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  • Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
    Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (108 races held)
    Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 5 (26)
    Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (110)
    Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (114)
    Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
    Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (112)
    Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (137)
    Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 10 (92)
    Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (17)
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (22)
    Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (20)
    Kentucky: Brad Keselowski & Kyle Busch - 2 (5)
    Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (19)
    Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (134)
    Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (93)
    New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (42)
    Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 7 (39)
    Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (76)
    Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (119)
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (27)
    Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (93)
    Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (30)
    Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (32)
    (11-22-2015)

  • Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
    Daytona International Speedway 137 races (since 1959)
    Martinsville Speedway 134 (since 1949)
    Richmond International Raceway 119 (since 1953)
    Charlotte Motor Speedway 114 (since 1960)
    Darlington Speedway 112 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 110 (since 1961)
    Atlanta Motor Speedway 108 (since 1960)
    Michigan International Speedway, 93 (since 1969)
    North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
    Talladega Superspeedway, 93 (since 1969)
    Dover International Speedway, 92 (since 1969)
    (11-22-2015)

  • Drivers with most wins at different tracks: After winning at Homestead in November 2013, there was only ONE race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSCS) circuit at which #24-Jeff Gordon never won a race, that being Kentucky Speedway. Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham. Gordon ran his final race at Kentucky on July 11, 2015, finishing 7th, thus failing to win at Kentucky Speedway
    Driver -- Wins -- Tracks won at/ Tracks ran
    Richard Petty -- 200 -- 51 of 84
    David Pearson -- 105 -- 38 of 65
    Bobby Allison -- 84 -- 28 of 47
    Jeff Gordon -- 92 -- 24 of 25
    Darrell Waltrip -- 84 -- 16 of 26
    Cale Yarborough -- 83 -- 18 of 46
    Of course, a disclaimer here is that in the old days of NASCAR, many tracks were raced at once or just a handful of times, but that's still pretty impressive.(ESPN)
    Current Drivers: the active leaders with the most Sprint Cup wins at the 23 different tracks currently on the NSCS schedule:
    Rank, Driver, Number of Tracks
    1. #24-Jeff Gordon, 22 (missing Kentucky)
    2. #14-Tony Stewart, 21 (missing Kentucky & Homestead) 3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19
    3. #4-Kevin Harvick, 19
    4. #18-Kyle Busch, 19
    4. #20-Matt Kenseth, 18
    (NASCAR PR)(11-22-2015)

  • Drivers with at least 10 wins at one track:
    Richard Petty (5 tracks)
    -- Martinsville (15)
    -- Richmond (13)
    -- North Wilkesboro (13)
    -- Rockingham (11)
    -- Daytona (10)
    Darrell Waltrip (3 tracks)
    -- Bristol (12)
    -- Martinsville (11)
    -- North Wilkesboro (10)
    David Pearson, Darlington (10)
    Dale Earnhardt, Talladega (10)
    Jimmie Johnson, Dover (10)
    (11-22-2015)

  • 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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  • Atlanta offering cheaper ticket prices: Attending the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be less expensive than in the past, as ticket prices for the Feb. 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are reduced an average of 15 percent. This year, Sunday racegoers will spend no more than $99 for an individual grandstand ticket, with prices starting at just $39. Also new in 2016, AMS is offering affordable options for fans who want to attend all three days of the race weekend. Some of the best deals in NASCAR, the "Good," "Better" and "Best" ticket packages, offer reasonable options in increments that allow fans to customize their race weekend with attractive packages according to their budgets.
    " The "Good" ticket package, priced at $79, includes upper Petty Grandstand seating for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, plus general admission seating to Friday's Active Pest Control Qualifying Day and Saturday's doubleheader, a savings of $40 off the regular prices.
    " The "Better" ticket package is priced at $139 and offers seating in the Winners, Earnhardt or Petty Grandstand for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, general admission seating to Friday's Active Pest Control Qualifying Day and Saturday's doubleheader, a weekend FanVision rental and a Sunday pre-race pit pass, for a total savings of $125 off regular prices.
    " The "Best" package, which offers the best value of all three deals, is priced at $179 and boasts an ultimate NASCAR weekend combination, including a seat in the Upper Champions Grandstand or the Upper Winners Grandstand chairback seats for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, general admission seating to Friday's Active Pest Control Qualifying Day and Saturday's doubleheader, a weekend FanVision scanner rental, a weekend pre-race pit pass, and $25 off a purchase of $50 or more in the AMS souvenir shop. In total, the "Best" package shaves a whopping $165 off normal pricing.
    Again in 2016, children 17 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult to Friday's Active Pest Control Qualifying Day and Saturday's Heads Up Georgia 250 XFINITY Series and Georgia 200 Camping World Truck Series doubleheader. Students and children 17 and under can cash in on half-priced tickets for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 when they attend with a paid adult.(AMS)(2-6-2016)

  • Fire destroys inn owned by Pocono Raceway: A blazing fire, that required fire companies from four counties, did extensive damage Wednesday to the Blakeslee Inn in Tobyhanna Township. The inn and restaurants, which are on Route 940, are owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway, just a few miles from the inn. Brandon Igdalsky, the grandson of Pocono Raceway founder and the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli, is now the president of Pocono Raceway. In the mid-2000s, Igdalsky ran the Blakeslee Inn before turning his full attention to the raceway. Crews from Monroe, Carbon, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties fought the fire which started around 8:30 a.m. and was not contained until the afternoon. About 60 to 70 percent of the building was damaged, according to Tobyhanna Township Fire Chief Troy Counterman. Counterman said there were workers in the kitchen area of the restaurant, but everyone got out of the building safely. He said it appears that the fire started in the kitchen area, but the state police fire marshal was at the scene and will make the official determination of the cause of the fire.(Pocono Record)(2-5-2016)

  • University of Northwestern Ohio extends partnership with Kentucky Speedway: The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) extends its longtime relationship with Kentucky Speedway for three years and will continue to be the "Official Education Partner of Kentucky Speedway." Kentucky Speedway will provide UNOH with numerous advertising and promotional components. Plus, the speedway will utilize its racing platform and large loyal fan base to promote UNOH, host an orientation program for future students and provide business to business opportunities for the UNOH motorsports program through 2018. Located in Lima, Ohio, UNOH grants masters, baccalaureate, and associate degrees through its Colleges of Applied Technologies, Business, Occupational Professions, Health Professions, and Graduate Programs along with online degree options. The College of Applied Technologies prepares students for careers in the motorsports and automotive industries through specialized automotive, high performance motorsports, diesel, agricultural, and alternate fuels programs. The UNOH College of Applied Technologies has built a storied motorsports history through its involvement in the ARCA Racing Series, three NASCAR national touring series, and NHRA. In 1992, UNOH became the first university in the world to feature a high performance motorsports program. More than 4,500 students are currently enrolled at UNOH from all 50 states and 32 foreign countries.(Kentucky Speedway)(2-5-2016)

  • Kentucky truck race gets sponsor: Kentucky Speedway has partnered with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in 2016 to sponsor the Thursday, July 7 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The partnership is centered on the "Buckle Up in Your Truck" (BUIYT) campaign to bring awareness to seatbelt use in pickup trucks. The Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 will kick off a NASCAR tripleheader weekend. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety's BUIYT campaign, an aspect of safety within the Transportation Cabinet, works in conjunction with "Click It or Ticket" program. Their research found that drivers and occupants of pickup trucks were less likely to use their safety belt than in any other type of vehicle. By using the Camping World Truck Series race as a platform the goal is to increase public awareness of the lack of safety belt use in pickup trucks, educate drivers to buckle up and diminish fatalities.(Kentucky Speedway)(2-4-2016)

  • VisitMyrtleBeach.com renews sponsorship for Kentucky's fall XFINITY Race: One of the fastest-growing family and vacation destinations in the nation, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has renewed as the title sponsor of the Saturday, Sept. 24 NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300. The Myrtle Beach area welcomes over 17 million visitors annually, many of whom travel from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana to experience true southern hospitality along 60 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. The VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway will conclude a two-race weekend that begins Friday, Sept. 23 with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150. The 2016 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the July 9 Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 Thursday, July 7 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 Friday, July 8.(Kentucky Speedway)(2-4-2016)

  • Switchfoot to perform National Anthem at Auto Club Speedway: SoCal native alternative rock band, Switchfoot, will sing the National Anthem and headline the pre-race concert on the O'Reilly Auto Parts Main Stage at 10:15am on Sunday, March 20, just before the NASCAR Auto Club 400 race gets underway at Auto Club Speedway. Switchfoot traces its roots to the beaches of San Diego and are currently working on their 10th studio album. Fans will hear alternative radio hit singles like "Meant to Live," "Dare You To Move," "Mess of Me," "Dark Horses," and "Afterlife". With a race ticket, fans will have access to the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone that includes the Switchfoot concert, NASCAR driver autograph sessions, Lefty's Kids Zone, freestyle motocross stunt show demonstrations, vendors, and to shop Fanatics "Trackside Superstore" - a 50,000 square-foot store - with a breadth of product unmatched anywhere else as well as specific sections for most drivers and dedicated specialty shops for ladies, kids and collectables.(Auto Club Speedway)(2-4-2016)

  • DIS Teams Up With Jeff Gordon For Special Daytona Ticket Package: Daytona International Speedway has teamed up with three-time Daytona 500 champion and new FOX Sports analyst Jeff Gordon for a special ticket package around the PowerShares QQQ 300 season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Feb. 20. The package, which is available to adults starting at $115 and children 12 and under for $10, includes:
    · One stadium seat for the PowerShares QQQ 300
    · Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access
    · A 15-minute question and answer session with Gordon in a climate-controlled room located on Level 2 of the new motorsports stadium scheduled to occur on Feb. 20
    Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, recently completed his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and will make his debut in the broadcast booth with FOX Sports with the prestigious 58th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21. Tickets for the Jeff Gordon Ticket Package for the PowerShares QQQ 300 are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/gordon or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(2-3-2016)

  • Auto Club Speedway unveils private, fine-dining, club experience: It is Auto Club Speedway's honor to put the name 'Richter' on one of the most distinguished clubs in Southern California. Because, in life, 'Coach' was both. With Les Richter in mind, Auto Club Speedway will unveil an exclusive, high-end private club which will provide its 60-80 members the ultimate business and entertainment environment, not just on NASCAR Weekend, but year-round. The décor features a collection of racing memorabilia and historical photos of Auto Club Speedway. The Speedway's marquee club will offer a unique dining experience on race-day, offering all-inclusive upscale food and beverage in a high-class pit road setting offering incredible views overlooking the start finish line. It's someplace that no doubt, Richter himself would be delighted to spend time in. To attend a special preview event or to purchase tickets call 909-429-5306 or www.autoclubspeedway.com/Richters.(ACS)(2-3-2016)

  • Military Appreciation Program Returns to Richmond: The men and women of the United States Military are some of the most caring and selfless people out there. It takes a special person to lay their life on the line in order for others to stay safe and live free. We can enjoy the freedom of attending races and cheering on our favorite drivers because of these men and women. Richmond International Raceway is continuing to show our appreciation for these men and women, and their families by partnering with Navy Federal Credit Union to bring the Military Appreciation Program back for the 2016 April weekend. Any current or former military members are invited to participate in the program. For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, military members, veterans and their families will receive a complimentary Pre-Race Pit Pass and admission to the Military Hospitality area presented by Navy Federal Credit Union with each ticket bought. For NASCAR XFINITY Series races, service men and women can purchase a $10 General Admission ticket. And, kids 12 & younger are admitted FREE in General Admission areas to all NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    "Supporting all the men and women who serve in the military is key to all of us here at RIR," said Dennis Bickmeier, President of Richmond International Raceway. "By Navy Federal coming on board with us, we are now able to provide NASCAR fans who serve in the military the chance to experience racing at RIR. It's just a small thank you for all they have done for us." This is a new partnership between RIR and Navy Federal. Dedicated to serving military members and their families, Navy Federal is focused on supporting them in every area of their life. A company that started in 1933 with seven members has grown to include over 5 million members. With an already strong desire to honor service men and women, Navy Federal has taken their support to another level with the help of RIR.
    "Navy Federal is proud to honor our service men and women by supporting the Military Appreciation Program at Richmond International Raceway," said Member Acquisition Manager Wayne Truxillo. "NASCAR fans serving in the military will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique, first class experience at one of the nation's premier racetracks." The 2016 NASCAR season is here and racing returns to Richmond! For the first time since 1997, Sunday racing returns to RIR. The TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is now on Sunday, April 24. Fans of all generations will get to experience the excitement of day racing at a short track on a Sunday afternoon. See NASCAR's stars like defending Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson battle it out to secure a win sticker. But wait, there's more. The ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race is moving to Saturday, April 23. See all of NASCAR's up-and-coming drivers battle it out on RIR's ¾-quarter mile track surface. Tickets for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 and the ToyotaCare 250 go on sale January 15. Visit rir.com or call 866-455-7223 to purchase.(RIR)(1-28-2016)

  • Race fans can take Metrolink FREE to Auto Club Speedway: Race fans can take Metrolink FREE to Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 20, 2016. The FREE train ride will be offered to a limited number of race fans with the support of Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). After the limited number of FREE tickets are depleted, race fans will once again be able to purchase the discounted $19 round trip train tickets. Riders, however, must sign up in advance at autoclubspeedway.com/metrolink. Like last year, Metrolink will operate three trains originating from Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside with limited stops in between for faster service. Train routes, stops and more info at autoclubspeedway.com. Metrolink's Speedway trains stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track. From there, passengers will board a free tram that takes them to the entrance gates. Trains depart Auto Club Speedway one hour after the end of the race, or checkered flag. The Auto Club Speedway Metrolink Train Service is a joint demonstration project made possible in part by Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). The MSRC's mission is to fund projects that reduce air pollution to meet the region's clean air goals. Over its 22-year history, the MSRC has assisted organizations throughout the Southland in removing as much as 8,000 tons of harmful pollutants from the air through innovative programs designed to reduce air pollution from mobile sources. The primary focus of the MSRC is to reduce air pollution from mobile sources. The partnership between the MSRC, Metrolink and the Auto Club 400 does exactly that. This effort helps advance the MSRC's mission to reduce harmful emissions from mobile sources and provides a stress-free option for race fans to get to the California freeway by avoiding traffic delays. To purchase race and train tickets or for information on the Auto Club Speedway train schedule, call Auto Club Speedway at (800) 944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.(ACS)(1-31-2016)

  • Another Football game at Bristol Motor Speedway? UPDATE: Tennessee and Virginia Tech might not be the only football teams playing at Bristol Motor Speedway next season. East Tennessee State University has been in negotiations to take on Western Carolina University in a Southern Conference game at the track, people close to the deal have confirmed. The Bucs and Catamounts could play at BMS on Sept. 17, a week after Tennessee and Virginia Tech take part in what has been dubbed the "Battle of Bristol." An official announcement about the ETSU-Western Carolina game, which has been rumored for months, is expected soon. When Tennessee and Virginia Tech meet at BMS on Sept. 10, the largest crowd ever for a college football game is expected to be on hand. The current record is 115,109, set in 2013 at Michigan Stadium during a game between Notre Dame and Michigan.(Johnson City Press)
    AND A press conference has been called for Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Neither side was willing to comment Tuesday on the nature of the announcement, but sources and media outlets indicate the East Tennessee State University Bucs will play Southern Conference rival Western Carolina in a football game inside 155,000-seat BMS this season on Sept. 17. (Bristol Herald Courier)(1-27-2016)
    UPDATE: The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Bristol Motor Speedway held a joint press conference on Thursday afternoon to announce they have reached an agreement to host ETSU's 2016 Southern Conference football opener at the Last Great Colosseum. The Buccaneers, who are playing a full SoCon schedule this upcoming season, will host Western Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 17. ETSU football head coach Carl Torbush and the Buccaneers know the significance of playing at Bristol Motor Speedway and are excited to be part of this historic event. ETSU Season Ticket Holders will receive a general admission ticket to the game at BMS with their season ticket package. Reserved seating upgrades and parking will be available when purchasing ETSU season tickets. If you are an ETSU season ticket holder and have questions, please call the ETSU Ticket Office at 423-439-4828.(BMS)(1-29-2016)

  • Daytona finishes upgrading SAFER around track: When drivers race at Daytona International Speedway over the next few weeks, they'll notice that all outside and inside walls on the track's 2½-mile tri-oval, with the exception of pit lane, will have energy-absorbing barriers. It was nearly a year ago when Kyle Busch slammed into an unprotected concrete wall on the inside going toward Turn 1, breaking his right leg and left foot. Busch didn't race again for nearly three months after the Feb. 21 accident but rallied to win the 2015 Sprint Cup title. In reaction to that accident, DIS President Joie Chitwood pledged that night to have all walls covered by SAFER (steel-and-foam energy reduction) Barrier as soon as possible. When NASCAR teams returned in July, there were still some non-covered walls on the insides of the turns and the backstretch. DIS officials had been criticized for being slow to add more SAFER Barrier while spending $400 million on a new project to turn its grandstands into a modern stadium. Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of DIS parent company International Speedway Corp., said ISC tracks have added 54,000 linear feet of SAFER Barrier in the past year. ISC operates 12 of the 23 tracks where the Sprint Cup Series races. Virtually all tracks have added more SAFER Barrier in the past year, an issue brought to the forefront by Busch's injury as well as NASCAR's newly formed Sprint Cup drivers council.(ESPN.com)(1-28-2016)

  • Daytona International Speedway Officially Opens New Motorsports Stadium: To celebrate the completion of a massive 2.5 year, $400 million reconstruction, it took a couple of huge pairs of scissors for Lesa France Kennedy and Jim France to cut a ribbon marking the official reopening of Daytona International Speedway's grandstand complex. The Wednesday afternoon ribbon cutting marked a "new chapter" for the Speedway, said France Kennedy, CEO for International Speedway Corporation, which owns the track her grandfather built in 1958. "It's also going to usher in a new era for the future of motorsports," she said. "We're opening the first true motorsports stadium and that speaks volumes about how far this sport has come and where we see our future heading."
    It boasts a host of new amenities, including 1,400 video monitors, enhanced technology, modernized bathrooms and new food and drink vending areas. The original narrow seats were one of the first things to go, replaced with wider seats complete with cup holders. But, the one thing Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said he's proudest of are the new escalators that allow fans to get all the way to the top of the 101,500-seat grandstand area with a minimum of walking. The escalators, which the Speedway started using for races last year, have been wildly popular with fans. Even though Chitwood said they'll still be "tweaking things" behind the scenes over the next couple of weeks, fans will get their first look at the finished facility during this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-28-2016)

  • Pocono Groundhog Day Special: Pocono Raceway's annual Groundhog Day Special is back. Not sure if Phil, Punxsutawney's weather prognosticator, will call for a longer winter or an early spring. However, the opportunity to win a signed top hat from two of the biggest names in racing might just suffice whether he sees his shadow or not. If you purchase a Pocono Raceway $50 Gift Card anytime through February 2, 2016, you will gain automatic entry to win an "Official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Top Hat" signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. More info at poconoraceway.com.(1-28-2016)

  • Another Football game at Bristol Motor Speedway? Tennessee and Virginia Tech might not be the only football teams playing at Bristol Motor Speedway next season. East Tennessee State University has been in negotiations to take on Western Carolina University in a Southern Conference game at the track, people close to the deal have confirmed. The Bucs and Catamounts could play at BMS on Sept. 17, a week after Tennessee and Virginia Tech take part in what has been dubbed the "Battle of Bristol." An official announcement about the ETSU-Western Carolina game, which has been rumored for months, is expected soon. When Tennessee and Virginia Tech meet at BMS on Sept. 10, the largest crowd ever for a college football game is expected to be on hand. The current record is 115,109, set in 2013 at Michigan Stadium during a game between Notre Dame and Michigan.(Johnson City Press)
    AND A press conference has been called for Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Neither side was willing to comment Tuesday on the nature of the announcement, but sources and media outlets indicate the East Tennessee State University Bucs will play Southern Conference rival Western Carolina in a football game inside 155,000-seat BMS this season on Sept. 17. (Bristol Herald Courier)(1-27-2016)

  • Complete DAYTONA Rising Time-lapse: For over 28 months, more than one million HD photos of DAYTONA Rising were taken by Daytona International Speedway's eight EarthCam construction cameras. See the reimagining of an American icon by checking out this time-lapse highlighting this transformation over the past 2 and 1/2 years! See the video at Daytona International Speedway's Facebook page (1-26-2016)

  • Daytona International Speedway To Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) will hold a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new motorsports stadium on Wednesday, January 27 at 4:00pm/et (DIS)(1-26-2016)

  • John's March Against Stomach Cancer Raises $17,600: A little rain could not dampen record-setting fundraising efforts at the 5th annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, Jan. 16. More than 200 people turned out under gray skies to participate in the fundraiser, which generated an event record of $17,629 for No Stomach For Cancer (www.nostomachforcancer.org). Walkers, runners and even dogs enjoyed a spin around the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course on foot during the event, which is held in honor of John Cardinale, the long-time Sonoma Raceway spokesman who passed away in 2013 after a two-year battle with stomach cancer. John's March has raised more than $67,000 over the past five years and is the only major fundraiser for gastric cancer on the West Coast. Participants ranged from competitive runners to families, including children on bikes and in strollers. In addition to the traditional road-course circuit, the raceway also offered 5K and 10K distances. Participants were also encouraged to sign the Memory Wall in honor of those affected by gastric cancer. No Stomach For Cancer is a non-profit group that works to increase awareness and education about stomach cancer, provide a support network for affected families and support research efforts for screening, early detection, treatment and prevention of stomach cancer. Donations can still be made in honor of this event at www.crowdrise.com/JohnsMarch.(Sonoma Raceway)(1-24-2016)

  • Rusty Wallace Speaks at Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting: It's been 11 years since Rusty Wallace wheeled a race car around Martinsville Speedway, but the seven-time winner at the historic half-mile was back in town Thursday night [Jan 21] as the guest speaker at the Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Wallace, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013, talked to a group of more than 200 business leaders at Chatmoss Country Club about some of his favorite memories both at the track and around town. "My very first win here at Martinsville," Wallace said when recalling his favorite wins. "I won at Bristol, Tennessee about three weeks before that and a lot of people thought that was just a fluke. Then I came to Martinsville and I won again. When I won, in my heart I said I've made it. It wasn't a fluke. It was the real deal. I'd locked up two victories in a three or four week period." Wallace also talked about his final career win as another victory that will always stand out in his mind. "I had a spell where I didn't think I was going to win again because it was getting tough on me," he said. "Then, I come here and win for my 55th victory and lock it down and announce my retirement from driving a car and that was it." Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said that for what Wallace did on the track, he has done just as much for the sport in retirement. "Since the day Rusty stepped out of the car he has been working to help grow the sport," Campbell said. "Rusty's been involved as a car owner, broadcaster and works tirelessly as an ambassador for NASCAR. Having him here tonight certainly helps Martinsville Speedway, but it also helps NASCAR as a whole." Wallace is no stranger to the venue for the dinner either, as he said it was one of his favorite places to visit, not just in Martinsville but on the whole tour. "Talk about relaxed and feeling good, when I had a chance to go golfing that was a really cool time. And this particular place where at right now, Chatmoss, they always took care of me real good," he said. "I'm a big golfer. I love to golf and all the drivers love to golf. So when I leave the racetrack, we get done with practice on Saturday at noon, and when we get done with practice the first thing I would do is load up and come right out here to go golfing." Of course it helped that he always felt at home on the track at Martinsville, as well. "If you hate short track racing, I'm already in your head, because I'm going to kick your butt dude," he said. "I love this place and it's was just one of those race tracks I always looked forward going to."(Martinsville Speedway)(1-24-2016)

  • Martinsville truck races to be sponsored by Alpha Energy Solutions: Alpha Energy Solutions will sponsor both Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway for the next three years, Track President Clay Campbell announced. Alpha Energy Solutions is no stranger to Martinsville Speedway. In 2014, they sponsored the Pole Award for the STP 500. The Louisville-based company sees the race sponsorship as a way to grow their relationship with Martinsville Speedway and the International Speedway Corporation. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 on April 2 and the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 on October 29 will be their first race entitlements. NASCAR announced last week that the Camping World Truck Series will have a seven-race, eight-driver playoff with two drivers being eliminated after the first three races and again after the second three races, setting up a four driver championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Alpha Energy Solutions 200 will be the first race in the Round of 6.(Alpha Energy Solutions)(1-23-2016)

  • Alsco becomes title sponsor for July XFINITY Race at Kentucky: A multi-year entitlement sponsorship was announced by Kentucky Speedway and Alsco for the speedway's Friday, July 8 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Alsco is a worldwide leader in the rental of linen, uniforms, healthcare garments, and washroom products. The family-run business introduced linen and uniform rental services to the world in 1889. Founded by George Steiner in Lincoln, Nebraska more than 125 years ago, the company has ridden the wheels of change, rising to the top of the linen and uniform industry and expanding worldwide. Alsco boasts over 300,000 customers served by 18,000 employees and 150 branches, in fourteen countries, covering 5 continents. The XFINITY Series Alsco 300 is part of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Kentucky Speedway that will begin Thursday, July 7 with a 225-mile Camping World Truck event, and concludes with the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, July 9. All races are at night.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-21-2016)

  • Son of NASCAR founder installs last seat at Daytona: The last of 101,500 Daytona Rising stadium grandstand seats was installed by the son of NASCAR founder William H.G. France with the help of a race fan at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday. Jim France, who is the chairman of International Speedway Corp., and Ted Swartzlander, 61, who has held the same six seats for two decades near the start/finish line, completed the installation in front of a mob of media. "My partner and I did an excellent job and I hope the supervisor appreciated our quality of work," said the 71-year-old France. "This is one of the most spectacular motorsports facilities that I've ever seen in my life. I've been to many places around the world and nothing compares to this." Bill France Sr., who founded NASCAR in 1948, built the track in 1958. It opened for business in February, 1959 with the running of the inaugural Daytona 500 and several other support races. The $400 million Daytona Rising project started on July 8, 2013. The facility will open to the public on Jan. 28 for the first day of Rolex 24 At Daytona activities. "I think this is something my father would have been proud of," France said as he scanned the new facility. "This is the kind of thing he would have brought about. The process we've gone through over several years, such as improve the garage area and fan experience and repaving the track. We spent $400 million for the fan-part of this venue. This is all for the fans." Daytona Rising stretches almost a mile along International Speedway Boulevard. "The fans coming here are in for a real treat," France said. "Anybody coming to Daytona Beach for a motorsports event will find this the finest experience in the world." Swartzlander owns a fabrication shop in Sanford. He has been watching Daytona races since he was a child and with France's help, installed the seat where he will watch the Feb. 21 Daytona 500.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-21-2016)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway looking at mixed-use area in turn 2: Charlotte Motor Speedway is developing ambitious plans to fill the area where its former Turn 2 grandstand once stood with a motorsports-themed mixed-use development that will cost in the high eight to low nine figures, according to sources. Details on the retail elements of the plan from track owner and operator Speedway Motorsports Inc. were scarce. Sources, though, said a key component is a private area of the mixed-use development that will be called the Apex Club. The club would grant access to amenities such as a newly renovated road course at the speedway, a go-kart track, a gun range, clubhouse and other high-end features like entertainment and food and beverage options. SMI is targeting 300 membership spots in the Apex Club. One hundred of those will be for owners of condos in the development, while 200 will be sold for general access to the club. The 200 general-access members are looking at an initial buy-in fee of around $150,000, plus $25,000 in annual dues, sources said, while the 100 members who own condos would not incur the $150,000 buy-in fee but would pay $25,000 in annual dues. SMI has been trying to figure out what to do with the area at CMS for more than a year after announcing in late 2014 that it was taking down the Turn 2 grandstands, formerly called the Diamond Tower Terrace, which sat 41,000 people. The seat reduction took the track's capacity from 134,000 to around 90,000.(Sports Business Journal)(1-19-2016)

  • Bristol names new communications manager: Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway announced the hiring of accomplished public relations professional, Chris Lawyer as communications manager. Lawyer has worked with numerous forms of sports including motorsports, tennis and college athletics during his rising career. As a member of the communications team, Lawyer will lead public relations efforts for Bristol Dragway and the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. He also will assist in integrated strategy, development and execution for the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol as well as all Speedway and ancillary events. Lawyer comes to BMS following a two-year stint as Media Relations Manager at the National Hot Rod Association. In addition, Lawyer has held positions with Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Ole Miss Athletics among others.(BMS)(1-19-2016)

  • Gary Baker says Nashville Superspeedway could be saved: Gary Baker, one-time operator of some of NASCAR's most successful racetracks, says Nashville Superspeedway could be revived and turned into a successful venue - and he might be interested in doing it himself. "If someone wanted to call and discuss it, I'd listen," Baker said in discussing the prospects of the Gladeville facility that is entering its fifth season of idleness. "Could the track be successful under the right conditions? The short answer is 'Yes.'" Baker said. "The question is, can those conditions be met?"
    The Franklin resident said he was contacted by Dover Motorsports five years ago when the parent company decided to sell the track after a decade of declining attendance. "I had some discussions with Denis (Dover Motorsports CEO Denis McGlynn) at the time, but shortly afterwards it was announced that someone else had bought the track," Baker said. That "someone else" was global technology company NeXovation, whose CEO Rob Sexton lives in Hendersonville. On May 29, 2014 it was announced that NeXovation was buying the track for $46 million, which included $18 million in Wilson County bond obligations. However, repeated deadlines for closing the sale came and went, and finally last fall Dover said it would entertain new offers.
    In addition to the purchase price, Baker said about $4 million needs to be invested in a "reconfiguration" of the 1.3-mile track. "You basically need to tear it up and start over," he said. Baker, who has owned/operated NASCAR Cup-racing tracks in Nashville, Bristol and Atlanta, said from the start that the Superspeedway design was all wrong. While Baker is convinced the track could succeed under the right circumstances, he added that the "challenge is greater now ever." "It's a much more challenging environment," he said, referring to declining NASCAR attendance and withering corporate sponsorships. "There are a lot of uses for a racetrack besides racing," he said. "To be successful it would need to be a multi-use facility with other revenue sources in addition to racing." In addition to the main track, the original design of the Gladeville facility included a road-racing course, drag strip, dirt track and short track. The latter three were never completed.(Lebanon Democrat)(1-17-2016)

  • Pocono Raceway, NMPA Partner For Spirit Award: Pocono Raceway and the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) have partnered for the annual presentation of the NMPA Pocono Spirit Award. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has renewed the 2.5-mile raceway's long-time sponsorship of the award. "This is a great way for us to recognize and honor those who go above and beyond," said Igdalsky. "My grandfather, 'Doc' Mattioli used to be a part of these awards and we are excited to reengage. What I love about these awards is that they focus heavily on strong character and people who really support racing." The NMPA Pocono Spirit Awards will be presented quarterly following a vote of the NMPA Membership with an overall winner announced in January at the organization's annual awards banquet. The honor is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.(Pocono Raceway)(1-16-2015)

  • Las Vegas debuts "The Chairman's Experience" VIP package: In a town that prides itself on the ultimate VIP experience, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is rolling out a one-day, white-glove, top-shelf $3,500 ticket for its NASCAR race in early March. Eat lamb and crab legs. Belly up to an open bar. Schmooze with NASCAR drivers and celebrate with the racer's crew in the winner's circle. Enjoy massages. All for a mere $3,499 at the Kobalt 400 on March 6 at the speedway on the north end of town. Speedway officials have dubbed it, The Chairman's Experience, and will limit the high-roller ticket to only 60 buyers, who will have the run of the 4,600-square-foot Blackjack Club on the third level overlooking the track. In the past, the speedway would rent out the Blackjack Club to a single company for $300,000 for the entire NASCAR weekend. Perhaps 300 guests or so would eat, drink and socialize in the club setting. But The Chairman's Experience allows smaller groups of any size - let's say, four or six - to soak up the elite VIP experience. A casino host on the Strip can even bring a group, with a casino host getting in for free as long as each of the guests pony up $3,499 for the ticket.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(1-16-2016)

  • Atlanta XFINITY race to be the Heads Up Georgia 250: The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety will sponsor the Feb. 27 Heads Up Georgia 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race during Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2016 NASCAR weekend. The race is the front-end of an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series same-day doubleheader unique to Atlanta. The Heads Up Georgia 250 will be the first of three NASCAR national touring series races during the weekend. GOHS's "Heads Up Georgia" campaign is a safe driving initiative that addresses a startling increase in fatalities on Georgia's roadways. The goal of the statewide initiative is to educate drivers about how making simple, fundamental changes in their driving behavior can prevent crashes and save lives. The Mission of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is to educate the public on traffic safety and facilitate the implementation of programs that reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Georgia roadways. GOHS sponsored the Drive Sober Georgia Qualifying day at Atlanta's 2015 NASCAR weekend and steps in as a first-time race sponsor in 2016.(AMS)(1-15-2016)

  • Homestead-Miami partners with Diamonette: For nearly 30 years Diamonette Party Rentals has provided championship service for its customers throughout South Florida. It's only fitting that the Doral-based company is now the official party rental company for Homestead-Miami Speedway, as the two recently entered into a multi-year partnership. Diamonette has serviced the South Florida track since its inception in 1995, and this agreement now expands on that relationship. This includes a major presence during Ford Championship Weekend, which will be held November 18-20, 2016, as NASCAR once again crowns its champions in South Florida, as it has done each year since 2002.
    "Diamonette has been providing impeccable service throughout South Florida for nearly 30 years, and as our Ford Championship Weekend has grown over the years, they have been able to respond to our expanding needs," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. "The quality of their work and services is not only evident to us, but also by everyone who comes through our gates for Championship Weekend and for the many other events we host during the year. They are first-class in everything that they do."(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(1-15-2016)

  • Dow and Ducharme Seating join "We Built Daytona" Partners: Daytona International Speedway announced that The Dow Chemical Company and Ducharme Seating have become the latest partners to join the "We Built Daytona" marketing platform as part of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project.
    " Dow, an integrated company at the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences, is providing the insulation for structures such as the Suite Tower and concourse buildings as well as closed cell spray foam and caulking applications throughout DIS.
    " Ducharme Seating, a leading spectator seating manufacturer, is providing the 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats in the new motorsports stadium.
    The "We Built Daytona" platform is designed specifically for partners involved in the construction of DAYTONA Rising and enables them to showcase their involvement through a marketing presence (once their role in the project begins). The companies join the comprehensive list of "We Built Daytona" partners including Jones Sign Company, Musco Lighting, P&S Paving, Kingspan Insulated Panels, USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), Sherwin-Williams, Big Ass Fans, ROSSETTI, Walter P Moore, M-E Engineers, Schneider Electric, CommScope, Inc., Honeywell and The Integration Factory. Following construction, partners can feature products in-use at the new DIS, providing them with a real-time showroom. Additionally, partners will receive special recognition as "We Built Daytona" partners within the stadium, along with brand exposure opportunities via digital display boards and corporate hospitality opportunities for entertaining guests during major events.(DIS)(1-14-2016)

  • Michigan tickets and camping go on sale Monday: Monday is your chance to get in on all the action at Michigan International Speedway in 2016. Tickets go on sale for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends on January 18. The speedway is making it easy for you to get the best tickets and camping. Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to find the perfect ticket, package or campsite. The first of the track's two NASCAR weekends is June 10-12 with the Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series on June 10; NASCAR XFINITY Series on June 11; and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12. The Sprint Cup Series will wind up its summertime stint at MIS on August 28 with the Pure Michigan 400. The Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation is on August 27. Keloorah, a music festival experience, will take place on the Friday and Saturday of the June FireKeepers Casino 400 and the August Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends at MIS. The music festival will feature multiple bands each night. Keloorah is behind Turn 3, central to many of MIS' MISCamping.com campgrounds. In 2016, fans can see the two-day festival each weekend with a ticket to Keloorah in addition to a Sunday admission ticket or infield or APEX wristband that allows access to the FireKeepers Casino 400 or Pure Michigan 400.(MIS)(1-14-2016)

  • Pocono extends wall at pit road entrance UPDATE: Four laps into the August Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway last season, Kasey Kahne went for a wild ride that ended with a hard hit into the inside wall of pit lane. The impact of the #5 Chevrolet sent helmets of crew members flying and people scattering from the pit stall. No one was injured. The early crash was the third time that weekend a vehicle spun off Turn 3 and slid onto pit road. The first came Saturday in practice with Jeb Burton. Then Ray Black Jr. hit the inside wall in the Camping World Truck Series. Kahne's crash caused damage to the wall that needed to be repaired, leading to the race being red flagged. NASCAR and track officials said last year they were working on extending that wall. Pocono Raceway President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky tweeted a picture to show such an accident won't happen again. The picture shows a longer wall has been installed at the entrance to pit road, right where Kahne's car went sliding through. Pocono Raceway would not reveal Friday how long the addition is but planned to make an announcement about it and other changes next week.(NBC Sports)(1-9-2016)
    UPDATE: Pocono Raceway has added additional SAFER Barriers and extended the pit wall as part of enhancements made at the 2.5-mile track, President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky announced. The pit wall has been lengthened 100 feet and 6,600 feet of SAFER Barrier has been added, Igdalsky said. An additional 5,100 feet of SAFER Barrier will be installed prior to the 2017 season when all outside walls, including straightaways will be covered, he added. "We are always looking to make our track safer for drivers, teams and fans and these enhancements do just that," said Igdalsky. "As cars and technology change and evolve, so do tracks. We are adapting to ensure Pocono Raceway is as safe as possible. We will continue to monitor races and technology and aggressively add safety measures where appropriate." A mild fall and late start to cold temperatures allowed Pocono Raceway Superintendent George Ewald and his staff to complete the large majority of the work.(Pocono Raceway)(1-13-2016)

  • GoBowling.com to sponsor spring race at Kansas: Kansas Speedway and GoBowling.com announced a partnership for the May 7 GoBowling.com 400, Kansas Speedway's annual May NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, GoBowling.com has naming rights to the race that will be featured on a nationally-televised broadcast and other news media. In addition, GoBowling.com will have extensive signage throughout Kansas Speedway and the rights to execute on-site and online promotional activations including regional and national consumer promotions such as bowling leagues, prize promotions and other branding initiatives. GoBowling.com is the go-to website to learn more about the great sport of bowling including information about 3,000+ bowling centers throughout the country. Fans can learn about their local bowling centers, take advantage of promotional offers, watch bowling video tips and more. Kansas Speedway tickets for all events in 2016 will be on sale soon. Kansas Speedway's May 6-7, 2016 race weekend will include the Toyota Tundra 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the GoBowling.com 400.(Kansas Speedway)(1-13-2016)

  • Daytona expects certificate of occupancy to be issued: There won't be a marching band, ribbon cutting, fly over, or slew of dignitaries, but Tuesday is a monumental day for Daytona International Speedway and its $400 million Daytona Rising project. The city's permits and licensing department is expected to sign the Speedway's long-awaited certificate of occupancy for the newly renovated nearly mile-long structure, whose massive makeover began in July 2013. "Starting Tuesday, after two and a half years, I no longer have to put on a hard hat to visit the property," Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We are really close to getting the property in shape and ready to go racing later this month. This is a very important milestone." Is Daytona Rising, which boasts 101,500 seats, completely finished? No. But the heavy lifting is over. "This project isn't really over Tuesday, or running the Rolex 24, or running the Daytona 500," Chitwood said. "It will be a couple of months after the Daytona 500 when we truly get through all the punch lists and all those final items. "Will the public know? No, because it's all internal. You won't see big equipment or things like that. It will really be inside stuff, small changes and tweaks through the events and after." All of the Speedway's new vertical transportation, the elevators and escalators, were certified by the state last week. The city's building department has been doing inspections on a weekly basis because of the size of the structure.(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-12-2016)

  • Pocono Raceway's George Ewald Earns NASCAR Excellence Award: Pocono Raceway Vice President and Superintendent George Ewald was honored by NASCAR Monday when he collected the Excellence in Track Services Award for career contributions in the area of track services. NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton and Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell presented the award to Ewald during the 2016 NASCAR Summit. Ewald, who is in his 46th year of working at Pocono Raceway, has been the Superintendent of the 2.5-mile speedway since the mid-1970s. He started working at Pocono Raceway in the maintenance department in 1970 before quickly being promoted to Track Superintendent in 1975 and Vice President in 1977 by the late Dr. Joseph "Doc" Mattioli.(Pocono Raceway)(1-12-2016)

  • Super Cup Stock Car Series expected to race at Rockingham UPDATE: The Super Cup Stock Car Series is reportedly going to close its 2016 schedule with a race at Rockingham Speedway, the former NASCAR track that's been idle for almost three years. SCSCS has operated for eight seasons, primarily in the northeast but extending as far west as Columbus, Ohio. Its 2016 schedule currently lists eight dates, but half of those are shown as "To Be Announced." The track last hosted racing in April 2013 with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. According to the Richmond County Daily Journal, Farmers and Merchants Bank began foreclose proceedings against owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas, accusing them of defaulting on a $4.2 million loan. The lien has since been assigned to BK Rock Holdings of Stuart, Florida.(Fayetteville Observer)(12-15-2015)
    UPDATE A Union County-based motorsports team is planning to bring affordable racing back to Rockingham Speedway in 2016. James Martin of Level 1 Motorsports said his group is creating a new race series, the X-Cup Series, to race at the legendary track, which will "hopefully" start in April. "They're all gonna be ran at Rockingham," he said in a recent telephone interview, adding it would be a 10-race series with eight events on the 1.017-mile track and two on the infield road course. "We're finalizing the final rules package now." According to Martin, 15 drivers have signed up to run, but halfway through the series he expects to be at full capacity with a field of 32 cars. As the Daily Journal reported last month, the Super Cup Stock Car Series has listed "The Rock" on its 2016 schedule, with a race and awards banquet slated for Oct. 15. Joe Schmaling, the series' director of competition, said organizers plan to "leave the track in October with a confirmed date or two for 2017." The National Auto Sports Association also has an event, the Firecracker Run, scheduled for July 2-3. Craig Northacker, executive director of Vets-Help, announced plans last January to purchase the track and turn it into a center to assist veterans with reintegrating into society. Records show he entered into a commercial lease agreement with speedway co-owner Andy Hillenburg in late 2014. The term of the lease was for one year, ending Oct. 31, 2015, and set to renew automatically unless terminated with 60 days written notice. A copy of a check included with the document, filed in October of 2015, shows the rental fee to be $1. One tentative name for the track is Rockingham Veterans Speedway, though Northacker said a final designation has yet to be decided. He said he wants to keep Rockingham in the name, but would also like to signify the track's new life.(Richmond County Daily Journal)(1-11-2016)

  • Construction of towers to support 'Colossus' screen begins at Bristol: The first phase of constructing the four towers that will support what is touted to be the world's largest center-hung video display started Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway. The towers - which range in height from 190 to 220 feet and weigh upwards of 50,000 pounds per 10 foot by 10 foot section - are needed to support the massive screen dubbed "Colossus." Rentenbach Constructors, of Knoxville, has two cranes from Barnhart Crane & Rigging outside of turn 2 in order to lift each section into place, where a crew of workers bolts the massive pieces into place. The tower piece of the construction is slated to be complete by Jan. 25. Engineers and construction crews are then scheduled to install the cables that will give support to the towers to hold "Colossus" in place. The entire project, including the installation of the giant television, is expected to be complete for the Food City 500 race weekend. BMS officials have said "Colossus" will enhance the experience of those visiting the speedway, providing them with premium viewing that "rivals the sharpness of the outdoor screens in Times Square as well as thunderous, high-quality sound provided via 428 stadium speakers," according to an earlier news release from BMS. See pictures at the Bristol Herald-Courier site.(1-8-2016)

  • Martinsville Speedway Promotes 2016 Season With "It's Time": Clocks tell time and Martinsville Speedway is known for clocks. After all, for more than 50 years race winners at the historic half-mile speedway have received a grandfather clock as the trophy. This year the track will promote the race season with the phrase "It's Time". "Obviously the clock is one of the first things people associate with Martinsville Speedway, so that was the start of it. But there is so much more to 'It's Time," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. "It's time for short-track racing. It's time for family. It's time for excitement. It's time for hot dogs. It's time for Martinsville. It's like we started the sentence, but the fans can finish it." The track's slogan remains "The Half-Mile of Mayhem" and "It's Time" will be used to compliment that. "We've certainly seen our share of mayhem through the years and last year ranks right at the top of the list," Campbell said. "We don't want to get away from that, as our fans can truly identify with it. What we want to do is give fans the opportunity to feel even more a part of Martinsville Speedway than they already do." (Martinsville Speedway)(1-7-2016)

  • Richmond to remove backstretch seats: Richmond International Raceway will remove its entire backstretch of stands prior to the April race weekend. The project will decrease seating capacity to approximately 60,000. Capacity was about 75,000 after the last project a little more than two years ago, and was at 69,000 in 2015 after the venue slowly widened seats. The purpose of the move is to improve the race experience for fans. This is phase two of the track's plan. In October of 2013, the venue removed its Henrico Tower, a portion of backstretch seating. RIR is also changing prices for seats on Turn 2, in order to to accommodate racing fans who purchased the backstretch seat tickets. Those Turn 2 seats will now cost $35, the cost of the seats the venue will be removing. Track personnel is still determine what will replace the space vacated by the removed stands.(WWBT)(1-6-2016)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway & Kentucky Speedway repaving in 2016? UPDATE4 Kentucky to repave: From an interview with Danny James of the Lane Construction Corporation. James is the Mechanical Supervisor responsible for overseeing the paving of racetracks such as Daytona International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway. James is supervising the paving the Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania, VA. During the interview, James said Lane Construction has been contracted to repave Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway in 2016. The video interview which had been on the Dominion Raceway Facebook page, was removed Wednesday afternoon and the same video on YouTube is now private.(11-18-2015)
    UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway posted on their twitter: A repave has been looked into, but at this time, there are not any plans to do so.(11-18-2015)
    UPDATE2: Kentucky Speedway may be due for a repave in 2016, but it's still plenty possible the track chooses to wait out another year with its bumpy surface. That's despite what Lane Construction Corporation's Danny James said in a recent interview circulating social media Wednesday. In a video published to Facebook, James said his company has been contracted to repave Kentucky Speedway and the Atlanta Motor Speedway, both owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. "I'm not exactly sure why he's talking about what we're doing," said Mark Simendinger, Kentucky Speedway's general manager. "If I were him, I'd be more focused on Lane Construction Corporation is up to -- not what we're up to." Simendinger said repaving is something track officials have discussed with Lane Construction and other contractors. "Have we made up our mind with what we're going to do? No," Simendinger said. "We're not going to ask (James) to make our media announcements for us. We evaluate it every year. We're evaluating it right now. That shouldn't come as a surprise."(Courier-Journal)(11-18-2015)
    UPDATE 3: Atlanta Motor Speedway was last resurfaced in 1997 and today is among the oldest racing surfaces on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. While track officials are constantly monitoring the track's condition, there are, at this time, no plans in place to resurface the track. A favorite among many NASCAR drivers, the aged, abrasive surface produces slick racing conditions and some of the fastest tire fall-off in NASCAR. With very little alteration since its most recent repave 18 years ago, regularly scheduled maintenance programs, including filling cracks with pavement preservation products, is performed on the 1.54-mile asphalt surface between races. Mild Georgia winters and the thorough maintenance program have played a key factor in the track's longevity.(AMS)(11-24-2015)
    UPDATE 4: Kentucky Speedway announces it is undertaking a comprehensive renovation of its racing surface which is highlighted by increased banking in Turns 1 and 2 and further includes drainage improvements, additional SAFER barrier, and repaving of the entire 1.5-mile tri-oval. Work has begun and will be completed in time for this year's NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July. "Modifying Turns 1 and 2 will present an exciting challenge to the drivers while addressing issues of the track surface, SAFER barrier and drainage will improve safety, which is always our paramount concern," said General Manager of Kentucky Speedway, Mark Simendinger. The project will be coordinated by Vice President of Operations and Development for Speedway Motorsports Inc., Steve Swift. "We have assembled an excellent team, all of whom are familiar with the demands of speedway construction. I am excited about the finished product as we wanted to present a unique challenge to the drivers. This design, with Turns 1 and 2 completely different than 3 and 4 accomplishes that goal. The big winner will be the race fan," said Swift.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-5-2016)

  • 2017 Daytona 500 Race Date: A schedule on the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds' website lists the Air Demonstration Squadron as conducting a flyover of the 59th Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, 2017. Daytona International Speedway spokesperson Andrew Booth confirmed the date of the 2017 race, noting that the Great American Race currently falls on the Sunday after Presidents' Day. The Thunderbirds also will be conducting the flyover for the 2016 Daytona 500, which is on Feb. 21. The Thunderbirds' site also lists a March 5, 2017 flyover at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but track spokesman Jeff Motley said it doesn't have any firm plans for a 2017 flyover.(NBC Sports)(12-23-2015)

  • Circle K signs on as title sponsor of Speed Street: Circle K has signed on as the title sponsor of Speed Street for 2016 and 2017, and event organizers say the partnership will help improve the overall quality of the festival in Charlotte, NC. That means more driver appearances, more interactive activities along Tryon Street and more musical events, says Jay Howard, president of the 600 Festival Association, the nonprofit that produces Speed Street. Circle K signed on as the title sponsor for Speed Street last year for the first time, replacing Food Lion. Speed Street, which organizers say is one of the largest street festivals in the Southeast, takes place during the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race in uptown Charlotte. The Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street will run May 26-28 in 2016, and May 25-27 in 2017. The free event is in its 22nd year.(Charlotte Observer)(12-22-2015)

  • Dover partners with Delaware Office of Highway Safety for the "Drive Sober 200" XFINITY race: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will once again be the primary sponsor for a Dover International Speedway event in 2016 with the "Drive Sober 200" NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1. This will be the third consecutive year the Office of Highway Safety has served as an entitlement sponsor for a NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Monster Mile. Previous NASCAR XFINITY Series sponsorships have included the "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click it or Ticket races on May 30, 2015 and May 31, 2014. Dover International Speedway will welcome two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in 2016 on May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2. In the spring, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns on Sunday, May 15, preceded by the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday, May 14 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, May 13.(Dover International Speedway)(12-17-2015)

  • Throwback Weekend Returns to Darlington in 2016: Darlington Raceway announced the return of its award-winning throwback campaign for the Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend on Sept. 2-4, 2016. As the Tradition Continues in 2016, the track will be celebrating the 1975-84 era of the sport, which was a time of exceptional growth and exposure for NASCAR. "The track will be celebrating the 1975-84 time period of the sport during our throwback weekend in 2016," Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. "We had tremendous response from the industry last season, which included the race teams, NASCAR, NBC, Goodyear and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, to name a few. This is a fun and unique way to honor the history and heritage of NASCAR racing at one of the sport's most iconic tracks on Labor Day weekend." As the sport moved into the modern era, champions such as Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip, among others, made a tremendous impact on NASCAR and will be celebrated during the Labor Day weekend festivities. The honoring of champions from 1975-84 is just one part of the track's overall strategy to celebrate its history, which enters its second year. Darlington Raceway's throwback campaign focuses on specific eras plus the historic moments and drivers that made impacts at the track Too Tough to Tame. A number of exciting announcements about the pageantry surrounding one of the "crown jewel" events on the NASCAR schedule will be made over the next several months in regards to the 2016 campaign.
    The track's 2015 throwback campaign last season featured a celebration of the early 1970's (1970-74) including the following highlights:
    · 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race teams competed with throwback paint schemes for the Bojangles' Southern 500, the most in any single NSCS event in the sport's history.
    · Kyle Larson won the fan vote for most popular paint scheme with his retro #42 Mello Yello car originally made popular from the movie Days of Thunder.
    · Use of NASCAR's famed "NASCAR International" logo.
    · Goodyear putting the original white lettering on its race tires specifically for the Bojangles' Southern 500.
    · Honored 14 NASCAR Hall of Fame members at the Bojangles' Legends Breakfast, including Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Rex White, Dale Jarrett and Ned Jarrett, among others.
    · 2016 NHOF inductee Terry Labonte served as the Bojangles' Southern 500 grand marshal.
    · Unique food offerings from the early 1970's - pimento cheese sandwiches, sausage perlo and fried green tomatoes.
    · Pre-race concert by rock legends Grand Funk Railroad and National Anthem performance by Nashville recording artist Tanya Tucker.
    · Return of the Southern 500 parade, which took place on Saturday night from downtown Darlington to the track.
    Ticket renewals will be mailed in January so fans should check their mailboxes in the coming weeks to renew their tickets and/or camping for 2016. More info about the weekend and tickets, go to DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(12-17-2015)

  • Daytona International Speedway Lights New Identification Sign: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) held a special ceremony Tuesday night to officially light its new identification sign as part of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising project. Members of the France family helped light the 355-foot sign, complete with 3,619 LED lights. Before arriving at DIS in October, the massive "supersign" traveled nearly 1,500 miles from manufacturer Jones Sign Company's headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The new sign will welcome race fans and guests near the center injector/entrance upon completion of the project in January 2016.(DIS)(12-17-2015)

  • Brickyard 400 Tickets on sale: Tickets are now on sale for a sure-to-be legendary and historic season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans who have not already pre-ordered tickets can visit the IMS ticket office or IMS.com to purchase their seats for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and an action-packed slate of Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR and vintage racing at IMS. In July, the stars of stock car racing will arrive for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 23 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard on July 24. Columbus native and two-time Brickyard 400 winner Tony Stewart will compete for his last chance to kiss the world-famous Yard of Bricks. More info at indianapolismotorspeedway.com (IMS)(12-16-2015)

  • Bruton Smith cancer free: Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s O. Bruton Smith is reportedly cancer free. Smith's daughter-in-law (Cassi Mitchell Smith) spread the good news Tuesday via Twitter. BMS officials confirmed Twitter post saying, "the news from Bruton's most recent screening was confirmed by SMI. Great news!" Back in August, with the speedway as his backdrop, Smith announced that doctors treated him for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier in the summer.(WJHL)(12-16-2015)

  • Speedway Children's Charities Distributes Nearly $2.9 Million Nationwide: Speedway Children's Charities officials have announced that the nonprofit will distribute nearly $2.9 million in grants to more than 390 different charitable organizations across the country in 2015, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $46 million.
    "My parents started Speedway Children's Charities from modest beginnings with the goal of helping children in physical, financial, emotional and medical need," said Marcus Smith, vice chairman of Speedway Children's Charities. "From that first chapter at Charlotte Motor Speedway to now eight chapters at Speedway Motorsports' facilities nationwide, we've far surpassed their early expectations. But as long as there is a need, Speedway Children's Charities will continue working to improve the lives of children by supporting local nonprofits that help children in hundreds of local communities."
    Funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities chapters at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway totaled $2,886,902 in 2015. Speedway Children's Charities raises grant money through various fundraising activities, including clay shoots, track events, auctions, holiday light displays and more.
    "It was a banner year for Speedway Children's Charities, and we can't thank the race fans, sponsors, volunteers, team owners, drivers and staff enough for all of their efforts to help children in need," said Maj. Gen. Chuck Swannack, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "Every single dollar or volunteer hour makes a difference, and these fundraising results will have a true impact to help children in need of a brighter future." For more information on SCC or to see how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.(CMS)(12-16-2015)

  • Super Cup Stock Car Series expected to race at Rockingham: The Super Cup Stock Car Series is reportedly going to close its 2016 schedule with a race at Rockingham Speedway, the former NASCAR track that's been idle for almost three years. SCSCS has operated for eight seasons, primarily in the northeast but extending as far west as Columbus, Ohio. Its 2016 schedule currently lists eight dates, but half of those are shown as "To Be Announced." The track last hosted racing in April 2013 with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. According to the Richmond County Daily Journal, Farmers and Merchants Bank began foreclose proceedings against owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas, accusing them of defaulting on a $4.2 million loan. The lien has since been assigned to BK Rock Holdings of Stuart, Florida.(Fayetteville Observer)(12-15-2015)

  • Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Raises More Than $10,000: Martinsville Speedway took full advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies to raise more than $10,000 and more than 300 toys for Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, through the 19th Annual Martinsville Speedway Christmas Toy Drive. The money raised goes to give Christmas presents to underprivileged and underserved children in the Martinsville and Henry County area. Grace Network Executive Director Tracy Hinchcliff said there are more than 175 children who will benefit from the drive. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell got in on the action himself, giving laps in a two-seater stock car to people who paid $50. Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County is a network of more than 100 area churches that help provide assistance to people in need throughout the year.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-13-2015)

  • Active Pest Control sponsoring qualifying day at Atlanta: McDonough, Georgia-based Active Pest Control will serve as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying day, Feb. 26, as NASCAR returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2016. The official event title is the Active Pest Control Qualifying Day. The Active Pest Control Qualifying Day will feature a full day of high-speed NASCAR action on the historic AMS oval to kick off Atlanta's 2016 NASCAR weekend. Camping World Truck Series, XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series teams will each take part in practice sessions during the day before Sprint Cup Series qualifying revs up at 5:45pm to determine the pole winner and the starting order for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Active Pest Control is a full-service pest control, termite, wildlife removal and exclusion, attic insulation, and crawlspace encapsulation company serving metro Atlanta and Texas. The family-owned business has been operating since 1985.(AMS)(12-12-2015)

  • Daytona adds more SAFER barrier to inside retaining walls: Looking ahead to 2016, [track president Joie Chitwood III] Chitwood says the track will be safer for competitors and fans thanks to additional SAFER barriers and grandstand seats built higher and away from the catch fence. The Speedway had two chilling moments in 2015. Toward the end of the Speedweeks' Xfinity Series race, driver Kyle Busch broke his leg and foot when he crashed hard into the inside retaining wall. In response to the crash, Chitwood said every inside retaining wall around the 2.5-mile tri-oval now has steel and form energy reduction (SAFER) barrier protecting drivers when racing resumes in January. Since the end of Speedweeks, the track has added >8,600 linear feet of SAFER installation, which is designed to absorb the shock of impact of a crashing race car. Then on the last lap of July's Coke Zero 400, which was delayed several hours by rain, Austin Dillon's car launched from the track surface into the catch fence, injuring 13 fans, sending one to the hospital. With the Daytona Rising design, fans will be less likely to deal with catch fence debris in the event of an incident. "With the new stadium, the set-back and raised first row provides an additional element to make sure we have our fans in a safer environment for the racing on the track" Chitwood said. "Whether it is SAFER barrier, the set-back of the seats and height of the first row, I think we have done a really good job for 2016. The goal is to make sure fans have a safe and great experience, no different for our drivers."(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(12-12-2015)

  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to perform flyover for DAYTONA 500: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform the flyover for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21. It will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener after the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that will transform Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world. The Thunderbirds will also commence the 2017 season with a flyover before the 59th annual DAYTONA 500. These performances will mark seven straight years, and eight total, that "America's Ambassadors in Blue" - officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron - will exhibit their world-class talent and precise choreography flying their signature "Delta" formation over the "World Center of Racing" at the end of the national anthem for "The Great American Race." The Thunderbirds feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Air Force's premier multi-role fighter aircraft. Assigned to Air Combat Command, the squadron is composed of 12 officers and more than 120 enlisted personnel serving in nearly 30 Air Force job specialties. They have a rigorous schedule, performing hour-long demonstrations across the United States nearly 40 weekends between February and November. Since the unit's inception in 1953, more than 350 million people in all 50 states and more than 60 countries have witnessed the distinctive red, white and blue jets in thousands of official aerial demonstrations.(DIS)(12-8-2015)

  • Daytona Prepares for Final Month of Construction Activities: With nearly one month remaining until the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising project, Daytona International Speedway is now finalizing key construction activities in preparation for the first event in the new motorsports stadium - the 54th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 30-31. DIS recently completed installation of the trackside tower "WORLD CENTER OF RACING" signage. "Wrapping" of the new Toyota, Florida Hospital, Chevrolet and Sunoco injectors/entrances is also underway. Later this month, DIS will hold a special ceremony to light its new massive identification sign. The "supersign" is located near the new center injector/entrance, welcoming race fans and guests to the motorsports stadium. Additional upcoming construction activities include: "Wrapping" of the "World Center of Racing" center injector, Final inspection of elevators/escalators, Completion of sports lighting testing.(DIS)(12-5-2015)

  • Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell Receives Buddy Shuman Award: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell was honored as the 2015 NASCAR Buddy Shuman Award recipient at the annual NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas. The award was established in 1957 and named for racing pioneer Buddy Shuman. The Buddy Shuman Award is given to annually to recognize individuals and organizations that have played vital roles in the growth of professional stock car racing. Past recipients have included Bill France Sr., Richard Petty, Ken Squier, and Rick Hendrick. "All I can say is I am quite honored to be among the list of recipients of this award," Campbell said. "When I was young I remember seeing the passion people like my grandfather (Martinsville Speedway Founder H. Clay Earles), Bill France Sr. and Richard Petty had for our sport. I got a lot of my passion for NASCAR from them and I just hope that I have been able to share it with others." Starting at a young age, Campbell could often be found at the speedway following in his grandfather's footsteps. When he graduated high school he started working full-time at the track and was named track president in 1988. Martinsville Speedway was founded in 1947 and is the only remaining track from NASCAR's original schedule. "Nearly 70 years since its founding, Martinsville remains a cornerstone of Cup racing, an impressive feat that is largely due to Clay Campbell's visionary leadership and relentless focus on the fan experience," said Michael Proud, director of marketing, North America, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, the award sponsor. "We are proud to celebrate his significant contributions to our sport through this prestigious award."(Martinsville Speedway)(12-4-2015)

  • Darlington Raceway selected 2015 Myers Brothers Award recipient: Darlington Raceway moved forward by going back in 2015. NASCAR's first paved superspeedway paid homage to stock car racing's past when it launched a "throwback" campaign for this year's Bojangles' Southern 500, and the move proved to be one of the most talked about, most popular events of the year. So much so that the program has earned the track the National Motorsports Press Association's 2015 Myers Brothers Award. The award was presented Thursday during the annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers 2015 Awards Luncheon at the Wynn Las Vegas. Given annually by the NMPA, the Myers Brothers Award is named in honor of former NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers. Its' purpose is to recognize individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. Others receiving votes for this year's award were four-time series champion Jeff Gordon and 2015 Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch.
    Darlington Raceway has hosted one or more NASCAR premier series events since 1950. The Southern 500, which returned to its long-held Labor Day weekend date this past season, is considered one of the series' "crown jewel" events. More than 30 cars in this year's 43-car field featured throwback schemes, honoring everything from long-time sponsors to drivers and popular paint schemes from the early 1970s. Several teams got in the act by wearing crew uniforms similar to those worn at the time; concession stand fare included items that were offered at the time and tickets in some sections were even priced similar to that specific time period. Even television partner NBC got in the act, bringing back former announcers Ken Squier and two-time champion Ned Jarrett to call a portion of the race from the broadcast booth. Jarrett's son, Dale - a former series champion as well - joined his father in the booth, marking the first time the two had called a race together. Track President Chip Wile said at the time that the throwback program is "a five-year platform; this isn't a one-year deal. "We felt like if we could get eight or 10 teams on board to really showcase what we're trying to accomplish, we felt like in 2016 we could get more, in 2017 we would get more and so on," he said. "But the response that we've gotten from everyone in the industry has been incredible. It was a fully integrated plan that made our event something special for the fans."(NMPA)(12-4-2015)

  • Drive Your Car on Track at Sonoma Raceway: Fans who've dreamed of taking a few laps around the Sonoma Raceway road course can turn those fantasies into reality, as the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) hosts the 3rd annual Laps for Charity event on Saturday, Jan.16. Race fans and community members are invited to drive their very own vehicle for a few laps around the challenging track, all in the name of charity. This unique experience includes a pre-lap safety briefing with professional drivers, three lead-follow laps around the 12-turn, 2.52-mile circuit and a picture of your car on track. Cost is just $150, and all proceeds benefit kids in need through Sonoma County youth organizations. Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, has distributed more than $5.1 million to Sonoma County youth groups since 2001. A limited number of spots in half-hour increments are now available between 11:30am - 4:00pm. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Participants must be 18 years old or older, and passengers are not permitted. All cars must have shoulder strap seat belt restraints, mufflers and pass a basic technical inspection. For more information or to register for your spot, visit http://sonoma.speedwaycharities.org/events/laps_for_charity/.(Sonoma Raceway)(12-3-2015)

  • Tully's Coffee and Papa John's to feature new branded locations at Daytona: Daytona International Speedway announced that Tully's Coffee and Papa John's International will establish new branded locations at the Speedway as part of the amenities associated with the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The new locations, each measuring 650 square feet, will be featured on the concourse levels and include customized branding and activation for each company. "For the first time ever, we're thrilled to offer dedicated locations for our restaurant partners," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "These leading brands will provide elevated dining options for fans at our new motorsports stadium." Papa John's, the world's third-largest pizza delivery company, will feature four locations within the stadium. The branded locations will be operated by the local Papa John's franchisee group, QS America, LLC. In addition to its new location at DIS, Tully's Coffee, a leading specialty coffee retailer and wholesaler, will become the official coffee of the "World Center of Racing." The new locations will debut in January 2016 during the Rolex 24 At Daytona Weekend.(DIS)(12-2-2015)

  • Iowa Speedway Season Tickets on Sale: Cast your vote for the candidate that exemplifies all that is right about America by purchasing Season Tickets to Iowa Speedway. With election season fast approaching, race fans, and Iowans who support great entertainment, are being asked to "re-elect" Iowa Speedway for summer excitement in 2016. Season Tickets will go on sale to voters beginning Wednesday, Dec. 2. Returning fans can ensure themselves the best seats at the lowest prices by renewing their tickets before the February 24 renewal deadline. Current Season Ticket Holders will receive a letter in the mail as in past years. Season Ticket Packages will remain on sale for new purchases through June 18. Payment plans are available and offer great flexibility to fans who want to spread out their payments. In response to an Iowa Speedway exit poll, Wide Opening Weekend will feature both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series during Father's Day Weekend June on 18-19. The second weekend of racing is a bipartisan effort as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the INDYCAR Series Iowa Corn 300, Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship come together on July 9-10. The 2016 race season will close on July 29-30 with a pair of surging incumbents, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East / West Casey's General Stores 150 and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250, in yet another exhilarating weekend at "The Fastest Short Track on the Planet." Savings for Season Ticket Holders start at over $40 in the first four rows and increase to more than $120 off regular retail prices in the upper grandstands. Packages start at the low price of $99 for eight high-powered races over three weekends in 2016.(Iowa Speedway)(12-2-2015)

  • ISC declines to make proposal on managing Laguna Seca: The International Speedway Corporation has declined to make a proposal on managing Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca according to Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter. The county, which owns Laguna Seca, had been in a 90-day due diligence phase with the Daytona Beach-based ISC, a precursor to any potential management agreement. The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula has managed the track since it's inception in 1957. But the nonprofit organization has struggled financially in recent years, losing its MotoGP motorcycle race. County officials said SCRAMP had been managing the raceway on a monthly renewal basis since early last year while the county considered the facility's long-term future. Potter says he supports suggestion that a request for proposals be issued for the Laguna Seca raceway management/concession contract.(Monterey Herald)(9-17-2015)

  • ISC sees attendance increase at some tracks: International Speedway Corp., saw attendance up for its NASCAR Sprint Cup races during the second quarter of this year compared to the same time a year ago, the company stated this week. The company reported a 9% increase in attendance at Talladega Superspeedway in May and a second consecutive sellout for its Cup race at Auto Club Speedway (capacity 68,000) in March. John Saunders, president of International Speedway Corp., said Martinsville Speedway's Cup race in March also saw an increase in attendance but didn't reveal by how much. He said attendance was down 3 percent for the June 14 Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Saunders said ticket sales were trending up until forecasts of rain for the race. Saunders said attendance was down for Cup races at Richmond and Kansas, citing the weather but did not say by how much. Saunders also said that Sunday night's Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, the August Cup race at Watkins Glen and the August Cup race Michigan race, are on track to meet or exceed attendance expectations. Daytona's grandstand renovation continues and there will be 52,000 seats available for the Cup race. Once the project is completed - in time for next year's Daytona 500, the seating capacity will be 101,000. Preliminary plans are being made for renovations at Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway once the Daytona project is complete, Saunders said. During the second quarter, ISC saw retention rates for ticket sales go from 55% to 58%. "So, we're getting a significant number of first timers,'' Saunders said. "And I will tell you that in our consumer strategies, we very much segment how we promote to those first timers versus returning guests, or tenured guests. But we're seeing the retention rate grow which is good, but we are seeing new entrants into the sport.''(NBC Sports), see full ISC report at internationalspeedwaycorporation.com,(7-5-2015)

  • Stabenow Seeks Tax Sweeteners for NASCAR Track Operators: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is teaming with Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and other senior Republicans in pressing for a permanent extension of faster tax write-offs for operators of motor racetracks, including 29 venues used for NASCAR events. A new Stabenow bill (S 1624) and a similar House measure (HR 1549) by Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., would make permanent the accelerated seven-year time frame for writing off improvements to racetracks. The incentive was renewed in the two-year tax break extension (PL 113-295) that expired at the end of last year. In coming weeks, Stabenow has signaled that she and other lawmakers will press to add her proposal in a tax overhaul plan and will insist on at least a temporary extension of the sweetener as part of a possible year-end tax break extension package.(Roll Call)(7-4-2015)

  • Industry asks fans to refrain from displaying Confederate flag: Statement from NASCAR Industry Members: "As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment. To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events. We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing."(NASCAR with signatories of ALL race tracks of ISC & SMI and many others)(7-2-2015)

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  • Pilot Flying J sponsoring "Battle at Bristol"
  • New Technology Enhancements Part of Daytona Rising Project
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  • Changes coming to Phoenix track?
  • Can-Am 500 to headline November 2016 NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix
  • New Solar Structures at Daytona
  • Daytona International Speedway sign installation complete
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway To Make SAFER barrier additions
  • Kroger Extends Partnership With Daytona
  • New Hampshire considering lights; other uses for track
  • Bass Pro Shops and the National Rifle Association sponsoring Bristol night race
  • New hospitality options available at Daytona
  • Daytona announces PowerShares QQQ as namesake of XFINITY season-opener
  • Tickets for 2016 Coke Zero 400 on sale
  • Firekeepers Casino to sponsor June Michigan race
  • Daytona & Talladega hosting country music festivals in 2016
  • Bristol announces world's largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung digital display
  • Pocono adds XFINITY race
  • Florida Georgia Line to Perform Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show
  • North East Motor Sports Museum Groundbreaking
  • After review of accident, Daytona will not change fencing
  • Pick the president and get 50% off 2017 tickets at Las Vegas
  • Can-Am to sponsor Duel races at Daytona
  • Repaving at Watkins Glen on schedule
  • Canadian Tire Motorsport Park would like an XFINITY race
  • 2015 National Speedway Directory at Race Tracks
  • Racing will return to Mansfield Speedway
  • Disney Speedway to close
  • Motorsports facilities get tax break
  • Tracks report big profits, even with attendance down
  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000..more
  • NASCAR considering multi-year track contracts
  • Racing will return to Mansfield Speedway
  • Closing for Nashville Superspeedway extended again
  • Indianapolis officials planning to renovate track
  • Texas World Speedway set to be closed for housing development
  • Aurora, Colorado considering change that could help racetrack developers
  • AAA Texas to stay as sponsor through 2017
  • Darlington and Bojangles' extend Southern 500 race entitlement
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway Media Center Renamed In Memory Of Marcy Scott
  • Date for Bristol Motor Speedway 2016 college football game announced
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