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- Heat Race Starting Lineup – Random draw determines heat race designation and starting position for the heat race. The draw will be in order of current owner points.
- Qualifying Heat Races – Four qualifying races held at 15 laps each with only green flag laps counted – no overtime rule. Free pass and wave around procedures will be in effect.
- Passing Points – Drivers will accumulate points in the heat races based on finishing position and passing points. The points total determines the starting position for the feature event.
- Passing Points = The difference between assigned starting position and finishing position
- Go forward – accumulate passing points
- Go backward or finish where you started – zero passing points
- Tiebreaker - Owner Points
- Feature – Lineup based on combined points of Heat Race finishing position and passing points. Feature race will be 250 laps (NCWTS: 150 laps) divided into three stages (NCS: 75/150/250) / (NCWTS: 40/90/150). Running order will be frozen at the conclusion of each stage. During the stage breaks, teams can change tires, add fuel and make adjustments to their cars/trucks. These non-competitive pit stops must be completed in a time designated by NASCAR (TBD). No fuel or tires except at stage breaks. (Note: Teams will not be required to pit during the stage breaks. Teams that elect not to pit will re-start ahead of teams that pitted. Re-start order determined by the freeze at the conclusion of the preceding stage)
- Additional Event Highlights – Choose rule will not be in effect for the Bristol Dirt race. The overtime rules, free pass and wave around procedures will be in effect.
World Wide Technology Raceway, the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region, today introduced its new kids club for children under 12. The WWTR Kids Club Presented By T-Mobile will offer free tickets, food, discounts, and premiums and programs to members at the speedway’s INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA events in 2021.
Membership cost is $25 for the first child. Use the promo code WWTRKIDS to save $5 on each additional child in the same family. Members will receive free tickets, discounts and exclusive benefits. For more information on benefits received and to sign up your child, please visit http://bit.ly/kidsclubwwtr.
“One of our primary goals at World Wide Technology Raceway is to engage the next generation of racing fans and include them in our numerous forms of racing and events,” said WWTR Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “This partnership with T-Mobile provides a platform for us to showcase how family-friendly a day at the races can be. In addition, our club will include special offers and off-season engagement to promote the love of the sport and the club 365 days per year.”
For additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.WWTRaceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
Riley Herbst Notes of Interest
• Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the fourth race of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300. It’s also the hometown race for Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 South Point Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing. The recently minted 22-year-old (Herbst’s birthday was Feb. 24) is a third-generation racer from Las Vegas. His grandfather, Jerry, and uncles Tim and Ed, and father Troy, are all Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame inductees for being championship-winning off-road racers.
• Furthering the hometown connection is Herbst’s South Point Ford Mustang. Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, the South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guestroom features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as WiFi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point Hotel will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a separate race and sports book area, 11 restaurants, world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon, a 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment, a 700-seat Bingo room, a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex, a 64-lane bowling center, a 52,000-square foot Conference Center and an 80,000-square foot Exhibit Hall. The venue is the “Official Hotel and Casino of Las Vegas Motor Speedway” and sponsor of the September 2021 Las Vegas NASCAR Cup Series race, South Point 400. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
• Herbst was an Xfinity Series rookie last year, and in his last two visits to Las Vegas he finished ninth and 12th, respectively, in the February and September races. However, that February race in 2020 was not the first time Herbst raced an Xfinity Series car at the 1.5-mile oval. As part of a nine-race Xfinity Series schedule in 2019, Herbst competed at Las Vegas on Sept. 14 and acquitted himself well, starting 15th and finishing ninth for what was his fourth career Xfinity Series top-10. Herbst now has 21 career top-10s as he heads into the Alsco Uniforms 300.
• In last week’s Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Herbst endured an up-and-down day. He started 29th and climbed to as high as fourth, where he started the final stage. Herbst was poised to race with the leaders and potentially contend for the win, but on lap 99, Justin Allgaier came off turn two and pinched Herbst into the outside wall. This damaged the front end of Herbst’s No. 98 Ford and forced a prolonged pit stop for repairs. Herbst restarted 30th and rallied his way into the top-15 by lap 109. He ultimately finished 11th, one spot shy of his third consecutive top-10 at Homestead.
Riley Herbst, Driver of the No. 98 South Point Ford Mustang
You’re heading to your hometrack – Las Vegas Motor Speedway. What are your expectations for the race?
“I’m really looking forward to heading back to Vegas. I think we’ll be really, really fast and have some good success – at least that’s what we’re planning for. The No. 98 won that race last year, so I’m looking forward to going back home to race that one. I just think we kind of need to work through the first four or five races and see where we are because it’s a new team for me. For the first five races, we’re just kind of judging everything and, hopefully, after that and after the first quarter of the season, we can be in contention for wins and be racing up front.”
With the success the No. 98 team had last year with Chase Briscoe, particularly at tracks like Homestead and Las Vegas, are you talking with him to get advice?
“A lot of it comes from my crew chief, Richard Boswell. I lean on him a lot. I’ve also talked to Chase a few times – especially before the (Daytona) road course. He’s in a new position himself in the NASCAR Cup Series and trying to get his grips around him, but he’s helped me out quite a bit by telling me to take my time and trust in Richard. He said to know that the No. 98 South Point Ford is fast and to have some fun.”
How much fun are you going to have when you go back to your hometown of Las Vegas?
“I haven’t been back home since the holidays, so it’ll be cool to see some people and I’m really excited that our governor decided to allow some people in the stands. Honestly, I’m excited to be racing in front of a hometown crowd. Man, the No. 98 team was fast and swept both races last year – so, no pressure there (laughs). But I’m looking forward to a good run and having some fun back home.”
With a mostly disappointing month of February behind them, Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team are anxious to move into the month of March, beginning with this weekend’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Even before the season started I was looking forward to March,” DiBenedetto said. “This is the start of a good stretch of tracks for us.”
The 1.5-mile Las Vegas track has been particularly good for DiBenedetto and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team in recent seasons. Last year, he was runner-up in both races at Vegas, and in the six races before he joined the No. 21 team, the Wood Brothers posted four top-10s and no finishes outside the top 15.
“We had a shot to win both races at Las Vegas last year and we still had room for improvement,” DiBenedetto said. “I can’t wait to get there and see how we stack up against the competition. We were strong there last year, and I’m hoping we have the same speed this year.”
But he cautioned that past results are no guarantee of future performance.
“There are a lot of tough teams out there right now,” he said. “A lot of folks are running good.”
DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Mustang will be starting 30th on Sunday. With no qualifying scheduled, the line-up will be set based on recent performances, which have been disappointing for his team. And that’s a big disadvantage, he said.
“It hurts,” he said. “It really does. It messes up your early-race strategy as far as going for Stage points.
“Sometimes it’s well into the second or even the third Stage before you can work your way to the front.
“The [line-up] system puts you behind the Eight Ball, so you just have to go to work and overcome it.”
The 267-lap Pennzoil 400, which will have Stage breaks at Laps 80 and 160, is set to get the green flag just after 12:30 p.m. on Sunday (3:30 p.m. Eastern Time). FOX will carry the TV broadcast.
No. 04 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals News and Notes:
• Viva Las Vegas: Cory Roper will make his 4th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the No. 04 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Ford F-150 for Roper Racing.
o Roper had a previous best qualifying run of 5th in 2019 at Las Vegas.
• Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: Roper will be racing with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on his truck in Las Vegas with Carquest Auto Parts as an associatre sponsor. Roper will help bring awareness toward CMN Hospitals.
o “It is a privelage to represent Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this weekend on the No. 04 Ford F-150,” said Roper. “This is a great cause to help change kids’ health and change the future for children all over the country. We’re going to give our very best this weekend for CMN.”
o Statement from CMN: “We’re thrilled to have Cory Roper and Roper Racing supporting Children’s Miracle Network this weekend for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Our partners suggested we jump onboard with Roper Racing this weekend and we couldn’t refuse. This a great opportunity to help build awareness to our organization. We wish Cory and his team the best this weekend.”
• Points: Roper comes into this race 13th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.
• Race Info: The Bucked Up 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway begins at 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 5th, 2021. The race will have live coverage on FS1, Sirius XM Radio Ch. 90 and MRN Radio.
Behind the Driver’s Seat:
Cory Roper: “Las Vegas is a very fun race track to compete because you can use multiple grooves on the track to race on. The trucks are also packed together with the speeds that we run. The competition here at this track is phenomenal. I look forward to battling it out with the other teams all race.”
Roper Racing PR
Pitbull, Daniel Suárez, Justin Marks and Steve Phelps at SLAM! School in Miami on Monday.
Trackhouse Racing PR
Bold Rock, the No. 2 hard cider brand in the United States, has partnered with Speedway Motorsports to take race day experiences at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to a bold new level of excitement with the refreshing, delicious flavors of new Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade.
Bold Rock launched the lineup of Hard Teas and Lemonades in late 2020 to continue on its path of building Bold Rock into a multi-segment, total alcohol beverage brand. Bold Rock is capitalizing on high growth segments from cider, hard seltzer, canned cocktails and now, hard tea and lemonade.
As the “Official Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade” of Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS), Bold Rock will bring the familiar flavors of tea and lemonade with a bold kick to the world of motorsports, offering new choices to fans on race day. The “Bold Rock Bold Race Day Experience” will enhance the following race weekends:
- Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on March 21 (AMS),
- Food City Dirt Race on March 28 (BMS),
- Coca-Cola 600 on May 30 (CMS),
- Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on September 18 (BMS).
As part of the “Bold Rock Bold Race Day Experience,” race fans will have an opportunity to win future race tickets, prizes and sample a variety of Bold Rock products across a wide spectrum of craft beverage. Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade also will be featured on the Performance Racing Network’s national radio broadcasts with the “Bold Move of the Race” as selected by PRN’s racing radio analysts. Additionally, Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade will be awarding shoppers with VIP race experiences through a consumer sweepstakes at select grocery and convenience stores in the local race markets.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bold Rock into our family of partners at Speedway Motorsports and are ready to introduce millions of race fans to their Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade products through our speedways and PRN,” said Kevin Camper, Speedway Motorsports Chief Sales Officer. “This dynamic partnership is unique as it spans across our national radio network platform as well as our three Speedway Motorsports venues in the Southeast. Bold Rock will have a wide sports marketing platform to conduct its marketing activation in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.”
“Bold Rock was founded on a dream of bringing people together to create special memories and meaningful experiences while enjoying our products, and what better places to make great memories amongst passionate race fans than during race weeks at Bristol, Charlotte and Atlanta?,” said Derek Detenber, Chief Marketing Officer of Artisanal Brewing Ventures, Bold Rock’s parent company. “Through this partnership with Speedway Motorsports, we will not only activate around race day but also connect with passionate and loyal race fans all season long. Racing is a bold sensory experience – the spine-tingling rumble of the engines, the sight of cars whipping around the track and the fun loving, thrill-seeking, and passionate fans captivated by this sport. Those fans are the perfect match for Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade with their bold flavor varieties and refreshing taste. These brands will satisfy on race days at the track or while watching at home on TV.”
Bold Rock Hard Tea and Hard Lemonade are now available in 24 states including a strong presence in the Southeast footprint of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee as well as the remainder of the East Coast and portions of the Midwest - Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Washington DC, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Houston, Texas.
Speedway Motorsports PR
Spire Motorsports announced today that NationsGuard will be the primary sponsor of the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
For the third consecutive race, Justin Haley will handle driving duties for the No. 77 team.
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“Spire Motorsports is happy to showcase NationsGuard on our No. 77 Chevrolet this weekend,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner Jeff Dickerson. “Justin Haley does a great job on the race track so we’re confident he’ll give the NationsGuard Chevrolet a good run.”
The Pennzoil 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live on FOX Sunday, March 7 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The fourth of 36 races on the 2021 NCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
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