Friday, August 30, 2019

DARLINGTON RACEWAY THROWBACK WEEKEND BRINGS CHILDHOOD MEMORIES FOR MATT TIFFT



For the past several years, Darlington Raceway has been celebrating their annual Southern 500 weekend by commemorating throwback paint schemes from the past. This year, Matt Tifft will be honoring two men who taught him pretty much everything he knows about racing today, his father Quinten Tifft and David Hilliker.

“You could say David Hilliker was my childhood dirt track hero,” Tifft said in a press release.

Hilliker used to drive for his father’s Dirt Late Model team when Tifft was growing up. A member of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame, Hilliker was victorious over 125 times on dirt and asphalt.

“I’m really excited to recreate this paint scheme for Darlington,” said Tiftt. “When I was little, my dad would bring home this car in the offseason and we’d tear it down together. That was where I first learned how to work on a race car.”

Tiftt began racing go-karts at 11 years of age. Since then, he moved his way up to stock cars and eventually was able to run his first full-time year in the ARCA Menards Series in 2014.

Capturing his first career top-five finish in both the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Xfinity Series in 2016, Tiftt has had to overcome serious health issues before making his way up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Doctors discovered later that year a brain tumor had formed; thankfully, after a successful operation, Tiftt climbed back in a race car 11 weeks later.

“My dad has been such a huge influence throughout my career, and I couldn’t have gotten to this point without him. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give him this kind of recognition and can’t wait to see his face when he sees the car in person for the first time” he said.

This weekend, Tiftt will make his first career Cup Series start at Darlington Speedway honoring two men who made in impact in his motorsports career.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY TO UNVEIL FIRST EVER INFIELD BEACH PARTY DURING FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND


The Infield Beach Party Will Be the First of its Kind in Motorsports

South Florida is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Today, Homestead-Miami Speedway announced plans to bring the beach to the track with its first-ever Infield Beach Party during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 17.

The Infield Beach Party, which is open to guests ages 18 and over, will take place on a 20,000 square-foot beach located in the Speedway’s infield, inside of Turn 3. The beach will sit on the spring-fed 7-acre lake that spans the width of the backstretch.

This will mark the second beach area at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the first to be accessible by the public during Ford Championship Weekend. The Infield Beach Party is the only ticketed beach area in motorsports, and is also the first of its kind across all sporting venues around the country.

The beach will be complete with a floating dock, palm trees and a swimming area. The Infield Beach Party is about more than just relaxing in the sand, as attendees will be treated to an exclusive experience that includes live entertainment, unique food and beverage options, beach and water activities, and much more.

“With this unique addition, fans will get a taste of a beautiful South Florida beach,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Al Garcia. “This innovation allows us to bring Miami’s culture to the Speedway, and we’re excited to be the first track to introduce this concept to the sport. As we look to enhance the experience of our guests, we will continue bringing creative and fun opportunities such as the Infield Beach Party to Homestead-Miami Speedway.”

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

GIVE BACK AT THE TRACK




On Saturday, August 17, more than 300 cars completed approximately 3,000 laps during Homestead-Miami Speedway’s annual Give Back at the Track charity event. Car enthusiasts, racing fans, and casual drivers made charitable donations to the Speedway and were provided with the thrill of a lifetime – running laps around the same 1.5-mile oval that plays hosts to NASCAR’s championships. The event featured local car clubs who drove exotic and vintage cars such as classic Ford Mustangs, Dodge Vipers, and Volkswagens from the 1960s and ‘70s. 

Proceeds from the event benefited Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause, which makes an impact on the community by raising funds to support education and youth development programs and initiatives in South Florida. This year, roughly $10,000 was raised for the program. In addition to driving the track, participants also donated non-perishable foods to South Florida’s local food bank, Farm Share.

We doubled last year's donations, which is truly incredible. We love serving the community," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Al Garcia. “We had such a great turnout in August and we are excited for September's Give Back at the Track charity event!”

Homestead-Miami Speedway will be giving South Florida another opportunity to run laps around the track. The Speedway will host a second Give Back at the Track event on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., giving the community another opportunity to feel the thrill of racing while contributing to philanthropic endeavors.

Monday, August 26, 2019

NASCAR XFINITY DRIVERS PREPARED FOR FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND DURING LAST WEEKS TEST SESSIONS


As Homestead-Miami Speedway prepares for Ford Championship Weekend, some of NASCAR’s up and coming drivers visited the South Florida track to get ready for the playoffs.

NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) rookies Chase Briscoe and Noah Gragson traveled south to the 1.5-mile oval where each driver was able to gather valuable racing information that they can utilize for the Ford EcoBoost 300 on November 16.

For Briscoe, who is locked into the NXS playoffs with a win at Iowa Speedway earlier this year, the testing session was important as he prepares for a championship run knowing that he has found success at Homestead-Miami Speedway previously.

“I feel like if we can get to Homestead, we’ll have a really good shot,” said Briscoe. “This is one of my favorite racetracks. It’s where I got my first NASCAR win. I always love coming here so hopefully we can surprise them again.”

Briscoe’s teammate Cole Custer also came to South Florida for the test session. Custer, who is one of the title favorites this year with a series-high five wins, was not able to participate in the testing, but he went to the Speedway to learn as much as he could by spectating Briscoe during the two-day test session.

“This is the championship race,” Custer said. “You have to be prepared and on you’re A-game so I wanted to come down here and see what they were doing for changes, look at some of his data and get back in the mindset of the track.”

As Custer and Briscoe are preparing for a title run, JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson sits 7th in the NXS points standings and is comfortably ahead of the playoff cutoff line. Gragson hopes the test session will give him an advantage over his competitors when they come back to Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

“Testing here this week is definitely going to help me have a foot forward on those other guys,” Gragson said of the two-day test. “Obviously they’re all really good racecar drivers in the playoffs, but just getting repetition and laps up against the top and being able to put it in my notebook for when we come back here for the championship is going to be very valuable.”