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Leaders from Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and elected officials gathered today to announce a new multi-year partnership between the two 100-year old, Indiana-based companies. 

Cummins is celebrating its centennial this year and as part of this, Cummins will have an enhanced presence at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the year. Cummins will have a number of activities for the community to enjoy throughout the year, and its iconic Cummins "C" logo and videos will be visible in locations throughout the Speedway. During this year's Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26, Cummins will have all five of its historic Indy 500 race cars together for the first time ever to participate in a pre-race parade lap.

Cummins and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have enjoyed a long and storied history together beginning at the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, when Cummins founder Clessie Cummins served on the pit crew for the winning car driven by Ray Harroun. Since that time, Cummins has used the venue to develop and refine new diesel technological innovations. 

"Today, we are marking our 100th anniversary and our history of technological innovation with a renewed presence at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Cummins Inc. "We are also grateful to our elected officials for presenting us with an official resolution from the State of Indiana recognizing and honoring our centennial. This partnership with IMS is a great way for Cummins to continue to raise our profile, recognize our history of innovation and discuss the future of our company, as we continue to challenge the impossible. It's a great platform to talk more publicly about how we continue to innovate our products and services to bring our customers the clean, reliable power solutions, whether it be advanced diesel, natural gas, hybrids, fully electric or other alternative technologies like fuel cells."

"Cummins and IMS have enjoyed a productive relationship for 100 years based on shared values of integrity, innovation and community stewardship," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We're honored to continue that bond with this partnership that will help to celebrate Cummins' 100th birthday this year and also serve as a platform for Cummins' industry-leading technology and products for years to come. This partnership is a perfect fit between two proud Hoosier companies that have grown to serve customers with quality products in all corners of the world."

Cummins Inc., a global technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company's products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including transmissions, battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions, and power generation systems.

Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 62,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations, and over 7,600 dealer locations. In 2018, the company earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $23.8 billion. 

See how Cummins is powering a world that's Always On by accessing news releases and more information at https://www.cummins.com/always-on. Follow Cummins on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cummins and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/cumminsinc.


Martinsville Speedway will bring back the popular FanFest on the Saturday night of the STP 500 weekend presented by whosyourdriver.org.

The free event will take place in the Drivers’ Meeting Tent, located outside Turn 4, after Virginia Lottery Pole Qualifying and will feature some of the biggest stars in NASCAR in a relaxed, fun and interactive setting.

“FanFest is one of the things we look forward to each race weekend,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “To be able to give guests the chance to see some of their favorite drivers in an up close and fun way, and for free, is one of the ways we are able to do that.”

This year’s FanFest will include Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Preece, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Bubba Wallace and Paul Menard.

In addition to the drivers, there will be music and prizes.

FanFest is slated to being at the conclusion of Virginia Lottery Pole Qualifying for Sunday’s race.

The value doesn’t stop at FanFest, as Nashville-based recording artist Maggie Baugh will perform in the Display Lot on Sunday morning.

Baugh, who’s current song “Catch Me If You Can” is in regular rotation on Country Music Television, has performed with artists such as Jake Owen, Lee Brice and Parmalee.

The performance is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning and is free to the public.

The STP 500 weekend is March 22-24.

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 the Martinsville 250. 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.”

Advance 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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 The most exciting race series on oval tracks is planning a repeat performance at Bristol Motor Speedway. After wowing the crowd during their exhibition race last October, fans were left asking for more - and The Bandits have answered the call. The Bandit Bristol Battle is set for Saturday, October 12th which will also serve as the season finale race where the 2019 Points Champion will be crowned. Few people have ever witnessed semi-truck racing at nearly 100 miles-per-hour on the world's fastest half-mile track - but thousands will have the chance this fall!

Craig Kruckeberg, owner of the Bandit Big Rig Series and driver of the #55 Bandit truck said, "We raced this beast last year at the Halloween Monster Truck Mash and the crowd loved it! It wasn't a points race, but we held nothing back and it showed to the fans. We're going to chase lightning again and bring all the Bandits to Thunder Valley on Oct. 12th, close our year out in Bandit Style and crown our 2019 points champion. The Bandit Bristol Battle is in the making and we look forward to continuing the tradition with this storied track."

Tickets for this event are on sale now and fans can purchase online at www.banditseries.com/bristol.

This exciting and affordable family event has activities for the kids and events going on all day - including a Fan Series Truck Show and, of course, the thrill of big rig racing with the Iron Giants of The Asphalt. Race gates open at 12:30pm. Fans are invited to meet the drivers of the Bandit Big Rig Series on the back stretch at Bristol Motor Speedway starting at 1:45pm, and the green flag will drop at 3:30pm.

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The entertainment at Michigan International Speedway during the FireKeepers Casino 400 race week in June and the Consumers Energy 400 race week in August will provide something for every guest. Fans will want to make plans today to see all the action at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track.

The entertainment is not limited to Saturdays and Sundays. It is truly a week-long event for fans looking for the best action at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining track. The campers can talk to the spirits as a medium walks through the campground. They will even be able to play bingo and get a workout in. The fan plaza will feature the ever popular ZOOperstars!, a special trampoline stunt show and even STEM-related educational activities.

“We continue to look for ways to add value for our fans and are excited to add more entertainment this year,” track President Rick Brenner said. “We are excited to provide memorable experiences for our fans who come just for the races or those who camp with us. We strive to make Michigan International Speedway the place to be on race week.”

Fans can check out www.mispeedway.com/entertainment for all the entertainment options that are planned for the June and August race weeks at MIS. Guests will want to arrive extra early this season to take advantage of all the options that are available.

After blasting off and flying through the air to entertain the crowd and drivers in 2018, the human cannon ball will make a return to showcase his skills. Guests will want to be in their seat early to see the human cannon ball before the FireKeepers Casino 400. Don't miss David "The Bullet" Smith AGT, the World's Most Accomplished human cannonball, as he flies through the air above the tri-oval. Smith has been featured on America's Got Talent and is a Guinness World Record holder.

In the fan plaza, fans will want to make a scheduled stop to watch an impressive display of athletic prowess in the Flippenout’s Extreme Trampoline Show. The athletes will perform acrobatic single, double and triple flips. The shows keep the hype up with an awesome soundtrack and is action packed from start to finish. Every show ends with their world famous sky high belly drops.

In-Campground Entertainment:

-          Movie – Grab your popcorn and enjoy the movie on the big screen. Campers can watch Bumblebee on Thursday in June and Incredibles 2 on Thursday in August.

-          Medium – Make connections to loved ones in spirit delivering messages and guidance full of laughter, love, insight and healing during a special messages from the spirit session.

-          Late Night Party – Be sprayed by paint and foam while listening to the DJ until 2 a.m.

-          Concerts – There will be musical performances all weekend long throughout the campgrounds. 

-          Fitness Program – The track is offering yoga, Zumba and pound classes from the Jackson YMCA to those who don’t want to miss a workout.

-          Dueling pianos – Watch as two dynamic piano players entertain the crowd.

-          Bingo – All the campers will have the opportunity to lay claim to being the best at MIS.

-          Face Painters – Kids can get their faces painted.

-          Magician – Be prepared to be in awe as a magician roams the campground.

-          Church service – Every campground will have a non-denominational service on Sunday morning.

Fan Plaza Entertainment:

-          Aerial Acts – Look skyward as performers test the limits of gravity with aerial straps.

-          Trampoline Shows – Flippenout's Extreme Trampoline Shows utilizes top professional athletes from all around the country. Its shows keep the hype up with awesome soundtracks and is action packed from start to finish. 

-          Ann Arbor Hands on Museum – The track is now an educational opportunity for your children. The museum will have six STEM-related opportunities to provide hands-on experiences.

-          ZOOperstars! – A one of a kind, hilarious mascot inflatable entertainment show will take over the fan plaza.

-          Bands – Fans can sit back and listen to music of a different band each day.

-          Great Lakes Timber Show – The Lumberjack show features chainsaw carving, axe throwing, wood chopping, one and two-man crosscut sawing, modified chain sawing, log rolling and loads of clean family humor.

-          Timber Art – Checkout what can be created from a wood log by professional wood carvers.

-          Chalk Artists – Two professional artists will decorate the fan plaza pavement.

-          Cornhole – Prove that you are the best at playing cornhole.

-          Strolling Street Performers – Variety of acts including stilt walkers, contact jugglers, object manipulation and cube spinning.

-          Face Painters – Kids can get their faces painted.

-          Magician – Be prepared to be amazed in the pit road suites when the magicians visit.

You can even have your band in the campgrounds. The speedway is looking for bands to play both race weekends. All you have to do is send detailed information about your band and a video to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday ticket holders can stick around on Saturdays for a free post-race concert. Warrant, Love and Theft and Loverboy will entertain the crowd after the NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 on June 8. After the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 on Aug. 11 it will be Sawyer Brown, Skid Row and Grand Funk Railroad performing in the post-race concert.

Tickets start at $39 for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 9 and the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 11. Fans can find the perfect campsite for their families and friends in any of the different campgrounds at the track starting at $160. Fans can purchase tickets and campsites at www.mispeedway.com or by calling 888-905-7223.

Children 12 and under are admitted free on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, children 12 and under tickets start at $15.  Children 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $15, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.


Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and AEG Presents Dark Star Orchestra will present their critically acclaimed live show to Deadheads both young and old at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Thursday, August 15 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 15 at 10 a.m. Virginia Credit Union and RICHMOND NATION members will receive an exclusive pre-sale for the Dark Star Orchestra concert on Thursday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dark Star Orchestra is made up of Jeff Mattson (Jerry Garcia), Lisa Mackey (Donna Jean Godchaux), Dino English (Bill Kreutzmann), Rob Koritz (Mickey Hart), Skip Vangelas (Phil Lesh), Rob Eaton (Bob Weir) and Rob Barraco (multiple keyboardists).

Offering a continually evolving artistic outlet within the Grateful Dead’s musical canon, members of Dark Star Orchestra seek out the unique style of each performance era and offer their own interpretations and improvisations at each show. Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances straight from the set list of these historic shows. 

While faithful improvisation is pinnacle, precision is of equal importance with Dark Star Orchestra, which position the stage plot based on the year of Grateful Dead show to be performed, adapting phrasing, voice arrangements, and even arranges specific musical equipment for the various eras of Dead music performed. At the end of each performance, the band announces the date and venue where the original show just covered took place. Dark Star Orchestra dips into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can “see” shows that happened long before they were born.

Numerous original members of the Grateful Dead have played alongside the band.

“A couple of times when I had my back to John onstage and he started to sing, I had this weird sense that it was Jerry,” said Bob Weir, Grateful Dead co-founder/vocalist/guitarist.

“Playing with Dark Star Orchestra is something that feels just exactly like it felt when I was playing with the Grateful Dead,” said Donna Jean Godchaux, Grateful Dead vocalist.

“There are moments where I can close my eyes and go back 30 years and have it be every bit as rewarding and satisfying,” said Dan Healy, Grateful Dead sound engineer 1966 -1994. “Dark Star is an amazingly legitimate representation of the Dead.”

Dark Star Orchestra’s determined commitment to ‘raising the Dead’ has drawn nationwide attention. 

“Quite possibly the most talented and accomplished tribute band out there... they've definitely mastered their inspiration's vagabond nature.” – RollingStone.com

“Recreates the Dead concert experience with uncanny verisimilitude... In fact, Dark Star Orchestra often sounds more like the Dead than the Dead sometimes did.” – Chicago Tribune

“The hottest Grateful Dead tribute act. A cover band for people who don't like cover bands.” – Washington Post

The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 6:00 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 5:00 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.

In addition to its 6,000 covered seats, the venue hosts six permanent private dressing rooms with restrooms and showers attached to the stage as well as two loading docks. There is a separate hospitality building providing a full menu of food and beverage amenities. The backstage area is completely secured with ample room for parking large vehicles and tour buses.

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 Dark Star Orchestra, visit darkstarorchestra.net.

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The entertainment lineup at Epicenter continues to grow as festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents announces additional afterhours programming and enhanced onsite experiences, along with food and beverage offerings, at the new 3-day destination music experience. Epicenter debuts May 10, 11 and 12 at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, NC, with over 65 music acts performing on four stages, led by Foo Fighters, Tool and Korn. Additional performers include Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +LIVE+ and dozens more.
The expansive Rockingham Festival Grounds--being developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway, The Rock (Rockingham Speedway), and other local land owners--promise nonstop entertainment, extensive camping options, and no curfew, so the entertainment will continue after the night's headliners have played their last song.
The Rockingham Village Stage will be the premier spot for afterhours entertainment throughout the weekend, including an exclusive pre-show party for festival campers on Thursday, May 9 featuring AC/DC tribute act Thunderstruck, Guns ‘N Roses tribute Nightrain and local Charlotte hard rockers Killakoi.
The late-night lineup will also include the anticipated reunion of Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine from That Metal Show for two sets, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, as well as the Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow appearing the entire weekend and also at the Thursday pre-party. The afterhours entertainment at the Rockingham Village Stage includes additional sets from the following acts:
Friday, May 10: Hyro The Hero, Wilson, Arrested Youth
Saturday, May 11: Amigo The Devil, Grandson, Crobot
General Admission, VIP tickets, and hotel and camping packages for Epicenter are on sale now at https://EpicenterFestival.com.
In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP’s affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC. Selections from the following local and regional restaurants and food trucks will be available: Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Truck, Electric Sliders, Flip Flop Rob’s BBQ, Gouda Boys, Grumpy’s Homemade Ice Cream, Hibachi 4 Hire, Island Noodles, Master Of Patties, Meltdown Truck, OooWee BBQ, Phat Daddy’s Creole, Pie Baby Wood-Fired Pizza, Porchetta Truck, Spicy Pie Pizza, The Berry Patch, Tica’s Tacos, Ubora Coffee and more to be announced.
Fans 21+ can enjoy multiple specialty curated beverage experiences. Varietals from Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards (owned by Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) will be available at the Caduceus Wine Garden. Experience abounds at the Heavy Tiki Bar (a tropical oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade). Fans can also enjoy a large variety of local and regional brews at the Epicenter Craft Beer Garden.
Additional Epicenter onsite experiences include:
  • Monster Energy Experience
  • F.Y.E. Fan Experience
  • The Music Experience
  • USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  • Zippo Experience
  • Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program
  • Take Me Home
  • Jack Daniel’s Experience
Camping at Epicenter will let patrons keep the rock n’ roll party going all through the weekend and will set this festival apart from other U.S. rock shows. Camping spots are connected to the festival grounds and include perks like access to showers, portable restrooms, food and drink vendors, charging stations, information and medical services, and the Thursday night pre-show party
Rockingham Village, an impressive promenade conveniently located immediately in front of the venue, adjacent to the North Premium campgrounds, will be open to campers and other festivalgoers until 2:00 AM daily. Featured vendors at Rockingham Village will include festival merchandise, artist merchandise, lockers for rent, lifestyle shopping booths, a full General Store, coffee shop, craft beer at Headbangers Beer Bar, Caduceus wine bar, breakfast vendors for campers, as well as late night food served after the main venue closes.
Rockingham Festival Grounds are located at 2153 North U.S. Highway 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.
Epicenter sponsors include: Monster Energy, F.Y.E., Fxck Cancer, Zippo, Jack Daniel’s, The Music Experience, Sweetwater Studios, USMC, Zyn, Four Saints Brewing and Hugger Mugger Brewing.
Epicenter is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America. DWP events include Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. They're also the co-creators of Rock On The Range, America’s largest and most acclaimed rock festival, which celebrated its 12th and final year in 2018 with 140,000 in attendance; Carolina Rebellion, which wrapped in 2018 after 8 record-breaking years, including over 100,000 in attendance multiple years at the annual event; and Northern Invasion, which had 50,000 in attendance for its fourth year in 2018.
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Charge up your proton pack, calibrate the PKE meter and empty all traps into the containment unit, because the April 4-7 Pennzoil AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway will celebrate all things “Ghostbusters” with a visit from an “Ectomobile” spirit transport replica.

When the movie “Ghostbusters” premiered in 1984, it became the highest-grossing film of the year and made a star out of a white-and-red 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance/hearse. The Caddy, known as ECTO-1 or the Ectomobile, was loaded with all manner of spirit-hunting equipment and sported the now-famous “no ghosts” emblem on each front door. A 1989 sequel, “Ghostbusters II,” featured an updated ECTO-1a built on a different 1959 Cadillac, while the 2016 reboot, “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call,” starred a white-and-pink ECTO-1 built on a 1984 Cadillac.

In the ensuing 35 years, “Ghostbusters” fans from all over the world have been creating their own versions of the Ectomobile. One of the finest examples of an ECTO-1 tribute car belongs to Barrie J. Clark of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Clark and his team spent more than 1,200 hours restoring a 1974 Cadillac Miller-Meteor hearse and outfitting it with a monstrously large 472ci V-8 (for those urgent exorcisms). Clark’s ECTO-1, which spends most of its time at charity events, children’s hospitals, birthday parties, and parades, is fully equipped with a custom ectoplasm containment system, ecto goggles, and loudspeakers that play the otherworldly warning siren from the first movie. The roof rack is stacked high with wraith-wrangling apparatus, most of which was handmade by Clark’s crew.

Clark is a member of the Ghostbusters of North Carolina organization, and the ECTO-1 tribute car acts as a centerpiece for many of the group’s public activities. It can often be seen on the streets of Charlotte and surrounding areas, looking for wayward spirits.

During all four days of the April 4-7 Pennzoil AutoFair, the Ghostbusters tribute car will share exhibit space with a motorized Rocket Ship Car carnival ride, a 60th anniversary display of Chevrolet’s El Caminos, a collection of Bonneville Salt Flats racers, and a handful of Ridler Award-winning custom machines.

The Pennzoil AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, kids can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone. Hours for the April 4-7 Pennzoil AutoFair are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Single-day tickets are $13 each day for adults. Admission is FREE for children 13 and under with an adult. A 4-Day Weekend Pass is available for just $32. To buy tickets, AutoFair attendees can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com, or buy them at the gate.

Keep track of Pennzoil AutoFair attractions and events by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.


Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and fan-favorite Bubba Wallace have announced they will join the Pre Race Experience at Martinsville Speedway ahead of the STP 500 on March 24.

Johnson, the active leader in Cup Series wins at Martinsville, and Wallace, a two-time Truck Series winner at Martinsville looking for his first Cup Grandfather Clock, will bring their expertise to the Pre Race stage as they participate in a moderated question-and-answer session exclusive to Pre Race Experience pass holders on the frontstretch.

“Jimmie Johnson will forever be a legend to fans at Martinsville Speedway who have witnessed him claim so many wins here over the years, while Bubba has shown he too knows his way around this place,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Both drivers will offer fans some unique insight on racing at Martinsville and what ownership of our iconic Grandfather Clock trophy is like.

“While fans come for the racing, we want the day to be an experience and by giving them the opportunity to hear from two drivers who are with two of the top organizations in the sport, we are doing just that.”

Johnson and Wallace will be joined by Paul Menard, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Preece in moderated question-and-answer sessions.

The Pre Race Experience gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the frontstretch.

In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions, the Pre Race Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, and enjoy music, games and prizes.

The cost of the Pre Race Experience is $30 for adults and $15 for youth 17-and-under.

The driver question-and-answer sessions, music, games and prizes will be held on the frontstretch beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will remain open until the conclusion of driver introductions.

Admission to the Pre Race Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.

The STP 500 weekend presented by WhosYourDriver.org is March 22-24.

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 the Martinsville 250. 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.”

Advance 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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Chicagoland Speedway announced today that the inaugural BBQ SmokeDown will take place during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 weekend June 27-30, featuring the Winningest Man in BBQ, Hall of Famer and NY Times best-selling author Myron Mixon, BBQ Hall of Famer, author and restaurateur "Dr. BBQ" Ray Lampe and BBQ Hall of Famer, author and restaurateur Chris Lilly as well as Champion BBQ Teams and leading brands like Big Green Egg, Traeger Grills, Weber and many more.

BBQ SmokeDown will include a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition for chicken, ribs, pork and brisket,  with additional categories featuring burgers, wings and bacon, assessed by certified judges alongside some favorite personalities of Food Network, BBQ, Chicago media, racing, sports and fans.

“This is literally the perfect pairing, NASCAR and BBQ,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock. “Set to the summer backdrop, this first-ever event has the who-is-who of the BBQ world, and we welcome these culinary geniuses.”

The BBQ SmokeDown at Chicagoland Speedway will also feature interactive BBQ and grilling classes, demos, games and fun for fans as well as activations and experiences highlighting the RowdyDow women in BBQ movement and charity support for Operation BBQ Relief (OBR).

"With the incredible backdrop of race weekend and combining KCBS competition, stars of NASCAR, absolute legends of BBQ and amazing food for a great cause the BBQ SmokeDown will be one of the best events this summer,” said Dane Neal, WGN 720 Radio.

"I can’t wait for Chicagoland [Speedway], we'll see who's got what it takes to win, and I'll share my new book "BBQ&A" and some of the secrets that made me the winningest man in BBQ,” said BBQ Hall of Famer, best-selling author and star of BBQ Pitmasters Myron Mixon.

"Chicago is my hometown and I love the Bears, Sox, and Chicagoland Speedway,” said BBQ Hall of Famer, Author and Restaurateur Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ. “I can’t wait to join in all the fun at this great event that brings great food to the track. The competition will be fierce on the track and on the pits but when the smoke is clear we’ll be crowning the first ever Smokedown Champ.”

"NASCAR and BBQ go great together, and I'm excited to see old friends, fans, my favorite drivers and enjoy some food, friendly competition and racing at Chicagoland Speedway this summer,” said BBQ World Champion and Hall of Famer Chris Lilly.

BBQ SmokeDown at Chicagoland Speedway will feature:

  • KCBS Contest and Additional Categories
  • BBQ Star Demonstrations, Classes, Q and A
  • Driver Grilling Challenges
  • Celebrity Meet and Greet, Book Signings
  • Samples, Bites and BBQ from Top Chefs and BBQ Greats!

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place in June as part of the four-race weekend June 27 – June 30. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 27 with the ARCA Racing Series followed by NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Camping World 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 showdown.

To purchase tickets to any 2019 Chicagoland Speedway event, visit us online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, call 888-629-RACE (7223), download the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, visit the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.

For the most current information about Chicagoland Speedway, follow us on Facebook along with Twitter and Instagram @chicagolndspdwy.


Shrimp Creole, Bob White Delight and Venison Flats, that’s just a few of the delicious dishes that were brought to the table by some of the best backyard chefs in the Yellowhammer State during the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off at Talladega Superspeedway this past Saturday, March 9.

The Back Porch Smokers claimed the top prize of “Best Overall” with their delicious Woody’s Smokin’ Phoenix, all prepared in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage at the historic 2.66-mile track. The cook team consisting of Cody Bishop, Jared Bishop, Nate Willis and Michael Lowrance, will be invited to the state finals held at Lanark in Millbrook, AL on August 10, 2019, to compete for the title of AWF 2019 Wild Game Cook-Off State Champion.

The winning teams were determined by local media personalities and celebrities who served as judges. They included: Jim Dunaway and Ryan Brown (WJOX 94.5 The Roundtable Co-Hosts); Chris Renkel (CBS 42 TV); Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg (Talk 99.5 Matt and Aunie Hosts); Greg Burgess (The Rick and Bubba Show Host); Mike Dubberly and Christina Chambers (FOX6 TV); Guy Rawlings and Lisa Crane (NBC 13 TV); Jeff Speegle (ABC 33/40 TV); Landrum Roberts (WJOX 94.5 3 Man Front Co-Host); DJ Ricky Aaron (106.9 The Eagle Personality); and Chip Moore (VP – Head of Operations at First Bank of Alabama).

Other division Cook-Off winners included:

Fish Division: 
First Place – Wyld Child Catering consisting of Leonard Hill, Joe Lewis, Maya Moman and Alex Banks cooking Ocho Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Game Division: 
First Place – First Bank of Alabama consisting Julie Thompson, Scott Carter, Brandon Freeman and Rob Skelton cooking Deer Spikes

Fowl Division: 
First Place – Back Porch Smokers consisting of Cody Bishop, Jared Bishop, Nate Willis and Michael Lowrance cooking Woody’s Smokin’ Phoenix

Youth Division: 
First Place – Los Banditos consisting Jasmine Uribe, Isaiah Mesa, Isabella Tucker and Elizabeth Martinez cooking Light Yo Sass on Fire

Pot Luck Division: 
First Place – Biscuit and Gravy consisting Shanna Thompson and Daniel Thompson cooking Deer Just Chillin’

Best Presentation: Dana’s This and That

Representatives from the Alabama Army National Guard presented the People’s Choice award to Dee’s Nuts.

The purpose of AWF Wild Game Cook-Offs is to supply a place for AWF members to interact, for non-members to learn more about the AWF, and to provide the opportunity to raise funds to support AWF and its programs and projects. The Cook-Offs also demonstrate that sportsmen/women utilize the wild game and fish they harvest and cook it with care, skill and expertise to produce great table fare. 

The AWF, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the AWF, a 501©3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about the AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, call 1-800-822-WILD or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.

NASCAR action returns to Talladega Superspeedway, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year along with Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar, for its spring tripleheader weekend, April 26-28. The General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series will kick off the action-packed weekend on Friday, April 26. The MoneyLion 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event is set for Saturday, April 27, with the weekend's anchor event, the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, April 28.


The World’s fastest dirt track sprint cars, the NOS Energy World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, will be making its only 2019 appearance in Southern California at the famous Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, March 30th, for the annual “SoCal Showdown.”  The race will be part of the “World of Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour.”  Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and the first race will take the green flag at 7:00.

In conjunction with the tracks, the World of Outlaws has formed the Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour, which will officially start at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday, March 15 and end on Saturday on the 30th at The PAS.  In addition to the money donated from the ticket sales, Outlaws Fire Relief Tour shirts will be sold with $5 from each purchase going to the California fire relief. Also, a select number of tickets to each event will be donated to local firemen.

“One of the most anticipated stretches of the season, especially for California fans, is the World of Outlaws month-long tour in March through the Golden State,” World of Outlaws COO Tom Deery said in a series release. “We wanted to do something to help those communities heal and we couldn’t be prouder to raise money for California fire relief and to be donating tickets to the firefighters, who have become heroes to many families.”

The March 30th appearance will be the 19th ever for the World of Outlaws at the track locals affectionately refer to as “The PAS.”  Over the years, ten different drivers have posted WoO wins at the famous Riverside County clay oval.  Oolitic, Indiana’s Mark Kinser won the first five WoO races at The PAS from 1996 through 1998.  However, in the subsequent 13-races since, nine different winners have graced the top step of the podium. Owasso, Oklahoma’s Darryn Pittman has captured two of the last six WoO main events at The PAS.  The 40-year-old’s three wins rank him second on the all-time PAS/WoO win list behind Kinser.  David Gravel of Watertown, Connecticut won the main the last time the series visited Southern California in 2017.  The WoO 2018 appearance of the Outlaws was canceled due to rain.

Fargo, North Dakota’s Donnie Schatz, who drives for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, heads the field of entries for this month’s race.  The 41-year-old 10-time World of Outlaws champion won his 254th series main event last month in Las Vegas.  Despite all those titles and wins, Schatz has never won a main event in Perris.

In addition to Pittman, Schatz and Gravel, included among the others who will be competing on March 30th are past NASCAR Monster Energy Series driver Kasey Khane of Enumclaw, Washington, Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet, 2007 PAS winner Ian Madsen from Sydney, Australia, Jason Sides of Bartlett, Tennessee, Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild, 2015 PAS winner Paul McMahon of Elk Grove, California, Hanover, Pennsylvania drivers Jacob Allen and Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma and Bloomington, Indiana’s Kraig Kinser.

Fans who purchase reserved or premiere seat tickets in advance to the “SoCal Showdown” will receive a free “World of Outlaws Fan Pit Pass.”  The fan pit pass will allow the spectators to get up close to the WoO stars to take photos, meet the drivers, get autographs and purchase merchandise straight from their favorite teams.  Advance tickets are available 24-hours a day at the following link: http://www.woosprint.com/perris-auto-speedway or by calling at 1-844-DIRT-TIX.  For those who do not wish to purchase advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window on the night of the race.

As an added treat for the fans, the west coast’s premiere traditional (non-wing) sprint car series, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, will also be competing on the night.  The non-wing field will be headed by seven-time series champion Damion Gardner of Concord, California and arch rival Brody Roa of Garden Grove.  Those two veterans will face a strong challenge from Anaheim’s Jake Swanson, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, Cody Williams of Corona, R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona and more.

The PAS Young Gun Sprints, for drivers 14-25-years-old with no prior sprint car experience, and Senior Sprints for drivers 40 and over, will complete the exciting quadruple-header.

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, exit 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, Edelbrock, 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, Luke’s Transmission, Moreno Valley Magazine of Values, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, 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 and Vista Paint.

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