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Two beloved figures in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history have been elected to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame: two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, and longtime motorsports radio and television personality and IMS Public Address announcer Bob Jenkins.
The two were chosen from a ballot of 14 nominees by a distinguished panel of more than 140 auto racing journalists, participants and historians. Wheldon and Jenkins will be formally inducted into the elite group Thursday, May 23 at the 2019 IMS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Dinner, presented by Firestone, at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.
Wheldon was a favorite with fans and in the paddock and he was equally successful on the track. The Englishman earned 16 wins in 128 career NTT IndyCar Series starts, including the 2005 and 2011 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. After finishing second in the series championship to Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan in 2004, Wheldon earned the 2005 title with Andretti. He joined Chip Ganassi Racing in 2006 and tied Sam Hornish Jr. in points – but lost the championship on the tiebreaker (most wins).
Nicknamed “Lionheart,” Wheldon was a native of Emberton, Buckinghamshire, England, and despite his early upbringing in karts and junior road-racing series, he excelled on ovals and professed a great love and respect for the 2.5-mile IMS oval.
Wheldon tragically lost his life in a multicar crash during the season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 16, 2011.
Jenkins, who was born in Richmond, Indiana, and grew up in nearby Liberty, has been a familiar face and voice on national motorsports coverage since 1979, when he was one of the first on-air employees of a new cable sports network, ESPN.
Indiana University graduate Jenkins was the anchor for ESPN’s weekly “Thunder” series national broadcasts of USAC Sprint and Midget races all over the Midwest. Jenkins also anchored hundreds of NASCAR broadcasts, forming a popular team with former drivers Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett, on ESPN and ABC from 1979 until 2000, including the first seven Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard races.
After several years as a reporter for the IMS Radio Network, Jenkins was “The Voice of the 500,” serving as chief announcer for the global broadcast of the race, from 1990-98.
Jenkins later  anchored NTT IndyCar Series broadcasts on the Versus network (now NBCSN) and retired as an anchor in 2012. He continues to lend his voice to the IMS Public Address during events and is frequently a master of ceremonies for major racing functions.
“We’re extremely pleased that the IMS Hall of Fame voting panel have chosen Dan and Bob to be enshrined with so many legends of motorsport,” said Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, which operates the IMS Museum. “Both of these men have never been shy about their love for IMS. Dan was more than a great father, husband, son and friend – we celebrate the man he was and his enthusiasm for life.
“Bob has brought to life some of the most memorable moments in IMS history – the closest ‘500’ finish in 1992 and Jeff Gordon’s victory at the inaugural Brickyard 400 immediately come to mind. His contributions to the Speedway are many.”
IMS Hall of Fame inductees are announced each year on “Founder’s Day,” March 20, the date in 1909 when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Company was officially formed.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame honors and celebrates individual contribution to the sport of automobile racing at “The Greatest Race Course in the World.” It was founded in 1952 as the Auto Racing Hall of Fame under the auspices of the Contest Board of the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Hall of Fame was moved to the original Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum under the direction of then-Speedway president Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr. in 1962.
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The 2019 Macon Speedway schedule has a new addition, as track officials have added the “Diane Bennett Memorial” to the August 10th “Eve Of Destruction” program.  In addition to the craziness of the rollover contest, flagpole race, and race ‘em-wreck ‘em, a couple of the divisions will be running for some extra money and special trophies during the event.

The races will be in memory of Diane Bennett, who passed away in 2015.  Bennett was a longtime scorekeeper at Macon Speedway and a friend to dirt track racing for more than 30 years.  In addition to scoring for over 30 years at Macon Speedway, Bennett also scored for Track Enterprises and at Farmer City Raceway.  She was also a promoter of Cerro Gordo Speedway with her husband Tom.

Diane’s daughter, Kellie, has spearheaded the effort to have a great event in her late mom’s name.  In addition to extra prize money already put toward the overall purse for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Kellie will be selling position sponsorships to add more bonuses for the drivers.  Position sponsors are available for $10 and up and there is no limit on how much money can be put toward a certain finishing position.

“Diane was a wonderful lady, great racing official, and she is greatly missed in the racing community,” said Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent. “It will be nice to honor her with a race in her name.”

An additional $1500 in prize money has already been split between the two classes, with plenty more expected from position sponsors.  Position sponsors will get mentions on Macon Speedway’s website, social media, and at the track via announcements.  To put your name on a position or positions, email Kellie Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 217-520-9005.

Macon Speedway’s 74th season opener will be held on Saturday, April 13.  There will be driver autographs before the races plus CEFCU Kids Club on Millikin University Night.  In action will be the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis.

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John Rich, one half of the superstar country music duo Big & Rich, will sing the national anthem prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 5, part of the Monster Mile’s 50th Anniversary celebration, track officials announced today.

Big & Rich’s hit singles include the popular country anthems “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and “Comin’ to Your City.” In addition to the anthem, Rich, along with frequent collaborator Cowboy Troy, is scheduled to make two appearances on the Xfinity Stage in Victory Plaza for free performances on the following dates:

  • Saturday, May 4 – Free fan event following the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race.
  • Sunday, May 5 – Appearance during the free Charlie Daniels Band concert before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Rich’s lifestyle brand, Redneck Riviera, is serving as the presenting sponsor of special fan access area The Hangout throughout the May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend. Redneck Riviera whiskey, which will be distributed across Delaware in the next several weeks, will be the key ingredient in the special Hangout drink “Saddle Up.” Rich contributes a portion of the proceeds from all Redneck Riviera whiskey sales to Folds of Honor, an organization whose mission is to provide educational and scholarship support to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service members.

"We promised our fans an exciting 50th Anniversary weekend and having John Rich here continues to add to our commitment to celebrate in style,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “We want our fans to take advantage of all of the fantastic entertainment options around the Monster Mile when they visit in May.”

Rich’s appearances are just part of Dover’s planned celebrations during the May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend. In addition to the special gold Monster trophies given to the race winners and free 1:64-scale Dover diecast cars to the first 15,000 guests on May 5, fans can also enjoy multiple free performances by the famous Harlem Globetrotters in the 8-acre FanZone, as well as Micro Wrestling Federation matches, Del Rods Car Club car shows, a Winston Cup Mobile Museum display, on-site NASCAR and sports betting and much more.

The May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend also includes the “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on May 3.

The Monster Mile’s Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend features 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 keep up with all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

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Doug Coby rolled into South Boston Speedway for the first time a week ago unsure what to expect.

After a day-long test session, Coby had a grin on his face and a good feeling about the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 at South Boston Speedway on March 30.

“We’re excited. We tested there last week. It’s going to be awesome,” Coby said of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to South Boston after 18 years’ absence. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour ran 11 races at South Boston from 2009 to 2016.

“My first reaction was how nice the place is kept. From the way that place is kept up, I’m ranking it in the top three of any track I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to a lot.

“My reaction to how it drives … it’s made for Modifieds as far as I’m concerned. I think the locals are going to be very surprised at how quickly these guys learn and how quick we’ll get around that place.”

And Coby knows a bit about the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which runs the bulk of its races in New England states.

He is a five-time Whelen Modified Tour champion, winning four straight titles from 2014-2017. He’s amassed 25 tour victories in his 17-year career and in 2016 won an amazing nine pole awards.

His most recent pole and race win came last Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, the first of only two southern stops on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year. The victory wasn’t as easy as it sounds, though. Despite winning the pole, he had to start at the rear of the field after his team found a screw in a tire just before the race and made an unapproved tire change. He fought his way back through the field and took the lead for good on lap 122.

“It all worked out in the end, I’ll put it that way,” Colby said of the Myrtle Beach win. “We had a really good car and we made the right changes. That’s what led to the win.”

Coby said he knew the South Boston racing surface had been repaved a couple of years ago, but he was surprised at its smoothness and consistency during his recent test.

“There’s not a track we race on up north that can compare to South Boston. There are lots of little pieces of tracks that compare, but nothing just like it,” said Coby. “I think the pavement makes a big difference. With the smoothness of the new pavement and the grip to match … and the corners are wide and smooth. Most of our tracks have lots of bumps and character.”

Coby said fans need to expect more speed than they see in weekly shows. Peyton Sellers set a Late Model track record last Saturday afternoon, winning the pole with a time of 14.676 seconds around the .4-mile oval. Coby said during last week’s test session at South Boston cars were consistently in the low 14-second range and the 14-second mark was eclipsed several times.

“It’s all about the corner speed,” said Coby. “We are lighter with lighter tires. The south is so focused on Late Models, having a different type of racing, a different type of car ripping around there is going to be fun.”

Coby said South Boston is a perfect fit for his driving style.

“I love short tracks with grip. I tend to struggle on tracks that don’t have grip,” said Coby. “It suits my driving style as good as any could. But at the same time, I think it’s going to suit anybody’s driving style.

“I’m excited. I think it’s a great fit for me personally and a great fit for the tour.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 on Saturday afternoon, March 30, will feature the 150-lap Modified race and a pair of 75-lap Late Model Stock races.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $10 each and will be available until 5 p.m. on Friday March 29 by stopping in South Boston Speedway’s office or calling 877.440.1540. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be $15. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Grandstands open at 11:30 a.m. on March 30 with an autograph session at 1 p.m. and the first race of the day starting at 2 p.m.

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Erik Jones is set to make is 200th career start across all three of NASCAR’s national touring series in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway – the same Martinsville Speedway where the Joe Gibbs racing driver made his first career national touring series start as a 16-year-old in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

The now 22-year-old said he has learned a lot in the six years since his debut at the ‘Half Mile of Mayhem.’

“If I could take the Martinsville knowledge I have now and go back to my first start, that would be great,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that I wasn’t really prepared for going in. I had never driven a truck. I had never been to Martinsville, so it was kind of an eye opener for me.

“I think the aggression level is something I would have known a little better in my first start. I think we were running fourth and kind of got knocked out of the way and finished ninth, so that was kind of unfortunate.”

Like so many other drivers before him, Jones grew up racing and winning on short-tracks like Martinsville throughout the country. Like so many other drivers before him, Jones found out quickly that there isn’t a track that’s comparable to the only track remaining from NASCAR’s original schedule.

“It’s tough,” Jones said. “I thought the same thing going into Martinsville for the first time – that it would fall right into my wheelhouse, but it’s a tough place. It’s very different.

“The way you have to drive it is very unique to itself. It’s really like no other short-track I had raced growing up. It’s really a learning experience every time, just trying to improve and figure out what it takes to be really fast around that place.”

Jones has an average finish of 20th at Martinsville, but is looking to improve on that this Sunday.

“A top-10 finish would be a really good day there,” he said. “We’ve had really good speed the last few weeks, we just haven’t be able to close races out. It would be really nice to go to Martinsville and have a really solid day.”

And as he enters his 200th start, Jones talked about the biggest thing he has learned throughout his career as a whole.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned through my entire career, to this point, is just maintaining the work ethic that it takes to be successful at the top-level,” Jones said. “I think it’s a lot more that what people really see and think from the outside. You really have to put in the work to be one of the top guys at the Cup level.

The STP 500 presented by whosyourdriver.org is this weekend.

The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by a Truck Series autograph session and the Hauler Parade.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is in action with a 250 lap race. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s STP 500.

Sunday the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is in action with the running of the STP 500. The race is the first short-track race of the season and the first race back on the East Coast after the Series’ “West Coast Swing.”

Ticket prices for the STP 500 begin at $47 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under are admitted free to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250 lap race on Saturday. Friday’s practice day is free to everyone.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, are you ready for "The Concrete Jungle" to roar to life? It's been a long winter offseason and with the official arrival of spring (March 20) at mid-week, both race fans and competitors alike are looking forward to the first green flag of 2019 waving at Kingsport Speedway on Saturday, March 23.

The Model City Season Opener at the .375-mile banked concrete oval will feature exciting NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned racing action in Late Model Stock Car, Modified Street, Pure 4 ,Mod 4 , Pure Street, and Vintage class.

With a new racing season also comes new hope - hope for winning races and contending for a track championship.

Zeke Shell of Johnson City is defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car champion. Former LMSC champions Kres VanDyke (Abingdon, Va.), Ronnie McCarty (Kingsport), and Nate Monteith of (Bristol) are expected to be in action, along with Nik Williams (Chuckey), Wayne Hale (Bluff City), Joey Trent (Gray), Bryson Dennis (Greeneville), Derek Lane (Kingsport), Rick Pannell (Kingsport), and others.

Royce Peters of Kingsport has captured the Modified Street championship the past two seasons, but can another driver keep Peters from three-peating in 2019? He'll face competition from the hard-charging Rusty Clendenin (Church Hill), and young talent Chase Dixon (Abingdon, Va.), along with Trey Lane (Kingsport), Alex Miller (Erwin), Kevin Wolfe (Bristol, Va.), Dennis Deese (Piney Flats), Hannah Seal (Rogersville), and others.

Bruce Crumbley of Kingsport recorded his first Pure 4 championship last year and he will squarely have a bull's-eye on his back as many drivers will be gunning for him this season. Among them will be Brandon Sutherland (Johnson City), Craig Phelps (Piney Flats), William Hale (Kingsport), Paul Stanley (Blountville), Kenny Absher (Kingsport), Keith Helton (Kingsport), Chad Jeffers (Blountville), David Trent (Kingsport), Jimmy Thomas (Kingsport), Josh Detwiler (Rogersville), Bucky Smith (Kingsport), Chris Stine (Johnson City), Dennis Stanley (Blountville), and others.

Kevin Canter has been a force to be reckoned with in the Mod 4 class. The Abingdon, Va., driver has won three straight track championships and must be considered odds-on-favorite to repeat. But rest assured that his fellow competitors will give him a run for bragging rights, among them Billy Duty (Abingdon, Va.), Chris Amburgey (Gate City, Va.), Jessie Amburgey (Gate City, Va.), Zach Fritz (Abingdon, Va.), and others.

Jay Swecker of Kingsport is all geared-up to try defend his two straight Pure Street championships, but Kevin Darnell (Blountville), Penny Hurd (Kingsport), Rob Austin (Castlewood, Va.), Jessica Payne (Marshall, N.C.), Ricky Payne (Marshall, N.C.), Brian Eggers (Johnson City), Joey Sykes (Dante, Va.), Richard Adkins (Bristol), Sam Ferguson (Kingsport), and others are ready for battle.

The Vintage class is scheduled for special events this season. Jeremy Mullins of Clintwood, Va., won the championship last year.

Open practices will be held Thursday, March 21 and on Friday, March 22 leading up to Saturday's (March 23) season opener. Free admission to watch practice from the grandstands and tier-parking.

The pit gate will open Saturday, March 23 at 8 a.m., with both grandstand and tier-parking gates opening at 12 p.m. ... Drivers meeting is set for 12 p.m., with qualifying to follow at 12:30 p.m. and the green flag scheduled to wave at 2 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission Saturday $12, with kids 12-and-under admitted free. Adult tier-parking admission $12 per person (plus a $12 vehicle parking spot fee), with kids 12-and-under admitted free. Tier-parking spots are available for season-long reservation at $100 per spot. With a reserved parking spot, weekly vehicle and admission costs still apply. NASCAR license forms are available at the track office during the week, and they will also be available at pit sign-in the day of event.

Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers all about the exciting, action-packed weekly racing programs at Kingsport Speedway. You don't want to miss it!

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. The first part of that saying can be proved very true when it comes to short track auto racing in the Southwest.  Over the last quarter of a century, many tracks have closed and others have seen a revolving door of promoters.  One thing that has remained a constant since 1996 is that Perris Auto Speedway has been run under the banner of Oval Entertainment and the Kazarian family since day one.  Now, Oval Entertainment President Don Kazarian is pleased to announce that he has signed a 20-year lease extension for the popular dirt track to remain open on the SoCal Fair and Event Center.

When it opened on March 30, 1996, the Riverside County clay oval filled a void left in the greater Los Angeles area when Ascot closed in 1990.  Since then it has become one of the most well-known and one of the most popular dirt tracks in the world.  The beautiful facility has been the home track to the USAC/CRA and SCRA Sprint Car Series’ as well as the PASSCAR Stock Car Series.  In addition, the track has hosted Nights of Destruction, modifieds, late models stock cars, trucks, full and ¾ midgets, off-road racing, motorcycle events, go-karts and now even a mud run.  It is also home to the most prestigious non-wing sprint car race in the nation, November’s annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction.

“I am very pleased to sign this extension that ensures dirt track racing will continue at Perris Auto Speedway and in the City of Perris for many years to come,” Kazarian happily said.  “I want to thank the fairboard for working with us all these years and for helping us get this extension done.  We have a great group of racers and a wonderful group of fans who I am sure are very excited about this news. We will have lots of exciting things coming up for both.  Right now, it is full speed ahead as there will be a lot of work to do in the next 20 years.”

Next on the agenda for the track, which is in its 24th season of operation, will be the annual visit of the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws, who will be making their only Southern California appearance in the annual “So Cal Showdown” on March 30th.  The Outlaws will be joined by the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and The PAS Senior and Young Guns in the quadruple-header sprint car show.  Tickets for the World of Outlaws, which include a free “World of Outlaws Fan Pit Pass” if reserved or premiere seats are purchased in advance, are available at the following link https://bit.ly/2rLFzex or by calling 1-844-DIRT-TIX.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season.  All Coast Construction,  Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental, Green Sheet, Greg Smith Equipment, Harley’s Custom Cycles, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Indiana Truck Salvage, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Moreno Valley Magazine of Values, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, Precision Engine of Temecula, PrintItNow.com,  Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Trench Shoring, Valley News, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.

To keep up with all the latest Perris Auto Speedway news, photos, gossip and receive special offers, please use the following links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl

Twitter: Perris Auto Speedway on Twitter.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrisautospeedway/

Website: http://perrisautospeedway.com/

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Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and AEG Presents Umphrey’s McGee and their memorable progressive guitars with musical styles, including rock, metal, jazz, blues, funk, reggae, electronic, bluegrass, and folk to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale to the public online at vaculive.com or in-person at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. on Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m. Virginia Credit Union and RICHMOND NATION members will receive an exclusive pre-sale for the Umphrey’s McGee concert on Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The music pf Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. The band consists of Brendan Bayliss on guitar and vocals, Jake Cinninger on guitar and vocals, Joel Cummins on keyboards, piano, and vocals, Andy Farag on percussion, Kris Myers on drums and vocals, and Ryan Stasik on bass.

Since forming at Notre Dame in 1997, the band has learned to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight songcraft.

With over five million tracks sold, Umphrey’s McGee has enjoyed countless milestones. 2002 saw them perform at the first-ever Bonnaroo and sell more CDs than any other act on the bill. They became the “first group to launch its own single artist streaming service” with UMLive.net, which houses recordings of every gig since 2005. The service has since grown and now lives on through Nugs.net, which is used by the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and more.

Umphrey’s McGee recorded ten tracks in one day at Abbey Road for The London Session in 2015. Notably, 2016’s ZONKEY mashed-up the strangest of bedfellows into a critically acclaimed collection that unites Radiohead and Beck, The Weeknd and Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads and Bob Marley, Metallica and Gorillaz, and more.

The band’s adventurousness extends to their legendary audience immersion experiences. From their initial bar gigs in 1998 to three-nights playing to packed crowds at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2017, the group have simultaneously remained intensely committed to their fans.

Beyond intimate backstage encounters and ski trips with their most diehard fans, Umphrey’s McGee instituted the groundbreaking “Headphones & Snowcones” program, granting fans access to professional headphones and a soundboard-quality mix at shows. At their UMBowl, they empowered the audience to vote on the setlist in real-time and choose favorite improv themes via text message.

The conversation continued on their eleventh and twelfth full-length albums released in 2018, It’s Not Us and It’s You.

“No matter what you’re into, there’s something on it’s not us that should speak to you,” states Joel. “This (It’s Not Us) is a statement album for Umphrey’s McGee. The sound is as fresh as ever. The songs are strong as they’ve ever been. We’re always pushing forward.”

The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Parking for the event is located in Lot D, at the corner of Laburnum and Carolina Avenues, and can be accessed through Gate 4 on Laburnum Avenue. Parking is $10 cash only for the public and free for Virginia Credit Union members with lots opening at 4:30 p.m.

Virginia Credit Union LIVE! continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, and Florida Georgia Line.

To purchase tickets and learn more about Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, visit vaculive.com or connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To learn more about Umphrey’s McGee, visit umphreys.com.

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NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, Chase Elliott, along with two former Talladega Superspeedway winners - Aric Almirola and David Ragan – and young gun Daniel Suarez, are scheduled to participate in the Pre-Race Fan Question & Answer session prior to the track’s GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) on Sunday, April 28.

Fans that purchase Talladega’s Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrade for just $75 (advance-price) will get the opportunity to ask the drivers questions prior to the much-anticipated GEICO 500, where the winner is all but guaranteed a spot in the season-ending MENCS Playoffs. The Fan Q&A session is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) at ‘Dega’s famous start-finish line. Additional drivers/personalities that will take part in the Fan Q&A line-up will be announced at a later date.

In addition to seeing some of NASCAR’s stars at the Fan Q&A session, as part of the Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrade, fans will also get a chance to take a stroll down pit road, witness their favorite drivers walk the red carpet to the Drivers Meeting as well as other exciting activities at the Pre-Race stage, including Driver Introductions before the engines are fired for the GEICO 500.

Below is information on the initial quartet for the Fan Q&A session:

Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, has six career TSS MENCS starts, with his best finish coming in last year’s GEICO 500 where he placed third. In all six starts, the 2016 Rookie of the Year and 2018 Most Popular Driver has qualified within the top 10, with five of those efforts earning him a top-five starting spot, including the pole position in his first TSS start for the 2016 GEICO 500. 

Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, is Talladega’s most recent victor, driving to Gatorade Victory Lane in the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500. Almirola has competed at the 2.66-mile venue in all three national series, also grabbing the checkered flag at ‘Dega in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series event.

Ragan, driver of the No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports, has made 24 MENCS starts at the most competitive track in NASCAR, collecting a win in the 2013 GEICO 500. Ragan has four top-five finishes and 10 top 10s at TSS in NASCAR’s premier series.

Suarez, driver of the No. 41 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, is in his third year competing full-time in the MENCS. The 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and Monterrey, Mexico native, will be making his fifth TSS start in the GEICO 500.

To purchase the Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrade, simply visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/pitpass or call 855-518-RACE (7223). The tripleheader weekend kicks off on Friday, April 26, with the General Tire 200, the MoneyLion 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, April 27, and the GEICO 500 on Sunday, April 28.

*Driver availability for the TSS Pre-Race Fan Question & Answer session is subject to change and without notice. Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates are responsible for this event*

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Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 for Chip Ganassi Racing has proven he knows his way to victory lane at Michigan International Speedway. In 2019, you will have an opportunity to ask him his secret thanks to a special ticket package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 9.

Larson won three consecutive races at the Michigan International Speedway starting in August of 2016 and sweeping both races in 2017. A pair of NASCAR Hall of Famers are the only other two drivers to accomplish the feat. David Pearson won three consecutive races at the two-mile oval from 1972-73. Bill Elliott won four straight from 1985-86.

Larson will go for his fourth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory at MIS in the FireKeepers Casino 400. Before he straps into his car, Larson will make a pit stop to meet with the fans. You can meet him in an exclusive event on race morning.

Michigan International Speedway and Larson are offering a special ticket package that includes a Q&A session with the driver, a ticket to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 9 and a weekend Pit and Driver Introduction Pass.

“I always look forward to racing at Michigan International Speedway,” Larson said. “The track is definitely special to me since it’s where I got my first win. There’s also a lot of pride on the line when we race here, with Chevrolet and Ford both headquartered in the state. All of us Chevy drivers want to put the Bowtie-brand in victory lane for this race. I’ve had a good bit of success here, and it’s cool to come back and see fans who were here for my three wins. Hopefully we have another good crowd at the race, and I’m looking forward to being there.”

The package starts at $76 for adults and $38 for children 12 and under. If guests already have their ticket to the FireKeepers Casino 400, fans can purchase an admission to the Q&A session for $40. Fans can purchase the package at www.mispeedway.com/ticketpackages or by calling 888-905-7223.

“It is exciting to create memorable experiences for our fans on race weekend,” MIS President Rick Brenner said. “We are excited to work with Kyle Larson to create a special ticket package that allows our fans to talk with him. This special ticket package adds to the week-long entertainment we have planned for June.”

Tickets and campsites for two great weekends of racing at Michigan International Speedway are on sale. Don’t miss your chance to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite for all the non-stop racing action and the week-long entertainment at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track in 2019.

It has never been easier to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite at Michigan International Speedway in 2019. Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com or call 888-905-7223 to get the best deals. Grandstand tickets start at $39 and week-long camping starts at $160.

Michigan International Speedway will continue to be a premier racing facility in 2019 when it hosts a pair of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. NASCAR’s most entertaining track will host the Monster Energy Series on June 9 and Aug. 11.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 is on June 9. The series will return on Aug. 11 for the Consumers Energy 400.

The XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 is June 8 while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled for Aug. 10.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will feature a new aerodynamic racing package in 2019 to bolster the competition. It will be similar to what was used in the 2018 All-Star race. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 will serve as the cutoff race for the regular season. Drivers will have one final opportunity to make the playoffs in the truck series, adding even more intensity and intrigue to the already thrilling race at MIS.

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G-Force Karts has partnered with Richmond Raceway (Richmond) to build a high speed outdoor karting track at the Richmond Raceway Complex. G-Force Karts will move its operations to the Richmond grounds prior to the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 12-13. The official name of the business will now be G-Force Karts at Richmond Raceway.

“We are always looking for ways to grow the fan experience at the Richmond Raceway Complex, so by welcoming G-Force Karts we are taking the next step in that evolution to offer the community race experiences throughout the year,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Jason Yarema and his team have built a thriving business near the track, so we look forward to partnering to bring a new kart track to the Richmond Raceway Complex.”

“It’s been an amazing 17 years in our current location. We always tell our customers that if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. This next adventure for us is certainly moving forward,” said Jason Yarema, long-time owner of G-Force Karts. “We are thrilled to partner with the Richmond Raceway Complex as we continue our focus on bringing authentic, exhilarating experiences to our passionate customers. We can’t wait to deliver this crazy intense racing experience.”

Yarema opened G-Force Karts with an indoor (gas powered) karting track as the only attraction at their current location on Carolina Avenue near America’s Premier Short Track in August 2002. Over the years, G-Force Karts has added new activities, including laser tag and an inflatable bounce house in 2008, indoor paintball and archery tag in 2013, and NERF, bazooka ball, virtual reality, and an arcade in 2017.

Last fall, Richmond and G-Force Karts discussed the opportunity to build a faster, bigger, and more intense outdoor racing experience at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The result is a new outdoor track, named High Speed, that will be twice as large, 2,400 linear square feet, as the current indoor track.

At its current location, karts are rated at 45 miles per hour, but they will be rated up to 60 miles per hour at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The new G-Force Karts at Richmond Raceway is scheduled to open on Friday, April 12 in time for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend.

The Richmond Raceway Complex hosts over 200 live events per year, including concerts with top national recording artists at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway. Through the partnership with G-Force Karts, the Richmond Raceway Complex will further diversify experiences on property year-round.

G-Force Karts plans to integrate more activities at the Richmond Raceway Complex over the next two years. To learn more about G-Force Karts at Richmond Raceway, visit gforcekarts.com or richmondraceway.com/gforcekarts.

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