Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced today a promotional partnership with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews. The popular, casual dining restaurant chain, and RCR, the storied NASCAR racing organization are both celebrating 50 years of business this year.
 
Red Robin's marketing campaign, uniquely entitled "50 Years of YUMMM," will utilize RCR team and showcar assets in support of in-market events held at local Red Robin restaurant properties. In addition, the brand will utilize a custom-built food truck to sample their famous steak fries both at in-market events, as well as at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway during upcoming NASCAR race weekends.
 
"Red Robin is proud to celebrate 50 years in business this year and it makes it even more special to mark our milestone alongside RCR who shares a long, rich history," said Denny Marie Post, president and chief executive officer of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews. "We look forward to bringing our beloved Bottomless Steak Fries(TM) to racing fans in the coming weeks to give them a taste of what made Red Robin famous."
 
"It seems only fitting for Red Robin and RCR to partner in 2019 with both our companies celebrating our golden anniversaries," said Torrey Galida, President of RCR. "We're thrilled to align ourselves with an iconic brand in Red Robin as well as to support their 50th Anniversary campaign."
 
More information about Red Robin's 50th Anniversary celebration can be found at redrobin.com/foreveryummm.html#Win50Years. For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit  rcrracing.com.
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NASCAR
Date Track Team/Member Level Infraction Remarks
3/20/2019 N/A Jeffery W. Merritt Behavioral Section 2.11.a Indefinite suspension from NASCAR

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date Track Team/Member Level Infraction Remarks
3/17/2019 (post-race inspection) Auto Club No. 11 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Chris Gabehart) has been fined $10,000.

In just over a week, short track racers from across North America will converge on Richmond Raceway for the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic. While a lot of the focus will be on the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models as they kick off the 2019 PASS National Championship season, that will be just a fraction of the nearly 400 laps of action fans will be able to see at Richmond next Saturday afternoon. In addition to the PASS Super Late Models, 40 ACT Late Models are currently entered, along with the return of the Tour-Type Modifieds to Richmond, and first-time trips for the MASS Street Stocks and NEMST Mini Stocks.

As of today, 50 Mini Stocks from up and down the Eastern Seaboard are set to try and qualify for their $1,000 to win, 25-lap race. And, like the ACT Late Models, the Mini Stocks will compete in heat races to set the starting lineup for the biggest field in NEMST history. While top southern runners like AJ Sanders, Shane Canipe, Michael Tucker, and Jesse Yopp look to defend their home turf, Rochester, NH's Josh Rheaume will be leading a strong contingent of New England 4-Cylinder racers.

"Being able to race at Richmond, as a Mini Stock racer, is unreal," says Rheaume. "When the news came out, we knew we had to make it happen. Last year we struggled a bit with a new engine and chassis package, but ended strong with a podium finish at the World Series. We are beyond grateful for PASS stepping up to put on the show, and NEMST for working with them to allow us Mini Stock racers from all over the country another 'once in a lifetime' chance to race at a facility like Richmond."

Like the Mini Stocks, a big field of nearly 40 MASS Street Stockers are currently entered for Richmond and the chance to win $2,000 at the end of their 40-lapper. Stantonsburg, NC's Greg Barnette has won numerous Street Stock races over his career and multiple track championships at Southern National and on dirt at County Line Raceway. Since 2016, Barnette has been a regular with the MASS Street Stocks and is honored to have the chance to compete at Richmond Raceway.

"To come from such humble and simple racing roots to racing at a Cup track is unbelievable," says Barnette, who will debut a new body and paint scheme on the BlackPearl Racing #8. "This is the big stage, this is where we want to shine bright as we battle the other stars of the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock series. It's a long road from the Carolina dirt tracks and junkyards to the big city lights of Richmond. I hope to see our #8 on that huge scoring pylon when we pull through the tunnel with this car we built in a barn."

The PASS Commonwealth Classic weekend will begin on Thursday, March 28 with optional hauler parking and safety inspection from 12 - 4 PM. On Friday, March 29, rotating practice for all competing divisions will be from 11 AM – 5 PM. And then on Saturday, March 30, pit gates at Richmond Raceway will open at 7 AM, with practice from 9 AM – 12 PM, qualifying at 1 PM, and racing set to start at around 4 PM

Entry forms and rules contacts for PASS Super Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, and MASS Street Stocks are also posted at ProAllStarsSeries.com. PASS Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedules the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com. Entry forms are also available for upcoming events at Thompson, Oxford Plains, Hickory, and the 46th Annual Oxford 250 at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

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The opening event for Texas Motor Speedway’s upcoming four-day NASCAR weekend will feature a NASCAR race car that has been rebuilt with adaptive systems, allowing spinal cord injured and disabled individuals to drive the car.
 
Falci Adaptive Motorsports, founded by Dr. Scott Falci, a renowned Denver-based neurosurgeon, will showcase cutting-edge technology to maximize the impact of bringing mobility to the disabled Thursday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to noon CDT at the 1.5-mile oval.
 
The NASCAR portion of the adaptive motorsports program with Furniture Row Racing support started four years ago. Furniture Row Racing built the race car while Dr. Falci and his team constructed and installed the technological components that allow disabled individuals to drive the car hands-and-foot free by a mere movement of the head and mouth which enables input to the car’s steering, accelerator and braking systems.
 
Military veterans, who have suffered catastrophic loss of limb injuries in war and now train at the Adaptive Training Foundation Gym located in Carrollton, Texas, will participate in the event and get their first opportunity to drive a race car at Texas Motor Speedway. The non-profit Adaptive Training Foundation was founded in September 2014 by former NFLer David Vobora.
 
“After seeing responses from the injured participants who drove the adaptive race car at its first event in Colorado I realized immediately if ever given the opportunity to help these people using the skills I have learned in NASCAR, I would take it,” said Joe Garone, former president of Furniture Row Racing. “That opportunity recently presented itself and thanks to Barney Visser, Spire Motorsports, and a host of others, I am now following what I believe is a calling that was laid square on my heart. Texas will be our first of multiple events this season during a NASCAR weekend.” 
 
Garone added, “I thank Dr. Scott Falci for the opportunity to help create an experience that brings awareness to the need of continued support, and development of new technologies that will provide freedom of mobility to the spinal cord injured and disabled community. We also want to extend a sincere thank you to Eddie Gossage at Texas Motor Speedway for giving us the opportunity to bring our program to one of the premier racing facilities in the country.”
 
Falci, who is the chief neurosurgeon at Craig Hospital in Denver said, “It brings a huge smile to my face just watching the joy of a participant after either driving or riding in the car at a NASCAR track. For me it is inspirational. We’re making progress and adaptive technology can really improve their lives.
 
“When you are spinal cord injured or suffered a loss of limb there are so many things you may not be able to do – walk, feed yourself, make a cell phone call or cook for yourself. So anything that can make their lives easier is extremely helpful. We are grateful to David Vobora and the Adaptive Training Foundation for their support of our upcoming Texas Motor Speedway event.”
 
Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway said, “There is no other way to explain what Dr. Falci and everyone at Falci Adaptive Motorsports has developed other than amazing. We’re honored for this year’s program to kick off at Texas Motor Speedway with a group of local veterans from the Adaptive Training Foundation whose continued courage and determination to achieve and not accept defeat is equally amazing.”

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Two beloved figures in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history have been elected to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame: two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, and longtime motorsports radio and television personality and IMS Public Address announcer Bob Jenkins.
The two were chosen from a ballot of 14 nominees by a distinguished panel of more than 140 auto racing journalists, participants and historians. Wheldon and Jenkins will be formally inducted into the elite group Thursday, May 23 at the 2019 IMS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Dinner, presented by Firestone, at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.
Wheldon was a favorite with fans and in the paddock and he was equally successful on the track. The Englishman earned 16 wins in 128 career NTT IndyCar Series starts, including the 2005 and 2011 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. After finishing second in the series championship to Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan in 2004, Wheldon earned the 2005 title with Andretti. He joined Chip Ganassi Racing in 2006 and tied Sam Hornish Jr. in points – but lost the championship on the tiebreaker (most wins).
Nicknamed “Lionheart,” Wheldon was a native of Emberton, Buckinghamshire, England, and despite his early upbringing in karts and junior road-racing series, he excelled on ovals and professed a great love and respect for the 2.5-mile IMS oval.
Wheldon tragically lost his life in a multicar crash during the season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 16, 2011.
Jenkins, who was born in Richmond, Indiana, and grew up in nearby Liberty, has been a familiar face and voice on national motorsports coverage since 1979, when he was one of the first on-air employees of a new cable sports network, ESPN.
Indiana University graduate Jenkins was the anchor for ESPN’s weekly “Thunder” series national broadcasts of USAC Sprint and Midget races all over the Midwest. Jenkins also anchored hundreds of NASCAR broadcasts, forming a popular team with former drivers Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett, on ESPN and ABC from 1979 until 2000, including the first seven Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard races.
After several years as a reporter for the IMS Radio Network, Jenkins was “The Voice of the 500,” serving as chief announcer for the global broadcast of the race, from 1990-98.
Jenkins later  anchored NTT IndyCar Series broadcasts on the Versus network (now NBCSN) and retired as an anchor in 2012. He continues to lend his voice to the IMS Public Address during events and is frequently a master of ceremonies for major racing functions.
“We’re extremely pleased that the IMS Hall of Fame voting panel have chosen Dan and Bob to be enshrined with so many legends of motorsport,” said Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, which operates the IMS Museum. “Both of these men have never been shy about their love for IMS. Dan was more than a great father, husband, son and friend – we celebrate the man he was and his enthusiasm for life.
“Bob has brought to life some of the most memorable moments in IMS history – the closest ‘500’ finish in 1992 and Jeff Gordon’s victory at the inaugural Brickyard 400 immediately come to mind. His contributions to the Speedway are many.”
IMS Hall of Fame inductees are announced each year on “Founder’s Day,” March 20, the date in 1909 when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Company was officially formed.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame honors and celebrates individual contribution to the sport of automobile racing at “The Greatest Race Course in the World.” It was founded in 1952 as the Auto Racing Hall of Fame under the auspices of the Contest Board of the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Hall of Fame was moved to the original Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum under the direction of then-Speedway president Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr. in 1962.
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Martinsville Speedway, the smallest track on NASCAR’s Cup circuit, holds a big place in the hearts of the Wood Brothers, whose home base is just 30 miles away in Stuart, Va.

For seven decades, the Woods have been competing in races at Martinsville, where the team’s current driver Paul Menard and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew will be competing in the STP 500 on Sunday.

The team’s founder, the late Glenn Wood, made his first start in the series now known as Monster Energy Cup on the half-mile at Martinsville in 1953, in a Lincoln numbered 21.
 
Although Wood never won a Cup race at Martinsville as a driver – he did have two victories as a car owner - it was one of his best tracks. He won four poles there including three in a row from the fall of 1959 through both races in 1960.
 
He finished second once, in 1959, and third twice, in 1960 and 1961. He led 615 laps in 14 career Cup starts on the famed paper-clip-shaped track which has been on the Cup schedule longer than any other venue.
 
Some of Wood’s best Martinsville runs came in one of his favorite cars - a blue 1958 Ford, which carried the number 16.
 
Wood did visit Victory Lane in Modified races at Martinsville. His son Eddie Wood, now 66, said the first races he can recall attending at Martinsville were in 1960.
  
“I remember watching my Dad  win the 100-lap Modified race in the Backseater when I was eight years old,” Wood said, referring to the car his dad and uncle built which had the engine set back so far that Glen appeared to be sitting in the back seat when racing it. “And he finished third in the Cup race the next day behind Richard Petty and Jimmy Massey.”
 
Massey drove the No. 21 that day, while Wood ran a 1958 Ford numbered 24.
 
Eddie Wood has been a regular attendee at Martinsville races since that day, which means he’s been on hand for more than 100 Martinsville Cup race weekends.
 
For the Wood family, Martinsville race weekends back in the day were more like family reunions, with tables of food spread out at the track for friends, family and competitors.
 
Wood admits he often skipped the home-cooked meals in favor of a legendary treat from the track’s concession stand. “I usually ate Martinsville hot dogs,” he said, adding that he still eats plenty of Martinsville dogs every race weekend. Like most folks, he purchases two at a time. “They’re like eating potato chips,” he said. “Once you start it’s hard to stop.”
 
But for the Wood Brothers and their race team, there’s much more to Martinsville than hot dogs and memories from a bygone era.
   
There’s the desire to perform well, from the start of practice on Saturday to the checkered flag on Sunday.
 
“It’s an enhanced weekend, so Saturday is going to be really busy with two practices, a truck race and qualifying,” he said. “Then once the race starts on Sunday it’s important to stay on the lead lap and not get behind.
 
“Taking care of the brakes isn’t much of an issue any more because they’ve improved them so much, but you want to protect the front end and not risk damaging the grille, the radiator, the oil cooler or the brake ducts.

“If you can do all that, you can end up with a good finish.”
 
Qualifying for the STP 500 is set for 5:10 p.m. on Saturday, and the race is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on Fox Sports 1.

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Eight drivers from across the United States have been invited to try out for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program during a two-day combine event Mar 23-34.

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program, managed by Rev Racing, promotes and trains ethnically diverse and female drivers ages 12-16 to compete in INEX Legend Cars.

The combine, which will determine the 2019 youth driver lineup for Rev Racing, will include an on-track evaluation at GoPro Motorplex located in Mooresville, N.C.  Selected drivers will become year-long members of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team and compete in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, among other events, with Rev Racing.

“We are very enthused with the level of talent that we are seeing in our youth applicants,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “The talent pool continues to grow and connecting with these rising stars as early as possible is key. If we have the ability to engage drivers and their families early in their careers, we can prepare, train, and nurture their talents through every step of our program and beyond.”

In addition to the youth program, Rev Racing manages the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program, which offers racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The program provides selected drivers with equipment, mentoring, and competition experience. The mission of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program is to provide top diverse talent with a path for development through the ladder system, with the goal of being identified as a prospect by NASCAR’s national series teams, sponsors and manufacturers.

“We are pleased to welcome a talented group of young, diverse drivers to our first NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Combine under the new program vision,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR director of racing operations and event management. “We look forward to seeing members of this group rise up the ranks within Rev Racing and one day showcase their talent at the NASCAR touring series level.”

This year’s participants include a wide variety of driver backgrounds and competitive experiences. Isabella Robusto will have an opportunity to secure a third year with the program. In 2018, the Fort Mill, S.C. native finished third in the Young Lions Division at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout and won the Battle at the Big Top race at Texas Motor Speedway, which was a U.S. Legends National Qualifier.

The invitees also include 15-year-old Lavar Scott from Carneys Point, N.J., who finished third in points at Airport Speedway in the 600cc Micro Sprint located in New Castle, Delaware and Rajah Caruth, a 16-year-old from Washington, D.C. who in just nine months earned more than 20 iRacing wins and 157 top 5s in 359 starts.

2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Combine participants:

 

DRIVER HOMETOWN 2018 RACING EXPERIENCE
Rajah Caruth Washington, D.C. iRacing
Lacy Kuehl Sarasota, Fla. Dirt Oval Flat Kart
Blake Lothian Wellesley, Mass. World Formula Kart
Laci Minton Beaver Dam, Ky. U.S. Legend Cars
Sarah Napora Pemberton, N.J. 125cc Micro Sprints
Isabella Robusto Fort Mill, S.C. U.S. Legend Cars
Lavar Scott Carneys Point, N.J. 600cc Micro Sprints
Violet Townsend Ravenna, Mich. Cup Karts of North America

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The 2019 Macon Speedway schedule has a new addition, as track officials have added the “Diane Bennett Memorial” to the August 10th “Eve Of Destruction” program.  In addition to the craziness of the rollover contest, flagpole race, and race ‘em-wreck ‘em, a couple of the divisions will be running for some extra money and special trophies during the event.

The races will be in memory of Diane Bennett, who passed away in 2015.  Bennett was a longtime scorekeeper at Macon Speedway and a friend to dirt track racing for more than 30 years.  In addition to scoring for over 30 years at Macon Speedway, Bennett also scored for Track Enterprises and at Farmer City Raceway.  She was also a promoter of Cerro Gordo Speedway with her husband Tom.

Diane’s daughter, Kellie, has spearheaded the effort to have a great event in her late mom’s name.  In addition to extra prize money already put toward the overall purse for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Kellie will be selling position sponsorships to add more bonuses for the drivers.  Position sponsors are available for $10 and up and there is no limit on how much money can be put toward a certain finishing position.

“Diane was a wonderful lady, great racing official, and she is greatly missed in the racing community,” said Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent. “It will be nice to honor her with a race in her name.”

An additional $1500 in prize money has already been split between the two classes, with plenty more expected from position sponsors.  Position sponsors will get mentions on Macon Speedway’s website, social media, and at the track via announcements.  To put your name on a position or positions, email Kellie Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 217-520-9005.

Macon Speedway’s 74th season opener will be held on Saturday, April 13.  There will be driver autographs before the races plus CEFCU Kids Club on Millikin University Night.  In action will be the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis.

Macon Speedway PR

Spire Motorsports has reached an agreement with Go-Parts to sponsor the team’s No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway where D.J. Kennington will handle the driving assignment.
 
As one of eCommerce's "original" auto parts retailers, Go-Parts delivers high-quality, low-cost replacement parts to satisfied customers across the globe. Boasting one of the industry's largest online catalogs, Go-Parts shoppers can be sure they're finding the right parts for the job every time.
 
Kennington is a two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion who has 15 previous MENCS starts on his resume. In two previous races in NASCAR’s premiere division at Martinsville’s famed paper-clip shaped half-mile oval, Kennington has completed 98.6 percent of the laps contested and finished in the top 30 on both occasions. The St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada native also has three Martinsville NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series starts to his credit with a best finish of 17th coming in March of 2010.
 
"We are thrilled to be back in the Cup Series and very excited to be teaming up with Spire Motorsports. The entire Go-Parts team is looking forward to collaborating with team ownership at multiple events both in 2019 and beyond.  Martinsville is always an exciting and welcoming place, and we can't wait to cheer D.J. Kennington and the No. 77 Go-Parts Chevrolet Sunday afternoon."
 
Finding the right parts is easy with Go-Parts, where consumers can visit Go-Parts.com, enter their vehicle's year, make, and model, and be instantly presented with a wide variety of part categories to help find everything they need to keep their car or truck safely on the road.  Insurance companies, collision shops, and do-it-yourselfers all trust Go-Parts to deliver the parts they need quickly.
 
Spire Motorsports has competed all in all five MENCS races in 2019. The Mooresville, N.C. team has fielded an entry for four different drivers including Jamie McMurray, Garrett Smithley, Reed Sorenson and Quin Houff.
 
“We’re proud to have Go-Parts join the Spire Motorsports family and greatly appreciate their support,” commented Spire Motorsports co-owner Jeff Dickerson. “D.J. Kennington is a journeyman racer with some experience at Martinsville so we know he’ll do a good job for Spire Motorsports and Go-Parts this weekend.”
 
The STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway will be televised live on FS1 Sunday, March 24 beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The sixth of 36 races on the 2019 MENCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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