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Chicagoland Speedway announced today a new guided tour program, starting April 12 to October 15, 2019. Guests will receive a behind-the-scenes look at The Magnificent Mile and a Half, exploring Chicagoland Speedway inside and out with a knowledgeable member of the Chicagoland Speedway staff.

Tours will last approximately one hour and are scheduled for the second Friday and third Tuesday of every month. Special tours will be offered for schools, summer camps and nonprofit groups which include a stop for a sack lunch. All tour dates are subject to change at any time for any reason and viewing areas are dependent upon Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway events and rentals.

General admission tickets are as follows: $20 for adults, $15 per person in parties of 10 or more, $5 for active military/veterans and youth under 12. Children 5 and under are free. All proceeds benefit Chicagoland Speedway’s charitable entity Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.), a Donor Advised Fund of the NASCAR Foundation.

The tour will begin at the presidential suite above the grandstands, presenting visitors with an immaculate view of the tri-oval. From there, guests will be escorted to the roof for an exclusive look from the spotters’ stand. Fans will also be taken to the infield for a chance to celebrate like a race winning in Gatorade Victory Lane, take an iconic photo at the start/finish line and even leave a signature behind. The tour will culminate in the media center, giving fans a chance to take a seat in the pressroom.

“This is a fantastic chance for our fans to get a behind the curtain look at Chicagoland Speedway,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock. “We are always looking for new and different ways to showcase our premiere facility to racing enthusiasts, visitors and community partners and the tour program is the ideal opportunity to do just that.”

Additionally, visitors have the option to travel across the street to visit Chicagoland Speedway’s sister track, Route 66 Raceway, the first true stadium of drag racing. Guests will receive a top deck view of the world’s premier drag racing facility, as well as the opportunity to walk on the drag strip.

Fans can reserve their spot now by calling 815-722-4166 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Guests are asked to park in at the administration building located at Gate 1 off Schweitzer Rd. Tours will be given rain or shine.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place in June as part of the four-race weekend June 27 – June 30. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 27 with the ARCA Racing Series followed by NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Camping World 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 showdown.

To purchase tickets to any 2019 Chicagoland Speedway event, visit us online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, call 888-629-RACE (7223), download the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, visit the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.

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The 2019 Month of May schedule is set for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, highlighted by 11 days of on-track activity for fans and a new format adding more action and drama to both days of qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Thirty-three drivers will line up to take the green flag for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" at 12:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 26 on the historic, 2.5-mile oval. The sixth INDYCAR Grand Prix will kick off the Month of May at IMS at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 on the 2.439-mile road course. Will Power of Team Penske will attempt to repeat his unprecedented sweep of both NTT IndyCar Series races in 2018.

"The Month of May is a magical time of year at the Speedway that stirs the passion of racing fans around the world," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "There's nothing else like it. The combination of thrilling, wheel-to-wheel action on the IMS road course and oval provides the ultimate competitive challenge for the skilled drivers and teams of the NTT IndyCar Series and Road to Indy ladder series. Add in the great concerts on Race Weekend and all the other fun activities off track, and every fan is asking the same question: 'Is it May yet?'"

The new Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge qualifying format will build even more drama and speed during both days of Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

Qualifying runs from 11 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Saturday, locking the 30 fastest drivers into the 33-car starting field and setting the stage for an exciting second day of qualifying Sunday.

Drivers outside of the top 30 from Saturday will get one qualifying attempt each to earn one of the three remaining starting spots in the exciting Last Row Shootout session from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Sunday. Drivers in this new session also face the nerve-fraying prospect of being bumped from the starting field.

The nine fastest drivers from Saturday each will receive one run in the Fast Nine Shootout from 1:15-2:15 p.m. Sunday to determine the pole winner and starting order in the first three rows of the world's most prestigious auto race.

Exciting action resembling the 200-lap race then will unfold on track during an open practice for all qualified drivers from 3:15-6 p.m. Sunday. Expect heavy traffic and plenty of drafting and passing at race pace since that practice will be the longest post-qualifying on-track session for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge field before Race Day.

Fans will see even more on-track action on Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 24. The final practice for all 33 Indianapolis 500 starters was extended 30 minutes, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The 17th Freedom 100 for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires follows at 1 p.m. Then the popular Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge, showcasing the top pit crews of the NTT IndyCar Series, will take place from 2-3:30 p.m.

Month of May action will start on the IMS road course with the INDYCAR Grand Prix, with two full days of on-track action Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 featuring the NTT IndyCar Series and the three Road to Indy ladder series, Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000.

The INDYCAR Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and the exciting new INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold will present more than 80 hours of coverage during the Month of May.

The TV schedule includes live NBC telecasts of the INDYCAR Grand Prix (3 p.m. Saturday, May 11) and Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge (11 a.m. Sunday, May 26), live pre- and post-race Indy 500 shows on NBCSN and a live Indy 500 studio show during Race Week on NBCSN. For more information or to subscribe to INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, visit www.nbcsports.com/gold/indycar.

NBC also will televise the Last Row Shootout and Fast Nine Shootout live Sunday, May 19, and NBCSN will follow with three hours of live coverage of the exciting, new post-qualifying practice session that afternoon.

A great variety of live music also will form a perfect partnership with exciting racing throughout Race Weekend. Rock legends Foreigner and chart-topping funk, R&B and pop group Kool & the Gang will perform at the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 24.

Three-time Grammy Award-winning superstars Zac Brown Band will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert, which starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Global electronic music superstars Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, Chris Lake and Ricky Retro are headlining the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light starting at 7 a.m. Race Day, Sunday, May 26.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com for the sixth INDYCAR Grand Prix and 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

SIXTH INDYCAR GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE

(All times local, subject to change; all on-track activity on IMS road course)

THURSDAY, May 9

No public access

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, USF2000 testing

3:45-4:15 p.m.: USF2000 practice

4:30-5 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

5:15-6 p.m.: Indy Lights practice

FRIDAY, May 10

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

8-8:20 a.m.: USF2000 qualifying

8:35-8:55 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying

9:10-9:55 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice

10:10-10:40 a.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

10:55-11:15 a.m.: USF2000 qualifying

11:30-11:50 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying

12:30-1:15 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Indy Lights race #1

2:45-3:20 p.m.: USF2000 race #1

3:35-4:15 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 race #1

4:30-5:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series qualifying/Firestone Fast Six

SATURDAY, May 11

7:30 a.m.-one hour post-race: Public gates open

8:30-9 a.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

9:15-9:55 a.m.: USF2000 race #2

10:10-11 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 race #2

11:15-11:45 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series warm-up

1:15-2:25 p.m.: Indy Lights race #2

3:30 p.m.: Sixth INDYCAR Grand Prix

103RD INDIANAPOLIS 500 presented by Gainbridge SCHEDULE

(All times local, subject to change; all on-track activity on IMS oval)

TUESDAY, May 14

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Veteran practice

1-3 p.m.: Rookie Orientation Program, veteran refresher tests

3-6 p.m.: Open practice

WEDNESDAY, May 15-THURSDAY, May 16

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Open practice

FRIDAY, May 17 - FAST FRIDAY

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Open practice

6:15 p.m.: Qualifications draw

SATURDAY, May 18 - CROWN ROYAL ARMED FORCES QUALIFYING

7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

8-9:30 a.m.: Open practice (all cars)

11 a.m.-5:50 p.m.: Qualifying (Fast Nine Shootout order set, spots 10-33 in field set)

SUNDAY, May 19 - CROWN ROYAL ARMED FORCES QUALIFYING

9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

10:15-10:45 a.m.: Fast Nine Shootout practice

10:45-11:15 a.m.: Last Row Shootout practice

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Last Row Shootout qualifying

1:15-2:15 p.m.: Fast Nine Shootout qualifying

3:15-6 p.m.: Open practice

MONDAY, May 20

Noon-6 p.m.: Public gates open

10-11:30 a.m.: Indy Lights test

Noon-2 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 open practice

2:30-4 p.m.: Indy Lights test

TUESDAY, May 21-WEDNESDAY, May 22

No track activity

THURSDAY, May 23

No public access

10-10:45 a.m.: Indy Lights practice

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

FRIDAY, May 24 - MILLER LITE CARB DAY

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 final practice

1 p.m.: 17th Freedom 100 (Indy Lights)

2-3:30 p.m.: Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge

3:30 p.m.: Miller Lite Carb Day Concert begins, Turn 4 infield

SATURDAY, May 25 - LEGENDS DAY presented by Firestone

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public gates open

9-10 a.m.: Driver autograph session, Pagoda Plaza

10:25 a.m.: Public drivers' meeting, Tower Terrace

3:30 p.m.: Firestone Legends Day Concert begins, Turn 4 infield

SUNDAY, May 26 - RACE DAY

6 a.m.-one hour post-race: Public gates open

7 a.m.: Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light begins, Turn 3 infield

12:30 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge

MONTH OF MAY TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern, all shows live unless indicated)

FRIDAY, May 10

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Road Race #1, NBC Sports Gold

4:30-6 p.m.: INDYCAR Grand Prix Qualifying, NBCSN

SATURDAY, May 11

1:15-2:25 p.m.: Indy Lights Road Race #2, NBC Sports Gold

3-6 p.m.: INDYCAR Grand Prix, NBC

TUESDAY, May 14-FRIDAY, May 17

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Practice, NBC Sports Gold

SATURDAY, May 18

8-9:30 a.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Practice, NBC Sports Gold

11 a.m.-5 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, NBC Sports Gold

5-6 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, NBCSN/Gold

SUNDAY, May 19

Noon-3 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, NBC

3-6 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Practice, NBCSN

MONDAY, May 20

Noon-2 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Practice, NBCSN

MONDAY, May 20-THURSDAY, May 23

6-6:30 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Studio Show, NBCSN/Gold

FRIDAY, May 24

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Carb Day (Indy 500 practice, Freedom 100, Pit Stop Challenge), NBCSN/Gold

SATURDAY, May 25

4-6 p.m.: IPL 500 Festival Parade, NBCSN/Gold*

SUNDAY, May 26

9-11 a.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Pre-Race Show, NBCSN

11 a.m.-4 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500, NBC

4-5 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Post-Race Show, NBCSN

MONDAY, May 27

7:30-11 p.m.: 103rd Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration, NBC Sports Gold

* -- Event will be televised delayed from 4-6 p.m. on NBCSN, live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold

IMS PR

Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will host the season finale of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour for the third consecutive year with the PWBA Tour Championship on Sept. 15-18. The PWBA Tour Championship will be held in the Historic Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex prior to the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, on Sept. 20-21.

“For the third consecutive year, Richmond Raceway will be the home for the PWBA Tour Championship during the week of our NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to welcoming the 16 PWBA athletes vying for the PWBA Tour Championship in the Capital City. The world-class PWBA Tour Championship has become a great addition to the fan experience for our NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend.”

The 16-player field will be comprised of PWBA bowlers who have won a 2019 event and completed by point earners for the season. Richmond-based QubicaAMF, a national sponsor of the PWBA, will install bowling lanes in the Historic Old Dominion Building as part of its PWBA sponsorship. QubicaAMF is the world’s largest manufacturer of bowling products.

“Richmond Raceway has been a fantastic venue for the PWBA Tour Championship,” said Columbia’s Maria Jose Rodriguez, who won the event last season. “Not only is it a fun and unique facility, but we have received such great support from the fans. I have to earn my spot again this year but I plan to be back to defend my title.”

“We are thrilled to have the PWBA Tour Championship in our backyard for the third consecutive season and for the opportunity to build the lanes for the competition,” said QubicaAMF Chairman Pat Ciniello. “It’s a great event that showcases the amazing talent on the pro women’s bowling tour.”

In addition to the PWBA Tour Championship, bowling will also be represented over our NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 20-21. Go Bowling, the consumer-facing brand of the bowling industry, returns as the NASCAR Xfinity Series sponsor for the second year. The Go Bowling 250 on Friday, Sept. 20 is the first race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. Tickets can be purchased at richmondraceway.com, calling 866-455-RACE, or visiting the Richmond Raceway Ticket Office.

Tickets for the PWBA Tour Championship will go on sale to the public on May 31. PWBA Tour Championship tickets will be $25 for a three-day pass (Sept. 16-18). Individual tickets for the finals of the PWBA Tour Championship that will be televised on CBS Sports Network on Sept. 18 will be $20. Individual tickets for sessions on Sept. 16-17 will be $10. Tickets will be available at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondracewaycomplex.com beginning on May 31.

Visit pwba.com for more information about the PWBA, including complete season schedule, player profiles, news, and more.

Richmond Raceway PR

Fans looking to hear from the defending STP 500 winner will have their chance on March 24, as Clint Bowyer will take part in the Pre Race Experience prior to the 2019 edition of the race at Martinsville Speedway.

In addition to the defending winner, Rookie of the Year contender and past winner of a Whelen Modified race at Martinsville Speedway Ryan Preece will also be a part of the Pre Race Experience.

“Clint Bowyer has one of the great personalities in our sport and has a Martinsville Speedway clock to prove his skills on the track, while Ryan Preece is someone who has a great future ahead of him with a phenomenal career on short tracks already to his name,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Both drivers will offer fans some unique insight on racing at Martinsville.

“While fans come for the racing, we want the day to be an experience and by giving them the opportunity to hear from two drivers who are with two of the top organizations in the sport, we are doing just that.”

The pair joins Erik Jones as drivers that will take part in moderated question-and-answer sessions.

Additional NASCAR personalities joining the Pre Race Experience will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Pre Race Experience gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the frontstretch.

In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions, the Pre Race Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, and enjoy music, games and prizes.

The cost of the Pre Race Experience is $25 for adults and $15 for youth 17-and-under.

The driver question-and-answer sessions, music, games and prizes will be held on the frontstretch beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will remain open until the conclusion of driver introductions.

Admission to the Pre Race Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.

The STP 500 weekend is March 22-24.

The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by a truck series autograph session and the Hauler Parade.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is in action with a 250 lap race. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s STP 500.

Sunday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is in action with the running of the STP 500. The race is the first short-track race of the season and the first race back on the East Coast after the Series’ “West Coast Swing.”

Advance ticket prices for the STP 500 begin at $47 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under are admitted free to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250 lap race on Saturday. Friday’s practice day is free to everyone.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Martinsville Speedway PR

ISM Raceway announced that tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 8 a.m. MST for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal Weekend, November 8, 9 and 10. Tickets will be available at ISMRaceway.com, by calling 866-408-RACE (7223), or at the ISM Raceway ticket office.

“November is always an exciting time here at ISM Raceway and for NASCAR fans across the country,” said Julie Giese, ISM Raceway President. “Our newly modernized facility with all of our state-of-the-art amenities, coupled with the intensity surrounding the NASCAR Playoffs makes this weekend a can’t-miss experience for everyone.”

The weekend will be highlighted by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series semifinal race when the sport’s premier drivers compete for the final four spots in the NASCAR championship. Additionally, the weekend will feature the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 semifinal race on November 8, as well as the NASCAR Xfinity Series semifinal race on Saturday, November 9.

The NASCAR semifinal race weekend, will feature four races in three days, including the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and the running of their 2019 championship race on November 9 following the NASCAR Xfinity Series event.

ISM Raceway has created unique incentives and giveaways, including autographed driver cards and ISM Raceway swag, for fans that purchase tickets to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series semifinal race on March 1. Over 100 accounts will be randomly selected for one of many gifts and the first 300 accounts will receive a commemorative program from the 2018 semifinal event weekend.

For more information about the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal Weekend, November 8, 9 and 10, please visit ISMRaceway.com.

ISC Raceway PR

Top NASCAR and NTT IndyCar Series drivers met with local, regional and national outlets during Wednesday's annual Media Day in The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway to help kick off a full schedule of competition during the renowned motorsports facility's 23
rd season.
 
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage used the opportunity to unveil the Turn One Terrace project, the first step in a multi-year renovation to upgrade the speedway and make every aspect of the race day experience even more fan friendly.
The NASCAR contingent included Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors Ryan Blaney (2018 AAA Texas 500 pole winner and 2018 My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity Series winner), and Erik Jones (four-time Texas Motor Speedway winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series), NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Cole Custer (2018 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 winner), and NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series rookie Sheldon Creed (2017 Stadium Super Trucks No Limits Offroad Rumble winner at TMS).
 
Just just one driver represented the IndyCar Series, but it was five-time and reigning champion Scott Dixon, who has three victories at Texas Motor Speedway including last year's DXC Technology 600.
 
"It's always an honor and a privilege to have drivers of the stature and caliber of those here today to help open the doors to start another great season of racing at Texas Motor Speedway," said Gossage. "Each driver has won here in their careers and three, Blaney, Dixon and Custer, pulled into Winner's Circle here just last year. We appreciate them taking the time out of their busy race schedules to meet with the media here to help get the word out on what's coming up in the weeks and months ahead."
Turn One Terrace is an 11,639 square foot viewing deck between Turns 1 and 2 under The Speedway Club. It'll seat 1,200 fans comfortably. The luxury location gives fans room to move around and allows them access to the 4th Floor of The Speedway Club. That access provides an indoor-outdoor experience, catered food and beverage, and other amenities you wouldn't see in a grandstand seat.
 
Turn One Terrace isn't limited to on-track action either. The always-popular Coca-Cola Raceday U is moving from its location outside Turn 2 into the speedway to the new deck. Attendees in March can expect to learn the intricacies of the sport from 2017 and 2018 AAA Texas 500 winner Kevin Harvick, as well as other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and special guests.
"Fans today aren't going to stadiums and arenas just to see a game. They can easily sit at home and do that. What they want is an environment where they can really enjoy this live spectacle with friends," said Gossage. "They want to socialize in ways you can't when sitting in Seats 1-10 of a regular section. That's the idea behind 'No Limits Next.' Give our guests the best race they can get while allowing them to enjoy it in the way a modern fan desires. It started in 2018 with the Busch Restart Bar, it continues in 2019 with Turn One Terrace, and it isn't close to ending here."
The Texas Motor Speedway season opens March 29-31 with the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR tripleheader. The race weekend features the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Vankor 350 on Friday, March 29; the Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 on Saturday, March 30; and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, March 31.
The IndyCar Series comes to Texas Motor Speedway June 6-8 with the DXC Technology 600 on June 8. The weekend will also include the Rattlesnake 400 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on June 7.
Tickets and hospitality packages for both events and the full schedule of 2019 events are available www.texasmotorspeedway.com/tickets.
TMS PR

It was the final race of the 1992 NASCAR Cup Series season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Alan Kulwicki edged Bill Elliott out for his first and only championship in a banner year for the Wisconsin driver.

However, as Kulwicki was celebrating his championship (and Richard Petty celebrating his final NASCAR Cup Series race in an illustrious Hall of Fame career), another story quietly unfolded with a driver that would change the narrative of the sport forever, eventually leading to a NASCAR Hall of Fame career, – driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Jeff Gordon.

In that Atlanta race, Gordon, who had won three races, captured 11 poles and finished fourth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings that same year, made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the season finale (in a Rick Hendrick owned car), qualifying 21st and finishing 31st after suffering a crash 164 laps into the race.

Despite the brief setback in Atlanta in 1992, Gordon’s success that season still resonated with team owner Rick Hendrick, who signed him to a full contract for the 1993 Cup campaign earlier that year. After placing 14th in the final 1993 NASCAR Cup Series standings, Gordon would finally breakthrough in the 1994 season with two victories, his first at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and his second in the inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

He would finish 8th in the 1994 standings, but followed with seven race wins and his first championship in 1995. It would be the start to a tremendously successful NASCAR Hall of Fame career that ended with his retirement from full-time racing in 2015 (he raced eight races for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2016). He accumulated 93 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, which ranks third all-time in the sports history behind Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105).

For all his success, Gordon was inducted into both the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Feb. 1, 2019 and the NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) Hall of Fame on Jan. 27, 2019.

“Jeff Gordon is one of the greatest drivers in our sport’s history and his illustrious NASCAR career began during the time period we are celebrating for throwback weekend this year,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “He has had such a positive impact on NASCAR and his popularity and contributions have transcended our sport.”

Gordon also found tremendous success at Darlington Raceway, where he posted seven career victories at the track, including five Bojangles’ Southern 500 wins. He won four Bojangles’ Southern 500 races in a row from 1995-1998.

Jeff Gordon by the numbers: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Wins – 93 (third all-time)

Poles – 81

Top-5 Finishes: 325

Top-10 Finishes: 477

Laps Led: 24,936

Most wins at track: Martinsville Speedway (9), Darlington Raceway (7), Talladega Superspeedway, Daytona International Speedway and Pocono Raceway (6 at each).

*Darlington Raceway is celebrating the 1990-94 era for its Bojangles’ Southern 500 Throwback Weekend on Aug. 31-Sept. 1. As part of the celebration, the track Too Tough To Tame is highlighting specific moments and icons in the sport’s history each month leading into the Labor Day race weekend.

Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. on NBCSN. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. on NBC. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.

Darlington Raceway PR

Chicagoland Speedway announced today that it will host the inaugural Chicagoland Speedway Pit Bike National during the 2019 NASCAR Summer Festival weekend June 27-30. The race will feature some of the most accomplished motocross and supercross racers, like seven-time AMA National Champion Ryan Villopoto.

The conversation started when Villopoto sent a message via Twitter and Instagram to seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson to get his thoughts on bringing a pit bike race to Chicagoland Speedway during its NASCAR weekend.

Johnson, who has ties with the supercross/motocross community, quickly responded with the suggestion to include some of the sport’s top racers, like Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed, Jeremy McGrath and more to enter the race.

Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock followed the conversation and made the decision to green light the race.

“There is strong crossover appeal between NASCAR and motocross,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock. “Our goal is to provide our fans with a truly exhilarating experience during our race weekend and adding compelling content like the Chicagoland Speedway Pit Bike National will certainly deliver upon that objective.”

“My best-retired-guy-ever tour rolls on; this time to Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR weekend,” said Villopoto. “I know Jimmie (Johnson) is a huge motocross fan and figured he would help make some noise, and it certainly did. I will see you guys at the Magnificent Mile and a Half this summer for what is guaranteed to be the biggest party of the summer.”

Competitors will race equally prepared Yamaha TTR 110cc motocross bikes throughout the weekend. The complete schedule and rider entry list will be announced at a later date.

Event organizer Rob Buydos said: “This is an invasion of a legendary supercross/motocross rider at Chicagoland Speedway for the first-ever Pit Bike National. This is unprecedented and we can’t wait to bring this form of racing to Chicagoland Speedway.”

Stay tuned for additional information as the event begins to take shape and a complete rider line up.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place in June as part of the four-race weekend June 27 – June 30. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 27 with the ARCA Menards Series followed by NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Camping World 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 showdown.

To purchase tickets to any 2019 Chicagoland Speedway event, visit us online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, call 888-629-RACE (7223), download the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, visit the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.

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Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Spring Training is set to visit Homestead-Miami Speedway March 2-4. Drivers from three INDYCAR-sanctioned divisions – Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires – will participate in the test.

Road to Indy is the proving grounds for drivers hoping to one day compete in the NTT IndyCar Series. The Indy Lights champion is awarded a $1.1 million scholarship package for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season. In the 2018 Indianapolis 500, 25 of the 33 starters were Road to Indy alumni, including some IndyCar’s biggest stars.

  • Helio Castroneves –three-time Indianapolis 500 winner (2001-02, 09)
  • Scott Dixon –three-time NTT IndyCar Champion (2013, 15, 18)
  • James Hinchcliffe –2011 NTT IndyCar Rookie of the Year
  • Tony Kanaan –2013 Indianapolis 500 winner

Six drivers who reside in Florida will be taking part in this weekend’s testing session:

  • Oliver Askew, 21, of Jupiter is driving for Andretti Autosport, and was the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 champion. During the 2019 season, Askew will compete in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series.
  • Kyle Kirkwood, 20, also hails from Jupiter and will be competing in the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Last season won 12-of-14 races to capture the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
  • Lucas Kohl, 20, resides in Miami and is a native of Brazil. Kohl finished third in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship last season and in 2019 he will compete in the Indy Lights division.
  • Darren Keane, 18, of Boca Raton is an engineering major at University of Florida. Keane will compete in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship division during the 2019 season.
  • Reece Gold, 15, born in Miami and currently residing in Puerto Rico, joins the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship after winning the $100k scholarship as the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series champion.
  • Eduardo Barrichello, 17, residing in Orlando, begins his rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season driving for Miller Vinatieri Motorsports, a collaboration between former Indy Lights and IndyCar driver Dr. Jack Miller and Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri. Barrichello is the son of Formula One legend Rubens Barrichello.

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The Pro All Star Series (PASS) Commonwealth Classic is one month away from taking to Richmond Raceway (Richmond) on Saturday, March 30. PASS Super Late Models will headline the day with feature events for Tour-Type Modifieds, American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, Mid-Atlantic Street Stock (MASS) Street Stocks, and North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) Mini-Stocks. Practice, qualifying, and features will take place on Saturday ending “under the lights.”

“The PASS Commonwealth Classic is going to wave the green flag for this season’s motorsports action at Richmond Raceway,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The event will feature some of North America’s best Super Late Model drivers, along with other premier drivers in multiple series, competing at America’s Premier Short Track.”

The PASS Commonwealth Classic will feature the Open Motor cars and the Crate Motor cars in the Super Late Model division. This event is attracting racers from across the motorsports spectrum for the Tour-Type Modifieds, ACT Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, and NEMST Mini-Stocks.

“This really will be a unique collection of grassroots racers,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Richmond Raceway is the perfect place to have this type of event because it allows the racers to compete on a big league stage, but at the same time, they should have some familiarity with the layout.”

Fans will be able to see former PASS champions Ben Rowe and Travis Benjamin in both 75-lap races along with national championship hopeful, Ray Christian III. Entries for the PASS Crate race include defending PASS national champion, Derek Griffith, Eddie MacDonald, Reid Lanpher, Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., Gabe Brown, Bryan Shipp, Garrett Hall, and Mike Hopkins.

Defending PASS North and South champions, DJ Shaw and Matt Craig, along with Kodie Conner, Eddie Van Meter, JP Josiasse, Justin Crider, Tate Fogleman, and Austin Reed will compete in the PASS Open race. Jake Johnson will be competing in both the ACT Late Model and PASS Super Late Model races. Several ACT stars will be in competition at Richmond including Nick Sweet, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Tommy Carey, and Bryan Kruczek.

The Tour-Type Modifieds will be returning to Richmond for the first time since 2002. Robbie Babb, Dan Clatterbuck, and Anthony Sasely are all entered to compete in the Tour-Type Modifieds event.

The MASS Street Stocks will add to the weekend of grassroots racing at Richmond. Former MASS Street Stock champion Jeff Melton is entered, along with Ron Flynn, Chris Flowers, Jason McDowell, Larry Isenhower, Roger Blackstock, and more.

In the NEMST Mini-Stocks, drivers from the East Coast will compete. Multi-time NEMST winner, Nick Anderson is entered, along with fellow New Englanders, Jake Rheaume, Mitch Bombard, Devin Guy, and Matthew Kimball. Additionally, AJ Sanders, Shane Canipe, Barry Wilson and more are signed up to compete.

For more information on the PASS Commonwealth Classic, visit richmondraceway.com or proallstarsseries.com.

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For their historic 100th Anniversary Season, Orange County Fair Speedway (OCFS) is offering northeast dirt racing’s most robust purse structure ever.  A driver's "Purse" is the amount of prize money they are paid for their finish.  For years, OCFS has already offered some of the sport's largest purse structures, but their new managing body, Orange Motorsports and Entertainment, felt that the 100 year old speedway's dedicated competitors deserved more in 2019.

Northeast dirt racing's headlining division, Big Block Modifieds, will now make $3,300 to win at weekly events, a significant increase from last year's season. The 358 Small Block Modified class, the highest level support class at OCFS, will go to $2,000 to win weekly events.  Sportsman, support division for Modifieds will go to $1,000 to win weekly events.  The final division at OCFS to receive a raise is the Street Stock Division.  Street Stocks are the only full-bodied car class at OCFS, their new purse structure pays out $500 to win weekly events.

A special new bonus structure has also been put in place designed to reward "hard chargers." A hard charger is the competitor who moves up the most positions from where they started to where they finished.  Every week a hard charger will be awarded a $250 bonus.  In addition to the hard charger award, there will also be bonuses for drivers who win from further back in the field.  This new bonus structure states that wins from 10th to 15th place will receive a 10% bonus,  wins from 16th to 20th place will receive a 15% bonus and wins from 20th place and beyond will receive a 20% bonus.

OCFS competitors race weekly for championship points to determine a track champion by season's end.  Drivers will also receive a check for their season points finish, with the 1st place Big Block Champion now receiving an unprecedented $40,000.  The "Points Fund" as it is known, has not only increased the payout to Big Blocks, but Small Blocks ($15,000 to the champion), Sportsman ($5,000 to the champion) and Street Stocks ($2,500 to the champion) as well.

On top of their new weekly purse structure, OCFS has also announced a handful of special events with their own impressive purse structures.  April 13th's season opener will pay $7,100 to the Big Block Modified winner in honor of OCFS Legend, Carl "Fuzzy" Van Horn, who famously piloted the no.71e car.  May 11th's "The Devil Made Us Do It 666," July 18th's "Battle of the Midway 100" and July 13th's Tony Stewart's All-Star Circuit of Sprints will all feature special higher purses and of course the August 15th-17th Centennial Race Weekend will pay out a whopping $100,000 to the winner, as previously announced.

With such significant increases to their purse structures, OCFS anticipates higher car counts at every race of the season, featuring the northeast's most talented drivers.  For a full breakdown of 2019 OCFS purse structures visit https://orangecountyfairspeedway.net/2019-points-structure/

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