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)
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)
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Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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
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)
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)
Race Track Seating Capacity / Attendance Chart Page
NOTE: NASCAR has not reported track attendance since 2012
Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals at Daytona: Holiday shoppers looking to gift their friends and family with a first look at Daytona International Speedway's new motorsports stadium will find a wide selection of "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials at the "World Center of Racing." On Friday, Nov. 27 (Black Friday) and Monday, Nov. 30 (Cyber Monday), Daytona International Speedway will have the following $55 ticket package specials available for race fans to select from as they conduct their holiday shopping:
General admission stadium ticket for the 54th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 30-31 with a Rolex 24 event hat and garage access on Sunday, a savings of 21 percent.
General admission stadium and infield access for The Sprint Unlimited/Lucas Oil 200 doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 13 with Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, a savings of 27 percent.
General admission stadium ticket and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access for the Can-Am Duel 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 18, a savings of 30 percent.
General admission stadium ticket and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 19, a savings of 27 percent.
General admission stadium ticket and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access for the PowerShares QQQ 300, the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 20, a savings of 30 percent.
Kids 12 and under are FREE in general admission stadium and Sprint FANZONE for the above Speedweeks events. To take advantage of the "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" ticket specials, race fans can call 1-800-PITSHOP between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/deals.(DIS)(11-26-2015)
Pilot Flying J sponsoring "Battle at Bristol": Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced that they have signed on to be the title sponsor of the Battle at Bristol - an iconic college football game to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The historic racetrack will host a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers and is expected to shatter the existing college football attendance record. This sponsorship represents a monumental company initiative for Pilot Flying J. From securing naming rights for the game - Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol - to using this pinnacle event as a catalyst to further engage employees, customers and consumers nationwide via multiple events, this opportunity will look to further position the company as a destination of choice in the travel center industry. Adding to the excitement, ESPN/ABC is confirmed as the broadcast partner of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, with time and final network to be determined at a later date. This sponsorship will complement Pilot Flying J's current sponsorship of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael Annett's #46 car. Following Bristol Motor Speedway's legendary Night Race on August 20, 2016, the venue will be transformed into the world's largest football stadium for the inaugural Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol game. With a projected attendance of 150,000, the event is expected to crush the previous college football attendance record, which currently stands at 115,109.(BMS)(11-25-2015)
Atlanta Motor Speedway & Kentucky Speedway repaving in 2016? UPDATE3 denied by both tracks: 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)
Speedway Christmas Returns To Charlotte Motor Speedway: Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and the spectacular holiday light show will be even bigger and better in its sixth year. With more than three million lights, a huge infield Christmas Village and the unique chance to drive the track, Speedway Christmas has become the area's best new holiday tradition!
Speedway Christmas kicked off Saturday, Nov. 21. The drive-through show is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Day). The infield Christmas Village, including movie nights on the speedway's 16,000-square-foot HDTV, photos with Santa, a bustling Bethlehem village, petting zoo and more will be open every Thursday through Sunday night.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is located at 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord, NC. Take Interstate 85 to exit 49 (Bruton Smith Blvd.) toward Hwy. 29. Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) for pricing, movie schedules and more information about Speedway Christmas.(CMS)(11-24-2015)
New Technology Enhancements Part of Daytona Rising Project: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is pleased to announce several new technology enhancements as part of the unprecedented $400 million Daytona Rising redevelopment project that will help fans get and stay connected to the latest motorsports information and news. Just in time for Speedweeks 2016, fans will soon be able to connect to Wi-Fi at DIS with the help of ARRIS Group, a global telecommunications technology leader. In addition, fans will get to experience a new and improved mobile app, as well as interactive engagement stations to help guide them around the new motorsports stadium.
ARRIS will provide Wi-Fi access to some of the most high traffic areas of DIS to offer fans more connectivity than ever before. Through a multi-phased rollout, fans will be able to log in throughout the concourses and neighborhoods in the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Fans in the Midway and Sprint FANZONE will be able to connect to the ARRIS network as well. This installation will be complete in time for Speedweeks 2016 with additional areas of the property gaining Wi-Fi access later in the year.
In addition, a brand new version of the DIS mobile app will launch by the end of January to help fans take full advantage of the amenities and offerings that the new motorsports stadium will provide. The updated app for iOS and Android devices will include several exciting mobile features such as Bluetooth-based indoor and GPS-based outdoor turn-by-turn navigation, location-based proximity engagement, and the ability to drop pins to remember certain locations like your parking spot powered by SPREO Indoor Location Solutions. It will also include an interactive GPS facility map and dynamic experiences with DIS Founding Partners in each of the new injectors/entrances.(DIS)(11-24-2015)
Black Friday Blowout Sale Offers Fans Incredible Deals at CMS: Black Friday 2015 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will provide fans a one-day opportunity to drive in the tire-tracks of NASCAR legends with qualifying purchases of race tickets, pit passes or souvenir merchandise. Shoppers who spend at least $50 or donate $25 to Speedway Children's Charities can drive their personal vehicle for three laps around the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway. During the one-day-only Black Friday Blowout Sale on Nov. 27, bargain-hunters will find souvenir items priced as low as $1. Ticket specials include gift cards, half-price pit passes and free pole night tickets with qualifying purchases. The Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office and all souvenir haulers will open with discounted sale items at 8:00am/et. Track drives for qualifying purchasers will take place between 8:00am and 3:30pm. The Black Friday Blowout Sale concludes at 4:00pm. For more information on the Black Friday Blowout Sale at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans should contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(11-24-2015)
Darlington Raceway Offers Black Friday Deal: Darlington Raceway is offering race fans the opportunity to purchase a special Black Friday ticket package for its Labor Day weekend events on Sept. 2-4, 2016. The package includes a ticket to all three days of racing at the famed South Carolina track. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 4, NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Saturday, Sept. 3, and practice day on Friday, Sept. 2, are all included in the package. More info at DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(11-24-2015)
NASCAR defends late-race debris caution in Homestead finale: NASCAR defended its late-race caution Sunday, saying there was a piece of metal on the track, which created led to the final restart. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, told "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the piece of metal was spotted by an official on the flagstand and confirmed via camera, causing the final caution and negating #18-Kyle Busch's significant lead. Busch took off on the final restart and cruised to the win and the Sprint Cup championship. O'Donnell explained the situation with debris cautions in general and the final caution in particular. "We've got multiple spotters out there,'' O'Donnell said, noting officials are positioned around the track. "If fans could go back and replay the radio chatter up to the tower during that race, I'm going to say we had upwards of 100 different reports from drivers calling in debris - many of them about to fall a lap down. We've got to vet a lot of that. We're certainly going to rely on our spotters, who call something in. We've got 20 different camera angles we can look at. We can zoom in on anywhere on the track. Rest assured, we know the stakes are very high and in that situation in the final caution our flagman saw metal right below him in the groove. We looked and we confirmed that it was there and made the call. A car ended up hitting it as they were going around so it went down to the yellow portion of the track. I know television showed a water bottle unfortunately but then came back. When there is metal on the track we're going to make the call each and every time.''(NBC Sports)(11-23-2015)
NASCAR says resuming Phoenix race Monday wasn't policy after reaching halfway: Responding to questions about why Sunday's shortened race wasn't resumed Monday, Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR vice president, said that's not policy after an event becomes official at halfway. "It really isn't," O'Donnell told SiriusXM Satellite Radio host Dave Moody in an interview Monday afternoon. "Fans can ask questions, and it's something we can look at in the future, but for NASCAR, we've advertised the race on a certain date, and if we feel we can get the race in on that day, we're going to do that. We started the race with every intention of believing we could get every lap in, but once it does reach halfway, the policy known in the garage that we've operated on is that's considered an official race. We don't want to always have to rely on that. We're going to make every effort to get all the laps in, but unfortunately, we couldn't do that on Sunday night." Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway was called after 219 of a scheduled 312 laps, making #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. the winner and putting #4-Kevin Harvick, #18-Kyle Busch and #78-Martin Truex Jr. in the championship round of the playoffs with #24-Jeff Gordon. That prompted questions about whether NASCAR should make it policy to run every playoff race to the end.(full article at NBC Sports)(11-18-2015)
Name change for spring race at Phoenix: When NASCAR embarks on its second annual West Coast Swing next March, the ideal way to experience the three-race road trip will be in an RV. Then, join the fun with serious RV owners at the Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
Tickets for the Good Sam 500 are on sale now, with prices beginning as low as $25. In order to secure tickets early and guarantee their seats throughout every NASCAR race at PIR next year, fans can purchase a 2016 NASCAR season ticket, which includes the Good Sam 500 race weekend on March 12-13. Tickets can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223).
"We are proud to continue our tremendous relationship with Camping World and Good Sam with the Good Sam 500 next March," said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. "We take pride in hosting thousands of campers at every race, and with our spring race taking place during Spring Break, partnering with the world's largest RV owners association makes perfect sense."
Good Sam is the world's largest organization of recreational vehicle (RV) owners and is committed to making RVing a safer and more rewarding experience for its over 1.6 million members. Founded in 1966 by Trail-R-News, a small California RV magazine, Club members originally promised to help fellow travelers on America's highways. Good Sam is a sister company of Camping World, who is the NASCAR Truck Series Sponsor and America's largest retailer of RV supplies, accessories, services and new and used RVs. Last year's spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at PIR was named the CampingWorld.com 500.
"We are excited to partner with the Phoenix International Raceway for our Good Sam 500 race as this is also in celebration of our 50th anniversary of serving the outdoor and RV community," said Marcus Lemonis, CEO and Chairman of Camping World and Good Sam and host of CNBC's The Profit. "Camping is such an integral part of the race experience for many fans, and at Good Sam, we look forward to continuing our services for many more years to come; offering preferred rates on insurance, extended warranty, roadside assistance and savings at campgrounds across the country."
The Good Sam 500 will be the fourth race of the 2016 and will take place during Spring Break for virtually every school in the state of Arizona, making it an ideal camping destination for families. Additionally, the Good Sam 500 will coincide with 2016 Major League Baseball Spring Training, giving campers the flexibility to take in a wide variety of sporting events while in the Phoenix area.(Phoenix International Raceway)(11-16-2015)
Changes coming to Phoenix track? After five-consecutive fall sell-outs at Phoenix International Raceway, the track is considering several capital improvement's for the half-century old track - including the possibility of moving the start-finish line to the backstretch. "I think we're going to take a really hard look at our master plan over the next couple of months and start to answer some of those questions about how best to maximize the opportunities here at Phoenix," PIR track president Bryan Sperber said. "If this were a baseball game, we're probably in the first inning of that. So, there will probably be a lot of different things that will surface and will vet a lot of the potential opportunities and land on a really good plan for Phoenix going forward." What's made the backstretch so attractive to fans is how the reconstruction of the one-mile track has enhanced the quality of racing. In 2010, ISC announced a $100 million project that widened the front stretch to 62 feet and expanded the dogleg by 95 feet which increased the radius to 500 feet. Progressive banking was added to the relatively flat track. Turns 1 and 2 were raised to 10-11 degrees, Turns 3 and 4 to 8-9 degrees. Work was completed in tim for the November 2011 race. "The fans love it - what they call the dive-bombing," Sperber says of the action on the backstretch where drivers use the apron to their advantage. "Whoever thought we could be four and five-wide at Phoenix. It's been tremendously exciting. We thought it would be good, but it vastly exceeded even my expectations. We've really been blessed with a great racetrack and I think the next step for us is to make sure the rest of the facility matches the high quality of what we're seeing in terms of the racing."
With the track holding approximately 60,000 fans along the front stretch into Turns 1 and 2, a row of motorcoaches on the backstretch and a smattering of spectators on Rattlesnake Hill between Turns 3 and 4, there's certainly room for expansion. While many tracks are tearing down stands, few areas boast the car culture of Phoenix and the valley. "We've looked at enhancing the front stretch," Sperber said. "We've looked at some concepts, like adding a double-decker stand on the frontstretch. Certainly, the idea of developing some things on the back - were even talked about back in the late '90s - Bill France Jr., even talked about that.(Motorsport)(11-16-2015)
Jani-King named Official Cleaning Company of Daytona International Speedway: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced a multi-year partnership with Jani-King, the world's largest commercial cleaning franchise company. As part of the partnership, Jani-King will serve as the Official Cleaning Company of Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 500. The partnership enables Jani-King to be associated with the historic 2016 Daytona 500, the first to be held at the Speedway's new motorsports stadium (as part of the Daytona Rising project). Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Through the partnership, Jani-King will receive brand exposure via sponsor signage at the "World Center of Racing" and the ability to use the DIS and event marks for promotional purposes. In addition, Jani-King will receive corporate hospitality opportunities for entertaining guests during Speedweeks. Tickets for the 58th annual Daytona 500 are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)(11-15-2015)
Can-Am 500 to headline November 2016 NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix: The November 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) will be known as the Can-Am 500, continuing the brand's expansion into racing sponsorship. The race is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. "We are thrilled to partner with BRP to present the Can-Am 500 next November," said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. "There is a tremendous affinity for outdoor powersports among NASCAR fans, particularly in the desert southwest, that makes this a fantastic fit. The passion, energy and excitement synonymous with the Can-Am brand will be on full display throughout the Can-Am 500 race weekend as the Chase for the Sprint Cup comes to Phoenix." The Can-Am brand, owned by BRP, manufacturer of world-renowned motorized recreational vehicles and engines, will serve as the title sponsor for the popular race on Veterans' Day weekend. It will bookend a year of motorsports activity for the powersports leader, as the company will also serve as the title sponsor of the 2016 Can-Am Duel At Daytona on Feb. 18.
"BRP's products provide superior performance and adventure, which is a perfect fit for being part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with NASCAR fans in Arizona, so many of which are fervent outdoor enthusiasts," said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brand and Strategy. "This is a great time for BRP to participate in NASCAR when the breadth of the Can-Am offering is growing exponentially. Our CEO, José Boisjoli, has promised new off-road models every six months and this is a great way to ensure maximum visibility for the Can-Am brand."
With Can-Am ATVs, side-by-side vehicles and Spyder roadsters, BRP is carrying on a long tradition of performance. More than 30 years ago, the world discovered the Can-Am brand through its revolutionary motocross bikes, and its legend and winning spirit live on - with passion and exhilaration. The fall race at PIR has sold out in each of the last five years; and under the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, PIR's semifinal race in the Chase is the last of the Eliminator round and will determine the final four drivers that will fight for the championship the following weekend.
In order to secure tickets for the Can-Am 500 early, fans can purchase a 2016 NASCAR season ticket, which includes the Good Sam 500 race weekend on March 12-13. Tickets can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-14-2015)
New Solar Structures at Daytona International Speedway: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) showcased construction progress related to FPL's new Solar Pavilion, one of three new structures that make up the FPL Solar Circuit at the "World Center of Racing." The commercial-scale distributed solar power installation at DIS complements the $400 million Daytona Rising redevelopment project. The FPL Solar Pavilion and FPL Solar Patio, both of which are canopy-like structures that will offer shade for race fans, and FPL Solar Park collectively consist of more than 7,000 solar panels generating 2.1 megawatts of zero-emissions energy. The three solar structures will be located in the Midway, Sprint FANZONE and Lot 10 parking area. The total weight of the structures (900 tons) represents the equivalent of more than 500 NASCAR stock cars.
"We're thrilled to see the new solar structures taking shape," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "These areas represent our commitment to providing a better fan experience as well as leveraging innovative ways to modernize our venue." The clean energy generated by the installation will prevent the emission of an estimated 2,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year - equivalent to an average vehicle driving more than 2 million laps around DIS. Once connected to the FPL grid, the solar energy at DIS will help to power approximately 400 Florida homes per year.
"As an avid race fan myself, it's an honor to be part of the extraordinary redevelopment of one of Florida's most iconic sites and tourist destinations," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company. "The thousands of solar panels we're installing here will provide zero-emissions electricity for our customers and the Speedway's operations, helping power races that are viewed around the world. Importantly, our efforts here at Daytona are yet another example of our ongoing commitment to expanding cost-effective solar here in Florida for the benefit of our customers, both large and small." Upon completion of the installation in January 2016, DIS will become one of the top five U.S. professional sports venues in terms of solar energy capacity. The FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway is one of several FPL solar projects that will add 225 megawatts of new, zero-emission solar energy by the end of 2016, cost-effectively tripling FPL's solar capacity and making Florida one of America's top solar energy producing states.(DIS)(11-14-2015)
Daytona International Speedway sign installation complete: Installation of the new Daytona International Speedway sign, which stretches 355 feet, was finished Thursday morning by a crew from primary contractor Barton Malow. The letters, which are made of steel and aluminum, stand 13-feet, 6-inches high. Each weighs about 400 pounds. They were carefully placed on the outer skin of the $400 million Daytona Rising structure, which will be finished in January. "Every day we are excited about things that are in front us and when you see things like the sign being installed, and that final letter goes up, it makes you feel like we are there," DIS president Joie Chitwood III said Thursday. "Even with 60-plus days to go until completion, that was a key element, that signature sign, and I'm really proud of the install. I think it looks fantastic." The sign was placed in the middle area of the new grandstands and be backlit at night. The "Daytona" part of the sign will have multiple illumination options using 3,619 LED lights. The Speedway plans a special lighting ceremony in the near future with the France family, who own the facility through their publicly traded International Speedway Corp.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(11-12-2015)
Atlanta Motor Speedway To Make SAFER barrier additions: Atlanta Motor Speedway will install additional SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier to both its inside and outside retaining walls prior to the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Weekend, scheduled for Feb. 26-28. Installation of an additional 4,742 linear feet of the barrier, set to begin in January, will add protection in areas on both the front and back stretches as well as to inside sections in all four turns not yet equipped. Once the project is complete, the entire outer wall and significant portions of interior areas will be fitted with the protective barrier. "The safety of both drivers and fans continues to be our utmost priority," said track president Ed Clark. "These additions solidify our commitment to providing the safest racing environment possible and the high-quality entertainment experience our fans deserve." SAFER barrier was first installed at AMS in 2004, covering approximately 8,000 linear feet and 75 percent of the outer walls, as well as sections inside Turn 2. The new additions add protective coverage based on the recommendations prescribed by NASCAR and safety officials. Erring on the side of safety, AMS supplemented its barrier system prior to its NASCAR events earlier this year by extending the protective wall at the exit of Pit Road as well as placing a temporary tire barrier along the inside wall in Turn 4. Both those areas will be equipped with SAFER barriers at the completion of new additions.(AMS)(11-12-2015)
Kroger Extends Partnership With Daytona International Speedway: Daytona International Speedway announced a multi-year partnership extension with The Kroger Co. As part of the partnership, Kroger will serve as the presenting sponsor of Daytona 500 Qualifying Day and conduct in-store consumer activation programs across multiple grocery store locations to promote the Daytona 500. The partnership enables Kroger to be associated with the historic 2016 Daytona 500, the first to be held at the Speedway's new motorsports stadium (as part of the Daytona Rising project). Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Kroger will also receive brand exposure opportunities via sponsor signage and promotional display space at the Speedway during Daytona 500 Qualifying Day as well as corporate hospitality opportunities for entertaining guests during Speedweeks. In addition to Daytona International Speedway, Kroger will receive signage opportunities at the following International Speedway Corporation venues during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events: Homestead, Darlington, Talladega, Richmond, Martinsville, Watkins, Chicago and Michigan. Race fans can follow the progress of the Daytona Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com. For tickets, tours and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(11-11-2015)
New Hampshire considering lights; other uses for track: David McGrath is new at the top for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but he already has four years of experience helping the track improve its performance in the Granite State. McGrath, 51, was named the speedway's executive vice president and general manager one month ago, replacing Jerry Gappens. Now he's in the corner office, leading the business that has become the state's preeminent sports and entertainment venue, and one of the top venues in New England. He's trying to find new ways of using the property. And he's thinking big.
He's building on many of Gappens' efforts to expand operations at the 1,200-acre facility. Among the ideas the speedway has been considering is the addition of lights above the 1.058-mile oval track, which is one of the more distinctive racing loops in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Lights, a multimillion-dollar investment, would allow night racing, something NASCAR fans have been asking for, McGrath said. It would need the approval of the town, and the track would seek the approval of area residents. Such a move would also require the approval of NASCAR "and our broadcasting partners," he said.
McGrath also wants to find new ways of using and selling the track, and for bringing more people there on a year-round basis. NHMS already offers numerous attractions besides its two Sprint Cup races, such as serving as host to the Daniel Webster Council's Boy Scout Jamboree in the fall and hosting high-profile motorcycle races during Motorcycle Week in the Granite State. He's considering hosting an Ironman Triathlon or a Tough Mudder mud run, the kinds of events that are held at other venues in the state during warmer months. Also receiving strong consideration is a return of snowmobile racing during winter months.
But most of his work revolves around the major NASCAR events, which fill the 88,000-seat grandstands in July and September each year. He hopes to bring new "decking space" for fans outside of the first two turns of the track.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(11-10-2015)
DAYTONA Rising November Project Update: On Thursday, Daytona International Speedway welcomed the arrival of the LED-lit letters for its new, massive identification sign as part of the ongoing $400 million DAYTONA Rising project. The "supersign" will be located near the new center injector/entrance, welcoming race fans and guests to the "World Center of Racing." The "DAYTONA" text measures 13 feet 6 inches tall and the "INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY" text is more than 12 feet tall, while the entire length of the sign measures 355 feet. Jones Sign Company, a national specialist in the sign manufacturer and sign installation industry, built and transported the letters. During the last week, the letters traveled nearly 1,500 miles across six states (via two semi-trucks) before arriving at DIS. The completion of the sign installation is scheduled for December 2015. Upcoming construction activities include: Aluminum installation for FPL Solar Pavilion in the Midway; Paving of Midway; Step work for injectors.(DIS)(11-7-2015)
Bass Pro Shops and the National Rifle Association sponsoring Bristol night race: The Night Race lights will shine brightly on hunters, sportsmen and women - America's true conservation heroes - as Bass Pro Shops and the National Rifle Association (NRA) team up with Bristol Motor Speedway to create the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Both organizations are excited to align with one of the most iconic motorsports events in the world and unite two great American traditions - NASCAR and the outdoors - while connecting directly with an audience that is passionate about both. Both Bass Pro Shops and the NRA, through its Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee, are deeply committed to conserving the outdoors and recognize the need to raise awareness about the contributions of America's hunters and sporting men and women. For example, hunters and anglers are the largest contributors to conservation in the United States, accounting for more than 75 percent of the funds provided to state conservation agencies. Sportsmen have contributed more than $7.2 billion to a variety of wildlife and habitat conservation programs since 1937 through hunting licenses and excise taxes on outdoor gear. Bass Pro Shops and the NRA are long-time supporters of Bristol Motor Speedway and its parent company, Speedway Motorsports Inc. through multiple entitlement sponsorships at various motorsports venues and with NASCAR race teams and drivers.(BMS)(11-6-2015)
New hospitality options available at Daytona: Daytona International Speedway unveiled the complete list of new hospitality options available as part of its new motorsports stadium. Beginning in January 2016, DIS will feature more than 60 luxury suites with breathtaking trackside views, patio and club seat options and a completely revamped hospitality experience. "DAYTONA Rising is enabling us to elevate our hospitality offerings," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "By moving all hospitality from a temporary outdoor village to a new climate-controlled permanent environment, we're able to deliver a world-class experience." The suites and hospitality offerings will debut during the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 58th annual DAYTONA 500.(DIS)(11-6-2015)
Pocono accepting Fan Council Applications: Pocono Raceway is now accepting applications for their new Fan Council. The purpose of the Pocono Raceway Fan Council is to assist the Raceway staff in developing and improving the overall fan experience at 'The Tricky Triangle.' "Our first two Fan Council classes were very involved and did a great job," said Brandon Igdalsky, President and CEO of Pocono Raceway. "Their input played a role in some of the new initiatives and changes made over the last four years. For 2016, we are adding new features to enhance this program moving forward. We always say we have the best race fans in world, so, we cannot wait to start receiving applications." The Pocono Raceway Fan Council will continue to play a key role in developing and driving new initiatives, including the 'Tricky Awards.' This program will honor race fans at the 2016 NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends at Pocono Raceway. More details about the 'Tricky Awards' will be announced next year. Fans who would like to apply for the Pocono Raceway Fan Council can visit www.poconoraceway.com/fcapply. Applications must be submitted by Monday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59pm/et. Finalists will be contacted no later than Friday, December 18, 2015, and the new Pocono Raceway Fan Council will be announced in early January 2016.(Pocono Raceway)(11-3-2015)
Gordon presented with the H. Clay Earles Award: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell presented Jeff Gordon with the H. Clay Earles Award. The award, given for "Outstanding Dedication to Auto Racing", was established in 2000 and is named for Martinsville Speedway Founder H. Clay Earles. "Jeff Gordon is one of the greatest drivers NASCAR has ever seen," Campbell said. "However, if you look at what he has meant to the sport - the commitment he has made to it and the role he played in helping grow it to a popularity never seen before - that's what I'll think of when I look back on his career and that's what the H. Clay Earles Award is all about." Gordon, an eight-time Martinsville winner, said receiving the award means a lot, for a variety of reasons. "This place is special; more than just the race track. It's what they've done to the track to keep it authentic, to keep the fans engaged. I'm really honored by it." Former NASCAR President Bill France Jr. was the first recipient of the award.(Martinsville Speedway)(11-2-2015)
$10 holds seat for Spring race at Martinsville: The STP 500 is five months away, but it's never too early to make sure you've got your seat locked in for the first short-track race of the season. All it takes to hold your ticket for the STP 500 is a $10 deposit. Tickets for the STP 500 range from $45 to $85. There are also great packages and pricing for families. The STP 500 is the first race back on the east coast after the "West Coast Swing" and the first short-track race of the season. To reserve your tickets for the STP 500 and set up a payment plan, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(11-2-2015)
Daytona announces PowerShares QQQ as namesake of XFINITY season-opener: PowerShares QQQ, has entered into a multi-year partnership to serve as the title sponsor for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), part of Speedweeks 2016. The 120-lap, 300-mile race will be known as the PowerShares QQQ 300, taking place February 20, 2016. PowerShares QQQ" is an exchange-traded fund based on the Nasdaq-100 Index. The events during Speedweeks 2016 will be the first to be held at DIS following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. Race fans will experience new amenities such as wider and more comfortable seats, spacious concourses, escalators and elevators, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concessions and merchandise stands and two new larger video display boards.(Daytona International Speedway)(10-28-2015)
Tickets for 2016 Coke Zero 400 on sale: Tickets for the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the first following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, will officially go on sale Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9:00am/et. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Independence Day holiday weekend classic scheduled for Saturday, July 2 in one of three convenient ways: Online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, by calling 1-800-PITSHOP, or visiting the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building. The new motorsports stadium will feature 101,500 new, wider more comfortable seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social "neighborhoods" and three concourse levels that will span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Reserved stadium seats for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $55. Reserved stadium seats for children ages 12 and under are $20 and kids 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE.(DIS)(10-28-2015)
Firekeepers Casino to sponsor June Michigan race: Michigan International Speedway officials have partnered with FireKeepers Casino, another Michigan-based company, to bring fans the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12. FireKeepers Casino sponsored Pole Day for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at MIS in 2015. Company representatives saw first-hand how well their brand fit with NASCAR fans so it was only natural to increase its involvement in the series. FireKeepers Casino has found all its guests want an authentic experience and there's camaraderie among casino-goers. Last year they discovered NASCAR has that, too, as NASCAR fans share a very similar attribute - they all want to be a part of something big. Through state and local revenue sharing agreements, FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, has contributed more than $100 million to the state of Michigan and to a local Revenue Sharing Board since the casino opened in August of 2009. The partnership with Michigan International Speedway allows FireKeepers to continue its involvement in the community and racing, giving the opportunity to entertain its customers at NASCAR's fastest track. The partnership joining these two brands, both focused on attracting new visitors to Michigan, continues to strengthen the Michigan economy. The partnership includes title sponsorship of the June 12, 2016 Sprint Cup race. FireKeepers Casino Hotel is a casino resort, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek. The property features an 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers also offers a Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 242 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations and multiple lounges and entertainment venues. FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.
Daytona & Talladega hosting country music festivals in 2016: Daytona International Speedway will host the inaugural Country 500 music festival featuring Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, TBA, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson and dozens more over Memorial Day Weekend-May 27, 28 & 29, 2016. The complete Country 500 lineup, including the Friday night headliner, will be released on November 3 and tickets, camping and VIP packages will go on sale to the public the same day. Fans should plan to take advantage of the special early bird pricing ($199) for weekend general admission passes beginning on November 3. Also called "The Great American Music Fest at Daytona," the Country 500 festival will feature the biggest stars in country music spread over three days and nights, programmed on three huge performance stages-all specially designed and built for the festival. Country 500 will take place on the infield of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, a historic first mega-music festival inside the hallowed grounds of one of the most iconic motorsports venues in America. Just as it is for the great races at the Speedway, Country 500 will allow fans to actually camp out in the infield, literally inside the festival. A full-range of camping opportunities is available for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations. Special VIP packages called "Crew Chief VIP Experience" and "VIP Pit Pass" allow for an exclusive upfront, golden-circle viewing area at the main stage with side stage access at the other performances areas plus access to comfortable hospitality areas, private cash bars and many other comforts and amenities. Visit Country500.com for all the Country 500 details.(DIS)
AND: Talladega Superspeedway, one of the most storied motorsports venues in America, is set to host a huge rockin' country music festival over the most American of holidays, Fourth of July Weekend, July 1-3, 2016. Dega Jam, which will take place in the infield of the biggest and baddest race track on the planet, will feature the most popular stars in country music. Spread over three days and nights and programmed on three specially designed performance stages, the mega-music festival will offer fans a thrilling new way to celebrate the entire holiday weekend. The complete artist lineup will be announced on October 25 with tickets and VIP packages on sale to the public the same day. Just as it is for the great races at the Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR's Most Competitive track, Dega Jam will allow fans to camp in the infield, literally inside the festival. A full-range of camping opportunities is available for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations adjacent to the stages. Special VIP packages will allow for a variety of special privileges. VIP packages will be available in limited quantities. Visit DegaJam.com to sign up for the mailing list to receive information on tickets, camping, VIP opportunities and all the Jam details, including a list of participating area hotels and travel packages. (TSS)(10-16-2015)
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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