Kids Drive NASCAR Taking Over Final Race Weekend of 2018
Country star Dylan Scott, Mascot Day and youth garage tours headline STEM-themed weekend at Iowa Speedway
NEWTON, Iowa (July 25, 2018) – The end of summer is upon us. Building off two highly successful race weekends, Iowa Speedway fans can look forward to the final weekend of the 2018 race season. Back-to-school can officially wait. For the next three weeks, the NASCAR industry is bringing summertime racing fun to kids and families with the return of Kids Drive NASCAR. Kids Drive NASCAR is part of the sport’s broader efforts to engage kids at the track, online and in the classroom.
Beginning this weekend at Iowa Speedway, children will take over certain race event responsibilities usually reserved for adults. Captivating fan competitions, live music and the annual post-race party will provide another weekend to remember at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”
Tickets for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s 150 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Rasmussen Group can be purchased at www.IowaSpeedway.com or by calling 866.787.8946.
Here’s a list of what fans can expect during Iowa Speedway’s final race weekend of the summer:
Iowa Speedway and Casey’s General Stores are collaborating to donate to the American Red Cross Greater Iowa Chapter to help in the recovery efforts in Bondurant, Pella and Marshalltown, Iowa after tornadoes ripped through the area last week.
Fans attending this weekend’s races are encouraged to make contributions at the Casey’s General Store concession stand on the Concourse. Iowans are also encouraged to contribute at participating Casey’s General Stores.
Iowa Speedway Cares, the Speedway’s charitable arm, has donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross Greater Iowa Chapter. At-track contributions will be collected at the Casey’s General Store concession stand near the Newton Club when the Concourse opens. Concourse opening times are 1:30 p.m. CT on Friday and noon CT on Saturday.
Iowa Speedway will also host a TweetUp at the Casey’s General concession stand on Saturday, July 28 at noon CT.
Sixth Annual Mascot Day
Familiar faces will greet fans as they walk through the gates at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 28. Local mascots will be joining race fans at the sixth annual Mascot Day at Iowa Speedway. New this year, mascots are competing against kids and drivers in a game of musical chairs at the Crash Course display in Turn 1 at 1:00 p.m. CT. Mascots will also join the pre-race festivities by interacting with fans on the track and forming a high-five line with Kids Drive NASCAR. The lineup for this year’s Mascot Day includes representatives from the Iowa Cubs and the Blank Park Zoo among others.
Post-Race Party on the Front Stretch
The season started at Iowa Speedway with Wide Opening Weekend in June and it will conclude with another party on the frontstretch. After the checkered flag waves for the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Rasmussen Group, the catchfence will be opened to allow fans to join the annual Post-Race Party on the Front Stretch. Live music by the Cody Hicks Band, pork burgers courtesy of the Iowa Pork Producers and free giveaways is sure to keep the fans cheering long after the race concludes. A tradition born in Iowa – opening the catchfence for fans to party on the track – has become universally revered by everyone.
NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series
The final installment of the NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series will take center stage at the Party Pavilion on Friday, July 27. Country music star, Dylan Scott, is sure to keep fans “Hooked” following the conclusion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150. Scott is best known for his hit song, “My Girl”, which reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart.
Iowa Speedway’s 2018 signature food item embraces all things Iowa. Iowa Speedway and Americrown Service Corporation – the leader in major motorsports catering and concessions – will continue to showcase an evolving food scene with a new menu item that will be unveiled this weekend. The baCORNator is a tasteful expression of sweet corn on the cob wrapped in crispy bacon, sprinkled with Cajun seasoning and topped with sour cream. Take a pit stop at the Carbureatery concession stand located south of the Newton Club to try out this limited-edition food item.
Fan Competitions and Activities
Competition isn’t limited to the on-track action at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet”, fans will have the opportunity to win big at Iowa Speedway too. An Oversized Pong Tournament will take place next to the Barefoot Bar Tent in Turn 4 on Friday, July 27. The always popular Bags Tournament will make its weekend return on Saturday, July 28. Other activities for the final weekend include; XPOGO shows, a mini basketball court, a showcase of classic cars on Saturday in Turn 4 and RV’s on the Midway.
Be sure to check out the many pre-weekend activities as well. These events include movie night in the General Campground featuring the action-packed movie Top Gun and the return of Horsepower Hour on Thursday night in the Newton Club.
Youth Ticketing Program
Last season, NASCAR launched an industry-wide initiative granting free Single Event Tickets for fans aged 12 and under (with a ticketed parent) to all NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. Iowa Speedway extended this offer to all six event days and is pleased to bring this initiative back for the 2018 season.
Please note that free Youth Tickets are for Grandstand seats only, and not offered in the Newton Club, Suite Tower, or Terrace Camping. To purchase Youth Tickets, please call or visit the Iowa Speedway Box Office; on race days, fans may also visit Ticket Booths 1 and 2. Children must be present during purchase, and Iowa Speedway Staff must validate the full-price purchase of an adult ticket for every two Youth Tickets sold. For more information on Youth Tickets, call the Iowa Speedway Box Office at 866.787.8946.
Iowa Speedway is always striving to create unique experiences for every member of the family. Founded in 2015, the speedway will offer special youth-only VIP opportunities to further promote the science of racing and emphasize the importance of cultivating young fans through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based activities. Expanding upon the existing youth activities, the final weekend at Iowa Speedway will be even more kid-focused, courtesy of Kids Drive NASCAR. These activities include:
- Crash Course presented by U.S. Cellular – Located in Turn 1 of the Concourse, Crash Course presented by U.S. Cellular is the race day activation hub for kids. Terms like “downforce” and “drag” may be difficult to explain even to adults, but hands-on experiments in Crash Course will help decipher the physics behind racing for fans of all ages.
- Youth Garage Tour – Saturday, July 28 – NASCAR and Iowa Speedway will be offering Kids Drive NASCAR Garage Tours. The tours will begin at Casey’s General Store’s Victory Lane at 10:30 a.m. C.T. Tours will be for the first 100 kids and each child is limited to one adult per tour.
- Musical Chairs – Saturday, July 28 – Do you like competitions? New to Iowa Speedway, mascots will be challenging kids and drivers to a game of musical chairs at the Crash Course presented by U.S. Cellular display in Turn 1. Music starts at 1:00 p.m. CT. Stop by to test your luck in this fan-friendly game.
- Driver’s Meeting – Saturday, July 28 – Our youngest fans will have a unique opportunity to be the special lead-in to the drivers meeting. Iowa Speedway is looking for a group of future driver reps to greet and high-five the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series as they enter the Driver’s Meeting. Interested young fans should meet in Casey’s General Store’s Victory Lane at 2:55 p.m. CT.
- Driver Introductions – Saturday, July 28 – During pre-race activities, Iowa Speedway will be on the look-out for kids to stand alongside the stage and high-five drivers on their way to the parade lap trucks.
- STEM Displays – With Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as the major theme for the weekend, the property will feature a variety of STEM-focused displays on Saturday, July 28. STEM is a great way for students to learn science and math-based lessons through hands-on, interactive activities.
NASCAR Driver Autograph Sessions
On both Friday and Saturday, fans will have the opportunity to rub elbows with their favorite drivers from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Those with Fan Walk passes will have access to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Autograph Session in the Fan Walk at 4:15 p.m. CT. Please note that Infield Fan Walk access is necessary to attend this autograph session and can be purchased for $10 at Ticket Booths 1 and 2. On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Autograph Session at the north end of the Concourse under the Turn 4 Grandstands. The autograph session will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT.
Connect with Us
Back again this year, fans are encouraged to use #ThisIsMySpeedway on social media to capture and share their favorite moments from the weekend. For your chance to be featured on Iowa Speedway’s social media channels, share your photos throughout the weekend using #Caseys150 (Friday, July 27) and #USCellular250 (Saturday, July 28). To stay up to date on the latest news and happenings around the track, be sure to follow Iowa Speedway on Twitter, Instagram, and like us on Facebook.
About Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2018 schedule includes one more exciting race weekend: July 27-28 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 and NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Rasmussen Group). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.