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GRAMMY-nominated and GMA Dove Award-winning Southern Gospel quartet Ernie Haase + Signature Sound, an Atlanta fan favorite, will return by popular demand to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the fourth time to perform the national anthem ahead of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 25.

From its formation in 2003, Ernie Haase has built Signature Sound into one of the most popular and beloved quartets in all of Southern Gospel music. The group has traveled all over the world, offering energy, excitement and encouragement through its powerful brand of gospel music. EHSS is one of the most celebrated quartets in Southern Gospel history, mentioned with the same "trailblazing" reverence as groups likes The Statesmen Quartet and The Cathedral Quartet.

As group founder, Haase is a creative, hard-working tenor whose early roots with the unforgettable and legendary Southern Gospel quartet, The Cathedrals, helped begin his dream to form a powerhouse group of his own. Along with many appearances through the years on the widely regarded Gaither Homecoming Tour, his goal was soon accomplished and then some...as EHSS quickly gained an international platform in gospel music.

“We are humbled and honored to be able to stand and sing our nation’s anthem once again at Atlanta Motor Speedway,” said Haase. “This will be the fourth time for Signature Sound to be a part of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, and we do not take that for granted. We are excited to sing for all of the amazing fans of NASCAR. They are the most exciting people to sing to. See ya soon!”

For more information about celebrity appearances and details about Atlanta race-weekend events, visit the AMS website at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

The Atlanta NASCAR Weekend features Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Friday, Feb. 23, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 Benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 24, and culminates with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 25.

For more information or purchase tickets today, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

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Tickets for the 2018 Kansas Speedway racing season are on sale now and the track is offering more $64 ticket choices for both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races than ever before. Also new in 2018 is more youth ticket options! In addition, several sections of Kansas Speedway grandstands have been enhanced with drink rails to offer race fans a more comfortable experience.

In addition to more $64 tickets for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race tickets start at just $25, while tickets for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race start at $40. For both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races, kids are free with an adult ticket purchase in sections that offer youth pricing.

For fans wanting to attend both NASCAR race weekends, Kansas Speedway is still offering season tickets – the best value for race fans. Season ticket packages include four NASCAR races, a pre-race pass for each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, a parking pass, and the opportunity to drive their personal car on the track this summer.

Kansas Speedway has introduced a new hospitality option, the Ignition Garage, for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race day that will include driver Q&A sessions, a pre-race pass, a guided tour of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage, and much more.

For fans who want to enhance their race day experience, Kansas Speedway offers several options:

  • A pre-race pass – allows access to the DC Solar FanWalk to watch the drivers meeting, plus access to the infield for driver introductions and the pre-race concert;
  • VIP package – definitely a bucket list item for any race fan, this package includes special seating in the drivers meeting, a guided tour of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage, VIP parking and a welcome reception in the President’s suite;
  • Premium tailgate spot – for the ultimate tailgate experience, fans get a reserved spot in the front row of the paved parking lot near the Midway Display to give fans a prime location to start their race day;
  • A paid parking spot – secure a spot in some of the closest lots to the Kansas Speedway grandstand.

Fans who pre-purchase their tickets have the opportunity to get at least a 20% discount on scanner rentals, which allows them to listen to the drivers and crew chiefs communicate during the race.

To purchase tickets, fans can call 866.460.7223, log onto www.kansasspeedway.com or stop by the Kansas Speedway Ticket Office MondayFriday between 9 AM – 5 PM CT.

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Driver safety is a top priority at Martinsville Speedway, not just for drivers racing the cars, but for fans travelling to and from the Speedway as well.

As a way to promote driver safety,  DRIVE SMART Virginia and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office’s “Who’s Your Driver” campaign will once again present the STP 500 race weekend, Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced today. For the second year in a row, the weekend will be called the STP 500 Race Weekend presented by whosyourdriver.org.

“Ensuring our fans have a fun, positive and, most importantly, safe experience at Martinsville Speedway is our top priority and that starts when they leave their house and doesn’t end until they arrive back home,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Our partnership with DRIVE SMART Virginia on the “Who’s Your Driver” campaign helps ensure just that.”

The Who's Your Driver campaign promotes safe and sober driving and encourages drivers to take their role as a driver seriously by buckling up, never driving under the influence and doing everything they can to keep themselves and others safe on the roads.

“The races should be fun and exciting.  Your ride home should be uneventful,” said Richard D. Holcomb, DMV Commissioner and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “That’s why ‘Who's Your Driver’ is so important in our goal to save lives. It’s a reminder that your favorite driver is a sober driver, and encourages everyone to buckle up and make plan for a safe ride home before the celebration starts.”

Every driver who commits to taking the Who’s Your Driver pledge between now and February 23, will be entered for a drawing for a VIP Experience for the March 25 STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

“We are so excited to bring Who’s Your Driver back to Martinsville Speedway for the second year in a row,” said Janet Brooking, Executive Director of DRIVE SMART Virginia. “This program allowed us to speak with race fans about the importance of safe driving and we are looking forward to continuing this conversation with fans again this year and reminding people that sober driving is always the only option.”

For more information or to sign the Who’s Your Driver Pledge visit www.whosyourdriver.org.

The STP 500 Race Weekend presented by whosyourdriver.org is March 23-25, 2018.

The weekend starts on Friday with a practice day for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series continues on Saturday with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as well as Virginia Lottery Pole Qualifying for the STP 500 .

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action on Sunday with the running of the STP 500.

Youth 17-and-under are admitted free on Friday and Saturday and are $25 on Sunday.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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On a day off of activity from Daytona International Speedway and Speedweeks 2018, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron flew with the world-renowned United States Air Force Thunderbirds on Tuesday.

Byron, 20, is the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and will be making his first DAYTONA 500 start on Sunday behind the wheel of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

The USAF Thunderbirds will perform the flyover for the DAYTONA 500 for the eighth straight year and ninth total. The Thunderbirds flyover will feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter aircraft.

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 With the official start of the 2018 NASCAR season just days away, Talladega Superspeedway fans have already spoken in a big way with their excitement for the track’s Spring triple-header weekend, April 27-29. Officials at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track announced today that fewer than 20 reserved RV camping spots remain in its infamous infield, the most coveted real estate in motorsports.

With more than 99% of the infield RV spots full, fans are encouraged to call 855-518-RACE (7223) to reserve their space, or they can visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. The anticipated weekend features the GEICO 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Sunday, April 29), the Sparks Energy 300 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (Saturday, April 28) and the General Tire 200 for the traditional ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards (Friday, April 27).

Below are the reserved areas with remaining spots available in the infield:
Reserved RV:

  • GECKO Frontrunner’s Club I – A prime area inside Turn 4 for fans to catch all the action as drivers peel off the 33-degree banking and head toward the tri-oval.
  • Finish Line RV II – Located past the start/finish line going into Turn 1, fans can watch their favorite drivers coming through the tri-oval into Turn 1.
  • GEICO Grounds Yellow RV – This is a new area in close proximity of Turn 3, near the end of the famed Alabama Gang Superstretch.

Reserved Cars/Tents:

  • GEICO Grounds Blue – Located close to Turns 1 and 2, this is the perfect spot for fans to watch the 3-and 4-wide racing action on the high banks.
  • GEICO Grounds Yellow – Near Turn 3, this area gives fans a great spot to relax for the weekend.

“The fans are definitely making a statement,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “Our overnight parks and infield amenities are extremely popular among fans. With fun entertainment such as the ‘Big One on the Blvd’ on Friday night and our traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, we are the Party Capital of the sport and encourage fans to reserve their spots now while limited space remains. Talladega….the best racing and experience on the planet.”

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Former Atlanta Braves great and new Baseball Hall of Fame member Chipper Jones will serve as an Honorary Race Official for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio), the opening race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Jones, a native of nearby Pierson, Florida, was voted into the hall on Jan. 24, in his first year of eligibility. Considering his credentials, that was not surprising. During his 19-year career (1993-2012) – all with Atlanta – he posted a .303 career batting average, 468 home runs and 1,623 RBI. He was an eight-time All-Star and the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1999. He led the Braves to three World Series appearances, winning the series in 1995. Jones rejoined the Braves’ organization in 2015 as special assistant to baseball operations.

As part of his Honorary Race Official duties, Jones will be introduced at the drivers’ meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies, ride in one of the parade cars and take part in question-and-answer sessions in fan hospitality areas and the UNOH Fanzone.

“We’re going to have one of the legendary stars of the ‘National Pastime’ join us for ‘The Great American Race,’” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “Chipper Jones was an obvious choice for the hall of fame this year. He’s also a local hero. We’re thrilled to welcome him back home for the DAYTONA 500.”

Tickets for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

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 As Sunday's Daytona 500 approaches, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage offered his insight into which Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will win the season-opening race, which one will go on to capture the series crown and which among the youth movement will have the biggest impact in 2018.

Let's take a look at Gossage's picks:
  • Daytona 500 Winner: Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Ford for TeamPenske.
  • Gossage's take: "I believe that a veteran is going to win his very first Daytona 500 - Brad Keselowski. Never won the Daytona 500; he has won at Talladega. I think Brad will win the Daytona 500 because he is smart, very analytical, a good drafter, he runs well at Daytona and Talladega - virtually two identical tracks. I look for him to wind up on top, but something won't let go of Alex Bowman."
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion: Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • Gossage's take: "I think this year you are going to see a guy win his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship - Kyle Busch, driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. Kyle won a couple of years back (2015) and I think he will do it again. He is just such a great talent. He occasionally self-destructs, but I think he's reached a point in his career that he is going to put it all together and win the championship."
  • Emerging Young Star: William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
  • Gossage's take: "The question is, 'Who is going to make it big time?' I've got to be honest with you I believe - and most folks I've talked to believe - that William Byron is going to be the man to emerge from the pack and be a star in this sport for a long time to come. I wouldn't be surprised to see William win a race or two, make it to the playoffs (this season)."
A video package of Gossage's full comments of his selections is available by clicking here: https://youtu.be/DoPNoxO80ZY.
Sunday's Daytona 500 will be broadcast live on FOX beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Fans in North Texas can enjoy the race on the world's largest TV as Texas Motor Speedway will play host to the "World's Largest" Daytona 500 Watching Party this weekend. The event is free to the public - ranging from tailgaters to those interested in camping overnight in their RVs - and will be held Saturday and Sunday in the speedway infield for NASCAR's season-opening XFINITY and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
 
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Chase Elliott, Georgia native and driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, visited Atlanta Motor Speedway, his home track on the NASCAR circuit, Tuesday for a special media day and presentation of good-luck charms sent in from fans across the country as part of the recent “Good Luck, Chase” promotion put together by AMS.

At just 22 years old, the third-year driver in NASCAR’s top series enters the 2018 season on a high note after finishing fifth in the overall driver standings in 2017 and the top finisher among the four-car Hendrick Motorsports lineup.

After 77 starts in the Cup Series, though, Elliott has yet to visit Victory Lane. For an added measure of good luck in the 2018 season – and to help him into the Win Column – Atlanta Motor Speedway re-created a “lucky charm” promotion first introduced by Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1983 for Elliott’s father, NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Bill Elliott, which helped him secure his first victory after 115 winless starts and eight second-place finishes to begin his career. 

Soliciting good-luck charms of all variety from fans across the country, AMS accumulated a mountain of trinkets, stuffed animals, four-leaf clovers, coins, rabbits feet and a plethora of other items and presented them to Elliott during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m glad everybody sent their stuff in. That’s really cool,” said Elliott. “I hope it works more than anything, but it is kind of funny. As I learned about this, I learned about Dad’s beginnings and how many times he ran second before he won a race.”

The similarities between father and son at the beginnings of their respective careers are hard to ignore.

And though he doesn’t currently have any of his own good-luck charms, the younger Elliott seemed open to the idea if it helps him secure that first career win.

“To be honest with you, I really don’t (have any good-luck charms),” he said. “Not to say I can’t find one at some point – there might be some right here, so we’ll see.”

Some of the more interesting charms AMS received included lipstick, a porcelain figurine, mini die-cast race cars and a stack of personal letters. Elliott said he looked forward to finding the most unique one of them all.

“When I get a chance to look through all of these, I’ll get back to you, because I guarantee you there are some good ones.”

With his return to Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Feb. 25 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 less than two weeks away and a chance to score a win in front of his hometown crowd, Elliott said he looked forward to being back where both he and his father have so much history.

Atlanta, a favorite track among many of the drivers in all three national NASCAR touring series, is commonly considered the place where the “real” NASCAR season begins. The first race without performance-governing restrictor plates, Atlanta is the first true test for both manufacturer and driver and a key measuring stick for how they’ll measure up throughout the rest of the season in the more common downforce setup.

“When we leave Daytona, we come to Atlanta, and I think we really get a better understanding of how you stack up,” Elliott said. “This is more of a track like we’re going to see the rest of the season. To be completely honest with you, I think you kind of have to wait until you get here and see where you stack up. 

“I hope that we stack up well and we’ve done our homework like we think we have, but sometimes you think you do things right and you don’t. But I think until you get here and you really give it the full effort and not just at a test and everybody’s bringing everything they have, you’re not going to know until then, so we’ll wait and see.”

The Atlanta NASCAR Weekend features Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Friday, Feb. 23, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 Benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 24, and culminates with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 25.

For more information or purchase tickets today, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

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As the NASCAR season kicks off on February 18 at the Daytona 500, Klunk & Millan Advertising announces its partnership with Pocono Raceway, the Northeast's premier motorsports destination.

“We are excited to welcome Klunk & Millan to the Pocono Raceway family. Their creativity, attention to detail, data analysis, client service, and advice have been invaluable over the past few months. They truly understand our brand, our mission, and our voice. We look forward to seeing how fans will react to their designs, campaigns, and commercials throughout the year,” said Ben May, President, Pocono Raceway.

This summer, Pocono Raceway will host two NASCAR race weekends (June 1-3 and July 27-29) and an INDYCAR race weekend (August 18-19) at their one-of-a-kind triangle-shaped superspeedway located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains in Long Pond.

As a long-time innovator in sports entertainment and a proud member of the local community, Pocono Raceway recently announced that they will become the first motorsports facility in North America to house an inclusive playground in their infield, uniquely designed for children of all abilities to learn, grow, and play together.

“Klunk & Millan is delighted by the opportunity to work with Pocono Raceway. Attending a NASCAR or INDYCAR race at Pocono is a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled to help share that story with motorsports fans and new audiences alike,” said Jim Klunk, President, Klunk & Millan.

Tickets are on sale now at www.PoconoRaceway.com for the 2018 race season. The new branding and marketing campaign is currently online and launching everywhere in April 2018.

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Having a Neon Garage pass just got even more appealing.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is teaming with Dream Racing to provide NASCAR fans a unique and fun experience during this spring’s Pennzoil 400 weekend. Fans who have purchased passes to the track’s wildly popular Neon Garage in the superspeedway’s infield will have the added treat of enjoying the Dream Racing Game Garage.

Set up in the red section of the 125,000-square foot facility, the e-sports lounge will be equipped with several of Dream Racing’s driving simulators, giving fans a chance to get behind the wheel of a virtual race car and turn laps on the screen. Neon Garage pass holders can strap into a simulator and play the NASCAR Heat 2 video game before they enjoy racing on the track throughout the March 2-4 weekend.

Children 12 and under are admitted free into the Neon Garage when accompanied by an adult with a Neon Garage pass. They must pick up their free passes at an LVMS ticket booth located throughout the property before entering the Neon Garage.

The Neon Garage will open at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, March 2, before Stratosphere Qualifying and the Stratosphere 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, prior to the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and at 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 4, in advance of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube.

Various ticket packages, fun extras and special-access passes for LVMS’ first NASCAR weekend of the year are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444

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Peyton Manning, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and Nationwide member/spokesperson, will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.

The DAYTONA 500, first held in 1959 at the famed 2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval, is the season-opening race (TV – FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio – MRN, Sirius XM) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Manning will be behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry XSE pacing the 40-car field prior to taking the green flag.

“Serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver will be a truly unique and exciting experience,” Manning said. “I want to thank NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and Nationwide for making this possible. I’m really looking forward to race day.”

Manning retired from the NFL following the 2015 season, which he capped by leading the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers. Manning also led the Indianapolis Colts to the 2006 Super Bowl title, beating the Chicago Bears. In an 18-year NFL career, Manning passed for 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns, both all-time records. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player five times and was Super Bowl MVP in the Colts’ victory.

Manning’s first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be 2021, when he will be considered a lock for induction.

As a collegiate player at the University of Tennessee, Manning led the Volunteers to the 1997 Southeastern Conference championship and was a consensus All-American as a senior. He became Tennessee's all-time leading passer with 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns and won 39 of 45 games as a starter, breaking the SEC record for career victories. Manning was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

“We’re talking true star power with this announcement, as Peyton Manning is one of the legends of both college football and the NFL,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “He also has the persona and popularity to match his achievements. He’ll be an awesome Honorary Pace Car Driver and a great addition to our lineup of high-profile guests for the 60th DAYTONA 500.”

Tickets for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

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