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Retailers won’t be the only businesses seeking to drive up sales while passing on great values to customers following Thanksgiving. Talladega Superspeedway is getting into the holiday spirit with a couple of great deals for Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 28).
The Black Friday deal offered by Talladega Superspeedway will feature two OV Hill North Tower tickets for the 2012 Aaron’s 499 and a 4-lap ride with the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure. If purchased individually the items would total $445. However, with Black Friday savings the package is available for only $299; a 30% savings.
The Cyber Monday deal consists of a Gadsden Grandstand ticket for the Aaron’s 499 and a Talladega Superspeedway t-shirt for only $49. The ticket alone is valued at $50 for this excellent stocking stuffer.
To take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday ticket specials, race fans can call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/deals.
Track Drives, Catchfence Climbs and Fantastic Black Friday Savings Await Fans at the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out24 Nov 2011 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Thousands of race fans will visit Charlotte Motor Speedway this Friday, Nov. 25, to experience great deals, the traditional track drive and new contests during the 19th annual Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out.
Below are some of the activities that fans can enjoy at this year’s spectacular day-after-Thanksgiving event.
Fans Get Opportunity to Drive Personal Vehicle on Track
Race fans will get the opportunity to drive their personal vehicles on the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway during the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out. Shoppers who spend at least $50 on merchandise or race tickets, or donate $25 to Speedway Children’s Charities during the annual event, will be allowed to drive their personal vehicle for three laps around the track.
Apex, N.C., native, Michael Nay is returning for his fourth consecutive year for his chance to drive around legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“The main attraction for me is the ability to drive around the track,” said Nay about the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out. “I usually pay up my tickets for next year and get a couple vouchers so I can go around the track a couple times. I enjoy the experience with family and friends, and the experience of the track itself in my own vehicle.”
This chance of a lifetime allows fans to see the track like never before and feel the 24-degree banking in the turns, putting them in the tire tracks of NASCAR legends such as Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, David Pearson and Richard Petty.
Climb the Catchfence Like 2011 Champion Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart fans will have a chance to win some cool prizes at this year’s Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out. In honor of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, the first 14 fans wearing Tony Stewart gear to sign up in the ticket office on Nov. 25 will get to climb the catchfence at Charlotte Motor Speedway and grab the checkered flag to claim a prize. Prizes include vouchers for 2012 race tickets, pit passes or Stewart merchandise.
Unbelievable Deals on Driver Merchandise
Fans can get one-of-a-kind savings on driver and Charlotte Motor Speedway merchandise during the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out. A full line of NASCAR memorabilia and apparel will be available at drastically reduced prices with many items selling for only $1 and hats and shirts starting at just $3. More than 15 NASCAR souvenir rigs are expected to be on hand with driver merchandise from 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick and more.
Bonus Gift with $99 Ticket Purchases
The Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office, located on the second floor of Smith Tower, will be open throughout the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out on Nov. 25, offering shoppers the perfect gift for that race fan on their holiday shopping list. Shoppers who spend $99 or more on race tickets will receive a free $25 gift card good for 2012 Charlotte Motor Speedway race tickets, camping spots or pit passes. Tickets for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race start at just $39 while tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 start at just $49.
Win Autographed Items in the Speedway Gift Shop
Shoppers who look around in the gift shop on the second floor of Smith Tower during the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out may be surprised when they find a voucher for autographed items from popular NASCAR and NHRA drivers. Six vouchers will be hidden in different areas of the gift shop. Followers of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Twitter account, @CLTMotorSpdwy, will get an advantage as speedway officials tweet clues for the location of each of the six vouchers. Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com for more details.
The Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. For more information contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway gift shop at (704) 455-3202 or visit online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
After the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out, shoppers are invited to stay and enjoy Carolina Christmas, the region’s largest holiday light show, featuring 600 LED light displays made up of more than 3 million lights. The cost of admission is just $20 per car for up to eight passengers. Carolina Christmas hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Infineon Raceway distributed nearly 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH), St. Vincent de Paul Sonoma and the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa on Monday following the raceway's 11th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
In total, the raceway distributed 9,657 pounds of food, bringing the 11-year total to more than 37,500 pounds of non-perishable food items delivered to area food banks.
“With so many people out of work, we’re getting more and more calls for food,” said Vicki Schnurpfeil, FISH volunteer coordinator. “This donation will help us get through the holidays and feed those who need it most.”
FISH (www.friendsinsonomahelping.org) has been helping Sonoma Valley residents in times of need since 1970 and provides not only food, but clothing, transportation and emergency rental assistance to Sonoma Valley residents in need.
The Redwood Empire Food Bank's service has grown to meet the rising need for food assistance and has expanded to focus on providing as much healthy food as possible. The Food Bank, which opened in 1987 and assists more than 78,000 Sonoma County residents each month, also includes nutrition education as an integral part of many of its programs.
“The raceway delivered 2,920 pounds of food today, which will allow us to distribute 2,300 meals and make a huge difference this year,” said Billy Bartz, food drive and events coordinator at the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
“We are so grateful to Infineon for the donation,” said Diane Klauber of the St. Francis Solano Parish in Sonoma, which houses the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. “We have a line of people out the door already to receive food, and this made the difference between these people having food or not.”
Infineon Raceway was not alone in its efforts. It was joined in the food drive by Innerstave; Pedroncelli Motorsports; Destination RKA in Windsor; Rodoni and Sons Trucking; and support from the STP Wednesday Night Drags and Sonoma Drift powered by NOS programs. Sonoma Gourmet of Cotati also made a generous donation of gourmet food items.
Infineon Raceway PR
Don’t disappoint your loved ones with another tacky sweater, pair of argyle socks or a Snuggie. Wow them this holiday season with the gift of speed by giving a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along at Richmond International Raceway for $59 – a specially-priced holiday deal.
Fans can ride-along shotgun at speeds of more than 100 mph during a three-lap qualifying run at Richmond International Raceway – the same track raced on by 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards.
That’s right, riders don a racing fire suit, strap on a helmet and climb through the window and into the passenger seat for the ride of a lifetime and memories that will last forever.
"Black Friday" thru "Cyber Monday" Special Offers Available at Auto Club Speedway While Supplies Last22 Nov 2011 Written by Steven B. Wilson
“BLACK FRIDAY” THRU “CYBER MONDAY” SPECIAL OFFERS
AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
~ Transaction fees waived for all of Auto Club Speedway’s NASCAR & INDYCAR tickets ~
~ Holiday Ticket Packages available for a limited time ~
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2011) – Auto Club Speedway is sharing its holiday spirit with you. Purchase a ticket to Auto Club Speedway’s NASCAR or INDYCAR races between Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) and we’ll put a little jingle back in your pocket with NO SERVICE FEES on ANY tickets purchased during that period.
The holiday cheer doesn’t stop there. For a limited time, Auto Club Speedway is offering special Holiday Ticket Packages:
Holiday NASCAR Hot Lap Pack- $74
* One (1) - Lower reserved grandstand seat (rows 1-14) to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on Sunday, March 25, 2012
* One (1) - Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along where you’ll ride shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR race car driven by a professional instructor for a 3-lap qualifying run.
INDYCAR Holiday Offer - $55
* One (1) - GA ticket to the IZOD IndyCar Series Race on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012
* One (1) - Weekend Pit/Paddock Pass
* One (1) - Scanner rental
Both Holiday Ticket Packages expire December 30, 2011.
Individual ticket prices range from $30 to $105 for the NASCAR weekend and $30 to $60 for the IZOD IndyCar Series weekend.
Race fans can give the gift of racing excitement at Daytona International Speedway with the “World Center of Racing’s” “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials.
On Friday, Nov. 25 (Black Friday) and Monday, Nov. 28 (Cyber Monday), Daytona International Speedway will have the following $49 ticket package specials available for race fans to select from as they conduct their holiday shopping:
- An infield/grandstand ticket with garage access for the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, a savings of 35%.
- Infield/grandstand ticket for the Budweiser Shootout/Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 18 with admission to the Pre-Race Party that includes an appearance by 2007 Daytona 500 champion Kevin Harvick, Hooters wings and beverages, a savings of 29%.
- General admission grandstand ticket for the Gatorade Duel At Daytona qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 23 and a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24%.
- General admission grandstand ticket for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Feb. 24 and a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24%.
Additionally, on both Friday, Nov. 25 and Monday, Nov. 28, race fans will receive free shipping (a savings of $14) for all tickets purchased (phone orders only).
To take advantage of the “Black Friday” and Cyber Monday” ticket specials, race fans can call 1-800-PITSHOP between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/deals.
Due to inclement weather Friday, Homestead-Miami Speedway and NASCAR officials announced a revised schedule for Saturday, November 19, 2011. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying for the Ford 400 remains unchanged at 2:40 p.m.
As a result of the revised Saturday schedule, grandstand gates will now open at 9:30 a.m. for fans and parking will open at 6:00 a.m. (as scheduled).
Saturday, November 19
9:30 a.m.-ADMISSION GATES OPEN FOR FANS
9:30 - 11:00 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - NASCAR SPRINT CUPS SERIES FINAL PRACTICE
1:05 - NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
2:40 - NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:30 - NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES FORD 300 (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
(Tentative, subject to change)
In 2012, Kansas Speedway will see a champion crowned as it hosts the season finale for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Oct. 19.
Adding to the excitement of crowning a champion, the ARCA race will also debut the new racing surface at Kansas Speedway.
“To be able to crown the 2012 ARCA Racing Series champion at Kansas Speedway is exciting,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “We have seen a lot of great ARCA races at Kansas Speedway, including this year’s ARCA race under the lights and I’m confident that next year’s event will be just as good. ARCA selecting Kansas Speedway to host the season finale is also a testament to our fans and the support they have shown for both the series and Kansas Speedway.”
The 2011 ARCA race was Kansas Speedway’s first race under the lights and 18-year-old Alex Bowman wanted to keep the lights shining on him as he passed Chris Buescher with two laps remaining to take home the checkered flag for his second ARCA win in just his second career start in the series.
Kansas Speedway PR
Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart will head into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with only three points separating the two — a one-race winner takes all shootout. As fans fill the stands for Ford Championship Weekend, they will be joining in three star-studded pre-race ceremonies.
National Anthem: Sergeant Henry Guzman, Miami-Dade Police Department
Grand Marshal: Mike Murphy, Super Duty Product Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company
Honorary Starter: William John and Thomas David Cunnington, Detroit’s Cornerstone High School Donation Recipients
Flyover: Miami-Dade Police Helicopters
Color Guard: South Dade Senior High School JROTC
Invocation: Pastor Scott Claunch, Calvary Chapel in Kendall
National Anthem: Julia Dale, 10 year-old singing sensation
Grand Marshal: Sgt. Slaughter, WWE Hall of Fame Member
Honorary Starter: Gene Monahan, recently-retired New York Yankees athletic trainer and new South Florida resident (Yankees’ employee for nearly 50 years)
Honorary Race Chairmen:
Kevin Koswick, Executive Director North American Fleet Lease and Remarket Operations, Ford Motor Company Robert Parker, Group Marketing Manager Small and Midsize Vehicles, Ford Motor Company
Flyover: F-5s, VFC-11 “Sundowners” from Naval Air Station Key West
Color Guard: Special Operations Command South Color Guard (U.S. Army)
Invocation: Pastor Scott Claunch, Calvary Chapel in Kendall
Pledge of Allegiance and America the Beautiful:
Princeton Christian Academy
National Anthem: Pia Toscano, 19/Interscope recording artist and American Idol finalist
Grand Marshals: First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and selected military family, all part of Joining Forces
Honorary Starter: Mark Fields, President of the Americas, Ford
Honorary Race Chairman:
Edsel Ford III, Member, Board of Directors, Ford Motor Company
Color Guard: Homestead Reserve Air Force Base 482nd Fighter Wing Color Guard
Flyover: Homestead Reserve Air Force Base 482nd Fighter Wing
Invocation: Pastor Scott Claunch, Calvary Chapel in Kendall
God Bless America: Johnny Holliday, international jazz artist from Homestead 482nd Security Forces Unit
Noon – Chino y Nacho, Venezuelan musical duo, performing at the Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage
12:30 – U.S. Army Ground Forces Brass Brigade
1:00 – DJ Irie, Miami’s own world-renowned DJ
1:15 – Uncle Kracker, musical recording artist
2:00 -- U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs”
Notable Celebrities Expected to Attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400:
(subject to change)
First Lady Michelle Obama
Dr. Jill Biden (spouse of Vice President Joe Biden)
Mario Lopez (TV’s EXTRA)
Christian Slater (movie actor)
Dwight Howard (NBA’s Orlando Magic)
Pia Toscano (19/Interscope Records, American Idol finalist)
Sgt. Slaughter (WWE Hall of Famer)
Gaby Sanchez (MLB’s Miami Marlins)
Michael Moorer (former Heavyweight Champion)
Evelyn Lozada (TV’s VH-1 Basketball Wives)
DJ Irie (Miami-based DJ)
Jack Carl Skille (NHL’s Florida Panthers)
Keaton Ellerby (NHL’s Florida Panthers)
Jim Jonsin (music producer)
Chris Bosh (NBA’s Miami Heat)
Gene Monahan (former New York Yankees athletic trainer)
Mick Jones (Founder of the rock group Foreigner)
Roman Jones (Mick’s Son and Major Club Promoter in Miami)
Kelly Hansen (Lead Singer of Foreigner)
Phil Carson (Foreigner Manager)
Sebastien Marcovici (Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet)
For the seventh consecutive year, Richmond International Raceway will team up with two great organizations to help support those who are less fortunate throughout the Greater Richmond Metropolitan community. Everyone is encouraged to help the Richmond International Raceway staff assist the Central Virginia Foodbank and the Marine Toys for Tots program now through December 16 by donating food items and toys during this upcoming holiday season. NEW THIS YEAR: We need your help filling the Richmond International Raceway Pace Car with food! Each weekday we will put the Pace Car on display at the corner of Laburnum Ave. and Richmond-Henrico Tnpk., placing food donations inside the car. Our hope is to fill the entire Pace Car with food items for Central Virginia Foodbank. “The Central Virginia Foodbank and Marine Toys for Tots are two very special programs for us here at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Dennis Bickmeier. “We recognize the need for our community throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season. I encourage everyone to make a difference this holiday season and donate to these worthwhile programs. Additionally, I pledge that Richmond International Raceway will match can-for-can and toy-for-toy the donations we receive here at the track.” Donations can be made to both organizations at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office located at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike (Meadowbridge Road). The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For five food items or one new, unwrapped toy donated to these organizations and dropped off at Richmond International Raceway, each donor will be entered to win two tickets to the April 28, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Food items most needed are canned meats and fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, canned spaghetti sauce, hot and cold cereals, pasta and rice. RIR PR
NEW THIS YEAR: We need your help filling the Richmond International Raceway Pace Car with food! Each weekday we will put the Pace Car on display at the corner of Laburnum Ave. and Richmond-Henrico Tnpk., placing food donations inside the car. Our hope is to fill the entire Pace Car with food items for Central Virginia Foodbank.
“The Central Virginia Foodbank and Marine Toys for Tots are two very special programs for us here at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Dennis Bickmeier. “We recognize the need for our community throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season. I encourage everyone to make a difference this holiday season and donate to these worthwhile programs. Additionally, I pledge that Richmond International Raceway will match can-for-can and toy-for-toy the donations we receive here at the track.”
Donations can be made to both organizations at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office located at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike (Meadowbridge Road). The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For five food items or one new, unwrapped toy donated to these organizations and dropped off at Richmond International Raceway, each donor will be entered to win two tickets to the April 28, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Food items most needed are canned meats and fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, canned spaghetti sauce, hot and cold cereals, pasta and rice.
In the city commonly known as the “Gateway to Latin America,” the “Bienvenidos a NASCAR” Hispanic Market Initiative, a program geared to attract Hispanics to the sport, will culminate its three-track 2011 run at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend – with plans to build on its success in 2012.
Homestead-Miami Speedway will offer Hispanic fans special ticket offers to its NASCAR races from November 18-20, ending with the crowning of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion in Sunday’s Ford 400. Special ticket packages can be purchased via a dedicated Spanish language page www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/Bienvenidos and dedicated phone line, (866) 549-7223.
“I think it's a great opportunity for our sport," said Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski. "I think it's an opportunity to continue to open more eyes and bring in more faces and bodies.”
In addition to the consistent “Bienvenidos a NASCAR” signage at track, this weekend will feature Bienvenidos a NASCAR decals displayed on all three NASCAR national series race cars and trucks, Spanish language brand ambassadors, virtual bilingual QR code garage tours and Spanish language live race broadcast though scanners. Other highlights include:
· International duo Chino y Nacho will perform on race day Nov. 20th. The group’s most recent album “Supremo” debuted atop the Billboard Latin Albums Chart, and was the highest selling Spanish-language album at the iTunes Latino store during its release week. Immensely popular on social media, Chino y Nachos boasts more than 1.6 million “likes” on its Facebook fan page, and 550,000 followers on its Twitter account. The day’s pre-race concert will take place at noon ET on the Coca-Cola Stage at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After the concert, the group will be given a garage tour and later experience the race from the No. 42 pit box of Juan Pablo Montoya.
· Brazil-native Nelson Piquet Jr., a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender driving the No. 8 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., will be running a “Bienvenidos a NASCAR” paint scheme on both his truck and NASCAR Nationwide Series No. 30 Chevrolet car in recognition of NASCAR’s efforts, and his own appreciation to Latin Market outreach.
· Mexican German Quiroga making his second appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will race the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in Friday night’s Ford 200. The 31-year-old Mexico City native has 17 career wins in the NASCAR Mexico Series – second on the all-time win list – and recently clinched his third consecutive NASCAR Mexico Series championship.
Activated in partnership with Chicagoland Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, the “Bienvenidos a NASCAR” test program has reached Spanish language viewers in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Denver, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix and soon Miami via television and radio as well as various print and online outlets.