Race Track and Speedway News, Records & Links

  • Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
    Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (107 races held)
    Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 5 (25)
    Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (108)
    Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (112)
    Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (14)
    Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (111)
    Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (135)
    Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 9 (90)
    Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (16)
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (21)
    Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (18)
    Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 2 (4)
    Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (18)
    Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (132)
    Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (91)
    New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (40)
    Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 6 (37)
    Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (74)
    Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (117)
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (26)
    Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (91)
    Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (28)
    Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (31)
    (11-16-2014)

  • Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
    Daytona International Speedway 135 races (since 1959)
    Martinsville Speedway 132 (since 1949)
    Richmond International Raceway 117 (since 1953)
    Charlotte Motor Speedway 112 (since 1960)
    Darlington Speedway 111 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 108 (since 1961)
    Atlanta Motor Speedway 107 (since 1960)
    North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
    Michigan International Speedway, 91 (since 1969)
    Talladega Superspeedway, 91 (since 1969)
    Dover International Speedway, 90 (since 1969)
    (11-16-2014)

  • Gordon down to ONE track with no win: After winning at Homestead in November 2013 means there is only ONE race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit at which #24-Jeff Gordon has yet to win, that being Kentucky Speedway. Gordon has won on 24 of the 25 tracks he has raced at in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.
    Driver -- Wins -- Tracks won at/ Tracks ran
    Richard Petty -- 200 -- 51 of 84
    David Pearson -- 105 -- 38 of 65
    Bobby Allison -- 84 -- 28 of 47
    Jeff Gordon -- 92 -- 24 of 25
    Darrell Waltrip -- 84 -- 16 of 26
    Cale Yarborough -- 83 -- 18 of 46
    Of course, a disclaimer here is that in the old days of NASCAR, many tracks were raced at once or just a handful of times, but that's still pretty impressive.(ESPN.com)
    Current Drivers: the active leaders with the most Sprint Cup wins at the 23 different tracks currently on the NSCS schedule:
    Rank, Driver, Number of Tracks
    1. #24-Jeff Gordon, 22
    2. #14-Tony Stewart, 21
    3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19
    4. #5-Mark Martin, 18
    5. #18-Kyle Busch, 17
    (NASCAR PR)(9-28-2014)

  • 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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Track News and Announcements

  • Many Atlanta Ticket Specials Expire Feb 2nd: Fans have a very limited amount of time to take advantage of many of the ticket specials for Atlanta Motor Speedway's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend Feb. 26 through March 1. A majority of the limited-time offers will expire Monday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m., and fans are encouraged to take advantage of these value-priced offers while they are still available. There are several money-saving ticket specials available for each day of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend for single tickets, groups or families for every budget. For the ticket specials that expire and more information, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit Atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-30-2015)

  • Darlington announces commemorative ticket design: With the Bojangles' Southern 500 returning to Labor Day weekend in 2015, Darlington Raceway is excited to announce it will commemorate its history with a retro-style ticket that will be issued for its events on September 5-6, 2015. The design will incorporate the look of the 1974 ticket. It features South Carolina and Darlington Raceway legend Cale Yarborough, who was highlighted as the defending champion in 1974 after winning his first career Southern 500 in 1973. The ticket will also link eras by honoring last year's Bojangles' Southern 500 winner and 2014 defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kevin Harvick, in a similar fashion. These special tickets will be used for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 and NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 races. Tickets are expected to be mailed to all customers starting in mid-June.
    "We announced in December that we would make some exciting announcements each month leading into our race weekend. This new ticket design will be unique for our fans because it captures our storied history with a retro feel and celebrates our defending race champion Kevin Harvick," track President Chip Wile said. "This is just one of many initiatives we have planned over the next several months as we celebrate the tradition returning to Labor Day weekend in September."
    In addition, Darlington Raceway will introduce a "Fan Hall of Fame" program. The program will honor longtime ticketholders and supporters of the track. A minimum of five fans will be selected in the first year and will be honored during Bojangles' Southern 500 pre-race ceremonies. Fan Hall of Fame members will be asked to provide feedback and ideas to the track in future years, serving in a Fan Advisory Board capacity.
    "We have many loyal race fans who have attended events here for decades, so it only made sense to thank and celebrate them through this new program," Wile said. "Our fans are the number one reason Darlington Raceway has enjoyed a history steep in tradition. Without them, we would not be in existence today. Their stories are what we need to recognize and honor moving forward."
    Ticket renewals have been mailed reminding fans to renew their seats for the 2015 Labor Day race weekend. Renewing your tickets early guarantees your seats at the best prices available prior to the opening of all remaining seats to the general public on February 18.
    "We want our fans to take advantage of all the great pricing and benefits we offer during the renewal period," Wile said. "This is the best way to guarantee your seats or campsites when NASCAR racing returns to Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway. This is going to be one of the most exciting events of the season, and we encourage everyone to get their tickets now and start preparing as the Tradition Returns to Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend in 2015!"
    Renewing customers receive many great benefits for being a loyal customer, including the raceway's best pricing for Labor Day weekend.
    Renewal benefits include:
    · The track's best prices for the Bojangles' Southern 500
    · Flexible six-part payment plan option
    · Opportunity to auto renew for three or five years at 2015 pricing
    · Special renewal pricing for Darlington Stripe Zone Hospitality ($30 savings)
    · Special renewal pricing for pre-race pit passes ($5 savings)
    · Special renewal pricing for driver intro/pre-race concert access ($10 savings)
    · Special renewal pricing for FanVision rentals ($15 savings)
    · Special renewal pricing for Racing Electronics scanner rental ($10 savings)
    Guests may renew their tickets and campsites by calling 866-459-RACE (7223) or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com/renewals. The renewal deadline is Friday, Feb. 6.
    The Tradition Returns to Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 is set for Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(1-30-2015)

  • Gappens faces misdemeanor charge after Manchester arrest: Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was arrested last week and charged with indecent exposure and lewdness, a misdemeanor. Manchester Police said Gappens was engaged in sexual activity with a woman inside a car. His attorney released a statement to News 9: "Mr. Gappens acknowledges using poor judgment that has resulted in a misdemeanor charge that is both embarrassing and devastating to him and his family, and for that, he sincerely apologizes. He regrets his actions. While he made a bad decision, he did not, in my opinion, engage in conduct that violates the referenced statute or any other criminal law. Mr. Gappens cooperated fully with the police, and we hope to have this difficult situation resolved soon."(WMUR/News 9)(1-30-2015)

  • Axalta becomes title sponsor for Pocono race in June: Pocono Raceway and long-time partner, Axalta Coating Systems, announced a multi-year entitlement agreement which includes the renaming of the annual June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race held at 'The Tricky Triangle' as the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400. "We are very excited to share this great news, in cooperation with everyone at Axalta Coating Systems," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. "They have been a great addition to the Pocono Raceway family, and we look forward to growing this relationship in 2015 and beyond. What makes this even more special is the fact we get to work hand-in-hand with a true global powerhouse who also calls the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 'home.'"
    "Axalta is proud of its 22-year motorsports partnership," said Axalta Vice President and head of its North America business, Nigel Budden. "As a leader in the US refinish business, our paint graces racecars that burn rubber on the track each season and we proudly support four-time NASCAR® Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Now, we are pleased to expand our racing involvement as Pocono Raceway's title sponsor of the upcoming race on June 7th. We look forward to cheering on Gordon as he vies for a seventh win at Pocono Raceway."
    Axalta Coating Systems is "The Official Finish" of Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, the two most recent NSCS championship organizations. They also sponsor the #24 Axalta Coatings Chev driven by Jeff Gordon, who is the winningest NASCAR driver at Pocono with six victories (June 1996, June 1997, July 1998, June 2007, June 2011 and August 2012).
    Tickets for the June 7th Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 start at $45. Kids, ages 12 and under are eligible for half-price grandstand tickets starting at $22.50. For tickets and more information, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(1-27-2015)

  • Atlanta Fan-Friendly Hotel Deals and Travel Packages Available: Fans attending the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 26 through March 1 have numerous affordable options for lodging and travel in the immediate Atlanta area through local partnerships. Marriott Hotels, the official hotel partner of Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as several other local Atlanta area hotels have partnered with Atlanta Motor Speedway to offer fans lodging options with affordable rates while they are visiting the speedway during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend. Each of these hotels will offer fans affordable nightly rates while not requiring multiple-night stays. A complete listing of Atlanta Motor Speedway's fan-friendly hotels is available by visiting atlantamotorspeedway.com. Additionally, PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events and the official travel package provider for Atlanta Motor Speedway, is offering fans exclusive travel packages for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend.. For more information or to purchase tickets today, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-26-2015)

  • AMS Chase Elliott Ticket Package announced: Atlanta Motor Speedway has created a ticket package special for Chase Elliott fans for the Saturday, Feb. 28 Hisense 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. By purchasing a regularly-priced $40 general admission ticket to the Hisense 250 XFINITY Series and Atlanta 200 Camping World Truck Series race doubleheader in the Chase's Crew section near the start/finish line, purchasers will receive a Chase's Elliott foam finger. As an added bonus, the first 200 to purchase a Chase Elliott ticket package will have an opportunity to participate in an autograph session with Chase on race day at the JR Motorsports souvenir hauler in the AMS Fan Zone. Chase Elliott ticket packages are extremely limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information and to become part of Chase's Crew, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-25-2015)

  • Former New York NASCAR track site being prepared for development: Staten Island (NY) Marine Development's (SIMD) large expanse of industrial-zoned land in the West Shore Green Zone -- formerly earmarked for an 82,500-seat NASCAR racetrack before it was derailed by public skepticism and political opposition -- is being prepared for development. And even before the 671 acres -- of which 330 acres will be developed -- is fully ready for construction, real estate moguls are eyeing the site to lure big box and manufacturing industry to the borough.(Staten Island Live)(1-25-2015)

  • Campground Lake at Atlanta gets a new name: A small lake covering one of the nearly 900 acres that make up Atlanta Motor Speedway has a new name. Inspired by a pair of ever-present residents of the bird variety who have made a home out of its cozy confines and grassy banks, the AMS staff has dubbed the lake within the unreserved tent campground near the oval's fourth turn "Swan Lake." While visitors of many species frequent the lake for its convenient water access, feeding grounds and nearby jogging trail, its full-time residents, male and female swans affectionately known around AMS as Ricky and Danica, can be seen most days feeding, floating and frolicking - as all swans do - in and around the lake's shoreline. But Ricky and Danica are just a small portion of the abundant wildlife population at AMS, which includes several hundred geese, an abundance of fish, the occasional wandering deer and a small group of cats, including Shaky Leg, the courageous feline who infamously scampered across the track in front of Kevin Harvick during last year's Oral-B USA 500. Race fans can read all about Swan Lake and stay up to date with all the exciting Atlanta Motor Speedway news by signing up for the email newsletter by visiting the Atlanta Motor Speedway website at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-23-2015)

  • 2015 Pocono Groundhog Day Special: It's time for Pocono Raceway's annual Groundhog Day Special! They have partnered up with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for a great offer this year! On February 2nd, the eyes of the world will focus on the esteemed Punxsutawney Phil to see if he will prognosticate an early spring or six more weeks of winter. If Phil does NOT see his shadow, anyone who purchases a Pocono Raceway $25 Gift Card, as part of this Groundhog Day Special, will receive $20 in Free Slot Play from our pals over at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. More info at poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(1-22-2015)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway extends ticket office hours: To better serve customers purchasing event tickets and camping spaces for the Feb. 26-March 1 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway has extended its ticket office hours through Sunday, March 1. Beginning this Saturday, the ticket office will be open on weekends, including Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the ticket office will extend its weekday hours an additional three hours and will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 9. Several money-saving tickets options are still available for each day of the upcoming Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend, see these options at atlantamotorspeedway.com. For more information or to purchase tickets today, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-22-2015)

  • NASCAR considering multiyear track contracts: After a longtime policy of one-year engagements, NASCAR is poised to enter long-term relationships with its racetracks. There have been multiple meetings after the 2014 season to discuss the concept of multiyear sanctioning agreements that effectively would set much of the Sprint Cup schedule beyond the current season for the first time. NASCAR traditionally has signed annual deals with every track, pushing the yearly release of the schedule to late summer or early fall. "I think it's fair to say we have had discussions with the tracks about multiyear agreements," NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell told USA TODAY Sports. "We're not there yet. If we can put something together where it's helpful for fans to know, our goal is to get the schedule out as early as we can. That helps fans making plans for going to tracks. Some fans travel a long way. If we can make that better through a multiyear (deal), that is something we're considering." A multiyear deal would offer tracks the ability to sell season ticket packages and sponsorships with more flexibility and security.(USA Today)(1-21-2015)

  • Rascal Flatts to sing National Anthem at Las Vegas: Award-winning country group Rascal Flatts will sing the national anthem at the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The performance will take place in the midst of the band's first-ever, nine-show residency, Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from Wednesday, Feb. 25 to Saturday, March 14. Rascal Flatts will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of more than 100,000 race fans to kick off Nevada's largest sports event. The 18th annual Kobalt 400 headlines a race weekend that includes Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday, March 6 and the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event on Saturday, March 7. For more tickets and information on the Kobalt 400 or Las Vegas Motor Speedway, please visit www.lvms.com or call 1.800.644.4444.(LVMS)(1-21-2015)

  • Veterans' Charity plans to buy Rockingham Speedway: The troubled Rockingham Speedway could soon have new life. A judge gave owners a Jan. 1 deadline to find a buyer or put the property up for auction in March. A veterans charity called Help-Vets.Org (looks like it is supposed to be vets-help.org) told Channel 9 that it plans to buy the track and the property and turn it into a reintegration center for veterans. "What's key about this property is Camp Mackall, the training center for Special Forces, is six miles down the road -- Fort Bragg is right here," Help-Vets.Org Executive Director Craig Northacker said. Northacker has big ideas for a $50 million investment, including housing, vocational training and even schooling. Richmond County Community College spokesman Andy Cagle told Channel 9 that the office met with Northacker. "RCC has always taught classes in off-campus locations across our service area, and would welcome any viable opportunity to support our veterans, the local economy and continue the rich traditions of racing in Richmond County," said Dale McInnis, RCC President. City and county officials are skeptical. Richmond County Manager Rick Sago said he hasn't seen any real financing plans. "We'll see when the rubber hits the road what really happens. Bottom line is, it is a speedway, it has been since the '60s and that's what we want is a racetrack," Sago said. "We have talked to JP Morgan Chase," Northacker said. "There is another financing group in Florida, and we're speaking with Royal Bank of Canada." According to Northacker, the group is in the process of getting the property appraised and hopes to close on the property in mid-March. Channel 9 spoke to one of the speedway owners, Andy Hillenburg. He acknowledged conversations with Northacker but said he couldn't comment on the ongoing legal matter.(WSOC and Richmond County Daily Journal)(1-20-2015)

  • Buy one, get one at Atlanta: For one week only, Atlanta Motor Speedway is making an unbelievable discount offer available to fans for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, March 1. Race fans can purchase "buy one, get one," or "BOGO" Lower Champions Grandstands or Upper Winners Grandstands seats located on the AMS front stretch. This offer presents a 50 percent discount off the normal value and allows purchasers the opportunity to get two front stretch tickets for the price of one. Lower Champions Grandstands tickets, normally $99 apiece, will be available for $49.50 each, while Upper Winners Grandstands tickets, regularly priced $135, are on sale for $67.50 each. The BOGO promotion is only available while supplies last and will end at 5:00pm on Monday, Jan. 26. Fans are strongly encouraged to act quickly before the limited inventory runs out. All BOGO tickets must be purchased in pairs.(AMS)(1-20-2015)

  • Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety sponsoring qualifying at Atlanta: The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety will serve as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying day at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Feb. 27. The event will be named the Drive Sober Georgia Qualifying Day. GOHS's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is a safe driving program that targets impaired drivers through concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints. The zero tolerance campaign reminds motorists that if they get caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, they will be arrested and go to jail. The Drive Sober Georgia Qualifying Day will feature a full day of high-speed NASCAR action on the Atlanta Motor Speedway oval. NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series teams will each take part in practice sessions during the day before Sprint Cup Series qualifying begins at 5:45pm to determine the pole winner and the starting order for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.(AMS)(1-17-2015)

  • Schneider Electric named "We Build Daytona" partner: Daytona International Speedway announced that Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has become the latest partner in the "We Built Daytona" marketing platform for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. Schneider Electric will provide a single view into all critical infrastructure systems through its EcoStruxure solution, allowing for a reliable and energy efficient fan experience. Additionally, Schneider Electric will coordinate with its other partners to provide an integrated solution including power distribution, electrical metering, building management controls and further integration of elevators, escalators, lighting, fire systems and generators. The "We Built Daytona" platform is designed specifically for partners involved in the construction of DAYTONA Rising and enables them to showcase their involvement through a marketing presence (once their role in the project begins).(Daytana International Speedway)(1-16-2015)

  • Martinsville Speedway Offers High Level Of Action For Small Price: The first short-track race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, comes with an amazingly high excitement level and at an equally amazing low price. Tickets for the STP 500 begin at just $45 and family packages start at only $110. If past races at the .526-mile oval are any indication, the STP 500 will be full of edge-of-your-seat action and close racing. In last spring's race there were 33 lead changes and 14 caution periods. Last fall's Goody's FAST Pain Relief 500 had perhaps the most exciting finish ever at Martinsville with Dale Earnhardt Jr. holding off Jeff Gordon to claim his first grandfather clock. Post-race fan surveys consistently show Martinsville Speedway events as some of the most popular on the circuit, not only in the quality of racing, but in affordability, staff friendliness and ticketing, among others. STP 500 tickets are remarkably affordable from top to bottom. While the entry level ticket is $45, the most expensive is just $85. Martinsville Speedway also offers two Family Four Pack packages.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-15-2015)

  • Texas Motor Speedway seeking Fan Council members: For a fourth consecutive year, Texas Motor Speedway is seeking fans to become part of the Texas Motor Speedway Fan Council which provides insightful feedback in an effort to enhance the raceday experience for all speedway's guests. Continuing through Feb. 6, fans can submit their application by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com to be considered for a seat on the Texas Motor Speedway Fan Council. The group will consist of 20 to 30 fans that will maintain an active role in providing constructive feedback to speedway management throughout the upcoming season. The council will possess a diverse makeup, consisting of PSL holders, individual ticket purchasers, suite holders, campers and new race fans. The Texas Motor Speedway Fan Council will host an on-site meeting during each of the speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in April and November and a one-hour teleconference following the Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader in June. Members also will be requested to complete five e-mail questionnaires over the course of the term to prepare Texas Motor Speedway management for meetings and recaps following race weekends. Selections will be made Feb. 16 and members will be notified no later than Feb. 20. Once the term expires, new members will be chosen for the 2016 season.(TMS)(1-14-2015)

  • Fans can ride Metrolink to Auto Club Speedway for free on race weekend: Race fans can take Metrolink for free to the Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 22, 2015. The free train ride will be offered to a limited number of race fans with the support of Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). After the limited number of free tickets are depleted, race fans will once again be able to purchase the discounted $19 round trip train tickets. Riders, however, must sign up in advance at www.autoclubspeedway.com/metrolink. Like last year, Metrolink will operate three trains originating from Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside with limited stops in between for faster service. Metrolink's Speedway trains stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track. From there, passengers will board a free tram that takes them to the entrance gates. Trains depart Auto Club Speedway one hour after the end of the race, or checkered flag.(ACS)(1-13-2015)

  • Cheap Trick headlining RaceJam in Las Vegas: Cheap Trick will headline NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas with the 12th Annual RaceJam concert at Fremont Street Experience on Saturday, March 7 at 9:00pm on the 3rd Street Stage. The legendary rock band will rev up crowds for a free concert with iconic songs including: "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," "Dream Police" and more. The concert is part of the 12th Annual RaceJam 2015, a four-day event celebrating NASCAR Weekend with free nightly entertainment plus NASCAR merchandise booths taking place Thursday, March 5 - Sunday, March 8. The annual downtown Las Vegas street festival and concert is held in conjunction with NASCAR Weekend, which features the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 8 and the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, March 7, both at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the '70s they've been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards, the band was honored in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for their contributions to the music industry. All concerts are free and open to the public and parking is available at the Fremont Street Experience parking garage located at Carson and 4th Street.(Vegas News)(1-12-2015)

  • Martinsville Speedway's local charitable impact topped $750,000 in 2014: Martinsville Speedway proved once again in 2014 it has a mighty big heart when it comes to its neighbors. In 2014, Martinsville Speedway gave more than three-quarters of a million dollars to the Martinsville and Henry County area, either in cash and ticket contributions, in-kind donations, free use of the facility, fundraising activities or staff hours worked at different community events at the track. The largest and most visible is the annual Fourth of July Celebration event the speedway has hosted for 16 years. It is a free-to-the-public community party with nationally-known musical acts, carnival rides and fireworks. Many area businesses support the show with financial donations and the speedway promotes it as if it were a race, the track's entire staff spending days working on the show. Area food banks also benefited from Celebration 2014 with a canned food drive spearheaded by the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville. While race weekends are big money-makers for area businesses, they also provide a boost for local fire and rescue units and other non-profits. Area volunteer fire departments and rescue squads were awarded over $25,000 for their race-weekend work during 2014. Americrown, International Speedway Corp.'s food service division, paid out almost $100,000 to area non-profits for staffing concession stands during 2014 race events at Martinsville Speedway. The speedway worked with many non-profits, governmental and community agencies to host fundraisers, meetings and training events in 2014.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-11-2015)

  • New Children and Student ticket pricing at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway has raised the age for children's tickets for its annual NASCAR weekend, making it more affordable for families to enjoy the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend. Specially priced Sunday grandstand tickets for children ages 17 and under as well as students with a valid ID are available for as low as $19. Half-priced tickets are also available for children and students in all grandstand sections. Children 17 and under are also admitted free to both Friday, Feb. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying as well as the Feb. 28 NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Atlanta 200. To purchase, call 877-9-AMS-TIX or purchase online.(AMS)(1-10-2015)

  • Reserve your camping spot at New Hampshire: Reserved camping makes it easier than ever to start a party with your friends. The NHMS team has worked hard to improve the camping experience for our guests. Changes include transitioning all camping spaces into reserved, widening spaces from 18 feet to 20 feet and reducing prices for designated spaces. Calls to reserve spaces will be processed starting on January 12 at 9:00am. The NHMS Guest Services team is available to help campers through the process and reservations will be processed in the order they are received. Please call (603) 783-4931 for personal assistance. Spaces can be combined to accommodate units of different sizes in order to allow groups to camp together. Any claimed spaces that are not paid for or on a payment plan by January 30 will become available to the general public.(NHMS)(1-9-2015)

  • My Martinsville program will reward Martinsville Speedway's most loyal fans: Martinsville Speedway has announced a new fan-loyalty program that rewards ticket renewal customers with exclusive benefits and allows them to show off their pride in being one of Martinsville Speedway's most loyal fans. The advantages of becoming a My Martinsville member include:
    " Exclusive My Martinsville membership hard-card and lanyard which is separate from the race ticket.
    " Access to My Martinsville quick-entry gates.
    " My Martinsville members event Saturday of race week which will include question and answer session with Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell and others to be announced. Live music and snacks included.
    " Hot laps around Martinsville Speedway, dates TBA.
    " Opportunity to win surprise gifts on race weekends when spotted wearing My Martinsville membership card.
    Ticket customers who have already renewed their tickets for the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on March 29 are automatically members of My Martinsville and will receive information in the coming days. For those who have not renewed their seats, the speedway is re-opening the STP 500 renewal price period for three days, January 7-9, to offer the opportunity to become My Martinsville members. You may take advantage of this offer by calling 877.RACE.TIX or visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com online.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-7-2015)

  • Hisense to sponsor Atlanta XFINITY race: Multinational electronics manufacturer Hisense has been named the title sponsor of the Feb. 28, 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event will be named the Hisense 250 and will be the first race of a rare NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series doubleheader. Based in Qingdao, China, Hisense began in 1969 as a small radio factory and has since grown into a multibillion-dollar global conglomerate with a workforce of over 75,000 worldwide. The company is a world leader of flat-panel TVs, household appliances and mobile communication devices. Hisense USA, a subsidiary of Hisense Company Ltd. was established in 2001 and operates a Georgia-based R&D center to bring a more market-centric approach to product development and technological innovations. Today, Hisense USA sells into retailers across North America such as hhgregg, Best Buy, Walmart, Costco.com, Canadian Tire and many others. Hisense products are exported to over 130 countries and regions around the world. The Hisense 250 will kick off a unique NASCAR racing doubleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 28, followed closely by a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(1-5-2015)

  • No word on Rockingham Speedway sale or auction: Owners have yet to announce a sale or auction of Richmond County's NASCAR track following a Thursday deadline for the court-ordered deal. Superior Court Judge David Lee's Oct. 14 consent order required Rockingham Speedway owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas to "enter into a binding agreement with a third party for the sale or other disposition" of the track by Jan. 1 in order to avoid foreclosure. No new documents have appeared in the case file since Dec. 15, and it remained unclear Friday whether Hillenburg and Silas had met the New Year's Day deadline. Lee's order does not require that a sale or auction agreement be on file with the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court's office by a specific date. A Friday phone message left for Hillenburg was not returned in time for this story.(Richmond County Daily Journal)(1-3-2015)

  • Indoor Races at Atlantic City: Tickets are on sale for the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Race. The extremely popular two day auto racing event is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 inside Boardwalk Hall. The event will be the thirteenth running of the Gambler's Classic and will draw over 200 competitors from throughout the Northeastern United States and Canada. "We are extremely excited about this year's Atlantic City Indoor Race," said event promoter Len Sammons. "The event continues to grow year after year and has truly become the mid-winter happening for auto racing and is an event people look forward to all year." Premium front row and lower level tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so those hoping to purchase those seats should act quickly. "The past couple of years the front row has sold out in a matter of minutes," stated Sammons. "That just shows the excitement that exists for this truly unique event." Tickets for the event will be available at the Boardwalk Box Office located right on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-736-1420. For more information visit www.aarn.com or call the Len Sammons Motorsports office at 609-888-3618.(12-28-2014)

  • NC Supreme Court declines Bruton Smith's incentives appeal: Bruton Smith's $80 million legal fight against Cabarrus County may have run out of track. In a change of heart, the N.C. Supreme Court has declined to rule on the racing magnate's lawsuit that Cabarrus taxpayers owe him tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks for his racing complex in Concord. That decision marks Smith's third defeat in as many court trips dating back to 2012. The high court's ruling on Dec. 19, however, marks a bit of a reversal: The justices first agreed to hear Smith's challenge of a 2013 ruling by the state Court of Appeals to throw out Smith's suit. But after hearing arguments from both sides in September, the Supreme Court members changed their minds. That means the earlier court decision to throw out Smith's claims stands. The dispute arose in 2007 when Smith, one of racing's most powerful and controversial figures, announced plans to build a drag strip near his Charlotte Motor Speedway. The city of Concord objected, and Smith responded by threatening to move the speedway - and its $420 million annual impact on the local economy - and build the drag way elsewhere. Eventually, Cabarrus leaders wrote Smith a letter, committing to $80 million in tax breaks, grants and other public money to pay for speedway improvements. According to court documents, Smith called Mayor Bob Padgett that day and told him: "We have an agreement." It didn't hold up. Preliminary discussions focused on a combination of state, county and city money to pay for such infrastructure improvements as roads and noise control. Smith's drag strip opened in August 2008. The next day, the governments sent over a proposed contract that would have given them up to 40 years to make good on their $80 million pledge. Smith would have been required to complete $200 million of promised speedway improvements within three years. Smith and the speedway sued. The city settled with Smith for $2.8 million, but the track owner's fight with the county continued on through the state's top three courts. Smith's complaint accused the county of breach of contract and fraud, among other claims, while arguing that the 2007 letter from the local governments served as "a valid and enforceable contract."(Charlotte Observer)(12-25-2014)

  • Deadline for sale of Nashville Superspeedway extended again: The closing deadline on the sale of Nashville Superspeedway in Wilson County by Dover Motorsports to NeXovation Inc. has been extended to Jan. 26, according to a recent filing. NeXovation Inc. announced in May an agreement to purchase the race track from Dover and its subsidiary Nashville Speedway U.S.A. Inc. for nearly $46 million - $27 million in cash and the assumption of about $18.8 million in bond obligations owed to Wilson County. It's the third time the closing has been extended. The second deadline had been set for Wednesday. NeXovation agreed to release the $1.1 million remaining in escrow to Dover and pay an additional $200,000 as part of the agreement to extend a third time, according to the document Dover recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The $1.7 million NeXovation has now paid Dover Motorsports is non-refundable, but will be applied toward the purchase price. NeXovation hadn't revealed specifics on how it will use the Superspeedway other than say it plans for it to be a year-round venue with events beyond auto racing.(Tennessean)(12-23-2014)

  • Big Barrel Country Music Festival at Dover Speedway Big Barrel Country Music Festival will take place in 2015 from June 26-28 at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, where the annual Firefly Music Festival is held. Hosted the weekend following Firefly, the festival will provide a similar world-class experience featuring headliners Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Additional artists include Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and over 40 more. Three-day general admission passes are $99. In addition to three days of country music's top performers, attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of attractions within the festival and campgrounds. Highlights include, but are not limited to, a large-scale Dance Hall, BBQ area, Saloon, marketplace with a variety of western goods and products, as well as a family-friendly area.(Dover Speedway)(12-21-2014)

  • Tatoian promoted to president of Dover International Speedway: Dover International Speedway announced the promotion of Michael Tatoian to the position of president, effective. Jan. 2, 2015. Tatoian retains his position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of parent company Dover Motorsports, Inc. Tatoian will continue to report to Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. Tatoian has worked to bring additional events to the Dover International Speedway schedule, including the popular Firefly Music Festival and the new Big Barrel Country Music Festival. Held on the Speedway's property since 2012, Firefly Music Festival is a four day event attracting 80,000 fans per day, and in three years has become one of the fastest growing, most successful music festival of all time according to various industry sources. Big Barrel Country Music Festival will bring some of the biggest names in country music to The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway for the three day event, June 26-28, 2015. Tatoian has more than 25 years of experience in professional sports ownership, management and operations. Prior to joining Dover Motorsports, Inc., Tatoian served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Victory Sports Group, LLC. In his role there, he oversaw the development and management of professional sports organizations, including minor league baseball, minor league hockey and arena football. Tatoian also previously served as Chief Operating Officer of United Sports Ventures, Inc., an umbrella sports company that owned and operated eight minor league teams. Tatoian is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. He and his wife Tammy reside in Middletown, Del.(Dover Speedway)(12-20-2014)

  • Kid Rock to headline the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show: Multi-platinum award-winning, American rock star Kid Rock will perform the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show, the prelude to the 57th annual "Great American Race" on Sunday, Feb. 22. Kid Rock will perform several of his hits, including his brand new single "First Kiss," on pit road of the "World Center of Racing" prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500, the prestigious season-opening event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the Daytona 500 can enjoy Kid Rock's Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show up close, along with driver introductions. Following his performance, Kid Rock will release his latest studio album First Kiss on Tuesday, Feb. 24. In addition to his concert, a special ticket package designed around Kid Rock has been created that includes a Daytona 500 grandstand ticket, Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access and VIP area access to Kid Rock's performance. Packages start at $169. Fans who have already purchased Daytona 500 tickets can add Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access along with VIP area access for just $104.(DIS)(12-19-2014)

  • Martinsville Speedway's Christmas Toy Drive Raises More Than $13,000 For Grace Network: The holiday season is a time for giving and Martinsville Speedway's 18th annual Christmas Toy Drive showed that the NASCAR community is willing to do just that. The toy drive raised more than $13,000 and saw 200 toys donated for the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County. A network of more than 100 area churches, the Grace Network will use the money to provide toys and clothes to underserved and underprivileged children in the area. The Grace Network gets lists of names from the churches in the network and then is able to take the money raised and shop according to each child's needs and wishes. This year's toy drive reached a bigger audience than ever before, thanks to some ticket packages that were put up for auction. Race fans from all over the country bid on race experiences like getting a picture taken in Victory Lane with the STP 500 winner or the opportunity to ride in the Official Pace Car for the start of the race.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-19-2014)

  • Motorsports facilities get tax break: Track operators got the tax break they've been waiting for all year when the U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a tax extenders package for the remainder of 2014. Included in the extensive list of tax breaks to be continued was a provision that allows motorsports facilities to depreciate new construction over seven years instead of the life of the project, which typically is 25 years or more. The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the provision will result in an $11 million tax break for motorsports facilities in 2015, a total $32 million from 2015 to 2019 and $33 million from 2015 to 2024. It was part of an estimated $41.6 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years that were approved by the House of Representatives 378-46 earlier this month and then by the Senate 76-16 (60 votes need for passage) on Tuesday. All that awaits now is the expected signature of President Barack Obama. The provision is similar to those granted to amusement parks, and track operators felt that the same break should apply to their facilities. After arguing the issue with the Internal Revenue Service, the issue became moot when Congress, as part of the Jobs Creation Act of 2004, granted the seven-year depreciation provision for new motorsports construction. The provision covers all motorsports facilities, not just NASCAR facilities.(Sporting News)(12-18-2014)

  • Michigan Heritage trophy presented to Chevy Racing: The Michigan Heritage trophy is a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and manufacturers competing in NASCAR. The trophy is presented to the winning manufacturer in each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. MIS President Roger Curtis officially presented the Michigan Heritage to Jim Campbell, Chevrolet's U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, for its two wins at NASCAR's fastest track in 2014. The handover took place Tuesday at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights with several Chevrolet drivers looking on, including Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. As part of the Michigan Heritage presentation, each contending manufacturer as well as MIS, committed $10,000 to be given to a youth-focused and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related charity in Michigan. Chevy, who won both NASCAR Sprint Cup events at MIS this summer, chose the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) as this year's recipient. Chevy Racing will keep the trophy until the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series return to the Irish Hills for the Quicken Loans 400 on June 14, 2015.(MIS)(12-18-2014)

  • Darlington to celebrate past, present and future in 2015: With Darlington Raceway entering its 66th consecutive year hosting NASCAR's top-tier touring series, the track will commemorate its return to Labor Day weekend in 2015 by honoring its storied past while celebrating the future. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 returning to its celebrated Labor Day weekend date, the Lady in Black will recognize past champions of the 1970's as part of its 2015 campaign. A number of exciting announcements are planned over the next several months in regards to the campaign, which will focus on years 1970-74. NASCAR Hall of Famers Leonard Wood, Cale Yarborough and Wendell Scott, among others, will be celebrated during the event weekend. All of these drivers played an integral role in building the foundation, which has made Darlington Raceway special to both drivers and fans alike for over six decades. The honoring of champions from the early 1970's is just one part of the track's overall strategy to celebrate its rich history. Each year, Darlington Raceway will focus on specific eras, plus the historic moments and drivers that made impacts at the track Too Tough to Tame. Additionally, the track will link the generations by celebrating current and future stars of NASCAR, including Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Darrell Wallace Jr. The 2015 season will see the return of Darlington, S.C. native Kaitlyn Bailey as the track's "Lady in Black." Bailey will enter her second year in the position and will don a new 70's retro-style firesuit. In her role, Bailey serves as the face of Darlington Raceway. She has made a positive impact in the track's efforts to focus on the fans and serve as an ambassador in the community. Her friendly and engaging personality has made her a fan favorite.(Darlington Raceway)(12-18-2014)

  • Workers getting Daytona grandstands ready for 2015: The $400 million Daytona Rising project has a timeline that suggests marathon, but the primary contractor is in an all-out sprint to complete a section of the grandstands before Speedweeks 2015. A growing work force at Daytona International Speedway is putting the finishing touches on the western-most area of the new grandstands near Turn 1, an area that could hold up to 40,000 race fans for events in January and February. On Wednesday, 1,002 workers - the highest head count since the project started 16 months ago - were at the Speedway. Not only do the grandstand seats need to be installed, but the concourse areas and fan amenities behind those seats need to be 100 percent operational for the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona sports-car race, scheduled for Jan. 24-25. The stock-car portion of Speedweeks is scheduled to get underway Feb. 14 with The Sprint Unlimited and wrap up on Feb. 22 with the 57th running of the Daytona 500.(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(12-17-2014)

  • Brannock promoted To Vice President At Martinsville: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced that Matthew Brannock has been promoted to Vice President, Operations. It was one of two promotions and a new hire announced by Campbell. Ashley Oakes has been promoted to Marketing Coordinator while Heather Motley has been hired as a ticket agent. Brannock, a Ridgeway native, joined the speedway as Director of Operations in 2011 after a 12-year career with the Virginia State Police. Brannock is a member of the 2014 NASCAR Services Event Standards Development Committee; a member of the ISC Severe Weather Preparedness Committee; and presently chairs the Martinsville Speedway Event Traffic Management Committee in association with representatives from Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation and the Henry County Sheriff's Office. Brannock, a 1993 graduate of Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway, is married and has two children.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-16-2014)

  • Folds Of Honor and QuikTrip named Atlanta race sponsor: QuikTrip, along with the nonprofit organization Folds of Honor, have been named the title sponsors of the March 1, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event will be named the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. "I have had a love for speed my entire life. To combine the speed of NASCAR with the powerful, life-changing force of Folds of Honor is simply beyond my wildest dreams," said Major Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor. "Thank you to QuikTrip for being a long-term partner to Folds of Honor and for fueling the future of our military families." Based in Owasso, Oklahoma, Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2007 that provides educational scholarships and assistance to families of military men and women who have been killed or disabled while serving our country. Assistance helps support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher educational tuition assistance for spouses and children. Since its founding in 2007, the organization is proud to have awarded over 7,500 scholarships, including more than 2,000 in 2014. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will cap three days of thrilling racing action on Sunday, March 1. The weekend begins Friday, Feb. 27 with Sprint Cup Series qualifying. A rare doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 28 will feature back-to-back Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series races. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is the second race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and will provide drivers an early-season opportunity to secure a win and qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(AMS)(12-15-2014)

  • Martinsville begins construction of new restrooms: Work has begun on the demolition of an existing restroom facility and the construction of a new one in the second-turn area of Martinsville Speedway. This construction marks the replacement of all original fan restrooms at the speedway. The completion date for the project is early March, well before the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend scheduled for March 27-29. The new building, located behind the Clay Earles Tower in turn two, will be approximately 1,500 square feet. It will contain full men's and women's restroom facilities, including baby-changing stations. Both restrooms will be handicap accessible.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-13-2014)

  • Watkins Glen Awarded State Funding for Modernization and Repaving: Watkins Glen International announced that it has been awarded $2.25 million by the State of New York and Governor Andrew Cuomo to assist in modernization efforts and repaving of the historic facility. Watkins Glen International receives the award after being named a Priority Project by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) in 2014. The grant comes on the heels of $33.5 million in private capital investments at Watkins Glen International over the past 10 years, with an additional $12 million committed for 2015. The investments cement The Glen's position as the premier road racing facility in North America. "We're extremely grateful to have the support of Governor Cuomo, Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Co-chairs of STREDC Tom Tranter and Harvey Stenger," said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. "Watkins Glen International has been a worldwide tourist destination in upstate New York for more than 50 years. With the support of our elected officials, regional council and dedicated race fans around the world, we're poised to continue shining an international spotlight on the Finger Lakes region for another 50 years." Watkins Glen International announced in November its intentions to repave the historic road course following the 2015 Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend. The $12 million in private and $2.25 million in public funds will be applied towards infrastructure modernization & marketing during the repaving project.(WGI)(12-12-2014)

  • Daytona Rising Reaches 1,000 Daily On-Site Workers for First Time: Daytona Rising, the historic $400 million redevelopment project at Daytona International Speedway, reached a major milestone on Wednesday when, for the first time since the project broke ground in July 2013, the on-site daily construction worker count exceeded 1,000. Construction of Daytona Rising is cited in ManpowerGroup's Employment Outlook Survey as a primary reason the Deltona, Fla., MSA (Daytona Beach included in this area) ranks third nationwide for growth in 2015. On Wednesday, 1,002 workers were on site at the "World Center of Racing" helping to create the nation's first true motorsports stadium with the Daytona Rising project. The average daily worker count has been steadily rising since the fall. "This is another significant and important milestone in the project," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "Construction workers are moving at full speed on Daytona Rising to ensure that all the amenities within the facility are ready for the 2015 racing season." After achieving significant construction milestones related to the Daytona Rising project during the past year, including installation of the highest piece of steel in October, Daytona International Speedway is busy preparing for Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(12-12-2014)

  • Fan who climbed fence at RIR convicted: A Hopewell man who climbed a fence overhanging the Richmond International Raceway track during the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup race on Sept. 6 was convicted Thursday of disorderly conduct and being drunk in public. Henrico General District Judge Thomas Jones sentenced James Dennis, 53, to 12 months in jail with 11 months suspended for disorderly conduct, and fined him $100 for being drunk in public. Dennis' lawyer, Greg Hough, said his client will serve the one-month sentence on weekends. Dennis Bickmeier, RIR's president, said he was pleased with the outcome in court and said such actions represent a threat not only to drivers during a race but to members of the public. "We want people to feel like coming to the races is something that is a safe thing to do," he said. Dennis told authorities at the time he was celebrating his birthday, though the judge noted that was two days earlier. Hough said in court that Dennis had suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from his military experience and was also being treated for other conditions.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(12-11-2014)

  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
    UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
    At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
    In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
    With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
    Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)

  • USAF Thunderbirds to Perform Flyover for the Daytona 500: For the fifth straight year, the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will provide the flyover for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 22. The Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will fly their signature "Delta" formation over the "World Center of Racing" during the finale of the national anthem for "The Great American Race." The Thunderbirds have visited Daytona International Speedway to perform the flyover for the DAYTONA 500 for the past five years. In addition, the Thunderbirds also provided the flyover in 2008 for the historic 50th running of the DAYTONA 500. "The flyover by the Thunderbirds is a signature moment in the pre-race festivities for the DAYTONA 500," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We're proud and honored to be able to host this elite flying team and the thousands of race fans and the millions more watching on FOX Sports are looking forward to seeing them soar over Daytona International Speedway."
    "We have a long-standing relationship with the Daytona 500," said LtCol Greg Moseley, the squadron's commander and lead pilot. "We're grateful to the Speedway for allowing us to share the Air Force story with race fans." The Thunderbirds feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Air Force's premier multi-role fighter aircraft. Assigned to Air Combat Command, the squadron is composed of 12 officers and more than 100 enlisted Airmen serving in about 30 Air Force job specialties. Since the unit's inception in 1953, more than 350 million people in all 50 states and more than 60 countries have witnessed the distinctive red, white and blue jets in thousands of official aerial demonstrations. Tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)((12-10-2014)

  • Volunteer at WGI for the 2015 season: Watkins Glen International reminds the community of this season's volunteer opportunities on International Volunteer Day (December 5). For local and regional non-profit, school, civic and church charitable organizations there are a variety of ways to get involved at The Glen this summer. The Corning Lions Club will return for its 10th year as a volunteer group at WGI in 2015. The members of The Corning Lions Club enjoy the opportunity to provide customer service to guests who utilize disability carts. Organizations interested in volunteering during the 2015 season have a variety of opportunities at the following events: Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen (June 25-28), Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese (July 10-12), Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver (July 24-26) and Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (August 6-9). Volunteer positions include, but are not limited to: disability cart operators, food and beverage service assistance, gate support, grandstand ushers, guest services, retail sales and worker registration. Each non-profit group or charitable organization receives a donation from The Glen, acknowledging the time and effort provided. If a non-profit group or organization is interested in volunteering during any or all 2015 event weekends applications are available online and must be submitted by January 31, 2015. Applications may be sent via email to Marianne Shoemaker (mshoemaker@theglen.com) or by mail to WGI Guest Services, P.O. Box 500, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.(WGI)(12-7-2014)

  • Daytona Rising December Project Update: After achieving significant construction milestones related to the $400 million Daytona Rising project during the past year, Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is now preparing for the 53rd Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Budweiser Speedweeks 2015. "We had another great year and hit several major milestones along the way," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We're now beginning to prepare the facility for the 2015 racing season to ensure that our fans enjoy some of its new amenities." Fans can get an early preview of Daytona Rising during Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 (the stadium will officially open in 2016). Approximately 40,000 new seats will be available along with two of the five injectors/entrances, new concessions, several of the neighborhoods or social areas and the new vertical transportation. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(12-6-2014)

  • Michigan seeks Youth Fan Advisory Board members: Michigan International Speedway strives to provide a memorable experience for fans of all ages. After a successful first-time effort in 2014, MIS is again seeking knowledgeable and passionate youth to share their insight and ideas to improve NASCAR's fastest racetrack as part of a Youth Fan Advisory Board. The Youth FAB provides a unique opportunity for young NASCAR fans to communicate directly with the MIS staff through email and conference calls about the guest experience, as well as assist in the future planning of the track. All youth ages 14-20 who attend races at MIS are encouraged to apply to be a Youth FAB member. Youth can download the application and bylaws at the MIS website. The application must be returned to MIS by Jan. 23, 2015. The Youth Fan Advisory Board is modeled after the successful Fan Advisory Board instituted by the track in 2008. The discussions with the FAB have provided many ideas and initiatives to improve the facility for all guests. We look forward to the same success with the youth FAB to welcome fans of all ages to NASCAR's fastest track. The Youth FAB is associated with many functions at MIS and members will have an opportunity to improve all facets of the track. The track believes all ideas are important and appreciates all feedback.(MIS)(11-25-2014)

  • Atlanta Offering Discounted Tickets to Active Military & First Responders for 2015 NASCAR Weekend: In honor of current and former men and women in uniform, Atlanta Motor Speedway will again partner with GovX to offer discounted tickets for members of the military and first responders to events during the 2015 NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scheduled for Feb. 27 to March 1. GovX is an e-commerce portal for active, retired and guard members of the military, in addition to those associated with related government agencies. GovX is partnering with Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year to offer tickets for the NASCAR weekend at a discounted rate. Other events and professional sports teams that GovX has partnered with to provide their services include Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Atlanta Braves. Discounted tickets for 2015 NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available to military who are active, retired or have guard status, in addition to first responders at a rate of up to 25 percent off of the regular price. Discounted tickets can be easily purchased by visiting atlantamotorspeedway.com/GovX and creating a free, online GovX ID.(AMS)(11-11-2014)

  • NASCAR ticket sales see smaller drop in 2013: Ticket revenues at NASCAR tracks continued to decline in 2013, but at a slower rate than in previous years, federal security filings show. Attendance at NASCAR's three publicly traded companies - which host 35 of the 38 race weekends (36 points races and two special events) - dropped for a sixth consecutive year:
    " Admission revenue at Charlotte-based Speedway Motorsports Inc., fell 8.6% to $106 million. That's an improvement from an 11% decline in 2012.
    " International Speedway Corp., the country's largest track operator and owner of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, lost 4.6% of its admission revenue to $129.8 million after losing 6% in 2012.
    " Delaware's Dover Motorsports, which lost nearly a quarter of its admissions revenue for its two NASCAR race weekends in 2012, had a decline of 8.7% to $9.5 million.
    Overall, revenues of $245.4 million are down 47% from their peak of $467.4 million in 2007.(in part from the Charlotte Observer)(5-24-2014)

    PAST TRACK NEWS

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  • Cheez-It returns as sponsor at Watkins Glen
  • Daytona tower will be removed before 2015 July race
  • Gillian Zucker leaves Auto Club Speedway and heads to the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Watkins Glen International Set to Repave in 2015
  • AAA Texas to stay as sponsor through 2017
  • Pocono Raceway receives $1 million grant for improvements
  • North East Motor Sports Museum to be built at NHMS
  • MIS, MEDC Pure Michigan 400 partnership extended
  • Rockingham Speedway avoids receivership
  • Dover International Speedway to install new catch fence for 2015 season
  • No Lights planned for Dover
  • Dover to remove seats
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