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NASCAR will kick off its 75th anniversary celebrations at the start of the new year with a vibrant display in the 2023 Rose Parade® presented by Honda, highlighting the thrills of racing in full bloom.
The parade, part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® which also features the famed college football Rose Bowl Game®, will be held Monday, Jan. 2. Hundreds of entries will process down the 5.5-mile route, including NASCAR’s display, showcasing the 75th anniversary and the upcoming Busch Light Clash at the LA Coliseum. The float is titled ‘Always Forward’ – a nod to the theme of the 2023 parade ‘Turning the Corner.’
“We’re beyond thrilled to be participating in such an incredible spectacle as the Rose Parade,” said NASCAR Vice President of Marketing Services Patrick Rogers. “There’s truly no better way to enter NASCAR’s 75th year than by celebrating at an event that brings people together through immense creativity and color. With a theme that so closely resembles the growth of our sport and organization, I can’t wait to see our float come to life in the new year.”
As per tradition, floats in the Rose Parade are entirely decorated with natural elements such as florals, seeds, fresh leaves, nuts, spices and other herbage. Each float requires tens of thousands of floral and non-floral materials to decorate fully.
NASCAR’s float design features the renowned entrance of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the Olympic Caldron atop the Peristyle, with speedy stock cars racing around a track surrounded by checkered flags, ribbons, palm trees and more, headed by the diamond logo to signify the start NASCAR’s 75th year. The float stands 25 feet tall, from the base to the top of the flame, and 55 feet in length.
The Coliseum façade will be decorated with light and dark sesame seeds while the caldron will be coated in Green Tea leaf, with warmly hued carnation petals as the flame. The cars, track, ribbons and checkered flags will be adorned with elements such as red cranberry seed, black seaweed, rice, orange lentils, poppy seeds, blue statice and ground green split pea.
The NASCAR 75 diamond logo will be made up of various seeds and decorated with yellow strawflower, red carnation and blue statice, representing those three famous colors in the NASCAR bar mark. All of the float’s design elements will sit atop a base of hot pink, orange and red roses with sprinkles of blue florals throughout.
Finally, a portion of the float will bring to life philanthropic efforts in California highlighted by a NASCAR-themed license plate in partnership with the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), with proceeds benefitting Expo Park, parks in the Fontana, Calif. area and the NASCAR Foundation. More information can be found at www.nascarplates.com.
NASCAR will partner with Artistic Entertainment Services (AES), an official float builder and partner of the Tournament of Roses.
The annual Rose Parade celebrates 134 years of success with its upcoming celebration on Jan. 2, led by the volunteer-driven, non-profit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. In addition to participating in the 2023 parade, NASCAR will also be providing the Tournament’s 935 volunteers with a special Busch Light Clash and Auto Club Speedway ticket offer, in recognition of their dedication to America’s New Year Celebration®.
In ringing in 2023, NASCAR enters its diamond year as the organization celebrates 75 years of history and passion for racing. The Rose Parade kickstarts the anniversary festivities which continue with the Busch Light Clash at the LA Coliseum, and on throughout the rest of the year.
The Busch Light Clash at the LA Coliseum will be held on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, as a part of the destination’s “Coliseum Forever” celebration to honor the historic stadium’s centennial anniversary and will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET. After an action-packed 2022 season, the 2023 NASCAR season-opener is bound to be another thrilling event in a momentous year.
For more information about the Busch Light Clash and details on ticket pricing, please visit nascarclash.com.
As America’s Home for Racing transforms into America’s Home for the Holidays and Charlotte Motor Speedway prepares to welcome Christmas revelers for the 13th season of the wildly popular Speedway Christmas drive-through light show, officials announced that Atrium Health will serve as the presenting sponsor of this spectacular event.
Speedway Christmas, presented by Atrium Health, opens Friday, Nov. 18, featuring more than 4 million sparkling LED lights along a 3.75-mile course that takes guests around the legendary track, through the infield and under the concourse. Many of the lights will be synchronized to lively Christmas music that guests can listen to on their car radio as they wind through the show. Every Thursday through Sunday night, fans can also delight in the infield Christmas Village, where they can snap a photo with Santa, roast s’mores over an open fire and enjoy drive-in Christmas movies on the speedway’s 16,000-square-foot high-definition television screen.
Atrium Health is a long-standing partner of Charlotte Motor Speedway and is excited to add Speedway Christmas to its partnership to further engage with families in the region. In this inaugural year of a multi-year agreement, Atrium Health hopes to instill positivity into the holiday season – including an Atrium Health-themed display along the course as you see the various lights twinkle through the night.
“Each and every year, Speedway Christmas brings joy and holiday cheer to families across the Southeast region – many of whom are also a part of our Atrium Health community,” said Ken Haynes, enterprise executive vice president and president of the Greater Charlotte Region for Atrium Health. “We are thrilled to embark on our inaugural year as presenting sponsor of Speedway Christmas and look forward to spreading health, hope and healing to all who visit this spectacle throughout the holiday season.”
The event has become not only a holiday tradition for families across the greater Charlotte region, but an attraction that has brings visitors from across the country to see the festive displays.
“In a season centered around spending quality time with family and making wonderful memories, we are proud that Speedway Christmas has become a can’t-miss holiday tradition for so many visitors from Charlotte and beyond,” said Greg Walter, executive vice president and general manager at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Collaborating with Atrium Health for this event will undoubtedly enable us to grow and evolve, reaching even greater audiences and spreading even more hope and magical Christmas spirit to all of our visitors each year.”
Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health will be open nightly from Nov. 18 through Jan. 8, with the exception of limited private bookings and Christmas Eve. Tickets are sold per vehicle, starting at $30 Monday-Wednesday nights and $40 Thursday-Sunday nights. The Express Lane (accessible via Morehead Road at Entrance P) will be open Thursday-Sunday nights for $70 per vehicle.
Tickets are available online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or at the gate upon entry.
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Ambetter Health, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Chase Elliott® are teaming up to offer great experiences for fans at the 2023 Ambetter Health 400 on Sunday, March 19.
To celebrate Elliott’s first NASCAR win at his home track earlier this year, ticket packages featuring exclusive opportunities to meet the Dawsonville, Ga., native at AMS are now available. Each package also includes swag from Ambetter Health, a ticket to the 2023 Ambetter Health 400, and a donation to the Chase Elliott Foundation.
“There’s a lot of momentum right now around Atlanta Motor Speedway as the new reconfiguration and pavement has led to more exciting racing there,” said Elliott, an 18-time race winner in the NASCAR Cup Series. “So, I’m excited to partner with Ambetter Health and the speedway to help make the Ambetter Health 400 spring race a must-attend event for NASCAR fans.”
“We’re all about creating memorable experiences for our fans,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison. “So we’re beyond thrilled to work with Ambetter Health and Chase to give our fans an opportunity to celebrate their hometown hero with us in 2023.”
The Chase Elliott ticket packages come as part of the inaugural Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ambetter Health, America and Georgia’s number one Marketplace Health Insurer, has collaborated with the speedway and Elliott to make the following ticket packages available to fans for its first race at AMS:
Chase Elliott grandstand ticket package
For $65 the Chase Elliott grandstand ticket package includes the following:
- One ticket to the Ambetter Health 400 on March 19, 2023, in the Lower Earnhardt Grandstand
- Exclusive access to a Q&A session with Chase Elliott during the race weekend
- Ambetter Health swag bag
- Ambetter Health race day survival kit
- $9 donation to the Chase Elliott Foundation
Chase Elliott suite ticket package
For $750 the Chase Elliott suite ticket package includes the following:
- One suite ticket to the Ambetter Health 400 on March 19, 2023
- Q&A session with Chase Elliott in the suite during the race weekend
- Guided tour of the NASCAR garage
- Access to the speedway’s pre-race festivities on the frontstretch before the race on Sunday
- Complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages
- Ambetter Health swag bag
- Ambetter Health race day survival kit
- $90 donation to the Chase Elliott Foundation
Both Chase Elliott ticket packages are now available for purchase online or by calling the AMS ticket office at 877-9-AMS-TIX. For more information on the Ambetter Health 400 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway or to purchase tickets, visit www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.
A significant number of gambling games use different themes to boost their popularity and increase the overall experience of their customers. This works perfectly to increase the engagement of their audience and attract even more people. The same can be said about using car racing themes in slot machines. Many people who love car racing or sports betting will try these slots. If you are one of those people, we advise you to always gamble responsibly and choose the best payout online casino with fair math, quick withdrawals, and high RTP. This is the best way to control your budget and enjoy your experience. To make sure you have more options with high RTP and excellent bonuses, today we will offer you the seven best slot machines for car racing.
Car Racing and Its Connection With Gambling
As we have mentioned in our introduction, car racing has always been connected closely with gambling. Many people who prefer car racing over other sports place their bets on their favorite teams and drivers. They also like this activity because it is easily connected with huge payouts. You can even use a digital wallet, especially if you register for online paypal casino sites with a wide variety of banking options, especially PayPal. It seems like the 21st century is truly treating the fans of gambling right. We can finally get access to all the different platforms we desire.
The first slot machine is one of our favorites, and many players enjoy it. The slot itself is insanely popular on the market. It is probably connected with the presence of a Progressive jackpot. It is a rare but profitable feature among different gambling games. There are also random multipliers and other bonuses. It also involves the actual racing and will give you special bonuses according to your place.
Drive: Mayhem Multiplier
This particular game is almost just as popular as our previous option. We recommend that you try this game while on your laptop or PC. It is best for browsers and not applications. As for the details, you should know that it has free spins and wild multiplier symbols. These can add up to a pretty good payout, while RTP varies depending on your platform.
This is a very true traditional game. It also involves some real racing action, similar to our previous option. This title feature is five reels and 15 pay lines. This pretty nice standard is also joined by respins and expanding Wilds. We will also say that the style of this title is rather retro. So if you're more used to modern games, it may take a little time to get used to them.
Speed King features 10 lines and five reels. It is a pretty classic game with wild symbols and free spins. You can also turn on an auto spin, depending on your platform. However, keep in mind that it is unlikely that you can play this game from your mobile device. It is much better for your browser, PC in particular.
We have three more titles, and this one is one of the crowd favorites. The symbols pay generously even if you're only getting five pay lines. The game is rather simple and reminiscent of the first slot machines ever created. We're not necessarily interested in its design because it is nothing new. However, you can win up to 750,000 coins, making this title a high roller.
Racing for Pinks
Don't let this name confuse you. This game is fun and has one of the most dynamic designs. Additionally, you're getting the traditional five reels, free spins, and wild symbols. Keep in mind that not all slot machines are available in your country. Thus, we always advise you to do proper studying. Research on casinos or the so-called imminent gambling White Paper is crucial for users and developers alike. It's better to be safe and legal, especially in this case.
5 Reel Drive
Our last slot machine doesn't necessarily stand out, but it pays generously in the process. It features five reels and can be easily played directly from your phone or an application you are using. Interestingly, this title is perfectly optimized for iOS or Android devices. If you want to play on the go, it is practically perfect.
In short, there are dozens of different options. We only talked about seven of them. If you are a car racing fan, you will definitely find a perfect slot machine just for you. They all have peculiar bonuses and quite familiar designs. Besides, some of them also use familiar cars or even drivers to attract further attention. Still, if you decide to gamble, we recommend you do so while controlling your budget and being responsible.
The season of sports is in full swing. We are getting games from a variety of different teams and sports, from American football to soccer, baseball, and practically anything you would want. However, today we wanted to focus specifically on NASCAR gambling and how the former might influence the popularity of the aforementioned sport. We will talk more about NASCAR gambling boards and some of the best tips from the industry and simply dive deeper into the world of NASCAR online gambling. Believe it or not, it is not drastically different from any other sport you might enjoy. With that being said, it still has certain peculiarities that are worth discussing. There is more to learn about the best betting tools on the market and break down some of the most popular strategies. So buckle up and get her ready to start your career as a NASCAR sports bettor.
How to Choose Nascar Betting Site
The first thing we will discuss concerns choosing the best possible website during the NASCAR season gambling. It is much better to do your research beforehand, so you don’t have to waste your time when the season is in full swing. Nevertheless, we have created a small list of ideas for gambling on NASCAR and essential tips on how to choose the best online casino, depending on your personal preferences and the overall experience you will have. You also can consider that sometimes it is best to choose a platform that already has NASCAR gambling sponsors. This way, you know that your chosen casino actually deals with this particular sport. However, here is a small list of other things you can consider before choosing:
- Proper licensing
- A variety of payment options
- Customer support
- Game selection
- Availability of sports betting
- Live chats and community
- Live streams
Is It Legal to Bet on Nascar in USA and Canada
Many often ask whether online gambling sites NASCAR are actually legal in the United States and in Canada. The answer will mostly depend on the state and the city where you live. All the different states in these countries have different rules that will determine whether you can actually enjoy gambling on NASCAR. We will tell you right off the bet that the NASCAR gambling league usually Controls the majority of these websites. If you reside in Michigan, you can definitely feel free to enjoy a Michigan online casino without worrying about legal aspects. It is completely legal to bet on sports in Michigan.
The same can be easily said about several other states like Tennessee. In Tennessee you can bet on several sports like horse racing, football, and, obviously, car racing. So if you’re interested in playing at Tennessee online casino you can definitely relax because it is legal. As for Canada, the majority of states and regions have rather lax laws. With that being said, you should still make sure that your local government allows sports betting before accessing any website.
We can take Quebec as a good example. If you live in Quebec, you can enjoy gambling at least nine different land-based casinos. You can also bet on horses, even though there exists only one available track. If you are a fan of the lottery, the former is also available. However, we are more interested in online gambling, and you will be happy to know that it is, in fact, more than legal.
Tips for Nascar Betting
Sadly, there is no universal rule for NASCAR gambling odds that will instantly make you a professional. The best place to start is thorough research of qualifying runs. If you were not aware of what those are, here is something you need to know. Qualifying runs for drivers usually determine which position they will start from on a particular race day. If you were wondering why this is important, we also have a simple answer for you. Depending on the particular track, it might be easier or even harder for the drivers to change positions and pass other cars. It is quite obvious that the majority of people will place their bets on those who will have the first couple of places.
Nevertheless, NASCAR betting, along with other similar sports, also likes unconventional bets. This means that if you bet on a less popular driver and he suddenly wins, you will actually get a much bigger win. Some professionals also recommend betting on both popular and less well-known drivers at the same time. After all, it is a good idea to test your luck. NASCAR and gambling prove it.
Popular Nascar Bets
There are many things you need to know about betting on this car. If you want to become a professional, you have to know at least the basic differences between some of the wagers you can place. The first online NASCAR betting term that you should know is a to-win bet. It is a pretty simple one. You only have to choose which driver will win the race. However, you can place your bet on multiple races at the same time. Additionally, don’t forget to use available statistics that are present on the maturity of NASCAR online betting websites. They will show you exactly what the odds are for each driver. Doesn’t mean that you have to base your betting on NASCAR online precisely on the statistics, but they might give you an initial idea. You can also learn more about matchup bets and future bets to increase your chances.
In short, NASCAR betting online is one of the most entertaining and profitable adventures for those who love this sport. It has many great advantages for the fans and players alike. It is also important to use only legal platforms because they will not only guarantee your security. They also have higher payouts and allow the business to truly grow. NASCAR Sports betting is undeniably less popular than football or even basketball. Nevertheless, if companies continue to sponsor NASCAR betting sites and legalize this activity, it will definitely become more and more popular as well as profitable.
Toyota Dirt Racing Spotlight
Car chief for Justin Grant’s #2 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Midget/RMS Racing Shop Manager
Hometown: Lansing, Illinois
While female racers have achieved a number of firsts in midget racing in 2022, RMS Racing’s Lacey Doyle holds the unique distinction of being the only woman car chief in the sport working with Justin Grant’s NOS Energy Drink Toyota. To date, the team has won four national features this year, as well as the Shamrock Classic special event. Currently second in the USAC point standings, they will be looking to earn their first USAC Nos Energy Drink National Midget Series title heading into the seven-race Western Swing where Grant won three of the Swing’s eight races in 2021. Doyle’s duties aren’t limited to car chief, though, she also serves as the RMS shop manager.
- So Lacey, how did you get involved in racing, did you come from a racing family?
LD: No. I was the black sheep of the family. I was a little grease money. I worked at an auto shop for three years when I was in high school doing oil changes and tires. Then I got my bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology from Purdue Northwest where I built a Baja car in college all fours year. I built two frames, learned to weld, machine and all that in college and high school.
- So how did you get started in midgets?
LD: I started with Envirofab – a metal fabrication company owned by Joe Kocjan, which is the sponsor of Thomas Meseraull’s car – when my grandpa got me into contact with him because he heard Joe built race cars on the side. I had no clue what midgets were, but I wanted to work on race cars. I went to weld for Joe on the fab side. He knew my background of working on the Baja car and he eventually moved me into working on race cars with RSM when Clinton Boyles was our manager. They invited me to a few races, and I was like, anything and everything you want me to do, I’ll do it. Joe and Dave Estep (RMS team owner) actually saw how hard I was working for it and they helped me gain a little respect from the guys. It’s hard to come into a situation like this when you’re a girl and the guys are like ‘don’t touch the car, we don’t know what you know.’ They helped build my confidence in working around the race car. I used to help out on both cars, cleaning up and everything.
Then during covid, I began working for RMS and when Clinton left after the 2020 Western Swing, I was asked if I wanted to be the new shop manager and I said I don’t know everything about how to put the cars together or working on them, but if they gave me the time to learn, I would love to take over the position, along with still working at the track. I was and I still am the only full-time employee working for RMS.
Q? What are your duties as shop manager for one of the top teams in midget racing?
LD: I take care and oversee all the shop, car, and trailer items. Make sure cars have maintenance, that we have all of our spares and that we have everything we need at the shop and the track. I have help from the awesome Envirofab guys back at the shop after races. There were a lot of car-related items that I had to learn in order to do the best job I could. I have learned a lot from Joe, Dave and our drivers about maintenance and building cars. Now it’s come to the point where I don’t need to ask many questions about the day-to-day tasks that I have to take care of. It’s become second nature to me at this point. Being the RMS shop manager is something I proudly tell people as the team has risen in the ranks since they first started.
- Andhow did you progress to car chief?
LD: In 2021 Donnie Gentry became the crew chief for Justin – and Justin was good with me working on the car, so I started working on the NOS car and I started doing more and more set-up wise with him. Then Donnie decided to slow down his schedule, not wanting to race 40 races a year, so he went his own way and Justin said he was alright with me as car chief. He was like, ‘we can do this.” He’ll do the front and we work together. This year is the first year it’s just been Justin and me.
- So you closed out last season with three wins on the Western Swing, then had three more to open the season, what was that like?
LD: It was crazy. It’s a lot more fun when things go your way. It was a cool experience to feel that transition starting. Now we’re racing to win and going for a USAC midget championship. If we won, that would be just insane.
- As the only woman car chief in the sport, how does it feel to be a role model for young women who might want to work in racing?
That’s always been one of the big things for me. In high school, I was the only girl ever to take four years of machine shop. I was in there three hours of my eight-hour day. After I went away to college, I saw my high school vocational instructor who told me that after I was involved, he had four or five girls taking the vocational classes. I loved that because I always wished I had someone that I could look up to. There are a few of them, but not many. There are a handful of women driving race cars in midgets but working on the cars is a whole different story. It’s two different worlds from that aspect.
- Did you ever imagine you would be here in this position?
LD: I always said if I could work on race cars for a living, I don’t care how much it pays, I would do it in a heartbeat. I’m just living the dream.
- What’s your long-term goal?
LD: I want to become an actual crew chief – I want to be the one who makes the call. I’ve learned an insane amount over the last three years, but there’s still a lot I have to learn to have the confidence to put somebody in a car and say go drive that. I’ll make suggestions to Justin. I’m gaining knowledge and confidence. Racing isn’t for the weak. I think I handle it pretty well.
Justin Grant on Lacey Doyle:
JG: Lacey is awesome. She’s always switched on. She’s as good as anybody I’ve ever worked with. When I arrived at RMS, everyone worked on all of the cars and then found the car they were home with. Now we’re more car specific and Lacey worked her way over to my car and I’ve really enjoyed working with her. She does a really good job.
The NASCAR races are always exciting. The drivers push their cars to the limit, and the races are often close finishes. There is always a lot of action on the track, and the fans never know what is going to happen next. No amount of winnings from an online casino Canada can give the same adrenaline rush that these races do.
NASCAR events are also a great way to spend a weekend. There is always a lot going on at the track, and the atmosphere is electric. The races are the highlight of the weekend, but there are also concerts, autograph signings, and other activities going on. Let’s travel back in time to see how NASCAR races were back in the day.
In the 1950s, NASCAR grew in popularity. More and more people were attending races, and more and more races were being televised. This led to an increase in sponsorships and prize money. The best drivers of the 1950s included Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, and Lee Petty.
NASCAR races in the 1950s were exciting and dangerous. There were often crashes, and sometimes even fatalities. But the danger only added to the thrill, and people continued to flock to NASCAR events. In the 1950s, NASCAR truly began to establish itself as one of the most popular sports in the world.
The NASCAR circuit in the 1960s was a tough, competitive place. The drivers were tough, the cars were fast, and the races were often thrilling.
Some of the biggest names in NASCAR history raced on the circuit in the 1960s. The races were often close and exciting, and the drivers pushed themselves to the limit. The 1960s were a golden era for NASCAR, and the races of this era are still remembered fondly by fans.
In the 1970s, NASCAR experienced a surge in popularity. Stock car racing had always been popular in the southeastern United States, but in the 1970s, it became a national phenomenon. The top drivers of the day, such as Richard Petty and David Pearson, became household names.
The 1970s also saw the introduction of the Winston Cup Series, which replaced the Grand National Series as NASCAR's premier division. The Winston Cup Series was more closely aligned with the major automakers than the Grand National Series had been, and this helped to increase the popularity of NASCAR.
During the 1970s, NASCAR races were often televised on the popular Wide World of Sports program. This exposure helped to bring NASCAR to a wider audience, and it also helped to attract sponsors to the sport.
The 1970s were a golden age for NASCAR. The sport experienced unprecedented growth in popularity, and the top drivers of the era became legends.
In the early 1980s, NASCAR was booming. The Daytona 500, the sport's most prestigious race, was averaging close to 80,000 fans in the stands and millions more watching on television. Other races routinely sold out large stadiums and arenas.
The sport was fueled by the popularity of its stars, such as Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and Benny Parsons. Petty, in particular, was beloved by fans and is still considered one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. He won a record 200 races over his career, including a record 27 victories in a single season in 1967.
The 1980s were also a decade of transition for NASCAR. In 1982, the sport's governing body instituted a rule change that required all cars to use unleaded gasoline. This was a significant moment, as it made NASCAR the first major motorsport to mandate the use of unleaded fuel.
In 1984, NASCAR held its first race outside of the United States, in Toronto, Canada. The following year, the sport expanded its international reach even further with races in Japan and Australia.
The 1980s were a golden era for NASCAR. The sport was growing rapidly and its stars were household names. It was a decade of firsts and a decade of excitement that laid the foundation for NASCAR to become the major motorsport it is today.
Mike Kelley slides into a familiar role as crew chief of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 47 Kroger Racing Camaro team for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. After three seasons, crew chief Brian Pattie is departing the racing organization with Kelley picking up where Pattie’s leaving off.
“We respect Brian and what he did for the company, and we wish him the best,” said Kelley. “We learned a lot together and I believe the previous successes and failures gives us the knowledge we need to be competitive and deliver the results for our partners in the coming season.”
“Brian and I accomplished a lot together and won two Cup races (at Roush Fenway Keselowski) and that’s not easy in this sport,” said Stenhouse Jr. “I’m grateful for our friendship and wish him well in his endeavors. Mike and I and the team will continue our preparations this off season and be ready for the new year with our Kroger Racing partners.”
Since the 2020 season, Kelley has worked alongside Pattie and Stenhouse Jr. at JTG Daugherty Racing. Kelley’s history is rich, and his roots are deep with Stenhouse Jr. He was Stenhouse Jr.’s 2014 NASCAR Cup Series crew chief at Roush (Fenway Keselowski) Racing and almost won (runner-up finish) that year together at Bristol Motor Speedway (3/16/2014).
Prior to that, Kelley won back-to-back (2011-2012) NASCAR Xfinity Series Championships as Stenhouse Jr.’s crew chief also at Roush (Fenway Keselowski) Racing. The two together racked up an impressive total of 8 wins in Xfinity.
“It’s been a little bit, but those championships with Ricky mean the world to me,” said Kelley. “It proves that a team can dream, work hard, and execute to reach the top. When you believe, it’s amazing what you can accomplish."
Kelley has worn a crew chief hat multiple times, but he has also been a car chief and wrenched on these cars. For example, as a car chief for Kurt Busch he won 11 NASCAR Cup Series races and the NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2004. He's also worked with the likes of Ray Evernham and for two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip (Kelley was car chief for Waltrip’s 2001 win at Dale Earnhardt, Inc.). He’s been a crew chief for multiple drivers too (David Ragan, Erik Darnell, Todd Kluever and Carl Edwards).
All in all, Kelley has worked with Stenhouse Jr. for 12 years of his career and is not missing a beat to get the team ready for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season.
“Thanks to our partners and we will see you at the Daytona 500,” said Kelley.
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NBC Sports Announces 2023 Nascar Telecast Schedule Highlighted by 10 Cup Series Races on NBC Broadcast Network
NBC Sports, in conjunction with NASCAR, today announced race start times and networks for its NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series coverage for the 2023 season. Highlighted by 10 Cup Series races on the NBC broadcast network -- NBC Sports’ most on the network since its previous NASCAR agreement in 2006 -- a total of 39 races (20 Cup, 19 Xfinity) will be presented live across NBC, USA Network and Peacock in 2023.
The much-anticipated inaugural running of the Chicago Street Race on Sunday, July 2, at 5:30 p.m. ET will be presented the week after the 2023 Cup Series schedule begins from Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 25, in primetime at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
“Highlighted by the most Cup Series races on NBC in 17 years, USA Network’s second season as NBC Sports’ cable home of NASCAR, and Peacock continuing to simulstream select Cup and Xfinity Series races, we anticipate another strong NASCAR season in 2023 across our diverse array of platforms,” said Justin Byczek, SVP Programming and Rights Management, NBC Sports. “The inaugural running of the Chicago Street Race will be a special event and boost excitement before we build momentum for the final six Playoff races airing on NBC culminating in a Champion being crowned in Phoenix.”
Following are additional highlights from NBC Sports’ 2023 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series schedule:
- The final six races of the Cup Series Playoffs will again be shown on NBC, including Talladega (Oct. 1; 2 p.m. ET), the Charlotte ROVAL (Oct. 8; 2 p.m. ET), and the Championship Race in Phoenix (Nov. 5; 3 p.m. ET);
- The Cup Series regular-season finale will air in primetime on NBC for the fourth consecutive season at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, August 26, at 7 p.m. ET;
- USA Network enters its second season as NBC Sports’ cable home of NASCAR, presenting 25 Cup and Xfinity Series races in 2023. Xfinity Series racing will begin from Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network, while the Cup Series premieres on USA Network at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 9, in primetime at 7 p.m. ET. This past season, six Cup Series races on USA Network delivered year-over-year viewership gains versus NBCSN races in 2021 and USA Network was also the most-watched cable network on television for seven races;
- NBC will broadcast the Cup Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Sunday, August 13 at 2:30 p.m. ET, marking the fourth consecutive year of the NASCAR/INDYCAR doubleheader at IMS on NBC;
- Peacock continues to lead in live sports, once again simulstreaming three Cup Series and four Xfinity Series races throughout the season. Details around the races to be presented on Peacock will be announced in the future.
“Over the last few years, we’ve worked closely with our broadcast partners, tracks, teams, drivers, and industry stakeholders to deliver some of the most bold and innovative schedules in NASCAR’s history – 2023 is no exception,” said Brian Herbst, NASCAR senior vice president of media and productions. “We will always look for opportunities to expand the distribution of our world-class racing product to NASCAR’s loyal fanbase – by adding more broadcast and primetime races in 2023, our media partners are continuing their commitment to reach as many viewers as possible through their network platforms. This commitment was on full display in 2022, with a 4% year-over-year viewership increase for the NASCAR Cup Series and we look forward to continuing the momentum in 2023.”
This past Sunday’s 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship from Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., delivered the most-watched title race since 2019 and the most-streamed Cup Series race in NBC Sports history, averaging a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 3.355 million viewers on NBC and Peacock. Click here for more details.
Below are NBC Sports’ 2023 NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series schedules featuring networks and race start times*:
|NBC SPORTS 2023 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE|
|Sunday, June 25||Nashville Superspeedway||NBC||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 2||Chicago Street Race||NBC||5:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 9||Atlanta||USA||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 16||New Hampshire||USA||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 23||Pocono||USA||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 30||Richmond||USA||3 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 6||Michigan||USA||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 13||Indianapolis Road Course||NBC||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 20||Watkins Glen||USA||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 26||Daytona||NBC||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 3||Darlington||USA||6 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 10||Kansas||USA||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 16||Bristol||USA||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 24||Texas||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 1||Talladega||NBC||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 8||Charlotte ROVAL||NBC||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 15||Las Vegas||NBC||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 22||Homestead-Miami||NBC||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 29||Martinsville||NBC||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, November 5||Phoenix||NBC||3 p.m.|
|NBC SPORTS 2023 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, June 24||Nashville Superspeedway||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 1||Chicago Street Race||USA||5 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 8||Atlanta||USA||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 15||New Hampshire||USA||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 22||Pocono||USA||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 29||Road America||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 5||Michigan||NBC||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 12||Indianapolis Road Course||USA||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 19||Watkins Glen||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Friday, August 25||Daytona||USA||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 2||Darlington||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 9||Kansas||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Friday, September 15||Bristol||USA||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 23||Texas||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 7||Charlotte ROVAL||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 14||Las Vegas||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 21||Homestead-Miami||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 28||Martinsville||USA||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 4||Phoenix||USA||7 p.m.|
*subject to change
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