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In January, five students from the University of Miami’s School of Education were selected to participate in ‘NASCAR Kinetics’, representing the Hurricanes’ first entry into the groundbreaking motorsports program. Through a promotional partnership with Homestead-Miami Speedway, these potential leaders in the racing industry pulled into Victory Lane having been declared the winner in the Spring 2011 edition of the ‘NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion’ competition. The UM team placed first, trailed by Oklahoma State University and Coastal Carolina University, in their first semester participating in the competition.
“We have enjoyed a very good relationship with the school and this is just further evidence of the caliber of student that South Florida produces,” said Matt Becherer, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. “Certainly this is a way for a future purveyor of the sport to gain practical, real-life experiences related to motorsports as well as sports entertainment in general.”
This semester’s University of Miami’s NASCAR Kinetics team will be hosting an official ‘M&M’S Makes Race Day More Fun’ NASCAR viewing party of the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday Oct. 30. The viewing party will be hosted at T.G.I. Friday’s (Coral Gables) and will begin at 1:30 and conclude at the end of the race. The ‘M&M’S Makes Race Day Fun’ viewing party is open to the public and will feature free food, racing themed dinner specials, interactive games, as well as numerous giveaways for those in attendance. The event is part of the NASCAR Kinetics program which offers select college students the opportunity to become a brand ambassador for NASCAR and be awarded a trip to Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 18-20.
The NASCAR Kinetics team at University of Miami is comprised of the following five students: Danielle Dasht double majoring in Public Relations and Sports Administration, Josh Baumoehl majoring in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Sports Administration, David Baxter majoring in Sports Administration, Miranda Coleman double majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Sports Administration, and Alyssa Sugimoto majoring in Sports Administration.
NASCAR developed the NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion program in 2009 with the mission of exposing college students to and educating them about the NASCAR brand. This innovative, engaging program gives the teams an opportunity to work through real-world business challenges facing the motorsports industry. Students will leverage techniques and lessons taught in the classroom to complete case studies and projects. Each student chosen for the NASCAR Kinetics program is tasked with fostering brand awareness throughout their college and the community. Students who have taken part in the program credit it for giving them a leg up on the competition for internships and jobs in the sports industry.
As a way to say thank you to season ticket holders, Kansas Speedway will be hosting track laps on Oct. 18 from 3 PM – 10 PM, Oct. 22 from 6 PM – 11 PM, Oct. 26 from 3 PM – 10 PM, and Oct. 28 from 3 PM – 10 PM.
“I wanted to find a unique way to say thank you to our season ticket holders and I think allowing them to drive their cars on track at Kansas Speedway is the perfect way to show our ticket holders that we appreciate their support,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren.
Each account will be given one drive for three laps (first lap from pit road, second lap the entire track, and third lap back to pit road). Account holders can attend any day they prefer and are welcome to bring guests to ride along with them. Season ticketholders should enter off of France Family Drive.
Gatorade Victory Lane will also be open for photos.
All vehicles must be street legal and equipped with enough seatbelts for all passengers. RV’s, tractor trailers and motorcycles will not be permitted.
For more information, visit www.kansasspeedway.com/drive.
Kansas Speedway PR
Human Cannonball Attempts Record During Pre-Race – During pre-race activities for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, David “The Bullet” Smith attempted to set a Guinness World Record for being shot from a cannon. Smith needed to achieve a height of more than 70 feet to achieve his goal.
Smith, who started in the family business at age 19, has 11 siblings, seven of which have been fired from a cannon.
“It’s really, really an honor to have been invited to Charlotte Motor Speedway to attempt this record,” said Smith. “My god, what a big event! It makes a big cannon shot look a little small, though. We are waiting on the official height. We have an unofficial height where we are right there at that 75-foot mark that I was hoping to reach. I wanted to be over 70 for sure. I think we got that. Boy, that was one heck of a takeoff.”
Smith described the process that it takes to achieve such a feat.
“It takes months and months and it all comes down to a four-second thing,” said Smith. “It’s really about a half-second takeoff and a half-second landing. The takeoff really had me kind of spooked. It is such a significant impact. And it is more important than ever for me when it comes to the landing that I am in the right position. If the cannon beats me up to where I can’t take that or numbs me in the air, I don’t have much recovery time to get turned over. So, [I had] months and months of preparation. On a cannon shot like that, much of a side breeze at all will carry me off that net, and you just can’t adjust for it.
“When I was a little kid, my dad taught me how to do this. He was the best there ever was. My dad really brought this from concept to what you see now. This [cannon design] is the eighth one. The design is hand-crafted and built in our shop. How the cannon works is the family secret.”
The Charlotte Motor Speedway atmosphere was amazing to Smith.
“It’s a huge thing for me. As a professional, as a showman, you don’t get a bigger event. You don’t get a place that has more pressure on you, where you have to perform. It’s just pressure. Hey, we’re at Charlotte Motor Speedway and everybody knows about Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
David Smith is not related to any of the Speedway Motorsports Inc. Smith family.
50-Year Fans of Charlotte Motor Speedway Recognized During Bank of America 500 Pre-Race – Twenty-nine of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s biggest fans who have been coming to events for half a century were recognized during pre-race ceremonies tonight. Five of those will be in attendance and will be on the pre-race stage and all 29 fans will be recognized on the world’s largest HDTV before the green flag.
Each of these honored fans has been attending races at Charlotte Motor Speedway since the first the first World 600 ran in 1960. (It became the Coca-Cola 600 in 1985.) In addition to participating in the pre-race festivities, each of the 50-Year Fans will receive an official 50-Year Fan credential and commemorative lanyard.
Those attending include Rick Connor, from Shelby, N.C., Robert Misenheimer from Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Ron Pender from Cary, N.C.; Riley Rau from Woodstock, Va.; and Ray Warren from North Wilkesboro, N.C.
The 50-Year Fan acknowledgement program is part of a new initiative by Charlotte Motor Speedway to recognize and reward repeat fans. Other longtime fans who have been coming to events at the speedway for five, 10, 20 and more years can expect additional details to come on the new recognition program when it officially launches in 2012.
“We have the best and most devoted fans in all of motorsports,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “There are so many fans that make Charlotte Motor Speedway a big part of their yearly vacation and entertainment plans. It’s time we recognize them for coming back year after year.”
NASCAR Sprint Media Tour Dates
The annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway will take place Jan. 23-26, 2012. A credential advisory and additional information will be available in the coming weeks.
Holiday Light Show Returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway
The second annual Carolina Christmas holiday light show and display will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway Nov. 23 through Dec. 31.
Carolina Christmas is one of the largest drive-through holiday light shows in the United States, featuring LED displays, a Bethlehem-themed village, a Festival of Trees, photos with Santa and areas with food and music. Carolina Christmas will be bigger and better in 2011, with a drive-through route extended to nearly five miles, nearly double the length of the 2010 route. Families will enter the light park at zMAX Dragway, pass by The Dirt Track at Charlotte and proceed through the tunnel into Charlotte Motor Speedway where a drive on the 1.5-mile tri-oval is part of the holiday fun.
The event will feature more than 600 individual light displays featuring three million lights. Carolina Christmas will be open nightly, except for Dec. 25.
“We have seen some spectacular events under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but Carolina Christmas creates a spectacle that people have never seen before,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This is a fun and affordable holiday destination for families.”
For more information on Carolina Christmas, call Charlotte Motor Speedway at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Big Screen HDTV Production Takes Big Crew
When Charlotte Motor Speedway and Panasonic announced that the world’s largest high-definition television would become the track’s latest upgrade, the two entities embarked on a journey that has revolutionized the fan experience at major sporting events.
After a four-month construction program that consumed more than 11,000 man hours involving 57 men and women and 13 companies, the world’s largest HDTV came to life.
The heart of the HDTV race-week operation is the production room located next to the speedway’s press box. It is small, with only 305 square feet of room, but big things come from that little room. It features televisions, computers, video recorders and mixers, transmitters and receivers – all working together to bring the fans the best experience possible. During a typical race weekend, the HDTV production crew consists of approximately 23 people, most of which are freelance or contract employees. Fourteen of those are stationed in the production room or a nearby audio room. Nine additional people roam the grounds of the speedway with three wireless cameras, filming specifically for the HDTV. Each camera team, consisting of three people, stay in constant communication with the production room.
There are 14 different video feeds from which the production crew can choose to feed to the HDTV. These also include the network feeds – such as ESPN and SPEED – and also the in-car feeds. The producer makes the final call on which images will be displayed.
Much of the graphics work begins months in advance of race week in order to produce features such as the 50 Greatest Moments at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Through the camera, race fans are treated to everything from driver interviews, to on-track action, and the ever popular Fan Cam.
“This giant Panasonic HDTV is a game changer for our fans on race day,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “It gives them a whole new way to experience a NASCAR event at our track.”
Harvick Could Join Elite Company With Bank of America 500 Victory
If Kevin Harvick wins tonight’s Bank of America 500, he could put himself in some very elite company. Only eight drivers can claim to have scored wins at all three of Charlotte’s annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. They include Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip.
Harvick is looking for that third win tonight. He earned his first Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 2007 by winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and he also won the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race in May of this year.
Better Half Dash Set During Saturday’s Pre-Race Activities – The guys will move over and the ladies will take to the track as the Better Half Dash takes place Saturday on the speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval. The race will feature the women of NASCAR racing Bandolero cars against each other in a 25-lap charity event that will support Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) and Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC). The cars will be provided by U.S. Legend Cars International.
The race will start at approximately 2:30 p.m. and feature a caution on Lap 15. There will be two chances at a green/white/checkered finish and caution laps will not count. The starting order will be determined by a random draw prior to the race.
While the wives, girlfriends and significant others are racing, the other half has the option to serve as crew chiefs or spotters. There will not be any changes allowed to the cars, but the other half can give advice.
The purse will be paid to the driver’s charity of choice, with $5,000 going to the winner’s charity, $3,000 for the second place finisher and $2,000 for third. Race fans will also have the opportunity to donate to MRO or SCC through the completion of the Bank of America 500 by texting “MOTOR” to 20222.
Listed below are the participants, their NASCAR association and car number.
Driver, NASCAR Association, Car #
Patricia Driscoll, Kurt Busch, 22
Shannon Koch, Blake Koch, 81
Melanie Self, MRO, 43
Trisha Mears, Casey Mears, 10
Angie Skinner, Mike Skinner, 5
Ashley Allgaier, Justin Allgaier, 31
Jami McDowell, Michael McDowell, 66
Wendy Venturini, SPEED, 25
Beth Baldwin, Tommy Baldwin, 35
Jacquelyn Butler, David Ragan, 6
Sabrina Simpson, Joey Logano, 19¾
Kristen Yeley, J.J. Yeley, 1
Michelle Gilliland, David Gilliland, 34
Nan Zipadelli, Greg Zipadelli, 20
Menard on Pole – Paul Menard grabbed the pole position for tonight’s Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage NASCAR Nationwide Series race with a time of 29.079 seconds (185.701 mph). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards. Drivers who did not make the race include Chase Miller, Mark Green, Dennis Setzer, Casey Roderick, Matt Carter and Carl Long.
Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Winner Announced – After a season full of driving challenges, written quizzes and safety inspections, the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge concluded Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the crowning of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) hauler driver Jamie Price as champion. Price won a $50,000 check for his skill and determination.
“I just want to thank Scott Wombold for putting on a great competition to be able to have all of us show our talents,” said Price, who drives the No. 18 hauler for Kyle Busch.
Second place went to Gibbs hauler driver and 2009 champion Tom “Thumper” McCrimmon, and third place to Michael Waltrip Racing hauler driver Glen Shano.
In fact, three of the top four finishers in the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge went to Gibbs Racing drivers, a fact that did not escape JGR President J.D. Gibbs’ attention.
“This really is a big deal for our guys,” Gibbs said. “These guys behind the scenes, day in day out, night in night out – when our guys leave the track and fly home on the plane, their work just begins. We’ve got just a great group. I’m so happy for these guys.”
But Gibbs couldn’t help but rib his winning hauler driver just a little, adding, “You know, normally when we win the Cup races, the driver and the team get a split of the purse, so I’m just saying…”
Matthew Becherer, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway, has been named as one of Miami-Dade’s “Shining Stars”, and will be honored at Saturday night’s Miami-Dade Shining Stars Gala to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Shining Star Award recognizes Miami-Dade’s most prominent and philanthropic leaders.
“What an honor for Homestead-Miami Speedway to be recognized as one of Miami-Dade’s Shining Stars,” Becherer said. “We understand the value and importance of being involved in our local community and each year we donate more than $300,000 through fundraising efforts to non-profit entities such as scout troops, civic groups and philanthropic organizations within our local community. The Homestead-Miami Speedway team works hard to do our part to make our local community a better place to live.”
The second annual Miami-Dade Shining Stars Gala will include dinner, dancing, an awards presentation, and live and silent auctions, all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Becherer will accept the honor on behalf of Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday night, Oct. 15, (8 p.m.) at the JW Marriott in Miami. The 2011 Miami-Dade Shining Stars honorees have been selected based on their excellence in business, contributions to the community, and demonstrated leadership.
“We are so grateful for our new partnership with the Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said Christina Landshut, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s South Florida Office. “To be able to work with such a wonderfully generous organization is a pleasure. And we are particularly thrilled to have Matthew Becherer as one of our Miami-Dade Shining Stars. He and the Speedway certainly deserve the recognition for all they do in our community.”
Becherer joined Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2009 from Richmond International Raceway, where as Vice President of Marketing he oversaw all aspects of advertising, promotions, public relations and ticketing related to NASCAR, IndyCar, and USAC Sprint and Silver Crown races. The annual economic impact of Homestead-Miami Speedway is an estimated $249 million each year. The Speedway’s operations create nearly 3,000 jobs and $115 million in labor income annually while generating $47 million in tax revenue to state and local governments yearly. The impact of NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend each November is currently the largest annual economic impact of a sporting event in South Florida.
Fan Fun Updates, Traffic Information on Radio – Fans can get updated information on a 40-minute continuous loop throughout the weekend on 87.9 FM. Performance Racing Network and Charlotte Motor Speedway launched this new Fans First initiative for the Bank of America 500 Weekend.
TaxSlayer.com Expands Racing Ties – TaxSlayer.com Director of Motorsports Daniel Eubanks announced expanded motorsports plans for his company Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to a continued partnership with JR Motorsports for 2012, TaxSlayer.com will become the title sponsor of the 27th annual TaxSlayer.com Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin.
TaxSlayer.com will sponsor JR Motorsports cars for 14 races next season – two with Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona and Bristol) and 12 with Aric Almirola.
“The fact they sponsor the race car and I get to drive it is a huge deal, but on a personal level, they’ve become friends,” Almirola said. “It’s a family-run business, just like JR Motorsports is. I really feel I’m part of what TaxSlayer.com is, not just on the race track, but hanging out with them as well.”
The TaxSlayer.com Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence are presented to individuals who capture the passion, excitement and compelling stories of motorsports through distinguished journalism. This year’s awards – in categories including daily newspaper, other written media, local radio and TV broadcast, national radio and TV broadcast and photojournalism – will be presented at the Jan., 2012 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour.
SCC Track Walk – Fans will have a chance to see Charlotte Motor Speedway from a whole new perspective Saturday morning at Speedway Children's Charities annual Track Walk. Participants will get a close-up glimpse of the 24-degree banked turns as they walk the famous 1.5-mile superspeedway on the morning of the Bank of America 500.
The event begins at 10 a.m., and fans wishing to participate should make their $35 donation online at www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org. Children 14 and under may walk for free with a paid adult; one child is permitted per adult registration.
Goodguys Back to CMS – More than 3,000 custom and modified cars will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 17th annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals Oct. 28 - 30. The Goodguys show includes a manufacturers' midway, swap meet, car corral area with vehicles for sale and model car and pedal car display.
Street rods, customs, street machines and muscle cars displayed will span the spectrum of automotive history, ranging from Model A Fords stuffed with V-8 power to the radical Dodges and Chevrolets that ruled the streets during the late 1960s. Visit www.southeasternnats.com for more information.
Winner Tim Brown (No. 02 Hayes Jewelers / Wall to Wall Mfg. Housing Chevrolet) – “To come here and win at Charlotte is pretty cool. We had a car that had real good bite. We unloaded good and ran well in practice. This is good for all our sponsors who stood behind us all year. It was a great race. We had a great car. I knew George [Brunnhoelzl] was going to be hard to beat. Then a car put some fluid down and we were able to beat him to the inside on the restart. And then we were able to drive on for the victory. It hasn’t been the season we wanted. We are not where we wanted to be in the points. This is something for us to build on for next year. This is a good race team. I would say that this ranks right up there with one of my biggest wins. This is a great deal for our family. I’m all jacked up.”
Second Place George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 09 Phoenix Pre-owned / Triad Auto Sales Chevrolet) – “It was a good race. We had a good qualifying effort to sit on the pole. I couldn’t get in the corner but I had amazing bite. We had track position for a while. And on one of those late restarts he [Brown] just took off before me. And that was it for the rest of the night.” (Question: Will you wrap up your second championship next week?) “That would be a big accomplishment in my eyes. To win one is awesome; to win two I would be speechless. The competition is really tough here. It makes you proud of all the hard work all the guys do. I just want to finish off the opportunity.”
Third Place Burt Myers (No. 1 Capital Bank / Citrusafe Ford) – “It was a similar situation to what we had here last year. We had a car that could roll the center really good. We were just lacking the forward drive we needed off the corner. It was my mistake there at the end. I let the 09 get by on the restart. I had tried to restart in third gear. I had tried that on the caution before, and it worked really good. But this time it burped and I lost a little bit of ground. This season has been up and down for us. We have been getting some top-fives here lately. This is my kind of racing. We brought the same car and the same motor that we had here last year. I think last year I started on the pole, so that helped us a little bit. Track position was the key here. This year we had to start fourth, so we were behind from the get-go. Like I say, I had a good car, it was just the circumstances. It’s all about track position here, and that’s what won the race for Tim [Brown].”
|1||2||2||Tim Brown||Hayes Jewelers/Wall to Wall Mfg. Housing/TC Mtrspt||150||185||5||Running|
|2||1||9||George Brunnhoelzl III||Phoenix Pre-owned/Triad Auto Sales Chevrolet||150||180||10||Running|
|3||4||1||Burt Myers||Capital Bank/Citrusafe Ford||150||165||Running|
|4||5||11||Andy Seuss||Phoenix Pre-owned/Triad Auto Sales Chevrolet||150||160||Running|
|5||7||4||Jason Myers||Capital Bank/Wendell Edwards/Flomet Ford||150||155||Running|
|6||8||40||Frank Fleming||Autos by Nelson/Lewisville Motors Ford||150||150||Running|
|7||13||10||Johnny Sutton||Wall 2 Wall Mfg. Housing Chevrolet||150||146||Running|
|8||12||25||John Smith||Tutterow Surveying/Rick's Home Repair Chevrolet||150||142||Running|
|9||10||7||Thomas Stinson||M&M Painting/Cowardin Jewelers/New Image||150||138||Running|
|10||14||2||Josh Nichols||Gershow Recycling Chevrolet||150||134||Running|
|11||3||79||Daniel Hemric *||Hill Enterprises/21 Means 21/LeBleu Water Pontiac||149||130||Running|
|12||11||73||Steve Park||Zmax Chevrolet||147||127||Running|
|13||9||77||Gary Putnam *||Stock Car Steel Chevrolet||145||124||Running|
|14||16||31||Austin Pack *||B&J Builders/Shady Grady Racing/Comtech Chevrolet||138||121||Accident|
|15||15||97||Bryan Dauzat||OB Builders, Inc. Chevrolet||133||118||Rear End|
|16||6||36||L.W. Miller||Speedco/Lucas Oil Chevrolet||104||115||Rear End|
|17||18||12||Mike Norman||Combs Wholesale Produce/Lewisville Motor Company||94||112||Mechanical|
|18||17||8||Jonathan Kievman *||A Best Forklift Chevrolet||91||109||Engine|
Talladega Superspeedway To Host Fan Fest & Hauler Parade at The Outlet Shops of Grand River, Thursday, Oct. 2014 Oct 2011 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track, will host a special fan fest and hauler parade at The Outlet Shops of Grand River, a distinctive outlet shopping destination located minutes from Downtown Birmingham in Leeds, Thursday, Oct. 20 from 3-6 p.m.
Race fans will have the chance to see the giant machines responsible for safely transporting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and equipment across the country. The free event will also feature an array of family-friendly activities, ending with a hauler parade to the track.
“We wanted to make this an event tailored especially for our Greater Birmingham-area fans,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “We’re very appreciative of the teams that have joined us to make this a fun-filled and memorable evening for all. Kids will especially enjoy seeing the colorful haulers up close and participating in the activities we have planned.”
The Talladega Superspeedway Fan Fest & Hauler Parade event will also include:
· Prizes and give-aways from The Outlet Shops of Grand River and its family of leading designer and top name brand stores including The Old Farmer’s Almanac General Store, VF Outlet, Black & Decker Clearance Center, Sunglass Warehouse, Ghirardelli Chocolate and more.
· Live radio broadcasts by Lance Taylor from the Roundtable on WJOX, Lori Ray from the Lori Ray Show on WZRR, Speedy from the Rick and Bubba Show on WZZK and Madison from the Dollar Bill and Madison Show on WDXB.
· Music from a local disc jockey
· Face painting by Magic City Face Art
· Balloon art by Dr. B Looney
The hauler parade will depart The Outlet Shops of Grand River at 6:15 pm and is expected to arrive at Talladega Superspeedway at approximately 6:45 pm. Race fans located in the campgrounds are encouraged to turn their attention to Speedway Blvd. and watch the parade as it makes its way into the track.
Race fans that want to experience true southern hospitality combined with the most competitive racing in NASCAR should call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office today at 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Guests that purchase their tickets in advance have the opportunity to save over those who purchase during race week. Tickets are available online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.
The spectator events at legendary Watkins Glen International have come to an end for the 2011 season, but fans have two more chances to relive some of the fun in the next few weeks. WGI will serve as the backdrop for scenes of two hit TV shows – Man vs. Food Nation and Inside West Coast Customs. Both shows were recorded during this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen event weekend in August.
Adam Richman, host of Man vs. Food Nation, served as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at The Glen and got the event rolling by saying the most famous words in motorsports, “Gentlemen…start your engines!” Prior to starting the race, the food expert took in all The Glen had to offer and even made a stop at the Sprint Cup Series drivers’ meeting with cameras for the show in tow the entire time. Following giving the command, Richman headed up to Rochester, NY and visited some of the most popular restaurants in the city. His first stop was at Sticky Lips, which specializes in barbeque dishes, and he was joined by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano. Richman coached the young NASCAR star as he attempted to tackle the “Atomic Bomb Challenge” which featured a three-pound bacon cheeseburger stacked with pulled pork and meaty hot sauce all on top of a full pound of French fries.
Next stop on the tour was Campi’s, “Where Sandwich is King,” including the steak bomber – a steak sandwich with onions, mushrooms, a variety of peppers, provolone cheese and spicy ground beef hot sauce. Finally, Richman swung by the famed late night eating destination Nick Tahou’s to sample their famous garbage plate that features baked beans, macaroni salad, home fries, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and hot sauce.
The episode of Man vs. Food Nation will air Wednesday, October 19, at 9 p.m. EST on The Travel Channel. For Time Warner Cable customers, The Travel Channel is channel 24 while those with DISH Network can find it on 215 and DIRECTV customers are able to watch Man vs. Food Nation on channel 277.
The Glen was also the site for the final chapter of a story that included the renowned vehicle builders West Coast Customs (WCC) and long-time WGI partner, Zippo Manufacturing Company. The famed lighter marketer commissioned WCC to build a specialty vehicle to take the place of the 1947 Zippo car that was built a few years after the end of World War II. The entire process culminated with the official unveiling of the brand new vehicle in The Glen’s Gatorade Victory Lane. This marked the first time Greg Booth, president and CEO of Zippo, and other members of the Zippo team saw the custom-made Zippo Jeep for themselves.
Following the ceremony, Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of WCC, headed over to the Zippo Hot Spot display on Manufacturer’s Row to sign autographs for fans. He then made a visit to the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers’ meeting and then served as the grand marshal of the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Fans can watch the story of the Zippo Jeep unfold from the very beginning of the project to the unveiling at WGI by tuning into Velocity on Sunday, October 23, at 8 p.m. EST.
Anyone interested in tuning into Inside West Coast Customs with Time Warner can turn the dial to channel 820. Those with DISH Network and DIRECTV should change the channel to 364 or 281, respectively.