We are at the midway point in the 2023 Camping World SRX Racing season, and we have seen three different winners, a lot of memorable moments, and the first-ever driver suspension in series history.
This week, the series heads to Berlin Raceway in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the fourth race of the season on Thursday, August 3rd.
The race, as is the case with every SRX race this season, will be part of the ESPN Thursday Night Thunder series. Television coverage on Thursday will kick off at 9:00 PM ET.
In all, 12 cars will compete on Thursday night. Here is the full Television Schedule for Thursday night’s event:
Here is the Full SRX TV Schedule for Thursday, August 3rd
|Time||Series||Event||TV / Streaming|
|9:00 PM ET||Camping World SRX Series||Thursday Night Thunder at Berlin Raceway||ESPN
Which Drivers Will Compete Tonight?
As always, it’s a true “who’s who” list of drivers that will mix it up in the SRX Racing event. Here’s a breakdown of the drivers that will race on Thursday night at Berlin Raceway (listed in the randomly selected starting order of Heat Race 1)
- 51 – Kyle Busch (Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion)
- 10 – Johnny Benson, Jr. (NASCAR Cup Series race winner)
- 6 – Brad Keselowski (2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion)
- 1 – Marco Andretti (NTT IndyCar Series race winner, 2022 SRX champion)
- 4 – Kevin Harvick (2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion)
- 18 – Bobby Labonte (2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion)
- 14 – Tony Stewart (three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, NTT IndyCar Series champion, 2021 SRX champion)
- 06 – Helio Castroneves (Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner)
- 39 – Ryan Newman (18-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner)
- 5 – Hailie Deegan (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor)
- 9 – Kasey Kahne (18-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner)
- 52 – Ken Schrader (4-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner)
Thursday Night Thunder will consist of two Heat Races, which will determine the starting lineup for the Main Event.
The starting lineup for Heat Race 2 will be the inverse of the finishing order from Heat Race 1.
The field will line up in the Main Event by best average finish in the two Heat Races. Championship points will be scored in the two Heat Races as well as the Main Event.
Paul Tracy suspended for remainder of 2023 season
After another questionable decision on the track, which led to a five-car melee at Pulaski County Motorsports Park, the Camping World SRX Series has suspended Paul Tracy, one of its full-time drivers.
SRX CEO Don Hawk stated this week that Tracy will be suspended for the entirety of the remaining races in 2023.
Hometown Legend Johnny Benson Jr. Making SRX Debut
A late addition to the driver roster for this week’s race is Grand Rapids native Johnny Benson Jr., who was announced to the field following the suspension of Paul Tracy.
Benson is a former ASA STARS National Tour champion, NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion.
Ryan Newman keeps extending the point lead
Ryan Newman, who had a shot but ultimately came up short of the 2022 Camping World SRX Series championship, is looking to be out to avenge his near-miss from a season ago.
After three races in the 2023 season, Newman holds a 21-point advantage over Marco Andretti for the point lead.
Thursday’s race at Berlin Raceway should be a fun show, and it’ll be interesting to see if Newman or Kyle Busch can become the first two-time winner of the season, or if we’ll see another fresh face in victory lane.