Category Archives: NASCAR

Tommy Baldwin Racing Welcomes Ryan Truex for The DAYTONA 500

January 16, 2019 (Mooresville, NC) – Ryan Truex will pilot the No. 71 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener, DAYTONA 500, at Daytona International Speedway.

Taking after family history, Ryan Truex has ascended to the top of the motorsports ladder in just a few short years competing throughout the top tiers of the sport. Driving for several well-acclaimed teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Pastrana Waltrip Racing, BK Racing, Biagi Denbeste Racing and Hattori Racing Enterprises, Truex has made starts in all three top NASCAR series. This will mark Truex’s second attempt at qualifying for The DAYTONA 500.

“I am very thankful to TBR and Tommy Baldwin for this opportunity and can’t wait to get to Daytona and back in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car,” commented Ryan Truex. “The pressure is on to make it into the race, but Tommy is a true racer, and I know he will put everything into the car to give us a great shot.”

“I’m excited to have Ryan back in a Tommy Baldwin Racing car,” team owner Tommy Baldwin said. “We had success at Daytona in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, in the past. I’ve known the Truex family a very long time, and it’s special that we’ll be able to compete in The DAYTONA 500 together, and hopefully more races as the year goes on. We are still in search of a primary sponsor that we’re hoping to put together in time to give TBR a great run this year!”

Be sure to stay up to date on new driver and sponsor announcements coming soon by following TBR on social media (Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram). For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, visit www.tommybaldwinracing.com. For interest in sponsorship opportunities, email TB@TommyBaldwinRacing.com.

Best Year Yet for Local Nonprofits Benefiting From a Successful Gift of Lights

LOUDON, N.H. – The generosity of all those who attended the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil at New Hampshire Motor Speedway proved the holiday season truly is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with record donations for local nonprofits. Loudon Food Pantry can provide more than 18,000 meals as a result of food and monetary donations received during Gift of Lights, over $4,000 was raised by the Loudon Firefighters Association and more than $34,000 is going to Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter as a result of the Yule Light Up The Night run/walk and proceeds collected from Gift of Lights admissions.

Gift of Lights visitors received a discount on their admission when they brought at least three non-perishable food items to donate to the Loudon Food Pantry, and some chose to donate cash. These donations contributed to a total of 7,934 pounds of food and $2,940, which, when combined, will provide 18,370 meals. This is the biggest year yet in eight seasons and an increase of 6,670 meals over last year.

“We are overcome with gratitude after receiving the tremendous amount of food and monetary donations from this year’s Gift of Lights,” said Sue Houck, president of the Loudon Food Pantry. “The winter time is always a tougher time for those served by our food pantry, but the extreme generosity of our local community during the holiday season truly helps to make a real difference.”

Since the Gift of Lights first started in 2011, food and monetary donations have allowed NHMS to donate more than 93,000 pounds of food to the Loudon Food Pantry, which has provided more than 88,000 meals to locals during the holiday and winter months.

The Loudon Firefighters Association hosted a s’mores pit on Friday and Saturday nights during Gift of Lights for a monetary donation. This resulted in $4,033 for the Loudon Firefighters Association, which they’ll add to their Off Road Utility Vehicle fund. They are trying to raise $50,000 to purchase a UTV for wildland firefighting efforts, off road rescues and searches for missing individuals. The funds will purchase a purpose-built machine with a small water tank and pump as well as the capacity to transport a patient out of the wilderness. The unit is equipped with tracks, and a portion of the funds will be used to purchase an enclosed trailer to transport the unit and act as a command post during incidents.

This year’s $4,033 donation is an increase of $1,633 from 2017’s collection of $2,400. The Loudon Firefighters Association has hosted the s’mores pit during Gift of Lights for two years now, collecting a total of $6,433.

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, which raises money for children in need throughout New England, received a portion of each car’s admission and a portion of the proceeds from the Yule Light Up The Night run/walk put on by Millennium Running. The grand total for this year was $34,721, making it the biggest Gift of Lights fundraiser for SCCNH.

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter distributed $75,190 in grants last year, and since its inception in 2009, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and SCCNH have distributed more than $1.7 million ($220,476 of this total coming from Gift of Lights donations since 2011) supporting more than 749,000 children in the local community.

The Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil, which has seen just shy of 100,000 cars since it started in 2011, is a 2.5-mile drive-thru light show, which transforms New Hampshire Motor Speedway into a winter wonderland with over 60 scenes, 400 displays and two million LED lights. Attendance for the event, which ran from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2018, was up an estimated 3.28% from 2017 and ranked as the second most highly-attended Gift of Lights seasons since it began eight years ago.

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.

NASCAR CUP ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE PREECE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AT PPB MOTORSPORTS 2019 SHOW

OAKS, PA  December 26, 2018 . . . Just a few weeks before he kicks off his quest for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors Ryan Preece will join Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham at the 34th Annual edition of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger Performance.

The three day show, featuring just about everything imaginable in motorsports, will take place Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20 at the hugely popular Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

Preece, a graduate of Quarter- Midgets, won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in 2013 after twice being runner-up in the standings. After 22 Modified Tour victories and 76 top-five finishes he took a huge chance and raised money to fund a move to NASCAR’s Xfinity Series.

After competing one year for an underfunded team, Preece risked all his funding on just three events. Driving a Joe Gibbs Toyota, he finished second to teammate Kyle Busch in his first chance in a top running car. After winning in his second effort, Gibbs granted Preece other assignments in one of his cars and he won again on NASCAR’s Xfinity series this past season on the high banks of Bristol in Tennessee.

The 27-year-old, a native of Berlin, Connecticut, recently got his big break to compete full-time next year on the Cup series. He has signed a multi-year deal to replace AJ Allmendinger as the 2019 driver of JTG Daugherty No. 47 Chevy.

“Tommy Lasorda (retired Hall of Fame coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers) says, ‘The difference between impossible and possible lies in a man’s determination,’ and I feel that JTG Daugherty has just that,” said Preece.

“It’s been many years of fighting for opportunities to compete and win races at NASCAR’s highest level, and it is nice to officially say that JTG Daugherty Racing is my new home for 2019,” reflected Preece. “I look forward to not only racing, but working with the team as well to build speed and create a name for myself here.”

Preece, and NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham will be crowd pleasers as they sign autographs and are interviewed during the show that will fill the giant Expo Hall.

Evernham will have a number of his very interesting race cars on display during the show. The first NASCAR Cup car that Waltrip ever drove will be at the event as well. Gary Mondschein will also have his always crowd pleasing Vintage Indy Cars as a popular attraction.

More than 200 racecars will be on display during the three days, with many top racers and motorsports personalities appearing. As usual, all autographs will be free.

There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items. A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

Also sure to be a crowd pleaser will be the “Reading Speedway Reunion.” That event will be dedicated to the memory of the great racing action that took place at Pa.’s Reading Fairgrounds Speedway before it closed 40 years ago. Drivers and team members who competed at that track will attend to meet the fans, and there will be a large display of vintage race cars that ran at Reading.

One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.

Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.

A few display spaces and room for race car display remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.