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Race track and speedway news, records & links

Most NASCAR Cup points race wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (111 races held)
Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (28)
Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (115)
Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 8 (119)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (17)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (114)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (142)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 11 (97)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (19)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (24)
Kansas: Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson - 3 (25)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 3 (7)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (21)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (139)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (96)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (46)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 8 (42)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (80)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (124)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (29)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (98)
Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (36)
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart - 5 (34)
(5-27-2018)

Tracks with the most NASCAR Cup Points Races have been held:
Daytona International Speedway 142 races (since 1959)
Martinsville Speedway 139 (since 1949)
Richmond Raceway 124 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 119 (since 1960)
Bristol Motor Speedway 115 (since 1961)
Darlington Speedway 114 (since 1950)
Atlanta Motor Speedway 111 (since 1960)
Michigan International Speedway, 97 (since 1969)
Talladega Superspeedway, 98 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 97 (since 1969)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
Pocono Raceway, 80 (since 1974)
(5-27-2018)


Drivers with most wins at different tracks: Kyle Busch is the ONLY NASCAR Cup driver to ever win a Cup points race at every track he has competed on, when he won at Charlotte on May 27, 2018. After winning at Homestead in November 2013, there was only ONE race track on the NASCAR Cup circuit at which #24-Jeff Gordon had never won a race, that being Kentucky Speedway. Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the NASCAR Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham. Gordon ran his final race at Kentucky on July 11, 2015, finishing 7th, thus failing to win at Kentucky Speedway
Driver -- Wins -- Tracks won at/ Tracks ran
Richard Petty -- 200 -- 51 of 84
David Pearson -- 105 -- 38 of 65
Jeff Gordon -- 93 -- 24 of 25 (never won Kentucky)
Bobby Allison -- 84 -- 28 of 47
Darrell Waltrip -- 84 -- 16 of 26
Cale Yarborough -- 83 -- 18 of 46
Matt Kenseth -- 39 -- 18 of 23 (never won at Watkins Glen, Martinsville, Atlanta, Sonoma, Indy)
Of course, a disclaimer here is that in the old days of NASCAR, many tracks were raced at once or just a handful of times, but that's still pretty impressive.(ESPN)
Current Drivers: the active leaders with the most NASCAR CUP wins at the 23 different tracks currently on the NSCS schedule:
Rank, Driver, Number of Tracks
1. #18-Kyle Busch, 23 (finally won Charlotte)(WON at all tracks)
2. #4-Kevin Harvick, 21 (Kentucky, Pocono)
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 20 (Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago)
Kyle Busch is the ONLY NASCAR Cup driver to ever win a Cup points race at every track he has competed on, when he won at Charlotte on May 27, 2018
(old NASCAR PR)(5-27-2018)

Drivers with at least 10 NASCAR Cup Series wins at one track:
Richard Petty (5 tracks)
-- Martinsville (15)
-- Richmond (13)
-- North Wilkesboro (13)
-- Rockingham (11)
-- Daytona (10)
Darrell Waltrip (3 tracks)
-- Bristol (12)
-- Martinsville (11)
-- North Wilkesboro (10)
David Pearson, Darlington (10)
Dale Earnhardt, Talladega (10)
Jimmie Johnson, Dover (11)
(5-27-2018)

NASCAR does not provide attendance estimates: NASCAR will end its policy of providing estimated attendance figures in its race reports this season. Spokesman Kerry Tharp said tracks still will have the option of providing crowd estimates, but it will be their prerogative. "NASCAR's race reports generally becomes a box score for the media, and box scores from sporting events do not generally provide estimates," Tharp said. Of the 23 tracks that play host to races in NASCAR's premier series, 21 are owned by publicly traded companies such as International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. Officials with those tracks have said they don't provide attendance figures because they don't want to provide earnings guidance.(USA Today)(2-17-2013)

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule
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Race Track Seating Capacity / Attendance Chart Page
NOTE: NASCAR has not reported track attendance since 2012


Track News and Announcements

Erik Jones takes a wild ride at Daytona, talks upcoming Coke Zero Sugar 400: Erik Jones, one of the bright young stars for Joe Gibbs Racing, spent last week on the edge at Daytona, free-wheeling several tire-squealing Toyotas on the "Toyota Thrill Ride" outside the speedway's frontstretch.[More](6-18-2018)

Scott Pruett to drive Camry pace car at Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma: Legendary road racer and Northern California native Scott Pruett will drive the Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 24.[More](6-17-2018)

Pre-race show kicks off NASCAR race day in Sonoma: Throughout the pre-race show, Sonoma Raceway will honor first responders and local heroes as part of its "Sonoma Rising" program, an initiative to honor those affected by the devastating wildfires that ravaged the North Bay in October.[More](6-16-2018)

ROVAL testing open to the fans at Charlotte: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will test on the ROVAL, Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course oval, on Tuesday, July 10, and Tuesday, July 17. [More](6-15-2018)

Weis Markets becomes official grocery store of Pocono Raceway: Weis Markets announced it has become the official grocery store of Pocono Raceway for all events at the track in 2018.[More](6-15-2018)

Online charity auction offers experiences and memorabilia for NASCAR in Sonoma:Race fans can bid on unique experiences and signed NASCAR collectibles, all in the name of charity, prior to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. This year's Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) online auction, which runs through June 20 at sccauctions.com.[More](6-14-2018)

Bubba Wallace, Daytona partner on Coke Zero Sugar 400 ticket package: Daytona International Speedway has designed a ticket package around Wallace, who will be carrying the colors of the U.S. Air Force on the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the Independence Day holiday weekend event.[More](6-14-2018)

Drydene returns to Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway has announced a multi-year partnership with Drydene Performance Products. The Drydene/Pocono partnership will showcase Drydene at 'The Tricky Triangle' in unique and innovative ways. Pocono Raceway has unveiled the Drydene Tractor Trailer Parking Lot, where over the road drivers can park their rigs daily in a designated lot near Gate 7 during the Raceway's NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends. Fans will see Drydene-branded oil can trash receptacles and the newly-painted Drydene towers located along the restroom facilities behind the Grandstand. Additionally, Drydene will be the presenting partner of the "Drydene Restart Zone" on the track during all major motorsport events and the Raceway's "Seat of the Week" Facebook live video series.[More](6-14-2018)

Jake's Golf Carts partners with Pocono Raceway; Ticket holders eligible to win Tricky's custom-made golf cart: Pocono Raceway and Jake's Golf Carts have renewed their partnership for the 2018 season at 'The Tricky Triangle.' Tricky's custom-made golf cart, produced and created by Jake's, will be given away during the Raceway's 2019 ticket renewal process later this year. Additionally, Jake's Golf Carts will continue to provide the Raceway with golf carts for usage around the facility during the Pocono 400, Gander Outdoors 400 and ABC Supply 500 race weekends. [More](6-13-2018)

BBQ, Brews and Bowyer: DIS, Bowyer cook up special Coke Zero Sugar 400 ticket package: Ten-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winner Clint Bowyer, fresh off his most recent victory last weekend at Michigan International Speedway, will be part of a unique ticket package that is on sale now for the upcoming 60th annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday night, July 7 at Daytona International Speedway.[More](6-13-2018)

Westgate Resorts named title sponsor of Las Vegas Truck race: Westgate Resorts, one of the world's largest resort developers, has been named title sponsor of Las Vegas Motor Speedway's September NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The World of Westgate 200 will take place at the 1.5-mile superspeedway on Friday, Sept. 14. The World of Westgate 200 will be the second race of the Truck Series playoffs.[More](6-13-2018)

Darlington to host "Celebrating 7 Decades of NASCAR" tribute event: As part of its throwback weekend, 'Celebrating 7 Decades of NASCAR,' Darlington Raceway will once again host a Saturday night tribute event, featuring a panel of question and answer sessions with the past, present and future stars of the sport.[More](6-12-2018)

NASCAR wagering available in Delaware as Dover Downs Hotel & Casino begins full sports betting operations: Dover International Speedway fans can now put more than cheers behind their favorite NASCAR drivers as auto racing is a key part of the full sports betting offerings available at neighboring company Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. There are multiple ways to bet on all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events, including winner-of-the-race plays, proposition wagers and futures wagering.[More](6-8-2018)

NASCAR Hauler Parade returns to streets of Sacramento: Actor Michael Rooker has been named Grand Marshal of the 8th annual NASCAR Hauler Parade and will lead the procession of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series haulers through the streets of Sacramento on Thursday, June 21. Rooker, an American actor known to motorsports fans for his role as Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder, will be in Sacramento to meet fans at the Fandemic Tour, a new type of comic con bringing fandom, fun and family together to celebrate all of pop culture.[More](6-8-2018)

Wakeboard Rail Jam set to perform during Chicago race weekend: Chicagoland Speedway announced today that Step Up Productions will bring their Wakeboard Rail Jam set up to the Stars and Stripes Weekend June 28 - July 1. Fans will get up-close and personal with the professional wakeboarders as they perform high-flying aerial tricks over the 50' gap that separates the takeoff and the 50,000 gallon landing pool[More](6-8-2018)

DAYTONA 500 tickets on sale Tuesday, June 12: Tickets for the 61st annual DAYTONA 500 will officially go on sale Tuesday, June 12 at 9 a.m. ET. For the past three years, the prestigious season-opening event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has sold out. The 2019 edition of "The Great American Race" will again be held on Presidents Day Weekend on Sunday, Feb. 17 and tickets start at $99.[More](6-17-2018)

Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley named Toyota/Save Mart 350 Grand Marshal:Olympic gold medalist and Bay Area resident Jonny Moseley has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. [More](6-5-2018)

Villa Lighting, Eaton electrical products to sponsor Gateway's Truck race: Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois today announced Villa Lighting and Eaton electrical products will sponsor its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, June 23. The race will be called the Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power. More](6-1-2018)

Memphis Raceway wants back on XFINITY, Trucks schedule: Speedway president and general manager Pam Kendrick was instrumental in NASCAR's return with the K&N Pro Series East last season. Kendrick says she has talked to NASCAR about ways to see Xfinity and Trucks return to West Tennessee.[More](6-1-2018)

Foxwoods Resort Casino to sponsor New Hampshire Cup race: Foxwoods Resort Casino, home of "The Wonder of it All" and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have teamed up to bring a little extra wonder to "The Magic Mile" in Loudon, N.H. The two New England destinations have joined forces for a multi-year entitlement partnership naming the July 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race the "Foxwoods Resort Casino 301."[More](5-31-2018)

Josh Turner to perform pre-race concert for Coke Zero Sugar 400: Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner will entertain fans at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7, with a pre-race concert prior to the 60th annual Coke Zero Sugar 400, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event.[More](5-30-2018)

Olympic gold medalist to drive pace car for the FireKeepers Casino 400: Megan Keller helped the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team claim the gold medal at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games in February. On June 10, she will come home to Michigan to drive the pace car to start the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.[More](5-26-2018)

Chicago to host military honor ceremony: Chicagoland Speedway announced today that it will host a military Honor Ceremony during its Stars and Stripes weekend on Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in Champions Park before the running of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Overton's 300. During this time, event attendees will pause from the fast-paced excitement of the weekend to honor those who serve. Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Director Quincy McCall (formerly Quincy Whitehead), an Army veteran, will emcee the ceremony.[More](5-19-2018)

Darlington Raceway offers special ticket discount to South Carolina residents: If you're a resident of South Carolina, Darlington Raceway has a great ticket opportunity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 event on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Beginning on Thursday, May 17 through August 3, residents of South Carolina can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/PalmettoOffer to take advantage of special in-state pricing for the Labor Day weekend race at the track Too Tough To Tame.[More](5-18-2018)

Viansa Sonoma named official wine partner of Sonoma Raceway: Sonoma Raceway has teamed up with Viansa Sonoma to bring the best of Sonoma Valley wine country to the track during the raceway's summer racing season. Viansa Sonoma, known for award-winning wines, iconic 270-degree views of the Sonoma Valley and warm hospitality, has been named the Official Wine Sponsor of Sonoma Raceway.[More](5-18-2018)

Live Nation country music concert set for summer 2019 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: The Merrimack County Superior Court has cleared away the final hurdles to a proposed country music festival at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. After a nearly two-year process, a judge has ruled in the Speedway's favor, clearing the way for a three-day music festival with Live Nation in the summer of 2019.[More](5-17-2018)

Sonoma Raceway announces 'Sonoma Rising' initiative around NASCAR weekend: In recognition of the devastating wild fires that ravaged the North Bay in October, Sonoma Raceway will utilize its largest event weekend to support the theme "Sonoma Rising," an initiative to honor those affected by the disaster, salute first responders and lend support to the North Bay's ongoing rebuilding efforts. The Sonoma Rising theme will feature prominently in both the advance promotion and race weekend activities surrounding the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, June 22-24.[More](5-16-2018)

Loverboy headlines New Hampshire pre-race concert: Race fans will really be "Working for the Weekend" in the run up to this summer's major NASCAR event in Loudon. It's official: members of the multi-platinum-selling rock band, Loverboy, will bring their 80s classics to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway frontstretch stage on Sunday, July 22.[More](5-11-2018)

GEICO Grounds RV camping at Homestead gets upgraded: Camping and NASCAR championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway have become synonymous over the years. That pairing will get even better in 2018. The track announced today that beginning with 2018 Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 16-18), electric hook-ups and water will be provided in the already-popular GEICO Grounds Turn 2 RV area, located within the facility's gates.[More](5-9-2018)

New name for Pocono XFINITY race: Pocono Raceway today announces a multi-year partnership with J. P. Mascaro & Sons under which the June 2 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at 'The Tricky Triangle' has been renamed the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J. P. Mascaro & Sons. Also, as part of this partnership, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will serve as at the 'Official Waste Services and Recycling Provider of Pocono Raceway.'[More](5-7-2018)

Gateway Motorsports Park offers the unique party experience on NASCAR race day: Gateway Motorsports Park is offer fans ages 21 and over a unique and exciting pre-race party experience for the annual Gateway 200 presented by CK Power NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Saturday, June 23. The Rumble Before the Roar is the ultimate pre-race party zone, featuring DJs, the Gateway Girls, special guest appearances, bar Olympics, t-shirt giveaways and entertainment. The party zone opens at 3 p.m. and runs until the green flag is waved for the NASCAR Truck race. Admission is only $20 and includes a souvenir mug, complimentary beer and soft drinks and light snacks. [More](5-5-2018)

Sonoma to host "Chat With the Champ": - Race fans are invited to join a salute to 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Martin Truex Jr. during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 24. "Chat with the Champ" will serve as the centerpiece of the Pre-Race Show Powered by Friedman's Home Improvement just hours before the green flag falls on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series main event in Sonoma.[More](5-3-2018)

August Michigan race named Consumers Energy 400: Michigan International Speedway and Consumers Energy have expanded their relationship in a multi-year agreement to include the entitlement sponsorship of the August Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The race on Aug. 12 will be called the Consumers Energy 400.[More](4-19-2018)

Randy Houser in concert prior to Overton's 400 at Chicago: Chicagoland Speedway announced today that country music star Randy Houser will perform before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400 on Sunday, July 1. The Overton's 400 pre-race concert is presented by New Country, Chicago's BIG 95.5. Born and raised in Lake, Mississippi, Houser formed his own band at the age of 10, and eventually moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. His recognizable booming, yet soulful voice has paved the way to appearances on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and a special performance on The Voice.[More](4-5-2018)

Florida Georgia Line to headline FGL Fest during NASCAR weekend at Indianapolis: Global superstars Florida Georgia Line will perform live Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the track's 25th annual NASCAR weekend, an expansion of an exciting, unique partnership between IMS and Big Machine Records that also will place the chart-topping duo into the race's name for years to come.[More](3-23-2018)

1000Bulbs.com sponsoring fall Talladega race: The future of Talladega Superspeedway became brighter today. 1000Bulbs.com, the award-winning, internet-based lighting retailer recognized for growth, innovation and customer satisfaction, announced that the track's anticipated Fall NASCAR Playoff event (October 14) will be known as the 1000Bulbs.com 500.[More](3-19-2018)

Trace Adkins to serve as grand marshal at Michigan: Country music superstar Trace Adkins will deliver the most famous words in motorsports, "Drivers, start your engines," when the FireKeepers Casino 400 gets underway on June 10 at Michigan International Speedway. The race begins at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on FOX. "It's an honor to serve as the grand marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400," Adkins said.[More](3-6-2018)

Jim Cornelison to perform National Anthem at Chicago: To celebrate National Anthem Day, Chicagoland Speedway today announced the return of Jim Cornelison who will belt "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Magnificent Mile and a Half. Cornelison is better known as the "Gold Standard" for his iconic rendition of the ballad. His performance will headline Chicagoland Speedway's patriotic tribute during the Stars and Stripes weekend June 28 - July 1, 2018.[More](3-3-2018)

Big Machine Vodka becomes title partner of Brickyard 400 at IMS: A new era for NASCAR racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feature even more excitement, as Big Machine Vodka was named the title partner of the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at IMS. The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 on the 2.5-mile oval at IMS. The 25th annual NASCAR weekend at the Racing Capital of the World is moving from the heat of late July to cooler temperatures of early September, and the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard also will serve as the thrilling finale to the Cup Series regular season, setting the field for the Playoffs.[More](2-5-2018)

Darlington planning renovations: Known lately for throwing it back to the past, Darlington Raceway has its sights set on the future. The track announced Wednesday a capital improvement project to the 1.366-mile speedway, slated to begin immediately. The project, coined A Better Darlington...The Tradition Continues, will feature a renovation of the track's Tyler, Wallace and Colvin Grandstands, giving fans a more comfortable seating experience when they attend the September NASCAR race weekend. The track will once again celebrate NASCAR's history with its throwback platform with the "Seven Decades of NASCAR," in tribute to the 70th anniversary of the sport.[More](1-31-2018)


Inaugural Race Winners of Active Tracks: A list of the active tracks since 1949 and the winners of those inaugural events:
Year, Track, Driver
2011, Kentucky, Kyle Busch
2001, Chicago, Kevin Harvick
2001, Kansas, Jeff Gordon
1999, Homestead, Tony Stewart
1998, Las Vegas, Mark Martin
1997, Texas, Jeff Burton (first career win)
1997, California, Jeff Gordon
1994, Indianapolis, Jeff Gordon
1993, New Hampshire, Rusty Wallace
1989, Sonoma, Ricky Rudd
1988, Phoenix, Alan Kulwicki (first career win)
1974, Pocono, Richard Petty
1969, Talladega, Richard Brickhouse (first career win)
1969, Dover, Richard Petty
1969, Michigan, Cale Yarborough
1961, Bristol, Jack Smith
1960, Atlanta, Fireball Roberts
1960, Charlotte, Joe Lee Johnson
1959, Daytona, Lee Petty
1957, Watkins Glen, Buck Baker
1953, Richmond, Lee Petty
1950. Darlington, Johnny Mantz (first career win)
1949. Martinsville, Red Byron


SOME PAST TRACK NEWS

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Veteran Executives Receive Promotions
$178 million makeover headed for Phoenix International Raceway
Rockingham Speedway for sale...again
Pocono Raceway Offering Worry-Free Weather Guarantee
Restrictor-plate engines in Indy XFINITY race?
Gary Baker says Nashville Superspeedway could be saved
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park would like an XFINITY race
Racing will return to Mansfield Speedway
Canadian Motor Speedway on course in Fort Erie