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Pioneering motorsports broadcaster Bob Jenkins is the posthumous winner of the 2021 National Motorsports Press Association’s Myers Brothers Award, the NMPA announced on Tuesday.

Presented annually since 1958, the award, named in honor of former NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers, recognizes individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. Each year, the NMPA Myers Brothers Award winner is selected by a vote of the NMPA membership.

Jenkins, who passed away in August of 2021 at age 73 after a battle against brain cancer, was a fixture in ESPN’s NASCAR broadcast booth from 1979 through 2000, Initially, he teamed with Larry Nuber and later with NASCAR Hall of Famers Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons to form one of the sport’s most revered broadcast teams.

A native of Richmond, Indiana, Jenkins got his start in motorsports broadcasting as an IndyCar pit reporter on radio and television. When ESPN debuted in 1979, Jenkins was one of the first anchors for the new sports network, where he worked until 2003.

After leaving ESPN, Jenkins joined the staff at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, filling roles as a public address announcer and press conference emcee. Subsequently, he returned to the IndyCar broadcast booth with Versus and retained the role as chief IndyCar announcer when Versus was acquired by NBC Sports Group.

In 2019, Jenkins was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s Hall of Fame, along with driver Dan Wheldon.

 

Myers Brothers Award Winners

2021, Bob Jenkins; 2020, Jimmie Johnson; 2019, Darrell Waltrip; 2018, Jim France; 2017, Martin Truex Jr., Sherry Pollex; 2016, Betty Jane France; 2015, Darlington Raceway; 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr.; 2013, Tony Stewart; 2012, Jeff Gordon; 2011, Drs. Joseph & Rose Mattioli; 2010, Jim Hunter; 2009, Barney Hall; 2008, T. Taylor Warren;

2007, Bill France Jr.; 2006, Benny Parsons; 2005, Rusty Wallace; 2004, Kyle and Patti Petty; 2003, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 2002, Mike Helton; 2001, Dale Earnhardt; 2000, Kyle Petty; 1999, Junie Donlavey; 1998, T. Wayne Robertson; 1997, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1996, Rick Hendrick; 1995, TNN: The Nashville Network;

1994, Brickyard 400/Indianapolis Motor Speedway; 1993, Goody’s Manufacturing Co.; 1992, Richard and Lynda Petty; 1991, Harry Gant; 1990. Dick Beaty; 1989, Bill France Jr.; 1988 Richmond International Raceway; 1987, ESPN; 1986, Hayride 500; 1985, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1984, Charlotte Motor Speedway;

1983, CBS-TV; 1982, MRN; 1981, Junior Johnson; 1980, STP & Champion Spark Plug Co.; 1979, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1978, Busch Beer; 1977, First National City Travelers Checks; 1976, Junior Johnson; 1975, Bill France Sr.; 1974, H. Clay Earles; 1973, Wood Brothers;

1972, Winston Cigarettes; 1971, Richard Petty; 1970, Richard Howard; 1969, David Pearson; 1968, Wood Brothers; 1967, Richard Petty; 1966, Norris Friel; 1965, Ned Jarrett; 1964, Richard Petty; 1963, Marvin Panch; 1962, Hank Schoolfield; 1961, Ned Jarrett; 1960, Russ Catlin; 1959, Lee Petty; 1958, Bob Colvin.

 NMPA PR

Chase Elliott continues to follow his family tradition, both on the race track and in the eyes of NASCAR Cup Series fans.

For the fourth straight year, Elliott has been named NMPA Most Popular Driver present by Hooters, the only major NASCAR award determined solely by the vote of race fans. Elliott easily outpolled the competition to win the 2021 honor.

Since 1990, drivers named Elliott or Earnhardt have monopolized the award. Chase’s father, Bill Elliott, won the honor a record 16 times, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. a close second as a 15-time NMPA Most Popular Driver.

Now Elliott is building his own tradition as the decisive winner of the award.

Historically, the NMPA Most Popular Driver presented by Hooters has honored the giants of the NASCAR Cup Series, from seven-time champion Richard Petty to David Pearson to Bobby Allison to Cale Yarborough to Darrell Waltrip—all Cup champions and all early selections to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The award was first presented in 1953, with Lee Petty earning the honor for the first of two consecutive years.

NMPA PR

With a new three-year contract, Hooters has extended its primary sponsorship of 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and his No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team fielded by Hendrick Motorsports.
 
Hooters, the iconic American restaurant brand with a deep history in NASCAR, will continue to be a primary sponsor of Elliott for three races each season through 2024. The company joined 14-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a two-race primary sponsor of Elliott in January 2017 and added a third race beginning in 2019.
 
In 2022, the No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will appear June 5 at World Wide Technology Raceway and in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff races at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 17 and Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 16.
 
“For five seasons, Chase has been a brand champion for Hooters both on and off the track, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership with him and Hendrick Motorsports,” said Hooters vice president of brand marketing Monica Fleury. “As the home of race fans, Hooters will continue to provide one-of-a-kind experiences fans can only get at our restaurants. Both Chase’s fan base and NASCAR fans are extremely loyal, and we plan to continue to feed this spirit and passion for years to come.”
 
Hooters, “The Official Home of Race Fans,” has made Elliott a cornerstone of its marketing efforts. The driver is consistently featured in the company’s national advertising with a variety of special offers and promotions tied to the No. 9 racing program.
 
“Hooters has been a fun partner to work with over the years,” Elliott said. “They’re a laid-back group that does a great job of promoting their brand and including our team as a big piece of their marketing. They do a lot with each of their three primary races but also make the most of the partnership throughout the entire season. The next several years will be exciting for our team and for the sport, and I’m glad to have Hooters back on board for the ride.”
 
Elliott, who turned 26 on Sunday, has never missed the Cup Series playoffs in his six full seasons at NASCAR’s top level. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native earned rookie of the year honors in 2016 and secured his first Cup championship in 2020. He has already won 13 career points-paying races, including two in 2021 when he appeared in the Championship 4 for the second consecutive season.
 
“Hooters does a terrific job maximizing the program with Chase and the No. 9 team,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “To see our partnership deliver valuable results for them is very rewarding. Chase is a champion driver and tremendous spokesperson for the brand, and we look forward to building on that success in the seasons to come.”

Hendrick Motorsports PR

On Monday, December 6, the Missouri Athletic Club in Downtown St. Louis will host the 52nd Jack Buck Sports Awards Banquet presented by Redbird Carriers.

World Wide Technology Raceway owner Curtis Francois will receive the Jack Buck Award in recognition of his contributions to local racing, including landing a coveted NASCAR Cup Series Race for St. Louis. Recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Isaac Bruce will receive the Stan “the Man” Award for his contributions to St. Louis on the field and in the community through his foundation. The newly named “Bob Plager Legends Award” will honor two St. Louis Blues greats, Gary Unger and David Backes. Cardinals Gold-glove first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be honored as the Sports Personality of the Year. Saint Louis University men’s soccer coach Kevin Kalish will receive the Carl O. Bauer Award in recognition as a top local figure in amateur sports.

The annual banquet was established in 1970 by Missouri Athletic Club member Jack Buck to honor the top St. Louis sports figures. Some of the biggest names in sports history including Bob Gibson, Joe Torre, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Al MacInnis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Brett Hull, Marshall Faulk, Albert Pujols and Kurt Warner have been honored at the event. Every banquet since its inception has aired on KMOX Radio. This year’s banquet can be heard beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6.

The honorees will be available to the media during the VIP reception, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Go to the lobby elevators at the MAC and proceed to the fourth floor. Also, the media is welcome to record any part of the banquet, which will take place in the ballroom located on the 2nd floor, between 8-9:30 p.m.

WWTR PR

NBC Sports delivered significant viewership gains and milestones for the third consecutive year for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021, doubling the series’ viewership in three years and delivering the most-watched IMSA race in 13 years.

NBC Sports’ 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Championship coverage across NBC and NBCSN averaged 254,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. NBC Sports has doubled the viewership for the IMSA WeatherTech Championship in three years since acquiring the rights in 2018 (128,000 viewers on FOX/FS1/FS2).

Season-long IMSA viewership highlights were led by NBC Sports’ coverage of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 31, which averaged 1.23 million viewers on NBC – up 24% vs. 2020 – to rank as the most-watched IMSA race since 2008 (Rolex 24 At Daytona; 1.27 million).

Additional 2021 NBC Sports IMSA viewership highlights:

  • Complete Rolex 24 At Daytona coverage on NBC (Jan. 30-31) averaged nearly 1.1 million viewers (1.096 million), up 30% vs. the two comparable telecasts on NBC last year (846,000);
  • Season-long viewership on NBC (four telecasts) averaged 679,000 viewers, up 6% vs. 2020 and up 52% vs. 2019;
  • The Rolex 24 delivered NBCSN’s most-watched IMSA telecast on record, averaging 398,000 viewers on Jan. 30;
  • Season-long viewership on NBCSN was up 3% vs. 2020, averaging 179,000 viewers.

NBC Sports’ IMSA coverage joins its NASCAR and INDYCAR presentations in producing viewership gains in 2021. The 2021 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series produced year-over-year viewership increases and NBC Sports’ most-streamed seasons for both series on record. The 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES delivered NBC Sports’ most-watched INDYCAR season on record and INDYCAR’s best combined broadcast/cable viewership for the series in five years.

NBC Sports PR

NASCAR and leading sports streaming service, FloSports, today announced a multi-year partnership that will make FloRacing, FloSports' dedicated motorsports platform, the home of NASCAR Roots properties including: the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. The landmark partnership represents an alignment of two champions of live motorsports with a shared mission of delivering the best in grassroots racing to fans around the world.

The partnership will also deliver an unparalleled investment in grassroots racing, including additional funding for local tracks and increased purses for drivers that compete in NASCAR’s touring and weekly series events. The transformational agreement further cements NASCAR and FloSports as advocates of grassroots/developmental racing and ensures a healthy economic model that will bolster tracks and drivers for years to come.

NASCAR's grassroots properties, formerly housed within the NASCAR Roots vertical on TrackPass, will now join FloRacing’s comprehensive offering that includes USAC, All Star Circuit of Champions, Eldora Speedway, IRA Outlaw Sprints, Short Track Super Series, Chili Bowl, Gateway Dirt Nationals and more. Over 280 NASCAR Roots races annually will stream live and on-demand under the TrackPass banner on FloRacing, transforming the popular platform into the leading destination for grassroots motorsports.

FloRacing has experienced exponential growth during the past three years. Over the past 12 months alone, the service has seen an explosive 120% YOY subscriber growth as FloSports continues to bring together long-fragmented grassroots racing media rights on to one platform while also expanding into other motorsports categories. In 2019, FloRacing streamed just 141 races and has been able to quickly expand its offering to over 1,600 races in 2021, representing 151 million hours of live content streamed this year. Overall event viewership has soared 263% YOY in 2021 while per event viewership has increased 87%. Across FloRacing social media platforms, FloRacing generated over 70 million video views in 2021. In addition to grassroots motorsports, other categories of motorsports available on FloRacing include drag racing, motocross, supercross, snow mobile racing and more.

FloRacing's dedicated content team will bolster NASCAR's grassroots racing scene with new original programming including driver interviews, behind-the-scenes access, on-site race day coverage, analysis and more. The partnership will give fans access to more NASCAR Roots racing than previously available, including tentpole events at Bowman Gray Stadium, New Smyrna Raceway and Berlin Raceway.

“Our partnership with FloSports is a win for motorsports fans at all levels and doubles down on NASCAR’s commitment to grassroots racing – the foundation of our sport,” said Brian Herbst, NASCAR senior vice president, media and productions. “We look forward to bringing fans all the racing they crave and investing in the tracks that provide lifelong memories to motorsports fans each weekend.”

“NASCAR shares our mission to grow grassroots motorsports and bring these races and athletes to an even wider audience across America and the world," said Mark Floreani, CEO and Co-Founder, FloSports. “We are honored to align with NASCAR as we continue to invest in the future of this sport so that we build a home for fans to both watch and experience racing in completely new ways. We're excited for what's to come.”

Fans can subscribe via FloRacing gaining access to nearly 2,000 races annually for $150 a year, a value equaling less than $0.10 per race. The subscription also unlocks premium FloRacing content including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes access with drivers, news, analysis as well as archived races and highlights that fans have come to expect from the FloRacing platform. Subscribers also receive complete access to the entire network of FloSports verticals ranging from hockey, wrestling, football, baseball, softball, grappling and more. Watch the races across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

NASCAR PR

Jake Griffin Fast Facts

Jake Griffin competes in the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES with a  best finish of 4th Place. Griffin became the youngest driver in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history to win a Feature race with a victory at Lebanon I-44Speedway (MO). Jake then added another milestone when he became the youngest driver in the history of Nashville's famed Fairgrounds Speedway to win a pole. 14 year-old Griffin out-qualified the 27car field in the Pro Late Models portion of the 29th Running of the All-American 400.

This will be Jake Griffin’s first time driving for the STATEWIDE SOLAR team in their #7 open wheeled modified.

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The Castrol GATEWAY DIRT NATIONALS is an annual event held in St. Louis, MO at the Dome and will be televised live December 2-4th on FloRacing.  Indoor Dirt Racing at its finest featuring open wheeled modified and late model events.

Jake Griffin PR

The Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout is set to run December 29, 2021, through January 1, 2022, and already, the number of entries received for the world's largest indoor Micro Sprint race has been broken and is on track to climb even more with the deadline to pre-enter set for December 15, 2021.
 
Smashing the record set in 2020 at 1,397 entries among 606 drivers, the 2022 event has already received 1,430 entries among 617 drivers. Making the number of entries more impressive is the 2022 show will feature the fewest classes of any Tulsa Shootout, with only six divisions.
 
"We've been ahead from where we were in previous years and figured we would be close to the record, but this is crazy how many we have before the event," stated Terry Mattox, who oversees entries for the Tulsa Shootout.
 
On how many more entries the event is expecting, Terry stated, "It's tough to say. We've had as many as 250 more enter at the event before practice."
 
Currently, drivers are representing 392 municipalities across 35 United States (AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, WA, WI) and one Australian Province (NSW).
 
Previous Golden Driller winners in the mix number 21, with four returning to defend their 2021 victory, and one looking for a new challenge to conquer as 600cc Modifieds no longer participate in the Tulsa Shootout.
 
Defending Champions - Kris Carroll (Non-Wing Outlaw), Lucas Mauldin (Jr. Sprint), Mitchel Moles (Outlaw), Jaxton Wiggs (Restricted), Mason Keefer (600cc Modified)
 
Previous Shootout Winners - Jade Avedisian (1), Brady Bacon (4), Jett Barnes (1), Brad Best (1), Alex Bright (1), Michael Faccinto (2), Frank Flud (4), Jake Hagopian (1), Blake Hahn (7), Trey Marcham (2), Jadon Rogers (1), Kyle Spence (2), Darren Stewart (3), Jason Tyer (1), Chad Winfrey (2), Austin Wood (1).
 
Happening December 29, 2021, through January 1, 2022, the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout will be preceded by load-in on Monday, December 27, 2021, with early parking beginning at 7:00 AM (CT). As soon as the last trailer is set, all remaining teams will be allowed to begin moving in to unload their cars and equipment.
 
Check-in and Draw will coincide with Monday's move-in, with the draw opening at 9:00 AM (CT). Anyone not able to unload on Monday can finish up on Tuesday, December 28, from 8:00, AM to 11:00 AM (CT), with draw finishing up during that time.
 
Practice for all classes will begin after Noon on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, to allow racing to commence on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Racing will continue daily like normal through Saturday, January 1, 2022. The exact times and running order will be posted once we are close to the event.
 
Teams can enter online at http://www.tulsashootout.com, by phone at (918) 838-3777, or by fax at (918) 836-5517.
 
The 37th edition of the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout will feature A-Class (Wing, Non-Wing, and Restricted), Outlaw (Wing and Non-Wing), and Junior Sprints. For all classes, RACEceivers are mandatory. The frequency is 454.000.
 
Rules questions can be directed to Matt Ward, the Director of Operations for the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout. Contact for Matt Ward includes Cell Phone at (918) 995-1650 or the office at (918) 838-3777.
 
Fans who cannot attend the 37th annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout can see every lap of action on http://www.floracing.com.
 
The Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout takes place at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, located inside the SageNet Center in Tulsa, Okla. More information on the event will be released as the event draws closer. All official rules, event information, and dates are online at http://www.tulsashootout.com. Fans can also follow the Tulsa Shootout at https://www.facebook.com/TulsaShootout and on Twitter (@TulsaShootout).
 
Quick Reference:
 
What: 37th Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout
When: December 27, 2021 - January 1, 2022
Where: Tulsa Expo Raceway – quarter-mile clay oval inside the SageNet Center at Tulsa's Expo Square
 
Entry Info:
 
Late Entry ($125 per class entered): December 2, 2021 – December 15, 2021
At Race Entry ($125 per class entered): December 27, 2021
Entries can be paid by Cash, Master Card, or Visa. No personal checks are accepted without prior approval. Entry includes Saturday Pit Pass.
 
Mail Entries To: Tulsa Shootout 1140 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112
Fax Entries To: (918) 836-5517
Call Entries To: (918) 838-3777
Entries will NOT be accepted via social media.
 
**Rules for the represented classes can be found at https://www.tulsashootout.com/classes. For any clarification on rules, contact Matt Ward at (918) 995-1650 or (918) 838-3777.
 
In the Grandstands
 
All persons and bags are subject to search by Expo Square security. Small bags and purses are allowed. Small seat cushions (without backs) can be brought it along with blankets. Cushions and Blankets cannot be taped to the grandstands. Expo Staff will remove them.
 
Expo Square does not allow the following into the Grandstands:
 
Outside food and drink
Stadium Seats
Weapons of any kind
Coolers
Large Bags or Totes
 
Monday, December 27, 2021
 
7:00 AM.........................................Early Parking
3:00 PM.........................................Regular Parking
12:00PM - 8:00 PM........................Sign-In / Pit Passes
 
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
 
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM.......................Parking Begins and Sign In
12:00 PM.......................................Drivers Meeting Turn 3 & 4 Grandstands
1:00 PM.........................................Practice Begins
All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!
Pit Pass $30
 
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
 
9:00 AM.........................................Building Open
10:00 AM........................................Racing
Pit Passes sold at the North and South entrances only.
All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!!!
General Admission $15
Pit Pass $30
 
Thursday, December 30, 2021
 
9:00 AM.........................................Building Opens
10:00 AM........................................Racing
Pit Passes sold at the North and South entrances only.
All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!!!
General Admission $15
Pit Pass $30
 
Friday, December 31, 2021
 
9:00 AM.........................................Building Opens
10:00 AM.........................................Racing
Pit Passes sold at the North and South entrances only.
All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!!!
General Admission $15
Pit Pass $30
 
Saturday, January 1, 2022
 
9:00 AM.........................................Building Opens
11:00 AM........................................Racing
5:00 PM..........................................Opening Ceremonies
All LCQ's & A Features Following Opening Ceremonies
Pit Passes sold at the North and South entrances only.
All TIMES MAY VARY DUE TO VEHICLE COUNT!!!
General Admission $20
Pit Pass $40
 
Trade Show: All variety of racing products, apparel, and more are available. The Trade Show still has space available. Anyone looking to be a part of the Trade Show can contact the Tulsa Shootout office at 918-838-3777.
 
Tulsa Shootout Online: All official news regarding the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout online is posted at http://www.tulsashootout.com. Social Media outlets include Facebook/, Twitter, and Instragram. Anything posted to Social Media is considered unofficial.
 
Event Coverage: The Tulsa Shootout will be shown in its entirety on FloRacing.com.
 
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Tulsa Shootout Past Champions (Current Classes)
 
Winged Outlaw Keith Crawford (1990), Pete Frazier (1993), Pete Frazier (1994), Steve Frisell (1995), Chad Davenport (1996), Rick King (1997), Pete Frazier (1998), Lee Waldroop (1999), Paul Carbone (2000), Robert Richardson (2001), Dino Tomassi & Scotty Smith (2002), Bryan Clauson & Jacob Mosley (2003), Rodney Stealy (2004), Stan Yockey & Scotty Smith (2005) , Rodney Stealy (2006), Jerrod Wilson (2007), Brady Bacon (2008), Kevin Bayer (2009), Ryan Reeves (2010), Blake Hahn (2011), Heath Duinkerken (2012), Heath Duinkerken (2013), Frank Flud (2014), Michael Faccinto (2015), Brady Bacon (2016), Joe B. Miller (2017), Christopher Bell (2018), Ben Worth (2019), Emerson Axsom (2020), Mitchell Moles (2021)
 
Non-Wing Outlaw Blake Hahn (2011), Brock Lemley (2012), Chris Andrews (2013), Steven Shebester (2014), Trey Marcham (2015), Chris Andrews (2016), Tristan Guardino (2017). Jason McDougal (2018), Zeb Wise (2019), Brady Bacon (2020), Kris Carroll (2021)
 
Stock Non-Wing Wendy Shear (1990), Jeff Dodd (1994), Paul Herdon (1996), Brady Courtney (1997), Rick Mercer (1998), Chebon Bruner (1999), Matt Walton (2002), Donnie Crawford (2003), Ronnie James (2004), Donnie Crawford (2005), Andrew Peters & Donnie Crawford (2006), Donnie Ray Crawford (2007), Rodney Stealy (2008), Riley Adair (2009), Chris Andrews (2010), Koen Shaw (2011), Chris Cochran (2012), Michael Faccinto (2013), Frank Flud (2014), Trey Marcham (2015), Jonathan Beason (2016), Frank Flud (2017). Jason McDougal (2018), Kyle Spence (2019), Alex Bright (2020), Brian Carber (2021)
 
Restricted 'A' Class Jonathan Beason (2001), Josh Pickle (2002), Jay Hunt (2003), Jack Dover (2004), Dalton Cole (2005), Tyler Edwards (2006), Tanner Mullens (2007), Sean Thompson (2008), Trent Carter (2009), Darien Roberts (2010), Dalton Seigler (2011), Dahne Lynn McKay (2012), Dahne Lynn McKay (2013), Alex Panella (2014), Kaylee Bryson (2015), Noah Gass (2016), Grady Mercer (2017), Corey Day (2018), Shawn Mahaffey (2019), Jade Avedisian (2020), Jaxton Wiggs (2021)
 
Winged A-Class Willie Bewley (1988), Gary Edwards (1989), David Person (1991), Bubba Hunt (1992), Ryan McDonald (1993), Chris Crawford (1994), Kevin Bayer (1995), Jay Foote (1996), Darren Stewart (1997), Jerrod Wilson (1998), Shawn Wright (1999), Shawn Wright (2000), Brad Best (2002), Dex Eaton (2003), Brady Bacon (2004), Kevin Bayer (2005), Scott Sawyer & Jerrod Wilson (2006), Donnie Ray Crawford (2007), Jerrod Wilson (2008), Gary Taylor (2009), Donnie Ray Crawford (2010), Andrew Deal (2011), Kevin Bayer (2012), Chris Cochran (2013), Tucker Worth (2014), Giovanni Scelzi (2015), Miles Paulus (2016), Ayrton Gennetten (2017), Jason McDougal (2018), Jake Hagopian (2019), Kyle Spence (2020), Brian Carber (2021)
 
Junior Sprints Dustin Rhodes (2004), Mitch Faccinto (2005), Blake Hahn (2006), Drew Marshall (2007), Chance Morton (2008), Grady Chandler (2009), Josiah Ribeiro (2010), Josiah Ribeiro (2011), Kameron Beard (2012), Jadon Rogers (2013), Cannon McIntosh (2014), Nikko Panella (2015), Ryder Laplante (2016), Caeden Steele (2017), Ryan Timms (2018) , Austin Wood (2019), Jett Barnes (2020), Lucas Mauldin (2021)
 
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The Tulsa Shootout is proudly presented by Lucas Oil Products. Lucas Oil has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again. The result is a line of high-performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. Get more information about Lucas Oil online at https://www.lucasoil.com
 
 
Chili Bowl PR

 

In recognition of dedicated service and performance for Speedway Motorsports and its world-class entertainment facilities, company officials announced the 2021 Speedway Motorsports winners for Promoter of the Year, Speedway of the Year and the O. Bruton Smith Award recipient this week at a special ceremony in Nashville, where the NASCAR industry is celebrating Champions’ Week.

Top sales performers across the company landscape were also recognized.

“It is always a true privilege to recognize some of Speedway Motorsports’ most passionate and deserving leaders,” said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “Whether behind the scenes or in the spotlight, the leadership and dedication displayed across the board is what elevates Speedway Motorsports to be the very best day in and day out, and their exemplary performance continues to position us as a world-class entertainment company.”

Bruton Smith Award

Speedway Motorsports Vice President of Legal Compliance and Assistant Secretary Janet Kirkley received the 2021 O. Bruton Smith Award.

Created nine years ago to recognize one employee annually across all of Speedway Motorsports and its subsidiaries, the recipient of this prestigious award is someone who exhibits Speedway Motorsports’ Executive Chairman and Founder O. Bruton Smith’s traits: character, enthusiasm, drive, a heart for helping others, respect/appreciation for team members, vision and determination.

Kirkley began her career with Speedway Motorsports as a Charlotte Motor Speedway intern in 2006. For more than 15 years, she climbed the corporate ranks to her current role, where she is responsible for managing the corporate insurance program and providing project management support in the corporate finance and legal departments.

“I started at Charlotte Motor Speedway as an intern in the events department,” Kirkley recalled upon learning that she was this year’s recipient. “I can remember Humpy Wheeler sending me out to look for lights that might be out in the parking lots and thinking, ‘what am I doing?’ But he was really teaching me what we have to look for to serve our fans, mitigate risk and pay attention to detail.

“I've had great mentors in Bill Brooks, Cary Tharrington and now Michael Hodge,” added Kirkley. “This is a great family business to work for and I feel very humbled to receive this award named after our founder and chairman, Bruton Smith. It’s been a wonderful career for me with Speedway Motorsports.”

“The O. Bruton Smith Award is the highest individual honor given to an employee of our company,” said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith. “Janet’s role in our corporate office impacts every facility and subsidiary of our organization. She received multiple nominations for this award from co-workers and is a deserving representative of what it stands for. We’re honored to have her in our Speedway Motorsports family.”

Promoter of the Year

Bristol Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell was named Promoter of the Year, an annual award chosen by Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith and given to one Speedway Motorsports general manager. The Promoter of the Year is awarded to the general manager who best displayed the creativity, innovation, leadership and execution that are fundamental to Speedway Motorsports’ way of doing business.

Under Caldwell’s supervision, Bristol Motor Speedway created a wave of buzz across the sports world when the facility hosted NASCAR’s first Cup Series race on dirt since 1970. The March event not only generated tremendous ticket demand, but opened up additional revenue streams through other dirt racing events in the weeks preceding and following the Food City Dirt Race weekend. Furthermore, Caldwell and his BMS team opened the Thunder Valley Amphitheater with a concert by legendary country music group Alabama; hosted the Dude Perfect Tour of sports and comedy trick shot artists and Morgan Wallen’s Country Thunder Bristol concert; and debuted Speedway Motorsports’ first collection of digital collectible NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Caldwell also led ongoing conversations with the City of Nashville to bring NASCAR back to Music City’s famed Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

“Jerry Caldwell led our Bristol Motor Speedway staff to create the biggest buzz in NASCAR this year with the Food City Dirt Race,” Smith said. “His extra effort, hustle and determination with other events also generated significant publicity throughout 2021, and it’s a true pleasure to recognize him as our Promotor of the Year.”

Speedway of the Year

Las Vegas Motor Speedway was chosen as Speedway of the Year from among eight state-of-the-art Speedway Motorsports entertainment complexes. The award is presented to Las Vegas for the best overall performance during 2021 in such aspects as fan friendliness, attendance, financial performance, sponsor relations and creativity.

In presenting the award, Smith pointed to the facility’s outstanding performance in generating revenue, entertaining fans and navigating schedule and attendance challenges amidst the pandemic.

“Las Vegas Motor Speedway had attendance limitations due to area COVID restrictions early in the year, yet still maximized revenue potential with exceptional sales efforts and an aggressive track rental schedule,” Smith said. “To reschedule the massive Electric Daisy Carnival from spring to October and keep it on this year’s event calendar was a herculean task from negotiation to planning and execution.

“General Manager Chris Powell and his entire staff deserve this special recognition not only for their performance under challenging circumstances, but for showing the ability to accomplish so much more than what was expected or anticipated.”

Top Sales Performers

The top sales performers from across the company were also recognized for exceptional performance in business development, sponsorship, hospitality, tickets and special events/track rentals. They include:

  • Janet Callahan, Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Craig Cochran, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • John Cox, Speedway Motorsports
  • Aaron Crowley, Speedway Motorsports
  • Steve French, Texas Motor Speedway
  • Naysan Gray, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Tracy Rich, Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Braun Smith, Speedway Motorsports

“This group represents more than 145 years of service to Speedway Motorsports and more importantly, service to our many corporate clients, fans and customers,” said Kevin Camper, chief sales officer for Speedway Motorsports. “It’s a privilege to recognize them for exceptional performances as well as our entire corporate sales staff who worked so hard to make 2021 a success.”

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Trackhouse Entertainment Group and legendary Nashville hospitality icons are joining forces for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Tootsie’s World-Famous Orchid Lounge, the legendary and historic honky-tonk in the heart of Music City’s Lower Broadway entertainment district, will serve as the primary sponsor on Trackhouse Racing’s No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro with driver Daniel Suárez for multiple races in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

The Tootsie’s purple paint scheme will debut on Suárez’s No. 99 Chevrolet in the 2022 Daytona 500 on Feb. 20. It will also appear on his car in both races at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and both races at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway plus Nashville Superspeedway in June.

The Tootsie's car will also feature the “Visit Nashville” logo and slogan of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation in multiple races during the 2022 season. Tootsies, Opry Entertainment’s “Ole Red” brand, and the Nashville Convention and Visitor's Corp. will also be featured on the car together in an effort to promote Nashville’s hospitality and tourism industry.

The announcements came Wednesday as the NASCAR industry celebrated Champion’s Week in Nashville. Tootsie’s employees and customers joined Suárez in unveiling the No. 99 Tootsie’s Chevrolet in front of the honky-tonk.

“A Tootsie’s car on the streets of Nashville and in the Daytona 500. There’s nothing better than that,” said Justin Marks, whose Trackhouse Entertainment Group is headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., 20 minutes from Lower Broadway.

“We are also grateful the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Opry Entertainment are joining with us in 2022. We are certainly going to be team Nashville.”Trackhouse Entertainment Group is a burgeoning sports and entertainment enterprise with plans to marry the cultures of music and motorsports. It owns Trackhouse Racing, a two-car Cup Series team headquarters in Concord, North Carolina that fields race cars for Suárez and Ross Chastain.

Tootsie’s joined Trackhouse and Suárez on June 20 for the inaugural, 300-lap race in front of a sold-out crowd at Nashville Superspeedway where Suárez scored a seventh-place finish.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with Tootsie’s since they joined us this summer and both sides wanted to expand the program in 2022,” Marks said. “They saw the power of NASCAR and we saw the fan reaction to Tootsie’s on our race car.”

Tootsie’s Owner Steve Smith commented that the announcement is a dream-come-true for him and that promoting Nashville tourism alongside his establishments was of paramount importance.

“I have been a stock car racing fan all of my life,” said Steve Smith, owner of several Nashville hospitality venues. “I recently visited with NASCAR executives and members of the France family about Nashville’s role in the NASCAR landscape, and I believe that this City will be prominently and positively promoted by NASCAR for many years to come.”

Tootsie’s has operated across the alley from Opry Entertainment’s Ryman Auditorium, the celebrated Nashville performance venue and most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry, almost continuously since 1960. Its proprietor from 1960 to 1978, Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, bought the lounge called “Mom’s” and named it for herself. With its proximity to the Ryman, Tootsie’s quickly became a favorite spot for the Opry’s rising stars to gather during the years when the Opry called the Ryman home.

“As owners of some of Nashville’s most iconic tourism landmarks, we are pleased to join forces with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, Tootsie's, and Trackhouse Racing to promote Nashville to NASCAR’s passionate fan base,” said Opry Entertainment Group President Scott Bailey. “We’re particularly excited to support the team during this year’s race in Las Vegas where our newest Ole Red location will open in 2023.”

A music connection is not new to the Trackhouse racing team. In January, Marks announced GRAMMY Award-winning global superstar Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull) as a team partner. Perez attended several Cup races in 2021 including a visit to Nashville Speedway in June.

Suárez, 29, of Monterrey, Mexico native notably stands out as the only foreign-born national series champion in NASCAR history with his 2016 Xfinity Series title.

“In June, we had so much fun with Tootsie’s in Nashville, so I am looking forward to having Tootsie’s around a lot more in 2022,” said Suárez. “Nashville is such a fun city and it will be an honor to spread the word across the country.”

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp brands, sells, and markets Nashville as Music City to the world as a premier entertainment destination for travelers who seek authentic and unique leisure and convention experiences.

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