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Forty drivers will take to the championship 1.5-mile oval of Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 19 for the 19th annual Ford EcoBoost 400.  All will be traveling at speeds in excess of 180 mph for 267 laps and 400 miles.  Only one driver, though, will have the chance to sail into the sunset – on a Contender 25-foot bay boat.  The uniquely South Florida prize has been awarded to the race winner of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2013.

Possessing a powerful Yamaha 250 4-stroke motor, the brand new 2018 Contender boat, which was manufactured at Contender’s main facility in Homestead, is wrapped in a marine-style paint scheme designed by Roberto “Pasta” Pantaleo. In addition to also being branded in Ford Championship Weekend and Homestead-Miami Speedway’s logos, the vessel features custom Llebroc seats, making it even more comfortable for the race winner when fishing out at sea.

The boat is fairly new in NASCAR circles, especially compared to other unique prizes such as the iconic grandfather clock awarded to the driver who takes the checkered flag at Martinsville.  Nevertheless, the boat is something that is in great demand by many of NASCAR’s top drivers.

“The Contender boat is super cool,” said Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy Series. “I’m so bummed that I haven’t won it yet. The boat is one of the neatest prizes in NASCAR. Knowing that the winner can take it home, really gives winning this race an extra incentive. A prize like that is above and beyond all others.”

“Contender has been a staple in Homestead and throughout South Florida for more than 30 years, providing fishing and boating enthusiasts with quality service and products,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “We are ecstatic to have Contender once again be a key part of our post-race festivities, and we can’t wait to see who goes home with the coveted prize.”

Tickets to the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship, in addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship on November 18 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 championship on November 17 are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

For more information on Contender boats, please visit www.ContenderBoats.com.

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The polls are open and the outcome of the vote for South Boston Speedway’s 2017 Most Popular Driver is in the hands of race fans.
 
For the first time, fans can vote for their favorite driver by visiting southbostonspeedway.com between now and midnight December 8.  Votes are limited to one a day per device.
 
To make the ballot drivers could not have missed more than two races during the 2017 season.
 
“We’re really excited that we were able to do this online and allow everyone the opportunity to vote,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice. “Fans are so loyal to their driver and show such support at the track and we don’t expect it to be any different for this. It’s going to be fun to watch how the voting goes.”
 
The list of drivers on the ballot (in alphabetical order) include: Austin Thaxton (LMS), Barry Beggarly Jr. (Limited), Bobby McCarty (L MS), Brandon Pierce (LMS), Chris Elliott (Limited), Colin Garrett (Limited), Conner Priest (Hornets), Danny Willis Jr. (LMS), David Latour Jr. (Limited), Drew Dawson (Hornets), Eric Winslow (Limited), Harrison Walker (Pure Stock), Jared Dawson (Hornets) Jason Myers (Limited), Jimmy Wade (Pure Stock), Johnny Layne (Pure Stock), Josh Dawson (Hornets), Justin Dawson (Hornets), Kenny Mills (Hornets), Kevin Currin (Hornets), Matt Epps (Pure Stock), Michael Farmer (Hornets), Mike Jones (Limited), Peyton Sellers (LMS), Quincy Adkins (Pure Stock), Randy Hupp (Pure Stock), Raymond Pittman III (LMS), Stuart Crews (LMS), Timothy Smith (Hornets), Trey Crews (Limited), Tyler Conner (Pure Stock) and Tyler Crute (Hornets).
 
The online ballot shows a real-time vote count to allow fans the opportunity to keep an eye on vote totals.
 
South Boston’s 61st season will open on Saturday, March 24 with twin 100-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Division, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman event, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race.
 
For the full 2018 South Boston Speedway schedule, visit www.southbostonspeedway.com.
 
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Chris Stapleton and Dierks Bentley are the first artists confirmed to perform at next year’s much-anticipated third edition of the Country 500 Music Festival to be held at Daytona International Speedway, event organizers announced today. The full music lineup will be released in December. Already a Memorial Day weekend tradition, last year’s Country 500 drew 75,000 fans to the “World Center of Racing” for a weekend of country music, camping and summertime fun.  The 2018 Country 500 is set for May 25, 26 & 27.

Kentucky-born Chris Stapleton is a multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winner and one of Nashville's most respected and beloved musicians. His sophomore solo album, “From A Room: Volume 1,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart upon its release and, with its Gold certification, remains the strongest-selling country album of 2017. The album also recently won Album of the Year at the 51st Annual CMA Awards where he was also awarded Male Vocalist of the Year for the third-straight year. His new album “From A Room: Volume 2” will be released Dec. 1.

Dierks Bentley has a "reputation as one of the hardest-working entertainers in country music” (Music Row) as “he sells out enormous tours, is a perennial favorite of format radio stations, and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision,” (Entertainment Weekly). With 17 No. 1 hits and more than one billion digital streams he “continues to take risks that pay off,” (USA Today) as his eighth studio album ”BLACK,” has been hailed the "most fully-formed LP of his career," (TIME). After making its debut at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, “BLACK” has garnered nominations from the ACM, CMA, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while earning three consecutive No. 1s; the gold-certified title track and the PLATINUM certified hits "Somewhere On A Beach" and “Different For Girls.” “The bluegrass picker, the love song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together,” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has illustrated his depth and diversity as an artist with "ferocious live performances,” (Fresno Bee) throughout his 2017 “WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR,” which claimed the top spot on Billboard's Hot Tours selling over 750,000 tickets.

As always, Country 500 – The Great American Music Fest at Daytona – will feature the biggest names in country music performing on two stages and will again offer festival-goers the chance to camp inside the infield of the famed speedway for the three-day celebration.  Festival-goers will also be able to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets.  Numerous additional features—such as a wide variety of food and beverage options, outdoor games, the iconic Ferris wheel, and much more—will contribute to the all-around atmosphere of Country 500.

Information on tickets, VIP packages, and camping opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.  Fans should stay connected with Country 500 music festival on Facebook, at Country500.com and #Country500 on Twitter to get the latest information on the event as it becomes available.

Official sponsors of the 2018 Country 500 include Budweiser, the Official Beer of the Festival; Monster Energy; Toyota; and others to be announced soon.

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This weekend, champions in each of NASCAR’s three national series – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – will be crowned during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 17-19. Following the penultimate races of the NASCAR playoffs at Phoenix Raceway, the Championship 4 field in each of those national series has now been determined, and discussions about who will take home the coveted trophies can now begin in earnest.

In each of the series, there are fascinating narratives that will help set the stage for one of the most intriguing race weekends NASCAR fans have ever seen. The following is information on the Championship 4 drivers from each of NASCAR’s three national series:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400
Sunday, November 19, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

 

Kyle Busch, driver of the No.18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

·         Third consecutive year in Championship 4

·         Won 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 and 2015 Monster Energy Series championship

·         Accumulated five victories this season, including three in the playoffs

·         Compiled 13 top-5 and 20 top-10 finishes this year

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 car for Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

·         Third appearance in Championship 4 (2014-15, 2017)

·         2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 winner and 2014 Monster Energy Series champion

·         Visited Victory Lane twice this season, including a playoff win at Texas Motor Speedway

·         Posted 12 top-5s and 21 top-10s this season

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 car for Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

·         Series-leading seven victories in 2017, including three in the playoffs

·         Amassed 17 top-5 and 24 top-10 showings this season

·         Second year competing in Championship 4 (2015, 2017)

·         Earned three top-5 and seven top-10 showings in 12 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Best finish of second in 2006.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 car for Team Penske (Ford)

·         Won 2012 Monster Energy Series championship

·         Collected three victories in 2017, including one in the playoffs

·         Posted 15 top-5 and 20 top-10 finishes this season

·         First appearance as part of Championship 4

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300
Saturday, November 18, 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

 

Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 1 car for JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

·         Second consecutive year competing in Championship 4

·         Posted 12 top-5 and 24 top-10 finishes in 2017

·         Accumulated five top-10 showings in 11 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Best finish of third in 2016

·         Compiled 13 career wins in XFINITY Series

Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 car for JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

·         Second straight appearance in Championship 4

·         Won two XFINITY Series races this season

·         Earned 10 top-5 and 16 top-10 finishes in 2017

·         Best career finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway is sixth in 2016

William Byron, driver of the No. 9 car for JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

·         XFINITY Series rookie with a series leading three victories in 2017

·         Amassed 10 top-5 and 20 top-10 showings this season

·         Won 2016 Ford EcoBoost 200 in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

·         Awarded 2016 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year (seven wins)

Daniel Hemric, driver of the No. 21 car for Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

·         Compiled seven top-5 and 16 top-10 showings this season

·         Earned one pole in 2017

·         Led a total of 70 laps this season

·         2017 XFINITY Series rookie

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200

Friday, November 17, 8:00 p.m. ET on FS1

 

Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 21 car for GMS Racing (Chevrolet)

·         Second straight year competing in Championship 4

·         Won 2016 Camping World Truck Series championship

·         Earned three wins in 2017

·         Winner of the 2011 Ford EcoBoost 200

Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 car for ThorSport Racing (Toyota)

·         Second consecutive appearance in Championship 4

·         Won 2013 and 2014 Camping World Truck Series championships

·         Winner of 2015 Ford EcoBoost 200

·         Posted five top-5 and 15 top-10 showings this season, including one victory

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 car for Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)

·         Second straight appearance in Championship 4

·         Series-leading five wins this season

·         Compiled 14 top-5 and 19 top-10 finishes in 2017

·         Best finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway is eighth in 2016

Austin Cindric, driver of the No. 19 car for Brad Keselowski Racing (Ford)

·         Claimed one victory this season

·         Accumulated seven top-5 and 15 top-10 showings in 2017

·         Earned one pole in 2017

·         Led a total of 106 laps this season

Tickets for 2017 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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The 8th Annual Dorney Park Speedway/Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremony held on Sunday afternoon at the America on Wheels museum in Allentown installed the latest entries with the class of 2017.

Don Weida, the late Bimpy Marx, Dave Schlenker and Paul Bauscher were the members of Dorney Park while the late Bups Ahner, Clarence Ruppert, Kevin Graver Sr., and Tim Santee had their names engraved with Mahoning Valley.

Weida was a very popular driver of the Park where he enjoyed a good amount of success until the track’s closing in 1986. Although he competed at Mahoning Valley as well as Evergreen Raceway, which were the three prominent asphalt short tracks of eastern Pennsylvania, Weida noted that he was most at home at Dorney, winning regularly and running as a title contender between 1980 and 1986.

Marx was considered one of the best when it came to Dorney Park. A two-time Sportsman Modified champion, (1961 & ’65), his 29 career wins is second only to George Wambold on the all-time winners list.

Marx dominated throughout the 1960’s decade. Accepting his award was daughter Stephanie who was very overcome with emotion as she fondly recalled the great times with her dad and the family during his career

Dave Schlenker was an official at Dorney Park who did it all from announcing to scoring to handicapping and officiating. He remains a main figure at today’s races with sons Randy and Alan who compete in Street Stocks. Randy was the 2017 Evergreen champion.

“The Flying Farmer” Paul Bauscher was a fan favorite and a fierce competitor. Driver of the signature No. 91, Bauscher scored 23 career Modified wins between 1975 and 1986. When Dorney closed at the end of the ’86 season he then went over to Mahoning Valley where he raced to 13 more wins through 1990.

At Mahoning Valley, Bups Ahner had a long and storied history that dated back to the days of dirt and then asphalt. His son, Rusty Ahner was on hand to accept and represent the family which all stood proud in remembering the accomplishments of the patriarch. Bups’ grandson, Jared Ahner, has carried on the legacy as a top notch Street Stock driver.

Clarence Ruppert was just a teenager in the mid-60’s when he had the notion to become a race car driver. With a home built car he began at Dorney Park as well as several area dirt tracks. Although he raced well and won at the Park, winning in Modifieds, it wasn’t until he tried his hand at the circular Mahoning track that his stock began to rise.

His first win there came in 1971. 20 years later he picked up a Modified victory. But, when he put together a D/A Modified that wins began coming in earnest. His 27 victories stand in the history books as the all-time leader with that class plus he won three consecutive titles from 1993-’95.

His brother Carl Ruppert was also a popular wheelman and this past year Clarence became a car-owner champion after grandson Mike Stofflet captured the Dirt Mod title at Mahoning.

Kevin Graver Sr., was a Mahoning Pro 4 champion but that is only part of the story. The Graver family has been responsible for putting numerous championship level drivers behind the wheel of the infamous No. 01.

Graver Sr., served as crew chief on over 100+ wins and was responsible for championships won by his son, Kevin Jr., and grandson, Kristopher Graver.

Tim Santee first started winning races in the Pro 4 division then moved up to Modifieds where the success followed. Victories for Santee included both at Mahoning Valley and Evergreen.

Over the past six years he served as Race Director at Mahoning Valley where he help run a smooth and steady show.

Racing photographers Bob and Dale Snyder once again coordinated the affair which was attended by a great crowd. On display where many restored and contemporary race cars from Dorney and Mahoning.

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Presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust, the season ending “Enduro Finale” at Evergreen Raceway kicked off on Saturday afternoon. The cold temperatures didn’t matter much to the diehard Enduro racers and fans, as many supported the season ending show, which produced a new Evergreen victor. After coming close to victory so many times, Jeff Ackerman took the 100-lap Four Cylinder verdict. Ackerman then bought his way into the 6/8-Cylinder Enduro event and doubled down by taking the checkers in that event as well.

From the pole position, Zeb Farber led the Four Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag, Ed Wildes quickly grabbed the lead and led the opening circuit over Don Rogers, Farber, Jeff Ackerman and John Rose.

Ackerman began to pick off more positions and moved by Rogers for second on lap three. Three laps later he took the race lead. However, Wildes fought back to lead lap seven.

The action stopped for a red flag on lap 19 when Emily Doughtery got turned and went head on into the turn two fence. Luckily, she was not seriously injured. Green flag racing resumed and Wildes continued to lead over Roger, Ackerman, Brandon Espisito and Paul Mercante.

With 24 laps complete, Ackerman moved back into the race lead. Meanwhile, Harry O’Neill, who started the race in the 27th spot, began to reel in the leader. With 36 laps in the books, O’Neill overtook Espisito for third.

Ackerman headed pit side on lap 40 and Wildes regained the lead. Just one lap later, O’Neill claimed the top spot.

O’Neill set a torrid pace and held the lead to the lap 50 halfway break. At that time the top 25 cars were inverted for the second 50 laps, which put Kevin Wachter on the pole.

Green flag racing resumed and Darrian Cascioli took command. Just two laps later Jake Jones took his turn at the lead. With 70 laps in the books, Jones continued to show the way. Ackerman made his way up to second, followed by Jason Bentzoni, Rogers and Wildes.

O’Neill appeared to be faster than the leaders. He caught and then overtook Jones for second on lap 89 and then challenged Ackerman for the lead. The pair got into heavy lapped traffic and with nine laps remaining, O’Neill suffered a flat tire.

Ackerman stayed smooth over the rest of the distance to take his first Evergreen victory over Jones and Bentzoni.

Four Cylinder drivers were allowed to compete with the 6/8-Cylinder drivers in the 50-lap contest. Elmar Kennedy started from the pole position but Darren Lenhardt led the opening circuit over Gary Landis and Luke Hoffner.

Mark Spencer cracked the top five and then took his turn at the lead just past lap 10. He held the spot until the competition red flag flew at halfway. Hoffner held second, followed by Tony Collinsworth.

Following the invert, Kris Dane sat on the pole for the restart. He was quickly overtaken by Ackerman for the spot.

As the event progressed, O’Neill climbed into the second spot but wasn’t able to reel in the leader. In dominating fashion, Ackerman went on to take his second victory of the afternoon. O’Neill settled for second, followed by Woot Lawrence.

The 2017 racing season has come to a close at Evergreen raceway. Track management would like to thank all of the drivers and fans that have supported the speedway through thick and thin over the last two years.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well. 

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The stage is almost set both on and off the track for 2017 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, the Eli Young Band, is set to perform prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 19. Known for their soulful, hearts-on-fire brand of country, the Eli Young Band will be performing songs off their fourth major label album “FINGERPRINTS.”

The Eli Young Band, which consists of lead singer Mike Eli, guitarist James Young, bassist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson, has seen each of their previous three albums – “Jet Black & Jealous,” “Life at Best” and “10,000 Towns” – reach the top five of the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with 2014’s “10,000 Towns” bowing at No. 1. In addition, the quartet’s three No. 1 singles “Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night” have earned them Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications, which led to Grammy® and CMA Award nominations, multiple Billboard awards and an ACM trophy for “Crazy Girl” as Song of the Year.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the Eli Young Band to Homestead-Miami Speedway to kick off the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “The Eli Young Band has become a staple in country music, and their pre-race performance will be the perfect way to rev things up for the Monster Energy Series championship race. We are really looking forward to this special show.”

Tickets for 2017 Ford Championship Weekend, which will be held November 17-19, are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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Charlotte Motor Speedway has named Senior Director of Business Development Tracy Rich as its 2017 Salesperson of the Year. Presented annually, the award recognizes an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty in executing his or her responsibilities in the corporate sales department.

Rich led the speedway’s corporate sales department in billings for the past year. Among Rich’s clients are Toyota as well as event entitlement sponsors including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Hisense and the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“Tracy's book of business includes many of our larger partnerships and entitlement sponsorships. Those accounts require a lot of planning and he's done a remarkable job of building lasting relationships with them,” said Matt Long, vice president of corporate sales for Charlotte Motor Speedway. “That's unique in the sales world, because he handles both the sales and the service. Tracy excels at that. He works hand-in-hand with other departments. When you add up all of his accomplishments, he rises to the top.”

Rich, a native of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, has been with Charlotte Motor Speedway since August 2002. As senior director of business development, Rich works with corporate partners to make their activation efforts successful and engaging.

“Tracy is truly committed to understanding our business and working with our team to develop a meaningful partnership,” said Reagan Greene Pruitt, the director of brand strategy and integrated marketing for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. “Tracy’s level of service is second to none and we have no doubt he always has our best interest in mind. Congratulations Tracy, this is well deserved.”

Rich graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 1988 with a degree in Marketing.

“Tracy has been fantastic to work with and is a true professional,” said Paul Doleshal, the senior manager of motorsports marketing for Toyota USA. “He has been key to the success of our partnership at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

As this year’s Salesperson of the Year, Rich received a trip to Las Vegas for the Nov. 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards, among other perks.

“This award is very special to me,” Rich said. “Charlotte Motor Speedway is a family and I consider it a privilege to be a part of that family. I really enjoy working alongside some of the best salespeople in the racing industry, and I look forward to another excellent year of building friendships and relationships with our partners.”

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A sure sign that Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway is right around the corner is when NASCAR’s three national series championship trophies officially make their way to Miami. That time came today.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship trophies all arrived in the Magic City aboard the iconic Goodyear Blimp. Landing in Miami in style, the coveted trophies were accompanied by U.S. Air Force veteran and NASCAR super fan Pat Hubley.

Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Goodyear Blimp Wingfoot One has flown over the biggest events in sports, including NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend, the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, College Football Playoff National Championship, PGA Championship and the Daytona 500.

The trophies will now head to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Ford Championship Weekend, which will take place November 17-19. During the three-day tradition at NASCAR’s championship track, each of the trophies will be awarded to their respective series champion.

The Camping World Truck Series champion will be determined during the Ford EcoBoost 200 on Friday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m., while the XFINITY Series champion will be decided during the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. The NASCAR season will then culminate with the Monster Energy Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for 2017 Ford Championship Weekend are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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After a one year hiatus, racing entertainment is coming back to Paducah International Raceway in 2018. The speedway, owned by longtime promoter Bob Sargent and NASCAR's Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader, was closed during the summer of 2017 after the previous management team stepped away at the end of the previous season. A Western Tennessee businessman has stepped forward to take the reins in 2018.

Phil Colwell has recently struck a deal with the ownership team to take over as leasee of the 3/8-mile high banked dirt track. Colwell has big plans for the facility, with weekly Friday night racing as well as several big shows throughout the year.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing that first green flag drop this coming spring. It's a beautiful facility with the potential for great, high speed action.", Colwell stated.

Colwell has plans to open up in late March to early April with the possibility of a big show early on in the season. The track will run weekly on Friday nights throughout the summer with racing taking the green at 8 PM.

One of several weekly classes at the track will be the UMP sanctioned Modifieds, a highly popular class in dirt track racing. Colwell also has plans to bring back the old school Cruiser class, an affordable division to get a start in racing and go out and have fun. Several other weekly divisions will be announced in the near future.

Paducah International Raceway opened in 1972. The track is located at 4445 Shemwell Lane in Paducah, Kentucky. In recent years, the track has hosted the UMP Summer Nationals, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, as well as highly popular NASCAR nights featuring some well known drivers.

During the 2016 season, the track hosted events that included UMP Late Models, Crate Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, B-Mods, Pure Streets, 305 Sprints, Junior Mini Sprints, Bombers, and Mod Lites.

Full information on the upcoming 2018 season will be released as it becomes available at www.paducahracing.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paducahracing/.

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Not all of the action during Ford Championship Weekend, November 17-19, will be on the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Before and after NASCAR’s championship races, Monster Energy will host several live entertainment events at its display, including a Bellator MMA showdown, a one-of-a-kind action sports show and an electrifying performance by the band, Hairball.                                               

The Monster Energy festivities will kick off on Friday, November 17, with three live-action sports shows starting at 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. The shows will feature stunning performances filled with free-style tricks by motocross high-flyers Axell Hodges, Jeremy Stenberg, James Carter, Keith Sayers and Nick Dunne. Following the second action sports show, select fans will be treated to an exclusive autograph session with the four NASCAR drivers who will be contending for the Monster Energy Series championship on Sunday, November 19.

On Saturday, prior to the Ford EcoBoost 300, three more live-action sports shows will take place at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. MMA legends and champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Dan Henderson will be doing an exclusive autograph signing on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

On Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m., the Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series will feature some of the best Bellator fighters going head-to-head in the cage. These fights will be nonstop action and pure entertainment. The Bellator and Monster Energy ring girls will be handing out free giveaways, while Rampage and Henderson battle during the final stop of the MMA tour.

Once the sun goes down and the Monster Energy Series champion has been crowned, the band, Hairball, will take the stage at the Monster Energy display to put on a post-race show filled with lights, smoke, fire and famous ‘80s tunes.

Times for all events are subject to change.

To witness all the mayhem of Ford Championship Weekend, tickets for 2017 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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