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He is the person most race fans and guests likely don’t want to see when they visit Michigan International Speedway. But if they do, they are in good hands.

NASCAR has named Dr. John Maino, Michigan International Speedway’s medical director, as medical director of the year during its annual meeting with racetracks.

NASCAR annually recognizes a medical director who excels in leadership and organizational skills in the daily operations of a racetrack’s infield care center. Maino always assures medical standards are met, and that issues are quickly addressed with an immediate and positive outcome.

“MIS is successful because we are a family; a team that works well together to provide a lasting, memorable experience at every racing event,” Maino said. “The key to our success is teamwork, mutual respect and cooperation among the interacting disciplines when working together. I received the Medical Director Award from NASCAR for everyone I work with at MIS. The staffs of the fire, security and medical services should be receiving this award because without them we wouldn't be the success we are. We are the ‘supporting staff’ that ensures that the events will be as safe as possible.”

Maino has not missed a race at Michigan International Speedway since he began working there in 1984. He oversees the infield care center’s medical efforts.

On any given weekend, the infield care center could treat 500 to 1,000 patients or more with everything from injuries they sustain at the track to existing issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

The care center treats anyone at MIS on a race weekend – drivers, crew members, track staff and guests. It opens on Thursday of race week through Monday. He’s treated drivers injured on the racetrack, dehydrated race fans, broken bones, sunburns, pink eye. You name it and he’s probably treated it.

“The staff must anticipate dangers and problems while being flexible and adapting to the situation. When spectators and fans come to MIS they want to be secure knowing that they will be safe and cared for should something occur,” Maino added.

A lifelong resident of Jackson, Mich., Maino is a 1971 graduate of Lumen Christ High School. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Wayne State University School of Medicine. He currently serves as the medical director of Jackson County EMS System and the Chief Medical Examiner of Jackson County.

“Dr. Maino has a reputation for being not only a fine physician, but an even better human being. He has been an asset to us for many years and it’s an honor to have him on our team,” MIS President Roger Curtis said.


It’s a Valentine’s Day gift that both of you will love, spending time together at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 25.

Whether you and your loved one are sitting side by side watching 43 of the world’s best drivers battle for a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane; taking a stroll down pit road where race teams are getting ready for the big race; positioned front and center of the pre-race stage for driver introductions or listening to your favorite drivers talk with their crew chiefs on the scanner… It will be a memorable experience that you‘ll have together.

The Valentine’s Day ticket package is an incredible deal for just $99 (a $225 value) and includes:

•       Pair of tickets to the Auto Club 400 (rows 1-14) on Sunday, March 25

•       Pair of Pre-Race Pit Passes

•       Scanner Rental with a pair of headphones

In addition to the Valentine’s Day ticket package, Auto Club Speedway offers free parking and allows fans to bring in their own food, making race weekend an incredible value full of fun and entertainment.

The Valentine’s Day ticket package is available now through February 14, while supplies last.  So don’t let this package get away.  For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.


The wait is over! On the heels of one of NASCAR’s most amazing and exciting seasons, Michigan International Speedway tickets are finally on sale.

“Last year we celebrated an exciting NASCAR season. There’s so much buzz about NASCAR right now in the sports world so there’s never been a better time to be a part of it all at MIS,” track President Roger Curtis said.

The opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS is on Father’s Day June 17; and Pure Michigan 400 is on August 19. Both feature some of the most affordable ticket prices in the country. In fact, the last time ticket prices at MIS were this low was in 1998 when Jeff Gordon won his third of four NASCAR championships and 13 races.

But more so, each race includes some of the best drivers in the world attempting to win in the backyard of Detroit’s Big Three auto manufacturers, a big win for any driver, indeed.

And on the heels of one of NASCAR’s most amazing seasons ever, including the closest, tightest championship battle between eventual champion Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards, five first-time winners and 18 different winners, Curtis said he can’t wait to see what this season produces.

MIS offers NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for every budget. Tickets start at $25. Kids 12 and under are free in some sections, while junior pricing for 17 and under are half price in reserved seats.

Prices on other events such as the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 on June 16 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 on Aug. 18 have also remained low for 2012 at $25 and $20, respectively.

Lastly, the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 ARCA Racing Series event on June 15 and NASCAR Practice on Aug. 17 are $15 and $10, respectively.

Prices are subject to increase, so Curtis encourages anyone who wants to see some of the best stock car racing in the country to give MIS a try.

Additionally, MIS has been repaved, so fans will see sparks from the NASCAR drivers – including Danica Patrick in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 on June 16 – as they try to figure out the best way around the 2-mile oval.

Additionally, MIS’ continuous commitment to its fans in the form of improved fan amenities, like larger seats, paved tram routes and exclusive MISCamping.com APEX, the speedway’s new campground, are more of the improvements the speedway has on tap for 2012.

Parking is always free at MIS, and guests can bring in approved coolers. Check website for www.MISpeedway.com for size details.



Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today the promotion of Jennifer Jepson to Communications Manager. In her new role, Jepson will manage daily operations in all areas for the company’s communications department.


“Jennifer has been an enthusiastic team player who has continued to make great contributions since joining our staff last year,” said Sperber. “We are confident that she will help our new communications team provide the level of outstanding service that we set as the standard for all areas of our company.”


Jepson joins recently hired Director of Communications, Dave Lockett, who joined Phoenix international Raceway earlier this year. Jepson originally joined the company in 2011 as Client Relations Coordinator in the sales & marketing department where she helped manage the activation of all corporate sponsorships.


 “I am excited to take on this new position and develop strategic ways to build even stronger relationships with the media and our tremendously loyal fans,” Jepson said. “My past experience in sales and marketing will enhance my ability to add value to our department.”


Raised in Phoenix, AZ., Jepson graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.  



Race fans and motorcycle enthusiasts will celebrate diversity during the 2nd Annual Checkered Flag Run to Phoenix International Raceway’s NASCAR Weekend on March 2-3. The exciting two-day event will include a ride to Phoenix International Raceway and an opportunity to enjoy the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.


“We are pleased to welcome the participants of the Checkered Flag Run to Phoenix International Raceway. Building on the success of last year’s program, we are confident that all the riders and participants will have a great time at the event,” said Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber.


The largest multicultural motorcycle gathering at NASCAR, The Checkered Flag Run will launch with a kickoff reception featuring live entertainment on Friday, March 2 from 6-10 p.m. at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, AZ. 


Saturday, March 3 will begin with a ride to Phoenix International Raceway to enjoy the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. Riders will start from three separate locations, including Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport and Radisson Hotel Phoenix Chandler, and will arrive at the Phoenix International Raceway by 9 a.m. Reserved parking will be available for participating motorcycles.


Participants will have the opportunity to enter a motorcycle competition judged by legendary motorcycle builders Paul Yaffe, Brian Klock, Dave Perewitz and John Shope, with cash prizes totaling $10,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the Gatorade Victory Lane celebration that includes the awarding of the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 champion’s trophy to the race winner. Festivities conclude Saturday night with the 3 Amigos Tequila Leather & Lace Ball at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.


 “We are highlighting the diversity among motorcycle enthusiasts while supporting organizations that work to benefit the multicultural community in the Greater Phoenix and Chandler areas,” said Alan M. Powell, co-founder of the Checkered Flag Run. “We encourage anyone who is interested to join our celebration.”


Tickets to the 2012 Checkered Flag Run can be purchased for $25 until March 1 by calling 1-866-498-RACE (7223) or through www.checkeredflagrun.com. After March 1, tickets are available at the gate at PIR. One ticket allows access to all events including Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.


 It’s Martinsville Speedway’s anniversary, but fans are getting an anniversary present.

In honor of Martinsville Speedway’s 65th anniversary, the track is offering a special $65 ticket package for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on April 1.

The 65th anniversary ticket package includes a seat in the Sprint Tower (rows 15-48), the South Terrace or the Old Dominion Tower and a pre-race track pass. The Sprint Tower overlooks the first turn while the South Terrace and Old Dominion Tower overlooks the first and second turns.

The pre-race track pass allows fans to walk along the front stretch of the historic half-mile track from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on race morning. Fans are close enough to the pits that they can get a good look at what happens there on race morning.

Fans may take advantage of the 65th anniversary package by calling 877.722.3849 or ordering online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com. The offer is available while supplies last.

“We think this is a great way to kick off our 65th season. It’s a great value for fans and gives them not only the chance to see great racing from really good seats, but a chance to have a good time down on the track on race morning,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell.

The 65th Anniversary Ticket Package is the first of many season-long fan promotions and events to celebrate the 65 years of history at Martinsville Speedway.

The anniversary year will culminate with a grand pre-race celebration before the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 28 when the speedway will host many of the old time drivers who raced here for interaction with fans.

Martinsville Speedway

Arrangements for Dr. Joseph Mattioli:



Pocono Community Church

Route 611

Mount Pocono, PA
Sunday - January 29, 2012.
4:30pm to 9:00pm

Monday - January 30, 2012
10:00am to 12noon


1:30pm Mass of Catholic Burial

St Peter the Fisherman Roman Catholic Church

2111 Lake Drive

Lake Harmony, PA

Private entombment at the convenience of the family

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

The NASCAR Foundation

Attention: Dr. Joseph Mattioli Memorial Fund

550 South Caldwell Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

Kentucky Speedway officials presented national reporters an overview of infrastructure projects in progress at the 107,000-capacity Sparta, Ky., facility during the annual NASCAR preseason media tour today.

Outlined projects will be complete before Kentucky Speedway opens its five-race 2012 schedule with a NASCAR tripleheader weekend featuring the Sprint Cup Series “Quaker State 400,” Nationwide Series “Feed The Children 300,” and Camping World Truck Series “UNOH 225” June 28-30. The speedway will play host to a second 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Sept. 22 and a 225-mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 21.

This season, Kentucky Speedway will feature:

Expanded Parking: Kentucky Speedway purchased two large land parcels adjacent to the north side of Kentucky Highway 35 which will be converted to expansive new parking fields. Kentucky Speedway also repurposed portions of its original acreage for additional parking.

Easier Facility Access: The state of Kentucky has committed to widening the Interstate 71 exit ramp at Ky. 35, widening Ky. 35 to seven lanes at points where it services the speedway and constructing a pedestrian tunnel which will safely connect new parking fields to the Kentucky Speedway grounds.

A New Traffic Plan: Kentucky Speedway will execute a new pedestrian and automotive traffic plan.

Infrastructure Improvements: Kentucky Speedway will construct and overpass to its infield tunnel road that will separate tram traffic and infield traffic. The speedway also will expand restrooms.

Improved Campsites: Expanded campgrounds will feature enhanced campsites, many with access to electric service.

"We want the chance to prove ourselves. You'll see when you come back, all the improvements," Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith said.

Five-race season ticket plans, a three-race June Weekend Ticket Package that includes a 1:24 scale Dale Earnhardt, Jr., die-cast collectible along with season and weekend campsites are available now at 859-578-2300, by clicking Tickets in the top navigation of this Web site, the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41806 off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and state Highway 35.



Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) is turning 30 in 2012 and the organization will commemorate the birthday milestone with a year-long celebration. Throughout the year SCC will recognize the impact its volunteers, donors and staff have had on millions of children over the last three decades and celebrate its achievements through a full slate of activities, including the following:


Honoring General Sadler: Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities, will be the SCC Charlotte Chapter Gala honoree at the event on May 25. The Gala, which serves as the official kick-off for Coca-Cola 600 Race Week festivities at Charlotte Motor Speedway, annually honors an individual whose contributions have made a significant impact on SCC and the lives of children in need across the country.


Motorcycle Giveaway: SCC will raffle off a new custom-painted racing-themed 2011 Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle, featuring art work by NASCAR artist Sam Bass. Starting Jan. 29, raffle tickets can be purchased exclusively online for $10 each at www.speedwaycharities.org. The raffle winner will be drawn at the Renegade Playground Challenge, hosted by SCC on Sept. 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This will be SCC’s final Racing for Kids motorcycle raffle, in celebration of the organization’s 30th birthday. 


Carl Edwards as National Spokesperson: Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will serve as the 2012 national spokesperson for SCC, marking the fourth consecutive year in which he has held the position.“I’m humbled to be the national spokesperson for Speedway Children’s Charities again this year,” said Edwards. “I am amazed every year at the number of great supporters and people who donate to this wonderful cause. I hope this year we can do as much as we’ve been able to do in the past, and I really look forward to it.”


Renegade Playground Challenge: SCC will host the Renegade Playground Challenge, a 5k obstacle course mud run, on Sept. 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dubbed "Recess. Unsupervised" by its creators, participants in the Renegade Playground Challenge will encounter a mix of running, climbing, crawling, jumping and wading on an off-road course, while also attempting to conquer obstacles such as monkey bars, mud holes, climbing walls and more. Funds raised from the event will benefit SCC.

SCC was founded by O. Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, as a memoriam and legacy to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who passed away at a very young age. The first chapter was opened at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the same location where the national offices are today. A chapter of SCC is located at each of the SMI tracks including Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.


"It is our goal to help as many children as possible live healthy, happy lives and I am proud of what everyone at Speedway Children's Charities has accomplished," said Smith who serves as chairman of Speedway Children's Charities.


Since the organization was founded in 1982, Speedway Children’s Charities has raised more than $47 million and made a difference in the lives of more than 11.3 million children across the United States. The children who have been helped over the last 30 years would fill the stands of the eight SMI tracks more than nine times.


In 2011 alone, nearly 1 million children benefited from the fundraising efforts of the eight chapters of Speedway Children's Charities, with more than $2.5 million donated to 370 non-profit organizations nationwide for the purpose of helping children in need.


“It’s our 30th birthday in 2012 and we want to celebrate,” said Tish Sheets, SCC’s national managing director. “The fundraising efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors over the last three decades have allowed us to help millions of children in need. We want to recognize the dedication and support of everyone involved in Speedway Children’s Charities since 1982 with a full-year celebration.” 


“We have been able to help an amazing number of children over the past 30 years," said Gen. Sadler. "It is wonderful to see how much Speedway Children's Charities has grown since its beginning and as we continue to provide assistance, in many ways, to children in need across the country, I can never thank those enough who have helped us throughout the years."


With the help of volunteers and the support of sponsors, SCC raises money through various fundraising activities such as track walks, auctions, raffles, holiday light displays, annual galas and more. Individual and corporate donations are also made throughout the year.


For more information on SCC, including info on how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.


When Martinsville Speedway opened in 1947, bread was 13 cents a loaf and a gallon of gas was just 15 cents. A postage stamp was three cents, The Diary of Anne Frank had just been published, the Miracle on 34th Street was the big draw at the movies and Harry Truman lived in the White House.


As it celebrates its 65th anniversary, the world is vastly different from when Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles first opened the doors on September 7, 1947. But even with all the change that 65 years brings, some of Earles’ basic philosophies remain, in fact are the reason the historic oval has not only survived, but thrived.


“My grandfather often said a working man or woman deserved to get what they paid for and that’s always been our philosophy here,” said W. Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway and Earles’ grandson. “I think that has been the key to our success over the years. We have always worked hard to take care of the fans.”


Fans will be the focus of Martinsville Speedway’s year-long 65th anniversary celebration which will include special ticket offers, interactive social media campaigns and web promotions, special commemorative merchandise and collectible items.


The anniversary year will culminate with a grand pre-race celebration before the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on October 28 when the speedway will host many of the old time drivers who raced here for interaction with fans.


Martinsville is a year older than NASCAR and is the only track that remains on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule from its inaugural season in 1949. The historic half-mile has grown and progressed with the sport, offering up fan amenities that rival any sporting venue in the country. It kicks of its 65th year of racing action with the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 weekend March 30-April 1.


Other than its fan philosophy, the only thing that hasn’t changed at Martinsville Speedway is the shape of the track itself. The unique paperclip shape with long straights and tight turns consistently produces exciting, action-packed racing.


“Fans know when they come to Martinsville they are going to see hard-nosed, grass-roots racing. They know they are going to see beating and banging, close action,” said Campbell.


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He first made his mark as the surly Norm Peterson on television’s Cheers. Now, George Wendt will bring his persona to Bristol Motor Speedway, the track “where everybody knows your name,” to host the mother of all St. Patrick’s Day bashes during the March 17 festivities at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

The multi-time Emmy nominated actor will be Bristol’s official St. Patrick’s Day ambassador, greeting fans throughout the property, while taking part in several special appearances to celebrate his favorite day of the year.

After the Nationwide and K&N Pro Series East events conclude, Wendt will lend his ale awareness as the host of a rocking festival in the hospitality area. The festival, which features live entertainment, food and drink, will bring Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day activities to a close.

Fans at the party should expect quite the show from Wendt, as the comedian will entertain with stories about his time in Hollywood.

When it comes to his love of “brewskies,” Wendt shares the same passion as his alter ego “Norm.” Wendt even has authored a book on the subject, “Drinking with George: A Barstool Professional’s Guide to Beer.”

“I have a lot in common with Norm,” Wendt said. “I like beer and Norm likes beer. I’ve even wrote a book about it, which I like to call ‘My Ode to Beer.’

“I can’t wait to see those races on Saturday,” he added. “I’ve heard a lot about them, but watching in person will be pretty cool. I’m sure it will make me thirsty at the same time. If any of those fans feels like buying me a beer when they see me, by all means, please follow that urge. Sam won’t let me put any more on my tab!”

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Bristol literally will turn green during the March race weekend. While the color often has been shunned in the racing world, fans will see the outside stadium lights switch to green at night. Additionally, Beaver Creek, which flows through the property, will change color to match.

“It is exciting to have George Wendt join our St. Patrick’s Day party this March,” said Jerry Caldwell, BMS Executive Vice-President and General Manager. “Not only did he play one of television’s most popular characters; he knows how to have a great time. We thought he would be perfect to help us celebrate.”

In addition to the festival, fans also can see Wendt by upgrading to one of Bristol’s premium areas like the Bud Tap Room, Bristol Club, Half-Mile Club or Pit Road Party Zone. For more information on upgrades, please call 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL.

Bristol also will join forces with Danica Patrick, who will be driving a St. Patrick’s Day-themed GoDaddy car, to commemorate the day. Fans can purchase a special ticket package for the race which also gives them access to a question and answer session with Patrick on the morning of March 17, along with a green t-shirt. In addition, one lucky fan who purchases the package wins two hot passes and the opportunity to view the race from Patrick’s pit box.

Fans may visit www.danicagoesgreenatbristol.com to stay up-to-date with all the current news surrounding Patrick, tickets and the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at BMS.

The Patrick ticket package is available for $67 and fans will see two races, the 300-lap Nationwide Series event and the K&N Pro Series 125, during the day’s festivities.

BMS season tickets, which include the Food City 500 (March 18) and IRWIN Tools Night Race (Aug. 25) Sprint Cup races, as well as the Nationwide events and the K&N race, also are on sale. Pricing for all four races begins at just $175 in the Wallace Tower.

A March race weekend package also is available starting at $99 that includes the Food City 500 and the Nationwide/K&N Pro Series East events. A package in the Wallace Tower for both Sprint Cup races also is now available for $99, while packages for fans 15 and younger are available for the March races at half price. Lower row seating for the Food City 500 is available, with tickets starting at $65.


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