Monday, May 23
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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT), exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR's three major national series, today unveiled the special commemorative tires it will supply for the upcoming NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway to wave the green flag on the fourth year of the successful Goodyear Gives Back campaign. A multi-year fund-raising effort designed to generate support for the U.S. Armed Forces, the Goodyear campaign has raised, to date, more than $700,000 in cash and product donations that have gone directly to supporting the troops and their families.

Goodyear will replace its iconic Goodyear "Eagle" and "Wrangler" sidewall designs with desert camouflage lettering that reads "Support Our Troops" on its NASCAR race tires that will run during all of the upcoming NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A number of initiatives are part of this year's program, including at-track activities and multiple opportunities for racing fans to participate, all to benefit the Support Our Troops organization.

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Todd Peck needs the NASCAR community's help to decide the design of his race helmet. At the beginning of the season, Peck asked kids with Juvenile Arthritis (JA) to send him their original artwork for his helmet. Hundreds of schemes were submitted to his website, where a panel of judges narrowed it to four final designs. The finalists are posted on his facebook page,, where everyone can vote for their favorite design through May 6. Peck will wear the helmet that garners the most votes in all of his 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, and give it to the winning designer at the conclusion of the season. Additionally, a duplicate helmet will be produced and used to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation in 2013.


Peck, who lives with arthritis and was diagnosed as a juvenile, has used his race team as a platform to help children who also fight the condition. His Silverado carried a "Kids get Arthritis too" decal throughout the team's 2011 and 2012 schedule. The team has hosted kids and their families who suffer from juvenile arthritis at several races, and has named Juvenile Arthritis as its official foundation and charitable outreach. Peck is thrilled to use another of the team's elements to help kids with JA.

"We loved all of the drawings that came in for my helmet design contest," Peck said. "The contest really showed that kids with arthritis can continue to do great things. They did an amazing job and it was tough to narrow it down to the finalists. Whichever design is chosen, I know that I'll have a very special reminder of a kid's hard work every time I go racing."


Todd Peck started his career driving go-karts. He worked his way up to the national levels in karting before advancing to the Allison Legacy Series. Peck has experience in the Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series, more than 15 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and five starts in the NCWTS. He has done all of this while overcoming the conditions of living with arthritis.


Peck Motorsports PR

Looking at Ryan Newman’s stats at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, it’s fairly easy to see why the driver of the No. 39 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is looking forward to Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

In 22 Sprint Cup starts at the .75-mile oval, Newman has a pole, a win, five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, and has led 450 laps. Richmond has been a stout venue for Newman, who recorded consecutive second-place finishes in his first two starts at “The Action Track.” His average finishing position of 11.6 makes Richmond best among all tracks for the 16-time race winner.

For Newman, Richmond couldn’t come soon enough. Needing a breakout performance to quiet skeptics who have written off the SHR teams as contenders in 2013, there’s no better place to prove them wrong.

While the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship field is far from being set, if Newman is to be included in the group come September, wins and strong finishes are what he needs. Just as signs of spring are blossoming around Richmond, it’s time, too, for Newman to do the same in the point standings. Ranked 17th heading into this weekend, it’s time for the No. 39 team to bloom. And there would be no better way than scoring his first “Bloomin’” win of the season this weekend.

With Outback Steakhouse making the first of three 2013 appearances as primary sponsor of Newman’s No. 39 Chevrolet this weekend at Richmond, memories of last year’s spring race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway evoke memories of that fateful day. Newman scored his only win of the 2012 season at the other Virginia venue, and did so with the Tampa, Fla.-based steakhouse across the hood of his racecar.

Outback Steakhouse has been celebrating Newman’s top-10 finishes since last season with a free Bloomin’ Onion® for its customers on Mondays. Come Saturday night, Newman would like nothing more than to relive last year’s April success at Martinsville – by scoring his first “Bloomin’” win of the 2013 season at Richmond.


Bright and early Friday morning, JJ Yeley arrived at Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital to play the role of "shoe fairy" for three families of seriously ill children. While most drivers were still in their motor coaches enjoying a quiet morning, Yeley was spending time with three children who each received a hand painted pair of Converse sneakers as part of his work with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation in conjunction with Peach's Neet Feet.

The morning started off with JJ getting to meet with each of the children, Hudson (2), Madison (5), and Avery (8), as well as their families. He sat down and drew pictures with the kids and got to know a little bit about each one. When speaking with the families Yeley gave words of encouragement and hope to each, "I couldn't imagine having to go through what you do every day as a parent. My heart and hope is with each of you that you continue the good fight and hang in there, and hopefully good things will be coming your way soon."

Afterwards, Yeley presented each child with a hand painted pair of Converse. The smiles on their faces were priceless. Yeley commented, "It is such a great feeling seeing the smiles on their faces. To be able to come out here and give them a pair of shoes that brings them happiness means a lot to me, as well as their families."

Children's Mercy Hospital is located in the heart of Kansas City, MO. The hospital is one of the most prestigious children's hospitals in the country and the first in the state to earn the award for excellence in patient care by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers. With over 700 medical staff and specialists on hand, Children's Mercy is a top of the line care facility for children and young adults.

JJ's ongoing involvement with the Random Acts of Kindness organization brought him to a new opportunity with Peach's Neet Feet (PNF). PNF is a non-profit organization that started in 2011, and has continued to grow over the past two years. The organization is best known for their hand painted shoes that are given to children with disabilities or fighting a serious illness. PNF has given away hundreds of "one of a kind" shoes that continue to put a smile on a child's face daily.

Kansas City was just the first stop for JJ Yeley. Throughout the remainder of the NASCAR season, Yeley will be visiting several other Children's Hospitals and playing "shoe fairy." Make sure you check out Tommy Baldwin Racing's Twitter and Facebook page for more pictures and upcoming events.


Businesses and fans are bringing thousands of troops to Charlotte Motor Speedway for 54th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26 with the new Patriot Partners bus sponsorship program.

The program provides companies and individuals the opportunity to welcome home and thank the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by sponsoring buses to bring troops from Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. and Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., to the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway for the Coca-Cola 600.

Companies that have already signed up to participate include Coca-Cola, Toyota, Smithfield, Goodyear, Bojangles’, HEAR USA, Thunder Road Harley Davidson, Cross Roads Harley Davidson, Ohio Logistics, Precision Walls and more.

“We were already trying to come up with a program to help veterans and when the speedway told us about the Patriot Partners program, we thought this was a great opportunity,” said Loy Allen, co-founder of Cary, N.C.-based company Precision Walls. “These troops volunteered to go and fight for our country and I have a lot of respect for them. This is a way for us to give back and to thank them for their service.”

Patriot Partner sponsorships are still available for purchase at various levels and includes tickets, transportation and sponsor benefits. Fans and businesses can also donate tickets to send troops to the Coca-Cola 600 through the Let the Troops Race program. Tickets are only $25 each and can be purchased through the speedway ticket office or online at

“Charlotte Motor Speedway is providing 3,000 tickets to the military for distribution through the USO, and with these additional programs of corporate and fan support, we’ve already got more than 7,000 troops and their family members to entertain on Memorial Day Weekend,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“These soldiers deserve to be recognized for their service and to enjoy the world’s most patriotic pre-race celebration. We invite additional fans and companies to join us so that we can have 20,000 troops and their families with us at the Coca-Cola 600.”

For more information on the Patriot Partners or Let the Troops Race programs, contact the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).


Race fans who want to get up close and personal with today’s NASCAR stars need to look no further than Darlington Raceway’s hospitality areas on May 10-11.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick, along with Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte, who are both Coca-Cola Racing Family members, are scheduled to participate in 15-minute question and answer sessions for race fans in the track’s Darlington Stripe Zone Hospitality club, prior to the running of the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

For fans who have not yet purchased a Stripe Zone hospitality package, this is the perfect opportunity to see NASCAR drivers in person, while enjoying the amenities of the all-inclusive experience the Stripe Zone has to offer.

For $140 per package (plus the cost of a grandstand ticket), fans receive a pre-race cold pit pass (shirt and shoes required), full meal and snacks, unlimited non-alcohol beverage service until the scheduled race start, four beer coupons to guests 21 years of age and older, a Darlington-branded gift, event program and live entertainment. Combine that with scheduled driver appearances by Harvick, Burton and Labonte and it’s the perfect package for a race fan.

“Our Darlington Stripe Zone hospitality packages are very popular with fans,” Darlington Raceway Director of Corporate Sales Jeff Taylor said. “Having drivers like Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte make appearances really adds to the already tremendous value of the Stripe Zone package, while giving the fans a great all-inclusive experience for their race day.”

In addition to the Stripe Zone, Darlington Raceway also offers a hospitality option for race fans on Friday, May 10, prior to the Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. The T4 Zone hospitality package offers a similar all-inclusive experience with scheduled driver appearances by Turner Scott Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Nelson Piquet Jr. Larson and Piquet Jr. will both be making their Nationwide Series debuts at Darlington.

Each T4 Zone package consists of limited pre-race cold pit pass access, full meal and snacks, unlimited non-alcohol beverages until the scheduled race start time, two beer coupons for guests 21 years of age or older, Darlington-branded gift and souvenir program, all for $75 per package (plus the cost of a grandstand ticket).

“Larson and Piquet Jr. are very entertaining drivers who enjoy participating in question and answer sessions for fans,” Taylor said. “We’re excited that they are visiting our T4 Zone that day and will be great for the fans to see.”

All hospitality packages and tickets can be purchased by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting

Times and appearances are subject to change.

Darlington Raceway PR

Toyota Care 250 QUOTES & NOTES: Richmond Int’l Raceway

Eric McClure Quotes

You had the stomach flu in Texas, which forced you from the car, how are you feeling?

“I feel ok. I'm not sure I've ever been that sick before outside of the Epstein Barr virus.  The kids appear to be going through round two of this bug, so hopefully we won't have any problems. For whatever reason, there seems to be a divine reason I can't finish the spring race at Texas, so I'm sure we will be fine at Richmond.”

The team has struggled in recent weeks, what are your thoughts on this?

“We've had a lot of bad luck this year.  We had good speed in the first four races, but lost two engines and broke a sway bar at Bristol.  The last two weeks we have struggled but battled a variety of things. It's disappointing because we feel we gave good finishes away earlier.  We need to keep our expectations realistic and work hard to overcome this. There’s a lot of racing left. “

Hefty®/Reynolds® Racing NOTES

24th in Owners’ Points:  Heading into race seven of the Nationwide Series season, Eric McClure and his TriStar Motorsports team find themselves in the 24th position in owners’ standings, 17 points out of the 20th spot. After his 8th-place, career-best finish in Daytona, the team has had two engine failures and has struggled to find the right set-up combination in the other events.  McClure has failed to post a top-20 finish in six races, but he did however get close when posting a 21st-place finish in Bristol. 

Ready for Redemption: This weekend’s Toyota Care 250 marks the Virginia native’s 206th Nationwide Series start and his 12th at the 3/4-mile facility.  In 11 starts, McClure has completed 81.7% of the total laps attempted and has an average finish of 31.9.  One year ago, the team posted a disappointing 31st-place finish after battling a car that seemed unresponsive to adjustments. 

Chassis No. 7 :  McClure will pilot chassis No. 7 in this weekend’s NNS event at Richmond Int’l Raceway, its first event of the 2013 season.  It was however raced during last year’s fall event at RIR where McClure posted a track-best finish of 26th.

Hilton Garden Inn-Richmond Downtown Returns as Associate Sponsor:  Team McClure, Inc. is pleased to announce that Hilton Garden Inn-Richmond Downtown will continue their partnership with McClure and the TriStar Motorsports organization for the 2013 season.  This will mark the hotel’s fourth consecutive year as an associate sponsor of McClure and their third of TriStar Motorsports.


In an effort to better connect with its fans on a more personal level, Swan Racing, in conjunction with Wheelhouse Media, is set to launch Swan Racing TV this week leading into the upcoming Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Richmond International Raceway. 

Swan Racing TV will feature the cast and characters of Swan Racing and consist of 32 weeks of high quality, entertaining, fun and informative "reality show style" original content edited down to three to six minutes in length per weekly video. The videos' purposes are to help raise the profile of Swan Racing and keep its fans up to speed on the weekly happenings of the team away from the track back at the shop as well as cast the team members as personable characters so that Swan Racing's fans will feel an immediate connection to them. The first video out of the 32-week series will be rolled out this Thursday, April 25. 
For a quick look at what's to come with Swan Racing TV please click on the following link: Be sure to follow @SwanRacingTV, @SwanRacingCo, @DavidStremme, & @SwanEnergyInc on Twitter to catch the weekly webisodes. 
"Swan Racing is old school racing. Racing hard, every lap, every race," said Swan Racing team owner Brandon Davis. "We are a team with an all hands on deck approach and understand many of our fans are just like us - old school racers at heart. So we want to give our fans the opportunity to be able to connect with our race team on a more personal level and open up our shop doors to allow them to see all that goes down behind the scenes through Swan Racing TV. At the end of the day we are just a bunch of "good ol boys" who grew up grass roots racing like a majority of our fans and we don't want to lose sight of that." 
Swan Racing has hired Wheelhouse Media to produce the 32 weeks of original content for Swan Racing TV. Wheelhouse Media is a full service video production shop that specializes in creating original content for film, television, commercials, and marketing campaigns and is best known for their award winning cinematography, clever narrative, inventive scripting, creative post-production and high quality motion graphics. The Charlotte, N.C. based group is no stranger to the racing world having covered hundreds of racing events and produced video content for clients such as Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Petty Holdings, Dodge, Valvoline, Bank of America, Performance Racing Network and General Motors.
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No matter where Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr. or Clint Bowyer finish Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, Michael Waltrip Racing fans and fans of all NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will win with the Michael Waltrip Racing Insider Program.

Text “MWR” to 42828 on a smartphone to get the free Insider card

The program requires no personal information and offers significant discounts on tickets to several upcoming races including:


  • Talladega Speedway: Save $15 on tickets to the Aaron’s 499 race. Anniston grandstand tickets for $55.
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway: 30% off selected grandstand seats for the All-Star and Coca 600 weekends. Plus 20% off pit pass.
  • Pocono Raceway: Three-day ticket package for $56 and includes a Q&A session on race day morning with Martin Truex Jr. $5 from every package will go towards to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.
  • Quicken Loans: $500 cash back after closing
  • Kentucky Speedway: Up to 20% off Sprint Cup race tickets
  • Free headset with rental of a FanVision unit ($19.99 value)
  • COMING SOON: Fatheads: 25%off NASCAR Fatheads at
  • COMING SOON Georgia Boots: 20% off any pair of boots

MARK MARTIN ON MWR INSIDER PROGRAM: “This is a pretty cool program. It seems like all of us spend time on our smartphones these days. So this is a quick and easy way to be part of the MWR race team and get some really cool discounts. Heck, this is a great program for all NASCAR fans. It’s free and it will save you a lot of money. Plus, it’s not like you have to go on there and give your social security number or anything like that. You just text and download the card and you are good to go. Quick and easy.”


CORNELIUS, N.C. — No.55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Driver Mark Martin will make his 55th Sprint Cup start at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night in the Toyota Owners 400. The 54-year-old future Hall of Famer won the pole for this race in 2012 and will likely be at the front of the field Saturday night. Martin’s No. 55 is 11th in owner points as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series holds its ninth points race of the 2013 season. Martin owns 18 top-five finishes in 54 Richmond starts.

RICHMOND: “This is my 55th race at Richmond and I am driving the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine plus Toyota is sponsoring the race so we have all that going for us. We were fortunate enough to win the pole here last year and MWR has done really well here of late. Clint won this race in the fall and we finished third. Martin Truex has been on fire the last two weeks. So, we are pretty optimistic Saturday night is going to be a lot of fun. Richmond is one of the best places we race and it seems like it’s always a great show for the fans.”


Every year in late April across the United States, signs of spring begin to appear all around. Flowers and trees start to come into bloom, the grass begins to grow, the weather becomes warmer – and, of course, Kyle Busch posts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

The driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) returns to Richmond for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 looking for his fifth consecutive spring event win at the .75-mile oval. Last April, the Las Vegas native brought home his fourth straight spring victory at Richmond to go with four runner-up finishes and an amazing 12 top-fives in just 16 career Sprint Cup starts in Virginia’s capital city.

Busch’s average finishing position of just 5.4 is tops among all active drivers at Richmond, including JGR teammate Denny Hamlin, whose average finish there is 8.1. Busch has completed all but one of the 6,410 laps available to him in his 16 career Richmond starts. Of those laps completed, Busch has run in the top-15 for 6,607 (87.5 percent) of them – second-most among active drivers at the track.

While he has always had strong runs at Richmond since joining the Sprint Cup ranks in 2005, Busch’s first Sprint Cup victory didn’t come until May 2009, when he became only the second driver in Sprint Cup history to celebrate a victory on his birthday, a feat first accomplished by Cale Yarborough, who did it twice. Yarborough won on his March 27 birthday at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway in 1977 and at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1983. Since his first Richmond victory in 2009, Busch has finished out of the top-five just once, coming home fifth, second, sixth, and 16th, respectively, in the fall races the past four seasons after winning the spring race each year.

While his May 2 birthday isn’t until five days later this year, the soon-to-be 28-year-old would like nothing more than to add another Richmond win to his resume and celebrate his birthday a little early in victory lane Saturday night in the “Capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia” – and, yes, continue this very special rite of spring.



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