With Halloween right around the corner, Kyle Busch and the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), will race Sunday afternoon at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway once again sporting the colorful candymaker’s  special Halloween scheme to celebrate M&M’S Halloween fun packs.


Along with his favorite chocolate candies, Busch is looking for something else to add to his Halloween treat bag following Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville, and that’s the traditional Martinsville grandfather clock trophy for winning at NASCAR’s shortest track. While the clock may be way too big for his treat bag, a win would be quite the treat as it would automatically qualify him for the season-ending Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway three weeks hence. Busch knows the feeling well as he won at Martinsville last October, qualifying him for the winner-take-all Homestead playoff finale and allowing him and his team to focus on it a few weeks early.


The spooky-looking M&M’S scheme will race four days before Halloween at a place that used to challenge Busch at the start of his career, and early on in his 12-year tenure with JGR. Busch finished outside the top-10 in three of his first four Martinsville races with JGR in 2008 and 2009. Since then, Busch has scored eight straight top-five finishes there and he hopes a ninth straight top-five Sunday will boost his championship hopes.


The beginning of the recent success at Martinsville for Busch and the M&M’s team came with the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion’s first career win at the paperclip-shaped oval in April 2016. Not only did he bring home his first Martinsville clock, he did it in dominating fashion, leading five times for a race-high 352 laps en route to victory lane. His win at Martinsville in October 2017 came late in the race.


With just four races left in the season, and with the series kicking off the Round of 8 of the 2019 playoffs at Martinsville this weekend, Busch knows a repeat performance from 2017 would be just the ticket in his efforts to bring home his second Cup Series championship for the M&M’S Halloween team.


All season long, Busch and his team have never backed down from a challenge. He was able to advance through the first two playoff rounds, most recently with a solid third-place finish in Sunday’s Round of 12 finale at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Now that he’s made it to the final eight, Busch knows he and his team have some work to do to make it to the championship race at Homestead.


So as the season heads into the homestretch, Busch and the M&M’S Halloween team know that, when it comes to being championship-eligible at Homestead, they’ll hope to take advantage of the confidence built since 2015 at Martinsville. Since he already conquered the .526-mile short track in Southern Virginia twice in recent years, Busch hopes in addition to an M&M’S treat and the traditional Grandfather clock to add to his treat bag, a punched ticket to the championship race in Homestead will be waiting for him at the end of Sunday’s 500-lap marathon, as well.


Ryan Newman’s No. 6 Ford Mustang will pay homage to another legendary American vehicle this weekend when the NASCAR Cup Series returns to Martinsville Speedway, carrying the iconic Blue Bird School Bus colors.

“As a parent, I was interested to learn about what ROUSH CleanTech is doing to help make school buses safer, more economical and environmentally friendly,” said Newman. “The Blue Bird paint scheme reflects the familiar yellow bus that we all grew up riding to school and I think the fans are going to love it when they see it on the track in Martinsville.”

The paint scheme will celebrate Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech delivering their 15,000th propane school bus this week. The buses will be delivered to the Newport News Public Schools district in Virginia.

ROUSH and Blue Bird have been partners since 2012. The Ford engine with a ROUSH CleanTech propane fuel system used to equip the Blue Bird Propane Vision buses are averaging 65 percent lower emissions than the current EPA and CARB standards. On average, propane autogas costs up to 50 percent less than diesel, allowing school districts to use those savings for other areas in need of funding.

This will be the second time Blue Bird has appeared on one of Jack Roush’s Fords, as Ricky Stenhouse took the company to victory lane in his own No. 6 Mustang in September 2012 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series takes to the track at Martinsville Speedway for the First Data 500 at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 27. The race will be broadcast on NBCSN, and can be heard on SiriusXM Chanel 90.


Aric Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) heads to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this weekend with only four races to go in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season. 


Almirola drove to a ninth-place finish in his most recent start at the .526-mile paper clip last March while earning a total of 13 bonus points. His top-10 effort was his first at Martinsville since 2014 and his first at SHR.


“We had a great weekend in Martinsville earlier this year,” Almirola said.  “Our car was fast, but we got tangled with the 18 car in Stage 2 that knocked us back to 12th, and we had to fight hard to get back to where we were. I’m excited to hopefully bring back that same speed to advance in the points. No matter what the situation is, we as racers always love going to short tracks. It’s what we grew up doing and it puts the outcome in the driver’s hands more than the superspeedway races. You can’t pass much there, so it’s extremely important that you stay mentally and physically focused throughout the entire run.”


In 21 career starts at Martinsville’s half-mile oval, the 35-year-old Almirola has four top-10 finishes, one top-five and has led 56 laps. His two Martinsville starts with SHR proved to be competitive, cracking the top-10 for the SHR organization, which has four victories, 10 top-five finishes and 27 top-10s and has led 720 laps in 64 starts there.


After 32 races this season, Almirola has one pole, two top-five finishes, 11 top-10s and has led 118 laps. That adds to a career total of two wins, two poles, 17 top-five finishes, 60 top-10s and 475 laps led in 311 starts.


“It’s been a rollercoaster of a year for us,” he said. “We started the season so strong, then hit a rough patch in the middle of the season. We almost advanced to the Round of 12 (of the playoffs), too. It just shows you how competitive this series is. We’ll continue to learn and shoot for more consistency.”


Last weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Almirola piloted the No. 10 Smithfield/Hy-Vee Ford Mustang in and around the top-10 until contact with the wall and a cut tire knocked him three laps down to finish 23rd. 


As the season comes to a close, Almirola sits 13th in the season standings with 2,148 points, 17 behind 12th-place Alex Bowman.


Sunday’s 400-mile race at Martinsville marks the 29th points-paying event during which the Smithfield livery has adorned Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Mustang this year. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, based in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its eighth season with Almirola and its second 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.


Fans can get VIP, behind-the-scenes access in following “Aric ‘Beyond the 10’” by subscribing to his YouTube channel. Episodes showcase never-before-seen footage of Almirola at the racetrack, on family trips, and “A Day in the Life” during the week, as well as all that goes into a NASCAR Cup Series driver’s season. Tune in this weekend for full access to Almirola’s playoff media day, NASCAR Burnout Boulevard and the Vegas race weekend. Click here to subscribe on YouTube and watch the latest episode.


The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced today that 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Labonte will serve as Honorary Starter and 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Ron Hornaday Jr. will serve as Grand Marshal at this year's NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26. 

“We are honored to have 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Ron Hornaday Jr. as Grand Marshal and 2020 inductee Bobby Labonte as Honorary Starter at the first NASCAR Hall of Fame 200,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Ron is the series’ only four-time champion. As the 2000 premier series champion and 1992 Xfinity champion, Bobby is one of only 31 drivers who has won races in all three NASCAR national series with his lone truck series win coming at Martinsville.”

Both Hornaday Jr. and Labonte are truck series champions. Hornaday Jr. is a four-time truck series champion and 51-time truck series winner and Labonte earned his only NASCAR truck series win at Martinsville Speedway In 2005. 

“We appreciate the NASCAR Hall of Fame making it possible to have two great NASCAR champions available to meet our fans Saturday morning before the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Having Ron and Bobby be a part of our race weekend is special for everyone at Martinsville Speedway.”

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is offering several one-of-a-kind experiences for fans at this year's races including:

Complimentary Autograph Sessions - Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27
The NASCAR Hall of Fame will have Hall of Famers stopping by its merchandise tent located by the main ticket office all weekend long for complimentary autograph sessions, including Ron Hornaday Jr. and Bobby Labonte on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. and Leonard Wood on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. 

Racing Insiders Tour Road Trip - Martinsville - Sunday, Oct. 27
This perk-filled package ($299 per person) plots an unforgettable race day experience from start to finish. Fans can watch the first race of the Round of 8 playoffs from the comfort of the NASCAR Hall of Fame speedway suite with race day catering, private restrooms and a television featuring the live track feed. This package also includes access to pre-race activities including driver introductions, a Q&A with special suite guests – including NASCAR Hall of Famers Jack Roush, Richard Childress and Leonard Wood – and a pre-race pit pass. Get tickets here.Transportation to and from the track is not provided.

Complimentary Grandstand Tickets- Sunday, Oct. 27 
The NASCAR Hall of Fame has a limited amount of tickets for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 race at Martinsville Speedway for fans that give a charitable donation of $50 or more to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Foundation or purchase a $50 NASCAR Hall of Fame gift certificate online or on site at the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office. 

The NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 will be the second race in the NASCAR Playoffs’ “Round of 6” for the Gander Trucks, with six drivers still in championship contention coming into the historic half-mile oval.

Following the Martinsville weekend, the Gander Trucks will race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Post-Phoenix, the list of contenders will be reduced to an elite four, going into the season finale on Nov. 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 will preface the Oct. 27 First Data 500 at Martinsville, the first of three “round of 8” playoff races for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, the First Data 500 and all Martinsville Speedway events can be purchased online at martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX.


The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will visit seven European countries and major cities in 2020: Valencia, Spain - London, UK - Prague, Czech Republic - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Rome, Italy - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany. The calendar features 13 rounds of exciting door-to-door NASCAR racing at the best tracks of the Old Continent and a unique experience for fans and families with unrivalled American-themed events.

New for 2020 are double points playoffs extended to 6 rounds, a brand new American Festival in Rome, Italy and the Euro NASCAR Finals at Hockenheim, further enhancing the series’ status as one of the best championships in Europe.

“This is probably the best calendar in the series’ history," declared NWES president CEO Jerome Galpin. “We are very proud and fortunate to work with such fantastic track partners. We all share the common goal to offer to European fans a unique at-track experience based on Pure Racing, full access to the competition and great American fun festivals!”

“Next year’s schedule is a testament to the strength and popularity of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series,” said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Chief International Officer. “The series will bring exciting, side-by-side NASCAR racing to fans in seven countries across Europe. Our proximity to several big cities – including the new American Festival in Rome –  will continue to make it easy for families to see our style of racing up close.”

The European NASCAR season will kick off on April 25-26 with the traditional opening rounds in Valencia, Spain. The Valencia NASCAR Fest at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo will celebrate its seventh edition. Six weeks later NWES series will head to Brands Hatch, UK for the hugely popular American SpeedFest. The historic 1,9-km Indy Circuit will host the British NASCAR GP for the eighth time on June 6-7.

After a splendid inaugural event in 2019, on June 21-22 Most and the Czech Republic will welcome Euro NASCAR again – fresh off a multi-year contract renewal – with the second edition of the Autodrom Most NASCAR Show. Raceway Venray will once again wrap-up the regular season on July 11-12 with a repeat of the successful formula featuring one 70-lap EuroNASCAR 2 (formerly ELITE 2) race on Saturday and on 100-lap EuroNASCAR PRO (formerly ELITE 1) race on Sunday at the fastest half-mile oval in Europe.

After the summer break, it will be playoff time again with six races awarding double points. On September 12-13 a brand new American Festival will make its debut in Rome, Italy at the 4-km Vallelunga road course. The Italian event will be followed three weeks later, on October 3-4 by the sixth edition of the NASCAR GP Belgium at the historic Circuit Zolder in the forest of the Limburg region.  

The Hockenheimring, in Germany, will host the Euro NASCAR Finals for the first time on October 17-18. A guarantee for spectacular door-to-door racing, the iconic German track will crown the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion in the fourth edition of the American Fan Fest.

Valencia, Most, Zolder and Hockenheim will host the four rounds making up the 2020 EuroNASCAR Club Challenge calendar. The regularity-based division of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will hit the track on Thursday at the four venues and contest its fourth season.

The 2020 NWES calendar will offer every race fan an opportunity to enjoy the unrivalled atmosphere of a NASCAR GP and grant drivers a wide variety of racing experiences. Only the best of the best will be the 2020 Euro NASCAR Champion. Save the dates race fans!





REGULAR SEASON (1 joker race = 6 out of 7 best results)

April 25



Round 1

April 26



Round 2

June 6


Brands Hatch

Round 3

June 7


Brands Hatch

Round 4

June 20

Czech Republic


Round 5

June 21

Czech Republic


Round 6

July 11


Venray (oval)

EuroNASCAR 2 Round 7 (70 laps)

July 12


Venray (oval)

EuroNASCAR PRO Round 7 (100 laps)

Playoffs (double points)

September 12



Round 8

September 13



Round 9

October 3



Round 10

October 4



Round 11

October 17



Round 12

October 18



Round 13


Ty Dillon and Germain Racing have had a strong season and they continue to build momentum as the season nears its end. Coming off of a top-10 finish at Talladega a week ago, the GEICO team looked to attack Kansas Speedway, a challenging intermediate track. Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race would see Dillon and company overcome a late-race tire issue to rebound and post a 22nd place finish.
When Germain Racing visited Kansas Speedway in April, they qualified 36th, but their visit this weekend yielded a significant improvement. Dillon and his No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 would start Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 from 24th, netting a 12-position improvement over the spring race.
Bright sunshine and cool temperatures provided perfect conditions when the green flag turned the NASCAR Cup Series field loose for 267-laps of racing. Starting 24th, Dillon wheeled the GEICO Camaro around the 1.5-mile facility looking to gain ground. He experienced handling issues early in the race, but crew chief, Matt Borland, made changes to the GEICO Camaro that would help Dillon hold his ground throughout the event.
Despite lacking grip, Dillon was on the gas and running down the cars in front of him. On lap 208 of a scheduled 267, he reported a tire issue and would be forced to visit pit road under green flag conditions. Despite going three laps down to the field in the process, Dillon was seemingly unfazed as he discussed a potential strategy with Borland over the team's radio frequency. Borland sharpened his pencil and crafted a plan that saw Dillon recover a head-turning two-laps and charge back to a 22nd place finish when the checkered flag waved after overtime. Dillon's result was a six-position improvement over the team's finish at Kansas in April.
"Kansas hasn't been our best track these last couple of years, but to come home with a 22nd-place finish is a solid day for our team," Dillon said after climbing from his car. "The GEICO Camaro ZL1 was just lacking overall grip and speed throughout the race, but Matt (Borland, crew chief) kept trying to make the car handle better on each stop. Late in the race, I thought I had a flat or corded tire and from that point on, the car was very unpredictable. One corner it would be tight and then the next it would be loose. My Germain Racing team never gave up and we are looking forward to going to Martinsville next weekend." 
Race number 33 of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season will see Germain Racing visit the famed 'Paperclip' for some exciting, door-to-door short-track racing.
Ty Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Saturday, October 26th, at 9:05 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:35 PM (ET).
The First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 27th, and it will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 3 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Clint Bowyer has an interesting plan for the future of Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.


“If I could do anything in this sport,” said a probably joking Bowyer. “I would remove that track from Virginia and take it with us to every place we race throughout the country. We need more short tracks, and places just like Martinsville are exactly the ticket.”


The 40-year-old Bowyer, who grew up on Kansas short tracks, loves the rustic nature of the track that’s hosted 141 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races since 1949 and whose fans mix with drivers in the infield and sit close to the action in the grandstands. Plus, it’s only a 90-minute drive from his farm in Mocksville, North Carolina. 


“I love getting up on a cold morning in October and driving my truck to Martinsville,” Bowyer said. “That’s old-school racing. When the cars aren’t running, you can hear the fans talking in the grandstands. You are right out there with everybody.”


The NASCAR Cup Series holds its 33rd race of the season and first of the three-race Round of 8 of this year’s playoffs Sunday on the flat, half-mile track in Southern Virginia. Although he fell out of the playoffs at the Round of 12 finale last weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Bowyer still has a lot of racing left at the final four stops of the 2019 Cup Series tour.


He’s 11th in points and looking to climb into the top 10 and getting a jump on the 2020 season. Bowyer and Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) announced Thursday that Bowyer will continue to drive the No. 14 Ford Mustang in 2020, just as he has since replacing three-time champion Tony Stewart before the 2017 season.


“I race because I love to do it and I love to come back here and everything else,” Bowyer said. “There is a lot of pride to be a part of a sport like this, something you grew up doing since you were a little boy. A great deal of pride that goes into being a part of this. As far as the aspect of doing it another year, yes, that is great and according to plan. We kind of look at Martinsville as the first race in our bid to make the playoffs and go on to a championship in 2020. We feel confident we’ll be part of the playoffs again and return to victory lane. Stewart-Haas Racing is where I wanted to be and I can’t wait to get going on 2020, but let’s finish this year out right, and there’s no better place for me to do that than at Martinsville.”


Bowyer arrives at Martinsville after finishing eighth in his home state of Kansas. The finish left him 21 points short of transferring to the Round of 8. Even outside the playoffs, Bowyer said winning a race is enough motivation for any driver the rest of this season.  


“I want another one of those grandfather clocks at the house,” he said, referring to the unique “trophy” awarded to race winners at Martinsville. “Each of us is here to win. That’s what the fans pay to watch and we’ll all be digging to win Sunday.”


Bowyer’s best Martinsville moment came in March 2018, when he dominated the 500-lap race leading 215 laps on his way to winning his 10th of 11 career victories. Bowyer celebrated by drinking Busch beer with race fans in the stands that afternoon, as well as having his young family join him in victory lane.


Bowyer will pilot the No. 14 BlueDEF® Ford at Martinsville this weekend. BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is one of the key elements in the process used by diesel engine builders to meet environmental regulations. DEF is not a fuel or fuel additive. Instead, when injected into the exhaust stream and passed over a catalyst, DEF helps convert harmful gasses into nitrogen gas and water vapor – two harmless and natural components of the air we breathe.


The Martinsville race will mark the third of three primary races this season for Bowyer with Old World Industries, the parent company of the PEAK and BlueDEF® brands. PEAK Coolant & Antifreeze served as the No. 14 sponsor in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, and PEAK Lighting adorned the No. 14 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August.


PEAK’s legacy in motorsports spans 40 years and includes leading drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Michael Waltrip and Kyle Petty. Besides Bowyer’s No. 14 car, PEAK is a partner with the Haas F1 team with drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, Clint Bowyer Racing’s two Dirt Late Models, and drag racing’s winningest driver John Force.


Brothers Richard and Jace Vander Weerd are the latest entries for the prestigious running of the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7th, 8th and 9th.  

The 28-year-old Visalia, California twins, who were born in Upland and raised in Chino, have made five appearances at The PAS in 2019.  In those five races, Richard did not finish out of the top three and recorded two wins, two-second place finishes and one third.  Jace only finished out of the top 10 one time.  He drove his white and blue #88 to one sixth-place finish, one-seventh, two eighth’s and a 12th.

All three nights of the prestigious race will be full points-paying races for the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Cars and the Sand Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.  To date, 36 cars have entered with drivers from seven different states.


Brothers Richard and Jace Vander Weerd are the latest entries for the prestigious running of the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7th, 8th and 9th.  

The 28-year-old Visalia, California twins, who were born in Upland and raised in Chino, have made five appearances at The PAS in 2019.  In those five races, Richard did not finish out of the top three and recorded two wins, two-second place finishes and one third.  Jace only finished out of the top 10 one time.  He drove his white and blue #88 to one sixth-place finish, one-seventh, two eighth’s and a 12th.

All three nights of the prestigious race will be full points-paying races for the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Cars and the Sand Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.  To date, 36 cars have entered with drivers from seven different states.


NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, the National FFA Organization and DEKALB® brand corn team up to help students cross their “finish line” with the new Left Turns for Learning agricultural scholarship. Driver Clint Bowyer completed 267 laps during the Kansas Speedway NASCAR race on October 20 to fund a $10,138 FFA scholarship.

Local FFA students from Bowyer’s hometown area were invited to an exclusive experience at the race. Students were able to participate in the DEKALB Champions of Yield festivities, including a trivia game with driver Clint Bowyer.

“With the cost of education, the Left Turns for Learning scholarship provides kids additional opportunities they normally wouldn’t have,” said Southern Lyon County FFA advisor Staci Garriott. “Clint is a local in the area, and he does phenomenal work supporting his hometown community. It’s exciting for the kids to meet and interact with him at the race. He continues to do great things for the kids, and this is evident with his involvement in this scholarship program.”

“There’s nothing better than taking the No. 14 DEKALB Ford Mustang to the track to directly benefit ag students,” said Bowyer. “DEKALB is a consistently high-performing brand, so it’s an honor to work with category leaders dedicated to performance, technology and helping current and future farmers succeed.”

The Left Turns for Learning Scholarship was created by DEKALB and Asgrow to help students achieve their goals and advance the agriculture industry by focusing on performance. The scholarship amount was determined by the number of laps Bowyer completed with the No. 14 DEKALB Ford Mustang.

“We’re really excited to partner with the National FFA and Clint to invest in the future of ag,” said Pete Uitenbroek, DEKALB Asgrow Brand Marketing Lead. “For one selected student, this scholarship not only helps them reach their “finish line,” but also illustrates how superior performance is driven by innovation, perseverance and the team supporting you.”

Eligible FFA high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores or juniors pursuing an ag-related degree can apply for the scholarship November 1, 2019 through January 15, 2020 by visiting the National FFA website at FFA.org/scholarships*. The scholarship winner will be notified by FFA in April 2020.

Visit DEKALBAsgrow.com/LeftTurns for more info and follow the conversation with #LeftTurns4Learning #GoClintGo.


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