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Pocono Raceway will host 1,250 miles of racing as part of the 2020 NASCAR Doubleheader Week from June 25-28, 2020. This historic motorsport event will feature five NASCAR and ARCA races in four days, including two NASCAR Cup Series races taking place on back-to-back days – a first in NASCAR history.
The 2020 NASCAR Doubleheader week will open with ARCA Menards Series practice, qualifying and the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 race on Thursday. On-track action on Friday will include NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (Gander Trucks) practice and qualifying, along with two scheduled NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions. Saturday’s events will feature NASCAR Xfinity Series (Xfinity Series) practice, NASCAR Cup Series qualifying to set the field for that day’s race, a 150-mile Gander Trucks race and a 325-mile NASCAR Cup Series race. Xfinity Series Qualifying, the Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons Xfinity Series race and a 350-mile NASCAR Cup Series race rounds out the bucket-list motorsports weekend on Sunday. (Note: The field for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race. Race length for Gander Trucks adjusted to allow for more access to Pit/Paddock Pass holders between the day’s events.)
Tickets for the 2020 NASCAR Doubleheader Week at Pocono Raceway are now on sale to the public. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/2020 to learn more or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929.)
2020 NASCAR DOUBLEHEADER WEEK RACES:
Thursday, June 25 at 4:15 p.m. ET
General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 – ARCA Menards Series Race (80 Laps / 200 Miles)
Saturday, June 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race (60 Laps / 150 Miles)
Saturday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET
NASCAR Cup Series Race #1 (130 Laps / 325 Miles)
Sunday, June 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons – NASCAR Xfinity Series Race (90 Laps / 225 Miles)
Sunday, June 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET
NASCAR Cup Series Race #2 (140 Laps / 350 Miles)
Adult NASCAR tickets for Saturday and Sunday start at $45. A Saturday gate admission ticket includes both the Gander Trucks 150-mile race and the weekend’s first of two NASCAR Cup Series races. A Sunday gate admission ticket includes both the Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the weekend’s 350-mile NASCAR Cup Series race. Camping tickets start at $200 for the entire race week. Adult tickets for Thursday and Friday start at $10, each day. Tickets for all event dates are available by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929.)
Kids, ages 12 and under, will receive free admission to 100 and 200 levels of the Grandstand and Fan Fair for all days, including Saturday and Sunday events, during the NASCAR weekend at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ in 2020. Children will also continue to be admitted free in all Pocono Raceway camping locations. Kids must have a reserved ticket on Saturday and Sunday. This can be selected, free of charge, during the ticket purchase process.
Tickets for 2020 NASCAR Cup Series races, on June 27 and 28, include Pocono Raceway’s Worry-Free Weather Guarantee presented by AccuWeather. If a NASCAR Cup Series race is postponed due to weather and the ticket purchaser is unable to attend the rescheduled date, the track will send a check to the account holder for the face value of the ticket.
Note: All events, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Children must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder for gate admission and at all times while on Pocono Raceway property. Certain terms, conditions and fees may apply for ticket purchases.
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‘Up And Down Season’ Has McCarty On Verge Of CARS Tour Championship At South Boston Speedway Saturday29 Oct 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
By most standards Bobby McCarty’s CARS Tour season has been superb.
He’s won twice in 10 starts, had eight top-five finishes and leads the series’ Late Model Stock points race headed into the autosbynelson.com 250 season finale Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway.
But McCarty has pretty high standards, which means he’s not totally happy with the 2019 season, even though he takes a nine-point championship point lead over JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry into the final race of the year.
“This year has kind of been up and down. We started out decent. We have had good runs, we just haven’t been able to put everything together like last year,” said McCarty. “It’s been good overall, but it should have been better.”
The 2018 season, McCarty’s first full CARS Tour campaign for Nelson Motorsports, was impressive: four wins in 12 starts, 12 top-10 finishes, a 4.25 average finish and of course, the series championship.
“We set the standard for ourselves really high last year. We had four wins and never finished out of the top 10,” said McCarty. “We just set really high standards to go back and try to do better. It’s racing and some years you have a whole season where it seems you can’t do anything wrong. Last season was one of those.”
McCarty and his entire Nelson Motorsports team knew 2019 would be tougher than his debut season on the CARS Tour when he was somewhat of an unknown.
“When you have a season like we had last year, everybody is going to be coming for you … people are out to beat you,” said McCarty.
Grandstand gates open at noon for the autosbynelson.com 250, which features 125-lap races for both the CARS Tour Late Model Stock and Super Late Model divisions. Qualifying is set for 12:40 p.m., fan appreciation trackside at 1:55 p.m. and the green flag at 3 p.m.
McCarty came into this event a year ago with a 12-point lead over Lee Pulliam and despite some problems in the race still managed to win the championship by 17 points. He will bring a nine-point lead over Berry into Saturday’s race.
“First and foremost, I want to win the race,” said McCarty. “Championships are cool, but with the season we’ve had, I feel like we need to win the race. But at the same time, if our car isn’t quite there, I just want to outrun the 88 car (Berry).”
South Boston Speedway is McCarty’s home track. He ran several full seasons at the historic venue, winning races and contending for championships. But, he says, that isn’t an advantage when the CARS Tour comes to town.
“You could say that based of my history in a full-sized car, this should be a home race for us, but running the cars tour, you get used to running different tracks,” said McCarty, who will be sponsored Saturday by Solid Rock Carriers, Autos By Nelson, Toyota, Blue Ridge Color Company, BTS Tire and Wheel, ValleyStar Credit Union and Patrick Henry Community College.
“It is my home track and I love going there but running the CARS Tour is really different. It shows who you are as a driver. You’re never going to the same place week in and week out.
“I feel like I’ve sort of lost touch with South Boston a bit the past couple of years, but it’ll always be home.”
The CARS Tour will have an open practice session for both divisions from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday that will be open to the public at no charge.
Advance tickets for Saturday’s autosbynelson.com 250 are $10 in advance until 5 p.m. on Friday. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 877.440.1540 or at the South Boston Speedway office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
On race day tickets will be $15. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.
Roseville’s All American Speedway will close its 2019 season in a big way, with this Saturday’s $10k to win JM Environmental 100 and the final Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash of the year. All six weekly divisions – Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will be competing with the Trailer Bash closing out the evening.
The $10k to win Late Model feature is just one part of the lucrative awards. With $35,000 in posted awards, one of the highest-paying grassroots racing events in track history is expected to attract 100 race teams to Roseville. Race fans are eager to witness the fourth and final Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash of the season, after Dixon’s Richard Lavallee won Saturday’s battle during the Pumpkin Smash night. Drivers compete for 20 laps and the first car across the finish line with trailer attached earns the victory.
2019 All American Speedway NASCAR Late Model champion Jason Romero heads into the weekend aiming for the richest victory of his career. Romero is a four-time Roseville champ, claiming two Mini Stock titles to go with two Late Model crowns. Among his chief rivals in the JM Environmental 100 will be Upper Lake’s Jeremy Doss. Doss has a total of seven victories in 2019 at the speedway, including six in Late Models and the victory in the season-opening JM 127 for the SRL Southwest Tour. La Grange’s Matt Erickson has four career Roseville victories and a pair of televised Madera championships, but $10k to win races have eluded him thus far.
The winner of the 2018 Highline 150 for $10k to win was Bakersfield’s Buddy Shepherd, who is expected to return on Saturday night. Drivers from across the west have stated intentions to compete, bringing extensive touring and NASCAR resumes to the table. Even a pair of young USAC winners – Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough and Joey Iest of Madera – will test their mettle on the one-third mile.
Both the 50 lap Modified and 50 lap Super Stock races will pay $1,000 to win, while the Jr. Late Model 30 lap event has a $600 to win purse. An outstanding purse has been offered for the F4 division including $400 to win and $300 for second place.
Loomis’ Nick Lyons – the 2019 NASCAR Limited Modified champion – will try to continue an outstanding season in that division’s longest and highest-paying race of the year. The Super Stock race will be anchored by Carmichael’s Andrew Peeler, fresh off a narrow NASCAR track title of his own. Super Stocks has attracted pre-registrations that include former track champions Bryon Gonzales, Chris Paulson, and Erick Ray. Several Stockton based drivers will be competing including Jeana Ramos and Harrison Stone.
Sibling rivalries will be represented throughout the night including Billy Ray and Ericka Ray, Mikala and JoJo Stearns, and Sadie and Dylan Krug.
The largest fields of the year are expected in both the 30 lap Jr. Late Model and 25 lap F4 races, while the Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will get another chance to compete on a big stage after Kenna Mitchell’s tight championship win over Trey Daniels.
Action gets underway for the race teams on Friday night with practice from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday sees the pit gates open at 11 a.m. for practice and qualifying. Grandstands open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies for this major fall time event at 5 p.m.
Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors 65+, military, and first responders, and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are admitted for free! Tickets are on sale in advance by visiting www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com or visiting the track ticket office at 900 Riverside Blvd in Roseville. The office is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.
All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville. Race fans will enter the parking lot from the new Event Center Drive and Junction Blvd intersection. Plugging in @the Grounds into your preferred GPS device will give you directions to the new Event Center Drive location. No public access is available from All America City Blvd on race day.
Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025.
Watkins Glen International extends partnership with Go Bowling, entitlement sponsor for Sunday NASCAR race29 Oct 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Watkins Glen International and Go Bowling have announced a multi-year extension keeping the brand as the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Cup Series race at The Glen.
The Go Bowling at The Glen race will headline New York’s Home for NASCAR tripleheader weekend, August 13-16 in 2020.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Go Bowling here at WGI,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “To have their brand associated with the most exciting race weekend on the NASCAR calendar has been amazing. We look forward to this extended partnership, working together to unite the community of bowling and motorsports fans.”
Go Bowling is the consumer-facing brand of the bowling industry. Its website, GoBowling.com, is the go-to site for consumers to learn more about the sport of bowling, including information about 1,700 bowling centers around the country. To learn more about Go Bowling, visit gobowling.com.
“A large percentage of NASCAR fans are bowlers and we feel that bowling and NASCAR go hand-in-hand. We couldn’t be more excited to extend this partnership,” said Strike Ten Entertainment President John Harbuck. “Watkins Glen International has the best fans and best atmosphere in the country. We can’t wait to show these fans what we have in store for them going forward both on and off the track.”
Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, twice voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit www.theglen.com.
Martinsville Speedway and PepsiCo have shared a partnership for more than seven decades – and that tradition-rich relationship will continue for another three years.
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced today that Martinsville Speedway and PepsiCo have extended their partnership through 2022 to continue as the official beverage of the speedway.
“Having our fans enjoy PepsiCo products at our events at Martinsville Speedway has been an ongoing tradition for 72 years and we couldn’t be happier to announce this continuation of a great partnership,” said Campbell. “Our fans have come to know one thing that goes great with a Martinsville Hot Dog is an ice cold Pepsi and our fans can continue to enjoy that combination into the future.”
The extension is for three years from 2020 through the 2022 race season at the historic speedway.
“Pepsi is extremely excited in renewing and extending our 72-year partnership with Martinsville Speedway,” said Pepsi Food Service Sales Manager-South Division Jeff Brooks. “We look forward to continue offering our powerful PepsiCo brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Gatorade and Aquafina to the racing fans at this legendary speedway.
“We are extremely excited to be part of history in 2020 when the NASCAR Cup Series races under the lights in May at the track. You don’t want to miss it.”
Martinsville Speedway currently offers PepsiCo brands Pepsi-Cola, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew and Aquafina Water brands in its concessions stands located throughout the facility.
To follow up Brooks’ excitement about the first night race in the history of the speedway, fans can purchase tickets for the night race on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the ticket office today or calling 877.RACE.TIX or www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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What a difference a year makes for Martin Truex Jr. at Martinsville Speedway.
After getting bumped out of the lead on the final lap in last year’s First Data 500, Truex didn’t leave anything to chance in this year’s event.
Truex Jr. took the lead on Lap 31 and went on to lead 464 laps of the race to clinch a spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
After being upset after the finish last year, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was all smiles in Victory Lane.
“I’m just really happy about it, obviously,” said Truex. “I’ve been trying to work on getting a Martinsville win for a long time. It's a tough track. It's one that, you know, everybody I think wants to win at, the history here, and it's such a big part of NASCAR.
“Really proud of everybody on our team for what they did and the car they brought, the pit stops today were incredible and the guys did a great job. So just all around a great day. To lead that many laps is pretty incredible here.”
William Byron picked up his second runner-up finish of the season behind Truex with Brad Keselowski third. Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.
Truex, who has scored a series-high seven wins this season after taking the First Data 500 honor, was obviously excited about bring home his first Grandfather Clock as a race winner at Martinsville Speedway.
He also made everyone aware very quickly about what he will do with it this week.
“(The clock will be) in my living room,” Truex said. “You'll be able to see it as soon as you walk in the front door. I've actually looked at that spot before and thought, that grandfather clock would look good right there.”
Kurt Busch was sixth with Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman rounding out the top 10.
The race was slowed 11 times by caution for 69 laps with three drivers leading the First Data 500.
The next time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers visit Martinsville will be next May when the first night race for the series at the track will be held on May 9.
Tickets for that historic event are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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A large crowd of race fans dressed in their Halloween best flocked to Roseville’s All American Speedway for the return of the Pumpkin Smash Enduro on Saturday night. Loren Chitwood made the most of the homecoming, scoring the $1500 victory after 100 laps of competition and three segments of racing. Dixon’s Richard Lavallee won the $1000 to win Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash as well.
Race fans helped smash pumpkins all over the one-third mile speedway - powered by Roseville Toyota -before a truck load of soap and water were applied to the surface. Chitwood started ninth but worked his way past Wes Brown for the lead on lap 21. Brown drifted back to fourth and was involved in a back-and-forth with Scott Woessner that included a grinding crash for a red flag. Brown managed to return to competition after losing several laps but Woessner’s night was over.
Chitwood smashed his way to the lead after the first 50 laps followed by Rio Linda’s Jose Hernandez and Stockton’s Adam Baggett. The second segment was a 30-lap run in the opposite direction around the speedway, again with a new application of a truck load of soap and water. Brown dominated the second segment with Chitwood coming on strong late to finish second ahead of Santa Clara’s Ken Winland.
For the third and final segment, racers ran through the infield and around tractor tires for a unique challenge. The 20-lap event on both dirt and asphalt saw Chitwood leading most of the way. His pace fell in the final laps, with Brown nearly stealing the victory in a close finish. Hernandez finished closely behind in third position for the segment as well.
All three runs were combined for the 100-lap final rundown with Chitwood scoring the overall win over Baggett. Winland finished third ahead of the team of Hernandez and Blake Disomma. Veteran drivers Gene Guinn and Lynn Everett rounded the top-six finishers.
Chitwood nearly doubled his pleasure in the 20-lap Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash. A competition caution on lap 15 bunched the field up for the finish. Chitwood lost his boat and trailer in the ensuing battling, knocking him out of the competition.
Dixon’s Richard Lavallee, who won last week’s Demolition Derby as well, led the field across the finish line. Lakeport’s John Humphrey drove the “Shark Car” to second place while Lavallee’s teammate Jesus Campos finished third. Campos also won the Master of Disaster prize.
All American Speedway closes the curtain on 2019 this Saturday night with the $10,000 to win JM Environmental 100 for the Late Models. $1,000 will be on the line for the winners in both the Modifieds and Super Stocks plus elevated purses for F4 and Jr. Late Models. Mini Cups and Bandoleros will be competing as well. The busy night of competition will be capped by the final $1,000 to win Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash of the year. Tickets are on sale now both at the track office at 900 Riverside Blvd in Roseville or online at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com
Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville. Entrance to All American Speedway for race fans is available on Event Center Drive through a signalized intersection with Junction Blvd. Enter “@the Grounds” into your favorite GPS device to get directions.
Todd Gilliland had a day he won’t soon forget at Martinsville Speedway.
Gilliland was able to hold off Ross Chastain and win the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 for his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win in his 46th start.
Gilliland took the lead on Lap 190 and was able to hold off the playoff contender in NASCAR overtime and pick up his first NASCAR national series victory.
“It feels amazing,” said Gilliland. “This place is really hard to win at. This Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra is not as pretty as we hoped it would be when we crossed the start-finish line, but man, it looks even better with water and Gatorade on it. Can’t thank JBL, Toyota, and all the fans enough. Thank you guys for sitting around. I think that was a good finish.”
Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger and Timmy Hill completed the top five in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200.
Playoff contender Stewart Friesen was sixth with John Hunter Nemechek, Denny Bohn, Jeb Burton and Codie Rohrbaugh rounding out the top 10.
Immediately after the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, qualifying was held for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Denny Hamlin remaining on a hot steak winning the Virginia Lottery Pole.
Hamlin, who enters the First Data 500 off of a win last weekend, will lead the field to the green flag Sunday for the fourth time at Martinsville.
“It (qualifying run) was good,” said Hamlin. “We definitely didn’t expect to run that fast for sure. We didn’t make any mock run and the fastest in practice was something like a 59 or something like that, so certainly caught us off guard, but really I just drove it to its capability and that’s kind of all I had.
“I knew when I ran it, I was pretty happy with the lap, so to have the pole is obviously a huge, huge deal here.”
Chase Elliott qualified second although he will have to drop to the rear of the field at the start of the race after he was forced to change engines after he lost his primary engine early in morning practice.
Martin Truex Jr. was third with Aric Almirola and Michael McDowell fifth.
Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and defending First Data 500 race winner Joey Logano completed the top 10.
This year’s First Data 500 is scheduled for Oct. 27 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR) and kicks off the Round of Eight for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
Tickets for the First Data 500 are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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If the performance of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice on Friday at Martinsville Speedway was any indication then it could be a good weekend for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Todd Gilliland was fastest overall after both sessions when he set a fast time of 19.788 seconds (95.694 mph) during the final session while recently crowned 2019 ARCA Menards Series champion Christian Eckes paced the field in the final session of the day at 19.851 seconds (95.391 mph).
Harrison Burton was third fastest overall at 19.881 seconds (95.247 mph) to give Kyle Busch Motorsports the top-three fastest speeds in practice.
Defending NASCAR Ganders Outdoor Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt was fourth fastest overall with Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.
Qualifying for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 will be on Saturday at 10:05 a.m.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (FS1, 1:30 p.m. ET) is race No. 5 of this year’s playoffs for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series with Johnny Sauter the defending champion of the race at Martinsville Speedway.
In addition to the Hall of Fame 200, Martinsville Speedway will host the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Oct. 27. The race, slated for a 3 p.m. start (NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), is race No. 7 in this year’s 10-race championship chase.
Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, the First Data 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Night Race at Martinsville Speedway can be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX.
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