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Twelve lucky race fans will get the “Ride of a Lifetime” with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver at the 25thToyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23. In addition, more than 20 racing and sports-related items will be up for grabs during a live charity auction benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.

The Ride of a Lifetime Charity Auction, which benefits Sonoma County youth organizations through SCC, will feature the 12 Ride of a Lifetime experiences with top NASCAR drivers (full list below), NASCAR sheet metal, a Danica Patrick-signed fire suit, San Francisco Giants Buster Posey-signed bat, S.F. Giants pitcher Matt Cain autographed jersey, signed prints by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars, and much, much more.

Fans can take part in the festivities on race day, June 23, by placing the top bid at the live charity auction beginning at 10 a.m. in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle (item preview begins at 8:30 a.m.). The NASCAR Charity Auction raised more than $30,000 in 2012, and the local chapter is looking to top that number in 2013.

Listed below are the items up for auction during the Ride of a Lifetime NASCAR Charity Auction:

  • Marcos Ambrose - Ride of Lifetime
  • Jeff Burton - Ride of Lifetime
  • Kurt Busch - Ride of Lifetime
  • Kyle Busch - Ride of Lifetime
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Ride of Lifetime
  • Carl Edwards - Ride of Lifetime
  • Jeff Gordon - Ride of Lifetime
  • Kevin Harvick - Ride of Lifetime
  • Kasey Kahne - Ride of Lifetime
  • Matt Kenseth - Ride of Lifetime
  • Danica Patrick – Ride of a Lifetime
  • Tony Stewart - Ride of Lifetime
  • Buster Posey autographed bat
  • Matt Cain autographed jersey 
  • Nomar Garciaparra autographed baseball
  • Albert Pujols autographed baseball
  • Troy Tulowitski autographed jersey
  • NASCAR stock car sheet metal
  • Kyle Busch - autographed photo
  • Danica Patrick - autographed fire suit
  • Marcus Ambrose - gloves
  • Signed checkered flag
  • Kevin Harvick  - autographed helmet
  • Dale Earnhardt "tiffany style", glass lamp
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. "tiffany style" glass lamp
  • Diecast car models
  • Clint Bowyer-autographed Korbel Champagne magnum
  • Clint Bowyer-autographed photograph
  • NASCAR Fan Vision
  • Tag Heuer Watch
  • San Francisco 49er veteran Brent Jones  autographed football 

Another way to support Speedway Children’s Charities during NASCAR weekend is through the 8th annual Post-Race Track Walk. Fans will have the opportunity to walk on the racing surface just minutes after the checkered flag drops on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and make a donation to SCC at each one of the access points. The walk will feature specially-painted lug nuts dropped around the road course, each of which is redeemable for a valuable prize at the Ticket Pit Stop located behind the Main Grandstand.

Sonoma Raceway PR


Following the 55thannual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 6, there will be a big celebration in Gatorade Victory Lane for the winning team and driver of the mid-summer classic.

There will also be a massive celebration in the sky thanks to Fireworks By Santore, which will once again deliver race fans the largest fireworks show in the Southeast.

Fireworks By Santore will illuminate the sky of Daytona International Speedway with a 15-minute show shot from 15 different locations located along the backstretch.

It will take seven days and a crew of 10 from Fireworks By Santore to set up the show, which is electronically fired using state-of-the-art digital firing equipment. To put together the largest fireworks show in the Southeast, Fireworks by Santore will utilize:

n  Shells ranging in size from 1” to 8”

n  10,000+ lbs of explosive powder

n  11,000 individual explosions

The types of shells range from the more traditional such as Chrysanthemum, Peonies, Dahlias, Willows and Salutes to specialty shells such as Smiley Faces, Star Patterns, Double Rings, 4 Color Changing, Shell of Shells, Crossettes, Strobing Diadems, Twilight Glitters and vibrant new pastel colors.

Among the new shells to the show are the Sweeping Rings, Sweeping Inward, Sweeping Outward, Mushroom, Jelly Fish, Cut Glass, Octopus, Kaleidoscopes, Diamond Screamers and Tourbillions.

The show will begin with red and white fireworks for 30 seconds and the finale will last for approximately one minute, 30 seconds and will have over 2,000 individual pieces. The show uses enough control wire to wrap a lap and a half around the legendary 2.5-mile tri-oval.

For more information on Fireworks By Santore, visit www.fireworksbysantore.com


As part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 1, Atlanta Motor Speedway is providing select fans with the opportunity to gain access to an autograph session with five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers at the track during race weekend.

Fans who purchase tickets to the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway before Monday, July 8 will be entered to be selected to attend the autograph session with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Martin Truex, Jr. The autograph session will be held at the speedway on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 31.

By random draw, 50 accounts that have purchased tickets prior to July 8 will be selected and notified after July 9. Those selected will be allowed to bring one guest to the autograph session. Those who have already purchased AdvoCare 500 tickets are automatically eligible for selection.


University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Head Coach John Calipari will be the honorary Ford Fusion pace car driver for Kentucky Speedway's June 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts and will help lead a 43-car field to the green flag just after 7:30 p.m.

"It's kind of like walking out in the Final Four and having your team behind you, excited and ready to go. The last time I was part of this event it was incredible. This is a great thing that brings our people together. The state of Kentucky takes great pride in the facility like it does in basketball, like it does in horseracing, like it does in bourbon.

"The speed of it is what gets everybody hyped and understanding the courage of those drivers. We sit up in the stands and know how fast they are going, yet they have the courage to be inches from each other at that speed and have the vision and wherewithal to say 'I'm doing this, we're gonna get this done'. Having a bunch of them that are the best in the world at what they do in one setting like this is going to be unbelievably exciting," Calipari said.

Calipari guided the 2011-12 Wildcats to the program's eighth NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship and 15th Final Four appearance. His team, led by Associated Press Player of the Year Anthony Davis and All-American Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, earned 38 victories and posted an unblemished 16-0 Southeastern Conference record.

The coach earned his first national championship after making his second straight and fourth Final Four appearance. He is one of two coaches to lead three different programs to a Final Four. He enters his fifth UK season owning a 123-26 mark with the Wildcats and a 526-164 head coaching record through 21 campaigns.

"We welcome Coach Calipari back to our speedway and look forward to him leading one of the quickest fast breaks in history of our commonwealth," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.

The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts will be the finale for the speedway's tripleheader NASCAR weekend. Racing begins Thursday, June 27 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225 and continues Friday, June 28 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300.


Sonoma Raceway is gearing up for the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 21-23, and has put together an unforgettable pre-race show featuring everything from jets to giant shopping carts to live music entertainment.

There will be plenty of on-track action throughout the day, but be sure to get your tickets and arrive early, as pre-race entertainment will get underway at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23.

Listed below is what fans can expect during this year’s incredible pre-race show:

Vintage Aircraft Flyover, 10 a.m.

Fastening Systems International (FSI), a Sonoma-based supplier of aerospace and industrial fasteners, tooling, sheet metal and composite repair tool kits, is pleased to celebrate its 30th anniversary by sponsoring this year’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 pre-race kickoff flyover, featuring two pairs of the most famous American fighter aircraft, the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang and the Curtiss WrightP-40 Warhawk.

Grant Union High SchoolDrumline Performance, 10:20 a.m.

Sacramento’s Grant Union High School Drumline will march their way through the paddock and onto the pre-race stage igniting the audience with a 15-minute performance with their percussion instruments.

Vintage Stock Car Parade, 10:45 a.m.

Enjoy a walk down memory lane as six historic stock cars make their way around the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway. The collection features some of NASCAR’s most famous rides including a 1979 No. 43 STP Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by the “King” Richard Petty; a 1993 Chevy Lumina and a 1995 Monte Carlo driven by No. 24 Jeff Gordon and the 1990 No. 3 Chevy Lumina originally driven by Dale Earnhardt.

Patriots Jet Team Air Show, 10:50 a.m.

The Patriots Jet Team will electrify race fans with a 25-minute air show just one hour before the green flag drops! The demonstration will feature six-L-39 albatross jets strutting their fast-paced formation flying, choreographed six-jet diamond-formation aerobatic maneuvers and their signature “Tail Slide,” where the aircraft actually slides backwards toward the ground.

Freestyle Motocross, 11:15 a.m.
The Brigade Freestyle Motocross Team will be in the house performing sets of freestyle motocross jumps in Turns 2 & 9.

Driver Introductions, 11:25 a.m.

We’re putting you closer than ever to your favorite drivers as they walk the “cat walk” before taking their pre-race parade lap. Be sure you’ve purchased your Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass to get an up-close look at driver introductions.

Save Mart Giant Shopping Cart, 11:50 a.m.

Save Mart Supermarkets will take its giant 12-foot shopping cart for a lap around the road course.

National Anthem byAmerican Idol’s James Durbin, noon

American Idol’s James Durbin will perform the national anthem prior to the green flag for the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350. Durbin, a Santa Cruz native, finished fourth in season 10 of American Idol and has performed onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan.

GoPro Bomb Squad, Noon

GoPro’s official team of skydivers will jump from 4,000 feet and make their way down to the raceway in their revolutionary wingsuits (goprobombsquad.com). Think humans can’t fly? Wait until you see these guys.

Drivers, Start Your Engines!, 12:07 p.m.

This year’s famous command will be given by the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 Grand Marshal and NASCAR Hall of Famer, Darrell Waltrip.

Huey Flyover, 12:08 p.m.

Just minutes before NASCAR’s top drivers take the green flag, be sure to keep your eyes to the sky as a 1965 Vietnam War era “Huey” helicopter makes its way over the Sonoma Valley road course. This model UH-1H helicopter served in the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970, surviving multiple small arms attacks and a RPG strike. It was restored to its original US Army configuration and colors and put into service again as a “Thank you” to Vietnam Veterans by the nonprofit group Vietnam Helicopters of Concord.

Sonoma Raceway PR

Daytona International Speedway and Richard Childress Racing, one of the most successful organizations to compete at the “World Center of Racing,” have partnered to have a special presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 11-14 in England.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motorsport and is held on the grounds of the Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.

Richard Childress Racing will have a pair of race cars that will drive in the annual Hillclimb event on the Goodwood grounds – a No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet that was raced in the 2000 NASCAR season by the late Dale Earnhardt and a No. 3 Bass Pro Shops 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS, a car that was driven by Austin Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Kerry Earnhardt, the oldest son of the late Dale Earnhardt, will drive the famed No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet while Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III will be behind the wheel of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro SS.

“We are honored that Lord March has once again invited Richard Childress Racing to participate at his Goodwood Festival of Speed,” said Childress, who won two Daytona 500s as an owner with Dale Earnhardt (1998) and Kevin Harvick (2007). “This will be our fourth appearance at one of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world and we are so proud to be a small part of it.

“We are very excited to be bringing two race cars this year - a 2013 Austin Dillon No. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series Chevrolet Camaro and one of our historical seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt No. 3 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlos from one of his last victories.”

At the age of 5, Chitwood began his career as a stuntman as part of his family’s entertainment business, the well-known Chitwood Thrill Show, and later specialized in precision driving

“My dad, Joie Chitwood Jr., had the distinction of racing against Richard Childress back in the 1960s so it’s great to come full circle and drive one of his cars at Goodwood,” Joie Chitwood III said. “It’s a privilege to be behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS and to be a part of this diverse celebration of motorsports.”

Daytona International Speedway will also be represented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V, which has left its home inside the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building to be part of a land speed record display.



The scoring board atop the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Pagoda will be illuminated June 19 with the numbers "50," "1975" and "2013" as a tribute to race car driver Jason Leffler, whose funeral takes place today in Cornelius, N.C.

Leffler, who was born in 1975, died from injuries suffered in a sprint-car race June 12 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. He was 37.

Leffler competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and in the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008. He drove with the number 50 on his car when raced in the Indianapolis 500.

"Jason Leffler was one of the most versatile drivers in America, and he rose to the top ranks of racing by honing and mastering his skills in various forms of the sport at tracks all over the country," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief operating officer. "Fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were able to see him compete in both INDYCAR and NASCAR, and lighting the Pagoda with the years of his life and the car number he used in the Indianapolis 500 is our way to remember and honor his accomplishments as a race car driver. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his entire family, team and fans."


The designers of Martinsville Speedway’s new website were given one basic mission: keep it simple. One click on the all new www.martinsvillespeedway.com will prove they accomplished that goal.

While the recently-launched site has a dynamic new look and style, its user-friendliness stands out above anything else which should help anyone making plans for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Oct. 27.

“We wanted to make sure when fans went to our website, they would be able to find what they wanted without becoming frustrated and stressed,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “If they want to buy tickets, we want it to be a quick process. If they want to look at photo galleries or race results, we want them to be easy to find. Regardless of why someone comes to our website, we want their visit to be seamless and productive.”

Topics are organized logically under drop-down tabs to make everything simpler to find. There are several entry points to ticket information on the homepage to make ticket purchasing easier than ever.

Every possible effort was made to provide any and all information fans may need when planning a trip to Martinsville Speedway.

Other helpful and informative sections of the site include:

·         A section for first-time Martinsville Speedway visitors covering most anything a new fan may need to know.

·         A race results archive that lists full results for every NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway since 1975 and every NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track.

·         A map section that includes maps of everything from campgrounds to parking to concession-stand locations. There is also an interactive 3-D seating map where fans can select a seat and see the view of the track from that area.

·         New photo galleries that include photos from recent NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races along with a historic photo section.

Advance tickets for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 start at just $37 and advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 with youth 12 and under admitted free. Tickets for Pole Day, Friday, Oct. 25, are $15.

Martinsville Speedway PR

With five days remaining until its departure, Sonoma Raceway and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority are happy to announce that the inaugural NASCAR Express Train is sold out.

For the first time ever, race fans had the option to ride the train to the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23, and they responded in droves. The train can accommodate 500 passengers and the last ticket was sold by the raceway this afternoon.

“We felt sure this was going to be a popular program, but until you put it out to the market you can never be certain,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. “We know the people riding the NASCAR Express will have a terrific time this Sunday and we look forward to building on this success in future years.”

The NASCAR Express train will depart from Sacramento, with stops in Davis and Suisun City, and traverse some of Northern California’s most spectacular scenery before dropping passengers just steps from the raceway’s main entrance on race-day morning.

The NASCAR Express train is an exciting development for the raceway, which had worked for years to make train transportation available to its race fans. The program finally came together this year after upgrades to the adjacent tracks and through the coordinated efforts of a host of railroad and regulatory agencies. It marks the first time some of the track has ever been used for passenger rail travel.

The NASCAR Express offers fans a unique option to avoid highway traffic and parking hassles on race-day, and will feature two café cars with on board food and beverage service. Fans will be able to renew or purchase their NASCAR Express tickets for next year during the race weekend.

Sonoma raceway PR

Darlington Raceway, the track that’s Too Tough To Tame, is partnering with the local Pee Dee Chapter of the American Red Cross to host a “Drive for Disaster Relief” on Friday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The event was rescheduled from June 7 due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Andrea.

The Drive for Disaster Relief will give fans the opportunity to drive their personal vehicles on the high banks of Darlington Raceway for a financial donation, which will benefit American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Any donation amount in the form of cash or check will be accepted to participate in the Drive for Disaster Relief.

“We are happy to utilize our track, Darlington Raceway, as a way to give people the chance to drive on our historic egg-shaped oval, and in turn, raise donations for a great organization like the American Red Cross,” track President Chris Browning said. “Many events have occurred nationally and locally that require American Red Cross assistance, it’s now more important than ever to give back to a remarkable organization that has helped so many people in need.”

The drive comes at a time when the Red Cross is in need of financial donations with the rising number of disasters that have occurred in the Pee Dee area that the Red Cross has responded to this year.

“Lately, we have seen an increase in local fire responses, and we need support from our community more than ever,” said Linda Boone-Smith, executive director, American Red Cross, Pee Dee Chapter.  “We are excited that Darlington Raceway is rallying the community to support the important work that the Red Cross provides each and every day.” 

To participate in the Drive for Disaster Relief, fans can simply enter the track through the Gate 39A tunnel entrance off of Hwy 151 and proceed to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area in the infield where a Red Cross volunteer will accept financial donations prior to driving on the track at controlled speeds.

Darlington Raceway is no stranger to opening its doors for charity fundraisers. Over the past several years, the track has traditionally hosted an annual Blood Drive on September 11 and a Toys for Tots Fundraiser & Toy Drive during the holiday seasons.

The track drive that followed the 2005 Hurricane Katrina tragedies raised over $15,000 for Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help the states along the Gulf Coast that suffered heavy damage from the hurricane.

“We understand that Darlington Raceway is a valuable asset to our local community, so we embrace these opportunities to support organizations like the American Red Cross that have done so much to help our citizens both locally and nationally,” Browning said.


Great Clips, the world’s largest salon brand, along with Jeff Foxworthy’s™ Grit Chips, one of the world’s most innovative “corn chip” brands on the market, will jointly sponsor the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Aug. 31 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The night race event will be named the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300.

The Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 will feature 195 laps on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 1.54-mile quad-oval. Only nine 2013 Nationwide Series events will remain following the Atlanta race, making the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 a critical event for drivers racing for a Nationwide Series championship.

Great Clips will for a third time offer two free tickets to the race with the purchase of a full-price haircut at participating salons in the Atlanta, greater Georgia and other surrounding areas while supplies last.

“When Great Clips sponsored this race in 2010 and 2011, it was one of the highest attended races on the NASCAR Nationwide circuit.  With the support of our 1,200 employees in the area, we plan to make this one even bigger!” said Greg Thomas, Great Clips Atlanta Co-Op President.  “Great Clips is all about affordability and customer comfort.  With the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 offering free parking, welcoming coolers and kids getting in for free, it is the type of family entertainment that matches up well with the Great Clips brand!”

Jeff Foxworthy’s™ Grit Chips are sold in retailers throughout the Southeast and Midwest and for the summer leading up to the Labor Day Weekend race; Grit Chips will be featured at Kroger stores in the Southeast in an all-new 3 ounce bag.  “We are fortunate to work with such successful brands as Great Clips, Kroger and Atlanta Motor Speedway for this exciting event as we establish our own brand and spread the GRIT news”, says Sean McDonough, President and CEO of the Roswell Food Group, makers of Jeff Foxworthy’s™ Grit Chips. 

In just 8 months in retail distribution, Grit Chips are sold in over 2,000 stores and offered in 4 flavors:  Original with salt and butter, Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar, and Sweet Heat.

Great Clips, which has more than 3,400 salons, has sponsored Nationwide Series races since 2000, making it the longest-running sponsor in the series.

NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend.  Tickets for the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 start at just $25 and kids 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call the AMS Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211.