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AdvoCare, a premier health and wellness company, has announced it will team with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne to serve as the full-time partner on the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) in 2014. The No. 6 team, led by award-winning crew chief Mike Kelley, is currently competing for its third consecutive NNS Championship.

“AdvoCare has always valued its relationship with the motorsports community, and as we began thinking about our vision for 2014 we knew this would be a winning combination,” said AdvoCare President and CEO Richard Wright. “Trevor embodies the spirit of AdvoCare through his values and integrity. He’s a true champion. We feel the Nationwide Series is our home, and that’s why we’re excited to team up with Roush Fenway Racing, Nationwide driver Trevor Bayne and the No. 6 car. This partnership is powerful for both AdvoCare and RFR and will continue in our efforts of making AdvoCare a household name. We’re looking forward to 2014.”

“We are really proud to be associated with AdvoCare,” said Bayne. “As someone who has been taking their products for quite some time, I understand the great results and benefits they deliver, and I’m excited to represent AdvoCare and all of its distributors in 2014.”

AdvoCare served as the sponsor on the No. 3 car of Austin Dillon the past two seasons. With Dillon making the move to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing in 2014, the organization began the process of diligently seeking out its best option moving forward.

“AdvoCare values Austin and his team and are so grateful for the relationship we’ve built over the past few years,” said Wright. “We are proud of the success we’ve had together and are looking forward to Austin and the No. 3 team running for the 2013 NNS Championship.”

RFR PR

The fan base is growing for Furniture Row Racing as the Denver-based single-car team is in the playoff mix with three races remaining before the start of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
 
And one of the fans is Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, who previously coached nine seasons for the Carolina Panthers, located in NASCAR’s racing hub of Charlotte.
 
During a recent Furniture Row Racing team visit to the Broncos training camp, Fox spent time with driver Kurt Busch and then followed with a pep talk to members of the road crew.
 
“That was really neat for coach Fox to take time after the Broncos practice to address our team,” said Busch. “He’s a fan of NASCAR and he is pulling for his hometown team and we appreciate what he had to say to us. He was inspiring, stressing to keep focused on the present and to execute with perfection.
 
“He knows what it takes to win – those were exciting times in Charlotte when he directed the Panthers to the 2004 Super Bowl. I have a feeling the Denver football fans are going to be in for a similar treat this year.”
 
Staying focused on the present is what Busch has done in the past three races with results of third (Pocono), ninth (Watkins Glen) and third (Michigan) for an average finish of 5.0. 
 
The three-race surge lifted Busch from 14th to ninth in the driver point standings. He is two points out of eight and six ahead of 11th.  The top-10 drivers qualify for the Chase along with two wildcard entries.
 
Though the next stop for Busch is at one of his favorite tracks -- Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway – he is also well aware of the potential hazards at the high-banked, half-mile concrete oval.  
 
“We all know that trouble can happen at any corner at Bristol,” said Busch, a five-time Bristol winner. “There are 500 laps and we have to protect our car and still finish well. We could get in a little fender-bender, some itty-bitty thing can happen that will put us on the outside. We need to stay focused and worry about what we do and not what others do."
 
Busch, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet SS, said the adrenalin pumps a little faster for The Irwin Tools Saturday night race at Bristol.  
 
“The Bristol night race is one of those top-five events of the year where you feel the excitement and the electricity,” explained Busch. “The fans are jazzed up for the race, which has a special vibe to it like the Daytona 500, Coke 600 and the All-Star event.  
 
“It's one of those fun tracks that you anticipate going to, knowing the track and knowing the different types of setups it takes to back up the top-five finish we had there earlier this year.”
 
Busch’s fourth-place finish in the spring race at Bristol was his first of six top-fives this season.  His overall record at Bristol is: 25 starts, five wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s, one pole and 841 laps led. His average finish is 13.4.
 
FRR PR

Certain races are circled on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule each year including Daytona, Indianapolis and Darlington, among others.

Say the words “Bristol Night Race,” and drivers, crew members and fans immediately think of one of the great spectacles on the Sprint Cup circuit. The .533-mile Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is a sight to behold with 160,000 seats wrapped around the track in what may well be the modern day Roman Colosseum. 

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), experienced her first Bristol night race last year as she made just her fourth career Sprint Cup start. It was a respectable outing for Patrick as she was in the top-20 and on the lead lap with 66 laps remaining when her car was hit by another car and contacted the SAFER Barrier on the inside retaining wall of the frontstretch. She finished 29th.

One night earlier, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Patrick started 34th and finished a solid ninth.

The familiar green GoDaddy Chevrolet returns to Bristol this weekend, but with a bit of a different look. Outright.com, which provides bookkeeping for small businesses, will be featured alongside the GoDaddy logo on the hood and bumper of the car.

GoDaddy, which is expanding its focus beyond domains, websites and hosting to help small-business owners with challenges like bookkeeping and taxes, acquired Outright in July 2012 to better serve small-business owners.

Outright makes bookkeeping easy by automating time-consuming tasks like keeping track of sales and expenses and showing small-business owners their profit and loss. In addition, Outright eliminates the tax-time nightmare for small-business owners by organizing all the sales and expenses into IRS-approved categories and provides the tax worksheet they need to file.

TSC PR

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star and NASCAR’s “Most Popular Driver”,  No. 88 National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to appear at Phoenix International Raceway’s ROLL-BAR Club for a question-and-answer session with NASCAR fans before the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov 10.

ROLL-BAR Club, located on the west side of the track behind the Bobby Allison Grandstands, features the best in live entertainment each day throughout the entire AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at PIR, as well as appearances by some of NASCAR’s top personalities.

Earnhardt Jr., currently seventh in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Series standings, had historic back-to-back NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at PIR in 2003 and 2004.

Single-day tickets to the ROLL-BAR Club  are available for $99 on Saturday, Nov 9 and for $149 on Sunday, Nov 10. Additional purchase of grandstand ticket is required for track admission.

PIR PR

NASCAR announced today the No. 9 team that competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Saturday, Aug. 17, at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.

The No. 9 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); Section 12-4J (Any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and Section 20C-12.3T (All shock absorbers must compress or extend a distance of six (6) inches in a time span of 1-1/2 minutes or less with the external adjustment set in any position: Shock travel exceeded maximum time limit) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book. The violation was discovered during post-race inspection.

Jeff Schrader, crew chief of car No. 9, has been fined $2,500 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid. Dylan Lupton, driver of car No. 9, has been penalized with the loss of 12 championship driver points, and Bob Bruncati, owner of car No. 9, has been penalized with the loss of 12 championship owner points.

NASCAR PR

In some respects the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway for Brian Vickers and the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine. 

That’s perfect with Vickers.

He finished fifth and fourth in the spring and summer races at the half-mile, high-banked track last year and posted an eighth-place finish in March.

He’s now the driver for the Aaron’s Dream Machine for the remainder of this season, except at Talladega, and the full-time driver for multiple years beginning next season. Vickers’ story is more than just a race car driver getting into a race car. His is a story of overcoming professional and health obstacles that would have stymied others.

VICKERS STORY IN HIS OWN WORDS: "I was diagnosed with blood clots in 2010. Essentially my lungs stopped working and I couldn't breathe and went to the emergency room. Luckily they figured out what it was before they completely stopped. It was a pretty painful experience and I was in and out of the hospital for about a month and then on blood thinners for six months and out of the car for the rest of the season. I came back in 2011 with Red Bull and then unfortunately Red Bull decided to shut down so was in a situation in 2012 not knowing what was next. There weren’t many good rides available. There were a couple of opportunities but nothing I was really excited about and then the chance with MWR and Aaron's and the No. 55 Dream Machine came available. Unfortunately, it was only six races at the time but it was still a winning race car with a crew and a crew chief that I felt confident I could win with. I jumped at that opportunity to partner with Mark (Martin) and I feel very fortunate to have had that opportunity. We were able to run well which led to more races last year and this year and then subsequently to a full-time ride again in the Sprint Cup Series. I don't think it has actually sunk in. I mean, it's one of those things similar to the win in Loudon: it just takes time for it to settle in and to appreciate all that it is. It's a thrilling opportunity for me, especially after everything that's happened. If everything in the last 10 or so years in my NASCAR career had gone perfect, it would still be a thrilling opportunity. I’m very thankful and excited about the future.”

PHILOSOPHY: “Well, it's been a long road. I think, not to make it too simple, but don't ever give up. You never know what the future holds. You never know what's coming next. It's tough. That's part of life. There's always going to be ups and downs. You've just got to keep digging and not give up. For me, I certainly can't take all the credit, because it's been the support of my family, the qualities my parents instilled in me, the support of them and my friends that have helped through all that, surrounding yourself with good people that have your back no matter what, that love you unconditionally, support you through the tough times, whether they're out of your control or maybe they were in your control. That's probably one of the biggest things. I've been fortunate to find some quality people and have a great family. Just keep fighting, keep digging, try to keep a positive attitude the best you can. You're not always going to have that, but you just do your best, have faith that the tides will turn.”

MWR PR

For the first time ever, Homestead-Miami Speedway is offering tent camping packages for 2013 Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 15-17).  The packages come complete with three-day race weekend tickets and a campsite in the new tent camping area.  Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer made the announcement Wednesday.

Packages start with a campsite for up to five nights for as little as $60 and include customizable ticket packages for all three championship races.  The tent camping comes in addition to RV camping packages currently available at the speedway.

“We are pleased to offer yet another fun way for our fans to enjoy Ford Championship Weekend and the crowning of three NASCAR champions,” said Becherer. “With the new tent camping spots, fans can enjoy idyllic weather -- certainly an escape for fans visiting from the north -- and a family-friendly environment. It’s yet another reason why this is a ‘can’t miss’ weekend.”

Each site is 20’ x 30’ and campers will have access to portable restrooms, a dog park, 24-hour security, and an on-site convenience store.  Private portable restrooms, showers, and potable water delivery will be available for a nominal fee. The tent camping will be located within the footprint of the GEICO Gecko RV Park adjacent to Palm Drive.

A limited number of tent camping packages are available now online at HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com; by phoneat 305.230.5255; or in person at the Homestead-Miami Speedway box office (One Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd, Homestead, FL 33035).

Homestead-Miami Speedway PR

Richmond International Raceway and IMG Seating are teaming up to offer padded seat rentals for the September 6-7 NASCAR weekend at RIR. Seat rentals are $8 per event and available for both the Saturday, September 7, Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Friday, September 6, Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

The seats feature three-inch padded cushion and back support and will be attached to your seat and waiting for you before you enter the grandstand gates on race day.* To reserve your seat, you can add on during your purchasing process; or, if you already have tickets, click here to add your cushioned seat rental for Saturday. Click here to add your cushioned seat rental for Friday, or call 866-455-7223.

This service is not available for guests who sit in the Commonwealth Tower Grandstand, as these seats already have seat backs. Guests who have general admission seating for the Friday, September 6 race must pick up their cushioned seats at any customer service location on-site with a photo ID.

RCR PR

This week the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will return to the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway to compete in the Food City 250 on Friday night. Kyle Busch is the returning 0.533-mile track winner from the Spring Bristol Nationwide Series event, when he started 13th and led 156 laps to take home the victory. This year Busch has piloted the No. 54 Monster Energy Nationwide Series car 16 times, yielding eight total wins, five pole positions, 13 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. He and the No. 54 team compete this week for their ninth win of the year.

Busch is tied with Kevin Harvick as an all-time winner with five victories in the Nationwide Series at the Tennessee short track. Over his career, the Las Vegas native is no stranger to success on the high banks of Bristol. In 42 races across all three of NASCAR’s premier series, the 28-year old has amassed 13 wins, four poles, 23 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes and 2,944 laps led. In the Nationwide Series specifically, in 18 starts, Busch has recorded five wins, two poles, 11 top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes. He is the last driver to win from the pole position at BMS during a Nationwide Series event, done in August of 2011.

The No. 54 Monster Energy team’s crew chief, Adam Stevens, is also no stranger to success on these high banks. Stevens has achieved victory with this team the last two visits to Bristol, during the fall event with former driver Joey Logano and this past spring race with Busch. Stevens and Busch are the perfect combination to tackle the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” once more, and notch another victory in the belts of the No. 54 Monster Energy team this season.

KBM/JGR PR

When you ask most NASCAR drivers their feelings about Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, you'll always get something similar to, "It's an exciting place with great fans and great atmosphere."  For most drivers, the week before heading to Bristol for the night race they are on a euphoric cloud nine. For Parker Kligerman, not only is he on cloud nine ready to experience the excitement of Friday night's Food City 250, he is stuck on a different version of Bristol's cloud nine - he's finished in ninth place in all three of his Nationwide Series starts at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile."

 

Despite starting 43rd and driving for an underfunded team in his first Bristol Nationwide Series start in August of 2010, the then 20-year old maneuvered his way through the field to bring home a ninth-place result and earn his first career top-10 finish. A year later driving for Penske Racing he improved his starting position to 12th, but once again ended the race ninth. Earlier this season in his first Bristol start for Kyle Busch Motorsports, he qualified 16th and at the end of 300 laps crossed the stripe in the ninth spot.

 

In addition to his three ninth-place finishes in the Nationwide Series, the Connecticut native has posted top-10 finishes in both of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. He came home 10th in his first-ever start at the high-banked track in 2010 and last year in his first Bristol race as a Toyota driver scored a runner-up finish. In last year's event he showed he has what it takes to have a strong run at the challenging track, scoring the second highest Driver Rating (108.7) and registering the third highest Average Green Flag Speed (115.997) in the race.

 

Kligerman has shown veteran poise this year, taking care of his equipment and putting himself in a position for strong finishes at the end of races. The No. 77 Camry leads the Nationwide Series with 3,700 laps completed out of a total of 3,717 possible laps and has been running at the finish of every event. In four of the last five races, the talented youngster has been scored in the top 10 when the final caution of the race occurred, but has been knocked around in the closing laps and only ended two of those races with top-10 finishes.

 

If he hopes to move off of cloud nine on Friday night, Kligerman will have to show a combination of patience and speed in an effort to improve upon his ninth-place finishes. He'll have to keep the No. 77 Toyota in one piece until the end of the race, then battle toe-to-toe with the likes of Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski in an effort to score his first career top-five finish at the rugged half-mile in the Nationwide Series.

 

KBM PR

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