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  • Most points race wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
    Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (109 races held)
    Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (27)
    Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (112)
    Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (115)
    Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
    Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (112)
    Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (139)
    Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 10 (93)
    Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (17)
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (23)
    Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (21)
    Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 3 (6)
    Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (19)
    Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (135)
    Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (95)
    New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (43)
    Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 8 (40)
    Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (78)
    Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (120)
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (28)
    Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (94)
    Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (31)
    Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart - 5 (34)

  • Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
    Daytona International Speedway 139 races (since 1959)
    Martinsville Speedway 135 (since 1949)
    Richmond International Raceway 120 (since 1953)
    Charlotte Motor Speedway 115 (since 1960)
    Darlington Speedway 112 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 112 (since 1961)
    Atlanta Motor Speedway 109 (since 1960)
    Michigan International Speedway, 95 (since 1969)
    Talladega Superspeedway, 94 (since 1969)
    Dover International Speedway, 93 (since 1969)
    North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]

  • Drivers with most wins at different tracks: After winning at Homestead in November 2013, there was only ONE race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSCS) circuit at which #24-Jeff Gordon had never won a race, that being Kentucky Speedway. Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham. Gordon ran his final race at Kentucky on July 11, 2015, finishing 7th, thus failing to win at Kentucky Speedway
    Driver -- Wins -- Tracks won at/ Tracks ran
    Richard Petty -- 200 -- 51 of 84
    David Pearson -- 105 -- 38 of 65
    Jeff Gordon -- 93 -- 24 of 25 (didn't win Kentucky)
    Bobby Allison -- 84 -- 28 of 47
    Darrell Waltrip -- 84 -- 16 of 26
    Cale Yarborough -- 83 -- 18 of 46
    Of course, a disclaimer here is that in the old days of NASCAR, many tracks were raced at once or just a handful of times, but that's still pretty impressive.(ESPN)
    Current Drivers: the active leaders with the most Sprint Cup wins at the 23 different tracks currently on the NSCS schedule:
    Rank, Driver, Number of Tracks
    1. #14-Tony Stewart, 21 (missing Kentucky & Darlington) 2. #18-Kyle Busch, 21 (missing Charlotte & Pocono)
    3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19
    3. #4-Kevin Harvick, 19
    5. #20-Matt Kenseth, 18
    (NASCAR PR)(9-11-2016)

  • Drivers with at least 10 wins at one track:
    Richard Petty (5 tracks)
    -- Martinsville (15)
    -- Richmond (13)
    -- North Wilkesboro (13)
    -- Rockingham (11)
    -- Daytona (10)
    Darrell Waltrip (3 tracks)
    -- Bristol (12)
    -- Martinsville (11)
    -- North Wilkesboro (10)
    David Pearson, Darlington (10)
    Dale Earnhardt, Talladega (10)
    Jimmie Johnson, Dover (10)

  • NASCAR does not provide 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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  • Texas to create limited driver bobbleheads for 2017: Texas Motor Speedway will create a driver bobblehead series around its three major race weekends in 2017 featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, Sprint Cup Series star Danica Patrick and defending Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Graham Rahal. Patrick will kick off the limited-edition series as the featured bobblehead for the fan promotional giveaway at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 9. The Rahal bobblehead will be showcased at the Texas Indy 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race on Saturday, June 10, and the bobblehead of Harvick, the 2014 Sprint Cup champ, will culminate the series at the AAA Texas 500 Cup race on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Texas Motor Speedway will produce 30,000 each of the seven-inch bobbleheads of the Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Patrick and Harvick, and 20,000 of the Rahal bobbleheads. The series was spurred by the overwhelming response following the announcement of Texas Motor Speedway honoring three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart's final season with a limited-edition bobblehead at the upcoming AAA Texas 500. The speedway will distribute Stewart bobbleheads to the first 30,000 fans attending the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, Nov. 6.The Stewart bobbleheads will be distributed in Texas Motor Speedway's Fan Zone beginning at 8:00am/ct on race day. Fans must show their individual AAA Texas 500 race ticket in order to receive a bobblehead.(Texas Motor Speedway)(10-1-2016)

  • Texas Motor Speedway would like to host football game: Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage has envisioned his track hosting a major college football game for years. Bristol Motor Speedway pulled it off earlier this month with Tennessee and Virginia Tech squaring off, and TMS sent out a news release the week of the game to remind folks of Gossage's idea for years. TMS and Bristol are both Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks, and Gossage would like to think Texas could be the next race track to do it. But Gossage knows to make it work the game has to be "special" such as his idea in 2002 of hosting the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma. Gossage still believes that game would be a success at the track, or something such as Texas-Texas A&M. But don't get too far ahead of yourselves - Gossage hasn't reached out to Texas or A&M about them renewing their football rivalry at TMS. Nothing is on the horizon. "The substance is that Bristol did it earlier in the month and did it successfully," Gossage said. "And the game has to be special. Texas-OU is special. Texas-Texas A&M is special. That would fit the bill of special. It just has to be a special game. A national championship game, you know, or whatever." TMS could add as many temporary seats as needed for a possible college football game. TMS proudly boasts that it could hold more than five AT&T Stadiums in its 84-acre infield. AT&T Stadium is 15.17 acres. The issue would come down to getting marquee schools to agree to playing at the track. Gossage said Bristol had to pay Tennessee and Virginia Tech about $4 million each to play the game. Outside of luring the schools with a significant amount of money, TMS would also have to pay to construct the field and each temporary seat costs the track roughly $20, Gossage said. "But we know how to do it because it's been done once now," Gossage said. "We can just call up our friends at Bristol. They did a great job. Great job up there."(Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)(9-30-2016)

  • NASCAR Champion's Week Fanfest event cancelled: When NASCAR gets around to announcing the schedule for its annual Champion's Week in Las Vegas in early December, the popular Fanfest on Fremont Street won't be on it. Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials have confirmed the unofficial kickoff to Champion's Week will not be held this year because of conflicts in scheduling and logistics. Other Champion's Week events, such as the "Victory Lap" on the Las Vegas Strip, and the "After the Lap" interactive (and usually bawdy) question-and-answer session with Chase drivers at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms, are expected to go on as scheduled. This year's Champion Award's Banquet is set for Friday, Dec. 2.(Las Vegas Review-Journal)(9-28-2016)

  • Kurt Busch Joins Martinsville's Green Flag Experience: Two-time Martinsville winner and the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion is the latest driver added to the Green Flag Experience lineup, prior to the Goody's Fast Relief 500 on October 30 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch, who won at Martinsville most recently in 2014, joins Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and his brother, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch, as drivers scheduled to participate in the moderated question-and-answer sessions on race morning. Additional drivers participating in the Green Flag Experience will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the moderated question-and-answer sessions, the Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. Fans have the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, sign the start/finish line, a photo opportunity in mock Victory Lane, enjoy music, games and prizes along with doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $60. Admission to the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for Goody's Fast Relief 500. Advance ticket prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 begin at just $45.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-29-2016)

  • Johnson, Hamm paint the walls pink at Charlotte: NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson and soccer legend Mia Hamm joined forces with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and hundreds of the world's bravest and strongest women who have battled breast cancer to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month early by painting pit wall pink on Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The ceremonial event saluted those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer and provided a fun morning for hundreds of survivors, who met Johnson and Hamm in the winner's circle, used 40 gallons of paint to turn the pit wall pink and unveiled a pink Toyota Camry pace car that will lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series field in the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina on Oct. 7 at Charlotte's iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina brought its expansive "Live Fearless" display to the speedway to promote the urgent need for preventative healthcare, early detection and finding a cure for breast cancer. In addition to Sprint Cup Series driver Matt DiBenedetto and NASCAR broadcaster Hermie Sadler - who emceed the event - NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Elliott Sadler, Bubba Wallace, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed, Blake Koch and Jeb Burton took part and previewed next Thursday's Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the final race in the first round of the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)(9-29-2016)

  • Jesse Metcalfe named Grand Marshal at Kansas: Actor, model, fitness and sports enthusiast Jesse Metcalfe has been named has been named Grand Marshal for the Hollywood Casino 400 taking place on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Jesse Metcalfe, best known for his award winning performance on ABC's iconic hit "Desperate Housewives," is currently starring in Hallmark's new hit "Chesapeake Shores." The family drama is currently ranking first in its timeslot each week. Metcalfe portrays 'Trace Riley,' a former country singer with a sordid past who returns to his hometown and rekindles his love with an old flame. Adding to his credits, Metcalfe has written and performed original music for the hit series.(Kansas Speedway)(9-28-2016)

  • Jerrod Niemann featured at Talladega's Saturday Night Infield Concert: Nashville country star Jerrod Niemann will perform as the headliner for the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, Oct. 22, as part of the much anticipated Chase double elimination weekend. Niemann is set to take the stage at NASCAR's "Party Capital" just hours after the conclusion of the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race where the field of title contenders will be cut from eight to six, and the night before the Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event where only eight of 12 drivers will advance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a Sunday race ticket for the Alabama 500. Niemann is currently on tour, and working on his new album. The recently released first single, titled "A Little More Love," is a duet with friend and label mate Lee Brice. His most recent album, High Noon, featured the Platinum-certified hit "Drink to That All Night," a two-week No. 1 smash. High Noon was a follow-up to his Free the Music album, which included the emotional "Only God Could Love You More" and "Shinin' on Me."(TSS)(9-25-2016)

  • Joe Walsh named grand marshal for "Citizen Soldier 400" at Dover: Legendary musician Joe Walsh will serve as the grand marshal for the "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2. The Grammy Award-winning 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has a career spanning four decades as a successful solo artist and a member of the Eagles, Barnstorm and James Gang. Walsh wrote "No Man's Land," an original song for the film "Citizen Soldier." Joining Walsh as dignitaries for the "Citizen Soldier 400" are: Honorary Pace Car Driver: Retired Maj. Gen Gus Hargett, the chief executive officer of the National Guard Association of the United States; Honorary Starter: Retired Staff Sgt. Colt Floyd of the Oklahoma National Guard. Floyd was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011; Welcoming Remarks: Bert Bedrosian, "Citizen Soldier" producer and partner at Strong Eagle Media. In addition, country music star Easton Corbin will sing the national anthem prior to the race and the traditional military flyover will be conducted by two F-16s from the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.(Dover Speedway)(9-24-2016)

  • Stewart honored with granite stone at New Hampshire: Dale Earnhardt has his rock and now Tony Stewart has his granite stone at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A winner of five races in three different motorsports series at NHMS during his legendary career, Tony Stewart will now forever be honored for his achievements on the 1.058-mile oval. Speedway officials unveiled the 7,400-pound engraved granite block for this weekend's Bad Boy Off Road 300. Fans will be able to the see the granite stone, as it is positioned under the Main Grandstands in a manicured flowerbed next to the suite elevators parallel to the Granite Stripe start/finish line. The granite features Stewart's #14 in the top-left corner with his name underneath. The middle of the engraving is a likeness of Stewart's car the last time he won here in 2011. The bottom-right of the stone features the New Hampshire Motor Speedway logo with the year of each of his wins at NHMS - 1998 (IndyCar), 2000 (Cup Series), 2005 (Cup Series), 2008 (XFINITY Series) and 2011 (Cup Series).(NHMS)(9-24-2016)

  • The Band Perry performing prior to Homestead race: Hot off the release of their new single "Comeback Kid," Grammy Award-winning superstar sibling trio - The Band Perry - will make a special live performance prior to this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race. The Band Perry will be featured in Homestead-Miami Speedway's pre-race show, which airs on Countdown to Green on NBC that Sunday. The Band Perry, which consists of siblings Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry, are an unstoppable presence in music. The trio has released two studio albums, The Band Perry (2010) and Pioneer (2013). Their first album went certified platinum and included the sextuple-platinum chart-topper, "If I Die Young," the platinum-selling "You Lie" and "All Your Life (a #1 single). Their second album Pioneer was certified gold and also featured two No. 1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their third studio album.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(9-22-2016)

  • Atlanta celebrating Petty's last race with special ticket offer: Atlanta Motor Speedway will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Hooters 500 Cup Series race, known as one of the greatest NASCAR races of all time, in which racing legend and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty made his final career start, with a special ticket offer and exclusive race-day experience for the first 500 fans who take advantage. With the purchase of a $69 Upper Petty Grandstand ticket for Sunday's race, fans can add a $10 upgrade which includes a replica ticket from the 1992 Hooters 500, a commemorative Richard Petty hero card, access to an exclusive Q&A session with Richard Petty on race day and a chance to win one of 43 replica 1992 Hooters 500 tickets signed by "The King" himself. One dollar from each upgrade purchase will go towards the Petty Family Foundation and Victory Junction. The package is also available as an upgrade for any fan who has previously purchased a Sunday ticket valued at $69 or more and member of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Insiders Club, regardless of seat location.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(9-21-2016)

  • Bad Boy Off Road sponsoring New Hampshire race: Bold and ambitious. Those are the qualities needed for a driver to win a race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. So, it's fitting that a company with similar attributes will serve as the entitlement sponsor for one of the most demanding races of the season. Speedway officials announced that the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday, Sept. 25 has been named the Bad Boy Off Road 300. The Bad Boy Off Road 300 will cap off a jam-packed weekend of NASCAR: New England Style racing and entertainment. Tripleheader Saturday will feature the Camping World Truck Series, Whelen Modified Tour and American-Canadian Tour, while Cheap Trick, a 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will provide the Sunday pre-race show before the green flag drops on the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at 2:00pm. Bad Boy Off Road, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, is no stranger to NASCAR with its longtime partnerships in the industry, including being the primary sponsor for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase contender Kevin Harvick. Harvick won the September Chase race at NHMS in 2006 and will return a favorite for Sunday's race. Bad Boy Off Road caters to hunters, recreational riders, farmers and ranchers who typically see Bad Boy vehicles as a badge of honor for those that understand the power of the outdoor experience.(NHMS)(9-20-2016)

  • Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package available at Talladega: Jimmie Johnson will host a special Kids Question & Answer Session as part of an extraordinary Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package at NASCAR's Most Competitive track prior to the start of the Alabama 500 on Sunday, Oct. 23. Talladega Superspeedway's Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package will be in the Gadsden Grandstand for the highly anticipated Alabama 500 - the elimination race in the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the field of title contenders will be trimmed from 12 to eight at the checkered flag. The package includes: $48 ticket(s) for adults and $24 ticket(s) for children (ages 12 and under). Families will receive 10% off of merchandise purchased at the Fanatics NASCAR Trackside Superstore located in the FanZone outside the frontstretch. In addition to the Kids Q&A session, the youngsters will participate in hands-on activities during a special learning program, led by NASA trained educators. The focus will be centered on aerodynamics, grip, speed and other key racing elements used in NASCAR. The lessons will help demonstrate the relationship between NASA and motorsports. Each kid who attends the Q&A will also receive a four-color Jimmie Johnson NASA Rockets to Racecars activity book centered on STEM education.(Talladega Superspeedway)(9-17-2016)

  • Kansas offering ticket package upgrades: Kansas Speedway's October race weekend is less than 40 days away and some great options are still available for fans to experience race weekend in a new way. The Finish Line, Kansas Speedway's weekend fan hospitality, offers driver Q&A sessions, food and drink, a guided tour of the pits and garage, and more for only $225 per ticket for Oct. 15-16. Fans will also get one parking pass for every two Finish Line tickets purchased. Tickets do not include grandstand admission and fans must have a grandstand ticket or a camping wristband to purchase. Or add the VIP Package on Oct. 16 that includes a reception in the President's Suite, a guided tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage with former NASCAR driver Glenn Jarrett, attend the drivers meeting and more. This package is limited and doesn't include a grandstand ticket, which must be purchased separately. The Jimmie Johnson Youth Package includes one adult and one youth admission to a youth Q&A session with Jimmie Johnson on October 16th, one FanVision rental for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race day and two Special Edition Jimmie Johnson credentials for just $48. The Outback Steakhouse offer brings great racing and great food together. This package includes two tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 16 in Turn 1 (Sections 129-171, Rows 11-13) and includes a $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card for only $199.(Kansas Speedway)(9-16-2016)

  • Martinsville Ticket Office to Open on Saturdays: With the Goody's Fast Relief 500 quickly approaching, Martinsville Speedway will once again open the ticket office from 9:00am-3:00pm on Saturdays, starting this weekend. The ticket office will also be open on Sunday, October 23 from noon until 4:00pm. Fans can also stop by the track Monday through Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm. Fans have many great deals to choose from for the Goody's Fast Relief 500. Adult ticket prices for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 start at $45. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $50. Ticket prices increase the week of the race.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-15-2016)

  • Brenner named President at Michigan: International Speedway Corporation announced that it has named Rick Brenner as President of Michigan International Speedway effective Monday, September 19 . Brenner accepts the role, making a move from Minor League Baseball (MiLB) to motorsports. Brenner most recently served as President of DSF Sports and Entertainment for over 10 years, the company that owns the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In that role, Brenner managed all facets of the multi-unit business as well as leading the design and construction of the Bowling Green Ballpark. Prior to DSF, Brenner spent six of his 11 years with the Trenton Thunder as Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. Brenner earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.(MIS)(9-8-2016)

  • Texas to give away Tony Stewart bobbleheads: While bobblehead giveaways of star athletes may be commonplace at other professional sports facilities, the promotion is a rarity at motorsports venues. So it is fitting that in honor of three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart's final season, Texas Motor Speedway will distribute a limited-edition bobblehead of the racing star to the first 30,000 fans attending the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 6. The bobblehead, presented by State Waterheaters and created by Colleyville's TAT Company, features Stewart's likeness with his trademark facial scruff and familiar Mobil 1 firesuit as he hoists a checkered flag inside Texas Motor Speedway. The bobblehead is part of "Tony Stewart's Last Ride at Texas Motor Speedway" weekend, where the speedway and Stewart fans will salute him as he makes his final NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Texas Motor Speedway. The bobbleheads will be distributed in Texas Motor Speedway's Fan Zone beginning at 8:00am/ct on race day. Fans must show their individual AAA Texas 500 race ticket in order to receive a bobblehead. The promotion will limit one bobblehead per individual.(Texas Motor Speedway)(9-8-2016)

  • Ticket Galaxy sponsoring Phoenix XFINITY race: Phoenix International Raceway announced Ticket Galaxy as the title sponsor of the track's upcoming November NASCAR XFINITY Series race and as PIR's official secondary market ticket provider. The Ticket Galaxy 200 will serve as the semifinal race in the Chase for NASCAR XFINITY Series title and air on NBC Sports Network in primetime on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. local time). Through a multi-year agreement, Ticket Galaxy will also become the official secondary market ticket partner of Phoenix International Raceway, as well as Auto Club Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. The Connecticut-based company established in 1988 adds motorsports to their sports sponsorship profile that includes some of the top teams and venues in the country. With the fall race weekend at PIR traditionally in high demand, fans will now have the added opportunity of purchasing their race tickets through a trusted resource and an official secondary market partner that offers superior customer service and instantly downloadable tickets.(PIR)(9-6-2016)

  • Speedway Motorsports Put Fans, Families First with $10 NASCAR Cup Series Kids' Tickets: In conjunction with a NASCAR industry-wide effort to offer free NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series tickets for children 12 and under next season, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. announced a company-wide Fans First initiative Monday to price select children's tickets at just $10 each to Cup Series events at its eight premier speedways beginning in 2017. "Coming to the races should be about fun, not finances," said Speedway Motorsports' President and Chief Executive Officer Marcus Smith. "Now a parent can get his or her child through the gates for an entire weekend of NASCAR events - including pole night, a Camping World Truck or XFINITY Series race and a Cup Series race - for just $10. This is one of the best, if not THE best, family values in all professional sports. NASCAR fans have passed down their passion for motorsports from generation to generation for decades, and through this new Fans First initiative, we'll continue that legacy by introducing young fans to the sport and engaging them for years to come." With an adult ticket purchase, fans can buy up to two $10 tickets for children ages 12 and under to that same event in select seating sections. This offer is available at all of the 13 Cup Series events shown below next season. Tickets for many of Speedway Motorsports' 2017 events are already on sale.(CMS/SMI)(8-30-2016)

  • Dover partners with "Citizen Soldier" film as entitlement sponsor for Oct. 2 Cup race: "Citizen Soldier," a feature film using real footage that follows an Oklahoma National Guard unit during its deployment to Afghanistan will be the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2. The "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the first elimination race in the 16-driver 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs. Four drivers will see their championship dreams dashed after 400 grueling laps around the Monster Mile. The "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the centerpiece of the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, which also includes free concerts, activities and experiences within our FanZone and Monster Mile Youth Nation areas, an interactive USO Military Village display, military flyovers, autograph sessions, fireworks and more. The Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR weekend also includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30, and the "Drive Sober 200" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1. For tickets or more information, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(8-29-2016)

  • Dover Motorsports announces agreement to sell Nashville Superspeedway: Dover Motorsports announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Nashville Superspeedway facility to an entity owned by Panattoni Development Company, an international commercial real estate development company specializing in industrial, office and build-to-suit projects. Under the terms of the agreement, Dover Motorsports and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nashville Speedway U.S.A., Inc., will sell the Nashville Superspeedway facility along with some related equipment and assets for $27.5 million in cash and the assumption by the purchaser of obligations of Dover Motorsports under certain Variable Rate Tax Exempt Infrastructure Revenue Bonds. Closing is subject to customary due diligence and closing conditions, including zoning approvals, and is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2017. (Dover International Speedway)(8-25-2016)

  • Track 'treatments' to continue: Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that what Bristol did is "certainly not the last you've seen of that.'' Bristol treated its lower groove with a substance similar to what is used on the starting area in drag racing to help tires gain grip. NASCAR said resin was then put on the track after Wednesday's Camping World Truck Series race and Friday's Xfinity Series race. Previously, running the lower groove at Bristol proved slower than the top groove. With the additional grip, more cars could run at the bottom and be competitive. The result was two-wide racing. The 20 lead changes in the Sprint Cup race ranked second among most lead changes at Bristol in the last eight races there. NASCAR stated that total green-flag passes in the Cup race totaled 2,454, ranking fourth at the track since the statistic was first kept in 2005. "We'll go out and do the due diligence and test it and work with Goodyear certainly,'' O'Donnell said. "Certainly, we'll look at this year, but more importantly for 2017.''(NBC Sports)(8-23-2016)

  • Dover extending SAFER barriers and increasing usable space in Cup garage: Dover International Speedway has started two construction projects which will add more than 500 feet of SAFER barriers around the track and increase usable space for NASCAR haulers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in time for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the Monster Mile, highlighted by the first elimination race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 2.
    Facts on the recent construction are:
    o Approximately 500 feet of Steel And Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers will be added to the one-mile, high-banked, concrete oval. The outside wall in Turn 2, under the walkover bridge, and the outside wall of Turn 4, entering the frontstretch, will now include SAFER barriers. All of the SAFER barriers will be added to existing walls.
    o The installation companies are Kent Construction of Smyrna, Del., and North Industrial Machine of Hartsville, SC.
    o A 753-foot-long concrete wall separating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area from the existing harness racing track is being added. The 10-foot-high wall will stretch from the Infield Media Center to the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, removing the grass hill between the garage area and harness track that was in place.
    o The new construction will allow for additional space for each NASCAR hauler to park in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, and will create a safer environment in the area.
    o The installation company is Kent Construction of Smyrna, Del.
    "We continue to improve our facility for all parties involved in NASCAR, including drivers, race teams and fans," Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian said. "Safety is always our top priority and the added SAFER barriers will certainly benefit our competitors. The renovations in the garage will also allow us greater opportunities for space flexibility in the coming years too." The Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR weekend includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30, the "Drive Sober 200" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2. For tickets or more information, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(8-20-2016)

  • Kansas, Tickets for Less form partnership: Kansas Speedway and locally-based Tickets For Less, LLC announced a multi-year partnership that names Tickets For Less as the Official Secondary Market Ticket Partner of Kansas Speedway. As part of the partnership, Tickets for Less will offer an exclusive Family 4-Pack for Kansas Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races that includes 4 tickets, 4 pre-race passes, and 1 preferred parking pass. You can order a Family 4-Pack by visiting www.ticketsforless.com/family4pack. Tickets For Less is a private ticket broker that buys and sells tickets for all nationwide concert and sporting events on the secondary market. Tickets For Less is a reliable source for all events and focuses on providing the tickets you want with the service you deserve. Tickets For Less guarantees no fees at checkout, differentiating them from other ticket brokers. In addition, Tickets For Less offers top dollar for hard-to-get and premium tickets for nationwide concerts and sporting events.(Kansas Speedway)(8-14-2016)

  • 3 Doors Down in concert prior to Charlotte race: Triple-platinum rock legends 3 Doors Down will perform under the lights at the action-packed Bank of America 500, the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the three-time GRAMMY nominees and personal friends of NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart electrify a captivated crowd at the pre-race entertainment stage on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The full 60-minute 3 Doors Down Bank of America 500 pre-race concert will highlight the Bank of America 500 pre-race pit party, which will also include driver appearances, Q&As with some of the biggest names in the sport and more. The band shares a long history with NASCAR. Earnhardt Jr. and Stewart were in the "Road I'm On" music video in 2003, and the band members individually have friendships with Earnhardt, Stewart and a number of other drivers. They have performed many times over the past two decades at NASCAR events and also sponsored an Earnhardt-owned car that Stewart drove in 2003. Earnhardt drove a car featuring the 3 Doors Down logo in 2005, and again in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(CMS)(8-13-2016)

  • Easton Corbin to perform concert before Dover race: Country music star Easton Corbin will perform a free concert at Dover International Speedway's Victory Plaza prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2. Corbin will also sing the national anthem before the race, which will feature the first four driver eliminations of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Corbin's Victory Plaza concert will begin at 11:00am/et. Corbin, a Florida native, rocketed on the country music scene in 2010 with his self-titled debut album, which included the No. 1 hits "A Little More Country Than That," and "Roll With It." The two top releases made him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two singles reach No. 1.(Dover Speedway)(8-12-2016)

  • Jake Owens in concert at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway's "Christmas In July" event just added another major present under the tree for fans attending the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 6, as country music star Jake Owen will perform a free concert during the Loud & Proud Pre-Race Show Fueled By American Ethanol. Since releasing his debut album Startin' with Me in 2006, Owen has risen as one of today's most popular male country singers for his irresistible melodies, smooth vocals, and laid-back attitude. The Florida native is known throughout the music world as an artist who has become a beacon of positive vibes through his uplifting lyrics and melodies, optimism, love of the beach and his youthful spontaneity. While the concert can be enjoyed from the grandstands for free by AAA Texas 500 ticketholders, fans also have an opportunity to watch the concert and pre-race driver introductions stage side by purchasing a Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show Fueled by American Ethanol pass for $79. The pre-race pass and access are free for all Texas Motor Speedway season ticket holders. A ticket to the AAA Texas 500 must accompany all pre-race passes. The free music also will continue for fans following the conclusion of the AAA Texas 500. Jason Boland & The Stragglers will perform at the Portacool Post-Race Show approximately 30 minutes after the finish of the race.(TMS)(7-27-2016)

  • Tony George is again Chairman of the Board at IMS: The most intriguing story coming out of Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for people who follow racing was the public confirmation that Tony George was quietly named chairman of the board of the speedway, in addition to its parent company, Hulman & Co., some four months ago. Sure, there was Indy's 160-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race -- actually, make that 170, thanks to a series of overtime crashes -- which to the surprise of no one was dominated by Kyle Busch and the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. That made George's ascension to the chairman's seat of his family's companies the biggest story of the day, marking a comeback that rivals any we've ever seen on the executive side of the sport. The news broke in unorthodox fashion. George was voted into the chairman roles during Hulman & Co.'s annual meeting in March, but there was no public confirmation of the change until he was introduced as the IMS chairman over the Speedway's public address system when he stepped out to give the command to start engines for Sunday's race. Talk about a private company that really keeps things private. Now 56, George was named president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1989 when he was just 29 years old, kicking off a turbulent 20-year run. During his tenure, George brought NASCAR to Indianapolis with the first Brickyard 400 in 1994, and he also built a road course in the IMS infield that hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix from 2000-07. But George is more famous (or infamous) for creating the Indy Racing League and using the Indianapolis 500 as a bargaining chip in the quest to take control of Indy car racing from CART. The 13-year civil war between the two Indy car series from 1996-2008 caused huge damage to the sport, which it still continues to recover from. After Indy car racing was unified as the IndyCar Series under Hulman &. Co leadership, George resigned as the league's CEO in 2009, and he relinquished his board roles in 2011. He was reinstated to the IMS and Hulman & Co. boards in 2013; with his 82-year-old mother Mari Hulman-George in failing health, his recent ascension to the chairman role doesn't come as a surprise. Just family business. Still, the fact that Hulman & Co. chose not to publicize the move indicates they understand the perception of putting George back in charge still carries some public relations baggage with longtime Indy car fans -- even though as the board chairman, he will have little or no influence on the company's day-to-day operations.(ESPN.com)(7-25-2016)

  • Virginia Lottery returns to Martinsville Speedway as pole day sponsor: The Virginia Lottery is returning to Martinsville Speedway to once again sponsor Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 28, Speedway President Clay Campbell announced. The Virginia Lottery, which has partnered with the race track since 2014, will also sponsor Pole Day for the STP 500 race weekend in the spring of 2017. The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia's public schools in Fiscal Year 2015. In addition to qualifying for the Goody's Fast Relief 500, there will be plenty of more excitement on Virginia Lottery Pole Day. The Camping World Truck Series will practice for the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will practice for the Goody's Fast Relief 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(7-19-2016)

  • Homestead Miami Speedway asks court to reverse city approval of residential development: Homestead Miami Speedway is noisy, holds events at night and draws traffic. Its operators are worried that if homes are built nearby, new residents will complain so much that the track could be shut down. So they have petitioned the court to stop a housing development that the Homestead City Commission recently approved. The Speedway, which sits less than a mile from the planned subdivision and hosts a number of auto races, including a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, appealed the council's vote by filing a petition this month with the appellate division of the circuit court. "We are very similar to an airport. If residents move too close to us, they'll start complaining about noise and traffic, and that will have an adverse effect on our business," said the Speedway's vice president, Al Garcia. The area doesn't have any homes right now. Its tenants include the Speedway, Homestead Air Reserve Base and a beer warehouse, ringed by the Park of Commerce and commercial, mixed-use and other zoning that provide a buffer between the speedway and homes. The issue is a development that the City Council approved in May. Developer Wayne Rosen proposed building single family homes in and next to the industrially zoned Park of Commerce. He also asked the city to change the definition of mixed-use so that he wouldn't have to build a combination of commercial, multi-family and single-family homes, but instead could build any of those categories without building all of them.(Miami Herald)(6-30-2016)


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