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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 (28)
Bristol: Darrell Waltrip - 12 (113)
Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson - 8 (117)
Chicago: Tony Stewart - 3 (16)
Darlington: David Pearson - 10 (113)
Daytona: Richard Petty - 10 (141)
Dover: Jimmie Johnson - 11 (95)
Homestead: Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart - 3 (18)
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon - 5 (23)
Kansas: Jeff Gordon - 3 (23)
Kentucky: Brad Keselowski - 3 (7)
Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson - 4 (20)
Martinsville: Richard Petty, 15 (137)
Michigan: David Pearson - 9 (96)
New Hampshire: Jeff Burton - 4 (45)
Phoenix: Kevin Harvick - 8 (42)
Pocono: Jeff Gordon - 6 (79)
Richmond: Richard Petty - 13 (122)
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon - 5 (29)
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt - 10 (96)
Texas: Jimmie Johnson - 7 (33)
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart - 5 (34)
(7-16-2017)

Tracks with the most Sprint Cup Points Races have been held:
Daytona International Speedway 141 races (since 1959)
Martinsville Speedway 137 (since 1949)
Richmond International Raceway 122 (since 1953)
Charlotte Motor Speedway 117 (since 1960)
Bristol Motor Speedway 113 (since 1961)
Darlington Speedway 113 (since 1950)
Atlanta Motor Speedway 110 (since 1960)
Michigan International Speedway, 96 (since 1969)
Talladega Superspeedway, 96 (since 1969)
Dover International Speedway, 95 (since 1969)
North Wilkesboro Speedway, 93 [1949-1996]
(7-16-2017)


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Gordon won on 24 of the 25 tracks he raced at during his career in the Sprint Cup Series, including two tracks that are no longer active, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.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 (never won 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 (missed Kentucky & Darlington) - retired
2. #18-Kyle Busch, 21 (missing Charlotte & Pocono)
3. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 20
3. #4-Kevin Harvick, 20 (Kentucky, Pocono, Texas)
5. #20-Matt Kenseth, 18
(NASCAR PR)(7-16-2017)

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 (11)
(7-16-2017)

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

Indianapolis ticket renewals now available: Race fans can renew their tickets now for the 2018 Big Machine Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250 - at 2017 prices - as the annual NASCAR race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway enters an exciting new era next year.[More](7-24-2017)

NASCAR weekend provides big win for SCC, nonprofits at New Hampshire: Another NASCAR race weekend has sped through New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Tens of thousands of fans walked through the gates last week, where they were treated to five races in three days, culminating with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301. Denny Hamlin was Sunday's big winner, but it was also a successful weekend for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities and close to 70 volunteer groups, which combined to raise more than $280,000.[More](7-21-2017)

Jason Wonderly joins Texas Motor Speedway: Veteran motorsports marketing executive Jason Wonderly has been named Vice President of Sales for Texas Motor Speedway. Wonderly joins Texas Motor Speedway after spending the past nine years with Team Penske as the director of marketing partnerships and new business at the racing organization's headquarters in Mooresville, N.C. He will manage an 11-person business development team for one of the world's premier motorsports facilities that annually plays host to marquee NASCAR and INDYCAR events[More](7-20-2017)

"Two for $88" ticket package back to honor Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for his final Talladega start: With just 88 days until Talladega Superspeedway's Alabama 500, the popular "Two for $88" ticket package is back in celebration of Dale Earnhardt Jr's much-anticipated final scheduled start at NASCAR's Most Competitive track - the place he calls a "second home." The special "Two for $88" Dale Jr. ticket package - which salutes the six-time Talladega winner and NASCAR's 14-time Most Popular driver during his JR Nation Apprici88tion Tour - offers fans an incredible $42 savings off the regular price for two Lincoln Grandstand tickets for the Alabama 500, set for Sunday, Oct. 15.[More](7-20-2017)

Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 fans encouraged to plan ahead: Fans attending the 24th annual Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 and sixth annual Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 21-23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are encouraged to "Plan Your Visit" through an interactive web page that serves as a home base for those headed to the track during this exciting NASCAR race weekend.[More](7-20-2017)

The Struts to play free concert at Dover on Oct. 1: The Struts, an English rock band that has opened for acts such as The Rolling Stones, Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses, will perform a free concert on the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza.[More](7-19-2017)

NASCAR Stars To Participate in New-Look Hauler Parade Friday, July 21 The annual IMS Hauler Parade is back and bigger than ever this year, featuring a special "NASCAR Fan Fest" that will bring the stars of the Monster Energy Cup NASCAR Series to Speedway's Main Street for an afternoon and evening of fun and engaging activities. The Hauler Parade moves from its previous Thursday schedule to take place from 4:30-8:00pm/et Friday, July 21 on Main Street in Speedway, located one-half mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Festivities start shortly after the conclusion of the opening day of the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Lilly Diabetes 250 on-track activity at IMS. All activities at the Hauler Parade are free and open to the public.
"Fan Fest," a new NASCAR initiative taking place at select tracks in 2017, brings fun opportunities to engage with drivers heading into race weekend. At the IMS Hauler Parade, driver participation will include a pit stop competition and Q & A sessions. Drivers who will be on hand for Friday's activities include past Brickyard 400 winners Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman, past Lilly Diabetes 250 winner Brad Keselowski, and Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Corey LaJoie. Selected drivers will participate in interactive fan activities including, but not limited to, the Hauler Parade, two pit stop contests and a question-and-answer session on the Hauler Parade stage.(IMS)[More info Read Here](7-18-2017)

Richard Petty & Bill Elliott to pace Southern 500 Two legendary NASCAR Hall of Famers, Richard Petty and Bill Elliott, will pace the field for the 68th running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 3 at Darlington Raceway. Petty will lead the field in his 1967 Plymouth, followed by Elliott, who will serve as the honorary pace car driver, piloting a Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang pace car, as the field goes green for the iconic race. Darlington Raceway will be honoring Petty and Elliott during its award-winning throwback weekend as the two legends of the sport are being recognized by the track for two specific moments that helped shape the history of the Lady in Black. Petty's win in the 1967 Southern 500 turned out to be his one and only victory in the famed Labor Day weekend classic. Petty led an astounding 345 of a possible 364 laps in a dominant victory. Only three other drivers led laps in the entire race - David Pearson (12 laps), Buddy Baker (6) and Donnie Allison (1). The 2017 season marks the 50th anniversary of Petty's win in a career that culminated with 200 NASCAR Cup Series victories overall. Petty also recently celebrated his 80th birthday on July 2, which was recognized with much fanfare during the Coke Zero 400 race weekend at Daytona International Speedway.(Darlington Raceway)[Read More Here](7-11-2017)

Richmond International Raceway now known as Richmond Raceway: Richmond International Raceway officially rebrands as Richmond Raceway (Richmond) reflecting a bold brand identity to forge a greater connection to the local roots of racing in RVA and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The new brand logo unites the past and present to showcase the vibrant future of the sport at Richmond Raceway. The new Richmond Raceway brand identity has a simplified color palette of red and black. Pantone Black represents the track's iconic Richmond night racing experience. Red (Pantone 185C) signifies the red stripes that are part of the past and present of the track walls and logo. The double RR's in the logo are inspired by the organization's Richmond International Raceway logo introduced in 1988 designed by Sam Bass, who is NASCAR's first officially licensed artist. Bass is a Hopewell, V.A. native and Virginia Commonwealth University graduate. To learn more about the new Richmond Raceway brand, visit richmondraceway.com/rebrand. The webpage includes additional information about the rebrand as well as a downloadable style guide and logo assets.(Richmond Raceway)[Read More Here](7-11-2017)

New Hampshire to treat track: The surface at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be treated with both PJ1 TrackBite and the "tire dragon" in advance of this weekend's on-track action in the Granite State.[More](7-10-2017)

Overton's Marine Partners with Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway and Overton's, America's Marine and Watersports Superstore, have announced a multi-year partnership that includes title sponsorship rights through 2019 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July races. For over 40 years, Overton's has provided the top products from leading marine and watersports suppliers to make your time on the water memorable. Today, Overton's offers over 50,000 products and accessories online at Overtons.com and is aggressively adding more products to specifically address the growing and expanding marine market.[More](7-10-2017)

How much is a Cup race sponsorship? When race fans attend the I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen in August, they'll be greeted with multiple billboards and signage promoting the state's tourism brand. The signs are part of a $463,500 agreement between the state and Watkins Glen International that's highlighted by the state's sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the track. The race had corporate sponsorships in the past, including Budweiser and, most recently, Cheez-It.[More](7-9-2017)

Taste of the Speedways returns at New Hampshire: Thousands of fans will be flooding the gates of New Hampshire Motor Speedway next weekend to watch more than 700 miles of racing. But the largest sporting event in New England will also have fans hungry for more than just the on-track competition. The speedway announced that it's bringing back the Taste of the Speedways, a diverse and gratifying off-track food options feature food items from each of the eight Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) racetracks across the country.[More](7-8-2017)

Quaker State extends title sponsorship of Kentucky's Cup race: The Quaker State 400 has gone by the same name since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series started coming to Kentucky Speedway in 2011, and that's not about to change. Officials from Kentucky Speedway and Quaker State announced a new event sponsorship agreement on Friday that will see Quaker State continue to sponsor the race through 2022.[More](7-7-2017)

Major capital improvements at Gateway Motorsports Park: Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois has launched a major capital improvement project designed to improve the race day experience for fans and provide an enhanced competition environment for race teams. This is the third phase of a plan implemented in 2012 to completely update and upgrade the venue. The primary focus of this phase is to replace the track's 20-year-old asphalt and dramatically improve GMP's parking capacity.[More](7-7-2017)

Richmond to host driver/crew chief meeting at the Classic Amphitheater: Richmond International Raceway's commitment to providing innovative and engaging fan experiences is rising to a new level as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series pre-race Driver/Crew Chief Meetings will move to The Classic Amphitheater beginning with the upcoming NASCAR race weekend presented by Who's Your Driver on Sept. 8-9, 2017.[More](7-7-2017)

Kentucky responds to driver complaints about surface treatment: Responding to driver complaints about how the surface of Kentucky Speedway was treated this week, track officials said they merely are doing what drivers said worked last year.[More](7-6-2017)

NASCAR weekend in Sonoma raises record $271,000 for Sonoma County youth groups: Charitable programs combined to raise record amounts for local youth groups during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 23-25. More than $271,000 was raised during the race weekend, the majority of which will benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC). The record amount for the NASCAR weekend marks over $55,000 more than 2016. SCC has distributed more than $5.6 million to youth-serving non-profit groups since 2001.[More](7-5-2017)

Patriots' Josh McDaniels to drive pace car at New Hampshire: The man calling the plays that helped Tom Brady and the New England Patriots orchestrate the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history will serve as the official pace car driver for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will pace the field before pulling down pit road as 40 cars speed down the frontstretch to start the Overton's 301 on July 16.[More](7-5-2017)

ISC reports 2nd quarter earnings International Speedway Corp. reported Monday that Cup attendance was down an average of 6.5 percent for the six races it held in the second quarter. Races during the second quarter, which ended May 31, were at Phoenix, Auto Club Speedway, Martinsville, Richmond, Talladega and Kansas.[More](7-4-2017)

Big Machine To Sponsor Brickyard 400 Starring Brantley Gilbert Music industry leader Big Machine Label Group is the new entitlement sponsor of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the crown jewels of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This year's race, scheduled for Sunday, July 23 at IMS, will be called the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 . The chart-topping country star, signed to BMLG's Valory Music Co. imprint, will attend the event and perform for fans during pre-race celebrations. More details about the multi-year agreement, including plans for the 2018 Big Machine Brickyard 400, will be announced at this year's race. 400 Fest, a new, two-night concert at IMS, is scheduled for Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22. The event features six global music superstars over two nights, with Major Lazer headlining July 21 and The Chainsmokers headlining July 22. Visit www.400fest.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for all 2017 IMS events, including the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 21-23, and for more information on all events.(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)[Read More Here](6-30-2017)

Watkins Glen International names NASCAR Cup race sponsor Watkins Glen International announced that I LOVE NEW YORK, the iconic tourism arm for New York State, has agreed to partner with the historic facility to present The Glen's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, August 6th. "We are excited to welcome the I LOVE NEW YORK brand to the Watkins Glen International family as our partner for the NASCAR race weekend," WGI President Michael Printup said. "With NASCAR, comes an international audience, and this is going to allow us to help put I LOVE NEW YORK to the forefront of broadcasts in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and more, in addition to all of the dedicated viewers here in North America. All of us are looking forward to a great race weekend coming up in August." For more information and to purchase your tickets to catch the action of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR XFINITY Series, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at America's "Best NASCAR Track" from Friday, August 4th through Sunday, August 6th, log on to www.theglen.com or call 1-866-461-RACE.(Watkins Glen International)[Red More Here](6-30-2017)

Daytona police investigate Speedway bomb threat An anonymous bomb threat was called in to police Thursday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, but law enforcement swept the area and found no traces of any explosive devices, Chief Craig Capri said.(Daytona Beach News Journal / Sporting News)[Read More Here](6-29-2017)

Jeff Gordon To Drive Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at Brickyard 400 NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon will drive the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 24th annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon will return in the Pace Car to the historic, 2.5-mile oval at IMS, where he is the only driver to win the Brickyard 400 five times (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014). California native Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana, has served as a NASCAR analyst for FOX Sports since retiring full time from the Cup Series after the 2015 season. He competed in the 2016 Brickyard 400 for Hendrick Motorsports as part of a limited schedule while serving as a replacement for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gordon competed in the first 23 Brickyard 400 races, with five victories, three poles and 17 top-10 finishes. Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250, and for more information on the complete event schedule.(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)[Read More Here](6-29-2017)

September New Hampshire Cup Race now the ISM Connect 300: Sports venue digital activation innovator to serve as entitlement sponsor for Sept. 24 ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at NHMS. With an emphasis on enhancing the fan experience, ISM Connect is a picture-perfect partner for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The innovator in sports venue digital activation will headline the Sunday, Sept. 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, which speedway officials announced on Thursday will now be entitled the ISM Connect 300. The sponsorship of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's September race is the latest ISM activation in a company-wide relationship with Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI), the speedway's parent company. NHMS is one of eight SMI-owned tracks across the country. For more details and ticket information on the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway visit Fan Relations, the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call us at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)[Read More Here](6-23-2017)

Aurora, Colorado to vote if city can build NASCAR-style complex Voters in Aurora will decide this November whether the city can build a NASCAR-style complex that would include a racetrack. Monday, Aurora City Council voted 7 to 3 to approve a measure that allows them to move forward with plans for an "entertainment district." At this point, the "entertainment district" does not have definitive plans to include a racetrack, but it's been discussed for years, according to the mayor of Aurora. The ballot issue in November does not approve plans for a racing complex. Voters will decide whether to strictly to overturn a charter provision that prevents the city from offering incentives or subsidies to motorsport facilities.(9 News)[Read More Here](6-23-2017)

An Evening Honoring Dale Earnhardt Sr. on Sept, 2nd at Darlington As part of its throwback weekend, celebrating the 1985-89 era of the sport, Darlington Raceway will be honoring Dale Earnhardt Sr. and the 30th anniversary of his 1987 Bojangles' Southern 500 victory. On Saturday night, September 2, the track will host An Evening Honoring Dale Earnhardt Sr., a can't-miss event, which will feature a panel of personalities talking about the seven-time NASCAR champion, including children Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Kerry Earnhardt and longtime team owner Richard Childress. An Evening Honoring Dale Earnhardt Sr. will take place in the driver's meeting tent in the Cale Yarborough/Monster Energy Series garage from 7:30 - 9 p.m. following the conclusion of the Southern 500 Parade. NBC lead announcer Rick Allen will serve as emcee for the event. Fans have the opportunity to purchase an admission ticket to the event for $87, which includes two beverage coupons, light hors d'oeuvres and one (1) 1:24-scale Dale Earnhardt Jr. throwback #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS diecast. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or calling 843-395-8802, while supplies last. A grandstand ticket or infield admission to Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 is required for purchase.(Darlington Raceway)[Read More Here](6-21-2017)

Savings begin Friday for Talladega grandstand seating: Beginning this Friday, June 23rd, fans can save up to $15 off of race week pricing on grandstand tickets to Talladega Superspeedway's anticipated October 15th Alabama 500 - the "Wildcard" event in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Playoffs - with the track's "Advanced Pricing."[More](6-19-2017)

U.S. Cellular extends Iowa sponsorship through 2019: U.S. Cellular has extended its sponsorship agreement with Iowa Speedway through 2019. The wireless provider has served as the U.S. Cellular 250 title sponsor since 2009 and has been the Newton track's official wireless partner since '06.[More](6-19-2017)

Texas looking for fans that attended Earnhardt, Jr's first Cup win at the track: Texas Motor Speedway is launching a casting call beginning today for race fans that attended Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first career Cup win that came at this world-renowned motorsports facility on April 2, 2000.[More](6-16-2017)

Speedway Motorsports announces digital partnership with ISM Connect: For nearly six decades, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has built and modernized its eight world-class motorsports properties to become the finest in the industry, offering unmatched spectator enjoyment, convenience and accessibility. Today, Speedway Motorsports announced its partnership with ISM Connect, a pioneer in sports venue digital activation, to bring the world's largest digital fan engagement network to its eight world-class venues. The new partnership and technology will debut at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 race weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 23-25, with full deployment at all Speedway Motorsports' facilities by 2018.[More](6-14-2017)

Overton's to sponsor Cup and XFINITY races at New Hampshire: Overton's, America's Marine and Watersports SuperStore, will serve as the entitlement sponsor for two major NASCAR races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next month. Speedway officials announced on Tuesday that the XFINITY Series race on Saturday, July 15 will now be called the Overton's 200, while the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, July 16 will be the Overton's 301.[More](6-13-2017)

Oak Ridge Boys' to perform National Anthem at Darlington: County music icons The Oak Ridge Boys will participate in Darlington Raceway's award-winning throwback weekend by performing the National Anthem for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 3. The multi-platinum recording artists, who have been performing together for four decades, had many hits in the 1985-89 era the track is celebrating with its throwback platform this season.[More](6-12-2017)

Phoenix fall tickets on sale: Phoenix Raceway announced that tickets for the semifinal race in the Playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Can-Am 500, are on-sale. Tickets start at just $35 and can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). The popular fall race features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including semifinal racing from the top-three series in NASCAR. Phoenix Raceway will once again be home to all the Series' elimination races that will set the final four to compete for a series championship trophy the following weekend.[More](6-12-2017)

Individual tickets for AAA Texas 500 weekend on sale: As Texas Motor Speedway looks to cap off one exciting race weekend in tonight's Rainguard Water Sealers 600, it looks toward another with individual tickets going on sale Monday for November's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend.[More](6-10-2017)

60th Annual DAYTONA 500 tickets on sale: Tickets for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 will officially go on sale Monday, June 12 at 9 a.m. ET. For the past two years, the season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has sold out.[More](6-8-2017)

400 Fest at Indy nightly lineups unveiled; Camping, Single-Night Tickets Available Now: The nightly lineups are set for 400 Fest, the new two-night concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during NASCAR's Brickyard 400 event, with global music superstar headliners Major Lazer on Friday, July 21 and The Chainsmokers on Saturday, July 22. Pretty Lights also was added to the Saturday lineup, as six acts will perform over two nights on the infield stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights, with performances starting at 7 p.m.[More](6-7-2017)

Richard Petty to Celebrate his 80th Birthday at Chicagoland Speedway Chicagoland Speedway will offer an exclusive Richard Petty ticket offer to celebrate "The King's" 80th birthday for the September 17 race, the kick-off race to the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs. For $85, fans will receive one grandstand ticket, one infield fan zone pass and take part in a Q&A session with "The King". In addition, $5 of the proceeds for each ticket will benefit the Petty Family Foundation and Victory Junction.
Petty, whose birthday is July 2, will celebrate with a variety of events across the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. At Chicagoland Speedway, fans will kick off the event by singing a grandstand-wide Happy Birthday to Petty, the Hall of Fame driver and owner. In addition, fans will be encouraged to stand and give a round of applause on Lap 43 and then again on Lap 80.(Chicagoland Speedway)[Read More Here](6-2-2017)

Steel Installation begins for Phoenix Raceway Project On Tuesday [May 30] morning, the first piece of steel was installed for the new grandstand structure as part of the $178 million Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. The beam featured a special message "Best Wishes from Daytona," signifying a symbolic passing of the torch from Phoenix Raceway's partner facility Daytona International Speedway, which also recently completed a significant redevelopment project - DAYTONA Rising. (PhoenixRaceway.com)(6-2-2017)

Google's to test wireless at NASCAR races Google wants to test 3.5GHz radios at four NASCAR speedways over the summer and tells the FCC that CBRS technology is now part of a "secret commercially valuable plan" for the tech giant. The tracks: Michigan in June; Bristol in August; Darlington in September; Richmond in September.(Light Reading)[Read More Here](6-1-2017)

Texas bill would boost possible bids for All-Star Race, season-ending championship: State lawmakers have given Texas Motor Speedway a big helping hand if the state's premier stock-car track wants to lobby for NASCAR's All-Star Race and season-ending championship. The Texas Legislature approved a bill Thursday that makes those two races eligible for the state's Major Events Reimbursement Program, the same fund that is used to help attract big events such as the Super Bowl, the NCAA tournament's Final Four and Formula One's U.S. Grand Prix. The two NASCAR events would fit right in, too.[More](5-26-2017)

Watkins Glen International, New York State Fair announce marketing partnership: Watkins Glen International and the Fair will promote each other's major events through ticket giveaways on their social media channels, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend, August 4-7, and the Fair, which runs from August 23 to Labor Day, Sept. 4. These co-promotional efforts will begin immediately.[More](5-21-2017)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to appear at 3-Wide Fan Hospitality at Richmond: Fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make an appearance at Richmond International Raceway's (Richmond) 3-Wide Fan Hospitality area on Saturday, September 9, participating in a Q&A prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. This will be the final regular season Cup race for Earnhardt as he will retire at the end of the 2017 season.[More](5-19-2017)

The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer to headline 400 Fest at the Brickyard: The Chainsmokers and Major Lazer will lead a superstar lineup of performers at the new 400 Fest, a two-night concert event during NASCAR's Brickyard 400 event Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Other 400 Fest artists include Mac Miller, Cheat Codes and DNCE, with an additional performer to be announced soon. Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights, with music starting at 7 p.m. The complete 400 Fest schedule, with specific performance lineups for each day, and additional details will be available soon at www.400Fest.com.[More](5-17-2017)

Richard Petty birthday celebration coming to Homestead: "The King" is coming to Homestead-Miami Speedway! As part of a year-long celebration of his 80th birthday, seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty will be hosting a birthday party prior to the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship finale on Saturday, November 18. As part of the event, racing fans will have the chance for an exclusive meet and greet, and Q&A session with the NASCAR legend.[More](5-15-2017)

Kentucky reduces seating capacity by 20,000: When NASCAR's biggest stars return to Kentucky Speedway in 2017, they will find a reduced grandstand. Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said the track has removed 20,000 seats from what had been a grandstand with a seating capacity of 106,000.[More](5-15-2017)

Darlington Raceway announces special ticket deal for South Carolina residents: If you're a resident of South Carolina, Darlington Raceway has a great ticket opportunity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 event on Sept. 3. Beginning on Monday, May 15 through July 15, all residents of South Carolina can visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com/PalmettoOffer to take advantage of in-state pricing for the Labor Day weekend race at the track Too Tough To Tame.[More](5-12-2017)

Darlington partners with Rent Like a Champion for race week home rentals: Darlington Raceway is partnering with Rent Like A Champion (RLAC), a Mark Cuban Company, to provide private home rentals for race week(end) during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500. RLAC will be the conduit for Pee Dee area residents wishing to rent their homes to industry executives and fans that attend the Labor Day weekend festivities, scheduled for Sept. 1-3, at the famed historic track.[More](5-3-2017)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns for Chicago race entitlement: Chicagoland Speedway and Nickelodeon today announced that the number-one entertainment brand for kids is the entitlement sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 17, dubbed the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The announcement was made atop the 360 Chicago Observation Deck by Chicagoland Speedway President, Scott Paddock and Nickelodeon Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing, Anthony DiCosmo.[>More](4-28-2017)

Three-day ticket package for Homestead Championship weekend on sale now: This year, in addition to hosting the championship race in the Monster Energy Series, Homestead-Miami Speedway will also be the site of another iconic moment. The 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 is scheduled to be the final Monster Energy Series race in the storied career of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who on Tuesday announced his retirement from the series. 3-Day ticket packages to Ford Championship Weekend, November 17-19, are officially on sale now to the public.[More](4-28-2017)

IMS Seating To Be Smoke-Free Beginning in October 2017: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that its grandstands will be entirely smoke-free beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race. In addition, leading up to the Air Race, the track will provide limited smoke-free family grandstands at select Month of May events and at the Brickyard 400.[More](4-27-2017)

'Daylight Racing Time' Returns to Charlotte on Oct. 8 "Daylight Racing Time" is back at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Bank of America 500, NASCAR's homecoming, returns to its original afternoon starting time on Sunday, Oct. 8, in a move geared for on-track competition and a schedule-friendly weekend format for families. Charlotte's iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway hasn't scheduled a daytime Bank of America 500 since 2002, but a return to the traditional Friday-Saturday-Sunday format offers families an unmatched opportunity to enjoy two sun-drenched afternoons of racing at an affordable price. Kids' tickets cost just $10 for the Bank of America 500 and are FREE for every other event.
Bojangles' Pole Night remains under the lights at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 while the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina will run at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. The exhilarating second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begins with the Bank of America 500 at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 on NBC. Race times are subject to change. To purchase tickets, camping and race-day upgrades to the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder or the Bank of America 500, fans can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.[More](4-20-2017)

Bret Michaels to perform Bojangles' Southern 500 pre-race concert: Highlighting its award-winning throwback weekend plans of celebrating the 1985-89 era of the sport, Darlington Raceway will have rock legend Bret Michaels perform the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 pre-race concert on Sunday, Sept. 3. Michaels, known for his role as front man for the multi-platinum recording band Poison and as a highly successful solo artist, will perform a variety of Poison and solo hits spanning his multigenerational career.[More](4-12-2017)

Atlanta Motor Speedway to delay repave: After an in-depth review and exhaustive consultations with NASCAR, Goodyear, race teams and drivers, Atlanta Motor Speedway has elected to postpone its plan to resurface the 20-year-old 1.54-mile racing surface at least until after its 2018 NASCAR weekend.[More](3-28-2017)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 in Oct: 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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