RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (November 11, 2019) – Even though it is the final race on the Ransomville Speedway schedule, the 2020 edition of the King of the Hill, which will take place on Friday, September 18, is quickly coming into focus. 

The 358 Modifieds will be part of the King of the Hill for the second-straight season as the Outlawed Small Block Modified Tour out of Pennsylvania returns to the “Big R”. Last season, Phil Vigneri III claimed his first career Ransomville 358 Modified victory in the first ever visit by the Outlawed Small Block Tour, formerly known as the PA Modified Tour. The race featured a competitive mix of Ransomville regulars and invaders from the Keystone State. 

The traditional 75-lap King of the Hill Street Stock race will also take place on Friday, September 18. Pete Stefanski added another KOTH win to his resume last season as he held off Canadian Dave Bailey to pick up the victory. The full slate of divisions taking part in the King of the Hill will be unveiled in the coming weeks. 

Track management is finalizing the details for several other special events for the upcoming season. Stay tuned to the Ransomville Speedway website and social media channels for the latest news. 

Track sponsorships, marketing partnerships and VIP suites sales for next season have also begun. Contact Jenn Martin at the speedway office at (716) 791-3602 to lock in your company’s dates for 2020.  About Ransomville Speedway: Opened in 1958, Ransomville Speedway is located on Braley Road in the hamlet of Ransomville, just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and Lockport. “The Big R” is a 3/8-mile DIRTcar sanctioned facility that is the home of the Summer Nationals. Ransomville also features a 1/16-mile Go-Kart track for action on the “Little R” on Thursday nights. For more information, please visit our updated website at www.ransomvillespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @Ransomville and like us on Facebook. You can also contact the speedway by phone by calling (716) 791-3602 or (716) 791-3611.

Stafford Speedway Schedule Preview: Busy June Kicks off Summer Stretch at Stafford

Stafford Speedway Schedule Preview: Busy June Kicks off Summer Stretch at Stafford

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The month of June at Stafford Speedway has always been an action packed month that kicks off the summer stretch of short track racing. The 2020 season will be no different with 4 events scheduled at Stafford Speedway, including 2 special events.

“June is a great month for short track racing at Stafford and throughout New England,” explained Stafford CEO Mark Arute. “The month of June is usually when teams and drivers get settled in for the season and the racing intensity picks up.”

The month of June will kick off on Friday the 5th with the Family Friendly Kids Night which will include all 5 of Stafford’s NASCAR weekly racing divisions as well as an on track big-wheel race for the kids. All children 14 & under will be admitted free of charge at all Kids Night events in 2020. 

The Open Modifieds return to action June 12th for their 2nd 80 lap event of the season. With the option to change 2 tires, the Open Modified 80 events have quickly become a fan favorite. Pit strategy plays a big part in the race with teams having to make a decision to pit early, late, or stay out and conserve their tires. The 2019 event saw Ryan Preece charge back from a pit stop with less than 20 laps to go, with Eric Goodale and Matt Galko rounding out the podium.

“We’ve had some great Open Modified races through the first two years of the events,” continued Stafford CEO Mark Arute. “We’re looking forward to continuing to build these events in 2020.”

The month of June continues with a NASCAR Weekly Racing series event on June 19th featuring Stafford’s 5 divisions and closes out with the biggest event of the season for the SK Modified® division, the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K on Friday, June 26th.  

In just its 7th edition, the 100-lap NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K has become a marquee event on the Stafford Speedway calendar. Started in 2014, the NAPA SK 5K has been won by 5 different drivers including Rowan Pennink, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher, Chase Dowling, and Ronnie Williams. Ronnie Williams became the first driver to win two SK 5K crowns after winning the 2019 edition.

“The NAPA SK 5K has become one of my favorite events of the season,” continued Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “The SK Modified® drivers are some of the most talented drivers in the country and the NAPA SK 5K is their night to shine.”

Stafford Speedway is set to release the full 2020 schedule on Wednesday, November 13th. Season tickets for 2020 are now available online or over the phone. For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Speedway Motorsports Receives 2019 President’s Veterans Recognition Award from Coca-Cola

LOUDON, N.H. – In honor of its unwavering commitment to saluting the United States Armed Forces, New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s parent company, Speedway Motorsports, was named the recipient of the 2019 President’s Veterans Recognition Award from Coca-Cola.

The prestigious award was presented at The Coca-Cola Company’s annual Veterans Day Celebration in Atlanta to Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith, who accepted the accolades on behalf of Speedway Motorsports’ eight world-class motorsports entertainment facilities including New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the President’s Veterans Recognition Award from such an organization as well-respected as Coca-Cola,” Smith said. “Our company prides itself on offering unmatched experiences for veterans, active-duty military guests and their families. Our initiatives are simply an effort to say ‘thank you’ to our heroes in the U.S. Armed Forces. Because of what they do, we get to do what we do. This award is a credit to the never-ending support for our military from the Speedway Motorsports family, and we are humbled by this recognition.”

Among Speedway Motorsports’ military support programs, the newly created Welcome Home Patriots initiative is designed to improve the lives of servicemen and servicewomen after active duty. The program salutes, engages and enables members of the U.S. Armed Forces as they transition to civilian life. Additionally, Speedway Motorsports offers military discounts at all eight venues and promotes discounted ticket purchases at Charlotte Motor Speedway through the speedway’s unique Patriot Partners program – which has distributed more than 100,000 NASCAR event tickets to military bases and the USO since the program’s inception in 2010.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s military initiatives have included the Send a Soldier program, which provides soldiers with NASCAR race weekend tickets, as well as hosting military families during NASCAR race weekends and signing a Statement of Support from the New Hampshire Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. NHMS also brought NASCAR drivers Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin to visit New Hampshire military bases, while Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch spent time with service members at the track.

“Speedway Motorsports is a leader in serving those who serve. They do incredible work to support service members and veterans of our U.S. Armed Forces,” said Jim Dinkins, president, Coca-Cola North America. “We have a long history of partnering together on events like the Coca-Cola 600, and it’s an honor to celebrate their accomplishments with this award.”

As part of an unrivaled pre-race spectacle prior to the iconic Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the nation’s largest military salute with thousands of active-duty troops and family members representing all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in attendance. The salute annually includes unique experiences including pre-race military exercise demonstrations, a 600-troop march and Gold Star family hospitality. In 2019, the speedway also hosted ‘Mission 600,’ an interactive series of educational visits by Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin to mid-Atlantic regional military bases.

Additional Speedway Motorsports military initiatives include Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Folds of Honor-sponsored NASCAR race and recognition of the Folds of Honor Military Scholarship recipient. Texas Motor Speedway annually hosts a first responder and Military Appreciation Night for the July 4 holiday weekend, while Kentucky Speedway has donated significant funding to the USO as well as partnered with the Kentucky National Guard and branches of the U.S. Armed Forces to salute military members on race weekends.

Among other initiatives, Bristol Motor Speedway’s long-standing relationship with the Tennessee Army National Guard led to honoring one of their soldiers with a trip to America’s Night Race and a pre-event lunch with hundreds of his peers in Nashville. The short track also honors veterans through its “Prisoner of War Chair” near the start/finish line flag stand that sits empty at all times to honor those military members who never returned from their duty.

Sonoma Raceway honored veterans during its June NASCAR race weekend by hosting a large display featuring vintage U.S. military tanks, while more than 3,000 veterans and their families attended each of Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR weekends through its Welcome Home Troops program in 2019. The speedway also hosted swearing-in ceremonies for new U.S. Air Force recruits at each event.

Collectively, the speedways also express exemplary support of the U.S. Armed Forces through military flyovers, static displays and band performances along with employment of veterans and National Guard members on NASCAR race weekends.

Speedway Motorsports is the first sports entertainment company to receive the President’s Veterans Recognition Award in the 20 years it has been presented.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

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