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Help design Bubba Wallace’s Auto Club car, get diecast with your name on it

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Fans are invited to take part in a special promotion that will see them design and have their name emblazoned upon Bubba Wallace No. 43 Chevrolet for the March 17 Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Fans can submit designs for the car Wallace will drive in the race. Once the final design is selected, fans will have their names on the car. A diecast model will also be produced with fan’s names on it and then sent to all who participate in the promotion.

The promotion is tied in with a one-race sponsorship for the event from Plan B Sales and Marketing. Fans can go to for instructions on how to participate, according to a Richard Petty Motorsports media release.

“I love it when we can get fans involved and be a part of the team,” Wallace said in a media release. “Richard Petty Motorsports and Plan B Sales really care about getting fans involved and feeling like they are a part of the team.

“This program is something cool and it’s easy to do. It’s an easy way to get a cool No. 43 diecast with your name on it and watch it race at California.”

Plan B Sales and Marketing is a leading producer of diecast models in motorsports.

“We have been with Bubba since the beginning of his career,” Plan B co-owner Brent Powell said. “When he embarked on his trek to success after racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Bubba actually signed his first diecast in our parking lot.

“We’ve maintained a relationship with him throughout the years and have always enjoyed having him as an ambassador. He is a loyal supporter of our brand and products.”

This promotion is similar to Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s last Mountain Dew Cup car at Talladega Superspeedway in 2017, when fan’s names were placed on his Chevrolet.

“Fans play a pivotal role in our company and in the sport as a whole,”  Powell said. “That notion drove us to make sure this partnership interacted with them – whether it be through the paint scheme design, or the addition of their names on the car at the event at Auto Club Speedway.”

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Matt Tifft celebrates significant milestone about brain surgery recovery

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NASCAR Cup rookie driver Matt Tifft was in a celebratory mood Wednesday — and for good reason.

Tifft, who will drive for Front Row Motorsports this season along with David Ragan and Michael McDowell, took to social media to update followers that he has reached a significant milestone in his ongoing recovery from brain tumor removal surgery on July 21, 2016.

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Tifft told followers his recovery has been so good that he won’t have to undergo another routine followup brain scan and exam for at least a year.

“It’s a huge step,” Tifft said in a Twitter video. “Almost three years out from surgery now. It’s really awesome to see that nothing has come back. … Hopefully, I can keep the good health up for many more years to come.”

Tifft competed in just 10 races in the 2016 Xfinity Series before undergoing surgery. He came back to run full Xfinity seasons in 2017 (finished 7th) and 2018 (6th, including a career-best six top-5s and 19 top-10s.

Check out Tifft’s post and video from Wednesday:

By comparison, here’s how Tifft’s brain looked six months after surgery in January 2017.

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Watkins Glen to host 50th anniversary of Woodstock Music & Arts Festival

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Two weeks after it plays host to the NASCAR Cup Series on Aug. 4, Watkins Glen International will host the 50th anniversary celebration of the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival — also known as Woodstock 50 — from Aug. 16-18.

Yes, it’s been 50 years since Woodstock, whose “3 Days of Peace & Music” in mid-August 1969 captivated the world with musical acts including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Santana, Joe Cocker and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Co-producer and co-founder of the original Woodstock 1969 and now Woodstock 50, Michael Lang, announced Wednesday that the 1,000-acre WGI will host Woodstock 50, the only authorized commemoration of the original fest. Tickets are expected to go on sale first for college students ages 18-25 by the end of January.

“The original festival in ‘69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for – civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love and music,” Lang said in a media release. “Today, we’re experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we’ve learned is that music has the power to bring people together.

“So, it’s time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard.”

The musical lineup for Woodstock 50 will be announced in the coming weeks, Lang said. The festival will have three main stages and is expected to host a wide swath of artists of various musical genres from rock, hip hop, pop and country music. In additional to contemporary artists, several tribute performances honoring those who played at the first Woodstock will also be held.

WGI has nearly twice the space as the upstate New York farm owned by Max Yasgur, which hosted the original Woodstock Aug. 15-18, 1969. WGI is about 150 miles northwest of the original Woodstock site.

“The original site in Bethel (New York) is wonderful, but much too small for what we’re envisioning,” Lang said. “Watkins Glen International gives us the ability to create something unlike any other commemorative event and something uniquely Woodstock.”

Lang added that when he first saw WGI as a potential host site, he felt “an immediate emotional connection to the land. It’s a beautiful location and an ideal site.”

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Saturday’s schedule at Auto Club Speedway

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Today’s action at Auto Club Speedway will feature two Cup practices, Xfinity Series qualifying and the Xfinity race to cap off the day.

Here’s how the day’s schedule shapes up (all times Eastern):


10 a.m. — Xfinity garage opens

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. — Cup garage open

12:35 – 1:25 p.m. — Cup practice (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network)

1:35 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying; single vehicle/two rounds (FS1)

3:15 p.m. — Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

3:30 – 4:20 p.m. — Final Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

4:30 p.m. — Xfinity driver introductions

5 p.m. — Roseanne 300 Xfinity race; 150 laps/300 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Friday’s NASCAR Cup, Xfinity schedule at ISM Raceway in suburban Phoenix

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The weekend’s NASCAR action kicks off today at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway). The Cup and Xfinity Series are both in action at the 1-mile track. Camping World Truck Series teams are off until March 24 at Martinsville.

Below is today’s schedule:

All times are Eastern

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. — Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. — Xfinity garage open

12:35 – 1:25 p.m. — Cup practice (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network)

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. — Xfinity practice (FS1)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. — Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

5:15 p.m. — Cup qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)