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The new and exclusive Track Bar at New Hampshire Motor Speedway offers the best, most comfortable way to view the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 22.

“The Track Bar is the place to be when the green flag drops next month,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “It’s going to be the coolest space to watch the race right on the start/finish line. It’s going to be a fan experience like no other.”

The Track Bar is a new addition for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend in Loudon. Located in the Main Grandstand suites right above the start/finish line, The Track Bar provides the best sight lines at the speedway in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury box with a full cash bar and private bathrooms. It used to be a 120-person suite, but will be a private area for only 76 people, which means much more room for each person.

On Saturday, July 21, the cost per person is $250 and includes one reserved seat, continental breakfast, tapas-style lunch menu, afternoon appetizers, two non-alcoholic drink tickets and a custom lanyard and credential.

On Sunday, July 22, the cost per person is $500 and includes everything from the Saturday package plus a driver appearance, a pre-race pit pass and a guided tour with a Sunoco Victory Lane visit.

A limited number of seats are still available for both days, but they are selling quickly. Call 833-TRACKBAR to reserve your seat now, and don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Other improvements and upgrades have been made all over the NHMS property including:

  • NO49 Seating Area with Wait Service
    • Purchase a ticket in the Main Grandstand Section NO Row 49, and you can enjoy wait service and have a drink rail to rest your snacks and drinks on. This is the only place in the grandstands with wait service. There will also be a beer portable and food stand in this area that will be open to the public.
  • New Crew Walkway
    • We’ve shortened the morning commute for the teams so they don’t have to walk all the way around the track to get to their garage. They now can walk straight down from the N3 parking lot, across Magic Mile Loop, through the N4 parking lot to the garage.
  • Granite Old Man of the Mountain
    • Be sure to check out the new granite Old Man of the Mountain at the Main Entrance to greet you as you arrive.
  • Concord Grandstand Elevators
    • We installed a new timber frame above the entrance to the Concord Grandstand Elevator.
  • Concord Ticket Booth
    • New lights and a new roof were installed on the Concord Ticket Booth to add some character.
  • Trackside Terrace
    • Power, water and sewage have been added for those who camp in Trackside Terrace.

All of these upgrades are sure to improve the fan experience here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this July.

For ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

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Pocono Raceway and the American Red Cross invite blood donors to attend the 13th Annual Pocono Raceway Blood Drive and Ride for the Red on Thursday, July 5. Both events, along with two satellite blood drives, are being held to honor the memory of late Raceway employee, Ryan Yanoshak.

The Pocono Raceway Blood Drive will take place at the Raceway, located at 1234 Long Pond Road, Long Pond, Pennsylvania, from 12-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. Appointments to donate blood can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org and using sponsor code POCONO.

In addition to giving blood, attendees are invited to “Ride for the Red.” A $10 per lap donation will enable participants to drive a lap, or laps, around Pocono Raceway using their own vehicles. Blood donors who plan to participate should do so before they donate. All proceeds will benefit Red Cross disaster relief efforts in the Pocono Mountains, which helps families prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, both big and small.

Two satellite blood drives are being held for those unable to attend the events at the Raceway. One will take place at the Saint Faustina Kowalska Parish Hall in Nanticoke, Pa., from 1-6 p.m. on July 3. The other is being at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center in Scranton, Pa., from 12-5 p.m. on July 5.

This year’s blood drive is being held in memory of the late Ryan Yanoshak. Yanoshak, raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was Pocono Raceway’s Managing Director of Marketing Communications and had previously works as the Assistant Athletic Director and Special Assistant to the Executive Athletic Director at the Unites States Military Academy in West Point, New York.  A beloved son, brother, friend and co-worker, Yanoshak passed away in December 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer.

“Our entire staff looks forward to hosting the blood drive each and every year,” said Pocono Raceway President, Ben May. “It is one of our favorite events and we truly enjoy working with the American Red Cross. We, along with the Yanoshak family, owe the Red Cross our sincerest gratitude as they wanted to tribute to Ryan this year. Ryan played a key role in planning and managing the last two blood drives here. We look forward to what will be an amazing day and hope many donors will join us as honor Ryan’s memory on July 5.”

Presenting donors at the Pocono Raceway Blood Drive will be placed into a random drawing for (4) Terrace Club tickets to the Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway, frontstage access to a pre-race concert and frontstage access to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver introductions on Sunday, July 29. Presenting donors at each of the Satellite Blood Drives will be entered in a random drawing to win one of two (4) packs of tickets to the Gander Outdoors 400. Prizes and gifts are not redeemable for cash.

Suburban Propane is a proud national sponsor of the American Red Cross Blood Services and is helping to increase awareness of the constant need for blood and platelet donations. Presenting donors at the Raceway can enjoy an on-site cookout and will get a $10 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, on July 5. Suburban Propane employees will also volunteer at the blood drive as part of one of the largest national volunteer commitments to Red Cross Blood Services from a corporate partner.

Blood drives at Pocono Raceway have collected approximately 3,000 pints of blood over the past 12 years.

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross is urging individuals to help ensure blood is never missing from hospital shelves by donating blood or platelets through the Missing Types campaign. The goal of Missing Types is to inspire new blood donors and those who haven’t given in a while to give this summer and become a regular blood donor for patients in need in the years to come. For the past four years, new Red Cross blood donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. More blood donors are needed now to fill the gaps.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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Animal lovers and racing fans are invited for another action packed night of NASCAR stock car racing on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway featuring the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman racers. The NASCAR Sportsman stock cars will be featured in the Summer Splash 40 paying $1,500 to win and sure to attract special attention from racers and fans. In addition it will be a Safety Net Sanctuary Raffle Fundraiser to help the animal sanctuary located in nearby Fleetwood offering protection to all types of animals.

Raffle tickets will be sold with lucky ticket buyers winning some great prizes from local businesses and race teams. In addition there will be receptacles in place to donate dry and canned dog and cat food. And there will be some animals on display.

Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. At 5 p.m in an area near the main gate the Low Down and Dirty Internet Radio Show will be offering another of their very popular Meet and Greet sessions. This week Sportsman racer Jesse Landis and Modified standout Ron Kline will be greeting fans and showing off their race cars.

Adult admission for this special night of racing is $20, youngsters 6 thru 11 are admitted for $5 and kids under 6 pay NOTHING.

Sunday afternoon, 1 p.m., the Outlaw Enduros and Blast from the Past Vintage racers will be in action. Adult admission is just $10.

For additional information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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One of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s winningest drivers will attempt to tackle the Media Mayhem school bus race during next Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout. WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin – the three-time and defending Media Mayhem champion – will have to fend off some of the fastest media members in the Carolinas when they tangle in school buses on Charlotte’s frontstretch quarter-mile.

Six media members have traded their suits and ties for firesuits and helmets in the winner-take-all, 10-ton tussle for Media Mayhem glory. It’s a bumper-banging, low-speed, high-energy show no fan can afford to miss.

This year’s field includes:

  • Zach Aldridge, WCCB
  • Brett Baldeck, WJZY
  • Nick Carboni, WCNC
  • Al Conklin, WBTV
  • Courtney Davis, Spectrum News
  • J.D. Stone, WROQ

In his traditional past champion's pre-race remarks, Conklin described himself as Jimmie Johnson, only in a school bus.

“Charlotte Motor Speedway is my favorite track,” Conklin said. “I’m really comfortable there and we’ve enjoyed a lot of success over the years. I plan to make short work of these guys. A fourth victory should put me in an excellent position to gain a small, part-time job with an area school district come August.”

In addition to the no-holds-barred bus race tussle, the rising stars of motorsports will compete in Legend Cars and Bandoleros in an effort to join stars including Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Bubba Wallace as prominent Shootout alumni who graduated to NASCAR’s highest levels.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Tuesday with racing beginning at approximately 7 p.m.

TICKETS: Single-day admission to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout costs just $8 for adults and is FREE for children under 13. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

KEEP TRACK:
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To give you some idea what Mike Jones’ week has been like, he woke up Thursday morning with an email from a Chinese journalist.
 
The journalist had questions about Jones’ fiery crash at South Boston Speedway last Saturday night, a crash that went viral on the internet and has put Jones and his dad Dean centerstage with national and international media.
 
“I really can’t comprehend it. I never imagined getting any media interest outside of our area,” said the younger Jones.
 
The saga all begin just past the halfway point of last Saturday’s 100-lap Late Model race at South Boston Speedway. Jones and Matt Bowling banged together on the front stretch while both were running in the top five. Both hit the inside wall, but Jones’ hit was vicious. His car bounced off the wall, then burst into flames.
 
His father immediately vaulted the wall and helped him out of the burning car.
 
“It was the hardest hit I’ve had,” said Jones. “Sunday and Monday, I was pretty sore.”
 
By Monday, the video of the crash had gone viral. News sites around the world had picked it up from YouTube. It was hard to open a social media site without seeing the wreck.
 
By Wednesday morning Jones had become an international media star.
 
“Early Wednesday somebody let me know they had seen it in The Sun in the United Kingdom. A buddy of mine found an article written in Arabic. It was on the six o’clock news in Australia. It was on the news in the Netherlands. Then this morning (Thursday) I had an email from a Chinese journalist,” said Jones.
 
American media weren’t about to be outdone.
 
“I was on the way to Richmond Wednesday and WSET in Lynchburg called. Then ABC called me and said I needed to be at the track at 3. It was 1 o’clock and I was still in Richmond,” recalled Jones. “WDBJ (Roanoke) called after that and then Speed51 called.”
 
At last count, the Joneses had filmed segments for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Good Morning America and NBC NASCAR America is scheduled to do a segment also.
 
Then there is the down side to Jones’ wreck. His car was basically destroyed and there is a very good chance his season is finished.
 
“It’s way worse than I originally thought. We’re trying to see what is salvageable and what’s not and get a price on a new car,” he said.
 
Jones expects he will miss the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200, the huge Fourth of July week extravaganza that features live music and fireworks in addition to all the racing action.
 
“We have an offer on the table for next week, but I don’t want to have to buy someone else a race car if something else big happened. I don’t want to waste that money when we could be using it on a new car,” Jones explained.
 
“Hopefully we’ll get back this year if at all possible. If not comeback strong in 2019. In a perfect world we are shooting to be back July 14,” said Jones, who had consistently raced in the top five during his first season in Late Models.
 
The June 30 Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 will feature a 200-lap Late Model Stock race, a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, along with a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race.
 
Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. on June 30, with live music beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be an autograph session on the front stretch at 5:30 and the green flag will fly at 7.
 
Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office or by calling the ticket office at 877.440.1540 until 5 p.m. on June 29. On race day tickets will be $20 for adults and children 12 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.
 
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Fireworks will light up the sky at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Fourth of July, as the “Race to the 4th” Independence Day Bash, hosted by the City of Homestead, returns to the Speedway for the ninth consecutive year. The event will take place Wednesday, July 4 from 6-10 p.m., and admission and parking is free for all guests.

A sea of red, white and blue will rain down upon the track, treating guests to live music, food trucks and kids activities, including amusement rides and rock climbing. Everyone in attendance at this year’s event will have the opportunity to witness a dazzling fireworks display that will cap the evening’s festivities.

Local Miami band, Hangar 5, will kick off the festivities on stage, performing classic rock and roll hits. Food trucks will offer a variety of summer treats, and kids will have plenty of entertainment with amusement rides and carnival games. This salute to all things America will conclude with the best fireworks show in South Florida—a stunning display of pyrotechnics synced to a mix of pop hits and patriotic tunes.

Perched eight stories above turn one of the championship track, the Champions Club, which offers a preferred view of the fireworks show, will host a special VIP event. A limited number of $20 tickets for guests 13 and older are now available for purchase at the City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department, 350 SE 6th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030. Tickets for children seven to 12 years old are $10, and children under six can get into Champions Club for free. Tickets include VIP parking inside the ticket gates along with food and soft drinks inside the Champions Club.

For more information, please visit www.cityofhomestead.com/July4 or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (305) 224-4570.

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Chicagoland Speedway announced today that the Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash program will return as the sponsor for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole qualifying on Saturday, June 30. Drivers will battle to start on the front row in the Overton’s 400 which will take place on Sunday, July 1. I-Cash Pole Qualifying features a series of three knockout rounds in which the full field is trimmed to 24, then 12 before declaring the pole-sitter by the fastest speed in the final round.

In Illinois, the state treasurer is the custodian of unclaimed property, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and forgotten safe deposit boxes. As a result, the Treasurer's Office is currently safeguarding 2.9 billion dollars of unclaimed money, 49 million shares of stock, and the contents of thousands of safe deposit boxes. Treasurer Frerichs’ office never charges money to search the database or return unclaimed property.

"This race is always exciting. We enjoy partnering with Chicagoland Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and sharing with fans how to claim their unclaimed property,” said Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs. "We hope to give race fans even more reason to celebrate. It just takes two minutes to visit our website at IllinoisTreasurer.gov/ICASH to discover if you have property to claim. The average claim is $2,700."

“I-Cash Pole Qualifying is becoming a tradition and staple at the Magnificent Mile and a Half,” said Scott Paddock, President of Chicagoland Speedway. “We’re looking forward to once again giving the Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash program the platform it deserves, as it provides a terrific service to the residents of Illinois.”

It's easy, free, and confidential for Illinois residents to discover if they have assets waiting for them:

1.     Visit IllinoisTreasurer.gov/ICASH and click on the I-Cash link. Then, enter your name and city in the search fields to find out if you have property to claim.

2.     Identify your properties and provide your contact information online.

3.     Within minutes, I-Cash will email you a claim form to sign and mail along with proof of ownership to claim your assets.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place on July 1 as part of the four-race weekend June 28 – July 1. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, June 28 with the SCOTT® 150 ARCA Racing Series followed by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, June 30, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Overton’s 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 showdown.

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is pleased to announce that it has been awarded grants by the RPM Foundation and the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimer's Club to fully fund an internship position in the Museum's restoration department.

The $7,000 grant from RPM, plus a $5,000 grant from the Oldtimer's Club, have made possible the hiring of IMS Museum 2018 summer intern Nicholas Martakis, a student at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis) and native of Valparaiso, Ind.

Martakis is pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and motorsports engineering.

Not only is Martakis adding an extra set of hands during a busy summer schedule for the IMS Museum's full-time restoration team, but he's earning invaluable technical and practical experience, working on some of the racing industry's most iconic vehicles.

Martakis was instrumental in preparing the Museum's vintage touring cars for the IPL 500 Festival Parade, in which the cars were used to carry the Indianapolis 500 drivers and their families. He also recently prepared the No. 20 STP Lotus 56/4 "wedge" turbine, which Art Pollard drove to a 13th-place finish in the 1968 "500," for a trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

"We're extremely grateful for this opportunity to partner with the RPM Foundation, AAT and the Oldtimer's Club, as this grant and Nick's internship is helping our organizations achieve mutual goals," said Betsy Smith, executive director of the IMS Museum. "Our restoration team is proud to support Nick's passion and efforts to learn and uphold the art of auto restoration. His dedication and that of students like him will ensure the longevity of historic automobiles for years to come."

RPM Foundation (RPM) is an educational grant-making program of America's Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive and marine restoration, and preservation, along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit www.rpm.foundation for more information.

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This coming Saturday, June 23, Macon Speedway will be hosting the popular Firecracker 40 event, presented by Dynagraphics, 95Q, and Decatur Building Trades. In addition to 40-lap events for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Topless Modifieds, four other divisions will be in action. The evening will be capped off with a fun fireworks display.

Last season, the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds ran topless in their 40-lapper and they will be again this year. Fans will be able to see down inside the cockpit of the racecars, watching the drivers work their craft. It’s a cool view for fans and drivers alike, in the only event of the season where the tops come off.

Leading the standings for the division is New Berlin, IL driver, Tommy Sheppard, Jr. Sheppard won last year’s Pro Late Model championship and is trying to back it up with one in the Modifieds this year. Argenta, IL’s Danny Smith is second in points, while Zach Rhodes, Austin Lynn, and Rodney Standerfer complete the top five.

The other 40-lap event will come in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models. It’s also a Midwest Big Ten Series race, so points will be dueled out for both. Springfield, IL driver, Guy Taylor has had a great early 2018 and leads the standings by 50 over Warrensburg, IL competitor, Dakota Ewing. Jake Little sits third in Macon points but still leads the Big Ten standings, looking for back-to-back championships with the tour. Kyle VanDorn and Cody Maguire complete the top five in Macon points.

Godfrey, IL’s Cody Stillwell holds a solid 40 point lead in the DIRTcar B-Mod division at the track. Stillwell continues to be a model of consistency this year, with seven top five finishes in as many starts. Jerry Thompson, Tom Riech, Tim Riech, and Tim Hancock are top five point contenders. Hancock has won four features, while Stillwell, Thompson, and Kevin Crowder have each claimed one.

Back in action this week will be the Sportsman class. Taylorville, IL’s Tim Bedinger has been a solid contender each week and leads the points by six over Scott Williams. Bedinger has claimed one win to help make the difference. Scott Landers, Ty Nation, and Dennis Vander Meersch round out the top five.

Boody, IL’s Shawn Ziemer came up just short in last year’s championship chase to Brian Dasenbrock. This year, Ziemer has a commanding 82 point lead, using perfect attendance and solid finishes to build the edge. Lincoln, IL’s Justin Crowell is second in points after an impressive feature win at last Saturday’s event. Larry Russell, Jerit Murphy, and Timmy Dick round out the top five.

The DIRTcar Hornets are coming off of a big weekend, as the 2018 Ed Cain Hornet Challenge was held at Lincoln Speedway as well as Macon. While local driver, Adam Webb claimed the $1,000 top prize, the division points are led by Springfield, IL’s Mike Eskew. Decatur driver, Jeremy Reed is second in points with four feature wins, while Cook Crawford, John Lewis, and Steve Stine round out the top five.

Pit gates open this Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, while racing will take the green at 7:00. The fireworks will likely take place between 9:00 and 10:00. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

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Do you have a need for speed in a competitive atmosphere where you can drag race your personal vehicle, whether it be a Lamborghini, vintage Volkswagen Beetle or a Chevrolet pick-up truck?
Texas Motor Speedway is the place to visit the next six weeks as the ever-popular Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags returns for its 10th anniversary season of head-to-head, street-style drag racing on the speedway's 1/8-mile pit road. The six-week schedule will run every Friday evening beginning this week through July 27.
Since its inception in 2009, the primary mission behind Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags was to reduce the amount of illegal street racing that is taking place in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex by providing a safer alternative off public roadways. With recent studies indicating that street racing-related accidents account for an average of 135 deaths annually in the United States, Texas Motor Speedway is offering a safer and more organized setting for racers to showcase their vehicles and driving talents.
 
Over those nine previous seasons, Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags also has proven to be a unique evening of summer entertainment for novice racers who may want to see how fast or competitive their personal vehicle can be in a head-to-head matchup.
 
Open to any automobile, excluding back-half cars or trucks, and any driver over the age of 18, Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags will feature racers from across North Texas who will compete for weekly honors and a six-week championship across seven different divisions that consist of:
  • Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Bandit Division
  • Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division
  • Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Modified Division
  • Snap-On Tools All-Wheel Drive Division
  • Texas Harley Super Cars Division
  • Texas Born Performance Black Smoke Warrior Division
  • Summit Racing Equipment Outlaw Division
The divisions vary from a stock domestic or foreign vehicle with three to five cylinders to others where the vehicles have modifications or upgrades. The vehicles are inspected prior to competition and classified accordingly to level the competitive field.
 
Drivers will accrue points throughout the six-week competition, with three points going to each weekly division winner, two points to the weekly runner-up and one to all other registered competitors. Racers that compete in all six weeks will receive an additional two bonus points toward their overall total. At the conclusion of the six-week competition, division champions will receive a Snap-on Epiq Beverage Dispenser and a one-of-a-kind Snap-on RC Truck.
 
Others that may not be interested in competing for the full six weeks have the ability to race as many weeks as they like and win weekly prizes and trophies. In addition to the championship prizes, participating racers will be able to win prizes courtesy of Snap-On Tools at a weekly drawing held during the drivers' meeting.
 
For car enthusiasts that like to show off their cherished rides rather than race them, they will be able to do so at the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine that accompanies the drag racing each of the six weeks of competition. The Show-N-Shine competitors also will have the opportunity to partake in a parade lap around Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile track and earn weekly awards in four different categories: Best of Show, Best Classic (1972 or earlier), Best Current Custom (1973 to current) and Best Motorcycle.
 
Each week will feature a different theme, starting with Universal Technical Institute Night this Friday. For the opening week, all UTI teachers will be half price while UTI students will be free. The other themes will be Fireworks Night (June 29), Harley Davidson Night (July 6), Jeep Night (July 13), First Responder Appreciation Night (July 20) and Fan Appreciation Night (July 27).
 
The gates will open each week at 6 p.m. with inspection, practice and the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine beginning at 6:15 p.m. Drag racing competition begins at 9:15 p.m.
 

The cost is $20 to participate in the UTI Friday Night Drags or Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine competition each week. General admission grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available in advance at www.texasmotorspeedway.com or day of at the Gate 6 ticket booth. Parking is free in the PSL lot outside of Gate 6 and available for $20 in the infield (with admission included in the pricing). Coolers are permitted in both the grandstands and infield.

For more information and official rules regarding Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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When the checkered flag waves on the 60th Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday, July 7, Daytona International Speedway will light up the sky above the 2.5-mile tri-oval with one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast.

A tradition that began with the inaugural nighttime running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event back in 1998, Fireworks By Santore, based in nearby Flagler County, will showcase the powerful 15-minute patriotic celebration that includes a one-minute, 30-second grand finale.

A crew of 10 will work seven days along the shores of Lake Lloyd to set up the show, which will be fired from 15 different locations using state-of-the-art digital firing equipment. Fireworks By Santore will utilize:

  • Shells ranging in size from one inch up to eight inches
  • More than 8,000 individual bursts
  • 10,000+ pounds of explosive powder
  • Enough control wire to circle the 2.5-mile tri-oval two times

Types of shells included in the show range from the traditional Chrysanthemum, Peonies, Dahlias, Willows and Salutes to specialty shells such as Cube Pattern – which produce a 3-D box with the letters U.S. A. – Smiley Faces, Star Patterns, Double Rings, 4 Color Changing, Shell of Shells, Crossettes, Strobing Diadems, Twilight Glitters and vibrant new pastel colors. Other shells include Sweeping Rings, Sweeping Inward, Sweeping Outward, Mushroom, Jelly Fish, Cut Glass, Octopus, Kaleidoscopes, Diamond Screamers and Tourbillions.

In addition to the fireworks extravaganza, Fireworks By Santore will also assist in the driver introduction ceremony utilizing close proximity pyrotechnics and cryogenic effects and during the champion’s celebration in Gatorade Victory Lane by firing more than 30 pounds of custom-cut Coca-Cola bottle-shaped confetti in the air.

Tickets for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 7, the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday night, July 6 and all 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.

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