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After Chase Elliott recently captured his first Talladega Superspeedway Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in the GEICO 500 (April 28), the second-generation driver from nearby Dawsonville, GA donned a construction hard hat and sledgehammer in Gatorade Victory Lane, signaling the beginning of demolition to part of the track’s infield to make way for the new, incredible Talladega Garage Experience, which will debut in October during the NASCAR Playoff doubleheader weekend.

Part of Phase II of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar, the all-new Talladega Garage Experience 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. It will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield.

As part of the Talladega Garage Experience, a new Gatorade Victory Lane will be built, allowing fans to get just feet away from the drivers and teams who will add their name to the Talladega record book. For Elliott, his trip to the winner’s circle was extra special in the fact that his Hall of Fame father – Bill – christened it in spring of 1986 after winning the pole position at the 2.66-mile venue. However, for what the track is doing to elevate the fan experience, Chase is now ready for the future at the world’s greatest and biggest track, which is already known for the absolute best racing on the planet, and the experience of a lifetime off the track for fans young and old alike.

“I want people to come and just have a hell of a time at the race track,” said the younger Elliott, who gave team owner Rick Hendrick his record 13th triumph at the high-banked venue which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. “This is a great experience for them to do that. At the end of the day, you want to build a product that’s exciting and is exciting to watch. I think ultimately if something is exciting to watch, I’ll watch it. That’s the same reason I watch stuff. I find it entertaining.

“If you’re making something entertaining, somebody can come, have a great Saturday night, Sunday afternoon. Friday night, Saturday night, whatever it is, I think they will. That’s the big one, making a product entertaining.”

Elliott speaks from experience at Talladega. In addition to leading the way in showcasing one of the best races seen in years with constant three- and four-wide racing at over 200 mph, he was a part of the track’s “Big One on the Blvd.” driver parade and fan competition event on Friday night in the infamous infield this past ‘Dega race weekend. Saturday night’s infield concert has become a tradition, and the weekend programming for families with the Kids VIP Experience presented by Children’s of Alabama, along with other special opportunities for college students, military, first responders, teachers, educators and more, have made the fan experience second to none. With the grand opening of the Talladega Garage Experience on the horizon, Oct. 11-13 (weekend featuring the 1000Bulbs.com 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Sugarlands Shine 250 for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series), fans have even a lot more to look forward to.

After his win, Elliott, who grew up a little over two hours away from Talladega, said the fans “made me feel at home today, which was pretty cool,” as the thousands of onlookers and families stayed in the grandstands to help him celebrate his victory on the frontstretch, and then stayed to watch him celebrate in victory lane. “The biggest part of today is just how much of a home race it felt like after the race. I was blown away by the people, how fired up everybody was….an unbelievable experience. We are close to home….they made me feel that way.

“Couldn’t ask for much more. That’s one of the coolest moments I feel like of my racing career. Today is something I will never forget. Just appreciate all the folks making it feel like a home race.”

The reason Elliott felt at “home” is because the Elliott name is synonymous with the greatest ribbon of asphalt in NASCAR. Bill became iconic in 1985 when he made up nearly two full laps (over five miles) under green flag conditions in winning the spring Cup race at Talladega, which eventually led to him winning a $1 million bonus later in the year (and he became known as 'Million Dollar Bill'). Two years later, he set the all-time NASCAR qualifying record of 212.809 mph, which still stands today. If Chase can win later this year, he would become the first driver to notch a Talladega sweep since Jeff Gordon in 2007. Incidentally, Chase replaced Gordon, a six-time winner at TSS, at Hendrick Motorsports after the 2015 season.

So, when Chase returns in the fall, he, along with all the other premier series competitors and fans, will see the most anticipated fan experience ever that 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. And, things are happening in a hurry. Since his triumph, workers have demolished many buildings to make way for the new, including the current NASCAR Xfinity Series garage, the Sunoco fuel station, the Paddock Club, and part of the media center.

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. Some items in the new Talladega Garage Experience (TGE) will include: a fan viewing walkway to the teams, cars and inspection stations during race preparation in the new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage; New Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garages (44 stalls); New, modern Open Air Club (covered) with close-up viewing of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage; Wi-Fi presented by Xtreme Concepts in all areas of the TGE; New Gatorade Victory Lane with fan up-close view in TGE; Pit Road Club to enhance the experience for fans and corporate guests; Exclusive Social, engagement areas with Concessions/Souvenirs/Restrooms facilities, Guest Services Center & First Aid facility; and much more!

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 by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation. For ticket information on the track’s NASCAR doubleheader playoff weekend, and all things on Transformation and the Talladega Garage Experience, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-7223 (RACE).


Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and AEG Presents will welcome Cody Jinks with special guest Ward Davis for 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 online at vaculive.com or in-person at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m.

For well over a decade, Cody Jinks has devoted himself to making country music that’s equal parts uncompromising and empathic, often giving voice to those who exist on the margins of modern life. Since first emerging as a solo artist in the mid-2000’s, the Texas-bred singer/songwriter has steadily advanced from playing nearly-empty barrooms to building a following so dedicated they’ve formed their own fan club – a self-governed group called the Flockers, comprised of over 21,000 members and counting.

With his latest album, Lifers, Jinks reaffirmed his commitment to creating music with purpose and passion all while turning out songs overflowing with indelible hooks and unbridled energy. The follow-up to I’m Not the Devil – a 2016 release that hit #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart – Lifers also deepens the spirit of solidarity that’s long guide his every endeavor.

Rooted in a relentlessly vital, rock-and-roll-steeped country sound, Lifers takes its name from those portrayed in the title track as “the struggling strifers working long after the day is gone…it seems they still dream.” With his powerful yet nuanced baritone voice and lyrics that instill so much truth into one single line, Jinks attests to the work of self-preservation in an often unbending world and ultimately leaves the listener with a profound sense of courage.

The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 7 p.m. Parking for the event is located in Lot D, at the corner of Laburnum and Carolina Avenues, and can be accessed through Gate 4 on Laburnum Avenue. Parking is $10 cash only for the public and free for Virginia Credit Union members with lots opening at 6 p.m.

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

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. Tickets for previously announced shows are available for purchase unless otherwise specified.

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

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.

Wu-Tang Clan’s 25th Anniversary of 36 Chambers Tour comes to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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

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

As part of Eastern League All-Star Week, Richmond and the Richmond Flying Squirrels have partnered for the All-Star Country Music Jam headlined by Big & Rich with special guests Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

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 7:00 p.m.

Skillet and Sevendust’s co-headline Victorious War Tour, along with special guests Pop Evil and Devour The Day, to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Tuesday, August 13 at 6:45 p.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. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

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

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When Mahoning Valley Speedway began the Hobby Stock class in 2013 a total of three cars ran the very first race. However, since that time the class has grown in leaps and bounds and 20-plus car fields are more times than not the norm. Three of the four races held so far have had consolations needed to fill the starting grid.

This coming Saturday night, May 11 the Hobby Stocks will get the spotlight with a special 40-lap/$400-to-win feature race, which will also be a “Cone Race.”

It is also Pocono Raceway Night. Track representatives from the “Tricky Triangle” will be on hand to assist with fans who are planning to take in the events this season at the 2.5-mile triangular oval in nearby Long Pond. There will be ticket giveaways and on display will be the Official Pocono Raceway Pace Car. The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series will be at Pocono the weekend of May 31/June 2.

The Sportsman Modifieds return this weekend too for their second appearance of the 2019 season. In the first race held on April 20, Kyle Strohl held off a very determined Roger Coss for the win.

Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks and Pro 4s are also in action.

Some of the Hobby Stock cars, combined with Pro 4s, will also be seeing double the action as a Ladies Powder Puff will be held at the conclusion of the evening. The Powder Puff is open to all ladies (no former racers are allowed).

At intermission a Kids Power Wheels Enduro sponsored by Kutz Racing will take place on the home stretch.

Race time is 6:00 pm. Front gates open at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $14, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Pits will open at 11:30 am. Early paid practice ($25 per car) will be from 12:30 to 3:30. Regular warm-ups begin at 4:15. Pit admission $25 members, $35 non-members. Driver sign-ins will be from 3:00 to 4:15.

The rain-postponed Street Stock feature from May 4 will be made up on Saturday, May 18.

Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.


Highlighting its award-winning Throwback Weekend, celebrating the 1990-94 era of the sport, Darlington Raceway and the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce have announced that multi-platinum rock/alternative group Better Than Ezra will headline the Visit Myrtle Beach Pre-Race Concert for its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 race on September 1.

“It’s exciting that we will be performing the pre-race concert at a historic NASCAR track like Darlington Raceway,” Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin said. “It will be a fun show we know race fans will enjoy. The 90’s were a special time for Better Than Ezra so it’s a great fit for us to play during the track’s celebration of the early 90’s for their throwback weekend.”

Stage-front tickets to see Better Than Ezra perform the Visit Myrtle Beach Pre-Race Concert are on sale now by visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com or calling 866-459-7223. A grandstand ticket must be purchased with pre-race concert access.

“Better Than Ezra continues to put on great performances for their fans and our Visit Myrtle Beach Pre-Race Concert will be no different,” said Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp. “They had many of their most notable hits in the 90’s and are a perfect fit to get the fans excited for what will be an amazing Bojangles’ Southern 500 event.”

After being founded while students at Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1988, frontman Kevin Griffin and bassist Tom Drummond comprised the core of the band at its onset as they hit the road and won over one fan at a time beginning in 1989.

This fan base would go on to be known as “Ezralites” by the time the first pressing of Deluxe landed independently in 1993. As the audience dramatically grew, Elektra signed the boys in 1995 and officially released Deluxe. A fixture on radio and MTV, “Good” captured #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks Chart and went multi-platinum. 1996’s Friction, Baby yielded definitive anthems such as “Desperately Wanting” and “King Of New Orleans.” A string of fan favorite albums followed, including How Does Your Garden Grow? [1998] and Closer [2001].

2005’s Before The Robots represented another creative high. Its lead single “A Lifetime” peaked in the Top 15 of the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart as “Juicy” went on to famously soundtrack a Desperate Housewives campaign. Paper Empire followed in 2009 and then the band released their latest album in 2014, All Together Now. Produced by Tony Hoffer [M83, Beck,] it spawned the hit “Crazy Lucky,” which notched 10 million-plus streams.

At the same time, their touring presence burgeoned year after year as Better Than Ezra continue to sell out amphitheaters and arenas worldwide. A force of nature on stage, the group consistently deliver on tour as countless fans sing along to every word nightly. Their gigs further uphold a growing legend.

Outside of Better Than Ezra, Griffin established himself as a sought-after hitmaking songwriter, having songs recorded by the likes of Taylor Swift and Train. He also penned #1 hits for Howie Day and Sugarland in addition to writing with The Struts and Moon Taxi. In 2015, Griffin co-founded the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, which counts Justin Timberlake among others as partners.

Along the way, they launched the Better Than Ezra Foundation (www.BTEFoundation.org) in order to support their hometown. Chaired by Drummond, its charity endeavors span coastal restoration projects, after school programs for underprivileged kids, and more. Since 2008, it has raised over $1.7 million for causes throughout greater New Orleans.

Celebrating 25 years of Deluxe in 2018, the guys reissued the record on double vinyl. In the end, you’ll never forget the songs on Deluxe or any other release from their discography — and that’s better than anything.

The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring Darlington’s pre-race concert for the second consecutive year after partnering with the track for country star Clay Walker’s show in 2018.

Darlington Raceway has had a long-standing relationship with Visit Myrtle Beach, as many race fans visit the track each year for its Labor Day weekend NASCAR events, followed by a vacation to Myrtle Beach. With Darlington only located 75 miles from Myrtle Beach, its proximity makes it a prime destination for family and friends.

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World Wide Technology Raceway -- the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region -- will host the sixth annual St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous on May 10-11. This two-day, high-octane throwback party features TV star Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster of “The Munsters” TV show), nostalgia drag racing, three Vegas headliner rockabilly bands, a traditional 1969-and-older hot rod and custom car cruise and a pin-up girl contest with cash prizes.

BUTCH PATRICK (SATURDAY ONLY): Meet TV star Butch Patrick – Eddie Munster from “The Munsters” – and see his TV showrods, the Munster Coach and Grandpa’s Dragula. Butch also has appeared in a number of motion pictures and TV shows, including The Monkees, Adam 12, The Magical World of Disney, I Dream of Jeanie and Gunsmoke.

NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING (BOTH DAYS): Nitro nostalgia Funny Car vs. Dragster exhibition, Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) season kick-off, Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks, more than 24 Nostalgia Gassers — and two classes of bracket racing for 1979-and-older cars.

THREE BANDS (SATURDAY ONLY): The Royal Hounds (from Nashville – recently released their third album). Danny Dean & The Homewreckers (American rockabilly band from Los Angeles). Little Rachel (five-foot-tall K.C. rockabilly queen). All three bands have played the iconic, world-famous Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender in Las Vegas.

CAR SHOW CRUISE (SATURDAY ONLY): Emphasis on fun! This is the car show for car owners that hate car shows. Open to all period-correct, 1969-and-older cars and motorcycles. Hot rods, custom cars, rat rods, restorations, bikes, pick-ups, VWs, rusty rides, street rods, lowriders. The car show cruise is co-hosted by the Twisted Rodz and Decent Boys car clubs. All clubs are welcome. Fun awards include the iconic Best in Show electric guitar, Best Paint, Best Custom, Best ‘50s, Best ‘60s, Best Rat Rod and more. Best in Show winner will be invited to display their car in the WWT Raceway booth at the 2020 St. Louis Auto Show.

PIN-UP GIRL CONTEST (SATURDAY ONLY): Contest starts at 3 p.m. All entrants must check in at pin-up girl table in pavilion by 2:30 p.m. No last-minute entries. Open to all ladies 18 years of age and older. Period-correct costume (in good taste). Contest will be judged by all band members. Prizes: $300 to win; $200 for second; $100 for third place; $75 for fourth; $50 for fifth. Small props are allowed – children and pets as contest props are not allowed. Free admission to the event if you pre-register by May 7. Pin-up girl contest pre-entry: John Bisci, John.Bisci@wwtraceway.com.



Friday, May 10 – Nostalgia drag racing

4 p.m. – Spectator gates open.

5-10:30 p.m. – Drag racing for Nostalgia Drag Racing League, Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks, Nostalgia Gassers, Nostalgia Sportsman, Nostalgia Bracket, Bracket Gambler

9 p.m. Friday – Little Rachel (one set, with DJ) on the Mid America Chevy Dealers stage in the pavilion

Saturday, May 11 – The Big Day

Nostalgia drag racing, Butch Patrick, bands, car show cruise, pin-up girl contest

8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.

9 a.m. — Car show cruise gates open.

10 a.m. – Final Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) and Victory Super Stocks (VSS) qualifying.

11 a.m. — Midway opens – Butch Patrick on the midway; Bands and entertainment on Mid America Chevy Dealers stage at the pavilion.

Noon – Nitro Nostalgia match race: Funny Car vs. Dragster.

1 p.m. – NDRL and VSS eliminations.

3 p.m. — Pin-up girl contest on Mid America Chevy Dealers stage in the pavilion. Contestants must check in at pin-up girl table inside the pavilion no later than 2:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. — Car show cruise awards on Mid America Chevy Dealers stage in the pavilion.

4 p.m. – Nitro Nostalgia match race: Funny Car vs. Dragster.

4:30 p.m. — Car show cruise parade down the return road of the drag strip.

7 p.m. – All final drag racing eliminations.



Location: Mid America Chevy Dealers stage on the midway

9 p.m. Friday – Little Rachel (one set, with DJ)

11 a.m. Saturday – Little Rachel

12:30 p.m. Saturday – The Royal Hounds

2 p.m. Saturday – Danny Dean & The Homewreckers


Single-day adult spectator (ages 16 and older) — $25.

Two-day adult spectator (ages 16 and older) — $40.

Kids (ages 7-15) — $8.

Children 6 and under – Free.

Car show cruise: Free to period-correct, 1969-and-older cars and motorcycles with spectator ticket purchase ($25).

All information posted on the event’s website: http://www.wwtraceway.com/2019-st-louis-nostalgia-rendezvous-saturday-may-11/

For more information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.


More than 900 North Bay students from 45 classrooms and clubs will take part in the 6th annual STEM Race Car Challenge, presented by Friedman’s Home Improvement.

This curriculum-based program, a partnership with Sonoma Raceway, Kid Scoop News and Friedman’s Home Improvement, focuses on educating students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and culminates at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event in June.

Groups of student engineers have been tasked with developing a gravity-powered race car utilizing recycled materials. Kid Scoop News works closely with teachers to develop a STEM-based curriculum that challenges students to think critically and work collaboratively to build the quickest car. Activities in the STEM Race Car Challenge, presented by Friedman’s Home Improvement, are designed to introduce and reinforce both national common core standards and 21st century job skills.

Students will put their purpose-built race cars to the test in a series of qualifying rounds at each school or Boys & Girls Club, which will narrow down to a group of finalists who will compete in the final round on Saturday, June 22, of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend. Winners will be named for Most Creative Car, overall winning team and winning teacher. New for 2019, all student racers and their families will take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of the NASCAR garage to experience STEM and racing in action.

In addition, the winning student engineers of the STEM Race Car Challenge will serve as VIPs during the Carneros 200 NASCAR West Series race on Saturday, receive a trophy and the ultimate Sonoma Raceway prize pack. Last year’s winning team was “Speed Girls”; Alia, Birdie, Ella and Madison from Windsor Creek Elementary.

For the past five years, Sonoma Raceway has partnered with Sonoma-based Kid Scoop News, a children’s literacy non-profit that publishes and distributes a free monthly reader to 500 classrooms and 18,000 kids in the North and East Bay, on the race car challenge. Kid Scoop News has been key to the program, as the organization is a leader in providing high-interest content that motivates kids to read and explore topics, including STEM. Through their effort, the program has reached more than 4,800 students since its inception in 2014.

North Bay schools and clubs participating in this year’s STEM Race Car Challenge include:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County: Camp Cloverdale; Camp Guerneville; Camp Healdsburg; Camp Lucchesi Park; Camp Rohnert Park; Camp Sheppard Elementary; Camp Matanzas Elementary; Camp Brooks Road; and Camp Taylor Mountain Elementary.
  • Corona Creek Elementary (Petaluma)
  • Coyle Avenue Elementary (Carmichael)
  • Helen Lehman Elementary (Santa Rosa)
  • Hidden Valley School (Santa Rosa)
  • John Reed Elementary (Rohnert Park)
  • La Tercera Elementary School (Petaluma)
  • Loma Verde Elementary (Petaluma)
  • Lynwood Elementary (Novato)
  • Meadow School (Petaluma)
  • Napa Junction Elementary (American Canyon)
  • University Elementary (Rohnert Park)
  • West Side Union Elementary School (Healdsburg)
  • Windsor Creek Elementary (Windsor)

“Kids learn more and retain more of that learning when STEM subjects are tied to the real world,” said Vicki Whiting, curriculum developer and publisher of Kid Scoop News.   “The partnership with Sonoma Raceway provides kids with a real-word, hands-on and super effective way to teach STEM!"

NASCAR fans and guests are invited to watch the finals of the STEM Race Car Challenge, presented by Friedman’s Home Improvement at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, in Sonoma Raceway’s Sunoco Victory Lane located just south of the main grandstand. For tickets or more information on NASCAR’s annual visit to Sonoma, visit www.SonomaRaceway.com/NASCAR or call 800-870-RACE.

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The winner of the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway on June 29 will go home with a much bigger check than in past years.

The track and the event sponsors, Thunder Road Harley-Davidson and Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort announced today that the winner’s share of the purse for the 200-lap Late Model Stock race had been increased to $10,000. In the past the winner pocketed $6,500.

Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, committed to be the event’s presenting sponsor for the sole purpose of increasing the winner’s portion of the purse to $10,000.

“We are so very grateful that the folks with Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort made such a commitment to Late Model racing and South Boston Speedway,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “They have helped us take an already great event to the next level.”

Fans will soon be able to register to win a weekend getaway at the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort and Harley-Davidson merchandise at both the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort (www.grandatlanticresort.com/) and the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson (www.thunderroadhd.com/) websites.

The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 is the first leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. The second race in the triple crown will be the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway on July 20 with the championship decided in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

It was announced earlier this week that the top-three finishing positions in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown would split a $10,000 bonus with $7,000 going to the winner, $2,000 to second and $1,000 to third. For the past few years, the winner of the triple crown had been awarded the entire $10,000.

Danville’s Peyton Sellers is the defending champion of both the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 and the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. There were 35 cars entered in last year’s event.

In addition to the 200-lap Late Model event, there will be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race on June 29.

And there will be more than racing. Following the final checkered flag of the night, there will be the largest fireworks display in the area.

Tickets for the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.


Chicago Blackhawks goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford will lead the field to the green flag for the sixth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11 as the driver of the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe Pace Car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Twice an NHL All-Star (2015, 2017) and a member of the NHL All-Rookie team in 2011, Crawford is just the eighth Blackhawks goaltender to win more than 100 games in the team's storied history. The Windy City fan favorite is also an avid car enthusiast who enjoys restoring vintage vehicles.

"I'm honored to have been selected to drive this year's Pace Car at a place as famous as the Brickyard," Crawford said. "Indianapolis is an incredibly passionate sports city, and I couldn't be more excited to represent the Blackhawks and see their love for IndyCar racing in person."

Crawford, 34, a native of Montreal, was selected by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft. He lifted the Stanley Cup with his teammates in 2013 and again in 2015.

"It's great to have such a popular athlete with Hoosier sports fans and a dedicated car enthusiast like Corey Crawford lead the INDYCAR Grand Prix field to the green flag in a Corvette," said Michael Stouffer, Chevrolet motorsports marketing manager. "The INDYCAR Grand Prix will be a thrilling race that kicks off an exciting three weekends of action in May at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

Crawford will lead the starting field of the NTT IndyCar Series race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at IMS in a Corvette Grand Sport that features:

- 460-horsepower (343 kW) LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine 

- Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission

- Z07 performance package

- Polished aluminum 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels

- Competition sport bucket seats

- Performance data recorder

- Selective magnetic ride control

- Arctic white body color with unique GM design graphics package

"Corey is going to have a blast driving this year's Corvette Pace Car, especially since he's such a true fan of cars and racing," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Many Indy residents have long enjoyed cheering for Corey and his teammates, and between today's news and the return of Jim Cornelison to the Indy 500, the Blackhawks are fast becoming the preferred NHL team of IMS."

Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural Indianapolis 500, and company cofounder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race, and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.

The INDYCAR Grand Prix will mark the first NTT IndyCar Series race ever on the NBC broadcast network, with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. (ET). NBC Sports also continues to bring fans exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with wall-to-wall coverage of the Conference Finals airing the weekend of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

Practice and qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix take place Friday, May 10 at IMS, with the 85-lap race starting at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 11.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the sixth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11 and the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26, and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.


The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will welcome iconic country band ALABAMA with special guest John Michael Montgomery on Saturday night, July 27, to christen the Tri-Cities’ new premier outdoor concert venue.

Tickets range from $29-$89 with a VIP suite experience available at $125. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting on Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. (ET). Tickets and parking passes ($10 or $20) can be purchased at Ticketmaster or by calling the Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway ticket office at 866-415-4158.

A country music powerhouse, ALABAMA is comprised of lead guitar/fiddle player/vocalist Jeff Cook, bass guitarist/vocalist Teddy Gentry and lead singer/rhythm guitarist Randy Owen. The band enjoyed massive crossover appeal during a five decade run with their mix of country, rock, pop and gospel sounds, and is widely recognized as the most successful country music band of all time.

The two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning group, which was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, boasts 43 No. 1 singles, including an amazing 21 No. 1s in a row, 21 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums, and a host of awards from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard Magazine and Country Music Association. 

“We are thrilled to have such a legendary band like ALABAMA to headline our first concert at the new Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway/Dragway. “ALABAMA’s music and style appeals to so many and they put on terrific shows every time they perform. We are blessed to be able to bring one of the greatest groups in country music history to the ‘Birthplace of Country Music,’ and give our guests a night of entertainment that they will remember forever.”

When ALABAMA takes the stage at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre as part of its “50th Anniversary Tour,” fans are likely to enjoy a set list full of No. 1 hits, including “Feels So Right,” “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “Born Country,” “Tennessee River,” “High Cotton,” “40-Hour Week,” and “Song of the South.”

"We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that 50 years later we would still be playing arenas, stadiums and festivals," says ALABAMA frontman Randy Owen. "Teddy, Jeff and I are humbled at the amount of fans that are coming out to see us. We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music from day one. The fans are the ones responsible for our continued success on the road and we love them." 

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. when John Michael Montgomery takes the stage. With seven No. 1 hits to his credit, Montgomery is best known for classics such as “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Swear,” “Letters from Home,” “Sold (The Grundy County Auction incident)” and “I Can Love You Like That.”

The concert’s official promotional partners include WXBQ 96.9 FM 24 Carrot Country and WCYB TV 5. Parking lots open at 4:30 p.m. and spectator gates will open at 6 p.m. For more information please visit www.ThunderValleyMusic.com.   

A portion of the proceeds from the ALABAMA concert at Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will be donated to Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health is situated inside historic Bristol Dragway, and will provide an accommodating venue for many of the world’s greatest bands and musicians, while offering a distinctive picturesque panorama setting between two mountains for all to enjoy.


Craig Von Dohren has won ten NASCAR titles at Grandview and is now in first spot in the current T.P.Trailers Modified point standings while in the Sportsman division Brad Grim, without a title to his credit sits in the number one spot.

The battle for the number one position in the standings is close in both divisions. Von Dohren, a winner this past Saturday, has two wins to his credit and 1070 counters to top the Modifieds. Rick Laubach has 1014 points and veteran Frank Cozze sits with 903 tallies.

Brad Grim, without benefit of a win, has 864 points followed by Mark Kemmerer just three points behind with 861. Brad Brightbill, with two wins to his credit, is third with 848 points.

Eighty three drivers have earned points in the two divisions after four point earning events run so far this season.

All these drivers will be back in action this Saturday, May 11 in a doubleheader show featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman that starts at 7:30 p.m.

The first 50 Moms purchasing a ticket will receive a gift courtesy of the speedway and the oldest and youngest mom will receive a free pass for a future race event as part of the Mother’s Day celebration.

Fans are invited to arrive early and visit with Modified racer Justin Grim and Sportsman talent Brad Grim as they participate in the weekly Meet and Greet Session presented by the Low Down & Dirty Internet Radio Show. Their race cars will also be on display starting at 5 p.m.

Racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 with youngsters under 12 admitted free. Pit admission is $30 with NASCAR license.

Coming to town on Saturday, May 18th will be the first appearance of the Rapid Tire United States Auto Club (USAC) Eastern Wingless Sprints. This will be a tripleheader show with the NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman.

It is also expected that as part of the partnership between the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing there will be a vintage race car on display.

Admission for this special night of racing will be $20 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 11 and free for those under 6.

Grandview Speedway, now in its 57 consecutive season of operation, is located at 43 Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. For information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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This summer, Watkins Glen International and Genesee Brewing Company will host the Genesee Summer Concert Series at The Glen, a free six-event concert series at the track, providing fans an opportunity to listen to local bands and learn more about the upcoming events for the 2019 season.

“We are excited to not only bring back our summer concert series, but kick off our relationship with Genesee Brewing Company in a unique way,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “This is a great chance to showcase what WGI has to offer beyond racing and provide the fans with more summer entertainment.”

Free and open to the public from 6-8 p.m., the first of the six happy hour-style events will take place Thursday, June 6 featuring Virgil Cain at the Esses Party Deck and continue through July 25. Fans can enjoy $1 Sahlen’s hot dogs, $2 Genesee drafts, $3 wine and $4 cocktails. Genesee Beer and Light will be featured at each concert on draft as well as the brewery’s most award-winning beer: The Original Cream Ale, available in cans.

“Watkins Glen International is home to some of our most loyal Genesee fans. It’s about time we celebrate them in the best way we know how: heading to the track to kick back, enjoy a show and drink great beer,” said Janine Schoos, associate brand director for Genesee Beer. “We’re really happy to be cohosting this awesome summer series as a part of our partnership with The Glen.”

The complete schedule is listed below, with more details to come.

2019 Genesee Summer Concert Series at The Glen Schedule:

June 6 – Virgil Cain

June 13 – PA Line

June 20 – Chasing Neon

July 9 – Rust

July 18 – Tempting Scarlet (formerly Guilty Pleasure Band)

July 25 – Woodshed Prophets

A fan favorite, Virgil Cain and his solo show developed with influences from Billy Joel and Elton John on piano to Paul Simon and Dave Matthews on guitar. With a passion for evolving a show, he discovered new technologies including digital looping and sequencing.

Original music inspired by Grass Roots, infused with Soul, and born from the Indie scene, PA Line is Peace Always. The Buffalo-based band are winners of Best Alternative Band and Best Indie/Folk Band at the 2016 All Western New York Music Awards. Chasing Neon, the Groton, NY based band brings mixes of classic rock and country to their performances.

RUST is a classic rock cover band from the Southern Tier of New York State. Consisting of veteran, professional players that have been a part of the areas’ music scene since the 1970s, RUST has spent the past several years refining their sound to become the premier classic rock band. Tempting Scarlet, formerly Guilty Pleasure Band, returns to The Glen with their hard rock and pop rock sound that they bring throughout the Southern Tier.

The Woodshed Prophets out of Sidney, NY, are a quartet of bearded wild-men, hellbent on world-domination or self-destruction. The Prophets primarily play original material that is a unique blend of rock & country, what some people have coined as "Power Twang".

Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, three-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit www.theglen.com.


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