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Amid the spring racing season, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has set an aggressive schedule of tire tests at NASCAR tracks. Beginning next week at Michigan International Speedway, Goodyear will hold four tests in a six-week stretch.

Two of the tracks at which Goodyear will test -- Michigan and Pocono Raceway -- will have new surfaces for 2012, thus the immediate need for tests. The other two tracks -- Dover International Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- have been designated as tracks where Goodyear continues to incorporate feedback and stay attuned with advancements NASCAR teams continue to make.

"When a track gets resurfaced, our goal is to conduct a test as soon as the asphalt curing process and weather allows," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tires. "Michigan was finished just before last winter set in and Pocono will be completed within the next couple of weeks. Because both of those tracks will have brand new asphalt, it's a sure bet we'll return with a tire setup that's different from what has been run recently at those tracks.

"As with all repaves, Michigan and Pocono will have smoother surfaces, thus giving the cars more grip, which leads to more heat buildup in the tire. That's why tire testing is so important -- we need to get on the new surface and find the right balance between controlling heat [and] providing an adequate grip level. Every facility has its unique characteristics. We'll work closely with track officials to get a gauge on the asphalt mix they're using, and combine that with our knowledge of the track configuration. Neither of these tracks are planning any significant changes to the track layout."

The Michigan test is scheduled to be held Tuesday and Wednesday. The tentative list of participating teams and drivers are the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford with Matt Kenseth, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon and No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya.

Pocono's test is scheduled for April 24-25 with the No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Kasey Kahne, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Joey Logano, No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge with AJ Allmendinger and No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Aric Almirola.

Before Pocono on the calendar, however, is the test at Dover. Goodyear will test Dover's concrete surface on April 17-18, with an eye toward controlling the "rubbering in" process.

"In talking with teams, we wanted to see if we could actually rubber in the track a little less," Stucker said. "While concrete surfaces are always tricky to take rubber, we feel like we have a good understanding of that process. Now we want to go back and see if we can strike a better balance of how much rubber gets put down while still providing the right level of grip and wear."

Participating in the Dover test will be Allmendinger, the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick, No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet with Dave Blaney, No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Ryan Newman, No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet with Kurt Busch and No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Martin Truex Jr.

At the end of this stretch of tire testing will be New Hampshire, scheduled for May 8-9.

There, Goodyear will be looking to standardize its mile-track tire setup with what it found at Phoenix International Raceway.

"At New Hampshire, we're looking to incorporate similar construction changes to that which we found to be successful at Phoenix," Stucker said. "We've been happy with the results of that construction combination at Phoenix, and our goal is to adapt it to Loudon."

Teams scheduled to test at New Hampshire are the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota with Bobby Labonte, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Regan Smith, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards.

Goodyear PR

NASCAR fans in North Carolina can save on tickets to the upcoming Sprint All-Star Race on May 19 with the Walmart Family Track Pack. The $99 package gives families four race tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and one program – a total savings of more than $100.

"We are making races affordable and accessible for fans," said Rand Waddoups, senior director, Entertainment Properties and Brands, Walmart. "The Walmart Family Track Pack is a great value that gives local fans a way to take their whole family to the track together."

The Walmart Family Track Pack is available online at www.walmart.com/NASCAR and in Ticketmaster kiosks in select stores.

Legends of Racing
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Walmart is sponsoring racing legend Bill Elliott driving Walmart #50 at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona on July 7. Bill Elliott and the Walmart #50 show car will also make appearances at select Walmart stores nationwide leading up to the race.

Through the Legends of Racing online engagement, fans have the opportunity to share their memories and voice their opinions about the top moments in NASCAR history, as well as vote on Bill Elliott's uniform and helmet design.

Fans can vote online at Walmart.com/NASCAR from March 28 - May 14.

Race Time 2012 at Walmart
In addition to the race ticket package, Walmart's Race Time 2012 program gives fans authentic NASCAR merchandise and unique fan events at stores.

Beginning May 23, select Walmart stores in the Charlotte area will host NASCAR fan events featuring real stock racing car displays and racing simulator machines – perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR.

The Concord Walmart, located within five miles of Charlotte Motor Speedway, will again host Race Time events in-store.

"With Walmart and NASCAR teaming up, both longtime fans and those new to NASCAR had the opportunity to experience something they may not have been able to otherwise," said Eric Bonham, store manager of the Concord Walmart. "Our associates had fun with the popular Race Time events last year, and with the track nearby, it's really something fans can get excited about."

Additionally, Walmart stores will feature savings on authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with even more items available on Walmart.com/NASCAR.

Participating stores in the Charlotte area include:

Store #1156
169 Norman Station Blvd.
Mooresville, N.C. 28117

Store #2005
2420 Supercenter Drive N.E.
Kannapolis, N.C. 28083

Store #1552
323 S. Arlington St.
Salisbury, N.C. 28144

Store #2134
7735 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28262

Store #1027
150 Concord Commons
Concord, N.C. 28027

Store #4574
5825 Thunder Road N.W.
Concord, N.C. 28027

WalMart PR

The wait is almost over for fifteen year old Garrett Marchant as his race season will officially begin this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC.  This weekend the South East Limited Late Model Series will be racing at the NASCAR Home Track as they also kick-off their season.  Marchant was originally going to start his season on March 3rd but Mother Nature was the real winner, washing out both Saturday and Sunday that weekend.  Marchant will be competing in the Challenger Division which will be forty fast paced racing action laps at SNMP.

Marchant will have a different look this weekend when he goes to put his helmet over his head and climb into his No. 77 Lone Star Car Transportation Limited Late Model.  He will be rewarding his fans that “liked” him on Facebook the past several months through a promise Marchant made to them.  The promise was if he reached 2,000 “likes” by the start of his 2012 season he would dye his hair for that race.  Marchant overwhelming reached this goal and will be dying his hair this weekend.  To find out what color it will be, fans can monitor Garrett’s social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

“I’m pumped up for this weekend; this is the best car I have ever had.  I am looking forward to a solid finish in only my second Late Model start, and first ever start at Southern National,” Marchant explained about racing this weekend.  Garrett will also be having a booth at the track for fans to get involved in his racing.  Garrett will be signing autographs after he qualifies at the booth where fans can register for his fan club as well as donate to his Racing 2 Cure efforts. Those who cannot attend the race can donate by visiting: racing2cure.org/drivers/GarrettMarchant.

It looks like a great weekend for some racing and the entire crew at BMR Motorsports is excited to get the season started with Garrett Marchant in the No. 77 lscautoshipping.com LLM.  Fans can follow all the action by coming out to the track, or if they are unable to attend can follow Garrett's PR twitter account: @GMR77PR.

For more information on Garrett Marchant Racing please visit www.garretmarchant.com, Facebook: facebook.com/garrettmarchantracing, PR Twitter: @GMR77PR, Garrett's personal Twitter: @OfficialGarrett, and YouTube: youtube.com/user/GarrettMarchantRacin.

LLM PR

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America announced today the course for its April 28May 4 cross-country motorcycle trek. More than 175 riders will join the 18th anniversary ride beginning in Napa, Calif., and travel over 2,500 miles before finishing at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded by former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Petty, the Charity Ride raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction, a camp created to benefit children with chronic or life threatening illnesses.

"We started this ride as a small group of friends just riding from track to track," said Kyle Petty, who currently serves as a NASCAR television analyst for SPEED, Showtime and TNT. "It's amazing to see how this event has grown – seven days of beautiful riding with more than 175 riders helping to send hundreds of kids to Victory Junction."

In 2012, for the first time riders will pass among the sprawling redwood forests of California and travel both "The Loneliest Road in America" (U.S. Highway 50) and "The Million Dollar Highway" (U.S. Route 550). In addition to 25 planned fuel stops, the 2012 Charity Ride route will make overnight visits in Redding, Calif. ; Reno, Nev. ; Richfield, Utah ; Grand Junction, Colo. ; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Lubbock, Texas .

Two-time Daytona 500 winner (2009, 2012) Matt Kenseth, former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage, NASCAR legend Harry Gant and former NBA star and NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty also plan to participate for all (or part) of this year's ride.

"The Kyle Petty Charity Ride makes a real difference in children's lives," said Walker, who's participating in his seventh event in 2012. "It's not only the kids we visit with along the route, it's the donations that help sponsor thousands of trips to Victory Junction that make this ride so special."

Past notable riders include Robin Pemberton, Vice President of Competition, NASCAR; 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart; NASCAR drivers Michael Waltrip, Geoff Bodine, Steve Park, and Kenny Schrader; supermodel Niki Taylor; PGA golfer Davis Love III; Orange County Chopper co-founder Paul Teutul, Sr., among others. Since 1995, more than 7,000 riders have logged 10.1 million cumulative miles alongside Petty and donated more than $14.5 million to primary beneficiary Victory Junction and other charities that support chronically ill children.

A year-round camp, Victory Junction was founded by the Petty family to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating experiences that are memorable, empowering, and physically safe and medically sound. The Randleman, N.C., camp was founded by the Pettys to honor their late son Adam; since opening its doors in 2004, Victory Junction has been the Charity Ride's primary beneficiary.

In the last eight years, more than 7,350 children with health issues that would typically prevent them from attending camp have attended Victory Junction at no charge thanks to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. Construction of a second facility is currently under way in Kansas City, Kan.

Fans and spectators along the Charity Ride route can contribute through the "Small Change. Big Impact." program, which accepts donations at the Ride's pit stop locations. The public can also make a $10 donation by texting RIDE to 27722. Reply to the confirmation text with the word YES to confirm the donation, and $10 will appear on the user's wireless bill or will be deducted from a prepaid balance. Online donations are also accepted here.

The 2012 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is made possible by sponsors Coca-Cola, Pilot Flying J, Racing Electronics, WinCraft Racing and FLUIDYNE Racing Products, Freightliner, Krispy Kreme and FGX International.

To follow Petty and the riders live, fans should visit Facebook or follow Kyle and the ride on Twitter: @kylepetty and @kpcharityride. For detailed information on Ride pit stops, or for more information on Victory Junction and the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, visit kylepettycharityride.com.

2012

Kyle Petty Charity

Ride Across America Schedule

Day 1

Saturday, April 28

Napa, Calif., to Redding, Calif.

Day 2

Sunday, April 29

Redding, Calif., to Reno, Nev.

Day 3

Monday, April 30

Reno, Nev., to Richfield, Utah

Day 4

Tuesday, May 1

Richfield, Utah, to Grand Junction, Colo.

Day 5

Wednesday, May 2

Grand Junction, Colo., to Albuquerque, N.M.

Day 6

Thursday, May 3

Albuquerque, N.M., to Lubbock, Texas

Day 7

Friday, May 4

Lubbock, Texas, to Fort Worth, Texas


Kyle Petty Charity Ride PR

As the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award nominations kick into high gear, the contest’s 2011 winner, Robert Weaver, had a street named in his honor last week in Talladega, Ala. The city of Talladega recognized Weaver by renaming a street “Weaver Way” to acknowledge his charitable accomplishments.

Nominations for the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award are open through May 31, 2012 at NASCAR.COM/foundation.

“Suffice to say that Robert Weaver is well-deserving of this latest honor,” said France, chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation. “He was chosen as our inaugural award winner last year from an unbelievable list of nominees.

“We’re currently accepting our 2012 nominations, and we want to urge everyone to get involved in that process. There are a lot of Robert Weaver-type individuals out there in ‘NASCAR Nation,’ people who personify all that is good about our sport.”

Robert Weaver has been volunteering with Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) for more than 50 years. In addition to his monthly charitable endeavors, the 84-year-old dedicates 30 hours a week to helping children in the organization. This passionate NASCAR fan’s many contributions range from creating intramural basketball teams and bowling programs to teaching students how to ride tricycles.

“The past several months have been such a whirlwind – all of the excitement surrounding being a finalist and then the inaugural winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and now having an actual street that bears my name in my home town – it is all simply overwhelming,” said Weaver.

"Mr. Weaver has been an icon within the City for decades, and we were elated to see his lifetime of volunteerism rewarded when he was presented with the inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award,” said Brian Muenger, city manager for the City of Talladega. “The City of Talladega is truly blessed to have Mr. Weaver amongst our residents and is pleased to name a street in his honor as a token of our appreciation for his selfless dedication."

The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award honors the steadfast commitment The NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman Betty Jane France has demonstrated on behalf of charities and community works throughout her life. France, the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, is credited with creating the “Speediatrics” concept, a pediatric unit with a racing-themed décor at both the Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla.

NASCAR PR

There are a few select races throughout the country that both fans and competitors alike circle on their calendars every year once schedules are announced that they mark as a must attend. Most of those events have twenty, thirty, or even forty years of history that has built them to what they are today. However, the PASS South Easter Bunny 150 at the Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway has developed into one of the most attended races by competitors in the country in just six years of existence.

An average of fifty cars have attended each of the last two Easter Bunny 150 events making it the most attended single day super late model event in the country during that time. Just making the event is an accomplishment for some drivers such as Landon Cling, driving under the Brad Kesolowski Racing banner, who made his first career Easter Bunny 150 start a season ago.

“I don’t think I realized at the time but now looking back making the field in such a big race like the Easter Bunny 150 my first year of super late model racing was a pretty big accomplishment. We didn’t have the finish we wanted, but overall I think that race really showed a lot of people the promise of my BKR race team,” said 2012 PASS South Series championship contender Landon Cling.

Other drivers that have won a Bunny trophy knows what it feels like to be on top of the super late model world. An Easter Bunny win comes with plenty of recognition both near and far as it did for Ryan Lawler when he won the event in 2007 on his way to the PASS South Series championship that year. Lawler, who now just competes randomly behind the wheel, will be back at this year’s Easter Bunny 150 piloting Robert Hamke’s #74 machine. In addition to Lawler, plenty of PASS veterans have already filled entries such Jay Fogleman, Brandon Ward, Preston Peltier, Ben Rowe, and Cassius Clark, driving the #8 machine owned by Dick Woodman.

The talent behind the wheel from all corners of the country converging on one track has lead to fans flocking from as far as Canada to schedule personal vacation time around the event just to see the action packed, bumping and banging racing the abrasive 3/8th mile oval produces.

“My buddies and I have made the trip from Ontario, Canada the last three years to catch the Easter Bunny 150 and the caliber of competition that shows up is unreal. Without a doubt it is one of the best super late model races in North America and continues to get better every year,” noted fan Spencer Lewis via the Pro All Stars Series Facebook page.

This year, fans abroad that haven’t had a chance to see what the Easter Bunny 150 is all about in person will be able to watch the event live via online pay per view courtesy of 3 Wide Networks. For $19.99 fans will be able to view 3 Wide Networks multiple camera live feed with their personal computers, laptops, cell phones, or IPADs with play-by-play action from series announcer Alan Dietz through the public address system.

The 2012 Easter Bunny 150 at the Hickory Motor Speedway kicks off Saturday April 7th at 12 noon with practice followed by time trials at 4:30pm. PASS South super late model last chance races, Bandolero, Legend, and Allison Legacy Series features start at 6pm with the Easter Bunny 150 to follow at approximately 8pm.

PASS Racing PR

Rapid Running and Pocono Raceway announced the creation of the Rapid Running Pocono Half Marathon, which will have its inaugural run on May 5, 2012 in Long Pond, PA.

The race will have a festive, spectator-friendly atmosphere, with live bands positioned every other mile throughout the course, as well as in the post-race area. The highlight, however, will be a finish inside the historic Pocono Raceway

Runners can choose from the following formats:

  • Half Marathon: Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.
  • 5K: Saturday, May 5, 8:15 a.m.
  • 1 Mile Kids Fun Run: Friday,  May 4th, 6:30 p.m. (children will run inside the Pocono Raceway)
  • Concert/Broadway In the Burg starting at 3:30PM on May 5th

Race fees will vary depending on when a participant registers, but the starting rates are $75 for the half marathon, $25 for the 5K and $10 for the Kids Fun Run.

Race organizers will also present Packet Pick-Up at Pocono Raceway on May 4th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a concert and Broadway Show for race participants on the evening of May 5th at the Sherman Theater

Pocono Raceway will present a delicious Pasta Dinner for the runners from 4-7PM on Friday May 4th at the Pocono Raceway.

David Mason, President of Rapid Running, states, “The Rapid Running Pocono Half Marathon will be the first event of its kind at the Pocono Raceway. Whether you’re a championship runner or just trying to get healthy and stay fit, you’ll have the unique opportunity to run inside the world famous Pocono Raceway, and hear hundreds of people cheering you on.”

“Pocono Raceway is proud to partner with Rapid Running in The Rapid Running Pocono Half Marathon,” stated Brandon Igdalsky, Raceway President and CEO. “This prestigious event is sure to bring a large number of participants and spectators to the Pocono Mountains and will showcase all that this resort area has to offer.”

Sponsors for the Rapid Running Pocono Half Marathon include: Pocono Raceway, Pocono Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rapid Running, Active.com, Half2Run.com and Fifty States Half Marathon Club.

Pocono Raceway PR

As Martinsville prepares for the upcoming Goody's Fast Relief 500, select Walmart stores will offer authentic NASCAR merchandise and host exclusive fan events starting March 28. Customers are invited to attend these special events and enjoy real stock racing car displays, a special appearance by Miss Coors Light, and racing simulator machines – perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR – on March 28 - 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Walmart is the champion of the racing fan, and we are committed to providing customers with savings on authentic merchandise, as well as unique race time experiences," said Gregory Bradley, market manager, Walmart. "We want to give fans affordability and accessibility, so they can enjoy race time with their families and friends."

Race Time at Walmart

In addition to the fan events happening in Walmart parking lots, area Walmart stores will feature savings on all the food and snacks you need to enjoy the race, plus authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with an even bigger selection of exclusive products available at Walmart.com/NASCAR.

Participating stores near the Martinsville Speedway include:

Wednesday, March 28

Events free and open to the public include the Hefty show car simulator, 5-Hour Energy show car, Walmart's 50th Anniversary show car, Coca-Cola 2-seat simulator, General Mills Wheaties show car, Oreo Ritz show car and Kellogg's Cheez-It simulator at:

Store #1465
515 Mount Cross Road
Danville, Va.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 29

Events free and open to the public include the Hefty show car simulator, 5-Hour Energy show car, Walmart's 50th Anniversary show car, Coca-Cola 2-seat simulator, General Mills Wheaties show car, Oreo Ritz show car, Kellogg's Cheez-It simulator, Pepsi #24 and #88 show cars, simulators and inflatables and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger at:

Store #3305
6711 North Carolina 135
Mayodan, N.C.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, March 30

Events free and open to the public include the Hefty show car simulator, 5-Hour Energy show car, Walmart's 50th Anniversary show car, Coca-Cola 2-seat simulator, General Mills Wheaties show car, Oreo Ritz show car, Kellogg's Cheez-It simulator, Pepsi #24 and #88 show cars, simulators and inflatables, and Pennzoil No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger at:

Store #1558
304 E. Arbor Lane
Eden, N.C.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 31

Miss Coors Light Appearance from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Events free and open to the public include the Hefty show car simulator, 5-Hour Energy show car, Walmart's 50th Anniversary show car, Coca-Cola 2-seat simulator, General Mills Wheaties show car, Oreo Ritz show car, Kellogg's Cheez-It simulator, Pepsi #24 and #88 show cars, simulators and inflatables, and Pennzoil No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger at:

Store #1243
976 Commonwealth Blvd. E.
Martinsville, Va.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walmart PR

As Fontana prepares for the upcoming Auto Club 400, select Walmart stores will offer authentic NASCAR merchandise and host exclusive fan events starting March 22. Customers are invited to attend these special events and enjoy real stock racing car displays, personal appearances by drivers Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon, and racing simulator machines – perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR – on March 22, 23, and 24.

"Walmart is the champion of the racing fan, and we are committed to providing customers with savings on authentic merchandise, as well as unique race time experiences," said Wesley Morris, Walmart market manager. "We want to give fans affordability and accessibility, so they can enjoy race time with their families and friends."

Race Time at Walmart
In addition to the fan events happening in Walmart parking lots, area Walmart stores will feature savings on all the food and snacks you need to enjoy the race, plus authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with an even bigger selection of exclusive products available at Walmart.com/NASCAR.

Participating stores in the Fontana area include:

Thursday, March 22

Displays free and open to the public include the M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod & Trophy Display, Degree Show Car, Hefty Show Car Simulator, #24 Pepsi MAX Show Car and #88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car at:

Store #3276
4001 Hallmark Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

Bush's Sprint Cup Driver Bobby Labonte from 4:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the Wheaties Show Car, the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Oreo Ritz Show Car, Bush's Best Ultimate Tailgate Truck, 5-hour Energy Show Car at:

Store #1693
2050 West Redlands Blvd.
Redlands, CA 92373
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 23

 

Displays free and open to the public include the Wheaties Show Car, 5-hour Energy Show Car, Bush's Best Ultimate Tailgate Truck at:

Store #3464
3943 Grand Ave.
Chino, CA 91710
10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

Displays free and open to the public include the #24 Pepsi MAX Show Car and #88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car, Degree Show Car, Oreo Ritz Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Hefty Show Car Simulator, M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod & Trophy Display at:

Store #1756
17251 Foothill Blvd.
Fontana, CA 92335
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 24

Displays free and open to the public include the M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod & Trophy Display, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Hefty Show Car Simulator, Degree Show Car and Wheaties Show Car at:

Store #1862
1610 S. Riverside Ave.
Rialto, CA 92376
10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

Pepsi MAX Sprint Cup Driver Jeff Gordon from 4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.

Displays free and open to the public include the Bush's Best Ultimate Tailgate Truck, #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Oreo Ritz Show Car, 5-hour Energy Show Car, #24 Pepsi MAX Show Car and #88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car at:

Store #1922
12549 Foothill Blvd.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

WalMart PR

NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion kicks-off the 2012 season by welcoming 18 partner schools from across the U.S. This innovative case study competition gives college students the opportunity to work through real-world business challenges and scenarios provided by NASCAR and its various industry stakeholders, such as Official Partners, teams and tracks.

“Anytime we at NASCAR have the opportunity to encourage hands-on experiences, like NASCAR Kinetics provides to young aspiring motorsports executives, we are in full support,” said Steve Phelps, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Our hope is that students utilize the marketing strategies and team concepts they learn to create opportunities to shine in the motorsports industry.”

Since 2009 college students across the nation have spent a semester immersed in the NASCAR brand through NASCAR Kinetics. This grassroots program began with four schools and has grown to become NASCAR’s largest college initiative with 18 schools this semester.

This semester’s first case studies will ask students to create a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy that will help increase Fathead sale of NASCAR-related merchandise. While the second will challenge each team to deliver creative ideas that will help Camping World strength its relationship with NASCAR and promote its products at-track, in stores and online. The final stage of the competition, the viewing parties, will all be hosted in conjunction with M&M’s and will serve to celebrate the colorfulness of the M&M’s characters and NASCAR.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the NASCAR Kinetics program," said Joanna Cline, Fathead's Chief Marketing Officer. "The participating students have refreshing perspective and creative solutions to the marketing challenges presented."

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with NASCAR for this semester’s NASCAR Kinetics program,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO Camping World/Good Sam Enterprises. “The NASCAR partnership is a key component of our overall marketing landscape, and we’re eager to tap into the students’ ingenuity for potential ideas on how to better connect the fan with our brand, products and services.”

This semester, Kinetics is available at the following 18 schools across the country: Belmont Abbey College, Centenary College, Central Michigan University, Coastal Carolina University, East Tennessee State University, Elon University, High Point University, Indiana State University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Oklahoma State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Troy University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Oregon and Virginia State University.

NASCAR Kinetics is available every fall and spring semester to teams of five students who are chosen from each participating school. Eligible students must be at least a sophomore with a minimum 2.75 GPA and pursuing a degree or concentration in sport management, sport marketing, business, management, marketing, public relations, communications, journalism, advertising or broadcasting. These students work together to produce one submission for each case study, while concurrently planning and executing a viewing party of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

While the teams are competing for the grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte, N.C., the greater reward is the invaluable experience that serves to build their resume as they finish school and begin their careers.

NASCAR PR

Joey Coulter, piloting his No. 2 Wolf-Pack Racing Chevrolet Pro Dirt Late Model in the Fastrack Racing Series, captured his first career dirt late model victory Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway.

The 21-year-old Coulter, who drives full time for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, began his dirt late model career just a few-short months ago after joining the esteemed team at Wolf-Pack Racing. Under the veteran tutelage of crew chief Danny Myers, Coulter has spent much of his sparse spare time testing his new Wolf-Pack Racing built Rocket Chassis.

His first career start came at Screven Motor Speedway exceeding all expectations as he wheeled his way to a 10th-place finish. After missing the field at Carolina Speedway, the Miami Springs, Fla., native had a newfound vengeance heading into Bulls Gap, Tenn’s Volunteer Speedway.

Qualifying third out of the impressive 23-car field for the 30-lap feature, Coulter set in to follow the veterans and continue to learn the ever-changing dirt surface. Closely tailing the leaders in third-place for most of the race, Coulter overtook the lead on Lap 22 and never looked back. He crossed the finish line in his No. 2 Wolf-Pack Racing Chevrolet on Lap 30 to capture his first career victory in a dirt late model in only his second start.

Coulter Motorsports

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