Race Track and Speedway News, Records & Links

  • Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
    Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (106 races held)
    Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 5 (25)
    Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (107)
    Charlotte: Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Jimmie Johnson - 6 (110)
    Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (13)
    Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (111)
    Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (134)
    Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 8 (88)
    Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson - 4 (20)
    Kansas: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth - 2 (16)
    Kentucky: Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch & Brad Keselowski - 1 (3)
    Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (18)
    Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (131)
    Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (89)
    New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (38)
    Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 5 (36)
    Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (70)
    Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (115)
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (25)
    Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (89)
    Texas: Carl Edwards & Jimmie Johnson - 3 (27)
    Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (30)

  • Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
    Daytona International Speedway 134 races (since 1959)
    Martinsville Speedway 131 (since 1949)
    Richmond International Raceway 115 (since 1953)
    Darlington Speedway 111 (since 1950) Charlotte Motor Speedway 110 (since 1960)
    Bristol Motor Speedway 107 (since 1961)
    Atlanta Motor Speedway 106 (since 1960)
    North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
    Michigan International Speedway, 89 (since 1969)
    Talladega Superspeedway, 89 (since 1969)
    Dover International Speedway, 88 (since 1969)

  • NASCAR no longer provides attendance estimates: NASCAR will end its policy of providing estimated attendance figures in its race reports this season. Spokesman Kerry Tharp said tracks still will have the option of providing crowd estimates, but it will be their prerogative. "NASCAR's race reports generally becomes a box score for the media, and box scores from sporting events do not generally provide estimates," Tharp said. Of the 23 tracks that play host to races in NASCAR's premier series, 21 are owned by publicly traded companies such as International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. Officials with those tracks have said they don't provide attendance figures because they don't want to provide earnings guidance.(USA Today)(2-17-2013)

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  • Last Minute Ticket Options for Richmond: As NASCAR gears up for a visit to Richmond International Raceway April 25 & 26, fans have several last-minute ticket options for Saturday's TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Friday's ToyotaCare 250/BLUE OX 100 doubleheader.
    Grandstand tickets for the April 25-26 races increase on race week, beginning Monday morning, April 21. That means Saturday's tickets will start at $40 (while supplies last), and Friday's tickets are $35 (general admission)/$45 (reserved). Special Pricing is available for several groups:
    o Kids 12 & younger feel the thrill and excitement of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at $25 off the adult price in EVERY grandstand. Kids are admitted FREE in general admission on Friday.
    o College students can celebrate the end of the school year "under the lights" at America's Premier Short Track for only $19. College students may purchase online in advance or on race day - must present college ID at ticket window. Click here for College Pricing info.
    o Toyota and RIR are proud to bring the Military Appreciation offer, which includes a complimentary Pre-Race Pit Pass. Toyota Military Appreciation info.
    o Groups of 20 or more receive special pricing and priority seating. Group Sales info.
    Ticket packages remain on sale through Wednesday, April 23
    o Papa John's 4-Pack ($199) includes 4 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 tickets, 4 Papa John's personal pizzas, and 4 Coca-Cola beverages.
    o Outback Steakhouse Ticket Package ($95) includes 2 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race tickets and a $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card.
    o Fan Vision Ticket Package ($65) includes a TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race ticket and a FanVision Controller and headset rental.
    o Racing Electronics Ticket Package ($50) includes a TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race ticket and a Racing Electronics headset scanner rental.
    The April NASCAR weekend at RIR begins on Friday, April 25, with two races in one night. Catch the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, where kids 12 & younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Your Friday ticket also includes Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Sprint Cup and NBC12 Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Nationwide Series. CLICK HERE or call 866-455-7223 for tickets.(RIR)(4-18-2014)

  • Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass at Richmond: The green flag may wave at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 25, but the action at Richmond International Raceway starts well before that. Join us on Pit Road from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm for a pre-race experience where you take in the sights and sounds of race prep - including Knockout Pole Qualifying and practice - from the perspective of a NASCAR crew member. Friday's events include Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The day's action is topped off with the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, followed by the BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race - that's right, we said TWO races in ONE night! On Friday at noon, the new NASCAR Next class will be announced in Gatorade Victory Lane, and all Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass holders are invited. NASCAR Next is a program that spotlights NASCAR's emerging stars. Launched in 2011, the program has identified a number of drivers who have advanced from regional and touring racing series to NASCAR's national series. Notable alumni include Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Dylan Kwasniewski, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. Can't get enough of the NASCAR Next class? They will be signing autographs on the backstretch at Track Takeover on Saturday, April 26, and you can say you knew them when they were just breaking into the sport! Every fan who has a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 is invited to get up close and personal with the track you love.
    Individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes, $50 per person, are the only way fans can gain access to pit road on Friday. Passes are available online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223. In order to purchase the Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass, you must have a ticket for the April 25 events. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. A parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children younger than 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes. Click here to view the Pre-Race Pit Pass Access areas. Appropriate dress is required. Shirt, shoes and shorts or pants must be worn at all times while on pit road. No alcohol or coolers are permitted in the infield.
    CLICK HERE or call 866-455-7223 to purchase tickets for the Friday, April 25, ToyotaCare250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. Advance tickets start at just $30 and kids 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission.(RIR)(4-18-2014)

  • Kentucky names June Nationwide race sponsor: The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety announced its return to Kentucky Speedway as the title sponsor for the June 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series 300-mile event. The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over will be part of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend June 26-28. Kentucky HERO is part of The HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, a national campaign established by the family of Navy Ensign John R. Elliott of New Jersey. Elliott, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was killed in a head-on collision by a drunken driver in July 2000 as he was traveling home from Annapolis, Md. A key component of Kentucky Speedway's involvement with Kentucky's HERO program is to raise awareness about the importance of having a designated driver.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-16-2014)

  • Lucas Oil to sponsor Chicagoland truck race: Chicagoland Speedway today announced Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this September. The Lucas Oil 225 will hit the track for a night race on Friday, Sept. 12, as part of a triple-header weekend to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. In recent years Lucas Oil has produced a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. "Lucas Oil has made good racing oil for a very long time that really works," Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas said. "We are very excited to be the title sponsor for the Lucas Oil 225 in September and look forward to presenting thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing for the enjoyment of the Chicagoland fans."(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-15-2014)

    Graphic rendering of Freedom Trophy to be presented to the winner of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4.

  • New Freedom Trophy Awarded to Talladega Sprint Cup Series Winner: Winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway - NASCAR's Most Competitive track - brings with it history, tradition, prestige and honor. Now, it has taken on a new meaning that has a special place in everyone's heart. In support of the United States Military, Talladega Superspeedway is thrilled to announce the "Freedom Trophy," which will be awarded to every winner of a Sprint Cup Series race at the 2.66-mile grand venue, beginning with the May 4 Aaron's 499. The special trophy showcases all five branches of the United States military - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Military personnel will be on hand at each Talladega Sprint Cup Series race to make the presentation of the Freedom Trophy in Victory Lane. Not only will they be in the winner's circle to award the coveted trophy, but they will also participate in pre-race ceremonies as well. Each Talladega Superspeedway race weekend, a different United States military base will be given the opportunity to present the Freedom Trophy.
    The creation of Talladega Superspeedway Vice President Brian Crichton, the Freedom Trophy is an honor to all military men and women on behalf of the speedway, a patriotic entity since 1969. Crichton enlisted the assistance of Fast Forward Marketing Owner Mike Barth (Spring, TX), who has custom designed trophies in motorsports since 1996. MTM Recognition in Oklahoma City, OK spearheaded the design.
    "Winning a Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega just got extra special," said Talladega Chairman Grant Lynch. "With the Freedom Trophy, we pay tribute to our race winners, as well as our servicemen and women who make so many things possible for us on a daily basis." The Freedom Trophy is five-sided, reflective of each branch of the military. Silver aluminum panels, complete with a design of each military branch soldier and branch logo, are showcased, along with a star that is waterjet cut in the center. The base is black stained wood with circular discs at the bottom and top made of black acrylic, and includes the Talladega Superspeedway logo, the date of the race and the name of the base awarding the trophy.
    "As a symbol of our military we thought it was fitting to start with a pentagon shaped base'" said Crichton. "The artists did a great job by bringing together all five branches of the military, incorporating the star in the center and showcasing each branch seal on the individual pillars. It is a trophy we hope every Talladega Sprint Cup winner will be proud of - that it will mean a little something extra when they display it with the rest of their trophies." In addition to recognizing the military through the Freedom Trophy, Talladega Superspeedway is proud to offer special ticket prices for all members of the military and their families for its race weekends. For more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/military.(TSS)(4-15-2014)

  • Someday Darlington race could return to Labor Day weekend: NASCAR president Mike Helton was asked Saturday if Darlington would ever get the Labor Day weekend back. While Helton wouldn't completely rule out a return, he didn't really think it was a possibility at this time. The track hosted racing on Labor Day weekend from 1950-2003. Darlington eventually lost one of its races and its lone date was held on Mother's Day starting in 2005. This year, the track's date was moved to April. "You never know. There were a lot of stories that came from Labor Day races here at the Southern 500. The badge around here was based on Labor Day weekends," Helton said. "So all I could tell you is you never know. I have seen a lot of things in this sport that I was surprised by ... and that led me to believe that the future of the sport can have things happen that people say won't happen again. So you never know." Darlington president Chip Wile said he is happy with the track's date but wouldn't object to a move back to Labor Day. "With the date change, we've actually seen an increase in some segments that NASCAR has been focused on," he said. "So we are committed to our race date, but we welcome any conversation."(Morning News)(4-13-2014)

  • Darlington Raceway announces plans to honor its history and shape its future: It all started in the fall of 1949, when a crisp breeze toyed with the loose soil of an old cotton field on the west side of rural Darlington, South Carolina. Harold Brasington saw more than just dirt dancing around that patch of land. He saw the future. He saw Darlington Raceway. Today, Darlington Raceway is a place of history, where fans reminisce about the past, while creating lasting memories of the present. Where NASCAR legends were born and the youth of NASCAR dream about making their mark on the famed walls of The Lady in Black. Celebrating its roots and looking forward to the future of NASCAR at Darlington Raceway, track president Chip Wile unveiled plans Saturday to honor the track's history and shape its future, as his team turns its attention to 2015. "As the drivers, teams, fans and media leave here this weekend thinking about who visited Gatorade Victory Lane, focusing on the next race and looking towards the 2014 Championship, we're thinking about the future of Darlington Raceway, as we celebrate our past," said Wile. Darlington Raceway's place in history sets it apart from all other tracks. It's hallowed ground, where drivers dreams were shattered and new fans were born. It continues to make its mark on drivers and fans with the great racing of today and the nostalgia of the past. "Our history defines us," added Wile. "Without history we wouldn't know where we've come from or where we're going. NASCAR legends and loyal fans have all played a role in defining Darlington Raceway. Together, we're celebrating where we came from and where we're going."
    As part of the celebration, five-time Darlington Raceway winner and 1988 NASCAR Champion, Bill Elliott, as well as his son, Chase, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, a member of the NASCAR Next program, one of the sport's rising stars and the youngest winner at Darlington Raceway, will serve as the "face" of the 2015 platform. The father-son duo joined Wile to give media and fans in attendance a glimpse of what's to come, which includes a "throwback" ticket design for the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 and a Classic product line with merchandise through the decades that will be available for fans to purchase.
    The track "Too Tough to Tame" will unveil elements of the 2015 platform throughout the season, as it celebrates the past and embraces the future as one of NASCAR's most famed tracks. "We're excited about what the future holds for Darlington Raceway," continued Wile. "We have the most passionate, loyal fans in all of motorsports and we look forward to the role that they will play as we celebrate our past, present and future." Fans are encouraged to join in the celebration as Darlington Raceway plans for the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500. "Tell us your Darlington story," said Wile. "If you have ideas about how Darlington Raceway and NASCAR can celebrate our history and embrace our future, please let us know." Fans can share their stories and submit celebration ideas at darlington1950@darlingtonraceway.com. Keep up with all the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(4-13-2014)

  • Duck Commander 500 a huge hit at TMS: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Properties introduced a new line of merchandise with Duck Commander making its debut as title sponsor of Texas Motor Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last week and the result was one of the highest grossing race weekend's in the speedway's 18-year history. Speedway World, Texas Motor Speedway's souvenir store located on property, reported its best race week sales total since 2000 and SMIP enjoyed its best overall event sales total since April's Samsung Mobile 500 in April of 2009. A Duck Commander 500 trailer, specially designed and wrapped for this event, was located at Texas Motor Speedway's main gate entrance and accounted for 14.6% of the total sales. Also, online sales were more than 900% higher than a typical NASCAR race weekend. The revenue total, which was not disclosed by SMIP, was an 81% increase from last year's April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 doubleheader weekend that enjoyed significant growth in comparison to previous years. That increase was buoyed by an 87% increase in grandstand and merchandise trailer sales. The best-selling items were the Duck Commander 500 camouflage caps, camo t-shirts, total print t-shirts, feather flag, legacy t-shirt, splash-down t-shirt, koozie and bandana. Duck Commander, which grew to fame with the masses through the Robertson family exploits on A&E's "Duck Dynasty" hit reality television show, is in the first year of a three-year entitlement sponsorship with Texas Motor Speedway for its annual spring NASCAR doubleheader weekend. Fans interested in purchasing Duck Commander 500 merchandise can go to www.GoSpeedwayWorld.com or visit the Duck Commander merchandise trailer in the midway during the June 5-7 Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader and the Oct. 30-Nov. 2 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader at Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(4-13-2014)

  • Over 10,000 books read at local Darlington schools: Elementary students in the Darlington County School District (DCSD) read more than 10,500 books in three weeks, as part of Darlington Raceway's "Race Into Reading" Program. Designed as a way to celebrate "March is Reading Month" and to get children excited about reading, the "Race Into Reading" Program challenged first through fifth graders across the county to read as many books as possible. Students from Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School in Society Hill swept the competition, winning both the Top Class award and all three Top Reader awards! The Top Class award went to Ms. Allicyn Steverson's first grade class. They read an astonishing 722 books! The top three readers were K'Anndra Dickey, a first grader who read 102 books; Shareah Milling, a first grader who read 90 books; and Shaila Vickery, a fifth grader who read 88 books. The Race Into Reading Program kicked off on March 10 and ran through March 28, 2014. As part of the program, all Darlington County School District early childhood and elementary students received a Darlington Raceway bookmark, a Darlington Raceway magnet and a youth admission ticket to the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday, April 11. The winning classroom visited Darlington Raceway on Thursday, April 10, and met NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Dakoda Armstrong and Dylan Kwasnieswki. They also toured the track, made duck houses at the Chevy display, and watched the cars warm up and practice for the following day's Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 race. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Saturday, April 12 and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Friday, April 11 are now on sale. Remember, kids 12 and under are half off for the Bojangles' Southern 500 and FREE for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 in general admission sections. Visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for more information.(Darlington Raceway)(4-11-2014)

  • Pocono Raceway Announces All-New Kids Club: Pocono Raceway and their official mascot, Tricky, announced they will start a Kids Club for younger race fans, ages 14 and under. This membership will feature an exclusive welcome package, at-track benefits, two member-only events during the year and automatic entry into a drawing where one lucky member will be selected to wave the green flag to start one of Pocono Raceway's ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards or Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire races in 2014. After becoming a member, kids will receive a welcome bag containing their membership card, two-pocket folder, writing utensils, Tricky the Fox hero card, stuffed Tricky animal and more. A lucky kids club member will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be the Honorary Starter for either the June 7 Pocono 200, July 5 Pocono Indy Lights race or the August 1 ModSpace 125. Kids Club members will also receive free admission, with ticketed adult, to all Friday and Saturday race weekend events at "The Tricky Triangle." For more information and to join our Kids Club, visit poconoraceway.com/kidsclub. Tickets to all three of Pocono Raceway's NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends are now available, with Kids (ages 12 and under) Sunday Grandstand tickets being offered at half price. To purchase tickets, please visit www.poconoraceway or call our ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(4-11-2014)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon: Ahead of a House vote on a bill allowing two casinos in the state, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway has ramped up lobbying efforts to drive home the point: They would make a fine site for a casino. General Manager Jerry Gappens hosted a breakfast Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Concord and talked about the site's potential use as a state fairgrounds, the proposed 20,000-square-foot Northeast Motor Sports Museum and infrastructure improvements to Route 106. He also reiterated his support for the two-casino legislation that passed the Senate in March and now faces an uncertain future in the House. Gappens will testify Thursday in support of the bill in front of the House Ways and Means Committee, he said. "If it's going to come, this would be a site that should be on the most desirable list," Gappens said in an interview Wednesday. "I'm a pro-speedway guy, and I'm bullish on this location. I think the Route 106 corridor has so much economic growth potential. It would be a good thing to bring in additional tax revenue and jobs to the area." Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, the Manchester Democrat who sponsored the legislation, said Thursday that while it's too early to discuss the viability of potential sites, he has heard chatter about possible locations. "Have people mentioned sites? Yes, they have. Heck, it's a bidding situation," D'Allesandro said. If the bill is passed into law, the process to apply for a license would be open and competitive, he added. A casino at the site could bridge the race season and the off-season between late October and April, Gappens said. The speedway is well-positioned for a casino license because of its location between the Lakes Region and cities such as Manchester and Concord. There are 18 million people within 200 miles of the speedway, and those who want to gamble visit casinos in Maine and Connecticut, Gappens said. Two out-of-state casinos are spending $100,000 for advertising at the speedway, and though the revenue is welcome, the advertisements essentially ask people to leave New Hampshire.(in part from the Concord Monitor)(4-9-2014)

  • DAYTONA Rising April Project Update: Construction activities for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project are back in full swing. During the next month, the Speedway will begin to install the infrastructure for the new escalators and vertical transportation. "Our new motorsports stadium will have the most escalators of any sports stadium in the nation," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "Fans will be able to easily navigate the new venue and access the new amenities and enhanced offerings."
    Here is a recap of key construction activities since the last update in March:
    Began the demolition process on West end of the Petty Tower seating section.
    Continued stair installation on West and East ends of the project.
    Ongoing masonry at ground level including elevator tower on West end and new care center location near the existing Gate 8.
    Upcoming construction activities:
    Begin the escalator installation process at West and East ends of the project.
    Initial installation of aluminum grandstand system.
    Ongoing steel installation.
    For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(4-9-2014)

  • MIS uses jets dryers to melt snow in preparation for the 2014 season: More than 80 inches of snow has fallen at Michigan International Speedway this year. And with just a week to go before NASCAR's fastest track opens its gates for a Goodyear Tire Test, it was time to call in the big guns to melt ice and snow from the track. Michigan International Speedway maintenance crews used old-fashioned know-how Monday, enlisting the help of jet dryers to melt snow drifts and sheets of ice on some areas of the racing surface. The ice was several feet thick in some places, especially in shaded areas of the track. And while temperatures are expected to be warmer this week and next, it was important to get a jump on melting the ice before cars test. The jet dryer was first used in the early-70s to melt snow at Michigan International Speedway. It evolved to eventually be the primary means NASCAR used to dry racetracks after rain-delays. Today, jet dryers have been replaced by NASCAR's innovative Air Titan technology. MIS President Roger Curtis expects all the snow and ice will be gone by next week.(MIS)(4-5-2014)

  • Jimmy John's to sponsor Chicago Nationwide race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches as the title sponsor of its NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on Saturday, Sept. 13. The Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola will serve as the precursor for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Champaign, Ill., based sandwich company, which will also sponsor Kevin Harvick for 12 races in the Sprint Cup Series, has made a visible commitment to the NASCAR Industry. Founded in Charleston, Ill., and based in Champaign, Ill., Jimmy John's has over 1,800 locations. What makes Jimmy John's different from the rest is that it's honest, it's good, it's fast, at a decent price.(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-2-2014)

  • Texas World Speedway to be replaced by houses: The College Station City (Texas) Council unanimously gave conditional consent to create a new municipal utility district that will replace the Texas World Speedway just outside of College Station. The plan will now go to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for its approval, during which time a series of agreements will come before city council to ready services and sync up the development plans with the city's building standards. The developer is asking for the city to provide water and sewer services to the community. The concept plan for the development will span about 550 acres in College Station's extra-territorial jurisdiction, and add about 1,400 single-family homes, 27 acres of commercial development, 14 acres for a future College Station school district school and 73 acres of detention and greenways. The Brazos County Appraisal District values that land at $5.4 million, but the projected build out value is $514 million. Three of the public speakers spoke on behalf of the racing community that would miss the track. Mayor Pro Tem Karl Mooney said the speedway just hasn't been able to keep up with the times.(The Eagle)(4-2-2014)

  • $10 Will Hold You Seat at Martinsville Speedway: There are many reasons to purchase tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 early, but the biggest incentive may cost. For as little as $10 down, you can lock in your seats for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26. This offer is good through April 15. Ticket prices for the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup range from $37 to $79. Always a pivotal stop in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, this fall's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 could be bigger than ever with the new Chase format. It will be the first race in the Eliminator Round to help trim the Chase field to just four drivers for the season-finale at Homestead-Miami. To reserve your tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 and set up a payment plan, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(4-2-2014)

  • Thomas Rhett to perform at Kentucky Speedway's Quaker State 400: Country music singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett will rev up Kentucky Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race day when he takes the Kroger Prerace Concert Stage June 28. The 23-year-old Georgia native's "Get Me Some of That" single is 16th on the current Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs Chart and he's also made an impact with the hits "Something to Do with My Hands," "Beer with Jesus" and the title single from his first release, It Goes Like This. Rhett's energetic performance is included with Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race tickets priced as low as $59. Fans can enjoy stage-side and infield views of the show while enhancing their race day experience with a daily Fan Zone pass that is sold separately. Passes additionally provide pit road access at designated times, the opportunity to view NASCAR inspection as well as enjoy unique activities and concessions in an area near pit road and surrounding Victory Lane.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-31-2014)

  • Cassadee Pope performing concert at Dover: Fans will be treated to a free concert from knockout female vocalist Cassadee Pope leading into the Sunday, June 1, 2014 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Victory Plaza. "The Voice" season three champ will also sing the National Anthem to kick off the race at the Monster Mile. Since winning the NBC hit show, Pope successfully debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and in the top 10 on the all-genre Top Albums charts with her first solo album, FRAME BY FRAME, on Republic Nashville. With that, she became one of only two solo women in the past five years to top the country chart with a debut release. Pope recently joined an elite group of women upon selling more than 1 million downloads of her lead single, "Wasting All These Tears." Not since Taylor Swift in 2006 has a solo female country artist gone platinum on their debut single.(Dover International Speedway)(3-30-2014)

  • Night race for New Hampshire? In response to a question on Twitter, New Hampshire Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Gappens tweeted Thursday evening, Hey @DaleJr @Greenie9374, @nhms is working w/ @NASCAR & @NASCARonNBC on possibility of night racing for 2015. #NewEngland fans would love it.(3-28-2014)

  • Richmond working to get Robert Griffin III to race: When Dale Earnhardt Jr. asked his fans on social media to help convince Robert Griffin III to attend Richmond's late-April race, Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier quickly e-mailed Junior's tweet to his staff. "Boom," the track president wrote. When Griffin quickly responded, saying he was in, Bickmeier e-mailed his staff again, this time including Griffin's tweet. "Double boom," he wrote. In case you were wondering whether Sunday night's flurry of tweets about getting Griffin to the Toyota Owners 400 on April 26 was just a goof, well, rest assured it was not. By Monday morning, track officials had already reached out to the Redskins, trying to capitalize on what Earnhardt started. "Our plan at this point is we'd love to connect with Robert and the Redskins and certainly determine his availability," Bickmeier said in a phone conversation. "I don't even know if he knew the actual date of the race. We have to determine all those things first, but we would love to have him. We've got a good spot for him, and I think giving him kind of an immersion in NASCAR would be pretty cool. I think it's a win for everybody. Earnhardt had originally suggested Griffin act as the grand marshal; that's typically an honor bestowed in conjunction with a race's sponsor, which is why Bickmeier instead suggested the quarterback drive the pace car. RIR hasn't used an honorary pace car driver in the recent past; "quite frankly, that's really reserved for someone of RGIII's stature," Bickmeier said. Track officials are willing to make any visit as intense or low-key as the quarterback would like.(Washington Post)(3-26-2014)

  • Iowa Senate OKs tax break for Speedway: The Iowa Speedway at Newton, which was purchased by NASCAR in November, would get a state sales tax break of up to $9 million under a bill approved 36-9 Monday by the Iowa Senate. Supporters said the legislation will help bolster Iowa entertainment and tourism, while a critic contended the bill violated principles of free enterprise. Senate File 2341, which was sent to the Iowa House, would continue a 5 percent state sales tax rebate that began in 2006 when the Newton track was opened. The rebate has provided $3.5 million for the track so far. The hitch for the new owners is that an existing state law requires that the Iowa Speedway have at least a 25 percent ownership stake, which isn't the case with NASCAR, stock car racing's sanctioning body. A law change is required to keep the tax-rebate money flowing. Supporters of the bill say it will help bolster Iowa tourism and spur the state's economy.(Des Moines Register)(3-25-2014)

  • Hot Dog Eating Championship qualifying to include NASCAR locations: Nathan's Famous, Inc. has unveiled the official list of sites that will host hot dog eating contests to qualify competitive eaters who will participate in the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan's Famous on Brooklyn's Coney Island. The Nathan's Famous qualifying tour stops in four new cities this year. It's also premiering at NASCAR events, including the annual Speed Street celebration in Charlotte, NC; Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA; and Sonoma Raceway in northern California. Nathan's Famous will host its first-ever qualifier at Busch Stadium prior to a St. Louis Cardinals game in May. This year's circuit begins on April 26th in Las Vegas and stops at 12 other cities before the final event takes place on July 4, 2014 at the Nathan's Famous flagship in Coney Island. The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier will earn a spot to compete in the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan's Famous, a holiday tradition since 1916.(Nathan's Famous)(3-21-2014)

  • Iowa Legislative panel approves tax breaks for Speedway: A plan to extend a tax break provided last year to the Iowa Speedway at Newton has moved forward in the Iowa House. The proposal received preliminary approval Wednesday from a House Ways and Means subcommittee. It will now be subject to committee-level review. The racetrack in Newton receives a state sales tax rebate under current law, but the rebate is limited to sales occurring before January 1, 2016. The proposal seeks to extend the rebate by 10 years to sales occurring before January 1, 2026. Racetrack officials say the tax break extension is needed not only to grow auto racing in Newton, but also to shine a spotlight on what central Iowa has to offer. The Iowa Speedway, which opened in 2006, was bought by NASCAR last year.(KCRG)(3-20-2104)

  • FedEx, Autism Speaks and Dover again join forces for "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks": For the fourth straight year, FedEx Corp. , Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway have joined forces, as FedEx will return as the title sponsor of the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The announcement of the renewed sponsorship is coupled with the news that for the third straight year, the Autism Speaks Day at the Races event will be part of the June 1 race. This unique event provides those on the autism spectrum, and their families, with the opportunity to attend a NASCAR race in a comfortable environment. The special ticket package provides seating in a sensory friendly area within the air-conditioned grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers great views of the race along the backstretch of the track; pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities; brief presentations by educational speakers in the morning; food and drink; and much more. Tickets for the Autism Speaks Day at the Races cost $88 for adults and $20 for children ages 14 and younger. The $88 price point is symbolic - an estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum, a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Autism Speaks.(Dover Speedway)(3-13-2014)

  • NHMS, Toyota Renew Partnership: If there's a company that knows how to "win on Sunday and sell on Monday" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it's Toyota. Speedway officials announced recently that it has renewed its relationship with the popular manufacturer, retaining Toyota as the speedway's "official vehicle" through 2016. Toyota has been the speedway's partner since 2011, and has enjoyed tremendous success both on the track and throughout the Boston region marketplace. Drivers have piloted Toyota Camrys into victory lane in three straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races dating back to 2012, while the manufacturer continues to be a leader in American automotive production, maintaining 10 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. Last year, Toyota used the Magic Mile as its host site to launch the new redesigned 2014 Tundra with local New England dealerships. The agreement provides Toyota with the ability to use the track for annual events, new product launches, owner's events and other activities throughout the year. In addition, Toyota vehicles will be used as the "official" pace vehicle for all speedway events, including the Camping World RV Sales 301 (July 10-13) and OSRAM SYLVANIA 300 (Sept. 18-21) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the July Camping World RV Sales 301 or September OSRAM SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(3-10-2014)

  • Third-Annual Dover vs. Pocono Softball Game April 30: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway take their yearly rivalry on to the field for the for the Third Annual Celebrity Softball Game, featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray. The game will be played on Wednesday, April 30 at the home of the York Revolution in York, Pa. Kahne, driver of the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy SS, will captain Team Pocono, while McMuray, who pilots the #1 Ganassi Racing Chevy SS, will lead Team Dover. The softball series is currently tied at one game a piece, with Team Pocono coming from behind to win the inaugural game in 2012 and Team Dover evening the score with a walk-off victory last year. Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night's baseball game. Tickets for the York Revolution game start at just $8, and all children ages 12 and younger that wear their NASCAR gear receive free admission. For tickets, call 717-801-4478 or visit www.YorkRevolution.com. In addition to Kahne and McMurray, the rosters from each team will be made up of members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and a few other special guests.(Pocono Raceway)(3-9-2014)

  • Fan Enhancements ready for launch at Talladega: Watching 43 cars pack race three- and four-wide at 200 mph around NASCAR's biggest and most competitive race track - Talladega Superspeedway - has always been a "Must See" event. But now, thanks to a valuable video enhancement initiative launched by International Speedway Corporation (ISC) for 2014, it's going to be much easier to take in the view of views in NASCAR, beginning with the Aaron's Dream Weekend set for May 2-4.
    Talladega Superspeedway will serve as a test track for the new ISC program, which will strategically place four large Sprint Vision Digital High-Definition video screens along Talladega's frontstretch. The new video boards will offer all fans in every grandstand unbelievable views of the incredible content to be projected throughout the event weekend. The screens will almost double the size of former Sprint Vision screens, and the high-definition picture will be crisper, clearer and brighter.
    With Talladega leading the way, the multi-phase project plans to implement the video boards at all ISC facilities over the next few years. Initially the screens will be temporarily put into place, allowing facilities to listen to fan feedback to create the best digital experience possible. Eventually, permanent digital board locations will be installed as part of the ongoing phase of the initiative.
    The view will be extra special for kids 12 and under, who will get in free to all grandstands for Saturday's full day of activity. On Sunday kids receive $50 off the regular price of grandstand seating. In addition to the new video boards and kids "free" opportunity, other fan-friendly changes at Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 include:
    SMOKE FREE throughout the grandstands; designated smoking areas will be set up under the grandstands and towers.
    Driver Introductions Pit Pass Upgrade; the $50 Pre-Race Pit Pass can now be upgraded to include access to driver introductions for an additional $25.
    Reserved Saturday Grandstands; all grandstand seating will be reserved on Saturday instead of General Admission to allow fans to find their perfect spot ahead of time.
    NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron's Dream Weekend, which is set for May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(3-5-2014)

  • Kick It With Matt Kenseth in Fan Hospitality at RIR: Have you ever wanted to know the one thing Matt Kenseth can't live without? Are you curious about what the former NASCAR champion does on a day off? Dying to find out which driver he'd choose as a tag-team wrestling partner? Well, here's your chance to find out. Kick it with former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, on Saturday, April 26, in Richmond International Raceway's 3-Wide fan hospitality, prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. In addition to the exclusive Q&A, be sure to stroll up and down Pit Road for an up close and unforgettable visit to the pavement all of your favorite drivers will be racing on just a few hours later. The 3-Wide experience is $80 per person, and includes: 3 beer or wine tickets for fans 21 years of age & older with a valid ID. Unlimited sodas & water will also be available; Walk down Pit Road with an exclusive Pre-Race Pit Pass (2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., time and weather permitting), Interactive Q&A session with NASCAR personalities, including Kenseth; Dine on appetizers from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. & a buffet dinner from 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Enjoy music, games, a complimentary souvenir event program, and a chance to win a trip to Pre-Race & Gatorade Victory Lane ceremonies. Take advantage of the only opportunity to obtain a Saturday Pre-Race Pit Pass with a single-day ticket and purchase today.(RIR)(3-5-2014)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Tickets On Sale: Advanced Price tickets are on sale to the May 2-4 Aaron's Dream Weekend at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track-Talladega Superspeedway. The Advanced Price tickets, which are available from February 24 to April 3, save fans money at nearly every ticket option, and for this highly anticipated race weekend the savings don't stop there-for the first time ever kids have opportunities for "free" seating in the track's exhilarating frontstretch grandstands. Saturday kids' tickets - for 12 and under - are free in every section of the grandstands and in multiple locations on Sunday. The remaining locations are reduced a minimum of $50 for Sunday kids' tickets. This unbelievable ticket offer has never been made at this historic NASCAR venue and is available even beyond the Advanced Price Ticket period. Advanced Price tickets offer fans $10 off regular pricing for the weekend's headliner, the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on May 4, and $5 off Saturday's quadruple header that includes two races (ARCA's International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200, Aaron's 312 Nationwide race), Sprint Cup's new pack racing qualifying format and the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert (must have a Sunday ticket for admission). Two-day tickets for both Saturday and Sunday start at $50.
    Fan enhancements have been ramped up in 2014, starting with NASCAR's pre-season announcements about qualifying and the Chase. Qualifying for the Aaron's 312 and Aaron's 499 will now consist of three elimination rounds where drivers take to Talladega's high banks in groups, competing just like it's a race. The changes made to the Chase place practically any race winner into the Championship, and given the Aaron's 499's unpredictable nature, it's going to be a battle like never before. Talladega Superspeedway has also put into place some serious fan enhancements that include the free kids' ticket initiative, new large Sprint Vision screens, smoke-free grandstands and the Driver Introductions Pit Pass Upgrade. Info on all of this and more can found at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(3-4-2014)

  • Kentucky state police say Speedway hasn't paid for security UPDATE: The Kentucky State Police has been pressing the Kentucky Speedway for months to pay nearly $300,000 for security provided by troopers during four major races in 2012 and 2013. Records obtained by The Courier-Journal through the Kentucky Open Records Act show that since at least last July, the agency has sent emails and letters requesting reimbursement for security provided during big race days at the track in June and September of each year. A Dec. 27 letter to the Speedway put the overdue tab at $299,125.86 and requested payment in full by Jan. 15. "I never heard back from that," State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said in an interview this week. "And I have called the speedway twice in the last 10 days and can't get anybody to return my call." Mark Simendinger, general manager of the speedway, did not return numerous phone messages left Wednesday with his assistant and on his voice mail seeking comment. A phone message and email sent to corporate offices of Speedway Motorsports in Charlotte, N.C., also were not returned Wednesday. Invoices show the State Police assigned more than 100 troopers to the speedway security contract during the June race days, and about 50 to the smaller September races. Most worked 13 or 14 hours for each race. [Kentucky Governor] Beshear's spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said late Wednesday that he "has not discussed this issue with the Kentucky Speedway, but has asked his staff to look into it."(Louisville Couriel-Journal)(2-27-2014)
    UPDATE: The Kentucky Speedway on Friday paid a long overdue bill of nearly $300,000 to Kentucky State Police for providing security on the track's grounds during four major race weeks in 2012 and 2013. Speedway Motorsports, which owns the track in Gallatin County, sent a check for $299,125.86 by express mail from its corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, said State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. The payment was received one day after The Courier-Journal reported that the state police had been pressing the track since last August for the payment. "We're glad the issue is resolved. We're glad to have the money and will certainly put it to good use," Brewer said Saturday.(Louisville Courier-Journal)(3-3-2014)

  • Re-Name the Brickyard 400 after your hero: Crown Royal is honoring the people who Reign On across the country every day. People can nominate their hero now for a chance to win naming rights to the Brickyard 400. The grand prize winner will receive naming rights to the Brickyard 400 and much more. Held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014, the winner will get the experience of a lifetime and a chance for his or her inspiring story to be shared from coast to coast. The winner will receive: His or her name on the actual race; Airfare and accommodations; VIP pit tour; Pace car ride; Victory Lane appearance; And so much more. To nominate your hero, visit yourherosnamehere.nascar.com.(2-28-2014)


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  • GEICO's Gecko Talladega Superspeedway, new title sponsor
  • Race Track tax break to expire
  • Dover International Speedway boosts cell service
  • Daytona could host soccer, football games
  • Talladega cutting seating capacity
  • NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway
  • Racing returns to Memphis
  • Date for Bristol Motor Speedway 2016 college football game announced
  • Canadian Motor Speedway on course in Fort Erie
  • MIS removing turn 3 grandstands, seating capacity to shrink
  • N.C. court dumps Charlotte Motor Speedway's suit
  • New Hampshire wants night race
  • ISC to continue cutting track seats
  • Federated Auto Parts extends naming rights for Richmond fall race
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway Changes Smoking Policy
  • ISC sells Staten Island property
  • Lights coming to Indy?
  • Fort Erie speedway gets green light
  • Lowe's extends sponsorship of Vegas race
  • Future Daytona construction could impact Cup schedule
  • Michael Waltrip Racing invests in auto research center
  • Canadian Motor Speedway gets green light in Fort Erie
  • Group launches community effort to reopen North Wilkesboro
  • ISC to install fiber optic cable networks at tracks
  • Nashville Superspeedway available for race team testing
  • Colorado Sports Complex to include racetrack
  • Race track planned in New Orleans area
  • Tulare City [CA] Council OKs motor sports complex
  • Penske pulls proposal for test track
  • ISC Abandons Plan for Kitsap [Washington] Racetrack
  • ISC Discontinues Pursuit of Speedway in Staten Island, NY

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