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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.

My Home Tracks: New Mexico’s the Land of Enchantment and home of Cardinal Speedway

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The state of New Mexico is known more for IndyCar racing, with the Unser family being the state’s favorite sons.

Al Unser won four Indianapolis 500s, brother Bobby three and Al’s son Al Jr. a two-time winner (this weekend’s 500 marks the 25th anniversary of Little Al’s second 500 triumph).

But there’s a strong grassroots racing scene in the Land of Enchantment, particularly in the far southeast corner of the state at Cardinal Speedway, a half-mile dirt track in the little town of Eunice.

NASCAR America continues its My Home Track series of 50 states in 50 shows.

Wednesday, we visit New York state.

2018 NASCAR schedule changes: EVP Steve O’Donnell breaks it down (video)

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On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell joined us to discuss the NASCAR Cup schedule changes in 2018, including running a road race at Charlotte and having Indianapolis be the final race before the playoffs.

“I’m real excited about these changes,” said O’Donnell, who cited unprecedented cooperation between NASCAR, its teams, drivers and sponsors to reach agreement on the schedule changes.

Among the key changes: Las Vegas will kick off the 10-race playoffs in 2018 (Chicagoland Speedway, which will have hosted the last seven playoff openers, will return to its more traditional race date in early July/late June and serve as a run-up to the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona.

Several other changes include:

  • The fall playoff race at Charlotte will move up a couple weeks in the schedule and also incorporate competition on both the infield road course and part of the speedway itself.
  • After 14 years as the deciding race to qualify for the NASCAR Cup playoffs, Richmond International Raceway will now become the second race of the playoffs.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway will see it’s Brickyard 400 go from late July to become the final qualifying race for the playoffs in early September.

Catch up on all the changes in the above video.

Tony Stewart pulled over by state trooper, but it’s not for speeding

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Retired NASCAR Cup driver and team co-owner Tony Stewart was stopped by an Illinois State Trooper over the weekend near DeKalb, Ill., about 90 minutes west of Chicago.

But before you think Stewart was stopped for speeding by Trooper Damein Cunningham, he wasn’t.

Rather, Cunningham pulled Stewart over for improper lane usage, although exactly what the infraction was is unclear.

After getting a verbal warning, Stewart gladly posed with Cunningham for a selfie, which the trooper promptly tweeted out.

“Just pulled over NASCAR LEGEND Tony Stewart on I-88 in DeKalb, IL, what you think I got him for? #NASCAR #ISP”

But according to the Chicago Tribune, Cunningham’s bosses apparently didn’t have a sense of humor about the incident or realize the good PR it meant for the Illinois State Police.

That, or they’re not Stewart or NASCAR fans. They ordered Cunningham to delete the tweet, which he did.

It’s unclear what Stewart, who was stopped on his 46th birthday, was doing in the Land of Lincoln.

But his luck went from bad to worse a few hours later. According to USA Today, Stewart and others were stuck in an elevator in a Madison, Wisconsin hotel for about 20 minutes before being rescued by firefighters.

We can just imagine what the elevator riders talked about while trapped.

How much do you want to bet Stewart said, “Man, do I have a story about a cop that I have to tell you.”

Cunningham then posted another tweet on Sunday after attending church services.

 

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All-Star Race will remain at Charlotte in 2018

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NASCAR confirmed that the All-Star Race will be held again at Charlotte Motor Speedway despite more of a push from competitors and others to move the event.

Criticism was raised after last weekend’s 70-lap event featured only three lead changes. Kyle Busch took the lead on the restart to begin the final 10-lap stage and went on to win. It marked the fourth time in the last five years the All-Star winner led every lap in the final stage. In 12 All-Star Races at Charlotte since the track was repaved, there have been two lead changes in the final five laps.

Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, was clear in a call with reporters Tuesday that the All-Star Race is set for Charlotte.

“We’ve finished our discussions for ’18,” he said. ” We’ll begin looking at ’19 and beyond in the near future.”

The All-Star Race debuted at Charlotte in 1985, moved to Atlanta in 1986 and returned to Charlotte the following year. It has been held at Charlotte ever since.

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