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Aric Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will head just a few miles down the road from the race shop for the second consecutive weekend for Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Last weekend’s Monster Energy All-Star Race was a non-points event that paid $1 million to the winner, but it’s back to racing for points with this weekend’s 600-mile marathon.
Once again joining the Memorial Day weekend tradition of honoring America’s fallen service members as part of the NASCAR Salutes initiative, the windshield header of each Cup Series car that usually display the drivers name will instead feature the name of a fallen service member. Almirola’s name on the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion will be replaced with United States Army SSG Aaron Butler. Butler, a native of Monticello, Utah, born on Aug. 24, 1989, was part of the First Battalion 19th Special Forces unit. He graduated from the Army Green Berets Special Forces Qualification course in January 2016 and perished on Aug. 16, 2017. In addition to defending his country, Butler served as a missionary for the Church of Latter Day Saints, earned his Eagle Scout rank and was a four-time Utah high school state wrestling champion. Butler’s brother, fiancé and other close family members will be attendance this weekend at Charlotte.
Butler was selected to be on Almirola’s car because of his connection to the No. 10 team car chief, Chad Haney. “My connection to Aaron Butler was through a good friend of mine, Charlie Tilton,” Haney said. “Charlie was an instructor at an Army Green Beret training
course in North Carolina called Robin Sage. I went on a training exercise one night and they dressed me up as a bad guy, and Aaron and a bunch of other guys found me. I was told last summer that Aaron was the one who got me in the exercise. It was an experience that I will never forget. When I heard about his death I went to work trying to figure out a way to honor him. I’ve since spoken with Aaron’s mother and brother on the phone and they are very appreciative of his name being on our car.”
This weekend also marks the first time Smithfield has adorned Almirola’s Ford Fusion for the May race at Charlotte even though the Tampa native has participated in the 600-mile race five times in his career. In his first Cup Series start at the Memorial Day weekend event in 2012, Almirola earned his only Cup Series pole award with a speed of 192.94 mph. In the same event, Almirola also led four laps. The 34-year-old has a best result of 10th at the 1.5-mile oval located just a few minutes from SHR’s Kannapolis, North Carolina headquarters.
At 1.5-mile venues this season, Almirola hasn’t finished outside the top-13 with the exception of the April race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where the No. 10 Ford Fusion was involved in an accident. Almirola finished inside the top-10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
Last weekend at Charlotte, Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Fusion had a different look for the Saturday night exhibition event. Waffle House appeared on the car to help kick off its first-ever “Who’s Your All-Star?” sweepstakes in conjunction with Smithfield Foods. Fans can enter the sweepstakes by snapping a photo with their favorite Waffle House associate and sharing via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #WhosYourAllStar. The top-10 associates and the customers who nominated them will receive special recognition and a Waffle House gift card. One grand prize customer and associate winner will each receive a VIP experience to the NASCAR Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
In addition to the Waffle House sweepstakes, fans can enter for their chance to win Smithfield’s Smoke Machine Mustang designed by team co-owner Tony Stewart with the help of drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. They helped create a one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3 that will be given away to one lucky fan. Fans can register for their chance to win the suped-up Mustang and a trip to November’s Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead by visiting SmithfieldRacing.com, or by texting SMOKE to 82257.
Fans also continue to have the opportunity to celebrate the summer grilling season by entering Smithfield’s “Hero of the Grill” contest that Almirola and five-time world-champion barbecue pitmaster Tuffy Stone helped launch earlier this month. Fans are encouraged to nominate their favorite grill hero by visiting SmithfieldGetGrilling.com. One “Hero of the Grill” nominee will win $5,000. Plus, the first 10,000 nominees will have the chance to see their name featured on Almirola’s No. 10 Smithfield Ford at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in September.
The Coca-Cola 600 marks the 12th points-paying event during which the Smithfield livery has adorned Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Fusion. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, which is based approximately five hours northeast of SHR headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its seventh season with Almirola and its first with SHR. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts.
Ford’s seven wins this season is the best start the manufacturer has had to a season in 20 years. Almirola’s SHR teammates have earned a majority of the victories for the blue oval – Kevin Harvick with five and Clint Bowyer with one. If a Ford Fusion visits victory lane this weekend, it will mark the manufacturer’s first win in the Coke 600 since Mark Martin in 2002.
After a 13-year break, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday for the General Tire 150 – a 100-lap, wheel-to-wheel battle capping off a scintillating Spectrum Pole Night at America’s Home for Racing.
Before Zane Smith, Natalie Decker and the rising stars of ARCA take on NASCAR regulars Todd Gilliland and Brandon Jones, here’s a look at some notable storylines heading into the race.
DRIVERS GET ‘KNIGHTED’: Riley Herbst, Joe Graf Jr., Gus Dean, Travis Braden, Jesse Iwuji and Zane Smith will sign autographs from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Charlotte Knights game at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte. In addition to signing autographs, each driver will be paired with a member of the military to assemble care packages to be given to departing troops. Click here for high-resolution driver and car photos.
NEW QUALIFYING FORMAT: The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debuts a new qualifying format with Thursday’s General Tire 150. Drivers will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying lap and are limited to making one run – but are allowed to complete as many laps as they choose within the 20-minute time limit.
BOJANGLES’ SUMMER SHOOTOUT STARS: Chase Purdy is less than two years removed from competing in the Legend Car Pro division at Charlotte’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout – the ultimate grassroots racing extravaganza. Now an ARCA regular, Purdy will compete in Thursday’s General Tire 150, joining a star-studded cast of drivers who began their careers racing on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval before moving to the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Fellow General Tire 150 competitors including Gus Dean and Austin Hill have also raced in the Summer Shootout as their careers began to rise, bringing further notoriety to ARCA’s newest chapter at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the NASCAR industry will honor United States Armed Forces heroes and their families as part of NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola – a collective expression of reverence, respect and gratitude for those who served and continue to defend America today.
NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola will commence with “600 Miles of Remembrance” during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the country’s largest Memorial Day weekend celebration.
In tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, all 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ cars will bear the name of a fallen service member on their car windshields during the race.
“Throughout our sport’s history, NASCAR has held the men and women who’ve served and continue to serve in the highest regard,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR president. “Each year, NASCAR Salutes unites our entire industry to honor and celebrate these heroes, and to reflect on the sacrifices each has made for their country.”
Coca-Cola, the “Official Fan Refreshment of NASCAR®,” returns to honor past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces as presenting sponsor of NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola, which culminates Independence Day weekend with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on July 7 at Daytona International Speedway.
“This weekend is important to the Coca-Cola system,” said John Mount, Vice President, Marketing Assets & Activation, The Coca-Cola Company. “We are thrilled to partner with NASCAR and the NASCAR Salutes platform in which we will Honor our Heroes, get Troops to the Track and remember our fallen military members.”
On Sunday, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host more than 5,000 active military members at the Coca-Cola 600 to commemorate Memorial Day weekend. A pre-race Salute to the Troops will incorporate all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in connection with the U.S. Department of Defense’s “This is Your Military” initiative.
Coca-Cola will debut the Coca-Cola Kitchen at the Coca-Cola 600, where invited service members and their families can enjoy refreshments, meals and special appearances throughout the day. Culinary experts representing every military branch will be onsite to share some of their favorite barbeque dishes. The Coca-Cola Kitchen will also host service members during the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
In attendance at the Coca-Cola 600 will also be many of the families of the fallen service members being honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance, now in its fourth year.
A few service members whose names will be displayed on car windshields have special connections to race teams, including U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Chris Eckard. Gunnery Sergeant Eckard, who was killed in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2010, was a close friend of Casey Mahoney, a chassis fabricator for Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion.
Fans can learn more about the fallen service members honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance by viewing a special gallery on NASCAR.com.
Among the other NASCAR Salutes events and activities are the following:
- Throughout the platform, fans can follow the NASCAR Salutes conversation on social media using #NASCARSalutes.
- During the broadcast of the Coca-Cola 600, FOX will display the name of every U.S. Armed Forces member who lost his or her life since last year’s Memorial Day weekend race as part of a special tribute titled “FOX Sports Remembers,” an initiative begun in 2009. FOX’s scroll will begin running during its pre-race show at 5:30 p.m. ET.
- This Sunday, NASCAR drivers will discuss 600 Miles of Remembrance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) during a special military tribute show airing at 1 p.m. ET. The Dialed In Salute to the Troops special, hosted by Claire B. Lang, will feature interviews with several drivers as well as service members from different branches of the military.
- During Saturday’s Alsco 300, NASCAR Xfinity Series™ drivers will display red, white and blue Xfinity windshield decals on their race cars.
- This weekend, NASCAR together with Honor and Remember, Inc., will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who have died in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- Goodyear will once again transform its NASCAR race tires by replacing the “Eagle” sidewall design with “Support Our Troops” messaging on all tires used during Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- Charlotte Motor Speedway together with NASCAR Green will host a special tree-planting event at the track on May 24. One tree will be planted on track property for each of the fallen service members honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance.
- Toyota will honor fallen service members on its Toyota Camry and Tundra pace vehicles during the Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Toyota will also host military members at its Toyota Owners Hub during the Coca-Cola 600. Through its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hire our Heroes, Toyota will include “Hire our Heroes” within Toyota PitPass for military veterans and spouses, which assists with resume writing, social media training and connects with employers looking to hire veterans.
- Lilly Diabetes, the “Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR®,” unveiled a patriotic paint scheme that Ryan Reed, driver of the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang, will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Memorial Day weekend.
- Mars, the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR®,” created a patriotic red, white and blue M&Ms paint scheme for Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota Camry for the Coca-Cola 600, Pocono 400 and FireKeepers Casino 400.
- AMR, the “Official Emergency Medical Services Partner of NASCAR®,” will include NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola branding on its AMR Safety Truck during the platform.
- During the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, Comcast will work with NASCAR and teams to replace its Xfinity branding with the names of military units from active military installations on all NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers’ windshield headers to commemorate Independence Day weekend.
- Chicagoland Speedway and Camping World will host families of active, retired and fallen service members for a VIP experience at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ Overton’s 225 race on June 29. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will also display red, white and blue Camping World windshield decals on their trucks.
Tickets to NASCAR national series events are available at NASCAR.com/tickets.
Pocono Raceway will host several fan-driven events, taking place both on and off the track, during the Pocono 400 race weekend from June 1-3. The major races each day will include the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ARCA) race on Friday, the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race on Saturday and the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race on Sunday.
The weekend will kick off with the second annual Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday on June 1. Fans can bring an empty can of Monster Energy to be recycled at our gates and receive free admission to all events on Friday. Additionally, kids, ages 12 and under, are free to enter the gates on Friday and Saturday. Half-priced tickets are available, in select Grandstand sections, on Sunday for children ages 12 and under. Adult Grandstand tickets start at $25 on Saturday and $45 on Sunday. Camping tickets start at $150 and access for camping guests begins at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 31. Buy tickets by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/tickets.
Friday’s on-track activity will include ARCA practice, two NXS practices, MENCS practice and qualifying and the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA race. Saturday’s on-track schedule will include NXS practice and qualifying, one MENCS practice session and the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NXS race. The green flag for Sunday’s Pocono 400 MENCS race is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
Pocono Raceway will also host several fan-driven events and activities throughout the Pocono 400 race weekend. Fans can visit www.poconoraceway.com/schedule for a full list of events. Several of these events and activities include…
- 50/50 Raffle to Benefit the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital – Pocono Raceway and the Mattioli Foundation will host a 50/50 Raffle to benefit the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital. Fans have won over $100,000 to date during previous race weekend 50/50 raffles. Fans should look out for 50/50 Raffle volunteers, who will be roaming the entire facility, wearing bright yellow shirts all weekend long. Raffle tickets will also be sold near the Gate 8 Box office behind the Grandstand and the Infield Welcome Center in the infield. One lucky fan will be announced before the end of Sunday’s race as the winner of the raffle.
- Sensory Kits and Rooms, courtesy of KultureCity – Fans who have sensory issues will be able to access sensory rooms or receive a sensory bag. Earlier this year, Pocono Raceway announced their partnership with KultureCity to become the first inclusive motorsports facility in the world. Many staff members have been trained to recognize individuals who are having a sensory issue while visiting the track. Sensory bags and sensory rooms will be made available to any individual who needs them. Visit the Gate 8 Ticket Office or the Infield Fan Center for more details or to obtain a sensory bag.
- Pocono Raceway’s Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Kids Club – Members of the Raceway’s Kids Club can receive great perks throughout the race weekend. These perks include access to Matt DiBenedetto’s Q&A session on Friday, the opportunity to walk across the stage with NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers during driver introductions on Saturday amd access to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver/crew chief meeting on Sunday. The Kids Club is open to children ages 14 and under. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/kidsclub for more details. Registration for the chance to take part in the above mentioned Kids Club events closes Friday, May 25, 2018.
- #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground – The #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground, the first inclusive playground located inside a NASCAR track, will open to all camping guests on Thursday, May 31 at Noon. The playground, which opens following a partnership with Pocono Raceway and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, will be available to kids of all abilities and ages as a place to learn, grow and play together. It is wheelchair accessible and includes several key inclusive elements for children who have autism and those who have sensory issues. The playground will also be open to the local community and those visiting the Pocono Mountains, free of charge, during non NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends. For additional details, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/playground.
- NASCAR Hauler Parades for Camping Guests – Camping guests should be on the lookout for two NASCAR hauler parades on Thursday, May 31. The parade route is through Family Grandstand camping to Trackside camping, entry into the infield through the gate between Turns 2 and 3 and through the infield road course (known as Doc’s Way) to the exit of Turn 3. The NASCAR Xfinity Series hauler parade will take place from 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. ET. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hauler parade will begin at 6 p.m. ET. Fans who are not camping at Pocono Raceway during the weekend can follow along through the track’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
- Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday – As previously mentioned, the Raceway will host their second annual Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday. Fans can bring an empty can of Monster Energy to be recycled to receive free access to events taking place at the Raceway on Friday, June 1. Fans can access the Grandstand and Fan Fair for the entire day. For more details visit www.poconoraceway/freefriday.
- NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Autograph Session – Several of the rising stars from the NASCAR Xfinity Series will take part in a fan autograph session at Pocono Raceway’s new Fan Welcome Center, located inside Fan Fair and by Gate 10, at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 1. A limited number of wristbands will be available and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the Fan Welcome Center starting at 8 a.m. ET. Driver list will be announced at a later date and can be found by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/schedule.
- NASCAR Xfinity Series Open Garage – Fans will have the opportunity to visit the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage from 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET on Friday, June 1. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed for this event. Camping guests can visit the Infield Fan Center, located along Earnhardt Road, to inquire about a wristband starting on Thursday afternoon. Those who are attending the events at the track on Friday will be required to have a Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass. Wristband distribution for these guests will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Pocono Raceway tent in the Paddock beginning at 12 Noon ET on Friday.
- Selfie Session with Alex Bowman – In place of the common autograph session, Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet, will meet 75 groups of fans for the first event of its kind taking place during a NASCAR race weekend. It will be held behind Victory Lane, in the Paddock, for fans who pre-registered. Registration for this event was announced and the spots were filled within 90 minutes. For more information, visit www.poconoraceway.com/selfiesesh.
- Infield Block Party and Pocono Raceway Fireworks This Saturday – The public is invited to attend Pocono Raceway’s Infield Block Party and Fireworks show this Saturday night. For a $10 cash donation, per vehicle, to our local fire department, fans may enter the Gate 1 Tunnel starting at 5 pm ET on Saturday, June 2. Events include live music by M80 and Tim Dugger, a Red Robin food truck, a bar for the adults and kid-friendly activities such as wiffleball, knocker balls and a zipline. This event is complimentary for all of our race weekend camping guests. For more information please visit www.poconoraceway.com/blockparty.
- Tricky Triangle Club Featuring Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch – The Tricky Triangle Club is Pocono Raceway’s #1 option for Fan Hospitality. It will feature Q&A sessions with NASCAR Cup Series champs Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. Tricky Triangle Club ticket holders will receive exclusive access to the driver Q&A session, a Sunday Pit Pass, pre-race meal and beverages, four beer tickets (for those ages 21 and up), a welcome bag which includes an official Pocono 400 souvenir program and a chance to win giveaway items. For information and to purchase your Tricky Triangle Club pass, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/ttc.
- Matt DiBenedetto Club Pocono Appearance – Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 32 Zynga Poker Ford, will make an appearance at Club Pocono at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday. This event is open to all Club Pocono ticket holders. In addition to the DiBenedetto Q&A, Club Pocono ticket holders receive a seating behind pit road, complimentary FanVision, infield parking pass and a Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.poconoraceway.com/ticket/nascar-1/sunday-clubs-boxes.
- Pre-Race Concert presented by Mack Trucks with Steve Moakler – Steve Moakler, a rising country musician and Pittsburgh, Pa. native will perform a 45-minute pre-race concert on the frontstretch and near the start/finish line at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 3. Fans can get front stage access to the concert and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series driver introductions with a Pre-Race All Access Pass. A Sunday Grandstand Ticket, Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass and Pre-Race All Access Pass are required for VIP access to these events. Fans can visit www.poconoraceway.com/prerace for more information.
Before arriving to Pocono Raceway, guests should also visit www.poconoraceway.com/faninfo for information including what items are approved for entry into the track and additional guest policies and procedures.
NOTE: Date, times, events and locations are subject to change without notice. For tickets, certain terms, conditions and fees may apply.
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Michigan International speedway is NASCAR’s most entertaining track and fans can experience all the action during the FireKeepers Casino 400 race week in June.
The memorable experiences for the fans start early and continue all week long. A human cannonball flying through the air, 38 Special playing the free Saturday post-race concert and The Return, a Beatles tribute band playing in the fan plaza are among the show-stopping highlights. The track and Experience Jackson have partnered to create two unique bus trips to take guests to the local community.
“We are excited to bring so much entertainment in June to make it a week-long experience for our fans,” track President Rick Brenner said. “We continue to add value for our fans who come for the race or those who spend the week with us in our campgrounds. The entertainment and 50th anniversary celebration are making MIS the place to be this summer.”
Fans can check out www.mispeedway.com/entertainment for all the entertainment options that are planned for the June race week at MIS. Guests will want to arrive extra early this season to take advantage of all the options that are available.
Before the drivers are introduced for the FireKeepers Casino 400, Mike Green will entertain the crowd. The comedian has toured the United States performing stand up and making people laugh at every stop. On June 10 he will be live on the pre-race stage at Michigan International Speedway.
Guests will want to be in their seat early to see the human cannonball before the FireKeepers Casino 400. Don't miss David "The Bullet" Smith AGT, the World's Most Accomplished human cannonball, as he flies through the air above the tri-oval. Smith has been featured on America's Got Talent and is a Guinness World Record holder.
- Visit the Community – Fans will have the opportunity to play a round of golf at the Grande or tour Cell Block Seven Prison and eat lunch at The Chase Sports Bar.
- Dueling pianos – Watch as two dynamic piano players entertain the crowd in the MISCAMPING.com Infield Campground.
- Medium – Make connections to loved ones in spirit delivering messages and guidance full of laughter, love, insight and healing during a special messages from the spirit session.
- Church service – Every campground will have a non-denominational service on Sunday morning.
- Pedal Bar – Grab your drink and friends to hop on the pedal bar going through the infield.
- Movie – Grab your popcorn and enjoy the movie on the big screen. Campers can watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Thursday and Despicable Me 3 on Friday.
- Fitness Program – The track is offering fitness classes to those who don’t want to miss a workout.
- Kids Activities – All the kids can get their face painted or listen to music by a DJ.
- Tournaments – Fans can reign supreme in bingo or cornhole tournaments.
- Late Night Party – Be sprayed by paint and foam while listening to the DJ until 2 a.m. in the M-50 Campground.
- Concerts – There will be musical performances all weekend long throughout the campgrounds.
Fan Plaza Entertainment:
- Bands – Fans can sit back and listen to music of a different band each day. Blue Spectrum plays on Friday, The Grant Reiff takes to the stage on Saturday and The Return entertains the crowd on Sunday.
- Great Lakes Timber Show – The Lumberjack show features chainsaw carving, axe throwing, wood chopping, one and two-man crosscut sawing, modified chainsawing, log rolling and loads of clean family humor.
- ZOMONGO Adrenaline Zone – Area will feature food trucks and vendors, X-Gamer practice times and celebrity autograph signings.
- Michigan Pedal Pullers – Kids can take part in their tractor pulls competition.
- Strolling Street Performers – Variety of acts including stilt walkers, contact jugglers, object manipulation, fire acts, cube spinning and fire eating.
- Wood Carver – Checkout what can be created from your basic wood log.
- Monster Energy bike Show
- Go karts – Drive like the pros in a special go-kart course.
Sunday ticket holders can stick around on Saturday after the NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 for a free post-race concert featuring the bands FireHouse and 38 Special located behind Turn 3. Don’t miss 40 years of Southern rock hits with this classic band 38 Special.
The 50 Years of Racing Exhibit presented by Consumers Energy 400 features Michigan International Speedway memorabilia and a special display of cars that once raced on the two-mile oval. The exhibit is located at the north end of the fan plaza. Fans have the opportunity to explore the history of the track and share their memories with family and friends.
In addition, the MIS Charity Dinner presented by Consumers Energy will take place on June 9 starting at 6 p.m. in the 50 Years of Racing Exhibit.
The MIS Charity Dinner presented by Consumers Energy, a first of its kind event, will feature a strolling dinner, dessert and drink stations, live and silent auctions, music, a photo booth and so much more. The event will also feature a special question and answer session from Dale Inman, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood. The MIS Charity Dinner will benefit both the Henry Ford Allegiance Health Foundation Patient Immediate Needs Fund and the MIS Cares Fund.
Fans can purchase tickets to the event starting at $90 or guests can make it a weekend experience starting at $179. The weekend experience includes a center grandstand ticket to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, a ticket to the NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 on Saturday and the Charity Dinner presented by Consumers Energy. Fans can purchase an individual ticket or a weekend package at www.mispeedway.com/charitydinner or by calling 888-905-7223.
Tickets start at $35 for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 10 and the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 12. Fans can find the perfect campsite for their families and friends in any of the different campgrounds at the track starting at $160. Fans can purchase tickets and campsites at www.mispeedway.com or by calling 888-905-7223.
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.
Daytona International Speedway has designed a special ticket package around Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports, for the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event on Saturday night, July 7 at the “World Center of Racing.”
The ticket package, available starting at $99 per ticket for adults and $24 for children 12 and under, includes:
- A reserved seating ticket to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday, July 7
- UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access
- 15-minute question-and-answer session with Elliott in a Midway suite
- Autographed Chase Elliott hero card
Tickets for this special Chase Elliott ticket package are limited and available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/chaseelliott or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Elliott has already enjoyed success at Daytona International Speedway, claiming wins in the DAYTONA 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and a Duel At DAYTONA 150-mile qualifying race as well as two DAYTONA 500 pole positions. With his first DAYTONA 500 pole in 2016, Elliott became the youngest driver at the age 20 years, two months and 17 days to lead the field to the green flag in “The Great American Race.”
One of the most legendary names in Nashville will grace the stage of Darrell and Michael Waltrip’s Ninth Annual Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship (WBCC) later this year. Country artist Clint Black will headline the Oct. 17 Champion’s Dinner to kick off the two-day fundraiser benefitting Motor Racing Outreach (MRO).
Black’s performance before 500 guests at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn., will open the WBCC, which, in just eight years, has raised nearly $3.5 million for MRO and various other charities. In one of the most storied careers in modern music, Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of ‘89, reaching No.1 with five-consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut, “Killin’ Time.” He followed that up with the triple-platinum “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” succeeded by a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the '90s.
“Michael and I are blessed to continue our annual run of having superstars entertain us at the WBCC Champion’s Dinner,” Darrell Waltrip said. “Clint Black has a long list of hits to his credit, and he will be performing some of those for us. So, come join Clint, Michael and me, and we’ll kill some time together.”
FOX NASCAR host Shannon Spake and MRO President Billy Mauldin will emcee the Champion’s Dinner, once again provided by Outback Steakhouse. For the second consecutive year, widely acclaimed Christian group NewSong will open the evening with a performance.
The Champion’s Dinner features a live and silent auction consisting of hundreds of autographed items from sports, music and entertainment icons. Among the auction items are several 18-wheeler Feed The Children trucks stocked with $120,000 of food, hygiene and personal items to be distributed in any location chosen by the winning bidder. Bidders may bid on the silent auction items from anywhere in the country via the Handbid app. After a little sleep, many of the guests return Thursday for the WBCC’s “no mulligan” golf tournament at Vanderbilt Legends Club with a noon shotgun start featuring 144 golfers across a variety of skill levels.
In a break from the norm in the music business, Black wrote or co-wrote each of his more than three dozen chart hits, including “A Better Man,” “Where Are You Now,” “When My Ship Comes In,” “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” “Summer’s Comin’,” “Like the Rain” and “Nothin’ But the Taillights.” The aforementioned hits were part of a catalog that produced 22 No.1 singles and made Black one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era across any genre.
In his esteemed career, Black has sold more than 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen GRAMMY nominations, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I have the good fortune to participate in several fun events each year, but the Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship truly is one of my favorites because it is so rewarding to see so many people come together for such a good cause,” Michael Waltrip said. “The amount of work that goes into these two days each year is astounding, but everyone who works on this project will tell you the amount of help the WBCC provides to organizations like MRO is well more than worth it. A huge ‘thanks’ to Clint Black for making this year’s edition even more special.”
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After a week off, drivers are ready to get back in the seat to race at Kingsport.
A handful of track regulars competed in the U.S Short Track Nationals last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, but now all focus has switched back to, “The Concrete Jungle.”
This Friday night is Ford Street Car Night. The event will include any Ford Hot Rod, antique, classic or muscle car can come out and make a parade lap for pre-race ceremonies. There will be a place for participants to park and display their ride on the mini way from 5p.m. till 7:30 p.m.
This Friday’s race will feature races in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified 4 division. LMSC, Pure 4, Mod Street, and the Pure Street class is also on the schedule. The Vintage class also makes its return with a 20-lap feature.
A few story lines to follow as we move into our sixth race of the season:
Zeke Shell looks to score his third win of the season in the LMSC division.
Just six points separate Mod Street drivers, Trey Lane and Royce Peters.
Ford Street Car Night is scheduled for Friday, May 25. Grandstands will open at 5 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m.
The Kingsport Speedway Little Racers Club will be the Speedway office on A-Side with fun activities.
Adult admission is $10 and children 12-and-under are admitted free. Tier parking along Turns 3 and 4 is available for $10 per vehicle plus admission.
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