Kansas Speedway, Kansas Army National Guard Partnership: Officials with Kansas Speedway and the Kansas Army National Guard announced the continuation of their partnership, which will include a swear in ceremony for newly enlisted soldiers to the Kansas Army National Guard. "I'm honored to be able to continue the great partnership we have with the Kansas Army National Guard," said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. "These men and women, along with their families, have made a huge commitment to protect and defend our country and I'm glad that we can recognize them during our event weekends."
"Our partnership with Kansas Speedway connects many of our troops to a sport they really enjoy while also providing us a venue to show the public what the Kansas National Guard is all about through equipment displays and demonstrations," said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas adjutant general. "We appreciate the generosity and support from Kansas Speedway and the enthusiasm and support the race fans show to our Guardsmen in attendance." The Kansas Army National Guard will also continue to partner with Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Army National Guard Pre-Race at all of Kansas Speedway's events in 2013.
Kansas Speedway season tickets and individual race tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com or calling 866.460.RACE (7223). Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages. Hy-Vee, the official grocery and tailgate pit stop of Kansas Speedway, has everything you need for your race day cooler.(Kansas Speedway)(4-19-2013)
Kansas officials: Expect longer waits: Fans attending NASCAR events at Kansas Speedway this weekend should expect slightly longer waits for security checks as a part of heightened security due to Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. "We've had several meetings with our local contact with the Kansas police department which interphases with Homeland Security and the FBI," track president Pat Warren said on Tuesday. "We don't discuss publicly the things we do because we don't want somebody who might do something bad to know what our plans, policies and procedures are. What I would say is that we treat every event seriously, and we treat the safety and security of our fans seriously. Probably it's a good idea for people to plan on a little more time getting through the gates, having their backpacks checked, their coolers checked, those kind of things." Warren said track security policies and procedures are the same now that were put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. In regards to a fan dying of a self-inflicted gunshot during last weekend's Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, Warren said it always has been track policy based on state and local law not to allow weapons at events. "Certainly we're paying attention to what happened at Boston and we're not ignoring that," he said. "The policies and procedures we have in place we feel are sufficient. Certainly people are going to be paying more attention."(ESPN)(4-16-2013)
Kansas City Chiefs players named race officials for STP 400: While they may not be rookies on the field, Kansas City Chiefs Jeff Allen and Don Stephenson may still need a yellow stripe as they attend the STP 400 on April 21 as honorary race officials. "Growing up in Kansas City, everyone always was either at Arrowhead or the race track and now I get to experience the best of both" said Stephenson, a starting left tackle for the Chiefs. "I can't wait to meet some of the drivers and help out as one of the Honorary Officials for the race!" Both players were drafted in the 2012 draft, with Allen being selected in the second round and Stephenson being selected in the third round. Allen was also named to the NFL's All-Rookie team in 2012.(Kansas Speedway)(4-16-2013)
Tate Stevens performing National Anthem at Kansas: Season Two X Factor winner Tate Stevens is returning home to sing the national anthem prior to the April 21, 2013 STP 400. Stevens, who hails from Belton, MO, is making his first appearance at Kansas Speedway prior to two concerts in Kansas City on April 21 and April 22, and the release of his debut album on April 23, 2013. Stevens' first hometown concert in Kansas City, scheduled for the evening of April 21, sold out in 30 minutes, leading him to add a second concert on April 22. He will also make several appearances in conjunction with the release of his self titled album before joining country music star Alan Jackson on several tour dates this year.(Kansas Speedway)(4-12-2013)
Kansas Speedway partners with Hy-Vee: Kansas Speedway and Hy-Vee, Inc. announced a partnership agreement that makes Hy-Vee the Official Grocer and Tailgate Pit Stop of the Kansas Speedway. Hy-Vee operates 26 full-service supermarkets throughout Kansas and the Kansas City metro area. Randy Edeker, Chairman, President and CEO of Hy-Vee, said the company has planned special events throughout the year to promote the Speedway and enhance the fan experience. The 2013 racing season at Kansas Speedway kicks off April 19-21 with the SFP 250 and STP 400.(Kansas Speedway)(4-6-2013)
Kansas Speedway extends ticket office hours: Kansas Speedway's ticket office will be open the weekends of April 6-7 and April 13-14 for fans wanting to purchase tickets to the STP 400 and SFP 250. On both weekends, the ticket office will be open from 10:00am-3:00pm/CT each day. Fans can also pick up Will Call tickets on each of these days. Kansas Speedway season tickets, which are currently on sale, include both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (April 21 and Oct. 6), the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (April 20), and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race (Oct. 5), along with a TrackPass, which allows you up close access to the Kansas National Guard pre-race activities, like NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions, the pre-race concert, and much more! Tickets can be purchased by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com or calling 866.460.RACE (7223). (Kansas Speedway)(4-3-2013)
Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway hosting Daytona 500 party: The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is ready to kick the season off by hosting an official Daytona 500 watch party in the Turn 2 Sports Bar and Restaurant. Turn 2, which opens at 11:30 am on Feb. 24, will be offering food and drink specials throughout the day and fans will have the opportunity to win great prizes throughout the race, including Hollywood Casino 400 merchandise and items autographed by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. The first 172 fans that enter Turn 2 will randomly be assigned a driver (with up to four people having the same number) and if your driver wins the Daytona 500, those fans will win two tickets, a parking pass and cold garage passes to the Kansas Speedway race weekend of their choice. Kansas Speedway season tickets, which are currently on sale, include both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (April 21 and Oct. 6), the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (April 20), and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race (Oct. 5), along with a TrackPass, which allows you up close access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions, the pre-race concert, and much more! Tickets can be purchased by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com or calling 866.460.RACE (7223). Individual race tickets are also on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or logging onto kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas Speedway)(2-16-2013)
ISC reports dip in profits: International Speedway Corp. saw a year-over-year decline in both its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings and revenues, but the narrowing of the revenue decline for its core business operations to less than 1 percent has company officials encouraged. "We experienced leading signs of revenue stabilization this year," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in both a news release and Thursday morning conference call with stock analysts. ISC, which operates Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks around that country that host NASCAR races and other motorsports events, generated a net profit of roughly $54.6 million for its fiscal year, which ended Nov. 30, down from $69.4 million in fiscal 2011, and a fourth-quarter net profit of about $24.7 million, down from $26.5 million the same period the previous year. Its revenues totaled $612.3 million in 2012, down from $629.7 million in 2011, and in the fourth quarter it generated $189.4 million in sales, down from $191.9 million the same period the previous year. Kennedy said ISC had year-over-year increases in both revenues from broadcast fees, corporate sponsorships and food, beverage and merchandise sales at races, but "we continue to experience modest headwinds with admissions, not to the degree experienced in 2011, but enough to know we still have further inroads to make with our consumer."(full article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-25-2013)
Kansas Speedway ticket office open on weekends: As the Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Lottery 300 and Kansas Lottery 98.9 near, the Kansas Speedway ticket office is extending office hours starting this weekend. The ticket office will be open from 10 AM - 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The hours will continue on Oct. 13 and 14 as well. Kansas Speedway's ticket office is also open Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM CT, and fans can purchase tickets online 24 hours a day at www.kansasspeedway.com. Race fans can also purchase tickets by calling 866.460.RACE (7223), Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 9 PM CT and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM - 7 PM CT. On race weekends, Kansas Speedway's toll-free number, 866.460.RACE (7223) is available from 8 AM - 9 PM CT.(Kansas Speedway)(10-5-2012)
Kansas Speedway announces 2013 schedule: Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren announced Kansas Speedway's 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Kansas Speedway's first race weekend will be April 19-21 and includes the SFP 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (April 20) and the STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (April 21). Kansas Speedway's fall race will move back to early October and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 will return as the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series will run on Oct. 5, while the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kansas Lottery 98.9 race will return under the lights on Oct. 4. In addition, a prospective date for GRAND-AM Road Racing is still being finalized. A limited number of tickets for the NASCAR races in 2013 will go on sale Monday, October 22. Season ticket holders will be able to renew their same seats or upgrade their seats during a renewal period in November. All other 2012 ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets following the season ticket holder renewal period. Kansas Speedway will again offer various payment plans as payment options. Tickets for Oct. 21, 2012 Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Oct. 20, 2012 Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Oct. 19, 2012 Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(9-22-2012)
Grand Marshal named for Kansas: As the championship battle heats up at the newly reconfigured Kansas Speedway, actor-comedian Rob Riggle, has decided to join in on the action and has been named Grand Marshal for the Hollywood Casino 400, the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Riggle recently hosted the 20th annual ESPY Awards on ESPN, which is also airing the Hollywood Casino 400 live from Kansas Speedway on Oct. 21 at 1pm/ct. "I am so honored to be the Grand Marshal for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway! I love NASCAR racing and I love going home to Kansas City," said Riggle, a native of Overland Park, Kan. and a University of Kansas graduate. "I'm not 100% sure what my responsibilities are as Grand Marshal? Do I get my own race car?" Riggle was recently added to the "FOX NFL Sunday" pre-game studio show this season, taking over the role of the show's in-house comedian. Earlier this year, Riggle also took part in the Drive4COPD Pro-Am Celebrity Racing Challenge at Auto Club Speedway to help raise awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Tickets for the Oct. 21 Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Oct. 20 Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Oct. 19 Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting www.kansasspeedway.com. Every season ticket comes with a Track Pass that provides you with access to the infield for the pre-race concert, driver introductions and much more! Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.
Sports cars test on Kansas Speedway's new road course: The new road course at Kansas Speedway finally got its test drive. Sports cars turned laps on the new, 2.36-mile course Wednesday morning. The course was built on the infield during a resurfacing of the outer oval that was completed in time for NASCAR testing a couple of weeks ago. The first Sprint Cup race on the new surface is Oct. 21. There is no date yet for the first sports car race at Kansas Speedway, but track President Pat Warren said it should be a night race next summer. Drivers from the Rolex and Continental Tires series took part in testing one week after Grand-Am and American Le Mans announced a merger that will join them as one series beginning in 2014.(Associated Press)(9-13-2012)
NASCAR adds practices at Kansas: With Kansas Speedway's track reconfiguration project this summer, NASCAR has added extra practice time to the schedule for teams and Kansas Speedway will open its gates to fans free of charge on Wed. Oct. 17 and Thu. Oct. 18, but is requesting a donation of $5 to March of Dimes' Bikers for Babies campaign. Volunteers will be at the gates to collect donations. On Wed., Oct. 17, parking lots will open at Noon and gates will open at 12:30 PM with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars scheduled to be on track from 1 PM – 5 PM. On Thur., Oct. 18, parking lots will open at 7:30 AM and gates will open at 8 AM with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars scheduled to be on track from 8:30 AM -12:30 PM and then NASCAR Nationwide Series cars will be on track from 1 PM – 5 PM. Tickets for the Oct. 21 Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Oct. 20 Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Oct. 19 Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting www.kansasspeedway.com.
Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(9-11-2012)
"The Truth Is" to perform concert at Kansas: With the release of their fourth studio album for Roadrunner/604 Records "The Truth Is" last year, platinum-selling band Theory of a Deadman will be making their Kansas Speedway debut on Oct. 19 when they perform a post-race concert near Gate B after the Kansas Lottery 98.9, as part of a Low Dough promotion with 98.9 the Rock. Tickets for the Kansas Lottery 98.9, which includes the Theory of a Deadman and Adelitas Way concerts, are just $9.89 in advance. On race day (Oct. 19), general admission tickets to the Kansas Lottery 98.9, Theory of a Deadman and Adelitas Way concerts will be $10. Tickets for the Oct. 21 Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Oct. 20 Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Oct. 19 Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(9-10-2012)
Candlebox performing prerace concert at Kansas: It's only fitting that with all of the changes around Kansas Speedway this summer, that a band with a hit song called "Change," perform the pre-race concert for the Hollywood Casino 400. Multi-platinum rock band Candlebox will perform at approximately 11:20 AM on Oct. 21. Candlebox released their latest album, Love Stories & Other Musings, on April 3, 2012, 21 years after the band formed in Seattle. The album evidences a newfound level of maturity for the band and at the same time, listening to it with the volume turned up reveals that the band remains filled with their youthful exuberance that marked their first go-round in the 1990s, a decade during which they ran off a string off alt-rock classics while selling north of five million albums. Love Stories & Other Musings features nine new songs, along with crisp re-recordings of five of the band's best-loved '90s hits, including the classics "Far Behind," "Cover Me," "You," and "Change," comprising a bountiful bonus for their diehard fans. Tickets for Kansas Speedway's 2012 race events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting kansasspeedway.com. Every season ticket comes with a Track Pass that provides you with access to the infield for the pre-race concert, driver introductions and much more! Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages (Kansas Speedway).(8-26-2012)
Goodyear tire testing at Kansas August 28-29: Final preparations of the Kansas Speedway oval are being done ahead of next week's Goodyear tire test on Aug. 28-29. Drivers scheduled to participate are #2-Brad Keselowski, #9-Marcos Ambrose, #17-Matt Kenseth, #20-Joey Logano, #27-Paul Menard, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #55-Mark Martin, #78-Regan Smith and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Testing dates, track schedule and drivers/teams are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.
The test is scheduled to run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day and will be open to the public and free of charge. Fans are asked to enter at Michigan Dr. off of Speedway Blvd. Due to another event setting up at Kansas Speedway, fans will only be able to enter at Gate D (closest to Turn 1) and sit in sections 169 and 171. Parking will be available in lots 5 and 6. Parking lots and gates will open at 8:30 AM. Sprint FanWalk will not be open during the test days.(Kansas Speedway)(8-22-2012)
Kansas Speedway repave update: The Kansas Speedway track reconfiguration and road course project is about to take the checkered flag, weather permitting, in a few days. There are just a few areas on the apron that need some last paving, along with pit road. The road course still needs guardrails and tire barriers, along with a few other finishing touches.(Kansas Speedway)(8-16-2012)
Kansas Speedway repave update: There is still some paving left to do on the project around the aprons, on pit road and on the road course, but the project is almost done and one of the first indications is that the SAFER Barriers are going back up as the Kansas Speedway oval is a couple of weeks away from stock cars testing out the new surface.(Kansas Speedway)(8-4-2012)
Goodyear tire test at Kansas Aug. 28-29: Kansas Speedway's track reconfiguration project is nearing completion and Sprint Cup Series teams are coming back to Kansas Speedway on Aug. 28-29 for their first look at the newly reconfigured track as they return for a Goodyear tire test. The test will run from 9:00am - 5:00 pm each day and will be open to the public and free of charge. Fans are asked to enter at Michigan Dr. off of Speedway Blvd. Due to another event setting up at Kansas Speedway, fans will only be able to enter at Gate D (closest to Turn 1) and sit in sections 169 and 171. Parking will be available in lots 5 and 6. Parking lots and gates will open at 8:30 AM. Sprint FanWalk will not be open during the test days. Restroom facilities will be open during the test. Concessions will not be available during the test days, however fans will be permitted to bring in a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and Coca-Cola products. This summer, crews have been adding variable banking to Kansas Speedway, changing the banking from the old 15 degrees to banking that is between 17 and 20 degrees in the turns. The banking on the frontstretch has also changed slightly, decreasing to 10 degrees (formerly 10.4 degrees), while the banking on the backstretch has increased slightly to 5.5 degrees (formerly five degrees). Crews also added an infield road course to Kansas Speedway. Testing dates, track schedule and drivers/teams are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.(Kansas Speedway)(7-31-2012)
Kansas Repave updates: The first layer of asphalt, called the drainage layer, and the second layer, or the base layer, are complete. Crews are working on test strips of the third and fourth layers, called the leveling and wearing layers, respectively, this week. Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren took the first full laps on the new surface last week. Updates throughout the project are available on their website at kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas Speedway)(6-20-2012)
AND: Paving continues on the third and fourth layers of the track reconfiguration at Kansas Speedway and work has begun on the new infield road course.
Benefiting from more regularly used technology: The "Pizza Cutter", as called by the crew, is used to remove the lower edge of less compacted asphalt (see attached photos). The roller simply can't properly compact the lower 12-inches of the asphalt pass. When the next lift of asphalt is laid, it tightly compresses against the cut edge and forms a much better joint (seam). This technique was not commonly used 12 years ago when Kansas Speedway was built and was a contributing factor to the large joints (seams) that were commonly referred to in the past.
Trying to stop problems before they start: Crews also use a density gauge, which measures the density of the asphalt to make sure the asphalt isn't too "hard" or too "soft" by measuring the voids in the asphalt mixture after it has been rolled and compacted. Both conditions can reduce the life of the asphalt: if it's too hard, it can make the asphalt brittle, and if it's too soft, it can make it susceptible to water intrusion and freeze-thaw problems, along with creating other issues. (a photo of the density gauge is available upon request)(6-21-2012)
Kansas Speedway repave update: This week as the construction crews continue work on the Kansas Speedway road course and continue to work on the banking as crews begin to cut the slope in Turns 3 and 4 to create the new variable banking and the first strip of test asphalt has been put down on pit road.(Kansas Speedway)(5-17-2012)
Kansas Speedway patches hole in track: A small patch job was needed to repair the Kansas Speedway track, which will be repaved following Sunday's STP 400. Loose asphalt was found, but not missing, at the exit of turn 1 Friday night. The hole, approximately five inches long, was patched with Polygem.
Drivers all weekend have questioned the need for a repave at the 11-year-old track, but the asphalt problem was pretty strong evidence of the need for the repave. The piece of asphalt was displayed in the Speedway media center Saturday.(Topeka Capital Journal)(4-22-2012)
Kansas looking for a night race: Kansas Speedway track president Pat Warren said Friday that he has asked for a Saturday night race next season. The fall race is not an option because ESPN wants Sunday races that do not to conflict with college football. That leaves the spring race, which was moved from early June last year to mid-April this year so there could be more time between events to accommodate the repaving. The track's fall date was moved back two weeks as well—to October 20-21. "I'm cautiously optimistic we're going to get something that is going to work," Warren said. "Hopefully we won't be in this particular spot in the schedule next year and ideally we will be at night when it's warmer." Most track operators want dates where cold weather won't be an issue. Dover moved its spring race from May to the June date that Kansas had last year. "Ideally we'd have a night race in late spring, early summer," Warren said. "I would hope later May, June or maybe even in July."(Sporting News)(4-21-2012)
Kansas Speedway repave starts Sunday: Kansas Speedway will have a different feel when the Sprint Cup series returns this fall. Immediately after Sunday's race, an M1A1 Abrams tank and armored combat earthmover from the Kansas Army National Guard will rumble over its asphalt surface, the ceremonial start to a massive renovation project that will include the construction of an infield road course. The biggest change will be to the surface itself. The old, worn-out pavement will be stripped away and the underlying material sculpted to transform the uniform 15-degree banking of the original layout to variable banking of 17 to 20 degrees. Pit road will also be reconstructed along with both straightaways.(Associated Press)(4-21-2012)
Victory Junction Camper Ambassadors named Kansas Grand Marshals: As part of their 40th anniversary celebration with Richard Petty, STP has named Victory Junction Campers, Keyley Bolding, Isaac Roberson, Sarah Roberson and Zac Roberson as Grand Marshals for Sunday's STP 400. "Victory Junction is synonymous with the Petty Family, as is STP, so it is great that STP has chosen to name these campers as grand marshals for the STP 400," said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren."We take great pride in our partnership with STP and look forward to a wonderful weekend of racing." In addition to naming these campers as Grand Marshals, STP is donating $43,000 to Victory Junction to help make campers dreams come true. As part of STP's anniversary with Richard Petty, a 1972 iconic STP car will be on display all weekend long for race fans to connect with the history of NASCAR and STP's long-standing involvement with the sport.
Tickets for Kansas Speedway's 2012 race events, including the STP 400 and the Hollywood Casino 400 (Oct. 21) are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting www.kansasspeedway.com. Every season ticket comes with a Track Pass that provides you with access to the infield for the pre-race concert, driver introductions and much more! Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(4-18-2012)
Kansas Speedway Builds Homes In Joplin: Kansas Speedway is joining six other athletic organizations in a Joplin, Mo.-area Habitat for Humanity effort to build 35 homes in Joplin, which was devastated by tornadoes last year. The program aims to build 35 new homes in the heart of Joplin during 2012 to provide continued aid to the city's recovery. Others participating are: the Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Royals, the University of Missouri Athletic Department, the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Blues.(PR)(4-18-2012)
Kansas Speedway offering free admission April 20 with donation: Kansas Speedway is offering fans free admission to the grandstands on Friday, April 20 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices. In lieu of admission, Kansas Speedway is requesting fans make an on-site donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Parking lots will open at 9 AM and gates will open at 11 AM with the first on track activity scheduled for 11:20 AM with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Truck Series will practice again at 2 PM. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will hold practice sessions from 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM and 3:30 PM - 5 PM.(Kansas Speedway)(4-6-2012)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd to perform concert at Kansas: Described as genre defining blues-infused rock and roll, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will perform a pre-race concert at Kansas Speedway prior to the April 22 STP 400. Guitar World gives high praise to the five time Grammy-nominated Shepherd, ranking him third on their list of top blues guitarists behind the legendary B.B. King and Eric Clapton. One of Shepherd's biggest hits "Blue on Black," was #1 on the rock charts for 17 consecutive weeks. He has had six albums reach the # 1 spot on Billboard's Blues chart, including 2011's "How I Go". The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is currently on tour promoting, "How I Go," and between touring dates, the Band is also back in the recording studio working on their next album, which they hope to release in early 2013.(Kansas Speedway)(3-11-2012)
Casino opens at Kansas Speedway: The ownership of Kansas Speedway is gambling on a new casino overlooking Turn 2 to generate interest, drive ticket sales and increase revenue during a sluggish time for motorsports. The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway officially opened Friday. Long lines of cars snaked out of the parking lots and along the roads running parallel to the backstretch of the track. The $411 million casino is a partnership between Penn National Gaming and International Speedway Corp., which owns and operates the speedway. The casino has about 1,000 full-time employees, 95,000 square feet of gaming, and is expected to attract 4 million guests annually with an estimated economic impact of $200 million a year. It also should boost interest in the two race weekends at Kansas Speedway, the first in April and the second in October.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(2-4-2012)
Kansas hosting season ticket holder track laps: As a way to say thank you to season ticket holders, Kansas Speedway will be hosting track laps on Oct. 18 from 3:00-10:00pm, Oct. 22 from 6:00-11:00pm, Oct. 26 from 3:00-10:00pm, and Oct. 28 from 3:00-10:00pm. Each account will be given one drive for three laps (first lap from pit road, second lap the entire track, and third lap back to pit road). Account holders can attend any day they prefer and are welcome to bring guests to ride along with them. Season ticketholders should enter off of France Family Drive. Gatorade Victory Lane will also be open for photos.(Kansas Speedway)(10-18-2011)
Golfer & Kansas Native named honorary official for Kansas race: With the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup action coming to Kansas Speedway on Oct. 9, another championship contender will make his way to Kansas Speedway. PGA Tour player Gary Woodland, who is from Topeka, Kan., has been named an honorary official for the Hollywood Casino 400. “We’re excited to have Gary participate in the pre-race activities for the Hollywood Casino,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “Gary had a great run in the PGA Tour’s championship playoffs this year and we’re looking forward to having him at our championship event as well.”
Woodland attended Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.) on a basketball scholarship before transferring to the University of Kansas to play golf. He turned professional in 2007 and earned his PGA Tour card in 2009. Earlier this year, Woodland tied for first in the Bob Hope Classic, losing in a playoff. In March of this year, Woodland won his first PGA title at the Transitions Championships. He finished tied for 12th at the PGA Championship in earlier this month.
Remaining 2011 events at Kansas Speedway include the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 9, the Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 8 and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Oct. 7 and tickets for all events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(10-5-2011)
Statements about road closure around Kansas Speedway: Statement from Kansas Speedway President Regarding Kansas Department Of Transportation Decision to Delay Road Closure Project: “I want to thank the Kansas Department of Transportation for their flexibility and willingness to change the construction schedule for the Quivira Road Improvement Project,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “This decision is more evidence of the strong partnership we have with the State of Kansas and ensures that NASCAR fans locally, as well as those travelling to our area, will have a great experience!"(Kansas Speedway)
AND The planned closure of westbound I-435 the weekend of Oct. 7-10 for construction work taking place near the Quivira Road interchange has been postponed a week.
"We have decided to reschedule this weekend's closures to accommodate the many race fans who will be traveling to the weekend-long NASCAR races at the Kansas Speedway," said Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Deputy Secretary Jerry Younger.(Kansas DOT News Release in part)(10-4-2011)
Hauler Parade at Kansas: For the first time, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will participate in a hauler parade in Kansas City, Kansas’ Village West area on Thursday, Oct. 6 before heading to Kansas Speedway’s infield for the Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The hauler parade kicks off the 5th annual Parade of Heroes, which features vintage military vehicles, local marching bands and fire and police departments. Parade of Heroes is presented each year by the Village West Rotary Club and honors men and women in uniform – soldiers, police, fire and our veterans. The parade will start at 5:45 PM with over 40 NASCAR haulers expected to participate. The parade will begin on Speedway Blvd, before turning onto Village West Parkway through The Legends. The haulers will turn onto Stadium Drive before turning left onto 110th Street and heading into Kansas Speedway for the weekend. Parking is available in Village West. Remaining 2011 events at Kansas Speedway include the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 9, the Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 8 and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Oct. 7 and tickets for all events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(10-4-2011)
Kansas announces National Anthem performers for race weekend: Kansas Speedway officials announced their national anthem singers for the upcoming Kansas Lottery 98.9, Kansas Lottery 300 and Hollywood Casino 400. Up and coming artist Tammie Davis will sing the national anthem for the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Oct. 7, new Curb Recording artist Rachel Holder will perform the anthem prior to the Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 8 and new Curb Recording artist Tim Dugger will sing the national anthem prior to the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 9. Dugger is no stranger to NASCAR, having performed at several tracks this season. The Alabama native's video for his single "Sunday Drive" is available on YouTube, which includes Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon. Holder and Dugger will play a post race concert showcasing their music for fans following the Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 8 in the Display Midway.(Kansas Speedway)(9-25-2011)
Kansas to have Kansas Lottery 300 post race concert: Kansas Speedway fans have another reason to attend the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, Oct. 8 - a post race concert by The Chris Weaver Band and Curb recording artists Tim Dugger and Rachel Holder. Holder is a Tennessee native, who is currently making the rounds at radio stations across the country. Holder's videos are currently available on YouTube. Dugger is no stranger to NASCAR, having performed at several tracks this season. The Alabama native's video for his single "Sunday Drive" is available on YouTube, which includes Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon. The Chris Weaver Band, who's first CD "Standing in Line" is available on iTunes, is currently in studio working on their second album. The band, who is currently touring throughout the country, counts among their fans NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer.(Kansas Speedway)(9-22-2011)
Kansas Speedway adds fan hospitality option: Kansas Speedway unveiled a new fan hospitality option for fans attending the Kansas Lottery 300 and Hollywood Casino 400 weekend, October 8 & 9. The Finish Line at Turn 1 will provide fans the opportunity to enhance their race day experience and not miss a minute of the exciting on track activity. The Finish Line is only $100 for Saturday, $150 for Sunday or $225 per person for the entire weekend and includes infield pit tours, meal and drink vouchers for each day, large screen TV's covering the racing action and DJ entertainment. The Finish Line has limited availability. Fans purchasing a ticket to The Finish Line must also have a grandstand ticket.(Kansas Speedway)(9-21-2011)
Kansas Speedway Extends Ticket Office Hours: As the days to the Hollywood Casino 400 weekend count down, Kansas Speedway is extending its office hours for race fans wanting to purchase tickets for the Kansas Lottery 98.9, Kansas Lottery 300 and the Hollywood Casino 400. Starting Saturday, Sept. 17, the Kansas Speedway Ticket Office will be open from 9 AM - 3 PM. The following Saturday, Sept. 24, the Ticket Office will also be open from 9 AM - 3 PM. On Oct. 1 (Saturday) and Oct. 2 (Sunday) the Ticket Office will be open from 9 AM - 3 PM each day for fans wanting to purchase tickets. Kansas Speedway's ticket office will also continue its regular office hours, Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM. Fans can also purchase race tickets by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas Speedway)(9-17-2011)
Easton Corbin to entertain fans prior to Hollywood Casino 400: As the championship actions heats up on the track at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 9, Easton Corbin, one of country music's hottest new acts, will warm up the crowd for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in a pre-race concert. Corbin, who has been compared to country music icon George Strait, broke onto the country music scene with his debut single, "A Little More Country than That", which peaked at No. 1 on the country charts for the week ending April 3, 2010. Corbin, who signed with Mercury Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville in 2009, is currently touring with Flatts Fest 2011, which features Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and Justin Moore, after spending 2010 on tour with Brad Paisley.(Kansas Speedway)(9-15-2011)
Kansas announces 2012 race dates: Kansas Speedway officials announced that the facility will again host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends in 2012, albeit both will be held on different surfaces, and the spring event weekend has moved to April to ensure the recently announced track improvements are completed. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns with the inaugural SFP 250 on Saturday, April 21 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns with the STP 400 on April 22, 2012, which will be the final race at the facility under its current design and with the current racing surface. When NASCAR returns to Kansas Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 20 and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 21, 2012, race teams will need to throw out the notes they have cultivated over the past decade at the facility and prepare for a new racing surface that includes banking up to 20 degrees. Remaining 2011 events at Kansas Speedway include the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 9, the Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 8 and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Oct. 7 and tickets for all events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(9-2-2011)
Kansas Speedway to repave in 2012: Immediately following the 2012 STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, the track will undergo a massive renovation project that includes repaving of the existing track surface, reconfiguration of the oval, and the addition of a new infield road course. “These are significant projects for Kansas Speedway and our fans,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “Given the harsh weather conditions in the Midwest, a repave of our existing racing surface was a must. Repaving a track is a huge undertaking so we decided it was the right time to make the other changes to our facility, which we believe will enhance our fans experience at Kansas Speedway.”
ISC Design and Development, International Speedway Corporation’s in-house design and construction group, will oversee the repave and road course projects. The group will utilize state of the art computer modeling to develop track geometry that features up to 20 degrees of variable banking in the turns; the current banking at Kansas Speedway is 15 degree uniform banking in the turns. To accomplish this reconfiguration, construction crews will remove the existing oval track asphalt pavement and re-grade the underlying soil to create the variable banking. In addition to the turns, the frontstretch, backstretch and pit road will all be reconstructed. The STP 400 on April 22, 2012 will be the final race at the facility under its current design and with the current racing surface.
Kansas Speedway’s new road course will feature a layout that winds through the infield. Portions of the infield will be graded and paved as part of the road course development.
Kansas Speedway will host the Hollywood Casino 400 (fourth Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup) on Oct. 9, 2011 and the Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 8, 2011. Tickets for all events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(7-7-2011)
Kansas recognizing Congressional Medal of Honor Winner: When Kansas Speedway hosts its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of the year, it will happen six days after Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in service for their country. Throughout the years, there have been countless military members who have put their lives on the line to save their friends and on June 5, Kansas Speedway will recognize one of those men - retired Col. Don Ballard, who selflessly put himself in harms way to protect his fellow comrades from enemy fire. In 1968, Ballard was a Navy Corpsman assigned to the Marines during Vietnam. As he attempted to move several injured Marines to a safer location, Ballard's unit was ambushed. He repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire as he moved and treated the Marines. At one point, the location was engulfed in crossfire and an enemy hand grenade landed amongst the wounded. Ballard picked it up and threw it back. After a few minutes, another grenade was thrown at his position. Not having time to pick it up, he selflessly through his body on the grenade to protect his patients. After a few minutes with no explosion, Ballard reached underneath him and grabbed the grenade and threw it away. According to witnesses, the grenade exploded in midair seconds later out of harms way.(Kansas Speedway)(6-1-2011)
Richard Petty Named Grand Marshal of STP 400: NASCAR’s most decorated driver will give the command to start engines for the inaugural STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Known simply as “The King”, Petty’s association with STP made him a natural selection for the June 5th event. “As our partnership with STP developed we became excited at the many opportunities it presented. STP’s return to the sport and longtime relationship with Richard lends an element of our sport’s history to Kansas Speedway.” said Pat Warren, president of Kansas Speedway. Petty, winner of a record 200 races, seven NASCAR Cup championships and inaugural inductee into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, will have a busy weekend at Kansas Speedway. On Friday morning at 9:00 am, “The King” will be available to the media in the track’s infield media center. From 9-9:30 am Saturday, he will conduct a question and answer session in the Sprint Fan Walk located between the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series garages. Fans can participate in Saturday morning’s Q & A by purchasing Sprint Fan Walk tickets online at kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE.
Kansas Speedway will host the STP 400, the first of two Sprint Cup races this year on Sunday, June 5th. The series will be joined by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on June 4th for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. The Nationwide Series will be in action on Saturday, October 8th for the running of the Kansas Lottery 300, followed by the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Cup event on Sunday, October 9th. Tickets for all Kansas Speedway events are on sale now and are available by calling 866.460.RACE or by visiting kansasspeedway.com. As always, parking is free and race fans are welcome to bring a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(5-30-2011)
Help Kansas Speedway Provide Disaster Relief to Kansas and Missouri: Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren announced today that Kansas Speedway will provide an opportunity for race fans to assist the disaster relief efforts in the tornado ravaged areas of Reading, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri.
For a $25 donation to the American Red Cross, fans will have the opportunity to drive their personal vehicle around Kansas Speedway on Friday, June 24 from 2 PM – 7 PM. For a donation of $50 to the American Red Cross, fans will have the opportunity to drive their vehicles around Kansas Speedway on Saturday, June 19 from 6:30 PM – 10 PM as part of the first event under the lights at Kansas Speedway.
“In times of crisis, it’s important for everyone to come together and help those in need,” said Warren. “We have several ticket holders in each of these devastated areas and we wanted to make sure they know that they, along with the rest of their communities, are not forgotten during times like this. I challenge others in our community, both race fans and non-race fans, to join us in our efforts to provide support to these areas.”
Cash and check donations will be accepted by the American Red Cross at Kansas Speedway on June 4 - 5. Vouchers will be given to any fan that donates during Kansas Speedway’s upcoming race weekend that will be redeemable for the corresponding date.
All vehicles must be street legal and equipped with enough seatbelts for all passengers. RV’s, tractor trailers and motorcycles will not be permitted. Fans can text “redcross” to 90999 to contribute a $10 donation. Fans are also encouraged to visit the American Red Cross website, www.redcross.org, for additional ways to assist the relief efforts.(Kansas Speedway)(5-24-2011)
Jake Owen to Entertain Fans before at Kansas: In addition to the thrills on the track, race fans will experience an “Eight Second Ride,” coupled with a dose of “Yee-Haw,” when country superstar Jake Owen takes to the stage prior to the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Owen, a Florida native, is expected to perform hits from his first album, “Startin’ With Me,” and his sophomore effort, “Easy Does It.” The RCA Nashville recording artist is a CMA-ACM-Grammy nominated entertainer known for his southern style and charm, he cites Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and Conway Twitty as those who inspire his music. Tickets for the STP 400, which includes the Jake Owen pre-race concert, are available now. Individual tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on June 4th are also on sale. Fans can purchase tickets to Kansas Speedway by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas Speedway)(4-30-2011)
STP jumping back into racing: UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, STP will announce its return to big league racing, an aggressive sponsorship plan that will have the old familiar "racer's edge" mantra back in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series as well as the NHRA, plus multiple racetrack sponsorships. It begins with NASCAR's split weekend of June 4-5, when the Saturday night Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland Speedway will be the STP 300 and the following Sunday afternoon's Sprint Cup race will be the STP 400. That same weekend, Richard Petty's famous #43 car, driven by A.J. Allmendinger, will carry The King's iconic 1972 STP paint scheme, marking the first time that car has carried those colors since a two-race deal in 2006. In addition, STP has signed track sponsorship deals with International Speedway Corp. properties, including Daytona, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, Michigan, Chicagoland and Kansas. The company has also inked a multiyear sponsorship of Infineon Raceway, including title sponsorship of its Wednesday night drag racing series.(ESPN.com)(4-13-2010)
UPDATE: When STP and Richard Petty first signed a deal in 1972, it forever changed the sponsorship landscape within the sport of auto racing. To mark its 39 year history in racing, the STP brand is building its presence in the sport through multiple series’ including NASCAR, NHRA, World of Outlaws, Infineon Speedway, and at several International Speedway Corporation (ISC) tracks.
STP’s racing portfolio includes:
• Multi-year title sponsorship of the Nationwide and Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway, respectively. This year, the STP 300 Nationwide Series race will take place on June 4 and the STP 400 Cup race will run on June 5.
• The STP-branded #43 car will make its return to the track driven by Richard Petty Motorsports driver, AJ Allmendinger, during the STP 400. The No. 43 STP Ford Fusion will be a modern replica of the 1972 paint scheme featuring the original Petty Blue and STP Day-Glo Red.
• Primary sponsor of two-time NHRA Full Throttle Nitro Funny Car Champion Tony Pedregon for three races (Las Vegas, Houston and Infineon) and an associate sponsorship for the balance of the season.
• Multi-year track sponsorships with a number of ISC properties including Daytona, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, Michigan, Chicagoland and Kansas.
• Multi-year track sponsorship of Infineon Raceway and title sponsor of Wednesday Night Drags and Bracket Drags.
• Continued sponsorship of Tony Stewart Racing and four-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz and the World of Outlaws Series.(MATTER, Edelman/STP)(4-13-2011)
Kansas Speedway partnering with Harvesters on June 3: Kansas Speedway is partnering with Harvesters - The Community Food Network to benefit Harvesters' BackSnack program. Fans that attend the June 3 practice sessions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kansas Speedway will be able to make a monetary donation to the BackSnack program when they enter the gates at Kansas Speedway. The BackSnack program, provides backpacks of healthy, kid-friendly food to low-income children who are at risk of being hungry on the weekends. Harvesters provides the food and backpacks, and a community partner cleans and fills the backpacks with food each week. Schools distribute the backpacks on Fridays to students who then bring them back on Mondays to start the process again. This year alone, the BackSnack program is feeding more than 13,000 students each weekend in Harvesters' 26-county service area. It takes $200 to provide one backpack to one child for the entire school year. Volunteers from Harvesters will be on hand to collect the donations at the Speedway or race fans can donate $10 to Harvesters by texting FOOD to 41010.(Kansas Speedway)(4-13-2011)
Kansas June race, qualifying on Saturday: In a continual effort to optimize the fan experience while allowing fans to stretch their entertainment dollar, Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for the Kansas Speedway 400 will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2011. “We feel that that by moving Sprint Cup qualifying from Friday to Saturday will allow fans to be more involved in the entire weekend’s festivities while easing some travel and lodging concerns,” said Warren. “Our fans will be able to see Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series qualifying in addition, to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 truck series event on the same day.” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will vie for the pole position beginning at 9:40 am followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 11:10 am. Opening ceremonies for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 will begin at 12:30 pm with trucks taking the green flag at 1:00 pm. O’Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying Day for the Oct. 9 Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway will be on Friday, Oct. 7. Tickets are available for all races by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking at Kansas Speedway is always free and fans may bring one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands to enjoy their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(3-29-2011)
Kansas signs longterm sponsor of fall Sprint Cup race: Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren announced that Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will sponsor the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for 10 years beginning with the Oct. 9, 2011 race. The race will be the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and is a part of NASCAR’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In April 2010, construction began on the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway overlooking Turn Two of the speedway. The new facility is expected to open in the first half of 2012. Single race tickets for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, as well as all events on the 2011 Kansas Speedway schedule, are currently on sale. The $300 million Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is being developed by Kansas Entertainment, a joint venture of Kansas Speedway Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation (ISC), and Penn Hollywood Kansas, Inc., a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming Inc.
The first phase of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will include a state-of-the-art casino with capacity for 2,300 slot machines, 61 table games and 25 poker tables on a 100,000 square-foot gaming floor. Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will also feature 28,000 square-feet of other amenities including restaurants, clubs and nightlife attractions. The addition of the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is estimated to bring nearly 440,000 tourists per year to the facility and create over 1,000 full time positions; elevating the facility to a year-round tourist destination.
The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway is part of an action packed race weekend that will include the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Oct. 8. Penn National Gaming will bring VIP guests from its 17 gaming facilities throughout the country to Kansas Speedway where they will have the opportunity to meet NASCAR drivers, tour the infield and pit areas, and enjoy special seating and entertainment during the weekend’s races.
Kansas Speedway tickets are on sale now for the 2011 season. Season tickets are available, starting at just $159 and include two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck race, the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and a Track Pass for each Sunday race event. Individual tickets are also on sale now for all events (June 4 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250, the June 5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Oct. 8 Kansas Lottery 300 and the Oct. 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race). Tickets for the June 5 Sprint Cup race start at just $59 and tickets for the Oct. 9 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $64. Tickets are available by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking at Kansas Speedway is always free. Fans can bring into the grandstands a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and drinks.(Kansas Speedway)(2-18-2011)
Kansas making changes to enhance fan experience: Continuing to make Kansas Speedway the best guest experience in motorsports, Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren announced several enhancements to the fan experience at Kansas Speedway, including two projects that will total over $2 million. Kansas Speedway is increasing the width of its seats throughout the grandstands, a project that is scheduled to be completed for the new June event weekend (June 4-5, 2011). The project will increase seat widths of both chair back and bleacher seating. Seats that are currently 18 inches will become 20 inches and seats that are 20 inches will increase to 22 inches, which will improve fan comfort during events. The previous grandstand seats, both aluminum and plastic, will be recycled.
In addition to widening seats in the grandstand, Kansas Speedway is also increasing the size of coolers fans can bring to the track. Starting with the June events, soft-sided coolers measuring 14”x14”x14” or 2,700 cubic inches will be permitted – which is six times bigger than in years past. Coolers of this size typically have a removable plastic liner and are branded to hold 24 to 36 cans of carbonated beverages. To ensure these items fit underneath grandstand seats and do not block walkways, coolers with telescoping handles and wheels will not be permitted. As part of its standard policy, hard-sided coolers will not be allowed into the grandstand area.
Safety improvements allow enhanced convenience for fans while continuing to provide a secure environment. To make it more convenient for fans to carry additional items such as cameras, radio scanners and souvenirs, fans can now utilize lightweight backpacks or daypacks similar to those used by school students. Fan comfort and safety remains a top priority so all items carried into the speedway will be subject to a thorough and complete search by security personnel prior to entering the ticket gates. Kansas Speedway is adding to its popular Blue Ox campground with an additional paved lot on the north side of Speedway property adjacent to State Blvd. The campground will add 185 camping spots to the facility.
When race fans arrive at Kansas Speedway in June, they will also notice the new Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway as the steel portion of the project is expected to be completed by the end of February. Overlooking Turn 2, the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is slated to open in the first quarter of 2012. Parking at Kansas Speedway is always free. Kansas Speedway tickets are on sale now for the 2011 season and are available by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas Speedway)(2-6-2011)
Kansas Speedway will widen some seats: Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren announced several enhancements to the fan experience at Kansas Speedway, including two projects that will total over $2 million. Kansas Speedway is increasing the width of its seats throughout the grandstands, a project that is scheduled to be completed for the new June event weekend (June 4-5, 2011). The project will increase seat widths of both chair back and bleacher seating. Seats that are currently 18 inches will become 20 inches and seats that are 20 inches will increase to 22 inches, which will improve fan comfort during events. The previous grandstand seats, both aluminum and plastic, will be recycled. In addition to widening seats in the grandstand, Kansas Speedway is also increasing the size of coolers fans can bring to the track. Starting with the June events, soft-sided coolers measuring 14"x14"x14" or 2,700 cubic inches will be permitted - which is six times bigger than in years past.(Kansas Speedway)(1-28-2011)
Kansas Speedway donating to backback program: Each year, thousands of children across the country receive free and reduced-price school meals during the week, but are at risk of going hungry on the weekends. That includes Wyandotte County where approximately 1,540 children are enrolled in Harvesters BackSnack program. Kansas Speedway is making a $15,000 donation to Harvesters through the Community Foundation of Wyandotte County to help fund the BackSnack program. The Community Foundation of Wyandotte County has also agreed to match the donation. The program, which began as a pilot project in 2004, provides backpacks of food to low-income children for the weekend. Harvesters provides the food and backpacks, and a partnering organization cleans them out and packs them with food each week. Schools distribute the backpacks on Friday to students who then bring them back on Monday to start the process again. This year alone, the BackSnack program will feed approximately 13,000 students each weekend in Harvesters 26-county service area. It takes $200 to provide one backpack to one child for the entire school year and anyone interested in participating in the program is encouraged to contact Harvesters online or by phone at 816.929.3010.(Kansas Speedway)(12-20-2010)
Repaving and graduated banking in the furture for Kansas? Darren Cook, vice president of operations at Kansas Speedway, told RacinToday Tuesday that the surface of the 1.5-mile Kansas track has aged to the point where it is just a matter of time before it will need to be replaced and that that time is drawing near.
And when it is replaced, Cook said, the current banking of 15 degrees in the corners, 10.4 degrees in the front stretch and five degrees in the back stretch will likely give way to the type of graduated banking that has been so successful at places like Homestead-Miami Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kansas Speedway was completed in time for the 2001 season of racing. The surface at the track was pronounced back then to be high tech and state of the art. Since then, it has hosted 10 seasons of Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Trucks, ARCA and Indy Racing League events. And it has also undergone something which few other tracks hosting major events have undergone – brutal Heartland weather conditions that aggressively attack asphalt surfaces. Cook said that the freeze-and-thaw cycle in the Heartland has issued a beating to the Kansas Speedway surface. He also said that low quality materials and a “less than ideal job” during construction may have contributed to a deterioration of joints in the asphalt.
“We’d look at a variable-banking surface because it would create side-by-side racing quicker than waiting for a second groove to come in at a track that is not as banked. You could go up there high because you got greater banking than the guy below you. You got to create a reason to be up above.” Both Homestead and Las Vegas now top out at 20 degrees of banking in the turns. Speeds have gone up at those places and the racing has improved. Progressive banking could be accomplished without a massive re-excavation of the facility. That is a must, Cook said. Speedway officials would not want to institute a fix that would necessitate a reworked apron and infield on the bottom of the track and new walls – and big grandstand reconfigurations – at the top of the track. And, he said, the track will remain a 1.5-miler. Also tricky at Kansas will be the actual construction. In the track’s area of the country, work can stop for long periods in the winter months. Cook said studies will have to be done on which would be the best construction window – after the October race and hope it can be completed for the June race, or after the June race and hope to complete it by the October race. Cook said the talks have just begun on the matter and no timetable has been set for the repave. Construction is currently under way on the Hollywood Casino above Turn 2 of the track. Construction of the casino delayed construction of a planned infield road course at Kansas.(RacinToday)(10-6-2010)
Kansas Speedway to introduce tickets for individual races in 2011: Kansas Speedway is changing its ticket policy for 2011 and will allow fans to purchase tickets for each of the four races instead of requiring they buy season tickets. For the first time in the track’s 11-year history, the 2011 schedule will include two NASCAR Sprint Cup races. The 2011 schedule calls for the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series and Sprint Cup Series on June 4 and 5, and the Oct. 8 and 9 weekend will be include the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup. In previous years, fans were required to buy season tickets for all speedway events — the IndyCar Series, the Camping World Trucks Series, the NASCAR Nationwide and the Sprint Cup series. This season, fans had the option of buying weekend packages. Next season, the IndyCar Series will not return, and with two Sprint Cup race weekends, Kansas Speedway officials decided to make tickets for individual races or through a season ticket. Pat Warren, the president of Kansas Speedway said the starting price for the Sprint Cup race in June will be $59, and $64 in October because it’s a Chase for the Sprint Cup event. The Track Pass is for each of the two Sprint Cup races and enables season ticket holders to attend all of the pre-race activities that include concerts, driver introductions, it’s drivers’ appearances on the infield. This weekend, the Nationwide Series on Saturday attracted a crowd of about 70,000, and the Sprint Cup race drew an estimated 100,000 at Kansas Speedway, which seats 82,000 in addition to RVs that fill the infield and overlook the track.(Kansas City Star)(10-4-2010)
Biffle wins at Kansas: #16-Greg Biffle won the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 2nd win of 2010 last winning at Pocono, 7 races ago and the 16th win of his career. #48-Johnson finished second followed by #29-Harvick, #14-Stewart, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #17-Kenseth, #98-Menard, #39-Newman and #43-Allmendinger. Pole sitter #9-Kahne finished 37th after losing a tire and hitting the wall.
There were 20 lead changes among 12 drivers and 5 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 100,000, same as 2009.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs are ESPN2, Monday, October 4 at 2:00am/et; and SPEED, October 6 at 12:00pm/et.
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Kansas Race Results/Awards page.(10-3-2010)
See drivers championship points standings, the old system and more on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-3-2010)
Kansas announces two race dates for 2011: Kansas Speedway and International Speedway Corporation announced that NASCAR has approved ISC’s request for realignment and beginning in 2011, Kansas Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend will be held June 4-5 and the second event weekend will be the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Oct. 8-9.(Kansas Speedway)(8-10-2010)
Lights going up at Kansas: Kansas Speedway will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2011 with two NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends — one in June, the other in October — and lights for the facility. The addition of lights was estimated in excess of $2 million when Kansas Speedway began requesting them, but much of the conduits and infrastructure for lights were installed when the $260 million track was built. When ISC did not approve the installation of lights, Kansas Speedway eventually moved those races to late April and early May in 2007. Now, with a Cup weekend in June and the casino in operation around the clock in 2011, the timing was right for lights at the track. “The lights are going up,” said Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren, “but whether we have a night race next year is still a question. The lights won’t be functioning this fall, but they’ll be completed by next spring.”(Kansas City Star)(8-9-2010)
Kansas Speedway Announces Hiring & Promotion: Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren announced today the hiring of Chris Schwartz as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales and the promotion of Darren Cook to Vice President of Operations. Schwartz will be responsible for all aspects of consumer marketing, ticketing, public relations, and corporate sales at Kansas Speedway. He has worked for Penske Racing, The Valvoline Company, Conseco, M3 Management and most recently he was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Cook has been with Kansas Speedway for eight years overseeing all aspects of facility operations. Prior to joining the Speedway, Cook was the Facilities Director at the University of Kansas for 19 years where he was responsible for the University’s athletic facilities, including Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium. Kansas Speedway tickets for Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2010 events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE or going to www.kansasspeedway.com.(KS PR)(7-10-2010)
Some 2011 schedule speculation: It appears more likely than ever the 2011 Sprint Cup slate will have a much different look than it has in recent seasons. NASCAR acknowledged both SMI and ISC have requested realignment date changes for next year, and there are reports Kentucky and a second date for Las Vegas will be part of the SMI plan, at the expense of races in New Hampshire and Atlanta, and Kansas will gain a second NASCAR weekend when Auto Club Speedway gets stripped of its February date.(CBS Sports) to see what tracks have already confirmed their dates for next year, check out my 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 'tentative' Schedule page.(7-5-2010)
ISC formally requests second date for Kansas: International Speedway Corp. has formally petitioned NASCAR to give Kansas Speedway a second Sprint Cup race as early as 2011. ISC spokesman Lenny Santiago says he expects an answer later this summer, before NASCAR unveils next year's schedule. He declined to talk about details of the petition that include potential dates. Santiago believes Kansas is a strong candidate to get a second race because of the track's history of well-attended events and the construction of a new casino overlooking the track. It also could help that NASCAR's primary sponsor, Sprint, is headquartered in Overland Park, Kan. It's unclear how the Cup schedule would shake out if NASCAR grants Kansas a second date.(Associated Press/ESPN)(7-2-2010)
2011: Kansas 2nd date? Kentucky may not go Cup? No word yet on NASCAR's 2011 tour schedule. But that new second Cup weekend proposed for Kansas City, with the opening of that new casino just outside the first turn, has some stock car racing promoters wondering – perhaps sweating out -- just where that Cup date will come from. With the NASCAR Cup tour already working 38 weeks a season, no one expects CEO Brian France to add a 39th week for Kansas. Rather that that new race will have to come at the expense of one of the France family's current International Speedway Corp. (ISC) tracks. ISC runs 19 Sprint Cup events at its 12 tracks: Daytona, California, Martinsville, Phoenix, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, Michigan, Chicagoland, Watkins Glen, Kansas and Homestead-Miami. The ISC track losing a week for that second Kansas race? Michigan president Roger Curtis insists that it won't be his, that this track will continue to host two Cup events. Curtis, who took the reins here in 2006, has just cut the ribbon on a huge new array of pit road suites and infield-to-grandstand pedestrian tunnel, part of some $55 million in capital improvement projects, including a new scoreboard, new sound system, better infield drainage, and 23,000 more grandstand seats. (Here's Curtis talking about his 'infield project: http://bit.ly/c17XTV ) And Curtis says NASCAR officials want him next to start rebuilding the garage area itself, which really hasn't been greatly improved in years.
But Bruton Smith, who runs rival Speedway Motorsports (SMI), may be backing away from pushing for a Cup weekend in 2011 at his Kentucky Speedway, which hosted Saturday night's Nationwide 300 (to a less than 72,000-capacity crowd). Smith, to move a Cup date to Kentucky, would also likely have to cut a Cup weekend from one of his seven tracks [Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Infineon, Las Vegas, New Hampshire and Texas] current tracks that host 12 races.(MikeMulhern.net)(6-14-2010)
Groundbreaking for casino at Kansas Speedway: Kansas Entertainment, LLC, commenced construction of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway as Company representatives and local officials recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony at Turn 2, the track-side site of the new facility. Kansas Entertainment is a 50/50 joint venture of Penn Hollywood Kansas, Inc, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, Inc.and Kansas Speedway Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation. The following company representatives and local officials participated in the groundbreaking ceremony:
· Tim Wilmott, President and Chief Operating Officer of Penn National Gaming;
· Troy Findley, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas;
· William Falstad, Commissioner of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission;
· Ed Van Petten, Kansas Lottery Executive Director;
· Jeff Boerger, President of Kansas Speedway Development Corporation; and,
· Joe Reardon, Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.
The first phase of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway includes a state-of-the-art casino and is expected to open in early 2012 with 2,300 slot machines, 61 gaming tables and 25 poker tables on a 100,000 square-foot gaming floor. Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will also feature 28,000 square-feet of other amenities including restaurants, clubs and night-life attractions. The addition of the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is estimated to bring nearly 440,000 tourists per year and created 1,050 full time positions; elevating the state to a first-class, year-round tourist destination.(Kansas Speedway)(5-3-2010)
ISC to evaluate tracks before deciding which loses race to Kansas: The chief operating officer for International Speedway Corp., Roger VanDerSnick, says the financial fortunes of Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Phoenix International Raceway and Michigan International Speedway will be evaluated in 2010 as ISC tries to decide how to shift a Sprint Cup race to Kansas Speedway in 2011. Those three tracks are among the four ISC markets hit worst by the economic downturn. The fourth is south Florida, where Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts the season finales for NASCAR's three major series. "Those are our four challenging areas: Southern California, Phoenix, Michigan and Florida," VanDerSnick said. "We have a decision to make for 2011 on what date goes to Kansas? So we have a number of different models helping us drive through the decision-making process on that. Once we're close to a recommendation, we'll make a proposal to NASCAR that we want to realign a race to Kansas for that second weekend." Kansas Speedway has been waiting on approval for a casino complex that is expected to receive final approval next month by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. Part of the speedway's pitch for the facility was the guarantee of a second annual Cup race, which would be on the 2011 schedule. NASCAR usually releases its annual schedules in late summer, and VanDerSnick says discussions with tracks normally begin in March and continue through spring. The first Cup races for Auto Club (Feb. 21) and Phoenix (April 10) are within or before that timeframe. Michigan's first Cup race is June 13.(USA Today)(1-18-2010)
Price Chopper, Kraft Foods Renew Sponsorship at Kansas: Kansas Speedway announced today that Price Chopper and Kraft Foods have renewed their sponsorship of the facility’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, scheduled for Oct. 3, 2010. Starting with the 2010 season, fans can purchase a weekend only ticket that includes the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods and the Kansas Lottery 300. Individual tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 and the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 are also available. Fans can also purchase a season ticket that includes all four races and the new Kansas Speedway Track Pass that will allow access to driver introductions and Sprint FanWalk prior to each Sunday race. To purchase Kansas Speedway tickets, call 866.460.RACE or log onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Kansas Speedway continues to offer free parking and allows fans to bring in a 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and drink.(Kansas Speedway)(12-18-2009)
2010 Kansas Speedway Tickets on Sale: Kansas Speedway tickets for the 2010 season will go on sale Dec. 15, 2009. Kansas Speedway will continue to offer fans a season ticket option, which will include four races (NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series, IZOD IndyCar Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) over two weekends and access to the new Track Pass, which will allow season ticket holders access to the infield to take part in driver introductions and Sprint FanWalk prior to each Sunday race. New in 2010, Kansas Speedway is offering fans the opportunity to purchase a weekend-only ticket for Oct. 2 – 3, 2010, that includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas 400 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. Also new in 2010, fans will be able to purchase tickets to the IZOD IndyCar Series Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 (May 1, 2010) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 (May 2, 2010) races separately. To purchase Kansas Speedway tickets, call 866.460.RACE or log onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Kansas Speedway continues to offer free parking and allows fans to bring in a 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and drink.(Kansas Speedway)(12-13-2009)
Kansas Speedway casino project approved: Kansas Entertainment, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture of Penn Hollywood Kansas, Inc, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, Inc. and Kansas Speedway Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), was selected on Tuesday by the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board to develop and operate a Hollywood-themed entertainment destination facility overlooking Turn 2 at Kansas Speedway in the North East Gaming Zone in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Based on its selection, and subject to background investigations and licensing by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission which are expected to be completed in early 2010, Kansas Entertainment would begin construction of the Hollywood-themed and branded entertainment destination facility in the second half of 2010 with a planned opening in the first quarter of 2012.
The initial phase of the new facility, budgeted at $386 million, would include a 100,000-square-foot casino floor with capacity for 2,300 slot machines and 86 table games, a high-energy lounge and a variety of dining and entertainment options. Additional project phases including a hotel, expanded gaming space, a spa, convention center and entertainment retail district, have been master planned and will be developed based on market demand. Penn National Gaming and International Speedway Corporation will equally share the full development cost and future cash requirements which are expected to approximate $290 million and be comprised of project financing, gaming equipment lease financing and owner equity contributions.(Kansas Speedway)(12-2-2009)
Kansas Speedway presented American Flag Flown in Afghanistan: Kansas Speedway has been presented an American flag that was flown aboard an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Tail #321 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 09-10. “On behalf of the entire Kansas Speedway staff, we’re honored to be presented this flag by Maj. Matthew Weinshel and we will proudly display it in our offices,” said Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger. “We’re thankful for all of the brave men and women in our military who protect our freedom on a daily basis. The staff at Kansas Speedway was fortunate to meet several US Special Operations Command members, including Maj. Weinshel, prior to our 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and many of those that joined us on that day are currently serving overseas.” Maj. Weinshel changed units to the 82d Combat Aviation Brigade in December, 2008, specifically Task Force Saber. Task Force Saber is the tip of the spear in the aerial fight against insurgents in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar. It’s comprised of two troops, OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, one company of AH-64D Apaches, two UH-60C Blackhawks, one company of Pathfinders and aviation unit maintenance troop, a forward support troop and a headquarters element. Maj. Weinshel was the pilot during this operation. The US Special Operations Command took part in a special pre-race ceremony in 2008, delivering the pace car for the Kansas 400.(Kansas Speedway)(11-11-2009)
Kansas: Tar of Death?: It seems there could be trouble with the racing surface at Kansas Speedway. That trouble would be with the seams. The tar filling the seams, to be exact, is sending the Sprint Cup cars off their intended course. #2-Kurt Busch called it, “The tar of death”. #24-Jeff Gordon said, “The seams are unreal. I don’t know if they put a different sealer on them or what’s going on. The seams, beside the wind, are playing havoc today.” The four-time champion said the tar-covered seams are forcing drivers to make decisions. “You either got to go above them, straddle them or somehow get below them,” Gordon said. “It’s definitely challenging.” Busch said, “Last year I had a hard time here at Kansas. I don’t know when they put that tar sealant down to help with drainage, water getting into the cracks and pot holes developing or big bumps…(but) I couldn’t go from the second lane to the third lane or the second lane back to the first lane without crossing the ‘tar of death’. It was tough.”(Racin' Today)(10-3-2009)
Kansas Speedway Offering New Ticket Options for 2010: Starting in 2010, fans attending races at Kansas Speedway will have new ticket options as Kansas Speedway celebrates its 10th anniversary. For the first time, Kansas Speedway will offer ticketing options besides a season ticket. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase a weekend only package that will include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas 400 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. Also new in 2010 is the option for fans to purchase the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 and the IndyCar Series Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 individually. Kansas Speedway will continue to offer fans a season ticket option, which will include four races over two weekends and access to the new Track Pass, which will allow season ticket holders access to the infield to take part in driver introductions and Sprint FanWalk for each Sunday race. For more information regarding 2010 tickets, call 866.460.RACE or log onto www.kansasspeedway.com.(10-2-2009)
Kansas Speedway donates tix to National Guard: The Kansas Speedway has donated approximately 3,000 tickets for Kansas National Guard personnel to attend an upcoming NASCAR race, the Adjutant General's Department announced Thursday. Tickets for the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 Sunday were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger said the tickets were donated to thank the men and women of the military and their families for everything they do for the country. "Our men and women who serve at home and overseas work in a fast-paced environment," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general, "and since there aren't many things faster than NASCAR, this provides them and their families a great opportunity. We appreciate the generosity of Kansas Speedway and their ongoing support of our soliders and airmen." The Kansas Speedway has donated tickets to other racing events in the past, and the facilities have been used for Kansas National Guard training events.(Topeka Capital Journal)(10-2-2009)
K-State solar car to be on display at Kansas Speedway: Members of Kansas State University’s solar car team will be displaying their car, Paragon, at two locations in the Kansas City area: at the Kansas Speedway Friday, Oct. 2; and at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday, Oct. 3, for the K-State football game against Iowa State University. The Kansas City Catbackers helped arrange the solar car’s display in conjunction with the K-State football game at Arrowhead and NASCAR events at the Kansas Speedway. The K-State solar car team has been building and racing solar cars since 1995. Paragon was built by the team in 2005 for the North American Solar Challenge. Members of the team are primarily K-State students in electrical and mechanical engineering, but all disciplines are welcome on the team. The cars take about two years to design and build and are built for cross-country endurance races rather than racing at tracks like the Kansas Speedway. It will be the first time the K-State team has shown the solar car at a NASCAR event.(Reflector-Chronicle)(9-30-2009)
Blaine Larsen Performing National Anthem at Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger announced today that TREEHOUSE recording artist Blaine Larsen will perform the national anthem prior to the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods on Oct. 4. Kansas Speedway ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE or logging on kansasspeedway.com. Packages include the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series, the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 IndyCar Series and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Fans are permitted to bring in one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and drinks, and parking is always free.(Kansas Speedway)(9-30-2009)
Kansas Performing Pre-Race Concert at Kansas Speedway: It's only fitting that when local drivers Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards race at their "home track" in the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, that classic rock band Kansas plays a pre-race concert at their "home track" as well. Kansas, who has a host of platinum and gold records, will be performing at Kansas Speedway in a pre-race concert for the first time on Oct. 4. Kansas Speedway ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE or logging on kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas PR)(8-27-2009)
New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)
- Kansas donates race tix to National Guard: In a show of support for the men and women of the Kansas National Guard, Kansas Speedway has donated approximately 2,500 tickets to the Guard for the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 on Saturday, April 25. The tickets are being distributed to Kansas National Guard personnel on a “first-come, first-served” basis.(Kansas Speedway PR)(4-21-2009)
- Will Martinsville lose a race? Michigan? Kansas Speedway has resubmitted its bid for a casino overlooking Turn 2, a plan that was put on hold a few months ago cause of the troubled economy. When it's approved by the gaming commission Kansas Speedway will petition NASCAR for a second annual Sprint Cup race. That will probably happen in 2011. Lesa France Kennedy is the president of International Speedway Corp., which owns Kansas Speedway and 11 other facilities that play host to Cup events. The France family has controlling interest in ISC, which is headquartered in the same building as the NASCAR offices in Daytona. NASCAR chairman Brian France is Lesa's brother. But NASCAR won't add a race. Cup has too many events now at 36 points races and two all-star events. So the second Kansas date will need to come from another ISC track. Martinsville, an ISC track and the oldest facility in NASCAR, was thought to be the location that would lose a race. Don't count on it. Martinsville is the new Bristol. The resurfaced track at Bristol has eliminated much of the bumping, banging and crashing that made the short track so popular. That leaves Martinsville as the best bumper-bashing facility left. NASCAR officials aren't going to mess that up and take a race away from the old Virginia track, a move that would cause a revolt by many fans. Martinsville appears safe for keeping both Cup dates until ISC manages to build a new short track (probably more like the .75-mile oval at Richmond) in a big market like Denver or Seattle. That's a long way off, several years at least. So which ISC track will lose a Cup date to Kansas? Most fans would opt for Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., but Michigan Speedway might be the odd-place out. Sponsors want to race twice at ACS because it's in the second largest market in the country. Michigan, an almost identical track to ACS but 30 years older, lies in one of the most depressed areas of the country. Thousands of people in the Detroit market are out of work because of the layoffs in the auto industry. Being in the backyard of GM, Chrysler and Ford's headquarters was a big reason Michigan had played host to two Cup races a year since 1969. No one knows whether all three automakers will survive. Michigan Speedway also could become a victim of the problem. How things go this season and 2010 will go a long way toward determining which ISC track loses a race to Kansas.(ESPN Insider)(4-3-2009)
- Kansas Entertainment Resubmits Hard Rock Casino Bid: Kansas Entertainment, LLC, a partnership between Kansas Speedway and principals of Baltimore-based The Cordish Company, resubmitted a bid today for a Hard Rock Casino overlooking Turn 2 at Kansas Speedway. The overall proposal calls for an approximately $700 million entertainment destination to include a first-class casino, hotel, spa, convention center and entertainment/retail district. The initial phase of the project will be a first-class Hard Rock-branded casino with an overall budget of approximately $390 million, and which will include a 100,000 sq. ft. casino floor, high-energy center bar, and dining and entertainment options. Kansas Entertainment, LLC has also committed as part of its proposal to donate an additional one percent of its gaming revenues to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. for use in charitable and civic causes. This is in addition to the statutory taxes payable to the State and local governments. As part of the proposal, Kansas Speedway’s parent company, International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), will also petition NASCAR for a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series date for the track if Kansas Speedway and The Cordish Company are awarded the casino management contract for Wyandotte County (Kan.). Additionally, if awarded the management contract, Kansas Speedway officials have committed to building a road course in the infield of the facility and ISC will petition Grand-Am Road Racing to award Kansas Speedway sports car races. Kansas Speedway has also committed two free track-side billboards to the state of Kansas to promote tourism if awarded the casino management contract for Wyandotte County.(Kansas Speedway PR)(3-31-2009)
- Kansas Speedway Signs Sprint Cup Series Race Sponsor: Kansas Speedway announced that locally owned supermarket Price Chopper and Kraft Foods will sponsor its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Oct. 4. The race is a part of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup and will be named the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods. “I’m excited to announce that Price Chopper and Kraft Foods have partnered to sponsor our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race,” said Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger. “It’s great to have a locally owned company in Price Chopper on board to support racing at Kansas Speedway. Kraft Foods has been a great partner in motorsports and I look forward to working with both companies on the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods.”
“I’m happy that we were able to partner with Kraft to sponsor Kansas Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race,” said Adam Rini, Price Chopper. “It’s not often you have the opportunity to sponsor a first class facility that hosts the top motorsports series in the country and this was the ideal chance for us to sponsor a race at Kansas Speedway.” Kansas Speedway ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE or logging on www.kansasspeedway.com. Packages include the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods, the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series, the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 IndyCar Series and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.(Kansas Speedway PR)(3-4-2009)
- Man convicted in Kansas Speedway shooting is sentenced: The man convicted of shooting a Kansas City, Kan., police detective at Kansas Speedway was sentenced Friday to more than 48 years in prison. Fredrick Douglas, 68, was found guilty in December of attempted capital murder and other charges. He was charged with shooting Detective Susan Brown on Oct. 1, 2006, as she guarded a Speedway vault after a Nextel Cup race. A co-defendant, Nolden Garner, is scheduled for trial next month.(Kansas City Star)(2-7-2009)
- Man found guilty of attempted capital murder in speedway case: A Wyandotte County [KS] jury found Fredrick Douglas guilty of attempted capital murder this afternoon in the shooting of a Kansas City, Kan., detective at Kansas Speedway. Douglas, 68, was accused of shooting Detective Susan Brown on Oct. 1, 2006, as she guarded a speedway vault just hours after a Nextel Cup race had concluded. The jury also convicted Douglas of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated robbery. He was acquitted on an aggravated battery charge. Douglas faces about 12 to 54 years for the attempted capital murder charge alone. Sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 6, about one month before Nolden Garner, Douglas’ alleged accomplice, goes on trial.(Kansas City Star)(12-10-2008)
- Kansas Speedway Withdraw Application for Lottery Gaming Facility: Kansas Entertainment LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between The Cordish Company and Kansas Speedway, announced today it has withdrawn its application for Lottery Gaming Facility Manager for the Northeast Kansas gaming zone, with the intent to re-apply upon the re-opening of bidding for the zone. Along with today’s announcement, Kansas Speedway will delay plans for the addition of a road course and potential second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Should Kansas Entertainment be awarded the management contract upon re-application, Kansas Speedway remains committed to pursuing these projects. When bidding re-opens, Kansas Entertainment’s new application will include a phased development plan, along with seeking realignment of a second Sprint Cup date and building a road course in Kansas Speedway’s infield.(Kansas Speedway PR)(12-5-2008)
- France dicusses Kansas/Kentucky race dates: NASCAR Chairman Brian France indicated Tuesday that it is more likely that Kansas Speedway could get its second date on the 2010 schedule than for Kentucky Speedway to have its request approved for an inaugural race there. International Speedway Corp. is planning to ask NASCAR to move one of its Sprint Cup dates to Kansas Speedway, while Speedway Motorsports Inc. is planning to seek to move a date to Kentucky Speedway. Neither ISC nor SMI has indicated which tracks they want to move a date from in their realignment requests. Speaking after an appearance at the Street & Smith’s Motorsports Marketing Forum, France said that NASCAR wouldn’t approve a request without making sure it fits the sanctioning body’s criteria. “It depends on what they want to exchange it for,” France said. “If they want to leave a smaller market not performing as well, we would look at that favorably. They all understand what that criteria is. I would expect Bruton [Smith at SMI] or ISC to ask for it in the way that would get it approved. … We’re not going to take a date that’s working fabulously at one place to move it to a second date anywhere.” ISC, a publicly traded company whose majority of voting stock is owned by the NASCAR-controlling France family, has pledged a second Cup date at Kansas to go along with the construction of a Hard Rock Hotel and casino. France said a 2010 Cup date is “possible” at Kansas, but Kentucky is another matter. Although SMI is expected to complete a purchase of the track later this month, the current owners have indicated they will continue pursuing a federal antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and ISC over the issue of Cup venues. France has held firm that as long as the lawsuit continues NASCAR will not consider a realignment request. An appeal on whether the case should go to trial likely won’t be decided until next March at the earliest. "[SMI] is going to run out of time as it stands today,” France said. “I hope the litigation gets completed as soon as possible. There have been extensions now, and it’s going to be very difficult to see how we would be able to award or look at realignment for the 2010 season because sanctions will be going out in the spring, and [in] the early summer will be completed. The case is liable to go well into the fall of next year, and there will have to be a change in the litigation schedule to be able to figure it out.”(SceneDaily)(12-3-2008)
- Testimony begins in Kansas Speedway robbery trial: A man who was working at Kansas Speedway the evening an off-duty police detective was shot testified this morning that he took refuge in a vault as two would-be robbers tried to break in. Brett Beemer took the stand in Wyandotte County District Court in the trial of Fredrick Douglas, 68, who is accused of shooting Kansas City, Kan., police detective Susan Brown while she was guarding the vault for Kansas Speedway on Oct. 1, 2006, about three hours after a Nextel Cup race had finished. Beemer, who at the time was director of accounting for Americrown Service Corp., said he was working that evening when he saw a large man approach the vault. As he and two other employees ran into an inner room in the vault, he saw Brown draw her gun and try to close the vault door. “I heard shots,” Beemer said. “There was a whole bunch of shots that went off.” When the shooting stopped, Beemer heard Brown say, “Officer down! Officer down!” By the time Beemer and the two employees emerged from the inner room, Brown was seriously injured. In testimony at a preliminary hearing last year, she said she was shot between four and six times. She suffered injuries to her right shoulder, right wrist and a leg. Under cross examination, Beemer, who suffered a minor injury to his leg during the incident, said he could not identify the shooter, only that he saw a “rather large” man approach the vault. Prior to the shooting, Beemer said, he saw a suspicious-looking vehicle near the vault with a large man inside and a slender man standing outside. In opening statements, the prosecution attempted to tie Douglas to the shooting, alleging that he escaped in a car that was closely chased by police from the speedway to a nearby neighborhood. But Douglas’ defense attorney said no witnesses could identify him as the shooter and alleged that Brown was largely injured by bullets from her own gun that ricocheted off a vault door.(Kansas City Star)(12-3-2008)
- New Smoking Policy at Kansas Speedway in 2010: Kansas Speedway announced that the facility will implement a new smoking policy in 2010 that will ban smoking in the grandstands and all enclosed areas of the speedway. “In an effort to continue to make Kansas Speedway the best guest experience in motorsports, we’ve made the decision to put into effect a new smoking policy that will prohibit smoking in the grandstands and enclosed spaces,” said Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger. “Our 2009 renewal process has ended and I wanted to make sure fans would be able to make renewal decisions based on this new policy, which is why it won’t be effective until 2010.” Kansas Speedway will allow smoking in 2009 and asks that fans be considerate of those around them. Kansas Speedway ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE or logging on www.kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas Speedway PR)(11-11-2008)
- France endorses second race for Kansas: Brian France and Mike Helton, two of NASCAR’s most powerful decision-makers, left little doubt that Kansas Speedway will have a second Sprint Cup race as soon as 2010 and no later than 2011. “With all the development and all the things going on, I think it’s great if there’s an opportunity to have a second date, and it looks like there will be,” France, NASCAR Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, told The Star before Sunday’s Sprint Cup Camping World RV 400 race at Kansas Speedway. France then took it a step further when asked, as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors, how he will vote on Kansas Speedway’s petition for a second date. “That’s a yes. That’s a very definite yes,” France said. “Obviously, that has to be petitioned by speedway and ISC, and I assume they will do that at some point.”(Kansas City Star)(9-29-2008)
- Chiefs' legend Deron Cherry to participate in special Kansas pre-race: Kansas Speedway announced that Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Deron Cherry will drive a Ford Mustang pace car off a US Army Special Operations Command Chinook this Sunday as part of the pre-race activities for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman. After landing in turn four of the track, Cherry will drive out of the Chinook and down the front stretch where he'll park next to the pre-race stage.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-28-2008)
- Kansas Speedway president wants night race for second Cup event: Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger says that he is intent on the 1.5-mile track "becoming the Mecca of Motorsports." At least one matter is already certain: Boerger and track executives are moving forward in their plans to acquire a second Sprint Cup date at their facility by 2011, and possibly by 2010. As for when the second date might be, Boerger says that remains to be determined. "There are higher powers that will decide that than me but we'll definitely be in the discussions," he said, noting that he doesn't know which other track will lose a date to Kansas. "It could fall in the spring. It could fall in the summer. But we fully anticipate from the track perspective … that [the race] will be under the lights. Our media partner will probably demand it. I think that's another great thing." Kansas has never hosted a night race since it was added to the Cup schedule in 2001. Boerger expects that to change sooner than later, though. "We need to push hard to get lights depending on what second date falls," he said. "But I think that's on the horizon."(Scene Daily)(9-27-2008)
- Kansas Speedway donates tickets to guard: Kansas Speedway and Camping World have donated 1,000 tickets to members of the Kansas National Guard in Topeka for the upcoming races at the track. Tickets are for the Nationwide Series Kansas 300 race Sept. 27 and the Sprint Cup Camping World RV 400 on Sept. 28. Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, adjutant general for Kansas, said the tickets would be given to troops on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is the second year that speedway officials have donated tickets to the National Guard.
Bunting and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said the soldiers would be pulling for Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard sponsored car, as well as Clint Boyer, an Emporia [KS] native. Earnhardt is fourth in the chase for the Sprint Cup, while Boyer is ninth.(The Capital-Journal)(9-23-2008)
- Elijah Kelley Performing National Anthem at Kansas: Kansas Speedway announced that Elijah Kelley, who had a lead role as “Seaweed J. Stubbs” in the New Line musical “Hairspray!” opposite John Travolta and Queen Latifah, will perform the national anthem at the Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, September 28. Kelley, 22, has earned a Critics Choice Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture, as well as a SAG Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He has also appeared in the film “Take the Lead,” as well as “28 Days,” “Heaven’s Fall,” “Rome and Jewel,” and “Fled.” A native of Lagrange, Georgia, Kelley is currently writing and recording his own album. Visit Kansasspeedway.com or call 866.460.RACE for ticket package information.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-22-2008)
- Kansas Speedway awarded Casino; to apply for 2nd race date: A state review board picks a partnership involving Kansas Speedway to build and manage a state-owned casino in Wyandotte County. The winning applicant was Kansas Entertainment, formed by the speedway and the Cordish Co., of Baltimore. It proposed building the casino so that it overlooks a turn on the track. The Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board picked the Speedway proposal over a plan from Golden Gaming Inc., of Las Vegas, on a 4-3 vote. Also in the running was Legends Sun, a group involving the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, but it received no votes. The contractor now must undergo a background check by the state Racing and Gaming Commission.(Kansas Cirt Star)
AND: Kansas Speedway officials expect to have two Sprint Cup races no later than 2011 after it was announced Friday that the track will be the location of a new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As part of the proposal by International Speedway Corp., which owns the track, to Wyandotte County (Kan.) leaders and the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board, ISC President Lesa France Kennedy said that ISC would petition NASCAR for two Sprint Cup dates if ISC was awarded the casino contract. The 2009 schedule is set, but the track could get a second Cup date as early as 2010 from NASCAR, which is owned by the France family, including France Kennedy. ISC did not announce which track it would pull a date from. By NASCAR's structure, the group would need to shift a date from one of its other facilities instead of being awarded an additional race. ISC’s tracks with two Cup dates are Daytona, Auto Club (Calif.), Martinsville, Phoenix, Richmond, Michigan and Talladega. Its tracks with one date are Watkins Glen, Homestead, Chicagoland, Darlington and Kansas.(SceneDaily) and more info at the Kansas Speedway website.(9-19-2008)
- Kansas Speedway Announces Addition of Road Course: Kansas Speedway officials announced that in addition to a potential second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the facility will add a road course to its infield if the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino proposal Kansas Speedway and The Cordish Company (Kansas Entertainment LLC) submitted to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission is awarded the casino management contract for Wyandotte County (Kan.). Last week, International Speedway Corporation (ISC) President Lesa
France Kennedy announced if Kansas Entertainment LLC is awarded the casino management contract for Wyandotte County, ISC would petition NASCAR to move an additional Sprint Cup Series date to Kansas Speedway from one of its other facilities. Kansas Speedway's road course would allow the speedway to host additional races and events throughout the year, and would be only the second active road course in the state of Kansas. Kansas Speedway's proposed road course interests the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), which is based in Topeka, Kan. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which would be located in Kansas Speedway's Turn 2 with strong visibility and access to both Interstate 70 and Interstate 435, will bring a distinctive and energetic destination entertainment and gaming experience to Wyandotte County and establish the area as one of the major sports and leisure destinations in the country. Kansas Speedway tickets are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE or logging onto kansasspeedway.com. O'Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying Day and Sprint Fan Walk tickets are also on sale. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway.(Kansas Speedway PR)(8-30-2008)
- Camping World to sponsor Kansas race: Kansas Speedway announced the signing of Camping World to sponsor the track's Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 28. Kansas Speedway's Sprint Cup Series race, the Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman, is the third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(Kansas Speedway PR)(8-20-2008)
- Kansas looking for 2nd Cup race date: Kansas Speedway and The Cordish Company's proposed 1.5 million square-foot,
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will include a 300-room luxury hotel; a state-of-the-art casino with 3,000 slot machines and 140 gaming tables;
275,000 square-feet of destination retail, dining and entertainment including a live music venue; first-class resort amenities; and extensive meeting and convention facilities. With a development cost over $700 million, with no public incentives associated with this project, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will provide the community with aneconomic benefit of $4.86 billion over 20 years.
As part of their proposal, Kansas Speedway announced International Speedway Corporation will petition NASCAR for a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series date for the track if Kansas Speedway and The Cordish Company are awarded the casino management contract for Wyandotte County. In addition, the proposal not only provides significant expansion capabilities but also includes a temporary casino to open within eight months. The temporary casino will operate during construction and will include 2,000 slot machines and 75 gaming tables. It is estimated that the temporary casino will generate in excess of $200 million in annual revenue. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which would be located in Kansas Speedway's Turn 2 with strong visibility and access to both Interstate 70 and Interstate 435, will bring a distinctive and energetic destination entertainment and gaming experience to Wyandotte County and
establish the area as one of the major sports and leisure destinations in the country. ansas Speedway tickets are on sale now for 2008-09 packages and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.(Kansas Speedway PR)(8-13-2008)
- Kansas Speedway moving forward with plans for a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Kansas Speedway and The Cordish Company (Kansas Entertainment LLC) remain committed to bringing a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to Kansas City, Kan. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which would be located in Kansas Speedway's Turn 2, will bring a distinctive and energetic entertainment and gaming experience to Wyandotte County and showcase the area to tourists from all over the world. Merchandise from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be branded with Kansas City, Kan. The initial development would cost over $700 million, and include a casino, hotel, and retail and entertainment outlets. There will not be any public incentives given to fund this project.(Kansas Speedway PR)(8-5-2008)
- Kansas Speedway Signs Sponsors for IndyCar, Nationwide and IndyPro Series races: Time Warner Cable is the new title sponsor of the IndyCar Series race on April 27, which will be called the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300. The Kansas Lottery has renewed their sponsorship agreement with Kansas Speedway and will sponsor the Nationwide Series race on Sept. 27, which will be called the Kansas Lottery 300. After a three year absence, the IndyPro Series will return for the Hard Rock 100. The Kansas Lottery has been a Kansas Speedway sponsor since 2001 and had sponsored the IndyCar Series race since 2005. With the move to September, the Kansas Lottery will now sponsor a race each race weekend.(Kansas Speedway PR)(1-19-2008)
- Kansas Speedway involved in Casino Proposal to State of Kansas: Kansas Speedway and The Cordish Company delivered their Hard Rock Hotel and Casino proposal to the State of Kansas. The proposal calls for the destination hotel and casino to be built overlooking Turn 2 of Kansas Speedway. "We submitted our Hard Rock Hotel and Casino proposal this morning to the state," said Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger. "We believe our proposal will increase tourism to the state of Kansas and also have a large economic impact on the city, county and state. We also anticipate the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will place an even greater national demand on our tickets at Kansas Speedway and encourage local fans to purchase their tickets now to enjoy some of the best racing in the country." The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino would cost more than $670 million, and include retail and entertainment outlets.(Kansas Speedway PR)(12-29-2007)
- Kansas Speedway Staff Brings Holiday Cheer to University of Kansas Hospital Children's Wing: Kansas Speedway staff was in the holiday spirit as they decorated the doors of the children's wing at the University of Kansas Hospital on Wednesday. About 20 staff members took part in the door decorating, letting their creative juices flow. Each door was decorated differently and not all had a holiday theme - the Kansas Speedway operations department made sure to add a racing theme to the wing. The staff also brought along goody bags with items from Kansas Speedway and the NASCAR Foundation for each patient and donated dozens of toys and books to the wing's playroom.(Kansas Speedway PR)(12-8-2007)
- The story of a hero: A year ago Monday, Susan Brown lay dying in a pool of her own blood. You see, just hours after Tony Stewart limped across the finish line to take the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway, two masked men with guns stormed into the speedway's vault and demanded what was inside. Only Brown, a detective with the Kansas City, Kan., police department, didn't want to hand over the roughly $1 million that was inside. Instead, she stood strong, directing employees into another room as a shootout ensued. Bullets flew back and forth. Several hit Brown. But even as she lay bleeding on the floor, Brown did not give up the fight. She returned fire and forced the robbers to flee – empty-handed. When they did, Brown was finally able to radio for help. "10-60," she said weakly. Officer has been shot. See the full story at Yahoo.com.(10-2-2007)
- NASCAR Statement on End of Kansas Race: Statement from Ramsey Poston, NASCAR Managing Director, Corporate Communications:“When the caution came out on Lap 207 the field was frozen. At the time of the caution, the #16 was in the lead and maintained a reasonable speed and was declared the race winner. There is no passing under caution. “By rule, cars under caution need to maintain a reasonable speed, which the #16 did. If it hadn’t maintained a reasonable speed or the car had come to a stop, then that car would not have won the race. In this instance the #16 maintained a reasonable speed, crossed the finish and won the race.”(NASCAR PR)(10-1-2007)
- Kansas races sold out: Fans have packed the stands to capacity every year for NASCAR racing since Kansas Speedway opened in 2001. It’s all a matter of semantics. Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger never likes to declare a sellout. But he’s happy to announce that no tickets remain for Saturday’s NASCAR Busch and Sunday’s Nextel Cup races. “We’ll be to capacity,” Boerger said Monday. Those without tickets for Saturday and Sunday can still attend Friday’s qualifying for the Nextel Cup LifeLock 400 and practice rounds for the Busch Yellow Transportation 300 races.(Kansas City Star)(9-26-2007)
- National Anthem at Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway announced that J Records recording artist Gavin DeGraw will sing the national anthem for the LifeLock 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sept. 30. This will mark the first time DeGraw has performed the anthem for a Nextel Cup Series race.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-26-2007)
- Kansas Speedway & the Cordish Company Submit Casino Proposal: Kansas Speedway announced that it has submitted a proposal for a casino on property owned by the speedway. Partnering with Kansas Speedway on the potential project is The Cordish Company, one of the largest and most respected developers in the world with extensive expertise in gaming, entertainment & mixed-use, sports-anchored developments, retail, office and residential. The casino proposal was delivered to Unified Government of Wyandotte County officials prior to the 3 PM Central deadline to submit proposals. The initial development would cost more than $600 million, and include a casino, hotel, and retail and entertainment outlets. There will not be any public incentives given to fund this project.(Kansas Speedway)(9-26-2007)
- Kansas announces post traffic pattern for Cup race: Fans attending the Yellow Transportation 300 and LifeLock 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sept. 29 and 30 can expect a slightly different traffic pattern from last October. Michigan Drive will be open post race for exiting traffic; however, buses and RV's will not be allowed to exit from Michigan. Fans exiting the track onto 118th Street prior to State Avenue will be directed south on Speedway Blvd. towards I-70. Additional traffic lanes will be opened on State Ave. east of 110th St. to expedite exiting traffic. There will be one lane of traffic just prior to 118th Street and State Avenue (Hwy 24-40) and continues to K-7 and State Avenue due to construction. Delays are expected in this area both entering and exiting the track. Fans exiting onto State Avenue from Nazareth east will be directed east to I-435. Kansas Speedway season tickets are on sale now and include the LifeLock 400 Nextel Cup Series race (Sept. 30), the Yellow Transportation 300 Busch Series race (Sept. 29), the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Craftsman Truck Series race (April 26, 2008) and the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 IndyCar Series race (April 27, 2008). Sprint Fan Walk tickets for Friday, Sept. 28 are still available. Pit Stop Pub tickets for the entire weekend are available. To purchase tickets, call 866.460.RACE or log onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans are allowed to bring one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(9-24-2007)
- Captain James Lovell named Grand Marshal at Kansas Speedway: LifeLock CEO Todd Davis announced that Captain James Lovell, Apollo 13 Commander and American Hero, has accepted an invitation to serve as Grand Marshal for the LifeLock 400 at Kansas Speedway on September 30. The LifeLock 400 is the third race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup. "I truly appreciate the offer to serve as Grand Marshal for the LifeLock 400," said Captain Lovell. "This will be a tremendous opportunity for me to get closer to the exciting sport of NASCAR, as well as LifeLock, the company protecting my identity." Captain Lovell, a current LifeLock client after discovering his signature and social security number being sold on eBay, was chosen for the space program in 1962. Lovell executed various commands in the Gemini mission program. At the close of the Gemini program, Lovell became command Module Pilot and Navigator for the epic 6 day journey on Apollo 8 -- man's maiden voyage to the moon where he and fellow crewman were the first humans to leave the earth's gravitational influence and backup commander to Neil Armstrong for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Lovell's fourth and final flight was on the perilous Apollo 13 mission in 1970. As spacecraft commander, Lovell and his crew successfully modified their lunar module into an effective lifeboat when their cryogenic oxygen system failed. Their emergency activation and operation of the lunar module systems conserved both electrical power and water in sufficient supply to assure their survival in space and their safe return to earth. In 1973, Lovell left the space program and became a very successful businessman. In 1994, Lovell and Jeff Kluger wrote Lost Moon, the story of the courageous mission of Apollo 13. In 1995, the film version of the bestseller, "Apollo 13" was released to rave reviews. Today, Lovell is president of Lovell Communications; a business devoted to disseminating information about the United States Space Program. Season tickets are on sale now, call 866.460.RACE or log on to www.kansasspeedway.com to purchase tickets. Parking is always free and fans can bring in one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverage.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-19-2007)
- Kansas Speedway seeks to develop a casino on speedway grounds: Kansas Speedway and the Cordish Co. will seek to jointly develop and manage a state-owned casino on the speedway grounds, track president Jeff Boerger said Monday. “You’ll see our names on a proposal next week,” Boerger said of an upcoming first deadline for casino proposals to be filed with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. Boerger declined to disclose details of the plan with Cordish, which developed two Hard Rock resort casinos in south Florida owned by the Seminole tribe. Cordish also is developing the Power & Light entertainment district in downtown Kansas City. Boerger indicated the casino would likely be placed on the east side of the track complex northwest of the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435. The project would include other entertainment components linked to the track. Boerger said a half-dozen casino companies have approached the track in recent months seeking a partnership in a gambling and entertainment facility at the 1,200-acre complex. Kansas Speedway, which is owned by Florida-based International Speedway Corp., and Baltimore-based Cordish in May also announced a partnership to develop Daytona Live at the speedway corporation’s Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. That $250 million project will include a theater, a hotel, dining and entertainment options and a residential component. The speedway and Cordish become the first confirmed players in the coming competition to win rights to operate the one state-owned casino in Wyandotte County that is allowed under state law. The nearby Woodlands pari-mutuel dog and horse racing track also will be permitted to operate at least 800 state-owned slot machines. Several national casino companies are expected to also seek a state casino license in Wyandotte County. None has come forward so far.(in part from the Kansas City Star)(9-19-2007)
- Kansas Speedway and World Access Partner to Provide Event Ticket Insurance: Kansas Speedway and World Access have partnered to provide race fans event ticket protector insurance starting with the LifeLock 400 and Yellow Transportation 300 events at Kansas Speedway Sept. 29 and 30. The coverage protects ticket buyers who are unable to attend an event due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a medical issue, traffic accident, jury duty, employment termination or any other covered reasons that prevents the insured from attending. The coverage, which is an optional purchase, will be $6.25 per ticket and is available to both current and new season ticket holders.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-15-2007)
- Kansas Speedway announces LifeLock as sponsor for Cup race: Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger announced that LifeLock, the nation's leading Identity Theft Prevention Service, has agreed to sponsor the Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 30. The LifeLock 400 will be the third race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
LifeLock, based in Tempe, Ariz., helps consumers to render their personal information useless to thieves, backing up its service with a million-dollar guarantee. Famous for its CEO giving out his Social Security Number in advertising and national press, the company is experiencing astounding growth. Since beginning operations in April of 2005, LifeLock (www.lifelock.com) has held minor sponsorship deals in NASCAR with Rusty Wallace Incorporated, McClure Motorsports and Phoenix International Raceway. This past weekend LifeLock served as the primary sponsor for the #49 BAM Nextel Cup car. The company also currently serves as a sponsor in the IRL Pro Series with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and with Playboy Racing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series. Season tickets are on sale now and include the LifeLock 400 (Sept. 30), Yellow Transportation 300 (Sept. 29) the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (April 26, 2008) and the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 (April 27, 2008) Call 866.460.RACE or log on to www.kansasspeedway.com to purchase tickets. Parking is always free and fans can bring in one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverage.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-10-2007)
- Hornish Selling Tickets For Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway has “hired” three-time IndyCar Series champion and defending Kansas Lottery Indy 300 winner Sam Hornish, Jr. to work in the Kansas Speedway ticket office. Hornish replaces NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, who had to leave the position due to his racing schedule. Hornish is scheduled to work in the ticket office on April 11 from 4 – 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to buy their 2007 RPM season tickets from Hornish either via phone or in person at the Kansas Speedway ticket office. Hornish, who is running a part-time Busch Series schedule, will also be selling Sprint Fan Walk and Pit Stop Pub tickets.(Kansas Speedway PR)(4-11-2007)
- Kansas Speedway Presents Tickets to Kansas National Guard: At a Capitol ceremony on Wednesday, Kansas National Guard members and their families were presented with 2,500 tickets to opening weekend races at the Kansas Speedway by Speedway
President Jeff Boerger and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. The donation was made possible by O'Reilly Auto Parts and the Kansas
Lottery. Accepting the donation was Major General Tod Bunting, the Kansas Adjutant General, and several members of the Kansas National Guard. The Kansas Speedway's seventh season of racing kicks off the weekend of April 27 with the IndyCar Series Kansas Lottery 300, Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 and the ARCA Re/Max Series Kansas Lottery $150 Grand. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans may bring 6x6x12-inch soft-sided coolers with their favorite food and beverage into the
grandstands.(Kansas Speedway PR)(4-6-2007)
- Speedway case hearing begins in shooting of detective at Kansas Speedway: Detective Susan Brown was guarding a vault building at Kansas Speedway when she saw a masked man approach with a gun in his hand. After telling a worker to get inside, Brown pulled her handgun and tried to shut the door, she said. But before she could get the door closed, an object — later determined to be a handgun — was jammed into the space between the door and its frame, near the hinges. That’s when the gunfire started and she was critically injured, Brown testified during a preliminary hearing Tuesday for two men, Fredrick Douglas and Nolden Garner, who are accused of attempting to rob the speedway the evening of Oct. 1. During the hearing, a worker overseeing the operations of the vault building testified that at the time of the robbery attempt, workers were getting ready to move about $1 million after a weekend of racing.
The robbers struck just after workers had moved eight $500 boxes of quarters into a minivan outside the vault building. At the end of testimony, Wyandotte County Judge Robert L. Serra ordered both Douglas, 66, of Kansas City, Kan., and Garner, 51, of Grandview to stand trial. They are charged with attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated robbery. Attorneys for the men entered not-guilty pleas on their behalf. The men are not thought to have gotten away with any money. The day’s testimony outlined the evidence that linked the men to the crime, including testimony by a detective who said Garner admitted to the crime and that a third person was involved. That person provided aprons and caps that would allow Douglas and Garner into the area where the vault was located, Howard testified. A spokesman for the Wyandotte County district attorney’s office said this week that no one else has been charged in connection with the case. In her emotional testimony, Brown testified that she was shot between four and six times. She suffered injuries to her right shoulder, right wrist and a leg. She testified that at least one of the suspects continued to shoot at her when she was lying on the ground wounded.(Kansas City Star)(1-12-2007)
- Kansas Speedway announces new food and beverage policy: For the first time ever, Kansas Speedway will permit race fans to carry outside food and beverages with them to the track, beginning next season with the opening race event, the ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery $150 Grand on April 27. The weekend also features the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on April 28 and the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 on April 29. "We've always believed that fans come first at Kansas Speedway," track President Jeff Boerger said. "Racing at Kansas Speedway offers many fan-friendly amenities that you can't get with other entertainment options in our market, such as free parking; we're always looking at ways to make a fan's experience more enjoyable each year. Following extensive research with most of our ticket holders, we have decided to allow guests to bring coolers and outside food and drinks with them when they come to the track." All coolers and bags must be soft-sided and no larger than 6x6x12 inches. Glass containers of any kind may not be brought in through grandstand gates. All bags and coolers are subject to search by security officials at the gates. Bags that do not meet size standards will not be permitted through the gates. There is a maximum of one cooler per ticketed-guest. Bring your favorite food and beverage for the fun and excitement at Kansas Speedway next season when you purchase your 2007 RPM Season Ticket which includes the aforementioned April events and the following races Sept 27 - 30. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Kansas 400, the NASCAR Busch Series Yellow Transportation 300 and the USAC Silver Crown Series KansasSpeedway.com 100. Call 866.460.RACE or visit www.kansasspeedway.com today for tickets and a complete schedule.(Kansas Speedway PR)(11-3-2006)
- Officer Shot at Kansas Speedway UPDATE 2: Police said they took two people into custody after an attempted armed robbery and a female off-duty officer was shot at Kansas Speedway on Sunday night. Police said the victim was shot multiple times and is a 25 year veteran. A helicopter flew the officer to an area hospital around 8:30 p.m. Police said the off-duty officer was shot when she tried to intervene in the attempted armed robbery. Police said the Speedway often employees off-duty officers to do security.(myfoxkc.com/FOX 4)(10-2-2006)
UPDATE - good news: Doctors upgraded an off-duty police officer to fair condition after someone shot her several times after she tried to break up a robbery at the Kansas Speedway. Paramedics airlifted the 25-year veteran officer to the hospital in critical condition on Sunday night. Police said three people walked into the area where she was working and tried to rob the place. The robbery happened long after the race had ended, and Speedway workers were preparing to close down the facility. Witnesses reported hearing up to seven gunshots. One man said he heard the whole thing over the police radio. "I heard this lady screaming. We heard that she was shot several times," Dennis Lyons, witness, said. Police chased and arrested two of the robbery suspects, and will question them again on Monday. According to witnesses, there were three people involved, but police haven't found a third suspect. If you know who the third suspect could be, or if you have any information, call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.(myfoxkc.com/FOX 4)(10-2-2006)
UPDATE 2: The Wyandotte County district attorney filed attempted capital murder charges this afternoon against Fredrick Douglas and Nolden Garner, alleging they shot a detective during an attempted robbery of Kansas Speedway. According to the charges, the two men fired multiple gunshots at Kansas City, Kan., Police Detective Susan Brown, even while she was on the ground. The charges allege the two men intended to kill her and to rob her. Douglas and Garner also were charged with aggravated battery in the shooting of a track employee. District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman said the employee suffered minor injuries. He was hit either directly or by shrapnel. Douglas and Garner also face charges of aggravated robbery for allegedly taking Brown’s handgun, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated robbery. Garner was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.(Kansas City Star), no more details on the detective's condition.(10-4-2006)
- Wedding bells at Kansas: Kansas Speedway played host to its first race-weekend wedding Sunday morning. Terry Erwin and Crystal Collins married at the Fan Walk stage on the infield. “It’s a lifetime experience,” Erwin said. “More than we could have ever imagined would happen.” Erwin, an Indiana resident, ran sprint cars for more than a decade. “We’re both into NASCAR and drag racing,” Erwin said. “If it has an engine and runs, we like it.”(Kansas City Star)(10-1-2006)
- Joyner-Kersee, Lopez to serve as co-grand marshals at Kansas: Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and popular comic-actor George Lopez will serve as co-grand marshals for Sunday's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. Joyner-Kersee, considered to be one the greatest female athletes of all time, won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the heptathlon and long jump events over four consecutive Olympic Games - 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. She was the first woman to score 7,000 points in a heptathlon, a demanding seven-event competition that measures speed, strength and stamina, and has held the world record in heptathlon since 1986. She was also a world-class athlete in 100 meter hurdles and 200 meters. Joyner-Kersee took home the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 1998 Goodwill Games in what was to be her last competition; she retired soon after. Sports Illustrated voted her the "Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century."
Lopez, star of ABC's sitcom "George Lopez," is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry. He is the co-creator,
writer, producer and star of the ABC sitcom, "George Lopez." Last year, Time magazine recognized Lopez as one of the "25 Most
Influential Hispanics in America." Lopez's CD "Team Leader" was released to great public acclaim and nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. In May 2004, George's autobiography "Why You Crying?" entered in the New York Times Bestsellers list. He has starred in several movies, including "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl," which opened last year. Lopez continues to tour the country with his stand-up comedy routine.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-27-2006)
- Heartland set to sing national anthem at Kansas: Heartland, a country music band from Huntsville, Ala., will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. The band got its start touring clubs around Alabama. Their debut single, "I Loved Her First," hit the country music charts this year. Heartland band members include Craig Anderson (rhythm guitar), Keith West (bass guitar/background vocals), Jason Albert (lead vocalist), Chuck Crawford (fiddle/background vocals), Todd Anderson (drums) and Mike Myerson (lead guitar). Heartland will also perform a pre-race concert from the Banquet stage prior to the Banquet 400. The concert is scheduled to begin at 11:50am.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-27-2006)
- Hale named manager of Public Relations for Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway has named Kelly Hale its manager of Public Relations. Hale, a native of Edwardsville, Kan., has worked for NASCAR as a coordinator of Communications for the past four years. During that time, she oversaw the advance media programs for the Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series. She was also responsible for media outreach for Busch Series Champion's week. Prior to joining NASCAR, Hale was the Community Relations manager for the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League and was the public relations contact before her departure. Hale holds a bachelor's degree in sports science with an emphasis in sports information from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. She replaces Sammie Lukaskiewicz, who heads to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., to be the Director of Communications for the International Speedway Corporation-owned racetrack.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-26-2006)
- Kansas Truck race to move to April in 2007: on Speed Channel's NASCAR Report, Ray Dunlap reported that the Kansas Speedway Truck Series race will move to the end of April in 2007 from it current July spot.(Speed Channel's NASCAR Report)(8-31-2006)
- Kahne to sell tix at Kansas: On Tuesday, May 16 #9-Kasey Kahne will join Kansas Speedway's ticketing staff for the day. He'll meet the staff, take a quick tour of Kansas Speedway's ticket offices, learn some tips on how to sell tickets and then get ready for some on-the-job training with the race fans of NASCAR. Besides answering some ticket sales calls, Kahne will personally autograph all tickets he sells that day. He's featured on this year's season ticket so his autograph will make the ticket a nice collector's piece for some lucky fans. Kahne will take calls from ticket buyers starting at 11 a.m. The best way to reach Kahne is by calling 913.328.RACE (7223) or by Kansas Speedway's toll-free number, 866.460.RACE (7223). Kansas Speedway's Banquet 400 Nextel Cup race will be held on Oct. 1.(Kansas Speedway PR)(5-8-2006)
- Race is on for Kansas Lottery $200 Grand tickets: This could be the year a Kansas Lottery player wins $200,000 by correctly predicting the top three finishers, in order, of the ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery $200 Grand at Kansas Speedway.
July will mark the third time the Kansas Lottery has sponsored the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kansas Speedway. Visit www.kslottery.com or see the back of the Kansas Lottery $200 Grand scratch ticket for more information. Kansas Speedway's ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery $200 Grand is set for July 1. The race is paired with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 and IRL IndyCar Series event that weekend. For race tickets or more information, call Kansas Speedway at 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE. You may also log onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Kansas Lottery $200 Grand instant scratch ticket is on sale now.(Kansas Speedway PR)(3-8-2006)
- Bank of America to sponsor four ISC tracks: Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday that it has reached a five-year agreement with International Speedway Corp. to sponsor four race tracks, including California Speedway near Los Angeles. Financial terms of the latest sponsorship deal, which also includes tracks in Kansas City, Mo.; Avondale, Ariz.; and Watkins Glen, N.Y., were not disclosed. In return for its financial support, Bank of America wins the right to place advertisements and ATMs at each of the four tracks as well as entertainment space and other promotional rights. Last summer, Bank of America struck a deal with ISC's chief rival, Speedway Motorsports Inc., to sponsor Lowe's Motor Speedway in nearby Concord, N.C., and tracks at Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Bank of America also will sponsor the Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October, the Bank of America 500.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-22-2006)
- Yellow Transportation and Sprint to sponsor Kansas Busch race on behalf of United Way: In an unprecedented event, two leading Kansas City area corporations - Yellow Transportation and Sprint - today announced that they would sponsor this year's NASCAR Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway on behalf of the Greater Kansas City United Ways. The race, to be run on Oct. 8
and televised nationally on NBC, will be known as "United Way 300 presented by Yellow Transportation and Sprint." Representatives of the two corporations said the goal of their partnership would be to raise the visibility of and level of contributions to this fall's community-wide fundraising campaign for the Kansas City area's largest charity. Under terms of the agreement, the Greater Kansas City United Ways - including five United Ways in Kansas and Missouri - will receive numerous assets that will help United Way remind the community of the important role it plays in the everyday lives of thousands of people in the community. The sponsorship package includes race tickets, the right to use the mark/logo in promotional materials and other tools that will assist the United Way in this year's campaign. In addition to the sponsorship package, Kansas Speedway and the Midwest Ford Dealers are also donating a Ford F150 truck to United Way for use in an upcoming fundraising promotion and the Speedway is contributing an additional block of tickets for the United Ways to use during qualifying day. Yellow Transportation will further enhance the branding effort by converting its #1 Yellow Transportation car [Johnny Sauter] into a special United Way-themed car for the October race. For ticket information, call Kansas Speedway at 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE, visit www.kansasspeedway.com or come by 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.(Kansas Speedway)(5-24-2005)
- Kansas Speedway featured in 'LIFE' magazine: Kansas Speedway is featured in the most recent issue of LIFE magazine,
which arrives in more than 70 leading newspaper nationwide Friday. All the shots for "While Daddy's Driving," a photo essay by renowned photographer Harry Benson, depict special moments between some of NASCAR's drivers and their families. All of the photographs were taken prior to October's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Banquet 400. LIFE is one of the world's most well-known magazines. The weekly magazine was first printed in 1936. It ceased publication in 1972, only to return as a monthly magazine from 1978-2000. Now, LIFE is distributed every week in more than 70 of the nation's leading newspapers. It has a combined circulation of about 12 million readers, but has a readership of 25 million. The LIFE centerpiece at Kansas Speedway will be published locally in the Kansas City Star and the Olathe News. Regionally, look for LIFE in the Wichita Eagle and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. For a complete listing of newspapers in your area which feature LIFE, please log onto www.life.com. To purchase your RPM Ticket to Kansas Speedway, please click, call or come by Kansas Speedway at www.kansasspeedway.com; 866.460.RACE; or 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.(Kansas Speedway)(4-15-2005)
- 2nd Cup Race at Kansas? No? Could a hall of fame lead to another NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway? NASCAR announced plans earlier this week to build an official hall of fame. Officials said that building the museum would "likely" lead to a NASCAR race that would take place "in conjunction" with the hall's annual induction ceremony. Kansas City was selected as one of four sites to apply to be the host city. The others were Daytona Beach, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Atlanta. The Kansas Speedway hosted a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race on October 10 of last year.(missourinet.com)
NO? Could the construction of a NASCAR hall of fame in Wyandotte County mean that a second Nextel Cup series race is headed to Kansas Speedway in the future? Speedway officials hope so, but NASCAR officials caution Midwestern auto racing fans not to get their hopes up. NASCAR announced plans to build an official hall of fame earlier this week. Wording in the application requests sent to Kansas officials seems to indicate that a NASCAR race of some kind might come along with permission to build the hall and will be held on the weekends of the new hall's annual induction ceremonies. The requests state that it is “likely” that a NASCAR-sanctioned race will take place “in conjunction” with the ceremony.(Kansas City Star)(1-8-2005)
- Construction on 1,500 seats begins at Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger announced that
construction has begun to add 1,500 seats to Kansas Speedway for 2005. Three new sections of permanent grandstand seats are being added to the on grade front stretch near Turn 1. Because of Kansas Speedway's bowl-shaped design, the new seats will continue to provide some of the best views of the race track, Pit Road and all the exciting track action from start to finish. With the addition of the seats, total capacity of Kansas Speedway's grandstand will be nearly 82,000. The new seats are bench-style seats with backs in varying shades of green depicting Kansas' waving fields of wheat. Permanent concession stands and restroom facilities are also being
added during this construction phase. Ticket sales for next season have also begun. Fans interested in becoming RPM Ticket holders should call Kansas Speedway at 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE for tickets to 2005. The track sold out each of the last four years so Boerger says this is the best time to get seats to Kansas Speedway. The 2005 RPM Ticket includes admission to five races, including the fourth race in NASCAR's Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods on Oct. 9.(Kansas Speedway PR)(12-1-2004)
- Some Residents Still Bitter: Residents who were forced to move to make way for Kansas Speedway are still bitter about being kicked out of their long-time homes. Five years ago, 146 homes and four businesses just north of Interstate 70 in Wyandotte County were forced to move. Track supporters said the speedway would bring in millions of dollars each year to the financially depressed area. The track has done all it was expected to do. But that doesn't erase the memories of the people who feel they were treated unfairly. This weekend's NASCAR races have brought tens of thousands of people -- and their money -- to the track. Officials say that alone justifies the decisions made five years ago.(wibw.com)(10-10-2004)
- Kansas Sold Out: Though tickets to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series races at Kansas Speedway are sold out, Friday qualifying tickets are available for as little as $10. To purchase O'Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying Day tickets, please call Kansas Speedway toll free at 866.460 RACE or log onto www.kansasspeedway.com.(PR)(10-5-2004)
- Kansas to add 1600 seats: Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger announced today that 1,600 seats will be added to the facility for 2005. The new permanent grandstand seats will be added on grade along the front stretch near Turn 1. Because of Kansas Speedway's unique, bowl-shaped design, the new seat locations will continue to provide some of the best views of the race track, Pit Road and all the exciting track action from start to finish. Construction on the seats will begin shortly after the Oct. 10 Banquet 400. With the addition of the seats, the total capacity of Kansas Speedway's grandstand will be nearly 82,000. The new seats are bench-style seats with backs in varying shades of green, depicting Kansas' waving fields of wheat. Ticket renewals for 2005 will begin Oct. 18, the week after the race. Fans interested in becoming an RPM Ticket holder should call Kansas Speedway at 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE to be placed on the wait list.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-23-2004)
- Kansas puts in formal request for more seats: Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger said Tuesday that he has made a formal request to expand seating at the Speedway. He said he requested adding 3,000 additional seats for the 2005 season. The request was directed to International Speedway Corporation, the company that owns the Kansas track. Boerger expects action will be taken on the request at the company's September board meeting.(Kansas City Star)(8-25-2004)
- Kansas to Add Seats? Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger said he is getting ready to make a request to the speedway's parent company that more seats be added at Kansas. His request could be from 1,500 to 3,000 more seats. If granted, that would bring seating capacity at the four-year-old speedway in Wyandotte County [Kansas] to up to about 83,000. Boerger and his staff are currently conducting a study of precisely how many more seats to request. Once that is complete, the plan will be sent to North American Testing, which is a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation — the company that owns Kansas Speedway — which evaluates capital improvement projects. North American Testing will evaluate the proposal and then make a recommendation to International Speedway Corporation's upper management team. If that group approves, the proposal will go to ISC's board of directors, which gives the final go-ahead. The final word could come down as soon as December. Construction would begin almost immediately after the project is approved. New seats, if added, will be connected to the front-stretch grandstands near turn one. The first phase of grandstand seating at Kansas Speedway called for 78,000 seats to be constructed. Subsequent phases of construction were to raise seating to a maximum of 150,000 seats, with a separate grandstand on the backstretch portion of the track. Kansas Speedway continues to have a season ticket waiting list.(Kansas City Star)(8-12-2004)
- NASCAR denies Speedway rumor: Yes, Jeff Boerger said, he's heard the latest rumors and read the latest reports concerning the revamping of the Nextel Cup schedule for next year. Especially the rumors and reports that mention Kansas Speedway as a candidate to land a second Nextel Cup race as part of that revamping. But no, Boerger said, he doesn't put much stock in them.
“It's all just pure speculation,” said Boerger, Speedway president. In the intervening months, there have been numerous reports in the media and on Internet sites about what other races would be moved and to which major markets those races would be awarded. Kansas Speedway has been mentioned as the possible recipient of a second Nextel Cup race in several of the reports. It was most recently mentioned this week by the Dallas Morning News. The stories' sources for the information were not identified. But on Friday, NASCAR chairman and chief executive officer Brian France said no decision on a second date for Kansas has been made. “They (Kansas Speedway) certainly would be in the running for another date,” France said. “Kansas City is a good speedway in a great market, but I can't tell you there will be another date there.” Phoenix International Raceway is also being considered for a second Cup date, and several reports have that facility moving ahead of Kansas in the derby to land another event.(Kansas City Star)(4-24-2004)
- Martinsville to lose a date? Kansas to get it? International Speedway Corp. is considering adding a second tour date at Kansas City next spring, possibly in May, and that could come at the expense of a Martinsville race.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-22-2004)
- Kansas Looking to Expand; Lights?: Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger said he will ask the board of directors for International Speedway Corporation, the track's parent company, for permission to add 3,000-5,000 more seats for the 2005 racing season. That request will be made at the December board meeting. Boerger said, if constructed, the new seats will be low-level seats, built into the berm near turn one. He also said that all recreational-vehicle spots for 2004 have been sold out. No decision has been made on erecting lights at the speedway. Boerger said he would still like to do that, and the subject will again be presented to the ISC board. They would be needed if the trucks race the same weekend as Cup and Busch because that race probably would be held on a Friday night.(Kansas City Star)(3-17-2004)
- Kansas to get SAFER: Kansas Speedway officials announced today that SAFER barriers will be installed at the track in
the coming months. Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barriers are scheduled to be in place around the 1.5-mile trioval in time for the track's Banquet 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Oct. 10. "Soft wall technology is vital to the safety of the drivers who race at Kansas Speedway, and we are proud to be one of the growing number of ISC tracks that recognizes this," speedway President Jeff Boerger said. "I applaud NASCAR for encouraging racetracks to install the system." Scientists at the University of Nebraska's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility developed the SAFER barrier, which absorbs some of the energy in a crash and lessens the impact on a driver. The SAFER barrier at Kansas Speedway will be made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam and affixed to the track's retainer wall between Turns 1 and 2, and Turns 3 and 4. The SAFER wall at Kansas Speedway will be 40 inches high, and extend through the inside of the turns about 30 inches from the wall. From start to finish, it will take engineers about three weeks to install the barriers.(Kansas Speedway PR)(3-16-2004)
- Kansas Sold Out: For an unprecedented fourth time in as many years, Kansas Speedway® officials announced tickets for the five races that make up the track’s 2004 RPM Ticket season are sold out. Tickets for 2004 sold out even faster than each of the past previous years because of a high renewal rate among season ticket holders and an extensive waiting list that had been compiled since last year’s sellout. Speedway President Jeff Boerger encouraged race fans interested in 2005 events at Kansas Speedway to call and be placed on a waiting list. A waiting list for tickets is being compiled for 2005. Anyone interested in purchasing RPM tickets for future seasons at Kansas Speedway should call the track’s ticket office at 913.328.RACE to be added to the wait list. Future expansion and addition of seats at Kansas Speedway is based on the waiting list. Though race tickets are sold out, companies interested in hosting a hospitality event at Kansas Speedway during the race weekends should call a speedway Marketing and Sales Department representative for details about corporate entertaining in the speedway’s Hospitality Village. For the first time since the track opened, a limited number of hospitality chalets are available.(Kansas Speedway PR)(1-26-2004)
- Woman indicted in Kansas Ticket scam: A grand jury has indicted a southeast Missouri woman with selling fake NASCAR tickets on the Internet. Olivia Doty, 28, of Marshfield, faces eight counts of unlawful merchandising practices. According to the indictment, Doty used the Internet auction site eBay to advertise tickets to the NASCAR Winston Cup Banquet 400 and the Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 races held in October at Kansas Speedway. The indictment said fans bought eight sets of tickets for a total of $7,143.93, but none of the purchasers received the tickets and some of the seats Doty sold tickets for do not exist.(thekansascitychannel.com/AP)(1-1-2004)
- Lee Ann Womack to serve as grand marshal for Banquet 400: Lee Ann Womack, Grammy winner and Country Music Awards female vocalist of the year, will serve as grand marshal of Sunday s Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods at Kansas Speedway. Womack will also sing God Bless America during the NASCAR Winston Cup Series pre-race ceremonies. Singer of the critically acclaimed I Hope You Dance, Womack has garnered countless top-10 hits and has sung at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Orange Bowl, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, at the White House and many other venues. A consumer winner, not yet chosen by Banquet Foods, will serve as honorary starter for the race.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-30-2003)
- Coors Light Twins to sing national anthem for Banquet 400: Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski, better known as the Coors Light Twins, will sing the national anthem prior to the start of Kansas Speedway s Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods on Oct. 5. The twins will also be featured in a special paint scheme on Sterling Marlin s No. 40 Coors Light Dodge during the race. The 26-year-old twins, originally from the Boston area, are credited with starring in the best-scoring commercial spots in Coors history, the company s marketing chief has said. The duo will also hold a fan forum press event in Fan Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 3, right before the start of the race. Scary Movie 3 will be released this fall. In addition, Diane and Elaine have appeared this year in NBC s reality show The Restaurant , FX s season finale of Lucky and The Drew Carey Show.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-30-2003)
- Kasnas Goes High Speed: The fastest thing at Kansas Speedway may not be the cars. Flash Network has teamed up with Kansas Speedway to bring suite guests, teams, campground users and the media high-speed Internet access while at the track. Using a combination of wired and wireless solutions, high-speed Internet will be available at Hot Spots throughout the 1,200 acres of “The Track That Will Blow You Away!” Most new laptops come equipped with these cards, or they are readily available at computer stores.
Antennas have been strategically placed around the speedway that will allow signals from the Internet cards plugged into laptop computers to be picked up and connected to the Internet without use of a phone line. The infield Media Center and its photo rooms and Press Box are in the middle of a wireless “hot spot.”
“The July 4th race weekend went extremely well and everybody was happy with the speed of their connection” Dave Alexander, vice president at Flash Network, said. “Now we’ve just completed adding more powerful wireless transmission gear in even more areas of the Kansas Speedway property. We intend to provide service wherever it’s needed.”
In fact, Kansas Speedway may be one of the world’s single biggest Hot Spots with coverage in the 22-acre infield, 16-acre RV terrace, 18-acre Coleman RV Campground, plus coverage in all 60 luxury suites, the press box and media center.
"For press, teams and our guests to be able to surf the Web without being tethered to a phone line is incredible," speedway President Jeff Boerger said. "Race fans in the suites, infield and campgrounds will be able to keep up with real-time scoring or watch the progress of their favorite driver online during the race. It’s just one more way to enjoy the race at the country’s premier racetrack.” How fast is the new high speed at Kansas Speedway? Current cable modem technology connects to the Internet at up to 1.5 Mbps. With Flash Network, users at Kansas Speedway will be able to connect at up to 11 Mbps. Flash Network’s use of WiFi technology means anyone with a laptop computer, handheld PDA or other WiFi enabled device can access the worldwide web without being connected to a phone line or wired computer network. And the connection is much faster than dial-up.
Flash Network will have technical experts at the track during Kansas Speedways events to troubleshoot and set up new wireless users. But fans are encouraged to get more information and to sign up in advance at www.flashnetwork.net/ksspeedway. The cost for race guests to use the service for the weekend is $29.95. (Press in the Media Center and Press Box will be able to use the service free of charge. Laptop computers may require a wireless fidelity “WiFi” card. You may purchase one from Flash Network or from any electronics chain. This card will then be good ANYWHERE wireless technology is available.)
For more information, race guests should visit a special Web site set up by Flash Network – www.flashnetwork.net/ksspeedway. Press may call Kansas Speedway Public Relations at (913) 328-3300.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-29-2003)
- Kansas Title Sponsor: ConAgra Foods has signed an agreement to make its Banquet brand the title sponsor of its Oct. 5 Cup race at Kansas Speedway. The race will known as the Banquet 400. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ConAgra Foods plans to market its involvement with grocery store promotions and put the Banquet 400 logo on about 30 million ConAgra Foods products. The Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods is part of Kansas Speedway’s sold-out 2003 RPM Ticket, which includes admission for five events – the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 on July 5; the Indy Racing League race and Aventis Racing for Kids 100 Infiniti Pro Series race on July 6; the NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 on Oct. 4; and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods on Oct. 5.(Kansas Speedway PR)(7-2-2003)
- Kansas Speedway goes wireless, high-speed: Flash Network has teamed up with Kansas Speedway to bring suite guests, teams, campground users and media high-speed Internet access while at the track. Using a combination of wired and wireless solutions, high-speed Internet will be available at Hot Spots throughout the 1,200 acres of “The Track That Will Blow You Away!” Most new laptops come equipped with these cards, or they are readily available at computer stores and at the track. Antennas have been strategically placed around the speedway that will allow signals from the Internet cards plugged into laptop computers to be picked up and connected to the Internet without use of a phone line. The infield Media Center and its photo rooms and Press Box are in the middle of a wireless “hot spot.” The track’s luxury suites, garages, driver/owner RV lots and track campgrounds will also have service by the upcoming Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, July 4-6. The service will also be in place for the track’s NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series weekend, Oct. 3-5. How fast is the new high speed at Kansas Speedway? Current cable modem technology connects to the Internet at up to 1.5 Mbps. With Flash Network, users at Kansas Speedway will be able to connect at up to 11 Mbps. Imagine e-mailing photos of your trip to Kansas Speedway, checking e-mail or logging on to www.nascar.com and www.indyracing.com for driver stats – [or Jayski.com] all from atop a motor home or from a car at lightning speeds. Flash Network will have technical experts at the track during Kansas Speedways events to troubleshoot and set up new wireless users. But fans are encouraged to get more information and to signup in advance at www.flashnetwork.net/ksspeedway. The cost to use the service for the weekend is $29.95; or $39.95 for a season pass good for all weekends at the speedway. (Press in the Media Center and Press Box will be able to use the service free of charge. Laptop computers may require a wireless fidelity “WiFi” card. You may purchase one from Flash Network or from any electronics chain. Data ports will also be wired so please bring a network power cord in addition to your regular phone cord.) For more information, race guests should visit a special Web site set up by Flash Network – www.flashnetwork.net/ksspeedway.(Kansas Speedway PR)(6-27-2003)
- Kansas Gets Sponsor: Kansas Speedway’s Oct. 5 Winston Cup race will be known as the Banquet 400 after the track struck a four-year, "multimillion-dollar" sponsorship deal with ConAgra, this week’s Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal reports. Reporter Terry Lefton says ConAgra, which replaces Protection One security services as the race’s sponsor, will also spend at least $2 million in television advertising for its Banquet frozen-food products to ensure that NBC mentions the name during race broadcasts.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(5-19-2003)
- Kansas takes Darlington race in 2005? In 2005, the Cup series is expected to go to Kansas Speedway a second time, replacing the Darlington spring race on the schedule. NASCAR officials are not expected to release next season's schedule until late summer, so more changes could be made. NASCAR typically makes the schedule only one year in advance.(Roanoke Times)(5-18-2003)
- Kentucky and California add races in 2004? The 2004 Winston Cup tour schedule continues taking shape behind closed doors, and the most recent word is that NASCAR now may again be moving toward dropping a date from Rockingham and Darlington next season, as France had hinted at in January when he revealed plans for a schedule shakeup, to accommodate Fox and NBC. One of those two race dates is expected to go to Fontana, Calif., for a second tour race, probably Labor Day weekend. The other date, highly placed sources say, could go to Kentucky Speedway, even though the Kentucky track isn't owned by International Speedway Corp. While France has made several references to the Kentucky track this spring, a 2004 Cup date there would be a surprise, because there has been considerable speculation that ISC's Kansas City track would be getting a second tour date in 2004.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-4-2003)
- Kansas Pushing for a 2nd Date: Kansas Speedway officials are continuing their efforts to persuade NASCAR into granting the 3-year-old track a second race on the Winston Cup schedule. Speedway President Jeff Boerger said during a luncheon Tuesday that "chances are fairly good" the 1 1/2-mile track would land a second Winston Cup race. Currently, NASCAR's premier series is scheduled to stop in Kansas the weekend of Oct. 5. The effort is dubbed "Project Blitz," Boerger said, and will be presented to NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation officials in late April or early May.(CNNSI/AP)(4-16-2003)
- Kansas in June 2004? If Kansas Speedway, as expected, gets a second Winston Cup date, it likely will be the first weekend in June.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-16-2003)
- Kansas to get 2nd race? Kentucky to get Cup race if owner sells? Texas 2nd race? ...insiders say that Kansas City is almost assured a second Cup date and that Kentucky Speedway will also be added to the tour if track owner Jerry Carroll is willing to sell majority interest to the International Speedway Corp [ISC]. One of those dates will likely come from Rockingham, the other from Darlington. In fact, speculation here is so hot about Kentucky getting a Cup date that Carroll and France [ISC] might already have come to some tentative agreement, though that's not clear. Other NASCAR sources say it's increasingly likely that the sanctioning body will indeed add a second Winston Cup date at Texas Motor Speedway, in order to keep some of NASCAR's business secrets from being brought out in the Texas courtroom that is hearing a lawsuit over the second date issue.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-22-2003)
- Kansas pushing for 2nd date and will add more seats: Kansas Speedway joined by government and civic groups on both sides of the state line, is pushing hard for a second Cup date when NASCAR reshuffles its schedule for 2004. But if a second date doesn't materialize, track president Jeff Boerger said, the 2-year-old speedway will expand again after this season. Kansas Speedway added 1,500 seats in the offseason after its second straight sellout year, bringing its capacity to 78,000, and has already sold out its 2003 season-ticket package. "We could go, if the market would let us, to 150,000. We have the infrastructure in place for that," Boerger said Monday. Last week, he and other officials presented the track's case to its parent company, Daytona, Fla.-based International Speedway Corp. ISC is owned by the family of NASCAR owner Bill France. NASCAR's realignment could include moving races between tracks but likely won't involve additional dates. That means one of the circuit's older tracks - perhaps Darlington Raceway or North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, both of which now have two races a year - could lose their Cup dates. But Kansas City isn't the only ISC track looking for a second date, and SMI's Texas Motor Speedway has long argued that NASCAR has never given a second date as promised when the $250 million track opened in 1997. "Within ISC, I would say our competition is probably going to be between Phoenix, California and Chicago," Boerger said. "And you know, Darlington is not just going to give us a second date. They're going to give us a challenge."(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(2-19-2003)
- Kansas City Star: Two races at Kansas Speedway not exactly a sure thing by Jim Pedley (2-1-2003)
- Toto...Kansas is Sold Out: For a third time in as many years, Kansas Speedway officials announced today that tickets for the five races that make up the track’s RPM Ticket season are sold out. All 80,187 season tickets for “The Track That Will Blow You Away!” have been purchased by motorsports-hungry race fans from around the country. An RPM Ticket this year includes admission to five races: the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 on July 5; the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series Aventis Racing for Kids 100 on July 6; NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 on Oct. 4 and NASCAR Winston Cup Series event on Oct. 5. Tickets sold out quickly because of a high renewal rate and an extensive waiting list that had been compiled after last year’s sellout. Speedway President Jeff Boerger encouraged race fans interested in RPM events at Kansas Speedway should call and be placed on a waiting list for 2004.(Kansas Speedway Site)(1-28-2003)
- BGN Sponsor re-ups at Kansas: Kansas Speedway and Mr. Goodcents officials announced that the DeSoto, Kansas-based sub [Mr. Goodcents] and pasta franchise will continue to sponsor the BGN race at the track through the 2006 season. The next Mr. Goodcents 300 is Oct. 4. The Mr. Goodcents 300 is part of the track’s 2003 RPM Ticket, which includes admission for five events at Kansas Speedway – the CTS on July 5; the IRL and its Infiniti Pro Series on July 6; the BGN on Oct. 4; and the CUP on Oct. 5.(Kansas Speedway PR)(11-17-2002)
- More Seats at Richmond and Kansas: International Speedway Corp. has begun work on adding 3,100 seats and six luxury suites to Richmond International Raceway. The project, scheduled for completion next spring, will boost total seating capacity at the Richmond track to about 105,000. Kansas Speedway, also owned by Speedway Corp., will get 1,500 more seat as part of the company's annual capital expenditures. Speedway Corp. spokesman David Talley said no expansion projects have been slated this year for Daytona International Speedway, which has a seating capacity of 165,000.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(10-16-2002)
- Joe Montana and Reggie Jackson Grand Marshal's at Kansas: Football legend Joe Montana will be the grand marshal for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Protection One 400 on Sunday. And Mr. October himself, baseball great Reggie Jackson will be the grand marshal for the NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday. Saturday s race is not Jackson s only involvement with motorsports. Earlier this year he formed having formed Herzog Jackson Motorsports and became a co-owner of the #92 Excedrin QuickTabs Chevrolet with co-owners Bill, Stan and Randy Herzog in the BGN.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-24-2002)
- National Anthem at Kansas: Jessica Andrews will sing the national anthem for the Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. Andrews was named Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2000 following the release of her No. 1 album “Who I Am.” Andrews, 18, has toured with Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Trisha Yearwood, and has appeared on numerous television shows, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and “Live! With Regis and Kelly.” The Huntingdon, Tenn., native, is in the studio working on her third album. Her second album, "Who I Am," went gold three weeks after its release. The.title song from that album became her first No. 1 country hit. Patti DiPardo-Livergood will sing the national anthem for Saturday’s NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300. The Kansas City native and Kansas City Chiefs musical director has been in the entertainment business since her childhood days, having accompanied her father, Tony "Mr. Music" DiPardo. She plays numerous musical instruments including percussion, horns and keyboards. While not entertaining and wowing the crowds with her music, she can be found creating video pieces one of which was an award-winning piece for the rededication of the Liberty Memorial Monument in Kansas City, Mo., this past May.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-24-2002)
- Lights at Kansas for 2003? For the second straight year, more than 75,000 fans endured 90-degree-plus temperatures and filled Kansas Speedway for both Saturday's CTS and Sunday's IRL races. And in September, about 100,000 fans, including those who watch from motor-home parking on the infield and motor-home terrace, will attend the Sept. 28-29 BGN and Winston Cup races. So speedway president Jeff Boerger plans to petition the board of directors of International Speedway Corp., parent company of the speedway, and seek approval to expand the year-old facility by 5,000 to 8,000 seats and to install lights for night racing. The board will meet in September at ISC headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL. The speedway was built with the eventual plan to double in size by completing grandstands in sections until they surround the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The infrastructure for electricity and water lines were installed when the $260 million facility was built, making expansion easier and more economical. The light poles are already in place with plates in which lights can be affixed. The initial expansion would add seats to the lower grandstands in turn one, the 3,000 people on the waiting list for season tickets would get the first opportunity for the new seats. By adding lights, which would cost in excess of $2 million, Kansas Speedway could not only attract a second Winston Cup or IRL date, it could bid for NASCAR's all-star race, The Winston, which NASCAR is considering rotating much like other sports rotate their all-star games. If Kansas Speedway had lights, Boerger said either or both the July Craftsman Trucks or IRL races could be held at night, depending on the desire of NASCAR and the Indy Racing League.(Kansas City Star)(7-9-2002)
- Wait and See for softwalls at Kansas: Don't expect to see "soft walls" in place for racing anytime soon at Kansas Speedway. Jeff Boerger, president of Kansas Speedway, said he will wait and see how the walls perform at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before making any decisions on use at his track.(Kansas City Star)(5-3-2002)
- Kansas Expansion/Lights? Jeff Boerger, Kansas Speedway's president, said the track may expand its seating as early as this year. "The reaction we've had has just been unbelievable," he said. Boerger made the announcement earlier this week, when the track held its kickoff luncheon. The event included NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kyle Petty, ARCA/REMAX driver Jason Jarrett, former Indy 500 champion Johnny Rutherford, World of Outlaws sprint-car racer Danny Lasoski and Fox Sports racing analyst Larry McReynolds. Boerger said the track will review the possibility of expansion in July, and it may add as many as 10,000 seats to the existing 75,000-seat grandstands. Boerger said track officials also are exploring the possibility of adding lights to the facility. "We want to continue being as fan-friendly as possible," Boerger said. "And because of the heat we had last July, we would like to add lights to the facility."(Wichita Eagle)(4-24-2002)
- Changes at Kansas: International Speedway Corporation announced Tuesday that Jeff Boerger has been chosen president of Kansas Speedway. He moves up from the position of vice president and general manager of the Wyandotte County auto-racing facility. Boerger replaces Grant Lynch, who oversaw construction of the facility. Lynch will remain a regional vice president for ISC. Boerger will continue to report to Lynch.(Kansas City Star)(3-22-2002)
- Kansas City Sold Out: Speedway officials announced Wednesday that for the second straight year, all 78,000 tickets for the five races making up the track's 2002 RPM season plan have been purchased.
A season ticket includes admission to:
• The NASCAR Craftsman Truck O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on July 6.
• The Indy Racing League Ameristar Casino Indy 200 and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series Kansas 100 on July 7.
• The NASCAR Busch Mr. Goodcents 300 on Sept. 28.
• The NASCAR Winston Cup Protection One 400 on Sept. 29.
Tickets sold out quickly because of about a 90-percent renewal rate by season-ticket holders from the inaugural 2001 season. The rest of the tickets went to those on a waiting list. A new waiting list will be compiled for the 2003 season when Kansas Speedway may begin a facility expansion of between 5,000 and 10,000 seats. Kansas Speedway will open its season June 1 with two events -- the ARCA RE/MAX BPU 200 and NASCAR Winston West kansasspeedway.com 150 -- that are not part of the RPM season-ticket package. Tickets for the May 31 qualifying will cost $10, and tickets for the June 1 doubleheader will run $20, $25 and $30. They will go on sale in the coming weeks, speedway officials said. Last year, about 40,000 fans attended the ARCA and Winston West races, which officially opened the speedway. Those interested in being added to the waiting list for RPM tickets for future seasons can call Kansas Speedway's ticket office at (913) 328-RACE.(Kansas City Star)(2-14-2002)
- Kansas Gets a Sponsor: Protection One will sponsor the Winston Cup race at Kansas Speedway for 2001 and 2002. The race, to be run this year on Sept 30th, will be called the Protection One 400.(Kansas Speedway PR)(8-27-2001)
- Kansas BGN Sponsor: A title sponsor has been signed for the BGN race at Kansas Speedway, and a sponsor for the Winston Cup race could be signed soon. The sponsor for the Busch race, which will be run Sept. 29, will be Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta. The sandwich company, which is based in Lenexa(KS), has agreed to sponsor the 300-mile race for the next three years and has an option to be title sponsor for the next 10 years. The race will be called the Mr. Goodcents 300. Grant Lynch, president of the speedway, said he expects to sign a title sponsor for the Winston Cup race, which will be run the day after the Busch race, in the coming weeks. He said corporate candidates to become sponsor of the 400-mile race have been reduced to one, and they're close to a deal. The company will build an advertising and marketing campaign around the race. Terms of the deal were not announced(Kansas City Star). The Cup Race Title Sponsor is rumored to be Sprint(see my Kansas Speedway Track News page)(8-11-2001)
- Kansas 2002 Date: Next year's racing schedule at the Kansas Speedway will look very much like this year's. The track should look the same, too. The speedway announced that it will play host for NASCAR Winston Cup/Busch Grand National races on the last weekend in September in 2002, the same weekend as this year's inaugural race. The Busch race will be on Saturday, Sept. 28, and the Winston Cup race will be on Sunday, Sept. 29. The track will also have a NASCAR Trucks/Indy Racing League weekend July 6 and 7 next year. The first NASCAR Trucks/IRL races were held July 7 and 8. The IRL date was announced earlier this month. This year, the racing season opened at the speedway with an ARCA/Winston West weekend in early June. Kansas Speedway vice president and general manager Jeff Boerger said that negotiations are currently being held with ARCA to bring that series back. Talks have not begun with Winston West to bring that series back to Kansas, but, Boerger said, a return engagement is still a possibility. Boerger said some thought is being given to installing lights at the speedway so that night racing could be held there next season. The topic of lights heated up when the temperatures did so -- rising well over 90 degrees -- on the weekend of this year's IRL/NASCAR Trucks event. Boerger would not rule out additional racing series staging events at the speedway. But he said additions to the 2002 schedule seemed unlikely. The seating situation will remain the same next year. Boerger said there will be no new seats added to the 75,000-seat facility even though season tickets -- which allowed admittance to the two major weekends of racing -- sold out quickly this year. There has been talk lately that because of fan interest and a high demand for tickets, a second Winston Cup date might be handed over to Kansas Speedway. But Boerger discounted the idea of that happening any time soon. The complete schedule for the 2002 Winston Cup season will be announced soon, with only subtle changes from the 2001 schedule.(Kansas City Star)(7-21-2001)
- Kansas CTS Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts will sponsor Kansas Speedway's 250-mile NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race July 7. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 will run as a support event to the IRL that weekend. O'Reilly Auto Parts signed on for three years as sponsor of Kansas Speedway's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 will be broadcast live on ESPN at 1:00pm/et July 7.(Kansas Speedway PR)(6-21-2001)
- Traffic Delays Race at Kansas: The start of the first race at Kansas Speedway was delayed 30min because of a traffic jam outside the speedway. Track and NASCAR officials announced at 11:15 a.m. CDT that the noon start of the NASCAR Winston West race would be delayed until 12:30 p.m. Traffic was backed up for miles on Interstates 70 and 435, which intersect near the new speedway. Track officials opened just a handful of entrances to the track's parking lots, presumably because much of the parking area was unsodden or flooded because of heavy rains Friday night.(SpeedVision)(6-3-2001)
- Kansas Sold Out: Officials at Kansas Speedway said Monday that all grandstand season tickets for the 2001 racing season have been sold. Because no tickets for individual races will be sold, Monday's announcement means that those wanting to see either the Winston Cup or the Indy Racing League events this year who do not have tickets are probably out of luck(Kansas City Star)(4-10-2001)
- Kansas City Sponsor? hearing rumors that Kansas Speedway may be named the Sprint Kansas Speedway or as a race sponsor such as Sprint PCS 400(4-4-2001)
- Naming Rights: Kansas Speedway still seeking naming-rights candidates(3-29-2001)
- Kansas Tix: Those holding out hope that they will be able to buy a ticket for September's Winston Cup race at Kansas Speedway without having to buy a full-season ticket are out of luck. Officials at the speedway say that season tickets for the first year of racing at the track are selling at a rate that ensures they will all be sold by the Indy Racing League weekend in July, the first event included in the season-ticket package. That means no single-event tickets will be sold for the IRL weekend, which includes a NASCAR Truck Series race and an Indy Lights race, or the Winston Cup race and accompanying Busch Grand National race (Kansas City Star)(3-22-2001)
- Kansas News: The marquee event of the weekend that will raise the curtain at Kansas Speedway has had a date for months. Today, that race gets a name. When ARCA RE/MAX Series cars take to the speedway on June 2, they will be participating in the ARCA RE/MAX Board of Public Utilities 200. That name will be officially unveiled at a press conference this morning at the Jack Reardon Civic Center in Kansas City, KS(Kansas City Star)(2-1-2001)
- Petty and Kansas UPDATE: Kyle Petty will be at Kansas Speedway, Wed, Dec 13th to announce a partnership at the track(Kansas Speedway PR). This announcement has been postponed until Tues, Dec 19th. Richard Petty Driving Experince maybe? or it could be Sprint being a race sponsor?(12-13-2000)
UPDATE: Officials at Kansas Speedway and NASCAR driver Kyle Petty announced Tuesday that the track will be host for the Richard Petty Driving Experience for four sessions next year. For a fee, people will be able to ride along with a professional instructor in a stock car, taking high-speed laps at the 1.5-mile Kansas track. For a bit more money, fans will actually be able to drive the cars, which are very similar to NASCAR Winston Cup cars. The Petty family has been conducting the program at high-profile NASCAR tracks such as Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina and Atlanta Motor Speedway since 1994(Kansas City Star)(12-20-2000)
- Kansas Adds Race: Kansas Speedway is adding another event to its 2001 schedule, bringing to three the number of racing weekends in its debut season. The latest addition to the schedule is a weekend featuring an ARCA race and a Winston West Series race(Kansas City Star)(11-13-2000)
- Kansas City Star: Kansas Speedway holds promise of big economic rewards by Jim Pedley and Steve Nicely
- Kansas Tests UPDATE: The placing of first of three layers of asphalt for the 1.5 mile Kansas Speedway began last Tuesday. Kansas Speedway officials have stated that an IRL driver would be the first to try out the new surface, and on Sunday, September 17, IRL driver Billy Boat(not Scott Sharp) did just that, turning speeds in excess of 130mph during the one day session. Boat was behind the wheel of Scott Goodyear's Pennzoil Panther IRL car and tested several racing grooves, and gave the track two thumbs up. The track, which is banked at fifteen degrees in turns 1-4, five degrees on the backstretch, and 10.5 on the front tri-oval, is also 55 feet in width, which Boat suggested could lend itself to the ability for the IRL drivers, "to go five to six wide down the tri-oval." Boat and crew chief Kevin Blanch concurred that qualifying speeds for the IRL cars could reach as high as 218mph. IRL cars were reportedly chosen for the test sessions due to their on board telemetry which translates real-time data, mapping the track surface with remarkable accuracy. More tests are in the works for Kansas Speedway, as two additional layers will be required for the facility. The first layer, or base course, which is primarily made up of rough asphalt, will have smother layers placed on top, occurring to the director of facility operation for Kansas Speedway, Russ Tysinger. "The second and third layers will become finer and finer until the track's final paved surface is as close to perfect as you can get," Tysinger said. The paving process is expected to be competed by mid-October(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-18-2000)
UPDATE: and see story at the Kansas City Star: Kansas Speedway track passes first test(9-20-2000)
- Kansas Speedway News: The paving process at the speedway began last Tuesday. At midday Monday, special asphalt-laying equipment was making the sixth of seven passes required to put the first of three layers of pavement down by HNTB, the architectural and engineering firm that is building Kansas Speedway. When that first 2.5-inch layer is down and cured this week, the Indy Racing League will send a car and team out to take some laps. The IRL car, which will be that of driver Scott Goodyear, will be equipped with data-gathering apparatus.(KS Star)(9-13-2000)
- Kansas Speedway Articles: from the Topeka Capital-Journal/CJ Online site - The need for more speedways - Speedway seen as powerful economic engine for KCK by Dana Fields of the AP; and Tracks: Fans will win with two venues by Michael Hooper of the Capital-Journal; and Many short track owners happy about Kansas Speedway by John Milburn of the AP(9-5-2000)
- Kansas Tix Going Fast: Tickets for the 2001 racing season at Kansas Speedway, just eight days after going on sale, about 60,000 of 75,000 season tickets for next year's auto races at Kansas Speedway have been sold. Tickets can be bought online at www.kansasspeedway.com and by phone at (913) 328-7223. The season tickets allow fans to see four races over two weekends next year(KC Star)(8-29-2000)
- Kansas Tix...soon: Kansas Speedway race tickets will be ready to obtain for the inaugural 2001 racing season, dubbed the RPM Ticket Package will first be offered to residents of Wyandotte County, August 17-18. For the rest of the world, the RPM package will go on sale Monday, August 21. No coolers will be allowed in the grandstands. Single race day tickets may go on sale in the future, but only if needed. For more info, see the Kansas Speedway Site(8-16-2000)
- Kansas News: Kansas Speedway has expanded its 2001 racing schedule. Speedway officials will announce today that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series will visit the track as a companion event for the IRL race next July 7th. Tickets for the races will go on sale later this month(KC Star and Kansas Speedway)(8-2-2000)
- No New Walls: The recent concerns over concrete walls won't sway International Speedway Corporation from using the racing industry standard concrete wall at its new speedways. ISC senior vice president Lee Combs, giving an update to the media on construction of the speedways in the Kansas City and Chicago areas, said there are no plans to use or test experimental shock-absorbing walls at the new tracks scheduled to open next year(Speed Magazine)(7-18-2000)
- Kansas Speedway has hired Russ Tysinger as their Director of Facility Operation. It takes effect on August 1st(PR)(6-6-2000)
- Kansas Announcement UPDATE 3: If a couple of remaining details can be worked out, fans will know in a week the exact date of next year's Winston Cup race at the speedway being built in Wyandotte County, KS. Kansas Speedway Corp., the group building the track, is trying to put together a news conference for Monday, when the date of the race will be announced(Kansas City Star)(5-3-2000)
UPDATE: Press conference is scheduled at 3:15pm/et at the infield garage area of the new Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.(That's Racin')(5-7-2000)
UPDATE 2: The Kansas City Star has a story up which lists the Cup date for Kansas Speedway at Sept 30th, 2001 with a BGN race on Saturday, Sept 29th. The official announcement will be made this afternoon(Kansas City Star) This date is where Martinsville will be run this season, so it looks like the Martinsville date will be moved. Even made up a TENTATIVE 2001 Schedule with the two new dates on it, see it at my 2001 Winston Cup TENTATIVE Schedule page
UPDATE 3: the official announcement at NASCAR Online: Kansas City, here we come, the date is Sept 30th for the Cup race. Ticket info at the track site: www.kansassuperspeedway.com(5-8-2000)
- Track/Race Columns concerning the two additional races(5-8/9-2000):
SpeedVision: NASCAR Invades Chicagoland, Heartland by Ben Blake
ESPN/AP: Joliet, Kansas City to host new races
That's Racin': Winston Cup officials announce dates for the two new races by David Poole
Roanoke Times: Martinsville race falls back - 2 new Winston Cup races likely push 2nd Martinsville race into mid-October by Dustin Long
Dallas Morning News: New tracks get NASCAR races by Tony Fabrizio
Kingsport Times News: Speedway makeover ‘has that Humpy feel,’ says Estes by Kenny Bruce
Greenville News: NASCAR adds races in Chicago, Kansas City areas by Mike Hembree
Philadelphia Daily News: New speedways to host added races/Notes by Bill Fleischman
Tennessean: Two tracks added to crowded slate by Larry Woody
St Petersburg Times: Schedule squeezes two more tracks in/Notes by Damian Cristodero
The State: NASCAR adds two tracks, races by Jim McLaurin
- Races to be Added: In separate announcements planned for Monday, NASCAR will officially unveil its plans to add two races to its Winston Cup schedule next season. Sources say the Chicago area race will likely fall the week following the Pepsi 400, which annually takes place during the July 4th weekend at Daytona. The Kansas race is expected to take place in September or October. Neither race addition, which would bring to 36 the number of Winston Cup races next season, is expected to bring wholesale changes to the Winston Cup schedule, though the additions will require a few changes(That's Racin') AND Insiders believe the Joliet track will get a July race and the Kansas raceway will get a date in September. That could lead to a change in date for a race currently in September(New Hampshire? Richmond?)(SpeedVision)(5-7-2000)
- Race Expansion: A new track in Kansas City and one near Chicago will be added to next season's Winston Cup schedule, though an official announcement may be a few weeks away, producing a 36-race season in 2001. None of the current tracks in the series will lose a race for 2001. See full story at That's Racin': Winston Cup schedule expanding to 36 races in 2001 and NASCAR goes for addition without subtraction by David Poole(4-24-2000)
- Kansas Pace Car: The Official Replica Pace Car of the Kansas Speedway was unveiled by Grant Lynch, president of Kansas Speedway Corporation (KSC), and Mark Smith, president of the Midwest Ford Dealers Association. The 2000 Ford Taurus, which bears the Kansas Speedway logo and is adorned with racing stripes, also displays the number 58 on each of the rear fenders in memory of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Derrick Thomas(KSC Site)(2-10-2000)
- Kansas: A Press Conference has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, Feb 9th, at the construction site of the new Kansas Speedway. Track officials will unveil a replica of their official Pace Car, as well, the media will be given a tour of the site(Racin' Network)(2-8-2000)
- ISC Track News: Bill France says that tracks at Kansas City, KS, and Joliet, IL, both are on target for 2001 openings. ISC is building the Kansas City track and is a partner in the Joliet track. France also said ISC and developer Donald Trump are looking at "two or three different places," in the New York area and ISC still is eyeing Denver as a potential site(Roanoke Times)(11-14-1999)
- Kansas City Business Journal Column: Speedway sponsors grab pole positions by Brian Cookson(11-8-1999)
- Kansas City Track Column: Work proceeding on auto speedway in Wyandotte County by Jim Pedley and Steve Nicely(11-6-1999)
- KC Seats UPDATE: The Kansas Speedway Corp. will announce Wednesday morning(or already did announce) that it will immediately begin selling seat-purchasing rights to the NASCAR-style track under construction in Wyandotte County. The rights to 13,750 "premium" seats will be offered. The cost will be from $400 to $1,250 per seat, depending on location. See full story at: Kansas Speedway to sell rights to premium seats(KC Star)(7-28-1999) -- UPDATE: from the Kansas Speedway site: Kansas Speedway Corporation (KSC) launched its ticket sales efforts today by inviting Kansas City Royals baseball legend and recent "Hall of Fame" inductee, George Brett, to become the Inaugural Founding Fan of the new speedway currently under construction in Kansas City, Kansas. see the full story at: Kansas Speedway Corporation Launches Ticket Sales Effort(7-29-1999)
- KC/IRL? The Kansas City speedway may be open for business next fall, according to sources close to the operation. But its first event apparently will be an Indy Racing League event, not a Winston Cup race, probably in October, according to those sources(PitNow)(7-26-1999)
- Kansas City Expansion: due to the overwhelming demand for hospitality suites, the company is considering expansion of its suite offering at the speedway it is building in Kansas. Already, the company has secured long-term lease agreements on all of the suites currently planned at the Midwest's premier motorsports facility, which is under construction at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435 in Kansas City, Kan. See complete story at Kansas Speedway Corporation Considering Expansion Due to Overwhelming Demand For Hospitality Suites(Yahoo Biz)(7-13-1999)
- Kansas City Delay: Lawsuits and lousy weather have made it increasingly unlikely that the new auto racing track in Wyandotte County will be ready in time for next year's Winston Cup season. See full story at: Kansas track facing construction delays(CNN/SI/AP)(7-6-1999)
- Kansas Track Story: Racin' sure has changed by Joe Posnanski(KC Star via That's Racin')(5-27-1999)
- Kansas City Groundbreaking: Kansas Speedway Corporation (KSC) officials held the official construction celebration Tuesday, May 25, 1999, for its new motorsports facility located in Kansas City, Kansas. The ceremony took place at the site of the future speedway in Wyandotte County. Guests in attendance included Kansas State Governor Bill Graves, NASCAR Winston Cup Drivers Bobby Labonte, Rusty Wallace and Ken Schrader as well as many speedway officials(DaytonaUSA KCS Site)(5-26-1999)
- Kansas City Tickets: Kansas City Speedway ticket packages will be available online very soon, possibly before the end of July. Ground breaking in KC on Tuesday, May 25th(5-24-1999)
- Kansas City: Turner Construction Company, with an office in Kansas City, Mo., has been awarded the general construction contract for the $130m Kansas Speedway project of International Speedway Corp. Turner Construction is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Turner Corp., the nation's leading general builder. Turner has been involved in the project for two years, providing pre-construction and design development services(Racer Mag)(5-19-1999)
- Kansas City Story: at PitNow - K.C. track will look like Vegas, but steeper(4-28-1999)
- KC News: Bill France, the chairman of the board of the International Speedway Corporation, got his first look at the construction that will become Kansas International Speedway in another 20 months or so. He targeted the year 2001 as the most likely date for the first race at Kansas International Speedway -- though he wouldn't completely rule out next year. And he virtually promised a Winston Cup event. See the story at France makes trip to Kansas track (KC Star)(3-28-1999)
- Kansas City: The first green flag could drop as early as next year on the track, which is now under construction at the northwest intersection of Interstates 70 and 435 in Kansas City, KS. See article at Countdown is on for NASCAR racing at Kansas City speedway (Kansas City Business Journal)(3-1-1999)
- Kansas City Track Article: It's a week old but I just got wind of it - The only engines roaring at Kansas International Speedway in the near future will be those of earth movers. But at least now it is dead certain that auto-racing engines will have their time at the track in Wyandotte County. The final legal obstacles confronting the developers of the track were cleared late last week, and revenue bonds are being issued to complete construction of the facility. Fans can at least begin fantasizing about big-time racing in the Kansas City area. See complete story at: Kansas International Speedway nearing reality(2-3-1999)
- ISC's proposed Kansas International Speedway may not be completed in time for the 2000 season. ISC announced that the sale of bonds by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS has been delayed. Proceeds from the bonds will help finance construction of the new 1.5 mile track.(Speedworld)(10-3-98)
- A group of property owners has filed suit to stop development of the proposed Kansas International Speedway on the grounds that moving and relocation payments are insufficient and violate federal and Kansas laws. The story is at the KC Star www.kcstar.com - "Property owners file another suit to stop development of Kansas speedway", They move their stories around so much, so I removed the link, and the story is too long to include here.(KC Star)(8-11-98)
- See the story about the KC Track at: Kansas Senate approves proposed Wyandotte County NASCAR track, The Kansas Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for a proposed $252 million speedway in Wyandotte County.
If land purchases proceed as planned, construction of the racetrack could start as early as May 1, with events similar to the Daytona 500 beginning in the year 2000.(2-19-98)
- and....JOE POSNANSKI: NASCAR will be a hit in KC and a story all about the drive to bring the track to KC at High Speed, High Stakes, has a proposed layout.(2-19-98)
- "Ground Breaking is planned for July on a 1.5-mile superspeedway near Cincinnati. William Moss, the Birmingham engineer who helped design the Talladega and Las Vegas tracks, is adviser for the project, which backers hope can attract a Winston Cup date."(JournalNow)(2-14-98)
- Kansas House gives tentative nod to 30-year tax breaks for NASCAR track.(2-11-98)
- "A 75,000-seat racing facility has been approved for the Kansas City area and should be completed by 2000. International Speedway Corp. will develop the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, Kans., which was approved by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. Ground should be broken in 1998, followed by negotiations for motorsports events. Phase I will cost $198.3 million and Phase II $54.1 million. The facility will eventually expand to a possible 150,000 seats"(SpeedNet)(12-25-97)
- International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has announced that its board of directors and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kan., have unanimously approved the development agreement for a 1.5-mile oval motor speedway in Western Kansas City, Kan.(NASCAR FAns/NASCAR Online see the whole story there plus the AP story at Tampa Tribune)(12-18-97)
- ISC announced ground breaking plans and seating estimates today for the 1.5 mile oval track in Kansas City. The full story is at: International Speedway Enters Next Stage Of Development In Kansas City.(12-11-97)
- ISC - International Speedway Corp(Bill France) has signed on to negotiate exclusively with Kansas City, KS with the sole purpose to see about building a racetrack there. See article NASCAR Track To Negotiate Exclusively With KCK about the KC track. Supports the report on a Charlotte radio station this morning re: a major ISC announcement today, thanks Cindy(8-6-97)
- Story at the Kansas City Star, "KC leaders told to get serious about proposed superspeedway", see the story by going to KC Star and do a search on NASCAR(7-10-97)
- NASCAR'S Jim Hunter, who manages Darlington Raceway, has been escorting Kansas City officials around Daytona. NASCAR's Bill France has been pushing to have a new superspeedway built in the Kansas City area for a Winston Cup event eventually
Wow, that's a lot of stuff and there is more there(JournalNow)(7-5-97)
- Bill France and other NASCAR officials have been in Kansas City this week trying to get stalled negotiations for a new superspeedway there going again. The Kansas side-track option apparently died a few weeks ago, and France is now trying to woo Missouri officials to put the track on that side of the state line . . . if he can get the right tax breaks(5-18-97)