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When Elliott Sadler makes his way to Talladega Superspeedway for the Sparks Energy 300 on Saturday, May 6, he’ll be looking to add his name to the track’s “record book” by becoming only the second driver to win three NASCAR XFINITY Series races at the biggest and baddest track on the planet.

Wednesday, while in nearby Birmingham, the NASCAR XFINITY championship points leader and defending champion of the Sparks Energy 300, was focused on a “book” of a different kind – as in reading a “book” to children during a visit to Oak Mountain Elementary School. The likeable, veteran driver recited “The Little Engine That Could” to both Kindergarten and 1st graders before talking to 2nd and 3rd  graders about the power of being a leader and the seven habits of “The Leader in Me.”

“What a great day this was,” said Sadler, who hopes to capture his third Sparks Energy 300 out of his last four attempts at Talladega. “I have a son and daughter of my own - Wyatt who is in 1st grade and Austyn who is in Pre-K – and they are around the same ages of the kids I got to be with today. I love to read to my kids. Add to it that my wife Amanda is a fourth grade school teacher (in Emporia, VA), it almost felt like I was at home. These kids today at Oak Mountain were just so much fun. I told them they could be a ‘Super Hero’ in their own book of life…. to listen to their teacher and be like ‘The Little Engine That Could’  by always having heart.”

In addition to reading and talking to the nearly 750 kids about the correlation between his racing career and their current studies, Sadler helped the 2nd and 3rd graders paint an actual stock car before handing out some fun and educational goodies that included: individual tree saplings as part of NASCAR’s Green program, NASCAR Acceleration activity books, as well as kids ticket vouchers for the Sparks Energy 300. The car that the children painted will be on display during Talladega’s tripleheader weekend as part of the track’s Kids Programming, and the Kids VIP Experience. 

“To help the kids learn about how important the NASCAR green initiative has been rewarding,” the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports (owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) said. “Taking care of the environment and our surroundings is crucial to everyday life, and I’m proud to have played a small part of that today. Kids are the future of our sport and Talladega is leading the way with kids programming. It’s a great place to watch a race for the entire family.”

Sadler hopes the Oak Mountain kids, as well as many others, will get to see him make history in the Sparks Energy 300 by joining Martin Truex, Jr. as the only other driver to go to Gatorade Victory Lane at Talladega three times in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Last year’s victory was extra special to Sadler as it ended a 65-race winless streak and his family was there with him to enjoy the occasion.

“The emotions just came over me,” remembered Sadler of that special day where he became the first XFINITY driver to ever win a race on his (41st) birthday. “I wanted to win that race so bad, for so many reasons. My children were the biggest two. To see them in Victory Lane, along with my wife, was something I will never forget. It was just emotional. Talladega will always have a special place in my heart.”


Richmond International Raceway’s (Richmond) new look continues to evolve with the return of red stripes and a new wall badge to welcoming GEICO as a naming rights partner to the Restart Zone and it’s four campgrounds. The blue GEICO Restart Zone after turn four will lead drivers back to the green flag following cautions.

In addition to the partnership with Richmond, GEICO has a multiyear partnership with International Speedway Corporation (ISC) that includes campground naming rights at eight tracks, and an 11-track partnership for naming rights to the Restart Zone.

"At GEICO, we're always looking for new ways to engage with sports fans," said Ted Ward, GEICO Marketing Vice President. "Having our branding in the Restart Zone is not only a GEICO first, but also a first for all of NASCAR. This expansion of our presence at the track underscores the success of our NASCAR partnership."

The Restart Zone is the area on the track just prior to the start/finish line, indicating where the race leader is allowed to accelerate when the race is beginning or continuing following a caution. Fans both at the track and tuning in around the country are now familiar with seeing the GEICO Restart Zone on the track wall around ISC tracks.

The partnership will give an added twist to one of Richmond’s most time-honored traditions. By providing naming rights for four Richmond campgrounds (Main, Laburnum, Lot F and Lot J), GEICO will engage with some of the most loyal fans in NASCAR. On race weekends, campers will need to bring their A-game, as GEICO will search for the best campsite at Richmond. The winner will receive the coveted Golden Gecko and bragging rights.

“The GEICO Restart Zone will provide valued brand recognition to our fans during one of the more exciting moments in the race,” said Louis Gilmore, Senior Director of Business Development. “Camping at Richmond is a tradition for many families, so we look forward to working with GEICO to continue to improve our fans’ camping experience.”

GEICO is the nation’s second-largest private passenger auto insurance company, and holds two of it’s nine regional offices in the state of Virginia. 


As Richmond International Raceway (Richmond) is making its final preparations for the upcoming Toyota race weekend on April 28, 29 & 30, America’s Premier Short Track announces its new public address (PA) team that will call the action to the fans in the stands for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

Long-time Richmond track announcer Joey Self returns as the lead voice, and will be joined by Motor Racing Network (MRN) personalities Monica Palumbo, Buddy Long, and Kim Coon.

Self is the veteran of the Richmond PA booth having announced race weekends at the track for the past 15 seasons, along with other duties at Daytona International Speedway in 2012. Self started on PA at several Commonwealth racing venues, including Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, Va.), Virginia Motorsports Park (Dinwiddie, Va.), and Motor Mile Speedway (Radford, Va.). The Warsaw, Va., native is the host of the “Roanoke Valley’s Morning News” on WFIR, and the midday show host on WSLQ in Roanoke, Va.

Joining Self in their first season calling the action at Richmond will be Motor Racing Network personalities Kim Coon, Buddy Long, and Monica Palumbo.

Coon (@kimmiecoon) joined MRN as a Social Media Reporter in 2015. She reports from pit road during the network’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying shows, and interacts with fans via social media and on the air during MRN’s race coverage. As Miss Sprint Cup from 2011 to 2014, Coon helped to activate the series sponsor’s strategic plan through social media, broadcast channels and trackside events. Coon’s background includes marketing and public relations experience with Charlotte, N.C.-based agencies in the years preceding her stint with Sprint.

Long (@BuddyLong4) started at his local short track in his home state of Maryland at the age of 15, but now has over 27 years of experience. This includes a three-year stint behind the microphone in the Richmond PA booth from 1998 to 2000. He is currently a turn announcer for MRN and has been with the network since 2001.

Palumbo (@MonicaPalumbo) joined the NASCAR world in 2008 when she began her career as Miss Sprint Cup, a role she held for four seasons. Monica has previously worked as a reporter for the SPEED Channel, which is now Fox Sports 1 (FS1). She is currently a track reporter for MRN. 

NASCAR racing returns to the Capital of the Commonwealth on April 28, 29 and 30. The action starts with Practice and Qualifying Day on Friday, April 28, followed by the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash race on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Kids 12 and younger are free in general admission seating areas for all NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Richmond’s spring weekend concludes with the fan-friendly Track Takeover driven by AAA, from 10 a.m. to noon followed by NASCAR’s best in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30.

Richmond’s fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will see NASCAR history being made as the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season champion will be crowned over Fan Appreciation Weekend on September 8-9. The action begins under the lights on Friday, September 8, with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, and will be followed by the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday night, September 9.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit rir.com or call 866-455-7223 to purchase.


The spring race week at Richmond International Raceway (Richmond) is officially here. From the Toyota PitPass with ferris wheel and Toyota Thrill Ride in the Midway to the return of red stripes to the track walls to Dale Earnhardt Jr’s final day race in Richmond to Track Takeover driven by AAA to the Checkered Flag 5K & Kids Fun Run and more, Richmond’s Toyota spring race weekend is packed. To help navigate the upcoming weekend, we’ve put together a list of what to expect throughout this weekend in Richmond.

Toyota will be the go-to place for fans in the Midway with the Toyota PitPass with rides on the ferris wheel, return of the Toyota Thrill Ride experience, and tours of Toyota cars on display. At the Toyota Owners Hub, owners of Toyota, Lexus or Scion can show their car keys for entry to relax with entertainment, food, and games. Toyota driver appearances will occur throughout the weekend including Matt Tifft, Gray Gaulding, Daniel Suarez, and Michael Waltrip. For appearances and times, visit rir.com.

The red stripes are back. Fans will see a new addition to the track walls at Richmond this weekend as we have brought back a racing tradition. Red racing stripes are a fan favorite and a staple in the sport. The last time red stripes covered the track walls were in 1988, when Richmond was still a half-mile configuration.

Fans will also see a new Richmond wall badge when they fill the grandstands this weekend. NASCAR Hall of Famer and Motor Racing Network broadcaster Rusty Wallace helped unveil the new look for the track last week. The new wall badge pairs nicely with the red stripes and ushers in a new era for Richmond.

With the news of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s retirement at the end of the season, the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday will be his final day race at Richmond. Earnhardt is a three-time Cup race winner in Richmond with victories in the Crown Royal 400 in 2006, Chevy American Revolution 400 in 2004, and Pontiac Excitement 400 in 2000. Earnhardt has also won four NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Richmond with his most recent victory coming in last spring’s ToyotaCare 250. This weekend will be race fans' last opportunity to watch Earnhardt race during the day at Richmond.

The new additions to the track walls is just one of the many things fans will see when they attend Track Takeover driven by AAA. All TOYOTA OWNERS 400 ticketholders are invited to walk Richmond’s historic track from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 30. Fans will experience music, live entertainment, interactive displays, special appearance by AAA driver Austin Dillon, and they can even sign the Start/Finish line. This family-friendly event is the perfect place for fans to create memories of their own out on the track.

Kids 12 & younger can get their Sharpies ready for the Kids Autograph Session on Sunday, April 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Virginia529 Kids Zone. Drivers Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Gray Gaulding will be signing autographs and taking pictures with NASCAR’s littlest fans. Wristbands are required for this event, and will be distributed at the Virginia529 Midway Display beginning at 8:30 a.m. A limited number of wristbands are available.

2016 NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year Chase Elliott’s Chase U college program is coming to Richmond. Chase U offers current college students a unique race day experience at an affordable price. For $24, college students with a valid ID get a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and access to the exclusive pre-race party from 9 a.m. to noon with Chase Elliott. Students will be treated to live music from Mason Brown & The Shiners, food and beverages, tailgate games, and a race day appearance by Chase Elliott at 11:25am. Learn more at rir.com/chaseu.

The April weekend kicks off on Thursday, April 27 with the Checkered Flag 5K and Kids Fun Run. Participants have the chance to run where NASCAR legends have ran. Runners will also have the opportunity to cross the Start/Finish line. The course will give participants a different view of the track. For more information on the Checkered Flag 5K and Kids Fun Run, please visit rir.com/5k.

To support racing around the Commonwealth, Richmond has partnered with local tracks to launch RacingVirginia.com. The site centralizes info regarding all the racing action that happens in Virginia. With original content from writers like Joe Moore and Randy Hallman paired with general info about each track, the Racing Virginia website is a resource for all racing fans in the state.

These are just a few of the things happening during the Toyota spring race weekend. For updates and more information, please visit rir.com.

NASCAR racing returns to the Capital of the Commonwealth on April 28, 29 and 30. The action starts with Practice and Qualifying Day on Friday, April 28, followed by the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash race on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Kids 12 and younger are free in general admission seating areas for all NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Richmond’s spring weekend concludes with the fan-friendly Track Takeover driven by AAA, from 10 a.m. to noon followed by NASCAR’s best in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30.

Richmond’s fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will see NASCAR history being made as the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season champion will be crowned over Fan Appreciation Weekend on September 8-9. The action begins under the lights on Friday, September 8, with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, and will be followed by the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday night, September 9.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit rir.com or call 866-455-7223 to purchase.


South Boston native Jeff Burton, who won 21 NASCAR Cup Series races during a 22-year career, will be the grand marshal for the May 6 whosyourdriver.org Twin 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at South Boston Speedway.
Burton, who is now a NASCAR race analyst for NBC Sports, was reared in South Boston, cutting his racing teeth at South Boston Speedway.
“We are delighted that Jeff agreed to be the grand marshal for this race,” said Cathy Rice, South Boston Speedway general manager. “This is where Jeff got started in racing and he’s never forgotten his roots. It should be a real treat for fans having a hometown hero back at SoBo.”
The May 6 event will be special for Burton and his family for several reasons. Obviously, it is a homecoming, but it will also be the first race since his son Harrison notched his inaugural K&N East win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Jeff Burton broke through in the Late Model Stock division at South Boston in 1986 with three wins. He and his brother Ward both had a win in 1987 and Jeff followed that up with three wins in 1988 before moving up to what is now the Xfinity Series.
Jeff had eight starts in the Xfinity Series at South Boston and picked up a win in a 300-lapper on his home track in the summer of 1991. He wound up with 27 Xfinity Series victories in his career.
He scored six Cup wins in 1999, his career high. From 1998 to 2001 Burton finished in the top-five in Cup Series points. He made 306 Cup starts in his 20-year career.
Burton was the first hire NBC made for the broadcast booth in 2014 when they won the rights to broadcast the second half of the Cup Series season beginning in 2015.
 For the first time in the history of the K&N Pro Series East, the race format for the whosyourdriver.org Twin 100s will feature twin 100-lap races, each one a championship points-paying race.
In addition, the night’s four-race card will include a 20-lap race for South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Hornets Division and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders.
Grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m. on May 6.
An autograph session for all drivers will be held trackside from 5:40 p.m. until 6:40 p.m. Pre-race activities start at 6:45 p.m. and the first of twin 100-lap races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitors will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets priced at $10 will be available at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be $15. Admission for youth ages 7-12 will be $5. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.
Also on May 6, the 14th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival will be held at the Halifax County Fairgrounds adjacent to the speedway. Anyone presenting a wristband from the Heritage Festival will receive $5 off the cost of admission to the whosyourdriver.org Twin 100s.

What goes well with ice cream? Well anything, but especially a day at the track with friends and family. Known for its fun and playful flavors of ice cream, Blue Bunny is a proud to be the “Official Ice Cream of Kansas Speedway” for the 2017 racing season.

Today Blue Bunny is announcing its sponsorship of a youth ticket voucher program where fans who spend $10 or more on Blue Bunny products in a single transaction by May 9th will be eligible to receive a FREE youth ticket into a race with the purchase of an adult ticket to the Go Bowling 400 on May 13, a $29 value. To receive a voucher, fans need to simply upload the valid receipt and complete the claim form at BlueBunnyRace.com by May 10, 2017.

Additionally, during the Go Bowling 400 weekend, race fans will have the opportunity to sample and enjoy Blue Bunny ice cream in the Fan Engagement (display) area.

“It’s great to welcome Blue Bunny on board as a new partner at Kansas Speedway,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “This is such a fun way to get the whole family involved and out to the track. I know our fans will enjoy sampling Blue Bunny’s ice cream – definitely a favorite treat for me and my family.”

Throughout the season, Blue Bunny ice cream will be available at Kansas Speedway through Americrown, Kansas Speedway’s exclusive food provider. You can find it in section 132 at the Refueling Station, section 134 at the Crew Chief, section 113 at Sparky’s, section 115 at Torque Grill, section 145 at Carburetor Central and section 147 at Piston Place. 

To find where Blue Bunny ice cream products are sold in your area, check out the Store Locator tool on the Blue Bunny website, BlueBunny.com. To keep in touch with the latest news, follow Blue Bunny on Facebook at Facebook.com/BlueBunnyIceCream, Twitter at @Blue_Bunny and Instagram at @Blue_Bunny.

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Indianapolis 500 fans are encouraged to show their pride for the world's greatest race every Friday in the celebratory Month of May 2017 by wearing black, white and checkers to work, school and leisure activities.

A stylish program, called #500fashionfridays, is inspired by the Indianapolis Colts "blue" Fridays when fans wear Colts' blue to support the team and receive discounts at Indianapolis restaurants for showing their pride. The goal of #500fashionfridays is for the community to show its support for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28 at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

#500fashionfridays is part of a larger "500 Forward" plan, which also includes Indianapolis artists' "Welcome Race Fans" illustrations to appear in downtown store windows in May; the second year of the Indianapolis 500 Porch Party program, which encourages fans to host themed Indy 500 events in their decorated homes; and the massive "Greatest City in Racing" graphic that was installed on the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

"We want the whole community to rally around the Greatest Month in Racing," said Allison Melangton, Hulman Motorsports senior vice president of events. "Participating in #500fashionfridays is a great way to get geared up for the Month of May, which is such an important part of the identity and culture of our region."

Downtown-area restaurants offering discounts for those dressed in #500fashionfridays attire include Iozzo's Garden of Italy, Repeal Restaurant, Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room, The Greek Islands Restaurant, Skyline Club, Slippery Noodle Inn, High Velocity and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Participating Speedway-area establishments include MisterLino, McGilvery's Pub & Eatery and Union Jack Pub. More City Market vendors and establishments on Main Street in Speedway will be added soon.

#500fashionfridays also will include a stylish contest on social media. Participants who photograph themselves in their racing attire on May 5, 12 and 19 and post the images with the #500fashionfridays hashtag on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook can win prizes. On Mondays, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will announce the winner, which comes with tickets to the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, Miller Lite Carb Day, Indy 500 Snake Pit Presented by Coors Light or the Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration. 

Creating more buzz around #500fashionfridays, on May 5, 12 and 19, selfie backdrops are being placed in Circle Centre, The Fashion Mall at Keystone, Castleton Square and Greenwood Park Mall, Main Street in Speedway, Indiana, Indianapolis City Market, on Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis and several other locations. The public is invited to snap their fashionable racing-inspired photos in front of the banners and post them on social media.

#500fashionfridays is a partnership between Downtown Indy and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


The planned Guinness World Record attempt for the longest motorcycle jump is cancelled due to Monster Energy sponsored athlete Alex Harvill sustaining a foot injury during a practice jump. Details about a future jump to follow. 

"Alex Harvill is a tough competitor and will bounce back strong. A Guinness World Record is a huge challenge,” says Mitch Covington, Vice President of Sports Marketing, Monster Energy. “We expect that he will be back riding soon and look forward to his next attempt at the record.”

"I want to thank everyone for the support in making my dream come true and for being so concerned about my mishap,” says Harvill. “I can’t wait to get back on the bike and break the record for Monster and all my fans." 

“Alex is a talented, fine young man. He’ll make a speedy recovery,” says Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway.

The planned jump was scheduled for Sunday, May 7, just moments before the start of Talladega Superspeedway’s GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, which gets the green flag at 1 p.m. CDT. Brad Keselowski is the race’s defending champion.

The GEICO 500 will be the anchor event of a much-anticipated tripleheader weekend, which will also feature the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Racing Series on Friday, May 5, as well as the Saturday, May 6, Sparks Energy 300 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series where Elliott Sadler will try for his third win in the last four races. For general ticket information on any of the exciting events, log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.


This coming Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, there will be plenty of pavement pounding going on Mahoning Valley Speedway.

Saturday will be the first big show for the Modifieds as the headline class will be racing for a $2500 first place prize and going a distance of 75 laps.

Joining the Modifieds will be all regular track classes which include Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

Grandstand gates open at 4:00 pm. Adult general admission is $20.

The pits will open at 11:30 for those wishing to take in early paid practice which will run from Noon to 3:00 pm. Regular warm-ups begin shortly after 4:00. Heat races get underway at 6:00.

On Sunday afternoon starting at 2:00 the speedway will present an Enduro and Demo Derby which was postponed from April 1.

Sunday admission to the grandstands is $10 for adults. Kids 10 and under are free.

The Enduro will be Big Car, Small Car and Jr. classes and the Demo Derby will be contested in a pair of divisions, Big Car and Small Car.

The Enduro race winners can earn as much as $2000 for their respective victories if 80 or more cars are signed-in on race day. The purse will be pro-rated depending on car counts.

The Enduro entry is $50 per car which includes the transponder, vehicle and driver. The complete payoff is listed below which for all Enduros.

If 20 or more cars are entered in each Demo division the payout is $800 to win, $400 for second and $200 for third. Heats will pay $100 to the winner. If there are features only with no heats run the winner’s share will be $600 with $300 and $150 respectively for second and third.

The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver. The Big Car Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair while the Small Car Demo rules will be the same as those applied at the Carbon County Fair. ALL Demo cars must have the fuel cell and battery mounted and secured behind the driver’s compartment and conform to proper safety regulations.

Rules can also be found on the Mahoning Valley Speedway website under the “Rules/Forms” link.

All those who advance to the features via heats will receive 2-points. For the feature 5-points will go to the winner, 4-points for second and 3-points to third.

A Demo Derby champion will be crowned at the end of the season following the upcoming demo dates on July 2 and again on October 15. The top three point finishers at the conclusion of those three events will collect $500, $300 and $200 correspondingly along with trophies.

Pit gates will open at 11:00 am. Registration will be held from 11:30 to 1:00. Cost to entry the pits is $20 per person.

For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway.


Fans coming to Talladega Superspeedway’s highly anticipated triple-header weekend - featuring the General Tire 200, Sparks Energy 300, and GEICO 500 - on May 5-7 can get their tickets this week at economical pricing at a savings of $5 off walkup costs (which begins next Monday, May 1 at 8 a.m. CDT.).

For example, for the GEICO 500 on Sunday, May 7, the savings this week allows adults to receive a grandstand ticket for as low as $50. Next week, all tickets for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) will increase $5. Kids 12 & under can currently gain admission to the grandstands for the GEICO 500 starting as low as $10, and save up to $50 on tower seating.

“We encourage our fans to take advantage of our last-chance savings and purchase tickets in advance of race week,” Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway Grant Lynch said. “We are truly thrilled that fans have chosen to make Talladega Superspeedway their home for our upcoming race weekend. We provide the best on-track action and phenomenal activities around the track as well.”

Tickets for Saturday, May 6, which includes the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Sparks Energy 300 and qualifying for the MENCS GEICO 500, is FREE for kids 12 & under, with adult grandstand seating currently starting at $45 and tower seats at $55 (before next week’s $5 walkup increase).

For Friday’s General Tire 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event, all seating is general admission and regular pricing is $20.

In addition to grandstand and tower seating, there are other areas to save money this week, including pit passes and infield admissions.


Most competitors never expected to get on the track Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, so for Chase Purdy to hit the high banks before rain shortened the Zombie Auto 125 it was a pleasant surprise for the driver of the No. 17 Bama Buggies Toyota. After starting via last year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series owner points, he climbed his way to 12th before the race was called.
Purdy started his first career race weekend at Bristol with a single practice session on Friday afternoon where he clocked in 11th fastest. Relying on the experience of the David Gilliland Racing team, Chase relayed his feedback to the team to make changes for qualifying and the 125-lap race scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Rain washed out qualifying on Friday night and the field was set by the rulebook, meaning the lineup resembled the final 2016 owner point standings. Since Chase’s team is new to the series in 2016, the No. 17 started near the tail of the field in 22nd. Once the green flag flew, Chase began working his way forward through the field, picking off a car every few laps as the lap 70 break quickly closed in.
Just eight laps prior to the break, rain crept into the area and forced NASCAR officials to halt the race just past the halfway point, leaving Chase just outside the top ten. His ten position gain, however, was one of the best performances of the race and has him currently sixth in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points.
“I thought we really had a good car in practice and made a few changes to help it in the race,” Chase said following the event. “Starting by points really put us at a disadvantage because things happen so fast at Bristol and the field can get strung out in a hurry. We passed a bunch of cars early, but by the time I got around the last few the race went green until the weather came and it made it that much harder to run them down and pass them quickly. I’m still proud of my DGR guys, they gave me a great car and I’m looking forward to our next K&N race at South Boston.”
Special twin NASCAR K&N Pro Series races at South Boston Speedway are on Saturday, May 6, Chase’s next K&N Series event. Before that race, Chase will compete in a pair of Southern Super Series races at Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway this weekend (April 28-29).
For more information on Chase Purdy, visit his website at ChasePurdyRacing.com and follow him on Facebook (@ChasePurdyRacing), Twitter (@ChasePurdy12) and Instagram (@chase_purdy).-