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Akinori gears up for NASCAR Truck Series!

6/13/24

Ogata announces that he will be racing in the NASCAR Truck Series at the Nashville Super Speedway on Friday, June 28th!

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MOONEYES is back!

4/23/24

MOONEYES is back on board for the Xfinity Race at Las Vegas Speedway in October!

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Brake issues ends the weekend at Martinsville

4/6/24

Early brake issues ends Ogata's run at the Dude Wipes 250 at Martinsville in the JG Motorsports KYOWA-EIDEMILLER Precision Machining Toyota Supra.

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Akinori
Ogata


In his native Kanagawa, Japan, Ogata was a race-winning rider in Motocross, a sport he participated in from age 14. At age 26, he shifted from Motocross to Dirt Midget racing, becoming a winning driver at Twin Ring Motegi. Ogata, who enjoyed watching NASCAR on television, opened a NASCAR hobby shop near Tokyo in 1997, but he soon felt compelled to link Japan and America’s top form of auto racing more directly. While on his honeymoon in the United States., he realized that it was time to pursue his “American Dream” of racing in the Daytona 500 a reality.

In 2010, he made the 6,890-mile journey to Mooresville, N.C., the hub of NASCAR, to make the competitive jump from Dirt Midget racing to Stock Car racing. Ogata’s first foray into American racing began in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series racing late model stock cars at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Racing at Hickory allowed him to learn his race craft and prepared him for his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut in 2012. Across 12 starts in three years, Ogata scored five top-20 finishes with a best finish of 16th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After three years in the K&N Pro series, he made his NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series debut at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway for Win-Tron Racing in 2014. In 2018, Ogata returned to Phoenix to make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with MBM Motorsports.

While working to make his dream of racing in the Daytona 500 a reality, Ogata has made at least one start in the Truck Series each season and continues to race at Hickory in the limited late model class. Ogata is currently the only Japanese winner in NASCAR.

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2024 Schedule & Race Results

Date Race/Track Series Results
October 19th Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series TBD
August 23rd Daytona International Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series TBD
August 3rd Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series TBD
July 20th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series TBD
June 28th Nashville Super Speedway NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series TBD
June 15th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series TBD
May 25th Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series DNQ
April 6th Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series 38th
March 30th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Race 1 - 10th / Race 2 - 13th
March 2th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Race 1 - 10th / Race 2 - 10th




2023 Schedule & Race Results

Date Race/Track Series Results
November 11th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / 200 laps 12th
October 28th Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series 33rd
September 30th Tri-County Speedway Late Model 7th
September 16th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / 75 laps 5th
August 26th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / Twin 40 5th
August 5th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / 75 laps 4th
July 22nd Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / Twin 40 Race 1 - 15th, Race 2 - 10th
July 8th Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series / 163 laps 29th
June 12th/13th Charlotte Motor Speedway US Legendcars Summer Shootout 14th
June 10th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / 111 laps 17th
June 3rd Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / Twin 40 Race 1 - 3rd, Race 2 - RAINED OUT
May 20th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / Twin 40 Race 1 - 7th, Race 2 - 13th
May 6th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / Twin 40 Race 1 - 9th, Race 2 - 9th
April 1st Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / Twin 40 Race 1 - 3rd, Race 2 - 15th
March 18th Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES 17th
March 11th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / Twin 40 Race 1 - 8th, Race 2 - 8th
March 4th Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series / Twin 40 16th