DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN Sports) – Daytona International Speedway has added a prestigious new event to its 2016 calendar – the Ferrari World Finals on Dec. 1-4 – which is being held in North America for the first time in history.
The Ferrari World Finals will bring together all competitors from the European, North American and Asia Pacific series of the Ferrari Challenge for a battle for the World Championship in their Ferrari 458 Challenge EVOs on Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course.
Other highlights of the weekend are the display and running of historic Formula 1 cars, Ferrari’s exclusive XX Program and, to cap the weekend, Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 show. The show traditionally features the current Formula 1 drivers (in 2015 Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel) in demonstrations of pit stops, thrilling accelerations and fast laps.
The four-day event will also include an open test day on Nov. 30. The Ferrari World Finals have been traditionally held in Italy as well as Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
“We are grateful and honored to serve as the host facility for the 2016 Ferrari World Finals,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Ferrari brings to the ‘World Center of Racing’ both powerful racing machines and an incredible brand. We’re looking forward to the excitement that will be showcased on the twists and turns of Daytona’s legendary road course.”
“We are delighted and proud to announce that the 2016 Finali Mondiali (World Finals) will be held at the Daytona International Speedway,” Antonello Coletta, head of Attivita’ Sporting GT and Corse Clienti at Ferrari. “A relationship of close cooperation has been established between Ferrari and this historic racetrack over many years, so much so that the North America Series of the Ferrari Challenge counts the Daytona race, organized to coincide with the legendary 24 Hours, among its most important events. The World Finals, to be held in December at the Daytona International Speedway is a further development of this already established relationship.”
Ferrari has a storied history at Daytona International Speedway in the Rolex 24. The manufacturer owns five overall Rolex 24 At Daytona victories including a 1-2-3 finish in the 1967 event.
Tickets and more information on the Ferrari World Finals will be released in the coming months.
Multi-Platinum Country Artist Chase Rice to Perform Saturday Night Infield Concert at Talladega Superspeedway During NASCAR Playoffs Weekend
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Talladega Superspeedway is proud to announce that multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Chase Rice, who also has NASCAR ties, will be the featured artist for the track’s traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, Oct. 1, during an exciting NASCAR Playoffs weekend, featuring the YellaWood 500.
Rice will take the stage at NASCAR’s “Party Capital” just hours after the conclusion of the Sparks 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) and Chevy Silverado 250 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) races, and the night before the YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series event (Sunday, Oct. 2). It will mark the second time that Rice has performed at the biggest and baddest race track on the planet (spring of 2015). The best part about the concert is that admission is FREE with the purchase of a Sunday race ticket for the YellaWood 500. Breakout country artist Bailey Zimmerman will open the anticipated night.
“We are thrilled to have Chase Rice back with us at Talladega Superspeedway for our popular Saturday Night Infield Concert,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Brian Crichton. “We have amazing fans, and knowing what an incredible entertainer Chase is, everyone in attendance is going to have an incredible time. Chase will continue the tradition in our world-famous infield, and it’s one fans will not want to miss.”
With more than 2.3 million albums sold and over 2.3 billion total streams, plus a legion of passionate fans at his high-energy concerts across the globe, Rice has established himself as a powerful force in Nashville and beyond. With a forthcoming album crafted in his rural Tennessee home-turned-studio, his sound continues to evolve to reflect the realities of his life, as evidenced by recent single “If I Were Rock & Roll” and his latest release, “Key West & Colorado.” The new music serves as a follow up to his three-part project, The Album, featuring his latest Platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen. (featuring Florida Georgia Line)” and Platinum-certified Top 10 hit “Lonely If You Are.”
This is the same gravelly-voiced Chase Rice fans first fell in love with years ago – but better. Freer. Unbeholden and uninhibited, somehow capable of evoking Chris LeDoux and The Chronic, campfire singalongs and stadium anthems, all at once. The new music builds upon the success of his sophomore album, Lambs & Lions, which featured the Triple-Platinum, two-week chart topper “Eyes On You” – Rice’s first No. 1 as an artist and the most-streamed song of his career.
In addition to a hugely successful music career, Rice also has an athletic background as a former linebacker at the University of North Carolina, and was a part of the sport of NASCAR, serving as a rear tire carrier for the Hendrick Motorsports team pit crew before moving to Nashville to pursue music full-time.
Warner Music Nashville / Elektra Music Group breakout country artist Zimmerman is following an explosive trajectory after an unexpected, whirlwind rise. His undeniable smash “Fall In Love” features Zimmerman’s “blistering…effortlessly gritty, fervent vocal” (Billboard). The song is currently racing up the country radio charts and multiple all-genre Billboard charts, having already charted at No. 1 on Apple Music’s Top Country Songs chart and SiriusXM The Highway’s Top 30 Countdown earlier this year.
A victory by a playoff eligible driver in any of the trio of October events will make it to the next round of their respective NASCAR Playoffs series. The YellaWood 500 will serve as the second race in the Round of 12 and will feature NASCAR’s ’Next Gen’ car. Bubba Wallace is the defending Champion of the YellaWood 500. Brandon Brown won last year’s Xfinity Series race while Tate Fogleman took the top honors in the Camping World Truck Series race.
Guests attending the weekend can be immersed into the sport of NASCAR by being a part of the Talladega Garage Experience, which gives the ability to be up-close to NASCAR’s top drivers and teams via a fan walkway under the same roof as the NASCAR Cup Series garage bays. For all race weekend ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.
Fans are encouraged to keep up with all the happenings at the biggest, baddest race track on the planet by following Talladega Superspeedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App. for the latest speedway news.
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PHOTOS: Country Music Superstar Chris Lane Electrifies Crowd for Coke Zero Sugar 400
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Multi-platinum country artist Chris Lane performed for fans prior to the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway Saturday.
With the Coke Zero Sugar 400 being the season finale race, NASCAR Cup Series racers are battling for the final playoff berth. Drivers and fans alike were on edge, ready to give it their all. Lane gave his, performing his best hits and braving the heat as if it didn’t faze him or his band.
At one point in the concert, he brought an adorable young girl onstage to briefly join him in his performance. To also please his fans, he switched from his ball cap to the traditional cowboy hat, eventually tossing it into the audience for a lucky fan to catch.
Fans, wearing shirts with the names of their favorite racers, jumped, cheered, screamed and sang along with Lane as they await the intense competition to follow.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | email@example.com
Haley Edges Teammate Allmendinger in Photo Finish to Win Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: NASCAR // Coming to the checkered flag, Justin Haley nudged his No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet just ahead of his teammates A.J. Allmendinger and Jeb Burton in a thrilling three-wide finish in the Wawa 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday afternoon.
The blink-of-an-eye .023-second victory marked the fourth superspeedway victory for the 22-year-old Haley but his first win of the 2021 season. The race was halted due to inclement weather Friday after only 19 laps but resumed at 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Haley has three wins on the Daytona high banks, also including one in a rain-shortened NASCAR Cup Series race here two years ago.
Allmendinger, who took the white flag in front of the field, may have just missed the race trophy, but he led the most laps on the day (30) and his runner-up effort was good enough to take the season driver standings lead by 17 points over defending series champion Austin Cindric, who was sidelined after a Lap 27 incident.
Although Haley and Allmendinger’s third Kaulig Racing teammate Jeb Burton made it a three-wide photo at the line, JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier actually nudged just ahead in the middle to officially take third place. Burton was credited with fourth place, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Hemric, whose fifth-place finish was a massive comeback after his No. 18 was involved in the same early-race incident that took Cindric out.
NASCAR Cup Series regular Christopher Bell was sixth with Noah Gragson, Myatt Snider, Harrison Burton and Riley Herbst rounding out the top 10. Hemric, Harrison Burton and Haley all clinched spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with their finishes today.
“This has just not been the best season, it’s been really, really hard on this No. 11 LeafFilter team all year,” said an emotional Haley, who teared up in the car congratulating his crew after the checkered flag. “We’ve had a lot of bad luck.
“I was trying to formulate a plan there and obviously there were team orders. Hats off to Kaulig Racing. I think we’ve got the teammate thing down. It’s just so special to win here at Daytona.”
“I’ve won twice here and neither time did I get to see anyone [fans] on the frontstretch, so thank you guys for being here,” he told the cheering crowd. “I love you!”
The first 19 laps of the 100-lapper ran on Friday night, but Florida rain showers forced the Saturday matinee. The competition resumed, however, in the kind of typically flat-out, thrilling superspeedway storyline that NASCAR fans have become accustomed to.
“That was like the perfect photo shoot right there coming across the line for all the Kaulig Racing Chevys,” Allmendinger said with a huge grin. “Proud of my ‘son’ Justin Haley. He might be one of the best we’ve ever seen on superspeedways and Jeb did a fantastic job.
“I was just hanging on in the middle there. I thought we might get it [1-2-3 finish] but proud of everyone at Kaulig Racing.”
Haley and Burton won the opening two stages in an action-packed afternoon that had great impact on the championship chase.
Cindric, the defending Xfinity Series champion and a series best five-race winner in 2021, has led the series standings all season. But he was involved in a five-car accident toward the front of the field on Lap 26 that eliminated him from the race less than a half hour after it re-started.
Cindric’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford was hit from behind by Snider’s No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet entering Turn 1 sending a handful of cars into save-mode, with several – including top-10 finishers Hemric and Snider – suffering damage but returning to the race.
The hard hit into the inside retaining wall did enough damage to Cindric’s Ford, however, it could not continue. It marked the second straight race the 22-year-old was sidelined before the second stage even began. He finished 37th at Michigan last week after being collected in a seven-car accident only 12 laps into the race.
“Pretty upset for our Ford Mustang, two weekends in a row we’ve had race winning capable cars and I’ve had probably a total of 40 laps in the last two weeks,” Cindric said. “Really frustrating to have that situation play out so early. It only takes one, sometimes.”
Coming into the Daytona race, Cindric held a 35-point advantage over Allmendinger. Now he trails by 17 with only three races remaining to set the 12-driver Playoff field.
The top-10 work by Riley Herbst was significant in terms of the Playoffs. He came into the race ranked 12th, but was able to extend his lead ahead of Michael Annett (30th) and Brandon Brown (34th) who both had bad luck days at Daytona.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 20th Annual Wawa 250
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Friday, August 27, 2021
1. (9) Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 100.
2. (1) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 100.
3. (4) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 100.
4. (13) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 100.
5. (21) Daniel Hemric, Toyota, 100.
6. (15) Christopher Bell(i), Toyota, 100.
7. (2) Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 100.
8. (23) Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 100.
9. (5) Harrison Burton, Toyota, 100.
10. (6) Riley Herbst, Ford, 100.
11. (7) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 100.
12. (22) Sam Mayer #, Chevrolet, 100.
13. (34) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 100.
14. (32) David Starr, Toyota, 100.
15. (35) Jason White, Ford, 100.
16. (11) Ryan Sieg, Ford, 100.
17. (17) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 100.
18. (12) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 100.
19. (37) Chase Briscoe(i), Ford, 100.
20. (27) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 100.
21. (26) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 100.
22. (18) Jordan Anderson(i), Chevrolet, 100.
23. (29) Blaine Perkins, Chevrolet, 100.
24. (8) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 100.
25. (30) Mason Massey, Toyota, 100.
26. (33) Colby Howard, Chevrolet, 100.
27. (24) Ryan Vargas #, Chevrolet, 100.
28. (10) Jade Buford #, Chevrolet, 100.
29. (40) Tim Viens(i), Chevrolet, 100.
30. (19) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 100.
31. (25) Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 100.
32. (28) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 98.
33. (16) Matt Mills, Toyota, 98.
34. (31) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 97.
35. (39) Joe Graf Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 88.
36. (36) Caesar Bacarella, Chevrolet, Accident, 82.
37. (20) Colin Garrett, Toyota, Accident, 71.
38. (38) Spencer Boyd(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 71.
39. (14) Austin Cindric, Ford, Accident, 27.
40. (3) Brandon Jones, Toyota, Engine, 17.
Average Speed of Race Winner: 121.753 mph.
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 3 Mins, 12 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.023 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 7 for 29 laps.
Lead Changes: 17 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Allmendinger 1-3;N. Gragson 4;A. Allmendinger 5-13;N. Gragson 14-16;A. Allmendinger 17-26;J. Haley 27-30;B. Brown 31-34;R. Herbst 35-43;B. Brown 44-45;A. Allmendinger 46-49;B. Brown 50-52;S. Mayer # 53;J. Burton 54-61;C. Bell(i) 62-65;N. Gragson 66-77;C. Bell(i) 78-96;A. Allmendinger 97-99;J. Haley 100.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): AJ Allmendinger 5 times for 29 laps; Christopher Bell(i) 2 times for 23 laps; Noah Gragson 3 times for 16 laps; Riley Herbst 1 time for 9 laps; Brandon Brown 3 times for 9 laps; Jeb Burton 1 time for 8 laps; Justin Haley 2 times for 5 laps; Sam Mayer # 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Top Ten: 11,16,10,54,7,02,9,90,68,20
Stage #2 Top Ten: 10,16,11,98,54,9,18,7,99,8
Fans can still purchase tickets for Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7:30 p.m. ET start) starting at $49 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. For ticket information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, call 1-800-PITSHOP or stop by the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building outside the track off International Speedway Blvd.
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