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For the first time ever on the NASCAR circuit, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will line up five wide during the pace laps prior to the drop of the green flag for the Auto Club 400 on March 17, 2019. The “Five Wide Salute” not only pays homage to Saturday night short tracks, but also celebrates Auto Club Speedway’s signature racing style of flat out and five wide.
Racers saluting their fans is a long-standing tradition and now NASCAR drivers will have the chance to do it in Southern California on the 2-mile oval that is Auto Club Speedway.
“This five wide salute will be an impressive sight and is a nod to both our race fans and the grassroots of the sport,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “I grew up going to and racing at dirt tracks, and I am very passionate about the community because at the end of the day, we’re all family. I look forward to seeing everyone’s reaction in the grandstands, infield and along pit road.”
To kick-off the excitement for the upcoming Five Wide Salute experience, Auto Club Speedway has launched a special promotion called the “Five Wide Happy Hour” a five-hour period on the fifth of every month - fans will get $5.00 off any reserved grandstand ticket to the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race.
“Five Wide Happy Hour” Promotion:
- January 5, 2019 from 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. PT
- February 5, 2019 from 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. PT
- March 5, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. PT
To purchase tickets or ticket packages to NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 Weekend at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana.
Follow @AutoClubSpeedway on Facebook/Instagram and @ACSUpdates on Twitter and tag photos using #FiveWideSalute
5-Time Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Champion Scott Pruett To Serve as Grand Marshal for 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA04 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Five-time Rolex 24 At DAYTONA champion Scott Pruett will serve as Grand Marshal for the 57th anniversary Rolex 24 At DAYTONA on Jan. 26-27, giving the “Drivers, start your engines” command for North America’s most prestigious sports car race.
The Rolex 24, which kicks off IMSA’s season-long 50th anniversary season and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will showcase an international field of drivers in exotic sports cars around the twists and turns of Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course. Rolex support for this twice-around-the-clock challenge dates back to 1992, when the Swiss watchmaker became its Title Sponsor.
“It’s impossible for me to sum up, in just a few words, how honored I am to be chosen as Grand Marshal for the 57th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” Pruett said. “This track is truly special to me for so many reasons. To be the Grand Marshal in itself is wonderful and to be it while ushering in the 50th Anniversary of IMSA makes it all the more special. It’s going to be an emotional weekend and start of the race for me, personally, as I’m sure I will miss suiting up and taking the wheel.”
Pruett, friend of Rolex, has raced in many forms of motorsports including NASCAR, open wheel, sports car and karting. He retired from competition following the 2018 Rolex 24 as the all-time leader in IMSA with 60 victories and seven championships.
At Daytona, he owns five Rolex 24 overall victories, an all-time record he shares with Hurley Haywood, and also holds the record for Rolex 24 class victories with 10. Other Daytona successes include two summer sports car victories and a triumph in the 1991 International Race of Champions series opening round.
Daytona Beach was the setting for another career milestone for Pruett in 2017, when he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which resides in the speedway’s Ticket and Tours Building.
“Scott Pruett is a true American legend in road racing,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “In a career that has spanned 50 years, Scott has experienced numerous successes and triumphs, many of them right here at Daytona International Speedway. He was a versatile driver who was always relentless and focused on track, and an engaging personality off the track. We look forward to having Scott preside as Grand Marshal for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.”
Tickets for the 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and all Daytona International Speedway event can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
Walls Going Up as Talladega Superspeedway’s New Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel Continuing to Take Shape03 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, but not the construction efforts for Talladega Superspeedway’s new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, the first development of the 2019 Transformation Infield Project. Crews worked through much of the holidays and the tunnel walls are now coming to life as a result despite battling a host of inclement weather.
In addition to the walls, rebar and concrete pours continue for the extension of the tunnel slab (nearing the infield entry/exit access). Oxford, AL’s Taylor Corporation is spearheading the tunnel construction effort.
The Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, which is scheduled for completion in time for the track’s April 26-28, 2019 spring motorsports tripleheader weekend featuring the GEICO 500, is the initial part of the approximately $50 million Transformation Infield Project that is part of International Speedway Corporation’s (Talladega’s parent company) long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The new two-lane tunnel will be capable of allowing vehicles as large as race team haulers, fans’ recreational vehicles as well as track tram vehicles (to take fans who have both infield admission and grandstand seating) to enter and exit the track simultaneously with ease. It will be open 24 hours during event weekends. Also slated to be ready this spring is the 67-spot Finish Line Premium RV area (located just past the start-finish line & includes full hookups), as well as new Infield Shower Trailers.
The culmination of Transformation will occur this October and will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR with a one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience, which will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield.
Fans can learn more about the project and view the progress 24/7 via the construction cam by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.
South Boston Speedway Offering Up Several Affordable New Engine Options For Limited Sportsman Division03 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
South Boston Speedway is adding four new engine combinations in the Limited Sportsman Division in 2019, an effort to give competitors more affordable options as the engines used for a decade have become outdated.
Any of the four new engine combinations should cost less than $4,000.
The engine combination the division has utilized for years will remain an option in 2019, with add-ons to make it competitive with the four new engines.
“With GM not producing the 603-crate engine (the engine used for 10 years) any longer, it’s only a matter of time before the parts to continue running that engine become obsolete or unaffordable,” said Jeff Bomar, South Boston Speedway’s head technical inspector on race nights. “Speedway management has been working on a viable solution for a couple of years to figure out the best avenue going forward for our teams. We all agreed on the four new combinations after talking with multiple engine builders and the teams that run with us.”
“We’re always searching for ways to make things as affordable as possible for our competitors and we knew we needed to do something to help keep the costs of motors in check for our Limited teams,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “We knew the price of the ones we’ve been using were just going to continue to go up and we looked for the best alternatives.
“We think this move along with an increase in the Limited purse will help the teams we’ve had competing with us for a long time and may well attract some others to South Boston.”
South Boston Speedway will again utilize the “one-tire rule” for the Limited Division as a cost-saving measure. Teams can purchase four tires for the season-opener on March 16 and then only one tire per race until the 75-lapper on June 29 when they can purchase four tires. After that event, it will be one tire per race the remainder of the season.
The Limited Sportsman engine options for 2019 include:
- Option 1: The GM crate 602 which is almost identical to the current 603 in terms of horsepower and torque. The 602 will run a 390 CFM Holley carburetor and a 1" open hole spacer and start at a weight of 3,100 pounds total and 1,400 pounds right-side weight.
- Option 2: The Ford crate 347 JR. The 347 JR and the 603 make almost identical numbers on the dyno. The 347 JR will start the season with a 390 CFM Holley carburetor with no spacer, weighing 3,100 pounds total with 1,400 pounds right-side weight.
- Option 3: The steel-head engines being phased out of the Late Model Stock Car division. To bring the power closer to the GM 603, a 350 CFM Holley carburetor is required with a starting weight of 3,100 pounds total and 1,400 pounds right-side weight.
- Option 4: The GM 604 with a 450 CFM Holley carburetor. The GM 604 will remain on the stock 1.5 ration rocker arms and weigh 3,100 pounds total and 1,420 pounds right-side weight.
- Option 5: The current GM 603 crate engine that teams have been running for a decade. A 1-inch open-hole space will be added to keep current teams from feeling forced to buy a new engine to be competitive during the transition period to the new engine packages.
A full listing and explanation of the Limited Sportsman engine rules can be found at www.southbostonspeedway.com.
The 2019 South Boston season opens on March 16 with an afternoon of racing featuring twin 100-lap Late Model races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race.
Dover International Speedway is gearing up for the biggest year in its history as the Monster Mile celebrates its 50th anniversary season and hosts its 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
The brainchild of former Delaware Gov. David Buckson, with funding largely provided by Delaware businessman and former Lt. Gov. John Rollins, construction on Dover International Speedway began in August 1967 by the Melvin L. Joseph Construction Co. from Georgetown, Del. The land where the Speedway sits today was previously a farm and local airstrip for small planes.
Millions of racing fans have been flocking to the high-banked, one-mile concrete oval, known throughout racing as The Monster Mile, since the facility opened its doors.
On July 6, 1969, Dover International Speedway hosted the “Mason-Dixon 300,” the first NASCAR event held in the First State. Then known as Dover Downs International Speedway, 10,509 race fans turned out on a breezy summer afternoon to see Richard Petty take the first checkered flag by a whopping six laps over the next closest finisher.
The track quickly became the premier home for motorsports in the mid-Atlantic region, as Dover continues to serve as the racing capital of the world twice each year and Delaware’s only top professional-level sports venue. Fans from all 50 states, and many foreign countries, attend every race weekend in Dover. The economic impact of the two NASCAR event weekends on the Delaware economy is approximately $94 million annually.
The tradition continues with two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in 2019 on May 3-5 and Oct. 4-6. 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.
“Our team is working hard to make 2019 the biggest year yet at Dover International Speedway,” said Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway. “For fifty years, the Monster Mile has been providing challenges for top drivers, excitement for our fans and terrific memories for all in attendance. Our 2019 celebrations, events and races will offer the perfect kickoff for our next fifty years of racing.”
In 2019, Dover’s iconic monster trophies will be converted from their customary concrete-like finish to a brilliant metallic gold color. Winners of all six of our NASCAR events will take home these unique-for-2019 trophies.
A larger-than-ever FanZone, complete with the Monster Mile Youth Nation area for kids of all ages, will include more attractions, driver appearances and autograph sessions than ever before. More surprises and additions to race weekend activities will be announced in the coming weeks.
The May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, May 3, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 4 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 5.
The Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Keep up to date on all 50th anniversary announcements by visiting DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
Dover Motorsports PR
he Fan Advisory Board (FAB) at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) has a legacy as the voice of loyal fans at the historic track. Now in its ninth year, this group of Richmond fans continue to provide feedback and ideas to senior leadership to aid the growth and development of the track to deliver the ultimate fan experience. The track will also continue to hear from the next generation of race fans as the Youth Fan Advisory Board (YFAB) enters its second season in 2019.
“It is our mission to listen to our fans as we strive to further grow the iconic racing experience at Richmond Raceway,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The Fan Advisory Board allows us to hear directly from our most loyal fans with an open dialogue about improving our fan experience. Throughout the year, we have integrated several of the FAB’s recommendations into our race weekend experiences and guest service support. We value and appreciate their commitment, along with the Youth Fan Advisory Board, to America’s Premier Short Track.”
The FAB has been a staple over the past nine years in enhancing the fan experience at Richmond. Throughout its history, the FAB has kept an open line of communication between our loyal fans and Richmond’s leadership to positively impact the race experience at the Action Track. It also offers a forum to share fan opinions on ideas for the track. The new DC Solar FanGrounds is an example of a new fan experience that was developed with FAB feedback.
FAB members participate in conference calls and annual meetings in order to make America’s Premier Short Track better. To keep the board working, membership is limited to 25 members. Members serve a rotational term of four consecutive NASCAR race weekends at Richmond. Once their term is complete, members rotate off the board and are replaced by new members. Fans can apply online to become a part of the Fan Advisory Board when availability is open at richmondraceway.com/
The 2019 FAB is comprised of the following members:
- Gerald Allen Severn, Md
- Lee Allen Lansdale, PA
- William Apperson Williamsburg, VA
- Donna Arnold Richmond, VA
- John Arnold Richmond, VA
- Kevin Asdalan Coraopolis, PA
- Denise Brown Ruther Glen, VA
- Lisa Carneal Ruther Glen, VA
- Maryellen Davison Fredericksburg, VA
- Tom Davison Fredericksburg, VA
- Robert Ellis Hampton, VA
- Lee-an Felkins Williamsburg, VA
- Kendall Humphries North Chesterfield, VA
- Brian Johnson Charlottesville, VA
- John Johnson Mechanicsville, VA
- Mary Ann Johnson Mechanicsville, VA
- Phil Lendermann Lexington Park, MD
- Lewis Rash South Hill, VA
- Amy Sylvia Ashland, VA
- Beth Taylor Fredericksburg, VA
- Todd Taylor Fredericksburg, VA
- Elmer Wheeler Ruther Glen, VA
- John Wheeler Ruther Glen, VA
- Kevin Young Laneview, VA
- Sonia Young Saluda, VA
Youth Fan Advisory Board
The YFAB was formed to improve the fan experience for the next generation of NASCAR’s fans. This select group of youth will continue to speak directly with Richmond’s leadership in the coming race season. The YFAB provides NASCAR’s younger fans the opportunity to change the landscape of America’s Premier Short Track for the better.
The YFAB gives the track a sounding board to hear what moves youth’s interest in motorsports at Richmond. The annual goal of the YFAB is to help grow the presence of today’s youth at Richmond and provide them a one-of-a-kind race experience.
The 2019 YFAB is comprised of the following members:
- Ethan DuBrueler Mosely, VA
- Kaylee Hiner Bridgewater, VA
- Matthew McMillen Richmond, VA
- Livingstone Sitzman Montpelier, VA
- Tatum Roberts Mosely, VA
- Joshua Slate Mechanicsville, VA
- Ember Steele Mechanicsville, VA
For more information on the Fan Advisory Board or Youth Fan Advisory Board, visit richmondraceway.com.
Richmond Raceway PR
Advance tickets for all 2019 Perris Auto Speedway races are available now online or via telephone.
The famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval will kick off its 24th consecutive season of racing on Saturday, February 9th, with the PASSCAR Stock Car Series and the IMCA Modifieds. The track will close the season with the 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on November 9th. Tickets for all races are available 24-hours a day online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or via the telephone at 1-800-595-4849. Included are general admission tickets to the World of Outlaws/USAC Sprint Car race on March 30th. Premium and reserved seats for the Outlaw/USAC show, which include a free WoO Fan Pit Pass, are available online at https://bit.ly/2rLFzex or by calling 1-844-DIRT-TIX.
A reminder that the Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience, which allows fans to drive real race cars or to take a ride along with a real race driver, returns to The PAS on March 10th and 16th. Fans can choose to drive between several different types of race cars including Late Models, Sprint Cars, IMCA - UMP Style Modifieds, Big Block Modifieds and L-Mods. To view the deals, see the cars or make reservations, fans can visit the website at https://dirtracewithkenny.com/ or they can call 401-543-FAST.
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 2017 season. All Coast Construction, Amsoil, 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, K2 Displays, K&N Engineering, 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, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Trench Shoring, Valley News 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:
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2019 Perris Auto Speedway Schedule
February 9th “Opening Night” PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
February 23rd LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction I: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts
March 9th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
March 10th Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience
March 16th Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience
March 30th Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the “Up Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run
April 13th “Sokola Shootout” Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints
April 27th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction II: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the “Up Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run
May 4th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
May 25th “Salute to Indy” Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the “Up Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run
June 1st LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction III: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the “Up Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run
June 15th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
June 29th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints
July 4th FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction IV: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the “Up Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run
July 13th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints
July 20th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
July 27th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction V: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts
August 17th “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints
August 24th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
August 31st LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction VI: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts
September 14th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
September 21st “Glenn Howard Classic” Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints
September 28th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction VII: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts
October 26th “Champions Night” PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and PAS Modifieds
November 6th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction Practice Session
November 7th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction
November 8th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction
November 9th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction
*** Schedule Subject to Change
Martinsville Speedway is known as the “The Half-Mile of Mayhem” and 2018 certainly lived up to the moniker.
In five races, the 2018 season saw four first-time Martinsville Speedway winners and one set a record for the most career Truck Series wins at Martinsville.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series kicked things off with a March race that saw 10 cautions in 250 laps, the final of which set up a seven lap shootout between Kyle Benjamin, who was making his Martinsville Speedway and Series debut, and eventual race winner John Hunter Nemechek.
“Finished second here multiple times,” said Nemechek. “So tick, tock, we finally got a clock. It’s going to be awesome to take that thing home.”
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ STP 500 saw 11 lead changes and three drivers lead more than 100 laps. When the dust settled, it was Clint Bowyer in victory lane, picking up his first win in nearly six years, and his first grandfather clock trophy.
“It just means everything,” Bowyer said. “To be able to get back in Victory Lane? It’s been a long damn time since I’ve been in Victory Lane. You start to second guess, question (yourself). You thought about it all the way up here.
“We’ve come so close in the past. We wanted to win that grandfather clock so bad.”
“That first race weekend really set the tone for us in 2018,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Despite some challenges for us and the fans, we saw two spectacular races. A drag race to the finish for the Truck Series and a great story in Clint taking home his first clock.”
The Whelen All-American Series was the next to take to the track for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race. The race, the biggest in the nation with $25,000 going to the winner, saw non-stop action, tempers flaring, and, in the end, veteran racer C.E. Falk III in victory lane for the first time at Martinsville.
“We all come here wanting to win it but it’s like winning the freaking lottery, and we did,” Falk said. “We missed the wrecks, we were up front all night long and my team did it. We might not have had the very best car but we were there when it counted and this is something I’ll cherish the rest of my life.”
“The Late Models always put on a great show at Martinsville and this year was no different,” Campbell said. “It was a great race to watch whether you pulled for underdogs, new drivers to that show, or our veterans. That race never disappoints when it comes to entertainment and this year was no exception.”
A month later, when the Truck and Cup Series would return, Johnny Sauter started the weekend doing what he has done better than any other Truck Series driver at Martinsville, winning for the fourth time in his career, breaking a tie with Mike Skinner, Dennis Setzer and Kevin Harvick for the most at Martinsville in series history.
“My wife always tells me that we have four kids, we need four clocks so when you tip over we can give each kid a clock,” Sauter said. “This is just a special deal.”
“The Truck Series has always had a home at Martinsville since their very first season,” Campbell said. “I think that Johnny’s record is a testament to his background as a short-track ace and his skill in a Truck. I want to congratulate him for beating a record shared by some of the best the Truck Series has ever seen.”
In saving the best for last, the next day’s First Data 500 was one for the ages. An intense late race battle between Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. reached its peak on the final corner of the final lap, when Logano used the bump-and-run on Truex to claim his first Martinsville Cup win and springboard his way to the series’ championship.
“It’s about time we won one here,” Logano said. “We’ve led so many laps and been in position so many times, it’s great to finally get the win. Hard, classic, NASCAR at Martinsville racing, and I had a lot of fun being a part of it. There’s just so much on the line when you’re in the playoffs like this. The advantage of winning at Martinsville is a huge deal, and I’m glad we were able to get it done.”
“Joey’s win gives us such a great spring board into 2019,” Campbell said. “That is exactly the type of racing we have become synonymous with over 71 years and was something that really elicited a reaction from the fans, whether they loved it or hated it. I can’t wait to see what next year holds when it comes to on-track action, and that race exemplified why I still get fired up for every single race we have here.”
Racing returns to Martinsville March 22-24, 2019 with the STP 500 race weekend.
The weekend will start with NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice on Friday, followed by Saturday’s 250 lap Truck Series race.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action on Sunday, for the STP 500.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
Martinsville Speedway PR
Dover International Speedway honors longtime ticketing official Sharon Garron at annual holiday luncheon20 Dec 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Dover International Speedway’s annual holiday luncheon featured a special recognition for Sharon Garron, a longtime ticketing official who is retiring at the end of the year after 38 years with Dover Motorsports, Inc.
Garron began her work at the Monster Mile on Jan. 28, 1980 as an event experience specialist. Since then, Garron remained in ticketing and sales, advancing to ticket office supervisor, ticket operations manager and her current position of senior manager of ticketing logistics.
“We have a great team and I feel fortunate to have known and worked with them,” Garron said. “It has been a great run. It has been exciting to be a part of NASCAR and the growth of the track.”
Garron’s tenure coincided with an explosion of NASCAR popularity, resulting in 16 consecutive years of Dover grandstand expansion from 1986 through 2001.
“Dover International Speedway could not have managed the growth in attendance it enjoyed during the 1980s and 1990s without the meticulous organizational skills Sharon brought to the table,” said Dover Motorsports President and CEO Denis McGlynn. “We’re very grateful for her contributions to our success.”
The cap on that era was provided by Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory in the “MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400,” the first NASCAR Cup Series race following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in front of more than 135,000 fans.
“All the fans had flags waving and then Dale Jr. took his victory lap with a big American flag,” Garron said. “It was very moving.”
At the beginning of her tenure, Garron’s favorite NASCAR driver was Bobby Allison, a seven-time winner at the Monster Mile. Today, her driver loyalties begin with Chase Elliott, who won the “Gander Outdoors 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Dover on Oct. 7.
NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile with two tripleheader weekends in 2019 on May 3-5 and Oct. 4-6 as the track celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Oct. 6 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race will be the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in the track’s history.
The May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, May 3, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 4 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 5.
The Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend also includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 6.
For tickets or more information on Monster Mile events, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
Dover Motorsports PR
Another exciting season is coming to The Concrete Jungle for 2019!
With the news of longtime racers and business men Ervin and Keith Stiltner purchasing the track, it is gearing up to be one of the best years to date.
“We couldn’t be happier to take the reins at Kingsport,” said Ervin Stiltner. “We’ve seen great support from the competitors, fans, sponsors and local community since we started leasing the track in 2014.”
“We appreciate everyone’s support and look forward to waving the green flag on 2019 and beyond.”
The season gets underway on Saturday, March 23rd. Divisions that will be featured at Kingsport in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series opener will be - Modified 4 division, Pure 4, Mod Street, Pure Street, LMSC, and the Vintage class are also on the schedule.
The first two races of the season are slated for Saturday days, then we move back under the lights on Friday nights starting on April 12th.
The 2019 schedule features a jampacked lineup, featuring the return of the Super Cup Stock Car Series, celebrating our fans and our nation on fan appreciation night on July 5th, that will end with a fireworks display, and crown our 2019 track champions on September 13th.
More news about the go-kart track will be announced soon! Stay tuned for more news of upcoming events
The 2019 schedule is a tentative schedule and subject to change.
March 9th – 1st Open Practice 12 PM till 6 PM
March 14th – Open Practice 12 PM till 6 PM
March 16th – Open Practice 12 PM till 6 PM
March 21st – Open Practice 12 PM till 6 PM
March 22nd – Open Practice 12 PM till 8 PM
March 23rd – 1st Race & Vintage Class
March 30th – (Saturday) 2nd Race
April 12th – 1st Friday Night Race + Kids Power Wheels Race & Twin Mod 4
April 19th – Vintage Class
April 26th – Friday Night Heat
May 10th – Roger Neece/Tony Ward Memorial Race & Twin Mod Street
May 17th – Kids Power Wheels Race & Vintage Class
May 24th – Ford Street Car Night
June 7th – Racers Reunion + Twin Pure Street
June 14th – Kids Power Wheels Race & Vintage Class
June 21st – Super Cup Stock Car Series – LMSC Off
June 28th - Chevy Street Car Night
July 5th – WQUT Fan Appreciation + FIREWORKS & Twin LMSC
July 19th – Kids Power Wheels Race & Vintage Class
July 26th – Mopar Street Car Night
Aug 2nd – Twin Pure 4
Aug 9th – Kids Back to School Night & Bicycle Giveaway
Aug 23rd – Kids Power Wheels Race – Vintage Class
Aug 30th - Friday Night Heat
Sept 6th - Kingsport Night at the Races
Sept 13th - NASCAR Divisions Championship Night
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Formosa Productions and Bristol Motor Speedway Align To Pursue A Brighter Future for the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville19 Dec 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Formosa Productions Inc. and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) have today reached an agreement to explore bringing major NASCAR racing events back to Nashville. The joint effort intends to combine local racing and other major motorsports events that once made Fairgrounds Speedway one of the premier raceways in motorsports.
Formosa Productions has a multi-year contract with the Metro Nashville Board of Fair Commissioners to promote and manage the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and operate a limited number of local racing events. BMS and Formosa Productions, who will continue to lead local racing efforts, have signed a contract to work with Metro Nashville and the Board of Fair Commissioners, owner of the historic raceway at the Nashville Fairgrounds, on a long-range plan of significant track improvements and high-profile race events that could include NASCAR events upon the facility meeting standards.
“This is terrific news for fans of racing and drivers all across the country and will bring a brighter future for Nashville Fairgrounds,” said Tony Formosa, president of Formosa Productions. “I’m excited to work with Bruton and Marcus Smith and the Bristol team who I feel will bring this historic facility back to where it belongs. Today marks an exciting new beginning for the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.”
Claire Formosa, vice president of Formosa Productions added, “This is exactly what the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville needed. This is one of the most historic short tracks in the country. To know that we now have the chance to bring back NASCAR and restore this facility to what it once was, without losing any of its history is remarkable. I can not wait to see what the future holds for this facility and everyone involved.”
Said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, “Tony and our team both see the same bright future for Fairgrounds Speedway. Nashville has a special reputation as one of the most exciting tracks in the history of motorsports, and the region has a remarkably large and passionate fan base. The motorsports industry – the sanctioning bodies, drivers and race teams – is excited about Nashville’s potential to be a regular site for major events. With Metro supportive of that vision, we are eager to start working tomorrow with the city, Tony and other stakeholders at the Fairgrounds and beyond, to develop a first-class racing facility and program.”