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JJ Yeley to Partner with Veterans Community Project for The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 23, 2020 (Mooresville, NC) – JJ Yeley and Veterans Community Project (VCP) have teamed up together for the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Yeley will pilot the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet in the 600-mile event on May 24. 

“I am excited to be partnering together with Veterans Community Project for this weekends Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” commented Yeley. “The Memorial Day weekend is always special at Charlotte Motor Speedway, honoring our fallen service members. 

Veterans Community Project is a Missouri-based non-profit. VCP is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. Determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community. For more information on VCP or how to get involved, visit www.veteranscommunityproject.org

“I was stationed in North Carolina and that’s where my love of racing began. I actually sold my dirt track car and everything I had for it, to help start Veterans Community Project. Now we have a village of 49 tiny houses for homeless Veterans in Kansas City and we’re expanding to Colorado this year. Seeing the VCP logo on JJ’s car is amazing. Our mission is to do everything we can to have our brothers and sisters’ backs. And if getting the word out in racing helps us support more of them, that’s something we want to do,” said Brandonn Mixon, Co-Founder and Chief Project Officer.   

The Coca-Cola 600 will air live on FOX on Sunday May 24th at 6:00 pm. For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, visit www.tommybaldwinracing.com. For interest in sponsorship opportunities, email TB@TommyBaldwinRacing.com.

NASCAR Returns to Racing with Events at Darlington, Charlotte

Return Slate Includes Seven Races in Three Series Across FOX Networks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 30, 2020) – NASCAR today announced it will return to racing on May 17, which will kick off a slate of races that includes seven events in three series at two race tracks – Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will each host its first on-track event since mid-March. 

The NASCAR Cup Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17, with a 400-mile event scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET, live on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

What follows is a unique schedule that includes midweek races in primetime and a NASCAR crown jewel – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – in its traditional Memorial Day Weekend home for the 60th consecutive season.

The opening slate of races is as follows:

DATE               TRACK             SERIES                        DISTANCE        NET      START (ET)

Sun, May 17      Darlington          Cup                              400 mi              FOX     3:30 PM

Tue, May 19      Darlington          Xfinity                           200 mi              FS1      8:00 PM

Wed, May 20     Darlington          Cup                              500 km             FS1      7:30 PM

Sun, May 24      Charlotte           Cup                              600 mi              FOX     6:00 PM

Mon, May 25     Charlotte           Xfinity                           300 mi              FS1      7:30 PM

Tue, May 26      Charlotte           Gander Trucks              200 mi              FS1      8:00 PM

Wed, May 27     Charlotte           Cup                              500 km             FS1      8:00 PM

Each of NASCAR’s return events will be run without fans in attendance. Further schedule adjustments will be announced in the future.

“NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community. We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track.” 

“We are excited to welcome back the FOX NASCAR season to our airwaves to provide a return to live sports, a move toward normalcy and a much-needed distraction during these unprecedented times,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports. “While we are thrilled to return to the race track, the health and safety of our employees and all race participants is our top priority.  We will continue working in lockstep with our partners at NASCAR and the race tracks to follow all national and local health guidelines.”

Following thorough collaboration with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials, NASCAR has implemented a comprehensive health and safety plan. In accordance with CDC, OSHA and state and local government recommendations, nearly every aspect of how the event is conducted will be significantly modified, including:

  • One-day shows;
  • Mandated use of personal protective equipment throughout the event;
  • Health screenings for all individuals prior to entering the facility, while inside the facility and exiting the facility;
  • Social distancing protocols throughout the event;
  • Strict limits on the number of individuals who are granted access into each facility

As NASCAR works towards the execution of these events, the sanctioning body will continue to work with state and local authorities based on trends and local restrictions.

In-race competition procedures remain largely unchanged, though NASCAR will eliminate practice for all events during this opening return slate, as well as qualifying for all events except the Coca-Cola 600.

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