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Jealousy may soon hit the drivers in the NASCAR garage area. On Saturday, Aug. 11, race fans with tickets to any BMS racing event during IRWIN Tools Night Race Week will be allowed to drive their own vehicle around the revamped concrete surface, an advantage any NASCAR driver surely would enjoy.
Those with tickets to the IRWIN Tools Night Race, the Food City 250 or the UNOH Perfect Storm Doubleheader can come to BMS from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 for an open house to showcase the Bristol high banks. After showing their tickets, fans will line up behind the Official BMS Pace Car for laps around the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”
In addition to track laps, Camping World Truck Series competitor Ty Dillon will be on hand from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to provide ride-along laps to several lucky fans in a street truck. Fans can register for the opportunity to ride with Dillon, who also will sign autographs at the event. This is the perfect chance for fans to experience the exhilaration of rocketing around BMS. Several prizes will be up for grabs during the event as well.
Those without tickets should not fret, however, as they will be available to purchase on site. The day also is the perfect opportunity for fans to take advantage of special locals’ ticket pricing for the UNOH Perfect Storm Doubleheader, which features the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 and the Whelen Modified UNOH Perfect Storm 150.
Race fans who live in the immediate areas surrounding the track can purchase UNOH Doubleheader tickets for just $20. Residents of Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Johnson, Greene and Unicoi Counties in Tennessee and Washington, Scott, Lee, Smyth, Grayson, Russell and Wise Counties in Virginia are eligible for local pricing. Fans should have their driver’s license with them to verify their residency.
Danica Patrick, driver of the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, will appear for a question-and-answer session in the Monster Mile Club at 11 a.m. before the Sept. 30 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Joining Patrick on the schedule for the morning’s Q&A sessions are two-time Dover winner Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Best Buy Ford, and three-time winner at the Monster Mile Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet.
Patrick, one of the most recognizable figures in all of sports, is running a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for the first time this season in the No.7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, as well as a limited, 10-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. The Sunday, Sept. 30 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile serves as one of those 10 races.
Fans in the Monster Mile Club will have the opportunity to hear all about Patrick’s experiences in both series this year, a recap of her performance in the Sept. 29 “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the day prior, her plans to jump into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2013 and much more.
The Monster Mile Club opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 with a continental breakfast. Trackside Access begins at 8:30 a.m. with the hosted question-and-answer sessions with Patrick, Kenseth and Newman following later in the morning. An all-you-can-eat lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until the start of the “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 2 p.m., at which point the Monster Mile Club will close.
Dover Motorsports PR
NASCAR fans in Dover can save on tickets to the upcoming AAA 400 on Sept. 30 with the Walmart Family Track Pack. The $99 package gives families four race tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and one program – a total savings of more than $100.
"We are making races affordable and accessible for fans," said Rand Waddoups, senior director, Entertainment Properties and Brands, Walmart. "The Walmart Family Track Pack is a great value that gives local fans a way to take their whole family to the track together."
On June 3, 2012, Jimmie Johnson won his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway tying Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most wins all-time at the Monster Mile.
The Walmart Family Track Pack is available online at www.walmart.com/NASCAR and in Ticketmaster kiosks in select stores.
Race Time 2012 at Walmart
In addition to the fan events happening in Walmart parking lots, area Walmart stores will feature savings on all the food and snacks you need to enjoy the race, plus authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with an even bigger selection of exclusive products available at Walmart.com/NASCAR.
Beginning Sept. 26, select Walmart stores near the Dover International Speedway will host NASCAR fan events featuring real stock racing car displays, and racing simulator machines – perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR.
Additionally, Walmart stores will feature savings on authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with even more items available on Walmart.com/NASCAR.
Participating stores near the Dover International Speedway include:
705 Middletown Warwick Road
939 N. Dupont Blvd.
263 Walmart Drive
36 Jerome Drive
Glory Foods, Inc. Launches "Race To Feeding America'' Campaign With NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers David Ragan And David Gilliland
Representatives of Glory Foods, Inc., have announced the company's sponsorship of a series of NASCAR races in which food and funds will be donated through its "Race To Feeding America" campaign to Feeding America – the nation's premier domestic hunger-relief charity – to support child hunger efforts.
An initial donation of 43,000 pounds of canned goods from Glory Foods was made to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, N.C., a Feeding America food bank.
"We believe our 'Race To Feeding America' campaign will help Feeding America get food to children in need across the country," said Dan Charna, vice president of operations for Glory Foods. "Nearly 16 million children in the United States don't know where their next meal is coming from. Glory Foods wants to do what it can to reduce those numbers and help ensure no child goes to bed hungry."
Charna said Glory Foods is sponsoring Front Row Motorsports entries in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in Atlanta, Bristol, Tenn., and Charlotte and will donate to Feeding America enough money and canned food products to exceed its campaign goal of 500,000 meals to children nationwide.
"We want NASCAR fans to join us in helping Feeding America get food to children who are in need so they can get the nourishment required to grow and flourish," Charna said. "They can go to the campaign's website, www.racetofeedingamerica.org, to make a donation to Feeding America. Or, they may support the cause by donating to local Feeding America food banks in the race cities."
Glory Foods' sponsorship program includes primary sponsorship of two Front Row Motorsports entries: the No. 34 of David Ragan and the No. 38 of David Gilliland. The sponsorship includes a special head-to-head challenge for the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"My teammate, David Gilliland, and I want to heighten awareness about the issue of child hunger right here in our own country," Ragan said. "In doing so, I hope we all become better stewards to children, one meal at a time."
If either driver wins in Charlotte, Glory Foods will donate $1 million to Feeding America.
Glory Foods PR
If you’re looking for more family time, Martinsville Speedway’s got the answer: The TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 28.
The track has two Family Four Pack packages for the TUMS Fast Relief 500, giving families two amazingly affordable ways to spend the day together at Martinsville cheering for their favorite driver in the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
The Family Four Pack includes two adult tickets and two children’s tickets (12 and under) to the TUMS Fast Relief 500.
The $90 Family Four Pack seats are located in rows 6 through 14 of the Clay Earles Tower. The $120 Family Four Pack seats are in rows 6 through 12 of the Sprint Tower.
Order your Family 4 Pack today by calling 877-RACE-TIX (877-722-3849) and mentioning the Family Four Pack offer.
Martinsville Speedway PR
NASCAR racing brothers Austin and Ty Dillon, both coming off of top-five finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis last weekend, will be in Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 7 for two appearances to promote the upcoming Labor Day night racing weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
The two drivers are among the top rising stars in NASCAR. Austin is currently second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings and is the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. AdvoCare, the Official Performance Elite Products of Atlanta Motor Speedway, is one of Dillon's primary sponsors.
Austin’s younger brother Ty, who races full-time in his rookie season in the truck series, is second in points.
Both are the grandsons of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress.
The brothers will compete in a 3-D dodgeball game from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the first 24 kids present will receive paid admission to Sky Zone and have the opportunity to play 3-D dodgeball with both Austin and Ty.
Sky Zone Atlanta is located at 560 Old Peachtree Road Suwanee, GA 30024. Sky Zone’s indoor trampoline park allows participants to play dodgeball in an environment comprised of trampolines on all sides, including the walls.
Following the dodgeball competition, the drivers will hold an autograph session from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, an event open to fans of all ages.
The location's address is 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043. The Atlanta Motor Speedway pace car will be on-site, and fans can also get information about the Labor Day weekend of NASCAR night racing, capped by the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 2.
This weekend at Iowa Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. looks to join an elite group of only six NASCAR drivers to ever win four consecutive races at a single track. If the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Champion wins the U.S Cellular 250 on Saturday night, he would become the first Roush Fenway Racing driver to accomplish this astonishing achievement.
“I know winning four-in-a-row at Iowa is going to be a tough accomplishment but I feel our No. 6 team is strong and up for the challenge,” said Stenhouse, who won his first career NNS race at Iowa last season. “It would be a great honor to become the seventh Nationwide driver to win four-in-a-row and become the first Roush Fenway Racing driver to accomplish this feat.”
Knoxville’s Trevor Bayne, a crowd favorite at Bristol Motor Speedway, is back on track in the Nationwide Series for the Food City 250 Aug. 24.
Bayne is highlighted in two special ticket packages at BMS to celebrate his return to the World’s Fastest Half-Mile as he pilots the “We Back Pat™”-themed Roush Fenway Ford in honor of the University of Tennessee’s Pat Summitt.
The Food City 250 package currently is available, starting at $60, and features a ticket to the Food City 250, a “We Back Pat™” t-shirt and admission to a special question-and- answer session with Bayne. Also available is a package for the weekend, which contains a ticket to both the IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup event Aug. 25 and the Food City 250, a “We Back Pat™” t-shirt and admission to the Q&A, starting at $125.
A portion of the proceeds from the ticket package will benefit The Pat Summitt Foundation.
Bayne is honoring Summitt, the Grand Marshal for the Food City 250, by driving an orange and white University of Tennessee-themed ride. It is a promotion designed to raise national awareness of The Pat Summitt Foundation’s mission and contribution to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history who won eight NCAA national championships while leading the Lady Vols, was diagnosed in August of 2011 with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease.
Summitt, who stepped down in April as the coach of the Lady Vols, is the only coach in NCAA history, and one of three college coaches overall, with 1,000 wins. She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2009. In 38 years of coaching the Vols (1974-2012) she never had a losing season and finished her career with an amazing 1098-208 record.
The recently repaved Pocono Raceway produced one of the most exciting and competitive races of the 2012 NASCAR season during Pocono Raceway’s June 10, Pocono 400. As the crowd roared, Joey Logano edged out Mark Martin by less than one second to take the checkered flag. Every indication points to an equally exciting race this Sunday as the Pennsylvania 400 takes center stage for Pocono Raceway’s weekend of speed August 3-5.
On track, the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be joined by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for three days of all out racing action. Practice for all three series plus ARCA qualifying comprise Friday’s schedule. Qualifying for the Camping World Truck and the Sprint Cup Series kicks off the action on Saturday. The third annual Pocono Mountains 125, Truck Series race gets the green flag at 1:00PM followed by the 29th annual Pennsylvania 125, ARCA race. Children 12 and under are admitted free to the grandstands both Friday and Saturday. Gates open on Sunday August 5 at 9:00AM with the 39th annual Pennsylvania 400 set for a 1:00PM start. Children 12 and under are admitted at half-price to the Concourse grandstand on Sunday. (All times are subject to change)
Off-track there is something for every race fan. For kids the all new Kid's Zone, located at the back of Fan Fair across from the merchandise trailers, includes games, fun events and special National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) events held daily from 8:30AM -12:30PM. Fan Fair displays include: Sprint, Chevrolet, National Guard, UAW, Air Force, Fan Vision, StockCar Racing Experience, the NASCAR Foundation and more! An autograph session for Camping World Truck Series drivers will be held in the Kid’s Zone on Friday at 1:00PM. Sprint Cup Series driver Regan Smith will conduct a Q & A session at 9:30AM Saturday at the Sprint Experience.
Infield ticket holders will be treated to Camping World Truck Series Q&A Sessions starting at 6:00PM Friday and concerts by Emily’s Toybox Friday evening and 40 lb.Head Saturday evening. The Barley Creek Wiffle Ball Field opens Friday and Saturday at 5:00PM and features a Home Run Derby with Pocono Raceway prizes for the most home runs each night. A fireworks show caps the infield activities Saturday evening.
In 19 Sprint Cup trips to Bristol Motor Speedway Biffle has done most everything except make the trip he wants the most – the one to Victory Lane.
The resume Biffle brings to Bristol for the Aug. 25 IRWIN Tools Night Race is quite impressive. He’s hammered out 11 top-10 finishes and six top-fives while failing to finish only one time. He’s completed a remarkable 2,996 laps out of the last 3,000 run in Sprint Cup events and qualified on the front row four times, including earning the pole for the Food City 500 in March.
But starting first has not equated to finishing first.
“Yeah, it’s something,” said Biffle, who is hoping his 20th BMS start Aug. 25 in the IRWIN Tools Night Race finally results in a win. “I run so well there typically. And I love challenging places to start with. I really do love Bristol. It’s always been one of the more challenging places we go, which is why I’ve been so good there. I like that challenge. I focus on it and I just attack it.
“I haven’t won there yet, but I’ve come close so many times and then had something happen. I really can’t wait to have a Bristol trophy. I’m looking more forward to a Bristol win than just about anything on the circuit. Maybe I’ll get that here in a few weeks.”
Biffle and the rest of the NASCAR world will return to a different Bristol than the one they saw in March. The surface has been revamped after a milling process erased the progressive banking in the upper groove, effectively giving the drivers less room on which to race.
“I don’t think anybody knows what’s going to happen,” he said. “The biggest thing is we don’t know what to expect when we get there. I think everybody kind of nervous and excited about seeing what the change did to the track and how we can get our cars to work and running lower on the race track and figure out how to pass.
“We’re all in the same boat, we just have to get on the race track and figure it out.”
One thing Biffle knows for sure though is that racing at BMS never gets old for him – or for the fans.
“Listen, I tell fans, if they ask me which race they should go to for the first time, I tell them, ‘you gotta go to Bristol first. You can see the whole race track, you can see all the action, there’s nothing else like it,’” he said.
“Bristol has always been at the top of my list for people who are first-time fans. They can go to some other places after they’ve been to Bristol but that definitely is the first stop.”