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Memphis International Raceway is pleased to announce a partnership extension with Plantation Oaks Suites & Inn. The Plantation Oaks Suites & Inn property has changed ownership and the new partners will continue a longstanding relationship. 

The property is undergoing some modifications and with its close proximity to the racetrack makes it a great location for racers and fans to stay.  The facility offers meeting room space as well as a banquet hall for gatherings, receptions and ceremonies.  The banquet hall will be the home of the 2018 Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams awards banquet. 
Jaime Arnette is the Director of Sales and runs the day to day operation of the property as well.  Jaime has been with Plantation Oaks Suites & Inn since June of 2017 and looks forward to continuing the many relationships that have been established with the racing community.
"I had an opportunity to sit down and meet with the new owner of the property and they are very enthusiastic about what racing brings to the community," said Pam Kendrick, president and general manager of Memphis International Raceway.  "The Plantation Oaks Suites & Inn has been a part of our housing options since 2012 and we are thankful for the opportunity to continue working with this great property."
To plan your next special event or an evening to get away and go racing give Plantation Oaks Suites & Inn a call at 901-872-8000 and give them promo code MIR.  The property is located at 6656 Highway 51 North in Millington less than 5 miles from Memphis International Raceway.
In an effort to create a better overall experience for all of its fans, officials announced Tuesday that the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway will be completely smoke-free, including all electronic cigarette devices, beginning this year.
Texas Motor Speedway established a ban on smoking in the grandstands in 2013, but the updated policy to include e-cigarettes and vapes comes as a result of strong feedback from guest surveys and the speedway's fan council. Speedway guests will still be able to smoke - both standard and electronic smoking products - in designated areas throughout the lower concourse area.
The 2018 season at Texas Motor Speedway begins in less than three months when NASCAR returns April 6-8 for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 doubleheader. The spring weekend includes the My Bariatric Solutions 300 XFINITY Series race Saturday, April 7 and O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, April 8.
The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to the 1.5-mile speedway June 8-9 for a tripleheader of motorsports action. The weekend kicks off with the Rattlesnake 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday, June 8, followed by the Texas Indy 600 on Saturday, June 9. The jam-packed weekend will also include the No Limits Off-Road Ruckus both days as well as the No Limits Off-Road Rumble SPEED Energy Stadium Super Truck Series races before and after the INDYCAR event.
This fall, NASCAR will return for a tripleheader of playoff action Nov. 2-4. It all begins with the JAG Metals 350 Camping World Truck Series playoff race Friday, Nov. 2, followed by the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series playoff race Saturday, Nov. 3. The weekend culminates Sunday, Nov. 4 with the AAA Texas 500 playoff race.

Fans may purchase season tickets and camping to all of Texas Motor Speedway's race events by calling the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and Noon-5 p.m. CT Sunday.


Pocono Raceway announces event names for two of the ‘The Tricky Triangle’s’ NASCAR-sanctioned races this season. The July 28th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be the Gander Outdoors 150 and the July 29th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be the Gander Outdoors 400.

“The Gander Outdoors brand and product line is a great fit for Pocono Raceway, our region and our customers’ lifestyle,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “The Pocono Mountains has 150 lakes, nine state parks and 2,400 square miles of natural areas that lend itself to four seasons of fun and adventure. We truly hope our fans will get to enjoy all our region has to offer during their visit to Pocono Raceway for the Gander Outdoors 400 NASCAR race weekend in July.”

Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, was purchased and rebranded by Marcus Lemonis, Chairman of Camping World Holdings, in May 2017. The Gander Outdoors brand joins the Pocono Raceway family and replaces Overton’s, another Camping World Holdings company, this season.

Lemonis commented, “We are looking forward to the partnership with our newly branded, Gander Outdoors participating in the great American pastime of NASCAR motorsports. We’re proud to have our brand associated with the event at one of NASCAR’s most popular and toughest tracks.”  

Pocono Raceway will host seven motorsports events in 2018, including two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and the Verizon IndyCar Series. One NASCAR XFINITY Series, one Camping World Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races are also on the schedule for 2018. For tickets visit www.poconoraceway.com.

Pocono Raceway PR

ISM Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today a new multi-year agreement with Crescent Crown to make Miller Lite the new official beer of the race track, beginning at the TicketGuardian 500 race weekend on March 9-11. Together, Miller Lite and ISM Raceway will be partnering to create a fully branded food and beverage experience in the new infield Fan Zone, set to open in November 2018.

“We’re thrilled to announce this partnership with Miller Lite and Crescent Crown,” said Sperber. “Particularly with the new ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar underway, it’s incredibly exciting to have their brands be a part of this historic year for our track.”

Miller Lite is distributed in Arizona by Crescent Crown Distributing, ISM Raceway’s new distribution partner. Crescent Crown is one of the largest alcohol distributors in the country.

“MillerCoors has always been involved in NASCAR, but we at Crescent Crown are really excited for our first opportunity to be a partner at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix,” said Ian Yonushonis, Crescent Crown Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are also looking forward to the updates, upgrades, and all the changes ISM is bringing to what will be a cutting edge consumer experience.”

The partnership was announced with the help of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Miller Lite driver Brad Keselowski. Driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion for Team Penske, Keselowski appeared in Phoenix to promote the TicketGuardian 500. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 race weekend marks the beginning of the partnership between ISM Raceway and the Miller brand, and launches the original light beer popular with race fans as the official beer of the track.

“We are thrilled to join Crescent Crown Distributing in this partnership with ISM Raceway,” said Dave Mickschl, MillerCoors Marketing Manager. “This is a particularly exciting time for the venue as they undergo a number of renovation projects, and we’ll ensure that our brands also enhance what is sure to be a top-notch fan experience.”

To celebrate the announcement, ISM Raceway is offering fans a special “Going for 2” deal for two tickets to the upcoming TicketGuardian 500 on March 11 for just $99. The offer is available until Wednesday, Feb. 7 at midnight and is limited to the first 222 fans.

Tickets to the entire TicketGuardian 500 race weekend on March 9-11 are available online at ISMRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office.

ISM Raceway PR

Get ready to fire up the grills because it’s almost time for a tasty battle with some of the best backyard chefs in the state of Alabama. A Talladega Superspeedway tradition – the Alabama Wildlife Federation Wild Game Cook-Off – is set to return to NASCAR’s Most Competitive track on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Cook-Off teams will fire up their grills, smokers and fryers in the same place where NASCAR’s elite rev up their engines for battle during the track’s NASCAR weekends. Held in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage, teams will spend hours prepping delicious dishes that consist of various game animals, birds and fish. Everyone who attends gets to sample the mouthwatering delicacies, some of which include duck, dove, pheasant, wild boar, venison, shrimp and more.

In addition to the delectable food prepared by some of Alabama’s best wild game chefs, the event will also feature live music, door prizes, raffles and an incredible array of spectacular and unique silent auction items which will be displayed along the center aisle of the garage. Expected auction items include autographed racing memorabilia, outdoor and college-themed art prints and more.

Tickets to attend the AWF Wild Game Cook-Off are $40 per person, or $50 per couple. Youth under the age of 15 are free. Another highlight of the day will be a chance to take a HOT LAP ride around the world’s biggest and baddest race track (tickets for HOT LAP rides sold separately). While the delicious sampling and entertainment begins at 4:00 p.m. CST, gates open earlier for the HOT LAP rides, which run from 3-4:30 p.m. CST. Tickets for the HOT LAP rides are ONLY $25 in advance or $40 the day of the event.

To purchase tickets, pre-order rides around the track or participate as a cook team call Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or visit their website at www.alabamawildlife.org.

“Every year we have a great turnout at this event,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “There’s something for everyone at the AWF Cook-Off. Families can come out and enjoy the wonderful, one-of-a-kind dishes prepared by the best chefs in the state, bid on some unique auction items and take a ride around NASCAR’s biggest track. We always look forward to this event because the Cook-Off also signifies the start of a new season with the most exciting racing in the world at Talladega Superspeedway.”

Cook-Off teams will compete in three different divisions which include wild game, fish and fowl. Prizes will be presented to the first through third place winners in each division, as well as a “Best Overall Winner,” which will be invited to the state finals held in Millbrook, AL on August 4, 2018 to compete for the title of AWF 2018 Wild Game Cook-Off State Champion. Local Media and celebrities will serve as judges for the Cook-Off and will be announced soon.

The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a 501©3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about the Alabama Wildlife Federation, including membership details, programs and projects, visit www.alabamawildlife.org or by phone at 1-800-822-WILD.

The Most Competitive racing returns to Talladega Superspeedway the weekend of April 27-29, 2018 with the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, the Sparks Energy 300 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the GEICO 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For ticket information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).


Bush Brothers & Company and Bristol Motor Speedway have extended their partnership featuring two old-school Tennessee institutions with a new three-year deal through 2020. The extension was announced earlier today at the official Bush’s Beans Visitor’s Center in Chestnut Hill, Tenn., featuring officials from Bush Brothers and BMS as well as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher.

The East Tennessee-based company will continue on as entitlement partner for Bush’s Beans Pole Day in April and the Bush’s Beans 150 in August. In addition to entitlement rights, Bush’s Grillin’ Beans® will be available at the Bush’s Trackside Cafes at Gates 6 and 16 during both NASCAR race weekends.

“We’re looking forward to continuing this wonderful partnership with a fellow Tennessee icon,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway.

“Everyone at Bush Brothers & Company has truly become a member of the Bristol Motor Speedway family and we’re thrilled to welcome them back, starting with Bush’s Beans Pole Day on Friday, April 13.”

“Bush Brothers is excited to be a part of the thrilling community of Bristol,” said Drew Everett, chairman of the board for Bush Brothers & Company. “Bristol is one of the greatest venues in sports and the entire Bristol team provide a unique experience for race fans.  We are proud to join BMS in welcoming folks from around the world to our home of East Tennessee.”

Fans can purchase Bush’s Beans Pole Day tickets for only $5. Bush’s Beans Pole Day includes Food City 500 and Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 practice as well as the popular knockout-style qualifying format for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The evening will end with the fan-favorite Food City Family Race Night festival on property.

The Bush’s Beans 150, held during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week in August, is the second race of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series/Whelen Modified Series doubleheader. Tickets start at $30 for general admission and $25 for season ticket holders.

Buescher, who is entering his second season with JTG Daughtery Racing, will pilot the No. 37 Bush’s Beans Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1 in the Food City 500 on Sunday, April 15.

Fans can visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.


Richmond Raceway announces an extension of its relationship with the bowling industry as Go Bowling becomes the entitlement sponsor for the fall NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race. The Go Bowling 250, set for Sept. 21, 2018, marks the start of the 2018 NXS Playoffs and will be the first playoff race in Richmond track history. The race also will mark the grand opening of Richmond Raceway Reimagined, the $30 million infield redevelopment project.

The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour Championship also returns to the Richmond Raceway Complex to launch Richmond’s fall race week. The PWBA’s pinnacle event will be held Sept. 16-19 in the historic Old Dominion Building at Richmond.

“Go Bowling has been a valued partner in motorsports and Richmond Raceway, so we welcome them as the entitlement sponsor for our fall NASCAR Xfinity Series race,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We worked with the PBWA and Go Bowling to host the PWBA Tour Championship during last fall’s race week and our partnership grew through that experience. We look forward to continuing to work together to unite the community of bowling and motorsports fans in Richmond.”

Go Bowling recently was named the entitlement sponsor for the Go Bowling at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. The brand previously has been an entitlement sponsor at Kansas Speedway and Pocono Raceway, as well as a sponsor for several teams at various levels of the sport.

“Our sponsorships and activations around racing have proven to be very effective at reinforcing the bowling brand among consumers,” said John Harbuck, President of Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm of the bowling industry. “The PWBA Tour Championship held last year during race week at Richmond, along with the placement of bowling lanes as part of the fan experience, was well received. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Richmond Raceway with the sponsorship of the 2018 Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.”

Go Bowling is the consumer-facing brand of the bowling industry. Its website, GoBowling.com, is the go-to site for consumers to learn more about the sport of bowling, including information about 1,700 bowling centers around the country. The site helps fans find local bowling centers, promotional offers, bowling video tips, and other bowling information. To learn more about Go Bowling, visit gobowling.com.

Richmond Raceway and the bowling industry first partnered to host the PWBA Tour Championship in 2017. As part of the partnership, four bowling lanes were installed in the historic Old Dominion Building and following the PWBA Tour Championship, the lanes were open for fan experiences over the race weekend. The lanes will return for fan engagement for the Go Bowling 250 as well as the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race.

“Richmond provided a tremendous setting for the players, bowling fans and racing fans last year,” said Shannon O’Keefe, who won the 2017 PWBA Tour Championship for her first major title. “We had the opportunity to take part in an exciting week of bowling and racing, and I know all of the players will be focused on earning a trip to the PWBA Tour Championship to compete as part of another fantastic week for sports fans.”


Dale Earnhardt Jr., who retired from full-time competition last season, will return to compete in the Go Bowling 250 NXS race at Richmond. Of his seven career victories at Richmond, four came in NXS races. Earnhardt’s most recent victory came in the ToyotaCare 250 in 2016. In his seven career NXS starts, he has five top-five and six top-10 finishes.

In 2018, Richmond’s special pricing for kids 12 and younger expands to welcome kids 12 and younger free for NXS races with a ticketed adult, including general admission and reserved seating. For more information on kids pricing, visit richmondraceway.com/familyfun.

Stay connected at richmondraceway.com and our social channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube for more information on the 2018 events schedule.

Richmond Raceway PR

Michigan International Speedway is marking its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a season-long celebration.

Lawrence H. LoPatin’s vision of building a speedway in Michigan became reality on September 27, 1967 when he broke ground on Michigan International Speedway in Cambridge Township just south of Brooklyn. The Detroit-area land developer designed the facility along with City Engineer Charles Moneypenny, who designed Daytona International Speedway. The inaugural race was a 250-mile open wheel event won by Ronnie Bucknum on Oct. 13, 1968.

“The track has a long history and we are planning a season-long celebration to commemorate all the historic moments and great drivers,” track President Rick Brenner said. “Fans will want to stay tuned as we continue to rollout different highlights to showcase the history of our sport and the automobile in Michigan.”

Some ways fans can currently enjoy the memories include:

  • Website – The track will post videos and photos that celebrate the history of the two-mile speedway at www.mispeedway.com/50years. In addition, fans can follow along with a special timeline chronicling the key historical events.
  • Car and Memorabilia Display – The track will create a special car and memorabilia display that features the history of racing at MIS for fans to enjoy both race weekends in the New Holland Fan Plaza.
  • Iconic Drivers and Moments – Throughout the season the track will feature all the great drivers and moments on its social media channels and website.
  • Pace Car – As part of the celebration, the track is incorporating fan photos on the promo pace car in 2018. Fans can submit their favorite photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the submission period until Feb. 23, 2018.

The track has created a special 50th anniversary logo for 2018 that will be utilized throughout the facility and on promotional items. The gold M in the middle harkens back to the original logo. The color has been changed to gold from green to represent 50 years. The trees and the sun at the bottom tie in the current logo. The circle incorporates the design of the inaugural logo.

NASCAR returns to Michigan International Speedway twice in 2018 and you can be part of the action. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 weekend is June 8-10.  On Aug. 10-12 the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return to NASCAR’s fastest track.

Tickets to the two NASCAR weekends go on sale to the public on February 8. And fans will want to get their tickets fast to save up to $50 per grandstand ticket and up to $30 per campsite.

Children 12 and under are free on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, children 12 and under tickets start at $15.  Children 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $15, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.

And fans can stay after the LTi Printing 250 in June for the free Saturday post-race concert featuring 38 Special. After the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in August, The Cadillac Three will headline the free concert. All fans with a Sunday admission will gain access to the concert! The concert will take place behind Turn 3.


A new era for NASCAR racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feature even more excitement, as Big Machine Vodka was named the title partner of the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at IMS.

The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 on the 2.5-mile oval at IMS. The 25th annual NASCAR weekend at the Racing Capital of the World is moving from the heat of late July to cooler temperatures of early September, and the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard also will serve as the thrilling finale to the Cup Series regular season, setting the field for the Playoffs.

This multi-year title rights sponsorship further strengthens the nearly decade-long partnership between Big Machine Records and IMS.

"Our friends at Big Machine Records are the perfect partners for NASCAR racing at IMS, and the addition of Big Machine Vodka as the title sponsor for the Brickyard 400 sets the stage for an awesome weekend of motorsports and entertainment at the track," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard will be a can't-miss event on the Indy sports calendar as we crown NASCAR's regular-season champion and celebrate with a fantastic new sponsor."

Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka is 25X Distilled and 3X Platinum Filtered to make it "The Best Tasting Vodka, Period!" The lifestyle surrounding this superior-quality and attractively priced vodka will be shared with fans during the event weekend. This will include VIP concert and racing experiences, and other exclusive sweepstakes, packages and promotions. Stay tuned to IMS.com, and IMS and Big Machine Vodka social channels for more details.

"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the greatest motor speedway in the world, and Big Machine is returning with a vengeance, highlighting great music, our great Big Machine Platinum Filtered Vodka and a full-blown festival atmosphere that fans of racing and music are going to love," Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta said. "We're armed with a multi-year agreement and intend to partner with IMS to create an incredible Brickyard weekend."

Local fans also can enjoy the exceptional taste of Big Machine Vodka well before NASCAR's biggest stars are on track at IMS. By early spring, the product will be available at retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Central Indiana.

Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records and publishing company Big Machine Music, as well as its own digital radio station, Big Machine Radio.

BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Dunn, Cheap Trick and Sugarland; chart-topping acts Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Brett Young, Aaron Lewis, Midland, Carly Pearce; "The Voice" winner Danielle Bradbery and 2015 "American Idol" winner Trent Harmon. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard , People's Choice and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights.

BMLG's racing successes include back-to-back Indianapolis 500 wins with the late Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti in 2011 and 2012, respectively; the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona overall victory with Tony Kanaan; the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring victory with Marino Franchitti; and associate sponsorship with John Force Racing for the 2018 NHRA Funny Car Championship with Robert Hight and the Top Fuel Championship with Brittany Force. The company is in its fourth year sponsoring Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 IndyCar Champion. Visit BigMachineLabelGroup.com for more information.

Visit IMS.com for more information and for tickets to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.


Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR will take fan-friendliness to a new level on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 10 with the Speedweeks Premiere At DAYTONA event in the speedway infield’s UNOH Fanzone.

From 6:30-8 p.m. – following the completion of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire race that opens the season for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards – drivers and crew chiefs from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be involved in several interactive activities with fans. Activities include autograph sessions, participating in Facebook Live sessions in the infield media center and competing in the new 2018 Season Update for the video game NASCAR Heat 2 on the UNOH Fanzone’s main stage.

The top-flight list of drivers scheduled to participate in the activities include former DAYTONA 500 champions Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman, reigning Monster Energy Series champion Martin Truex Jr., 2015 Monster Energy Series champion Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon and 2017 Coca-Cola 400 champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kurt Busch, the defending DAYTONA 500 champion, is also the 2004 Monster Energy Series champion.

In addition, young fans will assist crew chiefs as they conduct a blind draw to set the field for the Feb. 11 Advance Auto Parts Clash, the annual 75-lap non-points race for top drivers in the Monster Energy Series. The Clash field consists of 2017 pole winners, former Clash winners, former DAYTONA 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2017 and drivers who qualified for the 2017 Monster Energy Series Playoffs.

All activities surrounding the Speedweeks Premiere are included in the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire race ticket.

This year, fans will be treated to the return of a past staple of Speedweeks – a daytime doubleheader that starts with DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 followed by the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

“The Speedweeks Premiere At DAYTONA is truly all about the fans, as we get set for another exciting NASCAR season,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “We know they’re going to enjoy spending time around some of the biggest names in NASCAR, in a different type of setting. This type of driver-fan interaction is at the core of our sport’s appeal. The Speedweeks Premiere At DAYTONA will showcase that appeal and the connection with our fans.”

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.


Atlanta native and comedy sketch actor Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” fame will return to his home city of Atlanta to serve as the grand marshal for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Thompson made his television debut as a 16-year-old on Nickelodeon’s wildly popular all-kid sketch comedy-variety show “All That” in 1994 before starring in the American teen sitcom “Kenan and Kel” alongside Kel Mitchell between 1996 and 1999. Thompson also appeared in several films early in his career, including “Good Burger,” “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” and “Heavyweights” among others.

Thompson will visit with race fans, attend the pre-race drivers’ meeting and give the drivers’ command as part of his grand marshal duties.

“Atlanta Motor Speedway is my home track, and being grand marshal at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is a great honor,” said Thompson. “I’ll make my city proud.”

Recently, Thompson has returned for his 15th season on “Saturday Night Live,” making him the show’s longest-running cast member. He has made numerous contributions to the show with his slew of hilarious impressions that include Rev. Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey and David Ortiz, and by playing memorable characters such as DJ Dynasty Handbag, the scathingly fierce co-host of “Deep House Dish,” boisterous second wife Virginiaca Hastings and “Weekend Update” correspondent Jean K. Jean.

Thompson has also showcased his voice talents as Greedy Smurf in the animated films “The Smurfs” and “The Smurfs 2.” Other past projects include starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in “Snakes on a Plane,” Wieners” and “The Magic of Belle Isle” with Morgan Freeman. 

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.