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The All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota will celebrate its 2019 track champions on January 18th, 2020 @the Grounds in Roseville.  The Championship Awards Gala will honor drivers from all six weekly racing divisions at the NASCAR-sanctioned track.  Special guest Larry McReynolds will be the Master of Ceremonies and will be joined by other special guests still to be announced.
 
Track champions include Jason Romero in the NASCAR Late Models, Nick Lyons in the NASCAR Limited Modifieds, Andrew Peeler in the NASCAR Super Stocks, and Ray Molina in the NASCAR F4 class.  Brody Armtrout in the Jr. Late Models and Kenna Mitchell in the Mini Cup vs. Bandolero division will also be honored. All told, more than 40 awards will be handed out in a fun and exciting night.  Cocktail attire is suggested for this special gala.  Purchase of ticket includes reserved table seating and a catered dinner by Randy Peters Catering.
 
Tickets are available by visiting www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com Prices are $45 until January 7th and increase to $55 available until January 14th.  Tables for ten are available for $400.00, before taxes and fees.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Door and raffle prizes will be offered along with a no host bar provided by @the Grounds.
 
The 2020 schedule for the All American Speedway is expected to be announced in the coming days. It will feature 14 racing events under the NASCAR banner.

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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that crew chief Cole Pearn has decided to leave the organization to pursue opportunities outside of the sport.

Pearn, who joined JGR following the 2018 season, led Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 19 team to a runner-up finish in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series standings following a series-best seven wins, 15 top-five finishes and 24 top-10s. During the 2019 Playoffs alone, the Pearn-led No. 19 team claimed three wins, a pair of runner-up finishes and only finished outside the top seven once in 10 races.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision,” Pearn said. “At the end of the day, I really want to spend time with my family and actually see my kids grow up. Being on the road, you are away from home so much and miss a lot of time with your family. I don’t want to miss that time anymore. I want to be there for all the things that my kids are going to experience while they are still young. I love racing and there isn’t a better place to be than Joe Gibbs Racing, but I don’t want to look back in 20 years and think about everything I missed with my wife and kids while I was gone. They are what is most important to me.”

Over the past five seasons, Pearn and Truex have enjoyed one of the most successful stretches in NASCAR history where they won the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship and qualified for the Championship 4 on four different occasions. The duo’s 23 wins since the start of 2016 are the best amongst all driver-crew chief combos over that time.

“I cannot say enough good things about Cole and what he has meant for my career,” Truex said. “I appreciate his hard work and dedication to our race team over the past six years going back to when he was my engineer at Furniture Row. Our friendship is what matters most to me and I’m happy that he’s doing what’s best for him and his family.”

Crew chief for the No. 19 Toyota Camry will be announced at a later date.

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Officials at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, today released its 2020 special events schedule for the 340-acre complex that is home to NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region.

Please note:

  • This is not a final schedule. This is a schedule of special events as of December 9, 2019.
  • Several more events are being finalized.
  • WWTR will release its entire 2020 schedule – including the local E.T. bracket series, Wide Open Wednesdays, Midnight Madness, VP Racing Fuel Series and more -- at the St. Louis Auto Show in January. 

 

WWTR SCHEDULE OF 2020 SPECIAL EVENTS

April 17-19 – Midwest SuperStar Series and JEGS Super Quick Series

Three days of ET bracket racing for grassroots racers. $10,000 to win each day.

April 26 – Import Face-Off

May 8-9 – Mother Road Rendezvous

Nostalgia drag racing, car show, classic camper rally, rockabilly concert.

May 14-16 – National Mustang Racing Association (NMRA)

All-Ford drag races and car show.

May 29-31 – National Muscle Car Association (NMCA)

Muscle car drag racing and car show.

June 10 – Hot Rod Power Tour

June 12-14 – Midwest SuperStar Series Finale Weekend

Three days of ET bracket racing for grassroots racers. $10,000 to win each day.

June 20 – FuelFest lifestyle show and Mid-West Pro Mod Series

The Fast and the Furious Festival includes music, drifting, drag racing.

August 2 – Menards Automobile Racing Club (ARCA) 150

August 7-8 – Formula Drift National Championship Series

August 15-16 – Summer Speed Spectacular

Street Car Super Nationals, nostalgia drag racing and Mid-West Pro Mod Series.

August 21 – NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series iHeartRadio 200 presented by CK Power

NASCAR Truck qualifying and 200-mile race; INDYCAR pole qualifying.

August 22 – Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline

NTT IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, vintage Indy Cars, stock cars.

September 18-19 – Street Car Takeover

October 2-4 – AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event

October 8-11 – NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional Finals

October 18 – Import face-Off

WWTR, formerly known as Gateway Motorsports Park, is located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis. For more information on WWTR, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

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In 2020, NTT IndyCar Series fans will get what they have asked for at Iowa Speedway: the return of a true night race. INDYCAR and speedway officials announced today that next year’s race in Newton, Iowa will take the green flag under the lights.

The NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 will be held the evening of Saturday, July 18. The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 will fall between the Streets of Toronto and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the schedule – the 13th race of the INDYCAR season.

“The return of a night race for INDYCAR at Iowa Speedway is exciting news for our race fans, sponsors, and the entire region,” Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt said. “The cars look great under the lights, and the competition should be even more fierce given what should be cooler conditions. Our track provides some of the best racing you’ll see anywhere, which will be good for attendance. This will be a can’t-miss weekend for all race fans.”

The return to a true night race at Iowa was the result of fans requesting it. The race will begin at 8:00 p.m. CT on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. And for fans and drivers, it is nostalgic, hearkening back to the first race many of them experienced … a night race on a short track.

The series hasn't held a race that began after dusk at Iowa Speedway since 2015, and drivers and fans are welcoming it. Not only does it look more vibrant -- and create sparks as cars bottom out -- it also makes for better racing. Tires grip better when the track is cooler. Fans also avoid sweltering conditions during summer afternoons.

Iowa Speedway PR

At the eighth annual year-end luncheon today, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.), a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, announced its $2,293,823 contribution to local organizations, service groups and through its Levy Restaurants since its inception in 2012.

In 2019, R.A.C.E. donated $33,736 in grants to 22 Chicagoland community organizations. Through work during Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR weekend and Route 66 Raceway’s NHRA weekend, $161,556 was donated to 36 local service groups

In addition, Levy Restaurants, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s food and beverage partner, contributed $60,640 as it staffed its concession locations with charitable groups, bringing the total contributions in 2019 to $255,932.

“I say it every year at our year-end luncheon that it’s my favorite event of the year,” said Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway President Scott Paddock. “As our race season concludes, we are able to give back to so many great charitable organizations, bringing the grand total to $2,293,823 after the contributions in 2019.”

R.A.C.E. developed integral partnerships with a multitude of organizations which activated during major event weekends, including the NASCAR Summer Festival Weekend, the Route 66 NHRA Nationals and the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic, to help support its charitable contributions.

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Chicagoland Speedway will take place June 19-21. The NASCAR National Series will kick off with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series followed by NASCAR Xfinity Series and will culminate with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

To purchase tickets to any 2020 Chicagoland Speedway event, visit us online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, call 888-629-RACE (7223), download the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, visit the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.

For the most current information about Chicagoland Speedway, follow us on Facebook along with Twitter and Instagram @chicagolndspdwy.

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INDYCAR released the green flag times today for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season that features starting time shifts at four races - St. Petersburg, Circuit of The Americas, Iowa and Mid-Ohio - and the anticipated evening return to Richmond Raceway.

Those four returning races represent the only significant green flag start time changes from a year ago in the 17-race 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule, beginning with the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg scheduled for Sunday, March 15.

The notable changes:  

    • The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which began at 1:40 p.m. ET this past season, will now have a 3:30 p.m. green flag. The race on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., will be celebrating its 10th anniversary as the series' season opener and be televised on NBC Sports Network.
    • The AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge at Circuit of The Americas on Sunday, April 26, will have a similar shift, moving from a 1:43 p.m. ET green flag this past season to 4:10 p.m. (3:10 p.m. local) in 2020. The permanent road course in Austin, Texas, will play host to the fourth race of the season and be broadcast on NBCSN.
    • The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway, set for Saturday, July 18, on NBCSN, will be better accommodated for an evening race under the lights with the green flag moving from 7:15 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. (8 p.m. local).
    • The Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, Aug. 16, will be the only race among the four that moves to an earlier start time. The race, which had a 4:05 p.m. ET start this past season, will shift to a 12:45 p.m. green flag in 2020 and be televised on NBC.
    • The NTT IndyCar Series heads to Richmond Raceway - the only new addition on the 2020 schedule - for the 11th race of the season on Saturday, June 27. The field will take the green flag at 8:15 ET for the start of the first Indy car race at the .75-mile oval since 2009. The race will be broadcast on NBCSN.

Click here for the full printable 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule with green flag times.

Detailed broadcast information for the entire season will be announced at a later date.

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season opens with three days of action - March 13-15 - at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Tickets are now on sale and available by visiting http://www.gpstpete.com/tickets.

NTT IndyCar Series

PLATINUM-selling Country star Chris Lane will headline the pre-race activity before the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he takes the stage to perform live on March 15, 2020.

Chris Lane continues to evolve in his on-fire career with GOLD and PLATINUM level certifications, two #1 hits (breakout smash “Fix” and recent chart-topper “I Don’t Know About You”), two Top 10 albums, and more than 1.1 billion career streams. 

“I Don’t Know About You” followed the success of his hit collaboration “Take Back Home Girl” featuring Tori Kelly. Both songs are from Lane's Big Loud Records sophomore album – LAPS AROUND THE SUN – that made a chart-topping debut, landing at #1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart and inside the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for the second time in his career. Lane has scored nominations at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, ACM Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards and appeared on TODAY, The Bachelor, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth  Meyers and CONAN. Recently married to Lauren Bushnell, Lane popped the question with “Big, Big Plans” – his brand-new single making its mark on Country radio.
 
A limited number of Sunday-only pre-race pit passes providing stage-front access for Chris Lane’s pre-race performance as well as NASCAR Cup Series driver introductions are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $100, while a three-day weekend pre-race pit pass is just $125 per person. Sunday-only pre-race passes for kids 12 and under are $50. A grandstand or infield ticket is required for each pre-race pit pass holder.
 
In addition to getting a better view of all the on-stage activities, pre-race pit passes allow fans to tour the pit area to see the starting field for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, leave their mark by signing the frontstretch wall and start/finish line, and get up close to the stars of NASCAR as they make their way to the stage.

Tickets and pre-race pit passes may be purchased at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com, Ticketmaster or by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office. For more information or to purchase today, contact Atlanta Motor Speedway at 770-946-4211, 877-9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

AMS PR

Tim Buckwalter, one of the most accomplished and adaptable drivers in the northeast, will be aiming for victory inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center when he takes a proven TQ Midget to post on January 3rd and 4th, 2020 for the Ironton Telephone sponsored Allentown Indoor Race.

The Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels will open its 2020 season in the Queen City.  Tickets for the fifth annual Allentown event are on sale at the PPL Center box office. Tickets are also available at www.pplcenter.com or by calling 610-347-TIXX.

Buckwalter, 30, of Douglassville, PA, is coming off a 2019 racing year that saw him win six feature races, two each in Wingless Sprints, SpeedSTRs and Micro Sprints.

Buckwalter’s USAC East Coast Wingless Sprint race wins were at Pa.’s Grandview and Big Diamond speedways. He won a pair of SpeedSTR mains at The Action Track in Kutztown, PA, where he finished second in the season standings. He also won two 600cc Micro Sprint headliners, one each at Pa.’s Shellhammer’s and Linda’s Speedways.

Buckwalter also raced USAC Sprints, USAC Midgets and Dirt 358 Modifieds in 2019. As recently as 2017, the versatile Buckwalter raced to a 358 dirt Modified victory at Grandview as well. Missing from his resume, however, is a TQ Midget victory in Allentown.

Buckwalter will be driving one of the most potent cars in the field, the No. 74 owned by engine builder Dave Pippard, whose most efficient motor is installed in a Mark Lafler-built chassis.

“I’ll have the car that Pippard had me drive for him last year, and you can’t get any better equipment than that,” Buckwalter shared.

Buckwalter owns one TQ Midget victory in Friday night competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in 2011. He came close to winning the Gambler’s Classic in Atlantic City the past two years.  In 2019, he finished runner-up to Andy Jankowiak and in 2018 he lead most of the race before spinning from the top spot after contact with eventual winner Ryan Flores.

“It takes a good car, a lot patience and some luck to win one of these races,” Buckwalter states.

Despite his good fortunes in Atlantic City, Buckwalter says he favors the Allentown track more than AC or the series new third venue at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.

“I like the shape of it,” he said. “Just feel a little more comfortable there. Every year, you learn something and this year I’m very fortunate to be driving the same car I ran last year in the Series races.”

Buckwalter’s Allentown entry is among nearly 30 early TQ Midget registrants for the competition. 

The Allentown event will include complete racing programs including qualifying and feature events on back-to-back nights headlined by the TQ Midgets.  They will be joined by the Champ Karts on Friday night’s card and the Slingshots on Saturday.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., one of the winningest dirt Modified drivers during the 2019 outdoor season, is the defending Indoor Series champion. Rudolph clinched the title by winning the 2019 series finale in Syracuse.

Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa. became the first Lehigh Valley resident to win a TQ Midget race in Allentown last January during the Friday night program. Ryan Flores of Mooresville, NC, the 2017 series champion, won Saturday’s main event.

Doors open at 6:00PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM on Friday. On Saturday, doors open at 5:00PM with racing beginning at 7:00PM sharp. An on-track Fan Fest is available at no extra charge to ticket holders who chose the option when making their purchase.

The Allentown race is the first of four events that comprise the Indoor Auto Racing Series.

After the two race event opener in Allentown, the “Concrete Series” presented by BELFOR Property Restoration, the series moves to Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday and Saturday, January 31st and February 1st for the 18th annual NAPA Auto Parts Classic.

The “Concrete Series” season finale us on Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th in a second year return to the brand new Exposition Center located on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. N.Y.

A special non-point event will be held on a banked clay oval. The third annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals will return to CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. with a new date. This race meet, held the last two years in December, has been moved to Friday and Saturday, February 21st and 22nd featuring nearly 100 Wingless 600cc Sprints kicking up the clay.

Tickets for all four venues make great Christmas gifts.  They can be obtained now through information available on the series website: www.indoorautoracing.com along with special host hotel rates.

Corporate sponsorship packages to fit every budget and group sales information is available by email or call Danny Sammons at the series office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 609-888-3618.

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DIRTcar Racing’s only Northeast full-fendered racing division, the DIRTcar Pro Stocks, will now be sanctioned at the newly configured 4/10ths Can-Am Speedway in 2020. Participating racers will be a part of the lucrative Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.

After another successful Pro Stock meeting where nearly 30 teams were represented, DIRTcar’s Northeast Director Dean Reynolds, along with a highly experienced tech team, have refined an already unified and credible DIRTcar Pro Stock rulebook. Can-Am Speedway teams can look forward to racing under a fair set of rules along with the opportunity to take their DIRTcar-legal Pro Stock to Series races like the Wilkins RV Pro Stock 50 at NAPA Super DIRT Week.

“Tyler Bartlett was looking to sanction his Pro-Street division for a while now, but it was a combination of getting some rules tweaked and also the right time to introduce the sanction,” Reynolds said. “After our meeting in November some rules were moved into what he already had in place to make the transition easier. I believe the teams will welcome the benefits of the sanction with the added insurance, increased PR, and running for the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.”

Not only will an exciting group of competitors converge weekly on Lafargeville, but the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series is scheduled to make a stop on Friday, Sept. 11. The Feature-winner will receive a minimum of $1,000 first-place prize.

“We believe the timing is right to now sanction the class and let’s hope it gives it a boost here weekly at Can-Am,” said owner and GM Tyler Bartlett. “We love the group of drivers and they are so competitive with each other, but it’s no secret that we want numbers to climb some. In reaching out, there was some noise that some teams would come to Can-Am if the class is sanctioned. We hope so, I just love to see the class grow.”

Can-Am Speedway draws in lineage to the famous Watertown Speedway. Built in 1975, The Nasty Track has hosted some of the best dirt track racing the country has to offer, including the Super DIRTcar Series, 358 Modified Series, Sportsman Series, and of course Pro Stocks. The track changed hands a few times over the years but with the Bartlett family now behind the wheel, Can-Am Speedway’s future looks bright.

DIRTcar Racing PR

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