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The 58th consecutive season of stock car racing at Grandview Speedway will get underway on Saturday, March 28th with the annual free-to-the-public practice session. Interest is already growing in the Saturday night racing action which will feature the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and T.P.Track Equipment NASCAR Sportsman stock cars plus a number of added attractions.
For the ninth season T.P.Trailers and T.P.Truck Equipment will continue as the major sponsor of the Saturday night NASCAR events.
Each Saturday night feature winner in Modifieds and Sportsman will continue to collect cash bonuses from T.P. of Limerick, PA.
The 3rd Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker, a 75-lapper, for big and small block racers paying $7500 to win will get the actual racing season started on Saturday, April 4. This event will not carry a NASCAR sanction.
Again this year Saturday night racers that use VP racing gasoline will be able to earn great added benefits based on a program announced by track operators, the Rogers family, and VP Racing Fuels.
The top finishing racer in each of the two NASCAR divisions racing at Grandview each Saturday night will be eligible for product awards. For the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds there is a $150 product award for the top finishing racer that can show he has used VP racing gasoline, had VP decals clearly visible on each side of the race car and has a VP patch on his or her uniform. In the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportman division there will be a $100 product award provided they meet the requirements set for the awards.
In addition VP Racing Fuels is posting a $100 VP product award for the overall Hard Charger out of the two divisions each Saturday night.
VP will also be a banner advertiser on the Grandview website (www.grandviewspeedway.com).
VP Racing Fuels Regional Manager Tim Hogue said, “We are excited to be back at Grandview for another season. We appreciate the support given our product by the racers and we want to show the racers support for their efforts.”
Four important rule changes were announced by tech inspector Ed Scott for the 2020 season. Included are:
- Gas Modified weight 2350lbs Alcohol cars 2400lbs.
- Unsealed engines in Modifieds and Sportsman during regular season point races must weigh an additional 150lbs.
- No portion of Sportsman sail panels may extend forward past the back of the drivers headrest.
- 604 and 602 crate engines must have 6200 RPM chip.
More than three dozen events are on the 2020 schedule released by the Rogers Family, track operators, with a number of special attractions being included.
Fans are also reminded that season passes ARE available that cover a reserved seat for all Saturday night events, April through September. The price is still $350. Send a check covering the passes being ordered along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (to speed delivery) to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505.
For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or Twitter.
Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile, banked clay track located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY 2020 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (12/30/2019)
This schedule is subject to change without notice. For information on events, weather, etc. call 610-754-7688 or visit www.Grandview Speedway.com. A NASCAR license is required for all of those entering the pit area on a Saturday Night for NASCAR SANCTIONED events.
Saturday, March 21 Enduro 1 PM (Rain Date Sunday, March 22 1 PM)
Saturday, March 28 FREE to the Public Open Practice All Divisions 12 Noon
Saturday, April 4 3rd Annual V.P.Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker
50 laps for Big and Small Block Modifieds $7,500 7 PM
Saturday, April 11 T.P. Trailers Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman 7 PM
(These two divisions will be the NASCAR sanctioned divisions of racing each Saturday)
Saturday, April 18 Modifieds, Sportsman 7 PM
Sunday, April 19th Outlaw Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage racers 1PM
Saturday, April 25 Modifieds, Sportsman, Blast from the Past 7 PM
Saturday, May 2 Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 9 Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 16 Modifieds, Sportsman, East Coast USAC Sprints 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 17 Outlaw Enduro amd Blast from the Past Vintage racers 1 PM
Saturday, May 23 Modifieds, Sportsman, Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 7:30 PM
Sunday May 24 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM
23rd Annual Modified Traffic Jam* 40 Laps Plus Sportsman
Saturday, May 30 Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 6 Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 9 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM
USAC Non-Wing Sprint Tour Jesse Hockett Classic & 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, June 13 Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 20 Modifieds, Sportsman, ARDC Midgets 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 27 Modifieds, Sportsman, Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 30 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM
Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speed Week Series Hodnett Cup & 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, July 4 Modifieds & Sportsman Firecracker 40 7:30 PM
Friday, July 10 Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 11 Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 18 Modifieds, Sportsman, URC Sprints 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 25 Modifieds, Sportsman, Wingless Sportsman 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 1 50th Annual Forrest Rogers Memorial for Modifieds 50 laps, & Sportsman 7:30 PM
Tuesday, August 4 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 P.M.
USAC National Ken Brenn Midget Masters & 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, August 8 Modifieds, Sportsman (Forrest Rogers Rain Date)
Saturday, August 15 Modifieds, Sportsman, Blast from the Past 7:30 PM
Friday, August 21 Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 22 Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 27 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM
Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, August 29 Modifieds, Sportsman, Excel 600 Modifieds 7:30 PM
Friday, Sept 4 Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 5 Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 12 Champions Night Modifieds, Sportsman 7:30 PM
Friday, September 18 Sportsman 38 laps, (TBA) & Modified Practice 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 19 50th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic 7 PM
Saturday, September 26 Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers or Freedom 76 Rain date 7PM
Saturday, October 17 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 6 PM
MODS AT THE MADHOUSE Trick or Treat Triple 20’s & Sportsman
Sunday, October 18 Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers 1 PM
Sunday, November 8 Fall Racer's Flea Market Starting at 7 AM
*Indicates NASCAR points awarded
Grandview Speedway PR
The late Bill Teel was an iconic individual to the fans and his fellow competitors at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Once you got to know Bill you were forever a friend.
As a driver he was a good as they got, winning Modified track championships in 1988, 1990 and 2000. He was also the 2011 Modified car owner champion with Tyler Haydt. Bill won 16 features between 1989 and 2000. He also holds the record for consecutive Modified feature wins at four in a row.
Another distinctive characteristic of Bill came after the races ended and his many unforgettable late nights of celebration in the pits whether he won or not.
His passing in 2012 left a huge void to the tightknit racing family at Mahoning Valley, however, since 2017 a special memorial race in his honor has been held and the speedway and a dedicated committee have once again united to make sure The Bill Teel Memorial Modified 16s will again be held.
Dene Smith, Tyler Haydt and Wayne Steigerwalt recently solidified plans with track promoter Keith Hoffman to hold the special race on Saturday evening, August 1 with a rain date slated for the following Saturday if need be.
The Teel race is unique and very exciting as four 16 lap features are run. Drivers will draw for heat starting spots to qualify for the first feature. The next three feature races will be an invert for starting positions to be determined and provided all drivers are on the lead lap at the respective finishes. In-between features cars will be pitted in the staging area.
This will be a non-point race, however there will be “50 show-up” points towards the regular season standings.
“I was very happy after talking to Keith (Hoffman) and getting all of the information together for the event. Keith’s a real go-getter and he’s 100% committed to this as we are,” explained Smith, who helped spearhead the event from the get-go and has continued to work tirelessly along with Haydt and Steigerwalt over the past Teel Memorials to ensure its continuing success.
“Working with Keith, Tyler (Haydt) and Wayne (Steigerwalt), we’re all pledged to do whatever it takes to assure drivers will all be rewarded handsomely as we’ve done in each of the past three years.”
During Teel’s driving career, that began at Dorney Park Speedway and also included stints at Flemington Fair Speedway, Evergreen Raceway as well as selected touring events, he was one of the most esteemed drivers both on and off the track thanks largely to his outgoing character.
The 16 is significant in the fact it was his signature car number and ironically when he won his last feature on July 8, 2000, it would be his 16th.
“Since we started this event drivers have come forward to thank us for the effort of it being a good paying race. We try to make sure everyone comes out making something be it money of some form of contingency,” added Smith.
“The 16-lap format is really thrilling for the fans and we’ve seen some really good drivers and some underdogs come away with wins.”
The driver with the best average finish after the four features will be crowned the overall champion of the Bill Teel Memorial Modified 4-16s. In 2017 that honor went to Don Wagner followed in 2018 by John Markovic and this past year it was young Austin Kochenash who took home the special trophy.
Joining the Modifieds that night will be the Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Race time is 6:00 pm.
Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info and news. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway acquires Gateway National Golf Links, retains Walters Golf Management27 Dec 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Officials for World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois, today announced the purchase of Gateway National Golf Links, the 220-acre golf course and clubhouse adjacent to the speedway. The purchase of Gateway National allows the 380-acre motorsports complex to expand its entertainment holdings. Gateway National is considered the top public golf course in the St. Louis area, boasting a 7,178-yard links-style course with bent grass fairways. Golf course operations will not be interrupted.
Walters Golf Management, the leading golf course management company in the Midwest, will continue to operate the golf facility. No changes in operations will take place and all event reservations and play will be unaffected.
“Boosting St. Louis and the Metro East is part of our mission and bringing together the two properties makes great sense,” said Curtis Francois, World Wide Technology Raceway owner and CEO. “Just as our racing venue has evolved into a showplace for some of the greatest racing in the country, Gateway National is a beautiful course that compliments what we are doing next door.”
“The quality golf experience our customers have come to expect will stay the same well into the future,” said Jeffrey C. Smith, Principal and CEO of Walters Golf Management. “This course has had a committed and visionary ownership group for over 20 years and Curtis has proven he shares the same passion for its success.”
Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.
For more information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow WWTR on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Kingsport Speedway released their 2020 schedule of events today.
26 racing events will take place between mid-March through the end of September.
“We’re so excited for the 2020 season,” said Karen Tunnell, general manager and promoter of Kingsport Speedway. “We have a really strong schedule of events put together for everyone around the Tri-Cities.”
The first green flag of the season waves on Saturday, March 21, followed by a second Saturday race on March 28. April 10 will see the first Friday night race of the year.
Numerous special events highlight the season’s schedule – including Racers’ Reunion Night on June 12, the annual WQUT Fourth of July event on July 3 and the return of the Tour of Destruction (date for the Tour of Destruction event is to be announced). The Southeast Super Truck Series make their standard two stops at “The Concrete Jungle” in 2020 – July 11 and September 26.
“As always, our schedule is packed with a lot of racing action through the spring and summer,” added Tunnell. “We’re also very excited to have the Tour of Destruction returning to the speedway for the first time since 2014.”
Weekly racing events will feature action in the Late Model Stock Car, Sportsman, Pure 4, Mod 4 and Pure Street divisions.
2020 will also see the reopening of the Kingsport Miniway, the go-kart track located on the Kingsport Speedway property. The go-kart track is currently undergoing facility upgrades and will host kart rentals and sanctioned racing events. More information on the Kingsport Miniway will be released soon.
“The reopening of the Kingsport Miniway has been highly anticipated,” said Tunnell. “We’ll be hosting go-kart rentals for everyone to come and have fun, as well as racing events.”
The true kickoff to the 2020 season will take place at The Mall at Johnson City on Saturday, February 15 with the annual season preview Kingsport Speedway Mall Show. More details on the mall show will be released as the event nears.
For more information on everything happening at Kingsport Speedway, stay tuned to kingsportspeedway.com. Also follow the speedway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Kingsport Speedway 2020 Tentative Schedule
February 15 – Kingsport Speedway Mall Show at The Mall at Johnson City
February 29 – Open Practice – 12-5 PM
March 7 – Open Practice – 12-5 PM
March 14 – Open Practice – 12-5 PM
March 19 – Open Practice – 3 PM-dark
March 20 – Open Practice – 3 PM-dark
March 21 – Season Opener
March 27 – Open Practice
March 28 – 2nd Race
April 3 – Off (NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway)
April 10 – 1st Friday Night Event – Twin Late Model Stock Car/Kids Power Wheels Race
April 17 – Weekly Racing Event
April 24 – Weekly Racing Event – Twin Pure Street
May 1 – Weekly Racing Event
May 8 – Tony Ward & Roger Neece Memorial – Twin Sportsman
May 15 – Super Cup Stock Car Series (Late Model Stock Car off; other divisions racing)
May 22 – Mopar Night – Twin Pure 4
May 29 – Off (Short Track US Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway)
June 5 – Weekly Racing Event – Twin Mod 4
June 12 – Racers’ Reunion
June 19 – Weekly Racing Event
June 26 – Weekly Racing Event
July 3 – WQUT Fourth of July Race – Fireworks
July 11 – Southeast Super Truck Series
July 17 – Weekly Racing Event
July 24 – Weekly Racing Event
July 31 – Weekly Racing Event
August 7 – Weekly Racing Event
August 14 – Weekly Racing Event
August 21 – Weekly Racing Event
August 28 – Weekly Racing Event
September 4 – Weekly Racing Event
September 11 – Championship Night
September 26 – Southeast Super Truck Series
*TBA Date – Tour of Destruction
“Junior Johnson was not only an inaugural member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, I considered him a member of my family. Junior and my late grandfather H. Clay Earles were best friends and Junior and I remained in close contact for many years. Junior enjoyed so much success at Martinsville Speedway and I’m saddened by this huge loss for everyone associated with NASCAR. On behalf of the staff at Martinsville Speedway and my entire family, I want to offer my condolences to the Johnson family.”
Martinsville Speedway PR
The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will kick off its 2020 season in the height of the New England winter with an action-packed snocross event. The Eastern Snocross Tour will make its debut on the snow-covered dirt track when it rips into Loudon February 15-16, marking the first ever winter event on The Flat Track.
“We’re looking forward to a full season of racing on our newest racing surface, The Flat Track,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “As New Englanders, we all know the cold and the snow is inevitable, and many of our fans already embrace the winter months by riding snowmobiles throughout the state. The Flat Track’s lineup will give them another reason to love racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”
This two-day event will be round three of seven in the Eastern Snocross Tour Championship sanctioned by International Snowmobile Racing. Pro riders from around the east coast and beyond will compete in two qualifying rounds prior to the final event, which will be under the lights on Saturday, February 15. The course will include a 100-foot frontstretch triple with a rhythm section on the backstretch that will have the fans on their feet. Youth divisions will also take to the track with riders starting as young as six years old.
Once the snow melts and New Englanders take their motorcycles out of winter storage, the Laconia Short Track, sanctioned by American Flat Track, will return on Saturday, June 13 to kick off Motorcycle Week at NHMS, which continues through Saturday, June 20.
Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel will kick off the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend on Friday, July 17 headlined by the Granite State Legends Cars and the USAC Dirt Midget Association, featuring a night of short track racing on the dirt with NASCAR stars.
The USAC Dirt Midget Association will race on The Flat Track for a second time in 2020 on Friday, September 11 during Full Throttle Fall Weekend with additional events being announced at a later date.
The Flat Track is the first track to be built in New England in the last 25 years. Crews turned roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track which first opened in June 2019. The Flat Track, located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, is the fourth racing surface on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1,200 acre property, which already includes the famed 1.058-mile NASCAR oval, 1.6-mile road course and a 0.25-mile mini-oval.
For ticket information for all events at The Flat Track, including the February 15-16, 2020 Eastern Snocross Tour, the June 13, 2020 Laconia Short Track, the July 17, 2020 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel and the September 11, 2020, visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.
Superstar DJ and producer Martin Garrix will headline a stellar lineup of global electronic music artists at the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light on Sunday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the biggest and best party of Race Weekend.
Galantis, Rezz, Steve Aoki and Yellow Claw also will perform at the Race Day concert during the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Performances begin at 7 a.m. in the infield adjacent to Turn 3 of the IMS oval, with specific set times to be announced.
"The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light is one of the most-anticipated concerts of the year on the global EDM calendar," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "In less than a decade, the Snake Pit has become a tremendous success for IMS and the Indy 500. This incredible, star-studded lineup will introduce a new, young generation of fans to 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' with free-spirited fun and magical memories."
General admission and VIP tickets for the Snake Pit are on sale for $30 and $125 at ims.com. VIP amenities will include access to a raised viewing platform located beside the stage, a private cash bar and private air-conditioned restrooms.
All Snake Pit ticketholders must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Indy 500 general admission or reserved seat ticket. Ticket holders should be prepared to show proper identification to enter the concert.
Packages that include Race Day general admission tickets are available. A package featuring general admission to the Indianapolis 500 and Snake Pit is $65, while a race general admission and Snake Pit VIP package is $160.
Snake Pit concertgoers are encouraged to buy tickets now, as prices will increase in 2020.
Martin Garrix has risen to global stardom in pop as well as electronic circles -and yet he's far from being done. Dance music's freshest talent has headlined festivals around the globe, founded a label and mentored other artists and won the No. 1 spot in DJ Mag's Top 100 twice.
This will be Garrix's second performance in the Snake Pit, as he also was in the lineup for the landmark 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016.
Garrix, from The Netherlands, taught himself to produce and play his songs by his mid-teens. In 2013, he released music on Musical Freedom - his idol Tiesto's label - and not long after, he released the track that would change everything for him.
"Animals," released in June 2013, was a breakout success and a game-changer for the music industry. Reaching No. 1 in the United Kingdom and many other countries, it proved that a hard-hitting, dancefloor-oriented track could reach pop status, ultimately reaching over a billion streams across several platforms. It also proved that Garrix, at only 17, had the talent to become a world-class musician.
The six years since have been marked by a quick march through the ranks of dance music, conquering stages all around the world and releasing more breakout hits, including "In The Name Of Love" with Bebe Rexha. In 2016, Garrix took pole position in the DJ Mag Top 100 for the first time and launched his label, STMPD RCRDS. Named after his father's profession, who runs a stamp auction house, the label serves as an outlet for Garrix's music and as a platform for up-and-coming, creative talents.
Garrix' musical achievements have not gone unnoticed. He was awarded with two MTV EMAs in 2016, holding the No. 1 spot in the 2017 DJ Mag Top 100, a "Man of Today" accolade from GQ, a spot among Forbes' "30 Under 30" and another at Billboard's "EDM Power Players." He also performed twice on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on NBC, the first Dutch guest in the show's history.
A naturally outgoing person and a born entertainer, Garrix also has headlined at some of the world's major music festivals, including Coachella, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza and Ultra Music Festival. He also locked down residencies at two of the world's most prestigious clubs, Ushuaïa Ibiza and Omnia Las Vegas, and also performed at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Galantis is comprised of Swedish DJ's and producers Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow, who have fused pop and EDM into global superstardom.
Karlsson, who wrote hits that include Britney Spears' "Toxic," met Eklow, who was behind hits such as Icona Pop's "I Love It," at a studio in Stockholm. They quickly began working together after finding mutual passion for a poignant style of electronic music with pop's passion. They released the single "Smile" in late 2013 and followed with the hit single "Runaway (U & I)" in 2014, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016.
Their debut effort, "Pharmacy," was released in 2015. In 2016, the single "No Money" became Galantis' first song to debut on the Billboard Hot 100. After the release of more singles, the duo's sophomore release, "Aviary," arrived in September 2017 and charted on Billboard's Top 200.
The duo released more singles in 2018, including "Spaceship" featuring Uffie and "Satisfied" featuring MAX. Another single, "Holy Water," was released in September 2019. Their latest single is "Faith" with Dolly Parton featuring Mr. Probz.
Galantis has won countless awards nominations, including from the International Dance Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, P3 Awards, NRJ Music Awards and more.
Rezz is the stage name of Isabelle Rezazadeh, a Canadian DJ and producer from Niagara Falls, Ontario. She was born in Ukraine and moved to Canada as a child, falling in love with electronic music when she snuck into Toronto clubs in her teens.
She began her career as a self-taught DJ at age 16, evolving to create her own dark, minimalist productions that attracted the attention of superstars and past Snake Pit headliners Skrillex and Deadmau5. In 2015, she released her debut EP, "Insurrection," on Skrillex's Nest imprint before signing with Deadmau5's Mau5trap label, which released her single "Serenity."
Two more EP releases in 2016, "The Silence Is Deafening" and "Something Is Wrong," created great anticipation for her full-length debut, "Mass Manipulation," in August 2017. She followed in 2018 with another LP, "Certain Kind of Magic," that featured collaborations with Deathpact, Kotek and Fytch.
Her fourth EP, "Beyond the Senses," was released in July 2019.
Steve Aoki is returning to the Snake Pit for the second time, as he also performed there in 2015.
Award-winning producer and DJ Aoki, a native of Miami who grew up in California, built a huge worldwide fan base around rousing live sets, high-profile remixes and collaborations and his label, Dim Mak Records.
His debut album, "Wonderland," received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2013, while subsequent releases were anchored in the U.S. Dance chart Top Five, including chart-toppers "Neon Future, Vol. 1" (2014) and "Neon Future, Vol. 3" (2018).
Aoki turned his record production hobby into a profession in 1996 with the formation of Dim Mak Records. Since then, he has released compilation CD's and remixes of artists from many genres, such as Michael Jackson, Drake, Tiesto, Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Zuper Blahq, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and more before the success of "Wonderland" in 2012.
Since then, Aoki has released EP and LP efforts and continued to break genre barriers with global smash collaborations with Linkin Park, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, Snoop Dogg, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, Migos, Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Charl XCX and Lady Antebellum. He performs at prominent clubs and festivals around the world.
Yellow Claw has climbed dance music charts since the Dutch DJ and production duo of Jim Aasgier and Nizzle debuted in 2010. The duo's debut in November 2015, "Blood For Mercy," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heat Seekers Chart and Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and earned an Edison Award, the Dutch equivalent of a Grammy Award.
The duo has sold out shows in the United States, Asia and Europe and performed on major festival stages at the Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Coachella and more.
In 2017, Yellow Claw released its sophomore album, "Los Amsterdam." The album has amassed more than 200 million Spotify streams and peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Dance Albums chart.
Yellow Claw's third album, "New Blood," was released in 2018.
Tickets for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 24 and the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 9 are available at ims.com.
Race fans looking to rev up their new year are in luck, as Sonoma Raceway has opened its ticket office for the 2020 race season.
Tickets for the 2020 Big O Tires Racing Season at the Northern California racing facility are now available, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series (June 12-14), which falls one week earlier than its traditional later June date, and NHRA Sonoma Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series (July 24-26).
In addition to the popular NASCAR and NHRA events, Sonoma Raceway will host a full slate of events in 2020, including the 2nd annual Sonoma Speed Festival (May 29-31) and the return of the Formula DRIFT Championship, Sept. 12-13, after a 10-year hiatus.
Sonoma Raceway offers incredible value for both the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and NHRA Sonoma Nationals, as tickets start at just $49 and $55, respectively. Camping at both events, which has sold out the last several years, is another popular option.
As a nod to the many families it hosts each year, the raceway will continue to offer kids’ pricing and free admission during NASCAR weekend. Children 12 and under will be admitted FREE to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 with the purchase of an adult ticket on Friday and Saturday; NASCAR race-day tickets for children 12 and under are just $10 with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The 2020 Sonoma Raceway calendar also includes the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2020 (April 1-4), NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel (July 16-19), the GT World Challenge America Series (Aug. 7-9) and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge (Oct. 3-4). Children 12 and under are admitted free all weekend to each of these events.
Fans can purchase individual or weekend tickets, as well as secure camping and ticket packages, for 2020 major events by calling 800-870-RACE (7223), visiting an account representative at the raceway or by online at www.SonomaRaceway.com.
The complete 2020 Sonoma Raceway Big O Tires racing season schedule*:
- Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2020 – April 1-4
- Sonoma Speed Festival, Historic Car Racing – May 29-31
- Toyota/Save Mart 350, NASCAR Cup Series – June 12-14
- NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel – July 16-19
- NHRA Sonoma Nationals, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – July 24-26
- GT World Challenge America Series – Aug. 7-9
- Formula DRIFT Championship – Sept.12-13
- CSRG Charity Challenge, Historic Car Racing – Oct. 3-4
* Schedule subject to change without notice.
Sonoma Raceway PR
Tracy Rich Named Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 2019 Corporate Salesperson of the Year; Phylis Lipford Named 2019 Ticket Salesperson of the Year18 Dec 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Charlotte Motor Speedway has named Senior Director of Business Development Tracy Rich as its 2019 Corporate Salesperson of the Year and Phylis Lipford as the 2019 Ticket Salesperson of the Year.
Corporate Salesperson of the Year – Tracy Rich
Presented annually, the Corporate Salesperson of the Year award recognizes an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty in executing his or her responsibilities in the corporate sales department.
Rich’s award comes on the strength of having led the speedway’s corporate sales department in billings for the past year. Among Rich’s clients are Toyota as well as event entitlement sponsors including Alsco, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Rich, who most recently earned Salesperson of the Year honors in 2017, has been with Charlotte Motor Speedway since August 2002. As senior director of business development, Rich works with corporate partners to make their activation efforts successful and engaging.
“Tracy does a phenomenal job of developing valuable relationships with our corporate partners and exceeding expectations,” said Matt Long, the speedway’s vice president of corporate sales. “In addition to his instrumental responsibilities within our department, Tracy is tremendous at managing the accounts of many of our highest-profile partners and ensuring that they receive the ideal return on their investments.”
Rich graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a degree in Marketing.
As this year’s Salesperson of the Year, Rich received a trip to Nashville for the NASCAR Cup Series Awards, among other perks.
“I’m honored to receive such a special award,” Rich said. “It’s a privilege for me to work alongside a group of tremendous salespeople. Everything we accomplish is a team effort and I’m thankful to be a part of that team.”
Ticket Salesperson of the Year – Phylis Lipford
Presented annually, the Ticket Salesperson of the Year award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty in executing his or her responsibilities in the ticket office.
Lipford, the speedway’s manager of key accounts and ticket services, exceeded her annual sales goals with a month left in the calendar year after a 100-percent increase in outbound call numbers compared to 2018.
“This means everything to me,” Lipford said. “It’s so amazing to be a part of this department and to win this award is just incredible.”
Lipford has worked for Charlotte Motor Speedway for 37 years and has served in her present role for six years.
“Phylis is a consummate professional who leads by example and is a great resource for all other account executives and salespeople throughout the company,” said Nick Skrabalak, the speedway’s senior director of ticket sales. “She’s one of our leaders in up-sales and always volunteers to do more. She’s thoroughly deserving of this honor.”
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Homestead-Miami Speedway employees were spreading holiday cheer this week as the track’s staff delivered presents to the Speediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital and PATCHES Prescribed Pediatrics Extended Care in Florida City.
The Homestead-Miami Speedway staff kicked-off the week by teaming up with The NASCAR Foundation to deliver Speedy Bears to the hospital’s Speediatrics unit. Employees from the Speedway went room to room visiting patients, helping to brighten their day and spread the holiday cheer.
On Wednesday, the Speedway staff and Santa Claus visited PATCHES, a non-profit organization which serves children with medical needs such as pulmonary management, medication and growth and development issues. The visit was a part of the Speedway’s annual holiday toy delivery – a tradition that began in 2007. This year, Homestead-Miami Speedway donated more than 70 gifts to the children who ranged in age from newborns to teenagers.
“One of the biggest gifts our track offers is giving back to the local community,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Al Garcia. “We couldn’t be happier to have that opportunity and make this a great tradition. There is nothing better than the chance to bring a smile to a child’s face, especially during the holiday season.”