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The Daytona Beach Half Marathon returns to the Budweiser Speedweeks lineup in 2014. Scheduled for Sunday, February 16, the sixth annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon, hosted by Volusia County, Daytona International Speedway and the Central Florida Sports Commission will take place one week before the 56thannual “The Great American Race” – the Daytona 500.

Registration will open on Wednesday, April 17, with the advanced entry fee for the Daytona Beach Half Marathon set at $85 per person. The half marathon will start at 6:30 am, just hours after The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona finishes up under the lights on Saturday night, and lead into DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger on Sunday afternoon.

The integration of the race into Budweiser Speedweeks, once again allows organizers to further incorporate the racing theme into the already unique event. In addition, it enables many from the NASCAR community to participate. Included in the nearly 1,400 runners that registered for the 2013 event were four NASCAR drivers (Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip and Aric Almirola) and more than a dozen other team members.

“We’re looking forward to the return of the Daytona Beach Half Marathon during Budweiser Speedweeks 2014,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “From the Speedway to the Beach, the community provided a memorable backdrop for all the runners who participated.”

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon’s route, named one of the seven most scenic half marathons in America by, features one of the most unique courses in the running world. With the legendary pavement and historic grandstands of Daytona International Speedway serving as the backdrop, runners will start on pit road and run the first two miles on the track. The course then winds through the streets of Daytona Beach, finally reaching “The World’s Most Famous Beach” at approximately the 7.1 mile mark. Runners will then run on the beach for approximately two-tenths of a mile, getting an unobstructed view of the ocean as the sun rises on the beautiful horizon. Returning to the roads of Daytona Beach, runners then head back to the Speedway for the finish and a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane.

"We are really excited about the 2014 Daytona Beach Half Marathon and believe it will be even bigger than ever," said Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen. "Last year, we added new features like running on a stretch on the beach while the sun is rising, and we incorporated car racing themes throughout the route, which really connected the runners not only to our great history but the diversity and beauty of our area."

New for 2014, race organizers will also incorporate a shorter distance race, as well as a Kids Race into the half marathon race weekend. Details associated with the additional race and Kids Race, including distance, dates, times and registration information, will be released in the coming months.

“The Daytona Beach Half Marathon provides a participant experience that is unparalleled anywhere in the running world,” said John Bisignano, Central Florida Sports Commission President/CEO. “The complete NASCAR experience, merged with the beauty of Daytona Beach, makes this a destination event that you will not want to miss. We expect the 2014 race weekend to draw more than 4,500 participants and spectators, driving nearly 1,000 room nights and over $900,000 of economic impact for Volusia County.”

Each half marathon participant will receive a race-themed tech shirt, finisher’s medal, post-race party, personalized race bib, and a ticket to DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger. Included in the DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger ticket is access to Sprint FANZONE which provides an up-close look at the NASCAR garages and inspection areas as teams prepare for the race.  Photo opportunities with race cars and other NASCAR-related items will be available before, during and after the race. The half marathon is open to runners and walkers, at least 12 years of age or older, who can complete the course in less than 3 hours and 30 minutes.

For more information about the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, visit For real time updates like the race on Facebook @Daytona Beach Half Marathon or follow on twitter @daytonahalf.


JR Motorsports announced today a one-race sponsorship agreement with CorvetteParts.netfor Jeffrey Earnhardt’s No. 5 Chevrolet in the April 26 race at Richmond International Raceway. is a subset of Keen Parts Inc., a leading supplier of Corvette restoration parts.  JR Motorsports announced on April 4 that Jeffrey Earnhardt, the 23-year-old nephew of team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., would fill the seat of the No. 5 Chevrolet at Richmond.
“We’re extremely happy that has signed on for our Richmond weekend,” said general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller.  “Given that Jeffrey is a fourth-generation Earnhardt and driving for JR Motorsports for the first time, there will be a lot of attention centered around our No. 5 team that weekend.  We hope to take advantage of that and make it a big opportunity for as well.”
JR Motorsports announced an associate partnership with Keen Parts Inc. earlier this year.  Owned by Tom and Teresa Keen and based out of Cleves, Ohio, Keen Parts specializes in Corvette restoration parts ranging from vintage 1953 models to customized accessories for today’s Corvettes.  The company’s current inventory boasts more than 18,000 parts and accessories.
“We join Earnhardt fans all over the country in sharing our excitement in this opportunity for Jeffrey,” said Tom Keen.  “Not only is it a unique opportunity for him to show what he’s got as a race car driver, but it’s an opportunity for to drive awareness about our inventory of Corvette parts and accessories.  Together we can make it a special weekend for both of us.”
JR Motorsports PR

Bryan Ortiz will make his first-ever start at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East takes to the historic track for a 150-lap showcase, the third points-paying race of the 2013 season, on Saturday night, April 13.

In the world of NASCAR driver development, racing at Five Flags Speedway is practically a rite of passage. The speedy half-mile track is home to the Snowball Derby, arguably the most publicized Late Model race in America. It has attracted many racers from across the nation with former winners ranging from Darrell Waltrip to Kyle Busch.


Ortiz, piloting the No. 4 Toyota for Rev Racing, hopes to add his name to the track's list of past winners.


Bryan Ortiz, on racing at Pensacola for the first time... "From the sounds of it, it's a really fast racetrack that is tough on tires. I'll be a rookie there ... I know a lot of my competitors have competed in Late Models there in the past. It's a well-known, prestigious short track that I've been hearing about since I moved (to Charlotte) and I can't wait to get on it and turn some laps."


Last outing... A mechanical failure foiled Ortiz's night last Saturday at Greenville Pickens Speedway, relegating him to a 24th-place finish in a race postponed by two weeks due to inclement weather. Ortiz had the seventh-fastest lap time of the weekend's final practice.



It’s been nearly 60 years since there has been a NASCAR race event at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. In June of 1953, Herb Thomas spoiled a dominant effort by Lee Petty to win a race in the series now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at a newly-opened Five Flags Speedway.

Sergio Pena and other young NASCAR Stars of tomorrow along with short track veterans of the K&N Pro Series East will battle at the “Home of the Snowball Derby” for 150 laps as NASCAR racing returns to the Florida Panhandle for the NAPA AUTO PARTS “150” on April 13th.

“The team and I are very excited to race at Five Flags Speedway,” said Pena, driver of the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. “It’s a track I’ve never been to but I’ve been watching YouTube videos about it as much as possible to get a good idea of what to expect.”

“I really want to thank NAPA and BMR for having me race at some K&N Pro Series East races aside from the full West schedule so I can get as much seat time this year as possible. I’ve been racing with the East Series guys for three years now so I know what to expect from the competition and I am ready to get a win! Being that it’s the NAPA AUTO PARTS “150” will make it all the sweeter.”

The two day event at Five Flags Speedway featuring the NAPA AUTO PARTS “150” will take place on April 12-13, 2013. For more information on Five Flags Speedway visit or call the Five Flags Speedway track office, 850-944-8400.


Season Two X Factor winner Tate Stevens is returning home to sing the national anthem prior to the April 21, 2013 STP 400. Stevens, who hails from Belton, Mo., is making his first appearance at Kansas Speedway prior to two concerts in Kansas City on April 21 and April 22, and the release of his debut album on April 23, 2013.

“I’m excited to have Tate perform the national anthem at his ‘hometown’ track,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “I know our fans will give him a great reception.”

Stevens’ first hometown concert in Kansas City, scheduled for the evening of April 21, sold out in 30 minutes, leading him to add a second concert on April 22. He will also make several appearances in conjunction with the release of his self titled album before joining country music star Alan Jackson on several tour dates this year. The album includes Stevens’ current single “Power of a Love Song,” which is currently airing on country radio.

Kansas Speedway PR

NASCAR veteran Elliott Sadler, as well as NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Joey Coulter and 2012 champion James Buescher, have been added to the growing lineup of players for the Second Annual Celebrity Softball Game between Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. The game will be played on Wednesday, April 24 at the home of the Harrisburg Senators in Harrisburg, Pa.

Sadler will join Clint Bowyer and the rest of Team Dover in an attempt to avenge a loss in last year’s game to Team Pocono, which will be captained by Kevin Harvick, and also feature Coulter and Buescher. Miss Sprint Cup will also participate in the game, and rosters will be rounded out by motorsports media, local media personalities and a few other special guests.

Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night’s baseball game. Tickets for the Senators game start at just $8, and all children ages 16 and younger that wear any NASCAR gear get a free Senators Hat and free passes to the Kids Play Area. For tickets, call 717-231-4444 or visit

Gates for the game will open at 3:30 p.m. with the game beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Bowyer and Harvick will throw out the first pitch for that evening’s 7:05 p.m. baseball game between the Harrisburg Senators and the visiting Reading Fightin’ Phils. The teams are the AA affiliates of the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively.

Throughout both the softball and baseball games, both tracks will be promoting and giving away tickets to their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races which take place on Sunday, June 2 at Dover and Sunday, June 9 at Pocono.

Additionally, fans are encouraged to bring their old and unusable mobile devices to the ballpark, where they will be recycled properly. Any fan who recycles their phones by dropping them off at the track's display table inside Metro Bank Park, will be automatically entered to win an autographed Sprint helmet signed by Kevin Harvick after he won the 600-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Charlotte (N.C.) in 2011.

The tracks have also teamed up to offer an all-new ticket package that includes a ticket for each of the tracks’ spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races — June 2 at Dover, June 9 at Pocono — as well as a hot dog, beverage and souvenir program for each race. The package costs $158 as the Monster Mile and The Tricky Triangle are only 158 miles apart.

Dover Motorsports PR

Former Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway winner Bryan Silas will enjoy twice the action this weekend at the historic 1.0-mile oval, as the Stuart, Florida native will compete in both the Frank Kimmel National Street Stock Series (FKNSS) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races respectively.

The 25-year old is no stranger to Rockingham’s tough demeanor, but the Floridian has proven over the years that his experience has paid dividends, including notching his first stock-car win in the CARS Pro Cup Series in November 2011.

Undoubtedly, the extra track-time this weekend could play into the hands of the sophomore NCWTS driver who hopes to secure his first top-10 finish of the season in Sunday’s highly anticipated North Carolina Education 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine.

“I’m looking forward to Rockingham this weekend,” said Silas. “Any time I get the opportunity to race at “The Rock” the excitement overwhelms me. You never forget the place you scored your first win. Over the years, the track has been very good to me and I’m hoping for more of the same success on Saturday and Sunday.”

The Fast Track High Performance Driving School 100 for the Frank Kimmel National Street Stock Series is scheduled for Saturday, April 13. The 100-lap event is scheduled to take action at approximately 4:45 p.m Eastern, immediately following final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the third of 22 events on the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Qualifying is set for race day, Sunday April 14 scheduled to lift off at 11:00 a.m. The 36-truck starting field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. with live coverage on SPEED, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the anticipated slugfest is tentatively scheduled to lift off at 1:30 p.m. also on SPEED.


Rev Racing is headed to the beach for the Napa 150 at Five Flags Speedway this Saturday, April 13 in Pensacola, Fla. This will be the inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race at the .5-mile asphalt oval which is home to the Snowball Derby, an annual open-competition Super Late Model race.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford is off to a strong start this season with a third place finish in the non-points race at Daytona’s short track followed by a third place finish in the season opener at Bristol. He came home 13th from Greenville last weekend and is currently sixth in the series point’s standings.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry) – Ortiz has nine top 10s in 16 NKNPS East races, with a best finish of third at Bowman Gray Stadium. He also started this season with a third place finish in the non-points event at Daytona’s short track in February. He has an average finish of 13th in nine career starts at intermediate short tracks, with a best finish of fifth at CNB Bank Raceway Park in 2012.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Suarez scored two top-ten finishes last weekend where he came home seventh in the NKNPS East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway and sixth in the Toyota Series race in Mexico City, Mexico. He has an average finish of 13th in nine career starts at intermediate short tracks with a best finish of fifth twice at Columbus.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell had her best qualifying run in the series last weekend at Greenville Pickens Speedway where she started seventh. She’s one of two females racing full time in the NKNPS East this season and is running for Rookie of the Year honors.

There will be an autograph session at 5:30 p.m. ET and the green flag will drop at 7 p.m. ET. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

Rev Racing PR

Sam Hornish, Jr., driver of the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts / WURTH Ford Mustang for Penske Racing is testing at Mid-Ohio Monday, April 15. The test is open to fans for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hornish, Jr. currently leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship standings by 28 points heading into this weekend’s race. He has one victory this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Fans looking to attend the test are asked to enter at Gate 3. The Infield and The Keyhole will be open. The tower, pits, paddock and garage area are closed to fans. A map and fact sheet will be distributed to fans upon arrival with more details.

“The response to the NASCAR Nationwide Series coming to Mid-Ohio has been enormous and continues to grow as we get closer to our season. This test not only serves an important technical purpose but it also gives us an opportunity to give our fans a small taste of what to expect at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 on August 17.” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Fans are welcome to take photos and videos of the cars on track as well as bring food and/or drinks as concession stands will be closed. Please note that the test will break from noon to 1 p.m. Further information and an access map will be distributed to fans when they arrive. They are also welcome to bring food and/or coolers.

Mid-Ohio PR

Whether you are a first-time visitor to Michigan International Speedway or a long-time guest, NASCAR’s fastest track has a new website to help educate guests about MIS and NASCAR.

The track has launched to aid guests before they attend NASCAR events at the track.

With a growing number of fans at MIS being first-timers or guests who are returning after an absence, one of our track’s missions has become to educate fans to help them make the most of their experience while at the track.

“We want it to be easy to be a fan,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The one thing we have heard is how fans want to learn about the track and NASCAR before they even leave the house. This website is a fun way for guests to gain a comfort level with the track and what they can expect at an event larger than the Super Bowl before arriving.”

In addition to this website there are many additional ways for fans to learn about MIS and NASCAR, including Discover MIS, guest guide, subscribing to the newsletter and asking a question to the Fan Advisory Board. Fans can also follow the track socially on Facebook ( and Twitter (@MISpeedway). features videos that describe everything at MIS from how to use the trams to how to use FanVision. What is the Rookie Pit Stop at MIS? How does a guest navigate the New Holland Fan Plaza?

Watch a series of short videos as Curtis and other speedway employees walk guests through everything needed to know to being a NASCAR fan.

Don’t know what to pack, what to bring in the gates or a schedule? There are packing lists and advice for fans and their kids.

The best people to give tips are fellow race fans. So even NASCAR fans offer advice on how to make a visit to MIS more enjoyable.

Like anything, the website will evolve as content and competition change. The speedway’s staff will always be on the lookout for new content and fun ways to make the website helpful, educational and worthwhile.



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