Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SNAPCHAT TO BRING LIVE STORY TO NASCAR’S SPRINT CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY


MIAMI, Fla. – There’s nothing quite like the thrill of being at a championship event in sports, and coming this November, people from all over the world will get an inside look at what that experience is like at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series championship race. The popular social media app, Snapchat, will be covering all the sights and sounds of NASCAR’s premier division season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a Live Story, NASCAR announced today.

Fans will be able to share their race-day experiences with millions of Snapchat users from the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, when NASCAR will crown its 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. In addition, Snapchat will also be covering the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 8.

“There’s no experience in sports quite like attending a NASCAR race, especially during the Chase,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Snapchat’s Live Story coverage provides young audiences with a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the real Chase race experience, through the lens of our fans and drivers.”

“With Snapchat highlighting the Sprint Cup Series championship race with a Live Story, it will give users from all around the world an inside look at NASCAR from its biggest stage,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “Having the Live Story at our race introduces yet another engaging feature for fans that they can interact with and contribute to during Ford Championship Weekend.”

The announcement comes as the NASCAR industry celebrates Kids Drive NASCAR, a new initiative created to engage the sport’s young fans and featuring kids-focused events and activities. All this week, the sport’s rising stars as well as drivers with young children will be hosting driver takeovers on the NASCAR Snapchat account. 

Later this fall, Snapchat users at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway will contribute their race-day perspectives through video and photo Snaps submitted to collective Live Stories, capturing the real NASCAR story, straight from the fans.

The thousands of submitted Snaps from each event will be curated and packaged by Snapchat into a video stream that is shared globally with Snapchat’s more than 100 million daily active users. Each NASCAR Live Story will be available to view on Snapchat for 24 hours.

In February, NASCAR announced its first-ever partnership with Snapchat doubling the platform’s coverage of NASCAR premier race events in 2016. The 2016 Daytona 500, which set records for NASCAR social media engagement, and May race at Talladega Superspeedway featured Live Stories this season.

Snapchat is available on iOS and Android.

Tickets for 2016 Ford Championship Weekend, November 18-20, are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 866-409-RACE (4223) or visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

RACE RECAPS- BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY


RACE RECAPS- BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tennessee
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Age: 40
Team: No. 4 – Busch Beer Chevrolet
Owner: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Rodney Childers

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “I’ve got to thank Busch Beer, Jimmy John’s, Chevrolet, and Mobil 1 and everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing on this Chevrolet. We should have won a lot of races this year but we just had things not go our way. We made mistakes, or whatever the case may be. But, to get back into Victory Lane here at Bristol feels really good. We’ve had some good cars here over the last few years. And to have Busch Beer on the car; we’ve had crummy luck with these guys on the car and so I’m just really happy for Busch and Jimmy John’s and really proud of these guys on the No. 4 team.”

-       Kevin Harvick

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·       Kevin Harvick won the 56th Annual Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sunday. For Harvick, it was his 33rd victory in 561 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

·         It is Harvick’s second victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2016. Harvick ended a streak of 18 races without a win, with his last victory coming at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2016.

·         It is Harvick’s second victory and 15th top-10 finish in 32 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. His last win at Bristol came April 3, 2005.

·         Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·         Stenhouse’s second place finish matched his best showing of his career, which also came at Bristol Motor Speedway in March 2014.

·         It is Stenhouse’s fifth top-10 and third top-5 showing of the 2016 season.

·         Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 22 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·         Austin Dillon finished fourth, giving him his 10th top-10 and fourth top-5 showing through 23 races this season.

·         Chris Buescher (fifth) posted his second top-10 finish this year. He was also the highest finishing rookie at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·       Kevin Harvick (762) leads the 2016 Sprint Cup points standing by 27 points over Brad Keselowski (735).  The following are the top-5 drivers in points through the first 23 races:


Driver                                           Wins                           Points
1.    Kevin Harvick                              2                                  762          
2.    Brad Keselowski                         4                                  735          
3.    Kurt Busch                                   1                                  692         
4.    Carl Edwards                               2                                  689        
5.    Joey Logano                                1                                  684                             


·      Eleven drivers have qualified for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a list which includes Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr., all of who have taken checkered flags this year. 

·         As a result of his victory in the Pennsylvania 400 in Pocono on August 1, Chris Buescher would also qualify so long as he finishes in the top-30 in points after the season’s 26 regular season races. Buescher currently sits in the 30th spot with 328 points, 13 points ahead of David Ragan (315), who is in 31st.  The Chase culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

·         In 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kevin Harvick has recorded 12 top-10 and seven top-5 finishes. Also, Harvick celebrated his 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway after winning the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Starting this year, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will feature championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19 (NXS) and November 18 (NCWTS).  Four drivers will compete amongst a full field for their respective title. Below is a race recap from Friday’s XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Camping World Truck Series raced on Wednesday at Bristol:

XFINITY SERIES
·         Austin Dillon won the 35th Annual Food City 300 XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night. It was his eighth victory in 111 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.

·         It is Dillon’s second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2016.

·         It is Dillon’s first victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·         Justin Allgaier (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2016.

·         Kyle Larson (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·         Brandon Jones (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.

·         Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 51 points over Daniel Suarez

·       Through 22 races this season in the XFINITY Series, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler have qualified for the 2016 XFINITY Series Chase following their victories. Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have also won an XFINITY Series race this season but are ineligible for the XFINITY Series Chase due to their full-time status in the Sprint Cup Series. Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Marks are also ineligible because they are not full-time drivers in the XFINITY Series.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

RACE RECAP- BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY



RACE RECAP

UNOH 200
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Race Winner: Ben Kennedy
Age: 24
Team: No. 33 – Jacob Chevrolet
Owner: Maurice Gallagher, Jr.
Crew Chief: Joey Cohen

Starting this year, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will feature championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19 (NXS) and November 18 (NCWTS).  Four drivers will compete amongst a full field for their respective title. Below is a race recap from Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series will compete this weekend at Bristol:

·         Ben Kennedy won the 19th Annual UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night. It was his first victory in 63 Camping World Truck Series races.
 
·         It is Kennedy’s sixth top-10 and second top-5 finish through 13 races this season.
 
·         It is Kennedy’s first top-10 finish in four races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
·         Brett Moffitt (second) posted his second top-10 finish in 2016.
 
·         Daniel Hemric (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
·         William Byron (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         Byron leads the point standings by 37 points over Daniel Hemric.
 
·         Through 13 races this season in the Camping World Truck Series, Ben Kennedy, Christopher Bell, William Byron, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek and Johnny Sauter have qualified for the 2016 Camping World Truck Series Chase as a result of their victories. Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson have also won a Camping World Truck Series race this season but are ineligible for the Camping World Truck Series Chase due to their full-time status in the Sprint Cup Series.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Race Recap - Mid-Ohio Challenge

XFINITY Series


Mid-Ohio Challenge
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, Ohio
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Race Winner: Justin Marks
Age: 35
Team: No. 42 – Katerra Chevrolet
Owner: Chip Ganassi
Crew Chief: Mike Shiplett

Starting this year, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will feature championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19 (NXS) and November 18 (NCWTS).  Four drivers will compete amongst a full field for their respective title. Below is a race recap from Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series were off this weekend:
  •  Justin Marks won the 4th Annual Mid-Ohio Challenge XFINITY Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday afternoon. It was his first victory in 25 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
  • It is Marks’ first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016 through 12 races this season.
  • It is Marks’ first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • Erik Jones (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
  • Elliott Sadler (700) leads the XFINITY points standings by 25 points over Daniel Suarez (675).
  • Through 21 races this season in the XFINITY Series, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler have qualified for the 2016 XFINITY Series Chase following their victories. Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have also won an XFINITY Series race this season but are ineligible for the XFINITY Series Chase due to their full-time status in the Sprint Cup Series. Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Marks are also ineligible because they are not full-time drivers in the XFINITY Series.

Monday, August 8, 2016

NASCAR XFINITY Series AND Camping World Truck Series Testing

Homestead-Miami Speedway
Monday 8/8 and Tuesday 8/9
3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.


Get your taste of NASCAR in early this season. The NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series testing will be open to the public for grandstand viewing today and tomorrow from 3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.  Testing is weather permitting. Drivers scheduled to appear:
  • Kyle Busch Motorsports – NCWTS #4 Christopher Bell & #9 William Byron
  • Kyle Busch Motorsports – NCWTS #9 William Byron
  • JR Motorsports – NCWTS #00 Cole Custer
  • Joe Gibbs Racing – XFINITY #20  Erik Jones

We hope to see everyone out at the track!


Race Recaps - Watkins Glen International

Sprint Cup Series

Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Sunday, August 7, 2016

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Age: 35
Team: No. 11 – FedEx Freight Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Mike Wheeler

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “It means a lot (winning the first road course race of his career). I can’t tell you how disappointed I was we didn’t win the first one. I just tried the best I could and overshot the corner and I didn’t want to do it this time and so I probably under drove and let those guys be a little closer than I should’ve. But, hated to see the 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) turned around down there. They’ve been great Toyota teammates of ours and thanks to all of our teammates who tested here and obviously gave us a good baseline setup and a fast car.”

-       Denny Hamlin

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  • Denny Hamlin won the 31st Annual Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon. For Hamlin, it was his 28th win in 384 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It was his first win on a road course track.
  • Prior to today, Hamlin had never led a lap in 10 previous starts at Watkins Glen.
  • For Hamlin, it was his second win of the year and his first since the season-opening Daytona 500 on February 21.  It was his 11th top-10 finish of the year and his fourth in-a-row.
  • It is the second straight year that the Daytona 500 champion also won the Cheez-It 355 as Joey Logano won both in 2015.
  • Joey Logano (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Watkins Glen.  It was his 14th top-10 finish of 2016 and his eighth top-10 finish in the last ten races.
  • Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen.  For Keselowski it was his fourth top-5 finish in the last six races and fifth top-5 in the last eight races.
  • Chase Elliott (13th) was the highest finishing rookie. 
  • Jeff Gordon finished 14th today in the 800th start of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career.
  • Brad Keselowski (727) leads the 2016 Sprint Cup points standing by nine points over Kevin Harvick (718).  The following are the top-5 drivers in points through the first 22 races:

      Driver                                           Wins                           Points
      1.    Brad Keselowski                         4                                  727          
      2.    Kevin Harvick                              1                                  718                                  
      3.    Kurt Busch                                   1                                  689                            
      4.    Kyle Busch                                  4                                  670        
      5.    Carl Edwards                               2                                  653                
             
  • Eleven drivers have qualified for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a list which includes Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr., all of who have taken checkered flags this year. 
  • As a result of his victory in the Pennsylvania 400 in Pocono on August 1, Chris Buescher would also qualify so long as he finishes in the top-30 in points after the season’s 26 regular season races. Buescher currently sits in the 31st spot with 292 points, three behind David Ragan (295), who is in 30th.  The Chase culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  •  In 11 Sprint Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Denny Hamlin has recorded seven top-10 finishes, four top-5s and two wins (2009, 2013).  He was part of the Championship 4 in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014.

XFINITY Series

Zippo 200 at The Glen
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Starting this year, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will feature championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19 (NXS) and November 18 (NCWTS).  Four drivers will compete amongst a full field for their respective title. Below is a race recap from Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Watkins Glen International. The Camping World Truck Series was off this weekend:

  •  Joey Logano won the 22nd Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen XFINITY Series race at Watkins Glen International Saturday afternoon. It was his 26th victory in 156 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.  It was his 1st win and ninth top-10 in the XFINITY Series this year.
  • It marked his third in win in-a-row at Watkins Glen overall, as he won both the XFINITY and Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen in 2015.
  • Elliott Sadler (668) leads the XFINITY points standings by 11 points over Daniel Suarez (657).
  • Through 20 races this season in the XFINITY Series, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler have qualified for the 2016 XFINITY Series Chase following their victories. Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have also won an XFINITY Series race this season but are ineligible for the XFINITY Series Chase due to their full-time status in the Sprint Cup Series. Sam Hornish Jr. is also ineligible because he is not a full-time driver in the XFINITY Series.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

FUN-FILLED FIELD TRIPS


Here at Homestead-Miami Speedway we are always looking for different ways to be involved in the community and help the development of all young people. Through various programs such as “Driving for a Cause,” which raises funds to support charitable organizations in South Florida that focus on education and youth development, and “Racing to Read,” which encourages the importance of reading for students, we have been able to reach out to the community and help develop the next generation of youth.

In continuing our efforts of enabling and inspiring young people, at the beginning of this month we launched Homestead-Miami Speedway’s youth field trip program that provides groups of students a full-scale educational experience at the track. The field trip program is based off NASCAR’s Acceleration Nation, the sport’s first-ever national learning and entertainment platform created just for kids.

Thus far, we have hosted more than 175 elementary and middle school students from across the South Florida community, including four students groups located in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

The field trip program, in conjunction with NASCAR Acceleration Nation, works to educate groups of children in the South Florida community through the different sciences taught in school, specifically STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. The content focuses on teaching the key aerodynamic principles in racing—Drag, Downforce and Drafting, the NASCAR Three D’s of Speed. To help the kids further understand and visualize the principles, the curriculum includes interactive activities and games, giving the kids the ability to craft their own simulators.

In addition to the educational elements exhibited in the classroom, the field trip program features a track tour through the Speedway’s Victory Lane, car garages and media center. Also throughout the tour, the kids are educated on the basics of NASCAR and the history of Homestead-Miami Speedway. At the end of the tour, the groups are given a ride around the championship track in their own vehicle.

Homestead-Miami Speedway’s youth field trip program is year-round and is geared for young people 
eight years and over. We welcome all student groups and children organizations to partake in this unique learning experience. For those interested, please e-mail Stephanie Gonzalez-Solis at sgonzalez@homesteadmiamispeedway.com for more information.

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