Just 10 days away: NASCAR race at LRP

Just 10 days away: NASCAR race at LRP

Don’t miss the fender-banging action in the closest championship battle in CWES history

The NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 for the Camping World East Series (CWES) is just around the [right-hand] corner, so we’re giving you a gentle nudge with this e-mail to remind you about what we’re doing new for race day, Saturday, August 15.

But before those reminders, guess what we just found out from the NASCAR press information office?

In the 23-year history of this championship, the points battle has never been this close with just three races to go. Lime Rock is race nine of 11, and the top six drivers in CWES are exactly 100 points apart in the standings. What happens at Lime Rock sets the stage for the second-to-last race at New Hampshire International and the finale at Dover, both in September.

Those six drivers are, in order top to bottom: Ryan Truex, the 17-year-old brother of Cup driver Martin Truex, Jr.; Jody Lavender; Eddie MacDonald, of Massachusetts; defending CWES champion Matt Kobyluck, from Uncasville, Conn.; Steve Park, who’s made 181 Cup starts, winning twice – one of which was at the Watkins Glen road course; and last but not least in the six-man battle for CWES honors is Brett Moffitt, who’s just 16 (turning 17 August 7).

First-place Truex has 1,227 points and sixth-place Moffitt 1,127. Doesn’t get much closer than that, folks.

Okay, here are the reminders!

* Choice of two Fan Hospitality deals, one of which will get you in a Skip Barber Racing School Mazda as a passenger, driven by a race car driver racing against a bunch of other Mazdas on the track. Choice 1, $75: Prime viewing area, All-American buffet lunch, unlimited beer, sodas and water, special paddock tours, guest speakers, and free sign-up for Hot Lap Raffle. Choice 2, $125: All that, plus racing on the track as a co-pilot with a race car driver! You can be in a simulated race between a whole bunch of Skip Barber Race Series instructors. This is something we’ve never offered before, and it’s exclusive to the Lime Rock Park NASCAR race weekend.

* We decided to create a special fan Car Corral for the Mohegan Sun 200 race weekend. We’re calling it the NASCAR Heritage Car Corral. The idea is simple... If you own a nice piece of “Detroit Iron” – a car from a manufacturer of a rear-wheel-drive V8 American car that at some point raced in NASCAR Grand National competition – bring it. We’re going to put all those cool cars together in one special area. Of course, the NASCAR Heritage Car Corral group will get at least one Parade Lap on the track on race day.

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