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Race fans already know they can get their race tickets and everyday essentials at their local Food City, but Bristol Motor Speedway is making the deal even sweeter with special prices at the family-favorite neighborhood supermarket.

Through Dec. 31, all Food City stores will offer $40 adult tickets to the Food City 500 on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Kids tickets for those 12-and-under are also available in-store for just $10. In addition to being able to see some of the best short track racing in the country, each ticket purchased awards shoppers 500 additional ValuPoints on their Food City ValuCard. ValuPoints are redeemable to save money during the holidays on fuel, groceries and more.

All tickets will feature blind-reserved seats selected by knowledgeable members of the BMS ticket office. Tickets will be sold at the customer service area of each Food City location and emailed within seven days of purchase.

Food City continues to serve as one of the most collaborative partners in the NASCAR industry. In addition to being the second longest Cup entitlement sponsor, Food City has been the innovative visionary behind Food City Family Race Night, which continues to be one of the longest running and most popular fan fest in NASCAR. The event returns for a 33rd year in 2020.

For more information, see the customer service area at your neighborhood Food City or visit www.BristolMotorSpeedway.com.

BMS PR

In the spirit of giving back in the community, ISM Raceway and The NASCAR Foundation, along with local NASCAR drivers Jagger Jones, Jace Jones and Sara Houston, teamed up for the third-annual “Operation Speedy Bear Brigade” yesterday on Giving Tuesday, delivering stuffed Speedy Bears to children at Banner Children’s Hospital within Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

“It always a very special day when we get to share the excitement of racing with our community, and in this case young patients, siblings and families at Banner Children’s Hospital,” said Jagger Jones, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 2019 Rookie of the Year. “I’m honored to have been a part of ‘Operation Speedy Bear Brigade’ with Sara and my brother Jace, and help spread some cheer on behalf of The NASCAR Foundation.”

In addition to ISM Raceway’s efforts at Banner Children’s Hospital, “Operation Speedy Bear Brigade” took place in over 30 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 our sport,” The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Nichole Krieger said. “This effort has continued to grow from year to year, without losing sight our ultimate goal to bring smiles to the faces of so many children who really need it.”

The 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. 

ISM Raceway PR

In a continued effort to recognize excellence across its motorsports entertainment properties, Speedway Motorsports officials have announced promotions for three senior executives. Jessica Fickenscher has been promoted to Chief Experience Officer; Kevin Camper to Chief Sales Officer; and Steve Swift to Senior Vice President of Operations and Development.

Jessica Fickenscher – Chief Experience Officer

A member of the Speedway Motorsports staff for more than 20 years, Fickenscher will now expand her role to develop new Fans First initiatives and continue improving the sports entertainment company’s best-in-class fan experiences.

Fickenscher also facilitates capital improvement and property development projects across all eight of Speedway Motorsports’ premier NASCAR facilities and oversees the company’s relationship with food services partner, Levy Restaurants. In addition, she leads business operations as the senior executive for company subsidiaries U.S. Legend Cars International, the world’s largest producer of fun and affordable race cars, and SMI Properties, a souvenir production and merchandising division. Fickenscher is also the managing director of Speedway Children’s Charities national chapter and serves as a board member for the Charlotte chapter.

“It takes a very unique skillset to excel in different facets of business, and Jessica has excelled in every area of her responsibilities during more than two decades with our company,” said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith. “Her attention to detail is exceeded only by her commitment to improve our fan experiences, and we look forward to her continued efforts each day to bring our ‘Fans First’ commitment to life.”

This promotion comes after Fickenscher served the past 17 months as senior vice president of special projects. She had previously worked as vice president of special projects from 2011-2018, director of special projects from 2008-2011, director of client services from 2006-2008 and manager of client services from 2001-2006.

Fickenscher graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 1998 with a degree in Sports Management and Business Administration.

Kevin Camper – Chief Sales Officer

In his new role, Camper will be responsible for corporate sales revenue across all eight of Speedway Motorsports’ world-class facilities and its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. Camper will work with corporate sales managers at each speedway to maximize revenue and facilitate best practices. He’ll also collaborate with executive leadership company-wide to develop new events and revenue platforms while continuing his sales leadership role at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“Kevin’s passion for excellence, creative business savvy and customer service mentality toward our marketing partners make him the perfect fit for this new role,” Smith stated. “He leads by example and has a longstanding record of success that will continue to solidify Speedway Motorsports as an industry leader in the event entertainment space.”

Since Camper’s arrival in 2011, Las Vegas Motor Speedway has renewed many of its event entitlement sponsors and added a new sponsor for its spring NASCAR Cup Series race. Camper played a significant role in developing a Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority partnership that helped recruit an annual fall NASCAR Cup Series playoff event weekend to the speedway in 2018. Camper and his team signed entitlement sponsors for all three NASCAR events for the new September race weekend.

During his tenure, Camper has been a key player in the recruitment of the Electric Daisy Carnival, Red Bull Air Race World Championships and many other major events. Under his leadership, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway sales department has been a crown jewel for Speedway Motorsports in each of his eight years.

Camper is a graduate of Liberty University and former collegiate baseball player. After graduation, he began his professional career as an intern with the Texas Rangers and became season ticket manager before joining the Texas Motor Speedway sales team in 1996. For nearly a decade, he worked his way through the ranks from the ticket office to corporate sales at The Great American Speedway before becoming chief partnership and sales officer for the Professional Bull Riders Association in 2009. After two years with the PBR, Camper returned to Speedway Motorsports in 2011 as the senior vice president of sales and marketing for Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Steve Swift – Senior Vice President of Operations and Development

In his new role, Swift will oversee construction projects and capital expenditures at all eight of Speedway Motorsports’ world-class facilities. Additionally, he will lead the development and management of standardized operation-related processes and procedures.

“During his 15 years with Speedway Motorsports, Steve has been an invaluable member of our operations and development team, overseeing major projects at our facilities across the country,” said Smith. “His leadership and drive to be the best help elevate our company to be a front-runner in the entertainment industry and we look forward to his continued efforts in this new role.”

To date, Swift has supervised the construction of zMAX Dragway; the Neon Garage and ThriveHive Digital Center at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; multiple structures in the Bristol Motor Speedway infield; Kentucky Speedway grandstand and camping expansions plus track reconfigurations at Bristol, Texas, Las Vegas, Kentucky and the creation of the innovative Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, among other projects.

Swift began his career with Speedway Motorsports as a Senior Construction Manager in 2004, before assuming the role of Vice President of Operations and Development at Kentucky Speedway in 2011. In 2015, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Development for Speedway Motorsports.

Before joining the company, Swift spent five years as a project manager for JA Street and Associates. Prior to that, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Technology from East Tennessee State University in 2000.

SMI PR

Tired of fighting mall traffic and aggressive shoppers? Tired of wracking your brain to come up with that perfect Christmas gift? Want to see a smile as big and bright as Richard Petty’s on Christmas morning?

South Boston Speedway’s got you covered!

A gift certificate from the historic southside Virginia track is the absolute perfect gift for that person that has everything.

“If you have a race fan in your life, it would be difficult to find a better gift than a South Boston Speedway gift certificate,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “You can spend a little or a lot, and regardless of how much you spend, you know it’s going to be a great gift. Where else could you find a gift that would include an evening of exciting short-track racing.”

Gift certificates may be purchased by stopping by the South Boston Speedway office Monday through Thursday from 9-5 or by calling 877.440.1540.

The first opportunity to use a South Boston Speedway gift certificate will be the 2020 season-opener on March 21 when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visits for a 150-lap race. There will also be twin 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock races that afternoon.

SBS PR

The green flag has dropped on ticket sales at advance pricing for all five major race events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next season. The 59th season of racing at the legendary road course in Lexington, Ohio, will feature the best in two- and four-wheel motorsports action, beginning the first weekend of May and running through mid-August.
 
Fans can see all the on track action, plus gain access to club weekends not open to the general public, with the purchase of a Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass at the $360 advance price. The regular price is $395 starting March 3rd. Included with the all access pass are all event general admission tickets and grandstand seating, infield parking, redemption offers for use on site, and other exclusive experiences. A Paddock Pass for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is also provided. See midohio.com for a summary of all the exclusive benefits of a 2020 Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass.
 
Now through March 2nd, fans who buy during the advance purchase window get rewarded with savings of up to $20 on most event tickets. Also, Weekend Motorhome and Tent Camping are available at $20 off regular prices currently. Tickets can be ordered online at midohio.com or 419-884-4000 weekdays during business hours.
 
“Tickets are on sale now at a terrific savings during the holiday gift buying season. The Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass continues as one of the best values in all of motorsports, and it makes a great gift for any race fan,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “We have another exciting season of racing in store for 2020. The variety of series on our schedule across the five race weekends is tremendous and hard to top.”
 
The 2020 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course schedule is as follows:
 
  • Acura Sports Car Challenge (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event) – May 1-3
  • Mid-Ohio 170 (NASCAR Xfinity Series event / ARCA Menards Series) – May 29-30
  • Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association / TransAm) – June 26-28
  • AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (AMA’s annual motorcycling celebration) – July 10-12
  • The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (NTT IndyCar Series event) – August 14-16
 
Two adjustments on the schedule for 2020 are shifts in dates for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NTT IndyCar Series rounds at Mid-Ohio due to television coverage of the Summer Olympics from Tokyo. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the Mid-Ohio 170, moves earlier to May 29-30, and is the first stop in the Midwest next year for NASCAR. The ARCA Menards Series returns to Mid-Ohio for the first time since 1965 as Friday’s feature race of this stock car weekend. Then, Ohio’s largest motorsports event, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series, shifts to a later summer date, August 14-16, to wrap up the 2020 schedule with the stars and cars of the Indianapolis 500.
 
The Acura Sports Car Challenge, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, again leads off the 2020 schedule the first weekend of May for the third straight season. A celebration of automobile history in motion occurs June 26-28 for the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The longest continuously running event at Mid-Ohio also adds the fender-banging, ground-pounding cars of the TransAm Series to its weekend schedule for the first time.
 
Shifting from four-wheel to two-wheel action, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is up next, July 10-12. American Motorcycle Association’s annual motorcycle gathering again brings numerous activities for enthusiasts spread across all 330 acres of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course facility.
 
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers one of the best family values in all of live sports and entertainment. Children 12 and under always receive free general admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Visit midohio.com for more information, and follow its Facebook page @MidOhioSportsCarCourse, Twitter @Mid_Ohio or Instagram @officialmidohio for the latest news.

Dover International Speedway and Iron Source, a Delaware-based construction equipment company, have agreed to a five-year extension through 2024 of their corporate partnership agreement, track and Iron Source officials said today.

With the extension, Iron Source, which has offices in Georgetown, Del., and Smyrna, Del. and soon will add a third Delaware location in New Castle County, continues to be the “Official Equipment Rental Provider of Dover International Speedway.”

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Dover International Speedway,” said Chess Hedrick, Iron Source’s owner and CEO. “We’re looking forward to working with the Monster Mile on more projects in the future.”

Iron Source sells and rents construction equipment to construction, landscaping, government and industrial clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Since the partnership began in 2017, Iron Source equipment has been used for several improvement projects at the Monster Mile, including the track’s new $5.5 million Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage.

“We’re pleased that another strong local business will continue to be in our family of corporate partners,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “Iron Source products have aided us with many recent projects and they will continue to be critical to our operational success in the future.”

Iron Source’s extension with Dover International Speedway begins with the Monster Mile’s first NASCAR tripleheader weekend of 2020 from May 1-3, highlighted by the NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 3. The weekend also includes the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 2 and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, May 1.

Dover International Speedway’s second NASCAR tripleheader weekend of 2020 comes Aug. 21-23, including the “Drydene 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 23, the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Aug. 22 and the “General Tire 125” ARCA Menards Series East race on Friday, Aug. 21.

For tickets or more information on Monster Mile events, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

Dover Motorsports PR

The green flag has dropped on ticket sales at advance pricing for all five major race events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next season. The 59th season of racing at the legendary road course in Lexington, Ohio, will feature the best in two- and four-wheel motorsports action, beginning the first weekend of May and running through mid-August.
Fans can see all the on track action, plus gain access to club weekends not open to the general public, with the purchase of a Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass at the $360 advance price. The regular price is $395 starting March 3rd. Included with the all access pass are all event general admission tickets and grandstand seating, infield parking, redemption offers for use on site, and other exclusive experiences. A Paddock Pass for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is also provided. See midohio.com for a summary of all the exclusive benefits of a 2020 Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass.
 
Now through March 2nd, fans who buy during the advance purchase window get rewarded with savings of up to $20 on most event tickets. Also, Weekend Motorhome and Tent Camping are available at $20 off regular prices currently. Tickets can be ordered online at midohio.com or 419-884-4000 weekdays during business hours.
 
“Tickets are on sale now at a terrific savings during the holiday gift buying season. The Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass continues as one of the best values in all of motorsports, and it makes a great gift for any race fan,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “We have another exciting season of racing in store for 2020. The variety of series on our schedule across the five race weekends is tremendous and hard to top.”
The 2020 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course schedule is as follows:
  • Acura Sports Car Challenge (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event) – May 1-3
  • Mid-Ohio 170 (NASCAR Xfinity Series event / ARCA Menards Series) – May 29-30
  • Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association / TransAm) – June 26-28
  • AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (AMA’s annual motorcycling celebration) – July 10-12
  • The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (NTT IndyCar Series event) – August 14-16
Two adjustments on the schedule for 2020 are shifts in dates for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NTT IndyCar Series rounds at Mid-Ohio due to television coverage of the Summer Olympics from Tokyo. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the Mid-Ohio 170, moves earlier to May 29-30, and is the first stop in the Midwest next year for NASCAR. The ARCA Menards Series returns to Mid-Ohio for the first time since 1965 as Friday’s feature race of this stock car weekend. Then, Ohio’s largest motorsports event, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series, shifts to a later summer date, August 14-16, to wrap up the 2020 schedule with the stars and cars of the Indianapolis 500.
The Acura Sports Car Challenge, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, again leads off the 2020 schedule the first weekend of May for the third straight season. A celebration of automobile history in motion occurs June 26-28 for the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The longest continuously running event at Mid-Ohio also adds the fender-banging, ground-pounding cars of the TransAm Series to its weekend schedule for the first time.
 
Shifting from four-wheel to two-wheel action, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is up next, July 10-12. American Motorcycle Association’s annual motorcycle gathering again brings numerous activities for enthusiasts spread across all 330 acres of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course facility.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers one of the best family values in all of live sports and entertainment. Children 12 and under always receive free general admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Visit midohio.com for more information, and follow its Facebook page @MidOhioSportsCarCourse, Twitter @Mid_Ohio or Instagram @officialmidohio for the latest news.
Mid-Ohio PR
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will remain the title sponsor of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. The speedway’s continued partnership with KYTC is centered on the “Buckle Up In Your Truck” (BUIYT) campaign to bring awareness to seatbelt use in pickup trucks. The BUIYT 225 will kick off a NASCAR tripleheader weekend on Thursday, July 9.
 
“The BUIYT 225 kicks off our huge tripleheader weekend and I can’t think of a better partner to do that with than KYTC. We have a long and treasured relationship, during which time we have held some great racing and saved many lives. We look forward to a lot more of both again this year!” said Kentucky Speedway General Manager, Mark Simendinger. 
 
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s BUIYT campaign, an aspect of safety within the Transportation Cabinet, works in conjunction with the “Click It or Ticket” program. Research has found that drivers and occupants of pickup trucks are less likely to use their safety belt than in any other type of vehicle. 
 
By using the Gander Trucks race as a platform, the goal is to increase public awareness of the lack of safety belt use in pickup trucks, educate drivers to buckle up and diminish fatalities. 
 
In Kentucky, the seat belt usage rate for pickup trucks is 83 percent, compared to 90 percent for passenger cars. While rollover crashes can happen in any type of vehicle, pickup trucks are twice as likely to rollover as passenger cars. In addition, pickup truck drivers have the lowest level of seat belt use among drivers of all other vehicles nationwide.
 
“We value the Kentucky Speedway’s partnership and commitment to help save lives on our roadways,” said Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula. “As we gear up for racing season, we’re proud to continue highlighting this critical highway safety issue and encourage NASCAR fans to make safe choices each and every time they get behind the wheel.”
 
Of the 724 fatalities on Kentucky roadways last year, 111 involved a pickup truck.
 
“Wearing a seat belt gives you the best chance to survive a crash, as it is your best defense against a speeding, distracted or drunken driver,” said Siwula. “NASCAR drivers always buckle up before starting their engines. We’re asking NASCAR fans to do the same.”
 
The 2020 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart on Saturday, July 11.The Gander Trucks Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 starts the weekend on Thursday, July 9 and the Xfinity Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 10.
 
Tickets, Pre-Race Passes and campsites are on sa­­le at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting our speedway ticket offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Kentucky 41086, just off Interstate Highway 71 Exit 57 and Kentucky Highway 35 N.
KYS PR

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker will perform the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show prior to the 62nd running of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 16, the season-opening race for the NASCAR Cup Series (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Rucker, who first achieved multi-Platinum status as lead singer of the iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, has also earned chart-topping success as a solo artist. He has released five critically-acclaimed country albums and notched nine No. 1 singles at country radio, also earning an induction into the famed Grand Ole Opry in 2012. Hootie & the Blowfish returned to the road in 2019 for their sold-out Group Therapy Tour and released Imperfect Circle, their first new album in nearly 15 years, last month.

“Darius Rucker’s appeal is massive, encompassing fans of both rock and country music, making him a perfect fit for fans attending ‘The Great American Race,’” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “A talent like this is rare. Darius is a true American success story and we are proud to welcome him back once again.”

Fans who purchase UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access for the DAYTONA 500 will be able to view Rucker’s DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show – as well as driver introductions – from the grass tri-oval area. A limited number of DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show ticket packages, available starting at $213, have been designed around Rucker’s appearance. The package includes a DAYTONA 500 ticket, UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access and VIP area access to the performance. Race fans who have already purchased DAYTONA 500 tickets can add UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race Access and VIP area access for $114. All VIP ticket packages are on sale now at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/dariusrucker.

The 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 will be Rucker’s fourth appearance at Daytona International Speedway – and his third appearance as a solo artist. In 2002 and 2010, Rucker delivered solo performances prior to the Coke Zero Sugar 400, and in 2003, Hootie & the Blowfish took part in the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert.

Tickets for the 2020 DAYTONA 500 and all 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.

DIS PR

Music legends REO Speedwagon and Styx will co-headline the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 22, 2020 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, performing their hits that have defined melodic power rock for generations.

The concert featuring two of the most popular American rock bands in history starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. Styx will perform first, followed by REO Speedwagon.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com, by calling 800-822-INDY (4639) or 317-492-6700, or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building.

General admission tickets start at just $30. A limited number of concert pit tickets are available for $55. For the first time in 2020, a limited number of tickets in a new temporary grandstand are available starting at $95, including concert pit access. A very limited supply of exclusive VIP platform tickets also is available for $250, including pit access, snacks, two complimentary drinks and dedicated bars. Ticket prices will increase as the concert draws closer, so fans are encouraged to buy now.

All general admission, concert pit, grandstand and VIP Deck concert tickets include admission to the concert and to on-track activities that day at IMS, which include the final practice for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race and the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge.

"Miller Lite Carb Day is the start of the most exciting weekend of the year in motorsports, and REO Speedwagon and Styx are the perfect headliners to shift anticipation for the 104th Indy 500 into top gear," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Both bands came from Midwestern roots to become enduring global superstars, just like the Indy 500. Our fans will love rocking to hit after hit performed by these legendary artists at the best high-horsepower party of the year."

Formed in 1967 at college in Champaign, Illinois, signed in 1971 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out.

In its early days, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band. By the early '70s, the band's unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by Styx, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more.

Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as "Ridin' The Storm Out" followed, setting the stage for the 1980's explosive "Hi Infidelity," which received the Recording Industry Association of America's 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the U.S. "Hi Infidelity's" millions in sales were fueled by massive hit singles such as "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On the Run." All these years later, "Hi Infidelity" still remains a high-water mark for rock bands - the album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot, a feat that modern artists can only dream of achieving.

REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.

At the center of REO's desire to keep it rocking for the fans is Cronin, who looks like he's found the fountain of youth, along with the secret to penning some of the biggest hits in rock. With bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt, REO has remained busy since the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007 with its 15th studio album, "Find Your Own Way," and tours with fellow legends such as Styx, .38 Special, Pat Benatar, Ted Nugent, Chicago, Def Leppard, Status Quo and Don Felder, including a number of shows to benefit various causes.

The six members of Styx continue to rock to audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year. Founded in Chicago in 1972, Styx draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs and hard-driving deep cuts.

From the progressively sweeping splendor that is "The Grand Illusion" to the hunker-down fortitude of all that is the "Blue Collar Man," from the majestic spiritual love for a special "Lady" to the seething indictment of preening, primping pageantry for pageantry's sake of "Miss America," from an individual yearning for true connection as a "Man in the Wilderness" to a soul-deep quest to achieve what's at the heart of one's personal vision in "Crystal Ball," from the regal reach-for-the-stars bravado of "Come Sail Away" to the grainy all-in gallop of that rugged "Renegade" who had it made, the band draws on an unlimited cache of ways to immerse one's mind and body in its signature sound.

Styx hit its stride with guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw's first LP with the band, 1976's "Crystal Ball," and then it became the first group to score four triple-platinum albums in a row: "The Grand Illusion" (1977), "Pieces of Eight" (1978), "Cornerstone" (1979) and "Paradise Theater" (1981).

Over the ensuing decade, Styx weathered the shifting winds of the public's musical taste, reconvening for a highly successful 1996 "Return to Paradise" tour that was documented on CD and DVD in 1997.

With a little help from their many friends in Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra, "One With Everything" (2006) became a hybrid orchestral rock blend for the ages. And on "The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live" (2011), the band performed at its peak when tackling every track from a pair of their finest triple-platinum albums back to back. Styx also re-recorded two discs' worth of its classic material with much finesse and musculature, aptly known as "Regeneration Volume I & II" (2011 & 2012). The band's latest album, "The Mission," was released to critical acclaim in 2017.

The 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 2020. Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com or by calling or visiting the IMS Ticket Office.

IMS PR

Three more short track races have been added to New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend, September 11-12, 2020. The fresh new lineup will include the American-Canadian Tour and Granite State Legend Cars along with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and ARCA Menards Series East and will crown four season champions during the two-day event.

“New England race fans spoke, and we listened,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Full Throttle Fall Weekend is now bigger and better with five heart-pounding short track races in two days. They won’t want to miss this high energy, thrilling race lineup!”

 

The American-Canadian Tour is no stranger to “The Magic Mile,” making nine appearances from 2009-2016 and making it’s homecoming on Saturday, September 12. The 75-lap feature is the final race of the Tour’s season championship and will hit the 1.058-mile oval at 4:00 p.m. capping off the day’s races. 

 

Prior to the ACT race, the ARCA Menards Series East will take on a 125-lap event at 2:30 p.m., which will also mark the final race of the series championship season. The weekend’s main event, the Musket 200 presented by Whelen, is the longest mileage race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at 12:05 p.m. rounding out the day’s races on “The Magic Mile.”

 

The Granite State Legend Cars will also crown two champions at Full Throttle Fall Weekend with a 30-lap Oval Series race on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the 0.25-mile mini oval in turns one and two and a 20-lap Road Course Series event on the 0.95-mile modified road course on Friday at 5 p.m.

 

All Saturday ticket holders will have access to a free autograph session with all the drivers from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, ARCA Menards Series East and American-Canadian Tour at 10:15 a.m. Pit passes for the speedway will allow access into the garages, on pit road and the racetrack with front-stage access for Saturday’s pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions. Free and premium parking will be available along with various camping options.

 

Single-day tickets and upgrades for Full Throttle Fall Weekend are on sale now.

 

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

NHMS PR

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