Join Dale Jr. at the starting line as he gears up to take the wheel of @GoodysPowders Twitter handle to host his first-ever Twitter party since joining the social network after his victory at the Daytona 500.

You’re invited to the race to participate in the #GoodysChat for a chance to get your questions answered by Dale Jr. To participate in the chat, please follow @GoodysPowders and be sure to submit your questions using #GoodysChat beginning at 2:30 p.m eastern.

In addition to the Twitter chat Q&A, fans will also receive a link to a special $1 off coupon for any Goody’s Powder products at Dollar General.

Emmy-Nominated Mindy Kaling to Lead Field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers at Auto Club Speedway

Star of The Mindy Project to drive Official NASCAR Pace Car for Auto Club 400, Sunday, March 23
 
FONTANA, Calif. (March 14, 2014) – Auto Club Speedway announced today that Mindy Kaling will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2014 Toyota Camry Pace Car as she leads the field of 43 stock cars before the start of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 23, at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET, televised on FOX.
 
Emmy Award-nominated Mindy Kaling is a quadruple-threat to be reckoned with. Kaling is an actor, writer, producer and director. She wears all these hats on the critically acclaimed series THE MINDY PROJECT.  Kaling, along with THE MINDY PROJECT’s creative staff, recently was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Best New Series for THE MINDY PROJECT.
 
Kaling also starred as “Kelly Kapoor” on the Emmy Award-winning comedy “The Office.” Initially hired in 2004 as a writer and performer for the American version of the British cult hit, she wrote more than 18 episodes of the series, including “Niagara,” which scored her an Emmy nod. In 2009, she debuted as a director, with the episode “Subtle Sexuality,” and she subsequently was named an executive producer on the series.
 
"The Office" was nominated and won multiple awards, including: Writers Guild of America Awards, Television Critics Association Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Emmy Awards. Kaling was singled out when she was nominated for a 2008 Image Award in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category for the "Branch Wars" episode of "The Office." The comedy was nominated for a 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Furthermore, Kaling and the creative staff were nominated for a 2010 Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television in the Comedy Series category.
 
Kaling has been featured on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 10 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood. She was twice featured on Rolling Stone’s Hot List: once in 2007 as Hot Hyphenate, for writing and acting on “The Office”; and then again in 2009 for Hot Network Hope. Also in 2009, she was featured as one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch.
 
Fans can take advantage of many Auto Club 400 weekend ticket offers starting as low as $35, in addition to ticket packages including appearances with NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon; special offers for AAA members; a first time fans package; and so much more.
 
In addition to top-notch live entertainment and a variety of Auto Club 400 ticket packages, fans experiencing Auto Club Speedway can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

Pocono Raceway Honored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania For an Economic Impact of $257,500,000 in 2013

LONG POND, PA (March 10, 2014) ― Pocono Raceway was honored today at a ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capital Building in Harrisburg, PA for the economic impact that the Raceway provided the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2013. Governor Tom Corbett and leaders of the State Senate and House of Representatives acknowledged the $257,500,000 economic stimulus resulting from the events held at the Raceway last year.

Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President and CEO, stated “I am thrilled to stand here in the Capitol Rotunda and share some great news with our partners in Pennsylvania: Governor Corbett and his Administration, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and most importantly, Pennsylvania citizens. I am proud to announce that in 2013 Pocono Raceway generated $257.5M in income and created 2,752 jobs.

Pocono Raceway has been operating since 1968, with INDYCAR races starting in 1971 and NASCAR races beginning in 1974. Racing has changed a lot since then in terms of the marketplace and what fans want and expect from each race. Fortunately, Pocono Raceway has been strategically partnering with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to ensure that our asset in Long Pond is maximized as much as possible.

I want to thank Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania Legislature for taking steps to ensure that not only Pocono Raceway, but Pennsylvania in general, is a great place to visit. They are making investments in infrastructure and providing for opportunities for our facility to flourish. Our fans benefit from the transportation funding package, which provides for safer roads and bridges to get to our track. Charities benefit from a change in the local option small games of chance law that allows our track to host 50/50 raffles for their causes.

Our fans also benefit from our partnerships with the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Office of Tourism, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Lottery as we work to promote all that Pennsylvania has to offer to our race fans.

I am happy about how far we’ve come and where we’re going, and can’t wait to see what else Pocono Raceway can do for Pennsylvania citizens in the coming years,” concluded Igdalsky.

The economic impact analysis, prepared by East Stroudsburg University, shows exactly what Pocono Raceway means to tourism in the Pennsylvania. Over 55% of the Raceway fans come from out of state- some coming as far as out of country- and visit for 3-5 days. They fill hotels rooms, camp, fish, shop, gamble, dine and enjoy everything northeast Pennsylvania has to offer. The Raceway generated over $15M in state tax revenue and put another $15M into the local economy.

This is in addition to generating over $1M in hotel tax, revenue that is earmarked to support tourism promotion and advertising statewide by the DCED and in Northeast Pennsylvania by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

NASCAR and INDYCAR officials took part in the ceremony and each acknowledged the importance of Pocono Raceway to their respective organizations. Key members of Gov. Corbett’s administration, business leaders, members of the Chamber of Commerce and other dignitaries were invited guests.

Brandon Igdalsky and Nick Igdalsky, Raceway Executive Vice-President and COO, were introduced on the Senate and House floors before the entire General Assembly. Resolutions, submitted by Senator Dave Argall and Representative Mike Carroll, stated the importance of the relationship between Pocono Raceway and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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FONTANA, Calif. (March 11, 2014) – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, founded on a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends, will serve as “The Official Craft Beer” of Auto Club Speedway for 2014.

Located in nearby Redlands, Hangar 24 products as well as other craft beers, will be served on race day in the FanZone and throughout the facility during Auto Club 400 Race Weekend, March 21-23. Hangar 24 will also be available in the VONS Infield Store.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to serve our locally produced beer at such a large national event as NASCAR’s Auto Club 400," said Ben Cook, Hangar 24 founder and Master Brewer. "When we opened in 2008, you would’ve been hard pressed to find flavorful beer at a national venue like the Auto Club Speedway.  Craft beer has come a long way and we are proud to represent an industry of small brewers at such a grand event."

"Hangar 24’s passion for their product and our fans passion for NASCAR are at the same peak level," said Speedway President Gillian Zucker.  "We’re proud to introduce and highlight a local business like Hangar 24 Craft Brewery.  Our goal is to drive race fans to be passionate about the Hangar 24 brand and through this relationship to continue to grow two great Southern California brands."

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery was founded in 2008 across from the Redlands, California airport.  Widely known for their flagship beer, Orange Wheat, the brewery takes its name from the hangar in which Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook and his fellow pilots would meet up with family and friends for a day of flying. Afterwards they would share stories, barbecue, play music and enjoy Ben’s latest batch of homebrews. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery embodies that spirit: good beer, a love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being among good friends.

To taste the quality of Hangar 24 Craft Beer or for more information on Auto Club 400 race weekend at Auto Club Speedway, March 21-23 call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

Actor Chris Evans, Star of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Named Grand Marshal for 56th Annual DAYTONA 500

Evans Will Deliver the Most Famous Words in Motorsports for the ‘The Great American Race’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chris Evans, star of Marvel’s latest Super Hero adventure “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” scheduled for release on April 4, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Daytona International Speedway. The race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and broadcast on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, as well as streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app.

As Grand Marshal, Evans will declare the four most famous words in motorsports—”Drivers, start your engines.” In addition to delivering the command, he will be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the historic 200-lap, 500-mile race.

"What better way to kick-off ‘The Great American Race’ than with Captain America, Chris Evans, giving the command to start engines," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We look forward to having him be a part of our pre-race ceremonies in front of more than a hundred thousand race fans in attendance and millions more watching on FOX as we launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season."

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), living quietly in Washington, D.C. following the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and enlists the help of a new ally, Falcon (Anthony Mackie). However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Based on the Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

The film is presented by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Predecessors to Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” are “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012), in which Evans portrayed Captain America as well.

Evans is also set to star in “Snowpiercer,” which opened as the #1 film in Korea and will be released later this year in the U.S. Additionally, Evans recently wrapped production on his directorial debut “1:30 Train,” in which he also stars.

Evans joins the remarkable list of previous DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Kate Upton, Jane Lynch, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco.

For more information on tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com.

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