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World Wide Technology Raceway -- the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region -- will host the sixth annual St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous on May 10-11. This two-day, high-octane throwback party features TV star Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster of “The Munsters” TV show), nostalgia drag racing, three Vegas headliner rockabilly bands, a traditional 1969-and-older hot rod and custom car cruise and a pin-up girl contest with cash prizes.
BUTCH PATRICK (SATURDAY ONLY): Meet TV star Butch Patrick – Eddie Munster from “The Munsters” – and see his TV showrods, the Munster Coach and Grandpa’s Dragula. Butch also has appeared in a number of motion pictures and TV shows, including The Monkees, Adam 12, The Magical World of Disney, I Dream of Jeanie and Gunsmoke.
NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING (BOTH DAYS): Nitro nostalgia Funny Car vs. Dragster exhibition, Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) season kick-off, Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks, more than 24 Nostalgia Gassers — and two classes of bracket racing for 1979-and-older cars.
THREE BANDS (SATURDAY ONLY): The Royal Hounds (from Nashville – recently released their third album). Danny Dean & The Homewreckers (American rockabilly band from Los Angeles). Little Rachel (five-foot-tall K.C. rockabilly queen). All three bands have played the iconic, world-famous Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender in Las Vegas.
CAR SHOW CRUISE (SATURDAY ONLY): Emphasis on fun! This is the car show for car owners that hate car shows. Open to all period-correct, 1969-and-older cars and motorcycles. Hot rods, custom cars, rat rods, restorations, bikes, pick-ups, VWs, rusty rides, street rods, lowriders. The car show cruise is co-hosted by the Twisted Rodz and Decent Boys car clubs. All clubs are welcome. Fun awards include the iconic Best in Show electric guitar, Best Paint, Best Custom, Best ‘50s, Best ‘60s, Best Rat Rod and more. Best in Show winner will be invited to display their car in the WWT Raceway booth at the 2020 St. Louis Auto Show.
PIN-UP GIRL CONTEST (SATURDAY ONLY): Contest starts at 3 p.m. All entrants must check in at pin-up girl table in pavilion by 2:30 p.m. No last-minute entries. Open to all ladies 18 years of age and older. Period-correct costume (in good taste). Contest will be judged by all band members. Prizes: $300 to win; $200 for second; $100 for third place; $75 for fourth; $50 for fifth. Small props are allowed – children and pets as contest props are not allowed. Free admission to the event if you pre-register by May 7. Pin-up girl contest pre-entry: John Bisci, John.Bisci@wwtraceway.
2019 ST. LOUIS NOSTALGIA RENDEZVOUS FAN SCHEDULE
Friday, May 10 – Nostalgia drag racing
4 p.m. – Spectator gates open.
5-10:30 p.m. – Drag racing for Nostalgia Drag Racing League, Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks, Nostalgia Gassers, Nostalgia Sportsman, Nostalgia Bracket, Bracket Gambler
9 p.m. Friday – Little Rachel (one set, with DJ) on the Mid America Chevy Dealers stage in the pavilion
Saturday, May 11 – The Big Day
Nostalgia drag racing, Butch Patrick, bands, car show cruise, pin-up girl contest
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9 a.m. — Car show cruise gates open.
10 a.m. – Final Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) and Victory Super Stocks (VSS) qualifying.
11 a.m. — Midway opens – Butch Patrick on the midway; Bands and entertainment on Mid America Chevy Dealers stage at the pavilion.
Noon – Nitro Nostalgia match race: Funny Car vs. Dragster.
1 p.m. – NDRL and VSS eliminations.
3 p.m. — Pin-up girl contest on Mid America Chevy Dealers stage in the pavilion. Contestants must check in at pin-up girl table inside the pavilion no later than 2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. — Car show cruise awards on Mid America Chevy Dealers stage in the pavilion.
4 p.m. – Nitro Nostalgia match race: Funny Car vs. Dragster.
4:30 p.m. — Car show cruise parade down the return road of the drag strip.
7 p.m. – All final drag racing eliminations.
BAND SCHEDULE (TIMES APPROXIMATE)
Location: Mid America Chevy Dealers stage on the midway
9 p.m. Friday – Little Rachel (one set, with DJ)
11 a.m. Saturday – Little Rachel
12:30 p.m. Saturday – The Royal Hounds
2 p.m. Saturday – Danny Dean & The Homewreckers
Single-day adult spectator (ages 16 and older) — $25.
Two-day adult spectator (ages 16 and older) — $40.
Kids (ages 7-15) — $8.
Children 6 and under – Free.
Car show cruise: Free to period-correct, 1969-and-older cars and motorcycles with spectator ticket purchase ($25).
All information posted on the event’s website: http://www.wwtraceway.com/
For more information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
More than 900 North Bay students from 45 classrooms and clubs will take part in the 6th annual STEM Race Car Challenge, presented by Friedman’s Home Improvement.
This curriculum-based program, a partnership with Sonoma Raceway, Kid Scoop News and Friedman’s Home Improvement, focuses on educating students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and culminates at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event in June.
Groups of student engineers have been tasked with developing a gravity-powered race car utilizing recycled materials. Kid Scoop News works closely with teachers to develop a STEM-based curriculum that challenges students to think critically and work collaboratively to build the quickest car. Activities in the STEM Race Car Challenge, presented by Friedman’s Home Improvement, are designed to introduce and reinforce both national common core standards and 21st century job skills.
Students will put their purpose-built race cars to the test in a series of qualifying rounds at each school or Boys & Girls Club, which will narrow down to a group of finalists who will compete in the final round on Saturday, June 22, of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend. Winners will be named for Most Creative Car, overall winning team and winning teacher. New for 2019, all student racers and their families will take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of the NASCAR garage to experience STEM and racing in action.
In addition, the winning student engineers of the STEM Race Car Challenge will serve as VIPs during the Carneros 200 NASCAR West Series race on Saturday, receive a trophy and the ultimate Sonoma Raceway prize pack. Last year’s winning team was “Speed Girls”; Alia, Birdie, Ella and Madison from Windsor Creek Elementary.
For the past five years, Sonoma Raceway has partnered with Sonoma-based Kid Scoop News, a children’s literacy non-profit that publishes and distributes a free monthly reader to 500 classrooms and 18,000 kids in the North and East Bay, on the race car challenge. Kid Scoop News has been key to the program, as the organization is a leader in providing high-interest content that motivates kids to read and explore topics, including STEM. Through their effort, the program has reached more than 4,800 students since its inception in 2014.
North Bay schools and clubs participating in this year’s STEM Race Car Challenge include:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County: Camp Cloverdale; Camp Guerneville; Camp Healdsburg; Camp Lucchesi Park; Camp Rohnert Park; Camp Sheppard Elementary; Camp Matanzas Elementary; Camp Brooks Road; and Camp Taylor Mountain Elementary.
- Corona Creek Elementary (Petaluma)
- Coyle Avenue Elementary (Carmichael)
- Helen Lehman Elementary (Santa Rosa)
- Hidden Valley School (Santa Rosa)
- John Reed Elementary (Rohnert Park)
- La Tercera Elementary School (Petaluma)
- Loma Verde Elementary (Petaluma)
- Lynwood Elementary (Novato)
- Meadow School (Petaluma)
- Napa Junction Elementary (American Canyon)
- University Elementary (Rohnert Park)
- West Side Union Elementary School (Healdsburg)
- Windsor Creek Elementary (Windsor)
“Kids learn more and retain more of that learning when STEM subjects are tied to the real world,” said Vicki Whiting, curriculum developer and publisher of Kid Scoop News. “The partnership with Sonoma Raceway provides kids with a real-word, hands-on and super effective way to teach STEM!"
NASCAR fans and guests are invited to watch the finals of the STEM Race Car Challenge, presented by Friedman’s Home Improvement at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, in Sonoma Raceway’s Sunoco Victory Lane located just south of the main grandstand. For tickets or more information on NASCAR’s annual visit to Sonoma, visit www.SonomaRaceway.com/NASCAR or call 800-870-RACE.
Sonoma Raceway PR
Winner of Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 At South Boston Will Take Home $10,00007 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The winner of the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway on June 29 will go home with a much bigger check than in past years.
The track and the event sponsors, Thunder Road Harley-Davidson and Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort announced today that the winner’s share of the purse for the 200-lap Late Model Stock race had been increased to $10,000. In the past the winner pocketed $6,500.
Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, committed to be the event’s presenting sponsor for the sole purpose of increasing the winner’s portion of the purse to $10,000.
“We are so very grateful that the folks with Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort made such a commitment to Late Model racing and South Boston Speedway,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “They have helped us take an already great event to the next level.”
Fans will soon be able to register to win a weekend getaway at the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort and Harley-Davidson merchandise at both the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort (www.grandatlanticresort.com/) and the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson (www.thunderroadhd.com/) websites.
The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 is the first leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. The second race in the triple crown will be the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway on July 20 with the championship decided in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.
It was announced earlier this week that the top-three finishing positions in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown would split a $10,000 bonus with $7,000 going to the winner, $2,000 to second and $1,000 to third. For the past few years, the winner of the triple crown had been awarded the entire $10,000.
Danville’s Peyton Sellers is the defending champion of both the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 and the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. There were 35 cars entered in last year’s event.
In addition to the 200-lap Late Model event, there will be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race on June 29.
And there will be more than racing. Following the final checkered flag of the night, there will be the largest fireworks display in the area.
Tickets for the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford will lead the field to the green flag for the sixth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11 as the driver of the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe Pace Car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Twice an NHL All-Star (2015, 2017) and a member of the NHL All-Rookie team in 2011, Crawford is just the eighth Blackhawks goaltender to win more than 100 games in the team's storied history. The Windy City fan favorite is also an avid car enthusiast who enjoys restoring vintage vehicles.
"I'm honored to have been selected to drive this year's Pace Car at a place as famous as the Brickyard," Crawford said. "Indianapolis is an incredibly passionate sports city, and I couldn't be more excited to represent the Blackhawks and see their love for IndyCar racing in person."
Crawford, 34, a native of Montreal, was selected by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft. He lifted the Stanley Cup with his teammates in 2013 and again in 2015.
"It's great to have such a popular athlete with Hoosier sports fans and a dedicated car enthusiast like Corey Crawford lead the INDYCAR Grand Prix field to the green flag in a Corvette," said Michael Stouffer, Chevrolet motorsports marketing manager. "The INDYCAR Grand Prix will be a thrilling race that kicks off an exciting three weekends of action in May at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway."
Crawford will lead the starting field of the NTT IndyCar Series race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at IMS in a Corvette Grand Sport that features:
- 460-horsepower (343 kW) LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine
- Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
- Z07 performance package
- Polished aluminum 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels
- Competition sport bucket seats
- Performance data recorder
- Selective magnetic ride control
- Arctic white body color with unique GM design graphics package
"Corey is going to have a blast driving this year's Corvette Pace Car, especially since he's such a true fan of cars and racing," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Many Indy residents have long enjoyed cheering for Corey and his teammates, and between today's news and the return of Jim Cornelison to the Indy 500, the Blackhawks are fast becoming the preferred NHL team of IMS."
Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural Indianapolis 500, and company cofounder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race, and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.
The INDYCAR Grand Prix will mark the first NTT IndyCar Series race ever on the NBC broadcast network, with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. (ET). NBC Sports also continues to bring fans exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with wall-to-wall coverage of the Conference Finals airing the weekend of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.
Practice and qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix take place Friday, May 10 at IMS, with the 85-lap race starting at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 11.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the sixth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11 and the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26, and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.
The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will welcome iconic country band ALABAMA with special guest John Michael Montgomery on Saturday night, July 27, to christen the Tri-Cities’ new premier outdoor concert venue.
Tickets range from $29-$89 with a VIP suite experience available at $125. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting on Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. (ET). Tickets and parking passes ($10 or $20) can be purchased at Ticketmaster or by calling the Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway ticket office at 866-415-4158.
A country music powerhouse, ALABAMA is comprised of lead guitar/fiddle player/vocalist Jeff Cook, bass guitarist/vocalist Teddy Gentry and lead singer/rhythm guitarist Randy Owen. The band enjoyed massive crossover appeal during a five decade run with their mix of country, rock, pop and gospel sounds, and is widely recognized as the most successful country music band of all time.
The two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning group, which was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, boasts 43 No. 1 singles, including an amazing 21 No. 1s in a row, 21 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums, and a host of awards from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard Magazine and Country Music Association.
“We are thrilled to have such a legendary band like ALABAMA to headline our first concert at the new Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway/Dragway. “ALABAMA’s music and style appeals to so many and they put on terrific shows every time they perform. We are blessed to be able to bring one of the greatest groups in country music history to the ‘Birthplace of Country Music,’ and give our guests a night of entertainment that they will remember forever.”
When ALABAMA takes the stage at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre as part of its “50th Anniversary Tour,” fans are likely to enjoy a set list full of No. 1 hits, including “Feels So Right,” “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “Born Country,” “Tennessee River,” “High Cotton,” “40-Hour Week,” and “Song of the South.”
"We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that 50 years later we would still be playing arenas, stadiums and festivals," says ALABAMA frontman Randy Owen. "Teddy, Jeff and I are humbled at the amount of fans that are coming out to see us. We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music from day one. The fans are the ones responsible for our continued success on the road and we love them."
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. when John Michael Montgomery takes the stage. With seven No. 1 hits to his credit, Montgomery is best known for classics such as “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Swear,” “Letters from Home,” “Sold (The Grundy County Auction incident)” and “I Can Love You Like That.”
The concert’s official promotional partners include WXBQ 96.9 FM 24 Carrot Country and WCYB TV 5. Parking lots open at 4:30 p.m. and spectator gates will open at 6 p.m. For more information please visit www.ThunderValleyMusic.com.
A portion of the proceeds from the ALABAMA concert at Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will be donated to Niswonger Children’s Hospital.
The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health is situated inside historic Bristol Dragway, and will provide an accommodating venue for many of the world’s greatest bands and musicians, while offering a distinctive picturesque panorama setting between two mountains for all to enjoy.
Craig Von Dohren has won ten NASCAR titles at Grandview and is now in first spot in the current T.P.Trailers Modified point standings while in the Sportsman division Brad Grim, without a title to his credit sits in the number one spot.
The battle for the number one position in the standings is close in both divisions. Von Dohren, a winner this past Saturday, has two wins to his credit and 1070 counters to top the Modifieds. Rick Laubach has 1014 points and veteran Frank Cozze sits with 903 tallies.
Brad Grim, without benefit of a win, has 864 points followed by Mark Kemmerer just three points behind with 861. Brad Brightbill, with two wins to his credit, is third with 848 points.
Eighty three drivers have earned points in the two divisions after four point earning events run so far this season.
All these drivers will be back in action this Saturday, May 11 in a doubleheader show featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman that starts at 7:30 p.m.
The first 50 Moms purchasing a ticket will receive a gift courtesy of the speedway and the oldest and youngest mom will receive a free pass for a future race event as part of the Mother’s Day celebration.
Fans are invited to arrive early and visit with Modified racer Justin Grim and Sportsman talent Brad Grim as they participate in the weekly Meet and Greet Session presented by the Low Down & Dirty Internet Radio Show. Their race cars will also be on display starting at 5 p.m.
Racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 with youngsters under 12 admitted free. Pit admission is $30 with NASCAR license.
Coming to town on Saturday, May 18th will be the first appearance of the Rapid Tire United States Auto Club (USAC) Eastern Wingless Sprints. This will be a tripleheader show with the NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman.
It is also expected that as part of the partnership between the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing there will be a vintage race car on display.
Admission for this special night of racing will be $20 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 11 and free for those under 6.
Grandview Speedway, now in its 57 consecutive season of operation, is located at 43 Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.
Grandview Speedway PR
This summer, Watkins Glen International and Genesee Brewing Company will host the Genesee Summer Concert Series at The Glen, a free six-event concert series at the track, providing fans an opportunity to listen to local bands and learn more about the upcoming events for the 2019 season.
“We are excited to not only bring back our summer concert series, but kick off our relationship with Genesee Brewing Company in a unique way,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “This is a great chance to showcase what WGI has to offer beyond racing and provide the fans with more summer entertainment.”
Free and open to the public from 6-8 p.m., the first of the six happy hour-style events will take place Thursday, June 6 featuring Virgil Cain at the Esses Party Deck and continue through July 25. Fans can enjoy $1 Sahlen’s hot dogs, $2 Genesee drafts, $3 wine and $4 cocktails. Genesee Beer and Light will be featured at each concert on draft as well as the brewery’s most award-winning beer: The Original Cream Ale, available in cans.
“Watkins Glen International is home to some of our most loyal Genesee fans. It’s about time we celebrate them in the best way we know how: heading to the track to kick back, enjoy a show and drink great beer,” said Janine Schoos, associate brand director for Genesee Beer. “We’re really happy to be cohosting this awesome summer series as a part of our partnership with The Glen.”
The complete schedule is listed below, with more details to come.
2019 Genesee Summer Concert Series at The Glen Schedule:
June 6 – Virgil Cain
June 13 – PA Line
June 20 – Chasing Neon
July 9 – Rust
July 18 – Tempting Scarlet (formerly Guilty Pleasure Band)
July 25 – Woodshed Prophets
A fan favorite, Virgil Cain and his solo show developed with influences from Billy Joel and Elton John on piano to Paul Simon and Dave Matthews on guitar. With a passion for evolving a show, he discovered new technologies including digital looping and sequencing.
Original music inspired by Grass Roots, infused with Soul, and born from the Indie scene, PA Line is Peace Always. The Buffalo-based band are winners of Best Alternative Band and Best Indie/Folk Band at the 2016 All Western New York Music Awards. Chasing Neon, the Groton, NY based band brings mixes of classic rock and country to their performances.
RUST is a classic rock cover band from the Southern Tier of New York State. Consisting of veteran, professional players that have been a part of the areas’ music scene since the 1970s, RUST has spent the past several years refining their sound to become the premier classic rock band. Tempting Scarlet, formerly Guilty Pleasure Band, returns to The Glen with their hard rock and pop rock sound that they bring throughout the Southern Tier.
The Woodshed Prophets out of Sidney, NY, are a quartet of bearded wild-men, hellbent on world-domination or self-destruction. The Prophets primarily play original material that is a unique blend of rock & country, what some people have coined as "Power Twang".
Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, three-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit www.theglen.com.
Martin Truex Jr. takes “Gander RV 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for his third career Dover International Speedway victory07 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
It was another magic Monday for Martin Truex Jr. at Dover International Speedway.
Almost 12 years ago, the Mayetta, N.J., native won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race at the Monster Mile in an event that was postponed one day because of weather.
In today’s “Gander RV 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, following another weather postponement, Truex earned his 21st career NASCAR Cup Series win, and received a golden Monster Trophy for his efforts as part of Dover International Speedway’s 50th anniversary celebration.
“We’re two for two on Mondays here,” Truex said. “I saw the trophy in the driver’s meeting yesterday and I said that’s pretty awesome,” Truex said. “That golden one is special. It’s pretty awesome to win on the 50th anniversary of Dover International Speedway.”
Truex, driving the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, beat runner-up Alex Bowman to the checkered flag by 9.501 seconds, completing the 400 laps with an average speed of 127.242 mph across 3:08:37. It’s Truex’s third NASCAR Cup Series win at Dover and he’s the 17th driver to earn three or more Monster Mile wins.
“This track is a big reason why I got where I’m at,” said Truex, who ran several Busch North Series (now the K&N Pro Series East) races at the Monster Mile while making his way up through the stock car ranks. “Without tracks like this, I wouldn’t have been able to put myself in position to be here.”
Truex’s challenge was even more daunting after starting in the rear of the field at the race’s start due to a weekend inspection failure and he hadn’t made it to the top 10 by the end of the first stage (won by Joey Logano) at Lap 120. His first lap led was the final one of the second stage after he edged Bowman back to the stripe.
From there, Truex won the scramble off pit road, and controlled the race, taking the lead for the final time when Daniel Suarez was forced to pit on Lap 348. In all, Truex led 132 laps, just shy of Chase Elliott’s race-high 145.
“Starting in the back was a challenge,” said Cole Pearn, Truex’s crew chief. “We had a really good car Saturday in practice. Martin did a great job getting through traffic. We were able to manage the race from that point on.”
It was Joe Gibbs Racing’s seventh victory in 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season and the second for Truex.
“It’s a big deal for us,” team owner Joe Gibbs said. “In pro sports, these things can come and go pretty quick. The hardest thing to do is stay up there. Our guys have done a great job adjusting to this package. We’re going to enjoy each one of these. The goal is to stay up there.”
It was just the third out of Dover’s 99 NASCAR Cup Series races to be postponed to a Monday due to weather. The previous Monday races came on May 19, 1975 (won by David Pearson) and Truex’s first win on June 4, 2007.
Bowman also started from the back following a weekend inspection failure before finishing second, followed by Kyle Larson in third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Elliott in fifth. Eleven cars finished on the lead lap in a race that featured 11 leaders, 15 lead changes and six caution flags for 31 laps.
“To come here to, in my opinion, the hardest race track we go to, and run like that from the back of all things, was pretty special,” Bowman said. “This is the physically hardest race of the year for me for sure.”
The Monster Mile’s 50th Anniversary celebration continues on Oct. 4-6 with another NASCAR tripleheader weekend. The schedule features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Oct. 6, 2019, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race will be the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover International Speedway will be the 10th track in the nation to host 100 NASCAR Cup Series races.
Keep up to date on all 50th Anniversary announcements and schedules by visiting DoverSpeedway.com or calling (800) 441-RACE. You can also keep up with all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
Dover Motorsports PR
In an effort to reward more drivers for entering the three biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races in Virginia, the Virginia Triple Crown will pay the top-three drivers with the best average finishing positions in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway, the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway.
The $10,000 prize will be distributed $7,000 to the winner, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.
“We want to give drivers even more of an incentive to start all three races,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “By going to this format, a driver who gets unlucky at South Boston still has incentive to race at Langley and Martinsville.”
South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice said they are excited to have the Triple Crown back again this year.
“I think it will be a big year for everyone involved,” Rice said. “Paying the top-three finishers of the Virginia Triple Crown will certainly entice more competitors to join this year and compete in all three events that are included. Not only that, but the fans will have more action to look forward to, as well.”
Bill Mullis, owner of Langley Speedway, said he believes paying the top-three will benefit both fan and drivers.
“Langley Speedway is proud to continue to participate in this great event,” said Langley Speedway Owner Bill Mullis. “We believe the new purse structure will add a bonus to the top finishing drivers that will increase the interest level in all three of these important races.”
The Triple Crown has previously paid to the top-3 finishers, but recently has been a winner-take-all format.
Peyton Sellers, the 2018 Triple Crown Champion, has won with both formats and said he likes paying the top-3 as opposed to just the winner, even though it’s less money for the Champion.
“There’s a lot of guys that travel back and forth to Langley and South Boston that put a lot of work into it and don’t get rewarded with the winner-take-all approach,” Sellers said “By paying the top-3 it also may keep more drivers racing for the Triple Crown, as one bad race won’t eliminate you. A lot of times the Triple Crown comes down to just one position and it can be decided in the last five laps at Martinsville, so this is a good way to reward more drivers for their efforts.”
In the event of a tie for any of the positions, the tie will be broken by the driver with the higher finish at Martinsville. To be eligible for the Triple Crown a driver must start all three races.
The Triple Crown starts June 29 with the running of the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway and continues on July 20 with the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway. The Triple Crown will wrap up with the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville on October 5.
Another great tradition returns to Darlington Raceway, for the first time since 2015, as the track will partner with the South Carolina Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive event on Tuesday, May 21 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
From 2005-2015, the track hosted an annual blood drive event which experienced tremendous success by collecting thousands of units of blood. Each donated unit can potentially save the lives of up to three recipients.
“This is a community event we hosted for 10 years and we are pleased to bring it back in 2019,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “It’s an important initiative for our track and the American Red Cross is a tremendous community partner. We hope donors will come out and donate blood to support this event. Blood donations help patients who undergo surgeries, have chronic illness, traumatic injuries or cancer treatment. By rolling up a sleeve, you can help a loved one or neighbor in the South Carolina community and beyond.”
For each donation, fans will receive the following:
- Behind-the-scenes look at the Lady in Black, including access to the Walk of Champions
- Opportunity to take a pace car ride around the Darlington oval
- Free admission to the track’s museum, which can be redeemed up to a week after the blood drive. The museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- $5 Amazon Gift Card (*Gift cards will be delivered via email within 14-30 days post-donation. Donor must have a valid email address on file with the Red Cross)
The blood drive, which will take place from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on May 21, is now accepting appointments. To reserve your donation time, go to www.redcrossblood.org, click on the Make an Appointment link and enter the sponsor code: DARLINGTONRACEWAY or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Appointments are encouraged in advance.
Since 2005, Darlington Raceway’s blood drives collected over 2,000 units of blood for the South Carolina Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, potentially saving the lives of over 6,000 people in our local community.
The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to approximately 40 hospitals. More than 350 blood and platelet donations are needed every day to support patient needs. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. on NBCSN. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. on NBC. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.
You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.
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A near capacity crowd descended on Meridian Speedway Saturday, May 4, for Factory Motor Parts Ladies Night at the quarter-mile oval. The Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models made their speedway debut alongside the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Street Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds led off main event action with a twenty lap tilt, the first of their two main events Saturday. On the green Mark Floyd bolted to the early lead while pandemonium erupted behind him.
After two laps of contact it was Randy Keckley who found himself ejected from the lead pack as he spun down the back stretch. No caution waved for Keckley’s agricultural excursion, but the action caused an already tight field to draw even closer together.
Seemingly the only driver able to clear the pack, Meridian, Idaho’s Shelby Stroebel found himself in the top five by lap three while his strongest competition was mired in the lockstep pack. Stroebel wasted no time as he piloted his modified to the top spot and ultimately the victory. Wyatt King followed Stroebel across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe to take a second place finish, while two-time winner Casey Tillman was forced to settle for third.
The eleven to sixteen-year-old drivers in the Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models rumbled to their first green flag as shadows fell across the quarter-mile. Jerome, Idaho’s Jody Moen showed the way early as the young competitors tested the limits of their machines.
After a series of early spins, the race went green with a dozen laps left. Rusty Houpt made the most of this restart and pinned his Boise Spring Works, Drip Catchers LLC racer to the low groove hoping to take the lead. But Moen closed the door to keep her Fastlane Auto, United Metals machine atop the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
Moen would fend off challenges from Houpt and Bailey Fanopoulos throughout the race’s closing stages to become the first lady racer to capture a Feature Flag on Factory Motor Parts Ladies Night.
Next on track were the Coors Super Stocks for their 25 lap feature. Jamo Stephenson was quick out of the blocks and sped to the early lead while contact behind him bunched and jumbled the field. When the contact subsided pre-race favorite Melissa Weaver had navigated her way to third while first race nemesis Daytona Wurtz sat mired in traffic.
Weaver made quick work of Chuck Youngblood’s PBT Auto Sales racer and set to work on Stephenson’s PBT Auto Sales, YMC Heating and Cooling machine. Though outmatched, Stephenson fought hard to keep the top spot for five laps before Weaver finally made the lead pass on a lap six restart.
As Weaver pulled away from the field Wurtz doubled her efforts to make time and pushed hard to dispatch Stephenson from his runner up spot. This battle soured after two laps as contact sent both drivers into a synchronized spin in turns three and four.
Now at the back of the pack Wurtz made a desperate dash forward as the race drew to a close. Though the young racer battled her way back to second Weaver wouldn’t be beat and she claimed the Construction Services and Repair Feature Flag in her Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines racer.
Title sponsor for the night, Factory Motor Parts brought a few lucky dignitaries out to start the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stock main event. Luke Wolverton was first to the gas pedal and piloted his Julie Hart with Premier Mortgage, Hart Construction racer to the early lead. But the man on the move was Travis Pavlacky, who charged from his back-of-the-pack starting spot to third on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard in seven short laps. But the Payette, Idaho driver wasn’t done there, and with a pair of passes on the inside Pavlacky moved his truck to the lead.
While Pavlacky set sail out front, the fight was on for second as early leader Wolverton fought off defending champion Jayson Wardle, two-time season winner Fred Vigil, and perennial title contender Jason Sanders. High and low the pack searched for ways around each other. Wardle was first to make a move on Wolverton and he ducked low for second in his Catapult 3, 180 Tattoo entry. Sanders followed to put his Valley Property Management, G2 Logistics machine in third. Next Vigil tried his hand on Wolverton, but lapped traffic stymied his run and relegated the early season dominator to fifth.
But it was Travis Pavlacky who cruised across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first to claim the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stock victory.
Scott Cooper and Jeff Peck paced the Teleperformance Street Stocks to their 25 lap feature. Peck made the outside line the place to be, and the Twin Falls, Idaho racer took the early lead with Rich Lawson’s Lawson Racing, Dillon Autocraft Engines machine in tow. But Peck wasn’t safe out front as Nampa, Idaho racer Taylor Occhipinti roared around the high side of both Lawson and Peck to put his Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines racer out front.
Hot on Occhipinti’s rear bumper was Caldwell, Idaho’s Jesse James Lawson, who pulled to the inside of Occhipinti in a bid for the lead. Lawson wheeled his Dillon Plumbing machine hard on the inside line, but Occhipinti maintained momentum to stay in first place. This battle raged for six laps until a caution flag slowed the field and allowed Lawson’s tires to cool. When the green flag waved Lawson blasted to the lead, but couldn’t fully clear Occhipinti until there were just nine circuits remaining.
Once out front Lawson never looked back as he cruised to his third Teleperformance Street Stock victory in as many races.
Race two of the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds double-header began with Randy Keckley and Mike Davis on the front row. Again the high line was the place to be as Davis shot to the top spot with Joe Thuss in his tire tracks. Thuss moved his Aloha Auto Repair machine to the high groove and dispatched Davis from the lead on lap eight, but was surprised by Josh Jackson who stormed to the lead two laps later.
With Jackson’s Meineke of Caldwell, Jackson Built Racing machine out front the battle for the rest of the top five spots on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard heated up. Wyatt King hauled his Major Tire and Hitch, YMC Mechanical entry to the runner up spot at the race’s halfway point with main event winners Shelby Stroebel and Casey Tillman in hot pursuit. Despite frequent contact as they ducked and dodged through traffic all three racers held onto their machines to finish second, third, and fourth behind Jackson, who coasted to a stop in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle with no brakes.
The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets faced a new challenge as Saturday night saw the division crown a Sole Survivor. At the end of a fifteen lap shootout Cody Garret, Austin Blanton, Neil Wassmuth, Troy Palmer, and Jeff Matuska lined up five wide across the track for a lap-by-lap elimination match. Eager to win the first elimination round Garrett jumped the start and was disqualified. Next to be dispatched was Jeff Matuska, then Austin Blanton.
This set up a duel between Palmer and Wassmuth for the win. The green flag waved and Wassmuth motored around his competition and parked his Neil Alan Fine Jewelry, CCS Sign Shop racer in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Crashes outnumber dashes next Saturday, May 11, as Wendy’s Smash-O-Rama takes over the quarter-mile oval. With a Demolition Derby and world record limo jump attempt from Mr. Dizzy to the World Famous Boat Races, The Beast Jet Dragster, and Fireworks, there’s something for everyone with an appetite for destruction this Saturday. Race fans, we’ve got all the thrills you’re looking for too with the Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Sprintcars, Domino’s Legends, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers. Plus, Clarity Credit Union hosts their first Penny Gold Rush for Kids of the season. General admission to a full night of wreckers and checkers is just $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always kids six and under get their seat free of charge. Tickets are going fast! Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com/
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