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The Dirt Track at Charlotte, home to some of the most prestigious dirt racing events in the country, has extended its partnership with Textron Off Road as the title sponsor of the Nov. 2-4 Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals.

Formerly Bad Boy Buggies, Textron Off Road was first named the title sponsor for the world’s most spectacular dirt racing championship weekend in 2014.

“Textron Off Road has deep roots in the world of dirt track racing and here at The Dirt Track at Charlotte,” said Greg Walter, executive vice president at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Since first signing on in 2014, they’ve been an exceptional partner to help us continue to grow the World of Outlaws World Finals into a can’t-miss spectacle of speed that fans in the dirt racing community recognize as second-to-none. We’re honored to continue working alongside Textron Off Road to be a leader in the dirt racing community through world class events well into the future.”

The Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals brings together the top three series in the sport, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and the Big-Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series, for three nights of wheel-to-wheel racing that culminate in the crowning of all three series champions.

“Textron Off Road is thrilled to return as title sponsor of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals,” said Tricia Cooper, manager of consumer events and promotions for Textron. “We’ve enjoyed a tremendous partnership with The Dirt Track at Charlotte and we can’t wait to see some exciting racing unfold when the biggest stars in dirt racing take the green flag for an unforgettable weekend.”

As part of Textron Off Road’s World Finals activation, fans can enjoy a FREE ATV ride-and-drive on a custom-built course in front of The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Prior to witnessing dirt-slinging action on Charlotte’s four-tenths-mile oval, the Textron Off Road Ride & Drive Tour gives dirt racing fans a special chance to test-drive machines including the Stampede 4x4 and the Wildcat Sport. The Textron Off Road Ride & Drive Tour will be open to fans Thursday through Saturday of race week.

“Textron has been a really good supporter for my team and for dirt racing,” said Trey Starks, who will drive a Textron-sponsored car in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series’ portion of the World Finals. “They’ve helped us accomplish everything we’ve set out to do and now that we’re headed to The Dirt Track at Charlotte, I can’t wait to see how everything shakes out. Charlotte is a really cool place and I enjoy racing there. There’s a lot of great competition and I’m excited to be driving a Textron Off Road car in such a big event.”

TICKETS:
Three-day packages for the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals are available for $89 for adults and $34 for kids 13 and under. Single-day tickets are $25 for adults on Thursday and $44 for Friday and Saturday. Single-day tickets for kids 13 and under are $10 for Thursday and $15 for Friday and Saturday. To purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/world-of-outlaws-world-finals/.

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When drivers arrive at Martinsville Speedway for the First Data 500 on October 29, they might arrive with a new car or a new pair of driving shoes.

One constant from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in April, however, will be the Goodyear tires the teams install on their cars.

The tire Goodyear brought to Martinsville in April received rave reviews from drivers, who noted that the tire laid rubber into the concrete of the corners and created multiple grooves, allowing for exciting, side-by-side racing.

Brad Keselowski, the Penske Racing driver who won at Martinsville Speedway just six months ago, noted that he might be a little biased in his praise of the tire considering his success with the set-up.

“That’s like asking the guy who won the lottery what he thinks of it – you’re always going to be pretty positive,” Keselowski said with a grin. “I do like the tire, objectively, because we were able to see side-by-side racing. This one is pretty good. It puts down the right amount of rubber and the groove moves around, which is always good for passing.”

Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, pointed to the fact that side-by-side racing was a goal in constructing the compound before the spring race, something he said the tire accomplished.

“Goodyear will bring the same tire set-up to Martinsville for the October race that was debuted in the spring. This combination was developed specifically for Martinsville, and its unique, flat, concrete corners,” Stucker said. “The package features a right side tread compound formulated to lay rubber quickly on this tricky surface, which leads to multiple racing grooves. During the spring race, the tire did exactly that, turning the light-colored concrete corners to black, and opening up the outside groove which made for great side-by-side racing all afternoon.”

After a NASCAR test on the historic half-mile in recent days, Kyle Larson noted that he was pleased with how the tire reacted during the test and echoed Keselowski’s sentiment.

“The track had a ton of rubber on it during the test, which is similar to how it will race,” Larson said, noting that a tire that puts rubber into the concrete at Martinsville is important to the quality of racing fans will see during the First Data 500.

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 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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Today, Phoenix Raceway installed one of the highest steel beams as part of the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar along with its partner Okland Construction. NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace, longtime Phoenix Raceway season ticket holders and government officials joined Okland Construction team members and Phoenix Raceway staff to celebrate this important milestone in the project.

Attendees and workers left their mark on Phoenix Raceway history by signing the steel beam before it was hoisted into the air, and enjoyed lunch provided by track partners Chick-Fil-a and Coca-Cola following the ceremony as part of a “COWstruction Day” promotion.

The topping out of the $178 million modernization project marks approximately one year until the completion of the upgraded venue featuring first-of-its-kind fan experiences and state-of-the-art technology offerings.

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Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) (NYSE:TRK) on October 18, 2017 declared a quarterly cash dividend of 15 cents per share of common stock.  The quarterly dividend will be payable on December 1, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 10, 2017. 

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. is a leading marketer, promoter and sponsor of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. For more information about Speedway Motorsports, visit www.speedwaymotorsports.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements, particularly statements with regard to our future operations and financial results. There are many factors that affect future events and trends of our business including, but not limited to, economic factors, geopolitical conditions, weather, the success of NASCAR and others as sanctioning bodies, capital projects and expansion, financing needs, and a host of other factors both within and outside of management control. These factors and other factors, including those contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from management's views and expectations. Inclusion of any information or statement in this news release does not necessarily imply that such information or statement is material. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revised or updated forward-looking information, and such information included in this news release is based on information currently available and may not be reliable after this date.

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wo days of Goodyear tire testing on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval concluded on Wednesday with drivers gearing up for next year’s Bank of America 500 by lapping Charlotte’s challenging, 18-turn, 2.4-mile course. Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray and Daniel Hemric tested tires for next year's Bank of America 500 on Sept. 28-30, 2018 – the first road course race in the 14-year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

“It’s interesting,” said Truex, who won the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 on Charlotte’s 1.5-mile superspeedway. “It’s been growing on me a bit since we started. The Watkins Glen tires we started on were way too hard for here. It was a bit of a challenge getting started but we picked up 10 seconds throughout (Tuesday). It’s not your typical road course. It’s been a unique challenge with the infield being flat and the race track having the banking it has (24 degrees).”

Drivers reached top speeds of 175 miles per hour around the Roval, which features a 35-foot elevation change in addition to more turns than any track on the NASCAR circuit.

“It’s a whole different type of layout,” Busch said. “The oval, road course, the infield section, all of it has a nice, unique feel to it. It’s a cutoff race in the playoffs, so teams had better get their arms wrapped around it and their heads focused on it because it’s going to be one of the most important races of the year.”

Hemric – a competitor in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Richard Childress Racing – used the test to drive a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car for the first time.

“I think we’ve made a lot of progress on what we’re going to see next fall,” said Hemric, a native of nearby Kannapolis. “For me personally, it’s about learning the race car. It’s been fun to figure out how to get that laid down here on the Roval. The layout of this is interesting but there are spots that you feel like you’re on a purpose-built road course. It’s got so many different elements so I’m curious to see how it races compared to the other road course races I’ve ran.”

TICKETS:
Fans can buy tickets to upcoming speedway events by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visiting http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/.

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Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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South Boston Speedway announced a 14 race-date schedule for 2018 today that includes the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East series for a second consecutive season along with visits from two other touring series.
 
South Boston Speedway’s 61st season will open on Saturday, March 24 featuring twin 100-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Division, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman event, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race.
 
“We’ve just finished an exciting season here at South Boston and we think we’ve got another great schedule lined up for 2018,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “We believe it’s a schedule fans and competitors both will enjoy. It’s going to be filled with great competition between our regular competitors with some touring excitement thrown in.”
 
The track will again feature a big Fourth of July week celebration with a 200-lap Late Model Stock race and fireworks display on June 30. There will also be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Hornets race.
 
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will visit on Saturday May 12, again, featuring twin 100-lap races for the K&N Series and twin 75-lap races for the track’s Late Model division.
 
The PASS Super Late Models will make a stop at South Boston on August 11 with the final race of the season on October 13, featuring the CARS Tour Series.
 
Here is a full list of the 2018 race dates: March 24, April 7, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8 and October 13.
 
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An exquisite array of classic cars, customized hot rods, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 will roar into Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield for this weekend’s Goodguys Southeastern Nationals. The family-friendly show no fan can afford to miss has attracted cars from 29 states as well as Canada for the Friday-to-Sunday event, with some participants traveling more than 14 hours to display their works of automotive art.

Chris Longhouse of Barrie, Ontario, heads to the Goodguys 24th Southeastern Nationals with his prized 1930 Ford Model “A” in tow. An eight-year rebuild project powered by a 1949 Cadillac engine, Longhouse’s Model “A” is sure to catch many eyes over the three-day Goodguys show.

“I have no expectations to win any awards or receive recognition, but the car has done very well,” Longhouse said. “My wife, Leah, and I have never attended a Goodguys show and are huge NASCAR fans, so we are looking to have a great experience at the speedway this weekend.”

Kyle Tucker, the CEO of Mooresville-based Detroit Speed, Inc., will  race a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro in the popular Goodguys Pro AutoCross series.

Tucker will join his competitors, including professional AutoCross racer and former Indy car driver Robby Unser, for two days of smoke-billowing action this weekend. Fans can catch the AutoCross battles on an infield course Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Single-day tickets cost $17 through Oct. 19 and are $20 at the gates, while kids 7-12 get in for just $6 per day and kids six and younger get in FREE. Three-day passes for adults are available for just $45.

Fans can buy tickets to the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals online or by calling the speedway’s ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

TICKETS:
Fans can buy tickets to upcoming speedway events, including the Nov. 2-4 World of Outlaws World Finals, by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), visiting the speedway ticket office or buying online at http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/.

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Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with the latest news by downloading the mobile app.

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An anxious Takuma Sato leaned in, but that wasn't close enough.

So he knelt for an even better view of his sterling-silver likeness on the 65-inch, 110-pound Borg-Warner Trophy when it was unveiled Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

"Wow," said Sato, the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28. "That's fantastic."

The 104th likeness on the trophy met with his approval.

Sato repeated what he had told sculptor Will Behrends when examining a clay likeness during a visit to the artist's workshop in Tryon, N.C.: "He's actually a better guy." It's the 28th likeness Behrends has sculpted.

IMS President Doug Boles reminded that Sato defined himself as a great winner by "screaming at the top of his lungs" on the radio after winning the race in a duel with three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske.

"I almost want to scream today," Sato said, "because I'm so happy."

The first Japanese driver to ever win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" couldn't stop smiling during the ceremony, which has become an annual tradition for the historic race. The one time that grin disappeared was for a startled moment, when Sato, a 40-year-old Tokyo native, slightly bumped the trophy during the photo session.

Sato flashed a frightened facial expression, then collected himself. He and the trophy were just fine. The smile returned, cameras started clicking again, and Sato eventually took selfie pictures of himself with the trophy.

Dapperly dressed in a black suit and tie with his black shoes buffed to a spiffy shine, Sato wore a winner's ring on each hand. Always polite, he did his best to search for the appropriate words to describe his gratitude.

"Wow," he said, "That's a special moment. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Thank you very much everyone, first of all. Good afternoon.

"How long do we got today?"

Sato won the race while driving for Andretti Autosport but has since joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Boles suggested another IMS duel that didn't work out for Sato endeared him to race fans. Sato drove for RLL in the 2012 Indy 500 and crashed on the last lap while trying to pass eventual winner Dario Franchitti in Turn 1.

"You laid it all on the line in Turn 1," Boles said. "You were going to win that race or crash trying. I think our fans knew that. When you had an opportunity to win this year, the people stayed around, they were excited, and that was really because they know that you know how important it is to win the Indy 500."

Scott Gallett, BorgWarner vice president of marketing, public relations & government affairs, agreed with Boles that Sato's likeness is on "the best trophy in the world."

The trophy has been appraised at $3.5 million, Gallett said.

"But we think it's pretty much priceless," he said.

The same could be said for Sato's reaction and genuine appreciation for his likeness appearing on that trophy. He always dreamed of winning the race but never had any idea about the "impact and power" of winning an Indy 500.

"Today, I look at the face, and he's just a happy man," Sato said of his likeness, "as I am."

2018 race: The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled for Sunday, May 27. Fans can apply for tickets by visiting IMS.com.

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Due to the limited amount of pre-registered teams for Evergreen’s 4 hour Enduro that was scheduled for Saturday, November 11th, track management has made the decision to change the show to a regular Enduro event (one driver/one car per driver). For all of those that did pre-register for the 4 hour event, the speedway will destroy your check, or mail them back to you. Please email or call the speedway office to let them know which.

As mentioned, presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust, a regular Evergreen Raceway Enduro Series event will be held on Saturday, November 11. The “Evergreen Finale” Enduros will feature bone stock Enduro racing for both the Four Cylinder and 6/8-Cylinder divisions.

This is a non-points show, which means that it’s for strictly fun and of course the hardware and race winnings.

The Enduro events will take place, rain or shine. The event will only be postponed if the weather simply too miserable on race day.

Enduro drivers can save $10 by pre-registering. The pre-registration fee is $40 per event. If drivers are not pre-registered on race day, the fee to compete is $50. Pre registration is non-refundable if a driver pre registers and is unable to make the event. Enduro pre registration will only be refunded if the speedway postpones the event.

Upon arrival at the track, pre-registered drivers will pull pills for their starting positions. All pre-registered drivers will start ahead of those who were not pre-registered. All drivers must visit the track office to sign in upon arrival to the track. Each driver will receive a slip with their starting position. A random roll call will take place at the drivers meeting. If a driver’s name is called and they are not present, they will be forced to start in the rear of the field. No exceptions.

Earlier in the season, the speedway had implemented a new rule, which states that the last Enduro event winner of the previously held show will start from dead last, regardless if he or she is pre-registered or not. Furthermore, due to repeated observations of targeting specific cars, officials will be watching closely to monitor all on track situations. Drivers will be subject to being black flagged for such issues and without a doubt, obvious intentional attempts to disable a car in a reckless manor, such as pushing them head on into the wall, will result in fines and suspension.

The pit gates will swing open for all of the series events at 10:30 AM. The drivers meeting will take place at 12 PM and the racing will kick off at 1:00 PM. The grandstands will open at noon.

Grandstand admission for each event is just $5. Pit admission is $25 and the transponder rental fee is $10.

The rules, payout and pre-registration list are listed at EvergreenRacewayPark.com. The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, November 7.

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.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Motors, Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs & Pizza, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.

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On the track, Kyle Busch has been known to lead the field during NASCAR races on numerous occasions. Today, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion starred in a similar role, as he led a team of Homestead-Miami Speedway employees in the fight against hunger at Feeding South Florida food bank.

At Feeding South Florida, Busch was given a tour of the facility, while receiving an overview of the impact that the food bank has to the hundreds of thousands of individuals that it serves annually. Following that, the driver of the No. 18 car rolled up his sleeves, as he headed to the sorting room where he inspected donated food, ensuring that it was safe for distribution. Busch and the Homestead-Miami Speedway team ended the day by packaging the assorted goods into meals.

As part of the visit and in Busch’s name, Homestead-Miami Speedway donated an amount to Feeding South Florida that will provide 18,000 meals to those in need in the four-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.

“It’s always important for people to get involved in these sorts of things and give back to the community,” said Busch. “That is what we are here for. NASCAR is a close knit community, and with the relationship that we have with Homestead-Miami Speedway, we were able to be a part of this great initiative that will help put food on the table for those in need.”

Busch’s visit to Feeding South Florida came in advance of one of the biggest weekends in all of motorsports, Ford Championship Weekend, which will take place at Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 17-19. The weekend will culminate with the Monster Energy Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Currently, Busch is one of the 12 drivers that are still in contention for the Monster Energy Series championship after advancing out of the Round of 16 in the playoffs. This week he will compete in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, the third and final race in the Round of 12. If he advances into the Round of 8, he will be one step closer to contending for his second career title as part of the Championship 4 during the Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“I love coming down here, especially when I have the opportunity to race for a championship,” said Busch. “It takes a really good, fast car to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway. You have to be good for all 400 miles. As competitive as the racetrack has become over the years, you really have to trust yourself and your teammates in order to come out victorious.”

Busch’s career at Homestead-Miami Speedway includes a victory in the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 which earned him the first Monster Energy Series championship of his career. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has also competed as part of the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016.

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

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman joined 24 breast cancer survivors at Martinsville Speedway on Tuesday for the annual Paint the Curbs Pink event with Team Chevy and the American Cancer Society.

After joining the survivors to paint the Speedway’s iconic curbs pink, Larson and Newman strapped into the same Chevy Pace Cars that will pace the First Data 500 and gave the survivors some laps around Martinsville.

“It was fast,” Katie Varney said as she climbed out of the car grinning from ear to ear. “I screamed, it was wonderful.”

Varney and the other survivors weren’t the only ones smiling when turning laps.

“I think there were smiles on all of our faces,” Newman said. “It was great to put smiles on people’s faces, whether they needed it or not. To be able to tie that into NASCAR and the race track, I hope these people get to come back and experience the fall race here at Martinsville.”

Varney is one of those who is now looking to come back and gain the full experience.

“My father was an avid NASCAR fan and I grew up here, graduated from Martinsville High School, and it stinks that I had to get breast cancer to do this, but what fun,” she said. “It was awesome. I may be a convert.”

The Paint the Curbs Pink event didn’t end when the drivers and survivors left though. In fact, it’s just getting started, as Chevrolet will donate $350 to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign for every caution lap run during the First Data 500, up to $50,000.

“We’re celebrating a great day with survivors,” said Chuck Speiser, Chevy Motorsports Marketing Manager – NASCAR. “With the money that we can raise with pace laps and making people aware of the opportunity we all have. This goes with research and other forms of awareness, we are raising that bar.”

While the laps were fun, it’s the raising not only awareness, but money that means the most to Varney.

“As a survivor, it means everything,” she said. “The only way we going to keep other young women from being diagnosed is money. We have to do the research and you have to fund programs for early detection and if we don’t it’s going to keep getting us and I don’t want anyone else to have to go through it.”

For Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell, Paint the Curbs Pink is an event he looks forward to every year.

“Paint the Curbs Pink is one of my favorite events we host,” Campbell said. “Every year to see the smiles on the faces of breast cancer survivors; it really makes you happy. I can’t thank Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society enough for choosing Martinsville Speedway as a venue for holding the event.”

To date, Chevrolet has donated more than $199,000 as a result of Paint the Curbs Pink. Last fall there were 54 caution laps in the race.

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 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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