Most points race wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (109 races held)
Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (27)
Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (112)
Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 8 (116)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (16)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (113)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (139)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 10 (94)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (18)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (23)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (22)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 3 (6)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (19)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (136)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (95)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (44)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 8 (41)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (78)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (121)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (28)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (95)
Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (32)
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart - 5 (34)
Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
Daytona International Speedway 139 races (since 1959)
Martinsville Speedway 136 (since 1949)
Richmond International Raceway 121 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 116 (since 1960)
Darlington Speedway 113 (since 1950) Bristol Motor Speedway 112 (since 1961)
Atlanta Motor Speedway 109 (since 1960)
Michigan International Speedway, 95 (since 1969)
Talladega Superspeedway, 95 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 94 (since 1969)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
Drivers with most wins at different tracks: After winning at Homestead in November 2013, there was only ONE race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSCS) circuit at which #24-Jeff Gordon had never won a race, that being Kentucky Speedway. Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham. Gordon ran his final race at Kentucky on July 11, 2015, finishing 7th, thus failing to win at Kentucky Speedway
Driver -- Wins -- Tracks won at/ Tracks ran
Richard Petty -- 200 -- 51 of 84
David Pearson -- 105 -- 38 of 65
Jeff Gordon -- 93 -- 24 of 25 (didn't win Kentucky)
Bobby Allison -- 84 -- 28 of 47
Darrell Waltrip -- 84 -- 16 of 26
Cale Yarborough -- 83 -- 18 of 46
Of course, a disclaimer here is that in the old days of NASCAR, many tracks were raced at once or just a handful of times, but that's still pretty impressive.(ESPN)
Current Drivers: the active leaders with the most Sprint Cup wins at the 23 different tracks currently on the NSCS schedule:
Rank, Driver, Number of Tracks
1. #14-Tony Stewart, 21 (missing Kentucky & Darlington) 2. #18-Kyle Busch, 21 (missing Charlotte & Pocono)
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 20
3. #4-Kevin Harvick, 19
5. #20-Matt Kenseth, 18
Drivers with at least 10 wins at one track:
Richard Petty (5 tracks)
-- Martinsville (15)
-- Richmond (13)
-- North Wilkesboro (13)
-- Rockingham (11)
-- Daytona (10)
Darrell Waltrip (3 tracks)
-- Bristol (12)
-- Martinsville (11)
-- North Wilkesboro (10)
David Pearson, Darlington (10)
Dale Earnhardt, Talladega (10)
Jimmie Johnson, Dover (10)
NASCAR does not provide 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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NOTE: NASCAR has not reported track attendance since 2012
$178 million makeover headed for Phoenix International Raceway: Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale will receive a major overhaul worth $178 million, its parent company International Speedway Corp. announced Wednesday. The plans include new and upgraded grandstands, added structures for competitors and sponsors in the infield area, more RV parking and new steel and metal exteriors. ISC will pay for the upgrades without seeking help from taxpayers. PIR President Bryan R. Sperber said in a statement that the changes will enhance the experience for both fans and competitors. "The racetrack itself will remain unchanged as one of the most exciting circuits in motorsports, but we will modernize much of the venue and provide our fans with a high-quality, leading-edge experience," he said. The $178 renovation project is expected to start in early 2017 and should finish by late 2018, according to the statement from ISC. The start and finish line also will move under the new plan to the area between Turn Two and the following bend, according to Michael Knight, a motorsports industry analyst and contributor to azcentral sports. Elevated RV parking will replace the existing grandstand along the current start and finish line, according to renderings of the renovation. The upgrade also includes new concourses and stairs.(Arizona Republic)(12-1-2016)
Food City And Bristol Motor Speedway Host Drives To Benefit Gatlinburg/Sevier County Relief Fund: In the wake of the devastating fires sweeping Gatlinburg and Sevier County, Tenn., Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway have teamed up to host a number relief effort initiatives. Beginning Thursday, Dec. 1 and continuing through Wednesday Dec. 7, Food City locations throughout Kentucky, Virginia and east Tennessee will participate in a fundraising campaign. Customers wishing to make a monetary donation will be invited to do so at the checkout, with the contribution conveniently added to their order total. 100% of the funds raised will benefit the Gatlinburg/Sevier County Relief Fund. Food City has pledged a $50,000 contribution to kick-off the fundraising efforts. Earlier in the week, the company also donated a tractor-trailer load of bottled water and Gatorade to assist local crews battling the raging fires. BMS will also be collecting donations for the Gatlinburg/Sevier County Relief Fund initiatives from The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights (SIL) via red buckets at the holiday display ticket booths beginning tomorrow. The program will run through the end of SIL on Saturday, Jan. 7. In addition, BMS will match proceeds raised at this Thursday's The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights towards the relief efforts. The Speedway has also opened the Medallion campground to the RV community / campers displaced by the fires. The lot offers complimentary camping spaces with full water and electrical hook-up at no charge. Those interested should contact the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL. Anyone interested in making a monetary donation via Bristol Motor Speedway can call or visit the main ticket office at the O. Bruton Smith Building during normal business hours. (Mon. -Thurs: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.)(BMS)(12-1-2016)
Donate a toy, drive a lap at Michigan International Speedway: Cars are hitting the track again this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, but the most important drive is taking place in the track's infield. The eighth annual MIS Charity Track and Toy Drive goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or bag of nonperishable food. The weather-dependent event is hosted by MIS Cares, a donor-advised fund of the non-profit NASCAR Foundation that supports programs that assist and inspire youth in Jackson and Lenawee counties. Donated toys will go to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots campaign in Jackson and Lenawee counties, while the food goes to the Brooklyn Food Pantry and St. Mary's of Good Counsel in Adrian. Last year, a 30-foot truck was filled with toys and a 20-foot truck was stuffed with food from the donations.(Michigan Live)(12-1-2016)
GEICO To Sponsor Restart Zone at Martinsville Speedway: Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell announced that GEICO, the second-largest private auto-insurance company in the U.S. will sponsor the track's restart zone, starting in 2017. The multi-year partnership includes several tracks owned by Martinsville Speedway's parent company, International Speedway Corporation. The GEICO Restart Zone is the defined area between turn four and the start/finish line where the lead car can start to accelerate when taking the green flag. "I'm very excited that GEICO views NASCAR as a great platform to showcase their brand," Campbell said. "They're involved at many levels, from car sponsorship to track entitlement and now in a role at many tracks. The restart zone will also bring added visibility to GEICO, both for fans watching on TV and fans at the track." The GEICO Restart Zone will be in place when NASCAR's Premier Series returns for the STP 500 race weekend, March 31-April 2. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(11-30-2016)
'Largest Living Christmas Tree in Texas' Officially Lit: Everyone knows everything is bigger in Texas and Texas Motor Speedway proved that once again with its annual lighting of "The Largest Living Christmas Tree in Texas" on Tuesday evening during the Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter grant ceremony. A holiday-themed fireworks show, special visit by Santa Claus, distribution of 100 bicycles to less fortunate youth and nearly $200,000 in grants to North Texas organizations highlighted the ceremony that was held at The Speedway Club Circle at Texas Motor Speedway. A Texas Motor Speedway tradition since the facility opened in 1997, this year's "Largest Living Christmas Tree In Texas" is a 64-foot Norwegian Spruce from Michigan. The tree is decorated with 10,000 LED lights, oversized ornaments and topped with a 4'x4' gold star featuring the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. corporate globe. Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter has made a lasting impact on children in North Texas since its inception in 1997 by awarding more than $10 million in grants to area children's organizations. The funds are raised through special events held throughout the year, with the majority of them centered on the three major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(11-30-2016)
Adcock named vice president of track operations at Darlington: Darlington Raceway has promoted Dennis Adcock to vice president of track operations. Adcock, the track's director of operations since 2013, will continue to oversee all facility and maintenance operations for the famed superspeedway. Prior to Darlington Raceway, Adcock served for 14 years as a NASCAR official, primarily as garage supervisor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In that role, he was responsible for the overall operation of the garage and worked closely with the teams, tracks and other stakeholders. He was also involved on the race team side of the business, having co-owned LAR Motorsports out of Nashville, Tenn. with drivers Casey Atwood and Jeff Purvis in 1995. He was also part of Steve Grissom's 1993 NASCAR Busch Series championship team and served as a crew member for Jeff Gordon's 1991 and 1992 campaigns for Bill Davis Racing.(Darlington Raceway)(11-26-2016)
Special ticket offer available at Richmond: 'Tis the season at RIR, and we're offering up a deal perfect for every NASCAR fan! Richmond International Raceway has partnered with Fanatics to bring you a holiday special that is sure to make your favorite race fan smile. Get a ticket in the Commonwealth Grandstands (rows 11 and up) to either NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond and get a $25 Fanatics gift card for FREE. 'No matter who you're rooting for, you'll be geared up for the Action Track in brand new threads. Snag that Se7en Championship t-shirt or a fresh Dale Earnhardt Jr. hat - on us. 'Hurry and take advantage of this offer while supplies last.(RIR)(11-25-2016)
Limited-time holiday ticket package at Atlanta: Giving the gift of racing just got easier with the limited-time holiday ticket package from Atlanta Motor Speedway. For the race fan in every family, the AMS holiday package offers easy and affordable one-stop shopping for an extra jolly NASCAR-inspired gift. The holiday package offer includes everything the race fan needs to survive the offseason before NASCAR returns to Atlanta in March 2017. It comes with two tickets to the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Cup Series race, two 2016 1:64 souvenir program cars and the choice of either an AMS logo blanket or an AMS logo hat/scarf combo to keep race fans warm this winter, all for just $129. Two-day UPS shipping to anywhere in the contiguous U.S. is included in the package, and it will arrive perfectly wrapped and ready to be placed under the tree for a hassle-free shopping experience. While the $129 price point offers among the best value in racing, AMS will slash the price even further, dropping the cost of the holiday package all the way down to $99 between Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Nov. 25-28 to kick off the holiday shopping season with an extra dose of yuletide savings. To purchase the AMS holiday ticket package, click over to http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/christmas/)(11-25-2016)
Black Friday at Charlotte includes opportunity to drive on track: One of the world's most unique Black Friday spectacles returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway Nov. 25, when Black Friday Blowout revs into high gear with once-a-year opportunities for fans and tremendous savings in the gift shop from 8:00am-4:00pm. Fans can drive their personal cars on the track - the only chance all year to share the same asphalt as legends like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson - by spending $50 on merchandise or tickets to 2017 NASCAR or NHRA events, or donating $25 to Speedway Children's Charities.(Charlotte Motor Speedway)(11-24-2016)
Daytona offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday Ticket Specials: Those looking to give the gift of Daytona International Speedway, the world's only motorsports stadium, will find plenty of options in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials. On Friday, Nov. 25 (Black Friday) and Monday, Nov. 28 (Cyber Monday), the "World Center of Racing" will offer the following $60 ticket package specials:
" General admission stadium ticket for the 55th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29 with a Rolex 24 event hat and garage access on Sunday, a savings of 22 percent.
" General admission stadium and infield access for The Unlimited/Lucas Oil 200 doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 18 with Fanzone/Pre-Race access or scanner rental, a savings of 24 percent.
" General admission stadium ticket and Fanzone/Pre-Race access or scanner rental for the Can-Am Duel 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 23, a savings of 24 percent.
" General admission stadium ticket and Fanzone/Pre-Race access or scanner rental for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 24, a savings of 24 percent.
" General admission stadium ticket and Fanzone/Pre-Race access or scanner rental for the PowerShares QQQ 300, the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 25, a savings of 24 percent.
" Kids 12 and under are FREE in general admission stadium and Fanzone for the above Speedweeks events.
Walter named Executive VP at Charlotte: Greg Walter, a 17-year veteran of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., was promoted from within the company to the role of executive vice president of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports' President and CEO Marcus Smith announced. In his new role, Walter will oversee daily operations of the motorsports megaplex campus, which includes the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway as well as zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. He will report to Smith. Walter joined Speedway Motorsports in 1999 as vice president of sales for Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 2014, Walter was promoted to the Speedway Motorsports national sales team, where he was responsible for identifying and building partnerships at the eight world-class racing facilities in the Speedway Motorsports portfolio.(CMS)(11-23-2016)
Darlington offering Black Friday deal: Beginning on Wednesday, November 23, Darlington Raceway is offering race fans the opportunity to purchase a special Black Friday ticket package at renewal pricing for its Labor Day weekend events on Sept. 2-3, 2017. The special package includes a ticket to both the NASCAR Premier Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 and NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at the famed South Carolina track. The Black Friday ticket package is available to all non-renewal customers. Non-renewal guests will receive renewal pricing, which is the lowest priced tickets the track offers throughout the year. The offer is valid from midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 23 through midnight on Nov. 30, while supplies last. To take advantage of the Black Friday offer fans can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or by calling 866-459-7223.(Darlington Raceway)(11-23-2016)
Major PIR upgrade approval said to be imminent UPDATE: It appears the long-awaited renovation of Phoenix International Raceway is at hand. Directors of International Speedway Corp., PIR's parent company, met in recent days and are believed to have approved plans to modernize the Avondale facility, azcentral sports was told exclusively by two motorsports industry sources with knowledge of the situation. The sources requested not to be identified by name. It's believed the cost of such a major project would be between $150-$200 million and likely would take about two years to complete. For the first time in several years, Sunday's Can-Am 500 isn't a grandstand sellout. PIR has lagged well behind the Valley trend to build new or upgrade existing sports venues.(Arizona Republic)(11-10-2016)
UPDATE: Phoenix International Raceway has submitted renovation plans that includes moving the start/finish line to what is now Turn 2, although NASCAR says nothing has been finalized on that matter. The track submitted a site plan for expansion last week to the city of Avondale, Arizona, Brett Harris, chief building official, confirmed to NBC Sports. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and end in late 2018. Harris said his office typically takes about three weeks to review such plans. Once approved, track officials will be able to submit construction documents. Harris noted that changes still could be made by the track. Officials from Phoenix International Raceway and International Speedway Corp. did not return messages for comment.
Among the changes in the track's submitted plan:
- The start/finish line is shown to be in what is now Turn 2.
- All the frontstretch grandstands would be eliminated and replaced by an elevated RV parking lot and have additional parking behind it.
- The Allison grandstand in Turn 2 will be extended to go through the entire turn.
- Pit road will be moved closer to the infield and have a tighter radius. That will allow additional space between the track and pit road.
-There would be five new garages for competitors.
- The media center would be moved from its present location across from the current start/finish line to just beyond Turn 2.
- The infield care center would move from behind the current media center to between what is now Turns 3 and 4.
- Victory Lane would be moved behind pit road to spot between what is now Turns 1 and 2.(NBC Sports)(11-18-2016)
Rockingham Speedway for sale...again: One of racing's most well-known tracks is up for sale, six months after a public auction drew no substantial bids. Iron Horse Properties, LLC listed Rockingham Speedway on its Facebook page and several real estate websites around 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Mark Baysek. He said the company negotiated with the property owner, BK Rock Holdings, LLC, over several weeks, signing the deal to act as the real estate agent on Wednesday. With a purchase price of $3,795,000, Baysek said the agreement is "strictly" for the real property and improvements on the roughly 250 acres. However, he added that "if someone made an enticing enough offer," he feels the owners would "entertain" the idea of including the personal property, including the track's pickup trucks. The speedway property, which includes the 1.017-mile oval track as well as a half-mile track, is valued at $6.85 million, according to Richmond County tax records. The last event at the track was a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in April of 2013. It was also used by the Super Cup Stock Car Series for tire testing in March. A Raleigh attorney representing BK Rock Holdings, placed a $3 million credit bid during a public auction at the Richmond County Judicial Center in May. According to court documents, Billy R. Silas is the manager of the Florida-based limited liability company that purchased the promissory note from Farmers and Merchants Bank on Nov. 17, 2015. Former driver Andy Hillenburg bought the track at auction in 2007, but in late 2014 - a year and a half after the last race - Salisbury-based Farmers and Merchants Bank began foreclosure proceedings against him and Silas. The track opened in 1965 as North Carolina Motor Speedway and was a stock car staple for nearly 40 years. The final Sprint Cup Series race at the speedway was Feb. 22, 2004, when Matt Kenseth edged Kasey Kahne at the line by .01 of a second in one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history.(Richmond County Daily Journal)(11-18-2016)
Pocono Raceway Offering Worry-Free Weather Guarantee: In a continued effort to take care of its fans and create exciting experiences and lifelong memories, Pocono Raceway today announced it will offer a Worry-Free Weather Guarantee. This guarantee is FREE to all Pocono fans that hold a Sunday Grandstand, Club or Suite ticket to either NASCAR Premier Series race or Verizon INDYCAR Series race in 2017. The Worry-Free Weather Guarantee ensures fans that purchased Sunday tickets directly from Pocono Raceway in advance will be reimbursed the face value if weather postpones the race and they are unable to make the re-scheduled event. Pit/Paddock Passes will also be eligible for reimbursement when they are purchased with a Sunday grandstand ticket.
"Since 1971, we have hosted 101 NASCAR and INDYCAR races and only six of those have been postponed. After a tough year with three rainouts, we listened to our fans and instituted the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President & CEO. "Now, if one of our Sunday races is impacted by weather and it is postponed, those fans who cannot make it on the re-scheduled day will be reimbursed the face value of their ticket. This demonstrates our level of commitment to the greatest fans in motorsports." All fans who purchase advance tickets and cannot attend a Sunday race that is postponed on the makeup date will receive a check for the face value listed on their tickets, no questions asked. The Worry-Free Weather Guarantee protects those who purchase tickets in the grandstands, suites and clubs for the NASCAR Premier Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 on June 11, the NASCAR Premier Series Pennsylvania 400 on July 30 and the Verizon IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 on August 20.
Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at www.poconoraceway.com/guarantee. Pocono Raceway will host seven major motorsports events in 2017, including four NASCAR, two ARCA and one Verizon IndyCar Series weekend. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.poconoraceway.com, by calling 1-800-RACEWAY or in person at the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office on Long Pond Road.(Pocono Raceway)(11-14-2016)
Restrictor-plate engines in Indy XFINITY race? NASCAR is considering a major experiment to see if it can improve the racing entertainment at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where there has been precious few green-flag passes for the lead in recent years. The sanction is considering use of restrictor-plate engines in next year's second-tier Xfinity Series event at IMS, azcentral sports has learned. Plate engines, which restrict engine horsepower, are only mandated at the high-speed banked Daytona and Talladega superspeedways. If tried, and if deemed successful, plate engines could be used for the 2018 Brickyard 400 - still arguably Cup's second-most prestigious race after the Daytona 500.(Arizona Republic)(11-14-2016)
DC Solar to sponsor Spring XFINITY race at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that DC Solar has been named the title sponsor of the track's spring NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2017 and 2018. The DC Solar 200 for the upcoming NASCAR season will take place on Saturday, March 18. In conjunction with the entitlement, PIR will implement DC Solar's mobile solar generator portfolio throughout the Raceway property. Fans will benefit by the addition of Power Stations - DC Solar's mobile generator-based, table-top stations that provide AC outlets for users to charge their personal devices. The convenience and sustainability of this new product, located throughout the Fan Midway, will increase the overall fan experience and engagement with PIR's newest partner. Phoenix Raceway will also incorporate mobile solar light towers on and around the track for safety and security, as well as traffic control. Not only will the towers reduce overall carbon emissions at the track, a single solar light tower will save over 24 gallons of diesel fuel per tower during the race weekend. Additionally, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be added so that EV drivers can charge their cars with mobile solar power while attending events. DC Solar has committed to working with other tracks around the NASCAR circuit to integrate their products and technology, including the first-ever solar powered cool down unit on pit road for NASCAR XFINITY Series driver, Brennan Poole.(PIR)(11-12-2016)
Diana Brennan named VP at Sonoma, Kiser Promoted: Longtime Sonoma Raceway spokeswoman Diana Brennan has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Communications and Marketing. Brennan, who has worked in the Sonoma Raceway Media Relations department for more than 15 years, will assume responsibility for all of the raceway's event marketing and promotions, including advertising, event entertainment, publications and digital media. She will continue to oversee all media communications, as well as the facility's community initiatives, including the local chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Gary Phillips, who headed the raceway's ticketing department from 2003-2013 before becoming vice president of marketing, will depart the raceway in January to pursue entrepreneurial aspirations and join the digital marketing agency, Blue Collar Digital. To support the department alignment, Jennifer Imbimbo has been promoted to Director of Media & Community Relations. Imbimbo, who joined the raceway's media relations department in 2006, will oversee the planning and execution of all media and community relations events at the raceway. Courtney Kiser has been named Director of Marketing and will oversee the planning and execution of all the raceway's marketing initiatives; she joined the raceway in 2014. Kiser will be supported by Melissa Lamb, who has been promoted to marketing events manager, digital marketing and social media manager Tyler Pistoia and graphic designer Deidre Birkholt.(Sonoma Raceway)(10-10-2016)
Pedestrians struck after Martinsville race UPDATES: Multiple pedestrians were struck by a vehicle in a Martinsville Speedway parking lot after Sunday's race, a track official confirmed. A track spokesperson told NBC Sports that it didn't appear that there were any life-threatening injuries. The spokesperson stated that some pedestrians were evaluated and treated on scene and others were taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Virginia. A track spokesperson also stated that one person was taken into custody after the incident. At least four ambulances and eight police cars were spotted at the scene.(NBC Sports)(10-30-2016)
UPDATE: More than 20 people were injured when a vehicle hit them in a parking lot after Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. According to the Virginia State Police, 22 people were injured, with the majority treated at the scene for minor injuries. There were no fatalities among those injured, whose ages ranged from 13 to 65. Of the 22 injured, 13 patients were treated at the scene for minor injuries; another nine patients were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Seven individuals were transported to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, Virginia, with two taken to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, North Carolina. The accident occurred about an hour after the race, when a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible attempted to pass a Jeep Patriot. The Chevrolet struck the Jeep and then struck several nearby pedestrians. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash, according to the state police.(ESPN.com)(10-31-2016)
UPDATE2: Virginia State Police say they've charged a man with reckless driving after a crash injured 22 people in a Martinsville Speedway parking lot after a NASCAR race. Police said in a statement Monday that 65-year-old Gary T. Edem of Fairfax, Virginia, was released after a magistrate placed him on unsecured bond. Troopers say Edem was driving a Chevrolet when he tried to pass a Jeep in the disabled parking area Sunday evening. Investigators say Edem struck the Jeep and the pedestrians. The incident remains under investigation. (Associated Press)(11-1-2016)
Speedway Christmas returns to Charlotte November 19: While Halloween is around the corner, Charlotte Motor Speedway is already prepping for a Christmas light show extravaganza like no other. Speedway Christmas returns Nov. 19 with three million lights totaling a record 3.75 miles around the speedway, infield and concourse that will illuminate the iconic race track with Christmas-related staples including Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. Building on the fan-friendly holiday atmosphere, this year's Speedway Christmas - which runs until Dec. 31 but is closed on Christmas Day - will also feature an infield Christmas village with a petting zoo, Bethlehem village, horse-drawn wagon rides and photos with Santa. Additionally, fans can sit in their cars and cozy up to Movie Nights on the giant Speedway TV every Thursday-Sunday, with classic Christmas films including "A Christmas Story" and "Frozen" among those scheduled to air. The first day of Speedway Christmas coincides with the Egg Nog Jog 5K, a high-energy fun run to kick off the holiday festivities. Fans can buy tickets to Speedway Christmas, which start at just $20, by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/.(CMS)(10-29-2016)
Speedway Motorsports earnings benefit from Battle at Bristol: SMI this morning announced a mixed bag for its Q3 earnings report, as admissions revenue for core events was down but profit from non-core events was up sharply on the back of the Battle at Bristol college football game. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, total revenue was $170.7M, up 16% from last year's $144.41M, thanks to the Tennessee-Virginia Tech football game on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway. SMI reported in [Wednesday's] earnings that it profited between $5-6M from the game. SMI President & CEO Marcus Smith followed up in the earnings call by saying that SMI is ""pleased with the results of the game" and is "certainly working to that goal"" of adding more major, non-core events of this nature as a result. Q3 admissions revenue from core events, which included eight races, was down about 6%, from $31.6M in Q3 last year to $29.7M this year. SMI noted that it has continued to be plagued by poor weather at some of its events this season, including Bristol's Sprint Cup race during Q3, which was postponed a day. As expected, broadcast revenue rose by $2M or 3.1%, as part of the track's take from NASCAR's media-rights deals. (Sports Business Daily)(10-27-2016)
GEICO Extends Multiyear, Multi-Track Partnership with ISC: GEICO, the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the U.S., announced it will extend its multiyear partnership with International Speedway Corporation, owner / operator of 13 of the nation's major motorsports facilities. GEICO will continue its entitlement for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway as well as its Campground naming rights at eight ISC motorsports facilities. Debuting for NASCAR's Chase double elimination weekend Oct. 21-23, GEICO will provide naming rights to Talladega's Restart Zone. Beginning in 2017, GEICO will take ownership of this area at 10 additional ISC tracks as well.
GEICO's sponsorship of the GEICO 500 at Talladega will run through 2019, the year the mammoth 2.66-mile venue will celebrate its historical 50th anniversary. Next year's GEICO 500 is set for May 7, 2017.
"We're excited about extending our relationship with GEICO, one of the largest auto insurers in the U.S.," said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "This race, known for its thrilling on-track action at NASCAR's most competitive track, will continue to provide an incredible platform for GEICO to engage with fans." GEICO has been an entitlement partner with Talladega Superspeedway since 2014.
The GEICO Restart Zone will add significant brand visibility to an area just prior to the start / finish line indicating where the race leader is allowed to accelerate when the race is beginning or continuing following a caution. Further leveraging ISC's massive scale, GEICO will be represented at 11 of the Company's tracks beginning in 2017 including Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International. In and around the zone synonymous with thrilling racing action, lead changes and drama, GEICO's prominent signage will be seen not only by guests in attendance, but those watching the broadcast.
Recognizing ISC's ability to reach fans across the U.S. with its vast portfolio, GEICO also ensures that fans can enjoy the GEICO Campground at eight ISC facilities including Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International.
"At GEICO, we're always looking for new ways to engage with sports fans," said Ted Ward, GEICO marketing vice president. "Having our branding in the Restart Zone is not only a GEICO first, but also a first for all of NASCAR. This expansion of our presence at the track underscores the success of our NASCAR partnership."
Talladega Superspeedway's action-packed weekend kicks off today (Friday, Oct. 21) with practice sessions for both the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race and the Hellmann's 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event. Saturday's schedule includes Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for both the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (9:30 a.m. CDT) and the Hellmann's 500 (3:00 p.m. CDT). The fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (the Round of 8 Elimination race in the NCWTS Chase) gets the green flag at 12 Noon CDT. Sunday's Hellmann's 500, which will see the field of 12 contenders for the title be reduced to eight at the checkered flag, is set for a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday, Oct. 23.(TSS)(10-21-2016)
Coke Zero 400 tickets on sale: Tickets for the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled on Saturday, July 1 will go on sale Monday, Oct. 17 at 9:00am/et. Race fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend with the stars of NASCAR battling underneath the lights in the 160-lap, 400-mile race. Guests will also enjoy all the unprecedented amenities that come with the world's only motorsports stadium including 101,500 new, wider seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social "neighborhoods" and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 start at $60. Children 12 and under are only $20 in reserved stadium seating. Those wishing to attend should make their plans early. As part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, in addition to the action on the track, Daytona International Speedway will celebrate the July Fourth holiday by recognizing Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and showcasing one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast.(DIS)(10-15-2016)
International Speedway Corp details 3rd quarter financials: International Speedway Corp. held its conference call with investor analysts Thursday morning to detail results from the third quarter. ISC hosted four Sprint Cup weekends during the third quarter, which ended Aug. 31 - two races at Michigan, Daytona in July and Watkins Glen. Among the items mentioned in the nearly hour-long conference call:
- Admissions for comparable Cup events was up about 1 percent compared to the same time last year. This was mostly attributed to the Daytona race in July. In 2015, the seating capacity was reduced to about 50,000 for the Daytona summer race as construction continued on the grandstand. The stadium debuted at this year's Daytona 500 with 101,500 seats.
- Watkins Glen had a second consecutive sellout this year.
- Michigan International Speedway saw admission declines for both its Sprint Cup events.
- The average ticket price for the four Cup races at ISC tracks in the third quarter was $83.11. That's an increase of about 8 percent from the same period last year. The increase was mainly generated by the new seating and pricing at Daytona.
-The average ticket price for all Cup races at ISC tracks through the first nine months of the year is $96.14. That's an increase of about 8 percent, also driven by pricing at Daytona. - For the fourth quarter, ISC reported lower attendance-related revenue for Cup weekends at Darlington, Richmond and Chicagoland Speedway. Advance sales for the remaining events at ISC tracks (Kansas, Talladega, Martinsville, Phoenix and Homestead) are down 10 percent on average. ISC officials anticipate a sellout for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
See more at NBC Sports.(10-14-2016)
Martinsville Speedway to install lights: After nearly seven decades of automotive racing without lights, historic Martinsville Speedway is finally set to flip the switch. International Speedway Corporation announced that it will commit $5 million to equip the track with LED lighting, making it the first major motorsports facility to do so. The lights, which will begin installation following this year's Goody's Fast Relief 500 on October 30 and are scheduled to be in place by January 2017, represent the largest capital investment by ISC into Martinsville to date. "Bringing lights to Martinsville Speedway is something that has been a priority for us," said ISC President John Saunders. "But just like Martinsville, we wanted the lights for this project to be unique. They had to be of the highest-quality for both the competitors and the fans." The project, dubbed "Light Up Martinsville," will see the installation of an industry-leading LED lighting solution, which provides better illumination, greater flexibility and more efficiency than traditional metal halide lights. In addition to enhancing the fan experience at Martinsville Speedway, LED lighting will also enhance the quality of the broadcast for fans watching at home. The lighting solution will consist of multiple structures located around the perimeter of the facility and the infield of the track.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-12-2016)
NASCAR Champion's Week Fanfest event in Las Vegas cancelled: When NASCAR gets around to announcing the schedule for its annual Champion's Week in Las Vegas in early December, the popular Fanfest on Fremont Street won't be on it. Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials have confirmed the unofficial kickoff to Champion's Week will not be held this year because of conflicts in scheduling and logistics. Other Champion's Week events, such as the "Victory Lap" on the Las Vegas Strip, and the "After the Lap" interactive (and usually bawdy) question-and-answer session with Chase drivers at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms, are expected to go on as scheduled. This year's Champion Award's Banquet is set for Friday, Dec. 2.(Las Vegas Review-Journal)(9-28-2016)
Speedway Motorsports Put Fans, Families First with $10 NASCAR Cup Series Kids' Tickets: In conjunction with a NASCAR industry-wide effort to offer free NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series tickets for children 12 and under next season, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. announced a company-wide Fans First initiative Monday to price select children's tickets at just $10 each to Cup Series events at its eight premier speedways beginning in 2017. "Coming to the races should be about fun, not finances," said Speedway Motorsports' President and Chief Executive Officer Marcus Smith. "Now a parent can get his or her child through the gates for an entire weekend of NASCAR events - including pole night, a Camping World Truck or XFINITY Series race and a Cup Series race - for just $10. This is one of the best, if not THE best, family values in all professional sports. NASCAR fans have passed down their passion for motorsports from generation to generation for decades, and through this new Fans First initiative, we'll continue that legacy by introducing young fans to the sport and engaging them for years to come." With an adult ticket purchase, fans can buy up to two $10 tickets for children ages 12 and under to that same event in select seating sections. This offer is available at all of the 13 Cup Series events shown below next season. Tickets for many of Speedway Motorsports' 2017 events are already on sale.(CMS/SMI)(8-30-2016)
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 3:00pm/et
Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, February 25, 2017, TBA