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Sam Hornish, Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, finished 30th in Friday evening’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250. The result marks only the second finish outside of the top-fifteen through twenty five races this season for Hornish and with the outcome he slips to fourth in the championship standings.

Hornish qualified for the event in the fourth position after turning a lap of 22.127 seconds, at 122.023 miles per hour, around the .75-mile mile speedway during the Friday afternoon qualifying session. When the green flag waved to start the action Hornish held station in the fourth position as the lead cars spaced themselves out and settled into a long green flag run.

During the first part of the race the 33-year-old driver radioed in that his car was too free into the corners, tight in the center and free on corner exit. Despite this condition he was able to run competitive lap times and maintain the fourth position. At lap 38 the first caution of the evening was displayed and the Alliance Truck Parts machine entered the pits two laps later receiving air pressure and chassis adjustments, as well as four tires and fuel.

As the green waved to restart the race Hornish was once again scored fourth. Over the course of the next long run the Penske Dodge would slide back to the sixth position as Hornish reported that the car did not improve significantly with the changes made during the previous stop. At lap 111 the second caution of the night set-up a lap 112 pit-stop for the No. 12 machine, this time the Penske Racing crew changed four tires, added fuel, and made chassis and air pressure adjustments.

When the green flag restarted the action at lap 117 Hornish was again shown in the fourth position after his Alliance Truck Parts pit-crew picked up two spots for him with fast service in the pit box. Over the ensuing laps the Dodge Challenger would give up a few positions as the driver struggled with a car that was too loose on corner entry and tight in the center of the turns.

Hornish spent the next segment of the race biding his time and doing his best to take care of his car. However a lap 155 incident began with Hornish cutting a left-rear tire and ended with the Penske Dodge hitting the outside wall. In addition, he was then hit by a passing competitor. The multiple impact crash resulted in serious damage to the No. 12 machine and the carnage was sufficient for a red flag while the racing surface was cleared of debris.

The Defiance, Ohio native was able to coax his wounded Dodge back to the pits where the Penske Racing crew worked diligently to make repairs that would allow Hornish to rejoin the field. The car sustained heavy right front and rear end damage that would require prolonged repairs that necessitated the car going behind the wall. After losing numerous laps Hornish was able to run the last few laps of the event to salvage a 30th place finish, 88 laps down.

“It’s just one of those things. I hate it for everyone on this Alliance Truck Parts Dodge. We’d run all but two laps up to this point so far this year so this is a little bit of a hard day for us. We’ll keep our heads-up,” said Hornish. “We try to do everything we can do to not have any issues. We just got caught up in this one, I can’t say it was somebody else’s problem because we were right in the middle of it, but just it seemed unnecessary for that point in the race, to me anyway. It’s not over (championship race) but, you know, it’s not making it any easier.”

With the result Hornish and the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge are now fourth in the championship standings.

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Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Cheez-It team came to Richmond knowing what they needed to do to make the 2012 Chase. Not only did they have to win, but they would have to hope for a few other competitors to have poor showings as well. Edwards fought hard against the other 42 drivers, as well as Mother Nature, but was only able to finish 17th.

Edwards qualified 16th after he had been fastest in final practice on Friday. Only an hour before the race on Saturday a cold front passed through Richmond which delayed the race due to rain and changed the track conditions from practice. When the race finally started two hours late the car needed a few adjustments. The crew used the competition caution on lap 47 to take the first swing at it.

The changes helped but the Cheez-It Ford still needed to turn better. Edwards was 13th after 125 laps as everyone continued to keep a close eye on the radar. Hoping to gain track position, crew chief Chad Norris called Edwards to pit road a bit early for his green-flag stop on lap 132. Unfortunately the rain returned before the field had cycled through the pits which put him a lap down.

The race was red flagged for rain for nearly an hour until the race resumed just before midnight. Edwards restarted 27th, one lap down. He was in position to be the lucky dog numerous times, but could never catch the caution he needed to regain his lap despite turning very competitive lap times.

Edwards spent the remainder of the race trying to get back on the lead lap, but was not able to accomplish that. He finished the race one lap down in 17th place.

Clint Bowyer won the race followed by Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth. Jeff Burton, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 10.

“This isn’t about one race,” Edwards said. “It is 26 races and we just let too many points get away for a bunch of different reasons. There was a lot of luck involved and everyone tried really hard. This is the fastest we have been the last six weeks all year and I am proud of everyone for rallying around Chad (Norris) and Bob (Osborne) included for making the best effort we could. We will just go try to build the best team we can for next year and try to make sure a Ford wins this championship.

“It makes it pretty simple for the last 10 races. We just go race as hard as we can. That has been kind of fun lately to do that but man, I don’t know, it is going to be wild to not be in the championship hunt. It won’t be as much fun at all.”

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Jeff Gordon rallied from a rough start in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway to take runner-up honors and earn his spot in the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

From a “handful” to the fastest car on track, Gordon’s No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet steadily improved during the sometimes soggy 400-lap affair at Richmond on Saturday. Gordon initially called his car a handful after racing action was halted for rain at Lap 152. After a 51-minute red-flag period and ensuing adjustments by the No. 24 team, Gordon earned his way back onto the lead lap and then cracked the top five. He crossed the finish line second in the 400-lap event, which finished early Sunday morning. Kasey Kahne also earned his wild card berth into the Chase after finishing 12th. Their Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., already locked into the Chase, finished 13th and 14th, respectively.

“Man, that was an awesome end for us,” Gordon said. “I’m so fired up to get this Chase started. I don’t care where we’re going to start in points. We’re in it.”

This marks the first time in which all four Hendrick Motorsports teammates have qualified for the postseason since the Chase format was implemented in 2004. To date, the best Hendrick Motorsports finish in the Chase was 2009 when its qualifying drivers Johnson, Mark Martin and Gordon finished one-two-three.

Johnson, who recorded three victories this season, will be ranked second going into the Chase-opening event at Chicagoland. Earnhardt ranks seventh with one win. Kahne and Gordon, wild card recipients, rank 11th and 12th, respectively, and will not recieve bonus points for their regular-season wins.

Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet:
Richmond finish: 12th.
Race recap: Kasey Kahne opened Saturday’s rain-delayed race from the 21st position and improved to run 11th within the first 20 green-flag laps. By Lap 45, Kahne had cracked the top 10, and despite issues with his radio communication, the driver of the No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet continued his climb through the field. On Lap 120, Kahne was running eighth. When the fourth caution flag was waved on Lap 138 – this one for rain fall on the .75-mile track—Kahne made a quick four-tire stop during the yellow-flag period and left pit road running fifth, which is where he was when the red flag was waved at Lap 152.

After a 51-minute delay, the red flag was lifted and the cars returned to green-flag racing. Kahne turned lap times faster than the leader and improved one spot to run fourth by Lap 165. Forty-seven laps later, Kahne was running second with what he considered a No. 5 Chevy that was relatively unchanged on the longer runs. On a Lap 275 caution, the No. 5 team stopped for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Kahne lined up on the front row for the Lap 283 restart and immediately took the lead, with Johnson behind him on the second row. With fresh tires, Kahne distanced himself briefly before opting to settle into the pack and play it safe with a solid running position. With 76 laps to go, Kahne made a green-flag stop, ultimately to achieve more rear grip with his tires.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet:
Richmond finish: Second.
Race recap: Gordon was ranked 13th in the driver standings entering Saturday’s race and needed a strong showing to contend for a wild card spot in the 10-race playoff, which begins Sunday, Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway. The driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet started from the outside pole position, but almost immediately encountered a handling issue and subsequently went a lap down prior to a mid-race red-flag period. Upon returning to the track, crew chief Alan Gustafson implemented some adjustments similar to the setup used by teammate Jimmie Johnson, and Gordon rocketed from 20th to run 16th and be the first car eligible for the Lucky Dog pass. When the caution flag was waved on Lap 275 for rain, Gordon returned to the lead lap and made a pit stop for Gustafson to further tweak the No. 24 Chevy. Gordon restarted 16th on the Lap 283 restart and cracked the top 10 by Lap 296.

Gordon climbed to run fifth with 73 laps to go and continually chipped away at the lead held by Kyle Busch, the lone wild card chase contender ranked ahead of him in the postseason hunt. Busch opted to stop as the laps unfolded and had a miscue on pit road that cost him position and tentatively gave Gordon the No. 2 spot in the wild card hunt. With 57 laps to go and running fifth, Gordon reported to his crew that the handling was starting to fade. Gordon pitted with 42 laps to go for a track bar adjustments, four fresh tires and enough fuel to reach the grand finale of the 400-lap event. The stop helped his car, but temporarily knocked him out of wild-card contention before Gordon passed the lapped cars and then-leader Clint Bowyer to return to the lead lap. With five laps left, Gordon improved to take second and was tracking Bowyer, who held a five-second lead. Coming to the final lap, Gordon knocked down Bowyer’s lead to two seconds, but didn’t have enough to reach and took runner-up honors.

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet:
Richmond finish: 13th.
Race recap: Jimmie Johnson opened Saturday’s race at Richmond from fifth and held his spot inside the top five once the green flag dropped at Lap 7 after an early caution for rain. Crew chief Chad Knaus coached Johnson through restarts early in the race, and the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet improved one spot at Richmond, where track position is critical. On Lap 96, Knaus warned Johnson about weather in the area. Knaus said, “Radar showing it should probably be raining now.” Johnson replied, “Cool.” And within the next 52 laps, the yellow flag was waved as rain drops fell onto the .75-mile track. By Lap 152, the red flag was waved, and NASCAR officials ordered the cars to pit road. Johnson, who pitted during the previous yellow-flag period, was running fourth at the time.

The pace car led the field back to green on Lap 156, and after a nearly 51-minute red-flag delay, Johnson opened green-flag racing six laps later competing with Earnhardt for third. Johnson’s car, which he admitted during the rain delay was better on shorter runs, ultimately began to fade, and by Lap 182, Knaus started helping then-fifth-place Johnson experiment with different lines to find out where the No. 48 Chevy runs best. During ensuing green-flag stops, Johnson climbed to take the lead briefly before pitting for adjustments to improve the handling of the No. 48 Chevy. Rain prompted another caution flag – this time on Lap 275 – and Johnson didn’t pit after a brief miscommunication with Knaus. Johnson remained on track in the fifth position, but his tires became an issue and he slipped off the lead lap. The driver of the No. 48 Chevy rolled onto pit road with 74 laps left on the board. Johnson returned to the track and held on during the final laps to finish 13th.


Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet:
Richmond finish: 14th.
Race recap: Dale Earnhardt Jr. lined up from the pole position for the first time of his career on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway and was credited as leading the first six laps, which were held under a yellow flag as the rain conditions cleared. When the green flag dropped on Lap 7, Earnhardt’s teammate Jeff Gordon took the lead briefly before the driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet reclaimed the top spot on Lap 9. Earnhardt was continually successful on restarts and led four times for 64 laps before the red flag was waved for rain. Earnhardt, who pitted before the red flag for four tires, fuel and adjustments, was running second at the time.

Earnhardt returned to the lead after the pace car led the field back to green on Lap 156, but soon encountered a loose-handling condition that affected his position. As Earnhardt’s condition worsened, the driver of the No. 88 Chevy slipped into the top 10. Crew chief Steve Letarte made the necessary adjustments during green-flag pit stops on Lap 232. The No. 88 team capitalized on another yellow-flag period on Lap 275, pitting for adjustments. AS the race unfolded, Earnhardt deftly maneuvered the anxious traffic on the .75-mile track and held on to finish 14th.

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Race Highlights:
Richard       Childress Racing teammates finished sixth (Jeff Burton), 10th (Kevin Harvick) and 23rd (Paul Menard).
Harvick enters the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup seeded ninth, trailing point leader Denny Hamlin by 12 points. Menard ranks 17th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings, while Burton ranks 19th.
Burton gained five positions over the final 40 laps, ranking him fourth in the NASCAR Loop Data statistic category of Closers.
Burton made 46 Green Flag Passes and spent 331 Laps (82 percent) of the 400-lap event in the Top 15.
According the NASCAR Post Race Loop Data Statistics, Harvick spent 385 Laps in the Top 15, tying him for third in the category.
Harvick improved seven positions during the last 10 percent (40 laps) of the race, positioning him second the NASCAR Loop Data Statistics Closers category.
Menard made 65 Green Flag Passes, ranking him ninth in that category according to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 16. The 27th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.





   
Paul Menard and the No. 27 Moen/Menards Team Battled Weather and Handling Issues to Finish 23rd at Richmond International Raceway

 

Paul Menard and the Moen/Menards Chevrolet team were plagued with handling issues throughout the 400-lap race that extended into the early Sunday morning hours under the lights of Richmond International Raceway, resulting in a 23rd-place finish. The start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 was delayed due to inclement weather in the greater Richmond, Va. area, but when the green flag was displayed, Menard started the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event from the 25th position and quickly drove the Moen/Menards Chevrolet into the top 20. The momentum was short lived as the No. 27 machine developed a tight-handling condition in the center of the turns. Falling back to the 23rd position in the running order, acting crew chief Shane Wilson called for a series of chassis and air pressure adjustments in an effort to neutralize the car's balance. Long green-flag runs allowed the leader to pass the Moen/Menards Chevrolet and a green-flag pit stop on lap 132 just before the lap-135 caution trapped the Eau Claire, Wis., native two laps down to the leader, in the 29th position. The Wilson-led team opted to take the wave around and regained one lap; however, as the field lined up for the ensuing restart, rain began to fall once again, resulting in a 51 minute red-flag period. When green-flag racing resumed, handling issues continued to torment the 32-year old driver. Numerous chassis and air pressure adjustments during routine pit stops offered little relief to the challenges Menard faced as he wheeled the No. 27 machine around the 0.75-mile short track. With only 11 cars on the lead lap at the checkered flag, Menard was scored in the 23rd position at the finish.

 

Start - 25          Finish - 23          Laps Led - 0          Points - 17  

 

PAUL MENARD QUOTE:

"We just couldn't quite find the right adjustments tonight to help the Moen/Menards Chevrolet. We struggled with drive off and tightened the car up a little too much. It's not the finish we hoped for, but these guys never gave up. This team has worked extremely hard all year and we were in contention again for a Wild Card berth in the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup). We'll continue to go to the track every weekend with the goal of getting a win."
 
 

     


Kevin Harvick and the Budweiser Team Finish 10th in the Final Race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Richmond International Raceway

 

Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team brought home a 10th-place finish in the rain-delayed Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night. The Richard Childress Racing driver started the 400-lap event from the 13th position and alerted his crew he was battling a loose-handling condition as he traveled around the 0.75-mile race track during the early laps of the final race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Crew chief Gil Martin called Harvick to pit road on lap 47 during the competition caution for four tires and fuel, along with air pressure and chassis adjustments. The Bakersfield, Calif., native returned to the track in the 12th position for the ensuing restart and quickly worked his way into the top 10 by lap 51. As Harvick continued to move toward the front of the field he reported the No. 29 Chevrolet was handling well, but had become a touch tight in the middle of the corner and was still loose on exit. On lap 139, NASCAR officials displayed the yellow flag for rain and the Budweiser pit crew was called to action as Martin instructed Harvick to return to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and another round of chassis adjustments. A few laps later, NASCAR officials brought the cars down pit road and displayed the red flag as the rain intensified. Following a 51-minute delay, green-flag racing resumed on lap 155 with the 36-year-old driver listed in the ninth position. As a slight threat of rain loomed, Harvick continued a charge toward the front of the field while battling the loose-handling condition on the Budweiser Chevrolet, but was able to work his way to the fourth position before ultimately crossing the finish line in 10th place. Following the 26th-points paying event, Harvick earned a position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and will start the 10-race "Chase" next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway as the ninth seed.  

 

Start - 13          Finish - 10          Laps Led - 0          Points - 9

 

KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:

"This No. 29 team has been real competitive the last three weeks and raced at the front of the pack. That is what we have to do. Tonight we probably had a fourth-place Budweiser Chevrolet and thought it was going to rain there, but it didn't. Then we pitted because we knew that we didn't want to wind up in the boat that all those other guys were on old tires. All in all, we took a chance there with the rain, but we had a solid car and we have had a solid car the last three weeks."

 

 

 

Jeff Burton Scores Top-10 Finish at Richmond International Raceway

 

Jeff Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team persevered through the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race under the lights at Richmond International Raceway and brought home a sixth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400. After a rain shower postponed the start of the 400-lap event, the 45-year-old driver started the race from the 20th position and maneuvered into the top 15. Persistent rain forced NASCAR officials to display the red flag before the halfway point of the event and bring all competitors to pit road until the rain ceased. Once After 51 minutes of red-flag period, the cars returned to the track and the South Boston, Va. native reported to crew chief Drew Blickensderfer that the No.31 machine had developed a tight-handling condition in the middle of the 14-degree banked corners of the 0.75-mile facility, and during a long green-flag run, dropped one lap down to the leader. A lap-236 caution-flag period provided Burton the "Lucky Dog" award to return to the lead lap. As the leaders pitted under caution on lap 277 for routine service, the 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner remained on the track and restarted in the top five. Burton climbed as high second-place, but the tight-handling condition continued to challenge the Richard Childress Racing driver until major chassis and air pressure adjustments were made on the final pit stop of the evening on lap 345. Burton reported to Blickensderfer throughout the final green-flag run that the RCR machine was the best it had been all evening. Burton passed five competitors throughout the final 10 percent of the race and finished in the sixth-position, marking his fifth top-10 finish of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season. With the strong effort, Burton gained a spot in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, moving into 19th-place.

 

Start - 20          Finish - 6          Laps Led - 0          Points - 19

 

JEFF BURTON QUOTE:

"I've been saying week after week how strong this team is getting and we proved that tonight with a hard-fought top-10 finish. I am happy and proud of everyone on the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team."

RCR PR

The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway is as follows: 

DIRECTV Channel 795:

Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing

Denny Hamlin will make his 249th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 14th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway … Has two wins (September 2010 and 2011), two poles (September 2006 and May 2008) and nine top-10 finishes in 13 starts at Richmond … The 31-year-old Chesterfield, Va., native has 21 wins and has 124 top-10 finishes in 248 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Hamlin’s seventh full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of second in 2010 … Started seventh and won last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks seventh in Sprint Cup Series points with four wins and 13 top-10 finishes.   

 

DIRECTV Channel 796:

Kyle Busch and the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing

Kyle Busch will make his 283rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 16th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway … Has four wins (May 2009 and 2010, April 2011 and 2012), one pole (May 2010) and 13 top-10 finishes in 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Richmond … The 27-year-old Las Vegas native has 24 wins and 133 top-10 finishes in 282 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Busch’s eighth full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of fifth in 2007 … Won 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship … Started third and finished sixth last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks 12th in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 12 top-10 finishes.  

 

DIRECTV Channel 797:

Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet team of Stewart-Haas Racing

Tony Stewart will make his 490th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 28th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway … Has three wins (September 1999, May 2001 and 2002) and 18 top-10 finishes in 27 starts at Richmond … The 41-year-old Columbus, Ind., native has won 47 races and has 277 top-10 finishes in 489 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Stewart’s 14th full year in Sprint Cup and he won the points championship in 2002, 2005 and 2011 … Started on the pole and finished 22nd last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks 10th in Sprint Cup Series points with three wins and 11 top-10 finishes.

 

DIRECTV Channel 798:

Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports

Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his 461st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 27th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway … Has three wins (May 2000, 2004 and 2006) and 11 top-10 finishes in 26 starts at Richmond … The 37-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native has won 19 races and has 179 top-10 finishes in 460 Sprint Cup starts … Won 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … 2012 marks Earnhardt’s 13th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of third in 2003… Started 35th and finished seventh last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks second in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 17 top-10 finishes.

TSC PR

What do you get when you mix mud pits, obstacles and celebrities in combat boots? Busch-Whacked!

Taking its name from former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Armed Forces Foundation ambassador Kurt Busch, this Mud & Paint fun run is unlike any other. Boasting 3.1 miles of extreme competition, endurance challenges and Kodak moments, Busch-Whacked will put competitors’ strength and equilibrium to the test, all in the name of supporting military families.

From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. CST on Nov. 1, Texas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track will be transformed into the site of this unique competition.  Participants will race against NASCAR drivers, team members, media and celebrity supporters as they climb, jump and sprint to the finish. Competitors will not only vie for the title of Fastest Individual or Fastest Team, but will put their creativity to the test as they battle for Best Costume and Best Team Name, with all winners receiving a special commemorative trophy.

For those who prefer to forgo the mud-ridden course, spectator spots are available to watch the insanity unfold. Proceeds from Busch-Whacked will benefit military families and children through the Armed Forces Foundation, The Kurt Busch Foundation, Speedway Children’s Charities and Motor Racing Outreach.

To register, visit http://www.active.com/running/fort-worth-tx/busch-whacked-2012.

 

Prices:

Early Bird Individual (ends Oct. 8)—$45.00

Individual—$55.00

Individual Military—$45

Spectator—$15.00

Early Bird Team (ends Oct. 8)—$45.00/team member

Team—$55.00/team member

TSC PR

For the second consecutive year,NASCAR andChicagoland Speedway will team up to bring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade to Downtown Joliet on Thursday, Sept. 13. More than 30 haulers, from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Jimmie Johnson to Tony Stewart, will thunder through the streets for race fans to enjoy on their way to Chicagoland Speedway.

“One of the many advantages to hosting a major NASCAR event weekend in your backyard is the energy and excitement that comes along with it,” said Dawn Martin, senior manager of consumer marketing at Chicagoland Speedway. “By consulting with NASCAR, we are able to provide a great entertainment option to the community which has so graciously supported us. Between the Hauler Parade on Thursday and Race Fan Rally on Friday, we hope the entire City of Joliet is able to come out and join in the family-friendly fun.”

Fans are invited to gather atHollywood Casino Joliet (777 Hollywood Blvd.) at 4:00 pm to get up close to the haulers and take photos prior to the start of the Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm. The parade will stage west of the river bridge on Jefferson Street before heading east bound on Jefferson and making a left on Scott Street. The Chicagoland Speedway pace car and fire safety vehicles will lead the parade north on Scott Street, before making a left onto Jackson, and then a left on Ottawa to head south en route to Chicagoland Speedway.

Race fans can watch the Hauler Parade from anywhere along the route (including the start at Hollywood Casino), but are encouraged to attend designated viewing areas at McBrody’s Bar and Grill (73 W. Jefferson St.), The Joliet Historical Museum (201 N. Ottawa) and the Joliet Public Library (150 N. Ottawa).

Chicagoland Speedway campers already on-site will also have a designated viewing area in the Gate 5 reserved parking lot, located on the north side of the facility. The Hauler Parade is estimated to arrive at The Speedway by 6:00 pm. The lot will not be open to the public.

Haulers by the Numbers:

-      A typical NASCAR team hauler measures 72 feet in length
-      The trailer itself is 53 feet in length
-      They hold a 150 gallon fuel tank on each side
-      Each hauler stores two cars
-      Haulers and their drivers travel 70,000-75,000 miles per year

Chicagoland Speedway PR

 Pocono Raceway announced its 2013 NASCAR events will be held on their traditional weekends and feature NASCAR's premier series, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The June 9, Pocono 400 and the August 4, Pennsylvania 400 be the cornerstone for each race weekend.

The Pocono 400 will kick-off “The Tricky Triangle’s” season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 7-9. NASCAR’s top touring series will be accompanied by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with the 27th running of the Pocono 200, set for Saturday, June 8th. On Sunday, June 9th, Joey Logano will look to repeat his 2012 winning performance in the 32nd running of the Pocono 400.

The 40th annual Pennsylvania 400 takes over the spotlight for Pocono’s second NASCAR weekend, August 2-4. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rejoins the Sprint Cup Series and ARCA Series for a triple-header weekend of racing action. The Truck and ARCA Racing Series events are scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd. On Sunday, August 4th, defending race champion Jeff Gordon will lead the charge in the Pennsylvania 400.

Grandstand ticket prices for the 2013 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway remain the same as the 2012 season. Friday and Saturday General Admission tickets will cost $10 and $20, ($25 at the gate) respectively. Children, ages 12 and under, accompanied by an adult holding a General Admission ticket will be admitted free on Friday and Saturday. Sunday Grandstand tickets start at $45, all Concourse-Level tickets will remain at half-price for kids ages 12 and under.

Tickets to the 2013 events at Pocono Raceway will be available to the general public following our customer renewal process.

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