Big Name Inductors And Active Drivers Add To NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Star Power

Big Name Inductors And Active Drivers Add

To NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Star Power


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2014) – A brother, a contemporary, a rival, a colleague and a friend will all take the stage to induct this year's Class of 2014 into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.


Richard Petty, Waddell Wilson, Harry Gant, Humpy Wheeler and Blake Shelton will induct the fifth class – Maurice Petty, Fireball Roberts, Jack Ingram, Tim Flock and Dale Jarrett – on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.


The five legends, who account for 15 NASCAR championships, will also be joined on stage by five current stars, combining for 15 national series championships of their own. Aric Almirola, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart will all take part in the evening's festivities.


The Induction Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on FOX Sports 1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Tickets start at $45 and are available at

www.nascarhall.com/inductees/induction-ceremony and the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office.


Jarrett has experience as an inductor, joining his brother Glenn and sister Patti Makar to induct father Ned into the NASCAR Hall of Fame's second class.


"That was really a cool place to be and see the pride on his face, and to be able to show him how proud we were of him," Jarrett said of inducting his father. "This time will be a little different as I'm the one handing out the 'thank-you's' and accolades to others. It's going to be an emotional time, it will be a tough seven or eight minutes to get through with some of the things I have to say."


As long lasting as they are varied, this year's inductee-inductor relationships are uniquely special – each with a story all its own…


·         Maurice Petty built the engines that propelled his brother Richard to seven NASCAR championships and most of his 200 wins.

·         Fireball Roberts won the 1963 Southern 500 with an engine built by Waddell Wilson.

·         Jack Ingram and Harry Gant had a fierce rivalry that helped build the popularity of what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

·         Tim Flock worked with Humpy Wheeler at Charlotte Motor Speedway for more than 30 years.

·         After an introduction by former teammate Elliott Sadler nearly a decade ago, Dale Jarrettand country music star Blake Shelton have become close friends.


"I couldn't have all four of my kids as inductors, and I couldn't just ask one. I wanted my dad to be able to enjoy the moment with my mom and the rest of my family.  So it just kind of opened up the opportunity," said Jarrett.


"This sport brought a lot of really good things to me. It gave me a chance to be a competitor, an opportunity to compete at the highest level and win, but it also has allowed me to make some really good friendships and Blake Shelton is one of those people."


The NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will kick off with a media red carpet entrance in the Great Hall at the NASCAR Hall of Fame at 4:15 p.m. ET.  The formal presentations begin during the Induction Dinner, where the inductees will receive their NASCAR Hall of Fame jackets. Chris Economaki will also be honored as the third recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR Nationwide Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.


About the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.www.nascarhall.com



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VT State Late Model Championship Sees Changes in 2014

VT State Late Model Championship Sees Changes in 2014
Labor Day Replaces Governor's Cup


Waterbury, VT – The four race Vermont State Late Model Championship series, which boasts an $11,000 point fund, will see changes in 2014. The series, which features four events split between Vermont's only two paved oval speedways, will now include the Labor Day Classic at Barre's Thunder Road on the schedule, instead of the Vermont Governor's Cup as in years past.

The Vermont State Late Model Championship was created in 2012 and hosts two races each at Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven and Thunder Road in Barre. Once again the series will kick off with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 25. The 1/4-mile portion of the series will conclude with the Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31. The Labor Day event will also be the final Thunder Road Late Model point-counting event for 2014.

The Devil's Bowl 1/2-mile will host a 100-lap event on Friday, May 30 and conclude the series with another 100-lap event during the Vermont 200 weekend on Sunday, September 14. For the third season, the Vermont State Champion will be crowned following the September event at Devil's Bowl. Past VT State Champions were Dave Pembroke in 2012 and Nick Sweet last season, who each picked up a $2,000 point fund check.

2014 Vermont State Late Model Championship
# Day Date Event Track Laps
1. Sunday May 25 Memorial Day Classic Thunder Road 100
2. Friday May 30 Devil's Bowl 100 Devil's Bowl Speedway 100
3. Sunday August 31 Labor Day Classic Thunder Road 200
4. Sunday September 14 Vermont 100 Devil's Bowl Speedway 100


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The Canadian Racing Season Begins February 7, 8, & 9, 2014 at Toronto's International Centre


Mobil1 logo(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 23, 2014) This year'sCanadian Motorsports Expo Presented by Inside Track Motorsport News will mark the eighth consecutive year that Mobil 1 will be an exhibitor at Canada's only motorsports-oriented trade and fan show. The CME takes place February 7, 8 & 9 in Hall 5 at the International Centre, across from Toronto's Pearson Airport.


"Right from the beginning, we saw the potential of this show," said David Swain, Mobil 1's Grassroots Motorsport Coordinator. "The CME brings together all the players in the Canadian motorsports scene, including track owners, racers and the companies that produce and sell the products the racers use, such as Mobil 1."


Swain continued, "Each year we have been able to connect directly with the people who count in the motorsport community. These are the people who use our products and can share their experiences and ask questions to learn more."


Throughout the years, the Mobil 1 booth at the CME has featured a wide variety of vehicles representing the diverse Canadian motorsport scene, including stock cars, sprint cars, sports cars and even an 1800 HP diesel pulling truck. The common feature of all of them, however, is that they've relied on Mobil 1 products. Mobil 1 oils can deliver crucial advantages to your engines, in terms of long oil life, reduced fuel consumption and wear, quicker cold starts, and cleaner, longer-lasting engines.


For more than 30 years, ExxonMobil has collaborated with some of the top motorsports teams in the world. This enables the company to test its products in some of the harshest, most demanding environments, and to use this experience to develop the next generation of high performance lubricants.


Mobil 1 Racing oil technology has been developed using the company's extensive experience in premier automotive racing series and events around the world, including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, Formula 3, SCCA GT, ALMS and many others.


The variety of demands that each racing series requires of a lubricant helps them to ensure that Mobil 1 Racing oils can meet the more extreme conditions encountered on the race track.


"Mobil 1 is a 'day one' supporter of the Canadian Motorsports Expo, and for that we are extremely grateful," said show co-promoter Rob Morton. "The company is involved in a wide variety of racing series – including the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Presented by Mobil 1 – because they are valuable proving grounds for their products. As well, Mobil 1's participation in motorsport offers the company great exposure to racers and fans who care about what they put into their vehicles, whether they're competing on the race track, or driving on the street."


ABOUT MOBIL 1™: Mobil 1 is one of the most widely known and trusted performance brands in the world, especially when it comes to producing superior, technologically advanced products for motorists who want the very best. Mobil 1 is the world's leading synthetic motor oil. For more information, visit www.Mobil1.ca.


ABOUT THE CME: The 8th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 7, 8 & 9, 2014 at Toronto's International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsport content geared to racers, fans and automotive enthusiasts. NASCAR Sprint Cup racer Ryan Newman will be at the CME on Saturday, February 8. For information about the show, including news, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME's website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.

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