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After getting their fill of Thanksgiving food, race fans can feel the thrill of driving on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s high-banked turns when Black Friday Blowout returns from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.

In addition to 50-percent discounts on select 2020 All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 tickets in the ticket office, Black Friday Blowout gives race fans the golden opportunity to drive their personal cars on the same iconic track as racing legends like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon – and the only requirement is spending $50 on merchandise or tickets to 2020 NASCAR or NHRA events, or donating $25 to Speedway Children’s Charities. The ticket discount will run through Cyber Monday on Dec. 2.

The Black Friday Blowout will also feature major discounts on souvenir merchandise including men’s and women’s apparel. The gift shop will feature speedway items for as low as $1. Fans will find 1:24 and 1:64-scale diecast cars in the gift shop as well as souvenirs for just $5. The speedway’s Cyber Monday sales continue the string of big savings, PLUS free shipping.

A lunch buffet will be on sale in the Speedway Club to provide shoppers with an unmatched view of the speedway while enjoying exquisite holiday food. Fans interested in taking in a full day at the speedway can also witness the extravagant Speedway Christmas presented by Cook Out light show on Friday evening, as well as every night leading up to Christmas Day.

Speedway Christmas presented by Cook Out runs from 6-10 p.m. each night, with attractions including a family-friendly Christmas Village, 75-foot Christmas tree, festive carousel and photos with Santa.

TICKETS:
Fans can buy or renew tickets to 2020 events at the speedway by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), visiting the ticket office on Black Friday or visiting http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/.

KEEP TRACK:
Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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Texas Motor Speedway has saved its biggest sale of the year for Black Friday, with a Friday ticket to the 2020 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 weekend just $30 as well as 30-percent off all other tickets for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 29, at 12:00 a.m., race fans will be able to take advantage of substantial savings while being the first to secure their tickets to see Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and more in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, March 29, 2020. The Black Friday sale will be the only chance to purchase individual O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 tickets until January 15, 2020.
 
These will be the lowest-priced tickets offered for the March 27 ticket that will include: practice sessions for the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, the first day of The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, and the Gander Truck race.
 
Texas Motor Speedway's Black Friday special offer ends Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 11:59pm central.
For 2020 season ticket or race information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500.
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The NASCAR champions for the 2019 season have been crowned and the grounds crew at Daytona International Speedway, in collaboration with Missouri Turf, is turning the page and preparing for the new season and the 2020 DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 16.

On Monday, the process began of planting the grass that will create another eye-catching design in the famed tri-oval for DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth, which is highlighted by the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 16.

The crew of five plants two different types of grass in the tri-oval – perennial rye (dark grass) and annual rye (light grass) – on the most visible piece of real estate at Daytona International Speedway. This process creates the design that fans and television viewers come to expect in February when watching the races at the “World Center of Racing.”

The design in the tri-oval grass was selected by fans through the Speedway’s social channels and the new look will be unveiled in January prior to the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.

Here are some numbers behind the grass in the nearly five-acre tri-oval:

  • 3,350 lbs. of seed, approximately 837 million individual seeds
  • 90 man hours
  • More than 1,000 lbs. of fertilizer
  • Seed will germinate within five to 10 days and grow in within three weeks

Tickets for the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 16 and other DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. 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 news throughout the year.

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Richmond Raceway (Richmond) announces a special offer for friends and family to find the perfect gift for the NASCAR fan on their holiday shopping list with an exclusive offer for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Holiday Offer begins on Black Friday, Nov. 29 at 12:01 a.m. (ET), with fans having the opportunity to purchase a package for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on April 19.

The Holiday Offer provides fans with a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race, FanGrounds pass, and exclusive Richmond holiday ornament. The race ticket is located in the Dogwood grandstand located in Turns 1 and 2, sections AA-H, rows 1-10. The Holiday Offer is $94 for adults, and $39 for kids 12 & under. The offer is available while supplies last.

“If fans are looking for the perfect gift for their favorite NASCAR fan, Richmond Raceway has them covered this holiday season,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The gift of the iconic Richmond racing experience is one that is sure to be on any NASCAR fan’s wish list this year. This exclusive Holiday Offer gives fans a great value to see the sights and hear the sounds of the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at America’s Premier Short Track.”

The Weather Protection Program applies to all paid grandstand tickets to NASCAR races at Richmond that are postponed and rescheduled to a different date due to inclement weather. Guests can exchange paid grandstand tickets that were not used on a rescheduled race date for a future NASCAR event at any NASCAR owned facility. Guests with an unused grandstand ticket have 60 days to contact the ticket office at the NASCAR-owned facility where the event was postponed. To learn more about the Weather Protection Program, visit richmondraceway.com/weather.

To purchase the exclusive Holiday Offer, fans can visit richmondraceway.com beginning on Nov. 29 at 12:01 a.m. (ET).

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America’s Home for Racing became America’s Home for the Holidays on Friday night, as 4 million Christmas lights brought Charlotte Motor Speedway’s historic 10th edition of Speedway Christmas presented by Cook Out show to life in extravagant fashion.

The opening night of Charlotte’s immensely popular drive-through lights show saw a remarkable crowd of attendees drive through the 3.75-mile course in addition to enjoying a spectacular fireworks show and some holiday cheer in the infield Christmas village.

“This is a great way to kick off the Christmas season,” said Greg Walter, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager. “What really energizes us is to hear families talk about the tradition that this event has for them and their families. This is the largest outdoor lights-to-music show in the United States and we’re continuing to grow. Our team is pumped up about what we can bring to our community.”

Chris Matthews drove more than two hours from his home in Laurens, South Carolina, to relish in the opening night’s festivities.

“This is a lot of lights and it really is something to come out and see and enjoy with the family,” Matthews said. “It’s really cool.”

This year’s show – which runs through Jan. 5 but is closed Christmas Day – also includes a festive carousel, a 75-foot Christmas tree, photos with Santa and a series of holiday-themed FOX 46 Movie Nights on the giant, 16,000-foot Speedway TV from Thursday through Sunday of each week.

TICKETS:
Fans can buy tickets to Speedway Christmas presented by Cook Out by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or by visiting http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/.

KEEP TRACK:
Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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John Martin, a veteran of five Indianapolis 500 starts and the eighth-place finisher in the rain-shortened 1973 event, died Nov. 20. He was 80.

A gifted mechanic and engineer, who performed much of the work on cars he drove, Martin was active in racing until his death. His most-recent role was working near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at Billy Throckmorton's Grant King racing shop, restoring and preparing a variety of racing engines for vintage car meets, including normally aspirated Offenhausers, turbocharged Drake Offys, Volkswagen midget car engines and an abundance of vintage sprint car powerplants.

Last summer, he drove in Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am race during the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at IMS, a race he competed in every year since the inaugural in 2014.

The Cushing, Oklahoma-born Martin, who lived in Missouri, Wisconsin, California and in the Indianapolis area, made a total of 52 starts in the United States Auto Club National Championship series and under the Championship Auto Racing Teams banner, placing within the top 10 on 17 occasions in Indy car events. His highest showing was a pair of fifth-place finishes, scored in the Ontario 500-mile races of 1973 and 1975.

He attempted to qualify for every Indianapolis 500 between 1971 and 1982 and was successful for five consecutive events between 1972 and 1976. Driving an ex-Peter Revson McLaren fielded by himself, Martin placed eighth in 1973, when the car was called the Unsponsored Special, and 11th in 1974 when it ran as the delightfully named Sea Snack Shrimp Cocktail Special.

Long after he was no longer driving, Martin continued to work on teams in a variety of capacities, including engineer, fabricator and spotter. Far into the night prior to an event, Martin could be seen dressed in an apron and engrossed in a mechanical exercise of some kind.

His early days of driving were as an amateur road racer with the Sports Car Club of America. While living in Wisconsin, he converted a 1963 Corvette Stingray into an A-production racer and won a national title with it in 1965. He also took part in several United States Auto Club stock car races between 1966 and 1969, and contested SCCA's Trans-Am series in 1968 with an AMC Javelin. In 1970, he drove a Surtees in the SCCA Continental series for stock block-powered Formula 5000 cars and placed within the top 10 in eight out of 11 starts.

A great storyteller, the laid-back Martin was blessed with a rich baritone voice which the professionals would describe as a "radio" voice.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, and a married daughter, Kristen De Muth.

Services are pending, but a celebration of life is being planned for some time in December at the Grant King racing shop.

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Tickets for the 2020 NASCAR season at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will be available to the public on Dec. 1. The iconic Richmond racing experience returns for the 2020 NASCAR season for two action-packed weekends of racing with the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 18-19 and NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 11-12. Tickets will be available to the general public for purchase on Dec. 1.

“The first unofficial holiday of the season is always the day our NASCAR tickets go on sale for the upcoming race year,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “As we look ahead to the 2020 NASCAR season, we look forward to welcoming back our loyal race fans as they share the gift of the iconic Richmond racing experience with family and friends for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend and NASCAR Playoffs Race Weekend at America’s Premier Short Track. With the return of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (Gander Trucks) and NTT IndyCar Series ‘under the lights’, the Capital City will once again be one of the top destinations for motorsports fans.”

Richmond will host the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 18-19. NASCAR’s best will compete for a berth in the NASCAR Playoffs in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 19. This will be the eighth consecutive year Richmond has partnered with Toyota for the spring race weekend.

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series returns to America’s Premier Short Track for the ToyotaCare 250 “under the lights” on Saturday, April 18. The race will be the first in the Triple Truck Challenge. This will be the first Gander Trucks race at Richmond since 2005.

For the third consecutive season, the road to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship will lead through Richmond “under the lights” on Sept. 11-12. The Action Track will be the second race of the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the ninth annual Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Richmond will also host the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Regular Season Championship race on Friday, Sept. 11. This will be the 28th consecutive year the fall race weekend is “under the lights” at Richmond.

For the first time in 11 years, the NTT IndyCar Series will race at Richmond “under the lights” on Saturday, June 27. Richmond will host a festival headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series, welcoming fans to engage in a speed-themed weekend event on June 26-27. INDYCAR tickets are available now for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.

Fans interested in attending both NASCAR weekends in Richmond can upgrade to become a RICHMOND NATION Season Ticket Holder. RICHMOND NATION presented by Topgolf members receive exclusive perks, such as discounts on tickets and FanGrounds passes and invitations to member-only events. For more information on RICHMOND NATION presented by Topgolf, visit richmondraceway.com/richmondnation.

The FanGrounds, Richmond’s modernized infield, puts fans in the middle of the action by providing an unparalleled fan experience. The FanGrounds pass offers attractions and enhanced amenities for fans including the Markel Entertainment Plaza, M&M’s Neighborhood, Sheetz Neighborhood, Virginia Tourism Visitor Center, Eternal Fan Pedestrian Tunnel and Fan Memories program. It also includes access to the fan-viewing walkway in the garages, immersive Pre-Race Ceremonies presented by va811.com, activities before the race with driver appearances and other interactive programming, and fan-friendly Gatorade Victory Lane, which provides fans the opportunity to be a part of the post-race celebrations. For more information on the FanGrounds, visit richmondraceway.com/fangrounds.

Kids 12 & under receive special discounts on grandstand tickets and FanGrounds passes at Richmond. On NXS and Gander Trucks race nights, kids 12 & under are free in all grandstand sections with a ticketed adult. For Cup races, kids 12 & under are $25 off in every grandstand section. Richmond also offers kids 12 & under a special price for the FanGrounds for single-day admission and race weekend passes. For more information on kids pricing, visit richmondraceway.com/kidstickets.

In appreciation for all that our service members do for our great country, Richmond is proud to offer the Military Appreciation Program. Past and present service members enjoy exclusive discounts on race tickets. Service members also receive a discount on FanGrounds passes with the purchase of a Cup race ticket. Additionally, the first 1,500 military ticketholders will receive complimentary access to the Military Hospitality area located in the Old Dominion Building. The hospitality area consists of food, beverages, entertainment, and appearances by NASCAR celebrities. To learn more, visit richmondraceway.com/military.

The party returns in the Chaos Corner Turn 4 Party Deck Powered by Larry’s Hard Lemonade, which is an exclusive experience with tiered viewing, drink rail, and specific benefits to provide the lowest priced ticket at Richmond for Cup races. Tickets are available exclusively for fans 21 years or older. A ticket is a fan’s pass to additional benefits in the party deck. Benefits include exclusive access for rollback concession prices offering between 25% and 50% off of regularly priced menu items, including Larry’s Hard Lemonade. No coolers or outside food and drinks are allowed in the smoke free party deck. Learn more at richmondraceway.com/chaoscorner.

The Weather Protection Program applies to all paid grandstand tickets to NASCAR races at Richmond that are postponed and rescheduled to a different date due to inclement weather. Guests can exchange paid grandstand tickets that were not used on a rescheduled race date for a future NASCAR event at a NASCAR-owned facility. Guests with an unused grandstand ticket have 60 days to contact the ticket office at the NASCAR-owned facility where the event was postponed. To learn more about the Weather Protection Program, visit richmondraceway.com/weather.

NASCAR tickets will be available for purchase on Dec. 1 via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at richmondraceway.com. INDYCAR tickets are available now for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.

Stay connected to Richmond Raceway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, and by downloading the Richmond Raceway mobile app for Apple or Android.

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Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (“Bluegreen Vacations”), a leading vacation ownership company, was announced today as the entitlement sponsor for the 150-mile qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway, part of DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.

The races will be known as the Bluegreen Vacations Duel At DAYTONA. Scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, the pair of 150-mile qualifying races will finalize the starting lineup for the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500, the prestigious season-opening event for the NASCAR Cup Series.

“The qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 have been an integral part of Speedweeks since the inaugural ‘Great American Race’ in 1959,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “The qualifiers’ history is rich and now we’re beginning a new chapter of that history, thanks to Bluegreen Vacations.”

“The Bluegreen Vacations Duel At DAYTONA will continue one of our cherished traditions,” Wile said.

Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Bluegreen Vacations markets and sells vacation ownership interests and manages resorts in top leisure and urban destinations.

“Having just been a sponsor of the Bluegreen Vacations 500, a thrilling semi-final race of the 2019 NASCAR season, we are proud to be title sponsor of the highly anticipated kick-off duels for the 2020 season,” said Ahmad M. Wardak, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Bluegreen Vacations. “We are pleased to be a proud supporter of NASCAR and look forward to sharing more of these experiences with our vacation owners.”

In addition to the title sponsorship of the 150-mile qualifying races, Bluegreen Vacations was named earlier this year as the “Official Vacation Ownership Provider of NASCAR.”

Tickets for the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500, the Bluegreen Vacations Duel At DAYTONA and other Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. 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.

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Two of the great sporting passions of Indiana - basketball and auto racing - were fused and featured Thursday in the unveiling of the Indiana Pacers' City Edition uniform Nov. 21 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For the third straight NBA season, Nike NBA City Edition uniforms uniquely capture each team and its city. NBA teams use the City Edition uniforms during selected games in the regular season.

The Pacers' 2019-20 City Edition uniform was created to honor and celebrate the distinct history of basketball and racing in Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. The uniform features a vertical, iconic checkered flag pattern, a front number inspired by Formula One and the Pacers' primary logo. The uniform also includes the tagline "Always Lead," which emphasizes the Pacers' desire to lead on and off the court and pays tribute to the city of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among the dignitaries unveiling the jersey at IMS were Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, IMS President J. Douglas Boles and Pacers Sports & Entertainment President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson.

"Racing and basketball are such cornerstones of Hoosier culture, so it's only fitting that the Indiana Pacers' City Edition uniforms blend both in such a colorful, exciting way," Boles said. "We continue to enjoy a fantastic partnership with the Pacers, who always have understood the rich heritage of both sports in Indiana dating back more than 100 years. It's going to be exciting to see these uniforms on court this season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse - I can't wait."

Modeling the Pacers' 2019-20 City Edition uniforms were Ryder and Cruz Carpenter, the sons of three-time Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge pole sitter and NTT IndyCar Series team owner Ed Carpenter; Arrow McLaren SP NTT IndyCar Series driver Oliver Askew and NTT IndyCar Series veteran driver Charlie Kimball, along with beloved Pacers' mascot Boomer. Each of the models arrived on pit lane at IMS for the unveil in Chevrolet Corvette Pace Cars.

"I've been a Pacers' fan for my entire life, so it's very cool to see my sons get to help unveil the new City Edition uniforms, which look great," Ed Carpenter said. "There's a real connection between racing and basketball in Indiana due to shared passion and history, and these uniforms are another example of that. My wife Heather and I enjoy going to games at Bankers Life with our family, and we're really eager to see the Pacers win in these City Edition jerseys and shorts. Go Pacers!"

The Pacers' 2019-20 City Edition uniforms will make their on-court debut Wednesday, Nov. 27 when the Pacers play the Utah Jazz at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

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A statement from Richmond Raceway (Richmond) President Dennis Bickmeier on the retirement announcement of Jimmie Johnson:

“Jimmie Johnson has walked with the greatest in the history of the sport to build a championship legacy. Throughout his career, he has represented NASCAR with class on and off the track to raise the sport to new heights. As a seven-time champion, Jimmie will always be recognized as one of the best to ever compete. We look forward to joining with our loyal race fans to say farewell at Richmond Raceway next season.”

Johnson is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Richmond. He is one of only six drivers in track history to sweep a NASCAR season at the track. He was victorious in the Crown Royal presents The Jim Stewart 400 in 2007 and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 in 2007 and 2008.

Among active drivers, Johnson is tied for second in most wins (3) with Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. He is tied for the second most pole awards (2) with Joey Logano and Harvick. He is also tied for fifth in Top-5 and Top-10 finishes at America’s Premier Short Track.

Johnson will return for his final NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 on April 19 and Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 11.

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A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about Jimmie Johnson, a four-time Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, who announced Wednesday, Nov. 20 that 2020 will be his final season as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:

"Jimmie Johnson has set a standard for excellence on track that few will ever match in NASCAR history. His legend is secure with a record-tying seven Cup Series titles and four victories in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard among his 83 career Cup wins. But there's far more to Jimmie than those impressive statistics. He is one of the classiest, most genuine people to cross the Yard of Bricks in a race car and is a terrific ambassador for the great sport of auto racing that we all love. I'm sure I will be joined by many in wishing Jimmie the best of luck as he tries to win an eighth title and drive to a fifth Brickyard victory to end a storybook career."

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