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As NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final season is coming to a close, Texas Motor Speedway is celebrating his career at the world-class motorsports venue with a "Junior Achievement" photo gallery that his highlighted by his first career wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series.
 
The photo gallery features 41 images dating to his first visit in 1998 to his most recent in April for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. Earnhardt Jr., who will make his final start at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 5, in the AAA Texas 500 (1 p.m. CT), will be forever linked to the speedway with milestone victories coming in both series.
 
Each year is represented by an individual photo with the exception of 1998 and 2000, where there is a compilation that showcases those two signature victories. A dozen photos document his first career XFINITY Series win that came on April 4, 1998, in the Coca-Cola 300. Another 11 relive his first Cup Series victory on April 2, 2000 in the DIRECTV 500, including the poignant images of Earnhardt Jr. being hugged by his father, Dale Sr., in Victory Lane.
 
AAA Texas 500 tickets, beginning as low as $69, still are available to see Earnhardt Jr. in his final Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway that also is a Round of 8 NASCAR Playoff race. The AAA Texas 500 is part of a NASCAR playoff tripleheader weekend that also includes the JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 3 (7 p.m.), and the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Nov. 4 (7:30 p.m.).
 
For tickets or additional information, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.
 
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The Wood Brothers Racing team has a long history both at Martinsville Speedway and in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Stuart, Virginia based team ran their first NASCAR Premier Series race at the Speedway in 1953 and haven’t looked back since, amassing 99 wins since.

That number, however, is something that current driver Ryan Blaney would like to change before the season ends. The 23-year-old said he sees no better place to earn win No. 100 than at the Woods’ home track.

“That would be really special. With them being from Stuart, that would be a neat place to get that 100th win,” Blaney said. “That’s a home track for those guys and a home track for me too, growing up in High Point (North Carolina) just 45 minutes down the road.”

Blaney earned win No. 99 for the team over the summer, clinching a spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Despite his team’s and his own lack of experience in the knockout format, Blaney has wheeled the No. 21 car into the Round of Eight, which begins on Sunday at Martinsville with the First Data 500.

Nerves, Blaney said, are not a factor for him in the Playoffs.

“People make a big deal about the Playoffs, and it is a big deal, but at the end of the day it is just racing. That’s what we do,” Blaney said. “Being a rookie playoff driver with a rookie playoff team, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. We don’t know what to expect and we can do what we have done all year – try to win races and stages.”

Team owner Eddie Wood echoed his driver’s sentiments.

“Being in the playoffs is a new experience for us and for Ryan,” Wood said. “We’re enjoying it rather than worrying about it…

“We feel fortunate to get through two rounds, and it’s really cool to have come this far and still have an opportunity to go to Homestead-Miami Speedway and compete for the title on Ford Championship Weekend.”

Blaney came home 25th at Martinsville earlier this season, a finish he would like to improve on.

“I thought we had a pretty good run there in the spring, but just couldn’t get the finish (we wanted),” Blaney said. “To do it (get the 100th win) for them at that specific racetrack would be cool.”

This year the historic track celebrates its 70th anniversary. The weekend starts on Friday with Practice Day and continues on Saturday with the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Race.

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

The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. If the winning driver is in the Playoffs, he or she would be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last fall, Jimmie Johnson won his ninth grandfather clock, on the way to winning his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Tickets for the First Data 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 19 rapidly approaching, some of NASCAR’s biggest stars got a taste of the championship race during a team testing session at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday.

Teams and drivers took advantage of two full days of on-track activity, as they prepared for November’s season finale. The eight teams who participated in the tests had the opportunity to gain valuable racing data while experimenting on the Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval. Of the eight drivers who took part, five have advanced to the Round of 8 of the playoffs and are still in contention for the Monster Energy Series championship. Three more drivers participated in the two-day test on behalf of each of the manufacturers.

During the testing session, drivers were universal in their praise about Homestead-Miami Speedway’s championship track.

“It’s just a fun racetrack,” said seven-time Monster Energy Series champion Jimmie Johnson. “The surface is worn and it really does promote great tire falloff, which we all like. There’s multiple lanes of racing, and I think the progressive banking in the turns really gives us a lot of options.”

“This is the only true mile-and-a-half track that there is in NASCAR and that difference is pretty neat,” said Ryan Blaney, who is the driver of the No. 21 car for Wood Brothers Racing and is in his second full-time season in the Monster Energy Series. “You have two great straightaways. Then you have the corners where you try to run up against the wall. The wall is definitely the fastest place to be, but it’s really hard to run it with success without hitting it. All of that makes it really fun.”

Round of 8 contenders Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. were also on hand for the testing session on Wednesday and Thursday, both of who are looking to clinch a spot as part of the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway following the next three playoff races.

“It’s always great to get down here where it’s warm in November” said Truex, who competed in the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 as part of the Championship 4. “I always enjoy it here. I like spending some time after the race, winding down and doing some fishing in the Florida Keys. It’s a great place to be especially during this time of the year.”

“We come here once a year and that’s what makes it so special to me,” said Hamlin, who has won two Ford EcoBoost 400 races (2009, 2013). “When you pull in and see the palm trees lined-up down the backstretch you know that this is it. I couldn’t think of a better place or a better racetrack to end the season. If you ask every driver what their favorite track is, this is always going to be one of them. The racing has always been phenomenal here and we just love coming to Miami. It’s just a perfect place for us to end our season and crown a series champion.”

The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 19. Tickets to the Ford EcoBoost 400, in addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 18, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 17, are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

Monster Energy Series drivers that participated in the testing session included:

Driver                                     Team

Martin Truex Jr.                      Furniture Row Racing

Denny Hamlin                         Joe Gibbs Racing

Jimmie Johnson                     Hendrick Motorsports

Brad Keselowski                     Team Penske

Ryan Blaney                           Wood Brothers Racing

Kyle Larson                             Chip Ganassi Racing

Trevor Bayne                          Roush Fenway Racing

Clint Bowyer                           Stewart-Haas Racing

Alex Bowman                         Chevrolet R&D

Landon Cassill                         Ford R&D

Drew Herring                          Toyota R&D

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Coming to Phoenix Raceway to deliver the most famous words in motorsports in style, television star Jaime Camil will greet drivers and serve as Grand Marshal during pre-race ceremonies for the Can-Am 500 semifinal race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, Nov. 12.

“I am really excited to say the most famous words in motorsports at the upcoming Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway,” said Camil. “I’ve become such a fan over the years and being able to take part in the NASCAR Playoffs is going to be an amazing experience.”

Camil is best known for his role as Rogelio de la Vega on the CW hit show, “Jane the Virgin,” where he plays the title character’s father. The show, a satire of the telenovela genre, has received acclaim from critics and fans alike, and Camil has been nominated for Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Teen Choice awards.

No stranger to the thrill of NASCAR, Camil was a presenter at last year’s Champion’s Banquet, and also narrated Daniel Suárez’s “Sueños de NASCAR” for FOX Sports 1.

Before “Jane the Virgin,” Camil had a 20-year career in Mexico as a television host, actor and singer. His most famous role was in the telenovela, “La Fea Mas Bella,” as Fernando Mendiola. He has several platinum albums, and two of his singles charted in the top 25 on the Billboard charts. Recently, he has done stage work in musicals such as “Chicago” on Broadway and “Mamma Mia!” at the Hollywood Bowl. He will provide the voice for Papá in the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated movie, “Coco.”

Tickets to all events throughout the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Phoenix Raceway are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the Phoenix Raceway ticket office.

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Whether it’s taking a behind the scenes tour of NASCAR garages, watching the Auto Club 400 race from an all-inclusive pit road hospitality suite, or attending a NASCAR driver Q&A, there are a variety of unique race day experiences at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend - March 16-18, 2018.

“When a fan attends a NASCAR race we want to make sure they get the best value and have a memorable experience,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway.

With a race ticket, fans will receive access to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone featuring live entertainment, NASCAR driver appearances, autograph sessions, motocross exhibits, Lefty’s Fun Zone, celebrity appearances and motorsport displays.

The following NASCAR ticket specials and packages are on sale through March 2, 2018:

AAA Member Offers

  • Save up 50% on adult and child tickets to the Auto Club 400
  • Free Weekend Pre-Race Pit Pass (a $55 value) with purchase of Reserved Grandstand Ticket to the Auto Club 400 valued at $82 or higher
  • Save $10 on tickets to the NASCAR XFINITY 300

Red Carpet Ticket Package - $99.50

  • Get an up-closed view of the Drivers as they walk down the red carpet to the NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Meeting
  • A reserved ticket to the Auto Club 400
  • A Pre-race Pit Pass
  • GA ticket to the Red Carpet Grandstand


Garage Tour Package - $179.00

  • Exclusive Guided Garage Tour - the only way into the NASCAR Garage
  • Reserved Grandstand Ticket to the Auto Club 400
  • Premium Reserved Grandstand Ticket to the XFINITY 300
  • General Admission Ticket to NASCAR Qualifying Day

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Package - $115.00

  • Jimmie Johnson Q&A
  • Auto Club 400 Reserved Grandstand Ticket
  • A Pre-Race Pit Pass
  • Commemorative gift
  • $20 from each ticket package will be donated to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation

First Time Fan Package -$79.00

  • Lower Reserved Grandstand Ticket to the Auto Club 400
  • $10 in Americrown Bucks - good for food and beverage at any ACS concession stand
  • "My First Race" Pin
  • Parking Pass
  • “How To" First Time Fan Flyer

Busch Block Party -$142.00

  • Kevin Harvick Q&A at Busch Block Party Hospitality Chalet in Fan Zone
  • Auto Club 400 Reserved Grandstand Ticket
  • Pre-Race Pit Pass
  • All-inclusive access to the Busch Block Party Hospitality Chalet
  • Buffet plus drink tickets for Coke and Bud products
  • Appearance by Busch girls

Busch Lounge - $925.00

  • 2-Day Access – Auto Club 400 and XFINITY 300 races
  • Access to the climate-controlled Busch Lounge luxury suites at the entrance to Pit Lane
  • NASCAR Garage area access - must be 18 and over
  • All-inclusive food and beverage menu
  • Pit Lane access
  • Victory Lane access
  • Race Scanner
  • Preferred VIP infield parking
  • Plus so much more!

Auto Club Speedway continues to offer family activities and youth programming throughout the Auto Club 400 race weekend. A designated area called Lefty’s Fun Zone features autograph sessions, driver appearances and other kid motorsport activities. Kids 12 and under with a Lefty’s Kids Club membership get a free general admission ticket to the 5.11 Tactical Pole Day and the NASCAR XFINITY Series 300 race.

Select ticket package prices go up after Dec. 31, 2017. To purchase tickets or ticket packages to NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 Weekend at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com/specialoffers or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana.                     

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Tyler Crute knew exactly what he had to do in the final Budweiser Hornets race of the season at South Boston Speedway. And he did it.
 
Not that it was a simple task. He entered the 10th and final Hornets race of the season trailing Kevin Currin by 14 points in the championship chase. Impossible? No. Improbable? Yes. But none of that meant anything to the 26-year-old driver from Alton.
 
He dropped to the rear of the field at the start of the race to pick up as many passing points as possible and proceeded to march through the field for the victory and a two-point championship margin over Currin, who finished fifth.
 
“Win the race. That’s all I wanted to do … to do the best I could do,” said Crute. “I was down by 14 going into the race, so that was all I could do.”
 
Crute wound up with five victories on the season but could never shake Currin. Crute said he had a “dry spell” in the middle of the season. It wasn’t very dry, though. He  finished out of the top five only twice all season, a seventh in the third race of the year and an 11th in mid-July.
 
“We had a dry spell where I worried too much about points and not enough about winning,” said Crute. “The last race, I said if I’m gonna win this thing, I have to get in the right mind set and that’s what I did.”
 
It was Crute’s first full season in a stock car. He ran a partial schedule in 2016 after making the move from go-karts. He struggled in his debut season with three blown engines.
 
“I was really surprised with the season we had after last year,” said Crute. “We were a lot better this year. We had better equipment and good sponsors, really good sponsors.”
 
Those sponsors included Blue Wing Creek Land and Timber, JMS Volvo, Dan and Mae Trucking and Tollerson Service Center. He also credits his crew, Chris Wilkinson and Justin Bailey, for much of his success.
And of course, his wife Jessica, who Crute says offers unlimited support and patience.
 
Crute isn’t sure if he’ll be back to defend his championship in 2018 or not. He knows the family will be moving back to go-karts next year, not with him behind  the wheel but his young son.
 
“I’m still undecided for next year,” Crute explained. “I know my son is going to race go-karts. That’s my number-one priority and daddy will run if he has time for it.”
 
South Boston’s 61st season will open on Saturday, March 24 with twin 100-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Division, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman event, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race.
 
For the full 2018 South Boston Speedway schedule, visit www.southbostonspeedway.com.
 
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Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso announced that he will compete in the 56th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA on Jan. 27-28. Alonso will co-drive a Ligier JS P217 for United Autosports in his first start in North America’s most prestigious sports car race.

“The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA is North America’s most prestigious sports car race and the kick-off event to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Over the years, champion drivers from various racing disciplines such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula 1 have competed against the world’s best sports car racers in the Rolex 24, including most recently three-time DAYTONA 500 champion Jeff Gordon. Daytona International Speedway welcomes the participation of two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso in one of sports cars’ most demanding and iconic events – the Rolex 24.”

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Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) Board of Directors today declared an annual cash dividend on both classes of common stock of $.08 per share. The dividend will be payable on December 10, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 10, 2017. Due to the seasonal nature of our business, we will evaluate dividends annually.

Dover Motorsports, Inc. is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events in the United States whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tennessee. For further information, log on to dovermotorsports.com.

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Following a very successful first season operating Volunteer Speedway in 2017, promoter Mitch McCarter is excited to release a very ambitious 26 event race schedule for the 45th year of racing at "The Gap" in 2018.
 
Four Super Late Model touring series shows paying $10,000-to-win highlight the schedule, featuring both the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series making a return following an absence over the past couple of seasons. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 16th annual Spring Thaw is scheduled Thursday, March 22, with Ray Cook's Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series set for the sixth annual Scott Sexton Memorial on Saturday, April 14. Saturday, June 2 will see the WoO Late Model Series in action, and the Ultimate Super Late Model Series 14th annual Scorcher will be held Thursday, Aug. 16.
 
The Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series will be on the schedule twice, with the Frostbuster kicking off the season with a $3,500-to-win race on Feb. 24 and then over the Labor Day holiday weekend with a $5,000-to-win co-sanctioned show with the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series on Sept. 1. The Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series will make its first-ever appearance on April 27
 
The NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series has two Friday night races on the schedule, with the first show set for June 8 and the second event on Aug. 3. Volunteer Speedway will host its second annual Tennessee Crate Nationals paying $3,000-to-win on Nov. 3.
 
The Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series has a $1,200-to-win race scheduled Feb. 24 as part of the Frostbuster.
 
Weekly racing programs will feature Steel Head Late Model, Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street and Classic divisions in action on the high banks.
 
To view the complete Volunteer Speedway 2018 race schedule, visit the website at www.VolunteerSpeedway.com.

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VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY – 2018 RACE SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 24 (Saturday) – “Frostbuster” Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series $3,500-to-win, Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series $1,200-to-win … www.ctpromotions.org

MARCH 10 (Saturday) – Season Opener … Weekly Championship
MARCH 22 (Thursday) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series $10,000-to-win “16th Annual Spring Thaw” … www.LucasDirt.com
MARCH 31 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship

APRIL 14 (Saturday) – Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series $10,052-to-win “Sixth Annual Scott Sexton Memorial” (Super Late Model) … www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com
APRIL 27 (Friday) – Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series … www.NeSmithRacing.com

MAY 5 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship
MAY 12 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship … Mother’s Day Special
MAY 26 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship

JUNE 2 (Saturday) – World of Outlaws Late Model Series ($10,000-to-win) … www.woolms.com
JUNE 8 (Friday) – NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series $2,000-to-win “J.T. Kerr 40” (Crate Late Model) … … www.NeSmithRacing.com
JUNE 16 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship
JUNE 30 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship

JULY 7 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship
JULY 16 (Monday) – Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series $3,500-to-win (Super Late Model) … www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com 
JULY 21 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship

AUGUST 3 (Friday) – NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series $2,000-to-win (Crate Late Model) … www.NeSmithRacing.com
AUGUST 11 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship
AUGUST 16 (Thursday)
– Ultimate Super Late Model Series $10,000-to-win 14th annual Scorcher … www.UltimateSupers.com
AUGUST 25 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship

SEPTEMBER 1 (Saturday) – Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series / Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series $5,000-to-win Labor Day Classic (Super Late Model) …  www.ctpromotions.org & www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com
SEPTEMBER 8 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship
SEPTEMBER 22 (Saturday) – Weekly Championship

OCTOBER 6 (Saturday) – Fall Classic
OCTOBER 20 (Saturday – Final Points Race) – Championship Night

NOVEMBER 3 (Saturday) – Tennessee Crate Nationals

* 2018 marks the 45th year of racing at Volunteer Speedway.

** Weekly Championship shows will feature Steel Head Late Model, Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street and Classic. … RaceCeiver required, plus drivers must wear full uniform with gloves, and race cars have window nets!

*** Volunteer Speedway reserves the right to change this “tentative” race schedule! ***

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Before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars take to Martinsville Speedway for the First Data 500, the haulers transporting the cars will take to US 220 for the second Martinsville Speedway Hauler Parade.

On Friday, the haulers will start at the city limits at the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and DuPont Road and drive down 220 South to the Speedway, giving fans the opportunity to cheer for their favorite car along the route. The parade will start around 6 p.m.

“This is something the fans enjoyed this spring when we had our first-ever Hauler Parade. It’s a fun way to kick off race weekend,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We were able to work with local officials to make it happen again this fall and I think it’s going to be great.

“I love seeing how excited the fans get when race weekend starts, especially the kids who love to watch the haulers come in, and this will give people a chance to feel that excitement before the trucks even arrive at the track.” 

Haulers from all 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will join the parade and fans are encouraged to line along the route to cheer for their favorites.

The parade route will remain open to regular traffic, however, people traveling along 220 may encounter some delays.

This year the historic track celebrates its 70th anniversary. The weekend starts on Friday with Practice Day and continues on Saturday with the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Race.

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

The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. If the winning driver is in the Playoffs, he or she would be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last fall, Jimmie Johnson won his ninth grandfather clock, on the way to winning his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Tickets for the First Data 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

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The following is an event recap with photo and video links from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender Christopher Bell returning to his hometown of Norman, Okla., on Tuesday and visiting with a reigning national champion - the University of Oklahoma men's golf team.
Event Recap
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender Christopher Bell arrived Tuesday in his hometown of Norman, Okla., for a different type of driving lesson. ... And wedge game lesson. ... And putting lesson.
 The 22-year-old Bell discovered a passion for golf in the last year and there is nothing better to improve your game then some tips from the 2017 NCAA national champion University of Oklahoma men's golf team.
Bell joined several of the team members, including No. 1 player Brad Dalke, and assistant coach Bill Allcorn at the Charlie Coe Golf Learning Center that is part of the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, home course for the Sooners.
Bell, who drives the No. 4 JBL Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, had an opportunity to get some driving, iron, chipping and putting lessons from Allcorn and the team to help improve his game. He also played the 141-yard, par-3 hole with the Sooners that is part of a brand-new, par-3 area of the practice facility.
Bell later enjoyed a visit to the OU campus, where he toured the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium; the Sooners' football facilities and trophy displays; and Heisman Park, which features life-size, bronze statues of Heisman winners Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims and Jason White.
The Highlight
Allcorn surprised Bell by presenting him with an OU team golf bag that was monogrammed with his name as well as Nike OU golf shoes, golf hats and apparel. Bell reciprocated by presenting Allcorn with an autographed replica of his JBL Toyota racing helmet, autographed team hats and team apparel.  
What They Are Saying
"That was really, really cool to get some golf tips from the national champions. It's something I won't soon forget for sure." - Kyle Busch Motorsports driver and Norman native Christopher Bell on his visit with the Sooners men's golf team.
"Actually I think there is. Golf - I'm still new to it - it's a lot mental, too. If you think you can do it, it's a lot easier to do it than if you walk up to the ball and say this is a tough shot. You're more likely to fail. That relates a lot to racing. If you believe in yourself and have confidence, it's a lot easier if you don't." - Bell on the similarities between racing and golf.
"I put so much pressure on myself to run good. I want to be the best really, really bad." - Bell on the pressures to succeed.
"For me personally, Texas is my favorite track since I started racing in NASCAR. Even with the repave (this year), my trucks have seemed to be good every time we've gone there. To win in the spring (summer) obviously gives me a little bit of extra confidence. Martinsville has been one of my struggle spots and I struggled at Phoenix last year, but I know my crew chief Rudy Fugle has a hand on Phoenix." - Bell on the upcoming Round of 6 tracks Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix.
"Next year is going to be a blast. To drive for Joe Gibbs Racing is something I would say I dreamed of as a kid but I didn't even think that was a possibility. So it is a dream come true to drive for him. To drive in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the premier team is really, really special." - Bell on driving in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing beginning in 2018.
"Having Christopher Bell here was awesome. What was cool about it is that he is close to the same age as our golfers so for him to just hang out with the guys and let our guys give him a glimpse of our world was neat." - University of Oklahoma assistant men's golf coach Bill Allcorn on Bell's visit with the team.
"I know it is completely different, but when it comes to athletic ability we love seeing guys compete at the highest level. So for him to get a glimpse of our players and see how we hit shots and be able to help him out was a fun day for everybody." - Allcorn on the mutual admiration among athletes.
Fast Fact
Bell, who won June's winstaronlinegaming.com 400, is looking to become just the third driver since 2004 to sweep the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway in the same season when he returns Friday, Nov. 3, for the JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief. Ron Hornaday Jr. accomplished the feat in 2008 and then Johnny Sauter in 2012. The truck sweep has occurred just four times since Texas Motor Speedway began hosting two series races in 1999. The other occasions were 2002 and again in '03, both by Brendan Gaughan.
Notebook
Bell, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular-season champion, continues his quest for the series crown when the NASCAR Playoffs Round of 6 opens Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. The Round of 6 consists of Martinsville, JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief at Texas Motor Speedway (Friday, Nov. 3) and Phoenix International Raceway (Friday, Nov. 10). Four drivers will advance to the Championship 4 and vie for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, Nov. 17. A win in any of those three races by a championship contender earns them an automatic berth in the Championship 4 while the remaining positions will be based off the point standings. ... Bell will perform double duty during the Nov. 2-5 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to competing in the JAG Metals 350 for Kyle Busch Motorsports, he also will compete for Joe Gibbs Racing in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Nov. 4. It will be his first start in the XFINITY Series at Texas Motor Speedway. ... The University of Oklahoma, guided by head coach Ryan Hybl, defeated defending national champ Oregon, 3-1-1, in match-play format in May to capture the school's second national title in the program's history. The other came in 1989 under head coach Gregg Grost. ... Oklahoma currently is ranked fifth in the nation during this fall season. ... The defending national champions have two Dallas/Fort Worth players on the 11-man roster, junior Blaine Hale and sophomore Garrett Reband. Hale, of Dallas, played at Lake Highlands High School and Reband, of Fort Worth, played at Southwest Christian School and both were on hand for Bell's visit.
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