Some Recent News (maybe a nugget or two a day for now):

  • Higher bid expected for International Speedway Corporation: NASCAR is about to make an increased offer to acquire [International Speedway Corporation], upping it from $42 a share to $47, per a new report from Street Insider, which calls the move 'imminent'(Sports Business Journal's Adam Stern)(4-18-2019)

  • All-Star Race format announceed: Race fans looking for a glimpse into the future need look no further than this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As demonstrated throughout its illustrious history, NASCAR’s annual all-star spectacular will again provide the platform for the world’s greatest stock car drivers to compete for $1 million dollars, while race teams will get a real-world experience with technical components that could be implemented in the next generation car. The next step in the all-star evolution was unveiled on Wednesday. NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the format and technical specifications for the 2019 edition, a race that will feature some tried and true measures, as well as a potential glimpse into the Gen-7 future.(More)(4-17-2019)

  • What's up with Trevor Bayne? Few, if any, have ever achieved major success at NASCAR's highest level of NASCAR as quickly as Trevor Bayne. But, for the first time since he was 5, he is out of racing after losing his ride with Roush Fenway Racing at the end of last season. That has placed him in a “strange, uneasy time of life” at the moment, but not in a funk. Bayne and wife Ashton spent much of the past month in Hawaii. The highlight, Bayne said, was camping on the beach with his 3-year-old daughter and nearly 2-year-old son. They are expecting a second son in September. The start of something else might be coming soon. Bayne is about to open a coffee shop in his hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. “Obviously I didn’t want to be out of a race car (this season),” he said. “I still wanted to drive and have a chance to win races — it’s something I’m passionate about. But you can burn out on anything, especially if you’re not in the best culture and have the best opportunity to win races. Sometimes it was like, `I almost need a break.’ But the more refreshed I get, the more I miss racing, competing, turning laps. I train every day as if the opportunity is going to come.” Bayne says he’s in great shape. He missed five weeks in 2011 after being hospitalized by a spider bite. Two years later he announced that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but has since had no symptoms, so he believes that was a misdiagnosis.(Daily Press)(4-17-2019)

  • XFINITY teams test at Iowa Speedway: The roar of NASCAR Xfinity Series engines returned to Iowa Speedway during a two-day Goodyear tire test. Five drivers put in their first on-track activity of the new year at the Fastest Short Track on the Planet. Fans were treated to fast cars, as NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers piloted their race cars around Iowa Speedway during the tire test. The test sessions were a preview of what's to come in central Iowa as Wide Opening Weekend is quickly approaching on June 15-16. Justin Haley and defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick joined former Iowa Speedway winners Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and John Hunter Nemechek in making multiple runs over both days to help Goodyear create the best tire for racing at the Fastest Short Track on the Planet.(Iowa Speedway)(4-17-2019)

  • Kansas announces Cup, Truck race sponsor: Lenexa, Kan. based Digital Ally Inc. is partnering with Kansas Speedway to sponsor the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race (Digital Ally 400 at 6:30 PM CT) and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race (Digital Ally 250 at 7:30 PM CT) May 10-11. Digital Ally was created to develop and manufacture technology that provides customers with the ultimate liability protection and evidence recording capabilities, coupled with convenience and ease of use. Digital Ally provides law enforcement agencies along with emergency management and commercial companies with the highest quality video solutions and software management.(Kansas Speedway)(4-17-2019)

  • Gateway Motorsports Park has a new name: Gateway Motorsports Park and World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, today announced a long-term naming rights commitment, renaming the motorsports facility “World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.” The multi-faceted racing venue serves as home to NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region, where WWT was founded and is headquartered. WWT also becomes the official technology partner of the track and will use the venue to advance development programs for the company and its community outreach initiatives. “The support of WWT will help ensure that our track will compete for North America’s most elite races and offer an innovative and exhilarating fan experience for years to come,” said Curtis Francois, owner and CEO of Gateway Motorsports Park. “The relationship with WWT will help us tremendously as we continue to grow World Wide Technology Raceway into one of the premier racing facilities in the country.(World Wide Technology Raceway PR)(4-17-2019)

  • Southwestern Trucking to sponsor Tifft at Kentucky: Southwestern Trucking has teamed up with Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and Matt Tifft for the "Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend at Kentucky Speedway July 12 - 13. Based in Griffin, Ga., Southwestern Trucking has become known for its superior quality and service in the specialized heavy haul industry, with a focus on the transport of paper machine rolls. For over 40 years, Southwestern Trucking has been transporting heavy machinery and goods while providing quality service and timely delivery.(Front Row Motorsports)(4-17-2019)

  • Erik Jones still working on contract extension: From Frontstretch.com:
    Segal: You have a contract extension in the works with Joe Gibbs Racing. How much are you allowed to say regarding the ongoing talks?
    Jones: I built a good relationship with JGR and I think we’ve done a really good job with the No. 20 team the last year-and-a-half getting it to a point where we want it to be. Me and Chris Gayle [crew chief] making it our own deal, and who we want to have involved on the team and pit crew side. It’s really been a good improvement. I’m happy with where we’re at, I’m happy being with Joe Gibbs Racing. For my age, I’ve had a pretty longstanding relationship with them. I hope to continue that and I feel like we’re definitely moving in the right direction."(Frontstretch)4-17-2019)

  • Lastest developments at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway UPDATE: Speedway Motorsports, the company trying to bring NASCAR back to Nashville, pitched a plan that called for $54 million in bond payments and $2 million in cash from the city, according to city officials. Mayor David Briley's administration rejected the proposal, but ongoing discussions could end with tax revenue collected at the track financing part of the project. But a top Speedway Motorsports executive said there's been a shift from talks of using general obligation bonds to a plan that an emphasizes a private-public partnership with the possibility of using revenue from the track to fund any project. Financing remains a roadblock that has emerged in the ongoing talks between Speedway Motorsports and Briley. The group has already proposed a project that clashes with plans already in place for the new Major League Soccer stadium. The feasibility of a major upgrade to the racetrack remains questionable since the soccer stadium project will place a mixed-use development building so close to the Speedway. The site plan and its proximity the track is set to be discussed at Tuesday's regularly scheduled Board of Fair Commissioners meeting. One possible solution to the financing conundrum that's being discussed at the legislature would essentially have any racetrack project be funded by racetrack patrons. Last week a rendering commissioned by Speedway Motorsports made its rounds on social media, showing what an upgraded Fairgrounds Speedway would look alongside the MLS stadium. It's a first look how the racetrack proposal clashes with a site plan already in the works at the fairgrounds. An overhaul is already underway to make room for the $275 million soccer stadium and surrounding mixed-use development. The new expo center and fair buildings, which are moving to the northeast end of the site, are expected to be operational by August.(Tennessean)(4-16-2019)
    UPDATE: An executive involved in Speedway Motorsports Inc.’s efforts to bring NASCAR national series racing back to Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, responded Tuesday to a report about the company’s talks with city officials. Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, issued a statement responding to The Tennessean’s article. “Our very first step has been to engage Mayor Briley to explore potential renovation of the speedway that would allow major races to return to Nashville. This renovation can be accomplished through a cooperative partnership by utilizing revenues from increased activity at the Fairgrounds and private investment without the use of current Metro tax dollars. Recognizing that the city has an obligation to maintain their racetrack long into the future, we are offering an opportunity for private partnership that delivers an attractive, long-term solution to improve a historic, public treasure that has been in decline in recent years.”(NBC Sports)(4-17-2019)

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Truck Series Off Week


Cup race countdown

GEICO 500
Talladega Superspeedway
4/28/2019 ~2:20pm/et

Upcoming weekend at-track schedules

  • Talladega (added 3/29)
  • Dover (updated 4/10)
  • Kansas - Not available yet
  • All-Star Weekend - Not available yet
  • Charlotte (updated 4/10)
  • Pocono (added 4/9)
  • Michigan (added 4/9)
  • Iowa (added 4/9)
  • Sonoma (added 4/9)
  • Chicago - Not available yet
  • Daytona (added 4/9)
  • Kentucky - Not available yet
  • New Hampshire - Not available yet
  • Pocono - Not available yet
  • Watkins Glen (added 4/9)

Eariler 2019 season races

Results from races earlier in the year can be found here.