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Las Vegas-based Star Nursery Garden Center has been named title sponsor of the Sept. 13 K&N Pro Series West event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track.
The Star Nursery 100 will kick off a full weekend of racing at America’s Racing Showplace at the half-mile dirt oval. The action will then shift to the superspeedway with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, Sept. 14, a NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Sept. 15, and the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Star Nursery – which began its operation in 1983 and has seven of its 15 locations in Las Vegas – was title sponsor of the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race at The Bullring in 2001. Southern Nevada’s premier garden center, Star Nursery also sponsored Las Vegas-born Kurt Busch during his NASCAR Southwest Tour Series championship season in 1999.
“Star Nursery is beyond excited as we gear up for 2018,” Star Nursery Owner and Founder Craig Keough said.” This is a milestone year for us as we turn 35. Amazing events are happening, and we are proud to be the title sponsor for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this fall.
“We can’t wait to hit the Dirt Track for the Star Nursery 100.”
The addition of the 100-lap K&N Pro Series West event gives the LVMS Dirt Track a powerful trio of events for 2018, along with the World of Outlaws FVP Outlaw Showdown Feb. 29-March 1 and the 21st annual Duel in the Desert Nov. 7-10.
“Star Nursery has been a longtime community leader and a great supporter of racing for decades, and we’re ecstatic about adding a company of its caliber to our impressive list of title sponsors,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “Craig Keough has long had a passion for motorsports, and his reach through the years has impacted many local racers. This sponsorship is the next step in his and Star Nursery’s support of the sport we all love. This is going to be a record-setting year for LVMS, and Star Nursery will be a big part of it all.”
The K&N West Series brought races to the 1.5-mile speedway from 1996-2001 and to The Bullring from 2001-03, but the Star Nursery 100 will mark the first K&N event at the LVMS Dirt Track.
“K&N is extremely excited to see the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West head back to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to kick off the inaugural NASCAR fall race weekend,” said Caitlin Clement, Track and Series support manager for K&N. “As a proud sponsor of both LVMS and the series, we couldn’t imagine a better venue for the NASCAR fall race weekend, especially since they haven’t raced on the dirt since 1979. We look forward to working with LVMS and NASCAR to make this a memorable weekend for the fans.”
Fans who have purchased 2018 annual passes to both LVMS NASCAR weekends will be eligible for discounted Star Nursery 100 tickets for $25 during a special pre-sale period beginning Monday, Jan. 29, and patrons who have bought weekend passes for either of the track’s tripleheaders can order the Dirt Track event’s tickets for that price starting Thursday, Feb. 1. Star Nursery 100 tickets will be made available to the general public for $35 apiece on Monday, March 5, and ticket prices will increase on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Active-duty military personnel with a valid ID can get up to two tickets for a discounted rated of $25 beginning March 5, and children 12 and under will be admitted to the race free of charge when accompanying a ticketed adult.
Race organizers expect a number of NASCAR series drivers to compete in the event.
LVMS’ first 2018 tripleheader weekend will consist of Stratosphere Pole Day and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, March 2, the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, March 3, and the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on Sunday, March 4. LVMS will be the first track in history to host two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in the same year.
Race fans can already lock in their tickets to both LVMS tripleheaders and capitalize on discounted prices for buying annual passes for all six NASCAR races. The track’s 2018 six-pack of events will show off a number of enhancements the track has planned for the coming months as well.
Bristol Motor Speedway K&N Series Race Receieves 25-Lap Increase, Zombie Auto 150 To End With Trilling 50-Lap Shootout24 Jan 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series visit to Bristol Motor Speedway on April 14 will receive a 25-lap increase it was announced today by track and series officials. As part of the lap increase, the Zombie Auto 150 will now provide fans with what promises to be a dramatic closing 50-lap shootout to determine the race winner.
The increased laps are part of an initiative by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series to enhance driver development, competition and excitement in the entry-level developmental touring series and for it to mirror the successful stage-racing format employed last year by NASCAR’s top three touring circuits. After 100 laps all teams will be provided with a controlled five-minute pit stop to service their cars before the final 50 laps.
The Zombie Auto 150 is part of the Food City 500 weekend, which is showcased with the NASCAR XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, also on April 14, and the marquee Food City 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race on Sunday, April 15.
Tickets are available for the Zombie Auto 150 by calling the Bristol Motor Speedway ticket center at (423) 989-6900 or by visiting www.BristolTix.com.
With the new season of weekly stock car racing at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway a few rule changes have been announced as a result of a recent rules meeting.
Late Model stock cars racing at the one-third-mile, banked clay Bechtelsville oval will now be able to us any CFM Holley style carburetor.
All 602 and 604 Crate engine Sportsman cars with aluminum or steel wheels must weight 2,300, a weight reduction from past seasons. All other Sportsman weights will remain the same as they have been.
No digital dashboards will be allowed, only analog gauges are permitted.
Newcomers in the Sportsman and Modified divisions will be permitted to run American Racer tires with their current track stamps for the first week of official competition. A G-View stamped tire must be added each week after that until all four wheels have G-View stamped tires.
Late Model division newcomers may run their current track tires the first night (Hoosier or American Racer). Each week following the first week a G-View stamped tire must be added until and all fours have the G-View tires.
Management plans to have the new track rule book in place at www.grandviewspeedway.com in a week or two.
Ed Scott can answer any questions racers may have at 610.298.2408 (after 6 pm) or Cliff Quinn at 484.357.2587.
The racing season at Grandview Speedway kicks off on Saturday, March 31st with a free-to-the-public practice session open to all divisions of competition. The Bruce Rogers Memorial is set to get the “real racing” started on Saturday, April 7th. The Modifieds will race in a 50-lapper paying $7,500 to win while all feature starters will earn at least $1,000. Sportsman stock cars will also be part of the doubleheader show. There is no entry fee, no points and no license required for this special race.
For more information on racing at Grandview Speedway as the season moves closer check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.
The Rogers Family Grandview Speedway will be moving into their 56th consecutive season of racing. The track is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.
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Fans can welcome the official start of the 2018 NASCAR season at Richmond Raceway for the track’s DAYTONA 500 Watch Party on Sunday, February 18. RICHMOND NATION season ticket holders and the general public are invited to the event hosted at the track’s TORQUE Club overlooking the infield redevelopment project, Richmond Raceway Reimagined. Richmond and event attendees will celebrate the 60th running of The Great American Race with food, beverages, and more with fellow race fans.
“The DAYTONA 500 holds a special place in the history of NASCAR as the official start of the new season,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “As the green flag drops, we welcome loyal race fans to celebrate the new season together at the TORQUE Club. This is going to be an historic year for Richmond, so it is the perfect start to the season with fans watching The Great American Race overlooking our infield construction project, Richmond Raceway Reimagined.”
The watch party begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until the checkered flag drops for the end of the race. Fans in attendance will be treated to City Dogs, a local Richmond food staple, on a first come, first serve basis. Drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Light snacks will also be available.
Admission is free, but RICHMOND NATION members are asked to bring a guest to experience all the benefits the program has to offer. RICHMOND NATION members will also be entered into an exclusive raffle during the DAYTONA 500. Parking will be in Lot D, which is located at the corner of Carolina Avenue and Laburnum Avenue.
For fans who have not purchased their tickets to the spring or fall NASCAR race weekends at Richmond, tickets will be available to purchase at the DAYTONA 500 Watch Party. Richmond staff will help fans chose the best seats to give them a great view of the action on the track.
For more information and updates on the DAYTONA 500 Watch Party, visit richmondraceway.com and our social channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube.
Season Launch Spectacular
Fans can get ready for the 2018 NASCAR season at the inaugural Season Launch Spectacular on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at the Richmond Raceway Complex’s Old Dominion Building. The Season Launch Spectacular will include fan photo opportunities with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Dale Earnhardt’s 1994 Winston Cup Series championship trophy.
The event will showcase iconic race cars in NASCAR history including Martin Truex Jr’s the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship #78 Bass Pro Shop/Tracker Toyota Camry, Dale Earnhardt’s #3 1993 Winston Cup Series championship car, Harry Gant’s #33 1989 Skoal Bandit car, and a 1969 #1 Winston Cup Special.
Fans will also get their first chance to race in the new Richmond Raceway Simulator powered by iRacing, meet and greet with 2018 Team Racing Virginia athletes, Richmond Raceway Reimagined infield redevelopment project update, NASCAR Heat 2 free play, tailgate games with exclusive prizes, food and beverages, and more.
The Season Launch Spectacular will be held on Friday, January 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General public admission is $10 and free for children 12 and under. 2018 RICHMOND NATION members will receive free admission. RICHMOND NATION members are also invited to bring guests, equivalent to the number of 2018 tickets purchased, for free.
Stay connected to richmondraceway.com and our social channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube for more information on the 2018 events schedule.
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Richmond Raceway and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announce the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic on Saturday, October 20. The race will be the penultimate race of the PASS National Championship Series at Richmond. PASS Super Late Models will headline the day with feature events for Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks.
“We look forward to bringing another weekend of racing to fans in Racing Virginia with the Pro All Stars Series,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic will feature some of North America’s best Super Late Model drivers. It will be another great weekend of racing as the Action Track gets hot in October.”
“Many have said that Richmond Raceway is the perfect short track for fans and racers, and we agree and believe the PASS Commonwealth Classic will be a bucket list event for short trackers for years to come,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We’ve been working with Dennis Bickmeier and his staff at Richmond for the better part of the year to give short track racers and fans this new event. We are glad that Super Late Model racers, along with Limiteds and Street Stocks, will have the chance to race at Richmond for the first time. We’re also glad that Late Model Stocks will be returning to Richmond and one of the first tracks that ever ran that division back in the early 1980’s.”
Now entering its 11th season, the PASS Commonwealth Classic will bring drivers from all over North America to compete at Richmond. Teams will have the option of a practice day on Friday, October 19, but additional practice, qualifying, and features will take place on Saturday ending “under the lights.”
The PASS Super Late Models will take to Richmond’s historic ¾-mile D-shaped oval in a 100-lap event. Late Model Stocks will compete in a 75-lap race. Feature events for Limited Late Models and Street Stocks will also take place. Since Richmond is the home for night racing, all events that evening will finish “under the lights.”
The PASS Commonwealth Classic weekend begins on Friday, October 19 with rotating practice for all divisions from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, October 20, gates will open at 8 a.m. with rotating practice from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by qualifying at 3 p.m. Last chance races and features for the PASS Super Late Models, Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks will begin at 4 p.m.
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JAG Metals LLC, a local metal supply company based in Weatherford with multiple locations that specializes in quality metal buildings, components, steel fabrication and roofing materials, has signed a multi-year renewal as the entitlement sponsor of the annual fall NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway.
JAG Metals entered into a one-year agreement this past September to become title sponsor of the Camping World Truck Series race that was held Nov. 3. The company was extremely satisfied with the partnership, so it signed a renewal for the JAG Metals 350.
JAG Metals is also a charter member of Texas Motor Speedway's Business Acceleration Club and the company is using both platforms to expand its brand and identify business-to-business opportunities.
"Since our November race, they (Texas Motor Speedway Sales Department) have been working with us to close deals with other partners as well as ramp up with their B2B opportunities," JAG Metals LLC co-owner Justin Bradley said. "It's very exciting to engage our future with a team that has so much ability. JAG Metals has continued to turn corners with all of our partners and the forward progress we see from Texas Motor Speedway has helped fuel that."
The JAG Metals 350 will be held Friday, Nov. 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Round of 6 playoff event, a 147-lap, 220.5-mile race, will be aired live on FOX Sports 1 as well as MRN Radio and locally on 95.9 FM The Ranch.
"This is a great example of a local company sticking their toe in the water and finding out that NASCAR sponsorship at Texas Motor Speedway works," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "We're glad to have them back with a multi-year agreement. Like I said before, JAG Metals 350 just sounds macho, tough and bad to the bone. What a great race name!"
For individual and season ticket information, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500. Children 12 and under are admitted free to the JAG Metals 350 when accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser.
The second day of the 2018 NASCAR Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway took place on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Downtown Charlotte, with media availabilities and individual break-out sessions with several of NASCAR’s top drivers across all three national touring series.
Notable drivers featured Tuesday included Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Aric Almirola, Jamie McMurray, Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Crafton among others.
Notable announcements from Tuesday included:
- Dale Earnhardt, Jr. signed a new, multiyear personal-services agreement with his longtime sponsor, Nationwide.
- Danica Patrick, former driver of the No. 10 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, announced that, along with her GoDaddy sponsorship for her final career NASCAR race at the Daytona 500 next month, she will be driving the No. 7 Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports, with Tony Eury, Jr. as crew chief.
Excerpts of notable Atlanta Motor Speedway-related quotes from Tuesday at the 2018 NASCAR Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway are listed below. To view and download the full-version, high-definition footage from the individual media breakouts, as well as B-roll, visit the following link: http://bit.ly/2DD10WI.
Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports:
- Elliott enters his third fulltime season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. He is seeking his first career victory at NASCAR’s top level and is the subject of a “lucky charm” promotion put on by Atlanta Motor Speedway, similar to the one that helped propel his father, NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Bill Elliott, to his own first Cup Series victory in 1983.
On transitioning into the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports this season from the No. 24:
“It’s a special opportunity for me, and it’s a number I have a lot of history with and have a championship with it in the XFINITY Series. All my short-track days are all in the 9, and it’s the number I started racing go-karts with. It’s my favorite number by far, and it feels right for me. I think anybody that’s followed me for any period of time probably associates me with that number, and I think it just fits.”
On the “lucky charm” promotion organized by Atlanta Motor Speedway:
“It was a cool idea, for sure. I hope it brings some luck. My dad-they did a picture of him and he basically had all these good-luck token things, and he won a race shortly thereafter. So, my friends at Atlanta Motor Speedway had this idea to recreate that photo, so I hope it brings some magic. We’ll see.”
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
- Busch finished second in the overall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings last season after winning five races and recording 22 top-10s. Busch has also won each of the last two NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Atlanta. He enters his 14th full time season in NASCAR’s top series in 2018.
“I’ve raced against Chase Elliott since he was 13 years old, so I feel as though it helps you a little bit, but it also helps them too. They’ve been able to race against you and get the nuances, if you will, of what it’s like to race against a Cup guy at a younger age.
“I remember Chase Elliott – racing against him at Berlin one year – and I beat him, and he was probably like ‘Man, that’s a Cup guy and I ran pretty much with him. That was a pretty good race – pretty close. Damn, they’re good; what’s it going to take to beat them one day?’ So certainly, he’s on the brink of all that.
“Erik Jones, as well. I’ve raced against him for a long time. He almost coulda’ shoulda’ woulda’ won Bristol last year, and Chase coulda’ shoulda’ woulda’ won Dover last year, and I guess I took both of those, so I should feel like the A-S-S hole, but I don’t. It’s a part of racing. You go out there and race these guys. It’s a competition. They’ve got to bring it, and one of these days, I’m sure they will.”
Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 34 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports:
- McDowell joins Front Row Motorsports full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 after four years with Leavine Family Racing. He becomes teammate of Georgia driver David Ragan, who drives FRM’s No. 38 entry.
“I’m very excited about having David Ragan as a teammate. David and I have been friends for a long time, and we have a close relationship off the track, so I haven’t had a teammate in so many years, so it’s going to be new for me, for sure. It’s been all about me at the race teams for a long time, but it’s going to be great, because obviously all drivers have strengths and all drivers have weaknesses. To have somebody who is a friend of mine that I have good conversations with already, that you can be real with and that you don’t have your guard up – we’re not fighting for the same territory (is positive).
“And David is smart. He’s been around this sport a long time. He’s very resourceful. He’s been with big teams; he’s filled-in with big teams. He knows a lot about the race cars and what it takes to run up front. He brings a lot to the table, and he’s going to be a great teammate to lean on, for sure.
“The worry is when you go to Atlanta and you’ve got the West Coast Swing. That’s when the rubber meets the road, right? And so, a lot of my focus has been on that. It’s being prepared for that and what we’re doing at the shop to maximize all the potential. We know that those first five or six races set the tone for the season, and you can’t miss a beat.
“You have to unload at Atlanta quick, otherwise you spend the rest of the year catching up. I know Daytona is important. It is important. It’s our biggest race, but man, Atlanta, we’ve got to hit the track running.
“You don’t know until you get to Atlanta where you’re struggling and where you need to fix things and where you need to step up."
Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing:
- Crafton is the 2013 and 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and won the Atlanta NCWTS race in 2015. He finished fourth in the 2017 NCWTS standings after advancing to the Round of 4 in last season’s finale.
“Daytona – I always call it The Crapshoot. You never know what you’re going to get there. I thought I had the race won off of Turn 2 last year, and the next thing you know, I’m in the air. Atlanta – really, I always look forward to going there. That’s by far my favorite race track that we go to because of that old, worn-out asphalt. That’s when it really kicks into high gear, once you hit Atlanta. That’s the bread-and-butter of our races. The majority of our races are on the mile-and-a-halves, so that’s where we’ve really got to focus on our program.”
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
- Bowyer took over the No. 14 Ford for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017. His last win in the Cup Series came during the 2012 season. He is winless with five top-10s in 17 races at Atlanta.
“It was a different world back then. You tested a lot. The cars – I mean, it wasn’t even these cars. The old cars, you’d be sitting around there with your foot to the floor on a mile-and-a-half (race track), and you wouldn’t even have your foot out of the gas and already be in the fence backwards going ‘What the hell just happened?’ That doesn’t happen anymore.
“You learned the hard way. Sometimes, those weren’t even SAFER barriers, you know? It was, ‘Damn! That hurt!’ and you learned really quick that you don’t make that mistake again.”
Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro for Chip Ganassi Racing:
- McMurray enters his 16th full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. In 24 career races at Atlanta, McMurray has five top-10 finishes.
“I think that’s actually tough (to transition from Daytona to Atlanta in the second week of the NASCAR season), because we are in Daytona for 10 or 11 days and there is so much buildup around that race before you ever get there. But then, once that race is over, is really when the season starts, and it’s hard to have that mindset when you’re there for the Daytona 500, because you want to win that race so bad – everybody does.
“It’s kind of the way it’s always been. If you leave Daytona with a bad finish, it makes the next four or five weeks harder just because-you know, you can have three or four average finishes and still be pretty good in points, but when you have that one really bad finish that can happen at a place like Daytona, it takes three or four really good races to recover from that.”
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 17 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing:
- Stenhouse, the 2011 and 2012 XFINITY Series champion, enters his sixth full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. He earned his first two career Cup Series wins in 2017, both at restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega.
On whether or not he’s looking forward to a potential repave at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
“Don’t repave any race track, period. But definitely Atlanta. I think it’s by far one of the best race tracks we go to. There and California, as far as the asphalt tracks we go to. I think they create some of the best racing. Most drivers enjoy the challenge. I know the crew chiefs really enjoy trying to set their car up for that long run to keep the tires on it. And us drivers love being able to make sure we keep the drivers on it ourselves and don’t overshoot them and wear them out. Atlanta and California are really the only two places that we have left that are like that.”
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports:
- Johnson is a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and has won at Atlanta five times, including back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016. He enters his 17th full-time season in NASCAR’s top level in 2018.
“It does take a load off (winning early in the season). I’ve always put a high priority on winning every year, so it checks a box off for me, personally. I’ve always shined on tracks that are rougher and the tire fall-off is higher. Just with my dirt and off-road background, it seems to fit suit me well.”
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
- Busch is the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion and a three-time Atlanta winner. He enters his 18th fulltime season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018.
On winning early in the season at Daytona or Atlanta:
“Yeah, Daytona-I’ve never won it before. And to win the first race of the year and then all of the energy and everything from Victory Lane and then they tell you, ‘Yeah, you’re locked into the Playoffs,’ you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, you’re right.’ It changes the way you approach the rest of the year as soon as you win. It all changes when you get into that win column. So you want to win early. I want to win often. Those first five races with Daytona, Atlanta, the West Coast Swing, those five tracks really challenge a team’s capability in all areas.
“If you run well in those first five, that’s just going to go all the way through the year."
The NASCAR Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway continues tomorrow at the Charlotte Convention Center, where teams and drivers will offer updates to their organizations and thoughts on the new season ahead.
NASCAR racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 23-25, 2018, featuring the Rinnai 250 XFINITY Series and Active Pest Control 200 Benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 24 and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Texas Motor Speedway announced Tuesday that motorsports public relations specialist Gavin Faretra and television multimedia journalist Jake Young have been hired in managerial roles for the venue's Media Relations Department.
Faretra arrives from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he spent five years as the communications manager for the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) sister track in Loudon, N.H. Similar to his role at New Hampshire, he will serve as a Media Relations Manager for Texas Motor Speedway with an emphasis on print and digital media outlets.
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"New Hampshire has been my home for most of my life and New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been my family for the last five years, but it's an honor to join the incredible team here at Texas Motor Speedway," said Faretra, who began his tenure at TMS on Jan. 5. "The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex provides a tremendous opportunity to grow as a PR professional and forge new relationships with some of the top media outlets in the country." Prior to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Faretra spent seven years as a sports writer and editor at the Concord (N.H.) Monitor that included coverage of the speedway's events. He was a past recipient for the New England AP News Executives Association First-Place Award in the Deadline News Story category and three-time national nominee for the Associated Press Sports Editors awards in breaking news, column writing and game story writing.
Young joins Texas Motor Speedway in a media relations capacity after a seven-year career in the television industry as both a sports anchor and reporter. He comes from Dallas-based KDAF-TV, CW33, where he has served as a multimedia journalist since 2016 on the station's hour-long program, NewsFix.
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"Throughout my career, I've focused on telling stories that matter to people," Young said. "To have the opportunity to transition into the role of providing these story ideas and to do it at a place like Texas Motor Speedway is truly a blessing. The team here is respected throughout the region and the sport, and I'm proud to join them."
Prior to CW33, Young was a sports reporter and weekend anchor at CBS affiliate WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga., from 2010-13 and then CBS affiliate WJHL-TV in Johnson City, Tenn., from 2014-16. His coverage in Johnson City included motorsports events at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Young was a six-time Georgia Association of Broadcasters award winner and three-time winner for Best Sports Program with the Georgia Associated Press. He also was a three-time award winner with the Tennessee Associated Press, including Best Sportscaster in 2016.
He will serve in the role of Broadcast Media Relations Manager with his focus being on television and radio outlets as well as their accompanying digital platforms. Faretra already has begun his role at Texas Motor Speedway while Young starts Feb. 2. The duo joins Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo and Media Relations Assistant Makenzie Kahan on the four-person staff.
"An important aspect to both Gavin and Jake is that they possess experience in the media that will become their focus in their new positions," Zizzo said. "That experience should allow them to work more efficiently with those outlets and be cognizant of what type of storylines about Texas Motor Speedway and its events will appeal to them. Gavin already is immersed in the industry having been with one of our sister tracks the past five years while Jake will be taking on a new role but is quite familiar with our market and the media personalities."
TicketGuardian Announces TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway as part of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series22 Jan 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
TicketGuardian Founder and CEO Bryan Derbyshire announced their partnership with ISM Raceway, as the title sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the TicketGuardian 500, to be held each spring in Phoenix, AZ. This year the green flag drops on Sunday, March 11.
Now when fans purchase tickets to events at ISM Raceway, or to any live event, they will be given the option to purchase TicketGuardian's ticket protection coverage. This allows attendees to have insurance on the tickets they've purchased in advance to protect against the unknown, ensuring that no matter what happens, ticket holders will have a satisfying and painless experience receiving a refund. TicketGuardian is bringing modern assurance to consumers for a price they can afford.
"We're extremely excited to partner with ISM Raceway as it has been a staple venue in the motorsports industry for many decades," said Bryan Derbyshire, Founder and CEO of TicketGuardian. "We're even more excited that ISM Raceway and TicketGuardian together are leading the charge of transitioning the live events industry away from being non-refundable. ISM Raceway, Bryan Sperber and the rest of his team have continually had its fan base at the forefront of their business thought process, ensuring that our partnership will drive value to this incredible venue as well as its patrons."
The TicketGuardian 500 is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the 2018 season for ISM Raceway, and the fourth stop on the series schedule. The sports' top stars will put on a show for Arizona's spring break weekend in the desert on the second leg of the annual 'NASCAR Goes West' part of the racing season. This is the first of many exciting announcements coming from TicketGuardian in 2018.
"We're thrilled to be able to partner with TicketGuardian for our first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race as ISM Raceway," said Sperber. "We take pride in the fact that with TicketGuardian, we can give our fans the peace of mind and value they deserve for all of our events at ISM Raceway."
Tickets are available for the TicketGuardian 500 race weekend on March 9-11 online at ISMRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office. Insurance can be added on to the ticket purchase on the ISM Raceway web site, or fans who have already purchased tickets can go to Protect.TicketGuardian.net/ISMraceway.
Texas Motor Speedway will be creating a new club seating area featuring both indoor and outdoor lounges known as the Restart BAR Zone Club that will be unveiled for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend set for April 6-8.