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Race fans looking to rev up their new year are in luck, as Sonoma Raceway has opened its ticket office for the 2018 race season.
Tickets for major events at the Northern California racing facility are now available, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (June 22-24), Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series (July 27-29) and Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale (Sept. 14-16).
Sonoma Raceway will again offer its Buy Early and Save options in 2018. By purchasing tickets well in advance of NASCAR, NHRA or INDYCAR, fans can secure the best seats at the best prices.
Sonoma Raceway also offers incredible value for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, as tickets start at just $49 for race day. Camping around the facility, which has sold out the last two years, is another popular option, as is the Pre-Race Pass for Sunday morning.
As a nod to the many families it hosts each year, the raceway will continue kids’ pricing and free admission during its NASCAR and INDYCAR event weekends. Children 12 and under will be admitted FREE to the raceway with the purchase of an adult ticket on Friday and Saturday of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend, June 22-23, as well as all three days of the Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend, Sept. 14-16. NASCAR race-day tickets for children 12 and under are just $10 each with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The best plan of attack for the upcoming race season is the 2018 Track Pass, which includes tickets to all major events, an exclusive track lap day in your car, season-long VIP parking, a NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Pass, an IndyCar weekend Garage and Pit Pass, an NHRA Thunder Alley pass and plenty of additional benefits. It’s the ultimate value with more than $1,000 worth of tickets and VIP access passes for just $379.
The 2018 Sonoma Raceway calendar also includes the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (June 1-3); NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel (July 20-22); and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge (Oct. 5-7). Children 12 and under are admitted free all weekend to each of these events.
Fans can purchase individual or weekend tickets, as well as secure camping and ticket packages, for 2018 major events by calling 800-870-RACE (7223), visiting an account representative at the raceway or by online at www.SonomaRaceway.com/events or ticketmaster.com.
The complete Sonoma Raceway major event schedule for 2018:
- Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival – June 1-3
- Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – June 22-24
- NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel – July 20-22
- Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals – July 27-29
- MotoAmerica Series Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma – Aug. 10-12
- Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series – Sept. 14-16
- Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge – Oct. 5-7
- SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® – Oct. 16-21
* Schedule subject to change without notice.
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Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that they have acquired a charter from a current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) team to utilize during the 2018 season.
The acquisition of the charter signifies that RWR will compete full-time in the Cup Series next season with the No. 51 entry beginning with the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Sun, Feb. 18, 2018.
The Thomasville, N.C.-based team also plans to field an “open” car throughout the season with the No. 52 entry.
In addition to gaining a charter, RWR will have the continued support of major associate marketing partners Lilly Trucking, Keen Building Systems, Bubba Burger and Spoonful of Music.
Additionally, RWR is upgrading their current 20,000 square foot shop to include updated equipment and personnel, including engineering support on and off the road.
“Rick Ware Racing is going into our 27th year and we are more excited than ever,” said team principal Rick Ware. “The Lord has blessed us with some great opportunities and alliances.
“We’re dedicated to improving our program from top to bottom during the offseason and with a charter, it brings a lot to the table not only for our drivers but our partners too.
“We’re looking forward to making 2018 one of our best seasons yet.”
To help the team in on-track performance, the team will also be building and acquiring cars throughout the off-season and will have Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Fusions and Toyota Camrys at their disposal throughout the season.
RWR plans to solidify new additional associate marketing partners as well over the next few weeks while finalizing their driver lineup for the No. 51 charter and No. 52 open cars in the immediate future.
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Perhaps the hottest tickets for the 2018 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway - both infield and trackside camping spaces - are already becoming scarce as the race date rapidly approaches.
Supplying nonstop thrills and some of the best sightlines throughout the entire facility, infield and trackside camping locations offer NASCAR fans three straight days of thrilling on-track action with all the convenience and creature comforts of home.
Trackside options like Turn 1 Trackside and Trackside Terrace offer multiple angles of the high-speed action with birds-eye views from high above the racing surface, while infield spaces put the most dedicated race fans in the heart of the action, as race cars buzz the track around them.
Both trackside and infield RV camping options offer 10 admission passes, including coveted pre-race pit access, one or two additional vehicle passes per spot, full hookups (trackside only), a race-weekend concierge and locations as close to the cars themselves as fans can get. It's an unforgettable VIP experience that can create memories that last a lifetime.
Race fans can also take advantage of several other weekend camping options outside of the racing oval, like Club One Camping with full RV hookups, Premier Camping, also with full hookups and located along the main AMS entrance, Family Reserved RV Camping with round-the-clock security and enforced quiet times, Family tent/pop-up Camping, Lakeside RV Camping, Reserved Tent Camping and many others. Options start at just $75 for the entire weekend and include access to social venues, shower and bathroom facilities and nighttime activities reserved especially for fans staying the entire race weekend.
For more information about race-weekend camping at Atlanta Motor Speedway and to claim reserved spaces while supplies last, visit the dedicated camping page at atlantamotorspeedway.com/nascar/camping/.
NASCAR racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 23-25, 2018, featuring the Rinnai 250 XFINITY Series and Active Pest Control 200 Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 24 and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 25.
For more information or to purchase tickets today, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Atlanta Motor Speedway today announced the addition of Kelly Mullins to its staff as its new executive director of the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.
An Ohio native, Mullins brings a wealth of experience in both sales and the real estate sector and most recently served six years in various leadership roles for a local nonprofit organization.
"What an amazing opportunity to work with Speedway Children's Charities, its board of directors and Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Mullins. "I am more than humbled to be a part of an organization that serves the needs of children in our community."
Speedway Children's Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. chairman O. Bruton Smith. With chapters based at each of the eight race tracks within the Speedway Motorsports family, SCC is committed to raising funds to be awarded via grants to qualified children's charitable organizations nationwide. To date, SCC's Atlanta chapter has distributed well over $4 million to Atlanta-area children since it was established in 1994.
Each year, SCC Atlanta hosts fundraising events in and around Atlanta, oftentimes partnering with local celebrities and organizations, to benefit metro-area children in need. An annual barbeque festival at the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama and the SCC Classic golf tournament highlight its fundraising calendar each year, while NASCAR Weekend auctions, the Red Bucket Brigade and a weekly 50/50 raffle at the track's summertime Friday Night Drags series play major roles at the Speedway's racing events.
Eight talented teenagers are among the 50 TQ Midget competitors who have entered the 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP that will begin it’s season on Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th inside Allentown, Pa.’s PPL Center.
Each of these young drivers are confident of success - despite what is certain to be the toughest competition they will have yet faced in their budding careers.
Local driver Briggs Danner, 16, of Allentown parlayed a Quarter Midget driving career into a fourth place finish in his rookie season at Kutztown’s Action Track, USA in the tough SpeedSTR class. The third generation driver also made his debut this year in the Sportsman division at nearby Grandview Speedway.
Danner, with support from Ironton Telephone, the sponsor of the Allentown Indoor race, will be making his first ever start indoor and in a TQ Midget.
Cerubic Andrew Molleur, at age 15, is even younger. Molleur also graduated from Quarter Midgets. The Shelton, CT high-school student moved into the the asphalt SK Modified division this season at Waterford Speedbowl where he was a three time feature winner and just missed out on the championship.
Tyler Thompson, 17, from Fulton, N.Y., spent the 2017 season racing dirt Sportsman cars throughout New York State and at Canada under the Team Tapout Race Team auspices. Thompson made a late season start at N.J.’s Bridgeport Speedway and was a contender for victory. Thompson’s family has purchased the second of two Jimmy Blewett Lafler chassis cars for hisTQ debut. Thompson was fast in his indoor series debut last January in a Champ Kart inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Cole Mullen, 17, was a contender for the 2017 ATQMRA Rookie of the Year honors during the outdoor season. The second-generation driver from Brick, N.J. finished one spot behind the top rookie in the tenth spot in the standings. Cole finished one position ahead of his father, Ronnie, who was also an ATQMRA rookie this past year.
The Catalano brothers, Tommy. 19 and Timmy. 17, are third generation runners out of Ontario N.Y. The brothers compete weekly during the outdoor season against their mother Amy in asphalt Modified competition in western New York. Tommy, a regular on the Race of Champions series, won the Spencer and Holland Speedway track championships this season.
Tommy nearly won the 2017 Ironton Telephone Allentown TQ Midget race before settling for a hard earned podium finish. Timmy made his debut in the 2017 Atlantic City event and proved to be a quick study.
Another second generation entrant, Anthony Payne 18. of Fair Lawn, N.J., also has prior Indoor Auto Racing Series experience. As an entrant in the 2017 races, Payne learned the intracacies of driving TQ Midgets on tight concrete courses from his father Joey, an accomplished TQ Midget and Full Size Midget multi-time champion.
The Paynes, father-and-son, are a formidable team. Joey Payne, in fact, is a two-time Indoor Auto Auto Racing Series winner, in the Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic (2004, 2007).
For one of the teenage-sensations to win on the series they’ll have to beat experienced, proven winners including defending series champion Ryan Flores of Mooresville, N.C. who won both events in Allentown last year. Erick Rudolph, whose 2017 Atlantic City win gave the Ransomville, NY driver a series high eight indoor victories can never ben counted out. His win total also includes a win in Allentown the previous season.
Anthony Sesely, three time Atlantic City winner, will return to his own No. 16 full-time this season.
Canadian Super Modified ace Mike Lichty is a former series winner who rejoins the series this year with a brand new car. Tim Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa. comes to Allentown after winning both the SpeedSTR and 600cc Micro Sprint title in 2017 at the Kutztown Action Track.
Top asphalt Modified drivers entered includes local favorites Earl Paules and Zane Zeiner. Nationally known drivers in the field includes Conn. NASCAR stars Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Keith Rocco as well as New York star Andy Jankowiak.
Preece, a NASCAR Xfinity series winner this year for Joe Gibbs Racing, wlll be driving the same car that was designed and built by Donnie Preece and the late Ted Christopher. It will be repainted white and will carry the same number 6 that Preece for Ed Partridge to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series car owner title. Bonsignore finished second to the team in the NASCAR standings.
Dirt Modified racing will be well represented as well. New York state DIRTcar drivers Ryan Bartlett, Mike Maresca and Billy Whittaker. New Jersey dirt Modified driver Danny Bouc, a winner at New Egypt Speedway this year, will be moving up indoors from Champ Kart to TQ Midget competition. Mike Iles, a former series winner, will also be full-time in his always sharp No. 711.
The Ironton Telephone Allentown event schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights. Champ Karts will be racing in a complete show on Friday night, with the Slingshots on Saturday night.
For choice tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchased directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advacen, the 2016 event was a sell-out.
It is the first of a three-race Indoor Auto Racing Series. The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.
The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com.
As Racing Virginia enters its second year, the unprecedented collaboration among Virginia’s motorsports venues is expanding with the Racing Virginia Podcast. Long-time Racing Virginia executives Chuck Hall of Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway (Langley) and Dave Seay of Virginia Motor Speedway (VMS) will host the podcast sharing news and analysis about racing in the Commonwealth. The Racing Virginia Podcast will launch on iTunes and RacingVirginia.com on January 25, 2018 with weekly podcasts every Thursday throughout the season.
The Racing Virginia Podcast with Hall and Seay will discuss Virginia tracks, racers, and personalities including previews, recaps, and guests from around the Commonwealth. The podcast will also expand on the exclusive news and information delivered daily on RacingVirginia.com. With behind the scenes stories and interviews, the Racing Virginia Podcast will deliver stories from the personalities at the track to the garage to behind the wheel.
“Racing Virginia was formed to help grow motorsports at the grassroots level, so this is the next evolution of the platform,” said Mike Waddell, Richmond Vice President of Marketing & Communication. “As we begin the second year of Racing Virginia, our goal is to continue to shine a spotlight on the tracks and athletes impacting the Virginia racing community on a weekly basis. The Racing Virginia Podcast with Chuck Hall and Dave Seay will expand our outstanding content to a new online audience.”
Chuck Hall is the long-time promoter at Langley. In 1974, Hall’s professional career started in broadcasting for numerous local radio stations including WSLQ, WPSK, WQBX, and WLRT. In 1995, he joined Langley as the Director of Marketing & Sales before becoming Promoter in 2000-2003. After a five-year return to broadcast media, he came back as Promoter at Langley in 2010.
Dave Seay has been the Director of Sales, Marketing, and Public Relations at VMS since 2002. The veteran motorsports professional has been integral in the growth of the famed dirt track at Jamaica, VA. Before joining VMS, Seay was the announcer at South Boston Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and at special asphalt events up and down the east coast. In 2003, Seay founded Clutch Performance Media, a multimedia company producing original audio and video content for clients. Seay has also hosted several racing talk shows over the years in the Richmond and Tidewater areas.
In April 2017, Racing Virginia launched as a new digital platform, RacingVirginia.com, with the mission to promote racing at the grassroots level along with more than 25 motorsports venues in the Commonwealth. The Racing Virginia platform shares news and information from racing venues from Langley to Lonesome Pine, making it easy for fans to have access to news, schedules, and tickets. Exclusive original content is shared weekly from regular contributors and personalities including Joe Moore, Randy Hallman, and Justin Kern.
A comprehensive master schedule of racing events in the Commonwealth continues to be a one of a kind showcase of motorsports activity in the state. With Virginia racer bio webpages, local drivers have the opportunity, at no cost, to promote themselves, their activity, and most importantly, their sponsors who help them go racing every weekend. Virginia driver webpages will continue to expand in 2018.
In June 2017, the Racing Virginia platform introduced Team Racing Virginia (TRV) to showcase a group of outstanding young racers poised to be a big part of the future of motorsports. TRV was formed to promote and support the future development of local drivers and race teams under the Racing Virginia platform.
The inaugural class of TRV racers include Chase Burrow, Macy Causey, Zach Lightfoot, and Timmy Tyrell. All members of TRV are from Virginia, under 18 years of age, and compete regularly in the Commonwealth, or in a national touring series. New members of TRV will be announced for 2018
The presenting sponsor of Racing Virginia is “Who’s Your Driver?”, which is a public information and education campaign targeting 21 to 35-year-old male drivers in Virginia. The project is a partnership between DRIVE SMART Virginia, Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office, and Richmond Raceway to encourage people to choose a sober driver and buckle up.
Racing Virginia is active on social media with pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can LIKE the platform on Facebook at Facebook.com/RacingVirginia, follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/RacingVirginia, and follow on Instagram at Instagram.com/RacingVirginia.
Richmond Raceway 2018 NASCAR Season
The Toyota Spring Race Weekend at Richmond Raceway returns “under the lights” in 2018, and a week earlier in the NASCAR schedule on April 20-21, 2018. The action starts with the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash race on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. Kids 12 and younger are free in general admission seating areas for all NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Richmond’s spring weekend continues with the fan-friendly Track Takeover driven by AAA, followed by NASCAR’s best in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race starting at dusk and ending “under the lights” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
Richmond’s Fall Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will make history with the grand opening of the Richmond Raceway Reimagined modernized infield along with hosting its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race weekend on September 21-22, 2018. The action begins on Friday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. with the first race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. On Saturday, September 22, Richmond hosts the only Monster Energy Series playoff race “under the lights” with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Raceway Reimagined will feature a variety of enhanced fan experiences and amenities, allowing race fans to get closer than ever to NASCAR’s best with new Monster Energy Series garages and a fan viewing walkway providing full immersion into the sport. Additional new attractions include multiple entertainment and social engagement areas, an expanded variety of concessions, and an all-new Gatorade Victory Lane, which will provide fans the opportunity to be a part of the post-race celebrations, along with activities before the race, with driver appearances, and other interactive programming. An 80-person club experience with roof access will overlook Gatorade Victory Lane, which will be flanked by two new garage suites with a view into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garages.
Fans can purchase tickets to be in the new infield and become a part of history by visiting the Richmond Ticket Office, calling 866-455-7223, or going to richmondraceway.com. To learn more about Richmond Raceway Reimagined, visit richmondracewayreimagined.com.
Regular season tickets for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend and Fall Playoff Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.
Fans interested in attending both NASCAR weekends at Richmond can upgrade to become a RICHMOND NATION Season Ticket Holder. 2018 membership benefits include invitations to members-only monthly events, a season parking pass, membership card, and the best ticket values for racing at Richmond Raceway. For more information, visit richmondraceway.com/richmondnation.
For a complete listing of events at the Richmond Raceway Complex, go to richmondracewaycomplex.com. Stay connected to Richmond Raceway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube, and by downloading the Richmond Raceway mobile app for Apple or Android.
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With the 56th season of stock car racing scheduled to get underway at Grandview Speedway on March 31st interest is already growing in the NASCAR sanctioned Saturday night racing action which will once again feature the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.
The annual free-to-the-public practice session will kick things off on Saturday, March 31st at noon. And Saturday, April 7th, will feature the Bruce Rogers Memorial, a 75-lapper, for big and small block racers paying $7500 to win. This event will not carry a NASCAR sanction.
Again this year racers that use VP racing gasoline will be able to earn some great benefits based on a program announced by track operators, the Rogers family, and VP Racing Fuels.
As in previous seasons the top finishing racer in each of the three NASCAR divisions racing at Grandview each Saturday night will be eligible for product awards. For the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds there is a $150 product award for the top finishing racer that can show he has used VP racing gasoline, had VP decals clearly visible on each side of the race car and has a VP patch on his or her uniform. In the Late Model division there will be a $100 product award and the Sportsman racers will earn a $75 product award provided they meet the requirements set for the awards.
In addition VP Racing Fuels is posting a $100 VP product award for the overall Hard Charger out of the three divisions each Saturday night.
VP will also be a banner advertiser on the Grandview website.
VP Racing Fuels Regional Manager Tim Hogue said, “We appreciate the support given our product by the racers and we want to show the racers support for their racing efforts.”
Fans are also reminded that season passes ARE available that cover a reserved seat for all Saturday night events, April through September. The price is still $350. Send a check covering the passes being ordered along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (to speed delivery) to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505.
For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or Twitter.
Grandview Speedway is a one-third-mile, banked clay track located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
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Stewart-Haas Racing Announces 2018 Driver/Crew Chief Pairings; Kurt Busch Returns to Drive No. 41 Ford Fusion15 Dec 2017
Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has announced its 2018 driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Headlining the announcement is Kurt Busch’s return to the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion. The 2018 season will mark Busch’s 19th year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his fifth with SHR. Five of Busch’s 29 career victories have come with SHR, highlighted by his victory in the 2017 Daytona 500.
Taking over as crew chief for Busch and the No. 41 team is Billy Scott, who joined SHR in 2016 as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team. Tony Gibson, who has been the crew chief for the No. 41 team since November 2014 and a crew chief at SHR since the organization’s inception in 2009, will remain with SHR in an unnamed capacity.
John Klausmeier, a race engineer with SHR since 2009, has been promoted to crew chief for Aric Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield team. Klausmeier comes to the job with a victory already as a crew chief. He served as the interim crew chief for the No. 41 team during the June 2016 race weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, which Busch won after leading the final 32 laps.
Rodney Childers returns as Kevin Harvick’s crew chief with the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Busch Beer team for the fifth straight year. Since partnering in 2014, the duo has won 14 races, 15 poles and led 6,665 laps. They’ve been a member of the Championship 4 three times, winning the title in 2014.
Mike Bugarewicz begins his third year as the crew chief for the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 team in 2018. He was Tony Stewart’s crew chief in 2016, helping the three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion secure his 49th and final career win at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway before retiring as a driver at the end of the season. Clint Bowyer took over the No. 14 Ford Fusion in 2017, delivering three second-place finishes in his first year with SHR.
“We have some of the finest talent in the industry and we’re confident in the leadership of each of our teams as we pursue wins and a championship in 2018,” said Stewart, co-owner of SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. “Obviously, we’re very happy to have Kurt Busch back with SHR and I’m proud to have Aric Almirola as a part of our race team. He’s someone I’ve always been impressed with since we were teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, and John Klausmeier is more than ready to be his crew chief. The partnership between Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers is the best in the garage, and after a bunch of strong runs and second-place finishes, I think Clint Bowyer and Mike Bugarewicz are ready for a breakout year. We’re in a really good place with each of our race teams.”
“Bigger, Better, Faster, Lighter is what we strive for in the machining industry and it’s what we strive for in motorsports. These new appointments seamlessly marry our engineering expertise with our collective racing experience,” Haas said.
“We wanted to maximize our strengths and address the areas where we needed to improve, and we feel this lineup gives us our best chance to succeed every time we bring our Ford Fusions to the racetrack,” added Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. “This is a very technical sport, but it’s the people who make it go, and we’ve got some of the best people in the business.”
This holiday season, GMS Racing adopted low-income families without enough resources for gifts this holiday season from Celeste Henkel Elementary, a local Statesville school. Together GMS Racing was able to provide five families, with a total of 16 children, a positive and memorable holiday season by giving gifts, clothing and other necessities to these deserving families.
The organization has conducted many different fundraisers throughout the 2017 season, including a school supply drive and collecting canned foods to give to the local food bank in Statesville. As an organization, GMS Racing would like to encourage others to go out in their community and make a difference this holiday season.
In year four of its award-winning throwback platform, Darlington Raceway will be celebrating “Seven Decades of NASCAR” for its 2018 campaign.
The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR will be celebrated during the track’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® and NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 weekend on Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Today, December 14, marks NASCAR’s 70th birthday, as the first meeting at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., took place on this day in 1947, a meeting that eventually led to the official formation of NASCAR on Feb. 21, 1948.
Throwback weekend will honor specific moments in each decade of the sport’s storied history, many of which occurred at Darlington Raceway. Recognizing many special iconic memories in NASCAR over the past 70 years will give industry stakeholders and fans an opportunity to honor the sport in a variety of different ways.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Darlington Raceway and the NASCAR industry to celebrate the sport over a seven decade period during our 2018 throwback weekend,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “We have been era specific the past three years, so we felt it was important to recognize the 70th anniversary of NASCAR with our ‘Seven Decades of NASCAR’ celebration next season and give the teams, sanctioning body and others a wider brush to paint a picture capturing memorable moments we might not have celebrated in year’s past.”
In tribute to the 70-year history of NASCAR, Darlington Raceway will focus on iconic occasions that occurred in the sport, many of which took place at the track Too Tough To Tame, including Ned Jarrett’s record-setting 14-lap victory in the 1965 Bojangles’ Southern 500, Ricky Craven’s record-setting photo finish over Kurt Busch in 2003, and Jimmie Johnson’s 2012 Bojangles’ Southern 500 win, which gave team owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career victory, among others.
For the fourth straight year, Darlington Raceway is also excited to announce it will once again highlight its rich history with a commemorative ticket design for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 linking the past, present and future.
“We have produced commemorative tickets for our fans every year of the throwback program, which is an important part of our platform,” said Tharp. “We appreciate how much the fans have supported Darlington Raceway and want them to walk away from our weekend with a special keepsake that recognizes our rich history and honors the stars of our sport.”
Just in time for the holidays, Darlington Raceway has also started the ticket renewal process with fans receiving an e-mail communication to renew their tickets and campsites early with the ability to print a gift letter when they renew.
Paper ticket renewals will be mailed in early February, but fans may log in to their accounts now to receive exclusive renewal benefits. Renewing tickets early guarantees seats at the track’s best value prior to the opening of all remaining seats to the general public on March 28.
Renewing fans receive many great benefits for being a loyal customer for Labor Day weekend.
Renewal benefits include:
- The track’s best value of the season for the Bojangles’ Southern 500® and Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200
- Convenient four-part payment plan
- One free admission to the Darlington Raceway Museum ($7.50 value)
- One free Lionel RCCA (Racing Collectables Club of America) Membership ($19.95 value)
- First 1,000 accounts renewed receive a 1/64th scale Darlington diecast ($8.99 value)
- All renewal accounts are entered into a random drawing for a chance to attend the 4th annual Bojangles’ Legends Breakfast on Sunday, September 2, 2018
- Special renewal pricing for Darlington Stripe Zone Hospitality ($30 savings)
- Special renewal pricing for all-inclusive driver intros, pre-race concert and pre-race pit road access ($15 savings)
- Special renewal pricing for an exclusive “Untamed Access” race day experience ($10 savings)
- Special renewal pricing for FanVision rentals ($20 savings)
- Special renewal pricing for Racing Electronics scanner rental ($10 savings)
- Fans can create custom “Weekend Ticket Packages” (Practice, NXS & MENCS) that range from only $55-$124 per Adult and $20-$64 per Youth 12 & Under based on grandstand locations
- Guests may renew their tickets and campsites by calling 866-459-RACE (7223) or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/renewals. The renewal deadline is Friday, March 9.
The Tradition Continues on Labor Day weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® is set for Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame.
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