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Thirty years ago Bill Elliott emerged as the fittest of the survivors when he walked off with his fourth victory of the 1987 season in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s October classic. It was more, though, than just his 21st career victory. The triumph ignited a spark in the family-run team that resulted in it winning three of the season’s final four races.

“We had good stuff, we had good aero and Ernie (Elliott) had good motors,” said Bill Elliott, who was driving one of only 19 cars running at the finish of the 1987 Bank of America 500. “Everybody was trying to figure out my secret and, heck, we didn’t have one. We didn’t have anything that was any different than anybody else. The T-Bird, to me, was ahead of its time. It took them (other teams) a while to get their hands around it. We just came out of the box and were able to run well with it.”

Elliott ended the 29-race season with six victories, eight poles, 16 top-five finishes and 20 top-10 results. For the second time in three years, he was the runner-up in the standings, this time to Dale Earnhardt.

It was, however, a brutal season for the small team owned by Harry Melling, but better known for the three Elliott brothers – Ernie, Dan and Bill – who ran the operation founded by their father, George.

Ernie Elliott, the oldest, built the engines and handled crew chief duties. He had battled mononucleosis in 1986. Ivan Baldwin joined the operation in 1987 with the intention of helping Ernie with his workload, taking on crew chief duties, but things didn’t work out as hoped. Dan Elliott constructed the gears and transmissions. Bill Elliott, the youngest of the three brothers, focused on the car’s chassis/setup in addition to serving as the driver.

“The hours (we were working) were horrendous,” recalled Dan Elliott, who still possesses the transmission used to win three of the season’s final four races. “They were some of the worst that I’ve ever encountered because it was still a small group. It was more like family with the people that you worked with. It was awful, but it was the hardest work I ever loved. The only reason you could survive any of the race seasons, because of the hours, was because of the adrenaline rush you were getting from the success at the different places you were going to.”

When the team rolled into Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 in October, it had produced seven top-10 and five top-five finishes, including two victories, in the last nine races. Elliott qualified seventh for the Charlotte race, but wasn’t a factor in the early stages. However, by the time the seventh and final caution period ended on lap 276 of the 334-lap race, Elliott was leading.

Two laps later Bobby Allison, who had dominated the event at the 1.5-mile track, was in position to retake the lead he’d lost during the final pit stops that took place under yellow. Allison, however, could never accomplish the task even though the left-side tires on Elliott’s Ford were worn (eventually completing 134 laps, 201 miles) and he was low on fuel. At the finish, Elliott was 1.5 seconds ahead of Allison, but during the final 62 laps had led by as much as 3.95 seconds.

“We knew we were going to go a long way on the right-side tires and I don’t have to say anything about how long those left sides were on the car,” Elliott said immediately after the race. “And I was running on gas fumes at the end. If we had to go another two laps or so, I don’t think we would have made it.”

Dan Elliott maintains the team was “divine.”

“I look at where we came from and where we were at; and we were very thankful and very blessed,” he said. “We did it as a family operation.

“I have to give pretty much all the thanks to No. 1, God, and No. 2, (our) parents. If not for them, we wouldn’t have been where we were. Mother had to sell family property. She had to come up with the money to be able to buy the race car and parts from Roger Penske (in 1977). That was the first break we got in being able to put this together with good parts. Daddy could have retired a millionaire off of what he spent on racing.

“What a tremendous battle and what a tremendous journey it was!”

As a salute to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Charlotte race as a full-time driver, adult tickets to the Bank of America 500 are available as a two-pack for $88 and include a Dale Jr. bobblehead while supplies last. All adult tickets are good for admission to the Brad Paisley concert. For tickets, camping and upgrades, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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


With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff shifting to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, championship contender Austin Dillon spent Tuesday visiting with media and fans in the Boston area. Dillon, the 27-year-old pilot for Richard Childress Racing’s iconic No. 3 team, enters Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 tied for 12th in points.
A total of 16 drivers make the playoffs, which puts Dillon on the bubble to reach the second round after a top-20 finish in the opening postseason race last weekend.
“This a big weekend for us. I made a mistake on pit road last weekend, which kind of set us back, so we want to come to New Hampshire and have a great race and get ourselves in a good position moving forward,” said Dillon. “I always enjoy coming up to this area, especially during this time of year when the leaves are changing and it’s starting to cool off a little bit. New England is awesome, and I know a lot of the other drivers feel the same way.”
Dillon won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this season, taking the checkers at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May’s Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the season. Dillon finished the regular season with four top-10s, including three top-fives. Dillon has just one top-10 finish in seven career starts at NHMS, but is hoping to build off a solid 15th-place finish at the 1.058-mile track in the July Overton’s 301.
“I thought (the PJ1) held on good throughout the race in July; I’m a fan of it,” said Dillon in reference to NHMS laying down more PJ1, a sticking agent to help provide more grip through the turns. “July’s race was a blast and everyone is excited about it this time around. We’re going to be aggressive and just go after it this weekend.”
On Tuesday, Dillon held a working lunch with reporters at seafood restaurant in Dedham, Mass. The 28-year-old pilot cracked lobster, sampled some New England Clam Chowder and lobster bisque, and even carved a pumpkin with his #AD3 hashtag emblazoned on it for social media.
Dillon also met with fans who were notified through a social media campaign that Dillon would be in town. Dillon posed for photos, signed memorabilia, and handed out tickets, drivers’ meeting passes and coolers ahead of Sunday’s ISM Connect 300. He also played a little football with some of his youngest fans.
He followed up the visit to in Dedham with media appearances at Fox Boston, NBC Boston, and a satellite media tour (SMT), where he spoke with television stations in Portland, Maine, Manchester, N.H., and Burlington, Vt., as well as a 1-on-1 with NESN.
Dillon had a career-year in 2016, finishing inside the top-10 13 times and qualifying for the final Chase for the Cup playoff. Dillon finished the 2016 campaign in 12th, but is looking to make a bigger splash in the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. He finished 16th last Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.
“Playoff racing is all about minimizing your mistakes, keeping yourself in good position, and knowing where those others guys (ahead of you in points) are at,” Dillon said. “That’s so important, especially as you get to the later races. Right now we’re focused on New Hampshire and making sure we get every detail right and get as many stage points as we can just to ensure we transfer to the next round.”
Qualifying for the ISM Connect 300 will take place on Friday, Sept. 22, followed by a Tripleheader Saturday of racing on Sept. 23 that includes the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 playoff race, the Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100, and the American-Canadian Tour ACT Invitational. The ISM Connect 300 will drop the green flag on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 p.m.
For information on how you can be a part of our ISM Connect 300 September Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend, please stop by our guest relations office, visit our new revamped website at www.nhms.com, or call our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.

Kyle Larson, a four-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season, visited with approximately 400 Delaware high school students today, stressing the importance of hard work, concentration and communication when it comes to his Chip Ganassi Racing team, his time behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet, and the students’ future careers in the workforce.

The visit to St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown, Del., came less than two weeks before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Dover International Speedway for the “Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil” on Sunday, Oct. 1 (NBCSN, 2 p.m.). The race will serve as the first elimination race in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Larson is currently second in point standings, 27 behind leader Martin Truex Jr. and eight ahead of Kevin Harvick in third.

Larson’s first stop was an assembly with students from all four New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District schools, including St. Georges, Delcastle Technical High School (Wilmington, Del.), Hodgson Vo-Tech High School (Glasgow, Del.) and Howard High School of Technology (Wilmington, Del.).

The students saw a montage of video clips from some of Larson’s NASCAR victories, highlights from Monster Mile races, and old family photos of Larson, one where he was shown wearing a Jeff Gordon shirt and another posing next to fellow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman back when Larson was in elementary school.

“Jeff Gordon was my favorite driver growing up,” recalled Larson, who has five top-10 finishes in seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway. “To get to race him, about 20 years later, was an awesome experience.”

During a question-and-answer session with the students, Larson fielded wide-ranging questions about what it is like to crash (“not fun”), when he started racing (7 years old with go-karts, 14 with sprint cars), and how many speeding tickets he has accumulated (“a lot”).

Larson then met with media outlets before he and Chip Ganassi Racing race engineer Jerame Donley answered questions, took photos and signed autographs for dozens of auto technology students in St. Georges’ Technical High School’s spacious 10-bay garage.

“I’m just a racer – I’m not technical at all,” said Larson, the 25-year-old California native. “My father worked hard on the car while I was growing up.

“That shows there are so many job opportunities in NASCAR. There’s the technical side, the marketing side, as well as driving. Hopefully being here encourages some students to do a little more research about potential fields they are interested in.”

The Sept. 29-Oct. 1 NASCAR tripleheader weekend also includes the “National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 presented by Carl Deputy And Son Builders” NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 29 and the “Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff race on Saturday, Sept. 30.

For tickets or more information on Monster Mile events, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

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Last October, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell to make the biggest announcement in track history – adding permanent LED lights. This Saturday, nearly one year later, another Earnhardt, Dale’s sister Kelley Earnhardt-Miller, will lead the field to green in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver in the first race under the lights.

“I think it’s absolutely awesome. I can’t wait to be a part of that,” Earnhardt-Miller said. “When Clay called and Dale was a part of the announcement and he called to say they were going to be putting in lights and this race would be the first run under the lights, it was really cool and really special.”

For Campbell, asking Kelley to drive the pace car in the biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race in the country, was an easy decision.

“The Earnhardt family is such an important piece in not only NASCAR’s history, but Martinsville Speedway’s history, as well,” Campbell said. “Kelley’s father, brother and husband have all won races here. Her grandfather raced here. She’s a former Late Model Stock Car driver herself. She and Dale own Late Model cars that race every weekend. So, I was really excited when she said she would be able to come lead the field to green.”

Earnhardt-Miller raced Late Models in the mid-90s with her brothers Dale and Kerry. While she never raced at Martinsville, she knows the importance of the race, and, most likely a few of the drivers in it.

“The Martinsville race is always ‘The Race,” the prestigious race,” she said. “It’s always the one we talk about - the car counts, the drivers that show up – you always want to be a part of that race, You always want to make that race.

“I’ll probably be leading a few people that I raced against 20 years ago.”

And while racing is in her blood, she said she won’t be entering the pace car in the race.

“The thought might cross my mind, but I know better,” she said. “No chance of that. I’m sure I’d get run over pretty quickly, but it will make me think about my time in a racecar and how much fun that was and how much fun short-track racing is.”

The experience of driving the pace car is enough.

“It’s just a really cool thing to do,” she said. “I was honored to be asked. It’s something I’ve never done before. To be able to lead the field, especially at a place like Martinsville that’s a very intimate, downhome, old-school place.

“It’s already a magnificent race to see, and under the lights it’s going to be even better.”

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race. Race day – Saturday, September 23 – starts with three 25-lap qualifying races to set the field, followed by a 25-lap “last chance” qualifying race. Fan gates open at 2:00 pm, followed by an autograph session on the frontstretch at 2:30. The qualifying races will start at 4 with the main feature set to begin at 8. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Race fans can kick off their Bank of America 500 weekend in style by meeting NASCAR legends including Richard Petty and Bobby Allison at the University of Racing’s “Dinner with the Legends” event on Thursday, Oct. 5 in The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The fan-friendly event gives attendees the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chat with some of drivers, crew chiefs and engine builders who have combined to win more than 650 Cup Series races and 12 championships. Admission costs $125 and includes a three-course meal, legend Q&A and autograph sessions and a free University of Racing diecast car.

Kyle Petty, the winner of the 1987 Coca-Cola 600, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Those scheduled to attend include:

  • Richard Petty
  • Bobby Allison
  • Donnie Allison
  • Waddell Wilson
  • Dave Marcis
  • Ned Jarrett
  • Leonard Wood

Tickets to “Dinner with the Legends” are available by calling 704-455-3216. Tickets, camping and upgrades to the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 are available by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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.


Mogul. Mechanic. Media magnet. All of these accurately describe Richard Rawlings. But later this month, the successful entrepreneur and eclectic star of Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Fast N’ Loud” will demonstrate another of his many titles – race car driver – when he leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to green. Rawlings will serve as the official pace driver for the Sept. 24 ISM Connect 300 playoff race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Before getting behind the wheel for the ISM Connect 300 at 2:00 p.m., the charismatic media personality will visit the speedway’s infield media center on the morning of the race. Rawlings will be making a special announcement with representatives from Foxwoods Resort Casino.
"I’ve driven a lot of cars over the course of my life, but I’ve never had a chance to drive a pace car. This is going to be an awesome experience,” said Rawlings. “Foxwoods has something big planned, too, so that will be cool to help them unveil their newest attraction. Then I’ll get in the pace car and tear it up – I might even stay out there for the green flag and see if I can hang with these NASCAR guys.”
Rawlings, who is the star of “Fast N’Loud” and the new series, “Garage Rehab” on Discovery Channel, is the proprietor of Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas. He is also the owner of the Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill in Northwest Dallas and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Gas Monkey Live music venues throughout Dallas. He has also published an autobiography entitled “Fast N’ Loud: Blood, Sweat, and Beers.”
“It’s fast and loud meets loud and proud, so we couldn’t be more charged up to have Richard serve as our pace car driver for the ISM Connect 300,” said David McGrath, Executive Vice President and General Manager of NHMS. “Foxwoods is a truly fantastic partner to have here in New England, so to add Richard and Foxwoods to our Fan Appreciation Weekend is certainly going to make for a winning combination.”
“As the premier resort destination in the Northeast, there’s always something new at Foxwoods Resort Casino for our loyal guests to experience, particularly as we continue to evolve into a full-fledged resort destination,” stated Felix Rappaport, President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “Given our relationship with New Hampshire Motor Speedway, we thought it only fitting to have our friend Richard Rawlings, who knows a thing or two about cars and racing, be on hand to help us introduce the latest adrenaline-pumping experience coming to Foxwoods.”
A veteran of transcontinental road rallies, Rawlings is no stranger to the driver’s seat. A two-time winner of the Bullrun, he is also the world record holder in the Cannonball Run, a race from New York City to Los Angeles, Calif. In 2007, Rawlings and teammate Dennis Collins broke the 1979 record (32 hours, 51 minutes) – held by Dave Heinz and Dave Yarborough – with a time of 31 hours and 59 minutes.
Rawlings joins a wide-ranging list of celebrities and athletes to get behind the pace car wheel prior to a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at NHMS. Most recently, Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator for the 2017 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, led the field to green in July’s Overton’s 301. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (July 2014), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (July 2015), and Matt Light (Sept. 2016) have also gone from the gridiron to the starting grid, while other notables include Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (July 2016), Olympic triathlete Sarah True (Sept. 2015), and Boston Bruins legend Brad Park (Sept. 2014).
The speedway’s September partnership with Foxwoods continues an already established relationship that in July saw the Connecticut resort and casino provide a free one-night night to anyone renewing their tickets to the July 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. During race week, Foxwoods will have a dedicated area in the Fan Zone, where fans can interact with its newest attraction as well as other entertainment assets.
For more details on how you can watch Richard Rawlings lead the field to green in the Sept. 24 ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, please stop by Fan Relations, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call (603) 783-4931.

The Motor Racing Network’s Alex Hayden and Mike Bagley are no strangers to Martinsville Speedway, as the veteran broadcast duo has called countless NASCAR races from the Speedway in their careers. However, calling this Saturday night’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 for MRN will be a first for the two, and is something they have been looking forward to for a long time.

“This is one of the races that I’ve always wanted to announce, but I’ve never had the opportunity until now,” Bagley said. “This is the greenest of grassroots efforts and it’s an honor to be able to call this race. I can’t wait to get to Martinsville.”

“This is the Daytona 500 of Late Model racing and I’m looking forward to it,” said Hayden. “There are so many cool things about this. First and foremost, I’ve never been to this race, but I’ve always wanted to go. The fact that it’s just Martinsville. Martinsville Speedway is my favorite race track that we go to of any kind. I can’t wait for this event. It’s going to be a lot of fun and there’s so many different elements that are going to be added to ramp that up even more.”

Seeing drivers from different backgrounds, at different stages in their careers and with different goals is another thing that has Hayden excited.

“Even though I’ve never been to this race in person, I keep up with it nonstop, every year,” he said. “The beauty of it is you see these top-named drivers, whether they are top Late Model drivers from around the country, or a Timothy Peters who’s won there in a Camping World Truck, and the guys who put a racecar together just to try and make the main event. The spectrum runs from the best of the best to the guys who are just trying to figure their way around this place.”

The race will be the first under the Speedway’s new LED lights, which is something that Hayden likened to when one of Major League Baseball’s oldest and most historic stadiums got lights in 1988.

“How cool is it going to be that this race is under the lights. I’m excited to be a part of that,” Hayden said. “Nobody can take that away from anybody who is going to be in attendance, so that’s another cool thing about it.

“It’s something that is going to bring people together to see something under the lights. Something that’s never been seen before. It’s kind of like lighting up Wrigley Field, it’s going to be spectacular.”

For Bagley, seeing permanent lights at Martinsville is something he didn’t think he’d witness in his lifetime.

“I never thought I would see the day when Martinsville Speedway would be lit up at night,” Bagley said. “It’s a day that I’ve been waiting for for a long time. I can’t wait to get there, to roll onto the property, to see the race, and to see them throw the switch on those LED lights. It’s going to be an awesome weekend.”

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will be broadcast live on MRN.com and following MRN affiliate stations:

WAKG-FM, 103.3, Danville, VA

WZBB-FM, 99.9, Stanleytown, VA

WMVA-AM, 1450, Martinsville, VA

WHEE-AM, 1370, Martinsville, VA  

WFIR-AM, 960 & FM 107.3, Roanoke, VA

WBRG-AM, 1050 & FM 105.1, 106.7, Lynchburg, VA

WEBO-AM, 1330, Binghamton, NY

KQMG-FM, 95.3, Independence, IA

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race. Race day – Saturday, September 23 – starts with three 25-lap qualifying races to set the field, followed by a 25-lap “last chance” qualifying race. Fan gates open at 2:00 p.m., followed by an autograph session on the frontstretch at 2:30. The qualifying races will start at 4 with the main feature set to begin at 8. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Dover International Speedway officials today announced the entitlement partner for the Sept. 29 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race – the “National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 presented by Carl Deputy and Son Builders” – set for Friday, Sept. 29 at the Monster Mile.

The “National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 presented by Carl Deputy & Son Builders” NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race is the finale of the 14-race NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season champion will be crowned at the Monster Mile after 125 laps around the high-banked, one-mile concrete oval.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has honored America’s fallen firefighters since it was established in 1992. The NFFF works with fallen firefighter families to rebuild their lives and works to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. The Foundation maintains the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmittsburg, Md., the first permanent national park honoring all firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

Dover International Speedway has partnered with the NFFF for 10 years, creating a hospitality program that honors the fallen while entertaining firefighters, their friends and family. The event has contributed more than $720,000 to the organization since the program began in 2008.

Carl Deputy & Son Builders has been family owned and operated in Kent County, Delaware, for 30 years, providing homes and remodeling services across The First State. Carl Deputy is a life member of the Felton (Del.) Volunteer Fire Company and is a longtime supporter of the fire services and the NFFF.

“We’re delighted to partner with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation for our NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “Every day, more than 1 million firefighters around the country respond to calls to keep citizens safe. The NFFF provides a valuable service and support system to our hometown heroes and their families, and we are pleased to support their efforts. With the help of our presenting partner, Carl Deputy & Son Builders, the NFFF’s message of fire safety and its work on behalf of grieving families will be further recognized as part of our upcoming NASCAR tripleheader weekend.”

“The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is very proud to partner with Dover and Carl Deputy and Son Builders, two outstanding Delaware-based organizations, for this exciting race,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “This year’s event is especially poignant as we are recognizing the foundation’s 25th Anniversary and because we will be honoring four Delaware firefighters who died in the line of duty during the Memorial Weekend the following week.”

“We are pleased to present the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” said Carl Deputy, president and CEO of Carl Deputy and Son Builders. “It’s a great way to show our support to not only our local firefighters but those that have given the ultimate sacrifice here at home and across the country. We are proud to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and their efforts in helping fallen firefighter families across the country.” 

The Sept. 29-Oct. 1 NASCAR tripleheader weekend also includes the “Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff Race on Saturday, Sept. 30 and the “Apace Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race on Sunday, Oct. 1. The Oct. 1 race is the first elimination race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, where four drivers will be knocked out of championship contention following 400 laps around the Monster Mile.

For tickets or more information on Monster Mile events, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

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One of the most beloved figures in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring his popular traveling road show home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for a special question-and-answer session November 8, 2017.
"An Evening with Donald Davidson" will give fans an opportunity to ask questions and hear stories from the British-born Davidson, who is believed to be the only full-time staff historian for any race track in the world.
Perhaps best known for being a member of the Speedway's worldwide radio network continuously since 1965, the British-born raconteur has also hosted, since 1971, The Talk of Gasoline Alley on WFNI, Indianapolis (formerly WIBC). He was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2013. On May 20, 2016, he was awarded the State of Indiana's highest civilian award when named a Sagamore of the Wabash by then Governor Mike Pence.
"I look forward to that evening very much because I have always enjoyed spending time with racing enthusiasts and having the opportunity to share anecdotes about some of the fascinating characters with whom I have been blessed to spend time," Davidson said.
"Donald Davidson is a true treasure," said Betsy Smith, executive director of the nonprofit foundation that runs the facility. "He has thrilled fans for decades with his knowledge and stories that he has shared on The Talk of Gasoline Alley, in his popular IUPUI class which ran for 30 years, and each day here in the Museum. For several decades he has tirelessly crisscrossed the Midwest sharing his love of motor racing history with fans as part of an extensive outreach program, and we are thrilled to bring this program home to the Museum for our members and guests."
Tickets are available at the door, but you can reserve your spot by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Museum members and one guest are $10.00 each, while non-members may purchase tickets for $20.00. Ticket prices include admission to the museum.
WHAT:     Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Speakers Series Event
                "An Evening with Donald Davidson"
WHO:       Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian               
WHEN:     6 p.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday, November 8
WHERE:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
                4790 W. 16th Street
                Indianapolis, Indiana 46222


College students looking to earn a degree in racing excitement will receive valuable credit during the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the new Speedway College Party ticket program, NASCAR’s homecoming allows college students to rev up for race day with an unmatched array of entertainment value – and “tuition” requires just $29 and a valid student ID.

Students looking to enjoy the ultimate tailgate experience can do so from the best viewing area – the race track – with general admission to the new Turn 4 Sun Deck, an open-air terrace with an up-close view of the race that will feature a DJ, lawn games and a bar for those aged 21 and older. Additionally, a Speedway College Party ticket provides students with access to the Brad Paisley concert saluting Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Nation Appreci88ion Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7 at zMAX Dragway – the perfect way for budding NASCAR scholars to kick off their race-weekend education.

A tailgate area will be set up for students and can be accessed via the zMAX Dragway entrance off Bruton Smith Boulevard.

Student ticket packages are available by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), online at http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/college or in person at the ticket office. All Speedway College Party ticket purchases require a valid student ID for verification of eligibility. Tickets will be placed at Will Call for pick up on event day.

Although coolers are not allowed inside the Sun Deck, they can be checked at the concierge area at the Sun Deck entrance under the Toyota Grandstands. Free parking is included for groups arriving by bus. Groups including 50 or more students will receive reserved parking space.

In addition to the $29 Speedway College Party ticket, kids 13 and under can get into the Bank of America 500 for just $10. As a salute to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Charlotte race as a full-time driver, adult tickets are available as a two-pack for $88 and include an Earnhardt bobblehead while supplies last. All adult tickets are good for admission to the Brad Paisley concert. For tickets, camping and upgrades, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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


 Texas Motor Speedway has launched the DFW Business Acceleration Club that is created specifically for local market businesses to engage in an exclusive yet affordable partnership opportunity with the largest sports venue in the state.
Texas Motor Speedway is integrating three key elements into this platform for Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex businesses that are interested in taking a unique approach to business development. The Business Acceleration Club provides expansive business-to-business opportunities via an array of local partners, marketing assets that reach the track's loyal fan base as well as exclusive hospitality at the speedway's premier NASCAR and INDYCAR races. 
"As a result of various discussions with companies in the Metroplex, we determined that we needed to provide a solution that helped businesses network and drive transactions," said Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Sales Jason Wonderly, who recently joined the organization from Penske Racing in early August. "With that objective in mind, we created the DFW Business Acceleration Club with the purpose of providing strong and localized business-to-business opportunities through a number of assets and deliverables that will drive a return on investment.
"The Club also allows brands to connect and engage with the most loyal fan base in all of sports and provides the ability for companies to entertain existing customers and prospects in a shared VIP environment."
With Dallas-Fort Worth accounting for 22 of the 50 public companies in Texas to be on this year's Fortune 500 rankings as well as being among the top 10 in the nation for the number of small businesses, the DFW Business Acceleration Club has the versatility to cater from the smallest to the largest local companies.
For small to mid-size businesses, the Club offers affordability to entertain clients, prospects and employees at a major sporting event and the opportunity to expand their business contacts. For the larger or Fortune 500 companies, it's provides a viable yet low-cost entry into the motorsports industry with room to grow the brand in a variety of ways. 
With an entry point of $28,500 annually, the speedway has developed a turnkey program that encompasses all three of Texas Motor Speedway's major races - the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, April 8; Texas INDY 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race Saturday night, June 9; and the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy Cup Series playoff race Sunday, Nov. 4.
Texas Motor Speedway's DFW Business Acceleration Club provides the following in these categories:
  • B2B - In addition to a relationship with Texas Motor Speedway, the Club will help condense the sales cycle for your company by way of facilitating meaningful business introductions with other Texas Motor Speedway partners. The objective is to introduce, grow as well as strengthen business relationships that ultimately lead to transactions. The shared VIP environment will inspire meaningful business conversations with other like-minded decision makers that take part in the program; the speedway also plans on working with partners to customize their approach so the assets work extremely hard in the way of driving a substantial return on investment. Examples include building customized sales incentive or employee engagement programs that ladder up to a particular objective or objectives the company has in place.
  • Marketing - On-site visibility of your company during all three major event weekends, with branding opportunities on the world's largest TV; full-page, four-color ad in each of three race programs.
  • Hospitality - A 15-person VIP package the features a luxury B2B suite with all-inclusive upscale food and beverage for all three races; VIP pit passes and cold garage passes; stage-side access for pre-race concerts by prominent musicians and driver introductions; exclusive access for four to the post-race celebratory champagne toast in the members-only Speedway Club, and VIP parking.
Club partners will have access to take part in the Texas Motor Speedway Partnership Summit that will be held in April of 2018. The summit will condense the sales cycle for the partners by creating direct and indirect B2B opportunities with the speedway and its affiliated partners that take part in the program. The event will feature guest speakers to discuss pertinent sales and marketing topics, best marketing practices in sports and entertainment, and other topics that are relevant to the marketplace. There also will be updates and opportunities that relate to Texas Motor Speedway and concepts to generate a stronger return on investment.
The speedway also will provide the unique opportunity for Club partners to participate in a NASCAR driving school. Through the Team Texas Driving Experience, partners will get behind the wheel of an actual stock car and have the ability to reach speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour on Texas Motor Speedway's famed 1.5-mile oval.
Texas Motor Speedway will debut the DFW Business Acceleration Club with a soft roll-out for interested companies for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Nov. 5. The pricing will be prorated for this event, but will offer the majority of Club benefits.
"Many think you have to spend six or seven figures to get into major-league sports, but we are offering a way to make your mark for a small investment," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "It includes business-to-business opportunities; inventory with on-site visibility including Big Hoss TV, the world's largest TV; hospitality and a post-race champagne toast with the winner of our biggest races. No matter what goods or services you have to offer, this is a way for everyone to race with the biggest and best in erican sports."
With a crowd capacity in excess of 190,000, Texas Motor Speedway is among the largest sports stadiums in the United States and features an array of amenities, including the world's largest TV, that make it one of the premier venues in the world of sports.
The 1.5-mile superspeedway located in Fort Worth plays host to two races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series as well as one in the Verizon IndyCar Series and SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks. Texas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a publicly traded company that is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States.
For more information on the DFW Business Acceleration Club, please call the Texas Motor Speedway Sales Department at (817) 215-8518 or email corpsales@texasmotorspeedway.com.