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Richmond Raceway (Richmond) went “under the lights” at its annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting tonight. Members of the local community united at the Richmond Raceway Complex to celebrate the start of the holiday season in RVA.

The Community Christmas Tree lighting took place at Richmond Raceway’s Main Gate, located at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. The event included music, the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, and concluded with a special visit by Santa Claus, arriving courtesy of the Henrico Fire Department.

“Our annual lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at Richmond Raceway has become a symbol of unity in the region,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We thank the RVA community for joining us to celebrate the season and share in our holiday cheer tonight. The greater Richmond region is invited to bring their family and friends to Richmond Raceway throughout the holiday season to see and take a photo with the Community Christmas Tree by the Main Gate.”

Matt DiNardo, meteorologist for WRIC ABC 8 News, was once again the master of ceremonies for the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting. Students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School thoughtfully crafted decorations for the Community Christmas Tree. Musical entertainment was provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Mighty Marching Warriors from Henrico High School. Hot chocolate and cookies were generously provided by the Henrico High School Football Boosters.

Now that the Richmond Raceway Community Christmas Tree is lit, it will shine bright each night throughout the holiday season. The community is invited to bring their family and friends to Richmond throughout the holiday season to visit and take a photo with the Community Christmas Tree by the Main Gate.

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One of the state's largest living Christmas trees provided the perfect centerpiece for Tuesday evening's Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter Grant Distribution and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Held on the Speedway Club Circle at Texas Motor Speedway, the annual outdoor public holiday event delivered $258,251 to nine children's organizations across North Texas.

In addition to the grant distribution, the evening included the ceremonial illumination of more than 10,000 LED lights on a 74-foot, 7,000-pound Norway spruce and one of the only holiday-themed fireworks shows in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

SCC-Texas also presented 75 children with a bicycle and helmet, while also donating 25 car seats to less fortunate families to ensure their newborn babies arrive home safely.

The largest present beneath the tree Tuesday night was a Founder's Grant for $139,847.13 that was presented to the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco. The grant will be used to bring life to its Mobile Maker Space, a workshop on wheels that will consist of a van and 16-foot trailer outfitted with the essential tools and kits to operate on-site programs. The Mobile Maker Space will bring opportunities to schools and children who otherwise would be unable to visit the Sci-Tech Discovery Center.

"Sci-Tech Discovery Center is on the cutting edge of maker education programs not only in North Texas but in the United States," said Sci-Tech Discovery Center Executive Director Peter Claffey. "Receiving the generous Founder's Grant from Speedway Children's Charities enables us to eliminate the transportation barrier that exists between underserved markets and science education.

"By bringing STEM and MAKER education to these markets, the Mobile Maker Space will allow Sci-Tech to bring science to everyone."

Serving more than 10,000 children in the Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center was created to engage and inspire learners of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Sci-Tech Discovery Center was among nine organizations within the Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties that received a grant from Speedway Children's Charities, including four in excess of $15,000.

In addition to Sci-Tech Discovery Center Founder's Grant, those grants of $15,000 or more were awarded to:

Callier Center For Communication Disorders ($25,000) - Serving 51 children in Dallas County, these funds will underwrite the cost of their Cochlear Implant Summer Camps, a vital component of their pediatric treatment services.

Camp Summit, Inc. ($25,000) - Serving 550-plus children in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties, this grant will support the campership and financial assistance project at Camp Summit.

Texas Motor Speedway Speeding To Read Program ($21,144.50) - This donation was used to assist participating schools with T-shirts to more than 12,000 students in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Health Services Of North Texas, Inc. ($15,210) - Serving 100 children in Denton County, this grant will provide uninsured pediatric patients living in poverty with essential medical visits at no cost to their families.

The other organizations receiving grants on Tuesday night were NASCAR Ride of a Lifetime ($13,050), Breakthrough at Fort Worth Country Day ($10,000), ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship ($9,000), and the 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser for Nonprofits ($1,683.75).

Ten of the 75 bicycles were donated by Academy Sports & Outdoors, which also provided the remaining 65 at a discounted rate. The bicycles and helmets were donated to Lewisville New Hope Learning Center, Metrocrest Services, and Santa Cop.

The 25 car seats were donated to the JPS Foundation.

The SCC-Texas Chapter also recognized its top volunteers of the year. Bob Nierman received the President's Award and Cherie Rodenburgh earned the Dick Cerza Award.

The tree lighting has been a Texas Motor Speedway tradition since the facility opened in 1997. In addition to the 10,000 LED lights, the tree features oversized ornaments and is topped with a 4'x4' gold star featuring the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. corporate globe. The event included a special visit from Santa Claus and holiday songs performed by the Northwest High School Choir.

Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter has made a lasting impact on children in North Texas since its inception in 1997 by awarding more than $10.85 million in grants to area children's organizations. The funds are raised through special events held throughout the year, with the majority of them centered on the three major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.

For more information on Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter, please visit www.speedwaycharities.org/texas.

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Sonoma Raceway will celebrate 50 years of racing during its 2019 race season, as the motorsports facility hosts a full slate of on-track activity while looking back at its incredible history in the Sonoma Valley.

The raceway kicked off its anniversary celebrations earlier this year, marking the 50th anniversary of the facility’s groundbreaking on Aug. 14, 1968. Paving was completed on the road course in November of that year, and the raceway hosted its first non-spectator event, an SCCA Enduro, on Dec. 1, 1968. The raceway went on to host its first full season of racing in 1969, which included NHRA drag racing, AMA motorcycle racing and SCCA road racing.

Today, the raceway unveiled its 50th anniversary logo, which includes a nod to the raceway’s signature Sears Point Raceway emblem. The 50th anniversary logo will be prominently featured throughout the 2019 season, including merchandise and promotional materials.

Honoring the raceway’s history and memorable moments will be at the heart of the raceway’s efforts in 2019, including celebrations to mark significant milestones in the raceway’s history, signature celebrations at the raceway’s major events featuring drivers and legends, and plenty of throwback images and memorabilia.

“Sonoma Raceway’s legacy over the last half century covers the spectrum from iconic professional stars to thousands of amateur enthusiast racers who have turned laps on our road course or accelerated down the quarter-mile,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “We look forward to celebrating with all of them in the coming year, and honoring our incredible history.”

Race fans are invited to get in on the fun by sharing their personal memories, stories and pictures from events at Sonoma Raceway at www.sonomaraceway.com/50 or on social media using the hashtag #Race50noma.

On track, the 2019 major event schedule will be highlighted by the 31st return of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 21-23) and the 32nd NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 26-28).

The raceway announced earlier this year that NASCAR will return to the circuit’s historic 12-turn, 2.52-mile road-course layout for the 2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350. The full track layout incorporates the raceway’s signature sweeping downhill corner known as “The Carousel.” The Carousel plunges from Turn 4, down through Turns 5 and 6 and navigates a more than 200-degree radius turn before dropping onto the raceway’s longest straightaway into the Turn 7 hairpin.

The 2019 Sonoma Raceway calendar also features a number of new events, including the Sonoma Speed Festival historic car races (May 31-June 2) and the Blancpain GT World Challenge America Series (June 7-9), as well as a number of fan favorites, including the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel (July 17-21), MotoAmerica’s CycleGear Championship of Sonoma (Aug. 10-11) and the CSRG Charity Challenge (Oct. 4-6). Make the Future California Featuring Shell Eco-Marathon Americas (April 3-6) returns for the second consecutive year.

For more information or to purchase tickets for any of the 2019 events at Sonoma Raceway, visit www.sonomaraceway.com or call 800-870-7223.

The complete major event schedule for Sonoma Raceway’s 50th anniversary season:

  • Make the Future California Featuring Shell Eco-Marathon Americas – April 3-6
  • Sonoma Speed Festival, Historic Car Racing – May 31-June 2
  • Blancpain GT World Challenge America Series – June 7-9
  • Toyota/Save Mart 350, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – June 21-23
  • NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel – July 17-21
  • NHRA Sonoma Nationals, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – July 26-28
  • CycleGear Championship of Sonoma, MotoAmerica – Aug. 10-11
  • CSRG Charity Challenge, Historic Car Racing – Oct. 4-6

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The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series 2019 tour will span 47 races at 36 total tracks in 16 states and includes nine new venues to the schedule.  The series will be back at the Terre Haute Action Track on Friday, June 28, for a second consecutive season.  Last year’s event provided great racing action. 

The season kicks off on Feb. 8-9 with the Winter Freeze IX at the Screven Motorsports Complex for a two-night show in Sylvania, GA before heading down to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 13-16. Four straight nights of racing alongside the Super DIRTcar Series will showcase a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win feature event each night, with each driver’s best two finishes being counted towards their season points total. 

Several of the multi-day destination events were announced last month, now the full picture of the 2019 season has come into focus. 

From Florida, the Series invades Tennessee for a huge weekend, where it will compete March 8 at Duck River Raceway Park in Lewisburg, TN for the first time since 2017 followed by the Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain Speedway on March 9. 

Following the Illini 100 in April, the month of May features seven race nights, with the Outlaws visiting Muskingum County Speedway for the first time since 2010, where 2007 Series Champion Steve Francis picked up the win. Then, fast forward to the end of May and the Series caps off the month at a track never before tamed by the Outlaws – Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA. 

The new track trend continues the very next night, June 1 at Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC. This will really throw the Outlaws a curveball, as it’s not often the teams see unchartered territory in back-to-back nights. June features six race nights, including the three-day, $30,000-to-win Firecracker and the third consecutive year where the Outlaws will take on the Summer Nationals stars at Terre Haute Action Track and Federated Auto Parts Raceway @ I-55. 

An 11-race month of July, highlighted by the Prairie Dirt Classic, kicks off Independence Day weekend on July 5 at the appropriately-named Independence Motor Speedway in Independence, IA. The month will also feature two tracks brand-new to the Series in Wisconsin – July 9 at ABC Raceway in Ashland and July 14 at Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie. 

August features nine race nights, beginning with the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI and finishes out with visits to the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, MI, for the first time since 2014, and Sharon Speedway for the inaugural Battle at the Border in Hartford, OH. After this final Midwest swing, the stretch run to the championship winds through New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee before concluding with the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am championship weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

“The schedule in 2019 will feature traditional venues and new tracks,” Series Director Matt Curl said. “Our trend toward monthly destination events continues to grow while we also build on highly competitive races from Georgia to North Dakota, Missouri to New York. As we saw this past season, the battle for the championship will be intense and we expect it to go down to the wire once again in Charlotte.” 

For all the 2019 season updates, make sure to check out our Twitter and Facebook. And new in 2019, watch every race live on DIRTVision.com to get all of the storylines before coming out to watch the Outlaws at your home track!  For a look at the full schedule, visit http://www.woolms.com/schedule/2019-schedule.

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Today, Shell Oil Company ("Shell"), in conjunction with Sonoma Raceway and Speedway Motorsports Inc., announced Make the Future California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas will return to Sonoma Raceway as the 2019 competition venue from April 3-6, 2019.

"Make the Future California provides a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation towards a lower-carbon energy future, as part of a global series of annual events," said Norman Koch, Make the Future General Manager. "The Sonoma Raceway provides a challenging and competitive track venue for the heart of the Make the Future events, Shell Eco-marathon."

The challenge is one of the world's leading energy efficiency competitions for students, requiring them to design, build and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles; push the boundaries of what is technically possible and inspire thinking about the challenges and opportunities for mobility and transition to new energies.

Make the Future California will host two Shell Eco-marathon competitions:

  • Shell Eco-marathon Americas – the mileage challenge where students compete to see whose vehicle design can go the farthest on the least amount of energy.
  • Shell Eco-marathon Drivers' World Championship Regional Final - marrying energy efficiency with speed in a race to be crowned the regional champion, and secure their place in the Drivers' World Championship Grand Final that will be held in London, 2019.

"For the last 12 years, students participating in Shell Eco-marathon Americas have designed ultra-energy efficient vehicles, with some achieving more than 3,500 miles per gallon using a range of energies. In fact, half the 98 student teams that participated in 2018 chose renewable energy sources to power their vehicles," said Pamela Rosen, Shell Eco-marathon Americas spokesperson. "These student participants work together to develop innovative solutions that can result in game-changing energy efficiency and transportation performance; they are the people who will help meet the growing energy demand and reduce future CO2 emissions."

Student teams compete in two vehicle classes. The Prototype class invites students to enter futuristic, streamlined vehicles, and the UrbanConcept class focuses on "roadworthy," energy-efficient vehicles aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers. Entries are divided into three energy categories:

  • Internal combustion: gasoline, diesel, and ethanol
  • Hydrogen fuel cell
  • Battery electric

"At Sonoma Raceway, we always strive to provide a showcase for the latest in green automotive technology and hosting the return of Shell Eco-marathon Americas in 2019 helps us with that effort," said Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page. "Best of all, this event provides a platform for the young people who will constitute the next generation of automotive designers, engineers and innovators.  We are very excited to provide the forum for them to unveil and test their latest efforts."

The 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Americas' winners across the three energy categories were:

  • Internal combustion: Brigham Young University of Provo, Utah, with 1985.4 miles per gallon with its gasoline-powered Prototype vehicle and Mater Dei High School of Evanston, Indiana, with 841.3 miles per gallon with its gasoline-powered UrbanConcept vehicle.
  • Hydrogen fuel cell: Duke University of Durham, NC with 383.1 miles/m3 in their Prototype vehicle and Cicero North Syracuse High School of Cicero, NY with 38.2 miles/m3 in their UrbanConcept vehicle.
  • Battery electric: Duke University with 367.9 miles/kWh in their Prototype vehicle and Saint Thomas Academy of Mendota, MN with 63.2 miles/kWh in their UrbanConcept vehicle. 

Saint Thomas Academy (Minnesota) was joined by Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Canada) and Mater Dei (Indiana) in the Drivers' World Championship Regional Final podium places at Sonoma Raceway in 2018 and competed against top teams from Asia and Europe in London this summer. Saskatchewan Polytechnic went on to join the winner's circle at the Driver's World Championship Grand Final in London and will travel with the other top finishers to Maranello in early December for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Scuderia Ferrari headquarters in Italy.

For universities and high schools interested in learning more about Shell Eco-marathon Americas, including additional details on vehicle class requirements, official rules and details on prizes, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at: www.shell.com/ecomarathon.

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In just 48 hours – Wednesday, Dec. 5 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will host the long-awaited unveiling of 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power’s likeness on the Borg-Warner Trophy, and fans are encouraged to attend.
 
Admission for the general public is $10 for the special event, while IMS Museum members will enjoy free admission. Year-long memberships, which include unlimited free admission to the Museum and invitations to a variety of special events, will be available for purchase at the unveiling.
 
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. (ET) and ceremonies begin at 5 p.m.
 
Along with Power and IMS and IndyCar officials, noted sculptor William Behrends will attend the Borg-Warner Trophy unveiling for the first time.
 
Behrends, whose studio is located in the Brushy Mountains of North Carolina, has sculpted the sterling silver likeness of every Indianapolis 500 winner since Arie Luyendyk in 1990. He is also known for sculpting several official busts of Vice Presidents, such as Al Gore and Dick Cheney, and large-scale statues of baseball greats such as Willie Mays, Juan Marichal and Tony Gwynn.
 
Power won his first-career Indianapolis 500 at the 102nd running on May 27, driving the No. 12 Verizon Wireless entry for Team Penske, with a Dallara chassis, Chevrolet power and Firestone tires. It was team owner Roger Penske’s record-17th victory at the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
 
In 11 appearances at the Indianapolis 500, Power has qualified ninth or better 10 times, with four front-row appearances. He has six top-10 and three top-five finishes – and will now be forever immortalized when his likeness is revealed on the Borg-Warner Trophy.
 
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Grant Lynch, longtime chairman of Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and a pioneer in the development of modern, fan-friendly track amenities and services, received the prestigious annual Buddy Shuman Award during last week's NASCAR® Meyers Brothers Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas.  The award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped advance the sport, was established in honor of the late Louis Grier "Buddy" Shuman, one of the most popular figures in the early years of professional stock car racing.  The Buddy Shuman Award has been sponsored throughout its 62-year history by Federal-Mogul Motorparts' iconic Champion® brand.

Lynch, who has announced plans to retire in 2019, joins such racing luminaries as Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Richard Petty, Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush and Bruton Smith in receiving the Shuman award.  Buddy Shuman was a beloved member of the NASCAR community who competed in Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) racing before serving as the sanctioning body's first technical inspector.

Lynch began his career as a show-car driver in the early 1980s. In 1993, he joined the operations staff at Talladega, the 2.66-mile tri-oval that annually offers some of the sport's most exciting racing. From the moment he assumed responsibility for the track, Lynch focused on turning Talladega into a bucket-list destination for racing enthusiasts, with unlimited free camping, more comfortable seating, concerts and other fan-friendly amenities. His commitment to a world-class fan experience continues with a soon-to-be-completed, $50 million enhancement of the track's infield.

"Grant Lynch's legacy, like that of Buddy Shuman, will be the extraordinarily strong connection he has forged with NASCAR fans," said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "His visionary leadership of one of the sport's iconic tracks has helped the Cup Series and its sponsors connect with a new generation of enthusiasts."

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Epicenter Festival—a new 3-day destination music experience from premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents—will debut in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Epicenter Festival replaces Carolina Rebellion, which was held in North Carolina from 2011 — 2018. With a move to the new venue, Epicenter Festival offers an enhanced festival experience. The new festival grounds will be developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway and Rockingham Speedway, with even more music, extensive camping options, and no curfew.

Festival producer Danny Wimmer explains, "We are very proud of what Carolina Rebellion represented, so we understand that our decision to replace it was confusing to people. It took more time than we had hoped to make the final decision and then work out all of the details. Ultimately, we felt that there was so much more that we could accomplish in the right circumstances. The creation of the 'Epicenter of rock n' roll' in the heart of North Carolina gives us the ability to expand on the festival experience with enhanced camping amenities, nighttime entertainment with no curfew, and expanded food and beverage offerings, all highlighted by a massive music lineup covering the spectrum of rock, metal and alternative rock music. There's always a next level to strive for — and after 8 great years of Carolina Rebellion, Epicenter is that next level."

Danny Wimmer Presents CEO Danny Hayes adds, "In a project being led by the new owners of the Rockingham Speedway (the Rock), together with Richmond County, Rockingham Dragway and the other local land owners, we are working to develop a first class destination festival site. We are grateful to the Rock's Dan Lovenheim and Richmond County Manager Bryan Land for spearheading this move and look forward to unveiling the lineup. Trust me, it's worth the wait."

The music lineup for Epicenter and further details will be revealed on Monday, December 10 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time.

General Admission, VIP tickets, and hotel and camping packages for Epicenter Festival go on sale Friday, December 14 at Noon ET.

Rockingham Festival Grounds are located at 2153 North U.S. Highway 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.

Epicenter Festival is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination rock music festivals in America. DWP events include Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, Welcome To Rockville, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air and more. They're also the co-creators of Carolina Rebellion, which wrapped in 2018 after 8 record breaking years, including over 100,000 in attendance multiple years at the annual event.

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After a five year hiatus, Super Late Model racing will return to ‘America’s Legendary Oval’, marking the first major event at The Milwaukee Mile since a 2015 IndyCar Series event.  The ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Models will be joined by other regional touring groups for a June 16, 2019 Father’s Day afternoon special event on the famed Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway.

“It is our continued initiative to bring racing back to the historic Milwaukee Mile," stated Kathleen O’Leary, CEO at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. "We are excited to host this race on Father's Day in 2019."

The headlining event will be a 75-mile race for the ‘Stars and Cars’ of the ARCA Midwest Tour, a series which draws some of the best short track Late Model racers in the country.

“I have only been able to race there once and didn’t do so well,” commented 2018 ARCA Midwest Tour Champion Dalton Zehr. “Now that we are running as well as we are, I am excited to see racing back at the Milwaukee Mile and I know that I can contend for the win.”

Joining the Super Late Models will be the Midwest Trucks, Mid-American Stock Cars and Upper Midwest Vintage Series.  A practice day is planned for Saturday, June 15 with final practice, qualifying, preliminary events and feature racing getting underway at 1pm on Father’s Day Sunday, with the main events to follow.

Track Enterprises, one of the nation’s leading motorsports promotions companies, produces over eighty events annually throughout America’s Heartland.  Former Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Bob Sargent and Track Enterprises are proud to bring racing back to The Milwaukee Mile for the fans of Midwest Auto Racing.

The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, opening in 1903 and hosting major racing events through 2015.  Auto racing icon A.J. Foyt competed in more races at the legendary oval than any other facility.  It is the largest, most storied oval track in the state.  Many Wisconsin short track racers have stated that getting to race there is their equivalent to racing at Daytona International Speedway.  The track is located at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, WI, a suburb directly west of Milwaukee.

Full details on the event including times, ticket availability, and more will be announced in the near future.  Stay posted at the event promotion website, www.trackenterprises.com. For more information, call 217-764-3200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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In the spirit of giving back in the community, Talladega Superspeedway and The NASCAR Foundation teamed up earlier this week for the second-annual “Operation Speedy Bear Brigade.”

During “Giving Tuesday,” on November 27, track employees helped deliver The NASCAR Foundation’s Speedy Bears to ill children at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.

“We are thankful for The NASCAR Foundation’s support of the kids at Children’s of Alabama,” said Talladega track Chairman Grant Lynch. “This is the second year of Operation Speedy Bear Brigade, and our team saw first-hand how it put smiles on the faces of the kids and their families. We are so glad to be a part of it.”

Children’s of Alabama is also a partner to Talladega Superspeedway’s Kids VIP Experience where children 12 and younger get an exciting behind-the-scenes look and up-close access during its two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races each year.

In addition to Talladega Superspeedway’s efforts at Children’s of Alabama, Operation Speedy Bear Brigade took place in 23 other locations across the country on Giving Tuesday, including participation from several NASCAR office and track locations. 

“The Speedy Bear Brigade truly demonstrates the generosity of NASCAR Nation,” The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Nichole Krieger said. “The bears we are providing will put smiles on the faces of so many children in the hospital and will hopefully ease some of the pain that they may be going through.”  

This effort was organized through The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, which supports needs expressed by hospitals, specialty clinics, camps and others providing children’s medical and health care services.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday kicked off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.  

Talladega Superspeedway celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019, as well Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project, which will allow fans to be immersed in the sport of NASCAR like never before. It all kicks off with the tripleheader motorsports weekend, April 26-28, featuring the GEICO 500 and the Kids VIP Experience presented by Children’s of Alabama.

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Longtime Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch was named the recipient of the coveted Buddy Shuman Award Wednesday during the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Awards at the Encore Theater of the Wynn Las Vegas, part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion’s Week to celebrate Joey Logano’s 2018 title season.

The award, established in 1957, is named after racing pioneer Buddy Shuman, a former NASCAR driver and technical inspector who perished in a hotel fire in 1955. It annually recognizes individuals and organizations that have played vital roles in ensuring the continued growth and popularity of stock car racing.

“Man, y’all can keep a secret,” said an emotional Lynch to hundreds in attendance. “I never thought I would get where I did, and you don’t get there without people who put their faith behind you. This is truly an honor, something extremely special to me that I will cherish forever.”

Past winners with Alabama ties include Bill France Sr. who built Talladega Superspeedway, Bobby Allison, the leader of the famed Alabama Gang, and Jim Hunter, a former NASCAR executive and Talladega Superspeedway Public Relations Director.

Lynch, who joined the staff at the 2.66-mile venue in January of 1993, will retire in November of 2019, just weeks after the completion of Transformation - The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project, which will allow fans to be immersed in the sport like never before during the track’s NASCAR Playoff doubleheader weekend.

Transformation, the approximate $50 million redevelopment (www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation) endeavor, is part of International Speedway Corporation’s long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The project is highlighted by a one-of-a-kind Garage Fan Zone Experience (140,000 square foot of social and engagement areas), that will feature “up-close” fan access to the drivers and teams, interactive attractions, Wi-Fi, a 35,000-square-foot covered Open Air Club, complete with a 41-foot diagonal video board, a new Gatorade Victory Lane, a Pit Road Club, and enhanced amenities in the iconic Talladega infield. In addition, there will be more than 300 new RV spaces configured inside the track.

Lynch started as the track General Manager in ’93 and was promoted to Vice President of International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and President of Talladega Superspeedway in November of the same year. In 1997, ISC also appointed him to oversee the construction and management of Kansas Speedway, and in January of 2000, he assumed additional operational responsibilities with Chicagoland Speedway before being named ISC Senior Vice President of Business Operations in July of 2007. In July 2009, he became Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway.

Lynch came to Talladega after 11 years with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., where in his last post, he served as Senior Manager of Operations and Public Relations, managing the company’s involvement in NASCAR Winston Cup Series. His career there spanned back to 1982 when he joined RJR Special Events as a Camel GT Series show car driver. 

During his tenure at SME, he worked on the Camel GT Series, Winston Drag Racing series, and served as Senior Manager of the Vantage Cup PGA Tour, and the Winston Cup Series.

Also in Vegas Wednesday, the prestigious Myers Brothers Award was presented. It was awarded to Jim France, son of France Sr., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASCAR and Chairman of ISC. The award is determined by a vote of the NMPA, recognizing individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. Named in honor of former NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers, it has been presented annually since 1958.

Talladega Superspeedway kicks off its 2019 season April 26-28 with a motorsports tripleheader, featuring the GEICO 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as well as the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Racing Series and the 200-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series event. A new Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, which is currently under construction, will greet fans and offer 24-hour entry into the venue. For ticket information, call 855-518-RACE (7223) or log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

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