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Martin Truex Jr. Wins 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship

Jones Takes Sunoco Rookie of the Year; Toyota Captures Manufacturers’ Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2017) – Following a long and winding road, Martin Truex Jr. finally owns the biggest prize in motorsports.

The driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota capped off a dominant season in fitting fashion –by capturing the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with a stirring victory in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

To take the title, Truex outdueled his Championship 4 competitors Kyle Busch (second), Kevin Harvick (fourth) and Brad Keselowski (seventh).

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Goodyear And NASCAR Extend Historic Partnership

Goodyear Remains Exclusive Tire Supplier Across All Three National Series; Renewed Multi-Year Agreement Extends Six Decades of Partnership

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 18, 2017) – NASCAR and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced a renewed sponsorship agreement that ensures Goodyear is the exclusive tire of NASCAR’s top three national series.

The newly signed agreement continues Goodyear’s designation as the “Official Tire of NASCAR” and extends an uninterrupted relationship that started in 1954. Goodyear and NASCAR’s six decades of partnership is one of the longest-running sponsor programs in any sport. In addition, Goodyear has been the exclusive tire supplier for the sanctioning body’s top three series since 1997.

“We proudly join Goodyear in celebrating our renewed and longstanding partnership,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR president. “For more than half a century, NASCAR and our teams have trusted Goodyear tires. Our partners’ commitment to innovation and excellence plays a key role in our unyielding pursuit to deliver the best racing product in the world.”

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NASCAR Announces Start Times for 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2017) – Together with FOX, NBC, race teams and tracks, NASCAR today unveiled 2018 race start times and network coverage for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, including the DAYTONA 500® on FOX and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship on NBC.

As noted in the previously released schedule dates, key changes include the return of the DAYTONA 500 to President’s Day weekend for the historic 60th running of The Great American Race®. Additionally, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway® and include the Charlotte Motor Speedway® road course as part of the first round.

“Feedback from our fans, along with insight from teams, tracks and our broadcast partners was key to identifying the most ideal start time for each race,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Every race weekend is unique, so considering fan and industry input alongside each event’s nuances allows us to balance interests on all sides.”

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NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Honors Innovators

Four Students Awarded $20,000 in Total Scholarships; Treated to VIP Race Experience at the Texas Motor Speedway

Daytona, Beach, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2017) – Four students were recognized for their accomplishment in technology and innovation as NASCAR and Chevrolet announced the winners of the third annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Four undergraduate students from across the country were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships and treated to a VIP experience at Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the AAA Texas 500. The winners were recognized in a press conference prior to the race.

The contest challenged students to identify a technology or innovation within NASCAR, then explain how Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) professionals came to its design in 90-second videos. Video submissions were judged on technical accuracy, creativity and production quality.

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NASCAR Statement

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2017) – “Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events. Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”

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No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Racing: Clint Bowyer New Hampshire Race Report

Clint Bowyer Scores Seventh at New Hampshire
Haas Automation Driver Earns 11th Top-10 of Season

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/7th (Running, completed 300 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 18th with 718 points

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Haas Automation/Monster Energy Racing: Kurt Busch New Hampshire II Race Report

Kurt Busch Finishes Disappointing 37th at Loudon

Haas Automation/Monster Energy Driver Involved in Multicar Accident; Now 15th in Points

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 7th/37th (Accident, completed 148 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 15th with 2,027 points

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Mobil 1 Racing: Kevin Harvick New Hampshire II Race Report

Harvick Finishes 36th at New Hampshire

Mobil 1 Driver Involved in Accident, 10th in Points After Second Playoff Race

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1-mile oval)

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 6th/36th (Running, completed 148 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 10th with 2,069 points, 25 points ahead of 13th

Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

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Busch 12-Pack: Kyle Makes it a Dozen Career Wins at NHMS

Kyle Busch sneaks through trouble in Stage 2 and cruises to victory in ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race

LOUDON, N.H. – Already the all-time leader in NASCAR national series wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch extended that winning trend on Sunday in the ISM Connect 300. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion put himself in good position to pick up his second championship in two years after a dominant win – the 12th of his career at NHMS – that punches his ticket to the next round of the playoffs.

Busch led 187 of 300 laps on Sunday, the vast majority of those coming in the 150-lap Final Stage, having narrowly avoided a big wreck that collected five playoff cars at the end of Stage 2. It was also a bit of redemption after a gaffe on pit road last week in Chicagoland cost Busch a chance to win the playoff opener.

“Getting through that smoke was the defining moment of the race for sure. And we’ve got a good pit crew and they did everything right today – today was a good catch-up moment for us,” said Busch, who now has three Cup Series wins at NHMS to go along with three wins in the XFINITY Series and six in the Camping World Truck Series. “This place always has exciting races and exciting moments, so I always look forward to racing here.”

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Mile Kyle: Busch Takes Top Spot for Sunday’s ISM Connect 300

Kyle Busch takes the pole position for the second straight week in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 16

LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Busch, the winningest driver in the history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, is in a great position to make it an even dozen for his career. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion took the pole in Friday’s qualifying and will start on the front row in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300, the second playoff race in the opening Round of 16.

It was the second straight pole for Busch, who started up front last week at Chicagoland and finished 15th, and the eighth overall this season. Busch has won 11 total races at NHMS – Cup Series (two), XFINITY Series (six), Camping World Truck Series (three) – and is coming off a seventh-place finish in the July Overton’s 301.

“Feels pretty good to capitalize on another good Friday. We just need to figure out how to turn these into good Sundays,” said Busch, who now has 27 poles in 454 Cup Series starts. “This is a good place for us. The weather is going to be warmer, more like a July race, and we typically run better in July than we do in September so hopefully, that bodes well for us.”

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Junior Receives New England-Themed Sendoff from NHMS

One of the most popular drivers in history receives custom musket, powder horn, tri-corner hat, as well as $8,800 donation from SCC N.H. Chapter

LOUDON, N.H. – Flanked by Revolutionary War Minutemen, Dale Earnhardt Jr. received a New England-themed parting gift from New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, who will make his final NHMS start in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300, was gifted a custom-made Flintlock Musket, powder horn and tri-corner hat during Friday’s Appreci88tion Tour ceremony.

Earnhardt, who donned the 18th-century garb for a photo with the Minutemen, also received an $8,800 donation from the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. The money will be used to provide the Injury Prevention Center with nearly 600 kids’ bicycle helmets – double the normal distribution – to be handed out at the newly named Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301 at NHMS next spring.

“That musket is pretty awesome. I definitely don’t have one of those. We’ll see what (Martin) Truex thinks about that. He might be pretty jealous,” said Earnhardt, who also received a proclamation from New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, declaring Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day in the Granite State. “This is pretty cool to have the track do this. And the donation, that really means a lot to me.”

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PJ1 Adhesive Compound to be Applied Again on Thursday and Sunday

Track Bite to be Reapplied for Upcoming NASCAR Race Weekend

Following positive feedback in July, PJ1 adhesive compound will be reapplied to first and third grooves in all four turns at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The PJ1 application in July’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race allowed for a rare sight at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, three-wide racing through the turns.

LOUDON, N.H. – With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs ramping up and the Camping World Truck Series Playoffs set to begin, the pressure to win is sure to be intensified this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. To help amplify that excitement even more, speedway officials have announced that they will apply the same PJ1 compound that produced thrilling side-by-side racing in July.

“There’s no question that the track bite compound we laid down in July allowed for some awesome racing around the entire racetrack,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “We received some very positive feedback from the drivers, teams and, most importantly, the fans. The support to do it again in September was overwhelming.”

The PJ1 adhesive compound will be added to the first and third grooves in all four turns on Thursday night and again on Saturday night.

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Austin Dillon Makes Media Stops in Boston, Readies for Playoff Race at NHMS

Driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing eyeing first NHMS win in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300

BOSTON, MASS. – With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff shifting to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, championship contender Austin Dillon spent Tuesday visiting with media and fans in the Boston area. Dillon, the 27-year-old pilot for Richard Childress Racing’s iconic No. 3 team, enters Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 tied for 12th in points.

A total of 16 drivers make the playoffs, which puts Dillon on the bubble to reach the second round after a top-20 finish in the opening postseason race last weekend.

“This a big weekend for us. I made a mistake on pit road last weekend, which kind of set us back, so we want to come to New Hampshire and have a great race and get ourselves in a good position moving forward,” said Dillon. “I always enjoy coming up to this area, especially during this time of year when the leaves are changing and it’s starting to cool off a little bit. New England is awesome, and I know a lot of the other drivers feel the same way.”

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‘Fast N’ Loud’ Star Richard Rawlings to Drive Pace Car on Sept. 24

Gas Monkey Garage owner to make pre-race announcement with Foxwoods Resort Casino before leading field to green for ISM Connect 300 playoff race

LOUDON, N.H. – Mogul. Mechanic. Media magnet. All of these accurately describe Richard Rawlings. But later this month, the successful entrepreneur and eclectic star of Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Fast N’ Loud” will demonstrate another of his many titles – race car driver – when he leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to green. Rawlings will serve as the official pace driver for the Sept. 24 ISM Connect 300 playoff race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Before getting behind the wheel for the ISM Connect 300 at 2:00 p.m., the charismatic media personality will visit the speedway’s infield media center on the morning of the race. Rawlings will be making a special announcement with representatives from Foxwoods Resort Casino.

“I’ve driven a lot of cars over the course of my life, but I’ve never had a chance to drive a pace car. This is going to be an awesome experience,” said Rawlings. “Foxwoods has something big planned, too, so that will be cool to help them unveil their newest attraction. Then I’ll get in the pace car and tear it up – I might even stay out there for the green flag and see if I can hang with these NASCAR guys.”

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Charity Clay Shoot Highlights SCC September Race Weekend

LOUDON, N.H. – The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities had a very successful July, as seven events helped bring in more than $140,000 to benefit children across New England. With five more events planned for the return of NASCAR Race Week next week – Sept. 21-24 – SCC is ready to ensure the holiday season will be a bright one for nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

Each December, the New Hampshire Chapter of SCC distributes grant checks to nonprofit organizations in the region. Since its inception in 2009, the Granite State chapter has raised more than $1.4 million, which has benefited more than 275,000 children across New England.

Here is a look at next week’s schedule of SCC New Hampshire Chapter events:

Wednesday, Sept. 20
Laps for Charity, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
For a $30 donation, fans can ride in the Official New Hampshire Motor Speedway Toyota Camry Pace Car or they can drive their own vehicle for three “fast laps” around the 1.058-mile oval.
Participants must be 6 years or older.
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NASCAR Drivers Take Center Stage in 2017 NASCAR Playoffs Campaign

Creative Sets Stage for Dramatic, 10-week Road to the Championship; Fans to Register for Chance to Win New Trucks from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2017) –- As stock car racing’s brightest stars prepare for the grueling, 10-week road to Ford Championship Weekend, NASCAR® is showcasing all the drama and intensity of the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs with a new, integrated marketing campaign.

From the first green flag to the final burnout, the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs campaign will engage fans across platforms with the rigors of the journey, the ferocity of the competition, and the thrill of victory – all from the perspective of the drivers.

Fans can visit the NASCAR Playoffs Leaderboard at NASCAR.com/playoffs and follow NASCAR on social media (#NASCARPlayoffs) for first-hand driver perspectives on navigating “Playoff Road” en route to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19.

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Smithfield Foods Joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (Sept. 12, 2017) – Smithfield Foods Inc., a global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, announced earlier today it will join Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018. Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date.

“We’re very proud to have Smithfield Foods join the Stewart-Haas Racing family,” said Brett Frood, president, SHR. “Smithfield has activated heavily and successfully within the sport, and we’re honored to be a part of the brand’s forward initiatives and strategy. Although we’re not ready to announce the full details of the program, we look forward to this new endeavor while remaining focused on the upcoming playoffs and putting forth the best effort possible to win more races and contend for another championship.”
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Chart-Topping Dan+Shay to Play Pre-Race Concert

Nashville-based country duo to kick off ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 11:00 a.m.

LOUDON, N.H. – A sound all their own, platinum-selling country act Dan + Shay will bring their unique blend of country, rock and pop to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway frontstretch stage on Sunday, Sept. 24. The Nashville-based duo will perform a 45-minute pre-race concert at 11:00 a.m. prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 playoff race.

“I know where I’ll be on Sunday at 11 o’clock – rocking out to Dan and Shay on our frontstretch with thousands of our awesome fans,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “I think what these guys bring to the table and the type of music they play will really provide something for everyone. I am immensely excited to have Dan and Shay be a part of our ISM Connect 300 pre-race festivities.”

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney began their careers after meeting in Nashville in 2012. Smyers attended Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University in his home state of Pennsylvania, while Mooney, a native of Arkansas, began his career as a solo act.

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Prepare for Wicked Fun at Sept. 22-24 NASCAR Weekend

Fun Zone, Fan Jam, and Trackside Live highlight jam-packed September Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend

LOUDON, N.H. – September NASCAR race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will once again provide a relentless supply of on-track racing sure to satisfy the most hearty fan’s appetite. The weekend will also deliver a wicked good time outside of the grandstands, too, as speedway officials announce the addition of a Fun Zone in the Fan Zone, the Fan Jam appreciation party, and the return of the Trackside Live Stage.

“We are very proud of having such a diverse and entertaining on-track schedule, but we want to ensure that we’re offering a deep menu of off-track options, too,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “Providing an experience that puts the fans first is a directive from our chairman that all of us here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway passionately strive to achieve.”

The Fun Zone will be located within the Fan Zone, across from the Turn 2 Tunnel. The Fan Zone is already a great place for fans to take their race day experiences to the next level with its giveaways, prizes, driver appearances, go-karts and sponsor activities. The new Fun Zone will only expand those opportunities, providing adults and children activities to keep busy like the Human Billiards, Giant Pop-a-Shot basketball, an airbrush tattoo station, hula hoop and jump rope stage games, a DJ, and photos ops with the KISS Forever band.

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NASCAR Bolsters Leadership Team

Industry Veteran Igdalsky Joins Leadership; Leaders Parker, Warfield and Wohlschlaeger Take on New Roles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 18, 2017) – NASCAR announced today that Brandon Igdalsky has joined the organization as Managing Director of Event Marketing and Promotion, Evan Parker has been appointed Managing Director of Content Strategy, Scott Warfield has been named Managing Director of Digital and Social Content and Jeff Wohlschlaeger has been appointed Managing Director of Series Marketing.

Igdalsky joins the organization after serving as president and CEO of Pocono Raceway. He will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, overseeing the team dedicated to working with track partners on a number of event-related initiatives. Igdalsky will lead the NASCAR-Track Council and will be based out of NASCAR’s Daytona Beach offices.

“The work across the entire industry to help create the best live experience possible is extremely important to our industry’s initiatives,” O’Donnell said. “We’re delighted that Brandon’s experience as a track president will further solidify the strong working relationships we have with our track partners as we continue to innovate the fan experience at track.”

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McDaniels to Pace Overton’s 301

Josh McDaniels made his annual visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday with a new role.  The New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator is the honorary pace car driver for the Overton’s 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this afternoon.

McDaniels is the latest team member to drive, joining Julian Edelman and Rob Ninkovich. They warned him about getting bumped by a driver in the front row, but McDaniels is looking forward to pacing today’s field.

“This race actually falls in a real nice time for us ’cause we’re off in the middle of June till about the 24th or 25th of July so this is the one we can come to.”

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Five Icons Selected as 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

Byron, Evernham, Hornaday, Squier, Yates Comprise Hall’s Ninth Class

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 24, 2017) – NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The five-person group – the ninth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim France earned the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2018 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.

The Class of 2018 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the fourth year, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Jimmie Johnson). In all, 54 votes were cast, with four additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as  potential nominees for induction (Ricky Rudd, Robert Yates, Waddell Wilson and Ken Squier). The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.

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Monster Energy Cup Series Test May 30-31

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is excited to announce a FREE event to fans taking place on May 30 and 31. NASCAR will be making a pit stop prior to the New Hampshire 301 in July for a two-day test session. The track will be open to the public on Tuesday, May 30 from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 31 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

As a special bonus, fans that purchase tickets on property on May 31 to the July 16 New Hampshire 301 or add on to an already purchased package will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes garage passes for the NASCAR test session that day. This access is limited and on a first-come, first serve basis (up to 150 people) – with a maximum of two passes per ticket account.

The Concord and Main Grandstands will be open along with a unique view from the Granite Ledge on the outfield in Turn 3. Viewing areas in the infield will include the Champions Club (a trackside Turn 1 area), a portion of cold pit road and the grass area in Turn 2, all of which provide close-up views of your favorite drivers racing on the track. A tram will be running throughout the day to help expedite fans to locations around the property.

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NASCAR Adds Fourth Stage to Coca-Cola 600

More Moments, More Excitement Set for a Crown Jewel of NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2017) — NASCAR today announced the addition of a fourth stage to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an update that will provide fans with yet another opportunity for a memorable moment in a season already filled with them. The four stages in the 400-lap race will be uniformly set at 100 laps apiece.

The Coca-Cola 600 has a storied legacy of history-making moments, from career-first victories for the likes of David Pearson and Jeff Gordon, to record-setting runs like Martin Truex Jr.’s breathtaking performance in last year’s edition. 

And now, there’s a distinct possibility for more.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Talladega

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Richmond Winner Logano Goes For Second Straight ‘Dega Victory

Joey Logano, 26, won his first race of the season Sunday at Richmond in his 300th career start. He’ll attempt to win again in his 301st start in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – a track where he won the latest race last fall.

Logano has taken the checkered flag in the last two fall races at Talladega, but claims only two top-10 finishes at the 2.66-mile behemoth in the spring (ninth in 2009 and 10th in 2011; both with Joe Gibbs Racing). Overall the No. 22 Team Penske driver has two wins, four top fives, six top 10s and an 18.7 average finish in 16 starts at Talladega.

The Middletown, Connecticut, native’s win at Richmond put an exclamation point on his strong start to the season.  He has only finished outside the top six once in the first nine races – a 31st-place showing at Phoenix where he led a season-high 82 laps and won the first stage before wrecking out of the race.

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NASCAR Enlists 14-Year-Old to Direct New NASCAR Acceleration Nation Spot

Driver Austin Dillon Stars in Television Ad to Promote Sport’s National Youth Platform

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Apr. 28, 2017) –- In search of a director to oversee filming for its latest NASCAR Acceleration Nation television creative, NASCAR® turned to a 14-year-old rising star in advertising.

Amelia Conway of Temecula, Calif., developed the treatment and directed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver Austin Dillon in the new spot promoting the sport’s national youth platform.

The 30-second ad, titled “Tutelage,” debuted today online and will air beginning this weekend during the Richmond races on FOX and FS1.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Richmond

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Retire At End Of Season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Tuesday he will retire from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing at the end of the season. He is still under contract to run two NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2018.

In 603 career starts, Earnhardt has 26 wins, 149 top fives, and 253 top 10s. He is a 14-time Most Popular Driver and a two-time DAYTONA 500 champion.

The No. 88 Chevrolet driver, who currently sits 24th in the standings, will attempt to turn his season around at Richmond – one of his better tracks.

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NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash Presented by Coors Light Takes Center Stage in Charlotte

Grammy Award Winner Maren Morris to Perform Live
NASCAR Drivers Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hosting Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – For the first time, the NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash presented by Coors Light will take center stage in Charlotte on Thursday, May 18. Celebrating the first half of the NASCAR season, the Silver Bullet Bash will lead off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star weekend festivities with live music, special guests and unique experiences.   

As part of this year’s event, Maren Morris, who recently won New Female Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, will rock the crowd with a headline performance at the legendary Fillmore Charlotte.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will take the stage for a special performance playing hit songs like “My Church” and “80s Mercedes” along with others from her new album HERO.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes

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Racking Up The Points: Larson Logs Another Runner-Up Finish

Kyle Larson continued his breakout season at Texas with his fourth runner-up showing. The result marked his fifth top-two finish in the last six races.

Only four other drivers have logged as many top-two finishes as Larson’s five through the first seven races of a season: Kevin Harvick (6 top fives; 2015), Dale Earnhardt (5; 1987), Bobby Allison (5; 1972, 1979), Cale Yarborough (5, 1974).

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver has the top average finish (5.4) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but more importantly, he leads the points standings by 17 markers over second-place Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr. (-40) sits third, followed by Brad Keselowski (-41) and Joey Logano (-72). Ryan Blaney (-91), Kyle Busch (-104), Jamie McMurray (-106), Clint Bowyer (-111) and Kevin Harvick (-117) round out the top 10.

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A Silver Anniversary Gold Rush: Monster Energy All-Star Race Format Announced

$1 Million At Stake as NASCAR, Charlotte Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ‘One Hot Night’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2017) — As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed – a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an all-star race been run under the lights. Dubbed “One Hot Night,” the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event.

And now, 25 years later, past meets present … as another new era begins with the first all-star race under the Monster Energy banner.

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format for the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race, one that rewards winning, and incorporates a fascinating strategy component.

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