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18 year old Austin Hill is set to make his first ever start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this weekend at Columbus Motor Speedway.  Hill, a very successful legends racer, will be behind the wheel of the A&D Welding/Overnight Wraps No. 49 Toyota this Saturday night in the JEGS 150.

“I’m really looking forward to driving the MacDonald Motorsports No. 49 K&N Pro Series car,” explained Austin.  “Getting the feel for a NASCAR sanctioned race is definitely going to be a big thrill.  I’m excited about getting behind the wheel of a K&N Pro Series car for the first time.”

Austin Hill, from Winston, Georgia, is a very experienced legends racer with multiple track championships and wins.  He is the 2008 Legends Semi-Pro Summer Shootout Champion and the 2009 Legends Pro Champion at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  In recent years, Hill has competed in a number of late model races across the South East, including the prestigious World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park. 

Maybe Hill’s biggest moment came just last month, racing in the Legends Big Money 100 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Austin qualified on the outside of the front row and ran an excellent race, finishing second against one of the toughest fields in legends racing history.

The MacDonald Motorsports No. 49 is coming off a strong run last weekend at CNB Bank Raceway Park, where Harrison Rhodes drove to a solid 8th place finish.   This moved the No. 49 to 12th in the 2012 K&N Pro Series owner standings.

“Our car has been getting better and better over the past few races,” said Jeni MacDonald, team owner.  “I’m really glad we can give Austin his first start in the K&N Pro Series.  I think he’s really going to impress some people.”

The JEGS 150 will take the green at approximately 8PM EST this Saturday from Columbus Motor Speedway.  If you are in the area, come out to the track and watch young Austin Hill make his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series start against some of the biggest names in racing.

Fans can keep up with everything on the MacDonald Motorsports K&N Pro Series team on facebook and twitter @mms81_pr.

MMPR

 

NASCAR today concluded a comprehensive agency review that spanned nearly four months, by selecting Ogilvy & Mather as Agency of Record (AOR) to service the sport’s evolving advertising and marketing needs. The agency will help NASCAR and the industry to execute a Five-Year Industry Action Plan to engage and excite existing fans, while creating new ones.

NASCAR embarked on a review to secure a class-leading, full-service advertising agency in early 2012 in order to expand the sport’s marketing efforts and provide an integrated solution to help NASCAR grow its audience in Youth, Gen Y and Hispanic. As AOR, Ogilvy & Mather’s responsibilities will also include target segmentation, brand vision/storytelling, media strategy, promotions and support for the growing NASCAR Digital team.

NASCAR received 110 inquiries and 75 sets of credentials from a host of agencies of all sizes and expertise. The list was carefully analyzed and narrowed to a field of fewer than 10 firms, each of which were visited by a cross-functional team of executives from key business areas across NASCAR. In June, a trio of finalists – Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather and McCann Erickson North America – presented to a group of senior leaders, including NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.

“Significant changes in our ecosystem impacted how we deliver our message and position our brand to existing fans while increasing the appeal of NASCAR to new audiences,” said Kim Brink, NASCAR managing director of brand, consumer and series marketing. “We were thoroughly impressed with the caliber of all three finalists; but Ogilvy’s consistency, creativity and dynamic leadership were the key differentiators. We’re delighted to join the agency’s roster of big consumer brands.”

“We view NASCAR as a lighthouse brand,” said John Seifert, chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather North America. “The sport blends marquee stars, jewel events, and some of the fiercest competition on the planet with an intricate ecosystem comprised of historic tracks and compelling personalities. From the beginning of the agency review process, it was clear to us that NASCAR was looking for a true business partner. We firmly believe that NASCAR is a valuable tool in the marketing mix and a place where big brands get high return on investment. We couldn’t be more proud to add the sport to our portfolio of global brands.”

Ogilvy & Mather will complete a comprehensive on-boarding process in 2012, as the agency prepares to help NASCAR launch a new brand platform at the 55th running of the Daytona 500 in February 2013.

NASCAR PR

Another busy weekend is on tap in ASA Racing.  Many ASA Member Tracks will be in action along with four ASA sanctioned series competing in the Illinois and Idaho.
 
Here is the schedule for this weekend.  Please visit each series and track website for the latest updates as events are subject to change.
           
ASA MIDWEST TOUR (Super Late Models & Trucks)
Grundy County Speedway (Morris, IL)
Friday, July 20, 2012
Divisions: ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Models, ASA Midwest Truck Tour, Local Divisions.
Time: Qualifying 5:00pm, Racing 7:00pm.
Admission: Adults (12 & Up) $17, 11 and under FREE.
 
www.asamidwesttour.com  
 
ASA NSRA WINGED SPRINT CAR SERIES
Stateline Stadium & Speedway (Post Falls, ID)
Friday, July 20, 2012 & Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: WWS & ASA NSRA Winged Sprint Cars, Figure 8’s.
Time: Racing 6pm each night.
Admission: FRIDAY – Adults (16 & Older) $12.75, Senior/Military/Students (12-15) $11.75, Juniors (6-11) $5.00.  SATURDAY – Adults (16 & Older) $18, Senior/Military/Students (12-15) $14, Juniors (6-11) $6.00.
 
www.nsraracing.com           
 
ASA PRO TRUCK SERIES
Magic Valley Speedway (Twin Falls, ID)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: ASA Pro Trucks Series, Hornets, Stingers, Sixes, Pro 4’s, Spectator Drags
Time: Gates open 4pm, Qualifying 6pm, Racing at 6:35pm.
Admission: Adults $15, Children 6-12 $6, 5 & Under FREE.
 
www.asa-pro-trucks.com     
 
ACE SPEEDWAY (Altamahaw, NC)
Twitter: @AceSpeedway
Friday, July 20, 2012
Divisions: Limited Late Models, Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Extremes, Flat Head Fords.
Time: Grandstands open at 5:30pm, Qualifying 5:30pm, Racing 8pm.
Admission: Adults $12; Seniors (65 & Older), Students w/ID $8; Kids 6-12 $2, Kids 5 & Under FREE.
 
www.acespeedway.com       
 
DILLON MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Dillon, SC)
Twitter: @DillonSpeedway
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Late Models, Chargers, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, UCARs
Time: Gates open at Noon, Racing at 7:30pm.
Admission: Adults $12, Children $5.
 
www.dillonmotorspeedway.com    
           
 
EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK (Tampa, FL)
Twitter: @EastBayRacePark
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Top Gun/East Bay Sprints, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers, and Outlaw 4’s.
Time: Gates Open 5:00pm, Racing 6:30pm.
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors 55 & Up $10, Teens 13-17 $7.00, Kids 12 & Under FREE with paid adult.
 
www.eastbayracewaypark.com      
           
I-25 SPEEDWAY (Pueblo, CO)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Super Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Hornets, Charger Figure-8’s.
Time: Gates Open 3pm, Racing 6:00pm.
Admission: Adults $10, Ages 4-12 $5, Kids 4 & Under FREE.  Kids in scout uniforms get in for free.
 
www.i25speedway.com       
 
ILLIANA MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Schererville, IN)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Super Late Models, Legends, Turbo Stox, Pure Stocks, Bandoleros.
Time: Gates open at 4:00pm. Racing at 7:00pm.
Admission: Adults $15, Kids 8-12 $5.00, 7 and under FREE.
 
www.illianaspeedway.com              
 
LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY (Lebanon, MO)
Twitter: @i44speedway
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions:Late Model, Modifieds, Sportsman, Road Warriors, Chargers
Time:Gates Open 5pm, Racing 7:30pm.
Admission:Grandstand Adults $10, Military $7, Juniors (11-15) $4, Children 10 & Under FREE.  Tier Parking “Wild Side” Adults $15, Military Seniors $11, Juniors (11-15) $7, and Children 10 & Under FREE.
 
www.i44speedway.net        
 
LONESOME PINE RACEWAY (Coeburn, VA)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure 4’s, Mod 4’s, Renegades, Iron Warriors.
Time: Gates Open 4pm, Racing 7pm.
Admission: Adults $10, Children (6-12) $5, Children (5 & under FREE)
 
www.thepineraceway.com  
 
MARSHFIELD MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Marshfield, WI)
Twitter: MarshfieldMS
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisons: Limited Late Models, Super Stocks, CWMSA Mods, Bandits, Pure Stocks.
Time: Gates open 2pm, Qualifying 5:00pm, Racing 6:30pm.
Admission: Adults 15 & Up $10, Students 9-14 $6, Children 8 & Under FREE.
 
www.marshfieldspeedway.com      
 
MERIDIAN SPEEDWAY  (Meridian, ID)
Twitter: @MeridianSpeed
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: ASA Modifieds, Legends, Junior Stingers, Hornets.
Time: Gates open 4pm, Racing 6:30pm.
Admission: Adults $10, Senior/Military $7.50, Ages 7-11 $6, 6 & Under FREE.
 
www.meridianspeedway.com         
 
NEWPORT MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Newport, TN)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Southeast Super Trucks, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drive.
Time: Grandstands Open 2:00pm, Racing 8:00pm.
Admission: Adults $15, Students (12-17) $10, 11 & Under Free.
 
www.newportmotorspeedway.com           
 
NORWAY SPEEDWAY (Norway, MI)
Friday, July 20, 2012
Divisions: Late Models, Super Stocks, DQ Dogs Fab 4’s, and Go-Karts.
Time: Gates Open 5pm, Qualifying 6pm, Racing 7pm.
Admission: Adults $9, Seniors/Students (Ages 11-16) $7, Children (6-10) $3.
 
www.norwayspeedway.com           
 
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAYS (West Valley City, UT)
Twitter: @RMRSLC
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Southwest Tour Late Models, Modifieds, Super Cups, Midgets.
Time: Gates Open 4:00pm, Qualifying 4:45pm, Racing 6:00pm.
Admission: Adults $20, Youth (5-12) $10, Reserved back seating $25.
 
www.rmrracing.com           
 
SOUTHERN OREGON SPEEDWAY (Medford, OR)
Friday, July 20, 2012 & Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Western States Dwarf Car Nationals, Street Stocks (Fri), Mini Stocks (Sat)
Time: Gates Open 4pm, Racing 6:00pm.
Admission: Adults (13 & Up) $10, Seniors/Veterans, Juniors (6-12) $7.00, 5 & Under FREE. Reserved Seats $15.
 
www.sospeedway.com         
 
STATE PARK SPEEDWAY (Wausau, WI)
Twitter: @SPSRaces
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Divisions: Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini Mods, Mini Stocks.
Time: Gates Open 4:30pm, Racing 7:30pm.
Admission: Adults (13 & Up) $12, Ages 6-12 $5, 5 and Under FREE.
 
www.stateparkspeedway.com
 
VIRGINIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY (Jamaica, VA)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Divisions: Late Model, Sportsman, Modified, Limited Stock Car.
Time: Gates Open 4pm, On track activity starts at 6:30pm, Racing 8pm.
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Military $8, Students (13-17) $6, Children (7-12) $4, Children 6 & Under FREE.
 
www.vamotorspeedway.com                      

ASA Racing PR


 

Danny Efland and the No. 4 Chevrolet team of JD Motorsports with Gary Keller will have the local support of Gerber Collision & Glass for Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Gerber Collision & Glass, with 44 Chicagoland repair centers and nearly 200 in North America is the largest provider of collision repair services in North America. “This is the third year that we have partnered with JD Motorsports, but our first time lending a hand to Danny Efland and the No. 4 team.  We’re excited to help bring Danny to Chicagoland Speedway and look forward to enjoying a great race”, said Jim Maliszewski, Gerber Collision & Glass. 

The car will also carry TradeBank as their primary partners, such as they have been for the past several races.

For Efland, he thinks it’s great to have Gerber, a local company on board when they hit the 1.5-mile track on Sunday.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Gerber Collision & Glass and the great work they do,” Efland said. “It’s great when you have a local company on board because it means all of their customers, employees, and associates are rooting for you.

“I’m from Irmo, S.C. so this will be fun to have the local Chicago area fans watching our No. 4 Chevrolet. It’s up to me and my teammate, Mike Wallace, to represent Gerber and have a good run for them.”

Danny Efland Notes

  • This will be his 49th career NASCAR Nationwide Series race
  • This will be his 10th start of the 2012 season
  • During that time this season, he’s completed 1,122 of 1,419 laps contested
  • Efland will be making his second start at Chicagoland Speedway
  • During his first start on the 1.5-mile oval in 2008, he started 42nd and finished 33rd

JD Motorsports PR

For the third time in as many years, Mike Wallace and the No. 01 Chevrolet team will have Gerber Collision & Glass as a marketing partner for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. This year, they return to being the team’s primary partner.

With 44 Chicagoland repair center and nearly 200 locations in North America, Gerber is the largest provider of collision repair services in North America. And, they will once again let the motorsports world know that they support NASCAR with their backing of JD Motorsports w/ Gary Keller this Sunday.

The company will also be an associate partner on the No. 4 Chevrolet of Wallace’s teammate, Danny Efland, for the weekend.

“We have enjoyed the relationship we’ve developed with Mike and Johnny Davis (owner) through the years,” said Jim Maliszewski, Director - Program Management and Centralized Support of Gerber Collision & Glass. “NASCAR is very popular with our customers and employees, so we’re excited about helping bring Mike back to Chicagoland Speedway and helping the #01 team get a great finish”.

Mike Wallace Info

  • This will be NNS career start No. 434 for the four-time race winner
  • This will be his 18th start of the 2012 season
  • During that span, he’s completed 2,784 of 3,019 laps contested (92.2 percent) leading four races
  • Wallace has five top 15 finishes in the last seven races
  • He has 10 previous starts at Chicagoland Speedway
  • Through those starts, he’s completed 1,761 of 2,003 laps contested; leading 19 circuits around the 1.5-mile oval
  • His best start was 17th in 2008, and best finish was 14th in 2002
  • He has seven top-20 and two top-15 finishes in the Windy City

Mike Wallace Quotes

“It’s great to once again have Jim and everyone from Gerber Collision & Glass on board for this weekend. We’ve really gotten to know them pretty well in the last three years and they’re awesome to work with and we appreciate their support.

“We are coming off a decent run at Daytona, minus the bad finish, and are really proud of what did at New Hampshire last week, too. This track of Chicagoland isn’t much different than the other 1.5-mile ovals we run.

“You just have to get dialed in on the practice sessions on Saturday. For qualifying, you need to have a great lap so you can start closer to the front then just work your pit strategy to get that great finish.

“A lot of the things we’ve been trying lately seem to be clicking. I have to give Johnny (Davis), Gary Keller, Newt Moore (crew chief) and the entire team credit for their hard work. I just hope it pays off for the Gerber Collision & Glass folks and the team.”

Though it’s an off week for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the competitive juices were still flowing for Regan Smith, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday afternoon’s Colorado Rockies-Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball game at Coors Field.
 
The driver of the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team took his performance seriously as he warmed up prior to the game in the Coors Field parking lot.
 
“I wanted to make sure I got the ball across the plate and not have it hit the dirt,” said Smith. “I had more steam on the ball than I did last year, but it was still a little high. It was exciting to be on the field and having the opportunity to throw out the first pitch and to meet some of the Rockies players.”
 
As Smith calmly walked to the pitcher’s mound, wearing a Rockies purple jersey, he was introduced as the driver of Colorado’s only NASCAR team and was greeted with a friendly hometown applause. The applause continued after he hurled the baseball to Rockies' catcher Wilin Rosario.
 
“I had a blast,” said Smith, who resides in the Denver area. “I want to thank the Rockies organization for the invitation and hope to be back next year so I can get the pitch a little lower.”
 
Following the ceremonial first pitch, Smith signed autographs during the first three innings in the main concourse of Coors Field.
 
Smith finally got to relax as he watched the Rockies slug it out with the Pirates in a game that saw six home runs. The Pirates ended up winning 9-6.
 
The next Sprint Cup Series race for Smith and his No. 78 Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet will be the Brickyard 400, July 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
FRR PR

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that it will field a second entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with three-time NASCAR Mexico Series champion Germán Quiroga in four races this season. Quiroga will pilot the No. 51 Tundra with primary sponsorship from prepaid wireless provider NET10® beginning at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Oct. 6, and concluding with the final three stops on the schedule; Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Nov. 9 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway and Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

 

Quiroga, the only driver in the history of the NASCAR Mexico Series to win multiple championships, captured three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011 after finishing in the runner-up spot in the final series standings in both 2007 and 2008. After the Mexico Series became officially sanctioned by NASCAR in 2007, the talented wheelman collected 16 wins, 52 top-five and 60 top-10 finishes over 70 starts.

 

 

The 32-year-old posted a respectable 16th-place finish in his Truck Series debut with KBM at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon last September, and then finished 26th - after losing a lap due to a loose wheel - in the 2011 series finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. In 2007, the Mexico City native led 12 laps in his lone NASCAR Nationwide Series start before being relegated to a 28th-place finish at his home-country track, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

 

 

"I am very grateful to NET10 for making it possible for me to get back in the No. 51 Toyota for KBM," Quiroga said. "In Mexico I am accustomed to winning races and competing for championships, and that is exactly what KBM does in the Truck Series. I'm very proud of all that I accomplished in the NASCAR Mexico Series the last five seasons, but I am ready for a new challenge. I moved to the United States earlier this year and I'm fully committed to becoming a successful driver in the Truck Series -- with hopes of making my way up the ladder to the Cup Series. It will be a difficult task, but once I am able to achieve success here, I am hopeful that it will provide other drivers from the Mexico Series with opportunities here in the future. My friends and family back in Mexico fully support me, and although they are not with me in Charlotte, NET10 makes it is easy for me to stay in touch with them through their unlimited international calling plan."

 

 

 "We're excited to have NET10 onboard as a partner and honored that they chose KBM for their first partnership in NASCAR," said KBM General Manager Rick Ren, who will also serve as the crew chief on Quiroga's No. 51 Tundra. "Germán showed a lot of promise in his two starts last year and our staff has been working really hard to try and secure the sponsorship needed to get him back in a truck this season. Last year, he ran with us around his NASCAR Mexico Series schedule, where this year he has dedicated himself to giving everything he has to our Truck Series team. He's attended several Truck and Nationwide Series races the last few months and I think he's learned a lot just by listening to Kyle (Busch), Kurt (Busch) and Jason (Leffler), which has allowed him to get more accustomed to the terminology we use, as opposed to what he was used to in Mexico. You'll see a more comfortable Germán this year and I'm confident that the results will be much improved."  

 

 

A NET10 spokesperson said:  "NET10 has always appealed to the fans of NASCAR and its Camping World Truck Series by providing no contract wireless service on America's best networks for half the cost. We could not ask for better partners than the Kyle Busch Motorsports team and its sponsorship of Germán Quiroga, who is one of the most promising drivers in the hemisphere.NET10 believes that success comes when strong team support meets new opportunity.  Like millions of others, Germán Quiroga is blazing a new trail in the United States, which is where NET10 comes in by helping to connect people with their loved ones back home through affordable, reliable, and unlimited international wireless plans. NET10 looks forward to supporting Quiroga and KBM as they tackle four of the most challenging race tracks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series."

 

KBM PR

 

One of motorsports' fastest-growing traditions has returned to bring race fans another night of action-packed excitement. Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Va. will host the third annual Youth for Tomorrow 150 on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Headlining the event will be drivers from NASCAR's top series, including Landon Cassill, Travis Kvapil and Mike Skinner.

A full day of festivities is on tap for Saturday. The gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Fan Appreciation will start at 4:30, followed by a Parade of Stars. The green flag for the first of five racing events drops at 7:00 with the signature race starting at 8:30. A fireworks show will end the night at the conclusion of the winners circle presentations.

"We're all really excited about this event," Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 83 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota, said. "This is going to be good, old-fashioned, short-track racing. This is how everyone in NASCAR got their start. It's going to be a lot of fun to get back to our roots and race at Old Dominion under the lights on Saturday night. That's what racing is all about."

Race proceeds will benefit Joe Gibbs' Youth for Tomorrow organization. Youth For Tomorrow is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and compassionate environment for at-risk youth who have been abandoned, abused, or otherwise alienated from family and community.

"We've got some of racing's best drivers coming out to Old Dominion Speedway, so it's going to be a great show," Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 93 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota, said. "This will be a lot of fun, no doubt about it. We're also helping a great cause, the Youth For Tomorrow. It's an organization that's important to our team and we're all proud to support it."

Tickets are available online at www.YFT150.com or by calling 703-396-8415.

For more information visit www.YFT150.com or www.YouthForTomorrow.org.

 

BK Racing PR

Following a win at Columbus Motor Speedway last year, Rev Racing's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team is looking forward to continued success in this Saturday's Jegs 150 at this demanding one-third mile oval track.

 
After a win at Gresham Motorsports Park and a second place finish last weekend at CNB Bank Raceway Park in Clearfield, PA, Rev Racing rookie, Kyle Larson is just four points out of the series lead.  Hoping to continue on this hot streak, Larson said that he is excited about this weekend's race.
 
“The team has been pretty consistent this year,” said Larson.  “I know we’ll bring a good car to the track.  I’ll just have to make sure I can take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves during the race.”
 
Following up on his top five finish at Clearfield, Bryan Ortiz, said that he hopes to race his No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Camry into the winner's circle this weekend at Columbus Motor Speedway.
 
“After a strong run last weekend I feel more than confident of what this team can do,” said Ortiz. “Each race we improve and even though we had some bad luck at the beginning of the race last weekend, we worked really hard and came back to finish fifth.  This weekend, I hope to improve that position for both a win and a good points night.”
 
Returning to Columbus Motor Speedway this season, Rev Racing veteran, Ryan Gifford, is poised and ready for a top finish in this weekend's Jegs 150.
 
“Although I finished outside of the top-10 at this track last year, I know I can have a much better result this year,” said Gifford.  “Especially with the car and team I have working for me.”
 
Enduring several challenges in last Saturday's race, driver of the No. 8 Toyota Camry, Jorge Arteaga, said that he is confident that he and his team will be ready for a good finish this weekend.
 
“I think we have a good car and I feel good about going into this weekend’s race,” said Arteaga. “My crew chief, Mark Green, and the rest of the crew have been working very hard on the No. 8, Sign Innovations, Camry and we’re looking for a strong finish in Ohio.”
 
Rev Racing PR

Seats in some of the more popular locations at Bristol Motor Speedway rapidly are becoming hard to come by with the IRWIN Tools Night Race quickly approaching.

While the Wallace Tower and The Pit Road Party Zone sections are full, the Allison Grandstand on the front stretch of the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, as well as several other popular sections, continue to fill with little more than five weeks remaining before NASCAR returns to the newly revamped .533-mile oval.

Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell, however, is quick to note there really are not just one or two preferred areas around the iconic track from which to watch a race.

“Obviously, the Wallace Tower and the Allison Grandstand are very popular with our fans, as is the Party Zone, but every race fan has an opinion about the best seat at BMS,” said Caldwell. “Some want to sit on the front stretch, others want the back stretch and certain fans wouldn’t give up their seats in the turns for anything.

“The fact is that at BMS there really isn’t a bad seat. Everybody is so close to the track, no matter where they’re sitting. The drivers will tell you that part of what makes the atmosphere here so electric is that the fans sit right up on the action.”

BMS officials in April announced a plan to mill out the progressive banking in the top groove of track. After a Goodyear tire test in mid-June with Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton, it was evident the process had narrowed the racing surface.

“If people liked the older track more than the new, they are going to like this,” said Burton. “This takes the top groove out and brings it back toward the old track. Taking the groove out moves the track closer to what it used to be. Taking the banking out is what is going to make the difference. You won’t run the top groove on a short track without more banking. There is no way you will run around the outside.”

Seats remain available for all three nights of racing in August. Race week Aug. 22 with a doubleheader, which features the Volunteer 200 Camping World Truck Series race and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified event. On tap Aug. 24 is the Food City 250 Nationwide Series race, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup event Aug. 25.

Tickets for the IRWIN Tools Night race start at $75 $45 for the Food City 250. An August race weekend package, which includes a ticket to the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250, starts at $110. A doubleheader ticket for Wednesday night’s Camping World Truck Series race and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 is available for $30.

BMS PR

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