Thursday, Dec 09
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The following is a statement from Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith on funding for North Wilkesboro Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway being included in North Carolina’s 2022 budget as part of the American Rescue Plan:

Marcus Smith, Speedway Motorsports President and CEO:

“I’d like to thank Gov. Roy Cooper, House Speaker Tim Moore, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and all our state legislators for their support of motorsports and economic development in the new state budget. The allocated funds from the American Rescue Plan are investments in the future for the motorsports and tourism industries of North Carolina.

“While Charlotte Motor Speedway is considered modern by many standards, it’s still more than 60 years old and in need of infrastructure improvements to maintain its position as an attractive venue for world-class events. We’ll use the state allocation toward upgrading fan amenities along our frontstretch, and we’ll have more details to share at a later date as we prepare for the Coca-Cola 600 next May.

“The allocation toward North Wilkesboro provides the starting capital needed to rebuild the infrastructure of the historic facility. With state budget amounts now finalized, we can zero in on project priorities and determine work schedules. The goal will be to modernize the property so that it can host racing and special events again in the future.

“I’d also like to thank all the members of the Wilkes County community who have donated their time and hard work to help demolish old buildings and clear brush and debris. We are truly grateful for what you’ve already done, and we look forward to rebuilding North Wilkesboro Speedway.”

For future updates, visit www.northwilkesborospeedway.com

SMI PR

The schedules for the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West have been finalized, with seven races slated for the East and eleven set for the West.

The ARCA Menards East season will commence with the series’ ninth visit to New Smyrna Speedway on Tuesday, February 15. The ARCA Menards West season kicks off a month later with a combination race with the ARCA Menards Series at Phoenix Raceway on Friday, March 11

The highlights:

  • The East season will start with two consecutive races in Florida as Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola follows New Smyrna on Saturday, March 19.
  • Dover International Speedway and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will once again host the series on April 29 and May 7, respectively. The concrete one-mile Dover oval will be the fastest track on the East schedule.
  • The East season will conclude with three straight combination events with the ARCA Menards Series at Iowa Speedway on June 11, The Milwaukee Mile on August 28, and the season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 15.
  • Irwindale Speedway and Portland International Raceway will both host a pair of West events, with Irwindale’s set for March 26 and July 2, while the Portland road course events will be June 4 and September 3.
  • Kern County Raceway Park returns to the schedule after a year’s absence on April 23, while Evergreen Speedway also returns on August 20. The race at Evergreen is slated to be the 1000th race in West Series history dating back to 1954.
  • Traditional events at Sonoma Raceway, All-American Speedway, and The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway all return.
  • The West season finale remains at Phoenix Raceway on November 5, part of NASCAR Championship Weekend at the one-mile desert oval.
  • The East races at Dover and Bristol will be part of conjunction weekends with the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
  • West races at Phoenix will be in conjunction with the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and/or the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; one race at Portland will be in conjunction with the NTT Data IndyCar Series and the other will be in conjunction with the NASCAR Xfinity Series; the Sonoma race will be in conjunction with the NASCAR Cup Series.

 

The complete 2022 ARCA Menards Series East schedule:

Feb. 15                New Smyrna Speedway                                New Smyrna Beach, FL

March 19             Five Flags Speedway                                      Pensacola, FL

April 29                Dover International Speedway                   Dover, DE

May 7                   Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway               Nashville, TN

June 11                Iowa Speedway                                               Newton, IA

Aug. 28                The Milwaukee Mile                                      West Allis, WI

Sept. 15               Bristol Motor Speedway                               Bristol, TN

 

The complete 2022 ARCA Menards Series West schedule:

March 11             Phoenix Raceway                                           Avondale, AZ

March 26             Irwindale Speedway                                      Irwindale, CA

April 23                Kern County Raceway Park                          Bakersfield, CA

June 4                  Portland International Raceway                Portland, OR

June 11                Sonoma Raceway                                          Sonoma, CA

July 2                    Irwindale Speedway                                      Irwindale, CA

Aug. 20                Evergreen Speedway                                     Evergreen, WA

Sept. 3                 Portland International Raceway                Portland, OR

Oct. 1                   All-American Speedway                                Roseville, CA

Oct. 14                 The Bullring at LVMS                                     Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 5                  Phoenix Raceway                                           Avondale, AZ

 

All dates are tentative and subject to change.

Race start times and broadcast schedules will be announced at a later date.

NASCAR PR

NASCAR today announced the return of practice and qualifying to its race weekends in 2022, with a dramatic knockout-style qualifying format setting the starting lineup for each NASCAR Cup Series race.

The announcement comes after nearly two seasons with race weekends largely held without practice or qualifying – a procedure born out of necessity to reduce travel days and on-site personnel while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2022, all events across all three NASCAR national series are scheduled to include qualifying.

“NASCAR is excited to return practice and qualifying to its race weekends,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “We missed seeing cars and trucks on track all weekend long, and so did our fans. We worked closely with our broadcast partners, teams and racetracks to create an exciting, unique qualifying format, while keeping several of the efficiencies that helped our entire industry successfully navigate the pandemic.”

For a majority of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the field will be split into two groups and participate in a practice and qualifying event that will last approximately two hours. The two-hour window will allow broadcast partners ample time and ability to cover the entire field, bringing wide-ranging, in-depth stories and insight to millions of fans each and every weekend.

During six NASCAR Cup Series weekends, five NASCAR Xfinity Series weekends and eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekends, NASCAR will implement an extended practice weekend schedule, which will feature one standalone 50-minute practice as well as a qualifying event.

Daytona International Speedway’s Speedweeks and the lead-up to the DAYTONA 500 will employ the extended practice format for all three series. Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the DAYTONA 500 is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Feb. 16, 2022.

NASCAR Cup Series

Oval Qualifying

  • Group A and Group B will each receive 15 minutes of practice
    • Groups set by odd/even finishing order of previous race
  • Qualifying Round 1 (Group A) – single car, one lap*
    • Top 5 transfer to Final Round
  • Qualifying Round 1 (Group B) – single car, one lap*
    • Top 5 transfer to Final Round
  • Qualifying Final Round (10 cars) – single car, one lap*

* -- Two laps at Bristol, Dover, Martinsville and Richmond

Superspeedways

  • Qualifying Round 1 (all cars) – single car, one lap
    • Top 10 transfer to Final Round
  • Qualifying Final Round (10 cars) – single car, one lap

Road Course

  • Group A and Group B will each receive 20 minutes of practice
  • Qualifying Round 1 (Group A) – 15-minute timed session
    • Top 5 transfer to Final Round
  • Qualifying Round 1 (Group B) – 15-minute timed session
    • Top 5 transfer to Final Round
  • Qualifying Final Round (10 cars) – 10-minute timed session

Dirt

  • Two 50-minute practice sessions
  • 4 qualifying races determine the field and lineup for the main race; order of qualifying races based on random draw

Extended Practice Weekends

  • Events: Daytona 500, Atlanta-1, Bristol Dirt, WWT Raceway at Gateway, Nashville, Phoenix-2
  • One standalone 50-minute practice replaces group practice sessions
  • Qualifying procedure is based on the track type, following the procedures above

NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (90 minutes)

Oval Qualifying

  • 20-minute practice for all vehicles
  • Qualifying (all vehicles) – single vehicle, one lap*

* -- Two laps at Bristol, Dover, Martinsville and Richmond

Superspeedways, NCWTS Dirt

  • Same as NASCAR Cup Series format

Road Courses

  • All vehicles receive 20 minutes of practice in a single session
  • Qualifying Round 1 (Group A) – 15-minute timed session
    • Top 5 transfer to Final Round
  • Qualifying Round 1 (Group B) – 15-minute timed session
    • Top 5 transfer to Final Round
  • Qualifying Final Round (10 vehicles) – 10-minute timed session

Extended Practice Weekends

  • NXS: Daytona-1, Atlanta-1, Portland, Nashville, Phoenix-2
  • NCWTS: Daytona, Atlanta, Bristol Dirt, Knoxville, Sonoma, Mid-Ohio, Nashville, Phoenix-2
  • One standalone 50-minute practice replaces group practice sessions
  • Qualifying procedure is based on the track type, following the procedures above

NASCAR PR

After having finished in the top-10 of the Stafford Speedway SK Modified® points standings every year since 2003, including three runner-up finishes, Todd Owen finally won a long sought after track championship.  Owen and the #81 Cooker Construction team notched 15 top-5 and 18 top-10 finishes with 3 victories that resulted in a first career championship at Stafford.

“It feels good and I finally accomplished a goal I set out to achieve a long time ago,” said Owen.  “It’s still kind of surreal, it really hasn’t set in yet but every time for at least another year, whenever I click on the website or something I get to see myself as the SK Modified® champion.  I think our performance proved we have a good combination going with the car and the motor and the whole shop, not just myself, was going good.  I think my experience helped me in situations where maybe it was ok to give up a spot or two in order to finish a race.  Maybe that’s not being aggressive, but any time you can bring your car home in the top-5 it’s a great night.”

While many competitors purchase parts and pieces for their race cars, Owen and his Chassis Pro team build everything in house.  Not only did Owen win the SK Modified® championship this season, but Derek Debbis won the SK Light championship driving a Chassis Pro car, which brings with it some extra satisfaction for Owen and everyone in his shop.

“Definitely there’s some extra satisfaction,” said Owen.  “There’s not many people who build everything in house like we do.  I get a special feeling if I’m winning or someone else is winning in our cars whether it’s Derek [Debbis] or David [Arute] or you see Toast [Doug Meservey, Jr.] running up front.  Bob Charland had I think his best points finish ever this year and Chris Matthews and Norm Sears were also running well in our cars so it was a great year all the way around for Chassis Pro cars.”

Owen began the 2021 season with a 9th place finish, but top-4 finishes in the next 5 races vaulted him to the top of the standings.  Owen lost the point lead following the June 4 SK Modified® feature event and he spent the months of June and July chasing after Stephen Kopcik in the standings.  Owen would retake the point lead following the July 30 feature event and he held on to the top spot for the remainder of the season.

“I thought we were in the mix all year showing consistency,” said Owen.  “Looking at the top-5 finishes we had, if you’re always finishing in the top-5 I think you’ll put yourself in a good spot.  I don’t think you can focus on points but it’s definitely something that you have to pay attention to if the championship is what your year long goal is.  Obviously there were a couple other guys who were there all year long so we just had to make sure we finished in the top-5.  If not for the last race of the season, we would have pretty much finished almost every race in the top-10, which is a huge accomplishment for our team.  We’ve paid attention to the points for a long, long time and always seemed to come up just a point or two or a missed shift short.  To finally have things work out for us, it wasn’t a runaway and it came down to the end, so it was a great year.”

While Owen was a model of consistency finishing in the top-5 just about every Friday night, Kopcik was staying right with Owen in the standings and a late season 3-race winning streak threatened to once again see Owen come up just short of the championship. 

“Those guys definitely didn’t go away and they’re not going to be going away any time soon,” said Owen.  “They’re a top notch team and they came with a loaded gun for sure and showed they had speed all year long.  The pressure was always on but now I feel like the pressure will be a lot less moving forward because when you’ve always wanted to accomplish something, not that I don’t want to win the championship again, but it’s kind of like winning your first race.  I fought for a long time to win a championship at Stafford and now that I have one, yes I want to win another one, but it’s something that I can always say I did.  You never know when it’s going to be your time and this year was our time.”

As strong as Owen and the #81 team were during the 2021 season with an average finish of 5.1, Owen says there’s always room for improvements and he and the Chassis Pro team will be looking for ways to make their car even faster while their fellow competitors are also busy during the winter months searching for more speed.

“There's definitely room for improvement,” said Owen.  “You always have to keep on working and trying to get faster and faster while staying up on technology.  You can’t just sit back on your laurels and think since we won the championship we’re going to be good again next season.  Everyone else is at home working hard but I think we have a good baseline to start off with in 2022 and hopefully we can run as strong as we did this year.  It’s nice to take a break right now but this championship will be a great shot of morale for everyone in the shop this winter and everyone will be excited to get started back up in April.  We’re going to try to do the same thing we did this year.  Thanks to Cooker Construction, Chassis Pro, R.A.D. Auto Machine, Start/Finish Motorsports, there’s so many names to mention, and everyone on the crew who’s been with me for a long time.  It takes a team to win a championship and not just one guy.  We all work together in the shop and this championship was more of a shop championship rather than just my team’s championship.  It’s exciting for all of us.”

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Stafford Speedway PR

Starting from the outside of the front row, Ryan Timms went straight to the lead and never relinquished it during the 30-lap feature to win night one of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series’ Hangtown 100 at Placerville Speedway Thursday night. With the win, Timms becomes the youngest national midget feature winner in USAC history at 15 years, two months, and 24 days.

Timms also won in the POWRi series earlier this year. His victory is the fifth in the last nine races for the CB Industries team, with teammate Chris Windom claiming the other four wins. Toyota-powered drivers have now won 25 times in 35 USAC events this season.

As Timms immediately took the lead, Zeb Wise, Justin Grant, Shane Golobic, Bryant Wiedeman and Cannon McIntosh would fall in behind him. As Timms quickly began to pull away from the field, McIntosh would be the car on the move behind him, climbing from sixth up to second before the midway point.

By lap 17, Timms had a 1.128-second lead over McIntosh as the race ran at a blistering pace and would eventually go green for all 30 laps. By lap 21, he would stretch it out to 1.8-seconds before the two leaders would hit heavy traffic and McIntosh would begin to close in, with the lead dropping to 0.836 seconds by lap 23.

McIntosh would continue to close and was on Timms tail by the final lap and closed to within a car length as they came to the checkered flag, but Timms would hold him for the win with a margin of victory of just 0.357 seconds. Grant would round out an all-Toyota podium by finishing third, with Golobic placing fourth, one spot ahead of Emerson Axsom.

Kyle Larson would place sixth, followed by Windom in seventh, Thomas Meseraull was ninth and Logan Seavey was tenth. 

With his sixth-place finish, Windom retakes the USAC championship lead by 13-points over Buddy Kofoid, who came out of the B Main to place 14th on the night.

USAC is back at Placerville Speedway the next two nights to close out this year’s Hangtown 100.

Quotes:

Ryan TImms, CB Industries: “It’s really unexpected. I got a really good start and I just kept my momentum up top. We were really good. I want to thank all of the guys on the CB Industries team. There was a lot of traffic late. I knew Cannon was going to be there, but we were able to hold on.”

Cannon McIntosh, Dave Mac Motorsports: “I was driving it really hard. I honestly thought we had more laps. It would have been nice to get a yellow and see what we could have done. It was a fast-paced race. I couldn’t do it without all the guys on my team, along with Toyota and Mobil 1. I’m looking forward to the next few nights because we’ve got a really good race car. It just took us a little bit to get through the field, but once we found it we were really good.”

TRD PR

Eldora Speedway® and official livestream partner, FloSports, a leader in sports streaming and original content, today announced the return of The Eldora Million®, one of the most legendary events in the history of the hallowed high-banked half-mile clay oval.

For just the second time ever – on Thurs., June 9, 2022 – the blue-collar superstars of Dirt Late Model racing will compete for a winner’s purse of $1 million dollars.

The Eldora Million® will feature a full-program of heat races, last chance showdowns, and culminate with the $1,002,022-to-win Championship Feature. The initial seeding for Thursday’s heat races will be set on Wed., June 8, via a program of tournament-style preliminary features.

The combination of two giant shows – The Eldora Million® and the 28th running of the $128,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream® on Sat., June 11 – in a span of four days, creates one of the richest open competition events in motorsports history with posted prize money already exceeding $1.9 million.

“I have said from the first-day I took ownership of Eldora that we want to make Earl and Berneice proud and continue to push the limits of race promotion. I can’t think of a better way to honor their legacy than bringing back The Eldora Million® one more time for both our longtime drivers and fans as well as a whole new generation who have only heard about it,” said track owner Tony Stewart. “And I couldn’t do it without our phenomenal partnership with Mark Floreani and his team at FloSports. I love working with them in growing our sport, showcasing our events, and creating engaging content for our fans on FloRacing, and the entire FloSports subscriber base.”

All four days of action from the 28th Dirt Late Model Dream® Week, including The Eldora Million® on Thurs., June 9 and the 28th Dirt Late Model Dream® on Sat., June 11, will be available worldwide exclusively on FloRacing, Eldora’s official livestream partner.

"Tony Stewart and his team keep raising the bar with their incredible events at the legendary Eldora Speedway," said Mark Floreani, CEO and Co-Founder, FloSports. "Their commitment to motorsports has been integral to the growth of FloRacing and we are proud to support their mission to bring this sport to an even wider audience around the world."

It was February 2000 when the inimitable promoter and founder of Eldora Speedway, the late Earl Baltes, stood up at the annual Racing Promotion Monthly Workshops in Daytona Beach, Fla., and shocked the industry with the announcement he would pay an unprecedented $1 million to the winner of a Dirt Late Model race that coming October. However, a combination of heavy rains, wet grounds, and unseasonably cold temperatures forced the event to be rescheduled to Saturday, June 9, 2001 – in place of the 8th annual Dirt Late Model Dream®.

Fan-favorite Donnie Moran, a four-time winner of the World 100® and native of Dresden, Ohio, triumphed by passing Martinsville, Ind.’s Don O’Neal, an eventual Dirt Late Model Dream® champion, with a slide job for the lead on lap-25 to lead the remaining 74 laps, forever earning the moniker “The Million Dollar Man – Donnie Moran!” Now, just over 20 years later, both Moran’s son, Devin, and O’Neal’s son, Hudson, are two of the young lions who make up the next generation of stars in the Dirt Late Model ranks.

“With today’s confirmation there will indeed be a sequel to The Eldora Million®, our great team here at Eldora now has the 2022 Major Events ticketing and camping calendar finalized. We appreciate the patience of our loyal fans, and renewal notifications will begin showing up in their patron accounts and email by early next week for their 2022 ticket and campsite renewals,” said general manager Roger Slack. “Like everything these days, it took a little longer than anticipated to deliver all of the details for a week of events of this magnitude. Our team wanted to get everything right and assure an expedited renewal process for the many patrons who hold tickets to each of our major events.”

Patrons who had tickets for the 2021 Dirt Late Model Dream – the 27th edition, which was held Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10, 2021 – will have first opportunity to purchase those same seats for The Eldora Million® as part of the event renewal process.

Public sale for tickets and campsites for all 2022 Major Events will begin on Saturday, December 18 at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively at www.EldoraSpeedway.com, where fans can also sign-up for breaking news updates delivered via email or text message. The latest event information, including race day schedule and weather updates, can be found on the official @EldoraSpeedway accounts on social channels Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube.

To access FloRacing’s live and on-demand coverage of the The Eldora Million®, the Dirt Late Model Dream®, the World 100®, the 4-Crown Nationals®, and more from Eldora Speedway, plus the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, every USAC national series event, and the entire FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions® schedule, visit FloRacing.com to become an annual PRO subscriber. The annual subscription unlocks access to premium content and live events across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, the App Store, and Google Play Store.

POSTED AWARDS – WED., JUNE 8 – $118,100 (minimum)

PRELIMINARY QUALIFYING FEATURES: $12,000-to-win/$1,000-to-start

POSTED AWARDS – THU, JUNE 9 – $1,342,185

THE ELDORA MILLION: 1st) $1,002,022...plus commemorative trophy for driver and owner; 2nd) $100,000; 3rd) $50,000; 4th) $25,000; 5th) $15,000; 6th) $12,500; 7th) $10,000; 8th) $8,750; 9th) $8,000; 10th) $7,500; 11th) $6,500; 12th) $6,000; 13th) $5,875; 14th) $5,850; 15th) $5,822; 16th) $5,800; 17th) $5,675; 18th) $5,622; 19th) $5,600; 20th) $5,475; 21st) $5,450; 22nd) $5,422; 23rd) $5,400; and 24th) $5,022.

Eldora Speedway PR

The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights presented by TVA will bring some extra-special holiday cheer to the Appalachian Highlands region during its milestone 25th anniversary season. The spectacular light show dazzles visitors with more than 2 million lights illuminating more than 250 festive displays across a four-plus mile route on the Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway property.
 
As always, the Pinnacle Speedway in Lights provides a fun, socially-distant activity for families to enjoy together and make the most of this holiday season. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve made the brilliant light show a longstanding family tradition, below is a highly-recommended list of things to do while visiting the Pinnacle Speedway in Lights to ensure that you maximize your visit:
 
No. 10: Back by popular demand for its fifth season as an attraction along the route, the Mycroft Signs Race to Space will take you on an interstellar journey. The galaxy themed tunnel which features a starburst light show will provide an out of this world experience for sure.   
 
No. 9: One of the Speedway in Lights all-time guest favorite displays, the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Sea of Illumination, returns to the route to take visitors into a cool underwater world of holiday lights that is located underneath the front-stretch grandstands of the famed BMS oval.
 
No. 8: If ice skating is your thing, The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights has you covered! The Tri-Cities Airport Ice Rink presented by Stateline Services is the place you’ll want to go with all your friends to get your fix. Located at the BMS North Entrance, the Tri-Cities Airport Ice Rink presented by Stateline Services is available by walk up or online reservation and admission is $12 per skater Monday-Thursday, and $15 per skater Friday-Sunday. The Ice Rink will be closed on Mondays from Nov. 22-Dec. 13. Hours of operation vary from day to day, so guests should review the schedule in advance by visiting the BMS website.
 
No. 7: If you love holiday music combined with tons of lights – approximately 300,000 to be exact – you’ll want to take some time to savor the popular Symphony in Lights when you make a stop at the Christmas Village. Located in the Darrell Waltrip Grandstand, the Symphony in Lights display flashes and flickers to the sounds and beats of all the best holiday classics.
 
No. 6: Take a fast pass to holiday bliss!! For only a few bucks more – $50 (hey, it’s for the kids) – The Fast Lane presented by Citi gives your vehicle permission to cut through the long line on select nights and have a much shorter wait before you tour the fabulous light show. Nights when the The Fast Lane presented by Citi will be available are November 26 and 27 and December 4, 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.

No. 5: Take your vehicle for a spin around the historic half-mile high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway! Your tires will touch the same all-concrete surface where so much NASCAR history has been made over the years. As a high-horsepower bonus, you’ll get to also drive down the return road of the famed Bristol Dragway – the highly-revered Thunder Valley – one of the most iconic dragstrips in the United States.
 
No. 4: There are two new joyful displays along the Pinnacle Speedway In Lights route in 2021 that you will need to check out, including one that celebrates East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in nearby Johnson City, Tenn., and another display provided by Hardee’s Restaurants, which offers locations throughout the Tri-Cities. In addition to those two, you certainly don’t want to miss any of the amazing displays that are traditionally a part of the Pinnacle Speedway In Lights, including The Twelve Days of Christmas, the festive Ballad Health Hospital display, The Dueling Dragsters, Dinosaur Village and the NASCAR Pit Stop. 
 
No. 3: Speaking of the Christmas Village, you will definitely want to spend some time here during your SIL visit. Located in the infield of the legendary oval, you can park your vehicle and stretch your legs for a while. You’ll want to take advantage of several photo opportunities in front of special holiday displays positioned throughout the Village, roast marshmallows over an open fire, shop for your favorite items with many local vendors and check out some great arts and crafts. The family-friendly midway amusement rides return this year and the kids will once again get to visit with Santa Claus in the Barter Theatre Santa Hut.
 
No. 2: This year while touring the Pinnacle Speedway In Lights you can participate in a very special scavenger hunt. All you need to do is download the free BMS App and use a special QR Code to access the Holiday in Lights presented by GEICO scavenger hunt. Throughout the route guests will search for the famed GEICO Gecko, which will be hidden in multiple locations. Those who find all of the Geckos will be entered in a drawing to win $250 at the conclusion of the Pinnacle Speedway In Lights on Jan. 1. Happy hunting!!
 
No. 1: Visiting the Pinnacle Speedway in Lights is such a longstanding tradition-rich event in the Appalachian Highlands Region and something that you and your family can enjoy this holiday season in a safe, socially-distanced manner. Besides, spending quality time with family and friends and savoring the great feeling you get for making a huge difference in the lives of so many children is what the holidays are all about!
 
The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights, the major fundraiser for SCC-Bristol, runs through Saturday, Jan. 1, spreads across a four-mile route illuminated by more than 2 million lights and 250 dazzling displays. A trip through the light show sends guests alongside the Bristol Dragway and all throughout the property, culminating with a lap around the iconic high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway half-mile oval.
 
The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights costs $20 for cars from Sunday through Thursday and $25 per vehicle on Friday and Saturday nights. For larger groups, vans are $50 and buses are $125.  Visitors can take advantage of The Fast Lane presented by Citi, a speedy $50 option which provides a shorter wait time on select nights when traffic lines get long. As always, a significant portion of the proceeds for The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights will benefit children in the 18-county area surrounding BMS. For more information about the Pinnacle Speedway In Lights powered by TVA, please visit the BMS website.

BMS PR

For six drivers, in two divisions, a season’s worth of effort comes down to one final race – this Saturday’s Quarter Mile Track Championships at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (NFS). Only eight points separate the top three drivers in the Limited Late Model division and miraculously, only three points is the gap between first and third in the BH Holmes Construction Legends Car division. Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Front Runners, and Bandoleros have championships to be settled as well, and it all takes place at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon.

 

Adult tickets for this event are just $10. Senior Citizens and active or retired military personal grandstand tickets are only $5 and Kids 12 years of age or younger are FREE. Tickets are available at the gate when the main grandstand opens at 12:00. Pit Passes are available at the Pit Office located at Gate 7 along Craighead Street. The pit gates open at 9:30am Saturday morning.

 

The only Late Models in competition at this event are the Limited Late Models, amongst the headlining events on the quarter mile track within the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Johnathan Dishman is seeking his second consecutive championship from third place in the current standings, eight markers back from points leader, Kevin Rollins (#93) and seven back from Alan Carter (#05). Perhaps it seems like a bit of a tall task for Dishman, but he was in this exact position heading into the final race a season ago, eight points back in third place trailing Kevin Rollins in #93 and who was then, Jeffery Belt in the #05. Dishman passed both Rollins and Belt on the final lap when the two points leaders tangled in turn four coming to the checkers to win his first Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Track Championship. Can he do it again this year? Kevin Rollins has one win this season and three past Track Championships under his belt but only has a one point advantage over second place, Alan Carter. Carter has two race wins this year and Big Machine Vodka Super Truck Track Championship worth of experience behind him.

 

LLM Standings – P1) 93 Kevin Rollins, P2) 05 Alan Carter -1, P3) Johnathan Dishman -8

 

The BH Holmes Construction Legends Car division standings are even closer than the Limited Late Models. Boston Oliver (#88) of Murfreesboro, TN is just one point up on Oliver Cordell (#17). Cordell picked up a big win this season during the SRX Championship race weekend and has consistent top five finishes all year with just one untimely night on May 29th. Michael Crafton III (#9) from Franklin, TN sits just three points behind Boston Oliver, third place in the championship standings. Crafton has five first place points nights this season but two unlucky nights on June 12th and July 16th have relegated him to third in the standings. All three drivers are very fast, racking up qualifying bonus points throughout the season and are expected to do that again on Saturday night. Though Oliver, Cordell, and Crafton may be the obvious favorites, Dylan Faulkner (#60) is lurking in the background, just 15 points out of first.

 

LG Standings – P1) 88 B. Oliver, P2) 17 O. Cordell -1, P3) 9 M. Crafton III -3, P4) 60 D. Faulkner -15

 

A purse totaling $8,000+ is on the line for the 24 starters in the BH Holmes Construction Legends Car Championship Race in Memory of Kevin Cordell.

 

The Pest Doctor Front Runners also have big money on the line. The Pest Doctor Fast and Furious Race in Memory of Joe Paty and Megan Dyce pays $1,000 to the winner. Jesse Litchford, Josh Harrell, and Matt Hamlett have collected feature wins thus far in 2021. Litchford leads the championship standings ten points over Tony Gann and eleven points over Matt Hamlett. With higher-than-average Front Runner car count expected, this Track Championship is certainly still up for grabs.

 

Front Runner Standings – P1) 58 Jesse Litchford, P2) 18 Tony Gann -10, P3) 9 Matt Hamlett -11

 

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Street Stock division championship is in the hands of Michael Pannell. Pannell has collected three feature wins in his rookie season but isn’t quite out of the woods just yet. Travis Arms and Billy Schaffer are still in the championship hunt but sit 16 and 18 markers back.

 

Dylan Jones, driving the Willie Coats owned number 71 car, is seeking his first Pure Stock Championship. Jones has a solid 20 point lead over rookie John Bradley who scored the first two victories of the season. Jones has gone on to claim the last three consecutive feature wins.

 

The Dye Hard Hair Salon Bandoleros are scheduled to be the first championship feature of the night. Aidan Potter of Brentwood, TN looks to secure his second Track Championship in a row. Potter holds a 13 point advantage over Gavon Veach from College Grove, TN.

 

For complete championship point standings and more information about Saturday’s event at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, visit www.nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing or call 615-254-1986. Be sure to follow NFS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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The family tradition of driving through 2.5 miles of dazzling Christmas light displays at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) continues this year with the Gift of Lights. The 11th annual event will spread 39 nights of holiday cheer with fundraising for the local community from Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 2.

This year, the drive-thru light show will feature 3.5 million lights, a 150-foot RGB (red/green/blue) Tunnel of Lights, new arches, toys, numerous scenes including the popular 12 Days of Christmas and much more. Crews are in the process of spending more than 650 work hours to set up more than 520 displays and 80 different scenes. Featured attractions will also include the fan-favorite 130-foot-long infield entrance and exit tunnels to the infield with more than 25,000 lights and the opportunity to roast marshmallows and toast s’mores over open fire pits. On Dec. 12, fans can get some exercise while enjoying the show by foot with the Yule Light Up The Night 2/1-mile fun run or walk starting at 4:30 p.m.

 

“This is one of our favorite times of the year as we transform our facility from a high-speed, action-packed racetrack to a magical holiday wonderland,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We can’t wait to welcome families to ‘The Magic Mile’ as they make special memories together enjoying the lights, toasting s’mores and spreading holiday spirit to the community.”

 

Helping the community is a major part of what makes Gift of Lights so special, as the event benefits the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCCNH) to support children in need throughout New England. A portion of proceeds from Gift of Lights admissions, s’more kit purchases and fun run/walk race registrations will benefit SCCNH. As the official charity of the speedway, SCCNH has raised $341,883 from Gift of Lights since 2011. The chapter has donated $1.8 million to deserving regional charities supporting more than 808,000 children throughout New England since in 2009.

 

Attendees who bring three or more non-perishable food items for the Loudon Food Pantry will receive a $2 discount on single-vehicle admission. Over the past decade, food and monetary donations at Gift of Lights have generated nearly 99,000 pounds of food totaling nearly 93,000 meals for families in need during the holiday and winter months.

 

Fans in the holiday spirit can also save on admission at the Main Entrance by participating in theme nights. Attendees can save $5 per car at the gate on Dress Your Pet Night (Nov. 29), Crazy PJ Night (Nov. 30), Crazy Sweater Night (Dec. 1) and Decorate Your Car Night (Dec. 8). Military members and first responders can enjoy Gift of Lights for free Dec. 9 by showing a military or first responder ID. Discounts are available only for drive-up admissions and not on advance online purchases.

 

Tickets and Hours of Operation:

Show hours are 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 4:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, depending on the weather. All traffic must enter through NHMS’s South Entrance. Admission is available for purchase online at NHMS.com or at NHMS for $30-35 per car and $60 per bus or limousine.

 

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PIRTEK, the hydraulic and industrial hose service leader and the only brand of its kind in franchising in the United States, will become the Official Hose Supplier of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Through the partnership, INDYCAR will begin to transition some of its hydraulic hose usage to the PIRTEK brand of hoses and equipment.

PIRTEK also will continue its long-standing relationship with Team Penske’s NASCAR and INDYCAR teams through associate sponsorship and other activation as the company expands its motorsports involvement.

“As PIRTEK USA grows, we are thrilled to add another motorsports property to our portfolio through our relationship with INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while also continuing to build our long-lasting relationship with Team Penske,” PIRTEK USA President and CEO Kim Gubera said. “We are confident that the evolution in our partnership will have a substantial impact on our franchise network and get them excited to be a bigger part of motorsports. PIRTEK is especially honored to be chosen as the Official Hose Supplier for Team Penske, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

PIRTEK boasts more than 500 Service & Supply Centers in 23 countries around the world and has more than 30 years of experience in the hydraulic and industrial hose maintenance and replacement field. Powered by an industry-leading approach to sales and service and backed by a corporate center passionate about its franchisees and customers, PIRTEK offers unmatched service and logistics.

Located in Rockledge, Florida, the PIRTEK USA Corporate Headquarters takes pride in its role as a franchisor and distributor of quality products. As the franchisor, PIRTEK has committed to provide excellent and continuous support to its network of franchise locations. Franchisees receive assistance in areas of marketing, product and technical support, sales, information technology and accounting. The headquarters also serves as a distributor of products with a fully staffed warehouse facility meeting the necessities of its franchisees and customers.

“PIRTEK is a tremendous company with a rich racing heritage,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said. “PIRTEK definitely complements our paddock’s needs and everything we do. We look forward to their expanded role as they implement and showcase their vast array of products and services to their customers and franchisees through INDYCAR.”

The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season kicks off with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, Feb. 27 in St. Petersburg, Florida. NBC will provide live coverage of 14 series races next year, including this race and the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29.

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