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NASCAR and the Arbor Day Foundation Announce New Community Tree Recovery Initiative

Trees to be Planted Across Race Communities Devastated by Natural Disasters; NASCAR Supports Preservation of Environment Through Year-Long Effort 

Daytona Beach, Fla. (April 20, 2018) — As Earth Day approaches this weekend, NASCAR along with select Official Partners and the Arbor Day Foundation today announced a new initiative that will be responsible for planting and distributing trees to communities devastated by natural disasters across the United States.

“Over the past decade we have focused on supporting environmental sustainability through the NASCAR Green platform. We look forward to continuing our year-round mission to reduce impact, offset and work to preserve the natural environment while inspiring fans to do the same,” said Lou Garate, Vice President, Partnership Marketing, NASCAR. “This new initiative with the Arbor Day Foundation, supported and enhanced by our Official Partners, is a direct reflection of the effort being made across the industry to be more sustainable.”

As part of the effort, NASCAR and the Arbor Day Foundation will host a series of community tree recovery events throughout the year. Events are scheduled to take place throughout the summer and fall in key race markets affected by natural disasters, including North Carolina, California, Texas, and Florida. NASCAR Official Partners are contributing time, people and resources throughout the initiative. Partners currently participating are: AMR, Flagship Solutions Group, Growth Energy, Hotels for Hope, K&N Engineering, Mechanix Wear, and Safety-Kleen.

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NASCAR Announces Key Marketing & Media Leadership Promotions

Gregory to Executive Vice President; Jung and Herbst to Vice President

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2018) – NASCAR today announced several leadership promotions across its marketing and media operations. Jill Gregory has been promoted to executive vice president & chief marketing officer. Gregory oversees all NASCAR marketing operations and reports directly into NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Steve Phelps.

“Jill’s strategic leadership has been invaluable in our sport’s efforts to drive deeper engagement with our fans whenever and wherever they may be,” said NASCAR President Brent Dewar. “Her passion for our fans and the sport of NASCAR has played an important role in galvanizing our industry to collaborate and grow our sport smartly together.”

Gregory has played a pivotal role in the development of key industry marketing platforms, including the launch of the Industry Action Plan, the development of NASCAR Next, the creation of the Industry Services group, and the refreshing of the NASCAR brand and associated marks and logos. Gregory will be the head of NASCAR’s Charlotte, North Carolina, office.

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Monster Energy to Remain Entitlement Sponsor of NASCAR Premier Series Through 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2018) – NASCAR® and Monster Energy have signed an agreement that will extend the entitlement sponsorship of NASCAR’s premier series. The extension keeps NASCAR and Monster Energy partners through 2019. As part of the agreement, the brand also continues as the Official Energy Drink of NASCAR.

“NASCAR and Monster Energy enjoyed a productive first year and both parties have benefited significantly from the partnership,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer. “Monster Energy successfully utilized our sport as a platform to elevate its brand and drive business, while introducing NASCAR to new audiences. With this renewal, we look forward to building upon our early success.”

“Over the past year, NASCAR’s passionate and brand loyal fan base embraced Monster Energy and we are excited to be able to continue to build on and strengthen that momentum through 2019,” said Rodney Sacks, Monster Beverage Chairman and CEO. “Racing is in our DNA and extending this partnership further establishes Monster Energy’s prominence in motorsports.”

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Phelps Elevated to Chief Operating Officer

Industry Leader Will Oversee All Commercial and Media Operations

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 3, 2018) – NASCAR today announced that Steve Phelps has been promoted to the role of chief operating officer. Phelps will oversee all NASCAR commercial and media operations. This role was previously held by Brent Dewar prior to his promotion to president last year.  Phelps will be based out of NASCAR’s headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.

“Steve has worked passionately over the years to lead the sport and it’s clear his impact is felt in all corners of the industry,” said NASCAR President Brent Dewar. “We could not be more thrilled for him to step into the pivotal role of COO and we look forward to welcoming him back to Daytona Beach, where he’ll continue to work closely with myself and the other members of the executive leadership team, including the Board of Directors.”

As COO, Phelps will have broad influence on the sport. His direct reports will be Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Partnership Officer Daryl Wolfe, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Jill Gregory, Senior Vice President, Broadcasting & Production Steve Herbst, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer Eric Nyquist, and Vice President, Digital Tim Clark.

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Weather Postpones All On-Track Activity at Martinsville Speedway Until Monday

Alpha Energy Solutions 250 is scheduled to run at 11 a.m. EST, followed by the STP 500 at 2 p.m. EST.

All activity at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday, March 25, has been postponed until Monday. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for 11 a.m. EST on Monday, followed by the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 2 p.m. EST.

Both races will be broadcast on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

For the latest information and updated track schedules, please visit NASCARMedia.com, or follow NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway on Facebook and Twitter.

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NASCAR to Expand In-Car Camera Live Streams on Twitter in 2018

Beginning This Summer, Fans to ‘Ride Along’ with One Driver Via @NASCAR for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2018) — NASCAR® announced today it will live-stream one in-car camera on Twitter for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ races during the second half of the 2018 racing season, including all 10 NASCAR Playoffs races.

Beginning with five regular-season races this summer, the experience will once again provide fans a unique look from inside the race car with a live camera stream that can be accessed via NASCAR’s official Twitter handle, @NASCAR.

Fans can watch full broadcasts of these regular season and NASCAR Playoffs races on NBC or NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app (full schedule here).

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‘Case’ Study: NASCAR, Busch Beer Announce Return of Busch Pole Award

Anheuser-Busch’s Busch Beer Becomes ‘Official Beer of NASCAR,’ Fastest Qualifier to Earn Busch Pole Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2018) — NASCAR and Anheuser-Busch announced today a multi-year agreement that welcomes the global brand back as an Official Partner and designates Busch Beer as the “Official Beer of NASCAR®.” The new partnership builds upon Busch’s industry-wide presence and includes sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ Busch Pole Award, rewarding the driver with the fastest qualifying time each week.

“We are continuing to evolve our presence in NASCAR because we believe in the power and loyalty of NASCAR fans,” said Chelsea Phillips, Vice President, Value and Beyond Beer brands, Anheuser-Busch. “Returning as the Official Beer of NASCAR strengthens our deep-rooted history in the sport and will provide fans with even more opportunities to enjoy a crisp, cold Busch beer on race day.”

Anheuser-Busch’s history in NASCAR dates back decades to 1978, when it sponsored the Busch Pole Award. Additionally, Busch was the “Official Beer of NASCAR” from 1988 through 1997. Beginning in 1998, Anheuser-Busch sponsored the Bud Pole Award through its Budweiser brand, which also became the “Official Beer of NASCAR” through 2007.

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Truex Claims First Pole of the Season

Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex, Jr. captured the pole during Gatorade Pole Day. Truex’s third-place finish last fall was his best at ISM Raceway. 2009 was his first pole and top five at the 1-mile oval.

“Well, it was a good day overall for us,” Truex said. “We’ve qualified okay here in the past but we were always just felt like we were missing a little bit of something in turns 3 and 4. So, we really came here concentrating on trying to fix that and had a gameplan not only with the car setup but kind of my driving style and what I needed to do to be better and just worked on that throughout practice and here we are. So just did a really good job by everybody on our team for understanding what we needed to do to be better and executing.” 

Truex’s lap of 26.288 seconds (136.945 mph) was .058-second better than Kyle Larson. Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and Joey Logano rounded out the top five. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones, and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10.

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Axalta Strengthens Presence In Sport, Returns As Official Partner

Multi-Year Agreement Makes Axalta ‘Official Paint Partner of NASCAR’; Axalta Has Long History of Success Driving Business in NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 17, 2018) — NASCAR and Axalta (NYSE: AXTA), announced today a multi-year agreement making Axalta, once again, the “Official Paint Partner of NASCAR.”

“Our affiliation with NASCAR runs deep,” said Charles Shaver, Chairman and CEO, Axalta. “We were the Official Finish for nearly 20 years before taking some time to strategically develop our program. Today, with this new agreement, we can grow our reach and leverage partnerships throughout the sport for business development opportunities with like-minded companies who need or use coatings. Motorsports represents all the things we see in ourselves; teamwork, high performance, a drive to be better, and winning!”

As part of the partnership, Axalta joins the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council®, bringing together an exclusive group of more than 50 Official NASCAR Partners to buy and sell products and services from one another. Axalta develops, manufactures and supplies coatings to nearly anything with wheels, along with thousands of industrial applications that exist throughout the world. Nearly anything that needs paint for protection, weatherability, durability or an enhanced appearance will have use for Axalta’s highly engineered products.

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NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace’s Journey to First DAYTONA 500 to be Featured on Facebook Watch

‘Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace’ to Premiere February 15; Rookie Set to Become First African-American Driver in DAYTONA 500 Since 1969 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2018) — As Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. prepares to make history in the 2018 DAYTONA 500, fans can follow his inspirational journey to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace,” a new docu-series coming soon to Facebook Watch.

The first episode in the original series will post on Thursday, February 15, NASCAR Digital Media and Facebook announced today. Fans can view the trailer and add the show to their Watchlists by following the Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace show Page.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, Wallace will become the first African American since 1969 to drive in NASCAR’s most iconic race, the DAYTONA 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

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NASCAR Fans to Race Live on Social Media in Sunday’s Hashtag 500

‘Daytona Day’ Promotion Gives Fans the Chance to Win Memorabilia from the 2018 DAYTONA 500 Live During the Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 12, 2018) — As the countdown continues to Daytona Day, NASCAR® today announced the return of the Hashtag 500, where fans will race on social media for a chance to win memorabilia from the 60th running of the DAYTONA 500® live during the race on February 18.

To compete in the Hashtag 500, fans can watch the DAYTONA 500 on FOX (2:30 p.m. ET) and follow @NASCAR on Twitter to find custom hashtags that give fans a chance to win race items including a driver firesuit, helmet, steering wheel, set of Goodyear tires and more.

NASCAR will share a new hashtag every 20 laps of the race. The first 500 @NASCAR followers that tweet the hashtag and #DAYTONA500 will be entered in a random drawing for each prize.

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NASCAR Launches All-New Fantasy Game for 2018 Season

NASCAR Fantasy Live enhancements inspired by stage racing format

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 5, 2018) — Following a successful first season of stage racing, NASCAR® today announced a new fantasy game inspired by the competition format that has created closer, side-by-side racing and even more dramatic moments throughout races.

Accessible via NASCAR.com and the NASCAR Mobile app, the all-new NASCAR Fantasy Live follows the NASCAR official scoring system, allows players to make in-race driver substitutions and features incentives for correctly predicting stage wins, race wins and more.

Players can register at NASCAR.com/fantasy beginning today and set their driver rosters for the 2018 DAYTONA 500® next week when the race entry list is announced.

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2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Honors Five NASCAR Legends

Byron, Evernham, Hornaday, Squier, Yates Officially Enshrined

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2018) — Five NASCAR icons – two drivers, a crew chief/owner, an engine builder/owner and a broadcaster – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates make up the ninth class of The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which now holds 45 inductees.

A pioneer of the sport, Red Byron won the first NASCAR race at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1948. That year, he went on to win NASCAR’s first season championship in the NASCAR Modified division. The next season, Byron won NASCAR’s first Strictly Stock title – the precursor to today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Byron achieved these feats despite having to drive with a special  brace for his left leg, which he injured serving in the Air Force during World War II.

In the 1990s, Ray Evernham paired with Jeff Gordon to rewrite the NASCAR record books. Evernham guided Gordon to three championships in four seasons (1995, ’97, ’98). The pair collected a series-high 47 wins in the 1990s, taking the checkered flag in two Daytona 500s (1997, ’99). A skilled innovator, Evernham’s ‘Rainbow Warriors’ pit crew revolutionized the modern pit stop. He won 13 times as an owner and led the return of Dodge back to NASCAR in the 2000s.

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Julian Maha, The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide: A Perfect Fit

2017 Winner Embodies Ideals Upon Which Award, The NASCAR Foundation are Based

LAS VEGAS (Dec. 1, 2017) – The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide honors the philanthropic ideals and vision of the late Betty Jane France, who started the foundation in 2006. The award is annually presented to a NASCAR fan who embodies those ideals through service in their community.

Julian Maha, announced Thursday night at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards as the winner of the seventh annual award, is a most deserving honoree, with accomplishments that caught the attention of the thousands of NASCAR fans who made him the award winner via an on-line vote on NASCAR.com. Maha, a physician from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, is the award-winning founder of KultureCity, the cutting-edge organization that works to improve the lives of children with autism while also educating society about the inclusion of autistic children. In addition to the award, KultureCity received a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation, NASCAR’s charitable arm.

“Julian certainly had tough competition this year,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton. “Collectively, this year’s group of finalists continued the trend of the award attracting top-flight nominees who have performed outstanding service in their communities to improve the lives of children in need. The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide has become one of the true highlights of every NASCAR season.”

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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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