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NASCAR announced today the creation of NASCAR Classics, a new brand identity within the licensing division. From the renegades that blazed the trail on country roads and the hard-packed beaches of Daytona, to the asphalt legends of later decades, NASCAR Classics represents the era that NASCAR established itself as the best racing in the world. NASCAR Classics is a brand that embodies the roots and heritage of NASCAR through high-end t-shirts, hats and original die casts.

NASCAR Classics enriches the NASCAR fan’s experience by providing a sense of tradition, meaning and heritage for the sport. And while it’s a throwback brand that encapsulates NASCAR’s history, it also represents the values that are still present in NASCAR today. The NASCAR Classics line provides a rich and extensive portfolio of textures and logos that bridges the NASCAR of today with its history.

"NASCAR Classics is a callback to an era of unbreakable men, fast cars, and the guts, glory and go-for-broke attitude many of NASCAR’s classic drivers embodied," said Blake Davidson, vice president licensing and consumer products at NASCAR. "We believe both NASCAR fans and non-fans will enjoy this great new line of vintage products that captures the spirit and flavor of NASCAR through the decades."

The current product line includes t-shirts and hats, produced by Delta Apparel, featuring iconic imagery and fonts from the 1940’s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s that create a sense of nostalgia. The collection’s apparel line includes logos and program covers from historic venues such as Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, North Carolina Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

In addition to apparel, NASCAR Classics also features a line of historic die-cast cars from Lionel NASCAR Collectables. Included in the die-cast collection are Dale Earnhardt’s 1989 No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet, Junior Johnson’s 1965 No. 26 Holly Farms Ford, Richard Petty’s 1986 No. 6 STP Monte Carlo, Tim Flock’s 1940 No. 91 Taft Sloan Garage Ford and Ned Jarrett’s 1965 No. 11 Ford, among others.

NASCAR Classics apparel and die-casts are available at launch, with plans to expand with other vintage equities of the sport, including historical drivers, sponsors, tracks, etc.

NASCAR Classics apparel is available for purchase at the NASCAR.com Superstore and Americrown haulers during all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends. However, the NASCAR Classics die casts are only available at the NASCAR.com Superstore.  NASCAR Classics will expand to other retail locations later in the year. 

NASCAR PR

Outsourcing in the USA Company @TMone chooses Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) to promote the company in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. David Reutimann will pilot the No. 10 Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 while spreading the message that TMone is now hiring in America.
 
TMone, with locations in the Midwest and Northern Great Plains, delivers new jobs to America’s hometowns. Call Center Outsourcing is a people business, and TMone is in the business of augmenting and supplementing other companies human capital needs. TMone has grown every year since inception and is on Inc. Magazine’s Honor Roll List of Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies for the last five years.
 
TMone’s growth has been as a result of providing business services to customers that are driving forward with new initiatives such as Business to Business (B2B), Inside Sales Services and Customer Service Selling (CSS) in uncertain regulatory and economic environments, therefore TMone’s new jobs are truly new to the private sector. TMone helps service and sell legacy and incremental customers so TMone clients can focus their human capital on their core businesses, which in return drives jobs internally and externally.
 
“We are privileged to be on one of TBR’s cars at their home track along with primary sponsor Mohawk Northeast,” said Anthony Marlowe, TMone’s President. “Al Heinke and Tommy Baldwin have built a very respectable program and have brought TMone home 23rd and 11th the last two races, giving us our best ‘Cup finish yet. TBR is doing a great job earning our long-term support, and Reutimann’s fans have taken our TMone Racing Facebook Company page to a whole new level with their support. The virality of their posts and likes has helped double our Facebook following. NASCAR works.”
 
TMone has sponsored one or more cars in all 19 NSCS races this season. The company has teamed up with TBR for seven of those events, including a primary partnership at Kentucky Speedway and co-primary partnership at Daytona International Speedway. Reutimann drove the No. 10 CarportEmpire.com/TMone.com Call Centers in America Chevrolet to TBR’s best finish this season last weekend when he tallied an 11th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway.
 
“We are thrilled to work with TMone once again,” said Tommy Baldwin. “TMone has been a great partner to us, and it is an honor to be able to promote a fast growing company that is currently hiring for jobs located in the Heartland. This is a special weekend for me since I consider New Hampshire my home track, so I am glad that we have companies like TMone to help us compete.”

TBR PR

 In the race against global warming, you could say NASCAR driver Todd Peck leads the pack.

 

Yesterday in Newton, Iowa, he filled up his team's race hauler with a 15 percent blend of biodiesel (B15) as part of his commitment to lead the greenest team in NASCAR.

 

Peck Motorsports makes its first start of the season this weekend in the NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series at the Iowa Speedway on July 14.  Peck filled up with B15 at Love's Travel Center, but has used up to 50 percent biodiesel at other stops.

 

"Peck Motorsports is dedicated to be environmentally clean leaders in NASCAR," said Peck.  "Fueling our team transporter full of biodiesel has been a part of that process.  We can't thank the Iowa Biodiesel Board enough for joining our efforts in Iowa this race weekend in making our journey as 'green' as possible."

 

Based in Pennsylvania, Peck Motorsports, with help from Renewable Engineered Systems, has outfitted its race hauler with solar panels on the roof, which power the newly installed LED lights and equipment.  The team's goal is to drive to and from races using biodiesel blends.  They currently have a partnership with Keystone BioFuels to provide biodiesel at the team's race shop.

 

"We commend Peck Motorsports for taking the initiative to use biodiesel, and would be thrilled to see more NASCAR teams follow suit," said Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board.  "NASCAR's popularity as a spectator sport presents a great opportunity to raise public awareness on biodiesel, and I'm proud that Iowa biodiesel is helping to kick off this team's racing series." 


 

Area fans came to the event to learn about biodiesel and meet Todd Peck, who signed autographs. 

 

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from agricultural byproducts and co-products, such as soybean oil.  It reduces dependence on foreign oil.  The industry exceeded 1 billion gallons of production nationwide in 2011, a record year.  Iowa is the leading biodiesel producing state and supports green jobs statewide.  For more about Iowa biodiesel, visit www.IowaBiodiesel.org.

 

Peck Motorsports PR

Pocono Raceway announced today they will host the 2012 Charity Car Wash, which will include the opportunity for donors to take their personal vehicles around their 2.5-mile Superspeedway, on Saturday, July 28thfrom 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Monroe County.

For a donation of $10, per vehicle, individuals can choose from two options. Option one includes volunteers washing the attendees’ vehicle, followed by a controlled-speed lap around the Raceway. Option two includes the lap around the track, without the car wash.

“We are very excited about this year’s Charity Car Wash for a worthy charity located within our Pocono community” said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway’s President and CEO. “Last year’s car wash was a huge success as individuals came out, under rainy conditions, for a chance to take a thrilling lap around our Raceway. By moving this date later in the summer, holding it on a weekend and allowing fans to take their vehicle out on our recently-repaved track for the first time, we are expecting a great turnout to raise money for the United Way of Monroe County.”

The 2012 Charity Car Wash will begin inside the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage area, inside Pocono Raceway. Attendees will enter through the Gate 1 Tunnel at Earnhardt Road, located off Long Pond Road. Signs inside the facility will guide individuals to the Garage area. Cash and checks, written to The United Way of Monroe County, will be accepted. There is no limited on the amount of times a vehicle can go through the process, but each car wash and/or lap will require a $10 donation. This event is rain or shine.

Staffing the event will be members of the Pocono Raceway staff and community volunteers associated with the United Way of Monroe County. 

For more information, please visit www.poconoraceay.com/carwash12

Pocono Raceway PR

Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson couldn't wait to renew acquaintances with the famous Yard of Bricks Thursday, July 12 during a promotional visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"There's something so special about this racetrack," Johnson said. "It doesn't matter how many times you've raced here, if you've won here or not, when you come back and you see the bricks, it's such a cool experience, and I wanted to jump out there and look at the area where I'll hopefully kiss them when we're here in a few weeks."

Johnson will try to join Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon as a four-time NASCAR winner at IMS during the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com. Sunday, July 29. Johnson won the Brickyard in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

"Without a doubt, it's in my mind," Johnson said. "But when you come back each year, the energy around this racetrack, the excitement that comes with it, there's a new sense of desire to win each time I come. The times I've been able to come back and repeat have been cool, and that adds to a very cool stat. But I'm more about the energy surrounding that individual event; it's just really cool."

With all the success he's enjoyed at the Brickyard, Johnson knows smart driving and strategy play a big role for winners at the famous, 2.5-mile IMS oval. But he also believes events the day before the race are equally important.

"The biggest thing, really, is track position," he said. "You create your best opportunity for track position in qualifying, so making sure you qualify well, and even strategy during the race, when you have to pit for fuel and tires makes such a difference. So the areas we can control, we need to make sure we do a damn good job in those areas."

Johnson has earned 57 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories during his career in the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet. His five consecutive series titles (2006-10) are a NASCAR record. After 18 races this season, Johnson is in fourth place in the Sprint Cup point standings and in strong position to contend for a sixth series title. But there's always room for improvement.

"The restrictor-plate stuff has been tough on us," he said. "We can't seem to finish one of those races yet, but everything else has been strong. We've had a lot of speed, and we've been winning races. My teammates have been winning races. We still got to get the 24 (Gordon) in victory lane. I think it's kind of a luck deal. He's had plenty of speed and some of the weirdest things happen to his car; flat tires, blown engines.

"The good news within all of it is that our cars are fast, and that's exciting as we get closer to the Chase because this is all fun, but another championship is what I'm really after."

Johnson also is anxious to see the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing make their IMS debuts as part of the inaugural Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, featuring four races in three days. Johnson thought about driving in both events.

"This is a great facility, and I'm happy for the other two divisions to get their chance over here and have an opportunity to race," he said. "I considered running both events, but things have just been so busy, and then trying to balance family life with the professional side, I decided to not compete in either one of them, and I know I'll be bummed out when I see those cars on track over Friday and Saturday. But it's going to be good for all those drivers, for both series, as well."

GRAND-AM will conduct separate races at IMS for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for the first time Friday, July 27. These races will join with the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International in determining the winners of the prestigious new North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com for 2012.

IMS PR

This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will mark the one-year anniversary of Roush Fenway crew chief Matt Puccia being teamed up with driver Greg Biffle.  After a rocky start to 2011 for Biffle, Puccia was brought in to take over as the crew chief on the No. 16 3M team.  Immediately the two clicked.  From this race a year ago, up until now, the two have tallied one win, five poles, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.  They kicked off the 2012 season with three third-place finishes in a row, took over the NASCAR point lead in Vegas and held it for 11 weeks straight.  Currently they are sitting third in points and looking towards making a run for the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship. 

 “This weekend is the one-year anniversary with what my wife calls ‘my boyfriend’ and I call my crew chief,” Biffle said.  “We have an excellent relationship and work well together.  It’s been a lot of fun so far; we’ve won a race and led the points for 11 weeks.  It’s been good and we are lined up to make a run at the title in our first full season together.  I’m pretty excited about it.”

 “It’s been a year full of ups and downs, but it’s one of my best years out of my 17 or 18 years doing this full time,” Puccia said.  “It’s been the most enjoyable year for me in the sport.  We’ve accomplished a lot and it’s a great opportunity for me to be able to work with Greg. It’s the relationship we’ve built, and the relationship we’ve built with the team that has gotten us to where we are today.  We’ve accomplished a good amount, but we still need to take it to the next step to be able to run for the championship at the end of the season.  It would be most rewarding at the end of the day to be able to give Greg his first championship in Sprint Cup.”

RFR

David Gilliland takes the No. 38 Taco Bell Ford to Loudon (N.H.) this weekend for the running of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. In 10 previous starts, Gilliland has a career best finish of 25th at the track.

 

Although he admits it's not his favorite track on the circuit, he feels he has more to prove at the flat, one-mile oval. 

 

David Gilliland on New Hampshire:

 

"New Hampshire hasn't been our best track, but our short to intermediate program has shown improvement lately.  That gives me a lot of drive to go out there and get a top-20 or top-15 finish. It's a frustrating track because it's so flat, but I feel like I have something to prove. I don't think this place owes me anything, but I think it's time to get a better result here.

 

"The guys are all working hard.  We're going to get a break next week and that will be nice. It's a tough schedule and we're all working pretty hard right now.  If you can leave New Hampshire with a good day it makes the break even better.  That's what we want."

 

Pat Tryson on New Hampshire:

 

"I think David has it in him to have a good race.  We have a pretty good car that we've prepared to do our best.  We always want to improve and this weekend is a good chance for us to show progress.  It's a difficult track to get the right balance and you need to work on the handling a lot.  But, I think we have an opportunity here to showcase the talents of David."

 

FRM

MB Motorsports continues its tradition of grooming up and coming drivers, as the team heads to Iowa Speedway with young Justin Jennings.  Jennings will make his Nascar Camping World Truck Series debut in the #65 LG SEEDS Ford F-150 at “America’s Place To Race”.

Jennings, a native of LaGrange, MO, has made a name for himself in late models and made his ARCA debut last July in the scorching heat at Iowa Speedway, scoring a Top 20 finish.
“I don’t think I could be more excited about attempting my first Nascar race with Mike Mittler and the MB Motorsports crew,” says Jennings.  “LG Seeds, who’s been with me in our late model effort, is sponsoring us at Iowa and I’m very grateful for their support.”  LG SEEDS is headquartered in Elmwood, IL and is a brand of AgReliant Genetics, LLC, the fourth largest corn seed company in the USA. LG SEEDS offers corn, soybean and alfalfa seed to farmers throughout the Corn Belt.

Team owner Mike Mittler has been watching Jennings’ progress for a long time.  “Justin’s a talented kid,” he says. “Being able to make his debut at a track where he’s already got some laps under him is a definite plus.  We’ve got the LG SEEDS Ford primed and ready to go.”

MB MOTORSPORTS: MB Motorsports is one of the original teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, having competed in every season since the series debuted in 1995.  The team has given many young drivers their start in NASCAR, including Sprint Cup Series winners Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski and Regan Smith.

LG SEEDS: LG SEEDS is a brand of AgReliant Genetics, LLC, the fourth largest corn seed company in the USA. LG SEEDS offers corn, soybean and alfalfa seed to farmers throughout the Corn Belt. LG SEEDS’ headquarters is located in Elmwood, IL.

LG SEEDS is committed to working with the farmers we serve and is dedicated to delivering the results they demand.  We believe in a simple formula: Our Seed.  Your Soil. Total Success – offering unique genetics while working hard to understand each farmer’s unique needs and helping to achieve the highest yields possible.

MIKE MITTLER’S THOUGHTS ON IOWA SPEEDWAY:
“Iowa is a great facility, for both the teams and the race fans.  We’ve been working with Justin, getting him acclimated to the truck, our communication, making sure we understand each other so we can adjust the truck based on his feedback.  Making your first Nascar race is a big deal- a lot of pressure.  I think Justin will give it his all in the LG Seeds Ford.”

JUSTIN JENNING’S THOUGHTS ON IOWA SPEEDWAY:
“Having run the ARCA race at Iowa last year will be a big help.  I’m already familiar with the track and of course, the MB Motorsports crew has run there before, so I think we’re in pretty good shape.  I just want to give LG Seeds a good showing, get some experience, earn the respect of the others drivers and bring the truck home in one piece.  If we can do that, I will be very happy.”

MB Motorsports PR

Preparing to make his 201st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend, David Ragan takes the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the running of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.  Ragan has a career best finish of seventh in his previous 10 starts at the one-mile oval.

 

Ragan comes to New Hampshire sitting 29th in championship points chasing Mark Martin and Casey Mears in front of them.  The team hopes to use the second half of the season to get closer to the top-25 in the final standings.

 

David Ragan on New Hampshire and Goals Ahead:

 

"Our team is looking for a strong run this weekend at New Hampshire.  This track is unlike anywhere else we race.  It is essentially flat. A lot of people say it drives more like a road course than an oval because of its low banking.  It's a challenge for a lot of teams, but it's also a place where we can have a good finish by working hard on our car.

 

We seem to be picking up speed each week and now we need to turn them into better results.  The past six weeks we've been just outside that top-25 mark.  Now, we need to hit on it each week.  We're an improving program, no doubt. I can see the progress, but we need to take that next step.

 

Jay Guy Discusses Team Goals:

 

"I think David is right, we've shown speed the past two months. We're getting better as a team, but now we just need to get more top-25 finishes and higher.  It's a matter of staying out of trouble, racing smart and taking advantage of track position to lead a lap or something like that. We're well capable of ending up in the top-25 when the year is out."

 

FRM

Tony Stewart, three-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ, last night took home the 2012 ESPY for “Best Driver” at the 20thannual ESPY Awards on ESPN, beating out four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti, F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and NHRA champion Del Worsham.

Stewart put together an epic Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in what proved to be one of the most exciting seasons in NASCAR history last year. Stewart won five of the 10 races in the Chase, narrowly edging out Carl Edwards in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to take home the title.

“I am thrilled to win the ‘Best Driver’ award after what turned out to be a great NASCAR season last year. I was fortunate enough to be able to take the checkered flag when it mattered most,” said Stewart. “There were some great drivers and great champions in this category, so I cannot thank the NASCAR fans and everyone who voted enough for their unbelievable support.”

It is the third time Stewart has taken home “Best Driver” honors, winning in 2003 and 2006. Stewart was also nominated in the “Best Championship Performance” category this year.

“I want to congratulate Tony on winning the ESPY for ‘Best Driver’ last night,” said NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps. “His dramatic run to the championship highlighted his overall performance on the track last season, and we’re thrilled the sports world recognized this achievement. Hats off to Tony Stewart and the entire Stewart-Haas Racing organization.”

Jimmie Johnson, who was a presenter for the “Best Comeback Athlete” award during last night’s show, won the “Best Driver” award in each of the four previous seasons.

NASCAR Nationwide Series star Danica Patrick also presented the “Best Team” award along with Steve Nash at last night’s show to the Miami Heat. She teamed up with Justin Bieber to present the “Best Team” award at last year’s ESPYs to the Dallas Mavericks.

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