Friday, June 23, 2017

Iowa Speedway Lands Sweet Deal with M&M’s

Iowa Speedway Lands Sweet Deal with M&M’s

Iowa Speedway announced the title sponsor for the June 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be Mars Chocolate North America, makers of the iconic M&M’S® Brand. While M&M’S has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the brand has sponsored a race at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.

Having been involved in the sport for almost three decades as a team sponsor, M&M’S is already a seasoned partner throughout NASCAR. The brand has been a sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch, a two-time Iowa Speedway race winner, since 2008. In 2000, Mars stepped up its sponsorship to become the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR” and has since built a significant presence at the track.

“We’re excited to welcome our new partner, Mars Chocolate, to Iowa Speedway, and are proud to promote M&M’S with one of our longstanding partners, Casey’s General Store,” said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. “This partnership is a wonderful example of the unrivaled promotional power and versatility of NASCAR and Iowa Speedway.”

“We are happy to partner with Casey’s General Store, NASCAR, and Iowa Speedway,” said William Clements, VP Sponsorships, Mars Chocolate North America. “M&M’S makes race day more fun, so fans should expect a sweet at-track experience during Iowa Speedway’s wide open weekend.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store will run on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. CT on FS1. The M&M’S 200 will be the first race of Wide Opening Weekend which pairs the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the second consecutive year.


About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 85,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

For more information about Mars, please visit www.mars.com. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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Iowa Speedway - Creature Comforts

Iowa Speedway - Creature Comforts

Wide Opening Weekend primed with fresh activation, a patriotic presence and local flavors for 2017



Summer is finally here in Iowa, which means it’s time to go racing at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet! Drafting off a stellar 2016 season, Iowa Speedway is kicking off Wide Opening Weekend with the second consecutive pairing of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

In addition to competitive racing, fans can expect traditional staples like the NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series at the Pork Party Pavilion, mingled with a variety of new offerings like a new food and beverage provider and upgraded merchandise options. Tickets for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen, can be purchased at www.IowaSpeedway.com or by calling 866.787.8946.

Here’s what you’ll see around the track this weekend:



NASCAR Salutes

Each year between Memorial Day and Independence Day, the motorsports industry comes together for NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola. Designed to collectively express respect and gratitude for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, NASCAR Salutes is showcased at tracks across the nation. This year, Iowa Speedway will have vintage military vehicles displayed on the Concourse, in addition to a swear-in ceremony by the United States Air Force during pre-race activities on June 24. Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.nascar.com/salutes to honor their military heroes, or join the conversation with #NASCARSalutes.

NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series

The NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series tradition will continue in 2017, taking place on the first night of every race weekend. Following the checkered flag of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store on June 23, Easton Corbin will take the stage at the Pork Party Pavilion, located above Turn 4. With hits like “All Over the Road” and “A Little More Country Than That,” fans are in for an enjoyable post-race performance.

Signature Food and Drink

New in 2017, Iowa Speedway has partnered with Americrown Service Corporation – the leader in major motorsports catering and concessions. In addition to upgraded concessions featuring new food and beverage items, Americrown brings two Signature Food Items to Iowa Speedway. This year’s delicacies pay homage to local industries and flavors. Swing by the Winner’s Circle or Speedway Grill for your share of Pork Fries – crispy fried Pig Ears drizzled with hot sauce and served with a side of ranch, and Iowa Dogs – all-beef hot dogs with loose meat, corn relish and Maytag blue cheese crumbles on a fresh roll.

For those fans looking to test the limits of their pork affinity, Iowa Speedway is hosting a Pork Fries eating contest on Saturday, June 24 at 4:30 p.m. CT. Stop by the Hornitos Bar Tent for a chance to compete – only three lucky fans will make the cut!

Signature Drinks, courtesy of Beam Suntory brands, will return to the mix as well. The Trading Paint and Gas N’ Go are back for their sophomore season, joined by a couple of newcomers: the Carburita and the Blood Orange Breeze. For details on these drinks, please see the recipes listed on the final page of this release.

Another fun addition comes in the form of craft beer. Iowa Speedway teamed up with Knoxville, Iowa-based Peace Tree Brewing Co., to create the 7/8 Wheat. This Belgian-style Wheat Ale is a limited-edition brew available at the Fan Walk Cargo Bars and on the Concourse; try one before the season runs dry!

Oversized Games

Played by world leaders, sharks and awkward teenagers alike, pool will level-up at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, as fans may climb atop the giant pool table and use their feet to break and bank shots. For those who are less “pedi-clined,” checkers have also been jacked-up for fans’ enjoyment. One of the oldest games known to man, Iowa Speedway’s version of checkers overcompensates for the shortness of the racing surface with a giant board and game pieces. Not to be outdone by its more strategic relatives, oversized Corn Hole will make an appearance in the Corn Belt. Head down to Fan Walk to try your hand at an overgrown version of this tailgate staple. All games are free to ticketed guests and certain to become a part of the fabric of race day in Newton, Iowa.

Bags Tournament

Two years after the epic 2015 bags battle prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250, the Speedway will again host tournaments each weekend of the 2017 season. The first throw-down will take place on Friday, June 23 at 4:00 p.m. CT, outside the Hornitos Bar Tent. Fittingly, the winning team members will each take home a $25 ethanol gift card, courtesy of Iowa Corn.

Youth Ticketing Program

Always aiming to please our youngest fans, Iowa Speedway joined an industry-wide NASCAR initiative granting free Single Event Tickets for fans 12 and under (with a ticketed parent) to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2017. We expanded upon this offer to cover all our races in 2017 (all 6 event days, including INDYCAR). On race days, Youth Tickets can be purchased at Ticket Booths 1 and 2; please note that Youth Tickets are not offered in advance. Children must be present during purchase, and Iowa Speedway Ticketing Staff must validate the full-price purchase of an adult ticket for every two Youth Tickets sold.


Youth Activities

Building on the foundation created back in 2015, and the success of 2016, Iowa Speedway has engineered a serious upgrade to race day for its youngest fans.

  • Crash Course 2.0 presented by U.S. Cellular – Terms like “downforce” and “drag” may be difficult to explain even to adults, but Crash Course will help decipher the physics of racing for fans of all ages and experience levels. Seeking to decode the action on the track and help share Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lessons through racing, Crash Course returns to the Concourse above Turn 1. This year, kids can try their hand at Pit Crew duties, using the brand-new tire changer. For those preferring auto design to lug nuts, Lego cars are available for building and racing down our Crash Course ramp.
  • Kids Q&A – Saturday, June 24 – Recognizing that kids are often interested in hearing answers to less conventional questions than those typically posed to drivers at press conferences, Iowa Speedway will once again host Q&A sessions between drivers and their youngest fans during each race weekend. On Saturday, June 24, a NASCAR XFINITY Series driver will be in for an amusing press conference as he fields questions on a wide assortment of topics. These “Q&A” sessions are reserved for the first 120 fans, 18-and-under, who meet at Crash Course at 4:20 p.m. CT. Parents are also invited to attend. Like working press, no autographs of drivers or racing personalities will be allowed, but lifelong memories will be created.
  • Cars 3 Swag Bags – Released on June 16, “Cars 3” features a host of NASCAR stars in key roles. To pay tribute to our animated colleagues, Iowa Speedway will be giving out “Cars 3” string bags, to the first 200 fans at Crash Course. The first 2,500 fans through the gates on both Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 will receive $2 off coupons on Cars 3 movie tickets.
NASCAR Driver Autograph Sessions

On both Friday and Saturday, fans will have an opportunity to get autographs from some of their favorite drivers. On Friday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will be available for a special autograph session, open to all ticketholders. The autograph session will run from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. CT at the north end of the concourse under the Turn 4 Grandstands. On Saturday, the stars of the NASCAR XFINITY Series will also gather under the Turn 4 Grandstands from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. CT. That same evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT, the Driver/Crew Chief Meeting will take place in the Fan Walk. Those with Fan Walk access are encouraged to gather outside the tent to watch the meeting.

Merchandise

This year marks the start of Iowa Speedway’s new merchandise partnership with Fanatics Inc. – the market leader for officially licensed sports merchandise. Fan feedback indicated the need for a larger and more varied at-track selection of NASCAR merchandise, so Iowa Speedway worked to name Fanatics the primary retailer. NASCAR, team, driver and Speedway merchandise will be available each race weekend with Concourse locations near Turn 1 and Turn 4. Our year-round gift shop, located at the Administration Building, will also be open from Parking Lot open times until the Green Flag. Fans looking to purchase remotely can visit our online gift shop at http://store.nascar.com/Iowa_Speedway/.

IMG Seating

New for 2017, Iowa Speedway has partnered with IMG College Seating – the leading provider in stadium seating. Just like the seat cushions you may have seen at Kinnick Stadium or Jack Trice Stadium, these cushions will attach to the grandstand bleachers and offer a more comfortable way to watch the race. Please note, the cushions are for our grandstand bleacher-style seats, and they will not work for the tip-down premium seats located in the Newton Club.

  • Advance Reservations: Seat cushions can be rented IN ADVANCE for the season for just $49. ADVANCE weekend rentals are $19
  • Event Day Reservations: For purchases made on race days, a single event rental is $10, while a season can be purchased for $60. Buying in advance ensures the best deals – and that your cushion will be set up in your seat prior to your arrival at the Speedway
Let’s Get Social

Now in its third year, fans will once again be encouraged to use the hashtag #ThisIsMySpeedway on social media to tell their stories of the weekend. #ThisIsMySpeedway is a focal point for fans who love the Speedway and look to share that experience with others. By using the hashtag in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts, fans may check out what else is happening around the track alongside their own encounters.

To raise the stakes in 2017, the Speedway is encouraging fans to use the race day hashtags for a chance to be featured on Iowa Speedway’s social media channels. Share your race day photos using the hashtags #MMs200 (Friday, June 23) and #E15250 (Saturday, June 24), and we’ll re-post three of our favorites after the race weekend. Be sure to tag us @iowaspeedway on Twitter and check-in on Facebook!

ISM Screens

The four ISM Vision Solar Powered Media Stations, located across the Concourse and the Fan Walk, are the product of one of our latest fan experience partnerships. We are collaborating with Ingenuity Sun Media (ISM Vision) to enhance our fan engagement across the property. You may recognize the screens, content format and / or the branding (ISM Vision) from other races you attended this year at tracks such as Daytona International Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway among others. One of the coolest features is that the screens are powered by solar panels perched on top of each station.

Signature Drink Recipes

  • TRADING PAINT
    • 2 parts Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade, 2 parts Lemonade or fresh lemon sour
    • 1 part Lemon Lime Soda, Float of DeKuyper Blue Curacao
    • Build in order over ice in Mason jar, Garnish with a lemon wedge squeezed and dropped in and a cherry
  • GAS N’ GO
    • Pinnacle Vodka, Jim Beam
    • Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice
    • Garnish – Orange
  • CARBURITA (MARGARITA)
    • 0.25 oz. Hornitos, .50 oz. Cruzan Mango
    • 3.0 oz. Lemonade, Top with Lemon-Lime soda
    • 0.50 oz. DeKuyper Blue Curacao, Build in order in a tall glass
    • Top up with the soda, Garnish with a lime wedge squeezed and dropped in
  • BLOOD ORANGE BREEZE
    • 1 part EFFEN BLOOD ORANGE, 2 parts Cranberry Juice
    • 1 part Grapefruit Juice, Build over ice in a highball glass
    • Garnish with a cherry dropped in
About Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2017 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 23-24 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen), July 8-9 (ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 28-29 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by American Ethanol). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946.

To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

#NASCAR Race Schedule for Iowa Speedway

#NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store

  • Green Flag: 7:30 p.m. CT
  • Distance: 200 Laps

NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen

  • Green Flag: 7:30 p.m. CT
  • Distance: 250 Laps


Thursday, June 22:

  • 12:00 p.m. Campgrounds Open
  • 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Iowa Speedway Credentials Open
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Horsepower Hour LIVE in the Newton Club


Friday, June 23:

  • 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Iowa Speedway Credentials Open
  • 9:00 a.m. Parking Lots Open
  • 9:00 a.m. Infield Fan Walk Opens
  • 9:00 a.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Practice
  • 11:00 a.m. Midway Opens
  • 11:15 a.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Final Practice
  • 1:00 p.m. Spectator Gates Open
  • 1:00 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice
  • 3:00 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Autograph Session – Turn 4 Grandstands
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Season Ticket Holder Tailgate – Turn 4 Hospitality
  • 4:00 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice
  • 5:05 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying
  • 7:00 p.m. Driver Introductions
  • 7:30 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store
  • Post Race NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series – Post Race Concert – Easton Corbin

#NASCAR Race Schedule for Iowa Speedway

Saturday, June 24

  • 11:00 a.m. Parking Lots Open
  • 1:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Iowa Speedway Credentials Open
  • 1:00 p.m. Infield Fan Walk Opens
  • 1:00 p.m. Midway Opens
  • 3:00 p.m. Spectator Gates and Hospitality Open
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Season Ticket Holder Tailgate – Turn 4 Hospitality
  • 3:30 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series Autograph Session – Turn 4 Grandstands
  • 5:15 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying
  • 6:30 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting – Fan Walk
  • 7:00 p.m. Driver Introductions
  • 7:30 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Raises $1.3 Million for Charity

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Raises $1.3 Million for Charity #NASCAR

200 Riders Traveled The Pacific Northwest From Portland To Milwaukee To Raise Funds And Awareness For Victory Junction

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Raises $1.3 Million for Charity #NASCAR

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, today announced its 23rd anniversary Ride raised $1.3 million – the most funds raised in a single year since 2008. Funds raised directly benefit Victory Junction – a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Since the Ride’s inception in 1995, more than 8,085 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. And this year, the Ride will send 100 kids to summer camp at Victory Junction.

On May 13, former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty embarked on a 2,400-mile cross-country route, leading 200 bikers from Portland, Oregon, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Covering eight states in seven days, the Ride ventured to many of our country’s historic landmarks, including Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and for the first time in the Ride’s history, Yellowstone National Park.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Raises $1.3 Million for Charity #NASCAR

Ending the Ride in Harley-Davidson’s hometown of Milwaukee on May 19, riders celebrated at the Harley-Davidson Museum and were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harley-Davidson Corporate Offices – where some became the first-ever to sign the company’s famous water tower.

“This might be my 23rd year leading the Ride, but the overwhelming support we receive from fans in local towns across America just never ceases to impress me and we’re so grateful for that,” said Petty. “We had a very special welcome in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, where an entire K-12 school came out to greet us, and unforgettable receptions in Walla Walla, Washington, and in Mitchell, South Dakota. Not to mention the support from small towns like Kooskia, Idaho, and Raymond and Darwin, Minnesota.”

This year’s Ride surpassed last year’s total funds raised by $300,000. Funds were gathered from fans along the route, as part of the Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program, as well as donations made by generous sponsors, organizations, and the riders themselves.


Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Raises $1.3 Million for Charity #NASCAR

“We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our loyal sponsors, and this year we were fortunate enough to visit our friends at Manheim Portland, Manheim Minneapolis, WinCraft Inc. and Harley-Davidson,” said Petty. “Not only did these companies make generous contributions to our cause, but they also made an extra special effort to provide our riders with great food, live music, activities and more.”

This year’s Ride also featured several celebrity riders, including NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven time champion Richard Petty, NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, Hershel McGriff, NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison, former NFL great and ESPN’s 2016 Coaches Poll greatest college football player of all time, Herschel Walker, Heisman Trophy winner (1980) and Super Bowl champion (XXII) George Rogers, NBC Sports NASCAR personality Rick Allen, and Harley-Davidson Museum president, Bill Davidson, whose great grandfather who founded the company.

“Traveling across the country with friends and family on two wheels is an amazing experience in itself, but what makes this Ride truly special is that it’s all for the kids at Victory Junction. That’s why we ride,” said Kyle’s father, Richard Petty. “Nothing is more important than giving kids a chance to just be kids.”

Since 1995, more than 8,175 riders have logged more than 11.9 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised $18 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities. Victory Junction has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.

The 2017 Ride was made possible by presenting sponsor Manheim, as well as Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson, FCA Fleet, Racing Electronics, WinCraft Inc., FLUIDYNE Racing Products, Petty Family Foundation, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Headbands of Hope, Piedmont Moving Systems, Blue-Emu, Select-a-Vision, Heated Wear and Goody’s.

To look back at Petty and the riders’ journey, check out their posts on social media:


For more information about the 23rd Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America or to make a donation, please visit www.kylepettycharityride.com.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Raises $1.3 Million for Charity #NASCAR

About Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

Led by former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is an annual cross-country motorcycle trek that raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction. The Ride is one of the most successful and popular charity events in the country. Now in its 23rd year, more than 8,175 riders have logged 11.9 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $18 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.


About Victory Junction

Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Co-founded by Kyle Petty and his family in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, North Carolina. Victory Junction exists to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment, always free of charge. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. Since the camp’s inception, more than 25,314 children and families have received not only a circle of support but experiences thought to only be possible by healthy children. Victory Junction is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network of Camps founded by Paul Newman, and is accredited by the rigorous guidelines of the American Camping Association. To learn more, please visit www.victoryjunction.org.

About Manheim North America

Manheim® is North America’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services, connecting buyers and sellers to the largest wholesale used vehicle marketplace and most extensive auction network. Through 125 traditional and mobile auction sites and a robust digital marketplace, the company helps dealer and commercial clients achieve business results by providing innovative end-to-end inventory solutions. Approximately 18,000 employees enable Manheim to register about 8 million used vehicles per year, facilitate transactions representing nearly $57 billion in value and generate annual revenues of more than $2.6 billion. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim North America is a Cox Automotive™ brand. For more information, visit http://press.manheim.com.

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K&N Pro West News & Notes: Sonoma

All roads eventually wind their way back home.


K&N Pro West News & Notes: Sonoma


For three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers this weekend, it’s a road course that turns back towards where it all began: the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. NASCAR’s top developmental series heads to Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, for the Carneros 200 on Saturday.

The 1998 K&N Pro Series West champion, Kevin Harvick, will join recent first-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner Ryan Blaney and current Monster Energy Series rookie Daniel Suarez in the field for the Carneros 200. All three drivers began their respective NASCAR careers at the K&N Pro Series level.


Harvick, the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, won at Sonoma during his K&N Pro Series West title-winning season. Suarez, a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Mexico Series champion, has three career K&N Pro Series East wins to his credit, while Blaney — who recently won at Pocono — won his only career K&N Pro Series West start at Arizona’s  Phoenix International Raceway in 2011.

“I’m going to be the old guy that shows up,” Harvick said recently. “I have fun when I go do those events… It’s a series that gave me several breaks and several opportunities to showcase what I did as a kid.”


Others to showcase their abilities on Saturday, includes current series points leader Todd Gilliland and his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston, who sits second in the standings. Gilliland and Eggleston have combined to win all seven of the series’ races this season and both will be looking to redeem themselves after a rough 2016 Carneros 200 showing. Heading into Sonoma, Eggleston has won two straight races to close his deficit in the championship standings to just seven points at the midway point of the season.


RACE: Carneros 200
PLACE: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway
DATE: Saturday, June 24
TIME: 1:30 p.m. PT
AIRDATE: NBCSN, Thursday, June 29 at 11 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course
2016 WINNER: Chase Elliott
2016 POLE WINNER: Chase Elliott
EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday, June 23 – Garage opens: 10:45 a.m.; Practice: 2-3:20 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday, June 24 — Qualifying: 10:15 a.m.; Carneros 200: 1:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Diana Brennan, (707) 334-9822, DBrennan@sonomaraceway.com
TWITTER: @RaceSonoma
EVENT HASHTAG: #Carneros200
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, bfranceschini@nascar.com.



FAST FACTS:The Race: The Carneros 200 will be the eighth of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 40 cars. The first 36 starting positions will be set by NASCAR Road Race-style group qualifying and the final four positions will be determined by the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 64 laps (204.966 kilometers/127.36 miles) and will have a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 40.

The Track: A 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course, Sonoma Raceway opened in 1968 as Sears Point International Raceway on 720 acres that was a dairy farm in the early 1900s. Since then then the facility has grown to 1,600 acres and hosts 340 days of racing activity each year.

The Records: The series’ qualifying record was established on June 21, 2014 by Kyle Larson at 92.794 mph (77.203 seconds).  The 64-lap race record was set on June 19, 2010 by Andrew Ranger at 69.155 mph (1 hour, 50 minutes, 30 seconds).

Race Winners: There have been 18 different winners in the 38 races held all-time at Sonoma. Hershel McGriff (1983, 1985, 1987), Jim Insolo (1978, 1979, 1980) and Bill Schmitt (1981, 1988, 1989) lead the category with three wins each. Insolo is the only driver in series history to have won three straight races at Sonoma.

Pole Winners: A total of 20 drivers have qualified on the pole at Sonoma. McGriff leads with three poles at Sonoma, while Butch Gilliland, Jim Bown, Roy Smith and Tim Williamson each have two poles at the road course.

CARNEROS 200 NOTES: 

Cup Runneth Over: Non-series regulars have enjoyed success at Sonoma in recent history. Four of the last six winners at Sonoma have been scored by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, including Chase Elliott in last year’s event. Kyle Larson won the race in 2014, and Joey Logano and David Gilliland went back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.

In 2010, Andrew Ranger won for the first time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition at Sonoma. A multi-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, Ranger also won a series road course race at Utah in 2013.

Familiar Turf: Will Rodgers could be primed for a breakthrough performance at Sonoma this weekend.

The driver who comes from a road racing background sits fifth in the current K&N Pro Series West standings with four top fives in seven races this season. He made his series debut at Sonoma in this race last year, and his best finishes in 2016 came in consecutive races at Utah Motorsports Campus where he finished seventh, twice.

Rodgers is a four-time Pirelli World Challenge Series winner and has several wins in Mazda spec automobiles. 

One And Done: Of the 14 races on the 2017 schedule, Sonoma marks the only road course race of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. No current full-time driver in the series has won at Sonoma. The last to do so was David Mayhew in 2015.




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cars 3 Comes to Sonoma

Cars 3 Comes to Sonoma

A Different Kind of NASCAR Youth Movement


Cars 3 Comes to Sonoma

Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 3” cruised into theatres this month in a dominating style. Gearheads and movie buffs alike can see the popular characters come to life at Sonoma Raceway during the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 24-25.



Cars 3 Comes to SonomaNASCAR fans can picture themselves with life-sized versions of the big-screen characters in the interactive “Cars 3” Road to the Races display, which will be located inside the Turn 10 island on Saturday and Sunday of race weekend. Five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen and tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez will be on site Saturday and Sunday, while sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm joins the party on Sunday only.

To further celebrate the premiere of the racing feature, comedian and actress Cristela Alonzo, the voice of the film’s elite trainer Cruz Ramirez, has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Cars 3 Comes to Sonoma
Alonzo will be honored on Friday, June 23, at the Children’s Champions Grand Marshal Banquet at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. She will also take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, June 25, and will participate in the official command of, “Drivers, Start Your Engines.”

“I’m so grateful to be the Grand Marshal and be part of such a not only fun, but special event,” said Alonzo, who is the first woman to be named NASCAR Grand Marshal in Sonoma.

“We are delighted to work with Disney and Pixar to bring ‘Cars 3’ to life for our race fans during NASCAR weekend in Sonoma,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway President & General Manager. “’Cars’ is such an iconic brand, and it’s exciting that our fans can enjoy the movie and then see the real thing at our event.”



ABOUT THE MOVIE “Cars 3” Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage! Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist "Cars," "Cars 2"), produced by Kevin Reher ("A Bug's Life," "La Luna" short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren ("LAVA" short), "Cars 3" cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.



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Cars 3 Comes to Sonoma

Cars 3 Comes to Sonoma

Monday, June 19, 2017

Infield Campground Driver's Parade Proved Successful and Loved

Infield Campground Driver's Parade Proved Successful and Loved

Many felt it could not be done, however the fans love their Driver's Parade as it wound itself through the infield at Michigan International Speedway yesterday.



For the first time in NASCAR history, the driver parade lap will make its way through the MISCAMPING.com Infield Campground as part of pre-race festivities.
This is amazing, Michael Waltrip exclaimed, How about this . . . . we are bring the drivers to you guys. I love the infield, I love MIS, and I love what the folks of NASCAR has done here.

Infield Campground Driver's Parade Proved Successful and Loved

“Ain’t never done that before,” Earnhardt Jr. said in his post-race Periscope after finishing ninth."

That was pretty cool. I imagine they’ll do that every week next year, everywhere." Dale Jr.

“That was pretty cool. I imagine they’ll do that every week next year, everywhere. The fans sure loved the hell out of that,” Junior continued. “There’s tons of them in the infield looking for us, lined up. That was pretty awesome.”





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