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Country music singer, songwriter and two-time GRAMMY nominee, Josh Turner, performed in front of thousands of fans at a pre-race concert presented by Lance® sandwich crackers on Saturday, May 18, at the 29th annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Prior to Turner’s 90-minute set, Snyder’s-Lance CEO Carl Lee greeted the crowd and the Lance® Snack Patrol led concert-goers in wishing Lance® “Happy Birthday” in honor of the brand’s 100th anniversary. Approximately 2,000 Snyder’s-Lance employees and their families from the Charlotte facility also participated in the weekend festivities.
“Our year-long 100th anniversary celebration is about giving consumers more of what they love and also thanking our local Snyder’s-Lance associates,” said Tommy Ingram, Senior Brand Director, Bakery, Snyder’s-Lance. “Our partnership with the Charlotte Motor Speedway was the perfect opportunity to get out in the community, enjoy some great live music and interact with race fans of all ages.”
Event attendees in the Fan Zone had a chance to meet with the Lance® Snack Patrol as they hosted giveaways and activities for families and distributed more than 13,000 samples of new Lance® Xtra Fulls™ sandwich crackers throughout the race weekend.
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Home Field Advantage...The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads home to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first of two visits to the local facility in 2013. Larson has never made a lap at the 1.5-mile quad oval, but he'll have plenty of time to learn before taking the green flag. The weekend begins with a four-hour test session on Wednesday, followed by two additional practices on Thursday afternoon.
This Week's Camaro...This weekend, the No. 32 team will unload chassis TSM-402 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. TSM-402 is a brand new chassis, which will be making its on-track debut in the History 300.
Larson In HD...Turner Scott Motorsports welcomes aboard VIZIO, Inc. and Hulu Plus for this weekend's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. VIZIO, America's #1 Large Size HDTV company, is committed to delivering the best entertainment experience with its full range of consumer electronics that combine innovative technology with clean and modern design, backed by an award-winning U.S.-based customer support team that has made VIZIO a fan favorite.
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Previous Race Recap... Larson brought home a top-10 finish at Darlington Raceway, his fourth of the 2013 season. In his first ever tangle with 'The Lady in Black,' Larson scored his career-best NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start before bringing home a sixth-place finish in the Sport Clips VFW Help A Hero 200.
Watch and Listen...The History 300 can be seen live on Saturday, May 25 on ABC. Race coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Kyle Larson on Charlotte Motor Speedway
"I feel good going into this week's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway because of the momentum we're carrying with us from Darlington. We had a good race, without any incidents or goofy stuff, and it's exactly what the No. 32 team needed. We just needed to earn the finish we deserved. I haven't had much luck at the mile-and-a-half tracks so far this year, but the intermediates are where Turner Scott Motorsports really excels. It would be great to get our first win in Charlotte 'at home' with our entire shop and their families cheering us on."
Back Home in Charlotte...Following a one-week hiatus, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) returns for the 10th race of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) on Saturday afternoon. Justin Allgaier has nine previous starts at CMS, including his NNS debut, with a best finish of third. Track activity for the NNS teams begins on Wednesday at CMS with a four-hour test session. Regular weekend practice begins on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Darlington Recap...Allgaier qualified fifth at Darlington Raceway in the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro. He was the highest qualifying Chevrolet in the 40-car NNS field. After spending most of Friday night in the top-10 at Darlington Raceway, Allgaier brought his car home in the 10th position. With the 10th-place finish, Allgaier is currently fourth in the NNS Driver Point Standings.
This Week's Camaro...This weekend the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet team will utilize chassis TSM-401. TSM-401 is brand new out of the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) stable.
Watch and Listen...Race coverage forThe History 300 at CMS can be seen live on Saturday, May 25 on ABC at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can be heard live on PRN Radio at 2:30 p.m. EDT, and also on SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Testing...On Tuesday, May 28 Allgaier and his Turner Scott Motorsports teammates will head to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. The team is road course testing in preparation for the upcoming races at Road America, Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli on Charlotte Motor Speedway:
"We are taking chassis No. 401 to Charlotte [Motor Speedway], which is the latest chassis design to come out of the TSM shop. We will use Wednesday as a test day and have a large test plan in place to try several different things. On Thursday, we will take our best setup from Wednesday and put it in the car and work on balance for the race."
Justin Allgaier on Charlotte Motor Speedway:
"Charlotte [Motor Speedway] is extremely fun to drive. The track is very wide and we are able to run two and three-wide without a problem. It puts on a great race for the fans. It's also a home race for several of the team and crew members. We put a lot of effort into Charlotte like we do any other week, but winning there would be huge. I rank it right up there with winning at Daytona [International Speedway]."
This Week's Camaro...The No. 30 WORX team will have chassis TSM-319 for this Saturday afternoon's race at CMS. TSM-319 was previously used by Piquet Jr. at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, where he earned finishes of 16th and 18th, respectively.
Darlington Recap...Making his first career NNS start at Darlington Raceway two weeks ago, Piquet Jr. looked for a solid finish in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. Piquet Jr. and his No. 30 WORX Yard Tools team started the weekend by qualifying 21st at the 1.366-mile oval. Piquet Jr. was able to work his way through traffic and bring home the WORX Yard Tools Chevrolet Camaro with a 16th-place finish.
Familiar Face...For the eighth time this year, Piquet Jr. will once again display the No. 30 WORX colors on Saturday afternoon at CMS. Established in 1994, WORX Yard Tools USA, based in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the fastest growing companies serving the global power equipment market today. A diversified manufacturer and marketer of a complete range of electric-powered lawn and garden equipment and related products, WORX has over 4000 employees worldwide. The WORX line-up includes innovative grass trimmers, chainsaws, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, blowers and more. All WORX products are emission-free and feature intuitive functions, tool-less adjustments and best-of-industry ergonomics. You can find WORX yard tools at retailers such as Lowe's, Walmart, Sears, Amazon.com and local lawn & garden dealers. More information is available on the company's website, at www.WORX.com.
Watch and Listen...The History 300 can be seen live on Saturday, May 25 on ABC. Race coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Got Questions?...Come see Piquet Jr. participate in a Q&A session at the WORX Yard Tools display located in the fan zone on Saturday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
Nelson Piquet Jr. on his return to Charlotte:
Held on Memorial Day weekend, the Coca-Cola 600 presents an opportunity for the NASCAR community to display appreciation for our country’s military forces. This year, Fastenal is proud to honor military service men and women, both active and retired, with a three-car tribute on the No. 16, 17 and 99 Ford Fusions at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
These three cars, known as the Fastenal Tribute Cars, will feature the names of current Fastenal employees who served in the military. David MacFadden (First Sergeant, U.S. Army) will be displayed on the hood of the No. 99, and Brian Ashbee (Chief Quartermaster, U.S. Navy) and Anthony Phillips (Private First Class, U.S. Army) will see their names on the hood of the No. 17.
The displays are part of Fastenal’s “Heroes Hired Here” campaign honoring employees who are active or retired military members. MacFadden, Ashbee and Phillips were the top three finishers in a Fastenal employee essay contest. As the contest winner, MacFadden will also receive a trip for two to the Bank of America 500 in Charlotte on October 12th. Fastenal will be posting the winners’ stories on the Fastenal Racing Facebook page this week (https://www.facebook.com/fastenalracing).
“We’re extremely proud of the hundreds of former and current military personnel who are part of the Fastenal Blue Team,” said Fastenal President Lee Hein. “The Tribute Cars are a small way of expressing our gratitude to them andall of the men and women who have served our country.”
This is Fastenal’s second season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the primary sponsor for Carl Edwards in the No. 99 Ford Fusion and second year sponsoring three Cup cars in the Roush Fenway Racing family for the Coca-Cola 600.
Trevor Bayne is just hours from handing away some of the most coveted toys in Roush Fenway Racing’s (RFR) sponsorship history -- Pillow Pets. The driver of the No. 6 Ford Mustang will celebrate the team’s newest partner by giving away free ‘Patriotic’ themed Pillow Pets to each fan in his autograph line this Thursday during RFR’s “Driven to Engage” Spring Fan Day.
The bi-annual event is a chance for thousands of RFR fans to meet their favorite drivers, collect autographs and mingle with other fans. This year, the first 100 people to get a ticket for Bayne’s autograph line will be rewarded with a free Pillow Pet. Tickets will be handed out at the front entrance to the Roush Fenway museum, starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23rd . Bayne’s autograph session begins at 10:00 a.m.
Pillow Pets will make its debut as a primary partner on Bayne’s No. 6 Ford Mustang this weekend at Charlotte. In addition the company has partnered with Charlotte Motor Speedway to give out 2,000 Patriotic themed Pillow Pets to the families of military men and women who have recently served overseas.
Fans can stick around afterward to meet other drivers, learn more about several of Roush Fenway Racing’s partners, see Bayne grilling hamburgers at the Cargill Beef display and take part in social media based ‘scavenger’ hunts.
Who: Trevor Bayne and 100 fans
What: Receive a free Patriotic Pillow Pet
Where: RFR Fan Day
4600 Roush Place.
Concord, NC 28027
When: Thursday, May 23rd. Tickets will be handed out to the first 100 people in line at 8:00 a.m. Autograph session begins at 10:00 a.m.
As the NASCAR Nationwide Series prepares for this week's History 300 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (CMS),Parker Kligerman and his No. 77 Toyota Racing team will be looking to continue the history of success that Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has quickly established at its home track. Including last Friday night's win with owner-driver Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra, KBM has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories in four events at the 1.5-mile Quad-oval and also posted top-five finishes in both starts at CMS during its inaugural Nationwide Series campaign last season.
Building upon success is something that Kligerman and his Toyota Racing team are familiar with, having carried the momentum from the late-season success that KBM's Nationwide Series program achieved in 2012 into the early stages of this season. Through nine races this season the No. 77 team is slightly ahead of where team owner Busch and elder brother Kurt had the program at the same point last year. The 22-year-old has his team 10th in the owner's championship standings, compiling an average finish of 12.3 with two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Nine races into its inaugural campaign, the No. 54 team was 11th in owner's points, posting an average finish of 12.7 with one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Charlotte was one of the best tracks for KBM's Nationwide Series program last season, with owner-driver Busch posting a pair of top-five finishes, including a third-place finish in the May event last year with same primary chassis that this year's team will unload Wednesday. Kligerman, who has three career starts at "The Beast of the Southeast," qualified eighth for an underfunded Nationwide Series operation in the 2010 spring event, but was relegated to a 43rd-place finish after being involved in a lap-four accident. The talented youngster posted finishes of 11th or better in each of his Truck Series starts, including an eighth-place finish in the 2011 event.
As part of NASCAR's American Salute, the No. 77 Toyota Camry will be sporting a special "Stars and Stripes" paint scheme for Saturday's 200-lap event. Kligerman will be looking to continue KBM's history of success at Charlotte and be the 'star' of the History 300 by crossing the 'stripe' at the front of the field.
After taking last weekend off, Mike Wallace and the No. 01 JD Motorsports team are ready for battle Saturday, May 25th for the running of the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team will take to the track welcoming a new sponsor, Quik Trip, powered by Sun Drop.
Quik Trip, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a privately held company with 650+ stores located in eleven states. The company is the dominant convenience/gasoline retailer in each market. Over the past year, Quik Trip has heavily invested in the Charlotte-Greenville area by opening 20+ stores. Joining Quik Trip is long-time Mike Wallace partner Sun Drop.
The familiar green and yellow logo will be splashed over the quarter-panel, through a partnership with Quik Trip. Sun Drop is no stranger to success with the veteran Wallace behind the wheel. The Lowell-based soft drink company has been affiliated with and supported JD Motorsports since 2009.
Wallace, running Chassis JDM 016, will take to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 33rdstart at the track that is practically in his back yard. The homecoming atmosphere combined with the Memorial Day weekend celebration make this event one of the most popular on the schedule.
Mike Wallace Quotes: “We as a team love racing at Charlotte. It is neat to have the weekend activities only an hour away from the shop. It is nice to see all the fans come out and support the entire event, which lasts over a week. Also, it is a true honor to have Quik Trip on the car. Their multiple locations and cleanliness have made them a favorite spot for my family while traveling on the road.”
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Following an off weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the No. 4 Flex Seal Racing team is ready to race up front during the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 25th. The normal black and yellow paint scheme will be transformed into a Red, “Brite”,and Blue No. 4 Chevy to pay homage to the American Salute program.
Landon Cassill will again return to wheel the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevy, and will be making his first Nationwide Series start at the 1. 5-mile facility located in Concord, N.C. Cassill, who has raced at the track five times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has one top-20 finish to his credit.
After a top-25 finish at Darlington two weeks ago, the team has locked itself into the top-30, allowing a guaranteed start in the field. This benefit allows the team to work on race trim during the long practice sessions, which should pay off during the event.
The No. 4 Flex Seal team will utilize JDM Chassis 015. This car began the year as a member of the No. 01 team, and was raced at Vegas and California. Although suffering from a part failure in Las Vegas and resulting in a poor finish, the car raced competitively at Auto Club Speedway. The chassis has been refreshed for the weekend, and includes a special Red, “Brite”, and Blue scheme.
Landon Cassill Quotes: “I love racing at Charlotte. It’s a fast track, and right here in Concord is great for the teams. This weekend Flex Seal is supporting the troops and participating in the American Salute program with their Red, “Brite”, and Blue car. The car is neat, and I know Marc Browning will have it ready to race up front this weekend.
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Twenty of the most hallowed individuals in NASCAR history have already had been enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame with their spires displayed permanently in the museum's Hall of Honor. Their names are a Who's Who List of NASCAR Legends -- names even the most casual of fans get nostalgic for.
Names like Petty, Earnhardt, Johnson, France, Pearson, Allison, Jarrett, Wood, Waltrip, Yarborough and Wallace.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, the next five individuals -- the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2014 -- will be announced at 6:00 p.m. ET on SPEED, in the Great Hall of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte, N.C. The five new inductees will be chosen from a pool of 25 nominees.
For the first time in sports history, there will be a NASCAR official behind closed doors live-tweeting from the room where members of the Voting Panel are discussing the contributions and merits of each nominee, and subsequently voting. Fans can follow along via the sanctioning body's official Twitter handle @NASCAR and interact on Twitter using #NASCARHOF.
The announcement of the five-person class will most likely feature some surprises, as there are no clear-cut favorites this year, unlike in years past. Everyone's on the same level…it's anyone's guess.
The lack of a consensus on the class is what makes this Voting Day so intriguing. It also opens the door for good, healthy debates championing the merits of one nominee over another. Is Red Byron a more deserving nominee than Jack Ingram? Do Tim Flock's accomplishments in the NASCAR premier series trump what Jerry Cook did in the NASCAR Modified Tour?
The answers to those questions and many others like them are up to the 54-member Voting Panel to decide.
While there is no widespread agreement on any of the nominees, there are a handful of names that will most assuredly generate a buzz during the Voting Panel's discussion immediately prior to the vote.
Last year, Fireball Roberts came within a hair of being part of the Class of 2013 after tying with Buck Baker for the fifth and final induction spot. In a re-vote between the two nominees, Baker beat Roberts. Roberts, who won 33 races in the premier series, was also one of the top five vote getters in the NASCAR.COM Fan Vote.
Jerry Cook and Tim Flock were the seventh and eighth top vote getters during Voting Day, respectively. Cook won six NASCAR Modified championships, including four consecutive between 1974 and 1977. Flock won the NASCAR premier series title in 1952 and 1955.
Does that guarantee Roberts, Cook and Flock spots in this year's class?
Some may think so, some will probably disagree. There are other nominees whose names will be bandied about and considered heavily when it's time to vote.
What about Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Bruton Smith? All three are on the ballot for the first time and all three have made great contributions to the sport.
Jarrett, whose father was inducted in 2011, won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 1999. As chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises, Maurice Petty won seven premier series titles with his brother Richard, who was inducted in 2010. His father, Lee, was inducted in 2011. Smith is the Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which owns and operates eight tracks that host NASCAR Sprint Cup events.
Will any of the first timers have enough support to hear their name called during the class unveiling or will the fact that it's their first time on the ballots affect their consideration this year?
A nominee getting voted in on his or her first ballot (outside of the inaugural vote) might have been considered unlikely prior to last year when Rusty Wallace was announced as part of the Class of 2013. So, the precedent has been set and no one should be too surprised if one or more of this year's first timers make it into the Class of 2014.
Will all five members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2014 come from the six individuals listed above or will some of the other 19 nominees be among those immortalized in the Hall of Honor?
That's what makes this class and this year's Voting Day so intriguing -- it's truly anyone's guess who the five members of the Class of 2014 will be.
It won't be until they make the official announcement on Wednesday that we can stop all the conjecturing. And then we can start speculating on the makeup of the Class of 2015.
Below are all 25 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Nominees:
· Red Byron: First NASCAR champion (1948 Modified Division) and first NASCAR premier series champion (1949). · Richard Childress: Eleven national series owner championships and first owner to win titles in all three national series. · Jerry Cook: Six-time NASCAR Modified champion with four of them coming in consecutive years (1974-1977). · H. Clay Earles: Opened Martinsville Speedway in 1947, which is the only track to host NASCAR premier series races every year. · Tim Flock: Two-time NASCAR premier series champion (1952, 1955) with 39 career wins, putting him 18th on the all-time wins list. · Ray Fox: Named 1956 Mechanic of the Year and built the cars that won the 1960 Daytona 500 and the 1964 Southern 500. · Anne B. France: Matriarch of the sport who served as secretary and treasurer of NASCAR and ISC. · Rick Hendrick: Ten premier series titles, 13 national series titles, which are both NASCAR records. · Jack Ingram: Two NASCAR Nationwide championships (1982, 1985) and three consecutive Late Model Sportsman titles (1972-1974). · Bobby Isaac: Won the 1970 premier series championship and holds the single-season pole record with 19 (1969). · Dale Jarrett: Won the 1999 premier series championship and the Daytona 500 three times (1993, 1996, 2000). · Fred Lorenzen: Won the Daytona 500 and World 600 in 1965 and won five consecutive starts in 1964. · Raymond Parks: First NASCAR premier series champion owner who began his career in 1938 with driver Lloyd Seay. · Benny Parsons: 1973 NASCAR premier series champion and 1975 Daytona 500 winner. · Maurice Petty: Built engines that propelled Richard Petty to seven NASCAR premier series championship and close to 200 wins. · Larry Phillips: Only five-time NASCAR Weekly Series champion; won 13 NASCAR track championships in three states. · Les Richter: Held roles as NASCAR executive vice president of competition and senior vice president of operations and president and general manager of Riverside International Raceway. · Fireball Roberts: His 33 wins ranks him 20th on the all-time wins list; won the Southern 500 twice (1958, 1963) and the 1962 Daytona 500. · T. Wayne Robertson: Senior vice president at R.J. Reynolds and president of their Sports Marketing Enterprises division who oversaw the creation of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. · Wendell Scott: First African-American to win a NASCAR premier series race in 1963 and the 1959 NASCAR Sportsman Division Virginia champion. · Ralph Seagraves: Helped put NASCAR in the national spotlight through Winston sponsorship, including sponsorship of the developmental series. · Bruton Smith: Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., which owns and operates eight tracks that host NASCAR Sprint Cup events. · Curtis Turner: 1956 Southern 500 winner who won 38 of the 79 races he entered in the NASCAR Convertible Division. · Joe Weatherly: Two-time NASCAR premier series champion who won 101 modified races and the championship from 1952-1953. · Rex White: 1960 NASCAR premier series champion whose 28 wins place him 22nd on the all-time wins list.