Posted By: David Morgan – Follow at @damorgan86
September 23, 2015
Courtesy of Talladega Superspeedway
TALLADEGA, AL – Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, and Talladega Superspeedway announced today that the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, on Sunday, Oct. 25 at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track, will be known as the CampingWorld.com 500.
Camping World is the camping and recreational vehicle enthusiast’s one-stop-shop for everything they need to enjoy traveling and living in their RV. Along with over 10,000 RV parts and accessories, Camping World offers a full selection of new and used RVs for sale; RV and tow vehicle service and maintenance; collision centers; detail and refurbishment centers known as the RV Spa, technical advice from knowledgeable experts; and hard-to-find parts.
The partnership rekindles a relationship between Talladega Superspeedway and Camping World that existed from 2011-2013 when the company served as the entitlement sponsor for the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. The CampingWorld.com 500 will be the anchor event of an exciting weekend (Oct. 23-25) that will also feature the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ race.
“We are glad to be back with Talladega Superspeedway, the most competitive track in all of NASCAR,” said Lemonis. “Not only will the CampingWorld.com 500 be one of the most exciting races of the season, it also gives us the platform to expose race fans to our broad selection of camping and tailgating products. Our company has a great appreciation of what Talladega is in the world of sports.”
Plans are for Lemonis to serve as Grand Marshal of the CampingWorld.com 500. Many know him as the “business turnaround king” and star of CNBC’s prime time reality series, The Profit, in which he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country and judges businesses based on a “Three P” principle: People, Process, and Product. The new season of the show is expected to premiere later that week.
“We are thrilled to have Marcus and Camping World back in the Talladega Superspeedway family,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “It is a world class company with a sterling reputation and a great fit with our passionate fans that will travel in their RVs from all over the country to witness this anticipated event. We have the most acreage for camping, including the only FREE camping (select areas) on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.
“The CampingWorld.com 500 will be extra special this year since it is the third and final race of The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Contender Round in which the field of 12 drivers who have a shot at the title will be dwindled down to eight at the race’s conclusion. It’s going to be a great weekend,” added Lynch.
Talladega Superspeedway is not only the biggest and steepest race track (2.66-mile, 33-degree banking) in NASCAR, but it also has the most acreage (3,000) for vehicle parking, which includes the only FREE camping on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. The track offers both reserved and unreserved campgrounds throughout the property, a natural fit with Camping World’s status as the nation’s leader in RV-related sales and services.
Started from a single retail store in 1966 out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a small group of RV owners with a goal to support other RVers on the road, the Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Camping World has celebrated tremendous growth over the last 50 years. By helping outdoor enthusiasts get on the road to their next adventure, Camping World brings friends and families together through their love of camping and the outdoors. Today, Camping World has grown to encompass a nationwide network of over 115 SuperCenters in 36 states to serve the expanding RV and outdoor lifestyle.
In 2016 Camping World, America’s number one RV and camping retailer, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving customers an even better reason to get outdoors; by offering their best product specials and a wide variety of exciting events and promotions throughout the course of the year.
Through its nationwide network of SuperCenters, Camping World offers a wide variety of products and services to suit the outdoor lifestyle, including RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair. Camping World has served as title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ since 2009 in addition to being the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.
Talladega’s weekend kicks off on Friday (Oct. 23) with practice sessions for both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and the CampingWorld.com 500. Saturday’s (Oct. 24) slate includes qualifying for both races, as well as the drop of the green flag for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ race (starting at noon CDT) which will feature veterans like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter as they try to hold off hard-charging young guns like Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick and others in the NCWTS championship chase. The CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 25 (starting at 1:30 p.m. CDT) will be the deciding race in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Contender Round in which the championship field will be cut from 12 to eight at the checkered flag.