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April is Autism Awareness Month, and even a cool night in Northeast Tennessee didn't keep a good crowd from attending to support Autism Awareness Night at the Races Friday at Kingsport Speedway.
 
It had been almost one year to the day since Zeke Shell of Johnson City visited victory lane at Kingsport Speedway last April 25, and he finished third in points on strength of nine top-five finishes.
 
Shell began the 2015 racing campaign fast in each of the four races held entering tonight's racing program, but for some reason it seems he was carrying a monkey on his back. Bad luck caused him to get collected in wrecks not of his own making while running inside the top five, while the race team also struggled to determine electrical issues with the racing engine.
 
Finally finding the electrical problem that had plagued the motor, and also having “lady luck” riding with him, the 27-year-old Shell made a bold statement with a strong performance en route to capturing his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series “First Kingsport Credit Union” Late Model Stock win of the season at “The Concrete Jungle.”
 
Ronnie McCarty, already with one victory to his credit this season, entered the night leading Late Model Stock points and earned the pole position for the 60-lap main event.
 
McCarty and Shell brought the 16-car field to the green flag from the front row, with McCarty quickly taking the lead over Shell. But the event’s first caution waved just three laps in when Bruce Blessing slowed in turn two with a flat left-front tire.
 
Off the double-file restart, McCarty once again moved back out ahead of Shell, while Kres VanDyke and Kyle Barnes battled for third. Barnes took the position from VanDyke on the sixth circuit racing off the fourth turn.
 
With the race running clean-and-green following the lap 3 caution period, McCarty and Shell were setting a blistering pace around the .375-mile banked concrete oval to hold almost a half-straightaway advantage over Barnes and VanDyke as the raced reached the halfway point.
 
It’s said in short-track racing that rubbin’ is racin’ and when competitors’ need to use the bump-and-run, it’s acceptable. Shell was glued to leader McCarty’s rear bumper lap-after-lap, while also sticking the nose of his ride up underneath the leader as they raced off the corners.
 
Shell moved McCarty up the track on lap 40 between turns three and four to assume the lead. But McCarty was not about to go down without a fight, as he roared back strong to get up under Shell on opposite end of the track between turns one and two. But Shell slammed the door racing off the second corner to hold onto the top spot.
 
With Shell showing the way out front, the last thing he wanted to see was the caution flag wave. Jerry Lane, making his first Late Model Stock start, brought the caution out on lap 46 when he had a little assist from behind to send his car spinning.
 
Shell and McCarty were lined up door-to-door on the front row for the restart, with Barnes and VanDyke behind in the second row. With the green flag waving, Shell rocketed back out ahead while the trio of McCarty, Barnes and VanDyke were battling hard for real estate.
 
Close quarters racing action on lap 49 between turns one and two produced contact between VanDyke and McCarty, with both McCarty and Barnes getting out of shape exiting turn two onto the backstretch. While McCarty and Barnes had to reel their mounts back in, VanDyke took over second in the running order followed by Lee Tissot and Justin Fontaine.
 
But out front, Shell was in control driving the Tennessee Hills Distillery (Jonesborough)/Capone’s (Johnson City)/Vape On (Johnson City)/Pit Stop Garage (Johnson City)/Shell Media (Printing, Design, Graphics, Wraps, Promotions, Marketing, Advertising) of Johnson City/Roush Yates Performance Products/Performancenter Racing Warehouse/LTO-PRW Chassis (Statesville, N.C.)/Bobby Myers Performance Racing Engines/No. 97 Ford Fusion to victory over VanDyke, Tissot, Fontaine and McCarty.
 
Completing the top 10 finishers were Barnes, Wayne Hale, Joey Trent, Allen Hawkins and Rick Pannell.
 
“Man, hopefully we’ve got all of our bad luck behind us,” said a smiling Shell after climbing from his car in victory lane. “Sitting parked in victory lane – this right here is what it’s all about. It makes all the hours you work back at the race shop worthwhile. To say that our season up until tonight has been frustrating, well, that would be a major understatement. We’ve had a fast race car at each event. But we’ve either gotten collected in somebody else's wreck while running inside the top five, or the electrical issue we struggled to determine the cause of on our race engine has hurt us. Hopefully this win will be the first of several others we’ll get this season. We had a really good car tonight and I believe we showed that during the race.
 
“It’s really gratifying to be able to win races with my father (Pat Shell), and now with my pregnant wife (Amber Shell) supporting me on race night’s. We’re just a small, family-owned race team and we don’t have a big pit crew. Tonight at the track it was just myself, dad, Amber and spotter Scott Clark helping. We’ve got some friends whose businesses help us a little with our racing, but basically our racing budget consists of we need to win enough purse money each week to help fund us getting back to the track the following race. With my wife and I expecting our first child later this year, who knows once our baby arrives if I’ll be able to continue racing. All I know is, I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had driving a race car and I’m just going to enjoy racing for as long as possible.”
 
John Harrell of Surgoinsville is approaching the half-century mark, but judging from his on-track racing exploits so far this season, age isn’t slowing the veteran racer down. The 49-year-old, who will turn 50 on July 5, drove the MWH Construction/Mark’s Auto Parts/Perfection Plus Painting/Castle’s Customs Muffler & Paint/J.D. Light Race Engines/Outlaw Graphics/No. 19 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to his fourth straight Street Stock win to remain a perfect four-for-four on the season. Harrell easily won over Jared Broadbent, Paul Shull, Chris Tunnell and Mark Christian.
 
John Ketron grabbed the lead at start of the 25-lap Pure 4 feature, while his son Billy Ketron and Keith Helton raced side-by-side the opening five circuits before Helton moved into second place. Helton began pressuring the elder Ketron for the lead. The event’s first caution waved on lap 7, when Bruce Crumbley and Dylan Bates wrecked between turns one and two.
 
John Ketron and Helton battled for the lead back under green, with Helton, driving the Pizza Plus of Kingsport (Sullivan Gardens location)/Catch 22/Toy-Auto of Kingsport/4 Way Mini Storage/No. 9 Saturn into the lead on lap 11. While Helton would go on to capture his third victory on the season, behind him the Ketrons raced hard for family bragging rights.
 
Helton recorded the win over Billy Ketron, John Ketron, Chris Neeley and last week’s winner Kenny Absher.
 
Nasty Jones of Chilhowie,Va., earned his second consecutive Pure Street victory over Hershell Robinette, Jake Phipps, Robbie Allison and Gary Crumbley.
 
Dennis Stanley of Kingsport recorded his first-ever victory at Kingsport Speedway. The 49-year-old Stanley got the Rookie Pure 4 win over Dwayne Banks, Chris Wilhelm, William Hale and Craig Phelps.

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will lead the field to green for the start of the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 tonight. McAuliffe has been named the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

McAuliffe will make history, as he will be the first to pilot the 2016 Toyota Mirai, the first hydrogen fuel cell electric powered vehicle to pace a NASCAR race.

“Virginia is a state that is rich in history and NASCAR has a huge place in that history,” Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier said. “To have the Governor further that history here is a natural fit and a great honor for the raceway.”

McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia. He was elected in 2013 and assumed his duties in 2014.

The TOYOTA OWNERS 400 is NASCAR’s “green” race, the final event in the NASCAR Race to Green Week, a week-long initiative promoting NASCAR’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and remain the industry leader in green initiatives.

Back by popular demand, Track Takeover powered by Nationwide at RIR tonight.  Fans can step out onto the Action Track just hours before the green flag waves for the 2015 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, all you need is a ticket to the race! Tickets for tonight’s race are on sale now. Click here, call 866-455-7223 or purchase at any ticket window at the track.

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Sonoma Raceway and Humboldt Redwood Company have joined forces to bring shade and comfort to race fans, as the Windsor, (Calif.)-based company has signed a multi-year agreement to become the raceway’s Official Redwood Provider.

Race fans have long dealt with the warm, sunny Sonoma County summers, and this partnership brings much needed shade from Humboldt Redwood. The highlight of the sponsorship is the construction of the “Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck” above Turn 2 of the raceway’s road course, which features a 135-foot redwood deck that extends above the existing Turn 2 Terrace, plus a Redwood-arbor covered private bar with TV monitors and dedicated food service.

The raceway has also worked with Humboldt Redwood to construct two new “Grille Garden” seating and shade areas where fans can relax, cool off and enjoy a bite to eat during race weekends. These new areas, featuring redwood arbors, will be located at Turn 2, near The Deck, and above the Turn 9 Terrace on the road course.

"We're excited to bring shade and comfort to the fans at Sonoma Raceway," says Carter Welch, vice president of marketing, sales and business development for Humboldt Redwood.

Humboldt Redwood is the leader in environmentally certified Redwood decking, fencing, timbers, landscaping and dimensional products throughout the United States. The company owns and manages approximately 440,000 acres of Redwood and Douglas-fir forestlands along the north coast of California.

From the beginning, the company’s stated purpose has been to demonstrate that it is possible to manage productive forestlands with a high standard of environmental stewardship, and also operate a successful business.

“These new fan environments, constructed entirely from locally-sourced, sustainably-grown redwood, will be a terrific addition to the event experience this season,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “We are very excited about these facility upgrades and our new association with Humboldt Redwood products.”

The three-year agreement also includes hospitality, extensive signage, promotional rights and other assets during major event weekends in Sonoma.

Sonoma Raceway PR
Talladega Superspeedway, known for its extraordinary one-of-a-kind racing, is now delivering a new menu item that is just as anticipated as the action on the track – “The Big One” Meatball. Fans coming to enjoy the GEICO 500 and Winn-Dixie 300 on May 1-3, will want to sink their teeth into this “softball-sized” meatball that’s being sold at concession stands in the Gadsden and O.V. Hill South Grandstands along the fronstretch.

“The Big One” Meatball has a center of blended Mozzarella and Pepper Jack Cheeses mixed with smoked BBQ Pulled Pork and a little house BBQ sauce for an extra kick. It is then covered by a layer of Ground Beef, rolled in a panko bread crumb and parmesan mix before being deep fried to a golden brown. It’s topped off with a dollop of BBQ sauce and a spaghetti garnish. This mammoth meatball, like Talladega Superspeedway, is the biggest of its kind and weighs in at over 1 pound.

“The Big One” Meatball is the creation of Americrown, the leader in motorsports catering and concessions. The company’s Executive Chef at Talladega -Leilani Contemprato - and the Corporate Executive Chef from Daytona - Michael Pappas - were looking for something that caught the feel of Talladega. Being that Talladega Superspeedway is the biggest and baddest track on the circuit, they came up with monstrous “The Big One” Meatball.

“’The Big One’ Meatball is a unique item to Talladega,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “There is nothing else in the world quite like Talladega’s colossal 2.66-mile venue and the same goes for this new menu item. Fans that come to Talladega have an appetite for the greatest racing in the world. I know they will have an appetite for this huge, one-of-a-kind meatball, too!"

Fans will have three days of opportunity to taste the new mouth-watering creation. Talladega’s weekend kicks off on Friday (May 1) with practice sessions for the GEICO 500 and Winn-Dixie 300 (NASCAR XFINITY Series), as well as practice, qualifying and green flag for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event, set to start at 5 pm (CST). The evening concludes with “The “Big One on the Blvd” Mardi Gras-style parade, which will feature NASCAR drivers and fan competitions on the track’s infield Talladega Blvd.

Saturday’s slate includes qualifying for the GEICO 500 and Winn-Dixie 300, followed by the start of the Winn-Dixie 300 at 2 p.m. (CST). ). The day concludes in the evening with the Talladega Superspeedway traditional Infield Concert featuring country music maverick and Columbia Nashville recording artist Chase Rice. The concert is free with the purchase of a Sunday GEICO 500 (12 noon CST start) admission ticket. For ticket information, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

All seating along the fronstretch grandstands and towers are equipped with roomy and comfortable 21- and 22-inch wide chair back seats. Large High Definition Sprint Vision video boards that were implemented in 2014 will be back – three are permanent - and placed along the frontstretch to provide views of the whole track to every seat in the house. The video boards, three of which that are now permanent, are an initiative that is planned to be implemented at all International Speedway Corporation (ISC) tracks in the coming years. 

TSS PR

For decades, Charlotte Motor Speedway has paid tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces each Memorial Day Weekend with a captivating pre-race show before the drop of the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600. On May 24, the 56th running of the ultimate test of man and machine will host one of the biggest military appreciation pre-race spectaculars in the track’s history.

The action-packed show will include ground exercises with troops from Fort Bragg featuring Humvees, Howitzers, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System and more. Rope teams from Fort Campbell will descend from Black Hawk helicopters. Other elements include a 21-gun salute from the Fort Bragg Firing Squad, a vintage war bird air parade and sky-diving members of Team Fastrax descending to the infield with Old Glory flying behind.

“The Salute the Troops portion of our pre-race show gives us a chance to say thank you to those who have served or continue to serve our country and protect our freedom,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “It’s a tradition our fans look forward to every year; seeing military demonstrations at live speed and the firepower is always impressive. We are always proud to work with our area military bases to bring this show to the fans.”

Fans will be able to salute the troops when 600 soldiers from Fort Bragg walk through the grandstands to the infield and during a pace lap with buses carrying hundreds of troops from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Patriot Partners program. Medal of Honor recipients Bob Patterson (Vietnam), James Taylor (Vietnam) and Walter Joseph Marm (Vietnam) will also be recognized on the pre-race stage. 

Several musical performances will highlight the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show including a 45-minute concert with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers ZZ Top, “God Bless the USA” performed by Lee Greenwood, a rendition of “Amazing Grace” by the Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band and “Taps” played by a Fort Bragg bugler. There will also be an Armed Forces Medley featuring the 100-member Central Church of God Chorus Group.

Closing out the pre-race festivities is the 82nd Airborne Chorus singing the “The Star Spangled Banner.” During that time, soldiers from Fort Bragg will hold a football field-sized American Flag and four F-18s will fly over the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway.

The only 600-mile race on the NASCAR schedule, the Coca-Cola 600 tests the endurance of both drivers and equipment and provides fans more entertainment value than any other sporting event in America.

Great seats are still available for the Coca-Cola 600 and all rest of the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder, May 15-24, with weekend passes starting at just $99. To purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online on our website.

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Since 1997, Elliott Sadler had always circled the races at Talladega Superspeedway on his calendar as ones he desperately wanted to win. He finally made his mark at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track a year ago, holding off an array of challengers to claim his first Talladega triumph. What’s next on his list? How about a repeat trip to Gatorade Victory Lane in the May 2, Winn-Dixie 300!

“Do you know how hard it is to win at a place like Talladega Superspeedway?” asked Sadler, who prior to the victory, went winless in 28 NASCAR races - Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series - at the mammoth 2.66-mile venue. “We had been trying for so long and been close so many times. I flipped at Talladega too many times to count trying to make it to Victory Lane, but last year guess where we were? We were there. Now that place is going be special going back to try to defend our title.”

A back-to- back visit to Talladega’s Gatorade Victory Lane in the NASCAR XFINITY Series has yet to happen since Martin Truex Jr. did so three consecutive times from 2004-2006. Sadler, who drives the No. 1 Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing in 2015, will face some fierce competition to achieve this goal, including a huge crop of youngsters as well as seasoned veterans like the 2013 Winn-Dixie 300 winner Regan Smith.

Smith, driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports, came close to catching Sadler last spring, crossing the start/finish line in third place just behind Chris Buescher, Sadler’s new teammate this season.

“When we won at ‘Dega a couple of years ago, it was a tough race mentally,” said Smith, who edged Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch in a nail-biter in the final laps. “We had weather issues that day but we got in. The weather played mind games with us, and then at the end, it was a lot of tense moments. We feel good about coming back to Talladega, and expect there to be many drivers to contend up front.”

Smith has 18 races under his belt at Talladega to give him and Sadler a total of 47 starts. The top five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings currently – Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace, Jr., and Ryan Reed have 14 career starts between them in various series at NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track. All five are seeking their first victory at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track.

Dillon is the grandson of Talladega Superspeedway all-time winning team owner Richard Childress. Elliott is the son of two-time Talladega winner Bill Elliott, who also set the official NASCAR qualifying mark of 212.809 mph in 1987. Reed captured the season-opening XFINITY Series race in Daytona while Wallace, Jr., a Mobile, AL native, was ninth in last fall’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Buescher is just hoping to improve one spot from his runner-up finish a year ago.

Talladega’s weekend kicks off on Friday (May 1) with practice sessions for the GEICO 500 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and Winn-Dixie 300 (NASCAR XFINITY Series), as well as practice, qualifying and green flag for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event, set to start at 5 pm (CST). The evening concludes with “The “Big One on the Blvd” Mardi Gras-style parade, which will feature NASCAR drivers and fan competitions on the track’s infield Talladega Blvd.

 

Saturday’s slate includes qualifying for the GEICO 500 and Winn-Dixie 300, followed by the start of the Winn-Dixie 300 at 2 p.m. (CST). The day concludes in the evening with the Talladega Superspeedway traditional Infield Concert featuring country music maverick and Columbia Nashville recording artist Chase Rice. The concert is free with the purchase of a Sunday GEICO 500 (12 noon CST start) admission ticket. For ticket information, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

All seating along the fronstretch grandstands and towers are equipped with roomy and comfortable 21- and 22-inch wide chair back seats. Large High Definition Sprint Vision video boards that were implemented in 2014 will be back – three are permanent - and placed along the frontstretch to provide views of the whole track to every seat in the house. The video boards, three of which that are now permanent, are an initiative that is planned to be implemented at all International Speedway Corporation (ISC) tracks in the coming years.

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Talladega Superspeedway announced today the Honorary Officials for the Winn-Dixie 300 on Saturday, May 2 - the 9th NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the 2015 schedule.

Drew Elkins, Regional Vice President for BI-LO Holdings, the parent company for Winn-Dixie, will serve as the Grand Marshal and will give the most famous command in motorsports – 

“Drivers, Start Your Engines.” Waving the green flag and serving as the Honorary Starter will be Jim Rossetti, District Director – Birmingham, Winn-Dixie.

Elkins is Winn-Dixie born and raised. His father Bill Elkins and his brother David Elkins, along with Drew, have more than 126 years of Winn-Dixie service combined. Since the beginning of his career in 1984 with Winn-Dixie, Elkins has held many leadership positions within the company. Prior to being appointed as Montgomery’s Regional Vice President, Elkins served as a store director and in other management positions, including District Director in the Tallahassee market and Regional Sales Manager for center store.

Rossetti manages sales and operations for stores in Birmingham and Anniston, Alabama. Rossetti has worked in the industry for more than 30 years and has held management positions with several large grocery and retail companies. Prior to his appointment as District Director with Winn-Dixie, Rossetti served as District Director for Bruno’s Supermarkets, managing 13 stores in the Birmingham area. Rossetti currently resides in Chelsea, Alabama with his wife Karen and children - James, Joshua and Sarah.

The National Anthem for the Winn-Dixie 300 will be performed by Kevin Moore, a saxophone instrumentalist from Gadsden, Alabama. He has performed the National Anthem at many sporting events in the state of Alabama, including annually at various University of Alabama sporting events. In December 2005 Kevin was invited to perform Christmas music for The National Christmas Tree at The White House.

The invocation for the Winn-Dixie 300 is scheduled to be given by Mark Wakefield, Associate Director of Alabama Raceway Ministries.

In addition to the Winn-Dixie 300, which is set for a 2 p.m. (CST) start, Saturday’s slate includes qualifying for the GEICO 500 (CST) and Winn-Dixie 300 (10 am CST). The day concludes in the evening with the Talladega Superspeedway traditional Infield Concert featuring country music maverick and Columbia Nashville recording artist Chase Rice.  The concert is free with the purchase of a Sunday GEICO 500 (12 noon CST start) admission ticket.

Talladega’s weekend kicks off on Friday (May 1) with practice sessions for the GEICO 500 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and Winn-Dixie 300 (NASCAR XFINITY Series), as well as practice, qualifying and green flag for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event, set to start at 5 pm (CST). The evening concludes with “The “Big One on the Blvd” Mardi Gras-style parade, which will feature NASCAR drivers and fan competitions on the track’s infield Talladega Blvd.

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Three-time Coca-Cola 600 champion Kasey Kahne traded his fire suit and racing helmet for tactical gear as he trained alongside soldiers from Fort Bragg in preparation for the biggest Memorial Day Weekend celebration and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s pre-race Salute to the Troops before the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24.

During the day-long training session, Kahne, along with Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White and NASCAR on FOX analyst Kenny Wallace simulated paratrooper training by descending from a 32-foot jump tower and took turns firing a high-powered Howitzer like those featured in Coca-Cola 600 pre-race festivities.

“The training the guys go through and the passion these guys have for it, they’re very good at what they do,” Kahne said. “It’s similar to racing in a way, but it’s way different.

“I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The Howitzer was unreal – the power. I was scared to pull the trigger on that thing. Really scared. To be able to race Memorial Day Weekend, it always means a lot to me. It’s unbelievable to be part of those races and to see what Charlotte does with all the military; and it’s neat to be part of that.”

In addition to similar exercises, the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race Salute to the Troops will include a vintage warbird air parade, a flyover featuring four F18s, a FastTrax aerial display and patriotic music by the 82nd Airborne Chorus, Lee Greenwood and a Fort Bragg bugler, among other military tributes.

Great seats are still available for the May 24 Coca-Cola 600 and the entire 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder, with weekend passes starting at just $99. Fans can upgrade their fun with a pit pass and join the pre-race Pit Party, featuring driver appearances by Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and more. To purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online.

Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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Sonoma Raceway will introduce a new, club level option for race fans just in time for the 2015 major-event season.

The “Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck” at Turn 2 will feature a 135-foot redwood deck that extends above the existing Turn 2 Terrace seating area.  This exclusive area will feature panoramic views of the raceway and Sonoma Valley, plus a redwood-arbor covered private bar with TV monitors and dedicated food service.  The Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck will also feature a limited number of reserved seats perched at the edge of the deck.

The Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck is the result of a sponsorship from Mendocino Forest Products, the company that is providing the Humboldt Redwood Deck and is the leader in environmentally certified redwood decking, fencing, landscaping and dimensional products throughout the U.S. Construction of The Deck is expected to begin in early May and it will be unveiled at the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.

Located atop one of the most action-packed sections of the track, The Deck at Turn 2 puts race fans at the heart of the action, plus it’s just a short walk to the main paddock, Wine Country Winner's Circle and vendor midway.

The Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck will be open on race day at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event (June 28) and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series Finale (Aug. 30), with two ticket package options to choose from:

Humboldt Redwood Deck Club – Reserved

  • Stadium-style reserved seat on the front row of The Redwood Deck Ledge plus all-day access to the Redwood Deck premium hospitality area.

·        Pre-race Pit and Track Pass (NASCAR) or Garage/Pit Pass (IndyCar)

·        Preferred-parking pass           

·        $20 Food Credit

·        Very limited capacity – only 76 spaces available

·        NASCAR: $249/IndyCar: $199

Humboldt Redwood Deck Club Access

  • Enjoy all-day access to the Redwood Deck premium hospitality area and select your seats from anywhere in the Turn 2 Terrace

·        Reserved seat in the Turn 2 Terrace

·        Pre-race Pit and Track Pass (NASCAR) or Garage/Pit Pass (IndyCar)

·        Preferred-parking pass

·        $20 Food Credit

·        Limited capacity – only 200 spaces available

·        NASCAR: $199/IndyCar: $149

The raceway has also worked with Mendocino Lumber to construct two new “Grille Garden” seating and shade areas where fans can relax, cool off and enjoy a bite to eat throughout the weekend. These new areas, featuring redwood arbors, will be located at Turn 2, near The Deck, and above the Turn 9 Terrace on the road course, and will be open to all fans.

Sonoma Raceway PR
Darlington Raceway is honoring its storied history with a new and enhanced digital platform.

The track’s new website, www.DarlingtonRaceway.com, officially launched to the public today, April 23. It features a sleek, clean design that follows the track’s 2015 campaign of celebrating its history, while embracing the present and looking towards the future.

“Our new website provides historical content for our fans, while also making it easy to purchase tickets and obtain guest service information for our Labor Day race weekend,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “We’re always looking for new ways to engage with our fans and showcase our track and this new website helps with those efforts.”

With the track celebrating the 1970-74 time period as part of its 2015 marketing platform, one of the highlights of the new site is the “Tradition” section, which provides fans an interactive area to see many memorable moments with videos, timelines and overview of life in the early 1970’s.

The multimedia area features videos of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees and current Sprint Cup Series drivers talking about their Darlington memories. Many other great videos will be added to the site leading into the track’s Bojangles’ Southern 500, which returns to Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-6, 2015.

The site will still continue to provide an easy avenue for purchasing race tickets and provide facility maps and other guest services information. The site also boasts a non-race weekend activity schedule, as well as NASCAR news courtesy of the Motor Racing Network (MRN).

The Tradition Returns to Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® is set for Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com.

Darlington Raceway PR

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