The Iron Giants of Asphalt, quite literally the BIGGEST attraction in racing, The Bandit Big Rig Series, will crown its 2019 series champion at Bristol Motor Speedway this October, it was announced today by track and series officials.

The inaugural Bandit Bristol Battle, Saturday, Oct. 12, will showcase the world’s fastest semi-trucks rumbling around the iconic high-banked all-concrete half-mile oval in pursuit of championship points in their 2019 season finale.

The Bandit Big Rigs were featured in an exhibition race at BMS last fall during the BMS Monster Truck Mash, a companion event with Monster Trucks, however this time they will be the main attraction and in addition to the racing, the event will include a Fan Series Truck Show and many activities for kids planned throughout the day.

“When those big rigs are thundering around The World’s Fastest Half-Mile at more than 100 miles per hour, it gets your attention really quickly,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. “They put on quite a show last Halloween during some exhibition races, but this year the stakes will be raised significantly as they will be going full bore to win the race and earn critical points toward their championship. We are honored to host their final race of the season where a champion will be crowned. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait.”

All of the top stars of the Bandit Big Rig Series will be here including “Black Dog” Mike Morgan, “Lightning” Scott Treadway, Ricky “Rude” Proffitt, “Ice Man” Bob Mitchell, Brian Ca$h, “Turbo” Allen Boles, Justin “Boost” Ball and “The Godfather” Craig Kruckeberg.

“We raced this beast last year at the Halloween Monster Truck Mash and the crowd loved it,” said Kruckeberg, also the owner of the series. “It wasn’t a points race, but we held nothing back and showed off for the fans. We’re going to chase lighting again and bring all the Bandits to Thunder Valley on Oct. 12 and close our year out in style and crown the 2019 champion. We are looking forward to creating a great tradition with the Bandit Bristol Battle at this storied track.”

Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. and fans will be able to meet the drivers of the Bandit Big Rig Series on the backstretch at 1:45 p.m. The green flag will drop at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and free for kids 8 and younger. Tickets for the Bandit Bristol Battle are on sale now and can be purchased at


Coming off of two top-15 finishes in the first four races of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Germain Racing arrived in Fontana, CA, hoping to again find the speed they've exhibited since the start of the year. They unloaded their GEICO Camaro ZL1 on Friday and wheeled it confidently into the NASCAR Cup Series garage, where crew chief, Matt Borland, and company went to work preparing for practice and qualifying.
As the final weekend of NASCAR's annual west coast swing got underway, the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 was quick off of the truck. Dillon ended Friday's practice session 12th fastest on the speed chart, just ahead of Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer. Qualifying generated similar results when Dillon and the GEICO team advanced to the second round for the fourth consecutive week and collected a 16th place starting position in Sunday's race.
When the NASCAR Cup Series field took to the starting grid on Sunday, Dillon and Germain Racing were armed with a fast racecar for the impending 400-miles of racing. The No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 rolled off of pit road from the 16th position when the green flag turned the field loose for 200-laps of often four-wide racing action.
Just ten laps into the event, Dillon radioed to Borland, "We're got a great racecar here to start; it's really, really good." All was well as Dillon hurriedly made his way around the two-mile southern California facility, until a flat left-front tire presented itself with just under ten laps remaining in the opening stage. Under green flag conditions, Dillon was forced to deliver the GEICO Camaro ZL1 to the attention of his pit crew, who quickly outfitted him with fresh tires before returning him to the racing surface. The setback left him at a two-lap deficit to the field. This scenario is often easily overcome, but yellow flags were at a premium throughout the event.
Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 battled hard to gather lost real estate, but the lack of cautions only served to create a bigger challenge. Borland and his staff of engineers crafted a viable strategy for helping Dillon regain ground, but with little cooperation from the flag stand, their efforts would prove futile and they would instead be relegated to a 27th place finish.
"We had a really great GEICO Camaro ZL1 at the start of this race. It was handling the best it had all weekend," Dillon said after the 400-mile event. "My guys had found something that was going to work and keep our good finishes going, but the flat tire under green at the end of Stage 1 really hurt us. We had strategy plans to get our laps back if we could ever catch the cautions that we needed, but those just didn't happen. It's unfortunate that a tire ruined our day, but that's not going to get this team down. We are going to keep grinding and working hard to be ready for Martinsville next weekend."
Germain Racing will stay closer to home when they head to Martinsville, VA, next week for the series' first short-track event of the season.
Ty Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Saturday, March 23rd, at 9:35 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (ET).
The STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 24th, and it will be televised live on FS1 beginning at 2 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco will host TITANS: Richmond Raceway, a Rocket League Tournament, for fans to compete in the interactive video game combining the skills of soccer and driving prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The Rocket League Tournament will take place in the Main Expo Hall at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) on Saturday, April 13. Richmond is partnering with 2050 eSports for the Rocket League Tournament.

“The Rocket League Tournament is yet another way we are growing Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco and exposing fans to an interactive, racing experience over the Toyota Spring Race Weekend,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Rocket League is one of the most popular games in the world of eSports, so the event will be a great addition to the fan experience. We look forward to the opportunity for fans to engage in a new race day event with the Rocket League Tournament at Richmond.”

Rocket League is a unique video game that combines the finesse of soccer with the skills of driving. This physics-based game is focused on multiplayer competition with a variety of high-flying vehicles powered with huge rocket boosters. Fans will be able to score aerial goals and game-changing saves during the Rocket League Tournament.

The competitive bracket of the Rocket League Tournament will feature 16 three-player teams in multigame match play. The invitational tournament will consist of head-to-head in competition, culminating in the championship prior to the green flag waving for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400. Featured matches and the championship match will be live-streamed via Twitch and Facebook throughout the day. In the open bracket, fans will be able to register on-site and compete in head-to-head matches.

The Rocket League Tournament will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Main Expo Hall, located beside the Midway, at Richmond. Registration for the tournament will be open play on site. Additionally, the Main Expo Hall will be filled with Rocket League demo stations, opportunities to learn from a pro, new product demonstrations, fan competitions, and other displays.

The partnership with 2050 eSports featuring Rocket League is an extension of the track’s growing eSports platform, Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco. As the presenting sponsor for Richmond Raceway eSports, Sunoco holds the naming rights associated with all Richmond Raceway eSports activations and entitlement sponsorship of individual competitions that Richmond hosts. In 2019, Richmond will continue to grow its eSports presence by competing in the eNASCAR Peak Antifreeze iRacing Series (NPAiS) with Jimmy Mullis in the No. 46 and Malik Ray in the No. 90. Richmond is the only track competing in the series. Richmond will also host over 20 eSports competitions on the NASCAR Heat series by 704Games on Xbox One and Playstation 4 as well as activate with the Richmond Raceway Simulator at outbound events.

The Richmond Raceway Simulator is an interactive two-seat, in-car driving simulator that allows fans to get behind the wheel to drive Richmond’s famed ¾-mile D-shaped oval. The Richmond Raceway Simulator is powered by iRacing, the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation platform. Richmond-based Sim Seats designed and installed the hardware for the simulator. The Richmond Raceway Simulator is featured at select outbound events throughout the year.

To learn more about Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco, visit For more information about the TITANS: Richmond Raceway Rocket League Tournament, visit

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The California Kid, Cole Custer returned home to win his third career NASCAR Xfinity Series race and his first win at his home track in Fontana, CA. Custer led the last 19 laps of the Performance Alliance Group 300, to edge out the competition, taking the checkered flag and marking the 60th overall win for Stewart-Haas Racing.

“Congratulations Cole, Tony, and Gene,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Cole showed great determination and patience throughout the race and we are proud to be part of SHR’s {Stewart-Haas Racing} milestone 60th win.”

“This means a ton,” Custer commented in Victory Lane. “To win here, at home in Southern California - I grew up racing in San Bernardino and Irwindale. It means a ton. I am pretty pumped up.”

The No. 00 grabbed the lead from Christopher Bell on Lap 132 of 150 and gradually pulled away to beat Kyle Busch to the finish line by 1.927 seconds. Custer led four times for a total of 29 laps out of the 150-lap race.

Ford Performance teammates Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric finished P5 and P6 respectively.

On Sunday, five Fords finished in the top-10 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400. Joey Logano finished P2, Brad Keselowski P3, Kevin Harvick P4, Ryan Blaney P5 and Aric Almirola finished P9.

In Sebring, FL, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing road race teams secured two podium finishes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 12 Hours of Sebring and FIA World Endurance Championship 1000 Miles of Sebring.

The No. 67 Ford GT, driven by Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon, led the majority of the IMSA 12 Hour of Sebring race, on Saturday. After a late race incident, in the last five minutes of the race, dropped the No. 67 out of contention for the win to finish P6.

In turn, the No. 66 Ford GT with drivers Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais, continued pushing, working their way up to a second-place finish.

The FIA WEC No. 67 Ford GT scored a third-place finish in the 1000 Miles of Sebring Friday night at the historic track, with drivers Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito.

NASCAR heads to the first short track of the season for the MENCS this weekend in Martinsville, VA. In addition, IMSA will head to Long Beach, CA in April. Reference the full 2019 schedule on


A win at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series Truck race on Saturday would mean a lot to Grant Enfinger.

Not only did he grow up, like so many other drivers, racing on short-tracks across the Southeast, but the race is also a home race for the man calling the shots for his ThorSport Racing team.

“Jeff Hensley, my crew chief, is from Martinsville, so it’s definitely number one on our list to get a win here,” Enfinger said. “We’ve got to have our stars line up and can’t have any mistakes. Fortunately, we’ve got the points lead coming in and we’ve got a really good opportunity.”

The 34-year-old knows in order for that to happen, he has to first be there at the end.

Last spring he finished fourth, and was running well in the fall before a late race issues relegated him to a 14th place finish.

Like so many drivers in the 70-plus years of racing at Martinsville, Enfinger had brake issues late in the race. However, he said he thinks he has learned from his mistakes.

“Last fall we had a lot of issues and brakes were one of them,” he said. “You’ve got to be aggressive with the brake pedal if you want good speed, but you also have to save your brakes, so you have something at the end.”

He also knows the old racer’s saying, “if you want to finish first, first you have to finish.”

“The other thing is keeping the fenders on the truck, so you have something to race with at the end,” Enfinger said. “If you lose track position in the middle of the race, you’ve got to drive your way to the front and a lot of times you have to use up your truck to do that.”

Enfinger will return to Martinsville this Saturday for the Martinsville 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, as part of the STP 500 weekend presented by

Tickets to the Truck Race are $35 and youth 17-and-under are admitted free.

In addition to the Martinsville 250, Saturday’s slate includes practice for Sunday’s STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and Virginia Lottery Pole Qualifying.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway March 22-24, 2019 for the STP 500 race weekend.

Tickets are on sale now. To guarantee the lowest prices of the year purchase tickets by Friday, December 14.

For more information about Martinsville Speedway or to purchase tickets, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit

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Officials at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, today announced Twice the Ice as its Official Off-premises Ice Supplier. Located just two miles away from GMP at 665 McCambridge Avenue (IL 203) in Madison, Twice the Ice offers deep discount prices on ice to fans and race teams at Gateway Motorsports Park.

"We are very excited to launch our partnership with Gateway Motor Sports Park,” said owner Brad Cummins. “As a member of the Metro East business community,  becoming the official off-premise ice provider is an honor. We've been serving the people of Madison for more than three years since our launch. Adding the Gateway fans and race teams to our customer base is a logical next step in our growth.”

Twice the Ice offers real value: Twice the Ice not only offers high-quality ice  in the most convenient format -- but also the highest level of value for consumers. Twice the Ice formulated a better way for consumers to purchase ice. Their on-demand ice is made on-site where it’s sold. There are no delivery trucks and no human hands packing factory-made Ice bags. Twice the Ice is the factory and the store -- and it’s completely automated.

Twice the Ice offers self-serve convenience: The ease of purchasing ice and water from Twice the Ice’s ice house is a factor that separates them from the competition. No more standing in long store lines on busy race days. No more lugging heavy bags of ice from the store to your vehicle. Simply drive up to the Twice the Ice machine, select your product and place it in your conveniently-located vehicle. Since the ice is made fresh daily the customer never will have to slam frozen bags to the ground to separate the cubes. A bulk purchase option allows customers to obtain ice for their coolers without using bags.

For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

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What a fortunate time to be a NASCAR fan.

In just the past five years, the sport has crowned its third seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and on Sunday celebrated only its second 200-race winner, Kyle Busch.

As achievements so often are, NASCAR’s Modern Era triumphs are judged in history by their precedent and the esteem doled out accordingly. And of course, there are new specific twists and competitive hurdles each of those drivers overcame to meet their certain future Hall of Fame-worthy mark.

Johnson, who won a record five consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series titles from 2006-2010, tied NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt’s championship win total with his seventh championship in 2016.

Busch won his 200th NASCAR national series race on Sunday at California’s Auto Club Speedway – a win total equaled only by Petty, who won all of his 200 races at the Cup level (first all-time). Busch’s triumphs include 53 Cup wins (11th all-time), a record 94 Xfinity Series wins and a record 53 Gander Outdoors Truck Series wins.

Matching a sacred number and putting a new twist on the historical data is something that should be celebrated. The impact and nuances of statistical accomplishments in the sporting world are popular topics of debate. The work to achieve these milestones, however, is absolutely non-debatable.

Johnson, for example, won his titles under – or perhaps despite of -  an ever-changing championship formula that varied from earning the most points through a Playoff system to advancing through Playoff knockout rounds and ultimately prevailing in a one-race all-or-nothing season finale.

Busch collected his 200 trophies in a combination of NASCAR’s top-tier series and competing against highly motivated drivers – a description of his competition that did not vary whether it was a Gander Outdoors Truck, Xfinity or a Monster Energy Series race.

“I’m always leery when people ask," Busch’s team owner NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs said.

“People will say, ‘who is the best?’ all that kind of stuff. I’m always leery of that because there’s been so many great drivers in NASCAR through history that have built this sport. I noticed Kyle said the same thing.

“I do know he’s unusual. He’s got a real gift. As a part of that, there’s a determination and a competitive attitude he has that you just don’t find very often. Because of that, I think he’s accumulating all the wins that he has."

As with Johnson, Busch has been humble and reverent in the inevitable discussions and debates leading into last weekend’s historic opportunity. Part of what distinguishes his personality is his candor, spirit and confidence. And who could begrudge that as he now creates a new statistical marker of greatness.

Petty was 46 years old when he earned his 200th victory (in the 1984 Daytona summer 400-miler) and retired eight seasons later at the age of 54. Busch is 33 years old – he turns 34 in May - and intent to add to number 200 as soon as this weekend’s Truck and Cup series races at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Listening to Busch speak about specific, impactful wins he’s earned, it’s apparent that he is simultaneously proud and humbled by the path of his career.  As much as he is pausing to reflect on what he’s done, Busch is equally as eager to think about what lies ahead.

“Somebody asked me about whether or not I was the greatest of all time," Busch said Sunday after celebrating in Victory Lane. “I'm never going to self-proclaim that.  That's for others to debate. LeBron James is really good in basketball, so is Michael Jordan. Arguably, which one or the other, could be the greatest of all time.

“In this day and age now anymore with how many eras we've been through in racing, basketball, football, whatever, if there is truly a greatest of all time? I think there's obviously greats. I would just like to be attributed or in that mix of the top five, top eight guys. I think by the time I'm all said and done, I could be in the top two or three of those guys of greatest of all time.

“I think it's going to be really, really hard to exactly pinpoint how you can define 'greatest' when that time comes."

Busch has always acknowledged his 200 is different from Petty’s 200. Johnson’s seven titles were won under different regulations than Petty’s or Earnhardt’s.

But it’s ALL good.

Actually, it’s ALL great.

“In different eras, there's so many different things," Busch said. “Jimmie Johnson, he should be the GOAT, the greatest of all time. He won the most championships in the most different ways of having to win a championship, in the most different cars he had to be able to drive to win races.

“Before 2004, it was always the whole season was the champion, right? Now we had the 10 race Playoff, now we have three, three, three, and then one. Unfortunately for me I've made it to the final four the last four years and only won it once.

“So many comparables, not every single one person is going to have every single one of them, right? This guy has this, this guy has this, that guy has that. I think that makes it to where you can't always say there's the greatest, but there's greats.”

As for the future, Johnson has absolutely no imminent retirement plans only an eighth Cup championship plan. And Busch acknowledged this weekend, he’s hoping to see that 200 number spin up quickly and often. Ultimately the sport will be the true beneficiary of all their hard work.

“Being close to 100 [wins] in Xfinity, that's what I said I'd quit at," Busch said. “The Truck stuff, [my win total] being in the 50s, I'd love to be able to continue on with that, race my trucks. I like that, working with my guys, my team, my company.

“On the Cup side, as well, too. Somebody asked me, is 100 a number? Sure, we'll set the next number on the Cup side at 100 [wins].

“It's going to be hard to get there, no question about that. You might as well set your goals high, go out there and strive to achieve."

Three NASCAR national champions were in the field for Saturday afternoon's Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100s at South Boston Speedway and two of them, former national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and defending national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia, split wins in the pair of 100-lap Late Model Stock Car races that opened the track's 62nd season.


The other former NASCAR national champion in the field, defending South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, also had a good afternoon, emerging with a pair of runner-up finishes after having set a new track record in qualifying.


Pulliam won the first of the day's pair of 100-lap races, taking the lead from Sellers with 57 laps to go and driving away to a 2-second win over Sellers.

Morris finished third, Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia and Austin Thaxton of Clarksville, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.


Morris started fifth in the second race, which had an inverted start among the top finishers of the first race, with Sellers starting sixth and Pulliam lining up in seventh place.

The defending NASCAR national champion took the lead from pole starter Thomas Scott on the 13th lap and led the rest of the way, edging Sellers by 1.896 seconds to take the win.


Scott, of Efland, North Carolina, finished third, with Thaxton and Jason Barnes of Stony Creek, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Pulliam was sidelined early in the second race. His car slid up into the wall while battling Scott for position in the top four, and finished 13th after being sidelined after 38 laps of the race.


Willis Wins Limited Sportsman Division Race

Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, Virginia opted to take a step back from the Late Model Stock Car Division to compete in the NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division, and it paid off.


Willis won Saturday's 50-lap race, surviving a hotly contested battle with Washington state native Jessica Dana and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia to post his first win since the 2015 season.


Moss finished second, .480-second behind Willis with Dana finishing third, less than three tenths of a second behind Moss. Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia and Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.


There were four lead changes among three drivers, with Willis leading twice for a total of 21 laps.


Crews Takes Budweiser Pure Stock Division Win

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia started on the front row, took the lead on the opening lap and sped to victory in the 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.


Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia finished second, .353-second behind Crews, with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia finishing third. Matthew Epps of Halifax, Virginia finished fourth and Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.


Layne Earns Victory In Budweiser Hornets Division Opener

Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia, competing in only his fourth career race, won Saturday's 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.


Layne took the lead from pole starter Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia on the second lap and led the rest of the way in scoring his first career win.

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia finished second with Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia, Tyler Stanley of South Boston, Virginia and Josh Dawson of Nathalir, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.



Racing returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 30 with one of the track’s premier events of the season, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will visit South Boston Speedway for the first time since 2001, and will be featured in a 150-lap race.


In addition, the region’s top NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams will be featured in twin 75-lap races.


The day’s event schedule will have practice from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Grandstand gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and qualifying will start at 12 noon.  An autograph session will be held trackside from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Pre-race activities will start at 1:50 p.m. and the first race of the day will get the green flag at 2 p.m.


Advance adult general admission tickets are priced at $10 each and will be available until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be $15 each. Youth ages 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.


ECR Engines secured its second-consecutive win in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series with a win by Action Express Racing's Whelen Engineering Cadillac at the 12 Hours of Sebring this past Saturday. ECR previously scored a 1-2 finish in the Rolex 24 Hour earlier this year.
Action Express Racing's No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac was piloted by Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr, and Eric Curran. Together, the three drivers led 249 of the 348 laps at Sebring International Raceway after battling rain and poor visibility at the start of the event. The team also had to defend their lead for a final eight-minute sprint to the finish after the fifth caution period of the day came out late in the race.
"This has been a great start to the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar season for ECR Engines," said Richie Gilmore, president of ECR Engines. "To follow up our 1-2 finish in the Rolex 24 Hour with another win at the 12 Hours of Sebring is a testament to all the work and effort our team has put in during the off-season. Whelen Engineering has been so close to victory at Sebring in the past, so it's nice to see them finally get it done."
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac has previously finished second at Sebring in 2016 and 2018, and third in 2017. The team also finished second in the 2019 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona International Speedway.
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After its success last fall, Talladega Superspeedway is bringing back a fan favorite - the popular Saturday Pre-Race Pass, which allows fans to witness the action and morning activities from “pit alley” on Saturday, April 27, prior to the MoneyLion 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race.

From a designated fenced area behind pit road, fans’ accessibility stretches from in front of Gatorade Victory Lane all the way to the entrance of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) garage, and will give fans an up-close view of the vast preparations by the race teams from down in the trenches for the MoneyLion 300 for the NXS, which will run later in the day at noon CDT. In addition, there will be “Open Garages” Saturday morning for both the MENCS for the GEICO 500, which is set for Sunday, April 28, and the NXS - and will be available to the first 300 guests at each garage.

Specifically, with a $25 (cost for adults and kids) Saturday Pre-Race Pass, fans will have the following viewing opportunities:

  • NXS teams’ prep for qualifying as well as the MoneyLion 300 race later in the day
  • NXS cars on-track for qualifying (9:10 a.m. CDT) for the MoneyLion 300
  • NXS “Open Garage” (8 a.m. – 9 a.m. CDT) where first 300 fans with a Saturday Pre-Race Pass get to take a self-guided tour and see the teams, cars and haulers of the NXS
  • MENCS “Open Garage” (9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CDT) where first 300 fans with a Saturday Pre-Race Pass get to take a self-guided tour and see the teams, cars and haulers of the MENCS
  • At conclusion of qualifying for the MoneyLion 300, at approximately 11:15 a.m. CDT, walk down pit road for access to front of stage area at NXS Driver Intros (which start at 11:30 a.m. CDT) prior to the MoneyLion 300

Please note that the “Open Garage” wristbands for both the MENCS and the NXS are on a first-come, first-served basis (limit of 300 for each).

To purchase a Saturday Pre-Race Pass, fans must have a MoneyLion 300 ticket or a 5-day infield camping wristband. Tickets for the MoneyLion 300 start at only $40 (advance-price) and tickets for kids 12 and younger are FREE, although each child must have a “physical” admission pass that can be reserved by calling 855.518.RACE (7223). Time trials for the GEICO 500 will take place at 3:40 p.m. CDT, after the running of the MoneyLion 300. For all ticket information, log onto

Access for the Saturday Pre-Race Pass begins at 8 a.m. CDT and ends immediately after driver introductions for the MoneyLion 300. Transportation will be provided to guests with grandstand tickets via the North Tunnel Tram, located just outside Turn 4, at 7:45 a.m. CDT. For more information on tram routes, as well as entry and exit routes for the Saturday Pre-Race Pass, visit


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