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 (113)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (112)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (137)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 10 (91)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (16)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (22)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (19)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski & Kyle Busch - 2 (5)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (19)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (133)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (93)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (42)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 7 (38)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (76)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (119)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (27)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (92)
Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (29)
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 133 (since 1949)
Richmond International Raceway 119 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 113 (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, 92 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 91 (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Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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
2. #14-Tony Stewart, 21
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19
4. #18-Kyle Busch, 18
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)
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NOTE: NASCAR has not reported track attendance since 2012
Texas Motor Speedway Announces 2016 Racing Schedule: Texas Motor Speedway will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016 by continuing to hold the distinction as the only motorsports venue that has hosted all three top-tier NASCAR Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series since its inception. The 2016 schedule will feature two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series to go along with the only stop in Texas for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader in April and AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader in November will sandwich the traditional INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader in June.
The season will open April 7-9 with the Duck Commander 500 weekend featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series. The weekend is highlighted by qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series as well as the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 8, and the first Saturday night race of the Sprint Cup season with the Duck Commander 500 on April 9.
The Firestone 600 enjoys its 20th anniversary as an INDYCAR/NASCAR combination event dating to Texas Motor Speedway's inaugural year in 1997 when it returns June 9-11. The weekend features qualifying day for the Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, June 10, that will be followed that evening by the running of the Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400. The Firestone 600, the weekend's marquee event known as "America's Original Nighttime IndyCar Race," will run on Saturday, June 11.
The Texas Motor Speedway racing season concludes Nov. 3-6 with a NASCAR tripleheader that includes a pivotal Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the Eliminator Round of the playoff-style format. The AAA Texas 500, set for Sunday, Nov. 6, will be the middle event of the three-race segment (Martinsville and Phoenix are the other races) that will determine the four drivers of the eight remaining in championship contention that will earn the right to vie for the Sprint Cup Series crown at the season finale in Homestead.
The race weekend also features Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series qualifying followed by the Camping World Truck Series Longhorn 350 race on Friday, Nov. 4., and XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge qualifying and race on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Season tickets go on sale beginning Monday, Nov. 2, and start as low as $199 for adults and $139 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets for the Duck Commander 500 and Firestone 600 weekends go on sale Feb. 12 and the on-sale date for the 2016 AAA Texas 500 weekend will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(10-3-2015)
'The Big One on the Blvd' at Talladega is NASCAR'S Biggest Party: As anticipation continues to grow among both drivers and fans alike for NASCAR'S premier off-track party, "The Big One on the Blvd," on Friday, Oct. 23, Talladega Superspeedway announced a lineup of outrageous fun with sights only able to be seen at NASCAR's "Party Capital". Fans attending this Friday night extravaganza have the possibility to join some fierce competitors for never before seen fan competitions, where fans will have a chance to not only win a lifetime of bragging rights but a unique Talladega inspired trophy to commemorate each event. Participants are encouraged to wear their most creative of outfits to stand out in front of NASCAR's top drivers for a Costume Contest. Fans can also attempt to eat their way through as many of the track's famous 1-pound "Big One Meatballs" as they can during the 'Big One' Eating Contest. If that isn't enough, contestants can get down and dirty in "The 'Dega Cherry Chase", a one-of-a-kind course challenge which you'll just have to see to believe. The best part of all is that the huge crowd gathered in Talladega Superspeedway's infamous infield, along with many of the stars of NASCAR, will determine which fans come out on top in these mind-blowing competitions. "The Big One on the Blvd" will get rolling at 6:45 p.m. CDT on Friday evening at the north end of Talladega Boulevard. From there, drivers can be found on the float throwing out swag and welcoming race fans to the party that trumps all others. The float will pass through the most colorfully decorated campsites in all of NASCAR and wind up in the south end of the Blvd at the main stage for the fan competitions.(TSS)(10-3-2015)
Phoenix announces Sprint race date; tickets on sale Tickets for the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend, scheduled for March 11-13, 2016 at Phoenix International Raceway, go on sale Friday, Oct. 2. Tickets start at just $25 and may be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). For the second-consecutive season, PIR's Spring race date coincides with Spring Break for nearly every school district and college in Arizona, making the Camping World 500 an ideal entertainment destination. Additionally, the race weekend will take place during Major League Baseball's Spring Training season. The Cactus League will once again feature 15 MLB teams across the Valley of the Sun. Headlining the race weekend, the Camping World 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The race will again be a part of NASCAR's "West Coast Swing," in which America's premier racing series will compete in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles in consecutive weeks. The Camping World 500 event weekend also features the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, March 12 and Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the Camping World 500 on Friday, March 11.(PIR)(10-2-2015)
Everclear to play pre-race concert at Phoenix: Fans coming to the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will be in for a treat prior to the race on Sunday, Nov. 15. That morning, the popular rock-n-roll group Everclear will perform a pre-race concert in the fan midway area at 10:30am/mt. The concert, which resulted from a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment, is just one part of race day excitement that is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 is the final race in the Eliminator round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. After the race, the field of championship contenders will be trimmed from eight hopefuls to the final four drivers that will race for the championship the next week. For over two decades, Everclear's sound has reflected the rock, post-punk, and singer/songwriter influences of Art Alexakis, including acts like X, the Replacements, the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. The band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records, Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum. Earlier this year, the band released their ninth studio album titled Black Is The New Black via The End Records/ADA.(PIR)(10-2-2015)
Las Vegas Motor Speedway creating new VIP areas: Race fans attending or watching Saturday's Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will see the signs of progress above Turns 3 and 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. LVMS is in the process of implementing several fan enhancements for the March 4-6 2016 NASCAR Weekend, and the beginning of those improvements will be visible in the form of a construction site during Saturday's event. The enhancements will begin with more interactive experiences in the Fan Engagement Area. Some of these improvements will require a large footprint that will require the use of more space in the area previously occupied by souvenir trailers. Also, the new Fanatics Trackside Superstore will debut at LVMS in 2016 with driver and series merchandise. In order to accommodate the expanded Fan Engagement Area, the speedway is relocating its VIP Hospitality to an area high above Turn 4 with a panoramic view of the speedway, as well as much of the Las Vegas Valley. This area will be called the Vegas Village, and will be used by corporate hospitality guests. The speedway also has created the Vegas Veranda, which will be located adjacent to the Vegas Village and will provide 25 luxury RV spaces that will include concierge services, free wifi and many other amenities in addition to the same panoramic view of the valley. The construction also will result in the removal of Section 4 from the superspeedway, which will give every permanent seat at the 1.5-mile superspeedway a view of pit lane and the start-finish line.(LVMS)(10-1-2015)
Rock band Jackyl to perform at Kansas: Rock band Jackyl, which kicked off Kansas Speedway's post-race concerts in 2011, is returning to the facility as part of a 98.9 the Rock "Low Dough" show. The Georgia-based band, who has toured with Aerosmith, Kiss, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent and others throughout their career, is best known for the song "The Lumberjack," which features a chainsaw used by lead singer Jesse James Dupree during the song. The band's self-titled first album, released in 1992, went platinum. In addition to the concert, Mike Ballard's Full Throttle S'loonshine lends its name to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale with the Full Throttle S'loonshine 98.9. There will also be a Full Throttle Saloon set up in the Turn 1 area during the race weekend. A "Low Dough" ticket is required for entry into the Saloon on Friday, while a ticket to the Kansas Lottery 300, which starts at $40, will allow entrance on Saturday, Oct. 17. For admission on Sunday, Oct. 18, a ticket to the Hollywood Casino 400, which start at $64, is required. Tickets for the Jackyl concert, along with a full day of racing which includes the Full Throttle S'loonshine 98.9 and qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400, are $9.89 for general admission tickets through Oct. 15; tickets will be $10 for general admission on the day of the race and concert.(Kansas Speedway)(10-1-2015)
Daytona begins installation of new, larger video display boards: As part of its ongoing commitment to improving the in-venue experience for fans, Daytona International Speedway recently began the installation of two new, larger video display boards in the infield. The new boards, each measuring 40 feet tall by 80 feet wide, will accompany the two existing infield video screens and collectively provide 8,470 square feet of viewing for fans in the new motorsports stadium. Additionally, DIS will upgrade the video board and viewing experience in the Sprint FANZONE. The boards, placed using 3D modeling technology, will ensure an optimal viewing experience for fans. To hold the video boards in place, DIS will create a special structure measuring 80 feet tall by 80 feet wide. Fans in the Sprint FANZONE will now enjoy a new screen measuring 20 feet tall by 40 feet wide. Additionally, the Alert Today Florida Main Stage will be relocated to create better views of the new board as well as improve access and flow throughout the area. Construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2015, in time for the debut of the DAYTONA Rising project in January 2016.(DIS)(9-30-2015)
Chicagoland Speedway will remain first Chase race in 2016: Chicagoland Speedway announced that they will once again host the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2016. The September 15-18 weekend will feature all three of NASCAR's premier series, with the addition of the ARCA Racing Series on Thursday night. For the sixth consecutive season, Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Sept. 15-18, with four consecutive days of action packed racing. As the entire "Chase Week" line up of activities in and around the Chicago area continues to grow year after year, the addition of the ARCA Racing Series on Thursday night under the lights will provide guests an even more action-packed, full week experience. The 2016 season will also mark the 15th Anniversary celebration of Chicagoland Speedway. Plans are underway to deliver an amazing lineup of event content and year-round programming for our fans to enjoy as part of this special celebration. Details will be shared throughout the coming months on events and activities tied to this milestone anniversary event. Tickets will go on-sale Monday, October 5 for the 2016 Season.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-29-2015)
Pocono announces 2016 race dates; addition of XFINITY race: Pocono Raceway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2016. The Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 race weekend from June 3-5, will feature the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the inaugural 250-mile NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the Pocono 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race. The Pennsylvania 400 race weekend from July 29 - 31, will feature the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Modspace 125 ARCA race. The newest addition to Pocono Raceway's 2016 NASCAR schedule is the NASCAR XFINITY Series race scheduled for Saturday, June 4. This race will be the first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped track and the first time NASCAR's second-tier series has raced in Pennsylvania since 2004 (Nazareth Speedway). "We are thrilled to bring the NASCAR XFINITY Series to Pocono Raceway," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President/CEO. "The fans have been asking for this to happen for several years and we are excited to share the good news with them today. Additionally, we look forward to working with everyone at Comcast, who are headquartered 90 miles south of us in Philadelphia, for next summer's inaugural race."
"From day one we've been focused on enhancing the way fans experience NASCAR and highlighting the competition and youth in the Xfinity Series," said Matt Lederer, director of Sports Brand Marketing for Comcast. "The addition of an event at Pocono Raceway in our home state of Pennsylvania will help carry the momentum built in the first year of our partnership into 2016."(Pocono Raceway)(9-29-2015)
Dover International Speedway prepares to honor Jeff Gordon:Through 92 victories, more than 225,000 laps completed, and four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, Jeff Gordon has served as a shining star for more than two decades, combining raw racing talent with Madison Avenue charm. Now, as that era nears its close, Dover International Speedway plans to honor Gordon's legendary career during activities surrounding the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "AAA 400" on Sunday, Oct. 4. Gordon, 44, a five-time Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner, announced earlier this year that 2015 would be his final full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is planning to join Fox Sports as an analyst during its 2016 NASCAR broadcasts. A few special things are planned for Gordon, including a takeover of the 94-foot-tall scoring pylon, thanks to the help of Daktronics, the company that built and installed the pylon.
On Lap 24 of the "AAA 400," the entire Daktronics scoring pylon will display the #24. Gordon has driven the #24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in all 789 of his career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including last September, when he earned his fifth career Dover victory. Gordon's connection with Monster Mile fans began early, as Delaware chemical giant DuPont served as the primary sponsor of his #24 car for several seasons. The iconic multi-colored paint job on both his Chevrolet and the fire suits of the #24 team's pit crew led to their designation as the "Rainbow Warriors." "We still consider him our hometown favorite due to his longtime relationship with Delaware-based DuPont," said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "He was and is a great champion, and he's earned every bit of the respect he enjoys today."
Other events planned to honor Gordon during the upcoming race weekend include:
" On Friday, Oct. 2, track and elected officials will make a special presentation to Gordon during his appearance in the Infield Media Center, in recognition of his contributions to the track and sport.
" A "Thanks Jeff!" billboard will be displayed at Turn 2 of the Monster Mile.
" The souvenir program and fan guide for the "AAA 400" will prominently feature Gordon on the cover.
In addition to those weekend activities, Gordon is set to be honored in 2016 with a permanent plaque on the Miles the Monster statue behind the frontstretch grandstands in Victory Plaza and a fan event. The plaque will detail Gordon's achievements at the Monster Mile, as well as his entire NASCAR career. More information on 2016 plans will be shared during the offseason. For more race information, or to purchase tickets, visit DoverSpeedway.com or call 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(9-29-2015)
Academy Award-nominee Rosie Perez to be grand marshal at Dover: Rosie Perez, an Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress and choreographer, has been named the grand marshal for the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 4. Perez will give the command for the drivers to start their engines in what will be event No. 3 in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Four of the 16 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be eliminated following the drop of the checkered flag at the Monster Mile. In addition, Diane Remy, the executive vice president of product and service distribution for AAA Mid-Atlantic, will serve as the honorary starter for the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup race, waving the green flag on the field.
Prior to the start of the race, Sam Harris, the lead singer of alternative rock band X Ambassadors, will sing the national anthem. X Ambassadors, whose credits include the chart-topping single "Renegades," will perform a free concert in Dover International Speedway's Victory Plaza before the race.
For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)(9-28-2015)
Martinsville Speedway Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant: Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Martinsville Speedway received $50,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $796,000 for 45 tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia's localities through tourism. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars, and will ultimately impact at least 173 other statewide tourism entities. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of 2:1 in order to support marketing projects. This funding cycle, the local partners will match the VTC grant dollars with more than $2.5 million, providing more than $3.3 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia. "Tourism is a huge industry in Virginia," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. "For Martinsville Speedway to have the support of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, with its Virginia is for Lovers brand, we will continue to play a major role in bringing tourism dollars to the Commonwealth of Virginia." Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on November 1, the Kroger 200 on October 31 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 30 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville-Speedway)(9-27-2015)
North East Motor Sports Museum Groundbreaking: In celebration of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's 25th Anniversary of NASCAR racing in New England, the Racing History Preservation Group will have a groundbreaking ceremony the North East Motor Sports Museum during the SYLVANIA 300 race weekend. The ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 25 on the site of the future North East Motor Sports Museum, on speedway property near the south entrance. Former and current drivers including Pete Hamilton, Ron Bouchard, Ricky Craven and Joey Logano, all of New England's driver who have won at NASCAR's highest level of racing, are expected to be part of the celebration as well as SMI CEO Marcus Smith, Executive Chairman Bruton Smith, NHMS GM/VP Jerry Gappens and political figures from New Hampshire. The event is free for the public to attend and will take place at 2:00pm/et, leading into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying.(NHMS)9-24-2015)
NHMS Unveils Gordon Commemorative Coin: New Hampshire Motor Speedway has unveiled a special Jeff Gordon coin to commemorate his record-breaking 789th consecutive Cup Series start, which is expected to be set during the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 27, 2015, at the Magic Mile. The double-sided coin features Gordon's historic number 24 and mention of his record on one side and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway 25th Anniversary logo on the other side. The coin is currently being offered as a part of the "Roar for 24" package, which includes a grandstand ticket and pre-race pit pass to the SYLVANIA 300, along with a scanner rental and a commemorative hero card of Gordon's three career wins at NHMS. Fans may also look for the coin at the NHMS Gift Shop on race weekend. Gordon's streak of starts dates back to his first career Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 15, 1992. He is the only driver to have started all 41 Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a streak that is expected to end when Gordon retires from full-time racing at the end of the 2015 season. More info at NHMS.com.(9-24-2015)
Chicago's standalone NXS race expected to move to Pocono: There is expected to be at least one significant change in the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule next season. Chicagoland Speedway, which has hosted two Xfinity races since the 2011 season, will lose its standalone event in 2016, multiple sources confirmed to Motorsport.com. Officials with Chicagoland Speedway declined to comment. The standalone event at Chicagoland has typically been held during the summer. The track's second Xfinity race is held during its Sprint Cup Series weekend each September, which kicks off the championship Chase each season. Chicagoland's loss is expected to be Pocono Raceway's gain. Pocono is expected to add an Xfinity race to its compliment of NASCAR events, sources confirmed to Motorsport.com. The track currently hosts a weekend in June which includes Cup and ARCA races. Pocono's August race weekend already includes a Truck race along Cup and ARCA events. There are at least two important benefits for Pocono hosting an Xfinity race. First, the future of the track's IndyCar Series date remains uncertain and the race would serve to add another event to its calendar. Second, new series sponsor Xfinity is owned by Comcast Corp., whose headquarters is located in Philadelphia - less than a two-hour drive from Pocono.(Motorsport)(9-23-2015)
Camping World Partnership with Talladega Superspeedway Rekindled: Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, and Talladega Superspeedway announced that the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, on Sunday, Oct. 25 at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track, will be known as the CampingWorld.com 500. Camping World is the camping and recreational vehicle enthusiast's one-stop-shop for everything they need to enjoy traveling and living in their RV. Along with over 10,000 RV parts and accessories, Camping World offers a full selection of new and used RVs for sale; RV and tow vehicle service and maintenance; collision centers; detail and refurbishment centers known as the RV Spa, technical advice from knowledgeable experts; and hard-to-find parts. The partnership rekindles a relationship between Talladega Superspeedway and Camping World that existed from 2011-2013 when the company served as the entitlement sponsor for the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. The CampingWorld.com 500 will be the anchor event of an exciting weekend (Oct. 23-25) that will also feature the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
"We are glad to be back with Talladega Superspeedway, the most competitive track in all of NASCAR," said Lemonis. "Not only will the CampingWorld.com 500 be one of the most exciting races of the season, it also gives us the platform to expose race fans to our broad selection of camping and tailgating products. Our company has a great appreciation of what Talladega is in the world of sports."
Plans are for Lemonis to serve as Grand Marshal of the CampingWorld.com 500. Many know him as the "business turnaround king" and star of CNBC's prime time reality series, The Profit, in which he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country and judges businesses based on a "Three P" principle: People, Process, and Product. The new season of the show is expected to premiere later that week.
"We are thrilled to have Marcus and Camping World back in the Talladega Superspeedway family," said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "It is a world class company with a sterling reputation and a great fit with our passionate fans that will travel in their RVs from all over the country to witness this anticipated event. We have the most acreage for camping, including the only FREE camping (select areas) on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. The CampingWorld.com 500 will be extra special this year since it is the third and final race of The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Contender Round in which the field of 12 drivers who have a shot at the title will be dwindled down to eight at the race's conclusion. It's going to be a great weekend."
Talladega Superspeedway is not only the biggest and steepest race track (2.66-mile, 33-degree banking) in NASCAR, but it also has the most acreage (3,000) for vehicle parking, which includes the only FREE camping on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. The track offers both reserved and unreserved campgrounds throughout the property, a natural fit with Camping World's status as the nation's leader in RV-related sales and services.
Started from a single retail store in 1966 out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a small group of RV owners with a goal to support other RVers on the road, the Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Camping World has celebrated tremendous growth over the last 50 years. By helping outdoor enthusiasts get on the road to their next adventure, Camping World brings friends and families together through their love of camping and the outdoors. Today, Camping World has grown to encompass a nationwide network of over 115 SuperCenters in 36 states to serve the expanding RV and outdoor lifestyle.
In 2016 Camping World, America's number one RV and camping retailer, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving customers an even better reason to get outdoors; by offering their best product specials and a wide variety of exciting events and promotions throughout the course of the year. Through its nationwide network of SuperCenters, Camping World offers a wide variety of products and services to suit the outdoor lifestyle, including RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair. Camping World has served as title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2009 in addition to being the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR.
Talladega's weekend kicks off on Friday (Oct. 23) with practice sessions for both the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and the CampingWorld.com 500. Saturday's (Oct. 24) slate includes qualifying for both races, as well as the drop of the green flag for the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (starting at 12:00pm/ct). The CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 25 (starting at 1:30 pm/ct) will be the deciding race in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Contender Round in which the championship field will be cut from 12 to eight at the checkered flag. Info about tickets at talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(9-23-2015)
Sunoco Becomes Founding Partner of Daytona Rising Project: International Speedway Corporation and Sunoco announced a multi-year partnership that will make Sunoco the fourth Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) as part of its historic $400 million Daytona Rising redevelopment project. The Daytona Rising project, encompassing the Speedway's nearly one-mile long frontstretch, will be complete by January 2016. Daytona Rising will transform DIS into the world's first motorsports stadium with premium amenities and attractions. The multi-year agreement will provide Sunoco with naming rights for one of five fan injectors. The massive, new and redesigned entry statement includes over 20,000 square feet of Sunoco engagement and fan experiences that vertically span four concourse levels. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Additionally, Sunoco will have branding rights for one of the fan "neighborhoods" located near its injector. A total of 11 football field-size neighborhoods will be located throughout the new frontstretch, each featuring custom bar, retail and dining areas, as well as dozens of video screens. Through the partnership, Sunoco continues to build its heritage in motorsports. Sunoco has served as the Official Fuel of NASCAR since 2004 and is the exclusive provider of Sunoco Green E15 racing fuel for NASCAR's three national series.(DIS)(9-23-2015)
"Bama Bier Garden" To Again Offer Talladega Fans Great Traditional Local Flavor Refreshments: In a continuing effort to maintain its worldwide reputation as a top-notch social event destination, Talladega Superspeedway will once again bring back the "Bama Bier Garden," located in Horsepower Plaza outside the track behind the frontstretch, for the Alabama 500/fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola race weekend upcoming Oct. 23-25. Open to the public, visitors to the "Bama Bier Garden" can once again indulge in local craft beer and a variety of interactive games throughout one of the most pivotal race weekends of the entire 2015 NASCAR season. The "Bama Bier Garden" will be open from 9:00am (CDT) until track activity is completed on Friday, Oct. 23 and will open at 8:00am on both Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25 until one hour after the checkered flag flies. The "Bama Bier Garden," equipped with a 40-foot full bar, will serve the traditional spread of Miller, Coors and Budweiser beers, but there will also be a selection of savory beers that are brewed right here in Alabama. Local flavors to be featured include the likes of Back Forty Beer Company based out of Gadsden, Ala. and TrimTab Brewing Co., out of Birmingham, Ala. While enjoying one of the many beverage options fans can also dive into some delicious food with a local Alabama flair.
In addition to a variety of concession stands on the property, other refreshment areas include the Tervis Bar, which will also feature flavors from Back Forty Beer Company, and Fun Fuser, which can be found at the North end of the Horsepower Plaza, and the Budweiser Port-a-Bar at the South end of the Horsepower Plaza. Also open in the grandstands will be the Tower Tavern in the Tri-Oval Tower. The infield is thoroughly represented as well with the Miller Lite Pavilion and the Bootlegger Draft and Cocktail bar.
Fans will have three days worth of opportunities to quench their thirst at the "Bama Bier Garden." Talladega's weekend kicks off Friday (Oct. 23) with two practice sessions each for the Alabama 500 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). The evening will conclude with the return of "The Big One on the Blvd," a one-of-a-kind extravaganza, which will feature some of NASCAR's star drivers and fan competitions on the track's infamous Talladega Blvd in the infield.
Saturday's slate includes qualifying at 9:30 a.m. (All times in CDT) and the start of the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at noon, followed by qualifying for the Alabama 500 (3:15 p.m.). The day will conclude in the evening with Talladega Superspeedway's traditional Infield Concert featuring award-winning country music artist Easton Corbin. The concert is free with the purchase of a Sunday admission ticket to the Alabama 500 (1:30 p.m. start). For ticket information, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.
All seating along the frontstretch grandstands and towers is equipped with roomy and comfortable 21- and 22-inch wide chair back seats. Large High Definition Sprint Vision video boards that were implemented in 2014 will be back and placed along the frontstretch to provide views of the whole track to every seat in the house. The video boards, four of which are now permanent, are an initiative that is planned to be implemented at all International Speedway Corporation (ISC) tracks in the coming years.(Talladega Superspeedway)(9-22-2015)
Kentucky expects same date on next year's schedule: If there are major shakeups to next year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, a shift in date for the Kentucky Speedway won't likely be among them. Officials at the Sparta, Ky., track anticipate the Quaker State 400 again running in 2016 on the second Saturday night in July, one week after NASCAR's stop at Daytona. "We are expecting to be on the same weekend next year," Kentucky Speedway's general manager, Mark Simendinger, said Monday. "I'd be very surprised if we aren't. Nothing's official until it's official, but that's what we're all planning on." NASCAR has taken longer this year to release the upcoming slate. By the end of August 2014, the 2015 schedule was out.(Louisville Courier-Journal)(9-22-2015)
Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office open on Saturdays: In an effort to give fans even more flexibility when it comes purchasing tickets for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open on weekends. With race day just six weeks away, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open on Saturdays to give fans the opportunity to drop by the track and pick out their seats for the November 1 race. The speedway ticket office is open from 9:00am-3:00pm on Saturdays and will also be open on Sunday, October 25, from 12:00-4:00pm. Fans can also stop by the track Monday through Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm. Fans have many great deals to choose from for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Ticket prices increase the week of the race. In addition to buying tickets at the track, tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on November 1, the Kroger 200 on October 31 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 30 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-22-2015)
After review of accident, Daytona will not change fencing: There have been no changes to the fencing at Daytona International Speedway following the last-lap crash in July that sent Austin Dillon's car into the barrier. Five fans were injured from debris from the accident, and it marked the third crash in three years in which spectators were hurt after last-lap airborne crashes. Daytona track president Joie Chitwood said Saturday the section of fencing ripped away in Dillon's crash has been repaired, but an analysis of the accident showed the fence did its job. "It did what it's supposed to, so we went quickly to repairing it so that we're ready for racing," Chitwood said at Chicagoland Speedway, where he announced Can-Am will sponsor the Daytona 500 qualifying races in February. Daytona rebuilt its catchfences in 2009. Two years ago, after a crash in which Kyle Larson's car sailed into the fence and debris injured more than two dozen fans, the designs of the crossover gates were altered. Since then, fans have been moved back roughly 15 feet as part of Daytona's ongoing $400 million redesign. The project included the removal of the first few rows of grandstands and the construction of a fence that prevents spectators from walking along the "rim road" that circles the track.(Associated Press)(9-20-2015)
Pick the president and get 50% off 2017 tickets at Las Vegas: Every election season, political prognosticators pour over a plethora of polls to pick the president. Now it's the fans' turn. And they've got until Nov. 8 this year to take advantage of their perfect predictions. Fans who participate in Las Vegas Motor Speedway's "Presidential Premonition Promotion" stand to save 50 percent off the price of 2017 NASCAR Weekend tickets at LVMS. Here's how it works: Any race fan who purchases 2016 NASCAR Weekend tickets by Nov. 8 simply lets the speedway know which candidate he or she believes will win the United States presidency in November, 2016. Any fan who correctly picks the winner will be eligible to purchase 2017 Weekend Packages at 50 percent of the 2017 list price. There is a limit of four tickets per winning account. This promotion applies to anyone who (a) already has purchased 2016 NASCAR Weekend Packages, or (b) anyone who purchases Weekend Packages between now and Nov. 8, 2015 - one year prior to the presidential election. In all cases, fans need simply to have purchased their tickets and to email LVMS with their prediction of the name of the next president. The special email address for the promotion is email@example.com. Fans must include their LVMS ticket-account number when sending the email and can enter only once.(LVMS)(9-20-2015)
Can-Am to sponsor Duel races at Daytona: BRP, the manufacturer of world renowned motorized recreational vehicles and engines, will serve as the title sponsor for the 150-mile qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway, part of Speedweeks 2016. The races will be known as the Can-Am Duel At Daytona. The Can-Am Duel At Daytona, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, are a pair of 150-mile qualifying races that finalize the starting lineup for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500, the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening event on Sunday, Feb. 21. The Can-Am Duel At Daytona will feature every DAYTONA 500 entrant battling for a coveted starting spot in "The Great American Race."
"We're excited about developing this new partnership with BRP, the world leader in recreational vehicles," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "With two thrilling and unpredictable 150-mile qualifying races, the Can-Am Duel At Daytona will provide a great platform for BRP to promote their Can-Am products at the 'World Center of Racing.' "
"BRP and its Can-Am products are synonymous with innovation and performance in the powersports industry," said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brands and Strategy. "We feel that there's a natural fit with NASCAR racers and their fans. Thanks to our association with Kappa, Cyclops Gear and the GOFAS race team, we are now a sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the title sponsor of the Can-Am Duel, the ultimate test before the Daytona 500," she concluded.
The events during Speedweeks 2016 will be the first to be held at Daytona International Speedway following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising frontstretch 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.(DIS)(9-19-2015)
Repaving at Watkins Glen on schedule: With few delays, the massive repaving project at Watkins Glen International is moving along at or ahead of schedule. Top coat layers from general contractor Ajax Paving Industries Inc., were being put down on some areas of the 3.4-mile circuit this week, while a base coat was still being laid down in other areas. The work is expected to be completed by Nov. 1. The $12 million project is one of the most ambitious endeavors in the 59-year history of the historic track. The entire 3.4-mile configuration, including the 2.45-mile section used by NASCAR, will be repaved in time for the 2016 season. The pit lane is also being repaved. According to a WGI statement, the project is the equivalent of paving a 22-mile, two-lane highway at a thickness of 1.5 inches. It is the first repave of the track since 1989. The pavement from that project began to break up during its first pro race weekend, which led to concrete patches being added that remained through the 2015 season. While the entire track will now be asphalt, the pit lane boxes will remain concrete. The original pit boxes were broken up and new ones were being poured for the first time Wednesday.(Elmira Star-Gazette)(9-19-2015)
Martinsville offers Jimmie Johnson ticket package: The similarities between racecars and rockets provide a unique opportunity to engage children in the science, technology, engineering and math used by both NASCAR and NASA. Now, children participating in the Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Ticket Package can experience firsthand the NASA Rockets 2 Racecars activities, prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on November 1. The STEM-based program features a question-and-answer session with six-time NASCAR Champion and eight-time Martinsville Speedway winner Jimmie Johnson, hands-on instruction applying STEM principles, like wedge, downforce and velocity, that are used in both rockets and racecars and a 12-page four-color booklet featuring NASA Rockets 2 Racecars curriculum and Jimmie Johnson as "Flat Jimmie". The Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Ticket Package is $48 for adults and $24 for youth and includes a ticket in the Bill France Tower to see the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Fans who have already purchased a race ticket can add on the Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Ticket package for just $10. The question-and-answer session and NASA Rockets 2 Racecars activities will be held in the Martinsville Speedway hospitality area.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-18-2015)
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)
Richmond spring could be moved to Sunday UPDATE2: International Speedway Corp., is exploring the possibility of moving the start of the spring Richmond race from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, an ISC official told NBC Sports. "I'm not going to say seriously, but we are exploring it,'' said Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway, who also oversees Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway for International Speedway Corp. "We're always entertaining whatever can make our events better for the broadcasters, for the fans and for the competitors and that's part of it.'' There are other considerations. ISC, as part of its typical post-event critique, is examining how far Richmond's ticket holders travel to attend that race. "If we run Saturday night, there are so many fans that are not staying there or not staying on property or not staying in the region and they drive back home in the middle of the night,'' Campbell said. "How many that is versus if we did it Sunday and they could leave right after the race and drive home - that's things we need to look at and do some questioning with our fanbase.''(NBC Sports)(5-4-2015)
UPDATE: Although NASCAR is still likely weeks away from announcing the entire 2016 Cup series schedule, sources familiar with the scheduling process said the spring race at Richmond International Raceway will take place on a Sunday afternoon next season instead of Saturday night. RIR president Dennis Bickmeier confirmed on Friday that the track had put in a request to NASCAR to change its spring race date to a day event. "Now, we're just going through their process," Bickmeier said. "We'll see what comes out on the other end." The change in date will also return the Richmond spring race weekend to a more traditional three-day event, which also opens up the possibility for more extensive off-track experiences for fans on property.(Motorsport)(9-12-2015)
UPDATE2: Richmond International Raceway has asked NASCAR to move the track's spring race from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell, who also oversees RIR and Darlington Speedway in the chain of command for the International Speedway Corp., confirmed Saturday that RIR has asked for the move to day racing for its first of two races each season. Campbell said RIR President Dennis Bickmeier recently asked for the change after getting feedback from fans and discussing the possibility with Campbell. Campbell said NASCAR has not responded to the request. He said the change may be an easy decision for NASCAR, but "there are a lot of moving parts. Right now, the 2016 schedule isn't out. We have to see that, too." RIR has scheduled two Saturday night races - the only track with a pair of prime-time events - since 1998. Campbell said moving RIR's first race to Sunday daytime "helps differentiate the two races from each other." The annual September event has its own cachet as the final race before NASCAR's postseason Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. "This is a big event on its own," Campbell said. "Putting the spring race in the daytime would help it stand out as something special on its own."(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-14-2015)
CMS Honors Jeff Gordon's Career With Rare Collection of Automobiles at AutoFair: For more than two decades, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon has been one of the most famous and successful drivers in all forms of racing. The 2015 season marks the final full-time run for the pilot of the famous #24. To commemorate his stellar career, vehicles from his personal collection as well as racing machines from the most iconic moments in his career will grace the AutoFair Nationwide Showcase Pavilion at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sept. 24-27. CMS holds a lot of memories for Gordon, the most notable being his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600. Back then, he was driving the Dupont Rainbow Warrior paint scheme, which was seemingly retired in 2000. Last month, the Rainbow Warrior made its return to NASCAR. The special scheme, with Axalta on the hood, was driven by Gordon as a throwback at Bristol. Fans will have the chance to see that same Chevrolet SS on display during AutoFair. Another vehicle set to grace the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion is the famous Chassis No. 2429, raced in the 1997 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Many know this car as "T Rex" as it was sponsored by the movie "Jurassic Park." That night, Gordon and T-Rex dominated the race on the way to scoring the victory. The vehicles' on-track performance was so incredible that NASCAR officials rewrote the rule books to ensure it never raced again at a NASCAR-sanctioned event. In addition to these iconic vehicles, fans can catch a glimpse at some of Gordon's racing memorabilia, including his DuPont Rainbow uniform used in 1996 and his 1989 fire suit from his Sprint Car days on dirt. Gordon's 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z51, 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 1933 Ford Street Rod are three cars from his vast collection adding a personal touch to the exhibit. The AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 7,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. For more details, to purchase single-day tickets or four day-passes, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.(CMS)(9-14-2015)
LVMS to sell single-day tickets for 2016 NASCAR Weekend: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is offering single-day tickets to the three days of NASCAR events culminating in the Kobalt 400 race in 2016. Tickets each day of the NASCAR Weekend go on sale Monday, Sept. 14. The scheduled includes Stratosphere Pole Day on March 4, Boyd Gaming 300 on March 5, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Kobalt 400, on March 6, 2016. Tickets for RV parking, the Neon Garage, Lucky 7 preferred parking, driver introductions and bus passes are available at lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster. LVMS noted the track saw a strong ticket-renewal season for all of the events of Las Vegas' NASCAR Weekend.(KVVU)(9-9-2015)
Wallenda to Perform Death-Defying Aerial Acrobatics at Bank of America 500: It's been said that behind every great man is a great woman - and that certainly holds true in the Wallenda household. While Nik Wallenda is known for his daring feats of balance and bravery, at the Bank of America 500 on Saturday, Oct. 10, Nik's wife Erendira (pronounced "E-Den-D-Duh") will take center stage as she performs a first-of-its-kind aerial thrill show before the green flag falls. Never one to stand idly by, Erendira, is an eighth generation acrobat who has performed with her family since she was 5 years old. She is, in all ways, Nik's equal when it comes to daredevil acrobatics.
"I've watched Nik perform at Charlotte the last couple of years and always wanted to be part of the energy that fans bring to pre-race for the Bank of America 500," Erendira said. "We're always trying to top ourselves, and I'm really excited to come back to 'hang out' and put on a world-class performance at a world-class speedway."
Before NASCAR's best take to the track for the Bank of America 500, Erendira will leave fans on the edge of their seats, suspended over the infield on an aerial ring hanging by a cable under a helicopter high above the infield. The 10-minute show, which Erendira will perform without any safety equipment to tether her to the ring or the helicopter, will feature artistic stunts and tricks, building to a dramatic finale as she hangs from the ring by only her toes.
"I'm so excited about this opportunity for her," Nik said. "Like the Pettys, the Earnhardts and other NASCAR royalty who have made racing a family tradition, performing is a Wallenda family tradition and this is what Erendira was born to do. I'm sure I'll be more nervous standing on the sidelines than I ever have been standing on the high wire, but I know she will put on an unforgettable show."
While thrilling pre-race stunts have become a staple during pre-race festivities at Charlotte Motor Speedway's fall classic, fans won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime kickoff to the Bank of America 500. In addition to the Wallenda stunt, country music megastar Hunter Hayes will get the crowd revved up for a night of intense racing with a free pre-race concert. During the pivotal Chase race, speedway officials and fans will also pay tribute to NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon with a variety of special tributes honoring the future NASCAR Hall of Famer's final race at the iconic superspeedway. For more information on the pre-race festivities or the speedway's #JeffsLastRide campaign, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Fans can catch all the action surrounding the only Saturday night race in the Chase, including Bojangles' Pole Night on Oct. 8, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on Oct. 9 and the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 10 with weekend packages starting at just $99.(CMS)(9-9-2015)
Talladega Premium Box Seating Packages Available: Fans looking to take their Talladega Superspeedway adventure to new heights can do so with an incredible hospitality option - Exclusive Premium Box Seating - that includes pre-race pit access for the much-anticipated Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race and the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event upcoming Oct. 23-25. Whether it's for corporate entertainment or for extended family fun, the added-value options are a way for fans to treat themselves to southern hospitality at its best while enjoying what has become one of the most important weekends on the entire NASCAR schedule each year. The Alabama 500 is the third and final event in the Contender Round of the ultra-exciting Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in which the field of eligible drivers for the championship title will be trimmed from 12 to eight at the checkered flag.
The exquisite open-air Premium Boxes - which will give guests spectacular views of the legendary three- and four-wide battles on the 33-degree banks of Talladega Superspeedway as drivers make their last-ditch effort to advance in the Chase - are privately fenced for small groups that want a big-time race day experience. Guests will also receive pre-race access to Saturday's Driver Introductions for the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola event and Sunday morning Pit Road access before the Alabama 500, as well as a Sunday souvenir program for each Sunday guest to have as a keepsake for an incredible race weekend experience!
Along with great views comes great service. Each box features in-seat food and drink service and $30 worth of vouchers for each guest to use while they stay comfortable in 23" wide fold down stadium seats with drink holders. The box seating areas are located above the lower level grandstands in the Gadsden, Lincoln, Anniston, O.V. Hill North, O.V. Hill South and Birmingham sections and can accommodate groups of 12 and 24, with prices starting at $2,700 for the weekend.
For more information on purchasing Premium seating, contact 855-518-RACE (7223) or visit our website talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(9-9-2015)
LVMS Express to provide bus service from Strip, downtown to Las Vegas Motor Speedway: All aboard the LVMS Express. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in conjunction with JusTours, has launched the LVMS Express, which will provide bus service to the speedway for race fans staying in both the Strip corridor and downtown during NASCAR and NHRA event weekends. Race fans can begin reserving their seats on the LVMS Express on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Tickets for the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 NHRA Toyota Nationals will be $99 for the three-day weekend or $60 for a one-day pass. NASCAR passes also will be $99 for the three-day weekend and $75 for a one-day pass. All tickets will be sold through the LVMS ticket office and the speedway's website at lvms.com. For NASCAR Weekend, the LVMS Express also will offer an upgraded VIP experience that will include priority boarding and expedited departures from both the Strip and downtown pickup locations as well as the speedway. The LVMS Express will have at least five pickup and drop-off stops along the Strip and downtown during the NASCAR Weekend. Most of the buses will be equipped with restrooms, and all buses will have dedicated routes to and from the speedway. NASCAR fans also will find a new bus depot located much closer to the seating areas when they arrive at the speedway on the LVMS Express.(LVMS)(9-6-2015)
Texas announces new race weekend sponsors: Texas Motor Speedway announced the addition of Service King Collision Repair Centers and Charlie 1 Horse to its family of sponsors with both signing entitlement deals for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend scheduled for Nov. 5-8. Service King Collision Repair Centers, the Richardson, Texas-based company that operates 253 locations across 23 states, will serve as the event's qualifying day sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Service King Qualifying Days will feature Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series qualifying Friday, Nov. 6, and XFINITY Series qualifying Saturday, Nov. 7. Charlie 1 Horse, the Garland, Texas-based manufacturer of the iconic cowboy hat awarded to the winning driver at Texas Motor Speedway, will culminate the race weekend excitement with the Charlie 1 Horse Running Rouge Post-Race Show featuring Roger Creager. The concert, free to all AAA Texas 500 ticketholders, will take place on the frontstretch infield approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the race. Creager, a native of Corpus Christi, has been playing some of Texas country music fans favorite songs since bursting onto the scene in 1998. The Charlie 1 Horse Running Rouge Post-Race Show featuring Roger Creager will be the second of two free concerts for fans attending the AAA Texas 500. Sammy Hagar and The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will perform during the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol.(TMS)(9-4-2015)
Dover launches Kids Club website: Dover International Speedway announced the launch of a new microsite, MonsterMileYouthNation.com, dedicated to its kids club Monster Mile Youth Nation, which was introduced earlier this year. Featuring interactive games, infographics and links to detailed information about racing at the Monster Mile, the new site aims to enhance the young fan's experience and educate the next generation on the sport of NASCAR. For a limited time, fans that visit MonsterMileYouthNation.com can also learn about an exclusive race weekend opportunity for the first 100 fans. Hint: Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and David Ragan are involved. Along with games and links, users will find details and updates on special member events, Monster Mile Youth Nation announcements and blog posts on the new site. Content will be updated regularly. Annual membership for Monster Mile Youth Nation costs $20.(Dover International Speedway)(9-3-2015)
DAYTONA Rising September Project Update: Construction activities for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project continue to heat up during the summer months. The curtain wall, the outer covering for the new suite tower, is now complete as the construction team prepares for the next phases of development. "We're happy to see these major pieces falling into place," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "The suite tower is one of the key aspects of this project and we look forward to seeing it take shape in the months ahead." During the next several weeks, the construction team will finish the Suite Tower façade, including the exterior metal paneling and glass installation.(DIS)(9-3-2015)
Charlotte making changes to grass area on frontstretch: Charlotte Motor Speedway is working with turf specialists and track engineers to create a transition border between the pavement and the grass along the frontstretch as track officials prepare for October's Bank of America 500. Crews have graded down the grass and soil edging to create a 6-foot border that is the same level as the asphalt near the start/finish line. The six-foot transition border will include a new sand/soil mix with newly planted rye grass. Crews are installing 140 tons of the new sand/soil mixture. By the time the October 8-10 race weekend rolls around, the grass will be smoother and lower than the regular infield grass where the traditional grass-painting is located. The project is designed to create a smoother, safer surface for drivers, and cause less potential damage on the splitter and front end of the cars.(Fox Sports)(9-2-2015)
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park would like an XFINITY race: With the third NASCAR Camping World Truck race in the books, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is one step closer to moving up to U.S. stock car's second tier, the Xfinity Series. Canada has been without an Xfinity race since the NAPA 200 ended its six-year run at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2012 and Ron Fellow, co-owner of the Bowmanville, Ont. track, would like to change that. "They know we want one," said Fellows. "It's no secret that the next step for us is to include the Xfinity Series as part of our NASCAR racing at CTMP." Bringing Xfinity would add to the long history of racing at the 10-turn, 3.96-kilometre road course which has hosted American Le Mans, Canadian-American Challenge Cup (commonly known as Can-Am), Formula One and IndyCar as well as just about every sports car series that matters. Judging from the three truck races, CTMP has already proven to be a solid venue for a NASCAR top tier series. Canadian racer Alex Tagliani, who finished fifth in Sunday's NASCAR truck series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at CTMP feels the challenging track would be a great addition to the Xfinity schedule. NASCAR's Miami headquarters has sent several officials to the Ontario truck race, but it's not just a question of whether or not the venue can deliver a top notch product. Instead, things hinge on finding a slot in the Xfinity schedule available for CTMP to get a race and, unfortunately, finding a date looks unlikely for 2016. "The chances are slim for now," Fellows said. "There needs to be a hole in the Xfinity Series or an opportunity for a date to move."(Globe & Mail)(8-31-2015)
Drivers to appear at youth autograph session at Talladega: Danica Patrick, Aric Almirola, AJ Allmendinger and Ryan Blaney are scheduled to appear for a Talladega Superspeedway special youth autograph session during the Alabama 500/fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola race weekend upcoming Oct. 23-25. On Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10:45am/ct in the track's Hospitality Village, located behind the Birmingham Tower outside the frontstretch, the first 100 kids (12-and-under) to arrive will have the chance to get an autograph from each driver (limit one per child and time permitting). Participants will be allowed to start lining up for the youth autograph session at 10:00am/ct. Talladega Superspeedway has great ticket offers for kids 12 & under for both Saturday and Sunday, which will showcase the final race of the Contender Round in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup in which the list of 12 eligible drivers to the title will be reduced to eight at the checkered flag. Those kids' deals include $50 off the regular price throughout the lower grandstands and towers while they can sit free in the fourth turn Gadsden grandstand while supplies last.(TSS)(8-29-2015)
The biggest meatball in racing on the menu again at Talladega: After its sellout debut in the spring, "The Big One" Meatball will once again be available to race fans who want to try one of the most unique concession items in all of racing during the upcoming Alabama 500/fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 23-25. "The Big One" Meatball, like Talladega Superspeedway, is the biggest and most unique of its kind, weighing in at over a pound. It has a center of blended Mozzarella and Pepper Jack Cheeses mixed with smoked BBQ Pulled Pork and a little house BBQ sauce for an extra kick. It is then covered by a layer of Ground Beef, rolled in a panko bread crumb and parmesan mix before being deep fried to a golden brown. And, there's more - it is then topped off with a dollop of BBQ sauce and a spaghetti garnish. It is the creation of Americrown, the leader in motorsports catering and concessions. The company's Executive Chef at Talladega, Leilani Contemprato, and Corporate Executive Chef Michael Pappas from Daytona were looking for something that caught the feel of Talladega, and they succeeded in, well, a big way.(Talladega Superspeedway)(8-28-2015)
NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade returns to Dover October 1: Dover International Speedway to announces a special kickoff to the Oct. 2-4, 2015 race weekend with the return of the popular NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade. The showcase is set for Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in from 3:00-5:00pm, with a parade through downtown Dover to follow. The Hauler Showcase and Parade is free and open to the public. Fans are invited to the Blue Hen Corporate Center, located at 655 S. Bay Road, just four miles south of Dover International Speedway, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they depart at 5:00pm on the parade route through Downtown Dover before heading to parking at the track for race weekend. The inaugural event in 2013 saw close to 10,000 attendees spread out across the entire parade route. The event was rained out last year. After such a great turnout for the inaugural event, Speedway and local officials agreed the event should return for another year. At 5:00pm, haulers will start north on Bay Road, before making a left onto Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Court Street). They will then turn right onto Legislative Avenue in Downtown Dover, before turning left onto Loockerman Street, then right on South State Street. From there, the haulers will proceed to the track via Leipsic Road and arrive at approximately 5:45pm.(Dover Speedway)(8-27-2015)
Atlanta partners with Folds of Honor Foundation for ticket discount: Atlanta Motor Speedway is partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to present "Savings with Honor," a promotional opportunity for a savings of up to $36 on a ticket to the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at AMS with a donation to Folds of Honor. Race fans can show their support for members of the U.S. Military and their families by making a simple donation of $10 or more to the Folds of Honor Foundation. In return, they will be eligible for a discount of up to $36 on seats in rows 13-26 of the Winners Grandstand for next year's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Fans interested in the money-saving opportunity can call the AMS box office at 770-946-4211 or log on to www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/FOHsavings to make their donation to Folds of Honor and reserve their seat for the race at the discounted price. The Savings with Honor offer is available only through Monday, Aug. 31 and while supplies last for seats in rows 13-26 of the Winners Grandstand regularly priced at $95.(AMS)(8-26-2015)
Talladega Superspeedway offers an "Unrestricted" VIP package: Talladega Superspeedway once again offers an "Unrestricted" VIP package like no other in sports, one that will give fans incredible behind-the-scenes access throughout the upcoming Alabama 500/fred's 250 race weekend, Oct. 23-25. These very-limited quantity packages will provide fans up-close and personal accessibility to the garages, pits and other exclusive track activities leading up to the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series event on Saturday, Oct. 24 and the Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday, Oct. 25 - the final event of the Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the field of 12 eligible drivers will be cut to eight at the checkered flag. The "Unrestricted" VIP package is available for only $475 (must be purchased in addition to a grandstand ticket) for fans 18 and over. It includes a parking pass for the weekend and other amenities.The unmatched access that the "Unrestricted" VIP package provides is available by calling the Talladega Superspeedway ticket office at 855.518.RACE.(Talladega Superspeedway)(8-24-2015)
X Ambassadors to sing National Anthem at Dover and perform free concert: The popular alternative band X Ambassadors will visit Dover International Speedway on Oct. 4 and perform a free concert before the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The race serves as race No. 3 in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and the first elimination race in NASCAR's playoff format. X Ambassadors lead singer Sam Harris will also perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the race. Tickets and more information about the Dover race weekend can be obtained by calling 800-441-RACE or visiting DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(8-23-2015)
Charlotte Motor Speedway announces Jeff Gordon tribute: Charlotte Motor Speedway will pay tribute to retiring NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon with a 24-day campaign leading up to the track's fall race. The campaign - called "Jeff's Last Ride" - will include:
-- Personal stories, memories and well-wishes from sports personalities, community leaders and other celebrities through daily videos posted to JeffsLastRide.com.
-- Fans sharing moments and remembrances via social media to congratulate Gordon.
-- A collection of iconic #24 race cars and Gordon's personal cars showcased during the Charlotte AutoFair Sept. 24-27.
-- Partnerships with businesses across the Charlotte region to "paint Charlotte 24" in the final 24 days before the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 10.
-- And a 24-day social media campaign that reflects on Gordon's top moments over the course of his career at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Gordon, who drives Hendrick Motorsports' #24 Chevy, has won four Cup championships. The first of his 92 career victories came in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 at CMS. The campaign also includes several Gordon-themed ticket packages. Information: www.charlottemotorspeedway.(Charlotte Observer)(8-22-2015)
Hunter Hayes to perform pre-race concert at Charlotte Motor Speedway: One of the biggest names in country music will crank things up in the heart of NASCAR country when Hunter Hayes gets fans revved up for the Bank of America 500 on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The multi-talented singer, songwriter and instrumentalist will take the stage for a 60-minute set, including smash hits like his GRAMMY-nominated "Wanted," "I Want Crazy" and "Invisible," among other fan favorites like "Storm Warning," "Somebody's Heartbreak" and current single, "21." A five-time GRAMMY-nominated performer, Hayes earned the Country Music Association's "New Artist of the Year" title in 2012, as well as numerous awards and nominations from the Academy of Country Music, CMT Music Awards, BMI Awards, American Country Awards, Billboard Touring Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and many others.(CMS)(8-12-2015)
Sammy Hagar to headline pre-race show at Texas: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar is teaming up with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson for their only visit to North Texas as the all-star quartet will headline the pre-race activities for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Texas Motor Speedway. Sammy Hagar and The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will perform a free one-hour concert on pit road as part of the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol and provide fans with a rare opportunity to experience music spanning more than 40 years of Hagar's career. With Bonham on board, they can also expect a few of Led Zeppelin's biggest hits added to the mix. Joining Hagar for the concert will be Anthony, the renowned rhythm section bassist who has played with him for the last 30 years in bands including Van Halen and Chickenfoot; Johnson, guitarist from Hagar's band the Wabos; and Bonham, acclaimed drummer and son of iconic Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. AAA Texas 500 ticketholders also will have an opportunity to enjoy Sammy Hagar and The Circle stage side along with driver introductions by purchasing a Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol pass for $79. Pre-race passes as well as individual tickets for the AAA Texas 500 go on sale Friday, beginning at 9:00am/ct, through the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500 or www.texasmotorspeedway.com. The pre-race pass and access is free for all Texas Motor Speedway season ticket holders. All pre-race passes must be accompanied with a ticket to the AAA Texas 500. (Texas Motor Speedway)(8-10-2015)
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)
PIR to be renamed in honor of Jeff Gordon for fall race: Phoenix International Raceway is about to become Jeff Gordon Raceway. For one day. PIR will honor the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion by formally renaming the 1-mile oval in his name for the Nov. 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, azcentral sports has learned. Gordon, who has four career PIR wins, says he doesn't plan to drive after this season, which would make Phoenix his penultimate race. An official announcement is expected Friday. "We were thinking of it like an athlete getting the keys to the city," PIR President Bryan Sperber said. "It (the idea) took off from there. Starting with the quirky layout of our track, it seems like Phoenix always does things a little different.(Arizona Republic)(6-12-2015)
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Happy Hour Practice:
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