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HANS® Performance Products, the inventors of the head and neck restraint, today announced the HANS Adjustable – a revolutionary new safety device.

The HANS Adjustable, which meets the SFI Foundation’s Spec. 38.1 for head and neck restraints, enables all drivers to purchase a HANS with full confidence of a comfortable fit no matter what type of car or racing seat they use. Previously, customers ordered a HANS Device in a fixed angle according to the driver’s physical size and type of seating position in the car -- such as an upright seat in stock cars or a reclined seat in open-wheel machines.

“Because it’s adjustable in five-degree increments, this new HANS will improve the fit and comfort for all racers,” said HPP co-founder Jim Downing. “Our goal is to bring the award-winning safety of HANS to all drivers in any type of car, especially the weekend warriors who too often put themselves and their families at risk.

A study conducted by the Charlotte Observer found that racing deaths in the U.S. actually increased in the decade after Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s fatal accident at Daytona in 2001 due to fatalities on weekly short tracks and drag strips.

“We believe the new HANS is going to create another revolution in head and neck restraints, especially for the weekend warrior,” said Downing. “For over a decade, the HANS has demonstrated its ground-breaking safety technology all over the world in all types of crashes, including multiple impacts and oblique impacts. The HANS Adjustable is another huge step forward. There’s no reason why every driver should not be wearing a HANS head and neck restraint.”

The HANS Adjustable is eligible for use in most U.S. racing series.  NASCAR, which conducts its own evaluations, currently has the HANS Adjustable under consideration for approval. After passing all the required strength tests, the new device is under final consideration by the safety committee of the FIA, the international sanctioning body.

Priced at $795, the HANS Adjustable sustains HPP’s reputation as a leader in motor racing safety technology. The new device is made by an injection molded process using a metal alloy before a fire-resistant nylon coating is applied. Metal fasteners that employ Spiralock® technology enable a driver to adjust the legs of the HANS to alter the angle of the collar in five-degree increments.  A detailed description of the latest HANS and technical details can be found here.

The new device joins a product line including the HANS Professional, used by pro drivers worldwide, and the HANS Sport II models.  See more about the HANS devices on Facebook at “HANS Performance Products” and follow HPP on Twitter @professorhans.

HPP PR

The Build Your Future campaign’s sponsored NASCAR driver David Starr and the Arrington Racing team head to the Chicagoland Speedway.  Starr will make his 300thTruck Series start at the 1.5 – mile speedway for the American Ethanol 225 on Saturday night. 

The veteran driver is proud to be racing in his 300th career race with the support of many of his friends and sponsors.  Starr is 5th on the list for career starts in the Truck Series.

Starr is currently 16th in points for the season and finished in 28th place during last week’s American Ethanol 200 at the Iowa Speedway after mechanical issues ended hisrace early.

Several new sponsors have joined in this week to help David celebrate his 300th start including:  Niece Equipment, Thoroughbred Contractors, LLC, Jerry Squires, HR Fix, Aubrey Health Mart Pharmacy, ASC Environmental Services, John Avary with Light Tower Rentals, Don Hanvey with Oil Interests Inc., BRG Motorsports, A – Affordable Office Furniture, RedTopRacing.net, and season supporter the Build Your Future campaign and NCCER. 

“Everyone involved with NCCER is excited to congratulate David on his 300th NASCAR race and we are pleased to play a small role in helping David to achieve this significant accomplishment!” stated Don Whyte, president of NCCER. “David is an outstanding ambassador for Career and Technical Education through the Build Your Future campaign, and NCCER is proud to be associated with David and the Arrington Racing Team.”

In the 2012 NCWTS season, Starr races with primary sponsorship from longtime supporter San Antonio-based Zachry Holdings, Inc. Other sponsors throughout the season include:  AdvoCare, Striping Technologies, Chasco Constructors, and fentonmotors.com.

TCAI PR

Fans can enjoy the color and excitement of NASCAR and get geared up for the inaugural Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard through the fourth annual Hauler Parade on Thursday, July 26 on Main Street in Speedway, Ind.

The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. Admission is free.

A parade of more than 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers - the large, colorful trucks carrying stock cars to and from the track during the season - will arrive on Main Street starting at 6 p.m. Haulers will park in two lines on Main Street between 10th and 15th Streets, giving fans an up-close look.

Legendary NASCAR team owner Leonard Wood is the grand marshal of the Hauler Parade. Defending "400" winner Paul Menard will join Wood as a special guest in the parade. Menard also will receive his 2011 Brickyard 400 winner's ring on the Hauler Parade Stage on Main Street in Speedway.

Another featured guest is Troy, Ala., paramedic and fire fighter Curtiss Shaver, the hero who received naming rights to the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, July 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Shaver will be incorporated into a series of VIP activities throughout the race weekend that also will honor America's unsung heroes.

Other fun activities include live music, a question-and-answer session with Wood, an appearance by Miss Sprint Cup, a media pit stop challenge and an autograph session with selected NASCAR and GRAND-AM Road Racing drivers.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series and two GRAND-AM series will race at IMS for the first time during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, with the Hauler Parade taking place Thursday evening after a full afternoon of Nationwide Series practice at IMS.

NASCAR and GRAND-AM race cars will be on display. Kids can have fun at the IMS Kids Club area, featuring a bounce house, face painters, creative projects and appearances by IMS Kids Club mascots Axel and Alley.

Dawson's On Main restaurant and other local eateries will have food and beverages available for purchase throughout the event. Parking will be available on Speedway town streets west of Main and also at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's gravel Main Gate Parking Lot, located on the south side of 16th Street, east of the Speedway gas station.

A variety of vendors will participate in the Hauler Parade, including BlueMile, Miles Ahead Performance, the 500 Festival, Scorpion and Turf, Coke Recycling, GRAND-AM, NASCAR Nationwide and more. IMS race tickets also can be purchased at the Hauler Parade.

Fans also can watch the haulers parade north on Main Street and east on 16th Street at 8 p.m., as they depart the Hauler Parade single-file and enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Also taking place during the Hauler Parade is the inaugural Hauler Hustle 4K at the Brickyard run/walk, which requires a registration fee for participation. Visit http://iwant2run.com/Hauler_Hustle_4K.html for more information about the Hauler Hustle 4K at the Brickyard.

The complete Hauler Parade schedule:

5-6 p.m.          Live Music by Corey Cox (Hauler Parade Stage, Main Street, Speedway)
6 p.m.             NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Haulers Arrive on Main Street
6:15 p.m.        Question-and-answer session with Leonard Wood (Hauler Parade Stage)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Hauler Hustle 4K at the Brickyard footrace (registration fee required)
6:45-7:15 p.m. NASCAR, GRAND-AM Autograph Session
6:45-7:45 p.m. Media Pit Stop Challenge
8-9 p.m.          Live Music by Toy Factory (Hauler Parade Stage)

IMS PR

The Band Perry will headline a live performance Sunday, July 29 before the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The lineup also includes several other country artists on the Big Machine Label Group roster.

One of the most popular and accomplished groups to hit the country music scene in years, The Band Perry will play a pre-race mini concert on the IMS main straightaway prior to the 1 p.m. start of the 19th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Other stars performing between 8:30-11 a.m. on Race Morning at IMS include Justin Moore, Sunny Sweeney, Greg Bates and The Mavericks, whose lead singer Raul Malo will sing the national anthem. These performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.

The Band Perry: Featuring an eclectic sound that combines classic country music with elements of rock, gospel and soul, The Band Perry's music is recognized for its perfect three-part harmonies. The group's self-titled debut album was released by Republic Nashville in October 2010 and was certified platinum one year later. While touring this summer, the sibling trio is writing and recording its second album. Recent honors for The Band Perry include a 2012 Grammy nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. In 2011, the group was named New Artist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

The Mavericks: A country music band formed in 1989, The Mavericks placed more than a dozen songs on the Billboard country charts, which included the 1996 smash hit "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down," "Here Comes The Rain" and "Dance The Night Away." The band has won numerous accolades, including Academy of Country Music Awards as Top New Vocal Group and Top Vocal Group in 1994 and as the Top Vocal Group in 1995 as well as a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. In 2003, the band members split up to pursue other musical interests but reunited recently and signed with The Valory Music Co. before kicking off a 2012 tour.

Justin Moore: Recognized for his high-energy live performances, Justin Moore is wasting little time in climbing the ladder to superstardom. Moore has toured with some of the biggest names in country music, including Trace Adkins and Luke Bryan, and he also appeared on "The Rowdy Frynds Tour" with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. in 2008. He was named Billboard "New Country Artist of 2009" and received nominations for the 2010 CMT Music Awards "Nationwide On Your Side" Award for emerging artists and the Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Artist of 2010. His hometown anthem release of "Small Town USA" hit No. 1 on the country charts, as Moore became the first solo artist to have a song from a debut album climb to No. 1 since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" in 2007.

Greg Bates: Up-and-coming country star Greg Bates is a talented singer, guitarist and songwriter who just released his self-titled EP, making a major-label debut on Republic Nashville. A Nashville native who found inspiration by studying country superstars Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam and Alan Jackson, Bates worked on his musical career while majoring in music business at Belmont University.

Sunny Sweeney: Sassy singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney recently celebrated her 30th performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage, since debuting in 2007. Over the course of her career, she has not only remained true to her traditional roots while appealing to a contemporary audience but has shared the stage with country icons Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams Jr., as well as today's hot superstars like Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker. Throughout the summer, Sweeney will open several dates for Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann and Miranda Lambert. She is currently writing new material the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed album, "CONCRETE," which was released in 2011 on Republic Nashville. Sweeney penned seven of the 10 tracks, including "From A Table Away," which is the highest-charting debut single for a female country artist since Taylor Swift more than four years ago.

The 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com will be the climactic event of the inaugural Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. Curtiss Shaver, a firefighter and certified EMT, recently was revealed as the namesake of the race during a ceremonial laying of bricks in his hometown of Troy, Ala. He also will be incorporated into a series of VIP activities throughout the race weekend that also will honor America's unsung heroes.

The weekend schedule also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series racing in the Indiana 250 Saturday, July 28 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 27 on the 13-turn IMS Grand Prix road course.

It will be the first time in IMS history that races will take place on the 2.5-mile oval and 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course during the same weekend, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will make their IMS debuts.

IMS PR

Today, at a press conference outside the House of Blues in Chicago, NASCAR® announced the launch of the inaugural interactive fan event: NASCAR Contenders Live(SM)sponsored by Toyota and Sprint. The event will allow fans to interact directly with the 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders at the House of Blues on Wednesday, Sept.12 at 1:30 p.m.

Present at the announcement of the launch were Joe Gibbs Racing driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry Kyle Busch; Toyota National Manager of Motorsports and Engagement Marketing Keith Dahl; NASCAR Senior Director of Partnership Marketing Lou Garate; Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock and 2012 Miss Sprint Cup Jaclyn Roney.

NASCAR Contenders Live(SM) sponsored by Toyota and Sprint will signify the start of the most intense and competitive time of the NASCAR season, the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™. The 12 Chase contenders will interact onstage with NASCAR’s biggest supporters – the fans – and share their strategies and insight on how they plan to win the ultimate prize: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ championship. 

This is an extremely rare opportunity for NASCAR fans as it will be the first time the top-12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ drivers will be in one room at the same time answering fan questions.

In conjunction with the event launch, the first NASCARContenders Live(SM) sponsored by Toyota and Sprint Sweepstakes kicks off today by giving fans a chance to win an ultimate package that includes a 2012 Toyota Camry SE, two tickets to the first-ever NASCAR Contenders Live(SM) sponsored by Toyota and Sprint fan event, two VIP tickets and two VIP passes to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 16, a one-year subscription to SiriusXM Satellite radio and $500 cash.

Fans can visit www.NASCAR.com/ContendersLive to enter the “Contenders Live” Sweepstakes until August 30th at 3:00 p.m. ET. Additionally, fans can visit the site to purchase tickets to NASCAR Contenders Live(SM) sponsored by Toyota and Sprint beginning on July 27.

“NASCAR has the most passionate fans in all of sports,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president of partnership marketing and business solutions. “What better way to kick off the Chase than with an event that gives fans exclusive access inside a room with the sports’ top 12 drivers. This also serves as a unique program for Toyota and Sprint who support the sport heavily.”

“Contenders Live on September 12 provides Toyota with an exceptional platform from which to partner with NASCAR, and the visibility to interface with the sport’s enthusiastic fan base,” said Dahl. “Toyota has connected with fans in many different ways since we began competing in NASCAR in 2004, and this event will provide still another opportunity for fans to get a glimpse behind-the-scenes.”

"We always strive to deliver experiences to fans that create memories that will last a lifetime, and this event will do just that,” said Tim Considine, director of sports and entertainment marketing for Sprint. “NASCAR’s most important asset is the fans as they are the most loyal in all of sports. NASCAR Contenders Live will bring fans an incredible opportunity to interact with this season’s top drivers as we kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in Chicago.”

“We are privileged to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in Chicago this September, and NASCAR Contenders Live will provide our fans with unprecedented access to the sport’s best and brightest as they begin their run towards the championship,” said Paddock. “The addition of Contenders Live to an already exhilarating Chase week lineup only adds to the excitement, which culminates on Sunday with the GEICO 400 and the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”

NASCAR PR

Max Q Motorsports (MQM) Owner Larry Gunselman announced today that MQM and Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) have formed a technical alliance. J.J. Yeley will be the driver of the MQM No. 37 entry effective immediately.
 
“Max Q has been trying to put itself in position get back into the ‘Cup series and be competitive,” explained Gunselman. “Tommy and I got to talking and he explained where he want his program to go. He would like to build his program like the Hendrick, RCR and Roush teams by selling cars and engineering to make their program better, and that is something that I been looking to do to get my program to the next level.”
 
TBR competed with two teams this season in the NSCS. The team, formed in 2009, also started a NASCAR Nationwide team this season, running a partial schedule.
 
“The only way we are going to get better is to be able to get our product out there more and have different people working on it,” Tommy Baldwin said. “I'm confident that with the group of guys Larry is assembling along with J. J. behind the wheel it will benefit both teams.”

TBR PR

Mention the words “candy apple red” to even a casual race fan and the next thing to come to mind is the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford, or sometimes the Wood Brothers Mercury.

The connection between car and color became so strong over the years, that even long after the team switched to a metal-flake red in 1971, most people still referred to the red color as candy apple. Many people today still refer to the red on the Wood’s Ford Fusion as candy apple.

The moment Trevor Bayne pulls the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week, the Wood Brothers’ car will be sporting the true iconic colors.

The car will be in the throwback colors to honor long-time crew chief and engine builder Leonard Wood and his election into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wood’s picture appears on the hood of the car along with the Hall of Fame logo.

Leonard Wood, who still works with the family team, said that every time he walks by the car it catches his eye.

“It’s beautiful, really nice looking,” he said.

Having him honored at the Brickyard also has special meaning for the man many consider one of the smartest ever to walk through the gate of a NASCAR garage. It was at the 1965 Indianapolis 500 that Wood and his family team worked the pits for Jim Clark and helped deliver Clark and Ford their first win in auto racing’s premier event.

It’s also fitting that the candy apple colors will draw attention to the various candy colors that first appeared on the cars backed by Ford Motor Company midway through the 1963 season.  The idea for the paint schemes came directly from Jacque Passino, who at the time, was the director of Ford’s world-wide racing effort. 

Eddie Wood, a current co-owner of the team, has been fascinated with the distinct shade of red, which is based on the red caramelized sugar coating found on candied apples, since he first saw it on his family’s race car.

“I was 11 years old then, about the age when I really started noticing a lot of the details about the race cars and how they were painted,” he said. “I remember it well.”

Wood went on to explain that putting a lot of detail and planning into a paint scheme wasn’t nearly as common in those days as it is today.

It wasn’t just the Woods who had colorful cars in ’63. Ned Jarrett’s cars were painted candy blue while Fireball Roberts’ cars were candy lavender. Tiny Lund drove a car painted candy tangerine  and Fred Lorenzen’s Holman-Moody Ford was pearl white, another shade in the candy family.

Several drivers, including Hall of Famers Glen Wood and Ned Jarrett, ended their driving careers in cars painted in their respective candy colors.

Wood, a serious student of the history of the sport, has long wondered about the origins of the candy colored paint schemes. To find out, he went straight to the source. He found Passino’s contact information from his mother’s Christmas card list, picked up the phone, and gave him a call. Passino, now 91, answered on the first ring and was ready to talk.

“He said he was having trouble following his cars around the race track because so many of them looked so much alike,” Wood said. “So he had them painted candy colors.”

Passino also told Wood that he worked with famed car customizer George Barris, who had done work for Ford on the paint schemes.

“I was delighted to get to talk to Mr. Passino and get the story from him,” Wood said. “It’s been a mystery to me for a long time.”

The original candy apple paint scheme was run in the series now known as Sprint Cup by four drivers – Marvin Panch, Dan Gurney, Dave MacDonald, and team founder Glen Wood, who ran his last Cup race, at Starkey, Va., with that color. Sonny Hutchins and Donnie Allison also drove a Wood Brothers Modified 1937 Ford Coupe painted candy apple red.

The Woods ran that paint scheme until the end of the 1966 season, and then began painting their cars white on the bottom.  They kept the candy apple red on top through the driving tenures of Curtis Turner and Cale Yarborough.

In the days before decals and wraps, the Woods painted their numbers white, and the first version of the candy apple car had an orange border around the number. Leonard Wood didn’t particularly like the look of that so the border was changed to black, and around 1964 a gold border was added.

Back in the day, Ophus Agnew applied the candy apple paint to the Woods’ Ford. The latest paint job is the work of Mike “Andretti” Smith.

Eddie Wood, who has done some painting himself in the past, said Smith nailed the paint job, which can be a difficult one.

“You never know how it’s going to come out,” he said. “It can be too dark or too light or have streaks, but it came out just perfect.”

Wood Brothers Racing PR

As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes it’s way across the country, Ross Chastain and the SS Green Light Racing team have partnered with another local association to help promote the benefits of the delicious, juicy fruit that is grown throughout the country as the Illiana Watermelon Association (Illinois and Indiana) have joined to support the young farmer from Florida on Saturday night in the American Ethanol 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway.

While the SS Green Light Racing team has spent the week in the Midwest following last week’s event at the Iowa Speedway preparing for this Saturday’s race, Ross has been busy visiting retailers helping to promote the most consumed melon in the United States.

“I’m having a real good time, we’re doing promotions in the Chicago area,” Chastain said. “We’ve had the Illiana Watermelon Queen and we’ve been visiting Jewel-Osco stores giving away free watermelon. It’s been so hot and dry here in the Midwest, there is nothing better than fresh watermelon to cool you down.”

The return to the Chicagoland Speedway is an annual homecoming for team owner Bobby Dotter who grew-up racing the short tracks in the Midwest and there will be plenty of friends and family joining the SS Green Light team for the American Ethanol 225.

“I’m sure there are plenty of people coming to see Bobby,” Ross continued. “I haven’t seen the guest list, I think it’s pretty big this week; there are a bunch of people from the Illiana Watermelon Association coming to Saturday’s race.”

Chastain has never raced at the Chicagoland Speedway but is looking forward to some better luck than the first few races this season on mile-and-a half speedways where mechanical gremlins have slowed the No. 08 Toyota on several occasions. “I’ve never been to Chicago before,” he added. “I got to see it when we parked the motorhome, but I’ve never been out on the track. We have the same truck we ran at Kentucky, you never know how that race would have turned out if we didn’t have troubles but the truck felt real good, it should be good here.”

“We’re going to have four different Watermelon Queens at the track this weekend. The Illiana board will have a booth in the midway and we’ll have the National Queen, the Illiana Queen as well as Florida and South Carolina Queens and they’ll all be handing out watermelon this weekend.”

The American Ethanol 228 is the 280th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the fifteenth career start for Chastain in the Truck Series. Ross has an average starting spot of 21.9 and an average finish of 21.6 including two top-ten finishes in his previous starts.

There are 36 trucks on the entry list for the American Ethanol 225, which will prelude the NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway. Johnny Chapman is set to pilot the No. 07 for SS Green Light Racing.

Practice for the American Ethanol 225 will be Friday, July 20th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, July 21st there will be two laps of qualifying at 2:35 p.m. and the green flag will fly in the American Ethanol 225at 7:00 p.m. All times Central. The race will be shown live on SPEED TV and will also be broadcast live via on the Motor Racing Network and on SIRIUS Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 128-XM104.

SS Green Light Racing PR

Fans that call RV Lot 10 home on race weekend will be quite surprised to see that it's undergoing a major makeover this week and will be rebranded as The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway on July 20-22 for the inaugural Firefly Music Festival, presented by Red Frog Events.

With 48 national musical acts set to perform on four stages throughout the grounds, including The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White, John Legend and more, RV Lot 10 will sport quite a different look than what fans are used to on race weekend.

In addition to the four stages, there will be a host of amenities in The Woodlands for festival goers this weekend, and Firefly's economic impact on the First State is projected to reach more than $8 million.

To learn about all that's happening in The Woodlands for the Firefly Music Festival this weekend, click here.

Dover Motorsports PR

Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race, the 2012 Ford EcoBoost 400, at Homestead-Miami Speedway has been moved to Friday, November 16.  Gatorade Pole Qualifying is now set for 6:10 p.m. Friday during Ford Championship Weekend.  It was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Qualifying returns to the more traditional Friday and rounds-out that day’s activities. Friday’s NASCAR on-track schedule now includes: Nationwide Series practice (10:00 a.m.), Camping World Truck Series final practice (11:00), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Pole qualifying (6:10 p.m.), and the Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 (8:00 p.m.).  The change in days also means fans at the track Saturday will be able to watch two separate Sprint Cup practices in the same afternoon – one starting at 1:00 and another at 3:00.

“This is great news for our fans attending the races,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer.  “On Friday, fans can watch the Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 qualifying, followed minutes later by the Camping World Truck Series championship race – all at the most affordable prices of the weekend.  Then, Saturday, they can watch the final Sprint Cup Series practices of the year, followed by the Nationwide Series championship race.”

In terms of competition, it allows for greater consistency from track to track for Sprint Cup Series teams and provides the opportunity to focus on qualifying separate from race set ups for the cars.

The Ford Championship Weekend schedule is as follows (all times listed are local EDT):

 

Friday, November 16:

9:00 a.m. ET                 Gates open for fans

10:00-10:50                  NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice

11:00-1:00 p.m.             NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Final Practice

1:30-3:00                      NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice

3:10-4:20                      NASCAR Nationwide Series Final Practice

4:30                              NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying (TV: SPEED)

6:10                              NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Pole Qualifying (TV: SPEED)

8:00                              NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 (TV: SPEED; Radio:  MRN)

 

Saturday, November 17

11:00 a.m.                    Gates open for fans

11:35                            NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying (TV: SPEED)

1:00-2:00 p.m.              NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice

3:00-3:50                      NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice

4:30pm                         NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 (TV: ESPN2; Radio: MRN)

 

Sunday, November 18

10:00 a.m.                    Gates open for fans

3:00 p.m.                      NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 (TV: ESPN; Radio: MRN)

 HMS PR