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ExxonMobil has unveiled “Under the Hood with Tony and Mobil 1™,” a consumer-guided program that gives racing fans a chance to meet three-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart and change the oil on a classic car from Smoke’s personal collection. The winning fan will perform a Mobil 1 oil change alongside Stewart himself at the NASCAR driver’s private garage in Columbus, Ind. on May 7.

“Not only am I a professional NASCAR driver, I’m a collector who loves classic GM cars and I can’t wait to share part of my personal collection with the fans,” said Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS. “Like last year’s Choose Tony’s Ride with Mobil 1, I’m leaving it up to the fans to decide what car is their favorite. Better yet, I’ll have a garage assistant for the day that can help me with a Mobil 1 oil change in the winning classic. There’s no other brand of motor oil that I would trust in my personal collection, and I’m looking forward to sharing the experience with one of my lucky fans.”

The program allows fans to choose which of Stewart’s vehicles will benefit from the protection and performance of Mobil 1 motor oils. Fans can make their favorite selection from four classic cars during the three-week voting process hosted on the Mobil 1 Facebook page. Voting runs now through April 22.

Fans can cast their votes and enter by visiting the “Under the Hood with Tony and Mobil 1” app on the Mobil 1 Facebook page. The voting will be done in three rounds, and fans may vote and enter once per day:

  • During Round One, April 2-8, the 1955 Chevrolet Nomad will face off with the 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am.
  • In Round Two, April 9-15, fans can vote for either the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air or the 1967 Pontiac GTO.
  • The winning vehicles from the two previous rounds will go head-to-head during a final round of voting conducted during the week of April 16-22.

The winning car will be announced on April 23, and the lucky fan that will assist Stewart at his personal garage will be announced Monday, May 6, both via Facebook.

“Whether it’s a classic car or the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, Mobil 1 motor oil is an ideal choice,” said Rebecca K. Aldred, Mobil 1 global brand manager, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants. “The Mobil 1 brand’s ongoing partnership with NASCAR allows us to engage with the excitement and devotion of motorsports fans for programs like ‘Under the Hood with Tony and Mobil 1,’ while reinforcing the excellent performance and protection of Mobil 1 motor oils for a wide variety of vehicles.”

Earlier this year, ExxonMobil announced a multi-year partnership extension making Mobil 1 the “Official Motor Oil of NASCAR” and “Official Lubricant Technology Partner of NASCAR” through 2017. The 2013 NASCAR season marks the 11th consecutive season in which the Mobil 1 brand is an official partner of NASCAR, the premier motorsports series in the United States.

Mobil 1 is the co-primary sponsor of Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SSfor Stewart-Haas Racing. In the first two years of the technology collaboration with Mobil 1, Tony Stewart and the No. 14 team claimed eight race wins, 35 top-ten finishes and the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Stewart is a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, also winning the title in 2002 and 2005.

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Paludo and the Paperclip...After a five-weekend hiatus, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) returns to action for a 250-lap battle at Martinsville Speedway. Miguel Paludo heads to the 'paperclip' with four previous starts at the Virginia track. Paludo has led five laps, has a best finish of 12th (spring of 2011), and has completed 100-percent of the 900 scheduled laps in the four races in which he competed.

 

Local Boy Makes Good...Martinsville Speedway is a home game for No. 32 crew chief Jeff Hensley. The Ridgeway, Virginia native, who still lives right near the historic short track, has an excellent record at the 0.526-mile paperclip. Hensley has two NCWTS wins as a crew chief in Martinsville: He and Mike Skinner swept the 2007 season by winning both the spring and fall events at the track. Hensley has tallied four top-five and eight top-10 finishes from atop the pit box in the Truck Series, with his drivers leading a total of 380 laps in Martinsville. Hensley also led his team to victory in one NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event in Martinsville, with Chuck Bown taking the checkered flag in 1993 while running for Hensley's family-owned team.

 

Looking Sporty...The No. 32 Chevrolet will be sporting a different look in Martinsville as SEM Products, Inc. comes on board as sponsor for the event. SEM Products, Inc. has been a partner of Turner Scott Motorsports for several seasons, providing adhesives, sealers and paint products to the organization's NCWTS and NNS teams.

 

This Week's Silverado...Paludo and the No. 32 SEM Products, Inc. team will utilize chassis TSM-227 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. TSM-227 is a brand-new chassis, but it has already seen plenty of track time at Martinsville Speedway. Paludo drove this Chevrolet Silverado in a two-day test at the 0.526-mile oval last month, laying down the fastest laps of all drivers participating.

 

We've Got Answers...Come see Paludo and his Turner Scott Motorsports teammates participate in a Q&A session at the Team Chevy Stage on Friday, April 5 at 2:45 p.m. ET. The Team Chevy Stage is located in the souvenir trailer and display area outside turn four.

 

Watch and Listen...The Kroger 250 can be seen live on Saturday, April 6 on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET, and the event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

 

Previous Race Recap...Miguel Paludo started off the 2013 season with a top-10 finish at Daytona International Speedway. After running in the top 10 in both practice sessions and qualifying eighth for the season opener, Paludo worked diligently with his teammates and skillfully utilized the draft throughout the 100-lap event, finishing seventh and earning his second career top 10 at the superspeedway.

 

Miguel Paludo on driving at Martinsville Speedway

"I feel very confident going into Martinsville after having the opportunity to test there a couple weeks ago. We were super fast both days, and we learned a lot about the balance and what changes we'll make under different conditions during the race. It was great to have that much track time and to not have to rush like you would during practice. We had more time in two days than we have in all the practices for both the spring and fall races combined."

 

"Martinsville is all about track position and managing your brakes. It's a lot like a road course because you're on the throttle 100-percent and then have to slow down so much to turn, so you brake really hard before getting back on the throttle again. The drive off is really important with a long straightaway, and Martinsville is just two long straightaways linked by tight turns. The goal is to get ourselves ahead with a good qualifying position and keep it up there the entire race."

 

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Season Opener Reminder...A solid qualifying effort by James Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem Silverado set them up nicely to be a contender in the Next Era Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Running most of the race near the top 10, Buescher was able to capture a bonus point for leading a lap. Buescher and the the Rheem team were able to overcome misfortune multiple times throughout the race, en route to capturing a solid 13th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Short Track Racing... Last time Buescher and the TSM team visited the Martinsville short track, the team battled back from 22nd running position, one lap down, to finish in the top five and gain the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) points lead. Just a few short weeks ago, Buescher and his TSM teammates spent two days at Martinsville Speedway testing and tuning their new short-track package. The team came back from the successful test and will be implementing new ideas for this weekend's 250-lap race.

 

Welcome Back...The No. 31 of James Buescher will once again have Rheem back on the truck for this week's race at Martinsville Speedway. Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 87th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem, now in its seventh consecutive year as a NASCAR sponsor, is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Turner Scott Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing. Rheem also sponsors RCR's No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car driven by Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series car driven by Paul Menard.

 

This Week's Silverado...James Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem Chevy Silverado team will utilize brand new chassis TSM-228 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Chassis TSM-228 will hit the track for the first time Friday for NCWTS practice.

 

Meet Buescher...Have a question for Buescher? He will be interacting with the fans at Martinsville Speedway in a Q&A session at the Team Chevy Stage on Friday, April 5th at 2:45 p.m. EDT.

 

Follow Me... Be sure to follow James on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/JamesBuescherRacing, on twitter at @JamesBuescher and Instagram at JamesBuescher.

 

Watch and Listen...The Kroger 250 can be seen live on Saturday, April 6th on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.

 

James Buescher on returning to Martinsville Speedway

"I'm glad that we are finally getting back to racing; everyone is itching to get going again. All the guys in the shop have been staying busy during this break building new trucks and prepping for test sessions. We had a great test a couple weeks ago at Martinsville, where I feel the whole organization learned a lot. Martinsville hasn't typically been my best track, but recently we had some good runs there. I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel to try and bring home a solid finish for the Rheem team."

 

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Welcome Back...Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this weekend as he will pilot Turner Scott Motorsports' fourth entry at Martinsville Speedway. Piquet Jr. will be behind the wheel of the No. 30 Wolf Pack Energy Services Chevy Silverado. The 2012 NCWTS Most Popular Driver award winner has four previous NCWTS starts in Martinsville, with a best finish of second (fall of 2012). Piquet Jr. has three top-15 finishes at the 0.526-mile paper clip, including two back-to-back top-10 finishes last year.

 

This Week's Silverado...

The No. 30 Wolf Pack Energy Services team will have chassis TSM-230 this Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. This truck is a brand-new vehicle for the No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsports team.

 

Familiar Face...Piquet Jr. will have a familiar face atop the pit box this weekend in Martinsville as veteran crew chief Chris Carrier will be calling the shots during the 250-lap race. Carrier also serves as the crew chief for Piquet Jr.'s full-time entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year.

 

Wolf Pack Energy Services...For the first time this year, Piquet Jr. will display the Wolf Pack Energy Services colors this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Wolf Pack Energy Services is a diversified company supplying a wide range of products and services to the oil and gas industry - from top-quality wellsite accommodations to oil and gas industry rental equipment and pipe storage, inspection, threading and refurbishing.

 

Got Questions?...Come see Piquet Jr. and his Tuner Scott Motorsports teammates participate in a Q&A session at the Team Chevy Stage on Friday, April 5 at 2:45 p.m. EDT.

 

The Paper Clip...Piquet Jr. will make his fifth start at Martinsville Speedway, most recently competing under the Tuner Scott Motorsports banner at the 0.526-mile paper clip last year. In the spring race, Piquet Jr. finished sixth in just his third start at the short track. In the fall race, Piquet Jr. started fourth and finished second in the 250 lap event.

 

Watch and Listen...The Kroger 250 can be seen live on Saturday, April 6 on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

 

Nelson Piquet Jr. on his return to Martinsville:

"I am looking forward to returning to the Truck Series as well as Martinsville Speedway. My guys at Turner Scott Motorsports have worked really hard to get the Wolf Pack Energy Services Chevy Silverado ready to race this weekend. We had two really good trucks there last year so hopefully we can repeat that success this weekend. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to getting on the track Friday."

 

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Home Sweet Home...Jeb Burton will make his second start for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) this Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway in his home state of Virginia. The 20-year-old driver of the No. 4 Arrowhead machine will be returning to the track where he made his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start. One year ago, Burton started seventh and finished 13th at the famous half-mile short track. Coming off an impressive fifth-place finish in the 2013 NCWTS season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Burton has momentum on his side.

 

Rookie Contender... The 20-year-old talent is running for the coveted Sunoco NCWTS Rookie of the Year honors. Burton was the highest-finishing rookie at Daytona International Speedway in February.

 

This Week's Silverado...The No. 4 Arrowhead Silverado team will utilize chassis TSM-229 this weekend to take on Burton's home track. This truck is a brand-new vehicle for the No. 4 TSM team.

 

Arrowhead On Board... Arrowhead electronic cigarettes are located in South Boston, Virginia and are proud to sponsor hometown favorite Burton for the 2013 NCWTS season.

 

Follow Along...For the most up-to-date news, contests and more, be sure to follow the Rookie of the Year contender on Twitter: @JebBurtonRacing

 

Say Hello...Burton will be joining his TSM teammates for an appearance at the Chevy display on Friday, April 5 at 2:45 p.m. ET.

 

Watch and Listen...The Kroger 250 can be seen live on Saturday, April 6 on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.

 

Jeb Burton on his Second Start at Martinsville Speedway

"I feel very prepared to head to Martinsville. I grew up on short tracks, so my comfort level is higher. I've stayed busy over the downtime by testing both the No. 4 Arrowhead Chevy and my No. 4 Arrowhead late model. After a strong finish like Daytona, I'm determined to keep the momentum alive and winning at Martinsville Speedway would be a dream come true for me. After all the hard work I've witnessed at Turner Scott Motorsports in the past few weeks, bringing home the grandfather clock would feel amazing."

 

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While NASCAR took the weekend off, Dave Blaney took to the track at the season opening race at Port Royal Speedway (PA).
 
For Blaney at the wheel of his No. 10, a car specially designed and built by himself, it was as second career opening day Port victory, his last coming on March 17, 1984.
 
The 25-lap sprint car main, proved to be a marathon, starting off with a red flag before the first lap could be completed. With over three laps to go, Blaney
blasted the middle through the third and fourth turns when the leader's car jumped out of gear, the pair of drivers then watched as Blaney completed a two car pass for the lead and win. Blaney's margin of victory was 2.822 seconds.

"It's really cool to come out here to Williams Grove, Port, all of these tracks out here got so much history," Blaney said. "I'm from not that far from here, only four or five hours so it's always fun to come race with the best and when you beat these guys at their home track, it's hard to do I don't care who you are. It was a good night."

"It was a long race," Blaney said after the checkered flag flew in the over 90 minute long race. "We got fortunate, a lot of guys in front of us had trouble. Lance blew a tire or something and the 07 ran out of fuel or something. The car kept getting better when I got fuel out of it. It was a handful until the end. I gotta thank Mike Heffner for letting us use an engine tonight. I couldn't be happier."
 
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Kripsy Kreme drive for 45

Wednesday, Apr 03

Get set for 45 days of heart-pounding philanthropic fun at participating Krispy Kreme US locations from April 5- May 19. Krispy Kreme has teamed up with former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and the Victory Junction Camp for the fifth annual

Chronically and seriously ill children from across the country come to Victory Junction in Randleman, North Carolina to laugh and play and forget about being sick for a while.

That’s why Krispy Kreme is proud to team up with Kyle Petty and Victory Junction in our annual Drive for 45 Campaign.

Join the Krispy Kreme family in making a difference in the lives of chronically and seriously ill children by visiting VictoryJunction.org.

Ways to Donate

  • Donate now online (enter "Drive for 45" into the comments line)
  • At Checkout- Make a $1, $2, $5 or $45 donation at checkout. A paper Drive for 45 certificate will be displayed in-store, throughout the campaign, in recognition of your support.
  • “Round Up” – Tell the cashier to ‘Round Up’ your purchase amount to the nearest dollar. The difference is your donation.
  • Tire Banks – Make a pit stop and drop your donation inside a Drive for 45 Tire Bank at your nearest participating Krispy Kreme.

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After nearly a five-week hiatus, The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tour resumes action this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The second-race of the season also provides an ample opportunity for Bryan Silas and the T3R2 team to promote next weekend’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine on their No. 99 Ford F-Series.

The historic 1.0-mile oval has a long-time partnership with the Stuart, Florida-based driver and together, the two are hoping that Saturday’s Kroger 250 will give fans just a glimpse of what they can expect at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway on Sunday, April 14.

“I’m excited about Martinsville this weekend, but I cannot wait to get back to Rockingham,” said Silas, a former winner at the track. “I think the race will be one of the best of the season and I encourage fans who are stalling to purchase a ticket to go ahead and buy one, because they won’t be disappointed!”

Tickets, suite packages and camping accommodations for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine are now available at rockinghamspeedway.com or by calling 910-205-8800. Saturday general admission tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the gate), with grandstand tickets for Sunday's NCWTS event beginning at just $20.

But, before Silas can concentrate on the second-annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at “The Rock,” he first must master the tricky paperclip oval of Martinsville. Recently, the team led by crew chief Gary Cogswell participated in a private test session at the 0.526-mile oval with satisfying results. The outcome has the 25-year old optimistic for this weekend.

“We learned a lot at the test,” offered the sophomore NASCAR driver. “Gary did a great job adjusting the truck throughout the day and our lap times showed that the adjustments made a difference. We’ve set a realistic goal for this weekend’s race and I think if we can keep ourselves out of trouble, we definitely can achieve it and have some momentum for Rockingham.”

The Kroger 250 (250 laps / 131.5 miles) is the second of 22 events on the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Qualifying is set for Friday, April 5 scheduled to lift off at 5:00 p.m. The 36-truck starting field will take the green flag shortly after 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon with live coverage on SPEED, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the anticipated slugfest is tentatively scheduled to lift off at 1:00 p.m. also on SPEED.

For more on Bryan Silas please visit, BryanSilasRacing.com.

To learn more about T3R2’s new official charity of choice, Warriors-4-Warriors and their mission, please view Warriors4WarriorsCharity.com.

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Two big challenges await Danica Patrick as she looks toward Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

The first and most important challenge is figuring out how to drive the tricky .526-mile paperclip oval that her crew chief Tony Gibson describes as “a tough place for any veteran to go, let alone a rookie.” Martinsville opened for business in 1947, two years before NASCAR was formed, and has a history rivaled by few tracks on the circuit. Every NASCAR champion has raced there and the Sprint Cup Series has conducted events at Martinsville twice a year since 1950.

So, given its extensive history, it’s a challenge to add something to the history books that isn’t already there. But Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will add her name to the record book as she will be the first female driver to qualify and race at Martinsville.

But the primary goal is not just to add her name to the record book in such a way. She’s focused on getting experience and learning one of the most challenging tracks on the schedule. At .526 of a mile, Martinsville is the shortest track on the circuit and, from the air, looks like a paperclip as its long straightaways lead into tight, flat turns. The racing there can be described as “give-and-take” with drivers giving some bumps and taking some bumps as 43 cars fight for space on its tight confines.

Patrick and the Go Daddy team prepared for Martinsville by testing last month at “Little Rock,” a purpose-built test track in Rockingham, N.C., designed to feature the characteristics of Martinsville. But while the test was productive, Patrick and Gibson know well that the test can only help so much and that there is no replacement for the real Martinsville experience.

That said, part of the “real” Martinsville experience, off the track, is the world famous Martinsville Hot Dog. A popular staple at Martinsville, the hot dog is covered with slaw, chili, fresh onions and a few other secret ingredients, and wrapped in waxed paper. And that brings up the second challenge as Gibson told Patrick it’s bad karma to not have a hot dog when racing at the half-mile track. So, in addition to stomaching the tricky track, she also may feel obligated to stomach a Martinsville Hot Dog, something easier said than done for some people.

But as the great Clark Griswold once said: “It’s all part of the experience.”

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The Rolling Stones couldn’t have had Jimmie Johnson in mind when they wrote their 1964 hit, “Time Is On My Side,” as Johnson wouldn’t be born for another 11 years. However, the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion could be the poster boy for the song these days. He is quickly amassing one of the largest collections of time pieces known to man, thanks to his success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where the victory lane trophy is a grandfather clock.

The series visits the paper-clip-shaped track for Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500 where Johnson has seven wins, tying Dover (Del.) International Speedway for his career-best total at a single track on the circuit. He is third on the all-time win list at Martinsville, tied with Rusty Wallace and Jeff Gordon. Only Richard Petty, with 15, and Darrell Waltrip, with 11, have more. A win Sunday, however, would make him the winningest active driver at the half-mile oval.

Not surprisingly, Johnson holds the series’ best driver rating for the track and has finished outside the top-10 only three times in 22 races. Surprisingly, two of those uncharacteristic finishes outside the top-10 occurred during the past two spring races, when Johnson finished 12th and 11th, respectively. He rebounded during his fall returns to Martinsville, winning in 2012 and finishing second in 2011. Not too shabby for someone who has said he struggled at the circuit’s smallest track early in his career.

Uncharacteristic finishes aside, Johnson knows how to get around the half-mile oval. The question is, will time be on his side Sunday? Johnson and Team Lowe’s Racing hope the answer is, “Yes it is. Yes it is.”

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