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Race fans from around the world are converging on Concord, North Carolina for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and next week's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Godfather Motorsports will welcome them with a special Open House celebration on Thursday, May 23 from 11 am to 1 pm at the team's shop on 124 Talbert Point Road in Mooresville.
Driver Jerick Johnson, team owner Dave Moody and the entire Godfather Motorsports team will be on hand to greet fans, sign autographs and hand out complimentary samples of KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink. The No. 30 KOMA Unwind Chevrolet will be on display, and official Godfather Motorsports Fan Gear will also be on sale.
"It's a great opportunity to say `thank you' to all the fans who support Godfather Motorsports, KOMA Unwind and SiriusXM Speedway all season long," said Moody. "We've had a number of radio listeners ask about touring our shop while they're in town, and I think it's a great idea. Fans are welcome to drop by anytime, but we'll throw open the doors for an official Open House next Thursday from 11 am to 1 pm. I'm sure we'll see some familiar faces, and a lot of new ones, as well."
The following night, Friday, May 24, fans are invited to cheer on the No. 30 KOMA Unwind Chevrolet when it competes in a special Pro All Stars Series event at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC, with a post-time of 7 pm.
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Roush Fenway Racing has announced a multi-race partnership with Pillow Pets. The leader in plush toys will serve as the primary sponsor on Trevor Bayne’s No. 6 Ford Mustang in the May 25th Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As part of the Memorial Day Weekend festivities, Pillow Pets will take part in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “Welcome Home our Troops; Let Freedom Race” program, billed as the largest welcome home ceremony for returning troops. The company will provide Patriotic Pillow Pets to the families of military recently returning home from active duty.
“We are thrilled to team up with Roush Fenway Racing, Trevor Bayne and to become a part of the NASCAR community,” said Jennifer Telfer, CEO of Pillow Pets. “With this being our first race with Roush Fenway and with the great appreciation that we have for the men and women who have sacrificed so much to maintain the freedom that we all enjoy, it made perfect sense to use this platform over the Memorial Day weekend to give something back to those families.”
As part of the program, the California-based company will give away more than 2,000 Pillow Pets to the military guests and help sponsor a bus that will bring troops and their families to the May 26th Coca-Cola 600. After a dinner at zMax Dragway, the Pillow Pets bus will take a parade lap around the 1.5-mile speedway before dropping off the heroes to their seats for one of the season’s most celebrated events.
“We are excited to have Pillow Pets on the car,” said Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500 Champion. “They are a new partner to the sport and we are thrilled to welcome them into the family. In addition, getting to be a part of the ‘Welcome Home our Troops’ program is a great honor.
“It says a lot about the type of organization that Pillow Pets is and what they stand for,” added Bayne. “It is Memorial Day weekend and I know they have an entire line of Patriotic Pillow Pets that they are sharing with military families. We’ll have our pits all decked out, so it’s shaping up to be a big weekend and a grand entrance into the sport for those guys.”
“Obviously everyone knows that the military cause and honoring the heroic men and woman who defend our freedom is something that is very dear to me,” said Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush. “We are very happy to have Pillow Pets on board and I am proud to welcome a partner that shares the same value for our defenders of freedom as we do. Hopefully we will give them a good showing and end the celebration with a trip to victory lane.”
In addition to the Nationwide Series race at Charlotte, Pillow Pets will serve as the primary partner on Bayne’s No. 6 Ford Mustang at Indianapolis (July 27) and Dover (Sept. 28).
History collides with the present, as names including Johnson, Gordon and Busch build upon a foundation laid by the likes of Waltrip, Yarborough and Earnhardt.
This Saturday night, the most thrilling all-star exhibition in all of sports roars under the lights at the historic Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the 29th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. There are no points in this one, but one major prize – a $1 million payout to the victor courtesy of Sprint.
In 1985, NASCAR held its inaugural all-star clash, with Darrell Waltrip coming home first among a field of 12. This year, 22 cars will take the green on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET, live on SPEED, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Nineteen of those drivers have already locked up a spot; three more will earn entry moments before driver introductions.
A primer on the all-star eligibility…
- Drivers who have won NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races in 2012 and 2013
- Drivers who are past NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners in the last 10 years
- Drivers who are past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions in the previous 10 years
- The top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown, the 40-lap race that precedes the NASCAR Sprint
- All-Star Race
- The top Sprint Fan Vote driver who finishes the Showdown and whose car is in “raceable” condition as determined by the series director per the 2013 entry blank. Fans may vote for their favorite driver by using the NASCAR Mobile ’13 application or online at www.NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. Votes cast from the NASCAR Mobile ’13 application count double.
Format changes will greet the world’s best drivers this weekend, all with one central theme: speed.
The need for speed begins Friday night with Coors Light Pole qualifying at 6 p.m. ET on SPEED. Qualifying will consist of three laps and a mandatory four-tire pit stop. Pit road speed, entering and exiting, will not be enforced. The team with the quickest time wins the Coors Light Pole and will lead the field to green on Saturday night.
Like last year, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will consist of five segments – four 20-lap segments and a 10-lap shootout. The winner earns a $1 million pay day from Sprint.
But unlike last year, the running order at the completion of the fourth segment (Lap 80) will be repositioned based on the average finish for the first four segments – putting a premium on strong finishes throughout the entire event. The new lineup will be placed directly behind the caution car prior to the opening of pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop, placing a spotlight firmly on the unsung heroes of NASCAR – the pit crews. The order of the cars returning to the track will determine the starting order of the fifth segment. Running order ties will be broken by the finish of the fourth segment. In the fifth and final segment, only green flag laps will count.
This year there is even an added incentive: if a driver wins all five segments, he or she will take home “Bruton’s Big Bonus” – an extra $1 million paid by Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bruton Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
All of this action takes place this Saturday evening, the grand finale of a week packed with fan-friendly activities on and off the race track.
See below for a full schedule of events for the upcoming week. All on-track activity will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
Friday, May 17, NASCAR Day– The NASCAR Foundation and NASCAR industry will come together on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) to celebrate the 10th Annual NASCAR Day. This special day is an unprecedented celebration of drivers, corporate partners, media and fans uniting with The NASCAR Foundation to support a range of charitable causes that are relevant and meaningful to those within the NASCAR family. Fans can get the commemorative NASCAR Day pin and make a donation at www.NASCAR.com/foundation.
Friday, May 17, 6 p.m. ET – NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Coors Light Pole Qualifying. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or log onto www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. SPEED will televise the event.
Friday, May 17, 8 p.m. ET – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200. For tickets, go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS. SPEED, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio will broadcast the event.
Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. ET – Sprint Showdown (top-two finishers qualify for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race). For tickets, go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.comc or call 1-800-455-FANS. SPEED, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio will broadcast the event.
One final option remains for those not already locked in after the Sprint Showdown – the Sprint Fan Vote. Fans may vote for their favorite driver by using the NASCAR Mobile ’13 application or online at www.NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote. Votes cast from the NASCAR Mobile ’13 application count double.
Saturday, May 18, 9 p.m. – NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. SPEED, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio will broadcast the event.
The drivers already locked into the main event are: Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, David Ragan and Tony Stewart.
Keep up to date with all the week’s events by following @NASCAR or @CLTMotorSpdwy on Twitter (Hashtag: #SprintAllStar).
State Water Heaters, a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential water heaters, has joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart.
Effective immediately, State Water Heaters will be an associate sponsor of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS driven by Stewart and the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS driven by teammate Ryan Newman. Additionally, State Water Heaters will serve as the primary sponsor of Newman and the No. 39 team during the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup race weekend Oct. 25-27 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
“The State Water Heaters brand has a rich history in the plumbing industry, and over that time we’ve developed strong partnerships with our wholesalers and contractors. We’re thrilled to join SHR where we’re able to share the excitement of this program with our customers,” said Jeff Storie, senior marketing manager, State Water Heaters. “We’ve recently launched some great new water heaters, as well as a new Find a Local Installer tool on our Website. We look forward to working with Ryan, Tony and the rest of the SHR team to raise awareness among the legions of NASCAR fans about State brand products and our loyal contractors.”
For more than 60 years, State Water Heaters has stood for durability. Tested under the toughest conditions in the most hostile environments, State Water Heaters builds long-lasting products that provide years of service. Motorsports also provides tough conditions and hostile environments, making State Water Heaters’ presence in NASCAR a natural fit. The Ashland City, Tenn.-based company has sponsored NASCAR teams since 2006, and it enters a new era by partnering with SHR.
“We’re very proud to welcome State Water Heaters into the Stewart-Haas Racing family,” said Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world. “State Water Heaters is an innovative company that prides itself on quality and customer service. Just as they deliver for their customers, we plan to deliver for them – on the track and off. It’s a strong brand that through its partnership with our race team will become even stronger.”
When Tina Johnson began experiencing oral pain and infections in 2010, she spent a lot of time looking for answers, to no avail. But all of that changed once she met Aspen Dental practice owner Dr. Alison Teske (Meudt), DDS, and her team in Waukesha, Wis., who successfully treated Tina for periodontal disease and gave her a new reason to smile—her health.
On Saturday, May 18, Aspen Dental and Stewart-Haas Racing will celebrate Tina’s good health and experience by showcasing her healthy smile on Ryan Newman’s No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
A resident of Waukesha, Tina was selected to have her photo featured on the No. 39 Chevrolet based on her comments on the Aspen Dental Facebook page:
“I first came to Aspen two years ago. My dentist, Dr. Alison Teske, and the staff at Waukesha Aspen Dental are awesome! Specifically Casey and Ann made me feel at ease. Aspen Dental gave me a wonderful smile! I highly recommend Aspen Dental to everyone.”z
“When I was sick, people would ask me to smile for photos and I would refuse,” Tina added during a follow-up conversation. “I went to Aspen Dental because I just couldn’t live that way anymore. The Aspen Dental team took those medical concerns away from me. They were the key to my recovery. Now, when people ask me to smile, I do!”
A resident of Brookfield, Wis., Dr. Teske graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry and has been practicing for five years. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) and the Waukesha Chamber of Commerce.
Aspen Dental began featuring patients’ photos on Newman’s No. 39 Chevrolet during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and will continue the tradition throughout the 2013 season.
The NASCAR All-Star Race gets underway on Saturday, May 18 at 9 p.m. EDT after the undercard Sprint Showdown is completed. SPEED will carry live coverage of both races beginning at 7 p.m., with its “RaceDay” program beginning at 4 p.m.
In 2012, Newman scored a pair of top-10 finishes driving the No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet. He finished fifth in the Coke Zero 400 July 7 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and 10th in the Sylvania 300 Sept. 23 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
“I’m looking forward to driving the Aspen Dental Chevy at the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte,” said Newman. “The opportunity to feature fans of Aspen Dental on the car puts a smile on everyone’s face. I know Tina will be watching!”
Aspen Dental will also be the primary sponsor of Newman’s No. 39 Chevrolet during the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. For all other races during the 2013 season, Aspen Dental is an associate sponsor with placement on the lower-rear quarter panels of the No. 39 Chevrolet and prominent positioning on Newman’s uniform. In addition to Newman, Aspen Dental is also featured on the uniform of Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.
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Although all available tickets for the inaugural running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday, July 24 have been sold, fans now have an added opportunity to catch a glimpse of the historic event. The Tuesday Night Tailgate (July 23) has been added to the schedule, with tickets going on sale tomorrow (May 16).
The Mudsummer Classic marks NASCAR’s first national series dirt track event since 1970, and the first-ever dirt race for the Camping World Truck Series. For many drivers, the added Tuesday night practice sessions will be their first venture on a dirt-track.
Tickets for the doubleheader evening, which will include a pair of two-hour practice periods for the trucks, along with a 25 lap Eldora Dirt Late Model Invitational, are priced as low as $10 for adult General Admission and go on sale at 9 a.m.
The most efficient method to obtain tickets is by using the TicketForce-powered online system at www.EldoraSpeedway.com. With its capability to process up to 800 different orders simultaneously, it has a flawless track record of handling Eldora’s rich history of marquee events and massive opening day ticket sales. A backup direct link to the ticketing site of eldoraspeedway.ticketforce.com has also been established.
Race fans that do not have access to a computer can call into the Eldora Box Office at (937) 338-3815 where a full staff of Ticketing Specialists will be available to assist a cue of up to 25 calls at a time. In addition, the Speedway Box Office will be open for walk-up sales beginning at 9 a.m.
On Tuesday, July 23, the spectator gates will swing open at 1 p.m., with the first NCWTS practice session taking the green flag at 4:30 p.m.
Entrants for the Eldora Dirt Late Model Invitational will be announced after the running of the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers (June 6, 7 & 8).
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After sitting out the last two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events, Scott Riggs is excited about his return behind the wheel of the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear fleetHQ/QMI Chevrolet at Charlotte in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
"We are looking for good things at Charlotte," said Riggs. "Our finishes this year haven't been an indication of how good this team is and how good we can be."
Engine woes at Daytona and Martinsville derailed good runs for Riggs in the truck. Clay Rogers filled in for Riggs at Rockingham and saw a good start to the race negated by an untimely caution.
The team did not make the trip to Kansas Speedway for the NCWTS event last month.
"We have great equipment and a great group of guys getting these trucks ready to come race," said Riggs. "to many parts and pieces are coming together for us not to put together some good runs and strong finishes."
Team owner Ricky Benton shares his driver's enthusiasm for the Charlotte race.
"It's great to be going back to the track after a month off," said Benton. "The truck will have some new partners on board this week and I'm sure we will do them proud."
Long-time partner QMI returns to the truck as an associate sponsor this week for the first time this year. The truck will also be carrying the logo of Davis Wholesale Tire Company of Kinston, N.C.
"Reuben (Davis) and Davis Wholesale Tire have been a great partner with BTS for a whole long time and it's an honor to have them on the truck for one of our biggest events of the year," said Benton.
In preparation for the 10 Greatest Day in Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 17-26, speedway officials are making sure race fans and area residents are fully equipped to handle race day traffic by providing safe and efficient travel routes and information.
With help from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the City of Concord, Charlotte Motor Speedway is working to ease travel for fans heading to and from the races. Here are tips from Charlotte Motor Speedway and NCDOT:
For motorists traveling from South Carolina:
Take I-77 North to the I-485 outer loop (Exit 1B) to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49 North (Exit 33).
For motorists traveling from west of Charlotte:
Take I-85 North to I-485 (Exit 48) to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49 (Exit 33). An alternate route is I-85 North to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) to Pitts School Road to U.S. 29 South. Through traffic should remain in the left two lanes of I-85 North to avoid delays near Exit 49.
For motorists traveling from east of Charlotte:
Take the I-485 outer loop to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) or N.C. 49 North (Exit 33).
For motorists traveling from north of Charlotte:
Take I-85 South to Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) to Pitts School Road to U.S. 29 South.
Officials recommend motorists take the I-485 outer loop to N.C. 49 North, which is usually less congested than other suggested routes.
Commuters that use I-85 can expect delays beginning on Friday afternoon, May 17, and continuing Saturday May 18 as fans make their way to the speedway for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The following week, increased traffic is expected around the speedway May 23-26. Commuters should plan to adjust driving time, if possible, or use an alternate route.
Best Travel Times on Race Days
- It is best to arrive at Charlotte Motor Speedway before 5 p.m. on May 17 for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and again by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 during LiftMaster Pole Night to avoid commuter traffic.
- The Sprint All-Star Race on May 18 and Coca-Cola 600 on May 26 are both evening races, but fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid Concord Mills mall congestion. Parking lots open at 7 a.m.
Post-Race Traffic Patterns for the Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600
NCDOT will utilize counter flow patterns after the Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600.
- Traffic exiting from Entrance P onto Morehead Road will counter flow with three eastbound lanes being utilized until Highway 49 in Harrisburg, N.C.
- Those exiting from Entrance O onto Morehead Road will counter flow four lanes westbound out until Highway 29. All lanes will be directed to turn left towards Charlotte.
- Bruton Smith Boulevard will counter flow using three lanes from Entrance Y until Interstate 85.
- Highway 29 will counter flow using three lanes until Pitt School Road in Concord.
- West Morehead Road/Mallard Creek Church Road will counter flow until Salem Church Road.
Post-Race Traffic Patterns for HISTORY 300
NCDOT will only utilize the counter flow patterns for the HISTORY 300 on May 25 if needed. Traffic leaving Concord Mills mall around 5 p.m. may not be able to connect to hotels, restaurants and businesses to the East of the Interstate 85 bridge.
NCDOT will utilize overhead message signs and portable message signs to alert motorists of problem areas and suggested alternate routes around incidents and congestion. The Department advises motorists to check for real time traffic information by calling 511 or by signing up for updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_charlotte.
Traffic maps are posted on Charlotte Motor Speedway's website at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/fans/maps/.
Dover International Speedway hosts team testing for 11 NASCAR teams in preparation for May 31-June 2, 2013 race weekend
Dover International Speedway hosted its first team testing session of the year on May 14, with six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and five NASCAR Nationwide Series teams turning laps at the Monster Mile today in preparation for the May 31-June 2, 2013 tripleheader weekend.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams testing included Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and Ryan Newman, all of Stewart-Haas Racing; Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing; and Germain Racing’s Casey Mears. NASCAR Nationwide Series teams on track included Austin and Ty Dillon, plus Brian Scott, all of Richard Childress Racing; and Sam Hornish Jr. and Ryan Blaney, both of Penske Racing.
The test was the first opportunity for these drivers to try out the all-new Generation 6 car at Dover. The results so far, McMurray said, have been fast, as expected.
“Everywhere we’ve been with this car it’s been quite a bit faster than the car that we had last year,” he said. “Normally at a test you can run faster than you can at the race. The track is clean, there’s not a lot of rubber on it, so yeah, our speeds today have been quite a bit quicker than what we ran in race trip last year. It’s got a lot of grip and the track is really fast.”
Montoya added that being able to turn a few laps in the Gen 6 at Dover should help when he returns in a few weeks to race in the June 2, 2013 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
“You look at the big things that you can do for race weekend,” he said of testing. “When you come here for race weekend, you pretty much know what you’re going to run. Usually, the window you have to work with is very small, unless you have testing. Then you have data and telemetry in the cars, and a lot more stuff to work with in testing.”
All the drivers on site will return for a second day of testing on May 15, with Blaney and Hornish Jr. sticking around for an extra day on May 16.
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