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If you’re looking for more family time, Martinsville Speedway’s got the answer: The TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 28.

The track has two Family Four Pack packages for the TUMS Fast Relief 500, giving families two amazingly affordable ways to spend the day together at Martinsville cheering for their favorite driver in the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

The Family Four Pack includes two adult tickets and two children’s tickets (12 and under) to the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

The $90 Family Four Pack seats are located in rows 6 through 14 of the Clay Earles Tower. The $120 Family Four Pack seats are in rows 6 through 12 of the Sprint Tower.

Order your Family 4 Pack today by calling 877-RACE-TIX (877-722-3849) and mentioning the Family Four Pack offer.

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NASCAR racing brothers Austin and Ty Dillon, both coming off of top-five finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis last weekend, will be in Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 7 for two appearances to promote the upcoming Labor Day night racing weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

The two drivers are among the top rising stars in NASCAR. Austin is currently second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings and is the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. AdvoCare, the Official Performance Elite Products of Atlanta Motor Speedway, is one of Dillon's primary sponsors.

Austin’s younger brother Ty, who races full-time in his rookie season in the truck series, is second in points.

Both are the grandsons of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress.

The brothers will compete in a 3-D dodgeball game from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the first 24 kids present will receive paid admission to Sky Zone and have the opportunity to play 3-D dodgeball with both Austin and Ty.

Sky Zone Atlanta is located at 560 Old Peachtree Road Suwanee, GA 30024. Sky Zone’s indoor trampoline park allows participants to play dodgeball in an environment comprised of trampolines on all sides, including the walls.

Following the dodgeball competition, the drivers will hold an autograph session from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, an event open to fans of all ages.

The location's address is 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043. The Atlanta Motor Speedway pace car will be on-site, and fans can also get information about the Labor Day weekend of NASCAR night racing, capped by the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 2.

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This weekend at Iowa Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  looks to join an elite group of only six NASCAR drivers to ever win four consecutive races at a single track. If the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Champion wins the U.S Cellular 250 on Saturday night, he would become the first Roush Fenway Racing driver to accomplish this astonishing achievement.

“I know winning four-in-a-row at Iowa is going to be a tough accomplishment but I feel our No. 6 team is strong and up for the challenge,” said Stenhouse, who won his first career NNS race at Iowa last season. “It would be a great honor to become the seventh Nationwide driver to win four-in-a-row and become the first Roush Fenway Racing driver to accomplish this feat.”

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Knoxville’s Trevor Bayne, a crowd favorite at Bristol Motor Speedway, is back on track in the Nationwide Series for the Food City 250 Aug. 24.

Bayne is highlighted in two special ticket packages at BMS to celebrate his return to the World’s Fastest Half-Mile as he pilots the “We Back Pat™”-themed Roush Fenway Ford in honor of the University of Tennessee’s Pat Summitt.

The Food City 250 package currently is available, starting at $60, and features a ticket to the Food City 250, a “We Back Pat™” t-shirt and admission to a special question-and- answer session with Bayne. Also available is a package for the weekend, which contains a ticket to both the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup event Aug. 25 and the Food City 250, a “We Back Pat™” t-shirt and admission to the Q&A, starting at $125.

A portion of the proceeds from the ticket package will benefit The Pat Summitt Foundation.

Bayne is honoring Summitt, the Grand Marshal for the Food City 250, by driving an orange and white University of Tennessee-themed ride. It is a promotion designed to raise national awareness of The Pat Summitt Foundation’s mission and contribution to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history who won eight NCAA national championships while leading the Lady Vols, was diagnosed in August of 2011 with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease.

Summitt, who stepped down in April as the coach of the Lady Vols, is the only coach in NCAA history, and one of three college coaches overall, with 1,000 wins. She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2009. In 38 years of coaching the Vols (1974-2012) she never had a losing season and finished her career with an amazing 1098-208 record.

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The recently repaved Pocono Raceway produced one of the most exciting and competitive races of the 2012 NASCAR season during Pocono Raceway’s June 10,  Pocono 400. As the crowd roared, Joey Logano edged out Mark Martin by less than one second to take the checkered flag. Every indication points to an equally exciting race this Sunday as the Pennsylvania 400 takes center stage for Pocono Raceway’s weekend of speed August 3-5.

On track, the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be joined by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for three days of all out racing action. Practice for all three series plus ARCA qualifying comprise Friday’s schedule. Qualifying for the Camping World Truck and the Sprint Cup Series kicks off the action on Saturday. The third annual Pocono Mountains 125, Truck Series race gets the green flag at 1:00PM followed by the 29th annual Pennsylvania 125, ARCA race. Children 12 and under are admitted free to the grandstands both Friday and Saturday. Gates open on Sunday August 5 at 9:00AM with the 39th annual Pennsylvania 400 set for a 1:00PM start. Children 12 and under are admitted at half-price to the Concourse grandstand on Sunday. (All times are subject to change)

Off-track there is something for every race fan. For kids the all new Kid's Zone, located at the back of Fan Fair across from the merchandise trailers, includes games, fun events and special National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) events held daily from 8:30AM -12:30PM. Fan Fair displays include: Sprint, Chevrolet, National Guard, UAW, Air Force, Fan Vision, StockCar Racing Experience, the NASCAR Foundation and more! An autograph session for Camping World Truck Series drivers will be held in the Kid’s Zone on Friday at 1:00PM. Sprint Cup Series driver Regan Smith will conduct a Q & A session at 9:30AM Saturday at the Sprint Experience.

Infield ticket holders will be treated to Camping World Truck Series Q&A Sessions starting at 6:00PM Friday and concerts by Emily’s Toybox Friday evening and 40 lb.Head Saturday evening. The Barley Creek Wiffle Ball Field opens Friday and Saturday at 5:00PM and features a Home Run Derby with Pocono Raceway prizes for the most home runs each night. A fireworks show caps the infield activities Saturday evening.

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In 19 Sprint Cup trips to Bristol Motor Speedway Biffle has done most everything except make the trip he wants the most – the one to Victory Lane.

 

The resume Biffle brings to Bristol for the Aug. 25 IRWIN Tools Night Race is quite impressive. He’s hammered out 11 top-10 finishes and six top-fives while failing to finish only one time. He’s completed a remarkable 2,996 laps out of the last 3,000 run in Sprint Cup events and qualified on the front row four times, including earning the pole for the Food City 500 in March.

But starting first has not equated to finishing first.

“Yeah, it’s something,” said Biffle, who is hoping his 20th BMS start Aug. 25 in the IRWIN Tools Night Race finally results in a win. “I run so well there typically. And I love challenging places to start with. I really do love Bristol. It’s always been one of the more challenging places we go, which is why I’ve been so good there. I like that challenge. I focus on it and I just attack it.

“I haven’t won there yet, but I’ve come close so many times and then had something happen. I really can’t wait to have a Bristol trophy. I’m looking more forward to a Bristol win than just about anything on the circuit. Maybe I’ll get that here in a few weeks.”

Biffle and the rest of the NASCAR world will return to a different Bristol than the one they saw in March. The surface has been revamped after a milling process erased the progressive banking in the upper groove, effectively giving the drivers less room on which to race.

“I don’t think anybody knows what’s going to happen,” he said. “The biggest thing is we don’t know what to expect when we get there. I think everybody kind of nervous and excited about seeing what the change did to the track and how we can get our cars to work and running lower on the race track and figure out how to pass.

“We’re all in the same boat, we just have to get on the race track and figure it out.”

One thing Biffle knows for sure though is that racing at BMS never gets old for him – or for the fans.


“Listen, I tell fans, if they ask me which race they should go to for the first time, I tell them, ‘you gotta go to Bristol first. You can see the whole race track, you can see all the action, there’s nothing else like it,’” he said.

“Bristol has always been at the top of my list for people who are first-time fans. They can go to some other places after they’ve been to Bristol but that definitely is the first stop.”

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The Road To Richmond” continues to the Tricky Triangle Sunday with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ second stop of the season at Pocono Raceway. The 400-miler at Pocono will mark the halfway point of the “Race to The Chase,” which culminates on Saturday night, September 8 at Richmond International Raceway with the Federated Auto Parts 400“One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

Known as the Tricky Triangle because of its unusual triangle shape, featuring three turns of different radii and three different lengths of straight-aways, Pocono Raceway is a demanding track, testing a driver’s endurance and skill and the car’s horsepower. Chesterfield, Virginia native Denny Hamlin is always a favorite at Pocono with four career wins.

Unlike in 2011, Hamlin visits Pocono comfortably sitting at 5th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings with two wins this season. In his career, he has eight top-five finishes, nine top-10s and two pole awards to go along with his four victories at Pocono. With a series-best Driver Rating of 117.6 and an average finishing position of 9.3, Hamlin has a great shot to take the checkered flag on Sunday.

While it’s not a must-win just yet, time is starting to run short for some drivers, including “wild card” hopefuls Ryan Newman and June Pocono winner Joey Logano. Both drivers find themselves in the thick of the “wild card” race as they are ranked 14th and 17th, respectively in the points standings. Each driver has one career victory at Pocono, and they are looking to gain the valuable bonus points that would come along with a victory.

Here is a look at drivers fighting for a “wild card” position and their stats at Pocono:

 

Kasey Kahne:                     While he does hold the first of two “wild card” spots right now, Kahne ranks 11th this week in the Driver Ratings (89.3), with an average finish of 17.7.  He has won once before in Pocono and a victory this weekend would help solidify his spot in the standings.

Carl Edwards:                    Currently sitting 12th in points, but finds himself on the outside looking in without a win yet this season. Edwards is always a threat to win at Pocono with two career wins at the Tricky Triangle. Edwards sports the sixth best Driver Rating (97.1) and has an average finish of 13.6.

Jeff Gordon:                      Probably the guy who has the most on the line, sitting 15th in points and needs a win or two to even have a chance at a “wild card” spot. He’s 4th overall in the Driver Ratings (100.3) and has an average finish of 10.4.  This could be the week that Gordon finally visits victory lane for the first time in 2012.

RIR PR

Rock and Roll is coming to Michigan International Speedway, the fastest track in NASCAR.  Recording artist, and Michigan resident, Kid Rock has been named this year’s Pure Michigan 400 Grand Marshal.

Known for his award-winning music and philanthropic efforts, Kid Rock will say the most famous words in racing, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” in his role as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on August 19.

“Kid Rock is a tremendous ambassador for Michigan and a perfect fit to serve as Grand Marshal of the Pure Michigan 400,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  “He is a longtime supporter of Michigan – from featuring Pictured Rocks in his Born Free video to his work fundraising with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and all he has given back to our state through the Kid Rock Foundation.  We are thrilled to have him join the fans at MIS on August 19 for the Pure Michigan 400.”

Known around the world for his musical prowess, Kid Rock has sold more than 25 million records since his debut more than a decade ago.  The five-time Grammy nominee released his 8th studio album, “Born Free,” last November, featuring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, as well as Ortonville, Mich. in the music video for the title track off the album.

“We are honored to welcome Kid Rock to MIS to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Pure Michigan 400,” track President Roger Curtis said. “He has been a great ambassador for the state of Michigan and it is exciting to have him start the race at the fastest track in NASCAR. We are looking forward to an outstanding Pure Michigan 400.”

Kid Rock’s album “Rock ‘N Roll Jesus,” released in 2007, debuted at #1 and stayed in the charts for 100 weeks, becoming the biggest selling Rock album of 2008. His hit single “All Summer Long” hit #1 in eight countries.  He has performed at events ranging from the Grammy’s to the Country Music Awards to the Hip Hop Honors.

As an entrepreneur, Kid Rock opened the American BadAss Beer Company in Michigan in July 2009, and refueled and became the face of the Made in Detroit brand and clothing line.

Kid Rock brought his philanthropy efforts together when he established the Kid Rock Foundation to raise funds for and provides resources to other non-profit organizations across Michigan and around the country, especially those working to aid disadvantaged children, victims of war and natural disasters, and those suffering from illness.

In 2009, Kid Rock established the Made in Detroit Endowed Scholarship through Wayne State University to help offset tuition costs of students from throughout southeastern Michigan who are selected for their academic achievements and limited financial resources. He also works closely with The Rainbow Connection to help fulfill wishes of children in Michigan who have life-threatening illnesses, and the Detroit-based Karmanos Cancer Institute.

As one of the country's most ardent supporters of the United States military, Kid Rock works closely with Operation Homefront, the USO and Operation Happy Note, among other organizations, whose missions are to assist armed forces members and their families. He also regularly visits service members and has performed for troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Spain and Kosovo. 

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Stewart Ready to go “Back to School” at Pocono – It took crewmen at Stewart-Haas Racing six hours to wrap the team’s No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in a back-to-school paint schemethat will run this weekend in the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

The special paint scheme sports a fun variety of school supplies and technology that one’s child needs to be successful in the classroom. 3M™, Lenovo®, Elmer’s® and Monster® Headphones & Speakers are Office Depot partners with products featured on the car, including everything from notebooks, a laptop and headphones, to pens, pencils and Post-It notes.

Stewart used many of these supplies during his time at Columbus (Ind.) North High School (Class of 1989), but it was a calculator that resonated with him the most.

“In high school, I liked physics and geometry,” Stewart said. “Those were probably the classes I liked the best. Obviously, I didn’t even realize at the time why I liked them so well, but after graduating high school and moving on, you realize how much you use all of that in racing. Those three subjects were very important, and still are.”

So, as an aspiring racecar driver, was Stewart one of the cool kids in high school?

“I slid under the radar,” he said. “I was a pretty down-to-earth and low-key kid. I was so busy racing on the weekends that I didn’t go out and do a lot of things with kids that I went to school with. My time on the weekends was spent racing. Everybody else was going to football and basketball games and I ended up going racing instead.”

Of course, all of the supplies featured on the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 “Back-to-School” Chevrolet can be found at Office Depot.

“We always get excited about sporting a new back-to-school paint scheme on our No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy,” Stewart said. “The paint scheme is a fun way to remind parents and students that Office Depot provides one-stop, back-to-school shopping. From elementary school to college, Office Depot has the supplies that will help students start the new school year off right.”





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The roar of 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines will fill the air as the green flag waves to start the 39thannual Pennsylvania 400 on Sunday, August 5. Prior to the start of the race, the sights and sounds of pre-race activities will feature a rising musical star and an aerial fly-over featuring military fighter planes from two separate eras.

Virginia native and newly signed RCA Recording Artist Alex Boyd will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Pennsylvania 400.  Boyd is gearing up to release his freshman album "Commit Me". The singles, "Light Up Tonight" and "I Wish I Knew" are sure to excite listeners of all types. The album, thoroughly steeped in classic soul roots, has influences from genres across the billboard. From pop, to R&B, to hip hop and rock, Boyd has found a way to incorporate all of his favorite sounds on one concise album.

A Heritage Air Force Foundation P-51 Mustang, World War Two fighter, and a modern day F-16 will provide a dramatic display of our nation’s air power, past and present, as they streak across the sky above Pocono Raceway at the conclusion of pre-race activities. The F-16 is part of the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, S.C.

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