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Club Wyndham®, the nation’s largest vacation club, wants you to hit the road next summer and has teamed up with Richard Petty to provide the ultimate road trip ride — the Club Wyndham 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS, custom built by Petty’s Garage.  Travelers can enter Richard Petty’s Roadtrip Sweepstakes,in Partnership with Club Wyndham now through May 5, 2020, for a chance to win the custom Camaro, vacation stays at Club Wyndham resorts and more.

Six sweepstakes finalists will enjoy the trip of a lifetime to Charlotte, North Carolina where they will meet Richard Petty and NASCAR driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. Each of the finalists will receive a key to the Club Wyndham Camaro, but only one lucky driver will be able to unlock the custom car and speed off with the grand prize.

The Club Wyndham 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS was built by the crew at Petty’s Garage — the premier destination for custom performance builds – exclusively for the sweepstakes. One-of-a-kind enhancements made to the car include racing-inspired features, such as a custom spoiler and window etching, sport wheels and tires, Magnaflow Catback Competition Series Exhaust, Elbach pro lowering springs and many other features to make a one-of-a-kind ride.

“Our team at Petty’s Garage put a lot of thought into how to transform the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS into a unique, Club Wyndham-branded ride that any car enthusiast will love,” said Richard Petty, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and Club Wyndham timeshare owner. “The result of that thoughtfulness is a truly exceptional car that is perfect for hitting the road and exploring new destinations.”

“The crew at Petty’s Garage have really outdone themselves with this incredible, custom-built Club Wyndham car,” says Noah Brodsky, chief brand officer for Wyndham Destinations. “We’re thrilled to work with the Petty team to get one lucky grand prize winner in the fast lane to fun with this decked-out ride, and to offer additional prizes through the Richard Petty’s Roadtrip Sweepstakes, in Partnership with Club Wyndham, that are sure to excite race fans and travel lovers alike.”

In addition to the grand prize winner, four first prize sweepstakes winners will enjoy a trip for two to Las Vegas that includes three nights at a Club Wyndham resort, airfare and ground transportation and a $250 gift card.

Twenty second prize winners will also win a four-day, three-night stay at a Club Wyndham resort, while an additional 10 third prize winners will win a NASCAR Racing Experience. Finally, 50 fourth prize winners will receive a NASCAR Racing Experience Ride-A-Long.

Travelers and race fans can enter to win and check out this custom ride in person at several Petty’s Garage Mobile Tour events, car shows, festivals and fan events in:  

  • Homestead Florida, Nov. 15 – 17, 2019
  • Daytona Beach, Florida, Feb. 15 – 16, 2020
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 21 – 23, 2020
  • Phoenix, Arizona, March 6 – 8, 2020
  • Homestead, Florida, March 20 - 22, 2020
  • Ft. Worth, Texas, March 27 – 29, 2020
  • Richmond, Virginia, April 17 – 19, 2020
  • Jeep Beach, Daytona Beach, Florida, April 20 – 26, 2020
  • Dover, Delaware, May 1 – 3, 2020

To enter the sweepstakes and learn more about the Official Rules and prizes, visit

Club Wyndham celebrates a lifetime of adventure by helping vacation club owners unlock new cities, new experiences and new destinations. With access to more than 220 resorts in a variety of destinations that offer more experiences for travelers in the places they want to travel, Club Wyndham gives its owners the chance to check off the next adventure on their bucket lists. Multi-bedroom suites come complete with fully equipped kitchens, separate living and dining areas, washer/dryers, and outdoor grills to sample the local cuisine.

Families who would like to experience all that the club’s resorts have to offer but are not yet owners can book a stay in a spacious suite through vacation rental agency Extra Holidays. In celebration of Richard Petty’s Roadtrip Sweepstakes, in Partnership with Club Wyndham, travelers can take advantage of 15 percent off stays at selected Club Wyndham resorts via Extra Holidays now through December 31, 2019, when they book with the code VACAY19.

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Tickets for the 62nd annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday night, Aug. 29 – the historic first NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway – will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. EST.

The Coke Zero Sugar 400, which showcases the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series under the lights, is shifting to a new date in 2020, becoming the final race of the regular season. Every competitor who has not previously secured a playoff spot can clinch with a victory in the Coke Zero Sugar 400. In addition, every finishing position could impact whether or not a driver will earn a coveted spot in the NASCAR playoffs.

“With its new place on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the intensity of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 will be heightened as drivers put it all on the line to secure a playoff spot,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “Anything can happen at Daytona and race fans are going to want to be here to experience all the drama of the historic first regular season finale at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ ”

Tickets for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 start at $49 and children 12 and under are $20 in frontstretch reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting Other ticket options for the weekend include:

  • Hospitality and premium seat packages, including the Rolex 24 Lounge, DAYTONA 500 Club, Harley J’s, Trioval Club and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-race.
  • Tickets for the Coca-Cola 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday, August 28 start at $40 and children 12 and under are $10 in reserved seating and free in general admission areas.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.


Adding to the aura of Ford Championship Weekend, Homestead-Miami Speedway announced today that Candi Carpenter will be performing the national anthem prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 17.

Carpenter, a native of Lansing, Michigan, released her first single, “Burn the Bed” in 2016, which reached No. 56 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Carpenter recently released a new single, “The Astronaut,” which was produced by Grammy Award winner Brandi Carlile. This year, Carpenter has also performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the Newport Music Festival.

“I’m thrilled to be performing the National Anthem at the Ford EcoBoost 400,” said Carpenter. “I am truly honored to be a part of this historic event and can’t wait to see who will be crowned the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion!”

Tickets for 2019 Ford Championship Weekend, which consists of the Ford EcoBoost 200 (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship race), Ford EcoBoost 300 (NASCAR XFINITY Series championship race) and Ford EcoBoost 400 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race), are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting


The 2020 racing season at Michigan International Speedway will feature intense action on the track and non-stop entertainment in the campgrounds and fan plaza. Tickets are on sale now to both race weekends at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track. Fans can purchase tickets and campsites at or by calling 888-905-7223.

“We are excited for the 2020 season to showcase all we have planned for our fans,” MIS President Rick Brenner said. “We will continue to add entertainment and family activities to the campgrounds and fan plaza to make it a memorable weekend. It is going to be a cannot-miss event in 2020 and we cannot wait for all of our fans to join us.”

Tickets start at $39 for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 7 and the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 9. Fans can find the perfect campsite for their families and friends in any of the different campgrounds at the track starting at $160. Campers have the option to move into select campgrounds on Thursday of race week starting at $130.

Kids 12 and under are admitted free on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, kids 12 and under tickets start at $20.  Kids 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $20, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.  

Any guest who purchases a kids 12 and under ticket to the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 7 or the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 9 will automatically receive a Free Pit and Driver Introduction Pass added to their order courtesy of Henry Ford Health System.

Sunday ticket holders can stick around on Saturday after the NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 on June 6 and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Aug. 8 for a post-race concert. Guests can enjoy the free fireworks show that lights up the sky. The concert will feature food and beverages for fans to enjoy, making it the place to be after the on-track action concludes.

NASCAR provides fans the most access of any professional sports and Michigan International Speedway continues that tradition. Fans who purchase a Pit and Driver Introduction Pass can walk on pit road during the weekend and get an up close look at the cars on race morning. Those fans can even stand right on the track during driver introductions and sign the start/finish line.

Fans who purchase tickets or campsites now, can begin making their summer plans. Fans can order online at or talk directly to a ticket service representative at 888-905-7223.


One lucky driver at California’s Madera Speedway will once again be the recipient of a Premier Marketing Package courtesy of McCallister Precision Marketing during the track’s annual banquet on Nov. 16.

McCallister Precision Marketing is the Official Motorsports Marketing Company of Madera Speedway. As part of the company’s pact with Madera Speedway, one of the top-five drivers in points from Madera’s MAVTV-televised 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model division will be randomly selected to receive a Premier Marketing Package from McCallister Precision Marketing.
“We do everything we can to help our drivers become stars at the Madera Speedway and we are really excited to have MPM Marketing as a partner that will provide an amazing package to help a young driver build a name in the sport,” said Madera Speedway’s Kenny Sheppard. “I can’t wait to see which one of the five eligible 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model drivers wins this opportunity”
The televised 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model class features racers between the ages of 10 to 16 racing full sized late models. The Premier Marketing Package will include consulting, promotion, 10 free press releases and a free test session with McCallister Precision Marketing client Lee Faulk Racing and Development on the East Coast.
Lee Faulk Racing and Development, started by veteran racer Lee Faulk, has fielded limited late models, late model stock cars and super late models for a vast array of drivers, including Haas F1 Team reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi, 2018 NHRA Pro Stock champion and current NASCAR star Tanner Gray and 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Stephen Leicht.
Last year Dylan Zampa was the lucky recipient of the Premier Marketing Package and this year he won one race en route to a third-place finish in the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series standings at Madera Speedway.
This year the top-five drivers in the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model class who are eligible to win the Premier Marketing Package are Seth Wise, Jay Juleson, Kabe McClenny, Jaden Walbridge and Kercie Jung. One of them will be randomly selected during the Madera Speedway banquet on Nov. 16.
“It’s been a pleasure working with the staff at Madera Speedway on this wonderful prize again this year,” said McCallister Precision Marketing’s Tonya McCallister. “Our goal at McCallister Precision Marketing is to help prepare our young drivers for a career in motorsports and we love partnering with Madera Speedway to do just that.
“We were so happy to welcome Dylan Zampa to the MPM family this year. He and his family have been great to work with all year long. Now I can’t wait to see which up-and-coming young star from Madera Speedway that we get to work with next.”
Michael McDowell
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang
Started: 21 | Finished: 30
"It was a really tough day for our No. 34 team today at ISM Raceway. We started the race showing speed and felt like we were going to have a decent run, but a heat issue in our right front tire forced us to pit under green, putting us multiple laps down and unable to rebound from it. It’s a bummer to have something like that happen, especially at my home track. I want to thank Love’s Travel Stops for coming on board with us in Phoenix; I’m looking forward to having them back on the car next weekend as we close out the 2019 season in Miami."
John Hunter Nemechek
No. 36 Yanmar/Martin Generators Ford Mustang
Started: 26 | Finished: 27
"It was an up and down day for our No. 36 Yanmar/Martin Generators team. We fired off pretty good, but lost grip as the race went on. With a couple of tires going down and some contact with the wall, we certainly didn’t have the finish we wanted this weekend. But, only being my second Cup race, I’m still learning a lot and will continue to work with Seth and the crew to finish strong in Homestead next week. It was a blast having our partners at Yanmar and Martin Generators on board with us this weekend and hope we can see them back with the team again soon."
David Ragan
No. 38 Mannington Commercial Ford Mustang
Started: 30 | Finished: 36
"Not the day that we were hoping for here in Phoenix. I felt like our team made some really good adjustments early on in the race that helped us to show some speed. Unfortunately it was short lived after a suspension issue sent us to the garage under green for repairs, putting us multiple laps down, and there was no coming back from that. I hate it for our partners at Mannington Commercial in their second race with the team, but I greatly appreciate their support of our program. We’ll regroup this week back at the shop and concentrate on ending the season strong in Miami."


In what looked like the possible end of any championship dreams for Denny Hamlin going into the Bluegreen Vacations 500, Hamlin dominated the competition Sunday afternoon at ISM Raceway and locked in his spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4.

“I can’t believe it,” Hamlin said following his sixth victory in 2019, his second at ISM Raceway and the 27th of his career. “This race team worked so hard this whole year. They deserve to be there. I put them in a bad hole last week.

“I told them today in the meeting, I said ‘I’m going to give everything I’ve got to make up for the mistake I made last week.’ That’s all I got.”

Hamlin led a race-high 143 laps and built a strong lead until John Hunter Nemechek hit the wall in Turn 1 to bring out the fifth and final caution and brought the cars together for a restart with three laps remaining. After struggling with restarts for the entirety of the race, Hamlin punched his steering wheel in disdain.

Under caution, Hamlin’s team took two tires, as did the team for Ryan Blaney, and the two lined up side-by-side for what would be the final restart of the race, and Hamlin’s best. After Hamlin secured the lead, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch made a move on Blaney to take second and put a buffer between the two.

Busch also locked in his spot in the Championship 4 with his second-place finish. They’ll be joined by Kevin Harvick and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr as the four battle it out at Homestead-Miami Speedway next Sunday for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

NASCAR will return to ISM Raceway March 6-8, 2020. Tickets are on-sale now for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 Speed Fest and are available at, by calling 866-408- RACE (7223), or by visiting the ISM Raceway ticket office during regular business hours.

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After blowing a right front tire early in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at ISM Raceway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. overcame adversity to score a 19th-place finish in his NOS Energy Drink Ford.

“We just struggled all weekend honestly,” Stenhouse said. “We could never really get the right handling on our NOS Energy Drink Ford. I’m still proud of my guys has they never gave up despite going a lap down due to the tire issue. I’m looking forward to Homestead next week and finishing my season out strong,”

After lining up in the 24th position for the 312-lap race, the two-time Xfinity champion patiently maneuvered his way forward picking up six positions by lap 49 despite having radio issues. Stenhouse could hear crew chief Brian Pattie and spotter Mike Herman Jr. but the team was unable to hear him. Unfortunately, the first caution flag was displayed due to Stenhouse blowing a right front tire.

Crew chief Brian Pattie immediately called him to pit-road for four tires, pull the fenders, and hopefully fix the radio issues. When the race went back green, Stenhouse was scored in the 32nd position, one lap down. When the first green checkered waved, the Roush Fenway Racing driver was scored in the 30th position.

With a caution free stage two, Stenhouse was able to gain three additional positions despite battling a tight machine taking the second green checkered in the 27th position.

When the caution flag waved on lap 166, Stenhouse’s perseverance paid off edging out Alex Bowman by a nose length to earn the lucky dog position to get back on the lead lap. Crew chief Brian Pattie called the Olive Branch, Miss. native to pit-road for four tires, fuel, and to make sure all the fenders were cleared. Stenhouse steadily worked his way forward and was shown in the 18th position when the caution flag waved on lap 303 setting up a three-lap shootout.

After staying out and taking the wave around, Stenhouse lined up in the 18th position but with three and four wide racing to the finish, Stenhouse was forced to settle with a 19th-place finish at ISM Raceway.

Next up for Stenhouse and the No. 17 team is the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday Nov. 17. Race coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on NBC. Coverage can also be heard on MRN and NASCAR SIRIUS/XM radio channel 90. 


In the debut for Mazola Corn Oil on Ryan Newman’s No. 6 Ford, the 2017 Phoenix winner crossed the line 18th Sunday afternoon at ISM Raceway.

Newman, the spring event winner two years ago, lined up 20th on the grid for the 312-lap race. Throughout the opening stage he reported he was tight in the center of turns one and two, and loose into three.

The first caution flag of the day would wave at lap 65 with Newman running 18th, before he pitted for adjustments to help the handling. He went on to record a 17th-place finish in the stage after a three-lap shootout.

After firing off 16th for the second stage, Newman reported the handling was improving as he finished 14th in the second stage, which ran caution-free to lap 150. Following another stop for service under the break, Newman lined back up 12th to begin the final segment. He advanced as high as 11th by lap 185 and was the first car to hit pit road under green at lap 230. He was caught speeding, forcing him to serve a pass through penalty.

Once stops cycled he ran 19th just a lap off pace, before the caution flew one final time with nine laps to go. He would take the wave around to restart the final three laps, before going on to finish 18th.

Newman and the No. 6 team head to Homestead next weekend for the season finale, which is set for 1 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.


The No. 21 Menards/Maytag team went into the Bluegreen Vacations 500 weekend at ISM Raceway planning to give Paul Menard a fast Ford Mustang for his final start at the track just outside Phoenix.

The team left Phoenix feeling good about their efforts as Menard raced his way forward from his 19th starting spot to 12th at the finish on a day in which passing was difficult and track position was key.

Menard spent most of the first two 75-lap Stages running just inside the top 20, but after some adjustments at the end of the second stage, he began his drive forward.

By Lap 175, he’d cracked the top 15 and raced there for the remainder of a race that saw just two caution flags in the final half of the race.

In the latter portions of the race, there were as few as eight drivers on the lead lap at one point, but Menard wound up being among the 15 who finished the 312-lap race on the lead lap.

It took some heads-up driving by Menard, good pit strategy from crew chief Greg Erwin and fast stops by the over-the-wall crew to make that happen.
“Paul did a really good job,” Eddie Wood said. “The crew had some stops in the 12-second range, and Greg made some good calls and good adjustments.

 “We had to take the wave-around a couple of times and didn’t have the best track position, but overall it was a good day for us.
“And Paul was able to pass two drivers for position on the last lap, which was impressive.”
Menard and the No. 21 team now head to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend.


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