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NASCAR track Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals and more

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All tracks that host 2019 Cup races are participating in a Black Friday deal that offers a special ticket and FanVision package at a reduced price – up to 30 percent in discounts.

You can get those deals all in one place here.

Below are further deals available from some NASCAR tracks.

Daytona International Speedway

On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, DIS is offering the following $60 ticket package specials:

  • Rolex 24 At DAYTONA: General admission frontstretch seating and infield access for the sports car race on Jan. 26-27 with a Rolex 24 event hat and garage access on Sunday, a savings of 33 percent.
  • Advance Auto Parts Clash/DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger: General admission frontstretch seating and infield access for the Sunday, Feb. 10 Cup Series doubleheader with UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access, a savings of 33 percent.
  • Duel At DAYTONA: General admission frontstretch seating ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 14, a savings of 43 percent.
  • NextEra Energy 250: General admission frontstretch seating ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 15, a savings of 29 percent.
  • DAYTONA 300: General admission frontstretch seating ticket and UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 16, a savings of 43 percent.

More deals:

·         DAYTONA Supercross: General admission ticket and Trackside Access can be purchased for $45 – a savings of 31 percent. The only Supercross event in Florida takes place Saturday, March 9.

·         Coke Zero Sugar 400: Reserved ticket and a FanVision for $110, a savings of 25 percent, for the July 6 Cup Series event.

·         Coca-Cola Firecracker 250: General admission and UNOH Fanzone for $50, a savings of 29 percent, for the July 5 Xfinity Series event.

 

Darlington Raceway

The “Track Too Tough to Tame” will be offering savings of $20 – $55 on custom ticket packages for its 2019 race weekend.

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Thanksgiving Weekend NASCAR Ticket Offer:

*   Purchase any single day Pennzoil 400 ticket and receive a Pennzoil Rally Towel
*   Purchase a three-day weekend ticket and receive a LVMS Hat
*   Valid 11/23—11/26

Cyber Weekend Sale:

*   Get free shipping on LVMS merchandise purchased on Amazon or through the LVMS site at: lvms.com/fans/gift-shop Use code: TURKEY2018
*   Valid 11/23—11/26

Black Friday Sale:

*   20% off entire purchase of regular priced items in the LVMS Gift Shop
*   Valid 11/23 in-store only

Black Friday Ticket Offer:

*   Only $119 for two tickets to the Pennzoil 400 (red section rows 4-10) and a FanVision with two headsets. Use code: BLACKFRIDAY
*   Savings of $108
*   Valid 11/23—11/26

 

Auto Club Speedway

The track in Fontana, California, will waive all service fees on any NASCAR tickets and ticket packages for the Auto Club 400 race weekend between Black Friday (Nov. 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 26).

Auto Club 400 tickets start as low as $42 and includes free parking.

A Holiday Ticket Package features two tickets to the Auto Club 400; two Pre-Race Pit Passes and a pair of Victory Lane passes for only $99.00 ($254 value). The special offer expires Dec. 31.

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway

The ticket office will have 2019 weekend packages for the Coca – Cola 600 starting at $79.

Fans will have the opportunity to driver their personal cars on the track from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ET  Friday if they spend $50 on 2019 NHRA or NASCAR tickets, camping, gift shop merchandise or pit passes or by donating $25 in cash to Speedway Children’s Charities.

The “Black Friday Blowout” will feature major discounts on souvenir merchandise in the track’s gift shop, including The North Face, Nike and Under Armour branded men’s and women’s apparel. The gift shop will feature speedway items for as low as $1. Fans will find 1:24 and 1:64-scale diecast cars in the gift shop as well as shirts for just $5 and hats as low as $8. The speedway’s Cyber Monday sales continue the savings, plus free shipping.

 

Kentucky Speedway

From Friday through Monday Kentucky is offering the following deals:

  • 1 Quaker State 400 $109 Tower Ticket
  • 1 Quaker State 400 Pre-Race Pass
  • 1 FanVision Rental
  • 1 Platinum Parking Pass
  • $320 value for only $125
  • Kids 12 & Under: $50

Black Friday Upgrade Offer

  • $100 Pre-Race Pass for $50

Richmond Raceway

Richmond has a Holiday deal and a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal.

The Holiday Offer provides fans with a ticket to the Toyota Owners 400 Cup race, DC Solar FanGrounds pass and exclusive Richmond Raceway ornament. The race ticket is located in the Dogwood grandstand located in Turns 1 and 2, sections AA-H, rows 1-10. The Holiday Offer is $99 for adults, and $39 for kids 12 & under. The offer ends on Jan. 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deal provides fans with a ticket to the Toyota Owners 400 and a weekend FanVision rental. The race ticket is located in the Dogwood grandstand in Turns 1 and 2, sections I-S, rows 1-10. The deal is $50 for adults, and $30 for kids 12 & under. This is a 30 percent discount off the usual ticket price. The deal ends on Cyber Monday, Nov. 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Texas Motor Speedway

The track in Fort Worth, Texas, will offer $25 Cup tickets from Friday through Sunday. Starting on Cyber Monday, all tickets will be 25 percent off through the week.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

July 21, 2019
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Valid: 11/23-11/26 (Black Friday through Cyber Monday)
Offer: $100 for two select reserved grandstand seats, one Fanvision and two headsets
Value: $204 race day value
Savings: over 50 percent savings

September 21, 2019
Full Throttle Fall Weekend NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Valid: 11/23-11/26 (Black Friday through Cyber Monday)
Offer: $50 for two general admission seats or $99 for four for general admission seats
Value: $90/$180 race day value
Savings: over 50 percent savings

NASCAR Racing Experience

The program that allows fans to pilot stock cars has multiple sales.

Stage points crucial at Las Vegas in Round of 12

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Former champion Brad Keselowski views Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN) as the “second most important” to win during the season after the championship race, “because these next two weeks are very difficult to prepare for.”

What’s so difficult about the two races after Las Vegas?

Two-thirds of the Round of 12 are made up of Talladega and the Charlotte Roval: a superspeedway known for its wild multi-car wrecks and a road course that can prove unpredictable.

“The biggest thing I’ve been thinking about is the playoff bonus points and winning in Vegas,” Keselowski said. “The best thing we can do to control our own destiny is to go win Vegas and then Talladega just becomes what it is. It’s the same thing with the Roval, so we’re hopeful to just kind of not have to worry about it that way by scoring a win. If we’re not able to do that, I’d like to get a few more playoff bonus points with stages for those races and that would help a bunch, but, certainly, this round presents a lot of challenges for us.”

If anyone knows the importance of winning early in a round, it’s Keselowski. His victory two weeks ago at Richmond benefitted him in the cutoff race a Bristol when power steering issues resulted in a 34th-place finish.

Chase Elliott, who has won at both Talladega and the Roval in previous seasons, has a similar view to Keselowski.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver said “we would be messing up to already be looking ahead to Talladega,” later adding, “the way I kind of look at it is I’m probably going to crash – I think that’s just the odds.”

Were everything to go right for a driver, they can earn up to 20 stage points in the first two stages of a race.

“So, I think everybody knows how important stages are and what they can mean, especially stage wins,” Elliott said. “Getting that extra bonus point is a huge thing, too. I think everybody knows that and that’s certainly a game that’s been played. I don’t know that it was as much played that very first year that we had (playoff and stage points), but really ever since that first year, I think it has been known and everybody really gets that. And it’s just gotten more and more aggressive.”

Focusing on Vegas is key for Elliott because it’s been a “super hit or miss” track for him. In seven career starts, he has two top fives and four finishes of 26th or worse.

“We’ve crashed a bunch out there (three DNFs) and had some really bad finishes,” Elliott said. “That would be a fantastic opportunity, I think, to have a solid day.”

Kurt Busch noted that you could arguably view Las Vegas as “standard” when it comes to pit strategy and racing. But Busch provided a reminder of what happened earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway.

“A place like Vegas fits into a track like Texas, as well; where you can change just left side tires like we saw Austin Dillon do to win the Texas race earlier this year,” Busch said. “So, there are all the different strategies and different things playing out.”

The four drivers eliminated after the Round of 16 – William Byron, Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto – scored a combined six stage points. All of them were earned by Byron.

Busch observed that just because four teams have been eliminated from the playoffs doesn’t mean there’s four less cars in the field vying for points.

“There are two Hendrick cars now not in the playoffs, but they’re fast,” Busch said of Byron and Jimmie Johnson. “Same thing with (Joe) Gibbs (Racing). You’ve got the No. 20 car, Erik Jones, not in the playoffs but he’s fast. Those are points that those guys could take away from the contenders that are still left in the situations they’re in. So, you’ve just got to race hard and race smart. There are three ways to get points each and every weekend: Stage 1, Stage 2, and the finish of the race. And, that happens at all the race tracks.”

Of the 12 remaining drivers left in the playoffs, here’s how many stage points they earned in the first round.

Most Stage Points Earned in 2020 Playoffs:

Chase Elliott  – 35
Kevin Harvick – 33
Martin Truex Jr.  – 32
Kyle Busch  – 31
Alex Bowman – 29
Joey Logano  – 28
Denny Hamlin  – 26
Kurt Busch – 22
Austin Dillon – 22
Brad Keselowski – 21
Aric Almirola – 7
Clint Bowyer – 4

NASCAR fines Hendrick Motorsports $100,000

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NASCAR has fined Hendrick Motorsports $100,000 for exceeding the amount of wind tunnel testing allowed this season.

NASCAR also announced that it had deducted 10 hours of wind tunnel testing from the organization for the 2020-21 amount allowed.

Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal the penalty. The team reported the violation to NASCAR.

The Cup Rule Book states in section 5.3.e that organizations are allocated 150 hours to be used on cars through Dec. 31, 2021 with a maximum usage of 70 hours in 2020 and a maximum usage of 90 hours in 2021. NASCAR states that testing hours are defined as billable hours reported by the wind tunnel to NASCAR. The minimum test period is four hours. Wind tunnel testing of Next Gen cars by individual organizations will not be permitted.

The L2 penalty comes with a fine of at least $100,000 and no more than $200,000.

NASCAR also announced two fines for lug nut violations last weekend at Bristol.

In the Xfinity Series, crew chief Bruce Schlicker was fined $5,000 for the No. 10 car of Ross Chastain having one lug nut not safe and secure after the race.

In the Truck Series, crew chief Kevin Bellicourt was fined $2,500 for the No. 19 truck of Derek Kraus having one lug nut not safe and secure after the race.

 

Carson Hocevar to run full Truck schedule in 2021

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Niece Motorsports has signed Carson Hocevar to run the full NASCAR Truck schedule in 2021, the team announced Thursday.

Hocevar, who turns 18 in January, has run five races for the team this season. His best finish this year is 12th at Dover. He’s scheduled to run at Martinsville on Oct. 30.

“I’m so excited to get the opportunity to race fulltime next year with the Niece Motorsports group,” said Hocevar in a statement. “We’ve had some really strong runs in the few starts that we’ve had this season and I am grateful for the chance to continue that next year. I’ve learned so much already this year and know that we will keep improving next year too.”

“Carson has really impressed us this season,” said team owner Al Niece in a statement. “He’s proven his talent – getting into the truck with no track time and really holding his own. We’re thrilled to have him with us fulltime next season and look forward to contending for wins together.”

TikTok to sponsor Ryan Vargas in six Xfinity races

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TikTok is coming to NASCAR.

The popular video sharing app will break into the sport next month as a sponsor of Ryan Vargas in the Xfinity Series.

TikTok has partnered with JD Motorsports to sponsor the 20-year-old Vargas in the final six races of the season, beginning with the Oct. 3 race at Talladega Superspeedway.

“TikTok has provided me with an incredible outlet to reach new fans and demographics through fun and creative content, and I’ve seen the highest growth in followers on TikTok over my other social channels,” Vargas said in a press release. “The opportunity to run the No. 6 TikTok Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the rest of the season is an absolute dream come true. Johnny Davis and the whole JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team took a chance on me last year and I’m excited to bring this amazing TikTok partnership their way. I wouldn’t want to make this partnership a reality anywhere else.”

Vargas has made three Xfinity Series starts this year. His best finish was 13th at Pocono.

The sponsor deal is part of TikTok’s Latinx Heritage Month programming.

A native of La Mirada, California, Vargas joined TikTok last year. He is a former member of NASCAR’s Drive 4 Diversity programming and a winner of the Wendell Scott Trailblazer award, which is given to a minority or female driver who displays exceptional on-track performance, sportsmanship, and community service.

The partnership and paint scheme were inspired by a concept scheme by graphic designer Ryan Pistana, a friend of Vargas’.

“Creators of all sizes and backgrounds show up to TikTok with their genuine, authentic selves,” Nick Tran, TikTok’s Head of Global Marketing, said in a press release. “Partnering with an iconic brand like NASCAR to sponsor Ryan Vargas on his racing journey is a way for us to continue to support, celebrate and elevate the diverse creators that make our TikTok community what it is today. Ryan is an incredible athlete, and we’re looking forward to cheering him on alongside the rest of the TikTok community!”

According to CNBC in August, TikTok has roughly 100 million monthly users, up nearly 800% from January 2018.

TikTok, a Chinese-owned company, has been in national headlines recently after President Donald Trump threatened to ban the app in the United States for national security reasons if it was not sold to an American company. On Sept. 19 he approved a deal for its U.S operations to be operated by Oracle and Walmart.