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Reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 20. The Daytona 500 will be broadcast live on FOX, with pre-race coverage beginning at Noon and the race starting at 1 p.m. EST.

Paisley, who has 18 No. 1 hits, three Grammy awards, 14 CMA Awards, 13 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, will perform three songs prior to the start of the 53rd annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the biggest stock car race in the world.

All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the Daytona 500 will be able to view Paisley’s Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show as well as the driver introductions from the grass tri-oval area.

“It’s only fitting to have one of the biggest country music superstars perform prior to NASCAR’s most prestigious event,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re thrilled to welcome Brad Paisley. Race fans are going to experience an exhilarating show that will only add to the excitement and pageantry that surrounds the Daytona 500.”

Paisley’s innovative and entertaining H20 World Tour played to over 879,000 fans in 2010 and placed #1 country tour for attendance by Pollstar.  Paisley’s next album, This Is Country Music will be in-stores this spring.

Paisley joins a long list of star-studded names that have performed in the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show such as Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey.

In addition to his Daytona 500 Pre-Race Concert, a special ticket package designed around Paisley has been created that includes a Daytona 500 ticket, Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access and VIP area access to Paisley’s performance. Packages start at $154.

For more information on tickets for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 and Sprint FANZONE /Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

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No major sporting event is complete without the opportunity to tailgate with friends and family prior to the start of the game, or in this case, NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race – the Daytona 500.

Today, Daytona International Speedway announced new opportunities for fans to enjoy one of sports’ greatest traditions – tailgating – in the infield of the “World Center of Racing” for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20.

For $50, Daytona 500 grandstand ticket holders can purchase an infield parking space for their car/light truck in one of two Infield Tailgate Zones located inside the legendary infield of Daytona International Speedway.

The Infield Tailgate Zone package provides six tailgate zone admissions and a parking spot for tailgating before and after the Daytona 500. In between tailgating, race fans can enjoy the first “Great American Race” on the newly paved racing surface from their frontstretch grandstand seat.

To purchase an Infield Tailgate Zone package, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

 

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No major sporting event is complete without the opportunity to tailgate with friends and family prior to the start of the game, or in this case, NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race – the Daytona 500.

Today, Daytona International Speedway announced new opportunities for fans to enjoy one of sports’ greatest traditions – tailgating – in the infield of the “World Center of Racing” for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20.

For $50, Daytona 500 grandstand ticket holders can purchase an infield parking space for their car/light truck in one of two Infield Tailgate Zones located inside the legendary infield of Daytona International Speedway.

The Infield Tailgate Zone package provides six tailgate zone admissions and a parking spot for tailgating before and after the Daytona 500. In between tailgating, race fans can enjoy the first “Great American Race” on the newly paved racing surface from their frontstretch grandstand seat.

To purchase an Infield Tailgate Zone package, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

 

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The most recent of Michigan International Speedway’s changes has to be one of the best values in professional sports and entertainment today.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole qualifying for Michigan International Speedway’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 has been moved to Saturday, June 18 from its traditional Friday spot, track officials announced.

And at just $20 per ticket, at the current Value Pricing Period which ends February 28, the move gives fans a chance to see a full day of competitive Saturday racing action from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. Drivers from both series practice that day, followed by pole qualifying sessions from both series and then the 250-mile Nationwide Series race.

“It’s a packed day of fun, an affordable day of NASCAR and an amazing way to spend a Saturday in June,” speedway President Roger Curtis said. “This should allow fans to see all the excitement from setup and practice of the car to qualifying to a race.”

Kids 12 and under are free that day. So a family of four can see two NASCAR race series on track all day, a race and a free concert after track activity for a reasonable price.

Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in August will remain on Meijer Pole Day on Friday, Aug. 19. Those tickets are $7.50.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

MIS’ Value Pricing ends on February 28. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.

 

Credit: Michigan Speedway PR

On the wall in the Roush Fenway training room there is a quote that says “The only substitution for hard work is a miracle.” The 3M team, led by crew chief Greg Erwin, believes in that quote wholeheartedly and are expecting their hard work to pay of this season.

“We are starting this year in a better position that we have since I joined the team,” said Erwin. “We have essentially the same group with a few key additions and our expectations are high. We have every resource at our disposal including the addition of a third-party engineering company to support the simulation program. There is no excuse to not reach our goals and that is how we are approaching this season.”


Driver Greg Biffle echoes Erwin’s enthusiasm and high expectations for the new season.

“About halfway through last season I could tell that our cars were getting better,” said Biffle. “The competition level is about as high as I’ve ever seen it, but this year I can honestly say that we are right there with the best of them. I’m completely confident with this team and the effort everyone is giving to make this year our most successful ever.”


A few new faces will be wearing the 3M logo when they arrive in Daytona next week. Todd Zeigler, who has been a tire changer with Roush Fenway since 1998, opted to take on a non-travel role with the team. Mike Lingerfelt, who had been with the No. 48 team at Hendrick Motorsports, will fill that position.


“We are fortunate to acquire such a talented and experienced replacement at the front tire changer position,” commented Erwin. “Todd will fortunately remain a part of the team and Mike is quickly integrating himself as a valuable asset to the crew.”


Mike Tam will provide additional engineering support both at the shop and at the track throughout the season. Justin Hines, who has worked with Biffle throughout his career at Roush Fenway, will take over engine tuning duties on the No. 16 Ford.


“Our immediate goal is to win a race early in the season to set the tone and provide momentum,” said Erwin. “Wins will be crucial and we are fully aware of that. We feel fully equipped to compete with the best teams week in and week out for those wins.”

 

CREDIT: Roush Fenway Racing PR

Curtis Key and his Key Motorsports team will again be fielding the No. 40 Chevrolet, now with the new Impala, in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Key has gone back to the well with a driver that he is very familiar with, and knows can show the ability of his team and equipment in Wausau, Wisconsin native Scott Wimmer. In limited action in 2010 Wimmer led every race in which he competed, finishing with three top 10’s in five races.

“I’d really like to thank Curtis for putting his trust in me to run with is team this season,” Wimmer said. “I’ve spent a lot of time at the shop, and really like the team he’s put together, and think we’ll have a strong season with these new cars. Daytona can’t get here soon enough.”
Key Motorsports capped off a very consistent 2010 season by adding 20 top-20 finishes, almost half of those top 15s and multiple top 10s to their credit. The team finished 21st in points the past two seasons and is determined to get over that hump into the top 20 in Owner Points. The team will roll out their fleet of new cars, new engines and with their new goals in place as Daytona and the season quickly approaches on February 19.
Wimmer carved his mark on the short tracks in the Midwest throughout the 1990s and became recognized as the dominant force in racing throughout the Midwest. Wimmer captured the eye of top NASCAR owners after he entered the American Speed Association (ASA) and claimed victories in the first two races he competed in. Wimmer tallied two top-five and eight top-10 finishes in his rookie year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that put him 11th in the championship standings. In the 2007 season, Wimmer (along with teammate Jeff Burton) won the series owner points championship for Richard Childress Racing. The duo finished 3rd in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings in 2008, while Wimmer posted his sixth career NASCAR win. In 2009, Wimmer ran 29 races for Curtis Key Sr. and Key Motorsports with a season best finish of seventh at Memphis. He resides in North Carolina with his wife, Jody and son, Hayden.
For the last 22 years, Curtis Key has established himself in the business community in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia with the establishment of the hugely successful Curtis Key Plumbing Contractors, Inc. based in Chesapeake. Key Motorsports was formed after Curtis Key purchased the assets from Tommy Ellis in 1993 and debuted at the Miller 500 that same year with the #05 Chevrolet.
CREDIT: KEY MOTORSPORTS PR

With the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season set to return to action at Daytona International Speedway next week, Roush Fenway Racing’s Matt Kenseth and his wife Katie are expecting great things for the month of February with the addition of a new baby. The Kenseths expect to welcome the latest addition to the family by the end of the month, and Roush Fenway Racing will look to two drivers to be on-call in case Kenseth needs to travel home to be with his family.

Kenny Wallace and Brian Ickler will be ready to jump in to the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford for any practice and qualifying needs the team may have. Wallace will be ready to assume driving duties throughout Daytona International Speedway’s Speedweeks events, while Ickler will be at the track for both Phoenix and Las Vegas race weekends.


Kenseth plans to be behind the wheel of the No. 17 Ford on race days, but depending on when the newest member of the family arrives, he may need assistance from Wallace and/or Ickler to practice the car for the team.

Kenseth and his No. 17 Crown Royal team will have their first practice session of the season on Friday, February 11th for the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

 

CREDIT: ROUSH FENWAY RACING PR

Frank Stoddard, 14-time winning NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief, announced today that he has formed his own NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team. Stoddard will own the #32 Ford Fusion and plans to compete in the full schedule.

Stoddard, a native of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, paved the way for a successful Sprint Cup career by working with the great Stanley “Stub” Fadden while racing short tracks throughout the northeast and collecting four wins together.

Stoddard moved to the south to join Roush Racing in 1995 and worked with driver Jeff Burton where they amassed 14 victories, including the Southern 500, two Coca Cola 600 trophies and four wins in his backyard at New Hampshire International Speedway. He continued his career with Scott Wimmer, where they finished third in the 2004 Daytona 500, the highest finishing rookie to date. Stoddard claimed an impressive 64 top-five and 98 top-10 finishes as crew chief for Jeff Burton, Scott Wimmer and Ward Burton.
In 2005, Stoddard joined forces with road course king, Boris Said. Said sat on the pole at the 2006 Pepsi 400 at Daytona international Speedway and went on to finish fourth after leading with three laps to go.

“I’m really eager to get this off the ground,” said Stoddard. “It’s a great time to enter the sport. We’ll just have to wait and see where we can go from here. My hope is to take this team to a competitive level and put together some respectable runs with the limited resources we have in place. One never knows, with our determination and just a little bit of funding we could definitely improve our chances on the track.”

Stoddard and FAS Lane Racing are actively seeking sponsorship and plan to enter the 2011 Daytona 500.

 

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NASCAR is back! And Michigan International Speedway has teamed up with partners FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Mich., and Budweiser to celebrate.

Paint FireKeepers red on Saturday, Feb. 12, during a free Budweiser Shootout Viewing Party from 5-11 p.m. The watch party will take place in the Dacey’s Sports Bar inside the casino. The Budweiser Shootout in Daytona kicks off the start to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Numerous prizes will be given away throughout the evening, including a grand prize trip for two to this year’s Daytona 500. The grand prize package includes airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the Daytona 500, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races, which are held on Feb. 18-20.

Garage passes, a hauler tour of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet and meet and greet with Sprint Cup Series superstar Kevin Harvick are all included in the package.

“It’s great when we can team up with our partners like FireKeepers Casino and Budweiser to host an event like this to kick off the 2011 race season,” MIS Director of Corporate Partnerships Josh Burgett said. “We may not be IN Daytona, but we can celebrate like we are and host a fun party for our fans. And it’s free! It will be great to see the Sprint Cup drivers back on track in what could potentially be an exciting race with the repaved surface at Daytona International Speedway.”

Other prizes that will be given away throughout the night are MIS tickets, Budweiser Acceleration hospitality packages and non-event weekend pace car rides.

The Bud Shootout has always been a fan favorite, which features the Top-12 Chase drivers along with other past shootout champions and NASCAR rookie of the year winners in a sprint to the finish. The event is annually held the weekend before the Daytona 500.

Last season, Harvick, the August Sprint Cup Series race winner at MIS, pulled ahead of Kasey Kahne to win his second consecutive Bud Shootout. Harvick will compete in 2011 with new Budweiser sponsorship. The former Daytona 500 winner will be at MIS in June to attempt to win two straight Sprint Cup Series races, which hasn’t been done in the Irish Hills since Greg Biffle in 2005.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

MIS’ Value Pricing ends on February 28. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.

 

CREDIT: MIS PR

Stock car driving legend Harry Gant will appear in the Neon Garage during NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gant and Carter will meet NASCAR fans for one hour each day, March 4-6, in the Neon Garage and also will participate in a question-and-answer session on the speedway’s midway on March 5.

Gant’s driving career began in 1963 when he and his friends built a car for the Hobby division at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Before he became a household name with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans, Gant was a terror on the short tracks of the Southeast, winning 300 races and capturing the NASCAR national Sportsman title three times (1972-74). The native of Taylorsville, N.C. joined the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ranks in 1973 and competed in 444 events. His first Cup win came in 1982 at Martinsville, Va. and built much of his fame behind the wheel of Skoal-sponsored cars (1981-1994), earning him the nickname “The Skoal Bandit.”

He went on to win a total of 18 Cup races. Gant came close to winning the Sprint Cup Series championship on a number of occasions, finishing in the top five in points six times. He also earned 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series victories from 1982-1994.

Gant retired from racing in 1994 and was feted in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in November of that year. He came out of retirement briefly in 1995 to compete on a limited basis in the then-new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before hanging up his helmet for good.“I’m really excited to get to Vegas,” Gant said. “The track is a first-class facility and I love to talk to the fans. I retired not too long ago and many of them remember watching me race. It should be a lot of fun.

LVMS’s NASCAR Weekend begins March 2 with two nights of World of Outlaws Sprint Car racing on the half-mile Dirt Track before moving to the 1.5-mile superspeedway for Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday, March 4, the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, March 5 and the Kobalt Tools 400 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, March 4.

As part of its youth initiative, LVMS is offering young race fans a 50-percent discount on tickets and free admission to the fabulous Neon Garage fan experience (when accompanied by an adult with a race ticket).

 

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Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will appear on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to demonstrate the dangers of texting and driving. The show will air on Sunday, January 30, at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC.

"Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous and I think it's an extremely important message to get out to everyone right now but especially teenage drivers,” Biffle said.  “While Carl and I had a lot of fun taping the segment for ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’ it is a very serious issue.  Being a part of the show really opened my eyes to the dangers of texting while driving and I'm sure it will do the same for all of the viewers.  Ford has a great program to educate teenagers about safe driving skills and you can get more information at www.drivingskillsforlife.com."


The RFR teammates’ appearance is in support of the Brown family of Wellman, Texas who lost their daughter in a tragic auto accident involving texting and driving. Since the accident the family has dedicated their lives to communicating the dangers of this practice. Biffle and Edwards are joined by Justin Beiber and Emma Roberts on the show.

Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating seven motorsports teams. Four in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; and three in the Nationwide Series with Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto www.RoushFenway.com. Become a fan of Roush Fenway Racing on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/roushfenway and follow us on Twitter @roushfenway.


CREDIT: Roush Fenway Racing PR