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Matt Becherer

Friday 07/21/2017
Summer of Fun - Events at Homestead-Miami Speedway

With the summer season well underway, things are really starting to heat up at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Throughout the year, we are always brainstorming new, creative ways that can bring together the community for fun and exciting experiences. And coming up over the course of the next month, we will be playing host to two such events that are special for South Florida.

On August 4, drag racing will once again be returning to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Fast Lane Friday presented by The Ticket Clinic. This time, though, there will be several new elements surrounding the event. A week later, our charity event, “Give Back at the Track,” will be welcoming guests to the Speedway for a full-day of fun in the sun.

Fast Lane Friday and Give Back at the Track are just two of a variety of events that will be featured during the summer months at Homestead-Miami Speedway. To check out all the action coming to the championship oval, please visit our “Track Calendar” page at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

Fast Lane Friday presented by The Ticket Clinic once a month, Homestead-Miami Speedway becomes home to South Florida drag racing when it holds Fast Lane Friday. On that given Friday, South Floridians convene in the track’s infield to race, watch and cheer-on street-legal cars sprinting down the Speedway’s 1/8-mile drag strip from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The August 4th Fast Lane Friday is setting up to be a special one, as there will be a number of new twists tied to it. For the first time, guests will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the event in advance. To take advantage of this perk, competitors and spectators can buy their tickets online by visiting the “Fast Lane Friday” page on the Homestead-Miami Speed-way website.

With the addition of online tickets, there will also now be a new traffic pattern into the facility. One route will be dedicated to those who have purchased their tickets online, and the other route will be for guests who are purchasing their tickets at the event. The new pattern, which can also be viewed on our “Fast Lane Friday” page, will help streamline the flow of traffic into the event, making for a better overall guest experience. Tickets to race in the event are $20, giving drivers the opportunity to race as many times as they would like throughout the night. Those who don’t want to jump behind the wheel but would still like to spectate are welcome to enjoy the on-track action from seats located above the car garages for $10. With the event being family friendly, children 12 and younger are free.

The beginning of August also signals that another school year is not

far down the road. In preparation for it, Homestead-Miami Speedway is teaming up with “Take Stock in Children,” a nonprofit organization that focuses on underprivileged students, to collect school supplies for the upcoming school year. Those attending next month’s Fast Lane Friday are encouraged to bring composition books, pens and pencils, notebooks, binders, USBs, highlighters, copy paper and college rule paper that will later be distributed to those in need. Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause, will be donating 25 backpacks as part of the drive.

For future dates and for more information on Fast Lane Friday, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/FastLaneFriday.

Give Back at the Track Charity Event

Also coming next month to Homestead-Miami Speedway is the “Give Back at the Track” charity event on August 12 where South Floridians come down to the track to partake in a full day of car activities. Participants who attend the two-part event will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of maneuvering around NASCAR’s championship track, in addition to testing out the Speedway’s 1/8-mile drag strip, which many have become familiar with during Fast Lane Fridays.

Give Back at the Track will be split into two segments with the first portion running from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the second portion taking place from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. In the first segment, participants will receive two fast laps around the 1.5-mile oval in their own vehicle for a $20 donation. Participants can purchase extra laps for $10 each.

For the second part of the event, car enthusiasts can take their street-legal cars onto Homestead-Miami Speedway’s drag strip to compete in head-to-head races that are run with the same set-up as Fast Lane Friday.

Tickets to drag race for the full four hours are $20 for participants and $10 for spectators, while children 12 and younger are free.

The proceeds collected will benefit Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause. Through the years, the funds raised through Driving for a Cause have been granted to several youth and education programs in South Florida.

Also, Farm Share, who will be collecting nonperishable food items that will later be distributed to those in need. In addition, local car clubs are invited to attend this unique charitable event. For a special group rate, car clubs will receive a set amount of laps around the oval.

Likewise, donations received from the car clubs will benefit Driving for a Cause. For car clubs with inquiries about the event, please contact Brandon Ward at (305) 230-5228 or bward@homesteadmiamispeedway.com

For more information on Give Back at the Track, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/GiveBack.

NASCAR ACTION THIS WEEKEND

Sunday, July 23

at 2:30 PM (ET)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Tune In: NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

Saturday, July 22

at 3:30 PM (ET)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Tune In: NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

*The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competed on Wednesday and will continue July 29*

UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug. 4  - Fast Lane Friday presented by The Ticket Clinic

Aug. 5-6 - Championship Cup Series Motorcycle Racing

Aug. 12 - Give Back at the Track Charity Event

Aug. 19 - High Performance Driving Group Miami Exotic Auto Racing

Aug. 26-27 - Formula & Automobile Racing Association

2017 HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY NASCAR DATES

Nov. 19

Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race

Nov. 18

Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series Championship Race

Nov. 17

Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series Championship Race

Posted in Opinion, Columnists, Matt becherer, Sports on Friday, July 21, 2017 1:19 pm. Comments (0)

MATT BECHERER

Matt Becherer is President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. This long-time motorsports executive is one of the good guys, and he leads a team of 40 that operate the track. If you would like to talk to Matt, he can be reached at chatwithmatt @homesteadmiamispeedway.com.