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Shell, in conjunction with Sonoma Raceway and Speedway Motorsports Inc., will welcome student teams from up to 100 high schools and universities across North and South America to Make the Future California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas, April 19-22, 2018.

Make the Future California provides a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation around the world’s energy challenges, as part of a global series of events through 2018. At the heart of these events is Shell Eco-marathon - one of the world’s leading energy efficiency competitions for students - that, for the past 30 years, has been challenging future engineers and scientists to go the farthest with the least amount of energy.

For the past 11 years, students competing in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas have designed, built and tested ultra-energy-efficient vehicles, with some achieving more than 3,500 miles per gallon. 2018 marks the 12th edition of Shell Eco-marathon in the Americas and the return to California where the first Shell Eco-marathon Americas student challenge took place in 2007 with less than 20 teams competing on the inside track of the California Speedway in Fontana.

“We are excited to return to California, a hub for technology and innovation, as we bring together students, energy entrepreneurs and global and local partners to demonstrate collaboration and ignite conversations about how to meet the growing energy demand while reducing future CO₂ emissions,” said Bruce Culpepper, U.S. Country Chair and President, Shell Oil Company. “These ambitious students from all over the Americas have been preparing for the ultimate energy-efficiency challenge, and their bright ideas and innovations on the track show us all what could be possible for the energy solutions of the future.”

“The Shell Eco-marathon program helps to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for tomorrow's energy challenges,” said Shanna Simmons, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director. “This competition provides students an opportunity to create a real impact in the world today by encouraging innovation and real solutions to address the global energy challenge.”

More than 1,000 student participants from across the Americas have worked for months to plan and construct their ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. By maximizing elements such as streamlined design, lightweight materials and driving strategy, teams aim to set new fuel efficiency records in two Shell Eco-marathon competitions at the iconic Sonoma Raceway in April:

  • Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge: students compete to see whose vehicle design can go the farthest on the least amount of fuel.
  • Shell Eco-marathon Drivers' World Championship Regional Final: energy efficiency and speed unite in a race to crown the regional champion and secure a place in the Drivers' World Championship Grand Final, which will be held in London, 2018.

Student teams can choose to participate in one of two vehicle categories:

  • The Prototype – challenges teams to enter futuristic, streamlined vehicles designed purely to reduce friction and maximize efficiency.
  • The UrbanConcept – focuses on more “roadworthy” energy-efficient vehicles.

For both vehicle categories in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event, teams can choose to compete with one of three drivetrains based on five official energy sources:

  • Internal combustion: gasoline, diesel, and ethanol
  • Hydrogen fuel cell
  • Battery electric technologies

Teams from Across the Americas Take on the Challenge Year-After-Year
Participating teams in 2018 include the Université Laval from Quebec, Canada, which last year recorded 2,731.1 miles per gallon with its ultra-energy-efficient gasoline powered prototype vehicle for first place in their energy and vehicle category. Last year’s runners-up, Brigham Young University and Mater Dei High School from Evansville, Indiana, will also be heading to Sonoma Raceway in April.

This year’s UrbanConcept competitors will include Mater Dei Supermileage Team, returning for their 12th year in the competition, who recorded top energy efficiency stats with 723.4 miles per gallon in its gasoline powered vehicle last year. Minnesota’s Saint Thomas Academy, Alden-Conger High School, and New York’s Newburgh Free Academy, last years’ podium placers, will also compete again this year.

Notably, Louisiana Tech University, which won the Vehicle Design Award in 2017 with its custom-designed UrbanConcept car, is aiming to take the top honors at Sonoma Raceway. This year, the team has partnered with Louisiana Tech’s School of Design to enhance branding and promotion for the team and represent the new era of the program.

Events Surrounding Make the Future California Add Value
In 2018, Shell will help shape the future of sustainable mobility in the Bay Area by uniting the industries and individuals that will help drive a cleaner, brighter future. Shell events related to Make the Future California in April will foster dialogue about future energy challenges and near-term solutions, including:

  • Powering Progress Together, April 19: This year in San Francisco, Shell will convene leading thinkers at this action-focused event aimed to foster conversation about the future of energy. The event will invite fresh thinking, and encourage collaboration, dialogue and debate.
  • Synergy Food Truck: The unique Synergy Truck was developed by Shell Eco-marathon student participants who collaborated to re-imagine every aspect of the food truck experience using new energy technologies. The food truck will also be onsite during the Shell Eco-marathon events at Sonoma Raceway.
  • Shell B2B Showcase: Various businesses within Shell will be featured on site, such as Shell’s New Energies group based in San Francisco, showcasing hydrogen and electric automotive mobility; Shell Lubricants and its hyper-fuel-efficient Class 8 tractor-trailer, Starship; and the nearby Shell Martinez Refinery.

For more information on Shell Eco-marathon Americas, including additional details on vehicle class requirements, official rules and details on prizes, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at:

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While the legendary No. 3 has long been associated with Dale Earnhardt Sr., the revered number holds a special place in Bristol Motor Speedway lore with eight wins, including two of the greatest finishes in NASCAR history.

Last weekend Austin Dillon piloted the No. 3 DOW Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 to victory at the Daytona 500 utilizing an Earnhardt-like move on the final lap. Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress, was a part of the Victory Lane party when Earnhardt celebrated with his lone Daytona 500 win in the black No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet 20 years earlier.

Fans around the country and on social media were joyous at the iconic number returning to the top of the leaderboard at Daytona. Should Dillon be able to also take the checkered flag at the Food City 500 on Sunday, April 15, it would be a fitting continuation to the incredible legacy of the No. 3 for NASCAR fans throughout east Tennessee as well as around the globe.

While the number will always be associated with Earnhardt, there have been nine different drivers who’ve piloted the No. 3 around the famed high banks of Bristol. In addition to Earnhardt and Dillion, others included legends such as David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Buddy Baker, Charlie Glotzbach, Bobby Isaac, Richard Childress and Ricky Rudd.

1971- Glotzbach pilots the No. 3 to Victory Lane at BMS
Charlie Glotzbach was the fourth driver to pilot the No. 3 at BMS but the first to get the number into Victory Lane. Glotzbach’s 1971 Chevrolet was the class of the field in a caution-field race with the Indiana native finishing three laps ahead of second place Bobby Allison at the Volunteer 500, the July precursor to the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The win was Glotzbach’s fourth and final of his NASCAR Cup Series career and Chevrolet’s first since the 1967 season. In addition, the result was the first victory for the iconic Monte Carlo, the winningest car model in NASCAR history.

1984- Earnhardt’s first Bristol rodeo in the No. 3
Dale Earnhardt Sr. single-handedly made the No. 3 one of the most successful car entry numbers at Bristol Motor Speedway, but his BMS success did not start with the same number. The Intimidator’s first two Bristol starts in 1979 and 1980 came behind the wheel of the No. 2 Osterlund Motorsports machine, with the North Carolina native winning both. In 1984, Earnhardt began his iconic partnership with Richard Childress Racing and the legend of the 3 was born.

1987- #3 and #43 finish P1-P2
One of the biggest storylines following the 2018 Daytona 500 was the one-two finish of Dillon and Bubba Wallace, who is now the full-time driver of the legendary No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Stats geeks in the sport were immediately curious about the last time the two iconic numbers finished P1 and P2 in an event. Yes, you guessed it: the answer involves The Last Great Colosseum.

In the Spring race of 1987, Earnhardt piloted his No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet to victory, his fifth victory in seven races to start the season. Finishing second was Richard Petty in the No. 43 STP Pontiac. The P2 finish was Petty’s last top two finish at BMS.

1995- Earnhardt vs. Labonte 1
The Bristol lore of Earnhardt first reached a fever pitch during the 1995 Night Race. A colossal battle between the Intimidator and The Iceman, Terry Labonte, ended with a bang: Earnhardt sent Labonte spinning across the finish line. The two-time NASCAR Cup champ was able to hold on to P1. The winner’s circle photo from the race is one of the most memorable in stock car racing history with Labonte’s crumpled up No. 5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet steaming with smoke.

1999- Earnhardt vs. Labonte 2
The 1995 finish seemed hard to beat, but the duo of Earnhardt and Labonte added a second act to their last lap tangles in the 1999 Night Race. A fantastic late-race drive by Labonte set up the showdown. The Texas native was able to get around the No. 3 before Earnhardt employed his patented bump and run move. The crash proved to be an instant classic in NASCAR history with Labonte spinning out and Earnhardt powering by to take the win. In Victory Lane, Earnhardt claimed his move on Labonte was simply an attempt to “rattle his cage,” but it ended with NASCAR’s most popular driver being booed louder than ever before.

2014- The Return of the 3
Following Earnhardt’s passing in 2001, the No. 3 remained off the track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series until 2014. Dillon took over the reins of the No. 3 as a rookie. He raced to an 11th place finish in his first Bristol start. The eldest grandson of Childress has now competed in eight Cup races at BMS with a top finishing position of fourth.

Following his Daytona 500 victory, Dillon hopes to ride that momentum straight to his first BMS Cup win at the Food City 500 on Sunday, April 15. Tickets for the Food City 500 weekend are still available. Two-day weekend packages start at just $89 for adults and $10 for kids (12-and-under). For more information, visit or call 423-BRISTOL.


With the second race of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season set in the heart of Georgia this weekend at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self and his Niece Motorsports team seek a top-10 finish in Saturday afternoon’s Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Self, a native of Austin, Texas will return to the 1.5-mile speedway for the first time since his rookie season in 2016 and is optimistic that his No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet team can duplicate or better his 16th place performance nearly 24 months ago.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Atlanta,” said Self. “It’s one of the most unique race tracks on the circuit, especially with its aging surface. We made great strides during the race a couple years ago and I think after a few laps on Friday, we can get our Niece Motorsports team in that same position.”

The 22-year-old Self also sees Atlanta as an opportunity to propel his team forward after a strong performance was derailed last weekend at Daytona. Throughout last Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, Self and the Joey Cohen led team remained in the hunt for a top-10 finish – but when a late-race accident started, Self’s No. 22 Chevrolet was left a victim of circumstances and ultimately a 20th place finish.

Still, Self knows that his Niece Motorsports team flexed their muscle and is confident in the performance they delivered.

“Daytona was really good for us, even with the finish,” added Self. “Daytona allowed the chance for me and Joey (Cohen, crew chief) to really work on our lingo. I was very content with our qualifying effort and I think we gave everyone a preview of our capabilities.”

With Atlanta serving as the middle of a three-week consecutive stretch for the Truck Series, Self knows that a good finish on Saturday will help propel them to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, one of his favorite tracks on the tour, a week later.

“Atlanta is one of those places where handling and tire management is key,” noted Self. “Speed is important – but handling will be the ultimate decider for putting yourself in a good position for a solid finish.

“I think the pace is going to slow down considerably from the start of the weekend until the checkered flag. I think the stages will be important. If you’re not in a good position for the first stage – you can work at the end of that stage to get the truck better, so you can be better for Stage 2 and ultimately the final stage.

“I feel like we had a missed opportunity at Daytona with knocking out some stage points. Hopefully, we’re in the right place to pick up a few on Saturday.”

Like last year, the Don’t mess with Texas campaign and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 42nd career start.

The Don’t mess with Texas campaign is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. 

For more than 30 years, Don’t mess with Texas has made tremendous progress educating Texans about the impact of littering on the state’s economy, environment and physical landscape.

In 41 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.9 during his three years of competition.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit
For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

The Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (130 laps / 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 23 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 24 beginning at 10:35 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). 

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When it was time for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) to move from Mooresville to its new home in Welcome, N.C., there was only one company to call.  E.E. Ward Moving & Storage was the trusted company to execute the complex move of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race team.
"It's not easy to move a race team once, but to do it twice, you need people you can trust," said Richard Petty, co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports. "E.E. Ward did such a good job the first time we knew they had to move us again.  Once again, they delivered great service and we didn't miss a beat."
Today, Richard Petty Motorsports is proud to announce E.E. Ward Moving & Storage as its "Official Mover."  In addition, the Ohio-based company will be an associate sponsor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the famed No. 43 car will sport a nostalgic E.E. Ward logo to celebrate Black History Month.
"E.E. Ward is the oldest continuously operating black-owned business in the United States," stated co-owner Dominique Brooks.  "We've made our own history and it's thrilling to see the team at Richard Petty Motorsports and Darrell Wallace Jr. making their own in NASCAR.  Darrell is a trailblazer who is bringing energy and diversity into the sport.  We encourage and celebrate his efforts."
Starting with just two helpers, a team of horses and a wagon, E.E. Ward has grown over the last 137 years into a thriving multi-million-dollar moving business. Throughout the evolution of the company, it has never lost sight of the principles of excellent service and giving back to the community on which it was originally founded. Beginning as a stop on the Underground Railroad, this company's historic past is part of the company culture today that inspires its promising future.
"To not only be selected once, but now a second time, to move Richard Petty Motorsports is a validation of the hard work and excellent service the E.E. Ward team provides to our customers on a consistent basis," added co-owner Brian Brooks.  "This is an amazing opportunity for two great legacies, RPM and E.E. Ward to work hand-in-hand.  We also stand firmly by the efforts of Bubba and the diversity he brings to NASCAR."
The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for this Sunday, February 25.  The race will be televised live on FOX at 2:00 p.m. ET.

According to Richard Childress, it goes back to Austin and Ty Dillon’s days racing Bandoleros. Their mother had to separate them in the back seat during a long ride home from Cincinnati, Ohio to North Carolina. Their competitive nature overwhelmed sibling love, at least for the moment.

That competitive nature has served the duo well at Martinsville Speedway, a half mile that demands a willingness to ruffle the feathers of teammates, siblings and rivals alike.

Recently etched into the history books as winners of the 2018 Daytona 500, Austin and Childress are now focusing on the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, a race that has seen the 27 year-old post top-5 finishes in consecutive seasons.

“Martinsville is awesome. It is all the drama in the world,” Austin said. “You can’t get enough of it. I wish there were 1,000 Martinsvilles. Beating and banging is a lot of fun.”

Childress noted that Austin’s background on dirt tracks has helped him adapt at Martinsville.

“Austin really likes Martinsville. I think a lot of that comes from running short-tracks back in the day and running a lot of dirt,” Childress said. “You have to have a little car control at Martinsville, especially how to work the throttle and work the brakes and I think he just got accustomed to that from other styles of racing. He really enjoys it. He has a good time there.”

That sibling rivalry could lead to an interesting moment for Richard Childress the grandfather if Austin and Ty ever find themselves up front during the late stages of a race at the Half Mile of Mayhem.

“I think that when it came down to the end of the race if those two were racing each other they’d be aggressive with each other,” Childress said. “They’re very competitive.”

Austin and Ty confirmed Childress’ suspicions when asked if they would spin each other with a grandfather clock trophy on the line.

“If I’m behind Ty with three (laps) to go am I dumping him for the win? I’d wreck about anybody for the win,” Austin said. “Especially at Martinsville to get one of those grandfather clocks and put the 3 back in victory lane. Mom probably wouldn’t talk to me for a while, but maybe she would get over it.”

Ty’s answer was also definitive, and came before the end of the question.

“I’m going to move Austin to win the race. Sorry. He knows it. I know it. It’s going to happen,” Ty said. “No doubt. I don’t care (if mom is mad). Sorry mom, you’ll get over it. Austin, you’ll get over it. But I am going to win the race.”

When it comes to Childress wearing a car owner hat, however, he said he always looks forward to the quick trip across the border from his home in Welcome, NC to Martinsville.

“I’ve always enjoyed going to Martinsville. I always think about the fun trips. It was always just fun,” Childress said. “All our cars have run pretty well up there through history.”

The Dillons and Childress will arrive in Martinsville in just a few weeks with their sights set on a victory in the STP 500.

The STP 500 weekend presented by is March 23-25.

The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by the cup series Hauler Parade.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is in action with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s STP 500.

The STP 500 is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race on the East Coast, after the “West Coast Swing” and the first short-track race of the season. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, becoming the first driver to win in a Ford at Martinsville since 2002.

Youth 17-and-under are free on Friday and Saturday and $25 on Sunday.

Tickets to both races are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at

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Next month, NASCAR is making its only stop in sunny Southern California, so there is no better time for Auto Club Speedway to name Southern California-based SPY Optic as the Official Sunglasses of Auto Club Speedway and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend scheduled March 16-18, 2018.

“SPY is a recognizable lifestyle brand and our shared passion to create memorable experiences makes this a great fit for us,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “Adding SPY to our infield supports our efforts to add value and unique activations for our NASCAR fans to enjoy all weekend.”

SPY Optic will have a large infield activation to interact with the thousands of avid NASCAR fans that make Auto Club Speedway home for four-days during the NASCAR Auto Club 400 weekend. Along with daily giveaways, they’ll host tailgating festivities for infield guests with food, games, and a place to relax and escape the sun. 

“Motorsports played an integral role in the creation of the SPY brand and continues to be an important part of our culture today,” says Curtis Ellis, SPY Brand Director. “We’re excited to partner with Auto Club Speedway on a race in our backyard where we can get back to our roots and connect with fans face-to-face at one of the most exciting events of the year.”

Across the NASCAR circuit, Auto Club Speedway’s infield has been described as a “mini-city” with over 1,900 RVs decked out with NASCAR décor, thousands of bicycles cruising, and fans sharing their passion for racing. In addition to NASCAR race weekend, Auto Club Speedway hosts over 300 days of track activity including racing schools, club racing, car shows and other motorsport events.

For a chance to win prizes daily from SPY Optic, stop by their activation area in the infield during race weekend.

 out SPY Optic and their therapeutic Happy Lens™ sunglasses, visit


The 2018 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend in Atlanta gets underway this Friday, Feb. 23, as all three NASCAR national touring series make their highly anticipated return to the historic high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway. With on-track action all three days of the weekend and a plethora of fan-friendly activities happening both inside and outside the oval, it might be tough to keep track of the many attractions available to fans. 

With so much going on and just three days to experience it, AMS has compiled its top-10 can’t-miss attractions for fans attending this weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Weekend.

10. Frontstretch Victory Lane
Continuing a tradition inspired in 2011 when Jeff Gordon scored his 85th career victory at AMS, fans will be able to experience the Victory Lane celebration up close and personal with Sunday’s post-race festivities taking place once again on the speedway’s frontstretch. Once the checkered flag flies for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, the winning car and driver will return to the start/finish line, the new home for Victory Lane on Sundays, where fans will be allowed onto the track surface to see and hear the celebration firsthand. 

9. Sign the Wall During Pre-Race
Fans interested in setting foot on the famed AMS racing surface will have the unique opportunity to do so, as well as sign the outside wall near the start/finish line on the frontstretch, during the pre-race activities prior to Sundays’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Like the Victory Lane celebration, fans will be permitted to enter the track via the catchfence gates, where they can autograph the wall and enjoy the pre-race activities in a dedicated area on the frontstretch.

8. AMS Fest
After the on-track action winds down on Saturday, the AMS nightlife heats up. Now in its third year, AMS Fest offers fans and campers alike an opportunity to let loose in a fun, upbeat atmosphere in preparation for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. The party, located in the AMS Fan Zone and free to anyone with a ticket to Sunday’s race, will feature NASCAR’s Trackside Live with guest driver appearances, live music, the Speedway Children’s Charities Championship Cornhole Tournament, video racing, air hockey, go-karting, carnival games and tons of free stuff. The after-hours bash kicks off at 6 p.m. following the Active Pest Control 200 Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

7. Featured Concession Items
Race fans will NOT want to miss some of the specialty concession items at AMS in 2018. You’ll definitely feel like you’re in Georgia when you bite into the famous Clark’s Cluck sandwich. Named after AMS president Ed Clark, this delectable dish is a fried chicken breast served on a potato roll and topped with Applewood bacon, lettuce, spicy ranch and sweet pickles. Plus, new to AMS in 2018 are the Smoked Pork Egg Rolls from Gouda Boys and the mouthwatering barbeque from the food-truck-famous OooWee BBQ.

6. Fan Experience Center
Back by popular demand in 2018, the Fan Experience Center will serve as the main hub for all things race weekend to enhance the at-track experience for fans attending the race. Beyond the wealth of information available for inquiring fans, the Fan Experience Center, located in the Fan Zone, will live up to its name with a full-size replica flag stand, an interactive 10-foot-tall banking display mimicking the angle of AMS’s 24-degree turns, a tire-changing station a gallery of iconic moments in AMS history, and of course, an interactive selfie station.

5. Chris Janson Pre-Race Concert
Platinum-certified country music recording artist Chris Janson will bring his fun, casual country style to the AMS pre-race stage prior to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday for a one-of-a-kind performance full of energy on the frontstretch. Fans can gain stage-front access to see the “Buy Me A Boat” singer perform live with the purchase of a pre-race pit pass, which also offers access to Pit Road, where the entire lineup for Sunday’s race can be viewed and photographed up close. 

4. Hauler Parade
While the on-track action gets underway Friday morning, the AMS NASCAR weekend officially kicks off Thursday night in downtown Hampton, Georgia, home of Atlanta Motor Speedway, with the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hauler Parade. After cruising up East Main Street and back through downtown Hampton, the all-new route for 2018 will take the haulers right through the heart of AMS’s 840 acres, past both the campgrounds and the Fan Zone, for fans on property to enjoy the show. NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip will be honored with an induction in to the City of Hampton’s Speedway Lane Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. at Depot Park, before the parade gets underway at 6:30.

3. Driver Autograph Sessions
No sport offers fans the kind of access that NASCAR does, and Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Wweekend is no different. Drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be signing autographs for fans in the AMS Fan Zone at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, while Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray will also take part in the Kids Autograph Session in the Kids Zone later that day  at 10:25 a.m.

2. Speedway Children’s Charities Auction
The Speedway Children’s Charities auction will offer fans the chance to bid on and win an opportunity to take a lap around the 1.54-mile AMS oval with a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver during pre-race activities on Sunday. Those drivers include Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. Other auction items will include pieces of stock-car sheet metal signed by Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart, an autographed wine bottle from the Andretti Winery, driver-signed wall signs and much more. All proceeds from the auction will go towards benefiting local Atlanta-area children in need. The bidding begins at 10 a.m. Sunday morning in the AMS Fan Zone.

1. AMS Fan Zone
The ultimate fan experience at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Weekend – other than the race, of course – takes place in the AMS Fan Zone. Open all weekend long, the Fan Zone is the place to be for live music, vendor displays, celebrity appearances, free giveaways, and tons more. Plus, catch Trackside Live on the Folds of Honor QuikTrip Fan Stage, challenge your friends to a go-kart race, play a variety of carnival games by Old Time Carnival and visit the Kids Zone, a place for fans of all ages to enjoy. And the best part? Admission to the Fan Zone is absolutely free.

For more information about the 2018 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Weekend or to purchase tickets today, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit


On the heels of his first-career top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Justin Fontaine will be sponsored by Superior Essex in Saturday afternoon’s Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.

Superior Essex ( is a leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable and accessory products serving the communications industry and related distribution markets for over 80 years.

“I’m very thankful to have the support of Superior Essex for my Atlanta Motor Speedway debut,” said Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C.

“Superior Essex was an instrumental partner during my first full season of ARCA competition last year and I’m grateful they have decided to continue our relationship with a primary role with Niece Motorsports for Saturday afternoon’s race.”

Fontaine, 20, enters the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season 11th in the championship standings, just one point from 10th and seven points from fifth.

“I’ve never been to Atlanta, but we’re optimistic,” offered Fontaine who will make his fifth career Truck Series start this weekend. “My crew chief Darrell (Morrow) and the guys on the Niece Motorsports team have been working hard on preparing our No. 45 Superior Essex Chevrolet, and I think start to finish from practice to qualifying and to the race, we’ll make significant gains so that we can contend for another strong finish.”

ProMATIC Automation Inc., the team’s primary marketing partner for Fontaine will serve in an associate role for Atlanta.

The Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (130 laps / 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 23 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 24, beginning at 10:35 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). 

For more on Justin Fontaine, please visit, like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.

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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced today that for the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24th and the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3rd, Garrett Smithley will drive the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro and Matt Mills will drive the No. 0 Chevy.

“Matt and Garrett are both very talented drivers with great potential, so I want to give them both the best opportunity to race as competitively as possible,” said team owner, Johnny Davis. “This change will positively affect our entire organization, and all of the drivers and crew chiefs believe that this is the best for our company. We had a fantastic race at Daytona, and I’m ready to follow that up with an incredible weekend in Atlanta.”

JD Motorsports heads to Atlanta with momentum after the No. 0 Flex Tape Chevy finished in the top-five and the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevy finished in the top-ten in the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway.


Veteran driver Joe Nemechek survived a wild NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Raceway to finish in 23rd place driving the No. 15 Fleetwing / D.A.B. Chevrolet Camaro for team JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.

Nemecheck qualified 16th for the Powershares QQQ 300, ran in the top-ten and top-five for much of the race, and had a chance at the win. Unfortunately, the No. 15 Chevy was the victim of one of the record number of crashes in Saturday’s race. Hard work by the JDM pit crew kept the car on track, and Nemechek was able to salvage a top-25 finish.

“I had a great run in Daytona in the No. 15 Fleetwing / D.A.B. Chevy fielded by my friend Johnny Davis,” said Nemechek. “I had a lot of fun out there. It was nice to have a car that was competitive, was fast on the race track, and was very race-y. It was fun to be able to go to the front anytime I wanted to, and I very much thought that we had a shot at a top-five if not a win. It’s unfortunate that we were involved in a wreck there at the end because it was going to be interesting to see how it all turned out.”

Next up for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24th, 2018.