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Are you a thrill seeker? Adrenaline junkie? Someone who needs to overcome your fear of heights? Then there is a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss on Saturday, June 8.
 
“Over the Edge” returns to The Last Great Colosseum after an exhilarating and successful 2018 edition, where members of the community participated to help raise money for the YWCA and the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell even took the pledge and rappelled down the iconic 10-story Bristol elevator tower. This year, 2012 NHRA Pro Stock world champion and Greeneville resident Allen Johnson will go over the edge with the individual who raises the most amount of money to the cause.

On June 8th, the organizations are partnering up for the second annual “Over The Edge” event, a unique and adrenaline-inducing experience that will provide a new perspective of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Participants will have the chance to traverse the sides of buildings like Spider-Man, rappelling down the iconic Bristol elevator tower – and the best part? It’s all for a great cause. 

All proceeds will benefit the two charitable organizations. Over the Edge, a professional rappelling organization that has raised over $70 million for charities since 2008, will lead the event. OTE will provide all the necessary equipment and expertise. All ages have successfully rappelled from early teens to guests in their 80’s.

“What we need most are brave hearts willing to go over the edge to help uplift others in our community,” said Kathy Waugh, chief executive officer for the Bristol YWCA. “This fundraiser will have a massive impact for the working parents and at-risk girls we serve every day.”

“It was an absolute thrill to see individuals brave the heights of the famed Bristol tower to help raise money for those in need,” said Claudia Byrd, executive director of the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. “The support of this community to help send someone ‘over the edge’ for charity means more to us than they know. We’re looking forward to another great event in 2019.”

Over the Edge is open to the first 76 brave individuals who raise $1,500. Interested organizations can even raise funds to “toss the boss”. To register, to donate and to learn more about the event, please visit https://otecwe.com/bristol. Those who want to demonstrate their support for children, women and the mission to eliminate racism should consider becoming an edger.

For more information on the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, please visit www.SpeedwayCharities.org/Bristol.

BMS PR

In the 2000s at Talladega Superspeedway’s springtime classic Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, there was a new sheriff in town named Gordon, as well as another driver with the last name of Earnhardt, who dominated the world’s largest and greatest race track in the world that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

NASCAR’s Most Competitive track, which will host its tripleheader weekend featuring the GEICO 500 on April 26-28, gave way to two of the most popular drivers to ever strap into the cockpit - Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The duo would win six of the first eight races in the decade with Gordon claiming four – 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 – while Earnhardt won two straight in 2002-03, and then added triumphs in the track’s fall race (2001, 2002) for a Talladega record four straight.

Earnhardt added four more top-10 results, including a heart-breaking runner-up finish to Gordon in ’04, much to the chagrin of the fans in the grandstands. With just over four laps to go, Earnhardt, running second at the time, went to pass Gordon and nosed in front of his Chevrolet, but the caution for an accident behind them came out just inches before the pass. The field was frozen, and the race ended under caution. Gordon added two other top-10 efforts.

Other drivers to claim the top prize in the spring Monster Series event at ‘Dega included Bobby Hamilton, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski, who notched his first career triumph in NASCAR’s premier series. Nine different drivers captured pole positions at Bill France Sr.’s creation during the 10-year stretch with Jeremy Mayfield the lone driver with two.

Below are quick recaps of each springtime race at the 2.66-mile venue during the 2000s:

  • 2000: Gordon, in his famous No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports, holds off Mike Skinner by .189 second to claim his career milestone 50th win. Dale Earnhardt Sr. competes in his final Talladega race and finishes third.
  • 2001: In a caution-free race, Hamilton, in his No. 55 Chevy for Andy Petree Racing, passes Tony Stewart in the tri-oval coming to the white flag and holds on by .163 second. The average speed of the race, which saw Kurt Busch, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte complete the top five, was a sizzling 184.003 mph.
  • 2002: Dale Jr. holds off a last-ditch effort for a pass through the tri-oval by teammate Michael Waltrip by just inches (0.060 second).
  • 2003: Dale Jr. makes it two straight in the spring, and this time, the runner-up victim is Kevin Harvick, trailing the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet by .125 second.
  • 2004: In one of the most memorable events ever at Talladega, Dale Jr.’s pass on Gordon is one second too late before the caution comes out as the leaders are in Turn 4. Dale Jr. beats Gordon to the finish line, but when the caution comes out in the fourth turn, Gordon is inches ahead.
  • 2005: It was Gordon’s turn at back-to-back victories, handing Tony Stewart his second bridesmaid result in the spring event by .193 second.
  • 2006: Stewart is runner-up for the second straight year, this time to Johnson by .120 second with Brian Vickers third, followed by Jeff Burton and Jamie McMurray.
  • 2007: Johnson’s bid in his No. 48 Chevrolet for another win comes up short to teammate Gordon, who puts an exclamation point on his fourth and final spring win of the decade.
  • 2008: Kyle captures his first – and only to this point – Cup victory at Talladega. He fends off the challenge of Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin. Busch, however, has had wins since in the other two NASCAR Series that compete at the 33-degree banked track – the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
  • 2009: In a remarkable finish, Keselowski, driving for independent car owner James Finch, taps Carl Edwards out of the lead coming through the tri-oval to the checkered flag to notch his initial win in the premier series. Edwards, who crashed with his car coming up 100 yards short of the finish line, jumps out and runs across the line “Ricky Bobby” style to complete the race on foot. The victory helps Keselowski land a full-time ride with Team Penske in 2010. He is now the active Talladega win leader with five.

The upcoming GEICO 500 will be the track’s 100th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The weekend kicks off a motorsports tripleheader with the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series (which has been a staple of Talladega Superspeedway since October of ’69) on Friday, April 26, and the MoneyLion 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, April 27. The GEICO 500 gets a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday, April 28. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).

TSS PR

Two weeks after the Late Model Stock dust up at South Boston Speedway it appears to be ‘business as usual’ for this Saturday night’s NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100 with all drivers involved expected to be back on track.

“That’s all in the past. I’ve already won a race since then and I’m looking forward to winning a trophy this Saturday,” said Lee Pulliam, four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American National Champion who captured the $30,000 to-win CARS Tour race April 7.

“I’m just concerned about racing. That’s the way it is for me every week. If you’re a good race-car driver, that’s what you do.”

Pulliam and five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion Philip Morris were at the heart of an altercation in the second 75-lap Late Model race at South Boston on March 30 that resulted in fines and suspensions from NASCAR and was the hot racing topic on social media for several days.

The pair were involved in several bumping incidents with Morris the big loser after contact from Pulliam caused him to spin into the turn-three wall, severely damaging his car. During the ensuing red-flag period, Forrest Reynolds, a Morris crew member, tried to crawl into the passenger window of Pulliam’s car and wound up tumbling to the track when Pulliam pulled away.

Morris was fined by NASCAR for his crew member’s involvement, Pulliam was fined and suspended until April 17 by NASCAR, and Reynolds was barred from the infield of any NASCAR track for the remainder of the year. South Boston Speedway has also banned Reynolds from the track in any capacity indefinitely.

Peyton Sellers, the third national champion in the field, went on to win the race. Sellers took advantage of the break in South Boston’s schedule to also win another big Late Model race, the Visit Hampton Grass Roots 200 at Langley Speedway.

“Last year me and Philip had a couple of wrecks on the track that were hard racing … just chalk it up to hard racing. I know if Philip gets under me and makes contact, it’s racing,” said Sellers, the defending Late Model track champion at South Boston. “Philip made contact with Lee a couple of times and then he just got turned. That crossed a whole different respect level. They have to live with that. I’m not saying Philip is going to retaliate or not, but when Lee sees that 01 (Morris) in the mirror, he has to think about it.”

The Late Model Stock division will highlight a fiver-race schedule Saturday night with a 100-lap event. The Limited Sportsman class will stage twin 25-lap races while the Budweiser Pure Stocks have a 30-lap race and  the Budweiser Hornets have a 15-lap race.

Before the racing action kicks off, there will be an Easter egg hunt at 6:30 p.m. for youngsters 12-and-under.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with qualifying scheduled at 6 p.m. The first race will take the green flag at 7 p.m.

Tickets are just $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult.

SOBO PR

Talladega Superspeedway’s Freedom Trophy has been a staple at the historic venue, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, since 2014. The patriotic trophy will be presented to the winner of the April 28 GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race by a warrior of the Wounded Warrior Project – U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant Donald Jones.

This distinctive piece of hardware, a part of the track’s Military Appreciation ticket program that offers excellent savings to military members, proudly displays the five branches of the United States military. It features five-sided silver aluminum panels, each engraved with a military member and logo from one of our nation’s five military branches, centered around a waterjet cut star. It has been presented to Talladega Superspeedway’s winners in NASCAR’s premier series by members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

The Wounded Warrior Project, established in 2003, is a nonprofit organization that is committed to helping wounded veterans achieve their highest ambition. A warrior is a veteran and service member who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. Warriors volunteer countless hours serving their local communities through multiple youth organizations, food banks, scholarship fundraising, fishing mentorship, and Widows of Veterans.

Staff Sergeant Jones has dedicated 25 years of service to his country. He will also be recognized in the official Drivers Meeting the morning of the GEICO 500, as well as be introduced to the fans as part of the pre-race festivities.

In addition to the Military Appreciation ticket program, Talladega Superspeedway is also proud to offer a special ticket program to first responders and their families as part of the First Responders presented by 1st Foundation offer. For more information or questions about Military & First Responders tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/military.

For more information on the highly-anticipated tripleheader weekend, featuring the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series (April 26), the MoneyLion 300 (April 27) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and GEICO 500, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).

TSS PR

Dover International Speedway’s 50th Anniversary historical video, which features interviews with three NASCAR champions, has been released in full in advance of the May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, track officials said today.

The 14-minute video, produced by Pam Miller of Fox Sports, includes historic footage, exclusive interview segments and a highlight reel of the most memorable moments and thrilling finishes at the Monster Mile.

Visit DoverSpeedway.com to watch the full video, highlighted by the following segments:

  • Footage of Dover’s first NASCAR race, the “Mason-Dixon 300,” from July 6, 1969.
  • Interviews with NASCAR champions Bobby Allison, Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty, the top three drivers in all-time Dover victories, and highlights of their top Monster Mile triumphs.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in front of a sea of patriotic fans.
  • Coverage of the “Miller Genuine Draft 500,” from June 4, 1995, Dover’s first NASCAR Cup Series race on its new concrete track surface.

“We’re proud of the Monster Mile’s place in auto racing history and its role as an economic driver for Delaware,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “We appreciate Bobby, Jimmie and Richard taking the time to sit down with us and relive their Dover memories. We loved taking a walk down Memory (Victory) Lane with them.”

Segments of the video, by decade, had been released to rave reviews and great fan feedback across Dover International Speedway’s social media channels in recent weeks.

“Our fans are definitely invested in the history of the Monster Mile and they’ve proved their interest by making this video one of our most viewed selections on DoverSpeedway.com,” said Doug Yorke, Dover International Speedway’s senior manager of consumer marketing.

The full video is also shown to guests during Monster Mile tours and can be viewed by visiting https://www.doverspeedway.com/video.

The May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, May 3, the “Allied Steel Buildings 200” NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 4 and the “Gander RV 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 5.

The video is just part of Dover’s planned 50th Anniversary celebrations surrounding the May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend. In addition to the special gold Monster trophies given to the race winners and free 1:64-scale Dover diecast cars to the first 15,000 guests on May 5, fans can also enjoy multiple free performances by the famous Harlem Globetrotters in the 8-acre FanZone, a free Charlie Daniels Band concert on the Xfinity Stage in Victory Plaza, free appearances by country music star John Rich, as well as Micro Wrestling Federation matches, Del Rods Car Club car shows, a Winston Cup Mobile Museum display, on-site NASCAR and sports betting and much more.

The Monster Mile’s Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Oct. 6, 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race will be the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover International Speedway will be the 10th track in the nation to host 100 NASCAR Cup Series races.

Keep up to date on all 50th Anniversary announcements and schedules by visiting DoverSpeedway.com or calling (800) 441-RACE. You can also keep up with all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

Dover Motorsports PR

Grant Lynch, the leader of Talladega Superspeedway for more than half the track’s existence, has been a delight for years during pre-race ceremonies with his back-and-forth chatter with the fans via microphone on the public address system with that chant “This is More than a Race…..This is Talladega.”

Well, for the upcoming GEICO 500, set for Sunday, April 28, his responsibilities on the microphone just increased. Officials from GEICO announced today that the fan-friendly, likeable Lynch, who will retire this coming November, will serve as the race’s Grand Marshal and give the command, “Drivers, Start Your Engines.”

Lynch, the Speedway Chairman who joined the staff at the 2.66-mile venue in January of 1993, will depart after more than a quarter century of service to the track, the local community and the state of Alabama just weeks after the completion of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar.

Transformation, the approximate $50 million redevelopment (www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation) endeavor, is part of International Speedway Corporation’s long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes and is highlighted by the one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience, which will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR like never before. It will be completed in time for the track’s fall event weekend in October.

Lynch has overseen many changes and updates to make the mammoth track the best in NASCAR as well as the most fan-friendly such as the construction of new grandstands with comfortable fold-out chairs and the addition of the mammoth video boards. There’s also been a host of fan programming that has been introduced during his reign, including the “Big One on the Blvd.”, the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, Kids VIP Experience presented by Children’s of Alabama, Military Appreciation, First Responders presented by 1st Foundation offer and Teacher & Educator Appreciation.

Lynch started as the track General Manager in ’93 and was promoted to Vice President of International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and President of Talladega Superspeedway in November of the same year. In July 2009, he became TSS Chairman.

Lynch came to Talladega after 11 years with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., where in his last post, he served as Senior Manager of Operations and Public Relations, managing the company’s involvement in NASCAR’s premier series. His career there spanned back to 1982 when he joined RJR Special Events as a show car driver. 

The GEICO 500 gets the green flag on Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m. CDT. For ticket information on it, as well as the Saturday (April 27) MoneyLion 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the General Tire 200 on Friday (April 26) for the ARCA Menards Series, call 855-518-RACE (7223) or log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

TSS PR

Ryan Newman will battle for his first Coca-Cola 600 victory in the historic event’s 60th running on May 26, but the tenacious Coca-Cola Racing Family driver witnessed a different form of battle preparation on Wednesday at Fort Bragg. As a patriotic preview of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Memorial Day weekend Salute to the Troops, Newman continued Mission 600 by visiting soldiers at Fort Bragg – the world’s largest military installation featuring more than 50,000 active duty personnel of the U.S. Army.

Additionally, Newman joined Rachel and Jamie Nolen, a Gold Star Family, in unveiling the remarkable No. 6 Ford Mustang that Newman will drive in the Coca-Cola 600. As part of NASCAR’s 600 Miles of Remembrance program, Newman’s car will feature the name of the late Sgt. James Nolen, who passed away in 2009 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

During his trip on Wednesday, Newman – outfitted in full infantry gear – took a ride in a RAZOR military vehicle and participated in a parachute packing demonstration before his race car’s paint scheme was revealed in a special presentation.

“It’s an honor for me to drive a race car that has a fallen soldier’s name on it,” Newman said. “To have their family at the race track and what Coca-Cola, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR does, it’s such a family-oriented sport to give back in a special way on Memorial Day weekend. To have Sgt. Nolen’s name on the windshield is just a small part of what I’ll have in the form of an angel riding inside my car on race day.

“The class of soldiers, I’ve always said, is second to none,” Newman said of the Army soldiers he met. “The personalities, the character, all the good parts of being a human show up in U.S. Army soldiers. Today showed me that even more. It’s important that we all embrace that and no family does it better than NASCAR.

Newman also visited with the Nolen family and troops from Sgt. Nolen’s former unit, which is based at Fort Bragg. Sgt. Nolen’s widow, Rachel, shared the importance of continuing to honor her late husband’s legacy and how much it meant to have his name riding with Newman during NASCAR’s Memorial Day Weekend salute to the troops.

“It means the world to us to be able to celebrate James’ life, to honor him and for everybody to learn about James,” said Rachel Nolen, who brought her daughter, Jamie, to the event. “It’s an amazing experience.”

Along with Mission 600’s thrilling build-up to the Coca-Cola 600, thousands of troops will join fans in the race-day festivities, which will include static military displays and interactive showcases in the Fan Zone. Additionally, 600 troops comprised of members from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces will be on the frontstretch during pre-race activities.

Mission 600 kicks off the festivities, with upcoming visits tentatively slated to feature Bubba Wallace at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on April 23; Kyle Larson at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island on April 29; and Austin Dillon at U.S. Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach on April 30.

Through the speedway’s “Patriot Partners” program, race fans or corporate customers can buy a ticket for a member of the U.S. Armed Forces for just $25. Tickets will be distributed to active-duty personnel and their families through the USO.

Prior to the green flag, ticketholders to the Coca-Cola 600 can also enjoy a FREE pre-race concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick.

As part of the salute to the military, race fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #KnowYourMil.

TICKETS:
Coca-Cola 600 tickets for adults start at just $49 while kids 13 and under get in for $10. Tickets, camping and upgrades for every 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder event are available at the gates, by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

KEEP TRACK:
Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

KNOW YOUR MILITARY:
Salute your military by sharing your connections and stories on social media using hashtag #KnowYourMil.

CMS PR

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is making several improvements that will enhance the fan experience starting with this year’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend, July 19-21, including a new pre-race setup, infield and turn three camping, Infield Experience, more drink rails and a new Fan Zone layout. Fans will have the chance to get closer than ever to the drivers and to the racing action with the new infield access.

“Our chairman Bruton Smith’s ‘fans first’ philosophy is a driving force in our company,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We are always looking for new ways to improve the fan experience here in Loudon. Fans want to be able to get close to the action and the drivers. These brand new options will allow them to do so with some really cool new viewpoints and unbelievable access. They could literally give Joey Logano a high-five right before he hops into his car for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301!”

 

Fans come to the event for competitive racing, the off-track experience and to get close to the cars and stars of NASCAR. This year, pre-race pit pass holders will get unprecedented access to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers just moments before they strap in for the race. During driver introductions, the entire Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 starting field will walk the pre-race stage, take a parade lap around the famed race track and, new for this year, walk the red carpet as they make their final steps to the car before the race. The red carpet access will give fans the opportunity to get closer to their racing hero. Also moving closer to the fans, the Cup cars will be gridded in a new location on the turn one side of the start/finish line.

 

Aside from the on-track action, camping is a huge part of what makes a NASCAR race weekend so much fun, and what could be better than camping right in the middle of the action? For the first time, fans can now reserve a campsite in the infield behind pit road. A limited number of infield camping spots are available and include water and power hookups plus pre-race pit passes, NASCAR Xfinity Series garage passes and grandstand access to watch the race.  

 

Fans who don’t have a camper, but still want infield access can purchase the Infield Experience. Located just behind pit road, the Infield Experience offers fans the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in hospitality while being right in the center of the action. This includes access to a private tent by the start/finish line, viewing areas in turns two and four, pre-race pit pass, driver appearance, catered luncheon and more.

 

Improvements and upgrades made all over the NHMS property include:

 

New Pre-Race Setup

This year, pre-race pit pass holders will get unprecedented access to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers just moments before they strap in for the race. During driver introductions, the entire Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 starting field will walk the pre-race stage, take a parade lap around the famed race track and, new for this year, walk the red carpet as they make their final steps to the car before the race. The red carpet access will give fans the opportunity to get closer to their racing hero. Also moving closer to the fans, the Cup cars will be gridded in a new location on the turn one side of the start/finish line.

 

Infield Camping

For the first time, fans can now reserve a campsite in the infield behind pit road. A limited number of infield camping spots are available and include water and power hookups plus pre-race pit passes, NASCAR Xfinity Series garage passes and grandstand access to watch the race.

 

Infield Experience

Fans who don’t have a camper, but still want infield access can purchase the Infield Experience. Located just behind pit road, the Infield Experience offers fans the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in hospitality while being right in the center of the action. This includes access to a private tent by the start/finish line, viewing areas in turns two and four, pre-race pit pass, driver appearance, catered luncheon and more.

 

Drink Rails Added

Due to the popularity of the add-on last year in section NO row 49, more drink rails will be added throughout the Main Grandstand. This will give fans more seating space and leg room with cooler or bag storage underneath the drink rail and a spot for food and beverages that will not affect sightlines. Additionally, a drink rail will be added across the top of the Main Grandstand and provide fans with a standing area to move around while enjoying the race. As an added convenience, NHMS partner, Levy, will vend snacks such as peanuts, ice cream sandwiches and beer throughout the grandstand area so fans don’t have to miss a moment of on-track action.

 

New Turn Three Camping
Similar to the popular Trackside Terrace, a new camping area has been added to turn three with unbelievable sightlines for fans. The speedway removed the backstretch billboards to create this exclusive area that will allow fans to be just a few steps from the action.

 

New Fan Zone Layout
The Fan Zone, located across from the infield tunnel, is home to games, activities, displays and all of the off-track action on race weekend. In an effort to eliminate vehicle traffic driving through this area and to make it safer for the fans, the speedway has created a new perimeter road. This road will run along the outside of the Fan Zone creating a large common area in the center for fans to socialize and interact with the racing themed displays.

 

For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the June 8-16 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

NHMS PR

Sonoma Raceway will get back to “The Point” during this year’s Toyota/Save Mart 350, as the Sonoma Valley facility unveils a new fan viewing area for NASCAR’s return to the Carousel.

The raceway announced late last year that NASCAR would return to the original, 12-turn road course, including the famed Carousel, for this year’s Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 21-23, as part of the facility’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration.

To allow fans to fully enjoy the intensity of this challenging turn, the raceway has rebranded the peninsula between Turns 1 and 6 as “The Point.” This unique fan environment offers the up-close views of both corners, as well as a direct perspective of the start/finish line and flag stand.

The Point will be upgraded with a 1,550-square-foot Humboldt Redwood shade structure, more than 700 feet of stand-up bars along the fence line and new food and beverage locations. Access to the area is free to all fans, and terrace seating is available on the hillside adjacent to Turn 1.

“With all the twists and turns of the Sonoma Raceway road course, every fan has their own opinion of the best place to watch the races,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “The Point adds one more terrific viewing option; not to mention a fun place to hang out.”

The Carousel, which plunges from Turn 4 down through Turns 5 and 6 before dropping onto the raceway’s longest straightaway into the Turn 7 hairpin, has been the site of many memorable moments in the raceway’s history, including Dale Earnhardt’s critical pass of Mark Martin in 1995 en route to the Intimidator’s first-ever NASCAR road-course victory.

The Point joins a number of other popular fan viewing areas added around the road course over the last few years. Most recently, the raceway added The RevZone above Turn 7, which features a 200-foot standup bar, shade tent with picnic tables and permanent restrooms. Grill Gardens above Turns 2 and 9 feature redwood arbors from the Humboldt Redwood Company, as well as a place to relax and enjoy a bite to eat.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 21-23. For more information or to secure tickets, visit www.sonomaraceway.com or call 800-870-7223.

Sonoma Raceway PR

 

Lenexa, Kan. based Digital Ally Inc. is partnering with Kansas Speedway to sponsor the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race (Digital Ally 400 at 6:30 PM CT) and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race (Digital Ally 250 at 7:30 PM CT) May 10-11.

“I’m excited to welcome Digital Ally as a partner of Kansas Speedway,” said Patrick Warren, Kansas Speedway President. “I look forward to working with Digital Ally’s team to promote both the Digital Ally 400 and the Digital Ally 250.”

“We are excited to partner with Kansas Speedway. We have had an outstanding relationship with NASCAR this past year and a half. It made all the sense in the world to team up with our local track as well,” said Stanton Ross, Digital Ally CEO. “We look forward to a fantastic weekend of racing.”

Digital Ally was created to develop and manufacture technology that provides customers with the ultimate liability protection and evidence recording capabilities, coupled with convenience and ease of use. Digital Ally provides law enforcement agencies along with emergency management and commercial companies with the highest quality video solutions and software management.

Tickets for the May 11, 2019, Digital Ally 400 and the May 10, 2019, Digital Ally 250 are currently on sale by calling 866.460.7223, online at www.kansasspeedway.com, or at the Kansas Speedway Ticket Office Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM.

Kansas Speedway PR

After an outstanding season opener which saw nearly 100 racecars put on a highly entertaining show, Macon Speedway will be back at it for the second night of the 2019 season this coming Saturday, April 20.  Seven divisions of action will be highlighted by the Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks and the opener for the Sportsman.  Fans will be treated to $1 hot dogs and $2 beers all night long.

Saturday night will mark the first of ten races for the Midwest Big Ten Series Archer’s Alley Street Stocks.  The tour will have four events at Macon, three events at Lincoln Speedway, two events at Jacksonville, and one at the Christian County Fair.  All of the events pay $500 to win and $75 to start, which is a pretty big raise compared to their normal payouts. 

Last year, Lovington, IL’s Jeremy Nichols claimed the championship, winning seven out of the ten races.  Terry Reed, Macon’s opening night winner, finished second in points  last year, while Justin Crowell, Darrell Dick, and Shawn Ziemer completed the top five in points.  The series had 59 different drivers take to the track last season.

Saturday will also mark the first race of the year for the Macon Speedway Sportsman class.  Last year’s point battle resulted in a virtual tie at 572 points between Taylorville, IL’s Tim Bedinger and Le Roy, IL’s Scott Williams.  Bedinger won the tie-breaker by having a win.  Following the duo a season ago were Dennis Vandermeersch, Scott Landers, and Ty Nation.  The division will have 12 events at Macon Speedway this year, one at Lincoln, one at the Christian County Fair, and the biggest of all at the Illinois State Fair in August.

The BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds will be back for their second night of racing, after putting on arguably the best show during the opener.  Veteran Rodney Standerfer and last year’s champion, Tommy Sheppard, Jr., put on a show at the front of the pack, swapping the lead a number of times with slidejobs and crossovers.  Standerfer ended up in victory lane with Sheppard, Rick Conoyer, Guy Taylor, and Tim Hancock completing the top five.  There were 19 Modifieds in the pits on Saturday night and fans are looking forward to seeing a strong field again this weekend.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models had a decent opening night with a new face in victory lane.  Catlin, IL driver, Logan Moody, claimed the victory in his first Macon Speedway start.  He did so by fending off some good Pro Late Model shoes.  Jake Little, of Springfield, IL, took second, while Torin Mettille came home third.  Cody Maguire was fourth and Chris Dick finished fifth.  While the division has a few veterans, it has a lot of young drivers that will be fun to watch this summer.

The Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods had a very familiar face in victory lane as Tim Hancock claimed the win.  It wasn’t easy for Hancock, though, as Decatur, IL’s Nick Justice followed him closely throughout the event.  The class had 15 cars at the opener, with drivers from all over the state of Illinois.

The Micros by Bailey Chassis will be back at it Saturday night, after having 22 in the pits on opening night.  Aaron Andruskevitch, of Riverton, IL, came out of the gates strong, claiming the feature win over the large field.  In exciting news for the Micros, they will be running for track points and will crown a track champion this year.  There are 16 total events for the division this year, four of which will be POWRi National shows.  All 16 will count toward the final track standings.

Rounding out Saturday’s racing classes will be the DIRTcar Hornets.  Brady Reed claimed the opening night win and will be looking to start the season two-for-two.  15 drivers were on track with many more expected to join over the next few weeks as they get their cars ready to go. 

At intermission this week, Spectator Drags will be held.  The event is for those who drive their street cars to the track and want to race on Macon Speedway.  The first 8 people that sign up will be entered.  Each race is one-on-one, one lap.  The winner advances, the loser goes back to the parking lot.  It’s a tournament style bracket that ends with the winner receiving a trophy.  There is no cost to enter.  To sign up, call the office at 217-764-3200 or message us on facebook.

Macon Speedway is just a little over a week away from one of the biggest events of the year, the Lucas Oil 100 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  The stars of the nationally televised tour will be running 100 laps on April 27, making their sixth visit to the track.  The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds will run for $1,000 to win and the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods will race for $300 to win.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

Macon Speedway PR

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