Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (107 races held)
Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 5 (25)
Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (108)
Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (111)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (14)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (111)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (135)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 9 (90)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (21)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (18)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 2 (4)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (18)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (131)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (91)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (40)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 5 (36)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (74)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (117)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (26)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (90)
Texas: Carl Edwards & Jimmie Johnson - 3 (27)
Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (31)
Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
Daytona International Speedway 135 races (since 1959)
Martinsville Speedway 131 (since 1949)
Richmond International Raceway 117 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 112 (since 1960)
Darlington Speedway 111 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 108 (since 1961)
Atlanta Motor Speedway 107 (since 1960)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
Michigan International Speedway, 91 (since 1969)
Talladega Superspeedway, 91 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 90 (since 1969)
Gordon down to ONE track with no win: After winning at Homestead in November 2013 means there is only ONE race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit at which #24-Jeff Gordon has yet to win, that being Kentucky Speedway. Gordon has won on 24 of the 25 tracks he has raced at in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.
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.com)
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
2. #14-Tony Stewart, 21
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19
4. #5-Mark Martin, 18
5. #18-Kyle Busch, 17
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
Junior Johnson to drive pace car at Martinsville: One of the most successful and iconic drivers in the history of NASCAR will be back behind the wheel for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. And, as he was most of his career, he will be leading the pack. Junior Johnson, a charter member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and winner of 50 Sprint Cup races, will be the honorary pace car driver for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Johnson recorded two wins and eight top-five finishes in just 19 starts at Martinsville Speedway. In a short career Johnson had 50 Sprint Cup wins and 121 top-five finishes. He retired suddenly in 1966 when he was just 35 years old and turned his efforts to fielding cars for other drivers. In 31 years as a car owner, he notched 139 wins and picked up six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-24-2014)
Tickets for the 2015 Coke Zero 400 on sale: On Friday, Oct. 24 at 9:00am/et, tickets go on sale for the 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, July 5. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Independence Day holiday weekend classic in one of three convenient ways: Online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, by calling 1-800-PITSHOP, or visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office. The 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be one of the most unique event experiences staged at Daytona International Speedway. Approximately 50,000 new frontstretch seats will be available for the 2015 Independence Day holiday weekend event with 40,000 seats located on the west side of the structure, from Turn 1 toward the center of the track, while 10,000 seats will be located in Turn 4. Fans seated in both locations will enjoy new amenities being created by DAYTONA Rising, including new and additional concessions and restrooms, the Speedway's first-ever escalators and vertical transportation options, and several new "neighborhood" areas where they can socialize without missing any of the on-track action. The 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend will take place during a crucial period in the DAYTONA Rising construction process, during which the bulk of the frontstretch construction initiatives are scheduled to take place. The remaining seating areas will not be available to guests as they will be under construction.(DIS)(10-24-2014)
Buckcherry headlines Phoenix race weekend: A pre-race concert by the popular rock band Buckcherry headlines a packed entertainment lineup for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. In addition to Buckcherry's performance on Sunday from 11-11:45am on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR stage, race fans at PIR will be treated to performances by well-known local acts Whiskey's Quicker, Harry Luge, Jr. and Chad Freeman & Redline, along with the Las Vegas-based WolfCreek Band. Whiskey's Quicker kicks off the weekend with a performance in SPEED Cantina on Thursday night from 7:00 - 8:30pm Formed in 2011, the Phoenix-based group is one of the most popular rock cover bands in Arizona and has been a mainstay at Phoenix International Raceway ever since. Friday's music lineup is headlined by a post-race concert on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR stage by WolfCreek Band. Harry Luge, Jr. will hit the SPEED Cantina stage on Thursday and Friday from 9:00-11:00pm each night, and again on Saturday from 7:00-8:30pm. Chad Freeman & Redline will headline Saturday's concert lineup, following Harry Luge on stage at 9:00pm in SPEED Cantina.(PIR)(10-23-2014)
Winn-Dixie to sponsor Xfinity Series race at Talladega: Winn-Dixie, a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based BI-LO Holdings, announced Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway it is entering into a new partnership with NASCAR's Most Competitive Track to sponsor the "Winn-Dixie 300" NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2, 2015. With 68 Winn-Dixie stores spread throughout the state of Alabama, the company is proud to sponsor the Winn-Dixie 300 at NASCAR's biggest and baddest track, which opened in 1969. The goal is to make meaningful connections with customers throughout the state of Alabama and beyond by being a part of events they are passionate about. This isn't the first time that Winn-Dixie has had its name on races at the world's fastest speedway. From 1997 through 2001, Winn-Dixie was the entitlement sponsor for the ARCA Racing Series events, and in 2008, had its name on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TSS.(Talladega Superspeedway)(10-22-2014)
Michigan recognizes for leading green power use: Michigan International Speedway officials announced that the racetrack is using green power as part of a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Consumers Energy. The track uses nearly five million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization's electricity use. MIS is the first facility in all of motorsports and one of the first sporting venues in the country to join the EPA's Green Power Partnership and offset its energy use from green power. Michigan International Speedway participates in Consumers Energy's Green Generation Program. This demonstrates a proactive choice to support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. MIS and Consumers Energy are working together to improve the environment through the track and its campground. The two organizations will work together to develop wind, solar and renewable energy at the track as well as identify ways to cut energy usage for the speedway. In addition, MIS and Consumers will plant more than 3,000 trees in Michigan for the two race weekends.(MIS)(10-22-2014)
Michigan International Speedway, MEDC Pure Michigan 400 partnership extended: Two of Michigan's best-known brands - Michigan International Speedway and Pure Michigan - are extending their partnership to host the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Since 2011, the Pure Michigan 400 has proved to be an effective way to bring the Pure Michigan message to 75 million NASCAR fans nationwide. Further brand exposure has resulted from working with nationally recognized grand marshals, including Desmond Howard, Kid Rock, Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart and Olympic gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis. Additionally, MEDC has been able to use the event to host business leaders and national site selectors to showcase the quality of life Michigan has to offer. Each year about 385,000 people visit MIS, generating an economic impact of more than $414 million. Nearly 60 percent of the guests on race weekends come from outside Michigan, making MIS the largest welcome center in the state. The partnership joining these two brands, both focused on attracting new visitors to Michigan, continues what is believed to be the first time a state's branding agency has sponsored NASCAR's premier stock car series. The partnership includes title sponsorship of the August 16, 2015 Sprint Cup race with the option to extend the contract for two additional one-year periods.(Michigan International Speedway)(10-21-2014)
Rockingham Speedway avoids receivership UPDATE: Like a real-life Rocky Balboa' Andy Hillenburg refuses to stay down. After spending the last seven years battling to revive the legendary Rockingham Speedway' the former ARCA racing champion has taken his share of lumps. Hillenburg and his partners returned NASCAR racing to The Rock in 2012' when the track hosted an event on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Trucks raced there again in late 2013' but a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event scheduled for November of last year was cancelled' with the sanctioning body saying that the track "failed to meet its obligations." Since then' there has been little in the way of good news from the Richmond County oval. Until [now]. Battered' bloodied' but unbowed' Hillenburg climbed off the canvas yet again ....' confirming that after a hearing in Richmond County Superior Court' a new plan is in place to save the track from financial receivership. Farmers and Merchants Bank of Salisbury' NC' had asked that the track be placed into receivership as a first-step toward seizing control of the facility and putting it up for auction. However' with the assistance of a group of advisors' Hillenburg has assembled a new business plan that he hopes will put the speedway back on solid financial ground. "We went in front of a judge recently and presented our proposal'" said Hillenburg. "We explained that we need 90 days to perform the necessary due diligence' and he issued a Bridge Order to continue the case until today. Now' he has approved our request' and the speedway will remain in our hands." Hillenburg stressed that the deal is not yet complete' saying' "Our request was for the procedings to be delayed' in order to allow us to assemble a new financial plan. We now have until Jan. 1' 2015 to finalize a workable financial plan with our new partners. Our goal is to return racing to The Rock' put the track on solid financial footing and continue to make a positive contribution to our community."(Godfather Motorsports)(10-16-2014)
UPDATE: The Rockingham Speedway, formerly the North Carolina Speedway, is going to be sold for the second time in less than a decade because its current owners have run into financial trouble. Back in 2012, Andy Hillenburg did what a lot of people thought was impossible and brought NASCAR racing back to a track that it left. The NASCAR truck series came back in 2013, but didn't get a race date this year. NASCAR also cancelled a minor league event there as well. Now we know the track has hit hard times. Court documents now show Hillenburg and his co-owners owe more than $4 million in loans and taxes, and the bank threatened to foreclose. To avoid that, Hillenburg agreed last week to sell or auction off the track. NBC Charlotte was unable to contact the owners on Monday, but court documents say there has to be a sale or auction in place by the first of the year, and a new owner in place by March 15, 2015. Hillenburg paid a little more than $4 million to buy the track at auction in 2007.(WCNC)(10-21-2014)
Kentucky Speedway Accepting Fan Council Applications: Kentucky Speedway is accepting applications for 10 openings on its 2015 Fan Council from passionate race enthusiasts willing to share ideas that fuel our future success. Council members are asked to commit to a two-year council term and are called upon to provide valuable perspective Kentucky Speedway will use to enhance the entertainment experience for guests. Members also have opportunities to serve as ambassadors during special events. An application can be download on the Kentucky Speedway website. Applications sent by U.S. Mail must be postmarked by Nov. 1. New members will be contacted when selected.(Kentucky Speedway)(10-19-2014)
Las Vegas Motor Speedway kicks off Champion's Week with fanfest: Las Vegas Motor Speedway will put the 'fan' in fanfest when it kicks off NASCAR Champion's Week on Wednesday' Dec. 3' at the Fremont Street Experience with a free event featuring all 16 Chase drivers' including the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Beginning at 2:00pm' the drivers will walk a red carpet through the crowd en route to the Third Street Stage. The highlight of the fanfest' which is hosted by Las Vegas Motor Speedway' will be a Win' Lose or Draw-type game show involving all 16 Chase drivers. Fans will be chosen through local media outlets and LVMS social media to join the drivers on stage during the show' which will be hosted by two-time Daytona 500 winner and Dancing With The Stars contestant Michael Waltrip and ESPN pit reporter Jamie Little. The fanfest will mark the first public appearance in Las Vegas by the 16 drivers who qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The week will culminate with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday' Dec. 5' at Wynn Las Vegas.(LVMS)(10-18-2014)
Richard Petty named Grand Marshal at Martinsville: They say the best relationships are formed over time, and two of the longest in NASCAR are the ones Richard Petty has formed with Goody's and Martinsville Speedway. The three will come together Oct. 26 as Petty has been named Grand Marshal of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Petty, whose 15 career Martinsville wins stand alone as the most all-time at the historic half-mile track, will say the most famous words in motorsports when he gives the command to start the engines. "Having Richard Petty serve as the Grand Marshal of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at a historic track like Martinsville is a testament to his legendary career in NASCAR and his long-time partnership with the Goody's brand," said Joseph Juliano, Brand Director, Goody's. "It is a true honor to be associated with the King of Speed, and we are extremely fortunate to have a living legend like Richard Petty on the Goody's team."(Martinsville Speedway)(10-17-2014)
Mixed Martial Arts star Miesha Tate to wave green flag at Martinsville: Close quarters' full-contact action is something mixed martial arts star Miesha Tate does every time she steps into the octagon. Martinsville Speedway is also no stranger to close quarters' full-contact action. The two will come together when the Sprint Cup Series returns to the iconic half-mile track on Oct. 26. UFC's number two ranked women's bantamweight fighter was named the honorary starter and will drop the green flag to start the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-17-2014)
Daytona Rising October Update: Daytona International Speedway held a topping out ceremony Wednesday to install the highest piece of steel associated with its $400 million DAYTONA Rising project and celebrate the halfway point in the project. Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director Jesse Panuccio were in attendance for the important milestone. As part of the event' members of the France family signed and unveiled a special commemorative plaque that was placed at the center of the steel beam (previously signed by the project's construction team). International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy also spoke about the significance of the DAYTONA Rising project. Utilizing special DAYTONA Rising whistles' Barton Malow (design-builder for DAYTONA Rising) joined International Speedway Corporation employees as well as Daytona International Speedway employees and longtime ticket holders for a ceremonial command to raise the steel beam. To honor construction traditions' a tree was attached to the beam along with a massive American flag' Florida's state flag as well as flags honoring Daytona International Speedway and Barton Malow.
DAYTONA Rising Construction Statistics At The Halfway Point
" Surpassed one million man-hours
" Installed 89 percent of the total steel
" Poured more than 105 million pounds of concrete
" Installed 26 escalators and 4 elevators
Nationwide race at Phoenix to honor Disabled American Veterans: Phoenix International Raceway announced that DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will be recognized as the title sponsor of the track's November NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans will be the featured event on the third day of PIR's Veterans Day race weekend. The DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans will be the semifinal race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. With the Nationwide Series title on the line, the green flag will drop at 5:00pm/et on Saturday, November 8. DAV's National Commander, Ron Hope, said this race weekend is a fitting addition to the many events across the country that remember America's fallen, wounded, ill or injured. "This is the time of year our country pauses to reflect on those who ensured we enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted'" said Hope. "This event, in addition to the excitement of attendance for a semi-final event, will make veterans aware of the free services available to them and educate the public on volunteer opportunities and other ways they can say 'thanks' to those who served."(PIR)(10-15-2014)
Marching Tar Heels to play National Anthem at Martinsville: From presidential inaugurations to Final Fours, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Marching Tar Heels have performed nearly everywhere; everywhere except Martinsville Speedway. That is, until now. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced The Marching Tar Heels will perform the National Anthem as part of the prerace ceremonies for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Oct. 26. The UNC Band was formed in the fall of 1903 and performed for the first time at a 1904 baseball game. In the early 1930s the band began performing at home football games and other university events. As they enter their second 100 years of existence, the UNC Bands continue to represent the Department of Music, the Athletic Department and the University at events on campus and around the country. More than 450 students, representing nearly every major on campus, participate in the UNC Bands.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-14-2014)
Warbirds Will Take To The Air Over Martinsville Speedway History will come alive once again, both on the track and in the air, as Martinsville Speedway welcomes back The Warbirds Flyover Team for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Oct. 26. The Warbirds, a group of five former military pilots flying vintage post-World War II-type aircraft, will present the pre-race flyover. The Warbirds have performed since 2009 at other sporting events, including the 2013 CokeZero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins football games, and the Players Championship golf tournament. The Warbirds are based out of the Southeast and are led by Henry K. "Hoot" Gibson, a former naval aviator and Gulf War veteran.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-11-2014)
Auto Club Speedway tickets on sale: On Monday, Oct. 13, race fans can take advantage of early bird pricing for NASCAR's 2015 return to Southern California by purchasing tickets to the Auto Club 400 weekend, March 20-22, at Auto Club Speedway. For as low as $35, you can lock in the best prices and chose the best seats available. And if at some point, Auto Club Speedway offers a different ticket deal that you prefer, you can always switch. Race fans will never be penalized for committing early. To purchase tickets or for more information call 800-944-RACE, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm. In addition to race weekend tickets, Auto Club Speedway also offers several ticket packages to fit everyone's price range.(ACS)(10-10-2014)
Nashville Superspeedway sale delayed UPDATE: The sale of the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon (TN) was delayed at the request of the buyer, NeXovation, and Dover Motorsports has issued an Oct. 25 deadline to close the deal. The Nashville Business Journal reported the development last week, and it was confirmed Monday by NeXovation public relations director Chris Goodrich. It is unclear what happens if the deadline is not met, but it is assumed the sale will be voided and Dover will retain ownership of the troubled Gladeville facility that has sat idle for three years. The Business Journal reported, "The would-be buyer of the Nashville Superspeedway has been given more time to complete the deal." Citing a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the report said the $45.8 million deal between track owner Dover Motorsports Inc. and Nashville-based NeXovation was announced in May. Under the deal, NeXovation is to pay Dover Motorsports $27 million in cash and assume $18.8 million in outstanding bond obligations owned to Wilson County. According to the Business Journal, NeXovation could choose to back out of the deal before the Dover deadline. (full story at the Lebanon Democrat)(10-5-2014)
UPDATE: Tuesday, NeXovation, Inc. and Dover Motorsports, Inc. amended the purchase agreement between them concerning NeXovation's acquisition of the Nashville Superspeedway. The amendment will allow NeXovation additional time to complete the required due diligence on certain survey items. "We intend to close before the end of the year, ideally, as soon as possible", said Robert J. "Robb" Sexton, CEO at NeXovation, Inc. NeXovation has already made a firm payment on the purchase transaction, according to Dover's statements in its recently released 8-K.(NeXovation)(10-9-2014)
Flo Rida to wave green flag at Homestead Nationwide race: South Florida native and rapper/pop star Flo Rida will serve as the honorary starter and wave the green flag for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship finale, the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 15. Tramar Dillard, also known as "Flo Rida," was born and raised in Miami Gardens, located in north Miami-Dade County. He is best known for his hit singles "Low" featuring T-Pain, which was a No. 1 hit for 10 weeks in 2008, and "Right Round" featuring Kesha, which was a No. 1 hit for six weeks. He has released four albums since breaking into the hip-hop scene in 2008, and his music has accumulated more than 80 million downloads worldwide. Flo Rida is currently working on his fifth studio album, set to be released in 2014. He will be introducing his new single, "Going Down for Real" during Ford Championship Weekend.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(10-9-2014)
2015 Pocono tickets now on sale: Tickets to the 2015 NASCAR events at Pocono Raceway are now on sale to the public. In recognition of Dale Earnhardt Jr., sweeping both races this year, a prize will be awarded to 88 random fans who purchase full-priced tickets, within the next 88 days, to 2015 NASCAR events at 'The Tricky Triangle' as part of "The Great Pocono Postseason Pre-Sale." Additionally, fans who purchase full-price tickets within the first 88 hours of the pre-sale will be entered to win a VIP NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver experience. "The Great Pocono Postseason Pre-Sale" will run from October 6, 2014 - January 2, 2015. Individuals who purchase a full-price ticket to either the 2015 Pocono 400 or Pennsylvania 400 race weekends will be automatically entered, per transaction, to win one of 88 prizes. These prizes will include NASCAR driver autographed items, unique experiences and more. Anyone who purchases a full-priced event ticket, during the first 88 hours, will gain multiple entries in the 88 prize drawing, as well, as entry to win an exclusive NSCS driver Experience. For more information visit www.poconoraceway.com/presale.(Pocono Raceway)(10-8-2014)
Logano helps dozens of breast cancer survivors paint the pit road wall pink at Charlotte: #22-Joey Logano and Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith joined more than 75 breast cancer survivors and supporters to paint the pit road wall pink as the speedway kicked off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and race month on Wednesday. "It's a special time because we get to kick off October," said Smith. "It's race month for us here at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it's also a time we can recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So many people are touched by breast cancer and this is a way we can recognize, draw attention and encourage our friends and family." In total, crews used 80 gallons of paint provided by PPG Porter and Glidden Paints to cover more than 6,000 square feet of pit wall. Logano also announced a $5,000 donation on behalf of The Joey Logano Foundation to Carolina Breast Friends, a local community group that provides support and outreach for breast cancer survivors in the Charlotte region. In addition to painting the pit road wall pink in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment, the speedway announced a new entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Oct. 10. For the next three years, the pivotal fall race will be called the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. From knockout qualifying on Thursday to the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on Friday and the only Saturday night race in the Chase, the Bank of America 500, fans can catch all the fun with weekend packages starting at just $99. To purchase tickets and pit passes, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or buy online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(10-2-2014)
Kahne Helps Promote Breast Cancer Awareness At Martinsville: #5-Kasey Kahne is familiar with the curbs in the turns at Martinsville Speedway. He's raced around them, and sometimes over them, for a decade. Wednesday he got a different view of those curbs as he helped 10 breast cancer survivors paint a section of them pink in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "Our curbs are famous in the sport. They are iconic," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "So it is fitting that we paint them pink for such a great cause."
"It's a pretty tough curb," said Kahne, speaking from experience. The curbs will be pink for the Goody's Headache Relief ShotŪ 500 weekend Oct. 24-26. Chevrolet also rolled out the pink Chevrolet SS Sedan pace car that will be used for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. It is part of a larger program sponsored by Chevrolet that includes a contribution of $250 for every lap the pace car leads under caution during the race. "Last year we had 111 caution laps in the October race here," said Jeff Chew, marketing manager for Chevrolet's racing program. "I hate to say keep it up, Clay (Campbell), but keep it up and we'll generate some money." This is Chevrolet's fourth year of raising money for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. To date Chevy's efforts have netted more than $3 million. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-2-2014)
Dover International Speedway to install new catch fence for 2015 season: Dover International Speedway officials announced on Monday that the track will install a new catch fence that will be in place for the May 29-31, 2015 NASCAR race weekend. The process of removing the current fence began on Monday, Sept. 29, one day after the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, is scheduled for completion by Jan. 1, 2015. The new fence will be installed by Smith Fence, a Florida-based contractor that has performed similar installations at other facilities on the NASCAR circuit. The project will incorporate the most up-to-date technologies and stand at 21-feet tall, up from its current 15-feet. "Because the track is known as a self-clearing racetrack, with steep banking, we are fortunate to have never had a NASCAR vehicle become airborne and hit the catch fence," said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "With that in mind, our current fence served us well. But as with anything at our facility, we've been looking for some time to update and improve it. With all of the new technologies and safety advances made in safety fencing, we wanted to do this right." Other improvements at the Speedway in recent years include the installation of SAFER barriers, the widening and lengthening of pit road, new fan care medical facilities and many fan experience improvements. Throughout the summer months, work was completed on drilling for the support structures that will hold the fence. Beginning this week after the completion of the track's 2014 season, demolition of the old fence began, with construction of the new fence occurring simultaneously.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 29-31, 2015 for the May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 30 "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the May 29 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race; and again on Oct. 2-4, 2015 for the Oct. 4 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Oct. 3 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Oct. 2 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(10-1-2014)
Racing returning to Mansfield: It took Kevin Ruic five years, but the longtime motor sports showman will finally promote events at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Racing will return to the half-mile oval in 2015. The Avon Lake businessman said he reached a deal in principal with MMP owner Grant Milliron to bring up to six special events to track. Attempts to reach Milliron were unsuccessful. The nature of those events is still to be determined, but Ruic said a three-day tractor pull, a monster truck and thrill show, a supermodified and sprint car event, a July 4 fireworks show and a rodeo could be possible for 2015. Bringing in major events such as NASCAR or ARCA are not in the plans.(full story at the Mansfield News Journal), Mansfield Motorsports Park held five Camping World Truck Series one each season from 2004-2008.(9-29-2014)
Lights coming to Dover track? UPDATE No Could night racing at Dover International Speedway become a reality? We have no idea, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. sure did spot something interesting on Thursday. Per Dale Earnhardt Jr's twitter (see image there): "I see foundations for light poles." There hasn't been any kind of announcement from the track to suggest that night racing is in Dover's immediate future.(FoxSports)
UPDATE: from a Dover International Speedway twitter: "We thought people would think that but didn't think you'd be first! It's actually for a new catch fence we're installing in 2015."(9-26-2014)
Dover to remove seats? n 2001, Dover International Speedway completed an expansion of the grandstand that had been ongoing for 16 years. The result: 135,000 seats for NASCAR fans. But since the economy crashed in 2008, NASCAR tracks across the country have battled sagging attendance, a problem that has been all too apparent on TV broadcasts showing rows and rows of empty seats. In recent years, track officials have covered some of those empty sections with large banners. Now, Dover officials are considering removing some seats entirely. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment and Dover Motorsports Inc., said there is "serious consideration" of removing seats. In 2011, the track cut capacity from 135,000 to 113,000 by widening seats. Company officials would not say when a decision would be finalized. A lot of factors, like sight lines to the track and restroom placement, have to be taken into account.(in part from USA Today)(9-26-2014)
Larson joins Green Flag Experience at Martinsville: Last fall Kyle Larson made his Martinsville Speedway debut. When the talented rookie returns this fall, he will be a part of the Green Flag Experience prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Oct. 26. Larson, who is not only contending for Rookie of the Year honors, but also for wins week in and week out, will join Chase contenders Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with Jamie McMurray and David Ragan for the question-and-answer portion of the Green Flag Experience. The Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions with each individual driver and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, enjoy music, games and prizes along with show cars and simulators, plus doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30. The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-21-2014)
Chuck Liddell to drive pace car at Phoenix: Former UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official Toyota Pace Car at the start of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov 9. Liddell's appearance was the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. As the official pace car driver for the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the 44-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval. Regarded as one of the greatest light heavyweights in the history of professional mixed martial arts, Liddell quickly gained recognition as an elite fighter, rising to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world, and inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009. Now as a husband, father, and superstar, Liddell is able to inspire others through his recent autobiography titled "Iceman: My Fighting Life," published in 2008, as well as traveling all over the world for public speaking engagements and promotional events. In addition to his duties behind the wheel, Liddell will make a promotional appearance at PIR prior to the race on Sunday, Nov 9. Tickets for the Quicken Loans Race of Heroes 500 on Nov. 9 start at just $25. For tickets and information, visit PhoenixRaceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(9-14-2014)
Mansfield Motorsports Park could open again: The track hasn't hosted a race since 2010, and it hasn't been home to multiple events since 2008. Mansfield Motorsports Park remains dormant, but owner Grant Milliron said there might be something in the works for next year for the half-mile paved oval on the north side of town. Milliron, who bought the track at a sheriff's sale in the winter of 2013, said he's had a discussion with a longtime promoter about bringing "five or six events" to the track. Those could be races, stunt shows or something else entirely, but the goal is that the events would attract 5,000 to 10,000 fans. If a deal cannot be struck, Milliron said he will look to market the track to sell. He bought it and 177 acres of land it sits on for $800,000, after former owner Mike Dzurilla lost it for owing $308,000 in taxes. If he does sell, Milliron said he wants the land to remain a motor sports facility and is hoping to sell it to someone who would keep it a race track.(Mansfield News Journal)(9-11-2014)
Behind the scenes tour available at Michigan: Take a behind the scenes tour of the fastest track in NASCAR - Michigan International Speedway. It is the perfect opportunity to learn how a track prepares for a race and operates all year long. MIS is offering tours to all guests to get a behind the scenes view of the racing facility. Fans still have two more chances to take advantage of this special opportunity. The tours are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 16 beginning at 1:30pm. The tour ($5 per person) will last approximately an hour and a half and will be guided by a knowledgeable MIS staff member. The day is limited to 50 people and you can reserve your spot now by calling (800) 354-1010. Your ticket will be mailed to you. All proceeds benefit MIS Cares, MIS' official charity. Now is your chance to experience the slope of the 18 degrees of banking in the corners. The tour will take fans on one trip around the oval before moving onto the road course depending on track activity. You will have the opportunity to experience what the banking feels like heading into Turn 1 and imagining what the drivers see at over 200 MPH. Guests will be taken to the interior of the track through the infield tunnel entrance before stopping off at the media center. Take a seat in the deadline pressroom and imagine yourself asking a driver a question for a story. While in the infield you will see the Pit Road Suites and then go to the roof to get a view of the entire track. The tour will stop at the Tower behind the grandstands as the guests ride the elevator to a spot high above the track. You will see the remolded Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union. Guests will also see the Skylounge Suites where you not only see the entire racing surface, but the expanse of the facility. In addition, the fans will see the campgrounds, including the MIScamping.com APEX RV Park overlooking Turn 3 and 4. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available, but the tour is limited to 50 people so get your ticket early.(MIS)(9-11-2014)
NC Supreme Court hears CMS lawsuit suit: Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports get one more crack at convincing North Carolina judges it should be allowed to sue Cabarrus County over $80 million in tax breaks. A lower state court last year rejected the position of Speedway Motorsports Inc. A three-judge state Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously in October 2013 that there was never a binding contract for the money to help build a new drag strip and make [Charlotte Motor] speedway upgrades. The N.C. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about whether the lawsuit was dismissed improperly, as Speedway Motorsports claims. Smith had threatened in 2007 to move the speedway if he didn't get the tax breaks.(see full story at the Independent Tribune)(9-9-2014)
Richmond fence climber arrested, charged: An unidentified fan made it all the way to the top of the catchfence in Turn 4, bringing out a caution during Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400. Richmond International Raceway spokeswoman Aimee Turner said the unidentified fan was arrested by Henrico County police and charged with disorderly conduct and being drunk in public. The fan sat atop the fence while the 42-car field zoomed underneath him at speeds upward of 120 mph. Asked how the fan got past security to climb the fence, Turner said the track will "review safety measures with Henrico (County) police and NASCAR." She said officers were stationed along the fence in front of the grandstands. One of those officers can be seen in photos on social media looking the opposite direction as the fan sits atop the fence. A video shows the fan getting past a cordoned area and climbing. The caution lights did not come on until after the climber had begun his descent, after sitting atop the fencing for several minutes. Police officers surrounded him at that point.(more at the USA Today)(9-7-2014)
Darlington and Bojangles' extend Southern 500 race entitlement: Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits announced a five-year extension of their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race entitlement partnership. The partnership, which began in 2012, will continue to bring two iconic southern brands together through the 2019 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. "This extension says a great deal about the strong year-round partnership Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' have enjoyed since 2012," said track President Chip Wile. "Both Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' continue to see tremendous value through this partnership. We are honored to extend our working relationship with them through the 2019 season."
"Bojangles' is thrilled to continue our partnership with Darlington Raceway for the next five years," said Bojangles' President and CEO Clifton Rutledge. "Like Darlington, Bojangles' has deep roots in the South and pride ourselves on a tradition of bringing people together, especially over Labor Day Weekend. We look forward to helping create an unforgettable Bojangles' Southern 500 experience for years to come, an experience where the taste of Bojangles' traditional Southern recipes serves as the perfect complement to the sights and sounds of the legendary 'Lady in Black'. We thank Darlington Raceway, ISC and NASCAR for making this possible."
The extension of the partnership between Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' comes at a time when the Bojangles' Southern 500 is returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend in 2015. "Our Labor Day weekend race was a cornerstone of the NASCAR schedule for 53 years. With our event returning to our historic weekend in 2015, we have some really exciting things in store that celebrate our past while continuing to look towards the future," Wile said. "Bojangles' and Darlington Raceway are true iconic Southern brands and we are proud of what we have built and will continue to accomplish together."
Since the original agreement in 2012, Bojangles' has opened more than 100 company and franchise-operated restaurants throughout the Southeast, now boasting more than 600 locations. The chicken n' biscuits brand serves traditional Southern recipes with its own unique flavors, a simple concept that has cultivated a loyal customer base and now drives its increasing popularity and steady expansion throughout the Southeast, including nontraditional locations and sports venues.
This partnership gives Bojangles' the opportunity to serve its famous Chicken Supremes, Cajun Filet Sandwich, Seasoned Fries and Legendary Iced Tea at Darlington Raceway. These menu items will also be served at three other tracks owned and operated by International Speedway Corp.: Daytona, Talladega and Richmond.
Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' have enjoyed a year-round partnership, which has touched a variety of annual community initiatives both entities support including the following:
· Bojangles' is the official sponsor of the Darlington Marathon, held on Sept. 26-27.
· Bojangles' is a partner for the track's Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show, held annually in November.
· Bojangles' has donated items for the track's local drives benefiting Darlington area food banks.
· Darlington Raceway annually supports the Bojangles' Golf Outing benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Both parties unveiled a new Bojangles' Southern 500 event logo at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 is scheduled for September 6, 2015 on NBC.(Darlington Raceway)(9-5-2014)
Bristol IRWIN Tools Night Race driver intro songs: It's tradition at Bristol Motor Speedway for drivers to select a song to be played when they are introduced before the race. Here is the list of driver songs as given to Motor Racing Network. Drivers are listed in alphabetical order (based on last name) with their song and the performer.
Justin Allgaier ... "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" by Fall Out Boy
AJ Allmendinger ... "Here Comes the Boom" by Nelly
Aric Almirola ... "Hot Dog!" by They Might Be Giants
Marcos Ambrose ... "Highway to Hell'' by AC/DC
Michael Annett ... "Bernie Dance (Bernie Song)
Greg Biffle ... "Changes" by David Bowie
Dave Blaney ... "7 Nation Army" by White Stripes
Alex Bowman ... "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio
Clint Bowyer ... "Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson
Jeff Burton ... "Bartender Song (Sittin' at a Bar)'' by Rehab and Hank Williams Jr.
Kurt Busch ... "Outlaws Like Me" by Justin Moore
Kyle Busch ... "Rowdy Busch"
Landon Cassill ... "Introducing the Icon" by Riff Raff
Austin Dillon ... "The Stroke" by Billy Squire
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ... "Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction
Carl Edwards ... "Let the Night Roll" by Justin Moore
David Gilliland ... "Small Town Throwdown" by Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore
Jeff Gordon ... "Moonshine in the Truck" by Brad Paisley
Denny Hamlin ... "0 to 100" by Drake
Kevin Harvick ... "Pass a Beer" by Jake Owen
Jimmie Johnson ... "Let the Good Times Roll" by the Cars
Kasey Kahne ... "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
Matt Kenseth ... "1000 HP" by Godsmack
Brad Keselowski ... "Turn Down for What'' by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Kyle Larson ... "Good Times, Bad Times" by Led Zepplin
Joey Logano ... "O Fortuna"
Michael McDowell ... "Thrive" by Casting Crowns
Jamie McMurray ... "Wild Side" by Motley Crue
Casey Mears ... "American Kids" by Kenny Chesney
Paul Menard ... "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden
Brett Moffitt ... "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
Ryan Newman ... "Let the Night Roll" by Justin Moore
Danica Patrick ... "Somethin' Bad" by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
David Ragan ... "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ... "Ain't Going Down Til the Sun Comes Up'' by Garth Brooks
David Stremme ... "Ready Set Roll" by Chase Rice
Martin Truex Jr. ... "Outsiders" by Eric Church
Ryan Truex ... "Dammit" by Blink 182
Brian Vickers ... "Beast of Burden" by the Rolling Stones
Cole Whitt ... "Tell the World" by Lacrae
Josh Wise ... "The Distance" by Cake
JJ Yeley ... "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns and Roses
No information available for Reed Sorenson.(MRN / NASCAR.com)(8-24-2014)
Watkins Glen plans on safety improvements: This year's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International once again also featured a violent multi-car wreck -- something that has been a trend over the past few years at WGI. This time the incident occurred exiting the Carousel corner, when Ryan Newman's #31 hit the Armco barrier before shooting across the track and into the path of Michael McDowell's #95. After the two cars made contact, McDowell's car lifted in the air, hitting another Armco barrier, leaving a hole in the wall and causing a lengthy delay as crews made repairs. While both drivers were able to walk from their cars, Newman -- among other drivers -- heavily criticized the state of safety around WGI, saying the track has not adapted to the changes in safety developed over the years. Throughout the years, Watkins Glen has made a number of changes to the track, run-off areas and walls with the goal being to produce safer racing, including in the area of the track where Newman's incident occurred. After hard wrecks by the late Jason Leffler in the Nationwide Series and Sam Hornish Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series, the track paved the grass that was next to the track and adjusted the wall and barriers where both Leffler and Hornish had hit.
For WGI track president Michael Printup, "safety is obviously paramount" to WGI, saying the best thing about the Newman-McDowell incident was that all drivers walked away and nobody had to go to the hospital. While admitting there always is room for improvement and innovation, Printup said he does not fully agree with Newman's tough words. "I think Ryan's a little off in his harsh criticism, because it that was a SAFER wall -- like Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. said, you don't want to be hitting concrete," he pointed out. "Concrete stops you, the barrier gave; but there are definitely issues we have to address." For the record, Earnhardt Jr. actually called for concrete and SAFER barriers in that section of track, saying the Armco barriers were not enough.
"I'd love to have some concrete walls and SAFER barriers but it's a lot of concrete that would have to be put up here," Earnhardt Jr. said during the race's red-flag period that day. "We've been running through guardrails for 50 years, so I don't think they've got them perfected. They do the best they can and we're going way faster here than we used to go and so when the car bounces back out on the race track it's hard to avoid. And you're going to get slung into the guardrail and hit that thing harder than you would expect, but I don't know what else they can do. It would be too expensive to put walls around it and SAFER barriers and all that stuff. You trust in what they're doing and I'm glad nobody is hurt."
Printup indicated after that after the race at The Glen, he flew to International Speedway Corp. headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla., and spent three days working with ISC president John Saunders and the design team to address the issue. "We'll get the University of Nebraska up there, we'll get NASCAR up there, we're going to evaluate everything we can," he said. "We'll do whatever we need to do to make sure it is the safest track we can." While driver input is always a valuable resource when looking at safety innovations, Printup indicated they have to marry that up with the University of Nebraska safety experts, and let them take the lead. Hosting only one NASCAR race a year, Watkins Glen also features a host of other racing series, all of which use "the boot" section of the track that NASCAR does not. Any safety innovations implemented with an eye to the NASCAR weekend will also have implications for the other racing series as well. "There was some curbing there that made the back of that car hop. A lot people can't see it. It's a black-and-white checkered curbing that is about a seven-inch curb rise. So when the car hits it, it pops it up. So that was one thing we have to look real hard at and see if maybe that curbing doesn't need to be there. But for the road-course guys who race the boot, they want that curbing there. So, we have to figure out that happy medium." Serving as track president since June 2009, Printup understands that his lone NASCAR weekend each year has to not only put on a good show on the track, but also be accommodating for everyone involved -- and the results show his team is doing its best to get the job done.(in part from FoxSports)(8-22-2014)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Media Center Renamed In Memory Of Marcy Scott: Atlanta Motor Speedway has announced that the infield media center has been named in memory of Marcy Scott, the track's late Director of Marketing & Promotion. The building will be known as the Marcy Scott Media Center. Scott was the Director of Marketing & Promotion for Atlanta Motor Speedway from 2005 until she passed away last November following a lengthy and courageous fight with cancer. She was also the fourth quarter recipient of the NMPA's 2013 Spirit Award. "I cannot think of anything more fitting to name in Marcy's honor than the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center," Atlanta Motor Speedway President & GM Ed Clark said. "Marcy's charisma, passion for racing and overall outlook on life continue to improve all of us at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's very appropriate that many of the same people that hold such a high regard for Marcy will be working out of a building named in her honor while they are at Atlanta Motor Speedway race weekend."(AMS)(8-15-2014)
Texas 500 tickets on sale: The new town of No Limits, Texas, officially will be open for business beginning Friday, Aug. 15, as individual tickets go on sale to the general public for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. Beginning at 9:00am/ct, individual frontstretch tickets for the AAA Texas 500 - the eighth race of the revamped 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2 - will be available starting as low as $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 - which also includes Sprint Cup Series qualifying - on Friday, Oct. 31, and the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 1, also will be on sale with prices beginning at $30. Texas Motor Speedway also has created several ticket packages that cater from the novice to the staunch NASCAR fan.(TMS)(8-14-2014)
"Ultimate Viewing Experience Ticket Package" at Talladega How do race fans get one of the best views in all of NASCAR, complete with a device that allows them to get immediate race updates from the palm of their hand, at an unbelievable price? The simple answer - Talladega Superspeedway's "Ultimate Viewing Experience Ticket Package." The package, which includes a 2-Day Tri-Oval Tower ticket (high atop the frontstretch grandstands) for both the Saturday, October 18, fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Sunday, Oct. 19 GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series event, is complete with a FanVision device for only $170.00, a $50 package savings. FanVision allows fans to get an up close and personal feel with world-class live video streaming - video and audio of live race broadcasts, instant replays, scanners to listen directly to driver-team communications, review real-time stats, in-car views with eight different cameras and access to other live-action features.(TSS)(8-13-2014)
NASCAR tracks rev up lobbying for tax break: Racetrack owners are revving up their efforts to protect the "NASCAR tax break" from critics who portray it as pure corporate pork. The provision, which allows motor sports tracks to use a shorter depreciation schedule, is among the more than 50 tax preferences that expired at the end of 2013 after Congress failed to pass a so-called "extenders" bill. Fiscal watchdogs say the motor sports tax break, enacted in 2004, is the kind of narrow giveaway that gives the U.S. tax code a bad name, and lump it in with other extenders provisions that support the Puerto Rican rum industry and thoroughbred horses. With that in mind, motor sports officials have accelerated their own lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill to battle back against a shorthand - "NASCAR tax break" - they say is misleading. John Saunders, the president of the International Speedway Corporation (ISC), acknowledged that motor sports advocates have a tough fight against "a sexy sound bite."
"It's an asterisk in the extenders, yet it gets all this attention, mischaracterized," said Saunders, whose company owns the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and about a dozen other NASCAR tracks. Congress is expected to restore at least some of the expired tax provisions by the end of the year, and motor sports companies are employing high-priced K Street talent to help them land in the winner's circle. There are roughly 1,200 auto racetracks in the U.S., according to industry advocates, the vast majority of which are small, local operations that aren't affiliated with the big leagues of NASCAR. Allowing those tracks to write off costs over a seven-year span lets them pour money back into their businesses, racetrack advocates say, spurring economic growth in individual communities around the country.(see full article at The Hill)(7-16-2014)
Ford extends sponsorship of Homestead race thru 2019: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that there is a Ford in their future. Ford Motor Company has extended its partnership with the South Florida motorsports facility in a multi-year deal. Ford Motor Company has been the official entitlement sponsor of Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2002. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer, Ford Executive Vice President and President of the Americas Joseph Hinrichs, and Director of Ford Racing Jamie Allison made the announcement. The partnership was announced at Michigan International Speedway. Ford Motor Company's agreement with Homestead-Miami Speedway is a five-year deal with an option to renew for an additional five years. Other details were not disclosed. Ford will continue to introduce fans to its award-winning product line, such as F Series trucks, Mustang, Explorer and Fusion through a 20,000-square-foot display during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 14-16. Ford also uses the official pace car program as an opportunity to showcase its latest products, and will announce the unique pace vehicle for the Ford EcoBoost 400 later this year. The Ford EcoBoost 400 will again serve as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race (HMS)
AND from a Ford Racing Q&A Session in part:
Q) IS THERE A GUARANTEE FROM NASCAR THAT THIS WILL REMAIN THE FINALE FOR TRUCK, NATIONWIDE AND CUP THROUGH 2019?
HMS's Becherer: "We've spent the better part of a year renegotiating this extension and we would not have expended the time and energy that we did had we thought there was any chance that the championship could be leaving Miami in the near future. Now having said that, obviously there are a number of stakeholders that would have to weigh in to a decision of that magnitude. The loudest voice in that conversation is NASCAR's, but the reality is we would not have gone down the path we did if we thought there was a chance that it would leave. And frankly it shouldn't leave."(Ford Racing)(6-16-2014)
Virginia Lottery Pole Day Sponsor For Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500: The Virginia Lottery will sponsor pole day at Martinsville Speedway for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Virginia Lottery Pole Day is scheduled for Friday, October 24 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will qualify for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia's public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-5-2014)
NASCAR ticket sales see smaller drop in 2013: Ticket revenues at NASCAR tracks continued to decline in 2013, but at a slower rate than in previous years, federal security filings show. Attendance at NASCAR's three publicly traded companies - which host 35 of the 38 race weekends (36 points races and two special events) - dropped for a sixth consecutive year:
" Admission revenue at Charlotte-based Speedway Motorsports Inc., fell 8.6% to $106 million. That's an improvement from an 11% decline in 2012.
" International Speedway Corp., the country's largest track operator and owner of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, lost 4.6% of its admission revenue to $129.8 million after losing 6% in 2012.
" Delaware's Dover Motorsports, which lost nearly a quarter of its admissions revenue for its two NASCAR race weekends in 2012, had a decline of 8.7% to $9.5 million.
Overall, revenues of $245.4 million are down 47% from their peak of $467.4 million in 2007.(in part from the Charlotte Observer)(5-24-2014)
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