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Martinsville Speedway’s grandstands will be open to fans free-of-charge for an August 7 and 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Goodyear tire test at the historic half-mile oval. The test will feature the new 2013 Sprint Cup cars.
Drivers expected to be taking part in the tire test include Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.
The test session will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with an hour break at noon. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each of the two days and will remain open until 5 p.m.
Restrooms will be open both days, but concession stands will not be operating. Fans may bring refreshments into the grandstands.
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In a live press event at Pocono Raceway, Heisman Trophy Trustee, Jim Corcoran accompanied by Heisman Trophy winners, George Rogers (1980, University of South Carolina) and Tim Brown (1987, University of Notre Dame), announced today that Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, has been selected as the seventh recipient of The Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award will be formally presented to Gordon at the 78th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 10, 2012 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
The Heisman Trust’s mission is to preserve the integrity of the Heisman Trophy and to provide opportunities for underserved youth and other members of our society. Since the Trust assumed stewardship of the Heisman Trophy in 2001 it has made donations in excess of four million dollars to over 200 charities throughout the country, affecting countless children. The Heisman Humanitarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize those in the world of sports who give significantly of themselves to serve their communities and to improve the lives of others.
Gordon has established himself as one of the most recognizable drivers in the world as a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion; a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 and a four-time winner of the Brickyard 400. The leukemia diagnosis of Gordon’s crew chief’s (Ray Evernham) son in 1992 inspired Gordon to establish his foundation in hopes of helping children facing critical illness to realize their dreams. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation began as a small mission for one child, but has grown into an organization that has raised more than 11 million dollars for children’s charities over the years.
The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation’s mission is to support children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patient’s quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. Gordon went on to open the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, North Carolina, in hopes that it will serve as a model to other communities who want to provide the highest quality of care to all their children, regardless of their ability to pay.
"NASCAR fans know Jeff Gordon as one of the greatest drivers in the history of stock car racing, but to a multitude of children and families facing pediatric cancer, he is something far greater: an ally in their battle to live. Jeff's selfless actions through the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation exemplify all the attributes we look for in a Heisman Humanitarian honoree," said William J. Dockery, Heisman Trophy Trust President. "The Heisman Trophy Trust is honored to have Jeff become the newest Heisman Humanitarian and join a stellar group of athletes that are truly making a difference in the world.
As part of the award, The Heisman Trophy Trust will donate $50,000 to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.
Gordon’s primary sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the AARP Foundation’s "Drive to End Hunger" – an initiative that seeks to eradicate hunger for nine million people 50+. To date, the program has donated more than 12.9 million meals and driven donor commitments with an expected value of $16.9 million.
Gordon joins an exemplary group of former Heisman Humanitarian winners that includes, Joey Cheek, Olympic speed skating gold medalist, for his dedication and contributions to the children of Darfur; George Martin, former defensive end of The New York Giants, who walked across America to raise funds for rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero after 9/11; Pat LaFontaine, former NHL star who, through his Companions in Courage Foundation, helped to build interactive playrooms in Children’s hospitals to keep young patients connected to family and friends; Mia Hamm, world-renowned soccer player; who raises funds and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants and continuing the growth in opportunities for young women in sports; Warrick Dunn, former NFL running back, who has provided
homes for single parent families to honor his mother’s memory; and Marty Lyons, University of Alabama and New York Jets defensive tackle, whose foundation fulfills the special wishes of children with terminal or life threatening illness.
Tickets to the 78th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner are available for purchase at www.Heisman.com. The Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner is the only event during Heisman Weekend that is open to the public.
TMone will return to Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The business process outsourcing (BPO) company will support the team in an associate partnership with the No. 10 Chevrolet driven by David Reutimann and primary partnership with the No. 36 @TMone C.R.M. Hiring Veterans Chevrolet driven by Tony Raines.
TMone, pronounced T-M-one, is a semi-rural provider of domestic business services and customer relationship management (CRM) outsourcing. TMone is seeking to hire over 150 Veterans immediately for full-time, permanent positions for its U.S.A. Outsourcing OperationsTMone’s employer commitment is part of the Hiring Our Heroes initiative from and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a nationwide campaign to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
Listed as one of Inc Magazines’s Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the USA for five years, is TMone seasoned in recruiting, staffing and training but admits there is a gap in executing the Veterans Hiring Initiative. Therefore, TMone is seeking the assistance from non-profit groups to achieve the target by 2013 and looks forward to new partnerships to ensure that permanent positions are filled. Partnerships discussions include but are not limited to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), RecruitMilitary, The American Legion, the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
All of TMone’s jobs are filled in the Heartland of America. TMone’s growth is a direct result of supporting some of the biggest brands in the NASCAR garage. TMone helps service and support other company’s customers so Fortune 1000 clients can focus their human capital on their core businesses, which in return drives jobs internally and externally.
“We committed to hiring as many Veterans as possible and NASCAR is a great way to find them,” said TMone Co-Founder and President Anthony Marlowe. “They are the most respectful and professional people I have ever met and are proven leaders and representatives for our client’s brands.”
TMone has sponsored one or more cars in all 20 NSCS races this season. The company has teamed up with TBR for nearly half those events, including a primary partnership at Kentucky Speedway, Indianapolis Motor 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 in July when he tallied an 11th-place finish.
“TMone continues to be a supportive partner for us,” explained Tommy Baldwin. “Their initiative to hire veterans is very commendable, and we are thrilled to help them spread the word this weekend at Pocono.”
Reutimann will hit the “Tricky Triangle” this weekend for the Pennsylvania 400 Sunday, August 5.
Jealousy may soon hit the drivers in the NASCAR garage area. On Saturday, Aug. 11, race fans with tickets to any BMS racing event during IRWIN Tools Night Race Week will be allowed to drive their own vehicle around the revamped concrete surface, an advantage any NASCAR driver surely would enjoy.
Those with tickets to the IRWIN Tools Night Race, the Food City 250 or the UNOH Perfect Storm Doubleheader can come to BMS from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 for an open house to showcase the Bristol high banks. After showing their tickets, fans will line up behind the Official BMS Pace Car for laps around the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”
In addition to track laps, Camping World Truck Series competitor Ty Dillon will be on hand from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to provide ride-along laps to several lucky fans in a street truck. Fans can register for the opportunity to ride with Dillon, who also will sign autographs at the event. This is the perfect chance for fans to experience the exhilaration of rocketing around BMS. Several prizes will be up for grabs during the event as well.
Those without tickets should not fret, however, as they will be available to purchase on site. The day also is the perfect opportunity for fans to take advantage of special locals’ ticket pricing for the UNOH Perfect Storm Doubleheader, which features the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 and the Whelen Modified UNOH Perfect Storm 150.
Race fans who live in the immediate areas surrounding the track can purchase UNOH Doubleheader tickets for just $20. Residents of Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Johnson, Greene and Unicoi Counties in Tennessee and Washington, Scott, Lee, Smyth, Grayson, Russell and Wise Counties in Virginia are eligible for local pricing. Fans should have their driver’s license with them to verify their residency.
Danica Patrick, driver of the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, will appear for a question-and-answer session in the Monster Mile Club at 11 a.m. before the Sept. 30 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Joining Patrick on the schedule for the morning’s Q&A sessions are two-time Dover winner Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Best Buy Ford, and three-time winner at the Monster Mile Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet.
Patrick, one of the most recognizable figures in all of sports, is running a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for the first time this season in the No.7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, as well as a limited, 10-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. The Sunday, Sept. 30 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile serves as one of those 10 races.
Fans in the Monster Mile Club will have the opportunity to hear all about Patrick’s experiences in both series this year, a recap of her performance in the Sept. 29 “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the day prior, her plans to jump into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2013 and much more.
The Monster Mile Club opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 with a continental breakfast. Trackside Access begins at 8:30 a.m. with the hosted question-and-answer sessions with Patrick, Kenseth and Newman following later in the morning. An all-you-can-eat lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until the start of the “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 2 p.m., at which point the Monster Mile Club will close.
Dover Motorsports PR
NASCAR fans in Dover can save on tickets to the upcoming AAA 400 on Sept. 30 with the Walmart Family Track Pack. The $99 package gives families four race tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and one program – a total savings of more than $100.
"We are making races affordable and accessible for fans," said Rand Waddoups, senior director, Entertainment Properties and Brands, Walmart. "The Walmart Family Track Pack is a great value that gives local fans a way to take their whole family to the track together."
On June 3, 2012, Jimmie Johnson won his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway tying Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most wins all-time at the Monster Mile.
The Walmart Family Track Pack is available online at www.walmart.com/NASCAR and in Ticketmaster kiosks in select stores.
Race Time 2012 at Walmart
In addition to the fan events happening in Walmart parking lots, area Walmart stores will feature savings on all the food and snacks you need to enjoy the race, plus authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with an even bigger selection of exclusive products available at Walmart.com/NASCAR.
Beginning Sept. 26, select Walmart stores near the Dover International Speedway will host NASCAR fan events featuring real stock racing car displays, and racing simulator machines – perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR.
Additionally, Walmart stores will feature savings on authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with even more items available on Walmart.com/NASCAR.
Participating stores near the Dover International Speedway include:
705 Middletown Warwick Road
939 N. Dupont Blvd.
263 Walmart Drive
36 Jerome Drive
Glory Foods, Inc. Launches "Race To Feeding America'' Campaign With NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers David Ragan And David Gilliland
Representatives of Glory Foods, Inc., have announced the company's sponsorship of a series of NASCAR races in which food and funds will be donated through its "Race To Feeding America" campaign to Feeding America – the nation's premier domestic hunger-relief charity – to support child hunger efforts.
An initial donation of 43,000 pounds of canned goods from Glory Foods was made to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, N.C., a Feeding America food bank.
"We believe our 'Race To Feeding America' campaign will help Feeding America get food to children in need across the country," said Dan Charna, vice president of operations for Glory Foods. "Nearly 16 million children in the United States don't know where their next meal is coming from. Glory Foods wants to do what it can to reduce those numbers and help ensure no child goes to bed hungry."
Charna said Glory Foods is sponsoring Front Row Motorsports entries in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in Atlanta, Bristol, Tenn., and Charlotte and will donate to Feeding America enough money and canned food products to exceed its campaign goal of 500,000 meals to children nationwide.
"We want NASCAR fans to join us in helping Feeding America get food to children who are in need so they can get the nourishment required to grow and flourish," Charna said. "They can go to the campaign's website, www.racetofeedingamerica.org, to make a donation to Feeding America. Or, they may support the cause by donating to local Feeding America food banks in the race cities."
Glory Foods' sponsorship program includes primary sponsorship of two Front Row Motorsports entries: the No. 34 of David Ragan and the No. 38 of David Gilliland. The sponsorship includes a special head-to-head challenge for the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"My teammate, David Gilliland, and I want to heighten awareness about the issue of child hunger right here in our own country," Ragan said. "In doing so, I hope we all become better stewards to children, one meal at a time."
If either driver wins in Charlotte, Glory Foods will donate $1 million to Feeding America.
Glory Foods PR
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.
Martinsville Speedway PR
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.
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.”