Monday, June 26, 2017

RIP Michael Emil DeBello

RIP Michael Emil DeBello

Michael Emil DeBello
January 22, 1949 - June 24, 2017


s a NASCAR Official for 18 years at Riverhead Raceway
Michael Emil DeBello was born January 22, 1949 in Corona Queens, NY.

He was the only child of Angelo Carmine DeBello and Itala Clara Cianciulli DeBello.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Janet Kay Johnson DeBello of 46 years on June 4, 2017. Mike and Janet have two daughters and three granddaughters.

Heather Kay DeBello Brunnhoelzl, Heather is married to George Brunnhoelzl III, and their daughter, Riley Morgan Brunnhoelzl. Emily Janelle DeBello Fischer, Emily is married to Brian Fischer, their daughters, McKayla Paige Fischer and Addison Grace Ann Fischer. Michael retired after 25 years of service from Pete’s Towing and Body Shop in Westbury, New York.

Mike was a NASCAR Official for 18 years at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, New York. Mike served as the Lieutenant of the Emergency Company of the Syosset Fire Department for 15 years. Mike was also an active member of the Syosset Fire Department Benevolent Association. Mike was also a member of the Nassau County Fire Riders Association for 5 years, a charitable fire fighters organization.

While NASCAR Race Mom did not know 'Big Mike' personally, it was evident that he made quite the impression and a difference in many a racer's lives. 


s a NASCAR Official for 18 years at Riverhead Raceway


From Derek Pernesiglio's Facebook page:

Michael Emil DeBello January 22, 1949-June 24, 2017

"Big Mike", "Tow Truck Mike", "Thunder", "The Boss" Where do I begin? A car owner, a friend, a second father. If there really is a racetrack in the sky, there's no doubt in my mind Big Bob O'Rourke has him working on the towing crew. We met when I was 15 years old. I worked on the track clean up crew and he headed up the tow truck and wrecker service at Riverhead Raceway. As a kid, we went go-kart racing together with his daughters Emily and Heather. Heather would one day marry another go-kart kid by the name of George Brunnhoelzl III who would eventually become a four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion. In 2004 he packed up the family to start a new home in North Carolina. Not long after moving down South a stroke took away his ability to drive, walk and other daily functions we take for granted. At the time I was already living down here and working for NASCAR. Seeing Mike and Jan at the modified races gave you a feeling of being far from home but still surrounded by family. In 2012 I began racing outlaw Karts at Millbridge Speedway. Mike, having an affection for the old days of go-kart racing thought they were neatest thing since sliced bread. He decided he wanted to go racing again, he even traded in one of his favorite guns to pay for half the first car. Keeping the car at his house put some skip in his step. No longer confined to the house he was able to wheel his way out to the garage and work on the car. He busted chops, we bickered, we bitched at each other like most Italians do but there was always love and respect for each other. We won some races and a Winter Series Championship together. When we won a race Mike would alway's say, "We took one from em." In the last five years his trips to the garage and the racetrack became less and less frequent. He wanted me to keep racing, He gave me a key to the house and said to come and go as I please. At night, Jan would yell into the garage to come inside to eat dinner together, like family. Last week in the hospice after telling him we finished third he scowled at me and wrinkled his face as if to say you couldn't you do any better? That was a Mike, busting chops until his final days. It's kind of fitting Mike passed just a few hours before the Modified Tour race at Riverhead tonight, we had a feeling you wanted to make it there to see the show. I love you like a father, thank you for coming into my life and accepting me as a son. Don't worry about Jan, she's in good hands. I promise you we'll take another one from them...and it'll all be for you.

Love, Your adopted son, Derek

Derek Pernesiglio has worked in racing for more than 20 years. Beginning as a short track announcer, he has also worked for NASCAR as a television producer and on-air talent for the major networks.

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Harvick's Participation In the K&N Pro Series Race Helpful

Harvick's Participation In the K&N Pro Series Race Helpful NASCAR Race Mom was very surprised at some people’s response to Kevin Harvick’s entry into and win of the K&N Pro Series race, the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway. Harvick, a Bakersfield, California native, held off hard-charging Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender in Will Rodgers in a tight racing battle. 



Harvick, who won the 1998 K&N Pro Series West championship on his way up to NASCAR’s highest level related, "It always feels good to win no matter what it is," said Harvick. "The main objective was to come have fun, shine a little light on the series and shine a little light on how much talent is in the series. This particular series did a lot for me and to come back and be a part of it, see the health of it and see the young guys racing was the main objective.

However, negative comments were abound. One person commented, “not impressed.” Another, “suck away as much prize money as I can from these teams that depend on it". He has no business running at this level.”

Therefore, NRM just had to put her two cents worth in. I have experience in this series. My son raced it for five years. To me, having Mr. Harvick participate in a race would always be welcomed as long as he raced and related respectfully.

In my opinion Harvick went above and beyond to help bring notice and honor to a series that is oft times hidden in the background. Many of today’s NASCAR stars have had their start in the K&N Pro Series (West & East) and for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion to acknowledge this rung in the NASCAR Ladder is huge.

After the race, Harvick went to twitter the same day to congratulate runner-up Will Rodgers:



Then Harvick invited the young racer to watch the cup race from his pits. Kevin Harvick went on to collect his first Sonoma Raceway Cup Victory Sunday!!! Harvick was the eleventh different driver to score a cup win in 2017 and earn a chase berth!

NASCAR Race Mom was thrilled for him, his family, and team. Only goes to show you - Good things happen to people who do good things.



Harvick knows how to take care of his sponsors as well!!!



Hoping the Harvick family chooses the K&N Pro Series West when son Keelan decides to go racing.



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma

Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma
Kevin Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma #NASCAR

Kevin Harvick  won the trophy yesterday as he made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West return. However, that was not a surprise to most. In fact, Rookie Will Rodgers who won pole and record his best finish, (second) had a feeling.

"For some funny reason, I had a feeling as far back as four weeks ago that it was going to be me and Kevin coming into turn 11 on the last lap," Rodgers said.

"And sure enough, there we were. He ran a really good race, I learned a lot from him. We were able to lead some laps there in the beginning. It doesn't feel too bad to finish second today."



Harvick’s goal was not just to win this event:

"It always feels good to win no matter what it is," said Harvick. "The main objective was to come have fun, shine a little light on the series and shine a little light on how much talent is in the series. This particular series did a lot for me and to come back and be a part of it, see the health of it and see the young guys racing was the main objective.

Harvick, who emerged from Bakersfield, and Rodgers, who is a Murrieta boy, represented their state well in the sixty-four lap road race.

"It's always fun to race in front of your home state fans. It's been a long time since I raced in this particular series here, so it was a fun weekend."



Top-Ten Finisher

  • Kevin Harvick
  • Will Rodgers *
  • David Mayhew
  • Michael Self
  • Derek Kraus *
  • Todd Gilliland
  • Blaine Perkins
  • Todd Souza
  • Sheldon Creed *
  • Chris Eggleston

* - Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Race Statistics

Fastest Qualifier: Will Rodgers *, Time: 77.949 Seconds, Speed: 91.906 mph
Time of Race: 2 hrs., 8 mins, 43 secs Average Speed: 59.368 mph Margin of Victory: .530 Seconds
Caution Flags: 
  1. 14-16 (#38 hit wall----Free Pass #11); 
  2. 18-21 (#14 stopped T2..No Free Pass); 
  3. 23-26 (#43 stopped T4 ---Free Pass #54); 
  4. 34-37 (Break----Free Pass #88); 
  5. 39-40 (#84 stopped T2----Free Pass #38); 
  6. 55-57 (#88 stopped T11----Free Pass #11).
                          6 for 20 laps.
Lap Leaders: Will Rodgers * 1-26, Michael Self 27-41, Kevin Harvick 42-64.
Total Laps Led: Will Rodgers * 26, Kevin Harvick 23, Michael Self 15. 2 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points:
  1. Todd Gilliland 354
  2. Chris Eggleston 343
  3. Derek Kraus * 298
  4. Will Rodgers * 286
  5. Michael Self 272
  6. Kody Vanderwal * 272
  7. Todd Souza 266
  8. Blaine Perkins 261
  9. Nicole Behar 258
  10. Matt Levin 258


Kevin Harvick Wins the K&N Pro Series West Race in Sonoma #NASCAR



The Carneros 200 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 29 at 11 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to the track on July 28 for the annual combination race with the K&N Pro East at Iowa Speedway.


NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma
Sonoma Raceway opened as a 2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968. Did you know that the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race was held on June 11, 1989 – won by Ricky Rudd at an average speed of 76.088 mph?

Below is the starting lineup for Today's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (#MENCS) Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.


Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, and his son, Owen, pose with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, and his son, Owen,
pose with theCoors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway
  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Jamie McMurray
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. AJ Allmendinger
  6. Danica Patrick
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Chase Elliott
  9. Chris Buescher
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  11. Daniel Suarez
  12. Kevin Harvick
  13. Clint Bowyer
  14. Denny Hamlin
  15. Paul Menard
  16. Michael McDowell
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Joey Logano
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Ryan Newman
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  23. Brad Keselowski
  24. Jimmie Johnson
  25. Trevor Bayne
  26. Billy Johnson
  27. Matt DiBenedetto
  28. David Ragan
  29. Cole Whitt
  30. Erik Jones
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Alon Day
  33. Josh Bilicki
  34. Boris Said
  35. Ty Dillon
  36. Kevin O’Connell
  37. Tommy Regan
  38. Matt Kenseth

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, drive during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 24, 2017 in Sonoma, California.
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota,
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Dale
Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, in Sonoma, California.

Today's Schedule

Sunday, June 25

  • 7:00 AM 12:30 PM   MENCS Registration Open
  • 7:00 AM    MENCS Garage Opens
  • 7:00 AM 10:30 AM    MENCS Minors Permitted/Garage Area*
  • 7:40 AM 8:30 AM    NASCAR Pace Vehicle Rides
  • 8:00 AM    Starting Of Engines Is Permitted
  • 8:30 AM 9:30 AM    Pace Vehicle Rides (Sonoma Raceway)
  • 10:00 AM    Track Services Meeting (Conference Room)
  • 10:00 AM    MENCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting (Turn Eleven)
  • 11:00 AM 4:30 PM    MENCS ** Hot Pass In Effect **
  • 11:20 AM    MENCS Driver Introductions
  • 12:00 PM (3:00 PM)    MENCS Race (110 Laps, 218.9 Miles)


Sonoma Raceway Data

  • Season Race #: 16 of 36 (06-25-17)
  • Track Size: 1.99-miles
  • Number of Turns: 12
  • Race Length: 110 laps / 219 miles / 350 Kilometers
  • Stage 1 and 2 Length: 25 laps (each)
  • Final Stage Length: 60 laps


Top 10 Driver Ratings at Sonoma

  • Kurt Busch............................... 107.8
  • Jimmie Johnson.......................... 99.9
  • Clint Bowyer............................... 90.2
  • Kyle Busch................................. 90.1
  • Kyle Larson................................ 90.0
  • Ryan Newman............................ 88.3
  • Kevin Harvick.............................. 87.9
  • AJ Allmendinger.......................... 87.5
  • Martin Truex Jr............................ 87.0
  • Kasey Kahne.............................. 86.9

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Local Racer, Eric Sunness, Seeking Assistance via 'Go Fund Me' Page

Local Racer, Eric Sunness Seeking Assistance via 'Go Fund Me' Page

On Saturday, June 17, Eric Sunness was involved in a crash while racing his Super Stock at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield. 


Local Racer, Eric Sunness, Seeking Assistance via 'Go Fund Me' Page
He had to be cut from the car after hitting the turn two wall drivers door first. He's been in the hospital, in the ICU ever since. He's still in the hospital in Bakersfield, and he has a tough road ahead of him.

Everyone who races in Southern California knows Eric. He's famous for his Hawaiian shirts and big smile, and he's hard to miss since he's so tall. More importantly, he's always there when you need him. He's been a great teammate and extended family member for years. He's a hard working, blue collar racer, who owns his own business and takes care of his family. And he's never said no to helping someone.

So let's help him. His wife, Nancy, remains with him in Bakersfield. His business, Sunness Automotive, in the valley, is without its leader right now, and we all know how expensive a prolonged hospital stay is.

Racers are a unique fraternity, and a family. Let's show Eric what we've proved time and time again: when one of us is down, we come together to pick that person and their family up.

Thank you all for any donation, no matter how small. God Bless.

The Sunness and DeLong Family 




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Don't Forget the K&N Pro Series Race At Sonoma Today

Don't Forget the K&N Pro Series Race At Sonoma Today

Michael Self Leads Sole #KNWest Session At Road Course





Michael Self was quickest in the only NASCAR K&N Pro Series West practice session Friday afternoon for the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway. Self's No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs Lucas Oil/Braille Batteries Ford turned a lap of 1:18.524 seconds (91.233 mph) around the 12-turn road course.


The three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers schedule to participate in this event all recorded practice times within the top-ten.  Current Monster Energy Series rookie Daniel Suarez took runner-up position. Kevin Harvick, the 1998 K&N Pro Series West champion, was fifth on the practice sheet. While recent first-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner Ryan Blaney practiced in seventh place.


Practice Results

Pos No. Name Best Speed Laps
1 9 Michael Self 91.233 15
2 12 Daniel Suarez 90.718 15
3 7 Will Rodgers * 90.354 18
4 17 David Mayhew 89.818 14
5 4 Kevin Harvick 89.685 13
6 13 Todd Souza 89.522 14
7 88 Ryan Blaney 89.513 9
8 20 Jim Inglebright 89.386 5
9 99 Chris Eggleston 88.717 10
10 61 Johnny Borneman III 88.535 10
11 55 Sheldon Creed 88.226 17
12 6 Julia Landauer 88.201 21
13 43 Derek Thorn 88.118 11
14 16 Todd Gilliland 88.010 11
15 21 Blaine Perkins 87.643 16
16 19 Derek Kraus* 87.533 18
17 86 Tim Spurgeon 87.074 12
18 54 Will Gallaher 86.432 12
19 51 Carlos Vieira 86.356 15
20 32 Kody Vanderwal * 85.765 18
21 47 Scott Ivie 85.424 14
22 10 Matt Levin 84.843 21
23 38 Stafford Smith * 84.803 14
24 84 Rich DeLong III 84.453 21
25 11 Takuma Koga 84.199 22
26 33 Nicole Behar 84.036 18
27 40 Ron Norman 83.932 16
28 30 Dave Smith 82.604 3
29 77 Kevin O'Connell 82.490 1
30 68 Rodd Kneeland * 82.470 12
31 36 Jesse Iwuji 80.183 10
32 14 John Wood 77.782 2


 


Qualifying at 1:15 p.m. ET
Carneros 200 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Event Hashtag #carneros20



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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

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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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