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Grant Enfinger first attended races at Talladega Superspeedway as a fan with his father. This afternoon, however, the 31-year-old Fairhope, AL native held off teammate Spencer Gallagher for his first career NASCAR national series win at his home track in the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, capping a race filled with excitement as seven teams battled for five transfer spots to the Round of 6 in the Chase for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Only William Byron, who entered with six victories this season including one earlier in this playoff round, was safe, regardless of what happened over the course of 94 thrilling laps.
With the victory, Enfinger became the first Alabama native to win a NASCAR national series race at Talladega Superspeedway since the late Davey Allison, who won in May of 1992.
“It’s unbelievable,” Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series Champion, said. “This is my home track. It’s so special with everybody here. It’s pretty unbelievable that we had a truck that good. I think we made the right call [on the final restart] by starting on the top. We had all four GMS trucks running up front and could have won this race. A few months ago, we didn’t even know if we were coming here, and we’re going to celebrate tonight.”
Several drivers, like Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton and Ben Kennedy, just needed to make it through the day with their point totals relatively unscathed to advance and they did just that.
Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek, however, entered today’s race needing to avoid trouble entirely, with both sitting below the transfer line in the final race of the Round of 8. Just 13 laps in, however, Nemechek brought out the first caution after his engine failed on the Alabama Gang Superstretch, effectively ending his championship aspirations and dashing any chance of him moving past the first round of the postseason, as he finished 32nd. Meanwhile, Hemric found his No. 19 Ford collected in multi-car accidents not once, but twice, sustaining damage in crashes on Laps 42 and 59, and while he battled back to finish on the lead-lap in 11th, Johnny Sauter’s 7th place finish eliminated him from title contention.
Truex Jr. wins first career pole at Talladega Superspeedway; drama of Hellmann’s 500 awaits on Sunday
The weekend culminates on Sunday with the tension and excitement of the Hellmann’s 500, set to start at 1:00 p.m. CDT. On Saturday afternoon, Martin Truex Jr. got a leg up on the 40-car field by capturing his fourth pole of 2016, and first-ever at Talladega Superspeedway with a lap of 193.423 mph (0:49.508). Truex, who has a 13-point cushion on the final transfer spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will look to advance to the Round of 8 for the second straight fall.
“This is no doubt one of the toughest races there is just to stay mentally focused. It’s not a physically demanding race, but the mental side is pretty insane to be three or four wide all day long, especially if you decide you’re going to try to stay up front all day and try to race all day and not ever go to the back and try to be in a safe spot,” Truex said. “There’s no telling what can happen here, you just have to go race hard and hopefully a little luck is on your side and you can stay near the front. That’s the most important thing.”
The scheduled 188-lap event is the final race of the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The number of drivers eligible to win the title will be trimmed from 12 to eight following the race, with Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick guaranteed advancement by virtue of wins in this round. Several drivers, including rookie Chase Elliott and four-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Brad Keselowski, have their backs against the wall and will likely need a victory Sunday to avoid elimination.
“I think any success at the Cup level no matter what track, the keys are doing everything right. You have to have a great team, you have to make the right moves, and the strategies have to change and you have to have a little bit of good fortune. I don’t think there is one key,” Keselowski told NASCAR.com about his previous restrictor-plate success. “I’ve been very fortunate to win [at Talladega] a handful of times and each time there was probably one moment that was more important than another moment and they aren’t shared between the races.”
Carl Edwards, who enters Sunday 4th in the Chase standings, knows first-hand the highs and lows of restrictor plate racing at Talladega Superspeedway, and how much pressure the NASCAR postseason can add to an already volatile environment.
“This track has been challenging to me since the first time I came here, but this race is pretty simple for us – we brought very good race cars, we’re hoping to race up front all day and try to get a victory,” Edwards said. “There’d be nothing simpler than just winning the race and not worrying about anything else.”
Edwards, six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and defending Alabama 500 winner Joey Logano, along with Brian Scott, Michael Annett and 1989 NASCAR Champ Rusty Wallace, will be interacting with fans as part of the Fan Question & Answer session at the start-finish line. Fans that purchase Talladega’s “Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrade” for $75, along with a Sunday admission ticket, will have access to the special Fan Q&A session, which is tentatively set from 9:30-10:45 am CDT. To purchase, simply visit www.
For drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Friday was about making the most of practice sessions and dialing in that all-important setup for racing this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
The hours spent doing so will pay off in a big way for some drivers, especially those able to handle the intense action at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track and advance in their respective championship battles. At the conclusion of Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 and Saturday’s fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, the field of title contenders will shrink. The weather forecast will be perfect for racing with beautiful sunny skies with a high of 71 Saturday and 78 on Sunday. Great tickets remain for both events. For information on how to attend, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.
Qualifying for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will be the first order of business at the 2.66-mile mammoth venue on Saturday, which starts at 9:30 a.m. CDT for the NCWTS, with the race following at noon. Then, the NSCS drivers will hit the track at 3:00 p.m. CDT to begin Foodland/Food Giant qualifying for Sunday’s running of the highly anticipated Hellmann’s 500.
The weekend culminates with the tension and excitement of Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500, set to start at 1:00 p.m. CDT. The scheduled 188-lap event is the final race of the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The number of drivers eligible to win the title will be trimmed from 12 to eight following the race, with Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick guaranteed advancement by virtue of wins in this round. Several drivers, including rookie Chase Elliott and four-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Brad Keselowski, have their backs against the wall and will likely need a victory Sunday to avoid elimination.
“I think any success at the Cup level no matter what track, the keys are doing everything right. You have to have a great team, you have to make the right moves, and the strategies have to change and you have to have a little bit of good fortune. I don’t think there is one key,” Keselowski, who is hoping for a 2016 Talladega sweep, told NASCAR.com about his previous restrictor-plate success. “I’ve been very fortunate to win [at Talladega] a handful of times and each time there was probably one moment that was more important than another moment and they aren’t shared between the races.”
The battle is also building up intensity for the first-ever running of the Chase format in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. William Byron is the only driver who has guaranteed a spot in the Round of 6, while others vying for the championship include: Christopher Bell (-18 points behind Byron), Matt Crafton (-19), Ben Kennedy (-25), Talladega Superspeedway’s defending two-time fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola winner, Timothy Peters (-27) and Johnny Sauter (-28). Daniel Hemric (-43) and John Hunter Nemechek (-43) sit below the cut-off line.
“Anything can happen. So we just have to go out, execute, not make mistakes, do the best that we can do, run up front and try to win the race,” Nemechek said. “Just try not to get caught up in any of the wrecks and be able to be there at the end when it counts and have a shot at the win.”
Peters is set for an opportunity to pull off a feat that has never been accomplished in the first 10 years the NCWTS has been at Talladega. He will seek to become the only driver to win three consecutive NCWTS races in the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.
Talladega Superspeedway’s action-packed weekend continues tomorrow with qualifying for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca Cola (9:30 a.m. CDT) and Foodland/Food Giant qualifying for the Hellmann’s 500 (3 p.m. CDT). The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola gets the green flag at noon CDT. The Hellmann’s 500 is set to begin at 1 p.m. CDT Sunday.TSS PR
With the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 race weekend at Martinsville Speedway just a week away, there is no better time to purchase race tickets, as prices increase on Monday. The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is the only short-track race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
The half-mile speedway offers great views of the entire track from nearly every seat and every seat has a view of the action on pit road.
“When you come to Martinsville you know that you’re actually going to see a great race,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “No matter if you’re sitting in the turns or on the straightaway, you get a great view of the action all over the track and we have a lot of action. You can’t say that about every track.”
For families, the track is once again offering the Family 4 Pack. Starting at just $119, the package includes two adult and two youth 12-and-under tickets in the Clay Earles Tower rows 6-14. Families can also add four Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dogs and Four Pepsi products for just $20.
For fans looking to enhance their race day experience, the Green Flag Experience returns on Sunday morning. Fans will hear from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch Kasey Kahne and more in the Plaza on the top of the hill outside turn four. They can then walk on the frontstretch, sign the start/finish line and watch driver introductions from the track. The Green Flag Experience is $60 for adults and $20 for youth 12-and-under.
Ticket prices for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 weekend will increase $10 on Monday.
The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Race Weekend is October 28-30.
The weekend starts on Friday with Virginia Lottery Pole Day and continues on Saturday with the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in action Sunday with the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.
Adult ticket prices for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 start at $45. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $50.
Last year, Jeff Gordon took home his ninth grandfather clock trophy and was the first driver to clinch a spot in the Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Chase.
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GEICO, the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the U.S., today announced it will extend its multiyear partnership with International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA) (OTC Bulletin Board:ISCB) ("ISC"), owner / operator of 13 of the nation's major motorsports facilities. GEICO will continue its entitlement for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway as well as its Campground naming rights at eight ISC motorsports facilities. Debuting for NASCAR's Chase double elimination weekend Oct. 21-23, GEICO will provide naming rights to Talladega's Restart Zone. Beginning in 2017, GEICO will take ownership of this area at 10 additional ISC tracks as well.
GEICO's sponsorship of the GEICO 500 at Talladega will run through 2019, the year the mammoth 2.66-mile venue will celebrate its historical 50th anniversary. Next year's GEICO 500 is set for May 7, 2017.
"We're excited about extending our relationship with GEICO, one of the largest auto insurers in the U.S.," said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "This race, known for its thrilling on-track action at NASCAR's most competitive track, will continue to provide an incredible platform for GEICO to engage with fans." GEICO has been an entitlement partner with Talladega Superspeedway since 2014.
The GEICO Restart Zone will add significant brand visibility to an area just prior to the start / finish line indicating where the race leader is allowed to accelerate when the race is beginning or continuing following a caution. Further leveraging ISC's massive scale, GEICO will be represented at 11 of the Company's tracks beginning in 2017 including Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International. In and around the zone synonymous with thrilling racing action, lead changes and drama, GEICO's prominent signage will be seen not only by guests in attendance, but those watching the broadcast.
Recognizing ISC's ability to reach fans across the U.S. with its vast portfolio, GEICO also ensures that fans can enjoy the GEICO Campground at eight ISC facilities including Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International.
"At GEICO, we're always looking for new ways to engage with sports fans," said Ted Ward, GEICO marketing vice president. "Having our branding in the Restart Zone is not only a GEICO first, but also a first for all of NASCAR. This expansion of our presence at the track underscores the success of our NASCAR partnership."
Talladega Superspeedway's action-packed weekend kicks off today (Friday, Oct. 21) with practice sessions for both the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race and the Hellmann's 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event. Saturday's schedule includes Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for both the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (9:30 a.m. CDT) and the Hellmann's 500 (3:00 p.m. CDT). The fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (the Round of 8 Elimination race in the NCWTS Chase) gets the green flag at 12 Noon CDT. Sunday's Hellmann's 500, which will see the field of 12 contenders for the title be reduced to eight at the checkered flag, is set for a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Original members of the famed Alabama Gang, Bobby and Donnie Allison – both of whom enjoyed great success at Talladega Superspeedway over the years- will serve as Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter, respectively, for Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, pivotal elimination event in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where 12 eligible drivers for the season-ending championship will be trimmed to eight at the checkered flag.
Bobby, the 1983 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and four-time Talladega Superspeedway winner, will deliver those most famous words in motorsports – “Drivers, Start Your Engines” - as 40 competitors will bring their cars to life, and prepare for the scheduled 188-lap event of intense battle around the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Donnie, a two-time Talladega winner will show the green flag to the field to kick off the final race of the Round of 12 at 1:00 p.m. CDT. Both are members of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame
The Allisons, along with Red Farmer, made Dale Earnhardt Jr. one of their own late last month. During a memorable day that featured history reborn, the trio of Bobby, Donnie and Red - who helped to not only put the state of Alabama on the map in the world of motorsports, but also became legends in the entire motorsports community - awarded the third-generation driver the prestigious position of “Honorary Member” into the iconic and esteemed Alabama Gang. While he won’t be competing in the Hellmann’s 500, Earnhardt Jr. will be interacting with fans as part of the track’s Fan Driver Question & Answer session on Sunday morning at the start-finish line.
Talladega Superspeedway’s action-packed weekend kicks off today with practice sessions for both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and Hellmann’s 500. Saturday’s schedule includes qualifying for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca Cola (9:30 a.m. CDT) and Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the Hellmann’s 500 (3 p.m. CDT). The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (the Round of 8 Elimination race in the NCWTS Chase) gets the green flag at noon CDT.
Richmond International Raceway (RIR) President Dennis Bickmeier and Vice President of Marketing and Communications Michael Waddell name James Hall, Jr. as the Director of Ticket Sales and Guest Services.
Hall comes to RIR from Canton, Ohio, where he served as the Director of Ticket Sales and Service for the Canton Charge, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA D-League affiliate. In his role, Hall oversaw all functions related to season tickets including partial plans, group tickets, premium areas, and programs.
“We welcome James and his family to the Commonwealth,” said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier. “James has great experience in developing sales teams that drive results and provide outstanding customer service. Our goal is to live up to the legacy of Bill France, Sr. who believed that everyone in the building sells tickets.”
In the past season, Hall led the Charge’s growth in ticket sales by 17% and group sales by 15% for the best season in franchise history. During his tenure as Group Sales Manager, Hall led the team in group sales annually setting a new franchise record for an individual seller. He began his tenure with the Canton Charge as the Group Event Specialist and Youth Basketball Coordinator.
“Success has been James’ partner at every stop,” said Vice President Mike Waddell. “He grew up a fan of NASCAR and knows the passion of our fans. As we enhance our sales and service culture, he will be a leader and great teammate.”
Hall began his career in professional sports as the Inside Sales Representative for the Charlotte Knights, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in Charlotte, N.C. In his role, he sold ticket packages, including season tickets, partial plans, and group tickets.
“I am grateful for this exciting new opportunity to work with Dennis Bickmeier, Mike Waddell and the staff at Richmond International Raceway,” said Hall. “Growing up in the shadows of Charlotte Motor Speedway, it is thrilling that the next step in my career will be in NASCAR. My family looks forward to returning east to Richmond and becoming a part of the community. We are excited for the opportunity to support RIR’s vision to provide an outstanding fan experience for Richmond Nation."
A native of Concord, N.C., Hall received his MBA with a marketing concentration and a bachelor of science in sports management from Wingate University in Wingate, N.C.
Hall and his wife, Ashlee, have three children, Rylee (6), Makenzee (4), and James III (4).
Hall will join the RIR leadership team on Monday as the staff continues preparations for the 2017 season. NASCAR returns to Richmond April 28-30 and September 8-9 for two weekends of action. Season ticket renewals for the 2017 season will be sent to our loyal fans in the coming weeks. On sale dates for tickets will be announced soon. For more information on tickets and what’s happening at RIR, please visit RIR.com.
It takes nerves of steel to circle Talladega Superspeedway at nearly 200 mph. The driver who does that the fastest on the final lap of Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be appropriately awarded with the new Vulcan Trophy, a miniature version of the famous cast-iron statue that overlooks the city in nearby Birmingham.
The Vulcan Trophy is a one-of-a-kind, handmade work of art created out of solid iron. It is nearly 3 feet tall and weighs nearly 80 pounds. It is the conception of Marshall Christie, the Director of Metal Arts at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, and Lead Sculptor/Artist in Residence Ajene Williams. The figure sits on an aluminum and stainless steel base that was created by Bruce Griffin (Griffin Laser) of Lincoln, as well as Steve Kirk (Advance Laser Machine) of Munford.
The design and resemblance of the Talladega Superspeedway (TSS) Vulcan Trophy is identical to the actual 56-foot colossal Vulcan statue that looms tall over Birmingham. The world’s largest iron-ore statue pays homage to the city’s roots in the iron and steel industry, with its depiction of the Roman god of fire and forge. The main attraction at Vulcan® Park and Museum, the statue stands on a 124-foot sandstone pedestal, bringing the height of the entire structure to 180 feet, and weighs more than 100,000 pounds. The statue was produced with local iron and was Birmingham’s entry at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
Talladega Superspeedway’s history with Vulcan dates to 1969, the year the mammoth 2.66-mile venue opened. A month after the first NASCAR race was held at the track, the ARCA Racing series came to TSS for the Vulcan 500, which was won by Jim Vandiver. A year later, Ramo Stott was victorious in the second Vulcan 500 ARCA event at TSS.
“There is no other race track in the world like Talladega, and now we can say there is no other trophy in the world like the Talladega Vulcan Trophy,” Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch said. “This trophy represents so much of what our venue is about: big, bold and tough.
“What these incredible metal artists have created is something that means so much to our local community, Birmingham and our state. I know the Vulcan Trophy will be a piece that the winning driver in Sunday’s Hellmann's 500 will cherish and covet. It’s original and the rarest of rare. Our history with Vulcan goes back to the beginning here, and we are just so proud of this.”
Vulcan has overlooked Alabama’s largest city from atop Red Mountain since the 1930s. Birmingham, founded in 1871, is unique because it contains coal, iron ore and limestone, the raw materials for making iron and steel. Three items are unique to Vulcan, who made weapons and armor for all the gods. His hammer and anvil were used in his forge (shop where metal is heated and hammered into useful items), and the spear is a piece of his completed work that he held high and admired.
“Having our beloved Vulcan replicated as the grand prize trophy for the Hellmann’s 500 links two vital aspects of our cultural heritage: Alabama’s racing legacy and the iron and steel industry,” said Darlene Negrotto, President & CEO of Vulcan Park & Museum. “We are delighted that Vulcan will have such a place of honor with one of our state’s most prominent and exciting venues.”
Sloss Furnaces, with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks, serves as an interpretive museum of industry and hosts the nationally recognized Metal Arts program. It is a National Historic Landmark, operating as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing it became one of the first industrial sites (and the only blast furnace) in the U.S. to be preserved and restored for public use.
The Hellmann’s 500 is set to begin at 1 p.m. CDT Sunday. The Hellmann’s 500 is the Round of 12 elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the field of competitors eligible for the season-ending championship will be reduced from 12 to eight at the checkered flag. Talladega Superspeedway’s action-packed weekend kicks off on Friday with practice sessions for both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and Hellmann’s 500. Saturday’s schedule includes qualifying for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (9:30 a.m. CDT) and Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the Hellmann’s 500 (3 p.m. CDT). The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (the Round of 8 Elimination race in the NCWTS Chase) gets the green flag at Noon CDT.TSS PR
Teresa Gabor, Kevin Pitt to Serve as Honorary Officials for fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, Oct. 22Written by Steven B. Wilson Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:15
Talladega Superspeedway track officials announced today the Honorary Starter and Grand Marshal, as well as the National Anthem performers, for the first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chase elimination race, the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, on Saturday, Oct. 22.
fred’s Pharmacy, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, with more than 650 locations throughout the southeastern United States, will have Teresa Gabor, senior vice president of merchandising, serving as Grand Marshal. She will give the most famous command in motorsports – “Drivers, Start Your Engines” - prior to the start of the scheduled 94-lap event. Serving as Honorary Starter and bringing the field to the green flag to start Saturday’s race will be Kevin Pitt, regional vice president.
Gabor (left), from Coldwater, MS, has been with fred’s for 20 years and is responsible for several areas in merchandising. Pitt (right) is responsible for covering Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina for fred’s Pharmacy and has been with the company for 13 years.
The inaugural fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola took place in 2006, and multiple year winners of the NCWTS include Timothy Peters (2014, 2015), Kyle Busch (2009, 2010) and Todd Bodine (2007, 2008).
Singing the National Anthem prior to the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is The Sweet Tea Trio, a group of three young ladies hailing from three different parts of Alabama – Victoria Camp, Savannah Coker and Kate Falcon. The trio will bring a blend of southern charm and bluegrass with a little bit of country twang to the stage. The trio have recently been named the 2016 Alabama Female Country Artists of the Year by the Alabama Music Awards.
The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will have a contested battle for the title as it serves as a cut-off race in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. At race’s conclusion, six of eight eligible drivers will move on in the next round (Round of 6). By virtue of a win, William Byron is the only driver who has locked himself into the Round of 6.
Saturday’s schedule also includes qualifying for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (9:30 a.m. CDT) and Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying at 3 p.m. CDT for Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is set to get the green flag at noon CDT. The day concludes in the evening with the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, featuring Nashville country star Jerrod Niemann with Tim Dugger and DJ Michaelis rocking the stage beginning at 7:15 p.m. CDT.
The elimination drama continues during Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500, as it will serve as the final race in the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the field of 12 eligible drivers for the championship will be trimmed to eight at the checkered flag. Virtually no driver is safe from being eliminated except for Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick who have guaranteed a spot in the Round of 8 after their Round of 12 triumphs. The Hellmann’s 500 is set for a 1:00 p.m. CDT start.
For more information about the events of race day, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
While some of NASCAR’s biggest drivers in the Sprint Cup Series were testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway October 18 and 19, two South Florida middle schools were also visiting the track as part of their ‘NASCAR Pasta Challenge: The Science behind NASCAR Racing’ curriculum. The schools that visited were W.R. Thomas Middle School and Zelda Glazer Middle School from Miami.
A total of 43 seventh grade students gathered at the Pit Box, located in Speedway’s infield, to learn about the different sciences of NASCAR that are specific to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. As the drivers made their rounds on the Speedway’s oval, the students learned about the key aerodynamic principles of racing, which includes NASCAR’s Three D’s of Speed — drag, downforce and drafting.
In addition, the students brought in their own miniature cars that they built out of pasta, so they could be judged by Homestead-Miami Speedway’s staff. There were 14 teams that were entered in the competition with each team being judged for the car’s functionality and design.
After the judging competition was over and a winner was announced, David Ragan, driver of the #23 Toyota Camry for BK Racing, met with the students to talk about how he began his career in motorsports. In addition, Ragan explained how his car performed in the day’s testing sessions and about the importance of having different testing opportunities throughout the year.
The visit from the students for NASCAR Testing comes in advance of Ford Championship Weekend which will be held at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 18-20. Tickets to Ford Championship Weekend can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com
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Race fans from across the world are coming to NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track in anticipation of the Chase Double Elimination weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Hellmann’s 500 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola races this weekend, Oct. 21-23.
Fans who have already purchased tickets to attend the Hellmann’s 500 and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at the 2.66-mile venue will come from 20 countries across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Australia), including all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the United States. Australia is the farthest country that will be represented, which is over 9,300 miles away and more than 8,000 nautical miles away.
Nearby Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is a proud partner of Talladega Superspeedway and is excited to welcome those dedicated race fans traveling from across the country, as well as those from around the globe. Passengers can expect the same warm welcome and outstanding food, including the speedway-themed Talladega Grille, and over 100 daily departures and destinations to get fans to the race and back home with ease.
“Our race fans are passionate. This just proves they will do anything to witness in person the incredible racing and fan experience that Talladega Superspeedway offers,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “It is so true that when we say ‘This is more than a race, This is Talladega,’ our fans know it first-hand.”
More than 70 percent of Talladega Superspeedway’s dedicated fans come from outside of the state of Alabama - generating more than $380 million annually for Alabama tourism – to enjoy racing that is second-to-none, as well as a fun, social atmosphere that is good for all ages.
“Everybody knows that Talladega Superspeedway throws the best party on the circuit,” says Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell. “They host world-wide marquee events and are a major contributor for tourism in the state of Alabama, which allows us to showcase to those attending what our state has to offer.”
Fans in attendance this weekend will witness the first-ever NASCAR Chase Double Elimination weekend at the biggest and baddest venue on the planet, where any driver who has yet to win in the NSCS Round of 12 and NCWTS Round of 8 isn’t guaranteed to advance. Guests who will experience all the excitement in person should not be surprised to find that “Sweet Home Alabama” has more to offer than just the incredible track action. From delicious food delicacies to incredible road-trip destinations, Alabama has it all. Fans are encouraged to slow down, enjoy the trip, explore the cities and towns, experience the culinary side of the state and stay a little longer or come back sooner. For additional travel information, visit www.alabama.travel.
The weekend gets into high gear for the Hellmann’s 500 and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola this Friday with two different practice sessions (1:00-1:55 p.m. CDT & 3:30-4:25 p.m. CDT) for the NSCS and two practice sessions (12 Noon – 12:55 p.m. CDT & 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. CDT) as well for the NCWTS. Saturday’s schedule includes qualifying for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (9:30 a.m. CDT), the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola which gets the green flag at 12 Noon CDT, and Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying (3:00 p.m. CDT), which will determine the starting lineup for the Hellmann’s 500. A ticket to the Hellmann’s 500, scheduled for a Sunday 1:00 p.m. CDT green flag, also gets fans into the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, which will feature country star Jerrod Niemann, Tim Dugger and DJ Michaelis.TSS PR