Speedway News


Speedway News

Speedway News (2796)

Keep up on racing and speedway news from around the US

A number of the greatest drivers to ever turn a lap on the oval at Phoenix International Raceway will return to the Valley of the Sun to help celebrate the culmination of the track’s 50thanniversary season, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced today.

Racing legends Bobby Allison, Bobby Unser and Johnny Rutherford will all take part in festivities throughout The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend. Each of the drivers will make appearances during the race weekend, many of which will take place inside the one-of-a-kind ‘Memory Lane’ exhibit.

‘Memory Lane’ will feature cars driven by many of the legendary drivers, including the 1964 roadster that A.J. Foyt drove to Victory Lane in the first professional race in PIR’s history and the No. 7 Ford Thunderbird driven by Alan Kulwicki to the first ever NASCAR Winston Cup Series win at PIR in 1988. The exhibit will also feature trophies, fire suits and other memorabilia from the track’s 50-year history.

Allison is a three-time Daytona 500 champion and captured the 1983 Winston Cup Series championship.  He raced in seven of the first eight NASCAR-sanctioned races in Phoenix from 1977-82 and 1984. In those seven races, he only finished outside the top five once and he captured the checkered flag in 1982.

Unser is a three-time Indianapolis 500 champion and a seven-time winner at PIR in USAC Champ Cars.  Between 1964 and 1978, he raced at PIR 27 times and visited Victory Lane four times.  He started from the pole a whopping seven times, including three consecutive races in 1971 and ’72. Two of his wins came from the pole – in 1968 and again in 1972.

Rutherford is a three-time Indianapolis 500 champion.  In addition to his three victories at Indy, he also started from the pole three times. From 1963 to 1988, he had four top-5s, eight top-10s and 24 starts at the famed “Brickyard.” Rutherford raced at Phoenix International Raceway 24 times and was a three-time winner, taking the checkers in 1975, ’77 and ‘78. He also competed in the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at PIR, finishing 39th.


One of the most successful and iconic drivers in the history of NASCAR will be back behind the wheel for Sunday’s Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot®500 at Martinsville Speedway. And, as he was most of his career, he will be leading the pack.

Junior Johnson, a charter member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and winner of 50 Sprint Cup races, will be the honorary pace car driver for Sunday’s Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500.

“Junior Johnson is one of the true legends of our sport and we are thrilled to get him back out front here at Martinsville again,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “He helped make this sport what it is today and this hall-of-famer is still a most recognizable figure to our fans.”

Johnson recorded two wins and eight top-five finishes in just 19 starts at Martinsville Speedway. In a short career Johnson had 50 Sprint Cup wins and 121 top-five finishes. He retired suddenly in 1966 when he was just 35 years old and turned his efforts to fielding cars for other drivers. In 31 years as a car owner, he notched 139 wins and picked up six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships.

The Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 race weekend kicks off on Friday with the Virginia Lottery Pole Day.

Martinsville Speedway PR

2015 Planning Starts Saturday for I-44 Speedway

Written by
Published in Speedway News
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:32

Officials at Missouri's only active Asphalt and Nascar Sanctioned Track have announced that the 2015 Rules Meeting will be held Saturday, October 25th at T's Redneck Steakhouse with each NASCAR Whelen All American Series Division to be held separately.


The Pro Late Models will begin agenda at 10am followed by the Modified group at 10:45am. After a short lunch break the Sportsman drivers gather together at 12:30 while the Road Warriors will start at 1pm and the popular Chargers finish the day with a 2pm starting time.


The I-44 Speedway is coming off a very successful and popular 2014 race season on the "High-Banks" where 2014 was the most competitive season since the repave of the facility in 2010. Mexico, Missouri's 15 year old Speedster Kaleb Allison became the youngest Pro Late Model Champion in the long history of the Speedway as 2014 crowned 5 new track champions.


T's Redneck Steak House is located at 221 Evergreen Parkway in Lebanon, Mo.


I-44 Speedway PR

The folks that brought together three important food groups - bacon, beer and ice cream - to create the bacon-infused beer milkshake for its race fans are back at it again with America's meat candy obsession.

Bacon lovers will be able to unite Oct. 31-Nov. 2for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend as Texas Motor Speedway and its official concessionaire Levy Restaurants unveil their latest creation - Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos - that features bacon in four forms. White nacho bacon cheese sauce, chunks of hickory smoked bacon, candied bacon and bacon powder are incorporated to transform this staple sports venue concession item into a meat lover's delight.

Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos consists of tri-color tortilla chips sprinkled with bacon powder and topped with white cheese bacon nacho sauce, candied bacon, jalapenos, black beans, pico de gallo and sour cream. The item will sell for $8 and only be available at the concession stand on the concourse inside the Gate 4 main grandstand entrance.

"We serve thousands of orders of nachos over a race weekend and we wanted to give our race fans a more compelling alternative to our biggest-selling item while extending our Hawg Heaven brand," said Levy Restaurants Chef Lincoln Engstrom, who spent hours experimenting to create the new item in addition to his culinary responsibilities at Texas Motor Speedway and its Speedway Club. "Nothing goes better with racing than bacon, bacon, bacon and more bacon!"

And what better way for an adult to wash down those tasty bacon-enhanced nachos than with a Texas craft beer. Levy Restaurants will have its Craft Beer Brewery located in section 405 of the concourse near the Gate 4 entrance and offer sixvarieties of Texas craft beers, including local Dallas-Fort Worth favorites Deep Ellum IPA (Dallas), Franconia Dunkel (McKinney) and Grapevine Sir Williams English Brown Ale (Grapevine). The others are Real Ale Fireman's #4 Squared (Blanco), Saint Arnold Santo (Houston) and Ziegenbock Amber, a craft beer brewed by Anheuser-Busch in Houston and only available in the Lone Star State.

In celebration of Halloween that same weekend, Levy also will offer A-B's Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat. The specialty beers will sell for $10 each and come in a 22-ounce souvenir cup.

The nachos are the next generation of the Hawg Heaven line of concession items developed by Levy Restaurants and Texas Motor Speedway. The others were Hawg Heaven bacon cotton candy, the bacon-infused martini and most recently the "Shake'n Bacon Brew" bacon-infused beer milkshake.

The AAA Texas 500 race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway will feature the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 on Friday, Oct. 31, Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 1, and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 2.


Hamlin's Chase Strategy Changes at Martinsville

Written by
Published in Speedway News
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:52

For Denny Hamlin, the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot®500 at Martinsville Speedway couldn’t come at a more perfect time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The Virginia native has four career Sprint Cup wins at the historic half-mile track and with the Oct. 26race marking the beginning of the Eliminator Round, a fifth victory would guarantee him a spot in the Championship Round.

“No win would be bigger than what this one is, if we were to get it this weekend at Martinsville,” Hamlin said.

In addition to his four Sprint Cup wins, Hamlin also boasts an average finish of 8.7 in 17 career starts at the historic half-mile speedway. He’s only finished outside of the top 10 four times.

“This is obviously our best track left in the Chase and it’s going to be a key part of whether we are part of the championship picture at Homestead or not,” Hamlin said. “So, I think that this is a pivotal weekend for us. If we don’t get a win, we’ve got to get a top five finish to give ourselves a chance.”

For Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing team, the race strategy has changed from when the Chase started six weeks ago to now.

“I think we have to be faster now that you’ve only got eight cars. The field is cut in half,” he said. “Before, when you had 16 (cars in the Chase), you could count on guys eliminating themselves with mistakes, but you just can’t count on that now. I think you’re going to have to have all-out speed.”

Martinsville Speedway PR

On Friday, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. (ET), tickets go on sale for the 57thannual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, July 5.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Independence Day holiday weekend classic in one of three convenient ways:

·         Online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

·         By calling 1-800-PITSHOP

·         Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office

The 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be one of the most unique event experiences staged at Daytona International Speedway. Approximately 50,000 new frontstretch seats will be available for the 2015 Independence Day holiday weekend event with 40,000 seats located on the west side of the structure, from Turn 1 toward the center of the track, while 10,000 seats will be located in Turn 4.

Fans seated in both locations will enjoy new amenities being created by DAYTONA Rising, including new and additional concessions and restrooms, the Speedway’s first-ever escalators and vertical transportation options, and several new “neighborhood” areas where they can socialize without missing any of the on-track action.

The 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend will take place during a crucial period in the DAYTONA Rising construction process, during which the bulk of the frontstretch construction initiatives are scheduled to take place. The remaining seating areas will not be available to guests as they will be under construction.

“Next year’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola is going to be a special event as we’ll be able to give a sneak preview of what our DAYTONA Rising project will deliver to fans,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “During the Independence Day holiday weekend, race fans are going to be able to experience all the new amenities of the stadium. However, with the limited number of seats available, we are expecting high ticket demand and encourage guests to make their plans earlier than usual.”

Frontstretch grandstand seats for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $55. Reserved grandstand seats for children ages 12 and under are $10 and kids 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE.

The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will feature 43 stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battling for a coveted victory in the 160-lap, 400-mile race, which will be capped off by the largest fireworks show in the Southeast.

Tickets to the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday night, July 4, are also available for purchase on Friday, Oct. 24.


A pre-race concert by the popular rock band Buckcherry headlines a packed entertainment lineup for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

In addition to Buckcherry’s performance on Sunday from 11-11:45 a.m. on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR stage, race fans at PIR will be treated to performances by well-known local acts Whiskey’s Quicker, Harry Luge, Jr. and Chad Freeman & Redline, along with the Las Vegas-based WolfCreek Band.

Whiskey’s Quicker kicks off the weekend with a performance in SPEED Cantina on Thursday night from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Formed in 2011, the Phoenix-based group is one of the most popular rock cover bands in Arizona and has been a mainstay at Phoenix International Raceway ever since.

Friday’s music lineup is headlined by a post-race concert on the Budweiser ROLL-BAR stage by WolfCreek Band.  Founded in 1998, the powerful country-rock group performs the music of super groups such as Led Zeppelin, Journey, AC/DC, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, The Eagles, and solo artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith and many more. 

Harry Luge, Jr. will hit the SPEED Cantina stage on Thursday and Friday from 9 – 11 p.m. each night, and again on Saturday from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  The Arizona-born singer/songwriter is a favorite on the country music scene throughout the Southwest and has become a regular on the SPEED Cantina stage during PIR’s NASCAR weekends since 2005.

Chad Freeman & Redline will headline Saturday’s concert lineup, following Harry Luge on stage at 9 p.m. in SPEED Cantina.  Freeman moved to Arizona in 2003 and has established himself as one of the top performers in the Southwest. The band’s country-rock performances have been made them popular with audiences large and small throughout Arizona.

Tickets for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 are available by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by phone at 866-408-RACE (7223).


Presenting sponsor of Watkins Glen International’s Finger Lakes Beer Festival, the Finger Lakes Beer Trailis proud to boast that over half of the participating breweries are members of the growing beer trail. On Saturday, October 25, from noon to 5 p.m., festival guests will get the opportunity to taste amazing brews and enjoy hearty food.

In addition to a variety of beer being served, delicious food offerings are available for purchase, including turkey legs, hot pretzels, pierogies, Budweiser Yancey’s Fancy Cheddar Potato Soup and much more.

While filling up on great beer and good food, guests can also participate in a variety of contests, including a 32-team single elimination cornhole tournament. For guests looking to prove their strength, WGI will host a stein holding competition, challenging patrons to hold a 34-ounce mug of ice cold New York State beer in an attempt to be the last person standing. The final contest of the festival will be the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Finger Lakes Beer Festival. Contestants simply dress in traditional Oktoberfest costumes in order to compete. There will be prizes for each competition.

“Our newest fall event continues to grow as the region’s beer trail and popularity of micro-brews are on the rise,” stated Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. “Our focus on brews and foods during peak season for fall foliage in upstate New York makes this festival special, as we finish our last event at Watkins Glen International and gear up for 2015!”

Admission to the Finger Lakes Beer Festival presented by Finger Lakes Beer Trail is $40 and tickets may be purchased online, by calling 866.461.RACE or upon arrival. Each adult admission includes 25 tasting coupons and a commemorative sampling glass. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. The event is held in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage.

With Pit Road camping already sold out, camping in the North Paddock is now available. A camping pass in the North Paddock is only $50 and provides campers with a 20’ x 40’ space and two motorized vehicle passes per site. The site does not have electric or water. Tents are not permitted at Pit Road or North Paddock camping.


Edwards Hopes To Avoid Drama and Win at Martinsville

Written by
Published in Speedway News
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:10

When talking about the favorites to win the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot®500 at Martinsville Speedway, Carl Edwards’ name is not one that immediately jumps out. However, the driver of the No. 99 Ford feels like he has as good of a shot as anyone to win on Oct. 26.

“I know the stats say it’s not a good track for us, but we feel like it’s an opportunity to win for us,” Edwards said during the Eliminator Round Media Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

In 20 career Martinsville starts, Edwards’ average finish is 15.7. He does have a third place finish at the historic half-mile track on his resume, but that was six years ago.

Edwards said one of the keys to Martinsville is to not make any enemies during the race. However, that may be easier said than done.

“Somebody asked me ‘isn’t it great to not be involved in all the drama?’, but that can change in one lap at Martinsville,” Edwards said. “That place can get pretty rough. We’ll just go there and do what we do and try to do the best we can.”

Edwards thinks Martinsville may be his best chance at securing a spot in the Championship Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“For us, our team strategy is a little bit different maybe from others, because we’ve struggled on the mile-and-a-halfs. For our Fastenal team, we go to Martinsville just to win,” he said.

“We feel like that’s an opportunity for us – short track, beating and banging, Jimmy Fennig’s good on the pit box. He’s a hardcore racer and we feel like we’ve got to go there and win.”

While a win would guarantee a chance to win a championship, there is one other reason Edwards wouldn’t mind crossing the finish line first.

“It would be cool to leave there with one of those clocks,” he said.

When told that the iconic grandfather clock trophy is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend, Edwards smiled.

“Yeah, that’d be sweet,” he said.

Martinsville Speedway PR

Winn-Dixie, a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based BI-LO Holdings, announced Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway it is entering into a new partnership with NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track to sponsor the “Winn-Dixie 300” NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

The new partnership was announced – and the new Winn-Dixie 300 logo unveiled - at a press conference that featured five-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Director of Sales and Marketing for Winn-Dixie Rich Romano, District Director for Winn-Dixie Birmingham (AL) Jim Rossetti and Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch.

With 68 Winn-Dixie stores spread throughout the state of Alabama, the company is proud to sponsor the Winn-Dixie 300 at NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track, which opened in 1969. The goal is to make meaningful connections with customers throughout the state of Alabama and beyond by being a part of events they are passionate about.

“A great number of our customers and associates are NASCAR fans. This sponsorship represents Winn-Dixie’s ongoing efforts to find meaningful connections with customers by being a part of events they are passionate about,” said Tim Flavin, Regional Vice President for Bi-Lo Holdings. “We are excited to introduce the Winn-Dixie 300 to the state of Alabama and to kick-off one of the best motorsports weekend experiences in the country.”

This isn’t the first time that Winn-Dixie has had its name on races at the world’s fastest speedway. From 1997 through 2001, Winn-Dixie was the entitlement sponsor for the ARCA Racing Series events, and in 2008, had its name on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TSS.

“We are so proud to welcome Winn-Dixie back to the Talladega Superspeedway family,” said Grant Lynch, Chairman of the 2.66-mile venue. “Like Winn-Dixie, we have had a storied history in the state of Alabama, as well as the Southeast, for many years. So many of our fans are customers of Winn-Dixie, and we can’t wait to showcase the Winn-Dixie 300 to them in 2015.”

The NASCAR XFINITY Series (currently the NASCAR Nationwide Series through the end of 2014) has been a staple at the 2.66-mile venue since 1992. Some of the sport’s biggest names like Earnhardt, Martin, Labonte and Stewart have gone to victory lane in some of the sport’s most exciting and competitive races that will now be known as the Winn-Dixie 300.


Page 1 of 200