Steven B. Wilson

Steven B. Wilson

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Hardware to winners of races at Talladega Superspeedway? No. At the biggest, baddest racing venue on the planet, it is called ironware!

Every driver who straps themselves behind the wheel at the 2.66-mile track dreams of winning at the historic, gigantic venue and a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane. And, to the victor of Talladega’s upcoming races during its tripleheader motorsports weekend (April 27-29), go the spoils - some of the most unique pieces of authentic ironware in all of motorsports with both the Vulcan Trophy and the Hammer & Anvil Trophy.

Symbolic of Talladega with its bold toughness, the Vulcan Trophy will be handed over to the winner of the Sunday, April 29 GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Standing nearly three-feet tall and weighing over 100 pounds, the handmade trophy created with hot-poured iron is a miniature version of colossal Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue (56-foot structure on a 124-foot platform) that overlooks the nearby city of Birmingham, once one of the nation’s leading iron and steel producers. The statue, which pays homage to the god of fire in Ancient Roman myth, is considered one of the most memorable works of civic art globally, and is a part of the Vulcan Park & Museum (www.visitvulcan.com). 

Each individual Vulcan trophy, which stands on its one-of-kind base, is handcrafted by the metal arts division of Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces (www.slossfurnaces.com/metal-arts). Since its inception, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and five-time ‘Dega winner Brad Keselowski have claimed the trophy in Gatorade Victory Lane.

The Hammer & Anvil Trophy, also produced by Sloss, is a 30-inch, 50-pound plus work of art which debuted in May last year and is awarded in other Talladega Superspeedway races, including next weekend’s Sparks Energy 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series (Saturday, April 28) and the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards (Friday, April 27).

Myth has it that Vulcan worked in a forge, used an anvil and hammer to shape the metal and create weapons and armor for the all the gods. It, too, is hot-iron poured and features a large hammer and anvil on a strong base. The Hammer & Anvil Trophy for the Sparks Energy 300 has its own, special twist in the fact it depicts a power lineman on the hammer. Aric Almirola won last year’s Sparks Energy 300 while Justin Haley took the checkers in the General Tire 200.

While the Vulcan and Birmingham are forever linked together, Talladega Superspeedway also has a history with the two dating back decades. In 1969, one month after the running of the first NASCAR race at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track, the ARCA series took the mammoth speedway in the Vulcan 500, and Jim Vandiver grabbed the checkered flag. A year later, Ramo Stott was victorious in the second Vulcan 500.

In addition to the Vulcan Trophy, Sunday’s winner in NASCAR’s premier series will take home the patriotic Freedom Trophy, a staple of Talladega’s steeped military tradition. The trophy, introduced in the spring of 2014, will be presented by United States Navy Commanding Officer at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Captain Christopher T. Martin.

To see who takes home the coveted trophies, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223) for all ticket information.

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Two of the most beloved winners in the history of the Indianapolis 500 will bring their unique storytelling style to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for a special "Speakers Series" event May 21, 2018.
"An Evening with The Unsers" will give fans the opportunity to hear from three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser and his nephew, two-time champion Al Unser Jr., hosted by former "Voice of the 500" Bob Jenkins.
The event will take place surrounded by a special exhibit honoring their legendary family, "The Amazing Unsers: From Albuquerque To Indianapolis" which opened at the Museum April 9. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m.
In addition to being one of just two drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 in three different decades, Bobby Unser is a two-time national driving champion and member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. Unser racked up 35 victories in his championship career and took 13 victories at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Unser Jr. is perhaps best known for winning the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history in 1992. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Famer won two national driving championships and 34 races in his championship career.
"Bobby Unser is one of the greatest storytellers in auto racing history, and 'Little Al' delighted fans last year at our celebration honoring the 25thanniversary of the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history," said Betsy Smith, executive director of the nonprofit foundation that runs the facility. "We are thrilled that these two incredible champions will join us for this special event in May, surrounded by the exhibit that honors their legendary family."
The series is supported by Main Event Sound & Lighting and Ruth's Chris Steak House. 
Speaker Series tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Members for $40 and nonmembers for $55. Tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited to 100. To purchase your tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at 317-492-6568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
WHAT:   Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Speakers Series Event
               "An Evening with the Unsers"
WHO:     Bobby Unser, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner
               Al Unser Jr., two-time Indianapolis 500 winner               
WHEN:  6:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 21
WHERE:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum 
                4790 W. 16thStreet
                Indianapolis, Indiana   46222

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As Earth Day approaches, Pocono Raceway is proud to share their green initiative successes and share their future outlook. ‘The Tricky Triangle’s’ green initiatives began in 2010 with the creation of their three-megawatt solar farm and sustainability continues to be one of the core values which drives the Raceway and their staff.

The Raceway’s 25-acre, three megawatt solar farm officially went online in May 2010. The 39,960 American-made solar panels have since generated over 28 Million Kilowatt hours of electricity. The energy by the solar farm has offset the use of over 771,000 gallons of gasoline and offset 28,838 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from approximately 4,462 passenger vehicles. The solar farm provides the energy needs of the track and any unused electricity is placed directly back on the grid to power homes and businesses located near the Raceway.

“Going green is, and will continue to be, a staple for us,” said Nick Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway CEO. “We intend to lead the industry into the next decade as true trailblazers. We promise to increase the number of recycling and compost receptacles around ‘The Tricky Triangle,’ all while reducing the number of trash bins. Camping guests, who stay with us during our race weekend, will continue to receive recycling bags upon their arrival. All of our recycling efforts are based on our diversion percentage goal of 75% by 2019.”

Pocono Raceway’s 2019 diversion goal has been set to ensure three quarters of the waste from the track is recycled and does not end up in a landfill. This initiative, in partnership with Pennsylvania State University, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Monster Energy and NASCAR Green, has resulted in a diversion percentage of 55% last summer, up from 40% the previous year, with 17.5 tons of recovered materials being recycled. Additionally, 2,200 pounds of unused food from the 2017 race weekends were donated to Stroudsburg (Pa.) area groups who feed the hungry through the Raceway’s partnership with Rock & Wrap It Up! This June, with assistance from Essity, the track will place compostable paper products in all their Grandstand restrooms.

The 2018 sustainability efforts of the track will continue to support NASCAR Green’s initiatives during the Pocono 400 and Gander Outdoors 400 race weekends with the use of Sunoco Green E15, the recycling of all Goodyear tires used during competition and the recycling of over 1,000 gallons of waste oil. The Raceway is also in the process of retro-fitting and replacing current lightbulbs with more energy-efficient LED bulbs. Fans will see an increase in the amount of recycling receptacles around the facility, especially during their second annual Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday. Fans who bring an empty can of Monster Energy to be recycled at the track will receive free admission on Friday, June 1, 2018. Over 4,000 Monster Energy cans were recycled during this green and fan-engagement initiative last year.

“We are making a sustained effort to upgrade the facility with energy and water saving components,” said Igdalsky. “Every new building, old building upgraded and overall facility changes will be done with sustainable practices driving the plan. The Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania is a wonderful area to live. Recycling is key to ensuring its beauty is preserved. If it can be done, it will be done. Not simply for our generation, but for our kids, our grandchildren and the Earth.”

For more information about Pocono Raceway’s green efforts, including an updated sustainability report and live deck featuring output from the solar farm, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/green.

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Joe Nemechek will once again be racing the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro for team JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) ToyotaCare 250 at the Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

Safeway’s Eastern Division is proud to sponsor award winning NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek and to cheer him on as he competes in Richmond. Joe will be racing on behalf of Safeway’s shoppers and the division’s 12,000+ employees.

“Safeway shares Joe Nemechek’s spirit and drive,” said Jim Perkins, Safeway Eastern Division President. “Like Joe, Safeway moves fast, we innovate, and we go the extra mile to achieve success!”

Safeway and its Eastern Division are part of Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. The Eastern Division operates 119 stores in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Florida and Delaware.

“I’m very excited to be returning to Richmond Raceway with a new sponsor,” Nemechek said. “My No. 15 JD Motorsports team gave me a great car last weekend in Bristol, and we’ve been working very well together. I’ve found victory lane at Richmond before, so I’m feeling confident that we’ll give Safeway a great finish.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a one-day show at the Richmond Raceway. Practice is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. (ET) on Friday, followed by qualifying at 4:05 p.m. The ToyotaCare 250 will get the green flag at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on FS1.

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The 2018 ELITE Club - Regularity Challenge kicked off last Friday in Valencia at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo with the first round of the ELITE CLUB Division. It was Advait Deodhar (#33 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) to come out the winner in his NWES debut. 

ELITE CLUB - REGULARITY CHALLENGE RESULTS

The Indian driver was the most consistent around the 4 kilometers of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo with a total penalty time of 4.072 seconds across the two timed sessions. 

“That was pretty awesome and I am really happy”, said Deodhar on the podium in Spain. “I didn't even know what to expect because we sorted everything out in the last minutes. To start with a win is like a dream and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I had a really good time.”

Deodhar beat Brazilian veteran Marcelo Silva (#46 Racing Total Chevrolet SS), who accumulated 4.920 seconds of penalty time and clocked the best run of the weekend on Friday with an almost perfect 0.880 penalty time.

“The team and the car were great. I tested the track on a simulation. To win in my first ever European event is exciting,” continued Deodhar. “I really enjoyed driving it. It’s really fun. I am really impressed.” 

Third place went to Dexwet DF1 Racing’s Clemens Sparowitz, ahead of Belgian driver Francois Jerome and defending ELITE Club Champion Andrea Kuchelbacher (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsports Toyota Camry). Simone Laureti (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Jennifer Maas (#10 Racing Total Chevrolet SS) both ran only one session and finished respectively sixth and seventh.

The next ELITE CLUB - Regularity Challenge race will be held on May 17-18 at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Brescia, Italy and will serve as prelude for Round 3 and 4 of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. 

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After a great race at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend, Garrett Smithley is excited to race Richmond Raceway in Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250.  

The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) will once again be on board the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro for Friday’s race.

“I’m really excited about going back to Richmond,” said Smithley. “My 'Number Nuthin'' team has put together a great short track program this year. I just ran my best ever Bristol race, and I’ll have that same car this weekend at Richmond. I have run really well at Richmond in the past, so I have very high expectations for this Friday. This will also be my second race of the year with FAME on the car, so I’ll be looking bring home a great finish for them.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a one-day show a Richmond Raceway. Practice is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. (ET) Friday, followed by qualifying at 4:05 p.m. The ToyotaCare 250 will get the green flag at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on FS1.

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Despite having bad luck in the last two races, Vinnie Miller is optimistic about Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway. JAS Expedited Trucking will once again be on board Miller’s No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro.

This will be Miller’s first time racing at Richmond Raceway, but he will have experienced Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Landon Cassill as a driver coach.

“After two weekends in a row of bad luck, I’m hoping to get the monkey off my back this weekend in Richmond,” said Miller. “I will be leaning on my JD Motorsports with Gary Keller teammates to learn as much as I can about Richmond (Raceway).  I’ve been reviewing tapes and putting a lot of time on the SIM (simulator), so I am optimistic on a solid performance.  Landon Cassill will be with me as a driver coach again this weekend, so hopefully with all this help I’ll be able to bring home a top-20 finish for the No. 01 JAS Expedited Trucking team.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a one-day show a Richmond Raceway. Practice is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. (ET) Friday, followed by qualifying at 4:05 p.m. The ToyotaCare 250 will get the green flag at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on FS1.

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After a top-ten finish at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend, Ross Chastain is eager to race Richmond Raceway in Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250.  

Team JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced earlier this week that USVets911.com will be on board Chastain’s No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro in Richmond. USVets911.com, lead by Tom Daley, Daley Technology Systems (DTSconnect.com), joins together a collection of organizations with the goal of getting help to our veterans. USVets911.com will host their second annual “LA Veterans Resource Expo” (LAVetExpo.com) on July 23rd, 2018. Last year’s event helped hundreds of veterans find jobs and the care they need, and they are looking to expand these events across the United States.

“My goal is to make this race the best so far this year,” said Chastain. “My No. 4 team has been improving every single week, and I think we are really on a roll now. It helps to have such an important sponsor that we all believe in, USVets911.com, on board this week. We want to give them every bit of exposure and TV time that we can.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a one-day show a Richmond Raceway. Practice is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. (ET) Friday, followed by qualifying at 4:05 p.m. The ToyotaCare 250 will get the green flag at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on FS1.

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The youth movement throughout professional motorsports is alive and well in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

On Sunday, top teenage driver prospects, Christian Eckes and Chandler Smith, take to the track in ARCA’s running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at famed Salem Speedway.

Despite their ages, Smith, 15, and Eckes, 17, posse notable talent, maturity beyond their years and the threat to win every time they strap into the driver’s seat. Racing for Venturini Motorsports (VMS), both drivers are part of Toyota Racing’s prestigious TD2 program.

At 17-years old Christian Eckes, the high school honor student, is entering his third partial season racing with VMS in the ARCA series. Eckes, driver of the No.15 JBL Audio Toyota, has made two previous starts at Salem Speedway – his best track performance came in last year’s spring race after leading 91-laps and finishing eighth.

“After a really unsatisfying showing in Nashville (finished 8th), I’m ready to get back on track and deliver the results I’m capable of achieving behind the wheel,” said Eckes. “Our JBL Toyota showed a lot of speed during last week’s test. This is one of my favorite places on tour – I’m expecting solid results this weekend. Kevin (Reed) and the guys on this fifteen-team have put together a great car for this week.”

With an eye on making it to the top levels of NASCAR, Eckes, the 2016 Snowball Derby winner, has made a total of fifteen starts during his current series stay. Knocking on the door of claiming his first series victory, Eckes has two runner-up finishes to go along with four top-5 and 11 top-10 finishes. His 274-laps led in 2017 was a team high among all VMS drivers.

Fifteen-year old standout and series newcomer Chandler Smith made a dramatic entrance in his first career ARCA start winning the General Tire Pole Award (track record) and finishing fifth two weeks ago at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

Riding momentum, Smith, a native of Talking Rock, Ga. will strap back into his VMS prepared No.20 Smith General Contracting Toyota looking for more in Sunday’s showdown in Salem.

“I think we’ve got a great shot this weekend,” said the high school sophomore. “VMS unloaded a really sporty Toyota Camry at last week’s test. We had a lot of success and kept our speed even on the long runs.”

“This will be my first start at Salem but I feel like I adapted quickly to the new track. It reminds me a lot of Winchester Speedway. The biggest difference in the two tracks is probably turn one – it’s harsher than Winchester and you can’t carry the same speed through the corners.

Besides that, it really fits my driving style well. I’m definitely looking forward to going back and teaming up with Billy Venturini and the VMS team.”

Making his super late model debut at the age of 12, the now high school sophomore is no stranger to the spotlight. Despite his age, Smith has been regularly making headlines as he successfully makes his rise up through the ranks of stock car racing.

After nearly winning last year at the Snowball Derby, All-American 400 and Winchester 400 the talented teen finally was able to break out earlier this year by capturing his first career super late model victory in the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS at Watermelon Capital Speedway. With a win at SpeedFest and two runner-up finishes at Greenville Pickens and Myrtle Beach, Smith is optimistic about continuing his streak at the next level.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 will spread out over two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. Practice is Saturday afternoon from 12 noon to 1:30 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 4pm. Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 raceday festivities get underway Sunday morning with an on-track driver autograph session at 11:30am, followed by the Great American Stock feature event at 1pm. Pre-race ceremonies, ARCA driver introductions and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 follow. The ARCA race is scheduled to get the green flag at 2:15pm Sunday afternoon.

VMS PR

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 27 for the 102nd Running of the legendary race.

It marks the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.

No other vehicle has served as the Pace Car more than the Corvette. To celebrate the iconic supercar's connection to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and the other 14 Corvettes that have paced the "500" were on display on the front straightaway today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500," said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. "The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It's the perfect choice to pace 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'"

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car features:

•LT5 small block 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine with 755-hp and 715 lb.-ft. of torque

•8-speed 8L90 paddle-shift automatic transmission

•ZTK Performance Package, which features a stanchion-mounted adjustable carbon-fiber high rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and performance suspension

•Magnetic Selective Ride Control™

•Brembo® Carbon Ceramic brake system

•ZR1 chrome-aluminum wheels: 19-inch front and 20-inch rear

•Standard Performance Traction Management and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential

•Unique Indy 500 graphics package

•GM Design fully-integrated safety strobe system

•Performance Data and Video Recorder

The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 mph, the fastest Corvette in history.

Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-Mile Race, and company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race, and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.

"Chevrolet and IMS enjoy one of the longest-running and strongest bonds in motorsports," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "Seeing all of the incredible Corvettes that have paced the Indianapolis 500 on track today is an exciting reminder of the rich history of this great relationship. This year's Pace Car, the 2019 Corvette ZR1, is an incredible, fast machine that is a perfect fit to lead the '500' field to the green flag."

Chevrolet is pursuing its seventh consecutive IndyCar manufacturer championship this year, building on a successful 2017 season that saw 10 wins out of 17 races.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.

The race also will be televised live on ABC, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. (ET). Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio will provide live coverage of the race to its affiliates and on Sirius 214, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

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