Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (108 races held)
Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 5 (25)
Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (108)
Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (112)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (14)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (111)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (136)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 9 (90)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (16)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (21)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (18)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 2 (4)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (18)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (132)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (91)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (40)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 6 (37)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (74)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (117)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (26)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (91)
Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (28)
Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart - 4 (31)
Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
Daytona International Speedway 136 races (since 1959)
Martinsville Speedway 132 (since 1949)
Richmond International Raceway 117 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 112 (since 1960)
Darlington Speedway 111 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 108 (since 1961)
Atlanta Motor Speedway 108 (since 1960)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
Michigan International Speedway, 91 (since 1969)
Talladega Superspeedway, 91 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 90 (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 Gordon has won on 24 of the 25 tracks he has raced at in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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 -- 92 -- 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
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade returns to Thursday night in Vegas: Lights, haulers, action. The immensely popular NASCAR Hauler Parade, which signals the start of NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will return to its traditional Thursday date this year. Approximately 50 bright and colorful NASCAR haulers will roll through the vibrant lights of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip on the evening of March 5 starting at 6:00pm. The parade route will stretch for nearly five miles, beginning at the historic Welcome to Las Vegas sign and heading north on Las Vegas Boulevard before ending at Sahara Avenue, where the haulers will jump onto Interstate 15 toward Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The parade, which is free of charge, will be visible for race fans on both sides of the Strip and from any of the hotels and casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard. The superspeedway's NASCAR weekend will begin with Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday, March 6 - highlighted by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 4:45pm. The Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 will be the featured event on Saturday, March 7 at 1:00pm, while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 caps off the weekend on Sunday, March 8 at 12:30pm. Tickets for NASCAR Weekend are on sale at www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444. Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 preferred parking and driver introduction passes also are available.(LVMS)(3-3-2015)
LVMS expecting smooth vehicle flow for NASCAR Weekend: Officials at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have worked diligently with local and county representatives to make vehicle flow into and out of the 1.5-mile superspeedway an easier and more efficient process. The upcoming NASCAR weekend should put that on full display, as the speedway prepares to welcome more than 100,000 rabid fans to Sunday's Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Speedway officials recommend fans head to the track early and also remember that Sunday at 2 a.m. is Daylight Savings Time and everyone needs to turn their clocks ahead one hour.
The speedway also will put more emphasis on exiting from all lots. Speedway officials will have three gates dedicated to the Lucky 7 Preferred Lot for the first hour following the races on Saturday and Sunday. All fans parked in the Blue Lot can exit through the remaining gates until Lot 7 is cleared. Once Lot 7 is empty, all gates will be opened to those parked in the Blue Lot.
"We obviously want to do all that we can to create a smooth flow of vehicles in and out of our parking areas," said LVMS president Chris Powell. "Little things like planning to arrive early, remembering to move clocks ahead one hour and patience when exiting are ways all race fans can help us achieve that goal. We also have a very strong responsibility to our fans that purchase parking passes to accelerate their ability to leave quicker. Like last year, we recommend purchasing a Lot 7 pass or using mass transportation as alternatives."
Traffic updates will be provided on Sunday, March 8 via the LVMS Twitter feed (@lvmotorspeedway) and radio on KBAD AM-920.
Race Day Shuttles, which began service during the 2013 race season, is the preferred means of mass transportation from downtown and the Strip. To book this service, fans can log on to www.racedayshuttles.com or call (702) 362-0264.
For those wishing to take a private charter to the races, LVMS recommends Key Tours. Key Tours has been providing service to the speedway for several years. Key Tours can be contacted at www.keytourslv.com or (800) 261-2691. All buses and taxis will have dedicated exit lanes following the events.
Counterfeit handicapped placards have been an issue in the past, and speedway security will continue to monitor and examine the authenticity of such passes on every vehicle. Fans also will have the ability to use the speedway's video assist feature, which shows preferred entry points and exits. The video can be found online at www.lvms.com.
For more information on the traffic plan and links, go to lvms.com. Tickets for all events, Neon Garage passes and Lucky 7 parking permits are on sale at lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444.(LVMS)(3-3-2015)
Nickelodeon announces Entitlement Sponsorship of SpongeBob SquarePants 400: Nickelodeon announced that it is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, May 9 at Kansas Speedway dubbed the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. The SpongeBob SquarePants 400, which will be broadcasted on 7:30pm/et on FOX Sports 1, will feature a weekend of Bikini Bottom-themed activities and fun for the entire family.
"The SpongeBob SquarePants 400 gives Nickelodeon the opportunity to expand its relationship with NASCAR, while working with a best-in-class track to give fans a unique, engaging and high-quality race experience that the whole family can enjoy," said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products, Nickelodeon Group. "Nickelodeon has embarked on some great initiatives with NASCAR over the last 10 years, sponsoring and participating in marquee racing events that have resonated with motorsports fans across the country."
"I'm excited to partner with Nickelodeon for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 on May 9," said Patrick Warren, Kansas Speedway President. "This is a great opportunity for us to engage SpongeBob fans of all ages to racing with a great partner."
Also at the speedway, attendees will be able to enjoy some pre-Mother's Day fun in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, which will be located in the Kansas Speedway Fan Zone. The area will feature appearances from the SpongeBob SquarePants costumed characters, a SpongeBob SquarePants photo station and more.
Nickelodeon has a long-standing relationship with NASCAR, teaming up with the motorsports giant on several programming and racing events. On the track, the network has sponsored the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC in 2004; participated in the Bank of America 500 week in 2012; and brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014. NASCAR has also contributed talent and content to Nickelodeon programming such as the Kids' Choice Awards (Danica Patrick, 2012 and 2013), Kids' Choice Sports Awards (Danica Patrick, 2014), Team Umizoomi (Jeff Gordon, 2012), Hammer Down (2014) and an upcoming Bubble Guppies episode (Jimmie Johnson, premiering in 2015).
Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2 - 11 for more than 13 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob is seen in over 185 countries and translated in more than 50 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.(VMG/Nickelodeon/Kansas Speedway)(3-2-2015)
Jeff Gordon pushing forward on Fort Erie track: Representatives from Jeff Gordon say they remain committed towards the development of the $400 million Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie. Pending approvals from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Province of Ontario, officials expect to file this spring for the necessary permits to resume construction for the massive track complex along Bowen Road and just off of the Queen Elizabeth Way. The track, whose centerpiece is a Gordon-designed signature speedway, could see its first race take place by 2017. "Jeff has very precise and intimate ideas on how he wants the CMS oval designed and built," said John Bickford Sr., Jeff Gordon Inc. vice president and general manager. Bickford is Gordon's stepfather. Billed as a motorsport innovation park, Canadian Motor Speedway will have a 3/4 mile banked oval track and a 2-mile graded road course. The grandstand will hold 60,000 race fans plus an enclosed club seat section for another 5,000 fans and 40 luxury suites.(Buffalo Busniess First)
AND For the $400-million Canadian Motor Speedway to keep moving forward changes need to be made at QEW-Bowen Rd. interchange. "That overpass at Bowen Rd., does need to be upgraded," said CMS spokesman Erik Tomas. "But because it's going to be the main access and egress point to the speedway development, meetings are being conducted with the Ministry of Transportation to determine what has to go there, and whether that will be a two or four-lane design." Tomas said the track has spent a large sum of money on traffic studies, and even though there will be about 60,000 people in the stands initially for auto-racing events, it might not be necessarily to have an expensive four-lane interchange. The track might be able to do it with two lanes.(Niagara Falls Review)(2-28-2015)
Chris Banker Joins Watkins Glen as Public Relations Manager: Watkins Glen International announced the addition of Chris Banker as Public Relations Manager, effective immediately. Banker comes to WGI by way of New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., where he served as Manager of Communications for the past two years. Banker will be assigned a wide range of responsibilities in his new role at The Glen. His primary duties will include drafting press releases, managing the media credential process, pitching media on story opportunities, and scheduling on-air appearances with local and regional affiliates for drivers and WGI staff. During event weekends, Banker will assist with the operation of the WGI media center along with pre- and post-race activities. "We are excited to welcome Chris to the Watkins Glen International team and know he will be a valuable asset to us moving forward," WGI President Michael Printup said. A 2012 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, Banker earned a degree in Public Relations. His previous experience also includes time with Comcast Spectacor, a sports and entertainment firm in Philadelphia, PA.(WGI)(2-26-2015)
ISC to review safety at all facilities: Statement from International Speedway Corporation (ISC) President John Saunders:
"Beginning with our two superspeedway motorsports entertainment facilities, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, ISC is developing a significant plan for the installation of additional impact-absorbing technologies including but not limited to SAFER barriers (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction). We will utilize all available tools to ensure the safety of the drivers and our fans. It will remain our top priority. A thorough review of our other ISC facilities will continue with the focus to prioritize each track's most critical areas first. This includes but is not limited to our upcoming races at Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. ISC is working very closely with NASCAR and industry experts to identify areas for additional safety protections. As we finalize our plans, we will communicate them to the drivers and necessary stakeholders ahead of our races at each ISC facility."(ISC)(2-24-2015)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Statement on Protective Barriers: Following discussions yesterday between Atlanta Motor Speedway and NASCAR officials and a subsequent review of the existing SAFER barriers at the facility, AMS will add a number of additions to its existing barrier system. The protective wall at the exit of pit road near Turn 1 will be extended, and a tire barrier will be added along the inside wall of Turn 4 to offer supplementary safety protection. The installations will add a total of 130 linear feet of additional protective barrier prior to this weekend's NASCAR events. Further review regarding future installation of additional SAFER barriers at the facility will take place following Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Atlanta Motor Speedway is dedicated to providing the safest possible facility for its fans and drivers.(AMS)(2-24-2015)
Nashville Superspeedway sale deadline extended for fifth time: The closing deadline on the sale of Nashville Superspeedway in Wilson County by Dover Motorsports to NeXovation Inc. has been extended to March 27, according to recent filing. NeXovation Inc. announced in May an agreement to purchase the race track from Dover and its subsidiary Nashville Speedway U.S.A. Inc. for nearly $46 million - $27 million in cash and the assumption of about $18.8 million in bond obligations owed to Wilson County. It's the fifth time the closing has been extended. The most recent deadline had been set for Feb. 25. NeXovation has already paid $1.7 million in non-refundable payments that will be applied to the purchase price. The filing Dover filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission states NeXovation paid $200,000 for the latest extension, which is non-refundable, but will not be applied toward the purchase price. NeXovation has now paid $400,000 total for the last two deadline extensions, that is nonrefundable and won't be refunded nor applied to the purchase price.(Tennessean)(2-24-2015)
Kentucky Speedway adding SAFER barriers to walls: Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger says track officials have long considered adding more Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barriers to the Sparta, Ky., track's walls. "And then with what happened to Kyle Busch, it ratcheted up the urgency," Simendinger said Monday. Simendinger said Monday that by this July's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend, his track plans to add the so-called soft to its back stretch. "Sometimes you have to see what can possibly happen before you realize that you've got a problem that needs to be corrected," Simendinger said. "Obviously it's an expensive thing to do. It takes time. But it's something we're committed to. I've always said safety is our No. 1 thing, so that's what we're going to do assuming we can get the work done between now and our races," set for July 9-11. Already, SAFER barriers cover Kentucky's entry to corners through exits -- spots consultants deemed most likely to result in contact with race cars. Along the backstretch, the new walls could catch spinning cars off Turn 2. Ultimately, Simendinger says that "as an industry" NASCAR-sanctioned tracks will eventually cover every inch of exposed concrete wall. But it comes at a hefty cost -- approximately $500 per square foot. "It's something we work hand-in-hand with NACAR and their consultants on," he said. "...But there's not that many people that make SAFER barriers, so we've got to make sure we can get it, get it installed and do it properly."(Courier Journal)(2-24-2015)
Talladega adding SAFER barriers after Kyle Busch crash: Two days after Kyle Busch -- one of NASCAR's biggest stars -- broke his leg and foot in a head-on crash into a concrete wall at Daytona International Speedway, the president of the facility's sister track said more SAFER barriers will be installed before it hosts racing in May. "We'll look at our facility and reassess how we can make it better for the competitors as we've done with the catchfences and other things over the past 20 years," Talladega Superspeedway president Grant Lynch told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "I think based upon what happened ... there will be a big focus on Talladega," Lynch said. At 2.66 miles, Talladega -- located about 55 miles east of Birmingham, Ala. -- is the biggest oval track in NASCAR and one of the fastest speedways in the world. Violent, multi-car crashes are practically staples of racing at the facility, which hosts two NASCAR weekends each year. Its 2015 dates are May 1-3 and Oct. 23-25. "I think we've put more (SAFER barriers) up than anybody, but that stands to reason because we're the biggest track with the most inside and outside walls," Lynch said. "We're certainly near the top percentage-wise for our company (International Speedway Corp., which owns 12 venues). Lynch said he didn't know what percentage of Talladega's walls is barrier-protected now. "As we've seen unusual wrecks happen, we've added more as we go," he said. "This is another opportunity to say, 'Let's ratchet it up again and take a good, hard look at the safety factors and see where we need it.' "(USA Today)(2-24-2015)
Florida Power & Light and Daytona to add Major Solar Installation to DAYTONA Rising Project: Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced plans to install commercial-scale distributed solar power at the "World Center of Racing," complementing the ongoing $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The plan comprises the installation of more than 5,000 solar panels on multiple canopy-like structures that will offer areas of shade for race fans while generating zero-emissions energy. The solar panels will be located outside the frontstretch, in the Sprint FANZONE and in one of the Speedway's parking lots. The electricity generated will help power the Speedway's operations and FPL's 4.7 million customers via the grid. FPL is a subsidiary of Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc., the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the Official Renewable Energy Provider of both Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. As part of a long-term partnership agreement, NextEra Energy Resources is continuing its entitlement sponsorship of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race that is held annually during Budweiser Speedweeks.
When the installation is complete, DIS will rank fifth-largest among U.S. professional sports facilities for solar energy capacity, according to data from the Solar Energy Installers Association. The project's total generating capacity is expected to be approximately 1.7 megawatts, making it one of the largest distributed solar installations in Florida. The clean energy generated by the installation will prevent the emission of an estimated 2,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year - equivalent to an average vehicle driving 2,000,000 laps around Daytona International Speedway. FPL plans to begin construction on the solar installation by this fall, with the goal of connecting it to the grid by the end of the year. The installation will include high-tech data-gathering equipment that will provide FPL with real-time and long-term data to help the company continue incorporating more solar power into the grid in the future.(DIS)(2-21-2015)
Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Extends Hours: In an effort to give fans even more flexibility when it comes purchasing tickets for the STP 500, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office is extending its hours. With race day just six weeks away, the Martinsville Speedway ticket office will be open on Saturdays beginning this week to give fans more opportunity to drop by the track and pick out their seats for the March 29 race. Beginning Feb. 21, the speedway ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Martinsville Speedway ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fans have many great deals to choose from for the STP 500, including:
The Family Four Pack: With the Family Four Pack, a family of four can attend the STP 500 for just $110. The Family Four Pack includes two adult seats and two youth 12 and under seats in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 6-14.
Youth and Teen Prices: Tickets for youth 12 and under are just $15 in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 15-52. Teen tickets (ages 13-17) in the same area are $25. Youth and teen ticket prices are good with the purchase of an adult ticket to the STP 500.
Tickets for youth 12 and under are just $5 to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on March 28 and youth are admitted free to Virginia Lottery Pole Day on March 27. Adult tickets for the Kroger 250 are $30 in advance and $35 on race day.
Adult ticket prices for the STP 500 start at $45. Seats in the Bill France Tower are only $50.
In addition to buying tickets at the track, tickets to the STP 500 on March 29, the Kroger 250 on March 28 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on March 27 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or purchased online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(2-17-2015)
Race Fever scratched in Corning NY: Race Fever, the annual block party on Corning's Bridge Street that kicks off NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Watkins Glen International - won't be held anymore, the Gaffer District announced Friday. A new event on Bridge Street, to be called Taste of Summer, will replace it on the city's downtown event schedule. Taste of Summer will be held July 23. Race Fever was discontinued due to the "exorbitant cost" of booking Sprint Cup drivers to sign autographs, Gaffer District officials said. Without the appearances by NASCAR stars, the crowds began to dwindle. Race Fever couldn't have been held this summer anyway, due to construction on the city's planned $465,000 "traffic-calming" project on Bridge Street. The project, expected to begin Aug. 1, will include pedestrian safety improvements and streetscaping. Race Fever was usually held during the second week of August. This year would have been the 30th Race Fever. The event - which featured show cars and NASCAR memorabilia vendors - began in 1985 after NASCAR returned to Watkins Glen. For many years, it was held on Market Street. During the height of its popularity, open containers of alcohol were allowed on the streets. The discontinuing of Race Fever may impact Corning Meals on Wheels, a volunteer-run non-profit that delivers daily meals to homebound seniors.(Corning Leader)(2-15-2015)
Tickets for April Texas race on sale: Texas Motor Speedway announced that individual tickets for April's Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend as well as pre-race concert passes for the Casey Donahew Band go on sale Friday. Beginning at 9:00am/ct Friday, individual tickets for the Duck Commander 500 - the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series nighttime race of the season set for Saturday, April 11 - start as low as $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets for the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 10, also will be available beginning at $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. AMDRO Pre-Race LogoThe Casey Donahew Band will open the festivities for the Duck Commander 500as the headliner for the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show presented by AMDRO. The Texas Country band will take to the stage at 4:45 p.m. for aone-hour concert. The Duck Commander 500 will begin at 6:30 pm/et. Fans can purchase a special $79 "mosh pit" ticket for the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show presented by AMDRO, providing them exclusive stage-side access for the concert and access to the driver introduction stage. The "mosh pit" ticket must be accompanied by a Duck Commander 500 grandstand ticket. To purchase tickets or for additional information, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(2-13-2015)
Disney Speedway to close: Walt Disney World Speedway will close in late June to make way for transportation improvements. The Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Exotic Driving Experience will no longer operate at at WDWS. "Disney has other uses for the property, and they have the right to do that, and we respect that," said Bill Scott, executive vice president of attractions operator Petty Holdings LLC. "It's not without some sadness that we leave Walt Disney World Speedway. We had a great home here." Disney would not provide details on what transportation projects would require the speedway's closure. The speedway lies south of the Magic Kingdom parking lot and west of World Drive. Petty Holdings informed employees Wednesday afternoon about the closure. It has about 70 people working at the speedway, including instructors, photographers and people who check in visitors. The target date for closure is June 28.(Orlando Sentinel)
Petty Holdings Statement: Petty Holdings, operator of Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience, confirmed that starting July 1, they will no longer operate their experiences out of the Walt Disney World Speedway. Walt Disney World has plans to use the land to make transportation improvements. "Our main focus at this moment is taking care of our staff and preparing them for the upcoming transition," said Petty Holdings Vice President Bill Scott. "Any reserved guests prior to July 1 will have the same fantastic experience that we have delivered since 1997 at Walt Disney World Speedway." Anyone booked after June 30 for Richard Petty Driving Experience or Exotic Driving Experience can call 1.800.237.3889 to reschedule their experience at any of their 14 locations nationwide - including the location at Daytona International Speedway. Petty Holdings currently has plans in process for exotics and stock car programs in Orlando.(2-12-2015)
Marcus Smith now CEO of SMI: The board of directors for Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has named O. Bruton Smith as executive chairman and Marcus G. Smith as chief executive officer in a realignment of executive officers, the board announced Wednesday. O. Bruton Smith, who has served as chairman and chief executive officer since Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s initial public offering in 1995, will report directly to the board of directors, working closely with the board and the chief executive officer to engage in the overall leadership and strategic direction of the company, guide senior management, coordinate activities of the board and communicate with the company's key stakeholders. In an expanded role, Marcus G. Smith, who has served as Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s president and chief operating officer since 2008, will work closely with the executive chairman to manage day-to-day operations of the company, provide overall leadership and strategic direction and communicate with key stakeholders. Smith will maintain his roles and titles of president of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, positions he has held since 2008. The realignment, approved Wednesday by the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. board of directors, is effective immediately.(Speedway Motorsports)(2-12-2015)
Axalta to sponsor Phoenix XFINITY race: Phoenix International Raceway announced that Axalta Coating Systems will be recognized as the title sponsor of the track's March NASCAR XFINITY Series race. The Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200, a two-year entitlement, will officially kick off the NASCAR XFINITY series at PIR on Saturday, March 14 at 1:00pm local time. Axalta Coating Systems will be the official automotive and industrial paint of PIR. The leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, Axalta has a long history in the racing industry. In addition to being the sponsor of the #24 Axalta Chevy SS, driven by Jeff Gordon, Axalta is also the official paint supplier of Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing. The primer base coat is also used for JR Motorsports XFINITY cars, Kyle Busch Motorsports XFINITY cars and Kasey Kahne's dirt track sprint car.(PIR)(2-11-2015)
Aurora, Colorado considering change that could help racetrack developers: An Aurora racetrack has been unthinkable for years thanks to a rule that prohibits the city from offering financial incentives to a racetrack developer. That could finally change. The ordinance, which dates back to 1999, does the city no favors, says Councilwoman Sally Mounier. That's why she is proposing a referendum for the 2016 election that would ask Aurora voters to repeal the rule. Mounier said she's not motivated to put the issue on the ballot because she's been approached by a developer about a potential raceway in the city. "I'm doing this because I think it's the right thing to do, and the timing seems to be right," she says. "I think the (city) charter is not a place to discriminate against a particular business." She introduced the idea at city council's Management and Finance committee meeting Jan. 28 where it was unanimously approved by city council committee members. In 1999, a citizen group named Concerned Residents Against Speedway Havoc was successful in convincing voters to pass a November ballot initiative preventing the city from providing "indirect or direct subsidies" to any type of motor racetrack. "Those things are just huge, expensive to build," said Mayor Steve Hogan of the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to build speedways on the scale of the Indianapolis 500. "At some point in time if there were a serious proposal to get something like that into the area, it would be nice for Aurora to be able to cooperate with other interests to make it happen rather than saying we've got the land, but we can't help you. I think most council members then and now understand that if there ever were to be a NASCAR facility in the metro area, the best place would be on the east side of the metro area, and that's Aurora," he said. The International Speedway Corp., which owns and operates numerous NASCAR tracks across the country, announced in 2007 its intent to build a racetrack in the Denver area. Aurora became one of the likely candidates, with a parcel near the High Point development in far north Aurora near Denver International Airport, and another east of that site near Watkins. That project never came to fruition because of the economic downturn.(Aurora Sentinel)(2-10-2015)
GEICO sponsoring spring Talladega race: The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama roars back into action May 1-3. The GEICO 500 will serve as the anchor event of an exciting spring weekend that will also feature the Winn-Dixie 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA event on Friday, May 1. "GEICO is an incredible partner which continues to show their support of our facility with tremendous activation to promote both the GEICO 500 and Talladega Superspeedway. We can't wait for the first weekend in May!" said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "We are excited to have a great partner like Talladega Superspeedway and the opportunity to sponsor a spectacular race like the GEICO 500," said Ted Ward, GEICO Vice President. "NASCAR is a great market for our customers and the GEICO 500 attracts over a hundred thousand passionate fans from all across the country who come to take in the action and excitement that the weekend brings." Last year's spring Cup classic at the 2.66-mile venue proved to be a pivotal event in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as Denny Hamlin claimed the checkered flag and a spot in the title battle in which he finished third. This year's GEICO 500 will be the 10th event on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.(Talladega Superspeedway)(2-5-2015)
Sonoma Raceway Track Pass Now on Sale: Ever dreamed of driving your car around the Sonoma Raceway road course or of enjoying a VIP experience during race weekend? Sonoma Raceway will offer all that and more for the upcoming race season with the 2015 Track Pass. The Track Pass, which includes reserved-seat tickets to all major events at Sonoma Raceway, is the ultimate ticket package for race season. Not only will you enjoy an exclusive track-lap day in your own vehicle and a VIP Lot 2 season-long parking pass, you'll also secure the best seats for all six major events in 2015, including NASCAR's annual visit to Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 26-28), the NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 21-Aug. 2) and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar® Series season finale (Aug. 28-30). The 2015 calendar also includes the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (May 30-31), NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel (July 24-26) and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge (Oct. 3-4). The Track Pass is valued at nearly $1,000, but you can get yours for just $379. A limited number of VIP Lot 2 parking passes are available, so purchase early to ensure your VIP parking spot. There is a limit of one parking pass per account with the purchase of up to four Track Passes. Purchases of six or more Track Passes are eligible for one parking pass per pair of tickets. To find out more about the Track Pass, contact the Sonoma Raceway Ticket Office at 800-870-RACE (7223) (Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm), via live chat through www.racesonoma.com or by email at email@example.com.(Sonoma Raceway)(2-5-2015)
Jimmie Johnson to appear at Martinsville Green Flag Experience: NASCAR fans want access to the biggest names in the sport and Martinsville Speedway is doing its part to ensure that happens. First it was Dale Jr., now it's Jimmie Johnson. When the six-time champion returns to NASCAR's shortest track for the STP 500 on March 29, fans will have the opportunity to see him at the Green Flag Experience. Johnson has joined Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the second driver to take part in the race morning tradition. Johnson will participate in a question and answer session for Green Flag Experience ticket holders before the start of the STP 500. The Green Flag Experience also gives fans the chance to watch driver introductions from the track, along with a morning full of fun and excitement on the track and under the large tent in The Plaza, located on the hill behind the souvenir display area. In addition to the emceed question-and-answer sessions with well-known NASCAR personalities and driver introductions, the Green Flag Experience offers fans the opportunity to walk the frontstretch on race morning, photo opportunities in the flag stand and mock victory lane, enjoy music, sign the start/finish line, games and prizes along with show cars and doughnuts, Danishes, coffee and juice. The cost of the Green Flag Experience is $30. The driver question-and-answer sessions, food, music, games and prizes, and show cars will be held in The Plaza from 8:00am until 12:00pm. The track portion will open at 9:15 and will remain open until the finish of driver introductions. The $30 charge for the Green Flag Experience does not include a ticket for the STP 500.(Martinsville Speedway)(2-4-2015)
Fan hit by cable at Coca-Cola 600 sues Fox Sports, CMS: A fan who says he was injured when an overhead camera cable snapped and whipsawed in the grandstand during the 2013 Coca-Cola 600 has filed suit against Fox Sports and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Patrick Carpenter filed suit last week in civil court in Randolph County saying he was injured and scarred on his right arm and shoulder after the synthetic cable fell and was then snagged by passing race cars on the track. Patrick said he suffered permanent impairment of his right arm. Fox and the speedway declined to comment on the suit. Carpenter, represented by Michael Lewis and D. Stuart Punger of Winston-Salem, said in the suit that Fox and the speedway were negligent in not better inspecting and protecting spectators from the overhead cable and camera rig, called a CamCat. Carpenter was seated in the grandstand near Turn 4 when the accident occurred on Lap 121 of the May 26, 2013, race. About 10 people were treated after the accident. Carpenter is the first to file a suit. Fox suspended use of the camera rig at Sprint races and conducted an investigation into what occurred, although the remains of the cable were in poor condition after they were ensnared by 19 cars. Results of the investigation are not being made public because of litigation, said Fox spokesman Lou D'Ermilio. Carpenter's suit seeks more than $10,000 in damages.(Charlotte Observer)(2-3-2015)
The Voice Winner Craig Wayne Boyd to Highlight Kobalt 400 Pre-race: Craig Wayne Boyd will put a smile on race fans' faces prior to the start of the Kobalt 400 on March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The most recent winner of The Voice, Boyd will perform during pre-race festivities for the 18th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at LVMS. Boyd, who recently made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, will play a 15-minute set, including his hit single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" just prior to driver introductions. Boyd is making his mark in Las Vegas as he is also opening for the nine-show Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! residency, which runs from February 25-March 14 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Rascal Flatts will perform the national anthem prior to the start of the Kobalt 400. Tickets for all events remain available. Fans also may purchase driver introduction passes, which will allow them closer access to all pre-race activities, including the performance by Craig Wayne Boyd.(LVMS)(2-3-2015)
Martinsville Speedway's Mike Smith Recognized for "Helping Others": For Mike Smith the role of Director of Public Relations at Martinsville Speedway is one in which he always goes the extra mile to ensure everyone, from fans to media, leaves the track having a positive experience. His hard work does not go unnoticed. Smith was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Ken Patterson Helping Others Award by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA), in conjunction with Talladega Superspeedway, at the NMPA's annual awards dinner. "Ken Patterson set the standard in working with the media and I'm beyond humbled to receive the award that honors his legacy. I'm very fortunate to work with a team at Martinsville Speedway that appreciates the media and understands their importance in what we do," Smith said. "When I was in the newspaper business, our track's founder H. Clay Earles always told me that next to race fans, the press was the most important people a track works for. It's a philosophy that I hold close." Named for the former Talladega Superspeedway Director of Public Relations Ken Patterson, the award recognizes a public relations representative in the motorsports industry who has exhibited the kind, generous qualities that Patterson always demonstrated. Patterson died in 2004 from complications of myelodysplasia syndrome. In addition to the award, Talladega Superspeedway will donate $1,000 in Smith's name to the Ken Patterson Educational Trust Fund.(Martinsville-Speedway)(2-3-2015)
Darlington announces commemorative ticket design: With the Bojangles' Southern 500 returning to Labor Day weekend in 2015, Darlington Raceway is excited to announce it will commemorate its history with a retro-style ticket that will be issued for its events on September 5-6, 2015. The design will incorporate the look of the 1974 ticket. It features South Carolina and Darlington Raceway legend Cale Yarborough, who was highlighted as the defending champion in 1974 after winning his first career Southern 500 in 1973. The ticket will also link eras by honoring last year's Bojangles' Southern 500 winner and 2014 defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kevin Harvick, in a similar fashion. These special tickets will be used for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 and NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 races. Tickets are expected to be mailed to all customers starting in mid-June.
"We announced in December that we would make some exciting announcements each month leading into our race weekend. This new ticket design will be unique for our fans because it captures our storied history with a retro feel and celebrates our defending race champion Kevin Harvick," track President Chip Wile said. "This is just one of many initiatives we have planned over the next several months as we celebrate the tradition returning to Labor Day weekend in September."
In addition, Darlington Raceway will introduce a "Fan Hall of Fame" program. The program will honor longtime ticketholders and supporters of the track. A minimum of five fans will be selected in the first year and will be honored during Bojangles' Southern 500 pre-race ceremonies. Fan Hall of Fame members will be asked to provide feedback and ideas to the track in future years, serving in a Fan Advisory Board capacity.
"We have many loyal race fans who have attended events here for decades, so it only made sense to thank and celebrate them through this new program," Wile said. "Our fans are the number one reason Darlington Raceway has enjoyed a history steep in tradition. Without them, we would not be in existence today. Their stories are what we need to recognize and honor moving forward."
Ticket renewals have been mailed reminding fans to renew their seats for the 2015 Labor Day race weekend. Renewing your tickets early guarantees your seats at the best prices available prior to the opening of all remaining seats to the general public on February 18.
"We want our fans to take advantage of all the great pricing and benefits we offer during the renewal period," Wile said. "This is the best way to guarantee your seats or campsites when NASCAR racing returns to Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway. This is going to be one of the most exciting events of the season, and we encourage everyone to get their tickets now and start preparing as the Tradition Returns to Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend in 2015!"
Renewing customers receive many great benefits for being a loyal customer, including the raceway's best pricing for Labor Day weekend.
Renewal benefits include:
· The track's best prices for the Bojangles' Southern 500
· Flexible six-part payment plan option
· Opportunity to auto renew for three or five years at 2015 pricing
· Special renewal pricing for Darlington Stripe Zone Hospitality ($30 savings)
· Special renewal pricing for pre-race pit passes ($5 savings)
· Special renewal pricing for driver intro/pre-race concert access ($10 savings)
· Special renewal pricing for FanVision rentals ($15 savings)
· Special renewal pricing for Racing Electronics scanner rental ($10 savings)
Guests may renew their tickets and campsites by calling 866-459-RACE (7223) or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com/renewals. The renewal deadline is Friday, Feb. 6.
The Tradition Returns to Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 is set for Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(1-30-2015)
Gappens faces misdemeanor charge after Manchester arrest: Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was arrested last week and charged with indecent exposure and lewdness, a misdemeanor. Manchester Police said Gappens was engaged in sexual activity with a woman inside a car. His attorney released a statement to News 9: "Mr. Gappens acknowledges using poor judgment that has resulted in a misdemeanor charge that is both embarrassing and devastating to him and his family, and for that, he sincerely apologizes. He regrets his actions. While he made a bad decision, he did not, in my opinion, engage in conduct that violates the referenced statute or any other criminal law. Mr. Gappens cooperated fully with the police, and we hope to have this difficult situation resolved soon."(WMUR/News 9)(1-30-2015)
Axalta becomes title sponsor for Pocono race in June: Pocono Raceway and long-time partner, Axalta Coating Systems, announced a multi-year entitlement agreement which includes the renaming of the annual June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race held at 'The Tricky Triangle' as the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400. "We are very excited to share this great news, in cooperation with everyone at Axalta Coating Systems," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. "They have been a great addition to the Pocono Raceway family, and we look forward to growing this relationship in 2015 and beyond. What makes this even more special is the fact we get to work hand-in-hand with a true global powerhouse who also calls the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 'home.'"
"Axalta is proud of its 22-year motorsports partnership," said Axalta Vice President and head of its North America business, Nigel Budden. "As a leader in the US refinish business, our paint graces racecars that burn rubber on the track each season and we proudly support four-time NASCAR® Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Now, we are pleased to expand our racing involvement as Pocono Raceway's title sponsor of the upcoming race on June 7th. We look forward to cheering on Gordon as he vies for a seventh win at Pocono Raceway."
Axalta Coating Systems is "The Official Finish" of Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, the two most recent NSCS championship organizations. They also sponsor the #24 Axalta Coatings Chev driven by Jeff Gordon, who is the winningest NASCAR driver at Pocono with six victories (June 1996, June 1997, July 1998, June 2007, June 2011 and August 2012).
Tickets for the June 7th Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 start at $45. Kids, ages 12 and under are eligible for half-price grandstand tickets starting at $22.50. For tickets and more information, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(1-27-2015)
Former New York NASCAR track site being prepared for development: Staten Island (NY) Marine Development's (SIMD) large expanse of industrial-zoned land in the West Shore Green Zone -- formerly earmarked for an 82,500-seat NASCAR racetrack before it was derailed by public skepticism and political opposition -- is being prepared for development. And even before the 671 acres -- of which 330 acres will be developed -- is fully ready for construction, real estate moguls are eyeing the site to lure big box and manufacturing industry to the borough.(Staten Island Live)(1-25-2015)
NASCAR considering multiyear track contracts: After a longtime policy of one-year engagements, NASCAR is poised to enter long-term relationships with its racetracks. There have been multiple meetings after the 2014 season to discuss the concept of multiyear sanctioning agreements that effectively would set much of the Sprint Cup schedule beyond the current season for the first time. NASCAR traditionally has signed annual deals with every track, pushing the yearly release of the schedule to late summer or early fall. "I think it's fair to say we have had discussions with the tracks about multiyear agreements," NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell told USA TODAY Sports. "We're not there yet. If we can put something together where it's helpful for fans to know, our goal is to get the schedule out as early as we can. That helps fans making plans for going to tracks. Some fans travel a long way. If we can make that better through a multiyear (deal), that is something we're considering." A multiyear deal would offer tracks the ability to sell season ticket packages and sponsorships with more flexibility and security.(USA Today)(1-21-2015)
Rascal Flatts to sing National Anthem at Las Vegas: Award-winning country group Rascal Flatts will sing the national anthem at the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The performance will take place in the midst of the band's first-ever, nine-show residency, Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from Wednesday, Feb. 25 to Saturday, March 14. Rascal Flatts will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of more than 100,000 race fans to kick off Nevada's largest sports event. The 18th annual Kobalt 400 headlines a race weekend that includes Stratosphere Pole Day on Friday, March 6 and the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event on Saturday, March 7. For more tickets and information on the Kobalt 400 or Las Vegas Motor Speedway, please visit www.lvms.com or call 1.800.644.4444.(LVMS)(1-21-2015)
Veterans' Charity plans to buy Rockingham Speedway: The troubled Rockingham Speedway could soon have new life. A judge gave owners a Jan. 1 deadline to find a buyer or put the property up for auction in March. A veterans charity called Help-Vets.Org (looks like it is supposed to be vets-help.org) told Channel 9 that it plans to buy the track and the property and turn it into a reintegration center for veterans. "What's key about this property is Camp Mackall, the training center for Special Forces, is six miles down the road -- Fort Bragg is right here," Help-Vets.Org Executive Director Craig Northacker said. Northacker has big ideas for a $50 million investment, including housing, vocational training and even schooling. Richmond County Community College spokesman Andy Cagle told Channel 9 that the office met with Northacker. "RCC has always taught classes in off-campus locations across our service area, and would welcome any viable opportunity to support our veterans, the local economy and continue the rich traditions of racing in Richmond County," said Dale McInnis, RCC President. City and county officials are skeptical. Richmond County Manager Rick Sago said he hasn't seen any real financing plans. "We'll see when the rubber hits the road what really happens. Bottom line is, it is a speedway, it has been since the '60s and that's what we want is a racetrack," Sago said. "We have talked to JP Morgan Chase," Northacker said. "There is another financing group in Florida, and we're speaking with Royal Bank of Canada." According to Northacker, the group is in the process of getting the property appraised and hopes to close on the property in mid-March. Channel 9 spoke to one of the speedway owners, Andy Hillenburg. He acknowledged conversations with Northacker but said he couldn't comment on the ongoing legal matter.(WSOC and Richmond County Daily Journal)(1-20-2015)
Fans can ride Metrolink to Auto Club Speedway for free on race weekend: Race fans can take Metrolink for free to the Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 22, 2015. The free train ride will be offered to a limited number of race fans with the support of Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). After the limited number of free tickets are depleted, race fans will once again be able to purchase the discounted $19 round trip train tickets. Riders, however, must sign up in advance at www.autoclubspeedway.com/metrolink. Like last year, Metrolink will operate three trains originating from Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside with limited stops in between for faster service. Metrolink's Speedway trains stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track. From there, passengers will board a free tram that takes them to the entrance gates. Trains depart Auto Club Speedway one hour after the end of the race, or checkered flag.(ACS)(1-13-2015)
Cheap Trick headlining RaceJam in Las Vegas: Cheap Trick will headline NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas with the 12th Annual RaceJam concert at Fremont Street Experience on Saturday, March 7 at 9:00pm on the 3rd Street Stage. The legendary rock band will rev up crowds for a free concert with iconic songs including: "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," "Dream Police" and more. The concert is part of the 12th Annual RaceJam 2015, a four-day event celebrating NASCAR Weekend with free nightly entertainment plus NASCAR merchandise booths taking place Thursday, March 5 - Sunday, March 8. The annual downtown Las Vegas street festival and concert is held in conjunction with NASCAR Weekend, which features the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 8 and the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, March 7, both at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the '70s they've been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards, the band was honored in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for their contributions to the music industry. All concerts are free and open to the public and parking is available at the Fremont Street Experience parking garage located at Carson and 4th Street.(Vegas News)(1-12-2015)
Motorsports facilities get tax break: Track operators got the tax break they've been waiting for all year when the U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a tax extenders package for the remainder of 2014. Included in the extensive list of tax breaks to be continued was a provision that allows motorsports facilities to depreciate new construction over seven years instead of the life of the project, which typically is 25 years or more. The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the provision will result in an $11 million tax break for motorsports facilities in 2015, a total $32 million from 2015 to 2019 and $33 million from 2015 to 2024. It was part of an estimated $41.6 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years that were approved by the House of Representatives 378-46 earlier this month and then by the Senate 76-16 (60 votes need for passage) on Tuesday. All that awaits now is the expected signature of President Barack Obama. The provision is similar to those granted to amusement parks, and track operators felt that the same break should apply to their facilities. After arguing the issue with the Internal Revenue Service, the issue became moot when Congress, as part of the Jobs Creation Act of 2004, granted the seven-year depreciation provision for new motorsports construction. The provision covers all motorsports facilities, not just NASCAR facilities.(Sporting News)(12-18-2014)
Darlington to celebrate past, present and future in 2015: With Darlington Raceway entering its 66th consecutive year hosting NASCAR's top-tier touring series, the track will commemorate its return to Labor Day weekend in 2015 by honoring its storied past while celebrating the future. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 returning to its celebrated Labor Day weekend date, the Lady in Black will recognize past champions of the 1970's as part of its 2015 campaign. A number of exciting announcements are planned over the next several months in regards to the campaign, which will focus on years 1970-74. NASCAR Hall of Famers Leonard Wood, Cale Yarborough and Wendell Scott, among others, will be celebrated during the event weekend. All of these drivers played an integral role in building the foundation, which has made Darlington Raceway special to both drivers and fans alike for over six decades. The honoring of champions from the early 1970's is just one part of the track's overall strategy to celebrate its rich history. Each year, Darlington Raceway will focus on specific eras, plus the historic moments and drivers that made impacts at the track Too Tough to Tame. Additionally, the track will link the generations by celebrating current and future stars of NASCAR, including Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Darrell Wallace Jr. The 2015 season will see the return of Darlington, S.C. native Kaitlyn Bailey as the track's "Lady in Black." Bailey will enter her second year in the position and will don a new 70's retro-style firesuit. In her role, Bailey serves as the face of Darlington Raceway. She has made a positive impact in the track's efforts to focus on the fans and serve as an ambassador in the community. Her friendly and engaging personality has made her a fan favorite.(Darlington Raceway)(12-18-2014)
Martinsville begins construction of new restrooms: Work has begun on the demolition of an existing restroom facility and the construction of a new one in the second-turn area of Martinsville Speedway. This construction marks the replacement of all original fan restrooms at the speedway. The completion date for the project is early March, well before the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend scheduled for March 27-29. The new building, located behind the Clay Earles Tower in turn two, will be approximately 1,500 square feet. It will contain full men's and women's restroom facilities, including baby-changing stations. Both restrooms will be handicap accessible.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-13-2014)
Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)
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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