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The ARCA Menards Series will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time since 1965 when it competes at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course on May 30, 2020. The race will be held in conjunction with the annual NASCAR XFINITY Series weekend, which in previous seasons had been scheduled in the month of August. The move to a new late spring date is to accommodate television coverage of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The ARCA Menards Series last raced at Mid-Ohio in 1965, with Springfield, Ohio native Jack Bowsher earning the victory. Since then the series has raced only sporadically on road courses, with a single event on a modified oval at the defunct St. Louis International Raceway in 1986, a pair of races at Heartland Park Topeka in 1991 and 1992, a street circuit event in Des Moines, Iowa in 1994, a single event at Palm Beach International Raceway in 2010, a pair of races at Road America in 2013 and 2017, and nine races at New Jersey Motorsports Park from 2008 through 2016.

The Lexington, Ohio natural terrain road course has been home to world class road racing since its inception, and since the 1980s has hosted series such as the NTT IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the SCCA Trans Am, plus various amateur and professional motorcycle series sanctioned by the AMA. Stock car racing returned to Mid-Ohio in 2013 when A.J. Allmendinger defeated Michael McDowell in a shootout. Other NASCAR XFINITY Seres winners include 2012 ARCA Menards Series national champion Chris Buescher, Regan Smith, former ARCA winner at Palm Beach Justin Marks, former Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish, 2008 ARCA Menards Series champion Justin Allgaier, and Austin Cindric, who won August’s most recent race.

"We have worked diligently with Craig Rust and his team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for several seasons trying to get the ARCA Menards Series back on their schedule, and we're really happy to make it happen for the 2020 season," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "We have a lot of excitement building for 2020 and additions to our schedule like Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course are a big part of it."

“We are thrilled to add the ARCA Menards Series to our NASCAR XFINITY Series weekend,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “Each year, it’s our objective to showcase a very diverse schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and bring the best of motorsports to our fans. ARCA fits that billing and is a great, returning addition to the 2020 schedule.”

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers an exceptional family value. At all events, children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult, plus free parking is available. The complete 2020 event schedule will be released later this fall. Visit midohio.com for more information.

Mid Ohio PR

For the first time in nearly two decades, the ARCA Menards Series will return to The Glen. The Series today announced the 20 race schedule for 2020, including the Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100, Friday August 14.

Friday’s race will also be featured in the inaugural ARCA Showdown, a 10-race series set to attract the top teams in the ARCA Menards Series as well as the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West

“We are thrilled to have the Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 part of the ARCA Menards Series next year,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “The Friday race has always been a fan favorite of our NASCAR triple-header weekend.”

The overall ARCA schedule features a mix of superspeedways and historic short tracks, as well as a pair of dirt tracks and a pair of road-course events that will provide exciting racing for the fans and an exceptional test of teams and drivers.

“We are very proud of the quality of our 2020 schedule. There are many traditional ARCA Menards Series races blended with races that have been very strong components of what is now the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West,” said ARCA president Ron Drager. “We are also working on the schedules for the East and West divisions, and we think our drivers, teams, and fans all over the country will be pleased with the way everything has come together.”

All 20 races are scheduled for live television coverage; eight races will be televised by FOX Sports on FS1 and FS2, and 12 races will be televised on MAVTV. The complete television schedule, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date.

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 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.

WGI PR

INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have named Chicago-based Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) as their comprehensive creative agency of record, charged with developing aligned national promotional campaigns surrounding the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

SCC, founded in 1989, creates award-winning campaigns and strategies for a diverse, impressive range of local, regional and national clients in sports and consumer products, including the Chicago Cubs, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Procter & Gamble, Danone, Portillo's restaurants and more.

The first campaigns of the multiyear partnership will be unveiled before the start of the 2020 racing season.

"SCC is the right choice to help the INDYCAR and Indianapolis 500 brands gain an even greater national profile and continue their trend of year-over-year growth in media consumption and ticket sales," said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR and IMS. "SCC's outstanding work speaks for itself, with its creativity and energy earning many national awards, recognition and success for all kinds of clients. We believe they can help us more effectively and aggressively position the NTT IndyCar Series, our teams and drivers and all of our world class sporting events at IMS."    

SCC will work to elevate the brands and accelerate the momentum of the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, closely aligning the synergies and strategies between the world's most competitive racing series and the world's largest single-day sporting event.

One particularly recognizable campaign SCC executed for the Chicago Cubs is the "Fly the W" campaign that was a hallmark of the Chicago Cubs' 2016 world championship season.

"We are extremely honored to have been selected by INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to become their strategic and creative partner," said David Selby, CEO of SCC.  "The opportunity to help steward and grow the iconic INDYCAR and Indianapolis 500 brands is exceptional.  They are unique in the world of sport, and among an elite group of brands with such rich history and legacy.  All of us at SCC look forward to playing a critical role in elevating their positioning and driving deeper fan engagement with the NTT IndyCar Series, the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and all of the exceptional events and experiences at IMS."

SCC is an independent creative and technology agency that connects humans and brands through insight-fueled experiences. A simple mission drives SCC's entrepreneurial, people-first, results-obsessed culture - We work for humans. SCC's work is based on deep human insights and an understanding of the communities and cultures within which brands compete.

SCC's integrated practices include SCCdigital, SCCprism, SCCdesign, SCCmedia, and MAKE247 content studio. The company also operates a private equity portfolio, SCCventures, with holdings in the food and tech sectors. SCC is privileged to work with outstanding partners that include Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, The Chicago Cubs, Ideal Industries, Portillo's Restaurants, Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market and Solo Cup.

The independent agency is a fully integrated shop employing over 120 creative, energetic, passionate professionals based in the eclectic West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. To learn more about SCC, visit www.schafercondoncarter.com.

IMS PR

Talladega Superspeedway is thrilled to announce its work with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to unveil the “Tito’s Lemonade Lounge,” an interactive viewing area located in the brand-new Talladega Garage Experience set to debut this weekend during the track’s NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader. The doubleheader will feature the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and the Sugarlands Shine 250.

Formerly known as the watch zone, the Tito’s Lemonade Lounge will offer fans the chance to relax and refuel in the shade with refreshing Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails without missing a second of the on-track action. Access to the Tito’s Lemonade Lounge will be available to fans with Talladega Garage Experience admission.

The Tito’s Lemonade Lounge will be near BIG BILL’S Open Air Club, the centerpiece of the Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar. The mammoth 35,000-square-foot building will be lined on both sides by two garages that will house the top 22 drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Fans will receive exclusive access inside all of the Monster Energy Cup garage bays via an “up-close” fan viewing walkway where they will be just feet away from the drivers and teams as they prepare the cars during race weekend.

In addition to the Tito’s Lemonade Lounge, the Talladega Garage Experience offers fans free Wi-Fi, incredible $4 or less value-priced concessions, a Kids Zone, a Game Zone, an entertainment stage for local music, driver Q&A’s and other interviews, social areas, Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations after each race, Sunday pre-race ceremonies, driver introductions at the Start-Finish line and much more!

For fans unable to make it to the Tito’s Lemonade Lounge, their thirst can be quenched with Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails at other various locations throughout the Talladega Superspeedway property. Locations include six purveyors within the concourse, The Midway presented by Graybar, and the 5-points area during Friday’s “Big One on the Blvd.” Tito’s cocktails will also be sold during Friday night’s Big One LIVE Music, as well as the Saturday Night Infield Concert, both presented by McDonald’s.

The Sugarlands Shine 250 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will kick off the track’s 50th anniversary, action-packed weekend on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. CDT. The anchor event, the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday, Oct. 13. Both will serve as key playoff events in each series.

For more information or tickets for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 or the Sugarlands Shine 250, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).

Fans can learn more about the Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar and view the progress 24/7 via the construction cam by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation. For all things on the Talladega Garage Experience, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-7223 (RACE).

TSS PR

In celebration of Talladega Superspeedway’s 50th anniversary this weekend, the track is thrilled to bring back the first Miss Talladega 500 as well as many of the historic race cars that are a part of the Talladega lure.

Lana Osborn, who greeted driver Richard Brickhouse in the winner’s circle on Sept. 14, 1969, after is triumph in the inaugural Talladega 500 for NASCAR’s premier series, will once again be in Gatorade Victory Lane this Sunday with the victor of the 1000Bulbs.com 500. In addition, the track is bringing back a tradition that dates back to that first event – the beautiful, white and blue horseshoe-shaped, winner’s wreath like Brickhouse sported that iconic day – that will be worn by this fall’s winner.

A host of vintage race cars will also be a part of Sunday’s festivities. Four of the winged cars that competed at the 2.66-mile track in the first race in 1969, along with both events in 1970, will be on hand and participate in the pre-race, sponsor parade lap that gets underway at 11:15 p.m. CDT. There will be three Dodge Daytonas, including:

  • No. 71 of Bobby Isaac, who sat on the pole for the first three events here
  • No. 22 of the elder member of the famed “Alabama Gang”, Bobby Allison;
  • No. 42 of country music legend and driver Marty Robbins
  • No. 43 Plymouth Superbird of Richard Petty.

The bold vehicles are a part of the “Aero Warrior Reunion,” which will feature nearly 200 street version winged cars that will be on display in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Garage area on Sunday. Fans with a Talladega Garage Experience admission will get to see the beauties up-close on Sunday.

Also on display in the Talladega Garage Experience will be a host of historic machines that include:

  • 1969 Donnie Allison Ford Torino No. 27
  • 1969 David Pearson Ford Torino No. 17
  • 1970 Buddy Baker Dodge Daytona No. 99
  • 1971 Richard Petty Plymouth Roadrunner No. 43
  • 1972 Bobby Allison Chevrolet Malibu No. 12
  • 1987 Bill Elliott Ford Thunderbird No. 9
  • 1990 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Lumina No. 3
  • 1996 Dale Jarrett Ford Thunderbird No. 88

In addition, the Alabama Racing Pioneers are scheduled to have a trio of classic cars within the Talladega Garage Experience.

Fans with a Talladega Garage Experience admission will also get to enjoy the 35,000 square foot BIG BILL’S open air social club, that will also house the top 22 teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title standings and fans will get the chance to get up close and personal with the cars and teams via a fan walk way in the garage bay areas.

Other family/fan friendly items in the Garage Experience include incredible $4 or less Value-Priced Concessions, FREE Wi-Fi, BIG BILL’S Open Air Club, a Kids Zone, a Game Zone, Clyde May’s Courtyard, an entertainment stage for local music, Driver Q&A’s and other interviews, and a reserved area for Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations after each race in Fr8Auctions Celebration Plaza. Fans with an admission will also get to witness Sunday pre-race ceremonies and Driver Introductions at the Start-Finish line.

The NASCAR Playoffs weekend kicks off Friday with practice runs all day, followed by Saturday’s Sugarlands Shine 250 for the NASCAR Gandour Outdoors Series at 12:30 p.m. CDT. Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 begins that afternoon (3:35 p.m. CDT). Once the sun goes down, the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by McDonald’s gets started with headliner and Alabama native Riley Green. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CDT and admission is FREE to all infield guests and anyone who purchases a ticket to the 1000Bulbs.com 500. The 1000Bulbs.com 500 is set to get the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223). Fans can learn more about the entire Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation.

TSS PR

What began as a Texas Motor Speedway media event in 2007 with NASCAR and INDYCAR champion Tony Stewart has transformed into a top fundraiser for Speedway Children's Charities - Texas Chapter.
Stewart was at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday for the annual event which has raised more than $1.7 million. He served as driving coach for the 17 donating participants and also got behind the wheel of a two-seater car to provide those same participants an even more realistic vision of what it's like to race around the 1.5-mile oval at competition speeds.
 
The following is a transcript taken from Stewart's media availability with Stewart prior to the on-track activities beginning:
 
Can you tell if some of these (participants) have some natural talent, the ones who keep coming back year after year?
 
"It's been fun. There's people that have never driven any kind of a race car ever in their life and we've seen them get in here and they do really, really well. And then we've seen people that really were bad, to be perfectly honest. They were bad the first time they came and they've come year after year and they do, they improve each year and it's like 'Wow.' It's not any big chunks but it's a little bit each year and, after five or six years, you see them up to speed with some of the top guys."
 
Have you been approached about doing this at a track other than Texas Motor Speedway?
 
"No, we haven't. I don't want to do it at another track. I mean, doing it here is, I think ... doing it once a year makes it special. I think if we did it more than once a year you'd kind of dilute it, but this was Eddie Gossage's brainchild and his project and, you know, I'm proud that we do it here at Texas.
 
Any talk of doing it here on the dirt track in a sprint car?
 
"We haven't talked about doing it in a sprint car. Somebody would crash then, for sure. But we have talked about maybe doing it one year on the dirt over there with a modified or a Late Model two-seater. It just would take a lot more preparation and we don't ... I don't even know if there's that many (Late Model) two-seaters in the country let alone have them all at the same place. But we have talked about 'What are things we can do different and how to make it just a little bit more unique than the time before' so that was one of the ideas that did come up one year."
 
"So you can do both and have a little points championship, right?
 
"(Laughs) I think as soon as you start doing points championships and stuff, that's when more cars get tore up. But it's fun to watch everybody do this. They have fun. Some of them take it very, very seriously especially if there's husbands and wives involved. The husbands seem to get a little more nervous than the wives do because the wives just go have fun. But they'll outrun the husbands a lot of times and that's why the husbands are nervous because they know they're going to get ridiculed over it if they get beat by their wife. And the wives love beating their husbands so that's what's fun to watch."
 
Was it your idea to make this a Speedway Children's Charities event? How did that come about?
 
"This was all Eddie's (Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway president) idea. I mean, you were here when we did the first year with the media. We just felt like it went over so well and the feedback from the media, Eddie was like, 'why don't we do this and make it a charity event?' So that's how it went that first year being a media event to what it is now and we keep getting a great turnout for it.
 
I threw the word philanthropy at you but, of all the things you've accomplished, this has to be pretty high on the list of things that make you proud.
 
"It's pretty gratifying. I mean, I don't see the end result of it at the end of the day but it's a lot of fun. And it's fun for me because I remember when we did it for the media and I remember how fun it was to see media members that I'd known for years, and dealt with and worked with for years, and all of a sudden them go 'wow, we had no idea this is what it was like.' I've just never forgot that. I always remember that every time. That's what comes into my mind when I show up, there's going to be people who are going to go 'wow, I didn't know it was like that.' That's the fun part of it. Just watching people who watch it on TV and everybody thinks it's a lot easier than what it is when they actually get in the car.
 
"Everything about it is different than what they think. I mean, I don't think there's anything that they experience during the day that they think is what they see on TV. There are some that don't even know how to drive with a clutch, don't know how to drive a stick shift. "
 
Then you top it off with a ride around the track to show them what it's really like.
 
"When the media was here, I tried to scare the hell out of all of them. But, not necessarily. I want them (the participants) to enjoy it so I don't want them to be scared. But I want them to feel exactly what it's like. We run the line just like I would in the race and we don't do anything to try to spook anybody because we want them to have fun, especially the group that runs with me the first half of the day. They have a second session. I don't want them going out and doing something stupid that I did so I try not to teach them bad habits. But it's fun when they go out and they make a run in the car and then get a chance to ride with us, especially the first group that rides with us, when they get a chance to go back out after riding with us, it just seems like they pick up a lot pretty quick. The group that goes in the morning doesn't have that advantage necessarily of getting to go another round that way but it's pretty neat."
 
The AAA Texas 500 weekend kicks off with two nights of on the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track with the Tony Stewart Presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Saturday, Nov. 2 NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 playoff race will take place under the lights on the 1.5-mile asphalt oval as will the eighth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, the AAA Texas 500, Sunday Nov. 3.
 
For ticket or race information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500. With an adult ticket purchase, accompanying tickets for children 12-and-under are $10 for the AAA Texas 500 and free for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 playoff race.
TMS PR

As the NASCAR playoffs continue to progress, Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, visited South Florida on Tuesday in advance of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 15-17. Custer attended the Florida Panthers hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the BB&T Center where he participated in numerous pre-game and in-game activities.

Custer was greeted by the Panthers players and got a behind-the-scenes tour of their locker room. He also took part in the Homestead-Miami Speedway display outside the arena, signing autographs and interacting with fans among other events.

“It was awesome to see the Florida Panthers, the locker room and to meet some players,” Custer said. “I saw a lot of NASCAR fans outside the stadium, and it was really cool to learn more about what they do here.”

Custer is currently in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, where he secured his spot into the Round of 8 after winning his seventh race of the season last weekend at Dover International Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is a former winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway (2017) and is appearing in his third playoffs.

Tickets for 2019 Ford Championship Weekend, which consists of the Ford EcoBoost 200 (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship race), Ford EcoBoost 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series championship race) and Ford EcoBoost 400 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race), are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

HMS PR

To hear Nathan Crews talk, 2019 wasn’t that great of a race season.

“It was tough. We got wrecked a couple of times. We had motor problems and finally we got the car straightened out,” he said.

He also may be a bit too modest.

Crews and his small band of volunteer helpers put together one of the best seasons in the history of the Budweiser Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway. He won an eye-popping nine of 15 races in 2019 on the way to winning the division’s championship. He finished in the top five 13 times and was the top qualifier seven times.

“I’ve not quite had a season like this one,” Crews said of his 12th year of racing. “I’ve had seasons that looked like they were going to be good and then I had bad luck. This year we had good luck and stayed consistent.

“I think this is the most wins anyone has ever had in a season for Pure Stocks. That’s pretty cool,” said Crews. “(The championship) is quite an achievement. Looking back at the season, it’s like a dream come true. “

There may have been some luck involved in his championship season, but hard work played a much larger role. Like the night he was involved in a wreck, limped to the pits, crawled out of the car, made a few quick fixes and got rolling again.

Then there was the night he had a problem with his car’s power-steering hose in practice and couldn’t find one readily available. It looked like he might miss starting the race.

“We run these little cars so loose, it’s hard to keep up with them without power steering,” said Crews.

His dad, Bruce Crews, happened to be returning home from vacation. When he discovered his son’s predicament, he made a detour to pick up a power steering hose and brought it to the track. When he got there another division was on-track racing. When a caution flew, the elder Crews handed the hose through the fence to a track official who relayed it to the team. They got it installed just in time for Nathan to hit the track for his race.

The power steering incident says a lot about Crews’ small but dedicated team. You can count them all on one hand … his dad, and the two Daniels: Daniel Pierce and Daniel Shelton. And it just wasn’t the Pure Stock they kept race ready in 2019. Crews also campaigned a Late Model in eight races which meant there was a lot of juggling of duties on race nights. In fact, the night of the power steering hose incident Crews was racing his Late Model when the hose arrived at the track. But his Pure Stock was ready to go when he crawled out of the Late Model.

Crews’ dad is the team’s not-so-secret weapon.

“He’s there to do everything he can possibly do. Without him I couldn’t do it. Sometimes he’s the only one I have at the track with me. And he’s the crew chief and my spotter,” said Crews, who was sponsored all season by Taylor Racing Engines, Jeff’s Grill, CNC Racing, Foster Fuel, Jab Relief and Estes Signs.

Racing his Crews’ life. He helps his dad some on his farm and in his logging business, but most of his time is spent in his race shop.

“This is not just a hobby for me, it’s a way of life … something we love to do,” said Crews. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it. It’s very rewarding. You meet so many great people. They are like family. And they are like us, they love it so much.”

Action returns to South Boston Speedway Saturday afternoon, November 2 for the AutosbyNelson.com 250 CARS Tour Series championship.

There will be 125-lap races in both the CARS Late Model Stock division and the CARS Super Late Model division to determine the championship in both classes. Grandstand gates open at noon, qualifying is set for 12:40 p.m. and the first race will take the green at 3 p.m.

Advance tickets for the AutosbyNelson.com 250 are $10 through Friday, Nov. 1. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be $15. Youth ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

SBS PR

The last dance.  The last chance.  One more time for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing in the Midwest before heading westward bound comes to Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track this Friday night, October 11.  It’s the first of two nights of racing at the track as the World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will run Saturday as well as the Modifieds both nights. 

Finishing the season out west has been a tradition for the series since the CRA Sprint Car division came under the USAC banner in 2004.  This year’s swing brings the club to California’s Perris Auto Speedway for the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 7-8-9 and to Arizona Speedway for the Western World Championships on Nov. 15-16. 

Since that point 15 years ago, several drivers have been able to ride the wave of momentum from east of the Mississippi to the west at the end of the year.  This Friday’s contest at Terre Haute could be the boon a team and driver are seeking to give them the extra boost on their haul to west. 

In 2005, Dave Darland won the final Midwest race of the season on the paved high banks of Indiana’s Winchester Speedway.  The USAC Triple Crown champ carried the “mo” to the west immediately after where he won the final night of both the Oval Nationals and Western World, which was then held at the now-defunct Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. 

Levi Jones was the most consistent driver of his era, owning the Midwest finales in both 2010 and 2011 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway, respectively.  Following his Eldora triumph in 2010, Jones captured the first night of Perris en route to the series title.  In 2011, Jones followed up with a victory in the season finale, at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., which resulted in a second consecutive championship for the Olney, Ill. native. 

Bryan Clauson controlled the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg in 2013, then set forth with another win in the Western World opener at Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park to start off the western trail.  The end result was a second consecutive USAC National Sprint Car driving title.  The ensuing year, in 2014, saw BC rack up a second-straight Fall Nationals score followed by a win in the finale at Canyon.  Although, he’d settle for a second-place finish in the final series standings. 

In recent years, Terre Haute has served as the Midwest season finale where, in 2016, Chris Windom snared a wild victory on the half-mile, then immediately swept the first two nights of Western World at the event’s new home, Arizona Speedway. 

Kevin Thomas, Jr. won at Terre Haute in October of 2017, then went on to capture the finale at Perris Auto Speedway’s Oval Nationals.  After a rain out at Terre Haute in 2018, in retrospect, Lawrenceburg served as the final showcase in the Midwest, where Justin Grant was in the midst of one of the hottest streaks of success in recent years.  After The Burg, Grant won three of the next four out west, notching the opener at Arizona and doubling-up at Perris. 

While success in the Midwest season finale isn’t necessarily a make-or-break deal among the competitors, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have good vibes as you stare through the windshield of the hauler on the trek to the west.  And, of course, the alternative feeling isn’t as ideal. 

The warmer weather isn’t merely an exclusive attribute of the west during this time of the year.  The warm fuzzy feelings of success carried by a driver and team with them on the road almost makes one feel like they’re already there, a notion that can very well begin this Friday at Terre Haute. 

The Wabash Clash featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and DIRTcar Modifieds is this Friday, October 11, at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.  Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, adult reserved grandstands are $30.  Children 11 and under general admission tickets are free, and $10 for reserved grandstand.  Adult infield tickets are $15.  Kids 11 and under are free.  Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. 

Tickets are available online at worldofoutlaws.com, by calling 844-DIRT-TIX, or at the gate on raceday.  More info on the event may also be found at terrehauteactiontrack.net or by calling 217-764-3200. 

Track Enterprises PR

The Shark Roadster and Orca Special, two historic, aquatic-themed show cars from the Undiscovered Classics collection, will headline Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Oct. 17-19 Pennzoil AutoFair. The Florida-based collection showcases the ingenuity of America’s independent automotive entrepreneurs, designers, and builders.

Geoffrey Hacker has pursued rare and unusual cars since his teen years when he discovered an exotic, fiberglass-bodied, two-seater sports car in Clearwater, Florida. The 18-year-old bought the dilapidated 1962 El Tiburón (Spanish for “Shark”) Roadster for $350 and spent the next two years restoring it. He not only learned how to fix fiberglass and rebuild mechanical parts; Hacker also became an accomplished detective of automotive history.

He discovered a lot of brainpower behind El Tiburón’s development. Henry Covington was a talented young artist and designer who was eager to apply aerodynamic theory to automobiles in the late 1950s. Dr. August Raspet was the head of the Aerophysics Dept. at Mississippi State University and a leading expert on wind tunnels. Their first lightweight prototype was a 42-inch-high coupe built on a French-made Renault 4CV chassis with a 4-cylinder engine in back.

The Shark Roadster coming to AutoFair wears a paint scheme reminiscent of its namesake.

The Orca Special, another unusual “must-sea” creation that has recently joined Hacker’s menagerie, is based on a 1948 Frazer automobile.

Although most people today have never heard of the Frazer brand (which ran from 1946–51), its cars were considered quite stylish at the time, taking home the Fashion Academy of New York Gold Medal for design achievement. In 1954, Walter Omelenchuk set out to show the world he could improve on Frazer’s design.

Omelenchuk fabricated custom steel body panels and used available production car parts in creative ways. Inspiration came from the sea, which is why his roadster features nautical warning lights, a boat-style windshield, lowered door cut-outs, pontoon-shaped rear quarters, and what can only be described as an extended rear “deck.” Even the bench seat looks like it would be at home in a Chris-Craft runabout from the period. The distinctive black-and-white paint scheme, generous proportions, and long, low body easily bring to mind the apex predator known as the killer whale, which is why the car is often called the Orca Special.

During all three days of the Oct. 17-19 Pennzoil AutoFair, the Shark Roadster and Orca Special will share display space with Steve McQueen’s Mustang from the movie “Bullitt” as well as a gathering of German-made Opel sports cars, a pair of crazy-fast Hennessey Performance products, a replica of Speed Racer’s Mach 5 race car, and the “Best of the Best” customs from the national show car circuit.

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The Pennzoil AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, kids can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone. Hours for the Oct. 17-19 Pennzoil AutoFair are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

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

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Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway and get the latest news by following on Twitter and Instagram, becoming a Facebook fan or downloading the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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Talladega Superspeedway's loyal fans are ready to make this weekend one for the ages! They are coming from near and far to be a part of the track’s 50th-anniversary celebration, as well as the Grand Opening of the interactive Talladega Garage Experience during its NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader, featuring the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and the Sugarlands Shine 250.

Over 70 percent of fans that will be making the journey to the world’s greatest racing venue are traveling from outside the state of Alabama, and all across the world including:

  • All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia
  • 22 countries including Bermuda, Japan, Norway, Canada, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Brazil, Netherlands, and Belgium
  • Six continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia)
    • Australia is the farthest country that will be represented - over 9,300 miles afar and more than 8,000 nautical miles away

The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with the official opening of the Talladega Garage Experience, a 140,000 square foot area in the infield where fans will be immersed into the sport of NASCAR at the 2.66-mile venue like never before. Fans with a Talladega Garage Experience admission will receive “up-close” access in the garage bay viewing areas and be just steps away from their favorite teams and drivers while they work on their cars throughout race weekend.

Other family/fan friendly items in the Garage Experience include incredible $4 or less Value-Priced Concessions, FREE Wi-Fi, BIG BILL’S Open Air Club, a Kids Zone, a Game Zone, Clyde May’s Courtyard, an entertainment stage for local music, Driver Q&A’s and other interviews, and a reserved area for Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations after each race in Fr8Auctions Celebration Plaza. Fans with an admission will also get to witness Sunday pre-race ceremonies and Driver Introductions at the Start-Finish line.

The day’s on-track activities include two practice sessions each for the Sugarlands Shine 250 and the 1000Bulbs.com 500 throughout the morning and afternoon.

Friday night ends with a bang with the always entertaining “Big One on the Blvd.” driver parade and fan competitions in the legendary infield. Scheduled for a 7 p.m. CDT start, the event is open to all Renewal Guest ticket holders, infield camping guests and fans who purchased an infield wristband.

The Sugarlands Shine 250 gets the green flag this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CDT, while Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 begins that afternoon (3:35 p.m. CDT). Once the sun goes down, the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by McDonald’s gets started with headliner and Alabama-native Riley Green. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CDT and admission is FREE to all infield guests and anyone who purchases a ticket to the 1000Bulbs.com 500.

The weekend’s anchor event, the 1000Bulbs.com 500, is set to get the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223). Fans can learn more about the entire Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation.

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