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Mike Wallace and the No. 01 Chevrolet team of JD Motorsports w/Gary Keller picked up a primary partner for this Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
SB Ballard Construction has signed on to adorn the team’s Chevrolet at the .75-mile oval of RIR. A commercial builder with offices in Richmond and Virginia Beach, Va. who has been in business for 34 years, the company has backed Wallace in several other races through the years.
The most noteworthy was when Wallace won the 2004 July race at Daytona International Speedway This weekend; they’ll have their name and logo on Wallace’s car under the lights hoping again for great results.
“We have backed Mike before and wanted to help him, and the team, again this weekend at Richmond,” said Steve Ballard, owner of SB Ballard Construction. “He’s been a good friend for years, my family really likes him as a person and we love to watch him race.
“I have met Johnny Davis (primary owner of JD Motorsports) and his whole team is a hard working bunch who comes to race. We’re a hard working company just like his, and that’s why I felt it was important to be part of their team’s effort this weekend.
“We’ve been in business for more than three decades and I know what’s it takes to get the job done successfully. Me and my family will be there cheering Mike and the team on, and we look forward to being part of JD Motorsports in Richmond.”
JD Motorsports PR
NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, NASCAR Sprint Cup point leader Denny Hamlin and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Marcos Ambrose will make appearances at a one-of-a-kind infield Pit Party for fans at the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 13.
The first-of-its-kind Pit Party will be a fan-friendly event taking place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage from 2-5 p.m. before the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. The party will feature driver appearances, live music, concessions, racing displays and more. Access to Pit Party is included with the purchase of a race ticket and a pit pass.
“Pre-race pit passes give fans a unique, behind-the-scenes look at race day preparations that you just can’t get at other sporting events,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We wanted to give our fans even more access to an area that’s usually off limits. The Pit Party is also going to provide plenty of fun before the Bank of America 500 and yet another reason to get to Charlotte Motor Speedway early on race day.”
In addition to fan forums with Petty, Hamlin and Ambrose, the Pit Party will feature displays from the Richard Petty Driving Experience, including showcase cars and a tire-changing station where fans can test their pit crew skills.
WKKT radio’s Paul Schadt will serve as emcee for the Pit Party. Other celebrities scheduled to appear include SPEED TV personalities Jimmy Spencer and Danielle Trotta, as well as nationally syndicated radio personalities John Boy & Billy from The Big Show.
Pit passes are $100 for adults, $50 for children 14-18 and free for kids 13 and under with a paying adult. Driver introduction passes are $150 for adults and $75 for kids 13 and under. Pit passes must be purchased in addition to a race ticket.
During the Bank of America 500, get the best views of pit road and the world’s largest HDTV with two frontstretch tickets for just $99.
Florida Georgia Line to Rock Saturday Night Infield Concert
Talladega Superspeedway is proud to announce that rising country rock duo Florida Georgia Linewill perform the Saturday night infield concert on October 6thduring the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Weekend. This Talladega tradition is always a highlight of race weekend that transforms the Talladega infield into the biggest party in NASCAR.
Recently signed to Republic Nashville, Florida Georgia Line (Monroe, Georgia’s Tyler Hubbard and Ormond Beach, Florida’s Brian Kelley) has been on a full-throttle venture all across the country with its hard-rocking, high-energy live show, opening for superstars Gary Allan and Brantley Gilbert as well as being selected for “CMT On Tour” with Jake Owen this fall. The duo’s Top 40-and-rising debut single “Cruise”, from the EP It’z Just What We Do, showcases FGL’s knack for infectious hooks and honest, expressive lyrics. The single has sold over 300,000 copies since its release just four months ago. To sum it all up, Florida Georgia Line knows how to rock full houses and start parties with its country meets alt-rock sound—the perfect mix for a Talladega Saturday night.
“We are excited to announce Florida Georgia Line as the entertainment for Saturday night,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “They are an impressive live band that has been filling venues across the country. This concert is a great addition to what will definitely be a memorable weekend here at Talladega Superspeedway.”
To gain entry to the Saturday night concert, fans must present a ticket for the Sunday race or have an infield admission. The stage will be located near the intersection of Talladega and Eastaboga Boulevards in the infield. The concert will begin at 7:30 and include an opening performance by Talladega favorite Tim Dugger.
The Petty family will once again be busy in the month of Ocotber helping give back to the community. Petty's Garage invites you to join them in supporting and participating in the fourth annual Petty Family Foundation Richard Petty Charity Golf Classic on October 1 and the inaugural Gala, "Fenders, Furs, & Fellas" at the Richard Petty Museum on October 6.
The Richard Petty Museum will be hosting their Inaugural Gala, "Fenders, Furs, & Fellas". It is a speakeasy event with Richard Petty focusing on the 1930's, 40's and 50's. The event is being held at the Linbrook Hall Mansion in Trinity, N.C. Guests are invited to drive their favorite classic car and dress in period clothing from the decade of their car. Along with a delicious meal, guests will be entertained with live music from Lawyers, Guns, & Money.
This year marks the fourth annual Richard Petty Charity Golf Classic with proceeds benefiting the Petty Family Foundation and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The purpose of this event is to enrich the lives and families of those affected by serious illness and injury through the support and generosity of friends, families, and corporations nationwide.
The Richard Petty Charity Golf Classic is a one-day event beginning with a shotgun at 10:00 am at The Club at Longview in Charlotte, N.C. and ending with dinner at 7:00 pm that evening at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.
Participation levels vary - golf foursomes and dinner packages begin at $2,500 and sponsorship benefits can be customized based on your business/entertainment wants and needs.
On behalf of the entire Petty family, thank you for your consideration and continued support!
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Matt Kenseth to visit U.S. Coast Guard station Miami Beach on 9/11
Homestead-Miami Speedway and the United States Coast Guard Seventh District Regional MWR Office located in Base Miami Beach will welcomeChase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifier Matt Kenseth to South Florida for a series of activities on Tuesday (September 11).
Kenseth will arrive at the Miami Beach base at approximately 11:15 a.m. on the 11th. He will go out to sea aboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback. While in the open water, Kenseth will drive the cutter, lead maneuvers, including a man overboard simulation utilizing a stern launch with a 33-foot “small boat” that the USCG uses for search & rescue and pursuit. Kenseth will also have lunch with crew members, participate in a Q&A session and tour the facility.
He is the driver of the No. 17 Best Buy Ford, and currently sits third in points, trailing only Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, has one win in 2012 to go along with 15 top-10 finishes in 25 races this year.
The appearance is part of NASCAR’s Chase Across America, previewing the Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s equivalent of the playoffs, which culminates with the season-ending championship race – the Ford EcoBoost 400 – on November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kenseth’s activities will be shown on an upcoming episode of the Weather Channel’s “Coast Guard Florida,” which is currently in production at Coast Guard Miami Beach. Additionally, NASCAR Media Group will be on hand capturing video for use on various NASCAR television shows across several networks.
Homestead-Miami Speedway PR
Martinsville Speedway To Host Red Cross Blood Drive On September 17
Race fans will be able to help save lives and make their own racing experience even better through an American Red Cross blood drive at Martinsville Speedway on September 17.
The American Red Cross will be set up in the infield of Martinsville Speedway from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on September 17.
Anyone registering to donate a pint of blood will receive a certificate for a free ticket to the Martinsville Speedway Pole Day on October 26. The TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race is scheduled for October 28.
“We know how NASCAR fans give back to their communities and this is just another great opportunity for folks to help their community,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “It’s one of those things we love to be involved with. I know many of our employees will be rolling up their sleeves and we expect many other folks to help out, too.”
To make an appointment, call 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or visitwww.redcrossblood.org online. While appointments are suggested, non-scheduled donors will be accepted on the day of the drive.
Martinsville Speedway PR
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/McDonald’s Chevrolet driver Jamie McMurray will host US Army veteran Justin Madore and his service dog Cody, at the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR).
Justin is a recipient of the K9’s for Warriors, an organization that provides service canines to returning veterans that suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injuries. Service canines are medically proven recovery aid for our warriors suffering from PTSD. Justin and Cody will also be introduced at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver/crew chief meeting at RIR.
Notes of Interest with K9’s for Warriors:
· K9’s for Warriors, pairs carefully vetted rescue dogs that are given a new LEASH on life as a service dog for a deserving American Warrior. Service canines are considered medical equipment and are recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the American disability act of 1990
· At the K9 Academy or DOG HOUSE, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, every warrior is provided with a canine, training, certification, equipment, housing meals, vet care and teaching manuals all at no cost to the warrior
· K9’s for Warriors was started by Shari Duval, after her son, a veteran K9 police officer that worked as a contractor with the Department of the Army as a bomb dog handler and served two tours in Iraq, returned home with PTSD. After two years of research on canine assistance for PTSD Duval decided the best way to help deserving troops and veterans was to start a non-profit to train and give service canines to assist our American Warriors’ efforts to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
K9’s for Warriors is a 501(c) (3) charity and all donations are tax deductible. Visitwww.k9sforwarriors.org for more information.
Shari Duval – President - K9’s for Warriors –“Most people are blessed if they go through life and witness on miracle, at K9’s for Warriors we see them every day.”
Justin Madore – K9’s for Warriors –“I just feel so blessed to have this opportunity to represent K9’s for Warriors this weekend at Richmond. I can’t thank Earnhardt Ganassi Racing enough for hosting me and Cody for this event. I am passionate about creating awareness for other veterans so they know of organizations like K9’s for Warriors that are here to help. I feel that Cody has helped to save my life, and I am glad that EGR is allowing us to share this opportunity.”
Steve Lauletta – President - Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates –“We are excited to have the opportunity to host Justin and Cody at the Richmond race. K9’s for Warriors is a unique organization that finds a way to give back to those who serve our country and make the sometime difficult transition to civilian life.”
Pursuit Channel/Mossy Oak to Sponsor Gilliland at Richmond
Front Row Motorsports will welcome yet another new partner to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program as David Gilliland will pilot the No. 38 Pursuit Channel / Mossy Oak Ford in the September 8 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The sponsorship is fitting, as Pursuit Channel is in 38 million homes.
Gilliland, is happy to welcome Pursuit and Mossy Oak to the team.
"I consider myself an avid outdoorsman," said Gilliland. I enjoy hunting and fishing and spending time outdoors. Mossy Oak makes some really cool patterns. Their camouflage will look good on our No. 38 Ford."
Pursuit Channel's goal is to create a network that is in touch with outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life. Outdoor enthusiasts can find Pursuit on DIRECTV channel 604 and DISH channel 240.
Rusty Faulk, CEO of Pursuit Channel is happy to be partnered with Front Row Motorsports.
"NASCAR fans index strongly with our target audience," said Faulk. David Gilliland is a tremendous racecar driver and representative for our brand. He appreciates the outdoors lifestyle. He enjoys hunting and fishing and is a personality our viewers can identify with at multiple levels."
"Mossy Oak is one of our strongest partners and we are happy we were able to team up with them on our program with Front Row Motorsports and David Gilliland," concluded Faulk.
Pursuit Channel is the only outdoor network delivered in satellite providers DISH and DIRECTV's BASIC package, channels received by every subscriber regardless of their level of service. With a solid, growing portfolio of cable and high power TV stations, the network now reaches more than 38 million households.
Fans looking to get a more intimate look at the track at Dover International Speedway during the Sept. 28-30, 2012 race weekend will have that chance as the Monster Mile and OneMain Financial will again present the “OneMain Financial Open Track” session.
On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ticket holders for that day’s “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race will have the chance to enter the track at Gate 18 and roam the frontstretch of the Monster Mile.
As an added bonus, Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, as well as teammate Kevin Harvick and team owner Richard Childress will stop by to participate in a free question-and-answer session for fans during the event from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. The OneMain Financial show car will also be on the track, along with the Dover International Speedway pace car, for photo opportunities.
The open track session is free for all ticket holders to the Sept. 29 “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Fans must present their tickets upon entry and exit, as they will be scanned to permit reentrance for the qualifying sessions and race later in the day. Coolers are not permitted on the track.
Dover Motorsports PR
Tony Stewart: Greed Is Good
As a native Midwesterner more comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt, there is little Tony Stewart has in common with Wall Street shark Gordon Gekko, the fictional character made famous by actor Michael Douglas in the 1987 film Wall Street.
However, there is one aspect of Gekko’s persona that resonates with Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, coming into the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Gekko believed that greed was good, that it “clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit” and that it “marked the upward surge of mankind.”
With three Sprint Cup wins already this season, Stewart will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the eighth time in his career no matter how he finishes at Richmond. But, a victory Saturday night would give him four wins, placing him in a tie with Denny Hamlin for the No. 1 seed when the 12-driver, 10-race Chase starts Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
Greed is indeed good for Stewart. A win would stymie a seven-race slide that has seen Stewart drop from fifth in points to 10th, with only an 18-point buffer separating him from 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
Staying in the top-10 is a priority for Stewart, for those in the top-10 get three bonus points for each of their wins to start the Chase. The drivers in the wild-card positions of 11th and 12th get a spot in the Chase, but no bonus points for any of their regular-season wins.
With all the talk of Stewart’s slide and the breathlessness over how so many drivers have to win in order to make the Chase, Stewart can silence everyone by stomping to his fourth Sprint Cup win at Richmond and the 48th of his career. The three-time and reigning Sprint Cup champion would be back, because as Stewart showed last year when he went winless during the first 26 races but then won the Chase opener at Chicagoland to begin a five-win charge toward the title, a late-season victory could again be the spark that sets Stewart on another epic run.
Are there other drivers who could really use a win at Richmond? You bet. But Stewart is taking a page from Gekko.
Dressed impeccably in an Armani suit, Gekko delivered his “greed is good” line to a room full of shareholders. With an Office Depot/Mobil 1 firesuit serving as his Armani, Stewart will take to Richmond’s .75-mile oval in a similar mindset. The 14-year Sprint Cup veteran could very well deliver to a crowd of nearly 90,000 at Richmond, as Stewart has proven to be a common denominator when it comes to winning in the Commonwealth.
In addition to his wins in September 1999, May 2001 and May 2002, Stewart has 10 top-fives and 18 top-10s to give him an average finish of 10.6 in 27 career Sprint Cup starts. He has also led a total of 935 laps with a lap completion rate of 98.3 percent. And outside of Sprint Cup, Stewart has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins at Richmond, along with a win in his most recent visit there in April, as Stewart won the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown – a 75-lap charity Late Model stock-car race.
Those numbers are all very good and well-earned, and Stewart plans to add to them on Saturday night, because in this case, greed is good.