Steven B. Wilson
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Daytona International Speedway ticket holders who want to secure a piece of history have until Friday, March 6 to purchase their own seat that they’ve used to watch races throughout the years before they go on sale to the general public. Daytona International Speedway ticket holders who interested in making a purchase should visit www.fanaticsauthentic.com/DAYTONA_RISING or call 1-866-578-0541.
In an exclusive partnership, Daytona International Speedway has teamed with Fanatics Authentic, the nation's largest online retailer of licensed sports products, to provide fans the chance to purchase their own seat from Daytona International Speedway as well as a full line of other frontstretch collectibles. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows racing fans to take home a piece of history from one of the most famous racing venues in all of sports.
Greg Biffle will drive the No. 16 Cheez-It Ford Fusion this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Cheez-It is a primary partner on the No. 16 Ford and will make their 2015 debut in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend. Cheez-It was on board with Chris Buescher at Daytona International Speedway for his second-place finish in the XFINITY season opener.
“I love going to Vegas and I can’t think of a better track for Cheez-It to be on my Ford,” said Biffle. “Vegas has been a good track for us in the past and I feel confident we can get a solid run this weekend. Cheez-It crackers are one of my favorite snacks and the car looks really good. Hopefully we can get an even better finish for them than Chris did in Daytona.”
Not only will Cheez-It be featured on the car this weekend, but they have also launched a new racing website. Check out www.cheezitracing.com for information on the No. 16 team and the ‘Cheez-It Racing’ Roush Fenway Racing drivers, which includes Buescher, Biffle and Bubba Wallace.
Cheez-It ‘Snack Mix’ is representing racing in the “Most Valuable Cheese” competition on www.cheezitmvc.com, you can help racing pull ahead from the other sports by casting your vote.
Voting ends March 31st.
It’s time to kick your radio into overdrive! News Radio WRVA and the iconic voices of MRN have been bringing NASCAR action to the local Richmond area for years, and the 2015 season will be no different. WRVA and MRN have once again partnered to bring intense on track action into fans’ homes and cars.
“News Radio 1140 WRVA and 98.5FM is thrilled to renew our partnership with MRN. Race fans throughout Central Virginia have been listening to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series races on News Radio 1140 WRVA and 98.5FM since 2011 and we are proud to continue to bring them flag-to-flag coverage of the races,” said Program Director Aaron Trimmer.
Beyond hearing on-air live racing action, fans can stay in the know by visiting News Radio WRVA NASCAR page on their website. Here you can find race recaps, videos, and the latest news and updates from the NASCAR world, all in one place.
WRVA and MRN kicked off the renewed partnership with flag-to-flag coverage of the Daytona 500. Fans can tune in weekly to hear exciting side-by-side racing on News Radio 1140 WRVA and 98.5FM. For a complete schedule of NASCAR coverage, click here.
Billboard chart topper and DEL Records/Empire Productions artist Luis Coronel will be the honorary pace car driver for the Toyota 120 NASCAR Mexico Series race on Friday, March 13, Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. Fans of Coronel should plan on arriving before 7 p.m. PST to see him take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval.
The Regional Mexican singer, who is a social media sensation with over 250,000 followers on Twitter and three million likes on Facebook, will drive the Toyota Camry pace car and lead the field of 28 of the best drivers from Mexico to the green flag on Friday night’s main event.
Coronel will also entertain fans at the Main Stage on the Fan Midway immediately following the Toyota 120 race.
Born in Tucson, Arizona to Mexican parents, the 19 year-old crooner became the youngest solo artist in 13 years to hit No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with his sophomore album Quiero Ser Tu Dueño. Coronel, who recently won Univision’s Premios Lo Nuestro Mexican Regional Male Artist of the Year, is also the reigning Billboard Latin Music Awards New Artist of the Year and was named to their 21-Under-21 list.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hopes Las Vegas launches his junior year in the Sprint Cup series just as it did in his junior year in the XFINITY series in 2012. Stenhouse used the early win at Las Vegas that year to launch into a season that would see him visit victory lane on five more occasions that season.
During the 2012 Sam’s Town 300, the Olive Branch, Miss. native dominated the final 54 laps after clearing veteran Mark Martin, building a six-second cushion over second place claiming his first victory of the 2012 NASCAR XFINITY season and his first win at a mile-and-a-half track.
“I’m really looking forward to racing at Vegas this weekend,” Stenhouse said. “Roush Fenway has such a rich history at Vegas. I got my first win at a mile-and-a-half track and Roush Fenway won the inaugural race at Las Vegas so it would be an honor to continue the success and give Jack another victory at Vegas.”
Roush Fenway hit the Vegas jackpot right off the bat, winning the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Las Vegas in 1998. Martin led 82 laps in the victory, leading a one-two Roush Fenway finish on a day that saw the organization place all five of its entries in the top 10.
In 74 career Cup starts at LVMS Roush Fenway has recorded 38 top-10 finishes (51.4 percent) and has had at least one car finish in the top 10 in every Cup event run at the 1.5-mile oval. Roush Fenway has earned two pole positions, seven victories, 21 top-five finishes and has led 1,257 laps.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race looking for a reason to celebrate in Las Vegas on a Sunday.
Harvick has had many reasons to celebrate in Las Vegas over the years, including his most recent trip in early December 2014 when he was honored as the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion during Champions Week in Las Vegas. The week culminated with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards banquet on Friday night, Dec. 5, at the Wynn Las Vegas.
The Bakersfield, California native has had reasons to celebrate at Las Vegas dating all the way back to 2001. Following his Sprint Cup debut Feb. 26 of that year at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway, the series headed west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, Harvick married his wife DeLana. That Sunday, March 4, Harvick scored his first career Sprint Cup top-10.
In the 14 years since his first start at Las Vegas, Harvick has gone on to win 28 Sprint Cup races among his 116 top-five finishes and 231 top-10s, and he’s earned 14 pole positions to go with last year’s Sprint Cup title.
The defending Sprint Cup champ has two wins on a Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Harvick’s first win at Las Vegas came on Saturday, March 6, 2004, when he started 11th, led 14 laps and raced his way to victory lane by 0.119 of a second over runner-up Kasey Kahne.
Harvick’s second Xfinity win at Las Vegas came on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. Driving the No. 33 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., he started second, led 82 laps and beat runner-up Denny Hamlin to the finish line by 1.361 seconds. It was the sixth win for Harvick’s team in the Xfinity Series.
Harvick is still searching for his first Sprint Cup pole at Las Vegas, but he did win the pole for the Xfinity race in 2007 when he turned a lap at 181.111 mph.
In 14 Sprint Cup starts at Las Vegas, Harvick has three top-five finishes and five top-10s, and he’s led 81 laps. He has an average starting position of 20.7 and average finish of 14.7, and he’s completed 99.1 percent of the 3,759 laps contested.
This weekend, Harvick will attempt to add that elusive Sprint Cup win at the 1.5-mile oval in Sunday’s Kobalt 400. He will also be in the broadcast booth Saturday afternoon for the Xfinity Series race.
Ryan "Frenchie" Dubois has been involved in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 1999, when he started with Evernham Motorsports. He moved to Melling 92 for a year, before heading to Hendrick Motorsports to work on the 48 working under Chad Knaus in 2005. In 2013, Dubois found his way to BK Racing as the Shop Foreman. For the past 2 years, Frenchie has worked hard and dedicated his time to bettering the three car program at BK Racing.
"I am looking forward to my new position at BK Racing," Dubois commented. "We've rebuilt the team going into Daytona, for the good of this team, and I'm eager to help implement and grow this group. We have a lot of great guys that pour their heart and soul into this team, and it is slowly starting to show."
BK Racing Owner, Ron Devine commented, "We are very proud to announce that Ryan Dubois will be the General Manager of BK Racing. He has been earned the position by being a tremendous asset to the team since he started in 2013. I believe that Ryan has the knowledge, experience and dedication to take BK Racing to the next level. I look forward to seeing the progressive changes and accomplishments that I'm sure are soon to come."
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Race fans attending this weekend’s NASCAR events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be able to stay up to date on every aspect of the weekend with the speedway’s new app for iPhone and Android users.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway has partnered with Sporting Innovations, the industry leader in sports technology to bring a platform that will provide users exclusive content as well as personalized offers and experiences. The app will be updated real-time with schedules, driver appearances, ticket upgrade information, maps, directions, traffic tips, as well as live audio.
“This is the next generation of apps,” said LVMS president Chris Powell. “This all-new mobile experience will allow us to personalize the messaging based on the ticket buyer or a race fan’s particular interest. We strongly recommend that all of our fans download the app before they get to the speedway to ensure an even better race experience.”
The app is available on Google Play and iTunes stores by searching Las Vegas Motor Speedway or LVMS. Fans need to register in the application to gain access to the full feature set and communications.
"LVMS has a tremendous vision for how they want to engage with the modern fan, particularly through digital channels," said Robb Heineman, CEO of Sporting Innovations. "This app is the ideal solution as we work together to provide new and compelling experiences for race fans through the FAN360 platform ."
The NASCAR weekend will begin with Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday -- highlighted by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 4:45 p.m. The Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 will be the featured event on Saturday at 1 p.m., while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 caps off the weekend on Sunday. The extended race weekend begins on Wednesday with two nights of World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s half-mile dirt oval.
The history of Martinsville Speedway cannot be told without Richard Petty and the number 43. On March 29, prior to the start of the STP 500, fans with a Green Flag Experience ticket will have the opportunity to hear part of that history from NASCAR’s “King” himself.
Petty, whose 15 career stock car wins at the .526-mile racetrack stand alone in the history books, will take part in an emceed question-and-answer session in the Party Plaza on the race morning.
“I think back on all the years I have been around this sport, this track, and the one constant throughout it all is Richard Petty,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “He’s won here as a driver. He’s won here as a car owner. He’s a true legend; a real piece of both NASCAR and Martinsville history.”
In addition to his 15 Martinsville Speedway wins, Petty logged 30 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes in his 67 career starts at the track.
Petty joins a Green Flag Experience lineup that already includes Dale Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Chocolate Myers, Miss Sprint Cup and Clay Campbell.
The Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area.
In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, photo opportunities in the flag stand and mock victory lane, enjoy music, sign the start/finish line, games and prizes along with show cars and doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30.
The driver question-and-answer sessions, food, music, games and prizes, and show cars will be held in The Plaza from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The track portion will open at 9:15 and will remain open until the finish of driver introductions.
The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.
Advance tickets for the STP 500 begin at just $45.
Ticket prices increase the week of the race.
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TriStar Motorsports and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) are proud to announce a new partnership for the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. The IAVA will grace the hood and quarter panels of the No. 14 Toyota Camry piloted by Rookie of the Year contender, Cale Conley.
Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, the IAVA has quickly become the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing new veterans and their families. With nearly 300,000 veterans and civilian supporters nationwide, IAVA is the only 21st Century veterans' service organization (VSO) dedicated to standing with the 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives.
"Since last summer when we launched the Convoy to Combat Suicide, Cale Conley has been a true supporter of the veterans community," said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. "IAVA is honored to have our logo on his No. 14 Camry and work alongside him as he continues to be a rising force in NASCAR. Cale is a dynamic motivator, spreading awareness about critical veterans' issues everywhere he races. We look forward to seeing what lies ahead for him in 2015!"
"It is an honor to have IAVA on the car," said Conley. "The struggles that servicemen face returning home from war is something I cannot begin to even fathom. I was so struck when I heard the statistic that there are 22 veteran suicides on average daily in the United States. I am so proud to help raise awareness and support the cause. These are the true heroes and the reason that we get to race each weekend."