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  • NASCAR Announces 2015 National Series Schedules: NASCAR announced today its national series schedules for the 2015 season, featuring date enhancements to races at some of its most storied tracks along with a pair of long-term broadcast partners that will provide the exciting action to the sport's fans. "The 2015 NASCAR national series schedules promise to provide our fans with the compelling competition and storylines they so richly deserve," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "These enhancements to our race dates, particularly in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be of benefit to our fans and other stakeholders in our industry. From the start of the season at Speedweeks at Daytona culminated by our championship finales at Homestead-Miami, we're looking forward to the great racing that will be delivered through our outstanding television network broadcast partners FOX, FOX Sports 1, NBC and NBCSN."
    Key date changes featuring Darlington Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, some of NASCAR's most tradition-laden tracks, highlight the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Following the 57th running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 22 on FOX, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host the season's second race weekend (March 1), while Darlington returns to its traditional Labor Day weekend date (Sept. 6). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2012 as part of a unique doubleheader on Feb. 28 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Additionally, Daytona's always-anticipated July race weekend takes on a different look as the Sunday, July 5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race marks the return of broadcast partner NBC.
    A big "west-coast swing" during the schedule's early stages spotlights markets where NASCAR's fan base is growing and sponsor opportunities are on the rise. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series run on three consecutive weekends, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7-8, Phoenix International Raceway on March 14-15 and Auto Club Speedway on March 21-22. Bristol's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spring date moves deeper into the calendar from mid-March to April 19. Dates for the spring races at Phoenix and Texas Motor Speedway (April 11) step back one week from their 2014 schedule slots.
    From the season-opening weekend at Daytona through June's events, FOX and FOX Sports 1 will combine to serve as the broadcast home of all races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Starting in July at Daytona through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, including each series' championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NBC and NBCSN will carry the second-half action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. The entire 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will be broadcast exclusively on FOX and FOX Sports 1.
    On radio, programming surrounding the 2015 NASCAR season along with the exciting national series race calls can be heard on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's radio network will carry the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at IMS.
    The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature 36 events including two standout non-points races - the Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 14 at Daytona and the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16. Soon to have a new entitlement partner, the NASCAR Nationwide Series once again contests 33 races, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series increases to 23 events next season with the addition of the Atlanta date.
    When running concurrently during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series companion weekends, the date changes are also reflected on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules. There are nine companion weekends on the 2015 schedule that feature all three national series along with 18 combination weekends between the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series and seven dual events where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series run together.
    There are six "stand-alones" on next year's NASCAR Nationwide Series calendar, starting May 17 at Iowa Speedway. Included among those are two road-course races, at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 15 and Road America on Aug. 29. The later Road America date takes the place of the former Atlanta date. There are seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stand-alone races and two Wednesday appearances - on the dirt at Eldora Speedway on July 22 and at Bristol on Aug. 19. Iowa hosts the trucks three weeks earlier in 2015, on June 19. And the series again runs internationally on Aug. 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.(NASCAR)(8-26-2014)

  • The Tradition returns: Bojangles' Southern 500 : Darlington Raceway and NASCAR officials announced that stock car racing will return to the track Too Tough To Tame on Labor Day weekend in 2015. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 will compete on Sunday, Sept. 6. The NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 5 (official start times TBA). Both races are scheduled to be broadcast on NBC. The move back to Labor Day is a direct result of the tireless efforts by officials from Darlington Raceway, International Speedway Corporation (ISC - the track's parent company) and NASCAR to return the track Too Tough To Tame to its traditional and historic weekend. The sport was built on its rich history with Darlington's Labor Day weekend serving as a pillar of that foundation from 1950-2003. "This is a true example of Darlington Raceway, ISC and NASCAR all working together to give fans what they have wanted for many years the tradition of stock car racing on Labor Day weekend at the Lady in Black," said track President Chip Wile. "We can't thank our leaders at ISC and NASCAR enough for working with us to bring back such a historic date on the 2015 NASCAR calendar. "We raced the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend for 53 years. Returning to a date in 2015 that is filled with so much tradition and history is a historic moment for our fans and local community," continued Wile. Guests who purchased tickets or camping in 2014 will receive a renewal notice for 2015. Renewing customers will be guaranteed their seats and/or campsites for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Labor Day weekend. New fans who wish to purchase tickets now may do so, but only in non-renewing areas by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(8-26-2014)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Race Date Changed to March 1: The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be held on Sunday, March 1st and will be a daytime event. The event weekend will include all three of NASCAR's National touring series with a double header on Saturday that features a 200-mile Camping World Truck Series race and a 250-mile NASCAR Nationwide series race. Sprint Cup Series qualifying will be held Friday afternoon. The Atlanta event date will move from Labor Day Weekend the second weekend of the NASCAR season following the Daytona 500. Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2014 NASCAR weekend includes night racing events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call Atlanta Motor Speedway at or (770) 707-7904.(AMS)(8-26-2014)

  • Fans to Get An Early Preview of DAYTONA Rising at 2015 Coke Zero 400: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) President Joie Chitwood III unveiled the Speedway's preliminary plans for hosting next summer's 2015 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, which include opportunities for fans to experience the gleaming new frontstretch facility being developed as part of the historic DAYTONA Rising project. The 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will move from its traditional Saturday date and will be held on Sunday night, July 5 broadcast in primetime on NBC. The Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be held on Saturday, July 4 also in primetime on NBCSN. To mark the kick-off event for NBC's return to NASCAR, the network will work closely with the Speedway to bring enhancements to both the event and the live broadcast. Those details will be announced in the coming months. The Sunday night date for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be only for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The 2016 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola will return to the traditional schedule, with the Subway Firecracker 250 on Friday night, July 1 and the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday night, July 2. Approximately 50,000 new frontstretch seats will be available for the 2015 Independence Day holiday weekend event with 40,000 seats located on the west side of the structure, from Turn 1 toward the center of the track, while 10,000 seats will be located in Turn 4. Fans seated in both locations will enjoy new amenities being created by DAYTONA Rising, including new and additional concessions and restrooms, the Speedway's first-ever escalators and vertical transportation options, and several new "neighborhood" areas where they can socialize without missing any of the on-track action. The 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend will take place during a crucial period in the DAYTONA Rising construction process, during which the bulk of the frontstretch construction initiatives are scheduled to take place.
    "Next year's Coke Zero 400 Weekend will be one of the most unique event experiences ever staged here," said Chitwood. "We are as committed as always to providing our fans with a first-class Speedway experience, so we're excited that we'll be able to give a sneak preview of what our DAYTONA Rising project will deliver to fans once it is completed. The Coke Zero 400 will also launch us into the homestretch for construction, as we put the finishing touches for January 2016, when we will officially christen a new era for this Great American icon." Ticket details and the renewal process for 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be directly communicated to fans in the next two weeks. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 24. Guests with questions about 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola tickets can call the Daytona International Speedway at (877) 306-7223. Lastly, in addition to the frontstretch seating changes, the Sprint Tower suite structure will be removed for the 2015 event. Therefore, all suites, race officiating and other functions will be moved to temporary locations throughout the Speedway for that weekend only. DIS staff is working closely with every affected industry stakeholder to make sure their needs will be met. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(8-26-2014)

  • Richmond International Raceway Retains Traditional Dates: What's better than a single scoop? A double dip! That's what race fans in Richmond will get in 2015, as NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway twice next season, and it will be on our traditional dates. Fans will rise to their feet for NASCAR excitement April 24 & 25 and September 11 & 12. What else is the same? The race entitlements:
    Friday, April 24, 2015: ToyotaCare 250
    Saturday, April 25, 2015: TOYOTA OWNERS 400
    Friday, September 11, 2015: Virginia529 College Savings 250
    Saturday, September 12, 2015: Federated Auto Parts 400
    Keep an eye on your mailbox and inbox, as ticket renewals for 2015 will be mailed out this fall. "NASCAR's return to Richmond International Raceway twice in 2015 is exciting news for our race fans, sponsors, and the entire Greater Richmond Area," said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier. "These races are not only action-packed sports entertainment, but also a boon for the local economy." This exciting news comes less than two weeks before RIR's "One Last Race to Make The Chase" weekend, highlighted by the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, September 6. Twelve drivers are locked in to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but four spots remain. Who has what it takes to Get On The Grid? Find out for yourself by purchasing advance tickets, which start at just $35. Kids 12 & younger are admitted at $25 off in every grandstand. Click here or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.(Richmond International Raceway)(8-26-2014)

  • 2015 Pocono NASCAR Race Weekends Announced: Pocono Raceway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race weekends next summer. The June 5-7 Pocono 400 race weekend will feature NASCAR's top touring series, as well as, the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards (ARCA). Eight weeks later, "The Tricky Triangle" will host the July 31-August 2 Pennsylvania 400 race weekend featuring ARCA, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and the NSCS. Below is a tentative schedule of events for both 2015 NASCAR race weekends at Pocono Raceway:
    Pocono 400
    June 5 - NSCS and ARCA Practice and Qualifying
    June 6 - NSCS Practice and Pocono 200 ARCA Race
    June 7 - Pocono 400 NSCS Race
    Pennsylvania 400
    July 31 - NSCS and NCWTS Practice, NSCS Qualifying, and ModSpace 125 ARCA Race
    August 1 - NSCS Practice, NCWTS Qualifying and Pocono Mountains 150 NCWTS Race
    August 2 - Pennsylvania 400 NSCS Race
    2014 NASCAR race weekend ticket holders can renew their tickets for the 2015 season. For more information regarding 2015 ticket renewals, please visit poconoraceway.com/renewals or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(8-26-2014)

  • The first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup returns to Chicago in 2015: NASCAR announced that Chicagoland Speedway will once again host the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2015. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will return to Chicagoland Speedway for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, Sept. 18-20, with a triple-header weekend of action. Rally, Rock and Race weekend will return with a stand-alone NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 20, the day prior to Father's Day. In addition to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the June weekend will welcome back the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and two nights of TORC: The Off Road Championship Presented by Amsoil at Route 66 Raceway. Tickets for the 2015 NASCAR race weekends at Chicagoland Speedway will go on sale Monday, September 15, 2014. Tickets can be purchased online at ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm. Chicagoland Speedway fans will have access to the best prices of the year beginning on Monday, September 15. Ticket renewal information will be reaching 2014 customers following the upcoming Sept.12-14 race weekend. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 18-20, will begin with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. NASCAR's Father's Day weekend features a rare-off weekend for the Sprint Cup Series, with the Nationwide Series taking center stage in the world of motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway)(8-26-2014)

  • Dover International Speedway announces race dates for the 2015 season: Dover International Speedway officials have announced the track's 2015 race dates, as two tripleheader NASCAR weekends will return to the track on May 29-31 and Oct. 2-4, 2015. The spring weekend at Dover will include the Friday, May 29 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Saturday, May 30 "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sunday, June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The fall weekend brings the Oct. 2 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, the Oct. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Oct. 4 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
    For the second straight year, the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will serve as the first "knockout race" in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The third event in the 10-race Chase, the "AAA 400" is the finale of the Challenger Round of the playoff format, and will see the championship field reduced from 16 to 12 drivers by day's end. The Speedway's three-tier pricing program will also return in 2015, offering fans reduced pricing on tickets as long as they commit to the track early. For instance, fans that purchase their Sunday, May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets by Dec. 1, 2015 can save nearly 50% in some seating sections as part of the track's Preferred Pricing Period. "We're pleased to welcome back NASCAR for its twice-annual trips to Dover in 2015," said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "In addition, the return of our three-tier pricing program will give fans the opportunity to lock in their race tickets at a great value." Fans can begin placing deposits on tickets for both the May 29-31 and Oct. 2-4, 2015 race weekends. Returning fans have the opportunity to reserve their same seats for 2015 race weekends. For tickets, to place a deposit or for more information, call 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(8-26-2014)

  • 2015 Martinsville Schedule Traditional, Exciting: Martinsville Speedway will welcome the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series back to the east coast after a lengthy west-coast swing next spring and again host the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup next fall. Both of Martinsville Speedway's 2015 Sprint Cup races are in their traditional spots on the calendar with the STP 500 scheduled for March 29 and the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on November 1. The STP 500 will be Sprint Cup series' first stop at a half-mile track in 2015 and will offer the season's first taste of true short-track racing with all the action only the Half-Mile of Mayhem can offer. "Although our dates are relatively the same as they have been in the past, the schedule has changed around us and we're very enthused about that," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "I'm thrilled to be the first race after the west-coast swing. I'm sure fans will be more than ready for racing action to return home to one of the most historic and traditional venues on the circuit."
    The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Nov. 1, 2015 is the only race on a half-mile track in the Chase, and will again kick off the Eliminator Round of the Chase. It may be the most important race in the Eliminator Round because a win guarantees the driver a spot in the Championship Round, while a bad race will have the opposite effect. "Martinsville's position in the Chase has always been a key one, and it's even more important than ever now," said Campbell. "We believe the seventh race in the Chase is important to the drivers and teams and even bigger for our fans." Martinsville Speedway also retained its traditional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates, with the Kroger 250 scheduled for March 28 and the Kroger 200 on October 31.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-26-2014)

  • Talladega Superspeedway 2015 Weekend Dates Unveiled: In 2015, the dates for Talladega Superspeedway's two race weekends will have a sense of familiarity with race fans - one in the spring to kick off the month of May and the other in late October to again feature the all-important sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. NASCAR announced the 2015 schedules for its top three national touring series Tuesday - the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck - and Talladega Superspeedway's slate will resemble 2014. The tradition of the first weekend in May will continue May, 1-3, at NASCAR's Most Competitive ribbon of asphalt with a triple header consisting of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as the ARCA Racing Series. On October 23-25, the Biggest and Baddest race track on the planet will play host two pivotal races in title chases for both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and GEICO 500, respectively.
    "2015 will be here before you know it, and we are happy to let our fans know that the best racing in all of motorsports here at Talladega will return at recognizable times," said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "May is a beautiful time to be at Talladega. We had picture-perfect weather with sunny skies and impeccable temperatures earlier this year, and in late October, there is nothing like being here with the feel of autumn in the air. Add to that the fact that the GEICO 500 will be a paramount, decisive race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, it's going to be something else."
    The 2015 GEICO 500, the sixth race in the Chase, will also be the third and final event in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, where the field of 12 eligible drivers vying for the championship, will be reduced to eight after the checkered flag. A win in the GEICO 500 will automatically advance the victor into the Eliminator Round. A triumph in the May classic at Talladega is just as important to get into the 16-driver Chase field. By virtue of his victory earlier this year at the 2.66-mile venue, Denny Hamlin secured his spot in the Chase.(TSS)(8-26-2014)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Announces 2015 Racing Schedule: Texas Motor Speedway's 2015 racing schedule returns to its more traditional look as April's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 moves back to a Saturday night race while the AAA Texas 500 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race and Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 fill their familiar slots. The 2015 season opens April 9-11 with the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend featuring the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 returns to a Saturday evening race on April 11 after being shifted to a Sunday afternoon event this season to avoid a conflict with the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament that was held in Arlington. In a tradition that began in 2011, the Duck Commander 500 will be the fourth Saturday evening Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and televised live on FOX in prime time. It will be an all-evening weekend of races as the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 will be held Friday, April 10, and broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. The racing season at Texas Motor Speedway concludes Nov. 5-8 with the AAA Texas 500 playing a pivotal role in determining the four drivers that will vie for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the season finale at Homestead, Fla.
    The AAA Texas 500, set for Sunday, Nov. 8, is part of the three-race Eliminator 8 segment of the playoff-style, 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The AAA Texas 500 will be the middle event of the three-race playoff that will determine the four drivers of the eight remaining that will earn the right to contend for the Sprint Cup Series crown at Homestead. The AAA Texas 500 will be broadcast live on NBC. The AAA Texas 500 highlights a NASCAR tripleheader weekend that includes the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. The NCWTS WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 will be held the evening of Friday, Nov. 6, and broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, and like the AAA Texas 500 will be broadcast live on NBC.
    The 2015 season also will showcase Texas Motor Speedway's third generation of its "No Limits" marketing campaign. The speedway has "created" its own town of No Limits, Texas that will be prominent throughout the race weekends at the venue and its encompassing 1,500 acres. Season tickets for 2015 go on sale beginning Monday, Oct. 27, and start as low as $270 for adults and $150 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(8-26-2014)

  • 2015 Crown Royal presents 400 date set for July 26th: The 2015 Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard, the marquee event of the annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, will take place on Sunday, July 26, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard is the 20th of 36 points races on the 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule, released Tuesday [August 26th] by NASCAR. Pittsboro, Indiana's Jeff Gordon made history in July by winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at IMS for the fifth time - more than any other driver. Gordon now stands with Michael Schumacher - a five-time winner of the Formula One United States Grand Prix - as the only drivers to win five major races at IMS. Gordon will defend his title next July against competition expected to include four-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson and fan favorites Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick. In addition to the 22nd annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, IMS will host the fourth annual Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 25. Fans may apply now for 2015 Kroger Super Weekend tickets. When tickets go on sale this fall, fans will have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
    Online: Visit www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
    Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
    In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.(IMS)(8-26-2014)

  • Silver Anniversary Celebration Features Two NASCAR Dates In 2015 at NHMS: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015 by once again hosting two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. This evening, NASCAR officials released its national series schedules for next season, including dates for all three series at NHMS. The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule features some major and minor date changes for several tracks. New Hampshire Motor Speedway's traditional Camping World RV Sales 301 will move to one week later than 2014 to Sunday, July 19, while the SYLVANIA 300 will again have its traditional spot as the second race of the Challenger Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship on Sunday, Sept. 27. The Nationwide Series (July 18) and Camping World Truck Series (Sept. 26) will again be on the Saturday docket as part of two big NASCAR weekends.
    "We are certainly focused on our upcoming September NASCAR weekend, but we are absolutely thrilled to celebrate our silver anniversary by once again hosting two NASCAR weekends in 2015," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "These anchor event weekends are the largest sporting events in New England. We are looking forward to a grand silver anniversary celebration to reflect on the proud 25-year history of this great facility and events, while raising the bar in presenting the most entertaining and jam-packed schedules of racing and entertainment to our fans."
    Since 1997, NASCAR's premier stock car division has made two stops at NHMS, which has hosted a race in the Chase since the playoff's inception in 2004. Recognized as one of the most unpredictable tracks on the circuit, the Magic Mile has seen 13 different drivers roll into Sunoco Victory Lane in the last 13 races at the 1.058-mile oval. Brad Keselowski's win in July tied Texas Motor Speedway's streak for consecutive races with a different winner, and should the streak extend to 14 in September, it would set a new NASCAR record.
    "The streak is a testimony to the competitive challenge our track presents to drivers. In addition to new winners, we're seeing record lead changes, more drivers than ever on the lead lap, and some great finishes," said Gappens. "We've had part-time drivers, former champions, and first-time winners end up in Sunoco Victory Lane. We take a lot of pride in the fact that anyone can win and anything can happen here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway."
    Gappens also noted that he will be in discussions with both NASCAR and American-Canadian Tour officials about including their popular regional touring series (including the Whelen Modified Tour, K&N Pro Series East and the ACT Invitational races) to complete the weekend racing cards in July and September, respectively. Ticket renewal deadlines for July and September NASCAR weekends are Oct. 15 and Dec. 15, respectively. Non-season ticket holder seats are also available now. Anyone that renews tickets to both races by Dec. 15, will be enrolled in the speedway's Loud 'N Proud Perks Program. Loud 'N Proud is a free, loyalty program designed to thank our most committed fans. Tickets for this September's action-packed SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend can be purchased by stopping by our Ticket Office, visiting the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or calling our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(8-26-2014)

  • NASCAR Returns to The Glen for 30th Consecutive Year: Watkins Glen International is proud to announce the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for the 30th consecutive year on Sunday, August 9, 2015. The weekend will also feature the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 and NASCAR K&N Series Bully Hill Vineyards 125. "After an incredibly successful Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, we are excited to announce our date in conjunction with NASCAR for 2015," stated Michael Printup, Watkins Glen International President. "For all of our dedicated fans, sponsors, and media contingencies, I thank them for their continued support. The racing on the track keeps getting better each year and I'm already excited about 2015." 2014 was a major success for Watkins Glen International by all counts, as fans flocked to Upstate New York in nearly record numbers. Fans at home tuned in as well, as this year's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend saw an increase in television ratings for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races. Tickets for the 2015 season are expected to go on sale in late November 2014. Renewal information will be sent to 2014 ticket holders in early October, providing them with the first opportunity to purchase their seats and camping.(WGI)(8-26-2014)

  • 2015 NASCAR Schedule Announcement set for Tuesday, August 26th: Bristol's spring race weekend will move from March to April 18-19 for the 2015 season. The announcement was made Friday by NASCAR Vice President and Chief Communication Officer Brett Jewkes, who also said that the complete 2015 NASCAR schedules for all three national touring series will be announced concurrently this Tuesday on Fox Sports 1's Race Hub and on NBC Sports Network's NASCAR America show. The April 18-19 weekend, an open date on the 2014 schedule, would fall between races at Darlington and Richmond on the existing schedule and is designed to provide better spring weather for fans. "This is a great day in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway thanks to our passionate fans," BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell said. "They've repeatedly asked that we be moved to a more traditional spring date."
    "The April date better accommodates our guests traveling in their RVs from northern climates and provides our loyal Bristol fans with the best possible Food City 500 experience," said Food City president and CEO Steve Smith. "It's been a tough last few years with some of the inconsistent weather we've had." Jewkes suggested that the 2015 schedule in its entirety will be more fan-friendly. "There will be some good changes to the schedule that will benefit all of the stakeholders and our great fans," he said.(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-23-2014)

  • Some possible 2015 Sprint Cup schedule changes UPDATE3: Jim Noble of ESPN/SiriusXM/PRN tweeted Monday evening, "The Southern 500 at Darlington (SC) Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date [Sunday, Sept 6th] when NASCAR announces the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule, perhaps as early as this weekend. Atlanta Motor Speedway - which has raced on Labor Day weekend since 2009 - will have its lone Sprint Cup race weekend moved earlier in the season to week #2 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. One other notable change will be the Bristol (TN) spring weekend -- often plagued by weather issues in March, Bristol successfully lobbied for a later date, and will now hold its spring Cup race on Sunday, April 19, 2015."(8-19-2014)
    UPDATE According to a source who works inside the sport, the date of the 2015 NASCAR spring Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be moved to Sunday, April 19. Due to the unpredictable weather in the Bristol area and lackluster attendance, BMS officials have long lobbied NASCAR for a change away from current date of March 16. Lynsey Wilson, communications manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, did not confirm any schedule alteration when reached late Monday. "Conversations are ongoing and once details are finalized, we will release our 2015 plans," said Wilson, who declined further comment. NASCAR officials are expected to officially announce the full 2015 Sprint Cup schedule soon. That announcement could come this weekend during the IRWIN Tools Night Race at BMS. The source also said the Southern 500 Darlington race date will shift back to its traditional Labor Day weekend while the Atlanta race will move to the second week of the season on March 1. During an Aug. 5 interview, BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell expressed his desire for a switch in the spring race date. There was no statement from Helton on Monday night and Caldwell did not comment.(Bristol Herald Courier)
    UPDATE2: Two sources well connected with NASCAR confirmed the news Tuesday to the Morning News but did not want to be identified. Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile said Tuesday the track "doesn't respond to rumors."(Morning News)(8-20-2014)
    UPDATE3: NASCAR will move the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway back to its traditional Labor Day weekend date starting in 2015. Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., confirmed Friday that he has given up the Labor Day weekend date at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will move the Atlanta race to March. Bristol Motor Speedway will get Darlington's mid-April date. "We gave up that Labor Day event and switched that - it's going back to Darlington," Smith said Friday. The last Southern 500 at Darlington was in 2003, ending a tradition that had started in 1950. NASCAR and Darlington's parent company, International Speedway Corp., moved the race to California Speedway in 2004, and then to Atlanta in 2010. Smith said cold weather has plagued the Bristol events in March, and rain has been fairly common at Bristol on that weekend. He said the average temperature in mid-April at Bristol is the mid-70s and it is warmer in Atlanta in March.(Sporting News) AND Smith said the All-Star race would remain at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he wouldn't be willing to change the event's date. He also said he felt the Sprint Cup season finale should return to Atlanta where it was held for more than a decade.(RacinToday)(8-23-2014)

  • Bristol announces new April race date for the Food City 500: Fans of Bristol Motor Speedway have been heard. After considerable fan feedback, Bristol Motor Speedway announced Friday the 2015 Food City 500 weekend will move to April 17-19. Since 2005, the Food City 500 has been held in March. "This is a great day in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway thanks to our passionate fans," said Jerry Caldwell, BMS general manager and executive vice president. "Bruton and Marcus Smith and NASCAR heard the relentless plea for a true spring race date. The fans can look forward to a 2015 landmark celebration April 17-19 in Thunder Valley." Food City has become synonymous with NASCAR racing in the region with its sponsorship of two of the sport's most popular races, the Food City 500 and Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. As the second longest running sponsor in NASCAR, Food City has also contributed more than $500,000 to local organizations through its annual Family Race Night events. "We are thrilled NASCAR, Mike Helton and Bruton Smith responded to the race fans," said K-VA-T President and CEO Steve Smith. "Bristol is a special place. The April date better accommodates our guests traveling in their RVs from northern climates and provides our loyal Bristol fans with the best possible Food City 500 experience. We can't wait for April 2015!" Tickets for the 2015 April race weekend are available now. For information on reserving your seat at Bristol, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-22-2014)

  • Some possible 2015 Sprint Cup schedule changes UPDATE2: Jim Noble of ESPN/SiriusXM/PRN tweeted Monday evening, "The Southern 500 at Darlington (SC) Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date [Sunday, Sept 6th] when NASCAR announces the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule, perhaps as early as this weekend. Atlanta Motor Speedway - which has raced on Labor Day weekend since 2009 - will have its lone Sprint Cup race weekend moved earlier in the season to week #2 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. One other notable change will be the Bristol (TN) spring weekend -- often plagued by weather issues in March, Bristol successfully lobbied for a later date, and will now hold its spring Cup race on Sunday, April 19, 2015."(8-19-2014)
    UPDATE According to a source who works inside the sport, the date of the 2015 NASCAR spring Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be moved to Sunday, April 19. Due to the unpredictable weather in the Bristol area and lackluster attendance, BMS officials have long lobbied NASCAR for a change away from current date of March 16. Lynsey Wilson, communications manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, did not confirm any schedule alteration when reached late Monday. "Conversations are ongoing and once details are finalized, we will release our 2015 plans," said Wilson, who declined further comment. NASCAR officials are expected to officially announce the full 2015 Sprint Cup schedule soon. That announcement could come this weekend during the IRWIN Tools Night Race at BMS. The source also said the Southern 500 Darlington race date will shift back to its traditional Labor Day weekend while the Atlanta race will move to the second week of the season on March 1. During an Aug. 5 interview, BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell expressed his desire for a switch in the spring race date. There was no statement from Helton on Monday night and Caldwell did not comment.(Bristol Herald Courier)
    UPDATE2: Two sources well connected with NASCAR confirmed the news Tuesday to the Morning News but did not want to be identified. Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile said Tuesday the track "doesn't respond to rumors."(Morning News)(8-20-2014)

  • How would a few drivers change the Sprint Cup schedule: #31-Ryan Newman, #41-Kyle Busch met with members of the media at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and discussed what changes they would make to the 2015 schedule. The transcripts in part:
    NEWMAN: "If I was NASCAR, how would I change the schedule? My answer to that would be not giving any -- not being partial to any ISC or SMI tracks. I'd turn some of those tracks into Wednesday night races, and the other ones would be Saturday night or sometime Sunday afternoon when it made sense. I'd give us a little bit more off weekends. We can still run 36 or 38 races but we don't need to be at the racetrack, especially for the Daytona and Talladega for three, sometimes four days with the inspection process. So I think just realigning it and giving us the opportunity to be on TV and be our own special event on Wednesday night, especially in football season, would be good for our sport."
    "Wednesday night shows and how would I foresee doing that? I think it all depends what that day is like. I mean, obviously, if you go to a place like Pocono and it rains three-quarters of that day, it changes everything and you have obviously Thursday to work with. But I think situations like that, you'd have the crew guys come in on a Tuesday evening, Tuesday afternoon, let the -- tech the cars and whatever window it is, let the guys go back and have a decent dinner with their team, and then come and start practice the next morning, practice, qualifying and race. You've got people in the grandstands for an entire day of activities and they can sell hotdogs and all the other things that way. I'm no businessman, but I know from our scheduling standpoint that there's a lot of credibility to having some weekday races, especially when you consider who we're up against in the football season."(Team Chevy)
    BUSCH: "Oh, my. Could I be president for the day and then decide what we're going to do? Wow, there's so many opportunities. I think the first one should be the final race should be bid on like a committee such as the Super Bowl. There's a committee that goes around and it gets filled in with who does the best job with their community to present themselves as the frontrunner to have the Super Bowl. Why not do that with our final stock car race? You know, The Chase, I think Chicago is a great place to start it off. Those Chase races are valuable. And could we mix it up and change some of the races that are in The Chase and not in The Chase? One unique thing is maybe we should take Talladega out of The Chase, put Richmond in The Chase and use Talladega as the cutoff to get into The Chase? Why not? Because we're all driving around, they're very tentative and trying not to get in a wreck at Talladega. But why not make it the final race to get in and throw a huge wild card in to try to make it into The Chase. Because by then you have 15 guys that are pretty much locked in. That means those top 15 guys are going to throw it on the line to try to win. They're not going to be riding in the back to protect their points. To change the schedule, I would change Richmond and Talladega, and it works because NASCAR owns both those tracks."(Team Chevy)
    JOHNSON: "I've always felt like we could use an off weekend before The Chase starts just to leave us an opportunity to have a make-up race. I know it's a pretty severe event if it would take place. And the last unfortunate situation that was created was 9/11, but I think that was good to give the teams a break and give everybody a break that deep in the season before The Chase starts. Ultimately, you know, I buy into the philosophy that we have a bit of oversaturation with race distances and how often we compete. I think we could trim that stuff down. I don't know where I would go to first, but I think adopting a little bit of less is more would be beneficial.(Team Chevy)(7-26-2014)

  • France says minor changes coming to 2015 schedule: NASCAR Chairman Brian France, who earlier this month said there would be a "robust discussion" about changes to the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule, said Monday that any changes would be minimal. Speaking on SiriusXM's NASCAR channel, France said the schedule will come out in September. "There's not going to be a dramatic change but there may be some things that are a little different," France said. "That's not unusual. You come back to moving dates around and whatever else, we don't do a lot of it, but we do a little of it from time to time and this will be one of those moments." At Daytona a few weeks ago, France said that with the new NASCAR television deal going into effect in 2015 - Fox and Fox Sports 1 will have the first 16 points races with NBC and NBC Sports Network having the final 20 - there is an opportunity to consider possible changes.(Sporting News)(7-22-2014)

  • Dover race dates to return in 2015: Rumblings out of a news conference with Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, last weekend in Daytona hinted one of Dover International Speedway's Sprint Cup dates could be in trouble. Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of the Delaware speedway, said yesterday the track will have its two dates next year [usually the first Sunday after Memorial day & last Sunday in September]. "I called [NASCAR president] Mike Helton [Tuesday]," McGlynn said, "and he told me we don't have anything to worry about." Attendance has been down at Dover's last two spring races, prompting McGlynn to stress that Dover's races are "still successful, just not as successful" as previously when the 135,000 seats were usually filled. "Some tracks have taken down significant numbers of grandstand seats," McGlynn said. "Their crowds are the same as a year ago, but it looks better. We widened our seats, reducing capacity to 112,000. [But] our track looks the same."(Philadelphia Daily News)(7-11-2014)

  • 57th Annual Daytona 500 Tickets On Sale: Tickets to NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22 - went on sale Tuesday, June 10. Tickets for the Daytona 500 start at $65. For the third straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for Budweiser Speedweeks 2015:
    57th Daytona: Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all backstretch grandstand seats while supplies last. Children 12 and under are also free in the Sprint Fanzone
    All other Budweiser Speedweeks events: Children 12 and under are $10 in reserved grandstands and free in general admission areas and in the Sprint Fanzone.
    In addition to the 57th annual Daytona 500, tickets for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events will be available for purchase including the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Budweiser Duel, The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona and Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAV TV American Real doubleheader and Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger. Race fans can also pre-purchase weekend infield camping for The Sprint Unlimited weekend; Rolex 24 At Daytona infield car parking packages; and hospitality packages and Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE passes for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events. Race fans have three different ways to purchase tickets:
    Online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com
    Calling 1-800-PITSHOP
    Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.(DIS)(6-10-2014)

  • Ford extends sponsorship of Homestead race thru 2019: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that there is a Ford in their future. Ford Motor Company has extended its partnership with the South Florida motorsports facility in a multi-year deal. Ford Motor Company has been the official entitlement sponsor of Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2002. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer, Ford Executive Vice President and President of the Americas Joseph Hinrichs, and Director of Ford Racing Jamie Allison made the announcement. The partnership was announced at Michigan International Speedway. Ford Motor Company's agreement with Homestead-Miami Speedway is a five-year deal with an option to renew for an additional five years. Other details were not disclosed. Ford will continue to introduce fans to its award-winning product line, such as F Series trucks, Mustang, Explorer and Fusion through a 20,000-square-foot display during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 14-16. Ford also uses the official pace car program as an opportunity to showcase its latest products, and will announce the unique pace vehicle for the Ford EcoBoost 400 later this year. The Ford EcoBoost 400 will again serve as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race (HMS)
    AND from a Ford Racing Q&A Session in part:
    Q) IS THERE A GUARANTEE FROM NASCAR THAT THIS WILL REMAIN THE FINALE FOR TRUCK, NATIONWIDE AND CUP THROUGH 2019?
    HMS's Becherer: "We've spent the better part of a year renegotiating this extension and we would not have expended the time and energy that we did had we thought there was any chance that the championship could be leaving Miami in the near future. Now having said that, obviously there are a number of stakeholders that would have to weigh in to a decision of that magnitude. The loudest voice in that conversation is NASCAR's, but the reality is we would not have gone down the path we did if we thought there was a chance that it would leave. And frankly it shouldn't leave."(Ford Racing)(6-16-2014)


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