Advance Auto Parts sponsors The Clash in multi-part deal
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway will rekindle one of its fan-favorite traditions next month in partnership with Advance Auto Parts , a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America. The Advance Auto Parts Clash will open the 2017 NASCAR season under the lights on the evening of Feb. 18, featuring an elite field of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in a 75-lap sprint. The annual all-star event was first held in 1979, originally known as the Busch Clash. A number of name changes ensued over the years, but now the once-iconic label is back. "The Clash was a classic race name, one that truly resonated with our fans," said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. "It evokes the rich history of both NASCAR and our facility. We are honored to have Advance Auto Parts -- a company that resonates with our current fans -- join us as we bring the name back to our Speedweeks schedule. We're coming full-circle for this event, honoring our past while also looking to the future." In addition to the race entitlement, Advance Auto Parts will also serve as the Official Auto Parts Store of DIS. "Advance Auto Parts is proud partner with Daytona International Speedway to kick off the 2017 NASCAR season," said Advance Auto Parts Marketing and Sponsorships Manager Matt Davis. "Daytona is the birthplace of NASCAR and we couldn't be more excited to be the official auto parts of Daytona International Speedway and entitlement sponsor of the Advance Auto Parts Clash." The 75-lap/187.5-mile race will be split into two segments, separated by a mandatory caution period at Lap 25. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 8 p.m. ET. Recently crowned seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be part of the field that meets exclusive criteria: 2016 pole winners, former Clash champions, former DAYTONA 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016 and Chase drivers from 2016 are eligible. Tickets for the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 and all other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , YouTube and Snapchat , and by downloading Daytona International Speedway 's mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
Press Pass: Paul Menard
Paul Menard talks about his third place finish in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
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Regan Smith holds of Kyle Larson for the win in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his driver Regan Smith winning the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway
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Kyle Larson talks about his second place finish in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
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Regan Smith talks about his second win of the season for JR Motorsports in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
Victory Lane: Regan Smith
Regan Smith wins the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Atlanta introduces 'Chase U' ticket package
RELATED: Buy tickets for the race Atlanta Motor Speedway has partnered with Dawsonville, Georgia, native and driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports , Chase Elliott , to introduce the Chase U ticket package, the hottest new deal for college students attending the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The package, popular among millennial fans currently enrolled in college, offers a near industry-low price point for a NASCAR Cup Series race, a festive pre-race tailgate party, complimentary food and drink and a chance to interact with Chase Elliott , the 2016 Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's top series. Buyers of a Chase U ticket will enjoy a low $24 ticket for a seat in the Lower Winners Grandstand, free parking at the race and admission into the exclusive Chase U tailgate party taking place from 10 a.m. to noon on the day of the race. The tailgate will include complimentary food and beverage for each ticketholder, live music, tailgate games, a Daytona USA racing simulator and a free-entry cornhole tournament with prizes and awards. Elliott will make an appearance at the party for a special Q&A session with tailgate attendees and will take time afterwards to meet with fans. "Atlanta is providing an awesome race-day experience for the students that come to Chase U," said Elliott. "I want fans to have a great time at the race, with their own party zone, live music, food, drinks, games and a grandstand ticket, all for $24. If I were able to go watch a race, this is a place that would be fun for me. Everyone there will have a great time, and hopefully we'll make some lifetime NASCAR fans in the process." The Chase U ticket package is available only to college students with a valid student ID and can be purchased today by contacting the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or by logging on to www.atlantamotorspeedway.com . NASCAR racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway March 3-5, 2017, featuring the Rinnai 250 XFINITY Series and Active Pest Control 200 Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Saturday, March 4 and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 5.
Credit One jumps on board in expanded role for '17 with Larson
RELATED: See the paint scheme Chip Ganassi Racing announced Wednesday that Credit One Bank will return to the team in 2017 with an expanded role on the No. 42 Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson . Credit One will serve as the primary sponsor on CGR entries in eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events, one NASCAR XFINITY Series event and the non-points Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition at Daytona International Speedway . Credit One, which began a multiyear partnership last season as the Official Credit Card of NASCAR, joined the Chip Ganassi-owned organization in 2016 with a preseason announcement of a three-race agreement for primary sponsorship of Jamie McMurray 's No. 1 Chevy. That alliance grew to a five-race deal, with Credit One picking up additional events as the season progressed. The announcement represents an even larger increase of the Las Vegas-based bank's support, which primarily shifts to Larson's team this year. Larson, speaking Jan. 5 during a break in an offseason photo shoot with the new blue-hued car, said he was encouraged by Credit One's renewal and expanded reach. "It's always good to have sponsors committed to the sport and upping their commitment to the sport," Larson said. "I hope they get their full value out of the sponsorship with our race team and are a longtime sponsor of us and the sport. Looking forward to it and excited about 2017 and hoping for some good things." The Credit One colors will kick off the new year of racing with Larson in the Feb. 18 Clash, an annual preseason invitational that primarily features the previous season's pole winners. The financial institution returns for a doubleheader weekend at its home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway , with sponsorship of Larson in the XFINITY Series event and McMurray in the Monster Energy Cup event. The remaining races for Credit One are all with Larson's No. 42 effort in the premier series: March 19 at Phoenix, April 9 at Texas, April 23 at Bristol, April 30 at Richmond, July 1 at Daytona, Sept. 3 at Darlington, and Nov. 5 at Texas. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Halmar Friesen Racing debuts in Camping World Truck Series
RELATED: Changes for 2017 NASCAR season HUNTERSVILLE, NC -- Chris Larsen and Stewart Friesen have announced the formation of Halmar Friesen Racing (HFR). HFR will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) running a full schedule for 2017 with Friesen as the driver. Halmar International will serve as primary sponsor on the No. 52 Chevrolet Silverado. Managing the day-to-day operations of HFR will be NASCAR veteran Tommy Baldwin Jr. Friesen, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario, is a well decorated Modified and Sprint Car competitor. Making his NCWTS debut in 2016 at Eldora Speedway , Friesen ran a six-race schedule with a best finish of 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . "I'm super excited to be part of the Halmar Friesen Racing team,"said Friesen. "We did a bit of racing last year to get our feet wet on asphalt, and we were pleased with our success. Everything we have going on with Tommy is exciting. It's great to have his experience guiding our team so we can hit the ground running in Daytona." Friesen's crew chief will be Trip Bruce, who most recently worked with Baldwin in the K&N Pro Series East. Bruce has a championship with driver Johnny Benson and a total of ten wins in the NCWTS. Larsen, owner of Halmar International, said of the new venture with Friesen, "We got our feet wet at Eldora last season mostly because we wanted to have some fun. After that, we ran several more races to get a sense of where we were. When an opportunity came to work with Tommy (Baldwin) and it was a no brainer for us. Because of the relationship with Tommy we have committed to running the whole season. We know we will be prepared, we have good equipment and a great driver." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;