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Chicagoland Speedway and WCGO announced today they are partnering to bring The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series back to Chicago radio broadcast.

Starting on February 21 with the “Great American Race,” the Daytona 500, fans in the Chicagoland area can tune-in to "Chicago's SmartTalk” on 1590-AM or 1590wcgo.com each week for coverage of every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the 2016 season. Races will be aired on WCGO’s 10,000-watt signal which ensures that fans can stay up-to-date on racing action throughout the city and suburbs.

“We couldn’t be happier to present our fans with an additional platform to listen live to NASCAR events throughout the season with the partnership with WCGO,” said Chicagoland Speedway President, Scott Paddock. “This new partnership will help to consistently feed the appetite of NASCAR fans throughout the Chicagoland region leading up to the kickoff of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup September 15-18 at Chicagoland Speedway.”

WCGO will feature all four days of exhilarating racing action in September as the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup series return to Chicagoland Speedway the 15th through the 18th. Furthermore, WCGO will cover the Route 66 NHRA Nationals July 7-10.

“Chicago is home to a large fan base of adventure seekers and racing enthusiasts who will be thrilled to have the opportunity to tune-in to each race throughout the season,” said WCGO General Manager, Chuck Duncan.

This new partnership compliments Chicagoland Speedway’s long-standing partnership with Southland WCCQ. The combination of the two radio stations now provides NASCAR fans throughout the entire region with a platform to listen live. Race fans in attendance during the September race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway can tune-in to 98.3-FM during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend for traffic updates and event information.


Two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Jimmie Johnson will start Speedweeks 2016 in style Saturday night: on the pole for the 38th annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

Johnson, also a six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, was awarded the pole via a draw involving the respective crew chiefs – in Johnson’s case, that would be Chad Knaus – for the 25 drivers entered in the annual all-star, non-points event.

Eligibility for the Sprint Unlimited field is reserved for former Sprint Unlimited champions and former DAYTONA 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015 and all 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. This year there also is a substitute driver, with Brian Vickers filling in for injured Tony Stewart, a two-time Sprint Unlimited champion. The various qualification criteria creates an elite field that also includes reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch (starting ninth), two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. (23rd) and 2013 DAYTONA 500 pole winner Danica Patrick (12th).

In a vivid example of the “luck of the draw” concept, crew chief Todd Gordon drew the 25th and last starting spot for none other than the reigning DAYTONA 500 champion, Joey Logano.

The non-points event, starting at 8:15 p.m. (ET) will be divided into two segments with a competition caution at Lap 25 separating the segments.

There were two Sprint Unlimited practice sessions Friday. Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) led the first, at 199.344 mph. The second session was led by Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota), at 198.930.

Prior to the Sprint Unlimited, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will open its season with the 53rd annual Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire. Cole Custer, driving for former Sprint Cup standout Ken Schrader, won the pole on Friday in the No. 54 Haas Automation Chevrolet (188.407 mph). The 18-year-old Custer became the series’ youngest pole winner at DIS.

Tickets for all Speedweeks 2016 events – including the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 21, the season-opening race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – can be purchased on-line at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube for the latest speedway news throughout the season.


ARCA: Cole Custer Earns Lucas Oil 200 Pole

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Friday, 12 February 2016 18:34

The ARCA Racing Series held qualifying on Friday afternoon for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 presented by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway. ARCA sorted the cars into nine groups based on their fastest times in two practice sessions over the weekend and had four minutes on the track.

Cole Custer will start the Lucas Oil 200 on the pole in his No. 54 Haas Automation Chevrolet for owner Ken Schrader. Custer will make his fourth ARCA Racing Series start on Saturday and looks to claim his second ARCA victory. He holds two top five and two top 10 finishes with JR Motorsports last season. Custer posted a lap of 47.769 seconds, 188.407 mph. and earned the pole by 0.068 seconds.

William Byron will start the Lucas Oil 200 in the second starting spot behind the wheel of his No. 55 Liberty University Toyota. Byron enters the season opener making his third career ARCA Racing Series start with owner Billy Venturini. The young driver finished second in his debut at Lucas Oil Raceway Park and started on the pole at Kentucky Speedway.

Rounding out the top three will be Chase Briscoe in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. The Indiana native has two previous starts in the series last season at Lucas Oil Raceway Park and Salem Speedway where he scored top 10 finishes. Briscoe comes into the brand-new season as a SCOTT Rookie of the Year contender.

Eight-time Lucas Oil 200 winner Bobby Gerhart will start 14th on Saturday in his family-owned No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet. Gerhart last won the event at the 2.5-mile oval in 2012 by passing Brandon McReynolds on the final lap.

Frank Kimmel enters what could be his final season in the ARCA Racing Series and is seeking his 11th championship in the series. The veteran racer will have some work to do after positing the 25th fastest lap in the qualifying session.

Ray Ciccarelli, Eric Caudell, J.J. Pack, Russ Dugger, Joey Gattina and Bobby Hamilton Jr. did not qualify for the event as 46 appeared on the entry list.

The Lucas Oil 200 will go green at 4:15 p.m. ET. on Saturday. Fans can watch live coverage on FOX Sports 1 and ARCARacing.com with timing and scoring. WNDB 1150 will have radio coverage of the event.

Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is excited to announce that a new version of its mobile app is now available for download on iOS and Android devices. As part of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, the updated DIS mobile app helps race fans take full advantage of the amenities and offerings at the new motorsports stadium during upcoming events such as Speedweeks 2016.

The DIS mobile app offers a variety of features to help fans find their way around the new stadium including Bluetooth-based indoor and GPS-based outdoor turn-by-turn navigation. It also includes an interactive GPS facility map and the ability to drop pins to remember certain locations like a parking spot.

“When fans attend sporting events, they expect to have a complete and fully-advanced technology system that will enhance their overall experience,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “The updated DIS app does just that by keeping fans connected to what’s happening on and off the track, and we’re excited that it will enable fans to truly immerse themselves in our events and interact with us on a whole new level.”

Also included in the new version of the app is location-based proximity engagement technology. The DIS app offers dynamic experiences for fans as they enter each of the new injectors/entrances from DIS Founding Partners such as Toyota, Florida Hospital, Chevrolet and Sunoco. Additionally, the DIS app is fully integrated with the new DAYTONA Rewards program, with locations throughout the property to provide one unified mobile experience for fans. DAYTONA Rewards provides another way for fans to interact with DIS and its partners. To participate, fans only need to a complete a one-time registration in which they are issued a unique QR code. Using that code, fans will be able to play games, see photos and videos, win prizes and more. Fans can pre-register now at http://www.disrewards.com/, inside the new app or register onsite at the DAYTONA Rewards locations.

A customizable daily schedule, advanced notifications and the ability to stay up-to-date with DIS Facebook, Twitter and RSS News feeds round out the features in this interactive offering. The DIS app is available for free on iTunes and Google Play. Fans attending Speedweeks 2016 and other upcoming DIS events are encouraged to download the app by visiting the iTunes store or Google Play Store.


Atlanta Motor Speedway is an oasis for race fans who want to spend every possible minute of the NASCAR weekend within shouting distance of the track. A new social venue, a money-saving camping package complete with tickets for all three days of racing, and an ultimate camping experience giveaway courtesy of Honda highlight this year’s camping lineup at the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend.

The Park Pavilion, similar to the Gathering Place which opened last year, is a center for race weekend activity, located adjacent to Bruton Smith Park, near the Blue parking lot. It features a large patio, a fire pit and picnic tables and is open to both fans and campers alike.

“The Park Pavilion is another feature we’ve incorporated especially with campers in mind,” said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway president. “It provides an inviting atmosphere in a convenient location for our camping fans to mix and mingle and share their race weekend experiences.” 

The Happy Camper Special is an all-new budget friendly camping and race ticket package option for campers attending the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend. For just $275, the package includes a weekend space in the Legends RV Campground, two general admission tickets to Friday’s Active Pest Control Qualifying Day and Saturday’s XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series doubleheader, and a pair of tickets in the Lower Earnhardt Grandstand for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. It’s easily the best value for a complete weekend of both camping and high-speed NASCAR entertainment.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is again teaming up with Honda in 2016 to give away the ultimate camping experience during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend. The package includes one infield camping space for race weekend, four infield passes, four weekend pre-race pit passes, one $250 Camping World merchandise certificate and a Honda EU2000i generator. There is no purchase necessary to enter, and fans can register by logging on to www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/honda today.

Reserved camping areas at Atlanta Motor Speedway start at just $100, and options include tent and pop-up camping, coveted infield RV locations, luxurious lakeside spaces and even select trackside locations complete with full amenities, views overlooking the AMS oval and both grandstand and pre-race pit passes. Handicap camping spaces are also available. Fans are encouraged to secure their camping plans early, as a limited number of reserved spaces are available.  

Camping areas outside the track and all unreserved areas will open on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. Trackside and infield camping areas open to campers on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

For more information about all camping options and upgrades, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/events/camping/. 


General Tire to Sponsor September Race Weekend

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Friday, 12 February 2016 11:09
Kentucky Speedway has partnered with General Tire to become the Sept. 23-24 race weekend sponsor. The two-day race weekend that will be called the “General Tire Super Weekend at Kentucky Speedway.”
Founded on September 29, 1915, General Tire began as an outgrowth of the Western Tire & Rubber Company. Today, General Tire continues the tradition of offering a complete line of quality, ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road, and commercial tires.  
“General Tire is an innovative company and aggressive marketer, which makes it a perfect partner for Kentucky Speedway as we continue our success by launching our renovated track this season,” said general manager of Kentucky Speedway Mark Simendinger. “The General Tire Super Weekend at Kentucky Speedway will feature the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 and make history by launching the first NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Chase with the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.”
The Mt. Vernon, Illinois plant builds more than three million tires a year, while the General Tire engineering team continues to develop state-of-the-art technologies such as Duragen, 3D Sipe, and Monitor Technology. The red letter GrabberTM continues to be the trademark of the General Tire brand.
"We're looking forward to an action packed race weekend to kickoff our new relationship with Kentucky Speedway." said director of marketing, Travis Roffler. "It's a real honor for General Tire to have our name on two of the most competitive race series in the country. And, considering the new track surface the fans are in for some great competition."
The 2016 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the July 9 Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 Thursday, July 7 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 Friday, July 8.
The XFINITY Series makes its second appearance at the track on Saturday, September 24 for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, along with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 on Friday, September 23 to conclude the fall weekend of racing. 
Fans may purchase season tickets and camping, July weekend packages or individual race tickets now by calling (859) 578-2300, at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


General Tire, Pocono Raceway Partner For June Event

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Friday, 12 February 2016 11:07

Pocono Raceway and General Tire have agreed to a multi-year partnership that gives the veteran tire company naming rights for the June 3 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race. The announcement was made today at Daytona International Raceway with Pocono Raceway Chief Marketing Officer Ben May and General Tire Director of Marketing Travis Roffler.

General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is scheduled for Friday, June 3 and will feature 80 laps on the 2.5 mile ‘Tricky Triangle.’

“General Tire is going to be a great partner for us and we are looking forward to working with them to put on a great event for our fans,” said Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “The Mattioli family and ARCA have a long history of working together and this is another opportunity for us to support this great series.”

"We are thrilled to partner with these great tracks in an effort to enhance the ARCA Race Series events and to bring more awareness to our tire brand in these key markets," said Roffler.

June 3 will mark the 30th anniversary of the first ARCA race at Pocono Raceway and be the 58th ARCA event held at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’

Pocono Raceway will host seven national motorsports events during the 2016 racing season, including a NASCAR XFINITY Series race for the inaugural time on June 4. The Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race is set for June 5, the Pennsylvania 400 NSCS race on July 31 and the ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race on August 21. The Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck race is scheduled for July 30 and two ARCA Series Presented by Menards races with General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 on June 3 and the ModSpace 150 on July 29 offered as well.

Tickets for all races are now on sale at poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.

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General Tire, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last fall, announced today it will partner with historical Talladega Superspeedway to become the entitlement sponsor of the April 29th General Tire 200 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series Presented by Menards event.

The 2.66-mile, 33-degree banked Talladega Superspeedway has hosted ARCA since the track’s initial season in 1969.

“The ARCA Series has been a staple here at Talladega since the beginning of the facility in 1969 and we are thrilled to have a historical brand like General Tire join our track family,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “General Tire being a part of the biggest and baddest track on the planet with the General Tire 200 will make an immediate impact on race fans everywhere.”

General Tire, part of Continental AG, and the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards announced in September that General Tire would become the official tire supplier of the Series beginning in 2016. After a stint as the supplier of tires for the Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (CASCAR) in 1990, the new multi-year partnership now with ARCA is the first for an American stock car series. The General Tire 200 will mark the first ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway where the cars have sported General Tires.

“We are proud of our history, and to join forces with such an iconic venue as Talladega Superspeedway, is something that we are looking forward to,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “The General Tire 200 will continue to build on General Tire’s 100-year tradition. Talladega’s loyal fan base shares the same enthusiasm about racing as we have about our brand, making this new partnership the perfect fit for our company.”

Some of NASCAR’s biggest stars such as Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick and 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and Kyle Busch helped kickstart their careers in the ARCA Racing Series. Over the last five years, winners of the General Tire 200 at Talladega are Ty Dillon, Brandon McReynolds, Frank Kimmel, Tom Hessert III and Blake Jones. The General Tire 200 is set for a 5 p.m. CDT time on Friday, April 29.

General Tire’s racing roots run deep in off-road racing where the GRABBERTM line of tires was, “born from competition”. General’s entry into the stock car arena will allow the brand to showcase their industry-leading tire technologies. An elite team of engineers and product specialists have worked to develop a tire that is durable and provides the performance that professional race teams and drivers demand and have come to trust.

In addition to the General Tire 200, Talladega’s spring weekend will consist of both the NASCAR XFINITY Series Talladega 300 (Saturday, April 30) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ GEICO 500 (Sunday, May 1). For ticket information, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.


Richmond International Raceway is more than just racing. We’re about making an impactful difference in the local Richmond area. We don’t just work in RVA; we live and play in RVA too.  That’s why it’s important to us to support our community.  RIR Cares by giving back to RVA.

Through volunteer efforts and multiple fundraisers in 2015, RIR Cares beat our 2014 efforts, which was a record-setting year!  RIR employees closed out 2015 with 786 volunteer hours, an increase from the 685 hours completed in 2014.  These hours were accumulated through volunteering at events like the RVA Cow Drop, RVA Field of Dreams, Junior Achievement, Operation Paintbrush, Celtic Festival, RIR Track Laps, Turn Left Golf Classic, Henrico County Community Clean Up, YMCA Bright Beginnings, and Read Across America.  Our employees also volunteered their personal time through church, civic and school events.

RIR Cares’ highlight of 2015 was the recent grants awarded to eight local organizations, totaling $30,000, more than any previous year since the inception of the RIR Cares Grant Program in 2013.  Local organizations applied for the grants, with applications being reviewed by a committee of RIR employees.  Grants were awarded to the Northside Outreach Center ($2,500), Virginia Dental Association Foundation (5,000), Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center (2,500), DRIVE SMART Virginia (2,000), Peter Paul Development Center ($5,000), Northside Family YMCA ($3,000), Higher Achievement Program ($5,000), and Youth Life Foundation of Richmond ($5,000) to assist in their efforts in the community.

In addition to the grants, one of the most notable RIR Cares donations was a hand-crafted racecar toy box, built by RIR employees, branded with the iconic No. 24, and filled with racing-themed toys.  It was built in honor of NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, recognizing him for his efforts to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer warriors.  Gordon unveiled the toy box at his final race at RIR in September 2015 and together RIR Cares and Gordon presented it to UVA Children’s Hospital.

Americrown, RIR’s catering service, also supports the local community with volunteer groups working concession stands during our two NASCAR weekends.  Fifteen groups worked 330 hours, resulting in approximately $54,000 donated to these volunteer groups in 2015.  In addition, through food rescue and recovery efforts during race weekends, as well as the Feedmore Holiday Food Drive, Richmond International Raceway and Americrown donated more than 3,800 meals to local foodbanks and soup kitchens and successfully diverted over 11 Tons of food scraps to compost. 

“RIR is a proud member of the local community,” said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier.  “Our employees continue to support our volunteer efforts and are constantly looking for new opportunities to increase our impact in the community.  Our hope is to grow our fundraising efforts in order to provide even more grants in 2016.”


Stock cars have arrived for Speedweeks 2016 at Daytona International Speedway, with Thursday’s initial ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards practice session setting the table for Friday’s first appearance of the new season by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors.

Thursday’s ARCA practice was for Saturday afternoon’s 53rd annual Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire. Chase Briscoe had the fastest lap in the two-hour session, 189.302 mph in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. Qualifying for the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire will be held Friday.

Also Friday, there will be two practices for Saturday night’s always-anticipated Sprint Unlimited, the annual 75-lap non-points event featuring 25 drivers, a group consisting of last season’s pole winners, former Sprint Unlimited champions and former DAYTONA 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015. All 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are also eligible. Any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points.

The various qualification criteria creates an elite field that will include reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 2013 DAYTONA 500 pole winner Danica Patrick.

The non-points event will be divided into two segments with a competition caution at Lap 25 separating the segments. In a unique fan-friendly concept introduced last year, select fans are paired with Sprint Unlimited crew chiefs for a random draw to determine starting and pit road positions. The draw is set Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Sprint FANZONE at DIS.

Tickets for all Speedweeks 2016 events – including the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 21, the season-opening race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube for the latest speedway news throughout the season.


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