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Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Joins RCR’s Nationwide Series Effort

Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Paint Nationwide Paint Scheme [RCR]

Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Paint Nationwide Paint Scheme [RCR]

WELCOME, N.C. – Richard Childress Racing announced today that Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff will serve as a primary sponsor for five races this season with NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan.

Scott and his No. 2 team will wear the company’s colors at Iowa Speedway on May 18, Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, Richmond International Raceway on September 6 and Kansas Speedway on October 4. Gaughan and the No. 62 team will support the tobacco-free smokeless brand at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1. In addition to the five-race primary sponsorship, Smokey Mountain will also have an associate-sponsorship presence on both the No. 2 and No. 62 Camaros throughout the 2014 season.

“Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff has been and continues to be a proud supporter of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Dave Savoca, President of Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. “Through our partnerships in NASCAR, we have seen measurable growth in our brand and want to continue that growth by tapping into the NASCAR Nationwide Series and their 32 million loyal fans. We believe that Richard Childress Racing and their duo of drivers Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan are the perfect avenue to help increase brand awareness, drive sales and keep the Smokey Mountain name at the front of the field.”

Known as America’s original and best-selling, tobacco-free smokeless snuff, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff can be found in retailers across the country. Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff is notably the world’s largest tobacco-free smokeless company. An industry leader and inventor, the tobacco-free and nicotine- free chew, is an option for consumers who are looking to quit or reduce their consumption.

Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff comes in a variety of flavors including, Wintergreen, Classic, Straight, Arctic Mint, Cherry, Peach, and Grape. Wintergreen and Arctic Mint pouches are also available. For more information or to order your favorite flavor of Smokey Mountain Snuff visit, www.SmokeySnuff.com.

“Smokey Mountain is really becoming a big part of the NASCAR culture with their involvement and investment bringing awareness to their various brands,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. “We feel honored they have chosen to become part of our team and go racing with both Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan. Now, it’s up to us do Smokey Mountain and their people proud with great results on the race track.”
For more information on today’s announcement, and all that is happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.

About Smokey Mountain Snuff:
Smokey Mountain is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand. Appealing to adult smokeless tobacco consumers who are seeking tobacco-free and nicotine-free alternatives, Smokey Mountain is available in long cut and easy-to-use pouches. For more information visit www.SmokeySnuff.com.

About Richard Childress Racing:
Richard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com) has earned more than 200 victories and 15 championships, including six in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Its 2014 Sprint Cup Series lineup includes two-time NASCAR champion Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow/Cheerios Chevrolet), 2011 Brickyard 400 champion Paul Menard (No. 27 Menards Chevrolet) and 2008 Daytona 500 champion Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar/Quicken Loans/Wix Filters Chevrolet). Its Nationwide Series program includes Brian Scott (No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet), 2012 Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/WESCO/Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet), Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel and Casino Chevrolet) and a multi-driver lineup with the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet team.


Goodyear to Expand Use of Multi-Zone Tread Technology


Goodyear will expand the use of Multi-Zone Tread Technology in 2014. Goodyear’s Multi-Zone Tread technology features two distinct compounds in one tire. One zone is for enhanced traction and the other is for greater endurance.

Last year, Goodyear debuted the tires at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and used them again at the fall race at Kansas Speedway. While Goodyear still expects to run the multi-zone tread tires at Atlanta and Kansas again this year, they will also expand the program to Texas Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway at a minimum. If in-season tire tests go well, the program may be further expanded to other, unspecified tracks.

Goodyear director of race tire sales, Greg Stucker had this to say:

Atlanta is a unique track that presents several challenges for us as a tiremaker – it is extremely abrasive, but at the same time it’s extremely fast. While the Gen-6 car added even more speed to the equation, thus putting more stress on the right side tires, just going to a harder compound wasn’t a viable solution. The Multi-Zone Tread technology enabled us to maintain the tractive compound on the outside portion of the tread and toughen up the inside three inches to help protect the part of the right-side tire that sees a lot of heat.

Kansas, on the other hand, was a little more than a year on this side of a repave. And while the track seemed to have lost some grip, it had not yet begun to wear tires. For this case, we chose to increase the grip on the left side of the car with a more tractive, single-compound tire. We paired that with a Multi-Zone Tread right-side that combined the same compound we’d run there since the repave on the outside for traction with a tougher, more heat resistant compound on the inboard three inches for endurance.

What we accomplished in 2013 was proof of concept – both on the track and in the manufacturing process. Building off what we’ve learned, we will come back this season and add several tracks to the Multi-Zone Tread roster.

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton also weighed in on the tire technology:

Goodyear continues to improve the competition with the development of new tire technology. The Multi-Zone Tread tire gives us the ability to optimize the tire for enhanced performance and racing on the track. The Multi-Zone Tread technology will give us better racing long-term. This means that Goodyear can not only build safer tires, but also tires that will allow for enhanced competition for both our competitors and our fans.

Hopefully the improvements in tire technology, along with the Gen 6 car, will continue to improve the racing product in NASCAR.


Texas Motor Speedway, Duck Commander Announce Naming Rights Deal

Logo for the Inaugural Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 6, 2014 [Texas Motor Speedway]

Logo for the Inaugural Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 6, 2014 [Texas Motor Speedway]

FORT WORTH, Texas – Duck Commander, the brand of the best-selling duck calls and name of the thriving family-owned company led by the Robertson clan of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” fame, has signed a multi-year agreement to serve as title sponsor of the annual spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The largest-attended, single-day sporting event annually in Texas with estimated average crowds in excess of 150,000 will be known as the Duck Commander 500 with this year’s edition scheduled for Sunday, April 6. The two sides agreed to a three-year deal with a renewal option for an additional three years, but no financial terms of the agreement were announced.

“This is perhaps the most unique sponsorship in professional sports because not only does this come with special branding, it comes with celebrity spokespeople that are followed by tens of millions of people every week,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “Fans will see members of the Robertson Family and cast of Duck Dynasty and all the rest during Duck Commander 500 week here at Texas Motor Speedway and we have produced some awesome merchandise that both race fans and Duck Commander fans will love. This marriage is perfection.”

“We’re excited about the partnership for the Duck Commander 500, being aligned with NASCAR, and to have our brand associated with an event of this magnitude,” shared Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson. “We are all big fans of NASCAR and have been all our lives. It’s especially exciting to see our brand join to make it an awesome experience for the fan base and we can’t think of a better place than our neighbor at the Texas Motor Speedway.”

While the Robertson family emerged in the public eye and garnered immense popularity through A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality show that premiered in 2012, the Duck Commander brand has been the foundation of the family business of duck calls since patriarch Phil Robertson founded the company in 1972 in West Monroe, La.

Duck Commander has since flourished into a multi-million dollar business with Willie Robertson, one of Phil’s four sons, serving as the CEO of the enterprise that now encompasses more than 1,000 Duck Commander products and a powerful stable of licensees. This race entitlement diversifies Duck Commander’s business portfolio and will be unique in structure as the company will utilize their exclusive licensees to fund this sponsorship for the exposure and opportunities to align their product with their brand.

The Duck Commander brand also will enjoy a substantial product presence on its race weekend and throughout the year at Texas Motor Speedway. An extensive line of Duck Commander 500 merchandise will be sold at track and in the Speedway World souvenir store year-roundin addition to being available through Duck Commander retail partners.

Uncle Si’s Tea™ will be introduced and sold at track in single-serve options in both the sweet and unsweetened varieties. Texas Motor Speedway also will look to integrate products such as Duck Commander Family Foods’ BBQ sauce, salsa and beef jerky with the speedway signature concession items.

The Robertson family members also will have a strong presence on their race weekend, with several attending as well as having various VIP or honorary roles such as Grand Marshal or Honorary Starter.

Tickets for the Duck Commander 500 officially go on sale Friday, Feb. 14. Fans interested in purchasing tickets prior to that date can do so by securing season tickets or by joining the Texas Motor Speedway Fan Club. Fan Club members will be eligible for a special Duck Commander 500 pre-sale event that begins 9 a.m. CT Friday.  For those interested in the Fan Club, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com/fan-zone/join.

[Texas Motor Speedway]

Ryan Newman Spoils Hendrick Motorsports Dominating Day To Take Win At Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va – If you would have told Rick Hendrick before the start of today’s race that his cars would lead 443 of the scheduled 500 laps he most likely would have felt fairly confident that he would be leaving his native Virginia with yet another famed grandfather clock, as well as the organization’s 200th all-time win, in tow.

NASCAR racing is known for having a way of turning the script upside down, even while it is being written.

After seeing Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. up front all day, with Jeff Gordon leading 328 of the 443 laps led by Hendrick Motorsports, it was Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman who came home victorious.

The win would come on the 19th anniversary of the passing of 1992 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki, a driver Newman admired greatly while growing up as a fellow Midwesterner and Engineering student.

Promotion Gives Fans Chance to Meet Daytona 500 Champ, Watch Dallas Mavericks Game From Luxury Suite

Credit: Dallas Mavericks

FORT WORTH, TX — Beginning today, Texas Motor Speedway is providing a unique “Night of Champions” promotion that will reward 18 fans with a meet-and-greet with the 2012 Daytona 500 champion as well as be entertained by the NBA World Champion Dallas Mavericks from a luxury suite.

Eighteen winners will receive two suite tickets to Tuesday evening’s game between the Mavericks and New Jersey Nets that will include a special visit by Sunday’s Daytona 500 winner in their suite at American Airlines Center.

The “Night of Champions” is a “watch-and-win” promotion with local media partners KXAS (NBC Channel 5), WFAA (ABC Channel 8), FOX Sports Southwest, KSCS (96.3 FM), KESN (103.3 FM ESPN Radio), KRLD-FM (105.3 FM The Fan), and KZPS (Lone Star 92.5 FM). Fans can tune in to any of the media partners for details on how to win the tickets. No purchase is necessary.