Speedway Motorsports' Newest Facilities Make History This Weekend with NASCAR and NHRA Championship Kickoffs
With two major championship events set for this weekend, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. will make motorsports history as the first company to host playoff kickoffs for both NASCAR and the NHRA.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" in Loudon, N.H., while the NHRA's "Countdown to the Championship" begins at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Since the "Chase" format was introduced in 2004, the SYLVANIA 300 has always been the first of 10 races in NASCAR's run for the Sprint Cup championship.
The inaugural NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway @ Concord, the "Bellagio of drag strips," will open the six event "Countdown" featuring competitors in all four professional categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
It certainly will be a momentous weekend for Bruton Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
"This is definitely an exciting time for us," said Smith. "We are fortunate to be leading the charge for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NHRA championships at two of the finest facilities in the country. It's going to be a spectacular weekend and the real winners will be the fans who will see two incredible shows."
Jerry Gappens, the executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, agrees.
"With Bruton's vision and ability to create bigger than life events, it's no surprise that the focus of the motorsports world will be on two of his venues this weekend," said Gappens. "Our company puts fans first and this is another example in providing the best in diverse motorsports entertainment."
Reserved seats for Saturday of the NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway are sold out, but a limited number of standing-room-only tickets are still available, as are seats for Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Each event ticket also is a pit pass, which allows fans access to the professional and sportsman pit areas. Tickets can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.
Only a few tickets remain for the SYLVANIA 300. Guests can visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway online at www.nhms.com or call the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.
About Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its 600 Racing subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. The Company also equally-owns Motorsports Authentics, a joint venture formed with International Speedway Corporation to produce, market and sell licensed motorsports merchandise. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.speedwaymotorsports.com.
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