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Two of the nation’s foremost advocates of the fight against cancer will serve as dignitaries for the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 race weekend Sept. 28-30 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™.
Sherry Pollex, an ovarian cancer survivor and the longtime partner of defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., will serve as honorary pace car driver for the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sept. 30. DeAngelo Williams, a former Pro Bowl running back for the Carolina Panthers, will be the honorary pace car driver for the Drive for the Cure 200 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on Sept. 29 to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
Pollex will drive the Toyota Camry pace car and lead the field to the green flag for the cutoff race in the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs – and the first road-course playoff race in series history. Pollex was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014 and has gone public in her fight by establishing sherrystrong.org, a segment of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation that specializes in post-remission issues that ovarian cancer patients often face.
“I actually cried when Marcus (Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.) called me because I was so excited and so honored to be chosen to do it,” said Pollex, who missed Truex’s Bank of America fall race win last year due to chemotherapy. “It’s Ovarian and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, which is a huge month for me, in the month of September. I’ve been an advocate for pediatric cancer for the past 12 years through my foundation. With me battling ovarian cancer, it’s important for me to bring awareness to my disease. Just to be able to do that in the first ROVAL™ race in September is going to be awesome.
“To be able to drive the pace car for the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 is such an amazing honor. To get in there and take 17 turns going 40 miles per hour, it doesn’t seem like it would be fast but it feels fast when you can’t touch the brake and slow yourself down. I’m hoping that Martin can qualify on the pole for the first ROVAL™ race and give me a bump down the backstretch. I’m looking forward to the fans coming out to the ROVAL™ and seeing how fast it is.”
In 2006, Williams founded the DeAngelo Williams Foundation – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and seek initiatives to support the eradication of breast cancer through preventative care and research.
Williams lost his mother and four aunts to breast cancer, so awareness in the fight against breast cancer weighs heavily on the legendary running back’s mind. Driving a pink Toyota Camry pace car autographed by breast cancer survivors will be a special experience for Williams.
“It’s gonna be amazing,” Williams said. “Not because it’s pink or because of how much power the car has. If you go around and look at the names of people who signed this car, that’s what it’s all about.
“I know that I’m able to turn left. I know that. I’ve been under extreme conditions with my wife and kids being in the backseat, so maybe I’m somewhat of an amateur NASCAR driver. It gets a little tougher for me on the ROVAL™, because I’ve got to turn left and right. Just like the drivers, I may experience some difficulties. I won’t have my spotter – which is usually my wife – and I won’t have my crew chiefs, which are usually my kids, but I think I can get through this.”
To purchase Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 or Drive for the Cure 200 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina tickets – which include access to the Sept. 29 Sammy Hagar and The Circle concert – fans can call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway and get the latest news by following on Twitter and Instagram, becoming a Facebook fan or downloading the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.
Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will honor our nation’s military with its annual pre-race ceremonies prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The military-themed pre-race ceremonies will be highlighted by a flyover of four F-15 Eagles from the 159th Fighter Wing, Louisiana Air National Guard based at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.
“We are honored to have the 122nd Fighter Squadron perform the flyover prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The flyover is a fan-favorite on race day, and a memory many fans remember long after they leave the track. The roar of the F-15’s before NASCAR engines fire will keep fans on their feet prior to the first-ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Richmond Raceway.”
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, under the direction of Drum Major, Master Gunnery Sergeant Duane King, will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400. This will not be the first time the President’s Own will perform the National Anthem at Richmond as they have performed the National Anthem the last two fall race weekends.
After “The President’s Own” performs God Bless America, the Bandit Flight Team will conduct a flyover during pre-race ceremonies. Fans in attendance on Saturday night will be treated to two flyovers as part of Richmond’s salute to the armed forces.
Major General Scott J. Zobrist, Commander, 9th Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance while the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of Washington, led by SSG Brett Krohn, will present our nation’s colors. The American Flag unfurl will take place by U.S. Army 1st Recruiting Battalion. Skydivers from Team FasTrax will bring an American Flag, “Virginia is for Racing Lovers” flag, and National POW/MIA Day flag from the sky. Friday is National POW/MIS Recognition Day in the United States, which honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. Lieutenant James Block, United States Navy Chaplain, will deliver the invocation.
On Friday, Sept. 21, fans will see the Bandit Flight Team perform the flyover during pre-race ceremonies for the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race. First Sergeant Stephanie Doehr, representing Fort Lee and the 392D Army Band, will sing the National Anthem, while the United States Army Combined Arms Support Command Color Guard presents our nation’s colors. The invocation will be given by Pastor Joe Ellison, Jr., Chaplain for Sports Athletics at Virginia Union University.
For more information on Richmond’s NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend programming, visit richmondraceway.com.
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Infield RV Spots Added Due to High Demand for Talladega Superspeedway’s Doubleheader NASCAR Playoff Weekend, Oct. 12-1421 Sep 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
For fans who missed out on grabbing one of Talladega Superspeedway’s coveted infield RV camping spots for the venue’s doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend Oct. 12-14, they are now in luck! After selling out of infield RV spots weeks ago, NASCAR’s most competitive track has reserved a one-time-only section near the start-finish line for additional RV camping.
The new Paddock RV Camping area, in the past used as an area for Competitor RV parking, offers a limited number of secured spots near the south end of the Road Course Loop and a short walk from Talladega Blvd. and the Miller Lite Pavilion. Each site’s 20’ x 40’ space provides enough room to support motorhomes, fifth wheels and pull-behinds.
By reserving a spot in the Paddock RV Camping ground, fans will also receive a plethora of first-class hospitality bonuses, including two 5-day infield admissions, two Saturday Pre-Race Passes, two Sunday Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrades and one tow vehicle pass.
A Sunday Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrade for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 on Sunday, Oct. 14, provides fans an enhanced race-day experience with access to stroll down pit road, see their favorite competitors walk the Red Carpet to the Drivers Meeting, attend the exclusive Driver Q&A Session and welcome the world’s best racers during Driver Introductions. The Saturday Pre-Race Pass gives fans the chance to observe Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) teams’ prep, as well as watch Cup practice, from “pit alley” and enjoy a front seat to Driver Introductions for the Talladega 250, Oct. 13.
Fans can book their Paddock RV Camping spot for $1,300, with the option to tack on a 2-day Paddock Pass for $400 per person or add a single-day pass at standard pricing. Additional infield admissions can be purchased by calling the Talladega Ticket Office at 855-518-RACE (7223). Kids 12 and younger are not required to have an infield wristband.
Buying a Paddock RV Camping spot is a gateway for fans to experience all the entertainment that has earned Talladega its reputation as NASCAR’s “Party Capital.” From the “Big One on the Blvd.” on Friday to Chris Janson headlining the Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, fans in the infield will be at the heart of a full line-up of activities that are sure to create once-in-a-lifetime memories in addition to the thrilling racing action of the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and Talladega 250 Playoff races.
To learn more about the limited Paddock RV Camping spaces and reserve a spot, fans can visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).
Joined by hundreds of breast cancer survivors, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, fellow drivers Chris Buescher and Kaz Grala and legendary Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams painted Charlotte Motor Speedway’s pit wall pink on Thursday.
The fifth Paint Pit Wall Pink event featured a collection of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina employees helping an all-star cast of dignitaries and breast cancer survivors in adorning the speedway’s wall with a bright shade of pink to salute breast cancer awareness.
Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith and Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President Greg Walter joined Johnson, Williams, Buescher, Grala in picking up paint rollers and turning the 1,500-foot white pit wall into a pink pit wall. NASCAR on FOX personality Hermie Sadler – whose mother is a breast cancer survivor – emceed the event.
Johnson, a longtime Blue Cross and Blue Shield Live Fearless ambassador, said the pit wall pink event hits home to his family as well as to people throughout the world.
“It’s great to be a part of such a bigger picture and raising awareness for a great cause,” Johnson said. “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has had me involved with many different projects, but this one hits deep. To meet survivors and hear their stories really hits me. It’s impossible for someone to go through life without knowing someone or a family who has dealt with breast cancer. I’ve had many friends deal with it and then most recently, one of my wife’s childhood friends was diagnosed and she’s started treatment.
“It’s part of our lives. I’m a father of two daughters and I know that what I learn and experience here helps me have the right lens on how I need to go home and make sure my children understand the important of early screening. It’s amazing to see the cause and to see our industry support it.”
Williams lost his mother and four aunts to breast cancer. The Pro Bowl running back founded the DeAngelo Williams Foundation in 2006 to support the eradication of breast cancer through research and preventative care.
“This is huge,” Williams said. “For them to show the support they have … people around the world who are watching the (races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™) will see the pink and ask questions like, ‘What’s the pink mean?’ The number of calls and (direct messages) I’ve received – just in the NFL alone – I know that this will reach as many people as the NFL reaches. Saving lives is what we’re all about. This is bigger than any game or sport that we play.”
Attendees listened to a powerful speech from Anita Brown-Graham, a breast cancer survivor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina trustee as well as the director of ncIMPACT and a professor of Public Law and Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“I’ve had people come up to me and say ‘I’m a 20-year survivor,’ ‘I’m a 10-year survivor,’ ‘I’m a five-year survivor,’” Brown-Graham said. “I’m a one-month survivor. That’s a gift to me, to be able to look that far into the future. Everybody is coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway with this sense that NASCAR is behind us. You can just feel it, it’s electrifying here today.”
Johnson presented Brown-Graham with a commemorative pair of pink gloves like the ones the four-time Bank of America fall race winner will wear throughout October. The speedway also unveiled a pink Toyota Camry pace car for the Drive for the Cure 200 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on Sept. 29 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™.
To purchase Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 race tickets – which include access to the Sept. 29 Sammy Hagar and The Circle concert – fans can call the 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway and get the latest news by following on Twitter and Instagram, becoming a Facebook fan or downloading the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.
Before the start of Richmond Raceway’s (Richmond) first-ever NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, the track welcomed the installation of the world’s largest piston near the Frontstretch gate. The 21-foot tall Eternal Fan Piston was installed for fans to secure their precious objects and memories for future generations. The Eternal Fan Piston is a permanent place for race fans to secure items that remind them of their favorite memories at America’s Premier Short Track.
Earlier this year, Richmond announced a partnership with Eternal Fan™ to launch a Fan Memories™ program for loyal fans to preserve their treasured memories and keepsakes at the track for generations to come. The Fan Memories program allows fans to secure their eternal relationship to Richmond with Fan Memories Plaques in the new Eternal Fan Pedestrian Tunnel in the DC Solar FanGrounds, and safeguarding their precious objects and memories in the world’s largest Eternal Fan Piston at the track.
“The world’s largest Eternal Fan Piston will truly be a sight to behold as fans walk through the Midway and make their way inside the track,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Richmond Raceway has been a special place for generations of fans, so our partnership with Eternal Fan gives our loyal race fans a way to preserve their memories and keepsakes through the Fan Memories Program for generations to come.”
As part of today’s Eternal Fan Racing Piston installation, NASCAR driver, Joey Gase unveiled the StarCom #00 Eternal Fan / Fan Memories wrapped race car for the Federated Auto Parts 400. The race car’s wrap included 100 names of fans, kicking off the Fan Memories program at Richmond.
“The fans of Richmond Raceway will now have two great ways to share and secure their special memories made here,” said Eternal Fan President Matt Linn. “The Fan Memories program will provide the fans a new way to capture the memories made at Richmond. The Eternal Fan Piston will be the landmark where many great fan memories will take place. We are very proud to partner with Richmond and showcase to the fans how this is the place that memories are made.”
The new Eternal Fan Pedestrian Tunnel is the entry point for fans to the DC Solar FanGrounds, as part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined’s $30 million infield redevelopment project. The new Fan Memories program will provide opportunities for fans to share their memories with a customized personal memory plaque. The Fan Memories Plaques can be symbolic of special times shared with friends and family at Richmond, favorite races, drivers, or other memories from the Action Track. The plaques will illustrate the iconic Richmond racing experience that will continue to be told to future race fans.
To learn about the Fan Memories program at Richmond, visit richmondraceway.com/
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Bowyer Ready to be a “Titan” and “Cash” in at Talladega Superspeedway’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 on Sunday, Oct. 1420 Sep 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
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Bowyer Ready to be a “Titan” and “Cash” in at Talladega Superspeedway’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 on Sunday, Oct. 14
2-Time Talladega Winner & NASCAR Playoff Driver Makes Visit to Nashville’s Johnny Cash Museum and NFL’s Tennessee Titans While Singing the Tunes of NASCAR’s Most Competitive Venue
Photo Cutline: Clint Bowyer (center), a favorite to win Talladega Superspeedway’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 next month, spent some time in Nashville Thursday, spreading the word about NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track. As part of his day, he was presented a Tennessee Titans jersey by team General Manager Jon Robinson (left) and Head Coach Mike Vrabel (right).
NASHVILLE, TN – When Clint Bowyer comes to Talladega Superspeedway in a few short weeks for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 on Oct. 14, you can bet he will act like a Titan to take home the Cash and the victory which could automatically propel him into the next round of NASCAR’s Playoffs. Thursday, while in Nashville, he got a sneak preview – well sort of.
Bowyer, one of 16 drivers currently in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, made a pit stop in Music City, U.S.A., to sing the tune of NASCAR’s Most Competitive track while stopping at the Johnny Cash Museum, the Tennessee Titans practice facility for some racing action with players, as well as the famous Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint for lunch.
The two-time Talladega Superspeedway winner (fall events in 2010, 2011) currently sits 11th in the championship race, seven points above the cutline after one playoff event. Talladega’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 in just over three weeks will serve as the pivotal second race in the Round of 12 (the fifth race of the final 10 playoff races).
“Today was really cool, and when you think about it, it all sorta relates to us in the playoffs and Talladega as well,” said Bowyer. “Johnny Cash is one of my all-time heroes – the man in black, tough and rugged who went through some tough times before ultimately having incredible success in the country music industry. My career has seen some peaks and many valleys, but right now, I feel like we have the team (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing) that can get it done and be at the top of the mountain. I am so proud of what we have accomplished, not just our #14 team but SHR as a whole with all four teams making the playoffs.
“When you look at our #14 team, we are like a Titan. We have great leadership qualities and have shown great strength, making us a power and threat each and every week. That is what it will take to win again at Talladega, and ultimately a championship. We will have to be at our absolute best to win ‘Dega. I love Talladega. Love the racing on the track, love the social atmosphere it presents for the fans – it is unlike any place we go. On the track, it will be intense as hell, but that is what makes it different. It will be an incredible show for fans to be there and watch.”
Bowyer’s first stop was at the Cash Museum. The iconic Cash was one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and did it his way. Bowyer’s admiration for Cash is deep. In fact, his three-year-old son is named “Cash.”
“One of the neatest things I have ever done,” said Bowyer of his tour. “I thought I knew everything about Johnny Cash but I found out today there are so many other incredible things about him that I wasn’t aware of. He was an incredible song writer, and some of the memorabilia was something to see. What an experience. Needless to say I love Johnny Cash. Heck, my son’s name is Cash!”
During his stop with the Titans, Bowyer, from Emporia, KS, met with first-year Head Coach Mike Vrabel, who has vast knowledge to win under pressure, especially in the playoffs. The former linebacker (57 career sacks in 14 years) won three Super Bowls as a player for the New England Patriots and legendary head coach Bill Belichick. He finished the last two years of his playing career (2009-2010) for Bowyer’s beloved Kansas City Chiefs. Vrabel gave Bowyer a Titans jersey with his name on the back while Bowyer presented Vrabel, as well as team General Manager Jon Robinson, a Stewart-Haas Racing pit crew shirt.
“I met a lot of really nice people with the Titans who took time to talk with me and learn about our sport,” said Bowyer. “Coach Vrabel is a guy who knows first-hand what takes to win a championship. There are many parallels with our two sports. He knows every person on a team has to do their job and execute. The physical part of it is a given, but the mental part of it is just as important. You have to be mentally up for the challenge, and that is something that is of the utmost importance as we vie for a championship and a win at Talladega.
“More than any other place we go, you have to be focused at Talladega because its 500 miles of mind games. It’s all about making good, quick, decisions by all of the team – the guys in the pits, my spotter and me in the race car. If we can do that, we will be in a great position to get another Talladega win, and hopefully advance in the NASCAR Playoffs.”
While with the Titans, the likable Bowyer had some fun with some of the players, catching up on the practice field with former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans and kicker Ryan Succop, who hails from Hickory, NC, home to many NASCAR drivers over the years. Center Ben Jones (who played high school ball in Centreville, AL) before attending Georgia, then took on Bowyer in a remote control truck race on the field. Jones is a NASCAR fan who says he has been to numerous races at the Talladega.
Visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223) for all ticket information to experience the highly-anticipated playoff weekend, which also features the Talladega 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Add the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway to the list of high profile, regional races being streamed online. NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car feature race will be available to fans for free on FansChoice.tv for fans who cannot attend in person.
In addition, the Motor Racing Network’s coverage of the race, presented by Rural King, will be broadcast live on SiriusXM NASCAR radio Channel 90 nationwide starting at 7:30 p.m.
“We want to get this race in front of as many people as possible and FansChoice will allow us to do that,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “In addition, having the race on SiriusXM radio is going to be huge. When you have a captive audience, in the car or truck, they are going to be engaged and really get to experience this race, from afar thanks to MRN’s talented crew.”
MRN’s call of the race will also provide the audio for the FansChoice broadcast.
“Ask any late model driver what race they want to win and they will tell you, without hesitation, Martinsville,” said Chris Schwartz, Motor Racing Network Vice President. “Last year, Motor Racing Network was on hand as Timothy Peters held off Lee Pulliam to win the first race under the lights at the Half Mile of Mayhem. This year we are excited to partner with FansChoice.tv and SiriusXM to add our voices to their live streaming coverage of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.”
The MRN coverage, presented by Rural King, can be streamed digitally at www.mrn.com, as well as on their app. The race will also be broadcast over the air locally on B99 (99.9 FM) and WMVA (1450 AM) along with affiliates in Lynchburg and Madison Heights and in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. and Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Penn.
The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car Race, paying $25,000 to the winner with a total purse of more than $100,000.
In addition, a $10,000 bonus for winning the Virginia Late Model Stock Car Triple Crown is on the line. Philip Morris, the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion, is tied with South Boston Speedway track champion Peyton Sellers for the lead in the Triple Crown standings, with Bobby McCarty, C.E. Falk III and Tim Phipps nipping at their heels.
Race day, September 29, will start with an autograph session at 1 p.m. followed by three 25 lap heat races and a 25 lap “last chance” heat race to set the field.
The 200 lap feature will begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for children 12-and-under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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Macon Speedway is set for the always popular “Five Buck Night” this coming Saturday, September 22. The event is a fan favorite, as it’s just $5 to get in the grandstands to see all the popular weekly divisions. There will also be $5 combo deals in the concession stand as well as two beers for $5. On track action has been top notch lately, averaging over 100 cars per week for the last month. This Saturday’s event also features Spectator Drags and Kids Boxcar Races.
While the majority of the Brandt Season Championship races are to be held on the 29th, the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models will be running for the final time this coming Saturday night. Springfield, IL driver, Guy Taylor, who wrapped up the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Model championship last weekend, is on his way to the Macon championship as well. Taylor holds a 148 point lead in the class, an insurmountable advantage. Macon, IL’s own, Donny Koehler, is second in the standings, while Cody Maguire, Dakota Ewing, and Jake Little round out the top five.
New Berlin, IL’s Tommy Sheppard, Jr. holds the point lead in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class and looks to be on his way to the championship. Sheppard has three feature wins on the year and has accumulated 11 top fives in 15 races. For Sheppard, it would be his second championship in a row, as he won the Pro Late Model top prize one year ago.
In B-Mod action, Godfrey, IL’s Cody Stilwell remains on top. The #00 car has been atop the standings all season long, garnering two feature wins and 12 top fives in 16 starts. Jerry Thompson is still within striking distance, 50 points back. Tom Riech, Kevin Crowder, and Tim Hancock, Sr. complete the top five. Hancock, who had won a couple of previous championships with dominant seasons, has only run on a part-time basis this season but has claimed ten feature wins.
Coming off of Saturday’s John Osman Memorial Street Stock event, Boody, IL’s Shawn Ziemer holds the division point lead. Justin Crowell, from Lincoln, IL, is second, while Larry Russell, Jr., Jerit Murphy, and Terry Reed complete the top five. The division has been very competitive this season with five of the top ten drivers claiming feature wins.
Decatur, IL’s, Jeremy Reed looked like he was on his way to the Hornet World Championship this past weekend but car issues ended his night early. This helped Springfield, IL’s Mike Eskew knock a few points off the deficit for the championship but Eskew also had problems while leading, tangling with a lap car. The differential is just 18 points, a matter of 9 feature positions with two nights left. Steve Stine, Adam Webb, and Matt Reed round out the top five.
Rounding out Saturday’s divisions will be the Micros By Bailey Chassis. Jacksonville, IL’s Trevin Littleton has been riding a wave of success, winning the last two features. Littleton is one of the youngest drivers at the 1/5-mile track, just 13 years of age. The class boasts a lot of young drivers as it’s a stepping stone for youngsters to some of the top divisions in racing.
At intermission, kids will have the opportunity to compete in the kids boxcar races as part of CEFCU Kids Club. Boxcar race rules are posted on the website which gives fans ideas on how to build one for kids 11 and under. In addition, the adults can have some fun with the Spectator Drags, an event where fans sign up to bring their personal vehicle on the track to compete against one other person for a one lap race. The winner of each race advances to the next round in the tournament style bracket.
Pit gates open this Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $5 per person with kids 11 and under free. In honor of Five Buck Night, the concession stand will off a $5 combo special which includes a choice of a burger, corn dog , or hotdog plus a bag of chips and a drink. The beer stands will also offer two cans for $5.
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A robust collection of Bristol Motor Speedway signature trophies are scattered throughout Roger Penske’s incredible 500 major motorsports victories. One of the most revered team owners in motorsports history celebrated that amazing milestone this past weekend in Las Vegas when Brad Keselowski took yet another NASCAR checkered flag. As Team Penske reflects on the journey to 500, the famed high-banked half-mile concrete oval in East Tennessee sits brightly in focus, having played a significant role along the way.
Team Penske drivers have combined for 16 wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most for Penske at any NASCAR facility. Of Penske’s 111 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories, 12 have occurred at The Last Great Colosseum, the most of any facility. Along with four NASCAR Xfinity Series victories, “The Captain” has visited Bristol’s Victory Lane with some of the biggest names in the sport.
From Rusty Wallace’s Bristol dominance to Keselowski’s and Joey Logano’s success, here is a look at some of the winning drivers and their highlights for Team Penske at Bristol Motor Speedway:
Rusty Wallace: A Bristol legend, Wallace was a contender every time he raced on the high banks at BMS in the No. 2 machine. The 1989 NASCAR Cup Series champion earned seven of his nine career Bristol Cup wins at the controls of the No. 2 machine, including giving Penske his first career Bristol win in 1991.
Even more impressively, four of Wallace’s seven victories came from the pole. The 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee swept both Bristol Cup races in 2000, with the Food City 500 being the sight of his 50th career victory in NASCAR’s top division.
Joey Logano: Logano, one of the top stars in NASCAR, has tasted BMS success in both Cup and Xfinity for Penske with three victories between the series. The driver of the No. 22 recorded back-to-back Night Race victories in 2014 and 2015 and earned an April Xfinity victory in 2015. Logano’s two wins remain the only BMS Cup wins for Penske that did not occur in the famed No. 2.
Logano continues to be a contender at the Colosseum, earning top-10 finishes in five of his last six Cup Series races at Bristol.
Brad Keselowski: While Keselowski’s name is on the radar this week for bringing Penske his 500th career win, the 2012 Cup Series champion does have a winning pedigree at Bristol. Keselowski has carried on the winning tradition for the “Blue Deuce” with two consecutive victories at the 2011 Night Race and the 2012 Food City 500.
Kurt Busch: The elder Busch brother has long been one of the most accomplished drivers in Bristol Motor Speedway history. The 2004 Cup Series champion has six career BMS victories, including one for Team Penske. In his first Bristol start for Penske, Busch guided his No. 2 to the win at the 2006 Food City 500. The win made Busch the second driver after Wallace to gain a Cup win for “The Captain” at BMS.
Ryan Blaney: Now a member of Team Penske’s three-car Cup Series tandem, Blaney cut his teeth for the team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Blaney guided the No. 22 to a win at the 2014 Food City 300 for his second career series victory.
While the young gun has only competed in two official Cup races for Team Penske, Blaney has already established himself as a favorite at The Last Great Colosseum. The driver of the No. 12 dominated the opening stages of April’s Food City 500 before being caught up in an accident. In August’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Blaney once again led laps before finishing seventh.
Ryan Newman: While Newman was never able to visit Cup Victory Lane at BMS for Penske, the Indiana native had numerous highlights at the facility with Penske. The “Rocket Man” earned Team Penske its first Bristol Xfinity victory during the 2005 Food City 250. In addition to his Xfinity victory, Newman earned two BMS Cup pole positions during his run with Penske.
Justin Allgaier: One of the favorites to win this season’s NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, Allgaier’s success started with Team Penske and the No. 12. Allgaier picked up his first career Xfinity Series victory during the 2010 March race weekend. The Illinois native started 30th and turned in an impressive performance that would help jumpstart his successful NASCAR career.
NASCAR action returns to Bristol Motor Speedway in 2019 with two of the most anticipated weekends on the stock car circuit, the Food City 500 weekend (April 5-7) and the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race weekend (Aug. 15-17).
International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market; ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”) today announced the implementation of a comprehensive ticket and travel protection program with the ISC Weather Protection Program and TicketGuardian, both initiatives that will provide safeguards to guests when planning and attending NASCAR events.
The ISC Weather Protection Program applies to all paid grandstand tickets to NASCAR races at any ISC facility that are postponed and rescheduled to a different date due to inclement weather. Guests will now be able to exchange paid grandstand tickets that were not used on a rescheduled race date for a future NASCAR event at an ISC facility. The unused grandstand tickets may be exchanged for a same-series ticket of equal or lesser value based on event and seating location availability.
Guests with an unused grandstand ticket have 60 days to contact the ticket office at the ISC facility where the event was postponed. Eligible grandstand tickets may be exchanged for any future NASCAR race at an ISC facility within one year of the original event date or for the same race the following year, excluding the DAYTONA 500. Customers who have tickets to a postponed DAYTONA 500 event may exchange their tickets for a future DAYTONA 500 event; however, tickets from other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events may not be exchanged for a DAYTONA 500 ticket.
“Race fans make significant investments to attend NASCAR races at our facilities,” stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC Chief Executive Officer. “When inclement weather impacts the schedule, it can be frustrating. The ISC Weather Protection Program addresses that concern and provides an assurance to our guests that if they can’t attend the rescheduled event, they will have the opportunity to see another race at another ISC facility.”
In situations that keep fans from attending the races, TicketGuardian's FanShield insurance technology will continue to provide fans a feeling of security when buying tickets in advance. With low-cost coverage, fans are protected from the burden of having to resell their ticket or losing their money altogether if they're unable to attend the event. Customers instead can receive a refund despite the traditional status quo of events, tickets, and registrations being non-refundable.
Fans that attend NASCAR events at ISC facilities will now enjoy comprehensive coverage when planning and attending events.
For further details on the ISC Weather Protection Program, visit www.iscmotorsports.com/weather.