Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants will take over Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 weekend, May 8-9. The world’s most famous sponge and his Bikini Bottom friends will take an adventurous ride on the cars of four NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, all vying to win the coveted SpongeBob SquarePants 400 trophy.
The SpongeBob SquarePants 400, which will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, will feature an all-star NASCAR Sprint Cup lineup including:
- Greg Biffle, driving the No. 16 Cheez-It/ Patrick Star Ford Fusion
- Michael McDowell, driving the No. 95 WRL/Larry the Lobster Ford Fusion
- Casey Mears, driving the No. 13 Squidward Tentacles Chevrolet SS
- David Ragan, driving the No. 55 Aarons/SpongeBob SquarePants Toyota Camry
NASCAR driver Ben Kennedy will join in on the fun when he takes out his No. 11 Local Motors/ SpongeBob SquarePants Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 8.
Additionally, NASCAR XFINITY Series star Bubba Wallace will pilot the No. 6 SpongeBob SquarePants Ford Mustang for the Winn-Dixie XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2. His Ford machine will feature SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends Patrick, SquidWard, Mr. Krabs and Sandy Cheeks.
“It’s really fun to be part of the Nickelodeon lineup for the Kansas race and get to feature Patrick Star and Cheez-It on our No. 16 Ford,” said Biffle, who boasts a pair of victories on the 1.5-mile oval at Kansas. “Nickelodeon does a lot to bring sports to kids, which is something that is important and I’m glad to be a part of it. Kansas is a good track for us and Saturday night races are always exciting. Hopefully we can get another Kansas win.”
Also at the speedway, attendees will be able to enjoy some pre-Mother’s Day fun in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, which will be located in the Kansas Speedway Fan Zone. The area will feature appearances from the SpongeBob SquarePants costumed characters, a SpongeBob SquarePants photo station and more.
On Wednesday, May 13, Nickelodeon will air episodes of Hammer Down, a docu-series produced by NASCAR Productions, in a special racing-themed night during the NickSports programming block on Nicktoons. Hammer Down is an original, four-episode series featuring four of NASCAR’s rising stars--Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kenzie Ruston—that give fans an all-access pass into the young athletes’ lives as they aspire to become elite NASCAR drivers, while also enjoying time with friends and coming of age as young adults. The NickSports programming block airs every Wednesday, from 9-11 p.m. (ET/PT).
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