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There is some good news for people looking for last-minute Christmas gifts for the special racing persons in their lives. Tickets for the March 28th “SoCal Showdown,” featuring the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws and the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, are on sale now.
The race, which will be the historic 25th Annual Sprint Car Season Opener at the Riverside County half-mile clay oval, will be the fans only chance to see the Outlaws in Southern California during the 2019 season. Those wishing to purchase tickets in advance can get them now online at the following link http://bit.ly/2EtVVPa.
In addition to the Outlaws and the popular USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, The PAS Senior Sprints will also be in action at the “SoCal Showdown.”
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.
Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season. All Coast Construction, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Communication Innovations, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Rugged Radios, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Upland Rock, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.
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DVD’s of all the PASSCAR/IMCA racing and Nights of Destruction at The PAS are available from Fourvideos. For more information call (714) 225-9500.
Spirit of Giving: Talladega Superspeedway Sponsor - Tito’s Handmade Vodka - Makes Donation to Wounded Warrior Project17 Dec 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
In the spirit of the holiday season, Talladega Superspeedway sponsor – Tito’s Handmade Vodka – recently converged at NASCAR’s Most Competitive venue to give a $5,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The check was presented in the “Tito’s Lemonade Lounge,” an interactive viewing area located in the brand-new Talladega Garage Experience, by Trip Cobb, Alabama Sales Consultant for Tito's Handmade Vodka, to Ray Borrego, Outreach Coordinator for Wounded Warrior Project.
The Tito’s Lemonade Lounge, which debuted in October during the opening of the Talladega Garage Experience, offers fans the chance to relax and refuel with refreshing Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails without missing a second of the on-track action on the 2.66-mile tri-oval. The Tito’s Lemonade Lounge is near BIG BILL’S Open Air Club, a mammoth 35,000-square-foot building that is lined on both sides by two garages that house the top 22 drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series. Fans with a Garage Experience admission receive exclusive access inside all of the Cup garage bays via an “up-close” fan viewing walkway where they will be just feet away from the drivers and teams as they prepare the cars during race weekend.
Fans’ thirst can also be quenched with Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails at other various locations throughout the Talladega Superspeedway property during race weekends. During the track’s NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader weeks ago, locations included six purveyors within the concourse, The Midway presented by Graybar, and the 5-points area during Friday’s “Big One on the Blvd.” Tito’s cocktails were also sold during Friday night’s Big One LIVE Music, as well as the Saturday Night Infield Concert, both presented by McDonald’s.
For both NASCAR Cup Series events in 2019, members of the Wounded Warrior Project presented the track’s coveted Freedom Trophy to the winners of those races in Gatorade Victory Lane. The distinctive piece of hardware, a part of the track’s Military Appreciation ticket program that offers excellent savings to military members on grandstand tickets as well as Talladega Garage Experience admissions, is just one of the many patriotic traditions the 33-degree banked track holds as a way to say “Thank You” to the men and women who serve in our military. A host of members of Wounded Warrior Project meet at the greatest track in the world twice a year to enjoy the fun.
In addition to the Tito’s Lemonade Lounge, the Talladega Garage Experience offers fans FREE Wi-Fi, incredible $4 or less Value-Priced Concessions, a Kids Zone, a Game Zone, an entertainment stage for local music, driver Q&A’s and other interviews, social areas, Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations after each race in Fr8Auctions Celebration Plaza, Sunday pre-race ceremonies, driver introductions at the start-finish line and much more!
Talladega’s next event weekend is set for April 24-26 with a tripleheader featuring the General Tire 200 (ARCA Menards Series), the MoneyLion 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) and the GEICO 500 for the NASCAR Cup Series. For more information or tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will compete in the first race of his 19th and final full-time NASCAR season in the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway.
But before the two-time DAYTONA 500 champion straps into the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to make his 19th career start in “The Great American Race,” he will participate in a special ticket package that includes an exclusive question-and-answer session with race fans.
The two-day Jimmie Johnson DAYTONA 500 ticket package includes:
- Reserved ticket to the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Feb. 15
- Reserved ticket to the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 16
- Question-and-answer session with Johnson prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500 in a Midway suite
- UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access prior to the NASCAR Racing Experience 300
- A $20 concession voucher for use on Saturday, Feb. 15
The two-day package is available for $248 per person while a one-day DAYTONA 500-only package is available for $148. Capacity is limited and tickets can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
The 44-year-old Johnson from El Cajon, Calif., won an unprecedented five consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championships from 2006-2010, while also winning the season title in 2013 and 2016. Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt are the only other drivers in NASCAR history to win seven championships.
Johnson has 83 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, all in the No. 48 Chevrolet, which ties him for sixth on the all-time wins list with NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough. His two DAYTONA 500 victories came in 2006 and 2013.
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
A statement from Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles on the death Monday, Dec. 16 of Indianapolis 500 veteran and motorsports safety pioneer Bill Simpson:
"Bill Simpson became synonymous with motorsports safety equipment through his tireless work of more than 50 years. His innovations and products protected so many drivers and saved countless lives, and will continue to do so moving forward.
"We're eternally grateful for Bill's dedication to safety at every level of the sport, from the grassroots oval and road racer all the way to the biggest events and stages such as the Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bill was a great friend to IMS and INDYCAR, and a passionate supporter of the Indianapolis 500 and IMS Museum, never missing a chance to return and sign autographs for the fans. He will be missed but always remembered by everyone in our racing world."
American Flat Track announced today an Independence Day weekend of epic proportions. Its 2020 New York Short Track event at Weedsport Speedway will include Friday night AFT Singles racing, camping, pre-party and Fourth of July fun for the entire family.
The weekend will kick off with a Friday night event to include the ever-exciting AFT Singles class as well as amateur races as part of the Flat Track Futures series. The Friday festivities will include a fan zone with activities for children and an open paddock hour where fans can meet their favorite athletes. Tickets to the Friday night event will be $15 and can be purchased at www.americanflattrack.com.
Saturday's program will feature the AFT Singles once again, but joined by the AFT Production Twins and premier AFT SuperTwins classes for its third year of bar-to-bar high-speed New York Short Track action. This year's event will include even more vendors, a revamped Kids Zone and live music to keep the Independence Day crowd entertained into the evening.
Camping will once again be available for fans looking to bring family and friends down for a real party weekend at the races.
A variety of ticketing options are now available for the 2020 New York Short Track weekend, including the lowest price for advanced Saturday General Admission ever: just $25. Saturday's event will have Trackside Seating with all-day Paddock Access allowing the most-immersive fan experience. For the premium viewing option, fans are encouraged to check out the VIP Experience including food, beverage and access to an exclusive observation deck outside Turn 4 of the racetrack. Furthermore, all VIP passholders have all-day paddock access included with admission. Explore all the options and customize your Independence Day race weekend at www.americanflattrack.com.
American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Tickets start at just $35 online and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.
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American Flat Track returns to legendary New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The Laconia Short Track will once again bring another level of excitement to the 97th year of the historic Laconia Motorcycle Week. Tickets for this show stopping event are currently on sale at tickets.americanflattrack.com.
The inaugural Laconia Short Track event drew crowds of avid motorcyclists and race enthusiasts into NHMS to see the bar-banging 0.25-mile short track action.
Family-friendly activities including live music, vendor village and Kids Zone make the Laconia Short Track the perfect bike week activity for the whole family.
A variety of ticketing options are now available including the VIP Experience with complimentary food, beverage and access to an exclusive VIP viewing area outside Turn 1 of the racetrack. Furthermore, all VIP passholders have all-day paddock access included with admission. For fans in the General Admission area - where advance admission begins at just $25 - for the first time ever, purchase all-day behind-the-scenes access with the Paddock Access upgrade. Just $40 gets you into the pits for an up-close experience of all AFT race day action. Explore all the options and customize your Laconia Motorcycle Week race weekend at www.americanflattrack.com.
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Veteran racer Bill Simpson, who made one Indianapolis 500 start and was renowned in global motorsports for his development of groundbreaking safety equipment, died Monday, Dec. 16 in Indianapolis due to complications from recent health problems. He was 79.
Simpson competed as a driver in drag racing, sports car racing and open-wheel formula racing, including in SCCA and USAC Indy-car competition. He made 52 career Indy-car starts between 1968 and 1977. He produced 11 top-10 finishes, including a career best of sixth in the 1970 Milwaukee 200.
Southern California native Simpson qualified 20th and finished 13th in the 1974 Indianapolis 500 in the American Kids Racer Eagle-Offy owned by Dick Beith. It was his only career start in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," but competing in that race was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and the pinnacle of his varied driving career.
Another noteworthy highlight of Simpson's career was providing four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears with a car to make his first career Indy car start, in the 1976 Ontario 500.
Simpson's racing career ended during an Indianapolis 500 practice lap in May 1977, when he realized he was thinking more about a phone call he needed to make for his racing safety products business than driving a race car at nearly 200 mph. That realization caused him to hang up his helmet for good on the spot, with Formula One veteran Clay Regazzoni taking his seat.
The colorful Simpson started his driving career in drag racing as a teenager in Southern California. His work in motorsports safety started inadvertently when he crashed his dragster as an 18-year-old in 1958, suffering two broken arms. During his recovery time, Simpson devised and developed more sophisticated, purpose-built parachutes - through trial and error on a rented sewing machine in a garage - to slow dragsters after the finish line, starting a company called Simpson Drag Chutes.
Those humble beginnings evolved and grew into Simpson Performance Products and Impact! Racing, highly successful companies that designed, developed and produced more than 200 motorsports safety products used by drivers in all series worldwide, including helmets, gloves, fire-retardant driver suits, seat belts and more.
Perhaps Simpson's biggest racing safety breakthrough came in 1967. He was introduced to a temperature-resistant fabric called Nomex through NASA astronaut and racing enthusiast Pete Conrad.
Simpson created the world's first racing suit made of Nomex and brought it to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that May, where it became a safety sensation quickly used by nearly every driver in the starting field and now is standard equipment for every race driver. Donning his Nomex suit and a helmet, Simpson set himself on fire during demonstrations to prove the suit's effectiveness on several occasions over the years.
Those tireless contributions to motorsports safety led to a host of accolades and honors, including enshrinement into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2003 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 2014.
Simpson chronicled his colorful and substantial life in racing by writing two books, "Racing Safely, Living Dangerously" and its sequel, "Through the Fire."
Despite the vast success of his motorsports safety companies, Simpson never forgot his magical year of qualifying for and competing in the Indianapolis 500.
He annually returned to the Speedway during the Month of May for veterans' activities, including appearances at driver autograph sessions for fans on Legends Day presented by Firestone. Simpson often attended these sessions with fellow colorful motorsports mogul and Indianapolis 500 veteran Chip Ganassi, and he was a passionate supporter of the IMS Museum.
Simpson is survived by a son. He also was a devout animal enthusiast, whose menagerie included his beloved dog, Maia, camels and other pets. A celebration of his life is being planned for this May at the IMS Museum, with details pending.
It looks simple on race night: line the cars up, wave the green flag and let ‘em race.
Nothing could be further from the truth. From seven hours before the green flag until at least two hours after the checkered flag, there is a core group of indispensable, under-appreciated individuals who make the evening go as smoothly and equally as possible. From inspectors to scorers to flagmen and more, this group toils away more for the love of the sport than money.
“I think the average fan, even the average competitor doesn’t have a clue how important xxxx is, how hard they work and how much flack they take at times,” said Cathy Rice, general manager at South Boston Speedway. “There is absolutely no way we could ever put on a race without them. They keep things moving in the pits and on the track.
“They work so hard to make sure we have a level playing field and everyone is treated fairly in every division. It’s hot. There’s a lot of pressure. The hours are long. But every week, they show up and quietly go about their business. I’m always amazed at how hard the group we have works and how well they work together.”
That core crew of indispensable officials at South Boston Speedway is headed up by Jeff Bomar, the track’s head technical inspector. He works in the infield every event alongside Bruce Barksdale, Bear Clark, Speedy Austin, Michael Crews, Jimmy Davis, Matthew Halloren and Ken Utt. Tracey Sage and Connie Glass handle scoring while Hunter Rose is the flagman.
Generally, the group begins work around noon on race day and finish up around midnight … if they are lucky.
They begin the day in a group meeting with Rice and Bomar.
“We like to make sure everyone is on the same page and to go over anything new we may have going on for the week,” said Bomar.
Then they scatter to their respective areas.
Clark and Crews oversee tires, making sure the barcodes of all tires have been scanned and recorded to the appropriate car in a data base. They also help roll the tires out of the tire shed.
Barksdale and Austin work with the Late Model teams, Utt and Davis with the Limited teams and Halloren works with the Pure Stocks and the Hornets. The officials are there to make sure things go smoothly, rules are followed, that the schedule runs on time and to answer any questions teams may have.
“We like for the same guys to stay with the same division from week to week. We like for the teams to become familiar with them, so they know who to go to if they have a question,” said Bomar.
When their respective division is on track, inspectors keep a close eye on the action on the track and cars coming into the pits. At other times, when other divisions are on track, they are busy wherever they may be needed.
Everyone is cross trained also. For instance, when Clark is finished working with tires, he serves as the stop-and-go official at the end of pit road during the races. Similarly, Crews moves to the spotters stand to help answer questions and maintain order there.
Post-race all are busy making sure cars get through the scales and on to technical inspection.
“The top five go through the scales and we check first, second and third close. Each week we check something different. It may be engines one week; rear ends the next. We try to change it up every week to keep everyone honest,” said Bomar.
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 Late Model Stock races.
With Christmas approaching rapidly, remember, South Boston Speedway gift certificates make great Christmas presents. They may be purchased by calling 877.440.1540, toll free, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is making its most highly sought camping locations more financially accessible to NASCAR fans.
Prices for the Speedway’s full-hookup RV spaces perched alongside the track in Turn One and in the Trackside Terrace on the backstretch have been reduced by $500 for the 2020 NASCAR weekend.
With the more affordable pricing, AMS is putting these coveted RV spaces and the unique views they provide within the budget of more fans. Additionally, campers who already enjoy setting up their home away from home in one of these vantage points will now have room in their budget to add more great perks to their race weekend experience like a pre-race pit pass or a scanner and headset rental.
The open garages are the tenth improvement to come from Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “20 in 20” initiative. All told the Speedway will be announcing 20 individual enhancements to increase fan value and the overall enjoyment of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend on March 13-15, 2020.
Tickets and camping locations for the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available now. Call 877-9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com to buy at the best price today.