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Richmond Raceway continues the evolution of its eSports program by forming an inaugural iRacing team to compete in the 2018 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series (NPAS). The newly formed CHAOS CREW iRacing Team is made up of six eMotorsports athletes who will compete in the 2018 NPAS season beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. (ET) on iRacing Live.

“eSports is a part of the racing landscape that’s about to take a giant leap forward this year. As an engagement platform, we see eSports as a great way to welcome new fans, and build another strong conduit into the regional school systems to support STEM curriculums,” said Richmond Vice President Mike Waddell. “NASCAR, iRacing, and the motorsports industry overall are driving eSports into the mainstream and we look forward to being on the front end of this movement.”

The inaugural members of the 2018 CHAOS CREW iRacing Team includes the following eMotorsports athletes:

Car         eMotorsports Athlete                   Primary Brand                                   Secondary Brand

#1           Marcus Richardson                         TOYOTA OWNERS 400                   ToyotaCare 250

                Twitter: @RacingMarcus               http://bit.ly/2BQQE0x                   http://bit.ly/2GKbdza

• Hometown: Wilmington, DE

• Sixth in 2017 NPAS Standings

• Primary/Secondary Sponsors are Richmond Raceway’s Spring Races


“Richmond has a tradition of putting on exciting races, and I had my first opportunity a few years ago to attend the track,” said Marcus Richardson. “I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of CHAOS CREW and I look forward to the upcoming season representing the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series each week.

Car         eMotorsports Athlete                   Primary Brand                                   Secondary Brand

#05         Nick Ottinger                                     Federated Auto Parts 400            Go Bowling 250

                Twitter: @nickottinger                  http://bit.ly/2DYLqBI                      http://bit.ly/2GK7Fgj

                • Hometown: Claremont, N.C.

• 13th in 2017 NPAS Standings

• Primary/Secondary Sponsors are Richmond Raceway’s Fall Races


“I'm happy to represent and team with the CHAOS CREW for the 2018 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series campaign,” said Nick Ottinger. “I can't wait to hit the virtual track and get the Federated Auto Parts and Go Bowling Toyota Camry in victory lane.”

Car         eMotorsports Athlete                   Primary Brand                  

#27         Jimmy Mullis                                     Racing Virginia                                 

                Twitter: @JMullisRacing                                racingvirginia.com                           

• Hometown: Concord, N.C.

• 18th in 2017 NPAS Standings

• Primary/Secondary Sponsors are Racing Virginia & Team Racing Virginia


To be a part of the CHAOS CREW and drive the #27 Racing Virginia Toyota Camry is an amazing opportunity,” said Jimmy Mullis. “Competing in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series is a grind every week, and to have the support from the CHAOS CREW and Richmond Raceway is boost to us, and the series as a whole. I cannot wait to get started on February 20th and to get to Richmond for what is going to be a great season of racing.”

Car         eMotorsports Athlete                   Primary Brand                                  

#46         Logan Clampitt                                 Richmond Raceway                                       

                Twitter: @lclampitt44                     richmondraceway.com                                 

• Hometown: Trabuco Canyon, Calif.

• Second in 2017 NPAS Standings

• Primary/Secondary Sponsor is Richmond Raceway & Richmond Raceway Complex brands


“I'm thankful to be a part of Richmond Raceway's eSports Program and to team up with the CHAOS CREW for the upcoming NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series season,” said Logan Clampitt. “I look forward to winning races and taking the #46 Richmond Raceway Toyota Camry all the way to Homestead and the NPAS Title this season.”

Car         eMotorsports Athlete                   Primary Brand                   Secondary Brand

#55         Brian Schoenburg                            Heyman Hustle                                Looking 4 Larry

                Twitter: @bschoon55                     heymanhustle.com         looking4larry.com

• Hometown: Moorpark, Calif. 

• 15th in 2017 NPAS Standings

• Primary/Secondary Sponsor is the Creative Agency for Richmond Raceway, Looking 4 Larry, and its partner website, HeymanHustle.com


"This partnership with the CHAOS CREW and Richmond Raceway is revolutionary, and I am pumped to be driving for my sponsors, HeymanHustle.com and Looking 4 Larry agency,” said Brian Schoenburg. “As a seasoned sim racer, it's great to be part of a new adventure for our sport, the NPAS, and sim racing as a whole. #ImAPaulHeymanDriver.”

The inaugural five members of the CHAOS CREW iRacing Team will be joined by a sixth teammate on Feb. 12. The final member of the team, and their 2018 car design, will be announced on Richmond Raceway’s Twitter (@RichmondRaceway) on Monday.

The race car designs for the CHAOS CREW will be showcased exclusively on Richmond’s Twitter on Sunday, February 11. The designs will be unveiled each hour beginning at noon (ET). The official hashtag for Richmond Raceway eSports is #RICHMONDeSPORTS.

Future CHAOS CREW developments will evolve from engagement with area secondary schools, and the more than 70 Virginia-based colleges and universities, to see where the gaming interests of the Commonwealth are focused. Richmond has successfully blended education and technology in the past as the track hosted 400 eighth grade students from schools in central Virginia for the inaugural STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational event, Speed Into Science. The program will return this April with NASCAR’s return to the Capital City for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend.

The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series is iRacing’s World Championship series officially sanctioned by NASCAR. The series features the world’s most elite oval sim-racers competing on simulated version of the actual real-world NASCAR tracks and Gen6 cars available on iRacing.

Rounds run every other Tuesday night starting February 20 at 9 p.m. (ET). Each round will be broadcast live to the general public on iRacing Live, with coverage provided by RaceSpot TV. For the full 2018 NPAS schedule, click here.

iRacers are passionate about motorsports as there are currently 1,500 active subscribers in Virginia, another 7,000 in adjoining states, and more than 70,000 nationwide on the iRacing.com platform.

Stay up to date with the CHAOS CREW iRacing Team throughout the 2018 NPAS season, by following the team on Twitter at @CHAOSCREWRVA.

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Hall of Famer and Cincinnati Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman will serve as the Honorary Pace Vehicle Driver for the eighth annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 14.
“I am thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to drive the pace car. I can’t express my appreciation to Mark Simendinger and the entire Kentucky Speedway staff,” said Brennaman. “I’ll be honest, I accepted with a little bit of trepidation. I’ve never been around the track or driven on it before. I’m sure I will have a whole bunch of butterflies but I’ll be fine and fully prepared by the time the pace car hits the track.”
Brennaman has been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds baseball games for 45 years. He joined the Reds radio team in 1974 and for 31 seasons (1974-2004) shared the 700 WLW Radio booth with Reds Hall of Fame pitcher Joe Nuxhall. Brennaman has been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 16 times, most recently in 2009.
He received the Ford C. Frick Award on July 23, 2000, in ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The award is presented each year by the Hall of Fame to a broadcaster "for major contributions to the game of baseball." Brennaman, Red Barber (WSAI, 1934-38) and Russ Hodges (WFBE, 1932) are the only Reds announcers ever to receive the Hall of Fame's prestigious broadcasting award.
On May 2, 2005, Brennaman was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in Salisbury, North Carolina.
In January 2013 he received the Tom Hammond Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Broadcasting, presented by the Bluegrass Sports Commission in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Portsmouth, Virginia native won the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year Award 4 times while broadcasting basketball games for the American Basketball Association's Virginia Squires, baseball games for the New York Mets' Class AAA affiliate in Norfolk and football games for both Virginia Tech and William & Mary.
Brennaman also has broadcast games during the NCAA's men's basketball tournament, including 15 regional tournaments and 11 Final Fours.
Other accolades include being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago in 2005, inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, inducted into the Hampton Roads (VA) Sports Hall of Fame in October 2013 and, in 2009 he was selected by the American Sportscasters Association as one of the Top 50 broadcasters of all time.
Tickets, Fan Zone passes and campsites are on sa­­le at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting our speedway ticket offices at 1 Speedway Dr., Sparta, KY., 41086, just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N
The 2018 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 14. The Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 starts the weekend on Thursday, July 12 and the Xfinity Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 13.
Kirstin Simmons made history in 2016 when she became the first female to capture a Hornets Division race at South Boston Speedway. She’s hoping for a historic 2018 season at South Boston.
Simmons, an 18-year-old senior at Park View High School in South Hill, will be taking the jump up to the Limited Sportsman Division when the 2018 season opens March 24 with the Danville Toyota Twin 100s.
“We’re going to race the entire Limited season at South Boston, and then maybe branch out to some other tracks after the season is finished,” said Simmons, who captured the Budweiser Hornets Division season-opener in 2016.
Simmons is itching to get back on track. She sat on the sidelines for most of 2017 as her team worked to build a brand new Limited Sportsman car.
“It was very difficult,” Simmons said of the 2017 season. “I wanted to race so bad. I couldn’t wait to get back.”
Just when she thought her new Limited car was ready to roll in 2017, there was another delay.
“We got it ready and then I wrecked it in practice. It was the first real practice I had in in and I just got a little loose.”
She did get to try out her new wheels as the 2017 South Boston season wound down. She actually made her Limited debut in the next-to-last race of 2017 and then was back in the field for the final event of the year. The results weren’t too shabby for a rookie in the series: a fourth and a sixth.
“I thought that was a pretty good start for us in Limited,” Simmons said.
Family is at the heart of Simmons’ racing endeavors. Her mom and dad, Sammy and Kim Simmons and older sister Kaitlinn are her biggest backers. “My mom and dad are so supportive,” said Simmons.
Kaitlinn used to be one of her biggest competitors in the Hornets Division, but she has stepped back from racing. Later this year she will complete her degree work to become a registered dental hygienist.
Simmons knows that without the support of family and many others her racing career would be in the rear-view mirror.
“I have to thank my parents for all they have done for me,” said Simmons. “Also, my crew chief Ken Hodges for all his hard work and dedication and Mike Pearce for his help and Beth Farrar-Clay with Organized Marketing for her help.
“I’m lucky to have had two people like Joey Connor and Danny Willis that have been around racing for so long helping me and there are so many others.”
Simmons has lofty goals for 2018, but also looks at the upcoming season realistically.
“I’d like to win the championship if I could, but I want to finish races and start making a name for myself,” said Simmons, who has sponsor support from JMS Volvo, Newmart Builders and Discount Furniture. “I need seat time to get the feel of a Limited. This is a big step. But I’m very excited. I can’t wait for March 24th to get here.”
Saturday afternoon, March 24th is when racing returns to South Boston Speedway with the Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model Twin 100s featuring twin 100-lap races for Late Models, a 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stocks and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets.
Tickets are $10 with children 12 and under admitted free.

NASCAR today announced leadership changes at Iowa Speedway and a key appointment to its international development efforts.

Jimmy Small has been named Senior Director, International Business Development and Partnerships, and will be charged with developing strategic international opportunities in new and existing markets. Small, who has served as President of Iowa Speedway for the past four years, will be based out of NASCAR’s Los Angeles office and will report into Chad Seigler, Vice President, International Business Development.

“Jimmy brings over a decade of NASCAR experience and great passion for growing our sport internationally to this important position,” said Jim Cassidy, Chief International Officer.  “His understanding of the opportunity for NASCAR growth globally, coupled with his experience running a race track, make him an ideal fit.”

Replacing Small as President of Iowa Speedway will be NASCAR industry veteran David Hyatt.  Hyatt brings nearly 30 years of industry experience to bear as the new President of Iowa Speedway, most recently serving as President of The Motor Racing Network.  In that role, Hyatt developed, oversaw and executed the network’s operational budget, business plan and growth strategy.

“I am honored to join the Iowa Speedway team and build upon the momentum this talented group of people have established,” Hyatt said.  “There is a great passion for motorsports in Iowa and we will continue fueling that passion while showcasing The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”

Hyatt will report into Brandon Igdalsky, Managing Director, Event Marketing & Promotion, bringing additional track leadership expertise to Iowa Speedway operations.  Igdalsky, who served for many years as President & Chief Executive Officer of Pocono Raceway, will remain based in Daytona Beach, FL and will provide strategic direction to Hyatt and the Iowa Speedway team. 


As the next step towards the future under NASCAR ownership, Iowa Speedway announced today that long-time broadcast and motorsports industry executive David Hyatt has been selected as its new track president. Hyatt will replace current Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small who will transition out over the next several weeks.

Hyatt joins the Speedway after nearly 30 years in the NASCAR industry where he launched the original NASCAR.com and most recently served The Motor Racing Network (MRN) as president and executive producer. In that role, Hyatt developed, oversaw and executed the network’s operational budget, business plan and growth strategy.

“I am honored to join the Iowa Speedway team and build upon the momentum this talented group of people have established,” Hyatt said. “There is a great passion for motorsports in Iowa and we will continue fueling that passion while showcasing The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”

Hyatt is a War, West Virginia native and graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Marketing with an emphasis on Broadcast Performance and Management. Hyatt and his family are looking forward to being an active part of the central Iowa community.

Small has accepted a new position at NASCAR as Senior Director, International Business Development, taking a leadership role developing international strategy out of NASCAR’s Los Angeles office. Small has been with NASCAR for nearly 10 years and was the youngest president of a major racing facility in the United States. He will contribute to our sport’s efforts in developing existing and new commercial and racing opportunities for our industry abroad.

“David’s unique skill set and his impressive career at MRN make him the perfect choice as my successor,” stated Small. “He is a seasoned NASCAR executive with an impeccable reputation in the industry and is well positioned to lead Iowa Speedway into the future.”

During Small’s tenure, the track annually hosted a pair of NASCAR weekends, the Verizon IndyCar Series and ARCA — and nonracing events such as Metallica’s WorldWired Tour and the NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series.

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“The Great American Race” will have an all-American flavor this year when the National Anthem is played by Navy Band Southeast prior to the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.

The DAYTONA 500 is the season-opening race (TV – FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio – MRN, Sirius XM) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and will mark Navy Band Southeast’s third appearance at the “World Center of Racing.” The popular group previously played the National Anthem prior to the Coca-Cola 400 in 2015 and 2017.

Navy Band Southeast was established in 1995 and is one of 11 official United States Navy bands. Proudly representing the Commander, Navy Region Southeast, the band consists of trained professional musicians dedicated to the highest levels of musical performance. Inspiring pride and patriotism through music, the band performs more than 350 engagements annually throughout the Southeast.

“Navy Band Southeast is a perfect fit for our events at Daytona International Speedway,” said speedway President Chip Wile. “Their involvement in our pre-race activities continues a longstanding DIS tradition of involving the military and more importantly, respecting and honoring our troops. Navy Band Southeast delivers the Star-Spangled-Banner in a stirring, traditional fashion that always resonates with NASCAR fans who are either in attendance or watching on television.”

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.


Chicagoland Speedway announced today that Overton’s, America’s Marine and Watersports Superstore, will serve as the entitlement sponsor for this year’s NASCAR  weekend June 29 – July 1.

The three NASCAR National Series races at Chicagoland Speedway will affectionately be known as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 225, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Overton’s 300 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400.

“We are thrilled to partner with a highly respected brand like Overton’s for our Stars and Stripes weekend,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock. “Overton’s will take over the Magnificent Mile and a Half as fans will be treated to a festive and memorable weekend event experience.”

"We are excited to partner with Chicagoland Speedway and participate in racing events that resonate with outdoor sports fans across the country," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman of Camping World Holdings. "Having Overton’s serve as the entitlement sponsor will continue to expand our relationship with NASCAR, while giving fans a unique and engaging race experience that the whole family can enjoy."

Overton’s has been launching life on the water since 1976 and was purchased by Camping World Holdings in May 2017 along with Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain. Overton’s customers can shop online at Overtons.com and soon at over 60 Gander Outdoors retail stores, opening in 2018.

For the most current information about Chicagoland Speedway, follow us on Facebook along with Twitter and Instagram @chicagolndspdwy.


International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA) (OTCBB:ISCB) ("ISC") today announced the promotion of three officer positions.

Frank Kelleher was promoted to Vice President, ISC Sales and Marketing.  Kelleher previously served as Managing Director of ISC Sales and Marketing.  As Vice President, he will lead all ISC partner marketing and activation, partnership sales, media sales and partnership insights/strategy. Kelleher graduated from Marywood University in 2003, earning a BA in Business Administration. Kelleher is a two-time National Champion with the World Karting Association.

Benjamin Odom has been promoted to Vice President, ISC Legal and Deputy General Counsel. Odom previously served as Managing Director, Associate Counsel for ISC Legal. As Vice President, he will lead the Company's legal department on all legal matters including contract drafting and review, litigation, and regulatory compliance.  Odom earned his Juris Doctorate from Florida State College of Law in 2004 and joined the Company in 2006. 

In addition, Greg Motto, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer has been promoted to Executive Vice President.

International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities.  The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; ISM Raceway near Phoenix, Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois;  Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York. 

The Company also owns and operates Motor Racing NetworkSM, the nation's largest independent sports radio network and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions.  In addition, the Company owns ONE DAYTONA, the retail, dining and entertainment development across from Daytona International Speedway, and has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.  For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com.