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The fifth annual Pocono Raceway Poker Tournament presented by Fastrack Construction, benefitting The NASCAR Foundation and Philadelphia-based Michael’s Way, hit a milestone by raising the most money ever at the event. The tournament, held at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes Barre, Pa., raised a record total $85,858.

“We are really excited about this amazing achievement at the Poker Tournament. This year we raised more money than any of the past years and it is all going towards the children battling cancer and two remarkable charities,” said Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “We have always had a great relationship with Michael’s Way and The NASCAR Foundation and we are thrilled that we reached and surpassed our goal.”

The proceeds from this tournament will be mutually split by The NASCAR Foundation and Michael’s Way.

Said Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation Lorene King, “With the help of all of our sponsors, media, and participants we exceeded $80,000 to benefit children who are being serve by programs from Michael’s Way and The NASCAR Foundation. We are so grateful to have the support of Mohegan Sun Pocono and Pocono Raceway. We are overwhelmed by the money raised during this year’s tournament and we can’t wait for next years’ charity poker tournament.

“It is truly overwhelming. This is the first time Michaels Way was involved with this event and we can’t thank Pocono Raceway, The NASCAR Foundation, and everyone else who participated for making tonight a booming success,” said Chris McElwee, Founder of Michael’s Way.

Pocono Raceway PR

Jack Huston, star of the upcoming epic action adventure “BEN-HUR” from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 7.

This will be Huston’s first time serving as an Official Pace Car drive at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and will greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions.

“I am excited to join NASCAR and get behind the wheel of today’s modern chariot." said Huston.

“BEN-HUR” is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army.  Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery.  After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.  Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Morgan Freeman.

Timur Bekmambetov directed the film from a screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, and Duncan Henderson served as producers, with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley, and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers. “BEN-HUR” will be released in theaters on August 19, 2016.

Huston previously starred for four seasons in HBO’s hit series, Boardwalk Empire, as the sniper with the horribly disfigured face, ‘Richard Harrow’. In 2013, Huston appeared in the critically acclaimed and award-winning film American Hustle, where he played mobster ‘Pete Musane’. Additionally, he starred as ‘Young Ira’ in George Tillman Jr.’s film adaption of the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International August 4-7 for the Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend, which also features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 100, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen. Tickets for all of the action are available by calling 1-866-461-RACE or by logging on to www.theglen.com.

WGI PR

Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) today reported results for the three months ended June 30, 2016.

The Company promoted a NASCAR triple-header and hosted the Firefly Music Festival in Dover during the second quarter of 2016 and 2015. The Company also hosted the inaugural Big Barrel Country Music Festival during the second quarter of 2015, but this event will not be held during 2016. The Company leases a portion of its Dover facility to the promoter of Firefly (and Big Barrel in 2015), provides logistical assistance and handles certain concessions for which the Company retains a percentage of the gross sales.

Revenues for the second quarter of 2016 were down slightly at $25,253,000 compared with $25,380,000 for the second quarter of 2015, primarily from the cancelation of Big Barrel in 2016 and lower admissions related revenue for the Dover NASCAR weekend, partially offset by higher broadcasting and sponsorship revenue.

Operating and marketing expenses were $13,847,000 in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $13,629,000 in the second quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily due to the scheduled increase in purse and sanction fees for the Dover NASCAR weekend.

General and administrative expenses were consistent at $1,820,000 in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $1,811,000 in the second quarter of 2015.

Depreciation expense decreased to $867,000 in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $1,422,000 in the second quarter of 2015. A change in the estimated useful lives of certain grandstand seats and structures we decided to remove from service following the 2015 fall race weekend resulted in an additional depreciation expense of $655,000 in our second quarter 2015. The decrease in 2016 was partially offset by our first quarter decision to begin renovations to certain facilities this year. Accordingly, we changed the estimated useful lives of these facilities resulting in $68,000 of increased depreciation expense in the second quarter of 2016.

Income from assets held for sale of $606,000 in the second quarter of 2015 represents payments we received in 2015 to extend the closing date of the now expired agreement to sell our Nashville facility.

Net interest expense decreased to $66,000 in the second quarter of 2016 from $86,000 in the second quarter of 2015 as a result of lower outstanding borrowings.

(Provision) benefit for contingent obligation was ($70,000) during the second quarter of 2016 compared to $125,000 during the second quarter of 2015 primarily due to changes in discount rates.

Earnings before income taxes for the second quarter of 2016 were $8,575,000 compared with $9,163,000 for the second quarter of 2015. The results for the second quarter of 2016 include the $68,000 of accelerated depreciation expense and the results for the second quarter of 2015 include the $655,000 of accelerated depreciation and $606,000 of income from assets held for sale. On an adjusted basis, excluding these items, earnings before income taxes for the second quarter of 2016 were $8,643,000 compared to $9,212,000 for the second quarter of 2015.

Net earnings for the second quarter of 2016 were $5,066,000 or $0.14 per diluted share compared to $5,494,000 or $0.15 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015. Net earnings, adjusted for the aforementioned items, were $5,106,000 or $0.14 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $5,489,000 or $0.15 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015.

At June 30, 2016, the Company’s total indebtedness was $1,500,000 compared with $2,800,000 at June 30, 2015. During the second quarter this year, the Company repurchased 36,826 shares of its common stock on the open market at an average price of $2.22 per share.

The assets of Nashville Superspeedway are reported as assets held for sale in our consolidated balance sheet at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015.

This release contains or may contain forward-looking statements based on management's beliefs and assumptions. Such statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties which could cause results to vary materially. Please refer to the Company's SEC filings for a discussion of such factors.

Dover Motorsports, Inc. is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned and other motorsports events in the United States whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tennessee. For further information, log on to dovermotorsports.com.

                 
DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts
(Unaudited)
                 
                 
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
      2016       2015       2016       2015  
Revenues:                
Admissions   $ 3,682     $ 4,212     $ 3,682     $ 4,212  
Event-related     4,542       4,681       4,681       4,691  
Broadcasting     17,022       16,486       17,022       16,486  
Other     7       1       7       1  
      25,253       25,380       25,392       25,390  
                 
Expenses:                
Operating and marketing     13,847       13,629       15,053       14,738  
General and administrative     1,820       1,811       3,774       3,751  
Loss on disposal of long-lived assets     -       -       -       40  
Depreciation     867       1,422       1,763       2,967  
      16,534       16,862       20,590       21,496  
                 
Income from assets held for sale     -       606       -       1,033  
                 
Operating earnings     8,719       9,124       4,802       4,927  
                 
Interest expense, net     (66 )     (86 )     (125 )     (233 )
(Provision) benefit for contingent obligation     (70 )     125       (56 )     102  
Other (expense) income     (8 )     -       (8 )     1  
                 
Earnings before income taxes     8,575       9,163       4,613       4,797  
                 
Income tax expense     (3,509 )     (3,669 )     (1,890 )     (1,907 )
                 
Net earnings   $ 5,066     $ 5,494     $ 2,723     $ 2,890  
                 
Net earnings per common share:                
Basic   $ 0.14     $ 0.15     $ 0.07     $ 0.08  
Diluted   $ 0.14     $ 0.15     $ 0.07     $ 0.08  
                 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic     36,245       36,157       36,248       36,155  
Diluted     36,245       36,157       36,248       36,155  
                     
DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES TO ADJUSTED EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES
AND RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET EARNINGS TO ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS
In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts
(Unaudited)
                     
                     
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
      2016       2015       2016       2015  
                     

GAAP earnings before income taxes

  $ 8,575     $ 9,163     $ 4,613     $ 4,797  
                     
Accelerated depreciation (1)     68       655       159       1,384  
                     
Income from assets held for sale (2)     -       (606 )     -       (1,033 )
                     
Loss on disposal of long-lived assets (3)     -       -       -       40  
                     
Adjusted earnings before income taxes   $ 8,643     $ 9,212     $ 4,772     $ 5,188  
                     
GAAP net earnings   $ 5,066     $ 5,494     $ 2,723     $ 2,890  
                     
Accelerated depreciation, net of income taxes (1)     40       389       94       822  
                     
Income from assets held for sale, net of income taxes (2)     -       (394 )     -       (672 )
                     
Loss on disposal of long-lived assets, net of income taxes (3)     -       -       -       24  
                     
Adjusted net earnings   $ 5,106     $ 5,489     $ 2,817     $ 3,064  
                     
                     
GAAP net earnings per common share - basic and diluted   $ 0.14     $ 0.15     $ 0.07     $ 0.08  
                     
Accelerated depreciation, net of income taxes (1)     -       0.01       -       0.02  
                     
Income from assets held for sale, net of income taxes (2)     -       (0.01 )     -       (0.02 )
                     
Loss on disposal of long-lived assets, net of income taxes (3)     -       -       -       -  
                     
Adjusted net earnings per common share - basic and diluted (4)   $ 0.14     $ 0.15     $ 0.08     $ 0.08  

 

                   

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(1)

 

During the first quarter of 2016, we began a renovation project of certain track related assets at our Dover International Speedway facility which will take approximately one year to complete.  As a result, we shortened the service lives of these assets which resulted in accelerated depreciation being recorded in the first and second quarters of 2016.

     
   

During the first quarter of 2015, we made the decision to remove certain grandstand seating at our Dover International Speedway facility at the end of the 2015 race season.  As a result, we shortened the service lives of these assets which resulted in accelerated depreciation being recorded in the first and second quarters of 2015.

     

(2)

 

On May 29, 2014, we entered into an agreement to sell our Nashville Superspeedway facility.  The potential buyer made several payments to us to extend the closing date of settlement.  A portion of these payments were recognized by us as income from assets held for sale during the first and second quarters of 2015.

     
(3)  

Loss on disposal of long-lived assets is attributable to the decision to remove and dispose of certain grandstand seating at our Dover International Speedway facility.

     
(4)  

The components of earnings per basic and diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2016 do not add to the adjusted earnings per basic and diluted share due to rounding.

     
   

The above financial information is presented using other than generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP"), and is reconciled to comparable information presented using GAAP.  Non-GAAP adjusted earnings before income taxes, adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per common share - basic and diluted are derived by adjusting amounts determined in accordance with GAAP for the aforementioned accelerated depreciation, income from assets held for sale and loss on disposal of long-lived assets.  Income taxes are based on our approximate statutory tax rates applicable to each of these items.  We believe such non-GAAP information is useful and meaningful to investors, and is used by investors and us to assess core operations.  This non-GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities and should not be considered as an alternative to earnings before income taxes, net earnings or net earnings per common share - basic and diluted, which are determined in accordance with GAAP.

             
DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
In Thousands
(Unaudited)
             
    June 30,   June 30,   December 31,
      2016       2015       2015  
             
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
Cash   $ 1     $ 480     $ 1  
Accounts receivable     1,565       1,299       173  
Inventories     16       116       72  
Prepaid expenses and other     977       1,162       1,136  
Receivable from Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.     -       -       44  
Prepaid income taxes     -       -       1  
Deferred income taxes     -       82       79  
Assets held for sale     26,000       26,000       26,000  
Total current assets     28,559       29,139       27,506  
             
Property and equipment, net     53,502       55,698       53,542  
Other assets     914       903       851  
Deferred income taxes     -       561       549  
Total assets   $ 82,975     $ 86,301     $ 82,448  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 647     $ 554     $ 137  
Accrued liabilities     3,079       5,630       3,215  
Payable to Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.     14       22       -  
Income taxes payable     1,405       1,840       -  
Deferred revenue     2,403       4,107       1,278  
Total current liabilities     7,548       12,153       4,630  
             
Revolving line of credit, net     1,500       2,800       5,900  
Liability for pension benefits     3,668       4,132       3,790  
Provision for contingent obligation     1,783       1,711       1,727  
Deferred income taxes     13,703       14,354       14,408  
Total liabilities     28,202       35,150       30,455  
             
Stockholders' equity:            
Common stock     1,829       1,822       1,822  
Class A common stock     1,851       1,851       1,851  
Additional paid-in capital     101,747       101,622       101,742  
Accumulated deficit     (47,578 )     (50,859 )     (50,301 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (3,076 )     (3,285 )     (3,121 )
Total stockholders' equity     54,773       51,151       51,993  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 82,975     $ 86,301     $ 82,448  
         
DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
In Thousands
(Unaudited)
         
    Six Months Ended
    June 30,
      2016       2015  
         
Operating activities:        
Net earnings   $ 2,723     $ 2,890  

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

       
Depreciation     1,763       2,967  
Amortization of credit facility fees     48       48  
Stock-based compensation     171       196  
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation     (27 )     -  
Deferred income taxes     (80 )     (772 )
Provision (benefit) for contingent obligation     56       (102 )
Income from assets held for sale     -       (1,033 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable     (1,392 )     (1,160 )
Inventories     56       (46 )
Prepaid expenses and other     143       (132 )
Accounts payable     459       348  
Accrued liabilities     (136 )     519  
Payable to/receivable from Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.     58       -  
Income taxes payable/prepaid income taxes     1,405       2,006  
Deferred revenue     1,125       2,759  
Liability for pension benefits     (63 )     (36 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     6,309       8,452  
         
Investing activities:        
Capital expenditures     (1,671 )     (1,112 )
Purchases of available-for-sale securities     (103 )     (8 )
Proceeds from sale of available-for-sale securities     24       5  
Non-refundable payments received related to assets held for sale     -       1,200  
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities     (1,750 )     85  
         
Financing activities:        
Borrowings from revolving line of credit     12,720       12,640  
Repayments on revolving line of credit     (17,120 )     (20,600 )
Repurchase of common stock     (186 )     (121 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation     27       -  
Net cash used in financing activities     (4,559 )     (8,081 )
         
Net increase in cash     -       456  
Cash, beginning of period     1       24  
Cash, end of period   $ 1     $ 480  

Gateway Motorsports Park today announced its partnership with fuel technology corporation ROAD RAGE Fuel Booster™ (www.roadragefuelbooster). Sponsorship will include GMP's Midnight Madness street-legal drag racing events, signage at the Dragplex and an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel Dragster entry at the NHRA AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals in September.

Headquartered in St Louis, ROAD RAGE Fuel Booster™ products have been specifically engineered to enhance the overall performance of both Diesel and Gasoline engines. Using their proprietary Nano-Catalyst Technology™, ROAD RAGE Fuel Booster™ is able to catalytically optimize burn rate of the air-fuel mixture during each power stroke of the pistons. This in turn provides a more concentrated burst of energy from each explosion inside the combustion chambers, which translates into more kinetic energy reaching the crankshaft, per unit of fuel burned. In short, users gain more power, greater efficiency and a cleaner engine.

"We are pleased to announce this partnership with a new and local company," said GMP General Manager and Executive Vice President Chris Blair. "Their product, of course, is a perfect fit with our motorsports events at Gateway and we welcome them."

"This partnership works in every way possible for the ROAD RAGE brand", said ROAD RAGE President Charles Smith. "The team at Gateway Motorsports Park is positive, passionate and determined to raise interest levels of the motorsports industry in St. Louis, and we're excited to be in the position to be able to support our local community, and to assist in bringing big events to town."

ROAD RAGE will sponsor the NHRA Top Fuel Dragster of Kebin Kinsley at GMP's September 23-25 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event. The Hennen Motorsports (www.hennenmotorsports.com) driver has made several appearances on the Discovery Channel’s Fast N' Loud TV show, when Hennen dragster was sponsored by Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas.

GMP PR

Bristol Motor Speedway is home to “America’s Night Race” and that theme will be on display as country music entertainer, TV host and military veteran Craig Morgan kicks off the biggest night in racing with a pre-race concert on Saturday, Aug. 20, prior to the start of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.

Morgan, who is well-known for country staples “International Harvester”, “Bonfire” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday”, will excite the crowd during the NRA Country presents Craig Morgan concert on the backstretch of Bristol Motor Speedway.

“Bristol is renowned for its sense of tradition and authenticity and so are Craig Morgan’s songs,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway. “Craig’s passion for the outdoors and classic story-telling will invigorate that Americana feeling that’s accustomed of Bristol’s pre-race festivities. It will surely be a great night under the lights that no one should miss.”

Morgan is a natural fit for the NRA country sponsored concert taking place prior to “America’s Night Race” having spent 17 years serving this country, including 10.5 years on active duty in the US Army, before launching his music career. While penning some of country’s biggest hits and performing across the country, Morgan continued his military service in the Army Reserves for six-and-a-half years. In 2006, he was awarded the USO Merit Award for his tireless support of U.S. soldiers and their families. Morgan has participated in thirteen overseas trips to support U.S. troops and has also headlined 20 Jack Daniel’s “Toast to the Troops” events to prepare care packages for those stationed overseas.

“NRA Country is thrilled to present this show,” said Director, NRA Country, Vanessa Shahidi. “We love working with Craig Morgan and this show is everything we are about: country music, NASCAR, Bass Pro, the Military and the NRA. It’s a perfect fit!”

Morgan is an avid outdoorsmen and is the host of the hit show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on Outdoor Channel. The show won Morgan a Golden Moose Award for Best Comedy in 2015. The seventh season of the show premiered on July 5.

Morgan’s newest album, “A Whole Lot More To Me” was released June 3 on Black River Entertainment and has spawned the hit singles “When I’m Gone” and “I’ll Be Home Soon”. 

Tickets are currently available for race weekend by visiting BristolTix.com or calling (855) 580-5525. While supplies last, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race ticket holders may add on a pre-race SuperPass and be stage-side (on the track) for the concert featuring Craig Morgan. The SuperPass also includes a Track Walk and track access for Bristol’s wildly popular Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Driver Introductions.

BMS PR

The Verizon IndyCar Series test session at Pocono Raceway on Thursday, August 4 will be free and open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend to get a preview of the upcoming ABC Supply 500 race weekend scheduled for August 20-21.

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers from Andretti Autosport, Ed Carpenter Racing, A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Chip Ganassi Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will all participate in Thursday’s test at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’

Drivers scheduled to take to the track include Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Carlos Munoz, Ed Carpenter, Josef Newgarden, Takuma Sato, Jack Hawksworth, Scott Dixon, Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin.

Fans can enter through Gate 1 of Pocono Raceway beginning at 9 a.m., with the test scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seating in Club Pocono will be free of charge.

Pocono Raceway PR

Iowa Speedway Season Ticket Holders, known to be some of the most passionate fans in motorsports, will have a chance to renew their Season Tickets for 2017 at an exclusive pre-race tailgate at the Speedway on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30.

“Having our 2017 race schedule locked-in and being able to go on-sale with Season Tickets in July is unprecedented for the Speedway,” Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small said. “We’re excited to offer an additional benefit to our most loyal fans by opening up renewals to them before the 2016 season is complete and providing more flexible payment options because of our early on-sale date.”

The Season Ticket Holder Tailgate located above Turn 4 will be open for two hours each race day, just as it has been for each race day this season. On Friday, July 29, the tent will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT and on Saturday it will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., where Richard Childress Racing driver Brandon Jones will begin what is sure to be another fantastic day of racing prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250. Fans that choose to renew on site during either day will receive an exclusive 2017 Season Ticket Holder t-shirt as a special gift.

As in 2016, Season Ticket Holders will continue to receive Fans With Benefits upgrades including garage passes, pace car rides, photographs in Casey’s General Stores Victory Lane, Newton Club passes, premium parking, signature food vouchers, suite upgrades and driver meet ‘n greets. Additional benefits to being a Season Ticket Holder include the same reserved seat for each race day, Season Ticket Holder rewards card, access to Casey’s General Stores Fan Walk, flexible payment plans and zero service fees. But the icing on the Pork Sundae, is that prices will remain the same for all 2017 products.

For fans who’d prefer to commit after the final race weekend, Season Tickets will be available for renewal online or through the Iowa Speedway Box Office from August 2, through March 3, 2017, the Friday following the Daytona 500. Fans looking to become first time Season Ticket Holders will also be able to purchase starting August 2.

Single Event and Weekend Packages will hit the market on November 25, just in time to fill stockings with the gift of racing at Iowa Speedway. Head to www.IowaSpeedway.com to get our exciting slate of racing on your 2017 calendar!

Iowa Speedway PR

NASCAR unveiled the aerodynamic package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 race on August 28. The industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the racing has led to the continued development of the rules package.

NASCAR debuted the lower downforce and less sideforce aerodynamic package at the two-mile track for the FireKeepers Casino 400. It was met with rave reviews from the drivers, media and fans. The teams will return with the same package for the Pure Michigan 400 in August.

“We have talked to our community, that includes the drivers, the teams, the owners, the OEMs and we all arrived at the decision that we thought it would be a good thing to go back to Michigan with the Michigan 1 package for several reasons,” NASCAR Senior Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn said. “One is that it will help us to manage corner speeds better. There was some discussion on tweaking the package, but where we all landed on that is we thought it was best to proceed with the package we ran at Michigan 1 because the teams have some knowledge on that. And a lot of the teams believe they still have some fine-tuning they can do on that package.”

NASCAR has made updates to the 2016 aerodynamic package to further reduce downforce and sideforce. They are:

  • Welded truck trailing arms
  • New brake cooling rules
  • Reduce skew generated sideforce by setting rear toe to zero (same rule used in All-Star race)
  • Aero package tweaks to reduce aero generated downforce and sideforce
  • Spoiler shortened from 3.5 inches to 2.5 inches
  • Splitter reduced to 2 inches
  • Resize of deck fin to match spoiler

The FireKeepers Casino 400 featured 14 lead changes among eight drivers, with the margin of victory less than a second. Drivers and fans were entertained by the new package, especially restarts.

“You know, I think that thrill, the adrenaline that you get by controlling something that's out of control,” FireKeepers Casino 400 winner Joey Logano said after the race. “A lot of times being right on that edge of backing it in the fence which we saw happening in qualifying and you're just right on that edge. I remember after qualifying I was walking into the media center here and I was signing an autograph and my hand was shaking. I couldn't even write my name. That's cool. That's how on edge you have to be to go fast, and it was like that for 400 miles today, you know, that you're just right on that ragged edge, and that's awesome.”

NASCAR also used this aerodynamic rules package at Kentucky Speedway on July 9.

“We had an amazing race in June for the FireKeepers Casino 400 with the aerodynamic package that NASCAR implemented,” track president Roger Curtis said. “I have loved what NASCAR has done with the lower downforce rules this year, it has made for some exciting and entertaining racing. I am excited to see the teams return for the Pure Michigan 400 with the same package they used in June.

“I applaud NASCAR, teams, and drivers working together on increasing competition and continually improving the sport for our fans. These changes put even more back in the hands of the drivers. With our high speeds and wide track at MIS, the racing in August should be fantastic. I cannot wait for the Pure Michigan 400.”

MIS PR

It’s the time of the year when weekly racers begin to look at the big picture: track championships. And as South Boston Speedway’s season winds into the dog days of summer, teams are gearing up for that final run for the title in every division.

Matt Bowling has a firm grip on the NASCAR Late Model Stock Division points lead headed into Saturday night’s Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program. Behind five wins, Bowling has a 44-point lead over Austin Thaxton. Peyton Sellers is another 26 points back in third.

The tightest points race two-thirds of the way through South Boston’s season is in the Budweiser Hornets Division with just five points between leader Todd Garnett and second place Justin Dawson. Kenny Mills is in third, 10 points behind Dawson.

Garnett has one win on the season, but has been around the front of the field all season to maintain his slight lead over Dawson, who has four wins. Mills has two wins.

Joey Throckmorton, who won the first eight Limited Sportsman races of the season, has a solid 55-point lead over David Latour Jr., but Throckmorton has fallen upon an unusually long drought for him. On July 1, two races ago, Boo Boo Dalton broke Throckmorton’s long win streak. Two weeks ago Throckmorton was denied for the second straight race as Mike Jones went to victory lane. Bob Davis wound up second and Throckmorton third.

Latour hasn’t won this season, but has stayed within sight of Throckmorton in the points race with consistent finishes in the top five. Tommy Peregoy is another 16 points back in third.

Johnny Layne has ridden five victories to a solid lead in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. His points total of 381 is well ahead of Bruce Mayo in second with 315 and Randy Hupp in third with 309.

A 100-lap Late Model race will headline Saturday’s seven-race card, which begins at 7 p.m. Also on the night’s schedule are twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman races, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stocks, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets and a 20-lapper for the Legendary Ford Flatheads touring series.

Adult general admission tickets are $10 each, with youth ages 7-12 admitted for $5 and kids ages six and under admitted free with a paid adult.

SBS PR

Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR’s Most Competitive track, announced today the starting times and television networks that will showcase its 2017 NASCAR weekends.

Next spring’s double header will feature the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race on Saturday, May 6, with a green flag of 12 Noon CDT and the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race on Sunday, May 7, which is set for 1 p.m. CDT. Both events are scheduled to be televised on FOX and heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN).

In the fall of 2017, the excitement begins Saturday, Oct. 14, at 12 Noon CDT with the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), which will be televised by FOX. The weekend will culminate with the Sunday, Oct. 15, Alabama 500 for the NSCS and will be televised by NBC at 1 p.m. CDT. Both races, which will also be carried on MRN, will be pivotal Chase races in the battle for both series’ championships.

There is, however, more racing for fans to witness at the biggest and baddest track on the planet in 2016, and tickets are available. Both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (Saturday, Oct. 22) and the Alabama 500 (Sunday, Oct. 23), will serve as elimination races in the NCWTS Chase and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, respectively.

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