Love And Theft to Headline Pre-Race Concert at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – Country duo, Love And Theft, and singers of the No. 1 country smash “Angel Eyes,” will take the stage before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers take on “The Magic Mile” on Sunday, July 21. The concert will kick off New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s race day festivities at 12:00 p.m. while moving to a new location on the Trackside Live Stage prior to the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

“Country music and NASCAR racing just go together,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We strive to provide a high level of fan entertainment throughout race weekend, so we are absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome Love And Theft to be a part of New England’s biggest party this summer – the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.”

Love And Theft – Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson – launched with the top 10 hit “Runaway.” The longtime friends and bandmates have gone on to garner more than three billion radio impressions, over 300 million plays on Pandora and are nearing three million music video streams for the critically acclaimed “Whiskey On My Breath.”

“We can’t wait to come play at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said Gunderson and Liles. “We both love NASCAR and going to races, so we’re excited to come play and get to experience the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”

The ACM/CMA/CMT nominated duo has built a loyal fan base through their high-energy shows, infectious harmonies and signature songwriting and is currently putting the final touches on their fourth studio album that will be released by Curb Records later this year.

The concert is free to anyone with a ticket to the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, while stage-front access can be attained by purchasing a pre-race pit pass. Pre-race pit pass holders will get unprecedented access to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers just moments before they strap in for the race. During driver introductions on the frontstretch, the entire Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 starting field will walk the pre-race stage, take a parade lap around the famed race track and, new for this year, walk the red carpet as they make their final steps to the car before the race. Fans with pre-race pit passes will have the opportunity to get closer to their racing hero with red carpet access. The Cup cars will also move closer to the fans and be gridded in a new location on the grandstand side of the pit road wall on the turn one side of the start/finish line. The pre-race concert will be on the Trackside Live Stage located just outside the infield tunnel.

The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will drop the green flag on NBCSN, Sirius XM and PRN at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.

For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the June 8-16 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Join the band’s more than one million fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and get tickets to catch them on tour on their website:

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY BACK IN ACTION HONORING MILITARY THIS SUNDAY

FOURTH ANNUAL LIMITED SPORTSMAN EXTRA DISTANCE HEADLINES NASCAR RACING CARD; LOCK CITY DRIFT JOINS PROGRAM

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, Conn. – Race fans won’t want to miss the second NASCAR raceday of the season this Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Two extra distance NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races, three additional battles under the NASCAR banner, the first competitive drifting in New England with Lock City Drift and a full day of honoring the Military are just some of the headlines for a jammed Sunday of racing action.

On the NASCAR side, the Fourth Annual Limited Sportsman Extra Distance event headlines the afternoon, as drivers in the Division III class showcase their talent for 30 laps. Last year, it was Ryan Waterman, who won this year’s opener at the Icebreaker, who captured the checkered flag in the special event.  In a division that is always known for three-wide, heart-pounding action throughout the entire field, adding 10 laps to the distance has been successful over the last three years, and has given drivers a little bit of an extra chance to get the job done.

Waterman leads the early championship standings in the division in chase for his second title, while Brent Gleason and Corey Fanning are just a few markers behind following their strong run at the opener. Defending champion Shawn Monahan looks to get back on track with his new ‘Swaggin Wagon’ after a run at the Icebreaker that didn’t quite live up to his standards.

The Late Models also take center stage, with a 40 lap extra distance show of their own planned for Sunday. With 15 extra laps on the track, Late Models drivers will set their chase towards Tom Carey III, who dominated the opener and is seeking his first title this year. But, former champions William Wall and Woody Pitkat aren’t far behind, along with names like Mark Jenison and veteran Rick Gentes.

Lock City Drift’s partnership with Thompson Speedway takes another step towards the future on Sunday with the first competitive drifting in all of New England taking place as part of this Sunday special. Through the Street Series, Lock City will give fans the chance to see drivers showcase their talent on the edge of control. Judges will select the winners at the end of each round, and overall winners will be crowned.

“Lock City Drift is excited to be welcomed into the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series family of fans this Sunday at Thompson,” Michael Lynch, the Director of Lock City Drift, said. “We will be showcasing our first Street Series competition right in conjunction with the oval track. With drifting becoming an ever-growing motorsport, it is humbling for us to have our event happening at the same time as the NASCAR racing. We hope you come out and enjoy the smoking of rubber.”

In the Sunoco Modifieds, Keith Rocco has won five of eight races dating back to last year and is showing no signs of slowing down. Rocco has the early advantage over the rest of the field following his win at the Icebreaker, but some of the top Modified talent in New England is right on his heels looking to slow him down. Former division champion Woody Pitkat has a new ride this season, while Todd Owen is looking to finally break into championship glory.

A streak is on the line in the SK Light Modifieds®, as Bryan Narducci looks to grab his sixth win in a row in a competitive class. Narducci will have to start in the middle of the pack, though, which could create some fireworks for the fans as the Connecticut rising star looks to make his way back to the front of the field. Thompson added this division to the weekly NASCAR slate in 2019, and if the opener is any indication, the support from drivers is a sign that this division will be one of the best for years to come.

In the Mini Stocks, veteran Steve Michalski opened his season with a victory at the Icebreaker, but there are multiple staple drivers in the Division V class looking to slow him down this weekend. Ian Brew comes into the event second in the early standings, while the Trudeau family is sitting in third with David Trudeau Jr. trying to chase down the two leaders.

Practice for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions begins at 12:30 p.m., with qualifying heat racing set to roll at 2 p.m. The feature events for the second race of the season will immediately follow qualifying.

Lock City Drift’s events are included inside the schedule for the day. The full schedule of events, with times for the opening of the pit area and general admission gates, is available at www.thompsonspeedway.com.

As mentioned, any active military and veterans will be admitted for general admission free of charge. Fans can purchase a ticket at the front gate for just $18, while those 65+ can purchase for $16, and Kids 12 and under are free. A paddock pass for race teams and any fans that wish to get a close view of the cars and stars of Thompson is $35.

Race fans and teams are encouraged to visit the website for more information, and also follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photo: Tom Morris Myracenews

Twin Late Model features on tap this Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 5-15-19) Thus far Mahoning Valley Speedway has run off five thrilling events in the first six weeks of the 2019 season and the popular paved Lehighton ¼-mile oval is all set for another action packed night of short track stock car racing this coming Saturday evening, May 18 with a six division program of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. Race time is 6:00 pm.

Getting things rolling will be the postponed Late Model feature from May 4 and then a complete series of heats and features will follow.

At intermission Kids Big Wheel races sponsored by Hobby Stock driver Phil Sabatine and Street Stocker Brennen Coulter will be held.

Front gates open at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $14, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Pits will open at 11:30 am. Early paid practice ($25 per car) will be from 12:30 to 3:30. Regular warm-ups begin at 4:15. Pit admission $25 members, $35 non-members. Driver sign-ins will be from 3:00 to 4:15.

The rain-postponed Street Stock feature from the May 4 Ward Crozier Sr. memorial that was to be run on this night has been rescheduled for a later date. The reason is due to unanticipated situation with the track’s tire supplier. In order to be fair to those teams management feels this was the proper thing to do at this time.

The Street Stocks will be in the spotlight the following Saturday, May 25 with a 75-lap/$1000-to-win main event.

The annual Fan Appreciation Night is then next on the calendar, all set for Saturday, June 1 at 5:00 pm. The admission is just $8 for a night of all seven divisions.

Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

From weekly short track racing to NASCAR Cup racing