Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (109 races held)
Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (27)
Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (111)
Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (114)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (112)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (138)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 10 (93)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (17)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (22)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (21)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski & Kyle Busch - 2 (5)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (20)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (135)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (93)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (42)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 8 (40)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (76)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (120)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (27)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (94)
Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (31)
Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (32)
Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
Daytona International Speedway 138 races (since 1959)
Martinsville Speedway 135 (since 1949)
Richmond International Raceway 120 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 114 (since 1960)
Darlington Speedway 112 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 111 (since 1961)
Atlanta Motor Speedway 109 (since 1960)
Michigan International Speedway, 93 (since 1969)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
Talladega Superspeedway, 94 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 93 (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 had 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Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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
Jeff Gordon -- 93 -- 24 of 25 (didn't win Kentucky)
Bobby Allison -- 84 -- 28 of 47
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. #14-Tony Stewart, 21 (missing Kentucky & Darlington) 2. #18-Kyle Busch, 21 (missing Charlotte & Pocono)
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19
3. #4-Kevin Harvick, 19
5. #20-Matt Kenseth, 18
Drivers with at least 10 wins at one track:
Richard Petty (5 tracks)
-- Martinsville (15)
-- Richmond (13)
-- North Wilkesboro (13)
-- Rockingham (11)
-- Daytona (10)
Darrell Waltrip (3 tracks)
-- Bristol (12)
-- Martinsville (11)
-- North Wilkesboro (10)
David Pearson, Darlington (10)
Dale Earnhardt, Talladega (10)
Jimmie Johnson, Dover (10)
NASCAR no longer provides attendance estimates: NASCAR will end its policy of providing estimated attendance figures in its race reports this season. Spokesman Kerry Tharp said tracks still will have the option of providing crowd estimates, but it will be their prerogative. "NASCAR's race reports generally becomes a box score for the media, and box scores from sporting events do not generally provide estimates," Tharp said. Of the 23 tracks that play host to races in NASCAR's premier series, 21 are owned by publicly traded companies such as International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. Officials with those tracks have said they don't provide attendance figures because they don't want to provide earnings guidance.(USA Today)(2-17-2013)
Race Track Seating Capacity / Attendance Chart Page
NOTE: NASCAR has not reported track attendance since 2012
Charlotte Motor Speedway Welcomes First-Time Fans: Charlotte Motor Speedway is throwing out the red carpet for first-time race fans attending this weekend's activities surrounding the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Ticket inquiries have come from all 50 states, 25 countries and more than 4,100 cities. Among those inquiries are many first-time fans who have never witnessed the experience of a race here. First-time fans attending can stop by the information booth located outside the main frontstretch grandstand at Gate 4 and pick up a "First-Time Fan" info packet. The packets contain a fan guide, schedule, map and "First-Time Fan" souvenir magnet. Fans can also tweet about their experiences by using #FTF16 and see what other fans are doing. First-time fans can also take part in a driver Q&A session on Sunday, May 29 prior to the running of the Coca-Cola 600. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson will appear at the fan stage located in the Fan Zone from 2:45-3 p.m. on Sunday. Fans can purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shopping online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(5-28-2016)
Mark Martin to drive the pace car before Coke 600: NASCAR legend Mark Martin made numerous memories while racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the 2002 Coca-Cola 600 winner will make a triumphant return to the iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway on Sunday when - to commemorate being inducted into the 2017 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame - Martin will drive the Toyota pace car prior to the green flag for the 57th running of the Coca-Cola 600. "When the speedway called to ask me if I'd do it, my first reaction was 'Hell, yeah!'" Martin said. "Originally I'd planned to be at Indy, but now I get to do the 'double' in a way, and I can say I'll be driving at Charlotte. Charlotte Motor Speedway was always my favorite race track. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of success there, including winning a Coke 600. Bruton and Marcus always put on a fabulous show, and this will be cool to lead the field to green in front of thousands of fans that I enjoyed racing for all those years." Martin will attend the start of the Indianapolis 500 before heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his pace-car driving duties. The Batesville, Arkansas, native won four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a career that spanned from 1981 to 2013. Martin also captured two NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race wins, in 1998 and 2005, and six NASCAR XFINITY Series victories at the speedway. Fans can purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shopping online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(5-27-2016)
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Returns To Pocono Raceway, needs fans: Nathan's Famous will return to Pocono Raceway this summer to hold a regional qualifying event for the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest held on July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y. Pocono Raceway fans are encouraged to sign-up to compete. One male and one female winner will earn a seat at Coney Island to challenge defending champions Matt Stonie and Miki Sudo. The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier will be held Sunday, June 5 at 11 a.m. in Fan Fare 2 behind the grandstands on the Nathan's Famous stage. The winner of the qualifier, one of 13 being held across the country, will gain entry to the annual finals at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 4. More info at poconoraceway.com. Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(5-27-2016)
IMS announces spectacular holiday event: 'Lights at the Brickyard' coming in 2016: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring new levels of cheer to this holiday season with a spectacular "Lights at the Brickyard" seasonal event. Attendees will experience more than 40 scenes filled with 400 light displays along a 1.7-mile driving experience, which includes crossing the famous "Yard of Bricks" at IMS. In addition to the Lights at the Brickyard driving experience, other out-of-car holiday festivities and attractions will be offered for families to complete their adventure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dates are subject to change, but the event is tentatively scheduled to run from Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Exhibits will include festive holiday celebrations as well as racing-themed installations throughout the iconic venue. IMS has partnered with Winterland Inc., an international leader in holiday light installations and events to deliver the thrilling experience. Early-bird tickets will start at just $20 per car and will be available at a later date on www.IMS.com, or by calling the IMS ticket office. A $40 early-bird pass will provide expedited passage into the event. Prices will eventually increase to $30 and $60 for each.(IMS)(5-26-2016)
XFINITY race at Pocono will be the Pocono Green 250: The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, the Pocono Green 250, will highlight sustainability initiatives at the track and the work of its partners. Pocono Raceway's President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky, a board member of the Green Sports Alliance and winner of local, regional and national awards for his sustainability work, made the announcement. The Pocono Green 250 is set for Saturday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. Pocono Raceway features a three megawatt solar farm that powers not only the facility but the local community as well. Pocono Raceway was the first facility to rely 100 percent on solar power generated onsite with the opening of the 25-acre Solar Farm across the street from the raceway in 2010. Pocono Raceway recently launched a partnership with Penn State University with an aggressive and ambitious goal to make the raceway a "near zero waste" facility. New food and beverage provider Spectra and Pocono Raceway are working with "Rock & Wrap It Up" on a food donation program to support local charities and food banks. A pilot program will begin this weekend with a local composting facility in an effort to divert even more bio waste from landfills. Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch have contributed recycling bins to the track in efforts to reduce the amount of recyclable items being thrown in the trash. Pocono Raceway also works hand-in-hand with NASCAR Green.(Pocono Raceway)(5-25-2016)
Pocono Raceway To Honor A Hero: Pocono Raceway will honor a hero during its July NASCAR Race, CEO & President Brandon Igdalsky announced today. The six-week competition will culminate with a $5,000 prize being presented to the chosen hero at pre-race driver introductions on Sunday, July 31. Submissions are now being accepted to nominate a hero and fans will have a say in who is honored as the winner. All fans are eligible to nominate who they believe is a hero, whether it be a volunteer, active community service member, someone who has overcome hardship or someone you think is deserving. Top consideration will be given to those heroes who are aligned with Pocono Raceway's core values of Integrity, Respect, Service, Sustainability, Growth and Community. On-line nominations will be accepted until July 5, 2016 at poconoraceway.com/hero.html. There is a 500-word limit for nominations. Members of the Pocono Fan Council, with input from Pocono Raceway, will select three finalists who will be invited to 'The Tricky Triangle' July 30-31 for the Pennsylvania 400. Fans will then have the chance to vote for who they believe should be the winner during an on-line voting period. The three finalists will be invited to Pocono Raceway and be featured at the track on Saturday. The winner will be announced on Saturday and presented a $5,000 check during driver introductions on Sunday. The selected Hero will then participate in a full slate of activities prior to and during the Pennsylvania 400. Tickets for all races are now on sale at poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(5-25-2016)
Some Coca Cola 600 officials and dignitaries announced: The 2016 Coca-Cola 600, the nation's largest Memorial Day weekend celebration, will feature a number of elected officials and dignitaries honoring our nation's servicemen and servicewomen at NASCAR's most challenging race. Gen. George W. Casey Jr. (Ret.), chairman of the USO, will be the Grand Marshal; Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will serve as Honorary Starter; and Cookeville, Tennessee, Mayor Ricky Shelton will serve as Honorary Race Director for the 57th running of NASCAR's only 600-mile race at the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 29. Continuing its tradition as the biggest Memorial Day weekend celebration in America, the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show will pay tribute to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
To commemorate the special 75-year relationship between Coca-Cola and the USO, the USO of North Carolina - with the longest continuously operating USO center in the world - is bringing 75 service members and USO volunteers from across North Carolina to join Gen. Casey in giving the command to begin the race. Several of the service members and volunteers will also display a special USO 75th anniversary flag as the race command is given.
As a founding partner, The Coca-Cola Company celebrates the USO's 75th anniversary with limited edition "Share a Coke and a Song" packaging featuring the classic lyric "I'm Proud To Be An American." Beginning Memorial Day weekend through July 4, the custom design will be available nationwide on limited edition 16-ounce cans and 20-, 24- and 35-packages of 12-ounce Coca-Cola beverages. Fans are encouraged to join Coca-Cola in honoring the USO during this historic celebration.
Great seats are still available for the 57th running of the iconic Coca-Cola 600 and the rest of the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder, with weekend passes starting at just $99. To purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(5-23-2016)
Charlotte Motor Speedway and DC Solar Promote Revolutionary Green Technology: Long considered one of the crown-jewel sporting venues in the United States, Charlotte Motor Speedway can also lay claim to being one of the most energy-efficient in its efforts to promote a green environment. By partnering with DC Solar, the industry leader in mobile solar innovation, Charlotte Motor Speedway will save more than 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel throughout the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder. In total, a record 79 mobile solar products will be deployed throughout the speedway including 60 solar light towers, 10 solar generators, four solar personal device charging stations in Fan Zone areas, and five solar electric vehicle charging stations. The units will offer everything from free phone and EV charging to safety lighting in the parking lots. An entirely new offering in the green space, DC Solar products require no fuel and operation is completely silent making the environmental impact virtually non-existent.(CMS)(5-23-2016)
New Arizona law hints at big changes for PIR: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Thursday a bill that provides more than $40 million to promote races at Phoenix International Raceway from fiscal years 2022-2051 provided the track incurs projects costs of at least $100 million beginning next year. Lesa France Kennedy, chief executive officer of International Speedway Corp., which owns Phoenix International Raceway, stated in February that the 1-mile track is targeted for upgrades now that the company's $400 million improvements at Daytona International Speedway are complete. Bryan Sperber, president of Phoenix International Raceway, told NBC Sports then that "we're starting to put together plans now, but it's a long way away from any kind of announcement.'' HB2495 requires that Phoenix International Raceway has incurred the requisite project cost between Dec. 31, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2020. If that is done, HB2495 requires $1.5 million to be appropriated annually to the Arizona Office of Tourism to promote the track's races, beginning July 1, 2021 (when fiscal year 2022 starts). A spokesperson with the Arizona Office of Tourism told NBC Sports that to their knowledge this type of budget allocation has not been done before. The money from the Arizona Office of Tourism would be used to promote any event at Phoenix International Raceway "that is sanctioned by a nationally recognized premier national auto racing series governing body.''(NBC Sports)(5-23-2016)
Share a Coke and a Song Superstar Tour at 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder at Charlotte: After an extensive search across the Carolinas and Virginia, the Share a Coke and a Song Superstar Tour presented by Walmart, Coca-Cola and Sprint has identified some of the Southeast's top vocal talent to perform during the unforgettable 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 20-29. The month-long tour, which launched on April 18, gave fans the special chance to audition in a mobile studio that traveled to 12 different Walmart locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, with the winners selected by a panel of judges from Charlotte Motor Speedway. The following winners were selected and are scheduled to perform during the events listed below:
- Dixie Moon (quartet) - "God Bless America," NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Featuring Donnie Smith - Mount Holly, North Carolina; Debbie Hatchins - Stanley, North Carolina; Eric Sayne - Charlotte, North Carolina; Bruce Keedy - Cornelius, North Carolina
- Kayla Watson - Greensboro, North Carolina - national anthem, N.C. Education Lottery 200
Contestants for the Share a Coke and a Song Superstar Tour presented by Walmart, Coca-Cola and Sprint were judged on four qualities: pitch and range, pace, stage presence and traditional rendition. Each member of the judging panel scored each finalist contestant. The criteria sheets of all judges were totaled to provide an overall score for each finalist.
TICKETS: Great seats are still available for the 57th running of the iconic Coca-Cola 600 and the rest of the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder, with weekend passes starting at just $99. To purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades, fans should call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(5-20-2016)
No upset bids in Rockingham Speedway sale; new owner: Billy Silas is now the owner of Rockingham Speedway. There were no upset bids following the credit bid of $3 million made by James Hash - a Raleigh attorney representing BK Rock Holdings, managed by Silas - during a public auction May 5, according the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court's office. An upset bid of $3.15 million would have had to have been made by Monday, which would have restarted a 10-day period for other bids. Since the bid from BK Rock was the prevailing bid, the Florida-based limited liability company now owns the property and net proceeds from the sale will be credited toward the debt, according to what Hash told the Daily Journal previously. The future of the historic track remains in question. Kenneth Robinette, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Commissioners, said the county has always been supportive of Rockingham Speedway and will work with Silas, or whoever winds up owning the track, to help promote it. "The county is very pro-business and is behind anybody that's going to bring jobs and economic development into the area," he said. "Hopefully he's got some ideas to bring racing back here."(Richmond County Daily Journal)(5-20-2016)
Daytona International Speedway Takes Home Prestigious Sports Facility of the Year Award: Daytona International Speedway's (DIS) new $400 million motorsports stadium was named Sports Facility of the Year last night at SportsBusiness Journal's 2016 Sports Business Awards in New York City. The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports. DIS topped a competitive field consisting of Avaya Stadium (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State University Wildcats), Kyle Field (Texas A&M Aggies) and Petco Park (San Diego Padres). "We're honored to receive this prestigious award for our new motorsports stadium," said International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. "Our employees, fans and partners deserve the credit for helping us transform the vision into reality." The motorsports stadium officially debuted during the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and 2016 DAYTONA 500. DIS has a full calendar of events scheduled for the remainder of the year, including the Country 500 Music Festival (May 27-29), Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola (July 2) and the Ferrari World Finals (December 1-4).(NASCAR/DIS)(5-19-2016)
O'Reilly Auto Parts sponsoring Spring race at Texas: O'Reilly Auto Parts and Texas Motor Speedway have signed a multi-year agreement for the national automotive aftermarket retailing leader to serve as the race entitlement sponsor for the annual April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the world-renowned motorsports facility beginning in 2017. O'Reilly Auto Parts will be linking its brand to the state's best-attended, single-day sporting event and the Sprint Cup Series' third-highest paying race in the newly named O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 that will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be the signature race entitlement of the deal, but the company also will continue its title sponsorship of the annual November XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to ensure a year-round presence in a top-five metropolitan market. The current O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge XFINITY Series race that is part of a NASCAR tripleheader in November will be rebranded the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 beginning in 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series race is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2017.In addition to the traditional branding assets in race entitlement agreements, O'Reilly Auto Parts will continue as the "Official Auto Parts Supplier of Texas Motor Speedway" and own exclusive status in the auto parts store category.(Texas Motor Speedway)(5-16-2016)
Caroline Burns to sing National Anthem at New Hampshire: The last time Caroline Burns was at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, she was 13 years old, having won the opportunity to sing the national anthem before a Sprint Cup Series race thanks to her efforts in the Speedway Star singing competition. On July 17, Burns will return to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" before the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following an amazing run on NBC's popular singing contest "The Voice." Burns followed up her national anthem appearance at the speedway by attending the blind auditions for "The Voice" in 2015. Unfortunately, none of the four judges - Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton - turned their chairs around. It was both heartbreaking and a learning experience for Burns, who returned this season determined to get on the show. The hard work paid off, with Levine and Shelton both turning their chairs to vie as Burns's coach for the show. The decision, however, was an easy one, as Burns picked Levine to be her coach, guiding her all the way to Live Playoffs portion of the show. Burns is now home in Hollis, NH and is focusing on finishing school and beginning projects to write and compose her own music as she eyes a singing career.(NHMS)(5-13-2016)
Dover adding SAFER barrier UPDATE: ESPN's Bob Pockrass reports, "Dover International Speedway will replace the guard rails it had on the inside of Turn 3 with approximately 500 feet of SAFER Barrier by the time NASCAR visits for its May 13-15 race weekend. The steel-and-foam barrier is designed to absorb energy in a crash."(ESPN.com)(4-28-2016)
UPDATE: Dover International Speedway has completed two projects that extend SAFER barriers by almost 500 feet along the backstretch and into the entrance of Turn 3 and expand the pit stalls along pit road by 2 feet each. The work comes before the Monster Mile's latest NASCAR tripleheader weekend on May 13-15. New asphalt has also been added along the area behind pit road, from the entrance of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage down to the Start-Finish line. Facts on the recent construction are listed below:
" 479 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers were added to the one-mile, high-banked, concrete oval.
" Seventy-eight feet of standard SAFER barriers were added to the existing inside backstretch wall and 401 feet of SAFER barriers were included in front of a new, steel post inside wall on a newly placed stretch of concrete in front of the grassy area at the entrance to Turn 3. The Monster Bridge near the Turn 3 entrance sits above the new construction area.
" The SAFER barriers are 40 inches high.
" Along the new stretch of wall, one foam block is placed every 5˝ feet within the SAFER barrier to maximize safety from crash impacts.
" 190 cubic yards of concrete, 7-feet wide and 18 inches deep was added to the track.
" Along pit road, three pit stalls were eliminated, leaving space for 40 cars. Each pit stall was increased 2 feet in length, to 34 total feet. All stalls remain 16 feet wide.
" 550 feet of new asphalt was added between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage entrance and the Start-Finish line.
Axalta Coating Systems becomes final Founding Partner at Daytona: International Speedway Corporation and Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, announced today a multi-year partnership that will make Axalta the fifth Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway's (DIS) new motorsports stadium. The multi-year agreement will provide Axalta with naming rights for the Center injector as well as branding rights within specific areas of the "World Center of Racing" zone, the central "neighborhood" overlooking the famed start/finish line inside the new stadium. The "World Center of Racing" zone is roughly the area of two football fields and celebrates the history and legacy of racing at DIS while featuring retail and dining areas, dozens of video screens and open sight-line views of the racetrack. Axalta will receive 32,000 square feet of branding and engagement opportunities in the Center injector that vertically span four concourse levels along with a dedicated display activation area in the redesigned Midway (located near its injector). Through the partnership, Axalta furthers its strong commitment to motorsports. Axalta serves as a primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet SS team as part of its longstanding, 24-year partnership with Hendrick Motorsports. Additionally, Axalta recently served as the sponsor of the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR).(DIS)(5-9-2016)
Watkins Glen repave complete; would NASCAR run "the boot"? After a five-month, $12 million-plus facelift that started with the boot - and continued with the remaining 2.45-mile road course that NASCAR uses for the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series following the races last August -- Watkins Glen president Michael Printup is ready for his "Wild Season" to begin. "The grip is going to be there. Unlike the oval, we won't have multi-lanes coming out of the corner. So there's no effect on that in terms of lines. It's going to be fast. I've coined it as saying it's going to be a wild season. I don't know what's going to happen, but it's going to be wild." There's been speculation that the Glen might consider adding the boot to the current layout NASCAR uses and return the circuit to the full Grand Prix course. That would maximize the track at 11 turns rather than the seven the Sprint Cup tour uses for its annual romp just south of Seneca Lake in upstate New York. "Steve O'Donnell (NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer) said last year, 'Maybe we should race the boot,' but that adds another mile," Printup said. "The only thing the fans are concerned about is if you add another mile you only get to see the cars come around 60 times instead of 90. So there's a fan engagement opportunity that we have to analyze and get some feedback on before us and NASCAR make a decision. It would be fun, it would be sexy, it would be fast. But I think the fans need to give their opinion before we decide what to do."(Motorsport)(5-5-2016)
Frankie Ballard performing at Kentucky: Country music star Frankie Ballard will entertain race fans with a special performance on Kentucky Speedway's infield Kroger pre-race stage prior to the July 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The singer/songwriter's third studio album El Rio is scheduled to be released June 10. An album he describes as being "a spiritual journey." Fans are able to hear his newest single "El Camino" described by many as an upbeat and light song with a summertime vibe. The Warner Bros. Records Nashville artist has teamed up with Grammy award-winner Chris Stapleton, Kip Moore, Jaren Johnston, The Warren Brothers and well-known songwriter Craig Wiseman for "Cigarette," "Sweet Time," "Waste Some of Mine," and "Little Bit of Both." El Rio follows his Sunshine & Whiskey album which produced three consecutive No. 1 singles - "Sunshine & Whiskey," "Helluva Life," and "Young & Crazy." Ballard's signature rock sounds can be heard at 5:15pm., prior to the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race where race tickets are as low as $59.(Kentucky Speedway)(5-4-2016)
American Ethanol to sponsor first Iowa XFINITY race: Iowa Speedway announced American Ethanol will serve as the entitlement sponsor and Enogen as the presenting sponsor for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race during Wide Opening Weekend on June 18-19. The NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen on Sunday, June 19, represents the fifth consecutive year of the American Ethanol partnership and the fourth consecutive year with Enogen at Iowa Speedway. While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series idles for a week, the green flag will wave at Iowa Speedway for a first-of-its-kind doubleheader weekend in central Iowa. For the first time ever, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series are paired together during Wide Opening Weekend on June 18-19. American Ethanol and Enogen were the former title and presenting sponsors of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway. American Ethanol, along with Enogen, join the Iowa Corn Growers Association in renewing their long standing relationships with the speedway in 2016. Representing a wide array of ethanol supporters, from farmers to bio-engineering firms, American Ethanol was established by Growth Energy in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association to increase awareness of the value of American-made ethanol. Ethanol represents the most commercially-viable alternative to 100% petroleum-based fuel that America currently holds, and corn ethanol reduces emissions by 59 percent.(Iowa Speedway)(5-3-2016)
Darlington to offer Southern food options: Darlington Raceway and its food and beverage provider, Americrown Service Corp., are partnering for the second consecutive year to offer fans signature southern food items from the 1975-1984 era as part of the track's award winning throwback celebration. All the items will be sold at or below five dollars. The food items featured will be Brasington Bites, a Darlington Dog and Southern 500 Egg Roll. The track will also bring back the pimento cheese sandwich, which was popular with fans during the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend.
Pimento Cheese Sandwich - $3.00 - Made with scratch-made Palmetto-style pimento cheese spread served on fresh white bread
Brasington Bites - $4.00 - Ground beef, diced onion, smoked gouda and Yancey's Fancy buffalo cheddar cheese rolled, breaded and deep fried
Southern 500 Egg Roll - $4.00 - Smoked pulled pork, blend of cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses, black eyed peas and collard greens wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried to a golden brown
Darlington Dog - $5.00 - All beef hot dog topped with BBQ chili, bread & butter pickle relish, Darlington white slaw, bacon bits and fried onions
All will be featured in concession stands across the track property for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 event weekend, scheduled for Sept. 2-4, 2016.(Darlington Raceway)(5-1-2016)
Michigan launches Fan Appreciation program: Michigan International Speedway has launched this year's Fan Appreciation program. Through this summer's events at MIS, all guests have the opportunity to win prizes online at www.MISpeedway.com/goldenticket. All guests who purchase a ticket to the any of the track's June 10-12 and Aug. 27-28 events including the FireKeepers Casino 400 or the Pure Michigan 400 may enter online for a chance to win. Guests in their party, even if they're not account holders, can also try. In its ninth year, the Fan Appreciation Program continues to grow and reward fans with prizes and experiences. Prizes range from one fan being selected as the Ultimate Winner for June or August. Other prizes include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cold garage passes for the weekend, Busch Acceleration Club tickets, FanVision rentals, "Michigan Money" food vouchers, NASCAR XFINITY Series garage passes, access to the XFINITY Series drivers' meeting and an invitation to the XFINITY Series open garage session, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series cold garage passes, access to the truck series drivers' meeting and an invitation to the truck Series open garage session, Racing Electronics scanner rentals and more.(MIS)(4-30-2016)
Aspen Dental to sponsor Eldora Truck race: A race that has made everyone smile since its inception in 2013 has earned an appropriate new supporter. Aspen Dental has signed on to become the title sponsor of the fourth annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event July 20 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The race will take place on a Wednesday night at the half-mile, clay oval. The Camping World Truck Series is the only national NASCAR series event contested on dirt, with the 150-lap feature broken into three segments of 40 laps, 50 laps and 60 laps. Five qualifying heat races set the 32-truck field, a nod to dirt-track tradition. Aspen Dental is one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of independent dental care providers in the United States, with nearly 550 locations across 33 states.(Eldora Speedway)(4-29-2016)
Chicago race will be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400: Nickelodeon announced that it is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Danica Patrick has signed on to drive a special car for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, which will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. NASCAR star Danica Patrick, a Roscoe, Illinois native, helped kick off the partnership in true Turtles style. She unveiled her #10 April O'Neil/Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS at an event at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then took her car for a spin down Michigan Ave. She will join a number of other drivers with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles paint schemes for the Sept. 18 race. This Sept. 15-18 marks the sixth consecutive year that Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Nickelodeon partnership will include sponsorship of the 2017 kick off race, as well. Patrick's unique car was designed by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley, who will also design the race trophy, additional Turtles-branded paint schemes and other visual elements. Brantley breaks down the walls of cultural boundaries through his art and inspired by his 1980s Chicago upbringing, Brantley's work touches on tough subjects in a way that may be easily digestible to the viewer, by telling his stories through youthful characters and their adventures. Brantley's work can be described as pop infused contemporary art inspired by Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring.(Chicagoland Speedway), see an image of Patrick's car on the #10 team paint schemes page.(4-26-2016)
Chitwood named Chief Operating Officer of ISC; Wile moves from Darlington to Daytona: International Speedway Corporation announced that Joie Chitwood III, Executive Vice President, ISC and President of Daytona International Speedway, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of ISC. Concurrently, the Company announced that Chip Wile, President of Darlington Raceway, has been promoted to President of Daytona International Speedway. "Joie has played a tremendous role in the success of our flagship racetrack at Daytona International Speedway since 2010," stated ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy. "Most recently, his leadership of the DAYTONA Rising project, while simultaneously operating the facility, has demonstrated his operational acumen." Chitwood moves into the newly-formed role of COO following oversight of the Company's largest development to-date - the $400 million transformation of Daytona International Speedway into the world's first motorsports stadium, along with the 2010 repave of the Speedway. In his new position, Chitwood will oversee ISC enterprise facility operations, along with strengthening key industry initiatives.
Wile, promoter of one of NASCAR's most successful events of the 2015 season - the Bojangles' Southern 500, will transition from leadership of Darlington Raceway to President of Daytona International Speedway. In just two years as President of Darlington Raceway, Wile transformed the facility's identity and impact on and off the track. He spearheaded a five-year strategy to reinvent Darlington Raceway with an inaugural Throwback Campaign during NASCAR's return to Darlington on Labor Day weekend, in addition to re-engaging the local community hosting nearly 15 annual events. In his new role, Wile will oversee promotion and operation of the new motorsports stadium beginning with its first major event, the Country 500 over Memorial Day weekend, followed by the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.(ISC)(4-25-2016)
Pocono Raceway, Penn State Working To Eliminate Waste: The goals for Pocono Raceway are set extremely high, especially when it goes to green initiatives. That's why the 2.5-mile raceway has partnered with Penn State University. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky started a project last year with Penn State to make the raceway a "near zero waste" facility. Meaning that a majority of the waste produced during Pocono's operating season will be diverted from landfills. Already the first motorsports facility to operate on solar power thanks to its massive three megawatt solar farm, Pocono Raceway is now trying to eliminate waste. Last year, students from Penn State began a partnership at Pocono Raceway. They surveyed fans, explored materials management, identified persistent patterns in fan behavior and learned about sustainability-related infrastructure. The research showed that fans, especially at Pocono Raceway, were concerned about wastefulness and environmental responsibility. The study noted that fans are searching for better options for waste management. Among the immediate changes implemented were additional recycling containers. Working with Pocono Raceway partner Coca-Cola, the raceway is now blanketed with recycling bins. Pocono Raceway, Penn State and new food and beverage provider Spectra will also focus on the goal of near-zero waste. Meetings with area resorts and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau have begun exploring options to manage biomass with composting or anaerobic digestion as a possible solution.(Pocono Raceway)(4-23-2016)
Homestead tickets on sale: Last year, the sold-out crowd on hand for the Ford EcoBoost 400 witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when Kyle Busch earned the first Sprint Cup Series title of his career. This year, Ford Championship Weekend returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 18-20, to once again make its mark on history as NASCAR crowns champions in the Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. Tickets for the three-day championship event will go on sale to the public starting on Wednesday, May 4. For the first time in Homestead-Miami Speedway history, four drivers will be vying for a championship on Friday in the Ford EcoBoost 200, Saturday in the Ford EcoBoost 300 and Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400. With the prominent success of NASCAR's refurbished playoff format in the Sprint Cup Series, which was instituted in 2014, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series have adopted similar Chase formats starting this year, which will also feature four drivers competing for a championship amongst a full field in each series. Ford Championship Weekend will commence on Friday, November 18 at 8:00pm with the Camping World Truck Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 200. Then on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30pm, the XFINITY Series will hold its championship finale, the Ford EcoBoost 300.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(4-23-2016)
Pocono Raceway, GEICO Establish Partnership: Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky announced that GEICO will be the Official RV and Recreational Insurance sponsor of 'The Tricky Triangle.' The multi-year deal aligns Pocono Raceway with GEICO and adds to the insurance companies motorsports offering. As part of the agreement, GEICO will have branded naming rights to GEICO RV and Camping Registration, GEICO Motorcycle Parking and GEICO Family Camping. In addition, GEICO will have a large presence during race weekends at Pocono Raceway and will rely on its street team to identify the best campsite and present the "Golden Gecko" to the winner. Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(4-18-2016)
Bristol Driver Song Selections: Bristol Motor Speedway has always featured the most unique driver introductions on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, but 2016 takes it to a whole new level with the addition of Colossus TV. The sights and sounds of each driver selecting their own songs was presented on the world's largest, outdoor, center-hung, four-sided video display. See the full list:
Jamie McMurray, "Take a Little Ride" Jason Aldean
Brad Keselowski, "I've Always Been Crazy" Waylon Jennings
Austin Dillon, "Look at My Dab" Migos
Kevin Harvick, "Thunderstruck" AC/DC
Kasey Kahne, "Fightin' Side of Me Merle Haggard
Trevor Bayne, "Rocky Top" Pride of the Southland Band
Regan Smith, "State of My Head" Shinedown
Danica Patrick, "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
Denny Hamlin, "Me, Myself & I G Eazy & Bebe Rexha
Casey Mears, "Nothin' But A Good Time" Poison
Ty Dillon, "Let's Get it On" Marvin Gaye
Clint Bowyer, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" Merle Haggard
Greg Biffle, "All Summer Long" Kid Rock
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., "Simple Man" Charlie Daniels Band
Kyle Busch, "Candyman" Aloe Blacc & Zedd
Carl Edwards, "Have a Nice Day" Bon Jovi
Matt Kenseth, "Back for More" Five Finger Death Punch
Ryan Blaney, "Not the American Average" Asking Alexandria
Joey Logano, "White and Nerdy" Weird Al
David Ragan, "Stroker Ace Theme" Charlie Daniels Band
Chase Elliott, "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" Eric Church
Paul Menard, "Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood" Volbeat
Josh Wise, "Your Soul" Hippy Sabotage
Ryan Newman, "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers
Jeffrey Earnhardt, "Hard Working Man" Brooks & Dunn
Chris Buescher, "Hakuna Matata"
Landon Cassill, Sesame Street Theme
Kurt Busch, "Walk This Way" Aerosmith
Kyle Larson, "Outlaw State of Mind" Chris Stapleton
Aric Almirola, "Outsiders" Eric Church
Brian Scott, "Back in Black" AC/DC
Michael Annett, "Stone Cold Steve Austin Theme"
AJ Allmendinger, "The Bleeding" Five Finger Death Punch
Jimmie Johnson, "Fight For Your Right" Beastie Boys
Reed Sorenson, "Hypnotize" Notorious BIG
Martin Truex Jr., "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" Luke Bryan
Matt DiBenedetto, "Sharp Dressed Man" ZZ Top
Dale Earnhardt Jr., "Gonna Fly (Rocky Theme) Bill Conti
Michael McDowell, "Simple Man" Charlie Daniels Band
Cole Whitt, "Stressed Out" Twenty One Pilots
Roger Penske to drive Indy 500 pace car: The winningest person in Indianapolis 500 history will be the celebrity pace car driver for next month's Indianapolis 500. Roger Penske never drove to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In fact, he never drove an Indy car there at all, deferring his chance to take a rookie test in 1964. Another hotshot eventually got that opportunity. Perhaps you've heard of Mario Andretti. But Penske went on to grow his automotive business into a global leader, and excel on the track he won races at a staggering rate. His record collection of Indianapolis 500 trophies stands at 16 - and likely counting. He has four drivers set for a chance at victory lane again this year, but this time he will literally and figuratively lead them there. This will be his first chance to drive the pace car, and it comes in the 50th anniversary of Penske Racing's formation. Penske won his first 500 with Mark Donohue in 1972 and last year's race with Juan Pablo Montoya. In between were some of the greatest drivers IndyCar has ever known: Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr. In all, 11 drivers have a spot on the Borg-Warner Trophy thanks to Penske and his staff. No other team owner has won the 500 more than five times. Penske will drive a Chevrolet, whose officials recommended him for the honor. Chevrolet will provide the pace car for a record 27th time and 14th in succession.(Indianapolis Star)(4-15-2016)
Gateway and GEICO offering 60% discount to military personnel for Truck race: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Gateway Motorsports Park on June 25 for the annual Drivin' For Linemen 200 and will be accompanied for the first time by the ARCA Short Track Series and USAC Silver Crown Series. Gateway Motorsports Park and GEICO are honoring the brave men and women who currently serve, or have served, in America's armed forces with a special offer for the exciting oval-track tripleheader. All current military members, veterans - and their families - will receive a 60% discount on all ticket packages offered by GMP courtesy of GEICO. Premium reserved tickets, originally $59, will be available for $24. Reserved tickets, normally $49, are available at $20. General admission seats which usually sell for $36 now are available to military and veterans for only $14. Each ticket purchased with the military/veterans discount also will include a food voucher for one free bottle of water and one complimentary sandwich (redeemable at any GMP concession stand on race day courtesy of GEICO). Each ticket purchased with this special offer also will include one "cold" pit pass and a discounted coupon that may be redeemed at the Gateway Kartplex. The Kartplex coupon may be used anytime throughout the year. For more information, please call GMP at (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com.(Gateway Motorsports Park)(4-12-2016)
Pocono Raceway opening infield Bark Park: In conjunction with National Pet Day, Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has announced the creation of the Pocono Raceway Bark Park, the first dog park at a national motorsports facility. The Pocono Raceway Bark Park will be housed in the infield at Pocono Raceway, near the Infield Fan Center along Earnhardt Road. The 100-feet by 100-feet facility will be open to all dogs in the infield and feature a secure gate, obstacles and size-appropriate exercise areas. The Pocono Raceway Bark Park is free of charge and open to all fans who have secured an infield camping spot. Fans who have purchased an infield camping spot can buy a limited-edition Pocono Raceway dog tag. The dog tag will allow fans an extra two hours of access and entry into the "Best in Show" contest. The "Best in Show" contest will be held at the Pocono Raceway Bark Park with the winning dog announced during the Infield Block Party Saturday night of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend and having a photo taken with Pocono Raceway's beloved mascot Tricky The Fox.(Pocono Raceway)(4-12-2016)
Military exercises and music highlight Salute the Troops Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show: For decades, Charlotte Motor Speedway has paid tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces each Memorial Day Weekend with a captivating pre-race show before the drop of the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600. On May 29, the 57th running of the ultimate test of man and machine, which will see drivers face in-car temperatures exceeding 120 degrees in the heat of May, will host one of the biggest military appreciation pre-race spectaculars in the track's history.
Military Re-enactment Storms the Skies and the Frontstretch. The action-packed show will include:
" Ground exercises with troops from Fort Bragg featuring Humvees, Howitzers, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System and more
" Rope teams from Fort Bragg descending from Black Hawk helicopters with an aerial reenactment of an invasion
" Vintage war birds with a flyover parade during pre-race ceremonies including a T-35 Buckaroo, P-149 Trainer, C-46 Commando, T-6 Texan and two P-51 Mustangs
" A 21-gun salute from the Fort Bragg Firing Squad
" 600 U.S. Army soldiers marching down the grandstands to the frontstretch, where they will display two American flags each as large as a football field
" A flyover with four F-15s from the 334th Fighter Squadron, Fighting Eagles Seymour Johnson AFB
" Sky-diving members of Team Fastrax descending to the infield with Old Glory flying behind
Thousands of Troops Honored during Pre-Race Ceremonies
" Fans will be able to salute the troops when 600 soldiers from Fort Bragg walk through the grandstands to the infield
" Through the Charlotte Motor Speedway Patriot Partners program, buses will bring thousands of troops. An unprecedented social media presence will allow fans to keep track of the troops' adventures by following #PatriotPartners on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
" Fans and businesses can take part by sponsoring an entire bus, or by donating Coca-Cola 600 tickets for just $25 each through the Let The Troops Race program
" Medal of Honor recipients Major General Patrick Henry Brady and U.S. Army Officer Joe Marm Jr. will also be recognized on the pre-race stage
" Through the new Salute the Crews program, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team members who have served in the military will be recognized during the pre-race ceremonies and on the giant Speedway TV
A star-studded musical lineup will highlight the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show, including:
" Two-time GRAMMY nominee and country music megastar Lee Brice will perform a 45-minute pre-race concert presented by Speed Perks
" Bugler from Fort Bragg to perform "Taps"
" Rendition of "Amazing Grace" by the Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
" Performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" by the 82nd Airborne Chorus
" Performances of "God Bless the USA" and the Armed Forces Medley
Nazareth Speedway sold: For more than a decade, the Nazareth Speedway has set idle. But around town, people still remember this was the place to be in its glory days. "We used to go to the races there and see Mario Andretti," Bob Kline remembers. The big names rolling down the track, boasted big speed. But the engines were silenced in 2004, when the track closed. Since then, there have been reports here and there that something was in the works, but nothing ever came of it - until now. Jaindl Real Estate has purchased the land and developer David Jaindl says his company will farm the agricultural lands around the speedway this Spring. It's not clear their plans for the actual track, but some say they'd just like to see something done with it. Time will tell what the new owner does, but people have already been waiting a dozen years. "It's been so long that it hasn't been in use," Kline says. They might be willing to wait a little more, to see if the road for this speedway will ever re-open again, or if it'll be done away with completely - and mark the true finish line for the old track.(WFMZ)(4-8-2016)
ISC advanced ticket sales down: Jeff Gordon's retirement and injured driver Tony Stewart's absence are among factors International Speedway Corp. officials cited Tuesday for advance ticket sales being down about 10 percent from a year ago for some upcoming races. ISC officials also said the focus on the Chase for the Sprint Cup may be playing a role in fans purchasing tickets for those events instead of races earlier in the season. "Star power is very impactful in our sport as it is in any sport," said John Saunders, president of International Speedway Corp. on a conference call with investor analysts. "We've got to be better going forward and think strategically about retiring drivers," Saunders said, "and how you connect their retirement to the rising stars, the young stars, such as the Chase Elliotts and Ryan Blaney drivers." There are a number of drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series who likely will be in Cup full-time soon, including Erik Jones, who turns 20 in May, 23-year-old Darrell Wallace Jr., 24-year-old Ty Dillon and 24-year-old Daniel Suarez. Those young drivers will compete for the championship in a Chase format this year with NASCAR adding that to the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.
Also, discussed on the call with investor analysts:
- Saunders said on the digital platform they've seen consumption from the 18- to 34-year old demographic double year over year but didn't provide details.
- Advanced ticket sales for the July Daytona race are pacing ahead of last year.
- ISC has one of their available Sprint Cup series race sponsorships either open or not announced and two for Xfinity events this season.
- Average ticket price for NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Daytona International Speedway was about $160.07, an increase of more than 19 percent from last year primarily related to new seats sold at higher prices with the Daytona Rising project that reduced capacity from 147,000 to 101,000.
Pocono Raceway sets JR Nation Camping Experience: In honor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series' first race at Pocono Raceway on June 4, Pocono and JR Motorsports have paired up to create the inaugural JR Nation Camping Experience at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania speedway. This exclusive partnership between Pocono Raceway and JR Motorsports allows a limited number of camping spots at the JR Nation Camping Experience in the infield. Fans can purchase an exclusive weekend camping spot at the branded JR Nation area inside 'The Tricky Triangle' by going to www.poconoraceway.com/jrnation. JR Nation Camping is part of the "JRM On Tour 2016," a year-long marketing initiative that rewards fans with free merchandise throughout the season's 33-race schedule. A camping spot as part of JR Nation Camping is $200 and includes infield access and all of the benefits associated with camping at Pocono Raceway. Those who purchase a spot for JR Nation Camping will be given a commemorative "JRM On Tour 2016" t-shirt and are eligible to be selected to participate in the inaugural JR Nation Campsite Decorating contest, which includes cash prizes and bragging rights. The JR Nation Campsite Decorating contest will reward creativity for Best Dale-Gate Party Campsite; Best Use of Lights; Best Patriotic Campsite and an overall winner for Best & Most Creative JR Nation Fan Campsite. All camping guests will have access to the JR Nation Camping Experience. As part of the festivities, JR Motorsports NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers - including Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Alex Bowman -- will participate in an autograph session and Kelly Earnhardt Miller will participate in a question-and-answer session. JR Motorsports partners will be on hand throughout the weekend for giveaways and prizes.(Pocono Raceway)(4-6-2016)
Darlington Raceway names new "Lady in Black": Darlington Raceway announced South Carolina native Amanda Bishop has been selected as the Lady in Black for 2016. As the Lady in Black, Bishop will serve as a key ambassador for Darlington Raceway throughout the year. She will represent the track at various community and media events as well as the 67th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend Bishop was selected from over 50 candidates that submitted an online application for the position. Bishop, a native of Greer, S.C., is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She is currently enrolled in the Master's of Arts elementary education program at USC. She competed in the Miss South Carolina pageant twice, regularly traveling across the state to promote the Miss America Organization and Children's Miracle Network.(Darlington Raceway)(4-5-2016)
Bisci joins Gateway Motorsports Park: Gateway Motorsports Park officials announced that 28-year motorsports veteran John Bisci has joined the staff of Gateway Motorsports Park in the new position of Media and Promotions Manager. With more than 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Bisci will be actively involved in the promotion of the NHRA-sanctioned Dragplex and Gateway Kartplex. Bisci brings event development experience that will be utilized for schedule expansion and racing diversity. Bisci's experience includes media relations for NHRA-sanctioned tracks, as a publicist for Mello Yello Drag Racing Series teams and representation for multiple NASCAR sponsors and drivers. Bisci joins the track's expanding public relations team and will be working closely with Susan Ryan, who has led the public and media relations efforts for Gateway Motorsports Park since its rebirth in 2011. "I am proud and excited to join the Gateway Motorsports Park team," Bisci said. "It is important to work for, and with, people who share my passion for the sport. This is an exciting time for Gateway Motorsports Park, and I am pleased to be a part of the continued growth of one of the fastest growing, up-and-coming motorsports facilities in the United States."(Gateway Motorsports Park)(3-26-2016)
Magpul Industries sponsoring Pole Day at Kentucky: Magpul Industries Corp., is expanding its partnership with Kentucky Speedway by becoming the official Pole Day sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Friday, July 8. The Magpul partnership has given the brand numerous signage opportunities throughout the race weekends. In addition, Magpul is a proud sponsor of Kentucky Speedway's annual Top Cop Challenge program where police officers from regional jurisdictions compete in NASCAR stock cars to identify the fastest officer. This year's Top Cop Challenge will be held in September. Magpul was founded in 1999 with the intent of developing a simple device to aid in the manipulation of rifle magazines while reloading under stress. The company's name comes from this original product called the Magpul. Over the last decade Magpul has continued to grow and develop using much the same mission and process with a focus on innovation, simplicity, and efficiency. Kentucky Speedway's 2016 season begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the July 9 Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 Thursday, July 7 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 Friday, July 8.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-23-2016)
Menards sponsoring Michigan XFINITY race: Michigan International Speedway officials have partnered with Menards and Valvoline to bring fans the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline on June 11. While Valvoline has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR's fastest track. As title sponsor, Valvoline will help to market the Menards brand and its involvement as the official motor oil of the stores through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale.(MIS)(3-14-2016)
Phoenix says no decision made on track upgrades: Bryan Sperber, president of Phoenix International Raceway, told NBC Sports Friday that any talk about the track flip-flopping the frontstretch and backstretch is "all speculation at this point." International Speedway Corp., which owns the track, had no comment on a Fox Sports 1 broadcaster saying that the "rumor" is the company will flip the frontstretch and backstretch at Phoenix. During Friday's broadcast of Sprint Cup practice on Fox Sports 1, broadcaster Mike Joy said: "The rumor now is that ISC is going to take and flip-flop this track as has been done at Atlanta and Darlington and the reason is that these (frontstretch) seats face South, which means you are sun-baked all day long, so there's a possibility of making this (Joy drew on the screen along the backstretch) the frontstretch with new seats and suites." Sperber told NBC Sports: "It's no secret that we've been looking at upgrading PIR in general, and we're starting to put plans together now, but it's a long, way away from making any kind of announcement." Sperber said they're putting together a list of possible changes and examining prices for the projects.(NBC Sports)(3-12-2016)
Lee Brice performing pre-race concert at Charlotte: One of the biggest names in entertainment today will perform at the biggest Memorial Day Weekend celebration on the planet when two-time GRAMMY nominee and country music megastar Lee Brice rocks the pre-race entertainment stage before the Coca-Cola 600, Sunday, May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The full 45-minute Lee Brice Coca-Cola 600 pre-race concert presented by Speed Perks, will highlight the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race pit party, which will also include driver appearances, Q&As with some of the biggest names in the sport and even more live music. Before breaking onto the scene in 2010 with his debut album, 'Love Like Crazy,' Brice was a noted songwriter, penning "More Than A Memory" recorded by Garth Brooks, and wrote songs recorded by artists including, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney, among others. During the Lee Brice Coca-Cola 600 pre-race concert presented by Speed Perks, the multitalented musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist is expected to perform several of his smash hits like "Love Like Crazy," "Woman Like You" and "I Don't Dance," among other favorites. The concert will take place on pit road.(CMS)(3-11-2016)
Ticket sales down in 2015: The three public companies that operate racetracks reported a tick downward in ticket revenues in 2015 as they attempt to turn around what has become an eight-year trend. International Speedway Corp., Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Dover Motorsports combined to sell $238.8 million in tickets in 2015, down from $239.2 million in 2014, according to their annual reports. SMI was the last to issue its annual financials Wednesday. Those figures include tickets for non-NASCAR events, but NASCAR races make up a large majority of the ticket sales at the tracks. ISC, 72% of whose stock is owned by the NASCAR-owning France family, has 20 of the 38 Sprint Cup events, while SMI, controlled by Bruton Smith and family, has 13 events and Dover has two.
The 0.17% drop from 2014 to 2015 could show some stabilization. Ticket revenues dropped 9.1% in 2012, 6.5% in 2013 and 2.5% in 2014. The 2015 figures for the three companies is 49% below their all-time high of $467.4 million in 2007. Tracks at the three public companies have eliminated more than 428,000 seats -- 23% of their capacity -- since 2007 in order to create increased demand. ISC reported that its Sprint Cup tickets sold in 2015 went for an average price of $86.10, up slightly from $85.82 in 2014, with grandstand capacity at 89% in 2015, up from 87% in 2014. It also reported that its six Chase for the Sprint Cup races had a 4% increase in attendance. The money the companies earned from tickets pales to what they earn from the NASCAR television package, of which the tracks get 65%. They took in about $407.1 million in broadcast rights in 2015.(ESPN.com)(3-10-2016)
Changes to NASCAR sanctioning agreements this year: NASCAR has added new language to its sanction agreements that prohibit anything resembling the Sprint Cup Series at tracks that have Sprint Cup races. Because Dover International Speedway's entire business is virtually reliant on its two NASCAR weekends, Dover filed select financial information as well as its entire Sprint Cup sanction agreements with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week. The money Dover will get from the NASCAR television package will increase from 3.37% to 4.25% annually over the next five years. Dover will receive $30.7 million in television money for its two Sprint Cup weekends ... and it will increase anywhere from $1.1 million to $1.4 million a year through 2020.
The sanction agreement also includes some new language -- interesting language from the standpoint that NASCAR has now banned any races of similar cars at the tracks where Sprint Cup competes. Among other new items in the five-year sanction agreements:
* NASCAR will tell promoters by April 1 the dates of their races for the following year.
* There is a new section on "secondary ancillary rights" fees that will be distributed 60% to teams, 30% to promoters and 10% to NASCAR. These would be non-live broadcast rights for highlights and other digital content, including licensing to fantasy games for use of driver and team images.
* There is a new section called "event standards" that creates a promoter council and requires that the tracks and NASCAR will work together to create series-wide and event-specific criteria relative to fan experience, remote viewers experience, promotion of events and stature of events - and that NASCAR and the track would put together a plan to rectify any shortfalls or deficiencies.
* NASCAR will now require pace vehicles to be only those from manufacturers that participate in NASCAR competition, with any track deals with other manufacturers grandfathered in for 2016.(ESPN.com)(3-4-2016)
Atlanta Motor Speedway & Kentucky Speedway repaving in 2016? UPDATE4 Kentucky to repave: From an interview with Danny James of the Lane Construction Corporation. James is the Mechanical Supervisor responsible for overseeing the paving of racetracks such as Daytona International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway. James is supervising the paving the Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania, VA. During the interview, James said Lane Construction has been contracted to repave Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway in 2016. The video interview which had been on the Dominion Raceway Facebook page, was removed Wednesday afternoon and the same video on YouTube is now private.(11-18-2015)
UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway posted on their twitter: A repave has been looked into, but at this time, there are not any plans to do so.(11-18-2015)
UPDATE2: Kentucky Speedway may be due for a repave in 2016, but it's still plenty possible the track chooses to wait out another year with its bumpy surface. That's despite what Lane Construction Corporation's Danny James said in a recent interview circulating social media Wednesday. In a video published to Facebook, James said his company has been contracted to repave Kentucky Speedway and the Atlanta Motor Speedway, both owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. "I'm not exactly sure why he's talking about what we're doing," said Mark Simendinger, Kentucky Speedway's general manager. "If I were him, I'd be more focused on Lane Construction Corporation is up to -- not what we're up to." Simendinger said repaving is something track officials have discussed with Lane Construction and other contractors. "Have we made up our mind with what we're going to do? No," Simendinger said. "We're not going to ask (James) to make our media announcements for us. We evaluate it every year. We're evaluating it right now. That shouldn't come as a surprise."(Courier-Journal)(11-18-2015)
UPDATE 3: Atlanta Motor Speedway was last resurfaced in 1997 and today is among the oldest racing surfaces on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. While track officials are constantly monitoring the track's condition, there are, at this time, no plans in place to resurface the track. A favorite among many NASCAR drivers, the aged, abrasive surface produces slick racing conditions and some of the fastest tire fall-off in NASCAR. With very little alteration since its most recent repave 18 years ago, regularly scheduled maintenance programs, including filling cracks with pavement preservation products, is performed on the 1.54-mile asphalt surface between races. Mild Georgia winters and the thorough maintenance program have played a key factor in the track's longevity.(AMS)(11-24-2015)
UPDATE 4: Kentucky Speedway announces it is undertaking a comprehensive renovation of its racing surface which is highlighted by increased banking in Turns 1 and 2 and further includes drainage improvements, additional SAFER barrier, and repaving of the entire 1.5-mile tri-oval. Work has begun and will be completed in time for this year's NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July. "Modifying Turns 1 and 2 will present an exciting challenge to the drivers while addressing issues of the track surface, SAFER barrier and drainage will improve safety, which is always our paramount concern," said General Manager of Kentucky Speedway, Mark Simendinger. The project will be coordinated by Vice President of Operations and Development for Speedway Motorsports Inc., Steve Swift. "We have assembled an excellent team, all of whom are familiar with the demands of speedway construction. I am excited about the finished product as we wanted to present a unique challenge to the drivers. This design, with Turns 1 and 2 completely different than 3 and 4 accomplishes that goal. The big winner will be the race fan," said Swift.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-5-2016)
Bruton Smith cancer free: Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s O. Bruton Smith is reportedly cancer free. Smith's daughter-in-law (Cassi Mitchell Smith) spread the good news Tuesday via Twitter. BMS officials confirmed Twitter post saying, "the news from Bruton's most recent screening was confirmed by SMI. Great news!" Back in August, with the speedway as his backdrop, Smith announced that doctors treated him for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier in the summer.(WJHL)(12-16-2015)
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