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Joey Logano says that anytime he experiences the highest level of success on the racetrack, a sudden burst of energy just comes pouring out of him uncontrollably. He describes it as an out of body experience.

He went to that very rare zen place last November after winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. In that moment of euphoria, he trades words and phrases for a more primitive response.

“Just a lot of screaming,” Logano said. “I think I pulled a muscle.”

A few years earlier at Bristol Motor Speedway, Logano experienced that same rush of adrenaline and post-race elation after capturing his first checkered flag at the iconic all-concrete half-mile bullring.

It was another time that he was overcome in a screaming fashion, overjoyed to grab a victory at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

“You know you come across the line at Bristol and it’s such a big win here, that I’m kind of at a loss for words, so I just scream,” Logano said after winning the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in 2014. “There’s just so much raw emotion that comes out of nowhere.”

Logano, now with a NASCAR championship ring firmly secured to his finger, will be looking to once again experience a thrilling victory that produces a ton of screaming on Sunday, April 7 at Bristol Motor Speedway during the running of the Food City 500.

With two Night Race victories at BMS, Logano would love to add a Food City 500 trophy to his case. He says you really know you’ve earned something special when you are presented a Gladiator Sword in Victory Lane at The Last Great Colosseum.

“It’s just the baddest mamma jamma racetrack ever built,” Logano says.

“Winning at Bristol, it’s such a driver’s racetrack,” he continues. “It’s such a tough place to get around. You’ve got to think about 500 laps around that place. It’s like, so long, and you’re just shot at the end of it, mentally and physically, and your car is wore out and you’re trying to get everything you can. There’s rubber everywhere, and you’re trying to stay out of that, but you’re trying to run fast laps, and trying to work around other cars. You never get a break.”

It’s a track that seems to fit Logano’s style of racing. He has performed well there over the years. He has nine top 10s in his last 13 starts at BMS, including the two victories. In the two races last year he finished ninth and fourth respectively, and led 95 laps of the August race.

“What makes Bristol so much fun to go around is that you can drive around this place four or five different ways and have a lot of speed no matter how you drive it,” he said. “It’s what fits your style and the setup of your car.”

And speaking of cars, Logano will be bringing a brand new No. 22 Pennzoil machine to Bristol this year. During Daytona Speedweeks, the car performed very well, finishing third in the Clash, winning his Gander RV Duel and placing fourth in the prestigious Daytona 500.

“I think it showed (at Daytona),” Logano said. “Our team is continuing the momentum from the championship. I think that’s a really good thing.”

However, Logano knows that his championship season is in the rearview mirror. He’s already mentally shifted gears and is fully focused on the 2019 season.

“It’s nice to walk in (the Cup garage) knowing that you know how to (win a championship) because you’ve proven you know how to do it,” Logano said recently. “You always say you know how to do it, but until you do it, you don't really know.

“You have that on your side that makes you feel more confident in yourself. I think that’s a good piece. Like I’ve told everyone though, that’s all last year, all washed out. We’re all back at zero right now.

“It was great, we rode the wave, enjoyed it (and) had a lot of fun. But it’s over. We’re past champions. We need to try to be the new champion this year.”

In only seven weeks, NASCAR fans will have their first chance to see Logano and other top NASCAR stars such as Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in action and witness short track racing at its best during the April 5-7 Food City 500 weekend. In addition to Sunday’s Food City 500, the event also will showcase a Saturday doubleheader with the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. On Friday, the Cup Series stars will try to break the BMS track record of 131.668 mph (Denny Hamlin, Aug. 2016) as they qualify during Bush’s Beans Pole Day. Friday afternoon’s Food City Family Race night, held at the track, is one of the longest running fan events on the NASCAR circuit.

During the Food City 500 weekend you’ll definitely want to take advantage of so many activities to make a complete weekend of family fun, including great video entertainment provided by Colossus TV, the world’s largest center-hung video screen, premium VIP experiences like the Chairman’s Experience, tailgating, on-site camping, concerts, great food and beverages in the concession stands throughout the property, and so much more.
And for families who want to bring the entire clan, Bristol Motor Speedway officials are making it easier than ever for kids to have an awesome experience. Kids’ tickets (12 and under) are free and adult tickets are $10 for Friday’s (April 5) Bush’s Beans Pole Day. On Saturday (April 6), kids’ tickets are free and adult tickets start at $30 for the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series event. On Sunday (April 7) adult tickets start at $50 for the Food City 500 and kids’ tickets are $10. For all races, each child must have a physical ticket in hand to enter the gates. The Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office is the only authorized location that can produce the free kids’ tickets.

To purchase tickets to the Food City 500, please call 423-BRISTOL or buy them online at www.BRISTOLTIX.com. Tickets can also be purchased directly from any neighborhood Food City store.


Attending a NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is an experience like no other, and the track is working with its partners in the “Entertainment Capital of the World” to provide a plethora of activities for fans to enjoy during their visit next week.

Whether it’s seeing their favorite driver up close at a special appearance or listening to free music, the more than 100,000 people who will come to town for the weeklong racing festival are in for a treat. From hometown drivers Noah Gragson and Brendan Gaughan appearing at the Ultimate Vegas Sports Weekend FanFest at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4-5 p.m. Pacific Time and the highly popular NASCAR Hauler Parade up the Las Vegas Strip at 6 that same night, fans can get primed and ready for NASCAR action in a variety of ways.

NASCAR faithful will have plenty of chances to see their favorite drivers, including Las Vegas native Kyle Busch appearing at M&M’s World on the Las Vegas Strip at 6:30 p.m. and Kurt Busch participating in the Feb. 28 autograph session at the LVMS Dirt Track before the World of Outlaws and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races begin. Click here for a complete list of driver appearances.

The speedway also is bringing back the Turn 4 Turn Up fan area on the concourse level overlooking the 1.5-mile oval, a special gathering spot that was a huge hit during LVMS’s September race weekend. The Ferris wheel will be back, and the area – which is free to all ticketholders – also will feature fire pits, food trucks, a DJ, mechanical bull, games and drink special in a festival-like atmosphere.

In addition, a number of popular bands and musical acts are performing in the Neon Garage Friday through Sunday. There also will be several appearances at the NASCAR.com Trackside Live stage in the Neon Garage throughout the weekend.

Driver appearances, the weekend schedule, fan information and transportation options are all available on LVMS.com or on the LVMS app.

LVMS’s spring 2019 NASCAR Weekend begins with Strat Qualifying and the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, March 1, continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 2, and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 3. That NASCAR action will be preceded by two nights of World of Outlaws action on Feb. 27 and 28 and the Star Nursery 100 K&N Pro Series West race on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the LVMS Dirt Track, giving the nearly 1,000-acre facility five consecutive days of top-notch racing.

For tickets to all events, or for specialty items like Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 parking permits or driver introduction passes, call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com.


 Talladega Superspeedway is turning the BIG Five-O this year and the “Big One on the Blvd.” is going to be BIGGER and better than ever! Along with a new lineup of fan competitions, NASCAR’s Party Capital is taking it back old school for the can’t-miss event on Friday, April 26.

Scheduled for a 7 p.m. CDT start, the “Big One on the Blvd.” will showcase a host of NASCAR’s biggest stars atop a Mardi-Gras style float, parading down Talladega Blvd. in the legendary infield. When the float reaches the Miller Lite Pavilion, the fans become the stars and participate in four outlandish, original “fan challenges” – overseen by NASCAR drivers and personalities. The games include:

Weenie in the Hole
Do you have good aim? Well hot diggity dog! Weenie in the Hole is just for you! Three contestants will face off to get as many jumbo hotdog weenies in the hole of their buckets before the clock runs out - using only their mouths! The contestant with the most successful weenie drops will receive $100!

Cake Stand
CAKE STAND, CAKE STAND, DO SOMETHING CRAZY!!! Three teams of three will attempt to devour a delicious Talladega Superspeedway 50th Anniversary cake while in keg stand position! Knees weak, arms are heavy? No problem, you can alternate with teammates! The first team to consume the entire cake will receive $300 and bragging rights!

Straight Arm’d and Delicious
Pour some sugar on me! In this straight arm relay challenge, three contestants will pour smoothies over their heads and try to catch as much liquid in their mouths as possible! Don’t swallow, because the contestant to fill up his or her designated bucket first will receive $250! You must be SMOOTH to win this competition!

BBQ Sauce Wrestling
BBQ Sauce Wrestling is back and better than ever! Four ladies will battle it out in a 500-gallon pit of BBQ sauce in order to capture their opponent’s flag! After two elimination rounds of best 2 out of 3, then an ultimate championship round, the BBQ Sauce Wrestling Queen will win a grand prize of $1,000! Are you saucy enough to take the challenge?

Fans can sign up here at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/bigone for a chance to participate in one of the competitions and claim bragging rights!

Some of the biggest names in NASCAR are expected to partake in this year’s festivities. Noted personalities who have participated in the past include Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suarez, Daniel Hemric and Jeffrey Earnhardt, along with media types Jeff Gordon, Michael Waltrip and Kim Coon.

All Renewal Guest ticket holders, infield camping guests and fans who purchased an infield wristband can join in on the festivities. Be sure to bring your ticket for access. For information on the “Big One on the Blvd.” or general ticket information for all three days of racing, call 855-518-RACE (7223) or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

*Signing up for a competition does not guarantee a spot as a competitor. Talladega Superspeedway staff will select the final list of game participants.

The wild evening of fun is a part of the spring tripleheader weekend that features the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series (set for a 5 p.m. CDT start earlier on Friday), the MoneyLion 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday at noon CDT, and the GEICO 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, April 28, set for a 1 p.m. CDT start.


Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and Dominion Energy are joining forces to thank past and present military members through the track’s Military Appreciation Program. Dominion Energy will be naming rights sponsor of the program and hospitality area. The official names will be Richmond Raceway Military Appreciation presented by Dominion Energy and Richmond Raceway Military Hospitality presented by Dominion Energy.

“Richmond Raceway has a longstanding history of honoring our nation’s military, and with Dominion Energy’s partnership we are now able to do that on a larger scale,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Dominion Energy has a tremendous impact on veterans and active duty military in the greater Richmond region and throughout the Commonwealth, so it is great to partner with an organization that values service members like Richmond Raceway does. We look forward to continuing to show our appreciation for the military with the help of Dominion Energy during the NASCAR event weekends.”

Dominion Energy has a lengthy history of supporting the greater Richmond region’s military members. The organization has made providing support to the military, veterans, and their families a priority, dating back to World War I. At Dominion Energy, one in five new hires is a military veteran. Recently, G.I. Jobs ranked Dominion Energy No. 5 in its 2019 list of the top military-friendly companies nationwide. The company also connects veterans with careers in the energy industry through their Troops to Energy Jobs program.

“For decades, Dominion Energy has supported our nation’s active duty military, reservists and veterans,” said Bill Murray, senior vice president – Corporate Affairs and Communications at Dominion Energy. “It is an honor to host our veterans in partnership with the Richmond Raceway and to show our appreciation of their defense of our nation.”

Richmond Raceway Military Appreciation presented by Dominion Energy has become one of the more popular ticket offers at America’s Premier Short Track. For Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, past and present service members receive a discounted price on DC Solar FanGrounds passes with the purchase of a race ticket. The first 1,500 military ticketholders will also receive complimentary access to the Richmond Raceway Military Hospitality presented by Dominion Energy area located in the Old Dominion Building. The hospitality area consists of food, beverages, entertainment, and appearances by NASCAR celebrities.

Past and present service men and women are also eligible to receive discounted tickets for NASCAR Xfinity Series races. For more information on the Richmond Raceway Military Appreciation presented by Dominion Energy, visit richmondraceway.com/military.

Richmond Raceway PR

Kennesaw, Georgia-based Ultimate Tailgating will sponsor the February 23 Ultimate Tailgating 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

 “I can’t think of a better pairing than NASCAR and tailgating,” said Michael Bailey, CEO of Ultimate Tailgating. “We are excited to be on board with the Gander Outdoor Truck Series and there’s no better place than Atlanta Motor Speedway because that’s where we call home.”

Ultimate Tailgating is the nation's premier event rental company specializing in all-inclusive tailgating, corporate, marketing and hospitality rentals. From concerts to football games and, of course, NASCAR, Ultimate Tailgating can elevate your tailgate. The company has eight locations that serve 40 states.

“We’re happy to have a locally-based company like Ultimate Tailgating on board to help make Atlanta’s NASCAR weekend an unforgettable one,” said Brandon Hutchison, Executive Vice President and General Manager of AMS. “We look forward to having a strong partnership with them that will enhance the experience for our fans.”

The Ultimate Tailgating 200 will be the second of three NASCAR national touring series races during Georgia’s NASCAR weekend. The race is preceded Saturday by the Rinnai 250 XFINITY Series race. On Sunday, February 24, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race rounds out the weekend’s NASCAR action.

Tickets for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend can be purchased by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com


With major portions of Project Neon now complete, Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials are excited and optimistic about the track’s traffic outlook for next week’s NASCAR Weekend.

Fans heading to the 1.5-mile speedway on Interstate 15 from the Las Vegas Strip are expected to have a much quicker commute through the city’s “Spaghetti Bowl” at the north end of the Strip, thanks to the completion of the area’s re-design and other completed road projects that will benefit incoming and outgoing traffic on race weekend.

Construction at Craig Road and Las Vegas Boulevard adjacent to Nellis Air Force Base has been completed and is expected to provide a wider and smoother path to and from LVMS via the Las Vegas Boulevard route. 

“We would like to applaud the efforts of the construction crews who have worked tirelessly to improve traffic flow in Las Vegas, and we’re confident those enhancements will benefit our race fans next week,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “Our partnership with area officials and the Nevada Department of Transportation to provide our fans with the best travel options continues, and we’re excited for a great week of racing here at LVMS. We expect a big crowd for our NASCAR tripleheader, as well as our two nights of racing at the Dirt Track, and we can’t wait to get it started.”

The speedway’s Front-Stretch Shuttle luxury bus service will be back again to provide race fans with a VIP experience as they travel from downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip to the track. Three-day weekend passes and single-day passes for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube are available for purchase, and the shuttle service will feature multiple pick-up locations and a prime drop-off spot within steps of the main ticket gates.

For fans driving their own vehicles to the speedway, options like the Lucky 7 Preferred Lot, which will have two dedicated exit lanes following the races on Saturday and Sunday, are encouraged. LVMS would like to remind fans that the speedway’s extensive on-site shuttle system will not begin running until 45 minutes after the conclusion of Saturday’s and Sunday’s races due to heavy foot traffic leaving the venue.

Traffic updates will be provided on Sunday, March 3, via the LVMS Twitter feed (@lvmotorspeedway) and on the radio at KBAD AM-920.

LVMS’s spring 2019 NASCAR Weekend begins with Strat Qualifying and the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, March 1; continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 2; and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 3. The NASCAR action will be preceded by two nights of World of Outlaws action on Feb. 27 and 28 and the Star Nursery 100 K&N Pro Series West race on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the LVMS Dirt Track, giving the nearly 1,000-acre facility five consecutive days of top-notch racing.

For tickets to all events, or for Front-Stretch Shuttle and Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 parking permits or driver introduction passes, call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.LVMS.com.


With just a few days remaining until the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend, the transformation of Atlanta Motor Speedway is something to behold. With each passing day more colorful flags rise, a tapestry painted on ordinary grass takes shape, and there’s more hustle and bustle around the Speedway.

With all that commotion, it’s obvious that NASCAR is coming to town but, while some of the most visible preparation is happening this week, race weekend wouldn’t happen without months of preparation.

Keeping Atlanta race ready

Part of what makes Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 1.54-mile oval such a unique stop on the NASCAR circuit is its aging asphalt, which is now 21 years old.

To keep a track worn and weathered by that much time race ready is a tall task, but one the AMS Operations Department performs expertly each offseason. During the fall, before the winter chill hits, the AMS crew circles the Speedway several times to seal each and every crack – of which there are many – to ensure the track remains suitable for racing.

From time to time, including over this past winter, bigger cracks that require a more robust solution present themselves. When that happens, the Speedway brings in professionals whose specialty is tackling these big cracks by filling them with a sealant designed for the job.

The fruits of that labor yield themselves months later when high-horsepower cars thunder around the track, something that wouldn’t be possible without the meticulous care of the racing surface.\

Amenity improvements

Each year Atlanta Motor Speedway strives to put on a NASCAR weekend better than the last. To make that happen, the Speedway is constantly seeking out areas where it can improve the experience for all of its visitors.

One of the notable changes this year will be found in Club One. Already known for its comfort and outstanding views of the racing action, this suite has a newly installed WiFi system for 2019 to keep attendees connected and allow them to better share their race day experiences.

The Speedway has also built a brand new credentials building to greet and accommodate people with added access during their visit. On top of that, the infield Media Center has undergone renovations to better serve the needs of those covering the weekend’s activities.

Blooming for race day

Like budding flowers planted around Atlanta Motor Speedway, the entire facility begins to burst with color in the weeks leading up to NASCAR weekend.

From mundane crosswalks and driving lanes, to the eye-catching hues of racing flags flying high above all corners of the track, to the iconic red-white-and-blue walls that encircle the Speedway, and the big and bold logos painted on the infield grass, the Speedway is in full bloom. To make that vivid and lively atmosphere take shape requires hundreds and hundreds of hours of time between dozens and dozens of folks diligently working to make it happen.

In the end, the time invested to make one of the most fun and thrilling weekends of family-friendly entertainment happen is well worth it to serve thousands of enthusiastic race fans.

The result of these efforts will be on full display during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 22-24. Tickets to attend can be purchased by call 877-9-AMS-TIX or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.


The 33rd Annual Super Chevy Show is back and bigger than ever in 2019, and it all starts in Memphis, Tenn., April 5 to 7 as part of an expanded nine-stop tour. 
The series is the premier destination for all things Chevrolet, featuring multiple classes of drag racing with cash prizes, an automotive swap meet, a Chevrolet-focused performance marketplace and the largest collection of Chevrolet vehicles in one place from classics to modern—all looking to take home the best in class award and a coveted Super Chevy Show jacket. 
The kick-off begins in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday with a Test and Tune. Saturday and Sunday will feature a PRO Show with jet cars and more for fans in attendance!
Click here to purchase tickets to The Original Super Chevy Show.
There are several ways to enjoy a Super Chevy Show, including vehicle registration for drag racing, entering a vehicle in the professionally judged car show, displaying a vehicle without the pressure of being judged, or simply taking in the excitement as a spectator. With non-stop action and a wide variety of events throughout the entire weekend, both spectators and participants will get the car show they have been waiting for. Many drivers have already signed up, and those interested in joining the excitement can register now at www.racemir.com
“Cool rides, some of the nicest Chevy’s in the area, and some of the best drag racing of the series – what more can you ask for?” commented “SUPER CHEVY” editor Steven Rupp. “Not hard to see why we consider Memphis to be our favorite event to cover each year.”
Everyone at MIR is getting ready for this year’s show preparing the grounds and registering cars of all kinds.
“This is not only a magnificent show, but a historic one for Super Chevy, the track and the Memphis area,” said Tim Packman, President of MIR. “We are looking forward to everyone coming to this year’s show and seeing all the great action.”
Gates open at 8 a.m. all three days for participants, vendors and spectators. Pricing for participants ranges from $25 for to $65. The cost for one-day admission for spectators is $20 for adults on Friday or Sunday, $25 for adults on Saturday, $10 for children 6-12 any day and free for children 5 and under. The cost for three-day passes is $45 for adults and $20 for children 6-12 years. 
Complete details on pricing, event schedule, special features and more are available at www.superchevy.com/show or www.racemir.com.
For more information, follow the Super Chevy Show at www.superchevy.com/show, on facebook.com/superchevymag, at www.twitter.com/superchevy, or email superchevyevents@superchevy.com. For vendor booth Information, contact Michael Deer at 949-705-3121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Harlem Globetrotters, the legendary basketball team that wows fans of all ages with its ball skills, trick shots, comedy and more, will perform free shows in Dover International Speedway’s FanZone on Sunday, May 5 as part of the Monster Mile’s 50th anniversary celebrations, track officials announced today.

The Globetrotters will hold multiple performances on Sunday, May 5 in the Monster Mile’s 8-acre FanZone before that day’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race (2 p.m. EDT, FS1). The May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 4 and the “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, May 3.

The Globetrotters, first organized in the 1926, perform more than 400 shows around the world each year with their distinctive red, white and blue uniforms. The exhibition team is known for its colorful personalities, audience interaction and supreme basketball skills.

“The Harlem Globetrotters have been providing family entertainment for fans of all ages for decades,” said Dover International Speedway president and CEO Mike Tatoian. “What better way for a legendary track to celebrate an important milestone than to bring in a national sporting treasure that is close to its own 100th anniversary season. We look forward to seeing all the dunks, ball tricks, smiling faces and hearing the sound of ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ blaring in the FanZone this spring.”

2019 is Dover International Speedway’s 50th anniversary season, featuring two NASCAR tripleheader weekends on May 3-5 and Oct. 4-6. The Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Oct. 6, 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race will be the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover International Speedway will be the 10th track in the nation to host 100 NASCAR Cup Series races.

Keep up to date on all 50th anniversary announcements and schedules by visiting DoverSpeedway.com or calling (800) 441-RACE. You can also follow all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

Dover Motorsports PR

Jordan Pickrel has had a couple of learning years and it's got the young driver pumped for the 2019 season at South Boston Speedway.

First, let's take a look back at his 2017 racing results. Well, actually there's nothing to find. The 2016 Pure Stock rookie of the year was put on double parental probation for a dirt road incident in his mother's minivan. They revoked his privilege to race in 2017. All he could do was stand on the sidelines, atone for his mistake and build a hunger to race.

The layoff didn't hurt the home-schooled youngster a bit, though. He finished the 2018 season with two wins, eight top 5s, never finished out of the top 10 and wound up third in points, just four points out of second.

"Last year was a learning year for me. There was a lot of learning the race track after the repave (he was idle the first season after South Boston's repave). Everybody else had a year's head start on that," said the son of Mark and Marie Pickrel of Keeling. "I feel like I caught on pretty quick and it catered to my driving style. I learned a lot about the car, the track and kept getting better."

The 19-year-old Pickrel believes last year's learning experience should put him in good position for the 2019 season.

"I think I kind of figured out how to run for a championship," said Pickrel, who receives sponsorship help from Commonwealth Driver Improvement and Midnight Performance. "Hopefully this is the year we will be able to challenge for a championship. I told my dad I want to go in to the season with the idea of winning every practice, every pole and every race."

Pickrel is in a bit of unique position to learn almost as much off the track as on. He's in his fifth year of working at Sellers Racing, a job he had on a part time basis throughout high school and became fulltime after graduation last summer.

"Working with Peyton (Sellers) and H.C. (Sellers) helps me so much. (Because of work) I've had the privilege to hang out with some pretty awesome drivers like Peyton and Matt (Bowling) and Lee (Pulliam) and Philip (Morris) at the track a lot and you pick up a lot of things," said Pickrel. "When you are around people like that, you can ask them a lot of questions and you pick up some stuff subconsciously."

It could be another learning season for Pickrel. While he intends to chase the Pure Stock points championship, he could wind up behind the wheel of a Late Model Stock car a couple of times.

"(Late Model owner) Eric Winslow is looking for me to make a couple of starts in one of his late models here when he's racing somewhere else," said Pickrel. "I look forward to getting my feet wet in Late Models. I don't see ourselves contending or being in the middle of things, but just trying to get comfortable."

The 2019 South Boston Speedway season will kick off on Saturday, March 16 with the Danville Toyota NASCAR Twin Late Model 100s, an afternoon of racing featuring twin 100-lap Late Model races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Hornets race.

Tickets are $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult.


Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and AEG Presents announce Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums will bring their New Wave modern rock co-headline tour to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale to the public online at vaculive.com or in-person at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. on Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. Virginia Credit Union and RICHMOND NATION members will receive an exclusive pre-sale for the Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums concert on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Young the Giant

Young the Giant was originally formed as The Jakes in Irvine, Calif. in 2004. The band is made up of Sameer Gadhia on vocals, Jacob Tilley on guitar, Eric Cannata on guitar and vocals, Payam Doostzadeh on bass, and Francois Comtois on drums and vocals. The band members met in high school, but formed their own band following graduation. By 2009, the band was opening for Kings of Leon, playing at South by Southwest, and signed with Roadrunner Records.

The band officially changed their name to Young the Giant with the release of their debut LP, Young the Giant, which included the hits “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” The band followed their success with albums Mind Over Matter in 2014 and Home of the Strange in 2016 building upon their brand of modern rock. Their second album reached number seven on Billboard’s Top 200. This led the band to become radio and festival favorites with appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits.

The band released their fourth album, Mirror Master, in 2018. The album is a layered meditation on identity in modern life, an emotionally charged look at the dangers of illusion and possibilities of freedom.

“Within one single day, we’re all so many different people,” says Gadhia, lead vocalist for the L.A.-based band. “Especially with the use of social media, we’re not just living in the now—we’re living on several different timelines simultaneously. At a time when everyone wants to put each other in a box—culturally, socially, musically—we wanted to show that there are a multitude of reflections inside everything. We don’t have to be a certain thing; we can contradict ourselves and show all these different sides of who we are.”

In bringing Mirror Master to life, Young the Giant applied that sense of openness and imagination to every aspect of the creative process. Working with producers like John Hill (Santigold, Florence + the Machine), Alex Salibian (who worked on Home of the Strange), and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, the band purposely upended songwriting formula and took an intuitive approach to constructing each track, always emphasizing substance over style.

Proving their instinctive ingenuity, Young the Giant ultimately created a genre-defying and dynamic album, one that transforms the complexity of its themes into music with a mesmerizing quality. Young the Giant hope to offer not only unfettered honesty, but the inspiration and encouragement to help listeners take charge of their own narratives.

“Even though it may all be an illusion, there’s solace in that illusion,” Gadhia says. “Because if you have control of anything at all, it’s your own reflection, how you treat people and how you walk through this life. Don’t let people feed you what they want you to think. Do what makes you happy, and realize and that all is good and all is horrible and everything else in between.”

Fitz and the Tantrums

Since forming in 2008, Fitz and the Tantrums have always been a band focused on evolving. Their lively sonic mix of '80s New Wave, blue-eyed soul, disco, and dance-pop, the band has always used celebratory music as a way to break down social barriers and bring people together.

Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a longtime studio engineer and aspiring musician, formed the group in 2008, driven simply by “a need to be creative and not lose my mind over a breakup.” The band is made up of Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick on vocals, James King on saxophone and flute, Jeremy Ruzumna on keyboards, Joseph Karnes on bass, and John Wicks on drums and percussion.

The band made a splash with the soulful R&B-revival sound of their debut album, 2010’s Pickin’ Up The Pieces released on Dangerbird Records. In 2013, the band offered up a New Wave-influenced dance-pop sound with its sophomore album and Elektra Records debut, More Than Just A Dream. The album featured the gold-certified and #1 Alternative Radio singles “The Walker” and “Out of My League.” The album’s success sent Fitz and The Tantrums on a two-year touring odyssey, which enabled the Los  Angeles-based sextet — known for its explosive, no-holds barred live shows — to cement themselves as one of the country’s hottest live acts.

“We felt incredibly validated by the reception to More Than Just A Dream,” says the band’s co-vocalist Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick. “We knew we could pull from many different styles and create a truly hybrid form of music, and do it in a way that felt authentic. At that point, we felt even more empowered to do whatever we wanted creatively.”

For their next album, the band turned to outside collaborators for the first time — the songwriters and producers Sam Hollander (Panic! At The Disco), Wallpaper’s Ricky Reed (Twenty-One Pilots), Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Matt & Kim), and Joel Little (Lorde).

The result was Fitz and the Tantrums’ most emotionally connected record yet and one that centers on the theme of desire. That transformative experience — further bolstered by the album’s diverse palette of musical influences including hip-hop, trap music, reggae, and world music rhythms played on 808s — is something Fitz and The Tantrums have always strived to deliver. One of the first songs written for their third album, Fitz and the Tantrums, was the single “HandClap,” which garnered over a million streams on Spotify its first week out.

The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 6:00 p.m. Parking for the event is located in Lot D, at the corner of Laburnum and Carolina Avenues, and can be accessed through Gate 4 on Laburnum Avenue. Parking is $10 cash only for the public and free for Virginia Credit Union members with lots opening at 5:00 p.m.

Virginia Credit Union LIVE! continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, and Florida Georgia Line.

In addition to its 6,000 covered seats, the venue hosts six permanent private dressing rooms with restrooms and showers attached to the stage as well as two loading docks. There is a separate hospitality building providing a full menu of food and beverage amenities. The backstage area is completely secured with ample room for parking large vehicles and tour buses.

To purchase tickets and learn more about Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, visit vaculive.com or connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To learn more about Young the Giant, visit youngthegiant.com. For more on the Fitz and The Tantrums, visit fitzandthetantrums.com.

Virginia Credit Union LIVE! Concert Season

Virginia Credit Union LIVE! continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, and The Lumineers. This year’s Virginia Credit Union LIVE! concert season looks to be one of the best in the venue’s history. Tickets for previously announced shows are available for purchase unless otherwise specified.

Juice WRLD will take the stage of Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. Juice WRLD will be promoting his new album, A Deathrace for Love, will be released on March 8.

The 1975, one of the most popular pop-rock bands in the world, will bring their North American Tour to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The popular British pop-rock group’s tour is in support of their critically-acclaimed new album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.”

The Avett Brothers, one of the top folk-rock acts in the country, perform their iconic sound to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Sunday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the band’s first performance at the venue since July 25, 2013.

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Strings Attached tour, a high-energy, rock and comedy show featuring costumes, props, a video wall, and for the first time, the Richmond Symphony, comes to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.

As part of Eastern League All-Star Week, Richmond and the Richmond Flying Squirrels have partnered for the All-Star Country Music Jam headlined by Big & Rich with special guests Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public online at vaculive.com, via phone at 866-455-7223, and at the Richmond Raceway Ticket Office at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Va. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.

JoJo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. The Tour will be showcased at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. The D.R.E.A.M. tour will bring the viral Nickelodeon superstar’s youthful energy to the Virginia Credit Union LIVE! stage to highlight some of her certified platinum singles.

To purchase concert tickets and learn more about Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, visit vaculive.com or connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Richmond Raceway 2019 NASCAR Season

The 2019 NASCAR season at Richmond returns “under the lights” for both race weekends hosting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) at America’s Premier Short Track.

The Toyota Spring Race Weekend will bring NASCAR’s best to Richmond for the ToyotaCare 250 NXS Dash4Cash race and TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy Series race on April 12-13.

Richmond’s Fall Playoff Race Weekend will start the NXS Playoffs with the Go Bowling 250 playoff race and host the second race of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs with the Federated Auto Parts 400 playoff race on Sept. 20-21.

Tickets for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 12-13 and Fall Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 20-21 are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) will run the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic on Saturday, March 30 at Richmond. The PASS Super Late Models will headline the day with feature events for Tour-Type Modifieds, MASS Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. To learn more, visit proallstarseries.com.

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