A lot will be at stake next Sunday – honor, bragging rights and free NASCAR tickets.
When the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots face off in Houston for Super Bowl 51, they won’t just be representing their cities and fans.
Thanks to a friendly wager, they’ll also be representing their closest NASCAR tracks, Atlanta Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Both facilities are owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc.
AMS is located in Hampton, Georgia, about 50 minutes south of where the Falcons have played at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta. NHMS is in Loudon, New Hampshire, 107 miles north of Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
David McGrath, NHMS’ executive vice president and general manager and Ed Clark, Atlanta’s president and general manager, have agreed to a wager that would impact the next Cup Series victory lane celebration at either track and give a group of fans tickets to other’s next race.
Here are the stakes of the wager, which will be decided beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET next Sunday on Fox.
If the Falcons win:
- Atlanta Falcons flag to be hung outside New Hampshire Motor Speedway office building the following two days and during the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR race week July 10-16.
- McGrath will present Clark and the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 race winner with New England lobster in Victory Lane while wearing a Falcons jersey.
- Four Falcons and Atlanta Motor Speedway fans will win premium tickets to the July 16 New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ($500 value).
If the Patriots win:
- New England Patriots flag will be hung outside Atlanta Motor Speedway office building the following two days and during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR race week Feb. 27-March 5.
- Ed Clark will present David McGrath and the July 16 New Hampshire 301 race winner with Georgia peaches in Victory Lane while wearing a Patriots jersey.
- Four Patriots and New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans will win premium tickets to the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway ($400 value).
The trash talking has already commenced between the two tracks and the executives.
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Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.
Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.
Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.
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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.
Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.
When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.
Check out the video above.
Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,
One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.
Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.
In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.
It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.
Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.
Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.