Busch Beer Asking Race Fans to Design Trophy for Busch Pole Award

Busch Beer cans, lug nuts and pipe from the local hardware store. A random list? Maybe, or maybe not. All of those items could help one lucky race fan secure his or her spot in NASCAR history and win a trip to the 2018 NASCAR Champion’s Week.

Busch Beer is asking NASCAR fans to design the Busch Pole Award trophy that goes to the driver who wins the most pole awards in 2018.

“Busch Beer has returned to our roots with the addition of the Busch Pole Award in 2018,” said Daniel Blake, Senior Director of U.S. Value Brands for Anheuser-Busch. “We started our involvement in NASCAR with the Busch Pole Award in 1978 and now we want to celebrate with our fans by asking them to design the year-end Busch Pole Award trophy. Not only do they get to design the Busch Pole Award, but we’ll bring them to the 2018 NASCAR Champion’s Week to present it to the driver with the most Busch Pole Awards of the season. We’re excited to see the passion, creativity and enthusiasm race fans have as they design the Busch Pole Award trophy.”

Submissions can be made during an 18-day period beginning Thursday, May 10 through Monday, May 28. Race fans can submit their design in any form, including but not limited to, napkin sketches, computer-drafted designs or even a photo of a hand-crafted trophy on Twitter using #BuschPoleContest by midnight on May 28. The only requirement is the use of the Busch Beer logo. For official rules and step-by-step instructions, please visit www.busch.com/polecontest.

Busch will select three designs and then fans will have the opportunity to vote for the best of the three on the Busch Beer Twitter page, www.Twitter.com/BuschBeer, beginning June 10 and ending on June 24. Once the final votes are tallied, Busch Beer will announce the winner July 7 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Anheuser-Busch’s history in NASCAR dates back to 1978 when it sponsored the Busch Pole Award. Additionally, Busch was the “Official Beer of NASCAR” from 1988 through 1997. Beginning in 1998, Anheuser-Busch sponsored the Bud Pole Award through its Budweiser brand, which also became the “Official Beer of NASCAR” through 2007.

NASCAR and Anheuser-Busch announced on March 14, 2018, a multi-year agreement that welcomes the global brand back as an Official Partner and designates Busch Beer as the Official Beer of NASCAR®. The new partnership builds upon Busch’s industry-wide presence and includes sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ Busch Pole Award, rewarding the driver with the fastest qualifying time each week.

For more information on Busch or its involvement with racing, visit www.Busch.com, www.Instagram.com/BuschBeer, www.Twitter.com/BuschBeer or www.Facebook.com/Busch.

 

About Busch Beer:

Busch was introduced in 1955, holding a noted place in Anheuser-Busch history as the first new brand after the repeal of Prohibition. Busch Light and Busch are currently the sixth and 10th best-selling beers in America, respectively.

 

About Anheuser-Busch:

For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments. Budweiser and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita were named Brands of the Year for the Beer and the Spirits, Malt Beverages and Wine categories, respectively, by Ace Metrix® in 2014. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 17 local breweries, 21 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States. The company committed to investing more than $1.5 billion in its U.S. brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Missouri, and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically-capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and five other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

ITsavvy Partners with Stewart-Haas Racing

– ITsavvy, one of the fastest growing resources for integrated IT products and technology solutions in the United States, has joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the championship-winning NASCAR team.

The multiyear partnership will be highlighted on the No. 14 Ford Fusion driven by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer. ITsavvy will be the primary sponsor of Bowyer and the No. 14 team Sept. 21-22 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway and Nov. 9-11 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. At all other races, ITsavvy will serve as an associate sponsor.

“The crossover between what ITsavvy does and what we do is strong, and ITsavvy can tell a great story with Stewart-Haas Racing,” said Mike Verlander, vice president of sales and marketing, SHR. “Walk through our race shop and throughout the garage and you’ll see how our racecars and our entire industry relies on technology. From engine diagnostics to fuel-mileage calculations, our business is dependent on technology solutions. The senior-level introductions our sport can make will lead to new business opportunities for ITsavvy. Every company needs what ITsavvy provides, and we’re excited to facilitate those introductions.”

Founded in 2004, ITsavvy is a single-source, end-to-end IT partner. The Addison, Illinois-based company combines a comprehensive, value-added reseller business of more than a million computer, hardware and software products with an industry-leading advanced solutions group. ITsavvy has access to $8 billion in daily inventory in 46 distribution centers around the country with the ability to ship in-stock items the same day they are ordered.

“It’s our goal to build an ongoing business relationship with every entity we partner with, and in NASCAR it starts with Stewart-Haas Racing,” said Mike Theriault, president and CEO, ITsavvy. “We are a business-to-business company, and speed and attention to detail are critical to what we do because it’s incredibly important for our clients. Our role with Stewart-Haas Racing allows the team to maximize its performance with our products and technology solutions in a high-speed environment. It provides ITsavvy with an incredibly strong testimonial in an industry where nearly half of America’s Fortune 100 companies invest. We can help these companies the same way we’re helping Stewart-Haas Racing.”

ITsavvy is filled with technology solutions experts, which makes its pairing with SHR appropriate. Since its debut in 2009 as a two-car NASCAR Cup Series team, SHR has grown to become a four-car NASCAR Cup Series team while also fielding a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series team and one part-time Xfinity Series team. Celebrating its 10thyear in 2018, SHR has won two NASCAR Cup Series championships and 48 races. It staffs nearly 400 people and boasts an engineering staff of 50.

“Working with ITsavvy gives us a competitive advantage that directly translates to our performance on the racetrack,” said Tom McDonough, IT director, SHR. “Anytime you can align with an IT leader, it makes a positive impact on the success of our operation. Most people don’t realize how complex our IT needs are day-in and day-out, and having a vested partner in the IT solutions industry is a huge benefit to our operation.”

“If it makes my racecar faster than everybody else’s car, then I’m all for it,” said Bowyer, a winner of nine NASCAR Cup Series races, including earlier this season at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. “While these are stock cars, the technology inside them is impressive, and the research and development that goes into all the parts and pieces we use to build these cars is cutting edge. The days of paper and pencil are long gone. Heck, we’re not even using tape measures anymore. It’s all digital measurement, and we keep all that data on computers. Technical support and race support go hand in hand, and to have an in-house partner in ITsavvy makes our program that much better.”                                                                                                                  

“ITsavvy and SHR operate in different environments, but we share the same attributes – technology, precision, speed, teamwork and success,” added Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and SHR co-owner. “We strive for success and we do it as a team, but we rely on technology to help us find and leverage any advantage that makes our racecars fast. ITsavvy helps us manage all of our technology to where we can quickly turn theory into reality.”

 

About ITsavvy:
ITsavvy is one of the fastest growing resources for integrated IT products and technology solutions in the United States. Combining a comprehensive value-added reseller business with industry-leading IT solutions, ITsavvy is a single-source, end-to-end IT partner that strives to continuously deliver peace of mind to its clients. Visit ITsavvy at www.ITsavvy.com.

 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 380 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

Chicagoland – The Only Time Clint Bowyer Will Be Filtered

When describing Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the term “unfiltered” is often used. He is a gregarious character who is quick with a laugh and provides soundbites that generate even more laughs. But come June 30-July 1 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, Bowyer will wear a filter.

WIX®Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products with more than 50 years of motorsports experience, will serve as the primary sponsor of Bowyer and his race-winning No. 14 Ford Fusion throughout the Chicagoland race weekend, with WIX Filters emblazoned on Bowyer’s car and firesuit.

“My wife, Lorra, sometimes wishes I wore a filter more often. WIX Filters finally granted her wish,” joked Bowyer with his trademark laugh.

“But in all seriousness, we’ve been bringing some fast hot rods to the racetrack each weekend and I know that WIX Filters has played an important role in that. In this sport, every detail matters, and a lot can be gained by having the best filters on our racecars. Efficiency equals horsepower, and you can never have enough horsepower.”

Bowyer is the most recent SHR driver to deliver a win for WIX Filters. The 13-year NASCAR Cup Series veteran from Emporia, Kansas, scored his ninth career victory and his first with SHR when he won March 26 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The victory was SHR’s fourth this year, the most of all NASCAR teams. The 2018 season marks SHR’s 10thanniversary, with the organization having won two NASCAR Cup Series titles (2011 and 2014) and 47 races since debuting in 2009.

“This sponsorship of Clint Bowyer and the No. 14 team is a natural extension of our overall partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager, WIX Filters. “WIX Filters is the leading filter in motorsports, and our products are outfitted on every Stewart-Haas Racing entry. WIX Filters are under the hood and inside the racecar, but at Chicagoland, our brand will be out front for everyone to see. WIX Filters have already contributed to the team’s success this year, and we’re looking forward to continuing that success for the rest of the season and at Chicagoland, in particular.”

Bowyer has made 12 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Chicagoland, with a best finish of fourth in 2010. He is currently sixth in the championship point standings with two top-five and four top-10 finishes. His Martinsville victory punched his playoff ticket, making Bowyer championship eligible for the sixth time in his career.

Since 1967, generations of motorsports champions have driven to victory with WIX Filters. Today, the racetrack continues to serve as a grueling test ground. WIX Filters engineers work side-by-side with its teams, applying their research in the ultra-competitive world of auto racing to the everyday demands of light- and heavy-duty consumer and commercial usage.

Whether it’s in the field, over the road or on the track, WIX Filters’ innovative technologies help vehicles run smoothly and efficiently. With a proud tradition of growth and innovation and an unrivaled commitment to quality for nearly eight decades, WIX Filters remains a recognized leader in aftermarket and original equipment filter design.

About WIX Filters:

Since 1939, WIX Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Part of the MANN+HUMMEL family of brands, WIX’s product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.comor any of our social channels: FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Snapchatand YouTube 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 370 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcngand on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

Stewart-Haas Racing To Field Ford Mustang for Chase Briscoe in Five NASCAR Xfinity Series Races in 2018

As Chase Briscoe climbs the racing ladder toward his ultimate goal of competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the 23-year-old from Mitchell, Indiana, will grab a few rungs at Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste (SHR).

The championship-winning NASCAR team will field Briscoe in five NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2018, beginning with the April 14 Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Briscoe will drive the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang alongside SHR teammate Cole Custer in the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang.

Briscoe will return to the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang April 28 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, May 26 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, Sept. 29 on Charlotte’s 2.28-mile, 17-turn roval, and Oct. 20 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The schedule is part of Briscoe’s overall racing program in 2018. As a member of the Ford Performance Driver Development Program, Briscoe has an additional 12 Xfinity Series races with Roush Fenway Racing in 2018, which included his debut Feb. 24 at Atlanta Motor Speedway where he finished a respectable 15th.

While new to SHR, Briscoe’s background makes him an excellent fit at the team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. Like Stewart, Briscoe’s path to NASCAR began on dirt tracks where the third-generation driver has been running sprint cars since he was 13 years old.

“If you grow up in Indiana racing sprint cars and you want to make a name for yourself in NASCAR, I don’t think there is anyone better to be around than Tony Stewart,” said Briscoe, whose family has been involved with sprint car racing for more than 40 years. “He’s one of my idols. To get the opportunity to drive a Ford for his race team is beyond my wildest dreams. I can’t wait to get into the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang at Bristol and the other races they have slated for me. I realize what an opportunity Ford and Stewart-Haas Racing have given me.”

Briscoe has thrived in his transition to NASCAR, which began after a six-win campaign in the 2016 ARCA Racing Series earned him the championship by a whopping 535 points. He advanced to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017, earning four poles and winning the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes allowed Briscoe to make the playoffs, finish sixth in points and score the series’ rookie of the year and most popular driver awards.

“Watching him in the Truck Series, it’s easy to see his talent,” said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. “He’s done a great job for his amount of experience. He has a good head on his shoulders and is a racer at heart. That’s the kind of people we surround ourselves with at Stewart-Haas Racing.”

The Briscoe name is still relatively new in NASCAR, but it’s a venerable name in the sprint car community.

Chase’s grandfather, Richard Briscoe, is a legendary sprint car team owner, who over time has fielded entries for 37 different drivers including such renowned wheelmen as Chuck Amati, Dave Blaney, Dick Gaines, Jack Hewitt, Steve Kinser and Rich Vogler. Chase’s father, Kevin Briscoe, raced sprint cars for over 20 years and won more than 150 feature events. He claimed track championships at Tri-State Speedway and Bloomington Speedway five times, including a streak of three straight titles.

​Chase Briscoe’s first time behind the wheel of a racecar came in 2001. Driving a quarter midget, he won his first heat race and then won the feature event later that evening. Briscoe moved on to mini sprints and when he was 13, stepped into a 410 sprint car where in his first race he finished 10th in a 40-car field. In a rookie season that saw 37 starts, Briscoe racked up eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, including a win in the last race of the season, where he broke Jeff Gordon’s record as being the youngest person to win a 410 sprint car race.

Briscoe continued to race 410 sprint cars in Indiana and other surrounding states. People began to take notice, and soon the switch from sprint cars to stock cars was on. Cunningham Motorsports hired Briscoe in 2016 to pilot its No. 77 Ford Fusion for a full-time drive in ARCA. Briscoe responded by winning six races and the championship.

Briscoe is working on more than just ovals. As part of his road-racing development, he has teamed with veteran sports car driver Scott Maxwell, who won the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series championship in a Ford Shelby GT350R-C.

“I’ve worked hard to get where I am, but I’ve also benefited from a lot of people having faith in me,” Briscoe said. “I hope to reward everyone for their efforts. For Stewart-Haas Racing, that starts at Bristol.” 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 380 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

Go Bowling Going Racing; Consumer-Facing Brand of Bowling Industry Strikes Partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing

Go Bowling, the consumer-facing brand of the bowling industry, has partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the championship-winning NASCAR team. Go Bowling will leverage SHR’s presence in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series to promote the sport of bowling.

Go Bowling will serve as the primary sponsor of SHR’s No. 10 Ford Fusion and driver Aric Almirola during the Aug. 4-5 Go Bowling at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Then on Sept. 21, Go Bowling will be the primary sponsor of SHR’s No. 00 Ford Mustang and driver Cole Custer in the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

“Our racing partnerships have proven to be very effective at reinforcing the bowling brand among consumers,” said John Harbuck, president of Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm of the bowling industry. “This new endeavor with Stewart-Haas Racing and primary sponsorships of its teams during our two NASCAR race weekends at Watkins Glen and Richmond allows us to drive tremendous top-of-mind awareness for bowling by reaching a huge audience with similar demographics.”

Go Bowling is an associate sponsor of the No. 10 team and Almirola throughout the 2018 season, with signage on the B-post of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion and on the team’s transporter, pit equipment and uniforms.

“Bowling and racing line up well together,” said Almirola, who has represented Go Bowling and its initiatives since 2013. “It’s a great team-building sport. Whenever we have some free time during the racing season, me and the crew will get together and go bowling. It’s a sport that brings your family and friends together too. My kids love it. We always have a great time when we go bowling.”

Go Bowling’s partnership with Custer and the No. 00 team at Richmond coincides with the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour Championship. The PWBA’s pinnacle event is Sept. 16-19 in the historic Old Dominion Building at Richmond, giving bowling exposure throughout the race week.

“Like racing, bowling is a great sport, but it’s one everyone can play,” Custer said. “We’re proud to be associated with the bowling industry and we look forward to a great weekend on the track and on the lanes.”

GoBowling.com is the go-to site for consumers to learn more about the sport of bowling, including information about the more than 1,700 bowling centers around the country. The site helps fans find local bowling centers, promotional offers, bowling video tips, and other bowling information. To learn more about Go Bowling, visit GoBowling.com.

 

About GoBowling.com:
GoBowling.com is the destination for bowling fans and enthusiasts seeking news and information about one of America’s favorite pastimes and the nation’s No. 1 participatory sport. With more than 67 million people taking to the lanes every year, GoBowling.com is a one-stop location where people of all ages can go to satisfy their love of bowling. Consumers turn to GoBowling.com every day to find bowling fun – discovering new bowling centers, tips and tricks to use on the lanes, event news, and great deals at more than 1,700 family-friendly bowling centers across the country.

About the PWBA:

The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) was originally formed in 1960. The PWBA Tour has events throughout the country, offering high-level competition and top prize money for women bowlers. The PWBA is supported by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) and the United States Bowling Congress. 

About Strike Ten Entertainment:
Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Strike Ten Entertainment (STE) is the centralized sponsor-activation arm of the bowling industry. STE serves all of the organizations of bowling by coordinating the industry’s sales and marketing efforts. Its mission is to increase national awareness of bowling and to assist the bowling industry in developing new bowlers and increasing the frequency of existing bowlers each year through promotions, publicity and industry-wide marketing initiatives. For more information, visit www.stemarketing.com. 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 380 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

Smithfield® Building Ultimate ‘Smoke’ Machine… And It Could Be Yours

Tony Stewart, best known as “Smoke” for his ability to smoke the competition and burn up a set of tires when celebrating a victory, has teamed with Smithfield® and vaunted car builder RTR Vehicles and the man behind it, drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr., to build a one-of-a-kind 2018 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3 that will be given away to one lucky fan.

Thanks to Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine receiving 12 pounds of boost from Ford Performance’s new supercharger, Tony Stewart’s Smithfield Smoke Machine will have the sound and feel of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion Stewart-Haas Racing campaigns in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Aric Almirola. After hearing the thunder of the Ford Mustang’s 700-horsepower capability, onlookers will see its racing lineage in the paint scheme, body work and wheels that emulate the No. 10 Smithfield Ford.

Beginning May 6, fans can register for a chance to win Tony Stewart’s Smithfield Smoke Machine by visiting www.SmithfieldRacing.com.

“From being a part of tailgating at the track to home cookouts on race day, getting to engage with fans is our favorite part of our racing program at Smithfield,” said Tim Zimmer, chief marketing officer for Smithfield Foods’ Packaged Meats Division. “Receiving the keys to this custom, one-of-a-kind car from Tony Stewart himself during Ford Championship Weekend is going to be truly an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for our lucky winner.”

“I’m a car guy as much as I am a racer,” Stewart said. “I love to see how the performance parts and pieces we use in racing make their way into street cars. We picked the right car builder in RTR and Vaughn Gittin Jr. to make sure this car performs as well as it looks. They know Ford Mustangs inside and out, and we’ve incorporated our technical partners into this build too, with Mobil 1 and WIX Filters technology getting installed. Our friends at Smithfield are genuine race fans, and it’s exciting to partner with them to bring a genuine performance machine in this Ford Mustang to one lucky fan.”

Gittin is a world-champion drifter and professional fun-haver in the premier drifting series, Formula Drift. He is best known for his aggressive, foot-to-the-floor, door-to-door, big-smoke driving style behind the wheel of his signature Ford Mustang RTR. Vaughn is the visionary behind RTR Vehicles (www.RTRvehicles.com), which builds turnkey Ford Mustangs featuring aggressive, modern styling and tactical performance enhancements available through select Ford dealers across the globe.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun building this tire slayer of a Mustang so we can have some smoky fun with Tony Stewart and Smithfield,” Gittin said. “Our plan is to take the incredible, new 2018 Ford Mustang GT to the next level by converting it to a Mustang RTR Spec 3 that screams with 700 horsepower thanks to Ford Performance’s new game-changing supercharger with air-to-water intercooler. We will also add a few other custom touches with inspiration from Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion. We have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time, but with Smithfield involved, at least we know our RTR crew will eat well as they burn the midnight oil.”

Completing the customization of Tony Stewart’s Smithfield Smoke Machine will be:

• RTR’s adjustable dampers, lowering springs, sway bars and performance exhaust.
• RTR’s complete aero package, LED grille lighting and a custom leather interior.
• A custom set of RTR’s 20-inch Tech 5 wheels.
• And a unique, serialized “1 of 1” build plaque signed by Stewart and Gittin.

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One lucky winner will be selected in October, whereupon Smithfield and Stewart-Haas Racing will fly them and a guest to Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 17-18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There, Stewart will personally hand over the keys to the winner of his Smithfield Smoke Machine Ford Mustang.

About Smithfield:
A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia, establishing the town as the “Ham Capital of the World.” From hand-trimmed bacon and slow-smoked holiday hams to marinated tenderloins, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice and deli channels across the United States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield’s products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit www.Smithfield.com, www.Twitter.com/SmithfieldBrand, and www.Facebook.com/CookingWithSmithfield. Smithfield is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Stewart-Haas Racing:
Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 380 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

WIX® Filters Becomes Official Filter of Stewart-Haas Racing

WIX® Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products with more than 50 years of motorsports experience, has joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as the team’s official filter. WIX Filters will be outfitted on all of SHR’s racecars, with the championship-winning NASCAR team fielding four entries in the elite Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and two entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

The 2018 season marks SHR’s 10th anniversary, with the organization having won two NASCAR Cup Series titles (2011 and 2014) and 42 races since debuting in 2009.

“Stewart-Haas Racing has an incredibly successful history and we’re looking forward to WIX Filters technology contributing to even more of that history as the 2018 season unfolds,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager, WIX Filters. “It’s a point of pride when crew members working on the racecars come up and tell you they like using your products and they have great confidence that WIX Filters will get the job done every weekend.”

WIX Filters will have brand identification beneath the hoods of SHR’s Ford Fusions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and its Ford Mustangs in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

“WIX Filters’ involvement with Stewart-Haas Racing is more than skin deep,” said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. “We use WIX Filters to help maintain our edge. Advantages in this sport are measured in thousandths of a second, and a lot can be gained by having the best filters on our racecars. Efficiency equals horsepower, and you can never have enough horsepower.”

Since 1967, generations of motorsports champions have driven to victory with WIX Filters, the No. 1 filter in motorsports. Today, the racetrack continues to serve as a grueling test ground. WIX Filters engineers work side-by-side with its teams, applying their research in the ultra-competitive world of auto racing to the everyday demands of light- and heavy-duty consumer and commercial usage.

Whether it’s in the field, over the road or on the track, WIX Filters’ innovative technologies help vehicles run smoothly and efficiently. With a proud tradition of growth and innovation and an unrivaled commitment to quality for nearly eight decades, WIX Filters remains a recognized leader in aftermarket and original equipment filter design.

 

About WIX Filters:

Since 1939, WIX Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Part of the MANN+HUMMEL family of brands, WIX’s product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com or any of our social channels: Facebook Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 370 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

Busch Beer is Sending 500 Fans to the 2018 Daytona 500

250 Winners, Plus One Lucky Friend for Each, Will Win an All-Inclusive Trip(1) to the 60th Running of the Great American Race

 

The sound of 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock cars rumbling around the 2.5-mile Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway during the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 will be augmented by 500 fans cheering in unison to toast the start of the 2018 racing season.

The iconic #BUSCHHHHH harmony will echo throughout the World Center of Speed as 500 guests of Busch beer take in the Great American Race after meeting Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion and driver of the No. 4 Busch Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Earning a chance to join this exclusive group is easy:

  • Find a checkered flag can in specially marked 18, 24 and 30 packages of limited-edition Busch and Busch Light, or download the can wrap at Busch.com.
  • Take a photo or video celebrating like you’re in victory lane with your checkered can or can wrap.
  • Share your photo or video using any of the methods below:
  • On Instagram and Twitter, enter by posting your photo or video with #BuschToDaytona and #Contest from a public account.
  • On Facebook, enter by posting your photo or video with #BuschToDaytona and #Contest on Busch’s wall, comments or by direct message.
  • For California residents, use #BuschToDaytonaCA and #Contest2.

 

Busch received a lot of love from consumers last year when it introduced the Busch Guy in the brand’s first ever Super Bowl commercial. In 2018, Busch is rewarding its loyal drinkers who have been dedicated brand fans from the start. Two hundred and fifty winners will be chosen, and each will be able to invite one lucky friend for an all-inclusive trip3 to the Daytona 500. Busch will take care of travel, lodging and meals. It’s Daytona done right.

“The Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the year, so we decided to make ‘500 to the 500’ our biggest promotion of the year,” said Chelsea Phillips, Vice President of Value Brands at Anheuser-Busch. “It’s the race that kicks off the whole season, and the lead up to the Daytona 500 makes it one of the most anticipated events in all of sports. It’s the Super Bowl of racing. The weather will be warm, the Busch will be cold, and Kevin Harvick will be out front. We’ll get to enjoy all of it with 500 of our most passionate fans.”

Harvick won the 2007 Daytona 500 and his 37 career NASCAR Cup Series victories has him tied for 17th on the all-time series win list with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Isaac.

“The Daytona 500 is the biggest race we run every year,” Harvick said. “You always hear about people who say winning the Daytona 500 isn’t like winning any other race – and it’s not – it’s the Daytona 500. After you win it and you see all the things that come with it, you learn very quickly that the Daytona 500 is special. It means a lot to this sport, and it’s an honor to have my name on the Harley J. Earl trophy. With 500 of our biggest Busch fans at this year’s Daytona 500, a win just might make for the biggest victory party Daytona has ever seen.”

Busch is in its third year as a primary partner of Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing, extending its storied NASCAR history. Busch first became involved in NASCAR in 1978 when it sponsored the Busch Pole Award. The brand has been engrained in the sport ever since, introducing the Busch Clash in 1979, serving as the title sponsor of NASCAR’s stepping-stone division to the Cup Series from 1984 through 2007, as well as being the “Official Beer of NASCAR” from 1988 through 1997.

For more information on Busch or its involvement with racing, visit www.Busch.com, www.Instagram.com/BuschBeer, www.Twitter.com/BuschBeer or www.Facebook.com/Busch.

 

1 See official rules at www.busch.com for entry, California entry, prizes and details.

2 Checkered can and checkered can wrap is not part of the entry for California residents.

3 See official rules at www.busch.com for entry, California entry, prizes and details. 

 

About Busch Beer:

Busch was introduced in 1955, holding a noted place in Anheuser-Busch history as the first new brand after the repeal of Prohibition. Busch Light and Busch are currently the sixth and 10th best-selling beers in America, respectively.

 

About Anheuser-Busch:

For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments. Budweiser and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita were named Brands of the Year for the Beer and the Spirits, Malt Beverages and Wine categories, respectively, by Ace Metrix® in 2014. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 17 local breweries, 21 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States. The company committed to investing more than $1.5 billion in its U.S. brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Missouri, and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically-capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and five other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with nearly 370 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at  www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

 

Stewart-Haas Racing Announces 2018 Driver/Crew Chief Pairings; Kurt Busch Returns to Drive No. 41 Ford Fusion

Billy Scott Named No. 41 Team Crew Chief and John Klausmeier Promoted to No. 10 Team Crew Chief; Rodney Childers and Mike Bugarewicz Remain with Nos. 4 and 14 Teams, Respectively

 

Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has announced its 2018 driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Headlining the announcement is Kurt Busch’s return to the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion. The 2018 season will mark Busch’s 19th year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his fifth with SHR. Five of Busch’s 29 career victories have come with SHR, highlighted by his victory in the 2017 Daytona 500.

Taking over as crew chief for Busch and the No. 41 team is Billy Scott, who joined SHR in 2016 as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team. Tony Gibson, who has been the crew chief for the No. 41 team since November 2014 and a crew chief at SHR since the organization’s inception in 2009, will remain with SHR in an unnamed capacity.

John Klausmeier, a race engineer with SHR since 2009, has been promoted to crew chief for Aric Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield team. Klausmeier comes to the job with a victory already as a crew chief. He served as the interim crew chief for the No. 41 team during the June 2016 race weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, which Busch won after leading the final 32 laps.

Rodney Childers returns as Kevin Harvick’s crew chief with the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Busch Beer team for the fifth straight year. Since partnering in 2014, the duo has won 14 races, 15 poles and led 6,665 laps. They’ve been a member of the Championship 4 three times, winning the title in 2014.

Mike Bugarewicz begins his third year as the crew chief for the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 team in 2018. He was Tony Stewart’s crew chief in 2016, helping the three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion secure his 49th and final career win at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway before retiring as a driver at the end of the season. Clint Bowyer took over the No. 14 Ford Fusion in 2017, delivering three second-place finishes in his first year with SHR.

“We have some of the finest talent in the industry and we’re confident in the leadership of each of our teams as we pursue wins and a championship in 2018,” said Stewart, co-owner of SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. “Obviously, we’re very happy to have Kurt Busch back with SHR and I’m proud to have Aric Almirola as a part of our race team. He’s someone I’ve always been impressed with since we were teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, and John Klausmeier is more than ready to be his crew chief. The partnership between Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers is the best in the garage, and after a bunch of strong runs and second-place finishes, I think Clint Bowyer and Mike Bugarewicz are ready for a breakout year. We’re in a really good place with each of our race teams.”

“Bigger, Better, Faster, Lighter is what we strive for in the machining industry and it’s what we strive for in motorsports. These new appointments seamlessly marry our engineering expertise with our collective racing experience,” Haas said.

“We wanted to maximize our strengths and address the areas where we needed to improve, and we feel this lineup gives us our best chance to succeed every time we bring our Ford Fusions to the racetrack,” added Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. “This is a very technical sport, but it’s the people who make it go, and we’ve got some of the best people in the business.”

 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by fielding a full-time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 98 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with nearly 370 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at  www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

Stewart-Haas Racing Adds Aric Almirola to Driver Lineup

Stewart-Haas Racing has signed Aric Almirola to join its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018. The 33-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will drive the team’s No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion.

Almirola has won races in each of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series and is currently in his sixth full season in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. Almirola has one NASCAR Cup Series victory, three NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series triumphs.

“I’ve known Aric since 2004 and have always been impressed with him on the racetrack,” said Tony Stewart, who co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas. “I’ve raced with him and seen him mature into a really good racecar driver. He can compete for wins here at Stewart-Haas Racing and help our other drivers compete for wins. He’s an excellent fit for this team and for Smithfield.”

“This is the opportunity every racer wants,” Almirola said. “Stewart-Haas Racing is an experienced organization with a lot of depth, great technical support from Ford, and staffed with racers from top to bottom. They lean on each other, challenge each other and make each other better. I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.

“I’ve known Tony Stewart since our time together at Joe Gibbs Racing. I know what he expects and he knows my commitment. I can’t thank him and Smithfield enough for believing in me and providing this opportunity.”

“This is a great moment for Aric, and Smithfield is very happy to be a part of it because it’s a great opportunity for our company,” said John Pauley, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Smithfield. “Obviously, we strongly believe in Aric’s ability and that of Stewart-Haas Racing, and those abilities transcend the racetrack. They want to consistently run up front and contend for wins, but they’re also very interested in helping us win in the marketplace. This is a strong partnership with outgoing personalities who are driven to succeed.”

Almirola’s path to NASCAR started in his home state of Florida, beginning in karting in 1992 before advancing to open-wheel modifieds in 2000 and then late-model stock cars in 2002. In late 2003 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Almirola participated in a driver combine for Joe Gibbs Racing and was ultimately selected as one of the first two drivers for Gibbs’ diversity program, which launched in 2004. Almirola became a teammate of Stewart’s, who was in his sixth year as a NASCAR Cup Series driver and only two years removed from the first of his three NASCAR Cup Series championships.

Nine wins and 11 poles during the 2004-2005 seasons of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series allowed Almirola to advance from local short tracks in the southeast to a fulltime, national schedule in the Camping World Truck Series in 2006. A handful of Xfinity Series starts also came in 2006, and Almirola’s NASCAR Cup Series debut took place on March 11, 2007 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, three days shy of his 23rd birthday.

 

About Smithfield Foods:

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly’s®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Fusion for Danica Patrick, the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Fusion for Kurt Busch. The team also competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series by fielding a full time entry – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer – and one part-time entry – the No. 41 Ford Mustang. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with nearly 370 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at  www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.