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As a show of good faith, NeXovation made an additional investment of $400,000 on March 27th, adding to previous investments made in 2014 and 2015.
This fourth investment brings NeXovation’s total investment in the Nashville Superspeedway to $2.5 million: four investments equaling $1 million, in addition to its initial investment of $1.5 million, to secure NeXovation’s purchase of the Nashville Superspeedway. NeXovation looks forward to bringing its business model and vision for the Nashville Superspeedway to Wilson County, the Nashville area and the global motorsports and OEM communities.
Jack Beckman ended a 54-race winless streak by racing to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Larry Morgan (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the unique event that features NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series teams racing in a four-lane configuration.
Beckman powered his 10,000-horsepower machine to the quickest run of the weekend to take the victory over rival finalists Del Worsham, Chad Head and Tommy Johnson Jr. Beckman pulled away from the pack with a final round performance of 3.983 seconds at 308.78 mph at the controls of his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T.
Beckman’s last victory came in St. Louis in 2012. It was his second win at this event, third win at this track and 16th career victory.
"I can't guarantee we'll win another race this season,” said Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car world champion. “I think we will, but I can't say for 100 percent. But, I know for sure we'll be better than we were today. Jimmy [Prock, crew chief] and the team will be even better the rest of the year because they're getting better every race. All the little things are coming together and now the car is doing what they hope it will.”
Beckman moved to seventh in points with the win. He also won in earlier quads, beating Ron Capps, Johnson Jr. and Paul Lee in the opening round and then defeating Johnson Jr., John Force and Robert Hight in the second round.
Worsham moved into the series points lead with his second runner-up finish of the season.
In Top Fuel, Brown claimed his second consecutive victory at this event when he defeated Steve Torrence, Richie Crampton and Clay Millican. Brown crossed the finish line first in his Matco Tools dragster with a 3.749 at 319.90, to take his 48th career victory. By joining Beckman in the winner’s circle the duo gave team owner Don Schumacher his 44th multiple-title event.
"It's been an incredible run at this race," Brown said. "You have to dig deep to win races like this. We've had a long road with a new combination. We've had some gremlins, but in the final we laid down the gauntlet to bring the win home. It was also huge for the bossman [Don Schumacher] to double up. I hope we can keep that streak going for him."
Brown won his opening round quad against Dave Connolly, J.R. Todd and Shawn Langdon with a 3.771 second run and then earned a wild pedal-fest victory in the second round over Torrence, Doug Kalitta and Connolly.
Brown moved into the series points lead with the victory, ahead of reigning world champ Tony Schumacher and third-place Langdon.
Veteran driver Morgan ended a 120-race drought from winner’s circle in Pro Stock when he held off Greg Anderson, Vincent Nobile and Jonathan Gray in the final round. He drove his FireAde Chevy Camaro to a career-best 6.464 at 214.52 in the winning effort.
"I knew I was still good enough to let the clutch out,” said Morgan of his 11th career victory, and his first win since Las Vegas in October of 2009. “I knew I could still drive. I just needed to get the right financial backing and hook up with Johnny Gray to get some horsepower. Jerry Haas built me a new car in 30 days, and a lot of other great people helped me get to the winner's circle today. I've surrounded myself with good people, and that's how you win. It wasn't just one guy who won today, it was a team effort."
Morgan advanced with a second place finish in the opening round against Jason Line, Rodger Brogdon and John Gaydosh. He finished first in the second round match against Vincent Nobile, defending event winner Jimmy Alund and Line.
Line moved into the points lead and Morgan jumped from ninth to seventh in the standings with his win.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, reigning world champ Hines claimed his first win of the season and 39th of his career by outrunning Eddie Krawiec, Scotty Pollacheck and Hector Arana Jr. Hines claimed his second Four-Wide victory and his fourth at this track with a winning performance of 6.805 at 196.30 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.
"We got on the dyno last week and tried a few things," Hines said. "We followed through and my V-Rod got us to the final round. We just went out and did what our team does best.”
Hines won his first round quad over Mike Berry, Brian Pretzel and Karen Stoffer and also finished first in the second round quad by outrunning Scotty Pollacheck, Berry and Matt Smith.
Krawiec moved into the series lead with his second consecutive runner-up finish of the season and Hines is second overall in the series standings.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues April 10-12 with the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada.
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CONCORD, N.C. -- Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the Sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the fourth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
TOP FUEL: 1. Antron Brown; 2. Steve Torrence; 3. Richie Crampton; 4. Clay Millican; 5. Tony Schumacher; 6. Doug Kalitta; 7. Brittany Force; 8. Dave Connolly; 9. Spencer Massey; 10. Pat Dakin; 11. J.R. Todd; 12. Larry Dixon; 13. Ike Maier; 14. Shawn Langdon; 15. Leah Pritchett; 16. Chris Karamesines.
FUNNY CAR: 1. Jack Beckman; 2. Del Worsham; 3. Chad Head; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 5. John Force; 6. Robert Hight; 7. Cruz Pedregon; 8. John Hale; 9. Tony Pedregon; 10. Ron Capps; 11. Dale Creasy Jr.; 12. Courtney Force; 13. Alexis DeJoria; 14. Paul Lee; 15. Tim Wilkerson; 16. Matt Hagan.
PRO STOCK: 1. Larry Morgan; 2. Greg Anderson; 3. Jonathan Gray; 4. Vincent Nobile; 5. Jimmy Alund; 6. Chris McGaha; 7. Jason Line; 8. Erica Enders-Stevens; 9. Allen Johnson; 10. Drew Skillman; 11. Shane Gray; 12. Rodger Brogdon; 13. Buddy Perkinson; 14. V. Gaines; 15. John Gaydosh Jr; 16. Mark Hogan.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Andrew Hines; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. Hector Arana Jr; 4. Scotty Pollacheck; 5. Chaz Kennedy; 6. Mike Berry; 7. Matt Smith; 8. LE Tonglet; 9. Freddie Camarena; 10. Katie Sullivan; 11. Angelle Sampey; 12. Brian Pretzel; 13. Hector Arana; 14. Karen Stoffer; 15. Shawn Gann; 16. Jim Underdahl.
CONCORD, N.C. -- Sunday's final results from the Sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the fourth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel -- Antron Brown, 3.749 seconds, 319.90 mph def. Steve Torrence, 3.847 seconds, 317.57 mph and Richie Crampton, 4.030 seconds, 277.15 mph and Clay Millican, 5.526 seconds, 128.02 mph;
Funny Car -- Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 3.983, 308.78 def. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.012, 314.24 and Chad Head, Camry, 7.455, 92.95 and Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 12.177, 40.68;
Pro Stock -- Larry Morgan, Chevy Camaro, 6.464, 214.52 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.475, 214.93 and Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.498, 214.72 and Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.508, 214.25;
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.805, 196.30 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.812, 195.19 and Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.804, 199.88 and Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, foul;
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Mia Tedesco, 5.503, 263.26 def. Jake Allen, 5.663, 227.61.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Jonnie Lindberg, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.406, 269.94 def. Steve Harker, Monte Carlo, 14.450, 69.80.
Super Stock -- David Rampy, Chevy Camaro, 10.879, 96.09 def. Dan Fletcher, Camaro, foul.
Stock Eliminator -- Joel Warren, Pontiac Firebird, 10.294, 129.52 def. Russell Linke, Chevy Camaro, 10.414, 123.78.
Super Comp -- Andre Nunez, Dragster, 8.900, 173.09 def. George Caheely, Dragster, 8.896, 172.06.
Super Gas -- Jim Perry, S-10, 9.900, 172.45 def. John Labbous Jr, Chevy Corvette, 9.853, 160.73.
Top Dragster -- Lynn Ellison, Dragster, 6.361, 212.43 def. Jeff Burns, Dragster, 6.670, 199.97.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Final round-by-round results from the sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the fourth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
ROUND ONE -- Steve Torrence, 3.799, 314.24 and Doug Kalitta, 3.912, 252.52 def. Spencer Massey, 4.101, 313.29 and Ike Maier, 6.797, 169.25; Brittany Force, 5.041, 184.85 and Richie Crampton, 7.020, 111.34 def. Pat Dakin, 7.188, 88.47 and Chris Karamesines, 10.782, 54.11; Tony Schumacher, 3.720, 319.37 and Clay Millican, 3.755, 318.09 def. Larry Dixon, 8.328, 87.10 and Leah Pritchett, 9.436, 92.86; Antron Brown, 3.771, 313.58 and Dave Connolly, 3.944, 301.07 def. J.R. Todd, 7.389, 84.37 and Shawn Langdon, 8.257, 85.87;
SEMIFINALS -- Brown, 5.817, 185.00 and Torrence, 6.019, 200.95 def. Kalitta, 7.786, 100.73 and Crampton, 3.741, 324.12 and Millican, 3.801, 310.77 def. Schumacher, 4.109, 242.98 and Force, 8.096, 98.46;
FINAL -- Brown, 3.749, 319.90 def. Torrence, 3.847, 317.57, Crampton, 4.030, 277.15 and Millican, 5.526, 128.02.
ROUND ONE -- Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.040, 306.26 and Chad Head, Camry, 4.464, 227.96 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Chevy Impala, 7.691, 89.70 and Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 8.579, 80.65; Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.027, 304.05 and John Force, Camaro, 4.250, 278.69 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 5.386, 142.85 and Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 10.200, 80.97; Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.051, 304.05 and Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 7.803, 92.73 def. Paul Lee, Charger, 11.704, 77.05 and Ron Capps, Charger, DQ; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.167, 299.46 and John Hale, Charger, 4.219, 244.56 def.
Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 12.157, 99.80 and Matt Hagan, Charger, DQ;
SEMIFINALS -- Beckman, 4.000, 309.34 and Johnson Jr., 4.132, 301.20 def. J. Force, 9.267, 81.00 and Hight, 8.104, 81.89; Worsham, 4.067, 288.64 and Head, 4.080, 303.09 def. Hale, 16.578, 50.85 and C. Pedregon, broke;
FINAL -- Beckman, 3.983, 308.78 def. Worsham, 4.012, 314.24, Head, 7.455, 92.95 and Johnson Jr., 12.177, 40.68.
ROUND ONE -- Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.465, 214.11 and Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.467, 215.13 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.463, 214.42 and V. Gaines, Dart, 6.626, 209.17; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.479, 213.74 and Jimmy Alund, Pontiac GXP, 6.536, 213.27 def. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.491, 214.04 and Mark Hogan, GXP, broke; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.455, 214.48 and Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.501, 214.42 def. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 7.919, 125.44 and John Gaydosh Jr, GXP, 12.365, 71.09; Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.521, 214.42 and Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.481, 214.28 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.524, 213.37 and Buddy Perkinson, Dodge Avenger, 6.550, 212.19;
SEMIFINALS -- J. Gray, 6.488, 214.18 and Anderson, 6.478, 215.48 def. McGaha, 21.771, 28.79 and Enders-Stevens, 22.958, 26.43; Morgan, 6.477, 214.25 and Nobile, 6.480, 213.77 def. Alund, 6.525, 214.01 and Line, 9.255, 100.14;
FINAL -- Morgan, 6.464, 214.52 def. Anderson, 6.475, 214.93, J. Gray, 6.498, 214.72 and Nobile, 6.508, 214.25.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
ROUND ONE -- Eddie Krawiec, Harley V-Rod, 6.818, 193.07 and LE Tonglet, Suzuki GSXR, 6.849, 195.76 def. Freddie Camarena, GSXR, 6.842, 197.16 and Shawn Gann, Buell XB9R, 7.057, 172.10; Matt Smith, Victory Gunner, 6.865, 191.38 and Scotty Pollacheck, Buell XB12R, 6.895, 192.44 def. Angelle Sampey, 6.938, 191.97 and Hector Arana, XB9R, 6.948, 191.59; Andrew Hines, V-Rod, 6.815, 194.77 and Mike Berry, XB9R, 6.887, 192.03 def. Brian Pretzel, Buell GSXR, 6.940, 187.86 and Karen Stoffer, Suzuki TL1000R, 6.963, 184.17; Hector Arana Jr, XB9R, 6.860, 198.12 and Chaz Kennedy, XB9R, 6.823, 194.66 def. Katie Sullivan, TL1000, 6.911, 195.42 and Jim Underdahl, GSXR, 7.490, 147.10;
SEMIFINALS -- Krawiec, 6.839, 193.54 and Arana Jr, 6.795, 199.26 def. Kennedy, 6.889, 193.24 and Tonglet, 6.970, 191.21; Hines, 6.816, 195.34 and Pollacheck, 6.869, 192.28 def. Berry, 6.906, 193.43 and M. Smith, 6.899, 191.67;
FINAL -- Hines, 6.805, 196.30 def. Krawiec, 6.812, 195.19, Arana Jr, 6.804, 199.88 and Pollacheck, foul.
CONCORD, N.C. -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the fourth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -
Top Fuel: 1. Antron Brown, 354; 2. Tony Schumacher, 328; 3. Shawn Langdon, 312; 4. Spencer Massey, 286; 5. Doug Kalitta, 238; 6. Richie Crampton, 232; 7. Steve Torrence, 213; 8. Brittany Force, 192; 9. Clay Millican, 189; 10. J.R. Todd, 180.
Funny Car: 1. Del Worsham, 305; 2. Matt Hagan, 303; 3. Ron Capps, 279; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr., 239; 5. Robert Hight, 230; 6. John Hale, 224; 7. Jack Beckman, 208; 8. Cruz Pedregon, 206; 9. Courtney Force, 198; 10. Alexis DeJoria, 193.
Pro Stock: 1. Jason Line, 359; 2. Rodger Brogdon, 316; 3. Greg Anderson, 299; 4. Chris McGaha, 283; 5. Erica Enders-Stevens, 268; 6. Drew Skillman, 266; 7. Larry Morgan, 234; 8. Shane Gray, 199; 9. Vincent Nobile, 193; 10. Allen Johnson, 176.
Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Eddie Krawiec, 192; 2. Andrew Hines, 180; 3. Karen Stoffer, 148; 4. LE Tonglet, 128; 5. Hector Arana Jr., 116; 6. (tie) Shawn Gann, 103; Angelle Sampey, 103; Scotty Pollacheck, 103; 9. Matt Smith, 94; 10. Hector Arana, 88.
Prior to the start of the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR’s mammoth palace of speed, Freeze will lead the 43-driver starting grid around the track’s 33-degree banked turns in the track’s Official Ford Mustang Pace Car.
“I love watching the competition that goes on at Talladega,” said Freeze, who led Ole Miss to a 9-4 overall record a year ago. “One of my favorite races to watch is obviously at Talladega Superspeedway. The term ‘Talladega’ is one we use around here a lot for our up-tempo offense. Our kids know it as our fastest pace, and I get excited every time Talladega has a race. I am so jacked (about driving the pace car).”
A huge NASCAR fan, Freeze has developed a good friendship with two NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Danica Patrick. Last year, Stenhouse, Jr., a native of Mississippi, made a Talladega Superspeedway appearance on the campus of Ole Miss to educate students about NASCAR’s Most Competitive track. During his visit, Stenhouse, Jr., a life-long Ole Miss Rebels fan, worked out on the practice field with the Rebels’ football players after receiving a personal guided tour of the sports facilities by Freeze.
In addition to piloting the pace car during his visit to Talladega, Freeze, who is entering his fourth season at Ole Miss (of the Southeastern Conference), will be a part of pre-race festivities on the Driver Introductions Stage at the start/finish line. Fans can witness pre-race activities with a Sunday “Pit Pass Upgrade” for $75 (in addition to an admission ticket), which allows access to pre-race festivities including: Driver Introductions, Driver Question/Answer Session, view of the Red Carpet Entry to the Drivers Meeting, and access to pit road prior to the start of the GEICO 500.
Only seven days remain where fans can get save $10 off pricing on single-day GEICO 500 tickets. The special offer ends on Friday, April 3.
The Wienermobile had been on display at the Casa Munras Hotel & Spa in Monterey earlier in the day before it was driven to Mazda Raceway by its crew of Hotdoggers. Mazda Raceway CEO/GM Gill Campbell then paced the Wienermobile around the 2.238-mile track in her Mazda MX-5, providing the photograph and video opportunity for local media and raceway staff.
In less than 48 hours, a Facebook posting of the event showing the Wienermobile traversing the world famous Corkscrew turns reached more than 850,000 people, and garnered 7,147 likes, 538 comments and 2,433 shares, and rising hourly. Multiple video segments on KSBW TV8 newscasts that evening and the next morning, as well as a photo of the event on the front page of Thursday’s edition of The Monterey County (Calif.) Herald added a strong local media outreach.
For full ticket information and event schedule, visit MazdaRaceway.com or call the ticket office at 831-242-8200.
Fans can enjoy exclusive access via social media to several stars from NASCAR, INDYCAR and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship during Tuesday's annual Texas Motor Speedway Media Day at the House of Blues in Dallas.
There will be a variety of social media channels through Texas Motor Speedway where fans can access content with the guest line-up that consists of:
- Defending Duck Commander 500 and reigning Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano
- Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power
- 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson
- XFINITY Series rookie driver Darrell Wallace Jr., the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series event since 1963
- Two-time defending Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton
- Red Bull Air Race World Championship's youngest pilot Pete McLeod
- Country music star and Loud and Proud Pre-race Show presented by AMDRO performer Casey Donahew
Fans can utilize the new video app - Meerkat - to gain live, behind-the-scenes perspective of the Media Day festivities. To access the live stream, just follow Texas Motor Speedway on Twitter - @TXMotorSpeedway - and the tweet with the link will be pinned to the top of the speedway's twitter timeline on its twitter profile page. Then, simply click on the link to view it.
Katie, a co-host on Texas Motor Speedway's Total Access Radio Network and host of the speedway's in app-only show Start and Park, will share some lighter moments of Media Day via a Google+ Hangout. She will visit with the guests following the formal, stage portion of the event on Texas Motor Speedway's YouTube and Google+ pages. The Google+ Hangout session is scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. CDT.
The event also will feature various content from five social media influencers that were selected from a larger group of influencers through the speedway's partnership with Klout, which is a website and mobile app that uses social mediaanalytics to rank its users according to online social influence via the "Klout Score", which is a numerical value between 1 and 100.
Texas Motor Speedway also will keep fans updated on the Media Day activity through its traditional social media channels of Facebook (Texas Motor Speedway), Twitter (@TXMotorSpeedway) and Instagram (txmotorspeedway).
The concert will feature Nashville recording artists’ Outshyne, Radio Romance and John Stone.
Tickets to the event will be $15 each and go on sale Monday, March 30, with proceeds benefiting the Darlington County Education Foundation. They can be purchased at Darlington Raceway, Carolina Bank locations, Markette Convenience Stores, Vintage and Midnight Rooster in Hartsville.
The concert will take place in the track’s famed infield. Concessions will be available for purchase. Coolers will be prohibited, but fans may bring their own lawn chairs.
“The DCEF is very excited to be hosting our first concert fundraiser at Darlington Raceway,” DCEF executive director Andrea Pulling said. “We have great musical talent lined up and know the evening is going to be a lot of fun for everyone, so please make plans to attend.”
Outshyne hails from Laurens, S.C. Their music has a country feel with rock overtones. Outshyne formed in 2007 and turned their passion for music into a full time endeavor doing 150-180 dates a year beginning in 2010.
They have opened for country music superstars including, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Joe Nichols, Gary Allen, and Justin Moore. The band performed the pre-race concert and lead singer Waylon Owings sang the National Anthem for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in 2013. The band has raised over $130,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and played on the Hard Rock stage for CMA Fest.
“We’ve always enjoyed playing at Darlington Raceway. We have a lot of loyal fans in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. It will be great to play for them again at one of NASCAR’s most storied racetracks and support a great organization like the Darlington County Education Foundation,” Owings said.
Lead vocalist Sam Hayes, guitarist Josh Gramling and drummer Moises Padilla are Radio Romance, a Nashville-based trio rapidly gaining a reputation for no-holds-barred honesty in their songwriting and a fresh, distinctive sound that owes as much to their musical differences as it does their common bond.
Radio Romance has played numerous dates around the country, including at Darlington Raceway’s Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show last November. Radio Romance and Outshyne are both represented by Buddy Lee Attractions out of Nashville.
John Stone is a proficient, self-taught musician who has introduced his talents as a mainstay-recording artist. Stone, who is named after his grandfather, grew up in a modest home environment surrounded by folks he describes as “just good people.”
Stone has proven himself as a world-class songwriter with the success of his first self-penned single “Shame On Me.” He has visited hundreds of radio stations across the nation and has toured with and opened for some of today’s hottest country acts, including Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Craig Morgan and Gretchen Wilson. His musical resume also includes live television performances, including appearances on The Today Show with Katie Couric and as part of Tim McGraw's NFL Halftime highlights segment taped for Monday Night Football.
The Darlington County Education Foundation was founded in 1998 with the purpose to enhance the educational experience for students in public schools across Darlington County by funding grants for classroom and/or school-wide projects. The grants being awarded are enriching children’s lives every day and these young lives are the basis for the community’s future growth and prosperity.For more information about the DCEF, visit www.thedcef.org or find them on Facebook.
Sunday’s race will be the first short-track race of the season as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes back east after a three-week western swing. Martinsville offers up the best short-track action of the season and the best ticket prices to match the action.
Frontstretch seats start at just $50 for the STP 500.
The .526-mile speedway offers great views of the entire track from nearly every seat, and every seat has a view of the action on pit road.
For fans who want to bring the entire family to the race, the track offers the Family Four-Pack, which includes two adult and two youth (12 and under) tickets in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 6-14, for just $130. For fans wishing to see the action from the frontstretch, there is a Family Four-Pack available in the Sprint Tower, rows 6-12, for $170, while supplies last.
Fans can also add to their race-day experience by purchasing the Green Flag Experience. The Green Flag Experience gives fans the opportunity to see an emceed question-and-answer sessions with drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, walk on the track prior to the race, take a picture in the flag stand, watch driver introductions from the track and much more. Pricing for the Green Flag Experience is $40 and does not include a ticket to the STP 500.
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"There are a lot of exciting things going on here at Memphis International Raceway and Tony and Jessica are a big part of that equation," said MIR VP and GM Pam Kendrick. "They are going to be our boots on the ground in the Mid-South business community.
"I'm confident they will strengthen the partnerships we have and show new partners the many advantages of a relationship with this track."
Loton takes over as MIR's Director of Corporate Partnerships. He is a native Memphian who graduated from Ridgeway High and attended Memphis State University before moving to Philadelphia.
While in Philadelphia, Lofton earned 20 years of sales experience and spent 10 years in the automotive industry. He also has experience managing a Sprint Car team.
"I'm honored to be a part of the MIR family, especially the rebirth of the Dirt Track," Lofton said. "I'm looking forward to working with new and existing corporate partners who share our passion for burning rubber, high horsepower and flying dirt. The future is bright for Memphis and Mid-South racing and I'm happy to be in the middle of it."
Howe joins MIR as a sales representative who will focus on local business partnership s. She is also a native Memphian who graduated from Houston High and attended Southwest Tennessee Community College.
Howe brings seven years of experience in the automotive industry to MIR including experience with Advance Muffler & Auto's Director of Marketing and Advertising where she was the creator, ambassador and promotional manager for Advance Muffler's 2015 calendar. She also works in several capacities at Minglewood Hall in Midtown.
"I'm beyond ecstatic on becoming a part of the MIR team," Howe said. "I'm looking forward to see what the future holds. I've got a lot of creative plans to bring the excitement and passion of racing to businesses across the Memphis area."
Both Lofton and Howe start immediately.
The Turn 3 vehicle tunnel will feature a collage of timeless moments that define Darlington Raceway as a treasured sports icon. Both sides of the vehicle tunnel will feature iconic moments from each decade of the track’s history. The graphics will stand at 9 feet tall and be 225 feet wide starting with the 1950’s thru 1980’s on one side and the 1990’s looking into the future on the other.
The Turn 1 pedestrian tunnel will honor each of the 111 individual NASCAR premier series race winners since 1950 at the track Too Tough to Tame. Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® champion, will unveil his spot on the “Walk of Champions” as the previous year’s Darlington race winner, which will occur annually on race weekend.
Installation is already underway with the artwork scheduled to be completed by the beginning of April, weather permitting.
“The tunnels will capture the history and celebrate the champions of Darlington Raceway,” track President Chip Wile said. “So many memorable moments in NASCAR history were made here. This is a great way to share with our fans the significant times that occurred at the track Too Tough To Tame.”
Both tunnels will be open for year-round public viewing as part of the track’s museum and tour schedule. Viewing of the tunnels will be a new part of the experience.
“These tunnels aren’t something that will only be open on race weekend,” Wile said. “We want our fans to spend time enjoying these areas all year long. They were created with them in mind.”
Making the tunnel projects come to life was a collaborative effort by the track, its parent company International Speedway Corporation (ISC), B2B Media Inc. of Greenville, S.C. and Motorsports Designs.
“We appreciate the efforts by our ISC Creative department, led by George Burgess and Arla Fiorenzi, and the folks at B2B Media and Motorsports Designs for the countless hours they have put in to make these tunnel projects possible,” Wile said.
Darlington Raceway PR
Save Mart has served as the title or co-title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in Sonoma since 1992, making the company one of the longest running race sponsors in all of NASCAR.
“We all leave a wake of some kind from the time we spend on this Earth. Bob Piccinini left a big cannonball splash. It would be impossible to count the people who have been blessed by Bob’s influence, whether from his brilliance in building businesses, his commitment to his community, his generosity as a friend or just his infectious laugh.
Bob always said, ‘If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly.’ He was one of a kind; the biggest grizzly of them all, and we’ll not see another like him.”
Sonoma Raceway PR