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That means four extra days to take advantage of holiday sale pricing on tickets for both the Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 13 and the Phoenix Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series race on April 2.
PIR’s “Fast Friday 2-for-1 Package” includes one ticket in the Richard Petty Grandstand for the Good Sam 500 and one seat in the Bobby Allison Grandstand for the Phoenix Grand Prix for just $79. That represents a savings of nearly 35% over race week pricing for the combination. The Fast Friday offer is valid through Friday, December 4 at 11:59 p.m. MST.
The “Cyber Monday Fun Day Package” includes a ticket in the Jimmy Bryan Grandstand or the Bobby Allison Grandstand for the Good Sam 500, along with a FanVision rental for just $59, a savings of more than 40% compared to race week pricing. The offer is also valid through Friday, December 4 at 11:59 p.m. MST.
The Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend will take place March 11-13, 2015, starting off with Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the Good Sam 500 on Friday, March 11. Saturday, March 12 will feature the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race; and the Good Sam 500 will take the green flag on Sunday, March 13.
The Phoenix Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series will be run under the lights on Saturday night, April 2, with practice sessions on Friday, April 1. With speeds in excess of 180 mph on the one-mile oval and the added thrill of night racing, the Verizon IndyCar Series promises to put on a spectacular show.
Tickets to both the Good Sam 500 and Phoenix Grand Prix race weekends are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com or by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223).
For the 15th year, Martinsville Speedway is holding its Annual Christmas Toy Drive, to benefit less fortunate families during the holiday season.
For the second year in a row, the speedway will donate all proceeds and toys to the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.
“The Christmas season should be a time of happiness, not having to worry where your next meal is coming from or wondering if Santa is going to visit or not,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We always want to do our part to bring as much happiness as possible on Christmas day.”
The Grace Network is a network of more than 100 churches in the area that works throughout the year helping support underprivileged families in the Martinsville and Henry County communities.
“Each day, Grace Network’s volunteers work with families who are struggling to overcome a financial crisis that, without our assistance, may cause them to lose their homes or their utilities because of a job loss or a major medical event that has spiraled these families into debt which they can’t emerge from,” Executive Director of Grace Network Tracy Hinchcliff said. “These families face worries and stress that most of us can’t comprehend. To have a toy or a special present to open at Christmas might seem like a small thing, but for a family at risk, it can be huge.”
The toy drive will start with online auctions, hosted on eBay. The auctions will begin on Friday, December 4 and run through December 12. The items include many autographed items from NASCAR personalities such as Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and Dale Jr., along with Hot Passes to the STP 500 race weekend.
On Saturday, December 12, people can come to the speedway and get five minutes around the famous “Half-Mile of Mayhem” in their personal car, with a $10 donation or a new, unwrapped, unopened toy of the same value.
The first 25 people to donate $50 can ride with along with Clay Campbell in a stock car.
Santa will make an appearance at the track from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog™, coffee and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.
NASCAR returns to Martinsville Speedway April 1-3, 2016 for the STP 500 race weekend.
The weekend starts on Friday, April 1, with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and the Camping World Truck Series will return on April 2.
The STP 500 is on April 3. The race will mark the first short-track on the schedule and is the first race back on the east coast after the “west-coast” swing.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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One of the most treasured pieces of racing memorabilia and among the greatest entertainment values in sports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Month of May Bronze Badges are on sale now just in time for the holiday season. Visit www.ims.com/bronzebadge for purchasing information.
These prized items provide fans with gate access and the opportunity to visit the Gasoline Alley garage area for an insider's look as Verizon IndyCar Series drivers prepare for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Sold on a limited, first-come-first-served basis, each badge costs $135 through March 31 and will increase to $150 on April 1 while supplies last, limit four per customer. Badges will provide daily gate and garage access beginning on Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13, during the Angie's List Grand Prix weekend; and once again from Monday, May 16, through Saturday, May 21, including pit access during the final full practice session on Monday, May 23. The credential does not provide Race Day admission for either the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 14, or the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29. Certain restrictions apply.
All Bronze Badge holders will have access to a Pre-Race Grid Walk prior to the start of the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 14.
"The Bronze Badge has been an essential item for race personnel and hard core fans since it was first used for IMS access in May of 1947 and takes the track experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to a whole new level," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President. "The Bronze Badge provides an unbelievable value because it allows for both gate admission and behind the scenes, up close and personal access to the garage areas as the drivers and teams prepare to practice and qualify for the Indianapolis 500."
Junior Garage Credentials are also available for fans from ages 9-17 looking to see their heroes in action and up close. They can be purchased for $75 by calling the IMS Credential Office at 317-492-6500. Both a parent or legal guardian and the minor must be present to sign the required consent and liability release forms in the credentials office at the time of purchase.
Cardboard or laminate badges were utilized from the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 through 1937, and were assigned only to event participants. Beginning in 1938, more durable metal badges were used before IMS Bronze Badges made their debut in 1947 and were initially sold to the general public in the early 1990s. Today they all are cherished collectables.
It’s a week of giving thanks, settling in with family and friends on Thursday for a table full of turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.
But in the end, the day is about giving thanks for all the opportunities life offers. And the world of weekly racing is no different.
“When I think about what I’m thankful of, the first thing that comes to mind is my family and friends who have been with me through ups and downs and have supported me throughout life,” said Lee Pulliam, South Boston Speedway regular who will be claiming his third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship at the national awards banquet in a couple of weeks.
“Then I’m thankful for our country and the men and women who gave their all to make sure we can have our liberties. And of course I’m thankful for everyone that supported my way up the ladder and helped me become the driver I am today, including sponsors, crew members, car owners and the fans. I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.”
South Boston Late Model track champion Matt Bowling echoed Pulliam’s sentiments.
“I’m thankful for the family, crew and sponsors that have believed in me and support me and my racing,” said Bowling, who had five victories at South Boston this season to post his second Late Model Stock track championship. “It really means a lot.”
Eric Winslow, who captured the 2015 Hornet Division title and also raced in the Late Model division, said he had plenty to be thankful for this year.
“I’m thankful to be blessed to be able to race another year,” said Winslow. “I’m thankful for my family and friends and for my job.”
South Boston Speedway is gearing up for the holiday season by offering gift certificates in $10 increments for Christmas presents that can be purchased at the track office.
For the racing fanatic in your family the track’s souvenir shop will be open for the first time ever during the holiday season. Stop by this Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and starting next week the hours will be Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. until Christmas.
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Eldora Speedway’s 63rd season will have a few notable additions, while maintaining the long-standing race traditions that have made the half-mile clay oval so historic since opening in 1954.
There are 28 days of racing, plus the season opening “Test and Tune” which opens the track on April 9, 2016.
As previously announced, the big three events are the 22nd $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream (June 9-10-11), 33rd $50,000-to-win Kings Royal Weekend (July 14-15-16) and the 46th running of the World 100 (September 8-9-10). The King Royal has expanded for the first-time to include Thursday night and will feature the $10,000-to-win “Jokers Wild” for the World of Outlaws.
The fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the only national NASCAR series event on dirt, returns Wednesday, July 20 and joining the Trucks are the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds with a point-paying race on Tuesday, July 19 and an invitational show one day later.
The 35th annual Four-Crown Nationals will host four divisions on Saturday for the first-time since 2007 when the All Star Circuit of Champions join the USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and Midget Championships on September 24 to reestablish the true “Four Crown.” Friday, September 23, will kick off the weekend with the World of Outlaws along with the Eldora Stock cars.
For the first-time since a July 1999 USAC race, which was part of ESPN’s “Thursday Night Thunder,” Eldora will host a Thursday standalone race featuring the All Star Circuit of Champions. They will hit the track on June 23 as part of Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
The very popular World of Outlaws/USAC Sprint Car “#LetsRaceTwo” doubleheader returns May 6-7, as do the two Family FIREWORKS Nights (May 21 and August 13). Memorial Day Weekend will be celebrated with the Johnny Appleseed Classic (May 29) and Labor Day weekend will be highlighted with the ninth Baltes Classic on September 4.
The season kicks off with the Sunoco American Late models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Eldora Stocks racing on Saturday, April 16 and one week later, on April 23, the Modifieds and Stocks return along with the addition of the Vore’s Compact Series.
The season ends with the three day DIRTcar UMP Modified Series racing on September 29, 30 and October 1 and then one week later, the finale on October 8 the Sprintacular featuring the All Star Circuit of Champions, the NRA 360 Sprints and the BOSS Non-Wing Sprint Cars.
All remaining tickets and campsites for the Dream, Kings Royal and World 100 will go on sale to the general public Saturday, December 5. All sales, online (www.EldoraSpeedway.com), phone (937-338-3815) and in person begin at 10 a.m. (EST).
For the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, fans can login to their online accounts or call (937) 338-3815 to meet the 11:59 (EST) renewal deadline on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Renewal forms can also be returned by fax or mail.
Renewals also entitle Eldora patrons to participate in Eldora’s exclusive ‘Add and Exchange’ program December 10th (Thursday) and 11th (Friday). Fans that successfully completed their 2015 major event seat and campsite renewals prior to the deadline have the ability to add seats or campsites to their orders or move to another location during this two-day period from any available inventory. This may only be done via calling (937) 338-3815 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). It is not available online. Note that NASCAR ‘Add and Exchange’ will be held later than the ‘Add and Exchange’ for the Dream, Kings Royal and World 100.
The NASCAR public on sale date for all new tickets is Monday, December 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. (EST).
Renewals and new ticket orders received by mid-December for 2016’s major events will be mailed for Christmas delivery.
Tickets and camping for the balance of Eldora’s exciting 2016 season will go on sale Monday, February 15, 2016.
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Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced today via a team member event at their Knoxville headquarters that they have signed on to be the title sponsor of the Battle at Bristol – an iconic college football game to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The historic racetrack will host a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers and is expected to shatter the existing college football attendance record.
This sponsorship represents a monumental company initiative for Pilot Flying J. From securing naming rights for the game – Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol – to using this pinnacle event as a catalyst to further engage employees, customers and consumers nationwide via multiple events, this opportunity will look to further position the company as a destination of choice in the travel center industry. Adding to the excitement, ESPN/ABC is confirmed as the broadcast partner of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, with time and final network to be determined at a later date.
“We likely wouldn’t be sitting here today if I had not been given the opportunity to play college football for the Tennessee Volunteers. That experience had a significant impact on my life, teaching me valuable life lessons that provided me with the foundation to be a successful businessman,” said Jim Haslam II, founder and chairman, Pilot Flying J. “We could not be more excited as a company to be part of college football history next September. Throughout the year, we will seek opportunities to engage our Pilot Flying J team members and customers to join in and celebrate this tremendous partnership.”
The Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol brings together neighboring states of Virginia and Tennessee that have deep and storied roots for the company. From Jim Haslam’s playing days for the 1951 Tennessee Volunteers national championship football team, to the first Pilot filling station opening in Gate City, Virginia in 1958 – a mere 30 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway, the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol will serve as the proverbial middle ground to showcase the company within college football and at an iconic venue.
This sponsorship will complement Pilot Flying J’s current sponsorship of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael Annett’s No. 46 car.
Following Bristol Motor Speedway’s legendary Night Race on August 20, 2016, the venue will be transformed into the world’s largest football stadium for the inaugural Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol game. With a projected attendance of 150,000, the event is expected to crush the previous college football attendance record, which currently stands at 115,109.
“All eyes in the sports world will be on the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol next September and we’re thrilled to have a national sponsor by our side who embodies the welcoming spirit of our Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain region,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “We’ll have Vol and Hokie nation fans from nearly every state at the game, so having a partner who shares our focus on making guests feel at home is important to us.
“It’s also fitting that Pilot Flying J’s founder, Jim Haslam, was on a national championship football team. He took the lessons of discipline and determination that he learned on the field and applied them in business to create one of the top 10 private companies in the nation. With his visionary leadership and Pilot flying J’s commitment to excellence, the Battle at Bristol will be a world-class event.”
The title sponsorship will allow Pilot Flying J the opportunity to engage with fans at the racetrack – via display, sampling and merchandising opportunities – throughout the 2016 NASCAR season, as well as during the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol itself. Travel centers and plazas throughout the Pilot Flying J network will also feature unique in-store retail promotions and displays leveraging Battle at Bristol imagery and assets, allowing further customer interaction.
The combined network of more than 650 retail locations across North America serves more than 1.3 million customers daily. To learn more, visit pilotflyingj.com or follow Pilot Flying J on Facebook at Facebook.com/
Atlanta Motor Speedway was last resurfaced in 1997 and today is among the oldest racing surfaces on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. While track officials are constantly monitoring the track's condition, there are, at this time, no plans in place to resurface the track.
“The well-used racing surface at our track produces some of the most exciting racing in NASCAR,” said Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark. “Competitors participating in our recent NASCAR test sessions gave the surface high marks and encouraged us to maintain the racing surface as it currently stands.”
A favorite among many NASCAR drivers, the aged, abrasive surface produces slick racing conditions and some of the fastest tire fall-off in NASCAR. The conditions require race teams to take a more strategic approach, oftentimes with high-risk/high-reward situations.
Tony Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup Series race winner at Atlanta, expressed his strong sentiments against repaving the track in a 2011 post-race interview. Other drivers like Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon have all verbalized their fondness for the slick conditions of the aged surface.
With very little alteration since its most recent repave 18 years ago, regularly scheduled maintenance programs, including filling cracks with pavement preservation products, is performed on the 1.54-mile asphalt surface between races. Mild Georgia winters and the thorough maintenance program have played a key factor in the track’s longevity.
NASCAR racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 26-28, 2016, featuring an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 27 and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 28. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Legendary band Journey to rock Miller Lite Carb Day over historic 100th Running Indianapolis 500 weekendWritten by Steven B. Wilson Tuesday, 24 November 2015 08:08
The historic 2016 Indianapolis 500 weekend, culminating with the 100th Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, will kick off on Friday, May 27, with the legendary rock band Journey on Miller Lite Carb Day along with special guest Neal "Vortex" Schon. General admission tickets are available for purchase now at www.IMS.com/carbday.
Journey has entertained fans across the globe for more than four decades with a catalog full of hit albums and chart-topping singles that remain in heavy rotation on the radio today. For their upcoming tour, Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), original member Ross Valory (bass), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), are welcoming virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into Journey, marking the first time he will perform with the band since 1998.
The thrilling concert is part of Miller Lite Carb Day. General admission tickets are $30 and fans wanting the closest access to the stage can purchase a $10 upgrade. Prices will increase so fans are encouraged to buy now and save. VIP viewing options and packages will be announced at a later date.
"The 100th Running weekend will be an unprecedented celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Journey is the first piece of the tremendous entertainment that will be offered," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "Miller Lite Carb Day has become bigger and bigger every year and this promises to be the best yet."
Miller Lite Carb Day will again feature great action on and off the track. The field for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will have one final hour of practice to prepare for the race, and top teams will participate in the annual TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge. Also, stars of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will compete in the Freedom 100 race. Journey will take the stage following those activities.
The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be held on Sunday, May 29. Head to www.IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.
The Eldora Speedway Championship Banquet is set for Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Eldora Speedway Ballroom in Rossburg, Ohio.
Doors open at 5 p.m. (EST), with opening remarks at 6:30 p.m., followed by the distribution of awards and over $30,000 in championship money and awards. Matt Westfall won the Eldora Late Model championship, while Travis Stemler took the Modified division. Rob Trent captured the Eldora stock car title.
The Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) will join the ceremony with the presentation of their championship awards and point fund as well. Rusty Schlenk will take the stage as the ALMS champion.
Eldora owner Tony Stewart will present the championship hardware.
Tickets are available for $23 per person and will go on sale December 14, 2015 by contacting the Eldora office at (937) 338-3815 during normal business hours or online at www.EldoraSpeedway.com. The deadline for ordering tickets is January 15, 2016.
In addition to the hardware and point fund distribution, numerous specialty awards will be distributed, including: Rookie of the Year; Most Improved Driver; Hard Luck Award; Best Appearing Car and the coveted Chick Hale Sportsman of the Year trophy.
Westfall, from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, scored eight top-10 finishes in 11 Late Model races to take the crown by 26 points over Josh Rice. Westfall won the 2014 Eldora Modified championship.
Stemler scored two wins and seven top-10 finishes in nine Modified races to take the crown from Eldora fan favorite Jerry Bowersock. Stemler hails from Ionia, Michigan.
Rob Trent and Frank Paladino, both from Lima, Ohio, each won two races and had six top-10s, but Trent faired just a bit better winning the Eldora stock championship by three points. It was Trent’s third Eldora title.
Additional information regarding Eldora Speedway and its 63rd season, including ticket and campsite purchases is also available at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
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