NASCAR to offer free youth tickets for XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2016) -- NASCAR today announced exclusively via Facebook Live that beginning in 2017, kids ages 12 and younger will be admitted free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The announcement was made during an all-kids press conference hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The press conference also kicked off Kids Drive NASCAR, a week-long, youth initiative leading up to this weekend’s national series races at Michigan International Speedway and Road America . "There really is no other experience like attending a NASCAR race in person, and that's especially true for kids," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "So many children become lifelong NASCAR fans because their parents brought them to their first race, and this new ticket offering makes it even more affordable for families to create memories that will last a lifetime." Many race tracks already have in place a bevy of offerings geared towards youth, including youth autograph sessions, youth garage tours, kids' clubs and designated kids’ zones. Numerous tracks also have employed various ticket platforms focused on youth, but this new program marks the first time where tracks will institute a consistent offer wherever NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races take place. Beginning in 2017, the number of complimentary tickets available for children 12 and younger will vary from venue to venue for every adult ticket purchased. Specific track policies and procedures, including sections in which the tickets are offered, will still apply and may differ for each track as well in an effort to welcome and accommodate as many families as possible. This program is another example of NASCAR-sanctioned tracks improving the at-track experience with the ultimate goal of delivering additional value and an unparalleled live-event experience for NASCAR fans. "NASCAR Hammer Down" host Karsyn Elledge, and NASCAR Next drivers Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton helped announce the program during Monday’s kids-only press conference, the first in a series of industry events and activities that will celebrate Kids Drive NASCAR week. For the latest Kids Drive NASCAR news and content, fans can visit NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and Snapchat. Be sure to tune-in when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and MRN.
Weather delays Camping World Truck Series' Bristol event
RELATED: Live weather updates " Views from Wednesday at Bristol The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' UNOH 200 (200 laps, 106.6 miles) is under delay following a burst of rain and thunderstorms that hit Bristol Motor Speedway and surrounding areas Wednesday. The event was scheduled for a 8:30 p.m. ET green flag, but NASCAR was unable to get the event underway on time as Air Titans continue to dry the .533-mile short track. Earlier, Tyler Reddick earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award after posting the quickest lap during the three-round qualifying session. The No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing wheelman will line up alongside Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez . Cameron Hayley , Ben Rhodes and Christopher Bell complete the starting top five while series points leader -- and five-time 2016 winner -- William Byron will start sixth.
Chase Watch: 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman breaks down the Chase Grid for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the 2016 season heads down the final stretch before the series' inaugural Chase.
Press Pass: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his driver Regan Smith winning the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway
Press Pass: Paul Menard
Paul Menard talks about his third place finish in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Final Laps: Smith holds off Larson for win
Regan Smith holds of Kyle Larson for the win in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Teams beat the weather to test at Chicagoland
Weather concerns forced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams to cram two days of testing into a single day Tuesday at Chicagoland Speedway as they prepare for the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 's opening race next month. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The organizational test, which permits one team per organization to participate, was originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick , the 2014 series champion, recorded the top lap time during Tuesday's day-long test with the No. 4 Chevrolet circling the 1.5-mile track in 29.147 seconds (185 mph). Defending series champion Kyle Busch had the second best lap in No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 29.24 seconds (184.6 mph) while Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford) and Ryan Newman ( Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet) had the third and fourth quickest times, respectively. Fourteen teams took part in the test. Harvick completed 222 laps, most among those taking part in the test, while Busch logged 214 according to NASCAR timing and scoring data. "We haven't won here in a few years but I think the performance has been fine over the past two or three years," Harvick, winner of the first two Sprint Cup races hosted by the track," said Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to coming back; it's a fun race track just for the fact that you can move around and run all around the race track. That's really the hardest part about today, it's hard to gather a lot of … confirmed information (because) you have to get enough rubber from the bottom to the top of the track to see where everything actually is." Joey Logano finished sixth in last year's Chase opener at Chicago. It's a race that sets the tone for the 10-race playoff, the driver of the Team Penske No. 22 Ford said. "A lot on the line here and you always want to start off the Chase on a good note and have a lot of momentum leaving Chicago," Logano said. "So far so good. … "This is a great track; to me it almost acts like a small Fontana for us. You can run anywhere you want on the race track, its got a lot of speed and it's bumpy. Its got a ton of character." One more organizational test remains for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, scheduled for Oct. 18-19 at Homestead Miami Speedway. While Sprint Cup teams were testing at Chicagoland, several Camping World Truck Series teams were busy at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Monday and Tuesday. Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates William Byron, Christopher Bell and Cody Coughlin , along with Kaz Grala (GMS Racing) and Stewart Friesen (Halmar Racing) were on hand to test in preparation for the Truck Series' opening Chase race, the UNOH 175 (Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "This is one of my favorite race tracks," Byron, the series' points leader and winner of five races this season, said. "I won here in the K&N Series last year so think I have a lot of confidence here. "It's good to come back with a truck ; it handles totally different but it's the same race track. I'm trying to use some of the things I learned last year and hopefully make that apply for when we come back in the Chase." The inaugural Chase in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins at New Hampshire and will feature a field of eight drivers competing for the 2016 championship.
A new raining champ at Bristol
NASCAR.com's Chuck Bush recaps all the action from a wet and wild weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. From Ben Kennedy earning his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win to Kevin Harvick ending an 18 race winless drought.
Frustrated Abreu forced to backup truck following qualifying wreck
Rico Abreu wrecks in Turn 2 at Bristol Motor Speedway in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, frustrating the driver of the No. 98 and forcing the team to a backup truck for the race.
Larson to run Camping World Truck race at Eldora
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson will return to the Camping World Truck Series, and to the dirt, when the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver competes for GMS Racing in next week's stop at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Excited to be running @EldoraSpeedway with @GMSRacingLLC and @DCSolar . Gonna try to not hit the wall as much!! pic.twitter.com/lc0t6gF5Az — Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) July 14, 2016 The Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). It will be just the second Truck Series start this year for Larson, 23, and his 12th overall in the series. He finished fourth with the GMS team earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway . Larson has two previous Truck starts at Eldora, finishing second in 2013 and 26th the following year. The well-known dirt track was also the site of a record-equaling run by the Elk Grove, California, native. In 2011, Larson became only the second driver to win all three races on the same night in the Four Crown Nationals. "We ran three different types of cars there in one night -- Midget, non-wing Sprint cars and Silver Crown," he said. "That was my first time at Eldora. I won a Midget race the next year there and then I've crashed really hard there a couple of times. "It's a cool, historic race track with very prestigious races going on there. … If I could win a Truck race there it would be pretty special." His 26th-place finish in '14 is misleading. The young driver was battling with eventual race winner Darrell Wallace Jr . in the closing laps when he continued to make hard contact with the wall, damaging his truck and taking him out of contention. It likely played a role in his decision not to return to the event as a driver last season. "I don't know; I honestly didn't have a ton of fun" he said of the '14 effort. "It was slick and slow. I guess I made it exciting to watch on TV, hitting the wall and stuff. … This year with Rico (Abreu) running and (Christopher) Bell being in it, and I thought there would be some more of those guys in it, I just thought it'd be fun to get back out and run the race again. "I'm hoping it rains a lot before the race so the track can be wet and sticky and rough." GMS Racing fields fulltime entries for drivers Johnny Sauter and Spencer Gallagher as well as additional entries for a variety of drivers. Larson said talks earlier in the year enabled him to land the Martinsville ride and that at the time the group had "a few other races that were options I could run. I chose Eldora as one of them. "GMS is a really good team, they have really great trucks, great people there," he said, "and an awesome race shop." DC Solar, which sponsors Chip Ganassi Racing driver Brennan Poole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will sponsor the Larson entry at Eldora. The company also sponsored Poole in last year's Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Larson is winless in Sprint Cup competition, but has four wins in the XFINITY Series and one victory in the Camping World Truck Series.