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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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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Charlotte

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —  For the second time in 2017, unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams will have the opportunity to compete in a non-points special. The series will roll into Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night to compete in the Southern Slam 150 on the infield bullring as part of Bojangle’s Pole Night. 

Although some drivers entered have already visited the oval, others will be rolling on the track for the first time. Four-time series champion and current points leader Doug Coby is one of those drivers. The Milford, Connecticut, native, who is seeking his fourth straight points championship this season, has seen the track, but has never been behind the wheel around the quarter-mile. 

On the flip side, Danny Bohn has already visited the oval as part of the seven previous NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races. Bohn has four top fives in his five starts and has a best finish of third. He would like nothing better then to breakthrough and capture his first win at Charlotte.

Ryan Preece, who is the defending winner of the race and has five wins on the unified Tour this season, will sit behind the wheel of the No. 7NY. 

Coby and Preece are among five drivers who will head into the season finale the following week at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with a shot at the tour championship. Before they get there, Charlotte’s non-points special allows teams to go for the victory and and bragging rights.

Race: Southern Slam 150
Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.
Date: Friday Oct. 6
Time: 8:40 p.m. ET
Track Layout: quarter-mile paved oval
2016 Winner: Ryan Preece
2016 Polesitter: George Brunnhoelzl III
Event Schedule: Garage Opens: 8:45 a.m., Practice: 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Qualifying: 4:05 p.m., Race: 8:40 p.m.

TV Telecast: NBCSN, Thursday Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Track Twitter: @CLTMotorSpdwy
Event Hashtag: #SouthernSlam150
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, jchristley@nascar.com(346)-547-2469

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS: 

The Race: Friday’s Southern Slam 150 is the second of two non-points events on the 2017 unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. The first non-points event of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was won by Ryan Preece.

The Track: Built in 1960, the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway has hosted NASCAR events ever since its opening. The track was designed and built by Bruton Smith and Chris Turner. The track has gone through various updgrades, including the addition of lights in 1992. Charlotte currently holds two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events each year, including Saturday’s NASCAR playoff race.

Race Winners: In seven previous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Charlotte, which were all Whelen Southern Modified Tour races, Burt Myers leads all drivers with three career victories. George Brunnhoelzl III has two wins, while Ryan Preece and Tim Brown each have one.

Pole Winners: In the seven previous races, three drivers have won Coors Light Pole awards. George Brunnhoelzl III has four career poles, while Ryan Preece and Andy Seuss have also won pole awards.

Southern Slam 150 Notes:

Kraus Goes Modified Racing: Though his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season is nearly complete, Derek Kraus is not done racing for 2017. Kraus will jump behind the wheel of the No. 77 for Mike Curb to make his first career Whelen Modified Tour start on Friday. Kraus has a best finish of second in his 12 K&N West races this season and sits third in the championship standings there. The No. 77 he will pilot was most recently entered in competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where Ryan Newman drove the car to the Coors Light Pole award.

First-Time For Coby: Four-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby will make his first trip to the Charlotte bullring on Friday night. Coby has 23 career Whelen Modified Tour wins in 203 career starts, but has proven tracks like Thompson and Stafford, those above a half-mile, are definitely his strongest. However, Coby also has run well at the bullrings of New England en route to his four titles. He has one career win at Monadnock and he finished on the podium in both races at the quarter-mile of Riverhead this season. He also won at Seekonk in August. Even though it will be his first trip to the Charlotte oval, look for Coby to unload towards the front of the pack and be in contention. He has never even driven a car on the quarter-mile.

Harvey Enters Former Whelen Modified Winner: Former championship car owner Eddie Harvey will have a familiar driver chasing victory for him in Friday nights race. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie will pilot the No. 11. LaJoie, a NASCAR Next alum, has 26 starts in NASCAR’s top series this season, while he also has one career Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory on the similar quarter-mile at Atlanta Motor Speedway to his credit. Harvey has prior success at Charlotte as a car owner, since Andy Seuss clinched the championship driving Harvey’s car at Charlotte in both 2014 and 2015.

New Venture For Veteran Tomaino: Jamie Tomaino has made 622 career Whelen Modified Tour starts if you combine his Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts with the north. However, through all of those starts, Tomaino has never competed on the Charlotte infield bullring. The Howell, N.J. driver will make his first visit on Friday night behind the wheel of the No. 99 Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet. He made three Whelen Modified Tour starts so far this season.

DOUBLEHEADER: Bojangle’s Pole Night On Tap

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the final division on the track Friday night, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s NASCAR playoff race at 7:15 p.m.