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Kyle Busch Sweeps the Brickyard, Wins Second Brickyard 400

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The 400-mile NASCAR summer classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway turned out to be a record 425-miler, but the winner was never really in doubt.

Kyle Busch survived four late restarts in the last 18 laps in his No. 18 Skittles Toyota to triumph for the second consecutive year at Indianapolis, winning the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard by 2.126 seconds over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth. He led a record 149 of 170 laps after starting from the pole.

Busch is the second driver to win back-to-back NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis, joining Jimmie Johnson (2008-09). Five men won back-to-back Indianapolis 500s, most recently Helio Castroneves in 2001-02.

Busch began the weekend with a win from the pole in the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250, making him the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep the poles and races in both national series in one weekend.

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“A great weekend for us, and such a special weekend, to be able to win a Brickyard 400, and to have that opportunity come our way last year and to be able to back it up this weekend was special in its own right,” said Busch, who is second in the Sprint Cup Series points standings. “To sweep the weekend, that’s something that doesn’t come along very often. I can’t say enough about the whole group of guys and the people that are around us.”

Car owner Joe Gibbs was able to add to his trophy case with his fifth Brickyard win since 2000. After the 1-2 Toyota finish followed Jimmie Johnson, who came from a lap down to rally for third in the No. 48 Lowe’s Red Vest Chevrolet. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota and Kyle Larson took fifth in the No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet.

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Tony Stewart finished 11th in his final Brickyard start in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Chevy Summer Sell Down Chevrolet, while Jeff Gordon finished 13th in his relief effort for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet. Once the race was completed, the Hoosiers took one more pace lap around the track, perhaps for the last time together.

“I knew when we got the checkered, I just didn’t want to come in quite yet,” said Stewart, a two-time Brickyard 400 winner. “I wanted to run one more lap, and Jeff was around us before that last green run, and I told my spotter to go get his spotter and say ‘after this thing’s over we need to go a lap around here together, because most likely is the last time we’ll both get to do that.’ I couldn’t think of a better guy to share that with than Jeff.”

Once the lap was complete, the drivers pulled onto pit road together and embraced upon getting out of their cars.

“Well, Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years. But he and I have become really good friends.” Gordon said. “And to see what he’s done and how tough he is as a competitor; I’ve always known what a great guy and what a great race car driver he is, and now I know more about who Tony Stewart really is.”

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway ♦ PHOTOS: Brian Groce

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2016 Brickyard 400 Race Day Schedule

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SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Public gates open
10 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.: Midway open
2:05 p.m.: Jason Redman speech from Victory Podium
2:27 p.m.: VIP Introductions

  • Welcome by Doug Boles
  • Crown Executive – Jim Ruane
  • Crown Hero – Jason Redman
  • Grand Marshal – Akbar Gbajabiamila
  • Pace Car Driver – Brett Bodine
  • Miss Sprint Cup – Madison Martin

2:30 p.m.: Driver Introductions – Victory Podium
2:56 p.m.: America the Beautiful – Performed by Late Shift
2:58 p.m.: Skydivers land in Turn 1, 2, 3, 4
3 p.m.: Invocation – by Howard Brammer
3 p.m.: National Anthem – Performed by Cassadee Pope
3:02 p.m.: Flyover at Yard of Bricks
3:02 p.m.: “Drivers to your Cars” – by Akbar Gbajabiamila
3:07 p.m.: Command by Tony George
3:07 p.m.: Balloon Release
3:19 p.m.: Green flag waived by David Rojas

TICKETS: General admission $40. Reserved seating $45-$175.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pedestrian: Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 6, Gate 7s, Gate 9, Gate 10A, Gate 1C, Gate 11A, Gate 11C, Gate 12, Gate 27
Credential Vehicle: Gate 1B, Gate 2, Gate 4, Gate 7 Vehicle, Gate 9A
Free Public Vehicle: Gate 10

GA STANDS OPEN: Oval Infield Viewing Mounds

RESERVED STANDS: A Stand – (Flex rows A-MM), A Penthouse, B Stand, B Penthouse, C Stand, E Stand, E Penthouse, H Stand – (Flex rows A-FF), J Stand, Northeast Vista, Northeast Vista Deck Northwest Vista, Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock, Paddock Press Penthouse, Paddock Wheelchair, Paddock Penthouse, Southeast Vista, Southeast Vista Deck, Southwest Vista – (Flex rows B-MM), South Terrace, South Terrace Wheelchair, South Vista Deck – Sections 1-4, Tower Terrace, Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Wheelchair Accessible

DAILY PARKING (Opens 9 a.m. Paid parking is $20 per vehicle): Lot 1B – Paid, Lot 2 – Paid, Lot 3G – Paid, Lot 8 – Paid, Main Gate – Paid, North 40 -Pre-Paid in the front. Limited free, Turn 3 – Pre-Paid Parking Only, Turn 3 Front Row – Pre-Paid Only

MUSEUM HOURS: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. IMS charges an admission fee or requires a ticket to get onto the grounds during events. This general admission fee or ticket price does not include admission to the Museum.

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Kyle Busch wins Lilly Diabetes 250 & Brickyard 400 Pole

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On a hot day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, no one was hotter than Kyle Busch. A winner a year ago at NASCAR’s spotlight midsummer event, Busch will start his title defense from the pole for Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Warrior Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

Busch posted a speed of 184.634 mph in the third round of NASCAR Sprint Cup knockout qualifying in the No. 18 Skittles Toyota, topping 2014 pole winner and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards by .023 seconds.

Later on Saturday, Busch defended his title at the Lilly Diabetes 250 with a dominant win in his No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, leading 62 of 63 laps in a green-white-checkered finish. He also led all 20 laps in his heat race.

“Overall, man, just a great day,” Busch said. “It’s fun to run here and get some more experience for tomorrow. I feel like this car’s really helped me in the last few years at being able to excel here at the Brickyard and I’m looking forward to what we’ve got for them tomorrow.”

In 11 previous Brickyard Cup starts, Busch had never qualified better than seventh. Now, the 31-year-old Las Vegas native will start from the pole as he tries to score Toyota’s second consecutive win in the event after it had never won before at Indy.

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“I remember the days when I didn’t have such good cars here,” Busch said after winning his 19th career Sprint Cup pole and second of the season. “But we’ve been doing a good job of working hard, keeping our head down and doing what we need to be doing and focusing on our own thing.”

Denny Hamlin qualified fourth in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, giving Joe Gibbs Racing three of the top four spots. Tony Stewart, making his final IMS start, broke up the Gibbs party by qualifying third in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Chevy Summer Sell Down Chevrolet.

“I feel like we left the pole out there, and I think the guys who were ahead of us felt the same way, thought they could do something a little better on their lap,” Stewart said. “But a top-three starting spot here is … I’ll live with that, for sure.”

Brad Keselowski qualified fifth, the only Ford in the top 12. Jeff Gordon will start 21st in the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet, filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“We’ve got some work to do and I’m looking forward to the challenge tomorrow,” said Gordon, a five-time Indy winner. “Today, I felt more relaxed and comfortable in the car. I hopefully will feel the same way tomorrow. Tomorrow’s challenge is going to be around traffic, and also getting the balance of the car right, and do that when you’re by yourself as well as when you’re around other cars.”

The green flag for the 23rd Running of the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for 3:19 p.m. Sunday.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway ♦ PHOTOS: Brian Groce

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Cassadee Pope to Sing National Anthem at 2016 Brickyard 400

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Award-winning country music artist Cassadee Pope will sing the national anthem at Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

Pope, who recently scored a No. 1 hit with the Gold-certified Chris Young duet “Think Of You,” debuted fresh music last month. She penned three of the tracks for her SUMMER EP (Big Machine Label Group), including the title track lead single. The West Palm Beach, Florida, native returned to her home state to film the music video already garnering over 2 million views and dominated the iTunes #1 Country spot upon release.

“I’m excited to sing for NASCAR nation before this big race at The Brickyard,” Pope said. “I grew up watching races with my grandfather, and that makes this invitation to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway even more special.”

Pope joined Pitbull and Leona Lewis during the 2016 CMT Music Awards in a performance that Rolling Stone said “lived up to its must-see billing.” The moment marked a return to the same stage where Pope was awarded Breakthrough Video of the Year in 2014 for her Platinum-selling breakout hit “Wasting All These Tears.” Earlier this year, Pope was nominated for a 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Country Artist. Visit www.cassadeepope.com for tour dates and more.

“We love to spotlight talented artists and Cassadee Pope has established herself as one of the greatest singers on the horizon,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. “She’ll be terrific singing our national anthem before what we know will be a great NASCAR Sunday.”

The Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Brickyard 400 Photo Gallery: July 22, 2106 Press Conferences

Press Conference photos for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 22, 2106 .

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Ryan Blaney
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Doug Boles & Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Tony Stewart

PHOTOS: Brian Groce

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Indianapolis to dye canal in honor of retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman

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Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, IMS President Doug Boles and Crown Royal Brand Director Jim Ruane will dye the downtown Indianapolis canal purple at 10 a.m. on Friday morning in honor of retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman. Redman is the winner of the annual Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” program. This program honors past and present men and women of our nation’s military, who have served our country with honor, devotion, and perseverance.

The 23rd Running of the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard will be Sunday, July 24.

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2016 Brickyard 400 Schedule

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A day-by-day look at the on- and off-track happenings for fans at the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard weekend, July 21-24, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

THURSDAY, JULY 21 – Hauler Parade

Off-Track Activities

Eighth Annual Hauler Parade (Free, Main Street, Speedway)

3 p.m.: Brickyard 400 fan logistics briefing with senior IMS officials
5 p.m.: Hauler Parade begins. Live music by 87 Southbound (Hauler Parade Stage, Main Street)
6 p.m.:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Haulers arrive on Main Street
6:10 p.m.: Hauler Parade Welcome with IMS President Doug Boles (Hauler Parade Stage)
7 p.m.: Live music by Greta Speaks (Hauler Parade Stage, Main Street
8 p.m.:  Event concludes

FRIDAY, July 22 – NASCAR Practice

On-Track Schedule

Noon – 1:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice #1
1:30 – 2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice #1
3 – 3:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice #2
4 – 5:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice #2

Off-Track Activities

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Midway Open

Kids Zone Activities: IMS Road Crew (Music and Games), EBash Simulators, Inflatable Slide, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Face Painter, Caricature Artist.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Info Tent: Batak Reaction Testing Games*, Forza Simulators, NASCAR Tire Changer *Prizes awarded each day for the top scores.

8 a.m.: Chevy Driver Autograph Session Wristband Distribution
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Chevy Driver Autograph Session – Chevy Display (Landon Cassill, Ryan Blaney, and Brian Scott)
10 a.m.: Indianapolis Downtown Canal Dyed Purple: The City of Indianapolis will dye the downtown canal purple honoring Crown Royal Hero Jason Redman and all past and present men and women of our nation’s military who have served with immeasurable dedication, distinction and honor. Jason is a retired Navy SEAL, and the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is named for his charity. This event is free and the public is invited to join.
4:15 p.m.: Chevy Stage appearance by Brendan Gaughan

Tickets

General Admission: $15. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticketholder. Tickets include gate admission, access to grandstand seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gates Open

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 23

On-Track Schedule

11:40 a.m. – 1 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying
2:30 – 3 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Driver Brick Walk
2:56 p.m.: Welcome by Doug Boles
2:57 p.m.: Introduction of Honorary Guests
3 p.m.: Driver Introductions – Victory Podium
3:30 p.m.: Presentation of Colors
3:30 p.m.: Invocation – Rev. Byron Fritz
3:31 p.m.: National Anthem – performed by Amanda Jo
3:32 p.m.: “Drivers Start Your Engines”
3:49 p.m.: Lilly Diabetes 250 Heat Race #1 (20 Laps)
4:26 p.m.: Lilly Diabetes 250 Heat Race #2 (20 Laps)
5:09 p.m.: Lilly Diabetes 250 Feature Race (60 Laps)

Off-Track Activities 

8 a.m. – 5:09 p.m.: IMS Midway Open

Kids Zone Activities: IMS Road Crew (Music and Games), EBash Simulators, Inflatable Slide, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Face Painter, Caricature Artist.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Info Tent: Batak Reaction Testing Games*, Forza Simulators, NASCAR Tire Changer *Prizes awarded each day for the top scores.

9 – 10:30 a.m.: IMS Event Car Rides
9 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Autograph Session Wristband Distribution – Pagoda Plaza
10 – 10:45 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Autograph Session – Pavilion 3
10 a.m.: Youth Only (Age 12 and under) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autograph Session Wristband Distribution – IMS Kids Zone
10:45 a.m.: Chevy Stage appearance by Justin Allgaier
11 a.m.: Chevy Stage a4ppearance by Ty Dillon
Noon – 12:30 p.m.: Youth Only (Age 12 and under) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autograph Session – Pavilion 3 (Daniel Suarez, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Reed, Blake Koch, Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece, Garrett Smithley, Ray Black Jr.)
1:20 p.m.: XFINITY Series Drivers Meeting – Pavilion 4
6 p.m.: Concert Gates Open
7 p.m.: Parmalee Concert
8 p.m.: Kid Rock Concert

Tickets

Reserved Seating starting at $51. General Admission $40

Gates Open

8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 24

On-Track Schedule

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Track Walk
2 – 2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brick Walk
2:05 p.m.: Military Silverado Laps
2:27 p.m.: VIP Introductions
2:30 p.m.: Driver Introductions – Victory Podium
2:57 p.m.: “America the Beautiful” and Skydive performance by Fastrax Skydiving Team
3 p.m.: Presentation of Colors
3 p.m.: Invocation – Howard Brammer
3:01 p.m.: National Anthem
3:02 p.m.: Flyover at Yard of Bricks
3:07 p.m.: “Drivers Start Your Engines”
3:07 p.m.: Balloon Release
3:19 p.m.: 23rd Running of the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard (160 Laps)

Off-Track Activities

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Free Enterprise providing shuttle service to track. Purchase tickets for shuttle here
10 a.m. – 3:19 p.m.: IMS Midway Open

Kids Zone Activities: IMS Road Crew (Music and Games), EBash Simulators, Inflatable Slide, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Face Painter, Caricature Artist.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Info Tent: Batak Reaction Testing Games*, Forza Simulators, NASCAR Tire Changer *Prizes awarded each day for the top scores.

10:15 a.m.: Chevy Stage appearance by Regan Smith
11:00 a.m.: Chevy Stage appearance by Kyle Larson
11:25 a.m.: Chevy Stage appearance by Austin Dillon
11:30 a.m.: Chevy Stage appearance by Tony Stewart
11:50 a.m.: Chevy Stage appearances by Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick
12:05 p.m.: Chevy Stage appearances by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne
12:25 p.m.: Chevy Stage appearance by Ryan Newman
1 -2 p.m.: Drivers Meeting – Pavilion 4

Tickets

Race Tickets: Reserved Seating starting at $45. General Admission $40

Gates Open

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

2016 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2016 – Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard, Lilly Diabetes 250 and Red Bull Air Race Indianapolis.

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Ty Dillon and fans hit the road course at Speedway Indoor Karting

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NASCAR XFINITY Series star Ty Dillon gave fans a special thrill today ahead of Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As part of the IMS “Kart with a Pro” challenge, more than 70 fans were able to log a free race against Dillon at Speedway Indoor Karting on Main Street in downtown Speedway.

“You don’t get to kart against a pro on just any regular day so this was a really special treat for our fans,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “Ty is an extremely talented and really fun guy and everyone who came out had a great time with him. The XFINITY Series is the place where NASCAR’s next names are made and Ty and his competitors are going to put on a great showthis Saturday.”

Dillon’s first XFINITY Series win came at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the 2014 Lilly Diabetes 250. On Wednesday, he spent a few minutes with Speedway Indoor Karting owner and former Indianapolis 500 driver Sarah Fisher before driving in several heat races against fans and media.

“I’ve known Sarah Fisher for a while now; what she has done with Speedway Indoor Karting is unbelievable. I had an absolute blast today racing around the track and the oval,” said Dillon, who will drive the No. 3 Rheem/Nidec/US Motors Chevrolet on Saturday. “It was also great meeting with some fans today and I hope we put on a show Saturday like we did today.

“It’s always wonderful spending time with the folks from IMS and Doug Boles. I love coming to this racetrack and this city, for the history and the passion that IMS has for motorsports.”

Before the karting challenge, he also participated in an IMS social chat with fans. To learn more about his day, visit the IMS Twitter account: www.twitter.com/ims.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Jeff Gordon to fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the 2016 Brickyard 400

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Jeff Gordon isn’t done quite yet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The record five-time champion of NASCAR’s spotlight race at IMS will return to competition on Sunday, July 24, at the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard, filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Earnhardt Jr. is sidelined while in NASCAR’s concussion protocol. Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, retired from full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup competition at the end of the 2015 season. This weekend, he will drive the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

“We wish the circumstances were different, but we’re thrilled anytime we see Jeff Gordon on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and know our fans will love seeing him race again,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. “Between Jeff making a return visit and Tony Stewart making his final Brickyard start, this will be a legendary weekend for Hoosier race fans at IMS!”

Gordon, driving his iconic No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, won the inaugural Brickyard 400 on Aug. 6, 1994. He went on to win four more times, in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2014.

NASCAR weekend at IMS will begin on Friday morning, July 22, with the annual fan appreciation activity, Chevy Day at the Brickyard, leading into practice for the Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series cars. Saturday, July 23, will feature driver autograph sessions, Sprint Cup qualifying and XFINITY heat races followed by the Lilly Diabetes 250. A concert featuring Kid Rock will close out Saturday’s action.

Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for 3 p.m.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Joey Logano to Visit Discount Tire in Avon on Friday

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NASCAR’s Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang, will visit Avon’s Discount Tire retail location to kick off the weekend’s Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Logano will sign autographs with fans, participate in summer tire safety check demos and be available for photo opportunities and brief interviews. Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/301806606875301/.

NASCAR fans are encouraged to visit http://pick22towin.com/ to enter for a chance to win prizes, including a set of four Goodyear tires or any four MB Wheels, from Discount Tire.

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