Steven B. Wilson
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Reserved tickets for the 61st annual DAYTONA 500, the season-opening event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, are sold out, Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile announced today. This is the fourth consecutive year that the DAYTONA 500 has sold out.
“This is a tribute to our fans,” Wile said. “They are responsible for making this ‘The Great American Race’ through their passion for our flagship event and incomparable facility. We thank them for their support as we get the new NASCAR season started appropriately – in front of a packed house at the ‘World Center of Racing.’”
Premium hospitality, infield admissions and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access still remain for the DAYTONA 500 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP as well as through PrimeSport.com, the official ticket exchange and travel package provider of Daytona International Speedway.
This year’s DAYTONA 500 will be attended by fans representing 45 different countries and every state in the U.S.
Statement from Bristol Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell on the passing of Sam Bass:
“Our hearts are saddened today with the passing of Sam Bass. We’ve been blessed to have had many of Sam’s amazing designs as our program covers over the years that fans have been eager to collect at our races. He’s been a special friend and a one-of-a kind person that will be greatly missed in the NASCAR community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Statement from Speedway Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith on the passing of Sam Bass:
"Our deepest sympathies are with Denise and her family today. Sam Bass has been a significant part of NASCAR's history. He poured his heart, soul and talent into producing souvenir program covers at many speedways including Charlotte for more than 30 years. His work provided our fans a keepsake to treasure, and that was so appropriate, because Sam was always such a fan of our sport and he was such a treasure to the entire NASCAR family. His body of work will be a legacy that lives forever. We will miss Sam's smile and positivity."
Watkins Glen International to match KB100 with 100 additional Go Bowling at The Glen tickets to service members, veterans16 Feb 2019
Watkins Glen International announced today that it would donate 100 additional tickets to Kurt Busch’s KB100 Ticket Giveaway, which offers tickets to active duty service members and military veterans for each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in 2019.
On Tuesday, Busch announced that the program, which is part of a relationship with the Veterans Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) will begin with Sunday’s 61st running of the Daytona 500.
“We are so proud of what Kurt is doing for military service members and their families,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “We are pleased to include the additional 100 tickets for the Go Bowling at The Glen, and look forward to hosting these great men and women at our race weekend this coming August.”
Busch, the 2017 Daytona 500 and the 2004 series Champion, who will be competing in his 20th season in the MENCS, said, “I am appreciative of the sacrifice and commitment of our military service members and families.” Busch plans to personally purchase the KB100 tickets throughout the 2019 MENCS season to be distributed through Vet Tix.
Vet Tix is a national 501 (C)(3) which has provided over 6 million free event tickets to more than one million members. The nonprofit organization spends over 95 percent back to its programs, giving back to those who have given so much. Fans can visit VetTix.org or 1stTix.org to learn more.
- For the second year in a row, a KBM Toyota Tundra sat on the pole for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona. Last year veteran driver David Gilliland was behind this wheel, and this year 18-year-old Eckes earned the pole in just his fifth NGOTS start.
- Eckes led the first lap, but fell back to third, where he remained for the rest of the stage. At the end of stage one, crew chief Rudy Fugle brought him to pit road for two left-side tires and fuel.
- Eckes started the next 20-lap stage in 11th and under a caution on lap 28, came to pit road for two right-side tires, and then returned to top-off fuel and double check lug nuts. At the end of the second stage the teenager was scored in the 17th position.
- After the second stage, on lap 43, Eckes pitted for fuel only, but was penalized after his fuel handler was unable to remove the gas can before his SiriusXM Tundra exited the pit box. Due to the penalty, he was required to restart the race at the tail end of the field, miring him in traffic. He quickly made his way back into the top 10, but on lap 57, the No. 51 was collected in a multi-truck accident.
- Fugle and the No. 51 team attempted to repair the damage and Eckes was able to restart the race, but soon the damage proved too much, and he was unable to continue, ending his night on lap 61.
- After starting from third, Gilliland, fighting a tight handling condition, dropped back in the pack and finished the first stage in the 10th position. Following the first stage, he visited pit road and crew chief Marcus Richmond for fuel and adjustments.
- Gilliland began the second stage in the fifth position. The eighteen-year-old reported that his JBL Audio Toyota Tundra was much better and he was leading coming to the stage end, but was shuffled back on the final lap and was in the eighth position at the end of the second 20-lap stage. He pitted on lap 45 for fuel and two right-side tires.
- As the final 60-lap stage began, Gilliland reported that his Tundra was much better and the handling was mainly neutral.
- He began the final stage in the fourth position, but was shuffled back to midpack.
- After contact with another truck in the infamous "Big One," on lap 55, Gilliland sustained slight damage to the right side of his vehicle, requiring a pit stop to attempt to clear the tires. After another pit stop on lap 80, Gilliland reported an issue with his machine, which turned out to be a loose left rear wheel.
- With 10 laps remaining in the scheduled distance, Gilliland made contact with Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Harrison Burton in an effort to provide a push to the front, and both drivers lost control. The No. 4 sustained damage, ending his night.
- Burton was officially credited with starting the race from the fourth position, but went to the back of the 32-truck field for the start of the race due to the engine change. He had advanced to the 23rd position when the first caution of the race occurred on lap four.
- Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. played the strategy card for the first time of the race when he summoned his young driver to pit road for a fuel-only stop. As Burton was exiting his pit stall, the team noticed a flat left-front tire and unfortunately the Safelite Tundra would have to return to pit road just as the field was getting ready to take the green flag to restart the race.
- After getting fresh left-side tires, the North Carolina native returned to the track but was all by himself and shortly after would go a lap down after getting passed by all of the trucks in the draft as they approached him.
- Fortunately, he was the only driver one lap down and would receive the lucky dog at the completion of the first stage. Burton was scored in the 28th position to end the stage.
- When pit road opened, Hillman Jr. summoned the Safelite Tundra to pit road for four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel, a chassis adjustment and with no spots to lose the team examined the left side of the truck to check for a steering issue that their young driver was reporting.
- Burton was scored in the 28th position when Stage Two went green on lap 26. He would slowly maneuver his way toward the front of the field during the stage, making it to the 13th position on lap 35 and had advanced to the ninth position when the stage ended on lap 40.
- Hillman Jr. played the strategy card again, calling for a fuel-only stop between stages. Burton would return to the track scored in the third position when the Final Stage went green on lap 46.
- The 18-year-old was scored in the second spot behind veteran driver David Gilliland when the fifth caution of the race occurred on lap 56. Burton tucked in close behind Gilliland as they hit pit road for another fuel-only stop. Misfortune struck again when both drivers were ruled by NASCAR to have advanced past the pace vehicle and were issued a one-lap penalty.
- After serving the penalty, the No. 18 Toyota returned to the track and fortunately received another Lucky Dog when a caution occurred on lap 65.
- When pit road opened, Burton brought the Safelite Tundra to the attention of his over-the-wall crew who administered a four-tire and fuel stop and returned their young driver to the track scored in the 15th position for the lap-67 restart.
- When the seventh caution of the night occurred on lap 78, the second-generation driver was scored in the eighth position. After going back green, Burton found himself with Gilliland running behind him.
- For the next 10 laps, the duo raced in the outside line of the field near the fifth-place position. With 11 laps remaining, Burton got a strong run and went to maneuver around a damaged truck in front of him that was holding up the line. As he moved to make it three-wide, Gilliland also had a strong run and attempted to give a bump to help his teammate work his way to the front of the field. Unfortunately, the bump resulted in the Safelite Tundra getting loose and shooting up the track into the outside wall. Gilliland also got collected and they would finish the race prematurely in the 18th and 19th positions, respectively.