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AMP Energy driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick will visit with fans in the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy before the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3.
Earnhardt and Harvick will appear separately in the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy. Both will take questions from fans in emceed question and answer sessions.
“We always feel fortunate when we get Dale Jr. and Kevin for our Fan Zone. Both of them are obviously fan favorites,” said Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell. “They have fun with the question and answer session and make the fans feel very comfortable.”
Admission to the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy is $99 and includes pastries, juice and coffee for breakfast, lunch buffet, four beverage coupons for AMP Energy, Pepsi products and beer (patrons 21 and older) and Pre-Race Track Pass.
The Pre-Race Track Pass allows fans to stroll on the track along the front stretch from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
The $99 price does not include a ticket to the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.
The Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy will open at 8 a.m. on April 30.
The pastries will be served at 8 a.m. with the lunch buffet beginning at 10:30 am.
Martinsville Speedway PR
Great Clips will again serve as the title sponsor of the Labor Day weekend NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 3, the Great Clips 300.
The event will showcase Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand with nearly 3,000 locations in more than 140 markets, as the title sponsor and official hair care provider of Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“Last year’s Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway was one of the highest attended NASCAR Nationwide Series races in history, and Great Clips is determined to make this year’s event even bigger,” said Great Clips co-op president Greg Thomas. “With the support of our franchisees throughout the Southeast, we’ll all be emphasizing our message that the Great Clips 300 is a fun and affordable Labor Day weekend event the entire family can enjoy.”
The 195-lap Great Clips 300 will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night and is the second of three nights of NASCAR racing during the Sept. 2-4 Labor Day NASCAR race weekend. Continuing a ticket special making NASCAR Nationwide Series racing affordable for fans, children ages 12 and younger will be admitted into the Great Clips 300 free of charge when accompanied by an adult with a regularly-priced ticket.
Great Clips has approximately 120 Atlanta-area locations and more than 300 stores located throughout Georgia and neighboring markets, including Alabama, the Carolinas, Northern Florida and Tennessee that will assist in promoting the Great Clips 300.
The company is also the primary sponsor of the No. 38 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, co-piloted by Jason Leffler and Kasey Kahne for the 2011 season. Great Clips is the longest-standing primary sponsor in the Nationwide Series, having been a sponsor since 2000.
“Atlanta Motor Speedway is pleased to again partner with Great Clips for our huge Labor Day weekend racing celebration,” said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager. “Together we hosted the largest Nationwide event crowd in Atlanta Motor Speedway history last year and we are already moving to break that record at this year’s event.”
Jamie McMurray won the 2010 Great Clips 300 before a crowd of 71,000 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Atlanta Motor Speedway will host a free Open House for race fans and the surrounding community from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, including short-track racing, the opportunity to drive their car on the Speedway's 1.54-mile track and a chance to win a large Big Green Egg smoker.
The free Open House event will feature the championship round of the track's Winter Flurry Legends racing season and fan entertainment, plus the opportunity for NASCAR fans to pick their preferred frontstretch seats for Atlanta Motor Speedway's Labor Day weekend of NASCAR night racing, Sept. 2-4.
Fans reserving Labor Day weekend tickets for as little as a $20 down payment can drive their own vehicle on Atlanta's quad oval following the conclusion of Winter Flurry racing at 3:00 p.m. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the NASCAR Labor Day weekend can visit the AMS ticket office to receive a free voucher to drive the track.
Additional entertainment at the Open House will include:
- FREE drawings for a large Big Green Egg smoker, WWE tickets, a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along and a $50 gift card to the Atlanta Motor Speedway Gift Shop, among other prizes
- 50 percent off NASCAR pit passes for fans purchasing tickets
- 15 percent off new 2011 NASCAR apparel and fans purchasing tickets on March 12 will receive an additional 10 percent off
- Classic car show
- Winter Flurry driver autograph session
- Opportunity to take photos with the Atlanta Motor Speedway pace car and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner’s trophy
- Tours of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Race Control tower and suites
Atlanta Motor Speedway will open gates at 11:00 a.m. Racing and fan activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue through 3:00 p.m. Track Cruises will take place from 3:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the Spring Kick-Off Open House at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the final race of the 2010-11 Winter Flurry season, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
The City of Avondale will honor one of NASCAR’s greatest families by naming a street in the new Avondale City Center Dale Earnhardt Drive. Both NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., have won Sprint Cup Series events on PIR’s one-mile oval in Avondale.
On Sunday, February 27 at the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™, Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers and Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber will present a replica of the street sign to Earnhardt Jr. in honor of his family’s racing achievements and contributions to the sport of NASCAR.
“This is a special honor for my family, and we want to thank the city of Avondale, Mayor Rogers, and the entire Avondale community for recognizing my dad this way,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We’ve enjoyed racing at Phoenix International Raceway for years. It’s one of the great tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The racing is always very good, and the fans are extremely passionate. The naming of Dale Earnhardt Drive is every bit a tribute to the passionate NASCAR fans in Arizona, and I hope they are equally as honored with this as we are.”
Sperber said the honor is especially exciting because the honor is the first of its kind in a Phoenix metropolitan area that exceeds 4 million people.
“This is a first for the Valley of the Sun – no city in the Phoenix area has ever named one of its streets after a NASCAR driver,” Sperber said. “We appreciate the City of Avondale’s leadership in recognition of NASCAR, race fans and one of the sport’s truly remarkable families in bestowing this honor on the Earnhardts.”
The north entrance to the new Avondale City Center, which is under construction along Avondale Boulevard – a main thoroughfare leading to Phoenix International Raceway – will bear the name Dale Earnhardt Drive.
“The city of Avondale is proud to be home to Phoenix International Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races every year,” said Mayor Rogers. “Dale Earnhardt’s legacy was very much felt in Avondale as it was throughout the country. We’ve also had the pleasure of watching Dale Jr. carry that legacy forward at PIR. Avondale wishes to pay tribute to the Earnhardt family achievements, as well as recognize the huge economic significance of NASCAR and PIR to the metro-Phoenix region.”
Avondale spent $6 million on infrastructure improvements to build Phase 1 of City Center. In November, American Sports Centers Avondale, an 83,000 square foot indoor sports facility, opened at the Randall McDaniel Sports Complex. A 24,500 square foot retail component to feature shops and restaurants will be completed by this Fall.
Kids are encouraged to set goals, read books and work toward a chance to win tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway this June with MIS’ Revved up for Reading presented by Subway program.
MIS and Subway have teamed up for the reading program during “March is Reading Month” to encourage students from seven Jackson and Lenawee county schools to set and reach reading goals, offering them a chance to win NASCAR race tickets, among other prizes, as incentive.
All students who reach their reading goals will be awarded a free Subway kid’s meal and entered into a drawing for a family ticket package to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 18. One winner from each school will be selected.
“We hope the launch of our program will give kids’ that extra boost to help them read this month as part of March is Reading Month,” MIS Director of Community and Government Relations Alisha Cottrell said. “I have children and it’s exciting to see them get excited about reading. That’s exactly what this program is all about – getting kids in our community enthusiastic about reading.”
Additionally, all students who participate in the program will receive one free membership to the MIS Kids Club and an MIS bookmark with a special Subway offer for one free cookie with any purchase during the month of March.
In addition to winning as individuals, the students have the opportunity to win for their school. The participating school with the highest percentage of students completing the program will win a grand prize of $2,500 from MIS Cares, Michigan Internationals Speedway’s official charity, for the school’s library. The winning school will be announced Friday, April 8.
Additionally, MIS and Subway officials will present a check to the winning school during pre-race ceremonies of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 18.
Subway is the presenting sponsor and the Brooklyn Exponent has donated the printing of all the bookmarks. Materials are being delivered to the schools next week. The program will run from March 1-31 and will have 2,400 students participating.
Participating schools include:
· Adrian Middle School
· Lincoln Elementary School
· Britton-Macon Area School
· Brooklyn Elementary School
· Onsted Elementary School
· Miller Elementary School
· Deerfield Public Schools
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.
When the NFL and the country’s largest football stadium dropped the ball on hundreds of disappointed football fans, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower recovered the fumble and scored a touchdown with many of them.
Earlier this month, LVMS and the country’s tallest hotel-tower partnered to offer tickets to the March 4-6 NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas to those who were displaced from their seats at this year’s Super Bowl.
A total of 34 fans took advantage of the speedway’s offer. The displaced football fans who took advantage of the free ticket offer also were placed in a random drawing to win airfare and three nights of accommodations at the Stratosphere as well.
Amanda Saldana of San Antonio, Texas was one of the hapless pigskin fans who sailed through the uprights in Las Vegas. She not only received free NASCAR Weekend tickets, but also won one of the four drawings for airfare and a hotel stay.
“I’m super excited,” Amanda exclaimed. “The ladies I won the (Super Bowl) tickets from called me and told me about the speedway’s offer. I’ve never been to a NASCAR race or Las Vegas, so this is awesome. I was disappointed about the game. It was going to be my first Super Bowl. But this is awesome. The speedway really stepped up. I’m looking forward to the race and going sightseeing in Las Vegas.”
Other winners responded from as far away as Valencia, Pa., New Berlin, Wis., Charlotte, N.C. and Pittsburgh.
NASCAR Weekend begins on Thursday, March 3 with a full day of NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and a free driver autograph session. Stratosphere Pole Day features practice for both the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race as well as qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 on Friday, March 4. The Sam’s Town 300 is set for Saturday, March 5 and the Kobalt Tools 400 will run on Sunday, March 6. Two nights of World of Outlaws Sprint Car racing will take place at the Dirt Track March 2 and 3.
Tickets for all events, Neon Garage passes and Lucky 7 parking permits are on sale at www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.
The third phase of construction began this week on the world's largest high-definition video board, designed
and created by Panasonic, that will debut during Charlotte Motor Speedway's
2011 May race events.
Installation is underway on the 500,000-pound steel frame that will
support the 165,000-pound video board, by crews from Granite Contracting, of
Concord, N.C., Mid-Atlantic Construction of Charlotte, N.C., and Eastern
Sign Tech of Burlington, N.J. For the third phase of the HD video board
construction, crews have started erecting six 30-foot tall steel columns
galvanized by Galvan Industries of Harrisburg, N.C. Each column weighs
18,500 pounds and is being attached to concrete footings. The construction
crews are using an 80-ton crane with a 100-foot arm to move the massive
support columns into place. The approximately 200-foot-wide, 80-foot-tall
screen will eventually rise 110 feet above the track on the steel support
A crew from EA Electric of Brooks, Ga., also began running the
electrical cables that will power the more than nine million LED lamps that
will illuminate the Panasonic video board during each NASCAR race event at
Charlotte Motor Speedway this spring, including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star
Race on May 21 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29.
Crews have already removed 900 cubic yards of dirt by drilling 12
holes, each 54 inches in diameter, more than 50 feet deep to bedrock level
and installed concrete piers in the holes to support the massive steel
frame. When completed, the total structure will weigh 332-and-a-half tons or
665,000 pounds. In preparation for installation, crews removed 18,000 cubic
yards of dirt and 3,000 cubic yards of concrete behind the backstretch where
the gigantic, nearly 16,000-square-foot screen will be located.
The screen will be centered along the backstretch between Turns 2
and 3, across from the start/finish line. Fans seated throughout the
frontstretch from Turn 4 to Turn 1 will have clear viewing angles of instant
replays, leaderboard updates and interactive entertainment displayed in 720P
When Eddie Wood announced during post-race celebrations Sunday night that Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne would race at Martinsville Speedway this spring, it marked the latest chapter in the longest-running team-track relationship in the sport.
Fifty-eight years ago in 1952 Glen Wood, founder of the famed Wood Brothers Racing Team, combined with Curtis Turner to win a Team Sportsman Race at Martinsville. That was a year before Lee Petty notched his first Martinsville victory for his famous racing family.
“It really makes us feel good that the Wood Brothers quickly decided to add us to their schedule,” said Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. “Glen, Leonard, Eddie, Len, Bernice … the whole family are such good friends of ours. My grandfather (track founder H. Clay Earles) had a great relationship with Glen and Leonard and I’ve been around Eddie and Len since we were all kids. It’s going to be a fun weekend to have them here.”
Twenty-year-old Bayne shocked the racing world with his win in the Daytona 500 Sunday. Bayne and the Wood Brothers had planned on running a 17-race schedule that did not include Martinsville. When asked after the race if that schedule was expanding, Eddie Wood immediately said the team was adding the Martinsville spring race, the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.
Adding Martinsville’s historic oval to their schedule is nothing new for the Wood Brothers. Back in their heyday, when they won the bulk of their 98 Sprint Cup victories, Martinsville was typically the only short track on their selective schedule as they concentrated on longer tracks. That decision was based mostly on location. The Wood Brothers’ hometown of Stuart is less than a half-hour from the track. It was also based on pretty good runs.
Glen had two Martinsville wins as a driver, adding a Modified victory to his Martinsville resume in 1960. Cale Yarborough captured the Virginia 500 in 1968 and David Pearson won the same race in 1973. Wood Brothers drivers have also won several poles at Martinsville.
The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 will mark Bayne’s first visit to Martinsville Speedway. That shouldn’t be a huge problem.
“The young man is really talented,” said Campbell. “Combine that with the Wood Brothers history and knowledge here, and they’ll run just fine.”
Even with the whirlwind of events that have surrounded Trevor Bayne since taking the legendary Wood Brothers back to Gatorade Victory Lane yesterday in his first Daytona 500, it still did not seem real to him as he met with media and fans during the Champion’s Breakfast car induction at Daytona International Speedway Monday morning.
“It’s kind of cool because it keeps hitting me over and over again. It’s like you get to win a bunch of times,” said Bayne, who at 20 years and one day is the youngest driver to win “The Great American Race.” “You look down for a second to look at your phone or grab a bite to eat and see (the crew) sitting here again and it’s like, ‘Whoa, we’re in here because we won the 500,’ and it’s…I can’t describe it.
“We got out of the motorhome this morning and saw that the (scoring pylon) still had our number at the top of it and that’s insane. I don’t know how I’m the one that got to be this lucky, to be in this situation and be here with all these guys, but I’m really fortunate.”
After winning the richest and most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit, Bayne celebrated with friends by playing basketball and riding skateboards in the infield. The celebration continued early this morning as they brought the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford, covered in confetti, to the “World Center of Racing’s” indoor Gatorade Victory Lane where the car will be on display until it is returned to the team next February.
Joining Bayne were team owners Eddie and Len Wood, and crew chief Donnie Wingo. Original co-owner –Eddie and Len’s dad – Glen Wood, also attended the event.
“That’s one of the most special parts of it,” Eddie said of having the family in victory lane after the win. “With what our dad and Leonard (Wood, uncle) accomplished in the 70s, 80s, and the 60s, too – we felt like we had dropped the ball. To get back to (victory lane) and have them back in victory lane – and Richard Petty bringing dad in – it feels good to get the family name back going.”
Even before the Champion’s Breakfast, Bayne’s day was in full swing. He entered the room giving a phone interview, autographing hats and being followed by a television camera. After the event he will start a media tour that will take him to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., then on to Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and finally Phoenix for this week’s race at Phoenix International Raceway.
“Every time I get done with one thing they hand me another phone and I’m talking,” Bayne said. “I like to talk a lot, but after this week you might not hear anything except crickets.”
Though he’s young and has only two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Bayne understands the gravity of the win.
“The first realization I got is when I was talking to (the Wood Brothers),” said Bayne. “They said it was as cool as (David) Pearson’s win and that’s when it sinks in because I don’t put myself on that kind of stage with those guys. I don’t think of myself as doing the same thing that David Pearson did or AJ Foyt or Tiny Lund or (Cale Yarborough). When they made that comment, that this was one of their coolest 500 wins, that’s when I thought, ‘Wow, this is real. This is something that a lot of people strive for their whole career. This is one of the biggest races in motorsports and we were the ones in victory lane.’”
During the celebration, Bayne also joined Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III to unveil the logo for the 2012 Daytona 500, scheduled for February 26, 2012.
Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced today that the 54th Annual Daytona 500 will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012.
“The decision to kick-off to the NASCAR racing season one week later was made in close partnership with the sanctioning body, our broadcast partners including FOX, community partners and others within the industry,” said Chitwood. “This move shortens the racing season by one week, which is something the teams and competitors will surely enjoy, and it eliminates the off-weekend typically scheduled in March, which many fans and media partners have said created a drop in momentum in the early part of the racing season.
“We also know some of our great fans like to plan their visit to the ‘World Center of Racing’ well in advance so we are announcing the 2012 date much earlier in the season to minimize any inconveniences in planning their visit.”
The dates of Daytona International Speedway’s other racing events that comprise Speedweeks, in addition to the motorcycle events in March, will be determined in the near future.
On behalf of Drive to End Hunger, AARP and AARP Foundation’s nationwide initiative to end hunger among older Americans, four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon and Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III today announced that Daytona International Speedway will donate extra food items from the 53rd annual Daytona 500 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
The donation is expected to include breads, produce and other food items and will be delivered on Monday with help from Americrown, the catering and concessions subsidiary of parent company International Speedway Corporation. The announcement comes as Drive to End Hunger celebrates its first race as primary sponsor Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet.
“This donation is a great opportunity to help people who are struggling in the Daytona Beach area and build momentum for Drive to End Hunger as we take the 24 car around the country this season,” Gordon said. “Six million people over 60 in this country are hungry, but with the help of the sport’s dedicated fans, tracks and partners, we can make a real difference in the communities we visit each week.”
“We are pleased to join Drive to End Hunger in helping make a difference for people right here in our community,” Chitwood said. “More than 20 percent of Floridians reported not having enough money to buy food in the last year. Particularly in these economic times, we want to do everything we can to support Second Harvest, which is an important resource for people of all ages who are struggling to put food on the table.”
Drive to End Hunger is a national effort that also includes volunteer-led food drives across the country; individual and corporate giving campaigns; local outreach to enroll seniors in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); an innovative local grants program and research into the causes and consequences of hunger.
Working nationally with Feeding America, during Speedweeks, Drive to End Hunger is leading a food drive effort at 65 Winn-Dixie stores across central Florida. As part of the effort, this morning AARP Foundation announced a $10,000 contribution directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
“We see too many people in central Florida forced to choose between paying their bills and putting food on their table,” said Dave Krepcho, president & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “Jeff, the Speedway and Drive to End Hunger are making a real difference this week for seniors and people of all ages around Daytona.”
UnitedHealthgroup and Chase Card Services are proud sponsors of Drive to End Hunger.