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GoBowling.com announced today NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Richard Petty will serve as the Grand Marshal for the GoBowling.com 400. The GoBowling.com 400 will mark the 40thanniversary of Pocono Raceway’s inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Purolator 500, won by Petty on August 4, 1974. Additionally, GoBowling.com will host a promotion where one lucky fan could win $43,000 if the No. 43 GoBowling.com Richard Petty Motorsports entry, driven by Aric Almirola, wins the 400-miler at “The Tricky Triangle” on Sunday, August 3.
“This race carries special meaning for me as I think back to the thrill of tasting victory at the inaugural race at Pocono back in 1974. I see no better way to celebrate this milestone moment than by celebrating both racing and bowling, another sport that is pure Americana,” said Richard Petty in today’s GoBowling.com press release. “I am particularly excited to team up again with GoBowling.com and the bowling industry. Bowling isn’t only just a lot of fun but it’s a great sport that, like racing, brings people together and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.”
The “Win $43,000 if #43 Wins” promotion will take place during the GoBowling.com 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway August 1-3. Fans attending the race should look for GoBowling.com branded tents in Fan Fair to register to win. Camping guests will receive information on how to enter this promotion in their RV/Camping Welcome Bags upon their arrival next week. One lucky fan will be chosen, at random, to sit atop the No. 43 pit box during a segment the race. Additionally, if the No. 43 car wins the race, one randomly chosen fan will receive $43,000. Certain terms and restrictions may apply.
Pocono Raceway PR
Up-and-coming NASCAR drivers Dylan Kwasniewski and Ben Kennedy were on hand at the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, July 21 to promote the upcoming Nov. 6-9 NASCAR weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kwasniewski and Kennedy took in the two teams’ batting practice sessions and met with local media on the field prior to the game. Kwasniewski will race in the NASCAR Nationwide 200 race on Saturday, Nov. 8 at PIR, while Kennedy will compete in the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 7.
“This is pretty awesome. I played baseball when I was a kid, but it’s fun to be down near a major league dugout,” Kwasniewski said. “It’s cool to be near batting practice like this.”
The drivers welcomed the crowd to the evening’s game on DbTV, helped ‘Randy Johnson’ capture the checkered flag during the Legends Race after the fifth inning and belted out ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ during the seventh inning stretch.
“Being out here at the Diamondbacks’ stadium is a really cool experience,” said Kennedy. “It’s great to help build up Phoenix International Raceway and the race weekend coming up.”
Kwasniewski, 19, is currently 12th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. He won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West championship in 2012 and followed that up with the K&N Pro Series-East title in 2013 before moving up to the Nationwide Series this season. Kwasniewski lived in Phoenix from 2002-07 and raced go-karts in various circuits around the Valley throughout that time.
Kennedy, 22, sits sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points and currently is leading the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. His racing roots go back three generations, as his great-grandfather Bill France Sr., founded NASCAR in 1948. His mother, Lesa France Kennedy, is the CEO of International Speedway Corporation and Vice Chairwoman/Executive Vice President of NASCAR. Kennedy has five top-10 finishes in nine races this season.
The following is a statement from Southern National Motorsports Park track management regarding post-race inspection of the cars of #5 Lee Pulliam and #27 Tommy Lemons Jr.:
During the post-race tech inspection conducted July 19th the exhaust collector pipes from the #5 and #27 cars came into question. After thoroughly inspecting the parts, questions came up as to whether the parts meet the specifications as written in the NASCAR rule book. A closer look into the rule book found many areas of the rule were left open to interpretation and the Officials could not conclude with 100% certainty as to whether the parts did in fact meet the rule as written.
It is the policy of SNMP to give the racer every benefit of doubt before imposing any type of penalty. Without 100% certainty it was not possible to make a ruling that night and it was decided to send the parts to the NASCAR R&D center for further evaluation and interpretation of the rule as written in the NASCAR rulebook.
On Tuesday July 22 Les Westerfield, interim Director, Weekly Racing called to inform us NASCAR had inspected the parts, had a meeting to discuss the findings, and it was ruled the parts in question do in fact meet the guidelines of the 2014 rule book.
Therefore, the results from both races will stand as posted.
At SNMP we firmly believe upholding the integrity of the rule book "as written" is critical to ensure the long term success of any of the NASCAR Home Tracks.
It is the competitor's responsibility to read and understand the rule book. It is also the competitor's responsibility to utilize their knowledge of the rule book to set up their car to achieve the maximum performance that can be gained within the rules.
It is our responsibility to ensure a fair set of rules that encourages good competition is made available and enforced. We believe the NASCAR rule book achieves the first of these objectives.
In pursuit of the second objective it is the goal of SNMP to ensure every competitor is treated fairly and given an equal opportunity to compete on a fair playing field. When a boundary is crossed intentional or not, it is only fair to the other competitors to penalize the infraction. However, by no means do we want to penalize anyone that is willing to devote their resources in the legitimate pursuit of advancing their on track performance.
It is the fair enforcement of the rules that uphold the integrity of the sport and make the competitors want to be involved.
Southern National Motorsports Park is committed to these principles and you can be assured every attempt will be made to ensure every competitor is treated fairly with the respect they deserve."
The 2014 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard will kick off this Thursday, July 24, with the sixth annual Hauler Parade. This event allows fans to enjoy the color and excitement of NASCAR leading into the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Main Street in Speedway. Admission is free.
There will be many events for fans to enjoy throughout the evening, including an appearance by legendary NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett, who will be the grand marshal of the Hauler Parade.
Another featured guest will be retired Green Beret John Wayne Walding of Little Elm, Texas, the hero who received naming rights to the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, July 27, at IMS.
The event will feature an autograph session with IMSA drivers Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, and fans may also enjoy live music, children's activities and interactive displays from the Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Fever and the Indy Eleven.
Fans also can watch the haulers parade north on Main Street and east on 16th Street at 7:55 p.m., as they depart the Hauler Parade single-file and enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
WHAT: Sixth Annual NASCAR Hauler Parade, with NASCAR haulers and Street Festival
WHEN: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, July 24
WHERE: Main Street, Speedway, Ind.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Newman will make pre-race appearances at Pocono Raceway’s Tricky Triangle Club Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions on Sunday, August 3. Additionally, Pocono announced the return of the Red Carpet #SelfieSuite, located inside the Tricky Triangle Club, as an upgrade for new and existing GoBowling.com 400 ticket purchasers.
The Tricky Triangle Club Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is a ticket add-on which features access to mentioned driver and special guest appearances, lunch, beverages, a Sunday Pit Tour Pass, four adult beverages tickets (for those ages 21 and older) and more. The special driver appearances will include pre-race question-and-answer sessions, led by Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White. Tickets to the Tricky Triangle Club require a GoBowling.com 400 Sunday ticket. For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/ttc.
The Red Carpet #SelfieSuite is a VIP seating area, which will be the closest place a fan can sit during the special guest appearances. Pocono Raceway will randomly select individuals, who have purchased an August Tricky Triangle Club Pass, to be upgraded to the Red Carpet #SelfieSuite. Please visit www.poconoraceway.com/redcarpet for more details.
All appearances are subject to change without notice. Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates are sponsors of these promotions.
Pocono Raceway PR
Major Gen. Chuck Swannack has been named executive director of Speedway Children’s Charities. After serving in the same position for nearly 25 years, Major Gen. Tom Sadler has been named executive director emeritus.
“Gen. Sadler set a high bar with his years of service and dedication to children,” said Marcus Smith, president and chief operating officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and president of Speedway Children’s Charities. “Now with his outstanding leadership credentials, Gen. Swannack will continue to move Speedway Children’s Charities.”
As Executive Director Emeritus, Sadler will serve as an advisor to Swannack and the Speedway Children’s Charities Board of Directors and will continue to participate in speedway activities and charitable events.
“Simply put, there is no replacing Gen. Sadler,” Swannack said. “Under his leadership, Speedway Children’s Charities has grown from a fledgling organization into one of NASCAR’s most respected charities, contributing more than $45 million to hundreds of deserving charities and helping over 13 million children in need across the country. I look forward to working alongside Tom as I learn the ropes and continue to work to serve children facing educational, medical, financial and social needs.”
Swannack was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant from the United States Military Academy in 1971. Over the next three decades, he served in command and staff positions at every level from platoon to Department of the Army.
Prior to his retirement, Swannack commanded the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg from October 2002 until May 2004. During this time, he provided forces to Combined Joint Task Force-180 for combat operations in Afghanistan, and he personally led the Division during combat operations from Kuwait to Baghdad and later civil-military operations in western Iraq.
Prior general officer assignments include: Commanding General of Multinational Division (North) and Task Force Eagle during Operation JOINT FORGE (SFOR 11) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he oversaw implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords; Commanding General of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, where he was the senior trainer for all Light, Airborne, Air
Assault, Ranger and Special Forces units in the Army; and Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy within the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters, Department of the Army. His initial assignment as a general officer was with the 82nd Airborne Division as the Assistant Division Commander (Operations).
As a Brigade Commander, Swannack deployed to Haiti for peacekeeping operations during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. He served in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J5, the Joint Staff, where he was instrumental in developing and executing U.S. strategy and policy for Central America and the Caribbean Basin. As a Battalion Commander, he deployed to Panama during Operation NIMROD DANCER and participated in combat operations during Operation JUST CAUSE.
Swannack is a graduate of Capstone and the National War College. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit (6OLC) and Bronze Star (1OLC). He proudly wears the Combat Infantryman badge, Master Parachutist badge and the Ranger Tab.
Initially in retirement, Swannack provided consultation services to multiple defense corporations and primarily served in the capacity of a trainer, coach and mentor to Brigade Combat Teams preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as CEO and President of the Logistics Services Division, Louis Berger Services (formerly US Logistics, Inc.).
Swannack resumed consultation services under Alpha Management Group, while also serving as a director for Recon Robotics in Edina, Minnesota, president of the Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation in Huntersville, North Carolina, and as an active supporter on multiple other military charities as a means of giving back to those who served him so well during his military career.
Swannack is married, has twin children and six grandchildren.
“After nearly 25 years, it’s time to pass the torch, and I can’t think of anyone more qualified and more dedicated than Chuck Swannack to lead Speedway Children’s Charities,” Sadler said. “I look forward to working with him during this time of transition and seeing the energy and enthusiasm he will bring to serving children in need.”
Great NASCAR racing and many of country music's most highly acclaimed artists will take center stage during the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
An award-winning list of Big Machine Label Group country music artists, including headliners Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and Justin Moore, will perform at the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 at IMS. All performances will take place on the Brickfest Music Festival Stage on the north end of the IMS infield and are free with admission to the track for each day.
ACM Vocal Group of the Year The Band Perry and ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore will perform on Saturday following the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Southern rock/country band A Thousand Horses will open the evening's entertainment on the Brickfest Stage.
The great music will continue on Sunday morning featuring an array of additional Big Machine Label Group artists who'll take the stage prior to stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battling on the famed IMS 2.5-mile oval in the 21st annual Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.
Performing on the Brickfest Music Festival Stage will be Lauren Jenkins followed by Scotty Emerick. Next on stage will be a Thousand Horses making their second Brickfest appearance of the weekend. Drake White, who will also sing the national anthem prior to the start of the Brickyard 400, will also perform on the Brickfest Stage followed by headliner Brantley Gilbert. The Brickfest Music Festival schedule follows:
Saturday, July 26
6:30 p.m. A Thousand Horses
7:15 p.m. The Band Perry
8:45 p.m. Justin Moore
Sunday, July 27
8:30 a.m. Lauren Jenkins
9:00 a.m. Scotty Emerick
9:30 a.m. A Thousand Horses
10:20 a.m. Drake White
11:15 a.m. Brantley Gilbert
Have you dreamed about beating Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, or Kyle Busch to the finish line? You can do exactly that at Richmond International Raceway with a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along, just hours before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races “under the lights”!
The country’s most popular race car ride-along experience is coming to America’s Premier Short Track on Saturday, September 6, prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400. Purchase your ride-along ($149) to experience real life racing thrills today by clicking here. There’s no better memory than sprinting your way around RIR at 125 mph on race day!
Three-lap rides will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All riders must have a ticket for the Federated Auto Parts 400 in order to participate in the ride-along.
In the event of inclement weather, RPDE will offer customers two options: credit for another ride eligible at any other participating track; or a gift card. Refunds will not be issued in case of inclement weather.
To better serve customers purchasing event tickets and camping spaces for the Aug. 29-31 NASCAR race weekend, the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office has extended ticket office hours through Sunday, Aug. 31.
The ticket office will be open on weekends; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning on Monday, August 11th, the ticket office will remain open an additional three hours each weeknight. Monday through Friday, the ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Extremely Limited Infield Camping Options Available
An extremely limited number of infield camping spaces are available for the Labor Day Weekend of NASCAR racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. RV Campers can reserve space in the Flock Brothers Corral for $300. Tent campers can reserve a site in the High Speed Corral for $200 per space. Infield campgrounds will open on Thursday of race week, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.
Great Ticket Options Still Available!
The FANtastic Family four pack is a cost affordable opportunity for fans to catch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Atlanta 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend. For just $159, fans can get four (4) lower Elliott Grandstand tickets, four (4) hot dogs and four (4) Coca-Cola beverages.
Kids ages 12 and under as well students with a valid student ID can purchase discounted tickets for the Atlanta 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Kids and student tickets are $19 in the Elliott Grandstands and in the lower (rows 1-12) Winner’s Grandstands and $29 in the lower (rows 13-26) Winner’s Grandstands.
Saturday evening, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stocks ran their shortest races of the year, with twin 50 lap races. Despite the small number of laps, the night saw plenty of action across two Late Model Stock and two Limited Late Model races.
In the first 50 lap race, Lee Pulliam set the fast time in qualifying and led at the drop of the green flag. Behind him, point leader Tommy Lemons Jr., Myatt Snider, Matt McCall and Dillon Bassett all shuffling for position. Pulliam was the class of the field, though, and won the first half of the twin-bill easily, with Snider, Lemons, McCall and Bassett all finishing behind him.
The second 50 lap race saw the gloves come out, with three-wide racing the norm. Teammates Dalton Sargeant and Dillon Bassett started on the front row, with Bassett getting the early lead. Bassett held the lead through a flurry of restarts, with Lemons, McCall and Snider all contending. McCall charged late, catching the bumper of Bassett on Lap 46. McCall moved Bassett up the track, slipping past and pulling away for the win in the process. Lemons and Snider both took advantage of Bassett's troubles, with Lemons crossing the finish line second and third respectively. Lee Pulliam was caught up in one of the mid-race incidents, and finished sixth.
The SNMP Limited Late Model division also ran twin races Saturday evening, with each race going 35 laps. In the first race, Rusty Daniels dominated from the pole, taking his third checkered flag in many races. The racing was frantic behind him, though, with Taylor Howard eventually finishing in second, with Michael Fose third.
A five-car invert set the order for the second Limited race, with Andrew Grady starting on the pole and leading the first 12 laps. Grady, however, would see a left-rear wheel break, sending the Knightdale into the wall and out of the race. The restart let Michael Fose get the advantage, and Fose wouldn't look back, winning his second race of the season. Daniels would settle for second, and Haley Moody third.
Gerald Benton set the fast time in Chargers, but would have to start in the rear for the 30 lap race. This put Jeremy Bohne and Michael O'Brien on the front row, with O'Brien getting the early advantage. O'Brien led the way while Benton worked his way through the field. A late caution for a Bill Barber spin gave Benton and point leader Wayne Goss a final shot at O'Brien, but O'brien held them off to win his first race of 2014. Benton finished second, and Goss third.
In the Southern Ground Pounders' first race at SNMP this season, Steve Darne took the checkered flag in Modifieds, while Sparky Staton held off a racy Ken Faucette to win in the Sportsman division. Justin Mitchell won his first race of 2014 at SNMP in INEX Legends, fending off a late charge by Will Bristle and Brenton Irving, and in Bandoleros it was Blaise Brinkley edging Henry Broadben Jr.