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e-Swisher has reached an agreement with The Motorsports Group (TMG) to be primary sponsor of No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro piloted by Reed Sorenson in the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. The race will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

"Having the e-Swisher shield on the No. 40 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is an exciting opportunity for the Swisher brand and our new e-cigarette products," said Ed Denk, marketing director for Swisher International. "Everyone at Swisher will be cheering for Reed from the sidelines, from our living rooms, and in social media."


Sorenson, who has earned five top-10 finishes in 10 Nationwide Series starts at Daytona, is confident that he can help put the e-Swisher Chevrolet in contention for his first restrictor plate race win.


"I'm thrilled to have e-Swisher as a partner," said Sorenson. "Their participation is a vote of confidence for us at TMG, so I'm looking forward to giving the e-Swisher brand an exciting ride. I think we've got a car that can run really well at Daytona."


In addition to watching the race on ESPN, fans can root for the No. 40 car during practice and qualifying, which will air on ESPN2 on Feb. 21-22.


Rising Star Management PR

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today the renewal of Sport Clips Haircuts as the primary sponsor for a total of nine races during the 2013 NASCAR season – the most in the Texas-based hair care franchise’s five-year history with JGR. “We have a strong partner and true brand-ambassador in Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Gordon Logan, Sport Clips Founder and CEO. “Through the years, it has been exciting to see racing fans become our clients, and our clients become racing fans, through this partnership and love of the sport.

The 2013 season will mark Denny Hamlin’s fourth year competing for Sport Clips. Hamlin won at Atlanta Motor Speedway last season driving the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota.  He will drive the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota in two Sprint Cup Series races this season beginning with the May 11th race at Darlington Raceway followed by the September 1st race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  In his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR veteran Elliott Sadler brings with him 197 career Nationwide Series starts, including nine wins, 46 top-five and 86 top-10 finishes. Sadler will race for Sport Clips in seven Nationwide Series Races, including the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 10th. “We’ll have a lot of talent behind the wheel with Denny and Elliott! We’re looking forward to an exciting season,” said Logan.

“We’re excited to have Sport Clips continue its partnership with us at JGR,” said J.D. Gibbs, President of Joe Gibbs Racing. “It’s been fun to watch the success of their program and how it continues to grow each season which now includes the Sprint Cup Series with Denny (Hamlin) as well as our Nationwide Series program with Elliott (Sadler).”               


Sprint Cup Series

May 11: Darlington Raceway – Denny Hamlin

September 1: Atlanta Motor Speedway – Denny Hamlin

Nationwide Series

April 26: Richmond International Raceway – Elliott Sadler

May 10: Darlington Raceway – Elliott Sadler

July 5: Dayton International Speedway – Elliott Sadler

July 13: New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Elliott Sadler

August 3: Iowa Speedway – Elliott Sadler

September 21: Kentucky Speedway – Elliott Sadler

October 5: Kansas Speedway  - Elliott Sadler


Michael Waltrip Racing announced today it has hired Tom German as Chief Technical Officer for the NASCAR Sprint Cup organization.

German has spent nearly 15 years with Penske Racing most recently serving as technical director for Penske’s NASCAR teams. German will begin his duties after the Feb. 24 Daytona 500.

The highest-ranking technical position at MWR became available when long-time MWR Technical Director Nick Hughes informed MWR he would return to his native Australia some time in 2013. Hughes joined MWR in 2008 creating and managing one of the best engineering staffs in NASCAR.

“This is such a bitter-sweet announcement for MWR,” said MWR founder and co-owner Michael Waltrip. “It is so rare that a person of Tom German’s experience and education comes along, period. It is even more remarkable that he became available at the perfect time.

“Nick has done such an amazing job and has become one of the most respected behind-the-scenes guys in NASCAR. The depth in our engineering department, the leadership that (Executive Vice President of Competition) Scott Miller has brought to us and now the addition of Tom German gives me so much confidence in the technical future of MWR. Every day is a new challenge and I am so proud of the team we have assembled to make those challenges opportunities.”

German received his Master’s degree in business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.

“The first thing that attracted me to MWR was the culture of its employees. It is truly striking at first,” said German. “After the first conversation it was obvious the ownership has committed to engineering excellence and that was the deciding factor. I can’t wait to contribute to MWR’s pursuit of a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.”

Hughes will remain in the United States through this summer and will maintain a close relationship with MWR as a consultant over the medium term.


There’s perhaps no place where Ryan Newman feels more at home than behind the wheel of his racecar.

Since the age of 4, Newman has been putting on a helmet and going in circles. And while the types of racecars have changed and the racetracks have gotten bigger through the years, there’s no doubt the South Bend, Ind., native is most comfortable strapped into the driver’s seat.

As Newman embarks on his 12th full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and his fifth with Stewart-Haas Racing, he has another reason to feel right at home as the driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS.

This season, the crew chief Newman started his stock car racing career with in 2000 – Matt Borland – will once again be calling the shots from atop his pit box.

The pairing of engineering majors – Newman a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and Borland a graduate of the General Motors Institute of Technology in Flint, Mich. – were reunited for the final four races of the 2012 season, and together they quickly produced positive results.

In fact, Newman and Borland seemingly picked up right where they left off in 2006. In their five full Sprint Cup seasons together from 2002 to 2006, the Newman-Borland combination produced 12 victories, 37 poles, 52 top-five finishes and 83 top-10s. It also finished in the top-10 in the point standings in each of its first four seasons of full-time competition.

In the final four races of 2012, the duo earned four top-12 finishes, including two top-fives.

With the uncertainty that surrounds NASCAR’s new sixth-generation (Gen-6) Sprint Cup car as it takes the track for the first time in 2013, feeling “at home” behind the wheel will be more important than ever for Newman and his fellow competitors. It all begins with the first race of the season on the high banks of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway – the 55th running of the Daytona 500.

Luckily, Newman has Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender, adorning his No. 39 Chevy. He also knows what it takes to get to the sport’s most famous victory lane – no matter the type or generation of racecar – as Newman has celebrated at Daytona on three different occasions in three different series.

Before joining the Sprint Cup ranks full-time, Newman earned his first win at Daytona in the ARCA Series in 2001. It was his first-ever outing at the high-banked superspeedway, and Newman started 11th, led the final 12 laps of the 80-lap race and won by more than two-tenths of a second.

Three years later, in 2004, Newman scored his only IROC victory at Daytona.

And five years ago, in 2008, Newman celebrated the greatest moment of his racing career at the historic racetrack. On that February evening, Newman achieved a lifelong dream when he stole the lead on the backstretch on the final lap of the sport’s biggest race. He never looked back, winning the 50th Daytona 500.

As the Sprint Cup Series rolls into Daytona to kick off the 2013 season, Newman hopes the combination of he and Borland can continue to improve upon their successes from the end of last season. And perhaps their engineering backgrounds can aid them in quickly learning the intricacies of the new Gen-6 racecar, which will, in turn, help them to conquer the competition.

For while the No. 39 Quicken Loans team wants to score as many top-10s and top-fives as possible, the ultimate goal is to bring home the 2013 Sprint Cup championship. That quest begins in earnest next weekend with the first step being a victory in the Daytona 500.


Officials at Empire Racing announced today that they have partnered with RageTank Inc , creator of a mobile app that allows sharing of lap times of on track performance. RageTank Inc has worked primarily in the road racing circuits, and just celebrated a win in the ST Class at the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Series at Daytona International Speedway.

“We are excited to be working with RageTank to introduce them to the circle track community. The mobile app allows you to mount your phone on your dash while you are driving on your local track, gather data, and compare it to your friend’s performance” explained Empire Team Manager, John Bellesfield.

RageTank Inc was founded in 2012 to revolutionize the racetrack experience by connecting and engaging the community with innovative mobile technology. Based in Mt View, CA near the heart of Silicon Valley, the company's first product, the soon-to-be-released RageTank, is a social networking service built around tracks, laps and YOU. RageTank creates a community between its users based around the idea that you want to share your on track achievements with your friends, family and the world. The goal of the project is to create a set of social features specific to racing lifestyle and culture, and deeply integrate those into existing social networks, applications, and mobile devices. It also happens to be a handy smart phone GPS based lap timer. Show Your Speed. For more information regarding the app and RageTank, please visit

Marketing partnerships with Sean and Empire Racing are available for the 2013 season for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Please contact Team Manager John Bellesfield, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 704.914.7110 for more information.

Empire Racing PR

In an SMI Fans First initiative, fans who wish to attend the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway can reserve their seats for only 25 percent down when tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 18 at 9:00 a.m. Atlanta Motor Speedway is committed to helping fans by offering a payment plan in which fans put 25 percent down upon purchase and then split the remaining balance over three equal installments over the course of the spring and summer.

Fans also have two new incentives to purchase early. AMS is offering two new programs for any fan that purchases their tickets before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

The first incentive is the customer will gain instant access into the AMS Insiders Club. This will be the last remaining opportunity to join this exclusive group in 2013. As an AMS Insider, fans receive their choice of a ticket discount or a coupon for 20 percent off their first AMS merchandise purchase, an AMS Insiders Club lanyard with each Sunday ticket purchased and the opportunity to win race weekend prizes not available for the general public to purchase. Early ticket-buyers also get to take advantage of renewal pricing, a discounted rate from the regular price of the ticket. Fans are encouraged to for the discounted renewal pricing.

The second incentive is the opportunity to gain stagefront access to a Friday, Aug. 30 question-and-answer session with defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. A new event for 2013, any Friday ticket purchased by the above date will gain an exclusive pass to be front and center for the Q&A session, featuring Keselowski and other NASCAR celebrities. Stagefront access will not be available once the above deadline passes.


Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) has revealed its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) paint schemes for the upcoming 2013 season. The team, owned by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, Brad Keselowski, will field two full-time entries in the NCWTS. Ryan Blaney will drive the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series full-time for the entire season. The No. 19 Draw-Tite and Reese Towpower Ford F-Series will be shared by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Dave Blaney, and Ross Chastain. Chastain will also drive the No. 19 National Watermelon Association Ford F-Series. Please see the images below of this season's BKR race trucks.




A strengthening foundation with a swelling enthusiasm is how the Furniture Row Racing team will kick off the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
“While the guys have worked hard and remained focused during the offseason, there was without a question a special kind of buzz that engulfed our race shop the past three months,” said Furniture Row Racing general manager Joe Garone.
The main reason for the fervor at the team’s Denver, Colo. race shop is how well its driver Kurt Busch clicked after taking over the driving duties with six races remaining in 2012.
Busch, a 24-time tour winner and former Sprint Cup Series champion, quickly demonstrated why he is considered one of the top wheelmen in NASCAR’s elite series. He drove the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet to impressive performances, including three straight top-10s in the closing three races. It was the first time in the team’s seven-year history that it recorded three consecutive top-10s.
“We shortened the learning curve and proved that we can compete,” said Busch. “But you can’t get hung up about the past, we have to build on what we accomplished as a team and turn it into positive results. The potential is there for 2013, that’s a given.”
After a relaxing offseason Busch says he is ready to jump back into action, beginning with Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. The 75-lap, non-points race is for 2012 pole winners and past winners of the event. Busch qualified as a past winner, taking home the trophy in 2011.
“With 19 or 20 cars in the field the Sprint Unlimited is going to create plenty of excitement for the fans – a great way to kick off Speedweeks,” said Busch, who begins his 13th full time season in the Sprint Cup Series. “I know I’m looking forward to competing in the race - it not only gives us a head start in our preparations for the Daytona 500 (Feb. 24), but the race also carries a lot of tradition. It was really cool to win the event back in 2011.”
The starting lineup and race format for Saturday night’s 75-lap nationally-televised Sprint Unlimited will be determined in a fan polling. The race will be broadcast nationally on FOX, 8 p.m. ET.
Following Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited, teams will be back at the Daytona track Sunday for Pole Day, a two-lap qualifying session to determine the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup for Thursday’s (Feb. 21) Budweiser Duels. The 60-lap Budweiser Duels will determine the lineup, minus the front row, for the Daytona 500.

Danica Patrick: It Begins

Wednesday, Feb 13

The No. 10 Chevrolet SS is loaded up and ready. Crew chief Tony Gibson and the crew are ready. And, most importantly, Danica Patrick is ready for the start of her first full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

The marathon 36-race Sprint Cup schedule begins with the 55th Daytona 500 Feb. 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. And it marks the first race in Patrick’s first full season in NASCAR’s top division.

After seven full seasons in the IZOD IndyCar Series and one full season of NASCAR Nationwide Series competition, Patrick is about to embark on the longest and toughest season in all of racing. In IndyCar, she competed in only one race a year of 500 miles in length – the world famous Indianapolis 500. In the Sprint Cup Series, 10 of the 36 races on the schedule are 500 miles or more in length and only six are less than 300 miles.

Patrick will drive more miles than she ever has in a season, but she’ll do so with a veteran crew led by crew chief Gibson. The Go Daddy crew and Gibson worked with Patrick last November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Phoenix International Raceway in order to get prepared for the 2013 season.

The two-race “get-to-know-you” session worked well as Patrick had her two best Sprint Cup races of 2012. She finished 24th at Texas and 17th at Phoenix, her best two Sprint Cup finishes in 10 career starts, all of which came last season.

While Patrick, a Rookie of the Year candidate, lacks a ton of Sprint Cup experience, a new car may help level the playing field for her as she embarks on her first full season at NASCAR’s highest level. NASCAR’s sixth-generation Sprint Cup car (Gen-6) is being used for the first time this season, meaning even veteran drivers won’t have old notes to work from, given that the new machines are vastly different (and better looking) than the Gen-5 automobiles.

So the car is ready, the team is prepared and the driver is relaxed and focused as the new journey begins.


Hard rock legends Poison will bring a passionate, intense and fun live show to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 24 when the band headlines the Coors Light Carb Day concert.

The concert, free with Coors Light Carb Day admission of $20, will take place on the Coors Light Stage in the IMS infield. Coors Light Carb Day tickets are available now at

"Capping off Coors Light Carb Day with a high-powered, entertaining concert like we will see from Poison is a great way to celebrate the beginning of Race Weekend," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer. "Poison has produced hits and entertained crowds around the world for more than 25 years, and our fans will have a great time during their energy-filled show."

Poison is one of the greatest pop-metal bands of all time. The band has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide on the strength of 10 singles that have reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including the smash No. 1 single "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

Other classic Poison hits include "Talk Dirty To Me," "Nothin' But A Good Time," "Fallen Angel," "Your Momma Don't Dance," "Unskinny Bop" and "Something To Believe In."

Poison formed among friends Bret Michaels, Rikki Rockett and Bobby Dall in the early 1980s in Harrisburg, Pa. The band traveled to Los Angeles in 1984 in search of stardom in the explosive glam-rock scene, recruiting guitarist CC DeVille in the City of Angels.

The band's national breakthrough came in 1986 with the release of its debut studio album, "Look What The Cat Dragged In," which soared to No. 3 on The Billboard 200.

That was the first of three consecutive albums to chart in the top three of the Billboard chart between 1986 and 1990, along with "Open Up And Say ... Ahh!" (1988) and "Flesh And Blood" (1990).

Since a successful reunion tour in 1999, the band has toured relentlessly and recorded new and cover material, remaining one of the most powerful, exciting live acts in rock.

Poison's current lineup is its original, incendiary quartet of Michaels (vocals, acoustic guitars, harp), Rockett (drums, percussion, backing vocals), DeVille (guitars, backing vocals) and Dall (bass, backing vocals).

Michaels and DeVille also have become reality television stars in recent years. Michaels' latest TV venture is the new series "Rock My RV," set to debut in May 2013 on the Travel Channel.

The Coors Light Carb Day Concert featuring Poison will be the finale of an action-packed day at IMS. Also scheduled are the final practice for the 33 starters in the Indianapolis 500, the Firestone Freedom 100 race for Firestone Indy Lights and the popular Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge.

The 2013 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for noon Sunday, May 26.



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