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  • Humpy Wheeler's Brainchild, Speedway Benefits, Translates into Millions for Potential Sponsors: In just 45 business days, a unique idea that could save many of the nation's grassroots racetracks was born, and the results have been sensational. The idea was created by NASCAR legend Humpy Wheeler and his son Trip. It was simple: amass as many grassroots racetracks as possible and pool them together to sell advertising and collectively buy the products they use most. Speedway Benefits, LLC has already signed close to 300 tracks translating to an annual attendance of over 12,000,000 fans. Members include many of the top tracks in the nation. See full release at speedwaybenefits.com.(12-14-2013)

  • Close named interim general manager at Gresham Motorsports Park: Gresham Motorsports Park (GMP) today announced that John Close has been named as the Interim General Manager of the Jefferson, GA motorsports and event complex. Close - a 30-year professional motorsports media and marketing specialist - served as the Communications Director at GMP in 2009-2010. "It's a homecoming of sorts for me," stated Close. "It was a great honor to be associated with GMP when we reopened in 2009. Now, I am very fortunate to again be a part of the team at one of the best and most modern motorsports and event facilities in the United States. For a life-long 'racer' like me, it doesn't get any better than this." According to Track Properties LLC president Jim Gresham, Close's hiring will mark a new direction for the 88-acre Georgia racing and public event complex. "John's wide range of experience at multiple levels of the racing - including an extensive media, marketing and business career in NASCAR - is going to help GMP expand its brand and events both locally and nationally in 2014," stated Gresham. "GMP will be hosting more and a wider variety of races this coming season. There are also several other new community events John and our GMP management team have on the drawing board. We're looking forward to our best season ever."(GMP)(10-24-2013)

  • In wake of Boston bombings, NASCAR asks teams to be more vigilant: In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, NASCAR teams have been warned by the sanctioning body to be on the lookout for errant backpacks and other packages in the garage area. NASCAR called a special, crew chiefs-only meeting Saturday morning at Richmond International Raceway, asking race teams to increase their level of vigilance this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and beyond. The warning is not believed to be the result of any specific threat against NASCAR or Talladega Superspeedway, but part of a broader focus on safety at major sporting events across the country. "They asked us to keep our eyes open," said one NASCAR crewman, on the condition of anonymity. "They want us to monitor our garage stalls more closely, to make sure there is nothing there that doesn't belong. I didn't get the impression that there was any specific threat," he said. "It was just a request to stay vigilant."(Godfather Motorsports)(4-30-2013)

  • NASCAR promoter lobbies for tens of millions in tax breaks: International Speedway Corp. and NASCAR promoter just won an extension of a lucrative tax break from the federal government. The company says interest among its most avid fans is at a five-year high. And it has signed a new television deal with Fox Sports valued at more than $2.4 billion over eight years - a 36% jump over its current TV-rights deal. ISC is lobbying the state Legislature for a package of tax breaks that could save it close to $100 million during the next 30 years. ISC says the tax breaks would help persuade it to go forward with a sweeping renovation and expansion of Daytona International Speedway, home of the storied Daytona 500 and other racing events. The company's tentative plans call for everything from the installation of escalators, concourses and wider seats in the grandstand itself to a mixed-use commercial development just across the street. Adding pressure to get a deal done, ISC executives say the amount of money they ultimately decide to invest in the project is directly tied to whether the Legislature gives the company its tax breaks. "It's definitely going to affect whether or not it [the project] gets approved or at what size or scope," said Joie Chitwood III, an ISC vice president and the president of Daytona International Speedway. The legislation (HB 1049, SB 1394) was initially written by ISC lobbyists. It is being sponsored in the Legislature by a pair of Volusia County Republicans: Sen. Dorothy Hukill of Port Orange and Rep. David Santiago of Deltona.(Orlando Sentinel)(3-20-2013)

  • Military cuts could limit flyovers: The military flyover for Sunday's Daytona 500 may be a rarity at NASCAR events -- and sporting events in general -- moving forward. Military spending cuts of 30 percent have forced the Air Force to trim flying hours by 18%. That will come from air shows, including the Thunderbirds aerobatic flying team that will perform prior to Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway did not have its traditional flyover for the Rolex 24, Thursday's 150-mile qualifying races, and one is not planned for Saturday's Nationwide Series race. There is a plan in place if automatic budget cuts known as "sequestration" are triggered on March 1 to suspend all Air Force flyovers immediately except for the Thunderbirds, which will be suspended on April 1. "If sequestration kicks in, we'll be looking not to support any future NASCAR races," Wendy Varhegyi, the chief of the engagement division for Air Force public affairs, told ESPN.com. Varhegyi said the suspension of flyovers would include all sports "at least through the end of the fiscal year [Sept. 30]." Luke Air Force was not allowed to provide a flyover for the March 3 Sprint Cup race at Phoenix. Instead, a private company has provided the track a B-17 that is not a part of Air Force inventory. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has an agreement with the Thunderbirds based nearby at Nellis Air Force Base for its March 10 Cup event. But Speedway Motorsports, which hosts 11 other Cup events in addition to the Vegas race, has a "tentative hold" on flyovers. NASCAR officials said they are working with the military and tracks to find a compromise that will allow flyovers to remain at events.(ESPN)(2-23-2013)

  • Mansfield Motorsport Speedway purchased: Local businessman Grant Milliron purchased the former Mansfield Motorsport Speedway LLC Friday morning at sheriff's sale for $800,000. The 177.86 acres went up for auction at 10 a.m. during the Richland County Sheriff's sale at the sheriff's office. The starting bid was $308,827, the amount the county was owed in past-due property taxes. With the sale, former track owner Mike Dzurilla lost six parcels listed as Mansfield Motorsports Speedway LLC, including the banked oval racetrack, grandstand, press boxes, concession stands and part of the parking area. Milliron said he bought the track for the real estate but he hopes to find someone to operate the facility as a racetrack.(Mansfield News Journal)(1-20-2013)

  • Segway to target the NASCAR market: Segway Inc. announced that it's 'Teaming Up For Security' with BCM Solutions, Inc., the motorsports industry's largest security provider. BCM Solutions will deploy Segway Patrollers beginning with the 2013 and 2014 NASCAR and IndyCar race seasons to enhance its overall security efforts. Across all racing series, each season includes nearly 100 races throughout the United States.(Segway)(1-11-2013)

  • Two California short tracks back in biz: Two paved circle tracks in Southern California should be up and racing by spring, planning to cooperate in order to maximize the chances of success. Irwindale Speedway, now officially to be referred to as The Irwindale Event Center, had no races on its oval tracks in 2012 after the former track operators filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February. New operators 211 Entertainment Company were granted a full operational lease on Dec. 14 by property owners Nu-Way Industries. The speedway is all set, physically, to hold races again. Grandstands, garages, parking lots, lights and everything you need to race on the track's half- and third-mile circuits is still in place from the last time cars roared around the ovals in November 2011. Exactly which classes will run is one of the things being sorted out, but expect Late and Super Late model stock cars in addition to other classes "to be determined." The Late Models and Super Late Models will not run every Saturday night, as they had in the past. But there will be some kind of racing or entertainment at Irwindale every Saturday, including events at the facility's 1/8-mile drag strip, which never stopped featuring racing.
    Irwindale stock cars will likely alternate Saturday nights with the other soon-to-be-opened half-mile paved oval in Southern California, Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield. Work originally got underway on the all-new Kern County Raceway Park's half-mile D-shaped paved oval in 2006, but the project foundered amid the housing bust. The unfinished track sat dormant for three years from 2007 to 2010 until a new set of investors took over. Now work is nearly finished on the 500-acre facility. The track is paved, and some cars have done test laps on it and the four-story hospitality tower will be done soon. The two facilities had the good sense to realize they were competing for the same racers, fans and sponsors and so they met to see what they could work out. That's where the alternate Saturdays idea came from.
    "Our talks also included ideas for co-promotion and cross-promotions of special attractions and events, publishing a unified set of competition rules and classes, as well as considering the idea of establishing a highly trained stock car racing tech inspection team that would serve both tracks," said Jim Cohan, president and CEO of Irwindale's Team 211 Entertainment. "...with the sort of teams that we have in place, and the sort of support we've been offered from our fans, sponsors, racers, suppliers, and even the sanctioning bodies, we know that we're teamed up and embarking on an exciting new era in motorsports entertainment. We want to invite everyone to come and join us."
    While specifics are still to be announced, look for an early April or even late March opening date.(AutoWeek)(12-30-2012)

  • Michael Waltrip Racing invests in auto research center: The opportunity to be part of the racetrack and automotive-research center being built on the site of Cooper Stadium [in Columbus, OH] was just too tempting for NASCAR team owner and driver Michael Waltrip to pass up. Waltrip announced that he and his racing team will be investors in the Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Complex, or SPARC, being developed on the stadium site. "He had me from racetrack," the two-time Daytona 500 winner said of his initial discussions with Bill Schottenstein, principal of Arshot Investment Corp., developer of the complex. "Having my hands on designing and helping to build a racetrack is very exciting." Waltrip and Schottenstein both declined to say how much the team invested. The SPARC complex will include a half-mile racetrack with 8,500 seats, a 50,000-square-foot office building for the research center, 1,900 parking spaces, a hotel and meeting center, and four or five sites for restaurants or stores along Mound Street. It's unlikely, but possible an actual NASCAR race could take place at SPARC, Waltrip said. Waltrip Racing is based in Cornelius, N.C., and will use SPARC as a satellite operation and test center. Most tracks of the quality of SPARC, Waltrip said, are already connected to an existing NASCAR race, which means teams can't test their cars there. Cooper Stadium closed in 2008, and one of the goals of the new project is to spark the revitalization of the Franklinton area just west of Downtown.(Columbus Dispatch)(12-5-2012)

  • Another new track in 2013 - Greenville Pickens; possibly heat races? NASCAR tentatively plans to add Eldora Speedway in Ohio and Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina to the Truck Series schedule in 2013, NASCAR officials confirmed on Friday. The series is looking to move to Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina in 2014. NASCAR executive Steve O'Donnell said on Saturday that experts from the University of Nebraska that developed the SAFER barriers used at all tracks in the top three series are scheduled to visit Eldora Speedway after Thanksgiving. O'Donnell said that if plans to design a barrier that can be anchored to dirt is financially feasible for track owner Tony Stewart, the series will schedule a race at the half-mile track next season. It will be the first time NASCAR has scheduled a race on dirt since 1970. O'Donnell said Nebraska officials already have visited Greenville-Pickens Speedway, a half-mile paved track in South Carolina, and plans are moving forward to add barriers. O'Donnell also said NASCAR is considering heat races in the Truck Series, another way for the sport to get back to its roots. O'Donnell said the Truck schedule should be released in the next week or two.(ESPN.com.)(11-17-2012)

  • Mansfield track could be sold for back taxes: The Ohio Supreme Court's decision not to hear Mansfield Motorsports Park's appeal of the county tax foreclosure case on the racetrack and grandstand portion of the property appears to leave Richland County free to conduct a sheriff's sale, county officials said. The court announced its decision Wednesday morning. Two of the seven justices, Paul E. Pfeifer and Terrence O'Donnell, dissented. With a majority of state's highest court declining to hear an appeal by the track owner, "we could pursue sale of the property," Assistant Prosecutor Steve Wildermuth said. "Then they can have races again at the speedway." Track owner Mike Dzurilla declined to comment. His attorney, Robert A. Franco, said he and his client will investigate taking legal issues further. The overall complex is divided into three portions. The portion owned by Mansfield Motorsports Speedway LLC., includes the banked oval track, grandstands, press boxes, concession stands and parking. In 2010, Richland County Treasurer Bart Hamilton filed to foreclose on the racetrack for back taxes. Mansfield Motorsports Speedway owes Richland County $308,827 in taxes, interest and penalties on the track and grandstand portion, Richland County delinquent tax collector Matt Finfgeld said. "The meter has been running" on additional interest and penalties during the course of the appeal, Hamilton said. Mansfield Motorsports Park has been inactive for the past couple of years. No major events were held there during the 2011 or 2012 seasons.(Mansfield News Journal)(10-27-2012)

  • Battle underway to save Nazareth Speedway: All over the United States, you can find historic but shuttered tracks, locales which once hosted all-out assaults of speed and sound but now sit abandoned, often gone to seed. Each of these tracks has its own hardy band of defenders and advocates who hope they can entice racing to return. Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania never hosted a Sprint Cup-level race, but did host lower series races (and IndyCar races) until 2004. Familiar names like Matt Kenseth, Dan Wheldon, Helio Castroneves and Greg Biffle notched Nationwide wins there; Martin Truex Jr. won the last race there in May 2004. The track is owned by ISC, but its role in the Northeast has been usurped by fellow ISC track Watkins Glen. Shoot, even the grandstands from Nazareth Speedway were removed and shipped over to Watkins Glen. For more about the speedway preservation effort, visit their Facebook page.(Yahoo Sports)(7-25-2012)

  • Childress may buy Bowman Gray Stadium: Winston-Salem State University's effort to buy Bowman Gray Stadium from the city was snuffed out Thursday when state lawmakers killed the university's request for permission to borrow $7.5 million to buy the stadium. The legislative move - sponsored by Sen. Don East, R-Surry, and pushed by Winston-Salem entrepreneur Harold Day - opens the door wider to another potential bidder: Richard Childress, the NASCAR icon from Winston-Salem who sold peanuts as a child at Bowman Gray and started his racing career there in the 1950s. Bill Patterson, an executive vice president at Richard Childress Racing, met with Martha Wheelock, an assistant city manager, recently to talk about costs related to the stadium, he said. Bowman Gray has sentimental value for Childress. It's a landmark stock-car racing stadium and more could be done with it, Patterson said, though he declined to provide further information about what else could be done. "We do have an interest in it," he said.(full story at the Winston Salem Journal)(6-15-2012)

  • Nu-Way Industries back in control of Irwindale Speedway : The first hurdle for racing to return to Irwindale Speedway has been cleared. Track owner Nu-Way Industries, Inc. has regained control of the track, considered by many the best short track in America, after a decision in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Jason Rund, the Chapter 7 trustee for Irwindale Speedway, LLC, ended the 33-year lease late last week. That frees Nu-Way to determine what it will do with the property, which includes state-of-the-art half- and third-mile gradually banked ovals and an eighth-mile drag strip. The lease was to expire on July 9, 2029. L.A. Racing, which operates a racing school on the property and is not affiliated with Irwindale Speedway, LLC, has continued running its classes and programs since track general manager Bob DeFazio filed bankruptcy papers on Feb. 13. "We're just trying to feel our way through," Nu-Way's Jay Garrett said. "We weren't able to do too much because the property was tied up with the bankruptcy. We can go ahead now." Garrett said that the pair have received hundreds of phone calls from parties interested in buying the property or entering into a new lease. "(Racing) will take a little longer to get re-geared back up," Garrett said. "But there are a couple of leading candidates. We'll have to see what it has to take to put it together."(more info at the Pasadena Star News)(3-23-2012)

  • Daytona International Speedway to add short track races in 2013: There will be no gap in the 2013 Speedweeks stock-car schedule. Beginning next year, Daytona International Speedway's "dark days," or the Monday and Tuesday before the Daytona 500, will be filled with a mega national event on a short track carved from the backstretch area fronting the Lund Grandstands. "When I think about adding a short track event here, it's just an opportunity to connect with that local racer supporting NASCAR," Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said. "Thinking about them, getting the chance to run at the World Center of Racing, it felt like the right thing to do. Whether it's a hobby or profession, everybody should have the chance to race at Daytona." The lineup includes drivers from NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East and West; Whelen Modified Tour North and South; and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I, or weekly track. While all the details are not known -- the official announcement is Friday -- The News-Journal has learned Daytona will create a defined, 0.4-mile, flat oval using the newly paved racetrack and skid pad surfaces. Removable concrete barriers will be used to identify the short track course. The two-day racing program will run under the lights. Any K&N or Whelen race winner throughout the 2012 season will get an automatic ticket to Daytona's event. NASCAR's top 10 weekly track drivers (the Whelan All-American Series) will also get a Daytona invitation. In addition NASCAR champions from Canada, Mexico and Europe will receive invites to this inaugural short track competition.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-16-2012)

  • Irwindale group files for bankruptcy: Irwindale Speedway LLC, the management group that runs the track, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Monday, the same day track management canceled the 2012 racing season. In the paperwork filed at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District, it shows that Irwindale Speedway LLC owes creditors $331,773.11. The largest amount is $150,000 owed on a personal-injury claim. Irwindale Speedway LLC owes Nu-Way Industries Inc., the company that owns the property where the track and offices are built, $55,000 in rent. Irwindale Speedway LLC has two more outstanding personal injury claims with unknown values. There is also a debt of $8,093.51 owed to the city of Irwindale Police Department, $16,379.58 owed to the Golden State Water Company and $1,437.50 owed to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune for advertising. Irwindale Speedway vice president and general manager Bob DeFazio did not return a phone message. There are four buildings on the Irwindale Speedway property owned by Nu-Way Industries valued at an estimated $31 million, according to documents obtained from the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector.(full story at ESPN LA)(2-16-2012)

  • Irwindale Speedway closing? UPDATE: On Saturday, workers appeared to be closing down the Irwindale Speedway facility, which has had the biggest NASCAR short track races on the West Coast for more than a decade. Workers were dismantling the pit grandstand, which is adjacent to the first turn. They were also taking apart storage areas. The large billboard bordering the San Gabriel Valley River Freeway was not lit up for the first time in its history, barring power outages, and the track's web site was taken off the Internet. "They went out of business," said a prominent Irwindale racer who did not want to be identified. Vice president and general manager Bob DeFazio and some staff members were in the locked administration building Saturday morning, a moving truck backed up to the office's side entrance and a moving box stacked outside. DeFazio, through track operations director Bob Klein, refused to comment. Klein would only say an announcement would be made Monday. Efforts to reach DeFazio were unsuccessful. The track's eighth-mile facility remained intact on Saturday, but according to a source, workers were given a final paycheck after last Thursday's regular street legal session. The elimination of the pit grandstand is significant because teams usually put their crews in those seats so that if there is a problem on the track, they could quickly get to their pit stall and fix the car and get it racing again. L.A. Racing, a school not owned by Irwindale Speedway LLC, the consortium of owners led by Jim Williams, has 12 schools planned within the next month. "They have not said a word," L.A. Racing's Ozzie Blackwell said. "We have no idea. We're assuming it's a go. We've been told it's a go." If only the racing operation is closed, the track could still be used for filming commercials, movies and television shows, an endeavor that has been very successful. Many racing commercials, with the likes of 1969 Indianapolis 500 champion and 1978 Formula One champion Mario Andretti and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, have been shot at the facility. Recently a Hyundai commercial viewed during the Super Bowl was shot. That shoot took three nights. Rumors have swirled for months about new ownership. Lucas Oil Products and Tony Stewart, who owns tracks including famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, were rumored to be interested in buying the facility.(in part from the Los Angeles Daily News)(2-13-2012)
    UPDATE: Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, once hailed as perhaps the best short track for minor-league NASCAR racing, said Monday it has canceled its 2012 season. Amid speculation that the half-mile speedway might be closed or sold in the face of dwindling crowds, its management issued a one-sentence statement announcing the cancellation and providing no other details. Track officials could not immediately be reached to elaborate, but the speedway's website also had been taken down.(Loa Angeles Times)(2-13-2013)

  • Nominations for Promoters of the Year: Readers of Racing Promotion Monthly this year selected three first-time and three repeat nominees as Regional Auto Racing Promoters of the Year. They came from among 87 different short tracks in 33 states receiving votes. The nominees' experience ranges from six years to over 30 years. For the first time in the history of the award, all the regional nominees operate dirt tracks. One is affiliated with UMP for weekly racing, one with ASA, one with IMCA, one with WISSOTA, and two operate independently. All the nominated tracks are 1/3-mile or shorter.
    The nominees are: Region One, the Eastern Region, Andrew Harpell, Five-Mile Point (NY) Speedway; Region Two, the Southeastern Region, James "Redd" Griffin, Screven (GA) Motor Speedway; Region Three, the Central Region, Bob Sargent, Macon (IL) and Paducah (KY) Speedways; Region Four, the Northern Region, Wayne Anderson, Don & Linus Mack, and Darren Evavold, River Cities (ND) Speedway; Region Five, the Great Plains Region, Roger Hadan, Eagle (NE) Raceway; and the Rocky Mountain West Region, Steve Beitler, Skagit (WA) Speedway. Harpell received his third consecutive nomination, and Sargent his second, following a Prior 2002 nomination and Beitler his second nomination. The Griffin, Hadan, and the Grand Forks quartet are first time nominees. The Auto Racing Promoter of the Year ballot will soon reach promoters. The Thirty-Sixth ARPY will be revealed during the Thirty-Ninth Annual RPM Speedweek National Workshop at the Plaza Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach, FL; February 20, 2012.
    The Auto Racing Promoter of the Year is short track racing's most prestigious award. It is awarded each year after voting by promoters. The award was originated in 1976 by the editors of Racing Promotion Monthly. Voting is conducted in two phases: a preliminary ballot in the newsletter nominates candidates in six regions. The six candidates become Regional Promoters of the Year and then appear on a second ballot for final voting. The Queensland family, Deer Creek (MN) Speedway, received the award last year.(Racing Promotion Monthly)(1-2-2012)

  • Mansfield Motorsports Park sale delayed until after appeals court ruling: The court order to sell Mansfield Motorsports Park at a sheriff's sale has been stayed until an appeals panel rules on a legal question. At issue is whether owners of the racetrack on the city's north end facility can retroactively challenge MMP's property tax assessment through the court system, bypassing usual processes set up under state law. The Fifth District Court of Appeals will hear that dispute in Mansfield on Jan. 12. Richland County Treasurer Bart W. Hamilton filed in September 2010 to foreclose against MMP for past-due property taxes. Since that time, total delinquency has climbed to $262,000, according to the treasurer's office. Mansfield Motorsports Park then separately filed a court action against the Richland County auditor and state tax commissioner, asking Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese to intervene to provide tax relief.(full story at Mansfield News Journal)(12-14-2011)

  • Crawford takes reigns at Mobile International Speedway: UPDATE more info: NASCAR driver Rick Crawford has entered into a multi-year agreement to manage and promote Mobile International Speedway. Crawford's career began at MIS racing for owner's Lee and Ida Fields and has now come full circle with his return to the Speedway. "I am truly humbled that Ida Fields has chosen me to takeover her and Lee's baby. Growing up, I thought winning at Daytona was just a dream and that dream came true, today another dream has become a reality," said Crawford. "We've got a lot of work to do and I hope our fans and our racers will be patient with us as we get started." Ida Fields added the following: "I had a great partner in Lee and we were able to build the track into something special. I see a lot of Lee in Rick and Lee would be so proud that Rick has come back to Mobile International Speedway." Crawford's management team is in place as of today and are in the process of preparing for the Speedway's Annual Swap Meet this Saturday [March 19th] as well as the Miller Lite Super Late Model series season opener on March 26th. Known as the fastest half mile in Alabama, Mobile International Speedway hosts racing every other Saturday night. Six different classes of cars compete at MIS; Island Motors II Bombers, Bob's Speed Shop Sportsman, Praytor Realty Super Stocks, Alabama Pipe and Supply Modifieds, Midwest Cooling Towers Pro-Late Models and Miller Lite Super Late Models. The Winged Sprint cars are set to make a special appearance on July 9th. Rick Crawford Performance, L.L.C. is based out of Concord, North Carolina Rick Crawford Performance provides promotions, entertainment and racing performance consulting services from local racing to NASCAR. Currently, Rick Crawford Performance has an ARCA team, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team in it's North Carolina facility.(Rick Crawford Performance PR)(3-15-2011)
    UPDATE: Formal announcement was made at a luncheon at a local Mobile, Alabama restaurant today. Mobile International Speedway, has now become a Rick Crawford Performance Track. Crawford has a three-year agreement to run the Speedway, with an option for three more years, with the track's owner, Ida Fields. Crawford said that he would like to see Mobile International Speedway become a "full-blown entertainment facility" with outdoor summer concerts, defensive driving classes for kids and eventually something along the lines of the "Snowball Derby" at Mobile International Speedway. Crawford also said that he's not done racing yet; and hopes to run a few more truck races this year. He would like to run Talladega, possibly others if able to pick up a ride in a good truck. Crawford ended his remarks by saying that he's driven race cars all over the United States, but is glad to call Mobile home.(3-15-2011)

  • Tax-cut legislation includes benefits for NASCAR Tracks: A host of industries, from Caribbean distilleries to Hollywood producers, would gain billions in tax breaks and other subsidies under compromise tax-cut legislation now moving its way through Congress. The $858 billion package approved by the Senate is focused primarily on continuing the Bush administration tax cuts for two years, extending unemployment benefits and other large-scale expenditures. But buried inside the legislation are more than $55 billion in other giveaways and tax reductions for some of Washington's most influential industry groups. Owners of NASCAR tracks and other motor-sports facilities would benefit from two more years of a tax policy making it cheaper for them to fund capital projects. Estimated cost to taxpayers: $40 million. The motor-sports provision stems from an ongoing dispute between racetrack owners and the Internal Revenue Service, which concluded that racing facilities should be subject to longer depreciation schedules - thus decreasing tax benefits for owners. The motor-sports industry, including the popular NASCAR series, argues that a shorter, seven-year depreciation schedule used by amusement parks and similar facilities should apply instead. Congress has periodically approved the accelerated depreciation schedule since 2004; the tax-cuts bill would extend the provision again through 2011. The main beneficiaries of the provision would be large track owners such as International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports. But other racing organizations also support the change. "For us to be able to run our events at the track, you have to have quality facilities," said Ramsey Poston, managing director of corporate communications at NASCAR. "Being able to provide the track owners the opportunity to invest more in their tracks and make them better and safer is important for us and our fans."(in part from the Washingtom Post)(12-18-2010)

  • Racers Reunion - Occoneechee - Orange Speedway: On Friday and Saturday August 27th and 28th - The Historic Speedway Group will host the Fourth Annual Celebration of the Automobile Car Show & Racers Reunion. The Occoneechee-Orange Speedway is the only surviving dirt race track from NASCAR's inaugural season in 1948. Racers Reunion will feature guest appearances by prominent NASCAR drivers and Car Owners as well as celebrities of the racing fraternity. including:
    *Cotton Owens - "King of the Modifieds" - famed racing driver and car owner of Junior Johnson, David Pearson - Grand National Championship, 1966
    *Hoss Ellington - famous NASCAR racer & team owner (Donnie Allison & A.J. Foyt)
    *Rex White - NASCAR Champion, 1960, Most popular Driver & Driver of the year (1960) and winner, Dixie 400 in 1962 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    *Marvin Panch - Superspeedway Winner, Daytona 500, Atlanta 500 & World 600 (Charlotte)
    The history of the Occoneechee Speedway will be the primary focus on the event, and all in attendance will be invited to walk the historic .9 mile dirt track and ramble through miles of forested trails along the Eno River. Restoration of the Occoneechee-Orange Speedway includes a recently rebuilt Ticket Office that now houses a valuable collection of historic racing memorabilia. The Mens and Ladies Out Houses, the Flag Stand and a freshly refubished Concession Stand-Press Box provide glimpses of the historic racing era that brought NASCAR to life.
    All events taking place during the Racers Reunion will be free and open to the general public - beginning with the Friday night Cruise-In with a Twist at the Shops at Daniel Boone, South Churton Street, Hillsborough. The two day event will be held at the Historic Occoneechee-Orange Speedway, Elizabeth Brady Road/Highway 70-A, Hillsborough, NC. More info at Historic Speedway Group.(8-26-2010)

  • California tragedies highlight dangers of racing: Safety concerns for both drivers and fans are swirling in California after two tragic accidents over the weekend that killed the driver of a racing big rig and eight spectators of an off-road race in the desert. In Marysville, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, Merle Shepard, the 56-year-old driver of a racing big rig, was killed when he overturned after becoming tangled with another truck. Shepard's truck had no roll cage, and questions remained whether there should have been one. The racetrack announced it would cancel the rest of its racing season, which was to continue through Oct. 23. A message on the raceway's Facebook page Sunday said that due to the accident, "the track is closed for the rest of 2010." Earlier Sunday, race promoters Paul and Kathy Hawes said the racetrack would permanently close after 46 years. The Haweses said they made their decision to close the track after consulting with track owner Richard Sinnott. However, when reached later in the day Sunday, Sinnott would neither confirm nor deny the course's permanent shutdown.
    AND At the California 200 off-road competition in Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino County, an off-road racing pickup went out of control coming off a jump and plowed into a crowd of spectators, killing eight people and injuring 12 others. On Saturday, when 28-year-old Brett M. Sloppy lost control of a modified Ford Ranger during the annual California 200 in Lucerne Valley, near Los Angeles. No barricades separate the track from spectators in the Mojave Desert race track, and the races there are infamous for fans' ability to get so close to the action that you can literally reach out and touch the trucks as they race by. The California Highway Patrol estimates, Sloppy - who isn't expected to face any charges in the incident - was going about 45 to 50 miles per hour when he flipped into the crowd.(in part from abcactionnews.com and Appeal-Democrat)(8-17-2010)

  • Lakewood Speedway Reunion: The third annual Lakewood Speedway Reunion, coming up Saturday, August 7th at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located in the Dawsonville Municipal Complex at 415 HWY 53 E in Dawsonville, Georgia. This year, we plan to honor the Flock Brothers of NASCAR fame, Tim, Bob and Fonty, who were among the winningest drivers of record at Lakewood. Along with the three brothers, we plan to honor the other members of the Flock family that made them a unique group in the annals of Georgia Auto Racing. We're also anticipating a big turnout from the motorcycle community, as several former two-wheel racers have said they plan to come out to the event this year for the first time as we also prepare to induct our first champion motorcycle racer, Ted Edwards, into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in October. We're also planning to have a host of vintage dirt track racing motorcycles on hand to pay homage to the two-wheeled history that was written at Lakewood, along with all the four wheel history there.(Georgia Racing Hall of Fame)(7-29-2010)

  • Kansas race track celebrates 100 years: On July 4, 1910, three cars entered the first auto race held in Belleville, Kan. Auto racing was a relatively new sporting event in 1910, as was the automobile. Those three cars and their drivers that day were part of a much larger sporting contingency ... horse racing. The only documentation that has been located about that first auto race in Belleville is buried in a newspaper story featuring the horse racing of July 4, 1910. The Belleville High Banks [a half mile circle dirt track] will hold the Belleville 100 in honor of the race that took place 100 years ago. More info at belleville100.com.(6-29-2010)

  • Jeff Gordon part of Ohio track plan: Jeff Gordon's name is being linked to a project to turn an old Ohio baseball stadium into a race track, Gordon's stepfather, John Bickford, who's also the vice president and general manager of Jeff Gordon Inc., says Gordon would help design the half-mile track at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, OH. Bickford says the project also could include a school for mechanics school and auto technology center similar to one Gordon is involved with in Charlotte, N.C. The developer says Gordon's company would become a partner in the track, which still requires several approvals. Bickford came to Columbus yesterday to meet with community leaders and residents and gauge their interest. Some residents have been concerned that the track would be too noisy. Gordon's involvement brings credibility to a project that's been discussed for almost two years, said officials who attended the meeting at Cooper Stadium. Gordon is involved in the Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology at Central Piedmont Community College in suburban Charlotte, N.C. A similar program could be created at the Cooper Stadium track, dubbed Cooper Park, Bickford said. Bickford said there's been no decision on whether Gordon's company would directly invest in the track.(Columbus Dispatch)(1-30-2010)

  • Former Orange Speedway site could become highway: The N.C. Department of Transportation is considering a new road that would bisect the Occoneechee-Orange Speedway, NASCAR's third-ever dirt track. Built in 1948, it's now a natural area that attracts runners, dog-walkers, wild turkeys and dozens of racing preservationists. "This is sacred ground," said Apex resident and racer Gene Hobby, 72, touring the speedway on Wednesday. "DOT better not come through here."
       Crossing the track is one of three DOT alternatives for routing traffic from N.C. 86 around downtown Hillsborough. All start near its junction with U.S. 70A and run north to U.S. 70 near St.Mary's Road. Boards oppose options The speedway route would also pass within 100 feet of the historic house at Ayr Mount, a plantation that turns 200 years old in 2015. Another route would knock out about 20 homes, and the third would pave Poplar Ridge overlooking the Eno River. The Hillsborough Town Board and the Orange County Board of Commissioners have opposed all three options. The boards prefer other means of relieving congestion along N.C. 86, the town's main north-south corridor, which passes directly through the quaint downtown. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens calls DOT's alternatives "20th-century solutions for a 21st-century problem."
       He wants to improve public transit and create multiple routes around downtown with minor realignments of existing roads. "They've got 100 ways to go around town without coming through here," Hobby said of the speedway. Vince Rhea, a DOT project planning engineer, said the Federal Highway Administration and the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office will scrutinize the speedway crossing because of its impact on the national landmarks. "If you've got another alternative that's feasible and prudent, you're going to have a hard time going through a protected property," he said. "They're not likely to do that." Rhea said the DOT and other state and federal agencies will decide by the end of March whether to proceed with the bypass. Construction would be unlikely to start for at least five years, he said.
       Hobby and his partners in the Historic Speedway Group have spent the past two years restoring the track. They've cleared trees that had overgrown the dirt track and rebuilt the ticket booth, flag stand and corrugated metal fence around the grounds. Craig, now the group's president, figures they've spent about $70,000 and thousands of volunteer hours on the project. The Orange Speedway is one of three auto race tracks on the National Register of Historic Places. The others are the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.(News and Observer)(12-28-2009)

  • National Speedway Directory Co-Founder Retires: Frost Motorsports, LLC, a financial advisory firm for the motorsports industry, has acquired "National Speedway Directory" from Allan E. Brown. The deal includes Speedwaysonline.com and "The History of America's Speedways." Allan E. Brown will remain as a consultant to the publication. He has been associated with National Speedway Directory for over 30 years. Widely recognized as an authoritarian on the history of auto racing, Allan E. Brown has visited over 2,000 auto racing facilities. He has received the RPM Promoters Workshops prestigious "Stew Reamer Award" for lifetime service to the weekly auto racing industry. Frost Motorsports, LLC President Timothy W. Frost said, "National Speedway Directory is a highly respected publication. It is considered as the authoritative source for racing facility information. We are excited to continue the tradition, while exploring opportunities for growth." National Speedway Directory is an information source for the motorsports industry. It prints listings of oval tracks, dragstrips, road courses, sanctions, publications, museums and race schedules. National Speedway Directory has been published annually since 1975.(PR)(12-16-2009)

  • U.S. House Votes to Extend NASCAR Track Tax Breaks: Extending temporary tax breaks has become nearly routine for Congress, but pressure is building to review the provisions and perhaps send some to the trash heap. A tax break for NASCAR racetrack facilities has been singled out as suspect by some Democrats on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. "I questioned it. I have not seen its usefulness," said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D., N.J.). "I thought this would be a good example to get to the bigger question of do these things work anymore?" The NASCAR break, estimated to cost $45 million to extend for one year, is included in the bill passed by the House on Wednesday. It is important to race complex operators including Speedway Motorsports Inc. and International Speedway Corp. The provision allows a quicker, seven-year depreciation schedule for new construction and improvements to racetracks, grandstands, parking lots and other parts of track facilities. It was first enacted in 2004 tax legislation, after track operators argued they deserved similar depreciation treatment as theme-park rides and equipment, rather than the longer amortization periods used by operators of sports stadiums.(Wall Street Journal)(12-14-2009)

  • Bobby Hamilton Jr. buys race track: Nationwide driver and former Sprint Cup Series driver, Bobby Hamilton Jr. took over Highland Rim Speedway in Greenbrier TN on Wednesday, December 2nd. Hamilton immediately announced that the 2010 season will get underway on March 13th, with a complete schedule to be released soon. Hamilton also stated that he intends to refurbish the aging facility. Hitting the ground running, Hamilton announced 2010 rules meetings beginning Monday, December 7th. Fairgrounds Speedway competitors, now without a home, are invited to attend and race at Highland Rim. Highland Rim Speedway is a 1/3 mile high banked paved oval.(Middle Tennessee Racing Scene)(12-5-2009)

  • Bruton to build race tracks in the Mid East? Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., is in negotiations to build three race tracks in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. It is not clear yet if Smith and SMI would assist in ownership and/or operation of the facilities, or simply construct them and hand over the keys to the Emir of Qatar and his royal family, but Smith said Friday that he hopes to have all the details worked out soon, perhaps within another week. Smith said he was approached about construction of the tracks by the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani -- and not the other way around. The Emir was in the international news recently for reportedly offering 400 million euros to purchase the former Elysee Palace Hotel in Paris. The Emir is said to be a great fan of all forms of auto racing, and several of his representatives met late last week with Smith and his associates to put the finishing touches on an agreement to have SMI build the three tracks in Qatar. That didn't quite come to pass, but Smith said the two parties are moving closer toward finalizing everything so construction can begin. Smith said the preliminary plan is to have each track seat no more than 40,000 and that he has been informed the Emir has a unique plan in mind for filling them.(NASCAR.com)(11-7-2009)

  • Scott Wimmer to purchase speedway: NASCAR driver and Wausau native Scott Wimmer along with Wausau area land developed Ron Wimmer announced their purchase of State Park Speedway. The Speedway, located in the Town of Rib Mountain, just outside of Wausau, WI was put up for sale at the end of the 2009 race season. "State Park Speedway has always been special to me," says Scott Wimmer, "It's where I got my start in racing, so to be able to keep SPS as a racetrack and support the racing community that supported me is pretty exciting." More info at asamidwesttour.com.(11-7-2009)

  • Dale Jr's name off race track project: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s name has been dropped from the planned $640 million motorsports park off Interstate 65 in Prichard, whose investors now plan to use a new 5-cent sales tax to help develop the complex, according to investors in the project. "Dale is focusing on racing, and his sponsor demands have gone up incredibly," Bill Futterer of PSE-3 and Futterer Partners said Tuesday evening. Futterer's Raleigh, N.C., marketing firm is working on what had been called Alabama Motorsports Park, A Dale Earnhardt Jr. Speedway. "We have agreed not to extend his personal services agreement," Futterer said. Also gone are agreements with Earnhardt's sister, Kelly Earnhardt Elledge, and his race-driver brother, Kerry Earnhardt, Futterer said. He added, "we're not upset, and they are not angry." An effort Tuesday evening to reach Earnhardt through his Hendrick Motorsports race team was unsuccessful. Gulf Coast Entertainment, the group of 30 or so investors in the project, want a name that will fit what they see as a total entertainment complex, not just a race venue, he said. The project includes three tracks - a seven-tenths-mile oval with 75,000 seats, a karting track, and a road course - plus an RV park and basic infrastructure at the 2,400-acre site along Ala. 158. But developers envision their project as a draw for hotels, entertainment and retail venues that others will develop on the property. When fully built out, developers estimate the complex could create 4,800 jobs.(Alabama Live)(8-13-2009)

  • Eleven people hurt at race track UPDATE: At least three people were critically injured and eight others were taken to hospitals after two buses crashed into a wall in front of the grandstand at the Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The crash occurred at about 10:35 p.m. during a Crash-A-Rama event. Witnesses said that it did not seem that the buses were traveling fast at the time of the crash. Firefighters said six of the injured were transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital, while three others were sent to Mount Carmel West Hospital. Two others were taken to Grant Medical Center. The occurred a little over a month after a platform collapsed at the speedway, injuring six people. The extent of injuries to those who were critically hurt was not immediately known. See more at wbns10tv.com and Columbus Dispatch.(5-24-2009)
    UPDATE: SPEEDtv's Ray Dunlap drove the lead bus, before getting rammed by the other driver and is OK with no injuries.
    AND A co-owner of the Columbus Motor Speedway said he is optimistic that the track will reopen for this weekend's races after a crash injured 12 spectators Saturday night. The wreck left a 5-foot-wide hole in a 4-foot-high concrete restraining wall ringing the speedway. Jeff Nuckles said he hoped a repair crew would fix it this week, in time for the track to host its normal Saturday night stock car races. Two school buses were racing as part of a "Crash-A-Rama" at the speedway in Obetz when one hit the other and both crashed into the wall in front of a grandstand. Flying chunks of the wall hit spectators, although most of the people injured were actually leaning on a fence in front of or at the side of the grandstand, Hamilton Township Fire Chief Jerry Lupfer said. There is a gap of several feet between the wall and the fence. A separate fence rises above the wall to protect spectators from debris flying from the track. Ten of the 12 injured spectators were taken to local hospitals with mostly minor injuries. Six were children. Two people were taken to Grant Medical Center as possible serious trauma cases, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Lupfer said. None of the spectators' names or conditions was available yesterday.(Columbus Dispatch.(5-25-2009)

  • Evernham's Track debuts with Full House/Field: A record crowd packed East Lincoln Speedway Saturday night for the grand opening of the newly revamped 3/8 mile clay oval. RE Driver's MeetingUnder the new ownership of veteran NASCAR crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham along with his business partner Bob Mack, a capacity crowd flooded the facility to see the many upgrades and improvements made to the 20-year-old speedway. East Lincoln Victory LaneEast Lincoln Speedway will be back in action this Saturday night April 11 with a full racing program. East Lincoln Speedway is located at 1873 Mariposa Rd in Stanley, NC.(PR)(4-8-2009)

  • Dover Motorsports sells Memphis Motorsports Park: Dover Motorsports announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Memphis Motorsports Park to Gulf Coast Entertainment, L.L.C. Under the terms of the agreement, Dover Motorsports will sell all of the stock of its subsidiary Memphis International Motorsports Corporation, the owner of Memphis Motorsports Park, to Gulf Coast Entertainment for $10 million in cash. Gulf Coast Entertainment is the owner of a newly proposed multi-use entertainment complex in Mobile, AL which is projected to be operational in 2011. As additional consideration for the purchase, Dover Motorsports will receive a two percent non-dilutable interest in Gulf Coast Entertainment and will have an agreement to provide motorsports management services to Alabama Motorsports Park [A Dale Earnhardt Jr. Speedway] when the facilities become operational. Closing is expected to take place on or about April 30, 2009 and is subject to financing and customary closing conditions. Memphis Motorsports Park does not contemplate any schedule changes in 2009 and will continue to host events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. It will continue operations under the ownership of Gulf Coast Entertainment, but will operate under a management agreement with Dover Motorsports. In connection with securing NASCAR's approval of the transaction, Dover Motorsports is expected to guarantee the obligations of Memphis Motorsports Park under its sanction agreements with NASCAR for the 2009 season.(Dover Motorsports PR)(1-30-2009)

  • ServiceMaster Clean Inks Deal with ISC & SMI Race Tracks: ServiceMaster Clean announced that it has signed a unique partnership agreement to be the first-ever official sponsor of the caution period during races at International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated (SMI) race tracks across the nation. When there is a problem on the track, the ServiceMaster Clean Yellow Flag will wave, and the company's familiar yellow trucks will be dispatched to clean the track. In racing, a yellow flag means cleaning. Restoration must be done quickly and professionally in order to get back to racing. In homes and businesses across North America, a yellow ServiceMaster Clean van means cleaning and restoration is being done quickly and professionally by America's number one cleaning team. ServiceMaster Clean will have official and exclusive sponsorship of the Yellow Flag- now to be known as ServiceMaster Clean Caution periods - at all 19 ISC and SMI race tracks around the country. These racetracks feature 31 Sprint Cup, 24 Nationwide and 17 Camping World Truck Series races and hundreds of other racing events. In fact, there will hardly be a race for the next five years where ServiceMaster Clean does not have a large presence. All cleaning and drying vehicles and equipment will feature the ServiceMaster Clean logo and colors, and the clean-up teams will wear bright yellow ServiceMaster Clean jumpsuits. The multi-year agreement is not limited to what happens on the track, but also includes national coverage on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Performance Racing Network (PRN), hospitality events for franchise owners, the right to create and sell promotional merchandise and a host of other marketing opportunities designed to generate consistent visibility.(C4 Explosive Communications PR)(1-16-2009)

  • Demolition begins at Birmingham International Raceway: The wrecking ball from Brasfield and Gorrie took a few swings -- mostly for the gathered crowd of city officials and others -- but the massive concrete structure that makes up the grandtsands at Birmingham International Raceway wasn't about to yield easily. When demolition of one of the oldest race tracks in America is complete, the new $55 million Fair Park project will include a natatorium with an Olympic-sized pool and an indoor track arena that will allow state high schools to once again hold indoor track competition. Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford took the controls of the crane briefly but didn't make much of a dent in the structure.(Alabama Live)(1-31-2009)

  • Tucson Raceway Park in trouble: The operator of Tucson Raceway Park has pulled out of his agreement with the Southwestern Fair Commission, putting in doubt the future of stock-car racing at the 3/8-mile track southeast of Tucson. The fair commission and the leaseholder, Deery Sports West, are looking for a new operator and said they are optimistic they can find someone before the season starts in March. They said a number of groups have expressed interest in running the track, but they were not ready to name names and no deal is imminent. The track, which is owned by Pima County and leased along with the Pima County Fairgrounds to the Southwestern Fair Commission, is the only paved short track in Arizona. The fair commission leases the track to Deery Sports West, which ran the track for several years before subleasing it yet again to Innovative Racing LLC 2 1/2 years ago. It is Innovative Racing that has pulled out of the agreement, saying it can no longer operate the track. Deery Sports remains the primary leaseholder, but the family that runs it now is based in Illinois, running tracks there. Southwest Fair Commission Executive Director Jon Baker said Deery needs to either run the track or find someone to run it. "We do not intend to shut it down," Baker said.(Arizona Star)(1-4-2009)

  • Elliott's brother named GM of speedway: Peachstate Speedway in Jefferson, Georgia was renamed Gresham Motorsports Park. Racetrack owners Jim Gresham, Dan Elliott of the famous Elliott family of Dawsonville, Georgia, has been named the General Manager of Gresham Motorsports Park. "We plan to do an Extreme Makeover Race Track Edition" Elliott said in a brief interview. He has been in racing almost all of his life, from short tracks to NASCAR, and he plans to use every resource available to make this the best racetrack in the country. "This track once hosted some of the most famous drivers that ever raced and if anyone can do that again I want to be the man to do it and I want this to be the track where new talent is discovered. I am excited and proud to be a part of the new Gresham Motorsports Park and highly praise the Greshams and Gene Roberts for this awesome opportunity." For further information see www.greshammotorsportspark.com.(Gresham Motorsports Park)(1-1-2009)

  • Mansfield cancels Truck race UPDATE closes: from the Mansfield Motorsports Park site: Due to the economic times that we are all facing, Mansfield Motorsports Park will not be hosting the 2009 NASCAR Truck Race. We will begin processing refunds immediately. Please accept our apologies and please be patient while we are going through the refund process. We apologize for any inconvenience.(12-17-2008)
    UPDATE: Mansfield Motorsports Park is closing its doors. The northside half-mile oval was thrown into limbo Wednesday when the NASCAR Camping World (formerly Craftsman) Truck Series race scheduled for May 23 was canceled. "As of right now, we will not be staying open. We have no events planned," track owner Mike Dzurilla said. "I dealt with the unfortunate task of telling my remaining employees that, by Christmas, they would be unemployed. Unfortunately, this has been in the works for quite some time. I tried to pull a rabbit out of the hat, but my last option ran out (Tuesday) night." When asked if he would sell the track, Dzurilla was noncommittal. Dzurilla, who brought the truck series to Mansfield in 2004, said the flagging economy forced his hand. "This is a purely economic decision. We were unable to locate a title sponsor (for the truck race)," he said. "With the economy the way it is, anybody with money right now is hanging onto it. It's business."(Mansfield Journal)(12-18-2008)

  • New Smyrna track to get busy, not Disney and Texas World Speedway?: last week NASCAR banned testing at its sanctioned tracks, providing a small, silver lining to short tracks that can host NASCAR test sessions. As for Central Florida short tracks, New Smyrna Speedway is in position to gain the most. Orlando Speedworld, at 3/8 of a mile, is much too small to be useful for testing. The mile-long tri-oval at Disney World is the right size, but its surface makes it unlike any NASCAR track. Darrell Fry, sports media director for Walt Disney World, said they have neither received nor expect any requests from NASCAR teams.(Orlando Sentinel)
    TEXAS? but what about Texas World Speedway a two mile "D" shaped oval with 22 degree banking turns with 8 degree banking in the front of the grandstands, it is still in operation.(11-22-2008)

  • Trenton Speedway to be remembered: Trenton International Speedway which was located on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in the capital city and closed in 1980 will again be in the spotlight as one of the key attractions of the weekend of the Motorsports 2009 Race Car & Trade Show at the Atlantic City, NJ Convention Center, January 16 & 17th. "In my younger years I spent a lot of time at the speedway. My family operated the souvenir concession," said Motorsports 2009 produced Len Sammons. "It is a shame that there has been little or nothing done to remember what a great speedway it was. We are going to try to change that with our trip down 'memory lane' at our show." For the Motorsports 2009 weekend, many of the race cars that were seen in action at Trenton International Speedway will be on view. And, plans are in the works to have a number of the drivers and team members who participated there at the show to meet the fans. Originally a dirt oval, Trenton became a one-mile paved track in the mid-fifties. By the 1970s, until its final race, Trenton Speedway was a peanut shaped one and one-half mile track. Overall, it produced some exciting racing events throughout the years. Notable organizations such as NASCAR, USAC, ARDC and URC sanctioned the events. The final race run at Trenton was for the asphalt Modified stock cars, in June, 1980. That scheduled 134-lap event, which was called official after 79 circuits due to rain, was won by Geoff Bodine. The fairgrounds and speedway location has since been turned into an industrial complex and is also the site of the New Jersey Sculpture Gardens and the very classy Ratz Restaurant. The Motorsports 2009 Race Car & Trade Show will fill close to 300,000 square feet of the Atlantic City Convention Center and will offer just about everything imaginable in motorsports. Attendees will have the opportunity to collect autographs from a variety of national and regional racing figures. And as Motorsports 2009 takes place during the day on January 16th and 17th, the Gamblers Classic Indoor Auto Races will be take place at night at Atlantic City's famous Boardwalk Hall. Information on both events can be had at www.aarn.com. Ticket information is also available at the site or by telephoning (609) 888-3618.(AutoRacing1)(11-22-2008)

  • Roush: No plans to build test track: Back in the day, NASCAR team owner Jack Roush had contemplated building his own test track. On Saturday, the day after NASCAR had announced that it was banning all testing on the tracks it sanctions, Roush was asked if he had revived the idea. "I have neither the money nor the inclination to build a test track," Roush said. Roush also said he has no intention of circumventing NASCAR's ban. "If we could organize a situation where all the established teams could hold hands and resolve not to test outside of the NASCAR mandated or approved testing, not go to the skid pads, not go to Canada, not go to Pikes Peak or any of the places they are checking on," he said, "I'd be happier with that than to skirt around." Roush said, however, that if other teams started skirting, he would be forced to as well.(Kansas City Star)(11-20-2008)

  • Wall Turkey Derby XXXV on for Nov. 28-29: There will be a Turkey Derby XXXV at Wall Township Speedway Nov. 28-29. WTS's General Partners have made a agreement with its Operations Manager, Jim Morton, to reopen the 57-year-old banked paved one-third-mile oval for aa many as six dates in November. The first three dates are for practice sessions leading up to the post-Thanksgiving Day classic with Nov. 30 set aside as a rain date. Turkey Derby XXXV format, racing divisions and other details are to be posted on www.wallspeedway.com Sept. 7. The agreement allows a modified stock car racing tradition that Thomas and Jeannie Nicol started in 1974. Some of the best modified stock car drivers in the country have since competed against the local NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stars on the banked paved one-third mile oval. Turkey Derby XXXV is the first event on 'Big Wall' since Turkey Derby XXXIV was held Nov. 23-24, 2007. Justin Gumley, of Colts Neck, was crowned WAAS Turkey Derby Champion while James Civali, of Meridan, Conn. won the 100-lap Open Modified race. Details on wallspeedway.com.(PR)(10-4-2008)

  • Bailout bill gives tax break to Racetracks: A tax break for NASCAR racetracks and other motor-sports facilities is among the "sweeteners" tucked inside a 450-page financial-services bailout bill to make the package more palatable to lawmakers. The Senate-passed bill includes an array of so-called "tax extenders." One extends for two years a tax policy that had been allowed to expire in December that lets motor-sports facilities be treated the same as amusement parks and other entertainment complexes for tax purposes. That allowed them to write off their capital investments over a seven-year period. The motor sports industry feared that without a specific legal clarification, motor sports facilities would be required to depreciate their capital over 15 years or longer because of a recent Internal Revenue Service inquiry into the matter. That would make repaved tracks and new concession stands more expensive in the short term. It isn't a new tax break, rather the way tax law historically has been interpreted, said Lauri Wilks, the vice president of communications for Speedway Motorsports, which owns the NASCAR tracks in Fort Worth, Texas; Sonoma, Calif.; Concord, N.C.; and elsewhere. "It gives us incentive to go ahead and invest in our facilities," she said. Wilks said she couldn't put a price tag on the measure because track owners would pay the same amount, just over a longer period. "Whether you pay all up front or depreciate them over time, the cash outlay is the same," she said.
    A bill to extend the tax treatment had been introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and co-sponsored by a number of North Carolina members including Reps. Robin Hayes, a Republican, and Melvin Watt, a Democrat. Thompson and Hayes voted against the original bank bailout bill Monday, which didn't include the tax extenders added by the Senate and passed Wednesday. Neither has said how he'll vote when the House takes up the new bill. In the Senate, the motor sports provision was sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Some watchdog groups oppose loading up the bill with unrelated items. "Unfortunately, it took a legitimately historic piece of legislation that lawmakers on principle could vote for or against it, and they just loaded it up with business as usual, a huge tax package not related at all to the bailout, and crammed it over to the House," said Steve Ellis, the vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan budget watchdog group. "And it's going to be interesting to see whether this turns any votes or not."(McClatchy Newspapers)(10-3-2008)

  • USA Speedway in Lakeland to close: USA International Speedway in Lakeland, the largest and one of the better known short tracks in Florida, will close after Saturday night's Florida Triple Crown race and be torn down. The site of the -mile speedway will be converted into an industrial park. It opened in 1995 and hosted races for ARCA, ASA and the Hooters Pro Cup Series. It also was the site of testing by NASCAR teams throughout the years including those of two-time champion Tony Stewart, 2000 champion Bobby Labonte and Daytona Beach's Mark Martin.(Florida Today)(7-31-2008)

  • Pikes Peak to reopen: PPIR has a new owner with plans to resume racing at the 1.5 mile track [actually 1 mile oval, and 1.3 mile road course]. Arden Weatherford, the new owner is saying little. But the group planning to hold a race at the facility Labor Day weekend says the grounds and ashpalt are in good shape. Members of the National Auto Sport Association [NASA] plan to hold road races and offer high performance driving during the three day weekend. Their regional director walked the grounds on Monday. Dave Balingit says the new owner has a great deal of experience as a racing promoter and track manager and believes the new venture will be successful. PPIR closed in November of 2005.(koaa.com)(7-25-2008)

  • New Jersey Track Closes: Speculation that Wall Township Speedway would not open this season are fact, not fiction, a fax from managing partner Timothy H. Shinn of Manasquan said on Friday. Shinn's signature represented the four partners who own the speedways - Fred Archer, Joseph Sanzari and the Creamer brothers (Fletch, Glenn and Dale). "It is with an extremely heavy heart that I must, at this time, formally announce the closing of our beloved Wall Township Speedway, formerly known to the vast majority of us as Wall Stadium," the release said.(Asbury Park Press), the track held on Cup race back on July 26, 1958, won by Jim Reed.(Racing Reference)(3-15-2008)

  • Carolina Motorsports Park back in biz: Carolina Motorsports Park is back better than ever after a brief period of closing its doors to undergo extensive improvements and track renovations, offering motorsports enthusiasts much to be excited about. The new management team, with their extensive expertise in racing, added alternate turn configurations, built twenty four day garages, added a 200 ft. x 50 ft. wet/dry skid pad, and repaved most of the corners, offering increased speeds, reduced tire wear, and better grip. And this is just the beginning of what is to be a multi-phase track overhaul.
    Revisions have been made to turns 12, 13 & 14. Turns 12 and 13 now offer alternate configurations as well as increased speeds. Turn 14 has been permanently changed. The apex curbing has been removed and 16 ft. of pavement has been added to the inside of the corner, making it approximately 5 MPH faster. Most turns have been newly repaved. The previously sand paddock roads are also now paved. The new 200 ft wet/dry skidpad allows drivers to learn crucial car control skills in a safe controlled environment. The day garages guarantee guests the luxury of reserved spacious parking as well as their own paddock area with exclusive electrical access and shelter from the weather.
    In addition to the physical renovations and additions being done, on January 1st CMP officially launched The Palmetto Motorsports Club. The club has been created to offer affordable and easy track access to anyone with a passion for speed. Novice drivers/riders will find the advice and instruction they want from a staff of professional drivers, while experienced drivers can test and tune.
    Located just an hour from Charlotte in Kershaw, S.C., Carolina Motorsports Park is the only purpose-built road racing facility in the Carolinas. Sanctioned by The Sports Car Club of America and designed by famed track designer, Alan Wilson, the track offers a challenging 2.23 mile, 14-turn road course. It was built in 1999 by a small group of investors, led by driving enthusiasts Joe Hooker and Bob Humphreys. Teams competing in NASCAR, Champ Car, American Le Mans Series, Grand AM, Koni Challenge and World Challenge also utilize the track for testing. For more information and pictures about Carolina Motorsports Parks' expansion and The Palmetto Motorsports Club please go to www.carolinamotorsportspark.com.(3-1-2008)

  • Dolphin Stadium executives are interested in luring ROC to U.S.: [Miami] Dolphin Stadium executives are interested in luring Race of Champions to the United States. "When I went to [work for] Dolphin Stadium and the Miami Dolphins, part of my marching orders is to bring new events to the stadium," said Terry Bassett, Miami Dolphins vice president of business development and former executive at International Speedway Corp., which owns 12 tracks on which the Nextel Cup Series competes. "We did a big renovation, about $350 million, to our building and ... how are you going to fill it up? "Anticipating the Marlins not being there when they get their new building, when you're dark, you need to fill it with dates. This is a perfect event: big names, international scope. We believe because of our South Florida location, proximity to Central America and South America, we've got a location not many places in the U.S. can compete with." If this were to come to fruition, it would mark the first time ROC was held outside of Europe. Among the past locations are Paris, the Canary Islands, Madrid, Barcelona, Nurburgring and Monthlery. This was London's first time hosting the event. Johnnson said the current contract with Wembley Stadium is a one-year deal with "options in our favor for 2008 and/or 2009." He said the event is likely to return to Wembley next year. After that, it's anybody's ball game. Event founder Fredrik Johnnson said there are some seven or eight renowned venues worldwide in contention to secure the event in the future, Miami being one of them. Johnnson said ROC officials chose Wembley in 2007 over other venues such as Berlin's Olympic Stadium, which hosted the FIFA World Cup soccer final in 2006, and Dolphin Stadium, home to last season's Super Bowl. Along with those two venues, Beijing's Olympic Stadium, home to the 2008 Olympic Games, and Stade de France in Paris, where the event was run from 2004 to 2006, are interested in hosting ROC in the future. Bassett and the Dolphins want a piece of that dream. Bassett has American racing ties. He once worked for NASCAR and IRL team owner Roger Penske, helping manage Penske's former ring of oval racetracks in Brooklyn, Mich.; Rockingham, N.C.; Fontana, Calif.; and Nazareth, Pa. When Penske sold those tracks to International Speedway Corp., Bassett went with them to ISC. He said he'd love to re-enter the racing realm by securing ROC for Dolphin Stadium. The event has drawn more than 50,000 fans every time out, Johnnson said, and has drawn as many as 62,500.(see full story at ESPN.com)(12-20-2007)

  • Nazareth Speedway site back for sale: The former Nazareth Speedway site is again for sale after a group led by Ashley Development Corp. of Bethlehem defaulted on its purchase option, according to the property's owners. International Speedway Corp. of Daytona Beach, Fla., terminated Ashley's agreement to buy the 158-acre tract near Routes 191 and 248 in Lower Nazareth, PA on Oct. 9. Lennie Santiago, a spokesman for the company, said developers defaulted on terms of the $18.8 million sale agreed to in March 2006. He declined to specify conditions that were not met. Ashley President Lou Pektor was not immediately available for comment. Santiago said the property's price, originally set at $19 million, is now flexible, depending on real estate market conditions. 'We think it's an attractive property and hope to complete a sale in fiscal 2008, which is probably the end of next year,'' he said. Township Supervisor Chairman Alan Dilsaver said he is confident another buyer will surface, but isn't sure what a developer may propose. Ashley Development and Wind-Drift Real Estate of Bethlehem, along with MediaBay founder and real estate developer Norton Herrick of New Jersey, joined in a sale agreement to buy the site. Developers presented a plan to Lower Nazareth supervisors in May 2006 proposing mixed usage of the former speedway property. The majority of the proposed development was a combination of single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums and an age-qualified development. Another 119,000 square feet was designated for retail and office space. Nazareth Speedway hosted Indy Racing League and CART racing [and NASCAR Busch and Truck series races] until August 2004, when it closed in part because of dwindling support. The final race contested at the 1-mile oval track was the Firestone Indy 225 on Aug. 29, 2004. The track was put up for sale five months later.(Morning Call)(11-6-2007)

  • City approves NC track: on August 9th the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Town of Spencer, NC, unanimously approved High Rock Raceway's Conditional Use Permit to operate a Country Club Racetrack, as well as all of the requested variances. For most of the four hour session, the five person Board, led by T. Jefferson Morris, meticulously laid out, agreed on and approved "findings of fact" that supported approval of the Permit. The Board on several occasions made note of the overwhelming public support that had been demonstrated for the project. An initial release of fifty individual memberships is being offered at $25,000.00 each. Members will have the exclusive use of the entire 2.15 mile road course on sixty pre-scheduled dates throughout the year. This membership is perpetual, meaning that it does not expire.(High Rock Raceway PR)(8-12-2007)

  • Lowe's to be the primary building material supplier for High Rock Raceway: High Rock Raceway announced that Lowe's will be the primary building material supplier for High Rock Raceway. High Rock Raceway which is a $30 Million dollar motorsport road course will purchase material from Lowe's product vendors and raw materials to construct the 126 "Race Condo" units and other support buildings on its 2.2 mile course which is set to open in February 2008.(PR) More info at racehighrock.com.(5-19-2007)

  • New road course track planned in NC: High Rock Raceway is being developed on a 200+ Acre Parcel a 2.25 mile world-class road racing track and 120 trackside garage/ town home condominiums ("Race Condos"). Because these will be town home units, Race Condo owners will own the land beneath their Race Condo. The property is located adjacent to Interstate 85, approximately forty minutes drive north of Charlotte, NC and forty minutes drive south of Greensboro, NC. The track will be forty feet in width with a 2,400+ foot front straight, a 1,600+ foot back straight and a 10+ acre paved paddock. Throughout the twelve-turn course there will be ten separate rolling changes in elevation of between thirty and sixty feet. The Race Condos will be 1,400+ square feet on two floors. Condo owners can keep their performance vehicles in their own garage and enjoy exclusive access to the track on sixty pre-scheduled dates each race season. More info at racehighrock.com.(4-4-2007)

  • NASCAR looking at Missouri to build track? While researching ideas on what draws people to the region, we [Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Staff] ran across several folks talking about a possible future attraction. Word is NASCAR has been shopping around for land in southwest Missouri to build a new racetrack. Sources in McDonald County have confirmed this and even said NASCAR has identified about 1,200 acres of property near Anderson, Mo., a few miles north of the state line. There is a caution flag, though. The land includes about eight separate farms and not all of the farmers are on the same track. In fact, we've been told there are a few not willing to sell, regardless of the price. Calls to NASCAR, based in Daytona, Fla., were not returned, but it sounds like this deal has a roadblock or two to get through before it reaches the finish line.(Northwest Arkansas Business Journal), if this is for a NASCAR track, it would have to be for a short track and not for Truck, Busch or Cup Series as Anderson, MO is within 2-3 hours of Kansas Speedway.(3-3-2007)

  • Texas World Speedway for sale: Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas has been listed for sale, for $10.5 million. According to real estate listings, the speedway cost over $17 million to build in 1969 and sits on 563 acres of land. The listing follows the death of TWS Managing Partner Dick Conole on January 3.(roadracingworld.com)(2-3-2007)

  • Stewart, Schrader and Kenny Wallace buy into Macon track: One of the oldest race tracks in Illinois gets new life with new owners. Macon Speedway revealed the new ownership team Sunday as part of the Racing Expo at the State Fairgrounds. Past track owner-operator Macon's Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader make up the team. Racing on the dirt track ended ahead of schedule last season because of financial hard times. The track was built back in 1946 in Macon.(wandtv.com)(1-22-2007)

  • Earnhardt Picks Location for Alabama Track: Gulf Coast Entertainment, L.L.C. announced Mobile County as the future home of Alabama Motorsports Park, A Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Speedway. The investor group controls approximately 3,000 acres in Mobile County, much of it located in the city of Prichard near Saraland and Chickasaw. The entertainment complex is planned to house four racing venues, retail shopping, hotels, restaurants, an RV resort, and other venues such as music theaters. The investors plan to open the complex for racing in the fall of 2009 and to be fully operational in 2010. (Alabama Motorsports Park PR)(12-15-2006)

  • Alabama Track Complex Bears Name of Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Gulf Coast Entertainment announced plans to construct a major motorsports and entertainment park in southern Alabama. The investor group has narrowed its site choices to a location in Mobile County in the area across from the University of Mobile and two potential sites in adjacent Baldwin County--one on the Foley Beach Express and the other in central Baldwin County. The project - which is to include an asphalt speedway, a road course, a drag strip and a dirt track - will be named "Alabama Motorsports Park, A Dale Earnhardt Jr. Speedway." Joining the motorsports star and a diverse group of investors from various southern states in participation in the project are Kelley Earnhardt Elledge and Kerry Earnhardt, marking the siblings' first professional collaboration. "Our family business is racing and it's been our business for three generations," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Kelley, Kerry and I want to continue the family business with hopes that the next generation of Earnhardts will want to be involved in the sport. This new venture with the Alabama Motorsports Park provides yet another avenue in which the Earnhardt family can participate. The site plan developed by HOK Sport of Kansas City includes parking, a significant RV resort, multiple music theaters and an arena and reserves land for commercial, residential and light industrial activities. The schedule calls for the project to be completed in the fall of 2009. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has provided input on the lighted, 75,000-seat, 7/10-mile oval. Features will include pedestrian/vehicle tunnels and banking and multiple grooves to promote close racing with extensive passing opportunities. Kerry Earnhardt has provided input on both the track and on a freshwater lake that investors believe will attract national fishing events. The 3.5-mile road course will feature two distinct but connected segments to enhance testing on the track. The 1/4-mile drag strip and 3/8-mile dirt track will be designed to attract national events. The park's website, alabamamotorsportspark.com, will provide future project and construction updates.(PSE-3 PR)(9-12-2006)

  • Nazareth Speedway Close to being sold: Ashley Development Corp. of Bethlehem has been identified as partner in NZSW LLC, the buyer of the 187-acre Nazareth Speedway tract. Lewis Ronca of Wind-Drift Real Estate and Norton Herrick of Morrisville, N.J.-based Herrick Development Co. are also involved in the project, according to Lou Pektor, president of Ashley Development. Township Manager Timm Tenges said he was pleased to learn Pektor is working on the speedway venture because the township has a "good working relationship" with Ashley Development. The commercially zoned parcel at Routes 248 and 191 will become "some type of mixed-use development," according to Pektor. "It definitely won't be a racetrack," he said. "There are no other predetermined decisions, though." Pektor said plans for the site would likely be ready for township review this summer. International Speedway Corporation, based in Daytona Beach, Fla., owns the speedway property. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last month, ISC had said it expects to close the pending $18.8 million sale in November. The last proposal for the speedway site was rejected last year by Lower Nazareth Township officials. Local developer Abraham Atiyeh had hoped to replace the speedway with a hockey arena and housing development. The racetrack has been unused since its last race in 2004.(Express Times)(3-4-2006)

  • Dale Jr. to buy track with Schrader? UPDATE Official: A Kenny Schrader/Dale Earnhardt Junior owned Paducah Raceway would certainly focus a lot of attention on the area racing scene. Not only for PIR, but for Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway as well. Both run dirt track races and would be in direct competition. Eddie Jarvis, Tony Stewart's manager, says Kenny Schrader approached Stewart to purchase the Raceway. Stewart declined and Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed interest. "Dale Jr went out this morning before he left town. Hopefully he'll own something around here and that he'll have a chance to come back to Paducah quite a bit," Jarvis said.(News Channel 6)(10-7-2005)
    UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Ken Schrader along with well known Midwestern promoter Bob Sargent are now the proud owners of Paducah International Raceway. The trio recently finalized their purchase of the popular McCracken County, KY, venue that boasts a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval, 1/5-mile race track and a Motocross/TT run with grandstands that accommodate 5,000 spectators. In addition to PIR, Schrader is the co-owner of another dirt track - I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO. Located off of I-24 in Paducah, the track hosts the most popular touring sanctions from the AMA motorcycles to various 700+ horsepower super late model series. Paducah International Raceway will also host prominent special events including the Tri-Track Challenge, U.M.P. Summernationals and the track's annual banner event - "The Wayne Coakley/Bob Memmer Memorial 'World 50'". Racing action will take place at PIR every Friday night during a seven-month season from March through September and will feature U.M.P. Super Late Models, U.M.P. Modifieds, Crate Late Models and Pure Street Stocks. Additional divisions including quads, 4-cylinder hornets and mini-sprints will also compete on a limited schedule.(Paducah International Raceway site)(11-28-2005)

  • Proposed Track in Tennessee: A consulting agency working with a local property owner and planner presented the board of mayor and aldermen with a feasibility study Monday for a 300-acre motorsports park. The project, which is currently called Smoky Mountain Motorsports Park, will feature a drag strip, 5/8 mile oval and up to a four-mile road course, said Larry M. Camp of Camp & Associates consulting. According to a feasibility study presented by Camp, the project could have a seating capacity of 100,000, including 40,000 permanent grandstand seats and festival seating of 60,000. It would have on-site parking for 12,500 vehicles. The proposal also calls for a 300-room hotel on the site. The developers are asking the city to assist with the $74.4-million cost of construction of the facility, possibly using the Tennessee Sports Authority Act, the same law the city turned to when it built Smokies Stadium. The sports act allows the city to claim all sales tax proceeds from the facility, which would then be used to retire the bond used to pay for the work. If the city does take part in the project, they would hope to bring in as many different types of shows as possible, Atchley said after the meeting. Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley said "I don't think we can actively go after a big Nextel Cup when you've got Bristol 90 miles up the road, but ... there are hundreds of successful tracks all over the country that don't have NASCAR." Busch Series races or truck races could be attracted there, he said. (The Mountain Press)(11-11-2005)

  • ISC to buy Pikes Peak Intl Raceway the close and sell, Busch race to Martinsville: Pikes Peak International Raceway announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its assets to Rocky Mountain Speedway Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation ("ISC"). Closing of the transaction is expected within the next week, and financial terms were not disclosed. ISC will honor all of PPIR's currently scheduled community uses and rentals through October 31, 2005. After that date, ISC expects to close the facility and begin to market the approximate 1,200-acre parcel for sale. ISC plans to petition NASCAR to realign PPIR's NASCAR Busch Series event to Martinsville Speedway for 2006. In addition, ISC intends to relocate certain PPIR fixed assets to other racing venues in its portfolio. These assets include grandstand seating, furniture and other equipment and structures that can be utilized for future ISC expansion projects. PPIR's 16 permanent employees will be given severance packages and a handful will assist in closing the facility. In its nine years of existence, PPIR hosted NASCAR, IRL, AMA, SCCA, USAC and IMSA-sanctioned events.(PPIR)(9-30-2005)

  • Nazareth Speedway being sold: International Speedway Corp. on Wednesday said it is selling its Nazareth Speedway to Brookside Realty Inc. for about $19 million. The company said it expects to post a gain of $6 million to $7 million, or 11 cents to 13 cents per share, on the 158-acre sale, which is subject to closing conditions. The company said it expects to complete the deal by Nov. 30. Analysts expect International Speedway to post earnings of $2.90 per share for the year, according to a poll by Thomson Financial. International Speedway subsidiary Pennsylvania International Raceway Inc. suspended events at the Nazareth, Penn., track in 2004. Starting with this year's racing season, the company moved Nazareth's NASCAR Busch and IRL IndyCar series events to International Speedway's Watkins Glen International track. International Speedway said it is reporting Nazareth results as discontinued operations in financial statements.(Yahoo Biz)(6-2-2005)

  • Mansfield now NOT for sale: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway {MMS] will not be put on the market, owner Michael Dzurilla announced Thursday at the half-mile oval. Dzurilla told the News Journal on May 24 he was going to sell the track and shut down his NHRA Pro Stock drag racing team, Bullet Motorsports. Instead, it will be business as usual. "Basically, the track is not for sale," Dzurilla said. "I'm a very passionate person, and I have a tendency to give everything I do 100%. Unfortunately, passionate people when they get upset or are suffering from lack of sleep have a tendency to speak before they think. I'm guilty of that. I was tired and very upset about certain situations. I got caught when I probably should have just said nothing," he said of his change of heart. "I said what I was thinking at the time. I took a week off for the first time in a long time, and I started thinking with my head again instead of my heart." Dzurilla sold Bullet Motorsports to Torco Racing Fuels and Carrier Boyz Racing this week. The team will remain intact, with driver Dave Connolly competing this weekend in Chicago. It hasn't been decided where the team will be based. Dzurilla said he wanted to sell Bullet as quickly as possible so Connolly could continue his quest for the national championship. He ranks third in the points. With no more race team, he will focus on MMS full-time. Chris Mize will continue to run the racing shows and hold the titles of president and general manager. Lori Cates will keep running the business office. Dzurilla said he will deal with the legal and accounting ends and other behind-the-scenes issues.(Mansfield News Journal)(6-10-2005)

  • Mansfield for sale: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway is for sale. Michael Dzurilla, who once saved the track from sheriff's auction, has owned the half-mile oval on Crall Road for three years. But the Cleveland-area businessman who relocated to Ashland cannot continue in his role. "I lost too much money," he said. Dzurilla, 47, invested more than $17 million in upgrades, while maintaining Bullet Motorsports, a high-profile yet unsponsored NHRA Pro Stock drag racing team. MMS took a financial hit on both UAW-GM Ohio 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races the last two springs. While both races were sold out, they didn't take in enough to offset the cost for NASCAR's sanctioning, the costs to bring in temporary bleachers, and the costs to bring in personnel to run the race. Dzurilla wouldn't divulge figures, saying only each of those expenses were in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. This year, temporary bleachers in Turn 1 were wiped out by the weather, which canceled Friday's concerts and fireworks show. MMS crew and volunteers worked through the night to clear the debris and get the track race ready, but cold weather and on-and-off rain delayed qualifying and made Saturday's attendance less than a typical weekly show. The May 15 race drew 25,000 fans, but cool temperatures hurt concessions. Dzurilla said they made just $30,000 on Sunday sales, far from what was expected. Last year's qualifying was completely wiped out by rain and the race, while attended by 20,000 fans, was also on a cool day. Dzurilla said he doesn't want to file for bankruptcy, so he's putting the track up for sale and shutting down Bullet Motorsports, despite the team sitting third in the championship with 22-year-old Dave Connolly in their Chevrolet. It costs about $1.5 million to run a full season in NHRA's Pro Stock division.(Mansfield News Journal)(5-25-2005)

  • Nazareth to be bought?...turned into an arena? a $30 million dome that would house minor league hockey and host top performers, with high-end restaurants, luxury condominiums and townhouses nearby. The site: home of the former Nazareth Speedway. Local developer Abraham Atiyeh said Friday he has signed a letter of intent to buy the 157 acres in Lower Nazareth Township for $19 million to make his vision a reality. The plan hinges on whether he can get public and private financing, and Lower Nazareth zoning approval. Weichert Commercial Brokerage of Bethlehem, hired to sell the property, did not return calls Friday seeking comment. Nor did International Speedway Corp. of Daytona, Fla., which owns the speedway. The project centers on an 8,000-seat Monolithic Dome, so named by Monolithic Constructors Inc., the Texas company that builds it. Atiyeh hopes its primary tenant would be an American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Rangers or New Jersey Devils. He expressed confidence the sport would find a fan base in the Lehigh Valley.(Morning Call)(4-27-2005)

  • Pike Peak gets a sponsor for Busch race: Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) announced that ITT Industries, Systems Division and Goulds Pumps have signed on as the title sponsors of the NASCAR Busch Series Race. The official title of the event will be the "ITT Industries, Systems Division and Goulds Pumps Salute to the Troops 250 presented by Dodge". Bill Elliott is going to compete July 22-23 at PPIR in the NASCAR Busch Series Race. Elliott will be competing for Rusty Wallace's NASCAR Busch team during the running of the "ITT Industries, Systems Division and Goulds Pumps Salute to the Troops 250 presented by Dodge". PPIR is the premier motorsports facility in the Rocky Mountain Region. With seating for 42,700 fans and 31 luxury suites, PPIR makes for the perfect racing venue, whether on the one-mile-paved oval or the 1.315-mile road course. The track is conveniently located just off I-25 at mile marker 123. Single event tickets can be purchased on line at www.ppir.com, any front range King Soopers, Western Slope City Markets or by calling 1-888-306-7223. Individuals with a valid military ID are entitled to 50% off any single adult race day ticket.(PPIR)(4-14-2005)

  • Shower Power: Maui Shower Co. has made its Bristol debut, at Farmer Bob's Campground off Tenn. Highway 394. The colorful trailer holds 11 shower "pods" that can accommodate up to 1,000 showers a day. "It's a state-of-the-art, premier, multishower unit," said Pamela Withage, who is running Maui Shower with her husband, Mike. Each private pod consists of a stainless steel shower - cleaned with hospital sanitizer after every use - and a changing area. Maui Shower's generator is continuously running so hot water is always available. Towels can be purchased for $4 each, soap and shampoo for $1. The showers operate on tokens, bought at the trailer, that are worth $1 each. It costs two tokens to start a shower and one for each additional minute. Withage said she encourages patrons to buy $20 worth, since most people don't know how long it will take them to shower and leftover tokens can be used any time. This is Maui Shower's fourth stop since inception - the first three were at races and a "bike week" in Florida. Withage said they are following the NASCAR circuit, and have about 28 weeks booked this year. The company tries to set up at multiple-day events that draw no less than 5,000 people.(Johnson City Press)(4-2-2005)

  • More on the South Boston test track: A proposed motorsports testing facility in South Boston, Va. could provide a much-needed economic boost to counties along the North Carolina-Virginia border. The recent decline of textile and tobacco industries, along with ongoing announcements of plant and factory closings has had a negative economic impact for the border counties of both states. South Boston Speedway President Joe Mattioli believes motorsports may be the answer to some of the area's economic woes. Mattioli has proposed constructing a multi-purpose oval track testing facility on a 300-acre tract adjacent to South Boston Speedway. He believes the facility could thrive, given the area's rich tradition in motorsports. Mattioli estimates the cost of developing the multi-purpose test track at $15 to $20 million. South Boston, according to Mattioli, would be a prime location for the facility since it is anchored in the west by Martinsville Speedway and in the east with a wind tunnel testing facility in Langley, Va., which is used by race teams. In addition, VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), a revived road course facility, is just a short drive away near Danville, Va. Mattioli also thinks the testing complex also could attract race teams to southside Virginia and northern North Carolina. Mattioli conceded that while it is unlikely that the more established race teams would relocate, new teams and existing teams with tighter budgets would be prime candidates.(in part from the Courier Times)(3-18-2005)

  • Nazareth Speedway for sale: When it closed for racing five months ago, owners of Nazareth Speedway said the track might remain a venue for motorsports activities. But its owners announced Thursday that the property is for sale. ''When we evaluated the interest from teams and from racing schools to use the speedway as a rental facility the numbers didn't work out,'' speedway President Craig Rust said Friday. ''While we were doing that we'd been receiving a great deal of interest ... in the property. 'We hope and expect we'll work hand-in-hand with Lower Nazareth Township as will our broker. We want to see something there that ... will be a win-win for us and the community.'' The speedway, built as a 11/8-mile dirt track in 1966 by Jerry Fried, is on 157 acres at Routes 191 and 248 in Lower Nazareth Township. In 1986, the home track of the great father-son racing duo of Mario and Michael Andretti was paved. It is owned by International Speedway Corp. of Daytona, Fla., which owns or operates 11 motorsports facilities and is working on expanding to the Pacific Northwest and New York City. The property's cost, not disclosed by officials, will depend on what will replace the racetrack, said Amy Hawley of Hawley Realty Inc. in Allentown. Township Manager Timm Tenges said the sale was expected. The plot is zoned mostly general commercial with smaller swatches zoned for general industrial and agricultural use, he said. The land is flat and has access to public sewerage and water, making the plot attractive, Hawley said. It's also convenient to Routes 22 and 33, she said. Andy Daub, co-owner of the Brown-Daub Dealerships, one of Northampton's largest car dealership chains, said in September he may want to buy the speedway. Rust said he had been in communication with Daub and told him of the company's intention to sell. One of Daub's dealerships is nearly adjacent to the speedway.(Morning Call)(1-29-2005)

  • Pikes Peak track for sale: Pikes Peak International Raceway is for sale, Rockwood Realty Associates of Orlando, Fla., has been retained on an exclusive basis to arrange the sale of the track in Fountain. Wall Street Investment bankers Lehman Brothers Holdings of New York owns PPIR. Construction on PPIR was completed in 1997 at a cost of $35 million. There is a 1-mile oval and 1.3-mile road course along with 42,787 permanent seats and 31 luxury VIP suites. PPIR has a contract with Rocky Mountain Speedway Corp., a subsidiary of International Speedway Corp. that expires in December. The agreement was designed to improve PPIR's profile and calls for RMSC to provide management, advisory and consulting services. The schedule this year at PPIR includes a NASCAR Busch Series race July 23 and an IRL race in August.(Rocky Mountain News)(1-31-2005)

  • Pocono Buys South Boston Speedway: Pocono Raceway has acquired South Boston Speedway. South Boston Speedway, which recently completed its 47th year of operation, is a NASCAR sanctioned 4/10 mile paved oval located in South Boston, Va. For the past five years, the Speedway has been directed by its President Joe Mattioli III, son of Dr. Joe Mattioli, CEO of Pocono Raceway and Manager Cathy Rice. During that time, South Boston has achieved the distinction of being recognized by Circle Track Magazine (March 2002) as the "Leader of the new generation of Super Short Tracks". Additionally South Boston boasts one of the biggest fields of NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, averaging over 24 cars per event with each event paying $3,000 to win. South Boston has proven to be a great training ground for both competitors and future motorsports facility managers. Nick Igdalsky, Dr. Mattioli's grandson, is currently working at South Boston, as well as competing in their Pure Stock Division. The acquisition will provide Pocono with a presence in the Southeast and will align South Boston with the excitement and prestige of Pocono, a NASCAR Nextel Cup facility, providing both venues with joint marketing and promotional opportunities. The management of South Boston will remain unchanged.(South Boston Speedway site)(11-30-2004)

  • Senate Passes Corporate Tax Bill, NASCAR Tracks Included: The Senate passed a far-reaching, $136 billion corporate tax package Monday that cuts taxes for businesses ranging from film companies to bow and arrow makers while closing tax loopholes and bringing U.S. exporters in line with international trade rules. The corporate tax bill grew out of the need for Congress to respond to a World Trade Organization (news - web sites) ruling that a $5 billion annual subsidy for U.S. exporters was illegal. As a result, 1,600 American exports to Europe are being hit by penalty tariffs that now stand at 12 percent and are rising by one percentage point a month. The bill became the vehicle for the most significant overhaul of corporate tax law in nearly two decades. It includes $76.5 billion in new tax relief for the manufacturing sector, which was broadly defined to include oil and gas producers, architectural and engineering firms and film and music companies. The package also provides benefits for a wide range of groups, from native Alaskan whalers, importers of Chinese ceiling fans, NASCAR race track owners [note: or any race track owner] and residents of states without state income taxes, who would be able to deduct state and local sales taxes from their federal tax returns. The measure includes a $10.1 billion buyout for tobacco farmers. Several senators from both parties objected strenuously that the final version of the bill drops Senate-approved language that would give the Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) the power to regulate tobacco.(Yahoo News)(10-12-2004)

  • Dedication of Augusta International Raceway: On Saturday, September 11th, a Memorial Dedication remembering the Augusta International Raceway, was held at the Diamond Lakes Regional Park in Augusta, Ga. What was unusual about this Memorial is that it honors a track that has been closed for over 40 years. Augusta International Raceway was a three mile road course that opened in November of 1963. The first race was a 510 mile NASCAR event that was won by Fireball Roberts. The last races at A.I.R. were held on March1st of 1964 and were USRRC sports car races and won by Dave MacDonald and Ken Miles In an eerie twist of fate all three drivers would lose their lives in racing accidents within the next two years. Two drivers that participated in those events, 1960 NASCAR champion Rex White and Ted Tidwell were present at the dedication and were awarded plaques to commemorate the occasion.(Georgia Drag Racing News with links to photos of the event)(9-15-2004)

  • Pike Peak gets a sponsor for Busch race/Concert: Pikes Peak International Raceway announced that Goulds Pumps ITT Industries has signed on as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Busch Series Race at PPIR on August 31st. The official title of the event will be the Goulds Pumps/ITT Industries Salute to the Troops 250 presented by Dodge. Goulds Pumps is a brand of ITT Water Technology, Inc. - a subsidiary of ITT Industries, Inc., the world's largest and premier pump manufacturer, and offers the most complete range of pumps available for the residential, municipal, commercial, agricultural, and wastewater markets. ITT Industries, Inc. supplies advanced technology products and services in key markets including: electronic interconnects and switches; defense communication, opto-electronics, information technology and services; fluid and water management and other industrial products. Martina McBride will perform live in concert following the Goulds Pumps/ITT Industries Salute To The Troops 250 presented by Dodge and the Freedom 150 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series Race. PPIR is the premier motorsports facility in the Rocky Mountain Region. With seating for 42,700 fans and 31-luxury suites PPIR makes for the perfect racing venue be it on the one-mile-paved oval or 1.315 mile road course.(PPIR)(7-15-2004)

  • Happy 50 Years Hialeah Speedway...then goodbye: Tonight [June 12th] about 60 homegrown [Miami/South Florida] drivers will be at Hialeah Speedway, getting their cool cars ready for the track's 50th anniversary. Starting at 8 p.m., there will be four 50-lap feature races for the cyclone, mini stock, street stock and late model divisions and the always fan-pleasing figure-8 school bus race. Fireworks will cap off the night's celebration at a place that opened its doors in 1954. It all began when the Coury Family bought the land, which at the time was a strawberry field. But the family was approached by the Greater Miami Racing Association to build a track. The family realized there was more money to be made in racing than in the sweet fruit at the time and built a track with a 50-year lease. The lease has since expired. There will not be another 50 years. There will only be about five more months. Late this fall, at the end of this season, the track will be demolished, and construction on a new commercial development will begin, according to Drew Ogden, son of Richard Ogden, the owner of Miami-based Tropicaire Development, which is handling the project. The 28-acre tract off Okeechobee Road just east of the Palmetto Expressway is simply too valuable and too costly to be used as a local track. Taxes alone are now more than $100,000. Then there's insurance, ground-lease payments and overhead. Fans [Jayski used to go there weekly when he lived in North-West Miami] can drive through the gates of the antiquated track and feel like they are back in the 1960s. Hot dogs will be $1 tonight, and the popcorn, still made from an old-fashioned popper, is as tasty as ever. The speedway has honed some local legends such as Bobby Brack, Joe Winchell and Larry Rogero. But the speedway also produced some nationally famous drivers, including Bobby and Donny Allison. Red Farmer, Fireball Roberts and Darrell Waltrip have raced here, too. Hialeah Speedway used to be packed on Saturday nights. But the soaring popularity of NASCAR, as well as the proliferation of other things to do in South Florida, has led to sparse crowds to cheer on the hometown racers. The track once stood by itself, but now strip malls and fast-food joints line the place. One can drive by the entrance and hardly notice the tiny Hialeah Speedway sign.(see full story at the Miami Herald)(6-12-2004)

  • NASCAR [Cup] Race in Ohio? A bill sitting on Gov. Bob Taft's desk could eventually lead to a NASCAR race [they must mean a Cup race, there is already a 'NASCAR' race in Ohio, at Mansfield with the Trucks] in the Buckeye State. House Bill 393, sponsored by state Rep. Sandra Stabile-Harwood, D-Niles, would add motor sports complexes to the list of sports facilities that the Ohio Arts and Sports Facilities Commission can participate in financing. A revised version of Harwood's bill passed both the House and Senate at the end of May and was forwarded to Taft for his signature. Harwood said the problems with the original bill was it required the sports owner, possibly NASCAR, and the facility, or the track, to be under a contract with the state that the proposed sport venue would be at the facility for at least 20 years. This is to ensure the newly constructed facility, funded through state bonds, would have a sport at the facility for more than two decades to help generate revenue to pay back the money borrowed through state bonds. "What happens with NASCAR is, NASCAR does not promise or commit until a facility is built, so there are some unknowns out there if we choose to go forward," Harwood said. "In the new bill, we wedded the facility owner, rather than the facility, because we can't do the facility without a team under contract with the state for repayment of the bond." Harwood proposed the bill to make changes to an existing law that allowed the state to help fund sports stadiums. The new bill added motor sports complexes to the list, after being approached by a Mahoning Valley Task Force attempting to lure a major indoor, all-season motor speedway to the area.(Wapakoneta Daily News)(6-5-2004)

  • Nazareth Speedway to discontinue racing: Statement from Craig Rust, Nazareth Speedway President: "Earlier today our parent company, International Speedway Corporation, announced that it intends to realign Nazareth Speedway's NASCAR Busch and IRL IndyCar series events and will discontinue all spectator motorsports events at the end of the 2004 season. As President of Nazareth Speedway since 2000, I have strong personal ties with the surrounding communities. And, while we've been able to do some great things at the speedway, we haven't been able to achieve the level of support that is necessary to grow our business. I would like to recognize some local companies that have been wonderful partners of Nazareth Speedway over the years, including Air Products, Key Pontiac, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Martin Guitar, Pepsi and Service Electric. We certainly appreciate their endless support and for standing behind us over the years. Each of these companies is truly a leader in the Lehigh Valley business community. In addition, I would like to extend a special thank you to our other partners - Firestone, Goulds Pumps ITT Industries and General Motors - for being a part of the Nazareth Speedway family. Finally, I would like to thank the group of loyal fans that have stuck by Nazareth Speedway through the years as events have come and gone, through the snow and the sunshine. I hope that we will see you out at the Speedway for our two events in 2004, which will continue as planned - the NASCAR Busch Series Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 on May 22-23 and the Firestone Indy 225 IRL IndyCar Series weekend, August 27-29."(Nazareth Speedway PR)(5-14-2004)

  • A New 'NASCAR' Track in Alabama? A group of Alabama investors is exploring opening a new NASCAR speedway in Baldwin County [on the Gulf], an estimated $350 million venture in one of the state's popular tourist areas. The group plans to approach NASCAR officials in June with the proposal. The group has hired a Raleigh, N.C.-based consultant to help with the development process, according to Rick Edwards, one of 10 businessmen from around the state involved in the venture. The group either owns or has an option to buy five sites on the Foley Beach Express, ranging from 500 acres to 1,000 acres. "Nothing is definite with NASCAR," Edwards, a developer based in Point Clear, told the Mobile Register in a story Sunday. "We got a group together and said, `Let's make a run at it.' Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway hosts NASCAR events in the spring and fall. The newspaper's efforts to reach NASCAR President Mike Helton were not successful. The plan is to incorporate a speedway with other entertainment venues that could take advantage of the 500 to 600 acres of parking that would be needed on race days, Edwards said. The sites also include extra land to serve as a buffer for the noise. "We're hoping that what we've got will be a little different than anything done in the past," Edwards said. "Our biggest concern is whether it will affect the Talladega race. We don't feel like it will. It's an entirely different market down here."(Alabama Live)(5-10-2004)

  • Nazareth Gone? races to Watkins Glen? Watkins Glen International, once thought as close to its death bed as a NASCAR track, may instead be set to expand with additional NASCAR and Indy Racing League events. Sources said Friday that Narazeth Speedway - a 1-mile oval - could lose its two main races next season - Busch and IRL - if the track is sold or closed by its owner, International Speedway Corp. Those races would then move to the Glen, which is also owned by ISC, sources said. Watkins Glen, an 11-turn, 2.45-mile road course in upstate New York, hosted Cup races in 1957, 1964 and 1965, then took a hiatus and returned in 1986. It has hosted one race every year since. The Glen also hosted Busch and Craftsman Truck series races as recently as 2001, but lost those when those series instituted cost-cutting measures. Adding just one road course would likely be financially impractical for Busch or Trucks, but NASCAR has made clear its desire to race in Mexico, where the Mexico City track would also be a road course. Two road course events would make much more sense financially. Craig Rust, track president of both Nazareth and Watkins Glen, denied Friday that Nazareth is for sale. He did admit the track's Busch race was having problems selling tickets and he was promoting the Glen to host an IRL race as early as next season. The IRL is expected to add one or more road course events to its oval-only series next season. IRL officials have said the conversion package to adapt their current cars to road course conditions is about 75 percent completed. "It's common knowledge that I have been trying to get the IRL up to Watkins Glen," Rust said. "I have also had conversations with NASCAR with specific regard, be it '05 or '06, to grow our NASCAR inventory. NASCAR vice president for corporate communications, Jim Hunter, could not be reached Friday for comment. As a possible sign of things to come, ISC has already moved its administrative staff at Nazareth to Watkins Glen and Rust said Friday Nazareth was considering moving up to 10,000 portable grandstand seats to the Glen, leaving Nazareth with 28,000 seats. Rust said he has not spoken to NASCAR officials about 2005 race dates at Nazareth. His current efforts are aimed at promoting the May 23 Busch race at the track.(Charlotte Observer)(5-1-2004)

  • Pikes Peak Making a Push for a Cup race: Rob Johnson, president of Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, CO is warming up and about ready to make a pitch. "We've got market research done on a consumer report on (fans') desire to purchase tickets to a Nextel Cup event at PPIR," Johnson said of some of the data, prepared by a track task force, he plans to present to NASCAR officials. "We have just finished our economic impact statement for 2004 and what it would look like with a Nextel Cup race. We'll have all this done in the next two or three weeks, and then, at that point, we can start to schedule whether we go down there (to Daytona Beach, Fla.) or ask them to come here or (whether track officials) send NASCAR a packet." The timing could be right for PPIR. The Nextel Cup is looking to move into new markets, and Johnson believes PPIR is ready to play host to a Nextel Cup race. "The research indicates there would be overwhelming support for a race from a fan standpoint," said Johnson, whose track currently features Indy Racing League and NASCAR Busch series races. "All the information is coming together as far as, would people want to buy a ticket, would they buy a season ticket, would they support the race and can we handle the traffic if we grow to 65,000 people? Everything is coming out very well. We've got good political support, we've got good local support, so everything is moving forward. The big deal that came out of the economic impact is that, with a Nextel Cup event, it would be the single-largest event in Colorado annually. Now we need to go present the information in a professional manner. That's what our next step will be."(Rocky Mountain News)(3-23-2004)

  • Local NC Track still for sale: Orange County Speedway remains for sale and hopes of racing action taking place at the facility this season are quite slim. For the past two years, Orange County Speedway has been marketed as being for sale. Normal operations at the track continued for two seasons, however, the speedway officially closed down at the close of the business day on Friday, Nov. 21. And, while there has been much speculation as to potential buyers for the speedway, the track remains quiet and still for sale. Tommy Bowes, who operates Tommy Bowes & Associates Realty in Roxboro, has been contacted by Orange County Speedway's current owners to market the track for sale. Orange County Speedway, originally known as Trico Speedway, was initially a dirt track. Now a paved oval, the speedway is often referred to as the fastest three-eighths mile track in the southeast. A host of current NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series stars have competed at the facility. Through the years, the track has hosted such events as the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series.( Courier Times)(1-28-2004)

  • Memphis not threatened: The proposed $100 million Tunica Speedway [in Mississippi] has stirred excitement about a possible NASCAR race in the Mid-South, but with key races under contract for the next few years, officials at Memphis Motorsports Park don't feel threatened. Zoning for the proposed racetrack in Tunica was approved Dec. 8, but that doesn't give Tunica any pull with NASCAR to look at the site for a future Nextel Cup event. "They may build a track in Tunica, but that doesn't make it a NASCAR track; it's a motorsports facility," says Rob Stallins, director of media relations for Memphis Motorsports Park. The Memphis park hosts two NASCAR events a year, a NASCAR truck series race and the Busch Series Sam's Town 250, which are two of its biggest draws. The park also hosts the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals event for the NHRA, which draws 70,000-80,000 people over the course of four days. All of these events have been staples of the park and are under contract until at least 2005. NASCAR spokesman Andrew Giangola says NASCAR has not been involved in discussions with any developers about adding races in Tunica.(Memphis Business Journal)(1-6-2004)

  • No Mississippi Track? A confidential Tunica County [Mississippi] planner's memo made public Thursday says developers of a proposed NASCAR race track need a more suitable site. Tunica County officials turned over the document two weeks after it was first requested by The Commercial Appeal, but after the county's planning commission voted unanimously Dec. 8 to recommend rezoning the land to accommodate the project. Gary M. Copeland, director of the county's office of planning and development, said Thursday that the critical memorandum, drafted by former planner Greg Hurley, was never given to planning commission members. Tunica Motorsports Inc., a Tennessee corporation created in May by Memphis attorney James O. Lockard, plans a one-mile paved oval race track, a two-mile road course, a drag strip, grandstands eventually accommodating 120,000 spectators, lakes, an RV park and commercial, high-rise residential and hospitality areas 1.6 miles north of the town of Tunica and several miles south of the casinos. Tunica Motorsports Inc. has an option to purchase the property, which is owned by the M.O. Carter Trust, according to the company's rezoning application. Lockard said he hadn't seen the memo, but disagreed that the proposed site for the racetrack was inappropriate. The Tunica County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a Dec. 31 public hearing to discuss the project. In the undated memo, Hurley points out that the 536-acre tract is not in the "resort" district set aside for outdoor recreation and other tourist-oriented land uses within the county's comprehensive land use plan. The six-page memo also points out that the application doesn't address the potential cost to the county for adequate fire protection, police services, water and sewer needs. Residents of the nearby Hambrick subdivision have raised noise and health issues at recent planning commission meetings. Perhaps the most significant finding in the memo is a potential safety concern about a natural gas pipeline that crosses the property.(Memphis Commercial Appeal)(12-20-2003)

  • Nazareth Tix on sale: In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer to race fans, Nazareth Speedway is pleased to announce that tickets for the 2004 season are now on-sale, just in time for the holidays, at an advanced price. Save as much as $21 per ticket compared to regular 2003 prices and, as part of our new family-focus, kids 12 and under are FREE in 2004 with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket. Regular season tickets have also been reduced by as much as $10 in 2004. This reduction includes both Saturday & Sunday adult general admission and reserved grandstand seating. Advanced tickets can be purchased by visiting www.nazarethspeedway.com or by calling their ticket office at 888.629.RACE. The season is highlighted by the return of Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200, NASCAR Busch Series on May 23rd. Tickets for 2004 are now on sale, take advantage of the advanced price until Opening Day, April 3, 2004.(12-16-2003)

  • More on the proposed Miss. track: A proposed $100 million motorsports complex in Tunica County [Mississippi] could be built even without the promise of landing one of NASCAR's premier events, a Nextel Cup Series race. Memphis attorney Jim Lockard, president of Tunica Motorsports Inc., said NASCAR doesn't guarantee events to proposed tracks, "and that's something we all have to accept." But, he added, "With the facility we're building, it would be very surprising if we couldn't attract those type of events." Plans call for a concert venue that could seat 60,000 or more. "Its success is not going to totally rely on the exact nature of the race we get," he said. From a racing standpoint, a Nextel Cup event would be the ultimate coup for the planned one-mile oval with initial seating for up to 60,000 and eventual expansion to 150,000. The project faces many hurdles, from financial demands to the need for a zoning change on the proposed 536-acre site, on U.S. 61 about seven miles south of the casinos. But the biggest challenge may be landing a Nextel Cup event. Attempts to reach NASCAR officials Thursday were unsuccessful. However, there's a lack of event availability, and steep competition - if one were to become available - from the Memphis Motorsports Park, which already is host to lower-level NASCAR events, and from the much larger markets that NASCAR is thought to crave. "I don't want to appear like you can't get one of these superevents," said Don Naman, Alabama-based consultant for Tunica Motorsports, "but there'd have to be some dramatic changes on the scene before that would happen." Naman, former track manager at Talladega Superspeedway, and Lockard both said they considered the Memphis Motorsports Park to represent a separate market. The Memphis track is under contract for NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series events through 2006. Jason Rittenberry, MMP vice president and general manager, said his track's existing NASCAR races and NASCAR-connected owner Dover Motorsports made it more likely than Tunica County to land a Nextel Cup event. He said MMP could expand seating at its 3/4-mile oval from the current 35,000 to about 100,000. But Rittenberry said the odds could be long for either Mid-South track, given NASCAR's desire to move into New York and other major markets. The Tunica track saga continues Monday, when the Tunica County Planning Commission is scheduled to consider a zoning change for the track site.(Memphis Commercial Appeal)(12-8-2003)

  • NC Short Track Closing? The future of racing at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC may be in jeopardy. The track, which has been for sale for the past two seasons, officially closed down at the end of the business day last Friday. If a buyer is not found soon, the roar of racing engines won't be heard from the three-eighths mile asphalt oval in Rougemont in 2004. Tuesday morning, Charlie Lamm, vice president of Orange County Speedway, along with his mother, Bobbie, were at the track gathering various equipment and items from the office area. Also present Tuesday morning were track promoter Laura Beth Young, speedway superintendent Ron Bunton and John Walters of Triad Racing Souvenirs. "We're closed," Charlie Lamm, who was standing in the entry area of the office, said. "Other than that, I have no comment. That's all you're getting from me. We're closing up." While Lamm refused to elaborate on the closing of the speedway Tuesday morning, he did indicate that the track remained for sale. The entrance marquee at the track, located just off N.C. 57 South, still displays the words "for sale." Orange County Speedway, originally known as Trico Speedway, was initially a dirt track. A host of current NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series stars have competed at the facility. Through the years, the track has hosted such events as the NASCAR Busch Series, ASA, NASCAR Goody's Dash Series, All Pro, ISMA, Sprint Winged Cars and the Hooters Cup Series. Last season, the regular weekly racing program at the speedway consisted of events for the Late Model Stock Car Division, Limited Sportsman Division, Grand Stock Division and Super Stock Four-Cylinder Division.(Roxboro Courier)(11-26-2003)

  • Track in Mississippi? If developers get their way, NASCAR racing could be headed to the Mid-South in a couple of years. Plans call for a race track to be built in Tunica County [MS]. But there could be some track troubles as residents wonder how the track would affect them. A race track would give the folks at the Visitors' bureau something to talk about. Right now it's slot machines that spin in Tunica County, but soon it could be race cars taking a spin around what's being called the race track of the future. The plans are ambitious, a NASCAR worthy, state of the art race track that would start out with minor races then move into the big leagues. Developers based in Memphis want to build the track on 550 acres in Tunica County between New Highway 61 and the future Interstate 69. Proposals say at least twenty races a year could bring in tens of million of dollars and more than a hundred jobs. Folks who live near the land like the money and the jobs but wonder what else a track could bring. Those who back the track say it's already being talked about in racing circles and a contract has been signed with the International Hot Rod Association. If built, project backers say the track would have the latest in noise reduction and safety features for drivers and spectators also it would feature fiber optic video and audio and would also be billed as an entertainment venue for concerts.(WMCTV)(11-21-2003)

  • Winchester closing: Winchester Speedway [IN], one of the most revered car racing tracks in the country, will not schedule events next season. Co-owners Jeff Jeffers of Richmond and Charlie Shaw of Lynn made the announcement Wednesday. They cited steady financial losses in the six years they've owned the half-mile paved track.(Palladium-Item)(11-7-2003)

  • Track for Sale: Jackie Thacker, owner of Thunder Valley Speedway since he built it five years ago near Glenmora, LA, is trying to sell the state's only NASCAR-sanctioned dirt track. "I'm doing it for medical reasons," the 53-year-old Thacker said. "I've got high blood pressure, and (heart trouble) runs in my family. My doctor told me, 'You need to slow down a little bit. I've given it to the (Noles-Frye) Realtors, and if they can't sell it in six months, I'm going on with it next season. We've already got dates set. Our first play (practice) day is Feb. 29 and we have another March 7, and we open March 13." Thacker said the track has been appraised at "over $1 million, and I'm asking three-fourths of that: $775,000."(Town Talk)(11-5-2003)

  • Sad News: Myrtle Beach Speedway lost a big part of its heart and soul Friday when longtime general manager and promoter Roy Gore died from an extended illness. Gore passed away at the age of 55 on Friday afternoon at his home in Florence after battling cancer and other health problems in recent years. But he never let it interfere with his life's work and love - racing. Gore was a fixture at Myrtle Beach Speedway since 1989 and helped the track play host to the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series for more than a decade. But his true passion was in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series that he oversaw every weekend. The family will receive friends at 6-8 p.m. today at Waters-Powell Funeral Home in Florence, and services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Myrtle Beach Community Church behind Waccamaw Pottery. But the most fitting tribute will likely come at the Nov. 20-23 Myrtle Beach 400 at the track. Just the way Gore would have wanted it, the show will go on.(Myrtle Beach Sun Times)(10-27-2003)

  • Mansfield Motorsports Speedway to expand: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway will expand grandstand seating due to demand for the Inaugural Ohio 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race scheduled for May 16, 2004. Mansfield Motorsports Speedway has a 7,200-seat main grandstand that sits on the front stretch, as well as hillside seating available in turns three and four. Plans are now in place to expand grandstand seating around turns one and two and down to the midpoint of the backstretch. Tickets are now available for Inaugural Ohio 250 by calling the track office at (419) 525-RACE (7223). For information on Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, please visit www.mansfield-speedway.com.(10-27-2003)

  • New Venue for the Truck Series: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and NASCAR have reached an agreement that will bring a national touring NASCAR series back to the State of Ohio for the first time in fifty years. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will visit the facility for the Inaugural Ohio 250, which is scheduled for Sunday May 16. The event will be the first nationally sanctioned NASCAR event in Ohio since May 24, 1953 when Herb Thomas won a 100-mile Grand National (now Winston Cup) Series event at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. In all, there were eleven Grand National Series events in Ohio at tracks in Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Canfield. There has not been a NASCAR Busch Series or Craftsman Truck Series event in the state, until now. The Inaugural Ohio 250 will be the fourth race of the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule in 2004. Tickets are now available for Inaugural Ohio 250 by calling the track office at (419) 525-RACE (7223) or visit their website at www.mansfield-speedway.com.(Liberty Sports Management PR)
    Actually Sharon Speedway [located in Hartford OH, but named after the nearest large city - Sharon PA] held the last nationally NASCAR race on 5/24/1954 won by Lee Petty [Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia], this track is now owned by Cup driver Dave Blaney.(10-21-2003)

  • Pikes Peak wants a Cup race: Community leaders will meet this week to discuss how to attract a major NASCAR race and its big-time money to a racetrack in Fountain, CO [Pikes Peak International Raceway]. "NASCAR said they are going to take a look at realignment and schedule adjustment in the future, and this is our chance to put our best foot forward," said Rob Johnson, president of the Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain. Johnson will meet with leaders from El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Fountain and Pueblo, on Thursday. Earlier this year, Colorado Springs economist David Bamberger estimated a top NASCAR race would generate $102 million in local sales, create 1,510 local jobs and generate $1.1 million in city sales tax receipts. PPIR, the track in Fountain, already has several major races, including a NASCAR Busch series race.(Sports Illustrated)(8-19-2003)

  • Not looking good for a Cup race at Pikes Peak: There likely won't be a Cup race at Pikes Peak International Raceway near Colorado Springs in the near future. The facility barely was half-full for the Busch Series race last Saturday. Insiders have intimated that if a Cup race is held in Colorado, it would be at a track built closer to Denver's airport by International Speedway Corporation.(Sporting News)(7-28-2003)

  • TrimSpa to sponsor Pike Peaks Busch race: TrimSpa will be the title sponsor for the Busch Series July 26, 2003 race at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado. The race will be named the TrimSpa Dream Body 250 presented by Dodge. Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) is the premier motorsports facility in the Rocky Mountain Region. With seating for 42,700 fans and 31-luxury suites PPIR makes for the perfect racing venue. TrimSpa already has a car in the NASCAR Busch Series. The #27 TrimSpa Pontiac is driven by former ASA Champion and Busch Series Raybesto Rookie of the Year Candidate Joey Clanton. TrimSpa has a number of events planned for the two weeks leading up to the Race, but none will be as big as the concert featuring Broken Bow Records Country artist Craig Morgan. Morgan currently has the Number 12 Song on the Country Billboard Chart. Almost Home has been on the charts for a whopping 29 weeks. Sherrie Austin will also be on hand as well as a couple of surprise guests. The concert, being billed as "Stars Stripes and Country a Salute to the Troops" will be a way to say thank you to the many troops that serve in the Colorado area. Four major military installations: Peterson Air Force Base, Fort Carson, United States Air Force Academy and Schriever Air Force Base are all within a short drive to the raceway. As part of that thank you, TrimSpa and Pikes Peak International Raceway will offer special price race tickets for anyone with a valid military ID. Tickets must be purchased in person. This will also allow them to attend the concert free of charge. Those interested in tickets can visit www.ppir.com or www.trimspa.com/nascar.(Pike Peak International Raceway PR)(6-7-2003)

  • Nazareth has a title sponsor for Busch race: Nazareth Speedway has completed an agreement which will make Goulds Pumps ITT Industries the title sponsor of the NASCAR Busch Series race at "The World's Fastest Mile," beginning with the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 on May 17-18, 2003. "Nazareth Speedway is very fortunate to be working with a partner that has existing ties to motorsports and is excited about the upcoming NASCAR Busch Series weekend," said track president Craig Rust. "We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Goulds Pumps and its parent company, ITT Industries." ITT Industries is the world's largest and premier pump manufacturer and a leader in valves, heat exchangers, mixers and instruments for fluid handling applications. This business has annual sales of over $2 billion and operates in over 135 countries worldwide. Goulds Pumps have been involved with the NASCAR Busch Series for seven years and currently an associate sponsor the #48 car driven by Shane Hmiel. The race season begins at Nazareth Speedway on May 17-18, 2003 with the NASCAR Busch Series Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200.(4-16-2003)

  • Atomic Speedway cancels races, might be sold: The future of Atomic Motor Speedway [Knoxville TN]appears to be almost as cloudy as the dirt that can swirl around the track. Two races this weekend have been cancelled and reports continue to circulate that Carson Branum has sold the "world's fastest one-third-mile oval." Efforts to contact track officials on Wednesday were unsuccessful and the telephone number at Atomic Motor Speedway has been temporarily disconnected.(more at Knoxville News Sentinel)(11-14-2002)

  • Job Cuts at Nazareth: Calling the change a new business model for Nazareth Speedway, track President Craig Rust on Wednesday announced a reduction in staff at the facility owned by International Speedway Corp. Rust was hired as track president in 2000 and has since taken on a dual role as president of ISC's Watkins Glen International in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Rust said transfers and pink slips will tighten ISC's operations at Nazareth and Watkins Glen. Four Nazareth Speedway employees have lost their jobs, reducing the full-time staff to seven. Bill Darcy, the track's general manager, is among those affected. Rust said Darcy will be reassigned somewhere by ISC, the world's largest race track owner. "It's a consolidation of the two business units -- Nazareth and Watkins Glen," Rust said. "As we looked at the business and the business going forward, this will be more efficient." Mike Preston, the track's senior public relations manager, will remain. Rust was hired in 2000 and lived in the Lehigh Valley until he moved to Watkins Glen. He said management of Nazareth Speedway would be in his hands.(Express-Times)(10-30-2002)

  • Pikes Peak enters alliance with ISC: Pikes Peak International Raceway could be owned by the International Speedway Corporation sometime in the next five years based on a partnership finalized Tuesday by the 42,000-seat Fountain track and the motorsports giant. ISC, a publicly traded company headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL, and the world's largest owner and operator of superspeedways, has a three-year contract to provide through a subsidiary management advisory and consulting service for PPIR, which recently concluded its sixth season of racing. The agreement gives ISC the right of first refusal should PPIR owners decide to sell their 1,200-acre complex, which includes a 1.3-mile road course. ISC's right of first refusal extends two years beyond the contract, which runs through 2005. The consulting contract gives Speedway Corp. a chance to look more closely at the racing business in Colorado, where it has been investigating placing a track. "We don't view Pikes Peak International Raceway as a Winston Cup facility, but we believe the current schedule of events provides a great opportunity to promote other major motorsports entertainment in the area," Lee Combs, Speedway Corp. senior vice president of corporate development, stated. The 1,200-acre Pikes Peak raceway complex includes a 42,000-seat, one-mile oval and 1.3-mile road course.(Denver Post and Daytona Beach News Journal)(8-7-2002)

  • Pikes Peak - Cup date? ISC to buy track? UPDATE: After failing twice to build a superspeedway near Denver, International Speedway Corporation is attempting to buy Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain. Citing a confidentiality agreement, PPIR president Rob Johnson would not discuss specifics of the proposed sale. But he did confirm negotiations are taking place. "I don't think it would hurt the track to align itself with (other major owners) in the industry," Johnson said. "But right now, there is nothing official. Is there a deal done with ISC? No." If the deal goes through, Colorado could get a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race without waiting for another track to be built. ISC, based in Daytona Beach, Fla., near its crown jewel - Daytona International Speedway - is operated by the Bill France Jr. family, which also runs NASCAR. There is no shortage of major stock car races at ISC venues. ISC's board members have wanted a track near Denver for more than seven years. Penske Motorsports Inc., which merged with ISC in 1999, tried to build a track in Adams County in '96. That effort, along with ISC's ensuing attempts to build tracks in Aurora and Arapahoe County, were political disasters.(Denver Post)(7-12-2002)
    UPDATE: PPIR president Rob Johnson said there are ongoing negotiations between PPIR and International Speedway Corporation for partial or exclusive ownership of the track. A deal with ISC could bring a Winston Cup race to the facility.(Denver Post)(7-28-2002)

  • Pikes Peak to be sold...to ISC? Pikes Peak International Raceway reportedly has a buyer. Figure it's International Speedway Corp., given that ISC's Lesa France Kennedy attended last week's IRL race and met with George.(Indianapolis Star)(6-21-2002)

  • Stacker 2 to sponsor Nazareth BGN race: Nazareth Speedway officials announced that Stacker 2 has entered into a partnership with the track as the title sponsor the 2002 BGN race on May 19. The event will be titled the Stacker 2 "200" and will be the feature race of the weekend, supported by the Burnham Boilers 100 BGNN race and the Service Electric 100 Featherlite Modified Series race.(4-9-2002)

  • Flemington Fairgrounds Fire - Speedway ok UPDATE but still closed: Police arrested three area juveniles for arson hours after a fire nearly destroyed the Flemington Fairgrounds and Speedway in Flemington NJ on Monday. The deliberately set blaze consumed and incinerated the 100-foot by 30-foot frame office structure, according to Lt. Mike Mangin of the Raritan Township Fire Department. "The firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to the raceway grandstand, its bleachers and four other buildings used for fair exhibits," said Raritan Township Fire Marshall John Smith. "There was some minor fire exposure to some of those buildings, but they put it out."(Trentonian)(1-29-2002)
    UPDATE: Another piece of our collective past disappeared Monday when a fire destroyed the main offices and main concession stands at the Flemington Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds, once a sparkling gem emblematic of New Jersey agriculture and New Jersey auto racing, had already fallen on hard times before the fire, reportedly set by juveniles. Despite the exciting racing, the once-huge crowds, which had been declining, fell off sharply after the paving took place and the track became a financial burden to its owners. The Kuhl family -- principal owners of the property -- got tired of losing money on the fair and the speedway and threw in the towel. The property has been up for sale for some time, and the Kuhls are working to get a zoning change that might help them sell it.(NJ Online)(1-30-2002)

  • Tucson up for sale: ISC has put Tucson Raceway Park up for sale. "With the growth of ISC and its larger tracks, operating a short track is not the focus of the corporation anymore," said Lee Baumgarten, director of operations at PIR and a former general manager at the Tucson racetrack. The 3/8-mile asphalt oval has been the site of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series for several years, dating back to before the dirt track was paved in 1993. It also was home to the defunct NASCAR Winter Heat Series, a circuit that helped drivers such as Greg Biffle, Ron Hornaday and Kurt Busch land big-time NASCAR rides. TRP vice president/general manager David Deery said losing Winter Heat made a financial dent in the track's profits and ultimately may have made ISC's decision easier. Deery wants to purchase TRP and said an agreement has been reached on a price. Before a contract can be consummated, the Deerys must negotiate a lease agreement with the Southwestern Fair Commission and receive approval from Pima County, which owns the land. If approved, Deery's plan is to construct a 1/8-mile oval inside the existing racetrack.(Arizona Republic)(1-21-2002)

  • Portland Speedway to close? Portland Speedway will not reopen for the 2002 season, and one of the nation's oldest stock car tracks probably is closed for good. Craig Armstrong, president of Western Speedways, which operates the 77-year-old track, said last-ditch efforts to keep the twin ovals open failed Wednesday. Armstrong said one other potential operator has an interest in running the track, but would be faced with the same financial limitations Armstrong's company couldn't overcome. The track's lease is a year-to-year, with the owners able to cancel it for any reason with less than six months notice, making it almost impossible to borrow money to improve track facilities. Armstrong had a Tuesday deadline to decide whether to pursue or give up his August race dates with the World of Outlaws, the fast-growing open-wheel series that was the centerpiece of his decision two years ago to convert the track from pavement to a clay surface.(The Oregonian)(1-19-2002)

  • Chicago Motor Speedway to shut down? Sources report the Chicago Motor Speedway, a one-mile oval track built outside of Chicago in Cicero, Illinois, is on the verge of shutting down. Radio station WSCR-AM reported on Monday the track was in financial trouble and would close its gates unless an additional cash influx was found. The news puts the track's two scheduled events this year, the June 30th CART FedEx Series Target Grand Prix and the August 25th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Sears 175, in jeopardy. Several members of the track's management staff were terminated Monday, fueling speculation of the speedway's demise. The opening of the Chicagoland Speedway in nearby Joliet may have been the knockout punch for the Cicero [IL] track.(RacingOne)(1-15-2002)

  • Blaney buys track in Ohio: #77 Jasper Engines Ford driver, Dave Blaney, has become the owner of historic Sharon (OH) Speedway, the hometown track for the racing family and one of the oldest continuously running weekly racetracks in the United States. Blaney purchased the track, which began competition in 1929, with father, Lou and a group of local investors last month. Built as a home for the Central State Racing Association's (CSRA) open-cockpit dirt cars, original owners Homer McCracken and and Bill Pourbaugh began promoting midget, roadsters and the Ohio Speedway Association stock cars after World War II. Most recently, Sharon Speedway has hosted four divisions (sprint cars, dirt modifieds, e-modifieds, street stocks) on it's half-mile dirt surface every Friday night between late April and Labor Day. The Blaneys, who head the group that bought the track, have begun work on a wide-range of improvements to the track, including a change in track length (to 3/8-mile) and width (90') as well as an upgraded racing surface, plus a new 5,000-seat grandstand/concourse on the facility's backstretch.(PR)(1-14-2002)

  • Hickory returns to the NASCAR fold: NASCAR-sanctioned racing is coming back to Hickory Motor Speedway, where officials say they will increase emphasis on safety. The previous track owner in Hickory dropped the NASCAR affiliation two years ago, a move that led to declining fan interest. The auto racing body said Tuesday it again will sanction the track. Sherry Houston Clifton is a co-manager of the speedway and sister-in-law of the late NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt, who was killed in a crash last February at Daytona International Speedway. The 0.363-mile asphalt oval has been a training ground for NASCAR greats such as Earnhardt and Dale and Ned Jarrett. Clifton's management team began running the track in August and will put one employee in charge of safety to make sure all drivers have approved, up-to-date safety equipment. The track also has a new rule to keep children younger than 14 out of the pits. The track also will recommend that drivers wear head restraints not commonly used on short tracks. The track is where Earnhardt won his first race on asphalt and where he met his wife, Teresa.(News and Record/AP)(1-10-2002)

  • Louisville Track Gone: Louisville Motor Speedway will not reopen next year, and the property will be developed for industrial purposes, Jerry Carroll, managing partner of the auto track, said yesterday. ''We had all intentions of keeping that racetrack open as long as we could -- and we probably kept it open a year longer than it should,'' Carroll said in an interview, adding that it was his decision to close the facility. He said the property, off Outer Loop in southern Jefferson County, has become very attractive as an industrial site. The track has held BGN and CTS races in the past. The last racing event at Louisville Motor Speedway took place in September with the World 300 for figure8 racing.(Courier-Journal)(1-3-2002)

  • Wisconsin Track Denied: A "multimillion dollar" proposal transforming Winnebago County's idling racetrack into a 30,000-to-40,000 seat, half-mile NASCAR-friendly facility is now one of two shot down by officials. Either Universal or Mark Hennessy of Baraboo was to be the new promoter of the publicly funded $1.5 million Sunnyview Speedzone Raceway, coming off of three years of sluggish financial finishes. They were the only two companies to float proposals the county's way after former promoter Odyssey Productions Inc. folded this summer. If no one else comes forward with an 11th hour proposal to operate the racetrack, it would leave a void in what county officials hoped to be a full 2002 racing schedule. It also will likely leave the county behind on its effort to resolve the racetrack's debt, at roughly $200,000 through 2008. Little was known about the new proposals since they were discussed behind closed doors with county officials.(Green Bay Press-Gazette)(12-3-2001)

  • The 'Gate' being used in Victory Lane UPDATE 2 - No More Gate: many readers noticed the while 'gate or fence' Winston Cup Officials held above Jeff Gordon so he couldn't get on the roof of the car in the winners circle/victory lane. On CNN/SI's NASCAR Plus, Benny Parsons was asked about the 'gate' and said he wasn't sure why, but that it was probably to keep the driver off the top of the car so a proper insepction could be done. Last year at California, the #12 Team was penalized for having a car that was too low and it was caused by Mayfield jumping on the roof of the car, denting the spot that the inspectors measure. Otherwise have seen nothing official on the reason for the gate(10-2-2001)
    UPDATE: sources have confirmed that NASCAR doesnt want the drivers on the roof tops after the race for saftey and technical reasons(10-3/8-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Benny Parsons confirmed on CNN/SI's NASCAR Plus that NASCAR took so much heat from everyone about the PVC Pipe fence they decided not to use it anymore. Ironic they stop using it and the #8 is too low, the thing they were trying to avoid, but Earnhardt Jr did not get on top of the car, so it is a moot point, but the 'gate' is gone(10-23-2001)

  • Aircraft Ban at Stadiums UPDATE: Effective as of noon yesterday (9-20-01) the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has banned all aircraft from flying within 3 miles of major professional and college sporting events and any other large open air gathering. This protected "no-fly zone'' extends up to an altitude of 3,000 feet above such facilities, which by definition, include race tracks. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown, said the regulation applies to all types of aircraft including small planes, blimps, balloons and gliders. "We issued this to cover everything,'' Brown said. ``It's a blanket order so that it would include a state fair, a high school football game.'' This ban could change how we view races on TV if the helicopter that relays in-car camera signals would be out of effective signal range above the 3000-foot ceiling or prevented from remaining in the air space at that height by conflicts with scheduled air traffic. It appears blimps will also be prevented from providing their normal overhead views as well. Radio traffic between NASCAR, teams, track officials, spotters and drivers is direct and will not be impacted.(Speedway Illustrated)(9-21-2001)
    UPDATE: Dover Track president Denis McGlynn said a no-fly zone will be in effect for today's race, no aircraft within 3,000 feet or three miles laterally, but said NBC's in-car camera relays should be fine as long as its helicopter stays at least 3,000 feet above the speedway(AJC)(9-23-2001)

  • Richmond and Coolers: Richmond International Raceway will allow coolers this year, but only ones of the soft-sided, insulated-bag variety. No hard-sided coolers are allowed into the raceway. Ticket buyers were confused by a recent RIR letter explaining the new security procedures. The letter states that "no backpacks, coolers, large bags and/or camera bags" will be allowed in the grandstands. However, a paragraph later, the letter explains that fans can bring food and beverages into the grandstands in the insulated bags. Raceway officials said they had received letters questioning the cooler rule but had resolved the issue when they explained to fans that the soft-sided coolers are allowed. These bags can be 6 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, large enough for a six pack and a couple of sandwiches. Each ticketholder can bring in one. Fans also are allowed to carry an 18x18x4 clear plastic bag into the grandstands, primarily.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(1-23-2002)

  • Coolers - Fans Fight Back UPDATE: There is a grassroots movement afoot to protest International Speedway Corporation's recent safety-related decision not to allow coolers into the grandstands of its many racetracks. One of the anti-ISC organizers says the Daytona Beach company is simply using security issues as a way to wedge longtime race fans from their treasured coolers. ISC's cooler and backpack ban took effect following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. ISC has staged one Winston Cup race (Kansas Speedway, Sept. 30) since the rule was issued. ISC knows this is a hot-button topic but plans to stick to its guns for the rest of this season. NASCAR left cooler policies up to each track. In response to the cooler ban, David Talley, ISC director of corporate communications, said ISC has reduced prices on most concession items by 50 percent. The list of concession products with a lower price tag includes beer, hot dogs and soda. The company also will add 25 percent more concession stands to accommodate race fans. The ISC cooler and backpack guidelines pertain only to grandstand areas this season. Coolers are still allowed on an infield ticket. There is a message board for frustrated race fans to speak out: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/nascarfansagainstisc. See Full story at the Daytona Beach News Journal.(10-9-2001)
    UPDATE: International Speedway Corp., which has been criticized this week for a no-cooler policy, says the new guidelines for its racetracks is not a food and beverage issue. Each grandstand spectator entering any ISC track for the rest of the 2001 season will be allowed to carry in one 6-by-6-by-12 inch insulated, soft-sided bag. See full story at the Daytona Beach News Journal(10-12-2001)

  • ISC Sets Security for future Events - No Coolers: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced today that, due to recent tragic events and continuing concerns, all of the company's operational subsidiaries will increase security at events. Some of the new procedures are:
    No backpacks, coolers, large bags and/or large camera bags will be allowed into the grandstand area for future ISC events.
    All items brought through the gate area (purses, scanners, small camera bags, binoculars, etc.) are subject to inspection by security officials.
    None of the above items can be left in or around the gate area.
    Fans are encouraged to limit the size and type of any bag brought into the facility.
    The tracks will work to minimize any inconvenience that these new practices may cause, including the reduction of concession pricing at tracks that formerly allowed coolers. Increased security must take precedence at this time and ISC will continue to focus on providing a safe environment at its future events. Therefore in addition to these new practices, ISC will implement increased security measures, including an increased law enforcement presence on site and K-9 units in some areas. As well, media, employees, temporary staffing, volunteers, sponsor representatives,VIPs, teams, and others holding a credential, will have to show a valid photo ID before entering the property. The tracks include Daytona International Speedway in Florida; Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway located outside Detroit, Michigan; California Speedway near Los Angeles, California; Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas; Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida; Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona; Richmond International Raceway in Virginia; Darlington Raceway in South Carolina; North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina; Watkins Glen International in New York; and Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania.Other track interests include the operation of Tucson (Arizona) Raceway Park and an indirect 37.5% interest in Raceway Associates, LLC, which owns Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway in Illinois.(ISC PR), as far as I know, this is a PERMANENT thing, No Coolers, wish to complain or send thanks? Contact ISC at their website: www.iscmotorsports.com - Contact page(sorry no email address)(9-20-2001)

  • New Alabama Track: BTK Motor sports of Decatur, AL wants to turn a former WWII Air force training base into a place for NASCAR. The 900 acres known as Air park in Courtland is the proposed site location for a multimillion dollar motor sports park. Right now the county owned land is used as cotton fields by farmers who lease the land. The proposal is still in the early stages now. But if major corporate investors could be secured, the motor sports park could someday be a pit stop for Nascar drivers. Here's the plan as introduced to the Lawrence County Commission this week. Initially about 500 acres would be converted into a small racetrack. Then developers would like to expand the park into a 150 million dollar park with all the bells and whistles. That of course would only happen if corporate sponsors buy the idea. Lawrence County leaders are supporting the idea. They have agreed to hold off on re-leasing the land until a formal proposal is presented to the commission.(WHNT Online) AND BTK Motor Sports, a branch of the McCall Group, wants to construct a multimillion-dollar motor sport facility in the industrial park. Representatives of the group met with the Lawrence County Commission on Monday morning(Aug 13th). The commissioners did not vote, but they unanimously agreed to support the project. The county owns approximately 900 acres in the AirPark. Industrial Development Board Executive Director Evon Zills said the 500 acres on the southwest side of the AirPark are probably best suited for the project. IDB leases the land to cotton farmers. BTK's Terrance McCall said the group is looking at constructing a facility that will cost between $150 million and $200 million. "We will start with a drag strip because we can do that very quickly, but we need a more formalized business plan so we can talk with potential corporate investors," he said. BTK has been looking several years for a good location to build a motor sport facility. He said Courtland is the perfect location because almost 4 million people reside within 150 miles of the AirPark. BTK currently operates a small motor sport facility at 708 State Docks Road in Decatur. McCrispin said motor sports are one of the fastest growing sports. He said BTK also plans to build a road course and courses where just about any racing can take place. "We're not going to bring NASCAR in immediately, but that's something we will be looking at," McCrispin said.(Decatur Daily)(8-23-2001)

  • Netzero to sponsor Pikes Peak: Pikes Peak International Raceway today announced that NetZero, a leading value-priced Internet service provider, has become the primary sponsor of its BGN race on July 26-27. The event will be known as the NetZero 250 NASCAR Busch Series race. July 26-27 marks the return of the BGN with the running of the NetZero 250 and a post-race concert by comedian and Tonight Show regular Jeff Foxworthy.(Pikes Peak International Raceway PR)(6-18-2002)

  • Pikes Peak wants Cup race: Rob Johnson, president of Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., is optimistic that his track will be part of the Cup campaign in the future. "NASCAR officials know we want a Winston Cup race at our facility," Johnson said. "I know that the schedule is very full right now, but they will be looking to expand again in a market they are not in like Colorado. It may take a few years, but I like the position we are in." Presently, PPIR is a one-mile tri-oval track, which plays host to BGN and CTS.(NASCAR.com)(7-18-2001)

  • Cleveland Track? Developers seeking to bring national car racing to Ohio by expanding a small race course here announced yesterday they would withdraw their request for land use variances. But Joseph Badger of Peninsula, a partner with his brother Geoffrey of Strongsville in Western Reserve Management Group, said that plans to vastly expand the Nelson Ledges Race Course would still move forward. On June 13, the Board of Zoning Appeals said the Badgers had to prove they had a legal right to the land before the board would consider the request for the variances. The Badgers do not own the land. They would need zoning variances for building height and size before they would build 500,000 square feet of retail, lodging, food and race facilities, including stands for up to 60,000 spectators. The Badgers said they wouldn't buy the land unless they received the variances.(Cleveland Plain Dealer)(7-10-2001)

  • New PA Road Course: A new 2.31m road course being constructed near Harrisburg, Penn., has had its official opening delayed until the start of the 2002 season, according to track officials. Located within 200 miles of a population of over 47m, the track will host national and international motorcycle and sports car races.(SpeedVision)(6-25-2001)

  • Groundbreaking in PA (not NY) for track: Lake Erie Speedway (track is in Erie, PA) has announced that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this Thursday, June, 28 at 5:00 p.m. at the future site of Lake Erie Speedway. The ceremony is being served as an anticipation of the receipt of all necessary permits which allow us to begin earth moving activities. The ceremony is open to the public(Racefan)(6-25-2001)

  • Nazareth Staying: Although Nazareth Speedway hosted its final CART race May 6, track spokesman Keith Green insists NASCAR's future at the 1-mile facility is solid. Nazareth will keep its BGN and CTS events for the forseeable future, Green said. CART may even return at some point, but the IRL is also under consideration(Winston Cup Scene)(5-24-2001)

  • Mark Martin's Speedway has an accident UPDATE 3: James Neaves, president of the New Smyrna Quarter Midget Racing Association, is in critical but stable condition with head injuries in the intensive care unit at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, a hospital spokeswoman said. The 35-year-old Spruce Creek Fly-In resident was injured during a caution lap when a slow moving car driven by a 6-year-old Deltona boy hit him from behind. The impact at the ankles threw Neaves in the air and he landed on his head, a Sheriff's Office report said. Robert Hart, owner of New Smyrna Speedway where the midget track is located, said it was an unfortunate incident. There was no ambulance on site nor an emergency medical technician on duty during the races. The Little New Smyrna Speedway -- geared toward children between the ages of 5 and 15 -- officially opened during Speed Weeks in February. Founder and Winston Cup driver Mark Martin, Neaves and Dye worked nearly a year to get the track operational for area kids to learn about competitive racing at a young age. Benny Ertel, spokesman for Martin, said the NASCAR driver was upset about the news and rushed to the hospital to be with Neaves' family late Sunday night when he returned from the race at Texas Motor Speedway. Martin was unavailable for comment Monday.(see full story at the Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-3-2001)
    UPDATE: have heard that James Neaves is doing better, nothing official
    UPDATE 2: The youth auto racing official injured at New Smyrna Speedway Sunday has been upgraded to serious condition, a Halifax Medical Center spokeswoman said Thursday. James Neaves, 35, was thrown into the air after being struck from behind by a 6-year-old Deltona boy during a caution lap. The impact from the car, which weighs about 235 pounds, threw Neaves onto the asphalt track, causing severe head injuries. Neaves is president of the newly formed New Smyrna Quarter Midget Racing Association, which built a track in the infield of the speedway. He had just finished fixing a section of the low wooden wall following an accident during the practice session when he was struck. He was transported by helicopter to the hospital's intensive care unit where he had remained in critical condition until Thursday morning(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-6-2001)
    UPDATE 3: good news on Jim Neaves - he is sitting up and having limited conversation and things are actually going quite well. The track was back racing last night(4-12-2001)

  • Wall Stadium: As was announced last month, the historic Wall Stadium 1/3-mile asphalt track located in Wall NJ was sold. The Nicol family, who had owned and operated the track for more than 50 years, confirmed what had been rumored for years. A group headed up by local businessman and facing enthusiast Tim Shinn purchased the track, and planned to take over before the April 7 season opener(Open Wheel Racing)(3-13-2001)

  • Open House: Nazareth Speedway is holding a special open house on Saturday, December 9 to give fans the opportunity to purchase 2001 race tickets and meet racing legend Mario Andretti. The day will begin at 9:00am/et when tickets for the 2001 season go on sale. Fans can purchase racing apparel and souvenirs from Nazareth Speedway, the Andretti Line and Shook's NASCAR Racing Collectibles. Andretti will meet and greet fans from 10:30am to 1:00pm/et. Ryan McGlynn of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Zane Zeiner of the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series will also be on hand to sign autographs. Andretti, McGlynn, and Zeiner will also have their authentic racecars on display. Nazareth Speedway will also raffle off racing merchandise every hour on the hour during the event. No purchase will be necessary to enter the raffle. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be served for all fans courtesy of Nazareth Speedway. The day will begin at 9:00am and end at 2:00pm/et.(Nazareth SpedwayPR)(12-8-2000)

  • Greenville Track: Located about seven miles from Kershaw, the Carolina Motorsports Park is home to a 2.3-mile, 14-turn road course. Virtually unknown outside the auto racing industry, CMP is a privately owned motorsports facility that serves as both playground and profit center. NASCAR teams test at the track just as they rent Greenville-Pickens Speedway for short-track tests, they use CMP for preparation of their road-course cars(Greenville News)(6-1-2000)

  • Track Vacuum? UPDATE: Despite progress in many areas the past decade or two, motorsport still cleans up rain the old-fashioned way: Crews drive trucks around and around the track, hoping that the consequent scattering of water and the heat from the vehicle will dissipate the water. Jet dryers - basically, a kerosene-powered jet engine towed around the track by a pickup truck - are a step up, but they rely largely on the same principles. It can take a minimum of two hours to properly dry a race track. Texas inventor George Carter believes he has a better idea. Carter, president of Trak Vak Inc., (www.TrakVak.com) has looked into the physics of wet pavement in detail, and he thinks he's come up with a whole new approach that will save the industry time, and ultimately money. Yes, Trak Vak is towed by a truck just as a jet is. But the principle is entirely different. Instead of blowing water sideways and trying to heat it to the evaporation point as you would with a hair dryer, Carter looks at it from the other side: You just suck it up. See full story on RaceComm(2-9-2000) -- UPDATE: see a similar, updated story at SpeedVision: A Better Way to Dry Tracks? by Ben Blake(3-6-2000)

  • New Florida Speedway?(not Cup or BGN): A controversial motor speedway and business park could come a step closer to development Tuesday(have seen no updates on the story yet). The County Commission was to consider an agreement with the City of Melbourne to provide sewer service to the Interchange Commerce Park and Melbourne Speedway. In exchange, Interchange will contribute half the cost, or $8,737, to build a connecting pipeline to the $12 million speedway planned. The project calls for a quarter-mile drag strip, a 3/8-mile oval race track and a 2.2-mile road course. The developers say tests they've conducted show the track won't exceed county noise levels. County officials say the track has to conform to noise performance standards if it wants to avoid fines or even shutdowns(Florida Today)(1-11-2001)

  • Small Track News: Birmingham International Raceway is hooking up with NASCAR, becoming a part of a national auto racing series that includes short tracks from coast to coast. NASCAR officials will be in Birmingham today to announce the affiliation. The move puts BIR back in the fold of the nation's premiere motorsports sanctioning body and puts local drivers in line for some hefty purses(Alabama Live)(1-4-2001)

  • Flemington Speedway(NJ) update: According to the Hunterdon County Democrat, dated Thursday, November 9th. The Raritan Townshp Planning Board Meeting to discuss the re-zoning of the Flemington Fairgrounds(where Flemington Speedway is located) will be held on Thursday, November 30th at 7:30pm at the Raritan Township Police/Court Facility on Route 523 just off the Route 12 Circle. The track shut down operations in early October 2000. The speedway has been used since 1915, with weekly races held since the 1950s, including CTS races thru 1998. A lack of interest in farming forced the corporation to abandon the Flemington Fair after 144 years in September. Dwindling attendance and longtime financial woes finally stalled racing. The future now lies in business, the owners say. Options for 2001 included operating weekly, once a month or discontinue. Losses have been tremendous over the last several years and the group of shareholders decided enough was enough. Auto races will not be run unless someone buys the speedway and uses it for racing. The Flemington Fairgrounds could sell for as much as $10 million if it is rezoned into a commercial district(11-27-2000)

  • New PA Track: A paved 4/10 mile asphalt speedway with NASCAR sanctioning is about to become a realty for Northwest Pennsylvania near Northeast, PA(near Erie) just off Interstate 86, will be called Lake Erie Speedway. It was two years ago this past summer that Todd Melphi, a Pittsburgh native, had the idea to build a NASCAR-sanctioned track in northwest Pennsylvania. The track will be an oval with straight-a-ways approximately 360-380 feet in length and with a racing surface 70 feet wide with 6 degrees of banking. The four turns will each have compound banking beginning with the 6 degrees from the straights up to twelve degrees at the top of wall. Six thousand seats will be installed at the facility in time for opening day, currently scheduled for sometime in June, 2001. NASCAR races will likely include a BUSCH North event in 2001 and possibly a Featherlite Modified event in 2002. Negotiations are also underway to bring the Craftsman Truck Series to Lake Erie Speedway, but planning is in the very early stages for the truck series to visit Northwest Pennsylvania(Racefan Site)(11-12-2000)

  • New Indiana Speedway? Columbus City officials said a proposed motorsports complex west of Columbus has the potential to benefit the local economy, but they also raised concerns about traffic, proper land use and other issues. The proposed arena will hold up to 40,000 spectators about six times a year, said a spokesman for Tellman & Associates, the company proposing the complex(The Republic). No mention of a NASCAR race in the story(8-31-2000)

  • BGN Race at Road America? UPDATE: There is talk of a possible BGN race at the Road America road course at Elkhart Lake, WI for the 2001 season(National Speed Sport News Magazine Print Version)(8-20-2000)
    UPDATE: In Road America's quest to build its schedule, track president George Bruggenthies has "been talking seriously" with NASCAR about a Busch Series event, he said Saturday. "They haven't said yes and they haven't said no," Bruggenthies said. See full story at the Milwaukee Sentinel: Road America beats Busch to add event by Dave Kallmann(8-22-2000) - NOTE - this didn't happen for 2001

  • South Boston/Myrtle Beach gone? UPDATE MB is gone, South Boston gone: hearing that the BGN races at South Boston, VA and Myrtle Beach, SC will not be on the BGN schedule in 2001. Kansas and Chicagoland will be added (as previously announced) and Kentucky Speedway may be added to the BGN schedule(8-21-2000)
    UPDATE: Myrtle Beach Speedway, host of a BGN race for the last 13 years, won't be on the NASCAR junior circuit's list of places to go in 2001. The good ol' boys will be somewhere else instead. And that somewhere else, although the official schedule has not yet been announced, will likely look a lot different than the local track that has been in the racing business since 1958. Myrtle Beach would seem to be an ideal location when it comes to packing the house. The problem is MBS's 18,000-seat house is no longer big enough for NASCAR. The owner's dug deep into their pockets to keep the track up to NASCAR's standards. They spent more than $100,000 to upgrade facilities for competitors and fans before the June 17 event, but it wasn't enough. Now NASCAR's presence may be gone forever, unless the area joins the rat race and builds a new multi-million dollar facility. There have been about Burroughs & Chapin (Company) building a racetrack in the area(Myrtle Beach Sun News). As for South Boston, many readers from that area have emailed saying it was announced in June that South Boston had signed a sponsor and with NASCAR thru 2002 to hold a race at the track - the story from February on my BGN Tracks page, past news: Textilease and South Boston Speedway officials have announced that the BGN race would be officially known as the Textilease/Medique 300 for the next three years. Textilease and Textilease Medique signed a three-year contract extending their title sponsorship through 2002. Also, see the story at The State: Busch won't make pit stop at Myrtle Beach(8-22-2000)
    UPDATE 2: it was reported on RPM 2Night that South Boston also will not run a BGN event in 2001. AND from the South Boston Speedway site: South Boston Speedway, one of NASCAR's premiere short tracks, plans on hosting a minimum of six national touring series events in 2001, a significant increase over the 2000 schedule. While touring series for Late Model Stock Cars will be a priority, events for open wheel and dirt series are also being explored. Of these new events, at least three are expected to be nationally televised. The 2001 schedule will not include a NASCAR Busch Series event(8-23-2000)

  • South Boston/Myrtle Beach races gone? UPDATE MB is gone, South Boston gone: hearing that the BGN races at South Boston, VA and Myrtle Beach, SC will not be on the BGN schedule in 2001. Kansas and Chicagoland will be added (as previously announced) and Kentucky Speedway may be added to the BGN schedule(8-21-2000)
    UPDATE: Myrtle Beach Speedway, host of a BGN race for the last 13 years, won't be on the NASCAR junior circuit's list of places to go in 2001. The good ol' boys will be somewhere else instead. And that somewhere else, although the official schedule has not yet been announced, will likely look a lot different than the local track that has been in the racing business since 1958. Myrtle Beach would seem to be an ideal location when it comes to packing the house. The problem is MBS's 18,000-seat house is no longer big enough for NASCAR. The owner's dug deep into their pockets to keep the track up to NASCAR's standards. They spent more than $100,000 to upgrade facilities for competitors and fans before the June 17 event, but it wasn't enough. Now NASCAR's presence may be gone forever, unless the area joins the rat race and builds a new multi-million dollar facility. There have been about Burroughs & Chapin (Company) building a racetrack in the area(Myrtle Beach Sun News).
    As for South Boston, many readers from that area have emailed saying it was announced in June that South Boston had signed a sponsor and with NASCAR thru 2002 to hold a race at the track - the story from February on myBGN Tracks page, past news: Textilease and South Boston Speedway officials have announced that the BGN race would be officially known as the Textilease/Medique 300 for the next three years. Textilease and Textilease Medique signed a three-year contract extending their title sponsorship through 2002.(The State)(8-22-2000)
    UPDATE 2: it was reported on RPM 2Night that South Boston also will not run a BGN event in 2001. AND from the South Boston Speedway site: South Boston Speedway, one of NASCAR's premiere short tracks, plans on hosting a minimum of six national touring series events in 2001, a significant increase over the 2000 schedule. While touring series for Late Model Stock Cars will be a priority, events for open wheel and dirt series are also being explored. Of these new events, at least three are expected to be nationally televised. The 2001 schedule will not include a NASCAR Busch Series event(8-23-2000)

  • More Mass. Track News: More than 2,000 people crowded the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School gymnasium Thursday for a sometimes heated meeting with the principal partners of the proposed Motorsports USA race track complex to be built on 230 acres of land near the Southwick-Westfield border.(National Speed Sports News)(7-25-2000)

  • Massachusetts Racetrack: A new NASCAR quality raceway, replacing the one that closed at Agawam's Riverside Park last year, may be coming to Western Massachusetts. An informational hearing has been scheduled for July 20 at the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School. Promoters of a Motorplex Entertainment Center will outline plans then. In addition to Southwick, Hebert said promoters are looking at a site in Connecticut, between Hartford and Springfield along the Interstate-91 corridor. The motorplex will consist of a high-banked -mile track and a 2-mile road course(Union News)(6-29-2000)

  • Virginia International re-opens after 26 years: Twenty-six years after being sent into disrepair, VIR has re-opened under new management and with a refined mission. It will serve as host to eight public events this year, the second of which will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday. It features 115-120 vintage race cars. The VIR management team thinks their course compares favorably with layouts at Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta, and they're not alone. Before sending its teams to the 24 Hours of LeMans, Cadillac reserved VIR for nine days of testing. Track rentals for testing will help recoup much of the investment, but there are all sorts of possibilities. It's highly unlikely that VIR will hold a Winston Cup event, but there's been interest from NASCAR's Craftsman Truck series(in part from Roanoke Times) for more info on the track see it's website: www.virclub.com(6-14-2000)

  • Small Track Troubles UPDATE 2: Hialeah Speedway(outside of Miami), a track that has had local stock car racing since 1954 and the first track for racing legend Bobby Allison, has drawn fewer and fewer fans to its weekly Saturday night races and now cannot pay its bills. Barring a last-minute donation to help pay off a $91,000 debt, the club that operates the races expects to receive eviction papers this month. Unless there's a last-minute reversal, the closure of the track will end 46 years of intimate, rough-and-tumble racing action accompanied by country music and Budweiser specials. Just 10 years ago, there were Saturday nights when you couldn't find an empty seat among the 5,000-capacity stands(Jayski was one of those back in 1991-1992 before moving back to NJ). Several drivers are trying to collect money to help pay off the club's debt. Whether they will make the landlord's deadline, however, is uncertain. The club that operates the Hialeah Speedway, the Greater Miami Racing Association, leases the 35-acre property from Hialeah Speedway Limited, a family partnership. Under the terms of the lease, the club is obliged to pay the annual $91,000 property tax bill. Failing to pay violates the lease. So far, the racers have received pledges for about $45,000 and have in hand $17,000 but with a March 15 deadline rapidly approaching, many are losing faith. Even if the racers make this hurdle, the club's 49-year lease expires Dec. 31, 2002.(Miami Herald)(3-9-2000)
    UPDATE: The race track is looking at two weeks of racing before the gates lock for the final time. Property taxes and what was once swamp now being a prime industrial or retail site is the big problem. If you live down in the Miami area, a way to help is to attend the track this week. Races are Saturday nights at 7:00pm/et. An escrow account has been set up through - Kevin C. Lunsford Attorney at Law, 954-467-6642(3-10-2000)
    UPDATE 2: been told that Hialeah Speedway will be running on April 15th(not 18th) as a new lease has been signed and they are sprucing the track up in anticipation of this reopening(4-10-2000)

  • Myrtle Beach Speedway Story UPDATE: Speedway trying to stay in the pack - MBS trying to stay in the pack with updates by Terry Massey(Myrtle Beach Sun News)(4-1-2000)
    UPDATE: and another story with a few images about the pitroad - Myrtle Beach Speedway - Changes for 2000 by Andy Cardinale Jr, the Myrtle Beach Speedway 1999 Rookie of the year(4-4-2000)

  • Galaxy Motorsports buys another Track: When the green flag falls Friday night at Kingsport Speedway, the NASCAR-sanctioned facility will be operating under the Galaxy Enterprises banner. Galaxy is headquartered in Murfreesboro where the group built Twin Fountains Raceway, a quarter-mile flat track. This past winter, the company also purchased 411 Speedway in Knoxville and is in the process of acquiring Highland Rim Speedway located just north of Nashville. Galaxy Motorsports also fields a Winston Cup team: the #75 Cartoon Network/WCW/Rotozip/RedCell Batteries Ford with driver Wally Dallenbach(Kingsport Times-News)(3-28-2000)

  • CT Track News: The day-to-day operations of Thompson Speedway in Connecticut are back in the hands of track owner Don Hoenig, but with his victory in court yesterday came a loss for area auto-racing fans. The 2000 Icebreaker at the historic Connecticut oval has been canceled(Providence Journal)(3-19-2000)

  • South Boston Speedway UPDATE 2: Textilease and South Boston Speedway officials have announced that the BGN race would be officially known as the Textilease/Medique 300 for the next three years. Textilease and Textilease Medique signed a three-year contract extending their title sponsorship through 2002. The Textilease/Medique 300 will take place Saturday, June 10 in the NASCAR 2000 season(PR) AND hearing that Ward Burton and his father have bought the South Boston Speedway but have found no confirmation on it(2-15-2000) -- UPDATE: hearing now there is no truth to the rumor that the Burton's bought the track, more to follow -- UPDATE 2: Ward Burton denied rumors Wednesday that he and his father, John Burton, were negotiating to buy South Boston Speedway, a 4/10th-mile oval near his hometown of South Boston, Va. The rumors began circulating over the Internet earlier this week that the Burtons were buying the NASCAR Short Track Series-sanctioned track from long-time owner Mason Day Jr.(goRacing)(2-16-2000)

  • Track for Fans? Bunnell, FL has begun looking at plans for a racetrack that will give racing fans a chance to get behind the wheel. The City Commission on Tuesday listened to a proposal for a motorsports park southeast of downtown on a 500-acre wedge of land between State Road 100 and U.S. 1. Unlike Daytona International Speedway, this racetrack will be targeted more toward participants than spectators. It will be a place where people can race their own sports cars and go-carts, said Felix Amon, a consultant for Ryan Kennedy of Holly Hill. Kennedy is president of the Motor Sports Group, which is making the proposal(Speed Magazine)(2-3-2000)

  • Small Track News: Thompson Speedway is supposed to begin its 2000 racing season with the April 2 Icebreaker. Who will be running the show when the track opens, however, is very much up in the air. Lawsuits have been filed by owner Don Hoenig and TRAC, which has leased the the auto racing facility from the Hoenig family since 1998(Providence Journal)(1-27-2000)

  • #75 Owner Buys Track: Galaxy Enterprises USA of Murfreesboro is purchasing 411 Speedway in Sevier County(TN). Terms have not been disclosed. Galaxy/Darwin Oordt owns Wally Dallenbach's Winston Cup team and also owns the Twin Fountains Speedway south of Murfreesboro, TN. It is buying the 27-acre, 2,800-seat 411 Speedway from Roger Flenniken, who has owned it since 1994.(Tennessean)(1-13-2000)

  • New Dallas Area Track? Ishida Motorsports Inc./Valley View Crown Partners Ltd., bought 205 acres of land about 25 miles north of Denton, TX where it plans to develop Valley View Motorsports Park including a 2.5mile road course. The track is the second to be announced recently in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth plans to begin construction after the April Nascar races on a road course that is expected to open next summer. The two tracks don't expect to be in head-to-head competition. The planned motorsports park will cater to the (driving) enthusiast rather than the spectator(Dallas Business Journal)(12-20-1999)

  • Track News: Galaxy Enterprise's deal to purchase Highland Rim Speedway has fallen through, and the Ridgetop, TN., racetrack will continue to be owned and operated by Pat and Ronnie Baucom. Last month Galaxy Enterprises announced that it had reached agreement to buy the track. The company, owned by Darwin Oordt#75 Cup Owner), currently operates Twin Fountains Raceway in Shelbyville(Tennessean)(12-3-1999)

  • Pikes Peak and Cup? With the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, it's mostly a question of too many dance partners and not enough open dates, at least where Pikes Peak International Raceway is concerned. In the wake of last weekend's well-attended Busch Series Grand National, a series considered just a step below Winston Cup, some fans were wondering if that prestigious and hugely popular series might make an appearance at PPIR. The short answer: Not any time soon. Definitely not next year. See the full story at: Pikes Peak never says never about hosting Cup race by Paula Parrish of the Colorado Springs Gazette via Charlotte Observer(7-31-1999)

  • New Penske Track? Saw this in today's Stock Car Fans Newsletter: "Roger Penske has proposed a half mile racetrack and amphitheater for Fairview/Girard PA. The report was aired on WSEE TV 35." So I did some searching around and found a story on GoErie.com: Auto racing fans in west Erie County are excited about the possible construction of a Grand National Track in Girard. A major racing company is reportedly interested in building a half-mile asphalt track at the site of the former Divine Word Seminary at Route 20 and Imperial Point. That's news to the priests at Divine Word Missionaries, who say they haven't been approached by anyone who wants to build a racetrack. But a public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday(June 8th) at 7:15 p.m. at the township building. Girard Township supervisor Percy McDonald told the newspaper that the race track would be used two or three times a year for Busch Grand National-type events. See more to the story at: Grand National Track could be in Girard's future(6-8-1999)

  • Another Track Falls: Officials at Riverside Park in Agawam, Mass., will announce today that Riverside Park Speedway will close after the 1999 racing season. Riverside Park Speedway racing director David Deery confirmed late Wednesday that the track will close for good when the 1999 season ends Oct. 31. Deery confirmed the track and the structures surrounding it will be razed. The land will be developed into theme park. A few NASCAR drivers who have driven there: Mike Stefanik, Geoff Bodine, Brett Bodine, Steve Park, and Mike McLaughlin. See the story at: Final Lap For Riverside Speedway(Hartford Courant)(6-17-1999) -- UPDATE: More news on this at Riverside closing racetrack(Union-News)(6-18-1999)

  • South Boston purse: Chesapeake Motorsports Development Corporation (CMDC) announced today that the "Textilease Medique 300 Presented by Advance Auto Parts" will pay a record purse of $517,828.00. The 300 lap (120 miles), BGN event is scheduled for June 12th, at the South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia. The record purse is a substantial increase over the 1998 purse of $304,750.00. Tickets are still available for the race(6-5-1999)

  • South Boston News: South Boston Speedway officials announced that they are adding six new grandstand sections in order to accommodate high ticket demands for the "Textilease Medique 300 Presented by Advance Auto Parts" scheduled for Saturday, June 12th. The additional grandstands will be named in honor of the most recent Busch Series race winners at South Boston. The new sections will be named to honor the achievements of Tim Fedawa, Randy Lajoie, Todd Bodine, Larry Pearson and Chuck Bown. Tickets in the new grandstand sections are $40.00 and are available at Ticketmaster" outlets. Credit card phone orders may be made by calling 757-671-8100(PR)(5-27-1999)

  • South Boston Sponsor and Donations: The Beltsville, MD based uniform and first - aid services company, Textilease Corporation, has signed on as Title sponsor for the Saturday, June 12th South Boston 300, NASCAR Busch Series - Grand National Division Race event at the South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA. Fans attending the Textilease Medique 300 are invited to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to the event in an effort to assist the victims of the recent tornadoes that caused incredible damage throughout Oklahoma and Kansas leaving many people homeless. Collection containers will be set up at all South Boston Speedway gates. AS an added bonus, each fan that makes a donation will be entered to win a drawing for a pit tour for two people and meet their favorite driver before the start of the Textilease Medique 300. The Medique division of Textilease supplies over - the - counter medications to businesses and occupational health nurses through a network of 550 distributors in 47 states. They will be sending over $10,000 worth of medical and first aid supplies to aid the victims of this natural disaster(Press Release)(5-7-1999)

  • South Boston: Chesapeake Motorsports Development Corporation announced today that the Beltsville, MD-based uniform leasing and first-aid services company, Textilease Corporation, has signed on as Title sponsor for the Saturday, June 12th South Boston 300, BGN race at the South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA. The race will be know as the Textilease Medique 300. Tickets can be purchased by calling 757- 671- 8100(CMDC PR) Textilease was recently involved as a sponsor on the #91 LJ Racing Chevy in the Cup series(4-26-1999)

  • Stratford Speedway News: Jack Arute and Mike Joy will broadcast the 28th annual CARQUEST Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway(CT) on Sunday, April 25th, of the 200-lap NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series event beginning at 3:15pm/et. Also, Stafford Motor Speedway and broadcast.com have announced an exclusive multi-year agreement in which all NASCAR Winston Racing Series and NASCAR Touring Series events originating from Stafford Motor Speedway will be broadcast live worldwide. The agreement makes Stafford Motor Speedway the first weekly NASCAR venue to broadcast all of its' events live over the Internet(PR)(4-22-1999)

  • Oklahoma Track? UPDATE: The U.S. Probation Office in Jackson, Miss., has initiated parole revocation proceedings against the promoter of a multimillion-dollar motor raceway and entertainment complex in Craig County. Charles D. Kelley of Wagoner, who has been promoting the supposed $730 million project west of Vinita, has been ordered to appear Thursday at an initial revocation hearing in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Kelley represents World Racing Association, headquartered in Wagoner. See the complete story at: Race backer may lose parole. For more info on the track project, see worldracingonline.com -- more info from Speedwords: Over the last year or so SPEEDWORDS has heard about a spectacular racing development reputed to include a 1 1/2 mile NASCAR style oval, a road course, a 1/2 mile dirt oval and a 1/4 mile covered drag strip. Sound impossible? Maybe not impossible but certainly expensive, reportedly around $730 million bucks. The complex was to be constructed not far from Vinita, Oklahoma. A few months ago I had a phone conversation with a representative of the World Racing Association that promised to keep me informed of all developments, except apparently this one. Charles D. Kelley, who has been promoting project, has been ordered to appear Thursday at an initial probation revocation hearing in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi. Kelley has been on three years probation (scheduled to end in late March) for a felony conviction on two counts of wire fraud in an U.S. District Court. Kelley was previously convicted of fraudulently obtaining money for a charity, obtaining money under false pretenses and bail jumping in Oklahoma(Speedwords)(3-17-1999)

  • Nazareth Speedway info: Facility improvements continue at the track which include the following: Permanent restrooms, new media center and expansion of the infield care center. The addition of the Richard Petty Stock Car Driving School in June(2-2-1999)

  • Pikes Peak News: Rob Johnson, a public-relations expert, has been named president of PPIR. He takes over for former general manager Lex Dudas, who was released this month after a disappointing second season at the Fountain superspeedway. See the story at PPIR looks to head out of red(Denver Post)(11-23-1998)

  • Disney will no longer host a Truck Series race(10-25-1998)

  • Changes at Pikes Peak: Less than a month after completing a sophomore season that featured disappointing crowds watching some of the world's best auto-racing circuits, general manager Lex Dudas and most of his staff were fired Thursday by owners of Pikes Peak International Raceway. In addition to firing Dudas, marketing director Chris Johnson and five others, PPIR ownership representative Linda Clifford said the superspeedway's headquarters will move to Denver. See the rest of the Denver Post story: PPIR chief, most of staff fired.(10-23-1998)

  • Myrtle Beach stays, South Boston? Two other tracks in jeopardy of losing their BGN dates are Myrtle Beach(SC) and South Boston(VA). Myrtle Beach has come up with the extra purse money NASCAR has set as a minimum, South Boston has not made a commitment either way yet.(WC Today Radio/PRN)(10-22-1998)

  • Hickory Leaves NASCAR: Hickory Motor Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned track for 49 years, announced that they were dropping the sanction in favor of a new short-track sanctioning body for the 2000 racing season, the American Racing Association (ARA). Also dropping their NASCAR sanction for the ARA are Florida Speed Park in St. Augustine, Fla.; Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC; Lonesome Pine Speedway in Coeburn, VA.; Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, GA.; and Montgomery (AL) Motor Speedway. The tracks' parent company and the ARA are both owned by Columbia, SC, businessman John Huffman, who said Wednesday that the move had been contemplated for quite a while. As part of the new organization, the ARA has set up its own late model touring series, called the Late Model All-Star Tour, which will hold 17 events this season. The rules for both the ARA's weekly divisions are similar to those used by NASCAR, with just minor modifications made in the rules on late model stocks(goRacing)(1-27-2000)

  • Hickory Gone: Hickory Motor Speedway, which has hosted more NASCAR Grand National races than any other track, will not be awarded a series race next season. HMS president John Huffman said Monday he was notified by NASCAR over the weekend by fax he would not be granted any further extensions to secure the necessary purse to host a race and, therefore, a Grand National date would not be given to the track in 1999.(Charlotte Observer)(10-20-1998)

  • Hickory Motor Speedway missed its Oct. 9 deadline to secure the $522,000 it must contribute to the purse in order to be awarded a Grand National race. The missed deadline all but ensures the speedway will not host a Grand National race next season. NASCAR increased the speedway's contribution to the race purse $180,000 over last season and gave an Oct. 9 deadline for Hickory Motor Speedway President John Huffman to have the money in hand. Huffman is still trying to secure a national sponsor to save the race. Huffman said, however, he has not been given an official extension by NASCAR. The governing body is expected to release its 1999 schedule by the end of the month and must have sanctioning agreements signed with tracks in order to issue the schedule. Huffman said this week he had not heard ``officially'' that NASCAR would not award the track a race, but assumes it will ``any day.'' Mike Helton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, said he will not comment on Hickory's situation.(Charlotte Observer)(10-16-1998)

  • From Charlotte Observer: At least one race fan isn't willing to let Hickory Motor Speedway's spot on the NASCAR Grand National schedule go away without a fight. Jason Tate of Richmond called the Hickory track earlier this week to see if there was anything he and other fans who feel the track should keep its date could to do help. His idea is relatively simple -- he wants fans to send the track money to help it meet the $522,000 minimum purse NASCAR has set if Hickory wants a Grand National race in 1999. "We can't let Hickory lose its date,'' Tate wrote in a letter to race fans."...NASCAR is getting away from its roots. We saw it with the loss of North Wilkesboro a few years ago and now it is happening again. Short track racing is, in my opinion, the most exciting to watch. "... If everyone who cares about racing and thinks that it is just awful that Hickory will lose its date sends a dollar to Hickory Motor Speedway, we can save this race. How does the Fans Care 300 sound?" Tate sent $10 to get the drive kicked off. "This was totally unsolicited on our part," said Davis Fisher, the Hickory track's public relations director. Fisher said if the track does not keep its Grand National date, any money raised would go toward a charity on behalf of the fans. Fisher said the track is still talking to potential sponsors in hopes of meeting the minimum purse requirement for next year. Hickory's race paid a total of $180,000 this year. If you want to contribute, you can send donations to the track at 3130 Highway 70 SE, Newton, N.C. 28658.(Charlotte Observer)(10-15-1998)

  • A South Carolina group will build and operate a motorsports complex in Kershaw, S.C., with a 2.5-mile road racing course at its core. The track will feature courses ranging from 1 mile to 2.5 miles and is designed to accommodate various kinds of cars and motorcycles for competition. Called Carolina Motorsports Park, construction on the complex is scheduled to begin later this month and the track is scheduled to open next spring. Its estimate cost is $1.5 million. Reservations for 1999 dates are now being accepted. Those interested can find out more by writing track manager Mickey Clyburn, Carolina Motorsports Park, P.O. Box 366, Kershaw, S.C., 29067. Or you can call (803) 475-2448.(Charlotte Observer)(10-4-1998)

  • It appears Hickory Motor Speedway will lose its BGN race next season. Hickory Motor Speedway owner John Huffman said Thursday NASCAR officials notified him two weeks ago he would have to increase the speedway's share of the race purse offered for a Grand National race by $180,000 in order for the track to be awarded a race next season. NASCAR has given Huffman until Oct. 9 to secure the purse, but Huffman called the news ``devastating'' to his efforts to keep a Grand National race at the historic track.(Charlotte Observer)(10-2-1998)

  • No Winston Cup or BGN won't race there, but I thought readers may be interested: The all-new Irwindale Speedway, located less than 25 minutes east of downtown Los Angeles, will represent a new chapter in the storied motorsports history of Southern California. Irwindale Speedway will celebrate its inaugural season in 1999. It will feature 6,500 seats and twin paved oval race tracks (banked 1/2 and 1/3 mile). The website is up at www.irwindalespeedway.com.(9-14-1998)

  • Nazareth Raceway will undergo construction. Changes include suites, better press box, bigger medical center, bigger media center, new metal stands to replace the old ones in turn 2, and possibly back stretch pits. The next race at Nazareth is the Craftsman Truck Series/Slim Jim All-Pro Series on July 11/12, 1998.(6-16-1998)

  • I hear that Disney will have the IRL race at the same track. However, they are planning on building a two-mile track with 100,000 seats on Disney property. Location will be at Highway 192 and Highway 27.(5-4-1998)

  • The first race of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League 1999 season will be on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Walt Disney World Speedway, the IRL announced today. The announcement ends speculation about a move to later in the season for the race on the triangular one-mile oval at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., which had been held on Saturday on the weekend of the Super Bowl. The 1999 race will be held on Sunday, one week before the NFL championship game. See the rest of the story at iRace.(iRace)(4-28-1998)

  • Hickory Motor Speedway owner John Huffman said Tuesday he believes the historic track will host a Grand National race at least one more season based on the success of last weekend's Galaxy Foods 300 and new improvements to the facility. A sellout crowd of more than 9,200 looked on Saturday at HMS, which has hosted more Grand National events (41) than any other facility. NASCAR spokesman Tim Sullivan said Tuesday discussion of the 1999 Grand National series schedule won't begin before September, but he did say NASCAAR is ``real pleased with the schedule now.''(Charlotte Observer)(4-15-1998)

  • I hear Saturday's Busch Series race at Hickory may be the last one there and the new Memphis track may get the race date.(4-13-1998)

  • More stories on the Disney track can be found at: Disney may start IRL races later and IRL's Disney race might shift to Labor Day weekend.(4-12-1998)

  • Another question to Robin Miller about Disney World Speedway: "I understand the Disney track is being torn down. I'll try to do something on this soon.", so keep your eyes out for his article.(SpeedNet)(4-11-1998)

  • The Indy Racing League's season-opening Indy 200 at Walt Disney World may be moved from Super Bowl weekend to Labor Day Weekend.(ESPNSportszone) As for the truck race it was noted here recently that a letter from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who handles tickets for Walt Disney World Speedway, says that the 1999 Chevy Truck Challenge race will not be on the 1999 Schedule for the Craftsman Truck series.(4-10-1998)

  • From a reader: "Just got a letter from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who handles tickets for Walt Disney World Speedway, saying that the 1999 Chevy Truck Challenge race will not be on the 1999 Schedule for the Craftsman Truck series."(3-27-1998)

  • "Hickory Motor Speedway, one of the nation's oldest NASCAR-sanctioned race tracks changed owners just before the New Year, possibly bringing about a change in the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. Hickory Motor Speedway, which has hosted Busch Series events since the series' inception in 1982, was sold to Columbia, S.C., real estate developer John Huffman over the holidays, completing the transaction Dec. 20"(iRACE)(12-29-1997)

  • "Hickory Motor Speedway, one of the nation's oldest NASCAR-sanctioned race tracks changed owners just before the New Year, possibly bringing about a change in the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. Hickory Motor Speedway, which has hosted Busch Series events since the series' inception in 1982, was sold to Columbia, S.C., real estate developer John Huffman over the holidays, completing the transaction Dec. 20"(iRACE)(12-29-1997)

  • Plans for indy-style track west of Albuquerque have stalled over questions about water supply and the impact of race fans traveling on INTERSTATE 40. The first phase of the proposed N.M. Motor Speedway calls for 1.25 mile track, seating for 50,000, and parking for 17,000 cars.(8-29-1997)

  • Forget the Penske wanting a WC date for his Nazareth, PA track. I was alerted to a story in the WC Scene on June 19th, page 52 by Eric where Penske states after being asked about this: "No. I think that pretty much they have dates at Dover, they have dates at Pocono. We'll run the Busch and trucks and field the CART race there". That basically puts that rumor to rest(7-1-1997)

  • Heard a rumor that Roger Penske may be looking for a Winston Cup date at Nazareth. Problem is that the track is close to Pocono(within 100 miles) and they do not have the facilities to presently hold a Winston Cup race. No garages, not enough parking, and not enough roads to get the people in and out effectively(6-30-1997)

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