Friday, March 27, 2020

Pro Drivers Plunge into Esports

Pro Drivers Plunge into Esports

Technology and the booming eSports industry is helping to fill the void created by the shutdown in sports over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Technology and the booming eSports industry is helping to fill the void created by the shutdown in sports over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


The inaugural event had a combined total of 12.1 million minutes watched on “The Race” YouTube channel – that’s a combined total of 23 years of total content consumed. The massive fan engagement featured nearly 30,000 combined comments and millions of impressions on social media.



These events were created following the cancellation of the opening round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Australia. Other major motorsports championships including the NASCAR, Formula E, IndyCar, and the World Endurance Championship have also been shut down due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

The second event one week later using the Indianapolis road course featured the racing return of Nico Hulkenberg following his F1 exit, and was won by another Esports big name in van Buren.

Rudy van Buren is back for more, along with his World’s Fastest Gamer successor James Baldwin.

The format will be the same as last week with three heats – two for real-world pro drivers and one for sim racers – before last-chance qualifier and a grand final featuring five Esports racers against the pros.

Arrow McLaren SP’s rising IndyCar star Patricio O’Ward and FIA Formula 3 racer Sophia Florsch are among the new additions for The Race All-Star Esports Battle 3, running alongside the brand new Legends Trophy event.

The grid is bustling with a strong list of real-life racers including Juan Pablo Montoya and his son Sebastian, Formula E points leader Antonio Felix da Costa and fellow series challenger Maximilian Gunther and the top real-life racer from the last race, Daniel Juncadella.



The Race All-Star Battle – Round 3 + Legends Trophy


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  2. Atlanta Motor Speedway Adds Hand Washing Stations
  3. Schedule for Atlanta's #NASCAR Triple-Header
  4. Ford Performance Wins with a 1-2 Cup Finish
  5. NASCAR’s King's Take on the 2020 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Latest Regarding #NASCAR Weekend at Atlanta

Latest Regarding #NASCAR Weekend at Atlanta
With the health and safety of fans, staff, competitors, race teams and media our top priority, NASCAR and Atlanta Motor Speedway postponed this weekend's race activities to a yet-to-be determined future date.


Ticketholders on file may use their March 13-15, 2020 tickets for the postponed event, choose to receive an event credit for the full amount paid plus an additional 20%, or choose to receive a full refund of their purchase price.

"This was a difficult decision to make for our sport, and we regret the uncertainty and inconvenience that has surrounded our race week. In light of these unprecedented circumstances that continue to change quickly, this postponement is a precautionary move that we feel is the best course of action. There is great collaboration within the industry to do what's best, and we ask for patience amongst our fans as we start the online process for ticket credits or refunds," said Atlanta Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison.  "We hope our fans support us in this decision and come back even stronger when we are back to racing at AMS."

The Exchange Form will be available for fans to complete beginning on Monday, March 16.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: When is the new race date?
  • A: NASCAR has not set a new date for the Atlanta Motor Speedway race weekend. They will update their website and share that news on all of their social channels when it becomes available.

  • Q: Are any of the Fan Activities at the Track still Happening?
  • A: Due to the postponement, all planned fan activities on Speedway property have been cancelled. This includes, but is not limited to, Fan Zone appearances and displays, concerts, tweet ups, and any experiences planned to take place inside the Speedway.

  • Q: Are Campers Allowed to Stay?
  • A: Campers who have already arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway and wish to stay will be allowed to do so in our campgrounds located outside of the Speedway. Anyone currently camping in the infield, Trackside Terrace, or Trackside Turn One needed to vacate their spot by 11 a.m. Friday. Any camper in these areas who wishes to continue camping at the speedway this weekend will be permitted to do so in an exterior campground.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Atlanta Motor Speedway Adds Hand Washing Stations

Atlanta Motor Speedway Adds Hand Washing Stations

Update: NASCAR announced Thursday afternoon that fans will not be in attendance for this weekend’s activities at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which includes races for all three of NASCAR’s touring series.


Atlanta Motor Speedway is equipped to help fans race to good hygiene during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

The Speedway is installing additional hand-washing stations in key places throughout the facility and will be distributing hand sanitizer to guests as they arrive for the weekend's slate of activities. High-traffic areas where things like hand-rails are often touched will also receive deep cleaning throughout the weekend.

AMS is closely monitoring facts and recommendations from public health officials regarding COVID-19. The CDC's current risk assessment says for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low, and that there is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States.



To prevent the spread of cold, flu or COVID-19, experts are encouraging prevention, not panic, and asking people to practice good hygiene: frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizer and covering sneezes and coughs.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is encouraging all attendees to follow these recommendations as they enjoy the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend.

More information on the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway March 13-15 is available at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Schedule for Atlanta's #NASCAR Triple-Header

Schedule for Atlanta's #NASCAR Triple-header

Atlanta Motor Speedway is a world class NASCAR racetrack and year-round multipurpose event facility on more than 840 acres 25 miles south of Atlanta.

One of racing's most storied venues hosts 500 miles of edge-of-the-seat action when the sport's biggest names visit Atlanta in 2020 for the running of the ‘Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500’!

Below is this weekend’s Schedule.

Thursday

  • • Hauler Parade on Main Street in downtown Hampton: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday

  • • Gates 13 and 15 open – 1:30 p.m.
  • • NGROTS 1st practice – 1:35 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
  • • NXS 1st practice – 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
  • • NCS 1st practice – 3:35 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
  • • NGROTS final practice – 4:32 p.m. – 4:57 p.m.
  • • NXS final practice – 5:02 p.m. – 5:27 p.m.
  • • NXS and NGROTS open garages open to infield campers – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • • NCS Final practice – 5:35 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.
  • • Party at Bootleggers – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • • AMS Legends race – 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday

  • • NXS kids autograph session in Kids Zone in Fan Zone – 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
  • • NCS open garages open for Extreme Package holders – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • • Gates 12, 13, and 15 open – 10:00 a.m.
  • • NGROTS qualifying – 10:05 a.m.
  • • NXS qualifying – 11:05 a.m.
  • • Josh Owens (from the TV show “Moonshiners”) autograph session – 11:15 a.m. in Bootleggers
  • • NCS qualifying – 12:05 p.m.
  • • NGROTS driver intros – 1:00 p.m.
  • • #VetTixCampingWorld200 – 1:30 p.m.
  • • NXS driver intros – 3:30 p.m.
  • • #EchoPark250 – 4:00 p.m.
  • • Party at Bootleggers – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • • Trackside Live on FOH/QT Fan Stage – around 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • • AMS Legends All-Star Race – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

  • • All gates open – 10:00 a.m.
  • • Tweetup in Bruton Smith Park – 10:15 a.m.
  • • Trackside Live on FOH/QT Fan Stage – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • • Josh Owens (from the TV show “Moonshiners”) autograph session – 11:15 a.m. in Bootlegggers
  • • NCS car and team intros – 11:30 a.m.
  • • Sign the Wall (frontstretch) – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • • Pre-race concert featuring Chris Lane – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • • NCS driver intros – 1:20 p.m.
  • • #FOHQT500 – 2:00 p.m.
NGROTS: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
NXS: NASCAR Xfinity Series
NCS: NASCAR Cup Series

* Schedule is subject to change with or without notice*

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Ford Performance Wins with a 1-2 Cup Finish

Ford Performance Wins with a 1-2 Cup Finish At Phoenix
Ford Performance wins at Phoenix Raceway with Joey Logano #NASCAR

Ford Performance wins at Phoenix Raceway with Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick coming in first and second. Logano drove the Team Penske Pennzoil Mustang to Team Penske’s 122nd NASCAR Cup Series race win while recording a milestone 200th win for the Ford FR9 engine, since it’s racing debut in 2009 with Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines.



After several late-race cautions, it came down to an over-time, two-lap shootout between Ford Performance teammates, Logano and Harvick.

“Congratulations to Joey, Paul, Roger, and the No. 22 crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Anytime a Ford wins is special, but today is even sweeter, winning our 200th with Ford Performance and the Ford FR9 engine. I’m so proud of our team at our shops, they put their hearts and souls into these engines. We are thankful to everyone at Ford Performance for their commitment and partnership as well as our Ford Performance racing teams."


 “Anytime a Ford wins is special, but today is even sweeter, winning our 200th with Ford Performance and the Ford FR9 engine."   Doug Yates #NASCAR

After several late-race cautions, it came down to an over-time, two-lap shootout between Ford Performance teammates, Logano and Harvick. Logano, in the P1 position, lined up on the inside of Harvick. Logano had a great restart and was able to take the lead over Harvick and control the race, holding the No. 4 off, taking the white flag .276 seconds ahead of Harvick.


“We learned that this No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford team is just stout and is not going to get beat if we have the opportunity,” commented Logano in Victory Lane.

“We learned that this No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford team is just stout and is not going to get beat if we have the opportunity,” commented Logano in Victory Lane. “We tried everything we could to regain our track position and get control back of the race. I knew that last restart was going to be crazy. I have to thank my partners, Moneyline, Auto Trader, AAA, Ford, Coca Cola, Snap on, everybody that helps this program at Team Penske. Roush Yates motors {Engines}. It was cool to see two Fords on the front row at the end of a race like that. This is a motor racetrack as much as we don't think it is. Proud of the team effort today.”

The Ford teams led a combined 210 laps out of the 316-lap race. The Stage 2 winner, Brad Keselowski led for a total of 82 laps while the Stage 1 winner, Harvick led 67 laps. They were followed by race winner, Logano with 60 and Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher with one lap.


The Stage 2 winner, Brad Keselowski led for a total of 82 laps.  #NASCAR

Five Ford Mustangs finished in the top-10, led by Logano, winning his 25th NASCAR Cup Series race, Harvick in P2 with Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Clint Bowyer in P5, Aric Almirola P8, and NASCAR Cup Series newcomer Cole Custer in P9.

#NASCAR Star Kevin Harvick Finished P2 with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Ford has won two of the first four Cup races of the 2020 season. The Ford teams will take this momentum into Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Reference the full 2020 schedule on Roushyates.com.

source: News from Roush Yates Engines

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

NASCAR’s King's Take on the 2020 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

NASCAR’s King's Take on the 2020 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

The 26th Anniversary #KPCharityRide! / May 2 - 8


The 26th Anniversary #KPCharityRide! / May 2 - 8, 2020

Former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty has announced the route for his 26th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America (#KPCharityRide), this year’s celebrity participants and more! Considered one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, the Ride will travel through picturesque scenes across Arizona and Utah.

Kyle’s father is known as the King of NASCAR. Richard Lee Petty raced from 1958 to 1992 in the Cup Series with two hundred wins on the way to seven cup championships. At the age of eighty-two (born July 2, 1937), Richard makes time to participate the #KPCharityRide which raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic and serious medical illnesses.

Richard rides with son Kyle Petty.   #KPCharityRide

Question: What does the ride mean to you?
Richard Petty: The Kyle Petty Charity Ride has always meant something special; you can have fun and all the while support a great cause Victory Junction

Question: Why do you like to participate in the ride?
Richard Petty: The reason I like to participate in the charity ride every year is because I love traveling and seeing all the different parts of the country.

Question: Why do you love riding motorcycles?
Richard Petty: I love riding motorcycles because you see so much more than when you are in a car.

Question: What excites you most about the 2020 Ride?
Richard Petty: I am excited about the 2020 Charity Ride because we are going through some of my favorite parks.

The 2020 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America (#KPCharityRide) will cover more than 1,500 miles on a seven-day trek with two hundred (200) participants. The Ride will begin in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 2 and return to Phoenix on May 8 – making this the first time ever the Ride has started and ended in the same city!

Because of the Ride, 8,210 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. Last year alone, the Ride raised $1.7 million and sent 128 children to Camp. 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.



Among the celebrities participating in this year’s Ride are NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Richard Petty; NASCAR legends Harry Gant, Hershel McGriff and Donnie Allison; current NASCAR driver David Ragan; former Formula 1, Champ Car and NASCAR driver Max Papis; former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner (1982) Herschel Walker; and NBC Sports NASCAR personalities Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood.

Among the celebrities participating in this year’s Ride are former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner (1982) Herschel Walker, and Rutledge Wood. #KPCharityRide

“In the past, I haven’t been able to participate for the full duration of the Ride. But when Kyle first told me about this year’s route, I said I was going to clear my schedule to be there for the whole thing because I wanted to see all of the places on the list,” said Kyle’s father, Richard Petty. “My wife Lynda and I spent a lot of time in the Southwest and it was a special place for us. I’m excited to see some of those places again and share them with Kyle.”

The 2020 Ride is made possible by presenting sponsor Cox Automotive, as well as Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Dodge Law, Racing Electronics, WinCraft Racing, FLUIDYNE Racing Products, Petty Family Foundation, Headbands of Hope, Piedmont Moving Systems, WileyX, Blue Emu and Goody’s.

2020 Route Overnight Stops

  • Day 1 - Saturday, May 2:
    • Phoenix, AZ to Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • Day 2 - Sunday, May 3:
    • Lake Havasu City, AZ to Flagstaff, AZ
  • Day 3 - Monday, May 4:
    • Flagstaff, AZ to Bryce Canyon City, UT
  • Day 4 - Tuesday, May 5:
    • Bryce Canyon City, UT (Off Day)
  • Day 5 - Wednesday, May 6:
    • Bryce Canyon City, UT to Monument Valley, UT
  • Day 6 - Thursday, May 7:
    • Monument Valley, UT to Sedona, AZ
  • Day 7 - Friday, May 8:
    • Sedona, AZ to Phoenix, AZ

You can follow along on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

You can donate to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America online by visiting the donate tab.

You can also call 704-714-4545 or send a check to Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc. at 125 Floyd Smith Drive, Suite 45 Charlotte, NC 28262.

Photo Credit: Kevin Kane Photography

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

#NASCAR Racing Returning to Utah

#NASCAR Racing Returning to Utah

ARCA Menards Series West rolls into the Tooele Valley on Saturday, May 23, to headline the inaugural UMC Rock N’ Race Fest

The West has run 10 races over nine seasons at Utah Motorsports Campus - #NASCAR
The West has run 10 races over nine seasons at Utah Motorsports Campus
in Tooele, Utah, most recently in 2016. (Gene Sweeney Jr./NASCAR via Getty Images)

Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) is thrilled to announce that professional stock car racing will return to Utah in 2020 when the ARCA Menards Series West rolls into the Tooele Valley on Saturday, May 23, to headline the inaugural UMC Rock N’ Race Fest.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for the series, formerly known as NASCAR Winston West and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West prior to NASCAR acquiring ARCA in 2018, which raced here annually from 2007-14 and in 2016.


The race will headline the inaugural UMC Rock N’ Race Fest, which is planned to be an annual Memorial Day Weekend celebration going forward. The one-day show will also include the Fourth Annual Cruzer Palooza Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, a drifting exhibition and a concert featuring Jagertown, with local phenom Carver Louis as the opening act.

Fans will be able to purchase rental karting sessions and ride-alongs in drift cars. In addition, the new UMC Family Fun Center will be open, offering family-fun games like Archery Tag, Nerf Wars and Dodgeball. Food options will be plentiful, with both the Fast Track and Throttle cafes open for business as well as a variety of food trucks.

Admission to the Rock N’ Race Fest will be FREE, however there will be a parking fee of $10 per vehicle. There will be camping options available for those who would like to make it a full-weekend getaway.

“We could not be more pleased to welcome NASCAR-style racing back to UMC,” said Dixon Hunt, UMC Senior Vice President. “It’s been way too long since we heard the sound of those big V8 engines reverberating off our mountains, and we can’t wait to see the ARCA Menards Series West haulers rolling through our gate again. We appreciate the support of the series officials, and particularly the teams who pushed to bring the series back to Utah, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic inaugural UMC Rock N’ Race Fest!”

“We are very happy to bring the ARCA Menards Series West back to Utah for the inaugural UMC Rock N’ Race Fest,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Touring Series Managing Director. “UMC has always been a favorite venue for our teams and drivers that has consistently provided great, competitive racing, and we’re excited to see more of that this May!”

Utah native Michael Self, who grew up racing here and was a six-time winner in the ARCA Menards West Series as well as a two-time and defending winner of the ARCA Racing Series’ Daytona 200, was excited to hear that the series is returning to his home track.

“It’s great to see the ARCA Menards Series West and stock car racing return to Utah and UMC,” said Self. “The track does such a great job of hosting not only the race teams, but the fans and sponsors as well. It’s always been a world-class venue. The ARCA Menards West Series is the premier development series for the national levels of NASCAR, so hopefully a lot of Utah race fans will show up to support some future stars of racing!”


The UMC race will be the fourth of 11 for the ARCA Menards Series West in 2020

The UMC race will be the fourth of 11 for the ARCA Menards Series West in 2020, and one of only two road courses on the schedule. It will be a one-day show, with practice, qualifying and a 70-lap race on the 3.05-mile Outer Course taking place on Saturday.

More details on the Inaugural UMC Rock N’ Race Fest will be released as they are finalized.

Noah Gragson swept the twin races at UMC the last time the West ran #NASCAR
Noah Gragson swept the twin races at UMC the last time the West ran on the
Tooele, Utah, road course in 2016. (Gene Sweeney Jr./NASCAR via Getty Images)

For event or ticket information, or for questions regarding UMC, call 435-277-8000 or visit the track’s website at www.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com. 



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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Barn, a Raceway Entertainment Space

The Barn, a Raceway Entertainment Space
The Barn, an Entertainment Space at Phoenix Raceway
The Barn, an Entertainment Space at Phoenix Raceway

Phoenix Raceway announced a newly remodeled entertainment space in the midway known as “The Barn™” that will be unveiled during the FanShield 500 Speed Fest Weekend, March 6-8, 2020. The concept and vision of the new-look space, with its authentically warm and rustic feel, was that of NASCAR Hall of Fame member and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jeff Gordon.

The Barn™ will officially open on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for campers and guests 21 and up to come together and celebrate an exciting weekend of NASCAR action in the Valley of the Sun featuring live music from Chad Freeman & Redline as well as DJ Valentine.

The party will continue Saturday evening for another night of excitement featuring live music from Christopher Shayne and DJ Valentine. The Barn™ package is $10 nightly and includes a drink ticket good for one 16 oz. beer, wine, soda or water. The Barn™ package is available for purchase at the door.




“We’re very excited to unveil this new entertainment option later this week during the FanShield 500 NASCAR Weekend,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese.

“We’re incredibly proud to work with Jeff Gordon to bring his vision for an all-new at-track entertainment space to life at Phoenix Raceway ahead of our historic 2020 season.”

The Barn, an Entertainment Space at Phoenix Raceway


The space, previously known as “ROLL-BAR,” will feature natural woods and metals, a new wooden bar with additional televisions, bistro lighting and games such as cornhole, pool, shuffleboard and NASCAR simulators.


“It’s been fun and exciting to work with Phoenix Raceway to help redesign this space and help take entertainment to the next level,” said Gordon. 

“I’ve had this concept in the back of my mind for a couple years and am looking forward to seeing it come to life.”

The Barn, an Entertainment Space at Phoenix Raceway


On Sunday, March 8, The Barn™ will be open at 8:00 a.m. for guests that purchase access to this vintage hospitality experience. Similar to previous ROLL-BAR hospitality, the race day experience will feature catered meals, beer, wine, driver appearances and a relaxing enclosed environment to take in all of the day’s excitement.

Tickets for The Barn™ and this exceptional hospitality experience for the FanShield 500 on Sunday, March 8, are available for purchase online at PhoenixRaceway.com/TheBarn, by calling 866-408-RACE (7223), or by visiting the Phoenix Raceway ticket office during regular business hours.

Experience-related features:
  • • Food stations with upgraded options
  • • Complimentary beer, wine, Coca-Cola soft drinks and Dasani water (Spirits available for purchase)
  • • Preferred Parking Pass
  • • The INfield Access (Valid for day of The Barn pass only)
  • Driver Appearances
  • • Interactive games available and flat screen TVs
  • • DJ entertainment throughout the day
  • • Open one-hour after checkered flag each day
  • • Race day giveaways and an exclusive lanyard

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Monday, March 2, 2020

NASCAR Magic Kingdom - Fontana

#NASCAR Magic Kingdom - Fontana

Stater Bros. (#staterbros) and Smithfield Racing “Smithfield Race to the Table” VIP Experience

Aric Almirola and #NASCAR Race Mom - Auto Club Speedway
Aric Almirola and NASCAR Race Mom
For a NASCAR nut like myself, the big show coming to town tops a trip to the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. The only thing that could make it better is that NASCAR Race Mom (NRM) was bestowed a NASCAR VIP Experience by Stater Bros. (#staterbros) and Smithfield Racing. 


 Myrna and I at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Califoria #NASCAR #MENCS
Myrna and I at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Califoria

My buddy Myrna (a NASCAR greenhorn) and I hit the California Freeway bright and early Sunday morning. I was pleasantly surprised when the traffic was fantastically scant, and we arrived at the track before 7:30 a.m. Arriving so early proved essential due to a few hiccups at the Will Call Window. Nevertheless, we still had time to explore the Fan Zone before our scheduled Garage/Pit Tour. There we were able to gather our free earplugs for the race.



Myrna and I met Lauren at Gate 30 at 9:10 a.m. sharp. Lauren was very NASCAR savvy and provided us with a tour both informative and entertaining.  During our garage promenade, we spotted Clint Bowyer (so friendly and greeting our group with jovial jabs); Regan Smith (he can be seen photo bombing us at the Smithfield Hauler); Cole Custer (breezed by me as I waited in line without acknowledging my greeting); Corey LaJoie (very handsome); and Ryan Blaney (a personal NASCAR RACE Mom Favorite) strolling briskly to this pit area.

Spot Regan Smith Ex-Driver, now a pit reporter for Fox?
Spot Regan Smith Ex-Driver, now a pit reporter for Fox?
Our tour included a stop at the Smithfield Racing hauler for a Meet and Greet with Aric Almirola; a tour of his hauler; and a stop at the #10 pit area. We were even allowed to climb atop the Pit Box to sit where the crew chief navagates the race.

Don't we look happy sitting on Aric's Pit Box #NASCAR
Don't we look happy sitting on Aric's Pit Box #NASCAR

However, the coup de grΓ’ce was this NASCAR Fan’s honor of greeting NASCAR Legend Leonard Wood as he sauntered past. Mr. Wood took the time to stop, turn and wave in response. What a great memory.

Busch Beer Block Party #NASCAR Race Car


We enjoyed the Chase Bryant concert in the comfort of the Busch Beer Block party. The generous hospitality area was centrally located and offered a wide variety of libation and cuisine. My sausage sandwich was delicious and really hit that spot. Since I was the designated driver, NRM stayed away from the alcoholic refreshment and opted for the bottled water.

Chase Bryant provide an awesome concert sprinkled with much appreciated patriotism
Chase Bryant provide an awesome concert sprinkled with much appreciated patriotism

The rain started right before the scheduled green flag. My partner and I doubted that the race would even start – let alone finish this day. However, we were mistaken.

After a fitting tribute where the race field lined up five-wide for one of NASCAR's GOATS, Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman dominated in Fontana, to secure his second NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series victory!


Our NASCAR Hero started sixth and finished eighth - a good top-ten day!

Thank you to Stater Bros. and Smithfield Racing for the very special “Smithfield Race to the Table Sweepstakes, sponsored by Stater Bros." NASCAR VIP Experience. It was a thrill.

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  1. Leap Year #NASCAR LoveCalifornia Dreamin’ Xfinity 101
  2. Production Alliance Group #NXS Race Title Sponsor
  3. Jimmie Johnson to Lead the Historic Five Wide Salute
  4. Ford Mustangs Sweep #NASCAR Cup & Xfinity In Las Vegas
  5. Las Vegas' Own: the Busch Brothers - Hometown Vegas Heroes
Myrna's first #NASCAR Race Experience and she gets to meet Aric Almirola!
Myrna's first #NASCAR Race Experience and she gets to meet Aric Almirola!
Track Tribute to Kobe Bryant #NASCAR
Track Tribute to Kobe Bryant #NASCAR
The Happy #NASCAR Fans Sitting on the Wall in Front of the #10 Pit
The Happy #NASCAR Fans Sitting on the Wall in Front of the #10 Pitf
Aric Almirola's #10 Smithfield Monster Energy Race Car in the Garage
Aric Almirola's #10 Smithfield Monster Energy Race Car in the Garage