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With Kingsport Speedway celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, several drivers that raced at the tradition-steeped facility in the Model City through the years gathered Friday for Racers Reunion Night at the Races.

Kres VanDyke of Abingdon, Va., captured a hard-earned seventh NASCAR Whelen All-American Series “First Kingsport Credit Union” Late Model Stock Car victory.

Ronnie McCarty of Kingsport, current Late Model Stock Car point leader, paced the 14-car field in qualifying with a fast-lap at 15.085 seconds, with Wayne Hale second quickest at 15.158. But the roll of the dice produced an invert of the top four cars from time trials, which put Lee Tissot on the pole and VanDyke on the outside of the front row for the 60-lap main event.

VanDyke jumped out to the lead at the start over Tissot and McCarty, but the event’s first caution waved just five laps in when Derek Lane spun in turn two.

Back under green off the double-file restart, VanDyke and Tissot raced side-by-side for six laps before Tissot moved into the lead. And behind them McCarty and Hale were battling for real estate, with Hale finally taking the third spot on lap 12 racing off the fourth turn.

McCarty and teenager Justin Fontaine were involved in an incident on lap 13. Fontaine made contact with McCarty between turns one and two while making a pass for the fourth position, and racing down the backstretch into the third turn McCarty decided to show Fontaine he didn’t approve of how he had been “roughed up” on the pass. McCarty spun Fontaine to bring out the caution. Both drivers were placed to the rear of the field for the restart, Fontaine for bringing out the caution and McCarty for spinning Fontaine.

Once again off a double-file restart, Tissot and VanDyke entertained the large crowd in attendance with a full moon brightly illuminating “The Concrete Jungle” as they battled door-to-door for seven laps before Tissot moved ahead on lap 20. Behind them Zeke Shell was making a move in getting past Hale for third place on lap 23.

With Tissot showing the way out front, VanDyke was on his rear bumper followed closely by Shell and Hale. VanDyke kept looking under Tissot racing off the corners, and finally on lap 34 was able to pull alongside Tissot to challenge for the lead. After battling for five circuits, VanDyke passed Tissot on lap 39 racing off the fourth turn to move ahead. It also opened the door for Shell to get under Tissot and take away second place.

A caution for debris on the backstretch on lap 45 set up yet another double-file restart and sprint to the finish.

VanDyke powered ahead of Shell back under green and went on to capture his division-leading seventh Late Model Stock Car victory over Shell, Tissot, Fontaine and Hale.

Completing the top 10 finishers were McCarty, Austin Peters, Taylor Coffman, Rick Pannell and Jamie Harrison.

Bloomingdale Car Care in Kingsport placed a $100 bounty on John Harrell, who sits atop the Street Stock point standings on strength of eight feature wins this season. For another competitor to collect the bounty, they would have to beat Harrell while he was still running on the lead lap at the finish.

Jared Broadbent grabbed the lead at the start of the 30-lap feature over Harrell and Paul Shull. Harrell began applying pressure on Broadbent and passed him to take the lead just four circuits in as they raced off the second corner.

Quickly on the move was Royce Peters, as he got around Shull for third and then worked his way past Broadbent to move into second on lap 7. The race’s only caution waved on lap 17, when Terry Stone spun in turn two.

Harrell and Peters started from the front row on the double-file restart, and the duo battled over the next five laps before Harrell moved ahead. Even though he was showing the way out front, Harrell had Peters riding in his rearview mirror. But Harrell, from Surgoinsville, would not be denied yet another visit to victory lane as he held Peters off for his ninth win. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were Broadbent, Greg Grindstaff and Mark Christian.

The Pure 4 division competed in twin features, with Kingsport drivers Keith Helton and Billy Ketron each recording victories. In the first race Helton outran Tim Abelseth, Billy Ketron, John Ketron and Jason Ketron. In the second event Billy Ketron was chased to the checkered flag by Helton, Dylan Bates, John Ketron and Billy Byington.

Marty Tunnell of Wise, Va., held off a hard-charging Brandon Sutherland for his third Pure Street win of the season. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were Hershell Robinette, Nasty Jones and Dennis Deese.

Trey Lane of Kingsport recorded his third Legend victory over John Bays, Hannah Ottinger, Les Ottinger and Alexcia Ray.

Kingsport Speedway PR

The iconic Steven Tyler, with Nashville-based band Loving Mary, is bringing his undeniable swagger and sound to Bristol Motor Speedway for the August 22 IRWIN Tools Night Race.

“Aerosmith front man, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy-award winner—Steven Tyler is not just an American icon, but a worldwide phenomenon,” said Jerry Caldwell, general manager of BMS. “You put him together with the Night Race, one of the top five motorsports events in the world, and the energy in the grandstands will just be amazing.”

Tyler’s appeal crosses generations and genres. With credentials stretching back over five decades, the dynamic performer is now enjoying a new era in his career--a foray into country music. In a journey that he says is a return to roots, he’s moved to Nashville, signed with Big Machine Label Group (home to artists like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and The Band Perry), and released a new single, “Love is Your Name.” The song is earning chart position, airplay, and even a blessing from Loretta Lynn, who wrote on her Facebook page “Tyler can sing the fire out of anything he wants.”

During the pre-race concert, Tyler will perform his new single, the first from his upcoming solo album with Dot Records. Ticket holders will also be treated to some familiar Aerosmith favorites.

“Steven Tyler’s heard some loud applause throughout his career, but the roar that will go up on race night will be a new experience for everyone involved,” said Caldwell. “Ticket sales are already strong, and having Steven here will help take the Night Race to a whole new level. We have a big Bristol family that includes lots of rockers, lots of country music fans, and we’re all excited to welcome him to the Birthplace of Country Music.”

Voted a Top 5 Motorsports Race in the entire world by the USA Today Reader's Choice Awards—the only NASCAR event that made the list—the IRWIN Tools Night Race will take place August 22 at the World's Fastest Half Mile.

IRWIN Tools Night Race tickets, which include the pre-race concert, start at just $74 for single-day tickets, with weekend packages as low as $99. Additionally, a limited number of Steven Tyler SuperPacks are available. These include a pre-race SuperPass (track walk, plus on-track access to the concert and Sprint Cup driver introductions), a Cold Pit Pass (for pre-race access to the Garage area), and select Steven Tyler merchandise.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.

BMS PR

Officials from Gateway Motorsports Park and AAA Insurance have announced the renewal of the current title sponsorship agreement for the annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Gateway Motorsports Park. The September 25 – 27 event will continue as the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals through the 2020 racing season.

“Our NHRA event has shown tremendous growth since the 2012 season,” said Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park president and owner. “The St. Louis region remains one of the strongest motorsports communities in the country. AAA Insurance has been a great partner and we’re excited to have them as title sponsor for another five years.”

“AAA Missouri is pleased to extend the entitlement of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals and are always excited when NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing returns here to Gateway Motorsports Park,” AAA Missouri President James McGrath said. “The NHRA and Gateway Motorsports Park have a huge loyal fan base, many of which are AAA members. Gateway Motorsports Park is a high-profile venue near one of America’s greatest sports towns, making it the perfect platform for AAA to interact with our existing members and promote our products and services.”

The five-year agreement represents the confidence of AAA Insurance with the efforts of the Gateway Motorsports Park management team and the support of the racing community. Gateway Motorsports Park also features a NASCAR speedway oval, off-road track, road course, karting facility and plays host to multiple NHRA Street Legal Style events – also sponsored by AAA. Since acquiring the venue in 2012, Francois has put more than $15 million in improvements to transform the once shuttered venue into a comprehensive racing and entertainment showplace.

“Our goal at Gateway Motorsports Park is to continue improving and expanding our footprint in the racing community,’ continued Francois. “Having the confidence and support of a great title sponsor like AAA Insurance is a tremendous boost in our efforts.”

AAA Missouri is part of Auto Club Enterprises, a group of AAA clubs that collectively serves more than 14 million AAA members. AAA Missouri serves members in Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi and portions of Kansas, Illinois, Indiana and Arkansas

Today, AAA’s members benefit from 24/7 roadside assistance, insurance products and services, travel agency, financial products, automotive pricing and buying programs, automotive testing and analysis, trip planning services and highway and transportation safety programs. Information about these products and services is available at www.AAA.com.

Tickets are currently on sale for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals by calling 618-215-8888 or by visiting www.gatewaymsp.com. The track offers a variety of ticket and premium experience packages for the NHRA event.

Gateway Motorsports Park PR
The Fourth Annual Pocono Poker Tournament took place at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Thursday, July 30. The charity event, which benefitted both The NASCAR Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, equally, raised over $57,484. This is the highest-grossing Pocono Poker Tournament to date.

“NASCAR Foundation events, such as the Pocono Poker Tournament, said The NASCAR Foundation’s Executive Director, Lorene King, “showcase how the synergy of NASCAR partners, celebrities and fans can make a huge impact in the lives of children. We appreciate the support of Pocono Raceway and Mohegan Sun Pocono and look forward to using funds raised to bring technology to local middle schools in 2016.”

“We want to thank all the participants in last night’s Pocono Poker Tournament,” said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. “We were blown away by the number of attendees, VIP players and by how much money was raised for both The NASCAR Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Additionally, a big thanks to Mohegan Sun Pocono for hosting an amazing event and for all their support these last four years. I cannot wait to start planning next year’s event!”

Pocono Raceway PR

Sport Clips Haircuts unveiled today the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Denny Hamlin will pilot for the September 5 and 6 NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races at Darlington Raceway. As part of Darlington’s throwback weekend to celebrate the 1970’s, the No. 11 Sport Clips Camry in the Cup Series will run a retro scheme inspired by Cale Yarborough and the No. 20 Sport Clips Camry in the XFINITY Series will run a special scheme during the Sport Clips sponsored race.

This will not be the first time Hamlin has driven a Camry inspired by Yarborough at Darlington. For the 2012 Bojangles’ Southern 500, Hamlin donned a retro firesuit and a retro paint scheme to honor Yarborough’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Of all drivers who have won in the No. 11 car, Yarborough leads the list with 55 total wins.

In addition to Hamlin piloting the throwback schemes, Sport Clips will continue their partnership with Darlington Raceway to raise awareness and funds for their ‘Help A Hero’ program. In its fourth year to partner with Darlington Raceway, the national haircut franchise will use the race to increase awareness and support for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program which provides scholarships to active-duty military and veterans who are pursuing a college degree or vocational certification. To date, Sport Clips and the VFW have granted more than $1.2 Million in scholarships since beginning the program in 2013.

“Among the races in which Sport Clips participates, the Help A Hero 200 has a special place in our hearts. We are so glad to have the opportunity to increase awareness of the VFW’s programs and our Sport Clips-funded scholarship program for veterans, while honoring our nation’s heroes throughout the day on September 5,” said Sport Clips CEO and Founder Gordon Logan, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. “It’ll be a fun weekend for race fans, but a meaningful one, too.”

New this year, active duty and retired military, and veterans can purchase special 50 percent off tickets to the NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. Darlington Raceway will also donate $2 for every ticket sold to support The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program. To purchase, visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/HelpAHero

Darlington Raceway PR
Returning for the third consecutive year, Jim Cornelison, the Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer and better known as the “Golden Standard,” will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” to kick off the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, September 20.

Cornelison, who has belted out the anthem for the current Stanley Cup Champions on a full-time basis since 2007, is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University’s Masters of Music program has also performed at numerous Chicago Bears games and at Medinah Country Club for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

“We are thrilled to have Jim Cornelison as a part of the pre-race festivities to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “The patriotism and pageantry during a NASCAR weekend is unrivaled and to have the iconic voice of Mr. Cornelison perform the national anthem adds to the specialness of the weekend.”

Cornelison moved to Chicago in 1995 at the invitation of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, recognized globally for world-class artistic excellence, and after a successful stint, left to pursue his career as a professional opera singer. As a leading tenor, Cornelison’s talents took him around the world while performing for various opera companies in places such as London, Brussels, Bordeaux, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami and Hawaii.

Fans can enjoy the pageantry of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race from the infield with the Fan Zone Pass. The Fan Zone Pit Pass brings race fans into the action, including access to the Infield Fan Zone for music and entertainment, pre-race Brett Eldredge concert access, NASCAR personality Q-and-A sessions, tech inspection viewing areas and an up-close look at driver introductions. On Sunday of the Sprint Cup series race, fans also have access onto pit road to view their favorite drivers and cars.

CLS PR

Windows 10 400 Honorary Guests and Special Events

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Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:29
Pocono Raceway and Microsoft announced today Jeremy Korst, General Manager of Windows Brand and Product Marketing, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Windows 10 400 at “The Tricky Triangle” on Sunday, August 2. Jason Campbell, Windows Group Product Marketing Manager will serve as the Honorary Starter. Pre-race activities, featuring a concert by Rebel Dawg Records recording artist, Eric Lee Beddingfield, will begin starting at 11 am. Additionally, local up-and-coming musician, Alyssa Golden, will perform the National Anthem. The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race is scheduled for 1:30 pm ET.

Pocono Raceway will be hosting several special events through the Windows 10 400 race weekend, including:

 

  • 50/50 Raffle to Benefit the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono Raceway and the Mattioli Foundation are hosting this June race weekend’s 50/50 Raffle to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. In June, the overall weekend jackpot exceeded $45,000, with one fan taking home nearly $23,000. Fans should look out for 50/50 Raffle volunteers, who will be roaming the entire facility, wearing bright yellow shirts all weekend long.  One lucky fan will be announced before the end of Sunday’s race as the winner of the raffle. Fans will be supporting a great cause with the chance to go home with a big check.
  • Infield Block Party and Pocono Raceway Fireworks This Saturday – The public is invited to attend Pocono Raceway’s Infield Block Party and Fireworks show this Saturday night. For a $5 cash donation, per vehicle, to our local fire department, fans may enter the Gate 1 Tunnel starting at 5 pm ET on Saturday, June 6. Events include live music, the Barley Creek Brewing Company Wiffle Ball Field, great food, a bar for the adults, slot-car racing for the kids and, rumor has it, PBR is bringing their very own mechanical bull. For more information please visit www.poconoraceway.com/blockparty14
  • Jimmie Johnson Experience featuring NASA’s ‘Rockets 2 Racecars’ Program – Three-time Pocono winner Jimmie Johnson will visit for a kids-focused question-and-answer session, which also includes activities for kids presented by the NASA ‘Rockets 2 Racecars’ program, before Sunday’s race. Passes are available for $48 for a family four pack and $20 for individual passes. For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/jj48. Note: Sunday Grandstand Gate Admission ticket also required for entry.
  • Halftime Party – The Pocono Raceway Halftime Party is back for the 2015 season. Fans, ages 21 and up, are invited to this event, located inside Chalet Village, with a Halftime Party Pass between laps 60-120 of Sunday’s NSCS race. This event will include bar games, big screen televisions to watch the race broadcast, Coors Light and food. The cost to attend the Halftime Party is $19. For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/halftime. Note: Sunday Grandstand Gate Admission ticket also required for entry.
  • “Are You Smarter Than a Spotter” Contest – During FanVision’s “Spotter Appreciation Week,” Pocono Raceway is happy to present the first-ever, “Are you Smarter Than a Spotter Contest.” Some of the top NSCS spotters will go head-to-head against six lucky race fans in, what should be, a hilarious trivia contest. The event takes place at the Fan Fair Stage, located behind the Grandstand, starting at 10:00 am.
  • New Double-Sided Video Boards Debut – While attending the Windows 10 400 race weekend, be sure to tell us what you think about the brand-new, double-sided video boards located on both ends of pit road. Nearly 60% of the Pocono Raceway infield will now have a sightline to these video boards. Tag us with your comments and/or photos about the video boards on Twitter or Instagram, using @poconoraceway and don’t forget to include our official race weekend hashtags, #Windows10_400 or #WhatTurn4, with your posts!

Pocono Raceway PR
Three sets of twin races and seven total races. That’s what will be served up Saturday night, Aug. 1 when South Boston Speedway hosts the “Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen” NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

The first of the seven events scheduled on the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval will get underway at 7 p.m.

To honor all emergency services personnel, South Boston Speedway officials have announced they will all be admitted to Saturday’s event for $5.

The featured attractions of the night will be a pair of 75-lap races for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.

Twin 25-lap races are also scheduled Saturday night for the Limited Sportsman Division. The Budweiser Pure Stock Division will be running twin 15-lap races and rounding out the night of racing will be a 15-lap event for the competitors in the Budweiser Hornets Division.

Former South Boston Speedway champion Matt Bowling, a two-time winner at America’s Hometown Track this season, will try to continue his bid for another track championship when the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division hit the track Saturday night.

Bowling owns a 37-point lead over two-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam in the battle for the 2015 track championship. Pulliam, who has racked up five wins this season at South Boston Speedway, is also a former track champion at America’s Hometown Track.

Austin Thaxton sits in third place in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division, while Bobby McCarty is fourth and Juan Garcia is fifth.

Heading into Saturday night’s twin races for the Limited Sportsman Division, Danny Willis Jr., the division’s two-time defending division champion, is 24 points ahead of Trey Crews in the battle for the 2015 crown.

Joey Throckmorton is third in the standings and only trails Crews by 11 points. Rounding out the top five in the chase for the championship are Billy Myers in fourth place and Calvin Meadows in fifth.

Greg Autry will carry a 37-point cushion into Saturday’s twin races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. Autry has built the advantage over second-place Johnny Layne.

Sitting in third place, just 13 points behind Layne and five points ahead of a fourth-place tie between D.J. Moser and Harrison Walker is Stuart Crews.

Eric Winslow sits atop the standings in the Budweiser Hornets Division. He is 17 points ahead of Kenny Mills. Kirstin Simmons and Kevin Currin are tied for third place in the championship chase. The two are just four points ahead of fifth-place Kaitlinn Simmons.

Registration and pit gates will open Saturday at 2 p.m. with practice for all division scheduled from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get cranked up at 5:30 p.m.

Adult admission is $10. Children, ages six and under, will be admitted free with an adult.

SOBO Speedway PR

Up and coming country music star Eric Paslay will kick off the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 18 with a pre-race concert.

His current single, “She Don’t Love You,” was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 25 Best Country Songs of 2014. Previously released singles by Paslay, who is currently on tour this summer, include “Song About A Girl” and his debut album’s lead single “Friday Night,” which reached No. 1. He also has a song, “Rain from Heaven,” on the soundtrack for the movie “Best of Me.”

Paslay, may however, be even more known for his songwriting prowess, having written No. 1 singles for Rascal Flatts (Rewind), Love and Theft (Angel Eyes), the Eli Young Band (Even If It Breaks Your Heart) and Jake Owen (Barefoot Blue Jean Night).

The EMI Records Nashville singer-songwriter has been nominated for a GRAMMY, ACM and CMA award for his songwriting on “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” In the last year, he has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and The Queen Latifah Show as well as touring with Brantley Gilbert and the Eli Young Band. Currently, Paslay is working on his sophomore album. 

Race fans that have pre-race passes will be able to access the Kansas Speedway infield for the Eric Paslay concert and the Hollywood Casino 400 driver introductions. A limited number of pre-race passes for single day ticket holders are currently available for $75 per pass and can be purchased by calling 860.460.7223 or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. A grandstand ticket is required to purchase a pre-race pass.

Don’t miss any of the action at Kansas Speedway as racing returns this October with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale on Oct. 16, the NASCAR XFINITY Series (Kansas Lottery 300) on Oct. 17, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Hollywood Casino 400, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) on Oct. 18, and tickets are currently on sale.

Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.

Kansas Speedway PR

Since 2002, the number 24 has become synonymous around the NASCAR community with only one thing through the past 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons: Jeff Gordon.

With 92 career checkered flags, he ranks third for most career wins, behind only Richard Petty (200 wins in 34 Cup seasons) and David Pearson (105 wins in 28 years). He has the third most top-five finishes (322) and is second in most consecutive starts with 780 behind Ricky Rudd (788). After the Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 22, Gordon will have 797 consecutive starts, making that record his.

Homestead-Miami Speedway is commemorating Gordon’s final ride as a full-time driver in NASCAR’s premier series with an exclusive ticket package for Ford Championship Weekend. On sale today, this package offers fans the opportunity to take advantage of the limited-quantity offer for $199.

Highlighting this package is an exclusive replica of the car that Gordon will drive in his final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This 1/24 diecast car will have the same paint scheme as Gordon’s actual car for the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 22. The one-time paint scheme will be revealed at a later date.

The ticket package also consists of the following:

  • 3-Day ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 200, Ford EcoBoost 300 and Ford EcoBoost 400
  • Reserved Parking Pass
  • Access to Post-Race Championship Celebration

This diecast car will only be available through the Homestead-Miami Speedway ticket package. For fans who have already purchased their tickets to the Ford EcoBoost 400 and want to join Homestead-Miami Speedway in celebrating Jeff Gordon’s historic career, a limited supply of the diecast car will be available for $50.

Miami-Homestead Speedway PR

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