NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Kawartha

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Kawartha

Analyzing The Pinty’s 250 At Kawartha Speedway


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2013) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 travels to Kawartha Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the Pinty’s 250 to wrap up the 2013 season. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Kawartha, as well as some other statistical trends:


Kawartha Race Setup

·         Points leader D.J. Kennington has won the last two Kawartha events and has three wins in six starts at the track.

·         Scott Steckly has top-10 finishes in each of his last four Kawartha starts.

·         Jason Hathaway has won two of the last three series events after snapping a 59-race winless streak.

·         Alex Guenette leads Ryley Seibert by three points in the battle for top rookie honors.

·         Pete Shepherd III has four top 10s in four Kawartha starts including a 2010 victory.


NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Kawartha Speedway

·         This is the series’ seventh visit to the .375-mile progressive-banked track.

·         The Pinty’s 250 will premiere on TSN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 6 and on RDS2 at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.

·         Each of the six previous winners at Kawartha has driven a Dodge.

·         For three of the six previous winners –Scott Steckly, Jason Hathaway and Pete Shepherd III – the Kawartha victory was the first of their series career.

·         Both the 2008 and 2009 events at Kawartha Speedway were cut short due to rain.

·         There has been an average of 8.8 caution periods for an average of 67.3 laps in the six prior races at Kawartha, with the earliest coming on Lap 2 in 2009 and the latest at Lap 248 a year ago.

·         The lead has changed hands an average of 8.7 times in Kawartha races with a high of 14 in the 2009 event.

·         The average starting position of the winner is 7.2, while the pole sitter has an average finish of 5.8.


Kawartha Data

Race: #12 of 12 (9/21/13)

Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval

Race Length: 250 laps (93.75 miles)



1-Lap Qualifying: Mark Dilley, Dodge, 17.704 seconds, 76.254 mph, Sept. 23, 2007

250-Lap Race: Pete Shepherd III, Dodge, 1 hr., 49 min., 7 sec., 51.550 mph, Sept. 25, 2010


Race Winners

D.J. Kennington................................. 3

Jason Hathaway................................. 1

Pete Shepherd III................................ 1

Scott Steckly..................................... 1


Pole Winners

Ron Beauchamp Jr. ........................... 1

Mark Dilley......................................... 1

J.R. Fitzpatrick................................... 1

D.J. Kennington................................. 1

Steve Mathews................................... 1

Don Thomson Jr. ............................... 1


Manufacturer Wins

Dodge............................................... 6


Laps Led

J.R. Fitzpatrick................................ 303

D.J. Kennington.............................. 277

Don Thomson Jr. ........................... 200


Selected Driver Information:

Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge)

·         Finished 11th in the Pinty’s 250 a year ago.

·         Scored track-best finish of third in the 2007 and 2008 Barrie Speedway events.

·         One of just four drivers to start all 86 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen Dodge)

·         Recorded a 24th-place finish a season ago at Kawartha.

·         Finished 25th at Barrie in his rookie season of 2011.

·         Has top-10 finishes in three of his last four oval-track events.


Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

·         Registered a 10th-place finish last year at Kawartha.

·         Posted a 16th-place Kawartha finish in his 2011 track debut.

·         Won both road course events this season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

·         Scored his first career pole win last season at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

·         Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

·         Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.


J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)

·         Finished third last season in the Pinty’s 250 after leading a race-high 216 laps.

·         Posted a third-place finish in the 2011 Kawartha event, as well.

·         Has led a series-best 303 laps at the .375-mile Ontario oval.

·         Has top-five finishes in three of his last five series starts.

·         Is the series’ all-time leader in poles with 14.

·         Seven of his eight career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal (2); his oval track win came in July 2007 at Motoplex Speedway.


Alex Guenette (No. 39 Kawasaki/Motos Illimitées/DLGL Dodge)

·         Making Kawartha Speedway debut in this year’s Pinty’s 250.

·         Scored a season-best finish of second in last start on July 27 at St. Eustache, Que.

·         Has a three-point edge on Ryley Seibert atop the series’ rookie-of-the-year standings.


Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge)

·         Placed 12th last season at Kawartha.

·         Won the 2008 Kawartha event.

·         Had consecutive top-10 finishes at the Ontario oval from 2008 to 2010.

·         Has led 82 laps at Kawartha.

·         Snapped a 59-race winless streak in last start on Aug. 17 at Riverside International Speedway for second series career win.

·         Has won two of the last three series events.

·         One of four drivers to start all 86 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

·         Won last year’s edition of the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha.

·         Has three Kawartha victories to his credit – 2009, 2011 and 2012.

·         Has five top-five finishes in six starts at the .375-mile oval.

·         Has led a total of 277 laps in his Kawartha starts.

·         Leads point standings by five over Scott Steckly.

·         Tops the all-time Canadian Tire Series wins list with 19.

·         Won 2010 and 2012 series championships.

·         Scored a single-season series record of seven wins in 2012.

·         One of four drivers to start all 86 NCATS races.


Martin Roy (No. 90 Batteries Expert/Gamache/Veloce Dodge)

·         Scored a fifth-place finish last season in his track debut.

·         Posted a career-best finish of second on Sept. 1 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

·         Won 2012 series Rookie-of-the-Year honors.


Ryley Seibert (No. 09 Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks Dodge)

·         Making Kawartha debut in this year’s Pinty’s 250.

·         Scored a season-best finish of eighth on July 13 at his home track – Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C.

·         Trails Alex Guenette by three points in series’ rookie-of-the-year standings.


Pete Shepherd III (No. 7 National Exhaust Dodge)

·         Finished fourth last season at Kawartha Speedway.

·         Won the 2010 Kawartha event – his first series victory.

·         Has led 151 laps in four starts at Kawartha Speedway.

·         Has won two of the three events he has entered this season.

·         Has three wins in his last five Canadian Tire Series starts.


Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

·         Recorded a sixth-place finish last year at Kawartha.

·         Won the series’ inaugural visit to the track in 2007 for his first victory.

·         Has five top-10 finishes in six Kawartha starts.

·         Trails D.J. Kennington by just five points in the championship standings.

·         His 14 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories rank third on the all-time list.

·         Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.

·         One of four drivers to start all 86 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


Jason White (No. 21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge)

·         Finished 14th last season in the Kawartha event.

·         Best Kawartha finish was eighth in 2007 and 2011.

·         Recorded a season-best finish of fifth in July at Autodrome St. Eustache.

·         Was 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.


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ACT Late Model Tour: Brian Hoar New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race Preview



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ACT Late Model Tour: Brian Hoar
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race Preview




GEORGIA, Vt. – Eight-time ACT Late Model Tour champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., returns to the largest sporting facility in New England for the 5th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Saturday, September 21. While Hoar has never won the Invitational itself, he has made history on the 1.058-mile oval as the only driver ever to win an ACT Late Model Tour points race at the track. The driver of the RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge Charger owns 39 career Tour victories – tops on the all-time list – including one in 2011 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.



WHO: Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.
TEAM: RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge Charger
CREW CHIEF: Rick Paya, Georgia, Vt.
WHAT: Bond Auto ACT Invitational 50
WHERE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H. (1.058-mile oval)
WHEN: Saturday, September 21 – 8 a.m., practice; 4:45 p.m., race



·         Brian Hoar holds the ACT Late Model Tour record for championships (8) and wins (39).

·         RPM Motorsports is running a part-time schedule in 2013, including the first four ACT Late Model Tour events of the season and then select Late Model events throughout the summer and fall. Brian Hoar has won twice in seven starts this season.

·         RPM Motorsports and Brian Hoar won the ACT All-Star Challenge in August of 2011, the only points race held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in series history.

·         Brian Hoar has won back-to-back ACT Late Model Tour races seven times in his career, most recently taking consecutive events at Riverside Speedway in St. Croix, Que., and Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., on Aug. 25 and September 2 of 2012.

·         Brian Hoar held the track qualifying record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for nearly a decade after setting quick time in qualifying in 2002.





BRIAN HOAR, Driver of the RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge Charger, On competing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend: “It's one of the biggest races and the biggest track that we run,. I like racing there. I really like the track, and this race has quickly jumped up to Milk Bowl and Oxford 250 prestige in a lot of ways. It's a premium event on a really big stage. It's got a gigantic crowd – the biggest we race in front of by far. It's just a huge, huge event.

“Is it as big as the Milk Bowl? Not to Vermonters, not to Barre fans, but that's been around for 50 years now. That's the only thing this doesn't have is the history, but when this thing is 50 years old it will. We're running on the most premiere, nicest racing facility in all of northeastern North America, and that's pretty awesome.”

On why it's becoming increasingly difficult to win ACT races at New Hampshire: “New Hampshire's such a big track, when we first went there a lot of guys were intimidated by the speed and the size of the place. Not to mention, you've got to learn the tricks of the trade to get quicker at New Hampshire.

“No question, the whole field has gotten better. More cars are better prepared to race. It's also hard when you only go once a year. It's not about just turning fast laps, but racing there. With that experience, everyone's gotten better.”

On why New Hampshire is so important to him: “It's a great race track and there's a huge fan base there – like a big version of Thunder Road. It's all of us guys from all over New England and Canada that have fans here. So it's a really neat experience. It's such a cool deal that we can even come here with our short track cars and race on this big track.”




Brian Hoar returns to ACT Late Model Tour competition with the Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on Saturday, September 28... Brian Hoar has won eight ACT races at Airborne, more than any other driver in series history.



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American Racer Tire Choice of ACT Through 2019

American Racer Tire Choice of ACT Through 2019

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            Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that its tire of choice for the next six (6) years will be the American Racer brand from Race Tires America, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. ACT and its affiliate tracks will change tire needs from Goodyear to the American Racer beginning with the 2014 season.

“We appreciate the many years of working with the Goodyear Racing Division. They have provided us with nearly a decade of service, and assisted us in the development of new products to meet our tire needs,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

American Race Tire has spent the past four months producing and testing a tire to meet the varied and heavy demand of supplying the Late Model teams in the large area which ACT covers.

“We have spent the past 10 months with American Racer developing a program and tire that will fit all the various needs that the ACT network of affiliate tracks requires. We actually began the process with our intermediate division at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT this 2013 season and enjoyed outstanding success. In fact, we reduced the division’s tire costs by over 25% and throughout the year only had a couple of tires adjusted which is outstanding”, said Curley.

Newly appointed Director of Racing for Race Tire America, Scott Junod said, “The challenge was to have our engineers develop a special 8” racing slick that would serve the large ACT network of weekly tracks and also satisfy the ACT touring schedules. The requirements are very different. It was a very interesting project for our engineers and we appreciate the tremendous co-operation we received from a number of ACT teams during the process. We could not be happier with the final results and are looking forward to this long-term relationship beginning in 2014.”

The American Canadian Tour is a 28-year old short track sanctioning body that is affiliated with tracks throughout New England and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The touring series races on venues that vary from ¼ mile speedways up to and including the mile at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963, or media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.



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Theriault Leads Crazy Horse Efforts


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Theriault Leads Crazy Horse Efforts

Season Hits Homestretch With Host Of Strong Performances

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – The car known as “T-Rex” continued feasting on PASS North Series competition last weekend.

Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, dominated the Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Sunday, September 15, giving Theriault his second win in five PASS North Series starts in his family-owned No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion. The car, built at the beginning of the 2012 season by Crazy Horse Racing, led 192 of the 300 laps after starting on the pole in the 31-car field.

“I've got to say, it was probably the easiest 300 laps I've ever driven,” Theriault said. “The car was just that awesome.”

The same car won the PASS North Series season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway last year, and it has two wins, three Top-5s and five Top-10s in five races as a Super Late Model. The car was originally built to compete on the ACT Late Model Tour, where it also won a race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in July of 2012.

Theriault, the 19-year-old Brad Keselowski Racing development driver, took the lead for good on Lap 204 and then held off all chargers on a restart with 12 laps remaining.

“I'm kind of speechless right now, but this is huge,” Theriault said. “This is really a huge win for us.”

BOUVRETTE SCORES VICTORY: Jonathan Bouvrette of Blainville, Que., won the Ste-Eustache 200 on Sunday, September 15, for his first career ACT Castrol Series victory.

Bouvrette won the season finale by leading the final 82 laps en route to Victory Lane. He led twice in the race for a total of 137 laps. He only surrendered the lead during the middle stages of the event after a round of pit stops for the leaders.

Bouvrette finished fourth in the final ACT Castrol Series standings with six Top-5s and eight Top-10s in 11 races.

STEARNS SOLID: Travis Stearns of Auburn, Maine, continued his torrid second-half surge by finishing second in the Vermont State Championship Series 100 at Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt., on Sunday, September 15.

Stearns finished second in the Richard Green Racing No. 16 LaQuinta Inns & Suites Chevrolet by just a few inches after a door-to-door battle with Vermont's Nick Sweet over the final lap.

In the last four races, Stearns has finished fourth at Beech Ridge, won his first career ACT event at Thunder Road and finished second at Devil's Bowl as the team prepares to head to the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

ROCCO ROLLING: Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., continued his domination in the Late Model division at Waterford Speedbowl, picking up his ninth win of the season on Saturday, September 14... Luke Shannon picked up his third win of the season at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., on Saturday, September 14... Brandon Lambert finished second at Riverside to Shannon, giving Crazy Horse Racing teams a 1-2 finish in the season finale there... Ryan Vanasse of Warwick, R.I., won the 35-lap Late Model main event at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night for his first win of the season.


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JONATHAN BOUVRETTE: Bilan et remerciements saison 2013

Bilan et remerciements saison 2013

Jonathan Bouvrette, pilote de la Chevrolet Sanivac / GloboCam / Cummins #41 à complété le calendrier régulier 2013 de la série ACT Castrol sur une note dès plus positive. Le weekend dernier, deux épreuves étaient à l'horaire pour le pilote de l'équipe de course "Bouvrette-41-Racing" et Jonathan avait bien l'intention de terminer en force sa saison, d'autant plus que les deux courses en question étaient courues sur le circuit de St-Eustache, piste qui l'a couronné quatre fois champion local à ses débuts en courses automobiles.

D'entré de jeu, samedi en soirée, la reprise d'une épreuve de 100 tours prévus à l'origine pour le premier juin, mais qui avait du être reporté à cause des mauvaises conditions météo devait être complété. Parti de la 14em position sur la grille de départ, notre pilote aura su éviter les embuches et se retrouve rapidement aux avant-postes, il en sera même le meneur du 17em au 41em tours. Une "poussette" d'un compétiteur un peut trop agressif aura cependant fait perdre quelques positions à Jonathan et sa Chevrolet #41 de tel façon qu'il complétera l'épreuve en 5em place... Un "Top-5" de plus au palmarès de notre pilote en 2013.

L'épreuve où Jonathan se devait de performer, la pièce de résistance à l'horaire du weekend pour toute l'équipe et couru en après-midi de dimanche, Le "TT 300" présenté par les entreprises Sanivac. Ces derniers étant un des principaux partenaires commerciaux de l'équipe, il va sans dire que les enjeux étaient grands pour la "Bouvrette-41-Racing". Tel un professionnel, Jonathan aura su relevé avec brio le défi d'être à la hauteur des attentes de tous ses partisans ainsi que de ses partenaires commerciaux présents dans les gradins pour assister à ce qui fut, une domination de la Chevrolet Sanivac / GloboCam / Cummins #41. Au final, c'est plus de 135 des 200 tours que comptait l'épreuve ou Jonathan aura mené le bal avant de finalement savourer la victoire, croisant ainsi la ligne d'arrivée devant tous ses poursuivants, et ce, au plus grand plaisir des spectateurs venu assister à l'événement.

Après maintenant trois saisons complétées en série ACT Castrol, la progression de l'équipe se poursuit et Jonathan s'avère maintenant sans contredit l'un des pilotes qui sera en mesure de prétendre à la victoire à tous les programmes futurs de cette série. Le bilan de la saison 2013 pour l'équipe de course "Bouvrette-41-Racing" s'établit donc comme suit, une victoire, six "Top-5" et huit "Top-10" classant ainsi l'équipe et son pilote en quatrième position du classement général de la série.

La saison locale étant maintenant complétée, l'équipe se dirigera dans les prochaines semaines en territoire américain pour y disputer trois épreuves hors championnat. Samedi prochain le 21 septembre, Jonathan et sa Chevrolet #41 seront présents au "Bond Auto Parts Invitational" épreuve courue a Loudon au New Hampshire dans le cadre du "Sylvania 300" de la série Nascar. À noter que cette épreuve, comme le dit son nom, est sur "Invitation" seulement les pilotes ayant remporté une épreuve de la série ACT, soit au Canada, soit au U.S. y sont admis, en plus d'anciens champions, ainsi que certains pilotes s'étant mérité une invitation selon leurs mérites. Suivra le "Fall Foliage 200" qui sera couru le 28 septembre sur la piste du "Airborne Speedway" de Plattsburgh N.Y. et pour conclure la saison 2013, le traditionnel "Milk Bowl" couru quant à lui sur le circuit de "Thunder Road" dans le Vermont.

En terminant, toute l'équipe de la "Bouvrette-41-Racing" ainsi que son pilote désire remercier, dans un premier temps, tous les partenaires commerciaux qui nous ont supporté en 2013, soit, les entreprises Sanivac, GloboCam, Cummins Canada, Valvoline ainsi que Hyundai Blainville. Des remerciements particuliers pour leurs collaborations à, Crazy Horse Racing pour les améliorations de la voiture en 2013, ainsi qu'à M.P. Roy des Entreprises du même nom, fournisseur de notre excellent système de communications. Nous espérons avoir, pour la saison 2014, encore le plaisir et la fierté de porter vos couleurs. Finalement un gros merci pour leurs supports et surtout la compréhension dont font preuves tous les membres de nos familles respectives, car sans leurs supports rien de toutes cette belle aventure ne serait possible.

L'équipe et son pilote, Jonathan, vous remercient tous et seront de retour en 2014 pour des performances à la hauteur de vos attentes.

Équipe de course "Bouvrette-41-Racing"


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Nationwide will not renew Series sponsorship:

·         Jayski reports:


·         Nationwide will not renew Series sponsorship: Nationwide Insurance will exit its title sponsorship of NASCAR's secondary series following the '14 season, but the company plans to increase its spending in the sport by sponsoring a Sprint Cup team, buying media, cutting track deals and maintaining its position as NASCAR's official insurer. Nationwide is in the sixth year of a seven-year series title sponsorship. The title rights and media package cost approximately $8M a year. Nationwide CMO Matt Jauchius said the deal, which was signed in '07, had helped the company expand its business and earn the respect and trust of avid NASCAR fans. By increasing its sponsorship in the Sprint Cup, where it currently sponsors Roush Fenway Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and continuing to endorse and feature Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in advertising during Cup races, he hopes the company can expand brand awareness with casual NASCAR fans. Jauchius said, "Being a series sponsor was the right thing at that particular time but we see Sundays (for Cup races) as the next step. You'll see us lean into this even more at the Cup level. ... I will spend more money in 2014 and 2015 (in NASCAR) by shifting assets around a bit." NASCAR plans to begin searching for a new title sponsor immediately. That effort will be led by Chief Sales Officer Jim O'Connell.(Sports Business Journal)(9-18-2013)


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Nationwide Insurance Renews as Official Auto, Home, Life and Business Insurance Partner of NASCAR;


Nationwide Insurance Renews as Official Auto, Home, Life and Business Insurance Partner of NASCAR;

Becomes Presenting Sponsor of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

Company Shifts Investment Away from Series Entitlement Sponsorship


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2013) – NASCAR and Nationwide Insurance have finalized a new agreement to extend Nationwide’s position as the official auto, home, life and business insurance partner of NASCAR through 2017. As part of the new contract, Nationwide Insurance also will become the presenting sponsor of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. 


The insurer, in its sixth year of a seven-year agreement as title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will pivot from its series entitlement sponsorship and focus its NASCAR marketing programs on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2015. 


“As a series entitlement sponsor and savvy marketer, Nationwide Insurance has been an ideal partner to our sport and we’re proud to have them continue to be part of our family of Official NASCAR Partners,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer. “The company has been highly successful in using our sport as a platform to enhance its brand and drive its business and has stated publicly how much value they glean as a series sponsor. The fact that Nationwide will continue its investment across our sport – in a variety of ways and for many years to come – is encouraging and speaks to the power of NASCAR as a marketing platform.”


The insurer began its 15-year motorsports history as a hospitality sponsor with targeted race tracks and progressed to the Official Insurance Partner of NASCAR and the title sponsor for the U.S.’s No. 2 motorsports series. Nationwide Insurance will look to build a more consistent presence in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enabling its message to reach an even larger NASCAR audience. 


“The NASCAR Nationwide Series is a great proving ground not only for drivers and crew members, but for sponsors too,” said Nationwide chief marketing officer, Matt Jauchius. “We’re proud of the success Nationwide Insurance has attained through our relationships with NASCAR and the Nationwide Series. It’s a natural evolution for Nationwide Insurance to move our marketing investment to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we’ll continue to put tremendous effort behind all of our NASCAR marketing platforms in the years to come.”


Nationwide Insurance also will sponsor the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The NASCAR Foundation presents the award to a NASCAR fan who embodies the ideals of charity and community that Mrs. France has championed throughout her life. Nominees for the award honor the spirit of NASCAR, demonstrating goodwill and generosity in the interest of helping children in need. One winner receives a $100,000 donation to direct to the children’s charity of their choice along with a NASCAR experience of a lifetime. The top three remaining finalists receive $25,000 to direct to their children's charity of choice.


“We approached NASCAR about sponsoring the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award because it embodies the spirit and culture of giving that Nationwide Insurance values,” added Jauchius. “The Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 race is a good example of the collaboration among sponsors, teams and the NASCAR Foundation pulling together to shine the national spotlight on a deserving organization. We look forward to working with Betty Jane and the Foundation to highlight other unique charitable efforts that NASCAR fans support all across the country.”


“Nationwide Insurance is a long-standing partner to NASCAR, and more importantly a strong advocate for children, and we are excited to welcome them as presenting sponsor of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award,” said Betty Jane France, NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman. “At The NASCAR Foundation, we seek to align ourselves with brands and organizations that share our same mission of enhancing the lives of children in this country. For these reasons, Nationwide Insurance is a perfect fit to help us present this special award.”


The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race No. 2 – will take place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, PRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. On Saturday night, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will run its final standalone of the season, at Kentucky Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS, PRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.



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About Nationwide

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, pet, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and specialty health services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.



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