Steven B. Wilson
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Cobra Electronics, the leading designer and marketer of award-winning automotive, mobile and consumer electronics, today announces the Cobra 'Race to the Final' Sweepstakes. Two grand prize winners will receive a VIP Race Experience with Darrell 'Bubba' Wallace, Jr. driver of No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in Miami. The sweepstakes kicks off Thursday, March 22nd and runs through Monday, September 3rd, 2018. Eligible participants can enter for a chance to win at www.bubbawinswithcobra.com.
Cobra Race to the Final Sweepstakes with Bubba Wallace
The Grand Prize VIP Race Experience includes:
Race Tickets & VIP Passes
Meet and Greet with Bubba Wallace
Travel and Accommodations to Miami
"We are thrilled to continue to build on our partnership with Bubba," said Chris Kooistra, Sr. Director, Brand Partnerships. "We are excited to give fans a chance to see him in action in Miami."
In addition to the Grand Prize VIP Race Experience, there will be weekly winners of signed Cobra/Bubba Wallace baseball hats.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. and D.C., age 21 or older. Void in Alaska, Hawaii, outside the US and where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM ET on 3/22/18 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 9/3/18. For full Official Rules, click here. Sponsor: Cedar Electronics Corp., 6500 W Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707.
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The cars may not roar to life at Bristol Motor Speedway for nearly a month, but that didn’t keep Austin Dillon, this year’s Daytona 500 winner, and a host of other competitors from gathering here at Bass Pro Shops for a fan/media kickoff program Wednesday evening.
Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Childress Racing as well as a former NASCAR XFINITY Series winner at BMS, was joined by his brother, fellow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon, their father Mike Dillon, the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for RCR, and the organization’s founder, Richard Childress.
Also taking part in the evening’s festivities were NHRA competitors Tony Schumacher, Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing, as well defending Bristol Pro Stock winner Alex Laughlin.
The annual Food City 500 race weekend, which includes the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 XFINITY Series race, Bush’s Beans Pole Day and the Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR Modified race, is scheduled for April 13-15.
The newly-named Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals are slated for June 15-17 at Bristol Dragway.
There was a brief archery competition to kick off Wednesday’s program – Austin Dillon confessed Hagan “got me when he put one in the white”. The evening also featured impromptu bowling battles that included co-emcee Jamie Little of FOX Sports where Austin bowled a 199 with an impressive five strikes in a row. An autograph session with the NHRA competitors and an evening-ending “Feuding Families Bristol Edition,” a takeoff of the popular Family Feud game show that pitted the two racing groups against one another.
“Feuding Families? You should see us (at the shop) during the week sometimes,” Childress said, laughing at the program’s title.
In looking ahead to this season’s racing programs at Bristol, competitors were quick to sing the praises of both the round track and drag strip, which are considered among the most action-packed and memorable in racing.
“It’s a special place,” Austin Dillon said of the .533-mile oval track known as ‘The Last Great Colosseum.’
“You feel like a gladiator racing out there in front of a lot of people, beating and banging, (racing) side by side. You never can catch a breath the whole race. Physically it’s demanding and mentally it’s taxing.”
Ty Dillon made his Bristol Cup debut in 2016, driving in relief for three-time series champ Tony Stewart. Now the driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet for Germain Racing, Dillon said Bristol “is just the coolest place to go.”
“If you don’t get chills when you walk in at Bristol and look up at the stands, even when there are no cars on the track, I don’t think you can feel much in your life” he said.
The feeling is no less intense for those competing at the legendary dragstrip.
Schumacher’s a five-time Bristol winner, but he says that’s not why the track holds a special place in his heart.
Looking at the track from the top end, taking in the grandstands and the surrounding hillsides, he said, “is one of the views throughout the year that makes it awesome for me to remember I get to do this every weekend.
“Every now and then, you have to remember why you do it. It’s not about the paycheck, it’s about the love of the game. You hear the guy hit the throttle, you hear the echo (off the mountainside); this is an awesome place to race.”
Hagan, meanwhile, calls Bristol his home track and with good reason – the two-time NHRA Funny Car champion (2011, ’14) resides in Christiansburg, Va.
Among his 26 career victories is a 2015 win at Thunder Valley.
“I got more choked up winning Bristol than any race I’ve ever won,” said Hagan, and that includes winning the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
“This place is huge (to me). … It was a bigger win for me to win Bristol than to win Indy because I’m two hours down the road, my family is here, everybody I grew up with comes out to support you. … To get to celebrate with my dad, my kids are usually there and it’s Father’s Day weekend. That’s what it’s all about.”
Several hundred fans turned out for the evening’s program, with BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell noting that track efforts are “always focused on the fans and you will certainly see that this year.”
Much of that effort, he said, has been put on fan enhancement, ranging from improved cell service in and around the facilities to increased concession areas and other amenities.
“And a lot of this,” he told the audience, “came from fan feedback.”
Global superstars Florida Georgia Line will perform live Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the track's 25th annual NASCAR weekend, an expansion of an exciting, unique partnership between IMS and Big Machine Records that also will place the chart-topping duo into the race's name for years to come.
The 25th Running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9. The race weekend has moved from the heat of late July to the cooler temperatures of early September and will serve as the exciting Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale for the first time, setting the field for the Playoffs.
This is the first time a major recording artist or act has been added to the official name of a NASCAR race over a multi-year period. Florida Georgia Line - comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley - will headline the FGL Fest on stage inside Turn 4 of the historic IMS oval. Additional top artists slated to perform at the fest will be announced soon. Tickets for Florida Georgia Line and the entire FGL Fest weekend will go on sale in early April. Visit IMS.com and join the IMS mailing list to be the first to receive additional artist announcements and for access to an exclusive IMS fan pre-sale.
"As we look forward to our new-look NASCAR weekend, we are very excited to add a concert by Florida Georgia Line to the many new reasons to attend the race this September," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Thanks to our friends at Big Machine Records, the duo and their many hit songs will bring additional energy and star power to what is already a can't-miss racing weekend at the Racing Capital of the World."
Big Machine became the title sponsor Feb. 5 of the marquee NASCAR Cup Series race, further strengthening its nearly decade-long partnership with IMS. Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka is 25X Distilled and 3X Platinum Filtered to make it "The Smoothest Tasting Vodka, Period!" The lifestyle surrounding this superior quality and attractively priced vodka will be shared with fans during the event weekend. This will include VIP concert and racing experiences, and other exclusive sweepstakes, packages and promotions. The product also will be in Indianapolis restaurants, bars and retail locations beginning April 1.
This will be the second performance at IMS for Florida Georgia Line, as they first headlined the Firestone Legends Day concert during the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil race weekend in May 2015.
"There's no hotter act in the world right now than Florida Georgia Line," Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta said. "They are dominating at country and pop radio, streaming, sales and touring. While they enjoy the statistics, there's nothing more important to BK and Tyler than putting on an amazing show and celebrating with their fans. This new partnership with Big Machine and IMS to build their own festival is all about creating the best experience possible for FGL fans. Throw in the high-speed action of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, and this becomes a can't-miss weekend!"
Redefining what's possible in country music, global superstars FGL will continue to push full throttle into uncharted territories with history-making collaborations, fresh entrepreneurial ventures and bold new music while currently in the studio.
Crushing record-breaking milestones, the multi-platinum duo has heavy-hitting spotlights on Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be," Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso's "Let Me Go" (ft. watt), Morgan Wallen's "Up Down" and The Chainsmokers' "Last Day Alive." Fueling their groundbreaking momentum, FGL's 2016 platinum-certified album for Big Machine Label Group, "Dig Your Roots," delivered three consecutive No. 1 smashes: three times platinum-certified "H.O.L.Y." (No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 18 straight weeks) and platinum-certified hits "May We All" (ft. Tim McGraw) and "God, Your Mama, And Me" (ft. Backstreet Boys).
The Smooth Tour 2017 marked the duo's first time headlining select sold-out stadium dates - featuring special guests Backstreet Boys - with critics' reviews boasting: "Just in case you've forgotten, Florida Georgia Line is one of the hottest country acts alive" (MusicRow Magazine).
With over 30 million tracks and more than 4.2 million albums sold worldwide, the top-shelf entertainers remain the first and only country act to achieve RIAA's diamond certification (10 million copies sold) for their breakout "Cruise," which is the best-selling digital country single of all time (SoundScan). Since 2012, FGL has earned prestigious honors from the AMAs, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT Music Awards.
For more information on Florida Georgia Line, visit floridageorgialine.com and @floridageorgialine on Facebook, @flagaline on Instagram and Twitter, and flagaline on Snapchat.
The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line event weekend also will include the Lilly Diabetes 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Visit IMS.com for more information and for tickets to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line.
Richard Childress Racing has reinstated NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chief Nick Harrison after serving a five-race suspension stemming from a violation at Daytona International Speedway in February. Harrison, who has been with RCR since 2013, will resume crew chief responsibilities for the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8.
Kingsport Speedway has rescheduled the season opener because of cold temperatures and heavy rain that is not expected to let up on Saturday.
The cold start to the spring season has put a hold on season opening Food City 175 that was slated for this Saturday, March 24.
Track officials have worked with local meteorologists and have been monitoring the situation closely. The decision to postpone the event was made Thursday morning.
“We are so excited to get our 2018 season underway, but with looming weather we thought it was best for our team, sponsors, and fans that we make the choice to postpone until next week, “said Karen Tunnell, Kingsport Speedway general manager. “We can’t wait to kick off the season, so come out and join us next Saturday!”
The postponement will allow teams to get a few more chances at getting their cars tuned in for the season opener. Additional practices dates have been added before the season-opening event. The added practice dates are Thursday, March 29, 12-8PM and Friday, March 30, 12-9 p.m.
The schedule and event details will carry over into next weekend’s race. Pit gates will open at 8 a.m. Grandstands will open at 12 p.m and racing will begin at 3 p.m
Kingsport Speedway PR
After a one-year hiatus Paducah International Raceway (PIR) is set to roar back to life in grand style. In just over a week, the 3/8-mile oval will light up the western Kentucky sky with the inaugural Kentucky Blue Grass Bash on Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31.
For the 2018 campaign, Tennessee businessman Philip R Colwell has taken over the reins of the high-banked, clay oval. He’s made it clear that he wants to restore the facility to the grandeur that it once enjoyed.
“I’m very passionate about racing, and I believe that there’s still a huge potential for Paducah International Raceway to be successful with both weekly event and special races,” Colwell said. “I want the racers and fans in the area to know how serious I am about bringing the track back to life, so that’s why we decided to re-open with such a big special event.”
The inaugural Blue Grass Bash will feature nine divisions in action over the course of the three-day affair, and drivers from more than 13 states have already expressed an interest in taking part in the event.
“We’ve scheduled several divisions as part of the program, because we want to see which classes from the area have the most interest in running PIR,” Colwell noted. “This will give us a nice measuring stick on the divisions that we need to place the most focus upon for the upcoming season.”
Crate Late Models (NeSmith-style rules or UMP DIRTcar rules), Modifieds (UMP DIRTcar rules), Street Stocks (NeSmith style), and Southern Street Stocks (Batesville, Lucas Oil Speedway, and West Tennessee Hobby rules) will each compete for $3,000-to-win and $225-to-start with a $100 entry fee.
The four divisions above will qualify and run heat races on Friday. Consolation events and the feature events for each class will be contested on Saturday.
The payout for their respective features will be:
1)$3,000 2)$1,500 3)$750 4)$600 5)$550 6)$500 7)$450 8)$400 9)$350 10)$325 11)$300 12)$275 13)$260 14)$240 15-Last)$225
Pure Streets will compete for $1,500-to-win/ $150-to-start with a $75 entry fee. The B-Mods/E-Mods and 602 Sportsman divisions will each be chasing a purse that includes $1,000-to-win/ $100-to-start with a $50 entry fee.
Pure Streets and B-Mods/E-Mods will run heat races on Friday, and then consolation races and their finales on Saturday. The 602 Sportsman division will contest their complete program on Saturday night with heats and a feature.
The Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and Mod Lite classes will each run a complete program on Friday evening with the winner of each division receiving $500.
The weekend opens on Thursday, March 29 with an Open Practice Session from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. All divisions are welcome.
On Friday and Saturday, the pit gate opens at 3 p.m. with grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Racing action is slated for 8:00 p.m. each night.
Grandstand admission each day is $10. Pit admission on Thursday night is $20. Pit admission on Friday and Saturday is $40 each night with a two-day pit pass available for $70.
“We’ve had racers and fans calling from as far away as Minnesota and Michigan, so I’m really excited about this event,” Colwell noted. “This is going to be a fun weekend, and it will definitely be great to see cars slinging dirt around the highbanks once again.”
Paducah International Raceway
Kasey Kahne and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will head to Martinsville Speedway for the first short track race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.
After the West Coast swing left the team eager to improve, the team will try their hand at the short track at which Kahne has a pole award and three Top-five finishes, including a runner-up finish.
The team also announced this week that they will once again host Camp 95, an exclusive two-day camp for high school students wanting to learn about the various careers in NASCAR.
After hosting the camp for the first time in 2015, it has become so successful since then, that high schoolers from as far as California apply to attend.
Former campers have gone on to continue their education at universities like the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Duke University for mechanical engineering and have also received internships with other MENCS teams.
“We’re looking forward to hosting camp for the fourth year in a row,” said Jeremy Lange, VP / GM of LFR. “We began the camp with the intent of providing an opportunity to kids that isn’t offered anywhere else. We want to help show them, not only how to get involved in the sport, but that they don’t necessarily have to know how to turn a wrench in order to have a career in racing.”
Camp 95 will take place on July 10th and 11th as a way to give back to the community by using the team to provide the students with an inside look at the different career opportunities available to them.
LFR and Kahne will head to Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500 on Sunday, March 25 at 2PM EST. Race fans can tune in to FS1 for live coverage and follow @LFR95 on Twitter.
EDITORS NOTE: 2015 was the final year of published purses via NASCAR statistics prior to the introduction of the charter system.
Information obtained through court records of BK Racing LLC., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team in federal bankruptcy court has given a rare and insightful look into the new Charter System that began in 2016.
Below are a comparison of 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season total purses versus 2018 charter system purses.
In part of the decline of purses and revenues are due to removal of historical performance benefit payouts, expiration of many of the contingencies program and other reductions removed from the overall purse over the last several seasons. Teams also receive a 25% share of TV revenues.
|Las Vegas (1)||$2,647,000||$6,495,939|
|Auto Club (1)||$2,289,000||$5,950,387|
|New Hampshire (1)||$1,527,000||$5,386,439|
|Watkins Glen (1)||$1,160,000||$4,960,524|
|Las Vegas (2)||$1,699,000||NHMS Date|
|New Hampshire (2)||LVMS Date||$5,386,439|
Monster Energy, Pocono Raceway and NASCAR Green are joining forces for the second annual ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’ program. Fans will have the chance to enjoy all the racing action and fun activities at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ for free on Friday, June 1, by recycling any size Monster Energy can.
The on-track events on ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’ include Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices and qualifying, NASCAR Xfinity Series practice, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards qualifying and the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA race. All that is need to attend these events at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 1 is an empty can, any size, of Monster Energy. Additionally, Grandstand parking at Pocono Raceway is always free for all event dates during NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends.
“This fan-driven initiative was a success last year and we are excited to bring it back again,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “This program combines two of our most important initiatives, delivering a unique program for our customers and being environmentally friendly. It adds to the sustainability efforts of Pocono Raceway, Monster Energy and NASCAR Green as we all try to do our part. We can’t thank Monster Energy and NASCAR Green enough for their support.”
Fans can bring their empty Monster Energy can to be recycled at the redemption center located outside of Fan Fair and behind the Grandstands. They will be given a ticket and can enjoy Friday, June 1 at the racetrack for free. In addition to the on-track action, Monster Energy will have full-can sampling and activation on-site which will include meet-and-greets with the Monster Girls, Trophy Truck demonstrations and the Unknown Industries Harley Riders Smoke Show.
“For all of us here at Monster Energy, there really isn’t anything better than a day out at the races. We know NASCAR fans feel the same exact way, so for that reason, we’re super-enthusiastic to be back at Pocono Raceway in 2018 as part of the ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’,” said Mitch Covington, Monster Energy Vice President of Sports Marketing. “By bringing a can of Monster Energy to the Tricky Triangle, race fans can, for free, watch Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying as well as NASCAR Xfinity Series practice. Furthermore, headlining the entire day will be the ARCA Racing Series General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA. So, grab a can of Monster Energy and meet us out at Pocono for a day of high drama horsepower!
Pocono Raceway, along with Monster Energy and NASCAR will ensure all cans are recycled. Under the NASCAR Green umbrella, a comprehensive recycling effort has accounted for millions of bottles and cans being recycled annually thanks to designated bins in the grandstand, concourse, suites, garage and campgrounds at almost every track NASCAR visits. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com/Green.
“NASCAR Green works year-round to minimize the sport’s environmental impact and ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Can Friday’ is one special moment for fans to get involved while enjoying a day of racing,” said Catherine Kummer, Senior Director, Green Innovation, and NASCAR.
Note: Kids, ages 12 and under, are not required to bring an empty can of Monster Energy as they already receive free access to Pocono Raceway on Fridays and Saturdays during NASCAR and INDYCAR event weekends.
Pocono Raceway PR
The Tim Clark Band To Bring Sounds Of The Beach To Haulers On Union Parade & Fan Fest Presented by Freightliner22 Mar 2018
The band’s upbeat sound will be one part of a free, fun and exciting evening highlighted by the MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup car haulers annual parade down Union Street on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race on May 19.