The star-studded lineup for Martinsville Speedway’s Fan Zone on October 28 is getting bigger and brighter.
The track announced today that Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will join Dale Earnhardt Jr. for appearances in the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone presented by Diet Mountain Dew prior to the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 28. The three drivers will appear at separate times for emceed question and answer sessions.
“We really appreciate that these three drivers would take time out of their schedules before the race to spend some time with our fans,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “And all three of them are really great with fans in a setting like this. It should be a great time.”
Tickets for the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone presented by Diet Mountain Dew are $99 and include:
· Hot brunch buffet served from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
· Four beverage coupons for Pepsi products and wine and beer (patrons 21 and older)
· Pre-race Track Pass from 9:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
The $99 price does not include a ticket to the TUMS Fast Relief 500. Autographs will not be allowed.
The Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone presented by Diet Mountain Dew will open at 8 a.m. on Oct. 28 and close at 1 p.m.
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It’s déjà vu all over again as Tony Stewart comes into the penultimate race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a tenuous hold on his top-10 point standing.
Last year, Stewart entered the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway 10th in points, barely above the cut for the 10 guaranteed spots in the Chase, and coming into this year’s race at Atlanta, the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet is again 10th in points. In both cases, a lackluster summer stretch where Stewart scored only three top-10 finishes between the Fourth of July weekend race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the late August race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway forced Stewart to spend more time looking over his shoulder than straight ahead.
Of course, Stewart crafted the rally of all rallies in 2011, and it began at Atlanta where he gained five spots in the final 10 laps to score a remarkable third-place finish. Stewart then finished seventh in the next race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway – the cutoff race for the 10-race Chase – to secure his spot in the Case for the seventh time since its inception in 2004.
All of that was a precursor to what Stewart unleashed in the Chase, where he won a record five races to take the championship in a tiebreaker over Carl Edwards, as Stewart’s five victories trumped Edwards’ one.
Stewart comes into this year’s AdvoCare 500 in much the same fashion, but with one major difference – he’s won three times already this season.
In 2011, Stewart was winless entering the Chase, and many wondered – including him – if he was just taking up a spot in the 12-driver lineup. In 2012, Stewart is in a four-way tie for the No. 1 Chase seed, as he, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin each have three wins thus far.
But for Stewart, whose summer swoon has seen him drop from fifth to 10th in points since winning July 7 at Daytona, a departure from the top-10 would be disappointing. He would still make the Chase by claiming the first of two wild card spots, as positions 11 and 12 are awarded to the two drivers between 11th and 20th in points with the most wins, but he’d lose the nine bonus points he’s earned to start the Chase (three bonus points for each win), for only the top-10 in points are allowed to keep any bonus points they’ve accrued.
However, Stewart started last year with no bonus points because he was winless entering the Chase, yet he still managed to walk away with his third Sprint Cup championship. And now as a potentially similar situation greets Stewart, baseball great Yogi Berra’s famous line of, “It’s déjà vu all over again” is incredibly appropriate as the Chase beckons.
Roush Fenway drivers Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth each clinched a spot in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup ‘playoff’ race with their respective finishes last Saturday night at Bristol. Roush Fenway has now placed 24 entries inside the Chase since its inception in 2004.
Leading the point standings and now locked into his fifth Chase berth, Biffle says his team can continue to take steps that will put them in the best position to not only make the 12-team field, but take home the Sprint Cup in November.
“We've been decent in the points, so we've kind of tried to step out of the box and do some things to try and learn for the Chase,” said Biffle. “(We can) really be more aggressive with the setup and go for the win and say, ‘hey, if it doesn't work, then we're not going to cry over spilled milk.’ That's really all you can do. You can't flip a switch, and we're already running as hard as we can. The only thing we can do is take some more chances on the setup, whether it might work for the race or not, that's basically what we've been doing.”
RFR’s third driver, Carl Edwards will look to win one of the final two races to lock up a ‘wildcard’ berth in this season’s Chase. The odds may be in Edwards’ favor, with Atlanta and Richmond the remaining two regular-season tracks.
“We’re going to approach them like we’ve approached the last couple of races,” said Edwards. “That’s just to go out and try to win the race and do whatever it takes to put ourselves in a position to win.”
Atlanta is probably Edwards’ top track. He won his first Sprint Cup race there in 2005 and boasts three Cup wins and six overall NASCAR wins at the 1.5-mile track. In addition, he had one of the dominate cars earlier this year at Richmond, leading 206 laps and potentially poised for the victory before being penalized on a controversial call while running second under a late restart. In fact, Edwards has led 319 laps in the last two Sprint Cup events at RIR.
“I don’t think there could be two better tracks coming up,” added Edwards. “Atlanta is one of my personal favorite tracks to drive on. I don’t think there’s a more fun race track on the circuit to race on.
“(Crew Chief) Chad (Norris) and all the guys (on the No. 99 team), we spoke a lot this week about our strategy for the race and we feel like we’ve got a car sitting there in the hauler that can go win that race, so we’re really excited about it. I hope that it goes the way we want it to, and Richmond has been kind of a hot-and-cold race track for us, but this spring we found some things and figured some things out and I think we’ve got a good shot at a win at Richmond as we have at any other track on the schedule.”
Edwards will look for his seventh berth in the Chase in the last eight seasons. Kenseth has qualified for the Chase in eight of its nine seasons. Roush Fenway has placed at least two teams in the Chase in every year of its existence, while occupying almost one quarter of the total Chase spots since 2004.
The top six on the leaderboard for the ASA Member Track National Championship will be in action this Labor Day Weekend. The holiday weekend will set the tone for the final month of the 2012 battle.
Current National Championship leader Shelby Stroebel will be looking for his 13th and 14th feature wins in the ASA Modified division this Saturday night at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, ID. It was about this time one year ago that Stroebel started his win streak at the quarter-mile asphalt oval. He will be coming into this weekend with a 220-point lead over Rus Ward in the track standings and has a national average of 4.5261.
Lance Gatlin hopes to find his way back into victory lane this Saturday night at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA. He started off the 2012 season by winning the first nine features in the Limited Late Model division. His last three outings he has had a second, sixth, and fourth place finishes. He has an 80-point lead over Ryan Stiltner in the track standings and has a national average of 4.3944.
The High Banks 100 will be a true test for Mike Slone this Saturday night at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO. The current point leader, along with his competitors in the ASA late Model division, will battle it out in a 100-lap feature event. Slone currently has a 265-point lead over Matt Wallace in the track standings and is third overall in the national standings with an average of 4.0237.
Dennis Queen hopes to extend his 15-point lead over Taylor Coffman this Saturday night at Newport Motor Speedway in Newport, TN. Queen and his fellow Late Model Sportsman competitors will battle it out in a 50-lap feature event. Queen is fourth overall in the national standings with an average of 3.9873.
Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, UT will have their Maverik Modifieds compete this Monday night. Michael Hale holds an 188-point lead over Mark Ith Jr. in the track standings. Hale is looking to defend his 2011 championship and this weekend could help him get a firm hold on that goal. He is fifth in the national standings with an average of 3.6495.
Only 12 points separate Dustin Rumley and defending ASA Member Track National Champion Barry Beggarly going into their twin 50-lap feature event this Friday night at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC. Rumley and Beggarly have been going back and forth as the Late Model point leader over the last two months. Rodney Cook is only 24 points behind Rumley, creating an incredible three-driver battle for the championship. Rumley has a national average of 3.4772.
Mark Eswein took over the points lead from Mark Mackesy after their feature event last Thursday night at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI. Eswein now holds a nine-point lead over Mackesy going into their season finale on Thursday, September 6. Eswein has a national average of 3.4388.
Kyle Borden picked up another feature win at Shasta Speedway in Anderson, CA last Saturday night. He has a commanding lead over Micah Parmer in the track standings. They will be back in action on Saturday, September 15. Borden has a national average of 1.3704.
“Labor Day Weekend is always an important weekend in short track racing, especially at our ASA Member Tracks,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “This weekend will be a great launch into our final month of the 2012 ASA Member Track National Championship. The racing will be close and very competitive. You want excitement, you will see it this weekend at an ASA Member Track or any short track.”
Throughout the season, drivers competing in the premiere divisions at eligible ASA Member Tracks are in the running for the 2012 ASA Member Track National Championship. In order to have a chance for the national title, a driver must first win their 2012 track championship.
Speednetdirect.com, for the fifth year in a row, will tabulate the National Championship standings. Using a proprietary formula that creates an average based on wins, finishing positions, number of cars passed, car counts and events. The driver who wins their track championship and has the highest average over the other ASA Member Track champions will win the 2012 ASA Member Track National Championship.
Full standings are available at www.speednetdirect.com. Click on the ASA Member Track logo at the top of the page.
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NASCAR Wild Card Contenders to Participate in Free Fan Question & Answer Session Thursday, September 6 at Richmond
Richmond International Raceway is offering race fans a unique opportunity on Thursday, September 6. All NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers eligible to race their way into or capture a Wild Card spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but have not already secured a position prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400, will participate in a free fan question and answer session. The event, which is FREE and open to the general public, will start at 5:30 p.m. on the backstretch apron of RIR’s ¾-mile track.
Guests attending the Q&A session on Thursday are asked to enter Richmond International Raceway through Gate 7 off Carolina Avenue and park in the Henrico Parking Lot. Please enter the grandstands at Gate 60 on the backstretch and proceed to the crossover gate. The Q&A session will take place on the backstretch apron. Trams will be provided for guests in Overnight RV Parking in Lot J, as well as the Main and Laburnum Overnight RV Parking lots.
This free event is weather permitting. Should it be cancelled, Richmond International Raceway will notify fans through RIRUPDATES, an informative texting service to keep fans informed on race weekend. To sign up for race weekend updates, text “RIRUPDATES” to 69050. Additionally, push notifications will be sent out though the RIR mobile app, which is free and available for download on most Android and Apple devices.
Talladega Superspeedway is proud to announce that Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88National Guard Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota are scheduled to appear in the Talladega Experience hospitality area on Sunday, October 7th.
The Talladega Experience is the ultimate fan hospitality area that gives fans access to specialty food and beverage tents, as well as exclusive appearances and Q & A’s from motorsport personalities and entertainers.
“Two of NASCAR’s finest drivers will be joining the lineup for the Talladega Experience—the biggest and the best hospitality event in all of motorsports,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “Clint and Dale have been very successful at our track over the years and we are more than excited to have them be a part of our festivities off the track.”
Also included with the Talladega Experience package is a Pre-Race Pit Pass, Suite/Hospitality parking pass, an event souvenir and access to the track for Driver Introductions prior to the race. Price for the package is $139 per person (plus cost of race ticket).
The 2013 Iowa Speedway schedule of events will highlight six major weekends, including feature racing events on four Saturdays and a Sunday afternoon, and the second annual Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally on a Friday through Sunday.
Date changes for the 2013 season include the first NASCAR Nationwide Series event, which is moving from the third weekend of May to Saturday, June 8, and the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, moving from a mid-September Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, September 8. The Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally will also change dates, coming to Newton on Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2 instead of late July.
“Next year’s schedule will provide fans of Iowa Speedway what they’ve come to expect – great entertainment all summer long,” said Iowa Speedway CEO Doug Fritz. “As we move forward, we want to continually provide our fans one of the best schedules and experiences in all of motorsports.”
The 2013 Racing Schedule will feature two NASCAR Nationwide Series’ races, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ races, and a visit from the IZOD IndyCar Series, with over 1,000 laps of high-speed action on tap over a busy four-month racing season.
“Once we have all the support series races and start times locked in, we will announce those as well, but for right now we wanted to get the word out on when fans should plan to be at Iowa Speedway next year,” noted Fritz.
The 2013 Iowa Speedway Schedule will include the following weekends:
May 31-June 2 – Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally
June 7-8 – Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series weekend
June 21-22 – Iowa Corn Indy 250 IZOD IndyCar Series weekend
July 12-13 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200 weekend
August 2-3 – U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist™ Weed Control System NASCAR Nationwide Series weekend
September 7-8 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200 weekend
The Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally will return to Iowa Speedway with a big three-day event on Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2.
“We had a great response from rally participants this year, and we are really excited to continue another quality experience for two wheel enthusiasts next year as well,” Fritz said.
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Mobil 1 fans select Formula Drift Camaro as the winning vehicle for Choose Tony’s Ride with Mobil 1; Smoke also drives WW II-era tank
Last year, three-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart swapped cars with Formula 1 World Champion Driver Lewis Hamilton for a day. This year, Mobil 1 gave fans the opportunity to Choose Tony’s Ride. After three rounds of voting on the Mobil 1 Facebook page, Tony Stewart debuted the Mobil 1 Formula Drift Chevy Camaro SS as the “Choose Tony’s Ride with Mobil 1” fan-favorite on Tuesday, August 28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Smoke also decided he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to operate the World War II-era M36 GMC Jackson Tank on the infield road course. Check out the photos and videos from the event, below.
To see the results of the “Choose Tony’s Ride with Mobil 1” voting and to learn more about all the vehicles involved, visit the Mobil 1 Facebook page.
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Jarett Andretti, the third-generation racer, keeps collecting accolades in his young, but fast-paced racing career. His latest award is the Rookie of the Year Award at the famed Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway in the ultra-fast supermodified class. Jarett, grandson of Aldo and son of John Andretti, has competed at the track all summer while also racing other short track racers such as 410 non-wing sprint cars and midgets in Indiana on both pavement and dirt. His experience in both New York and Indiana has Andretti eager for more.
"It already has been a great year for me with a lot of new racing experiences," said Andretti. "We started in January racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona and this summer I have lived out of my suitcase going from Indiana to New York racing the fastest short track cars in the world. I've really learned a lot this summer, especially racing with cars with a lot more horsepower. Winning the Rookie of The Year Award at Oswego is just a bonus."
Jarett began seriously racing two years ago and has quickly picked up championships in go-karts and the USAC Eastern Ignite Pavement Series. Last year, Andretti also made his national midget debut in Indianapolis and won his qualifying race in his first start before the feature was rained out. This season the experiences in the supermodified and 410 non-wing sprint cars has him prepared to move up to the next level.
"I think racing a supermodified and a 410 sprint car really gives me the ability and confidence to move to the next level," continued Jarett. "Moving into a super late model, a NASCAR Camping World Truck, Indy Lights car or professional sports car seems to be the next logical next step. I'd love to get that experience and keep moving forward. Right now, we'll concentrate on finishing this race season."
Andretti, who has support from primary sponsor Boomerang Bay Premium Cocktail Mixers and partners including Window World and Fatheadz, is currently entering his sophomore year at North Carolina State University in the honors program. He will complete this race season racing the non-wing 410 sprint car and is currently pursuing other opportunities for the fall and 2013. You may learn more by visiting www.jarettandretti.com
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House-Autry Mills, which will be the primary sponsor of David Gilliland's No. 38 Ford at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, has launched the House-Autry Racing Sweepstakes.
Fans can enter to win David Gilliland's race-used Firesuit and a House-Autry gift pack. House-Autry's product line includes chicken, seafood and pork breaders, cornbread, hushpuppy and biscuit mixes, and sauces to complement your favorite fried and baked foods.
The sweepstakes runs through October 31st. Fans can enter at Facebook.com/HouseAutryMills.