Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (107 races held)
Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 5 (25)
Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (108)
Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (111)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (13)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (111)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (135)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 9 (89)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (15)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (21)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (17)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 2 (4)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (18)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (131)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (91)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (39)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 5 (36)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (74)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (117)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (26)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (90)
Texas: Carl Edwards & Jimmie Johnson - 3 (27)
Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (31)
Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
Daytona International Speedway 135 races (since 1959)
Martinsville Speedway 131 (since 1949)
Richmond International Raceway 117 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 111 (since 1960)
Darlington Speedway 111 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 108 (since 1961)
Atlanta Motor Speedway 107 (since 1960)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
Michigan International Speedway, 91 (since 1969)
Talladega Superspeedway, 90 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 89 (since 1969)
Gordon down to ONE track with no win: After winning at Homestead in November 2013 means there is only ONE race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit at which #24-Jeff Gordon has yet to win, that being Kentucky Speedway. Gordon has won on 24 of the 25 tracks he has raced at in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.
Driver -- Wins -- Tracks won at/ Tracks ran
Richard Petty -- 200 -- 51 of 84
David Pearson -- 105 -- 38 of 65
Bobby Allison -- 84 -- 28 of 47
Jeff Gordon -- 87 -- 24 of 25
Darrell Waltrip -- 84 -- 16 of 26
Cale Yarborough -- 83 -- 18 of 46
Of course, a disclaimer here is that in the old days of NASCAR, many tracks were raced at once or just a handful of times, but that's still pretty impressive.(ESPN.com)
Current Drivers: the active leaders with the most Sprint Cup wins at the 23 different tracks currently on the NSCS schedule:
Rank, Driver, Number of Tracks
1. #24-Jeff Gordon, 22
2. #14-Tony Stewart, 21
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19
4. #5-Mark Martin, 18
5. #18-Kyle Busch, 17
NASCAR 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)
Race Track Seating Capacity / Attendance Chart Page
NOTE: NASCAR has not reported track attendance since 2012
Brad Park to drive pace car at New Hampshire: A six-time runner up as the National Hockey League's top defenseman, Brad Park will trade his skates for driving shoes when he gets behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2014 Toyota Camry SE Pace Car, leading the field for the start of the SYLVANIA 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Playing in the same era as Bobby Orr, Park is considered one of the greatest defenseman to ever play the game, finishing behind the legendary #4 for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman on six separate occasions. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1988 during his first year of eligibility and remains a household name among New England hockey fans. Park played more than 1,000 games in the National Hockey League, was a nine-time All-Star, and winner of the 1984 Masterson Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.(NHMS)(9-20-2014)
Miller Lite extends partnership with New Hampshire: With NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski on hand for the "toast", New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that Miller Lite will continue its relationship with the Magic Mile, extending its successful partnership for another three years. The deal keeps Miller Lite on tap as the "Official Beer Sponsor of New Hampshire Motor Speedway" through the 2017 race season. The Lite Lobster Lounge is located directly across from the infield tunnel and is the perfect place for fans to relax before or after the on-track action throughout the weekend. It features live entertainment and the home of an occasional driver appearance. True to its name, the lounge features a variety of authentic lobster dishes, along with other sandwich and salad options for the non-lobster eaters. The lounge is open to all and promotes a family-friendly environment. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without products from its official sponsor, Miller Lite.(NHMS)(9-20-2014)
Bank may take possession of Rockingham Speedway: A Richmond County Superior Court judge will hear a motion next week which, if granted, will allow The Finley Group - a managing agent for Farmers and Merchants Bank - to "take immediate and exclusive custody" of Rockingham Speedway. The Salisbury, N.C.-based bank is also seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the track's current co-owners Andy Hillenburg and Bill Silas from accessing the property located on U.S. 1 in Richmond County. The bank claims Rockingham Racing Park LLC, co-owned by Hillenburg and Silas, owes more then $4.5 million as of Aug. 8. The motion is set to be heard at 2:00pm Sept. 25.(Charlotte Observer)(9-19-2014)
Mountain Ridge Little League All-Stars to serve as grand marshals in Vegas: The Mountain Ridge Little League All-Stars captured the hearts of Southern Nevadans last month during their historic appearance in the Little League World Series. Now they will hold the attention of the starting field for the Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race on Sept. 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The players from the first team from Nevada to advance to the Little League World Series will give the command for the drivers to start their engines when they serve as grand marshals for the Rhino Linings 350. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is making tickets to the Rhino Linings 350 available to all 24 Little Leagues throughout the Valley as to way to help honor Little League Baseball. Little Leaguers and their parents who are interested in attending the race are encouraged to contact their league representative.(LVMS)(9-17-2014)
Race week returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway with plenty of activities: From a tax-free New Hampshire State Lottery giveaway to a country rock concert to skydiving flag bearers to a stunt comedian to more than 600 laps of racing, the Magic Mile has it all when it comes to on- and off-track entertainment. The weekend features the most diverse and exciting three days of racing on the NASCAR schedule. It includes four major races, featuring three different NASCAR series and the regionally-popular American-Canadian Tour. To compliment all the on-track action, speedway officials have added to the off-track entertainment experience for fans attending the largest sporting event in New England. Here's a sample the "must see" action:
" Million Dollar Giveaway: One lucky fan will walk out of New Hampshire Motor Speedway $1,000,000 richer. A total of 11 finalists were selected from a preliminary drawing held earlier this summer from non-winning NH State Lottery $20 Tax Free Million scratch tickets that were mailed into Lottery Headquarters. The 11 finalists will be on stage prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 21. There will be 11 prize envelopes to choose from, including eight (8) winners of $5,000, two (2) winners of $10,000, and one (1) winner of tax free $1,000,000.
" It's going to be a 'Helluva' show: With favorites like "Sunshine & Whiskey" and "Helluva Life," there's no doubt that country music sensation Frankie Ballard will have the fans in a frenzy for the SYLVANIA 300 - the second race in the Challenger Round of the Chase for Sprint Cup - on Sept. 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Frankie Ballard Band will perform for free on the frontstretch stage at 12:10pm.
" Laugh until it hurts: Stunt comedian "Wacky Chad!" brings his zany antics to the Magic Mile frontstretch. Wearing his trademark orange, Wacky Chad will reach neck-straining heights on his tall unicycle and defy gravity on an air-powered pogo stick. "Wacky Chad!" will also entertain in the Display Lot over the weekend.
" What an entrance!: Team Fastrax Skydiving Team, featuring veterans of the U.S. military, will deliver the American flag prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300, while a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps, will provide the fan-favorite flyover following the national anthem.
" Zip-a-dee-doo-dah: After a very successful run in July, guests of New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have an opportunity to zip-line on property. The inclined cable, which involves a suspended harness and pulley system, will be available for adventure goers and thrill-seekers behind the F.W. Webb Bath House all weekend long.
Speedway Children's Charities Hosting Fundraising Events at Kentucky: The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) will be busy during Kentucky Speedway's upcoming September race weekend. The non-profit organization is planning three fundraisers for when the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series visit Kentucky on September 19 and 20, respectively. Leading up to the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, SCC will host Laps for Charity, a Putt-Putt Challenge, and Miss Motor Speedway's "Princess '4' a Day" and "Toy '4' a Boy." Laps for Charity kicks off the charity's fundraising events on Thursday, September 18 at 5:30pm. Fans have the opportunity to drive five laps around Kentucky Speedway in their personal, street-legal vehicles for a $40 donation to SCC. They will also be able to celebrate the occasion with a photo in Victory Lane. At the SCC Putt-Putt Challenge on Friday and Saturday, fans will have three attempts to sink their putt to win four grandstand tickets and four fan zone passes to Kentucky Speedway's Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts on July 11, 2015. In addition, all participants will receive an SCC water bottle. The Putt-Putt Challenge will be located near Gate 15 in the Display Area at Kentucky Speedway. Finally, SCC is teaming up with Miss Motor Speedway to bring "Princess '4' a Day" and "Toy '4' a Boy" back to Kentucky Speedway, also on Friday and Saturday. For a small donation, children will have the opportunity to receive the royal treatment from a Miss Motor Speedway Titleholder. Girls will receive a princess makeover, crown, and jewelry. Boys will receive a toy car or truck.(SCC)(9-17-2014)
Chuck Liddell to drive pace car at Phoenix: Former UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official Toyota Pace Car at the start of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov 9. Liddell's appearance was the result of a partnership between PIR and Niner Sports & Entertainment. As the official pace car driver for the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the 44-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval. Regarded as one of the greatest light heavyweights in the history of professional mixed martial arts, Liddell quickly gained recognition as an elite fighter, rising to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world, and inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009. Now as a husband, father, and superstar, Liddell is able to inspire others through his recent autobiography titled "Iceman: My Fighting Life," published in 2008, as well as traveling all over the world for public speaking engagements and promotional events. In addition to his duties behind the wheel, Liddell will make a promotional appearance at PIR prior to the race on Sunday, Nov 9. Tickets for the Quicken Loans Race of Heroes 500 on Nov. 9 start at just $25. For tickets and information, visit PhoenixRaceway.com or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(9-14-2014)
Colt Ford to perform free concert at Dover: Race fans will have the opportunity to see a free concert from country music star Colt Ford on the Victory Plaza stage at 10:30am the morning of the Sept. 28 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, which is event No. 3 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the first "knockout race" of the new playoff format. Ford will bring his unique blend of country music and hip-hop to the Dover race weekend in support of his most recent album, "Thanks for Listening," released through his self-owned Average Joes Entertainment label. The album features collaborations with Keith Urban, "Duck Dynasty's" Boss Hog and Willie Robertson, Jerrod Niemann and others. Ford compares his unique style to the spoken-word songs of country greats like Tex Williams, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash and C.W. McCall, and is able to seamlessly blend the world of country music and hip-hop, noting the similarity in that both are focused on storytelling and real-life experiences. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Speedway)(9-13-2014)
Mansfield Motorsports Park could open again: The track hasn't hosted a race since 2010, and it hasn't been home to multiple events since 2008. Mansfield Motorsports Park remains dormant, but owner Grant Milliron said there might be something in the works for next year for the half-mile paved oval on the north side of town. Milliron, who bought the track at a sheriff's sale in the winter of 2013, said he's had a discussion with a longtime promoter about bringing "five or six events" to the track. Those could be races, stunt shows or something else entirely, but the goal is that the events would attract 5,000 to 10,000 fans. If a deal cannot be struck, Milliron said he will look to market the track to sell. He bought it and 177 acres of land it sits on for $800,000, after former owner Mike Dzurilla lost it for owing $308,000 in taxes. If he does sell, Milliron said he wants the land to remain a motor sports facility and is hoping to sell it to someone who would keep it a race track.(Mansfield News Journal)(9-11-2014)
Behind the scenes tour available at Michigan: Take a behind the scenes tour of the fastest track in NASCAR - Michigan International Speedway. It is the perfect opportunity to learn how a track prepares for a race and operates all year long. MIS is offering tours to all guests to get a behind the scenes view of the racing facility. Fans still have two more chances to take advantage of this special opportunity. The tours are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 16 beginning at 1:30pm. The tour ($5 per person) will last approximately an hour and a half and will be guided by a knowledgeable MIS staff member. The day is limited to 50 people and you can reserve your spot now by calling (800) 354-1010. Your ticket will be mailed to you. All proceeds benefit MIS Cares, MIS' official charity. Now is your chance to experience the slope of the 18 degrees of banking in the corners. The tour will take fans on one trip around the oval before moving onto the road course depending on track activity. You will have the opportunity to experience what the banking feels like heading into Turn 1 and imagining what the drivers see at over 200 MPH. Guests will be taken to the interior of the track through the infield tunnel entrance before stopping off at the media center. Take a seat in the deadline pressroom and imagine yourself asking a driver a question for a story. While in the infield you will see the Pit Road Suites and then go to the roof to get a view of the entire track. The tour will stop at the Tower behind the grandstands as the guests ride the elevator to a spot high above the track. You will see the remolded Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union. Guests will also see the Skylounge Suites where you not only see the entire racing surface, but the expanse of the facility. In addition, the fans will see the campgrounds, including the MIScamping.com APEX RV Park overlooking Turn 3 and 4. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available, but the tour is limited to 50 people so get your ticket early.(MIS)(9-11-2014)
NC Supreme Court hears CMS lawsuit suit: Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports get one more crack at convincing North Carolina judges it should be allowed to sue Cabarrus County over $80 million in tax breaks. A lower state court last year rejected the position of Speedway Motorsports Inc. A three-judge state Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously in October 2013 that there was never a binding contract for the money to help build a new drag strip and make [Charlotte Motor] speedway upgrades. The N.C. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about whether the lawsuit was dismissed improperly, as Speedway Motorsports claims. Smith had threatened in 2007 to move the speedway if he didn't get the tax breaks.(see full story at the Independent Tribune)(9-9-2014)
Kenseth to be honored at Chicagoland: In recognition of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Chicagoland Speedway in 2013, #20-Matt Kenseth will be honored with a plaque in Champions Park on Friday, Sept. 12, prior to the Lucas Oil 225 Camping World Truck Series race. Kenseth, who made his first appearance in Chicagoland Speedway's Gatorade Victory Lane last September, will unveil his new monument at 4p.m. on the north end of Champions Park. Since the inaugural race in 2001, Chicagoland Speedway has unveiled a monument in Champions Park for each of its Sprint Cup Series race winners, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski and others.(Chicagoland Speedway)(9-9-2104)
DAYTONA Rising September Project Update: During the last month, Daytona International Speedway continued to move forward with the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. Key areas of the new motorsports stadium are beginning to take shape. Below is a breakdown of key accomplishments since the last update as well as upcoming construction activities.
· Installed escalators and elevators at West and East ends of the project
· Ongoing masonry near the West end of the project as well as in the center
· Continued concrete pours on metal decks
· Ongoing steel deck and detailing throughout the project
· Began installation of curbs in West end and just east of the start/finish line
· Began pouring concrete stairs for the far west Injector
· Finalizing structural steel installation
· Finalizing initial development of neighborhood bars, guest services, bathrooms and bistro concessions
· Ongoing installation of HVAC systems in the West and East ends as well as just east of the start/finish line
· Ongoing demolition of the Turn 1 grandstands
Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com.(DIS)(9-9-2014)
The Band Perry Headlines Pre-Race Country Jam And Pit Party at Bank of America 500: The 2014 Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year, The Band Perry, will headline the largest pre-race Country Jam and Pit Party in Charlotte Motor Speedway's history prior to the Bank of America 500 on Saturday, Oct. 11. The three-hour-long entertainment festival will take place on pit road and will also include concerts by Jimmy Wayne and Parmalee. #88 National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will make appearances on stage for fan Q&A sessions, while pit crew demonstrations, games and photo opportunities will take place in Victory Circle and toward the exit of pit road. All the pre-race entertainment will be broadcast for every ticket holder on the speedway's colossal HDTV, and fans can gain pit road infield access to the Country Jam and Pit Party with the purchase of a pre-race pit pass or driver introduction pass. For affordable ticket and pit pass packages for Bank of America 500 weekend, contact the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(9-8-2014)
NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade returns to Dover on Thursday, Sept. 25: Dover International Speedway is pleased to announce a special kickoff to the Sept. 26-28, 2014 race weekend with the return of the popular NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade. The event is set for Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. and begins at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover. The Hauler Showcase and Parade is free and open to the public. Fans are invited to the Blue Hen Corporate Center, located at 655 S. Bay Road just four miles south of the Monster Mile on Route 113, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they depart at 6 p.m. on a parade route through Downtown Dover before heading to the track. The parade will once again create a can't-miss spectacle in the capitol of The First State. Approximately 40 brightly painted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver haulers, measuring approximately 80-feet in length, will make their way through town en route to the Speedway. The inaugural event in 2013 saw close to 10,000 attendees spread out across the entire parade route. After such a great turnout, Speedway and local officials agreed the event should return in 2014.
"Last year's event was a huge success, so it was only natural to bring it back," said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "We are always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience, and being able to work with NASCAR and these hauler drivers to put on a great show makes our race weekend that much more exciting."
The showcase will kick off at 4 p.m. in the Blue Hen Corporate Center before departing on the parade route at 6 p.m. Haulers will start north on Bay Road, before making a left onto Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Court Street). They will then turn right onto Legislative Avenue in Downtown Dover, before turning left onto Loockerman Street, then right on South State Street. From there, the haulers will proceed to the track via Leipsic Road and arrive at approximately 6:45 p.m.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 26-28, 2014 for the Sept. 28 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 26 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(9-8-2014)
Richmond fence climber arrested, charged: An unidentified fan made it all the way to the top of the catchfence in Turn 4, bringing out a caution during Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400. Richmond International Raceway spokeswoman Aimee Turner said the unidentified fan was arrested by Henrico County police and charged with disorderly conduct and being drunk in public. The fan sat atop the fence while the 42-car field zoomed underneath him at speeds upward of 120 mph. Asked how the fan got past security to climb the fence, Turner said the track will "review safety measures with Henrico (County) police and NASCAR." She said officers were stationed along the fence in front of the grandstands. One of those officers can be seen in photos on social media looking the opposite direction as the fan sits atop the fence. A video shows the fan getting past a cordoned area and climbing. The caution lights did not come on until after the climber had begun his descent, after sitting atop the fencing for several minutes. Police officers surrounded him at that point.(more at the USA Today)(9-7-2014)
Darlington and Bojangles' extend Southern 500 race entitlement: Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits announced a five-year extension of their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race entitlement partnership. The partnership, which began in 2012, will continue to bring two iconic southern brands together through the 2019 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. "This extension says a great deal about the strong year-round partnership Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' have enjoyed since 2012," said track President Chip Wile. "Both Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' continue to see tremendous value through this partnership. We are honored to extend our working relationship with them through the 2019 season."
"Bojangles' is thrilled to continue our partnership with Darlington Raceway for the next five years," said Bojangles' President and CEO Clifton Rutledge. "Like Darlington, Bojangles' has deep roots in the South and pride ourselves on a tradition of bringing people together, especially over Labor Day Weekend. We look forward to helping create an unforgettable Bojangles' Southern 500 experience for years to come, an experience where the taste of Bojangles' traditional Southern recipes serves as the perfect complement to the sights and sounds of the legendary 'Lady in Black'. We thank Darlington Raceway, ISC and NASCAR for making this possible."
The extension of the partnership between Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' comes at a time when the Bojangles' Southern 500 is returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend in 2015. "Our Labor Day weekend race was a cornerstone of the NASCAR schedule for 53 years. With our event returning to our historic weekend in 2015, we have some really exciting things in store that celebrate our past while continuing to look towards the future," Wile said. "Bojangles' and Darlington Raceway are true iconic Southern brands and we are proud of what we have built and will continue to accomplish together."
Since the original agreement in 2012, Bojangles' has opened more than 100 company and franchise-operated restaurants throughout the Southeast, now boasting more than 600 locations. The chicken n' biscuits brand serves traditional Southern recipes with its own unique flavors, a simple concept that has cultivated a loyal customer base and now drives its increasing popularity and steady expansion throughout the Southeast, including nontraditional locations and sports venues.
This partnership gives Bojangles' the opportunity to serve its famous Chicken Supremes, Cajun Filet Sandwich, Seasoned Fries and Legendary Iced Tea at Darlington Raceway. These menu items will also be served at three other tracks owned and operated by International Speedway Corp.: Daytona, Talladega and Richmond.
Darlington Raceway and Bojangles' have enjoyed a year-round partnership, which has touched a variety of annual community initiatives both entities support including the following:
· Bojangles' is the official sponsor of the Darlington Marathon, held on Sept. 26-27.
· Bojangles' is a partner for the track's Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show, held annually in November.
· Bojangles' has donated items for the track's local drives benefiting Darlington area food banks.
· Darlington Raceway annually supports the Bojangles' Golf Outing benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Both parties unveiled a new Bojangles' Southern 500 event logo at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 is scheduled for September 6, 2015 on NBC.(Darlington Raceway)(9-5-2014)
Heavy rain hits Richmond, floods garage: Heavy rain and lightning scrapped the final half-hour of NASCAR Nationwide Series practice Thursday afternoon at Richmond International Raceway, but the mid-afternoon downpour caused more lasting issues for race teams. The Nationwide Series official hauler and about a dozen other team transporters were flooded by several inches of standing water, even an hour after rain had subsided at the .75-mile track. The race teams placed their cars on jackstands to avoid submersion, but the rainwater was deep enough to cover the tops of the scales in the NASCAR inspection area. Crewmembers walked from their haulers in the garage area in bare feet and rolled-up pants legs after the gully-washer. Nationwide teams were approximately 50 minutes into a final 90-minute practice session when lightning in the area forced NASCAR officials to order spotters down from their rooftop perch, putting a hold on on-track activity. About 10 minutes later, the skies opened with torrential rain to wash out the remainder of the session. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, recently renamed the Junie Donlavey Garage in honor of the Richmond native and longtime team owner, was not affected by the heavy rain. But the third-turn vehicle tunnel was flooded with 6-8 inches of water, according to a track maintenance worker.(NASCAR.com)(9-5-2014)
Junior Johnson and Miss Sprint Cup Kick Off Bank of America 500 Trophy Tour: NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson and Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White joined a Charlotte Motor Speedway road show today and greeted race fans at Walmart in Biscoe, N.C., at the kickoff of the Bank of America 500 Trophy Tour. Presented by Coca-Cola and Walmart, the trophy tour will roll into five cities across four regions in advance of the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The event brings fun, free-to-the-public, interactive racing excitement to Walmart locations in the Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, N.C. and Greenville, S.C. regions. Additional tour stops will feature appearances by NASCAR celebrities, Hall of Famers and Miss Sprint Cup; the Coca-Cola Racing show car and simulator; Charlotte Motor Speedway's Fan Van and pace car; plus the opportunity for fans to take photos with the Bank of America 500 trophy and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship trophy. Fans can also register to win tickets to the Bank of America 500 and sample delicious Coca-Cola products.(more info at charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(9-4-2014)
Daytona Rising Welcomes CommScope as First Technology Partner: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has become the first technology partner in the expanding "We Built Daytona" marketing platform supporting the unprecedented $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. CommScope will deploy a new communications infrastructure at DIS providing the facility with the bandwidth and flexibility to offer services that will enhance a fan's experience, as well as improve stadium operations. CommScope will deploy approximately 220 miles of Systimax GigaSPEED XL Category 6 cable, 50 miles of TeraSPEED single mode fiber optic cable and all terminations supporting digital signage and way-finding, more than 1500 HD displays, synchronized stadium-wide messaging, Wi-Fi connectivity in social areas, and an enhanced audio experience. This upgrade to DIS will offer the same amenities that sports fans have come to expect in stadiums and arenas around the country. For stadium operations staff, the new infrastructure will enable DIS to provide critical security measures such as high resolution security cameras, HVAC control, lighting control, and other fire and life safety services. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(8-28-2014)
Last Chance for "Two for $88" Dale Jr. Ticket Package Offer at Talladega: If fans want to see a man on a mission during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway - with an amazing savings package named in his honor - they won't have to look any further than five-time Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. With the track's "Two for $88" Dale Jr. Ticket Package, for an incredible price, fans can witness 43 drivers battle it out on the biggest and baddest race track on the planet, and NASCAR's Most Competitive facility. The special offer gives fans a $32 savings off the regular price of two Lincoln Grandstand tickets to the Sunday, October 19 GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race - the pivotal sixth race of The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The offer is for a limited time, ending on Friday, August 29. Talladega Superspeedway is also offering up other great savings all across the grandstands for the fall event weekend, October 17-19 that will also include the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. Fans save $10 off all regular pricing from now until September 19, and kids 12 and under receive a $50 discount on all frontstretch seats. Log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 877-Go2-DEGA for more information.(TSS)(8-25-2014)
Bristol IRWIN Tools Night Race driver intro songs: It's tradition at Bristol Motor Speedway for drivers to select a song to be played when they are introduced before the race. Here is the list of driver songs as given to Motor Racing Network. Drivers are listed in alphabetical order (based on last name) with their song and the performer.
Justin Allgaier ... "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" by Fall Out Boy
AJ Allmendinger ... "Here Comes the Boom" by Nelly
Aric Almirola ... "Hot Dog!" by They Might Be Giants
Marcos Ambrose ... "Highway to Hell'' by AC/DC
Michael Annett ... "Bernie Dance (Bernie Song)
Greg Biffle ... "Changes" by David Bowie
Dave Blaney ... "7 Nation Army" by White Stripes
Alex Bowman ... "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio
Clint Bowyer ... "Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson
Jeff Burton ... "Bartender Song (Sittin' at a Bar)'' by Rehab and Hank Williams Jr.
Kurt Busch ... "Outlaws Like Me" by Justin Moore
Kyle Busch ... "Rowdy Busch"
Landon Cassill ... "Introducing the Icon" by Riff Raff
Austin Dillon ... "The Stroke" by Billy Squire
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ... "Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction
Carl Edwards ... "Let the Night Roll" by Justin Moore
David Gilliland ... "Small Town Throwdown" by Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore
Jeff Gordon ... "Moonshine in the Truck" by Brad Paisley
Denny Hamlin ... "0 to 100" by Drake
Kevin Harvick ... "Pass a Beer" by Jake Owen
Jimmie Johnson ... "Let the Good Times Roll" by the Cars
Kasey Kahne ... "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
Matt Kenseth ... "1000 HP" by Godsmack
Brad Keselowski ... "Turn Down for What'' by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Kyle Larson ... "Good Times, Bad Times" by Led Zepplin
Joey Logano ... "O Fortuna"
Michael McDowell ... "Thrive" by Casting Crowns
Jamie McMurray ... "Wild Side" by Motley Crue
Casey Mears ... "American Kids" by Kenny Chesney
Paul Menard ... "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden
Brett Moffitt ... "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
Ryan Newman ... "Let the Night Roll" by Justin Moore
Danica Patrick ... "Somethin' Bad" by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
David Ragan ... "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ... "Ain't Going Down Til the Sun Comes Up'' by Garth Brooks
David Stremme ... "Ready Set Roll" by Chase Rice
Martin Truex Jr. ... "Outsiders" by Eric Church
Ryan Truex ... "Dammit" by Blink 182
Brian Vickers ... "Beast of Burden" by the Rolling Stones
Cole Whitt ... "Tell the World" by Lacrae
Josh Wise ... "The Distance" by Cake
JJ Yeley ... "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns and Roses
No information available for Reed Sorenson.(MRN / NASCAR.com)(8-24-2014)
Some possible 2015 Sprint Cup schedule changes UPDATE3: Jim Noble of ESPN/SiriusXM/PRN tweeted Monday evening, "The Southern 500 at Darlington (SC) Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date [Sunday, Sept 6th] when NASCAR announces the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule, perhaps as early as this weekend. Atlanta Motor Speedway - which has raced on Labor Day weekend since 2009 - will have its lone Sprint Cup race weekend moved earlier in the season to week #2 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. One other notable change will be the Bristol (TN) spring weekend -- often plagued by weather issues in March, Bristol successfully lobbied for a later date, and will now hold its spring Cup race on Sunday, April 19, 2015."(8-19-2014)
UPDATE According to a source who works inside the sport, the date of the 2015 NASCAR spring Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be moved to Sunday, April 19. Due to the unpredictable weather in the Bristol area and lackluster attendance, BMS officials have long lobbied NASCAR for a change away from current date of March 16. Lynsey Wilson, communications manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, did not confirm any schedule alteration when reached late Monday. "Conversations are ongoing and once details are finalized, we will release our 2015 plans," said Wilson, who declined further comment. NASCAR officials are expected to officially announce the full 2015 Sprint Cup schedule soon. That announcement could come this weekend during the IRWIN Tools Night Race at BMS. The source also said the Southern 500 Darlington race date will shift back to its traditional Labor Day weekend while the Atlanta race will move to the second week of the season on March 1. During an Aug. 5 interview, BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell expressed his desire for a switch in the spring race date. There was no statement from Helton on Monday night and Caldwell did not comment.(Bristol Herald Courier)
UPDATE2: Two sources well connected with NASCAR confirmed the news Tuesday to the Morning News but did not want to be identified. Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile said Tuesday the track "doesn't respond to rumors."(Morning News)(8-20-2014)
UPDATE3: NASCAR will move the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway back to its traditional Labor Day weekend date starting in 2015. Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., confirmed Friday that he has given up the Labor Day weekend date at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will move the Atlanta race to March. Bristol Motor Speedway will get Darlington's mid-April date. "We gave up that Labor Day event and switched that - it's going back to Darlington," Smith said Friday. The last Southern 500 at Darlington was in 2003, ending a tradition that had started in 1950. NASCAR and Darlington's parent company, International Speedway Corp., moved the race to California Speedway in 2004, and then to Atlanta in 2010. Smith said cold weather has plagued the Bristol events in March, and rain has been fairly common at Bristol on that weekend. He said the average temperature in mid-April at Bristol is the mid-70s and it is warmer in Atlanta in March.(Sporting News) AND Smith said the All-Star race would remain at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he wouldn't be willing to change the event's date. He also said he felt the Sprint Cup season finale should return to Atlanta where it was held for more than a decade.(RacinToday)(8-23-2014)
Bristol announces new April race date for the Food City 500: Fans of Bristol Motor Speedway have been heard. After considerable fan feedback, Bristol Motor Speedway announced Friday the 2015 Food City 500 weekend will move to April 17-19. Since 2005, the Food City 500 has been held in March. "This is a great day in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway thanks to our passionate fans," said Jerry Caldwell, BMS general manager and executive vice president. "Bruton and Marcus Smith and NASCAR heard the relentless plea for a true spring race date. The fans can look forward to a 2015 landmark celebration April 17-19 in Thunder Valley." Food City has become synonymous with NASCAR racing in the region with its sponsorship of two of the sport's most popular races, the Food City 500 and Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. As the second longest running sponsor in NASCAR, Food City has also contributed more than $500,000 to local organizations through its annual Family Race Night events. "We are thrilled NASCAR, Mike Helton and Bruton Smith responded to the race fans," said K-VA-T President and CEO Steve Smith. "Bristol is a special place. The April date better accommodates our guests traveling in their RVs from northern climates and provides our loyal Bristol fans with the best possible Food City 500 experience. We can't wait for April 2015!" Tickets for the 2015 April race weekend are available now. For information on reserving your seat at Bristol, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.(BMS)(8-22-2014)
Watkins Glen plans on safety improvements: This year's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International once again also featured a violent multi-car wreck -- something that has been a trend over the past few years at WGI. This time the incident occurred exiting the Carousel corner, when Ryan Newman's #31 hit the Armco barrier before shooting across the track and into the path of Michael McDowell's #95. After the two cars made contact, McDowell's car lifted in the air, hitting another Armco barrier, leaving a hole in the wall and causing a lengthy delay as crews made repairs. While both drivers were able to walk from their cars, Newman -- among other drivers -- heavily criticized the state of safety around WGI, saying the track has not adapted to the changes in safety developed over the years. Throughout the years, Watkins Glen has made a number of changes to the track, run-off areas and walls with the goal being to produce safer racing, including in the area of the track where Newman's incident occurred. After hard wrecks by the late Jason Leffler in the Nationwide Series and Sam Hornish Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series, the track paved the grass that was next to the track and adjusted the wall and barriers where both Leffler and Hornish had hit.
For WGI track president Michael Printup, "safety is obviously paramount" to WGI, saying the best thing about the Newman-McDowell incident was that all drivers walked away and nobody had to go to the hospital. While admitting there always is room for improvement and innovation, Printup said he does not fully agree with Newman's tough words. "I think Ryan's a little off in his harsh criticism, because it that was a SAFER wall -- like Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. said, you don't want to be hitting concrete," he pointed out. "Concrete stops you, the barrier gave; but there are definitely issues we have to address." For the record, Earnhardt Jr. actually called for concrete and SAFER barriers in that section of track, saying the Armco barriers were not enough.
"I'd love to have some concrete walls and SAFER barriers but it's a lot of concrete that would have to be put up here," Earnhardt Jr. said during the race's red-flag period that day. "We've been running through guardrails for 50 years, so I don't think they've got them perfected. They do the best they can and we're going way faster here than we used to go and so when the car bounces back out on the race track it's hard to avoid. And you're going to get slung into the guardrail and hit that thing harder than you would expect, but I don't know what else they can do. It would be too expensive to put walls around it and SAFER barriers and all that stuff. You trust in what they're doing and I'm glad nobody is hurt."
Printup indicated after that after the race at The Glen, he flew to International Speedway Corp. headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla., and spent three days working with ISC president John Saunders and the design team to address the issue. "We'll get the University of Nebraska up there, we'll get NASCAR up there, we're going to evaluate everything we can," he said. "We'll do whatever we need to do to make sure it is the safest track we can." While driver input is always a valuable resource when looking at safety innovations, Printup indicated they have to marry that up with the University of Nebraska safety experts, and let them take the lead. Hosting only one NASCAR race a year, Watkins Glen also features a host of other racing series, all of which use "the boot" section of the track that NASCAR does not. Any safety innovations implemented with an eye to the NASCAR weekend will also have implications for the other racing series as well. "There was some curbing there that made the back of that car hop. A lot people can't see it. It's a black-and-white checkered curbing that is about a seven-inch curb rise. So when the car hits it, it pops it up. So that was one thing we have to look real hard at and see if maybe that curbing doesn't need to be there. But for the road-course guys who race the boot, they want that curbing there. So, we have to figure out that happy medium." Serving as track president since June 2009, Printup understands that his lone NASCAR weekend each year has to not only put on a good show on the track, but also be accommodating for everyone involved -- and the results show his team is doing its best to get the job done.(in part from FoxSports)(8-22-2014)
Michigan International Speedway continues on track to a greener Michigan: Michigan International Speedway is waving the green flag, making a commitment with the help of Consumers Energy to match 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy. Officials from the racetrack and from Consumers Energy on Sunday announced plans to improve Michigan's environment through actions at its largest racetrack -- and largest campground. Those include support for renewable energy, a new initiative to plant trees and a commitment by MIS to reduce energy usage. Michigan International Speedway now becomes the largest customer to enroll 100 percent in Consumers Energy's Green Generation program. Close to 20,000 homes and businesses in Michigan participate in Green Generation, contributing each month to purchase power from renewable sources, all made in Michigan.(MIS)(8-18-2014)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Media Center Renamed In Memory Of Marcy Scott: Atlanta Motor Speedway has announced that the infield media center has been named in memory of Marcy Scott, the track's late Director of Marketing & Promotion. The building will be known as the Marcy Scott Media Center. Scott was the Director of Marketing & Promotion for Atlanta Motor Speedway from 2005 until she passed away last November following a lengthy and courageous fight with cancer. She was also the fourth quarter recipient of the NMPA's 2013 Spirit Award. "I cannot think of anything more fitting to name in Marcy's honor than the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center," Atlanta Motor Speedway President & GM Ed Clark said. "Marcy's charisma, passion for racing and overall outlook on life continue to improve all of us at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's very appropriate that many of the same people that hold such a high regard for Marcy will be working out of a building named in her honor while they are at Atlanta Motor Speedway race weekend."(AMS)(8-15-2014)
Harvick Joins Earnhardt In Martinsville Green Flag Experience: Kevin Harvick, the winner of two NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, has been added to the Green Flag Experience prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26. Harvick will join Diet Mountain Dew Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has three wins this season, Jamie McMurray and David Ragan in the question-and-answer portion of the Green Flag Experience. The Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza. In addition to the emceed driver question-and-answer sessions and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, enjoy music, games and prizes along with show cars and simulators, plus doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30. The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-15-2014)
Texas 500 tickets on sale: The new town of No Limits, Texas, officially will be open for business beginning Friday, Aug. 15, as individual tickets go on sale to the general public for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. Beginning at 9:00am/ct, individual frontstretch tickets for the AAA Texas 500 - the eighth race of the revamped 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2 - will be available starting as low as $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 - which also includes Sprint Cup Series qualifying - on Friday, Oct. 31, and the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 1, also will be on sale with prices beginning at $30. Texas Motor Speedway also has created several ticket packages that cater from the novice to the staunch NASCAR fan.(TMS)(8-14-2014)
"Ultimate Viewing Experience Ticket Package" at Talladega How do race fans get one of the best views in all of NASCAR, complete with a device that allows them to get immediate race updates from the palm of their hand, at an unbelievable price? The simple answer - Talladega Superspeedway's "Ultimate Viewing Experience Ticket Package." The package, which includes a 2-Day Tri-Oval Tower ticket (high atop the frontstretch grandstands) for both the Saturday, October 18, fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Sunday, Oct. 19 GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series event, is complete with a FanVision device for only $170.00, a $50 package savings. FanVision allows fans to get an up close and personal feel with world-class live video streaming - video and audio of live race broadcasts, instant replays, scanners to listen directly to driver-team communications, review real-time stats, in-car views with eight different cameras and access to other live-action features.(TSS)(8-13-2014)
Watkins Glen medical center named for Ernie Thurston: Watkins Glen International announced the dedication of their infield care center to area native and long-time safety and emergency services leader, Ernie Thurston. The naming of the Ernie Thurston Medical Center took place Friday morning at a ribbon cutting ceremony. After spending a lifetime in the service of others, Thurston passed away in November. A native of Watkins Glen, NY, Thurston returned to his hometown after serving as an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Shortly after his return, Thurston served as deputy sheriff and fire coordinator for Schuyler County, and held public office as a county legislator. In 1985, Thurston became the Director of Race Operation at Watkins Glen International. Thurston's wealth of knowledge and passion for safety and emergency services lead him to Daytona Beach, FL and International Speedway Corporation headquarters, where he oversaw all race facilities and events as Corporate Coordinator of Track Safety and Emergency Services. After many years of service, Thurston was posthumously named the 2014 Jim Bockoven Lifetime Achievement Award winner by NASCAR. The Jim Bockoven Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contributions of an individual made to the improvement of track services over the course of a career spanning 10 or more years. This award is not awarded annually, therefore the recipient's contributions must be considered to be exemplary.(WGI)(8-9-2014)
Michigan names honorary starter: Pure Michigan announced the results of the Pure Michigan 400 honorary starter contest, naming Lowell Broesamle of Munith, Michigan as the 2014 Pure Michigan 400 honorary starter. Broesamle will wave the green flag at Michigan International Speedway on August 17. Broesamle was nominated by his daughter-in-law Jennifer Broesamle of Gregory, Mich. A long-time NASCAR fan, he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Jennifer Broesamle noted in her entry that people would never know about the diagnosis by his positive outlook. In addition to racing, the Broesamle family enjoys state park camping trips, hunting in the beautiful landscape and fishing in the blue waters of Michigan. As honorary starter, Broesamle will receive a ride in the official pace car for the Pure Michigan 400. He will also attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers' meeting. The Pure Michigan 400 honorary starter contest asked fans to submit entries of 50 words or less explaining why they should be selected as honorary starter. Fans of Pure Michigan voted on their top entries. Broesamle's entry received 1,061 votes and was chosen by Pure Michigan from the 10 entries with the most fan votes.(MIS)(8-9-2014)
Patrick to Take Part in Race Day Q&A at New Hampshire: Whether it's on television or standing behind the pit wall, everyone has the opportunity to see Danica Patrick and her bright green fire suit as she stands on pit road before a NASCAR race. But not everyone has the chance to talk to Danica Patrick moments before she straps into her seat for 300 laps. That exclusive opportunity, however, is available through New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Magic Mile Club, which will welcome Patrick as a special guest prior to the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 21. Patrick will visit with fans and answer questions at the infield-located Magic Mile Club on the morning of the Sylvania 300 - the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Magic Mile Club passes may be purchased for $249 per person, which includes a $49 Laconia Grandstand ticket. Anyone that already has a race ticket may purchase a Magic Mile Club ticket without a race ticket for $200. The Magic Mile Club offers fans the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate VIP Hospitality experience on the morning of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The package includes: Food and Beverage Service, Souvenir Race program, Limited Edition Souvenir, Pre-race Entertainment, Pre-race Pit Pass (a $100 value), Laconia Grandstand Ticket (a $49 value) The Magic Mile Club opens at 8:00am on the morning of the Sylvania 300 at the same time gates open. The club closes at the start of the race and fans will be asked to go to their grandstand seats at that time.(NHMS)(8-8-2014)
Joe Nichols performing pre-race concert at Kansas: Red Bow Records recording artist Joe Nichols will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, on Oct. 5. Nichols, who's current hits include "Yeah" and "Sunny and 75," released his latest studio album in October of last year. Fans are likely familiar with other chart-topping hits of Nichols as well, like "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," and "Gimme That Girl" along with Top Ten hits like "The Impossible," "What's A Guy Gotta Do" and "I'll Wait For You." Over his career, he has new artist awards from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard, and more. He also has four Grammy nominations, a CMA album of the Year nomination and multiple RIAA platinum and gold albums and singles.(Kansas Speedway)(8-7-2014)
Dover introduces Reward Our Troops Program: Dover International Speedway has announced its all-new Reward Our Troops program, a ticket donation initiative that provides individual ticket purchasers or businesses the opportunity to make a contribution toward sending an active member of the military, a Veteran or family members of our fallen heroes to a Sunday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile. Partnering with the Veteran Tickets Foundation, the Speedway will offer each person who purchases tickets to a Sunday race at the Monster Mile the chance to make a monetary donation of their choosing that will go toward a ticket in the Reward Our Troops Program. The Veteran Tickets Foundation will then distribute tickets through www.VetTix.org, free of charge, to the brave men and women that make up our military, and their families. In addition to individual ticket buyers, businesses will also have the opportunity to participate in three tiers - donating 10 tickets for $400, 25 tickets for $1,000 or 65 tickets for $2,600. Anyone that makes a donation will be eligible for a tax write-off, and will receive thank you notes from the military and photos from the event.(Dover Speedway)(8-6-2014)
Janssen Pharmaceuticals partners with Chicagoland for Sprint Cup race: Chicagoland Speedway announced Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the official cardiovascular partner of NASCAR, as the title sponsor of this year's first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The MyAFibStory.com 400 will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in recognition of National AFib Awareness Month, running throughout September. Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition caused by an irregular heartbeat that impacts as many as 2.7 million Americans. AFib increases a person's risk for stroke by up to five times and is the most common serious heart rhythm abnormality in people over the age of 65. Patients with AFib should ensure they talk to their doctor about lowering their risk of stroke and appropriate treatment options. Janssen became involved with NASCAR in an official capacity earlier this year, sponsoring both a NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Auto Club Speedway and Brian Vickers' #55 Toyota, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Cup ride at the Southern California facility.(Chicago Speedway)(7-30-2014)
NASCAR tracks rev up lobbying for tax break: Racetrack owners are revving up their efforts to protect the "NASCAR tax break" from critics who portray it as pure corporate pork. The provision, which allows motor sports tracks to use a shorter depreciation schedule, is among the more than 50 tax preferences that expired at the end of 2013 after Congress failed to pass a so-called "extenders" bill. Fiscal watchdogs say the motor sports tax break, enacted in 2004, is the kind of narrow giveaway that gives the U.S. tax code a bad name, and lump it in with other extenders provisions that support the Puerto Rican rum industry and thoroughbred horses. With that in mind, motor sports officials have accelerated their own lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill to battle back against a shorthand - "NASCAR tax break" - they say is misleading. John Saunders, the president of the International Speedway Corporation (ISC), acknowledged that motor sports advocates have a tough fight against "a sexy sound bite."
"It's an asterisk in the extenders, yet it gets all this attention, mischaracterized," said Saunders, whose company owns the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and about a dozen other NASCAR tracks. Congress is expected to restore at least some of the expired tax provisions by the end of the year, and motor sports companies are employing high-priced K Street talent to help them land in the winner's circle. There are roughly 1,200 auto racetracks in the U.S., according to industry advocates, the vast majority of which are small, local operations that aren't affiliated with the big leagues of NASCAR. Allowing those tracks to write off costs over a seven-year span lets them pour money back into their businesses, racetrack advocates say, spurring economic growth in individual communities around the country.(see full article at The Hill)(7-16-2014)
Daytona installs more SAFER barrier; new crossover gates: Daytona International Speedway has installed 2,400 linear feet of new SAFER barrier and six new crossover gates in time for this weekend's NASCAR racing. SAFER barrier now lines the Speedway's outside retaining wall from the entrance of Turn 3 at the backstretch to the exit of Turn 2, plus the majority of interior retaining walls. "After each event, we sit down and talk to NASCAR about things we need to improve on and SAFER barrier is always on that list," Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said. "We added 1,900 linear feet in 2010 as part of the track repave. "What we decided to do after consulting with NASCAR was install this (additional) SAFER barrier. This is Daytona and we want to make advances where we can." Meanwhile, the Speedway's frontstretch crossover gates have all been converted to the new ramp-style design, which replaces the movable staircases. The track employed the new ramp design for two crossover gates during Speedweeks. The ramp allows for faster foot traffic to and from the main grandstands."They exceeded expectations," Chitwood said. "It will really help our fan movement from the grandstands to the football field (tri-oval grass). It will enhance the property."(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(7-2-2014)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will delay apron project: Seldom has an eight-foot-wide stretch of asphalt been so anticipated and yet so delayed. But as preparations build for next month's NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track officials have decided another year must pass without the apron, the proposed racing room below the white boundary line in each corner. The reason: NASCAR officials want time to study the effects of changes made to the track. The Brickyard 400 is July 27. IMS had planned to begin apron installation June 9, the day after its vintage car weekend, but NASCAR thought that was too late. "They asked if we could postpone (the project) so they could test it," IMS president Doug Boles said Tuesday. "We said, 'That makes sense; we understand that.' " Boles said the heavy Indiana winter delayed several IMS projects, including the installation the asphalt sections totaling more than a mile in length. With spring-like weather late to arrive, IMS officials didn't want to risk the added surface not being ready for Indianapolis 500 activities in May.(Indianapolis Star)(6-25-2014)
Green Flag Experience available at Martinsville: For the first time fans will have the opportunity to watch driver introductions from the track prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway. The rare on-track opportunity for driver intros is the premier portion of the new Green Flag Experience which will also include a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza. The Green Flag Experience on October 26 will include everything from driver question-and-answer sessions from a stage under the tent and show cars at The Plaza to pre-race availability to walk the frontstretch of the track along with a presence at driver introductions. Diet Mountain Dew Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., a two-time winner this season, is scheduled for an emceed question-and-answer session in The Plaza, along with seven-time Sprint Cup winner Jamie McMurray and David Ragan, winner of two Sprint Cup races. Other drivers and racing personalities will be announced soon.
The Green Flag Experience, which costs just $30, includes:
· Opportunity to watch driver introductions from the track
· Emceed driver Q&A sessions
· Doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice
· Music, games and prizes in both areas
· Show cars and simulators
· Access to the frontstretch of the track
· Photo opportunity in the flag stand
The driver question-and-answer sessions, food, music, games and prizes and show cars and simulators will be held in The Plaza from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The track will open for fans purchasing The Green Flag Experience at 9:15 and will remain open until the finish of driver introductions. The Plaza is located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. The $30 charge for The Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger. Ticket prices for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger begin at just $37. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-24-2014)
Austin Mahone to hold pre-race concert at Chicago: Chicagoland Speedway announced 18-year-old pop sensation Austin Mahone as the Grand Marshal and pre-race entertainment for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, Sept. 14. In addition to Mahone's hour-long concert, race fans at Chicagoland Speedway can catch live musical entertainment throughout the entire weekend in Champions Park, which also features sponsor displays, delicious food and beverage offerings and the Kids Zone for racing's youngest fans. Chicagoland Speedway will host the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this September - the first of ten 'playoff' style NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2014 championship. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway)(6-23-2014)
Ford extends sponsorship of Homestead race thru 2019: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that there is a Ford in their future. Ford Motor Company has extended its partnership with the South Florida motorsports facility in a multi-year deal. Ford Motor Company has been the official entitlement sponsor of Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2002. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer, Ford Executive Vice President and President of the Americas Joseph Hinrichs, and Director of Ford Racing Jamie Allison made the announcement. The partnership was announced at Michigan International Speedway. Ford Motor Company's agreement with Homestead-Miami Speedway is a five-year deal with an option to renew for an additional five years. Other details were not disclosed. Ford will continue to introduce fans to its award-winning product line, such as F Series trucks, Mustang, Explorer and Fusion through a 20,000-square-foot display during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 14-16. Ford also uses the official pace car program as an opportunity to showcase its latest products, and will announce the unique pace vehicle for the Ford EcoBoost 400 later this year. The Ford EcoBoost 400 will again serve as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race (HMS)
AND from a Ford Racing Q&A Session in part:
Q) IS THERE A GUARANTEE FROM NASCAR THAT THIS WILL REMAIN THE FINALE FOR TRUCK, NATIONWIDE AND CUP THROUGH 2019?
HMS's Becherer: "We've spent the better part of a year renegotiating this extension and we would not have expended the time and energy that we did had we thought there was any chance that the championship could be leaving Miami in the near future. Now having said that, obviously there are a number of stakeholders that would have to weigh in to a decision of that magnitude. The loudest voice in that conversation is NASCAR's, but the reality is we would not have gone down the path we did if we thought there was a chance that it would leave. And frankly it shouldn't leave."(Ford Racing)(6-16-2014)
57th Annual Daytona 500 Tickets On Sale: Tickets to NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22 - went on sale Tuesday, June 10. Tickets for the Daytona 500 start at $65. For the third straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for Budweiser Speedweeks 2015:
· 57th Daytona: Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all backstretch grandstand seats while supplies last. Children 12 and under are also free in the Sprint Fanzone
· All other Budweiser Speedweeks events: Children 12 and under are $10 in reserved grandstands and free in general admission areas and in the Sprint Fanzone.
In addition to the 57th annual Daytona 500, tickets for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events will be available for purchase including the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Budweiser Duel, The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona and Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAV TV American Real doubleheader and Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger. Race fans can also pre-purchase weekend infield camping for The Sprint Unlimited weekend; Rolex 24 At Daytona infield car parking packages; and hospitality packages and Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE passes for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events. Race fans have three different ways to purchase tickets:
· Online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com
· Calling 1-800-PITSHOP
· Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.(DIS)(6-10-2014)
Virginia Lottery Pole Day Sponsor For Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500: The Virginia Lottery will sponsor pole day at Martinsville Speedway for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Virginia Lottery Pole Day is scheduled for Friday, October 24 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will qualify for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia's public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. Tickets to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(6-5-2014)
NASCAR ticket sales see smaller drop in 2013: Ticket revenues at NASCAR tracks continued to decline in 2013, but at a slower rate than in previous years, federal security filings show. Attendance at NASCAR's three publicly traded companies - which host 35 of the 38 race weekends (36 points races and two special events) - dropped for a sixth consecutive year:
" Admission revenue at Charlotte-based Speedway Motorsports Inc., fell 8.6% to $106 million. That's an improvement from an 11% decline in 2012.
" International Speedway Corp., the country's largest track operator and owner of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, lost 4.6% of its admission revenue to $129.8 million after losing 6% in 2012.
" Delaware's Dover Motorsports, which lost nearly a quarter of its admissions revenue for its two NASCAR race weekends in 2012, had a decline of 8.7% to $9.5 million.
Overall, revenues of $245.4 million are down 47% from their peak of $467.4 million in 2007.(in part from the Charlotte Observer)(5-24-2014)
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