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In honor of the “NASCAR Unites – An American Salute” program to support members of the U.S. military and their children, Greg Biffle’s 3M Ford will take on a patriotic look this weekend in Michigan.  Biffle’s No. 16 3M Ford is trading in its normal red and black colors to showcase a red, white and blue theme for the Michigan race weekend.  The red, white and blue is part of a NASCAR initiative that kicked off Memorial weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and runs through Fourth of July weekend at Daytona.  The program is aimed to unite the NASCAR industry and fans this summer to celebrate America and support U.S. military members and their families.

“We are always proud to show our support for the men and women of our military and I am honored to drive the red, white and blue 3M Ford this weekend in Michigan,” said Biffle.  “The NASCAR Unites program this summer is a great reminder to all of us to thank the members of the armed forces whether it’s in person, with a post card or through a donation.   I hope everyone checks out the website and looks for our special paint scheme this weekend.”

For more information about the “NASCAR Unites – An American Salute” program, please visit


If today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session was any indication of things to come, don’t blink or you will certainly miss the fastest weekend in Michigan International Speedway history.

MIS repaved its race track in the fall of 2011 and the results have been met with approval from the drivers. And they can go really fast on the surface.

All 43 drivers who practiced on Thursday posted speeds faster than the track record of 194.232 mph set by Ryan Newman in 2005.

No NASCAR Sprint Cup driver has exceeded 200 mph in qualifying since 1987 when Bill Elliott established the record of 212.809 in April of ’87.

During the open test on Thursday a total of seven drivers exceeded 200 mph, led by Tony Stewart. It could be a record-setting qualifying session on Saturday starting at 1:10 p.m. in preparation for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 slated to being at 1 p.m.

Stewart registered a fast lap of 201.896 mph. Also posting speeds of over 200 mph was Greg Biffle (201.556), Kurt Busch (201.174), Kevin Harvick (200.697), Dale Earnhardt, Jr., (200.658) Paul Menard (200.111) and Clint Bowyer (200.078).

“Man, this place is really, really, really fast,” Biffle said. “Every lap is like a qualifying lap. You’re holding your breath. You make about three laps, come in and think about it for a while. The track is so damn wide. That’s why I love racing here.

“We’re definitely going to gain some attention at 218 (going into the first turn). It’s been a long time since we’ve gone that fast.”

Not to be outdone, the ARCA Racing Series also held a practice session Thursday at MIS in preparation for its RainEater Wiper Blades 200 scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. Qualifying is slated to start at 10 a.m. on Friday.

ARCA’s MIS qualifying record of 189.623 mph, set by Cale Gale last year, seems certain to fall by the wayside.

Three drivers exceeded the record led by Kevin Swindell with a speed of 193.143 mph. Matt Lofton (191.149) and Kyle Larson (190.049) also posted practice speeds faster than the current MIS qualifying record.

“It’s quite a rush for the drivers when you go this fast with an average lap time of over 200,” said Jimmie Johnson, who registered the 10th-fastest practice speed of 199.104. “You certainly feel the speed and the comfort is there. This asphalt and tire compound seems to be pretty decent. We wouldn’t be able to run this fast if we didn’t have comfort in the car and not a lot of grip. We’re in a bit of a comfort zone right now as a group because of last week’s experience and our eyes are kind of calibrated for the speed.

“The comfort is in the car but the challenge is still there for the driver. Every lap does feel like a qualifying lap but right now the comfort is there and you complete the lap and kind of giggle and say, ‘I got away with that. It’s pretty awesome.’”


Winning in a Legend Car has been known to launch the career of many professional race car drivers including Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano, Reed Sorenson and David Ragan.  After his win in last year’s Legends Big Money 100, the biggest event in grassroots racing, 16-year-old Kyle Plott is hoping to become one of those drivers.

At the end of the 2011 race, Plott edged out second-place finisher, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and Plott’s car owner, David Ragan. Not even old enough to obtain his driver’s license at the time because he was only 15 years old, Plott took the experience as one to learn from.

“I learned a lot about how to race people and how they will race you in return,” Plott explained.

Adding to the excitement of the win was the fact that Plott had never won at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a Legend Car.  He had won in a Bandolero car and even captured a championship in the Bandits division, but Plott was still looking for that elusive win in Legends racing.

The $25,000 first-place prize all went back into his racing career. Plott’s hope is that the winnings will impact his racing career to the point where he can try and drive in larger-scale divisions; especially if given the opportunity to win the Legends Big Money 100 one more time.

“Hopefully we can win it again this year and run some ARCA races or [NASCAR] K&N Pro Series races,” Plott said.

The Big Money 100 definitely helped Plott’s confidence in his career and boosted his reputation in the garage area and on the track.

“I hope that the other drivers look up to me more and see that I am more confident in myself and my abilities as a race car driver,” Plott said.
Plott also has high hopes for his performance in this year’s Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series. This is his seventh year racing in the series. Plott started out in Bandoleros and moved on to Legend Cars after his 2007 Bandolero Bandits championship.

Plott especially enjoys racing in the Summer Shootout Series because it takes place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“There’s just so much more competition here than at other race tracks,” Plott said. “It’s a lot more intense, and it just means a lot more than any other race track.”

Even though Plott has finished consistently well in the point standings during the past few seasons, including third in 2011, he has never won a Summer Shootout race in a Legend Car. Plott is looking forward to the win that he and his team hope will come this summer, with the ultimate goal being a championship in the Quaker Steak and Lube Legend Car Pro division.

“I’ve won races here but I’ve never won a Legend Car championship,” Plott explained. “So it’d be huge.”

Plott’s success in the Summer Shootout Series has been heightened by his association with David Ragan Inc. After talking with David Ragan’s father Ken about how partnering with Ragan would benefit his career, Plott made the move to the race team in 2010.

“Being on David’s team helps me learn more about the car, how to work on it and how to set it up. It also helps me learn what I need to do on and off the track to be successful.” Ragan himself got his start in Legend Car racing for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series legend Mark Martin.

Plott’s win in the Legend’s Big Money 100 proves that this is a race that could produce another young, first-time winner. Plott’s victory definitely makes him a contender to be feared, but there are many other drivers that could take his title.

Check in the coming weeks for Plott’s weekly Driver Diary about his participation in the Legends Big Money 100.

The third annual Legends Big Money 100 will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 2-3. Competitor registration for the event is still open online at Tickets for the event are $10 for adults per day and children 13 and under get in free.

The 19th annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday, June 19, with Team Spirit Night and Mascot Mania presented by Old Navy. In addition to the regular racing divisions, fans can see area mascots, including Lug Nut, compete head-to-head in go karts. The first 1,000 fans through the gates get free taco coupons provided by Jack in the Box.


Aspen Dental patient Peter Russo has a lot to smile about this weekend -- his photo will be featured on Ryan Newman’s No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet at Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 race at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.

Peter, from Red Hook, NY, is a patient at the Aspen Dental office in Kingston, NY. He was selected to have his smile featured on the car based on a review he wrote at

Peter’s Aspen Dental Review

In his review, Peter shared the following about his experience:

Aspen took me in quick after a broken tooth, and discovered a gum infection. They treated me quickly. Rachel was really proficient at what she does -- she took her time and was thorough. Needless to say I was impressed with her level of care. Dr. Markovitch also stopped in to check and reassure me with personal attention. Even the billing staff were pleasant and personable.

A new Aspen Dental patient has been featured each month on Ryan Newman’s car since April 2012, and will continue throughout the Sprint Cup season. Previous patients featured includedBethany Godin,Amy Navey, andLinda Condor, patients from the Aspen Dental offices in Worcester, MA, Spartanburg, SC, and Elizabethtown, KY, respectively.

Aspen Dental will be the primary sponsor of SHR’s No. 39 Chevrolet with Newman at the July Sprint Cup race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the September race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. On all other races this season, Aspen Dental is an associate sponsor with placement on the lower-rear quarter panel of the No. 39 Chevrolet and on the upper chest of Newman’s uniform.

Aspen Dental PR

NASCAR fans can save on tickets to the upcoming Pennsylvania 400 on Aug. 5 with the Walmart Family Track Pack. The $99 package gives families four race tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and one program – a total savings of more than $100.

"We are making races affordable and accessible for fans," said Rand Waddoups, senior director, Entertainment Properties and Brands, Walmart. "The Walmart Family Track Pack is a great value that gives local fans a way to take their whole family to the track together."

Pocono Raceway is the only sports facility in the world that generates 100 percent of its power from a 3MW solar farm, which is located outside of turn 3.

The Walmart Family Track Pack is available online at and in Ticketmaster kiosks in select stores.

Race Time 2012 at Walmart

In addition to the fan events happening in Walmart parking lots, area Walmart stores will feature savings on all the food and snacks you need to enjoy the race, plus authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with an even bigger selection of exclusive products available at

Beginning Aug. 2 select Walmart stores near the Pocono Raceway will host NASCAR fan events featuring real show cars and racing simulators – perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR.

Additionally, Walmart stores will feature savings on authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with even more items available on

Participating stores near the Pocono Raceway include:

Store #2641
1091 Millcreek Road
Allentown, Pa.

Store #2252
3722 Easton Road
Easton, Pa.

Store #1623
2150 Wilkes Barre Township Marketplace
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Store #1884
900 Commerce Blvd.
Dickson City, Pa.

Store #2368
355 Lincoln Ave.
East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Store #2365
500 Route 940
Mount Pocono, Pa.

Walmart PR

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson visited Florida this week promoting the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 7 at Daytona International Speedway.

Harvick visits troops at MacDill, throws first pitch at Rays/Mets game.

Harvick, who captured the 2010 Independence Day holiday weekend classic, visited the Tampa-St. Petersburg area on Tuesday. His first stop was at MacDill Air Force Base where he toured a KC-135, a long-range tanker aircraft capable of refueling other aircraft in mid-air, and then participated in a question and answer session with the troops.

“To come out and see this particular aircraft and how it functions and works and how (the troops) work in their environment is something a lot of people don’t get to see first hand,” said Harvick, who drives the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. “It’s fun to be able to hear straight from the guys that are doing it.”

Following his visit to MacDill Air Force Base, Harvick attended the Tampa Bay Rays-New York Mets baseball game at Tropicana Field. He toured the clubhouse, visited with Ray’s players and manager Joe Maddon, participated in a jersey exchange with All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria and threw the ceremonial first pitch.

Johnson races students, golfs with Orlando media at Disney.

Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson visited the Walt Disney World Resort located outside Orlando on Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson joined approximately 40 Daytona Beach-area elementary school children at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The children participated in athletic drills with select Olympic athletes and NFL players before moving inside to build their Lowe’s Build and Grow race cars.

Johnson participated in a question-and-answer session with the children and then joined them at a 31-degree race track to race the wooden cars.

The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports then previewed the upcoming 160-lap, 400-mile race with media at Disney’s Palm golf course where his tee shot on the No. 1 hole went straight down the fairway.

“There’s nothing like it,” Johnson said about racing on the 31-degree high banks. “Even if I come run the Rolex 24, the 500, the 400 … whatever it may be, it’s Daytona. It’s such a special race track with so much history. Still today after all the years of racing there, I still drive through the tunnel, kind like a kid, look around and realize that I’m at Daytona.”


Kyle Busch will take aim at a Rowdy 251 three-peat next Tuesday night, June 19, at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. After finishing fifth in the inaugural Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series race at the 0.438-mile paved oval in 2009, the race's namesake has taken home the hardware after each of the last two annual events.

"I'm looking forward to the Fourth Annual Rowdy 251 at Berlin and hope to come out of there with my third straight victory," said Busch, who in addition to 105 NASCAR National Series victories has claimed numerous Late Model victories at tracks all across the country. "It won't be an easy task -- this race always brings out great competition. This year you've got the up-and-comers with Chase (Elliott) and Ross (Kenseth), along with all the other guys that drive these cars on a regular basis like Johnny Van Doorn -- who gave me a run for my money last year -- Terry VanHaitsma -- who won out there last week -- and Brian Campbell -- who won the inaugural Rowdy race."

Busch will be behind the wheel of the same No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Camry that he won with at last year's Rowdy 251. It is also the same Toyota that the Las Vegas native drove to victory in his lone Super Late Model start this season, the 2012 SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Ga.

The KBM Super Late Model team is coming off a successful 2011 season which saw its owner-driver capture wins in three of the biggest Super Late Model events of the year; the Rowdy 251 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., the Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway in Slinger, Wisc. and the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine.

Other notable wins for the KBM Super Late Model team since its inception in 2007 include: Wisconsin All-Star 100 at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2008), Red Bud 300 at Anderson Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009), Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009), Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009), Rowdy 251 at Berlin Raceway (Kyle Busch 2010) and the All-American 400 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TJ Reaid 2010).


The latest food craze is coming to Sonoma, and race fans will have a chance to enjoy the bounty during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend, June 22-24.

The raceway, along with on-site caterer Levy Restaurants, will host more than 15 Bay Area gourmet food trucks during race weekend, giving fans a chance to sample a variety of local cuisine while enjoying the races.  It will be the largest gathering of food trucks ever hosted at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.

The Mobile Gourmet ( has worked with the raceway to gather the best gourmet food trucks in the Bay Area for an outdoor bistro-style atmosphere suited for race fans, foodies and food-truck gurus alike.  During race weekend, the food trucks will line the hillside above Turn 9 of the road course, making it the perfect pit stop to sample everything from wood-fired pizza to ice cream to hand-rolled sushi.

Here’s a glimpse at the trucks you’ll see at the raceway during race weekend, as well as their websites, so you can get more information in advance:

Saturday, June 23

Adam’s Grub Truck (
Awful Falafel (
Cheese Gone Wild (
Got Plate Lunch (
Hill Country BBQ (
Marks the Spot (
Pollo Frito (
Sift Cupcakes (
Sunshine Susan’s (   
Twisted Chill (
Ultra Crepes (

Sunday, June 24:  

Adam’s Grub Truck (
Awful Falafel (
Cabana Dave (
Cheese Gone Wild (
Got Plate Lunch (
Hill Country BBQ (
Marks the Spot ( 
Mayo & Mustard (
OmiNinja (
Rolling in Dough (
Sift Cupcakes (
Street Eatz (
Sunshine Susan’s (  
Twisted Chill (
Ultra Crepes (
WeSushi (

Sonoma Raceway PR

Carl Edwards and the Fastenal “Blue Team” will be featured on TNT’s “Inside Trax” segments during Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.  The segments will give viewers a behind the scenes look at what is happening with Edwards and the team throughout the race by using various cameras & audio in the race car and pits.

Edwards’ No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion will have an in-car camera, while several cameras will be placed in the pit stall to capture all the action.  Crew chief Bob Osborne and several crew members will wear microphones throughout the race to provide viewers a glimpse of what goes on off the track during the race.

“There is so much happening in the pits that the fans never get to see,” said Andy Ward, pit crew coach for Roush Fenway Racing.  “While the race is going on the crew chief is working on strategy with the engineers, the pit crew is preparing for its next stop all the while the driver is fighting for position on the track.  These segments will spotlight some of the action that is every bit as important to the outcome of the race.”

Edwards has a strong record at MIS with two wins and 12 top-10 finishes in 15 starts, and has led 274 laps at the two-mile oval.


Get ready for another great weekend of ASA Racing action.  Two ASA Sanctioned Series will be in action along with awesome ASA Member Track action all across the United States.
    Here is the schedule for the next five days.  Please visit each series and track website for the latest updates as events are subject to change.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Time: Gates Open 5pm, Qualifying 5:30pm, Racing 6:30pm.
Admission: Adults $20, Youths/Seniors $15, 12 and under FREE.                                   
Twitter: @asamidwesttour
Marshfield Motor Speedway (Marshfield, WI)
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisons: ASA Midwest Truck Tour, Yellow Riving Racing Series Late Models, CWMSA Mods, Bandits
Admission: Adults 15 & Up $12, Students 9-14 $8, Children 8 & Under FREE.  
ACE SPEEDWAY (Altamahaw, NC)
Twitter: @AceSpeedway
Friday, June 15, 2012
Divisions: Late Models (Twin 50’s), Limited Late Models, Mini Stocks, Extremes.
Time: Grandstands open at 5:30pm, Qualifying 5:30pm, Racing 8pm.
    Admission: Adults $12; Seniors (65 & Older), Students w/ID $8; Kids 6-12 $2, Kids 5 & Under FREE.       
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Late Models, Super Stocks, Mod 4’s, Warriors, Mini Cups.
Time: Front gate opens 3:00pm, Racing 6:00pm.           
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Trophy Dash, Magic 4’s, Flyin 4’s, Mini Stocks, Mod Mini’s, DS Trucks, and Sportsman.
Time: 7:00pm SHARP!
Admission: $15 Adults, Kids 12 & Under FREE   
Twitter: @DillonSpeedway
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Super Trucks, 4 Cylinders, UCARs, Chargers, Street Stocks, Late Models.
Time: Gates Open 2pm, Racing 7:30pm.
Twitter: @EastBayRacePark
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Late Models, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers, and Fan Participation.
Time: Racing starts at 6:30pm.
Admission: Adults $12; Seniors 55 & Up $10; Teens 13-17 $7.00 with ID; Kids 12 & Under FREE with paying adult.                  
Twitter: @HartfordMotorSP
Friday, June 15, 2012
Divisions: UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, UMP Pure Stocks.
Time: Grandstands Open 6pm, Racing 8:00pm
Admission: General Admission $12, Kids 10 & Under FREE with Paying Adult.
I-25 SPEEDWAY (Pueblo, CO)
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Grand American Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Legends, Charger Figure 8’s.
Time: Gates Open 3pm, Racing 6:00pm.
Admission: Adults $10, Ages 4-12 $5, Kids 4 & Under FREE.       
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Elmer Musgrave Memorial
Divisions: Super Late Models, Legends, Pure Stocks.
Time: Gates open at 4:00pm. Racing at 7:00pm.
Admission: Adults $15, Kids 8-12 $5.00, 7 and under FREE.  
Twitter: @i44speedway
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Late Models, Modifieds, Baby Grands, Sportsman, Road Warriors, and Chargers.
Time: Gates Open at 5pm, Racing at 7:30pm.
Admission: Grandstand Adults $10, Military $7, Juniors (11-15) $4, Children 10 & Under FREE.  Tier Parking “Wild Side” Adults $15, Military Seniors $11, Juniors (11-15) $7, and Children 10 & Under FREE.        
Twitter: @LPRaceway
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Mod 4’s, Pure 4’s, Renegades, and Iron Warriors.
Time: Gates open at 4pm, Racing at 7pm.
Admission: Adults $10, Children 12 & under FREE, Senior Citizens $8.  
Twitter: MarshfieldMS
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisons: ASA Midwest Truck Tour, Yellow Riving Racing Series Late Models, CWMSA Mods, Bandits
Time: 4:30pm, Qualifying 5pm, Racing 6:30pm.
Admission: Adults 15 & Up $12, Students 9-14 $8, Children 8 & Under FREE.      
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: UARA Late Models, Street Stocks, BM Mods, Front Wheel Drive.
Time:  Qualifying 5:30pm. Racing 8:00pm.
Admission: Adults $15, Students (12-17) $10, 11 and Under FREE.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Divisions: Late Models, Super Stocks, DQ Dogs Fab 4’s.
Time: Gates Open 5pm, Qualifying 6pm, Racing 7pm.
Admission: Adults $9, Seniors/Students (Ages 11-16) $7, Children (6-10) $3.           
Twitter: @RMRSLC
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Sprint Cars, Midgets, Mini Cups, Figure 8, Figure 8 Trains.
Time: Gates open 4pm, Qualifying 4:45pm, Racing 6pm.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Late Models, Sport Mods, Street Stocks,  and 4 Cylinder.
Time: Gates open at 5:30pm, Racing at 7:00pm.
Admission: Adults $10 (16 & up).          
Twitter: @RaceShasta
Saturday, June 16, 2012 & Sunday, June 17, 2012
Divisions: Saturday - ASA Modifieds, Bombers, Mini Stocks, Hornets & Thunderdogs.
    Sunday – Shasta Late Models, Bombers, Mini Stocks, Hornets & High School Team Racing.
Time: Racing at 6:45pm (Saturday), 5:00pm (Sunday)
Admission: FREE with Fair Admission
Twitter: @skagitspeedway
Saturday, June 14-16, 2012
41st Annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup
Divisions: 410 Sprints and Outlaw Hornets.
Time: Gates open at 5:00pm, Racing at 7:00pm each night.
Admission: Adults (18-64) $23 (Thurs), $24 (Fri), $28 (Sat); Ages 7-17/Military/65+ $18 (Thurs), $19 (Fri), $22 (Sat); 6& Under FREE (Thurs & Fri) $7 (Sat).  
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Wild West Modified Tour, Modifieds, Pro Mods, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks.
Time: Racing 7:00pm.         
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Divisions: Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini Mods.
Time: Gates Open 4:30pm, Racing 7:30pm.
Admission: Adults (13 & Up) $12, Children (6-12) $5, Kids (5 & Under) FREE.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Divisions: Mud Bog Racing (nine different classes).
Time: Noon.
Admission: Adults $12, Children 7-17 $10, Children 6 & Under FREE.                      

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