Team Dover takes 2-1 edge in annual series
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Trenton, N.J. (April 22, 2015) – Race fans attending the third annual Dover International Speedway vs. Pocono Raceway celebrity softball game, featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Todd Bodine, and Darrell Wallace Jr., were treated to an entertaining afternoon in Trenton, N.J. yesterday. The game was part of NASCAR’s Victory Tour program to promote the upcoming Dover and Pocono race weekends, and was played at ARM & HAMMER Park, home of the Trenton Thunder, prior to their AA League game that night versus the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The game included the four NASCAR personalities, along with members of the media and other dignitaries, along with lots of laughter. Mike Bagley, with MRN and Sirius XM radio, served as emcee for the event. The game also provided the content for MRN’s nationally syndicated NASCAR Live program on Tuesday night, hosted by Bagley.
Dover won the five-inning game 12-6, in convincing fashion, setting the celebrity softball series now at 2-1 in favor of Team Dover.
Before the game there was a moment of silence for Steve Byrnes, the well-known NASCAR announcer who passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. Both teams taped armbands to their jerseys in honor of him.
Pocono got off to a hot start to begin the game, with Wallace Jr. recording the first run of the game, and tacked on two more runs in the second inning with back-to-back home runs from Crockett (WXTU-FM personality), and Brandon Igdalsky (Pocono Raceway president).
With the score at 3-0 in favor of Pocono entering the top of the third inning, Ryan Troutman (AAA Mid-Atlantic) began the comeback charge with a solo home run. Chris Shearn (YES Network) drove in another run with a ground-rule double, and Chris Flood (Cape Gazette) gave Dover a 4-3 lead with a ground-rule double of his own.
At one point in the game, with Logano playing defense at second base, a comical collision occurred when Wallace Jr. slid into Logano as he valiantly tried to tag him out. Although Wallace Jr. was ruled safe, Logano got the last laugh by turning a timely double-play to end the fourth inning in style.
Team Dover rode the momentum into the fourth and fifth innings, combining for eight more runs thanks to more power hitting from Flood, who connected on a grand-slam to put a nail in the coffin for Team Pocono.
The drivers met with fans and signed autographs throughout the event, and later joined members of the press for a media session following the game.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 29-31, 2015 and includes the May 29 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the May 30 “Buckle Up 200 Presented by Click It or Ticket” NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the May 31 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, which will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. ET. For race tickets or more information, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.
Just one week later, NASCAR’s premier series heads to Pocono Raceway for the June 5-7, 2015 Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 race weekend. In addition to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. ET), the race weekend includes the June 6 “Pocono 200” ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race. For race tickets or more information, call 1-800-RACEWAY or visit www.PoconoRaceway.com.
Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates were sponsors of this promotional event.
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About Dover Motorsports, Inc.
Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also plays host to the Firefly Music Festival and Big Barrel Country Music Festival, both of which are produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice. For more information, visit www.dovermotorsports.com.
About Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway, also known as “The Tricky Triangle,” is family-owned and situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In business for over 50 years, the Raceway hosts multiple, national motorsports events including two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, one Verizon IndyCar Series, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events each year. The Raceway has added multiple running series events to their annual schedule including the Warrior Dash. Pocono Raceway is the world’s largest solar-powered sports facility with a 25-acre, three-megawatt solar farm providing the energy needs of the Raceway, as well as, adding electricity to the local power grid. For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com.
About Trenton Thunder
The Thunder, Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, play in the 12 team Eastern League. The Thunder have drawn over 8.4 million fans to ARM & HAMMER Park over 21 years and have won the three major awards that Minor League Baseball teams can win; the Johnson Trophy for the “Nation’s Best Franchise” (2005), the Larry MacPhail Trophy for Outstanding Club Promotion (2003) and the Bob Frietas Award for Long-Term Success (1998, given by Baseball America). The team has given back over $5.4 million worth of goods, services and monetary donations through Trenton Thunder Charities, under the Grand Slam We Care Foundation umbrella. The Thunder can be found online at www.trentonthunder.com, www.facebook.com/trentonthunder, www.twitter.com/trentonthunder and on www.youtube.com/AATrentonThunder.