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Race track and speedway news, records & links

Most points race wins by a driver for each 'active' race track - by track (total races):
Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt - 9 wins (110 races held)
Auto Club / California: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (27)
Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (112)
Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 8 (116)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (16)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (113)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (140)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 10 (94)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (18)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (23)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (22)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 3 (6)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (20)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (136)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (95)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (44)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 8 (42)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (78)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (121)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (28)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (95)
Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 6 (32)
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart - 5 (34)
(3-19-2017)

Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
Daytona International Speedway 140 races (since 1959)
Martinsville Speedway 136 (since 1949)
Richmond International Raceway 121 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 116 (since 1960)
Darlington Speedway 113 (since 1950)
Bristol Motor Speedway 112 (since 1961)
Atlanta Motor Speedway 110 (since 1960)
Michigan International Speedway, 95 (since 1969)
Talladega Superspeedway, 95 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 94 (since 1969)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
(3-19-2017)


Drivers with most wins at different tracks: After winning at Homestead in November 2013, there was only ONE race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSCS) circuit at which #24-Jeff Gordon had never won a race, that being Kentucky Speedway. Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham. Gordon ran his final race at Kentucky on July 11, 2015, finishing 7th, thus failing to win at Kentucky Speedway
Driver -- Wins -- Tracks won at/ Tracks ran
Richard Petty -- 200 -- 51 of 84
David Pearson -- 105 -- 38 of 65
Jeff Gordon -- 93 -- 24 of 25 (didn't win Kentucky)
Bobby Allison -- 84 -- 28 of 47
Darrell Waltrip -- 84 -- 16 of 26
Cale Yarborough -- 83 -- 18 of 46
Of course, a disclaimer here is that in the old days of NASCAR, many tracks were raced at once or just a handful of times, but that's still pretty impressive.(ESPN)
Current Drivers: the active leaders with the most Sprint Cup wins at the 23 different tracks currently on the NSCS schedule:
Rank, Driver, Number of Tracks
1. Tony Stewart, 21 (missing Kentucky & Darlington) - retired
2. #18-Kyle Busch, 21 (missing Charlotte & Pocono)
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 20
3. #4-Kevin Harvick, 19 (Kentucky, Pocono, Sonoma & Texas)
5. #20-Matt Kenseth, 18
(NASCAR PR)(3-19-2017)

Drivers with at least 10 wins at one track:
Richard Petty (5 tracks)
-- Martinsville (15)
-- Richmond (13)
-- North Wilkesboro (13)
-- Rockingham (11)
-- Daytona (10)
Darrell Waltrip (3 tracks)
-- Bristol (12)
-- Martinsville (11)
-- North Wilkesboro (10)
David Pearson, Darlington (10)
Dale Earnhardt, Talladega (10)
Jimmie Johnson, Dover (10)
(3-19-2017)

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

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Track News and Announcements

Edsel Ford to serve as honorary pace car driver at Martinsville: A Ford will lead the field to green in more than one way Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Track President Clay Campbell announced today that Edsel Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, will be the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the STP 500. Ford, who also serves as a board member for the Ford Motor Company, will drive the Ford Shelby 350GT pace car at the start of the race.[Martinsville Speedway](3-27-2017)

Automobile Club of Southern California renews Auto Club race sponsorship: Officials from Auto Club Speedway and the Automobile Club of Southern California today announced a multi-year race entitlement extension for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AUTO CLUB 400 at Auto Club Speedway. The three-year deal marks 14 years of race sponsorship from Auto Club and the 20th year as a marketing partner. Auto Club has been a partner with the Speedway in Fontana since it opened in 1997, then sponsoring the Winston West Series. [More](3-27-2017)

First ever Martinsville Speedway hauler parade set for Thursday: Before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars take to Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500, the haulers transporting the cars will take to US 220, for the first ever Martinsville Speedway Hauler Parade. On Thursday, the haulers will start at the city limits and drive down 220 south to the race track, giving fans the opportunity to cheer for their favorite car along the route. The parade will start around 5 p.m.[More](3-26-2017)

Bristol to treat track surface again: The track applied the treatment last year to the lower groove in the four turns and coming out of the straightaways to help rubber stick to the track.[More](3-25-2017)

Dover to 'Light It Up Blue' for Autism Awareness Month: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway will continue their support for increasing understanding and acceptance of autism by participating in the global "Light It Up Blue" campaign, organized by Autism Speaks, in April. Two of Delaware's most famous landmarks, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza presented by Smithfield, as well as the Dover Downs Hotel, will be illuminated in blue light throughout April, coinciding with Autism Awareness Month.[More](3-25-2017)

'Cars 3' Road to the Races tour visits Texas Motor Speedway: Disney*Pixar's "Cars 3" opens its Road To The Races nationwide tour today that will include a stop at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7-9 for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend. The 27-city, nationwide tour features life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm to celebrate the new "Cars 3" movie, which opens June 16.[More](3-24-2017)

Jimmie Johnson & NASA team up for race day at Richmond International Raceway: Jimmie Johnson is teaming up with NASA and Richmond International Raceway to give NASCAR's youngest fans the opportunity to learn the science behind the sport as well as meet the seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 30. The Jimmie Johnson Ticket Package gives kids the chance to see not only their favorite driver, but also learn about the role STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has in NASCAR. Kids will learn how the science of speed plays a role in both NASCAR and the launch of rockets into space.[More](3-23-2017)

Auto Club Speedway Fan Zone packed with weekend entertainment: This weekend, NASCAR makes its only stop in Southern California for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend, March 23-26, at Auto Club Speedway. While fans are here to watch five-wide racing, they will also have access to the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone for driver appearances, a dozen music performances, autograph sessions, Lefty's Fun Zone, motocross exhibits and other family fun.[More](3-23-2017)

Chase University College Program Arrives at Richmond International Raceway: Richmond International Raceway and Chase Elliott have partnered to bring a unique race day experience to college students called Chase University, or better known as Chase U. For $24, current college students can enjoy a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 30 with an exclusive college pre-race party and an appearance by the driver of the No. 24 himself, Chase Elliott.[More](3-23-2017)

Advanced pricing on Martinsville Speedway tickets ends Friday: With the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway just a week-and-a-half away, there is no better time to purchase tickets, as prices increase on Saturday. The race marks the first short track race of the year, and the first race back on the east coast after the "west coast swing."[More](3-23-2017)

Service King named title sponsor of XFINITY race at Auto Club Speedway: Service King Collision Repair Centers will serve as the title sponsor for Auto Club Speedway's NASCAR XFINITY Series 300 race on Saturday, March 25. The event, which will air on FS1 at 1PM (PT), will be known as the Service King 300.[More](3-22-2017)

Youtheory named Official Health Supplement of Auto Club Speedway: youtheory, the leader in natural health products, has been named the official health supplement of Auto Club Speedway for the second straight year during the Monster Energy NASCAR C[More](3-22-2017)

Advance Auto Parts named Official Auto Parts Retailer of Charlotte Motor Speedway: Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, has expanded its motorsports footprint by being named the Official Auto Parts Retailer of Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The nationally renowned company has a multi-year agreement with the speedway that will include Advance Auto Parts in-store speedway branding, digital and social media promotions and on-site ticket sales for select race events.[More](3-22-2017)

NASCAR Fan Settles Suit Over Daytona Crash Debris Injury A lawsuit by a NASCAR fan injured by flying debris from a 12-car crash at Daytona International Speedway came to an end Monday as a Florida federal judge issued a final dismissal of the case following a settlement reached last month. U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell dismissed Allen Davis' case against NASCAR, the speedway and speedway owner International Speedway Corp. with prejudice on Monday, putting an end to the over-year-old case concerning the 2013 crash.(Law360)(3-21-2017)

Johnson to be inducted into ACS Walk of Fame Jimmie Johnson, winner of the 2016 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400, will be inducted into the Speedway's Walk of Fame in Friday, March, 24.(ACS)[More](3-21-2017)

Latin singer Pepe Aguilar will serve as Honorary Starter for Auto Club 400 Latin singer Pepe Aguilar will serve as Honorary Starter for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 26. As Honorary Starter, Aguilar will wave the green flag to start the Auto Club 400, and watch the stock cars take their first lap on one of the oldest oval track surfaces and the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.(ACS)[More](3-21-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway removing more seats NASCAR fans may soon notice some changes to the seating area around turn four at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As a cost-saving initiative, Speedway Motorsports - the local company that owns nine NASCAR tracks, including the one in Concord, NC - is removing some lower-demand seating areas and suites, according to a securities filing earlier this month. The company also said it will start offering "premium hospitality and entertainment activities" at the track. It is also considering installing solar panels at the Concord track as part of its "green initiatives," after the seat "re-purposing" project.(Charlotte Observer)[More](3-20-2017)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway considers eliminating seats for NASCAR races The bloody gash on Kyle Busch's forehead wasn't the only cut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week. The track appears poised to ax more seats that were largely empty at the Kobalt 400, and TV ratings for the March 12 NASCAR race were down 17 percent. What, if anything, does it mean for the viability of a second NASCAR race in Las Vegas? The Kobalt 400 produced a late pass for the lead and a pit road fight pitting hometown hero Busch against Joey Logano and members of Logano's pit crew. It seemed to be the shot in the rocker arm LVMS was seeking. It was announced March 8 that Las Vegas also will host a fall playoff race starting in 2018. LVMS President Chris Powell said he was "thrilled" with the early demand for tickets. But fans who sought to renew seats in Sections 1 and 3 - the lower grandstands fronting the Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Terraces - were told they could not purchase them for 2018. "We are not prepared to sell tickets in those areas," Powell said. Does that mean Sections 1 and 3 will be eliminated? "A final decision hasn't been made." A 2018 seating chart on the speedway's website shows the lower grandstands in front of the terraces grayed out. If the sections in front of the terraces are eliminated, it would trim LVMS capacity to around 80,000.(Las Vegas Review-Journal)[More](3-20-2017)

April possible date for future spring NASCAR PIR race The nearly $180 million facility redevelopment project at Phoenix International Raceway might not be the only big change eventually coming to the Avondale track. Preliminary discussions have taken place between PIR and NASCAR about moving the track's spring weekend to April from the mid-march March date it's had since 2015. Nothing is likely to happen for next year, but there's little doubt PIR would eventually love to reclaim the mid-April Saturday evening date it enjoyed from 2005-10.(Arizona Republic)[More](3-20-2017)

Phoenix Raceway offers fans first look at new hospitality experience At the first race of 2017 season, fans able to take a test drive for what's to come in 2018
As Phoenix Raceway welcomes racing fans for the first time in 2017, the anticipation is growing for the track's modernization project. To harness the excitement during the Camping World 500 weekend, a New Phoenix Raceway Preview Center is giving fans an up-close-and-personal view of what's to come for the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. Located on the DC Solar Power Pavilion (formerly Fan Midway) right along Turn 1, the New Phoenix Raceway Preview Center tells the story of what fans can expect once the project is completed in time for the fall NASCAR race in November 2018.(PhoenixRaceway.com)[More](3-19-2017)

Cast of movie "Car Dogs" to be honorary race officials at Phoenix The NASCAR Camping World 500 race weekend at Phoenix Raceway is all about fast cars and the state of Arizona. It seems only appropriate that six members from the cast of the upcoming movie "Car Dogs" will be on hand this weekend to serve as honorary race officials for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500, which starts at 12:30pm/et. The movie, which is scheduled to be released in select theaters on March 24, 2017, has many Arizona ties. Not only is the movie set in Scottsdale, but it also was shot there. The movie was written by Scottsdale native Mark King, while the director, Adam Collis, is currently a visiting professor of film at Arizona State University in Tempe. King and Collis will be two of the six who will take part in Sunday's race festivities. The others are cast members Josh Hopkins, Dash Mihok, Alessandra Torresani and Chris Mulkey. The film also stars comedian superstar George Lopez, Oscar nominee Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and TV star Patrick J. Adams ("Suits").(PhoenixRaceway.com)[More](3-17-2017)

Brickyard 400 changes weekend schedule An exciting new schedule, race format and fan activities will deliver more NASCAR action and thrills than ever to the Brickyard 400 race weekend July 21-23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All on-track action for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take place over a condensed two-day schedule, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. Practice and qualifying are set for Saturday, with the 24th annual Brickyard 400 at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday. A full schedule of speed Saturday also will include qualifying and the race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series event, with the 250-mile race starting at 3:30 p.m. The event weekend will start Friday, July 21 on the 2.5-mile oval with two practice sessions for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. An engaging, new Friday Fan Fest featuring stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the popular Hauler Parade that afternoon and evening will complete the opening day of race weekend at IMS.(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)[More](3-17-2017)

Phoenix Raceway Fan Guide Phoenix Raceway is encouraging fans to come out early and enjoy the full NASCAR experience during the Camping World 500 event weekend, March 17-19. In addition to the Camping World 500 on Sunday, March 19 at 12:30 p.m. (local), the race weekend at Phoenix Raceway will include the DC Solar 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. and Gatorade Pole Day on Friday, March 17 featuring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying.
FAN ACTIVITIES & GUIDELINES A NASCAR weekend at Phoenix Raceway is an experience like no other. Expect exciting racing on the track and a fun party atmosphere throughout the raceway. Whether it be a die-hard fan cheering on their favorite driver or a first-time fan catching NASCAR fever, Phoenix Raceway is the place for race day excitement and entertainment. Fans can expect to have a great time while taking part in the interactive displays on the DC Solar Power Pavilion (formerly Fan Midway) or experiencing great live entertainment on one of the many stages.
A full list of fan guidelines, including when to arrive, what to expect, recommended attire, what fans can or cannot bring and a full list of activities scheduled throughout race weekend is available by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com and selecting the "Visiting PIR" tab at the top of the homepage and browsing to the "PIR 101: Raceday FAQ's" page.
Tickets to all events throughout Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Phoenix Raceway are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the Phoenix Raceway ticket office.(PR)[More](3-16-2017)

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Camping World 500 A look at some of the top statistical performers at Phoenix Raceway going into the Camping World 500 on March 19.
Top 10 Active Driver Ratings at Phoenix
#48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 111.2
#4-Kevin Harvick........................... 110.7
#24-Chase Elliott............................. 103.9
#18-Kyle Busch................................. 98.4
#41-Kurt Busch................................. 98.3
#11-Denny Hamlin............................. 95.6
#2-Brad Keselowski......................... 92.4
#22-Joey Logano............................... 92.4
#20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 89.0
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 88.7
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (24 total) among active drivers at Phoenix Raceway. See the full analysis here (3-15-2017)

Phoenix Raceway partners with Chick-fil-A: The cows are coming to Phoenix Raceway - Chick-fil-A and Phoenix Raceway launched a partnership that will have race fans seeing spots throughout the Camping World 500 NASCAR race weekend on March 17-19. Fans won't miss the famous Chick-fil-A cow on the restaurant's hot air balloon located behind Turn 2 of the one-mile oval. The partnership with the restaurants of the Phoenix region also brings Chick-fil-A's famous cows to the race track where fans can see them at their display on the DC Solar Power Pavilion.[More](3-14-2017)

New parking upgrades at Talladega: Fans who want an up-close, ultra-convenient day parking spot which will allow them a shorter, quicker entry to the grandstands for Talladega Superspeedway's Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series and GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events, May 6-7, now have a great opportunity with the track's new Parking Upgrade options. The upgrades, which consists of "Preferred" and "VIP Experience" lots, are located behind the frontstretch grandstands. They are easily accessible and give fans the opportunity to arrive to the track on race days on their time frame, knowing they have a guaranteed spot just a short hop, skip, jump or walk away from NASCAR's Most Competitive venue.[More](3-14-2017)

Texas unveils track renovations: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter joined Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage for the ceremonial first lap Monday as the track's major renovations were officially unveiled. Amid fireworks on the frontstretch, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell and INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye waved the green flag on Buescher, Carpenter and Gossage as they drove the speedway's official Chevrolet SS pace cars three wide for the inaugural lap on the newly repaved and re-profiled 1.5-mile oval.[More](3-13-2017)

Wise Health System to sponsor Texas' April XFINITY Series race Wise Health System has signed a multi-year agreement with Texas Motor Speedway to serve as the entitlement sponsor for April's NASCAR XFINITY Series race and as the speedway's official healthcare provider. The five-year agreement is a multi-pronged sponsorship that is anchored by the entitlement rights for the XFINITY Series race that will be re-branded as the "My Bariatric Solutions 300." The 300-mile, 200-lap race is scheduled for Saturday, April 8.[More](3-13-2017)

Atlanta Air Show to be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Officials from Atlanta Motor Speedway and B. Lilley Productions announced that the track will host the inaugural Atlanta Air Show, October 14-15. It will be the first air show in history to be held at a motor speedway.[More](3-12-2017)

Johnson to appear at Phoenix's Roll-Bar Club: 2016 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson has officially been added to Phoenix Raceway's Budweiser ROLL-BAR Club star-studded lineup for a moderated question and answer session before the Camping World 500 on Sunday, March 19.[More](3-11-2017)

Skylar Stecker to perform National Anthem at Auto Club 400: Emerging artist, Skylar Stecker, will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 26. The race will broadcast at 12:30 p.m. (PT) on FOX. Skylar Stecker is coming off a prolific year in which she released the signature edition of her debut album "This Is Me," undertook two national tours, sang the Star Spangled Banner to over 100,000 people in her original home state of Wisconsin's Lambeau Field, recorded the theme song to Radio Disney Music Awards "Cherry on Top," and hit no. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart with "Sweet Dreams," her collaboration with the electronic duo JX RIDERS.[More](3-11-2017)

Pennzoil to sponsor spring Las Vegas race: Pennzoil and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated (SMI) announce Pennzoil motor oil as title sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) starting in 2018. The Pennzoil 400 will anchor a NASCAR tripleheader weekend ending with the main event at the 1.5-mile tri-oval race in early March, 2018.[More](3-10-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway likely to use road course in 2018 UPDATE: Right turns in the Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway are on hold for 2017. Multiple sources within the NASCAR industry told NBC Sports that the 1.5-mile track will hold its Oct. 7 race on its oval after exploring the concept of using the road course. It's likely the track's road course will be used in the 2018 playoffs.(3-7-2017)

UPDATE: With Charlotte Motor Speedway using its 1.5-mile oval in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs this October, the track is in the process of considering the road course for 2018. In a phone call Thursday morning to NBC Sports, Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Marcus Smith addressed the prospect and said the track is making upgrades to its infield layout.[More](3-10-2017)

Drivers added to Martinsville Green Flag Experience: Not only will Dale Earnhardt Jr. be back on the track at Martinsville Speedway this spring in the Hendrick Motorsports #88 Axalta Chevrolet SS, the Mountain Dew driver is also scheduled to take part in the Green Flag Experience presented by Mountain Dew prior to the race. Other guests include Earnhardt's former crew chief, Steve Letarte, as well as drivers Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ty Dillon.[More](3-9-2017)

New Hampshire general manager talks about loss of race date: The general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Thursday urged fans and small businesses to give him time to fill in the gaps now that one of its two NASCAR races is moving to Las Vegas.[More](3-9-2017)

Las Vegas to host two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races in 2018: Las Vegas Motor Speedway will hold a pair of aces next year as the 1.5-mile superspeedway doubles down with a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for the 2018 season and beyond. The speedway made the announcement at a joint news conference with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at Cashman Center Wednesday, just two days before the green flag drops on its 2017 NASCAR weekend. LVMS will host the new Monster Energy Cup race beginning in the fall of 2018 in addition to its customary March NASCAR weekend.[More](3-8-2017)

DAYTONA 500 Fancam returns: The popular DAYTONA 500 Fancam Presented By Outback Steakhouse has returned to help race fans relive their experience at the recent 59th annual "Great American Race" where they witnessed a stunning victory by Stewart-Haas Racing's Kurt Busch. The 2017 DAYTONA 500 Fancam Presented By Outback Steakhouse is a photo technology that transforms a high-definition, 360-degree crowd image of Daytona International Speedway into a unique social media fan experience. Designed to recognize the passion of loyal fans, Fancam captures high-definition images of the crowd all the way down to the seat level and uploads them to a custom landing page where fans can tag themselves and share on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. On the day of the race, panoramic shots of the crowd were taken at two different points - prior to the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show featuring Lady Antebellum and at the start of the DAYTONA 500.[More](3-8-2017)

Kaitlin Olson to drive pace car at Auto Club Speedway: Auto Club Speedway announced that Kaitlin Olson, star of FOX's hit comedy, THE MICK, will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2017 Toyota Camry Pace Car as she leads the field before the start of the Auto Club 400.As the official pace car driver, Olson will lead the top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to the green flag to kick off the Auto Club 400. [More](3-7-2017)

Atlanta will reconsider track repave: Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Marcus Smith said a planned repaving of Atlanta, which is set to begin soon after the race weekend, could be put on hold. Drivers in all three of NASCAR's national series have made comments this weekend asking the track not to repave in order to preserve the high-quality racing it currently produces.[More](3-5-2017)

Las Vegas close to landing second top-tier NASCAR race? Las Vegas is close to getting a second top-tier NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors scheduled a special meeting Wednesday to consider an annual $2.5 million sponsorship agreement with NASCAR that would include the addition of a fall race at the speedway. Since 1998, NASCAR has had a Las Vegas race, usually in March. This year's race, the Kobalt 400, a part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race series, is March 12.(Las Vegas Review Journal), The question would be? which of Speedway Motorsports race tracks would give up a race date (Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Texas, New Hampshire, Sonoma, Kentucky)
UPDATE 3-3-2017 NASCAR issued a statement from Jim Cassidy, senior vice president of Racing Operations and NASCAR Event Management, that said: "We are constantly working with promoters to discuss and develop NASCAR schedules. We have not finalized any schedules for 2018 or beyond, but will announce them as they become final." Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which has hosted one Cup race a year since 1998, issued a statement that read: "All of the information regarding a potential sponsorship opportunity between Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority can be found at www.lvcva.com. When there is more information to provide, we will do so subsequent to the LVCVA Board of Directors meeting on March 8."(NBC Sports)
UPDATE 3-5-2017 The chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., describes the chances of a second NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as "always a possibility.'' When pressed if Las Vegas could get a second Cup date for 2018, Marcus Smith told NBC Sports on Sunday: "You just never know. The schedule is something that we're always working on. But there are a lot of moving parts. A lot of dominoes that kind of have to fall into place."[More]

After 70 Years, Martinsville Speedway "Flips the Switch" With seven decades under its belt, and an eye toward the future, historic Martinsville Speedway has officially flipped the switch. The "Light Up Martinsville" project concluded today, as the facility debuted its new LED lights - the first major motorsports facility to do so. "Today is truly a historic day in the history of Martinsville Speedway," said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. "This is a venue which has a long and storied past, but with these lights now in place, we're looking forward to a bigger and better future - and certainly a brighter one." The industry-leading LED lighting solution, located around the perimeter of the facility and the infield of the track, will provide better illumination as well as greater flexibility and efficiency than traditional metal halide lights. This will lead to a better visual experience for fans in attendance at races, in addition to providing better clarity for television viewers. The installation was managed by Graybar, a leading distributor of high-quality electrical and communications products and services, featuring Eaton's Ephesus Stadium 750 LED professional sports lights (Martinsville Speedway)[More](3-3-2017)

New hauler parade route and Fan Fest at Auto Club Speedway What: Back by popular demand, FanFest welcomes the community to celebrate Auto Club Speedway's 20th Anniversary and to kick-off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend. The signature parade of over 40 NASCAR Haulers has a new route throughout the facility where fans can wave, take photos and cheer for their favorite NASCAR driver and race team. The free community event features NASCAR driver appearances on the main stage, live music, vendors and family-friendly entertainment in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone at Auto Club Speedway.[More](3-2-2017)

Johnsonville sponsoring Road American XFINITY race: The Aug. 27 Xfinity Series event will be the Johnsonville 180 after Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage increased its involvement from being a presenting sponsor, the track announced Wednesday.[More](3-2-2017)

Cup Series to qualify and race same day at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen International has announced the official race weekend schedule for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tripleheader weekend, August 3-6. This year's event will feature an enhanced Sunday lineup featuring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at 12:35pm/et, just hours prior to the start of the 90-lap race which goes green at 3:00pm/et. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 100 and NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 will take center stage on Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th, with the sport's up-and-coming stars taking on the historic 2.45-mile road course in search of a precious win and points that could propel their team in the hunt for a championship (WGI)[More](3-1-2017]

Cup to qualify and race same day at Martinsville Speedway As Martinsville Speedway celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, fans will get more value for their ticket to the fall race, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify and race on the same day, Sunday, October 29. Saturday will have an "old-school" feel as well, as NASCAR will return to a true "happy hour" practice session, immediately following the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. All kids 12-and-under are admitted free on Saturday. Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR are also planning a fan event on Friday, October 27, featuring some of NASCAR's top stars. More information on the event will be available in the coming months.[More](3-1-2017)

Circuit of the Americas would like a NASCAR race: While NASCAR gears up for Sunday's Daytona 500, its kickoff and signature event, Circuit of the Americas officials are casting their eyes toward the most popular racing series in the United States.(2-26-2017)
UPDATE: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage wanted to be as respectful as possible, but couldn't help but rip the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin for believing it could land a NASCAR race one day. "I don't blame them for wanting NASCAR races, it's just that they're 20 years too late," Gossage said Monday. "I don't think they know the business, or they wouldn't be saying such things." [More](2-28-2017)

Advance Auto Parts enters partnership with Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, has signed a strategic, multi-year partnership with the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The agreement designates Advance Auto Parts as the official partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at events including the legendary Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, INDYCAR Grand Prix, Lights at the Brickyard, and more. [More](2-28-2017)

Coca-Cola named official soft drink at Gateway: Gateway Motorsports Park announced a new, multi-year agreement with The Coca-Cola Company. Coca-Cola will serve as the exclusive soft drink provider of Gateway Motorsports Park.[More](2-26-2017)

Texas improvements near completion: The biggest question facing Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage these days is where to paint lines on his track's new racing surface. He had a 30-minute conversation with Jeff Gordon about it and didn't come to a conclusion.[More](2-25-2017)

Phoenix Raceway bringing mobile gaming to race weekend: Phoenix Raceway, a subsidiary of the International Speedway Corporation, announced today that FunWall has signed a letter of intent to bring FunWall's proprietary mobile social gaming platform to the world of motorsports. With this partnership, the track will be the first motorsports venue to offer social mobile gaming that is fully integrated into the race day experience.[More](2-24-2017)

Hulman Terrace Club tickets on sale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Premium seating in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hulman Terrace Club is on-sale now for the 2017 racing season and beyond.[More](2-23-2017)

Drivers complete two-day test session at Las Vegas: NASCAR drivers Daniel Suarez, Landon Cassill, Alex Bowman and Drew Herring completed two days of successful wheel force testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday.[More](2-22-2017)

Bojangles' Legends Breakfast will return to Darlington: Darlington Raceway is once again giving fans the opportunity to participate in a special race-day celebration featuring several NASCAR Hall of Famers and other industry legends that helped build the foundation of the sport.[More](2-22-2017)

Colt Ford in concert at Phoenix: Race fans attending the Camping World 500 on Sunday, March 19 at Phoenix Raceway will be treated to a performance by country music star Colt Ford before the green flag drops. The concert, which will take place on the Fan Midway area at 10:30am/mt, is just one part of race-day excitement that is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for the Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 19. [More](2-22-2017)

Small Crowd for the Clash at Daytona: Sunday's Clash at Daytona was the 39th running of the annual exhibition. For much of its existence, it's been a show unto itself. This time, moved to Sunday's bright sunshine due to Saturday night's rain clouds, it served somewhat as a primer for the Daytona 500, which will also presumably run in warm sunshine. But unlike the 500, the Clash rolled out before the smallest crowd for a big-league Daytona race in memory, an estimated 15,000. You can blame the rain-mandated rescheduling. You can blame Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the day in the TV booth instead of his racecar. There's some rationale to both of those, but still, it wasn't a busy day at the ticket windows, and that's always troubling for Speedway officials. "If I'm disappointed, I'm disappointed for our team, because they've worked so hard to make sure we put on a great show for the fans," said Chip Wile, in his first Speedweeks as Speedway president.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-20-2017)

Kentucky Speedway to Celebrate Richard Petty's 80th with Birthday Festivities: Kentucky Speedway, Alsco Linen and Uniform Rental Services, and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) have collaborated on a multi-layer celebration to begin at approximately 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 8. The King will participate in the celebration at The King's 80th Birthday presented by Alsco Linen and Uniform Rental Services fan hospitality tent located in the Kentucky Speedway Hospitality Village where he'll be part of a question-and-answer session hosted by his son, former NASCAR driver, Kyle Petty. Other significant members of the NASCAR community including drivers, team owners, sponsors, and more are also scheduled to make appearances throughout the day to offer their personal birthday wishes, share a favorite story or talk about what The King has meant to the sport. Kentucky Speedway, Alsco, and RPM will be unveiling several tiers of activation in the coming weeks as part of the overall celebration. Fans can join the party by calling (859) 578-2300 or by visiting kentuckyspeedway.com/KINGs80th and can join in the conversation at any time through social media using the hashtag #KINGs80th across all Petty, Alsco and Kentucky Speedway entities.(RPM)(2-8-2017)

Texas students have opportunity to design diecast: Lionel Racing is providing more than 5,000 Dallas/Fort Worth elementary school students with an extraordinary opportunity to produce a paint scheme for a NASCAR Cup Series stock car that will join the company's NASCAR die-cast line and be available at national retailers. Lionel Racing, the Official Die-Cast of NASCAR, will began the week-long competition Monday at the 10 schools that are taking part in Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Read program for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. For the third consecutive year as a partner of the speedway's educational program, Lionel Racing will have students design their own paint scheme for a NASCAR Cup Series stock car. The winning designs will be reproduced on actual 1:24 scale, hood-opening, trunk-opening die-casts. Winners will be selected in both the KG-2nd and 3rd-5th grade divisions and each will have their respective car presented to them in an acrylic case during a school assembly coinciding with April's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader race week at Texas Motor Speedway. The two winners also will receive four tickets each to the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. The overall winning design among those two will have the distinction of having their paint scheme added to Lionel Racing's commercial NASCAR Authentics line and be available at various national retailers including Walmart, Target, Toys "R" Us, and more. Lionel Racing also will celebrate the winner at their respective school by providing every student and faculty member with that die-cast as a memento of the accomplishment.(Texas Motor Speedway)(2-7-2017)

Charlie Daniels in concert at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway announced that legendary Southern rocker - Charlie Daniels - and The Charlie Daniels Band will perform as the headliner for the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, May 6, as part of the much-anticipated motorsports triple-header weekend, featuring the GEICO 500. The country rock legend and longtime NASCAR fan has been a household name since the 1970s. He is known for hits like "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Long Haired Country Boy," and "Uneasy Rider," but being a devoted fan of racing he even recorded a song about Talladega Superspeedway's all-time winner and one of his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt Sr. The song is titled "The Intimidator," which was inspired after Daniels and Earnhardt met for the first time at Talladega's Alabama 500 on Oct. 15, 2000, the last victory of the iconic driver's career. The Charlie Daniels Band will take to the stage for the 'Dega faithful inside NASCAR's "Party Capital" just off of historic Talladega Blvd. merely hours after a day of monumental racing with the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Admission to the Saturday Night Concert is free with the purchase of a race ticket to Sunday's GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.(TSS)(2-4-2017)

Repaving of Texas track about to get underway: The final stage of Texas Motor Speedway's major capital improvement project will begin next week with the repaving of the track surface for the 1.5-mile oval configuration at the world-renowned motorsports facility that annually plays host to NASCAR and INDYCAR events. The project began Jan. 9 and construction crews already have completed the installation of the drainage system on the backstretch and frontstretch as well as the grade changes in Turns 1 and 2. The re-profiling of that segment of the track will reduce the banking from 24 to 20 degrees and expand the racing surface from 60 to 80 feet. Turns 3 and 4 will remain unchanged from the current configuration of 24 degrees of banking and 60 feet of racing surface. Lane Construction Corp., known as the preeminent paving company for NASCAR speedways, will direct the repaving project. The entire 1.5-mile oval racing surface will be repaved, along with pit road being recently added to the project list and scheduled for a complete repave. The paving phase is expected to take 28 days barring any delays.(Texas Motor Speedway)(2-3-2017)

Autism Awareness Day at the Races set for Dover: Dover International Speedway is once again hosting a special event for families of children on the autism spectrum. On Sunday, June 4, during the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, Autism Awareness Day at the Races will provide families with a sensory-friendly environment to enjoy 400 laps of North America's top motorsports series. The event, in its sixth consecutive year, is a joint effort between Dover International Speedway and Autism Delaware, supported by AAA Mid-Atlantic and Ollie's Bargain Outlet. The Autism Awareness Day at the Races ticket package will include seating in the enclosed grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers views of the backstretch as well as the highly-banked concrete turns. In five years, more than 3,000 people have participated in the program. Other highlights include pre-race appearances by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and personalities, information booths with items of interest to families affected by autism, a hot lunch buffet, non-alcoholic beverages and much more. Drivers will be announced closer to event day. As in years past, a reserved area near the grandstand seats will provide a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allowing attendees to take a break from the race and crowds when necessary. The room includes comfortable seating, games, and video screens to help fans keep up with the race or watch family friendly movies. Autism Delaware's service professionals will also be on hand to assist families as needed. Autism Awareness Day at the Races tickets cost $95 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under.(Dover International Speedway)(2-2-2017)

Phoenix unveils details of modernization project: Phoenix Raceway, together with its parent company, International Speedway Corporation, announced the details of a $178 million modernization of the race track with a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders.
"This is a great day for ISC and Phoenix Raceway, but more importantly, for racing fans in the state of Arizona and around the world," ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy said. "A project of this magnitude is monumental for our company as we get to work enhancing the experience of the great fans who love to watch our races in Phoenix and enjoy this beautiful area. Having Phoenix Raceway within our prestigious stable of venues always has been a tremendous asset and source of pride for us. We are thrilled to create a best-in-class facility in Phoenix, and we're confident it will grow the fan base here and further serve as a destination track for motorsports fans everywhere."
Among the many highlights of the modernization project is a completely redesigned infield featuring a first-of-its-kind Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage Fan Zone, placing fans face-to-face with the superstars of the sport. Phoenix Raceway's start/finish line will be repositioned in Turn 2 just before the track's well-known dog leg. Other new highlights include a new pedestrian tunnel connecting the infield to the new seating areas featuring in-seat Wi-Fi connectivity.
DC Solar, entitlement partner of Phoenix Raceway's spring NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the DC Solar 200, will serve as the title sponsor for the modernization project (Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar) as well as a multi-year sponsor of the redesigned Midway. The repositioned start/finish line will enhance the competition near one of the most challenging areas of the track while adding to the excitement during key race moments such as restarts and the closing laps. The modernization project also includes the installation of new/upgraded seating and hospitality areas near the current Turn 2 location. A new grandstand will be built alongside upgraded seats in the existing Bobby Allison Grandstand (both featuring individual chair back stadium seats with armrests), complete with modern amenities such as several new escalators and elevators, additional restrooms and concessions and a redesigned Midway conveniently located near the seating areas.(Phoenix International Raceway)(1-30-2017)

ISC reports 2016 earnings: International Speedway Corp. cited the impact of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart missing races as among the reasons for a decline in admission revenue last year at its tracks. International Speedway Corp. reported its fourth quarter and yearly earnings Thursday morning in a conference call with investor analysts. ISC reported that its fourth-quarter admissions revenue was down about 9.3 percent from the previous year. The track hosted Cup races at Darlington Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earnhardt missed all of those races. Gordon drove in only three of those events (Darlington, Richmond and Martinsville). Stewart competed in each event. For the year, admissions revenue was down about 5 percent for the company.
ISC announced on the call that three of its 19 Cup races sold out in 2016 - the Daytona 500, Watkins Glen and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. John Saunders, president of ISC, said that advance sales for the Feb. 26 Daytona 500 were at comparable levels to last year's event at this time. ISC is "optimistic" the race will sell out again. Saunders also said that advance ticket sales for upcoming races at Auto Club Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway were "trending slightly ahead" compared to last year.
Saunders noted the impact on corporate sponsorship Monster Energy would have as new series sponsor for NASCAR's Cup Series. "It is important to note that 2016 was the last year of our revenue-included agreements between ISC and Sprint for various inventory and activation rights at ISC racetracks," Saunders said. "These agreements were negotiated in the mid-2000s, pre-recession. "While we currently expect to have similar agreements in place with Monster Energy, we anticipate the economics of the agreements will result in a reset for 2017."
In other items:
- Three of ISC's 20 Cup races this year either have the event sponsorship open or yet to be announced.
- Three of ISC's 14 Xfinity races this year either have the event sponsorship open or yet to be announced.
- For the full year, the average ticket price for a Cup event at an ISC track was $90.12, an increase of 5.4 percent. ISC officials cited Daytona's pricing as a reason for the increase.
- Also, Dover Motorsports Inc., issued its earnings report Thursday. Dover also reported lower admissions revenue. The company plans to spend about $300,000 during the first quarter of 2017 to remove portions of the grandstand. The company also announced that the closing of the sale of Nashville Superspeedway should take place in the second quarter of 2017.(NBC Sports)(1-27-2017)

Martinsville to test lighting system UPDATE: Martinsville Speedway will test its new LED lighting system on Wednesday. NASCAR's oldest venue, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, announced the project to illuminate the half-mile paperclip-shaped circuit last October. For track president Clay Campbell, whose grandfather H.Clay Earles founded Martinsville Speedway in 1947, the progress has been exciting to watch. "They put the last light pole up last week," Campbell told Motorsport.com. "They've got another month to do the wiring and focus all the individual lights. I think each light pole has about 19 or 20 lights on it, so each one has to be individually focused. We're doing a test this coming Wednesday with all the lights on the backstretch to start focusing those. It's pretty thrilling to see 'em coming up. They're pretty well on schedule so it will be ready shortly."(Motorsports)(1-25-2017)
UPDATE: The spotlight, or spotlights to be more specific, shined on Martinsville Speedway Wednesday night, as four of the track's new LED light towers were powered on. The lights, located along the backstretch of the half-mile racetrack, gave engineers and track staff the first glimpse of what the "Light Up Martinsville" project will look like when complete. "This is really exciting and such a historic day for Martinsville Speedway," Track President Clay Campbell said. "I think we all had an idea of what it would look like, but know you can really visualize it. I can't wait to see the whole track lit up. I think the fans are really in for a treat." Campbell said he thinks there isn't a more fitting way to celebrate the track's 70th anniversary than by looking to the future. The $5 million project will make the track the first major motorsports facility in the country with LED lights. The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race is the first race scheduled to be held under the lights, on September 23.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-26-2017)

Henry Cejudo driving pace car at Phoenix: Phoenix native, Olympic gold medalist and current UFC flyweight Henry "The Messenger" Cejudo will lead the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the Official 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car at the start of the Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, March 19. As the official pace car driver, the 29-year old mixed martial artist will take an honorary lap around the one-mile oval. Cejudo, who attended Maryvale High School in Phoenix before graduating from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At age 21, he became the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history, earning him the recognition of being named one of Arizona's ten most fascinating people by the Arizona Republic in 2008. After signing with UFC in 2014, Cejudo has earned a 10-2-0 record and is currently ranked No. 2 flyweight in the world. Known for his wrestling technique, he also appeared as one of the coaches, opposite Joseph Benavidez on The Ultimate Fighter 24.(PIR)(1-26-2017)

Road course race at Charlotte? UPDATE: Could a road course race be in Charlotte Motor Speedway's future? Last Friday, AJ Allmendinger tested on what was roughly a 2.3-mile circuit similar to Daytona International Speedway that incorporates both the infield in Turns 1 and 2 and the regular 1.5-mile oval according to multiple sources. The test was a collaboration between Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR. Sources said Charlotte could incorporate the road course as early as the All-Star Race, which is scheduled for May 20. It's more likely the road course would be used for the fall Chase race on Oct. 7. Fans have been clamoring for a road course in NASCAR's playoffs and Charlotte could offer the perfect solution. Certainly, if the Charlotte plan comes to fruition, transitioning to a road course could be an option at other facilities. Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway, for instance, already feature road courses as part of their landscape.(Motorsport)(1-20-2017)
UPDATE: A.J. Allmendinger was asked about the test during Tuesday's media events:
"Here's the deal... I don't know what's going to happen. I thought it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. You can bring something new to the schedule and something new if it was done. I'm all for it. I'm probably biased toward that. It's kind of like the new format. Change can be good and it can be a little scary. We have to see how it plays out. But could it be successful? I think it would be a fantastic race and something the fans could truly enjoy."(Chevy PR)(1-24-2017)

Darlington to celebrate late 80s with throwback weekend: Another historic celebration of the sport is in store for Darlington Raceway. The track is pleased to announce "Year 3" of its award-winning throwback campaign for the Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend on Sept. 1-3, 2017. The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR will be celebrating the 1985-89 era of the sport in 2017, which like the 1975-84 period it celebrated in 2016, was a time of exceptional growth and exposure for NASCAR.
"The track will be celebrating the 1985-89 time period of the sport during our throwback weekend in 2017," Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. "As we enter the third year of our throwback campaign, we'll be focusing on drivers, personalities and moments that were compelling in that timeframe, such as the emergence of Dale Earnhardt Sr., Bill Elliott winning the first Winston Million, and the growth of the NASCAR XFINITY Series (formerly the Busch Grand National Series). It will be an exciting era for the track and industry to celebrate."
As the sport moved into the late 1980's, NASCAR champions such as Dale Earnhardt Sr., Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace, among others, made a tremendous impact on the sport and will be celebrated during the Labor Day weekend festivities. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Richard Petty's one and only Southern 500 victory (1967).
For the third straight year, Darlington Raceway is also excited to announce it will once again highlight its rich history with a commemorative ticket design for the Bojangles' Southern 500 linking the past, present and future. The retro design will link 1987 Southern 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., who ranks second all-time with nine NASCAR Cup Series wins at Darlington Raceway, and 2016 Bojangles' Southern 500 winner Martin Truex Jr. These special tickets will be used for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500.(Darlington Raceway)(1-19-2017)

Advance-Priced Tickets On-Sale for Talladega: Fans who want the "Experience of a Lifetime" - Talladega Superspeedway's triple-header weekend, May 5-7 - can do so at a lower cost starting Monday, Jan. 9th, with the track's advance-priced ticket offers. The advanced pricing is good for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race on Sunday, May 7, as well as the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) event on Saturday, May 6. Practice for both NASCAR races, as well as the start of the General Tire 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event, kicks off the weekend on Friday, May 5.
Advance-priced ticket options for the anticipated action-packed weekend are available for a limited time and include:
" $10 off regular pricing for the GEICO 500 set for 1:00 PM CDT on Sunday, May 7
" $5 off regular pricing for the Sparks Energy 300 scheduled for 12 noon CDT on Saturday, May 6
" Two-day ticket packages for both Saturday and Sunday start at only $50
Talladega Superspeedway offers over 15,000 free camping sites in three conveniently located parks. Free day parking on Talladega Superspeedway property remains available.
For more information on all Talladega Superspeedway ticket and hospitality options, which include grandstand and tower tickets, fan suites, premium box seating packages, Party Patio packages, the infield Back Forty Beer Co. Paddock Club, "Unrestricted" and "Sunday VIP Experience" packages and more, simply visit our website at talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(1-13-2017)

Darlington now hosts "The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR": It's now official! Darlington Raceway and its Labor Day race weekend are now being recognized as "The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR." The designation ensures that the official historical celebration of the sport will continue to take place at the famed 1.366-mile superspeedway in Darlington, South Carolina.
"We have worked closely with NASCAR to ensure that Darlington Raceway now has the exclusive rights to the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR for promotions and advertising of our event," said Kerry Tharp, Darlington Raceway President. "Our return to Labor Day weekend, coupled with the Throwback theme has elevated our event across the entire sport and this move only solidifies that among our fans, race teams, sponsors, broadcast partners and media, among others."
The track's award-winning throwback campaign has earned rave reviews throughout the industry since its inception in 2015. The campaign has aligned all key stakeholders in the sport and provided a historical celebration that has earned much praise from fans and corporate partners. It was because of this collaboration over the past two seasons that NASCAR recognized the importance of the track's throwback weekend and in turn will now celebrate The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at the sport's original paved superspeedway, which opened and began hosting NASCAR events in 1950.
The track's 2016 throwback campaign last season featured a celebration of 1975-84 including the following highlights:
• Over 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race teams competed with throwback paint schemes for the Bojangles' Southern 500, the most in any single NASCAR event in the sport's history.
• Over 18 NASCAR XFINITY Series teams competed with throwback paint schemes.
• Use of NASCAR's famed "NASCAR International" logo for the second consecutive year.
• For the second straight year, Goodyear put the original white lettering on its race tires specifically for the Bojangles' Southern 500.
• NBC did another throwback broadcast of the race featuring old station logos and graphics. NASCAR legends Ken Squier, Ned Jarrett and Dale Jarrett did a special throwback broadcast during the race for the second straight year.
• Honored 14 NASCAR Hall of Fame members at the Bojangles' Legends Breakfast.
• 2017 NHOF inductees Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Mark Martin served as the Bojangles' Southern 500 grand marshals.
• Unique food offerings from the 1975-84 time period, including the pimento cheese sandwich.
• Pre-race concert by rock legends KANSAS and national anthem performance by Barry Williams (of The Brady Bunch fame).
The Tradition Continues on Labor Day weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500® is set for Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway and get tickets at DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(1-12-2017)

Pocono Raceway considered for driverless car proving ground: Pennsylvania State officials hope to bring automated vehicle testing to Monroe County. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced plans to establish and expand testing at three facilities, including one at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. "This technology is coming," said PennDOT Spokesperson Erin Waters-Trasatt on Tuesday. "Pennsylvania is a leader in seeing that this technology is developed as safely and efficiently as possible." Automated vehicle testing has started in the commonwealth already. In June, PennDOT formed an Autonomous Vehicle Task Force to draft policies for guide testing in Pennsylvania. The department and task force also worked with state lawmakers to introduce regulatory legislation, slated for enactment this year. The U.S. Department of Transportation solicited applications for its new Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Pilot Program in November. PennDOT proposed three sites in the commonwealth, each with a varied testing environment.
First listed is the city of Pittsburgh, where automated vehicle testing has begun already. Carnegie Melon University researchers have also worked with city officials to implement "smart" technologies, such as adaptive control systems for traffic signals and streetlights. With safety precautions in place already, Pittsburgh offers the opportunity to test connected vehicles in an urban setting, the application says.
PennDOT also lists a test track at Penn State University in State College. The closed track would provide a test site safely away from public exposure. It would also allow for highly controllable surface conditions; researchers could simulate weather conditions by "wetting or icing the surface" at various temperatures.
Pocono Raceway's closed track would be "ideal for testing higher speeds" and "multiple connected vehicles," says the PennDOT application. The racetrack fulfils a specific role, wherein researchers can operate vehicles that "cannot be tested in a laboratory or live roadway test simulation."(Pocono Record)(1-10-2017)

Goodyear won't be able to do tire test after Texas repave: Goodyear stated that it will not be able to conduct a tire test at Texas Motors Speedway following completion of the repave and reconfiguration project the track announced Friday morning. In addition to the repave, the track is reducing the banking in Turns 1 and 2 from 24 degrees to 20 degrees. The racing surface's width will expand from 60 to 80 feet in those turns. The banking and racing surface in Turns 3 and 4 will not change. The project - which begins Monday - is scheduled for completion in early March, but Goodyear said in a statement that the narrow window before NASCAR's April 7-9 race dates at Texas prevents the tire manufacturer from holding a test.
"We have been kept completely in the loop as the folks at SMI and Texas Motor Speedway considered this move and now, with the announcement that they will both repave and reconfigure their track starting next week, there is no question Goodyear will have to bring a new tire set-up for the NASCAR weekend scheduled there in April," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's Director of Racing, in the statement. "Because of the tight schedule, we will not have time to do a tire test at Texas, so we will look at the details of the new configuration and understand the asphalt mix that will be used, which is planned to be similar to what was used most recently at Kentucky. That being said, this project will take on a similar feel to the one at Kentucky because that was also both a repave and reconfiguration. Having that recent history, along with our experience with a wide range of track configurations and surfaces - including many that have been repaved over the recent years - we will determine the appropriate tire set-up in advance of the event, giving teams plenty of time to prepare."
Currently, Goodyear has seven tire tests planned for the year, six of them involving Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. One test occurs the week of the Texas race, at Michigan International Speedway. Here are Goodyear's planned test dates:
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Jan. 10-11
- Michigan International Speedway: April 4-5
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway: April 25-26
- Kentucky Speedway: May 9-10
- Eldora Speedway (Trucks): May 15-16
- Chicagoland Speedway: June 6-7
- Atlanta Motor Speedway: August 8-9
(NBC Sports)(1-7-2017)

Martinsville Speedway Offers Replica Grandfather Clocks With STP 500 Ticket Purchase: As part of its 70th anniversary celebration, Martinsville Speedway is offering fans a little something extra when they purchase a ticket to the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 2. Any fan who purchases the "Grandfather Clock Ticket Package" will receive a six-inch commemorative replica of the track's iconic grandfather clock trophy. The $70 ticket package includes a race ticket in select seat locations throughout the track and a voucher to be redeemed at the track to pick up the clock. The "Grandfather Clock Ticket Package" will be available while supplies last or until January 31. In addition, each person who purchases a ticket will be entered into the Fans 500 Sweepstakes, where one lucky ticket holder will receive the same grandfather clock trophy the winners take home. Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway for the STP 500 race weekend, March 31-April 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com.(PR)(1-7-2017)

Texas to re-pave, reconfigure turns, improve drainage: Texas Motor Speedway will begin a major capital improvement project Monday consisting of a complete repave, construction of an extensive drainage system and a re-profiling of the 1.5-mile oval configuration at the world-renowned motorsports facility that annually plays host to NASCAR and INDYCAR events. The renovation will add a new layer of asphalt over the existing pavement, an expansive French drainage system on the frontstretch and backstretch, and reduce the banking in Turns 1 and 2 by four degrees. Barring extensive weather delays, the project is expected to be completed by early to mid-March in anticipation of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader scheduled for April 7-9. The repaving and drainage system come as a result of issues the facility was incurring in attempting to dry the racing surface, in particular this past year when both NASCAR race weekends and the INDYCAR race were affected by weather-related delays. While the aged track surface at Texas Motor Speedway is lauded by drivers, speedway officials made the decision to repave in the best interests of their fans that had to deal with the inconveniences of the delays. The repave will feature an asphalt mix similar to the surfaces at SMI sister tracks, Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The mix used in conjunction with the construction method will aid in the track's properties of an "aged" track. For the installation of the French drainage system, trenches will be cut in numerous locations on the frontstretch and backstretch to provide multiple points for water to drain away from the facility more quickly and efficiently than the current system. In addition to the repaving and drainage system, Texas Motor Speedway will undergo a re-profiling in Turns 1 and 2 to give the venue a more unique layout from its currently symmetrical 24-degree banking in all four turns. While Turns 3 and 4 will remain unchanged, the banking of Turns 1 and 2 will be decreased to 20 degrees with the racing surface width expanding from 60 to 80 feet in that section of the track. The reduced banking, which will decrease lap speeds and potentially open up additional passing opportunities in Turns 1 and 2, will provide Texas Motor Speedway with a new, distinctive layout for a 1.5-mile oval that will be more challenging to the drivers and add more action for the fans.(Texas Motor Speedway)(1-6-2017)

Atlanta Motor Speedway to be re-paved: Twenty years after it was last resurfaced, Atlanta Motor Speedway's historic racing surface is scheduled to be repaved this spring, following the March 3-5 NASCAR Weekend triple-header. Work is scheduled to begin in late March with an expected completion in mid-April. The current asphalt at AMS is the second-oldest racing surface on the entire NASCAR Cup Series circuit, and officials credit its longevity to a combination of the mild Georgia winters and a meticulous maintenance program over its entire two-decade lifetime. Since its last repave in 1997, the track has hosted 31 premier NASCAR series races, 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races, 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, eight ARCA Racing Series races, four IndyCar Series races and countless U.S. Legends and Bandolero car races on its quarter-mile "Thunder Ring." Despite the wear and tear of aging in recent years, the track has been a favorite of many competitors who have raved about the challenging nature of the track. Its aged surface, slick driving conditions and multiple racing grooves have produced not only exciting races and close finishes for fans in attendance, but a technical challenge for drivers who have battled slick corners, fast straightaways and ample opportunity for passing. The repaving project calls for a brand-new asphalt surface to be lain over top of the current surface. AMS's quad-oval layout and 24-degree banking in the turns will remain unchanged. While a smoother surface and blended seams will accompany the new repave, the high speeds and multiple racing grooves unique to Atlanta Motor Speedway are expected to endure and produce the same, thrilling racing experience for both fans and drivers for many years to come. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-3-2017)

Race weekend garage tours available at Auto Club Speedway: Have you ever wanted to get inside the NASCAR Garage? Now you can with Auto Club Speedway's "Garage Tour" experience where fans go behind the scenes on a guided tour to hear revving engines, see hoods raised, and watch NASCAR drivers and teams strategize for flat-out, five-wide racing during the NASCAR Auto Club 400 race weekend - March 24-26, 2017. The Garage Tour ticket package is the only way race fans can get inside the NASCAR garages on race weekend. See all the garage action for only $179.00:
An exclusive guided Garage Tour during the Auto Club 400 weekend!
The best seats for all 3 days of NASCAR
One premium reserved grandstand ticket to Auto Club 400 race - March 26
One premium reserved grandstand ticket to XFINITY 300 race - March 25
One general admission ticket to NASCAR Cup Qualifying Day - March 24
With a race ticket, fans have access to Auto Club Speedway's 20th Anniversary celebrations in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone that includes a special Q&A with racing legends, NASCAR driver appearances, historic show cars on display, Lefty's Fun Zone, musical performances and family fun.
(Auto Club Speedway)(12-16-2016)

Martinsville Speedway debuts new logo for 70th Anniversary: In 1947 there were no credit cards, no computers and no NASCAR. However, there was Martinsville Speedway. The half-mile racetrack opened its doors for the first time and has held races ever since. In celebration of 70 years, the track will have a special 70th anniversary logo and will brand itself as "The Original," an homage to its being the only track remaining from NASCAR's original 1949 schedule. "Seventy years is something to be really proud of and something we're taking great pride in," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. "We wanted to give an iconic look to such an iconic place; a place that's a true piece of NASCAR history. I think the logo does just that by focusing on the past, while also celebrating the present." The 70th Anniversary logo features a 70 highlighting Martinsville's unique paperclip-shaped layout. The seven represents the frontstretch grandstands that were in place when the track first opened at the zero represents the track, in its modern form. The words "The Original" are also featured on the logo, in a script font, much like the fonts used on early stock cars.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-15-2016)

Indy 500 not considering early start time to facilitate 'The Double': IndyCar head Mark Miles said Hulman and Co., which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the open wheel series are not currently considering a return of the Indianapolis 500 to the traditional 11:00am start time to facilitate drivers competing "The Double," in conjunction with the NASCAR Coca-Cole 600. The topic flares sporadically, but found a fresh news cycle recently when Team Penske president Tim Cindric told Motorsport.com that he believed more drivers would attempt the historic feat with more time between the Indianapolis start and the early evening NASCAR start in Charlotte. Just four drivers have attempted it, most recently NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who finished sixth in the 500 for Andretti Autosport in 2014. The endeavor is currently still possible with proper logistical effort including private helicopter travel to speed arrival to Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We aren't revisiting whether the Indianapolis 500 is going to move into the morning," Miles told USA TODAY Sports. "We are always open to see what can be done to help make it easier for somebody who could do it now with a 12 o'clock start, to do as it's scheduled now, helicopters out, expediting, if they win, that sort of thing. But we're not thinking about revisiting the time for the 500."(Indianapolis Star)(12-11-2016)

UNOH becomes entitlement sponsor of Daytona Fanzone: Daytona International Speedway announced a multi-year partnership with University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) for the school to secure the naming rights of the Fanzone, the 211,636-square foot entertainment hub located in the infield of the "World Center of Racing." UNOH, located in Lima, Ohio, invented the first high-performance motorsports degree program in the country, and in 2006, opened the largest U.S. facility dedicated to learning the science of high-performance vehicles - a seven-acre, 70,000-square foot high performance motorsports complex. The UNOH Fanzone, which first opened in 2005 at the "World Center of Racing," is located between the NASCAR premier series (sponsored by Monster Energy) garages and NASCAR XFINITY Series garages and puts fans in the middle of the event action with fan forums, historic displays, autograph sessions, entertainment and merchandise as well as access to pre-race activities. Other amenities include the Fan Deck on top of the NASCAR premier series garages and garage viewing windows with autograph slots. UNOH will also continue to serve as the Official Education Partner of Daytona International Speedway and have an on-site marketing presence at the facility including event signage, display space, tickets and hospitality.(DIS)(12-10-2016)

Kentucky Speedway going Smoke-Free in Grandstands: Kentucky Speedway grandstands will be smoke-free, including the use of e-cigarettes and vapor cigarettes, beginning with the 2017 season. This policy applies to all seating areas, including suites, clubs and terrace boxes. The speedway will continue to permit smoking in all other areas of the grounds, including but not limited to parking lots, camping, and display areas. "We are committed to having the very best customer experience in sports at Kentucky Speedway. This non-smoking policy, along with our new kids pricing, assures that all patrons and families will fully enjoy the exciting experience of a race at Kentucky Speedway," said Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger.(Kentucky Speedway)(12-10-2016)

'Right-sizing' at Dover continues with removal of unused seats: Dover International Speedway will have a cozier feel when the Monster Mile hosts the first of its 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events June 2-4 as "right-sizing" continued at the historic raceway. Construction crews have been working all week to remove seating in the top grandstand, but raceway officials say the work being seen by anyone driving by the track is merely the conclusion of the seat removal process that was started a couple of years ago. "This is a decision we made 2-3 years ago to downsize our facility," said Dover International Speedway President Michael Tatoian. "Our capacity will remain at 85,000. This is the right size for our current attendance." Capacity at Dover has dwindled since 2009, when the seating capacity was 135,000. That year, a seat-widening project decreased capacity to 113,000 and the numbers have continued to drop since. [Dover International Speedway President Michael] Tatoian said that talks were ongoing to revamp the area of the grandstand that is being taken down, but in the end, there was no good way to repurpose the area of the raceway. But going forward, he said the seating removal creates a better atmosphere for the fans and leaves open the possibility to create another unique space.(Delaware News Journal)(12-9-2016)

Martinsville to give Grandfather Clock Trophy to Ticket Holder: In celebration of 70 years, the winner of the STP 500 won't be the only one leaving Martinsville Speedway with an iconic grandfather clock trophy. One lucky ticket holder will win one as well. For each ticket purchased before March 29, fans will be entered into the Fans 500, a drawing to win the same Martinsville Grandfather Floor clock the winner takes home. Fred Lorenzen won the first clock in the spring of 1964 and the track has given one away to every NASCAR Premier Series winner since. Since 2005 every winner at the historic half-mile speedway has taken home a clock. For more information, eligibility and the rules and regulations for the Fans 500 Grandfather Clock Contest visit http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com/Fan-Info/Subscriptions/Clock-Sweepstakes.aspx.
The STP 500 race weekend is March 31-April 2, 2017.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-9-2016)

Speedway Motorsports announces award winners: As part of its effort to recognize the success across its premier motorsports facilities, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. officials have named Vice President of Operations and Development Stephen Swift as the O. Bruton Smith Award recipient for 2016. In addition, Bristol Motor Speedway earned Track of the Year honors and Bristol General Manager Jerry Caldwell was recognized as Promoter of the Year for the second straight year.
Annually presented to one employee across all of Speedway Motorsports and its subsidiaries, the Bruton Smith Award recognizes someone who exhibits the traits that define Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman and Founder O. Bruton Smith: character, enthusiasm, drive, a heart for helping others, respect and appreciation for team members, vision and determination. A 2000 graduate of East Tennessee State University, Swift joined the Speedway Motorsports family as a construction manager in June 2004. He became the vice president of operations and development at Kentucky Speedway in July 2011 and acquired the same title under the Speedway Motorsports banner last year. His numerous contributions to the company include playing a pivotal role in Kentucky Speedway's repaving project, which drew positive reviews after July's Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts.
Bristol Motor Speedway was chosen as Track of the Year from among the eight Speedway Motorsports facilities. The award is presented annually for best overall performance in aspects such as fan friendliness, attendance, financial performance, sponsor relations and creativity. In 2016, Bristol Motor Speedway hosted a thrilling entertainment lineup which included two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR XFINITY Series races, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, an NHRA drag race weekend and the first-of-its-kind Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol college football game in the speedway's infield. The long-awaited showdown between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies included a record crowd of 156,900 people packed into "The Last Great Colosseum" for a showcase event that set a Guinness World Record for college football attendance. Bristol's impressive year also featured the heralded debut of "Colossus," the world's largest four-sided video board which features four 30-foot-by-63-foot screens suspended from cables above the speedway.
The Promoter of the Year award is presented by Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith to the general manager who best displayed the creativity, innovation, leadership, planning and execution that are fundamental to the company's success. For the second consecutive year, Jerry Caldwell was honored for outstanding achievement promoting both of Bristol Motor Speedway's 2016 NASCAR event weeks, plus the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, "Colossus'" introduction and the Honda Ridgeline Presents Bristol's Tailgate Party concert, which celebrated Kenny Chesney's homecoming to his native east Tennessee. The Bristol branch of Speedway Children's Charities also played a prominent role in the year's success, raising more than one million dollars through events including The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights.(Speedway Motorsports)(12-8-2016)


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