"The King" will make a special appearance prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race

PHOENIX – In celebration of Richard Petty’s 80th birthday in 2017, Phoenix Raceway is offering fans a special $43 grandstand ticket for the Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 19.

Fans will have a chance to say "Happy Birthday" to the "The King" when Petty makes an appearance on the DC Solar Power Pavilion (formerly Fan Midway) main stage for a Q&A at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 19 prior to the start of the Camping World 500.

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FONTANA, California – Auto Club Speedway has announced that Kaitlin Olson, star of FOX’s hit comedy, THE MICK, will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2017 Toyota Camry Pace Car as she leads the field before the start of the Auto Club 400 airing Sunday, March 26, at 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET, on FOX.

As the official pace car driver, Olson will lead the top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to the green flag to kick off the Auto Club 400.

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New Relationship Builds on Partnership with Roush Fenway Racing™

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR® and Lilly Diabetes announced today that Lilly is expanding its involvement in NASCAR with a multi-year official partnership with the sanctioning body. The new collaboration designates Lilly Diabetes as the "Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR."

The partnership with Lilly Diabetes builds upon its primary sponsorship of the No. 16 Ford Mustang driven by Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed, who last weekend won his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, as a part of this new partnership, Lilly Diabetes will work with NASCAR on multiple health and wellness initiatives, including launching an editorial series on NASCAR.com.

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FOX Sports announces today that a pair of 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races will now air on the FOX broadcast network – Martinsville on Saturday, April 1 (3:00 PM ET) and Pocono on Saturday, July 29 (1:00 PM ET). The events join the Oct. 14 NCWTS race from Talladega on the FOX calendar, with the remainder of the season airing on FS1 and the entire FOX NASCAR schedule available live on FOX Sports GO.

In addition, FOX Sports announces several minor start time updates to its 2017 FOX NASCAR television schedule:

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Playoff Points, Regular Season Champion Incentives Highlight Updates

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR, in collaboration with industry stakeholders, announced today an enhanced competition format that will be implemented in all three of its national series – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Increasing the sense of urgency and emphasizing aggressive racing and strategy, the race format will deliver more dramatic moments over the course of an entire race and season, with playoff point incentives on the line throughout.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – “NASCAR received the appropriate medical clearance documentation allowing Tony Stewart to resume normal racing activities. We also have granted the request from Stewart-Haas Racing for a waiver for Tony to be eligible to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. As he begins his final season, we wish Tony the best of luck.”   more...
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