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Martinsville Speedway will welcome the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series back to the east coast after a lengthy west-coast swing next spring and again host the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup next fall.
Both of Martinsville Speedway’s 2015 Sprint Cup races are in their traditional spots on the calendar with the STP 500 scheduled for March 29 and the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 on November 1.
The STP 500 will be Sprint Cup series’ first stop at a half-mile track in 2015 and will offer the season’s first taste of true short-track racing with all the action only the Half-Mile of Mayhem can offer.
“Although our dates are relatively the same as they have been in the past, the schedule has changed around us and we’re very enthused about that,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “I’m thrilled to be the first race after the west-coast swing. I’m sure fans will be more than ready for racing action to return home to one of the most historic and traditional venues on the circuit.”
The Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 on Nov. 1, 2015 is the only race on a half-mile track in the Chase, and will again kick off the Eliminator Round of the Chase. It may be the most important race in the Eliminator Round because a win guarantees the driver a spot in the Championship Round, while a bad race will have the opposite effect.
“Martinsville’s position in the Chase has always been a key one, and it’s even more important than ever now,” said Campbell. “We believe the seventh race in the Chase is important to the drivers and teams and even bigger for our fans.”
Martinsville Speedway also retained its traditional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates, with the Kroger 250 scheduled for March 28 and the Kroger 200 on October 31.
The 2015 STP 500 will be broadcast on FOX while the 2015 Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Both the Kroger 250 and Kroger 200 will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 in 2015.
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DAYTONA Rising Welcomes CommScope as First Technology Partner in Expanding “We Built Daytona” Marketing PlatformWritten by Steven B. Wilson Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:36
Daytona International Speedway (DIS) today announced CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks,has become the first technology partner in the expanding “We Built Daytona” marketing platform supporting the unprecedented $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project.
CommScope will deploy a new communications infrastructure at DIS providing the facility with the bandwidth and flexibility to offer services that will enhance a fan’s experience, as well as improve stadium operations.
The “We Built Daytona” platform is designed specifically for partners involved in the construction of DAYTONA Rising and enables them to showcase their involvement through a marketing presence (once their role in the project begins). Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to welcome CommScope to our ‘We Built Daytona’ roster of partners, and we are especially honored to recognize them as the first technology partner for the platform,” said DIS President Joie Chitwood III. “This new infrastructure from CommScope will give us the ability to deliver leading technology services and functions to fans and staff as DIS becomes the world’s first motorsports stadium.”
CommScope will deploy approximately 220 miles of SYSTIMAX® GigaSPEED XL® Category 6 cable, 50 miles of TeraSPEED® single mode fiber optic cable and all terminations supporting digital signage and way-finding, more than 1500 HD displays, synchronized stadium-wide messaging, Wi-Fi connectivity in social areas, and an enhanced audio experience. This upgrade to DIS will offer the same amenities that sports fans have come to expect in stadiums and arenas around the country.
For stadium operations staff, the new infrastructure will enable DIS to provide critical security measures such as high resolution security cameras, HVAC control, lighting control, and other fire and life safety services.
“Daytona International Speedway is an American icon, and we are excited that CommScope will be a part of its transformation,” said Kevin St. Cyr, senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, CommScope. “The advanced connectivity solutions that we will put in place will ensure that DIS can support the needs of racing fans in 2016 and beyond.”
In addition to the immediate new services CommScope’s communications solutions will support, it will also allow DIS to grow with the changing times as necessary. The new network infrastructure will provide a future-proof capability, enabling DIS to offer future services such as Ultra HD support and Wi-Fi throughout the property, without any additional upgrades.
CommScope joins five other companies aboard the “We Built Daytona” platform, including Kingspan, a market leader in sustainable building product technology; USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), a leading building products company; Sherwin-Williams, an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings; Big Ass Fans, a ceiling fan design and engineering company; and ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm that is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising project.
Following construction, CommScope will receive special recognition as a “We Built Daytona” partner within the facility, along with corporate hospitality opportunities for entertaining guests during major events.
At age 22, Kyle Larson already has a distinguished racing career.
2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year and Champion? Check. 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year? Check. 2014 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 pole sitter at Richmond International Raceway? Check.
Larson will check off yet another item to his growing list of accolades by coming through RIR’s 3-Wide Fan Hospitality on Saturday, September 6, prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Not only will 3-Wide Hospitality guests be able to engage in an exclusive Q&A with the talented young driver, but 2014 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race winner Joey Logano will also be making an appearance.
The 3-Wide experience is $80* per person, and includes:
3beer or wine tickets for fans 21 years of age & older with a valid ID. Unlimited sodas & water will also be available.
Walk down Pit Road with an exclusive Pre-Race Pit Pass (2:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m., time and weather permitting).
Interactive Q&A session with NASCAR personalities, including Larson and Logano.*
Dine on appetizers from 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. & a buffet dinner from 3:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy music, games, a complimentary souvenir event program, and a chance to win a trip to Pre-Race & Gatorade Victory Lane ceremonies.
*Driver participation is subject to change and without notice. Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates are sponsors of this promotion.
Dillon Motor Speedway hosted the Positive Automotive 300 on Saturday, August 23.
Greg Peterson, a multi-time winner this season took the checkered flag in the 50-lap Late Model feature. Randy Benson had a strong runner-up finish. Jason Clark finished third with Tim Allensworth right on his back bumper in fourth. Jon Lane rounded out the top-five.
Jimmy Herrington was able to hold off rival, Hal Goodson to capture the victory in the Super Truck feature this past Saturday night. Bill Hogan had a strong third place finish, followed by Kevin Parsons in fourth and Jake VunCannon in fifth.
Jason Calhoun earned yet another victory in the Charger feature. Michael Williamson who has been strong all season long crossed the line in second. Ricky Locklair Jr. captured his first top-three finish of the season in the division. Ben Watford finished fourth, and Brian Owens finished fifth.
Brian Obiedzenski won his first event of the season at the speedway after taking the checkered flag in the Pure Stock Four feature. Kayla Dean finished second with veteran, Kevin Jackson finishing right behind her. Marty Dean who’s been dominate all season long had to settle for a fourth place finish. JR Moore rounded out the top-five.
Ricky Locklair Jr., known for his success in the Street Stock division is making his self quite at home in the Mini Cup Stock division. He captured another victory on Saturday night. Steve Lauffer finished second, followed by Steve Chauncey, Logan Owens and Susan Coonfield.
Devin O’Connell won the Allison Legacy Series race with Hunter Moody finishing second, Daniel Bedford third, Jake Ruggles fourth and Robbie Allison fifth.
Dillon Motor Speedway will host the 8th Annual Raceway Automotive Labor Day Monday race on Monday, September 1. To honor fans, the Speedway is opening the grandstands for free. There’s also no parking fees.
Division competing include Late Model Twin 30’s, $1,200 to win with possible $1,000 bonus to the driver who wins both features; Chargers, $500 to win, Street Stocks, $400 to win; Pure Stock Fours, $300 to win; and Mini Cup Stocks, $100 to win.
Today, NASCAR announced that Chicagoland Speedwaywill once again host the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2015.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will return to Chicagoland Speedway for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, Sept. 18-20, with a triple-header weekend of action. Rally, Rock and Race weekend will return with a stand-alone NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 20, the day prior to Father’s Day. In addition to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the June weekend will welcome back the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and two nights of TORC: The Off Road Championship Presented by Amsoil at Route 66 Raceway.
Tickets for the 2015 NASCAR race weekends at Chicagoland Speedway will go on sale Monday, September 15, 2014. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com, by calling 888-629-RACE, through the Chicagoland Speedway mobile app, or by visiting the Chicagoland Speedway Administrative office Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Chicagoland Speedway fans will have access to the best prices of the year beginning on Monday, September 15. Ticket renewal information will be reaching 2014 customers following the upcoming Sept.12-14 race weekend.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 18-20, will begin with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NASCAR’s Father’s Day weekend features a rare-off weekend for the Sprint Cup Series, with the Nationwide Series taking center stage in the world of motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway.
The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be held on Sunday, March 1stand will be a daytime event.
The event weekend will include all three of NASCAR’s National touring series with a double header on Saturday that features a 200-mile Camping World Truck Series race and a 250-mile NASCAR Nationwide series race. Sprint Cup Series qualifying will be held Friday afternoon.
The Atlanta event date will move from Labor Day Weekend the second weekend of the NASCAR season following the Daytona 500.
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 2014 NASCAR weekend includes night racing events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
In 2015, the dates for Talladega Superspeedway’s two race weekends will have a sense of familiarity with race fans – one in the spring to kick off the month of May and the other in late October to again feature the all-important sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NASCAR announced the 2015 schedules for its top three national touring series Tuesday – the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck – and Talladega Superspeedway’s slate will resemble 2014. The tradition of the first weekend in May will continue May, 1-3, at NASCAR’s Most Competitive ribbon of asphalt with a triple header consisting of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as the ARCA Racing Series. On October 23-25, the Biggest and Baddest race track on the planet will play host two pivotal races in title chases for both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and GEICO 500, respectively.
“2015 will be here before you know it, and we are happy to let our fans know that the best racing in all of motorsports here at Talladega will return at recognizable times,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “May is a beautiful time to be at Talladega. We had picture-perfect weather with sunny skies and impeccable temperatures earlier this year, and in late October, there is nothing like being here with the feel of autumn in the air. Add to that the fact that the GEICO 500 will be a paramount, decisive race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, it’s going to be something else.”
The 2015 GEICO 500, the sixth race in the Chase, will also be the third and final event in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, where the field of 12 eligible drivers vying for the championship, will be reduced to eight after the checkered flag. A win in the GEICO 500 will automatically advance the victor into the Eliminator Round.
A triumph in the May classic at Talladega is just as important to get into the 16-driver Chase field. By virtue of his victory earlier this year at the 2.66-mile venue, Denny Hamlin secured his spot in the Chase.
For 2015, the May NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Nationwide Series event are scheduled to be broadcast on FOX. The GEICO 500 next season is scheduled to be broadcast on NBC Sports Network while the fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola is scheduled to broadcast on FOX.
Dover International Speedway officials have announced the track’s 2015 race dates, as two tripleheader NASCAR weekends will return to the track on May 29-31 and Oct. 2-4, 2015.
The spring weekend at Dover will include the Friday, May 29 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Saturday, May 30 “Buckle Up 200” presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sunday, June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The fall weekend brings the Oct. 2 “Drive Sober 150” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, the Oct. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Oct. 4 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
For the second straight year, the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will serve as the first “knockout race” in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The third event in the 10-race Chase, the “AAA 400” is the finale of the Challenger Round of the playoff format, and will see the championship field reduced from 16 to 12 drivers by day’s end.
The Speedway’s three-tier pricing program will also return in 2015, offering fans reduced pricing on tickets as long as they commit to the track early. For instance, fans that purchase their Sunday, May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets by Dec. 1, 2015 can save nearly 50% in some seating sections as part of the track’s Preferred Pricing Period.
“We’re pleased to welcome back NASCAR for its twice-annual trips to Dover in 2015,” said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “In addition, the return of our three-tier pricing program will give fans the opportunity to lock in their race tickets at a great value.”
Fans can begin placing deposits on tickets for both the May 29-31 and Oct. 2-4, 2015 race weekends. Returning fans have the opportunity to reserve their same seats for 2015 race weekends.
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NASCAR released the 2015 Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule today, and Phoenix International Raceway will once again host two NSCS race weekends next season.
PIR’s spring event weekend, headlined by the Camping World 500, moves two weeks later, to March 12-15, is scheduled to be broadcast on FOX. In the fall, PIR will continue to host the final race in the Eliminator round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 weekend November 12-15, and will be broadcast on NBC.
“I'm delighted that Phoenix International Raceway will once again be able to host an exciting NASCAR weekend in the spring,” said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. “The March 15th date will give fans a great opportunity to sample so many attractions in the Valley as well as enjoy our great weather that time of year.”
The move of PIR’s spring race weekend to mid-March promises to provide race fans and teams with fantastic weather, and the new date coincides with the Spring Break schedule for most Arizona K-12 school districts, making it a great family entertainment option. The race weekend also falls during Spring Break at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University.
Season tickets for the 2015 season at Phoenix International Raceway are on sale now beginning at $99. Tickets are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the PIR ticket office.
Each season ticket includes admission to all NASCAR races during both event weekends, along with great savings over individual ticket prices. Season ticket holders also have the exclusive opportunity to purchase parking passes, pre-race pit passes and Budweiser ROLL-BAR passes at discounted prices. Other exclusive benefits to season ticket holders include the first opportunity to upgrade or change seat locations each year and the opportunity to purchase additional race tickets at the discounted season ticket holder price.
A new feature for PIR season ticket holders the 2015 is the Zoom Pass. The Zoom Pass, a hard plastic credential, will replace individual grandstand tickets and will grant the season ticket holder access to all races throughout the event weekend.
Phoenix has hosted a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in the spring every year since 2005, and the new date marks the fourth change in PIR’s slot on the NASCAR schedule during that time. PIR has hosted the second race of the NASCAR season in each of the last four years.
The fall race at Phoenix International Raceway has been a fixture on the NASCAR schedule since 1988, and continuing a longstanding tradition, the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 will be the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NASCAR and Iowa Speedway announced the return of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series to Newton, Iowa in 2015.
After a successful first season under NASCAR ownership and management, Iowa Speedway is excited to reveal its 2015 NASCAR national series schedule. Wide Opening Weekend will feature the return of the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday, May 17. The NASCAR schedule will continue with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, June 19.
Iowa Speedway will conclude its 2015 NASCAR national series schedule with the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday, August 1. Additional details, such as start times and event schedules, will be released as they become available.
“We had three fantastic race weekends filled with incredible racing and entertainment in 2014, and we are really looking forward to increasing the excitement in 2015,” said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. “Our fans continue to prove they are some of the best in the country, and we will continue to work tirelessly on our part, with focus on improving the fan experience and contributing to the quality of life here in Iowa.”
The final 2015 schedule, including additional racing events and related information, will be announced at a later date this fall. Iowa Speedway is working closely with IndyCar to finalize its visit to Newton in 2015.
As soon as the 2015 schedule is completed, more details, including on-sale dates and season ticket holder renewal information, will be announced. Iowa Speedway will continue to focus on enhancing the fan experience as its top priority, and will build upon successful improvements made in 2014.
The complete 2015 NASCAR national series schedule at Iowa Speedway is as follows:
May 16 – 17 NASCAR Nationwide Series
June 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
August 1 NASCAR Nationwide Series
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