LifeShare Carolinas and Joey Gase Team up together to put on a Hand Prints of Hope Event in Honor of Sam Bass16 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
On Saturday, May 25, LifeShare Carolinas will proudly sponsor Joey Gase as he drives the #35 LifeShare Carolinas car in the Alsco 300. The car will bear the name and photo of Sam Bass along with Hand Prints, Hearts, and Messages from Sam’s family and supporters. Bass was in need of a lifesaving kidney transplant, and sadly, did not get one in time and passed away this past February.
During the unveiling event, Sam’s family will be given the chance to place their handprints on the car in paint and write personal messages to him. The public is invited to the event as well to place their personal stamp in support of donation and Sam. They will also have the chance to meet Joey, learn about organ, eye, and tissue donation, view Sam’s artwork, and classic cars.
Sam’s wife, Denise, says, "I'm very appreciative to Joey Gase for honoring Sam's memory in such a special way. Joey and I share a common bond related to organ donation; and we are fortunate to have his sponsor LifeShare Carolinas provide the platform for our efforts to raise awareness about this critical need of thousands suffering serious illness, possibly someone close to you. Sam would be very proud to know his legacy is being carried on to help others."
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Following Brandonbilt Motorsports (@BMSRaceTeam) noteworthy 13th place finish with principal driver Brandon Brown (@brandonbrown_86) behind the wheel at Dover (Del.) International Speedway earlier this month, officials from BMS and MAD Motorsports jointly announced today that the Manassas, Va. driver Mason Diaz will make his third career NASCAR Xfinity Series start in the upcoming Alsco 300 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Sat., May 25.
Diaz will drive the team’s No. 86 Chevrolet Camaro in the 11th race of the season.
Diaz has two previous starts in the Xfinity Series where he finished 18th in his debut at Richmond (Va.) Raceway (September 2018) and a 36th place finish after succumbing to a mechanical failure in his Richmond return last month.
With a second opportunity in 2019, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition has set his sights to impress in his Xfinity Series intermediate debut and deliver a strong effort for Brandonbilt Motorsports.
“I am very excited to get back in a Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet next weekend at Charlotte,” said Diaz. “It’s unfortunate that we had a mechanical failure at Richmond while we were running very competitively, but I’m thankful for a second opportunity with the team.
“Brandonbilt Motorsports has showed their ability to run well at the intermediate tracks, so I’m confident that will continue, and I’ll be able to conquer my learning curve in quick fashion.”
Diaz’s efforts for Charlotte will be supported by longtime partners The Sign Shop and Solid Rock Carriers.
Headquartered in Woodbridge, Va., The Sign Shop is your one stop shopping place for all your business needs for both custom and traditional needs. From magnetic signs, vehicle lettering, vehicle wraps, signs, screen printing, business cards and embroidery, see how The Sign Shop makes you shine!
Solid Rock Carriers Inc. is a licensed and bonded freight shipping and trucking company running freight hauling business from Lagrange, North Carolina. Serving the eastern United States for over 20 years, Solid Rock Carriers provides on-time delivery and superior customer service.
Additional support for Diaz’s Xfinity Series run include: Prince William Marina, and Trebor Yelgab Enterprises.
“I’m very thankful for the support of my marketing partners,” added Diaz. “The Sign Shop and Solid Rock Carriers have been with me for a long time and their continued support is appreciated. But without their support and Prince William Marina and Trebor Yelgab Enterprises a lot of my racing in 2019, including Charlotte would not be possible.”
Touted as up and coming driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Diaz will expand his resume in the NASCAR Xfinity Series hoping to compete on the larger tracks throughout the remainder of the 2019 season.
For more on Mason Diaz, please visit MasonDiazRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Mason Diaz Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@masondiazracing) and Twitter (@masondiazracing).
For more on Brandonbilt Motorsports, please like them on Facebook (Brandon Brown Racing) and follow them on Instagram (@bmsraceteam) and Twitter (@bmsraceteam).
The Alsco 300 (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 11th of 33 races on the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. Practice begins Thur., May 23rd with two 50-minute sessions beginning at 4:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. respectively. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., May 25th at 9:35 a.m. The race is set to take the green flag later that afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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With $1 million on the line, no championship points to worry about, only 85 laps to negotiate, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ all-stars on the starting grid, Saturday’s Monster Energy All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) has all the elements of being one of the most intense and exciting events of the season.
Motivations to win certainly vary. The race’s all-time winningest driver Jimmie Johnson hasn’t hoisted a trophy since Daytona’s season-opening exhibition, The Clash. The race’s defending winner Kevin Harvick had won five races before All-Star weekend last year but is still looking for his first victory of 2019.
Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman has finished runner-up in the last three consecutive regular season races leading into the Monster Energy Open and would love nothing more than to celebrate for the first time in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Victory Lane. And a win Saturday would make him the fourth driver to win the All-Star race before earning a regular season trophy. His teammate, fan favorite Chase Elliott has been close in three previous All-Star starts but is looking for his first victory in the race as well.
Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson didn’t qualify for the All-Star race because he was winless in 2018 for the first time in three years so he’s eager to press the gas and advance from the Monster Energy Open as is Stewart-Haas Racing’s Daniel Suarez, who like Larson, has a runner-up finish in the All-Star race but no trophy. He won the Monster Energy Open in 2017 and last year finished advanced to All-Star race after winning a stage in the Open; he ultimately finished second to Harvick by a scant 0.325-second in the main event.
Then there’s Kyle Busch, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race winner, who leads all active drivers in laps led (256) in the race, but has only that one victory. He’s coming off his first sub-10th-place finish – 30th in Kansas last week – and extremely eager to regain form. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. is one of eight drivers in Saturday night’s field that’s never won the All-Star race. He’s only had a pair of top-10 finishes in eight All-Star starts, yet turned in the most dominant Coca-Cola 600 showing in history three years ago leading 392 of the race’s 400 laps.
Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski picked up his third victory of the season last weekend at Kansas Speedway – tying him with Kyle Busch for most wins on the year. But the 2012 Monster Energy Series champion is a surprising 0-for-10 in the All-Star race with six top-10 finishes. Twice he’s finished runner-up (2012, 2016).
The only newcomer already qualified for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is JGR’s Erik Jones, who earned a position by virtue of his win in the 2018 Daytona summer race.
“I missed it the last two years so it’s nice to actually be in it this year and have a shot to race for it," Jones said. “I’m excited for that. “I’ve been sitting on my couch back home watching it. It’s great.
“I love this month coming up just being at home for a couple weeks and not having to get a on a plane and travel. You get a lot of friends and family that come and stay in town and that’s always fun.
“A million bucks? Who doesn’t want to win that? It’s a great race. You look at the history of it and some of the shows that have been put on at a that race and it’s something that I think we all look forward to as a driver to have an opportunity to go and compete in."
Potentially four additional drivers will join that field of 15, advancing out of Monster Energy Open – held at 6 p.m. just prior to the All-Star event. This 50-lap race will be an opportunity for up to four drivers to qualify for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. The three stage winners plus a Fan Vote winner will all move into the All-Star grid.
Ryan Newman is the only driver to ever transfer from the Monster Energy Open and go on to win the All-Star race (2002). Kasey Kahne is the only driver to win the Fan Vote and go on to win the All-Star race (2008).
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The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star weekend kicks off Friday night with the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race under the lights.
And while it’s essentially a “home” race for most of NASCAR’s three major series, it’s actually an away show for the series’ championship leading team, ThorSport Racing, which is based in Ohio. And that’s fine with this group of drivers, who figure that makes a victory this weekend all the more dramatic.
ThorSport Racing has certainly been setting the tone of the season with Grant Enfinger leading the championship standings by 13 points over defending series champion Brett Moffitt. Enfinger’s teammate Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner. Another teammate Matt Crafton is one of only three multi-time Charlotte race winners – 2008 and 2016.
This weekend may well open up the title chase again. Enfinger’s lead over Moffitt is tenuous. Former championship leader Stewart Friesen is only 15 points back and Enfinger’s three teammates – Ben Rhodes (-33 points), Sauter (-35) and Crafton (-42) round out the top six.
And Enfinger, who made it to the Championship Four in 2018, acknowledged with a smile that while everyone else may be “excited” to race at Charlotte, he still feels a bit “snake bit” at the track – a change in luck this weekend will be welcome. He’s still looking for his first victory of the season despite leading the point standings four different times.
“I know everybody else is excited about the race but I’m more excited about just getting through Charlotte and hoping we can just get through this race," Enfinger said smiling.
“It seems like the last couple races myself and [crew chief] Jeff Hensley, I just struggled, just missed it a little bit so I say that jokingly, I feel like we’ve got a really good package, we’re bringing our best mile and a half truck here, number 44. I am really excited about it, but at the same time, in back of my mind, we’ve just run so badly there the last couple of years, so hopefully we can get all that fixed. I’ve got confidence in the guys working on it so hopefully we’re going to be good."
Certainly one driver Enfinger and the rest of the field will need to deal with on Friday night is Kyle Busch, who will be making his fifth and final Gander Trucks start of the season.
Busch has won all four previous truck races he entered this year and is a record seven-time winner of the Charlotte truck race. In 12 starts, he has finished first or second 10 times. His only finish outside the top-10 is. … 11th place (2007).
Several updates have been made to the on-track schedule for the Pocono 400 race weekend, taking place May 31-June 2, 2019. The biggest change will be Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) qualifying taking place after NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) qualifying and before the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NXS race on Saturday, June 1.
Kids, ages 12 and under, will receive FREE admission to the 100 and 200 Levels of the Grandstand on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional details about Pocono Raceway’s ‘Kids Free Initiative’ can be found by visiting www.poconokidsfree.com. Grandstand parking is always free, ticket gates will open daily at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday and coolers are welcome. Guests planning to attend the Pocono 400 race weekend should visit www.poconoraceway.com/faninfo for important fan information.
The Pocono 400 race weekend will kicks off with the third annual ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’ on May 31. Fans can bring an empty can (any size) of Monster Energy to be recycled at Pocono Raceway to receive FREE gate entry. On-track events include ARCA Menards Series (AMS) practice and qualifying, MENCS practices and NXS practices. The green flag for the day’s premier event, the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 AMS race, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Events taking place on Saturday include NXS single-car qualifying at 10:05 a.m., MENCS single-car qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NXS race at 1:00 p.m. Kids, ages 12 and under, are FREE and do not require a gate admission ticket for these events on June 1. Tickets for adults start at just $25 and the 100 Level of the Grandstand is general admission seating.
On Sunday, driver introductions are scheduled to begin at 1:20 p.m. with the Pocono 400 MENCS race starting at approximately 2:00 p.m. The Pocono 400 will is broken down into three stages; stage 1 will end on Lap 50, stage 2 will end on Lap 100 and the final stage will end at the advertised race distance on Lap 160.
A full schedule of on-track events, gate opening times and fan-driven activities can be found by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/schedule. This page will be updated regularly as more events are added or adjusted.
Camping guests attending Pocono Raceway can access the Infield and Family Grandstand camping areas starting at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. Fans who will camp during the Pocono 400 should visit www.poconoraceway.com/campinginfo for more details. Camping spots start at $200 and kids, ages 12 and under, always camp for FREE at ‘The Tricky Triangle!’
Note: NASCAR, as the sanctioning body, determines the on-track schedule with support from Pocono Raceway. All times, dates and events are subject to change without notice. Times listed are Eastern Standard Time. Certain terms, conditions and fee may apply to ticket purchases.
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Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr.) is on a streak in ARCA Menards Series competition.
But like any race car driver, he’s not satisfied unless he’s winning.
He’ll get his chance when the series treks to Toledo Speedway for Sunday afternoon’s running of the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care.
Graf Jr., driver of the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion for Mooresville, N.C.-based Chad Bryant Racing is seeking his fourth consecutive top-10 finish in his second start at the iconic half-mile oval. Amongst his championship contenders, no other driver carries an active streak as Graf Jr.
While his sophomore season of ARCA competition didn’t start off on the right foot, Graf Jr. and championship crew chief Chad Bryant have methodically been working on getting Graf’s race cars better and the veteran team feels like Toledo is the right opportunity to put themselves inside the top-five and continue their top-10 streak heading into the summer stretch.
“I’m looking forward to going back to Toledo this weekend,” said Graf Jr. who sits fourth in the championship standings after five races. “We came and tested at Toledo Speedway and by the end of the day, I was pretty happy with what we had.
“Toledo is a relatively flat race track with little banking. That fits into my style and I think I showcased that with my third-place finish last May. This weekend, we’re looking not only at the opportunity to put myself back on the podium – but a chance to get back in Victory Lane.
“That would be a huge boost for our team.”
Knowing that Toledo Speedway usually is a race that formats itself into long green flag runs, Graf said it’s important for him to work with Bryant to make sure their No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion is adjusted correctly as the race goes on.
“Believe it or not, Toledo can be a pretty weather sensitive race track,” explained Graf.
“We have to be prepared for that and I think we will be. With the new procedure this weekend of not losing any spots on pit road under caution, we can focus solely on our on-track product and make sure we’re just as good when the checkered flag nears as we are on when the green flag flies.”
For the sixth straight race, EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company headquartered in New Jersey returns as the primary sponsor of Graf Jr.’s No. 77 Ford Fusion for the 200-lap race.
Since 2001, EAT SLEEP RACE has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies. As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.
“I’m really proud of how we’ve been able to get the EAT SLEEP RACE name out there in a short amount of time,” added Graf. “I’m really happy to be representing them as their brand really fits my lifestyle.
“We’ve done a lot when it comes to activation at the race track and on social media and it helped the bigger picture. Our plastic bag awareness campaign from Daytona was a monstrous success and we’ll look to do things like that throughout the season.”
Bryant says Toledo Speedway historically has been a good track for him from a crew chief role and is eager to work with Graf and put themselves back in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019.
“Joe has worked tremendously hard over the last few weeks both in and out of the car,” offered Bryant. “At Nashville, we came close to a top-five because Joe drove his guts out.
“After the test last week at Toledo, I feel like we’re in the ballpark of where we need to be with the other championship-caliber teams in ARCA and Joe can compete for a win on Sunday. It’s going to be a competitive race but I expect Joe to be in the thick of the battle and coming back to Charlotte satisfied with our Toledo weekend.”
To bring exclusivity to his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, Graf will carry the Fast Kids Club onboard camera for his second start at Toledo Speedway. The Fast Kids Club is the designated youth division of EAT SLEEP RACE. For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.
For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps | 100 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., May 18 with an hour and a half session from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., May 19 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).
Inaugural Burnout on the Bases Set for May 30 Route 66 Stadium as Drag Racing and Softball Collide before the Route 66 NHRA Nationals16 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Route 66 Raceway announced today that it will partner with the NHRA, the Joliet Slammers and the City of Joliet to host the first-ever “Burnout on the Bases” Softball game May 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Route 66 Stadium Joliet to kick off the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway May 30-June 2.
Tickets are just $10 with $5 from each ticket sale benefitting the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s programs that provide hope, healing and justice for children who have endured physical and sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect and exposure to violence.
“Every day we see children who have endured terrible abuse, reclaim their childhood,” explains Will County Children’s Advocacy Center executive director Lisa Morel Las. “We are grateful for Route 66, the NHRA, Joliet Slammers, and the City of Joliet so that we can continue to provide our critical services that help child abuse victims heal and help law enforcement take dangerous child predators off of our streets.”
The Joliet Slammers will play host to the inaugural event where players, City of Joliet celebrities and NHRA drivers and FOX Sports personalities tear it up on the bases to celebrate the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
Food and drinks will be served at Route 66 Stadium with gates opening at 6:00 p.m. An autograph signing and photo-op will take place following the game with the players and Will County CAC therapy dogs Jackson, Kiwi and Malley.
"The Slammers are very excited host Burnout on the Bases and help kickoff the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, “ said Nick Semaca, majority owner of the Joliet Slammers. “We invite all NHRA and Slammers fans out to join us for what will be a really fun night.”
The player line up is as follows:
- Bob O’Dekirk, Mayor of Joliet
- London Lindley, Joliet Slammers, Centerfield
- Ridge Hoopii-Haslam, Joliet Slammers, 2nd Base
- LJ Kalawaia, Joliet Slammers, Left Field
- Chaz Meadow, Joliet Slammers, Short Stop
- Jordan Vandergriff, NHRA Top Fuel driver
- Angie Smith, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider
- Matt Smith, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider
- Freddie Camarena, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider
- Chris Clontz, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider
- Martin Shanahan Jr., Interim City Manager for the City of Joliet
- Christopher P. Regis, Interim Corporate Council for the City of Joliet
- Alan Roechner, City of Joliet Police Chief
- Don “Duck” Dickinson, City of Joliet Councilman
- Nick Semaca, Majority owner of the Joliet Slammers
- Scott Slocum, WJOL Morning Show Host
- Roy Gregory, WCCQ Morning Show Host
- Duffy Blackburn, Will County CAC Board Member
- Jackie Lundquist, Will County CAC Forensic Interviewer
- Brian Lohnes, FOX Sports
- Tony Pedregon, FOX Sports
- Amanda Busick, FOX Sports
- Bruno Massel, FOX Sports
To purchase tickets to the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, or any of the other 2019 Route 66 Raceway events, visit us online at www.Route66Raceway.com, call 888-629-RACE, download the Route 66 Raceway mobile app, visit the Route 66 Raceway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.
When the tripleheader auto racing action gets the green flag this Saturday night at Grandview Speedway local talent Tim Buckwalter will be doing double duty as he races in the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and the Rapid Tire United States Auto Club East Coast Wingless Sprint Cars.
The Douglassville, PA racing talent has been a winner at Grandview in the NASCAR Modifieds and, in addition, has been a two time champion at Kutztown’s Action Track USA and a champion with the American Racing Drivers Club.
The veteran racer will be wheeling a sprinter owned by Norristown’s Bill Gallagher and wrenched by multi-time United Racing Club champion Curt Michael. “It’s a good car. One of the best 360 Sprint cars in the area. It is a big opportunity to work with Curt,” said Buckwalter. “I’m excited to see how we do.”
This will be a first time appearance for the USAC East Coast Sprints at Grandview and a stellar field of racers is expected.
Buckwalter will also be going up against some outstanding driving talents in the Modifieds, something he is familiar with as he is a Saturday night regular. Ten time NASCAR track champion Craig Von Dohren is the current point leader and already has two feature wins to his credit this season.
In addition to the Sprints and Modifieds fans will be treated to the exciting action of the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman stock cars.
A full series of qualifying race events will lead up to the feature events in each of the three divisions. Racing has a 7:30 p.m. starting time.
The very popular Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet, 5 P.M. at the main grandstand entrance, will feature cars and drivers that will be racing later in the evening. Modified racer Ryan Lilick and Sportsman talent Kyle Lilick will be meeting fans and will have their new t-shirts available for sale. In addition two of the top Sprint racing talents, Steven Drevicki and Eddie Strada, will be meeting fans.
Adult admission is $20, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.
And on Sunday, May 19th at 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Big Car Enduro (75-laps), Small Car Enduro (75-laps), Junkyard Car Race (50-laps), Savage 61 Roadrunners (20-lap feature plus qualifying), Vintage Cars (2-20-lap features), Mechanics Race (20-laps), Outlaw 4X4 Truck Series (Heats and Features on Obstacle Course). Adult admission is $10.
Additional information is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.
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Academy Award-winning actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale will serve as honorary starters for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, waving the green flag to start "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Damon and Bale are starring in the upcoming film "FORD v FERRARI" from 20th Century Fox, the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
"The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single-day sporting event on Earth, so it's fitting that global icons Matt Damon and Christian Bale will be in the flag stand on May 26 to send the field of 33 cars charging toward Turn 1," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Matt and Christian are used to performing in the brightest spotlight so we know they will enjoy this special role at the world's greatest race."
The motion picture, directed by James Mangold, is scheduled for release Nov. 15 by The Walt Disney Studios. The cast also includes Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Reno Girone and Ray McKinnon.
Members of the media may download a composite photo of Damon and Bale for news publication purposes by clicking here.
Damon rose to prominence in 1997 with his role as Will in "Good Will Hunting," a film for which he shared the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Screenplay in 1998.
Massachusetts native Damon is also renowned for his roles in "Saving Private Ryan," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Departed," the "Ocean's Eleven" series of films and the Jason Bourne series of films among many more. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in "Invictus" and "The Martian."
Bale first grabbed audiences' attention with his role in "Empire of the Sun."
Wales native Bale has received critical acclaim for his work in such films as "American Psycho," "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "The Dark Knight Rises," "3:10 To Yuma" and many more. He won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in "The Fighter." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in "The Big Short," "American Hustle" and "Vice," for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and for more information on the complete month of May schedule at IMS.
The race will be televised live on NBC for the first time, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. (ET). The green flag is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
As NASCAR® and its fans prepare to celebrate 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte, N.C., the industry will welcome today the newest class of interns selected to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP).
Twenty-eight undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the country will begin orientation today in Charlotte and participate in a motorsports tour that will include Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the other racing venues in and around the city.
On Saturday, May 19, the new intern class will experience the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90) live from Charlotte Motor Speedway as NASCAR’s brightest stars compete for $1 million in prize money.
“For many, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program provides an introduction to motorsports as well as valuable, hands-on experience in an industry rich with opportunity,” said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “As we welcome each new class, we’re reminded of the many careers launched by this program and the positive impact our graduates continue to have on the sport.”
One of the premier internships in sports, NDIP offers college students from diverse backgrounds a unique and practical experience in the motorsports industry. More than 400 students and several industry partners have participated in NDIP since its inception in 2000.
Twenty-four former interns are currently employed in the NASCAR industry. The list includes Jusan Hamilton, who in 2017 became the first African American to serve as race director for a NASCAR national series event. In addition to his race director responsibilities, Hamilton oversees the NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and pit crew development programs.
Brandon Thompson, a 15-year NASCAR industry veteran, completed NDIP internships in 2003 and 2004 in between semesters at Clark Atlanta University. Thompson now runs the Touring Series for NASCAR as managing director.
Katherine Lee, another NDIP alum, works on the events team at NASCAR and organizes high-profile events such as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards and NASCAR Fuel for Business events. In 2017, Dejah Gilliam was a communications intern at NASCAR and now, as a fulltime member of the team, supports industry initiatives across several teams and tracks.
Maryland native Kenneth Lee was part of last year’s NDIP class, and following his internship was hired as an associate producer for Motor Racing Network (MRN) in Concord, N.C. As part of orientation on Friday, Lee will give the new interns a tour of MRN studios.
The 2019 NDIP class will have roles at NASCAR and program partners across the industry which include International Speedway Corporation (ISC), Toyota, MRN and several tracks and teams.
Throughout the program, interns will interact with industry professionals at an array of networking events and lunch-and-learns led by NASCAR executives. The interns will also have access to mentors and NDIP alumni currently working at the sanctioning body and partner organizations.
NDIP is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate-level college students and offers hands-on experience with one of the top sports industries in the country. The internship provides opportunities to multicultural students from all majors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
The 2019 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program class includes:
NASCAR Partnership Marketing
Watkins Glen International
Loyola University Maryland
NASCAR Graphic Design
University of Vermont
Aditya Baban Ghawre
NASCAR Research & Development
North Carolina State University
Jackson State University
Roush Fenway Racing
University of Connecticut
John Huger Jr.
ISC Partnership Marketing & Sales
California State University, Fullerton
Lawrence McMillion II
Virginia State University
NASCAR Driver Marketing
University of Tulsa
NASCAR Digital Content
Richard Childress Racing
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
ISC Digital Communications
NASCAR Research & Development
University of Kentucky
Florida A&M University College of Law
NASCAR International Broadcasting
NASCAR Technical Inspection
NASCAR Technical Institute
Daytona International Speedway
Arizona State University
Jai Hyun So
NASCAR Analytics & Insights
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ISC Sales Academy
The NASCAR Foundation
Michigan International Speedway
University of Michigan
NASCAR Digital Media
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NASCAR Growth Segments
University of Central Florida
When the trucks hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, they will all have one thing in common, a tribute decal to MB Motorsports founder Mike Mittler. Mittler's hard fought battle with cancer came to an end with his passing on Friday, May 10th.
Racing was a big part of Mike Mittler’s life for half a century. “I’ve always loved racing and got involved in 1968,” Mittler said in 2011. “Through local races I got to know the Wallace family. I worked on the crew that helped Rusty Wallace become the USAC stock car Rookie of the Year and 1983 ASA Champion. We ran some NASCAR Busch races and did a few Cup events as well. When Rusty moved south, I started helping Kenny Wallace and was with him when he was crowned the 1986 ASA Rookie of the Year.”
During his early years in racing, Mike worked at Fran’s Chassis Engineering in St. Louis. “We built drag race cars from pro stocks to top fuel and funny cars,” he explained. Mike, along with brother, Paul, founded Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool Company in 1980. It was a gamble, but Mike Mittler’s life has always revolved around building things. “I like the challenge and satisfaction of putting things together, and reaching a goal.” Whether it’s building a race car or a business, Mittler enjoys the process of seeing dreams come true.
Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool has grown to employ more than 60 highly-skilled machinists and support personnel in Wright City, Missouri (40 miles west of St. Louis). The plant includes the latest computer controlled design and machining equipment. Products, including auto racing tools and performance components, are sold across America, as well as in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
The company took the next step in racing by starting its own team. In July 1995, at the historic Milwaukee Mile, MB Motorsports made its debut. Over the next 23 years, MB Motorsports gained the reputation for bringing young and talented drivers into NASCAR racing. The list of drivers who have piloted trucks for Mike Mittler is impressive: Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Justin Algaier, Regan Smith, Bobby Pierce, Garrett Smithley, Spencer Boyd and many more.
And while Mike built a reputation for grooming young talent on the track, his racing presence in race shops was even stronger, as one would be hard pressed to find a shop that hasn't used Mittler Brothers equipment at some point. In addition, he served as President of the National Tooling and Machining Association and spoke before Congress not once, but twice.
Mike was the racer's racer and will be missed by all who knew him.
MB Motorsports PR