Race Track and Speedway News, Records & Links

  • Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
    Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (109 races held)
    Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (27)
    Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (111)
    Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (114)
    Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
    Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (112)
    Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (138)
    Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 10 (92)
    Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (17)
    Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (22)
    Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (20)
    Kentucky: Brad Keselowski & Kyle Busch - 2 (5)
    Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (20)
    Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (135)
    Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (93)
    New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (42)
    Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 8 (40)
    Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (76)
    Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (119)
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (27)
    Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (93)
    Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (31)
    Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (32)
    (4-17-2016)

  • 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 119 (since 1953)
    Charlotte Motor Speedway 114 (since 1960)
    Darlington Speedway 112 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 111 (since 1961)
    Atlanta Motor Speedway 109 (since 1960)
    Michigan International Speedway, 93 (since 1969)
    North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
    Talladega Superspeedway, 93 (since 1969)
    Dover International Speedway, 92 (since 1969)
    (4-17-2016)

  • 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Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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, 20 (missing Kansas, Charlotte & Pocono)
    3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19
    3. #4-Kevin Harvick, 19
    5. #20-Matt Kenseth, 18
    (NASCAR PR)(4-17-2016)

  • 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)
    (4-17-2016)

  • NASCAR no longer provides attendance estimates: NASCAR will end its policy of providing estimated attendance figures in its race reports this season. Spokesman Kerry Tharp said tracks still will have the option of providing crowd estimates, but it will be their prerogative. "NASCAR's race reports generally becomes a box score for the media, and box scores from sporting events do not generally provide estimates," Tharp said. Of the 23 tracks that play host to races in NASCAR's premier series, 21 are owned by publicly traded companies such as International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. Officials with those tracks have said they don't provide attendance figures because they don't want to provide earnings guidance.(USA Today)(2-17-2013)

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Track News and Announcements

  • Michigan launches Fan Appreciation program: Michigan International Speedway has launched this year's Fan Appreciation program. Through this summer's events at MIS, all guests have the opportunity to win prizes online at www.MISpeedway.com/goldenticket. All guests who purchase a ticket to the any of the track's June 10-12 and Aug. 27-28 events including the FireKeepers Casino 400 or the Pure Michigan 400 may enter online for a chance to win. Guests in their party, even if they're not account holders, can also try. In its ninth year, the Fan Appreciation Program continues to grow and reward fans with prizes and experiences. Prizes range from one fan being selected as the Ultimate Winner for June or August. Other prizes include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cold garage passes for the weekend, Busch Acceleration Club tickets, FanVision rentals, "Michigan Money" food vouchers, NASCAR XFINITY Series garage passes, access to the XFINITY Series drivers' meeting and an invitation to the XFINITY Series open garage session, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series cold garage passes, access to the truck series drivers' meeting and an invitation to the truck Series open garage session, Racing Electronics scanner rentals and more.(MIS)(4-30-2016)

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

  • Dover adding SAFER barrier: 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)

  • Talladega race officials named: Talladega Superspeedway announced the Honorary Officials for Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the biggest, baddest race track on the planet. Wayne Sternbergh, of Heyworth, Illinois, will serve as the Grand Marshal and give the most famous command in motorsports, "Drivers, Start Your Engines!" just prior to the start of the 113-lap event. Sternbergh, who will be celebrating his 30th birthday on Saturday, has raced Sprint and midget cars, competitively, for over twenty years and is an avid NASCAR fan. Bringing the field to the green flag to start the race will be the event's Honorary Starter, Michael Zappone, Manager of Resource Acquisition for Eversource Energy.
    Sunday's National Anthem for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be complimented by a C-130 flyover. Housed at Maxwell Air Force Base (Montgomery, AL), the plane is a 1985 Vintage H-2. In addition, the traditional patriotic pace lap by Johnny Ray - which features his iconic semi-truck displaying a giant American Flag blowing in the wind - will once again make its way through the tri-oval to the excitement of fans young and old alike. The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by the 313th United States Army Band, comprised of 30-plus citizen-soldiers who train and perform as Army musicians. The event's military theme will continue with Master Sergeant Larry D. Nix, the Grand Marshal for the GEICO 500, bringing the field to life with the command to start engines, while Senior Airman Maxime V. Copley, Aerospace Medical Services Technician, will be serving as Honorary Starter and will waive the green flag to get the event started. Following the race, the Freedom Trophy, one of Talladega Superspeedway's newest and most unique patriotic traditions, will be presented to the race winner by Commander Daniel G. Straub of the soon-to-be commissioned USS Montgomery. Earlier on Sunday morning, the United States Air Force will conduct a DEP (Delayed Enlistment Program) swear-in on the pre-race stage, located on the frontstretch near the start/finish line.(Talladega Superspeedway)(4-27-2016)

  • Panthers player Greg Olsen named All-Star pace car driver: While many in the professional football world are focused on the NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen will lead a different kind of draft when he drives the Toyota Camry pace car prior to the unforgettable, action-packed May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race during the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Since arriving in Charlotte I have developed a great admiration for NASCAR and their athletes," Olsen said. "Their concept of teamwork and commitment to excellence is second to none and I have a great deal of respect for the drivers and their teams. I am honored to be included in such an event and I am looking forward to driving the pace car to kick off the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race." Olsen, one of the NFL's premier pass catchers, is no stranger to NASCAR. For the past two years, the Charlotte, North Carolina, resident has participated in fundraising efforts with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. to support The Dale Jr. Foundation and The Greg Olsen Foundation's HEARTest Yard campaign. Olsen has also attended race events at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the past, but never in a dignitary role. Last season, the veteran tight end earned his second Pro Bowl nod after recording a career-high 1,104 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Olsen's efforts helped the Panthers finish with a franchise-best 15-1 record in a (Charlotte Motor Speedway)(4-27-2016)

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

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

  • Pocono Raceway, Penn State Working To Eliminate Waste: The goals for Pocono Raceway are set extremely high, especially when it goes to green initiatives. That's why the 2.5-mile raceway has partnered with Penn State University. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky started a project last year with Penn State to make the raceway a "near zero waste" facility. Meaning that a majority of the waste produced during Pocono's operating season will be diverted from landfills. Already the first motorsports facility to operate on solar power thanks to its massive three megawatt solar farm, Pocono Raceway is now trying to eliminate waste. Last year, students from Penn State began a partnership at Pocono Raceway. They surveyed fans, explored materials management, identified persistent patterns in fan behavior and learned about sustainability-related infrastructure. The research showed that fans, especially at Pocono Raceway, were concerned about wastefulness and environmental responsibility. The study noted that fans are searching for better options for waste management. Among the immediate changes implemented were additional recycling containers. Working with Pocono Raceway partner Coca-Cola, the raceway is now blanketed with recycling bins. Pocono Raceway, Penn State and new food and beverage provider Spectra will also focus on the goal of near-zero waste. Meetings with area resorts and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau have begun exploring options to manage biomass with composting or anaerobic digestion as a possible solution.(Pocono Raceway)(4-23-2016)

  • Honorary Starter, Grand Marshal announced for Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway announcedthe Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 on Sunday, May 1.
    Master Sergeant Larry D. Nix, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, will serve as the Grand Marshal and give the most famous words in motorsports, "Drivers, Start Your Engines," bookending pre-race ceremonies at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Bringing 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to the green flag as Honorary Starter will be Aerospace Medical Services Technician Senior Airman Maxime V. Copley, also from the Maxwell Air Force Base.
    MSgt Nix is currently responsible for the training of 1,700 students annually that are commissioned in the Chaplain, Healthcare and JAG Corps. MSgt Nix enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1998. In addition to being awarded the Bronze Star, MSgt Nix has acquired numerous prestigious decorations and awards including: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with One Silver Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters.
    SrA Copley is currently assigned to 42d Medical Operations Squadron and performs a wide range of medical roles. She provides essential care in assisting 5 providers who care for patients in various situations such as immunizations and Pediatric screenings. SrA Copley was awarded the Hard Charger Award, 42d MDOS in 2015. Her other achievements include: 2015 Airman of the Second Quarter, 42d MDOS, 2015 Airman of the Year Award, 42d Air Base Wing and 2015 Airman of the Year, Team Maxwell.(TSS)(4-22-2016)

  • Homestead tickets on sale May 4: 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)

  • Trent Harmon to Perform National Anthem at Richmond: From the Hollywood stage to the River City, American Idol Season XV winner Trent Harmon will perform the National Anthem prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 this Sunday, April 24 at Richmond International Raceway. Harmon previously performed at the Auto Club 400 alongside Idol's Top 5 contestants in March. The Mississippi native has traveled coast-to-coast since earning the ultimate American Idol honors, debuting his Country single "Falling." The track was written by Idol judge and Country superstar Keith Urban with Dallas Davison and Brett James. Harmon performed his coronation song during the series finale surrounded by Idol alumni and fellow contestants. Harmon will serve as the headliner to the Pre-Race Ceremony for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400, which will also include a performance of "God Bless America" by the USAF Heritage of America Band, skydivers and a six-plane flyover by the Bandit Flight Team.(RIR)(4-20-2016)

  • Talladega adds "Talla-Mento Dogwich" to GEICO 500 Weekend Menu Fans will be sinking their teeth into Talladega Superspeedway's new signature hot dog - the Talla-Mento Dogwich -during the track's upcoming GEICO 500 race weekend, April 29-May 31. The Talla-Mento Dogwich is a grilled, all beef hot dog, split in two and placed on top of melted Yancey's Fancy buffalo cheddar cheese, topped with a generous helping of Pimiento Cheese, then placed between two slices of golden brown, grilled Texas toast and cut down the middle. Talladega is cutting no corners on this dish, using Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan signature spicy buffalo cheese and cheddar cheese to drive home the flavor. Yancey's Fancy has specialized in hand crafted cheeses for more than 60 years, with a reputation for producing high quality products. The Talla-Mento Dogwich ($5) will be sold in the O.V. Hill North and South Grandstands as well as the Tri-Oval Tower and all Infield Locations. The Big One Meatball ($13) will be sold at concession stands in the Gadsden and O.V. Hill South Grandstands, along with the Tri-Oval Tower along the frontstretch.(TSS)(4-20-2016)

  • Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett named Kansas Grand Marshal: Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and former Kansas City Royal George Brett has been named Grand Marshal for the May 7 Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Brett was also one of the first people in line to purchase Kansas Speedway season tickets when tickets went on sale before the facility opened. "George Brett is an iconic figure not just in Kansas City but to sports fans across the country and I'm excited to have him take part in the Go Bowling 400," said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. "George has an impressive resume, winning a World Series title with the Royals, a Gold Glove, an MVP award, and I'm thrilled that Kansas Speedway was able to add another accomplishment to this already extraordinary list - Grand Marshal." Brett, who played his entire career with the Royals organization, is considered one of baseball's greatest clutch hitters and was chosen Royals Player of the Year eight times. The 13-time All-Star was named the 1980 American League MVP and won a Gold Glove in 1985. He was the first player in Major League history to win batting titles in three decades (1976, 1980 and 1990) and the first with career totals of more than 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples and 200 stolen bases. In 1999, Brett was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the fourth-highest vote percentage ever recorded (98%).
    Tickets are currently on sale for races at Kansas Speedway and can be purchased online at www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.7223. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(4-19-2016)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway's Song Superstar Trophy Tour: The Share a Coke and a Song Superstar Trophy Tour (starts April 18th in Charlotte, ends in Concord on May 16th) will feature appearances by NASCAR celebrities, Hall of Famers and Miss Sprint Cup, tire changing station and simulator, the Charlotte Motor Speedway pace car, plus the opportunity for fans to take photos with the Sprint All-Star and Coca-Cola 600 race trophies. Fans can also register to win tickets to the Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600, as well as sample delicious Coca-Cola products. Aspiring performers will have the chance to sing their way to stardom during Charlotte Motor Speedway's May events with on-site auditions at each tour stop April 18 through May 16. Five lucky winners will be selected to perform at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder. For the tour schedule and more info go to charlottemotorspeedway.com (4-18-2016)

  • 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
    (BMS)(4-18-2016)

  • Roger Penske to drive Indy 500 pace car: The winningest person in Indianapolis 500 history will be the celebrity pace car driver for next month's Indianapolis 500. Roger Penske never drove to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In fact, he never drove an Indy car there at all, deferring his chance to take a rookie test in 1964. Another hotshot eventually got that opportunity. Perhaps you've heard of Mario Andretti. But Penske went on to grow his automotive business into a global leader, and excel on the track he won races at a staggering rate. His record collection of Indianapolis 500 trophies stands at 16 - and likely counting. He has four drivers set for a chance at victory lane again this year, but this time he will literally and figuratively lead them there. This will be his first chance to drive the pace car, and it comes in the 50th anniversary of Penske Racing's formation. Penske won his first 500 with Mark Donohue in 1972 and last year's race with Juan Pablo Montoya. In between were some of the greatest drivers IndyCar has ever known: Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr. In all, 11 drivers have a spot on the Borg-Warner Trophy thanks to Penske and his staff. No other team owner has won the 500 more than five times. Penske will drive a Chevrolet, whose officials recommended him for the honor. Chevrolet will provide the pace car for a record 27th time and 14th in succession.(Indianapolis Star)(4-15-2016)

  • Watkins Glen to unveil $11M track project: Watkins Glen International will unveil its newly resurfaced race track on Friday, and then let the public take their own cars on the track this weekend to test it out. Contractors began work on the $11 million repaving project began right after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race last August and continued through the winter. The finishing touches are being put on this spring, just in time for WGI's annual Opening Weekend festivities, when fans can take laps to raise money for charity. "This is one of those wow projects, for everybody, from the fans to the drivers to the media," said WGI President Michael Printup. "It's going to be awesome." The last major resurfacing was done about 20 years ago, Printup has said, and due to the cold Northeast winters, frost heave was a constant problem. Drivers in all the series that race at WGI, from sports cars to NASCAR, will notice a "dramatic" difference, Printup says. He says there will be better grip in the corners and he's expecting record speeds in the Sprint Cup race. WGI will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Friday. Bob Varsha, a TV racing announcer, will be the MC, and special guests will include sportscar drivers Andy Lally and Derek Bell, who have 10 victories at the Glen between them. Afterward, cars from the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association will take the first laps on the fresh surface. Fans are invited to view the on-track festivities free of charge in the Argetsinger and Seneca grandstands by entering through Gate 2 off County Route 16.(Corning Leader)(4-14-2016)

  • Rockingham Speedway scheduled for public auction: A year after the deadline for a court-ordered sale, the legendary Rockingham Speedway is going on the auction block. According a notice of foreclosure sale filed in Richmond County Superior Court on April 7, the property will be sold "to the highest bidder for cash" at a public auction May 5. The notice states the sale will include "the real property, together with all rights, privileges and appurtenances thereto...and the personal property described in the deed of trust." It goes on to state that the property will be sold subject to any and all matters superior to the lien of the deed of trust, including: superior mortgages, deeds of trust, liens and assessments, if any; the lien of unpaid ad valorem taxes; valid and enforceable easements and restrictions of record; and matters which would be revealed by a current and accurate survey of the property. "The property will be sold 'as is, where is,' the notice continues. "Neither the substitute trustee nor the holder of the debt secured by the deed of trust, nor their respective officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representatives, make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or any way relating to any such conditions expressly are disclaimed." Raleigh attorney Louis E. Wooten Jr. was named substitute trustee in February, according to records filed with the Richmond County Register of Deeds. The sale will open at the Richmond County Courthouse at 11 a.m., and will be held open for 10 days for upset bids as required by law. Kenneth Robinette, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Commissioners, speculated that the foreclosure could be an attempt to "get rid of some partners" and move forward in bringing racing back to the track.(Richmond County Daily Journal)(4-13-2016)

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

  • Pocono Raceway opening infield Bark Park: In conjunction with National Pet Day, Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has announced the creation of the Pocono Raceway Bark Park, the first dog park at a national motorsports facility. The Pocono Raceway Bark Park will be housed in the infield at Pocono Raceway, near the Infield Fan Center along Earnhardt Road. The 100-feet by 100-feet facility will be open to all dogs in the infield and feature a secure gate, obstacles and size-appropriate exercise areas. The Pocono Raceway Bark Park is free of charge and open to all fans who have secured an infield camping spot. Fans who have purchased an infield camping spot can buy a limited-edition Pocono Raceway dog tag. The dog tag will allow fans an extra two hours of access and entry into the "Best in Show" contest. The "Best in Show" contest will be held at the Pocono Raceway Bark Park with the winning dog announced during the Infield Block Party Saturday night of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend and having a photo taken with Pocono Raceway's beloved mascot Tricky The Fox.(Pocono Raceway)(4-12-2016)

  • Military exercises and music highlight Salute the Troops Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show: For decades, Charlotte Motor Speedway has paid tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces each Memorial Day Weekend with a captivating pre-race show before the drop of the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600. On May 29, the 57th running of the ultimate test of man and machine, which will see drivers face in-car temperatures exceeding 120 degrees in the heat of May, will host one of the biggest military appreciation pre-race spectaculars in the track's history.
    Military Re-enactment Storms the Skies and the Frontstretch. The action-packed show will include:
    " Ground exercises with troops from Fort Bragg featuring Humvees, Howitzers, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System and more
    " Rope teams from Fort Bragg descending from Black Hawk helicopters with an aerial reenactment of an invasion
    " Vintage war birds with a flyover parade during pre-race ceremonies including a T-35 Buckaroo, P-149 Trainer, C-46 Commando, T-6 Texan and two P-51 Mustangs
    " A 21-gun salute from the Fort Bragg Firing Squad
    " 600 U.S. Army soldiers marching down the grandstands to the frontstretch, where they will display two American flags each as large as a football field
    " A flyover with four F-15s from the 334th Fighter Squadron, Fighting Eagles Seymour Johnson AFB
    " Sky-diving members of Team Fastrax descending to the infield with Old Glory flying behind
    Thousands of Troops Honored during Pre-Race Ceremonies
    " Fans will be able to salute the troops when 600 soldiers from Fort Bragg walk through the grandstands to the infield
    " Through the Charlotte Motor Speedway Patriot Partners program, buses will bring thousands of troops. An unprecedented social media presence will allow fans to keep track of the troops' adventures by following #PatriotPartners on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
    " Fans and businesses can take part by sponsoring an entire bus, or by donating Coca-Cola 600 tickets for just $25 each through the Let The Troops Race program
    " Medal of Honor recipients Major General Patrick Henry Brady and U.S. Army Officer Joe Marm Jr. will also be recognized on the pre-race stage
    " Through the new Salute the Crews program, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team members who have served in the military will be recognized during the pre-race ceremonies and on the giant Speedway TV
    A star-studded musical lineup will highlight the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race show, including:
    " Two-time GRAMMY nominee and country music megastar Lee Brice will perform a 45-minute pre-race concert presented by Speed Perks
    " Bugler from Fort Bragg to perform "Taps"
    " Rendition of "Amazing Grace" by the Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
    " Performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" by the 82nd Airborne Chorus
    " Performances of "God Bless the USA" and the Armed Forces Medley
    (CMS)(4-9-2016)

  • 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)

  • Racing at Rockingham in doubt again: Plans to bring racing back to Rockingham Speedway have hit a wall. James Martin, of Level 1 Motorsports in Union County, announced on Facebook Monday night that the inaugural season for the X-Cup Series "is at least temporarily on hold." An open test was planned for this coming Sunday so drivers could get their cars on the track to prepare for the opening race on April 23 - the first scheduled at the storied speedway in three years. Martin said he learned speedway co-owner Bill Silas - who holds the lien on the property and is a partner with Andy Hillenburg in Rockingham Raceway Park LLC, which owns the track - terminated the lease Vets-Help.org had signed with Hillenburg. "I was kind of as blown away as anybody else," he said. Martin then called the drivers to tell them the news. "I did what I felt was best." However, Craig Northacker says the lease is still valid and a purchase agreement is in negotiation. "As far as I'm concerned, we're still on track to do what we're going to do," said Northacker, executive director of Vets-Help. Despite the caution flags, Jim Blankenbaker [vice president of operations and development for Vets-Help] said he and Curt Trent - who was vice president of motorsports and automotive programs - are still trying to move forward and there are "conversations going on trying to salvage something in 2016," which could possibly include the X-Cup Series. "If there's a way to do something, we're doing it," he said. "There's too much synergy not to be able to pull something off." Records with the Richmond County tax office show a payment of $11,350.61 - $9,324.91 for taxes plus $1,965.70 in interest and a $60 lien cost - was made March 21. Another payment of $47,189 was made Tuesday, zeroing out the speedway tax bill.(Richmond County Daily Journal)(4-7-2016)

  • 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)

  • Pocono Raceway sets JR Nation Camping Experience: In honor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series' first race at Pocono Raceway on June 4, Pocono and JR Motorsports have paired up to create the inaugural JR Nation Camping Experience at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania speedway. This exclusive partnership between Pocono Raceway and JR Motorsports allows a limited number of camping spots at the JR Nation Camping Experience in the infield. Fans can purchase an exclusive weekend camping spot at the branded JR Nation area inside 'The Tricky Triangle' by going to www.poconoraceway.com/jrnation. JR Nation Camping is part of the "JRM On Tour 2016," a year-long marketing initiative that rewards fans with free merchandise throughout the season's 33-race schedule. A camping spot as part of JR Nation Camping is $200 and includes infield access and all of the benefits associated with camping at Pocono Raceway. Those who purchase a spot for JR Nation Camping will be given a commemorative "JRM On Tour 2016" t-shirt and are eligible to be selected to participate in the inaugural JR Nation Campsite Decorating contest, which includes cash prizes and bragging rights. The JR Nation Campsite Decorating contest will reward creativity for Best Dale-Gate Party Campsite; Best Use of Lights; Best Patriotic Campsite and an overall winner for Best & Most Creative JR Nation Fan Campsite. All camping guests will have access to the JR Nation Camping Experience. As part of the festivities, JR Motorsports NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers - including Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Alex Bowman -- will participate in an autograph session and Kelly Earnhardt Miller will participate in a question-and-answer session. JR Motorsports partners will be on hand throughout the weekend for giveaways and prizes.(Pocono Raceway)(4-6-2016)

  • Darlington Raceway names new "Lady in Black": Darlington Raceway announced South Carolina native Amanda Bishop has been selected as the Lady in Black for 2016. As the Lady in Black, Bishop will serve as a key ambassador for Darlington Raceway throughout the year. She will represent the track at various community and media events as well as the 67th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend Bishop was selected from over 50 candidates that submitted an online application for the position. Bishop, a native of Greer, S.C., is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She is currently enrolled in the Master's of Arts elementary education program at USC. She competed in the Miss South Carolina pageant twice, regularly traveling across the state to promote the Miss America Organization and Children's Miracle Network.(Darlington Raceway)(4-5-2016)

  • Terry Labonte to Appear at Kentucky Speedway's Ford Fan Day: Kentucky Speedway's Ford Fan Day returns Saturday, April 30 from 11:00am-4:00pm. The free event gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the venue, view the track renovation project while enjoying family oriented activities and a chance to chat with this year's special guest, 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Terry Labonte. The Texas native and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be available for two question-and-answer sessions starting at 12:30pm, with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes, and again at 2:15pm. Both sessions will take place on the stage near the Indiana Tower. Guests will have the opportunity for an autograph at approximately 1:30pm. Limit two items per person and time is subject to change. Guests will be able to tour the spotters stand, flag stand, owner's suite, press box, and campgrounds. Visitors are able to have their photo taken with the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts trophy when you visit the owner's suite. Fans can learn more about the track renovations from Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger during the "Ask the GM" question-and-answer session at noon on the stage near the Indiana Tower. Attendees will also have the opportunity to test drive the all-new 2016 Ford F-150.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-3-2016)

  • Talladega names XFINITY race sponsor: Sparks Energy Inc., an electrical operations and restoration company based out of Decatur, AL, has partnered with NASCAR's Most Competitive and Energized Track - Talladega Superspeedway - to become the entitlement sponsor of the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, April 30. The Sparks Energy 300 will be a high voltage battle between the best drivers of the NASCAR XFINITY Series against some of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars that could provide an all-but-guaranteed spot in the Series' season-ending Championship Chase. Since 2007, Sparks Energy Inc. has provided services on high voltage powerlines and industrial systems across the United States with a focus in transmission and distribution. Their services include; storm response, transmission and distribution construction, live line maintenance, line clearing, substations and engineering. As the leader in the high voltage industry, the company is proud to sponsor the Sparks Energy 300 at the mammoth 2.66-mile track this spring and looks forward to making its debut in NASCAR, exposing the energy brand to Talladega Superspeedway's fans.(TSS)(4-1-2016)

  • Jana Kramer in concert at Dover: Rising country music artist and actress Jana Kramer will perform a free concert at Dover International Speedway's Victory Plaza prior to the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. Kramer's show will begin at 10:00am Kramer's most recent album "Thirty One" came out in 2015 and features the hit "I Got the Boy" and latest single "Said No One Ever." Her self-titled debut album was released in 2012 and included the popular track "Why Ya Wanna." Kramer, 32, first hit the spotlight as a cast member on The CW's drama "One Tree Hill," where she played actress Alex Dupree. Kramer has also appeared on HBO's "Entourage" and NBC's "Friday Night Lights." Also in Victory Plaza, on Saturday, May 14, country music artists Sam Grow and Tom Dixon will appear for free concerts prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race.(Dover Speedway)(4-1-2016)

  • #43 Smithfield Ford placed in Monster Monument at Dover Victory Plaza: Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty and Aric Almirola, the driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, were among the guests at Dover International Speedway today as the new stock car for the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza presented by Smithfield was unveiled. Smithfield Foods has entered into a three-year deal with Dover International Speedway as presenting sponsor of the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, the 46-foot iconic statue that features a stock car in the structure's right hand. Officials from Smithfield, Autism Delaware and the Monster Mile unveiled a new "Petty Blue" #43 Smithfield Ford for assembled media and fans on Wednesday. The event also coincided with the start of "Autism Awareness Month" in April and precedes the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15.(Dover Speedway)(3-31-2016)

  • Big & Rich in concert at Talladega: Guess who is Comin' to Your Infield City at Talladega Superspeedway. The party will be rockin' and rollin' this spring at NASCAR's biggest and baddest track as the iconic country duo Big & Rich, featuring Cowboy Troy, will perform Talladega Superspeedway's traditional Saturday Night Concert on April 30 as part of the track's spring race weekend, featuring the GEICO 500. After a day of epic racing with the Talladega 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series earlier on Saturday, the 'Dega faithful will be treated to a grand time with Big & Rich for one of the most anticipated Saturday Night Concerts ever at NASCAR's Most Competitive track. John, Big Kenny and Troy will play a host of all-time favorites, as well as their highly successful album titled "Gravity" that has had back-to-back top ten hits - "Look at You" and "Run Away With You."America's Technicolor cowboys, John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most original musical forces ever unleashed on the industry. Their partner in crime, Cowboy Troy, will be right there as well, as the self-proclaimed "hick-hop" artist continues to amaze the masses with his own brand of southern, country-fried rap that has turned heads for years.(TSS)(3-30-2016)

  • Bisci joins Gateway Motorsports Park: Gateway Motorsports Park officials announced that 28-year motorsports veteran John Bisci has joined the staff of Gateway Motorsports Park in the new position of Media and Promotions Manager. With more than 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Bisci will be actively involved in the promotion of the NHRA-sanctioned Dragplex and Gateway Kartplex. Bisci brings event development experience that will be utilized for schedule expansion and racing diversity. Bisci's experience includes media relations for NHRA-sanctioned tracks, as a publicist for Mello Yello Drag Racing Series teams and representation for multiple NASCAR sponsors and drivers. Bisci joins the track's expanding public relations team and will be working closely with Susan Ryan, who has led the public and media relations efforts for Gateway Motorsports Park since its rebirth in 2011. "I am proud and excited to join the Gateway Motorsports Park team," Bisci said. "It is important to work for, and with, people who share my passion for the sport. This is an exciting time for Gateway Motorsports Park, and I am pleased to be a part of the continued growth of one of the fastest growing, up-and-coming motorsports facilities in the United States."(Gateway Motorsports Park)(3-26-2016)

  • Andy Grammer Concert added to All-Star Weekend at Charlotte: One of the fastest-rising stars on the Billboard Top 100 charts will kick off the biggest all-star event in sports when triple-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer takes the stage for a free concert before the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The full 70-minute Andy Grammer All-Star Race Concert Powered by Rayovac, will kick off the pre-race festivities of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race between Turns 1 and 2 of the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield. Entry is free for all All-Star Race ticket holders. For just $20, fans can upgrade to a special Golden Ticket for early access to a reserved area directly in front of the stage. Golden Tickets are limited and can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Los Angeles-born, New York-raised singer-songwriter Andy Grammer has gone from hustling street performer to multi-platinum selling recording artist. He has released two albums, "Andy Grammer" and "Magazines or Novels," producing debut top 10 hit singles including "Fine by Me" and triple-platinum No.1 single "Honey, I'm Good." Most recently, Grammer released his new hit single "Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)" dazzling the Billboard Top 100 charts.(CMS)(3-26-2016)

  • Sonoma Raceway adding new Panasonic LED scoring pylon: Sonoma Raceway will offer fans an entirely new perspective on the racing action, as the wine country facility upgrades its spectator experience with more than 5,000 square feet of Panasonic LED digital signage. Most notably, the raceway will replace its outdated lap/leader board, which has stood above Turn 1 of the road course since 1994, with an 85-foot tall, four-sided LED scoring tower. The new pylon will provide real-time running order for up to 20 positions, dynamic race-related graphics and fan information. The new scoring tower will be located in approximately the same position above Turn 1, but is more than 26-feet taller than the old board and will be easily visible from almost every seating area around the road course. The new fan amenity will make its debut at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, June 24-26. In addition, the raceway will add an 84- x 12-foot Panasonic LED video board on the front of its three-story Drag Tower building. This video board will be easily viewed from the Main Grandstand, as well as the temporary grandstand during the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in July. This new technology will allow the raceway to create and deliver videos, graphic overlays, real-time statistics, custom content and sponsor advertisements.(Sonoma Raceway)(3-25-2016)

  • Dover to "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness Month: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway will continue their support for autism awareness by participating in the global "Light It Up Blue" campaign, organized by Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, in April. Two of Delaware's most famous landmarks, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, as well as the Dover Downs Hotel, will be illuminated in blue light throughout April, coinciding with Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a summary term for a group of brain development disorders, characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest statistics show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have autism. Dover International Speedway has had a long relationship with autism awareness. The "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15, will mark the 10th consecutive year the Monster Mile's spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will have an autism awareness element within the entitlement sponsorship. Also on May 15, the track will host an Autism Awareness Day at the Races program for families and children on the autism spectrum for the fifth straight year. The package provides a sensory-friendly environment to watch the race, and also features pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities, seating in air-conditioned grandstands, presentations by educational speakers, food and beverage options, as well as a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allowing attendees to take a break from the race and crowds when necessary.(Dover Speedway)(3-24-2015)

  • Keloorah returns to Michigan Speedway: NASCAR race fans and music festival fans both will have reasons to celebrate this summer at Michigan International Speedway. Keloorah, a music festival experience, will take place on Friday and Saturday of each NASCAR weekend at MIS this summer. Keloorah kicks off in June when GROUPLOVE, Third Eye Blind, Fitz and the Tantrums, Andy Grammer, The Neighbourhood, Elle King, as well as Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers take the stage. The action does not stop in August as country music is featured over two nights of fun at Keloorah. Fans can sing along with Chase Rice, Chase Bryant, Kip Moore, Drake White and The Big Fire and Tim Dugger. The track is offering a special presale for fans to get in on all of the celebration at Keloorah. Fans that have already purchased NASCAR Sprint Cup Series admissions can call 800.354.1010 beginning March 23 to get your two-day admission to Keloorah for just $20. All you need to do is ask for the Keloorah add-on admission. If haven't purchased NASCAR admissions yet, no problem. Ask the agent about the Keloorah packages. The presale is only available on the phone. The call center is open 9:00am-9:00pm Monday-Friday and 9:00am-7:00pm Saturday-Sunday. Special packages and VIP experiences are also available for fans looking to make it a weekend of partying.(MIS)(3-24-2016)

  • 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)

  • Darlington Raceway's Turn 3 Theater returns: Darlington Raceway is bringing back its family fun Turn 3 Theater Presented by Raceway Ford Chevrolet. This year's free movie lineup will feature Disney's Aladdin on April 8 and Frozen on May 13. The events will once again be FREE and take place in the track's hospitality village. For more information, visit DarlingtonRaceway.com. Pace car rides for a $10 per person donation and concessions will be available with all proceeds benefiting the track's 501(c)3 non-profit arm Darlington Shares. For the showing of Frozen on May 13, the track is encouraging moviegoers to dress up as their favorite Frozen character. Prior to the start of the movie, the Darlington Raceway staff will select the best costume, with the winner receiving tickets to the Sept. 3 NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.(Darlington Raceway)(3-22-2016)(3-16-2016)

  • Menards sponsoring Michigan XFINITY race: Michigan International Speedway officials have partnered with Menards and Valvoline to bring fans the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline on June 11. While Valvoline has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR's fastest track. As title sponsor, Valvoline will help to market the Menards brand and its involvement as the official motor oil of the stores through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale.(MIS)(3-14-2016)

  • Phoenix says no decision made on track upgrades: Bryan Sperber, president of Phoenix International Raceway, told NBC Sports Friday that any talk about the track flip-flopping the frontstretch and backstretch is "all speculation at this point." International Speedway Corp., which owns the track, had no comment on a Fox Sports 1 broadcaster saying that the "rumor" is the company will flip the frontstretch and backstretch at Phoenix. During Friday's broadcast of Sprint Cup practice on Fox Sports 1, broadcaster Mike Joy said: "The rumor now is that ISC is going to take and flip-flop this track as has been done at Atlanta and Darlington and the reason is that these (frontstretch) seats face South, which means you are sun-baked all day long, so there's a possibility of making this (Joy drew on the screen along the backstretch) the frontstretch with new seats and suites." Sperber told NBC Sports: "It's no secret that we've been looking at upgrading PIR in general, and we're starting to put plans together now, but it's a long, way away from making any kind of announcement." Sperber said they're putting together a list of possible changes and examining prices for the projects.(NBC Sports)(3-12-2016)

  • Lee Brice performing pre-race concert at Charlotte: One of the biggest names in entertainment today will perform at the biggest Memorial Day Weekend celebration on the planet when two-time GRAMMY nominee and country music megastar Lee Brice rocks the pre-race entertainment stage before the Coca-Cola 600, Sunday, May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The full 45-minute Lee Brice Coca-Cola 600 pre-race concert presented by Speed Perks, will highlight the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race pit party, which will also include driver appearances, Q&As with some of the biggest names in the sport and even more live music. Before breaking onto the scene in 2010 with his debut album, 'Love Like Crazy,' Brice was a noted songwriter, penning "More Than A Memory" recorded by Garth Brooks, and wrote songs recorded by artists including, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney, among others. During the Lee Brice Coca-Cola 600 pre-race concert presented by Speed Perks, the multitalented musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist is expected to perform several of his smash hits like "Love Like Crazy," "Woman Like You" and "I Don't Dance," among other favorites. The concert will take place on pit road.(CMS)(3-11-2016)

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

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

  • 2017 NASCAR race dates expect to be set early: NASCAR will set 2017 race dates after completing discussions with track operators on or before April 1, according to Dover International Speedway's sanctioning agreement with NASCAR. No timetable is set for when NASCAR will announce the upcoming schedule but it is expected to be sooner than last year (October) and 2015 (Aug. 2014). NASCAR announced five-year agreements with tracks that host Sprint Cup and Xfinity races in October and with tracks that host Camping World Truck Series races in November, assuring events through the 2020 season in each series. By having those agreements in place, it allows NASCAR to focus on dates earlier in the year. Dover's sanctioning agreement - recently released in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, also states that NASCAR will use "good faith" to maintain relative placement of races in the series calendar.
    The clause about future schedules also includes: "Opportunities may stem from any number of factors including, but not limited to, requests for realignment, requests for date changes, requests from NASCAR's then current transmission partners, the dates of other major sports events, changing local market conditions, and so on. Accordingly, (NASCAR Event Management) may make adjustments to the overall annual Series Calendar for one or more of the future calendar years that fall under the Term of this Agreement to maximize the value of the Series. Except as noted above, if such an adjustment requires an Event date change(s) of more than two (2) weeks, NEM will notify PROMOTER on or before April 1st of the preceding year and such change will only be made with the PROMOTER's consent."(NBC Sports)(3-3-2016)

  • Eddie Money to play pre-race concert at Kansas: While NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are thinking about taking home the trophy for the GoBowling.com 400 on May 7, race fans will be rocking out to legendary rock icon Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight" prior to the race. Rock icon Money is back on the road with an all-star band. A student of legendary vocal coach Judy Davis and prodigy of manager Bill Graham, Money began his career in the late 1970s belting out hit after hit. The early days of MTV and music videos launched Eddie Money into stardom. An accomplished musician, he sings, he writes, and plays the saxophone, harmonica and piano. Money has recorded over a dozen albums of his own (selling over 28 million records), and has done numerous projects in television and film. Spring 2001's David Spade film "Joe Dirt" features Money as Joe Dirt's rock and roll idol. He also turned up as Mimi's ex-husband in an episode of "The Drew Carey Show". He's currently working on theme songs for Arena Football and Major League Baseball.(Kansas Speedway)(2-26-2016)

  • AAA moves sponsorship to May Dover race: AAA announced it will be the primary sponsor of the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 15. The race is part of a three-year extension with the "Monster Mile," keeping the race in Dover through 2018 when the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary. "NASCAR is an important sport for us in reaching fans and potential consumers," said Berni Koch, CEO for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship with Dover International Speedway, while bringing much needed awareness to the autism community." AAA and Dover International Speedway jumped at the opportunity to move the AAA entitlement race to the spring to ensure that the tradition of driving awareness to the needs of the entire autism community was maintained for years to come. Dover International Speedway has had races tied to autism awareness for nine years. In addition to the race, AAA will also sponsor the "Drive for Autism" golf tournament on May 12 that raises funds for Autism Delaware. This race continues AAA and Dover International Speedway's partnership in NASCAR. For the past seven years, the AAA 400 took place at the track in the fall. AAA will still have a sponsorship presence for the Oct. 2 race, but will move its race entitlement to the spring. Along with a new name, the race will also have a new logo.
    "We've had a special relationship with AAA for many years and we're excited to continue that partnership through 2018," said Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian. "The commitment to quality and the high level of customer service AAA displays on a daily basis are the same goals we strive for with all of our events. With the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on May 15, we'll come together again to support a cause critical to our entire community."
    The full NASCAR weekend in Dover will also include a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13 and a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 14. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race will feature two 40-lap Dash 4 Cash heat races, followed by a 120-lap main event. Tickets are on sale at DoverSpeedway.com and 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(2-18-2016)

  • 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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