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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is set to celebrate Indiana grassroots racing at, ironically, the world’s largest sports seating facility. “Hoosier Thunder: Indiana’s Short Track Heritage” is the IMS Museum’s newest exhibit and will open Thursday, Nov. 8.
Hoosier Thunder tells the story of the many drivers and families who have made short-track racing a way of life, proudly carrying surnames such as Carter, Darland, Elliott, Kenyon and Kinser. It also honors the drivers who have raced in Indiana on their way to superstardom, such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman.
The famed Speedway draws the most global attention among Indiana’s racing venues, but many of America’s top aspiring drivers have known for decades there was one place to go to hone their skills and earn a winning reputation: the dirt and pavement short-track “bull rings” scattered across the Hoosier State.
“If you’re racing on short tracks in Indiana, it means you’re racing against the best of the best, as far as new and veteran talent,” said Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, 1996-97 IndyCar Series champion and one of the most decorated short-track racing stars in history. “I learned more racing in 30-lap features on dirt and paved ovals than I did the rest of my career. It’s where I learned how to set up handling, take care of my equipment, and just learned what it took to win.
“I’m as excited as anyone to see the history and stories that the IMS Museum will have on display at Hoosier Thunder.”
The stories will be told through displays of numerous modern and vintage USAC (United States Auto Club) Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown race cars, plus memorabilia on loan directly from drivers and team owners, along with incredibly rare items in the IMS Museum collection.
Hoosier Thunder, which is made possible by exhibit sponsors Driven2SaveLives, Toyota and Hoosier Racing Tire, will remain open until April 21, 2019.
Unser exhibit closing soon: The IMS Museum’s popular exhibit, “The Amazing Unsers: From Albuquerque to Indianapolis,” will close Oct. 28 to make way for Hoosier Thunder. If you have not seen this highly praised tribute to the winningest family in Indianapolis 500 history, make plans to do so soon!
The IMS Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) daily March through October, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from November through February. For more information, visit www.indyracingmuseum.org or call (317) 492-6784, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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For more than 20 years, Robert Barney has earned his living by saving lives, providing emergency medical services to countless patients in and around his home of Waterford, New Jersey.

Last weekend at Dover International Speedway, those same skills displayed by at least a dozen people were used to save Barney’s life after he suffered from cardiac arrest in his RV at one the Monster Mile’s campgrounds.

After days of rest, treatment and recovery, Barney, 64, went home from a Camden, New Jersey, hospital on Thursday.

“I was just telling a friend, I feel like I got mugged by a polar bear,” Barney said Friday morning. “It felt great to sleep in my own bed.”

Late Saturday afternoon, Barney returned to his RV following the “Bar Harbor 200” presented by Sea Watch International NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race. Barney and his wife Debra rode their bikes to and from the track, so they were well ahead of the rest of their group who had walked.

The visit to Dover has been a frequent stop for the Barneys, who have been married for 40 years and attending Monster Mile races for 35. Typically, the couple attends 6-9 NASCAR weekends each year including both at his “home track” of Dover.

Suddenly, Barney said he felt funny, and he sat down in a chair. Soon after that, he lost consciousness. After calling 911, Debra, a nurse, and a nearby friend started preliminary resuscitation efforts. Six minutes after the initial call, the first emergency personnel arrived.

Michael Scott Bundek, Dover International Speedway’s Emergency Services Coordinator, was one of the first responders at the scene.

“I believe the track’s plan worked perfectly in this case,” said Bundek, who has been chief of the Little Creek (Del.) Volunteer Fire Co. for 18 years and worked at Dover’s NASCAR events for two decades.

“Everything we had thought of, to the call going to the 911 center, to the [Joint Operations Center] to the JOC dispatching people to the scene, worked.

“In any urban setting, the average response time is eight minutes. We were there in six.”

In a span of just 17 minutes, seven people took turns providing compressions on Barney’s chest, while others helped clear his airways, provide IVs and work on shocking procedures. Barney was shocked four times from an automated external defibrillator in that time span. That aggressive team approach to CPR is known as “Pit Crew CPR.”

“The more compressions that are being done, the better the outcome for a cardiac patient,” Bundek said. “You have someone doing compressions, you have someone up on deck. Everybody has their own job. They switch out smoothly and fast with the minimum amount of down time, while you’re doing a pulse check or another check.

“I think this was a normal progression. Circulation was restarted almost immediately. Although his heart wasn’t beating on its own, it was being beaten for him.

“One or two people couldn’t have done it. At least six people are needed to do that effectively, and that includes clearing the airway, IV and the shocks.”

Debra Barney remembers at least a dozen people moving in and out of the RV during the rescue. She also remembers the 17 minutes feeling like an eternity.

“The response was amazing,” Debra says. “They were a well-oiled machine. They were even apologetic for walking on our couch.”

Thirty-four minutes after the initial 911 call, Barney was transported by ambulance to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, and was even talking to his caregivers along the way. He was soon transferred to Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, before being discharged on Thursday.

“This was the best-case scenario,” Bundek said. “The commitment that the track has had for EMS has been extremely beneficial through the years. We plan for the worst and hope for the best, and in this case both happened.”

Dover International Speedway hosts monthly public safety and emergency management meetings with the outside agencies that assist track personnel during the two NASCAR tripleheader weekends the track hosts, along with the Firefly Music Festival in June.

For his part, Barney was familiar with the “Pit Crew CPR” strategy long before his medical emergency.

“I’ve done it before,” Barney said. “Maybe not as elaborate as what I heard they were doing but something similar. The faster you start intervention, the better the outcome.

“Obviously, it worked.”

After some rest, future checkups are in Barney’s future, and maybe a bypass operation. But the dozens of friends the Barneys have made in campgrounds throughout NASCAR Nation are also hoping to see the couple back at the track in near future.

While Debra is aiming for Daytona next February to be their return, Robert has the goal of visiting Homestead on Nov. 18 to see one of his favorite Ford Racing drivers crowned as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.

“I don’t want to be on my back celebrating a title,” Barney said. “I’m glad I still have the opportunity to follow my passion.”

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Before the green flag flies on the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sunday, Nov. 4, fans will have the opportunity to rock out to some country music - Texas style.

Beginning at 12 p.m. CT, the Josh Abbott Band will take the stage for the Texas Corn Producers Loud & Proud Pre-Race Show Powered By American Ethanol. This will be the band's first performance at Texas Motor Speedway, but the group certainly is no stranger to the Lone Star State. Lead vocalist Josh Abbott founded the seven-member band in 2006 while attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, which is about 300 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

The Josh Abbott Band will hit the Texas Motor Speedway pre-race stage at 12 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 4.

"We can't wait to hit the stage at Texas Motor Speedway," Abbott said. "There's nothing like the great state of Texas, and there's nothing like the great fans of NASCAR. We're honored to perform at one of the most iconic race tracks in the United States."

The Josh Abbott Band is comprised of seven musicians, including Abbott (lead vocals, guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), Preston Wait (fiddle, guitar, steel), Edward Villanueva (drums), Caleb Keeter (guitar), David Fralin (keys/mandolin) and Jimmy Hartman (bass guitar).

The band is celebrating its 10th anniversary since recording its first single, "Taste," as well as its most recent album, Until My Voice Goes Out.

The Josh Abbott Band's last album, Front Row Seat, captured the life cycle of a relationship, from its passionate start to its heartbreaking conclusion. It was a summary document of events from the past. By contrast, Until My Voice Goes Out is an optimistic look into the future, a roll-up-the-sleeves-and-move-forward embrace of life and its potential.

Texas' red-dirt scene provides a wealth of touring opportunities for young bands and over the last 10 years Josh Abbott made the most of it, quickly vaulting into the upper realms of the state's live acts with a raucous, raw sound and certain unpredictability. Once "Taste" appeared on radio stations across the Lone Star State, audiences came out to hear - and sing along with - that song and a wealth of hooky, accessible titles on Scapegoat and their 2010 breakthrough, She's Like Texas, both released on the band's own indie label, Pretty Damn Tough Records.

The Josh Abbott Band nabbed Top 10 debuts on the Billboard country albums chart with 2012's Small Town Family Dream and 2015's Front Row Seat, and the band lobbed five singles onto the Hot Country Songs chart, including the infectious "Hangin' Around" and "Amnesia."

Fans of the Josh Abbott Band will have the ability to be stage-side for the concert as well as pre-race driver introductions for the AAA Texas 500 with the purchase of a $79 pre-race pass. The pre-race pass must accompany a race ticket.

The AAA Texas 500 is the feature event of a NASCAR Playoffs tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 4, Texas Motor Speedway also will play host to the Camping World Truck Series JAG Metals 350 on Friday, Nov. 2, and Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, Nov. 3.

For more information on the AAA Texas 500 weekend, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500.


For the first time in nearly a decade, the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame will be inducting two new members at its annual event that benefits the Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter.

Four-time TMS winner Helio Castroneves has climbed his way into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Castroneves will become the 21st member inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame when he is honored during a special ceremony held in The Speedway Club's Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 3, during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR playoff tripleheader weekend. Castroneves joins retired NASCAR star Carl Edwards, who was announced as the 20th inductee last week.

The event will mark the first dual induction since 2000 Cup champion and Corpus Christi native Bobby Labonte and Speedway Motorsports, Inc. founder Bruton Smith were recognized in 2008. It also will be the sixth time overall.

NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs as well as drivers Kevin Harvick and Christopher Bell, who are each favorites to win championships in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, respectively, also will be honored at the ceremony slated to begin at 11 a.m. CT.

The Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame luncheon serves as a major fundraiser for the Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter. Tickets are priced at $75 and include a gourmet Texas barbeque.

Castroneves is the most dominant INDYCAR driver in Texas Motor Speedway history. He owns track records for most wins (4), top 10s (15), top fives (11) and laps led (506) over the course of his record 20 career starts. He also recorded one pole position.

Two years after a dramatic finish in which he was runner-up to Sam Hornish Jr. by 0.0096 of a second - the second-closest finish in TMS history - Castroneves finally found his way into Texas Motor Speedway's Victory Lane in October of 2004. Starting from the pole position, Castroneves led 104 laps and survived a late charge from fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan to win the Chevy 500.

He would become a multiple winner at Texas Motor Speedway with another victory in June of 2006 and then go on to join Hornish Jr. as the only three-time winners with a triumph in June of 2009. He would take sole possession as INDYCAR's winningest driver at Texas Motor Speedway with his final victory in June of 2013. He dominated the Firestone 550 that year as he led 132 laps and finished nearly five seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Edwards, Castroneves' fellow inductee, wasted little time trying to find his way to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway, winning in just his second career start on Nov. 6, 2005 in the inaugural Dickies 500.

Three years later, he became the first driver to sweep both Cup Series races in the same weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, taking April's Samsung 500 and November's Dickies 500 in 2008. And on Nov. 6, 2016 - exactly 11 years after his first win at TMS - Edwards recorded the final win of his Cup Series career when he took the checkered flag in the rain-shortened AAA Texas 500.

Edwards also was a two-time winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, having won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge in November 2010 and the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 in April 2011.

Gibbs will receive the Bruton Smith Legend Award for his leadership in his role as a championship-winning team owner. With more than 300 wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series, Gibbs has already solidified himself as one of the top owners in NASCAR history. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and won three Super Bowls as head coach of the Washington Redskins.

Joe Gibbs Racing has won four Cup Series championships, five crowns in the Xfinity Series and has been successful at Texas Motor Speedway with seven Cup wins among four different drivers, including victories in three of the last five races. Gibbs also is the author of the New York Times best-selling book "Game Plan For Life", which is the name of his corresponding ministry (www.gameplanforlife.com).

Harvick will be honored with the 2017 Racer of the Year award after a strong finish in April and a drought-ending victory last fall. Harvick led 77 laps and finished fourth in last year's spring race, and then returned to Fort Worth as a man on a mission in November. With only a road course win on his 2017 resume through 33 races, Harvick punched his ticket to the Championship 4 when he overtook Martin Truex Jr. with 10 laps to go for his first victory in 30 starts at TMS.

Christopher Bell could be well on his way to a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2018, but it was the compassion he showed en route to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2017 that earned him the Sportsmanship Award. Calling it "a dream come true" to finally win at his home track of Texas Motor Speedway in June of 2017, Bell's initial thoughts in Victory Lane were not about raising the trophy but the status of Timothy Peters, Austin Wayne Self and Johnny Sauter after they were involved in a violent white-flag wreck that forced the race to finish under caution.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Speedway Children's Charities at (817) 215-8421 or visit www.scctexas.org.

The Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame, traditionally held during Texas Motor Speedway's spring NASCAR weekend, will revert to that tradition in March of 2019.

The NASCAR Playoffs tripleheader at Texas Motor Speedway features the Camping World Truck Series JAG Metals 350 on Friday, Nov. 2; Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, Nov. 3; and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 4.

For more race information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.


Watkins Glen International is thrilled to announce its 2019 schedule of spectator racing events, headlined by a tripleheader NASCAR weekend and a crown jewel of the international endurance racing calendar.

Watkins Glen International’s 63rd season since the permanent course was constructed in 1956 will open with Opening Weekend (April 6-7, 2019), providing a fans with an opportunity to drive their own vehicle on the track to benefit the facility’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) Foundation. Individuals and car clubs are both welcome to participate in this unique opportunity to experience one of the most historic circuits in the world first-hand.

The SCCA U.S. Majors (June 21-23, 2019) marks the first spectator racing event on the new slate, bringing with it the pinnacle of amateur championship racing in the United States. The Tour visits some of the most storied racetracks across the country and ends with national championships being awarded in several classes. This event, like many at The Glen, offers fans the opportunity to experience the paddock and garage area with the purchase of their ticket.

One of the most revered events on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar arrives in late June with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (June 27-30, 2019). Star drivers such as Helio Castroneves, Juan-Pablo Montoya, Jordan Taylor, Colin Braun, and others will look to take a step toward securing a prestigious Michelin Endurance Challenge title, all while battling for a series championship. The weekend is complete with nearly 24 hours of on-track activity, featuring the Michelin Pilot Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup, and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

NASCAR returns to the Finger Lakes region for the Go Bowling at The Glen (August 1-4, 2019) tripleheader weekend. Frequently tabbed one of the season’s most exciting races, The Glen was the setting for Chase Elliott’s first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In addition to Sunday’s race, don’t miss the Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday afternoon, and Saturday’s Zippo 200 at The Glen NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Fans will also be treated to one of the circuit’s largest midway areas, complete with interactive displays, driver appearances, and more.

After making its return after a multi-year hiatus, the Pirelli World Challenge closed out its 2018 season at WGI earlier this year. In 2019, the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Watkins Glen (August 29-September 1, 2019) will also play a major role in determining series championships. Boasting one of the sport’s most diverse fields of sportscar manufacturers, the weekend provides a perfect opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with your favorite teams and drivers as they battle for supremacy at The Glen.

The Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at the Glen (September 6-8, 2019) has become one of the largest vintage racing events in the country, at a location most important to America’s road racing history. Paired with Friday’s Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen, the Vintage Grand Prix weekend is a true celebration of the sport’s past, along with the cars and people who have made it what it is today. In addition to the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), the on-track portion of the weekend also includes the highly competitive Trans-Am Championship.

Ticketholders can expect their renewal information to arrive in the mail later this fall, with single event tickets and packages going on sale to the general public in January.


The stars of NASCAR won’t be the only ones winning during the playoffs; fans will have a chance to win big during Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 2018 NASCAR Playoffs Superfan Giveaway, too!

Atlanta Motor Speedway is giving away three rounds of prizes that will make the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 the ultimate race experience for lucky winners. The rounds of prizes will coincide with the three remaining rounds of NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs, with prizes being awarded at the end of each round and new prizes announced at the start of the next round. 

The first prize up for grabs offers an once-in-a-lifetime NASCAR experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway. One lucky winner and three of their friends will be chosen to waive the green flag for NASCAR Gander Outdoor qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway from atop the flagstand! That’s an experience that can’t be bought; it can only be won! 

The first round prize winner will also receive Sunday morning garage tour for themselves and three friends, offering an up close look at NASCAR teams as they make final preparations for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

The winner of the first round prize in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 2018 NASCAR Playoffs Superfan Giveaway will be chosen after the checkered flag drops in Kansas on October 21. That’s also when Atlanta Motor Speedway will announce the next round’s exciting prize!

Here’s when prizes will be announced and winners will be picked:

Round 1 prize: Green flag experience and four (4) NASCAR garage tours
-    Winner will be chosen after Kansas NASCAR race (10/21/18)

Round 2 prize: Revealed after Kansas NASCAR race (10/21/18)
-    Winner chosen after Phoenix NASCAR race (11/11/18)

Round 3 prize: Revealed after Phoenix NASCAR race (11/11/18)
-    Winner chosen after Homestead NASCAR race (11/18/18)

Entering to win is easy: Anyone who has already purchased tickets for NASCAR’s Feb. 24, 2019, return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is already entered. Fans who purchase 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 tickets before each prize drawing date are also automatically entered to win. To see full contest rules and entry details, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

For more information, or to purchase 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 tickets, contact Atlanta Motor Speedway at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.


It’s time for citizens in the surrounding areas of Talladega Superspeedway to start their engines as the bugle is sounding for this weekend’s NASCAR Playoff doubleheader. Conveniently located off I-20, Talladega Superspeedway is only 40 minutes from The Magic City of Birmingham, and 20 minutes away from the Oxford/Anniston area as well as Pell City. Alabama’s 2.66-mile palace of speed offers an amazing retreat full of heart-pounding racing and exciting events just a short drive away!

Thrilling 3- and 4-wide, intense battles at 200 mph will highlight the epic weekend of NASCAR postseason action, which features the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff event, the second race (of three) in the Round of 12, on Sunday, Oct. 14. The Fr8Auctions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 13, will serve as a cutoff race in the series playoffs, where the field of championship-eligible contenders will be cut from eight to six. But the weekend’s on-track excitement is only part of a packed schedule loaded with activities for all kinds of fans.     

Talladega Superspeedway will be cranking the entertainment up a notch on Friday evening with its popular “Big One on the Blvd.” bash, which will include drivers parading down Talladega Blvd. before they oversee some hilarious and outrageous fan competitions. The party continues into Saturday night following the Fr8Auctions 250 and Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 with the Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel headlined by Chris Janson, featuring Chris Shrader and DJ Mark A.D. Admission is FREE to anyone with a 1000Bulbs.com 500 ticket.

Families can also take advantage of opportunities to enhance their Talladega experience. Kids 12-and-younger receive FREE admission on Saturday for the Fr8Auctions 250 while on Sunday, they receive $50 off any grandstand or tower ticket to the 1000Bulbs.com 500.

The Kids VIP Experience presented by Children’s of Alabama is available for kids 12-and-younger accompanied by an adult with a Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrade. Kids can choose how they want to utilize their VIP experience, from taking hot laps around the track to having a reserved spot at the Drivers Meeting Red Carpet. On Saturday evening, families can gather at the FOX Sports 1 Dome (located behind the International Motorsports Hall of Fame) for Kids Movie Night, which will feature the showing of The Lego Batman Movie. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

There are also special ticket options still available for military and first responders, teachers and educators, college students and groups. Once they arrive at NASCAR’s largest tri-oval, there are some excellent ways to engage with the sport throughout the weekend, from the perks of several VIP upgrade options to interactive exhibits and driver appearances in the Fan Zone located outside the grandstands near Turn 4.

Not only are race weekends a joy for the locals, but Talladega Superspeedway also has fans who make the trek from far away with 73 percent of them coming from out of state (about half of those traveling an average of 300 miles to reach NASCAR’s Most Competitive track). As a result, the track generates more than $434 million annually for Alabama and provides jobs for thousands of workers, producing a massive economic boost for the area.

Guests can secure their tickets for Talladega Superspeedway’s wild doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or calling 855-518-RACE (7223).


WIX Filters, a world leader in oil filters, air filters and filter products for automotive, diesel, racing, off-road, agriculture and industrial applications, will serve as presenting sponsor of this weekend’s 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway.

From Friday to Sunday, the Bellagio of drag strips will play host to the dramatic fourth race of the six-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship, which determines the NHRA’s champions in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

In addition to WIX Filters’ presenting sponsorship of one of the NHRA’s premier events, WIX Filters’ Tundra Up promotion on Saturday will give away a 2018 Toyota Tundra Limited truck to a store sales manager who held a successful Filter Sale Day. The top three of each category will attend this weekend’s race, where one lucky recipient will have the key to start the Toyota Tundra.

“Charlotte is close to our home base and we’re thrilled to be partnering with zMAX Dragway as the presenting sponsor of such an illustrious NHRA event,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX. “We’re also very excited to be presenting the winner of our Tundra Up promotion on Saturday. Our customers show great passion for our brand and we can’t wait to gift one lucky winner a brand-new Tundra.”

Tickets, camping and upgrades for NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters are available at the gates, by visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/ or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Every ticket is a pit pass. Three-day packages with free parking start at just $99. Kids 13 and younger get in FREE with an adult ticket purchase.

Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.


The inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) is ten days away. The penultimate race of the PASS National Championship Series will showcase some of series’ biggest names at Richmond on Saturday, October 20. The PASS Super Late Models will be the highlight of the day with feature events for Tour-Type Modifieds, Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks.

The entry lists for each division has been growing daily, including some notable additions last week. The Super Late Models have reached a car count of 30 entries with the addition of two of Canada’s brightest stars. Patrick Laperle and Martin Latulipee will compete and look to take the victory back to Great White North.

The Tour-Type Modifieds make their first return to Richmond since 2002. Whelen Modified Tour Champion Justin Bonsignore and five-time Tour Champion and University of Richmond’s Doug Coby will go head-to-head in an epic battle of skill. Fellow drivers Blake Barney, Sammy Rameau, Richard Savory, Chris Finocchario, and Kyle Soper will also look to score the victory in what is stock car racing’s oldest division.

The NASCAR-style Late Model Stocks will see both JR Motorsports drivers in the field. The team owned by former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NASCAR on NBC Analyst, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will field cars for Josh Berry and Sam Mayer. Berry has previously competed at Richmond in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driving for JR Motorsports.

The 75-lap feature event will see many of Racing Virginia’s best attempt to claim the checkered flag. Drivers Austin Thaxton, Mark Wertz, and Rodney Boyd will represent the Commonwealth at Richmond.

The Limited Late Models will see a handful of Virginians entered, including Richard Caldwell, Richard Storm, Doug Warren, Cole Bruce, and Reid Murphy. Thomas Chappel from North Carolina will also field an entry in this division.

The Street Stocks division will see drivers from both coasts fielding cars. Fans will be able to see drivers Randy Clark, Chris Flowers, Ricky Locklair Jr., Corey Hutchings, Jim McLaughlin, Cody Dermarmels, Jeff Melton, Rusty Blackford, Kenny Green, Chris Finocchario, Robert Divanna, Matt Gain, and Dillon Crouch all try their hand at securing the victory.

Gates will open on Saturday, October 20 at 9 a.m. with rotating practice from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by qualifying at 1 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.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or on-site on race day for the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic on Saturday, October 20. All tickets to the event allow fans access to the new DC Solar FanGrounds in the modernized infield. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit richmondraceway.com or proallstarsseries.com.

Stay connected to Richmond Raceway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube, and by downloading the Richmond Raceway mobile app for Apple or Android.

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Chase Elliott made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Martinsville Speedway in 2015. In 2018, the rising star has claimed two wins and will be part of the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs when the First Data 500 rolls around on October 28.

Before he takes the green flag looking to do something his father Bill never did – win at Martinsville Speedway – Elliott will participate in the Pre Race Experience, offering fans a glimpse into his life in and outside the No. 9 Chevrolet during an emceed question-and-answer session.

“Chase is certainly a rising star in NASCAR and makes a great addition to the Pre Race Experience,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “He came close to earning his first grandfather clock just a few months ago and we think he will be a contender at Martinsville for years to come. We are thrilled to have him as a part of this fan-focused event.”

Elliott, the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, along with Matt DiBenedetto, Cole Whitt and Hermie Sadler will join Kyle Busch and William Byron as drivers scheduled to participate in the Pre Race Experience.

The Pre Race Experience, $30 for adults and $15 for youth 17-and-under, gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the frontstretch, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track.

In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions, the Pre Race Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, have a photo opportunity in mock Victory Lane, and enjoy music, games and prizes, all beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Pre Race Experience will remain open until the conclusion of driver introductions.

Admission to the Pre Race Experience does not include a ticket for the First Data 500.

The First Data 500 weekend is October 26-28.

Advance ticket prices for the First Data 500 begin at just $48 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under costing just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under will be admitted free to the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as well as Friday’s practice day.

The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by the Hauler Parade.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is in action with the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s First Data 500.

Tickets to both races and Pre Race Experience passes are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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Penn National Gaming has invited their best players from across the country to experience the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and 50 of those guests have been selected as the Grand Marshals for the race on Oct. 21.

Previously announced, actor Tom Payne from AMC’s The Walking Dead will wave the green flag to start the Hollywood Casino 400 as the honorary starter. Also taking part in pre-race activities is Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, who was named the honorary pace car driver.

Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Master Detective Danon Vaughn will sing the national anthem, while the Overland Park Police Honor Guard will present the colors.

All Kansas Speedway tickets are currently on sale by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.

Kansas Speedway, a premier motorsports facility in the Midwest, hosts two NASCAR race weekends a year, in addition to hosting approximately 200 other events throughout the year. In the fall, the NASCAR playoffs return Oct. 20-21 with the NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400. Also in the fall is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards series finale. To purchase season or single day tickets, call 866.460.RACE (7223) or log onto www.kansaspeedway.com.  A limited number of camping spots are available by calling Kansas Speedway’s Ticket Office.

General parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.

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