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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.


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 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.”


Kyle Busch’s reign as the ultimate NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series competitor reached a new level on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

After leading a race-high 92 of 130 laps in Saturday’s Ultimate Tailgating 200, Busch recorded his record 52nd career Truck Series victory in dominant fashion. The owner of his eponymous team, Busch beat Johnny Sauter by .932 seconds following a five-lap dash to the finish.

Busch’s victory, which saw the series veteran pass Ron Hornaday for the No. 1 spot in wins, also marked his 195th triumph across all three major NASCAR national touring series. Grant Enfinger followed Busch and Sauter across the line in third with Brett Moffitt fourth and Ben Rhodes fifth.

Ross Chastain finished sixth with last week’s winner, Austin Hill – a Winston, Georgia, native – seventh. Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland and Timothy Peters rounded out the top 10.

KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Cessna Toyota (RACE WINNER): “It’s certainly a big deal for me and for our team. (Crew chief) Rudy (Fugle) and these guys prepare some awesome trucks and it’s awesome to come out here and race with my own team. … To be able to go chase after records, that’s not what we’re out here to do – we’re here to go out, compete and win – but obviously everything that’s tallied up over the years has gotten us to this point. Today was really good. Our truck was awesome. It was really flying out there.”


Christopher Bell had no equal on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver swept all three stages of the Rinnai 250, leading 142 of 163 laps in securing a convincing victory in the second race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Bell – considered one of the series’ foremost championship contenders – wasted little time in asserting his dominance.

Despite starting third, Bell roared to the lead on Lap 1 of Saturday’s event. He paced the field for much of the afternoon and appeared to have victory in hand before a late caution flag saw the lead cars head to pit road, change tires and gear up for a three-lap assault.

Jeffrey Earnhardt – Bell’s teammate at JGR – lined up on the outside of the front row beside Bell for the final restart, but Bell had the preferred inside line. Bell had the momentum as well, as he rocketed away on the restart and held off a charge from runner-up Cole Custer to score his first win of the season.

Justin Allgaier’s Chevrolet finished third with Brandon Jones and defending series champion Tyler Reddick completing the top five. Earnhardt was sixth with Ryan Preece seventh, Justin Haley eighth, Noah Gragson ninth and Austin Cindric 10th.

Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Saturday twin bill concludes with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Ultimate Tailgating 200.

Sunday’s forecast for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 features plenty of sun and clear skies for the second race of the Monster Energy Cup Series season on Atlanta’s challenging, high-speed 1.5-mile quad oval.

CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (RACE WINNER): “All day long, I knew that my weakness was late in the runs. I had a really strong run from the green flag to basically the last 10 laps, when I’d really start struggling really bad. When the 2 car (Reddick) started gaining on me a little bit (before the last caution), I felt like I could make time if I moved up to the top at the end of a run. I was just about to move up to the top to make up a little bit of speed to hold off the 2 car (before the yellow came out). Late in the runs, the competition was really good. The 2 car, the 00 (Custer) were both really strong. That had me a little bit nervous and obviously on a late-race restart, you’re kind of a sitting duck, right? I knew I was going to have my hands full if the yellow didn’t come out and I was going to have my hands full on the restart if the yellow did come out.”

COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (RUNNER-UP): “That was a fun race. I thought the end was pretty good. I thought I was going to maybe have it there for a second, but I didn’t have enough there. Bell kind of took my line on the last lap, but it’s a great start. ... We got a new crew chief (Mike Shiplett) and it was huge for us to start off the year strong. We’re going to be a threat all year.”

About the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend

The Atlanta NASCAR Weekend builds to a spectacular crescendo with the main event of the three-race showcase: the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday.

Tickets for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 can be purchased by contacting Atlanta Motor Speedway at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.


At a track known for making history, Aric Almirola did something on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway that he hadn’t done in nearly seven years: win the pole for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Almirola’s second lap in the final round of qualifying for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was his best of the session – and no one could top it. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver posted a phenomenal 30.55-second, 181.473-mph run to edge fellow Ford drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer.

The pole was Almirola’s second of his Cup Series career and his first since the 2012 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Daytona 500 winner and series points leader Denny Hamlin will start fourth on Sunday. Daniel Suarez – like Almirola and Bowyer, a Stewart-Haas driver – will roll off fifth. Kyle Busch was sixth-fastest with Kyle Larson seventh, Kurt Busch eighth, Martin Truex Jr. ninth and Austin Dillon 10th.

Sunday’s forecast for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 features plenty of sun and clear skies for the second race of the Monster Energy Cup Series season on Atlanta’s challenging, high-speed 1.5-mile quad oval.

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang (POLE WINNER): “We knew our car had a lot of raw speed in it and through the rounds, the adjustments that (crew chief) Johnny (Klausmeier) was making kept making our car better. We were getting it done on Lap 1. … In the first round, there was a little confusion leaving pit road, so I feel like that may have cost us a little bit there.

“In the final round, (it was) just really good execution by the whole team. The changes that the engineers and Johnny made to the car – honestly, just the car the guys brought – we had a really good car right off the truck. We were second in practice and just kind of carried that speed through qualifying. In that final round, I knew a second lap was going to be faster than the first. I sort of decided to throw the first lap away building the speed up and in the second lap, I just really executed, hit all my marks perfectly and was able to be good enough and (post) a really fast lap to get the pole, which is cool because I haven’t done it in like seven years. It was pretty neat.”

RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford Mustang (OUTSIDE POLE): “I think the (cooler) weather definitely helped our car there. We made some big improvements on the first run, because we were 18th to start and jumped all the way up to sixth. Randy and Angela, our engineers, made a lot of adjustments to get us where I needed to be to be able to hold the car wide open.

“This is a good start for our Little Hugs Fruit Barrels Ford here at Atlanta, but it’s a bit of a bummer, too. I was trying to think what I could have done to get a little bit more out of the car, and then when I looked up Aric (Almirola) had run a 30.55. There wasn’t much I was going to be able to do to catch up to that.”


The first time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series drivers will take to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s challenging, high-speed 1.5-mile oval on Saturday will be when the green flag drops on the Ultimate Tailgating 200.

Due to inclement weather, qualifying for Saturday’s race been canceled, leaving the first 25 trucks set by 2018 owners points, the next two by combined practice speeds and the final five by provisionals. Georgia native Austin Hill – who won the Truck Series’ season opener last week at Daytona – will start first, as his Hattori Racing Enterprises team won last year’s championship.

The Ultimate Tailgating 200 – the second event in Atlanta’s action-packed Saturday of speed, following the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rinnai 250 – will go green at approximately 4:30 p.m.


NASCAR has canceled Saturday morning’s qualifying session for the Rinnai 250 Xfinity Series race due to inclement weather.

The starting lineup for the Rinnai 250 will be set based on 2018 owner standings, per the NASCAR rulebook.

On-track activity at Atlanta Motor Speedway is currently scheduled to resume at 10:40 a.m. with qualifying for the Ultimate Tailgating 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, followed by the final practice session for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at 12 p.m.

Saturday afternoon's slate features doubleheader action with the Rinnai 250 at 2:00 p.m. and the Ultimate Tailgating 200 at 4:30 p.m.


Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano hasn’t won a Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but Logano has plenty of memories at the storied 1.5-mile oval.

As a child, Logano honed his craft racing Bandoleros and Legend Cars at Atlanta’s Thursday Thunder events. Arriving at Atlanta for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Logano said, gave him a chance to recall his formative years behind the wheel.

“I actually rode around (Friday) morning in a golf cart, because my son loves golf cart rides,” Logano said. “We rode around with my wife, looked at the Legends of Georgia display and told stories. I mean, I probably spent two years of my life living in the condominiums at the track. Just reminiscing about everything was fun. It’s your roots, right? Of course I’m gonna relive them.”


Preece Relishes Underdog Status with JTG Daugherty

Ryan Preece enters Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with one Atlanta start on his resume.


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie opened his season in scintillating fashion, dodging a series of late-race accidents to record an eighth-place finish. Facing the uncertainty of NASCAR’s newest rules package, Preece – the driver of the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Camaro – believes he could benefit from what could be an unpredictable race weekend.


“It kind of hits the reset button (on the competition),” Preece said of the new rules package. “There are so many unknowns. No one really knows the hot trick. Everybody shows up and they either get really lucky and stumble upon it, or they’re way off. We definitely hit on something with our team and we’re going to keep running with it and building on it.”




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