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NASCAR tracks providing Black Friday,Cyber Monday deals for 2017 tickets

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Select tracks that host NASCAR events are holding special Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Here’s a list of the tracks and their special deals.

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Two tickets to the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race, two 2016 1:64 souvenir program cars and the choice of either an AMS logo blanket or an AMS logo hat/scarf combo to keep race fans warm this winter, all for just $129.

AMS will cut prices to $99 between Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Nov. 25-28.

Auto Club Speedway

From Friday through Monday, fans can save up to $25.00 on ANY Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 race weekend tickets or packages purchased thanks to a special ‘No Service Fee’ offer during that period. Tickets start at $39.00.

Through Dec. 31, a limited-time Holiday Package is available featuring two tickets to the Auto Club 400 on March 26, two pit passes and a scanner rental with two sets of headphones all for $109 (a $235 value).

Charlotte Motor Speedway

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 25 in the track gift shop fans will receive discounts on men’s and women’s apparel as well as diecast cars. Fans can drive their personal cars on the track with a $50 merchandise or ticket purchase or a $25 donation to Speedway Children’s Charities.

Fans can buy tickets to upcoming events by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

Darlington Raceway

The track is offering race fans the opportunity to purchase a special Black Friday ticket package at renewal pricing for its race weekend on Sept. 2-3, 2017. The special package includes a ticket to both the Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 and Xfinity Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.

The Black Friday ticket package is available to all non-renewal customers. Non-renewal guests will receive renewal pricing, which is the lowest priced tickets the track offers throughout the year.

The offer is valid from midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 23 through midnight on Nov. 30, while supplies last. To take advantage of the Black Friday offer fans can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or by calling 866-459-7223.

Daytona International Speedway

The following $60 ticket package deals will be available on Friday and Monday.

· General admission stadium ticket for the 55th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29 with a Rolex 24 event hat and garage access on Sunday, a savings of 22 percent.
· General admission stadium and infield access for The Unlimited/Lucas Oil 200 doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 18 with Fanzone/Pre-Race access or scanner rental, a savings of 24 percent.
· General admission stadium ticket and Fanzone/Pre-Race access or scanner rental for the Can-Am Duel 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 23, a savings of 24 percent.
· General admission stadium ticket and Fanzone/Pre-Race access or scanner rental for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 24, a savings of 24 percent.
· General admission stadium ticket and Fanzone/Pre-Race access or scanner rental for the PowerShares QQQ 300, the Xfinity Series season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 25, a savings of 24 percent.
· Kids 12 and under are FREE in general admission stadium and Fanzone for the above Speedweeks events.

Dover International Speedway

Save almost $40 per seat. Tickets for children 12 and under are free for Friday and Saturday races.

Payment plans can be established for as little as 10 percent down.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

For Black Friday only, the following costs $140:

· Two $50 adult grandstand NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets
· Two youth Sprint Cup Series tickets
· Two FanVisions
· One Speedway Motorsports blanket

For Cyber Monday onlyhalf price on pre-race pit passes with the purchase of any adult grandstand ticket to one of NHMS’ two 2017 Sprint Cup Series races.

For anyone who has already purchased an adult grandstand ticket for either of the track’s 2017 Sprint Cup races: Either one or both of a $15 FanVision weekend rental and/or a half price pre-race pit pass. This deal is good Friday through Monday.

Phoenix International Raceway

Black Friday Offer

For $89 you’ll receive:

  • One Upper Allison Grandstand (Sections 2H-2N) ticket to the Camping World 500, NASCAR Cup Series Race on Sunday, March 19, 2017
  • One El Sol Pre-Race Pit Pass (good for the entire weekend, with daily ticket admission.)

These items are typically valued at $155, but with the exclusive Black Friday offer you’ll receive over 30 percent in savings. Click here to purchase PIR’s Black Friday offer before it disappears at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Cyber Monday

For only $77 you’ll receive:

  • One Upper Petty Grandstand ticket to the Camping World 500, NASCAR Cup Series Race.
  • One Bryan Grandstand ticket to the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix, Verizon IndyCar Series Race.

That’s $33 off regular pricing. Click here to purchase this exclusive offer, because it’s only available until Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MT.

Texas Motor Speedway

Tickets for the April 9 Sprint Cup race will be 25 percent off from Nov. 25 – 27.

Xfinity crew chief Chris Gabehart penalized $5,000 for loose lug nut at Indy

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NASCAR has issued one penalty resulting from last weekend’s races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Chris Gabehart, crew chief for the No. 20 Xfinity Series car of Joe Gibbs Racing, was fined $5,000 on Wednesday.

Gabehart was penalized for violating Sections 10.4 and 10.9 of the NASCAR Rule Book covering Tires and Wheels: Lug nut(s) not properly installed at the conclusion of the Lilly Diabetes 250.

There were no other penalties related to last weekend’s Xfinity or NASCAR Cup races in Indianapolis or the Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

Richard Childress Racing to announce plans for a third Cup team ‘at a later date’

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With Paul Menard and his family’s home improvement chain sponsorship on the move to Wood Brothers Racing for 2018, Richard Childress Racing has a major funding gap to address.

Menards has adorned the No. 27 Chevrolet for RCR for seven consecutive Cup seasons and is among the last full-season sponsors in NASCAR’s premier series. It assuredly is the most lucrative of RCR’s sponsorships.

Though the team is committed to fielding Chevys for Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon next season, the impending departure of Menard leaves questions about whether RCR will remain a three-car team in 2018.

In a statement Wednesday morning, team chairman and CEO Richard Childress said the team “will be announcing our plans for a third Cup team and our overall 2018 team lineup at a later date.”

Here’s the full statement from Childress:

Paul Menard and Menards, Inc. have had a partnership with RCR for seven years. Together, we have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, including Paul’s emotional win at Indianapolis in 2011. He is a very talented driver and a good friend. Everyone at RCR wishes both Paul and Menards nothing but the best in the future.

Our entire RCR organization is 100 percent focused on getting all three of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series programs in the playoffs this year, and bringing another Cup championship to RCR in 2017.

We will be announcing our plans for a third Cup team and our overall 2018 team lineup at a later date.

 

Paul Menard will move to the Wood Brothers for 2018 season

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Paul Menard will join Wood Brothers Racing next season, the team announced Wednesday. He will replace Ryan Blaney, who will move after this season to run a third Cup car for Team Penske.

Menards will sponsor the car in 22 races. Additional sponsorship, including plans for long-time partner Motorcraft/Quick Lane, will be announced later. The technical alliance between Team Penske and the Wood Brothers will continue.

“It’s fantastic to have the ability to continue to race in the highest level of motorsports full-time and something we look forward to doing with Paul for years to come,” said co-owner Eddie Wood in a statement. “I know this will allow us to continue to perform as an organization and will give Paul a great opportunity to go out there and compete for wins. Paul is not only a great driver with a lot of experience in the Cup Series, but he’s great with partners, which is a big part of what we do these days. We are looking forward to finishing out this season with Ryan (Blaney), going for more wins and maybe even a championship, and continuing that with Paul in 2018.”

Said Menard: “I’ve really enjoyed my time in NASCAR and as a Cup Series driver, but to get the chance to drive the iconic No. 21 for the Wood Brothers is the coolest thing I’ve ever got a chance to do. I’m looking forward to working with the team, working with Roush Yates, Ford Performance and Team Penske to see what we can do. Ryan (Blaney) has done a fantastic job and is a constant threat to run up front. Hopefully, we can do the same thing and keep the momentum going into 2018 and beyond.”

Also, Menard will run a handful of Xfinity races for Team Penske next year.

Menard had been with Richard Childress Racing since 2011, scoring his lone Cup victory — the 2011 Brickyard 400 — with the organization.

Menard’s best finish in the points with the organization was 14th in 2015. He is 23rd in the points with no wins, two top fives and three top-10 finishes this season.

The move marks the fourth organization the 36-year-old Menard has raced full-time for in his Cup career. He drove for Dale Earnhardt Inc. from 2007-08, Yates Racing from 2009-10 and Childress since.

Car owner Richard Childress issued a statement:

“Paul Menard and Menards, Inc. have had a partnership with RCR for seven years. Together, we have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, including Paul’s emotional win at Indianapolis in 2011. He is a very talented driver and a good friend. Everyone at RCR wishes both Paul and Menards nothing but the best in the future.
“Our entire RCR organization is 100 percent focused on getting all three of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series programs in the playoffs this year, and bringing another Cup championship to RCR in 2017.
“We will be announcing our plans for a third Cup team and our overall 2018 team lineup at a later date.”

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Ryan Blaney to join Team Penske in 2018

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Ryan Blaney will move to Team Penske and drive a third Cup car for that organization, the team announced Wednesday.

Blaney will drive the No. 12 Ford in 2018 and has signed a multi-year contract extension.

“For some time now, we have wanted to bring Ryan in to run a third car for us, but things just needed to make sense from a timing and business perspective,” said team owner Roger Penske.  “We have been working on making this a reality and 2018 is the right opportunity to make this move and return our organization to a three-car team. The benefits of having three full-time teams under our roof, along with the continued technical partnership with the Wood Bothers, will help us remain competitive in the ever-changing NASCAR landscape.”

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Blaney, who won at Pocono in June, is 12th in the standings. He has seven top-10 finishes in 20 starts this season.

“This is a huge opportunity for me and my career,” said Blaney, a third-generation driver from High Point, North Carolina, in a statement. “I’ve always enjoyed racing whatever car I was in and trying to win each and every race. I’ve had some great moments with both Team Penske and the Wood Brothers over the last few years. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am today without Roger (Penske), Eddie and Len (Wood) and the opportunities their organizations have given me. I’m thrilled knowing that Brad (Keselowski) and Joey (Logano) are long-term teammates for me at Team Penske and Paul (Menard) will have input with our team now that he’s with the Wood Brothers organization. Hopefully we can go out there and win races and compete for championships year after year.”

The 23-year-old Blaney first signed with Team Penske in 2012. He has raced for Wood Brothers Racing, which is aligned with Team Penske, since 2015. He ran about half the 2015 season and has done the full season the past two years for the organization.

This marks the first time since 2010 that Team Penske has fielded three full-time entries. It did so that season with Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr.

With adding a third car, Team Penske will need to acquire a charter for that car.

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