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Richmond Raceway (Richmond), along with parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), unveiled a completed $500,000 amphitheater redevelopment at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! today. The amphitheater project is a continuation of the reinvestment in the future of the Richmond Raceway Complex as part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined, which began with the $30 million infield redevelopment project that opened in fall 2018.
“The new capital investment in Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will modernize the fan experience and ensure the future of the only covered amphitheater in RVA for the next generation of concert goers,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Virginia Credit Union LIVE! is in the heart of the Richmond Raceway Complex, and one of the pillars of live entertainment in the greater Richmond region. With an amazing slate of shows announced, we look forward to welcoming fans back for one of the best concert seasons in the history of the venue.”
The redevelopment of Virginia Credit Union LIVE! includes a reseating of the venue to create flexible seating and additional aisles to offer fans the best views and concert experience. The new removable padded seats in the front half of the venue will provide flexible options for the amphitheater to offer reserved seating, general admission seating, or a standing pit area. The expanded pit area will allow more rock and alternative shows to perform at the venue.
“We are excited by all the enhancements to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! and by the value our partnership with Richmond Raceway provides to our credit union and its members,” said Glenn Birch, Director of Public Relations for Virginia Credit Union. “The impressive, diverse lineup of acts for 2019 will be a hit with our members who enjoy the advance ticket sales, free parking and other benefits. Our partnership also enables more people in our region to discover the benefits of being a member of Virginia Credit Union.”
Richmond has partnered with Anheuser-Busch, Bold Rock Cider, Devils Backbone, and Brown Distributing for the new Virginia Credit Union LIVE! party deck, the Bud Light Patio. The new section is located to the right of the stage with tiered viewing, high top tables and chairs, ADA seating, and private bar. Tickets for the Bud Light Patio are available beginning with the Wu-Tang Clan concert on Tuesday, June 18.
“Brown Distributing Company is happy to be celebrating the 100th anniversary of our Richmond-based, family-owned company this year,” said JR Walthour, Draft & Special Events Manager for Brown Distributing Company. “We are proud to partner with Richmond Raceway for the new party deck at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the Bud Light Patio, and over NASCAR race weekends.”
The Virginia Lottery will help fans connect online as the sponsor of the new public WiFi at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! for concerts. The public WiFi will be available for fans throughout the year for events at the Richmond Raceway Complex in the amphitheater, modernized infield, Old Dominion Building, and Expo Hall. Richmond is also an official MobilePlay retailer for the Virginia Lottery, which will allow fans to purchase tickets for all their favorite draw games such as Mega Millions and Pick 3, and a whole new line of e-games on their app. To learn more about MobilePlay, visit valottery.com/mobileplay.
Additional improvements to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! include a porta bar on the hill overlooking concerts and updated public restrooms. The back of house has also been redeveloped to improve the experience for entertainers with updated star rooms and other new features.
2019 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.
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.
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.
Styx, the band that has forged an indelible legacy on record and onstage, will rock Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
“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, and opening act Mickie James & The Heaters at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.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.
Umphrey’s McGee and their memorable progressive guitars with musical styles, including rock, metal, jazz, blues, funk, reggae, electronic, bluegrass, and folk to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
Cody Jinks, along with special guest Ward Davis, will headline a night of outlaw country music at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m.
Dark Star Orchestra will present their critically acclaimed live show to Deadheads both young and old at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra tirelessly strives for and achieves is a continuation of the spirit of what has now become over forty years of the Grateful Dead’s timeless music.
Bastille and the band’s North American tour, Doom Days Tour Part 1, will come to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The tour is in support of the band’s third studio album, Doom Days.
Concert tickets are available for purchase online at vaculive.com or in-person at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. Tickets for announced shows are available for purchase unless otherwise specified.
Richmond Raceway PR
Fun activities for all ages will be offered at the Fan Midway during the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including karting on an all-new oval layout and eSports competition.
The Fan Midway - located in the IMS infield just north of Pagoda Plaza - is open during the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 and during the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18, Sunday, May 19, Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26.
Admission to the Fan Midway is free for all ticketed fans. It opens each day when public gates open. Check event schedules at IMS.com for daily closing times.
Speedway Indoor Karting returns this year to offer competition in the Fan Midway for $5 per race, with a new oval track that allows fans to emulate their Indy 500 heroes against up to five other racers. The minimum participant age is 14, with a minimum height requirement of 4 feet, 4 inches. All participants must sign waivers.
The huge growth of eSports also will be reflected this year in the Fan Midway. Simulator units at the Firestone Fan Experience will allow fans to participate in Forza Motorsport 7 and lap around the IMS oval. Another major eSports competition on Legends Day presented by Firestone, Saturday, May 25, also will be announced soon.
Numerous NTT IndyCar Series and IMS partners will have displays and interactive activities in the Fan Midway, including:
•U.S. Air Force: The Air Force Performance Lab features a futuristic experience full of challenges and self-discovery, all wrapped in innovative technology. The Hangar provides a behind-the-scenes look for mechanically inclined fans at technology and structures used by airmen every day.
•Chevy Racing: A number of Chevrolet's award-wining production lineup will be on display for fans to see and learn about, including Camaro, Corvette, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Malibu, Colorado and the all-new Silverado. There also will be an array of parts and accessories from Chevrolet Performance for many of the vehicles on display. In addition, adults and kids can participate in a number of interactive games, including racing simulators. All of the Team Chevy NTT IndyCar Series stars will appear at the display for a fan Q & A sessions.
• Firestone Fan Experience: Fans can create and share a Legendary Moment with their friends, get an airbrush tattoo, see all the latest Firestone tires and get a coupon courtesy of Firestone Complete Auto Care. The Firestone Fan Experience also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti's Indy 500 win.
•Gainbridge: Fans can capture memories at the race-themed photo booth featuring the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Gainbridge show car, win fun giveaways, and enter to win an all-expenses paid VIP weekend package for two to the 2020 Indy 500.
•Group1001: An exclusive Virtual Reality experience is the highlight of Group1001's display, featuring the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Gainbridge Honda with Zach Veach in a way that provides fans with a unique, up-close and interactive view.
•Geico Racing Fan Zone: GEICO is offering a new Pit Stop Challenge, an authentic flag stand photo op with fans waving the checkered flag, motorcycle displays, free swag at the GEICO Garage, a chance to win a $500 gift card and an opportunity to meet the GEICO Gecko.
•History on Wheels (INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend only): An interactive, multimedia "History on Wheels" display from the Indiana Historical Society featuring the rich heritage of more than a century of racing in the Hoosier State.
•IMS Kids Zone: The IMS Kids Zone will offer many free activities for younger race fans and their families. Attractions include music, dancing, games, prizes and visit from IMS mascots Axel and Alley.
•Red Gold: The Red Gold cart will feature different condiments available among the Red Gold line of products, as well as Red Gold salsa and Red Gold petite diced tomatoes with green chilies.
Visit IMS.com to buy tickets for the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge or for more information on the Month of May schedule and activities.
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BURG) (“Chanticleer” or the “Company”), owner, operator, and franchisor of multiple nationally recognized restaurant brands, announced the opening of a Little Big Burger in the concession area at America’s Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We’re pleased to announce the opening of a Little Big Burger at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Fred Glick, the president of Chanticleer Holdings. “Charlotte Motor Speedway's basic philosophy is to always put fans first and create memories that last a lifetime for all who pass through the gates. We believe our Little Big Burger brands philosophy is highly similar. We’re always striving to provide our customers with a memorable experience when they walk through our doors, which includes high-quality food at an affordable price point.
“During a typical race weekend, fans consume more than 34,000 slices of pizza, 9,500 gallons of soda and water, 13,500 feet of hot dogs and 309,000 pounds of ice. The newest Little Big Burger location complements the company’s existing three Charlotte-based locations, where growth continues to be fueled by a loyal and growing local customer base. Recently, Little Big Burger was named Creative Loafing’s readers’ pick for ‘Best Burger in Charlotte’.”
Glick continued, “We are especially appreciative of the continued support of our partner, brand ambassador Denny Hamlin, the Daytona 500-winning Joe Gibbs Racing No.11 FedEx Toyota Camry driver. We look forward to upcoming promotional opportunities with him and our joint partner Coca-Cola, specifically designed at driving increased customer engagement and loyalty for all brands involved.”
For 60 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard in motorsports entertainment for fans of all ages. Known as America’s Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the heart of NASCAR country. Visitors can attend one-of-a-kind race spectacles including the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America ROVAL™ 400; take behind-the-scenes speedway and race shop tours; explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame and drive an 800-horsepower stock car. Through every event and every decade, Charlotte Motor Speedway puts FANS FIRST with a never-ending commitment to enhance the fan experience. That tradition continues with unmatched value through affordable tickets, unparalleled pre-race entertainment and more opportunities for fans to see their favorite drivers.
The Company anticipates the newest LBB location will initially be open five days in May and potentially later for the second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 the weekend of Sept. 29.
Chanticleer Holdings PR
The 2019 season for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Outlaw Micro League rolls on this weekend with the Midwest Season Opening Weekend at Belle-Clair Speedway and Macon Speedway. Saturday’s event at Macon Speedway will be the first of four visits from the tours this season.
Heading to Macon on Saturday, Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey serves as the defending race winner. On a hot streak at that, the 2017 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion is the current point leader by way of a phenomenal three-win stretch in the opening five races of 2019.
While it’s the first visit of the season for the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Outlaw Micro League, many of the drivers already have had some on-track action this season at the speedway. Macon has had two of its own local shows this year for the Micros presented by Bailey Chassis. Riverton, IL driver, Aaron Andruskevitch is the current track point leader, scoring both wins. Aiden Purdue, Tyler Day, Molly Day, and Tyler Rust complete the top five in the local points.
Saturday night’s show will also include the second Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Model event of the year. The first was at Lincoln Speedway on April 26, where Mendon, IL’s Denny Woodworth claimed the win. 23 different Pro Late drivers attended that event. The night will also include local points for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, where Dakota Ewing is the current point leader, after setting a new track record and winning a feature last weekend. Cody Maguire, Donny Koehler, Chris Dick, and Blake Damery complete the top five.
The Archer’s Alley DIRTcar Street Stocks are also on the card. Monticello, IL’s Darrell Dick leads the points by just 10 over Gene Reed. The division has seen three different feature winners in as many races with Dick, Reed, and Terry Reed finding victory lane. Larry Russell, Jr. and Andy Zahnd are in the top five.
The DIRTcar Hornets complete the five division show. Brady Reed, of Decatur, IL, has won two out of the three features so far and leads the points. Billy Mason, Carter Dart, Marty Sullivan, and Michael Abbott are in the top five in the current standings.
Macon pits open Saturday at 3:00 PM with grandstands at 5:00, the POWRi drivers meeting is scheduled for 5:30, local driver meeting at 5:45, with hot laps on track at 6:00, and racing underway at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $18 for adults and free for kids 11 and under. Those who bring a ticket stub from last weekend’s race will receive $3 off of their ticket for this week.
Macon Speedway PR
The second annual “Trucking Job Fair at Pocono Raceway Driven by Pennsylvania Turnpike” will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019. All applicants attending the job fair will receive a $10 lunch voucher and two complimentary Saturday General Admission Grandstand tickets, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Those attending will get to see the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices.
“We are pleased to partner again with the Pocono Raceway to host a regional job fair which assists in matching truckers with organizations looking for CDL drivers,” said Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO, Mark Compton. “Almost 30 million trucks, and other commercial vehicles, travel the PA Turnpike each year. Trained, professional drivers enhance the safety of our roadway as they keep commerce moving across the state.”
The trucking job fair will take place inside Pocono Raceway’s Chalet Village, located behind the Grandstand and near the main gates, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. Those attending will be required to show their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) before entering the gates and can bring one additional guest. Their guest is not required to have a CDL. Those seeking training will have the opportunity to meet representatives from Northampton Community College & Lehigh Career & Technical Institute driver training programs. Admission to the job fair and parking is free.
“The trucking industry is vital to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania as nearly 90 percent of communities in our state depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods,” said Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association Director of Communications, Brandon Moree. “Trucks are responsible for moving more than half a million tons of manufactured goods in the state every day and that’s only possible when our industry is fully staffed with safe, qualified drivers.”
Individuals driving a tractor trailer to this event, and during all NASCAR or INDYCAR weekend events, will be directed to the Drydene Tractor Trailer Parking Lot. Over 20 trucking companies seeking CDL drivers will attending, including: J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Calex, Carbon Express Inc., Champion Tire & Wheel, Inc., Cowan Systems LLC, Foley Incorporated, FTS & JPD, Gordon Food Services, H&K Group, Hunter Truck, JRCM Transportation, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, McLane Distribution, Nagle Lines, Northampton Community College Driver Training, Penn Tank Lines, Penske Logistics, PGT Trucking, Road Scholar, US Xpress Inc., Venezia Transport and YCR Freight.
Additional details, including inquires for trucking companies looking to attend, can visit www.poconoraceway.com/trucking.
In 2019, Pocono Raceway will host two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, a NTT IndyCar Series race and The Great Pocono Raceway Air Show. One NASCAR Xfinity Series, one NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and two ARCA Menards Series races are also on the ‘The Tricky Triangle’s’ calendar this summer. For tickets, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).
Note: Times, dates, events and driver lineup are subject to change without notice.
Pocono Raceway PR
SpeedyCash.com Named Sponsor Of June 7 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway09 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Since the checkered flag fell on the GEICO 500 a little over a week ago, Phase II of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar has kicked into overdrive to make way for the one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience.
Various buildings in part of the historic track’s infield have been disassembled including both Paddock Club seating areas and the current NASCAR Xfinity Series/Gander Outdoors Truck Series Garage, while Gatorade Victory Lane has been completely demolished. In addition, the General Tire mounting building has been taken down as well as one concession stand. The Sunoco gas pump station is currently being carefully removed.
The existing media center and Goodyear building structures will remain but have been gutted to begin an inside renovation. Framing for the new Drivers Meeting room will soon begin in the old Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage (which will also become the new Xfinity/Gander Outdoors Truck Series Garage).
The Talladega Garage Experience, which will replace the current garage/pit area that stretches from the center of the Tri-Oval all the way down near the start-finish line, is set to open during the track’s fall doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend featuring the 1000Bulbs.com 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Sugarlands Shine 250 for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. It will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR like never before (including access under the same roof where the race cars are being prepped by the race teams) and will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield.
The approximately $50 million Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar is part of International Speedway Corporation’s (Talladega’s parent company) long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. DLR Group is the architect of the entire project while Hoar Construction from Birmingham will spearhead Phase II. GT Grandstands (Plant City, FL) will construct the new Pit Road Club and the Race Operations.
Fans can learn more about the project and view the progress 24/7 via the construction cam by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.
ISM Raceway President Julie Giese To Serve As Grand Marshal for NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Event at Tucson Speedway09 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
ISM Raceway President Julie Giese will be on hand at Tucson Speedway this Saturday to give the command for drivers to start their engines prior to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Port of Tucson Twin 100s. The races will be the third and fourth events of the 2019 season for NASCAR’s top developmental series.
“I am honored to serve as Grand Marshal at Tucson Speedway this weekend,” said Giese. “I’m a big supporter of the K&N Pro Series West and enjoy watching the future stars of our sport compete at this level. Grassroots racing is important all of us at ISM Raceway, and I look forward to seeing the series again when we host their championship race in November.”
For the second year in a row, Tucson Speedway will host twin 100-lap races for the series this Saturday, May 11. The first race will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the second is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to Arizona when ISM Raceway hosts the 2019 championship race on Saturday, November 9. The event will be part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal Weekend, featuring four races in three days.
ISM Raceway PR
Charlotte Motor Speedway is ready to show off its Swag’r at the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on May 18. Speedway officials announced on Thursday a new, high-tech racing fan experience through a multi-year partnership with Swag’r – a leading augmented reality and gamification app – designed to allow fans enhanced race-day enjoyment through a unique, fun, tech-forward experience.
The speedway’s first foray into Swag’r will kick off at the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race and will continue through the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26.
Swag’r, with a proven track record at large-scale live events including iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball, is highly regarded in its efforts to mobilize a younger audience. The first-of-its-kind partnership will enable America’s Home for Racing to engage with ticketholders in an unprecedented manner leading up to one of the speedway’s most spectacular months in its storied 60-year history.
Fans can use the Swag’r app on their smartphones to hunt for free pit pass upgrades, incredible on-site giveaways and engage digitally on a never-before-seen level.
Coca-Cola 600 tickets for adults start at just $49 while kids 13 and under get in for $10. Tickets, camping and upgrades for every event are available at the gates, by visiting charlottemotorspeedwa
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