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Kevin Harvick looked good early, fought back from a pit road penalty midway through and dominated the final stage, leading 73 of the final 80 laps, to capture his third consecutive AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The victory secured Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Ford team a spot in the Championship 4 of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the fifth time in the past six years.
Harvick moved past SHR teammate Aric Almirola's No. 10 Ford on Lap 255 of the 334-lap race and, after a final green-flag pit stop, drove away to a 1.594-second win and trip to Sunoco Victory Lane. Daniel Suarez's third-place finish in the No. 41 Ford led to a 1-2-3 SHR Texas sweep.
 
The balance of the top-10 finishers were Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford), Alex Bowman (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Kyle Busch (No. 18 JGR Toyota), Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford), Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) and Erik Jones (No. 20 JGR Toyota).
 
The victory was Harvick's 49th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, tying SHR team owner Tony Stewart for 14th all-time. NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett are tied for 12th with 50. Harvick becomes the second driver to lock a spot in the Championship 4 after Truex.
 
"Our car was just so fast through 3 and 4, as long as I could keep my momentum up, I could get up beside him," said Harvick of his side-by-side battles with Almirola. "So it was definitely fast, and speed made up for our Ducks Unlimited Busch Beer Ford Mustang tonight what we lacked a little bit in handling."
 
"They've already built the car, picked a direction," continued Harvick about preparation for the championship race. "Like we talked about earlier, we've got so many things that -- so many things that you had to choose from an aero standpoint, and Homestead is such a unique racetrack.  We've already been to the simulator, we've already built the car, and now we've just got to make sure that we do what we think is right and go with our gut and see what happens."
 
Harvick started from the pole after Saturday's qualifying lap of 28.465 seconds at 189.707 mph on the 1.5-mile asphalt oval. He led three times for 43 laps in Stage 1 which was very busy due to six caution flags, the most in a single stage all season, continually shuffling the field. Harvick's SHR teammate Clint Bowyer led the majority of the first 85 laps, but also shared the top spot Erik Jones.
 
Four of the six Stage 1 cautions were for crashes by playoff contenders Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin, as well as Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The top 10 at the end of the stage were Harvick, Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, Ryan Preece, Ryan Blaney, and Daniel Hemric. Six lead changes among three drivers.
 
Jimmie Johnson, who holds a record seven victories at Texas Motor Speedway, was a contender early, leading 40 laps (99-138) before spinning in Turn 2 on Lap 187 and finishing 34th. Despite the end result, the seven-time series champ must have felt at home at Texas this year, having also earned the pole and leading 60 laps during March's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.
 
Almirola won Stage 2 with Jones, Johnson, Larson, Logano, Harvick, Bowman, Suarez, Kyle Busch and William Byron rounding out the top-10. There were no cautions in Stage 2 after the tumultuous first stage.
 
The AAA Texas 500 saw 26 lead changes among 11 drivers and 11 cautions for 56 laps.
 
Harvick celebrated in victory lane with the Texas Motor Speedway traditional hand-crafted Justin Cowboy hat and the pair of Smith & Wesson 629 Deluxe six-shooters, the finest handguns possible with designs harkening back to the most famous and collectible guns that Smith & Wesson ever constructed. His pole-winning run earned Harvick a brand new Henry Texas Tribute Edition shown to the public for the first time and featuring a black American walnut stock with gold inlaid stars and map of the state of Texas 
 
For 2020 season ticket or race information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500. With an adult ticket purchase, accompanying tickets for children 12-and-under are $10 for the AAA Texas 500 and free for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 playoff race.
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RV ticket holders who drive their “home away from home” to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for February’s Pennzoil 400 NASCAR weekend are in for a treat.

The speedway is enhancing the RV experience in a number of ways, including expanding its infield spots to 20 feet by 45 feet for its 2020 races. RVers who buy spots in the Burnout RV Lot by the drag strip also will notice they are closer to the superspeedway than ever before.

If that wasn’t enough, an exclusive RV appreciation party will return and take place in the Neon Garage following the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Feb. 22. The appreciation party is solely for RV ticket holders and will be all inclusive, complete with VIP appearances, live entertainment and free food and beverages.

“Our RV ticket holders are some of our most loyal and passionate fans, and we are happy to be able to enhance their experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next year,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “This is our way of saying thank you to the NASCAR fans who spend the whole week with us at our one-of-a-kind facility, and we couldn’t have a successful race weekend without them. It’s going to be a great 2020 at LVMS, and we encourage everyone to bring their RVs to town and camp out with us as we enjoy the best that motorsports has to offer.”

The track’s February race weekend begins with the Star Nursery 150 ARCA Menards Series West race at The Bullring on Thursday, Feb. 20, before moving to the 1.5-mile speedway for the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday. The Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race follows on Saturday, and the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Cup Series event will put an exclamation point on the racing weekend on Sunday.

Various ticket packages, fun extras and special-access passes for LVMS’s events are available at LVMS.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.

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The 58th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, which has traditionally attracted champion drivers from various racing disciplines to compete in North America’s most prestigious sports car race, added a big name to the entry list on Monday morning.

Lexus Motorsports in conjunction with AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and Toyota Racing announced Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, as one of the endurance racers who will compete behind the wheel of the Lexus RC F GT3 in the 2020 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, which is scheduled for Jan. 25-26.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Lexus Motorsports, AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and Toyota for this opportunity,” said Kyle Busch. “To have the chance to run in such an iconic race as the Rolex 24 is certainly something I’ve thought about and wanted to do. My partnership with Toyota and the history we’ve had together has been incredible. I would love to continue that history and maybe get my own Daytona Rolex to add to my trophy collection.”

Busch will make his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Rolex 24 debut in one of the two AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus entries competing in the GTD class.

“Kyle Busch’s participation in the 2020 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA will continue the race’s longstanding tradition of showcasing many of the world’s top drivers, representing multiple racing disciplines,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “Kyle’s involvement comes on the heels of other high-profile drivers – Fernando Alonso, Jeff Gordon and Alex Zanardi to name only a few – competing in the endurance classic. Another all-star lineup for the Rolex 24 is in the process of coming together.”

Busch will begin his preparation for the twice-around-the-clock challenge by participating in the 2020 Roar Before the Rolex 24 three-day test session on Jan. 3-5.

Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA on Jan. 25-26, can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

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The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation, will acquire all Hulman & Company principal operating assets, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Productions. The transaction will close following receipt of applicable government approvals and other standard conditions.

The acquisition by the Penske organization will carry the future of the legendary Speedway and the IndyCar Series forward for the next generation of racing fans.

It was the vision of Carl Fisher to build the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in 1909 and the track hosted its first races later that year. Eddie Rickenbacker later purchased the Speedway in 1927 before selling it to Tony Hulman and Hulman & Company in 1945. IMS has been the host of the world's largest single-day sporting event - the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race - for more than 100 years. The iconic venue has also hosted NASCAR, Formula One and other racing series events throughout its storied history. The NTT IndyCar Series continues to be the premier open-wheel racing series in North America and is one of the most competitive championships in the world. IMS Productions is a leading video services and production company.

"We recently approached Roger Penske and Penske Corporation about this opportunity and began working to put an agreement in place," said Tony George, Chairman of Hulman & Company. "The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the centerpiece and the cathedral of motorsports since 1909 and the Hulman-George family has proudly served as the steward of this great institution for more than 70 years. Now, we are honored to pass the torch to Roger Penske and Penske Corporation, as they become just the fourth owner of the iconic Speedway. There is no one more capable and qualified than Roger and his organization to lead the sport of IndyCar racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway into the future." 

Penske Corporation has a rich history of managing major motorsports properties, beginning with the acquisition of Michigan International Speedway in 1973. Over the course of its history, Penske and its subsidiaries have also operated the Grand Prix of Cleveland, Nazareth Speedway and California Speedway, along with investments in North Carolina Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Penske Corporation currently promotes and operates the Detroit Grand Prix, hosted annually at the Belle Isle Park street circuit.

"My passion for racing began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1951 when I attended the Indianapolis 500 with my father," said Roger Penske, whose race team celebrated its 50th anniversary of first competing at IMS this year. "We have so much respect and appreciation for the history and tradition of the Speedway and the sport of IndyCar racing. I want to thank Hulman & Company for the opportunity to build on this legacy and it will be an honor for Penske Corporation to help lead these great institutions forward into a new era."

"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the NTT IndyCar Series have enjoyed considerable growth over the past decade, with significant increases in television, digital and social media audiences combined with record attendance at many of our race venues," said Mark Miles, President and CEO of Hulman & Company. "With their track record of business success, their venue, operation and event experience and their passion for motorsports, Roger Penske and Penske Corporation will help us take the IndyCar Series, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and all of our properties to new heights. Everyone on our team looks forward to working with them to capitalize on the momentum that the Series and the Speedway have achieved."  

Hulman & Company's financial adviser was Allen & Company LLC, and its counsel was Ice Miller LLP for this transaction.

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Christopher Bell qualified third for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 but quickly grabbed the lead on Lap 6 and went on to dominate the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to become the first driver to earn a spot in the Championship 4.
The Norman, Okla., native led 101 of 200 laps in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (JGR), including the final 30, to take the checkered flag by 5.561 seconds ahead of Ross Chastain in the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet. It was Bell's eighth victory of the season, 16th in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career and first career trip to Texas Motor Speedway's Sunoco Victory Lane.
 
Austin Cindric finished third in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, with Brandon Jones fourth in the No. 19 JGR Toyota and Justin Allgaier in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet rounding out the top five. Cole Custer finished eighth in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Ford.
 
"I like where we are at, that's for sure," said Bell. "There a couple of places earlier in the year that the car drove really, really nice and we were just weren't able to compete with some of the other competitors, but right now, I feel like we can be a little off on balance and still be competitive. So that's means whenever we hit it we are going to be really good. I feel like the 2 (Tyler Reddick) was really good there with us and obviously he ran into some bad luck there and crashed, but winning is always outstanding."
 
"The Homestead car is sitting there," Bell said of the car he'll drive in the championship race. "It has been getting touched a little bit, but obviously we still have priorities in line, where now, I believe Homestead becomes the number one focus."
 
Pole sitter and championship contender Tyler Reddick proved to be Bell's strongest competition throughout the majority of the race, leading four times for 32 laps, but a crash on the back straight ended his day on Lap 161.
 
Reddick led the first five laps before Bell took over the top spot one lap later. Bell would go on to lead 69 of the first 90 laps and, in the process, earned his 19th and 20th stage wins of the season despite persistent challenges from Reddick and Allgaier.
 
With Bell now locked into a spot in the championship race, the battle for the remaining three spots is at a fever pitch. In addition to Reddick, playoff contenders Noah Gragson and Chase Briscoe crashed in the final stage. Custer sits 52 points above the cutline, Reddick is 36 and Allgaier is 18. Briscoe is 18 below the cutline, with Michael Annett 28 points back, Austin Cindric 31 down and Gragson is 47 points back.
 
There were nine lead changes among four drivers and nine cautions for 51 laps.
 
Now all eyes turn to Sunday's AAA Texas 500, the second race in the Round of 8 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, at 2 p.m. CT on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90, and PRN.
 
For 2020 season ticket or race information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500. With an adult ticket purchase, accompanying tickets for children 12-and-under are $10 for the AAA Texas 500 and free for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 playoff race.
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Texas Motor Speedway has announced its latest partnership with PlayLine.com, the world's fastest growing sports gaming and entertainment platform - offering fans a chance to win $1,000,000 with their simplified fantasy sports product. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
 
As the Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of Texas Motor Speedway, PlayLine will kick off this partnership during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR event, Nov 1-3, with a Fan Zone take over, a VIP suite giving lucky fans an exclusive race-viewing experience, and a special guest appearance from PlayLine co-founder UFC Champion Michael Bisping.
 
PlayLine - a sports gaming & entertainment platform founded by UFC Champion Michael Bisping and NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert, with a social network following of over 50 Million, is offering race fans the chance to compete in their revolutionary daily fantasy sports contests - which asks users to predict the finishing position of eight pre-selected NASCAR drivers (no purchase necessary to enter). The more correct predictions they make, the more they win - up to and including the $1,000,000 USD top prize for a perfect prediction.
 
"We're very excited to deliver the one-of-a-kind PlayLine gaming experience to the passionate race fans in Texas," said Bisping. "I'll be there all race weekend, and I'm looking forward to meeting the fans and showing them why PlayLine is the fastest growing fantasy sports operator in the space.
 
"Texas has always been an epicenter for sports and sports gaming, and with our stat-based predictive contests, fans will be able to use their sports knowledge across all major sports to win some of the biggest prizes in the industry," said PlayLine co-founder Aaron Avruskin.
 
Texas Motor Speedway fans will also be introduced to PlayLine game play across other premier sporting entities - including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, ESPORTS & More. Fans can experience PlayLine's real money gaming for the first time absolutely free when using the exclusive race-weekend Promo Code "Speedway" at sign up.
 
"We're always proud to welcome new partners to Texas Motor Speedway and we look forward to working with PlayLine to grow their presence within the sport," said Eddie Gossage, President of Texas Motor Speedway.

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Cole Moore drove to the biggest victory of his career at the All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota, holding off 2019 track champion Jason Romero for Saturday’s $10,000 to win JM Environmental 100.  Moore’s win closed the season in Roseville, with race fans treated to seven main events of competition at the one-third mile speedway.
 
Moore used the outside line on several restarts to power his way to victory.  He led the final 94 laps while fending off challenges from both Romero and Jeremy Doss, a 12-time winner in California this year.
 
Doss set the standard earlier in the afternoon with a new track record at 13.968 seconds.  He led four drivers into the 13 second mark with each running underneath the previous track record.  A straight up start placed Doss on the pole which he used to dart ahead of 2018 Highline 150 winner Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield.  Moore battled briefly with former NASCAR West Series champion Eric Holmes before grabbing second position on lap three.  The caution flew for Michael Mitchell and Cole Brown tangling in turn one.  Holmes pitted with a flat right front tire which eventually led to further problems which ended his night.
 
Doss started inside Moore on the restart, allowing Moore to roar past for the lead on lap seven.  Tenth starting Romero moved ahead of John Moore for fifth by lap 17.  Romero then used a restart to pass Matt Erickson for fourth.  Reno’s Randy Hedrick hit the turn one wall for the next caution on lap 38.  The next restart attempts saw separate cautions for spins in turn one and on the backstretch.
 
Romero used these restarts to advance to third, with the trio of Moore, Doss, and Romero running nearly nose-to-tail through lapped traffic on lap 64.  Erickson slammed into the turn three wall for the next caution on lap 67.  Shepherd ran the outside line to swoop past Romero for third.  Romero then took the position back while Doss hounded the back of Moore.  Romero’s car picked up steam on the long run, taking over second position on lap 85.  Romero closed within a few car lengths, then lost ground in traffic with five to go.  Cole Moore took the checkered flag followed by Romero, Doss, Dylan Zampa of Napa, and Shepherd.
 
A season-best 22 cars started the 50-lap Super Stock feature for $1,000 to win.  An exciting finish capped off the highly competitive main event.  An eight-car inversion allowed Roseville’s Jeremy Fritts to lead the event.  Stockton’s Ty Carlson spun in turn four for a caution on lap eight. 
 
Roseville’s Dan Farrington used the outside to get past Tim Walters of Dixon for second on the restart.  Farrington then looked inside Fritts, taking the lead on lap 16 as Fritts slid up the track.  Spins for Ericka Ray and Fritts brought out cautions near the halfway point of the race.  These cautions allowed eighth starting Byron Gonzales to enter the picture. 
 
Gonzales went outside Farrington to lead lap 34.  Billy Ray and Simi Tour hooked together and slammed into the front stretch wall, ending Ray’s night.  On the restart, Tim Walters was spun from the fourth position.  Farrington went around the outside of Gonzales to retake the lead on lap 44. He maintained the lead through lapped traffic as well. 
 
The hood flew off Tour’s car in turn three, necessitating a yellow-checkered finish.  Farrington and Gonzales crashed coming to the finish allowing 2019 track champion Andrew Peeler to navigate past for the surprise win.  Peeler topped Erick Ray, Fritts, Carlson, and Harrison Stone in a wild top-five rundown.
 
Sacramento’s Jason Philpot made a rare Limited Modified start a successful one, winning the 25-lap event for $1,000 to win.  Philpott advanced to third position quickly while Lincoln’s Mike Gorham led the way.  Philpott worked his way past Cloverdale’s Tyler Caturegli for second, then pounced on Gorham to lead lap six.  October 12th winner Eric Price, Jr. was the fast-time qualifier on Saturday night but was not able to make it through the pack in time.  Philpot topped Price, Caturegli, Keith Bloom, Jr., and Gorham at the finish.
 
After tying for the 2019 Stockton 99 Speedway championship, Joe Flowers and Joshua Cross dueled ahead of an 18 car F4 field in Roseville on Saturday night.  Citrus Heights’ Vic Theberge took the lead from Manteca’s Danny Helm on lap five.  On the following lap, Flowers took over.  Cross quickly followed into second position. 
 
Cross chased Flowers through lapped traffic during the non-stop race.  Cross led lap 18 before he broke out below 16.5 seconds and had to surrender the lead back to Flowers on lap 20.  Flowers led the rest of the way for the $400 victory with Cross taking a $300 second.  Roseville’s Ray Molina, the 2019 track champion, fell to seventh around the halfway mark with an apparent mechanical problem.  Molina came back to finish third followed by Reno’s Rich Innis and Roseville’s Matthew Fuhs. 
 
A season-best nine Jr. Late Models competed in a 30-lap event with a first-time winner as a result.  The inversion saw Colorado’s Holly Clark and Stockton’s Joey Stearns on the front row.  After a lap side-by-side, Stearns slid off turn two into the side of Clark’s machine.  Clark spun head-on into the backstretch wall to end her evening.  Orangevale’s Calvin Hegje inherited the lead but lost it quickly when Redwood Valley’s Kyler Berry went past him on the outside.
 
A pair of spins on each end of the race track allowed San Jose’s Jay Juleson a shot at Berry, but Berry picked the outside lane and maintained the top position.  Berry earned his first career Jr. Late Model win ahead of Juleson, fast-time qualifier Cole Brown of Ukiah, 2019 champion Brody Armtrout, and Aidan Daniels.
 
Kenna Mitchell of Loomis added to her 2019 Bandolero championship season by winning the 25-lap season finale.  2019 runner-up Trey Daniels finished second in the race with Hannah Ray rounding out the podium.  Dixon’s Richard Lavallee won the Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash for his third consecutive “destruction” win in the last three weeks.  Lavallee earned $1,000 while Chase Moore was the Master of Disaster winner.
 
All American Speedway will celebrate the 2019 season on January 18, 2020 with the championship awards banquet. More details will be posted when available at: www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com

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Kevin Harvick will lead Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to the green flag in the AAA Texas 500 with the quickest lap of today's Salute to Veterans Qualifying Day Fueled by Texas Lottery at Texas Motor Speedway.
Harvick wheeled the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Ford to a lap of 28.465 seconds at 189.707 mph on the 1.5-mile asphalt oval. It was Harvick's sixth pole of 2019 and second in 34 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
"I think the key to the lap was, obviously, knowing that you had to be wide open and kind of did a halfway qualifying run yesterday and worked most of the day on race runs and making sure we ran enough laps to know where our car was," said Harvick. "I think the first pit stall is obviously a good stall to have here for pit road time and the things that go with that and I think it is obviously going to be a track position game like it was last time and hopefully that helps us stay on the right side of that."
 
Erik Jones will line up the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on the outside of Row 1 with a lap of 28.588 at 188.890. The balance of the Top 5 was Denny Hamlin (28.615, 188.712), Kurt Busch (28.657, 188.436), and Alex Bowman (28.669, 188.357).
 
Harvick and Hamlin were the only two of the Round of 8 Playoffs drivers to qualify in the Top 5.
 
The other playoffs drivers qualified as follows:
(11) Joey Logano/No. 22 Team Penske Ford/28.755, 187.793
(12) Kyle Busch/No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota/28.764, 187.735
(13) Kyle Larson/No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet/28.782, 187.617
(14) Chase Elliott/No 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet/28.817, 187.389
(15) Ryan Blaney/No. 12 Team Penske Ford/28.841, 187.233
(17) Martin Truex Jr./No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Ford/28.863, 187.233
 
The AAA Texas 500, the second race in the Round of 8 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, is Sunday Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. CT on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90, and PRN.
 
For season ticket or race information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500. With an adult ticket purchase, accompanying tickets for children 12-and-under are $10 for the AAA Texas 500 and free for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 playoff race.
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He riffed on NASCAR fights, completing his 67th race of the season Friday night, Eddie Gossage's reputation as America's greatest promoter, and serenading his crew while driving. In short, classic Tony Stewart, and Smoke added Texas Motorsports Hall of Famer to his extensive list of accomplishments Saturday. 

"I thought you were gonna put a ring on it, but since you didn't I thought I would put a ring on it. You're a member of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame," TMS President/GM Eddie Gossage joked as he handed Stewart, the longtime bachelor, his Hall of Fame ring.Stewart authored the most diversely successful career in the history of Texas Motor Speedway. His record of two NASCAR Cup Series wins (2006, '11), two pole awards ('10, '14), and a pair of INDYCAR pole awards (1997, '98) likely won't be challenged or matched anytime soon, and his 1,176 laps led at No Limits, Texas, ranks fourth in track history."When I was young, all I wanted to do was figure out how to not work a real job," Stewart said. "Luckily, I found something that I could do that they would actually pay me to do that I liked to do, which is drive a race car."

Stewart has done much more at Texas Motor Speedway than succeed on the track. He lends his name to the Tony Stewart Presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals, where he finished third in Friday night's A-Main. 
"I'm a glutton for punishment," he joked when asked about being inducted the day after he completed a race. "I was talking to Chip (Ganassi) and he said, 'I thought you retired.' I was like, 'I thought so too,' but apparently I don't understand what the definition of retired is."
He also has spent the past 12 years putting his skills to work at the Smoke Show fantasy driving camp, which has raised nearly $2 million for Speedway Children's Charities - Texas Chapter.
"I've told Eddie 'til the day I die, as long as he wants to do it, I'm in."

Stewart was the headliner Saturday, but it was a star-studded affair in the Grand Ballroom of The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway.Other award winners were Scott Dixon (Racer of the Year), Chip Ganassi (Bruton Smith Legend Award), Tyler Reddick (Sportsmanship Award), the late Gerry Fraley (Excellence in Journalism), and Extreme Photography Studios (Major General Thomas Sadler Humanitarian Award). The Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame ceremony serves as a major fundraiser for Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter. SCC has invested over $10.85-million in the North Texas community to help children in need. In the existence of the local chapter, SCC has improved the lives of over 2.4-million children.

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Josh Berry won the battle at South Boston Speedway Saturday afternoon, but Bobby McCarty won the war, fighting his way through the field to finish second in the autosbynelson.com 250 and capture the CARS Tour Late Model Stock championship.

He scored a one-point championship win over Berry who sat on the pole and led every lap of the 125-lap race.

Matt Craig led every lap of the 125-lap CARS Tour Super Late Model race and claimed that series championship in the day’s opening race.

“I knew we had our work cut out for us. We played the restarts, staying on the outside picking up a couple of spots,” said McCarty, who not only claimed back-to-back CARS Tour Late Model championships but became the first driver to ever win two titles in the series.

“We had to race the race differently than what we wanted to. We got to fifth or sixth and the leaders were gone so we started saving. I’m just so thankful for this whole team for standing behind me and pushing me to find all I could find.”

McCarty, who came into the race with a five-point lead over Berry, started deep in the field after a poor qualifying effort and barely missed a third-lap crash exiting the fourth turn. After that scare, he patiently worked his way through the field and was in the top five by lap 60.

He got around Corey Heim on lap 78 to take second but the two drivers battled hard the final 30 laps. Heim got under McCarty several times leaving the fourth turn, but each time McCarty pulled away on the front stretch.

Heim made one charge leaving the fourth turn on the final lap, but McCarty beat him to the finish line by several feet for second and the championship.

“I really owe Corey,” said McCarty. “He drove me clean, he gave me plenty of room. I really appreciate that.”

It was the fourth win and fourth pole of the season for Berry, who drives for JR Motorsports.

Layne Riggs wound up fourth while McCarty’s Nelson Motorsports teammate Timothy Peters finished fifth.

Craig came into the 125-lap Super Late Model race needing just to crank his engine to claim the 2019 series championship. He made sure, though, that he ended the season in the same dominant fashion he displayed most of the season.

The Kannapolis, North Carolina driver started second, took the lead from Tate Fogleman on the first lap and led all 125 laps for the win. It was his second win of the season and sixth top five of the season. He finished in the top 10 every race this season.

Pole-sitter Fogleman and Carson Kvapil engaged in a spirited battle for second much of the race. They raced bumper-to-bumper and side-by-side the last 50 laps of the race and only touched once.

Kvapil, who moved into second on the 75th lap, managed to hold off Fogleman for second with Nolan Pope fourth and Jarad Fryar fifth.

The 2020 South Boston Speedway season kicks off on March 21 when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visits for a 150-lap race. There will also be twin 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races.

With the holiday season approaching, remember South Boston Speedway gift certificates make great presents and may be purchased by calling 434.572.4947.

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Mike Grosswendt is pleased to announce that the Tony Jones Award will continue to pay $1,000.00 to the driver who passes the most cars in the finale of next week’s 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.  The award is named after the retired racer who won the 2000 edition of the event.  Grosswendt also addressed rumors regarding the purse for the three-day race.

The Hard Charger award was named after Jones several years ago.  It honors the driver who is arguably the most popular racer in the 24-season history of the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.  In addition to his prowess on the track, Jones has tutored young drivers who are new to the sport and is currently wrapping up his first season as Race Director for the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.

“I am pleased to announce that All Coast Construction will once again sponsor the Tony Jones Hard Charger Award,” Grosswendt said on Thursday.  “It will pay $1,000.00 to the driver who passes the most cars in the main event on Saturday night.  It goes to a deserving driver who does a lot of hard work during the main event.”

Grosswendt, who’s All Coast Construction Company has been the presenting sponsor of the Oval Nationals for nearly a decade, also wanted to dispel a rumor that had been circulating about the race’s purse.  The rumor was that Grosswendt cut a portion of the purse due to USAC moving the last race of the year to Arizona.  He stated that the rumor was untrue.

“Last year we put a lot of money into the event and it was spectacular,” Grosswendt stated.  “This year I had to cut back.  Anybody that knows me or that knows me on social media knows that my wife was diagnosed with cancer.  We decided to cut back expenses to see how it played out.  Fortunately, it turned out very well.  She is cancer-free now.  It took a year of aggressive treatment and her remarkable attitude.”

“It has come to my attention that a lot of people think that I cut the purse because USAC moved the crowning of the champions (the final race) to Arizona and the Western World,” Grosswendt continued.  “I have to tell you, I was hugely disappointed as was Don (Perris promoter Don Kazarian).  We put a lot of money and time into making the Oval Nationals a natural crowning of the champions.   To read about it in the news that it was being yanked away and sent to Arizona was extremely hard to swallow.  But cutting the purse had nothing to do with that.  It was strictly a family decision based on what we were going through.”

While disappointed, Grosswendt understands and accepts USAC’s decision.

“But I get it,” the longtime sponsor said.  “I am just one of thousands of sponsors in racing.  The average racecar owner throws more money into the sport than I do every year.  I am over it.  I respect USAC and the guys I deal with like Richie Murray, Rich Forman, Levi Jones and the late Dick Jordan...all of the guys back east.  It was their business decision (moving the last race to Arizona).  I am looking forward to the Oval Nationals and it looks like it is shaping up to be another great event.”

All three nights of the famed race will be full points-paying races for the Amsoil USAC/CRA & USAC National Sprint Cars and the Sand Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.  To date, 42 cars have entered with drivers from nine different states.

Tickets for the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7.  For fans who do not wish to buy tickets in advance, there is no worry.  There will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window each night.

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