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  • Most points wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
    Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (106 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 (116)
    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 116 (since 1953)
    Charlotte Motor Speedway 111 (since 1960)
    Darlington Speedway 111 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 108 (since 1961)
    Atlanta Motor Speedway 106 (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 Gordon has won on 24 of the 25 tracks he has raced at in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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 PR)(8-17-2014)

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

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  • Fans Can Upgrade Their Friday Race Day Experience With a Pre-Race Pit Pass at RIR: The green flag may wave at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 5, but the action at Richmond International Raceway starts well before that. Go to Pit Road from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and take in the sights and sounds of race prep - including Knockout Pole Qualifying and practice - from the perspective of a NASCAR crew member. Friday's events include Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The day's action is topped off with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes, $50 per person, are the only way fans can gain access to pit road on Friday. Passes are available online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223. In order to purchase the Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass, you must have a ticket for the September 5 events. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. A parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children younger than 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes.(RIR)(8-28-2014)

  • 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)

  • Multiple Opportunities For Fans To Upgrade Oral-B USA 500 Tickets: All grandstand tickets can be upgraded to enhance the race day experience of Oral-B USA 500 ticket holders for this weekend's Labor Day Weekend NASCAR events at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Any grandstand ticket can easily be upgraded to include pre-race pit pass access throughout the weekend. A Pre-Race Pit Pass will provide stage front access to the performance by Yacht Rock Revue and all the front stretch activities which include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions along with a lumberjack competition, sword swallower, a trapeze artist, a motorcycle "Globe of Death" exhibition and the human cannon ball. In addition, pre-race pit pass holders will have the chance to view and photograph the 43 car starting field parked along the front stretch. Access for pre-race pit pass holders will begin at 4pm. A limited number of Sunday only pre-race pit passes are available for $100 while children 12 and under can purchase a half price pre-race pit pass for $50. A weekend pre-race pit pass valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is only $125. A grandstand or infield ticket is required for each pre-race pit pass holder. A pre-race pit pass will provide access to the pit area and for no additional cost will also provide stage front access on the track for all the Pre-Race Pit Party activities.
    This weekend's visitors can also enjoy NASCAR action from the comfort of an air-conditioned suite. The Elliott Suite, located above the Elliott Grandstand, is the only suite option at the Speedway allowing fans to bring their own food and beverages into a suite. Elliott Suite tickets are $149 per person for the Oral-B USA 500. The Champions Suite provide a view of the racing action overlooking the frontstretch and includes pre-race pit access, food and drink offerings and pre-race pit and stagefront access. Champions Suite tickets are $295 a person for Sunday and $395 for Saturday and Sunday. An all-inclusive race weekend experience will be offered in Club One. All Club One customers can enjoy the race from the rooftop observation deck available only to Club One ticket holders. The inside of Club One is adorned by more than 50 flat-screen televisions to complement its theatre-style seating and high-end food and beverage offerings. Club One tickets are $545 for Sunday and $675 for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets may be upgraded to add suite of pre-race pit pass access by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 877-9-AMS-TIX or at any ticket booth during race weekend. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-26-2014)

  • Turn 3 Terrace at Richmond gets a makeover: No, the state fair isn't coming back to the Richmond Raceway Complex. But, fans coming out to America's Premier Short Track this September 5 & 6 will get a taste of some carnival fun at the Gwaltney Turn 3 Fun Zone. Taking over the Turn 3 Terrace, the Fun Zone is FREE and open to all ticket holders on Friday and Saturday this upcoming race weekend. Fans will be able to buy unique Gwaltney-branded concessions served exclusively in Turn 3, grab a drink at the bar, and ride in a 47-foot tall Ferris wheel located right next to the "Action Track!"
    "As the primary sponsor of the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team for the September 6th Cup race in Richmond, Gwaltney will have two trackside footprints during race weekend. One - located in The Midway- will include sampling, a prize wheel, and a bacon-eating contest judged by racing legend Richard Petty and #43 driver Aric Almirola," said Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Gwaltney. "In the second area, since Gwaltney is such a family-oriented brand, we will be providing race attendees with picnic tables, kid-friendly concessions for sale, and a full-size Ferris wheel for families to ride and enjoy together." Ferris wheel rides are FREE to all ticketholders. Optional donations to the Victory Junction Gang will be accepted.
    With something for everyone, the Gwaltney Turn 3 Fun Zone only adds to the excitement surrounding the Federated Auto Parts 400 - "One Last Race to Make the Chase." Advance adult tickets start at $35; tickets for kids 12 & younger are $25 off the adult price in all sections, and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223. The Fun Zone is also open on Friday, September 5, prior to the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 866-455-7223. And parents, Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.(RIR)(8-25-2014)

  • 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)

  • Bill Elliott To Be Inducted Into City of Hampton's Speed Lane: A 16-time winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver award and a 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Elliott continues to receive accolades for a legendary career behind the wheel of a stock car. Elliott will be inducted into the "Speed Lane" on Aug. 28 in downtown Hampton as the home city of Atlanta Motor Speedway honors the NASCAR legend at 6:00pm/et. At 6:30pm/et, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series transporters will parade through downtown Hampton prior to entering Atlanta Motor Speedway's main tunnel. Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR champion and native of Dawsonville, Ga., has won 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. He rose to fame in 1985 when he captured the "Winston Million," claiming a million-dollar bonus for winning events at Daytona, Talladega and Darlington. Elliott is also the father of Chase Elliott who currently leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings and has won three races this season. 1960 NASCAR champion Rex White, who currently resides in Fayetteville, was the first inductee into the Speed Lane last year. Like Elliott, he's a 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee. White is NASCAR's oldest living series champion. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-23-2014)

  • 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)

  • Harvick visits the Ft. Eustis Army Base: #4-Kevin Harvick visited the Ft. Eustis Army Base in Virginia in advance of the Saturday, September 6, Federated Auto Parts 400 at RIR. The base was a fitting venue to let all the soldiers know about RIR's Military Appreciation Program. While on base, Harvick tested his skills on an Apache helicopter simulator with the 128th Aviation Brigade; took a tour of the 7th Transportation Brigade, also known as the "Army's Navy," and spoke with the men and women who protect our country on a daily basis. "I look at the NASCAR world in general, in the sports world, as one of the biggest supporters of our military, and we couldn't be more thankful for what they do for us," said Harvick. "It allows us to live our lives as we do, and there are a lot of sacrifices made for us to do so." NASCAR weekend in Richmond kicks off Friday, September 5, with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 866-455-7223. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.(RIR)(8-22-2014)

  • First Campers Have Arrived For Atlanta Race Weekend: The first campers have arrived for the Oral-B USA 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, nine days before NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series haulers enter the Speedway for the event. All of the Speedway's exterior campgrounds open Saturday, Aug. 23 for both tent and RV units. Infield and trackside terrace spaces open to guests on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. A limited number of camping spaces in all campgrounds are available for the Labor Day Weekend of NASCAR night racing for visitors with either tent camping or RV units. In addition to coveted spaces in Atlanta Motor Speedway's infield, campground spots outside the track within easy walking distance to Atlanta Motor Speedway's Fan Zone and Grandstands are also available. Tent camping starts at $100 for both unreserved and reserved spaces outside the track. Unreserved RV spaces begin at $60 while a reserved RV space for the Labor Day race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway is $100. The only remaining camping spaces with complete water, power and electrical hook ups are in Trackside Terrace. These spaces, which come with 10 admission tickets for each day of race weekend, provide a prime view of Atlanta Motor Speedway from either the backstretch or overlooking turn one. Complete information on all of Atlanta Motor Speedway's camping options for Labor Day Weekend is available by calling (770) 946-4211. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-21-2014)

  • 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)

  • Acts added to the Pre-Race Pit Party at Atlanta: What do a trapeze artist, motorcycle "Globe of Death," BMX stunt team, lumberjack competition, human cannonball and a sword swallower along with Atlanta's most popular party band have in common? They are all part of the Pre-Race Pit Party for Oral-B USA 500 on Aug. 31. A Pre-Race Pit Pass will provide stage front access to the performance by Yacht Rock Revue and all the front stretch activities which also include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions. In addition, pre-race pit pass holders will have the chance to view and photograph the 43 car starting field parked along the front stretch. Access for pre-race pit pass holders will begin at 4:00pm/et. A limited number of Sunday only pre-race pit passes are available for $100 while kids 12 and under can get a pre-race pit pass for $50. A weekend pre-race pit pass valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is only $125. A grandstand or infield ticket is required for each pre-race pit pass holder. A pre-race pit pass will provide access to the pit area and for no additional cost will also provide stage front access on the track for all the Pre-Race Pit Party activities.(AMS)(8-16-2014)

  • 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)

  • Wynonna and The Big Noise headline pre-race at Bristol: The robust sounds and dynamic vocals of Wynonna and The Big Noise spice up an already powerful Built Ford Tough Pre-Race. Spirits soar and tensions mount during the Saturday night show as The University of Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Band fires up fans with their rendition of Rocky Top, and for the third consecutive year, Michael Buffer readies drivers to rumble after entrances accompanied by music of their own selection. The Aug. 23 performance marks the five-time Grammy winner's first show at Bristol Motor Speedway, but not her first visit to the Last Great Colosseum. BMS officials are proud to include the legendary country artist among its fans and growing list of talent performing during the IRWIN Tools Night Race week.(BMS)(8-12-2014)

  • Richmond fans invited to post-race Party on the Track: The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Richmond International Raceway started with the wildly popular and successful April 26 Track Takeover and it concludes with the September 6 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race Party on the Track. That's right - fans attending RIR's Federated Auto Parts 400 can celebrate NASCAR-style after the checkered flag flies to conclude "One Last Race to Make The Chase". If you're a fan, you're invited to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race Party on the Track, featuring a DJ spinning festive tunes that NASCAR fans will enjoy as they party on the pavement. Show us your best "Robot", "Running Man", "Dougie", or "Shopping Cart" moves on the frontstretch under the lights. But leave your party shoes on because your fun continues with a prime spot to see the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup celebration. While the party is cranking into high gear, the 16 drivers who raced their way into the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be introduced on stage, followed by a photo opportunity and a confetti celebration...and you'll have a prime spot to see it live.(RIR)(8-11-2014)

  • Will Chase to perform Atlanta National Anthem: Actor and singer Will Chase from the ABC hit television program "Nashville" will sing the National Anthem for the Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 31. Chase portrays the country superstar Luke Wheeler on the program which begins its third season Sept. 24 on ABC. Chase's character is the love interest of Rayna Jaymes, a role played by lead actress Connie Britton. A cliffhanger has left Chase's and Britton's characters as the focal point of a "Nashville" love triangle. Chase's illustrious career began on Broadway where he garnered a Tony Nomination for his Featured Role in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," starred in "Nice Work if You Can Get It," "High Fidelity," as well as "Rent," "Miss Saigon," and "Aida." In addition to his role on Nashville, Chase has also starred in NBC's first season of "Smash."(AMS)(8-10-2014)

  • 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)

  • Oral-B named sponsor of Atlanta Cup race: Oral-B has been named the title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Aug. 31 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the event will be named the Oral-B USA 500. The Oral-B USA 500 on Aug. 31 will cap the Labor Day Weekend racing events at Atlanta Motor Speedway which include the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka Qualifying Night and Sprint Car Shootout on Aug. 29 and the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children on Aug 30. The Oral-B USA 500 is the second to last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. It will provide drivers one of the final two opportunities to secure a win and lock up a berth in the Chase.Oral-B's sponsorship of the Labor Day Weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is a celebration of Oral-B's commitment to supporting American Jobs. Opened in 1958, the Oral-B Iowa City plant remains the largest toothbrush factory in the world, where more than 470 employees make 1 million manual toothbrushes every day that engineer healthier smiles.(AMS)(8-5-2014)

  • Rhino Linings to sponsor Las Vegas truck race: Rhino Linings Corporation, a leader in both the protective coatings and building products industries, has signed a multi-year agreement as the title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Rhino Linings 350 on the high-banked, 1.5 mile superspeedway will be nationally televised September 27. Rhino Linings signed on for a two year sponsorship of the race, but no financial terms of the agreement were released. Rhino Linings made a name for itself in the truck accessories market as the leader in sprayed-on truck bed liners. Over the past several years, Rhino Linings has expanded into the building and construction market with products that include DuraTite and BioBased Insulation spray foam insulations, Concrete Solutions repair and decorative concrete overlay products, and Expo Stucco exterior stucco and interior finishes. The 2014 Rhino Linings 350 will be the 18th time the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has visited Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(PR Newswire)(8-5-2014)

  • Yacht Rock Revue to highlight pre-race activities at Atlanta: Yacht Rock Revue will headline the Pre-Race Party on the front stretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Aug. 31. A Pre-Race Pit Pass will provide stage front access to the performance by Yacht Rock Revue along with the Sprint Cup Series driver introductions. In addition, pre-race pass holders will have the chance to view and photograph the 43 care starting field parked along the front stretch. Access for pre-race pit pass holders will begin at 4:00pm A limited number of Sunday only pre-race pit passes are available for $100. A weekend pre-race pit pass valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is only $125. A grandstand or infield ticket is required for each pre-race pit pass holder.(AMS)(8-5-2014)

  • Spotter Bar and Hot Pit Paddock added to corporate suite amenities at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway announced two unique amenities which will enhance the race experience for all suite level customers beginning with the Aug. 29-31 Labor Day Weekend NASCAR race. The Spotter Bar is located on the suite level of Atlanta Motor Speedway and features sleek granite accents, high-top tables and a relaxing environment. Suite holders will have access to the bar that serves premium cocktails, beer and wine and features live audio communications between drivers and teams throughout the race. The Hot Pit Paddock is the Speedway's most unique and up close location to watch racing action. Located at the beginning of pit road, it provides patrons the opportunity to see the race from an area usually only reserved for NASCAR and team members. Each corporate suite will receive a minimum of two transferable passes to provide access to the Hot Pit Paddock that can be shared among suite patrons throughout the race.(AMS)(8-3-2014)

  • Daytona Rising August Project Update: After successfully hosting another series of events during last month's Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway will significantly ramp up construction activities for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The average number of daily construction workers will increase from 600 to 850 during the peak summer months, representing the largest construction team since the project's inception. The demolition of the Lockhart Grandstands near Turn 1 is complete. More than 30,000 seats will be removed in next 30 days. Upcoming construction activities include: " Continue installing escalators at West and East ends of the project
    " Ongoing masonry near main IT room and loading dock support areas
    " Ongoing steel installation
    " Continue installing new lights on the West end of the project
    DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon - Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or "injectors," will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or "neighborhoods," along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests.(DIS)(8-2-2014)

  • 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)

  • Atlanta extends ticket office hours: To better serve customers purchasing event tickets and camping spaces for the Aug. 29-31 NASCAR race weekend, the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office has extended ticket office hours through Sunday, Aug. 31. The ticket office will be open on weekends; Saturday from 9:00-5:00 and Sunday from 1:00-5:00. Beginning on Monday, August 11th, the ticket office will remain open an additional three hours each weeknight. Monday through Friday, the ticket office will be open from 9:00am-8:00pm. An extremely limited number of infield camping spaces are available for the Labor Day Weekend of NASCAR racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. RV Campers can reserve space in the Flock Brothers Corral for $300. Tent campers can reserve a site in the High Speed Corral for $200 per space. Infield campgrounds will open on Thursday of race week, Aug. 28 at 2:00pm. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call the AMS Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211.(AMS)(7-22-2014)

  • 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)

  • Dover race dates to return in 2015: Rumblings out of a news conference with Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, last weekend in Daytona hinted one of Dover International Speedway's Sprint Cup dates could be in trouble. Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of the Delaware speedway, said yesterday the track will have its two dates next year [usually the first Sunday after Memorial day & last Sunday in September]. "I called [NASCAR president] Mike Helton [Tuesday]," McGlynn said, "and he told me we don't have anything to worry about." Attendance has been down at Dover's last two spring races, prompting McGlynn to stress that Dover's races are "still successful, just not as successful" as previously when the 135,000 seats were usually filled. "Some tracks have taken down significant numbers of grandstand seats," McGlynn said. "Their crowds are the same as a year ago, but it looks better. We widened our seats, reducing capacity to 112,000. [But] our track looks the same."(Philadelphia Daily News)(7-11-2014)

  • Atlanta offering Chase Elliott Ticket Package for Great Clips 300: Georgia native Chase Elliott joined Atlanta Motor Speedway officials to announce a special promotional ticket offer for the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children in celebration of Elliott's first career NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 30. Fans are invited to join "Chase's Crew" by purchasing a $30 ticket to the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children. A special section will be dedicated to "Chase's Crew" and purchasers will be seated together in the Champions Grandstands, section 156. The first 150 purchasers will receive admission to a private autograph session with Chase Elliott on race day and the first 1,000 will receive a special Chase Elliott "#di9" rally towel commemorating the driver's first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The special "Chase's Crew" tickets will be available for purchase in person at the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office or by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX as well as at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame located in Dawsonville, Ga. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(7-11-2014)

  • 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)

  • Fans can attend Atlanta's Labor Day Weekend for as low As $74: Fans can enjoy three nights and more than 800 action-packed miles of racing on one of NASCAR's most exciting tracks for as low as $74 with Atlanta Motor Speedway's weekend upgrade option for Labor Day Weekend. For the value-priced option of $35, fans can add Friday and Saturday night tickets to ones previously purchased for the Aug. 31 Atlanta 500. The upgrade includes general admission grandstand tickets to the Aug. 29 Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka Qualifying Night and Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka Sprint Car Shootout and the Aug. 30 Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed The Children. Fans that have already purchased Atlanta 500 tickets can add the weekend upgrade package by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket at 877-9-AMS-TIX.(AMS)(6-27-2014)

  • 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)

  • VIP Race Weekend Experience at RIR: We don't need velvet ropes and champagne service to provide a VIP experience here at Richmond International Raceway during our NASCAR weekends. Elevate your trip to America's Premier Short Track with the All-Inclusive Weekend Package, which is on sale now for just $320 per person. Take a look at the experience you'll get with this unforgettable upgrade on September 5 & 6:
    Reserved seat on the top row of the Veranda Grandstand in Turn 1 for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
    Exclusive guided garage tour
    Pre-race Pit Pass for both days
    VIP Parking for both days (one pass per four packages)
    Access to the Pit Stop Club on September 6, which includes indoor hospitality with all-you-can-eat food & unlimited sodas, water, beer and wine. As well as access to celebrity appearances, including Richard Childress!
    So be part of the "in crowd" and take advantage of the limited availability, All-Inclusive Weekend Package for just $320. CLICK HERE or call 866-455-7223 to book your ticket.(RIR)(6-22-2014)

  • 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:
    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)

  • Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka to Sponsor Cup Qualifying Night at Atlanta: Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka will serve as the title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying and the USCS Sprint Car Shootout on Aug. 29 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka Qualifying Night will kick off a weekend of NASCAR night racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "This is a really important sponsorship for us," noted Jay Dorris, President of WInd Creek Hospitality, which operates Wind Creek Wetumpka and several other entertainment properties in Alabama and Florida. "Our customers love NASCAR, the sport has deep roots in our State, and we are the closest casino to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is a natural partnership that we think will provide a lot of great entertainment." Friday's event will feature the debut of NASCAR's thrilling new "knock-out" qualifying format at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The starting order for the Aug. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race will be set following three successive knock-out qualifying sessions. The fastest 24 cars in the opening session will advance to the second round with the 12 quickest cars advancing to the final round. The results from the final round will determine the Pole winner and the subsequent 11 starting positions. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day weekend of night racing, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(6-6-2014)

  • 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)

  • Half-Priced Kids' tickets at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway is making it cost affordable for families to enjoy the Aug. 31 Sprint Cup Series event by offering half-priced tickets in all grandstands for kids ages 12 and under. In addition, those ages 12 and under with a valid student ID can find even better pricing in all rows of the Elliott Grandstand and the lower rows of the Winners Grandstands for either $19 or $29. Adults wishing to accompany their children in their seats may do so by purchasing seats at the full price. Atlanta Motor Speedway will additionally sell Sunday pre-race pit passes for all kids 12 & under for $50, which is also a 50 percent discount off of the regular price. Providing access until an hour prior to the green flag, pre-race pit passes offer a behind-the-scenes view of the Labor Day Weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Pre-race pit passes allow fans to roam the pit area prior to the event as teams are readying individual pit stalls for the race and rolling cars out of the garage area and onto the starting grid. All pre-race pit passes also include stagefront access for pre-race entertainment and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions.(AMS)(6-3-2014)

  • 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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  • Kentucky Speedway could get repaved soon
  • Darlington expects to keep race in April
  • Watkins Glen expands camping options
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon
  • Texas World Speedway to be replaced by houses
  • Night race for New Hampshire?
  • Hot Dog Eating Championship qualifying to include NASCAR locations

  • Kentucky state police say Speedway hasn't paid for security

  • GEICO's Gecko Talladega Superspeedway, new title sponsor
  • Daytona could host soccer, football games
  • NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway
  • Racing returns to Memphis
  • Date for Bristol Motor Speedway 2016 college football game announced
  • Canadian Motor Speedway on course in Fort Erie
  • N.C. court dumps Charlotte Motor Speedway's suit
  • ISC to continue cutting track seats
  • ISC sells Staten Island property
  • Fort Erie speedway gets green light
  • Michael Waltrip Racing invests in auto research center
  • Canadian Motor Speedway gets green light in Fort Erie
  • Group launches community effort to reopen North Wilkesboro
  • Nashville Superspeedway available for race team testing
  • Colorado Sports Complex to include racetrack
  • Race track planned in New Orleans area
  • Tulare City [CA] Council OKs motor sports complex
  • Penske pulls proposal for test track
  • ISC Abandons Plan for Kitsap [Washington] Racetrack
  • ISC Discontinues Pursuit of Speedway in Staten Island, NY

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