Jun 13 | Kasey Kahne, Four-Time Coke Zero 400 Champion Tony Stewart Blitz Central Florida to Promote Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 6

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Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, visited the Tampa-St. Petersburg area on Tuesday. Kahne, an avid NFL fan, visited the training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kahne Visits Tampa Bay Buccaneers training facility and plays catch with Freeman.

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, visited the Tampa-St. Petersburg area on Tuesday. Kahne, an avid NFL fan, visited the training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kahne viewed mini-camp practice and then caught a few passes from quarterback and fellow No. 5 Josh Freeman. Kahne participated in a jersey exchange with Freeman and gave the Bucs’ quarterback one of his firesuits from the 2012 season.

“It’s something different. I’ve never been to a (NFL) practice before,” Kahne said. “I’ve been to plenty of football games over the years but never anything like this.”

Following practice, DIS President Joie Chitwood III presented head coach Greg Schiano with a Buccaneers-themed race helmet autographed by all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.

“I always like racing at Daytona,” Kahne said. “I think the way the Talladega race went, I thought it was pretty entertaining and exciting. You could move around and pass. If Daytona is like that when we go back, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be an awesome racing.”

Stewart fishes Lake Lloyd with Pro Angler Jimmy Houston.

Four-time Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola champion Tony Stewart fished the waters of 29-acre Lake Lloyd, which is located in the infield of Daytona International Speedway, on Wednesday afternoon.

Stewart enjoyed one of his favorite activities with professional angler Jimmy Houston and the area media. The driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet previewed his attempt to win a fifth Coke Zero 400, which would tie him alongside NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson for most wins in the mid-summer classic.

Earlier this year, Stewart tied Dale Earnhardt Sr. atop the February Nationwide Series race with seven victories.
“It was pretty cool to tie Dale Sr.’s record in the Nationwide Series here in February,” Stewart said. “To have the ability to come here in the same year to tie David Pearson’s record would be pretty cool. This is a place where we’ve had a lot of success at, especially in July. It’s been a good event for us. Whether it’s been the IROC Series here, Nationwide, the Cup Series, we’ve won a lot of races so it’s a place we definitely look forward to.”

Following fishing, Stewart gave members of the media hot laps around the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 4-6. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.

Jun 07 | Four Medal of Honor Recipients to be Honored During Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola

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For the fifth consecutive year, Daytona International Speedway will honor four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients during the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on July 4-6.

Medal of Honor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the fifth consecutive year, Daytona International Speedway will honor four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients during the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on July 4-6.

The Medal of Honor recipients, all from the Vietnam War, are:

Walter J. (Joe) Marm, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Gary Littrell, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Robert Patterson, Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Bruce Crandall, Major, U.S. Army

While it’s the fifth straight year that Daytona International Speedway has honored Medal of Honor recipients during the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, the program was actually first started back in the 1970s by the Bill France Sr.

“In front of the stars of NASCAR and thousands of race fans in attendance, we’re privileged to host and pay tribute to these four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “These four individuals have earned our nation’s highest military honor and we look forward to recognizing their brave and courageous actions during the Independence Day holiday weekend.”

All four Medal of Honor recipients will be recognized during a special luncheon on Friday at the Bill France Room, will attend driver’s meetings and participate in pre-race ceremonies for both the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, July 5 and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 6.

During Saturday’s 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, a special salute will take place for the four Medal of Honor recipients during pre-race ceremonies.

In addition, the four Medal of Honor recipients will take part in an autograph session with race fans in the Sprint FANZONE on Saturday prior to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It’s bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 5-6. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.

Jun 06 | Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V Ready to Voyage to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England

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For the second time in its history, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V is crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom to be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the second time in its history, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V is crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom to be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The historic land speed record vehicle will be on display July 11-14 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motorsport held on the grounds of the Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.

Campbell’s Bluebird V, which set a land speed record of 276.82 mph in Daytona Beach back in 1935, will be among the many significant race cars on display at Festival of Speed, which is an annual summer weekend that brings together a large mix of cars, stars and motorsports ‘royalty’ to create the largest car culture event in the world.

 “Daytona International Speedway is proud to have this treasured artifact make a special voyage across the Atlantic Ocean for display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed,” Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “The Bluebird V is an iconic vehicle of one of the greatest land speed record holders in history, Sir Malcolm Campbell, and we are honored to have it represent the “World Center of Racing” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

The Bluebird V, which previously traveled to the United Kingdom for the 2004 Goodwood Festival of Speed, will depart the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building on Friday, June 7.

After a short trip to Charleston, S.C., the 28 foot, three inches, 10,000-pound Bluebird V will begin crossing Atlantic Ocean on June 14 with a scheduled arrival date in England on June 29.

The Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola kicks off with the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 5. The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take center stage with the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 6.

Tickets for all the events that are part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.

Jun 04 | Potential $1M Bonus For Drivers And Fan Sweepstakes Highlight Dash 4 Cash

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There will be more on the line June 28 during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway than most races.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 4, 2013) – There will be more on the line June 28 during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway than most races.

This year, the Kentucky race will be the qualifier for the “Dash 4 Cash,” the beginning of the popular NASCAR Nationwide Series program that could result in a $1 million payout to one talented driver. Kentucky will determine the four eligible drivers that could win one of the four $100,000 payouts that make up the program beginning July 5 at Daytona.

Following Daytona, the next three series races are Dash 4 Cash (D4C) events: July 13 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, July 21 at Chicagoland Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27.

Last August, Sam Hornish Jr. was the highest-finishing points-eligible driver in the final D4C race at Iowa Speedway – which paid him and his fan partner, Tammy Altieri, $100,000 each.

“We had a lot of good races throughout that stretch last season,” said Hornish Jr., currently second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. “We were finally able to win the Dash 4 Cash bonus at Iowa. For us, it is great because it is a nice bonus, but at the end of the day to be able to give the fan a $100,000 as well was awesome. She was so excited and it was truly life changing for her. Nationwide Insurance and their commitment to this series is unprecedented.”

Here’s how the Dash 4 Cash (Twitter – #Dash4Cash) program works:

• The top-four finishers in the Kentucky race who are eligible to receive NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver points will qualify for the first D4C race at Daytona International Speedway.
• The highest finisher of those four drivers at Daytona – he or she does not have to win the race – will win the first $100,000 D4C award and automatically qualify for the next event at New Hampshire. Additionally, the top-three finishing points-eligible drivers at Daytona will also qualify for the race at New Hampshire.
• Those rules will apply for the remaining three events. If one driver wins the first three D4C awards and then wins the Indianapolis race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award the driver an additional $600,000 bonus, bringing the total payout to $1 million.

Fans can apply to be a part of the action by entering the NASCAR Nationwide Series $100,000 Sweepstakes at www.nascar.com/Dash4Cash. Four lucky individuals and a guest will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the final D4C event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Super Weekend at the Brickyard. The four fans will be randomly paired with the four eligible D4C drivers for that race, and the fan whose driver wins the D4C award will also go home with a check for $100,000, like Altieri did last year.

“The Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash program is something that is unique to the racing community in general,” said top-five points contender Justin Allgaier. “I have not seen a title sponsor develop a program quite like this is. The money part is really cool, but the prestige and the want to win it is the biggest part. We’ve been fortunate to qualify for it several times, but I have also been on the outside looking in. Hoping this year we can qualify for all four races and go for the big bonus at the end.”

The next NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be the DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway on June 8 at 8 p.m. ET, broadcast on ESPN, Motor Racing Network Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio with additional coverage on NASCAR.COM.

Jun 04 | Kasey Kahne Appearance Highlights “Kahne Combo” for July 6 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race At Daytona

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Daytona International Speedway will offer a special ticket package for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night, July 6 at the “World Center of Racing” that includes a question and answer session with No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS driver Kasey Kahne.

Kasey Kahne

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway will offer a special ticket package for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night, July 6 at the “World Center of Racing” that includes a question and answer session with No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS driver Kasey Kahne.


The “Kahne Combo,” available starting at $65 per ticket for adults and $30 for children 12 and under, includes:


  • A grandstand ticket to the 160-lap, 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 6 at Daytona International Speedway

  • 15-minute question-and-answer session with Kasey Kahne inside an air-conditioned tent in the frontstretch hospitality village

  • $10 in Daytona Dollars that can be used for food and non-alcoholic beverages at any Daytona International Speedway concession stand

  • Special Daytona International Speedway giveaways

Tickets for “Kahne Combo” are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/kasey or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.


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