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In preparation for Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 19, some of NASCAR’s biggest stars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be taking the track for a NASCAR test session. The testing will take place Tuesday, October 24 on Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, where one car from most of the major Monster Energy Series teams are slated to participate.

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, the crowning race of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs, 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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Texas Motor Speedway is set to go green even before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hits the track for the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 5. Country music artist Pat Green returns to Texas Motor Speedway as he headlines the Loud & Proud Pre-Race Show Fueled by American Ethanol.
 
 Green and his legendary Texas country sound hit the stage at 11 a.m. CT for an hour-long concert on the frontstretch. A Texas country legend that hails from San Antonio, he earned himself major-label support in Nashville and became the poster child of Texas music for a whole generation of fans. Green's chart-topping singles include "Wave on Wave" and "Let Me."
 
In 2015, Green released his latest album Home that brought him back to his Texas roots. The album features 13 songs and includes Green's collaboration with notable names in country music including Scooter Carusoe, Liz Rose and Chris Stapleton.
 
 Green is no stranger to playing in front of Texas Motor Speedway's NASCAR fan base. He has performed at the 1.5-mile speedway on two separate occasions, the first coming before the November 2005 Dickies 500 and later he returned to perform before the April 2009 Samsung 500.
 
The Loud & Proud Pre-Race Show Fueled by American Ethanol is free to all AAA Texas 500 ticketholders, but fans looking to get a stage-side view can purchase a pre-race mosh pit pass for $79. The pass includes access to the infield for the concert as well as for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver introductions. A ticket to the AAA Texas 500 must accompany all pre-race passes.   
 
The AAA Texas 500 is part of a NASCAR Playoffs tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway that also features the Camping World Truck Series JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Relief on Friday, Nov. 3, and the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, Nov. 4.
 
Tickets for the AAA Texas 500 start as low as $49 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Mosh pit passes and tickets are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com
 
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Brad Keselowski captured the checkered flag with a last-lap pass in a wild Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Talladega Superspeedway to secure his spot in the Round of Eight of NASCAR’s Playoffs. The victory was Keselowski’s fifth Cup Series triumph at Talladega, which moves him into third on the all-time wins list at NASCAR’s Biggest and Baddest track.
 
In his final career Talladega start, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished seventh at the track he calls a second home. He ends his ‘Dega career with six triumphs, tied with former teammate Jeff Gordon. Dale Jr. trails only his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., who has ten career victories at the famous 2.66-mile tri-oval.
 
“It’s a special day any day you can win, but to win at Talladega for the fifth time is something I was never sure I'd ever have the opportunity to do,” said Keselowski. “Just winning here once felt pretty incredible, and it's hard to believe that was eight‑some years ago. To win here again, it still feels pretty darned good. Today, we had the luck that we needed, and then we were able to execute at the end with the moves on the last two or three laps, so just really, really special win to be able to put it all together at the end.”
 
The victory was Keselowski’s sixth overall at Talladega including five in MENCS and one in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).
 
Six-time Talladega winner Dale Jr. led seven laps and finished his final career ‘Dega race in seventh place.
 
“I really do owe a lot to this track and the support that we have had here from the fans,” said Dale Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. “When I was a little kid ‑‑ we got to go to a handful of race tracks throughout the year, and this was always a fun trip. Just so many good memories as a kid coming here.” 
 
“This is the first place I really ran any laps outside of a late model car,” continued Dale Jr. “A lot of great memories here, and then obviously the career in Cup here, four in a row, all those things mean a lot to me. I hope to always have a great connection here, and trust me when I say that whatever the track needs from me, anytime they want anything, I'll be here to help promote and support this place no matter what the request is. They've done so much for me, and I want to remain very close.”
 
Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, came home second, just 0.210 second behind Keselowski.
 
“I would have maybe played it different, backed up in hindsight, but I don’t know if it would have made a difference,” said Newman. “I kept my foot in it (the gas) and did what I thought what was right. Just not the end result that we wanted but a good finish.”
 
Trevor Bayne finished third followed by Joey Logano in fourth and Aric Almirola in fifth. Keselowski won Stage One and Ryan Blaney won Stage Two, but fell to 18th by the end of the 500-mile event after being caught up in a late-race accident.
 
Martin Truex Jr. (3,120 points, 1 win) leads the points standings heading into the final race in the Round of 12 of the MENCS Playoffs. The rest of the field is as follows: Keselowski 3101 (-19 behind leader), Kyle Larson 3096 (-24), Kevin Harvick 3089 (-31), Denny Hamlin 3088 (-32), Chase Elliott 3087 (-33), Ryan Blaney 3076 (-44) and Jimmie Johnson 3074 (-46). Kyle Busch 3067 (-53), Matt Kenseth 3066 (-54), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3052 (-68) and Jamie McMurray 3045 (-75) are on the MENCS Playoff bubble.
 
NASCAR returns to Talladega for its spring triple-header race weekend on April 27-29. The weekend gets underway with the General Tire 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Friday, Apr. 27, with the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race taking place on Saturday, Apr. 28. The action-packed weekend concludes on Sunday, Apr. 29 with the GEICO 500 MENCS race.
 
Tickets for Talladega’s spring race weekend will be on sale soon. For more information, go to talladegasuperspeedway.com or call the Talladega Ticket Office at 855-518-RACE (7223). 
 
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Deac McCaskill and Stephen Nasse each claimed wins Saturday night in the AutosbyNelson.com CARS Tour 250 at South Boston Speedway.
 
McCaskill captured the 125-lap CARS Tour Late Model Stock race while Nasse won the 125-lap CARS Tour Super Late Model race.
 
South Boston Speedway regulars had a strong presence in the Late Model Stock field, claiming three of the top five finishing spots. Stacy Puryear, Timothy Peters and Bobby McCarty, who all call South Boston Speedway home, finished second, third and fourth respectively. CARS Tour regular Craig Moore was fifth.
 
South Boston Speedway’s all-time win leader Philip Morris captured the pole and led early before a blown engine eliminated him from competition before the halfway point.
 
Josh Berry finished 10th, but that was good enough to claim the CARS Tour Late Model championship.
 
Nasse claimed the win in the Super Late Model race while Cole Rouse captured the tour championship, despite bowing out of the race late in a spectacular wreck that saw his car get up on its side and slide down the first-turn wall.
 
Matt Craig chased Nasse to the checkered flag to finish second. Zane Smith was third, Mike Speeney fourth and Raphael Lessard fifth.
 
It was the 2017 season finale for South Boston Speedway. The 2018 season is scheduled to kick off on March 24 with twin 100-lap Late Model races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race.
 
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Veteran crew chief Gary Slusser is known for his setups that have put numerous drivers in Victory Lane over the years. Many of them have also gone on to win championships including this year’s Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified kingpin Brian DeFebo.

Prior to the night’s 35-lap season point finale Slusser indicated to DeFebo that every one of his driver’s ended their championship year with a win. DeFebo in return delivered, capping off his season with a second straight victory and fifth on the year.

After working the outside of Joey Jarowicz for several laps while also dueling alongside Gene Bowers, DeFebo, who started ninth, picked up the lead with 11 laps remaining and then cruised steadily the rest of the way.

“Getting to the front was the tough part. Joey (Jarowicz) was running a smart line. He was taking away the outside and the inside and it was what he had to do,” explained DeFebo.

“I had no opportunity to get to the inside so I had to stay persistent. Once I was able to get up alongside of him I was able to then take a little bit of the line away. After getting in the lead I just ran my own pace and I knew if I kept the car straight we wouldn’t get passed.”

Jarowicz, Bowers and DeFebo provided much of the action. Jarowicz led from the onset and had Bowers giving him a great run. DeFebo joined them by lap seven and the trio then began a blanketed battle.

Jarowicz stepped out to the middle lane and in doing so kept his opponents in check through a stretch of 19 nonstop laps. Bowers was on the low side and looked to make a squeeze play several times but Jarowicz remained very protective. It was much the same for DeFebo in his attempts until finally getting the opportunity to pull alongside and eventually pass for the lead and win.

Bobby Jones used a restart with 10 laps to go and took over second spot but could not keep up with DeFebo. Bowers notched third with Lou Strohl and Jarowicz completing the top 5.

This was the first time that DeFebo ran a complete season at Mahoning Valley. He is a six time Evergreen champion which includes four titles in the Modifieds.

“It’s exciting to come here and win this championship. We never concentrated on a (full) season here,” said DeFebo.

“You don’t want to be cocky, you want to be confident and I knew that if we concentrated on running the whole year we could do well. It always worked that way when we ran for points at Evergreen and we were successful with that mindset,” he continued.

“These guys who race here are tough as nails. We’ve run the RoC, we’ve run other tracks but here at Mahoning Valley it is as good as it gets. Lap for lap you have to be thinking and planning and always on your game.”

In a dramatic last lap pass Broc Brown snuck by race long leader Dylan Osborn for top honors in the Late Model feature.

Looking to win for the first time with a full-bodied stock car, 13-year old Osborn was turning perfect laps from the get-go. Brown was settled into second and gradually making headway as the race was coming to a close but Osborn showed enough poise that he could pull off a victory.

However, when Jacob Kerstetter spun with two laps to go it set up the exciting showdown. As the action got back underway Osborn was feeling the pressure by Brown, himself just 14-years old.

When the pair crossed under the white flag Brown stayed glued to Osborn’s rear until entering turn two which at that point he power moved his way underneath. Moments later Brown was leading and winning while Osborn had to settle for an unfortunate but well-run second place.

“It was all I could do to win. In the beginning of the year I had the same move done to me and that taught me something,” said Brown afterwards on his race winning move.

“I learned so much this year racing here, how to pass people clean and if you give them respect they’ll give it back.”

With his fifth place tally Mike Sweeney retained his title as Late Model champion.

Shayne Geist capped off his rookie season with the Street Stocks by winning for a second time. He started pole and although able to lead all 30 laps, it was hard-fought as Mark Deysher and Corey Edelman made him work hard on each passing lap. In the end Geist was not to be denied as he drove a solid and defensive race in garnering the verdict.

Stacey Brown was crowned the Street Stock champion, the first title ever for the respected veteran.

In the dirt Mods Billy Lowden Jr., made a quick dash to the lead at the drop of the green and then proceeded to lead the distance for his first win in three years. Jeff Parker was closing on Lowden but time ran out before any serious challenge could be mounted.

Jake Kibler won for the second straight week and sixth time this season but it wasn’t enough to land him the Pro 4 championship as Kevin Stein’s runner-up finish earned him the 2017 class title.

The Hobby Stock feature was gripping in several ways. In the race Trisha Connolly was able to win for a third time but it came after a tough battle with strong-willed Samantha Osborn whom she passed with eight laps to go.

Heading into the race the championship battle was just one point between first and second. With a third place finish Austin Beers bested Devin Schmidt for the crown.

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 Donnie Allison, two-time Talladega Superspeedway winner and original member of the famed Alabama Gang, will lead the field to green in Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s historic No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Sunday’s Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) playoff race. The blue and yellow, white numeral machine was driven by Dale Sr. during the 1979 and 1980 MENCS seasons and was presented to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as a retirement gift from the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Talladega Superspeedway on Friday.
 
“I had some fierce battles on the track with Dale Sr. over the years, so I am honored to drive one of his famous race cars for Dale Jr.’s final race at Talladega,” said Allison, who will be behind the wheel of the car that carried Earnhardt Sr. to the ‘79 NASCAR Rookie of the Year and ‘80 NASCAR Championship. “From helping set the foundation of Dale Jr.’s race career to his final laps at Talladega, this is a moment I will never forget.” Over the course of 1979-80, Dale Sr. won six races, all of which Allison competed (best finish in those events was fifth).
 
Allison has had a close relationship with Dale Jr. since his youth. In 1992, when Dale Sr. wanted his son to learn the nuts and bolts of how a race car was built from the ground up, he asked him to be his mentor. At just 17 years old, Dale Jr., went to work with Allison Brothers Race Cars in Salisbury, NC., which built Legends Series race cars. Over the next six months, Dale Jr. built the foundation of his racing career gaining first-hand knowledge with Donnie along with his sons, Donald, Kenny and Ronald. Dale Jr., a six-time ‘Dega winner, was named an Honorary Member of the famed original Alabama Gang by founding members Bobby & Donnie Allison, and Red Farmer last fall.
 
“They really taught me everything, as far as the basics from the ground up,” Dale Jr. said of his years working for the Allisons. “I really learned a little bit of everything from those guys – use a torch, learn how to cut and weld. I was able to take that (knowledge) back to my father and prove that I had what it took (to become a driver).”
 
Dale Jr. is the winningest active driver at Talladega, the track he calls a second home, with his six triumphs, including four consecutives from the fall of 2001 through the spring of 2003. On Talladega’s All-Time Wins List, he tails only his father, Dale Sr., who has ten career victories at the famous 2.66-mile tri-oval.
 
The legacy of the Earnhardt family at Talladega is part of NASCAR’s storied history. Dale Jr. looks to add to his family’s history at NASCAR’s Biggest and Baddest track with a victory in Sunday’s Alabama 500 (1 p.m. CDT), the “Wildcard” second race in the Round of 12 of the MENCS playoffs.
 
There is still time to secure your tickets for Dale Jr.’s final Talladega stop on the #Appreci88ion Tour. The Alabama 500 gets the green flag at 1 p.m. (CDT) tomorrow afternoon. Go to talladegasuperspeedway.com or call the track’s ticket office at 855-518-RACE (7223).
 
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Six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) laps at the sport’s Biggest and Baddest track and is hoping for one last celebration in Victory Lane. NASCAR’s 14-time Most Popular Driver will look to put on a memorable performance for the multitude of fans supporting him and the No. 88 team in Sunday’s Alabama 500.
 
“Talladega is a track we’ve had a lot of success at, and we’ve been looking at this race as a great opportunity for us to come in and get an awesome run or finish and maybe a win,” said Earnhardt Jr. “So, we’ve just been focusing on the car to be as good as possible and make sure it’s driving the way we need to drive it so we can be aggressive in the race; and all the usual things you think about and are concerned with on any given race weekend, that’s what we’re dealing with.”
 
Dale Jr. is the winningest active driver at Talladega with his six triumphs, including four consecutive from the fall of 2001 through the spring of 2003. On Talladega’s All-Time Wins List, he trails only his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Sr., who has ten career victories at the famous 2.66-mile tri-oval. The legacy of the Earnhardt family at Talladega is part of NASCAR’s storied history.
 
“Anyone who follows NASCAR has to be aware of that (Earnhardt legacy at Talladega),” said Chase Elliott, Dale Jr.’s teammate and driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. “He’s a lot of people’s favorite driver, so when you go somewhere and you know a guy is really good at a track, that’s probably one you want to watch. To be a spectator and see how fired up people get in the stands when Dale makes a good move or takes the lead of a race, it definitely is something that will give you chills. I have a lot of respect for that. Dale is no slouch at plate racing and he never has been. He will certainly be a threat this weekend.”
 
“I do know this place has been great to me and we’ve got a lot of fans that come see us run here because they see it as a great opportunity to see us run well,” said Dale Jr. “There’s motivation to do well and run hard for all the folks that have come to see it happen. I’m sure there’s a few extra here this particular weekend considering it’s our last trip here. And, so that’s more motivation. So, I’m excited and looking forward to the race to get started on Sunday and hoping we can get up there and give everybody that’s going to be pulling for us a reason to cheer, and hope they leave the track on Sunday satisfied.”
 
The perfect conclusion to Earnhardt’s career would be celebrating with his most loyal fans in Victory Lane following the Alabama 500, the “Wilcard” second race in the Round of 12 of the MENCS playoffs.
 
One career Talladega accomplishment he has not conquered is capturing a pole position at the famed track. Qualifying for the Alabama 500 takes place on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. (CDT).
 
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  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored his first career MENCS victory when he took the checkered flag in the spring race at Talladega. Stenhouse Jr. has high hopes that he can make it a Talladega sweep, saying, “I think the biggest thing for me is you’ve got to have these things play out exactly right. I feel like the last two played out really well for us and we were able to capitalize on good fortune for us and cautions coming out at the right time and missing wrecks, so you’ve got to have a fast car and get a little lucky at the same time and get the job done when it comes time.”
  • In advance of Saturday’s qualifying for the MENCS event, a pair of Chevrolet drivers – Kasey Kahne and Earnhardt Jr. – led the final practice. Kahne posted a speed of 191.222 mph, while Earnhardt Jr. went 191.069 mph. Kurt Busch was third with a top speed of 190.257 mph, whileTrevor Bayne positing a speed of 190.102 mph. Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five with a speed of 189.729 mph.
  • The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race is the cutoff race in the Round of Eight of the NCWTS playoffs. Two drivers – Christopher Bell and Ben Rhodes – have already locked themselves into the Round of Six, while the rest of the six playoff drivers will be jockeying for every position in hopes of advancing to the next round. Defending race winner and Fairhope, AL native Grant Enfinger hopes to play the role of spoiler and capture his second checkered flag at the iconic venue.  
Tickets are available to both the Alabama 500 MENCS event scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. (CDT) and the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NCWTS race, which gets the green flag at 12 Noon (CDT) on Saturday, Oct. 14.
 
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Before six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes his final laps at the track he considers his "second home" in Sunday’s Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race, the track surprised him Friday afternoon by presenting him – on permanent loan – with the No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. to the 1980 NASCAR Championship title. The presentation was made by Grant Lynch, Charmain of Talladega Superspeedway, and Alabama Senator Gerald Dial, Chairman of the Board of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF), located outside of the 2.66-mile track.
 
“There’s no better place for this iconic No. 2 car than in the hands of Dale Earnhardt Jr.,” said Lynch of the car that has been housed at the IMHOF for a number of years. “The Earnhardt family means more to Talladega Superspeedway than we can express, so it is our honor to present the race car his father drove to his first championship to him. We know he will cherish the car like no other. It is in good hands.”
 
The blue and yellow, white numeral No. 2 was driven by Dale Sr. during the 1979 and 1980 MENCS seasons. In 1979, he drove the Rod Osterlund-owned machine to the NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award, winning once at Bristol.
During the 1980 campaign, he led the points standings from the season’s second race through the remainder of the season, en route to winning the first of his record seven championships in NASCAR’s top-tier series.
 
“It is with great honor that the International Motorsports Hall of Fame presents this car to Dale Jr.,” said Sen. Dial. “He has left an incredible legacy not only on Talladega, but also on motorsports as a whole. There is truly no better way to honor all he has done for racing than to present him the very car that his father drove.”
 
 
The track also presented Dale Jr. with two original, historical celebratory champagne bottles used in Gatorade Victory Lane from memorable, iconic races at Talladega – one from Dale Sr.’s final Talladega victory in the fall of 2000 and another from Dale Jr.’s first ‘Dega triumph the following fall in 2001.  
 
The fall 2000 event is one of the most memorable races in motorsports history as Earnhardt Sr. vaulted from 18th place with five laps remaining to claim the lead with just over a lap to go. The win was his record 10th Talladega triumph, and 76th and final win of his career. The following fall, Earnhardt Jr. added to the family legacy at TSS, winning his first race at the fabled facility. That victory set off an unprecedented stretch for Dale Jr. at Talladega as he went on to win a record four straight ‘Dega races, a mark that still stands today. Dale Jr., who notably has said how much he loves Talladega and its fans, was named an honorary member of the famed Alabama Gang – legends Bobby & Donnie Allison, along with Red Farmer – a year ago.
 
“I am so surprised. I didn’t think I was going to take home a race car with me from this weekend,” said an excited Dale Jr., who fired the engine, then took the classic machine around Talladega’s 33-degree banking for a couple of laps. “Just got to thank Talladega Superspeedway and the state of Alabama. They’ve been really good to me. Hopefully, we can get a win for them this weekend.
 
“I got to take it for a couple laps. That was fun. I drove it through the garage, so all the guys could see it. It was pretty neat just to trying to imagine what it would be like running that thing around it 180, 190 miles an hour.” I’ve never driven anything old like this with some real history. I love to be able to just sit in the car and see the perspective of what the view was like. It is pretty different than our cars today.”

The Earnhardt legacy at Talladega extends back nearly four decades. Perhaps, Earnhardt Jr. will add to the family history at NASCAR’s Biggest and Baddest track with a victory in Sunday’s Alabama 500 (1 p.m. CDT), the “Wildcard” second race in the Round of 12 of the MENCS playoffs.
 
The weekend also features the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event, the cutoff race in the Round of Eight in the NCWTS playoffs. The race is set to go green at 12 Noon (CDT) on Saturday.
 
There is still time to secure your tickets for this stop on Dale Jr.’s #Appreci88ion Tour, so log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call the track’s main ticket office at 855-518-RACE (7223).b
 
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Eldora Speedway’s 64th consecutive season of racing comes to a close Saturday night (October 14th) with a three-division showcase of methanol-injected fury featuring the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), K & L Ready Mix National Racing Alliance Sprint Invaders (NRA) and a non-sanctioned event for traditional non-wing sprint cars.
 
The evening activities will use Eldora’s autumn schedule, with Hot Laps at 4:30 p.m. (ET) and racing starting at 6 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at www.eldoraspeedway.com or by calling (937) 338-3815.  Children (12 and younger) are admitted free to Eldora’s ample general admission seating areas.
 
While the ASCoC and NRA look similar with the two divisions both sporting the large wings on top and nose wings to maximize downforce, the All Stars are powered by 410 cubic inch engines while the NRA are restricted to 360 cubic inch power plants.  The non-wing sprint cars have no engine or tire rule and their few rules regulate fuel and driver safety. 
 
In addition to being the #LastCallForMethanol, the event also marks the last opportunity this season for fans to enjoy many of Eldora’s staple concession items – always tasty and always economically priced.  A trip to Eldora is not complete without a sampling of one, if not all, of the World Famous Pizza Burger, Chicken Wings, Hot Cheese Balls, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Dogs, Cheddars, $1 Cokes and $2 Beers and $4 mixed drinks.
 
Tickets for the #LastCallForMethanol are still just $20 for adults while children (12 and younger) are admitted free to General Admission seating for all events.  Parking and camping is free.  Event information is online at www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the Speedway Box Office at (937) 338-3815.
 
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Like many local sites that have been housing evacuees from the North Bay fires, Sonoma Raceway has been overwhelmed with generous donations from community members.

We now have more donated items than we have the capacity to use or distribute, and are no longer accepting material donations at the raceway.

In lieu of donating new or used items, we suggest you consider a financial contribution to one of these local non-profits doing incredible work in local communities:

-         North Bay Fire Relief Fund: www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief

-         Petaluma People Services: http://petalumapeople.org/

-         Redwood Empire Food Bank: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=redempire&id=64

-         Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano: https://www.foodbankccs.org/

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The year was 1987, and when NASCAR roared into Talladega Superspeedway for the first time that season, a young, local kid from nearby Hueytown, Alabama – Davey Allison – had high hopes. He was looking for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) checkered flag, and little did he know how special that day would become.

“I’d wanted to be a race car driver for as long as I could remember,” Allison said in the late 1980s. “I knew how to build a race car from the ground up. I worked in my dad’s (4-time Talladega winner and 1983 NASCAR Champion Bobby Allison) shop from the time I was 12 years old, but I still felt like my strong point was still driving the cars.”

And boy, drive the cars he did, especially at Talladega, which hosts the Alabama 500 MENCS and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) playoff events, this Saturday and Sunday.

May 3, 1987 was a beautiful day in Talladega, Alabama. With temperatures reaching just above 80 degrees and no threat of rain (the same forecast as the upcoming weekend), Allison, a rookie, strapped into his No. 28 Havoline Ford owned by Harry Ranier. Coming into the race he had only 13 starts in NASCAR’s premier series covering three seasons, with a best finish of fifth. But, this was his initial season with a team that had produced wins in proven equipment.

He started on the inside of the second row and took the lead for the first time on lap 60. The rest was history as he wound up leading a race-high 101 laps, including the final 10 after passing Dale Earnhardt – the Talladega King – who today, leads all drivers with 10 MENCS victories at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track.

A memorable scene ensued after the race with Allison’s elated crew members riding in - and top of - the beautiful white, black and gold Ford down pit road before reaching victory lane.

“I’ll tell ya, this car here was just awesome all day,” Allison said in the winner’s circle. “These guys did a super job with this car, and I could do anything I wanted with it. I’m gonna tell you what, I’m just tickled to death.”

While he had won four ARCA Racing Series races years before, the ‘Dega triumph kick-started an unbelievable year. He was victorious again two weeks later at Dover to become the first rookie in NASCAR history to win twice in one season. Running a limited schedule, in just 22 starts, he won twice and finished in the top-10 an amazing 16 times enroute to winning the Rookie of the Year award.

“Unbelievable year for us,” said Allison at season’s end. “There’s no way to really describe how we feel because we just couldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams that we’d have two wins, since it’s just something that doesn’t happen nowadays in the sport. I owe a lot of credit to my dad, too, for paving the way for me more or less and giving me a shop to operate in, and his knowledge to learn from.”

It’s safe to say that Davey’s NASCAR career began at Talladega – literally. Not only did his first victory come at the 2.66-mile facility, but he made his first official NASCAR laps in a Cup car at TSS, finishing 10th in 1985, driving for veteran owner Hoss Ellington.

Over a nine-year career that included 191 starts, Allison won 19 times in the MENCS. In addition to his ’87 victory, two more came at ‘Dega in ’89 and ’92, both of which came for owner Robert Yates, the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, who passed away just last week. Allison also captured the 1992 International Race of Champions (IROC) event at Talladega, as well as four ARCA Racing Series events, giving him a total of eight at the track across three separate series. That total places him second amongst drivers in all series at Talladega, trailing only Earnhardt Sr. who has 14.

But, with all the success, his legacy will be remembered as a friend to the fans. Always sporting a smile on his face – even through the bad times when luck wasn’t on his side. He would always take the time to talk to the media, as well as fans, after some kind of incredible racing heartbreak.

He was just glad to be behind the wheel of a stock car. He loved Talladega Superspeedway, he loved NASCAR and he loved the multitude of Allison and Alabama Gang followers. He was tragically taken away from us in 1993, but we all remember him as a good person who had a brilliant career, and it started at his home track – Talladega.

Talladega Superspeedway’s fall race weekend gets into full swing in just two days with practice sessions for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Alabama 500 MENCS race on Friday. Saturday’s NCWTS race, where the field of playoff contenders will be trimmed from eight to six at event’s end, is set for a 12 Noon (CDT) start. The weekend will conclude at 1 p.m. (CDT) Sunday with the Alabama 500, the “Wildcard” race in the Round of 12 of the NASCAR playoffs and six-time Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final start at the fabled facility.

To secure your tickets to Talladega’s memorable race weekend log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call the Talladega Ticket office at 855-518-RACE (7223). The track’s ticket office is available from 8 am – 7 pm and Friday 8 am – 6 pm, Saturday 7 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 7 am2 pm (All times in Central Standard Time).

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