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NASCAR fans in Georgia can save on tickets to the upcoming AdvoCare 500 on Sept. 2 with the Walmart Family Track Pack. The $99 package gives families four race tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and one program – a total savings of more than $100.
"We are making races affordable and accessible for fans," said Rand Waddoups, senior director, Entertainment Properties and Brands, Walmart. "The Walmart Family Track Pack is a great value that gives local fans a way to take their whole family to the track together."
Atlanta Motor Speedway accounts for more than half of metropolitan Atlanta's total revenue derived from sports, according to a 2000 study done by the Atlanta Sports Council. The early fall race at the speedway resulted in an estimated $90 million economic impact to the state in 2007, according to a 2010 article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The speedway is located about 30 miles south of Atlanta in Hampton, generating revenue for Henry County as well. Races at the speedway were responsible for "the lion's share" of $180 million in tourism revenue in Henry County in 2008, according to the article.
The Walmart Family Track Pack is available online at www.walmart.com/NASCAR and in Ticketmaster kiosks in select stores.
Race Time 2012 at Walmart
In addition to the race ticket package, Walmart's Race Time 2012 program gives fans authentic NASCAR merchandise and unique fan events at stores.
Beginning Aug. 30, select Walmart stores in the Atlanta area will host NASCAR fan events featuring real stock racing car displays and racing simulator machines – perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR.
Additionally, Walmart stores will feature savings on authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with even more items available on Walmart.com/NASCAR.
Participating stores in the Atlanta area include:
6149 Old National Highway
College Park, Ga.
11465 Tara Blvd.
4949 Bill Gardner Parkway
Locust Grove, Ga.
135 Willow Lane
1569 North Expressway
This weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway marks the five-year anniversary of the founding of the Miss Sprint Cup program.
On July 13, 2007, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., a brand ambassador stepped into a firesuit representing Sprint for the first time. That role eventually grew into Miss Sprint Cup – a Victory Lane staple seen by millions each week. Since the program’s inception, eight women have served in the role and have become some of the most recognizable personalities in the world of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.
The program began as a small part of a promotion and has grown exponentially during the last five years. In 2009, Miss Sprint Cup embraced social media and now boasts more than 1.26 million fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. Miss Sprint Cup currently has the third-most fans on Facebook behind only NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
As the ultimate racing insider, Miss Sprint Cup takes fans behind-the-scenes of each race weekend via constant updates on Facebook.com/MissSprintCup and Twitter.com/MissSprintCup. Fans are invited to follow Miss Sprint Cup on Facebook and Twitter for a unique real-time view behind-the-scenes and inside the garage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
To commemorate Miss Sprint Cup’s five-year anniversary, followers on Facebook and Twitter can participate in numerous giveaways and posts commemorating the history of the program. Those fans attending the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway should stop by the Sprint Experience for special contests, tributes and a look back at the program’s history.
Originally known as Sprint Speed Ambassadors, Tabitha Andretti and Anne-Marie Rhodes were the first to adorn the Sprint firesuit. Monica Palumbo, who served the longest in the Miss Sprint Cup role, joined Rhodes in 2008. During her four seasons, Palumbo became synonymous with the Sprint brand and was a major factor in the evolvement of the Miss Sprint cup program.
After the 2009 season ended, Sprint decided to expand the program from two to three spokespersons. Two members of the Miss Sprint Cup team now travel to each race market, making appearances at various hospitality areas and local media outlets, all while being the main attraction at the Sprint Experience, the mobile marketing display Sprint brings to every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. There they talk with fans about the latest Sprint products and offerings and help emcee the weekend’s various contests and giveaways. On the Sprint Experience stage, they also interview celebrities and the sport’s top drivers and personalities.
The NASCAR industry has also embraced the program and understands the valuable nature that it carries. Miss Sprint Cup accompanied Carl Edwards to ESPN for the launch of a national promotion, has appeared on ESPN’s "Pardon The Interruption," and is a fixture on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Numerous drivers, teams, tracks, sponsors, and the governing body itself routinely request Miss Sprint Cup to be a part of charitable events, corporate appearances and fan activities. For the last three years, the women have had the honor of visiting the wounded warriors at the now-closed Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In 2011 alone, the Miss Sprint Cup ambassadors participated in more than 600 appearances and interviews.
The complete Miss Sprint Cup roster: Andretti, Kristen Beat (2012-present), Kim Coon (2011-present), Paige Duke (2010-2011), Palumbo (2008-2011), Rhodes (2007-2009), Jaclyn Roney (2011-present) and Amanda Wright (2010).
The NASCAR Foundation announced today its final installment of $100,000 as part of a record donation to Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the commitment totaled $500,000 – the single largest donation that The NASCAR Foundation has been a part of to support a new pediatric oncology unit.
It was announced today that Racing Legend Junior Johnson will sell his Cattle Farm and Custom Built Home situated on 150 acres in Yadkin County, on August 7, 2012. In a separate auction, Johnson will sell his farm equipment and memorabilia at public auction on July 31, 2012.
Junior and his family have purchased a new home in Charlotte and have chosen the firm of IRON HORSE AUCTION COMPANY, INC., of Rockingham, NC to conduct these important auction events.
A member of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Junior is recognized as one of the drivers and owners who have made the sport what it is today. As an entrepreneur he continues to be active in business with his own signature "white lighting" being distilled in Madison, NC under the name of Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon.
His auctions will feature his farm equipment used to maintain the beautiful 150 acre cattle farm, many special memorabilia items and also, the scenic Hamptonville Estate. The Hamptonville Estate includes the magnificent, hilltop home that was custom built for Junior and his wife, Lisa; along with Junior's office, race shop, the famous breakfast building, hay barns, equipment buildings and a separate guest house.
The equipment, memorabilia and home furnishings will be sold on July 31 starting at 9 A.M. The auction will be conducted on site under the big tent with live internet bidding available for those not able to attend in person. The real estate will be offered on August 7 at 11 A.M., on site.
A catalog purchase of 25.00 is required to attend either inspection or auction, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Ryan Newman Foundation. The catalog will allow two persons to attend both auctions and the preview prior to the auction. The Previews for the Real Estate and the Equipment are listed at ironhorseauction.com
Thomas McInnis of Iron Horse states: "This is a true once in a lifetime auction for one of stock car racing's living legends. Junior and Lisa built their dream home on one the areas most scenic properties, which they have enjoyed for many years. It was only after their decision to downsize did the property become available for sale. We are greatly honored to be assisting Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and their children on this important matter."
"Our family leaves behind many great memories and times here in Hamptonville," states Junior, "we wish the new owners nothing but the best in this extraordinary estate."
Johnson family spokesman Keith Barnwell says, "this is a great opportunity for Junior's fans and friends to own a piece of his history with the July 31st auction date. Someone will be fortunate to acquire his beautiful estate just a week later. This farm is incredible and we are looking forward to seeing it continue to thrive in the future"
For complete information call 800.997.2248 or go to ironhorseauction.com
For interviews or information prior to media day contact:
Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc.
174 Airport Road
Rockingham, NC 28379
Iron Horse Auctions PR
Race Fans Can Select the Design of the 55th Annual Daytona 500 Ticket Through DIS' Social Media Sites
Race fans can have a voice in the design of the commemorative ticket for the 55thannual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s prestigious season-opening race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24.
Through Daytona International Speedway’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/daytonainternationalspeedway), Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISUpdates) and Google + (http://gplus.to/daytonaintlspeedway) sites -- race fans will be able to select their favorite commemorative ticket among three different choices.
Voting begins on Thursday, July 12 and will run through Thursday, July 19 at 5 p.m. EST.
Two of the commemorative tickets feature the Harley J. Earl trophy – awarded annually to the Daytona 500 champion – while the third commemorative ticket showcases Matt Kenseth celebrating his second triumph in the “Great American Race” earlier this year.
Tickets for the NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
For the second straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for the Daytona 500. Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all Superstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last. In addition, children 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks.
Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500. In addition, fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for all the latest news all season long.
Additional options are available for campers coming to Bristol Motor Speedway in August as officials continue to find ways to attack the challenges of coming to the IRWIN Tools Night Race events.
Speedway officials secured property for approximately 250 additional low-cost camping spaces to help in the financial challenge of traveling.
“There are key components to what we refer to as the Bristol Experience, one of the biggest of which is camping,” said track General Manager Jerry Caldwell. “Lodging continues to be a stumbling block for our fans and we work diligently to alleviate the obstacles.”
The additional camping options are nearly 150 tent-camping spots for only $50 for the week of the IRWIN Tools Night race and more than 100 non-hook-up RV parking (shower house included) for only $99 for the week.
Fans interested in any of these options may call (423) 989-6944.
Connecticut-based Mohawk Northeast will adorn the hood of the Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) No. 10 Chevrolet. David Reutimann will pilot the No. 10 Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Specializing in heavy construction and marine construction, as well as tugboat transportation, Mohawk Northeast, Inc. offers its valued clients cost-effective, efficient solutions founded on engineering expertise. Our turnkey construction services also include facilities maintenance and fabrication and coating. Family-owned and operated since 1967, Mohawk Northeast draws strength from its stable work environment and passionate people. Their team’s collective qualifications allow us to properly pre-engineer projects at the bidding stage – saving time, money and effort during construction.
“I have been involved with TBR for a few years and am glad to be able to support the team with Mohawk,” said Mohawk Northeast President and TBR Partner Al Heinke. “TBR is a great outlet to promote a business and use as incentives for employees. I’m proud to be a part of both companies and am glad that there are opportunities for both companies to work together.”
Reutimann scored TBR’s best finish this season with his 11th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway last weekend. The No. 10 team is currently in the 32nd position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points.
“It is a privilege to work with Al on a regular basis,” explained Tommy Baldwin. “Mohawk Northeast is a first-class company, and we are thrilled to help get their name out and entertain their employees.”
That’s what Ryan Newman and the U.S. Army ROTC Racing team did last July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon when the team took a dominant racecar from the pole position to victory lane. While it was Newman’s second victory since joining Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2009, it was his first in the U.S. Army Chevy.
Since sliding behind the wheel of the Soldiers’ racecar for the first time at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February 2009, Newman had asserted his desire time and again to get the U.S. Army Chevy in victory lane and to win a race for the more than 1 million Soldiers who protect and serve our country.
While Newman had come close to winning in the U.S. Army Chevy on numerous occasions, he had never captured that top spot until last July. But just like the U.S. Army Strong Soldiers that Newman and his team represent, they never quit and refused to give up.
Newman carries a badge of honor in the star of the U.S. Army logo that adorns the chest of his uniform and the hood of his racecar. Each week, he would strap on his helmet with a renewed sense of determination and desire to get the Soldiers to victory lane.
Finally last July, when the checkered flag waved at Loudon, Newman & Company were able to say, “Mission Accomplished.”
After earning the pole position in qualifying, Newman went wire to wire – driving from his No. 1 starting spot to victory lane. The win that day helped secure Newman a spot in last season’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship and served notice to his competitors in the garage that he and his No. 39 team were both determined and daring when it came to completing their mission by winning the race.
During that July race, crew chief Tony Gibson made a gutsy call to keep Newman’s superfast No. 39 Chevrolet out front rather than pit under caution. Only once during the 301-lap race did Gibson call for a four-tire change. In the end, after Newman pitted for the final time on lap 217, Gibson spent the final 84 laps urging his driver to save fuel at every opportunity.
The bold call paid off and landed Newman in victory lane for the first time in 47 races. Newman led six times for 119 laps, and it was just the fourth time that he had won from the pole position.
The win was all part of a banner weekend for SHR. Newman and his teammate and team owner Tony Stewart started 1-2 and finished 1-2. The last time a team started 1-2 and finished 1-2 was Hendrick Motorsports in the 1989 Daytona 500. However, the last time a team started 1-2 and finished 1-2 with the same drivers in the same order was back on April 7, 1957, at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway, where DePaolo Engineering’s Fireball Roberts won from the pole while teammate Paul Goldsmith started second and finished second.
As the Sprint Cup Series makes its first trip of the season to the 1.058-mile New Hampshire oval this weekend, Newman and the No. 39 team find themselves in the midst of a tight battle to earn a berth in the 2012 Chase for the Championship via a wild card spot. Newman is currently 15th in points.
Newman knows that to make the Chase and fight for the championship, the team must carry momentum from last weekend’s fifth-place finish at Daytona and maintain that strength on the racetrack for the next eight races. While his one win earlier this season at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway puts him in contention for one of the two wild card spots, solid performances and a second victory would go a long way to help Newman’s cause.
And perhaps there’s no better racetrack for Newman to get that second win and help him on his way to the Chase than New Hampshire. In 20 starts at the flat, paper-clip shaped track, he has a track-record six poles, three wins (September 2002 and 2005, July 2011), six top-fives and 13 top-10s.
With Newman and his Gibson-led race team in the midst of a hotly contested battle to make the Chase, expect the U.S. Army ROTC Racing team to take a page from its U.S. Army counterparts, where its Soldiers put the mission first and display a never-quit attitude and a refusal to accept defeat.
While the ultimate goal is a spot in the Chase, this weekend’s goal for Newman & Company is a return trip to New Hampshire’s victory lane. Once there, he would love nothing more than to make the simple declaration, “Mission Accomplished.”
“25 Winning Years” – Roush Fenway, Burton make it four in a row with Dominating Loudon Performance – Sept. 17, 2000
Roush Fenway Racing has tallied a NASCAR-record 304 victories over its exalted “25 Winning Year” history, with none more dominating than its Sept. 17, 2000 win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In the first (and only) restrictor-plate race at Loudon, Jeff Burton, driving the No. 99 RFR Ford, qualified on the front row, took the lead from Terry Labonte before the field came around for the first lap and went on to lead all 300 laps of the event.
It was one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history and a feat that had not occurred since 22 years prior to that day and has never occurred in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race again. It was the third of four wins for the No. 99 RFR team in 2000 and one of six total Sprint Cup victories for the organization that season.
Furthermore, the win marked the fourth-consecutive season that Burton and RFR had driven into victory lane at New Hampshire. During the string, Roush Fenway led 805 laps of NASCAR Sprint Cup action at Loudon.
Burton’s four victories make up exactly half of the eight NASCAR races RFR has won at New Hampshire. The wins are split between four drivers (Burton, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards) and span over all three of NASCAR’s major series. In addition to Burton’s dominance, Kurt Busch won three times (twice in Cup and one in the truck series) in Roush Fenway Fords at Loudon. Of Roush Fenway’s current roster both Edwards (NNS) and Biffle (Cup) boast wins at NHIS. Biffle is the last RFR driver to win there, via his Sprint Cup win in the fall of 2008.
Fans attending the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 2 can gain their own race experience at over 160 mph, just hours before the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the track with a special promotion from Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Purchase at least two AdvoCare 500 tickets through the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office using promo code “AMS RACE RIDE 59” and fans receive the opportunity to purchase a $59 Race Ride with Richard Petty Driving Experience, a $50 savings off the regular price. AMS customers may then call RPDE, with a validation code provided by AMS, to reserve their AMS Race Ride at the discounted rate.
The Race Rides will take place during race week activities on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Fans that have already purchased their race tickets may contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office and mention promo code “AMS RACE RIDE 59” to take advantage of this special Race Ride offer.