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Nashville slashes ticket prices for race weekends
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.
Talla-mento Dogwich: Super food for a superspeedway
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Heading into its first NASCAR weekend of the 2016 season, Talladega Superspeedway announced a new culinary creation to its repertoire -- the Talla-mento Dogwich. Described as a "grilled, all-beef hot dog split into two and placed on top of melted Yancey's Fancy buffalo cheddar cheese, topped with a generous helping of Pimiento Cheese, placed in between two slices of Texas toast (grilled to golden brown) and cut down the middle." In between XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 'Dega on Saturday, I decided to give it a whirl. It took me a few, hesitant seconds before taking my first bite. Perhaps inspired by what would've been the late Dale Earnhardt's 65th birthday on Friday, the thing was intimidating. "We have the best and most competitive form of racing in the world here at Talladega Superspeedway , and now we have the most unique, tasty and big-menu items anywhere," said Talladega Superspeedway chairman Grant Lynch. "At Talladega, size matters and our fans won't be disappointed with the incredibly large Talla-Mento Dogwich. It joins 'The Big One Meatball' (last year's concoction) as the most creative and delicious food items at any sporting event in the world." Spoiler alert -- I couldn't finish it. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. First bite impressions: powerful, buttery overtones hit you first (the Texas toast was buttered and grilled perfectly) before the hot dog and cheese flavors follow. It's a solid first bite, meeting my expectations going in. Midway through is when I started to taste the heat from the pimento cheese, but it was mild. As a general buffalo-flavored-anything fan, I was excited to see how the Yancey's Fancy buffalo cheddar cheese came into play, but it was subtle, if at all noticeable. I haven't tried that cheese by itself before, so it's entirely possible the buffalo flavor is intended to take a backseat to the cheddar flavor, but I was hoping for more of a kick. It was slightly difficult to keep the sandwich intact, with the hot dogs initially laid across in an X-shape, marking the spot -- at the cross-section of guilt and pleasure. Unlike the description from Lynch, my sandwich was uncut. I think if it'd been sliced down the middle (rectangle style) with a hot dog slice on each slide, it would've produced better results and dispensed some of the flavors a little more evenly. I tapped out with a full belly about three-quarters through. Overall, for a warm, sunny day at the race track it makes for a good comfort food if you have some calories to spare. Verdict: For $5, it'll definitely fill you up. Recommended to fans who really love hot dogs and pimento cheese. (Duh.) Find it: OV Hill North, OV Hill South, Tri-Oval Tower, Infield.
Staff picks for GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
RELATED: See all the cars lined up for Sunday's race Denny Hamlin : If Joe Gibbs Racing can get organized in the same way it did at Daytona in February, the No. 11 could be the winning ticket at Talladega. -- Zack Albert Dale Earnhardt Jr .: Series' best plate racer has had three runner-up finishes this season. He's due. -- Kenny Bruce Jimmie Johnson : This will mark the 10th Talladega race since Johnson last won here and, quite simply, it's time. While his teammates will grab the lion's share of the attention, "Six-Time" will ultimately hold the winner's trophy -- his third. -- Holly Cain Joey Logano : Entering the weekend, I'd already pegged Joey Logano as the favorite -- then he went out and topped final practice. Seemingly due for a win and with a pair of restrictor-plate victories in his back pocket from last year, what more are you looking for? -- Pat DeCola Ryan Blaney : His best Cup finish came in this race last year and Penske, with whom Wood Brothers is affiliated, has taken two of the last three 'Dega races. -- RJ Kraft Dale Earnhardt Jr .: I'm jumping on the Junior bandwagon. He's always the one to beat at the 2.66-mile track and he'll make it difficult for the rest of the field en route to his seventh Cup win here. -- Maggie MacKenzie Brad Keselowski : The 2012 premier series champion spoils the recent Hendrick-JGR show of power, thanks to his own racing ingenuity and plenty of fast Fords with which to partner. -- Brad Norman Brad Keselowski : The Team Penske driver earned his first Cup win in 2009 at Talladega and has won twice more since. Couple that with he and teammate Joey Logano 's history of working closely together on-track -- a crucial element to plate racing -- and 'Dega Victory Lane could be calling Keselowski's name. -- Jessica Ruffin Matt Kenseth : All the bad luck that the No. 20 team has had this year has masked impressive speed. Talladega is about both luck and speed. With the former in hand as shown by his fourth-place qualifying effort, Kenseth is due for a more auspicious turn of his fortune. -- Kathy Sheldon Denny Hamlin : Hamlin saw Victory Lane two years ago at Talladega and with his 2016 Daytona 500 win under his belt, the JGR driver seems ready to dominate another superspeedway this season. -- Taylor Starer Chase Elliott : His dad won here twice and the man who drove the No. 24 before him won here six times. Talladega has been known to produce dramatic moments, so let's root for another one to happen Sunday. -- George Winkler Make your picks in Streak to the Finish !
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At historic track, Elliott looks to make own name
At age 19, Chase will attempt to qualify for first Sprint Cup race Vote: Who will win at Martinsville? " Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Think about this for a moment: Chase Elliott , son of the ever-popular Bill Elliott , will attempt to make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Martinsville Speedway , a track steeped in history and tradition, for Sunday's STP 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Not only does he need to qualify for the race -- with Team Xtreme withdrawing, there are 45 cars on the entry list; 43 make the race -- but Elliott also will need to do it without having the benefit of much time spent in a Sprint Cup Series seat. And if that's not enough, if he qualifies for the race -- which is expected to be attended by none other than Richard Petty -- Elliott will do so at a younger age than Jeff Gordon did in 1992. Throughout his short history as a national series driver, Elliott has shown an unflappable, even-keel approach en route to such heights as last season's XFINITY Series title. But if any weekend were to test his Zen-like calm, who could blame him if this were the one? "If I wasn't nervous come this weekend, then I'd think something was wrong with me," Elliott said. "I think that should be the case. With as much excitement as this weekend brings I think you're going to have some nerves to go along with it. I'm looking forward to experiencing both of those sensations." If his nerves indeed need some calming, then Elliott can go to bat knowing he will have Gordon on his side. Jeff just happens to be tied with HMS teammate Jimmie Johnson for the most Cup wins at the track among active drivers with eight, so it's not like he's coming at Chase with a blank slate. "I think for me, Jeff will probably be the guy I lean on most this weekend," Elliott said. "One, our car is being prepared out of the 24 and 5 shop. Just to be familiar with that group of guys and how they do things, I think that only makes sense to kind of lean on those guys more than anybody else with the plans for next year. Last time I checked, Jeff had run a handful of races at Martinsville; I feel like he'll have some good information and a lot to be learned talking to him." Elliott said he hasn't driven a Cup car since January of 2014, and most of that experience was at Nashville Superspeedway , a 1.33-mile concrete track that was used for testing. Plus, in the time since Elliott drove a Cup car, a lot has changed thanks to the 2015 rules package. Add in the fact that Elliott will be working with crew chief Kenny Francis for the first time, and there are a lot of challenges he'll be facing beyond just the normal task of driving on a tough, tight 0.526-mile track. But besides having Gordon and the entire HMS team on his side, Elliott also has the benefit of it being a break in the XFINITY Series schedule. Therefore, he can concentrate on the very tall task at hand. But as one might expect, his own expectations for his first Cup race sound pretty reasonable. "Hopefully, for me, I just want to execute all weekend and put together a solid week," Elliott said. "I think for us, if we can run all the laps and stay on the lead lap and battle to run in the top 15, I feel like that's a great day to shoot for. I feel like that's possible and that would be a really good day." Of course, if he does something more than that, then it could add to the track's already thick history. It's a history that will be on the young driver's mind. "I think back of all the times I've gone to Martinsville to watch my dad race," Elliott said. "Even not that long ago. Weird to think I'm going to go run a Cup race and not be watching. ... Such a great opportunity and I want to make the most of it." Senior writer Holly Cain contributed to this report. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Talent Lineup & Tickets On Sale for Dega Jam at Talladega Superspeedway
Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr and Many More at First-Ever Dega Jam Music Festival at Talladega Superspeedway , July 1-3, 2016 Tickets, VIP Packages and Travel Packages on Sale Now Early-Bird Pricing for 3-Day Passes Available for a Limited Time (Talladega, Ala.) - October 25, 2015 – Dega Jam , the first-ever country music festival held at Talladega Superspeedway , announced a monster lineup for the first-time event. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr and dozens more will keep the party rocking over Fourth of July weekend, July 1, 2 & 3, 2016 at the famed Talladega Superspeedway . Dega Jam, which will take place in the infield of the biggest NASCAR track in the country, will feature a huge music lineup over three days and nights, programmed on three specially designed performance stages. The mega-music festival will offer fans a thrilling new annual way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend. General Admission 3-day passes, VIP packages and travel packages are all on sale now. Early-bird pricing for weekend passes is available for a limited time. Camping opportunities will be available for purchase starting October 29. Visit DegaJam.com for all festival information, including participating hotels. The full 2016 Dega Jam lineup includes: Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, Chris Janson, Dwight Yoakam, Frankie Ballard, Jamey Johnson, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Sara Evans, The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, and Ranger Doug Green, Montgomery Gentry, Marty Stuart, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford, Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Clare Dunn, John Anderson, Kristian Bush, The Cadillac Three, Aaron Lewis, Pat Green, Josh Thompson, RaeLynn, Mac Powell, Rodney Atkins, Cassadee Pope, Shooter Jennings The Swon Brothers, Mo Pitney, Frank Foster, Whiskey Myers, and Ruthie Collins. Quint Davis, producer/director said, “Dega Jam is coming to join the thunder that rocks Talladega Superspeedway . From the opening night strains of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd to Eric Church and his mega-hit ‘Talladega’ on Saturday night, to taking it home with Kid Rock’s ‘Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long,’ the Dega Jam will live up to its namesake. A country festival like no other, Dega Jam headlines Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., and 40 more stars from all branches of country music. In the infield of the Superspeedway , on three stages for three days, country music will be celebrated from modern superstar Martina McBride, to legendary rocker Dwight Yoakam, and everything in between, including Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Tyler Farr, native Alabamians Sara Evans and Jamey Johnson. Even Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill brings his Time Jumpers to the party. And a party it will be; for sure there is something for everyone. All tickets go on sale today. Be one of the lucky few that get to actually camp out in the infield, inside the Festival itself, where the party really never stops. Hey, it’s not just a music Festival, it’s Talladega!” “Being the biggest race track in NASCAR and having nearly 3,000 acres of unlimited camping opportunities, Dega Jam is uniquely positioned to become one of the – if not the – biggest country music festival in the country,” said Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway . “More than 70 percent of our NASCAR customers come from outside of the state, generating more than $380 million annually for Alabama tourism, and we expect Dega Jam to add significantly to this economic impact. When these fans make their journey to Dega Jam, they will find that ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ has lots more to offer, too. From delicious food delicacies to incredible road-trip destinations, Alabama has it all. We can’t wait for July 2016.” Just as it is for the races at Talladega, Dega Jam will allow fans to camp in the infield, literally inside the festival. A full-range of camping opportunities is available for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations adjacent to the stages. Special VIP packages – the “Crew Chief VIP Experience” and “VIP Pit Pass” - will allow for a variety of special privileges, depending upon which package is selected: an exclusive upfront, golden-circle viewing area at the main stage and with VIP viewing at the other stages; access to the White Lightning VIP Club offering a comfortable hospitality tent and private cash bar; and other comforts and amenities. VIP packages will be available in limited quantities. Fans at the festival will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets located throughout pit road and inside NASCAR garages. Numerous other features—a select festival menu sold from food booths and food trucks; carnival rides; arcade games; country-and-western merchandise; cool zone water elements; and more—will all be a part of the festival, as Dega Jam transforms Talladega Superspeedway into a festival-goer’s paradise. Be part of the Dega Jam community at any of the following: DegaJam.com DegaJam on Facebook @degajam on Twitter degajam on Instagram AEG Live along with Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans are partnering with the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) to produce the Dega Jam . PLEASE NOTE: Artist b-roll video is available at https://vimeo.com/141839637 . Festival Contact: Matthew Goldman, 504-410-4100, Matthew@fpi-no.com Talladega Contact: Russell Branham, 256-315-4556, Rbranham@talladegasuperspeedway.com ### DEGA JAM WEEKEND FESTIVAL PASSES 3-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION WEEKEND PASS – ($179 early bird all-in pricing) • 3-day general admission; passes are non-transferable • Includes access to over 40 bands on three festival stages, a select menu of food and beverage offerings available for purchase from food booths and food trucks, carnival rides, arcade games, country and western merchandise, official festival merchandise, a myriad of shade and water elements and much more VIP PIT PASS - ($599 all-in pricing) • 3-day admission; passes are non-transferable • Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Dega Jam Stage and VIP viewing at the Sweet Home Dega Stage and Honky Tonk Hall • Access to the White Lightning VIP Club, a private hospitality tent where guests can cool of in the shade with access to exclusive beverage for purchase, private merchandise stand, cell phone charging stations and more • Private air-conditioned flushable restrooms • Exclusive festival merchandise item • Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend • Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space • On-site experience concierge CREW CHIEF VIP EXPERIENCE – ($999 all-in pricing) • 3-day admission; non-transferable • Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Dega Jam Stage and VIP viewing at the Sweet Home Dega Stage and Honky Tonk Hall • Exclusive access to the Crew Chief Super VIP Deck at the Dega Jam Stage featuring a covered viewing platform with premium views of the main stage, open bar featuring select wine, beer and spirits, complimentary light snacks and refreshments, and air-conditioned restrooms • Crew Chief VIP-only exclusive festival merchandise items • Access to the White Lightning VIP Club, a private hospitality tent where guests can cool of in the shade with access to exclusive beverage for purchase, private merchandise stand, cell phone charging stations and more • Crew Chief VIP only festival merchandise item • Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend • Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space • On-site experience concierge Plus a few surprises!
Reduced downforce measures coming to Sprint All-Star Race
RELATED: Submit your picks in Sprint Fan Vote Updates to the current rules package aimed at reducing both downforce and side force will be in place this weekend when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams travel to Charlotte Motor Speedway to compete in the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star race. According to Gene Stefanyshyn, senior vice president of innovation and racing development for the sanctioning body, three areas have been addressed with the updates. They involve truck trailing arm and crossmember assembly, electric fans used for cooling purposes on the cars and rear wheel toe alignment. The trailing arm issue was actually addressed previously with a change put into place before the series competed earlier this month at Kansas Speedway . Teams must now weld truck trailing arm mounting brackets (and mounting tabs, if used) to prevent movement. That change will remain in place for the remainder of the 2016 season. Stefanyshyn said the decision to reduce the number of fans was made after it was determined that some of the units "have actually been creating downforce on the car." RELATED: Explaining the low downforce package Limiting the number of cooling fans will provide "a good efficiency improvement as far as managing or attenuating some costs … and it also gave us a downforce reduction,” he said. "So it was a win-win. Some of those fans were driving things like bigger fans, bigger alternators, bigger batteries … that kind of thing." Rear toe alignment changes will decrease the amount of skew (slant) allowed in a car's setup. "We currently allow them to set up the car with some skew that provides not only a turning advantage but also a side force advantage," he said. "Usually the way a team would set that up is on the right side they take 0.6 degrees of toe out and on the left side they do about 0.3 degrees of toe in. We're going to change the specifications so it's going to be neutral; it will be zero setup. That will take some of the skew out of the car, which will take some of the side force off the car." It is also expected to reduce corner speeds approximately 3 mph at a track such as Charlotte. The rear toe change will be in place only for this weekend's all-star events. MORE: All-Star format " Eligible drivers "We want to see what the effect of it is," Stefanyshyn said. "The fans … we know directionally (that's) downforce off. And we know the (teams) made some back, so taking it off puts us in a good spot. Plus it's a good cost (savings). So everybody feels comfortable." The changes are part of the evolution of the lower downforce package that debuted in mid-2015 where it was used for races at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway . It was implemented full time for the 2016 season on all tracks except Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway . Downforce is the pressure created across the surface of a vehicle at speed. Likewise, side force is generated by the flow of air along the sides of the vehicle. Although teams continue to work to recover the loss of downforce with the current rules package, Stefanyshyn estimated that any gains teams have made have likely been relatively small. "We took over 900 pounds of downforce off for this year. Some … are saying 'Well, they've gotten it all back,' " he said. "We don't believe that it's been that drastic, that they've gotten all 900 back. We're thinking it's maybe 100-200, something like that," he said. Because the Sprint All-Star Race is a non-points event, it provides officials and teams the opportunity to observe the impact of the changes without the fear of upsetting the integrity of the regular season. And officials at Charlotte have been behind the decision to roll out the changes during the all-star weekend. "We really need to thank Marcus Smith here because when we do some of these things we want to make sure the tracks know the package is coming, they're supportive," Stefanyshyn said. "Marcus has been very open-minded to help us try some of these things. "Everybody plays an important position here; we all want everybody together." Four teams are scheduled to take part in a one-day Goodyear tire test Tuesday at Michigan International Speedway , and are expected to have the latest changes in place while also looking at possible changes to the aerodynamic package for 2017. The 2-mile track was the site of a high downforce test last year. Austin Dillon ( Richard Childress Racing ), Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing ), Aric Almirola ( Richard Petty Motorsports ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) are slated to participate in Tuesday's test. "A lot of stuff we've done have not been with aero pieces on the car but they do have an aero effect," Stefanyshyn said of the latest changes. "But we are looking at other things, working on other things. We've been working on this for the last two or three years and the question on it is how do you implement it in a way that's friendly, cost-effective and all that? "Depending on how the journey goes and what we find out, that could be something we could consider for '17. The good thing is now that we're all working closely together, we're further ahead quite a ways. So if we get to the point where we decide we want to implement, I think we do it in a very structured and calm way, not hectic … so that everybody feels comfortable." The Sprint All-Star Race weekend includes Friday's Sprint Showdown, a 50-lap qualifying race for teams not already in the main event. Segment winners (the race consists of two 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap dash) earn a berth in Saturday night's All-Star Race. Now in its 32nd season, the All-Star Race itself consists of two 50-lap segments and a final 13-lap segment. A Sprint Fan Vote winner will also make the Saturday night main event. RELATED: Submit your picks in Sprint Fan Vote