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Big Machine Records artist Laura Bell Bundy has been added to the impressive list of country music stars who will perform during the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The multifaceted entertainer will perform on the IMS infield stage Sunday morning, July 28 at the Brickfest Music Festival and also will sing "America the Beautiful" before the start of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by

The spunky starlet, who began writing songs at age 14, co-penned "Two Step," her first single on Big Machine Records. The punchy melody and playful lyrics, which are all about independence ... "I'm gonna do my two step ... watch where you step, you're two steps behind," quickly move from mundane to oh my. The energetic single is available digitally now and officially hits country radio playlists Aug. 5. Watch the video via

Bundy, a native of Lexington, Ky., sprung into the national spotlight after garnering prominent roles on Broadway ("Legally Blonde" and "Wicked," among others) and television shows ("Hart of Dixie" most recently), showcasing her vocal ability, acting skill and animated personality. She also scored a Tony Award nomination and a lead role in CMT's first original movie, "To The Mat," for her dynamic talents.

Currently, fans can see LBB "Two Step" across the country on Rascal Flatts LIVE & LOUD TOUR, performing as part of the DANCE YA'LL EXPERIENCE. For tour dates, dance moves and more, visit

Big Machine artists who will join Bundy in performing during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard include headliner Justin Moore, who will play Saturday, July 27 on the Pagoda Plaza Stage after the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race with The Cadillac Three opening the show.

Moore also will play a pre-race mini concert Sunday, July 28 on the IMS main straightaway before the 1 p.m. start of the 20th Running of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by

Other stars on the Big Machine Label Group roster will perform Sunday at the Brickfest Music Festival beginning at 9 a.m. Season 3 winner of NBC's hit show, "The Voice," Cassadee Pope will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies while Bundy, The Cadillac Three and Dustin Lynch will perform pre-race concerts. These performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.

All performances are free with admission to the track for each day.

Big Machine Label Group, led by President and CEO Scott Borchetta, includes Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Republic Nashville and Big Machine Music.

The 20th running of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by on Sunday, July 28 will be the climactic event of the second annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.

The weekend schedule also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series racing in the Indiana 250 Saturday, July 27 on the IMS oval, and GRAND-AM Road Racing conducting separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Friday, July 26 on the 13-turn IMS Grand Prix road course.


For most of Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, everything went as planned for Scott Speed and the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing (LFR) Ford.

As is often the case in most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) restrictor-plate races, however, things rarely go according to the plan.

After getting as high as 11th in the 160 lap event, Speed dropped to the back of the pack to save his race car for a late-race dash. Speed found himself in a pile up on the last lap of the race, leaving him with a 28th- place finish and a dinged-up race car.



Speed started the night from the eighteenth row in 36th-place, surged through traffic at the green and was in 13th position by the first caution. Crew chief Wally Rogers brought the No. 95 to pit road for four tires, fuel and added tape to the front. The early caution was followed by a long green flag run, which led to green flag stops. Just before Speed came in for service the caution came out while he was in the 11th-spot.


"It seemed like people were being conservative and going to the back," Speed said.


Speed restarted 27th and shortly after decided to drop back due to the field getting dicey.


Just as the final lap was coming to a close in the green-white-checkered finish, Speed was caught in a six-car incident. The No.13 got into the No. 99 causing him to spin uncontrollably into Speed. Speed's car was sandwiched between the No.99 and the outside wall in Turn Two. As the No. 99 continued to spin he hit the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford in the left rear cutting a tire which sent the car down the track and into the grass. Speed quickly got back on track damaged attempting for a good finish, only to watch the caution flag wave freezing the field that resulted in a 28th-place finish.


"Restrictor-plate races are always crazy, but this one got really wild at the end," Speed said. "Everyone was pushing and shoving, so there were a bunch of us hanging out in the back to stay out of trouble. I ran with Tony Stewart for a big part of the race. So while he got through the traffic and finished second, the accidents found us."


Speed still finished on the lead lap, and is one of only 10 drivers to finish on the lead lap in all three restrictor plate races this year.


"Our Leavine Family Racing team had a good car and a good plan that just didn't work out," crew chief Wally Rogers said. "I am proud of Scott and all the LFR guys."


Speed and Leavine Family Racing will continue with its limited schedule. The team will concentrate on selected races, including the upcoming Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard Powered by at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.



NAPA 150...Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) will make their first trip to Columbus Motor Speedway with their three full-time drivers, Austin Dyne, Dylan Kwasniewski and Kenzie Ruston. Dyne, Kwasniewski and Ruston will all be making their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) debut at Columbus Motor Speedway, but the trio of drivers did test at the 0.333-mile oval two weeks ago.


Langley Recap...TSM captured its third NKNPSE victory of the season, and second in a row, all coming with Dylan Kwasniewski behind the wheel of the No. 98 Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink entry. Kwasniewski's teammates also had a good trip to Langley Speedway, with Dyne coming home with a top-10 finish after rebounding from an early race pit stop to finish in 8th. After finishing last in the previous race due to a tire failure, Ruston was able to work her way back through the field at Langley Speedway after a mid-race spin to finish in the 12th spot.


Test, Test...The TSM entries of Kwasniewski, Dyne and Ruston went to Columbus Speedway just two short weeks ago for a test session. The three drivers, all rookies at the 0.333-mile oval, used the one-day test session to gain valuable track time and information for the NAPA 150.


Follow Along...For in-race updates, be sure to follow @TSMotorsports on Twitter. You can also follow Dyne, Kwasniewski and Ruston at @AustinDyne, @DylanKRacing and @KenzieRuston


Watch the NAPA 150...Tune into SPEED on Thursday July 25th at 3 p.m. EDT to catch the NAPA 150 from Columbus Motor Speedway.


Austin Dyne...Coming off his first top-10 finish of the 2013 season, Dyne is looking forward to making his first start at the 0.333-mile oval of Columbus Motor Speedway. Dyne has cracked the top 15 in the point standings and now sits only 15 points out of 10th. Dyne comes out of the test session with experience and confidence that he can bring his KMC Wheels team their first top five of the year.


"It's always helpful when we can test at a track before we race there, especially when it's somewhere that I've never raced before. I feel like we've really started to hit our stride as a team, and I am looking forward to seeing what our KMC Wheels team can do at Columbus."


Dylan Kwasniewski...Coming off his third victory of the 2013 season at Langley Speedway, Kwasniewski returned to the top of the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings and heads into Columbus looking to extend his points lead and make it three victories in a row. Kwasniewski will be making his first start at Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday night.


"We have had a couple of really good races in a row and we plan to keep it rolling this weekend at Columbus. We were really happy with our Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Chevrolet when we tested there a few weeks ago, so I am really excited to make my debut at the track on Saturday night."


Kenzie Ruston...Coming off a recent string of bad luck, Ruston is looking forward to getting back to the track and getting her AccuDoc Solutions team back on track this weekend at Columbus Motor Speedway. Ruston currently sits 8th in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings, just 16 points out of fifth. She is also currently one point out of first in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.


"Columbus is a lot like Langley, where you are consistently turning. We know what we struggled with at Langley, and I am very confident that we will have a very good racecar for Columbus. We also learned a lot when we tested there and we will be able to use that information for the race, so I can't wait to get back on track."



For the second straight race, SS Green Light Racing owner Bobby Dotter has called on a NASCAR K & N Pro Series East driver to fill the seat of the #81 Toyota Tundra. This week, in the American Ethanol 200 at the Iowa Speedway, Jimmy Weller will make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with support from Grime Boss Heavy Duty Hand Wipes.

Weller is a second-generation driver from Ohio who has made 20 starts in the NASCAR K & N Pros Series East over the last couple seasons. Since beginning his driving career in 2002, Jimmy has run in several different divisions including modifieds and sprints on dirt and numerous late models on asphalt. Jimmy’s father is still active behind the wheel of a big-block dirt modified.

“My dad has run big-block dirt modifieds back home and he bought his first car from Lou Blaney, we have been good friends with the Blaney family ever since,” he continued. “I ran the modifieds for a couple years and then a sprint car for a year, but I got hurt pretty good in one of those and had to take a year off. The doctors told me I needed to race something that doesn’t leave the ground as much and that was when I started driving late models on pavement.”

“I moved up to the PASS Series and had some success their winning at South Boston and then to the K & N East Series. We have run good, but just haven’t had the finishes to show it. We had a good run a Bristol in the opener this year starting tenth and finished eighth.”

Veteran crew chief Brian Berry will oversee Weller’s debut in the NCWTS from atop the SS Green Light Racing pit box.

“This is all happened within the last two weeks,” Weller said. “Mr. Gaulding is the one who put this deal together with Grime Boss and they got Bobby (truck owner Bobby Dotter) involved and we worked it out for Iowa. It all happened very quickly.”

“Ever since we started and made my mind up to make a living driving race cars the goal has been to keep moving up,” Weller concluded. “This opportunity to run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is my opportunity to make the next step. I’m very thankful for Bobby and Mr. Gaulding to give me the opportunity to go ahead and do this.”

Owner Bobby Dotter has had numerous inquiries about David Starr who ran the first seven races of the season for the SS Green Light Racing Team, “David Starr will be back in the No. 81 Toyota later in the year,” Dotter explained. “Right now David is working on some additional sponsorship which will allow us to run more competitively when he returns to the seat.”

The American Ethanol 200 is the 301st consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the 1st career start for Weller in the Truck Series. The SS Green Light No. 07 will have another K & N Pro Series East driver making his debut in the NCWTS as Josh Reaume takes the wheel at Iowa.

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Although Max Gresham will take to the Iowa Speedway for the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), his successful history at the track provides a boost of confidence heading in to the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen on Saturday.


Gresham expects some of his old tricks from his NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series performances at the 0.875-mile oval will transfer to truck competition.


He is quite familiar with the Iowa Speedway. Gresham will make his fifth career start at the track, including his first in the Trucks Series, with one start in the ARCA Racing Series and three in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He placed third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in his debut at the track in 2009. In the ARCA Racing Series he finished 10th after qualifying fifth in July of 2010.


In 2010, Gresham won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, leading 14 of those laps at the asphalt track just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. A year later he qualified 17th and finished second, eventually winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in his third season on that tour.


He has accumulated many laps here - 701 of 701 laps completed. Gresham has finished in the top 10 in each race he has competed, including top three finishes in three of those events.


The NASCAR Camping World Series will make its first of two trips to "The Hawkeye State" this weekend. As Gresham finds it hard to accept anything less than the best, he will be focused on repeating a good performance at Iowa Speedway in the No. 8 Made in USA Brand (MIUSA) Chevrolet for the NCWTS American Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen. The race starts at 8:30 PM. EDT on Saturday on SPEED. The weekend, which includes Frank Kimmel's Street Stock Series, starts with NCWTS practice Friday at 2 PM and qualifying Saturday afternoon at 6 PM EDT.


As Gresham and Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) head west to America's Heartland, Gresham aims to advance up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings and hopes to get locked in the top-20 in owners' points entering the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, in order to have a guaranteed starting position.


The 20-year-old admits he has had a hard time avoiding trouble in recent races. Gresham finished third at the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in May at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and at the time was 17th in the points standings. He has dropped to 20th overall in driver points and 22nd in owners' points.


"We're just trying to get over that hump," Gresham said. "So I'm looking forward to going back to Iowa and hopefully the same thing I have been able to do in the past will happen again."


The odds are in the Milner, Georgia, native's favor at Iowa Speedway.


In eight starts this season, Gresham has one top-three finish, one top-five finish, and one top-10 finish. So, if a perfect remedy to the recent troubles existed for Gresham, it would be found in the straights and turns at Iowa Speedway.


"I've got a good feeling about this weekend," Gresham said. "Just knowing the good runs and success that I've had here, I definitely have a lot of confidence in this event."


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Ryan Blaney Iowa Preview

Wednesday, Jul 10

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, will make his second career start at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during Thursday night's American Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen.


Last year, in Blaney's inaugural NCWTS start at Iowa Speedway during the American Ethanol 200, Blaney, started second and won after leading 50 laps. The first ever win in any of the NASCAR National Series for Blaney and also a first for Brad Keselowski Racing.


Blaney became the youngest ever Truck Series' winner at the age of 18, a record which still holds today.


The No. 29 BKR team currently sits sixth in the NCWTS driver points standings, 47 points back from first and 25 back from second.


"This date couldn't have come sooner, I've been waiting to get back to Iowa in the Truck Series ever since I left there last September victorious. Our team has really buckled down over the past month and my confidence is at an all-time high." - Ryan Blaney






Ross Chastain (@RossChastain), driver of the No. 19 Harper Brush Ford F-150, will make his sixth start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) during the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Enogen this Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.


Harper Brush, a Cequent Consumer Products brand, will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 19 BKR (@TeamBKR) entry this week for the first and only time of the 2013 NCWTS season.


Harper Brush has been making brushes and brooms in America since 1900. Based in the heart of America, Harper's Fairfield facility in Iowa uses quality components to build products that stand the test of time, just like the Harper brand.


This Saturday will be Chastain's third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Iowa. Chastain's best finish came last September, when he started 22nd and finished 11th in the American Ethanol 200 Presented by Hy-Vee.


The No. 19 BKR team currently sits ninth in the NCWTS owner points standings, 67 points back from first and 45 back from second.


"I have been really excited about Iowa coming up since we have always gone there and made up from where we have started each race. I know my guys have been working hard to get us ready for Saturday night especially after the success they had in Kentucky." - Ross Chastain




“There goes my hero. Watch him as he goes. There goes my hero. He’s ordinary.”The lyrics to the Foo Fighters song “My Hero” fit the people who will be recognized at this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Those heroes aren’t the ones driving racecars. They are the people who risk their lives every day when called upon to help when a disaster or emergency occurs. They are our country’s first responders.

The NASCAR community comes together this weekend to host those in the New England area who were first on the scene when called upon last April during the Boston Marathon bombing. Jimmie Johnson met several of the survivors from that day at a special luncheon two weeks ago that included bombing survivors and several other champions from Boston’s famed sports teams. At the luncheon, Johnson noted that, in tough times, sports often serve as a diversion, something to take our minds off of our day-to-day problems.

The five-time champion and the rest of the NASCAR circuit will serve as that diversion this weekend when they travel to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Johnson has three wins at the mile oval, his most recent coming in the July race in 2010. He also is coming off an historic sweep of the season’s Sprint Cup events at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and is also leading the driver point standings. His four wins this season currently make him the top seed for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Matt Kenseth also has four wins but Johnson wins the tiebreaker with a next-best finish of second to Kenseth’s next-best finish of sixth.

So while Johnson tries to be a hero on the racetrack, attempting to make it to victory lane two consecutive weeks, the sport remembers and honors those who are the real heroes – ordinary people who do extraordinary things when disaster strikes.


Michael Waltrip is ready to spread the NASCAR message across the Atlantic Ocean as the two-time Daytona 500 champion makes his second appearance in front of 150,000 global motorsports enthusiasts at the 20thannual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

Waltrip will drive a 2012 No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota at the annual festival that features a hill climb by historic motor racing vehicles.

“It is so cool to fire up a NASCAR Sprint Cup car and see the reaction on the faces of everyone there,” said Waltrip recalling his 2010 trip to Goodwood. “You wouldn’t believe all of the people who are interested in NASCAR in jolly old England. For many of them, this is as close as they’ll ever be to a Sprint Cup race. I’m honored they asked me to make a few runs and it’s also cool that (Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner) Rob Kauffman will make some runs too.”

The Goodwood Festival has become one of the largest and most diverse motorsports events in the world. The festival includes everything from modern concept cars to historical vehicles dating back to 1902, along with racecars from all disciplines. NASCAR stock cars, Formula 1 Grand Prix racers, Le Mans style cars and various forms of motorcycles will all make their run up the hill at Goodwood.

Waltrip said sharing his and NASCAR’s history is important as the sport grows globally. In 2010 Waltrip drove a No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS car at Goodwood painted like the car he drove to Daytona 500 victories in 2001 and 2003.

The No. 15 Waltrip will drive in England this month won three races in 2012 and finished second in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with Clint Bowyer behind the wheel.

Waltrip races a part-time Sprint Cup schedule that includes four superspeedway races in 2013. In addition to his network television work, he devotes nearly all of his attention to his Michael Waltrip Racing team that fields Sprint Cup cars for drivers Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and a car shared by Waltrip, Mark Martin and Brian Vickers.

Some of NASCAR’s most famous names like Waltrip’s brother Darrell Waltrip, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Smokey Yunick also made appearances at Goodwood since the festival’s inception in 1993.

MWR’s participation in international racing events is part of a worldwide business strategy and a way to promote the team on a global stage. MWR’s international effort has included appearances in events like Goodwood and Toyota Motorsports Festival in Japan as well as fielding entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona plus races in Dubai, Bahrain, Shanghai, Spa, and Road Atlanta among others.

Waltrip will leave for England on July 11. Follow updates on Waltrip’s Goodwood trip on Twitter at @mw55 and Instagram @mwr55.


Erik Jones, who will make his third of five starts for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra in Saturday night's American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway, believes that the "third times a charm." After posting top-10 finishes in his track debuts at both Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway earlier this year, the rookie heads west for this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event, a track he is familiar with, in hopes of picking up where he left off more than three months ago.

In 2012 Jones visited Iowa Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series where, despite feeling under the weather, qualified sixth and was racing for the win until a late-race spin forced him to settle for an 11th-place finish. Although, Friday's practice session at the .875- mile track will be Jones first time on the track in a truck, the 17-year-old driver is confident he will pick up where he left off and he and his KBM team can focus more on getting the truck race ready.


During Jones' three-month hiatus from the NCWTS, he was able to get behind the wheel of an ARCA car at Pocono (P.A.) Raceway with Venturini Motorsports. Starting in the fifth position, Jones took the lead from nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel after 23 laps and maintained the lead for over a quarter of the race. However, just after the halfway point, Jones was forced to restart at the tail end of the longest line due to a fuel miscalculation. With 20 laps remaining, Jones charged through the field and against all odds finished second.


Before climbing back behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra this weekend at Iowa, Jones will take part in the ARCA Midwest Tour's Howie Lettow 150 at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 9 in his family-owned late model. This is only Jones second late model appearance since beating now owner, Kyle Busch, for the win in the prestigious Snowball Derby.




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