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Charlotte Motor Speedway began its historic 60th anniversary season in dynamic style on Monday, with Team Penske drivers Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney joining Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto and world-class Chef Robert Irvine for a host of announcements and preseason festivities.

Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith and Greg Walter, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager, unveiled an agglomeration of attractions for the upcoming season.

Highlights included:

“When my dad (Bruton Smith) started to move dirt out here on what was a farm in 1959, I’m not sure he ever imagined it would be this big,” Smith said. “He’s got a great vision for big things, but I think what’s happened (with Charlotte Motor Speedway) in the last six decades is just the start of what we’ll see going forward in the next 60 years.”

Logano, the 2016 NASCAR All-Star Race winner and a past winner of the speedway’s 500-mile Bank of America fall race, believes Charlotte Motor Speedway’s penchant for innovation has made it a trendsetter for six decades and counting.

“The way they don’t have a fear to try something new is what sets (Speedway Motorsports) apart and in general, more Charlotte Motor Speedway,” Logano said. “There’s a lot of great things that came from the ROVAL™. … There’s just something going on here all the time and I think that’s key. You see it at a lot of race tracks today and I think it started here.”

With Team Penske having succeeded at each of Charlotte’s premier races, the challenge placed on Logano, Keselowski and Blaney for 2020 is simple: earn Team Penske’s first Coca-Cola 600 victory since 2010.

“As a Coca-Cola driver, what it means to Coke to have one of us win, I know it’s a big deal because I’ve seen it and I’ve heard about it plenty of times,” Logano said. “It’s one of the iconic races that we have. We look at it as a crown jewel.”

TICKETS:
For tickets to all of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s events, including the 60th anniversary running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

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Keep track of all of Charlotte Motor Speedways attractions and events 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.

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Jack Hewitt Night Set For May 9 At Macon Speedway

27 Jan 2020 Written by Speedway Digest Staff

The 2020 schedule is going to be an exciting one for Macon Speedway, as it’s the 75th season of racing at the 1/5-mile high banked dirt oval.  One new addition to the schedule is “Jack Hewitt Night”, set for Saturday, May 9 as the open wheel cars of POWRi make their first appearance of the season.

Hewitt is a two-time champion of the USAC Silver Crown Series as well as a former titlist of the All Star Circuit of Champions.  In addition, Hewitt was the 1998 winner of the Eldora 4-Crown Nationals, winning features in USAC Sprints, Midgets, and Silver Crown as well as the UMP Modifieds.

Those who did not have the pleasure of watching Hewitt race may know him from the heated video interview that has gone viral on the web.  The interview, laced with some NSFW language, has been viewed over 1,000,000 times on Facebook alone.  It has also led to a line of apparel and souvenirs.  That interview just happened to take place at, you guessed it, Macon Speedway.

The May 9th event at Macon Speedway will feature Hewitt as the grand marshal.  He will be on hand, greeting fans, selling books and apparel, signing autographs, telling stories, and taking in some great Macon Speedway action.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, POWRi Micros, Big Ten Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, and Hornets are scheduled to race.

For more information and further updates, visit www.maconracing.com.

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AMS adding open concourse, 360 bar for 2020 NASCAR weekend

27 Jan 2020 Written by Speedway Digest Staff

NASCAR fans will notice significant enhancements underneath the Earnhardt Grandstand during this year’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is opening part of its concourse and installing a brand-new 360 bar for fans to enjoy on race weekend. The enhancements are the 14th and 15th improvements to come from the Speedway’s 20 in 20 Initiative.

#14 – Open Concourse

AMS is opening up the area between the racing surface and its concession area underneath the Earnhardt Grandstand, making it more walkable and fan-friendly.

Plus, thanks to its “20 in 20” companion, the open concourse is certain to be one of the most popular places for fans to hang out during race weekend, with a clear view of the track, room to mingle, and of course the 360 bar.

#15 – Concourse Bar

Within the new open concourse will be the Speedway’s massive new concourse bar. Spanning 57 feet and wrapping around 360°, the concourse bar will be serving up drinks during the races and throughout the weekend.

This new concourse bar will open to serve any fan in the grandstand. AMS fans will also help make the bar complete by determining its name; AMS will be taking suggestions on social media and will have fans vote on which title is best suited to be affixed to the new bar.

 “With the 20 in 20 Initiative we’ve challenged ourselves to come up with great new amenities for our fans to enjoy, and our new open concourse and bar are near the top of the list,” said Atlanta Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison. “If you enjoy cold drinks, hanging out with friends, and watching great NASCAR action, this’ll be the place to be this March.”

The open concourse and bar represent the 14th and 15th improvements to come from Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “20 in 20” initiative. All told the Speedway will be announcing 20 individual enhancements to increase fan value and the overall enjoyment of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend on March 13-15.

Tickets and camping locations for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available now by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX or visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

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Charlotte Motor Speedway’s historic 60th anniversary season will feature more spectacular events and family-friendly thrills than any year in the speedway’s illustrious history. From the 60th anniversary running of the iconic Coca-Cola 600 to the 36th NASCAR All-Star Race and the third running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, fans flocking to Charlotte Motor Speedway will have a smorgasbord of speed to enjoy.

Here’s a quick look at some of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s coming attractions:

Pennzoil AutoFair
Thursday-Sunday, April 2-5, and Oct. 22-24

Two world-class car shows return to America’s Home for Racing this year, with the Pennzoil AutoFair bringing a colorful cavalcade of classics, customs and hot rods to Charlotte Motor Speedway April 2-5 and Oct. 22-24. The April 2-5 AutoFair will feature one of the world’s most famous American-made cars: Elvis Presley’s iconic, pink-and-white 1955 Cadillac synonymous with the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.

NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Friday-Sunday, April 24-26

The thunderous roar of 44,000-horsepower excitement returns to zMAX Dragway for the April 24-26 NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ nitro categories will fight for the original four-wide Wally, a coveted trophy, at the Bellagio of drag strips,.

NASCAR All-Star Race
Saturday, May 16

The NASCAR All-Star Race on May 16 brings NASCAR’s biggest stars to the forefront for a no-holds-barred, wheel-to-wheel battle for $1 million. Even better: every ticket is a pre-race pit pass with access to the pre-race Chris Janson concert. Last year’s all-star tilt saw Kyle Larson become the first driver to win the Open and the All-Star Race in the same weekend. Will he reign supreme again, or will stars like Brad Keselowski or Chase Elliott bring home their first all-star crown?

Coca-Cola 600
Sunday, May 24

The 60th anniversary running of the nation’s most patriotic sports event will see defending winner Martin Truex Jr. chase his third Bruton Smith Trophy after 400 laps of day-to-night racing action in NASCAR’s toughest test of man and machine. Arrive early to take in an unparalleled pre-race Salute to the Troops.

Bank of America ROVAL™ 400
Sunday, Oct. 11

One of NASCAR’s most hotly anticipated events of the year, the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, returns for its third iteration with a 2.28-mile, 17-turn challenge awaiting drivers hoping to advance to the Round of 8 in NASCAR’s playoffs. Two of the NASCAR Cup Series’ brightest rising stars – Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott – took the first two races. Can Jimmie Johnson, entering what will be his final Charlotte start, recapture the magic and bring home an unforgettable victory?

NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27

The NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals roars into zMAX Dragway for a crucial Countdown to the Championship weekend, giving drivers and teams an opportunity to claim world championships.

Can-Am World Finals
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 5-7

Dirt racing’s biggest showcase of speed and excitement returns, as the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds converge on Charlotte’s four-tenths-mile dirt oval for the Nov. 5-7 Can-Am World Finals.

Speedway Christmas
November-January

The Carolinas’ most breathtaking holiday lights show, Speedway Christmas boasts more than 1,000 strands of 12-foot lights, new displays and more than 4 million lights around a 3.75-mile course including Charlotte Motor Speedway’s oval, infield and concourse. The speedway’s Christmas Village brings the holidays to life, with photos with Santa, drive-in movies, holiday foods, gifts and plenty of family-friendly fun.

Charlotte Motor Speedway 2020 schedule

February-November Cars and Coffee Concord cruise-in (every third Saturday except May and October)

April 2-5 Pennzoil AutoFair

April 24-26 NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

May 1-3 Epicenter Festival

May 15 North Carolina Education Lottery 200

May 16 All-Star Open

NASCAR All–Star Race

May 22 Spectrum Pole Night

General Tire 150

May 23 Alsco 300

United Rentals Patriot Nationals

May 24 Coca-Cola 600

June-July Summer Shootout (Mondays or Tuesdays)

June-August Outlaw Drag Wars (Fridays)

Aug. 15 Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash

Sept. 11 Laps for Life

Sept. 25-27 NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals

Oct. 10 Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Oct. 11 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400

Oct. 22-24 Pennzoil AutoFair

Nov. 5-7 Can-Am World Finals

November-January Speedway Christmas

Nov. 27 Black Friday Blowout

TICKETS:
For tickets to all of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s events, including the 60th anniversary running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

FOLLOW US:
Keep track of all of Charlotte Motor Speedways attractions and events 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.

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Chris Janson, a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist and Academy of Country Music awards winner known for No. 1 songs including “Buy Me a Boat,” “Fix a Drink” and “Good Vibes” will have fans rocking on the frontstretch prior to the hotly anticipated NASCAR All-Star Race on May 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

While only one driver will emerge victorious, each fan will feel like a winner with an unprecedented bevy of benefits awaiting ticketholders – including every ticket doubling as a pre-race pit pass providing access to the frontstretch concert and Trackside Live.

Janson – a platinum-selling recording artist, high-octane entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning talent – is poised to energize fans attending the biggest all-star event in sports. The thrilling pre-race festivities are sure to serve as a star-studded prelude to an unrivaled display of fender-banging, wheel-to-wheel, Saturday-night action at America’s Home for Racing.

“I’m thrilled to be performing at the pre-race concert,” Janson said. “I love NASCAR fans and fast cars. It’s going to be one big party!”

The 60-minute concert, located on pit road, will take place at approximately 5 p.m. on race day.

“The All-Star Race was made for the fans,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter. “With Chris Janson’s spectacular pre-race concert and more pre-race fan access than ever before, this year’s all-star showcase of speed, excitement and million-dollar drama will captivate fans of all ages.”

TICKETS:
Tickets to the NASCAR All-Star Race – which include pre-race pit passes with access to the Chris Janson concert and Trackside Live – start at just $39 for adults. Kids 13 and under get in for just $10 with a paying adult. For tickets to all of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s events, including the 60th-anniversary running of the Coca-Cola 600, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

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Keep track of all of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s events during its 60th anniversary season 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.

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Move over, Richard Petty and Steve Kinser: another famous car belonging to “The King” is coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elvis Presley’s™ pink-and-white 1955 Cadillac, the car most associated with “The King” and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music, will roll into Charlotte Motor Speedway to serve as the centerpiece attraction for the April 2-5 Pennzoil AutoFair.

Other than a trip to London in 2015, the iconic Fleetwood sedan – recognized as one of the most famous American-made cars – has not been displayed outside of Memphis since Elvis Presley’s Graceland® opened for tours in 1982. Currently the car resides in the new Presley Motors exhibit in the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex across the street from Graceland.

Charlotte Motor Speedway, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, was no stranger to Presley during his remarkable career. Alongside Nancy Sinatra, Presley starred in the 1968 movie “Speedway,” which was filmed at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By then, Presley was a worldwide star.

“We are thrilled to join in celebrating the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 60th anniversary,” stated Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “No doubt that Elvis would be delighted to support the celebration.”

As a struggling, 19-year-old singer in October 1954, Presley and his band began traveling from one performance to another by car. To make the hectic, grinding schedule work, band members often slept in the car between gigs when they weren’t taking a turn at the wheel. Band cars had to be large, comfortable, fast, and stylish, which narrowed the field in the mid-1950s to the powerful V-8 engine Lincolns and Cadillacs.

Contrary to legend, the famous pink ’55 Caddy was not The King’s first car as a traveling musician. In January 1955, Presley bought a 1951 Lincoln, which his bass player totaled in March. The singer replaced the Lincoln with a used, pink-and-white 1954 Cadillac that caught fire and burned on the side of the road in June. To keep Presley happy and mobile, his manager helped the singer finance a new Cadillac Series 60 Fleetwood Special on July 7, 1955.

Cadillac’s Fleetwood sedan came equipped that year with a 331ci, 250hp V-8 and HydraMatic automatic transmission. Measuring 227 inches from end to end, it was 2.5 inches longer than today’s Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV and would seat six comfortably. It came standard with luxury equipment such as power windows, power brakes, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat for $4,728.

Presley’s four-door was loaded with optional air conditioning, dual-speaker radio, a pair of spotlights, and Cadillac’s high-tech Autronic-Eye sensor, which automatically dimmed the car’s headlights when it detected oncoming traffic. The Fleetwood could be ordered in one of 200 color combinations; Presley’s car was blue with a black roof when he bought it. He had the body repainted pink so the sedan would match the pink-and-black color scheme Presley had popularized with his suits.

On Sept. 2, when the car was less than two months old, the Caddy was in an accident while the band was performing in Texas. Presley had the Cadillac repaired and repainted in the now-familiar pink and white color scheme. He gave it to his mother Gladys, who had no driver’s license.

Today, any finned Cadillac painted pink has come to symbolize Elvis Presley’s early career and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Thousands of tribute cars – usually convertibles from the late 1950s driven by Elvis Tribute Artists and car collectors – can be seen around the world at car shows and in parades, but the original Elvis pink Cadillac will be on display during all four days of the April 2–5 Pennzoil AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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The Pennzoil AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, kids can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone. Hours for the April 2-5 Pennzoil AutoFair are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

TICKETS:
Single-day tickets are $13 each day for adults. Admission is FREE for children 13 and under with an adult. A 4-Day Weekend Pass is available for just $32. To buy tickets, AutoFair attendees can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com, or buy them at the gate.

FOLLOW US:
Keep track of Pennzoil AutoFair attractions and events 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.

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Robert Irvine, a world-famous chef, author, philanthropist and military enthusiast, has increased his investment in motorsports by developing a premier menu for race fans to enjoy at the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Irvine – who served as the grand marshal for the 2018 Coca-Cola 600 – will feature similar culinary creations on race weekends at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway throughout the 2020 NASCAR season.

In advance of the 60th anniversary running of the Coca-Cola 600, below is a look at Irvine’s delectable race-day menu for the Memorial Day Weekend classic:

Robert Irvine’s Smoked Wing Sampler
Served with traditional Buffalo, sweet Thai chili and smoky barbecue sauce served with blue cheese dressing

Robert Irvine’s Coca-Cola Ribs
Brined pork ribs braised with house-made Coca-Cola barbecue sauce

Robert Irvine’s Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken
Featuring a white wine cream sauce and roasted seasonal vegetables

White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Cavatappi pasta with creamy sharp white cheddar sauce

Robert Irvine’s Loaded Potato Salad
Packed and topped with bacon, chopped egg, cheddar cheese and green onions

Robert Irvine’s Green Salad
Fresh greens topped with Kalamata olives, red onions, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes and pepperoncini served with Greek dressing.

Robert Irvine’s Salted Chocolate Pudding
Dark chocolate pudding topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and finished with sea salt

Bottomless Piedmont Snack Attack
Enjoy assortment of snacks including Levy Signature snack mix, cheese crackers and kettle-style potato chips with French onion dip-replenished throughout the day as needed

The Spirit of Hope Award-winning chef and founder of the Robert Irvine Foundation has hosted or appeared on Food Network shows including “Next Iron Chef,” “Restaurant Express,” “Chopped: Impossible,” “Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible,” “A Hero’s Welcome” and “Food Network Star.”

Irvine, who became the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant in the Pentagon, has also received the accolade of being named United States Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer due to his years of unfailing commitment to the military.

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One of Talladega Superspeedway’s treasured family members - John Ray - whose diesel big rig sporting the giant American flag became iconic during the track’s National Anthem performances, has died. The former NASCAR driver was 82 years old.

Since 2001, few sights in sports have been more patriotic than that of Ray’s gold, brown and chrome Peterbilt truck, adorned with the red, white and blue whipping in the wind, making its way down the Talladega frontstretch prior to the start of races. Over the years, a tremendous chorus has exploded into cheers by hundreds of thousands of fans during each pass by, creating a tradition that has left many emotional and full of American pride - none more so than the man who started it all.

“National Anthems at Talladega Superspeedway are the most iconic, and it’s because of our great friend John Ray,” said Speedway President Brian Crichton. “What he brought to our fans can’t be duplicated. He was an incredible, passionate man who supported the track and all of motorsports with everything he had. His spirit will live here forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ray family.”

Ray’s story at the superspeedway started in the form of volunteering as he always loved to give back. For more than 40 years, he was a member of the White Flag Club, a dedicated service group of local businessmen from surrounding communities that assist during race weekends. In 2001, however, he really stepped up.

That year, after the horrific terror attacks of 9/11 and the tragic passing of his longtime friend Dale Earnhardt Sr., Ray, along with then Talladega Superspeedway Track Chairman Grant Lynch, looked to see what they could do to boost the morale of a country, and a fan base that had gone through tough times. They looked at Ray’s love for 18-wheelers and patriotism and found the answer.

“It was 2001, we just had the 9/11 attacks and Dale had also passed away earlier that year,” said Ray, who lived down the street from the track in Eastaboga, three years ago. “I had a crazy idea to run my rig out on the track with an American flag attached to the back. It started off as a tribute to the country and to Dale.

“I never thought it would become the heart-felt moment that it has over the past some-odd years, but I’m glad it has become a tradition that means so much to the fans and the Talladega family. It represents such a sense of pride that we all share together as a nation and as a community. It is my honor and privilege to do it,” added Ray, who eventually gave up the driving duties of his big rig and handed them off to his late friend Roger Haynes, and last year to his son Johnny.

The laps he drove around the high banks of Talladega that October day in ’01 weren’t his first at the 2.66-mile track. Ray, who owned “John Ray Trucking Company” since the early 70’s, actually set the world speed record for a semi-truck and trailer around the mammoth track at 92.083 mph in 1975 - in a powerful Kenworth diesel that hissed and hummed through the tri-oval at a break-neck speed one fall afternoon.  

“We were testing brakes for a company out at the track,” Ray said. “One thing led to another -- and there I was -- truck, trailer, and all -- making my way around the track, trying to set a speed record – it was something else.”

But, Ray at that time was not just a trucker – he was a racer. He actually drove in the NASCAR Cup Series from 1974-1976. He competed in eight races, four at Talladega (his best career finish was 22nd at ’Dega in 1974), but an accident at Daytona in ’76 ended his driving career. He continued on as a car owner and essentially gave one of the sport’s greatest legends one of his first opportunities: 10-time Talladega winner Earnhardt. It would be Earnhardt’s third career start. Behind the wheel of Ray’s No. 77 Chevy with crew chief Buddy Parrott that November afternoon in Atlanta, Earnhardt totaled the car.

However, the Intimidator and Ray would stay friends their entire lives. They would go fishing and hunting together, sometimes with another friend and driver, the late Neil Bonnett, who was more than happy to belong to the group. Often, Earnhardt would stay at Ray’s home during his trips to Talladega.

Ray graced motorsports and Talladega Superspeedway with such pride and dignity – no one will ever quite compare. A man who was defined by an 18-wheeler and a small town demeanor – will inevitably be remembered not necessarily as a racer, but as a trucker – and one of the all-time members of the Talladega racing family. He will always, like his pre-race lap, be iconic to Talladega Superspeedway.

*Funeral arrangements are not finalized at this time, but will be released in the near future.

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Awards gala sets stage for 2020 season at All American Speedway

24 Jan 2020 Written by Speedway Digest Staff

All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota celebrated its 2019 season on Saturday night with the Championship Awards Gala, held inside Johnson Hall @the Grounds in Roseville. An outstanding turnout of over 250 drivers, families, sponsors, officials, and race fans were on hand for more than 60 awards. Daytona 500 champion Crew Chief and NASCAR on Fox broadcaster Larry McReynolds was the Master of Ceremonies.
 
The gala was the culmination of the first full season of promotion of the speedway by Bill McAnally Racing Promotions, under the NASCAR Home Tracks banner.
 
“The energy at Saturday’s event was overwhelming,” McAnally said. “It was rewarding to see everyone enjoying themselves with this type of banquet. We will continue to make All American Speedway the place our local racers deserve.”
 
Champions were honored in the six weekly divisions at the speedway, with Jason Romero winning his fourth track championship in taking the NASCAR Late Model crown. Nick Lyons of Loomis won the Limited Modified championship while Andrew Peeler of Carmichael was the Super Stock champ. Roseville’s Ray Molina used eight consecutive victories to win the F4 division title, while the youth divisions saw first-time track champions Brody Armtrout of Smartsville in the Jr. Late Models and Loomis’ Kenna Mitchell in the Mini Cups & Bandoleros. Former track champions Randy Fellman and Chuck Glick, along with track announcer Steven Blakesley and Director of Competition Frank Jordan helped honor each recipient. 51FIFTY Energy Drink spokesmodels presented the trophies as well.
 
The inaugural Ron Layton Dedication to Racing award went to Steve & Barbara Fensler, longtime supporters of Northern California short track racing and current officials at the speedway. The award was named in recognition of Layton, a former starter at the speedway. Members of his family were in attendance for the festivities as well.
 
A pair of Sportsman of the Year winners were named, with track champions Peeler and Molina earning the honors.  Rookie of the Year titles were awarded to Ralph Bailey, Kolby Juarez, Billy Ray, and Trey Daniels.  Track record holders also received plaques for their accomplishments.
 
All American Speedway revealed the inaugural Above & Beyond awards, presented to local first responders who were nominated for outstanding contributions to the community. Firefighter/Paramedic Angel Mota of the City of Roseville Fire Department, Roseville Police Officer Nick Gaines, and Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Bliss were recognized by the speedway.
 
Each driver in attendance under 18 was awarded a special Rising Stars trophy, with ten drivers across three divisions accepting for a group photo.  All six track champions were presented with signed Richard Childress Winery bottles as well. Drivers under-age were joined by a parent on stage for the presentation.
 
Promoter Bill McAnally continued his commitment to the community, with support from race fans and sponsors in 2019, with fundraising for both the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation and the California Peace Officer’s Memorial Foundation. Presentations were made to each non-profit during the banquet.
 
All American Speedway’s 2020 season begins on April 11th, with a full slate of NASCAR excitement along with the first of five Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bashes of the year. Special events this season include ARCA Menards Series West, UTV Racing, SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, Enduros, and the Malicious Monster Truck Tour. Season tickets are on sale now for a discounted price of $199, available Monday-Friday at BMR NAPA AutoCare on Riverside Blvd in Roseville.

For more information about All American Speedway, visit www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com 

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Wayne Taylor Racing, trying to defend its title with a reconfigured driver lineup, returned to the forefront at the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, leading the final practice for Saturday’s 58th running of the 24-hour endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway that opens the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Kamui Kobayashi led the session with a lap of 1 minute, 35.340 seconds (134.424 mph) in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi, topping the headlining Daytona Prototype international class. Kobayashi and Renger van der Zande are returning WTR drivers, joined at this year’s Rolex 24 by newcomers Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon; Dixon is one of six former Indianapolis 500 champions in the field.

“I’m very happy with how the car has felt during the practice sessions [but] the team built a great car for the race which is very important,” Kobayashi said. “We’re going to fight to win … we’ve worked very hard to get to this point.”

Another champion in the field – two-time and reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch – was back on track Friday along with his No. 14 Lexus RC F co-drivers, Jack Hawksworth, Michael De Quesada and Parker Chase. With Hawksworth driving, the No. 14 posted the seventh-fastest time in the production-based GT Daytona (GTD) class, at 1:47.310 (119.429). The team opted out of Thursday’s qualifying due to an engine change. The Lexus returned for Thursday’s night practice and had the 11th-fastest GTD lap.

Busch is racing in the Rolex 24 for the first time at the track where he will try to win the DAYTONA 500 for the first time on Feb. 16.

But, first things first.

“There have been a lot of changes [with the car] overnight,” Busch said after Friday’s encouraging session. “We made a couple of gains on it but not as much as we’d hoped to gain, so we certainly feel like we’re off a little bit on speed and overall lap time. We’d love to get that better so we can be more competitive and from there we just want to try to stay on track and complete all 24 hours.

“It was unfortunate to get in [the car] early [Thursday] but I got some good laps last night and got a couple more good laps this morning.”

The pole-sitting No. 77 Mazda DPi co-driven by Oliver Jarvis, Olivier Pla and Tristan Nunez were seventh-fastest in Friday’s practice; Nunez logged that lap, 1:37.076/132.020). The No. 77 captured the Rolex 24 pole for the second consecutive year on Thursday.

Also Friday, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series opened its season with the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge.  The trio of Dylan Murry, Jim Cox and Jeroen Bleekemolen co-drove to the overall (and Grand Sport class) victory in the No. 35 Mercedes-AMG GT. The Touring Car class was won by Gavin Ernstone and Jon Morley in the No. 61 Audi RS3.

“So to be able to drive at Daytona is one win; to be able to win here is an entirely different level, a different world,” Murry said. “I always said if I could win one race, it’d be Daytona.”

Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 and other Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. 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.

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FGL Fest Concert Tickets On Sale Now

24 Jan 2020 Written by Speedway Digest Staff

Tickets are on sale now for FGL Fest, the exciting concert headlined by global music superstars Florida Georgia Line on Saturday, July 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Tickets are available at IMS.com or by calling the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700. General admission starts at $45, with Front Stage Concert Pit tickets $85 and VIP Concert tickets $195. All tickets include admission to all NASCAR action that day, including the historic inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series sponsored by Pennzoil on the IMS road course and NASCAR Cup Series practice. Buy tickets now, as prices will increase closer to the show.

FGL "charged out of the gate with enjoyable rural swagger" (Indianapolis Star ) for the packed crowd of 25,000 fans inside Turn 4 at their IMS debut last September, and they will return for a revved-up second year in celebration of Independence Day.

The concert takes place during the annual Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race weekend, July 3-5 at IMS. Other artists in the star-studded lineup will be announced soon.

FGL Fest is one of the highlights of the exciting, revamped event on Fourth of July weekend. Fans can "Go 4th" and enjoy many new star-spangled attractions, including a move of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race sponsored by Pennzoil to the IMS road course and a huge fireworks display July 4, infield camping and gourmet barbecue at concessions all weekend, and much more.

The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard will start at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, July 5. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race sponsored by Pennzoil will start at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Both races will have live network telecasts on NBC.

United States Auto Club (USAC) open-wheel short-track racing also will return to The Dirt Track at IMS with the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Championship event during the new NASCAR event week in July. Schedule details will be announced soon.

Visit IMS.com to buy tickets or for information about the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, the NASCAR Xfinity Series race sponsored by Pennzoil, the Florida Georgia Line concert or the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.

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