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NASCAR, RISE Unveil Campaign to Promote Sports Equality

New PSA Featuring Jimmie Johnson, Other Top Drivers to Debut on FS1 This Weekend

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 10, 2016) — NASCAR and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) today announced a new campaign to promote diversity, inclusion and equality within and outside of sports. A public service announcement (PSA) featuring several NASCAR drivers will encourage fans to take the pledge to end racism at RISEtoWin.org.

The PSA features six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, 2014 Coke Zero 400 winner Aric Almirola and NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduates Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr.

The PSA (viewable here) will air during NASCAR national series races this weekend on FS1, culminating with Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FS1).

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Pocono

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400
The Place: Pocono Raceway
The Date: Sunday, June 5
The Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 11:30 a.m.
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400 miles (160 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Pocono Green 250
The Place: Pocono Raceway
The Date: Saturday, June 4
The Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 250 miles (100 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Rattlesnake 400
The Place: Texas Motor Speedway
The Date: Friday, June 10
The Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 250.5 miles (167 laps)

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NASCAR Drive for Diversity to Host First National Pit Crew Combine

Top College Athletes, Former NFL Players Compete for Spots with Rev Racing Development Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 27, 2016) – Following a national talent search, 18 multicultural and female athletes earned invitations to compete in the first-ever national NASCAR Drive For Diversity® (D4D) Crew Member Development Combine today in Concord, North Carolina.

Former college football, basketball, softball and track and field athletes will be evaluated based on a series of fitness, agility and pit crew drills at the NASCAR Research & Development Center.

The 10 top-performing participants will be invited to join the NASCAR D4D Crew Member Development Program, operated by Rev Racing, and receive expert training as tire changers, carriers, and jackmen, with the goal of gaining full time employment with NASCAR national series race teams.
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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Charlotte

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Coca-Cola 600
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, May 29
The Time: 6 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, 5:30 p.m.
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 600 miles (400 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Hisense 4K TV 300
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Date: Saturday, May 28
The Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 2 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 300 miles (200 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Rattlesnake 400
The Place: Texas Motor Speedway
The Date: Friday, June 10
The Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 250.5 miles (167 laps)
NASCAR Programming

  • Daniel Suárez, David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto on “Fluffy Breaks Even” – Thursday, May 26 at 10 p.m. ET on Fuse
  • Chase Elliott on “Ridiculousness” – Thursday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV

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NASCAR Partners with Steven Soderbergh on Heist-Themed Film Project

Channing Tatum to Star in “Logan Lucky” for Soderbergh’s Return to the Big Screen

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2016) – NASCAR® is collaborating with Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh on a feature film entitled Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum alongside Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane. Depicting a theoretical heist at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the project will mark Soderbergh’s first feature film since announcing his retirement from the film industry in 2013. Soderbergh, who also directed heist film Ocean’s Eleven, is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Traffic and Erin Brockovich, which garnered him two Oscar nominations and the accolade of Best Director.

This will not be Tatum’s first experience working with NASCAR or Soderbergh. He and 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill served as grand marshals for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Pocono 400 in 2014, while Tatum and Soderbergh previously teamed up for the Magic Mike films, Haywire and the 2013 thriller Side Effects, which was the most recent film project led by the acclaimed director.

“We are excited to work with Steven, Channing and all of Logan Lucky’s incredible cast and producers,” said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development. “It’s a big-hearted, fun story that showcases NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world-class sports entertainment property and venue that they are, much like the Bellagio in Steven’s Ocean’s Eleven.”

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Daytona International Speedway Takes Home Prestigious Sports Facility of the Year Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 19, 2016) – Daytona International Speedway’s (DIS) new $400 million motorsports stadium was named Sports Facility of the Year last night at SportsBusiness Journal’s 2016 Sports Business Awards in New York City.

The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports. DIS topped a competitive field consisting of Avaya Stadium (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State University Wildcats), Kyle Field (Texas A&M Aggies) and Petco Park (San Diego Padres).

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award for our new motorsports stadium,” said International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “Our employees, fans and partners deserve the credit for helping us transform the vision into reality.”

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NASCAR Partners With Lixar To Develop Best-In-Class At-Track Guest Experience

Multi-year Plan to Enhance Customer Service at National Series Events; Lixar Becomes a Preferred Technology Partner of NASCAR 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2016) — NASCAR and Lixar, a technology company driven by mobile and data science innovation, announced today a multi-year deal, designating the company as a preferred technology partner of NASCAR. Lixar specializes in mobile solutions for enterprise airline, automotive and travel clients and will work with NASCAR to enhance the guest experience at national series events, specifically related to garage access. 

NASCAR’s Garage Access Program is a three-year initiative to enhance guests’ experience while visiting the garage. The initial steps of the project debuted during 2016 Daytona Speedweeks when NASCAR’s in-house credentialing and registration operations merged to form The Guest Fulfillment Center. Working with Lixar, NASCAR plans to integrate state-of-the-art technology that will make the credential process easier and faster.

“The Garage Access Program will modernize and streamline the NASCAR credentialing process, providing industry guests with a more intuitive, informative and convenient system,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president, and chief racing development officer. “Lixar technology will deliver a large-scale customer interaction solution that will reshape the guest experience when it comes to accessing the garage at NASCAR events.”  

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The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented By Nationwide Wins Prestigious Cynopsis Social Good Award

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (April 11, 2016) – The NASCAR Foundation and Nationwide were honored at the Cynopsis Social Good Awards in New York City, winning the award for Nonprofit/Corporate Partnership with a Brand for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide.

Cynopsis Media hosted the second annual Social Good Awards Breakfast April 7 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City to celebrate achievements by brands, networks and digital entities over the past year.

“Winning this award is a true testament to the amazing work that The NASCAR Foundation is doing with the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award,” said Mike Boyd, senior vice president of marketing at Nationwide. “Nationwide is honored to partner with The NASCAR Foundation and assist with their efforts to honor those NASCAR fans who strive to make their communities a better place to live.”

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NASCAR Announces Nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017, Landmark Award

Hornaday, Roush, Rudd, Squier, Wilson Added To Ballot; Guthrie Joins Landmark List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 24, 2016) — Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners, drivers and the most recognizable voice in motorsports. The talents, eras, and levels may differ, but all share a common thread. They shaped NASCAR, and on Wednesday, they were recognized as nominees for the highest honor the sport bestows – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all legends who made excellence a habit through their various contributions to the sport.

Among them are record-holding four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr.; the man with the most car owner wins in NASCAR national series history with 322, Jack Roush; former all-time consecutive starts leader Ricky Rudd; legendary motorsports broadcasting pioneer Ken Squier; and three-time premier series champion engine builder and three-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Waddell Wilson. For a full list of nominees, please see below.

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Ready. Set. Race! NASCAR Marketing Campaign Celebrates 2016 Season Launch, Fans’ Universal Passion for Racing

The Hashtag 500 to Give Fans the Chance to Race on Twitter for Memorabilia from the 2016 DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 15, 2016) – Inspired by fans’ shared love of racing, NASCAR® today unveiled a new, integrated marketing campaign celebrating the launch of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Ready. Set. Race will engage NASCAR fans online, at home and on the go through a blend of digital and social media activation, and original television creative. 

Fans will be invited to put their racing skills to the test during the 2016 Daytona 500® on February 21, when NASCAR hosts the first-ever Hashtag 500 on Twitter. The unique promotion, developed by Ogilvy & Mather New York, will give fans a chance to win memorabilia from this year’s “Great American Race®,” including a driver firesuit, helmet, steering wheel and set of Goodyear tires, among other race-used items.

“Ready. Set. Race was built around the simple human truth that all people love to race in some form – in the backyard, on their bikes or on the racetrack,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president, marketing, and industry services. “This campaign is unlike anything we’ve ever done, inspiring fans who love to race, and creating experiences for them to race other fans on social media.”

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Eligible Drivers and Format Announced for 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Event Marks First NASCAR Race in New Daytona International Speedway Stadium

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 11, 2016) – NASCAR announced today the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The event, which will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that has transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world.

“We’re ready to go,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “The anticipation for this season, this event and this venue is unprecedented. We are excited how the new stadium will provide a state-of-the-art showcase for the brightest stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

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NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day Returns to the NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Free Admission To NASCAR Hall of Fame For All Fans On Jan. 23

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2015) – For the third consecutive year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will open its doors for FREE for NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, fans will have free access to the Hall for a full day of activities, including autographs and Q&A sessions with current drivers and NASCAR Hall of Famers. Fans will be admitted into the Hall on a first-come, first-served basis in lieu of needing a ticket.

However, tickets to the below autograph sessions, highlighted by 13-time Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. must be secured in advance. Vouchers for these autograph sessions will be available for free on NASCARHall.com starting at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 16. Each fan can secure up to two autograph session vouchers.

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Darlington Raceway Receives 2015 Myers Brothers Award

Industry’s Best Acknowledged At End-Of-Season Luncheon

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2014) – In recognition of its “throwback” Southern 500 weekend, Darlington Raceway was named the recipient of the 2015 Myers Brothers Award. Voted upon by the National Motorsports Press Association, it is an esteemed accolade recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to stock car racing.

The track “Too Tough Too Tame” led an industry-wide tribute to the sport’s roots that coincided with NASCAR’s return to Darlington on its traditional Labor Day weekend date for the first time since 2003. The annual event first took place when Darlington founder Harold Brasington opened NASCAR’s original concrete oval in 1950 and 25,000 spectators flocked to the egg-shaped South Carolina track.

Teams emblazoned retro paints schemes on their cars, while drivers and crew members grew moustaches in homage to greats like Earnhardt and Petty. NBC even brought its old broadcast booth –consisting of Ned Jarrett, Dale Jarrett and Ken Squier – back together to call part of the race.

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Earnhardt: ‘A bright new race car with a great new partner’

LAS VEGAS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was just as excited for the reveal of his No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS as everyone else.

After getting a good look at the brand new paint scheme up close, he talked with HendrickMotorsports.com about the occasion.

“I really love how bright and beautiful the car is,” he said. “I think it will stand out on the racetrack really well.”

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Longstanding Partner Sunoco Earns NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award

National TV Campaign, Experiential Event Sponsorship and Branding across More Than 5,000 Retail Locations Headlines Sunoco’s Integrated Marketing Strategy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – Sunoco, the Official Fuel of NASCAR®, will be honored Thursday with the 2015 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon held in the Encore Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas.

Since 2004, the iconic red and blue Sunoco can has been a fixture at the track each weekend, fueling the most competitive racing in the world. The best drivers in the world rely on Sunoco race fuel to get the most out of their cars, win races, and ultimately, championships. Off the track, Sunoco utilized an integrated marketing approach to engage fans, customers and employees through promotions, B2B, digital, broadcast, event marketing and social media.

This year, Sunoco debuted its national campaign “Burnt Rubbér” featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson in dramatic television creative. The campaign aired both during and outside motorsports programming, featured digital and social extensions, and was supported with earned media and at-track activations. The creative approach garnered more than 255 million impressions and nearly nine million engagements since its launch in May.

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NASCAR Names Miller as Senior Vice President of Competition

Veteran Team Executive to Guide Day-to-Day Management of Competition Efforts across All Sanctioned Racing Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Scott Miller has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Competition, responsible for managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR’s wide portfolio of racing.

Miller will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, and work closely with Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn. All three are based at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.

Miller most recently served as Executive Vice President of Competition at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). There he was responsible for managing all areas of competition. During his four-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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“FOYT, ANDRETTI, PETTY: America’s Racing Trinity”

Newburyport, Mass., December 2, 2015 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 has announced the release of “FOYT, ANDRETTI, PETTY: America’s Racing Trinity,” by award-winning author Bones Bourcier.

Twenty years after they hung up their helmets, the names A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Richard Petty remain synonymous with the sport they carried to new heights. They rose to fame just as the American media began to legitimize auto racing, and gave the nation characters as compelling as any in sports or entertainment.

Foyt was all Texan, John Wayne in a firesuit, stomping into victory lanes from Indianapolis to Le Mans. Petty, the genial North Carolinian, put a smiling Andy Griffith face on the American South, no small feat in the tumultuous ’60s. Andretti, who’d sailed from Italy at age 15, struck for all outsiders the same yes-you-can chord sounded by another ambitious Italian-American, Frank Sinatra.

They crossed paths often, on-track and in the headlines. Take 1967, which opened with Andretti beating NASCAR’s best at Daytona, peaked with Foyt’s third Indy 500 win, and ended with a record 27 victories for Petty. Or the three-season stretch from 1977-79, when Foyt became the first four-time Indy winner, Andretti earned the World Driving Championship, and Petty won a game-changing Daytona 500. They even throttled back their careers in lockstep, Petty in 1992, Foyt in ’93, Andretti in ’94. Today all three are revered; as they walk through crowded pit areas, people make way. Charisma never ages.

This is more than a three-act biography. Laced with quotes from Foyt, Petty, Andretti, and their peers, and spiced with period accounts from the motorsports world and the changing social landscape, this is the history of modern American racing as refracted through the lives of three extraordinary champions. Further context is added by a pair of forewords, one by motorsports broadcaster Dave Despain, the other by acclaimed driver John Andretti, who grew up as Mario’s nephew, raced for both Foyt and Petty, and also happens to be A.J.’s godson.

“FOYT, ANDRETTI, PETTY: America’s Racing Trinity” is now available for $34.95, online at www.coastal181.com, or by phone at 877-907-8181. The book is hard cover, 348 pages, including 24 pages of photographs.

Sources: Cary Stratton/Coastal 181 – Reading for Racers

Quicken Loans to join Hendrick Motorsports, Kasey Kahne in 2016

DETROIT – Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s second largest retail mortgage lender, today announced it will partner with Hendrick Motorsports in 2016, serving as a three-race primary sponsor of the No. 5 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS driven by Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The company will be an associate sponsor for all remaining races.

“We are excited to be joining forces with the talented team at Hendrick Motorsports,” said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans. “The organization has an undeniable record of winning and performance on the racetrack, and represents some of the preeminent brands in the country, who we look forward to working alongside.”

One of Quicken Loans’ primary sponsorship races will include a joint promotion with Hendrick Automotive Group, the largest privately held operator of auto dealerships in the United States.

“It’s evident from meeting the Quicken Loans team that both of our organizations share a passion for competition,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. “Quicken Loans has a reputation for exceptional client service, something we take to heart across all of our own businesses. We look forward to working together to achieve great things in 2016.”

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NASCAR Season Concludes with Most-Watched Finale Since 2005, Digital and Social Consumption Records and Growth in Merchandise Sales

Viewership for Finale Peaked at Nearly 12.4 Million Average Viewers 

Banner Year across Digital and Social Media Highlighted by 4.1 Billion Social Media Impressions and 1.1 Billion Page Views

NASCAR Next Alumni Sweep Sunoco Rookie of the Year Awards across Three National Series for Second Consecutive Year 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2015) – The sport fittingly crowned a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, in what was a transformational season that saw the championship format produce a series of records, milestones and firsts on and off the track.

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Race on NBC and NBCSN was the most-watched finale since 2005 – peaking with nearly 12.4 million average viewers. This concluded a successful first season of the largest and most lucrative television partnerships in NASCAR history with FOX and NBC.

A record number of fans consumed NASCAR through digital and social media in 2015. NASCAR amassed 4.1 billion social media impressions, 1.1 billion page views – up more than 20 percent from 2014 – and a 34 percent year-over-year increase in its mobile audience.

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Pemberton to Depart NASCAR Competition Post

Veteran Racing Executive Oversaw Numerous Racing Enhancements

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Senior Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton will leave the organization at the end of 2015.

With a racing career that has spanned five decades, Pemberton joined the sanctioning body in August of 2004. Since that time, he has overseen all areas of NASCAR competition and been credited as a key component in bridging the gap between the sanctioning body and the racing community.

“Robin has left an indelible mark on the sport while at NASCAR,” said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. “He joined us at a critical time and very quickly gave our highly visible competition group the credibility and confidence it needed to be successful with the industry. He traded a successful career as a competitor to help lead the sport for 12 seasons. We’re extremely grateful for his many contributions.”
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Drew Carey to Host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Featuring Performances by Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten, and Sabrina Carpenter

2015 Awards Honors the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Celebrates the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Challengers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2015) – The celebration will continue after the trophy is lifted at Homestead-Miami Speedway as NASCAR® presents the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ hosted by actor and comedian Drew Carey. Live from Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 4, fans can tune-in to watch as the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion™ is honored with red carpet coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, followed by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ broadcast on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET.

This year’s show will also feature a lineup of performances from award-winning musical artists Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten, and Sabrina Carpenter.

As the current host of The Price is Right and former host of Whose Line is it Anyway?, Drew Carey will bring a seasoned air of entertainment and comedy to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards stage. Best known for his self-portrayal on The Drew Carey Show, which garnered seven Emmy nominations, Carey has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including three People’s Choice Awards, an Editor’s Choice TV Guide Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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XYIENCE Energy Drink to Sponsor Ryan Preece in Texas and Phoenix Sprint Cup Races

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 29, 2015) – XYIENCE Energy Drink, a subsidiary of Big Red,Inc., is proud to announce its sponsorship of Ryan Preece and his No. 98 Chevrolet with Premium Motorsports. The zero-calorie energy drink will serve as Primary Sponsor for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion for the Sprint Cup Series events at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8th and Phoenix International Raceway on November 15th.

“I am extremely excited to be able to team up with XYIENCE for the Texas and Phoenix races,” said Preece. “I tend to drink energy drinks on a regular basis and after trying XYIENCE it has become my go to drink when I need that extra bit of energy or focus. I am pumped to be representing this brand and doing all I can to make this program a success for them both on and off the track.”

In addition to the Texas and Phoenix races, the 25-year old native of Connecticut will be behind the wheel of the No. 98 Sprint Cup Series ride for the last four races of the 2015 season starting with this weekend’s event at Martinsville Speedway and concluding at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The XYIENCE brand will also join Preece in the season finale as an Associate Sponsor.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Talladega

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Logano Locked-In On NASCAR’s Biggest Stage

If the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a stage, then Joey Logano is its leading man.

Logano has proven “the moment” isn’t too big for him.

A year after posting the best average finish during the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (6.4), Logano has won the first two races of the 2015 Contender Round and is the only driver guaranteed to advance to the Eliminator 8 Round heading intoSunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). His average finish in the Chase this year – 4.2. For context, the best average finish through an entire Chase was Carl Edwards’ 4.9, set during the final 10 races of 2011.

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Three Dog Night Mourns the Loss of Cory Wells

Wells with Three Dog Night at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, June 28, 2009.

Los Angeles, CA (October 21, 2015) “It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” announced Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night. .“Cory was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.”
Wells, one of the three lead singers of iconic American pop band Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly yesterday in Dunkirk, NY. Wells had been with Three Dog Night from the beginning and continued performing with the band up until September of this year when he developed a problem with severe back pain.

“Cory was like a brother in so many ways,“ said Hutton. “We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss.”

Wells, whose band The Enemys was the house band at Whisky A Go-Go, met Hutton, a solo artist and a writer/producer at Hanna Barbera Records, when they had both been invited to tour with Sonny and Cher. After that tour, Hutton contacted Wells about forming a group with three lead singers.

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Kurt Busch Back with Stewart-Haas Racing with Backing from Monster Energy

Monster Energy To Serve as Co-Primary Sponsor with Haas Automation of No. 41 Team

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Monster Energy is moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Kurt Busch is staying at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The energy drink manufacturer has teamed with Busch in a multiyear agreement that will see Monster Energy co-sponsor him and the No. 41 Chevrolet SS with Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America.

Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion and owner of 27 career victories, will debut this new sponsorship during the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Sprint Cup race weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS will then become a fixture beginning with the 2016 season, whereupon Monster Energy will be the alpha sponsor (hood) for 17 races and the bravo sponsor (quarter panel) for 18 races with one full primary race sponsorship.

“I’m very happy to be back with Stewart-Haas Racing and proud to take Monster Energy to the Sprint Cup Series,” said Busch, who has won three races and three poles since joining SHR in 2014. “This is exactly where I want to be and I have two partners who want to win as much as I do.”
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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Kansas Speedway

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Logano Advances To Eliminator 8 Round With Win At Charlotte

Joey Logano led 227-of-334 laps on his way to Victory Lane in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first driver to advance to the Eliminator 8 Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The No. 22 Ford driver becomes a member of the Eliminator 8 by winning the Contender Round opener for the second straight season. Last year, he won the first Contender Round race at Kansas Speedway – the site of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. In 12 starts at Kansas, Logano owns one win, four top fives and four top 10s. He has logged a top-five showing in his last four starts at the 1.5-mile track.

Logano’s checkered flag was his first at Charlotte. His previous best Queen City finish was third in 2011.

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Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, On Tony Stewart

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2015) – “When I think of Tony Stewart, unmatched passion and a pure love of the sport come to mind. He has won championships and millions of fans. But he has given back so much more, and that’s what I admire most. Today’s news was bittersweet for all, but we know Tony will continue to be a big part of our sport in his roles as a team and track owner. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Tony for his many years of excellence and competitiveness, and wish him nothing but the best in his final season as a driver in the Sprint Cup Series.”

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Dover & Las Vegas

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Harvick On The Ropes Heading Into Dover
Defending champion Kevin Harvick has two options heading into Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) – the first cutoff race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – win or go home.

The No. 4 Chevrolet driver ranks 15th out of 16 drivers on the Chase Grid and sits 23 points below 12th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the cutoff line. He mathematically can still make the Contender Round on points, but it would be a tough task, requiring him to jump three drivers.

Basically, if Harvick doesn’t visit Victory Lane, he will be knocked out of NASCAR’s playoffs as one of the four winless drivers lowest in points.

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Toy State Supporting TBR, Baldwin Looking Toward 2016

Bowman Visits Boston Children’s Hospital

LOUDON, NH — Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Alex Bowman visited Boston Children’s Hospital  Thursday. Patients signed a helmet that will be auctioned to benefit The NASCAR Foundation. Additional signatures will be added by patients in each city the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits this season.

“It’s a pretty neat deal,” team owner Tommy Baldwin, Jr. said. “Obviously it’s always cool to see some kids that are having difficulties in the hospital smile a little bit as well as their families too. So it’s always good to give back in that way and it was a great appearance. We brought the whole hauler and the car, and actually the same car that we’re racing today there, and got everybody to take a look at it and the helmet as we’re going through all these different racetracks here upcoming racetracks we’re going to go to all these hospitals have the kids sign ’em and then auction it off.”

Toy State of Norwood, MA is the primary sponsor of the No. 7 Nikko/Road Rippers No. 7 Chevrolet for today’s Sylvania 300 and the last four races of the year at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead.

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Preece Set for NASCAR Sprint Cup Debut

LOUDON, NH — Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in today’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Preece is driving the No. 98x Mohawk Northeast/East West Marine Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

“It’s exciting,” Preece said. “Obviously, you’re on NASCAR’s biggest stage right here with everybody else. So just want to have a good clean day and have a good run so we got 300 laps to do that.”

Preece races regularly in New England. The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has won championships at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Preece has won 83 Modified races and once in TQ Midgets.

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