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Advance Auto Parts, the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR”, will be awarded the 2022 Marketing Achievement Award today at the NASCAR Industry Awards Reception during NASCAR Champion’s Week in Nashville.

In their third season as an Official Partner, Advance has demonstrated their commitment to grassroots racing, supporting drivers and tracks in local communities across the United States and Canada. The entitlement partner of the Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series (NAAPWS), Advance most recently partnered with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine, developing new storytelling opportunities and helping to livestream the event for the first time in program history.

“Advance Auto Parts is very honored to receive this award,” said Jason McDonell, executive vice president of merchandising, marketing and e-commerce at Advance. “Since becoming a partner of NASCAR, our team has been focused on supporting grassroots racing through programs like Advance My Track Challenge and the Drive for Diversity Combine. As the Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR, we look forward to our continued partnership, leading programs that advance local racing while serving as the auto parts provider of choice for race fans.”

For a second season, Advance promoted the “Advance My Track Challenge,” focusing on local race tracks and communities to raise awareness of and celebrate grassroots racing. Through a consumer voting program, the organization awarded Jennerstown Speedway a $50,000 prize, distributing 6,000 tickets to local Advance stores for free admission to the speedway’s celebration event. The program generated more than 220 thousand impressions on NASCAR.com and NASCAR social media channels.

“Since becoming an official partner, Advance Auto Parts has been a big supporter of grassroots racing, raising awareness of local racing communities and providing young drivers with the opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Michelle Byron, vice president, partnership marketing at NASCAR. “After the 2022 Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine, we’re thrilled to see what’s next as they continue to find creative ways to grow their presence in the sport.”

After introducing a new brand campaign in June with their No. 1 fan Ed Vance, Advance hosted Ed at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway and captured live content with him throughout the weekend. In a matter of months, Ed quickly began to be recognized at tracks, becoming a staple character among race fans.

Closing out the year, Advance served as the primary sponsor of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine, continuing to expand its presence in the sport. Advance was on-site throughout the event, capturing content as drivers prepared for and participated in the combine. Through their sponsorship, the company gave NASCAR the ability to evaluate additional drivers for the combine as the league also selected additional winners compared to previous years.

This is the first time Advance has been awarded the NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award. Previous winners include: Anheuser-Busch, Comcast; Coca-Cola; Fox Sports and NBC Sports; Mars, Incorporated; Mobil 1; and Toyota.

NASCAR’s Champion’s Week in Nashville will air Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET on Peacock. For more information, please visit nascar.com/championsweek.

NASCAR PR

With the conclusion of the 2022 racing season at Stafford Motor Speedway, 5 drivers have etched their names into the record books as champions.  Todd Owen and the #81 Cooker Construction team won the SK Modified® title for the second consecutive season while Adam Gray and the #97 Meadows Motor Car team locked down the Late Model championship for the fourth Stafford crown of Gray’s career.  There were three first time champions with the #18 Pro Systems Integration team of Tyler Barry in the SK Light division, the #28 NAPA of Tolland team of Rich Hammann in the Limited Late Model division, and the #11 Hydar Construction team of Travis Hydar in the Street Stock division. 

Watch the 2022 Champions Videos

Owen opened the 2022 season with a victory in the Spring Sizzler® and while that would prove to be his lone win of the season, it put him in position to be at the top of the SK Modified® standings for almost the entire season.  Owen joins Jerry Pearl (‘84-’85), Mike Christopher (’89-’90), Bob Potter (’91-’92, ’94-’95) Ted Christopher (’00-’01), Rowan Pennink (’15-’16), and Ronnie Williams (’18-’19) as the only drivers to win back to back SK Modified® championships.  Owen will now set his sights on a third consecutive championship in 2023, a feat that has yet to be accomplished since the SK Modified® division was formed in 1982.

“We kept pretty much the same routine that we’ve always had, why change something that’s not broken?” said Owen.  “The season was very consistent for us, the car was very good every week, and things went our way, so fortunate would be a good word to use.  Sometimes when you’re looking towards the end of the year prize, I’m sure some of our second and third place finishes could have turned into wins if I had done something a little differently but all in all it was a good ending to the year and that’s what I look for.  Obviously to be in the same category [with other back to back champions] is a tremendous honor and everything will need to align perfectly for us to get 3 in a row.  We’re definitely going to try to go for 3 in a row and the Chassis Pro cars have been running really well and we’ll keep on doing what we’ve been doing to get to this point.”

After a slow start to the season that left him in 10th place in the Late Model standings after the first 3 races, Adam Gray turned the clock back to his first championship season of 2013 that saw him post 16 consecutive top-3 finishes as he posted 10 consecutive top-3 finishes and finished in the top-3 in 14 of the final 16 races to claim his fourth Late Model championship.

“It’s definitely an awesome feeling,” said Gray.  “Some guys struggle to get one championship and here we are now with 4.  It’s something that I never thought would be possible.  I feel like at the beginning of the season we were backed into a corner and we had to work our way out of that.  We were in a hole right from the beginning and to overcome that really shows what my crew is capable of.  Honestly the key to what we were able to do this season was more or less finding the sweet spot with the car.  The car was good and we knew if we kept our stuff together that we’d be there at the end of races every week.  We can only do so much at the shop during the week and we had a bit of luck on our side this season with being in the right place at the right time or being in the right lane for restarts.  I think we’re in a good position as we’re not really changing anything up with our program and we’re going to try to come back and get our fifth championship next season.  If all the stars line up for us, we should have a good shot at winning another one.”

After claiming Rookie of the Year honors in 2021, Tyler Barry made the most of his sophomore season by outlasting Tyler Chapman and Alexander Pearl in a season long duel that came down to the last lap of the season with Barry claiming the title by 8 points over Chapman.  Barry was at his best when he needed to be at his best the most, scoring his only win of the season along with three second place finishes over the final 4 races of the season to lay claim to the championship. 

“It feels really good to be the champion,” said Barry.  “We worked really hard all year long and we were able to be pretty consistent.  Looking back I’ve wondered what I could have done differently to make some of our seven second place finishes turn into wins.  At the start of the year the championship was our goal but we really didn’t think about that, our goal was to win races because I don’t like to race for points.  Halfway through the year is when we started looking at the standings and we realized that we needed to finish races and keep the car in one piece.  I was feeling nervous all week leading into the final race but that all went away once I got strapped into the car.  It’s great to win the championship and with only an 8 point margin between us and Tyler Chapman, we know we had to really work to win it.  I would have liked to have won a couple more races this season, but we’ll come back next season and try to get some more wins and defend the championship.”

After securing his first two career Stafford feature wins in 2021 after nearly 20 years of racing, Rich Hammann followed that up with a 4 win season that helped carry him to his first career championship in the Limited Late Model division.  Hammann was the front runner in the race for the championship for the majority of the season, but a crash on Sept. 2 left him with a 13th place finish and saw him fall behind Jeremy Lavoie in the standings.  Hammann trailed Lavoie by 16 points going into the final race, but a 4th place finish, combined with a 13th place finish for Lavoie, saw Hammann claim the championship by only 2 points, or one position on the track.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in for me,” said Hammann.  “I never had any doubts that I could get it done as long as I had all the right pieces in place.  I knew the car was going to be competitive and that’s all I can ask for.  We tried to go one race at at time and get the best finish we could each night and we also had to properly manage our tire inventory.  Everyone has bad luck at some point during a season and I got into the wall trying to avoid a wreck the first race in September.  I would say that 90% of the year went pretty good for us and the Limited Late Model division is so competitive that you really have to have your car handling properly.  We’re going to try to come back next season and defend the championship and keep on doing the same things that helped us win the championship this season.”

After finishing in fourth place in 4 of the last 5 seasons in the Street Stock division, Travis Hydar put on a dominating performance during the 2022 season to claim his first track championship.  Hydar finished all but 2 races in the top-5 with a career high 5 wins set among those top-5 finishes.  The championship experience for Hydar was made a little sweeter as he used a throwback paint scheme that matched his crew chief Ernie LaRose’s scheme when he won a championship 20 years ago.

“Winning the championship this season was definitely very high on our goal list,” said Hydar.  “The car was super good for Sizzler® weekend and that kind of set the tone for us for the rest of the season.  Winning the championship was an awesome feeling like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders and it was a little extra special to win with Ernie’s paint scheme that he used 20 years ago to win a Street Stock championship at Thompson.  We always had points in the back of our mind during the season but we never really got to a point where we were racing for points and calculating spots.  The game plan was to always go out and win the race every Friday night.  We’re going to come back and run the Street Stock again and try to win as many races as we can.  It should be a good time and it’ll be tough for sure because a lot of cars were really quick at the end of the season, but we like strong competition.”

The official 2022 Championship videos are being released daily. Visit youtube.com/staffordspeedway or facebook.com/StaffordMotorSpeedway to see videos with the top 5 finishers in each of Stafford’s 5 weekly divisions.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Stafford Speedway PR

In celebration of NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season in 2023, FOX Sports presents a special edition of NASCAR RACE HUB airing Sunday, Dec. 4, on FOX (check local listings for airtime). The one-hour special, NASCAR RACE HUB: 75 YEARS OF RACING, features multiple roundtable interviews with past and present NASCAR champions and current superstars of the sport.

Kaitlyn Vincie hosts, with Adam Alexander, Mike Joy and Josh Sims moderating the various discussions regarding a multitude of topics with Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace and current FOX NASCAR analyst Clint Bowyer.

Featured conversations include:

Alexander, Petty, Gordon and Logano: A discussion of how far NASCAR has come in 75 years; their first memories of the sport; the 1992 Atlanta race, which was Petty’s last and Gordon’s first; Logano’s explanation of how Petty set the standard for drivers on and off the track; iconic moments in the sport; the 1979 Daytona 500; Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 Daytona 500 win; and Jimmie Johnson’s seven championships.

 Sims, Bubba Wallace and Suarez: The drivers examine groundbreakers in the sport, including Wendell Scott and Bill Lester; Suarez recounts his entry into NASCAR in the absence of a Mexican-born driver paving the way; a discussion of the responsibilities and pressures of being role models; the importance of owners Michael Jordan and Pitbull in NASCAR; and an examination of where the sport is with regard to diversity today and going forward.

Joy, Bowyer, Waltrip, Busch and Wallace: A conversation about renegades in the sport and Earnhardt’s place on that list; Waltrip and Wallace’s memories of racing Earnhardt and Bowyer and Busch’s impressions of his impact on their careers; the drivers’ biggest rivals and rivalry moments; reliving the 1989 All-Star Race between Wallace and Waltrip; a recount of Bowyer and Gordon’s 2012 incident at Phoenix Raceway; and Busch’s viewpoint on how rivalries form.

Additionally, NASCAR RACE HUB: SEASON PREVIEW airs on FOX on Jan. 1, 2023 (check local listings), while the new season’s first live edition of NASCAR RACE HUB premieres Monday, Jan. 30 (6:00 PM ET on FS1).

FOX Sports PR

In recognition of outstanding service and performance on behalf of Speedway Motorsports and its world-class entertainment facilities, company officials recognized the 2022 Speedway Motorsports recipients of the O. Bruton Smith Award, Promoter of the Year and Speedway of the Year. Officials also presented the inaugural Acceleration Award at the event, which was held at The Twelve Thirty Club in Nashville, where the NASCAR industry is celebrating Champions’ Week.

“Bringing world-class events to life week in and week out takes a tremendous amount of passion and dedication,” said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “We are blessed to have talented leaders across the company who continue to raise the bar each year. It is an honor to recognize some of those deserving individuals for their exemplary performance.”

O. Bruton Smith Award

Speedway Motorsports Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jon Brady received the 2022 O. Bruton Smith Award.

Created 10 years ago to recognize one employee annually across all of Speedway Motorsports and its subsidiaries, the recipient of this prestigious award is someone who exhibits Speedway Motorsports’ founder O. Bruton Smith’s traits: character, enthusiasm, drive, a heart for helping others, respect/appreciation for team members, vision and determination.

Brady began his Speedway Motorsports career as a consultant in 2002 before being hired full-time as the director of information technology the following year. He was promoted to his current position of chief information officer in 2009, where he is responsible for the team that oversees all of Speedway Motorsports’ networks, systems and digital assets. Brady also manages vendor and partner relationships for FanWifi and other IT services.

“The O. Bruton Smith Award is the highest individual honor given to an employee of our company,” said Smith. “I’m so thankful for Jon’s dedication, drive for excellence, and hard work. He and his crew are on call all the time and they do it all; we are blessed to have Jon on our team! We wouldn’t be able to operate without his tireless work behind the scenes.”

Promoter of the Year

Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter was named Promoter of the Year, an annual award chosen by Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith and given to one Speedway Motorsports general manager. The Promoter of the Year is awarded to the general manager who best displayed the creativity, innovation, leadership and execution that are fundamental to Speedway Motorsports’ way of doing business.

Highlighting his commitment to the company’s “Fans First” mantra, Walter and his team reimagined what Circle K Speed Street could be and brought the three-day music and entertainment event to the speedway as part of Coca-Cola 600 weekend. Building off of that success, Walter created a Fan Friday event ahead of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 that featured driver autograph sessions, a hauler parade, live music and more fan-centric entertainment.

Walter has worked closely with local and state leaders to promote motorsports across North Carolina and share its value as an economic and tourism driver.

“Greg is one of the greatest leaders in the business of sports entertainment,” Smith said. “He has been a mentor to a lot of people; he inspires a lot of people. We sold out the Coca-Cola 600. That doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of work. It takes great leadership.”

Speedway of the Year

Las Vegas Motor Speedway was chosen as Speedway of the Year from among 11 state-of-the-art Speedway Motorsports entertainment complexes. The award is presented to LVMS President and General Manager Chris Powell for the best overall performance during 2022 in such aspects as fan friendliness, attendance, financial performance, sponsor relations and creativity.

In presenting the award, Speedway Motorsports Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Burch pointed to the facility’s outstanding performance in generating revenue and entertaining fans with a bevy of unique events.

“Las Vegas Motor Speedway continues to set the bar for us as a company,” Burch said. “Not only that, but they work hard to raise it higher every year.”

Acceleration Award

SMI Properties General Manager Dan Chittock received the inaugural Acceleration Award in recognition of the Speedway Motorsports subsidiary’s year-over-year improvement across a number of different metrics.

Chittock, who started with SMI Properties in 2008, was named the company’s general manager in 2021 and quickly grew revenue across the souvenir merchandising services business.

In addition to overseeing the production and distribution of team and event merchandise, Chittock works closely with race teams to create fan-friendly event weekend experience. Notably, in 2022, Chittock and his team worked to bring a number of driver autograph sessions to the fans during the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 weekend.

“I love this because it’s a turnaround story,” Smith said. “It’s digging deep and moving forward. It’s knowing what you’re doing and doing it well.”

SMLLC PR

Motorsport is a popular sport all over the world, this number is even greater than the number of those who play Betamo, and fans are willing to travel to various parts of the globe just to catch a glimpse of these events besides watching live broadcasts of events.

There are a wide variety of reasons why motorsport is so exciting and popular. One of these is the adrenaline rush that comes with watching high-speed vehicles race. Besides being able to watch the action, fans also get to interact with the large crowd of buffs and it is very social.

Besides being entertaining, professional race drivers give people a reason to love the sport. Even though the pandemic has affected the world of sports, such as racing, e-motorsports, and documentaries continue to be widespread.

In this article, we'll talk about the various factors that make racing so popular.

 

The Atmosphere

The atmosphere is one of the most important factors that people find captivating about racing. Whether it’s a rally or an F1 race, the fans are always entertained by the intense and vibrant atmosphere.

This event is similar to a rock concert in that it features large crowds and powerful vehicles.

Besides the usual racing events, large-scale events feature live performances by prominent music acts.

Although the racing event is the main attraction, other attractions such as the water rides and the interactive areas are also featured. These create a unique experience that people will keep in mind for a long time.

Whether you’re watching the event on TV at home or in another country, the racing event will keep you entertained.

Through live coverage, fans can watch the racing event from their home or wherever they are in the world. Online streaming and satellite TV allow people to watch the action from their favorite chair.

 

The Adrenaline Rush

Aside from the environment, people love racing cars due to the adrenaline rush that they get during these types of events. For instance, in Formula One racing, the speed of powerful cars is really attractive.

The adrenaline rush that comes with watching professional race drivers compete is brought about by the dangerous actions they perform.

During high-speed racing, vehicles are also at risk of getting into serious accidents, and by this, they grab the attention of viewers. Although none of the professional race car drivers as well as onlookers would like to have to experience such an accident, the possibility of it happening is still very exciting.

Other forms of racing cater to this type of excitement, as well. For instance, demolition derbies are known to feature cars colliding with one another.

 

The Social Aspect

Motorsport is also associated with the social aspect. Through the sport, people can connect with one another and develop a common interest. There are a lot of passionate fans of high-performance vehicles that are passionate to study for a degree in Motorsport.

In addition to gaining a deeper knowledge of the sport, students also develop contacts with like-minded individuals through these types of courses and become a part of this aspect.

 

The Motorsports Personalities

Due to their off-track activities, many prominent race car personalities end up becoming celebrities.

Most of them model for various brands, such as luxury watches or clothing.

Motorsport events have become more popular due to the increasing number of people who watch them. Also, these individuals become role models for others.

The growing number of people who are passionate about racing often dream of being part of their favorite race teams.

In most cases, famous race car personalities encourage young people to pursue a racing education. They hope that one day, they will be able to join world-class race teams.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has published the first book focusing on the Indianapolis 500 winning cars in its collection. The collection, which encompasses 34 cars, is the largest in the world.

 

Epic Drama: The Winning Collection of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum highlights the Museum's incredible collection of winning Indianapolis 500 cars photographed by renowned photographer Bill Pack. Visually stunning with notes and stories about each vehicle and its driver, you will find yourself drawn to the imagery and captivated by the stories. This collectible is perfect for the race fan or art lover.

 

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a location woven tightly into Indiana's cultural fabric, where many worldwide make the annual pilgrimage to witness drivers compete and push the limits of machine and mortality. At Indianapolis, the car is as much of the star as the winning driver. From the styling, design, or nostalgic memories of one's youth, seeing these historic race cars transports the viewer to a different time.

 

“Our collection is impressive and deserves to be memorialized in a visual publication,” said Joe Hale, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. “There is beauty to the cars themselves, but also the stories behind each winner. The book displays the true essence that is the Epic Drama of the Indianapolis 500.”

 

The book includes a foreword by Roger Penske and an introduction by former IndyCar driver Lyn St. James. Featuring cars ranging from the 1911 Marmon Wasp to the 1986 Budweiser March 86C, the book includes multiple images of each car, all photographed in a temporary studio built within the Museum.

 

In addition to photographer Bill Pack, Dwight Knowlton served as the writer, and Lionel Ferreira designed the book.

 

“Our sincerest appreciation goes to Marlyne Sexton, whose generosity made this book possible,” said Hale. “Having supporters like Marlyne allows us to continue our mission to share the stories of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

 

A celebration for the book will be held at the Museum on Thursday, December 8, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Special guests include former drivers Bobby Rahal and Lyn St. James and the photographer Bill Pack. Tickets to attend the event are $40/museum members and $50/non-members. Tickets can be purchased at imsmuseum.org/epicparty.

 

The book is a limited print run, available for purchase at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum or online at imsmuseum.org/epicdrama beginning on December 8. The book retails for $75, and all proceeds will benefit the Museum.

 

IMS Museum PR

Race fans and competitors will have an exciting 2023 season to look forward to for the Race of Champions “Family of Series” as dates are continued to be announced. 

The Race of Champions Modified Series will once again have a marquee schedule and lead the way for the Race of Champions Family of Series beginning with the 72nd Annual Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250 on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania. The 73rd Annual Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250 will take place on Sunday, September 17 at the beautiful speedway just off the shores of Lake Erie. The Series is also scheduled to visit other facilities throughout the Northeast with dates already at announced at Holland (N.Y.) Speedway on Saturday, July 9 and Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome on Saturday, August 19 with the always popular running of the Rod Spalding Classic. 

Race of Champions Management is in negotiation with several other facilities and will have more information shortly. 

The Race of Champions Family of Series; Sportsman Modified, Super Stock, Late Model, “Rocket Performance 602 Sportsman Modified”, FOAR Score Four Cylinder Dash Series and the Race of Champions 602 Dirt Sportsman Modified Series all returning to the schedule for 2023. 

Dates for these divisions have already been announced as early as September at Holland Speedway, Saturday, July 9. 2023 and Saturday, August 26 2023 as well on August 19 at Chemung. Each Series will play a role in Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend, Friday, September 15; Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Lake Erie. 

The 2022 Race of Champions season will conclude on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Genesee River Restaurant and Reception Center in Mount Morris, N.Y., where all the Series Champions and special award winners will be honored at what has now become a traditional “gala” event where over $50,000 in cash and awards will be distributed to racers in recognition of their 2023 accomplishments. 

More information will be available shortly in regard to the final Championship Celebration details. 

ROC PR

With one of the longest-running relationships in racing history, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and NASCAR today announced a new multi-year agreement renewing Goodyear’s position as the exclusive tire for NASCAR’s top three national series. 

The agreement continues Goodyear’s designation as the “Official Tire of NASCAR,” as well as the title sponsor of the annual Goodyear 400, NASCAR’s Official Throwback Weekend Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway.

“From our manufacturing plants to offices around the world, racing is ingrained in our culture, and the importance of our relationship with NASCAR is reflected in the quality, performance and engineering we put into every Goodyear Eagle race tire,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president at Goodyear. “Our performance on the racetrack plays an active role in the success of the sport and inspires the development of our consumer tires, fueling our commitment to take performance and innovation to the next level.”

For nearly 70 years, NASCAR has served as a proving ground for generations of Goodyear Racing tire engineers, innovating, preparing and supplying tires that meet the most grueling and demanding conditions at the track. The unique technology that withstands and performs in race conditions also informs development and differentiates Goodyear’s consumer tires.

“Goodyear has been a trusted partner to the NASCAR industry since 1954, playing a critical role in our shared pursuit to deliver the best racing in the world,” said Steve Phelps, president of NASCAR. “For more than 25 years, Goodyear Eagle tires have been the only component that connects the stock car to the racetrack. Our continued partnership will allow us to push boundaries and innovate our racing product for generations to come.” 

Goodyear and NASCAR’s nearly 70-year relationship is built on shared values of competition and innovation. As the sport evolved, so have Goodyear Eagle race tires, leading to the introduction of new tire technology like the racing slick in 1972, the radial tire in 1989, the multi-zone tread design in 2013 and the development of the 18-inch Goodyear Racing Eagle tire used on NASCAR’s Next Gen stock car. Fittingly, Darlington Raceway – one of the Cup Series’ oldest active tracks – is also home to the Goodyear 400 and many of Goodyear’s milestones in innovation, including the brand’s first official NASCAR tire test in 1954.

Goodyear produces more than 100,000 tires for NASCAR’s top three series every year, and each one is hand-built by Goodyear associates in Akron, Ohio – Goodyear’s global headquarters. To learn more about Goodyear Racing, visit www.Goodyear.com/Racing.

NASCAR PR

 Live Fast Motorsports is joining the Chevrolet family in 2023. The Mooresville, N.C.-based team will campaign the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series.

Live Fast Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team is owned by BJ McLeod, Matt Tifft and Joe Falk. Jessica McLeod, BJ McLeod’s wife, is CEO. The team currently fields the No. 78 Ford Mustang for driver/owner McLeod and other drivers.

“Our team is excited to make this transition to Chevrolet,” said BJ McLeod, co-owner/driver of Live Fast Motorsports. “Chevrolet Camaros have proven great success on the track and Live Fast Motorsports is looking forward to becoming a part of this advance.”

“We’re looking forward to racing for Chevrolet, the winningest manufacturer in NASCAR,” said Matt Tifft, co-owner of Live Fast Motorsports. “We’ll also be getting engine support from ECR engines, and we know our program will benefit from their technologies and power under the hood.”

Live Fast Motorsports will join the successful history of ECR, which will provide engine rebuild services for Live Fast’s engines for the balance of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season.

For more information, please visit teamlivefast.com.  

LFM PR

Today, leaders from Pennzoil and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated (SMI) announced a long-term continuation of the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). The successful entitlement that first began in 2018, will continue to headline the 1.5-mile speedway’s NASCAR race in March.

“The Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was an opportunity to build on our NASCAR heritage and start a new chapter in one of America’s most popular motorsports series,” said Bree Sandlin, Vice President, Shell Lubricants North America Marketing. “We’re grateful for the support and collaboration from SMI and the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships within the motorsports industry, with customers, and with some of the most loyal fans in all of sports – NASCAR fans. It also doesn’t hurt that two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Joey Logano, has won the Pennzoil 400 twice in his No. 22 Pennzoil Ford Mustang.”

Over the last five years, the race has traditionally hosted one of the first four events of the year, when fans are excited to cheer on a new seasons of NASCAR racing. In addition, the Pennzoil 400 has headlined a triple-header event with the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR Xfinity Series races occurring earlier in the weekend.

“Pennzoil and its Jiffy Lube brand have been amazing partners since they first came on board for our March NASCAR Cup Series race in 2018,” said LVMS President Chris Powell. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the strong relationship we have formed. Pennzoil has become synonymous with our spring NASCAR weekend, and we’re grateful to carry the Pennzoil name on that race for years to come.”

“At Pennzoil, our purpose is to progress engine protection and performance for drivers everywhere,” said Sandlin. “Las Vegas is a valued market for Pennzoil with significant brand activations around NASCAR and SEMA and in recent years the Pennzoil 400 consistently has some of the highest TV ratings and traditionally sell-out crowds, enabling our brand to have maximum exposure to race fans,” added Sandlin. 

Shell Pennzoil PR

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