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"Dinger Day" Is A Hit in Vermont

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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 18:23
It didn't take long to see why A.J. Allmendinger is one of the most liked drivers in NASCAR. Bringing an infectious smile and warm personality, the Sprint Cup Series driver kept the laughs coming during a three-stop visit in northern Vermont on Wednesday. Allmendinger entertained juniors and seniors at a technical school, race fans at a private lunch, and fairgoers at the Champlain Valley Fair ahead of the Sept. 27 SYLVANIA 300 - the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup - at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"This was a blast today. I've never been to Vermont, so this was pretty cool to be in this area - I'd absolutely come back," said Allmendinger, driver of the No. 47 Bush’s Grillin’ Beans for JTG-Daugherty Racing. "New England, in general, is a pretty beautiful place. It's always fun to come up to this region because there's so much to do whether you're at the track or away from it. This is definitely one of my favorite stops of the season."

Allmendinger, who has two races left to earn a spot in NASCAR's 10-race playoff for the second straight season, began his day in the Green Mountain State by visiting The Center for Technology in Essex. Allmendinger talked to the 35-plus upperclassmen in the automotive technology class about how he got his start in racing, the importance of staying in school as well as handed out tickets for them to watch him race at the Magic Mile at the end of the month.

"This really was a special day for these kids," said Dan Clark, who heads the Automotive Technology Department at CTE. "We just started our school year, but this will be something they remember all the way into the spring. A.J. has a great personality and you could really feel a connection as he was speaking about what he does."

Following some autographs and selfies, Allmendinger sat down to a private lunch at The Tavern in Essex Junction with three (plus one guest) randomly selected local NHMS fans. The group enjoyed sharing memories of everything from racing to fantasy football.

The final stop of the day was just down the road from lunch at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction. Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, who has raced in three Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational races at NHMS, was on hand to welcome Allmendinger to the state. He even declared Sept. 2, 2015 "Dinger Day" in Vermont.

"That was pretty cool. I've never had a day named after me before. I've been called names, that's for sure, but never anything like this," Allmendinger said. "I was blown away by that."

Allmendinger closed out the day by playing a few carnival games with media, hitting various radio shows around the fairgrounds, eating deep fried Oreos, and playing the "Man on the Street" game where he asked fans if they'd ever heard of A.J. Allmendinger before.

"This was just a really fun day. I got to have some fun with fans, I got a stuffed banana out of it, and even a cool pair of 'Merica shades," he said. "But at the end of the day, I hope this helps get some fans to come out to the race because New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a really fun place to watch a race and spend time with family and friends."

For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the September SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.


300 MPH Nitro burning drag racing action is coming back to St. Louis for the fourth annual AAA Insurance National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Midwest Nationals – September 25 – 27 at Gateway Motorsports Park for one of the loudest, most exhilarating, heart-pounding weekends in St. Louis motorsports. The event is the 20th of 24 races in the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

No other sport allows fans to get up close and personal with the athletes like NHRA does. Every ticket is a pit pass and gives every fan direct access to their favorite racers, cars, teams and to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on earth. Fans can watch highly-skilled crews as they crank up their engines and perfect the fastest machines on land.  And bring a Sharpie for the readily available autographs and photo opps at every corner. On the Midway, manufacturers and sponsors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, and freebies.          

The NHRA Countdown to the Championship will feature all four professional categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.  Drivers in the Countdown to the Championship will be looking to gather all the points they can to this event, as the competition gets tighter and the spirits get more intense in the fight for the 2015 championships. .

The 2014 AAA Midwest Nationals winners at Gateway Motorsports Park include Funny Car driver Courtney Force, Top Fuel driver Antron Brown, Pro Stock driver Dave Connolly (who beat 2012 and 2013 Gateway Motorsports Park winner Erica Enders-Stevens in the semi-finals) and Pro Stock Motorcycle driver Jerry Savoie.  

Last year’s win for the 2012 National Top Fuel Champion Brown’s was his fourth win at Gateway Motorsports Park including 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  

Courtney Force is the daughter of drag racing legend John Force, the Babe Ruth of the drag racing industry.  With her run at Gateway Motorsports Park, Courtney Force became the first female to win four Funny Car events in a single season.  Courtney Force is officially the winningest female in Funny Car NHRA history.

The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals will be celebrating all week, with family events for speed lovers of all ages.  Among other events, the NHRA Fanfest - massive hot rod party - will be held this year on Thursday, September 25 at Mike Shannon’s Steak and Seafood for the very first time.  This free, adrenaline-focused, fan-centered promotional event opens at xx for fans and will run until xx pm including an exclusive opportunity to meet the stars of the NHRA with an autograph session between 5:00pm - 6:00pm.  A 12:30pm press conference will be held at Shannon’s for the media with lunch to follow.   Music, ticket giveaways and games will fill the streets as NHRA fans from across the country pour into St. Louis for three days of racing action. 

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The eighth annual Baltes Classic will be conducted on Sunday, September 6 as Eldora Speedway kicks off one of its busiest weeks of the year. 

The racing, which takes place the night before Labor Day, will feature the Sunoco American Late Model Series, the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and the Eldora Stocks competing at “The House Earl Built.” Formerly contested as the “Johnny Appleseed Classic,” Eldora renamed the event Baltes Classic in 2008 to honor Earl and Bernice Baltes, who founded the historic half-mile in 1954.

Earl Baltes passed away in March, but Bernice still attends the races and is expected to be at Eldora Sunday night. Ticket information can be found at www.eldoraspeedway.com or by calling (937) 338-3815.

Sunday night’s race begins a busy week at Eldora as Labor Day is on Monday, then the famous World 100 pre-race party in the Fan Zone is Wednesday. The World 100 Weekend begins on Thursday, followed by another party after the race. The final preliminary night is Friday while the 45th World 100 will take place Saturday, September 12.

Some national Late Model drivers competing in the World 100 may attend Sunday’s Sunoco American Late Model race in preparation for the big three-day show.

They will compete against Eldora favorites including points leader Matt Westfall from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, and Duane Chamberlain who won here during July’s Mud Summer Classic.

Matt Miller, from Waterville, Ohio won the ALMS race held in May, while Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio, won the season opener in April. 

Jonathan Taylor, from Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, came from 14th to win the Family Fireworks Night UMP Modifield race in August. Veteran Jerry Bowersock leads the points standings, but six drivers are within six points of him.

Paul Pardo, swept both Eldora Stock races in August, winning the first race from the fourth starting spot, but having to work his way through the field in the second race after being placed 14th on the grid.

Rob Trent leads the point standings with five top-five finishes, but defending champion Frank Paladino is just five points back. Pardo is now in third place.

Eldora Speedway PR
Race fans will once again have the opportunity to attend a live broadcast of the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio program “Dialed In with Claire B. Lang, live from the Monster Mile.” The show will air Friday, Oct. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Lang will recap Friday’s action on the track, and preview the upcoming races for the weekend. In addition, a host of NASCAR drivers and personalities will drop by to join the show. Drivers will be announced soon, but the past lineup has included the likes of Kevin Harvick, Richard Petty, Jack Roush and more. As guests are confirmed, they will be announced on DoverSpeedway.com, as well as on Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway and on Twitter at @MonsterMile.

Admission is a $5 donation to USO Delaware in advance of the event. Tickets to attend the show must be purchased in advance, and for planning purposes, they will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. Ticket sales end on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.

“Dialed In with Claire B. Lang” airs nationwide weeknights on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90 on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM app and at SiriusXM.com.

NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Oct. 2-4 for the Oct. 4 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Oct. 3 “Hisense 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the Oct. 2 “Drive Sober 125” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

Dover Motorsports PR
South Florida, start your engines!

On Saturday, September 19, Homestead-Miami Speedway will host the “Track Laps for a Cause” charity event. Fans are invited to bring their personal cars down to the track and drive around the 1.5-mile oval the crowns NASCAR’s champions. All laps will be led by the official Homestead-Miami Speedway pace car. Proceeds from the event benefit Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, “Driving for a Cause.”

Established after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Homestead-Miami Speedway was developed by the City of Homestead as a state-of-the-art motorsports venue that would forever change the economy of Homestead, Greater Miami and the entire South Florida region. Homestead-Miami Speedway’s “Driving for a Cause” uses the popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on South Florida youth and educational programs. “Driving for a Cause” is a donor-advised fund under the umbrella of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that hosts numerous charity events. In addition, The NASCAR Foundation sponsors the ‘Speediatrics’ pediatric emergency response unit at Homestead Hospital.

Guests will be able to drive their car around Homestead-Miami Speedway for $10 per lap. Rides in the official Homestead-Miami Speedway pace car, a Ford Shelby GT 500 Mustang, are also available for $60 per lap. Motorcyclists will be able to participate with a helmet.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 19 and will end at 7 p.m. Local area car clubs are invited to attend the event for a group rate. Car clubs will receive a set amount of laps around the oval and a photo opportunity on the track. Please contact Brandon Ward at (305) 230-5228 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Drivers will enter the Speedway through Gate 18 on SW 344th Street and through the tunnel to the infield. Additional laps may be purchased by cash or credit card after the completion of the paid laps. Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the gate.

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All aboard the LVMS Express.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in conjunction with JusTours, has launched the LVMS Express, which will provide bus service to the speedway for race fans staying in both the Strip corridor and downtown during NASCAR and NHRA event weekends.

“This partnership with JusTours will greatly enhance the race weekend experience for our out-of-town race fans,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “The LVMS Express will be the best means of mass transportation to and from Las Vegas Motor Speedway for NASCAR and NHRA events.”

Race fans can begin reserving their seats on the LVMS Express on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Tickets for the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 NHRA Toyota Nationals will be $99 for the three-day weekend or $60 for a one-day pass. NASCAR passes also will be $99 for the three-day weekend and $75 for a one-day pass. All tickets will be sold through the LVMS ticket office and the speedway’s website at lvms.com.

For NASCAR Weekend, the LVMS Express also will offer an upgraded VIP experience that will include priority boarding and expedited departures from both the Strip and downtown pickup locations as well as the speedway.

“We’re excited to be working with the largest sports facility in Nevada and being a part of the largest sports event in the western United States,” said Andrew Citores, CEO of JusTours. “We have worked some of Las Vegas’s largest events, including the Electric Daisy Carnival and Life Is Beautiful, so we’re looking forward to providing our high-quality experience to NASCAR and NHRA fans.”

The LVMS Express will have at least five pickup and drop-off stops along the Strip and downtown during the NASCAR Weekend. Most of the buses will be equipped with restrooms, and all buses will have dedicated routes to and from the speedway. NASCAR fans also will find a new bus depot located much closer to the seating areas when they arrive at the speedway on the LVMS Express.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, visit www.speedwaymotorsports.com.

JusTours makes group travel and large-scale events easy for organizers and attendees. The Las Vegas-based company services music festivals, sporting events, corporate groups and universities across the country.

Texas Motor Speedway announced the addition of Service King Collision Repair Centers and Charlie 1 Horse to its family of sponsors with both signing entitlement deals for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend scheduled for Nov. 5-8.
Service King Collision Repair Centers, the Richardson, Texas-based company that operates 253 locations across 23 states, will serve as the event's qualifying day sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Service King Qualifying Days will feature Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series qualifying Friday, Nov. 6, and XFINITY Series qualifying Saturday, Nov. 7.
"Service King's roots run deep in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and because of that our teammates are thrilled to partner with Texas Motor Speedway," Service King Collision Repair Centers CEO Chris Abraham said. "NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway are home to some of the most loyal fans in sports. It's our hope that Service King Qualifying Days set the tone for a thrilling and memorable weekend of racing."
 Charlie 1 Horse, the Garland, Texas-based manufacturer of the iconic cowboy hat awarded to the winning driver at Texas Motor Speedway, will culminate the race weekend excitement with the Charlie 1 Horse Running Rouge Post-Race Show featuring Roger Creager. The concert, free to all AAA Texas 500 ticketholders, will take place on the frontstretch infield approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the race.
"With roots deep in NASCAR history, we are proud to join Texas Motor Speedway as a sponsor," Charlie 1 Horse Director of Product Development Kaci Riggs said. "Charlie 1 Horse hats are almost as legendary as the man who wears them: Richard Petty. The King has always sported an unmistakable style with his custom Charlie 1 Horse hat. Recognized by the horseshoe fire brand on the front, Charlie 1 Horse is worn by folks who genuinely want to express their own personal style day in and day out."
Creager, a native of Corpus Christi, has been playing some of Texas country music fans favorite songs since bursting onto the scene in 1998. His list of hits includes "Long Way to Mexico," "The Everclear Song," "Fun All Wrong," "Things Look Good Around Here" and "I'm From the Beer Joint." Creager is set to release his new album this month entitled Gulf Coast Time that includes the single "If You Had to Choose."
The Charlie 1 Horse Running Rouge Post-Race Show featuring Roger Creager will be the second of two free concerts for fans attending the AAA Texas 500. Sammy Hagar and The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will perform during the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol.
The AAA Texas 500 is the eighth race of the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and second of three races in the pivotal Eliminator 8 segment of the Chase. The AAA Texas 500 is the feature race of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend that also includes the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 on Friday, Nov. 6, and XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 7.


Titleholder Rich Franklin Honorary Pace Vehicle Driver for VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway 

SPARTA, Ky. – Three- time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Rich Franklin will lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series field to the green September 26 for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Franklin will be driving the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 Truck, “The Official Pace Vehicle of Kentucky Speedway” for the 2015 season.     
This will be a different kind of a powerful force to which he will be associated with as he leads the 40-car field.
“This is a first time experience for me in a pace vehicle and I’m really excited! I appreciate the Kentucky Speedway involving me and I’m ready to lead the field,” said Franklin.
Before competing in UFC for nearly 12 years, Franklin was a former math teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Franklin has become a multi-level sports businessman. He joined the Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship in July 2014 as a Vice President where he serves as a spokesperson throughout Asia and the U.S.
His long-time passion for health and nutrition has led him to his most recent endeavors. He teamed up with American Biotech Labs (ABL) to release Armor Gel, a nano silver-based, would dressing gel that provides protection against external bacterial and pathogens. 
The XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway will conclude a two-race weekend that begins Friday, Sept. 25 with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley Brands 150. Both races begin at 8 p.m.


If you want to get as close to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola action as you can without joining a pit crew on Saturday, Oct. 24, then Talladega Superspeedway's Back Forty Beer Co. Paddock Club is for you.

For fans that want a prime location to watch NCWTS veterans like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter try to hold off hard-charging young guns like Tyler Reddick, the 2014 Pole winner at TSS, Erik Jones and others on the 33-degree banks of NASCAR's Most Competitive track while also experiencing some incredible, exclusive opportunities, the Back Forty Beer Co. Paddock Club is the place.

Located just behind pit road adjacent to Gatorade Victory Lane, the Back Forty Beer Co. Paddock Club has been a mainstay at NASCAR’s longest track (2.66 miles) for many years. Featuring two covered grandstand seating areas with food and beverages throughout the day, and many other amenities, fans in the Back Forty Beer Co. Paddock Club for the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will be treated to special upgrades which include the following:

  • Breakfast, lunch and afternoon hors d’oeuvres
  • Unlimited beer, soda and water
  • A guided tour of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage (schedule & weather permitting that Saturday)
  • Covered grandstand with chair back seating behind pit road
  • Built-in Flat-screen TVs to see all the action
  • Games, entertainment and giveaways
  • Access to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Introductions
  • One Infield Hospitality parking pass per two seats

A Saturday-only pass for the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is $125. Back Forty Beer Co. Paddock Club Packages for Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola are available by calling 1-855-518-RACE.

“As lifelong Alabamians, we are extremely proud to partner with NASCAR on this legendary event,” said Back Forty Beer Company CEO Jason Wilson. “Our goal with the Back Forty Beer Company Paddock Club at Talladega Superspeedway is to provide a world class hospitality experience to everyone who walks through the gate.”

In addition to the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola starting at noon (CDT), Saturday’s racing slate will include two rounds of qualifying – for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Alabama 500 (Sunday, Oct. 25), the third and final race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where 12 eligible drivers for the title will be cut to eight, and the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. The day concludes in the evening with Talladega Superspeedway’s traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, which is free with the purchase of an Alabama 500 admission ticket.

Talladega’s spectacular weekend kicks off on Friday Oct. 23, with two practice sessions for both the Alabama 500 and fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. The evening concludes with “The Big One on the Blvd,” which features a ceremonial driver entrance on the track’s infamous infield Talladega Blvd. and one-of-a -kind fan competitions overseen by some of NASCAR’s biggest stars.

For ticket information, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.


Simmons Sisters Quick Learners at South Boston Speedway

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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 14:06
Their sweet smiles are misleading. Sure, Kaitlinn and Kirstin Simmons are polite young ladies … off the race track.

On the track, though, that’s a different story. They are up-on-the-wheel, take-no-prisoners weekly racers. The perfect example was their most recent race. They were both involved in a first-lap spin in the feisty Hornet Division at South Boston Speedway. They tightened their belts under caution and fought their way back toward the front. Kaitlinn wound up third, Kirstin fifth.

They both race beyond their age and experience. Kaitlinn is 20; Kirstin 15. This is the first season for both in stock cars. And it’s not like racing has all of their attention either. Kaitlinn is studying to be a dental hygienist at Halifax Community College in Weldon, NC. Kirstin is a sophomore at Park View Senior High School in South Hill.

But when the lights come at South Boston on Saturday nights, the daughters of Sammy and Kim Simmons are all about racing.

“Racing is my passion,” said Kirstin.

They sort of have racing in their blood. Dad Sammy raced on the dirt at Clary’s Speedway in Brinkleyville, NC. By the time the girls were teenagers, they not only were winning races, but championships. Kirstin is a two-time Virginia state kart champion and finished runner-up in the national chase when she was 13.

“I want to move up and make a career out of racing,” said Kirstin. “Go-karts could no longer do that for me.”

For Kaitlinn, racing is more of a hobby than for her sister.

“I’d like to move up, but this is a release from (dental hygienist) school. And it’s a family thing for us,” Kaitlinn said.

Kirstin made her South Boston stock car debut late last season. She was the typical raw rookie. “I had to start at the rear of the field because I’d never shifted (gears) before,” she said. But her talent was obvious. She finished third in her debut, and after the top-two finishers were disqualified, she took the winner’s trophy home.

This summer has been an education for the sisters, but they have been good students in the Hornet Division, an entry-level class for front-wheel drive cars. The only upgrades to the cars are the safety features required.

But they are bigger and heavier than go-karts and that upped the learning curve.

“I think I’ve come a long way,” said Kaitlinn. “The biggest thing I’ve learned is about the drivers around you. How they drive.”

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is with passing,” said Kirstin. “In karts you could dive-bomb somebody. You just can’t do that in these.”

The sisters, who drive identical black cars with appropriate pink numbers, Kaitlinn in the No 3, Kirstin in the No. 4, have quickly become fan favorites. At a recent fan appreciation event on South Boston’s front stretch, they drew as many autograph seekers as any of the Late Model drivers.

“I think everyone is surprised at two sisters running together,” said Kaitinn, who received a text recently from the parent of a young girl who recently attended her first race and became a fan because of the sisters.

They say there is no sisterly rivalry on the track, though they admit they have made contact before.

“There have been a couple of run-ins” between them, Kaitlinn said.

Kirstin explained “One time it kind of happened when I went to pass her.”

They both have been well-accepted by fellow drivers, even though there may be a couple who aren’t too excited racing against them. But that doesn’t really bother the Simmons sisters.

“Just because we’re girls, they know we’re not going to back off,” said Kaitlinn.

NASCAR racing will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday for the 7 p.m. running of the GCR Presents Spaulding Equipment Late Model Twin 75’s racing program.

All five of South Boston Speedway’s racing divisions will be featured, with twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division headlining the night’s action.

It will be Championship Night for the competitors in the Limited Sportsman, Modified, Budweiser Pure Stock and Budweiser Hornets divisions.

Registration and pit gates will open at 2 p.m., with practice going from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying will get underway at 5:30 p.m.

Adult admission is $10, with kids six and under admitted free with a paying adult.

SOBO Speedway PR

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