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  • Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
    Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (109 races held)
    Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (27)
    Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (111)
    Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (115)
    Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
    Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (112)
    Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (138)
    Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 10 (93)
    Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (17)
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (22)
    Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (21)
    Kentucky: Brad Keselowski & Kyle Busch - 2 (5)
    Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (19)
    Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (135)
    Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (94)
    New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (42)
    Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 8 (40)
    Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (77)
    Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (120)
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (27)
    Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (94)
    Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (31)
    Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (33)

  • Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
    Daytona International Speedway 138 races (since 1959)
    Martinsville Speedway 135 (since 1949)
    Richmond International Raceway 120 (since 1953)
    Charlotte Motor Speedway 115 (since 1960)
    Darlington Speedway 112 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 111 (since 1961)
    Atlanta Motor Speedway 109 (since 1960)
    Michigan International Speedway, 94 (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Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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)(6-12-2016)

  • 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 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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  • Kansas to perform at Darlington before Bojangles' Southern 500: Fitting into its throwback weekend plans of celebrating the 1975-84 era of the sport, Darlington Raceway will have classic rock legends KANSAS perform the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 pre-race concert presented by GEICO on Sunday, Sept. 4. KANSAS, known for its hits Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind, is one of the top-selling bands of the late 1970's and early 1980's. The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and two one million-selling gold singles (Carry on Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind). Fans of KANSAS have the exclusive opportunity to watch the concert from the front of the pre-race stage. In addition to the purchase of a Bojangles' Southern 500 grandstand ticket, a pre-race access pass may be purchased for an additional $45. This pass will not only give fans stage front access for the concert, but will also include an up close view of the Sprint Cup Series stars as they are introduced to the crowd. Supplies are limited. Coinciding with the celebration of their 40th anniversary in 2013, KANSAS was inducted into both the Kansas Hall of Fame and Georgia Music Hall of Fame as recognition for their achievements from both their native state and adopted home state.(Darlington Raceway)(6-24-2016)

  • NHTSA Returns as Title Sponsor of NASCAR Pole Day in Sonoma: Sonoma Raceway and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will highlight the importance of tire safety during the wine country facility's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 24-26. NHTSA, which was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, returns for the second consecutive year as title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for "Drive for Safety Pole Day" on Saturday, June 25. NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety and works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial. Sonoma Raceway joins NASCAR and NHTSA in their Drive for Safety, a partnership focused on promoting life-saving highway safety and vehicle safety messages. The program will highlight topics including distracted driving, seat belts, tire safety and five-star crash ratings throughout the 2016 NASCAR season. The agreement also includes digital and social media programming to raise awareness for the Drive for Safety campaign, signage, promotional rights and other assets during the NASCAR event weekend in Sonoma.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-23-2016)

  • Chicagoland Speedway signs deal with Papa John's: Chicagoland Speedway announced a three-year contract with the region's Papa John's franchisees that makes the brand the official pizza partner and the only pizza served at the Joliet (IL) venue. The agreement marks a new sponsorship category for the speedway, one of 13 racetracks owned by International Speedway Corp. The track has previously served Chicago-based chains Giordano's Pizza at its concession stands and Connie's Pizza in its suites. But Papa John's has signed the track's first official marketing deal with a pizza chain, according to Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock, who touts the value of a major brand helping to promote the track to its customers. "It's a national brand that sees the value of our platform," Paddock said. "Any time you can partner with consumer packaged goods companies or retail outlets that are going to extend our reach to consumers, that's huge." Chicagoland Speedway's week of NASCAR Sprint Cup events this year is Sept. 15-18, culminating with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, which kicks off Nascar's Chase for the Sprint Cup.(Crain's Chicago Business)(6-22-2016)

  • Johnson Ticket packages: Fans can purchase a Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package for this year's race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 18. Johnson has teamed up with NASA to provide an educational experience for kids with the NASA Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education program. The ticket package includes a Q&A session with Johnson on race day. The package is $48 for adults and $23 for children and is located in Section "L" at Chicagoland Speedway. Click here for details.
    AND Jimmie Johnson is teaming up with Kentucky Speedway and NASA once again for a family ticket package experience for the July 9 event at the track. Click here for information.(6-22-2016)

  • Montgomery Gentry To Perform Pre-Race Concert at Coke Zero 400: Montgomery Gentry, the multi-platinum country music duo comprised of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, will perform a 60-minute pre-race concert on Saturday, July 2 prior to the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. A limited quantity of VIP ticket packages are available for race fans to receive special access to the pre-race concert that will be staged along pit road. Fans that have already purchased a Coke Zero 400 race ticket can upgrade their experience to the VIP Pit package for $75. Tickets for the June 30-July 2 Coke Zero 400 Weekend can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(6-21-2016)

  • New food items debuting at Sonoma: Sonoma Raceway and Levy Restaurants will introduce a number of new concession items worthy of the facility's gourmet location at this weekend's Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, June 24-26. The raceway's must-try item of the weekend is sure to be the new Crab Cake Corn Dog, featuring real crab dipped in a honey batter, fried to perfection and served on a stick. This new item will be available at the Sears Point Grill at the north end of the Main Grandstand for $16. In addition, Levy Restaurants will take the wraps off its new Waffle-Wich Stand offering freshly prepared waffle sandwiches piled with delicious fillings, including Philly Cheese Steak, Char Sui Pork, vegetarian options and a breakfast sandwich. This stand is located just beneath the Main Grandstand and sandwiches will cost $12. New for 2016, Sonoma Raceway's dining options will be also enhanced to include multiple Chevys Fresh Mex concession stands. The outposts, located beneath the Main Grandstand, in the main paddock and above Turn 2, will serve fresh Mexican food favorites, including mesquite grilled chicken and steak fajita burritos, nachos with picadillo beef and pickled jalapeños, as well as specialty corn on the cob. These additions help complete the raceway's usual slate offerings, including half-pound hamburgers, freshly-made meatballs, calamari poppers and much more.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-21-2016)

  • Eric Paslay concert to kick off New Hampshire Cup Race: Eric Paslay, a 2016 Grammy Award nominee, will headline the New Hampshire Motor Speedway frontstretch stage before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, July 17. Paslay, who will take the stage at 10:45am, is part of a jam-packed weekend of racing and entertainment at the speedway. Speedway officials have created a special Eric Paslay ticket package giving fans the opportunity to win an exclusive meet and greet with the country singer prior to his 45 minute concert. EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist, Paslay is as a renowned, platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. The Texas-native earned his first Grammy nomination as an artist in 2016 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "The Driver" - a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley. The Eric Paslay ticket package is now available and will include a Pre-Race Pit Pass and a general admission Laconia Grandstand ticket to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for $120. A random drawing on July 8 will award two lucky winners and one guest with a private meet and greet with the country music singer on race morning.(NHMS)(6-20-2016)

  • NASCAR Hauler Parade rolls through Sacramento on June 23: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will rumble through the streets of Sacramento at the 6th annual NASCAR Hauler Parade on Thursday, June 23. The NASCAR haulers, which will be en route to Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 24-26, will make their way over the Tower Bridge and around the State Capitol on the way to greet Northern California NASCAR fans ready for the big race in Sonoma. You can expect to see haulers from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and many other drivers on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. This marks the sixth consecutive hauler parade in Northern California and raceway officials are thrilled to bring it to Sacramento, home to some of our most avid race fans. The parade will begin promptly at noon on Thursday, June 23, as the haulers depart their staging area and cross the Tower Bridge, heading for the State Capitol. The haulers will arrive at the raceway at approximately 2:00pm. Race fans can catch the haulers all along the parade route, but are encouraged to head to the corner of 11th and L streets for the best view. Sonoma Raceway will have a display there, as well as the popular Raceway Girls, giveaways and race tickets.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-19-2016)

  • Save Mart Celebrates 25 Years of Sponsorship in Sonoma: In 1992, Ernie Irvan overcame an early-race penalty to pass 41 cars en route to his first victory at then-Sears Point Raceway. That same year, Save Mart Supermarkets took the green flag on what would become the raceway's most enduring commercial sponsorship. At the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 24-26, Save Mart Supermarkets and Sonoma Raceway will celebrate 25 years of sponsorship at the annual wine country NASCAR event. Save Mart Supermarkets' status as either the event title or co-title sponsor in Sonoma is one of the longest running in all of NASCAR Cup racing. Save Mart served as title sponsor of the NASCAR Cup event from 1992-1997. It has combined with partners as co-title sponsor of the event since 1998. The event has been known as the Toyota/Save Mart 350 since 2007. Based in the heart of the Central Valley, Save Mart Supermarkets is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that 'fresh comes first' for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs nearly 16,000 team members and operates 205 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and MaxxValue Foods.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-18-2016)

  • DAYTONA 500 Tickets On Sale: Tickets for the prestigious 59th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening race will officially go on sale Monday, June 20 at 9:00am/et. Race fans will have the opportunity to experience the 2017 DAYTONA 500, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26, in the world's only motorsports stadium, experiencing unprecedented amenities that include 101,500 new, wider seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social "neighborhoods" and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. The 2016 DAYTONA 500 was a sellout and produced the closest finish in the event's storied 58-year history with Denny Hamlin nipping Martin Truex Jr. by .010 seconds at the start/finish line. In addition to tickets for the DAYTONA 500, fans can also purchase tickets and multi-day ticket packages for the remaining events during Speedweeks which kicks off with the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Jan. 28-29. Also on sale will be tickets for the year's first official event at Daytona International Speedway, the Roar Before The Rolex 24 and Scout Days on Jan. 6-8, the critical three-day test session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams.(DIS)(6-17-2016)

  • Michigan saw decline in attendance: While NASCAR no longer releases attendance numbers, MIS President Roger Curtis said there was a slight decrease in ticket sales for the June 10-12 FireKeepers Casino 400 race weekend. The numbers were what MIS expected, Curtis said, given the rain last June and the lack of action in the August race. Meanwhile, local business owners said they saw no decrease in sales, with some saying sales were slightly higher than during the 2015 June race weekend. This includes JR's Hometown Grill and Pub and Buddy's gas station and convenience store, both in Brooklyn. Curtis said opening the infield early was a big success, with an estimated 40 to 45 percent of the infield full by the time it's normally opened Thursday. The suites were sold out and camping numbers were strong, he added. "A lot of our June guests, even if they weren't there (in August), were reluctant to purchase a ticket until they saw a good race," Curtis said. "We've already had a lot of folks call or email about tickets for August. I'm confident that next year's FireKeepers Casino 400 will be ahead of where it was this year."(MLive)(6-16-2016)

  • Luke Wilson to drive Pace Car at Sonoma: Actor Luke Wilson will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 26. Wilson is a film actor best known for his comedic roles in films including Old School, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Legally Blonde, Idiocracy, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. The Texas native currently stars in Showtime's new series Roadies, which premieres on June 26. The show follows the lives of a tight-knit group of rock-n roll-roadies working on the tour for a famous rock band. This will mark the first time Wilson has served as an Official Pace Car Driver at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-16-2016)

  • Jaguars Linebacker named Honorary Pace Car Driver at Daytona: Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith will serve as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 2. Smith, who played collegiately at Florida State University before being chosen by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, will lead the field around the 2.5-mile tri-oval in a Toyota Camry Pace Car prior to the start of the 160-lap, 400-mile race. Smith will also participate in a question-and-answer session in Sprint FANZONE, pre-race ceremonies and attend the drivers' meeting. In 2015, Smith started all 14 games he played in, totaling 128 tackles (99 solo), as well as registering his first NFL touchdown on a 26-yard interception return against the Buffalo Bills in the Jaguars' win in London. Smith also owns the NFL's longest active streak of 16 straight games with six-plus tackles.(DIS)(6-14-2016)

  • Texas Roadhouse namesake of Martinsville fall Truck race: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on October 29 has a new name. The race is now the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions. "Alpha Energy Solutions has enjoyed a great partnership with Texas Roadhouse for several years across multiple states," said Gerry Lewis, Director of Sales for Alpha Energy Solutions. "During the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 weekend at Martinsville Speedway in April, we stayed next to the construction site of a new Texas Roadhouse in Roanoke that will be opening soon. We had such a great experience at Martinsville Speedway, so we decided to approach Texas Roadhouse to join us for the fall race. We are thrilled to share the excitement the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions will add to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series chase for the championship." Texas Roadhouse is an casual dining chain that with 485 restaurants in 49 states.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-13-2016)

  • Texas fall race tickets on sale: Texas Motor Speedway announced that individual tickets for November's AAA Texas 500 race weekend will go on sale this Monday beginning at 9:00am/ct. The AAA Texas 500 weekend features all three NASCAR national series - Sprint Cup, XFINITY, Camping World Truck Series - and will mark the debut of the Chase playoff format for all three series. Race fans can take advantage of the lowest-priced ticket for the AAA Texas 500 with the NASCAR "Sights & Sounds 2-Pack" featuring two frontstretch tickets, a scanner and two earbuds starting at $88. The package provides the biggest savings for fans to catch the excitement of the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the second of three races in the pivotal Eliminator 8 Round. Tickets to Texas Motor Speedway's popular RaceDay University presented by Coca-Cola also will be available for $199. The package treats fans to exclusive Q&A sessions with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and celebrities; hospitality food and Coca-Cola beverages; stage-side access for the pre-race concert and driver introductions; and a frontstretch ticket for the AAA Texas 500. Individual tickets for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Longhorn 350 - which also includes Sprint Cup Series qualifying - on Friday, Nov. 4, and the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 5, also will be on sale with prices beginning at $25. To purchase your tickets for all four events during the NASCAR tripleheader weekend, call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(6-12-2016)

  • Sonoma Raceway announces pre-race show: The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is sure to feature its usual high-intensity action on Sunday, June 26, and Sonoma Raceway has teamed up with Friedman's Home Improvement to assemble an unforgettable pre-race show featuring everything from jets to aeronautical aerobatics to live musical entertainment. There will be plenty of on-track action throughout the day, so fans should be sure to arrive early, as pre-race entertainment gets underway at 8:30am on Sunday, June 26. For even more access, the Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass includes a pre-race Cold Pit Pass and access to the track for the Friedman's Pre-Race Show and driver introductions. New for 2016, youth 18 and under are allowed on-track access with the Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass. Here is some of what to expect during the Pre-Race Show Powered by Friedman's Home Improvement:
    Pre-Race Concert by Jackson Michelson; NASCAR Drivers' Meeting Concert by Toree McGee; Aerial Stunt Performance by Brad Wursten; Patriots Jet Team Air Show; 25 Years of Save Mart Supermarkets video to highlight the top 10 on-track moments; Save Mart Giant Shopping Cart; Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving; National Anthem performed by Q. Smith; and Anthem Flyover Provided by Oregon National Guard.(Sonoma Racewway)(6-11-2016)

  • Tony Stewart, Ernie Irvan to be Inducted into Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame: Sonoma Raceway will add two NASCAR legends to its Wall of Fame during the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend, June 24-26. Tony Stewart and Ernie Irvan will become the newest members of the raceway's Wall of Fame, joining fellow NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace (2005), Mark Martin (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Ricky Rudd (2007) and Rick Hendrick (2010). In more than 15 years of competition on the Sonoma Raceway road course, Stewart has become known as one of the most talented drivers on the challenging circuit. In recognition of his accomplishments, and to honor his final year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart will be inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame. Irvan made his mark in Sonoma with two victories, including one of the road course's most memorable. In 1992, Irvan claimed his first Sonoma win in the Save Mart Supermarkets 300 after being black-flagged at the start for crossing the starting line ahead of pole winner Ricky Rudd. He came back to pass 41 cars to take the checkered flag. Just two years later, Irvan became the first two-time winner of a NASCAR Cup event in Sonoma, winning by the largest margin of victory in raceway history (9.56 seconds) over Geoffrey Bodine. The Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame is designed to honor those who have excelled not only in their form of motor racing, but more importantly, in Sonoma. Each inductee is recognized during a ceremony with a marble plaque engraved with his/her likeness. The engraving is also added to the Wall of Fame, which is located behind the main grandstand.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-10-2016)

  • Daytona to again honor Congression Medal of Honor Recipients: During the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola June 30-July 2, Daytona International Speedway will continue the renewed tradition of honoring Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Being recognized this year are Captain Florent Groberg, U.S. Army (Afghanistan); Staff Sergeant Ty Carter, U.S. Army (Afghanistan) and Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell, U.S. Army (Vietnam). Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend these three recipients will also be honored at a luncheon, attend the drivers' meetings, participate in pre-race ceremonies for both Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race and Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. In addition, they will participate in an autograph session in Sprint FANZONE prior to Saturday night's race. This will be the eighth straight year that DIS has recognized Congressional Medal of Honor recipients during the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, a practice that was originally started by Bill France Sr. in the 1970s. The Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration given by the United States Government, is bestowed upon a member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life, above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.(DIS)(6-10-2016)

  • Kid Rock in concert during Brickyard weekend: Multi-platinum award-winning rock 'n' roll icon Kid Rock will be in concert on July 23 during the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His high-octane Saturday night performance will take place in the IMS infield following the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 race. The Michigan native played at IMS in 2007 on Miller Lite Carb Day during the Indianapolis 500, and is now returning for one of the crown jewel weekends on the NASCAR calendar. Acclaimed country rockers Parmalee will be the opening act for this can't miss event. General admission tickets for Saturday's race and the Kid Rock Concert at The Brickyard are $30 through July 8. After July 9, the price increases to $40. Current ticketholders to any IMS event can purchase a GA Saturday ticket and front-stage pit access for $85 through a pre-sale which runs until June 15. Kid Rock, whose musical styles range from hip-hop and rock to heavy metal and country, has sold more than 26 million albums around the world.(IMS)(6-9-2016)

  • Sonoma State President Ruben Armiñana named Grand Marshal at Sonoma: Sonoma State University president Ruben Armiñana, who will retire as the longest-tenured president of the California State University system on June 30, has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. Armiñana will be honored on Friday, June 24, at the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. He will also take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, June 26, and participate in the official command of, "Drivers, Start Your Engines." Armiñana, who left Communist Cuba as a child, became the sixth president of Sonoma State University in 1992. During his tenure, he has been successful in furthering the academic and co-curricular programs of the University, making Sonoma State University one of the most popular campuses in the California State University system. In his 24 years at Sonoma State, Armiñana has helped transform the campus from a part-time commuter college on the brink of closure to a residential campus bustling with activity.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-9-2016)

  • Active Pest Control to sponsor 2017 Atlanta race: McDonough, Georgia-based Active Pest Control will sponsor the March 4 Active Pest Control 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race during Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2017 NASCAR weekend. The race will be the tail end of an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series same-day doubleheader unique to Atlanta. Active Pest Control is one of Henry County's largest employers and was recently named to the National Pest Management Association Top 100 pest control companies nationwide. Family-owned since its inception in 1985, Active Pest Control is a full-service pest control, termite, wildfire removal and exclusion, attic insulation and crawlspace encapsulation company serving more than 40,000 customers daily in both Georgia and Houston, Texas.The Active Pest Control 200 will be the second of three NASCAR national touring series races during the weekend. Active Pest Control sponsored the Friday qualifying day at Atlanta's 2016 NASCAR Weekend and steps up in 2017 as a first-time race sponsor.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(6-8-2016)

  • Michigan not interested in hosting night races: While NASCAR tracks like Bristol and Daytona run night races, Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis says the track's future is still days. With this weekend's FireKeepers Casino 400 Sprint Cup race kicking off MIS' summer NASCAR doubleheader (the second race is in August), Curtis has ruled out any change soon to the traditional daytime format. As well as the huge expense of installing floodlights around the giant Irish Hills oval, Curtis believes Michigan fans prefer their racing during the day. Night racing, Curtis said, would create its own outbound traffic concerns. "We are not even remotely talking lights," Curtis said [Tuesday]. "There are so many other things we continue to build on out here like garages, restrooms and the Wi-Fi service. For example, erecting lights for a night race would cost around $17 million for the track and tram routes. We'd have to light two lanes out. Going east on U.S.-12 is curvy between here and Clinton. I don't see MDOT and the police making it happen." Instead, Curtis is throwing his time and money behind improving the fan experience.(Detroit Free Press)(6-8-2016)

  • Texas to debut new Hawg Heaven concession item: Texas Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants are giving race fans an American favorite a new Tex-Mex twist - the Hawg Heaven Ranchero Dawg - at the Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader. The Hawg Heaven Ranchero Dawg is the next generation of the highly successful, bacon-infused Hawg Heaven line and is sure to entice all race fans to check out the latest creation by Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Lincoln Engstrom. This oversized sandwich features: Quarter-pound Kobe beef dog on a poppy seed bun topped with 'Charro' beans studded with bacon and chorizo; A crisp, thick slice of bacon; Smoked cheddar cheese; Avocado; Bacon crema. The Hawg Heaven Ranchero Dawg ($10) makes its debut at next weekend's NASCAR/INDYCAR doubleheader that features the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400 on Friday, June 10, and the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 on Saturday, June 11. The specialty concession item only will be available at the concession stand on the concourse inside the Gate 4 main grandstand entrance. The Hawg Heaven concession line began in 2013 with Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy and has featured the Shake 'n Bacon Brew bacon-infused beer milkshake, Bacon Nachos, Queso Wings, Double Barrel Dawg, the Final Rocky Road-eo ice cream sundae honoring Jeff Gordon's final season in 2015 and the BBQ Melt at April's NASCAR race.(Texas Motor Speedway)(6-8-2016)

  • Texas Motor Speedway's 'Big Hoss' getting bigger: "Big Hoss," the world's largest TV and Guinness World Record holder that towers over the backstretch of Texas Motor Speedway, is about to get even bigger. Texas Motor Speedway will expand the Panasonic-built "Big Hoss" with an additional 2,071 square feet on the lower portion of the behemoth to construct a ribbon-style, high-definition scoreboard for fans to follow the lap count, running order and more for its NASCAR and INDYCAR events. The scoreboard, which has 16 mm pixel resolution as a surface-mounted diode compared to Big Hoss' 20 mm as a discrete LED, also will have the ability to be utilized for advertising opportunities, graphics, race statistics, video, advertising and even social media. The scoreboard, which will be 9½ feet high and 218 feet in length, will increase the total viewing experience of "Big Hoss" to 22,704.64 square feet or nearly a half acre. Comparably, the video board at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. sister track to TMS, measures 16,000 square feet and the one at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in nearby Arlington, is at 11,520 sf. The scoreboard is being built as a technological advancement to the traditional electronic scoring pylons used at speedways, including at Texas Motor Speedway where the 110-foot tall scoring pylons situated in Turns 1 and 4 will be removed.(Texas Motor Speedway)(6-7-2016)

  • Jimmie Johnson family ticket package available at Chicagoland: Chicagoland Speedway announced that fans can purchase the exclusive Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package for this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race on September 18. This year's event at Chicagoland Speedway will be the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and Johnson has teamed up with NASA to provide an educational experience for kids with the NASA Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education program. On race day, kids will learn the inherent similarities between rockets and racecars through STEM activities led by local teachers trained by NASA in the Rockets 2 Racecars curriculum. In addition to these activities, kids will also receive a 12 page activity booklet to explore throughout the remainder of race day. Finally, the ticket package will culminate with a Q&A session with Johnson who is no stranger to the science of speed lesson that is built into the program. The Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package is $48 for adults and $23 for children and is located in Section "L" at Chicagoland Speedway. Offer valid only on NASCAR Sprint Cup race day.(Chicagoland Speedway)(6-4-2016)

  • Phoenix race tickets on sale: Phoenix International Raceway announced that tickets for the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Can-Am 500, go on-sale Friday, June 3. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). The popular fall race at PIR historically sells out in advance and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including racing from the top-three series in NASCAR. The Can-Am 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race takes place on Sunday, Nov. 13. The event weekend also features the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Nov. 12 following the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Nov. 11. Both the NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will battle in the Chase format for the first time, with PIR being home to all the Series' elimination races. Fans who buy early will be automatically entered to win special PIR racing swag. Simply purchase Can-Am 500 tickets by Saturday, June 11, at 11:59pm/pt, and fans will be entered to win exciting prizes.(PIR)(6-3-2016)

  • State of South Carolina declares "Darlington Raceway Week": The week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500, August 29-September 4, 2016, has been named "Darlington Raceway Week, a Week Too Tough To Tame" after the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives passed a concurrent Resolution. The famed track's 67-year history is a major reason the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives passed the concurrent Resolution, led by state Senator Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville. The Resolution outlines the historical significance of Darlington Raceway's award-winning throwback weekend and addresses the role the track plays in building the foundation of what has become one of the largest spectator sports in the country. The 2016 Bojangles' Southern 500 will mark the second year of the track's popular throwback campaign, which celebrates the history and heritage of the sport. The 2015 edition of the marketing platform brought a renewed level of excitement to the track on its traditional Labor Day weekend date.(Darlington Raceway)(6-3-2016)

  • Patrick debuts new Daytona menu item; July ticket package: Danica Patrick visited Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday to participate in Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Media Day. Instead of turning laps around the historic 2.5-mile tri-oval in her #10 Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, Patrick shared one of her other interests - cooking. Patrick held court just outside the Chevrolet Injector in the FPL Solar Pavilion where she gave media members a special preview of a signature dish that will be available for race fans during the Coke Zero 400 Weekend: her Coke & Lime Cilantro Shrimp Wrap. The wrap is a perfect fit for Patrick's health-conscious personal cookbook; it's made with a garlic herb tortilla, Coke-marinated grilled and chilled white shrimp, shaved romaine hearts, cilantro and cabbage slaw and mango papaya relish. In addition, Patrick and International Speedway Corporation Chief Operating Officer Joie Chitwood III announced "Danica's Coke Zero 400 Family Pack". The package includes the following: A Coke Zero 400 adult reserved stadium seat and one kids reserved stadium seat (ages 12 and under); Admission to a question-and-answer session with Patrick in a Midway suite prior to the race; $10 in "DAYTONA Dollars" for Danica's Coke & Lime Cilantro Shrimp Wrap & a Coca-Cola product (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite or Aquafina).(DIS)(6-2-2016)

  • IMS announces spectacular holiday event: 'Lights at the Brickyard' coming in 2016: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring new levels of cheer to this holiday season with a spectacular "Lights at the Brickyard" seasonal event. Attendees will experience more than 40 scenes filled with 400 light displays along a 1.7-mile driving experience, which includes crossing the famous "Yard of Bricks" at IMS. In addition to the Lights at the Brickyard driving experience, other out-of-car holiday festivities and attractions will be offered for families to complete their adventure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dates are subject to change, but the event is tentatively scheduled to run from Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Exhibits will include festive holiday celebrations as well as racing-themed installations throughout the iconic venue. IMS has partnered with Winterland Inc., an international leader in holiday light installations and events to deliver the thrilling experience. Early-bird tickets will start at just $20 per car and will be available at a later date on www.IMS.com, or by calling the IMS ticket office. A $40 early-bird pass will provide expedited passage into the event. Prices will eventually increase to $30 and $60 for each.(IMS)(5-26-2016)

  • New Arizona law hints at big changes for PIR: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Thursday a bill that provides more than $40 million to promote races at Phoenix International Raceway from fiscal years 2022-2051 provided the track incurs projects costs of at least $100 million beginning next year. Lesa France Kennedy, chief executive officer of International Speedway Corp., which owns Phoenix International Raceway, stated in February that the 1-mile track is targeted for upgrades now that the company's $400 million improvements at Daytona International Speedway are complete. Bryan Sperber, president of Phoenix International Raceway, told NBC Sports then that "we're starting to put together plans now, but it's a long way away from any kind of announcement.'' HB2495 requires that Phoenix International Raceway has incurred the requisite project cost between Dec. 31, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2020. If that is done, HB2495 requires $1.5 million to be appropriated annually to the Arizona Office of Tourism to promote the track's races, beginning July 1, 2021 (when fiscal year 2022 starts). A spokesperson with the Arizona Office of Tourism told NBC Sports that to their knowledge this type of budget allocation has not been done before. The money from the Arizona Office of Tourism would be used to promote any event at Phoenix International Raceway "that is sanctioned by a nationally recognized premier national auto racing series governing body.''(NBC Sports)(5-23-2016)

  • No upset bids in Rockingham Speedway sale; new owner: Billy Silas is now the owner of Rockingham Speedway. There were no upset bids following the credit bid of $3 million made by James Hash - a Raleigh attorney representing BK Rock Holdings, managed by Silas - during a public auction May 5, according the Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court's office. An upset bid of $3.15 million would have had to have been made by Monday, which would have restarted a 10-day period for other bids. Since the bid from BK Rock was the prevailing bid, the Florida-based limited liability company now owns the property and net proceeds from the sale will be credited toward the debt, according to what Hash told the Daily Journal previously. The future of the historic track remains in question. Kenneth Robinette, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Commissioners, said the county has always been supportive of Rockingham Speedway and will work with Silas, or whoever winds up owning the track, to help promote it. "The county is very pro-business and is behind anybody that's going to bring jobs and economic development into the area," he said. "Hopefully he's got some ideas to bring racing back here."(Richmond County Daily Journal)(5-20-2016)

  • Daytona International Speedway Takes Home Prestigious Sports Facility of the Year Award: Daytona International Speedway's (DIS) new $400 million motorsports stadium was named Sports Facility of the Year last night at SportsBusiness Journal's 2016 Sports Business Awards in New York City. The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports. DIS topped a competitive field consisting of Avaya Stadium (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State University Wildcats), Kyle Field (Texas A&M Aggies) and Petco Park (San Diego Padres). "We're honored to receive this prestigious award for our new motorsports stadium," said International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. "Our employees, fans and partners deserve the credit for helping us transform the vision into reality." The motorsports stadium officially debuted during the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and 2016 DAYTONA 500. DIS has a full calendar of events scheduled for the remainder of the year, including the Country 500 Music Festival (May 27-29), Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola (July 2) and the Ferrari World Finals (December 1-4).(NASCAR/DIS)(5-19-2016)

  • O'Reilly Auto Parts sponsoring Spring race at Texas: O'Reilly Auto Parts and Texas Motor Speedway have signed a multi-year agreement for the national automotive aftermarket retailing leader to serve as the race entitlement sponsor for the annual April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the world-renowned motorsports facility beginning in 2017. O'Reilly Auto Parts will be linking its brand to the state's best-attended, single-day sporting event and the Sprint Cup Series' third-highest paying race in the newly named O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 that will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be the signature race entitlement of the deal, but the company also will continue its title sponsorship of the annual November XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to ensure a year-round presence in a top-five metropolitan market. The current O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge XFINITY Series race that is part of a NASCAR tripleheader in November will be rebranded the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 beginning in 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series race is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2017.In addition to the traditional branding assets in race entitlement agreements, O'Reilly Auto Parts will continue as the "Official Auto Parts Supplier of Texas Motor Speedway" and own exclusive status in the auto parts store category.(Texas Motor Speedway)(5-16-2016)

  • Caroline Burns to sing National Anthem at New Hampshire: The last time Caroline Burns was at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, she was 13 years old, having won the opportunity to sing the national anthem before a Sprint Cup Series race thanks to her efforts in the Speedway Star singing competition. On July 17, Burns will return to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" before the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following an amazing run on NBC's popular singing contest "The Voice." Burns followed up her national anthem appearance at the speedway by attending the blind auditions for "The Voice" in 2015. Unfortunately, none of the four judges - Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton - turned their chairs around. It was both heartbreaking and a learning experience for Burns, who returned this season determined to get on the show. The hard work paid off, with Levine and Shelton both turning their chairs to vie as Burns's coach for the show. The decision, however, was an easy one, as Burns picked Levine to be her coach, guiding her all the way to Live Playoffs portion of the show. Burns is now home in Hollis, NH and is focusing on finishing school and beginning projects to write and compose her own music as she eyes a singing career.(NHMS)(5-13-2016)

  • Dover adding SAFER barrier UPDATE: ESPN's Bob Pockrass reports, "Dover International Speedway will replace the guard rails it had on the inside of Turn 3 with approximately 500 feet of SAFER Barrier by the time NASCAR visits for its May 13-15 race weekend. The steel-and-foam barrier is designed to absorb energy in a crash."(ESPN.com)(4-28-2016)
    UPDATE: Dover International Speedway has completed two projects that extend SAFER barriers by almost 500 feet along the backstretch and into the entrance of Turn 3 and expand the pit stalls along pit road by 2 feet each. The work comes before the Monster Mile's latest NASCAR tripleheader weekend on May 13-15. New asphalt has also been added along the area behind pit road, from the entrance of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage down to the Start-Finish line. Facts on the recent construction are listed below:
    " 479 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers were added to the one-mile, high-banked, concrete oval.
    " Seventy-eight feet of standard SAFER barriers were added to the existing inside backstretch wall and 401 feet of SAFER barriers were included in front of a new, steel post inside wall on a newly placed stretch of concrete in front of the grassy area at the entrance to Turn 3. The Monster Bridge near the Turn 3 entrance sits above the new construction area.
    " The SAFER barriers are 40 inches high.
    " Along the new stretch of wall, one foam block is placed every 5½ feet within the SAFER barrier to maximize safety from crash impacts.
    " 190 cubic yards of concrete, 7-feet wide and 18 inches deep was added to the track.
    " Along pit road, three pit stalls were eliminated, leaving space for 40 cars. Each pit stall was increased 2 feet in length, to 34 total feet. All stalls remain 16 feet wide.
    " 550 feet of new asphalt was added between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage entrance and the Start-Finish line.
    (Dover Speedway)(5-10-2016)

  • Watkins Glen repave complete; would NASCAR run "the boot"? After a five-month, $12 million-plus facelift that started with the boot - and continued with the remaining 2.45-mile road course that NASCAR uses for the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series following the races last August -- Watkins Glen president Michael Printup is ready for his "Wild Season" to begin. "The grip is going to be there. Unlike the oval, we won't have multi-lanes coming out of the corner. So there's no effect on that in terms of lines. It's going to be fast. I've coined it as saying it's going to be a wild season. I don't know what's going to happen, but it's going to be wild." There's been speculation that the Glen might consider adding the boot to the current layout NASCAR uses and return the circuit to the full Grand Prix course. That would maximize the track at 11 turns rather than the seven the Sprint Cup tour uses for its annual romp just south of Seneca Lake in upstate New York. "Steve O'Donnell (NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer) said last year, 'Maybe we should race the boot,' but that adds another mile," Printup said. "The only thing the fans are concerned about is if you add another mile you only get to see the cars come around 60 times instead of 90. So there's a fan engagement opportunity that we have to analyze and get some feedback on before us and NASCAR make a decision. It would be fun, it would be sexy, it would be fast. But I think the fans need to give their opinion before we decide what to do."(Motorsport)(5-5-2016)

  • Frankie Ballard performing at Kentucky: Country music star Frankie Ballard will entertain race fans with a special performance on Kentucky Speedway's infield Kroger pre-race stage prior to the July 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The singer/songwriter's third studio album El Rio is scheduled to be released June 10. An album he describes as being "a spiritual journey." Fans are able to hear his newest single "El Camino" described by many as an upbeat and light song with a summertime vibe. The Warner Bros. Records Nashville artist has teamed up with Grammy award-winner Chris Stapleton, Kip Moore, Jaren Johnston, The Warren Brothers and well-known songwriter Craig Wiseman for "Cigarette," "Sweet Time," "Waste Some of Mine," and "Little Bit of Both." El Rio follows his Sunshine & Whiskey album which produced three consecutive No. 1 singles - "Sunshine & Whiskey," "Helluva Life," and "Young & Crazy." Ballard's signature rock sounds can be heard at 5:15pm., prior to the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race where race tickets are as low as $59.(Kentucky Speedway)(5-4-2016)

  • Darlington to offer Southern food options: Darlington Raceway and its food and beverage provider, Americrown Service Corp., are partnering for the second consecutive year to offer fans signature southern food items from the 1975-1984 era as part of the track's award winning throwback celebration. All the items will be sold at or below five dollars. The food items featured will be Brasington Bites, a Darlington Dog and Southern 500 Egg Roll. The track will also bring back the pimento cheese sandwich, which was popular with fans during the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend.
    Pimento Cheese Sandwich - $3.00 - Made with scratch-made Palmetto-style pimento cheese spread served on fresh white bread
    Brasington Bites - $4.00 - Ground beef, diced onion, smoked gouda and Yancey's Fancy buffalo cheddar cheese rolled, breaded and deep fried
    Southern 500 Egg Roll - $4.00 - Smoked pulled pork, blend of cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses, black eyed peas and collard greens wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried to a golden brown
    Darlington Dog - $5.00 - All beef hot dog topped with BBQ chili, bread & butter pickle relish, Darlington white slaw, bacon bits and fried onions
    All will be featured in concession stands across the track property for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 event weekend, scheduled for Sept. 2-4, 2016.(Darlington Raceway)(5-1-2016)

  • Aspen Dental to sponsor Eldora Truck race: A race that has made everyone smile since its inception in 2013 has earned an appropriate new supporter. Aspen Dental has signed on to become the title sponsor of the fourth annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event July 20 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The race will take place on a Wednesday night at the half-mile, clay oval. The Camping World Truck Series is the only national NASCAR series event contested on dirt, with the 150-lap feature broken into three segments of 40 laps, 50 laps and 60 laps. Five qualifying heat races set the 32-truck field, a nod to dirt-track tradition. Aspen Dental is one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of independent dental care providers in the United States, with nearly 550 locations across 33 states.(Eldora Speedway)(4-29-2016)

  • Chicago race will be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400: Nickelodeon announced that it is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Danica Patrick has signed on to drive a special car for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, which will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. NASCAR star Danica Patrick, a Roscoe, Illinois native, helped kick off the partnership in true Turtles style. She unveiled her #10 April O'Neil/Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS at an event at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then took her car for a spin down Michigan Ave. She will join a number of other drivers with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles paint schemes for the Sept. 18 race. This Sept. 15-18 marks the sixth consecutive year that Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Nickelodeon partnership will include sponsorship of the 2017 kick off race, as well. Patrick's unique car was designed by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley, who will also design the race trophy, additional Turtles-branded paint schemes and other visual elements. Brantley breaks down the walls of cultural boundaries through his art and inspired by his 1980s Chicago upbringing, Brantley's work touches on tough subjects in a way that may be easily digestible to the viewer, by telling his stories through youthful characters and their adventures. Brantley's work can be described as pop infused contemporary art inspired by Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, KAWS and Keith Haring.(Chicagoland Speedway), see an image of Patrick's car on the #10 team paint schemes page.(4-26-2016)

  • Chitwood named Chief Operating Officer of ISC; Wile moves from Darlington to Daytona: International Speedway Corporation announced that Joie Chitwood III, Executive Vice President, ISC and President of Daytona International Speedway, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of ISC. Concurrently, the Company announced that Chip Wile, President of Darlington Raceway, has been promoted to President of Daytona International Speedway. "Joie has played a tremendous role in the success of our flagship racetrack at Daytona International Speedway since 2010," stated ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy. "Most recently, his leadership of the DAYTONA Rising project, while simultaneously operating the facility, has demonstrated his operational acumen." Chitwood moves into the newly-formed role of COO following oversight of the Company's largest development to-date - the $400 million transformation of Daytona International Speedway into the world's first motorsports stadium, along with the 2010 repave of the Speedway. In his new position, Chitwood will oversee ISC enterprise facility operations, along with strengthening key industry initiatives.
    Wile, promoter of one of NASCAR's most successful events of the 2015 season - the Bojangles' Southern 500, will transition from leadership of Darlington Raceway to President of Daytona International Speedway. In just two years as President of Darlington Raceway, Wile transformed the facility's identity and impact on and off the track. He spearheaded a five-year strategy to reinvent Darlington Raceway with an inaugural Throwback Campaign during NASCAR's return to Darlington on Labor Day weekend, in addition to re-engaging the local community hosting nearly 15 annual events. In his new role, Wile will oversee promotion and operation of the new motorsports stadium beginning with its first major event, the Country 500 over Memorial Day weekend, followed by the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.(ISC)(4-25-2016)

  • Homestead tickets on sale: Last year, the sold-out crowd on hand for the Ford EcoBoost 400 witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when Kyle Busch earned the first Sprint Cup Series title of his career. This year, Ford Championship Weekend returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 18-20, to once again make its mark on history as NASCAR crowns champions in the Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. Tickets for the three-day championship event will go on sale to the public starting on Wednesday, May 4. For the first time in Homestead-Miami Speedway history, four drivers will be vying for a championship on Friday in the Ford EcoBoost 200, Saturday in the Ford EcoBoost 300 and Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400. With the prominent success of NASCAR's refurbished playoff format in the Sprint Cup Series, which was instituted in 2014, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series have adopted similar Chase formats starting this year, which will also feature four drivers competing for a championship amongst a full field in each series. Ford Championship Weekend will commence on Friday, November 18 at 8:00pm with the Camping World Truck Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 200. Then on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30pm, the XFINITY Series will hold its championship finale, the Ford EcoBoost 300.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(4-23-2016)

  • Pocono Raceway, GEICO Establish Partnership: Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky announced that GEICO will be the Official RV and Recreational Insurance sponsor of 'The Tricky Triangle.' The multi-year deal aligns Pocono Raceway with GEICO and adds to the insurance companies motorsports offering. As part of the agreement, GEICO will have branded naming rights to GEICO RV and Camping Registration, GEICO Motorcycle Parking and GEICO Family Camping. In addition, GEICO will have a large presence during race weekends at Pocono Raceway and will rely on its street team to identify the best campsite and present the "Golden Gecko" to the winner. Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(4-18-2016)

  • Bristol Driver Song Selections: Bristol Motor Speedway has always featured the most unique driver introductions on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, but 2016 takes it to a whole new level with the addition of Colossus TV. The sights and sounds of each driver selecting their own songs was presented on the world's largest, outdoor, center-hung, four-sided video display. See the full list:
    Jamie McMurray, "Take a Little Ride" Jason Aldean
    Brad Keselowski, "I've Always Been Crazy" Waylon Jennings
    Austin Dillon, "Look at My Dab" Migos
    Kevin Harvick, "Thunderstruck" AC/DC
    Kasey Kahne, "Fightin' Side of Me Merle Haggard
    Trevor Bayne, "Rocky Top" Pride of the Southland Band
    Regan Smith, "State of My Head" Shinedown
    Danica Patrick, "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
    Denny Hamlin, "Me, Myself & I G Eazy & Bebe Rexha
    Casey Mears, "Nothin' But A Good Time" Poison
    Ty Dillon, "Let's Get it On" Marvin Gaye
    Clint Bowyer, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" Merle Haggard
    Greg Biffle, "All Summer Long" Kid Rock
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr., "Simple Man" Charlie Daniels Band
    Kyle Busch, "Candyman" Aloe Blacc & Zedd
    Carl Edwards, "Have a Nice Day" Bon Jovi
    Matt Kenseth, "Back for More" Five Finger Death Punch
    Ryan Blaney, "Not the American Average" Asking Alexandria
    Joey Logano, "White and Nerdy" Weird Al
    David Ragan, "Stroker Ace Theme" Charlie Daniels Band
    Chase Elliott, "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" Eric Church
    Paul Menard, "Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood" Volbeat
    Josh Wise, "Your Soul" Hippy Sabotage
    Ryan Newman, "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers
    Jeffrey Earnhardt, "Hard Working Man" Brooks & Dunn
    Chris Buescher, "Hakuna Matata"
    Landon Cassill, Sesame Street Theme
    Kurt Busch, "Walk This Way" Aerosmith
    Kyle Larson, "Outlaw State of Mind" Chris Stapleton
    Aric Almirola, "Outsiders" Eric Church
    Brian Scott, "Back in Black" AC/DC
    Michael Annett, "Stone Cold Steve Austin Theme"
    AJ Allmendinger, "The Bleeding" Five Finger Death Punch
    Jimmie Johnson, "Fight For Your Right" Beastie Boys
    Reed Sorenson, "Hypnotize" Notorious BIG
    Martin Truex Jr., "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" Luke Bryan
    Matt DiBenedetto, "Sharp Dressed Man" ZZ Top
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., "Gonna Fly (Rocky Theme) Bill Conti
    Michael McDowell, "Simple Man" Charlie Daniels Band
    Cole Whitt, "Stressed Out" Twenty One Pilots

  • Gateway and GEICO offering 60% discount to military personnel for Truck race: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Gateway Motorsports Park on June 25 for the annual Drivin' For Linemen 200 and will be accompanied for the first time by the ARCA Short Track Series and USAC Silver Crown Series. Gateway Motorsports Park and GEICO are honoring the brave men and women who currently serve, or have served, in America's armed forces with a special offer for the exciting oval-track tripleheader. All current military members, veterans - and their families - will receive a 60% discount on all ticket packages offered by GMP courtesy of GEICO. Premium reserved tickets, originally $59, will be available for $24. Reserved tickets, normally $49, are available at $20. General admission seats which usually sell for $36 now are available to military and veterans for only $14. Each ticket purchased with the military/veterans discount also will include a food voucher for one free bottle of water and one complimentary sandwich (redeemable at any GMP concession stand on race day courtesy of GEICO). Each ticket purchased with this special offer also will include one "cold" pit pass and a discounted coupon that may be redeemed at the Gateway Kartplex. The Kartplex coupon may be used anytime throughout the year. For more information, please call GMP at (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com.(Gateway Motorsports Park)(4-12-2016)

  • Nazareth Speedway sold: For more than a decade, the Nazareth Speedway has set idle. But around town, people still remember this was the place to be in its glory days. "We used to go to the races there and see Mario Andretti," Bob Kline remembers. The big names rolling down the track, boasted big speed. But the engines were silenced in 2004, when the track closed. Since then, there have been reports here and there that something was in the works, but nothing ever came of it - until now. Jaindl Real Estate has purchased the land and developer David Jaindl says his company will farm the agricultural lands around the speedway this Spring. It's not clear their plans for the actual track, but some say they'd just like to see something done with it. Time will tell what the new owner does, but people have already been waiting a dozen years. "It's been so long that it hasn't been in use," Kline says. They might be willing to wait a little more, to see if the road for this speedway will ever re-open again, or if it'll be done away with completely - and mark the true finish line for the old track.(WFMZ)(4-8-2016)

  • ISC advanced ticket sales down: Jeff Gordon's retirement and injured driver Tony Stewart's absence are among factors International Speedway Corp. officials cited Tuesday for advance ticket sales being down about 10 percent from a year ago for some upcoming races. ISC officials also said the focus on the Chase for the Sprint Cup may be playing a role in fans purchasing tickets for those events instead of races earlier in the season. "Star power is very impactful in our sport as it is in any sport," said John Saunders, president of International Speedway Corp. on a conference call with investor analysts. "We've got to be better going forward and think strategically about retiring drivers," Saunders said, "and how you connect their retirement to the rising stars, the young stars, such as the Chase Elliotts and Ryan Blaney drivers." There are a number of drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series who likely will be in Cup full-time soon, including Erik Jones, who turns 20 in May, 23-year-old Darrell Wallace Jr., 24-year-old Ty Dillon and 24-year-old Daniel Suarez. Those young drivers will compete for the championship in a Chase format this year with NASCAR adding that to the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.
    Also, discussed on the call with investor analysts:
    - Saunders said on the digital platform they've seen consumption from the 18- to 34-year old demographic double year over year but didn't provide details.
    - Advanced ticket sales for the July Daytona race are pacing ahead of last year.
    - ISC has one of their available Sprint Cup series race sponsorships either open or not announced and two for Xfinity events this season.
    - Average ticket price for NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Daytona International Speedway was about $160.07, an increase of more than 19 percent from last year primarily related to new seats sold at higher prices with the Daytona Rising project that reduced capacity from 147,000 to 101,000.
    (NBC Sports)(4-6-2016)

  • Magpul Industries sponsoring Pole Day at Kentucky: Magpul Industries Corp., is expanding its partnership with Kentucky Speedway by becoming the official Pole Day sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Friday, July 8. The Magpul partnership has given the brand numerous signage opportunities throughout the race weekends. In addition, Magpul is a proud sponsor of Kentucky Speedway's annual Top Cop Challenge program where police officers from regional jurisdictions compete in NASCAR stock cars to identify the fastest officer. This year's Top Cop Challenge will be held in September. Magpul was founded in 1999 with the intent of developing a simple device to aid in the manipulation of rifle magazines while reloading under stress. The company's name comes from this original product called the Magpul. Over the last decade Magpul has continued to grow and develop using much the same mission and process with a focus on innovation, simplicity, and efficiency. Kentucky Speedway's 2016 season begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the July 9 Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 Thursday, July 7 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 Friday, July 8.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-23-2016)

  • Ticket sales down in 2015: The three public companies that operate racetracks reported a tick downward in ticket revenues in 2015 as they attempt to turn around what has become an eight-year trend. International Speedway Corp., Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Dover Motorsports combined to sell $238.8 million in tickets in 2015, down from $239.2 million in 2014, according to their annual reports. SMI was the last to issue its annual financials Wednesday. Those figures include tickets for non-NASCAR events, but NASCAR races make up a large majority of the ticket sales at the tracks. ISC, 72% of whose stock is owned by the NASCAR-owning France family, has 20 of the 38 Sprint Cup events, while SMI, controlled by Bruton Smith and family, has 13 events and Dover has two.
    The 0.17% drop from 2014 to 2015 could show some stabilization. Ticket revenues dropped 9.1% in 2012, 6.5% in 2013 and 2.5% in 2014. The 2015 figures for the three companies is 49% below their all-time high of $467.4 million in 2007. Tracks at the three public companies have eliminated more than 428,000 seats -- 23% of their capacity -- since 2007 in order to create increased demand. ISC reported that its Sprint Cup tickets sold in 2015 went for an average price of $86.10, up slightly from $85.82 in 2014, with grandstand capacity at 89% in 2015, up from 87% in 2014. It also reported that its six Chase for the Sprint Cup races had a 4% increase in attendance. The money the companies earned from tickets pales to what they earn from the NASCAR television package, of which the tracks get 65%. They took in about $407.1 million in broadcast rights in 2015.(ESPN.com)(3-10-2016)

  • Changes to NASCAR sanctioning agreements this year: NASCAR has added new language to its sanction agreements that prohibit anything resembling the Sprint Cup Series at tracks that have Sprint Cup races. Because Dover International Speedway's entire business is virtually reliant on its two NASCAR weekends, Dover filed select financial information as well as its entire Sprint Cup sanction agreements with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week. The money Dover will get from the NASCAR television package will increase from 3.37% to 4.25% annually over the next five years. Dover will receive $30.7 million in television money for its two Sprint Cup weekends ... and it will increase anywhere from $1.1 million to $1.4 million a year through 2020.
    The sanction agreement also includes some new language -- interesting language from the standpoint that NASCAR has now banned any races of similar cars at the tracks where Sprint Cup competes. Among other new items in the five-year sanction agreements:
    * NASCAR will tell promoters by April 1 the dates of their races for the following year.
    * There is a new section on "secondary ancillary rights" fees that will be distributed 60% to teams, 30% to promoters and 10% to NASCAR. These would be non-live broadcast rights for highlights and other digital content, including licensing to fantasy games for use of driver and team images.
    * There is a new section called "event standards" that creates a promoter council and requires that the tracks and NASCAR will work together to create series-wide and event-specific criteria relative to fan experience, remote viewers experience, promotion of events and stature of events - and that NASCAR and the track would put together a plan to rectify any shortfalls or deficiencies.
    * NASCAR will now require pace vehicles to be only those from manufacturers that participate in NASCAR competition, with any track deals with other manufacturers grandfathered in for 2016.(ESPN.com)(3-4-2016)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway & Kentucky Speedway repaving in 2016? UPDATE4 Kentucky to repave: From an interview with Danny James of the Lane Construction Corporation. James is the Mechanical Supervisor responsible for overseeing the paving of racetracks such as Daytona International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway. James is supervising the paving the Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania, VA. During the interview, James said Lane Construction has been contracted to repave Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway in 2016. The video interview which had been on the Dominion Raceway Facebook page, was removed Wednesday afternoon and the same video on YouTube is now private.(11-18-2015)
    UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway posted on their twitter: A repave has been looked into, but at this time, there are not any plans to do so.(11-18-2015)
    UPDATE2: Kentucky Speedway may be due for a repave in 2016, but it's still plenty possible the track chooses to wait out another year with its bumpy surface. That's despite what Lane Construction Corporation's Danny James said in a recent interview circulating social media Wednesday. In a video published to Facebook, James said his company has been contracted to repave Kentucky Speedway and the Atlanta Motor Speedway, both owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. "I'm not exactly sure why he's talking about what we're doing," said Mark Simendinger, Kentucky Speedway's general manager. "If I were him, I'd be more focused on Lane Construction Corporation is up to -- not what we're up to." Simendinger said repaving is something track officials have discussed with Lane Construction and other contractors. "Have we made up our mind with what we're going to do? No," Simendinger said. "We're not going to ask (James) to make our media announcements for us. We evaluate it every year. We're evaluating it right now. That shouldn't come as a surprise."(Courier-Journal)(11-18-2015)
    UPDATE 3: Atlanta Motor Speedway was last resurfaced in 1997 and today is among the oldest racing surfaces on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. While track officials are constantly monitoring the track's condition, there are, at this time, no plans in place to resurface the track. A favorite among many NASCAR drivers, the aged, abrasive surface produces slick racing conditions and some of the fastest tire fall-off in NASCAR. With very little alteration since its most recent repave 18 years ago, regularly scheduled maintenance programs, including filling cracks with pavement preservation products, is performed on the 1.54-mile asphalt surface between races. Mild Georgia winters and the thorough maintenance program have played a key factor in the track's longevity.(AMS)(11-24-2015)
    UPDATE 4: Kentucky Speedway announces it is undertaking a comprehensive renovation of its racing surface which is highlighted by increased banking in Turns 1 and 2 and further includes drainage improvements, additional SAFER barrier, and repaving of the entire 1.5-mile tri-oval. Work has begun and will be completed in time for this year's NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July. "Modifying Turns 1 and 2 will present an exciting challenge to the drivers while addressing issues of the track surface, SAFER barrier and drainage will improve safety, which is always our paramount concern," said General Manager of Kentucky Speedway, Mark Simendinger. The project will be coordinated by Vice President of Operations and Development for Speedway Motorsports Inc., Steve Swift. "We have assembled an excellent team, all of whom are familiar with the demands of speedway construction. I am excited about the finished product as we wanted to present a unique challenge to the drivers. This design, with Turns 1 and 2 completely different than 3 and 4 accomplishes that goal. The big winner will be the race fan," said Swift.(Kentucky Speedway)(1-5-2016)

  • Bruton Smith cancer free: Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s O. Bruton Smith is reportedly cancer free. Smith's daughter-in-law (Cassi Mitchell Smith) spread the good news Tuesday via Twitter. BMS officials confirmed Twitter post saying, "the news from Bruton's most recent screening was confirmed by SMI. Great news!" Back in August, with the speedway as his backdrop, Smith announced that doctors treated him for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier in the summer.(WJHL)(12-16-2015)


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