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NiFi 2015 at Kentucky Speedway

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:47
Nitro Fidelity in association with Kentucky Speedway are excited to announce the inaugural NiFi Festival. The three-day festival that offers abundant on-site camping will be taking place August 28 – 30, 2015 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY, centrally located near Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington, and within easy driving  distance of a number of major municipalities including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Knoxville, St. Louis, Nashville, Indianapolis and Columbus.  Nitro Fidelity has partnered with Huka Entertainment and AJ Niland to curate a range of artists from multiple genres. The all-star line up will include over 40 artists: Green Day, Kings of Leon, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Weezer, Hank Williams, Jr. and more. The full lineup is below. General Admission and Ignited (VIP) tickets go on sale on May 28, 10am eastern via nififest.com.
Besides world-class music performances, NiFi will also be offering an incomparable food and beverage experience that will include local chefs, food trucks, brewers and distillers. Local superstar chef, the James Beard Award nominated Edward Lee will be featured as the culinary headliner.
General admission tickets will include three-day access and complimentary car camping. Optional tent camping and RV upgrades will be available. An “Ignited Pass” will include three-day access and preferred camping as well as entry to the Ignited Lounge with complimentary drinks, menu by Chef Edward Lee and activities as well as exclusive viewing areas and more. The “Headliner  Experience” will include a fully loaded tour bus plus personal concierge and gourmet meals.
NiFi will have three music stages, including one that is dedicated solely to emerging talent. All events will be held in the infield of the speedway in order to allow patrons to get the most out of the infrastructure and benefits of the venue. The incredible music is sure to make for an epic three-day weekend that will feature multiple lodging options, an elevated food and beverage program as well as a variety of dynamic activities.
Additional lineup announcements and a daily schedule of artists will be available soon. For the latest NiFi news and updates, please visit: 
The inaugural NiFi Festival lineup is below:
Green Day
Kings of Leon
Miranda Lambert
Brantley Gilbert
Jake Owen
Hank Williams, Jr.
Flogging Molly  
Gov’t Mule Bleachers
Trace Adkins
Joe Nichols
Josh Turner
The New Pornographers
Benjamin Booker
Built to Spill
The Joy Formidable
Black Lips
Jana Kramer
Moon Taxi
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Cloud Nothings
The Orwells
Jon Pardi
Charlie Worsham
Nikki Lane
Drake White and The Big Fire
Rayland Baxter
Native Run
David Fanning
Brooke Eden
Dean Alexander
The Marcus King Band
Jacob Davis
Tucker Beathard
Walker County

‘Race. Camp. Party.’ at MIS this summer

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:16
It’s sparks flying on the track and off. It’s warm bodies and cold drinks. It’s camping under the moon and seeing how wild things get. It just might be the best days of summer you’ll ever have.

Michigan International Speedway has a whole new experience for fans in 2015.

In a package catered to those who want to party late into the night, MIS has the perfect package just for you.

“Race. Camp. Party.” It is an experience unlike any other and will be sure to keep the good times rolling all day and late into the night.

“It’s a unique concept we think will be a great experience for new NASCAR fans and people who want to have a good time. We have combined all the great things about race week at MIS into one affordable and fun package,” track President Roger Curtis said. “The new ‘Race. Camp. Party.’ package brings the fan experience and the camping experience to the next level. This will be for fans who want to watch the action on NASCAR’s fastest track, all while continuing to party. We are making the race weekend party bigger and better.”

This $450 package is for four people and includes a campsite in the MISCamping.com M-50 Campground, access to "Night Cap", organized, Spring Break style parties that last until 3 a.m., four wristbands for The Deck all weekend, access to Keloorah on Friday and Saturday and a four-pack of Red Bull Energy Drink delivered to the campsite.

The new Race. Camp. Party. deal at Michigan International Speedway is the ultimate camp and party package.

And it’s designed to be easy to purchase and affordable.

Start race days on The Deck overlooking Turn Three. This new standing-room only location allows fans to overlook the fast-paced action all day, while listening to great Detroit deejays during the event. That’s right, there will be deejays spinning the best music all weekend long – even when cars are on the track. The Deck will be open all weekend when the main grandstand is open.

The party does not stop there. Keloorah, a music festival experience, will take place Friday and Saturday of each NASCAR weekend at MIS this summer from 4 – 11 p.m. 

Keloorah kicks off on Friday, June 12, when country music takes center stage with Montgomery Gentry, Drake White and The Big Fire as well as Tim Dugger. Alternative rock rounds out the June weekend on Saturday, June 13, with American Authors, Bear Hands and IAMDYNAMITE.

Besides the live shows, there will be deejays, a go-kart experience, a video game arcade, an outdoor sports bar, tailgate games, foam parties and paint parties – all within the NASCAR event weekends and on MIS property.

Keep the party going well into the dark at “Night Cap,” an all new area located in the MISCamping.com M-50 Campground. Deejays and Spring Break party organizers will host different party themes every night, including a foam pit and a paint party.

And you get a campsite in the MISCamping.com M-50 Campground where the quiet hours do not start until 3 a.m. Tent, pop-up, RV and motorcoach campsites available. To help you get through the weekend we will deliver a four-pack of Red Bull Yellow Edition to your campsite.

What are you waiting for? Starting calling all your friends and get this can’t-miss deal. You and three friends can party, camp and enjoy thrilling NASCAR racing all weekend for $450!

The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) is excited to announce their 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner with this year’s Guest of Honor, Jeff Hammond. The event will take place on Monday, June 15 at Receptions Banquet and Conference Centers in Erlanger, Kentucky, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Seats and tables for this event are available as pre-sale only and are first-come, first-served. Tickets will not be sold at the door. The evening includes a plated dinner, silent auction, premium gift and Q&A session with Jeff Hammond. As an added bonus, the youngest Daytona 500 winner in NASCAR history, Trevor Bayne, will make a special appearance.
Each table of eight is $900, or individual seats can be purchased for $125 each. All funds raised during the event are put directly back into the tri-state community through SCC’s annual grant distribution program, where funding is provided to non-profit children’s organizations who care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need.
Space is limited for this year’s “Dinner with Jeff Hammond,” so reserve your spot early to avoid missing out on this great opportunity. To RSVP, please contact Dayna Winslette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 859-567-3417.
Chapter Director Dayna Winslette is excited that fans will be able to experience this unique interaction firsthand. “Jeff Hammond’s experience in NASCAR spans four decades, so imagine the stories he will share with our dinner guests. Starting as a pit crew member in 1974, Jeff worked his way up to crew chief, winning three championships with Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. Now, fans enjoy his industry insight as a FOX Sports analyst. Trevor Bayne will also be able to add an element of the new-school racing to the discussions, as he shares his experience as a Daytona 500 Champion.”
For further information about the charity and this event, please visit the chapter’s website at http://kentucky.speedwaycharities.org/.

KY Speedway PR
With just seven laps to go and leading the first-ever NASCAR™ Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol presents Drivin’ for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park, Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota driver Erik Jones’ quest to win was abruptly ended with a hit by German Quiroga that took both drivers out of the running. 

Jones, who in November 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway became the youngest winner in truck series history, was visibly upset after wrecking hard. The two teams got into a mighty brawl in the pits. The event made for great racing and even better drama. Now Jones is ready to even the score with a win at return of the NASCAR™ Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Erik Jones Setting Himself Apart At A Young Age

Jones entered the 2015 season competing full-time in the NASCAR™ Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and part-time in the NASCAR™ XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. Jones was put on standby in Charlotte in case Kyle Busch couldn’t run the entire 600 lap race.  Currently, Jones stands second in standings behind Matt Crafton.  Jones is also a frontrunner in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year race.

Jones became the first driver in NASCAR™ national series history to win five national series races before the age of 19. The historic win at Texas breaks his tie with Chase Elliott (four wins) for the most national series wins by a driver under the age of 19.

In fact, there have only been 14 races won by drivers under the age of 18 -- and Jones now has 35% of those victories.

Jones’ win at Texas was the fifth of his NASCAR™ national series career but just the first in the NASCAR™ XFINITY Series and driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Jones also has posted four wins in the N NASCAR™ Camping World Truck Series driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. 

Dillon Motor Speedway hosted the Herald Office Systems 200 on Saturday, May 23.

Late Model driver, Bobby Gower won his third straight win at the speedway after holding off defending track champion, Randy Benson and Tim Allensworth. Justin Hicks finished fourth, and BJ Mackey rounded out the top-five. The 60-lap feature boasted an entry list of 17 drivers.

Bryan Blackwell won the first stop for the Pee Dee Coastal Super Truck Series at the speedway this season. However, it didn’t come without a challenge from Clay Thomas, Kevin Parsons, Hal Goodson and Kerry Lawrence who rounded out the top-five.

Brian Owens claimed his second win in a row in the Charger division. Ben Watford finished second, followed by Dale Driggers who claimed his first top-three of the season. Darlington’s Wayne Locklair finished fourth, and Jimmy Miller rounded out the top-five.

In the Street Stock division, it was Ricky Locklair Jr. taking the checkered flag. AJ Hyatt was the runner up, and Locklair Jr.’s father, Ricky Locklair Sr. finished third. Sonny Schoffen finished fourth, but he claimed victory in the first ever Mid Atlantic Street Stock (MASS) event at Concord Speedway that took place on Friday night. Ron Flynn rounded out the top-five at Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday.

JR Moore won his third Pure Stock Four feature in a row at the speedway. He now has four career victories in the division. Emory Herring finished second, followed by Steve Lauffer, Andy Norton and Randy Montgomery.

The next event to be held at Dillon Motor Speedway will be the inaugural race on the 1/7th-mile asphalt track located in the infield. Legends, Bandoleros, Go-Karts, Champ-Karts and Mini Cups will all compete on Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31.

As for the next stock car event, the speedway will host the First Citizens 200 on Saturday, June 13. The event will include the Late Models, Chargers, Street Stocks, Pure Stock Fours, Mini Cup Stocks and Ford Flatheads.

It was the big payoff for about 25 students from Snow Creek Elementary School: hot laps around Martinsville Speedway in the pace car and hot pizza in the track’s infield.

The students were part of more than 11,000 youngsters from six school systems that participated in Martinsville Speedway’s annual Read-Your-Way to the Race program during the past year. It was the 10th year for the program.

Participating students are required to read a set number of books or chapters based on their skill level during a six week period. Students who achieve the requirements are eligible to win various prizes, including participating in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pre-race and post-race ceremonies and riding along in the Kroger 200 pace vehicle during the parade lap.

Classes that have high participation in the reading program can win the chance to lead the Kroger 200 crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, lead the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance or have a pizza party in the infield of the track along with pace car rides.

More than 2,000 students reached the required reading goal this year.

“The reading program is something we are very proud of,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “It has been a very effective way for us to work with school systems to help get kids more excited about reading.”

The third-graders from Snow Creek Elementary School who had completed their Read-Your-Way to the Race requirements were the winners of a pizza party at the track and recently made the trip from neighboring Franklin County to collect their prize.

Not only did the Snow Creek Elementary students surpass the Read-Your-Way to the Race goal, they topped goals set by their school. The group of third, fourth and fifth-graders earned “Super Reader” status by completing the school’s Accelerated Reader program which requires them to pass comprehension quizzes on books they have read and surpass their grade level goals for mid-year and end-of-year.

“These kids have read a lot and have really understood what they read,” said Jamie Brooks, third-grade teacher at Snow Creek Elementary. “We are extremely proud of their hard work and interest in reading.”

Martinsville Speedway PR

Sonoma Raceway fans will enjoy some of Northern California’s most iconic craft beer brands when they visit the track this summer, as Morris Distributing returns as the Official Craft Beer of Sonoma Raceway.

The fan-favorite sponsor will have multiple draft locations throughout the facility during the NASCAR, NHRA and INDYCAR event weekends.  There will be a draft trailer stationed above Turn 9, the TAPS bar at the north end of the main grandstand and various draft trailers throughout the main paddock area. 

Race fans can enjoy six different craft beers and ales on tap from some of Northern California’s most popular local breweries, including Bear Republic (Healdsburg), Lost Coast (Eureka), North Coast (Fort Bragg), Black Diamond (Concord), Sudwerk (Davis) and 101 North Brewing (Petaluma).

“Morris Distributing has helped establish the notion of tasty, locally brewed craft beers as part of the event experience at Sonoma Raceway,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. “We are delighted to welcome them back for 2015.”

Morris Distributing has been in business for 22 years and is one of the largest specialty beverages distributors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving Marin, Sonoma, Napa and San Francisco counties for over a decade, Morris Distributing prides itself on quality products and quality service. The three-year partnership also includes tickets, signage, at-track promotional space and marketing assets.

“Morris Distributing has been a partner with Sonoma Raceway for the past several years and will continue into the future,” said Kevin Peterson, general manager of Morris Distributing. “We are proud to bring fine local and regional craft beer and hard cider to the track for race fans to enjoy.” 

Fans can enjoy a selection of craft beers at the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, June 26-28.  For more information about Morris Distributing or to find a brewery, visit morrisdistributing.com.

Sonoma Raceway PR
Pocono Raceway, one of the most ‘unique’ superspeedways in motorsports, and Unique Pretzels, the original producers of a split-open pretzel, have agreed to a multi-year extension of their existing partnership. Unique will continue to serve as the “Official Pretzel of Pocono Raceway” with their products available for race fans at multiple concession areas during Pocono’s three major motorsports events, including the upcoming Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 race weekend, June 5-7.

“Our friends at Unique Pretzels have been a great partner of ours over the last three years,” said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President/CEO. “Since becoming a partner of ours in 2012, they have offered fans some of the best pretzels I have personally ever tasted. We are excited to extend our official partnership with this sixth-generation, Pennsylvania family-owned business and to give fans the opportunity to purchase their delicious products at the Raceway for years to come.”

Unique Pretzels, headquartered in Reading, PA, has been owned and operated by the Spannuth family since the early 1800’s. Their wide variety of products include “Splits”, “Shells”, Flavored Shocked “Shells”, Mustard Dips and Chocolate Coated ‘‘Splits”. Additionally, they offer specialty gift baskets and tins for any occasion. For more information, visit www.uniquesplits.com

“Unique Pretzels is excited be back as The Official Pretzel of Pocono Raceway,” said Justin Spannuth, Unique Pretzels Vice President/COO. “We hope to continuously grow as a bigger staple to the Pocono tradition and have the opportunity to go fast with the great fans and partners at Pocono! We are very proud to support another Pennsylvania based, multi-generational family-owned and operated company. The Unique family is looking forward to coming to the race and interacting with the fans!”

Pocono Raceway and Unique Pretzels collaborated on a special video to announce their partnership renewal. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/uniquepretzels to see how Tricky, the Raceway’s official mascot, Igdalsky and Spannuth prepare for the upcoming events at “The Tricky Triangle.”

Pocono Raceway PR

As a thank you to the greatest race fans in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering special pricing for selected days for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

All ticket reorders for the 2016 Indianapolis 500 must be received no later than Monday, June 8. Fans who reorder their Indianapolis 500 tickets will be eligible for special pricing until Monday, June 8, for next year's Coors Light Carb Day, Qualification Days, Practice Days, Firestone Legends Day and parking:

Product Gate Price Fan Price
Coors Light Carb Day $30


Qualifications $20  $10*
Practice $15 $10*
Firestone Legends Day $10 $5*
2016 Indianapolis 500 Parking Varies 2015 Early Prices*

                                                      *Special promo rates expire June 8, 2015

Fans renewing their seats for the 2016 Indianapolis 500 may use two ways to order:

1. Visit www.ims.com/tickets, log in to your account, and reorder your tickets online.
2. Mail your 2016 Reorder Form (enclosed with your 2015 tickets) to:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
P.O. Box 24152
Speedway, IN  46224-0152                                                                    

2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 - The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.


The new partnership will include AEG's live-entertainment division, AEG Live, as ISC examines opportunities to develop music and other live events at many of its 13 motorsports entertainment facilities throughout the U.S.

"We are always seeking new ways to improve the guest experience," said Lesa France Kennedy, ISC CEO. "Partnering with AEG Live is one great example as we expand our entertainment calendar beyond motorsports to include additional high-energy live entertainment productions."

AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG that operates and consults with preeminent venues worldwide, will continue to advise ISC on its latest development projects including DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million renovation of Daytona International Speedway set to open in January 2016, and ONE DAYTONA, a premier retail and entertainment destination planned across from the legendary Speedway.

"Partnering with ISC, the nation's largest motorsports entertainment provider, is a great opportunity for AEG," said Jay Marciano, Chief Operating Officer, AEG and Chairman AEG Live. "Combining ISC's iconic sites and outstanding infrastructure with AEG's resources will allow us to create unforgettable music events and great fan experiences at some of the nation's most storied venues."


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