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Friday night’s Dr. and Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology Presents Thunder Road Harley Davidson NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 racing program has been rescheduled for Saturday night, August 29, and will feature the same lineup of races - a 200-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams, a 100-lap Limited Sportsman Division race and a 50-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division competitors. A 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division has also been added to make it a four-race card.
To top off the night on August 29, South Boston Speedway will stage a colorful dazzling fireworks show at the conclusion of the night’s racing action.
The same race day schedule that was in place for Friday night’s Dr. and Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology Presents Thunder Road Harley Davidson NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 racing program will be used on August 29.
Tickets purchased for Friday night’s Dr. and Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology Presents Thunder Road Harley Davidson NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 racing program will be honored on Saturday night, August 29.
NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedwayon Saturday, July 11 for the 7 p.m. running of the CenturyLink Presents Whelen Night NASCAR Late Model Twin 75’s racing program.
Seven races will be featured for the night, with twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division headlining the action. A 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division competitors, twin 25-lap races for the Modified Division, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division round out the night’s action.
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 time trials will get underway at 5:30 p.m. The first of the night’s six races will get the green flag at 7 p.m.Adult admission is $10, with kids ages six and under admitted free. Tickets for the rained out June 20 event will be honored at this event.
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U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast to Perform National Anthem for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-ColaWritten by Steven B. Wilson Friday, 03 July 2015 20:46
“From recognizing three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to having the U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast perform the national anthem, we’re honored to have the different branches of the military play an integral part in this weekend’s activities,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.
Below are some of the different military-themed activities planned for this weekend at Daytona International Speedway:
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients: Three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients – Gary Littrell, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army; Salvatore Giunta, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army; and Ryan Pitts, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army – will be introduced during pre-race on Saturday prior to the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race and on Sunday prior to the 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Immediately following the national anthem on Sunday is a special ceremony during which the recipients will be surrounded by 36 colorful feather flags, held by representatives of each branch of the military, which will create one large American flag. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.
National Anthem: Prior to Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, the U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast – a 23-member instrumental band – will perform the national anthem, with the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard presenting the colors. The U.S. Air Force will perform the flyover with two F-16s from the 125th Fighter Squadron, the “Tulsa Vipers”, a unit of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. The U.S. Navy Band of the Southeast will also perform a 20-minute pre-race concert on the pre-race stage.
For Saturday’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola, the Patrol Squadron Thirty, stationed aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, will provide the color guard.
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Petty Officer First Class Terrell Sisk will lead Sunday’s 43-car field to the green flag as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. Sisk serves in the U.S. Coast Guard on the Aids to Navigation team out of Ponce Inlet, Fla.
Borinqueneers: The U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment out of Puerto Rico will be visiting the “World Center of Racing” for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola as part of NASCAR: An American Salute, the sport’s seven-week tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. The Borinqueneers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last year for their service during WWI, WWII and Korea. The Borinqueneers are named such after Puerto Rico’s original name, Borinquen. The group amassed 10 Distinguished Service Crosses, 250+ Silver Stars, 600+ Bronze Stars and almost 3,000 Purple Hearts.
Military Uniform Display: On display in the Sprint FANZONE will be six uniforms representing the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps., U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force on loan from the Military Museum of North Florida. The uniforms will represent various wars from WWII through the War in Afghanistan.
Fireworks: Daytona International Speedway will celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend with fireworks shows both Saturday and Sunday nights over Lake Lloyd after the checkered flag in the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.
The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.
A free club for kids 12 and under, Darlington Raceway Rascals presented by Future Scholar offers fun race related gifts and benefits for signing up.
“We’re always looking for ways to engage with the next generation of fans. The Darlington Raceway Rascals presented by Future Scholar will be a great way to educate our young audience about NASCAR racing and Darlington Raceway,” track President Chip Wile said. “The program provides a cool gift bag and fun opportunities for kids who are members. We appreciate the support of Future Scholar for this program.”
South Carolina’s Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan provides a tax-advantaged investment strategy for families seeking to afford a child’s future college tuition. The Wall Street Journal recognized Future Scholar as having the top state tax deduction program in the country, and Money Magazine identified South Carolina’s plan as “a leader in low fees.” No public funds are used in the sponsorship of the Darlington Raceway Rascals.
“Raceway Rascals is an opportunity for families to have fun at Darlington Raceway and learn more about the smart decision to save for college with Future Scholar,” said State Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. “Future Scholar and the Office of State Treasurer that administers the Future Scholar Plan are happy to support the Darlington Raceway Rascals and the children who sign up for this great program.”
Parents must visit www.DarlingtonRacewayRascals.com to sign up their child. An e-mail will be sent to the parent’s email account, which will need to be replied to for confirmation.
Membership benefits include the following:
· Official Raceway Rascals Bag
· Temporary Tattoo
· Coloring Book
· Complimentary NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 ticket
· Quarterly E-mail Newsletter
· Opportunity to participate in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series autograph session (supplies limited) on race weekend.
To receive membership benefits, kids and their parent(s) must either visit the Darlington Raceway Rascals presented by Future Scholar tent in the display area Kids Zone on race weekend, Sept. 4-6, 2015, or by stopping by the track’s administration offices during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
Details on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series autograph session, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5 at the track, will be sent out in future membership communications.
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The proceeds from the majority of events will benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway, which has distributed more than $4.8 million to local youth-serving non-profit groups since 2001.
The Children’s Champions Grand Marshal’s Banquet generated over $150,000, while the Ride-of-a-Lifetime Charity Auction, which was hosted online this year, raised almost $9,000. A special live auction was held the night of the banquet for a Ride-of-a-Lifetime experience with Jeff Gordon, which pulled in $10,000; the largest donation ever for a Ride-of-a-Lifetime in Sonoma. High bidders in the Ride of a Lifetime promotion accompany NASCAR drivers around the track on race-day as part of the driver introduction ceremonies.
The Grand Marshal’s Banquet was held on Friday, June 26, at Cline Cellars in Sonoma and featured Grand Marshal Kevin Jorgeson, a Sonoma county native who captured the world's attention with his free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park earlier this year. The sold-out sit-down dinner also featured a race preview by FOX’s NASCAR broadcast team, including Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Darryl Waltrip and Michael Waltrip. An additional $17,000 was raised through an auction for autographed bottles of Jeff Gordon Cellars wine. Proceeds from the banquet will be split between Speedway Children’s Charities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley.Nearly $30,000 was also raised through various donations throughout the weekend, including a $5,000 donation on behalf of the Transporter Drivers of Motorsports Association (TDMA), who participated in the 5th annual NASCAR Hauler Parade in Sacramento on June 25. Great Clips, which set up a hair salon in the main paddock, raised over $7,000 in donations throughout the weekend.
“We are grateful to all of the fans, sponsors and contributors who helped generate these terrific results,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. “Their generosity will work to the benefit of young people throughout our county.”
In addition to the proceeds generated for SCC, Levy Restaurants, the official caterer of Sonoma Raceway, hosted 13 local non-profit groups to support concession stands around the facility. In return for their hard work, Levy gives back a portion of sales to support those non-profit organizations. These groups, including Benicia High School Band Boosters, Vallejo Cheer, Air Force Sergeants Association, California Martial Arts, Fairfield High School Athletics, the OMEGA Foundation, the North Bay Panthers and Vallejo Junior Jaguars Youth Football programs, among others, received a total of over $38,000 after NASCAR weekend.Levy Restaurants also donated more than 400 pounds of food to Food Runners, a San Francisco-based non-profit that collects and distributes quality, perishable and prepared foods to those in need.
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The historic $400 million DAYTONA Rising project, encompassing the Speedway’s nearly one-mile long frontstretch, will be complete by January 2016. DAYTONA Rising will transform DIS into the world’s first motorsports stadium, with premium amenities and attractions.
Beginning in 2016, the multi-year agreement will provide Chevrolet with naming rights for one of five fan injectors. The massive, new and redesigned entry includes over 20,000 square feet of Chevrolet new vehicle displays and a fan engagement experience that vertically spans four concourse levels. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Chevrolet has been an integral part of the ISC family for many years and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship,” said ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “As part of their activation at DAYTONA Rising and other ISC facilities, Chevrolet will represent its iconic automotive brand through interactive experiences with fans.”
Chevrolet will also have branding rights for one of the “neighborhoods” located near its injector.
Each football field-sized neighborhood will be located throughout the new frontstretch and feature retail and dining areas, as well as dozens of video screens.
Additionally, Chevrolet will serve as an official partner of “The Great American Race,” the DAYTONA 500®, and receive official pace car rights in select years.
“Chevrolet’s commitment to racing originated more than a century ago with Louis Chevrolet and remains strong today as we solidify our presence at ‘The World Center of Racing’ by partnering with International Speedway Corporation, Daytona International Speedway and the DAYTONA Rising project,” said Alan Batey, president GM North America. “We look forward to enhancing the experience for race fans here in Daytona with the new Chevrolet injector entrance and neighborhood.”
In addition to the Founding Partner status with DAYTONA Rising, Chevrolet extended its pace car rights at several ISC facilities including Darlington Raceway®, Phoenix International Raceway® and Watkins Glen International® for various NASCAR and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) events.
“We’re excited to showcase Chevrolet’s legendary brand at DIS as part of DAYTONA Rising,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Their activation will elevate the race day experience at the new motorsports stadium, and continue to make them an integral part of the Speedway experience.”
In the Late Model division, defending track champion, Randy Benson took the checkered flag at the speedway for the first time since 2010. The race featured a very competitive 21-car field. BJ Mackey who led the majority of the laps just wasn’t able to capitalize on a late restart and had to settle for a second place finish. Shawn Magnum finished third. Kevin Parsons and Archie Adams Jr. rounded out the top-five.
Ricky Locklair Jr. was able to hold off William Haynie who finished second and Ben Watford who finished third in the closing laps of the Charger feature to claim his first victory in the division at the speedway. Kevin Ellis finished fourth, and Michael Elliott finished fifth.
Jeff Melton dominated the Street Stock feature on Sunday afternoon. AJ Hyatt was the runner-up, followed by Sonny Schoffen rounding out the top-three. Ricky Locklair Jr. and Willie Grainger finished fourth and fifth respectively.
JR Moore picked up yet another victory in the Four Cylinder Stock feature after leading flag-to-flag. Rounding out the top-five was Andy Norton, Will Bruxton, Tommy Altman and Jake Fitzgerald.
Trey Shuler put on quite a performance in the Mini Cup Stock division on Sunday. He kicked off the afternoon by winning the Mini Cup Dash and then followed that effort up with his first main event victory. Ricky Locklair Jr. and Logan Owens finished just behind Shuler. Steve Davis crossed the finish line in fourth, and Aiden Hetu finished fifth.
On Saturday, July 11, Dillon Motor Speedway will host the 9th Annual Raceway Automotive Fireworks Spectacular. The Mid Atlantic Street Stocks (MASS) will compete for $2,000. Other divisions competing include Late Models, Chargers, Four Cylinder Stocks and Mini Cups. The speedway will also host a massive fireworks display.
The old saying there is no place like home held true for 2013 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Missouri State Champion and Lebanon I-44 Speedway Pro Late Model Champion Cole Williams of Sellersburg, Indiana as he used a lap 19 caution to close-up the ground on leader Brian Brown and then took the top spot on lap 22 to capture The O'Reilly Auto Parts Late Model feature Saturday Night at The "High-Banks" of The Lebanon I-44 Speedway in a tune-up race before next weekend's Mercy Masters Of The Pros 144.
The start of the tightly packed field saw Brown grab the opening lead from pole sitter Josh Woody as veterans Terry Limberopoulos and Steve Holt followed close behind. With Brown setting a quick pace, Williams had charged into the top 5 by lap 5 after starting 13th in the line-up with his 2nd place qualifying efforts in time trials. Limberopoulos was staying close to the leader Brown as Holt was putting on pressure for 2nd place. On lap 10, Williams in his new Port City Chassis had caught Brennon Willard and moved into 4th spot as Brown was running consistent quick laps up front. By lap 17, Williams moved around Holt to secure the 3rd spot as the lead duo of Brown and Limberopoulos started to pull away. The 1st caution waved on lap 19 as Limberopoulos spun in turn 2 as the clutch went away on the veteran driver ending his strong run for the night. With Brown leading, Williams, Holt, Willard and 2014 Missouri State NASCAR Rookie of the Year Kyle Donahue were running in the top 5. On the restart, Brown pulled some distance on the "Hurrying Hoosier" Williams as Holt and Willard ran side by side. Caution waved again on lap 21 as Jimmy Vanzandt was involved in contact in a three wide pack of cars for 6th spot and front end damage ended his night. On the restart, Brown again pulled Williams by 2 cars, but Williams went from top side to the bottom and reeled in the leader. On circuit 22, Williams took the lead and never looked back in becoming the 5th different Pro Late Model winner in 5 features this season as the battle behind the winner was action-packed with fast qualifier Jake Griffin who started 16th made a last lap move to secure 3rd spot and was gaining on runner-up Brown when the checkered flew. Holt and 2014 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Missouri State Champion and Lebanon I-44 Speedway Pro Late Model Champion Kaleb Allison completed the top 5.
A very happy Williams was all smiles in the winner's circle." This is our 1st win of 2015 as rain has hampered everyone's schedule. This is the 1st race on this Port City car and what a tune-up before the $8,000 Mercy event next weekend here at I-44. Without a doubt the competition level has really picked-up here weekly. The caution really did help us as Brian was very strong tonight. We were pitted close by and his team was really working hard to get headed in the right direction and it showed. We started back deep, and on the start something happened mid-pack and the car really reacted great as we quickly took advantage and moved way down low. That opening move really payed-off for us tonight."
When asked about next week's event, Williams smiled and said," This is becoming the race that all Pro Late Model drivers are talking about. Last year was very tough and things didn't go our way as the flat tire right after the break took us out of the lead. The entire team has been focused on this event. We won the Nashville Pro Late Model points title last season, but we really want this Mercy Green Jacket. The quality of entries is at an all-time high."
Qualifying heats went to Jake Griffin and Williams as Griffin was fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.480 with Williams 2nd at 14.489.
The Budweiser Modified feature saw 2013 NASCAR Rookie Of The Year Richard Lewis in the right place at the right time as a lap 21 caution involving leaders Tim Swearengin and Ricky Icenhower put Lewis in the lead and then he held off a fast moving Rodrick Icenhower and Swearengin to capture his 1st ever feature win. The feature saw 4 different leaders as Rookie Todd Lauvray grab the opening spot. On lap 2, 2014 NASCAR Champion Stephen Counterman took control and had a strong car all evening. Swearengin had moved into 2nd place. Counterman was long gone until a lap 19 caution waved as the leader was involved in an incident going into turn 3 ending his night. This placed point leader Swearengin in front with Ricky Icenhower on his bumper followed by Lewis and Rodrick Icenhower. On the restart, the lead duo pulled away and then the following lap, contact sent both spinning around bringing out the caution. Swearengin rejoined the pack at the rear as Icenhower went to the pits. Lewis held Rodrick Icenhower at bay as Swearengin was flying through the field on the restart. At the finish it was Lewis, Swearengin, Roderick Icenhower, Lauvray and Brian Lewis completing the top 5. Heat races went to Ricky Icenhower and Swearengin.
The Sportsman feature saw a repeat winner for the first time this season as veteran JC Newell senior took the opening lead and had to hold off repeated challenges from his grandson Little JC Newell to take his 2nd win of the season. Newell held off point leader Aaron Douglas for the first 11 laps before Little JC broke away from a tight battle with Randy Besser and then Douglas to move into 2nd place. For the next 9 laps the duo ran side by side with Grandpa showing Grandson that he still had a trick or two up his sleeve by capturing win number 2 with Little JC, Douglas, 2013 NASCAR Champion Randy Besser and Jimmy Fohn following. "Diana and I would have been married for 47 years on Monday; we lost her a little over a year ago. Tonight she was riding in that car and this is what you call fun when you can race with family and friends and this was fun." Big JC, a veteran of 45 years of stock car racing also won the qualifying heat.
The Hoosier Street Stocks again provided plenty of action and excitement with point's runner-up Jordan Nisbett being patient and taking advantage of the leaders exchanging some sheet metal to grab his 2nd win of the season. Lebanon's Chris Johnson jumped to the opening lead with David Douglas and Zack Morgan following quickly. Caution waved on lap two as Morgan and Douglas got tangled-up in turn four sending both drivers up the track. With Johnson in charge, Joey Auxier charged to the 2nd place spot with Nick Cherry, point leader Les Mallard and Nisbett following. By lap 5 Nesbitt moved into 3rd place after a hard fought battle with Mallard as Auxier and Johnson were waging a war for the lead. Caution waved on lap eight as contact between the leaders sent both drivers to the pits while Nisbett took over the top spot. From there, Nisbett controlled the race behind him as Douglas and Morgan were coming-up through the pack. At the finish it would be Nisbett, Mallard, Douglas, Morgan and Shawn Schmidt in the station wagon in the top 5. Heat races wins went to Douglas, Morgan and Nisbett.
For 2013 Coca-Cola Charger Champion, Jimmy Poindexter a hard fought battle with leader Jason Walls found Poindexter grabbing his 2nd feature of the season after Walls was involved in a wreck while battling for position. Walls, the 2014 NASCAR Champion jumped to the opening lead over Japheth Nisbett. Walls was pulling away as Poindexter moved into 2nd place on lap 3 while point leader Ben White was battling traffic. Caution waved on lap 3 as Larry Hunter had an wheel hub break sending him spinning in turn 2. On the restart, Poindexter quickly gave chase as the duo of he and Walls went to battle. With some great door to door action Poindexter just nipped Walls for the lead on lap 7 as White was moving up the leader board. The following lap, Walls got sideways in turn 3 and Nisbett caught him in the side bringing out the red flag as crews checked on the drivers and cleaned up the wreck. Both Walls and Nisbett had to retire for the night. On the restart, Poindexter pulled away from White in taking the victory with Nik Taylor, Jesse Poindexter and Luke Oster following. Heat race wins went to Walls and Jimmy Poindexter.
Action continues Saturday July 4th with the running of the 3rd Annual Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 squaring off the JEGS/CRA All-Star Series against the NASCAR Whelen All American Series featuring a 144 lap Pro Late Model Feature paying $8,000 to win. At this time there are over 40 Entries from 13 states and Canada including 2-time Daytona 500 Champion Sterling Marlin. Grandstand and Wild Side gates will open at 2PM with qualifying to start at 3:30. There will also be a special autograph session at 4:15 and racing to begin at 5:30 with a fireworks show to cap off the evening. Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds and Hoosier Tire NASCAR Street Stocks will also be in action. For more information visit WWW.I44Speedway.net and check out the daily updates on the Facebook page.
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Larson drove media around the famed 2.5-mile oval in a 1994 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Pace Car from the inaugural Brickyard 400, then visited the Hall of Fame Museum for a tour with IMS historian Donald Davidson and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon, also of Chip Ganassi Racing.
The California native was the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year. Earlier this year he won the Rolex 24 at Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing with NASCAR teammate Jamie McMurray and Indianapolis 500 champions Dixon and Tony Kanaan. Larson is 18th in the Sprint Cup standings.
Gordon is wrapping up his final full season behind the wheel and visiting on his "Victory Tour" in advance of a final appearance on July 26 at the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.
When Gordon was 14 years old, he and his family relocated to Pittsboro to further Gordon's racing career. The driver went on to superstardom and members of the Pittsboro community continue to follow their hero in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
In conjunction with the town of Pittsboro, IMS is staging a parade in Gordon's honor on Jeff Gordon Day (as designated by the town) at noon on Main Street. Fans are encouraged to line the parade route. A merchandise trailer stocked with Gordon items will be on site.