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The Speedway staff and Santa Claus’ first stop in town was to PATCHES, a non-profit organization, which serves children with medical needs such as pulmonary management, medication and growth and development issues. Homestead-Miami Speedway donated more than 75 gifts to the children who ranged in age from newborns to teenagers.
From the nursing center, Santa then headed to Homestead Hospital where he interacted with children in the Speediatrics unit, also known as the Betty Jane France Children’s Emergency Center. The Speediatrics unit is the only Emergency Center in South Miami-Dade County dedicated to children. At the unit, the children were gifted teddy bears and gift cards by Santa.
The gifts delivered to the two facilities were donated by Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable arm, Driving for a Cause.
“With every opportunity we have, we look to give back to those who need it the most, especially those in our own backyard,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “While we have the pleasure of crowning NASCAR champions at Ford Championship Weekend each November, there is still nothing like putting a smile on a child’s face during the holidays.”
Daytona International Speedway announced today a multi-year partnership with University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) for the school to secure the naming rights of the Fanzone, the 211,636-square foot entertainment hub located in the infield of the “World Center of Racing.” UNOH, located in Lima, Ohio, invented the first high-performance motorsports degree program in the country, and in 2006, opened the largest U.S. facility dedicated to learning the science of high-performance vehicles – a seven-acre, 70,000-square foot high performance motorsports complex.
The UNOH Fanzone, which first opened in 2005 at the “World Center of Racing,” is located between the NASCAR premier series (sponsored by Monster Energy) garages and NASCAR XFINITY Series garages and puts fans in the middle of the event action with fan forums, historic displays, autograph sessions, entertainment and merchandise as well as access to pre-race activities. Other amenities include the Fan Deck on top of the NASCAR premier series garages and garage viewing windows with autograph slots.
“We’re excited to continue to grow our relationship with the University of Northwestern Ohio,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “UNOH is widely recognized throughout the country for their motorsports degree program. We look forward to them engaging with our fans in the UNOH Fanzone, which delivers the most fan-friendly, hands-on experience in all of motorsports.”
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Daytona International Speedway and have another venue to share with motorsports fans the unique educational opportunity students can get at the University of Northwestern Ohio,” UNOH president, Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis said. “Students from all 50 states and 49 countries have attended the University and we have UNOH graduates working in all facets of motorsports from dirt-track teams all the way up through NASCAR to NHRA and beyond. The UNOH Fanzone experience will bring to life what our students experience in the classroom and shop every day.”
UNOH will also continue to serve as the Official Education Partner of Daytona International Speedway and have an on-site marketing presence at the facility including event signage, display space, tickets and hospitality. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In 1992, UNOH invented the first high-performance motorsports degree program in the country and has since been training students with the latest technology available in the industry. Students receive first-hand motorsports mechanical training from instructors who’ve spent years in the field.
Tickets for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat (username: DISupdates), and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
As part of its effort to recognize the success across its premier motorsports facilities, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have named Vice President of Operations and Development Stephen Swift as the O. Bruton Smith Award recipient for 2016. In addition, Bristol Motor Speedway earned Track of the Year honors and Bristol General Manager Jerry Caldwell was recognized as Promoter of the Year for the second straight year.
“The dedicated crew members at our Speedway Motorsports facilities come to work with a mission to exceed expectations in every way,” said Marcus Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “We are blessed with innovative thinkers who have helped establish our state-of-the-art facilities as cutting-edge, globally acclaimed destinations. We are proud to celebrate Steve and Jerry’s accomplishments and to recognize the entire crew at Bristol Motor Speedway for their achievements, which included entertaining a world-record crowd for the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol only three weeks after a thrilling Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.”
Bruton Smith Award
Annually presented to one employee across all of Speedway Motorsports and its subsidiaries, this prestigious award recognizes someone who exhibits the traits that define Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman and Founder O. Bruton Smith: character, enthusiasm, drive, a heart for helping others, respect and appreciation for team members, vision and determination.
A 2000 graduate of East Tennessee State University, Swift joined the Speedway Motorsports family as a construction manager in June 2004. He became the vice president of operations and development at Kentucky Speedway in July 2011 and acquired the same title under the Speedway Motorsports banner last year. His numerous contributions to the company include playing a pivotal role in Kentucky Speedway’s repaving project, which drew positive reviews after July’s Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts.
“I am beyond humbled and appreciative,” Swift said. “It is a great honor to be given such recognition. I definitely do not feel deserving but I am grateful to be honored and I am thankful for this prestigious award.”
Track of the Year
Bristol Motor Speedway was chosen as Track of the Year from among the eight Speedway Motorsports facilities. The award is presented annually for best overall performance in aspects such as fan friendliness, attendance, financial performance, sponsor relations and creativity.
In 2016, Bristol Motor Speedway hosted a thrilling entertainment lineup which included two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR XFINITY Series races, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, an NHRA drag race weekend and the first-of-its-kind Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol college football game in the speedway’s infield. The long-awaited showdown between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies included a record crowd of 156,900 people packed into “The Last Great Colosseum” for a showcase event that set a Guinness World Record for college football attendance.
Bristol’s impressive year also featured the heralded debut of “Colossus,” the world’s largest four-sided video board which features four 30-foot-by-63-foot screens suspended from cables above the speedway.
"This is such an honor for all of us at Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway," Caldwell said. "There is no other group of dedicated and talented individuals that I would rather work with, and I know that the best is yet to come for this storied venue."
Promoter of the Year
The Promoter of the Year award is presented by Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith to the general manager who best displayed the creativity, innovation, leadership, planning and execution that are fundamental to the company’s success.
For the second consecutive year, Jerry Caldwell was honored for outstanding achievement promoting both of Bristol Motor Speedway’s 2016 NASCAR event weeks, plus the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, “Colossus’” introduction and the Honda Ridgeline Presents Bristol's Tailgate Party concert, which celebrated Kenny Chesney's homecoming to his native east Tennessee.
The Bristol branch of Speedway Children's Charities also played a prominent role in the year's success, raising more than one million dollars through events including The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights.
"While we look back fondly at 2016, we are ready to go for 2017 and beyond," Caldwell said. "With all we have accomplished, the possibilities are endless. The future is very bright at Bristol Motor Speedway."
Previous Speedway Motorsports award recipients:
Bruton Smith Award- David Stetzer, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Track of the Year- Texas Motor Speedway
Promoter of the Year- Jerry Caldwell, Bristol Motor Speedway
Bruton Smith Award- Claudia Byrd, Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities
Track of the Year- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Promoter of the Year- Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway
Bruton Smith Award- Bill Brooks, Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Track of the Year- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Promoter of the Year- Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway
Track of the Year- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Promoter of the Year- Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway
In celebration of 70 years, the winner of the STP 500 won’t be the only one leaving Martinsville Speedway with an iconic grandfather clock trophy. One lucky ticket holder will win one as well.
For each ticket purchased before March 29, fans will be entered into the Fans 500, a drawing to win the same Martinsville Grandfather Floor clock the winner takes home.
“The fans are the reason we are able to do what we love, and this is a way to say thank you for their support for 70 years now,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “The grandfather clock is the most iconic trophy in all of motorsports and fans are constantly talking about it and telling me they’d like to have one. Now, they have that chance.”
Fred Lorenzen won the first clock in the spring of 1964 and the track has given one away to every NASCAR Premier Series winner since. Since 2005 every winner at the historic half-mile speedway has taken home a clock.
For more information, eligibility and the rules and regulations for the Fans 500 Grandfather Clock Contest visit http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com/Fan-Info/Subscriptions/Clock-Sweepstakes.aspx.
The STP 500 race weekend is March 31-April 2, 2017.
The weekend starts on Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race.
NASCAR’s Premier Series, sponsored by Monster Energy, will be in action on Sunday with the running of the STP 500.
The race is the first short-track race of the season and marks the series’ return to the east coast after the “West Coast Swing.”
Last year Kyle Busch became the first driver in the tracks storied history to win both the Truck and Premier Series races in the same weekend.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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New this year, Iowa Speedway will formally offer exclusive superpowers for children 12 and under in the form of specially priced tickets, in select seating areas. Youth Season Tickets will be offered at 50 percent off the adult ticket price allowing families to save money while enjoying the races from reserved seats. Each Youth Season Ticket is renewable, meaning you have right of first refusal for that same seat next season and for years to come. Each Youth Season Ticket Holder is also eligible for exclusive upgrades through the all-new Fans With Benefits: Kids Edition. Possible upgrades include a Casey’s General Stores Victory Lane Photo, Hauler Tour, and Kids Suite Upgrades (with parents).
In addition, Iowa Speedway has joined an industry-wide NASCAR initiative granting free single event tickets for fans 12 and under (with a ticketed parent) to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2017. To further showcase a commitment to their youngest fans, Iowa Speedway is proud to extend this youth initiative to include all six event days (eight events in total) in 2017.
As always, fans will have the power to save the most money through Iowa Speedway’s Season Ticket packages which were announced earlier this year. Starting at $99, Season Ticket packages are the best value, offering up to 29 percent off retail prices, in designated sections.
Fans can purchase tickets, access additional information and ask questions by visiting IowaSpeedway.com, calling 866-787-8946, or dropping by the Ticket Office in Newton, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT.
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Peachtree City, Georgia-based Rinnai America Corporation has signed on as a multi-year sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, beginning with the 2017 race scheduled for Saturday, March 4. The race will officially be named the Rinnai 250 and will serve as the front-end of an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series same-day doubleheader unique to Atlanta.
The Rinnai 250 will be the first of three NASCAR national touring series races during the 2017 Atlanta NASCAR Weekend. Following the 1:30 p.m. Saturday race, the Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 will polish off the twinbill with a scheduled green flag at 4:30 p.m. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Cup Series race will round out the weekend with a 2:30 p.m. start time on Sunday, March 5.
“Rinnai is excited about the opportunity to partner with Atlanta Motor Speedway through this sponsorship,” said Frank Windsor, COO of Rinnai America Corporation. “Not only will this sponsorship help us to continue to drive consumer awareness of Rinnai tankless water heaters, but it will also provide us with a venue to showcase our products and strengthen our relationships with our valuable trade partners.”
Established in 1974, Rinnai America Corporation is a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation, based out of Nagoyoa, Japan. Rinnai is the No. 1 selling brand of tankless water heaters in North America. Rinnai also manufactures gas appliances, including a wide range of kitchen equipment and heating and air conditioning units. This year, Rinnai’s Ultra Series RUR condensing tankless water heater was named among the “Top 100 Products” in the mechanical and electrical category by Professional Remodeler Magazine. The product offers consumers the ability to have faster and endless hot water at their faucets.
“Rinnai is a world-class company and an excellent sponsoring partner for our annual NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway,” said AMS president Ed Clark. “We are honored by the opportunity to join them, as we host fans from around the nation who will attend this event, as they continue to build upon their industry-leading success.”
Rinnai, whose corporate vision is “Enhancing lives by changing the way water is heated,” becomes a first-time sponsor of a NASCAR event with their partnership in the 2017 NASCAR Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The sponsorship also includes regional hospitality opportunities and training events at other Speedway Motorsports, Inc.-owned facilities in strategic locations around the country as the company continues to build new relationships and strengthen existing partnerships.
Buckhorn Children and Family Services (Buckhorn, KY)
The Center for Courageous Kids (Scottsville, KY)
Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services (Jeffersonville, IN)
Dare to Care Food Bank (Louisville, KY)
Down Syndrome of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
The Dragonfly Foundation (Cincinnati, OH)
Easter Seals West Kentucky (Paducah, KY)
Educational Excellence Foundation of Gallatin County (Warsaw, KY)
Gallatin County Food Pantry (Warsaw, KY)
God's Pantry Food Bank (Lexington, KY)
Home of the Innocents (Lexington, KY)
HOPE for Gallatin County (Warsaw, KY)
Kids Cancer Alliance (Louisville, KY)
Master Provisions (Florence, KY)
New Perceptions (Edgewood, KY)
Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center (Fort Mitchell, KY)
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Northern Kentucky (Covington, KY)
Special Olympics Kentucky (Frankfort, KY)
UpSpring (Cincinnati, OH)
Wendell Foster’s Campus (Owensboro, KY)