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GMS Racing is proud to unveil a new partnership with Martin Auto Color and No. 24 driver Jack Wood at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Friday night.
Martin Auto Color, based in San Fernando, California, is the largest PPG™ Paint Distributor in its home state, operating out of twenty four central locations as well as two distribution centers in Nevada. Many of the team's staff of representatives have over twenty years of expertise in the automotive finish industry.
Wood, who grew up in Northern California, will be competing in his first race out West in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with the 1.5-mile oval in Las Vegas considered as his home track. The combination of a West Coast driver and sponsor is special to the twenty-one-year-old.
"I'm excited to welcome Martin Auto Color onboard our No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet at Las Vegas. They have made a big splash in the automotive industry on the West Coast, and it feels great to have the support of their leadership this weekend. I'm looking to deliver the entire Martin Auto Color group a solid finish under the lights in Sin City."
In August, GMS Racing announced that Jack Wood was returning to the organization for a full-time effort in 2022, as he was signed to compete in the No. 24 Silverado for the entire season. With four races left to run this year, Wood is gaining experience in preparation for his first full-time season.
Fans can watch the GMS Racing No. 24 Martin Auto Color Chevrolet Silverado hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the Victoria's Voice Foundation 200 at 6:00 PM PT (9:00 PM ET). Be sure to follow Jack Wood on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the handle @DriverJackWood.
Be a Happy Camper & Claim Your Spot! Extremely Limited Reserved Infield RV Spaces Remain for Talladega Superspeedway’s NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader Weekend, Oct. 2-3
Fans should act fast because the gettin’ is hot when it comes to Talladega Superspeedway’s prime real estate – the legendary infield. An extremely limited amount of Reserved Infield RV spots remain for the upcoming NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader weekend, Oct. 2-3.
Fans are encouraged to call 1-877-Go2-DEGA to reserve their space or visit www.
Below are the reserved infield RV areas with remaining spots available:
- GEICO Grounds Yellow RV – A prime area inside at the end of the Alabama Gang Superstretch, fans can catch all the action as drivers begin to peel onto the 33-degree banking into Turn 3.
- GEICO Grounds Orange – Behind the famous Talladega Blvd., this is a great area for fans to view the drivers going at full song down the Alabama Gang Superstretch.
- GEICO Grounds Green – These spots are in close proximity of Turns 3 & 4, where the competitors go 3- and 4-wide on the high banks.
- In addition, the infamous infield has reserved areas available for cars and tents.
All infielders can purchase admissions to the immersive Talladega Garage Experience where they can be under the same roof as the race cars that are being prepped by the race teams throughout race weekend. Fans can also enjoy the incredible $4 or less value-priced concessions, FREE Wi-Fi, reserved area at Ruoff Victory Lane to witness the winner’s celebration, entertainment stage for local music, Driver Q&As and other interviews in Fr8Auctions Celebration Plaza, along with numerous social areas such as BIG BILL’S open-air club, Kids Zone, Game Zone, Tito’s Lemonade Lounge, and Clyde May’s Courtyard. With an admission, guests also have the chance to take part in Sunday pre-race ceremonies and Driver Introductions at the start/finish line.
The incredible social atmosphere of ’Dega’s infield is second-to-none for fans with featured events such as Friday Night’s first-ever “Ride the Lightning Rodeo,” as well as the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert featuring country music artists’ Dustin Lynch and Tim Dugger .
For those campers who want to be on the outside of the track, Talladega Superspeedway has a number of outside reserved areas plus there are three free unreserved parking areas that only require a Sunday YellaWood 500 ticket for admission.
The YellaWood 500 is set to get the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT. Kids 12 and younger receive FREE admission on Saturday, and $50 off regular price grandstand and tower seats for Sunday’s YellaWood 500, starting as low as $15. For more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA/
Violet Defense – an Orlando-based germ-killing company with patented UV technology – has entered into a multi-year partnership with Roush Fenway Racing. As part of the deal that runs through the 2023 season, Violet Defense will serve as the primary partner for a combined four races in the remaining 2021 season on both Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher’s Ford Mustangs. For the 2022 and 2023 seasons, Violet Defense will continue to be featured on the No. 6 car for multiple races, and join Brad Keselowski as he makes his debut with Roush Fenway in the 2022 season.
As part of the partnership, Violet Defense will also be identifying opportunities to protect the Roush Fenway team with its UV disinfection technology, both at the track and at their headquarters operations in Concord, N.C.
“We are excited to be supporting the Roush Fenway team, both on and off the track,” said Terrance Berland, CEO of Violet Defense. “It is our goal to continue to find new and innovative ways to deploy our UV disinfection solutions to help keep the athletes and staff healthy and at the top of their game. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of Brad’s inaugural season with the team, and look forward to the energy around his arrival.”
The brand makes its debut during the Sept. 26 race weekend at Las Vegas on the No. 17 Ford for the first of two consecutive primary events, with the second being the high-speed race at Talladega Superspeedway a week later. Newman will carry the colors of Violet Defense for the first time at Texas on Oct. 17, and again a week later at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 24.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Violet Defense to the Roush Fenway family,” said Steve Newmark, President of Roush Fenway Racing. “Their expertise as a company is a perfect fit for us on the track and off, and their services are especially critical during times like these. Their messaging and branding will undoubtedly stand out at their upcoming races, and we look forward to working with their team this fall and for years to come.”
Buescher will make his 11th Cup start at Las Vegas where this spring he ran 14th. Overall in ‘Sin City,’ Hall of Fame owner Jack Roush has 16 wins including seven in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The annual fall event at Talladega will be packed full of action as Buescher is slated for his 13th start at the 2.66-mile Superspeedway, where last fall he crossed the line sixth. Roush Fenway has eight Talladega wins all-time, including five in the NCS with the most recent coming in 2017.
Texas Motor Speedway is the site of 18 wins for Jack Roush including nine in the Cup Series, and also the site of one of Newman’s 18 wins all-time. He went to victory lane back in 2003 in just his second Cup outing at the 1.5-mile track, and has three top-15s in his last four starts at the track.
Kansas wraps up Violet Defense’s four-race slate in the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs, a track where Roush has four Cup victories with three different drivers. It is also the place where Newman made his first-ever Cup start, and his start there this spring served as career No. 700, joining an elite list of only three active drivers with that feat. Newman also won at Kansas in 2003.
The exciting and drama-filled Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway was so popular with fans that it set a record in the online fan poll conducted by veteran NASCAR journalist Jeff Gluck of The Athletic that simply asks, "Was it a Good Race?" BMS now holds the top three spots in the poll.
Saturday night’s race energized fans with a thrilling finish that featured Kyle Larson racing past Kevin Harvick in the closing laps. Larson made his move to take the lead and pass Harvick with a slide job, and Harvick’s machine made contact with the bumper on Larson’s Chevy, but Larson was able to control it even though it got out of shape. Larson then pulled away to take the checkered flag. It was Larson’s first BMS victory and his sixth win of the season. Sparks also flew post-race as Harvick and Chase Elliott had an animated nose-to-nose discussion in the pit area after the two were not pleased with each other following several on-track skirmishes. The race also featured a couple of drivers, Alex Bowman and William Byron, who entered the race outside the top 12 but managed to race their way into the next round of the Playoffs with strong Bristol finishes.
More than 23,000 fans participated in the poll and a record 95.7 percent voted yes in the poll, that it was a good race. The race took over the No. 1 spot in the poll by moving past the 2020 Bristol Spring Race, which held firm at 94.9 percent. Another Bristol Motor Speedway race, the 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, sits third on the list with a 94.8 percent vote. BMS has another race in the top 10 of the list, as the 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race comes in at sixth overall with a 94.1 approval rating.
"We are so thankful to the thousands of fans who voted for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in Jeff Gluck's popular 'Was it a Good Race' fan poll," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. "We are so proud to see Bristol races in the top three positions in that poll. We have been very blessed here to have many thrilling races throughout the decades and Saturday night’s race was one for the ages and will certainly always be remembered as one of the greats here at The Last Great Colosseum."
The 2020 Food City Supermarket Heroes 500, second on the list, was won by Brad Keselowski after he sprinted past Elliott and Joey Logano who tangled on track in the closing laps. The 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, third on the list, has been called an ‘Instant Classic’ after Kurt Busch emerged to take the checkered flag after several different leaders appeared to have the race under control throughout the race. The 2019 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, which was won by Denny Hamlin after passing Matt DiBenedetto in the closing laps, is fourth on the Gluck ranking list, with a 94.1 percent approval rate.
Three more Bristol races rank in the top 40 of the Gluck fan poll. The 2018 Food City 500 ranks 29th with an approval rating of 87.9 percent, the 2017 Food City 500 is 33rd with a rating of 86.4, and the 2019 Food City 500 is 36th with a fan approval mark of 86.2 percent. You can see the full Jeff Gluck 'Was it a Good Race?' fan poll by clicking here.
The Jeff Gluck 'Was it a Good Race?' fan poll is conducted via the social media platform Twitter and was started in 2016. A Bristol Motor Speedway event has held the top spot now since August 19, 2018.
The next NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled for Bristol Motor Speedway is the Food City Dirt Race, to be held under the lights on Sunday April 17, 2022.