Camping World Sponsors Sprint Cup Series

New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) officials announced that Camping World will be the title sponsor of the track’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, July 14.

camping-world-lgThe Camping World RV Sales 301 is one of the two largest sporting events in New England, both hosted by the one-mile oval. The sponsorship is a two-year agreement.

Combining the avid support of race fans who camp at NASCAR events with its far-reaching dealership network and nation’s largest online camping store, Camping World continues to market its brand as the strongest in the RV business, according to a NHMS news release.

With more than 75 locations nationwide and offering over 8,000 products and accessories, Camping World is the brand of choice for NASCAR fans and other recreational enthusiasts.

Camping World has been the title sponsor of the NASCAR Truck Series since 2009 and was the previous title sponsor of four races at NHMS, including three NASCAR Nationwide Series races from 2007 – 2009 and the 2008 Camping World Truck Series race.

For the past six years, NHMS has been the host site for Camping World’s large display and accessories retail store, which is located next to the infield tunnel during both NASCAR event weekends.

“This is a natural, tailor-made partnership,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager at NHMS.

NHMS turns into its own city on race weekends. (Credit: NHMS/Laurie Thiboutot)
NHMS turns into its own city on race weekends. (Credit: NHMS/Laurie Thiboutot)

“We have one of the strongest RV camping bases of any NASCAR track, located in a major market (Boston DMA) and a strong platform to help market the Camping World brand and its products. They have had a strong presence here at our track for many years and I am appreciative that Marcus (Lemonis) has chosen our facility to move up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with their marketing plans.”

Camping World plans to use the sponsorship to strengthen its market share and relationship with the racing community.

“Camping World is involved with NASCAR on multiple levels and expanding our sponsorship to the Sprint Cup Series seems like the next logical step,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and star of CNBC Prime’s The Profit.

“RVing is a huge part of the racing experience. We believe joining the New Hampshire Motor Speedway family will strengthen our relationship with the racing community.”

The green flag for the Camping World RV Sales 301 is set for 1 p.m. on July 14 and will be live on TNT and PRN.

Details

New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS)

The speedway, which opened in 1990 and hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events each year, is located about one hour north of Boston in Loudon, New Hampshire. According to the latest census numbers, the population within 200 miles of the speedway is more than 18 million people. The venue is easily accessible via Interstate highways from all metro areas in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

Located on approximately 1,200 acres, the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England and features a 1.058-mile oval speedway, with a total capacity for 105,491 spectators, and a 1.6-mile road course.

The 93,521 seat fill up during the Sprint Cup races. (Credit: NHMS/HHP)
The 93,521 seat fill up during the Sprint Cup races. (Credit: NHMS/HHP)

Mailing Address: PO Box 7888, Loudon, NH 03307-7888

Physical Address: 1122 Route 106 North, Loudon, NH 03307

Phone: (603) 783-4931

Website: nhms.com

Camping World & Good Sam

Both founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s No. 1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance, and repair.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoor.

Good Sam Enterprises LLC is the parent company of Camping World and the Good Sam Club.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR. NASCAR is a registered trademark of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.

Websites: campingworld.com and goodsam.com

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Tickets & RV Sites Still Available for Daytona 500

About 82,000 fans filled the stands during the Bud Shootout Sunday (February 29), but only a fraction of those fans parked their RVs inside a speedway campground north of the speedway.

One of those is 68-year-old Lilly Blinkkhorn Hamilton who says the campground seemed empty.

She and her husband have been coming to the same campground for the past 12 years.

“You used to be full at this time, difficult to find a parking spot, “said Hamilton.

Hamilton blamed the economy on the 20 or so RVs inside the campground, reports Central Florida News 13.

Gary Flagg said he has been setting up his RV sales and repairs tent inside the campground for the same amount of years Hamilton has been there.

He agreed the campsite was emptier than in years past.

He said there are fewer RVs because the speedway changed the scheduled racing dates adding an extra week during Speedweeks.

“This year is a little different than years in the past because it’s over a two weekend period versus a normally eight or nine day period. So a lot of folks who normally would’ve had that one week off have held off,” said Flagg.

In an earlier news release, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced that the 54th Annual Daytona 500 would be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Daytona 500 Practice. In this photo: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin (Source: zimbio.com)

“The decision to kick-off to the NASCAR racing season one week later was made in close partnership with the sanctioning body, our broadcast partners including FOX, community partners, and others within the industry,” said Chitwood.

“This move shortens the racing season by one week, which is something the teams and competitors will surely enjoy, and it eliminates the off-weekend typically scheduled in March, which many fans and media partners have said created a drop in momentum in the early part of the racing season.”

Flagg told Central Florida News 13 that his business is down as much as 50 percent since he first set up shop more than a decade ago.

He sells parts to other RV owners in nearby campsites and said there were fewer RVs in other campgrounds as well.

“Very, very disturbing because a lot of them are my friends have been over the years,” said Hamilton.

The owner of the campground hopes race fans will be pulling up to his campsite as the Great American Race date nears.

The Daytona 500 is scheduled this year for February 26.

The First Daytona 500
On February 22, 1959, Daytona International Speedway hosted the first Daytona 500. The posted awards for the “500-Mile International Sweepstakes” totaled $67,760. A field of 59 cars took the green flag for the start of the 200-lap race. A crowd of 41,000 was on hand to witness the beginning of another chapter in the history of racing in Daytona.

Details

Gatorade Duel for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

The Gatorade Duel at Daytona features two 150-mile qualifying races that determine the starting lineup for the 54th annual Daytona 500.

Daytona 500 qualifiers, February 17, 2011 (Source: AP Photo/David Graham)

NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (100 laps, 250 miles)

Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

The tough trucks from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will tackle Daytona International Speedway in a 100-lap, 250-mile battle that is famous for its wild and unpredictable three-wide racing.

DRIVE4COPD 300 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (120 laps, 300 miles)

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 1:15 p.m.

The rising stars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series face off against the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in a 120-lap, 300-mile event.

54th Annual Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (200 laps, 500 miles)

2011 Champion: Trevor Bayne

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m.

Forty-three of the top drivers in the world compete in “The Great American Race,” NASCAR’s biggest, richest, and most prestigious motorsports event.

Tickets

Tickets for all Daytona International Speedway events are available online or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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