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The world’s most notorious, multi-platinum rock band, Mötley Crüe, have been named Grand Marshals and will give the command “Drivers, Start Your Engines,” on March 17, 2019 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
Joining the band will be actors Douglas Booth (who plays Nikki Sixx) and Colson Baker a.k.a.. Machine Gun Kelly (who plays Tommy Lee) from the upcoming Netflix film The Dirt launching with its soundtrack on Netflix March 22. Based on the best-selling autobiography by Mötley Crüe and Neil Strauss, the film is an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame.
"We look forward to having Mötley Crüe bring their famous energy to the greatest command in motorsports. They might be world-renowned rock stars now, but they got their start in California and we're happy to have them home.” —Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway
“Growing up, we were race car fans and dreamed of fast cars so to be included in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event is wild!” – Tommy Lee, Drummer of Mötley Crüe
"We are super stoked to give the command at the Auto Club 400. It’s going to be an epic day at the race track.” – Nikki Sixx, Bassist of Mötley Crüe
NASCAR ticket holders who have pre-race pit passes will be able to see The Dirt cast and Mötley Crüe band members during the pre-race ceremony activities, including driver introductions. The event will also be televised on FOX at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT.
The iconic band has accumulated over 100 million records sold worldwide, seven platinum and multi-platinum certifications, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and countless sold-out tours across the globe. Mötley Crüe is reaching new heights in the film industry with Netflix by sharing their octane-fueled origin story, which is directed by Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) and includes a stellar cast: Douglas Booth (Loving Vincent), Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones), Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (Bird Box), Daniel Webber (The Punisher), David Costabile (Breaking Bad, Billions) and Pete Davidson (SNL).
Kickstart the fun and get your tickets to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 to see the cast and band members along with other honorary race officials. To purchase tickets, call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com, or visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana.
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Talladega Superspeedway is set to host the 14th annual Alabama Wildlife Federation Wild Game Cook-Off on Saturday, March 9. Some of the best backyards chefs in the Yellow Hammer State will bring their best recipes to the table, fire up their grills and go head-to-head in the same place where NASCAR’s stars get ready for battle.
The winning teams will be determined by some of the “Who’s Who” of notable Alabama media personalities who will serve as official judges. They include:
Jim Dunaway – WJOX 94.5 The Roundtable Co-Host
Ryan Brown – WJOX 94.5 The Roundtable Co-Host
Ashley Gann – CBS 42 Chief Meteorologist
Chris Renkel – CBS 42 Sports Anchor/Reporter
Matt Murphy – Talk 99.5 Matt and Aunie Host
Andrea Lindenberg – Talk 99.5 Matt and Aunie Host
Greg Burgess – WZZK The Rick and Bubba Show Host
Mike Dubberly – FOX6 Good Day Alabama Co-Host
Guy Rawlings – NBC 13 News Anchor
Lisa Crane – NBC 13 News Anchor
Chip Moore – Vice President – Head of Operations at First Bank of Alabama
Jeff Speegle – ABC 33/40 Weeknight Sports Anchor
Christina Chambers – FOX6 Sports Reporter/Anchor
Landrum Roberts – WJOX 94.5 3 Man Front Co-Host
DJ Ricky Aaron – 106.9 The Eagle Personality
Held in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage, teams will spend hours preparing mouth-watering dishes that consist of various game animals, birds and fish. Everyone who attends gets to sample the delicious cuisines, some of which includes duck, pheasant, wild boar, venison, shrimp and much more. Tickets to attend the AWF Wild Game Cook-Off are $40 per person, or $50 per couple, while youth under the age of 15 are admitted free. Gates open to the family-friendly event at 4 p.m. CST.
In addition to the delectable food prepared by some of Alabama’s best wild game chefs, the event will also feature live music, door prizes, raffles and an incredible array of spectacular and unique silent auction items which will be displayed along the center aisle of the garage. Expected auction items include autographed racing memorabilia, outdoor and college-themed art prints and more.
To purchase tickets or participate as a cook team call Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or visit their website at www.alabamawildlife.org.
Cook-Off teams will compete in three different divisions which include wild game, fish and fowl. Prizes will be presented to the first through third place winners in each division, as well as a “Best Overall Winner,” which will be invited to the state finals held in Millbrook, AL on August 10, 2019 to compete for the title of AWF 2019 Wild Game Cook-Off State Champion.
The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a 501©3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about the Alabama Wildlife Federation, including membership details, programs and projects, visit www.alabamawildlife.org
NASCAR action returns to Talladega Superspeedway, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year along with Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar, for its spring tripleheader weekend, April 26-28. The General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series will kick off the action-packed weekend on Friday, April 26. The MoneyLion 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event is set for Saturday, April 27, with the weekend's anchor event, the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, April 28.
Month of March will be a busy time at Mahoning Valley Speedway as 2019 season preparations get underway26 Feb 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
With the month of March about to begin so too are the preparations for the racing season at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway.
Track personal will be very busy during the coming weeks priming the paved ¼-mile facility for a much awaited Opening Night scheduled for Saturday evening, April 6 that will be spotlighted with a 100-lap/$3000-to-win Modified feature and include regular feature races for Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.
The following afternoon, Sunday, April 7 from noon to 4:00 pm, the Green Flag Racing Experience will be on hand to give anyone interested the opportunity to take laps in a TQ Midget. The East Coast TQ Midgets will also have track time as part of a Test and Tune with the club that has booked select Sunday events that will coincide with the special Evergreen Raceway/Mahoning Valley Speedway Enduro Series.
On Opening Night there will be a select number of tickets given to a few lucky fans to return the next day and drive one of the Green Flag Racing Experience cars.
March also means practice days which will be held on the 16th, 23rd, 30th & 31st. All regular Mahoning classes as well as any other divisions are welcome to take advantage for these dates to shake down their cars. It is highly encouraged for all Mahoning teams to utilize this time to have their mounts inspected.
The First Annual Party in the Pits is also on the March calendar of events. Taking place on Saturday, March 30, “The Party in the Pits” is an open invite to all for a festive gathering in celebrating the champions and top divisional point finishers of the 2018 and welcome in the 2019 season.
The affair starts at 5 pm following that day’s practice. It will be a relaxing casual setting under a sizable party tent. A pig roast with all the trimmings will be served at 6 pm. There will be music, games and door prizes. And, anyone wishing to camp overnight will be served breakfast the next morning.
Point fund monies and trophies will be awarded to the Modified, Street Stock and Hobby Stock top-10. Late Model and Pro-4 top-8, Dirt Mod top-7 and Sportsman Modified top-5.
Drivers must attend to claim award money.
The cost is $35 per person with special pricing for kids. Tickets will be available to purchase at the track on March 2nd & 3rd + March 9th & 10 from 12-3 pm. Arrangements can be made for those that live a distance away. No tickets available at the door.
Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.
International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) announced today a new long-term partnership with Tickets.com for use of its comprehensive ticketing system ProVenue™ at all ISC motorsports entertainment facilities. The transition to the Tickets.com platform, which includes mobile ticketing technology, begins at Richmond Raceway and will be implemented at all ISC facilities by year-end 2019.
The new ticketing system will also be coupled with email automation through Tickets.com’s verified partner CrowdConnect™, making connections with fans more personalized and efficient. ISC’s consumer-focused marketing strategies and Tickets.com technology solutions provide a variety of opportunities to further strengthen customer engagement, create meaningful fan experiences and drive revenue.
“As a Company, we embrace the latest technology innovations to improve the customer experience at every touchpoint,” said Tina Martin, ISC Chief Information Officer. “As we look ahead at our attendance and revenue goals, the Tickets.com partnership helps fuel our key growth opportunities.”
The transition to the ProVenue platform, a full-service and patron-centric ticketing solution, will bring ISC flexible and mobile ticketing capabilities through Tickets.com’s advanced technology offerings. As each motorsports entertainment facility is onboarded, those venues will get secure, reliable and scalable integrations inline with ISC’s growth strategies to reimagine patron journeys in a mobile-focused world.
“Creating the ultimate venue experience for our clients and their consumers is the foundation of what ProVenue and our technology platforms have been built on,” said Joe Choti, Chief Executive Officer for Tickets.com. “Our partnership with ISC will mirror those same values as we work to a seamless transition. We’re proud to be part of ISC’s growth strategy.”
Top Races Ready To "Talk Dirt" At Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 Race for Special Q&A Session25 Feb 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Five motorsports stars are joining Auto Club Speedway’s tribute to short track racing by participating in a special “Five Wide Q&A: A Short Track Tribute” on Sunday, March 17 prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400.
Moderated by Steve Post, co-host of Winged Nation and Pit Reporter for MRN, the panel features Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer; K&N Pro Series driver Hailie Deegan; Sprint Car and former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney; and seven-time USAC champion Damion Gardner.
The Five Wide Q&A: A Short Track Tribute is open to all ticket holders and scheduled from 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. on the main stage in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone.
“This Auto Club 400 race weekend is about saluting the fans and paying tribute to the history of short track racing,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “We are honored to have these racing stars on stage for fans to listen to their stories and passion for racing whether it’s on dirt or asphalt.”
As part of the Five Wide festivities planned during NASCAR Auto Club 400 race weekend, ticket holders will also experience the following:
- Five Wide Salute: For the first time on the NASCAR circuit, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will line up for a “Five Wide Salute” during the pace laps prior to the drop of the green flag for the Auto Club 400.
- California Sprint Car racing superstar Tony Jones and Damion Gardner will be signing autographs at the Perris Auto Speedway’s display near Lefty’s Fun Zone.
With a race ticket, fans get access to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone for driver appearances, live music performances, autograph sessions, Monster Energy activations, Viva La Fiesta Zone, Lefty’s Fun Zone, sponsor activations and other family fun.
Tickets start at $45.00 to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com.
Kyle Busch is going to be a busy guy at his hometown track this weekend.
The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and Las Vegas native will be going for a tripleheader trifecta at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday through Sunday when he runs in all three NASCAR races at the 1.5-mile speedway. Busch, the winner of 51 MENCS races, is the only driver competing in all three events at LVMS’s first tripleheader weekend of the year.
The 33-year-old will be looking to repeat the three-race weekend sweeps he drove to at Bristol Motor Speedway, one of LVMS’s sister tracks, in 2010 and 2017. Busch is no stranger to victory lane in all three series in Las Vegas.
He is the defending Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race winner and will be going for two Truck Series wins in a row after emerging victorious in Atlanta on Saturday. Busch also won the NASCAR Xfinity Series’s Boyd Gaming 300 in 2016 and raced to the MENCS victory lane at LVMS in 2009.
Not only will Busch pilot his yellow No. 18 M&Ms Toyota in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube MENCS race, but he’ll be at the helm of the No. 18 Extreme Concepts/iK9 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 and is driving the No. 51 Cessna Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday night.
Busch will be part of a 32-truck field on Friday and will square off against 37 other drivers on both Saturday and Sunday. He isn’t the only driver who will be multitasking in Las Vegas this weekend.
Austin Dillon is driving his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on Sunday and also will be in the No. 10 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing on Saturday. Ross Chastain is getting the nod in the No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet on Sunday and will go for two consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series race wins at LVMS when he drives the No. 4 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports on Saturday.
Joey Gase will be in the No. 66 Toyota on Sunday after driving the No. 35 Toyota for Motorsports Business Management on Saturday as well, and B.J. McLeod is driving the No. 52 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing on Sunday after piloting the No. 15 JD Motorsports Chevrolet on Saturday. In addition, Sheldon Creed will defend his title in the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at the LVMS Dirt Track on Thursday night before climbing in the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet truck for Friday’s Strat 200.
Kyle Larson will see double duty in the World of Outlaws races at the LVMS Dirt Track on Wednesday and Thursday before taking the helm of his No. 42 Chevrolet on Sunday, and Christopher Bell also will be an “Outlaw” for two nights before going for two NASCAR Xfinity Series wins in a row on Saturday.
LVMS’s spring 2019 NASCAR Weekend begins with Strat Qualifying and the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, March 1, continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 2, and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 3. That NASCAR action will be preceded by two nights of World of Outlaws action on Feb. 27 and 28 and the Star Nursery 100 K&N Pro Series West race on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the LVMS Dirt Track, giving the nearly 1,000-acre facility five consecutive days of top-notch racing.
For tickets to all events, or for specialty items like Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 parking permits or driver introduction passes, call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson and dirt racing standout Rico Abreu will compete in this week’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track.
Larson, a five-time MENCS winner, will drive the No. 57 car for owner Paul Silva, while Abreu – a two-time Chili Bowl winner (2015-16) and former NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver – will be behind the wheel in the No. 24R car. They are joining 18-time MENCS winner Kasey Kahne and Christopher Bell – who is coming off a NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in Atlanta – in a stacked field for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented by Star Nursery for two races on Wednesday and Thursday night.
That talented quartet will challenge a strong World of Outlaws field that includes Donny Schatz, who has won 12 times and four of the last five World of Outlaws races at the LVMS Dirt Track dating back to 1999. Schatz is a 10-time and defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion.
The World of Outlaws will run with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West as part of a history-making doubleheader on Thursday night, with the Star Nursery 100 anchoring the evening’s racing. The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars also will run both nights, while the IMCA Sprint Cars will be part of Wednesday’s racing lineup.
Las Vegas native and 2004 MENCS Champion Kurt Busch, along with two-time MENCS winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr., will be part of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West autograph session at the track at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday. Spectator gates open at 3 p.m. each day, and fans can enjoy plenty of hot laps, qualifying and practice before racing begins.
Click HERE for a complete weekend schedule.
The two nights of Dirt Track racing precedes LVMS’s first NASCAR tripleheader of the year, giving the nearly 1,000-acre facility five consecutive days of top-notch racing. LVMS’s spring 2019 NASCAR Weekend consists of Strat Qualifying and the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, March 1, continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 2, and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 3.
For tickets to all events, or for specialty items like Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 parking permits or driver introduction passes, call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com.
N.H. Supreme Court Sides With New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Live Nation Country Music Festival Is A Go25 Feb 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has cleared away the final hurdles to a proposed country music festival at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. After a nearly two-year process, the state’s highest court has ruled in the Speedway’s favor, clearing the way for a three-day music festival with Live Nation.
The Supreme Court determined that it did not need to issue a formal order and affirmed the decision from the Superior Court.
“This is absolutely terrific news for music fans, local businesses and for tourism in the Capitol Region, and we are preparing to move full-steam ahead,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Many thanks to both courts for a thorough review of the claims. We have our approvals from the Town of Loudon, and we are ecstatic to move forward. This has been a long time in the making, and we cannot wait to put on one heck of a show.”
As for the specific dates for the event, McGrath tells music fans to “stay tuned.” The country music festival will be held in the S6 Lot of NHMS property as originally proposed and approved. In partnership with Live Nation, this festival will include camping and three days of music from top country artists.
“Speedway Motorsports Incorporated is proud of its tradition of hosting high quality, family-oriented entertainment options at all of its facilities including NHMS,” added McGrath. “We know this will be a great event for the entire region, and we are ready to move forward.”
Two new parking options available during May 3-5 and Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekends at Dover International Speedway25 Feb 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Two new parking options will be available this year for fans visiting Dover International Speedway during its 50th anniversary season, track officials announced today.
During the Monster Mile’s two NASCAR tripleheader weekends on May 3-5 and Oct. 4-6, these new spots will be available for the guest’s use for all three days of racing action for one flat fee in two lots near the FanZone and Monster Monument. The two locations provide a dedicated spot near all of the free, fan activities outside the track and provide easy ingress and egress on racedays.
The two new parking options include:
- Tailgating Lot: Twenty 20-foot-wide spots, nearly double the size of a regular spot. Cost is $100 for the spot that is available Friday through Sunday.
- Reserved Lot: Forty-five regular-sized vehicle parking spots in a dedicated area. Cost is $50 for the spot that is available Friday through Sunday.
Click here or call 800-441-RACE to order.
“We’re excited to offer these new options for our fans,” said Dover International Speedway president and CEO Mike Tatoian. “These choices allow fans and their friends to reserve prime spots in advance of race weekend and take comfort in knowing that spot is theirs for all three days.”
The May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, May 3, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 4 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 5.
The Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Oct. 6, 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race will be the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover International Speedway will be the 10th track in the nation to host 100 NASCAR Cup Series races.
Keep up to date on all 50th anniversary announcements and schedules by visiting DoverSpeedway.com or calling (800) 441-RACE. You can also follow all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
Dover Motorsports PR
Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will host the spring debut of the DC Solar FanGrounds (FanGrounds) over the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 12-13. Richmond unveiled the modernized infield to fans, teams, sponsors, and various industry stakeholders over the first-ever NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend last fall, so this will be the beginning of the first full year of this new fan amenity at America’s Premier Short Track. The FanGrounds was part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined, the $30-million infield redevelopment project in the historic Richmond infield announced in July 2017.
“The Toyota Spring Race Weekend will be the start of the first full year of our modernized infield, and the chance for us to offer even more fans the opportunity to get fully immersed into the sport at Richmond Raceway,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The grand opening of the FanGrounds left fans ‘starstruck’ over our first NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend last fall, so we look forward to following that momentum to welcome everyone to America’s Premier Short Track for the spring debut on April 12-13.”
The FanGrounds offers new fan experiences and amenities that get fans fully immersed into NASCAR. From the fan-viewing walkways in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garages to driver appearances in the Markel Entertainment Plaza to the one-of-a-kind M&M’s Neighborhood to the Eternal Fan Pedestrian Tunnel and Fan Memories program to the Virginia Tourism Visitor Center, there is something for everyone in the FanGrounds.
Fans will start their FanGrounds experience by using the Eternal Fan Pedestrian Tunnel to access the infield. The tunnel has an expanded width to make traveling from the grandstands to the infield more convenient. The new tunnel is also ADA accessible with an elevator on the infield side. Fans can also purchase plaques as part of the Fan Memories program by Eternal Fan that will be placed on the infield side of the tunnel. These plaques are to honor Richmond’s dedicated fans who want to share their lifelong memories at the track.
The fan-viewing walkways in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garages are the highlight of the new infield experience. Fans can watch all 40 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams work on their cars and get them prepared for race weekend. Fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the sport, and see what it takes to be a top-performing team. The fan-viewing walkway also puts them closer than ever before to their favorite driver, where they can now interact and engage with drivers as their teams work on the car.
New for 2019 fans will be able to access the Start/Finish Line for a memorable pre-race experience. Whether it’s a one-of-a-kind photo or signing your name, Start/Finish Line access is a new amenity fans can experience with a FanGrounds pass. Times for Start/Finish Line access and a map will be provided at a later date. Fans will also continue to have Saturday pit access with a FanGrounds pass prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 and Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy Series races.
Fans can take a step back into Richmond history with the Garage Walk of Honor, which acknowledges the history and legends of America’s Premier Short Track and Racing Virginia. The placements on the garage walls in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garages honor some of the greatest icons of motorsports in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Richmond History Committee will unveil a new wall placement prior to each race weekend over the next eight years.
Fans will not be able to miss the colorful one-of-a-kind M&M’s Neighborhood, located just to the left of Gatorade Victory Lane. Guests will enjoy the fun M&M’s experience while breaking for a snack or taking in the on-track action. Fans can also take their photo next to the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry showcar driven by Kyle Busch.
Guests in the FanGrounds can satisfy their craving for great food with some of Richmond’s unique food offerings. From a classic hot dog to M&M’s treats, fans can find something to provide the fuel they need to make it through race day. One of the neighborhoods in the FanGrounds is the perfect place to sit back and relax to enjoy a meal. The structure is equipped with tables, chairs, TV’s, and plenty of shade for fans to take a break and experience race day.
The Markel Entertainment Plaza is the place for fun, games, and driver appearances. Some of NASCAR’s biggest stars will stop by the stage to talk racing and some of their other favorite topics. Fans can also take on friends in a round of cornhole or just enjoy the shaded seating options.
Richmond’s new pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions take place in the FanGrounds. Fans will be able join in on the excitement by standing next to the stage to cheer and high-five their favorite drivers as they are introduced. Fans can experience the thrill of the smoke and the lights while wishing their driver good luck before the green flag.
To finish off the day in the FanGrounds, fans can experience that thrill of winning by being a part of Gatorade Victory Lane. Located in Turn 1, fans can see the winning driver and crew celebrate conquering America’s Premier Short Track. Fans will feel the Gatorade fly and watch as the race winner takes part in the very special hat dance.
The Victory Lane Club provides unprecedented access and action in the modernized infield. With rooftop viewing overlooking Gatorade Victory Lane, this unique experience is perfect for individual guests or a corporate option for entertainment. Located within the Monster Energy Series Garages, the club provides a climate-controlled space where guests can indulge in premium food, beverages, and open bar throughout the day. The Victory Lane Club also provides the most comprehensive collection of VIP amenities, including a NASCAR Hot Garage Pass, an invitation to the Driver/Crew Chief meeting, a pre-race pace car ride, preferred parking, a behind the scenes tour of MRN Radio and more.
FanGrounds passes are available to purchase for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 12-13 and NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 20-21. Fans must have a race ticket in order to purchase FanGrounds passes. Friday or Saturday only passes are $70, and weekend passes are $125. Kids 12 & younger are only $25 for single day passes and $40 for weekend passes.
For more information on the FanGrounds, please visit richmondraceway.com/fangrounds
Richmond Raceway PR
Brad Keselowski nursed flu-like symptoms throughout Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, a stroke of good fortune and a a fast car gave Keselowski the best medicine: his first win of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
One day after having Austin Cindric fill in for him during practice, Keselowski went the distance in successful fashion. He battled for the lead with Team Penske teammate Joey Logano as the race wound down, but a loose wheel forced Logano – the defending series champion – to pit road and knocked him out of contention. Martin Truex Jr., the 2017 champion, made a spirited charge over the final four laps to nearly steal the victory away from Keselowski.
The veteran driver and 2012 series champion held steady, taking Truex’s line away from him and maintaining a miniscule advantage. Keselowski’s lead held up over the final lap to ensure his second Atlanta win and the 28th triumph of his Cup Series career. By taking the checkered flag, Keselowski also passed Mark Donohue as the winningest driver in Team Penske history.
Sunday’s race marked the first for the new rules package in Monster Energy Cup Series competition. A 550-horsepower car featured larger splitters and spoilers as well as a tapered spacer designed to keep cars closer together. The event saw 26 lead changes over 325 laps – the most in three years and the second-most since 2012.
Truex wound up second to Keselowski by just .218 seconds with Kurt Busch third, defending race winner Kevin Harvick fourth and Clint Bowyer fifth. Kyle Busch finished sixth with Erik Jones seventh, Aric Almirola eighth and Chris Buescher ninth. Daniel Suarez rounded out the top 10.
Kyle Larson led a race-high 142 laps before finishing 12th behind Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin. A pit-road speeding penalty with 100 laps to go cost Larson in his bid to snap a 48-race winless streak. Logano finished 23rd.
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 AutoTrader Ford (RACE WINNER): “It’s certainly a really big day for us and one that I’ll reflect on for a long time. All wins are special – there’s not a win that doesn’t mean something – but some wins mean more. This one means more for a number of reasons. … The win record for Team Penske, that’s certainly very special to me.
“Winning the first race whenever there’s a major rules change means something to me personally because when you look at the great drivers over the years, they were able to win in different disciplines. … I wouldn’t have made this race yesterday (due to the illness). Thankfully, the team in the care center helped me out. They gave me a couple IVs and got me as good as I could be for the race. My wife was the real hero out of everything, because she was just as sick as me and she was taking care of our daughter, playing mom, and taking care of me while sick herself. That’s mom power right there, so she’s the rock star as far as I’m concerned.”
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota (RUNNER-UP): “I thought it was fun. This place is awesome. It’s a badass track and you’ve got to really get up on the wheel and drive it. I had a lot of fun racing with (Ryan) Blaney and guys like that. It was awesome. The Bass Pro/Tracker Boats Toyota was good all day, we just caught an unlucky break there at the end with how that pit stop deal worked out (a Lap 274 caution which left all but two cars one lap down).”
KURT BUSCH, No. 1 ComSurv Chevrolet (THIRD-PLACE FINISHER): “We’ll take a good top-five today and evaluate things when we get to Las Vegas. I just couldn’t get through (turns) 3 and 4. I lost speed through there every lap. It was a struggle for me and most, but it was fun. You had options, the draft came into play and you were juking and jiving trying to find lanes (to pass). All in all, I was impressed with the package.”