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The cars may not roar to life at Bristol Motor Speedway for nearly a month, but that didn’t keep Austin Dillon, this year’s Daytona 500 winner, and a host of other competitors from gathering here at Bass Pro Shops for a fan/media kickoff program Wednesday evening.
Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Childress Racing as well as a former NASCAR XFINITY Series winner at BMS, was joined by his brother, fellow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon, their father Mike Dillon, the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for RCR, and the organization’s founder, Richard Childress.
Also taking part in the evening’s festivities were NHRA competitors Tony Schumacher, Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing, as well defending Bristol Pro Stock winner Alex Laughlin.
The annual Food City 500 race weekend, which includes the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 XFINITY Series race, Bush’s Beans Pole Day and the Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR Modified race, is scheduled for April 13-15.
The newly-named Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals are slated for June 15-17 at Bristol Dragway.
There was a brief archery competition to kick off Wednesday’s program – Austin Dillon confessed Hagan “got me when he put one in the white”. The evening also featured impromptu bowling battles that included co-emcee Jamie Little of FOX Sports where Austin bowled a 199 with an impressive five strikes in a row. An autograph session with the NHRA competitors and an evening-ending “Feuding Families Bristol Edition,” a takeoff of the popular Family Feud game show that pitted the two racing groups against one another.
“Feuding Families? You should see us (at the shop) during the week sometimes,” Childress said, laughing at the program’s title.
In looking ahead to this season’s racing programs at Bristol, competitors were quick to sing the praises of both the round track and drag strip, which are considered among the most action-packed and memorable in racing.
“It’s a special place,” Austin Dillon said of the .533-mile oval track known as ‘The Last Great Colosseum.’
“You feel like a gladiator racing out there in front of a lot of people, beating and banging, (racing) side by side. You never can catch a breath the whole race. Physically it’s demanding and mentally it’s taxing.”
Ty Dillon made his Bristol Cup debut in 2016, driving in relief for three-time series champ Tony Stewart. Now the driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet for Germain Racing, Dillon said Bristol “is just the coolest place to go.”
“If you don’t get chills when you walk in at Bristol and look up at the stands, even when there are no cars on the track, I don’t think you can feel much in your life” he said.
The feeling is no less intense for those competing at the legendary dragstrip.
Schumacher’s a five-time Bristol winner, but he says that’s not why the track holds a special place in his heart.
Looking at the track from the top end, taking in the grandstands and the surrounding hillsides, he said, “is one of the views throughout the year that makes it awesome for me to remember I get to do this every weekend.
“Every now and then, you have to remember why you do it. It’s not about the paycheck, it’s about the love of the game. You hear the guy hit the throttle, you hear the echo (off the mountainside); this is an awesome place to race.”
Hagan, meanwhile, calls Bristol his home track and with good reason – the two-time NHRA Funny Car champion (2011, ’14) resides in Christiansburg, Va.
Among his 26 career victories is a 2015 win at Thunder Valley.
“I got more choked up winning Bristol than any race I’ve ever won,” said Hagan, and that includes winning the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
“This place is huge (to me). … It was a bigger win for me to win Bristol than to win Indy because I’m two hours down the road, my family is here, everybody I grew up with comes out to support you. … To get to celebrate with my dad, my kids are usually there and it’s Father’s Day weekend. That’s what it’s all about.”
Several hundred fans turned out for the evening’s program, with BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell noting that track efforts are “always focused on the fans and you will certainly see that this year.”
Much of that effort, he said, has been put on fan enhancement, ranging from improved cell service in and around the facilities to increased concession areas and other amenities.
“And a lot of this,” he told the audience, “came from fan feedback.”
Global superstars Florida Georgia Line will perform live Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the track's 25th annual NASCAR weekend, an expansion of an exciting, unique partnership between IMS and Big Machine Records that also will place the chart-topping duo into the race's name for years to come.
The 25th Running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9. The race weekend has moved from the heat of late July to the cooler temperatures of early September and will serve as the exciting Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale for the first time, setting the field for the Playoffs.
This is the first time a major recording artist or act has been added to the official name of a NASCAR race over a multi-year period. Florida Georgia Line - comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley - will headline the FGL Fest on stage inside Turn 4 of the historic IMS oval. Additional top artists slated to perform at the fest will be announced soon. Tickets for Florida Georgia Line and the entire FGL Fest weekend will go on sale in early April. Visit IMS.com and join the IMS mailing list to be the first to receive additional artist announcements and for access to an exclusive IMS fan pre-sale.
"As we look forward to our new-look NASCAR weekend, we are very excited to add a concert by Florida Georgia Line to the many new reasons to attend the race this September," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Thanks to our friends at Big Machine Records, the duo and their many hit songs will bring additional energy and star power to what is already a can't-miss racing weekend at the Racing Capital of the World."
Big Machine became the title sponsor Feb. 5 of the marquee NASCAR Cup Series race, further strengthening its nearly decade-long partnership with IMS. Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka is 25X Distilled and 3X Platinum Filtered to make it "The Smoothest Tasting Vodka, Period!" The lifestyle surrounding this superior quality and attractively priced vodka will be shared with fans during the event weekend. This will include VIP concert and racing experiences, and other exclusive sweepstakes, packages and promotions. The product also will be in Indianapolis restaurants, bars and retail locations beginning April 1.
This will be the second performance at IMS for Florida Georgia Line, as they first headlined the Firestone Legends Day concert during the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil race weekend in May 2015.
"There's no hotter act in the world right now than Florida Georgia Line," Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta said. "They are dominating at country and pop radio, streaming, sales and touring. While they enjoy the statistics, there's nothing more important to BK and Tyler than putting on an amazing show and celebrating with their fans. This new partnership with Big Machine and IMS to build their own festival is all about creating the best experience possible for FGL fans. Throw in the high-speed action of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, and this becomes a can't-miss weekend!"
Redefining what's possible in country music, global superstars FGL will continue to push full throttle into uncharted territories with history-making collaborations, fresh entrepreneurial ventures and bold new music while currently in the studio.
Crushing record-breaking milestones, the multi-platinum duo has heavy-hitting spotlights on Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be," Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso's "Let Me Go" (ft. watt), Morgan Wallen's "Up Down" and The Chainsmokers' "Last Day Alive." Fueling their groundbreaking momentum, FGL's 2016 platinum-certified album for Big Machine Label Group, "Dig Your Roots," delivered three consecutive No. 1 smashes: three times platinum-certified "H.O.L.Y." (No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 18 straight weeks) and platinum-certified hits "May We All" (ft. Tim McGraw) and "God, Your Mama, And Me" (ft. Backstreet Boys).
The Smooth Tour 2017 marked the duo's first time headlining select sold-out stadium dates - featuring special guests Backstreet Boys - with critics' reviews boasting: "Just in case you've forgotten, Florida Georgia Line is one of the hottest country acts alive" (MusicRow Magazine).
With over 30 million tracks and more than 4.2 million albums sold worldwide, the top-shelf entertainers remain the first and only country act to achieve RIAA's diamond certification (10 million copies sold) for their breakout "Cruise," which is the best-selling digital country single of all time (SoundScan). Since 2012, FGL has earned prestigious honors from the AMAs, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT Music Awards.
For more information on Florida Georgia Line, visit floridageorgialine.com and @floridageorgialine on Facebook, @flagaline on Instagram and Twitter, and flagaline on Snapchat.
The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line event weekend also will include the Lilly Diabetes 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Visit IMS.com for more information and for tickets to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line.
Kingsport Speedway has rescheduled the season opener because of cold temperatures and heavy rain that is not expected to let up on Saturday.
The cold start to the spring season has put a hold on season opening Food City 175 that was slated for this Saturday, March 24.
Track officials have worked with local meteorologists and have been monitoring the situation closely. The decision to postpone the event was made Thursday morning.
“We are so excited to get our 2018 season underway, but with looming weather we thought it was best for our team, sponsors, and fans that we make the choice to postpone until next week, “said Karen Tunnell, Kingsport Speedway general manager. “We can’t wait to kick off the season, so come out and join us next Saturday!”
The postponement will allow teams to get a few more chances at getting their cars tuned in for the season opener. Additional practices dates have been added before the season-opening event. The added practice dates are Thursday, March 29, 12-8PM and Friday, March 30, 12-9 p.m.
The schedule and event details will carry over into next weekend’s race. Pit gates will open at 8 a.m. Grandstands will open at 12 p.m and racing will begin at 3 p.m
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After a one-year hiatus Paducah International Raceway (PIR) is set to roar back to life in grand style. In just over a week, the 3/8-mile oval will light up the western Kentucky sky with the inaugural Kentucky Blue Grass Bash on Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31.
For the 2018 campaign, Tennessee businessman Philip R Colwell has taken over the reins of the high-banked, clay oval. He’s made it clear that he wants to restore the facility to the grandeur that it once enjoyed.
“I’m very passionate about racing, and I believe that there’s still a huge potential for Paducah International Raceway to be successful with both weekly event and special races,” Colwell said. “I want the racers and fans in the area to know how serious I am about bringing the track back to life, so that’s why we decided to re-open with such a big special event.”
The inaugural Blue Grass Bash will feature nine divisions in action over the course of the three-day affair, and drivers from more than 13 states have already expressed an interest in taking part in the event.
“We’ve scheduled several divisions as part of the program, because we want to see which classes from the area have the most interest in running PIR,” Colwell noted. “This will give us a nice measuring stick on the divisions that we need to place the most focus upon for the upcoming season.”
Crate Late Models (NeSmith-style rules or UMP DIRTcar rules), Modifieds (UMP DIRTcar rules), Street Stocks (NeSmith style), and Southern Street Stocks (Batesville, Lucas Oil Speedway, and West Tennessee Hobby rules) will each compete for $3,000-to-win and $225-to-start with a $100 entry fee.
The four divisions above will qualify and run heat races on Friday. Consolation events and the feature events for each class will be contested on Saturday.
The payout for their respective features will be:
1)$3,000 2)$1,500 3)$750 4)$600 5)$550 6)$500 7)$450 8)$400 9)$350 10)$325 11)$300 12)$275 13)$260 14)$240 15-Last)$225
Pure Streets will compete for $1,500-to-win/ $150-to-start with a $75 entry fee. The B-Mods/E-Mods and 602 Sportsman divisions will each be chasing a purse that includes $1,000-to-win/ $100-to-start with a $50 entry fee.
Pure Streets and B-Mods/E-Mods will run heat races on Friday, and then consolation races and their finales on Saturday. The 602 Sportsman division will contest their complete program on Saturday night with heats and a feature.
The Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and Mod Lite classes will each run a complete program on Friday evening with the winner of each division receiving $500.
The weekend opens on Thursday, March 29 with an Open Practice Session from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. All divisions are welcome.
On Friday and Saturday, the pit gate opens at 3 p.m. with grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Racing action is slated for 8:00 p.m. each night.
Grandstand admission each day is $10. Pit admission on Thursday night is $20. Pit admission on Friday and Saturday is $40 each night with a two-day pit pass available for $70.
“We’ve had racers and fans calling from as far away as Minnesota and Michigan, so I’m really excited about this event,” Colwell noted. “This is going to be a fun weekend, and it will definitely be great to see cars slinging dirt around the highbanks once again.”
Paducah International Raceway
Monster Energy, Pocono Raceway and NASCAR Green are joining forces for the second annual ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’ program. Fans will have the chance to enjoy all the racing action and fun activities at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ for free on Friday, June 1, by recycling any size Monster Energy can.
The on-track events on ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’ include Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices and qualifying, NASCAR Xfinity Series practice, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards qualifying and the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA race. All that is need to attend these events at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 1 is an empty can, any size, of Monster Energy. Additionally, Grandstand parking at Pocono Raceway is always free for all event dates during NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends.
“This fan-driven initiative was a success last year and we are excited to bring it back again,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “This program combines two of our most important initiatives, delivering a unique program for our customers and being environmentally friendly. It adds to the sustainability efforts of Pocono Raceway, Monster Energy and NASCAR Green as we all try to do our part. We can’t thank Monster Energy and NASCAR Green enough for their support.”
Fans can bring their empty Monster Energy can to be recycled at the redemption center located outside of Fan Fair and behind the Grandstands. They will be given a ticket and can enjoy Friday, June 1 at the racetrack for free. In addition to the on-track action, Monster Energy will have full-can sampling and activation on-site which will include meet-and-greets with the Monster Girls, Trophy Truck demonstrations and the Unknown Industries Harley Riders Smoke Show.
“For all of us here at Monster Energy, there really isn’t anything better than a day out at the races. We know NASCAR fans feel the same exact way, so for that reason, we’re super-enthusiastic to be back at Pocono Raceway in 2018 as part of the ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’,” said Mitch Covington, Monster Energy Vice President of Sports Marketing. “By bringing a can of Monster Energy to the Tricky Triangle, race fans can, for free, watch Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying as well as NASCAR Xfinity Series practice. Furthermore, headlining the entire day will be the ARCA Racing Series General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA. So, grab a can of Monster Energy and meet us out at Pocono for a day of high drama horsepower!
Pocono Raceway, along with Monster Energy and NASCAR will ensure all cans are recycled. Under the NASCAR Green umbrella, a comprehensive recycling effort has accounted for millions of bottles and cans being recycled annually thanks to designated bins in the grandstand, concourse, suites, garage and campgrounds at almost every track NASCAR visits. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com/Green.
“NASCAR Green works year-round to minimize the sport’s environmental impact and ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Can Friday’ is one special moment for fans to get involved while enjoying a day of racing,” said Catherine Kummer, Senior Director, Green Innovation, and NASCAR.
Note: Kids, ages 12 and under, are not required to bring an empty can of Monster Energy as they already receive free access to Pocono Raceway on Fridays and Saturdays during NASCAR and INDYCAR event weekends.
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Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will officially unveil its new college program, Jorts & Tanks, prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday, April 21. The new program is open to all college students with a valid ID. Jorts & Tanks will feature a tailgate party with six hours of music from Virginia bands in partnership with WVCW, Virginia Commonwealth University’s independent college radio station.
“As fresh talent is making an impact on the track, we are introducing a new program to engage college students with a one-of-a-kind pre-race experience at Richmond Raceway,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “College students have high expectations for a NASCAR tailgate party, so we have upped our game with Jorts & Tanks. This college program will showcase some of the best bands in the Commonwealth along with many other unique activities. I look forward to welcoming back our local college students for a new race day experience prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400.”
Jorts & Tanks will take place on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Covered Arena, which is conveniently located beside the Midway. Students must have a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 in order to enter the tailgate party area. College students can purchase a grandstand ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 for $24 and receive access to the tailgate party, which will also feature the return of animal racing, including ducks, goats, pigs, and hogs. Free parking is available in Lot D on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Jorts & Tanks is an incredible opportunity for both music and racing fans,” said Alan Booth, WVCW General Manager. “We've worked to bring together some of the best bands in Richmond, regardless of genre. Truly, we'll have something for everyone.”
Bands from across the Commonwealth will come together at Jorts & Tanks to bring six hours of music and entertainment to college students. Richmond and WVCW will treat students to the musical stylings of Solace Sovay, Don Fredrick, AB BAAD, Space Koi, Deau Eyes, Deangelo Diggs, Young Crazy & Doe$ki, and headliner Brittany Marie.
For students who are age 21 and over, tickets are available for the new Turn 4 Party Deck. This general admission, standing room only area features a tiered viewing experience complete with a drink rail and reduced concession prices. Advance tickets to this area are $20, but increase on race day. Students with a Turn 4 Party Deck ticket will receive access to Jorts & Tanks prior to the start of the race.
For more information on Jorts & Tanks, visit richmondraceway.com/jorts&
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Darlington Raceway Celebrating "7 Decades of NASCAR": A Time Of Name Recognition, Manufacturers and Speed In The 1960s22 Mar 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Darlington Raceway is celebrating “7 Decades of NASCAR” for its Bojangles’ Southern 500 Throwback Weekend on Sept. 1-2. As part of the celebration, the track Too Tough To Tame is highlighting specific moments in the sport’s history, continuing today with the 1960s.
In the 60s, it was all about “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” as the automobile manufacturers (namely Ford, General Motors and Chrysler) were heavily investing in NASCAR as a way to showcase and sell their products. It was considered an arms race of which manufacturer could build the fastest car in the sport throughout the 60s.
Additionally, major superspeedways were being built throughout the country coinciding with the sport’s popularity and growth of a fan base falling more in love with the automobile, especially muscle cars. Tracks such as Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway were built, bringing tens of thousands of new fans into the fold. Speeds reached nearly 200 mph for the first time in the 60s.
“There’s no question that the 1960s was a decade of growth not only for NASCAR but for the car culture as well,” NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonard Wood said. “It really was a time of muscle cars, speed and the love of the automobile in that decade. It was a period of tremendous success for the Wood Brothers, especially with Cale Yarborough and then David Pearson in the 70s. It was a great era of our sport.”
The 1960s also was a decade where many legends of the sport became household names and eventual NASCAR Hall of Famers such as David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Wendell Scott, Junior Johnson and Fred Lorenzen. In fact, Scott is still the only African-American to record a victory in NASCAR’s top series when he won at Jacksonville Raceway Park in 1963.
“The list of legendary drivers and owners that helped build the foundation of our sport in the 1960s is incredible,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “NASCAR Hall of Famers such as Rex White, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett and Bud Moore, along with so many other icons, are a big reason the sport is where it is today.”
Notable historic drivers and moments in the 1960s include:
- Ned Jarrett won the 1965 Bojangles’ Southern 500 by 14 laps. It is a NASCAR record that still stands today.He won the series championship in 1961 and 1965.
- Joe Weatherly won the 1962 and '63 NASCAR championship titles. Weatherly started in 230 races and won 25 of them. He was a constant competitor throughout the 1960s, especially in the early part of the decade.
- David Pearson won the NASCAR championship in 1966, '68 and '69. In his career, he started in 574 races with 105 wins and placed in the top-five 301 times. He ranks second all-time in NASCAR history with those 105 wins, trailing only Richard Petty’s 200 victories. Pearson turned out to be one of the best drivers in the late '60s, and he proved it with three NASCAR championships.
- Richard Petty won the NASCAR championship twice in the 1960s (1964 and '67). In 1967, Petty showed his dominance by winning 27 races, including his one and only Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington, and won the championship by more than 5,000 points. He won 10 races in a row that year, a record that still stands.
- The 1968 Southern 500 at Darlington was won by Cale Yarborough, his first of five victories in the legendary race. He also won the Daytona 500 that same year for the Wood Brothers.
- Talladega hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series event in Sept. of 1969. Richard Brickhouse took the checkered flag after many of the regular NASCAR drivers boycotted the event.
Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. Deposits can be made by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.
You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.
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In keeping with its “Fans First” commitment, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have announced a new partnership with Rally that will save race fans valuable time and money during race weekends at seven of Speedway Motorsports’ world-class facilities.
The multi-year agreement gives Rally the title of Official Bus Rideshare Partner for Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. Fans who hail a ride on a Rally bus to and from racing events will travel to and from the track in high-end buses offering cushioned seats, video screens, restrooms and the ability to bring coolers aboard the bus.
“As our company’s service continues to expand, we found Speedway Motorsports to be a perfect partner with which to build on our footprint in the sporting world,” said Numaan Akram, the founder and CEO of Rally. “Rally believes that we can do more as a group than as individuals, whether it’s reinventing the future of bus transportation or getting to something as exciting as a NASCAR race.”
The ultimate driveway-to-driveway experience isn’t limited to groups. Individual race fans can enjoy a luxurious trip after lining up a ride using the fan-friendly Rally app, and store any valuables on the bus for safe keeping. Customizable routes will be available in cities surrounding tracks, with discount pricing available for those who register early for rides.
“This partnership opens the door for another enhancement to the fan experience at seven of our Speedway Motorsports facilities. We want to make it as convenient as possible for our fans to get to the speedway, make great memories and return home safely,” said Braun Smith, vice president of national sales and marketing at Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “As our official bus rideshare partner, Rally can make that happen at our upcoming spring events in Texas, Bristol and Charlotte."
A shortened-but-productive Goodyear tire test on the ROVAL™, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course oval, saw four of NASCAR’s top drivers take to the 2.28-mile course in advance of the Sept. 28-30 Bank of America 500.
Trevor Bayne, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard and Kyle Busch made laps around the challenging circuit on Tuesday. Wednesday’s portion has been tentatively rescheduled for May 1 due to inclement weather.
Bayne, the driver of the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford, said the ROVAL™ will offer a true test to drivers, teams and cars. He lapped the course for the first time on Tuesday.
“I just took some slow pace laps and got a feel for the race track,” Bayne said. “I was nervous, but I wasn’t anxious because I was never going to go out there and make qualifying laps. We worked our pace in and our plan, we stuck to it. I felt really good by the end of the day.
“You have to be on your game, that’s for sure. You can’t really let your guard down anywhere. There’s no room to make mistakes. If you make a mistake, you’re going to pay for it pretty quickly. If you try to do something and it doesn’t work, you’ll pay the price. It’s going to be a survival race. … If you’re smart, you take care of your car and you don’t make mistakes, you’ll have a really good shot at the end for a good finish. I enjoyed it. It was a challenge for me – something new – and I enjoyed that part of it.”
To purchase tickets to the Sept. 28-30 Bank of America 500 weekend as well as any of the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder events in May, fans can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
Fox Sports Latain America To Broadcast April NASCAR Doubleheader In Spanish To More Than 40 Countries22 Mar 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Grammy-Nominated Eli Young Band Lights up Coca-Cola 600 Pre-Race Concert May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway21 Mar 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Get ready for the Eli Young Band to turn up the excitement prior to the legendary Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated country music superstars will amp up the most patriotic Memorial Day weekend event in sports, with the Coca-Cola 600 Pre-Race Concert electrifying a spectacular salute to the troops at America’s Home for Racing.
The concert takes place just hours before the stars of NASCAR compete in racing’s only 600-mile event and the toughest test of man and machine. Additionally, the Eli Young Band concert is FREE with the purchase of any Coca-Cola 600 race ticket.
“The Coca-Cola 600 has been one of the world’s biggest NASCAR races for as long as I can remember,” said lead vocalist Mike Eli. “It’s a privilege for us to get to bring the party to NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend. We’re going to say thanks to the troops and party with the race fans for one hell of a show!”
Known worldwide for chart-topping hits including “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” the Texas-based group will perform a rocking concert in front of a roaring crowd of race fans ready to salute America’s freedom one of the year’s most patriotic weekends.
In addition to the concert, fans will enjoy Charlotte Motor Speedway’s annual patriotic pre-race show which will honor America’s troops. This year’s spectacle includes monstrous military vehicles, elaborate military demonstrations and aerobatic exhibitions sure to spice up the action before the green flag flies.
The Eli Young Band Coca-Cola 600 Concert will kick off pre-race festivities for the Coca-Cola 600 on an infield stage located on pit road. The concert is FREE with the purchase of any Coca-Cola 600 race ticket. Fans can get stage front, pit road access for the concert and driver introductions by purchasing an additional pre-race track pass.
To purchase tickets, camping and pre-race track passes, fans can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com