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 (106 races held)
    Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 5 (25)
    Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (107)
    Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (111)
    Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (13)
    Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (111)
    Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (135)
    Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 9 (89)
    Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (21)
    Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (17)
    Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 2 (4)
    Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (18)
    Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (131)
    Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (90)
    New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (39)
    Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 5 (36)
    Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (73)
    Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (116)
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (26)
    Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (90)
    Texas: Carl Edwards & Jimmie Johnson - 3 (27)
    Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (30)

  • Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
    Daytona International Speedway 135 races (since 1959)
    Martinsville Speedway 131 (since 1949)
    Richmond International Raceway 116 (since 1953)
    Charlotte Motor Speedway 111 (since 1960)
    Darlington Speedway 111 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 107 (since 1961)
    Atlanta Motor Speedway 106 (since 1960)
    North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
    Michigan International Speedway, 90 (since 1969)
    Talladega Superspeedway, 90 (since 1969)
    Dover International Speedway, 89 (since 1969)

  • 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

  • Olympic Gold Medalists to serve as grand marshals at Michigan: The United States ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White will serve as the grand marshals for the Pure Michigan 400 on August 17 at Michigan International Speedway. White and Davis, the 2014 Olympic Champion ice dancing team, will give the command of "start your engines" at the Pure Michigan 400. With their win at the 2014 U.S. Championships, Davis and White secured their second Olympic Team berth and set their sights on gold at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The team again made history, with their short dance and "Scheherazade"-themed free dance garnering a record score of 195.52 points, becoming the first-ever American ice dancing team to win Olympic gold. After the games Davis and White both competed on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy took home the Mirror Ball Trophy as the champions.Both were born and raised in Michigan (White-Royal Oak and Davis-West Bloomfield) and were recently named the grand marshals for the 88th America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.(MIS)(7-31-2014)

  • Pocono race officials announced: Country recording artists Eric Lee Beddingfield and Lucy Angel will perform during the GoBowling.com 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR legend Richard Petty, on behalf of GoBowling.com, will serve as Grand Marshal for the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on August 3, members of Pocono Raceway's Kids Club will give the honorary command for the Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on August 2 and a ModSpace representative will serve as the Grand Marshal for the ModSpace 125 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race on August 1. Eric Lee Beddingfield will perform the National Anthem at Sunday's 400-mile NASCAR race. Beddingfield was named "Artist to Watch" by Billboard Magazine and "Independent Artist of the Year" in 2012 by Music Row Magazine. His current single "I Just Wanna Play" is available for download on iTunes. Petty will give the command to fire engines prior to the GoBowling.com 400, exactly one day before the 40th anniversary of the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Pocono Raceway, a race won by "The King" on August 4, 1974.(Pocono Raceway)(7-31-2014)

  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals partners with Chicagoland for Sprint Cup race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the official cardiovascular partner of NASCAR, as the title sponsor of this year's first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The MyAFibStory.com 400 will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in recognition of National AFib Awareness Month, running throughout September. Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition caused by an irregular heartbeat that impacts as many as 2.7 million Americans. AFib increases a person's risk for stroke by up to five times and is the most common serious heart rhythm abnormality in people over the age of 65. Patients with AFib should ensure they talk to their doctor about lowering their risk of stroke and appropriate treatment options. Janssen became involved with NASCAR in an official capacity earlier this year, sponsoring both a NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Auto Club Speedway and Brian Vickers' #55 Toyota, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Cup ride at the Southern California facility.(Chicago Speedway)(7-30-2014)

  • Dierks Bentley headlines Bristol Truck Series Post-Race Concert: Bristol Motor Speedway revs up Wednesday night (Aug. 20), adding a full-length concert by award-winning country music star Dierks Bentley to its already competitive racing doubleheader. The newly announced tripleheader - the Bush's Beans 150 Whelen Modfied race, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP and Dierks Bentley concert - provides an unforgettable race-day experience at an unbeatable price. Bentley, who is currently on the road headlining his 2014 RISER TOUR, is no stranger to motorsports. He performed at the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet, has attended NASCAR races at BMS and recently revamped his number-one single "Sideways" for NASCAR on FOX. This is his first solo concert at the Last Great Colosseum.(BMS)(7-30-2014)

  • Special Traffic Patterns planned for Pocono race: The Pennsylvania State Police will put special traffic patterns into effect to help motorists attending the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR race on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Monroe County. On Sunday, August 3rd, the following traffic patterns will be in effect:
    Prior to the race, Route 115 from Interstate 80 to the raceway will be converted to two lanes and will be one way southbound. This conversion will be put into effect at approximately 8 a.m. and continue until all traffic has entered the track grounds.
    Following the race, Route 115 from the raceway to Interstate 80 will be converted to two lanes and will be one way northbound, until the raceway parking lots are cleared. This conversion will take place with 25 laps remaining in the race.
    Stoney Hollow Road has been designated a no parking and tow away zone from Long Pond Road to the Interstate 80 overpass. It will be properly posted and enforced. Any vehicle in violation will be removed at the owner's expense.
    Following the race, the Interstate 80 eastbound off-ramp at the Blakeslee exit (Exit 284) will be closed to traffic.
    Traffic coming south to the race in the two lanes of Route 115 will be required to enter specific parking areas. Motorists should take note of signs posted along Route 115 and travel in the appropriate traffic lanes for their desired parking area. Likewise, outbound traffic traveling north will face similar signs with lane restrictions for Interstate 80 and Route 115 access. The August 1st weekend will bring with it large amounts of race fans to the Poconos. Motorists should expect higher traffic volume and possible delays not only on Route 115 and Interstate 80, but also on State Routes 209, 940 and 903. Those who normally utilize Route 115 to travel through the area should consider using Interstate 80, Route 33, Route 209, and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike as alternate routes.
    Tickets to the GoBowling.com 400 are available by visiting www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(7-29-2014)

  • The King named GoBowling.com 400 Grand Marshal: GoBowling.com announced NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Richard Petty will serve as the Grand Marshal for the GoBowling.com 400. The GoBowling.com 400 will mark the 40th anniversary of Pocono Raceway's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Purolator 500, won by Petty on August 4, 1974. Additionally, GoBowling.com will host a promotion where one lucky fan could win $43,000 if the #43 GoBowling.com Richard Petty Motorsports entry, driven by Aric Almirola, wins the 400-miler at "The Tricky Triangle" on Sunday, August 3.
    "This race carries special meaning for me as I think back to the thrill of tasting victory at the inaugural race at Pocono back in 1974. I see no better way to celebrate this milestone moment than by celebrating both racing and bowling, another sport that is pure Americana," said Richard Petty in today's GoBowling.com press release. "I am particularly excited to team up again with GoBowling.com and the bowling industry. Bowling isn't only just a lot of fun but it's a great sport that, like racing, brings people together and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life."
    The "Win $43,000 if #43 Wins" promotion will take place during the GoBowling.com 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway August 1-3. Fans attending the race should look for GoBowling.com branded tents in Fan Fair to register to win. Camping guests will receive information on how to enter this promotion in their RV/Camping Welcome Bags upon their arrival next week. One lucky fan will be chosen, at random, to sit atop the No. 43 pit box during a segment the race. Additionally, if the No. 43 car wins the race, one randomly chosen fan will receive $43,000. Certain terms and restrictions may apply. Tickets to next weekend's events are available by visiting www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(7-24-2014)

  • Earnhardt, Jr., Logano and Newman to Visit Tricky Triangle Club at Pocono: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Newman will make pre-race appearances at Pocono Raceway's Tricky Triangle Club Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions on Sunday, August 3. Additionally, Pocono announced the return of the Red Carpet #SelfieSuite, located inside the Tricky Triangle Club, as an upgrade for new and existing GoBowling.com 400 ticket purchasers. The Tricky Triangle Club Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is a ticket add-on which features access to mentioned driver and special guest appearances, lunch, beverages, a Sunday Pit Tour Pass, four adult beverages tickets (for those ages 21 and older) and more. The special driver appearances will include pre-race question-and-answer sessions, led by Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White. Tickets to the Tricky Triangle Club require a GoBowling.com 400 Sunday ticket. The Red Carpet #SelfieSuite is a VIP seating area, which will be the closest place a fan can sit during the special guest appearances. Pocono Raceway will randomly select individuals, who have purchased an August Tricky Triangle Club Pass, to be upgraded to the Red Carpet #SelfieSuite.(Pocono Raceway)(7-23-2014)

  • Atlanta extends ticket office hours: To better serve customers purchasing event tickets and camping spaces for the Aug. 29-31 NASCAR race weekend, the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office has extended ticket office hours through Sunday, Aug. 31. The ticket office will be open on weekends; Saturday from 9:00-5:00 and Sunday from 1:00-5:00. Beginning on Monday, August 11th, the ticket office will remain open an additional three hours each weeknight. Monday through Friday, the ticket office will be open from 9:00am-8:00pm. An extremely limited number of infield camping spaces are available for the Labor Day Weekend of NASCAR racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. RV Campers can reserve space in the Flock Brothers Corral for $300. Tent campers can reserve a site in the High Speed Corral for $200 per space. Infield campgrounds will open on Thursday of race week, Aug. 28 at 2:00pm. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call the AMS Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211.(AMS)(7-22-2014)

  • Earnhardt Jr. to appear at Watkins Glen Turn 1 Tavern: #88 National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to address audience questions at Watkins Glen International during Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, August 7-10. This exclusive Q&A session is scheduled take place in the Turn 1 Tavern on August 10. Next to the towering Seneca Grandstand, the Turn 1 Tavern is a covered hospitality area located trackside, just outside the circuit's first turn. Fans who purchase a Turn 1 Tavern hospitality admission ticket will have the opportunity to participate in this highly sought after Q&A session with the #88 National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition to this rare and wildly popular Q&A session, fans with Turn 1 Tavern admissions will enjoy food and beverages at a discounted rate all weekend long, along with a complimentary buffet lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Turn 1 Tavern hospitality admission provides fans with covered trackside viewing Friday through Sunday and may be purchased at www.TheGlen.com for just $75. Facility gate admission is not included with the purchase of Turn 1 Tavern hospitality.(WGI)(7-22-2014)

  • NASCAR tracks rev up lobbying for tax break: Racetrack owners are revving up their efforts to protect the "NASCAR tax break" from critics who portray it as pure corporate pork. The provision, which allows motor sports tracks to use a shorter depreciation schedule, is among the more than 50 tax preferences that expired at the end of 2013 after Congress failed to pass a so-called "extenders" bill. Fiscal watchdogs say the motor sports tax break, enacted in 2004, is the kind of narrow giveaway that gives the U.S. tax code a bad name, and lump it in with other extenders provisions that support the Puerto Rican rum industry and thoroughbred horses. With that in mind, motor sports officials have accelerated their own lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill to battle back against a shorthand - "NASCAR tax break" - they say is misleading. John Saunders, the president of the International Speedway Corporation (ISC), acknowledged that motor sports advocates have a tough fight against "a sexy sound bite."
    "It's an asterisk in the extenders, yet it gets all this attention, mischaracterized," said Saunders, whose company owns the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and about a dozen other NASCAR tracks. Congress is expected to restore at least some of the expired tax provisions by the end of the year, and motor sports companies are employing high-priced K Street talent to help them land in the winner's circle. There are roughly 1,200 auto racetracks in the U.S., according to industry advocates, the vast majority of which are small, local operations that aren't affiliated with the big leagues of NASCAR. Allowing those tracks to write off costs over a seven-year span lets them pour money back into their businesses, racetrack advocates say, spurring economic growth in individual communities around the country.(see full article at The Hill)(7-16-2014)

  • Jimmie Johnson Experience Returning for GoBowling.com 400: Pocono Raceway announced they will host the Jimmie Johnson Fan Experience, which includes an exclusive, kids-focused question-and-answer session with the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, prior to the start of the GoBowling.com 400 on Sunday, August 3. Additionally, all kids in attendance will receive a No. 48 Lowe's Chevy replica car kit as part of the Lowe's Build and Grow clinic. For more information and to purchase access passes, please visit poconoraceway.com/jj48.(Pocono Raceway)(7-14-2014)

  • Dover race dates to return in 2015: Rumblings out of a news conference with Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, last weekend in Daytona hinted one of Dover International Speedway's Sprint Cup dates could be in trouble. Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of the Delaware speedway, said yesterday the track will have its two dates next year [usually the first Sunday after Memorial day & last Sunday in September]. "I called [NASCAR president] Mike Helton [Tuesday]," McGlynn said, "and he told me we don't have anything to worry about." Attendance has been down at Dover's last two spring races, prompting McGlynn to stress that Dover's races are "still successful, just not as successful" as previously when the 135,000 seats were usually filled. "Some tracks have taken down significant numbers of grandstand seats," McGlynn said. "Their crowds are the same as a year ago, but it looks better. We widened our seats, reducing capacity to 112,000. [But] our track looks the same."(Philadelphia Daily News)(7-11-2014)

  • Atlanta offering Chase Elliott Ticket Package for Great Clips 300: Georgia native Chase Elliott joined Atlanta Motor Speedway officials to announce a special promotional ticket offer for the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children in celebration of Elliott's first career NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 30. Fans are invited to join "Chase's Crew" by purchasing a $30 ticket to the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children. A special section will be dedicated to "Chase's Crew" and purchasers will be seated together in the Champions Grandstands, section 156. The first 150 purchasers will receive admission to a private autograph session with Chase Elliott on race day and the first 1,000 will receive a special Chase Elliott "#di9" rally towel commemorating the driver's first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The special "Chase's Crew" tickets will be available for purchase in person at the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office or by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX as well as at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame located in Dawsonville, Ga. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(7-11-2014)

  • B.R.M. named Official Timekeeper of Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway announced a multi-year partnership with Bernard Richards Manufacture (BRM), an iconic, international watchmaker. BRM will serve as the "Official Timekeeper of Pocono Raceway" for all of 'The Tricky Triangle's' major events. Driven by passion for motorsports and engineered for exceptional performance, BRM's bespoke timepieces are defined by pure racing spirit, and as the only French watchmaking manufacture, the brand is synonymous with individuality. Introducing one-of-a-kind, limited-edition models every year, BRM's commitment to craftsmanship and technical precision has garnered global partnerships with racing's elite including Abarth, and INDYCAR drivers Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud.(Pocono Raceway)(7-6-2014)

  • USG becomes "We Built Daytona" partner: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) today USG Corporation, a leading building products company, has become a "We Built Daytona" partner, joining three other companies in the expanding marketing platform as part of the unprecedented $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. USG will help put the finishing touches on the interior of the new DIS frontstretch and their USG Securock Glass-Mat Sheathing will be prominent throughout the exterior of the project. Approximately 30 acres of USG's wallboard and about 140,000 square feet of USG Ceilings panels will be installed in the new interior. 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). In addition to USG, the new partners include:
    " Sherwin-Williams, an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings, will provide paint and supplies for the new DIS frontstretch.
    " Big Ass Fans, a ceiling fan design and engineering company, will install more than 40 fans throughout the 11 "neighborhoods" along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. The high volume, low speed fans will keep attendees comfortable through the use of high volume air movement.
    " ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm with four decades of experience in sports and entertainment, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising project. Also participating are Walter P. Moore, a consulting engineering company providing structural design solutions on DAYTONA Rising and M-E Engineers, a global mechanical and electrical engineering design firm.
    The above companies join Kingspan, a market leader in sustainable building product technology, who became the first "We Built Daytona" partners in February.(DIS)(7-5-2014)

  • Daytona installs more SAFER barrier; new crossover gates: Daytona International Speedway has installed 2,400 linear feet of new SAFER barrier and six new crossover gates in time for this weekend's NASCAR racing. SAFER barrier now lines the Speedway's outside retaining wall from the entrance of Turn 3 at the backstretch to the exit of Turn 2, plus the majority of interior retaining walls. "After each event, we sit down and talk to NASCAR about things we need to improve on and SAFER barrier is always on that list," Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said. "We added 1,900 linear feet in 2010 as part of the track repave. "What we decided to do after consulting with NASCAR was install this (additional) SAFER barrier. This is Daytona and we want to make advances where we can." Meanwhile, the Speedway's frontstretch crossover gates have all been converted to the new ramp-style design, which replaces the movable staircases. The track employed the new ramp design for two crossover gates during Speedweeks. The ramp allows for faster foot traffic to and from the main grandstands."They exceeded expectations," Chitwood said. "It will really help our fan movement from the grandstands to the football field (tri-oval grass). It will enhance the property."(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(7-2-2014)

  • Halftime Party and Fan Garage Experience Return to Pocono: Back by popular demand, Pocono Raceway announced the Bud Light Halftime Party and the Tricky Triangle Garage Experience will be offered at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. Both fan experiences were a success at this year's Pocono 400. The Bud Light Halftime Party will be held, for those ages 21 and over, between laps 60-120 of the GoBowling.com 400 inside Pocono Raceway's Chalet Village on Sunday, August 3. This event will include beer, food, live entertainment, beer games and televisions to keep up with all the on-track action. Existing ticket holders can attend by purchasing the $19 Halftime Party Access Pass. New ticket purchasers can get access to the party and a GoBowling.com 400 tickets for just $69. The Tricky Triangle Garage Experience includes a guided tour of the Pocono Raceway garage area. The first 150 Pocono Raceway $100 Gift Card purchases, will be eligible to attend this pre-race experience.(Pocono Raceway)(6-28-2014)

  • Fans can attend Atlanta's Labor Day Weekend for as low As $74: Fans can enjoy three nights and more than 800 action-packed miles of racing on one of NASCAR's most exciting tracks for as low as $74 with Atlanta Motor Speedway's weekend upgrade option for Labor Day Weekend. For the value-priced option of $35, fans can add Friday and Saturday night tickets to ones previously purchased for the Aug. 31 Atlanta 500. The upgrade includes general admission grandstand tickets to the Aug. 29 Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka Qualifying Night and Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka Sprint Car Shootout and the Aug. 30 Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed The Children. Fans that have already purchased Atlanta 500 tickets can add the weekend upgrade package by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket at 877-9-AMS-TIX.(AMS)(6-27-2014)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway will delay apron project: Seldom has an eight-foot-wide stretch of asphalt been so anticipated and yet so delayed. But as preparations build for next month's NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track officials have decided another year must pass without the apron, the proposed racing room below the white boundary line in each corner. The reason: NASCAR officials want time to study the effects of changes made to the track. The Brickyard 400 is July 27. IMS had planned to begin apron installation June 9, the day after its vintage car weekend, but NASCAR thought that was too late. "They asked if we could postpone (the project) so they could test it," IMS president Doug Boles said Tuesday. "We said, 'That makes sense; we understand that.' " Boles said the heavy Indiana winter delayed several IMS projects, including the installation the asphalt sections totaling more than a mile in length. With spring-like weather late to arrive, IMS officials didn't want to risk the added surface not being ready for Indianapolis 500 activities in May.(Indianapolis Star)(6-25-2014)

  • Green Flag Experience available at Martinsville: For the first time fans will have the opportunity to watch driver introductions from the track prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway. The rare on-track opportunity for driver intros is the premier portion of the new Green Flag Experience which will also include a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza. The Green Flag Experience on October 26 will include everything from driver question-and-answer sessions from a stage under the tent and show cars at The Plaza to pre-race availability to walk the frontstretch of the track along with a presence at driver introductions. Diet Mountain Dew Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., a two-time winner this season, is scheduled for an emceed question-and-answer session in The Plaza, along with seven-time Sprint Cup winner Jamie McMurray and David Ragan, winner of two Sprint Cup races. Other drivers and racing personalities will be announced soon.
    The Green Flag Experience, which costs just $30, includes:
    Opportunity to watch driver introductions from the track
    Emceed driver Q&A sessions
    Doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice
    Music, games and prizes in both areas
    Show cars and simulators
    Access to the frontstretch of the track
    Photo opportunity in the flag stand
    The driver question-and-answer sessions, food, music, games and prizes and show cars and simulators will be held in The Plaza from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The track will open for fans purchasing The Green Flag Experience at 9:15 and will remain open until the finish of driver introductions. The Plaza is located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. The $30 charge for The Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger. Ticket prices for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger begin at just $37. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-24-2014)

  • Austin Mahone to hold pre-race concert at Chicago: Chicagoland Speedway announced 18-year-old pop sensation Austin Mahone as the Grand Marshal and pre-race entertainment for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, Sept. 14. In addition to Mahone's hour-long concert, race fans at Chicagoland Speedway can catch live musical entertainment throughout the entire weekend in Champions Park, which also features sponsor displays, delicious food and beverage offerings and the Kids Zone for racing's youngest fans. Chicagoland Speedway will host the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this September - the first of ten 'playoff' style NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2014 championship. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway)(6-23-2014)

  • VIP Race Weekend Experience at RIR: We don't need velvet ropes and champagne service to provide a VIP experience here at Richmond International Raceway during our NASCAR weekends. Elevate your trip to America's Premier Short Track with the All-Inclusive Weekend Package, which is on sale now for just $320 per person. Take a look at the experience you'll get with this unforgettable upgrade on September 5 & 6:
    Reserved seat on the top row of the Veranda Grandstand in Turn 1 for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
    Exclusive guided garage tour
    Pre-race Pit Pass for both days
    VIP Parking for both days (one pass per four packages)
    Access to the Pit Stop Club on September 6, which includes indoor hospitality with all-you-can-eat food & unlimited sodas, water, beer and wine. As well as access to celebrity appearances, including Richard Childress!
    So be part of the "in crowd" and take advantage of the limited availability, All-Inclusive Weekend Package for just $320. CLICK HERE or call 866-455-7223 to book your ticket.(RIR)(6-22-2014)

  • Ford extends sponsorship of Homestead race thru 2019: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that there is a Ford in their future. Ford Motor Company has extended its partnership with the South Florida motorsports facility in a multi-year deal. Ford Motor Company has been the official entitlement sponsor of Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2002. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer, Ford Executive Vice President and President of the Americas Joseph Hinrichs, and Director of Ford Racing Jamie Allison made the announcement. The partnership was announced at Michigan International Speedway. Ford Motor Company's agreement with Homestead-Miami Speedway is a five-year deal with an option to renew for an additional five years. Other details were not disclosed. Ford will continue to introduce fans to its award-winning product line, such as F Series trucks, Mustang, Explorer and Fusion through a 20,000-square-foot display during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 14-16. Ford also uses the official pace car program as an opportunity to showcase its latest products, and will announce the unique pace vehicle for the Ford EcoBoost 400 later this year. The Ford EcoBoost 400 will again serve as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race (HMS)
    AND from a Ford Racing Q&A Session in part:
    HMS's Becherer: "We've spent the better part of a year renegotiating this extension and we would not have expended the time and energy that we did had we thought there was any chance that the championship could be leaving Miami in the near future. Now having said that, obviously there are a number of stakeholders that would have to weigh in to a decision of that magnitude. The loudest voice in that conversation is NASCAR's, but the reality is we would not have gone down the path we did if we thought there was a chance that it would leave. And frankly it shouldn't leave."(Ford Racing)(6-16-2014)

  • New owner would like to bring NASCAR back to Nashville Superspeedway: Robb Sexton, new owner of Nashville Superspeedway, won't rule out attempting to bring back NASCAR and IndyCar racing at some point in the future. "Never say never," Sexton said Tuesday during an interview about his vision for the sprawling Gladeville track on which racing was suspended three years ago. During its 11 years of operation, the track ran NASCAR Nationwide and truck races, and was on the IndyCar schedule for eight seasons. The lower-tier NASCAR races failed to draw, the IndyCar Series departed, and the big dreams for the track died. In addition to utilizing the 1.3-mile main racetrack, Sexton also expressed interest in developing the drag strip, dirt track and short track that were included in the original blueprints. "We plan to develop the entire facility," Sexton said. "We have a comprehensive business plan that involves using the track 52 weeks a year, with a primary emphasis on the motorsports community. Our focus is on a motorsports identity." Sexton anticipates having some form of activity on the track this year, but declined to discuss particulars. He said he will reveal specifics at a press conference next month. It is speculated that the Superspeedway facility will be put to multiple uses, including automotive testing and as a possible entertainment venue, in addition to hosting various forms of motorsports.(Lebanon Democrat)(6-15-2014)

  • 57th Annual Daytona 500 Tickets On Sale: Tickets to NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22 - went on sale Tuesday, June 10. Tickets for the Daytona 500 start at $65. For the third straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for Budweiser Speedweeks 2015:
    57th Daytona: Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all backstretch grandstand seats while supplies last. Children 12 and under are also free in the Sprint Fanzone
    All other Budweiser Speedweeks events: Children 12 and under are $10 in reserved grandstands and free in general admission areas and in the Sprint Fanzone.
    In addition to the 57th annual Daytona 500, tickets for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events will be available for purchase including the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Budweiser Duel, The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona and Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAV TV American Real doubleheader and Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger. Race fans can also pre-purchase weekend infield camping for The Sprint Unlimited weekend; Rolex 24 At Daytona infield car parking packages; and hospitality packages and Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE passes for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events. Race fans have three different ways to purchase tickets:
    Online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com
    Calling 1-800-PITSHOP
    Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.(DIS)(6-10-2014)

  • Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka to Sponsor Cup Qualifying Night at Atlanta: Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka will serve as the title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying and the USCS Sprint Car Shootout on Aug. 29 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka Qualifying Night will kick off a weekend of NASCAR night racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "This is a really important sponsorship for us," noted Jay Dorris, President of WInd Creek Hospitality, which operates Wind Creek Wetumpka and several other entertainment properties in Alabama and Florida. "Our customers love NASCAR, the sport has deep roots in our State, and we are the closest casino to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is a natural partnership that we think will provide a lot of great entertainment." Friday's event will feature the debut of NASCAR's thrilling new "knock-out" qualifying format at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The starting order for the Aug. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race will be set following three successive knock-out qualifying sessions. The fastest 24 cars in the opening session will advance to the second round with the 12 quickest cars advancing to the final round. The results from the final round will determine the Pole winner and the subsequent 11 starting positions. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(6-6-2014)

  • Virginia Lottery Pole Day Sponsor For Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500: The Virginia Lottery will sponsor pole day at Martinsville Speedway for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Virginia Lottery Pole Day is scheduled for Friday, October 24 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will qualify for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia's public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-5-2014)

  • Half-Priced Kids' tickets at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway is making it cost affordable for families to enjoy the Aug. 31 Sprint Cup Series event by offering half-priced tickets in all grandstands for kids ages 12 and under. In addition, those ages 12 and under with a valid student ID can find even better pricing in all rows of the Elliott Grandstand and the lower rows of the Winners Grandstands for either $19 or $29. Adults wishing to accompany their children in their seats may do so by purchasing seats at the full price. Atlanta Motor Speedway will additionally sell Sunday pre-race pit passes for all kids 12 & under for $50, which is also a 50 percent discount off of the regular price. Providing access until an hour prior to the green flag, pre-race pit passes offer a behind-the-scenes view of the Labor Day Weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Pre-race pit passes allow fans to roam the pit area prior to the event as teams are readying individual pit stalls for the race and rolling cars out of the garage area and onto the starting grid. All pre-race pit passes also include stagefront access for pre-race entertainment and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions.(AMS)(6-3-2014)

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


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  • Texas World Speedway to be replaced by houses
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  • Kentucky state police say Speedway hasn't paid for security

  • GEICO's Gecko Talladega Superspeedway, new title sponsor
  • Daytona could host soccer, football games
  • NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway
  • Racing returns to Memphis
  • Date for Bristol Motor Speedway 2016 college football game announced
  • Canadian Motor Speedway on course in Fort Erie
  • N.C. court dumps Charlotte Motor Speedway's suit
  • ISC to continue cutting track seats
  • ISC sells Staten Island property
  • Fort Erie speedway gets green light
  • Michael Waltrip Racing invests in auto research center
  • Canadian Motor Speedway gets green light in Fort Erie
  • Group launches community effort to reopen North Wilkesboro
  • Nashville Superspeedway available for race team testing
  • Colorado Sports Complex to include racetrack
  • Race track planned in New Orleans area
  • Tulare City [CA] Council OKs motor sports complex
  • Penske pulls proposal for test track
  • ISC Abandons Plan for Kitsap [Washington] Racetrack
  • ISC Discontinues Pursuit of Speedway in Staten Island, NY

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