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Despite Set Backs Concord Speedway Plans to House Grassroots Racing For Years to Come

CONCORD, N.C. (May 25, 2012) – Concord Speedway would like to address the rumor mill that has ensued after announcing mid-season adjustments to their schedule and purse amounts. With 30 years of successful operation under their belt, the speedway does not plan on closing its doors and looks forward to 30 more racing seasons to come.

Concord Speedway prides themselves on loyalty to their fans and competitors. Therefore, management made a sizeable investment into improvements for the 2012 season in an effort to grow the track into one of NASCAR’s premiere hometracks. Concord Speedway is and always will be the track where grassroots racing lives and the speedway wants to continue that history and bring great short track racing to the Charlotte region.

However, at this point in the season, the speedway is left with no other choice but to implement some modifications in their schedule after low car counts plagued all divisions. The Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division will now pay 1,200 dollars to win and the entire new purse structure is available on their website. They have also eliminated four races off of the end of their season and their new schedule for the remaining races is available on their website as well.

Concord Speedway looks forward to several exciting events still in their schedule for later this season, including the UARA, Scrapefest and the Mason Dixon Meltdown PASS South Series events.

Keeping their dedicated fans in mind, they have decided to decrease the price of adult admission to 12 dollars. Seniors, teens and military will still receive a discount admission of 10 dollars and kids 12 and under are free!

Concord Speedway’s sister Quarter-Mile track will retain their current schedule for the season and the speedway is looking to add additional events that will hopefully create excitement and draw competitors to the facility.

Concord Speedway is here for the long haul and they are always open to bringing in events to fill their event calendar and bring a variety of festivals and unique events to the area.

On Saturday, May 26, Concord Speedway will host the PASS South Super Late Model Series for their CV Products 125 event. Qualifying will begin at 5:15 p.m. with racing action starting at 7:30 p.m.

Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 or visit our website at www.concordspeedway.net with any questions.

Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.

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PASS South CV Products 125 at Concord Speedway Becoming a Fast Growing Attraction to Area’s Race Weeks

Charlotte, NC 5/21/12- Throughout the country Concord, North Carolina is known as the “Mecca of Motorsports” hosting some of the biggest and badest motorsports series and events from around the country. The biggest weekend of all is the area’s annual Memorial Day weekend which plays host to NASCAR races at the big track Saturday during the day and again on late Sunday afternoon. This situation has now made the PASS South CV Products 125 at the Concord Speedway, located off of Highway 601 South, the place for race fans to catch some of the best super late model short track action the area has to offer on Saturday night May 26th.

“I can’t wait for the PASS race! When I found out there was a race at Concord Speedway while I was in town for all the races I decided right away I had to go. The PASS series always puts on a great show for the fans and with it being scheduled for Saturday night when there’s nothing else going on it’s an awesome opportunity for a fan to catch some good short track racing,” stated Chris Austill a fan making the trek from the state of Connecticut.

Both local fans of the series and die hard race fans from around the country that are in town for the area’s race weeks will flock to the ultra fast half mile triangular track Saturday night. Fans in attendance not only get to see the bumping and banging of short track racing that they would otherwise miss on a large scale track. They also get to see many of the future stars of the sport including that of Ryan Blaney, son of NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, Landon Cling and Nate Caruth both of whom drive for NASCAR star Brad Keselowski. A pair of drivers in the form of Kyle Grissom and Ross Kenseth, both following in the footsteps of their NASCAR championship winning fathers will also be looking to take home some hardware in front of the hometown crowd.

Kenseth, who is the son of 2012 Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth, currently holds the top spot in the PASS South Series championship standings after four races over Grissom. The drivers stated above all show how the youth movement has taken the sport by storm, but unlike most series around the country the bread and butter of the PASS South Series is the veteran drivers like Jay Fogleman, Preston Peltier, and Brandon Ward who all make every start, every pass, and every battle on the track difficult on any driver who plans on winning a race.

“I’ve really learned a lot racing in the PASS South Series over the years against the older guys like (Jay) Fogleman and (Preston) Peltier which has helped me now that I’m racing against the guys just like them in the NASCAR ranks,” said Ryan Blaney, driver of the #98 Carswell Motorsports machine. “Racing against those guys teaches you to stand your ground and not get bullied around. If you do that they will respect you just like you are one of them. I’ve been fortunate enough to get this opportunity with Carswell Motorsports to keep racing a super late model, and this weekend at Concord should be a good chance to get back to victory lane in the PASS South Series for both of us. I’m really looking forward to it.”

In coordination with the CV Products 125 at the Concord Speedway fans will get a chance to meet and get autographs from several series drivers at a special autograph session at Wal-Mart located at 150 Concord Commons Place in Concord, North Carolina. Thursday night May 24th Kyle Grissom, Ross Kenseth, and Preston Peltier will be in attendance from 5-7pm meeting with fans. The following morning Friday May 25th Landon Cling, Nate Caruth, Jay Fogleman, and Brandon Ward will signing autographs and handing out $5 off coupons to Saturday night’s race from 10am-12 noon.

“The Big Boys and Their Bad Fast Toys” put the pedal to the metal Saturday at the Concord Speedway starting with practice for the 125 lap event at 2pm, followed by time trails at 5pm. The series always popular on-track meet and greet with the drivers of the PASS South Series gets underway at approximately 6:15pm proceeded by 125 laps of high horsepower super late model action.

For direction to the Concord Speedway visit www.concordspeedway.net. For more information about the PASS South super late model series visit their website at www.proallstarsseries.com.

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Heintz Performance Announced as Title Sponsor for Sportsman Division

CONCORD, N.C. (May 16, 2012) – Concord Speedway is excited to announce Heintz Performance as title sponsor for their new Sportsman division. Heintz Performance will begin their sponsorship when the Sportsman division gets into action for their first race of the season on June 2. They will extend their support at the June 9 event by providing bonus money for the top three finishers in addition to the 400 dollars to win.

“We are excited and happy to work with Concord Speedway to make this new division possible,” said Scott Heintz, Vice President. “The speedway is right in our backyard and we hope that drivers and fans will appreciate our support and continue to use our products on their race cars.”

New to the speedway this year, the Sportsman Division will join the regular show on June 2, for Pizza Hut Kid’s Night at the Races. They will run 25 laps for 200 dollars to win. The night will also feature 100 Laps for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division, Twin 25-Lap races for the Pepsi Street Stocks, 25 laps for the Town and Country Ford Fast & Furious Fours division and 25 laps for the Vintage Sportsman Division. There will also be race car rides, face painting and bounce houses all for the kids!

Heintz Performance (HPI), of Concord, N.C., has evolved into a major supplier for all race teams including the NASCAR teams. Their facility in Concord, N.C. is a 10,000 square foot building which includes a showroom, offices, a large service counter, and quite an extensive area to house the parts race teams demand. HPI works hand-in-hand with Heintz Bros. Automotive, serving all types of racing and high performance customers. They plan to continue to strive to keep the reputation they have earned - one of service to their customers, honesty, quality products, knowledge of these products, and fair pricing - a strong reputation, well into the 21st century.

For more information about Heintz Performance, please contact them at (704)455-9422 or visit their website, www.heintzperformance.com.

On Saturday, May 26, Concord Speedway will host the PASS South Super Late Model Series for their Memorial Day 125 event. Qualifying will begin at 5:15 p.m. with racing action starting at 7:30 p.m.

Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 or visit our website at www.concordspeedway.net with any questions.

Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.

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Double the Races, Double the Wins for Kenny Brooks at High School Senior Night at the Races at Concord Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. (May 12, 2012) – Kenny Brooks, of Concord, N.C. proved that two races and two wins in one night was not impossible as he notched two more victories in his record book in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division Twin 50-Lap feature events. Sonny Schoffen, of Mint Hill, N.C., and Adam Morgan, of Concord, N.C., also scored victories in tonight’s feature events on Concord Speedway’s Half-Mile Tri-Oval. In the first of Brooks’ two trips to the Rack Room Shoes Victory Lane, he walked away with his fourth victory of the 2012 season in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division 50-lap feature event. In a battle to conserve their tires, Jeff Melton, of Concord, N.C., and Andrew Thomas, of Monroe, N.C., waited until the last five laps to really pressure Brooks’ lead as well as battle for the second position. Thomas nearly lost control in hopes to complete a pass for second on Melton with two laps to go, but Melton was able to hold on to finish second and Thomas rounded out the top three. Brooks fought a much harder battle for his victory in the second of the Twin 50-Lap feature events for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division. Brooks and Thomas battled door-to-door until a caution came out on lap 19 for a spin by Melton. On the restart, Brooks got extremely loose exiting turn four and fell back to the tail end of the field. However, Brooks didn’t give up easy and by lap 25 he had fought his way back to third position and closed onto the bumper of the 2011 Concord Speedway Track Champion, Bobby Measmer, Jr., of Concord, N.C. In 12 laps, Brooks had made his way past the two very strong cars of Measmer and Thomas and muscled his way back into the lead. Thomas went on to battle Measmer to take home second position and Measmer settled for third. After two disappointing weeks of hard breaks for Schoffen, he finally scored his first victory of the season in the Pepsi Street Stocks division 40-Lap feature event. This was no easy feat for Schoffen, who battled tight competition the entire race from Brian Love, of Mount Pleasant, N.C., who already has two wins this season. However, a late race altercation on lap 37 between Love and Cooper Faassen, of Monroe, N.C., created some fireworks between the two, but also opened the door for Schoffen to walk away with the victory as Charles Faassen, of Monroe, N.C., finished second and Ron Flynn, of Harrisburg, N.C., in third. Morgan grabbed the win in the 25-Lap feature event for the Town and Country Ford Fast and Furious Fours division. Tracy Mullis, of Marshville, N.C., jumped out to an incredible 10-car lead while Morgan charged rapidly through the field in hopes to make it to the bumper of Mullis’ car. Morgan, who set a new track record with his lap of 19.799 seconds and 90.914 mph, didn’t waste any time tracking Mullis down and lessened his lead to less than a car length with two laps to go. Morgan was able to complete the pass for the lead and Mullis fell back to second and Terry Parham, of Kannapolis, N.C., finished third. In our second Kid’s Pedal Car race of the season, six-year-old Bailey Arey, of Richfield, N.C. won the Girl’s Division race and six-year-old Caymen Powell, of Mint Hill, N.C., won the Boy’s Division race. On Saturday, May 26, Concord Speedway will host the PASS South Super Late Model Series for their Memorial Day 125 event. Qualifying will begin at 5:15 p.m. with racing action starting at 7:30 p.m. Our next Half-Mile event will be Saturday night, June 2, for Pizza Hut Kid’s Night at the Races at Concord Speedway. The racing show will feature 100 Laps for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division, Twin 25-Lap races for the Pepsi Street Stocks, 25 laps for the Town and Country Ford Fast & Furious Fours division, 25 laps for the Vintage Sportsman Division and 25 Laps for our new Sportsman Division. We will also have race car rides, face painting and bounce houses all for the kids! Grandstand admission is just 15 dollars and kids 12 and under are admitted for free at Concord Speedway. Also new for this year, the speedway will be offering a Senior, Teen and Military discount admission of 10 dollars. Don’t miss the racing excitement at the track where grassroots racing lives, Concord Speedway! Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 or visit our website at www.concordspeedway.net with any questions. Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.
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May 12, 2012 Quarter-Mile Feature Winners

Congratulations to all of our feature winners from this morning’s Quarter-Mile event.

Beginner Bandits: Austin Janocha

Bandits: Kodie Conner

Outlaws: Stefan Parsons

Masters: Gene Traxler

Pros: Justin Carroll

Semi-Pro: Myatt Snider

Young Lions: Chase Dowling

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May 11, 2012 Quarter-Mile Feature Winners

Congratulations to all of our RPM Pro-Formance Legend Car, Bandolero and Arena Car feature winners from tonight’s Quarter-Mile event.

Beginner Bandits: Austin Janocha

Bandolero Bandits: Kodie Conner

Outlaws: Seth Werner

Semi-Pro: Myatt Snider

Young Lions: Ryan Shattuck

Masters: Tom Pistone

Pro: Justin Carroll

Arena Cars: Grant Winchester

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Join Concord Speedway In Celebrating our Local Students At High School Senior Night at the Races

CONCORD, N.C. (May 9, 2012) – Concord Speedway plans to honor our local students from surrounding high schools at High School Senior Night at the Races on Saturday, May 12.

The night will feature Twin 50-Lap races for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division, 40 Laps for the Pepsi Street Stocks division and a 25-Lap race for the Town and Country Ford Fast and Furious Fours division.

Concord Speedway will also host the second Kid’s Pedal Car race of the season. This year, we are asking that parents register their child prior to the race by contacting the speedway office by phone or email. The first 9 boys and first 9 girls will be registered for the race which will follow the Fast and Furious Fours division feature event.

As always, kids 12 and under will be admitted free of charge, while regular grandstand admission is just 15 dollars. Also new for this year, the speedway will be offering a Senior, Teen and Military discount admission of 10 dollars.

Don’t miss the racing excitement at the track where grassroots racing lives, Concord Speedway!

Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 with any questions.

Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.

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Kenny Brooks Lit Up the Night at Whelen Night at the Races Presented by 99.7 the Fox at Concord Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. (May 5, 2012) – Kenny Brooks, of Concord, N.C., helped to light up the night at Whelen Engineering Night at the Races at Concord Speedway with his win in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division. After several local medic, fire and police departments helped kick off the night by displaying their bright Whelen emergency lights, the racing on the track followed with just as much flare. Brian Love, of Mount Pleasant, N.C., Eric Harrington, of Kannapolis, N.C., Adam Morgan, of Concord, N.C., and Bob Hapeman, of Midland, N.C., each scored a victory in tonight’s feature events on Concord Speedway’s Half-Mile Tri-Oval. Brooks found victory lane for the third time this season with his win in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division 100-lap feature event. After setting quick time in qualifying, Brooks jumped out to an early lead on the field before two cautions fell late in the race. Andrew Thomas, of Monroe, N.C., tried to challenge Brooks’ lead, but he just didn’t have enough to overtake him before the checkered flags flew with Thomas finishing in second and Jay Payne in third. Love scored the victory in the Pepsi Street Stock division feature event. Pole sitter, Sonny Schoffen, of Mint Hill, N.C., took the lead from Love early on in the race, but after a spin on lap 14 by Charles Faassen, of Monroe, N.C., the field closed back down on the bumper of Schoffen. By lap 17, Love stole the lead and went on to get his second win of the season, with Schoffen and Charles Hutto in second and third respectively. Eric Harrington took home the victory in the first of the Twin 20-Lap feature races in the Town and Country Ford Fast and Furious Fours division. Wayne Harrington, of China Grove, N.C., took the early lead with brother, Eric Harrington, trailing behind in second and Morgan in third. The Harrington duo continued to set the pace as they weaved through heavy lap traffic with only three laps to go. However, the brotherly love was nowhere to be found by the last lap when Eric stole the lead from Wayne which also allowed Morgan to sneak by to grab second place. However, Morgan couldn’t settle for second place and he went on to capture the win in the second 20-lap feature event for the Town and Country Ford Fast and Furious Fours division. After winning the first race, Eric Harrington was required to start shotgun on the field per Fast and Furious Fours division rules. Harrington was able to battle his way through the field and passed for second place by lap 15 of the short 20-lap feature race. However, he wasn’t able to catch Morgan and finished in second with Tracy Mullis, of Marshville, N.C., in third. Hapeman won his second race of the season in the Vintage Sportsman division. Bruce Griffin, of Lincoln, Ala., set a new track record for the Vintage Sportsman division with his lap of 17.493 seconds and 102.898 mph. Griffin looked to be the favorite to win as he paced the field by nearly half of a track before his car erratically broke loose and he tagged the wall exiting turn three. After the race went back green, Hapeman was the new leader and he held on through heavy pressure from Todd Bradburry, of Concord, N.C., for his second win of the season. Next Saturday night, May 12, is High School Senior Night at the Races at Concord Speedway. The Speedway will honor local high school seniors and the racing show will feature Twin 50-Lap races for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division, 40 Laps for the Pepsi Street Stocks and 25 laps for the Town and Country Ford Fast & Furious Fours division. We will also have a Peddle Car race for the kids! Grandstand admission is just 15 dollars and kids 12 and under are admitted for free at Concord Speedway. Also new for this year, the speedway will be offering a Senior, Teen and Military discount admission of 10 dollars. Don’t miss the racing excitement at the track where grassroots racing lives, Concord Speedway! Please contact the speedway office at 704-782-4221 or visit our website at www.concordspeedway.net with any questions. Connect with Concord Speedway and stay up to speed with all of the action at both the Quarter and Half-Mile tracks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedway and by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/concordspeedway.
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May 5, 2012 Quarter-Mile Feature Winners

Congratulations to all of our feature winners from this morning’s Quarter-Mile event.

Beginner Bandits: Austin Janocha

Bandits: Kodie Conner

Outlaws: Seth Werner

Pro: Justin Carroll

Masters: Larry Friddle

Semi-Pro: David Garbo

Young Lions: Ryan Shattuck

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May 4, 2012 Quarter-Mile Feature Winners

Congratulations to all of our RPM Pro-Formance Legend Car, Bandolero and Arena Car feature winners from tonight’s Quarter-Mile event.

Beginner Bandit: Austin Janocha

Bandit: Kodie Conner

Outlaws: Alex Reece

Arena Cars: Andy Lombi

Semi-Pro: David Garbo

Pros: Justin Carroll

Masters: Scott Whitaker

Young Lions: Ryan Shattuck