Friday, November 24, 2017

Tony Stewart is Engaged

Tony Stewart is Engaged

Pennelope “Penny” Jimenez says "Yes"

In June of 2000, the then NASCAR Winston Cup driver and 1999 Rookie-of-the-Year Tony Stewart was named one of People Magazine's "100 Most Eligible Bachelors."

For years Tony Stewart has joked that he would never get married and that he is just enjoying the bachelor life. He followed up these claims two months ago when he joined The Dan Patrick Show and was asked about getting married. He reiterated what he's said for years and claimed that he would never get married. 

“No!” Stewart said with a chuckle on “The Dan Patrick Show” in September when host Dan Patrick asked if Stewart was getting married. “Who told you that? I’ve made it 46 years!”

Well it appears that Stewart was just blowing "smoke." This last Thanksgiving (yesterday) all that changed with just one little tweet. Tony did not even need the newly revised 280 Characters.



The couple met in 2016, the same season the 46-year old eventually retired from full-time NASCAR competition. Jimenez is 39 and has worked as both a model and actresses and was the Playboy Playmate of the Month back in March 2003. Congratulations to Tony and the soon-to-be Mrs. Stewart.

Tony Stewart is Engaged

Tony Stewart is Engaged

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thank You Dale Jr.

Thank You Dale Jr.

The Fans Send Off #NASCAR 's Most Popular Driver with Tweets (631 Starts 26 Wins 1 Helluva Career)







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One last one from the man himself.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Only 88 Days Left Until Daytona500

Only 88 Days Left Until Daytona500

On Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 27), the “World Center of Racing” will offer ticket package specials. 

 
Only 88 Days Left Until Daytona500 - #NASCAR

The bad news is that the 2017 NASCAR Season is over. The great news is that the #Daytona500 is a mere 88 days in the future.

If you are looking to give the gift of Daytona International Speedway (DIS),  you will find options for fans of all forms of motorsports in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials.

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On Friday, Nov. 24 (Black Friday) and Monday, Nov. 27 (Cyber Monday), DIS will offer the following $60 ticket package specials:
  • • Rolex 24 At DAYTONA: General admission stadium and infield access for the 56th anniversary of North America’s most prestigious sports car race on Jan. 27-28 with a Rolex 24 event hat and garage access on Sunday, a savings of 32 percent.
  • • DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger/Advance Auto Parts Clash: General admission stadium and infield access for the Sunday, Feb. 11 doubleheader with UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access, a savings of 33 percent.
  • • Can-Am Duel: General admission stadium ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 15, a savings of 43 percent.
  • • NextEra Energy Resources 250: General admission stadium ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 16, a savings of 29 percent.
  • • PowerShares QQQ 300: General admission stadium ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 17, a savings of 43 percent.

Kids 12 and under are FREE in general admission stadium seating and UNOH Fanzone for the above Speedweeks events.

There are also ticket package specials for fans of Bike Week At DAYTONA:
  • • DAYTONA Supercross: General admission ticket and Trackside Access, which gets you closer to the action than anywhere else on the circuit, can be purchased for $45 – a savings of 31 percent. The longest continuous Supercross event in America takes place Saturday, March 10.
  • • DAYTONA TT: Fans can have a premium hospitality experience during the Thursday, March 15 event with Rolex 24 Lounge admission for $99 – a savings of 34 percent – or they can sit atop the infield’s DAYTONA 500 Club with President’s Row Admission for $149 – a savings of 25 percent. The Rolex 24 Lounge option includes access to the Lounge, a stadium seat directly outside the Lounge, souvenir event program, priority parking, snacks and beverages. The DAYTONA 500 Club President’s Row option includes a reserved rooftop seat, dinner, priority parking, UNOH Fanzone and pit access, souvenir event program, snacks and beverages. 


To take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday ticket specials, call 1-800-PITSHOP between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/deals.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Homestead #NASCAR Championship Weekend Recap

Homestead #NASCAR Championship Weekend Recap

Christopher Bell (#NCWTS); William Byron (#NXS); Martin Truex Jr. (#MENCS) 

Christopher Bell Takes NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Title

Chase Briscoe gets first win


Christopher Bell Takes NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Title

Christopher Bell gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its second title in three years under a format where the highest finisher among four eligible drivers—in this case Bell, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric--is crowned champion.

"To be able to do this for all of the guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports and to win the championship for a team that deserves the championship, words just can’t describe my feelings right now," said Bell, who scored a series-high five victories this season.

"To run as good as we have, week in and week out, and not just this year ... This whole organization, this whole team has been good for so many years. You just don’t want to be the guy that lets them down, and I’m glad I didn’t let them down tonight."



Chase Briscoe collected his first Truck Series Trophy from pole.  The win also represented the last trophy for Brad Keselowski Racing,  which is closing its doors at the end of the season. Briscoe hasn't announced plans for next year.

Chase Briscoe gets first win "This is a long time coming," said Briscoe who finished one position and nearly 16 seconds ahead of third-place Sauter, the defending series champion. "So proud of all these guys. To know that they’re not going to have a job next year, and we continued to bring really good trucks even though we were outside the playoffs, such a testament to how good these Brad Keselowski guys are.

"I know two years ago I was sleeping on couches, and now to be a winner in NASCAR. I wish we were in the final four. I felt like we could have been, but that’s part of the circumstances."

Briscoe, who also won the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.


William Byron Wins Emotional Battle For XFINITY Title

Cole Custer dominates

William Byron Wins Emotional Battle For XFINITY Title

William Byron, just nineteen years old, reveled in the series championship. It was a close battle with his JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler for most of the race. Sadler had passed Byron on Lap 165 of 200. The 42-year-old veteran stayed out front until Lap 191, when he closed on the No. 18 Toyota of Ryan Preece and lost momentum. Byron charged past Sadler into third place—and into the lead among the four drivers battling for the title.

"I don’t know that I took a breath the last 20 laps," Byron said. "That was incredible. I just have to thank this team. This is awesome. Elliott raced me clean, and we just raced hard for it. I just can’t believe this.

"I’ve just got to thank God for giving me this platform to perform. I can’t believe this. I’m tired, whew. I’ve never driven that hard in my life."

Team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his share of nervous moments as his drivers fought for the championship.

"Man, that is tough watching those guys battle like that together," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. "William did a great job running an awesome race. To be as young as he is, he drove like a veteran tonight. I know Elliott is probably really disappointed. It’s hard to watch any of your guys lose one, but at least we will be taking the trophy back to Mooresville tonight.

"This is great for JRM and all our employees. One thing about William winning, the over-the-wall guys I’m pretty close to a lot of them. They pit my car, too (in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series). It’s pretty cool to see these guys enjoy themselves. This really effects a lot of people. I’m really glad to be a part of it."

Cole Custer dominates

Another first time race winner, Cole Custer, pulled away steadily after a restart on Lap 97, Custer posted the largest margin of victory in the series this season and the largest ever at the 1.5-mile track!

"We knew we were going be really good this weekend, but our Haas Automation Mustang was unreal," Custer said. "We really wanted to have a good showing at Ford Championship Weekend. Even though we weren’t in it (the Championship 4), we wanted to win."

William Byron also claimed the Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year Honors.


Martin Truex Jr. Grabs His First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Title

Truex Jr. Holds Off Kyle Busch for the Race Win

Martin Truex Jr. Grabs His First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Title

At the end of a riveting, breathtaking battle that had fans in the grandstands on their feet long after the checkered flag, Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch by .681 seconds at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win Sunday’s Ford Eco-Boost 400 and his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.

"It’s just overwhelming," a tearful Truex said in Victory Lane. "To think about all the rough days and bad days, the days that we couldn’t run 20th, to be here—I never thought this day would come, and to be here is so unbelievable."

The victory was a timely gift for Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser, who is back home in Denver, Colo., recovering from a heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery. It was also a gift to Truex’s long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex, who has been battling ovarian cancer.

"A lot of it was for her," said Truex, who won for the first time at Homestead and the 15th time in his career. "A lot of it was for me. A lot of it was for this team – just, I don’t even know what to say. We just never gave up all day long. We didn’t have the best car. I don’t know how we won that thing. Never give up. Dig deep."

Martin Truex Jr. Grabs His First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Title

Finishing in second, Busch closed rapidly, but Truex found a line that allowed him to maintain an edge that shrank to as little as two car lengths. But Busch never could pull alongside his fellow Camry driver, and Truex inched away over the last four circuits.

"I told my guys we were going to dig deeper than we ever have today, and (with) 20 (laps) to go, I thought I was done – they were all better than me on the long run all day long," Truex said. "I just found a way. I found a lane that I could use, and I found a lane that was blocking enough of their air that they couldn’t use it and just made it happen.

"I can’t believe it. I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid and just never give up. Just never give up on your dreams, no matter what happens and what kind of crap you go through. And thank you, Barney. I wish you were here, buddy."

Furniture Row Teammate, Erik Jones is your 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year.


Furniture Row Teammate, Erik Jones is your 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year.




NASCAR Race Mom truly enjoyed this championship weekend and looks forward to 2017 NASCAR Champions Week in Las Vegas.

Next Race: The Clash - Feb. 11, 2018.


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts: Homestead-Miami

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts: Homestead-Miami
Homestead-Miami Speedway has participated in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs as the season finale since its inception in 2004. This season the track will host its 14th Playoff event.

After the checkered flag flies, either Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota; Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford; Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford or Martin Truex Jr in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota will be crowned the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.

HOMESTEAD-MIAMI-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

*Playoff drivers are in Alphabetical Order by Last Name; Loop Data (2005-2017)

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.9

2017 Rundown

  • Five wins, 13 top fives, 21 top 10s,
  • Led 1980 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.8

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.833, 17th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.003, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.9, sixth-best
  • 194 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.654, seventh-fastest
  • 2215 Laps in the Top 15 (69.1), seventh-most
  • 483 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Stats - Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

 

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Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.0

2017 Rundown

  • Two wins, 13 top fives, 22 top 10s,
  • Led 850 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.3

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 6.000, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.928, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.0, second-best
  • 154 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.753, fourth-fastest
  • 2605 Laps in the Top 15 (81.3), fourth-most
  • 508 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Stats - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

 

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Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)
  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.5

2017 Rundown

  • Three wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s,
  • Led 777 laps
  • Average Finish of 12.6

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.889, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.782, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.5, ninth-best
  • 62 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.422, ninth-fastest
  • 1533 Laps in the Top 15 (63.8), 10th-most
  • 354 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Stats - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)


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Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota)

    Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota)
  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.8

2017 Rundown

  • Seven wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s,
  • Led 2175 laps
  • Average Finish of 9.7

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.545, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.638, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.8, third-best
  • 174 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.706, fifth-fastest
  • 2427 Laps in the Top 15 (82.6), third-most
  • 640 Quality Passes, series-most
Stats - Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota)


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Eli Young Band to Perform Pre-Race Concert

Eli Young Band to Perform Pre-Race Concert

Ford Ecoboost 400 Championship Race At Homestead-Miami Speedway

The stage is almost set both on and off the track for 2017 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, the Eli Young Band, is set to perform prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 19. 

Known for their soulful, hearts-on-fire brand of country, the Eli Young Band will be performing songs off their fourth major label album “FINGERPRINTS.”

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The Eli Young Band, which consists of lead singer Mike Eli, guitarist James Young, bassist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson, has seen each of their previous three albums – “Jet Black & Jealous,” “Life at Best” and “10,000 Towns” – reach the top five of the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with 2014’s “10,000 Towns” bowing at No. 1. 

In addition, the quartet’s three No. 1 singles “Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night” have earned them Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications, which led to Grammy® and CMA Award nominations, multiple Billboard awards and an ACM trophy for “Crazy Girl” as Song of the Year.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the Eli Young Band to Homestead-Miami Speedway to kick off the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “The Eli Young Band has become a staple in country music, and their pre-race performance will be the perfect way to rev things up for the Monster Energy Series championship race. We are really looking forward to this special show.”


Nite Lites Coming to Michigan International Speedway

Nite Lites Coming to Michigan International Speedway
Nite Lites Coming to Michigan International Speedway  

The popular Nite Lites display will light up the infield at Michigan International Speedway in 2017. Guests can enjoy all the displays right from the comfort of their cars. Nite Lites is expanding to a three mile show after entertaining guests for 20 years with a 1.5 mile display. The lighting display will be open for cars beginning on November 23 at 5:30 p.m. It will remain open every day until December 31.

“We are excited to welcome the Nite Lites display to the Michigan International Speedway,” track president Rick Brenner said. “This is a great community event and we look forward to hosting it for many years to come.”

Nite Lites will be open from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost is $20 per car. All veterans and active military personal are admitted free on December 7.

“Nite Lites is proud to be lighting up the infield at Michigan International Speedway this winter,” said John Spink, Nite Lites Owner and Operator. “We have worked hard this year to make the display three miles of magical experiences for the guests. We take pride in making this can’t miss family event.”

The popular Nite Lites entry way will greet the guests as the enter display. In 2017, Nite Lites will feature 65 different themes, a 250-foot lighted tunnel, six 30-foot mega trees and three 20-foot mega trees. In addition, the crew continues to build their own displays to keep the guests coming back.

On December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 22-23 the Winter Wonderland display will be open. Children can tell Santa their Christmas list and take a free train ride. There will be crafts and concessions to enjoy before going through display. The reindeer will be here 6 – 9 p.m. on December 8, 15 and 22.

Everything gets started on November 22 with the annual 5K run. All local runners can participate in the run that takes them through the middle of the display. It is the only night, guests can walk through all the lights. All runners can register at http://www.nitelitesshow.com.