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In honor of its unwavering commitment to saluting the United States Armed Forces, Speedway Motorsports was named the recipient of the 2019 President’s Veterans Recognition Award from Coca-Cola.

The prestigious award was presented at The Coca-Cola Company’s annual Veterans Day Celebration in Atlanta to Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith, who accepted the accolades on behalf of Speedway Motorsports’ eight world-class motorsports entertainment facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the President’s Veterans Recognition Award from such an organization as well-respected as Coca-Cola,” Smith said. “Our company prides itself on offering unmatched experiences for veterans, active-duty military guests and their families. Our initiatives are simply an effort to say ‘thank you’ to our heroes in the U.S. Armed Forces. Because of what they do, we get to do what we do. This award is a credit to the never-ending support for our military from the Speedway Motorsports family, and we are humbled by this recognition.”

Among Speedway Motorsports’ military support programs, the newly created Welcome Home Patriots initiative is designed to improve the lives of servicemen and servicewomen after active duty. The program salutes, engages and enables members of the U.S. Armed Forces as they transition to civilian life. Additionally, Speedway Motorsports offers military discounts at all eight venues and promotes discounted ticket purchases at Charlotte Motor Speedway through the speedway’s unique Patriot Partners program – which has distributed more than 100,000 NASCAR event tickets to military bases and the USO since the program’s inception in 2010.

As part of an unrivaled pre-race spectacle prior to the iconic Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the nation’s largest military salute with thousands of active-duty troops and family members representing all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in attendance. The salute annually includes unique experiences including pre-race military exercise demonstrations, a 600-troop march and Gold Star family hospitality. In 2019, the speedway also hosted ‘Mission 600’, an interactive series of educational visits by Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin to mid-Atlantic regional military bases.

“Speedway Motorsports is a leader in serving those who serve. They do incredible work to support service members and veterans of our U.S. Armed Forces,” said Jim Dinkins, president, Coca-Cola North America. “We have a long history of partnering together on events like the Coca-Cola 600, and it’s an honor to celebrate their accomplishments with this award.”

Additional Speedway Motorsports military initiatives include New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Send a Soldier program – which provides soldiers with tickets to New Hampshire’s races – as well as Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Folds of Honor-sponsored NASCAR race and recognition of the Folds of Honor Military Scholarship recipient.

Texas Motor Speedway annually hosts a First Responder and Military Appreciation Night for the July 4 holiday weekend, while Kentucky Speedway has donated significant funding to the USO as well as partnered with the Kentucky National Guard and branches of the U.S. Armed Forces to salute military members on race weekends. 

Among other initiatives, Bristol Motor Speedway’s long-standing relationship with the Tennessee Army National Guard led to honoring one of their soldiers with a trip to America’s Night Race and a pre-event lunch with hundreds of his peers in Nashville. The short track also honors veterans through its “Prisoner of War Chair” near the start finish line flag stand that sits empty at all times to honor those military members who never returned from their duty. 

Sonoma Raceway, honored veterans during its June NASCAR race weekend by hosting a large display featuring vintage U.S. military tanks, while more than 3,000 veterans and their families attended each of Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR weekends through its Welcome Home Troops program in 2019. The speedway also hosted swearing-in ceremonies for new U.S. Air Force recruits at each event.

Collectively, the speedways also express exemplary support of the U.S. Armed Forces through military flyovers, static displays and band performances along with employment of veterans and National Guard members on NASCAR race weekends.

Speedway Motorsports is the first sports entertainment company to receive the President’s Veterans Recognition Award in the 20 years it has been presented.

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Champions in each of NASCAR’s three national series will be crowned this weekend, November 15-17, during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Following the conclusion of the Round of 8 at ISM Raceway, the Championship 4 field in each series has now been determined and the battle for a championship all comes down to the season’s final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In each of the series, there are fascinating narratives that will help set the stage for one of the most intriguing race weekends NASCAR fans have ever seen. The following is information on the Championship 4 drivers from each of NASCAR’s three national series:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400
Sunday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC

Kyle Busch, driver of the No.18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

·       Fifth consecutive year in Championship 4

·       Won 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 and 2015 Monster Energy Series championship

·       Accumulated four victories this season

·       Compiled 16 top-5 and a series-high 26 top-10 finishes this year

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 car for Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

·       Second appearance in Championship 4 (2014, 2019)

·       Scored six wins this season

·       Holds Homestead-Miami Speedway record with three career Ford EcoBoost 400 poles

·       Two-time Ford EcoBoost 400 winner (2009, 2013)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 car for Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

·       Fifth appearance in Championship 4 (2014-15, 2017-19)

·       2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 winner and 2014 Monster Energy Series champion

·       Visited Victory Lane four times this season

·       Posted 14 top-5s and 25 top-10s this season

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 car for Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota

·       Won 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 and 2017 Monster Energy Series championship

·       Fourth year competing in Championship 4 (2015, 2017-19)

·       Scored series-best seven wins this season

·       Amassed 14 top-5 and 23 top-10 showings this season

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300
Saturday, November 16, 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 car for JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

·       Third appearance in Championship 4 (2016-17, 2019)

·       One win this season

·       Scored 16 top-5 and 24 top-10 finishes this season

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

·       Won the 2017 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship

·       Leads the Xfinity Series with eight wins this season

·       Posted 19 top-5 and 20 top-10 finishes in 2018

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 car for Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

·       Won the 2017 Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

·       Amassed a 23  top-10 finished in 2018

·       Won seven Xfinity Series race this season

 

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 2 car for Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

·       Won the 2018 Ford EcoBoost 300 and NASCAR Xfinity Series championship

·       Compiled series-high 23 top-5 and 26 top-10 finishes this season

·       Won five Xfinity Series races this season

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200

Friday, November 15, 8:00 p.m. ET on FS1

Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 truck for ThorSport Racing (Ford)

·       Third appearacne in Championship 4 (2016-17, 2019)

·       Two-time NGOTS champion (2013-14)

·       Won 2015 Ford EcoBoost 200

 

Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 45 truck for Niece Motorsports (Chevrolet)

·       Making first appearance in Championship 4

·       Won three NGOTS races this season

·       Series-high 18 top-10 finishes this season

 

Stewart Friesen, driver of the No. 52 truck for Halmar Friesen Racing (Chevrolet)

·       First Championship 4 appearance

·       Scored two wins this season

·       Amassed 12 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes this year

 

Brett Moffitt, driver of the No. 24 truck for GMS Racing (Chevrolet)

·       2018 Ford EcoBoost 200 winner and NGOTS champion

·       Claimed series-high four victories this season

·       Accumulated 12 top-5 and 16 top-10 showings in 2019

Tickets for 2019 Ford Championship Weekend, which consists of the Ford EcoBoost 200 (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship race), Ford EcoBoost 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series championship race) and Ford EcoBoost 400 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race), are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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Tickets for the 62nd annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday night, Aug. 29 – the historic first NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway – will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. EST.

The Coke Zero Sugar 400, which showcases the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series under the lights, is shifting to a new date in 2020, becoming the final race of the regular season. Every competitor who has not previously secured a playoff spot can clinch with a victory in the Coke Zero Sugar 400. In addition, every finishing position could impact whether or not a driver will earn a coveted spot in the NASCAR playoffs.

“With its new place on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the intensity of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 will be heightened as drivers put it all on the line to secure a playoff spot,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “Anything can happen at Daytona and race fans are going to want to be here to experience all the drama of the historic first regular season finale at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ ”

Tickets for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 start at $49 and children 12 and under are $20 in frontstretch reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Other ticket options for the weekend include:

  • Hospitality and premium seat packages, including the Rolex 24 Lounge, DAYTONA 500 Club, Harley J’s, Trioval Club and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-race.
  • Tickets for the Coca-Cola 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday, August 28 start at $40 and children 12 and under are $10 in reserved seating and free in general admission areas.

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.

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Adding to the aura of Ford Championship Weekend, Homestead-Miami Speedway announced today that Candi Carpenter will be performing the national anthem prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 17.

Carpenter, a native of Lansing, Michigan, released her first single, “Burn the Bed” in 2016, which reached No. 56 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Carpenter recently released a new single, “The Astronaut,” which was produced by Grammy Award winner Brandi Carlile. This year, Carpenter has also performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the Newport Music Festival.

“I’m thrilled to be performing the National Anthem at the Ford EcoBoost 400,” said Carpenter. “I am truly honored to be a part of this historic event and can’t wait to see who will be crowned the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion!”

Tickets for 2019 Ford Championship Weekend, which consists of the Ford EcoBoost 200 (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship race), Ford EcoBoost 300 (NASCAR XFINITY Series championship race) and Ford EcoBoost 400 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race), are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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The 2020 racing season at Michigan International Speedway will feature intense action on the track and non-stop entertainment in the campgrounds and fan plaza. Tickets are on sale now to both race weekends at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track. Fans can purchase tickets and campsites at www.mispeedway.com or by calling 888-905-7223.

“We are excited for the 2020 season to showcase all we have planned for our fans,” MIS President Rick Brenner said. “We will continue to add entertainment and family activities to the campgrounds and fan plaza to make it a memorable weekend. It is going to be a cannot-miss event in 2020 and we cannot wait for all of our fans to join us.”

Tickets start at $39 for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 7 and the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 9. Fans can find the perfect campsite for their families and friends in any of the different campgrounds at the track starting at $160. Campers have the option to move into select campgrounds on Thursday of race week starting at $130.

Kids 12 and under are admitted free on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, kids 12 and under tickets start at $20.  Kids 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $20, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.  

Any guest who purchases a kids 12 and under ticket to the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 7 or the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 9 will automatically receive a Free Pit and Driver Introduction Pass added to their order courtesy of Henry Ford Health System.

Sunday ticket holders can stick around on Saturday after the NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 on June 6 and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Aug. 8 for a post-race concert. Guests can enjoy the free fireworks show that lights up the sky. The concert will feature food and beverages for fans to enjoy, making it the place to be after the on-track action concludes.

NASCAR provides fans the most access of any professional sports and Michigan International Speedway continues that tradition. Fans who purchase a Pit and Driver Introduction Pass can walk on pit road during the weekend and get an up close look at the cars on race morning. Those fans can even stand right on the track during driver introductions and sign the start/finish line.

Fans who purchase tickets or campsites now, can begin making their summer plans. Fans can order online at www.mispeedway.com or talk directly to a ticket service representative at 888-905-7223.

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In what looked like the possible end of any championship dreams for Denny Hamlin going into the Bluegreen Vacations 500, Hamlin dominated the competition Sunday afternoon at ISM Raceway and locked in his spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4.

“I can’t believe it,” Hamlin said following his sixth victory in 2019, his second at ISM Raceway and the 27th of his career. “This race team worked so hard this whole year. They deserve to be there. I put them in a bad hole last week.

“I told them today in the meeting, I said ‘I’m going to give everything I’ve got to make up for the mistake I made last week.’ That’s all I got.”

Hamlin led a race-high 143 laps and built a strong lead until John Hunter Nemechek hit the wall in Turn 1 to bring out the fifth and final caution and brought the cars together for a restart with three laps remaining. After struggling with restarts for the entirety of the race, Hamlin punched his steering wheel in disdain.

Under caution, Hamlin’s team took two tires, as did the team for Ryan Blaney, and the two lined up side-by-side for what would be the final restart of the race, and Hamlin’s best. After Hamlin secured the lead, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch made a move on Blaney to take second and put a buffer between the two.

Busch also locked in his spot in the Championship 4 with his second-place finish. They’ll be joined by Kevin Harvick and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr as the four battle it out at Homestead-Miami Speedway next Sunday for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

NASCAR will return to ISM Raceway March 6-8, 2020. Tickets are on-sale now for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 Speed Fest and are available at ISMRaceway.com, by calling 866-408- RACE (7223), or by visiting the ISM Raceway ticket office during regular business hours.

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Louis "Sonny" Meyer Jr., one of the most accomplished and successful engine builders in Indianapolis 500 history, died Saturday, Nov. 9 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was 89.

Meyer was the son of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 as a driver. Sonny Meyer joined Meyer & Drake Engineering soon after his father and Dale Drake purchased the Offenhauser engine business from Fred Offenhauser in early 1946. Sonny Meyer was one of the quietest, most pleasant men in Gasoline Alley but spoke loudly through his instrumental involvement as an engine builder or chief mechanic in at least 15 Indy 500 victories.

The Meyers introduced the supercharged midget engine to Indy in 1949-50 with Tony Bettenhausen, and the younger Meyer worked on Bill Vukovich's crew in the early 1950s before becoming a chief mechanic for Bettenhausen in 1958 as he finished fourth at Indy in the No. 33 Jones & Maley Epperly/Offy.

When his father sold out of Offenhauser in 1964 to become a distributor for Ford's double-overhead-camshaft V8 engine, Meyer relocated to Indianapolis and became a mentor to many future chief mechanics. He also worked with his father on the Ford program, and a Ford engine powered A.J. Foyt to his third Indianapolis 500 win, in 1967.

Meyer built the engine that powered Gordon Johncock's first "500" victory, in 1973 in the No. 20 STP Double Oil Filter Eagle/Offy owned by Patrick Racing. The crew chief was Meyer's brother-in-law, George Bignotti, and Meyer also served as the team's fueler during pit stops. Meyer's tenure at Patrick Racing was followed by a stint at Vince Granatelli Racing and then several more years as development engineer on John Menard's potent V6 turbocharged Buicks.

Meyer was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughter, Pam; son, Butch; and stepson, Scott Balch.

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For one night, second meant first.

Three champions were crowned in front of a sold-out Can-Am World Finals crowd on Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – and the two closest battles saw both champions finish second in their respective races to clinch their titles.

Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet finished second to David Gravel in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series feature to win his first championship in the world’s most prestigious open-wheel dirt series. Sweet won the crown by four points over Donny Schatz – in the closest finish ever – to secure a second title for KKR and the team’s first since Daryn Pittman triumphed in 2013.

Mat Williamson snared his first Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified championship with a runner-up finish to Billy Decker. Williamson edged Matt Sheppard in a hard-fought showdown that came down to the final laps.

Jimmy Owens capped a thrilling night of racing by winning the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series feature.

Sweet and Schatz waged an electrifying duel for the World of Outlaws sprint title during both feature nights of the World Finals. Schatz had cut Sweet's points lead to a scant two after finishing second in Friday night's race, setting the stage for a scintillating final event.

Schatz passed Sweet for third place on the sixth of 30 laps, but Sweet rallied to retake the spot. Four laps later, Sweet moved into second and Schatz to third, and that's where the duo finished.

"I was going as hard as I could and just slipped off of (Turn) 2," Sweet said. "Did not surprise me to see the 15 (of Schatz) drive by me. But luckily got back up in the seat and was able to sneak back under him. I told myself, 'Don't do that again.' (Feature winner) David (Gravel) was super fast; I was cheering him on, telling him to go.

"I've never been so happy to run second in my entire life."

Sweet made a stellar move to miss the spinning car of Danny Dietrich with 10 laps to go, darting to the left off Turn 2 to preserve his spot. On the restart, Sweet began counting down the laps.

"It felt like the longest 10 laps of my life," Sweet said. "When (the flagman) held five to go, I thought, 'Are you sure that's not the white flag?' I just drove as hard as I could and hoped I held off Donny. It was the happiest second place we've ever had.

"It's a long grind running 80 races out here. There's a lot of ups and downs, and to finish it right here, it made me cry, for sure. It's a huge team effort to accomplish these championships. … We're happy to get our first one, and we're going to do a little celebrating tonight."

Schatz, a 10-time series champion, didn’t go down easy.

"We were racing to win," Schatz said. "That's what put us in that position a lot of time. My guys did a great job. We did everything we could, I drove it as hard as I could. … Just wasn't good enough. Those guys were pretty good.

"We're going to have to swallow hard: We ran second. It's happened before. This team has been a part of a championship battle for a lot of years. We're not done."

Gravel completed a sweep of the World Finals, dominating the sprint car A-Main for the second night in a row. Gravel won for the 51st time in his World of Outlaws career and for the third time at Charlotte.

"Last night, the car was OK," Gravel said. "But tonight, it was freaking badass. I had the best race car tonight, hands down. I could go anywhere, top, bottom, and it showed. I felt like I got through lapped traffic really, really good, and my job was easy."

Williamson, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, edged seven-time series champion Sheppard to become the first Canadian to win the Super DIRTcar Series title.

"This is everything I've ever dreamed of," an emotional Williamson said after the race. "I can't believe we got it done."

Sheppard took the lead just past the halfway point but lost the top spot to Billy Decker with 14 laps remaining and then slipped to third when Williamson got by. Sheppard ended up fourth behind Michael Maresca. Max McLaughlin finished fifth.

"That was tough," Williamson said of battling for position in the season-finale. "I really didn't know what to think when Matt got back on Billy there. I tried to keep my cool and stay with them. … Man, I'll take this second every day of the week."

Decker dominated Friday's feature but had a left-rear tire and was forced out of the lead. But he had no such bad luck Saturday, winning his first race of 2019 and first at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

"When that (car) came out of the box, it was a rocket ship," Decker said. "It's fun to be a part of (World Finals). Last night, we felt like one got away from us, and it had be down pretty hard. But we came out swinging today. What a great race car. It finally feels good to get a win here at the World Finals."

Owens held off a late charge from Ricky Weiss to win his seventh World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Dale McDowell was third, with Mike Marlar fourth and Chris Madden, who won Friday's feature, fifth.

"Man, it was an extremely fun race," Owens said. "It's great to be back in victory lane. (Our car) was a little bit too tight. When I'd move up a lane, I couldn't steer as good as I wanted to. So I either had to go all the way to the top or toward the middle. … But we were able to hold him off and come home with a win."

Series champion Brandon Sheppard, who clinched the title before this weekend, finished 11th. Sheppard tied a series record with 18 victories in 2019.

"It was just a phenomenal year," Sheppard said. "I can't even say enough about my team, my guys. They're the best group of guys you could ever work with, and they do such a phenomenal job on this race car. It's a dream to drive, and it's a dream come true to drive for Mark Richards and Steve Baker. That's what it's all about, that's what my season is all about – those guys. I couldn't do it without them, for sure."

Race fans from all 50 states and nine countries – as far away as Tanzania and New Zealand – attended this weekend’s three-day spectacular of dirt-flying, championship-deciding excitement.

TICKETS:
Fans can renew Can-Am World Finals tickets and purchase tickets to upcoming speedway events by shopping online or calling 800-455-FANS (3267).

KEEP TRACK:
Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway and stay up to speed with all the happenings at the speedway, The Dirt Track and zMAX Dragway by following on Facebook, Twitter or on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s mobile app.

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As an international audience enjoys the championship-deciding, dirt-flying spectacle that is the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, speedway and World of Outlaws officials have announced that reserved grandstand seats are sold out for the 11th consecutive year.

For those still looking to attend the race, standing-room only tickets as well as pit passes are still available. Fans are encouraged to call 800-455-FANS (3267) to buy and then pick up at will call. Pit passes are available for race fans 18 years of age and older.

The Can-Am World Finals features heart-pounding, clay-slinging action on Charlotte’s lightning-fast, four-tenths mile oval. The renowned event brings together the top series in the sport – the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds – for a full weekend of racing culminating in Saturday’s crowning of all three series champions.

Fans from all 50 U.S. states have joined attendees from as far away as Tanzania and New Zealand to make the Can-Am World Finals a truly world-class showcase of speed, excitement and championship drama.

TICKETS:
To purchase tickets or pit passes as well as renew tickets to next year’s Can-Am World Finals, call the speedway ticket office at 800-455-FANS (3267).

KEEP TRACK:
Connect with The Dirt Track at Charlotte and stay up to speed by visiting The Dirt Track on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheDirtTrackatCharlotte and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/thedirttrack.

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As Ford Championship Weekend approaches, the list of pre-race dignitaries is growing. Marc Buoniconti will be the Grand Marshal for the Ford EcoBoost 300. Buoniconti will recite the most famous words in all of motorsports, “Drivers, start your engines!” just before the green flag waves for the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 16.

The son of former Miami Dolphin and Pro Football Hall of Famer, the late Nick Buoniconti, Marc played college football at The Citadel before he was paralyzed from the shoulders down during a game in 1985. Since suffering his injury, Marc has created two nonprofit organizations, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.  Through those organizations, more than $450 million has been raised for research and treatment for spinal cord and brain injuries. Each day Buoniconti continues to change the lives of those who battle paralysis.

“It is an honor to have Marc Buoniconti join us for this year’s Ford EcoBoost 300” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Al Garcia. “With the impact he makes on the community, it will go hand and hand with the work we strive to do off of the racetrack.”

“Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of all things racing, and all things Miami. To serve as Grand Marshal for the Ford EcoBoost 300 is a thrill for me. This honor is another way to help showcase The Miami Project and Buoniconti Fund’s accomplishments as part of South Florida’s premier race weekend,” said Marc Buoniconti.

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ISM Raceway announced today that grandstand seats are sold out for the Bluegreen Vacations 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semi-Final race on Sunday, November 10. This marks the second consecutive semi-final weekend sell-out at ISM Raceway since the conclusion of the modernization project.

“Sunday’s grandstand sellout is a perfect lead-in to the historic 2020 season at ISM Raceway, culminating with NASCAR’s Championship Weekend this time next year,” said ISM Raceway President Julie Giese. “The anticipation is palpable and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store for the city of Avondale, The Valley and the entire state of Arizona.”

Race fans who still want to attend the Bluegreen Vacations 500 can purchase an INfield Only package for the event, which include admission through the gates and access to the INfield Experience, allowing unparalleled access to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garages, Gatorade Victory Lane, driver appearances, O’Reilly Auto Parts Pre-Race Party and exclusive food and beverage options.

INfield Only packages are $139 for adults and $65 for juniors 17 and under, and can be purchased online at ISMRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office. General admission Hillside tickets are still available, as well as grandstand seats and INfield access for Friday evening’s Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Semi-Final and Saturday’s doubleheader featuring the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series Semi-Final and the Arizona Lottery 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship.

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