Valvoline Adds To Its Racing Heritage By Partnering With SRX Series

(Press release from Camping World SRX Series)

Maker of World’s First Racing Oil is SRX’s Exclusive Oil Supplier

Valvoline, a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants, has joined Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) as an official supplier to the six-race short-track series that will debut this summer on Saturday nights in primetime on CBS.

Additionally, Valvoline is the exclusive oil supplier to SRX, with its product inside each of the Ilmor-built 396 V8 engines that supply 700 horsepower with 530 ft-lb of torque to the purpose-built SRX racecars designed by NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham.

“Racing is a part of our culture,” said Patrick Daugherty, Associate Brand Manager, Sponsorships, Valvoline. “Valvoline created the first oil specifically designed for racing back in 1965 and here we are, 56 year later, as committed as ever to the sport. This partnership with SRX is proof.”

Valvoline is America’s first motor oil brand and it has been protecting engines for more than 150 years. Since 1866, Valvoline has conceptualized, tested and perfected its motor oil science. It produced the world’s first racing oil and the world’s first high-mileage oil and the world’s first synthetic blend. Now, Valvoline is a part of another first in SRX.

“I have a long history with Valvoline that goes back more than 20 years, so when it came to finding a lubricants partner for SRX, they were my first call,” Evernham said. “Valvoline produces proven products that deliver the performance and reliability we need to put on a great show for the fans this summer.”

Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr., Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves and Michael Waltrip are the drivers comprising SRX, with the series’ first race set for June 12 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. After Stafford, SRX visits back-to-back dirt tracks – Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway on June 19 and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on June 26. SRX returns to pavement July 3 at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis and then ventures north to Slinger (Wis.) Speedway on July 10 before its season finale July 17 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway.


  1. This just keeps getting better and better.

  2. The Ilmor 396 goes way back to 2014 with ARCA and Valvoline is the official oil of the ARCA series. Ilmor joined the association with Valvoline way back so this is kind of big spin in something that was kind of a natural in the first place.
    Is it looking for something where nothing exists reading in racing politics into the SRX series? They swear up and down that they are not in competition with NASCAR. However Tony Stewart is a principle in the series, didn’t renew his agreement with NASCAR at his track after they rejected him for the dirt race and they’re using the Ilmor ARCA engine as opposed to a NASCAR spec variation. It’s CBS/SRX in prime time vs FOX/NBC/NASCAR. ARCA and NASCAR have an association but otherwise SRX seems to be going out of their way to keep NASCAR at arms length.
    And you say there’s no competition brewing at all? We’ll see about that if this thing has legs.
    Signs and new sponsorship continue to go up at Stafford. Everyone wants their name appearing on CBS in prime time it appears and who can blame them. The pandemic is still in play but otherwise the sun looks to be shining very brightly this year on Stafford and may prove to be the best conditions for making hay in a good long while.
    On more then one occasion Ryan Preece has referred to using big blocks in tour modifieds and letting things rip. The cost for the Ilmor is very much in line with the RYR spec and is far more rebuildable with the cast iron block. It would need to be a whole new non NASCAR class of modifieds but in theory it could be done. Imagine, a 700 horsepower ground pounder.

  3. For those that don’t know, like Doug, the Mods used to run big blocks a long time ago. They were great, didn’t need to be refreshed as often as the small blocks. The sound of the big blocks was incredible.

  4. FURY Chassis!!!!!!!

  5. The current SoTa 18º Tour Type built motor is making >600 HP while being choked with an itty-bitty teeny-weeny 390 CFM carb. Can easily make >>700 hp with a little more carb.


    But the torque the big blocks put out is insane!!!!! Oh, and the sound, … the sound.

  6. When will Stafford explore racing which involves electric cars? Within 5 years?

  7. I guess E racing has been around a while and continues to grow. NASCAR is flirting with it but no real interest to introduce an electric division on any local circle track it would seem.
    Imagine the rules. There’s an avalanche of electric technology coming. Saw a bit on the Lucid Air that combines the motor and transmission in one unit that is way more compact and powerful than anything Tesla has and is getting more range.
    What a hubbub it would cause here if an electric division was just being introduced at a local track. No vroom, vroom would drive the fans nuts.
    Makes you wonder. The competition could be just as good but with no noise and air pollution. Yet it’s hard to imagine it being as good without the noise and exhaust fumes.

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