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Chicagoland Speedway is inviting families to kick-off the season of warmer temperatures and new growth by attending its “Go Green for Spring” event presented by JULIE, Inc. on Saturday, April 8. This year’s Go Green for Spring event will take place as a precursor to an eventful season of racing action.

Go Green for Spring will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and guests can enter the facility through Gate 4 off Laraway Road and should follow all appropriate signage leading to the infield. A $10 donation per vehicle will be required upon entry to benefit  Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s nonprofit foundation Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.).

Starting at 10 a.m., an event-exclusive offer will be available to all participants: contributors can take their own vehicles onto Chicagoland Speedway’s magnificent mile and a half for a full parade lap around the 1.5-mile oval that the stars of NASCAR will race on during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend September 14-17. This opportunity is available for only an additional $10!

For safety reasons, track laps are limited to passenger vehicles only, attendees on motorcycles or in oversized vehicles will not be able to participate in track laps.

In addition to the on-track opportunity, Go Green for Spring will feature a variety of guests including:

  • Presenting sponsor, JULIE, Inc. will offer a ‘Design a Pot” craft and distribute seed packets to children while presenting an opportunity to learn more about the "Call 811 Before You Dig" safety program.
  • The Learning Experience Academy of Early Education in Crest Hill will host bird feeder building out of recyclable materials with the first 100 children who visit their display.
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank changes lives locally, one meal at a time, and thus, will be collecting canned goods and other nonperishable food items throughout the event.
  • Nicor Gas’ Energy Efficiency program will present ideas and tools to help attendees save energy and money.
  • Pilcher Park Nature Center will introduce children to animals that live in nearby ecosystems such as live turtles and snakes, along with furs, bones, antlers and shells that have been collected at the park.
  • The Dirt Oval at Route 66 will feature a Team Demolition Derby vehicle as part of the event’s Touch-A-Truck.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties will help children craft cherry blossom tree paintings to welcome spring.
  • The Joliet Fire Department will be present with their Touch-A-Truck program from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • The Joliet Police Department bring out their entire squad for the Touch-A-Truck including the paddy wagon, motorcycle and “Bear Cat” (swat vehicle).
  • Men in Black DJ Entertainment will supply tunes throughout the day .
  • With their blood-mobile in tow, the American Red Cross will host a blood-drive out of Garage 4. Event attendees can register to donate the day of the event or online now here.
  • The Joliet Slammers will bring along the mischievous JL Bird, a fast pitch for kids to see just how fast they can throw and will showcase the 2017 season schedule, highlighting their All-Star Game festivities set for July 10-12, 2017.
  • NASCAR Green will supply saplings (young trees) to the first 500 children in attendance.
  • Nicor Gas’ Energy Efficiency program will present ideas and tools to help attendees save energy and money.
  • Dwyane Wade and his family established the Wade’s World Foundation, a nonprofit charity organization dedicated to giving back to at-risk communities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and the South Florida in 2003. Youth will have the opportunity to create their own vision board showcasing their vision for the year and also for the future with Wade’s World Foundation.
  • The Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community will engage children with a beanbag toss game and giveaways.
  • Chicagoland Speedway mascot, Dash, will pose alongside the Chicagoland Speedway show car for pictures in Gatorade Victory Lane.
  • And much more!

By participating in this event, attendees will support local community organizations as all proceeds will benefit R.A.C.E. Funds accumulated throughout the year allows for the organization to donate upwards of $40,000 in grants to Chicagoland community agencies at the year-end luncheon.

Outside of the Go Green for Spring event, fans can support the local community through their favorite racing venue with the click of a button by visiting www.chicagolandspeedway.com/Track-Info/RACE.aspx. Now you too can support invaluable organizations such as 100 Club of Chicago, Armed Forces Foundation, Bolingbrook Explorers, G.W. Buck Boys and Girls Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission and many, many more.=

CLS PR

Bristol Motor Speedway officials announce additional details on May’s Short Track U.S. Nationals, primed to be the largest late model event in history.

Tickets and pit passes are now on sale for the event, scheduled for May 19-21, with different levels of purchasing options. In addition, the Speedway will hold two open test sessions to offer teams the chance to tune their cars prior to the late model weekend at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

“Everyone at Bristol Motor Speedway is looking forward to this new event for 2017,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “We’re pleased to release important information for both fans and competitors and will continue to do so as the event draws near. The Short Track U.S. Nationals is going to be an outstanding event and we look forward to welcoming racers and their families to the Tri-Cities region and encourage race fans to tune in following the conclusion of the NASCAR All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

Grandstand tickets are available individually on Saturday and Sunday or as part of a two-day combo ticket. The two-day combo ticket starts at just $45 for adults and $10 for kids 12-and-under while a Saturday GA ticket is $20 and a Sunday GA ticket is $30. Both single day tickets are $5 for kids 12-and-under. Grandstand access will not be available on Friday.

Those interested in a VIP experience can purchase the VIP combo which includes a grandstand seat and a pit pass for $85. Individual pit passes (available for ages 14 and up) are available for $30 on Friday, $35 on Saturday, $40 on Sunday, $70 for a Saturday/Sunday combo and $85 for a three-day combo. Please visit http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/tickets/us-short-track-nationals/ for more information on tickets and pit passes. A full pricing grid is available at the end of the release.

Camping for both drivers and spectators will be available. Full hook up camping is available for $250 while non-hook up will cost $100. Please contact Daniel Warren at dwarren@bristolmotorspeedway.com for more information on camping availability.

The Speedway also will host two open test sessions for competitors prior to race day. Held on Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 13, the sessions will cost $100 per entry (car and driver) and $25 per crew. To register, please visit https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/short-track-us-nationals-open-test-days-bristol-april-26567.

The official daily schedule for the Short Track U.S. Nationals is as follows: (Schedule is subject to change)
Thursday, May 18
Competitor parking begins (Late Afternoon)

Friday, May 19
Gates open: 8 a.m.
Practice begins: Noon
(Rotating practice for all divisions)
Practice ends: 7:45 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 20
Gates Open: 8 a.m.
Practice begins: 10 a.m.
(Rotating practice for all divisions)
Practice ends: 2:15 p.m.
 
Qualifying starts: 2:30 p.m. (5 cars groups for Supers, Pros & LMS; large group qualifying for Modifieds and Street Stock)
 
Racing starts: 5 p.m.
Super Late Qualifier #1           50 laps
Super Late Qualifier #2           50 laps
Compact C Feature                 15 laps
Street Stock B Feature            25 laps
Modified B Feature                  25 laps
Compact B Feature                 20 laps
Street Stock A Feature            50 laps
Modified A Feature                  50 laps
Compact A Feature                 50 laps
 
Sunday, May 21
Gates open: 9 a.m.
Warm-up starts: 11 a.m.
Supers             30 minutes
Pros                 15 minutes
LMS                 15 minutes
 
Re-Qualify 32: 1 p.m.
Transferred Supers
 
Racing starts: 2 p.m.
Last Chance Races
 
Feature Races:
Super Late Models      100 laps
Pro Late Models          100 laps
Late Model Stock        100 laps
 
Four of the six divisions will be releasing their entry forms this Friday at 2 p.m. The entry form for the Super Late Models can be found at www.cra-racing.com, www.southernsuperseries.com or www.carsracingtour.com. The entry form for the Late Model Stocks can be found at www.carsracingtour.com, while the entry form the for Pro Late Model/JEGS Tour race and the Street Stock portion of the show can be found at www.cra-racing.com.  
 
The final entry forms have not been released yet for the Modified and Compact portion of the event, but they are expected soon and will be found at www.topspeedmods.com and www.vctsracing.com respectively.

Any competitor who is interested in running the event or has questions about the rules, please contact the appropriate series. Series contact information is as follows:

Super Late Models: CRA 812-883-0455        

CARS 704-662-9212  

SSS 850-944-8400
JEGS/Pro Late Models: 812-528-1622
Late Model Stocks: 704-662-9212
Modifieds: 317-292-2494
Street Stocks: 812-528-1622
Compacts: 765-215-6320
 
Pricing Grid
 
Tickets (General Admission)   Early Bird        Race Week     Kids 12 and under
Saturday, May 20                    $20                  $25                  $5
Sunday, May 21                      $30                  $35                  $5
Sat/Sun combo                       $45                  $50                  $10
VIP Sat/Sun (seat/pit combo)  $85                  $95                  N/A (Pit passes for 14 and older)
*Grandstands will not be open Friday
 
Pit Passes       Price
Friday              $30
Saturday          $35
Sunday            $40
Sat/Sun           $70
3-Day              $85
*Must be at least 14 years of age to purchase a Pit Pass

BMS PR

Actor Owen Wilson, the voice of the animated character Lightning McQueen in Disney•Pixar’s upcoming movie “Cars 3,” will serve as Grand Marshal for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway.

The DAYTONA 500, the season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will begin at 2 p.m. (TV – FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio – MRN Radio, SiriusXM) following Wilson delivering the famous “Drivers, start your engines” command to the 40-car field. In addition to giving the command, Wilson will ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during pace laps prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race and attend the drivers meeting.

“Cars 3” opens nationwide on June 16. Wilson, who voiced Lightning McQueen in “Cars” (2006) and “Cars 2” (2011), is also known for starring roles in a variety of hit comedy films including “Wedding Crashers,” “Meet the Parents,” ”Zoolander” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Wilson stars in the upcoming “Wonder” and the Woody Harrelson-directed live film “Lost in London.”

“Owen Wilson is one of America’s most beloved comedic actors and his voice has brought Lightning McQueen to life for millions of movie-goers over the last 10 years,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “His star-power, and of course his personality, are perfect fits for ‘The Great American Race.’”

For more information on “Cars 3” visit http://disney.com/Cars3.

Wilson is the latest name on a long list of actors who have served as DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including Gerard Butler, Vince Vaughn, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage and Matthew McConaughey.

Tickets for the 2017 DAYTONA 500 and Speedweeks can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can also follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Snapchat, and by downloading the Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

DIS PR

Phoenix Raceway invites fans and media to the second annual “Prix View” Testing event for the Verizon IndyCar Series on Saturday, Feb. 11, Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. The event will feature virtually the entire field of drivers and teams as they prepare to race under the lights in the Phoenix Grand Prix on Saturday night, April 29, 2017.

“The Prix View is an important testing opportunity for all the teams of the Verizon IndyCar Series to refine their approach to the championship before the season begins,” said Sperber. “We are pleased to be able to open the track so fans can see firsthand the critical adjustments the teams are making in preparation for the Phoenix Grand Prix and the entire 2017 season schedule.”

Gates will be open from noon until 7 p.m., and fans can take advantage of free admission to watch drivers on track for testing sessions beginning at 1 – 4 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.

Over 20 drivers will also be available up close at an autograph session on the Fan Midway from 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Fans can obtain an autograph wristband from the Phoenix Raceway Booth beginning at noon at the Phoenix Raceway display on the Fan Midway, while supplies last.

Parking for the Prix View Verizon IndyCar Series Test Session is free and can be found by following directional signage once they arrive at Phoenix Raceway. Concessions will be open on the Fan Midway at the Allison Grandstands and tickets for future Phoenix Raceway events can be purchased in the Octane Elevator Lobby.

Tickets for April’s Phoenix Grand Prix are on sale, with prices ranging from $35-70. Tickets for children are $10; and active-duty military members and veterans will receive discounted pricing as well. Fans can get the ultimate IndyCar experience with Phoenix Raceway’s Garage and Pit Pass, which includes an all-access view of the IndyCar Garage and Pits, for just $50. In addition to purchasing tickets at the Prix View event, fans can purchase tickets online at PhoenixRaceway.com and by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223).

PIR PR

Talladega Superspeedway is putting on the aprons and starting the prep to host some of the best local backyard chefs in the state of Alabama in anticipation of the 12th annual Alabama Wildlife Federation Wild Game Cook-Off on Saturday, March 4.

Cook-Off teams will fire up their grills, smokers and fryers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage – the same place the greatest drivers in the world rev up their engines for battle during the track’s two NASCAR weekends. Cook-Off teams will spend hours preparing various mouthwatering dishes that consist of game animals, birds and fish. Everyone who attends gets to sample the mouth-watering delicacies.

A year ago, the venue known as NASCAR’s Most Competitive track, hosted one of the most competitive AWF Wild Game Cook-Offs in event history with nearly 50 registered cook teams. Attendance also recorded an all-time high with close to 1200 members and guests. Talladega winners of “Best Overall” – Chonita’s Cookers (from Alex City, AL) – went on to capture three awards in the 2016 State Finals that included: the “People’s Choice Award,” “Best Presentation” and “3rd-Place Overall.” 

This year’s event will offer an array of unique food, beverages, entertainment, and the highly anticipated LIVE and silent auctions. Featured in the center isle of the garage, guests will find items up for bid such as autographed racing memorabilia, Auburn and Alabama collectibles and outdoor-themed artwork, plus, there will be live music.

In addition to the delectable culinary skills shown off by some of the best wild game chefs, another highlight of the day will be the chance to take a ride around the 33-degree banking of the world’s biggest and baddest race track (tickets for track rides are sold separately).

Tickets for the Cook-Off are $40 per person or $50 per couple with kids 15 and under admitted for free. The Cook-Off begins at 4:00 pm. Gates will open earlier for the track rides (track rides are $25 in advance or $40 the day of the event), which will run from 3:00-4:30 pm.

The admission ticket price includes a one-year membership in the Alabama Wildlife Federation for the ticket holder, a subscription to Alabama Wildlife magazine, and free samples from all the wonderful wild game entries.

Cook teams will compete in three different divisions – Fish, Fowl and Game. First, second and third place awards will be presented in each division, as well as a “Best Overall Winner.” That team will be invited to the state finals held in Millbrook, AL, this summer to compete for the title of AWF 2017 Wild Game Cook-Off State Champion. Local media celebrities will serve as the competition's judges and will be announced in the near future.

“This is a great event for fans and food lovers alike to come out and enjoy Talladega Superspeedway,” said track Chairman Grant Lynch. “Everything is held in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage, so not only do attendees taste some of the best dishes made in Alabama, but they also get to see Talladega behind the scenes. The AWF Cook-Off provides a little something for everyone and I know we’ll be seeing some wildly impressive dishes again this year.”

To purchase tickets, pre-order rides around the track, or to participate as a cook team call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or visit their website at www.alabamawildlife.org.

The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a 501©3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about the Alabama Wildlife Federation, including membership details, programs and projects, visit www.alabamawildlife.org or by phone at 1-800-822-WILD.

TSS PR

Atlanta Motor Speedway has partnered with Dawsonville, Georgia native and driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, Chase Elliott, to introduce the Chase U ticket package, the hottest new deal for college students  attending the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
    
The package, popular among millennial fans currently enrolled in college, offers a near industry-low price point for a NASCAR Cup Series race, a festive pre-race tailgate party, complimentary food and drink and a chance to interact with Chase Elliott, the 2016 Rookie of the Year in NASCAR’s top series.

Buyers of a Chase U ticket will enjoy a low $24 ticket for a seat in the Lower Winners Grandstand, free parking at the race and admission into the exclusive Chase U tailgate party taking place from 10 a.m. to noon on the day of the race.

The tailgate will include complimentary food and beverage for each ticketholder, live music, tailgate games, a Daytona USA racing simulator and a free-entry cornhole tournament with prizes and awards.

Elliott will make an appearance at the party for a special Q&A session with tailgate attendees and will take time afterwards to meet with fans.

“Atlanta is providing an awesome race-day experience for the students that come to Chase U,” said Elliott. “I want fans to have a great time at the race, with their own party zone, live music, food, drinks, games and a grandstand ticket, all for $24. If I were able to go watch a race, this is a place that would be fun for me. Everyone there will have a great time, and hopefully we’ll make some lifetime NASCAR fans in the process.”

The Chase U ticket package is available only to college students with a valid student ID and can be purchased today by contacting the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or by logging on to www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

NASCAR racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway March 3-5, 2017, featuring the Rinnai 250 XFINITY Series and Active Pest Control 200 Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Saturday, March 4 and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 5.

AMS PR

Another historic celebration of the sport is in store for Darlington Raceway. The track is pleased to announce “Year 3” of its award-winning throwback campaign for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 race weekend on Sept. 1-3, 2017.

The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR will be celebrating the 1985-89 era of the sport in 2017, which like the 1975-84 period it celebrated in 2016, was a time of exceptional growth and exposure for NASCAR.

“The track will be celebrating the 1985-89 time period of the sport during our throwback weekend in 2017,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “As we enter the third year of our throwback campaign, we’ll be focusing on drivers, personalities and moments that were compelling in that timeframe, such as the emergence of Dale Earnhardt Sr., Bill Elliott winning the first Winston Million, and the growth of the NASCAR XFINITY Series (formerly the Busch Grand National Series). It will be an exciting era for the track and industry to celebrate.”

As the sport moved into the late 1980’s, NASCAR champions such as Dale Earnhardt Sr., Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace, among others, made a tremendous impact on the sport and will be celebrated during the Labor Day weekend festivities. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Richard Petty’s one and only Southern 500 victory (1967).

The honoring of champions from 1985-89 is just one part of the track’s overall strategy to celebrate its history. Darlington Raceway’s throwback campaign focuses on specific eras plus the historic moments and drivers that made impacts at the track Too Tough to Tame.

For the third straight year, Darlington Raceway is also excited to announce it will once again highlight its rich history with a commemorative ticket design for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 linking the past, present and future.

“We’ve enjoyed producing the commemorative tickets for our fans every year of the throwback program,” said Tharp. “It’s important that our fans who attend the Darlington Raceway NASCAR weekend walk away with a special keepsake that recognizes our rich history and honors the stars of our sport.”

The retro design will link 1987 Southern 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., who ranks second all-time with nine NASCAR Cup Series wins at Darlington Raceway, and 2016 Bojangles’ Southern 500 winner Martin Truex Jr.

These special tickets will be used for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500. Tickets are expected to be mailed to customers starting in mid-June. There will also be a retro-style ticket for the NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 that will be unveiled at a later date.

Ticket renewals have been mailed so current fans can renew their seats and race day experiences for the 2017 Labor Day weekend. Renewing tickets early guarantees seats at the track’s best prices prior to the opening of all remaining seats to the general public on February 22.

Renewing customers receive many great benefits for being a loyal customer, including the raceway’s best pricing, for Labor Day weekend.

Renewal benefits include:

  • The track’s best prices for the Bojangles’ Southern 500
  • Convenient five-part payment plan
  • Special renewal pricing for Darlington Stripe Zone Hospitality ($30 savings)
  • Special renewal pricing for pre-race pit passes ($10 savings)
  • Special renewal pricing for all-inclusive driver intros, pre-race concert and pre-race pit road access ($15 savings)
  • Special renewal pricing for FanVision rentals ($25 savings)
  • Special renewal pricing for Racing Electronics scanner rental ($15 savings)
  • Special renewal opportunity to purchase NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 tickets for just $25 each when you renew your Bojangles’ Southern 500 ticket package ($5-10 savings)
  • Guests may renew their tickets and campsites by calling 866-459-RACE (7223) or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/renewals. The renewal deadline is Friday, Feb. 10.

Darlington Raceway PR

Daytona International Speedway will rekindle one of its fan-favorite traditions next month in partnership with Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America. The Advance Auto Parts Clash will open the 2017 NASCAR season under the lights on the evening of Feb. 18, featuring an elite field of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in a 75-lap sprint.

The annual all-star event was first held in 1979, originally known as the Busch Clash. A number of name changes ensued over the years, but now the once-iconic label is back.

“The Clash was a classic race name, one that truly resonated with our fans,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “It evokes the rich history of both NASCAR and our facility. We are honored to have Advance Auto Parts – a company that resonates with our current fans – join us as we bring the name back to our Speedweeks schedule. We’re coming full-circle for this event, honoring our past while also looking to the future.”

In addition to the race entitlement, Advance Auto Parts will also serve as the Official Auto Parts Store of DIS.

"Advance Auto Parts is proud partner with Daytona International Speedway to kick off the 2017 NASCAR season," said Advance Auto Parts Marketing and Sponsorships Manager Matt Davis. "Daytona is the birthplace of NASCAR and we couldn’t be more excited to be the official auto parts of Daytona International Speedway and entitlement sponsor of the Advance Auto Parts Clash."

The 75-lap/187.5-mile race will be split into two segments, separated by a mandatory caution period at Lap 25. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 8 p.m. ET.

Recently-crowned seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be part of the field that meets exclusive criteria: 2016 pole winners, former Clash champions, former DAYTONA 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016 and Chase drivers from 2016 are eligible.

DIS PR

William (Bill) W. Moss, whose engineering and construction company (Moss-Thornton Company) was instrumental in assisting William H.G. France in the creation of Talladega Superspeedway in 1969, passed away this past Saturday. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 (2 PM CST), at Canterbury Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL for the 81-year-old.

While racing cars as an amateur in the late 1950s, Moss, who received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama, met France, the founder of NASCAR. A few years later in 1963, Moss, joined the family engineering business - known for building interstate highway projects, as well as industrial, railway and navigation endeavors.

France had a vision to create the largest, steepest and fastest superspeedway in the world, just 40 miles outside of Birmingham and 90 miles from Atlanta (GA). He enlisted the help of Moss to help design and build a smooth, 2.66-mile, 33-degree banked venue that would see 200-plus mph speeds. Using cranes to aid in keeping the equipment (graders, pavers, bulldozers, etc.) on the mammoth steeped banks, Alabama International Motor Speedway was created in just over a year (groundbreaking May 23, 1968).

The unique palace of speed – which later became Talladega Superspeedway – held its first NASCAR race on Sept. 14, 1969 with Richard Brickhouse taking the checkered flag. Today, Talladega Superspeedway is a household name and serves as NASCAR’s Most Competitive track featuring three- and four-wide heart-pounding racing action.

As a symbol of his contribution to Talladega Superspeedway, the Moss-Thornton Grandstand and Moss-Thornton Tower overlook Talladega’s famous start-finish line which sits near the entrance of turn one, distinguishing the track unlike others.

"Bill Moss has been an integral part of Talladega Superspeedway and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame since the inception of both facilities." said Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway. "We all lost a man who poured a lot of heart and soul into both entities. All of us here at Talladega are indebted to his vision and efforts he put in here at the speedway."

Moss was also a key player in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame - another vision of France – which today sits adjacent to Talladega Superspeedway. He was a commission member when ground was broken for the venue in 1981. He was Vice Chairman of the Hall for more than a quarter century, heading its construction committee and serving as Treasurer. The Hall, which opened in 1983, is dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports.

Moss and the Moss-Thornton Company - now known as Moss Enterprises, INC., which he became president of in 1973, was also a contributor to the design and construction of other NASCAR venues, as well as other race tracks around the world.

TSS PR

Route 66 Raceway today announced its full event schedule for the 2017 season alongside the complete list of events offered by the Dirt Oval at Route 66 ensuring that both venues at Route 66 Raceway will offer exhilarating racing in all forms for fans to enjoy. Both facilities will feature new events as well as longstanding action that will cater to a wide array of racing enthusiasts. Notably, the NHRA Nationals returns for its 20th running at the famed dragstrip in Joliet, Ill., and will welcome a star-studded line-up of current and former champions to help celebrate this historic milestone event.

“We witnessed an incredibly successful and historic year for Route 66 Raceway in 2016, highlighted by ideal summer weather, exciting racing action, unique access that only Route 66 Raceway can deliver, and the celebration of a special milestone – the historic 50th Anniversary of Funny Car,” said Scott Paddock, President of Route 66 Raceway. “We look to build on that momentum in 2017 by once again delivering supreme racing paired with an unmatched guest experience.”

The season opens with the first of three Test & Tunes presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on April 15 where any person is provided the opportunity to enter the World’s Premier Drag Racing Facility to put their vehicles to an extreme test.  Then on April 23, the first of eight Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series races will premier. Beginning on May 12, Test & Tunes will morph into Race Your Ride events. Junior Dragsters make their appearance on the dragstrip on May 20 in the first of five competitions for the season. 

Hailed as the most innovative import series in the U.S., Import Face-Off returns May 7 to Joliet bringing much more than a race and car show. Import fans will spend an entire day enjoying various activities that follow current market trends such as quarter-mile drag racing, a car, truck and bike show, sound-system contests, burnout contests, DJs, vendors and more.

On June 2-4, the raceway welcomes the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The event will showcase the very best of sportsman racing including future stars in classes where many of the pro racers we know today began their careers. The Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown! will take the track on Saturday evening beneath the lights. Fans can expect to watch as jet-propelled, fire-breathing cars rocket to speeds approaching 300 miles per hour. 

Burndown at Sundown! and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series serve as a precursor for the fastest form of motorsports to take the track. Fans will feel a full-body sensory experience as Funny Cars and Nitro-powered Dragsters accelerate from 0 to 320 mph in under four seconds. Route 66 Raceway will welcome the sport’s current stars like John Force, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown and Alexis Dejoria along with notable former champions who will aid in the celebration of a historic anniversary milestone event. The 20th Annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals begin on July 6 with qualifying under the lights on Friday night on fire and All-Star Saturday. Thus, fans will experience the best speeds under the sun and stars. Final eliminations will occur on Championship Sunday, July 9, as qualifiers battle their way to podium.

Both the National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA) and the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) roll into Route 66 Raceway July 27-30 for the 12th Annual Nitto Tire Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing. This is the only event in which the NMRA and NMCA go head-to-head in a competition for ultimate bragging rights. In addition to the drag racing, the event will feature a car show, swap meet, manufacturer’s midway and more. 

The Route 66 Classic returns August 19 to pay homage to the early days of drag racing and hot rod culture. Fans attending the Route 66 Classic take a trip down memory lane as the event features nostalgia match racing including funny cars, pro stocks and a Classic Car Corral. In addition, counties will clash on the quarter-mile during the annual Will County vs. Grundy County Grudge Matches. Various city and county officials will hit the track to benefit charity and determine the recipient county of the Grudge Match Cup.

Route 66 Raceway will host a Swap Meet for the ninth time on October 1. Buyers and sellers from all over the Midwest are invited to exchange items and display their cars in a Show ‘n Shine.

To close out the season, Route 66 Raceway will host a “Trunk-or-Treat” fundraiser for its nonprofit foundation Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) on Saturday, October 21. Families with children are encouraged to attend with costumed kids and candy in tow. Cars will set up along the quarter-mile for a trick-or-treating excursion that won’t be forgotten.

In addition to Route 66 Raceway’s action-packed schedule, the Dirt Oval at Route 66 will feature a full line-up of events that are guaranteed to intrigue any racing aficionado. A newly renovated dirt track will welcome the return of Team Demo Association for five displays of destruction as teams’ battle to be the first to complete five laps. The facility will also welcome new events such as the fastest race cars on dirt: the World of Outlaws Late Models and Sprint Cars, and Chi-Town Showdown.

Tickets for the 2017 events at Route 66 Raceway are on sale now and will be available by visiting www.Route66Raceway.com or by calling (888) 629-RACE. 

For email reminders regarding the 2017 Route 66 Raceway schedule, click here.

The 2017 schedule of events at Route 66 Raceway is as follows:

Date                             Event  

March 25-26                  ETI

April 15                         Test & Tune presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #1

April 22                         Test & Tune presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #2

April 23                         Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series #1

April 29                         Test & Tune presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #3

April 30                         Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series #2

May 5                           Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #1

May 7                           Import Faceoff at Route 66 Raceway

May 12                         Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #2

May 13                         Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series #3

May 19                         Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #3

May 20                         Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series #4

                                    Junior Dragsters #1

June 2-4                       NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series    

June 3                          Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown!

June 9                          Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #4

June 10                         Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series #5

Junior Dragsters #2

June 16                         Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #5

July 6-9                        NHRA Route 66 Nationals

July 15                          Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #6

July 16                          Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series #6

Junior Dragsters #3

July 21                          Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #7

July 27-30                     NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing

August 4                       Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #8

August 6                       Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series #7

Junior Dragsters #4

August 19                     Route 66 Classic

Junior Dragsters #5

August 20                     Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series #8

August 25                     Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #9

September 8                 Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #10

September 22               Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #11

September 29               Race Your Ride presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts #12

October 1                     Route 66 Raceway Swap Meet

October 21                    R.A.C.E. Trunk-or-Treat

            *This schedule is subject to change at the discretion of Route 66 Raceway, its affiliates and partners.

The 2017 schedule of events at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 is as follows:

Date                             Event  

April 13                         Open Practice

April 20                         Open Practice

April 27                         Throw Down Thursday

May 27                         Team Demo Association Round 1 – Military Night

June 24                         Team Demo Association Round 2 – Super Hero Night

June 27 -28                    World of Outlaws

July 22                          Team Demo Association Round 3 – Five O at the Dirty O

August 5                       Monster Mayhem

August 26                     Team Demo Association Round 4 – Scout Night

September 2                 The Dirty O’s Redneck Jamboree

September 13               Chicagoland’s Dirty 30 at the Dirt Oval at Route 66

September 23               Team Demo Association Round 5 – Racin’ for Boobs

October 7                     Eve of Haunted Destruction

October 13-14               Chi-Town Showdown

Route 66 Raceway PR

Who, in the NASCAR garage area, does Jimmie Johnson think is the "Most Athletic" driver?  Who does Brad Keselowski think has the "Best Hair"? Who does Jeff Gordon think is the "Most Likely to Cause an Argument on Race Day?" In the spirit of Auto Club Speedway’s 20th Anniversary Reunion, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers were asked ever-popular yearbook superlatives such as "Who is the "Class Clown" or "Who is "Class President" in the NASCAR garages as part of the "Track Reunion Awards."

Each week starting Jan. 13, fans can find out the answers to the life’s most important questions by following Auto Club Speedway on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be directed to the "Track Reunion Awards." Plus, fans can participate by guessing who they think the drivers picked with a chance to enter and win NASCAR Auto Club 400 race weekend tickets and packages.

NASCAR Cup Drivers will share which driver they think deserves a "Track Reunion Award" for the following:

  1. Class Clown
  2. Best Hair
  3. Most Athletic
  4. Most Likely to Succeed
  5. Best Car Collection
  6. Most Likely to Lend a Helping Hand
  7. Most Likely to Cause an Argument on Race Day
  8. Most Likely to be Stranded on a Deserted Island With
  9. Best Burnout
  10. Class President

NASCAR fans will be reuniting next year to celebrate Auto Club Speedway’s 20th Anniversary Reunion at the Auto Club 400 race weekend - March 24-26. With a race ticket, fans have access to 20th Anniversary celebrations in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone including special Q&A with racing legends, historic show cars on display, and musical entertainment. A special "Yearbook" themed souvenir program will also be available to purchase full of past memories and driver "well wishes."

To purchase tickets or upgrade ticket packages to NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 Weekend at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com, or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana. Ticket office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Follow Auto Club Speedway and use #ACS20 to share racing memories by tagging @ACSUpdates on Twitter or @AutoClubSpeedway on Facebook and Instagram.

ACS PR