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The Magic of Lights, the popular drive-through, family-friendly holiday lights extravaganza, will make its debut in South Florida at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2022.


Magic of Lights will showcase a dazzling display of more than one million twinkling, sparkling lights and magical scenes, all viewed within the comfort and safety of the guest’s vehicle. Pre-sale tickets are on sale today by visiting For the past four years, Magic of Lights has been a huge hit for holiday fun at Daytona International Speedway, and will now call South Florida home as well.


Kids from ages one to 92 (and above) will be mesmerized with the colorful lights, holiday scenes and a cast of characters. Families, couples, friends, social and work groups can enjoy the happy holiday experience by taking advantage of special pre-sale, early bird discount pricing of $17 for standard vehicles through Nov. 2. After that, regular ticket prices include:

  • Advanced Pricing through Nov. 3: $17 per standard vehicle in advance or $30 at the gate weekdays (Monday through Thursday), or $35 on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
  • Advanced Pricing Prime Season from Nov. 3 - Dec. 9: $20 per standard vehicle in advance with $35 at the gate weekdays (Monday through Thursday), or $35 on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
  • Oversized vehicles such as limousines or vans for 15 passengers or more will be $40 per vehicle in advance, $50 per vehicle at the gate and $55 on weekend dates (Friday through Sunday).
  • Tour buses can be accommodated for $100.
  • Group rates are also available.


“The Magic of Lights will be an incredible addition to our already busy calendar here at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said track president Al Garcia. “It will provide a wonderful new family holiday tradition for the local community here in South Florida. The venue is well suited for a drive through holiday light experience and will provide tons of family enjoyment.”


Magic of Lights, which will be a festive and winding drive-through on the grounds of the already colorful Homestead-Miami Speedway, will be open from 6-10 p.m. ET nightly. It will be 44 days of magical fun!


Guests will be able to enjoy all the spectacular displays, using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Tickets purchased online in advance can be used at any date, allowing guests the flexibility on when they choose to attend. The experiences will include featured displays like Prehistoric Christmas and Big Foot Monster Trucks. All are guaranteed to warm the heart and create special family memories across generations.


Buckle up the kids and enjoy the magic – The first Magic of Lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway!


Magic of Lights is produced by a team of family entertainment professionals at FunGuys Events, each with decades of international show experience at the highest level.


For information on Magic of Lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway, visit or call (866) 409-RACE (7223). Fans can keep up with up-to-date happenings at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Homestead-Miami Speedway makes its return to the NASCAR Playoffs in 2022 with a tripleheader on Oct. 22-23. The Baptist Health 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be a part of a Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader with the Contender Boats 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The weekend’s anchor event, Dixie Vodka 400, a NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race, is set for Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. It’s the first time in three years that Homestead-Miami Speedway has played host to NASCAR’s Playoffs.


Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver Brandon Jones will return to race full-time in 2022 behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Supra.  Jeff Meendering will also return as his crew chief continuing the leadership, continuity and experience the team has built to be a top contender for the championship run next year.

Menards will also return as the primary sponsor and will expand its longtime support of Jones with a full season sponsorship for all 33 races in 2022.  Menards has sponsored Jones throughout his Xfinity Series career.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be a full-time sponsor for Brandon Jones in the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Jeff Abbott, Menards Marketing and Promotions Manager.  “Brandon has gained valuable experience through the years at many levels of racing, including winning in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Truck Series and Xfinity Series and most recently by qualifying twice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.  Brandon has proven himself time and again by winning races, competing for championships and being an outstanding ambassador for Menards and our valued racing partners.  We look forward to being a part of his continuing success in 2022.”

Jones just advanced to the Round of 8 in the 2021 Xfinity Series Playoffs after earning 11 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes so far this season.  He continues his charge in the 2021 championship run and is focused on advancing and challenging for the championship in Phoenix.  

“Brandon provides a veteran driver presence in the Xfinity Series for us,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has advanced into the final eight of the NASCAR playoffs for the second consecutive year and now our focus is to make it into the next round with the opportunity to race for the championship in Phoenix. We’re excited to have him back next season with the opportunity to represent Menards every week.”

Currently in his fourth season with JGR, Jones has become the senior Xfinity Series driver for the organization.  The No. 19 team has shown improved consistency each season, with Jones earning a career-high 11 top-five finishes with three races remaining in the season.

“This has been a very strong season so far and I couldn’t be prouder of our 19 team,” stated Brandon Jones.  “It will be great to have Jeff Meendering back as my crew chief for the third consecutive year; his leadership is exactly what this team needs. I also realize how fortunate I am to have partners like Menards and Toyota; their support means the world to me. I couldn’t be more excited to have Menards return and more importantly, their support for the full season.  It’s huge.  I am thrilled to be back at Joe Gibbs Racing next season.  Right now, I remain focused on our championship run and making it to Phoenix this year for a shot at the Xfinity Series title.”


Artistic visionaries get ready to be a part of motorsports history! For the seventh consecutive year, fans will have the chance to vote on the iconic DAYTONA 500 Trioval Grass Design that will be showcased for the 64th Annual Great American Race on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.


Voting is open now and runs through Saturday, Oct. 30. All Fans can visit to cast their vote for one of three imaginative designs and then are encouraged share their choice on Facebook and Twitter. Unveiling of the winning design will take place in January, 2022.


“The DAYTONA 500 Trioval Grass Design is an incredible platform that gives fans another ‘wow’ factor when they are here for the Great American Race,” said Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “It’s also another way that separates Daytona International Speedway from other sports venues. We are excited to get our fans back involved in its design. “We are also ready to get our fans back the race track to experience the pageantry of the DAYTONA 500, see NASCAR’s new ‘Next Gen’ car, and be a part of all of Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.”


Tickets for the DAYTONA 500, NASCAR’s most prestigious event that will debut the Cup Series anticipated ‘Next Gen’ car in the first points race of 2022, are on sale now. Tickets start at $99. Those wishing to attend in person should make their plans early to secure the best seats and pricing. For ticket information for the DAYTONA 500, as well as all Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, log onto or call 1-800-PITSHOP. Extended-stay camping packages and premium opportunities, such as UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race admissions, are available.


The Next Gen car, a collaboration of the brightest engineering minds in racing and the automotive industry, is designed to give the drivers greater control. It will put an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups while returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR. The cars are set to put on great racing for fans, incorporate relevant technology and look more like street version vehicles. NASCAR will conduct a two-day test session at Daytona’s 2.5-mile tri-oval on Jan. 11-12.  


Below is a tentative schedule (as of today) for the 2022 DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth:

  • Thursday, Feb. 17: Bluegreen Vacations Duel at DAYTONA qualifying races for the NASCAR Cup Series
  • Friday, Feb. 18: NextEra Energy 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Series
  • Saturday, Feb. 19: Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series & Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire for the ARCA Menards Series
  • Sunday, Feb. 20: DAYTONA 500 for the NASCAR Cup Series


Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news.



Notes of Interest


● Cole Custer and the No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) are ready for the season’s final NASCAR Cup Series race on a 1.5-mile intermediate oval, Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. They’ll be sporting the Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles paint scheme for the second consecutive weekend and will be honoring a young cancer survivor along the way.


● Riding along on Custer’s Ford Mustang this weekend will be the name of Cedric Brett Legg of Cheyenne, Colorado, located near the Kansas state line on the eastern side of the state. Young Cedric fought and won his battle against lymphoblastic leukemia, which he was diagnosed with three years ago, just one month after his fourth birthday. He is described as young, tough, and ready for more of this wonderful life after enduring multiple blood transfusions, hospital stays, and terrifying port accesses. He has made sure to share his love of life – and his experiences as a first-hand witness to the wonders of God’s grace – with all who will listen. He finished treatment in May of 2020 and is currently cancer free. He’s spending his time learning about dinosaurs, executing new gymnastics tricks, and has dental records that estimate he will one day stand 6 feet, 7 inches tall. Custer is one of more than 100 drivers from NASCAR’s top three series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series, to participate in the second annual Honor a Cancer Hero campaign. Through its online auction, the campaign has raised more than $105,000 to benefit Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation – two organizations recognized as champions for the health and well-being of others.  


● Sunday’s 400-mile race will be Custer’s 73rd Cup Series start and his fourth at Kansas. The 23-year-old from Ladera Ranch, California, had solid runs in both Kansas outings last year, finishing seventh in July and 14th in October. The seventh-place finish in July was his fourth Cup Series top-10 in 19 starts. His bid for a second-consecutive Kansas top-10 last October was thwarted by a late-race speeding penalty on pit road. He finished 24th when the series last visited Kansas the first weekend in May.


● Custer has four Kansas appearances in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, the most recent three in the No. 00 SHR Ford and the first in the No. 5 entry for JR Motorsports, with a best finish of 11th in the 2019 event after leading a race-high 85 laps.


● In his lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series outing at Kansas, Custer qualified fourth and finished seventh in the No. 00 JR Motorsports entry in the May 2016 race.


● After recording his 15th top-20 finish of the season last Sunday on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval in Fort Worth, Custer arrives at Kansas 28th in the driver standings.


● SHR, its partner Wow Wow Classic Waffles, and Feeding America®, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, are collaborating on an online auction late next month with proceeds to benefit Feeding America. Fans will have a chance to bid on items including a 2021 Ford Mustang NASCAR-raced car, a race-worn Wow Wow Classic Waffles firesuit, helmet, shoes and gloves, autographed racecar sheet metal and tires, and a race-day experience to a 2022 NASCAR Cup Series race of the winning bidder’s choice. The auction begins Nov. 26 and will close 10 days thereafter. Information on how to place bids will be announced on the SHR website, as well as all SHR and Cole Custer social media channels.


● SHR, Wow Wow Classic Waffles and Feeding America® are also asking fans to continue to do their part in helping to end hunger in America by texting HUNGER to 50555 to make a $5 donation to Feeding America®, by visiting the Feeding America® donation page on Facebook, or the donation page via the Feeding America® website. Each $1 donated helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.


Cole Custer, Driver of the No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing


You’re down to the final three races of the season. What’s your mindset as you head to Kansas this weekend?

“We had an early setback at Texas last week, but we left there feeling good about the way we were able to rebound for another top-20 finish. Hopefully we can build on that and string together three really solid finishes in the races we have left and build some momentum for next year. Kansas is a tough racetrack. You have to move around and work the different lanes. You have to have the speed, as well, obviously. Track position is going to be huge and how you work the strategy is important. It’s a track where you have to put everything together. You have to make sure you can work the lanes good, and work them from the bottom to the top of the track.”


You had a solid seventh-place finish in last year’s first visit to Kansas and almost scored another top-10 your second time there last fall. How was that experience for you?

“The guys fought all race long both times last year and we definitely were able to make something of it in the first race, even though it wasn’t the prettiest day. We were in a good position in the fall race. Right there at the end was the best I had been in the top groove all race long. But the speeding penalty set us back and we still ended up with 14th place, which was disappointing when we considered what might have been. Our spring race this year turned out to be a frustrating day, but hopefully we can take what we learned and show a lot of improvement this weekend”


This will be your final race of the season on a mile-and-a-half tri-oval. What can you carry over from this year’s previous races on the intermediate tracks?

“Every single track is different. You can’t bring the same thing to them. We struggled a little bit at some of those races earlier this year, but I think we have a really good idea on what we need to bring to Kansas this weekend. We’ve been working hard to put in all the preparation we can, but it all still comes down to making our best educated guess because we don’t have practice or anything to work our cars in before the race. You just have to hope you hit it right.”


Off the track, it seems you and your team, along with SHR partner Wow Wow Classic Waffles, have been working hard to support the initiatives of the Feeding America® network. Talk about that.

“We’ve been able to do some really cool things through our partnership with Wow Wow Classic Waffles and Feeding America. It’s been eye-opening to see how many in our area need help and we’ve been able to provide meals for many families through the work we’ve done, but we need help. There are so many ways to help and it doesn’t take much to make a difference for the many families out there who are in need.”



Veteran racer Brody Roa of Garden Grove, California and the remainder of the USAC/CRA stars will get their final tune-up for the 25th Annual Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction when the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, October 23rd.  The race signifies the start of the home stretch and the final six races on the 2021 schedule. 

Roa, 30, comes into the race after a hard fought third-place finish at the Arizona Speedway on October 2nd.  That result gave the friendly driver 11-top five finishes in 15 USAC/CRA races thus far in 2021.  Perhaps more impressive than those numbers are the ones that Roa has racked up at Perris this year.  In the six races on the famous Riverside County half-mile oval, he has finished in the top five all but one time.  The one race he was not in the top five was the track’s sprint car season opener in April when a part failure sent him to the pits while he was in second.  Since then he has not finished out of the top five and he has recorded wins in the highly coveted “Salute to Indy” and the “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night.”

Roa still sits second in the championship standings with six point paying races left on the schedule.  He is currently 62-points out of first.

After this weekend’s race, the BR Performance team will get one week off before returning for the final five races of the year.  Those races will take place within a span of just 10-days.  The first three will be the Oval Nationals at Perris on November 4th, 5th, and 6th.  The following week the 2021 campaign will come to a close at the Western World Championships at the Arizona Speedway on the 12th and 13th of November.

Fans will have a great chance to meet Roa at this Saturday’s on track autograph session/candy giveaway at intermission.  They can also visit with him in the pits after the final race of the night.  He will have team merchandise available in both places. 

Spectator gates will swing open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and the first race will take the green flag at 7:00.  There will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window.  For fans who prefer to order advance tickets online, they can do so at the following link  Perris Auto Speedway is located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571).  The office phone number is (951) 940-0134 and the track website is

Fans who would like to purchase Brody Roa merchandise, but who cannot attend a race, can check out the online store that is packed with great items including t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, beanies, baby onesies, plush blankets, jigsaw puzzles, stickers, notebooks, tote bags, wine tumblers, mugs, bandana pet collars and more.  To see the full line, please visit the following website

Roa and the team would like to thank the following for being part of the 91R’s 2021 campaign.  HD Industries, Biker Bruce Fischer, Inland Rigging, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, ALR Virtual Services, Caltrol, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Baldwin Filters and Jambo BBQ Pits.  In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Total Lubricants, Marina Pools, TJM Oilfield Distribution, Certex, and Biker Bruce for sponsoring the #8M.

If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition throughout the year, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information at the top of this release.  You can also contact him if you would like to put him in your car in a USAC National Series race when his west coast schedule permits.

To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team, please click on the following link  Fans can also check out the team website at and Facebook page  To keep up with May Motorsports, please check out and “like” its Facebook page.


The Manson Brothers Midnight Zombie Massacre, directed by Max Martini (Pacific Rim) and starring Randy Couture (The Expendables), DB Sweeney (The Cutting Edge), Adrian Pasdar (Near Dark), and Bas Rutten (Sinners and Saints), is available on-demand just in time for the scariest month of the year. The original film was written by former professional wrestlers Mike Carey and Chris Margetis who also play the notorious Manson Brothers.

With more and more women breaking barriers in male dominated sports including wrestling, race car driving and football, the filmmakers are proud to support and celebrate women who are shattering ceilings - and perceptions. Rising star NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Natalie Decker is one of those trailblazers. Decker will be supporting the release of the film by wrapping the hood of number 23, her official racecar in film-themed attire.

The film tells the story of wrestling tag team, The Manson Brothers, now in their twilight years, who are relegated to smaller promotions and agree to a midnight cage match on Halloween. What they don’t know is the contest involves being trapped in the arena swarming with infected wrestlers and fans that are changing into blood thirsty zombies. Armed only with their wrestling skills and enchanted lucha libre masks, they must fight for their lives and ensure the virus is contained to prevent an all-out zombie massacre.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Natalie Decker, said filmmakers Mike Carey and Chris Margetis. “We are both Girl Dads and one of us was raised by a single mother. This is our way of paying tribute to women, especially those who are on the rise in traditionally male-dominated professions.”

“I’m excited to support the arts, as I actually started out in theater at age three and would love to be more involved in film in the future,” said NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Natalie Decker. “I loved this film and proud to help put the word out just in time for Halloween.”

City PR

Nashville Superspeedway (NSS) today announced it will serve as the host venue for the Halloween Drift and Autocross Party presented by Tennessee Drift and on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

The event will feature drifting on the NSS road course, autocross racing on the paddock, a car show, “Trunk or Treat,” a costume contest and more. Gates open to general spectators starting at 10 a.m. and admission (day of only) is $30 for adults; kids 12 and under are free.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to attend dressed in their favorite Halloween costume, with a prize going to the “best costume.” Other prizes to be awarded include “best in show” and “fan favorite” for car show participants, and the top spots in the autocross and drift contest will also be recognized.

Spectators attending the event can also purchase the opportunity to ride along with those participants in the driving portion of the day, courtesy of the BFGoodrich Share the Ride program. Tickets for this added experience will be available for purchase near the NSS Infield Media Center.

A full schedule of events and information for participant registration can be found at or “Events” at

Nashville Superspeedway, Music City’s home for NASCAR Cup Series racing and live entertainment, will again host the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The NASCAR tripleheader race weekend will also feature the Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, June 25 and the Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 24.

Keep track of Nashville Superspeedway’s latest news and updates at or via social media at, on Twitter at @nashvillesupers and Instagram @nashvillesuperspeedway. For questions about media relations, employment, or other inquiries, interested parties are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Notes of Interest


 History at Kansas: In 19 starts, Almirola has seven top-10 finishes and has led 69 laps. 


●  2021: Almirola locked himself into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with his July 18 victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in LoudonHe led 46 laps around the flat, 1.058-mile oval en route to his third career NASCAR Cup Series win. After a year full of adversity and bad luck, the victory put the No. 10 team, which was 27th in the standings and facing a must-win situation if it was going to compete for this year’s championship, in prime position to earn one of the 16 coveted berths in the 10-race playoffs. Almirola’s award-winning YouTube series “Beyond the 10” captured his entire race day here.


●  This year marked Almirola’s fifth career playoff appearance and fourth in a row since joining SHR. While he didn’t advance beyond the Round of 16, he has set his sights on a top-10 points position after the checkered flag drops at the season finale Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway. Fans and media can watch the “Beyond the 10” episode of his playoff run on YouTube here.


●  Farmland, which has been bringing great tastes to tables since 1959, will adorn the No. 10 Ford Mustang with a special blue, white and green paint scheme. As part of the paint scheme, Farmland launched a huge prize package valued at $4,750. The prize package includes two tickets to the Kansas Cup Series race May 15, 2022, airfare and hotel accommodations, a rental car, BBQ catering for a tailgate, and an extra $400 after the race if Almirola wins. To enter, follow @FarmlandFoods and comment #Sweepstakesentry. 


●  Hy-Vee returns to the rear quarterpanels, decklid and bumper of the No. 10 Ford this weekend. Hy-Vee is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Its slogan, “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle,” expresses the foundation of the supermarket chain’s operating philosophy.


●  Career Stats: Almirola has career totals of three wins, two poles, 26 top-five finishes, 82 top-10s and 893 laps led in 385 NASCAR Cup Series starts.


●  Beyond the 10 YouTube Series: In 2021, Almirola continues to share his life beyond the No. 10 Ford with season three of his award-winning YouTube series. Fans and media can subscribe on YouTube to see Almirola’s personality on and off the track. Episodes have already featured life as a dad, a husband and an athlete, and it gives fans a unique perspective on what goes on in the life of a professional NASCAR driver. Fans can also follow Almirola’s social media channels: @Aric_Almirola on Twitter and Instagram, and @AricAlmirola on Facebook. Almirola’s latest Beyond the 10 episode gives a driver's perspective of the NASCAR Next Gen car.


●  Point standings: Almirola is currently 14th in the driver standings with 2,136 points. 


Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Farmland/Hy-Vee Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing


What goals do you have for the remaining three races of the season?


“We’re sitting 14th in the standings right now, so finishing here or a spot better would be better than last year and the year before. Overall, our goal is to have a few more clean races without any issues or bad luck. Last weekend at Texas, we didn’t really get to see what kind of speed we had after all the damage in the first stage. We were lucky to make it through the way we did, but we’re usually really good at Texas and didn’t get to show that. Kansas will provide some good redemption if we can run a clean race.”


What are your thoughts when you head to Kansas?


“I’ve always enjoyed Kansas. I know that I did have a really bad accident there, but in my mind I just view that as a bad accident. It just happened at a place. It just so happened to be at Kansas. It could have happened anywhere. I don’t really put that on Kansas and so, every time I’ve been back since then, it’s never really been a thought that’s crossed my mind. I actually enjoy going to Kansas. I have friends in Kansas City who I enjoy spending time with that makes it even more enjoyable to be there and, on top of that, I love the racetrack. The racetrack is a really fun racetrack to run at for me and I’ve had a lot of success there and had a lot of really good runs there.”


What do you think of this weekend’s Farmland/Hy-Vee paint scheme? 


“Everything about it just looks fresh. Love the colors. It should be bright on TV. I’m liking the red Hy-Vee on there, too. Let’s see if we can keep it as clean at the end of the race.” 



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