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POCONO RACEWAY TEAMS UP WITH LEARFIELD AMPLIFY TO BOOST TICKETING, FAN ENGAGEMENT, IN-VENUE EXPERIENCE FOR JULY RACE WEEKEND

Strategic Sales Campaign for “The Tricky Triangle” to Launch This Week

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

LONG POND, Pa. (April 26, 2022) – Pocono Raceway and LEARFIELD Amplify have announced the launch of a new multi-dimensional relationship including a remote sales campaign from Amplify’s National Sales Center in Plano, Texas as well as an enhanced customer experience through Amplify’s Seating division.

The relationship aims to engage new fans and enhance customer engagement for the track’s July 22-24 NASCAR weekend, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series races. Fans also will have the opportunity to upgrade their experience by renting a fully padded seatback and cushion customized for their seat location on race day.

“As a longtime Paciolan client, we have entrusted them to ensure our guests have the optimal customer journey from the ticketing side,” said Pocono Raceway President Ben May. “The addition of Amplify’s enhanced ticketing and event services will continue to benefit our customers and our business needs as we prepare to host an action-packed weekend of NASCAR racing in July.”

LEARFIELD Amplify recently announced enhancements surrounding its National Sales Center at the company headquarters. Sales representatives for Pocono Raceway will join a growing team of 13 staff members located in Plano, selling tickets on behalf of Amplify’s National Sales Center clients, which also includes PBR and the NCAA. The team dedicated to Pocono sales will use the industry-leading ticketing technology from Paciolan, also a LEARFIELD company.

“It has been extremely rewarding to watch an idea quickly evolve into a robust and impactful reality through our National Sales Center,” said LEARFIELD Amplify Executive Vice President Jake Bye. “Our partnership with Pocono Raceway is a confluence of that growth and an innovative design that brings two Amplify offerings together as one fan solution for our client. We speak often about increased collaboration and alignment of our businesses, and this revolutionary teaming with Pocono is a perfect representation of that intent.”

About LEARFIELD Amplify

LEARFIELD Amplify currently represents 40 partners nationally for outsourced ticket sales, and over 100 clients in total across its ticketing, seating, and development businesses. Its reimagined National Sales Center provides a platform for professional and collegiate clients to leverage remote, season sales support to engage with fans. Through its sophisticated technology, dynamic industry leadership, experience, and first-class sales and service, Amplify presents an unparalleled solution for universities and professional sports franchises to create engaged relationships with fans across the country while optimizing revenue opportunities.

About Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway, also known as ‘The Tricky Triangle,’ is family-owned and situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In business for over 50 years, the Raceway hosts multiple, national motorsports events including the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series events each year. The facility’s calendar also consists of over 200 events including Tough Mudder and a wide range of car clubs and racing schools. Pocono Raceway is recognized as the world’s first, privately-owned solar-powered sports facility. Their 25-acre, three-megawatt solar farm provides the energy needs of the Raceway, as well as, adds electricity to the local power grid. Each member of our raceway staff is committed to creating exciting experiences and lifelong memories.

NASCAR Heads to Richmond Raceway Complex for the Toyota Owners 400.

By Michael Jaworecki

After another successful weekend at COTO with the Next Gen car NASCAR will head to Richmond Raceway Complex for a weekend of Short Track racing.

The weekend kicks off Friday April 1st with Virginia is for Race Lovers 150. Under the lights the NASCAR WMT will compete for over $112,000.00 in posted awards. The WMT makes its return after a successful opening weekend during Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway.

The current entry list has a strong contingent of thirty-one teams entered. New Smyrna race winner Matt Hirschman plus last year’s Richmond winner Ryan Preece have not so entered its wide open for the race win and the points lead. Jon McKennedy in the Middlesex Interiors #79, Eric Goodale in the GAF #58, Patrick Emerling # 07, last year’s points runner up in the points standing will all be strong. Justin Bonsignore the 2021 champion in the Pheonix Communications #51. Justin will be looking for redemption after finishing last in the opening race f the season in Florida.

Catch the action live Friday night at 6:30 at the track or on FloRacing.

Saturday the racing continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Care 250. This race will be part of the NASCAR Dash for cash series. 4 drivers who qualified at the Circuit of the Americas will be looking for an extra $100,000.00. AJ Almendinger, Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer and Austin Hill will be in a race within the race for the extra payday.

Two New England fan favorites will be in the Xfinity field for the Toyota Care 250. Derek Griffith will make his Xfinity debut in the #26 Toyota Supra for Sam Hunt Racing.

Ryan Preece has only been in two races this season, neither for his primary team. This year he will compete in the NASCAR Cup series as a part time driver for Stewart Haas Racing with United rentals as a primary sponsor. This weekend he is making his first Xfinity start in the BJ McLeod #5 Ford sponsored by Mohawk Northeast Inc.

Qualifying for the Toyota Care 250. Saturday morning at 9:00 will be tough as forty-three cars have entered for thirty-eight starting spots.

Sunday the weekend wraps up the Toyota Owners 400 for the NASCAR Cup Series. So far this season NASCAR has raced on a 1/4-mile temporary track, a 2 1/2-mile Super Speedway; a Road Course, the Atlanta Re-pave turning it into a 1 1/2-mile Super Speedway a 2-mile oval, a 1 1/2-mile Tri oval plus a 1-mile Tri oval and now it’s time for some short track racing. This will be the first of three short tracks in a row for NASCAR and 2 in the state of Virginia with Martinsville next week.

Several Cup veterans are looking to rebound this weekend after rough starts to their 2022 season. Kevin Harvick, who has not won a race since 2020, is in 14th points. 2021 NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larsen languishes in 16th place after 34th, 30th and 29th finishes in the last three races. Denny Hamlin is off to one of the worst starts of his career and is 22nd in points. Driving a Toyota for Joe Gibbs and winning on Sunday when Toyota is sponsoring the event could be a huge jump start for Denny.

Heading to Richmond the young guns are all starting to make some noise with the Next Gen car. Chase #14 Brisco, Tyler Reddick #8 and Austin Cindric #2 look to continue their strong starts to their season. Trackhouse Racing in only its second year on the NASCAR Cup circuit is coming on strong, Daniel Suarez #99 while 15th in points has been fast and will grace victory lane before this year is over. Ross Chastain #1 already a winner at COTA last week would love to go back-to-back and prove his win was no fluke.

Thirty-seven cars will make the starting field including all chartered teams completing for a purse of over $7,000,000.00. Their qualifying will be two rounds on Saturday at 11:00 AM.

We had a few moments to speak to Richmond Raceway Track President Dennis Bickmeier about the upcoming race weekend.

What events do you have for the fans this weekend?

” First, we look forward to welcoming NASCAR back and all the fans for the spring race. It’s been a couple of years since we have had all the fans for the spring race”.

“We are happy to have the Whelen Modifieds back. We are also extremely excited to have the full fan experience for the 2022 Spring race. I’ve been here for 11 years, and this is the first time we will have three stages on race weekend”.

” What we are doing on the fan experience side is bigger than anything I can remember in my 11 years at the track. It’s now such a big focal point across the sport. Our job as promoters is as much as what happens on the racetrack to do as much as we can to deliver entertainment for the fans. Driver access., WMT autograph session on Friday, concerts, and fan access to the garage area. We are going to make sure everyone has a great time from when they get here to the time they leave”.

Are you looking forward to a more normal weekend with practices for all the divisions?

It’s great, having practice for us is a real plus. We have an infield Fan experience that we cut the ribbon in 2018 which we haven’t been able to use much. Fans will get the opportunity to see the crews working on the cars, headed out to practice etc. it only adds to the entertainment value”.

What are your thoughts about the Next Gen cars coming to Richmond Raceway Short track? “We are proud to say this is the first track they ever tested on with Austin Dillon. I am anxious to see what we get this weekend with the new car. It’s been a rough winter here and we looking to see if the track is a little abrasive on these tires. We also know that cars must lean on each other for real estate, and we can’t wait to see how the new car handles that”.

Gates open at noon on Friday and the action continues until the last checkered flag on Sunday afternoon for the Toyota Owners 400.

Myracenews will be there all weekend on Myracenews.com, Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Check back all weekend for updates.

For more info go to https://www.richmondraceway.com/ for more information about this weekend and to buy tickets.

Ross Chastain gets Trackhouse Racing its first Cup win at the Circuit of The Americas

March 27, 2022

By Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service

Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images

AUSTIN, Texas – In exactly the kind of thrilling final lap, final-turn high-action finish NASCAR has so often provided on road courses, Ross Chastain persevered in the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix to win his first career NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas – the sixth different winner this season.

Chastain really had to earn this one – coming out on the right end of a frantic, four lead-change, two-lap final overtime. And he did – moving veteran A.J. Allmendinger and Alex Bowman in the final series of turns on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn circuit to take not only his first victory in NASCAR’s premier series but also give his Trackhouse Racing’s Justin Marks his first win as a new owner in stock car’s big leagues.

After grabbing the position in the final corner, Chastain raced off to a 1.331-second victory over Hendrick Motorsports driver Bowman, who unlike Allmendinger was able to recover from the last lap contact and continue to the checkered flag. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell, Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott and Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Chastain’s family owns a watermelon farm in tiny, rural Alva, Florida and as he has famously done with past victories in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, Chastain stood on top of his winning car, the No.1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet, and dropped a watermelon to the track, crushing it on the ground as his team and fans exploded in cheers.

“It’s insane to go up against some of the best and I know he’s [Allmendinger] going to be upset with me, but we race hard, both of us,” said Chastain, who has been runner-up in the last two NASCAR Cup Series races coming to Austin.

“But when it comes to this Cup win, I can’t let that go down without a fight.”

Allmendinger, who actually was a NASCAR Xfinity Series teammate with Chastain two years ago, was understandably crushed as well after the race. He finished 33rd.

“We just needed two more corners,” said a disappointed Allmendinger, who also went door-to-door in a tight on-track battle with Chastain in winning Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at COTA.

“Everybody’s got to be comfortable with the move they make and look in the mirror,” Allmendinger told FOX Sports. “Everybody’s different on what they view, and you can’t judge a person for that.

“So, at the end of the day, I’m just proud of Kaulig Racing for bringing such a fast Action Industry Chevrolet. We started at the back, drove to the front and if we had had a long run [at the end] it would have been game over. Nobody would have touched me.

“You know the moves are going to be made at times. Whether I’m okay with it, doesn’t really matter.

“I wanted to sweep the weekend and we came two corners away,” he added.

Chastain led a race high 31 of the 69 laps – one of nine leaders in the series’ first road course test with the Next Gen cars debuting this season. The race produced a series road course record  of 30 green flag passes for the lead.

And the 29-year-old Floridian becomes the 12th consecutive NASCAR Cup Series race winner under the age of 30 and the third first-time winner this season.

It was as equally a thrilling maiden win for the former NASCAR and sportscar driver Marks, who was interviewed during the FOX telecast just before the final restart, revealing with a smile that “It’s a little easier to be a driver of one these things than to watch.”

“It seemed like a real tall order when I dreamt this thing up,” Marks said. “But every man and woman that’s trusted the vision and committed to Trackhouse and worked so hard owns a piece of this victory.

“I’m so happy for everybody. Everybody believed in this, and I can’t wait for next week.”

And, he reported with a grin, he spoke with the team’s co-owner, music superstar Pitbull who promised he also was smashing a watermelon over his head and drinking champagne.

The race pole-winner Ryan Blaney finished sixth, followed by Martin Truex Jr, Austin Cindric, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon rounding out the top 10.

With that fourth-place finish Elliott now holds a 13-point advantage on Blaney heading into next weekend’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 2nd Annual EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

Austin, Texas

Sunday, March 27, 2022

  1. (16)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 69.
  2. (5)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 69.
  3. (7)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 69.
  4. (12)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 69.
  5. (4)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 69.
  6. (1)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 69.
  7. (17)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 69.
  8. (10)  Austin Cindric #, Ford, 69.
  9. (30)  Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 69.
  10. (21)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 69.
  11. (18)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 69.
  12. (24)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 69.
  13. (27)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 69.
  14. (26)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 69.
  15. (9)  Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 69.
  16. (29)  Todd Gilliland #, Ford, 69.
  17. (19)  Harrison Burton #, Ford, 69.
  18. (8)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 69.
  19. (25)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 69.
  20. (33)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 69.
  21. (22)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 69.
  22. (34)  Josh Bilicki(i), Chevrolet, 69.
  23. (3)  Cole Custer, Ford, 69.
  24. (2)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 69.
  25. (31)  Kaz Grala(i), Chevrolet, 69.
  26. (37)  Boris Said, Ford, 69.
  27. (35)  Cody Ware, Ford, 69.
  28. (15)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 69.
  29. (13)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 69.
  30. (14)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 69.
  31. (6)  Joey Logano, Ford, 69.
  32. (11)  Kurt Busch, Toyota, 69.
  33. (20)  AJ Allmendinger(i), Chevrolet, 68.
  34. (36)  Loris Hezemans(i), Ford, Rear Gear, 62.
  35. (38)  Joey Hand, Ford, Suspension, 60.
  36. (32)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, Engine, 57.
  37. (28)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, Drivetrain, 52.
  38. (23)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, Suspension, 44.
  39. (39)  Andy Lally(i), Ford, Suspension, 19.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  70.253 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 20 Mins, 57 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.331 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  9 for 13 laps.

Lead Changes:  13 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Suarez 1-15;R. Blaney 16;A. Cindric # 17-27;D. Hamlin 28-30;J. Logano 31-32;R. Chastain 33-41;A. Allmendinger(i) 42;R. Chastain 43-44;C. Briscoe 45-46;R. Chastain 47-64;A. Allmendinger(i) 65;T. Reddick 66-67;R. Chastain 68-69.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Ross Chastain 4 times for 31 laps; Daniel Suarez 1 time for 15 laps; Austin Cindric # 1 time for 11 laps; Denny Hamlin 1 time for 3 laps; Chase Briscoe 1 time for 2 laps; AJ Allmendinger(i) 2 times for 2 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 2 laps; Tyler Reddick 1 time for 2 laps; Ryan Blaney 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 99,12,48,22,5,31,9,14,21,2

Stage #2 Top Ten: 11,18,22,12,10,3,21,1,2,23