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NASCAR and Whelen Engineering Announce Multi-Year Extensions

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Company to Remain Entitlement Sponsor of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Through 2024;
Whelen Signs Ten-Year Renewal with NASCAR Hall of Fame

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2017) – NASCAR and Whelen Engineering, Inc. announced today multi-year extensions to continue its entitlement sponsorship of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series through 2024. Additionally, Whelen will also extend its designation as the “Official Warning Lights of NASCAR.”

“More than a decade of successful partnership has resulted in Whelen Engineering being deeply connected to many levels of our sport,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series are critical to reaching fans, developing talent and delivering great racing both domestically and abroad.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR’s oldest division of racecars, is the premiere asphalt modified circuit in the nation. With a history dating back to Daytona Beach in 1948, the tour features a mix of passionate, veteran drivers with emerging young talent and includes races from New England to South Carolina.

“Whelen Engineering has played a big role in NASCAR for many years and we are ecstatic to continue to support the sport with this extended relationship,” said Phil Kurze, Whelen Engineering vice president of motorsports. “Our ability to build brand and product recognition nationally and internationally due to our partnership helps drive our business and reach new customers.”

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, the official NASCAR series based in Europe, has global appeal with 21 nations represented. Since becoming a NASCAR touring series in 2012 and obtaining the Whelen entitlement in July 2013, U.S. drivers such as Bobby Labonte, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Ben Kennedy have competed abroad. NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars are also featured in the annual international Race of Champions.

“The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is honored to have Whelen Engineering continue its title sponsorship,” said Jerome Galpin, NASCAR Euro Series president. “Whelen has helped NASCAR introduce exciting, door-to-door, American racing to a passionate motorsports fan base in Europe and we look forward to growing the series together in the years to come.”

A 10-year renewal with the NASCAR Hall of Fame as the title sponsor of the “Whelen Hall of Champions” was also announced today. Since opening in 2014, the exhibit has honored nearly 600 national and regional championships from the sport’s current and past series. The Hall also houses the “Everyday Champions” display, which honors first responders from across the country.

“We are thrilled with the multiyear extension of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s partnership with Whelen Engineering. Through the Whelen Hall of Champions exhibit, we recognize every national and touring series champion in NASCAR history to date,” said Winston Kelley, NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director. “The ceremonial unveiling each year in association with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NASCAR Touring Series banquet has become a celebrated moment for this partnership.”

Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. In addition to its entitlement, Whelen will continue to showcase their products across NASCAR tracks and pace cars.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will honor their champions at the NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Awards on Friday, Dec. 8 at North Carolina’s Charlotte Convention Center.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook,TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

General Tire Renews ARCA Partnership, Adds Charlotte Race

  • General Tire and ARCA sign multi-year partnership beginning in 2018.
  • General Tire 150 to be run May 24, 2018 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

FORT MILL, S.C. (December 6, 2017) – General Tire announced today that is has renewed its partnership with the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) racing series presented by Menards. The renewal continues General Tire’s status as the “Official Tire” of the series. In addition to the multi-year agreement, General Tire also announced it will title sponsor the “General Tire 150” held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

“We’re pleased to announce the extension of our partnership with ARCA and look forward to expanding our presence in the sport by adding the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “Our team has worked hard to help grow ARCA and provide competitive, action-packed racing each week for the fans. We’re eager to work with ARCA to help expand both our brands even more!”

Since 2016, General Tire’s participation in ARCA has included race entitlements, driver and team awards, as well as at-track activation, and hospitality. It’s a partnership that continues to grow into 2018 and beyond.

“General Tire’s strategic partnership with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is extensive,” said ARCA president, Ron Drager. “The series as a whole has benefited from General Tire’s participation, which includes supplying all tires used in competition, race event entitlements, the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, the General Tire Pole Award, media support, onboard camera placement, trackside signage and at-track activation. We will continue to build on the relationship we established in 2016.”

The addition of the General Tire 150 to General Tire’s list of race entitlement sponsorships is a notable addition for the 100 year old brand. The May race marks the return of ARCA to the legendary 1.5-mile oval since 2004. In total, 20 ARCA races have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway dating back to 1964 when Curtis Turner walked away with the win.

“Charlotte Motor Speedway’s stature in stock car racing makes it a top-tier destination,” said Drager. “We appreciate the opportunity to return to Charlotte in 2018, especially in partnership with General Tire, our Official Tire Partner. We look forward to an exciting General Tire 150 next May 24.”

“Charlotte Motor Speedway is all about entertaining the fans, so we’re thrilled to add ARCA racing to our lineup of unmatched motorsports entertainment during the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder,” said Greg Walter, Charlotte Motor Speedway executive vice president. “We’re also proud to add General Tire to our portfolio of entitlement sponsors dedicated to producing the best experience for the fans.  The ARCA Racing Series has showcased some spectacularly successful drivers in the recent past like Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson. We’re sure that another rising star will make a name for himself on our world-class stage during pole night next May.”

Located in Fort Mill, South Carolina, the Charlotte race could be considered the “home race” for General Tire. “With over 500 employees working in our corporate headquarters located just south of Charlotte, we wanted to bring a race close to home for them, in addition to the many dedicated racing fans in the area.” Roffler continued, “It’s going to be a great way to kick off such a fun holiday weekend at the speedway.”

The five entitlement races for General Tire during the 2018 season, include:

Track
Race
Date
Daytona International Speedway
Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Talladega Superspeedway
General Tire 200
Friday, April 27, 2018
Charlotte Motor Speedway
General Tire 150
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Pocono Raceway
General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200
Friday, June 1, 2018
DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
General Tire Grabber 100
Monday, September 3, 2018

To learn more about General Tire products and to find a local dealer, drive over to GeneralTire.com.  Join the social media conversations on Twitter @generaltire, on Instagram @general_tire and on Facebook.com/GeneralTire.

 

New Egypt Speedway Gearing Up For Solid 2018 Season

New Egypt, NJ – New Egypt Speedway management is full throttle ahead in preparing for its 2018 season. An aggressive weekly schedule as well as a number of special events is in the works and should be announced in the coming weeks as well as the weekly rules. As announced back in July, New Egypt Speedway will be opening it’s Modified rules to welcome back the Big Block and Open Small Block Modifieds to compete with the spec-headed 358 motors.

Speedway management will again be meeting with its divisions with a time and place to be determined. They will be held on a Saturday this year so that every team can be in attendance.

That is all before New Egypt Speedway puts a lid on it’s 2017 season with its annual Awards Banquet that will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center located on Route 37 in Toms River, NJ.

Track Champion’s that will be crowned will be Billy Pauch Jr. in the 358 Modifieds, Ryan Godown in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars, Billy Osmun III in the Hammer Sportsman, Tommy Tanner in the Crate Modifieds, Bill Liedtka in the Street Stocks and David Burns in our Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman division, also the Top-10 in season-long point standings and specialty award drivers will be honored for their accomplishments

Tickets are on sale at $75 per person. Registration forms are available on the New Egypt Speedway website. http://newegyptspeedway.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BanquetForm2017.pdf

Doors will open at 6:00PM with the ceremonies starting at 7:00PM.

New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
For more information on New Egypt Speedway, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.