhn

Chevrolet Trackside Communications

(641) 218-9322

Haselhuhn.dana@gmail.com 



Rev Racing CONTACT: 

Christy Gormal

cgormal@maxsiegelinc.com

 



Rev Racing Gears Up for Florence’s South Carolina 400

Rev Racing Gears Up for Florence’s South Carolina 400

November 18, 2021

Concord, NC — NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Driver’s Lavar Scott, Regina Sirvent and Isabella Robusto, will attempt to qualify and compete in the 2nd Annual South Carolina 400 Charlie Powell Memorial Race (SC400) this weekend, November 19th-20th.

There are more than 50 entries for the SC400, which was formerly known as the “Myrtle Beach 400.” As the team prepares for this weekend’s competition, this will also mark the final race of the season for Rev Racing. As the drivers reflect on the year, they are definitely looking to finish strong. 

Lavar Scott, driver of the No. 34 NASCAR Technical Institute and Vizionary Wealth Management Chevrolet will attempt his first official start at Florence Motor Speedway. Earlier this year, Scott ran only 10 practice laps before the race was cancelled due to inclement weather. The last time Scott drove the No. 34 for Rev Racing, he garnered his first Late Model win of his career at Hickory Motor Speedway on September 11th. 

“I am excited to get back to the track this weekend at Florence,” says Lavar Scott. “We are eager to lay some practice laps down to help us prepare for qualifying. It is a robust field of drivers, so we are focused on being as competitive as possible and finishing the season out strong.”

Regina Sirvent, driver of the No. 10 Eibach Springs Chevrolet will aim to make her fifth start this weekend at Florence Motor Speedway. Sirvent previously competed in twin races in both July and August, garnering a top-10 finish. 

Isabella Robusto, driver of the No. 55 Honda Generators Chevrolet, has yet to compete at Florence this season. She is, however, no stranger to the track having earned an impressive 2nd place finish in October of 2020. 

The SC 400 will offer two practice days followed by Saturday’s qualifying and race activities. Over 50+ Late Model Stocks will compete to make the field of 35 in the Charlie Powell Memorial SC400, with qualifying being set for 2:15 p.m ET. Pre-race festivities begin at 4:15 p.m. ET. Racing activities are set to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET, with the 150-lap Late Model feature to follow later that evening. You can watch race events live by visiting @speedsporttv affiliate http://PitRow.TV (@PitRowTV).

 

About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Sanchez and Siegel earn historic first ARCA Menards Series win as team prepares for final race of the season

Sanchez and Siegel earn historic first ARCA Menards Series win as team prepares for final race of the season

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Concord, NC— Nick Sanchez, a  20-year-old rookie from Miami, Florida, and member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program garnered his first ARCA Menards Series (AMS) win at Kansas Speedway in the Reese’s 150 on October 23rd. This victory happened during the AMS season-finale, where history was made for both Sanchez and team-owner Max Siegel.

According to AMS reporter Tadd Haislop, “Max Siegel, the owner of Rev Racing and Sanchez’s No. 2 Chevrolet, became the first Black team owner to score a superspeedway victory in the ARCA Menards Series dating back to the series’ first superspeedway race in 1964.” Siegel was also confirmed as the only Black owner to ever win an AMS race in the history of the Series.

“I have always believed in my heart that with opportunity, the right support and development, that talented drivers can achieve success regardless of race or gender,” said Max Siegel, Rev Racing Owner. “I have been committed to the development of talent and the Drive for Diversity Program now for 13 years. This win reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire Rev Racing organization and we will continue to develop drivers and crew members for years to come.”

Sanchez, the program’s most seasoned-driver in 2021, led the last two laps of the race before earning his first AMS victory. These laps also happened to be his first laps led in his AMS career. Sanchez earned 9 top 5s and 13 top 10s, finishing his 2021 ARCA Menards Series rookie season third in points behind Ty Gibbs and Cory Heim. 

“I am still on cloud nine,” said Nick Sanchez, driver of the No. 2 Chevy. “The team and I have worked so hard all year and just have not been able to cross the finish line first. I can’t thank everyone enough, but this is a true testament that commitment and focus will eventually yield results. We are ready to head to Phoenix and finish this season out strong.”

Teammate, Rajah Caruth, finished 10th in the Reese’s 150. Caruth, who earned one top-5 and four top 10s in just five AMS races, is the first driver from an iRacing background to be selected for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Caruth, who ran full-time this year in the ARCA Menards Series East, finished third in East Series points in his rookie season.

Both Sanchez and Caruth, announced in the past months, plans to run a multi-race schedule in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season while competing full-time with Rev Racing in the AMS in 2022.

Both drivers will return to action November 6th, at Phoenix Raceway, to participate in the Arizona Lottery 100, which also marks the final race of the ARCA Menards Series West. Sanchez will pilot the No. 2 Sunoco Chevrolet and Caruth the No. 66 UTI/NTI Chevrolet. Qualifications are set to begin at 9 am MT, with the Start of the Arizona Lottery 100 (100 miles / 100 laps) at 12:00 pm MT. The race will be offered on a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.

About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Sanchez signs Xfinity deal, emphasizing an incredible year for Rev Racing drivers and alumni

Sanchez signs Xfinity deal, emphasizing an incredible year for Rev Racing drivers and alumni

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Nick Sanchez smiles at the camera before getting in his car to race. (Photo credit: Daylon Barr, Barr Visuals)

October 22, 2021

Concord, NC — Rev Racing and NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development driver Nick Sanchez (No. 2 Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet SS) signed a multi-race Xfinity Series deal with BJ McLeod Motorsports this week, another triumph in a historic season for Rev Racing and Drive for Diversity Program drivers and alumni.

Sanchez is enjoying a solid rookie year in the ARCA Menards Series, scoring eight Top 5’s and 12 Top 10’s through 19 races this season. This impressive performance prompted the desire to take the next step in his racing career and garnered the acceptance of long-time NASCAR driver/team owner BJ McLeod, who offered the Miami-born driver a multi-race deal for the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

“While racing full-time in ARCA, Rev assisted me in looking for opportunities to move up the NASCAR ranks,” stated Sanchez. “I met with many teams and personnel, and almost all of them directed us to BJ McLeod Motorsports. After meeting with BJ himself, I feel like we both share the same collective goals for next year. I’m excited to learn and get the most out of our car’s performance and get some good finishes for myself and the team.”

With this signing, Sanchez becomes the second 2021/2022 Drive for Diversity Program driver to announce an Xfinity Series contract this year—the first one being his teammate Rajah Caruth, who signed a multi-race deal with newly-formed Alpha Prime Racing back in August. Caruth, who started his racing career through iRacing in 2017, shared some words regarding his teammate’s announcement.

“I am extremely happy for Nick,” Caruth commented. “Everyone involved has been working extremely hard to get this deal done, so to finally see the fruits of Nick’s labor pay off is awesome. I do not know his schedule yet, but I hope we get the opportunity to race against each other. It’s going to be fun!”

Caruth competed in the ARCA Menards Series East this season, notching two Top-5’s and five Top-10’s in eight races, earning him a P3 finishing position in the season points standings. Caruth also has two victories at Hickory Motor Speedway and one at Tri-County Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS) this year. 

Sanchez and Caruth are not the only drivers who have had impressive seasons with Rev Racing this year. Lavar Scott scored first career wins in the NAAPWS and in the NASCAR FB y Bohn Mikel’s Trucks in Mexico, and Regina Sirvent was awarded the Young Driver Award at the 2021 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards.

Superseding Rev Racing, many Drive for Diversity Program alumni have been having historic seasons in NASCAR in 2021. 2012 program alum ARCA Menards Series East (formerly K&N Pro Series East) Champion Kyle Larson has been dominating in the NASCAR Cup Series, scoring eight wins, the NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship, and a spot in the Championship-4 race at Phoenix Raceway in November. 2010-2011 Drive for Diversity Program alum Bubba Wallace became a NASCAR Cup Series winner at Talladega, becoming the first African American to win in the Cup Series since Wendell Scott in 1964. Also racing at NASCAR’s highest level, Daniel Suarez is in his fifth season in the NASCAR Cup Series and his first driving for the new Trackhouse Racing team co-owned by Justin Marks and music star, Pitbull.

The program has continued to graduate several of its drivers into the National series over the past several years, most recently including NASCAR Xfinity driver Ryan Vargas, Ernie Francis Jr., Natalie Decker and several others. 

“We are proud of the accomplishments of our program and these drivers,” said Rev Racing owner Max Siegel. “Nick and Rajah are current examples of our proven programmatic success. Our goal continues to be focused on advancement and preparation for the next stages of these young drivers’ careers. We see the direct impact of the opportunities we are awarding our minority and female drivers and look forward to the continued growth and bright future of our program.”

Additional details regarding race schedules and partners for Sanchez and Caruth will be announced in the near future. Both drivers will also run the full 2022 season with Rev Racing in the ARCA Menards Series (AMS) in conjunction with their expanded National series schedules. Sanchez and Caruth are set to hit the track this Saturday, October 23, at Kansas Speedway for the Reese’s 150, the final race of the 2021 AMS season. The race will air on MAVTV and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold starting at 6 p.m. CT.

 

About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Nick Sanchez to Make NASCAR Xfinity Series Debut With BJ McLeod Motorsports in 2022

Nick Sanchez to Make NASCAR Xfinity Series Debut With BJ McLeod Motorsports in 2022

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NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Nick Sanchez poses for a picture at the BJ McLeod Motorsports shop.


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 18, 2021) – BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) announces today that full-time ARCA Menards Series driver Nick Sanchez will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut with team owner BJ McLeod for several races in 2022.

A member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, Nick Sanchez is making the leap up into the NXS after finishing his first full-time year of racing full-time in the ARCA Menards Series where he’s earned 8 top-five and 12 top-ten finishes in the 2021 season.

“We are really excited to have Nick make his Xfinity Series debut with us,” said team owner BJ McLeod. “We’re really looking forward to helping him grow in his personal and professional goals as he makes this next step in his career which we are so proud to be a part of.”

“The significance of this next step is very meaningful for me,” said Nick Sanchez. “It’ll obviously be my first time participating in one of the top 3 series of NASCAR, which is something I’ve always dreamed of ever since I started racing. Since the day I first met BJ, we’ve always been on the same page. We both share the same collective goals for next year and I feel he and his team have made significant strides in performance each year they’ve been in the (Xfinity) Series. My main goal next year is to learn and get the most out of the car’s performance, hopefully yielding some good finishes for myself and the team.” 

Additional details regarding race schedule and partners for Sanchez will be announced in the near future.


About Nick Sanchez 

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About BJ McLeod Motorsports

BJ McLeod Motorsports is owned by current NASCAR Cup driver, BJ McLeod, and his wife Jessica. For more information about BJ McLeod Motorsports, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.bjmcleodmotorsports.com. Follow along with the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sanchez joined by Caruth for last 2 races of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season starting at Salem

Sanchez joined by Caruth for last 2 races of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season starting at Salem

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Nick Sanchez (left) poses for a picture with teammate Rajah Caruth (right) during Rev Racing Media Day earlier this year.

September 30, 2021

Concord, NC — NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers Nick Sanchez (No. 2 Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet SS) and Rajah Caruth (No. 6 NTI/UTI Chevrolet SS) will compete in the last 2 races of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season together.

Sanchez is currently enjoying a solid rookie year in the ARCA Menards Series, scoring 8 Top 5’s and 12 Top 10’s in 16 races. Sanchez is also on the cusp of a Top-3 finish in the season points standings, just one point behind Thad Moffitt for third-place. In addition, the Miami-born driver has challenged championship contenders Ty Gibbs and Corey Heim all year for victory, but has yet to find victory lane this season going into Salem.

“We know we have the speed,” Sanchez commented. “But, in order to beat those guys, we have to be firing on all cylinders. Luckily, Salem is another short track for us, and it reminds me a lot of Winchester—a track in which we ran P3-P2 at times. Knowing this, we have a solid game plan heading into the weekend. We know what we have to do to win.”

Joining Sanchez at Salem this weekend is his teammate Rajah Caruth. Caruth, who finished P3 in the ARCA Menards Series East points standings this season a couple weeks ago, views Salem as another learning opportunity.

“I have never raced at Salem, but I have raced at tracks like Nashville Fairgrounds and Southern National Motorsports Park—all technical short tracks that we performed well at as a team,” Caruth mentioned. “While winning the race would be fantastic, my main goal is to run all the laps and push the limits of my equipment.”

However, what excites Caruth the most about racing alongside Sanchez is racing in the ARCA Menards Series championship race at Kansas in October, and the ARCA Menards Series West championship race at Phoenix in November.

“Kansas will be my first-ever 1.5-mile track I’ve driven on outside of a simulator. Having that practice time will absolutely be beneficial to me and my growth as a driver since I’ll be racing there both in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and in ARCA next year. The same goes for Phoenix. I’m just really excited for these upcoming races, honestly.”

On Saturday, October 2nd, Nick Sanchez, Rajah Caruth, and Rev Racing will return to the midwest to race in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Scott County Tourism at Salem Speedway. The race will air on MAVTV, and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. A radio broadcast will be available on ARCARacing.com.


About Rev Racing:
Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

 

 

Fresh off of a 3rd-place season finish in the ARCA Menards Series East, Caruth attempts to qualify for the famed ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville

Fresh off of a 3rd-place season finish in the ARCA Menards Series East, Caruth attempts to qualify for the famed ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville

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Rajah Caruth celebrates in Gatorade Victory Lane with his team after winning at Tri-County Motor Speedway in April.

September 22, 2021

Concord, NC — NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Rajah Caruth, driver of the No. 6 Sunoco/iRacing Chevrolet Late Model, will attempt to qualify for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville—the biggest Late Model race in the country.

The iRacer-turned-pro is enjoying a break-out season both in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series and in the ARCA Menards Series East. Racing Late Models, Caruth has three wins on the year, including back-to-back wins at Hickory Motor Speedway in the same night, and a win at Tri-County Motor Speedway. In the ARCA Menards Series East, Caruth notched 2 Top 5’s and 5 Top 10’s. More impressive for the young rookie was the fact that going into the last race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, Caruth was 6th in points. But, after a career-best showing at “The Last Great Colosseum,” Caruth was able to jump from 6th-place to 3rd-place in the season standings after a 6th-place finish in the race.

“We came home 6th after a really strong day,” stated Caruth. “We definitely had speed all day. I think we came out of the race showing a lot of people what I and this team are made of.”

Looking back on his first ARCA season as a whole, Caruth is happy with how it turned out.

“I’m ecstatic about the fact that we came out 3rd in points, and 2nd in the owner’s championship. Before Bristol, I was honestly thinking that we were going to end the season 6th or 5th in points, and that we would just go onto focusing on next year. So, to end up 3rd on the season is awesome, and a big win for this team.”

As for the Martinsville race, Caruth is focused on three things:

“Learn all that I can, run all the laps, and keep the fenders on the car. I’ll definitely be leaning on my team for guidance and using their experience to assist me in not only making the race, but running well my first time here.”

“We are really looking forward to running the 300 with Rajah,” Matt Bucher, Director of Competition at Rev Racing, remarked. “With his recent announcement that he will be running part-time in the Xfinity Series in 2022, we wanted to arm him with as much seat time as possible, and to take advantage of the opportunity to run against the best competition in the entirety of Late Model racing.”

After this race, Caruth will return to ARCA to race in the ARCA Menards Series at Salem and the Elite Series Championship race at Kansas, alongside teammate Nick Sanchez. Then, Caruth will finish off the year racing in the ARCA Menards Series West race at Phoenix in November.

Rajah Caruth and Rev Racing will head to Martinsville for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. Practice starts on Friday at 2:00 p.m. ET, followed by qualifying at 8:00 p.m. ET. On Saturday, heat races will begin at 3 p.m. ET. Pre-race festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. ET with the 200-lap feature starting at 7 p.m. ET. The race will broadcast on TrackPass starting at 7:00 p.m. ET, with MRN handling radio coverage.

 

About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Sanchez and Caruth ready to make big statement at The Last Great Colosseum

Sanchez and Caruth ready to make big statement at The Last Great Colosseum

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Nick Sanchez (No. 2 Chevrolet) and Rajah Caruth (No. 6 Chevrolet) race in-tandem in the Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa Speedway (photo credit: Barr Visuals)


September 15, 2021 

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– NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development drivers Nick Sanchez, driver of the No. 2 NTI/UTI Chevrolet, and Rajah Caruth, driver of the No. 6 Sunoco Chevrolet, head to Bristol Motor Speedway for their third race together of the year.

For Sanchez, this will be his first race back in the ARCA Menards Series since racing in the Sprecher 150 at the Milwaukee Mile on August 24. In that race, Sanchez came home with a 12th-place finish—much to the dislike of both Sanchez and the team.

“We were struggling to get the setup down,” according to Sanchez. “We were tight the entire race, but this team never gave up. They really did all they could to assist in giving the car some speed. Wish we could have finished better, but you take every race as a learning experience, and move on to the next one.”

Milwaukee was also the last ARCA start for Caruth, who finished 13th.

“Similar to Nick, we had some trouble all day as well. But, Nick and I had a lot of time to work together on the track, so it wasn’t all bad. That on-track chemistry is something you can only really develop on race day. We did all that we could to make the most of the race.”

The Bush’s Beans 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway might be the last race of the ARCA Menards Series East season, but it is not the last race of the season for either Sanchez or Caruth this year. With that being said, Caruth had some thoughts on his rookie season.

“There were definitely some ups and downs, but I know I’ve improved compared to the beginning of the season,” Caruth remarked. “I made some ‘rookie mistakes’ early on, like pitting when I didn’t need to and racing the car too hard, but thanks to the support of Max Siegel and Rev Racing, I feel like I came out of this season a better driver than ever before. The goal for me now is to finish my ARCA Menards Series East season out on a strong note, whether it be a Top-5, or getting Max Siegel his first ever ARCA Menards Series East win.”

As for Sanchez, he has 2 more races in his rookie ARCA Menards Series season after Bristol: The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Salem Speedway, and the Reese’s 200 at Kansas Speedway.

Nevertheless, Sanchez is approaching every race like it is his last.

“I’ve said this countless times before, but I just want to win. A championship might not be the focus for us anymore, but getting a win is. I want to end this season on a high note, and bring this team to victory lane.”

Nick Sanchez, Rajah Caruth, and Rev Racing head to Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, August 16th, to race in the Bush’s Beans 200. The race counts as an ARCA Menards Series race, an ARCA Menards Series East race, and a Sioux Chief Showdown race. The race will be broadcast live on FS1 starting at 6:30ET with a live stream available on the Fox Sports App. MRN and SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981) will also provide live radio coverage of the race.

About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Scott records first career NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series win at Hickory

Scott records first career NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series win at Hickory

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September 13, 2021 

Concord, NC – NASCAR Drive for Diversity development driver Lavar Scott scored his first ever Late Model win this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway.

A historic weekend for the young 18-year-old from Carney’s Point, N.J., Scott had an extremely fast car all night. The team ran P3 in practice, and qualified P2 for the first of two feature races. Scott wasted no time getting to the front, even lapping cars in the process. By the time the checkered flag waved, he had amassed a 2-second lead over second place. 

“I am so thankful for this team,” said Scott. “This team has some good people behind it, and they have believed in me since day 1. Thank you to Max Siegel and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program as well as my race sponsors NASCAR Technical Institute and Vizionary Wealth Management. It feels so good to finally get my first Late Model win.”

Scott participated in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Combine in 2019. Evaluators saw potential in his abilities and tested with Scott throughout the 2019 season. He was also invited to the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Stock Car Combine in October, and was offered a seat in a U.S. Legend Car with Rev Racing in their Youth Driver Development Program during the 2020 season. The team continued to test his abilities in a Late Model throughout 2020, which ultimately earned him an opportunity for a rookie season in the weekly touring series with a full contract with Rev Racing in 2021. 

This weekend did not mark the first ever NASCAR-sanctioned win for Scott, as he competed in the NASCAR FB y Bhon Mikel’s Trucks Series, a subseries of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, this summer. He recorded a win at Autódromo del Ecocentro de la Unión Ganadera in Mexico driving for Dynamic Motorsports.

Scott nearly won two races in the same day at the birthplace of NASCAR stars, but came up less than a car-length short in the second feature race. His teammate, fellow NASCAR FB y Bhon Mikel’s Trucks Series winner Regina Sirvent, also raced in both feature races. Sirvent had a fantastic weekend herself, scoring back-to-back Top-3 finishes. Sirvent and Scott thoroughly enjoyed racing with each other, and both learned a lot coming out of the race weekend.

“We are extremely proud of Lavar and have really seen a tremendous amount of talent and progress over the last two years,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “We are eager to see continued growth and results from Lavar as the season comes to a close.”

Rev Racing announced recently that Scott would be returning to the team for the 2022 season in their Late Model Program, so odds are that the first win of his career will not be his only one. 

About Rev Racing: Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, and a youth racing initiative.

Caesar Bacarella Partners with Tommy Joe Martins to form Alpha Prime Racing, Signs Rajah Caruth to Part-Time Xfinity Deal

Caesar Bacarella Partners with Tommy Joe Martins to form Alpha Prime Racing, Signs Rajah Caruth to Part-Time Xfinity Deal

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Rajah Caruth is making a big jump to the NASCAR Xfinity Series on a part-time schedule in 2022 (credit Ryan Pistana, Alpha Prime Racing)


FROM ALPHA PRIME RACING: Caesar Bacarella is partnering with Tommy Joe Martins to form a new NASCAR Xfinity Series team in 2022. Beginning next season, Martins Motorsports will become Alpha Prime Racing.

The team’s first driver signing: ARCA standout Rajah Caruth.

The news comes just weeks after Martins Motorsports Owner/Driver Tommy Joe Martins announced he wouldn’t compete full time in the 44 car next season, opening up the seat to other potential drivers. For Alpha Prime CEO and NASCAR Xfinity Series part-timer Caesar Bacarella, it was an opportunity too good to pass up.

“I want to build something,” Bacarella said. “I love this sport. That’s why I do it.” Caesar continued, “I’ve known Tommy and his dad since 2018, and when I saw the news about them going part time, I started asking questions. It led to a discussion about ownership, which is something I’d already been thinking about.”

Martins shares the excitement with his new co-owner.

“Caesar is such a great dude,” Martins said. “He actually called me asking about what would it take to start a team. I told him a whole lot,” Martins laughed.

“I mentioned my dad and Rodney [Riessen, co-owner of MMS] wanting to take a step back and proposed the idea of a partnership,” Martins continued. “It’s a perfect situation for both of us. He brings so much business knowledge and marketing savvy to the table for us, and obviously I’ve been through the school of hard knocks racing wise. I think we complement each other really well.”

The first order of business for APR? Filling out the driver roster for the 2022 schedule. Baccarella will run a limited Xfinity schedule while competing for a Lamborghini Blancpain World Challenge America GT3 championship with TR3 Racing. Martins expects to run between 10-15 races for the team. But both owners seem to be most excited about their new prospect, Rajah Caruth.

“Rajah is the future for us,” Martins said. “I’ve had the privilege of getting to know him and his dad, Roger, over the last few months and they are exactly the type of people we want to be a part of Alpha Prime Racing. Rajah has his whole career in front of him. I’m just honored they trust us to be one of his first steps.”

Bacarella was more matter of fact about the young driver.

“He’s going to be a star,” Caesar said. “No question about it.”

Rajah’s confirmed schedule in the 44 car includes Martinsville Speedway, Dover International Speedway, and Richmond Raceway. Martins left the door open to additional races for the young driver at Pocono Raceway and Kansas Speedway pending additional sponsorship. A focus of the schedule is maintaining Rajah’s rookie status in the Xfinity Series heading into the 2023 season.

“I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to continue my progression as both a racer and a young man in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022 with Tommy, Caesar, and Alpha Prime Racing,” Caruth said. I’ve had the great fortune of having such great people surrounding me thus far in my career, and i’m ecstatic to add some more to that circle with APR.”

Caruth, 19, has been a member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program since 2018. He currently competes full time in the ARCA Menards Series East for Rev Racing where he’s scored four top 10’s and two top 5’s in six starts. He’s also competed part time in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly series scoring wins at Hickory Motor Speedway and Tri-County Motor Speedway this year.

“2021 has been a great season for us at Rev Racing in both the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series and the ARCA Menards East,” Caruth said. “I’m excited to finish out our year stoutly.”

Martins currently sits 18th in the NASCAR Xfinity Driver standings with four top-15’s and thirteen top-20 finishes in 22 starts. According to Bacarella, the strong performance of the small family team is what drew him in.

“They’ve been running so good,’ Caesar said. “I mean, they’re fast every week. They’ve got great people. They’re doing it the right way. That’s what I want Alpha Prime Racing to be. I want to help take it to the next level.”

Alongside making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut next year, Caruth will also jump up to the ARCA Menards Series with Rev Racing full-time in 2022.

Sanchez and Caruth look to tackle Milwaukee Mile race in-tandem

Sanchez and Caruth look to tackle Milwaukee Mile race in-tandem

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Rajah Caruth, driver of the No. 6 NTI/UTI Chevrolet, talks to teammate Nick Sanchez, driver of the No. 2 Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet before racing at Watkins Glen.


August 24, 2021 

Concord, NC – NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Drivers Nick Sanchez, driver of the No. 2 Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolet, and Rajah Caruth, driver of the No. 6 NTI/UTI Chevrolet, will head to the Milwaukee Mile in the second ARCA Menards Series combination race of the year.

In the last ARCA combination race at Iowa Speedway, Sanchez and Caruth showed their strong chemistry, drafting with each other and trading positions throughout the entirety of the 150 laps. The duo came home P5 and P9, respectively. 

Going into Milwaukee, Sanchez and Caruth have been preparing in their own ways.

“Even though we are teammates, Rajah and I really do our own things when it comes to preparation. But, we do communicate with each other just so that we are on the same page come race day. That’s why we are so good together.”

Caruth feels the same.

“We race very hard on the race track, and we always do a good job of communicating with each other on and off the track. It also helps that we are friends, too.”

Sanchez, who races in the ARCA Menards Series, has been having a near-spectacular rookie season full of Top-10 and Top-5 streaks. But, there’s one thing preventing his “near-spectacular” season from being a “spectacular” season: a win.

And Sanchez is the hungriest he’s ever been for one.

“We’ve been picking up a lot of speed since Winchester, partly because of how we build our cars at the shop, and the decisions we make at the track. It’s nice to be running P3 and P2 at these recent races, but I want to win. This team wants to win. But there’s one car in our way every race, and in order to beat [him], we have to execute our races flawlessly from start to finish.

And I think we are very close to doing so.”

On the contrary, Caruth, who races in the ARCA Menards Series East—one step below Sanchez—has not had an ARCA race since that very race at Iowa. But Caruth is unphased. 

“Milwaukee is a new race track for the both of us, so I’m extremely excited. It will be really awesome to see not one, but two Max Siegel Inc. Chevrolets running up front.”

With only one race left this year after Milwaukee, Caruth has had some thoughts on his rookie season in the ARCA Menards Series East.

“At the beginning of the year, I was cautious. I had to learn a lot going into my rookie year in ARCA. But, I think we had some shining moments this season. Really, I just want to finish strong in the points and prepare myself for next year. As for next year…well, you’ll see soon.”

Before heading to the race, Sanchez and Caruth will stop by Sprecher Brewing Company to partake in a brewery tour and meet with Sharad Chadha, Sprecher’s CEO.

On August 29th, Nick Sanchez, Rajah Caruth, and Rev Racing will race at the historic Milwaukee Mile in the Sprecher 150. Practice will begin at 10 a.m. CT, with qualifying at 11:30 a.m. CT. The race will air on MAVTV and Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold, with a radio broadcast on MRN and SiriusXM at 2 p.m. CT. 


About Rev Racing:
Rev Racing seeks to obtain the highest quality applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. Started by Max Siegel in 2009, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Rev Racing currently operates and manages drivers in the ARCA Menards Series East, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and a youth racing initiative.