Steven B. Wilson
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Fans attending this Saturday's DC Solar 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will have a great chance to get up close and personal with their favorite drivers.
Several NCWTS drivers are participating in an autograph session in the LVMS Fan Engagement Area outside the main grandstands from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time between practice and qualifying sessions. The session's driver list includes inaugural Chase grid qualifiers Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy, William Byron, John Hunter Nemechek, Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric, as well as NCWTS drivers Spencer Gallagher, Grant Enfinger, Tyler Reddick, Tommy Joe Martins, Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu.
The driver autograph session is being moved from the Neon Garage to the Fan Engagement Area to help anchor "350 Fest," a dynamic and action-packed day of activities at the 1.5-mile speedway. The second annual LVMS Show & Shine car show presented by Star Nursery - which will benefit the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children's Charities - takes place in the FEA from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will be surrounded by everything from a petting zoo, pet adoption area and kids zone to live entertainment, a beer garden and food trucks.
In addition, LVMS has extended the track's start/finish line through the FEA, so fans can add their autographs to the line during their visit. Fans are encouraged to come early and stay late at LVMS, and all activities in the FEA are free for everyone.
Spencer Gallagher is hoping that home is where the win is on Saturday night.
The Las Vegas native will be one of 32 drivers gunning for the checkered flag in the DC Solar 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gallagher is excited to be back home this week and said earning his first series victory in his hometown race would be a dream come true.
"I get to go play in front of my hometown crowd. What's not to love about that?" said Gallagher, a Palo Verde High School graduate. "Every driver wants to pick up a win in Las Vegas, and for me, to be able to roll into Victory Lane with all my friends and family around, that would just mean the world to me."
The 26-year-old enters Saturday's 146-mile race 12th in the NCWTS points standings on the strength of six top-10 finishes. Gallagher feels good about the strides he has made with his GMS Racing team and its No. 23 Shade Tree/Noah's Animal House Chevrolet.
"I think it's been a huge developmental year at GMS," said Gallagher, who is making his third career start at LVMS. "I think it's been a year of building and establishing our name as one of the top-tier teams and a force to be reckoned with every weekend, and I couldn't be more pleased about that. I think our 23 team has had speed all year long, and it's been wonderful to see what all of our hard work has accomplished."
His best finish at LVMS was 13th in 2014, and Gallagher crossed the line 15th a year ago when John Wes Townley took the checkered flag. Gallagher said the key to success at the 1.5-mile oval is staying in the hunt until the final few laps.
"Usually, the race is won by the guys with the fastest trucks," Gallagher said. "The key, I think, to Vegas is really having a setup that can handle the bumps and not have the tires fall off over a long race. Fuel mileage comes into play later in the race, but who wins and loses is going to be decided by who can get around this rough, big, fast oval the fastest in a three-lap shootout."
Gallagher has also made six starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season and earned a top-10 finish at Daytona International Speedway. He is open to what the future may hold for him in that series.
"It's definitely an idea that would be great for the progression of GMS Racing and myself," he said. "We'll see how it plays out getting a deal together by the end of this year, but we've had some pretty good success in our first six starts. I think we've been building ourselves a very competitive out-of-the-box program, and I'm looking forward to it leading to more possibilities in the next year."
Gallagher's No. 23 truck will be clad in a black-and-purple paint scheme promoting the Get On Track To End Domestic Violence campaign he and the other GMS Racing drivers are supporting in October. The Las Vegas-based Shade Tree shelter for women and children and the National Domestic Violence Hotline are part of his specific focus.
"It's a great cause to be working with," Gallagher said. "The Shade Tree, in and of itself, is a wonderful organization that's been operating for more than 25 years in Las Vegas. It really is an institution of the valley, and it's great to be able to go out there with them and the National Domestic Violence Hotline on the side of the truck."
Gallagher will be one of several drivers participating in an autograph session in the LVMS Fan Engagement Area from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time, giving fans attending the day's "350 Fest" a chance to get up close and personal with the NCWTS stars.
The DC Solar 350's green flag drops at 5:30 p.m., and fireworks will follow immediately after the checkered flag is waved at the conclusion of the 219-mile race. Practice sessions are scheduled for 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 10-11 a.m., and qualifying begins at 3:10 p.m.
Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will serve as grand marshal of the DC Solar 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday.
Griffin, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, will make the call for drivers to start their engines to kick off the 146-lap race at the 1.5-mile speedway. Griffin is a former Georgia police officer who amassed a 19-7 mixed martial arts record during an illustrious and action-packed career that ran from 2001-12.
"It will be a thrill to serve as grand marshal of the DC Solar 350, and I can't wait to get out to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday," Griffin said. "I'm a huge fan of any sport that gets the blood pumping and adrenaline going, and NASCAR definitely does that. I'm looking forward to meeting the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers and being a part of a great day of racing at the best outdoor sports venue in Las Vegas. It will be a blast!"
Griffin won the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" TV show in 2005 and served as coach of "The Ultimate Fighter 7" against Quinton Jackson in 2008. Griffin won the UFC Light Heavyweight championship belt on July 5, 2008, with a unanimous decision win over Jackson, and many of his fights received Fight of the Night honors from the UFC.
Griffin's final fight was a unanimous-decision victory over Tito Ortiz on July 7, 2012, and he officially retired on May 26, 2013. Upon his retirement, UFC President Dana White announced that Griffin and Stephan Bonnar would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on July 6, 2013.
While attending the University of Georgia, Griffin worked as a law enforcement officer for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office in Augusta, Ga., and a patrol officer with the University of Georgia police. Griffin graduated from UGA with a bachelor of arts in political science.
The green flag for the DC Solar 350 drops at 5:30 p.m., and fireworks will follow immediately after the checkered flag is waved at the conclusion of the race. Practice sessions are scheduled for 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 10-11 a.m., and qualifying begins at 3:10 p.m.
Race tickets are available online at LVMS.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444. All ticket buyers will have free access to the Neon Garage throughout the course of race day, and children 12 and under get a free general admission ticket when accompanying a paid adult.
Roush Fenway Racing will host its annual Fall Fan Appreciation day at its world headquarters in Concord, N.C. on Thursday, October 6. The event is open to the public and will include autograph sessions with Roush Fenway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series drivers, as well as Jack Roush.
“Fan Day here at Roush Fenway is the perfect opportunity to show our fans how much we appreciate them,” said Roush Fenway President, Steve Newmark. "Their support never waivers and these events provide us the perfect opportunity to welcome them to our home, show them around and let them meet Jack and the drivers whom they so passionately support.”
In addition to autograph sessions, there will be a ‘Driven for a Cause’ photo booth set up where fans can snap selfies to show their support of breast cancer awareness. A snapchat geofilter will also allow fans on the Roush Fenway campus to send their own ‘Driven for a Cause’ messages to friends.
Roush Fenway fans are invited to take part in the event through social media, using the hashtag #DrivenforaCause. This hashtag will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the annual event through social media platforms Periscope, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook.
The retail store and museum will be open to fans, where they can take advantage of special sales promotions of Roush Fenway merchandise. In addition, various Roush Fenway partners will be on hand sampling products.
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will host a live broadcast during Fan Day on their popular Mid-Day Drive show with hosts Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers; The Roush Fenway drivers and Jack Roush will be featured as guests.
Autograph session tickets will be distributed at 8:00 a.m. and are available only through a first-come, first-served format.
Autograph sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. with NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Chris Buescher. Jack Roush and Roush Fenway’s NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Bubba Wallace, Ryan Reed and Gray Gaulding will start their autograph session at 11:30 a.m.
What: Roush Fenway Racing Fall ‘Fan Appreciation Day’
Where: Roush Fenway Racing’s Campus – 4600 Roush Place, Concord N.C. 28027
When: Thursday, October 6. Ticket distribution to start at 8:00 a.m. Fan Day runs until 2:00 p.m.
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|9/25/2016 (pre-race inspection)||New Hampshire||No. 7 (3)||Warning||Failed LIS twice, pre-race||Written Warning|
|New Hampshire||No. 4 (3), No. 5 (3), No. 7 (3), No. 16 (3), No. 83 (1)||Warning||Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying||Written Warning|
|New Hampshire||No. 11 (2)||Warning||Failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying||Written Warning|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series|
|9/24/2016 (pre-race inspection)||Kentucky||No. 18 (1), No. 51 (2)||Warning||Failed LIS twice, pre-race||Written Warning|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series|
|9/24/2016 (post-race inspection)||New Hampshire||No. 8||P2||Sections 12.1; 22.214.171.124.2 Top Spitter Shelf
Notes: Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances.
|Crew chief (Gere Kennon) has been fined $6,000 and NASCAR probation continues through Dec. 31, 2016; team owner and driver assessed with the loss of 10
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship points.
|9/24/2016 (pre-race inspection)||New Hampshire||No. 50 (1)||Warning||Failed template inspection four times, pre-race||Written Warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time|
|() -- Total current warnings.|
This Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race at Dover International Speedway marks a milestone for Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed. Reed, driver of the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang, will make his 100th start in the NXS.
“One hundred races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series is an awesome milestone,” said Reed. “I’m so thankful to everyone at Roush Fenway that has really helped to shape my career. I’m fortunate to have a great team and great partners in Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association that have made this all a reality.”
Reed made his XFINITY debut with Roush Fenway in 2013 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). The young driver would earn a 16th-place finish in his first start. Driving the No. 16 Ford Mustang, Reed would go on to make five additional starts in 2013, with his best finish of ninth coming in the fall at RIR.
The following year, Reed competed in his first fulltime NXS season in the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford. The rookie led a total of 29 laps that season, earning his best finish of fourth at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) in July. Reed finished ninth in the NXS driver point standings in his rookie campaign.
2015 started with a bang, as Reed led 14 laps in the season-opening event at DIS to earn his first career NXS victory.
After climbing out of the car, Reed said, “This is for … every kid who gets diagnosed with diabetes, or anything, that says you can't do something, just go out there and overcome it and do it and win. Do the best you can. This is unreal. It hasn't even soaked in yet."
On the cusp of his 100th NXS start, Reed also approaches another milestone – his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start. Announced earlier this week, Reed will attempt to qualify for the NSCS event at Talladega Superspeedway later this season. Reed will pilot the No. 99 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford.
To date this NXS season, Reed has one top-five and five top-10 finishes and has led a total of eight laps.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will take the green flag from the Monster Mile on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Reed enters the race fourth in the NXS Chase grid.
A broken piston sidelined Preece’s Chevrolet on the race’s first lap. He finished 39th and didn’t get a real chance to test the track.
Preece hopes to right that wrong Saturday as he drives the Meding’s Seafood/Iron Source Chevrolet in the Drive Sober 200 at Dover.
“The first Dover race was one of our roughest weekends of the year,” Preece said. “It’s tough to have to park that soon. Hopefully, we’ll be right on target Saturday and get a good finish. We’re thrilled to have the Meding’s Seafood and Iron Source folks along for the ride with us again.”
Preece is 17th in Xfinity points entering the 200.
Chastain will be driving the Use Your Melon/Don’t Drink and Drive Chevrolet in Saturday’s Drive Sober 200 at Dover.
“I’ve put in a lot of laps around Dover in the last few years,” said Chastain, who will be racing for the sixth time at the one-mile track. “I feel like I know the track really well, and I know we’ll have a car that can get us into the top 15. I’m looking forward to challenging the track again.”
Chastain’s sponsorship for the weekend is part of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety’s safe-driving campaign.
In the Xfinity season’s earlier visit to Dover, Smithley finished 24th. It was his first race at the tough one-mile track. He returns Saturday for the Drive Sober 200.
“Getting a handle on Dover takes a while,” Smithley said. “It’s really fast, and there’s no time to rest. You’re in the turns a long time. We’re looking to go back there with a good car and make some gains.”
Smithley, who will drive the Heroes Haven Chevrolet this weekend, sits 18th in Xfinity driver points entering the season’s 28th race.
The race is the second in the new Xfinity Chase playoffs.
International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA) (OTC:ISCB) ("ISC") today announced that Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Daniel W. Houser will retire effective November 30, 2016. Mr. Houser will be succeeded by Gregory S. Motto effective December 1, 2016. Mr. Motto currently serves as the Company's Vice President, Finance and Accounting and Controller.
Mr. Houser, age 65, has served the Company in several financial executive roles for 23 years, most recently as CFO since February 2009. As CFO, Houser oversees all financial, tax, treasury and investor relations functions at ISC. Houser will remain as an advisor to the Company through 2017.
Mr. Motto, age 43, has been with ISC since 2000. He was promoted to Vice President in April 2015 and has served as Controller for the Company since 2008, with direct responsibility over accounting operations, financial reporting, internal controls and integrated financial planning. During his time with ISC, Motto has served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility within the finance and accounting functions including Financial Analyst, Assistant Controller and Director of Strategic Planning.
"We thank Dan for his many years of service to ISC, always working to help us maintain a strong balance sheet that enables us to execute our strategic initiatives," said ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa Kennedy. "We are very excited to have Greg Motto ready to take over the financial leadership role. Dan and Greg have worked together for the last 18 months to achieve an efficient and effective transfer of duties. Greg has the full confidence of Management and our Board of Directors as we move forward."ISC PR