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BUBBA burger® announces the signing of a sponsorship program at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park ™. The sponsorship will allow fans at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park ™ to enjoy a BUBBA burger® this weekend during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This year is the first time that the truck series will be making a stop in Canada.
The agreement allows BUBBA burger® products to be served throughout the park at the track side concession stands during the race weekend. This will be the first venue in Canada that will be serving their products. BUBBA burger® is new to the Canadian market this year and has been researching for venues to serve their popular burgers. They are known in the US for their strength in Sports Marketing across several larger venues.
"We are very excited to become partners with the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park ™ and having the track serve our products during all of the events this weekend," said Andy Stenson VP of Marketing of BUBBA burger®.
BUBBA burger® will also be a sponsor of Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, during the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park ™.
Andy Stenson also stated, "We are extremely excited to be working with Bubba Wallace and his team. He has become such a great spokesperson for our brand and we are very optimistic about what is to come."
Highland Farms, Giant Tiger and Costco are all carrying the BUBBA burger® products in Toronto and surrounding markets of Ontario. BUBBA burger® is also available throughout the United States in all major grocery chains.
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NBC Sports Networks' ARCA Racing Series broadcast from Madison (WI) International Speedway includes a surprise guest tonight.
The NBCSN broadcast team of Rick Benjamin and NASCAR and ARCA veteran Ken Schrader were joined by 2003 NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth for much of the race, while Kenseth watched his son, 20-year-old Ross Kenseth, make his ARCA Racing Series debut.
"I was thankful the race was on a day where I could see Ross make his first ARCA start," said Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. "Being in the TV booth was new to me. It was fun to do and I like the vantage point, but I think I'll leave that to the professionals."
The Herr's Live Life With Flavor 200 race will air at midnight tonight ET, Thursday, Aug. 29.
NBCSN and ARCA Racing Series teamed up to broadcast four races this season. Benjamin was on hand for each broadcast. Schrader, who has 16 ARCA Racing Series wins to his credit and is a car owner in the series, was doing his first broadcast.
The race from Madison was a historic one as 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin became the youngest winner in series history, leading the final 131 laps.
Matt Kenseth knows the track well. He won a track championship at Madison in 1994 and accumulated 26 feature wins at the track before moving into the NASCAR ranks. On Saturday, Kenseth won the Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, then quickly made the trip to his home state of Wisconsin to watch his son, Ross.
Schrader, who will race in this week's ARCA race at DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, doubled as a TV commentator and owner of the No. 52 Blain's Farm and Fleet Chevrolet driven by Ross Kenseth.
Jim Tretow is the pit road reporter for the broadcast.
NBC Sports Network will re-air the Madison event in prime time, at 7 p.m. ET Monday, Sept. 23.
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World-famous daredevils Nik Wallenda and his sister, Lijana (lee-AH-na), will perform a spectacular, death-defying dual skywalk 140 feet above pit road during the pre-race show for the Oct. 12Bank of America 500.
Nik Wallenda made history earlier this year by successfully walking a wire 1,400 feet across a gorge near the Grand Canyon, live before 21 million viewers on the Discovery Channel. In 2012, Wallenda completed a walk across Niagara Falls from the U.S. into Canada, becoming the first person to do so, and also captivated race fans with a walk from the frontstretch grandstands to Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I am very excited to be returning to the Bank of America 500 for the second year in a row. I love the challenge of raising the bar to keep the fans on the edge of their seats,” stated Nik. “Since I come from a family of wire walkers, I figured I would up the ante by inviting my sister to join me high above the track. We are both very proud and honored to be a part of this NASCAR event and the unparalleled history of pre-race entertainment at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
Prior to the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Nik and Lijana will start at opposite ends of a 460-foot, 5/8-inch wire lifted by two cranes 140 feet above pit road in front of the frontstretch grandstands. They will each walk toward the center and when they meet, Nik will have to cross over Lijana so they both can continue toward the opposite ends of the wire.
In 1977, Charlotte Motor Speedway became the first race track to host elaborate pre-race shows. Through the years, fans have enjoyed a reenactment of the Battle of Grenada; a three-ring circus; numerous world-record automobile stunts; a 5,000-member marching band; professional boxing matches and an assemblage of 5,000 firefighters honoring the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.
“Extending our tradition of spectacular pre-race entertainment is a challenge we embrace every year for our fans,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “The Wallendas will take our breath away as daredevils in the air before the world’s best daredevils behind the wheel tangle in a playoff battle on the track. This Bank of America 500 is shaping up to be the most entertaining fall race in our 53-year history.”
Nik and Lijana Wallenda are seventh generation high-wire performers with a legacy of death-defying stunts. Their great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, brought the act to the United States in the 1928 to perform with the Ringling Brothers Circus. Karl perished during a high-wire act at the age of 73.
With the help of several local partners, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and NorthEast Body Shop granted the wish of eighteen-year-old Joey of Wilmington, Del., with an unforgettable surprise reveal on Saturday, August 24 at Dover International Speedway. Joey, a longtime NASCAR fan, arrived at the Speedway for a special opportunity to experience Monster Racing Excitement, unaware that his day would conclude with the reveal of his long-awaited wish.
Joey not only enjoys watching NASCAR, but is also an avid fan of the mechanics and engineering of automotives. Joey’s family has a tradition of the grandchildren being gifted a car for their 16th birthday. When Joey’s special day came, he requested a truck, and his grandparents found a 1986 GMC truck that would not only fit this request, but also give Joey and his father a project to restore together. Not long into the rebuild, however, this father-son restoration was interrupted when Joey was diagnosed with cancer, and the dream of his completed truck became a distant one.
When Joey was referred to Make-A-Wish, the teen knew exactly what to wish for – his truck to be fully restored. Make-A-Wish and NorthEast Body Shop partnered to make this wish a reality. Rather than simply pulling the truck into Joey’s driveway, the team planned a special surprise reveal.
Monster Racing Excitement invited Joey and his dad to experience a ride around the high-banked, one-mile oval known as the Monster Mile. As they enjoyed their visit, Joey’s friends and family secretly began to arrive, along with his wish come true: the restored truck.
When Joey emerged from track, he was speechless as the City of Dover motorcycle police rounded the corner, sirens blaring, leading the restored 1986 truck into sight. This automobile looked nothing like the truck that was sent to NorthEast Body Shop six months prior, and he was stunned by the transformation. Shock gave way to joy as he was finally able to drive away in his wish-come-true.
Dover International Speedway also invited Joey and his family to return for the “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 29, 2013, with pit passes and tickets for the event!
Joey’s wish experience is an example of the community coming together for a local wish child to celebrate his recovery at the end of a long battle and make his wish come true.
The speedway will also host Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic’s first Walk For Wishes® Delaware, taking place October 19, 2013. Participants will walk the Monster Mile and enjoy a finish line carnival complete with snacks and fun for the whole family, while helping support local wishes come true like Joey’s.
Thanks to: NorthEast Body Shop, B&F Towing, Monster Racing Excitement, Dover International Speedway, City of Dover Police Department and Dover Sam’s Club for helping to make this wish come true.
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The field for the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 NASCAR Nationwide series race on Saturday, August 31includes some notable drivers who will also run the Advocare 500 on Sunday September 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Below are drivers scheduled to run in both the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 on Saturday and the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday.
Kasey Kahne – NNS: 5/Great Clips Chevrolet; NCSC: 5/Farmers Insurance Chevrolet
Kyle Busch – NSS: 54/Monster Energy Toyota; NCSC: 18/M&M’s Toyota
Mike Bliss – NSS: 19/TriStar Motorsports Toyota; NCSC: 51/Phoenix Construction Chevrolet
Joey Logano – NSS: 22/Discount Tire Ford; NCSC: 22/Shell Pennzoil Ford
Kevin Harvick – NSS: 33/Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet; NCSC: 29/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet
Austin Dillon – NSS: 3/AdvoCare Chevrolet; NCSC: 33/AdvoCare Chevrolet
Brian Vickers – NSS: 20/Dollar General Toyota; NCSC: 55/Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota
Joe Nemechek – NSS: 87/pelletgrillusa.com Toyota; NCSC: 87/TBA Toyota
Drivers from Across the USA entered in the Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Sprint Car Shootout
There are drivers from all across the USA that have registered to compete in the Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Sprint Car Shootout on Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The pre-entry list includes 24 competitors from 10 states including a drivers from as far away as Michigan and California. Six competitors hail from the State of Florida and both Mississippi and Tennessee are each represented by four drivers.
Veteran USCS Sprint Car Driver Joe Larkin of Suwanee is the lone Georgia entry in the Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Sprint Car Shootout.
Tickets for the Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Sprint Car Shootout are only $20 while kids ages 12 and under are free. Tickets also include NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying at 6:40 p.m. and a Q&A featuring Brad Keselowski at 8 p.m.
See WWII History at the Fan Zone
The Fan Zone is again the place to be pre-race at Atlanta Motor Speedway throughout the Labor Day race weekend before the on-track activities get underway.
As SMI Chairman Bruton Smith says, "You've got a state fair here and a race broke out." Labor Day Weekend is indeed more than just a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
A Douglass SBD Dauntless is will be at the Georgia Air Show display in the Fan Zone all weekend long. The SBD Dauntless is only one of two of these World War II Navy dive bomber planes in the world still flying. (Picture included with this release).
The SBD Dauntless joins the 65-foot Ferris Wheel as part of the Georgia State Fair display in the Fan Zone. The Georgia State Fair relocated to Atlanta Motor Speedway last year and the ten day state celebration returns to the speedway October 25 through November 3. Now, you can experience the Fan Zone from a unique perspective while getting a jump on the 2013 state fair excitement.
Other activities in the Fan Zone include food and beverage vendors, interactive driver displays, the Coca-Cola Fan Stage, souvenir trailers and much more.
Past Winners in the Field for the AdvoCare 500
The field for the AdvoCare 500 features several past winners of Sprint Cup races at AMS. Many of these same drivers are those battling for positioning in the top-10 in the points standings, as well as berths into the Chase as a two wild-card.
Below are drivers entered in Sunday’s race that have previously won at Atlanta in Sprint Cup competition:
Denny Hamlin: the defending AdvoCare 500 Champion
Kurt Busch: the 2003 Sprint Cup champion is a three-time AMS winner
Kyle Busch: 2008 Atlanta winner, also Toyota’s first Sprint Cup victory
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: looking for his second AMS win after winning in 2004
Carl Edwards: won at Atlanta three times; currently in 3rd in the point standings
Jeff Gordon: five-time AMS winner; still looking for his first win of the year.
Kevin Harvick: won his first-career victory in a photo finish in 2001
Jimmie Johnson: also a three-time AMS victor, was runner-up in 2011
Kasey Kahne: a two-time winner, won the first Labor Day race in 2009
Mark Martin: the part-time driver has visited victory lane two times
NASCAR announced today the No. 16 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Aug. 21 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
The No. 16 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20D-10.5A (Only a one-piece magnetic steel drive shaft with a minimum outside diameter of two (2) inches and a minimum thickness of 0.090 inch will be permitted: Drive shaft did not meet the minimum thickness.) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book. The violation was discovered during post-race inspection.
Stanley “Sly” Szaban, crew chief of the No. 16 car, has been fined $500, suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid and placed on NASCAR probation until Oct. 30.
Owner Eric Sanderson has been penalized with the loss of six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship car owner points, while driver Ryan Preece has been penalized with the loss of six championship driver points.
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Bobby Labonte has been treated and released from a local hospital near his home in Trinity, North Carolina. Labonte was involved in an accident while riding his bicycle near his home on the morning of Wednesday, August 28 and received three broken ribs. He was held overnight for observation. There were no other injuries.
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If taking on a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and running for Rookie of the Year title wasn't enough, three-time Mexico Series Champion, Germán Quiroga has decided to take on an additional endeavor. The NASCAR driver has accepted a challenge from Red Horse Racing sponsor, OtterBox, and will compete in the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on Sunday, November 17.
Quiroga will have a weekend full of racing and will log many miles not just on land but in the air as well. He will compete behind the wheel of his No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra in the last race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 15 then fly to Las Vegas Saturday morning to prepare for the 26.2 miles he will run the following day. On Monday, the driver will return to Miami for the Camping World Truck Series banquet.
Looking at the task ahead, the Mexico City native will have to work through some potential hurdles. A CrossFit regular, he never chose running as part of his workout routine. Before training, his longest running distance was seven miles. Perhaps another challenge, Quiroga will face a shortened training program. A typical training program for a marathon for a rookie runner is anywhere between 18 - 20 weeks. The driver will compete with only 14 weeks of training.
And then there is his day job. The final 14 weeks of the Truck Series schedule is the busiest time of the season and Quiroga will have to work around his demanding training regimen and life at the track.
Quiroga is determined, though. In order to be successful and race for a competitive time, he knew that hiring a trainer would be the best approach. Quiroga paired with Blake Haugland, a multi-sport coach and a certified USA cycling coach. Haugland will guide Quiroga through each workout while providing him with the proper nutrition over the training period and as his running miles increase.
All athletes are competitors including race car drivers. Quiroga has yet to share his goal time for the marathon but will not accept anything other than a competitive time, "Once I committed, I wanted to make sure that I was going to be competitive and better than the average. I have a goal in mind set for time and I am training for that. It's going to be my first marathon and first time running a race," Quiroga said.
So why take on a full marathon as your first running race? Quiroga says he likes to set his goals and expectations high, "For me to run a 5k, it's not that big of a challenge. I know that a marathon will be a challenge especially if I want to be competitive."
Quiroga feels he is already ahead of the game because of his current exercise regimen that includes CrossFit. "I am not starting from scratch because of my CrossFit. My whole body is strong so I am not starting from zero. It will be hard on my body because it's a different discipline. Your muscles have to adapt to something different. That will be a process that hopefully after about a month I will be in good shape for the rest of the training and then for the marathon."
Dressed in a shirt that is designed like his No. 77 OtterBox fire suit, the 33 year old will begin the 26.2-mile course at the Luxor Las Vegas hotel at 4:30 p.m PT. Want to follow along on his progress? Check into NASCAR.com as he blogs about his training over the next three months.