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Atlanta Motor Speedway’s grandstands will open free of charge for fans who want to see NASCAR’s 2019 racing package on the famous 1.54-mile oval for the first time during a Goodyear tire test on October 30.
The grandstands will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as select NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series drivers test the new racing package that will make its debut in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Feb. 24, 2019. Fans attending the test will enter the grandstands through Gate 15.
During the test session concessions will be available and AMS Insider’s Club members will have access to the Restart Bar. Atlanta Motor Speedway’s souvenir stand will also be open, featuring several items on sale including 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 event t-shirts for just $5 for test day only.
Fans that don’t already have 2019 Atlanta NASCAR weekend tickets yet can see what the view of the track is like from their seat of choice. AMS ticket staff will be on hand to help fans find the best seat, as well as offer tours of track suits and Club One, Atlanta Motor Speedway’s first-class option for attending the race.
As previously announced, NASCAR’s 2019 racing package calls for aerodynamic changes and a modified tapered spacer producing an estimated 550 horsepower at tracks like Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Feb. 24, 2019, Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 — the second race of the 2019 NASCAR season — will be the first time this exciting new racing package will be used for a NASCAR race.
The Atlanta NASCAR Weekend features Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Friday, Feb. 22, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 and NASCAR Gander Mountain Truck Series 200-mile race doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 23, and culminates with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Tickets for the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 can be purchased by contacting Atlanta Motor Speedway at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Charlotte Motor Speedway elves are breaking out the trees, tinsel, ornaments and lights in preparation for a holiday light show extravaganza like no other. Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect and Drive returns Nov. 18 with over three million lights totaling 3.75 miles around the speedway, infield and concourse. Mother Goose, Rapunzel and The Three Little Pigs come to life in this year’s “Storybook in Lights” theme that will illuminate the iconic race track.
Disconnect & Drive, an initiative by AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety, has partnered with Charlotte Motor Speedway to offer fans safe, family-friendly holiday fun. AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, especially hand-held cell phone use behind the wheel.
“Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Speedway Christmas light show is a time-honored tradition, recognized throughout the Carolinas for family fun, much like how AAA Carolinas is known for keeping families safe,” said Tiffany Wright, public relations manager for AAA Carolinas. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect & Drive to encourage everyone to have a safe holiday season and to urge motorists to put down their cell phones while driving.”
Building on the fan-friendly holiday atmosphere, this year’s Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect & Drive – which runs until Dec. 31 but is closed on Christmas Day – will also feature an infield Christmas village with an all-new 50-foot Ferris wheel, Bethlehem village, children’s games and photos with Santa. Additionally, fans can sit in their cars and cozy up to Movie Nights on the giant Speedway TV every Thursday-Sunday.
The Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect & Drive movie schedule includes:
- 17-18 “Home Alone"
- 22-25 “The Santa Clause"
- 29- Dec. 2 “The Polar Express"
- 6-9 “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation"
- 13-16 “The Star"
- 20 - 24 - “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Grinch (1966)"
- 26 - 30 - “Home Alone”
Serving as a prelude to the ninth annual Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect & Drive, the Egg Nog Jog 5K, a high-energy fun run to kick off the holiday festivities with hundreds of runners taking to the speedway’s spectacular infield course will take place Nov. 17.
Fans can buy tickets to the Speedway Christmas lights show, which start at just $20, by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or click here. Fans are encouraged to register early for the Egg Nog Jog 5K by visiting http://eggnogjog5k.com/
On Tuesday nights, AAA Carolinas members receive $5 off a regularly priced Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect & Drive ticket by showing their AAA Carolinas membership card.
Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or become a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.
With the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway just over a week away, the Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office will be open every day through race day, October 28.
The ticket office will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
“While many fans are purchasing tickets on our website or over the phone, we still have a lot of fans who like to come to the Speedway and purchase their tickets in person, and we want to give them every opportunity to do that” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Our grandstands will be open, so when you stop by, you can walk out, sit in a few locations, and get a feel for what you will be looking at on race day.”
In addition, the Martinsville Speedway Campground will open this Saturday. Camping starts at $125 for the entire week.
“When the campers arrive, that really serves as the unofficial kickoff to race week for me and my staff,” Campbell said. “We see so many familiar faces pulling in and there are always new fans we get to talk to, as well.”
The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Youth 17-and-under are free for Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race and are $25 regardless of location for Sunday’s First Data 500.
In addition to purchasing tickets in person, tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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As the NASCAR playoffs are winding down before Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 16-18, driver Ross Chastain visited Fort Myers on Tuesday, October 16. For Chastain, who was raised just outside of the Fort Myers area in Alva, the trip was a bit of a homecoming.
Chastain started his day at Golisano Children’s Hospital, where he visited with children to help brighten their day. Dressed in his fire suit, Chastain went room-to-room in the hospital, where he handed out signed hero cards, hats and teddy bears to patients.
“It’s the coolest thing, but the hardest thing I get to do all year when it comes to my job as a race car driver,” said Chastain. “If I can put a smile on a few kids’ faces though, it’s pretty cool.”
Following his visit to Golisano Children’s Hospital, Chastain headed to South Fort Myers High School to check out their automotive, welding and electrical programs. Chastain learned about many of the projects the students have been working on, and he spoke with them about how their programs correlate to the NASCAR industry.
“I wanted to see it for myself, and see what they’re doing and what they’re teaching kids,” said Chastain. “The kids at South (Fort Myers High School), if they go down this career path, they’re so far ahead coming out of high school in the three areas they showed me today. They’re lightyears ahead of where I was when I was working on my race cars when I was young.”
The driver of the No. 4 car for JD Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the No. 15 car for Premium Motorsports in the Monster Energy Series also made an appearance at Six Mile Charter Academy, where he engaged a class of eighth grade student in a STEM lesson. Chastain taught the students about NASCAR’s three D’s of Speed – drag, downforce and drafting – helping the kids to understand how everyday science affects him on the racetrack.
Chastain is currently competing in his fourth full-time season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS). This year, the 25-year-old captured his first career NXS victory, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chastain will return home next month to compete in the Ford EcoBoost 300 and the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 17-18.
Tickets for 2018 Ford Championship Weekend, which consists of the Ford EcoBoost 200 (NASCAR Camping World Truck series championship race), Ford EcoBoost 300 (NASCAR XFINITY series championship race) and Ford EcoBoost 400 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series championship race), are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.
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The racing season may be over, but the fun never stops with Kingsport Speedway.
Monday, October 22, come on out to Texas Roadhouse - Kingsport (1221 E. Stone Drive) to have some Halloween fun and hang out with some of the Kingsport Speedway race cars and drivers. The 2016 track champion and current NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Chad Finchum will be there, as well as 2018 track champion, Zeke Shell and many more drivers will be on hand!
There will be face painting, crafts, & lots of candy of course and kids’ meal for ONLY $1.99.
This will be fun for the entire family. Hope to see you there in costume!
Got a big party? Call ahead for seating at 423-378-4104
The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), with their Virginia is for Racing Lovers brand, has continued their commitment to NASCAR racing in the Commonwealth, by agreeing to sponsor Martinsville Speedway’s newest fan experience, the SkyDeck.
The Virginia is for Racing Lovers SkyDeck is located above the suites in turns one and two and offers a unique experience with an unparalleled view of Martinsville Speedway.
“The VTC has been a great partner to Martinsville Speedway for a number of years and we are excited to see our relationship continue to grow, year after year,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “They are committed to racing and are well aware of the tourism that NASCAR in particular brings to our state.”
“Virginia is for Racing Lovers SkyDeck brings the action of NASCAR closer than ever to race fans,” Virginia Tourism Corporation President and CEO Rita McClenny said. “The Martinsville Speedway SkyDeck provides a fun and enjoyable way to see the race with the vibe of a rooftop experience.”
The Virginia is for Lovers SkyDeck Experience is $375 and a SkyDeck ticket is good for both Saturday and Sunday of the First Data 500 race weekend.
In addition to access to the Virginia is for Racing Lovers SkyDeck, the experience includes a general admission ticket to the Texas Roadhouse 200, a reserved seat in the Old Dominion Tower for the First Data 500, a pre-race pit pass, a rotating buffet and eight drink coupons along with free tea and lemonade.
A limited number of SkyDeck experiences remain available.
The First Data 500 race weekend is October 26-28.
The Camping World Truck Series will practice Friday and race the Texas Roadhouse 200 on Saturday.
The First Data 500 is Sunday.
Both races are a part of the NASCAR Playoffs and if the winning driver is a Playoff contender, he will be the first to claim a spot in Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
To purchase a Virginia is for Lovers SkyDeck experience, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinmsvillespeedway.com.
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Daytona International Speedway will hold an Open House on Sunday, Nov. 4, giving the Central Florida community an opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art facility.
The Open House will take place between 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and is free of charge. Fans are encouraged to RSVP to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/OpenHouse and can also walk-up the day of the event.
Fans can check out the amenities inside the venue with guided tours of the Axalta Injector, Trioval Club, start/finish line seating, Harley J’s and Rolex 24 Lounge hospitality venues and the Tower roof.
“The Open House is a great opportunity for current ticket holders to visit areas that they haven’t seen previously as well as guests who have not been to the facility since the completion of the $400 million renovation project in 2016,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “We’re looking forward to visiting with the community and showing off the ‘World Center of Racing.’ ”
The Rolex 24 Lounge and Harley J’s, two of the Speedway’s premium hospitality experiences, will have the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race from Texas Motor Speedway on televisions and will be serving light snacks and beverages.
The Harley J. Earl DAYTONA 500 champion’s trophy will be on display for photo opportunities and there will be special giveaways including VIP experiences, race tickets and autographed items.
Tickets will be on sale for future Daytona International Speedway events including the 61st annual DAYTONA 500 and the 57th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. Staff will be on-site to view seating areas that are currently available with guests.
Parking is available in the Midway outside the Axalta Injector.
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
ISM Raceway announced today that Whelen Engineering will serve as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series semifinal playoff race at ISM Raceway on Saturday, November 10th.
The Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 will be the first Xfinity Series race officially held at the track following its two-year, $178 million modernization project, part of Opening Weekend on November 9, 10 and 11. The sponsorship marks a continued commitment to the modernization of ISM Raceway by Whelen, which has also been heavily involved in the development of the lighting system for the new, cactus-shaped flag stand which will mark the new location of the start/finish line.
“Whelen has been a great partner within the industry and they have been amazing to work with as we put the finishing touches on our new venue,” said Scott Rovn, Vice President of Sales and Communications at ISM Raceway. “We’re thrilled that they have signed on as the title sponsor for this year’s Xfinity Series semifinal race, the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200.”
Based in Chester, Conn., Whelen Engineering designs and manufactures high-quality audio and visual warning equipment for Automotive, Aviation, and Mass Notification industries worldwide and employs more than 1,500 people at its facilities in Chester and Charlestown, N.H. Whelen has supported NASCAR for more than 25 years through numerous activations.
“We’ve always been about innovation, both within our products and within our partnerships,” said Peter Tiezzi, General Manager of Motorsports at Whelen. “The new ISM Raceway is the epitome of innovation in motorsports venues, and we could think of no place better to hold the very first Whelen Trusted to Perform 200.”
Tickets are available online at ISMRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office.
Darlington Raceway To Honor Sgt. Terrence Carraway Byr Donating A Portion of 5K Proceeds To Boys and Girls Club Of The Pee Dee16 Oct 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
After announcing its first-ever Darlington Raceway 5K Presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors under the lights earlier this month, the track is pleased to announce it will donate a portion of proceeds raised from the event to the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee in remembrance of Sgt. Terrence Carraway.
Sgt. Carraway, a lifelong resident of Darlington and 30-year veteran of the neighboring Florence Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on October 3, 2018. He was a dedicated servant to the Darlington and Florence communities having been involved in a variety of community activities that benefited many residents, including children and teenagers.
“With the tragic passing of Sgt. Terrence Carraway we want to honor his legacy by donating a portion of the proceeds from our 5K event to an organization that was important to him and his family - the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “Sgt. Carraway was revered by many in the Darlington and Florence communities and we encourage people across the region to participate in this event that will honor Sgt. Carraway and the entire law enforcement community.”
Sgt. Carraway was one of seven total law enforcement officers from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and Florence Police Department that were shot in an incident in Florence on Oct. 3. Currently, the other six deputies and officers continue to recover in area hospitals or at their homes.
On Friday, November 9, the track will be hosting the Darlington Raceway 5K presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, a run/walk event that will remember Sgt. Carraway and celebrate all law enforcement that evening. With a 6 p.m. start time, it will be the first 5K raced under the lights at the Lady in Black.
Participants may pre-register online for the event for a fee of $25 per participant by visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/5K. Day-of registration will be $30 per person.
Packet pickup for the 5K will be available on Thursday, November 8, at the Academy Sports + Outdoors location at 120 Woody Jones Blvd, Florence, SC 29501, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or on event day at the track beginning at 5 p.m.
The 5K course will start and end at the start-finish line of the race track. All early registrants will receive a t-shirt for their efforts.
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An unrivaled assortment of fall colors will adorn thousands of classic cars, creative customs and hot rods on Friday and Saturday at the Goodguys 25th Southeastern Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The fan-friendly entertainment coming to America’s Home for Racing this weekend, however, extends beyond four-wheeled examples of artistic ingenuity.
Erin Crocker Evernham – one of the nation’s foremost female racers of the past two decades and the wife of NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief Ray Evernham – will pilot a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro in the Goodguys AutoCross exhibitions on Friday and Saturday. Joining Evernham in the quest for the quickest time around a twisting, challenging, custom-built course in the speedway’s infield will be former Indy car driver Robby Unser. Goodguys AutoCross competitions take place from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. AutoCross roars back on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-5 p.m.
Fans attending this year’s Goodguys show will also witness a Nitro Thunderfest exhibition of high-performance dragsters at 1 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. Additionally, fans can enjoy a tire-squealing, smoke-billowing burnout competition on Saturday at noon and a swap meet and car corral all day on Friday and Saturday.
The Goodguys kids zone returns to the show this year as well, with free arts and crafts, games and prizes for the younger audience.
The Goodguys 25th Southeastern Nationals runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Advance single-day tickets to the car show cost $17 and are $20 at the gates, while kids 7-12 get in for just $6 per day and kids six and younger get in FREE.
Fans can buy tickets to the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals online or by calling the speedway’s ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).
Tickets to upcoming speedway events, including the Nov. 1-3 World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, are available at the speedway ticket office, online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.
Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.
Martinsville Speedway’s wildly popular FanFest will return this fall, giving fans an up-close look at some of the sport’s biggest stars, off the track.
Following Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for the First Data 500 at 4 p.m., FanFest will pit drivers against each other in games and contests and will rely heavily on fan participation and interaction.
“We want to give fans the best experience possible throughout the weekend and FanFest is one way that we are doing just that,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “I can’t think of any other sport that gives fans free access to some of its drivers this close to an event.
“From the Truck Series autograph session and Hauler Parade on Friday to FanFest on Saturday we are giving fans opportunities to make their experience at Martinsville Speedway the best in sports without even having to break out their wallet.”
FanFest will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 and will run until approximately 7:30. Cup Series drivers will participate in the event throughout the evening with on-stage activities planned with heavy fan involvement and participation.
This year David Ragan and Denny Hamlin will face off in a NASCAR Trivia contest, Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray will play Pictionary and Paul Menard will be joined by the Wood Brothers to take part in a roundtable discussion about the longest continuously operating team in motorsports.
FanFest will be free of charge to fans and will take place in the Drivers’ Meeting tent, located just outside Turn Four. There will be special accommodations made for youth in attendance at the event so that they may experience FanFest front and center.
The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. If the winning driver is in the Playoffs, he or she would be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Youth 17-and-under are just $25 for any seat on Sunday and are free on Saturday.
Tickets for the First Data 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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