Steven B. Wilson

Steven B. Wilson

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Ready. Set. Shop! Auto Club Speedway is waiving all service fees on any NASCAR tickets and ticket packages between Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on March 18, 2018. Tickets start as low as $42.00 which includes free parking.

While most sporting events give ticket holders access to their seat only…here are some incredible experiences that are included with a NASCAR ticket:

  • Watch a concert in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone before the race starts.
  • Before and during the race, the Fan Zone is an outdoor festival featuring Monster Energy stunt shows, interactive displays and NASCAR Q&A sessions.
  • Families can enjoy Lefty’s Fun Zone – an interactive area for kids including Driver Story Time with a NASCAR driver.

For gift ideas and experiences, a new Holiday Ticket Package is also available featuring two tickets to the Auto Club 400; two Pre-Race Pit Passes and a pair of Victory Lane passes for only $99.00 ($254 value). The special offer expires December 31, 2017

Tickets and package prices go up after Dec. 31, 2017. To purchase tickets or ticket packages to NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com

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Fourteen-year-old Kyle Campbell won the 2017 Allison Legacy Series championship in his first season competing full-time.

The Concord, North Carolina native finished inside the top-five in 13 of the 14 races this season. Throughout the year, he captured two wins. His first win came at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina, and his second victory was captured at Orange County Speedway in North Carolina.

“I just never gave up, kept my head and drove hard,” Campbell said. “My dad (Kevin) and sister Allison work hard each week and gave me a great car to drive. I owe a lot to my dad as he is a great spotter and I was able to avoid the major wrecks. There weren't many but there were some.”

Campbell began racing go-karts when he was only six-years-old. Throughout the years, he captured championships at Coleridge Speedway, Millbridge Speedway and Woodleaf Speedway. Campbell was named the Allison Legacy Series Hard Charger of the Year in 2016, and now the young driver has his first-ever asphalt stock car championship.

“Very awesome, I never expected to win the championship my first full year of racing,” Campbell said. “Consistency, you never give up until the checkered flag falls. Always giving it 100-percent until you cross that line.

“I raced against some good competitors each and every week. Every race you needed to be on your A game. There were times when I didn't qualify as well as I'd have liked and had to work my way up through the field.”

In 2018, Campbell plans on competing full-time in the Allison Legacy Series as he looks to defend his title. He also hopes to get behind the wheel of a Late Model as well.

“The Allison Legacy Series is such a great place to transition from dirt to pavement,” Campbell said. “Love that it is a traveling series and you get to go to all these different race tracks.”

Justin Taylor finished second in the series standings, while Matthew Davey, Ethan Elder and Brett Suggs rounded out the top-five.

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Infraction Date Track Team Level Infraction Penalty
11/19/2017 (post-race inspection) Homestead No. 20 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Jason Ratcliff) has been fined $20,000 and suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Event.
11/19/2017 (post-race inspection) Homestead No. 2 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Paul Wolfe) has been fined $10,000.
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Infraction Date Track Team Level Infraction Penalty
11/18/2017 (post-race inspection) Homestead No. 16 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Phil Gould) has been fined $5,000.

 

Team Penske announced today that it has reached an extension agreement with DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

In its first season as a motorsports sponsor in 2017, DXC Technology built on an established presence with Team Penske’s successful Verizon IndyCar Series program and 2016 series champion Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 Dallara/Chevrolet. DXC Technology celebrated with Pagenaud in Victory Lane of the season-ending series race in Sonoma, California, to claim its first INDYCAR win.

For the 2018 season, DXC Technology will return and serve as the primary sponsor on Pagenaud’s car for six races, which will begin with the Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 15. DXC Technology will also continue as an associate sponsor on the remaining races for the No. 22 team.

“Team Penske is excited to grow the partnership with DXC Technology for 2018,” said Roger Penske. “This is a technology-dependent sport and we were able to integrate DXC into our INDYCAR program this season and we will be ready to take our performance, and hopefully our results, to the next level with them in 2018.”

DXC Technology was the primary sponsor aboard Pagenaud’s car for six races in the company’s first year with the team in 2017, including the memorable win in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

“I enjoyed working with DXC Technology and representing their brand this past season,” said Pagenaud. “DXC Technology shares a similar philosophy with us at Team Penske, which is to strive for excellence. We are very proud to work together relentlessly toward further limits in our respective industries. We were excited to get a win with them in Sonoma and everyone at Team Penske wants to build on that as we welcome them back for 2018.”

DXC Technology is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company. Formed by the 2017 merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the company has more than 155,000 employees across 70 countries, serving some 6,000 clients. Its mission is to lead digital transformation for clients by tapping into global talent, developing powerful next-generation IT solutions and leveraging extensive partner relationships.

“Our partnership with Team Penske provides a great opportunity for DXC Technology,” said Mike Lawrie, DXC Technology chairman, president and CEO. “Performance and reputation make Team Penske the type of organization with which we want to align. Like us, they strive for excellence in everything they do and work diligently to provide value for both sides of the relationship.”

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opens on March 11 in the Streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, the 1.8-mile temporary circuit set up on city streets and a runway of Albert Whitted Airport.

Read how Team Penske and DXC Technology collaborated to enhance the engineering process with a “digital transformation workshop” designed to optimize the team’s engineering software: How a championship-winning race team cut engineering cycles by 30 percent.

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The dust hasn’t fully settled on the 2017 NASCAR season, but Martinsville Speedway is already starting to plan for 2018 after a banner year at the historic Speedway.

For a place that’s seen plenty of defining moments in its 70 year history, 2017 will go down as one of the best ever. From Brad Keselowski winning the STP 500 in the spring, to Kyle Busch winning amid the drama that filled the closing laps of the First Data 500 in October, Martinsville Speedway lived up to the billing a “Half Mile of Mayhem.”

“What we saw in 2017 is what has kept Martinsville Speedway on the NASCAR schedule for 70 years,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We saw excellent racing. We saw action on and off the track. We saw emotion. We saw mayhem.”

Racing returns to Martinsville March 25 for the STP 500 and tickets to the race are available now at the lowest price of the season. Prices will increase on December 14.

“I don’t think I have ever been as excited to head into a new year as I am for 2018,” Campbell said. “NASCAR as a whole, and Martinsville Speedway in particular, are riding a tremendous wave of momentum.”

The STP 500 is once again the first short-track race of the season and also the first stop back on the East Coast after the series makes its “West Coast Swing.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Fans can start and finish their holiday shopping with Richmond Raceway’s (Richmond) Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Beginning Monday, November 20, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race ticket and a $25 Fanatics gift card for $55. Fans must act quickly because the deal ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 27.

“As the holiday season approaches, fans can give the gift of the iconic Richmond racing experience to their friends and family,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “In 2018, Richmond is home for NASCAR racing ‘under the light,’ and there is no better gift than sharing the best racing in motorsports with those you love. We hope fans will take advantage of these Black Friday & Cyber Monday offers to put under their tree for the holidays.”

The promotional Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket is located in rows 11-34 of Dogwood grandstand sections I-S. The Dogwood grandstand in Turns 1 and 2 provides one of the best views of the entire track. Fans will also be able to get some new Richmond or driver gear for the new season with a $25 Fanatics gift card.

To purchase this special offer, visit richmondraceway.com/fanaticsdeal. The deal will go live on Monday, November 20.

Richmond Raceway is the home for NASCAR racing “under the lights” in 2018. NASCAR returns to the Capital of the Commonwealth for the Toyota spring race weekend on April 20-21, 2018. The action starts with the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash race on Friday, April 20. Kids 12 and younger are free in general admission seating areas for all NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Richmond’s spring weekend continues with the fan-friendly Track Takeover driven by AAA, followed by NASCAR’s best in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race back “under the lights” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Richmond’s fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, hosts its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race weekend on September 21-22, 2018. The action begins on Friday, September 21, with the first race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. On Saturday, September 22, Richmond hosts the only Monster Energy Series playoff race “under the lights” with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m.

Over the fall race weekend, Richmond Raceway Reimagined will open with a new modernized infield offering a variety of enhanced fan experiences and amenities. Race fans will be able to get closer than ever to NASCAR’s best with new Monster Energy Series garages and a fan viewing walkway providing full immersion into the sport. Fans can purchase tickets to be in the new infield and become a part of history by calling 866-455-7223 or visiting the Richmond Ticket Office. To learn more about Richmond Raceway Reimagined, visit richmondracewayreimagined.com.

Regular season tickets for Richmond’s 2018 NASCAR season go on sale December 1. To learn more, visit us in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.

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Coming off of a strong run at Phoenix, Ty Dillon and the GEICO team looked to finish the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in strong fashion at the year's final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  It was an emotional weekend with Dillon and his wife, Haley, expecting their first child at any moment and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Danica Patrick making their final Cup Series starts before retiring.  Baby Dillon would hold off on her arrival while daddy got to work for the final time during the 2017 season. 
 
When Dillon and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS took to the track for practice on Friday, speed eluded them and the pair would end up 32nd and 30th in the day's two sessions.  They did not fare well later in the evening when qualifying rolled around, and Dillon would be relegated to a 32nd place starting position on Sunday.
 
Crew chief Bootie Barker and company huddled up before Saturday's practice session and found the speed for which Dillon had been searching.  The rookie hustled the GEICO Chevy around the 1.5-mile oval in just 32.560-seconds, at a speed of 165.848-miles per hour, placing him 22nd on the board when the year's final practice session drew to a close.  Barker proclaimed that the youngster would race well on Sunday and his statement would prove prophetic when, a day later, Dillon charged to the front in the GEICO Chevy. 
 
For the fourth consecutive year, a sold-out crowd was on-hand for the season finale on Sunday.  When the green flag turned the field loose for the final time in 2017, Dillon began his journey from the 32nd position.  He began battling a handling condition, while also finding himself three and four wide with fellow racers as action heated up early.  Dillon steadily made progress, breaking into the top-20 and then mounting a charge that saw him surge up the leaderboard to third place by lap 43 before Barker ordered the GEICO Chevy to pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop.    
 
Dillon had speed and the Germain Racing crew made quick work of the GEICO Chevy during each pit stop, which allowed the rookie to stay at the front throughout the event.  As the race entered its final few laps, Dillon was in the 17th position and knocking on the door of the top-15. 
 
Unfortunately, with just three laps remaining in the 267-lap race, Dillon would fall victim to a flat right rear tire that left him scrambling to get to pit road.  The pit crew quickly outfitted the GEICO machine with fresh tires and returned Dillon to the race, where he would be forced to gather as many positions as possible before seeing the checkered flag.  He was able to quickly collect a couple of spots and salvage a 26th place finish, sandwiched between Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 25th and Jimmie Johnson in 27th.    
 
"What a rookie year it's been.  I've learned so much about myself as a driver," Dillon said.  "Today wasn't the ending to the year that we wanted.  We had them there at the end and could've gotten ourselves a top-15 finish, but I just barely scrubbed the wall and cut the right-rear tire at the very end.  I wish we could have shown everyone what we're capable of one last time this season in the GEICO Chevrolet, but it was still a good run that we had going.  I appreciate the hard work of this team all season long. We've had a lot of bright spots and some not so bright ones, but that's our season and it's one that we will build on for next year.  We're going to grind through the off-season and be ready in Daytona."
 
Germain Racing will now turn their attention to next season as they begin prepping the new No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 2018 Daytona 500.  Chevrolet announced in August that they would be making the car design change from the Chevrolet SS beginning with the upcoming season. 
                                                     
The 2018 Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 18th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 2:30 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
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A week ago in Phoenix, Casey Mears and Biagi-DenBeste Racing were fast all weekend and turned in a solid result, scoring an 11th place finish in the Ticket Galaxy 200.  When they arrived in Miami for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season finale, the group aimed to duplicate their effort by putting Mears and his No. 98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang at the front of the field.  Their aim was true and they would find themselves near the top of the board during most of Sunday's 300-mile event.
 
Mears and the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford were quick off of the truck when they took to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the year's final two practice sessions on Friday.  Mears was 16th on the board in the weekend's opening practice before shooting up the scoring chart to sixth fastest in the final session.  The speedy GEICO driver continued his fast ways during qualifying on Saturday when he wheeled around the 1.5-mile oval in just 33.263-seconds, at a speed of 162.343-miles per hour, landing him 12th on Ford EcoBoost 300 starting grid. 
 
When the green flag signaled the start of the final Xfinity race of the season, Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the 12th position, but promptly began passing cars.  He pedaled the GEICO Military Ford into the top-10 in the opening few laps and appeared to have what he referred to as a 'rocket-ship'.  The 16-year veteran was strong throughout the first half of the race and as the event approached the mid-way point, Mears was running in the 10th position and turning top-five lap times. 
 
The Biagi-DenBeste Racing pit crew was expedient on pit road, turning in quick stops during the course of the race and always leaving Mears and the GEICO Military Ford in contention after returning him to the racing surface.  When the checkered flag waved under the night sky, Mears crossed the finish line in the 11th position, closing out the season on a strong note and capping off a fun year that saw him record multiple top-10's in his return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 
 
"I had a lot of fun out there in the GEICO Military Ford.  It was a rocket-ship and if we could've gotten a caution there near the end, we would've definitely been top-10 and maybe top-5," Mears said.  "The car was really good on short runs and it was great to have speed to pass and be able to run up front today like we did last week in Phoenix.  These Biagi-DenBeste guys have done a nice job and I'm glad we were able to finish the season on a good note.  I can't thank GEICO enough for their loyal support, and Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste for the opportunity to drive this 98 car."
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Biagi-DenBeste Racing, please visit: www.biagidenbesteracing.com.
 
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Roush Fenway Racing will field a driver development team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 2018, with Ty Majeski, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe, each a driver in the Ford family of NASCAR race teams, sharing the iconic No. 60 Ford Mustang.  The project is intended to continue the progression and development of the three drivers and will be run by Roush Fenway with collaboration from Ford Performance and Team Penske.  Roush Fenway veteran Mike Kelley, who helped guide Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a pair of NXS championships, will serve as crew chief on the car.

“Driver development has always been part of our DNA at Roush Fenway and Jack Roush has always taken pride in providing opportunities for up and coming drivers,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. “All three of these drivers have exhibited a great deal of potential on and off the track and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch as they hone their skills together and grow into the next generation of champions in our sport.”

Majeski, who finished 10th in his third NXS start last weekend at Homestead, recently captured his fourth-consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour championship, winning six of the 12 races.  In 32 Late Model races this year, the Wisconsin phenom has scored an impressive 20 wins and 29 top-three finishes. He is coming off a dominating performance in the Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna, where he won the event for the third consecutive year.  Majeski is also the No. 1 ranked iRacer in the world, with over 830 wins in 1,112 starts.

At the age of 19, Cindric has a very diverse racing background.  He has won races in rallycross, IMSA, ARCA, the NASCAR K&N Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).  In only his rookie season, Cindric advanced to the championship round in the NCWTS playoffs at Homestead.  In 2017, Cindric scored eight top fives and 16 top-10 NCWS finishes; including a win this season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Briscoe, whose family has a rich history driving and owning sprint cars, scored 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and finished sixth in the points standings in his NCWTS rookie season, including a dominating victory in the season finale at Homestead. He won the 2016 ARCA championship in dramatic fashion, tallying six victories, leading almost 1000 laps and distancing himself from the second-place finisher by over 500 points.

The trio will look to build on the rich history of Roush Fenway’s No. 60 that includes a NASCAR record 93 wins and almost 16,000 laps led. Mark Martin was a dominating fixture in the car in the 90s and Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Chris Buescher each drove the car to NXS championships.

The No. 60 is set to run all of the NXS races in 2018, while competing for the NXS Owner’s Championship. Further details will be made available - and a media availability for all three drivers will be conducted - after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Garrett Smithley, driving the No. 0 KSDT and Company Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, scored a solid 24th place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Smithley will end the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season 21st in driver standings.

“I can't believe the season is already over,” Smithley said. “It was an extremely tough season, but i think we finished as strong as we could have. We had a goal for top 20 in Xfinity Series driver standings, but missed it by one point. We gave it all we had, and I'm proud of our effort all year long. If it wasn't for Johnny taking a chance on me last year, I wouldn't have just finished my second NASCAR Xfinity Series season, and words can't express how grateful I am to him, Carol, Gary Keller, and the whole team.”

The 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season will take the green flag on February 17th at Daytona International Speedway for the PowerShares QQQ 300.

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