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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 (118)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (17)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (114)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (142)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 11 (96)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (19)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (24)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson - 3 (24)
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 (123)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (29)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (97)
Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (36)
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart - 5 (34)
(4-15-2018)

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 123 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 118 (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, 97 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 96 (since 1969)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
Pocono Raceway, 80 (since 1974)
(4-15-2018)


Drivers with most wins at different tracks: 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Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the NASCAR Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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, 22 (missing ONLY Charlotte)
2. #4-Kevin Harvick, 21 (Kentucky, Pocono)
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 20 (Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago)
(old NASCAR PR)(4-15-2018)

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)
(4-15-2018)

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
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NOTE: NASCAR has not reported track attendance since 2012


Track News and Announcements

Delmarva Dog highlights new food selections at Dover International Speedway: Combining a traditional concession stand staple with a Delmarva Peninsula foodie favorite, Dover's Delmarva Dog is just one of the many great food offerings NASCAR fans c[More](4-21-2018)

Talladega Superspeedway's College Student Program returns April 27-29: Get ready for Talladega Superspeedway to teach you a thing or two about college with the $24 student ticket offer, returning April 27-29! The program offers an array of benefits, including a college party with an appearance by Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](4-21-2018)

Iconic Vulcan Trophy and Hammer & Anvil Trophy returns to Talladega: Hardware to winners of races at Talladega Superspeedway? No. At the biggest, baddest racing venue on the planet, it is called ironware! Every driver who straps themselves behind the wheel at the 2.66-mile track dreams of winning at the historic, gigantic venue and a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane. And, to the victor of Talladega's upcoming races during its tripleheader motorsports weekend (April 27-29), go the spoils - some of the most unique pieces of authentic ironware in all of motorsports with both the Vulcan Trophy and the Hammer & Anvil Trophy.[More](4-20-2018)

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)

Charlotte Motor Speedway to deliver unprecedented Coca-Cola 600 pre-race military spectacular: Charlotte Motor Speedway will incorporate all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in an unprecedented, spectacular pre-race Salute to the Troops before the 59th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27. This year's edition of the Memorial Day weekend celebration will highlight the Department of Defense's "This is Your Military" initiative by paying tribute to each of the military branches, featuring special guests and showcasing vehicles and awe-inspiring displays of military prowess from the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard. Fans and drivers will also get to #KnowYourMil through interactions with service members.[More](4-19-2018)

Jessica Lynn to perform national anthem for "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" at Dover: Jessica Lynn, a singer/songwriter from New York, who has shared the stage and toured the world with some of country music's elite performers, will sing the national anthem prior to the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 6.[More](4-18-2018)

Richmond announces fan-focused pre-race ceremonies: Richmond Raceway announces fan-focused pre-race ceremonies to honor Service Members of the Military prior to the green flag for the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series and TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Pre-race is one of the most memorable moments of the Toyota Spring Race Weekend with the roar of the flyover, a special rendition of the National Anthem, and Toyota owners commanding drivers to start their engines.[More](4-18-2018)

Smithfield Ford placed in Monster Monument at Dover's Victory Plaza: Delaware's most famous landmark was made whole again on Tuesday as the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion was placed in the right hand of the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by Smithfield, during an event at Dover International Speedway. About 150 NASCAR fans and media looked on as the team from First State Crane and Kent Construction lifted the No. 10 Smithfield Ford off the ground and secured it in the Monster Monument, the 46-foot statue that overlooks the fun and excitement during NASCAR events at Dover International Speedway.[More](4-17-2018)

DC Solar to sponsor Richmond infield: Richmond Raceway and DC Solar announce a partnership on the naming rights to the modernized infield as part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined (Reimagined), the track's $30 million infield redevelopment project. The new Richmond infield will be officially named the DC Solar FanGrounds.[More](4-17-2018)

Fitzgerald renews sponsorship of Bristol XFINITY race: Fitzgerald USA, a national leader in the trucking industry, has renewed its sponsorship of the popular NASCAR XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS), affirming its partnership with the track in a multi-year agreement announced today. As part of the announcement, BMS and Fitzgerald debuted the new name of the race and its logo: beginning spring 2019, the race will be known as the Fitzgerald USA 300.[More](4-15-2018)

"Drive Days" for Talladega fans during race week: While the greatest drivers in the world will be competing on Talladega Superspeedway on April 27-29 during an incredible tripleheader weekend (GEICO 500, Sparks Energy 300, General Tire 200), fans will have the opportunity to hit the pavement first and drive their personal car around NASCAR's biggest and most competitive track earlier in the week during "Drive Days." On Tuesday (April 24) and Thursday (April 26), "Drive Days" will offer participants to take their street legal vehicles for three thrilling laps at highway speed behind a Talladega Safety/Pace truck on Talladega's 2.66-mile, 33-degree high banks for just $50.[More](4-14-2018)

Speedway Motorsports Inc. teams up with Square for credit card processing: Race fans can visit concessions stands and use major credit cards at stations which were previously cash-only. Fans can also pay with their phone using Apple Pay and Google Pay at concessions stands through the new point-of-sale system.[More](4-13-2018)

NASCAR's aero package for All-Star race includes restrictor plates: NASCAR will use an aerodynamic package for its May 19 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway that will include an engine restrictor plate and front aero ducts that will move the air to the side of the car before it hits the front wheel.[More](4-11-2018)

Chicagoland Speedway to honor military members Chicagoland Speedway announced today the multi-faceted plan to enhance the active military and veteran military recognition at this summer's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stars and Stripes weekend June 28 - July 1. Race fans will join the recognition of our country's service men and women with an omnipresent military theme woven into four days of racing as part of NASCAR Salutes.[More](4-11-2018)

Michael Tyler to sing National Anthem at Kansas: It seems only fitting that an artist with the song "Hey Mama" would be a part of Kansas Speedway's May race weekend. After all, it is Mother's Day weekend. And Michael Tyler, who hails from Thayer, Mo, will sing the National Anthem for the Kansas 400 at his "home" track on Saturday night, May 12.[More](4-10-2018)

Auburn football coach Malzahn named Talladega grand marshal: Auburn University Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn, one of the most innovative offensive minds in football, has been named as the Grand Marshal for Talladega Superspeedway's GEICO 500 Sunday, April 29, and will give the command to fire engines prior to the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.[More](4-7-2018)

Uncle Kracker in concert Saturday night at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway is excited to announce that singer-songwriter Uncle Kracker will perform as the headliner for the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, April 28, as part of its anticipated tripleheader weekend, April 27-29, featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500. Joining Uncle Kracker will be NASCAR favorite Tim Dugger and locally known DJ Mark A.D. from Birmingham, Al. Country music singer and Alabama native Dugger will get the party rockin' just hours after the conclusion of the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series, before giving way to DJ Mark A.D., who will bring the beats to keep the crowd going until Uncle Kracker hits the stage. The concert is free to all infield guests, as well as anyone who has purchased a GEICO 500 ticket.[More](4-6-2018)

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)

Pure Michigan ends sponsorship of NASCAR race: The August NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway will no longer be named after the state's tourism campaign. Pure Michigan, a Travel Michigan campaign and arm of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, has paid to sponsor the MIS race since 2011. It cost $725,000 to sponsor the August 2017 Pure Michigan 400, MEDC Director of Public Relations Michelle Grinnell said.[More](4-4-2018)

Brett Michaels in concert before Dover race: Bret Michaels, the legendary singer/songwriter who has sold more than 40 million records worldwide, will perform a charity-driven, free concert on the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza on Sunday, May 6 before the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.[More](4-2-2018)

Michael Rooker named honorary pace car driver at Richmond: Richmond Raceway announces actor Michael Rooker as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 on Saturday, April 21. The American actor known to motorsports fans for his role as Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder will lead the field to green in the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car for the spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race "under the lights."[More](3-31-2018)

Fr8Auctions to sponsor qualifying at Talladega: Fr8Auctions Qualifying (12:05 p.m. CDT start) at Talladega Superspeedway for the GEICO 500 will feature a two-round qualifying format. Every driver will take one timed lap around the 2.66-mile tri-oval during the first round, then the drivers with the 12 fastest lap speeds will advance to the second round. The top-12 starting positions for the race will be determined by the fastest lap speed in the second round, while positions 13 and beyond will be established off the first-round speeds.[More](3-28-2018)

Kansas Speedway adding new camping for 2018: Due to demand, Kansas Speedway is introducing two new camping areas starting with the 2018 season, including a new Turn 1 Terrace RV campground where fans can watch the race from their camping spot.[More](3-27-2018)

Rally named official bus rideshare partner of seven Speedway Motorsports, Inc. tracks: In keeping with its "Fans First" commitment, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have announced a new partnership with Rally that will save race fans valuable time and money during race weekends at seven of Speedway Motorsports' world-class facilities.[More](3-23-2018)

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)

Monster Energy, Pocono Raceway and NASCAR Green announce Second Annual Free Friday: Monster Energy, Pocono Raceway and NASCAR Green are joining forces for the second annual 'Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday' program. Fans will have the chance to enjoy all the racing action and fun activities at 'The Tricky Triangle' for free on Friday, June 1, by recycling any size Monster Energy can.[More](3-22-2018)

Eli Young Band performing pre-race concert at Coca-Cola 600: Get ready for the Eli Young Band to turn up the excitement prior to the legendary Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated country music superstars will amp up the most patriotic Memorial Day weekend event in sports, with the Coca-Cola 600 Pre-Race Concert electrifying a spectacular salute to the troops at America's Home for Racing.[More](3-22-2018)

Talladega offering premium seating upgrade options: Fans can take in unique, spectacular views of incredible three-and four-wide racing during Talladega Superspeedway's tripleheader weekend, April 27-29, with one of many premium seating upgrade options such as the Paddock Club and Fan Suites, with limited availability. Both are prime locations with various amenities for the GEICO 500, Sparks Energy 300 and the General Tire 200.[More](3-21-2018)

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)

Talladega offering Kids VIP Experience: Talladega Superspeedway and Children's of Alabama, a not-for-profit medical center that specializes in medical care for ill and injured children, announced today that the track's Kids VIP programming will be known as the Kids VIP Experience Presented by Children's of Alabama. Loaded with an array of family-friendly activities for children 12-and-under, the first Kids VIP Experience Presented by Children's of Alabama of the season at Talladega will be prior to the running of the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, April 29.[More](3-17-2018)

Harvick, Jones, Byron and Menard to join pre-race Q&A prior to Talladega's GEICO 500: Red-hot Kevin Harvick, winner of three of the first four races thus far in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, along with young guns Erik Jones and William Byron, and veteran Paul Menard make up a quartet scheduled to take part in the Pre-Race Fan Question & Answer Session prior to Talladega Superspeedway's GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, April 29.[More](3-15-2018)

Gin Blossoms performing pre-race concert at Kansas: Multi-platinum recording artists Gin Blossoms will perform the pre-race concert on Saturday night, May 12 at Kansas Speedway. The Grammy-nominated band, whose hits include "Til I Hear It From You," "Follow You Down," and "As Long As It Matters," were back in the recording studio last year recording a new album.[More](3-7-2018)

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)

Kansas Speedway introduces the Ignition Garage: The Ignition Garage will only be open on Cup race day, and includes a hospitality parking pass, pre-race pass for access to the pre-race concert, driver introductions and the DC Solar FanWalk, a guided tour of the Cup garage, and more.[More](2-13-2018)

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