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Statement from Richmond Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier on Seven-Time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson20 Nov 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
A statement from Richmond Raceway (Richmond) President Dennis Bickmeier on the retirement announcement of Jimmie Johnson:
“Jimmie Johnson has walked with the greatest in the history of the sport to build a championship legacy. Throughout his career, he has represented NASCAR with class on and off the track to raise the sport to new heights. As a seven-time champion, Jimmie will always be recognized as one of the best to ever compete. We look forward to joining with our loyal race fans to say farewell at Richmond Raceway next season.”
Johnson is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Richmond. He is one of only six drivers in track history to sweep a NASCAR season at the track. He was victorious in the Crown Royal presents The Jim Stewart 400 in 2007 and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 in 2007 and 2008.
Among active drivers, Johnson is tied for second in most wins (3) with Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. He is tied for the second most pole awards (2) with Joey Logano and Harvick. He is also tied for fifth in Top-5 and Top-10 finishes at America’s Premier Short Track.
Johnson will return for his final NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 on April 19 and Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 11.
Richmond Raceway PR
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about Jimmie Johnson, a four-time Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, who announced Wednesday, Nov. 20 that 2020 will be his final season as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
"Jimmie Johnson has set a standard for excellence on track that few will ever match in NASCAR history. His legend is secure with a record-tying seven Cup Series titles and four victories in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard among his 83 career Cup wins. But there's far more to Jimmie than those impressive statistics. He is one of the classiest, most genuine people to cross the Yard of Bricks in a race car and is a terrific ambassador for the great sport of auto racing that we all love. I'm sure I will be joined by many in wishing Jimmie the best of luck as he tries to win an eighth title and drive to a fifth Brickyard victory to end a storybook career."
A premium fan hospitality lounge has been added for SuperSebring 2020 at Sebring International Raceway with the formation of a partnership between Celebrity Cruises and Sebring International Raceway. Elements of a luxurious Celebrity cruise will be created on dry land in a chalet overlooking the famed front stretch of the Sebring circuit March 20-21.
In addition to luxurious race-day experiences, Sebring International Raceway and Celebrity Cruises are offering fans an opportunity to sail with top drivers and racing celebrities on the Celebrity Constellation during “Sebring Raceway at Sea” Nov. 14-21, 2020. The seven-night Western Caribbean cruise will sail from the Port of Tampa and will include stops in five ports.
Admission to the Celebrity Cruises Luxury Lounge includes two-days admission to the 5,000-square-foot air-conditioned club with premium views of the entrance to IMSA pit road and an elevated viewing platform providing long-range views of the front stretch. Guests will indulge in daily gourmet meals inspired by the destinations visited by Celebrity, a diverse selection of unlimited classics including beer and wine selections such as Yuengling, Mike’s Hard products and Pepsi. Guests may also purchase premium brand beverages from the cash bar. Daily buffet-style meals, unlimited Yuengling, Mike’s Hard products, wine, Pepsi products and a cash bar with top-shelf brands will be available. The adjacent Retreat Sundeck & Sky Observation Lounge will provide guests an exciting view and an assortment of frozen cocktails at the Slush Bar on the deck.
Lounge tickets also will allow admission to the Sebring Raceway grounds on Wednesday and Thursday of race week. Club-style seating, question and answer sessions with top racing personalities and a variety of entertainment activities will be provided for those looking for a break from the on-track action. Large format televisions, scoring monitors and indoor and outdoor seating will be available for the most passionate racing fans to keep up with Friday’s FIA WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring and Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Celebrity Cruises Luxury Lounge tickets are $395 and include a four-day SuperTicket and free Ulmann lot parking. Tickets can be purchased by visiting sebringraceway.com or by calling 800-626-7223.
To kick off its new relationship with Sebring International Raceway, “Sebring Raceway at Sea” – a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Celebrity Constellation – is being offered to fans of the racetrack and fans of relaxation. The Nov. 14-21, 2020 cruise will include Sebring-themed activities on board and interactive opportunities with several top drivers who will compete in the 2020 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Sebring Raceway at Sea will leave Tampa at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14, and make stops in exotic locations including Costa Maya, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel before returning to Tampa at 8 a.m. on Nov. 21.
Onboard experiences only available to Sebring Raceway at Sea guests may include driver meet and greets, exclusive shore excursions, live entertainment, driver photo opportunities, a private late-night pool party, welcome gifts and a private hospitality desk.
Celebrity Cruises is including two “perks” in all Sebring Raceway at Sea packages. Options include classic beverage packages, unlimited wi-fi, prepaid tips or a $150 per person credit to spend on board.
Sebring at Sea packages can be booked by calling Cruise & Tour Supermarket at 800-232-7447.
Route 66 Raceway, the First True Stadium of Drag Racing, today announced its 2020 major events schedule, featuring the Route 66 NHRA Nationals (July 9 – 12), the Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown (May 30), the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic (August 15) and the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing (July 30 – August 2).
“The robust line up of event programming once again features unparalleled content that provides something for everyone, from racing to Rock ‘n’ Roll,” said Route 66 Raceway President Scott Paddock. “Our featured Route 66 NHRA Nationals will feature four new classes for the fans to experience new sights, new sounds and new stars in 2020.”
Fans will experience 11,000 horsepower and speeds of 300 mph with Funny Cars and Nitro-powered Dragsters accelerating from zero to 330-plus mph in under four seconds at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. For the first time ever the Route 66 Raceway will feature four new classes in Factory Stock Showdown, Top Fuel Harley, Mountain Motor Pro Stock and Pro Modified. The addition of these four new classes compliment the always exciting nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel classes. Fans will continue to have unparalleled access to the pits and Route 66 Raceway facilities with every ticket including a pit pass.
Tickets are on sale now for the Route 66 Raceway NHRA Nationals: bit.ly/2rlCQM5.
Route 66 will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown Saturday night, May 30, under the lights in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season championship event May 28-31.
As the sun goes down on Route 66 Raceway, the track heats up with explosive content all night with a fire-festival theme consisting of jet-propelled cars rocketing to speeds near 300 miles per hour, performances by the United States Freestyle Motocrosss Team, concerts, specialty food items, a fire-breathing performance by Logan Cruz, whose set is a hybrid of art, dance and circus and much more. The best of 10 sportsman racing classes, including nitro-powered dragsters and supercharged funny cars will be featured during the four days of Lucas Oil Drag Racing. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the proving ground for the future stars of the NHRA.
The 14th Annual Nitto Tire Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing will pit the National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA) and the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) in head-to-head competition on the track in pursuit of victory July 30 – August 2. Noted as the most popular on the four-stop tour, the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing has been home to many record-setting passes in the more than 30 classes. Off the track, the event features a car show, swap meet and manufacturer’s midway.
The D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic will pay homage to the early days of drag racing and hot rod culture on August 15. Fans attending the Route 66 Classic will leave the world of today and take a trip to yester-year as the event features nostalgia match racing, a bigger and better classic car cruise-in, fierce pin-up contest, the return of the Sneaky Tiki Bar and much, much more! Fans are encouraged to dust off their poodle skirts or leisure suits and crack open that tin of pomade because they are about to experience time travel like never before.
The complete Race Your Ride Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series and additional event schedules will be announced shortly. Stay tuned to Route66Raceway.com and follow your social media channels for more information.
The complete 2020 major events schedule for Route 66 Raceway is as follows:
May 29 - 31 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Race Series
May 30 Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown
July 9 - 12 Route 66 NHRA Nationals
July 30 - Aug 2 NMRA/NMCA Superbowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
August 15 D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic
*This schedule is subject to change at any time, without notice at the discretion of Route 66 Raceway, its affiliates and partners.
To purchase tickets to the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, or any of the other 2020 Route 66 Raceway events, visit us online at www.Route66Raceway.com, call 888-629-RACE, download the Route 66 Raceway mobile app, visit the Route 66 Raceway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.
Route 66 Raceway PR
After Successful Season With New Engine Rules, 2020 Looks Bright For South Boston Speedway’s Limited Sportsman Division20 Nov 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
After a solid year of new, cost-saving rules in the Limited Sportsman Division, South Boston Speedway officials are encouraged by the growth and competitiveness in the class in 2019 and excited about the 2020 season.
“With the feedback we’ve gotten from teams and the data we’ve seen, we’ve definitely come up with an affordable, competitive set of rules for the Limited Division,” said Jeff Bomar, South Boston Speedway’s head technical inspector. “We’ll have the same rules in place for 2020 and that will help us make the Limited class even stronger.”
Bomar said perhaps the most often asked question he has gotten from Limited competitors since the end of the season concerns the new Gen 6 body that has become available. He’s been quick to let everyone know that body will not be allowed in South Boston Speedway’s Limited Division in 2020.
“We are doing everything we can possibly do to keep costs down for our competitors while making every class stronger. Allowing the Gen 6 body at this point would just drive costs up,” said Bomar, adding several teams have called to say they appreciate the track sticking with the older body for now.
Another factor in the recent resurgence of the Limited Division at South Boston has been the one-tire rule, which has been in place for several years. Other than the season-opener and the special, longer mid-season event in early July, teams can only purchase one new tire each event.
Engine rule changes in 2019 to help offset increasing costs for the older GM 603 crate engine were deemed a great success by Bomar. The five engine options available to teams in 2019 will continue in 2020. Those options include: the GM crate 602, the Ford crate 347 JR, the steel-head engines being phased out of Late Model Stock cars, the GM 604 and the GM 603 crate, which teams have used for a decade or so and is no longer produced.
Teams running three of those five different options visited victory lane in 2019, demonstrating a level playing field for the engine packages. Division champion Danny Willis Jr. and Eric Winslow won with the GM 604, Daniel Moss and Jacob Borst won with the GM 603 crate and J.D. Eversole with the steel-head engine.
The 2020 South Boston Speedway season kicks off on March 21 when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visits for a 150-lap race. There will also be twin 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock races.
As the 2020 season approaches, remember South Boston Speedway gift certificates make great Christmas presents and may be purchased by calling 877.440.1540, toll free.
LocAL Flavor – Construction of Talladega Superspeedway’s Transformation Infield Project Presented by Graybar Home for Many Alabama-Based Companies20 Nov 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Last month at Talladega Superspeedway marked the culmination of a yearlong construction endeavor known as the Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar. Incredible, positive reviews of the centerpiece – the Talladega Garage Experience - were off the charts from fans from all 50 states and 22 countries who enjoyed the track’s NASCAR Playoffs weekend, Oct. 11-13. The massive redevelopment project, however, could not have been accomplished without the relentless work and dedication of all the construction companies involved, a vast majority of which hailed from Alabama.
Throughout the entire construction process, which was broken into two phases, Talladega Superspeedway was the daily workplace of an average of 215 construction professionals. Of those workers, approximately 65 percent resided in the surrounding communities, and the remainder traveled in daily from the Birmingham area. Nonetheless, over 1,500 unique individuals came to NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track to help create and bring to life the incredible new fan amenities the track has to offer.
Below is a list of all the companies, local and national, who were a part of the biggest project in the history of Talladega Superspeedway to date, aside from its initial construction in 1968-69.
Alabama-Based Companies (in alphabetical order):
- A&G Fence Co. – (Gadsden, AL) Fencing around the new Oversized Vehicle Tunnel in Turn 3
- Brian’s Flooring – (Birmingham, AL) Flooring in the Talladega Garage Experience
- Century Fire Protection – (Birmingham, AL & Duluth, GA) Sprinkler System in the Race Operations building
- Daniel Iron – (Birmingham, AL) Steel in the Talladega Garage Experience
- Danieli Taranis – (Chelsea, AL, as well as many locations in North America & abroad) Electrical in the Race Operations building and the Pit Road Club
- Anthony Dulaney Plumbing – (Lincoln, AL) Plumbing in the Race Operations building
- Freeman Service Co. – (Lincoln, AL) HVAC system in Race Operations
- HOAR Construction – (Birmingham, AL) Oversaw the Talladega Garage Experience portion of the project
- Johnny’s Electric – (Pell City, AL) Electrical in the Talladega Garage Experience and Oversized Vehicle Tunnel
- Knight Sign Industries – (Tuscaloosa, AL) Signage throughout the project
- Luttrell Architectural Woodworks – (Birmingham, AL) Millwork in the Talladega Garage Experience
- Magic City Door – (Birmingham, AL) Overhead doors in the Talladega Garage Experience
- National Cement of Alabama – (Birmingham, AL) Parent company of Kirkpatrick who poured concrete in the Talladega Garage Experience
- Paradiso Painting Co. – (Birmingham, AL) Painting in the Talladega Garage Experience
- PlumCore – (Birmingham, AL) Plumbing in the Talladega Garage Experience
- Sunbelt – (Pelham, AL, but based out of South Carolina) Project equipment rentals
- Sylacauga Glass Co. – (Sylacauga, AL) Glass for Race Operations building
- Taylor Corporation – (Oxford, AL) General contractor for the Oversized Vehicle Tunnel project and site work for entire Transformation Infield Project
- Vulcan Materials – (Birmingham, AL) Material supply for the project
Out-of-State Companies (in alphabetical order):
- 1000Bulbs – (Texas) Supplied lighting in various areas for the project
- DLR Group – (Kansas) The design of the entire project
- Graybar – (Missouri) Materials supplier, electrical and miscellaneous building supplies
- GT Grandstands – (Florida) Led the Pit Road Club and Race Operations projects
- MacroAir – (California) Large fans throughout the Talladega Garage Experience
- PlayCore – (Chattanooga, TN) Kids playground in the Talladega Garage Experience Kids Zone
- Superior Essex – (Atlanta, GA) Low Voltage Wire and Cable
The initial groundbreaking for Phase I of the project took place on October 23, 2018, while the groundbreaking for Phase II was on April 29, 2019, immediately following the GEICO 500 this past spring. The Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, as well as the Finish Line Premium RV area (full hookups) and Infield Shower Trailers, were a part of Phase I and were completed in time for the 2019 spring race weekend.
Phase II, which was ready for the track’s most recent weekend weeks ago, included the Talladega Garage Experience, which features engagement areas for a fan immersive experience like never before. The epicenter of the Talladega Garage Experience is the unique 35,000 square foot BIG BILL’S Open Air Social Club that is lined on both sides by two garages that house the top 22 teams (11 on each side) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The Garage Experience also includes family/fan friendly items such as incredible $4 or less Value-Priced Concessions, FREE Wi-Fi, a Kids Zone, a Game Zone, Clyde May’s Courtyard, Tito’s Lemonade Lounge, an entertainment stage for local music, Driver Q&A’s and other interviews, and a reserved area for Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations after each race in Fr8Auctions Celebration Plaza. The 600-person Pit Road Club, along with the new Race Operations building, were also a part of Phase II.
Talladega Superspeedway would like to thank the all of the companies that supported the Transformation Project, especially those locally from the Yellowhammer State.
The Talladega Garage Experience will make its spring debut at the 2.66-mile venue on April 24-26 with a tripleheader featuring the GEICO 500 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series), the MoneyLion 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) and General Tire 200 (ARCA Menards Series). For tickets and additional information, call 855-518-RACE (7223) or log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
The holidays are about spending time with friends and family while giving gifts to those closest to us. The staff at Michigan International Speedway is getting in the holiday spirit Dec. 7 by giving back to those less fortunate in the area. The community is invited to the track to join in the festivities for the 11th annual MIS Cares Charity Track and Toy Drive.
The MIS Cares Charity Track and Toy Drive is Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Make a difference in someone’s life by donating a new unopened toy or a bag of nonperishable food to a local food pantry, the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.
All guests who make a donation are welcome to spread some holiday cheer to local charities and take a lap around the two-mile oval.
“The MIS Cares Track and Toy Drive is an opportunity to make an impact during this holiday season,” track President Rick Brenner said. “We continually strive to remember those not as fortunate this time of the year and with the help of the community we can make a huge impact.”
Guests may take a lap in their personal vehicle around the track in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy or a bag of nonperishable food. All food items will be donated to the Brooklyn Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Michigan and the St. Mary’s of Good Counsel in Adrian, Michigan. In addition, the toys will be donated to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots in both Jackson and Lenawee Counties.
Guests will have the opportunity to visit with Santa in the Michigan Room from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., so don’t forget your Christmas list. Photos with Santa will also be available for purchase. Children are invited to color a holiday card that will be sent to active military members.
The MIS Cares Charity Track and Toy Drive has been an overwhelming success in its first 10 years and continues to grow, thanks to the support of the community. This year, the staff at Michigan International Speedway looks to make it the best event to date.
Toy and food donations will also be accepted at MIS during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting on Dec. 2. Toys for Tots and Food Pantry collection boxes will be located in the speedway lobby, but laps will not be permitted to early drop offs due to track activity.
All donated toys must be unwrapped and new. Donated food items should be nonperishable. The food banks are also seeking soap products, paper goods, canned fruits and juices.
The employees of the speedway and Americrown Corp. will provide support for the event and also make a donation to the four organizations with personal support. Americrown will supply tasty treats and beverages to all the guests.
The MIS Cares Charity Track and Toy Drive is weather dependent.
Track and Toy Drive participants should enter the speedway through the tunnel gate off of Brooklyn Highway and follow the signs to the infield entry point. Guests will be directed to follow the signs to enter the racetrack, where they will take a lap at 25 MPH around the two-mile oval.
The track laps are limited to passenger vehicles only, no motorcycles. No passing of other vehicles will be allowed at any time. The driver of the vehicle must be 21 years of age, provide a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. All participants will need to sign a waiver before driving on the track. Seatbelts and headlights must be on at all times.
MIS Cares, the official charitable fund of MIS and a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit entity. The mission of MIS Cares is to assist and inspire youth within the local community.
Infield campers will have the opportunity to go into NASCAR garages during the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
As part of the Speedway's effort to enhance the experience of race fans, AMS is giving fans camping in the infield access to the Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series garages at select times during race weekend.
"The Atlanta Motor Speedway infield is where the most enthusiastic and diehard NASCAR fans spend race weekend each year," said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison. "Now we're delivering what these fans crave the most: a way to get in the garage and get closer to the sport they enjoy so much."
Access to the Xfinity and Gander Trucks garages on race weekend will be subject to schedule availability and granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The open garages are the ninth improvement to come from Atlanta Motor Speedway's "20 in 20" initiative. All told the Speedway will be announcing 20 individual enhancements to increase fan value and the overall enjoyment of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend on March 13-15, 2020.
Tickets and camping locations for the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available now by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX or visiting www.