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It’s called Kinder Park but you won’t see many children playing and you won’t hear much laughter at this tiny, outdated park in Fairmont City, Illinois. Officials at neighboring Gateway Motorsports Park and other area organizations are working to bring life back into a playground that hasn’t been updated since the 1950’s.
“The children of Fairmont are in serious need of a safe, playful, happy park where they can forget about everything except being a kid,” said Fairmont City Mayor Alex J. Bregen. “Kinder Park is a great neighborhood park that has incredible potential for fun if we can provide a little bit of love to it.” The 15,810-square-foot park is located at the corner of Kinder Street and Cohn Avenue.
Known as the “city of good neighbors,” Fairmont City has a population of about 3,000 people and boasts the highest percentage of Hispanics in the entire St. Louis Metropolitan area, with 71 percent of the population of Hispanic descent according to the 2010 census. The city sits adjacent to Cahokia Mounds and is only about five minutes from downtown St. Louis. More than 25 percent of the city’s children live below the poverty line.
Jay Hoffman, member of the Illinois House of Representatives told Gateway Motorsports Park owner Curtis Francois about Kinder Park and the need for new, safe playground equipment after Francois mentioned his desire to give back to the community. “Children of all economic backgrounds need fun, safe, exciting places to play,” said Francois. “When I learned about Kinder Park, I called the folks a few business associates and asked for their support. They jumped in willing and ready to assist with this need, and here we are today ready to get this playground rebuilt.”
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Fitting into its throwback weekend plans of celebrating the 1975-84 era of the sport, Darlington Raceway will have classic rock legends KANSAS perform the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 pre-race concert presented by GEICO on Sunday, Sept. 4.
KANSAS, known for its hits Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind, is one of the top-selling bands of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and two one million-selling gold singles (Carry on Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind).
KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70's and ‘80's and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Carry On Wayward Son continues to be on of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, and Dust In the Wind has been played on the radio more than three million times!
“For the second consecutive year, we’re bringing pre-race entertainment to Darlington Raceway that fits our 1975-84 throwback celebration perfectly,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “KANSAS was an iconic band in that era whose hit songs you can still hear on classic rock stations to this day. We’re excited for them to perform for our fans and give the Bojangles’ Southern 500 pre-race ceremonies a nostalgic feel as we celebrate the history and heritage of NASCAR on Labor Day weekend.”
“It’s never boring when you mix rock music, Darlington Raceway, and NASCAR fans!” original drummer for KANSAS, Phil Ehart said. “It will be a great Labor Day weekend event.”
Fans of KANSAS have the exclusive opportunity to watch the concert from the front of the pre-race stage. In addition to the purchase of a Bojangles’ Southern 500 grandstand ticket, a pre-race access pass may be purchased for an additional $45. This pass will not only give fans stage front access for the concert, but will also include an up close view of the Sprint Cup Series stars as they are introduced to the crowd. Supplies are limited.
Coinciding with the celebration of their 40th anniversary in 2013, KANSAS was inducted into both the Kansas Hall of Fame and Georgia Music Hall of Fame as recognition for their achievements from both their native state and adopted home state.
2016 marks the release of “The Prelude Implicit,” KANSAS’s fifteenth studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album set for release in September by Inside Out Music, and marks the band’s first studio album release in 16 years.
The band, which is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, guitarist Zak Rizvi and original guitarist Richard Williams, continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.
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Many race fans are already looking forward to the July 1 Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway because of all the fanfare surrounding the big 200-lap Late Model Stock race.
But there’s plenty of excitement with almost as much at stake in the 100-lap Limited Sportsman Division race at South Boston’s big pre-July 4th event, which includes pre-race entertainment and postrace fireworks.
The Limited competitors will be racing for $1,500 to win, which is almost double the normal winner’s payout. In addition, there is a $300 pole award sponsored by Sparks Oil and another $50 pole award sponsored by Halifax Insurance.
And then there is the matter of the bounty on eight-time Limited winner Joey Throckmorton. He’s won every race this year and earlier this season track management placed a bounty on him, awarding a bonus to anyone who can beat him. The bounty increases by $100 every race he wins, and is now up to $300. Throckmorton can claim the bonus by dropping to the rear of the field at the start of the race and then winning himself.
He says the bonus hasn’t reached the point where he would consider taking a shot at it. “I don’t want to be fixing my race car for a couple of hundred dollars. I don’t want to tear it up if I don’t have to.”
But he admits the increased purse and pole awards have caught his attention.
“To be honest with you, I’ll go just as hard for $400 as I will for the $1,500,” said Throckmorton. “We’re there to be as competitive as we can. I’d do the same thing if we were just racing for a trophy. But a little more money sure helps your pocket.”
The bounty, and now the increased Limited purse on July 1, has caught the attention of drivers who haven’t raced at South Boston all season. Boo Boo Dalton, a former track champion at Caraway Speedway and Ace Speedway, was in the field last Saturday night and will be back gunning for Throckmorton next week. Brian Pembelton, South Boston’s 2009 Limited champion, is also expected to make a return to South Boston on July 1.
There will be big bucks on the line in the Late Model race, with $5,000 going to the winner of the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 and $3,000 in bonuses added to the purse.
The Late Model pole winner will receive a $500 award sponsored by Sparks Oil and the driver leading at the half-way break of the 200-lapper will get a $1,000 bonus. At the half-way break, three drivers from 11th and deeper in the field will receive a $500 bonus a piece in a random draw.
The Budweiser Pure Stock competitors haven’t been forgotten, either. The pole winner for their 50-lap race will receive a $100 award sponsored by Sparks Oil.
The winner of the Budweiser Pure Stock race will be awarded the Clark Daniel Memorial Trophy in honor of the long-time Pure Stock supporter who died earlier this year.
During the fan appreciation event on the track prior to the racing action, Nashville recording artist and South Boston native Crystal Day will perform patriotic songs.
After the final race of the evening, the crowd will be treated to a huge fireworks display, one of the largest in the area.
Advance tickets are $15 and will be available at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. Tickets at the gate on race day will be $20 for adults and $10 for youth ages 7-12. Kids ages six and under will be admitted free with a paid adult.
Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
The track's limited late model division will now race two additional times this season, with shows now scheduled for July 16th, August 6th, September 10th and September 17th.
Two additional shows for the Mulligan Power Truck Series have been added as well, on July 23rd and the season finale', October 22nd .
Greenville-Pickens welcomes two new attractions to the historic half-mile as well, as the Monster Truck Motornationals will make their debut on Saturday, July 30th, and the Bandit Big Rig Series rolls in on August 6th and October 22nd.
Anders believes the additions give the schedule some extra flavor. "We wanted to have some variety for our fans this year," he explained. "It has taken us some time to work some things out, but we feel like the Monster Trucks and the Big Rigs are going to be fun and entertaining for us, and we wanted to add some shows for our limited late model and Mulligan Power Truck Series as well."
The new look makes both August 6th and October 22nd into special nights of "Saturday Night Thunder" action.
On August 6th, fans can see the Bandit Big Rigs plus Twin 50's for the late models, a 50-lap feature for limited late models plus super stocks, renegades, pure stocks and four-cylinders.
October 22nd is the season finale'. The Southeast Limited Late Models will be in town for their second-to-last points race of the year, and will be joined by the Mulligan Power Truck Series, the Bandit Big Rigs, renegades and four-cylinders.
The K&N Pro Series East will also return to Greenville-Pickens on Labor Day Monday, September 6th. Points leader Justin Haley battled local native Kyle Benjamin all the way through the series' first race at Greenville in April before he finally came out on top for his first ever series win.
Benjamin, Spencer Davis, Tyler Dippel, Harrison Burton and many others will be looking to deny Haley the season sweep when the series returns on Labor Day.
Don't forget this weekend's CARS Tour "LeftturnsAndSideburns.com 200" featuring the touring series late model stock and super late model divisions. Over 50 cars are expected to be in competition between the two classes.
Popular Greenville-Pickens limited late model standout Colby "The Kid" Howard will make his late model stock debut driving his father's No. 16 machine this weekend.
Gates open at 4pm with racing getting underway at 7:30pm. For more information about the CARS Tour, visit their website at www.CarsRacingTour.com.
Sonoma Raceway and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will highlight the importance of tire safety during the wine country facility’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 24-26.
NHTSA, which was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, returns for the second consecutive year as title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for “Drive for Safety Pole Day” on Saturday, June 25. NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety and works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial.
“You don't need to be a NASCAR crew chief to check that your tires are at the correct pressure and for wear or damage." said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. "Our partnership with NASCAR will help us reach thousands of fans with a simple message: Safe driving practices can help keep you and your family safe."
NHTSA recommends keeping your tires properly inflated for safety and fuel efficiency, as well as important tire maintenance like rotation, balance and alignment to help your tires last longer. Remember the 5 “PARTS” TO DRIVE-Pressure, Alignment, Rotation, Tread, and Size.
Sonoma Raceway joins NASCAR and NHTSA in their Drive for Safety, a partnership focused on promoting life-saving highway safety and vehicle safety messages. The program will highlight topics including distracted driving, seat belts, tire safety and five-star crash ratings throughout the 2016 NASCAR season.
The agreement also includes digital and social media programming to raise awareness for the Drive for Safety campaign, signage, promotional rights and other assets during the NASCAR event weekend in Sonoma.
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Phoenix International Raceway today announced an exciting new partnership with locally-based El Sol Foods as the track’s official salsa. The family-owned and operated business based in Gilbert, Ariz. has been named the exclusive salsa partner of its hometown track for the Nov. 11-13 race weekend, when NASCAR returns for the semi-final race of The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
El Sol Foods uses the family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Available throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and coming soon to seven more states this year, El Sol Foods provides some of the region’s best salsa products from any level of heat -- Mild, Medium or Hot in regular and organic, plus Pico de Gallo, Lime, Fire-roasted with black beans and corn, Tomatillo and a seasonal Mango-Pineapple.
“We are thrilled to partner with El Sol. As a locally-owned business, it makes it particularly meaningful for our team to have such strong support from right here in the Valley,” said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber.
Ryan Bullock, President of El Sol Foods adds, “At the end of the day our partnership with PIR is a great way for El Sol Foods to support another local establishment while being able to provide fresh and delicious salsa to race fans. We see it as a win-win for everybody involved and are truly excited about this collaboration.”
To learn about El Sol fan giveaways, recipes and more follow them on Twitter @ElSolSalsa and Facebook @ElSolFoods.
The popular fall race at PIR sells out nearly a month in advance and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including racing from the top-three series in NASCAR. Prior to the Can-Am 500 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Nov. 13, the event weekend will feature the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Nov. 12 and will kick off with the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 11.
The Can-Am 500 stands as the final Eliminator Round race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, after which the field of championship contenders will be reduced to the final four who will head to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title showdown.
The newly released thriller featuring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be shown on "Big Hoss" for a drive-in style set-up. Jurassic World is the first of three movies to be shown this summer that also includes the Hollywood blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens (July 30) and Disney/Pixar's Inside Out (Aug. 20). Moviegoers will enjoy each of the films on "Big Hoss" and its 20,633.64 square feet of HD display as it sits high above Texas Motor Speedway's backstretch.
Admission is $20 per carload the day of the event at the South Tunnel or $15 with advanced purchase, available at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Jurassic World will begin at 8 p.m. CT with the South Tunnel opening at 6:30 p.m. to allow moviegoers access to the infield drive-in parking area. They can access the South Tunnel directly by turning onto Allison Way off State Highway 114 that runs directly in front of the facility.
Moviegoers will be permitted to bring their own food and beverage, and Levy Restaurants also will have concession stands open on site. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the movie under the stars instead of inside their vehicles. No pets are permitted.
About Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter: Since 1997, Speedway Children's Charities at Texas Motor Speedway has distributed more than $10 million in funding to non-profit organizations in North Texas supporting children in need. The funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities are raised through special events held throughout the year. Most of Speedway Children's Charities events are centered on the three major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.
Speedway Children's Charities focuses on helping the children of North Texas - specifically in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties - could fill the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway more than 16 times with the number of children it has assisted since 1997.
Children's organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties are eligible to apply for the Speedway Children's Charities' annual Founders and Partner Grants. Qualified applicants must directly fulfill needs of children in our area and be a registered 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please visit www.scctexas.org.
Kingsport Speedway is set to throw the green flag on the first official weekend of summer this Friday, June 24 with Food City Night at the Races.
The night full of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing will feature the Late Model Stock Car division for 60 laps. Street Stock, Pure 4, Mod 4, Pure Street and Legend Cars will also be making high-speed left turns. The Pure 4 division will feature two races, each being 15 laps.
2014 track champion Kres VanDyke currently leads the way in the Late Model Stock Car division point standings by just 14 points over Wayne Hale. VanDyke has the most wins of the season at five, Zeke Shell has two, and Ronnie McCarty and Chad Finchum both have one victory on the season.
Chris Tunnell sits atop the Street Stock standings with one win this season. Billy Byington has dominated the Pure 4 division with six wins in eight races and leads the point standings by 27 points over John Ketron.
Jason Yates leads the Mod 4 standings, while Marty Tunnell ranks on top in Pure Street and Trey Lane in Legend Cars.
Plenty of other fun items of interest will also be taking place on Friday night. The Kingsport Speedway Little Racers’ Club will host the first bicycle race of the season for children 9 to 12 years of age and Food City will have the high-powered Big Cart on hand.
Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m., qualifying is set for 7 p.m. and racing gets underway at 8 p.m. Adult admission is $10 and children 12-and-under are admitted free. Tier parking is available along turns three and four at $10 per vehicle plus admission.
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As the field took the green, Brown took the opening lead from pole setter Mandy Chick and Donahue followed Brown in the early stages of the 40 lap feature. With Brown setting a quick pace, Donahue quickly found fast qualifier and defending NASCAR Missouri State Champion JC Newell and Mandy Chick following. On lap 4 current Missouri State point leader Kyle Donahue was involved in a spin bunching the field back together. On the restart Brown would find Donahue moving to the inside as Newell was content early to ride in 3rd. After a side by side battle for 5 consecutive laps, the elder Donahue made the pass for the lead coming out of turn 2. Caution waved on lap 14 as last week's feature winner Steve Holt was involved in a spin while racing for position closing the gap on the entire field once again. On the restart, Donahue pulled away leaving Brown, Newell and Mandy Chick to settle a battle for second spot with five drivers in a tight pack going for position behind them. On lap 30 Donahue had built a straight away advantage before Brown began to reel him back down leaving Newell and Chick to contend for third spot. Brown had the leader caught by lap 35 and was setting-up an attempt for the lead. The final caution waved on lap 37 as a car came to a stop on the backstretch. On the restart, Brown was looking to the top groove and making a pass for the lead when his car got sideways which allowed Newell to make the pass for second place. Donahue was able to pull away gathering his 3rd feature win of the season with Newell, Brown, Chick and Kyle Donahue rallying for 5th. Newell was the fast qualifier in Time Trials stopping the clock with a time of 14.691 seconds with Brennon Willard second quick with a lap of 14.792. The top 7 in qualifying were inverted for the main event.
Modified action saw Ricky Icenhower back-up last week's feature win by taking advantage of a small bobble from race leader Tim Swearengin on lap 14 to take his second feature win of the season. Terry Taylor took the opening lead from his front row spot as Swearengin followed closely and Icenhower charged from the rear. Taylor was keeping Swearengin at bay in the early stages with the top 3 nose to tail. On lap 8, Swearengin was able to move around Taylor to take the top spot as Icenhower was glued to Taylor for the second spot. After a tight battle, Icenhower took the second place spot on lap 11. The only caution waved on lap 13 as Robert Baltzell slowed and Jimmy Poindexter showed signs of smoke as both drivers were done for the evening. On the restart, Swearengin was keeping Icenhower at bay until the following lap when the current modified point leader slid up the track in turn one which allowed Icenhower to make the pass for the lead and the win. Swearengin, early leader Taylor, Brian Lewis and Kevin Blackburn completed the top 5. Icenhower made it a clean sweep by grabbing the heat race win.
The Hoosier Tire Street Stocks saw a forth different winner for the 2016 season as Aaron Douglas took advantage of his pole position starting spot and then withstood a late caution in taking his first feature win of the season. Douglas took the opening lead with Tony Johnson and Les Mallard following. Douglas quickly opened a large lead as Johnson, Jordan Nisbett, Steve Shaw and the rest of the pack were all battling for second behind him. Nisbett moved into second place on lap 4 bringing Shaw with him as point leader Justin Allen was back in the pack racing for positions. With Douglas all alone up front, the race for second became even tighter as Allen joined the fun on lap 9. The only caution waved on lap 12 bringing the field back together. On the restart, Douglas got the quick jump and pulled away from Nisbett to take his first Street Stock feature win with Nisbett, Allen, Shaw and Tony Johnson completing the top 5 in a tight battle for all of those positions. Douglas and Nisbett captured the heat race wins.
The Coca-Cola Chargers showed why they are perhaps the most competitive class in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at I-44 as a three wide photo finish saw Nik Taylor edge both Jerry Ellis and point leader Ronnie Taylor at the finish line taking his second feature win of the season. The 12 lap caution free feature event saw Taylor move quickly from his 4th starting spot to take the opening lead from Justin Gantt as 2 and 3 wide racing was the norm for the entire race. Jerry Ellis followed Taylor through and kept the pressure on the entire race. With Nik Taylor using the high lane, Ellis made some bold moves down low to try and grab the lead. By lap 3, there were 5 cars battling up front as point leader Ronnie Taylor, Gantt and last week' winner James Ellis all over the "High-Banks". On lap 8, Taylor was just barely keeping Ellis at bay with Ronnie Taylor running to the outside lane. On lap 10, Ellis just nipped Taylor at the line to become the leader as R. Taylor was making it a 3 wide battle for the win. As the pack took the white flag, Ellis was scored as the leader with Nik Taylor right by his side. Heading into turn 3, Taylor made a run on the high-side almost hitting the wall and just nipped Ellis for the win with Jerry Ellis, Ronnie Taylor, Justin Gantt and James Ellis completing the top 5 as a blanket could have been thrown over the top 3 at the line. Qualifying heats went to Jesse Poindexter and Gantt.
Sportsman point leader Jimmy Fohn took advantage of Jake Piel's misfortune late to grab his 5th feature win of the season as Piel took the heat race win.
Action continues during Fan Appreciation night with special prices in both the Grandstand and Wild Side parking as Adult admission is only $10 with Senior and Military discounts being only $8 in both sections. Gates will open at 5pm with NASCAR Short-Track Racing action to start at 7:30.
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Joe Ryan Osborne has been suspended from competition at Bowman Gray Stadium for a period of three race meets after maneuvering his car in an unsafe manner through the pit area. David Hill and Randell Smith have been suspended from competition at Bowman Gray Stadium for a period of two race meets for confrontation in the pit area.
These penalties apply to competition in Bowman Gray Stadium’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events and will not affect competition in other NASCAR series.