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Sen. Thom Tillis, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, North Carolina Basketball Legend Phil Ford Among Dignitaries for 60th Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend22 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The world’s most patriotic racing event weekend will feature a star-studded list of dignitaries, as the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway is just four days from thrilling race fans from around the world.
This weekend features a sunny forecast perfect for racing action. The festivities kick off with Thursday’s Spectrum Pole Night, which sets the field for the Coca-Cola 600 and concludes with the ARCA Menards Series’ General Tire 150. The inaugural United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte gets underway on Friday and Saturday, with the NASCAR Xfinity’ Series’ Alsco 300 on Saturday at the 1.5-mile superspeedway serving as a prelude to the venerable Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday,.
The Coca-Cola 600 features dignitaries including U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller – a four-star general, the highest-ranking Marine and the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps – serving as grand marshal and giving drivers the command to start engines.
Additional dignitaries for this weekend include Coca-Cola 600 honorary pace car driver Charlotte Flair, a Charlotte, North Carolina, native and the most successful female WWE Superstar wrestler in WWE history. North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis will serve as honorary starter to wave the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600, while the Fort Bragg Firing Squad will render the 21 Gun Salute.
Four U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, will fly high over the crowd and U.S. Navy MUC William Edwards will sing the national anthem.
Dignitaries for Thursday’s General Tire 150 include:
- Presentation of Colors: UNCC Army ROTC Color Guard
- Invocation: Tom Kipp, Motor Racing Outreach
- National Anthem: Danielle Johnson
- Grand Marshal: Bill Caldwell
- Honorary Starter: Travis Roffler
Dignitaries for Friday’s United Rentals Patriot Nationals include:
- Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
- Invocation: Billy Mauldin, Motor Racing Outreach
- National Anthem: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Marc Wilka
Dignitaries for Saturday’s Alsco 300 and United Rentals Patriot Nationals include:
- Honorary Starter: Jerry Hailey
- Grand Marshal: Phil Ford, University of North Carolina Basketball Legend
- Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
- Invocation: Billy Mauldin, Motor Racing Outreach
- National Anthem: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Marc Wilka
United Rentals Patriot Nationals
- Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
- Invocation: Tom Kipp, Motor Racing Outreach
- National Anthem: Eddie Digh
Dignitaries for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 include:
- Honorary Race Director: Tim Griffin, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
- Honorary Pace Car Driver: Charlotte Flair, WWE Superstar
- Honorary Starter: North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis
- Grand Marshal: U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller
- God Bless America: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus
- Presentation of Colors: The United States Honor Guard Color Team from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC
- Invocation: Will Graham
- Amazing Grace: Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
- Taps: Bugler from Fort Bragg
- 21 Gun Salute: Fort Bragg Firing Squad
- Fort Bragg Aerial Demonstration Team: Fort Bragg Charlie Company Vipers - 2nd – 82nd Assault Helicopter Battalion
- National Anthem: U.S. Navy MUC William Edwards
60th Coca-Cola 600 tickets, camping and upgrades are available by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/
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This Saturday night when Perris Auto Speedway hosts the annual “Salute to Indy” for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, all active and retired California Highway Patrol Officers will be admitted to the race for free. All they have to do is show their CHP badge at the ticket window and they will be given a free ticket. Once inside, the officers will have someone to cheer for as second-year CHP officer Jeff Dyer will be racing in the show
CHP Officer Jeff Dyer will be racing in the Salute to Indy Saturday. Doug Allen Photo.
The idea of admitting CHP members free came about when it came to light that Dyer, who was born in West Covina and went to Lutheran High in La Verne, recently received an award from “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” (M.A.D.D.) for stopping and arresting 58 drunk drivers in 2018.
“We heard of the great award Jeff received for keeping us safe and protected while we are on the road,” promoter Don Kazarian said. “He is not the only one out there. We want to show all CHP officers that we appreciate the job they are doing, so we have decided to let them in free on Saturday. And, they get to come watch one of their own racing on the track.”
Many think of sprint cars as the most dangerous form of auto racing. For Dyer, who now resides in Bermuda Dunes, sprint cars are a walk in the park. Before becoming a CHP officer in 2017, he performed one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States Army. He was an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team leader. In other words, for 13-years he disarmed bombs and explosives for a living, and in that time served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“It is a cool thing that the “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” have a good program out there,” Dyer said. “I was honored to receive the award and it feels good that they recognize people who are out there working hard. I wish I did not have to arrest anybody, but it is nice to get the people who have had too much to drink and decided to make a poor decision off the road.”
While Dyer enjoyed the Army life, he had a couple of dreams he wanted to fulfill. One was racing a sprint car, which he now does for car owner Cal Smith in the USAC/CRA Series and in his own car in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series. Unlike many who dream of racing, he had no ambitions to drive in NASCAR or Indy Cars. Going to Ascot when he was a child, all he ever wanted to race was sprint cars.
The other dream he had was driving a CHP cruiser.
“Yes, that is true,” Dyer laughed when asked about his dreams. “I love my job. The best part of it is getting to help stranded motorists. Also meeting people and the feeling of a sense of worth. Likewise, I love racing in both the USAC/CRA Series and the California Lightning Sprint Car Series.”
Spectator gates for Saturday’s race will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first 200 fans through the front gate will receive a free stadium cup courtesy of the American Cancer Society. The first race will take the green flag at 7:00.
Tickets for Saturday’s race are $25.00 for adults. Seniors 65 and over get in for $20.00. For active military with proper id and their spouse or date, it is $5.00 each. Teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.
Camping on the fairgrounds opens at noon on Friday. Tailgating on the grassy area outside of turn four begins at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday.
Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway events are available 24-hours a day online at https://bit.ly/2Aa50Lj or by calling 1-800-595-4849. If you do not wish to buy tickets in advance for any race, there will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window on race night.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.
Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season. All Coast Construction, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.
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International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) ("ISC") announced today that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger ("Merger Agreement") with NASCAR Holdings, Inc. ("NASCAR") pursuant to which NASCAR will acquire ISC. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.0 billion. The consideration to be paid to ISC's shareholders (other than certain controlling shareholders of ISC and certain related entities (the "Participating Shareholders")) will be $45.00 in cash for each share of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock. The Merger Agreement was unanimously recommended and approved by a special committee comprised solely of independent directors of the Board of Directors of ISC (the "Board") and was unanimously approved by the full Board. In addition, the Participating Shareholders have signed a letter agreement to cause their respective shares of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock to be transferred to NASCAR prior to the effective time of the merger.
Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, ISC shareholders (other than the Participating Shareholders) will be entitled to receive $45.00 in cash, without interest, for each share of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock held immediately prior to the effective time of the merger.
The transaction, which is expected to close in calendar year 2019, is conditioned on the approval of a majority of the aggregate voting power represented by the shares of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock not owned by the controlling shareholders of ISC, voting together as a single class. The transaction is also conditioned on other customary closing conditions.
In connection with the transaction negotiations, counsel for the plaintiff in The Firemen's Retirement System of St. Louis v. James C. France, et al., Case No. 2018-CA-032105-CICI (Seventh Judicial Circuit, Volusia County, Florida), the previously-disclosed class action lawsuit on behalf of ISC shareholders challenging the transaction, met with representatives of the Special Committee, and has determined to not challenge the fairness of the transaction price.
Dean Bradley Osborne Partners LLC is serving as financial advisor to the ISC Special Committee, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as legal counsel to the ISC special committee. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to NASCAR, and Baker Botts L.L.P. is acting as legal counsel for NASCAR. BDT & Company is serving as financial advisor to the France family. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is acting as legal counsel to ISC.
NASCAR Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a sports sanctioning body. It also provides news, statistics, and information services on races, drivers, teams, and industry events. NASCAR Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Daytona Beach, Florida.
International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; ISM Raceway near Phoenix, Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.
ISC also owns and operates Motor Racing NetworkSM, the nation's largest independent sports radio network, Racing Electronics, the leader in motorsports communication technology and equipment and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions. In addition, ISC owns ONE DAYTONA, the retail, dining and entertainment development across from Daytona International Speedway, and has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit ISC's Web site at www.
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ISC and certain of its directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the Merger. Information concerning the interests of the persons who may be "participants" in the solicitation will be set forth in the proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC. You can find more detailed information about ISC's executive officers and directors in its Information Statement filed with the SEC on March 12, 2019.
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The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars' most patriotic race weekend became even more "United" on Tuesday. United Rentals has signed on as entitlement sponsor for the inaugural United Rentals Patriot Nationals, a two-day showcase of sprint car excitement on Friday and Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Sprint car stars including Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Carson Macedo will take on The Dirt Track at Charlotte's high-speed, four-tenths-mile dirt oval beginning with Friday's first night of action and concluding with a patriotic bang on Saturday - just one night before the green flag for the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600.
Each Patriot Nationals sprint car feature will pay $15,000 to win and $1,000 to start, creating a two-day mad dash for Outlaw cash at America's Home for Racing.
"United Rentals is extremely proud to sponsor the United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte," said Dave Brown, the regional sales manager in the Southeast and the Carolinas. "We've enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Charlotte Motor Speedway and are excited to take the next step by sponsoring one of dirt racing's most exciting weekends."
Fans in attendance will also witness the fender-banging FUEL Racing Series on Friday and the SECA Late Models on Saturday which will serve as action-packed undercards for the United Rentals Patriot Nationals.
"There's an abundance of excitement this weekend at America's Home for Racing," said Greg Walter, the executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Memorial Day weekend is a special time for all of us to reflect on the freedoms provided to us by our nation's Armed Forces. Adding United Rentals to the fold with the United Rentals Patriot Nationals gives us an extra chance to thrill our race fans at The Dirt Track while saluting our servicemen and women with the ultimate patriotic dirt-racing experience."
In Middle of Current Infield Demolition, Talladega Superspeedway’s New Race Operations Building Being Constructed Outside, High Above Tri-Oval21 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Since the checkered flag flew on the GEICO 500 nearly three weeks ago, Talladega Superspeedway’s infield has seen mass demolition of buildings and structures to make way for the new Talladega Garage Experience, which will debut for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and Sugarlands Shine 250 on October 11-13.
While much of the beginning of Phase II of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar is seeing part of the infield pit/garage area leveled, one building – Race Operations outside the mammoth 2.66-mile venue – already has its steel structure form and is being created high above the track’s Tri-Oval.
The new Race Operations building, which will be 127 feet high – roughly 10 stories – from the ground to the top of its roof, will house Race Control where NASCAR officials will call the race, along with analysts for LIVE Network Television (NBC in fall, and FOX in spring) and LIVE Radio - Motor Racing Network (MRN), as well as public address (PA) announcers. During Talladega’s recent race weekend, FOX’s Jeff Gordon, MRN’s Jeff Striegle and NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton – all of whom will be in the new structure for future events – saw the new construction and had rave reviews.
“I don’t know how we as commentators can get more excited about calling a race at Talladega, but the new tower will give us that opportunity,” said Gordon, who finished his career tied for second with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the track’s all-time career win list with six. “I get just as excited in the booth as I did behind the wheel at Talladega because I know how tense it is out there, and with us being up so high, it’s going to give us a whole new perspective of such an incredible place.”
Race Operations, which is being built by GT Grandstands, a PlayCore Company out of Plant City, FL (www.gtgrandstands.com), will be 116 feet long by 18 feet tall, and 33 feet deep. It will also provide a new location for all the race team spotters, who will have the full length on top of the building to communicate with their driver and team. The new building will also oversee the Talladega Garage Experience (TGE) that will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR like never before.
The TGE, which includes access under the same roof where the race cars are being prepped by the race teams, will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield. It will take the place of the current garage/pit area that stretches from the center of the Tri-Oval all the way down near the start-finish line.
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 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/
DLR Group is the architect of the entire project while Hoar Construction from Birmingham is spearheading Phase II. In addition to Race Operations, GT Grandstands will construct the new Pit Road Club. Fans can learn more about the project by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.
NASCAR Industry Descends on Charlotte for the 39th Annual Speedway Children’s Charities Gala Presented by Sonic Automotive21 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Wednesday’s 39th annual Speedway Children’s Charities Gala presented by Sonic Automotive at The Ritz-Carlton in Uptown Charlotte will provide a spectacular night of entertainment and first-class cuisine while raising money to benefit children in need throughout the greater Charlotte region.
Chef Robert Irvine, last year’s grand marshal for the Coca-Cola 600, is known for hosting some of the Food Network’s most popular shows including “Restaurant: Impossible” and for founding the military veteran-supporting Robert Irvine Foundation in 2015. Irvine has prepared a grandiose menu for Gala attendees this year. Those at the Gala will witness a special recognition for Mike Helton, one of NASCAR’s most influential leaders and a longtime supporter of and advocate for Speedway Children’s Charities. Additionally, country music star Justin Moore will regale the crowd with No. 1 hit songs including “Small Town USA” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”
Chef Irvine’s menu includes courses including miso-crusted Filet Mignon with sweet potato purée, baby carrots, local mushrooms, Tokyo turnips, and Riesling jus.
“The Speedway Children’s Charities Gala presented by Sonic Automotive is one of my favorite events every year,” said Marcus Smith, the vice chairman of Speedway Children’s Charities. “Everyone at Speedway Children’s Charities takes pride in our efforts to help children in the greater Charlotte community, and we look forward to hosting a phenomenal guest list at our sold-out gala. I can’t wait to see what Chef Irvine and Justin Moore have in store for us.”
The gala serves as a marquee fundraiser for Speedway Children’s Charities’ Charlotte chapter, a far-reaching nonprofit which assists children in need throughout the Charlotte area. The black-tie event features many prominent dignitaries from the motorsports industry as well as the nonprofit sector throughout Charlotte, the home base of Speedway Children’s Charities since its founding by O. Bruton Smith in 1982.
"Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive are pleased to support the 39th annual Speedway Children's Charities Gala, marking a long-standing commitment from Sonic Automotive to organizations supporting children in our communities," said David B. Smith, CEO of Sonic Automotive & EchoPark Automotive. "We are deeply committed to giving back to the communities in which Sonic and EchoPark associates live and work. The trusted team and broad reach of Speedway Children's Charities allows us to help many children in need throughout Charlotte and the surrounding area with critical financial support."
Among the many luminaries expected to attend are NASCAR President Steve Phelps; NASCAR Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors Lesa France-Kennedy and NASCAR Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell; NASCAR driver William Byron and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett. FOX NASCAR personalities Larry McReynolds, Kaitlyn Vincie and Regan Smith and Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera are also expected to attend.
Some of the live auction items available for bidding are:
- Chef Irvine Experience – a visit for two to the set of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible as well as a dining experience at the grand re-opening of one of the restaurants featured on Chef Irvine's show
- Sutton Bay Experience – A special hunting experience for two with Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith in South Dakota from Nov. 5-7 featuring meals, tips, hunting and access to a club with a full bar, lounge area, locker room with showers, gun storage and gun cleaning areas and sauna.
- The windshield off of Jeff Gordon’s car from his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Some of the silent auction items will include:
- Spiaggia Restaurant Experience – An unforgettable eight-course dinner and wine pairing for four people prepared by Chef-Partner Tony Mantuano and Top Chef Season 15 winner, Executive Chef Joe Flamm, at Spiaggia in downtown Chicago.
- FOX Big East Basketball Tournament Experience – A behind-the-scenes tour of Fox Sports, tickets for four to the semifinals and championship games at Madison Square Garden, Fox Sports college basketball merchandise and two nights of hotel accommodations in New York City
- Blackstone Shooting Sports Package – Two hours of shooting time on Charlotte’s private nine-lane VIP range plus one additional hour of social time in the VIP lounge, nine rental firearms and a private safety briefing.
The historic 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 is less than a week from roaring to life at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Before NASCAR’s toughest test of man and machine gets underway, here’s a look at some things fans can’t afford to miss when taking in the sensory overload that is the most patriotic race weekend of the year at America’s Home for Racing:
Cheap Trick Pre-Race Concert
Charlotte’s power-packed Pit Party features a concert with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick presented by Advance Auto Parts Speed Perks. The 60-minute concert headlines a fan-friendly spectacle featuring appearances by past and present members of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, including Coca-Cola 600 winners Jeff Burton and Kyle Petty.
Known for world-renowned hits including “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” “Surrender,” and the Billboard chart-topping “The Flame,” Cheap Trick will wow the crowd on the frontstretch before the stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take on the Coca-Cola 600.
Spectacular Pre-Race Salute to the Troops
Charlotte Motor Speedway will incorporate all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in an unprecedented, spectacular pre-race Salute to the Troops. This year’s edition of the Memorial Day weekend celebration will feature special guests, military vehicles and awe-inspiring displays from the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard. Fans and drivers will also get to #KnowYourMil through interactions with service members.
Patriotism with a Side of Dirt Racing
Racing action isn’t limited to the 1.5-mile superspeedway. New this year, the two-day Patriot Nationals brings the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for a dirt-flying slugfest of high-speed winged sprint cars. NASCAR luminaries including Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. own Outlaw sprint car teams that will compete in the event. Larson, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race winner, will also take part as a driver. Look for dirt late model undercards on Friday and Saturday as well as special patriotic displays and a winner’s trophy a true patriot will love.
Pit Stop Pier
If Charlotte Motor Speedway is your home away from home, the new Pit Stop Pier can be the beach at your home away from home. This sandy, island-inspired oasis near Turn 1 gives fans a chance to cool off in a tropic atmosphere that’s close to the action. If you’re feeling particularly festive, grab a “Sea Whiskey” cocktail, pick up some nachos at the nacho bar and kick back in a Petty blue boat to complete the beach-at-the-speedway experience.
Grab a Souvenir Race Program
Souvenir programs remain one of the longest traditions – and most collectible items – fans can find at America’s Home for Racing. This year’s 60th Coca-Cola 600 souvenir program cover highlights historic moments from NASCAR’s first 600-mile event. Additionally, fans will find a special poster commemorating the many works of the late Sam Bass, NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist, who designed the speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 program cover from 1985-2018.
Join the Ultimate Race Day Pit Party
Want to get even closer to the action? Purchase a Coca-Cola 600 track pass – which is also good for driver introductions access – and join in at the Pit Party. The Race Day Pit Party lets fans rub elbows with the stars of the sport before they engage in wheel-to-wheel action on Charlotte’s iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway. Fans will have the opportunity to take part in Q&A sessions with NASCAR personalities, jam out to live music and take in the festivities before NASCAR’s biggest stars hit the track.
Run with the Bull(fighters)
Bullfighters Only, the world’s top freestyle bullfighters, will wave the red before the green gets waved in the flagstand on Sunday. Head to the speedway’s Fan Zone to witness one of four thrilling bullfighting shows at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Witness NASCAR’s Future Stars on the Track
The May 25 Alsco 300 puts the rising stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the spotlight for a sun-lit spectacle of speed. Watch future Cup Series drivers like Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick and Noah Gragson as they lock horns in search of the trophy for the series’ most star-studded 300-mile event. Additionally, North Carolina basketball legend Phil Ford will serve as grand marshal for the event.
Pole Night with a Dose of ARCA
The ARCA Menards Series returns to America’s Home for Racing on May 23, following Spectrum Pole Night. The General Tire 150 will see some of stock car racing’s up-and-comers like Harrison Burton, Michael Self and Riley Herbst battle it out under the lights after single-car qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.
Ride a Ferris Wheel at the Turn 4 Sun Deck
What’s better than riding a giant Ferris wheel during the Coca-Cola 600? Check out the speedway’s expansive Turn 4 Sun Deck for an excellent view of the action – but if you’re not afraid of heights, take a Ferris wheel ride. And after the checkered flag falls on Sunday, don’t forget to grab your tickets for the second running of the Sept. 27-29 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s innovative ROVAL™ road course oval.
Practice Driving in the Infield
Check out an interactive Topgolf display in the speedway’s infield this weekend, featuring the ultimate mobile Topgolf experience. Before NASCAR’s big names go for a 600-mile Sunday drive like no other, practice tee shots and drives in a new location – America’s Home for Racing.
The Hottest Wheels of All
Visit the Fan Zone on Sunday to see Hot Wheels cars in all their life-size glory. This race day-only display is sure to amp up fans’ excitement, as some of the most iconic Hot Wheels machines show up as 1/1-scale cars instead of their more common 1/64-scale counterparts.
Rev Up at Speed Street
600 Festival’s Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola runs Thursday to Sunday in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, with attractions including vendor displays, driver appearances and rocking concerts featuring the likes of Corey Smith, the Brothers Osborne and Styx. Visit www.600festival.com for more information.
Tickets, camping and upgrades for every Coca-Cola 600 weekend event are available at the gates, by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/
Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.
Meridian Speedway honored the men and women of the United States Armed Forces Saturday, May 18, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Military Appreciation Night featuring the Project Filter Twin 25’s. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, Teleperformance Street Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, High School Tuners, and Junior Stingers all contested double dashes to claim the Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
Eight Teleperformance Street Stocks rolled to the green on their second 25 lap main event. After an early exit in the first feature, Nampa, Idaho’s Kendra Occhipinti roared to the early lead with Josh Fanopoulos and Jesse James Lawson in her tire tracks. Lawson was first to challenge Occhipinti and on lap eight piloted his Dillon Plumbing, Jump Time of Idaho machine to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. This left Occhipinti in the clutches of Fanopoulos and her younger brother Taylor Occhipinti.
Fanopoulos drove his Certified Services, Signature Concrete Counter Tops racer to second on lap ten, followed by Taylor Occhipinti. The younger Occhipinti piloted his Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines mount to third and worked to close the gap on Fanopoulos while Fanopoulos closed on Lawson. Though they could keep pace with Lawson, neither Fanopoulos nor Occhipinti were able to mount a challenge as the newcomer from Caldwell, Idaho roared to the Project Filter Twin 25 sweep.
With his two victories Saturday, Lawson extended his win streak to four features. The Junior Stingers followed John Clever and Jody Moen to green for their final fifteen lap feature. On the break Moen, her earlier mechanical issues resolved, shot to the lead while first feature winner Dylan Wardle carved his way through the field to the top three on lap two.
Wardle’s Padgett Pest Control, Beauty from Ashes racer was quick, and the Meridian, Idaho racer hooked the inside line and blasted past Moen to take the lead at the race’s halfway point.
This dropped Moen’s Fast Lane Automotive, D.L. Evans machine into the clutches of Star, Idaho’s Delany Grace, who piloted her CP Express Vinyl, Splash and Dash machine around Moen to take second on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Though faster than the leader, Grace struggled to erase Wardle’s full straightaway lead until a caution bunched the field with three circuits left.
The green flag waved and Grace stormed past Wardle for the lead. Wardle, his eyes on the Military Appreciation Night sweep, wouldn’t settle for second and he raced back to Grace’s bumper on the white flag lap. But Wardle’s hard charge fell short as Grace raced across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first to take home the night’s second Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
The High School Tuners were next onto the quarter-mile asphalt oval for their second fifteen lap sprint race. Outside pole sitter Hannah Scott sped to the early lead, but Jett Nelson was fast and the Boise, Idaho driver took over the top spot on lap three. Behind Nelson’s YMC Mechanical machine, Cody Castricone and James Strikwerda wound their way through the field until the pair sat second and third on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
Strikwerda got the best of the second place battle in his PBT Auto Sales entry, then with five laps left overtook Nelson for the lead. This left Nelson in the clutches of Castricone, who piloted his Fast Glass racer around the outside to the runner up spot. But Castricone ran out of time to mount a challenge and Strikwerda claimed his second Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag of Military Appreciation Night.
Fresh off his High School Tuner sweep, James Strikwerda hopped into his Coors Super Stock and lined up on the outside pole position for one final 25 lap feature. Strikwerda made the high line the place to be on the break as he raced his way to the lead. But the youngster soon faced fast company as Jamo Stephenson and Melissa Weaver made their way to second and third on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
A lap eight restart lined Stephenson’s Big Al’s, The Ranch racer up outside of Strikwerda’s PBT Auto Sales machine for the green. Stephenson got the better of the restart and motored past Strikwerda while Weaver and first feature winner Daytona Wurtz worked to find their own way past Strikwerda.
Once clear of Strikwerda, an eight-lap battle ensued as Weaver pushed her way past Stephenson while simultaneously under attack from Wurtz. With nine laps left Weaver and Wurtz cleared Stephenson and the fight for first was on. Lapped traffic slowed Weaver’s Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines entry with six circuits left, which allowed Wurtz to issue a warning shot to the division dominator’s rear bumper. Wurtz wheeled her All Makes Auto Salvage, United Metals machine hard to keep pace with the leader, and with three laps to go the young Boise, Idaho racer slammed the front stretch wall. It was all Wurtz could to do to limp her stricken racer home, which left Weaver to cruise across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe and capture the Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
After a rough and tumble afternoon for the Project Filter Pro-4s, seven machines zipped to green for their second 25 lap tilt. On the green Ben Harris, his Kim’s Kars, H&H Auto racer newly rebuilt after a hard practice crash, edged to an early lead. But it was Eagle, Idaho racer Alex Duda, fresh off of two massive crashes in separate afternoon practice sessions who took control of the evening’s final feature on lap two.
Duda set the pace for five laps in his Boise Boys Transportation, Carbon Designs entry before Kenny Chandler found the handle on his Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s racer and motored to the lead. But Chandler wasn’t alone up front as first feature winner Jordan Harris went to work on his teammate and car owner for the top spot. Lap after lap Harris tried the inside line, and lap after lap Chandler held station in the lead.
With the white flag in the air Harris drove his Kim’s Kars, Challenger Auto machine deep into turn three, but Chandler would not be denied and the veteran campaigner from Kuna, Idaho took the Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
Sixteen PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds shook the ground as they took the green for the final Project Filter Twin 25 of Military Appreciation Night. Meridian, Idaho’s Tim Wallace took advantage of his pole starting position and put his Westside Machine, Lucas Oil racer out front. Behind Wallace, Casey Tillman, victim of a first feature tangle with early-season rival Shelby Stroebel, worked his Ready Made Plastic Trays, Holly Company racer forward in his quest for a feature win.
Tillman took to the high line and marched to the lead after a lap five caution flag, with Star, Idaho’s Tony Ackerland and first main winner Wyatt King of Kuna, Idaho in tow. King worked his Major Tire and Hitch, machine past Ackerland on the high side and set to work reeling Tillman in. With seven laps left the leaders sped into a knot of lapped traffic and after two white knuckle laps a caution flag mercifully slowed and sorted the field.
The green flag waved again and King dove under Tillman, but Tillman kept his racer wound up and shot back to the lead. This would prove to be King’s last chance to make a pass as Tillman sprinted into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
The Meridian Speedway season continues Monday, May 27 with Whelen Night at the Races. The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models, PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds, Winged Pepsi Crate Cars, Project Filter Pro-4s, Domino’s Legends, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets close the Memorial Day Weekend in pursuit of the Racing for Smiles Feature Flags. General admission is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60+ and military members, and $7 for kids 7-11.
Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Kids, bring a bike and a helmet for the Hungry Onion Bike Races held right after qualifying. Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com for the latest news from around the quarter-mile, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates. We’ll see you Monday, May 27, under the big yellow water tower for Whelen Night at the Races at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.
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Headed to the 103rd running of the greatest spectacle in racing?
This here is the track schedule for the week!
Monday May 20,
- Noon-6 pm…Public Gates Open
- 10:00-11:30 Indy Lights Test
- Noon-2:00 pm Indy 500 open practice
- 2:30-4 pm Indy Lights Test
Tuesday May 21st-Wednesday May 22nd
No Track Activity
Thursday May 23rd
- No Public access
- 10-10:45 Indy Lights Practice
- 1:30-2:30 Indy Lights Qualifying
Friday May 24- MILLER LIGHT CARB DAY!
- 8:00 am-6 pm Public Gates open
- 11:00 AM -12:30 Indy 500 Final Practice
- 1:00 Pm 17th Freedom 100 (Indy Lights Race)
- 2-3:30 Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge
- 3:30 Miller Lite Carb Day Concert, Turn 4 infield
Saturday May 25th- Legions Day
- Parade, Downtown Indianapolis... (Non Track Sponsored Event)
- 9 AM-10:00 Driver Autograph Session Pagoda Plaza
- 10:25: Public Drivers Meeting- Tower Terrace
- 3:30 Firestone Legends Day Concert Turn 4 Infield
Sunday May 26- RACE DAY
- 6:00 AM Public Gates Open
- 7:00 AM Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light begins, Turn 3 Infield
- 12:30 PM 103rd running of The Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge
Have fun, stay safe and hydrated. SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING!
Watkins Glen International announced today that it has partnered with STAR Headlight and Lantern Co., Inc. to improve its trackside caution light system and enhance safety at the historic road course.
The STAR DLQS Quick Stick Series LED systems have already made their debut at The Glen for a number of track rental days, and will be in place for each of the track’s major spectator race weekends, including the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (June 27-30) and Go Bowling at The Glen (August 2-4) events.
“We have enjoyed a stellar partnership with STAR Headlight and Lantern Co., Inc. for a number of years, and are very pleased with the outcome of this modernization project to better serve our teams and drivers,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “We are always looking for ways to make our facility safer, and this state-of-the-art system adds another layer to that initiative.”
The Glen also uses STAR Headlight and Lantern Co. products on each of its pace cars and security vehicles throughout the season. The New York-based company was founded in 1889 and has maintained production in Rochester, with its current headquarters and manufacturing center in Avon, N.Y. STAR offers LED beacons, auxiliary LED warning lights, as well as light bars, lanterns, switch controllers, sirens, back-up alarms, mounting brackets, and more.
“We at STAR Headlight have enjoyed a great partnership with The Glen, and have also over the last several years enjoyed watching our lights go around the track on various Watkins Glen International vehicles”, said Chris Jacobs, President/CEO of Star Headlight Inc., Co. “We are very excited to see the new trackside caution lights that we collaborated together on designing, working at the next race. It is nice to have a local company work with us and get our name out there. So many people come up to us and said “I saw your lights on the pace cars at The Glen!” It is nice to hear that so many people have noticed our lights. We look forward to another great season.”
Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, three times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of the USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and be sure to download The Glen’s free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.
Guests attending the Pocono 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway will enjoy a host of FREE items from May 31-June 2. These complimentary items including amenities, initiatives and programs for guests of all ages. The biggest cost-saver being offered is Pocono Raceway’s Kids Free Initiative. Kids, ages 12 and under, will receive FREE Admission to 100 and 200 levels of the Grandstand, as well as Fan Fair, for all Friday, Saturday and Sunday events. A more complete list of FREE items available to Pocono 400 guests are listed below.
FREE For Everyone
- Kids FREE Initiative: Kids, ages 12 and under, receive FREE gate admission and camp for FREE all weekend long. Visit www.poconokidsfree.com for more details.
- FREE Parking: Grandstand Parking is FREE on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Monster Energy NASCAR FREE Friday: Bring an empty can of Monster Energy (any size) to be recycled at Pocono Raceway and receive FREE gate admission on Friday, May 31, 2019. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/freefriday for more details
- WORRY-FREE Ticket Guarantee: Pocono 400 Sunday tickets include the Worry Free Weather Guarantee Presented by AccuWeather. If the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is postponed due to inclement weather and the ticket holder is unable to attend the rescheduled date, the Raceway will issue a check for the face value of the ticket to the account holder. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/guarantee for more details.
- Bring Your Cooler: Fans can bring a 12’ x 12’ cooler into the race for FREE. Coolers are only permitted in the 100, 200 and 300 Levels of the Grandstand, as well as in our Camping areas. For more details about our cooler policy, including what items are permitted and prohibited, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/faninfo.
- FREE Wi-Fi: Guests can access complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots near Tricky’s Kit Kamp (located behind the Grandstand and next to Gate 8), the midway (behind the Grandstand) and the Paddock (by Club Pocono and Infield Café)
- FREE Music and Entertainment: Gate Admission ticket holders can visit the brand-new Fan Stage, located inside Fan Fair and behind the Grandstand, for daily pre-race concerts, entertainment and driver appearances. A full list of performers and driver events will be updated at www.poconoraceway.com/schedule leading into the Pocono 400 race weekend.
- FREE Sensory Kits & Rooms: Pocono Raceway is the worlds’ first sensory-inclusive motorsports property. Not only are key staff members trained to recognize and handle sensory overload situations, but they provide FREE KultureCity Sensory Kits and access to KultureCity Sensory Rooms. For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/kulturecity.
- FREE Kids’ Areas: Kids can visit Tricky’s Kit Kamp, a soft play area for young children located behind the Grandstand and next to Gate 8, and the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital Kids Zone inside Fan Fair for FREE. Both have complimentary events and programs for children. Visit www.poconokidsfree.com for more details.
- FREE Fan Fair Access: All gate admission ticket holders, including those taking advantage of the Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday on Friday, May 31, and kids (ages 12 and under) have FREE access to Fan Fair. Fan Fair includes driver merchandise areas, the new Fan Fair Stage, the Monster Energy display and smoke showcase, games, entertainment, driver appearances and much more. For more details about all events taking place, visit www.poconoraceway.com/schedule.
- FREE CDL Trucking Job Fair: 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. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/trucking for more details.
- FREE Tractor Trailer Parking: Individuals driving a tractor trailer can visit the Drydene Tractor Trailer Parking lot and park there for FREE. Drivers can enter through Gate 7, off Route 115, and will be directed to the designated tractor trailer parking lot.
FREE for Camping Guests
- FREE Grandstand and Fan Fair Access (For Camping Guests): All Pocono 400 camping guests can visit the Grandstand and Fan fair for FREE on Friday and Saturday. They can use the FREE shuttle service or use a Pit/Paddock Pass to access the Pedestrian Tunnel.
- FREE Playground and Activities Access (For Camping Guests): If you are staying in the infield, be sure to head down Earnhardt Road and visit two great locations. The #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground is a playground built for kids of all abilities to learn, grow and play together. And, be sure to check out the brand-new Pocono Mountains Activities & Welcome Center for daily programs and activities for all ages. For more details visit www.poconoraceway.com/campinginfo.
- Bring Your Dog For FREE: Camping guests can bring their dog to Pocono Raceway for the entire weekend. Once here take your dog to the Bark Park, a dog park located off Earnhardt Road for dogs of all ages and sizes. For more information, visit www.poconoraceway.com/barkpark.
- FREE Access to Block Party and Fireworks: Camping guests can visit the Infield Block Party on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. There will be live music, great food and tons of good times to be had by all. And, on Saturday night, look to the skies for the infamous Fireworks Spectacular starting around 9:15 p.m. ET. For more details about all Infield Block Party events, visit www.poconoraceway.com/schedule.
- FREE Shuttle Service: Camping guests can take advantage of the complimentary shuttle which makes multiple stops in the Infield, Family RV Camping and the Grandstand each day. A full schedule will be provided to all Pocono 400 camping guests upon their arrival.
- FREE Pit/Paddock Passes (For Camping Guests): All camping guests who purchase their Pocono 400 tickets prior to race week receive two complimentary Pit/Paddock Passes. The cutoff for a complimentary Pit/Paddock Pass is Wednesday, May 29, 2019. For more details, visit www.poconoraceway.com/campinginfo.
FREE For Specific Ticket Holders
- FREE ‘Open Garage’ Access (Pit/Paddock Pass Holders Only): A limited number of spots will be open for Pocono 400 Pit/Paddock Pass holders to receive a wristband to enter both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series garages on Friday, May 31. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/schedule, look for Friday’s event listing which include the words ‘Open Garage’ for wristband distribution times, location and additional details.
- FREE Driver Introduction and Frontstretch Access (Pit/Paddock Pass Holders Only): Pocono 400 Pit/Paddock Pass holders will be able to access the frontstretch before the race and during NASCAR driver introductions on Sunday, June 2.
- FREE FanVision Scanner Rental (For Sunday Club Pocono and Sunday 300-Level Ticket Holders): A complimentary FanVision scanner is included with a Pocono 400 Sunday Club Pocono or Sunday 300-Level Ticket. A FanVision includes a scanner to listen in to all driver/team audio, digital in-race stats and in-race television broadcast.
- FREE Pit/Paddock Pass (Sunday Ticket Holders Only): Pit/Paddock Passes accompany the following Pocono 400 Sunday tickets: Sky Box, Sunday Terrace Club, Victory Circle Club, Sunday 300-Level and Club Pocono.
As mentioned, kids (ages 12 and under) are FREE and camp for FREE all Pocono 400 weekend long! Adult tickets on Saturday start at $25, Sunday Adult Ticket start at $45 and race weekend camping tickets start at $200. Buy your tickets to the Pocono 400 race weekend by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/tickets.
Additionally, Pocono Raceway offers FREE track tours and the #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground is open most days with FREE access to the public. Tours and the Playground are not offered during major NASCAR, INDYCAR, Air Show or private event dates. For more details, visit www.poconoraceway.com and search for FREE Track Tours and the #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground.
Note: Certain terms, conditions and fees may apply. Rules and regulations subject to change without notice. Dates, times and events are subject to change without notice.
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