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Not a single ticket remains for this weekend’s Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In addition to the Feb. 25 announcement of the NASCAR Cup Series Sunday sellout, tickets also are sold out for Friday’s Bucked Up 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Due to a limited-capacity requirement imposed by the Southern Nevada Health District, the speedway has reached its allowable threshold for all three days of NASCAR racing.
“We’re proud to announce a sellout of all three NASCAR races, but we’re disappointed we couldn’t host more great NASCAR fans throughout the weekend,” said LVMS President Chris Powell. “It’ll be an incredible tripleheader race weekend, and we hope to host more fans in September at the South Point 400. Without knowing capacity limits for our fall tripleheader, fans should be sure to get their tickets now for the NASCAR playoff weekend. They’re already on sale.”
The speedway estimates 12,500 fans will be in attendance each day throughout the weekend. That number represents grandstand seating as well as suites and clubs.
Race fans can tune in to FS1 on Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m. PST for the Bucked up 200 and on Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. for the Alsco Uniforms 300. Sunday’s FOX coverage of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube begins at noon. To secure tickets and RV camping for the South Point 400 NASCAR playoff weekend, Sept. 24-26, visit www.lvms.com. For up-to-date race weekend information, click here to visit the speedway’s Virtual Fan Garage.
Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the return of Texas based Trophy Tractor as the primary sponsor of the No. 53 Chevrolet for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. In addition, Trophy Tractor will serve as the primary sponsor of the RWR No. 17 Chevrolet in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) event. Both cars will run a special “Texas Strong” paint scheme and be piloted by Garrett Smithley.
Smithley put on an impressive performance in BlueGreen Vacations Duel No. 2, nearly racing his way into the Daytona 500, driving the No. 13 Trophy Tractor entry in a joint effort between RWR and MBM Motorsports.
Just days after that race, much of the United States, including Texas was hit hard with extreme winter storms. Trophy Tractor, based in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Rick Ware Racing saw an opportunity to give back by running a “Texas Strong” paint scheme and giving fans a chance to donate to those in need.
“Trophy Tractor has been a great partner of Garrett (Smithley) and Rick Ware Racing for a number of years now,” said Rick Ware. “This deal came together quickly and we’re thankful for the opportunity to partner with Trophy Tractor and give back to those affected by the storms in Texas, especially with Lisa and I being from The Lonestar State.”
To donate and support families that were impacted by the storms, the team has set up a Go Fund Me. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, Smithley and team have a goal of $15,000, that the team is hoping to exceed through the support of the NASCAR community.
“Having family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I know how hard the last few weeks have been for many of the residents in Texas,” said Garrett Smithley. “The opportunity to use our platform in NASCAR and have this idea supported by Jeff Miller at Trophy Tractor, speaks to the type of people that work there. I can’t thank them enough for continued partnership.”
Saturday’s NXS race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and Sunday’s NCS race is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
For more information about Rick Ware Racing, please visit www.WareRacing.com.
This week the South Carolina General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Senate and House floors congratulating NASCAR and Darlington Raceway on the addition of a second NASCAR Cup Series race weekend on May 7-9. The resolution was adopted on the Senate floor yesterday and the House floor today.
“Darlington Raceway represents a rich legacy in NASCAR and continues to be a highly-anticipated venue on our schedule,” stated Lesa Kennedy, Executive Vice Chair, NASCAR. “We appreciate the continued support from the State of South Carolina, Governor McMaster, the South Carolina General Assembly and the entire PeeDee region as NASCAR proudly hosts two NASCAR Cup Series race weekends at Darlington Raceway this year.”
“Thanks to the South Carolina General Assembly for sharing this resolution to congratulate the return of our second NASCAR Cup Series race weekend at Darlington Raceway,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “We are also grateful to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and his administration for their leadership and support for the track. As Darlington Raceway becomes a mass vaccination site this weekend, rest assured we will continue to support our community each and every day.”
The adopted S 0632 Concurrent Resolution states the following:
TO CONGRATULATE DARLINGTON RACEWAY FOR ANNOUNCING A SECOND NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE, THEREBY DOUBLING THE ECONOMIC IMPACT TO THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND HIGHLIGHTING THE RICH HISTORY OF THIS TREASURED ATTRACTION IN THE STATE, TO ACKNOWLEDGE NASCAR RACING AS AN INTEGRAL AND VITAL PART OF THE STATE AND ITS ECONOMY, AND TO RECOGNIZE THE WEEKS OF MAY 2ND THROUGH MAY 9TH, 2021, AND AUGUST 29TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2021, AS “DARLINGTON RACEWAY WEEK” IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
Whereas, Darlington Raceway opened on September 4, 1950, with the inaugural running of the Southern 500, the first stock car race on a paved track; and
Whereas, since 1950, Darlington Raceway has served as a cornerstone in the development of stock car racing, one of the fastest-growing and most popular spectator sports in the country; and
Whereas, Darlington Raceway is celebrating its seventy-second season of racing; and
Whereas, in addition to hosting its annual NASCAR Cup Series race during the week of August 29th, 2021, Darlington Raceway has announced a second NASCAR Cup Series race to be held during the week of May 2nd, 2021; and
Whereas, South Carolina lays claim to many of the legends of NASCAR racing, including Rex White, David Pearson, Bud Moore, James Hylton, Tiny Lund, and Cale Yarborough; and
Whereas, the State of South Carolina is rich in historical references to the sport of stock car racing, as evidenced by the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame at Darlington Raceway, in addition to dirt raceways across the State of South Carolina that served as home to the fledgling sport of NASCAR racing in the 1950s; and
Whereas, each year, the NASCAR events at Darlington Raceway focus our nation’s attention and the attention of the world upon our great State as a sport and tourism destination; and
Whereas, with one race weekend, NASCAR racing’s annual economic impact on South Carolina is in excess of sixty-four million dollars, and with the announcement of a second race weekend, that economic impact will double, as NASCAR fans from across the country and around the world visit the State to attend racing events and vacation in communities throughout the State; and
Whereas, Darlington Raceway participates as a good corporate citizen at the local, regional, and state levels and is an active contributor, through numerous community and charitable efforts, in improvements benefiting the people and the State of South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, congratulate Darlington Raceway for announcing a second NASCAR Cup Series race, thereby doubling the economic impact to the State of South Carolina and highlighting the rich history of this treasured attraction in the State, acknowledge NASCAR racing as an integral and vital part of the State and its economy, and recognize the weeks of May 2nd through May 9th, 2021, and August 29th through September 5th, 2021, as “Darlington Raceway Week” in South Carolina.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to NASCAR and Darlington Raceway.
Darlington Raceway first hosted the Southern 500® Cup race on Labor Day weekend on Sept. 4, 1950. The track added the NASCAR Convertible Series to its spring schedule in 1957-59; the series eventually became a part of the Cup Series. From 1960 to 2004, Darlington annually hosted two Cup Series race weekends – one in the spring and one on Labor Day weekend. In 2015, the Southern 500® returned to its traditional date on Labor Day weekend.
Last year, the track hosted three Cup Series races as part of NASCAR’s revised schedule on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this year’s NASCAR schedule, the track Too Tough To Tame returns to its traditional home for two Cup Series race weekends.
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As NASCAR Cup Series teams travel to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the fourth points race of the season, Matt Wood announced that he’s betting on his veteran sprint car driver, Shane Golobic, when the series takes to the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway later this month.
Matt Wood Racing has partnered with NASCAR Charter Team, Live Fast Motorsports, to enter Golobic in the Food City Dirt Race on Sunday, March 28th. The event will be the first time that the NASCAR Cup Series has raced on dirt since 1970. Although racing on dirt will be new for a lot of the drivers entered in the race, dirt racing veteran, Golobic, sees it as another opportunity to continue building on his already impressive career, this time in one of NASCAR’s most highly anticipated events of the year.
“I believe every racer has dreamed of the opportunity to race in the NASCAR Cup Series, and the fact that it’s going to happen on dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway only makes it sweeter,” Golobic said. “This opportunity honestly fell into our lap out of nowhere, and it’s something you just can’t pass up. I am so thankful for everyone involved in making this happen, as well as everyone who has had a hand in helping me get to this point in my career. I hope to represent all of our supporters to the best of my ability, and I can’t wait to see what we can do on the dirt at Bristol!”
Matt Wood, President of Matt Wood Racing & Promotions, echoed Golobic’s comments. “Sometimes something falls in your lap that's just too good to be true,” Wood said. “Partnering with Matt Tifft and BJ McLeod of Live Fast Motorsports to run Shane in the NASCAR Cup Series is one of those deals. I think it's every person's dream that's ever owned a race team to be a part of a NASCAR Cup race. This is definitely one of those items you put in your bucket that you think you will never check off the list.”
“We are thrilled to have Shane Golobic join Live Fast Motorsports at the Bristol dirt race,” Matt Tifft, co-owner of Live Fast Motorsports said. “This is such a historic event for the Cup cars to race on dirt once again and for the first time at Bristol. We couldn’t have thought of anyone better to join our team with all of Shane’s background in the dirt racing world, and we can’t wait to see the show that he and the NASCAR Cup Series puts on in just a few weeks.”
Golobic, a 29 year-old Fremont, California native, is an accomplished winged/non-winged sprint car and midget racer with 83 career feature wins. Dirt racing fans are used to seeing his No. 17w NOS Energy Drink sponsored car up front and in Victory Lane at tracks across the country. Some of his major accomplishments include, being a two-time World of Outlaws Feature Winner, a USAC National Midget Feature Winner, eight time Chili Bowl A-Main starter, 2015 and 2016 Trophy Cup Champion, 2014 Civil War Series Champion, 2012 and 2014 Ocean Speedway Champion, and 2009 Calistoga Speedway Champion. In 2013, Golobic also made three NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts for Bill McAnally Racing at Roseville, Bakersfield and Phoenix, finishing a career best 8th place twice.
“I'm very excited for Shane… obviously, he knows his way around dirt,” said Wood. “I think this will be an opportunity for him to showcase that talent on one of the World's biggest stages. I'm very proud of what we have accomplished with our Sprint Car and Midget program. This will be completely new experience for us. Hopefully we can do more in the future with Matt, BJ and Live Fast Motorsports.”
Live Fast Motorsports co-owner, BJ McLeod, added, “We are so excited to work with Matt Wood and have Shane in the car at the Bristol dirt race. The race itself is going to be nothing short of entertaining, so to have Shane behind the wheel of our car makes it even more special for us as a new NASCAR Cup Series team.”
Race coverage for the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 28th starts at 3:30 p.m. ET live on FOX and PRN Radio.
- Heat Race Starting Lineup – Random draw determines heat race designation and starting position for the heat race. The draw will be in order of current owner points.
- Qualifying Heat Races – Four qualifying races held at 15 laps each with only green flag laps counted – no overtime rule. Free pass and wave around procedures will be in effect.
- Passing Points – Drivers will accumulate points in the heat races based on finishing position and passing points. The points total determines the starting position for the feature event.
- Passing Points = The difference between assigned starting position and finishing position
- Go forward – accumulate passing points
- Go backward or finish where you started – zero passing points
- Tiebreaker - Owner Points
- Feature – Lineup based on combined points of Heat Race finishing position and passing points. Feature race will be 250 laps (NCWTS: 150 laps) divided into three stages (NCS: 75/150/250) / (NCWTS: 40/90/150). Running order will be frozen at the conclusion of each stage. During the stage breaks, teams can change tires, add fuel and make adjustments to their cars/trucks. These non-competitive pit stops must be completed in a time designated by NASCAR (TBD). No fuel or tires except at stage breaks. (Note: Teams will not be required to pit during the stage breaks. Teams that elect not to pit will re-start ahead of teams that pitted. Re-start order determined by the freeze at the conclusion of the preceding stage)
- Additional Event Highlights – Choose rule will not be in effect for the Bristol Dirt race. The overtime rules, free pass and wave around procedures will be in effect.
World Wide Technology Raceway, the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region, today introduced its new kids club for children under 12. The WWTR Kids Club Presented By T-Mobile will offer free tickets, food, discounts, and premiums and programs to members at the speedway’s INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA events in 2021.
Membership cost is $25 for the first child. Use the promo code WWTRKIDS to save $5 on each additional child in the same family. Members will receive free tickets, discounts and exclusive benefits. For more information on benefits received and to sign up your child, please visit http://bit.ly/kidsclubwwtr.
“One of our primary goals at World Wide Technology Raceway is to engage the next generation of racing fans and include them in our numerous forms of racing and events,” said WWTR Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “This partnership with T-Mobile provides a platform for us to showcase how family-friendly a day at the races can be. In addition, our club will include special offers and off-season engagement to promote the love of the sport and the club 365 days per year.”
For additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.WWTRaceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
With a mostly disappointing month of February behind them, Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team are anxious to move into the month of March, beginning with this weekend’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Even before the season started I was looking forward to March,” DiBenedetto said. “This is the start of a good stretch of tracks for us.”
The 1.5-mile Las Vegas track has been particularly good for DiBenedetto and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team in recent seasons. Last year, he was runner-up in both races at Vegas, and in the six races before he joined the No. 21 team, the Wood Brothers posted four top-10s and no finishes outside the top 15.
“We had a shot to win both races at Las Vegas last year and we still had room for improvement,” DiBenedetto said. “I can’t wait to get there and see how we stack up against the competition. We were strong there last year, and I’m hoping we have the same speed this year.”
But he cautioned that past results are no guarantee of future performance.
“There are a lot of tough teams out there right now,” he said. “A lot of folks are running good.”
DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Mustang will be starting 30th on Sunday. With no qualifying scheduled, the line-up will be set based on recent performances, which have been disappointing for his team. And that’s a big disadvantage, he said.
“It hurts,” he said. “It really does. It messes up your early-race strategy as far as going for Stage points.
“Sometimes it’s well into the second or even the third Stage before you can work your way to the front.
“The [line-up] system puts you behind the Eight Ball, so you just have to go to work and overcome it.”
The 267-lap Pennzoil 400, which will have Stage breaks at Laps 80 and 160, is set to get the green flag just after 12:30 p.m. on Sunday (3:30 p.m. Eastern Time). FOX will carry the TV broadcast.
No. 04 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals News and Notes:
• Viva Las Vegas: Cory Roper will make his 4th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the No. 04 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Ford F-150 for Roper Racing.
o Roper had a previous best qualifying run of 5th in 2019 at Las Vegas.
• Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: Roper will be racing with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on his truck in Las Vegas with Carquest Auto Parts as an associatre sponsor. Roper will help bring awareness toward CMN Hospitals.
o “It is a privelage to represent Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this weekend on the No. 04 Ford F-150,” said Roper. “This is a great cause to help change kids’ health and change the future for children all over the country. We’re going to give our very best this weekend for CMN.”
o Statement from CMN: “We’re thrilled to have Cory Roper and Roper Racing supporting Children’s Miracle Network this weekend for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Our partners suggested we jump onboard with Roper Racing this weekend and we couldn’t refuse. This a great opportunity to help build awareness to our organization. We wish Cory and his team the best this weekend.”
• Points: Roper comes into this race 13th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.
• Race Info: The Bucked Up 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway begins at 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 5th, 2021. The race will have live coverage on FS1, Sirius XM Radio Ch. 90 and MRN Radio.
Behind the Driver’s Seat:
Cory Roper: “Las Vegas is a very fun race track to compete because you can use multiple grooves on the track to race on. The trucks are also packed together with the speeds that we run. The competition here at this track is phenomenal. I look forward to battling it out with the other teams all race.”
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