Tuesday, November 13, 2018

#NASCAR Legend David Pearson Passes Away at Age 83

#NASCAR Legend David Pearson Passes Away at Age 83

The “Silver Fox” was a NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee, Three-Time Champion

December 22, 1934 - November 12, 2018

David Pearson, winner of three NASCAR premier series championships despite never running a complete schedule, has died at the age of 83.

Winner of 105 races in just 574 starts – second most to fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty – the Whitney, S.C.-born Pearson won titles in 1966 and 1968-69.

“David Pearson’s 105 NASCAR premier series victories and his classic rivalry in the 1960s and ’70s with Richard Petty helped set the stage for NASCAR’s transformation into a mainstream sport with national appeal,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France. “When he retired, he had three championships – and millions of fans. Petty called him the greatest driver he ever raced against. We were lucky to be able to call him one of our champions.

“The man they called the ‘Silver Fox’ was the gold standard for NASCAR excellence.

“On behalf of the France Family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of David Pearson, a true giant of our sport.”

Pearson was most identified with the legendary Wood Brothers despite never winning a championship in their Ford and Mercury cars. Between 1972 and 1979, Pearson and the Virginia-based Woods – led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Glen and Leonard – won 43 times including the 1976 Daytona 500, a race that saw Pearson limp to the finish after colliding with rival Petty coming down to take the checkered flag.

Pearson was a ferocious qualifier, once fashioning eleven consecutive pole positions at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a NASCAR premier series record that still stands. Yet, he was willing to run long – 500 and 600 mile – races at a pace fast enough to maintain track position while saving speed for the finish.

It earned him the nickname as “The Fox” – as in sly – that later, as his hair began to grey, became “The Silver Fox.”

Perhaps the greatest measure of Pearson’s talents was his mastery of Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, not far from where the driver grew up in Spartanburg – once the hub of NASCAR stock car racing.

Pearson, inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011, won ten times at the track dubbed “Too Tough To Tame,” a 1.366-mile, egg-shaped track that ushered in NASCAR’s paved, superspeedway era in 1950. He won three Southern 500s, run during the heat and humidity of Labor Day week that ranked as the sport’s greatest test of endurance for both driver and car.

Photo Gallery

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
David Pearson had an outstanding year in ’66 driving on the NASCAR Cup circuit in Cotton Owens’s Dodges. Pearson won 15 races, had 33 top-10 finishes in 42 starts, and won his first NASCAR Cup championship. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
JULY 21, 1968: David Pearson won both Bristol races in ?68. Here Pearson enjoys Victory Lane after taking the Volunteer 500 win over Cale Yarborough. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
DARLINGTON, SC - 1970: NASCAR legend David Pearson, winner of 105 NASCAR Cup races and three NASCAR Cup championships. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
July 22, 1973: David Pearson is joined my Miss Atlanta International Raceway in victory lane after Pearson came home victorious in the Dixie 500 NASCAR Cup race, giving him a sweep of the two Cup races held at Atlanta during the year. Pearson was virtually unbeatable during the Cup season, winning 11 of the 18 races he and his Wood Brothers team entered. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
David Pearson 1974 NASCAR

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
Driver David Pearson uses a wet towel to cool off after a mid-1970s NASCAR Cup race. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
APRIL 11, 1976: David Pearson won the Rebel 500 at Darlington in 1976. It was Pearson's 6th victory in the last eight years in this spring classic. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
SEPTEMBER 5, 1976: David Pearson after winning the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, one of his 10 NASCAR Cup wins during the year. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
1976: David Pearson started off the NASCAR Cup season at Daytona International Speedway by winning the Daytona 500 in a wild, crashing finish with arch-rival Richard Petty. In July, Pearson finished second to Cale Yarborough in the Firecracker 400. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
JULY 4, 1978: David Pearson racked up his 5th win in the Firecracker 400 at Daytona in 1978. He used a lapped car to foil Cale Yarborough's last-lap attempt to slingshot him off the 4th turn. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
1979: David Pearson started out the season running five of the first eight NASCAR Cup races for the Wood Brothers before their parting of ways after the CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 at the Darlington (SC) Raceway. He ran just four more races during the year, all for car owner Rod Osterlund, and returned to Darlington in September where he won the Southern 500. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
1980: David Pearson ran nine NASCAR Cup races in the Hawaiian Tropic Chevrolet for car owner Hoss Ellington during the season and won the CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 at the Darlington (SC) Raceway. Pearson also had runner-up finishes in the Firecracker 400 at the Daytona (FL) International Raceway and the Southern 500 at Darlington. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
NASCAR legend David Pearson laughs it up with Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart at Darlington Raceway on May 7, 2010 in Darlington, South Carolina.

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
David Pearson poses with his marker during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Walk of Fame Unveiling at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, on May 22, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina

#RIP David Pearson - The Silver Fox #NASCAR
David Pearson speaks during the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Charlotte Convention Center on May 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.



Source: NASCAR.com









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Monday, November 12, 2018

A Bit of Homestead-Miami Speedway Cup History

A Bit of Homestead-Miami Speedway Cup History
A Bit of Homestead-Miami Speedway Cup History 
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway, which was founded by Miami businessman, racing enthusiast and philanthropist Ralph Sanchez, is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region.

Last year Homestead-Miami crowned Martin Truex Jr. as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. It was the sixteenth consecutive (2002-17) Ford Championship Weekend.

The 2018 Ford Championship Weekend will be held next weekend (November 16-18.)

A Bit of Cup History

Kurt Busch races to the finish line to win NASCAR'S Nextel Cup Championship in 2004.
Kurt Busch races to the finish line to win
NASCAR'S Nextel Cup Championship in 2004.


The first chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup (as it was then known as) finale took place at the speedway as Kurt Busch secures his first NEXTEL Cup Championship. The playoff format consisted of the top ten drivers and any drivers within 400 points of the leader throughout the season resetting their points for the final ten races of the season. The driver with the most points after Homestead-Miami Speedway was crowned champion.

Jimmie Johnson celebrates his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in eight years.
Jimmie Johnson celebrates his sixth NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series title in eight years.
In 2006, Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Nextel cup Series Championship, beginning his legacy of seven Championships. Amazingly, when 2010’s one race shootout was over, Johnson prevailed as the series champion for an unprecedented fifth straight season.

Tony Stewart in the #14 and Carl Edwards in the #99 go head-to-head.
Tony Stewart in the #14 and Carl Edwards in the #99 go head-to-head.

For the first time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history, the 2011 championship ended in a draw. The ‘Ford 400’ also marked the first time since 1975 the eventual champion came from behind to win the championship by also winning the season’s final race. Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards battled throughout the race for the title and in the end, Stewart triumphed for his third NASCAR premier series title.

Kevin Harvick at the podium lifting the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship trophy.
Kevin Harvick at the podium lifting the 2014
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship trophy.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, was crowned the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. He would become the first champion under the Chase's new playoff-style elimination format.

Kyle Busch and his team celebrate his first Sprint Cup title.
Kyle Busch and his team celebrate his first Sprint Cup title.

After missing the first eleven races of the season to a broken leg, Kyle Busch capped a remarkable comeback by winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 and taking home the 2015 Sprint Cup Championship, the first premier series title of his career.

Jimmie Johnson poses with his seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophies.
Jimmie Johnson poses with his seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophies.

In 2016 Jimmie Johnson joined NASCAR icons Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty at the top of the leaderboard, claiming his seventh NASCAR Cup Championship

After ISM Raceway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 was set. Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick will be looking for their second championship; while Joey Logano hopes to grab his first title in next weekend’s title race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Christopher Bell Triumphs In a “Must Win” Situation

Christopher Bell Triumphs In a “Must Win” Situation

#NXS ‘Whelen Trusted To Perform 200’ at ISM Raceway (11/10/18)



Facing a must-win situation, Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 20 GameStop Just Cause 4 Toyota, had a dominant win in Saturday’s Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 at ISM Raceway to earn his spot in the Championship 4 in Miami.

“I guess the biggest thing for me is that I accepted that we might not be going to Homestead and knew that we would have really fast race cars for the last few races,” Bell said. “I just tried to execute and not beat myself. I just get to drive really fast race cars, so that’s why I’m able to win races. It was more so the team coming through than me this weekend. Our backs were against the wall, and they show up here with arguably one of our fastest race cars we’ve brought to the race track all year. That’s why we got the results we got here today.”

Bell came into ISM Raceway 34 points behind fourth place, which meant, barring disaster for the drivers in front of him, the 23-year-old would need a win to be a part of the Championship 4. To start the race, he was in the back due to failing inspection and not posting a lap during qualifying. But not only did Bell claim victory, he made a statement while doing it, grabbing the lead on lap 108 and never looking back.

Bell’s win meant one less spot was available for the final round via points. Elliott Sadler, in his final season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, was on the outside looking in after an 11th place finish on Saturday. His JR Motorsports teammate, Justin Allgaier, was the car to beat at one point in the race, but contact between him, teammate Tyler Reddick and John Hunter Nemechek caused major damage to the right front, and eventually his brakes gave out. Allgaier finished 24th, one lap down, and did not advance to Homestead.


Joining Bell in the Championship race is last week’s race winner Cole Custer, who finished eighth, as well as Daniel Hemric, the runner-up on Saturday, and Reddick, who finished sixth. Matt Tifft earned a third-place finish, but did not advance to the final round.


“I knew the way the stages played out early on, we were going to have to win,” said Tifft, driver of the No. 2 Go Green Chevrolet. “I thought we had a chance, but just with that last caution, the 20 really took off and I just got a little too tight there. So, valiant effort. Like I said before the race, we’re going to have to go down swinging and on offense, and we were. That’s all you can do.”

Photo Gallery

John Hunter Nemechek (#42 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet)  and Cole Custer, (#00 Haas Automation Ford) lead the field to the  green flag to start the NASCAR Xfinity Series Whelen Trusted  To Perform 200 at ISM Raceway.
John Hunter Nemechek (#42 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet)
and Cole Custer, (#00 Haas Automation Ford) lead the field to the
green flag to start the NASCAR Xfinity Series Whelen Trusted
To Perform 200 at ISM Raceway.
John Hunter Nemechek poses with the Pole Award after posting  the fastest lap during qualifying. (November 10, 2018)
John Hunter Nemechek poses with the Pole Award after posting
the fastest lap during qualifying. (November 10, 2018)
John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Custer lead the field to a restart.
John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Custer lead the field to a restart.
Christopher Bell (#20 GameStop Just Cause 4) leads Ryan Truex  (#11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection) during the #NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Christopher Bell (#20 GameStop Just Cause 4) leads Ryan Truex
(#11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection) during the #NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
(L-R)Tyler Reddick (#9 BurgerFi Chevrolet), Spencer Gallagher (#23 ISM  Connect Chevrolet), John Hunter Nemechek (#42 Fire Alarm Services  Inc. Chevrolet), and Ross Chastain (#4 Flex Seal Chevrolet).
(L-R)Tyler Reddick (#9 BurgerFi Chevrolet), Spencer Gallagher (#23 ISM
Connect Chevrolet), John Hunter Nemechek (#42 Fire Alarm Services
Inc. Chevrolet), and Ross Chastain (#4 Flex Seal Chevrolet).
Christopher Bell poses with the winner's decal on his car in Victory  Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series ‘Whelen Trusted To  Perform 200’ in Phoenix, Arizona.
Christopher Bell poses with the winner's decal on his car in Victory
Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series ‘Whelen Trusted To
Perform 200’ in Phoenix, Arizona.
Christopher Bell takes the checkered flag for the #NXS win in Phoenix, Arizona.
Christopher Bell takes the checkered flag for the #NXS win in Phoenix, Arizona.
Daniel Hemric (#21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet) leads a  pack of cars during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Event
Daniel Hemric (#21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet) leads a
pack of cars during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Event
Christopher Bell leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Xfinity Series  Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona.
Christopher Bell leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Xfinity Series
Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cole Custer races Daniel Hemric during the NASCAR Xfinity Series  Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 at ISM Raceway.
Cole Custer races Daniel Hemric during the NASCAR Xfinity Series
Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 at ISM Raceway.
Tyler Reddick (#9 BurgerFi Chevrolet) leads Spencer Gallagher.
Tyler Reddick (#9 BurgerFi Chevrolet) leads Spencer Gallagher.


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Derek Kraus Makes the Most Of His #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Inauguration

Derek Kraus Makes the Most Of His #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Inauguration

Truck Newcomer Started and Finished Eighth

Derek Kraus Makes the Most Of His #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Inauguration
(Credit: Rolando / https://twitter.com/Rolando3818)

The 2017 KNWest Sunoco ‘Rookie of the Year,’ Derek Kraus made his Truck Series Debut yesterday. A member of 2018’s NASCAR Next’s, Kraus started the ‘Lucas Oil 150’ at ISM Raceway in his Bill McAnally No. 19 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Tundra last night.

The youngster from Wisconsin has just completed his second full-time season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. He finished fourth in the championship standings but topped the series with four wins and five poles.

Derek also led the most laps and collected eight top-five finishes and ten top-10 finishes in fourteen 2018 K&N Pro Series West races.



Kraus’ experience and adaptability emerged quickly. He was fifth on the speed chart in the final practice session earlier in the day.

Further, despite a spin during round one of qualifying, the seventeen-year-old, who managed to keep his truck out of the wall, went on to qualify eighth in time trials.

Derek charged up to fifth in the early laps of the race. After being shuffled back to fifteenth following pit stops at the end of Stage 1, he worked his way back into the top-ten during the second stage.



Kraus was as high as fifth on a restart three laps from the finish, then took the checkered flag in eighth following a fierce battle in the closing laps.
Deredk Kraus - BMR No. 19 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Tundra - #NASCAR #NCWTS
“It was a great run for our first time out,” Kraus said. “The BMR crew brought me a really good No. 19 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Tundra. It was a bonus for the end of the year that we had a really good run.”

Kraus said he plans to learn from this first venture into the truck series.

“I needed to be a little more aggressive on the restarts,” he said. “That would help a lot, to get spots early while tires are really fresh and cold. We will learn and adjust from this.”
Derek Kraus Makes the Most Of His #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Inauguration
(Credit: Rolando / https://twitter.com/Rolando3818)


Team owner Bill McAnally praised Kraus and the BMR crew for their success.

“Derek did an outstanding job in making his first truck series start such a success, especially considering it was his first time to race at ISM Raceway,” McAnally said. “He didn’t hesitate to challenge the veterans of the series and race door-to-door with them.

Ty Joiner served as the #19 crew chief with John Camilleri, who was Derek’s crew chief this year in the K&N West entries, will be the truck chief.


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Friday, November 9, 2018

ISM Raceway – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Quick Facts

ISM Raceway – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Quick Facts

Thirteen Track Rookies entered in the Lucas Oil 150

#NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at ISM Raceway
#NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at ISM Raceway


Just in time for tonight’s Truck Race  - ISM Track Facts

  • Track Length: 1-mile
  • Race Length: 150 miles (150 laps)
  • Grandstand Seating Capacity: 50,000
  • Degree of Banking in Corners: 11 degrees (1-2), 9 degrees (3-4)
  • Degree of Banking on Straights: 3 degrees (front), 9 degrees (back)
  • Length of Frontstretch: 1,179 feet
  • Length of Backstretch: 1,551 feet
  • Most Wins: 4 (Kevin Harvick)
  • Most Poles: 5 (Jack Sprague)
  • Most Top Fives: 10 (Ron Hornaday Jr.)
  • Most Top 10s: 13 (Ron Hornaday Jr., Jack Sprague)
  • Most Lead Changes: 12 (10/24/98)
  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 (2/25/11)
  • Most Leaders: 7 (2 times, most recently 11/9/14)
  • Fewest Leaders: 2 (6 times, most recently 11/7/14)
  • Most Cautions: 13 (11/9/07)
  • Fewest Cautions: 3 (2 times, most recently 10/31/03)
  • Most Caution Laps: 49 (11/11/16)
  • Fewest Caution Laps: 14 (11/8/02)
  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 15 (Chevrolet)
  • Closest Margin of Victory: 0.022 seconds (11/18/02)
  • Greatest Margin of Victory: 13.186 seconds (4/20/97)

Tyler Dippel Signs Autographs
Tyler Dippel Signs Autographs

First-Timers At ISM Raceway

There are thirty-one (31) trucks entered to hit the track this weekend at ISM Raceway for the Lucas Oil 150 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).  Of those thirty-one (31) drivers set to run the 1-mile track, thirteen  (13) of them have never been there before.

  1. Sheldon Creed
  2. Stefan Parsons
  3. Brett Moffitt
  4. Tyler Ankrum
  5. Derek Kraus
  6. Tyler Dippel
  7. Landon Huffman
  8. Justin Fontaine
  9. Christian Eckes
  10. Harrison Burton
  11. Riley Herbst
  12. Dawson Cram
  13. Chase Purdy

That leaves only eighteen (18) drivers with experience at Phoenix.


ISM Raceway – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings

Owner Standings

  • GMS Racing’s No. 21 truck is still in the points lead with 3,128.
  • Hattori Racing Enterprises’ No. 16 truck is in second place, 20 points behind the leader.
  • Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 13 is only three points behind second place and 23 points behind first place.
  • GMS Racing is also in fourth place with their No. 24 truck. They have 3,104 points, one behind third place.
  • ThorSport Racing’s No. 41 rounds out the top five with 3,089 points, 39 points behind the leader.
  • If GMS Racing wins the Truck Owner Championship, this would be their second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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New-Look ISM Raceway

New-Look ISM Raceway

November 11 #CanAm500 is SOLD OUT!

New-Look ISM Raceway - #NASCAR


The newly named ISM Raceway will also debut a new look this weekend. Beyond the top-shelf fan amenities as part of the $178 million renovation, the race track layout will be different. And it will be interesting to see how much of a variable that turns into for drivers in such a crucial race.


Most significantly, the start-finish line will move to the exit of what was Turn 2 of the one-mile oval. The anticipation of another new-look venue isn’t lost on the teams.

Two-time Phoenix winner Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. #NASCAR
"This place has become a real show piece for the race fans,’’ said two-time Phoenix winner Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

"Back in March I got to tour the facility and see what all they were doing in the stands, the midway, a new pedestrian tunnel - all the renovations that will boost the overall fan experience. It's impressive. We've got close to 200 people from Cat Mining who are coming from all over the world and for them to not only see us put on a good race but experience the race in a whole new way will be awesome."


Source: NASCAR.com


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Thursday, November 8, 2018

ISM Raceway Announces National Anthem Performers for Opening Weekend

ISM Raceway Announces National Anthem Performers for Opening Weekend
ISM Raceway was excited to announce the singers who will be performing the national anthem at each of the three races over the Can-Am 500 Opening Weekend Nov. 9, 10 and 11.

James “Rambo” Smith

James “Rambo” Smith - #NASCAR #NCWTS National Anthem
Kicking off the first of three races over Opening Weekend, ISM Raceway is excited to invite “The Singing Fireman” to perform the anthem before the start of Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150.

James “Rambo” Smith is a retired firefighter, U.S. Army Veteran and an award-winning gospel artist. Smith has used his talents to assist in relief efforts and benefits for firefighters across the globe, and has performed at sporting events and gospel concerts.



David Hernandez

David Hernandez - #NASCAR #NXS National Anthem
Saturday’s national anthem prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 will be sung by American Idol season 7 finalist and recording artist David Hernandez.

He released his debut single, “Beautiful,” in 2016, which was named by Billboard as one of the year’s Top Dance Songs. He has recently released his second, self-penned album. Hernandez has been touring and performing for the last 10 years, sharing the stage with Bryan Adams and Donna Summer, among others.



Steven Powell

Steven Powell - #NASCAR #MENCS National Anthem
Prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 on Sunday, Nov. 11, retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Steven Powell will take the stage to perform the national anthem on the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day.

In addition to serving 25 years in the military, Powell is also an accomplished vocalist, musician, producer and songwriter. He has shared the stage with artists like Lee Greenwood and Montel Jordan, and has performed the anthem at over 200 events, including the World Series and NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

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Can-Am 500 #NASCAR Semi-Final Weekend

Can-Am 500 #NASCAR Semi-Final Weekend

#NASCAR Championship Triple-Header
at ISM Raceway.

#NASCAR Championship Triple-Header at ISM Raceway.


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will be in action at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. All three series enter their final elimination races that will set up the Championship 4.

Camping World Truck Series
LUCAS OIL 150

#NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LUCAS OIL 150


Lucas Oil 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Semi-Final Playoff Race under the lights. Prior to the Lucas Oil 150, don't miss practice sessions for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series before the starting line-up is set for the Can-Am 500 during Gatorade Qualifying. 
  • Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. (Local Time)
  • TV: FOX Sports 1
  • Radio: 1580 AM The Fanatic or MRN Local Affiliate
LUCAS OIL 150 - #NASCAR #NCWTS

Schedule for Friday, November 9.

  • 8:00 AM Spectator Gates/ Fan Zone Open
  • 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 1st Practice
  • 10:05 AM - 10:55 AM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Final Practice
  • 11:35 AM - 12:25 PM Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1st Practice
  • 12:35 AM - 1:25 PM NASCAR XFINITY Series 1st Practice
  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Autograph Session
  • 2:35 PM - 3:25 PM NASCAR XFINITY Final Practice
  • 3:40 PM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying (multi-vehicle/3 rounds)
  • 5:05 PM NASCAR Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying (multi-vehicle/3 rounds)
  • 6:00 PM Lucas Oil 150 Driver Introductions
  • 6:30 PM Lucas Oil 150 - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (150 laps/150 miles)


NASCAR Xfinity Series
WHELEN TRUSTED TO PERFORM 200

#NASCAR Xfinity Series WHELEN TRUSTED TO PERFORM 200


Watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Semi-Final Playoff Race on Saturday, November 10.
  • Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. (Local Time)
  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: 1580 AM The Fanatic or MRN Local Affiliate
WHELEN TRUSTED TO PERFORM 200 - #NASCAR

Schedule for Saturday, November 10.

  • 9:00 AM Spectator Gates/Fan Zone Open
  • 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2nd Practice
  • 10:35 AM NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying (multi-vehicle/3 rounds)
  • 12:00 noon - 12:50 PM Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice
  • 1:00 PM Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 Driver Introductions
  • 1:30 PM Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 (200 laps/200 miles)


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
CAN-AM 500

Monster Energy #NASCAR Cup Series CAN-AM 500

Experience the intensity of the Playoffs – NASCAR style – at the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semi-Final Playoff Race, November 11. Watch 8 Drivers battle for a Championship 4 spot.
  • Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. (Local Time)
  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: 1580 AM The Fanatic or MRN Local Affiliate
CAN-AM 500  - #NASCAR

Schedule for Sunday, November 11.

  • 8:00 AM Spectator Gates/Fan Zone Open
  • 11:50 AM Can-Am 500 Driver Introductions
  • 12:30 PM Can-Am 500 - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (312 laps/312 miles)

(Schedules are Subject to Change)

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