NASCAR’s Top News for Aug. 28


Hillenburg Receives Second Quarter Spirit Award


Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg has been named the recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association’s second quarter Spirit Award.


Hillenburg has been a major factor in the rebirth of Rockingham Speedway’s efforts to return to prominence in NASCAR’s top three series.  The legendary track hosted the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 Truck Series race earlier this season, its first NASCAR sanctioned event since 2004.


The award is given to the individual to whom the NMPA believes has made the biggest positive impact on racing for the given quarter.  The track owner beat out other vote getters including: Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Benton Racing, Ellen Siska, and Tony Stewart.



Fans Get Insider’s View of MWR


Fans who want to see what happens behind the closed doors of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization will soon get their chance without ever having to leave the living room.


When Catching Speed, a television series produced by NASCAR Productions, visits Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 15 team, viewers will have the opportunity to witness how Clint Bowyer and others prepare for a busy race weekend.


The show, which airs Sunday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. ET on ABC, will explore how crew chiefs and engineers interact with one another when finding the appropriate setups, pit crew members train for quick stops, and mechanics work on the cars.


Catching Speed will re-air on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.



AdvoCare Sponsoring Almirola at Atlanta


AdvoCare, a premier health and wellness company, will serve as the primary sponsor for Aric Almirola as he pilots the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Fusion when the Sprint Cup series travels to Atlanta this weekend.


The Texas based company’s presence is a common site on Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Nationwide Series car, but this is the first time that AdvoCare has sponsored Almirola.


“I’ve used AdvoCare products for a while, and now it will be cool to have the company on my No. 43 Ford, too,” Almirola said.


“We’re excited to be back on the No. 43 Ford this season in Atlanta,” said AdvoCare Director of Sponsorships Mike Vaught. “The way the Petty family has done business over the years shows a lot of the same principles that we abide by in our own company – maintaining a standard of excellence, committing to honor and integrity, and putting a focus on family. We’re proud to partner with the team and with Aric for the AdvoCare 500.”