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When the on track action ends at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 28, the fun will continue as the Speedway will host FanFest, a free event giving fans an up-close look at some of the sport’s biggest stars, off the track.

Following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice for the First Data 500 at 4 p.m., FanFest will pit drivers against each other in games and contests and will rely heavily on fan participation and interaction beginning at 5:30 p.m. in The Party Plaza on the hill above Turn Four.

Denny Hamlin, Danica Patrick, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Jeffrey Earnhardt, David Ragan and Reed Sorenson will be heading from Final Practice to FanFest where they will be joined by Motor Racing Network’s Kim Coon.

The drivers will be split into pairs for their activities, which will often feature fan participation or interaction.

Denny Hamlin and Danica Patrick will open the festivities with a game of ‘Two-Truths-And-A-Lie,’ a popular party game. Hamlin and Patrick will offer three statements about themselves to the fans, one of which is a lie. The fans will then have to guess which statement is not true.

Earnhardt and Almirola will be the second pair to take the stage. As voted on by the fans via social media, the duo will compete in a Sumo Suit Wrestling competition wearing large, inflatable sumo suits and attempting to push each other out of a wrestling ring.

DiBenedetto and Kahne will then take to the stage where they will join a group of fans and divide into ‘families’ for to play the popular game show ‘Family Feud.’

Kahne said he is looking forward to interacting with the fans.

“I think when the fans come out and enjoy that type of thing it’s fun to be there. It’s fun to see them and enjoy that time with them,” Kahne said. “A lot of times, they’re enjoying the race in the stands and we’re enjoying the race in the car but you’re not really interacting. To do that with a big group of fans who are excited for the Sunday show means a lot to me.”

Dillon and Coon will test their basketball skills in the next contest, drafting a team of fans for a game of ‘Hot Shot Basketball.’ The duo will root on their team before facing off in a final showdown for the title of ‘Martinsville Hot Shot.’

“It’ll be a blast. I’m looking forward to our first FanFest,” Dillon said. “We haven’t had a chance to do one yet and I’m glad it’s in Martinsville. We can have some fun. It’ll be a good time.”

The basketball goal used by Dillon and Coon will be donated to a local charity organization after the event.

Finally, Ragan and Sorenson will draft partners from the crowd to participate in a pumpkin carving contest, which will be crowd-judged.

“Fans are the most important thing we have at Martinsville Speedway, without them we wouldn’t have made in one year, let alone 70, so FanFest is a way that we can say ‘thank you’ for supporting us for so long,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Adding FanFest to our schedule also gives fans an opportunity to get up-close and personal with drivers in a relaxed environment. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

FanFest will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 and will run until 8:30 p.m.

FanFest will be free of charge to fans. There will be special accommodations made for youth in attendance at the event so that they may experience FanFest front and center. My Martinsville members will also receive special seating.

The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. If the winning driver is in the Playoffs, he or she would be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last fall, Jimmie Johnson won his ninth grandfather clock, on the way to winning his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Tickets for the First Data 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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The following is an event recap with photo and video links from Monday's test session at Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval of the new universal aero kit.
 
Event Recap
 
The Verizon IndyCar Series' new universal aero kit made its 1.5-mile oval debut at Texas Motor Speedway as Honda drivers Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports participated in the one-day test session. The drivers hit the track beginning at 9 a.m. and continued throughout the late afternoon, breaking for lunch to visit with engineers as well as the Dallas/Fort Worth media contingent.
 
  The test is part of the preparation for drivers and teams to get accustomed to the new aero kits that will debut in race competition beginning with the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The series announced in April of 2016 its intentions to move away from aero kit competition and adopt a universal kit for competitors. While the aero kit has already tested on road courses and Indianapolis Motor Speedway's famed 2.5-mile oval, Monday provided the first steps to learning more about the aero package for Texas Motor Speedway as well as some of the other ovals on the schedule.  
 
"I think Scott and I were both pretty impressed with it out of the box," Hinchcliffe said. "It does all the things a race car should do and not a whole lot of what a race car shouldn't do. Unfortunately, it has been something we've dealt with in the past couple of years with the aero kit. I'm excited to finally get some miles on it and keep learning."
 
The duo also took part in side-by-side racing during the session to simulate race conditions. While only getting a small sample of what will come when the series returns next year to Texas Motor Speedway, Dixon remains optimistic of the exciting racing the aero kits will provide.
 
"The biggest thing of all of us is that they've done it in a way to make the car perform better - it should be better in traffic," Dixon said. "It should be much more predictable - a little easier to follow in traffic. In hindsight, we should get some damn good racing."
 
Highlight
 
While much discussion focused on the handling of the car on Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile surface, few could get past the look of the new car. With noticeable differences to the side and rear areas, both drivers enjoy the look of the sleek cars that harken back to the series' heyday in the 1990s and 2000s.
 
"It looks like any INDYCAR. Never mind Formula One," Hinchcliffe said. "It doesn't have all these ridiculous flicks. It's a great looking car and reminds me of the era of Indy car racing I fell in love with as a kid."
 
"For the fans, I think the car looks cool," Dixon added. "When the last aero kits came out, I was like, 'I don't really like how these look.' I think everyone is super excited about how these cars look and the speeds. Just in general, how they going to race in general is going to be really cool."
 
What They Are Saying
 
"I think it's the greatest racing in the world right now. It's the closest. It's the most disparity with winners and teams - from big teams to small teams. As a package, I think what the Verizon IndyCar Series has is the best racing right now. There is nothing else out there that comes close to it." - Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon on the state of the series.  
 
"The equality. Bringing everybody back on the same page is going to help close the gap a little bit to some of the other guys that enjoyed a fruitful 2017 season. Honda has done an incredible job on the speedway kit in the past and obviously we are making the horsepower or else we wouldn't be able to compete and win Indy 500s like we have been. There are definitely tracks that have been a huge disadvantage to us from an aero kit perspective the last three seasons." - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe on what he's most looking forward to with the move to the new aero kits.  
 
"Robert (Wickens) might be a rookie, but he's a professional through and through. He's had six years of top-level, very technical racing over in Europe. He brings a wealth of experience to his 'rookie' campaign. For sure, there is going to be a learning curve. Obviously steeper on the ovals - he hasn't done that before. I think road and street tracks he's going to get up to speed very quickly." - Hinchcliffe on the addition of new teammate Robert Wickens to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports organization.  
 
"Change is good. I think what the Verizon IndyCar Series has done with the universal aero kit - they've spent a lot of hours not just going over with it themselves but with the teams, engineers, fans and public - to figure out what everybody wants. I think going to a universal aero kit makes the racing very tight and in a positive direction, too. There are lots of things to be excited about, especially in 2018." - Dixon on the exciting changes to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
 
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The Gospel Music Association’s 2017 Dove Award winners for Southern Gospel Vocal Group of the year, the Gaither Vocal Group, will perform the National Anthem as part of the prerace festivities at Martinsville Speedway before Sunday’s First Data 500.

Founded by legendary gospel songwriter and producer, Bill Gaither, this Grammy-winning vocal group has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall, however the trip to Martinsville Speedway will mark a first four the group.

"This is the first opportunity that the Gaither Vocal Band has had to sing at a NASCAR event and we cannot contain our excitement,” Bill Gaither said. “It will be major for us. Thanks to Clay Campbell and Martinsville Speedway for the invitation. We are looking forward to the 29th"

In addition to the Gaither Vocal Group, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Jack Jacobs will serve as the Honorary Starter and will wave the Green Flag to start the race. Jacobs was awarded the military’s highest honor for actions in Vietnam.

“The prerace ceremonies are such an important part of our race and we are really excited to have the Gaither Vocal Group and Col. Jacobs play such large roles,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “First Data is a company that puts our nation and our military first and we are excited to have a prerace that will make our fans proud to be Americans.”

Frank Bisignano, the Chairman and CEO of First Data, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the First Data 500 and will give the command to fire the engines, while the Virginia Military Institute Color Guard will present the nations colors.

The Bandit Flight Team will provide a flyover for both Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions and Sunday’s First Data 500.

As announced previously, Amy Earnhardt, the wife of Dale Earnhardt Jr., will serve as the Honorary Pace Car driver.

The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. If the winning driver is in the Playoffs, he or she would be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last fall, Johnson won his ninth grandfather clock, on the way to winning his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.

As part of the on-site entertainment during First Data 500 weekend Martinsville Speedway will host FanFest on Saturday, October 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. FanFest is a free event giving fans an up-close look at some of the sport’s biggest stars, off the track. There will be special accommodations made for youth in attendance at the event so that they may experience FanFest front and center.

Tickets for the First Data 500 start at $55 and are on sale now. Youth tickets are available starting at $15, with teen pricing available starting at $25. Family four packs start at $110 and military specials are available, as well. Tickets may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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Longtime Indianapolis 500 car entrant Rolla Vollstedt, who is perhaps best remembered for bringing Janet Guthrie to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1976 as the first female to be entered for the Indianapolis 500, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22 in Portland, Oregon. He was 99.

Passionate, articulate, outspoken and persuasive, Vollstedt was a high-profile member of the board of directors for the United States Auto Club who served as USAC's car entrant representative from the late 1960s until the 1980s.

Although he had fielded a National Championship car (now IndyCar) in some late-season dirt track events with driver Len Sutton in 1955 and 1956, it was not until the summer of 1963 that Vollstedt first brought a car to Indianapolis. This was one of the very first American-built rear-engine cars to house a normally aspirated Offenhauser engine, and with Sutton driving in summer tire tests, it kept exceeding the official track record, eventually flirting with an unofficial 155-mph run in March 1964. 

Sutton qualified the car for the 1964 "500" and was running fourth when a magneto failed after 140 laps.

After a dozen years of fielding drivers like Billy Foster, Cale Yarborough, Dick Simon, Tom Bigelow, Arnie Knepper, Larry Dickson, Denny Zimmerman and others, Vollstedt made headlines in 1976 by providing a car for Guthrie.

Plagued by mechanical issues, the team was forced to withdraw the car without Guthrie having an opportunity to make a qualifying attempt. But the following year, she was back, qualifying on the fourth and final day with the 18th fastest speed overall and the fastest of the entire final weekend.

Guthrie managed only 27 laps of the race before a timing gear broke, but history was made.

Vollstedt often was the first to file an entry for an upcoming "500," and invariably, a car of his was the first to take a "shakedown" lap once the track had been opened for practice at the beginning of May. He learned these most effective publicity-grabbing "stunts" from the very colorful Bryant Heating and Cooling dealer, Phil Hedback, with whom he was often associated, and in turn, Vollstedt passed them on to another longtime partner, Dick Simon.

While Vollstedt's under-financed cars were never among the fastest qualifiers or in the winner's circle at Indianapolis or in other championship events, they occasionally had a good run. Perhaps the one that delights trivia buffs the most is that a Vollstedt entry did once actually qualify second. The venue was Riverside, California, and the occasion was the 300-mile road race which closed the 1967 USAC season. The car ran second for the first 23 laps behind Dan Gurney, who went on to win, and it passed Gurney for the lead for a single lap before breaking a valve.

The driver on that day -- believe it or not -- was 1965 Indianapolis 500 winner and two-time Formula One World Champion Jim Clark.

Vollstedt was one of the great characters of the Speedway and a mentor to countless mechanics and engineers over the years, including Grant King, Hal Sperb and numerous others. He also came across as a pure enthusiast who, even when he wasn't an official entrant, always seemed to be aligned with a team in some sort of advisory capacity, official or unofficial.

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie and 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion Daniel Suárez is scheduled to appear at ROLL-BAR for a moderated question and answer session before the Can-Am 500 on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.

The first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race, Suárez is a rising star in the sport and a contender for the 2017 Rookie of the Year after replacing Carl Edwards behind the helm of the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.

He spent the past two seasons racing to the top of the ranks in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, including three top-five and three top-10 finishes at his self-proclaimed hometown track in Phoenix, before earning the title of 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.

Suárez became a Phoenix-favorite after earning his first win in the Valley in 2014 the NASCAR Mexico Series Toyota 120 in 2014. He solidified his Phoenix reputation last fall earning his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in the Lucas Oil 150, which he followed up with a legendary Mannequin Challenge in Gatorade Victory Lane.

ROLL-BAR, located on the west side of the track behind the Bobby Allison grandstands, features the best in live entertainment each day throughout the entire Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix Raceway, as well as appearances by some of NASCAR’s top personalities.

Single-day tickets to ROLL-BAR are available for $129 on Saturday, Nov. 11. Single day ROLL-BAR passes for Sunday, Nov. 12 are sold out. Limited two-day packages are available for $298, and include passes to ROLL-BAR for both Saturday and Sunday. The additional purchase of a grandstand ticket is still required for track admission.

Tickets to all events throughout the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Phoenix Raceway are available online, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the Phoenix Raceway ticket office.

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Auto Club Speedway, Southern California’s premier motorsports facility, contributes more than $105 million in economic impact to San Bernardino County, according to a recently released report by the University of California, Riverside Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

Based on data from the analysis which were estimated using input-output models from the Impact Analysis for Planning (IMPLAN) System, Auto Club Speedway generated $105.8 million in economic output in San Bernardino County, $148.7 million in economic output in Southern California and $156.2 million in economic output in the state of California.

“Auto Club Speedway is one of San Bernardino County’s marquee venues, and it plays a major role in attracting dollars to our County,” said San Bernardino County 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

“Over the past 20 years, Auto Club Speedway has proven to be a great community partner and a catalyst for economic growth in the Inland Empire,” added Assembly member Marc Steinorth, California State Assembly 40th District.

“Since opening in 1997, Auto Club Speedway has had a continued positive impact not just on the Inland Empire and Southern California, but the entire state,” said Speedway President Dave Allen. “Our events, which include NASCAR, Drag races, concerts, commercial shoots and ancillary motorsports events,  attract thousands of fans and visitors from around the world and continue boost the economy and attract world-wide media coverage year-around.”

“As a longtime resident of the Inland Empire, I know that Auto Club Speedway has created many fond memories for countless families – including my own – over the years,” said State Senator Connie M. Leyva, 20th District. “I am also grateful for the positive economic impact that the Speedway makes in our area from visitors that spend at local restaurants, stores, hotels and other businesses.

“The Inland Empire economy certainly benefits from the presence of the Speedway in our region. I look forward to this magnet for tourism continuing to thrive for many years to come.”

Visitor spending, combined with the Speedway’s investment in jobs generate further revenue for the Inland Empire as well as San Bernardino County and the state of California. The economic survey reports $2.5 million in additional tax revenue alone for the County, $3.4 million for Southern California and $3.5 million for the state.

The report concludes that Auto Club Speedway has a social impact on the community that goes far beyond the economic activity generated by its day-to-day operations.  The Speedway improves the quality of life through community outreach programs including Lefty’s Reading Challenge, fund drives and charitable donations.

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The second and final day of Evergreen Raceway's second annual "King of the Green" (KOTG) weekend kicked off Sunday afternoon. With $4,000 on the line for the winner of the 100-lap American Rental Equipment Modified main event, it was destined to be a show that would draw cars from the tri state area, which it did for all three divisions on Sunday's card. Despite a slow start to the Modified main, which eliminated some of the stout runners, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA took the checkers over Zane Zeiner to claim the big check and the division championship. It was no surprise to see Randy Schlenker of Whitehall running up front in the Barbush Automotive Street Stock division. In what he calls his career best season, Schlenker not only took the victory, but also claimed another Evergreen championship. After crossing the stripe second in the Factory Stock feature, mixed with the disqualification of the feature winner, Gerard Lawrence of Long Island, NY was honored with the victory.

Twenty eight tour type Modifieds lined the pit area. Each and every driver had their first goal in mind- to finish well in the heat or consi to make the 20 car starting field. Three drivers were well on their way with heat race wins, including John Mandatto, Brian DeFebo and Scott Adams. Thirteen cars started the consi and Blake Barney took that victory.

With a heads up start from qualifying, Mandatto led the field to the drop of the green in the 100-lap contest. He led the opening circuit over DeFebo, Adams, Matt Hirschman and Roger Coss. The top five settled in and quickly ran off some quick laps before a quick yellow waved on lap 11.

Green flag racing resumed and then a pileup occurred at the exit of turn two. Many drivers were involved, including DeFebo, Coss, Earl Paules, Buddy Miller, Lou Strohl, Gene Bowers, Barry Callavini , Zane Zeiner and Randall Richard. Nearly turning over, Zeiner rode the backstretch wall before landing back on all four wheels. Amazingly, after some quick crew work, Zeiner rejoined the field without losing a lap. DeFebo on the other hand was not as lucky and the day came to a close for the 2016 event winner.

With the green back out and with Mandatto still showing the way, a quick caution waved on lap 14. Hirschman held second on the restart and got the jump on Mandatto to take the lead.

A red flag stopped the show for minutes on lap 17 when Callavini's car appeared to have a part break while entering turn one. He shot up the track and collected John Fortin, Jr. Fortin's car slammed into the Styrofoam blocks and then rode the fence prior to flipping on its roof. Thankfully, Fortin was uninjured both the hopes of winning for both drivers came to an end.

More green flag laps clicked off following the restart and Adams found himself on Hirschman's back bumper at the halfway mark. Mandatto, Paules and Coss were in tow.

Within the next 20 laps, Brandon Oltra made his presence known and moved into the third behind the two front runners. Amazingly, Zeiner had moved into fourth after the incident early in the show.

The show slowed on lap 74 and Adams gave up second and hit the pits for a tire. The only problem was; the pits were closed. Realizing the mistake, it forced him to restart as the last car on the lead lap. When the pits were finally open, many of the top ten runners pitted, including Paules, Coss, Barney, John Markovic and Mandatto. With a very strategic call, Hirschman did not pit and held the lead over Oltra and Zeiner for the restart.

Once the green flag came back out, Hirschman focused on the lead and Zeiner focused on overtaking Oltra for second. He succeeded on lap 75 but didn't have anything left for the leader by the event's end. Hirschman went on to score his fifth King of the Green victory over Zeiner, Coss, Oltra and Markovic.

Eric Kocher, Rich Paciotti and Randy Schlenker notched Street Stock heat wins to secure excellent starting spots in the 50-lap feature. Kocher led the field to the green and Schlenker got the edge to lead lap one by a bumper over Kocher, Mike Pollack, Paciotti and John Moser.

Paciotti climbed to second and the remainder of the top five remained the same until lap 28 when Pollack moved by Kocher for the fourth spot. All the while, Paciotti, who appeared to have a faster car than the leader, tried Schlenker high and low for position. Each time, the leader shut the door.

Only four short yellow flags slowed the show and Schlenker went on to claim the checkers over Paciotti, Moser, Pollack and Kevin Kromer.

Eric Zeh and Tom Casagrande scored Factory Stock heat race wins and then shared the front row for the start of the 40-lap feature. Zeh led the opening circuit over Casagrande, Scott Sipe, Gerald Lawrence and Elliott Wohl. The top five battled hard in the early going and then settled into line. With 10 laps complete, Zeh still showed the way over Casagrande and Sipe.

The first of three yellows waved when Stephanie Moyer broke and lost a right rear wheel on lap 22. She pitted for repair and rejoined the competition.

Sipe worked on Casagrande for second and then made the pass on lap 24. Shortly after, Casagrande headed to the infield with mechanical issues. Green flag racing resumed and with 26 laps complete, Zeh held the point over Sipe, Wohl, Mark Tyson and Lawrence.

Lawrence's car came to life in the closing laps and he climbed into the second spot. The pair took the checkers in the same order over Wohl, Sipe and Tyson. However, Zeh failed to pass post race inspection and Lawrence was awarded the crown.

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Modified (100-laps) 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN 2. Zane Zeiner 3. Roger Coss 4. Brandon Oltra 5. John Markovic 6. Earl Paules 7. Blake Barney 8. Todd Baer 9. Scott Adams 10. Alan Creveling 11. Randall Richard 12. Gene Bowers 13. Lou Strohl 14. Jon Mandato 15. Joey Jarowicz 16. Barry Callavini 17.John Fortin 18. Justin Gumley 19. Brian DeFebo 20. Buddy Miller DNQ: Paul Frantz, Mitch Dowd, James Pritchard, Wayne Szerencsits, Joe DeGracia, Scott Miller, Paul Monkoski

Street Stock (50-laps) 1. RANDY SCHLENKER 2. Rich Paciotti 3. John Moser 4. Mike Pollack 5. Kevin Kromer 6. Josh Mooney 7. Todd Ahner 8. Broc Brown 9. Eric Kocher 10. Steve Shultz 11. Steve Hoffman 12. Mark Martini 13. Jillian Long 14. Corey Edelman 15. Rick Reichenbach 16. Dan Pawlicki 17.Brian Halecki 18. TJ Gursky 19. Mark Deysher 20. Bobby Kibler Jr DNQ: Corey Swartz, Stacey Brown, Sam Danaher, Steve Tito, Zach Biros, Paul Morgan Jr

Factory Stock (40-laps) 1. GERALD LAWRENCE 2. Elliot Whol 3. Scott Sipe 4. Mark Tyson 5. Jerry Koenig 6. Andrew Monkoski 7. Steph Moyer 8. Frank Katona 9. Bob Wink 10. Mike Montano 11. Tom Casagrande 12. Bryan O'Shea 13. Jake Jones DQ: Eric Zeh

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday, October 24 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 25. The testing session will run from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Fans who would like to witness this preview of the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race are invited to watch the testing at the track. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the cars from the infield Pit Road Cabanas or enjoy a panoramic view of the track from the grandstands or the fourth floor Speedway Club.

Fans attending may park their vehicles in the parking lot on S.W. 336th Street and S.W. 137th Avenue. Entry to the facility is through Gate 4 where a tram will take fans to the infield. The tram will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Below is a list of drivers who are scheduled to participate in the testing session. Drivers and schedule are subject to change:

Driver                                     Team

Martin Truex Jr.                      Furniture Row Racing

Kyle Larson                             Chip Ganassi Racing

Denny Hamlin                         Joe Gibbs Racing

Jimmie Johnson                     Hendrick Motorsports

Brad Keselowski                     Team Penske

Trevor Bayne                          Roush Fenway Racing

Kurt Busch                              Stewart-Haas Racing

Ryan Blaney                           Wood Brothers Racing

Alex Bowman                         Chevrolet R&D

Landon Cassill                         Ford R&D

Drew Herring                          Toyota R&D

Tickets to the 2017 Monster Energy Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race, in addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race Saturday, November 18, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race Friday, November 17, are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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For 13 years, brothers Jeff and Ward Burton raced against each other at NASCAR’s highest level. While the South Boston natives are no longer racing, they will still have their full attention on the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

There will once again be two Burtons in the field, as Ward’s son Jeb and Jeff’s son Harrison will be racing in the same race for the first time.

“It’s definitely special,” Harrison said. “Jeb is someone that’s always helped me a lot and I’ve tried to help him the best I can. Now that we are going to be going against each other it’s going to be a little bit strange. I’ve never race anyone from my family, even my dad. It’s going to be weird, I don’t know how I’m going to act when I see him in his truck and see Burton on the back glass. It’s going to be strange, but it’s going to be fun.

“I’m really excited to race him and hopefully we get to be door-to-door for some time and get to go at it. It should be a lot of fun.”

Jeb, who has a pole and a top-three finish at Martinsville, will offer any advice he can to his younger cousin.

“Harrison has been doing a good job, and maybe I can teach him a little something there,” Jeb said. “I don’t think he’s finished in the top-10 there yet so maybe I can help him a little bit.”

And Harrison will take all the advice he can get from the elder Burton.

“Jeb has been really good there,” Harrison said. “He is definitely a resource before you go to Martinsville. Before my first truck race there I actually got to drive his Late Model Stock Car around there in a test, and that helped me a lot for the track. So, yeah, he’s definitely a huge resource that I can use to get better. He has so much more experience than me.”

With the holiday season right around the corner, Jeb wants to make sure things stay civil at family gatherings.

“Harrison is a lot younger than me,” Jeb said. “I’ve never raced with him before, so I don’t know what to expect, but I don’t want to start any family drama there for sure.”

That’s something Harrison doesn’t think they need to worry about.

“I’m just going to race him like I would like to be raced and hopefully it will turn out good,” Harrison said.

That doesn’t mean Harrison won’t be afraid to use the bumper if he finds himself running second to Jeb on the final lap, but he would also expect the same from Jeb.

“I think I’d move him,” Harrison said. “You’re going there for one reason and that’s to win. I definitely would not wreck him. I’d definitely use the old bump-and-run tactic on him and I think he would do the same thing. That trophy means a lot to him as well.”

The Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions is Saturday, October 28. The race is the first race in the Round of Six in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. If a Playoff driver wins, he would be the first to lock himself into the Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last year, Johnny Sauter won the race en route to the Series Championship.

Tickets to the race are $35 for adults. Kids 12-and-under are admitted free. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online atwww.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Evergreen Raceway’s second annual “King of the Green” (KOTG) weekends kicked off Saturday afternoon. The pits were filled with racecars and anxious drivers that couldn’t wait to his the 1/3-mile asphalt oval for the last event of the season at the track. Once the dust settled following some intense action, Zane Zeiner of Bath, PA went to victory lane in the Sport Modified division. The Himmer Graphics Late Models took to the track and after a slow start, they clicked off a long green flag run. Although he was pressured in the early going by Kyle Harvell, Mike Sweeney of Nesquehoning picked up his first ever KOTG victory. Harry O’Neill of Mountaintop took the early lead in the Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder feature and never looked back en route to victory. Also from Mountaintop, TJ Kapish held off numerous charges from his competition to notch the Strictly Stock feature win.

Paul Hartwig, Jr. led the Sport Modified field to the drop of the green flag in the 50-lap main event. He led the opening circuit over Paul Morgan, Jr, Connor Sellers, Paul Monkoski and Nick Baer.

The first yellow flag waved for a spin on lap 10 and Morgan was forced to the pits with a fuel leak. Great flag racing resumed and with Hartwig still showing the way, Zane Zeiner moved into the third spot. Two laps later he got underneath Sellers for second and drove to Hartwig’s rear bumper.

Zeiner gave the leader a little shot and then moved into the lead on lap 18. Hartwig tried to return the favor, but spun out in the process.

Racing resumed and following a few sporadic yellow flags and multiple restarts, Zeiner took the checkers over Baer. Joe DeGracia crossed the stripe in third but was penalized two positions for passing under the pink lined in turns one and two. The change moved Joey Jarowicz and Sellers to third and fourth respectively.

Hartwig and Morgan were heat race winners.

Steve Shultz and Mike Sweeney shared the front row for the start of the 50-lap Late Model feature. Following two attempts to get one lap in the books, Shultz crossed the stripe to lead lap one over Sweeney, Frank Batista, Jr, Kyle Harvell and Jerick Johnson of North Carolina. Sweeney didn’t waste any time and pulled alongside Shultz to lead the following circuit.

A handful of yellows slowed the show in the early going, one of which involved a spin by Shultz in turns one and two. Rich Cooper took the high side to avoid Shulz, but then pounded the foam barriers. Luckily, Cooper was uninjured but unable to continue.

Sweeney remained on point following the restart and continued to show the way over Harvell and Travis Fisher at the halfway mark. Unfortunately, Harvell’s stellar run came to an end when he was tagged by a lap car in turn three. The lap 35 incident forced the former champion to retire from the show.

Sweeney was flawless o the restarts and eventually went on to take the big victory over Fisher, Johnson, Batista and Shultz.

With his sixth place finish, Francis Gross III took the division championship, which was his first ever after many seasons of competition.

Shultz, Batista and Sweeney were heat race winners.

Jake Jones led the Four Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag in the 40-lap feature. Harry O’Neill kept his car glued to the outside and led the first circuit by a bumper over Jones, John Ayre, Scott Adams and TJ Kapish.

A yellow slowed the show for the first time on lap nine and then another flew following the restart when Kapish and Shawn Kistler tangled in turn four. Neither driver was able to continue.

With the green back in the air, Joe Barbush III began to advance. He moved into third on lap 14 and then overtook J. Ayre for second two laps later. There were several opportunities for J. Barbush to have a shot at the leader, but O’Neill pulled on each and every restart.

O’Neill went on to take the victory, followed by J. Barbush, Adams, Tony Rispin and J. Ayre.

Jones, O’Neill and J. Ayre were heat race winners. Kyle Krempasky was the consi winner.

Although he wasn’t in action for the event, Brayden Spencer won the Four Cylinder championship.

Mitch Sponenberg led the Strictly Stock field to the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap feature. Kapish led the first lap and O’Neill slipped through for second. Despite heavy pressure from O’Neill, Kapish pulled off the victory. O’Neill settled for second, followed by Jarrett Campbell and Sponenberg.

O’Neill won the divisional championship.

The Modifieds will compete for the $4,000 prize on Sunday, October 22, plus the Street Stocks and Factory Stocks will also be in action for extended lap main events. The pit gates will swing open at 10 AM and practice will kick off at 12:30 PM. Qualifying will start at 2 PM. The grandstands will open at 12:30

PM. Free admission passes are for regular events only and will not be honored for Sunday’s King of the Green events.

All purses are based on a full field of 20 cars taking the green flag in the feature. If less than 20 cars take the green, the purse will be prorated. Pit admission is $50.

Grandstand admission is $20 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. Fans can purchase a special two day event grandstand pass for $40. As always, children 12 years of age and younger will be admitted into the grandstand area for free. Free admission passes are for regular events only and will not be honored for the speedway’s King of the Green events.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.

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For 70 years, legends of stock car racing have made a name for themselves on 0.526 miles in Southwest Virginia.

As the track has gone from dirt to asphalt to the mixed surface of the modern era with concrete corners banked at 12-degrees, history has been made, repeated, and turned to legend.

That history is not lost on current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. On October 29, they will each have a chance to carve their name into future tall tales born on the half mile of mayhem.

“I think history in our sport is special. It’s fun to be able to come to these racetracks that have a lot of history and Martinsville is right there at the top,” Martinsville winner Kyle Busch said. “You have to look at Daytona, Darlington and Martinsville (as the most historic venues).”

Jimmie Johnson has established himself as a Martinsville master. With nine grandfather clock trophies to show for his efforts at the Speedway, the seven-time champion ranked Martinsville as one of the “five majors” in his mind.

“Because of the history of the track, the connection to history when you experience it first hand, and the tradition of the trophy, I have an experience when I race there that feels like I could be racing in the 50’s or 60’s,” Johnson said. “It has that feel and that intensity to it…it really is a track that I suggest all my friends go to. When people ask me what track to visit, I tell them that they won’t find a more intimate and cool track to experience than Martinsville.”

Martin Truex Jr. is no stranger to the tall tales told of races at Martinsville thanks in large part to his family’s history racing modifieds at the track.

“I can remember hearing stories as a kid about my dad and uncle coming to Martinsville every year to race their modified,” Truex Jr. recalled. “That was a huge deal to them. That was like going to the Daytona 500 every year for them. The track and the history of it has great meaning to me because of my family racing on it, how long it has been around, and what it means to the sport.”

For Martinsville winner Ryan Newman, his grandfather clock trophy is a reminder of the drivers who visited Victory Lane there before him.

“The grandfather clock from my victory there is pretty special because it is such a unique trophy,” Newman said. “The history of NASCAR, the history of modifieds and stock cars racing there - Martinsville has been an important part of all of that.”

For those that haven’t found their way to Victory Lane at Martinsville, it sits on the short list of desired victories.

“There’s not many short tracks left and there’s none like Martinsville. Short track racing is where everything came from. Short tracks are an important part of the sport,” former series champion Matt Kenseth said. “If you were to ask me three years ago ‘if you could win one more race, where would it be?’ I would have said Martinsville.”

As for those wanting to add their name to the illustrious list of winners at Martinsville through the years? Two-time Martinsville winner Kurt Busch offered some wisdom.

“Martinsville is a unique win because of how difficult it really is to have a perfect day. There’s never perfect races, really. It’s how you roll with it and navigate the challenges of the day,” Busch said. “When you win there, it feels like a top-five, marquee event because it is such a difficult track to win at.”

That challenge will be amped up as drivers open the Round of Eight of the NASCAR Playoffs looking to seal a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That makes the First Data 500 the “most important Playoff race” according to 2004 series champion Kurt Busch.

“Martinsville is, with no disrespect to the other Playoff races, the most important Playoff race,” Busch said. “You can lock your way into Homestead or you can have a rough day there and be digging out of a hole you can’t survive.”

Brad Keselowski, a race-winner at Martinsville just five months ago and the 2012 series champion, noted that recent success at the track can be encouraging for drivers when they arrive with a chance to clinch a spot in the ultimate round of the Playoffs.

“Martinsville is a critical race. Being the first race in the third round, if you win that one you’ve got two weeks to really think about Homestead and dial in and focus on that race,” Keselowski said. “I think that’s an incredible opportunity.”

The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. If the winning driver is in the Playoffs, he or she would be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last fall, Johnson won his ninth grandfather clock, on the way to winning his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.

As part of the on-site entertainment during First Data 500 weekend Martinsville Speedway will host FanFest on Saturday, October 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. FanFest is a free event giving fans an up-close look at some of the sport’s biggest stars, off the track. There will be special accommodations made for youth in attendance at the event so that they may experience FanFest front and center.

Tickets for the First Data 500 start at $55 and are on sale now. Youth tickets are available starting at $15, with teen pricing available starting at $25. Family four packs start at $110 and military specials are available, as well. Tickets may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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