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A new year and a new season brings reduced ticket prices for fans of Nashville Superspeedway . Single event tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday. Fans can take advantage of the reduced ticket prices by reserving their seats in advance to receive the best pricing available. Tickets for Nationwide Series races at Nashville on April 23 and July 23 start at $30, while tickets for Camping World Truck Series races on April 22 and July 22 start at $25. Nashville has also increased the age and reduced the price on all junior tickets for fans 14 and under. Juniors can attend any of the four events for just $10 when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased at the gate will increase by $5 for juniors and $10 for adults per ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-RACE-TIX or online at NashvilleSuperspeedway.com. "Our new ticket prices give fans many affordable ways to experience a NASCAR race," said Cliff Hawks, vice president and general manager of Nashville Superspeedway . "Fans who purchase in advance can reap the benefits of locking in a great seat at a reduced price from what will be available at the gate. Coupled with the debut of the new Nationwide Series car at Nashville , there's a lot for fans to be excited about this season." Season ticket packages are also available starting at $129 for adults, and just $40 for juniors. Season ticket packages include tickets for both the April 22-23 and July 22-23 race weekends, a Season Ticket Holder Day at the Superspeedway that gives fans the opportunity to drive their vehicle on the track, and the highly popular ALL ACCESS pass that includes many behind-the-scenes amenities. The ALL ACCESS pass can also be added to any Nationwide Series race ticket for $30. The pass allows fans unprecedented access at the track prior to the race. Fans can attend the pre-race driver's meeting, walk the grid near the cars on pit road, visit Victory Lane and experience the Fan Walk prior to the start of the race.
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See who will make up the 12-driver field for the Contender Round RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway marked the third race of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the final race of the Challenger Round of the Chase. With four drivers eliminated, the Chase field now stands at 12 drivers entering the Contender Round. The four drivers eliminated from the Chase after Dover are: AJ Allmendinger , Kurt Busch , Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola . The 12 drivers advancing to the Contender Round are: Brad Keselowski (Won at Chicagoland), Joey Logano (Won at New Hampshire), Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson , Jeff Gordon (Won at Dover), Kyle Busch , Dale Earnhardt Jr , Matt Kenseth , Ryan Newman , Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne . For the 12 drivers advancing to the Contender Round, their point totals will be reset to 3,000. For the four drivers that are eliminated from the Chase field, they will see their point totals reset to the Chase-start base of 2,000 plus any bonus points for regular-season wins and the additional points they have earned in the Chase. The Contender Round consists of three races: Kansas Speedway , Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway . A Chase driver who wins one of those three races will automatically advance to the Eliminator Round. The rest of the eight-driver field to make the Eliminator Round will be determined by the points scored in the three Contender Round races. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Scores fourth win of 2014; one of 12 drivers to advance to Contender Round MORE: 12 drivers advance to Contender Round " Full race results " Updated series standings RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway , but four other drivers got the axe in the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup elimination race in the history of the sport. AJ Allmendinger , 2004 series champion Kurt Busch , Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola missed the cut for the next round of the Chase, as the field was pared from 16 drivers to 12 following the third and final Challenger Round race. After the dominant car of Coors Light Polesitter Kevin Harvick had a major issue with the left front wheel on Lap 254 of 400, Gordon took control of the event on Lap 305, passing runner-up Brad Keselowski for the lead on Lap 305. After a cycle of green-flag pit stops, Gordon led the last 71 laps, pulling away to win by a comfortable 4.352 seconds. Jimmie Johnson ran third, followed by Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth , as all of the top-five drivers advanced to the Contender Round, a three-race elimination with visits to Kansas Speedway , Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway . Harvick (13th Sunday), Kyle Busch (10th), Dale Earnhardt Jr . (17th), Ryan Newman (eighth), Carl Edwards (11th) and Denny Hamlin (12th) also advanced to the Contender Round. The victory was Gordon’s fourth of the season, fifth at the Monster Mile and 92nd of his career, third most all-time behind Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105). And victory No. 92 had special significance beyond an automatic ticket to the next round of the Chase—especially after a blown tire last week at New Hampshire produced a 26th-place finish and put the four-time champion one disaster away from elimination from NASCAR’s 10-race playoff. "I think this is huge," Gordon said in Victory Lane. "We came in here with a little bit of extra pressure because we weren’t guaranteed to be in. If we hadn’t finished where we were running at New Hampshire last week (sixth when the tire blew), it would have been kind of an easy day for us. "But all we did was focus on executing as a team and trying to win this race and nothing else. It wasn’t about the points; it wasn’t about just squeezing by to get to the next round. It was about making a statement. I don’t know how you make a bigger statement than what this team just did right there." If Gordon took the suspense out of the closing laps, making what he called a "statement" with the victory, there was plenty of drama mid-pack, as Kasey Kahne rallied from four laps down to claim the 12th and final spot in the next round by two points over Allmendinger, who finished 23rd to Kahne’s 20th. On Lap 161, Kahne brought his No. 5 Chevrolet to pit road with a loose left rear wheel and lost two laps in the process. He lost two more during a subsequent green-flag pit stop. Thanks to a wave-around and a timely caution for Harvick’s issue on Lap 254, Kahne ran the rest of the race one lap down and gained enough positions to knock both Busch and Allmendinger out of the Chase. Keselowski already had a victory in the Chase and a guaranteed spot in the Contender Round, but he wanted more. "Yeah, we've had a really good start, so we can't really complain that much having won a race, and a second and a seventh," Keselowski said. "But it's hard to look at that. All I can think about is how I wanted to win all three races, and now it's time to move forward. "Three more races, a new start, and what we were able to do in these last three, other than getting us to this next round, really mean nothing. We've got to keep our head on straight and push forward these next three like we have these last three." All 12 remaining Chase drivers start the Contender Round with a baseline of 3,000 points. Any Chase driver who wins at Kansas, Charlotte or Talladega will advance automatically to the Eliminator Round. The Chase field will be reduced from 12 to eight drivers at Talladega. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
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Kyle Busch Motorsports takes top two spots in Rhino Linings 350 RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LAS VEGAS—He isn't old enough to gamble, but Erik Jones played his cards right on Saturday night and won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Jones, 18, made a late-race pass on his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr . with 13 laps to go, earning his second victory in nine starts this season. "It was a blast," said Jones, who recovered from an early race hiccup on pit road to win in his debut at Las Vegas. "I learned a ton. To get a win on a mile-and-a-half that's awesome. It drove so good at the end, I couldn't ask for any more than this. I wanted to win out here so bad, I had this marked down as one I was looking forward to. This is really surreal for me right now." Jones, who notched KBM's 10th NCWTS win of 2014 credited crew chief Eric Phillips with the right adjustments on the final stop that earned him his third-career victory in 14 NCWTS starts. "It was perfect," he added. "We were way, way too loose in traffic before it, but we had a strong Tundra. It was a perfect adjustment. We made a big swing at it, it just worked out." For Wallace Jr., after a dominant performance, took the defeat as a huge bust. "Just got beat, flat out," said Wallace Jr., after recording his fifth runner-up performance of the season. "Congrats to the 51 (Jones), hate that it's not the 54. We need a win. (It's) frustrating, I hate finishing second so bad. Thanks to my guys though. I thought it was ours. Another KBM dominance for sure. We'll go onto Talladega and try to finish one spot better." Ryan Blaney recorded his second 21 Means 21 Pole Award of the season and led the field to green, but Wallace Jr. used momentum to make the pass for the lead on Lap 1. Blaney, though, reclaimed the top-spot for six laps on Lap 2, before Wallace Jr. retook control on Lap 8 and led for 10 laps, when German Quiroga made a move on the second restart of the night. His Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters flexed his muscles, taking the lead on Lap 19, before Jones muscled ahead for five laps, until the scheduled competition caution on Lap 30. When the leaders hit pit road, Jones barely overshot his pit stall, which cost him the lead, allowing Peters to put his No. 17 Toyota Tundra back on the point. Peters controlled the field for 17 laps, before Wallace Jr. muscled back around him on Lap 51. The fourth and final caution of the race waived on Lap 57 for an accident in Turn 4, which sent the leaders to pit road. Peters' crew won the race off pit lane, but Wallace Jr. soared ahead on the restart, which set the tone for the second half of the event, until green flag pit stops began on Lap 105. Wallace Jr. cycled back through to the lead on Lap 114, but Jones already on the prowl caught him, making the move on the frontstretch on Lap 133, sealing his triumph. With five races remaining, the NCWTS will take a three-week break before returning to action at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 18. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Truck Series heads to Las Vegas with four-way battle for title Darrell Wallace Jr. has insisted that he considers "points" a forbidden term in his vocabulary, even as he ventures deeper into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship fight. His goal remains the same as ever: wins, which -- figuratively, at least -- he doesn't consider a four-letter word. Wallace's bid for a third victory this season heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 (10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), the 17th of 22 races this season. He enters the final stand-alone event of the year at the 1.5-mile track fourth in the series standings, just 35 points back of leader and defending series champion Matt Crafton . While Wallace's three career wins have come at a short tracks (Martinsville, Eldora) and a relatively flat 1.25-mile layout with short-track characteristics (Gateway), he said his Kyle Busch Motorsports team's growth on the intermediate-sized 1.5-mile tracks has been measurable. Strong suits aside, the 20-year-old hasn't strayed from the approach that's brought him success. "I'm excited for Vegas," Wallace said last Sunday after a second-place run at New Hampshire. "Got a brand-new Toyota Tundra going there, and we should be OK, but I'm not worried about the championship. I'll just let the crew worry about that and I'll go out and try to win races." Wallace sits at the back end of a four-driver breakaway atop the standings. Johnny Sauter , Crafton's ThorSport Racing teammate and a winner at Las Vegas in 2009, ranks second with just a seven-point deficit in search of his first title. Ryan Blaney , in his second full season of Camping World Truck Series competition, sits third, just 24 points off the top. After Wallace, it's another 37 points back to fifth-place German Quiroga , another second-year driver who's come oh-so-close to notching his first Truck Series victory. The Mexico native wound up as runner-up to Wallace at Gateway in June by a margin of .329 seconds, then came up short by just .049 seconds -- about a fender -- to Blaney in a thrilling finish last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . To put his name among the championship contenders, Quiroga will have to make strides from his 21st-place finish -- last on the lead lap -- in his Vegas debut last season. "Last year was my first time competing at Las Vegas and we struggled a bit," Quiroga said. "This time around I have a full season under my belt and feel better prepared. I have a lot of friends and family visiting this weekend, so it would be great to capture my first win in front of them." Two other former Vegas winners are scheduled to be in the field: Defending race winner Timothy Peters , Quiroga's Red Horse Racing teammate, and four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr ., who returns to the series with NTS Motorsports after a three-race absence. Joe Nemechek , who has 15 starts each in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at the 1.5-mile track, is scheduled to make his first truck start at Las Vegas this weekend. Nemechek, an occasional competitor in all three NASCAR national series this season, will celebrate his 51st birthday Friday. After Las Vegas, the series takes two weeks off before returning Oct. 18 at Talladega Superspeedway . That event kicks off a season-ending stretch of races on five consecutive weekends, culminating with the Nov. 14 finale as part of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule