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This one is for the kids!
MIS Kids Club members will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive Q&A Session with the five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 21.
The MIS Kids Club event will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the MIS Cares Kids Zone in the New Holland Fan Plaza. Registration tables will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. to scan MIS Kids Club membership cards, as well as sign up new members.
“I think the MIS Kids Club is a great idea and I’m glad to see the track doing something geared toward our young fans,” said Johnson, who has a one-year-old daughter named Genevieve. “I’m sure there will be some pretty funny questions and that’s what’s going to make this so fun. I just hope they enjoy it as much as I know I will.”
The MIS Kids Club is designed for the speedway’s young racing fans. Children 12 years of age or younger can now connect with MIS to stay updated on all the latest news, as well as be able to take part in exclusive race weekend and other special events.
The MIS Kids Club membership is free and will provide a child with an official membership card, Kids Club gift, Kids Club member-only race weekend activity, members-only contests with great prizes and a chance to win great race weekend experiences.
To sign up prior to Sunday’s event, fans can stop by the Fan Appreciation booth in the New Holland Fan Plaza or visit http://www.miskidsclub.com/
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Return to Atlanta Motor Speedway to Perform National Anthem Prior to AdvoCare 50011 Aug 2011 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Grammy-nominated and award-winning Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year to perform the National Anthem prior to the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (EHSS) is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning gospel quartet that combines modern musical concepts with the timeless quality of vocal groups to break the traditional mold of gospel quartets. The quartet was formed by Ernie Haase, the tenor singer of the famed Cathedral Quartet.
The patriotic pre-race event will feature the group performing the National Anthem, preceded by, “I Pledge My Allegiance.”
“We have never received a more positive response from any National Anthem performer in the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway than what we saw last year after Ernie Haase & Signature Sound presented the National Anthem,” said AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark. “We are certainly thrilled that they will be making a return performance again this year. For the fans that missed the National Anthem last year, I would certainly recommend they tune in with us for their outstanding version of our nation’s song.”
“What an honor to be asked to sing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Motor Speedway once again,” said Ernie Haase, founder of the group. “A repeat performance is the greatest compliment you could ever pay to Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Thank you Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR, ESPN and all the fans who asked for us to come back. We are thrilled! See you on race day for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway!”
Fans that purchase the 2011 AdvoCare 500 souvenir program during race weekend are eligible for two free EHSS song downloads.
In addition to Sunday’s performance by EHSS, the pre-race National Anthem for the Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series night race on Saturday, Sept. 4 will be performed by the Song of Atlanta Show Chorus. The Song of Atlanta Show Chorus is a group of more than 100 women of all ages dedicated to celebrating the art of barbershop-style music.
The pre-race National Anthem for Friday’s Sept. 2 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series night race will be performed by the McDonough Presbyterian Men’s Choir.
Atlanta Motor Speedway PR
In an effort to make the sport of NASCAR and Dover International Speedway more accessible to young fans, the Monster Mile has expanded its junior ticketing options for its fall 2011 race weekend. Fans now have more seating areas to choose from when taking advantage of the $8 junior tickets for the Sept. 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and Oct. 1 “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and $10 junior tickets for the Oct. 2 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Junior seating for the Oct. 2 race has been expanded to include Turn 2 and Turn 3 at the Monster Mile, in sections 137-144, rows 1-15, and sections 194-207, rows 1-15. The available seating areas include seven alcohol- and tobacco-free sections. For the Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 races, junior seating is available in all sections of Dover International Speedway.
“Due to high interest in our reduced-price junior seats, we are increasing availability to meet demand,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “Our junior seating sections sold out for our May 15, 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, so we want to be ready to accommodate the young NASCAR fans of tomorrow this fall.”
With the purchase of one adult ticket in the designated junior seating sections, there is no limit to the amount of junior tickets that can be purchased.
Dover Motorsports PR
More than 600,000 horsepower will surge through Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte as the legendary motorsports complex showcases its 2011 Fall Season of Speed.
During the next four months, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host thousands of race cars, monster trucks, motorcycles and classic cars in the largest fall event schedule ever produced for race fans.
“From nitro-burning Top Fuel dragsters to dirt-slinging sprint cars to America’s most popular racing series with the Chase for the Sprint Cup, we’ve got something to give every race fan an adrenaline rush,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “With this incredible lineup from NASCAR, NHRA, the World of Outlaws and more, there’s no doubt the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex is truly the ‘greatest place to see the race.’”
Major highlights on the fall calendar include the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash on Aug. 13; O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Sept. 15-18; the NASCAR Bank of America 500 Week Oct. 12-15; and the World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 3-5.
Other Fall Season of Speed events include the Aug. 25-28 Food Lion AutoFair, which will feature unique vehicles like the Flatmobile, the world’s lowest street legal car, modeled after the Batmobile from the 1960s hit television series. Also, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will close its 2011 season in the UNOH Southern Slam 150 following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Bojangles’ Pole Night, Oct. 13.
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race will take on a different look this year, sporting a pink theme for the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage on Oct. 14, to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer and raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Finally, Charlotte Motor Speedway will ring in the holidays with the return of Carolina Christmas, one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country, running Nov. 23 through Dec. 31. Fans can complete some of their holiday shopping during the annual Souvenir & Race Ticket Blowout, Nov. 25, with discounts on tickets and merchandise and the opportunity to drive a personal vehicle on the famous 1.5-mile superspeedway.
“Fourteen events will take place across our three venues during the next four months to bring nearly a half-million people to the greater Charlotte region,” Smith said. “This drives our area economy and puts people to work. Our Fall Season of Speed is unmatched by any other speedway and will create memories for our fans that will last a lifetime.”
With children’s tickets for many events priced at just $10, entertaining the entire family at a major sports event has never been more affordable. Great ticket packages are available for all events, like the Bank of America 500 Week Super Ticket. For just $99, fans can get a ticket to the World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown at The Dirt Track on Oct. 12, Bojangles' Pole Night on Oct. 13, the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage on Oct. 14 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 Saturday night, Oct. 15.
Tickets to all events in Charlotte Motor Speedway Fall Season of Speed can be obtained by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
The complete 2011 Fall Season of Speed schedule follows.
|Aug. 13||Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash||The Dirt Track at Charlotte|
|Aug. 25-28||Food Lion AutoFair||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Sept. 11||Laps for Life Blood Drive||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Sept. 15-18||O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals||zMAX Dragway|
|Oct. 7 – 8||Charlotte Diesel Super Show||zMAX Dragway|
|Oct. 12||World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown||The Dirt Track at Charlotte|
|Oct. 13||Bojangles’ Pole Night||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Oct. 13||UNOH Southern Slam 150||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Oct. 14||Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Oct. 15||Bank of America 500||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Oct. 28 - 30||Goodguys Southeastern Nationals||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Nov. 3-5||World of Outlaws World Finals||The Dirt Track at Charlotte|
|Nov. 23 – Dec. 31||Carolina Christmas||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Nov. 25||Souvenir & Race Ticket Blow-Out||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
What better way to kick off a race weekend in the Irish Hills then by fishing your bass off!
Michigan International Speedway’s non-profit arm, MIS Cares, will host the second annual “Fish Your Bass Off” tournament at Jerry’s Pub & Restaurant on scenic Wampler’s Lake just minutes from the Irish Hills speedway.
The tournament is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, August 18.
At 5 p.m., 13 teams of four, with two anglers per boat, will take to the waters of Wamplers Lake for three hours of bass fishing. The anglers have been selected from fishing and bass clubs across the state. One spot per four person team will be designated for a NASCAR driver or personality, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray.
Upon returning to the docks of Jerry’s Pub, the anglers will join approximately 200 locals and fans for a night of entertainment.
Dinner tickets with cash bar are available to the public for $35 per person and can be either purchased in advance by visiting https://foundation.nascar.com/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=1279&frcrld=1 or at the door the day of the event. A limited number of dinner tickets remain so advanced purchases are recommended.
Festivities include weigh-in of bass emceed once again by Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show host, Mark Zona and 5-time bass angler of the year Kevin VanDam, and dinner and drinks from a cash bar. Live and silent auctions will also be held, with all funds benefiting MIS Cares.
“We’re extremely excited to bring back our ‘Fish Your Bass Off’ Tournament to benefit MIS Cares,” MIS Director of Government and Community Affairs Alisha Cottrell said. “We’ve had a lot of positive response from our fans and partners to make this fishing tournament a fun way to kick off the Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 race weekend at MIS.”
In 2010, Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Bobby Allison and a number of crew members all made appearances. The inaugural Fish Your Bass Off raised over $27,000 for MIS Cares.
Also, until Sunday, August 14, fans have the option to participate in an auction for a spot on a four-person team of anglers, with all proceeds benefiting MIS Cares. The highest bidder will have the opportunity to join a team that will consist of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and avid outdoorsman, Ryan Newman and six-time Bass Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam.
The auction package also includes admission for one additional guest to the weigh-in/awards dinner.
Fishing equipment and bass boat will be provided. The winner will need to be at Jerry’s Pub and Restaurant on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. ready to fish. Fishing begins at 5 p.m. with approximately three hours on the lake. Weigh in begins at 8:00 p.m. with the live auction and other festivities following the event.
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Some of the most popular drivers in Bristol during August race week never actually compete at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.
Fans may not know their names but they certainly recognize the colorful vehicles they pilot as they make their way to Bristol Motor Speedway for the hugely popular Ford/Bristol Motor Speedway Transporter Parade.
One of a number of entertaining and fun-filled events that take place at BMS during August race week, the Ford/BMS Transporter Parade, which is Thursday evening, Aug. 25, is definitely a fan favorite.
Thousands of fans in the area for the four NASCAR races at BMS that week come out early, staking their claim on their chosen viewing position along the 10-mile route from the Bristol Mall to the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.
Many of the haulers also will carry a child from either the Make A Wish Foundation or the Children’s Miracle Network.
The parade will start at 9 p.m. at the Bristol Mall, following completion of downtown Bristol’s Food City Family Race Night. More than 60 haulers will then make their way from the mall down Volunteer Parkway to BMS.
A reception for BMS season ticket holders will take place at 4:30 p.m. while the transporter drivers will be introduced at 7:45 p.m.
The transporter drivers will be available prior to the start of the parade to sign autographs at the Bristol Mall. Children attending the event will be able to enjoy a “5-In-1 Sport” jump playhouse.
Famous for his Heisman pose, stopping for a few pictures shouldn’t be a problem for the Pure Michigan 400 grand marshal.
Desmond Howard, the former Heisman Trophy-winning University of Michigan football star and current ESPN college football analyst, will serve as grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 21.
“He’s given college football fans excitement throughout his career so it will be great to host a superstar like Desmond Howard at Michigan International Speedway and show him how exciting NASCAR is,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “Since his college days, Desmond has been a huge supporter of the state of Michigan and I know with the college football season just around the corner, a lot of people in the garages will be excited to have him here. He’s Pure Michigan.”
“We are thrilled to have Desmond Howard back in Michigan as the grand marshal of the Pure Michigan 400,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President for Travel Michigan, a part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “His successes on and off the field are inspirational and we know fans will be excited to join him at the first-ever Pure Michigan 400.”
While at the University of Michigan, Howard’s acrobatic catches made him one of the most electrifying players ever to play the game. He became the first receiver in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring as he set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records.
The All-American won the Heisman by the second largest margin of victory in the trophy’s history. He was also awarded the Walter Camp Trophy and the Maxwell Award that year before graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.
Howard played 11 seasons in the National Football League for five teams, including two seasons with the Detroit Lions. While playing for the Green Bay Packers, Howard was voted the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI and is the first and only special teams player to win the award. He is one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP.
Howard’s post-professional football career achievements include being elected in 2010 College Football Hall of Fame and being inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, the University of Michigan Hall of Honor, State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.
Howard’s Collegiate Hall of Fame career will be chronicled in the upcoming book, I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard. The 190-page book, published by Champions Press, LLC, features unique stories and hundreds of photos never seen before from the Howard Family collection.
I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard is available by pre-order online at MDen.com. Retail price for pre-orders of the book are $21, and it will be sold for $20 in and around Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10.
Dover International Speedway is offering fans a unique opportunity to get an autograph from one of their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in a free autograph session on Oct. 1, 2011 as part of the fall race weekend.
Drivers Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, Martin Truex Jr., Regan Smith, Bobby Labonte and Michael McDowell will participate in the autograph session, set to take place at 10:30 a.m. in Dover International Speedway’s Hospitality Village, located just outside of Turn 1. Gates to the village will open at 10 a.m. and fans are asked to arrive early.
The autograph session is open to ticket holders for the Oct. 2 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Beginning Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m., ticket holders and those who wish to purchase tickets can call the Dover ticket office at 800-441-RACE and request an autograph session pass and the driver they wish to receive an autograph from. Passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and a limited number of passes will be available for each driver.
Dover Motorsports PR
These days, everyone is looking for value and deals. For this year’s AdvoCare 500 race weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway is offering value that can’t be beat. A family of four, with children 12 and under, could take a four-day vacation to AMS which includes three nights of racing for as low as $254.
This price includes two adult and two student tickets to the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in the Elliott Grandstand, two adult general admission tickets to the NASCAR Camping World Series race and Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and four days of camping at the track.
Children 12 and under are granted free general admission tickets to the Friday and Saturday races at the speedway with a paying adult.
On top of three nights of racing, Sunday ticket holders will be a part of the Fast Cars and Guitars pre-race concert with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Sunday ticket holders will also be treated to a post-race fireworks show, and gain access to a free breakfast Monday morning with their Sunday ticket stub.
Fans looking for other great values when considering attending the biggest Labor Day party in the USA have many other options to consider. A variety of choices include deals on: Elliott Grandstand tickets, Lynyrd Skynyrd stagefront access, Winner’s and Petty Grandstand seats, Saturday/Sunday combo tickets, weekend ticket upgrades to AdvoCare 500 ticket holders, Earnhardt Grandstand discounts, chairback seating, pit passes and party passes.
For your ticket-buying needs, the AMS Ticket Office is now open on weekends. Representatives are on-hand to assist customers on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Weekday hours will increase to 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 15.
For a complete listing of ticket specials, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/tickets/specials.
A NASCAR race is more than a sporting event. It’s a vacation, an experience, a way of life. Some fans, especially first-timers, may need a little help to make the most of the thrill and understand the sport.
So for fans visiting Michigan International Speedway for the first time during the August 19-21 Pure Michigan 400 race weekend, having a fellow race fan give friendly advice when you arrive could be extremely beneficial. That’s exactly what the track’s new “MIS Rookie Pit Stop” program is designed to do.
Throughout the race weekend, first-time race fans are asked to stop by the MIS Rookie Pit Stop welcome tent and ask a member of the speedway’s Fan Advisory Board (FAB) and some motorsports insiders for tips and advice on how to understand the speedway and the sport of NASCAR.
“Whether you are a newcomer to MIS or a seasoned veteran, we want each and every fan to walk away from the Pure Michigan 400 race weekend with a positive experience,” MIS Director of Guest Services Tim Booth said. “There are so many things to do and experience at MIS on a race weekend, we felt this new program will help first-time fans and new fans engage with members of our Fan Advisory Board and get some great tips on how to make their race weekend a more enjoyable one.”
The program is being initiated as a way to build fan-to-fan relationships with new guests and make sure their first time at MIS is a positive one.
What exactly is wedge? What’s the wave-around rule and what’s a ‘lucky dog’? How does a driver know when to pit and why did they pick that pit road spot? These are some of the things new race fans want and need to know.
Combine a 106,000-seat venue on 1,400 acres, and a 43-car field of 48s, 24s, 88s and 14s – it’s enough to intimidate anyone.
The welcome tent will be located near the main Gate 24 ticket office in the New Holland Fan Plaza. The hours of the welcome tent are as follows:
Friday, August 19
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 20
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sunday, August 21
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The activities in the welcome tent are not structured or stuffy. This is a simple, one-on-one interaction among the Fan Advisory Board and guests.
The track’s Fan Advisory Board has been instrumental in assisting the speedway with fan initiatives like the Rookie Pit Stop Program. FAB members have been active answering questions on the MISpeedway.com website. Fans can visit the PLAN YOUR VISIT tab on the site and click on the ASK AN MIS FAN link to ask a specific question for the FAB.
A drop-down box allows the fan to select the topic of their question. Subject matter experts are available for questions about everything racetrack-related including traffic, camping, hospitality, pit passes, seating, ticket, gates and facility questions.
It’s like a virtual guide to all things MIS because each FAB member has varying degrees of racetrack experience and knowledge.
“All of the Fan Advisory Board members are excited about the Rookie Pit Stop,” FAB member Mike Carpenter of Walled Lake, Mich., said. “We enjoy and embrace the opportunity to help first-time fans out with their experience during the Pure Michigan 400 race weekend. Our board will help in any way that we can.”
Weis Markets partnered with Pocono Raceway and Mount Airy Casino Resort to give fans the chance to win a $100,000 cash annuity or a $5,000 Weis shopping spree.
Additionally, all race fans that participate in Weis Markets $100,000 Pocono Raceway August Bonanza received coupons good for:
· $10 in free play at Mount Airy Casino Resort
· 2 for 1 Grandstand Admission, a $25 value, to Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 6th featuring:
o Weis Sprint Cup Time Trials
o Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 / NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Event
o Pennsylvania 125 / ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event
The week of July 26th, the five finalists were randomly selected and they include:
· Richard Moyzan, Bethlehem, PA
· Kathleen O’Toole, Sunbury, PA
· Carl Runciman, Pottsville, PA
· Melissa Almonte, Allentown, PA
· Adam Devine, Hummelstown, PA
Each of the finalists won a VIP Weekend to Pocono Raceway for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500, August 6th and 7th, including Friday and Saturday accommodations at Mount Airy Casino Resort.
On Sunday, August 7th, prior to the start of the Good Sam RV Insurance 500, a random drawing will be held, assigning a car in the race to each of the five finalists. If one of the five cars selected wins the Good Sam RV Insurance 500, the finalist with that car will win a $100,000 cash annuity, paid out over 40 years. If none of the five cars selected wins the race, the finalist with the car that finishes the highest, will win a $5,000 shopping spree at their local Weis Market store.
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