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Pocono Raceway CEO, Nick Igdalsky, and President, Ben May, have announced the addition of two new employees and several key staff promotions.

Craig Amhaus joins Pocono Raceway as the Executive Managing Director, Partnership Sales and Service. He will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive internal and external sales, sponsorship and partner relations with the goal of increasing service, partners and returns. Amhaus joins Pocono after working for Upstage Video at Rock Lititz as the Vice President of Business Development. Additionally, Amhaus’ career has included extensive sports and entertainment successes with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer as the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Just Marketing International as the Director of Partnership Development, Dover International Speedway as the Business Development Manager and with StageCo as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

Kayla Houser joins the Pocono Raceway as a Ticketing Specialist after a successful summer internship position with the department in 2016. She graduated from Seton Hill University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management and Minor in Business Administration.

“The Pocono Raceway family features a talented group of individuals who work together to accomplish amazing things as a team,” said May. “Their hard work has helped us grow over the last couple of seasons and we are thrilled to award their efforts with several key promotions. We are excited to welcome two new members to our staff. Craig (Amhaus) comes to us with a depth of motorsport and entertainment experience to lead our Partnership Sales team. Kayla (Houser), a recent college graduate, will add a fresh perspective as we continue to enhance our guest services and weekend experience.”

In addition to the new hires,

  • Kevin Henry was promoted to Managing Director, Facility Operations as he enters his fifth year at Pocono.
  • Ryan Yanoshak starts his third year at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ as the Managing Director, Marketing Communications.
  • Ricky Durst, who will begin his seventh season with Pocono, has been promoted to Senior Director, Marketing and Fan Engagement. He will also continue to serve as the track’s government affairs liaison.
  • Kevin Heaney will begin his eighth season at the Raceway and will lead the newly-created Content Department, handling all outbound fan engagement over social media, e-mail marketing and website communications, as Director, Content.
  • Kevin Teel joins the Content Department as the Manager, Content after six seasons as a member of the Ticket Office staff.
  • JJ LaRose enters his fifth season at Pocono Raceway and also joins the Content Department as Manager, Content & Promotions.

Pocono Raceway will host seven motorsports events in 2018, including two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and the Verizon IndyCar Series. One NASCAR XFINITY Series, one Camping World Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races are also on the schedule for 2018.

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Ready. Set. Shop! Auto Club Speedway is waiving all service fees on any NASCAR tickets and ticket packages between Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on March 18, 2018. Tickets start as low as $42.00 which includes free parking.

While most sporting events give ticket holders access to their seat only…here are some incredible experiences that are included with a NASCAR ticket:

  • Watch a concert in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone before the race starts.
  • Before and during the race, the Fan Zone is an outdoor festival featuring Monster Energy stunt shows, interactive displays and NASCAR Q&A sessions.
  • Families can enjoy Lefty’s Fun Zone – an interactive area for kids including Driver Story Time with a NASCAR driver.

For gift ideas and experiences, a new Holiday Ticket Package is also available featuring two tickets to the Auto Club 400; two Pre-Race Pit Passes and a pair of Victory Lane passes for only $99.00 ($254 value). The special offer expires December 31, 2017

Tickets and package prices go up after Dec. 31, 2017. To purchase tickets or ticket packages to NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com

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The dust hasn’t fully settled on the 2017 NASCAR season, but Martinsville Speedway is already starting to plan for 2018 after a banner year at the historic Speedway.

For a place that’s seen plenty of defining moments in its 70 year history, 2017 will go down as one of the best ever. From Brad Keselowski winning the STP 500 in the spring, to Kyle Busch winning amid the drama that filled the closing laps of the First Data 500 in October, Martinsville Speedway lived up to the billing a “Half Mile of Mayhem.”

“What we saw in 2017 is what has kept Martinsville Speedway on the NASCAR schedule for 70 years,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We saw excellent racing. We saw action on and off the track. We saw emotion. We saw mayhem.”

Racing returns to Martinsville March 25 for the STP 500 and tickets to the race are available now at the lowest price of the season. Prices will increase on December 14.

“I don’t think I have ever been as excited to head into a new year as I am for 2018,” Campbell said. “NASCAR as a whole, and Martinsville Speedway in particular, are riding a tremendous wave of momentum.”

The STP 500 is once again the first short-track race of the season and also the first stop back on the East Coast after the series makes its “West Coast Swing.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Fans can start and finish their holiday shopping with Richmond Raceway’s (Richmond) Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Beginning Monday, November 20, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race ticket and a $25 Fanatics gift card for $55. Fans must act quickly because the deal ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 27.

“As the holiday season approaches, fans can give the gift of the iconic Richmond racing experience to their friends and family,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “In 2018, Richmond is home for NASCAR racing ‘under the light,’ and there is no better gift than sharing the best racing in motorsports with those you love. We hope fans will take advantage of these Black Friday & Cyber Monday offers to put under their tree for the holidays.”

The promotional Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket is located in rows 11-34 of Dogwood grandstand sections I-S. The Dogwood grandstand in Turns 1 and 2 provides one of the best views of the entire track. Fans will also be able to get some new Richmond or driver gear for the new season with a $25 Fanatics gift card.

To purchase this special offer, visit richmondraceway.com/fanaticsdeal. The deal will go live on Monday, November 20.

Richmond Raceway is the home for NASCAR racing “under the lights” in 2018. NASCAR returns to the Capital of the Commonwealth for the Toyota spring race weekend on April 20-21, 2018. The action starts with the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash race on Friday, April 20. Kids 12 and younger are free in general admission seating areas for all NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Richmond’s spring weekend continues with the fan-friendly Track Takeover driven by AAA, followed by NASCAR’s best in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race back “under the lights” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Richmond’s fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, hosts its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race weekend on September 21-22, 2018. The action begins on Friday, September 21, with the first race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. On Saturday, September 22, Richmond hosts the only Monster Energy Series playoff race “under the lights” with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m.

Over the fall race weekend, Richmond Raceway Reimagined will open with a new modernized infield offering a variety of enhanced fan experiences and amenities. Race fans will be able to get closer than ever to NASCAR’s best with new Monster Energy Series garages and a fan viewing walkway providing full immersion into the sport. Fans can purchase tickets to be in the new infield and become a part of history by calling 866-455-7223 or visiting the Richmond Ticket Office. To learn more about Richmond Raceway Reimagined, visit richmondracewayreimagined.com.

Regular season tickets for Richmond’s 2018 NASCAR season go on sale December 1. To learn more, visit us in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.

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It’s one of those rare times in the life of a weekly racer when the engines are silent, tools are put away and racing is secondary.

It’s a week of giving thanks and racers are no exception. They will gather around the Thanksgiving table Thursday with family and friends and count their blessings.

“This is the time of year to reflect on and appreciate another safe year of racing along with remembering those who we have lost this year,” said Peyton Sellers, who won his third South Boston Speedway Late Model Stock championship in 2017 while recording three wins. “Racing is a tough sport. We compete on the track and have out differences but when we unstrap we should realize we are a family, a brotherhood that will do anything to help each other. Our difference on the track is what makes us unique.”

South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice couldn’t agree more.

“We were blessed with another year of great racing surrounded by great friends and family,” said Rice. “We are thankful to be working in this sport at this wonderful race track. We are so thankful for the support we get from so many race fans and team. It all is truly a blessing.”

Bobby McCarty just wound down his best year of racing. Even though he finished second to Sellers in the South Boston Speedway Late Model points, he won four races at his home track. He also picked up a huge win in the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway in late summer and contented for the Virginia Triple Crown title.

“I have a lot to be thankful for,” said McCarty. “I’m thankful for my son, my fiancé for dealing with all the late hours working on the race car, my family and friends.

“I’m also thankful for the way my racing career progressed this year. I’ve learned a lot and can’t wait to see what the future has for my team and me.”

It was a break-out season for high school senior Colin Garrett. He captured the Limited Sportsman championship at South Boston behind five wins. He also branched out to other tracks on nights South Boston wasn’t running and picked up his first Late Model Stock win.

“I definitely have a lot to be thankful for this year,” said Garrett, a senior at Halifax High School. “Obviously my wonderful family and being able to have the opportunity to race. I can’t thank everyone who’s been a part of this team all year to get us to the point we did.

“My mom and dad put a lot of effort into my racing as well as my partners and I can’t be thankful enough to them all.”

South Boston’s 61st season will open on Saturday, March 24 with twin 100-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Division, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman event, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race.

For the full 2018 South Boston Speedway schedule, visit www.southbostonspeedway.com.

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Those looking to give the gift of Daytona International Speedway will find options for fans of all forms of motorsports in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials.

On Friday, Nov. 24 (Black Friday) and Monday, Nov. 27 (Cyber Monday), the “World Center of Racing” will offer the following $60 ticket package specials:

  • Rolex 24 At DAYTONA: General admission stadium and infield access for the 56th anniversary of North America’s most prestigious sports car race on Jan. 27-28 with a Rolex 24 event hat and garage access on Sunday, a savings of 32 percent.
  • DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger/Advance Auto Parts Clash: General admission stadium and infield access for the Sunday, Feb. 11 doubleheader with UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access, a savings of 33 percent.
  • Can-Am Duel: General admission stadium ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 15, a savings of 43 percent.
  • NextEra Energy Resources 250: General admission stadium ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 16, a savings of 29 percent.
  • PowerShares QQQ 300: General admission stadium ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 17, a savings of 43 percent.

Kids 12 and under are FREE in general admission stadium seating and UNOH Fanzone for the above Speedweeks events.

There are also ticket package specials for fans of Bike Week At DAYTONA:

  • DAYTONA Supercross: General admission ticket and Trackside Access, which gets you closer to the action than anywhere else on the circuit, can be purchased for $45 – a savings of 31 percent. The longest continuous Supercross event in America takes place Saturday, March 10.
  • DAYTONA TT: Fans can have a premium hospitality experience during the Thursday, March 15 event with Rolex 24 Lounge admission for $99 – a savings of 34 percent – or they can sit atop the infield’s DAYTONA 500 Club with President’s Row Admission for $149 – a savings of 25 percent. The Rolex 24 Lounge option includes access to the Lounge, a stadium seat directly outside the Lounge, souvenir event program, priority parking, snacks and beverages. The DAYTONA 500 Club President’s Row option includes a reserved rooftop seat, dinner, priority parking, UNOH Fanzone and pit access, souvenir event program, snacks and beverages.

To take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday ticket specials, call 1-800-PITSHOP between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/deals.

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Martin Truex Jr.’s dominant 2017 campaign finished with a storybook ending in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Coming into the Ford EcoBoost 400, the Mayetta, New Jersey, native had a series-leading seven victories, but none was more important than his win on Sunday, which earned him the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship of his career.

“I don’t even know what to say,” said Truex. “We just never gave up all day long. We didn’t have the best car. I don’t know how we won that thing. Never give up. Dig deep. I told my guys we were going to dig dipper than we ever have today. With 20 laps to go I thought I was done. They were all better than me on the long run all day long. I just found a way. I found a lane that I could use, and I found a lane that was blocking enough of their air that they couldn’t use it and just made it happen. I can’t believe it. I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid. Just never give up on your dreams no matter what happens.”

To win the title, Truex beat out Championship 4 contenders and past Monster Energy Series champions Brad Keselowski (2012), Kevin Harvick (2014) and Kyle Busch (2015). Busch finished the race in the second position, while Harvick and Keselowski finished fourth and seventh, respectively.  Kyle Larson, who led a race-high 145 laps, finished third.

Truex, who drives the No. 78 car for Furniture Row Racing, became the 32nd different driver to win a Monster Energy Series championship. His win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 also marked the fourth consecutive year where the series champion was also the race winner.

“I was a wreck thinking about all the tough days, the bad days, the times where I thought my career was over with, the times when I didn't think anyone believed in me,” said Truex following his win in the Ford EcoBoost 400. “But the guys, the people who mattered did – my fans, my family. Then I got with this team. They're unbelievable, and they resurrected my career and made me a champion.”

For the 37-year-old, the victory was his first in 13 Monster Energy Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and makes Truex the eighth different driver to celebrate a Monster Energy Series title at the 1.5-mile championship track.  He is also the 13th different winner of the Ford EcoBoost 400.  Truex led a total of 78 laps on Sunday, the most by a Ford EcoBoost 400 winner since 2010 when Carl Edwards led 190 laps.

Today was the third NASCAR championship celebrated by Truex at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as he claimed XFINITY Series titles in 2004 and 2005. Both titles were won under the Dale Earnhardt Inc. banner, in which Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a co-owner.

In addition to winning the driver’s championship title tonight, Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser also claimed the owner championship. The win is Furniture Row Racing’s first series owner championship in the Monster Energy Series.

Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 was also the final race of Dale Jr.’s storied career. The 14-time NASCAR most popular driver finished the race 25th.

“We retired and Martin wins the championship. That’s storybook,” said Dale Jr. “I hope all the fans enjoyed this season. I know it wasn’t everything we wanted on the race track, but we just had fun off of it, and I’m going to miss everybody. We’ll be back.”

Erik Jones, driver of the No. 77 car for Furniture Row Racing, won the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. The 21-year-old finished the season with five top-5 and 14 top-10 showings.

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The second annual Evergreen Raceway Awards Ceremony was held Saturday evening at Carmen’s Country Inn in Drums, PA. Over 180 racers, family, friends and fans came out to enjoy an evening of celebration together after a successful 2017 season at the speedway. Track champions were honored, along with those who were in the running for the points title all season long.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA claimed his second straight American Equipment Modified Series title. Hirschman, who was not present because he was racing in Myrtle Beach, scored all but one win in the division this season. His father, Tony accepted the award on his son’s behalf. He thanked everyone that had helped them claim the title, including car owner, Bob Horn, who has fallen ill this season.

Francis Gross III of Allentown, PA accepted the trophy and paycheck for earning his first ever Himmer Graphics Late Model crown. Winless in the division for almost 20 years, Gross not only visited victory lane this season, but also held bested former division champion, Steve Shultz to take top honors.

After dominating the season in the Barbush Automotive Street Stock division, Randy Schlenker of Whitehall, PA earned his second divisional championship. He thanked all of his family, crew and sponsors for their hard work and support throughout the entire year.

Thirteen year old Brayden Spencer of Shickshinny, PA earned his first Evergreen championship in the Evans’ Roadhouse Four Cylinder division. Spencer thanked all of his family and additional supporters. He also made mention that his great grandfather won the first Spencer Evergreen track title 60 years ago.

Harry O’Neill of Mountaintop, PA earned a pair of divisional accomplishments. O’Neill gave an emotional acceptance speech for being the Strictly Stock and 6/8-Cylinder Enduro champion. O’Neill’s words were focused around the help that he received from his wife, Wendy, following a devastating motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life several years ago.

Don Rogers of Furlong, PA accepted his award for earning the crown in the Four Cylinder Evergreen Enduro Series, presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust.

Many others were honored, including Stephanie Moyer, for being tied with Tom Casagrande for having the best overall finish in the Factory Stock division.

Kaden Ayres of Mountaintop, PA was recognized for being the Junior Four Cylinder “Front Runner” and Miss Evergreen’s (Emily Schadder, Angela Fisher and Mikayla Saccetti) were given awards for their help and dedication to the track throughout the season.

Sponsored by BRE Racing Tire, the “Rookie of the Year” honorees were: Gene Bowers (Modified), Brian Romig, Jr. (Late Model), Mike Pollack (Street Stock) and Shawn Kistler (Four Cylinder).

The “Most Improved Driver” awards went to: John Fortin, Jr. (Modified), Francis Gross III (Late Model) and Dan Pawlicki (Street Stock).

Himmer Graphics and Kyle Williams Photography presented the champions with additional plaques and BRE Racing Tire presented them with Hoosier Racing Tire jackets.

After announcing that he would not be returning to the speedway next season, Gene Ostrowski was recognized for the effort and dedication that put forth throughout the years.

Along with track announcer, Ted Grow, promoter Jason Makarewicz and Jeff Owler, the director of racing operations, gave a few closing words before music and dancing was provided by Richie Green.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well. 

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Motor Mile Speedway in Radford VA will undergo a major transformation beginning in 2018. Mirroring the national sharp downward trend in the popularity of NASCAR racing, the track has seen a decline in attendance and fan interest in recent years. After much discussion and planning, the Speedway will not renew its NASCAR sanction for 2018 , ending its circle track chapter and looking ahead to hosting a variety of entertainment and sporting events.

The track is nestled on 170 acres of rolling hills and is a beautiful setting for many types of outdoor activities. Just what those activities will be, however, remains to be decided. “We have lots of ideas but there’s no story yet. We are sitting around the table now and hashing it out,” said co-owner David Hagan. “We have tried to make the speedway successful, but with a downturn in interest, it’s increasingly difficult to make it work. We are looking at a variety of events to bring new life and excitement to the property. We have a unique venue in terms of versatility, and our new operation will reflect that. The schedule could include everything from concerts, mud runs, festivals, camping, and even new racing events at some point. You name it and it’s probably come up at our table,” Hagan elaborated.

Hagan and his partner, Larry Shelor, are co-owners of the Shelor Motor Mile auto dealerships in nearby Christiansburg, as well as the Calfee Park/Pulaski Yankees baseball operations in Pulaski. Seeing the enthusiasm around the baseball program only confirmed in Hagan’s mind the need for a drastic change at Motor Mile Speedway. “When you see the huge family crowds that baseball is drawing just a few miles away from the Speedway, and how much those fans are enjoying the experience, it really highlights the difference between the two sports,” said Hagan. He has challenged his management team to come up with ideas that will meet the growing demand for different options in family entertainment.

The 2018 season will be a year of planning and transition. The annual Independence Day Monster Truck Show will return, along with a couple of demolition derby events. The Dragway will continue its popular “Friday Night Fury” series, along with the possibility of other special events. Management made a similar decision in 2017 on the Dragway when it discontinued the traditional bracket racing program in favor of a more open format that attracts all types of fans and racing enthusiasts.

Although General Manager Michelle Vaught is sad to see the end of the weekly racing series at MMS, she has seen the declining numbers and knows it is time to make a change. “While we respectfully celebrate the racing history of Motor Mile Speedway, we are excited about what the future may hold for this special venue. The opportunities are endless.”

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In a race where each of the Championship 4 contenders finished the Ford EcoBoost 200 in the top six positions, fans witnessed one of NASCAR’s rising young stars, Christopher Bell, come out on top and take home the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.

The 22-year-old from Norman, Oklahoma took home the title by finishing second in the Ford EcoBoost 200, ahead of the remaining Championship 4 contenders Johnny Sauter (3rd), Austin Cindric (5th) and Matt Crafton (6th). The title makes Bell, who drives the No. 4 car for Kyle Busch Motorsports, the 16th different driver to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

“A dream come true just doesn’t even describe it,” said Bell. “For me to be at Kyle Busch Motorsports as long as I have and to go out a champion there is something I’m really proud of, and really proud that I’ve got all of our partners at JBL here to victory lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship.”

Camping World Truck Series rookie Chase Briscoe, who won the Ford EcoBoost 200 pole earlier on Friday, took the checkered flag in the 22nd running of the 134-lap race. For the Mitchell, Indiana native, it was the first win of his career. Briscoe led a race-high 81 laps, while Bell led a total of 10. In addition, the win earned Briscoe the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.

“This is a long time coming,” said Briscoe. “I’m so proud of all these guys. To know that they’re not going to have a job next year and we continued to bring really good trucks even though we were outside the playoffs, it’s such a testament to how good these Brad Keselowski guys are. Thank you so much to Ford for believing in me.”

Kyle Busch Motorsports, owned by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, clinched the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner title. For Kyle Busch Motorsports, it is the team’s fifth consecutive (2013-17) and sixth all-time owner championship (2010, 2013-17). The team is now the first to win five consecutive titles and the first to win six total series championships.

Tickets to Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race, in addition to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale, are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 car for Joe Gibbs Racing, will lead the field for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway after winning the Coors Light Pole with a lap of 31.038 seconds, 173.980 mph.

Hamlin earned his second pole and 24th top-10 start in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and his second pole (2015) in 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin has four top-5 and eight top-10 finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which includes wins in the Ford EcoBoost 400 in 2009 and 2013.

“Honestly, it was a great run and we did great adjustments there,” said Hamlin. “Our car was obviously very fast that last run. I love this race track and wish we would have our chance, but that will be another day, another year for us.”

The Championship 4 drivers – Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick – will be starting within the top-10 positions for Sunday’s championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Truex will start alongside Hamlin in the front row in the second position, while Busch will start in third. Keselowski will begin the 267-lap championship race in fifth and Harvick will start in the ninth position.

“It was a good day overall,” said Truex following the qualifying session. “We missed it a little bit that last round and lost more grip than I anticipated. We made some adjustments and knew it was going to go that way, but just not far enough. I can’t say enough about this group, just a really strong day – five one-thousandths away from it being a perfect day. Just proud of everyone and they did what they needed to do today and we’ll get to work tomorrow.”

“Definitely was pole worthy, so I hate it that we weren’t able to get the number one pit stall,” said Busch about his qualifying run. “I felt like that was a great opportunity. I felt like when Truex ran the .043 that there was a shot out there for a 90-something. That’s kind of what I was shooting for. I was trying to find that 90 and being able to be number one.”

Tickets to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale, in addition to tomorrow’s XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race, are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

The Ford EcoBoost 400, which will air on NBC and MRN Radio/Sirius XM, will start at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 19.

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