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To meet a growing need to accommodate large RVs, Martinsville Speedway will add South Lot Camping for the STP 500 race weekend, March 23-25.

The limited number of reserved camping spots will be $200 for the week and are on sale now.

“Each year we get more and more requests for reserved camping, and we want to make sure that our fans’ needs are met,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “With the $200 price and staying at the track, we are keeping to our values of offering the best experience in racing, at the best value.”

The South Lot Camping is located near Gate 17 off of Brass Shop Road. In addition to being within sight of the Speedway, it is also convenient to shopping and food.

The STP 500 weekend presented by whosyourdriver.org is March 23-25.

The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by the Hauler Parade.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is in action with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s STP 500.

The STP 500 is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race on the East Coast, after the “West Coast Swing” and the first short-track race of the season. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, becoming the first driver to win in a Ford at Martinsville since 2002.

Tickets to both races are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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With today’s inclusion of Nielsen Media Research out-of-home viewing data, Sunday’s Daytona 500 on FOX averaged 9,781,000 across all platforms, peaking at more than 11.5 million viewers. According to Nielsen, more than 18.1 million viewers watched all or part of the Great American Race.

The Daytona 500, with Austin Dillon scoring a dramatic victory in the iconic No. 3 and newcomer Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. crossing the line second in Richard Petty’s celebrated No. 43, was the highest rated and most-viewed FOX telecast of any kind since the NFC Championship Game in January, and remains the most-watched motor sports event on television.

Out-of-home data inclusion provided a 7.4% lift in the coveted 18-34 demo, the highest percentage increase of any demo.

Race coverage garnered an average-minute audience of 51,004 for the livestream telecast on FOX Sports GO and FOX Now, up 28% over last year’s 39,832, making it the best-performing NASCAR event in FOX Sports GO history.

With more than 700,000 total interactions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the week of Feb. 13-19, FOX Sports enjoyed 44% year-to year social media growth from 2017’s 499,000.

Finishing with a Nielsen Rating of 5.3/12, top television markets for the race included Greensboro (15.1/27), Greenville (14.3/24), Indianapolis (12.2/22), Charlotte (10.7/21) and Knoxville (10.2/18).

NASCAR racing returns this weekend from Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a NASCAR Xfinity Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 24 (2:00 PM ET/4:30 PM ET on FS1) and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, Feb. 25 (2:00 PM ET on FOX).

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Atlanta Motor Speedway presented Chase Elliott with one final lucky charm Friday. 

Elliott, back in the No. 9 car his father, Bill, made famous, was handed a University of Georgia football jersey with his name and number on the back.

The 22-year-old driver, an avowed Bulldogs fan, broke into a wide grin in the moment. 

AMS recreated a 1983 campaign that brought good luck to Chase's Hall-of-Fame dad. Bill Elliott finished second eight times before a similar campaign and notched his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory soon after it.

The public was invited to send in anything that would bring luck to the Dawsonville native.Elliott.jpg

“It was a nice gesture more than anything,” Elliott said. “Man, there were a lot of teddy bears I felt like sent in. A lot of St. Patrick’s Day charm items sent in.

“I appreciate everyone’s support for jumping on board and being willing to support something like that. It’s pretty cool.”

Elliott has two top-10 finishes in his two Monster Energy Cup Series starts at Atlanta. He was eighth in 2016 and fifth last year. 

He has 78 starts in NASCAR's top series, fewer than his dad had before notching a win (115).

Elliott is among the Chevy drivers debuting the Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta. Chevy is the most successful manufacturer at AMS with 40 wins. 

“I mean I hope it goes really well,” Elliott said. “First off, I don’t think it is really fair for us to show up here at Atlanta and everybody get a judgment on where we stack up here. This is our first go at it as well as everybody else’s. We saw other manufacturers come here last year being their first week and didn’t necessarily fire off the best, but were the best before it was over with. I think you have to give it a little bit of time.” 

The body changes mean differences in the wind tunnel and computer simulations.
 
“I hope we hit it this weekend, don’t get me wrong,” Elliott said. “I’m not making an excuse. Either it will be good or it won’t, but I think we have to work through some of the differences. We have seen some of those differences today. No reason why we can’t fix it, though, and try to get it as good as we can and hopefully better than the rest.”

But AMS is always a track Elliott where has enjoyed racing.

“This is a track where you can have your car driving good and you might be able to make up a deficit that you might be fighting somewhere else or somebody have an advantage over you,” he said. “I just think having the ability to go out and practice and your feedback is worth a little more here. I think that a lot of guys feel that way.

“As you run a race, how you drive your car at the first half of the run can affect how your performance is going to be in the second half of the run. In a lot of places, that’s not the case either. So, it’s just a fun place to come. I think anywhere that you run three or four laps and the lap times have fallen off significantly like they are here all the time, I think that makes it fun. It makes it fun from a strategy standpoint, it makes it fun for the racers.”

Truex settles in for title defense
Martin Truex, the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, is one of the best at 1.5-mile tracks like AMS. Seven of his eight wins came at such tracks, although Atlanta was not one of those. Truex was eighth at last year's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

“This is a good first chance for us to see where we stack up against the competition and how we feel as compared to years past,” Truex said. “This is a great race track. It's a lot of fun to race here. I always look forward to it.”

The track was set to be repaved last year, but officials responded to a collective outcry from drivers to reconsider. After reevaluating the surface, AMS opted to patch the 1.54-mile oval and delay a full resurfacing. 

“There's not a driver in the garage that wants this track to get repaved,” Truex said. "As far as racing goes and being a driver, this place is so fun and so challenging, I don't think there's anyone that doesn't love it.”

Truex and his Denver-based team aren't taking anything for granted despite the title and the success at 1.5-mile tracks. 

“We're trying to be open-minded, not get caught by surprise,” he said. “A lot of things have changed in the offseason. The inspection process is one of them.

“But it's a new year. Everybody has worked all winter to try to come back and go after a championship. So you've got to be driven. You've got to work hard. You can't take any of it for granted — because it slip right out from under you.”

Fastest in first practice
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. put down the fastest lap in the first Monster Energy Cup Series practice Friday with a time of 29.745 seconds and a speed of 186.384 mph.

Rookie Christopher Bell led the first Xfinity Series practice. The No. 20 went around in 31.086 (178.447 mph).

Justin Haley had the top time (31.141) and speed (178.02) for the Camping World Truck Series first practice session Friday. 

Times were slower than in 2017, primarily for the Xfinity cars, but temperatures were much higher, which Atlanta native Brandon Jones said could have played a part in the disparity. 

“It could be for sure,” Jones said. “Obviously there are a lot of factors that affect that. We've got a little bit less downforce and things like that. We've got our composite body as well so maybe that could be a lot of the slower speeds. But as far as driving, it's been total opposite of what I've been used to in the past so I'm still trying to adapt and learn these cars a little bit.”

Lug nuts

  • Sunday will be David Ragan's 400th start in NASCAR's top series. The 32-year-old Georgia native grew up racing at AMS and hasn't missed a race at the elite level of stock car racing in 11 consecutive years.
  • It's the first time in 15 years that an Elliott is driving the iconic No. 9 in the Cup Series at Atlanta.
  • AMS has held more 500-mile races than any NASCAR track. Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is the 103rd and 96th consecutive for the Hampton venue.
  • Four of the five top finishers in last week's Daytona 500 — Austin Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr., Joey Logano and Chris Buescher — are alumni of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder. 

For more information or to purchase tickets today, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS- TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

AMS PR

David Ankin, one of the Southeast’s most innovative custom vehicle fabricators and the star of the hit show “ToyMakerz” on Velocity, will meet fans and show off his most spectacular “toyz” during the April 5-8 Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Based in Reidsville, North Carolina, “ToyMakerz” chronicles the extraordinary works developed by Ankin – a former stuntman, motorcycle racer and fabricator whose company's eponymous show features their work on one-of-a-kind vehicles for clients all over the world. The colorful, customized rides coming to Pennzoil AutoFair include “GPS,” “The Beast,” “SB2” and “Mustang” – each with their own unique backstories.

Ankin and the cast of “Toymakerz” will sign autographs for fans throughout the weekend alongside his custom creations at the Showcase Pavilion, located in the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage in the speedway’s infield.

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The Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, kids can enjoy activities including face-painting, bounce houses and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone.

Hours for the April 5-8 Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

TICKETS:
Single-day tickets are $11 each day for adults. Admission is FREE for children 13 and under with an adult. A four-day weekend pass is available for just $32 plus tax. To buy tickets, AutoFair attendees can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), shop online or buy them at the gate.

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Eastman Performance Films, LLC, a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN), has joined 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of driver Alex Bowman and the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team in the premier NASCAR Cup Series through 2020. The sponsorship featuring the LLumar® brand of window film and paint protection film was announced today at Eastman’s Elite Dealer Conference in San Diego.

Eastman will be a primary sponsor of Bowman, 24, for one race in 2018 and two races each season in 2019 and 2020. The three-year agreement includes associate sponsorship of the No. 88 team in all non-primary events throughout the Cup Series season. In addition, Hendrick Motorsports will utilize LLumar products on all Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race cars across its entire four-team stable.

“We are pleased to partner with Hendrick Motorsports and everyone involved with Team 88,” said Darrell Reed, Eastman Performance Films’ sales and marketing director. “As a new sponsor, we see tremendous business-to-business potential and countless opportunities to introduce LLumar to millions of fans. The chance to work with a championship organization and a talented young driver like Alex is exciting for our company and our dealers.”

LLumar high-performance films help protect and improve homes, businesses and vehicles around the world. The LLumar portfolio of films includes automotive window tints and paint protection films; commercial and residential architectural window; safety and security; anti-graffiti; and decorative films.

“We’re so proud to welcome Eastman and the LLumar brand to our team and our sport,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “The products they offer are exceptional, and they’ve already identified areas where we can work together to positively impact and grow their business. We look forward to teaming up with them to build a successful program.”

Fresh off winning the pole position for the 60th running of the Daytona 500, Bowman is in his first season driving the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 full-time for Hendrick Motorsports. The Tucson, Arizona, native is a lifelong auto enthusiast who works on and customizes his personal cars.

“As someone who’s always looking for ways to personalize and protect my own cars, Eastman offers some really cool LLumar products,” Bowman said. “Working with them is a great fit for me, and I know they’ll bring a lot of fresh ideas to the overall partnership with Hendrick Motorsports. The No. 88 team is focused on performing on the track, and it will be fun to have LLumar window film and paint protection film on board with us for that.”

Eastman joins Nationwide (19 races), Axalta Coating Systems (15 races) and Valvoline (two races) as primary sponsors of the No. 88 team in 2018.

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Young’s Motorsports announced Friday that it will field a second truck in full-time competition for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season.
 
“In partnership with Team Dillon, we have put together an exciting schedule for 2018,” said team principal, Tyler Young. “The venture will feature both Austin and Ty Dillon, as well as Daniel Hemric and Team Dillon development driver, Tanner Thorson, in the No. 20 GoShare Chevrolet Silverado for a total of 17 races.”
 
The most recent Daytona 500 Champion, Austin Dillon, will pilot the No. 20 GoShare.co Chevrolet in Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as the NCWTS race at Kansas Speedway in May.
 
"The GoShare team is very excited to be a part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series through our partnership with Team Dillon and Young’s Motorsports with No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado," exclaimed Shaun Savage, GoShare CEO. "Team Dillon's commitment to excellence in racing mirrors GoShare's commitment to providing excellent experiences for our customers."
 
Austin’s brother, NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Ty Dillon will compete in the No. 20 Chevrolet for two races and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Hemric will each compete in one race this season.
 
“Team Dillon is excited to have the opportunity to partner with Young’s Motorsports in cultivating young talent for our sport,” said Austin Dillon. “GoShare is a transportation service that provides local on-demand delivery and is a perfect fit for the NCWTS.”
 
The remaining 12 races will be piloted by 2016 USAC National Midget Champion, Tanner Thorson. In addition to the races with Young’s Motorsports, the 21-year-old Minden, Nev., native will continue to compete in the King of the West Sprint Car series as well as select midget sprint car races with Dooling Hayward Motorsports / Richard Childress Racing.
 
“I had the pleasure to meet Tanner at our shop last spring,” said Young. “He’s an accomplished dirt racer and has impressed me with his eagerness to learn more about truck racing and our program. My family and I are dedicated to creating an environment to develop the talents of young drivers and are excited to have Tanner join us this season.”
 
In addition to GoShare, Team Dillon and Young’s Motorsports would like to thank Andy’s Frozen Custard, Ohio Logistics and Maestro’s Classic for their continued support.
 
GoShare connects truck and van owners with businesses and people who need to deliver or move big box items on demand. GoShare is a fully insured last mile logistics platform that allows our customers to access a fleet of trucks and delivery professionals with a few clicks. All delivery professionals are licensed, insured and background checked.
 
For more information about GoShare, please visit goshare.co, follow @GoShareDotCo on Twitter, @GoShare.co on Instagram and them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/goshare.co.
 
For more information on Young’s Motorsports, please visit www.youngsmotorsports.com, follow @youngsmtrsports on Twitter and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YoungsMotorsports.
 
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Due to persistent rain, flooding, and a forecast calling for more inclement weather, the track will not be raceable this weekend and Memphis International Raceway has canceled the Test N Tune scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018 and the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams scheduled for Sunday, February 25, 2018.  
 
Opening day has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2018, with Test N Tune and a weekend of Rockin' Radial Racing! Gates open for the Test N Turn on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:30pm - bring your favorite car, truck or bike to MIR and see what it can run in the quarter-mile!
 
Memphis Rockin Radial Series Presented by FAST starts Friday, March 2, 2018. The gates open at 12pm and the track will be open from 4pm to 9pm. Racing continues Saturday, March 3, 2018 with the gates opening at 8am. The qualifying begins at 10am and the race starts at 1pm.
 
The first Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018. We hope to see you there!
 
For more information click here.
 
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As it approaches the first anniversary of the North East Motor Sports Museum, the region’s newest tourist attraction can already call itself an award-winning museum.  Created by racers, fans and enthusiasts, the museum caught the eye of business leaders as The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce recently awarded North East Motor Sports Museum with a Golden Hammer Award. 

The team leading the museum effort has announced an expansion plan with more space and new exhibits for 2018, and a second phase of construction to begin in the near future.

“I was one of those kids in high school with a car book inside his history book. Friends of mine had been talking about some sort of museum, hall of fame, whatever, for drag racing specifically, probably for 25 years, but there was just never enough of the right people, right influence to make it happen.” said Gil Coraine, operations director of the museum. “When Dick Berggren retired from FOX Sports, he decided he was going to spearhead this thing, and with his notoriety and contacts, he made it happen. You’ll see a list of names on the wall of people who made major contributions of time, money, parts, services, and without them, it would still probably happen, but we wouldn’t be sitting in it right now.”

The museum’s leadership intends to rotate through its significant inventory of memorabilia every year to guarantee a fresh visit for fans annually.

Some of the 20 new museum exhibits fans can check out include:

  • 1915 Duesenberg “Benedict Special” – one of five racing cars built by the Duesenberg brothers between 1913-1915
  • Ray Boissoneau’s #54 Leader Car Midget from 1947, which was driven by Joe Sostilio, who was one of the most successful drivers during the peak age of midget popularity from 1932-1950
  • Ollie Silva’s Magnificent Supermodified from 1968-69, in which he won more races than in any other car
  • Joe Bolger’s BLT OSSA, which reflects the state-of-the-art rear suspension that was evolving in the early 1970s motocross motorcycles
  • King and Marshall AA/Fuel Dragster, which is one of the few New England based Fuel Dragsters to campaign throughout the country and win national events in both NHRA and AHRA competition tracks.
  • The Two Winner’s Trophy from 1973 – Bugs Stevens thought he had won the Coca Cola 250, and Richie Evans thought he had won it too. The track decided Evans had won, and Bugs was scored as finishing 14th. Bugs disagreed, and strongly so.
  • The restored car that Geoff Bodine drove in 1978, winning 55 feature events in 84 starts that year
  • 6,000 horsepower Funny Car engine from 1980
  • One of two remaining V-6 Supermodifieds

Located on Route 106 North in Loudon, the building is about 10,000 square feet and is the first phase of what will grow to additional space as funding allows. All forms of motor sports are represented in the museum, including cars and motorcycles, drag-racing, road courses, hill climbs, soap box derby cars, and even a snowmobile on display.  Racers, fans, and their families have donated countless hours of labor, skills, materials, artifacts, and, most importantly, history and personal stories that date back to 1915.

“We are thrilled by the success of the inaugural year of the museum; it has exceeded our expectations and created a destination site for visitors to the capitol region of New Hampshire,” says NHMS Executive Vice President and General Manager, David McGrath.  “We have room to grow and more items than we ever dreamed we could collect to display for race fans and visitors.”

Currently, the museum is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public, $7 for seniors 65 and over, and free for seniors 75 and over, children under 12, active military, and first responders. Charter members and exhibitors are free with one guest.

For ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the Full Throttle Fall Weekend in September, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

NHMS PR

2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) Sunoco Rookie of the Year Calvin Carroll of Andover, NJ got a jumpstart on his racing season during the recent week long run in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.

Debuting a new Troyer chassis and fitted with a Robert Yates spec motor built by Bob Bruneau, Carroll ran steady and smooth across the five days of action and capped off his Speed Week with a solid sixth place tally in the Richie Evans Memorial 100.

Carroll and the No. 25 Power With Prestige team which is owned by his father, Joe Carroll, left the Sunshine State with enthused optimism as they now prepare for the season opening NWMT Safety Kleen 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 17.

"I felt it was a very important week for us. We treated it more as a test session, running at the same track every day for five days. We improved daily even if the results didn't show it. The car got better each day and it really showed on the last day. It made the whole week worth it finishing towards the front that night," said the 17-year old Carroll.

However, it wasn't just the week of racing that has Carroll pumped about the upcoming season but more so the addition of noted crew chief Stash Butova who has signed on to guide the upstart beginning with the Myrtle Beach race.

"I'm super excited about it. I really feel he (Butova) will not just help me but our whole team this year with better results. He seems really the same way to be working with me and it's the same with me to him," said Carroll.

When it comes to Modifieds, Butova has an impeccable reputation of working with great talent and garnering positive results. His teaming with the Carroll was firmed last week.

"Right before Speed Weeks I reached out to the Carroll family knowing that they were looking for a crew chief. We started talking and it just made sense this would be a good fit that we get together," said Butova.

Butova first met up with the Carroll team during a NWMT event last season at Stafford Speedway. Having a keen eye for talent he felt that Calvin could bud into a solid performer on the Tour.

"What I saw in the team was a good, hard working family. But I always felt there was that something missing and I could tell that Calvin had potential," explained Butova.

"I feel that they understand my record working with other drivers who won races and championships and all that stuff. But when you hand over the reins to someone, key is trust and as long as the family gives me the full trust and Calvin believes in me I think everything will be fine."

In 2017 Carroll locked down the Rookie of the Year, was the NWMT Hoosier Tire Most Improved Driver and finished 12th in points. He had a best finish of third during the 150-lapper at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He also tested an ARCA car at Daytona and was approved for Superspeedway races.

"One of my fortes is I'm good at nurturing young talents in bringing them up. The thing that intrigues me the most with Calvin is unlike a lot of other young kids he actually does all of the work on the cars himself for the most part," said Butova.

"So he has an understanding of the technical end of it. From that standpoint we need to translate that into his driving and we want to make that whole good combination.

"Once we can establish running up front, communication on pit stops and then more importantly finishing top-10, then finishing top-5s and essentially learning how to win because it will take a few times to learn how to win before you can win."

For Carroll, one of the ups for 2018 is returning to many of the same tracks from last year where he will look to improve.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back to many of the same tracks from last year because that will be a big plus for me," said Carroll.

"Not only do we have our notebook to go off of but now we'll have Stash and all of his knowledge to work off of. Knowing what to except when we return will be a big plus for me."

Expectations from both Carroll and Butova are of course upbeat but understandably it will take some time to become acclimated to one another. Given Butova's background and the excellent work ethic of Carroll, the anticipation of good outings may come sooner than later.

"Running in the top five is one thing but when you're trying to win and race against guys like Ryan Preece, Eric Goodale and Timmy Solimito, they have talented teams and are talented drivers. But there are still ways that you can strategize to still win," said Butova.

"It's not going to happen overnight but I think that you build as a team and when you start running better you are more optimal to get more team members to improve what you have. I'm excited to get started," he continued.

"I think that legitimately running consistently in the top-10 and time trialing up front and then contending for a win. I feel that any driver, any crew chief - that's what they want, is just an opportunity to go and compete against the best and if we can do that it will be a pretty successful year."

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Fresh of a second-place finish in the Daytona 500, Bubba Wallace is the first driver to sign on to take part in Martinsville Speedway’s Pre Race Experience, which will take place prior to the STP 500 on March 25.

Wallace, a two-time winner in the Camping World Truck Series at the historic Speedway will take part in a moderated question-and-answer session on the frontstretch before the race.

“Bubba is the perfect fit for the Pre Race Experience,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “He has such an infectious personality and interacts with so many fans already through social media. We are thrilled to have him as a part of this fan-focused event.”

Wallace, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, has taken the wheel of Richard Petty’s iconic No. 43 for the 2018 season.

Additional personalities taking part in the Pre Race Experience will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Pre Race Experience gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the frontstretch.

In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions, the Pre Race Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, have a photo opportunity in mock Victory Lane, and enjoy music, games and prizes.

The cost of the Pre Race Experience is $25 for adults and $15 for youth 17-and-under.

The driver question-and-answer sessions, music, games and prizes will be held on the frontstretch beginning at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open until the conclusion of driver introductions.

Admission to the Pre Race Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.

The STP 500 weekend presented by whosyourdriver.org is March 23-25.

Advance ticket prices for the STP 500 begin at just $46 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under costing just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under will be admitted free to the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as well as Friday’s practice day.

The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by the Hauler Parade.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is in action with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s STP 500.

The STP 500 is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race on the East Coast, after the “West Coast Swing” and the first short-track race of the season. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, becoming the first driver to win in a Ford at Martinsville since 2002.

Tickets to both races are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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