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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a heart-pounding hot lap around the legendary Infineon Raceway road course at speeds topping 100 mph?
Or, maybe you'd like to walk the pits at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend and stand on-track during pre-event ceremonies as star drivers like Vallejo’s Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are introduced?
If all-access and value is what you’re looking for, then Infineon Raceway’s 2011 Track Pass is the ticket package for you.
You will secure the best seats for the 2011 Big O Tires Racing Season, which includes NASCAR (June 24-26), NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing (July 29-31), IZOD IndyCar® Series (Aug. 26-28), motorcycles (May 11-15), historic car racing (June 4-5) and more. But that’s just the beginning.
Here are all the extra benefits:
- VIP Lot 2 Parking Pass for all events
- Exclusive hot lap track day
- NASCAR Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass
- IndyCar Garage/Pit/Pre-Race Pass
- NHRA Thunder Alley Pass
- FREE bonus tickets
- Additional ticket discounts
- Unused ticket exchange benefits
- Save $20 on track apparel and gifts
- Your account name can appear on every ticket!
The Track Pass is valued at more than $850, but the raceway is selling them for $399, which is more than a 50-percent savings.
"I buy the Track Pass for the value, flexibility and the VIP access passes that come with the tickets," said race fan Pen Parks. "I attend a few races and use the rest of the tickets for clients, vendors and staff. Getting tickets is great, but being able to give tickets and VIP passes to the biggest races of the season is a huge hit.”
To find out more about the 2011 Track Pass, please contact the Infineon Raceway Ticket Office directly:
Credit: Infineon Raceway PR
Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz announced today that Richmond International Raceway’s grandstands will be smoke-free beginning this season. Fans who smoke may continue to do so, but in approved areas only. The new policy is in response to fan feedback.
“Beginning this season, smoking will not be permitted in and in front of the grandstands or in portals leading to seating areas,” said Fritz. “Additionally, restrooms, buildings and areas that were already smoke-free at Richmond International Raceway will continue to be smoke-free,” said Fritz. “We are implementing this policy based on comments received from fans. Those who wish to smoke may continue to do so in designated areas.”
Approved smoking areas include:
· Underneath and behind the grandstands
· Designated areas of the Commonwealth Mezzanine concourse
· All parking lots
· The Midway
· In the campgrounds
· Outdoors areas in fan hospitality
· Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate
Grandstand ushers will monitor seating areas to ensure the grandstands remain smoke-free at America’s Premier Short Track. Fans can notify an usher or use our text messaging service if they wish to report a violation of the non-smoking policy.
This initiative comes on the heels of the track’s wider seats and larger cooler policy. Fans will enjoy more spacious seating and be allowed to bring in coolers measuring up to 14 x 14 x 14 inches (six times larger than was previously allowed).
Tickets for the Spring NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend at Richmond International Raceway go on sale this Friday at 8:30 a.m. The weekend includes the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (tickets start at $45), the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race (tickets start at $30) and the Thursday, April 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race (all tickets are $10).
Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday.
For tickets and additional information, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223).
RIR PRESS RELEASE
A critical vote will decide whether Nashville keeps its historic racetrack or demolishes it to make way for development.
Although Mayor Karl Dean is delaying plans to relocate other events held at the city's fairgrounds, he supports tearing down the racetrack in favor of a public park.
Murky finances and unstable operations have plagued the Nashville Speedway for decades, but the issue of whether the track should stay open could be decided in 2011. Metro Council is considering a bill that, among other things, would clear the racetrack for a 40-acre park. The legislation is up for a public hearing and its second vote on Jan. 18.
Demolishing the racetrack is the next step in Dean's plans to redevelop the 117-acre fairgrounds property. Dean backtracked on his proposal to move the flea market and expo center to Hickory Hollow Mall but wants to move forward with tearing down the racetrack.
Racing fans started a petition drive to save the track last year through Metro Councilman Duane Dominy, who collected more than 40,000 signatures.
"It's the mecca of amateur racing, and it's the finest short track in the entire world," said two-time track champion Chad Chaffin, who launched his career in Nashville and climbed the ranks all the way up to NASCAR's senior circuit. "Its glory could be restored, if the city leaders would just realize what they have andin the track."
But some city leaders question whether the racetrack is a worthwhile. In 2010, Metro received $22,600 in rent from the racetrack's operator. Previous operator Straight Up Promotions still owes the city $27,500 in rent payments from the 2009 season. Besides financial concerns for its operations, some neighbors complain about the racetrack's noise.
"When you look at the revenue generated by the track, it's marginal," said MetroDirector Rich Riebeling, one of Dean's top advisers. "There have been three or four operators in the last decade, and none of them have been able to keep it going on a sustainable basis. There's not a real market there for that."
The richest-ever Super Late Model race in the United States and the first USAC Silver Crown Championship Series event in North Carolina's foothills highlight the 2011 Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway schedule announced Friday.
After returning to the motorsports community in September 2010 with three racing weekends over a two-month period, the historic short track will more than double the number of weekends in which the roar of racing engines will reside at the popular five-eighths-mile facility.
“We look forward to the fans of HNWS coming back in just a matter of weeks to experience all of the great events that will be sure to provide the biggest bang for the buck,” Speedway Associates Inc. President Alton McBride Jr. said. “We want everyone to be a part of making history again in 2011.
Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway's season kicks off April 7-9 with the richest-ever Super Late Model Race race, the North Wilkesboro 300. Nicknamed “The Big Race” by the competitors, the winner is guaranteed $75,000 with a $25,000 bonus up for grabs for PASS competitors who ran all of the 2010 point races in either the North or South series, plus four PASS national events. PASS is sanctioning the North Wilkesboro 300.
Fifty-nine drivers have already filed an entry for the unprecedented showdown for asphalt short-track racers. Entries include two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin, Ryan Blaney, and Jay Fogleman. John Flemming, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Patrick Laperle, of St. Denis Sur Roch, Quebec, also have entered the event. Joining PASS on the historical weekend will be the ground-pounding, fist-pumping, tour-type Stadium Modifieds with $5,000 going to the winner.
On July 23, USAC's Silver Crown Championship Series visits North Wilkesboro for the first time in the circuit's history. The 100-lap event is the fifth on the series 10-race schedule. Also on tap for the Saturday afternoon event is a MOPAR National Midget Championship race. It is the 16th event on the series 26-race schedule.
USARacing Pro Cup Series cars return to North Wilkesboro June 18 with a 200-lap event. Also scheduled for the “Crash and Bash” weekend are a demolition derby and a car train race. The latter consists of one car towing another, with the front car handling the steering duties and the rear the braking requirements.
Labor Day weekend will again be devoted to the PASS circuit, which kicked off the track's 2010 schedule with the Labor Day Classic. In addition to PASS, the Sept. 2-3 weekend will host other racing series to be announced at a later date.
Wilkes County's Apple Festival will once again have the Triple Header weekend at the speedway. There will be the Brushy Mountain 250 for the USAR Pro Cup cars, the tour-type Stadium Modifieds will return and a Limited Late Model race will round out the weekend.
North Wilkesboro Speedway will celebrate Halloween with its second annual Short Track Shootout. This year, however, the event that raised 400 pounds of food for the county's food bank last October will be an action-packed two-day event, Oct. 28-29.
The speedway ends its season Nov. 12 with a Chump Car 8-hour Enduro event.
In addition to the race weekends, HNWS will host the Southern Truck and Tractor Pullers Association May 13-14 and a first-ever historic racers festival weekend Sept. 23-24. The Back Roads to North Wilkesboro Museum will be open for the historical event, which will be a time for owners of historic race cars to show them off, enjoy some time on the speedway and bench race. On Sept. 24, the Wilkes County Cruisers also will conduct a car show and swap meet.
“It will be nice to have the Cruisers invade Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway just as they did up through 1992,” McBride said. “The Cruisers are known for holding the biggest event of this type in the race track's long history. Car clubs throughout the region are already making plans for this to be the new bench mark; the largest event of show cars, hot rods and garage-and-shop swap meet warriors to ever set foot at Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway.”
Tickets for the April 7-9 weekend are now on sale and may be purchased at the speedway office or at www.historicnws.com.
Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway 2011 Schedule
April 7-9 PASS North Wilkesboro 300; Tour-type Stadium Modifieds
May 13-14 Southern Truck & Tractor Pullers Association
June 18 USAR Pro Cup 200; Crash and Bash Weekend (Demolition Derby, Chain Race).
July 23 USAC Silver Crown, MOPAR National Midget series
Sept. 2-3 2nd annual Labor Day Classic PASS 200
Sept. 23-24 Back to Basics Historic Race Weekend
Sept. 24 Wilkes County Cruisers Car Show and Swap Meet
Oct. 2 2nd annual Triple Header Weekend (Brushy Mountain 250 USAR Pro Cup Race, Tour-type Stadium Modifieds and Limited Late Model.)
Oct. 28-29 2nd annual Short Track Shootout
Nov. 12 Chump Car 8-Hour Enduro
Kenny Crites, of Charleston, S.C., is the lucky new owner of Tommy Pike’s powerful custom Cobra replica after winning Speedway Children’s Charities custom car raffle.
The raffle began nearly four months ago during the August Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway and more than 1,000 tickets were sold, raising nearly $24,000 for children in need.
Crites has been a car enthusiast his entire life and when he heard about the opportunity to enter to win the sleek black custom machine, he jumped at the chance and purchased 10 raffle tickets.
“I was only planning on purchasing one or two tickets,” said Crites. “Then when I realized it was for Speedway Children’s Charities I decided to buy more tickets because it is a wonderful organization and I knew the money was going to a good cause.”
Owning nearly 40 cars in his lifetime, Crites is a self proclaimed car fanatic and when he heard he was chosen as the winner of the Cobra replica, through the random raffle drawing, he could hardly believe his ears.
“I was out of town so I missed the call,” explained Crites. “When I looked at my missed calls I recognized the number and got cold chills and my knees started to shake. When I listened to the voicemail I just couldn’t believe it. I have been lucky at some things in life, but nothing on this scale. I was bouncing off the walls after I heard the news and I still have to pinch myself because to this day it’s still unbelievable.”
Crites hasn’t quite decided what he is going to use the car for, but says you can find him cruising on Sunday afternoons in his new machine when the weather warms up. He also hopes winning the Cobra replica will be a springboard into starting a car collection of his own.
“At this point in my life I probably own the fewest cars I ever have,” said Crites. “I only have one and it is my everyday personal vehicle, but hopefully this Cobra will be the first of more to come. I would really like to start restoring cars and start a small collection of my own.”
The custom Cobra replica was built in just five days during the August Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team from Tommy Pike Customs, from Greenville, S.C., turned a pile of parts into a high-performance roadster while AutoFair spectators watched. The crew worked 14 hours a day and put more than 500 total man hours into the car to build the custom Cobra replica from scratch.
The finished car boasts a Doug Herbert 347 Stroker motor and replica 1966 black rims. European details like a double-stitched, all black leather interior and a single red pinstripe separating a matte and glossy black finish add to the car’s artistic allure. Capable of running zero to 60 in under four seconds, this custom Cobra replica is built for fun.
All proceeds from the raffle benefitted Speedway Children’s Charities Charlotte Chapter and will help local children in need.
There are Speedway Children’s Charities chapters at seven Speedway Motorsports, Inc., facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Throughout the year, Speedway Children’s Charities will host a number of charitable events at each track. For more information on Speedway Children’s Charities – Charlotte Chapter and upcoming events, visit www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org.
Credit: CMS Press Release
For first-time fans, a trip to Dover International Speedway can be sensory overload. The full-throttle experience of a race weekend at the Monster Mile can be as intense as the racing on the track. There’s so much to see and do from the time fans set foot on the property that they don’t always get to take advantage of everything that the venue has to offer.
Individual tickets for Kentucky Speedway’s inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400-mile event and five additional 2011 races will be placed on sale Wednesday, Jan. 12 at www.kentuckyspeedway.com, 888-652-7223 as well as through speedway offices in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., at 400 Buttermilk Pike and Sparta, Ky., off of Interstate 71, Exit 57.
The Saturday night Sprint Cup Series spectacular featuring five-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Kurt andKyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and all of NASCAR’s top-tier competitors highlights a two-weekend season made up of the most NASCAR and IndyCar Series action in Kentucky Speedway’s 12-year history.
Reserved Sprint Cup Series tickets are available on six price levels ranging from $70 to $110 depending on seat location to provide fans ample opportunity to experience the first new venue to be added to the 36-race series schedule since 2001.
“Our season ticket plans helped expand our reach to 39 states as far away as Alaska; which indicates fans cannot wait to see their favorite Sprint Cup Series drivers compete at our venue for the first time. We’ve worked hard to create a competitive price scale to ensure passionate fans everywhere have the opportunity to experience our electric atmosphere on July 9 and throughout our six-race season,” Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event will conclude an opening weekend that further spotlights 225 miles of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing Thursday, July 7 and 300 miles of NASCAR Nationwide Series action Friday, July 8. The second 2011 tripleheader weekend combines a Saturday, Oct. 1 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 225-mile battle with a 300-mile IZOD IndyCar Series event and 100-mile Firestone Indy Lights dash on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Reserved NASCAR Nationwide Series tickets are priced from $40 to $75. One grandstand ticket ranging from $45 to $80 will bring fans a combined 400 miles of IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights action on Oct. 2 while general admission tickets for the July 7 and Oct. 1 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits are $30 or $40. Race tickets can be complemented with season passes to a variety of infield and reserved campsites, many equipped with electrical service. Season campsite passes cover both 2011 event weekends and are priced between $200 and $600.
Six-race season ticket plans and campsite passes can be reserved through www.kentuckyspeedway.com and 859-578-2300. Fans reserving one to three season ticket plans will receive a 10 percent discount off individual race ticket pricing and those reserving four or more season plans will receive a 20 percent discount off individual race ticket pricing along with additional benefits.
Credit: Kentucky Speedway Press Release
FORT WORTH, Texas (January 5, 2011) – Texas Motor Speedway announced plans for the most distinctive and exclusive tailgating area in motorsports with the addition of Pit Stop Park to its wide array of fan amenities at the world-class racing venue.
Pit Stop Park will encompass a huge tract of parking area larger than the size of an NFL football field – 146 yards in length by 53 yards wide – catering to race fans who desire to entertain in the premier tailgating area Texas Motor Speedway offered exclusively for personal vehicles.
Pit Stop Park, located less than 100 yards from the speedway’s main entrance gate (Gate 4), will be a private tailgate community with various amenities for fans visiting on Texas Motor Speedway’s three major race weekends. The gated park will consist of up to 76 reserved tailgating spots and a common area that will be visually striking with lush sod entertainment areas, numerous trees and an expansive flower bed entrance that will landscape the project. Pit Stop Park, currently under construction, is scheduled to be completed in early March and open for the April 7-9 Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR double-header weekend.
Each reserved spot is a spacious 36 feet deep by 15 feet wide – nearly the size of four traditional parking spots – to allow fans the room to park their personal vehicle (no RVs or campers), set up a traditional 8x10 tailgate tent and have enough space for tables, chairs and even a barbeque grill. The tailgate area also will be more aesthetically pleasing than most sports venues with half of each reserved spot being natural grass, 12- to 14-foot ash or oak trees dividing each and a white picket fence enclosing the park.
Pit Stop Park also will provide various amenities including, but not limited to, an upscale portable restroom station; common area featuring picnic tables, horseshoe pits and bean-bag toss areas; security staffing; catering options through Levy Restaurants; and daily bagged trash pick-up.
“Pit Stop Park will serve as the perfect complement to Burnout Alley that we opened on the backstretch in 2009 for RV owners wanting something more,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “This concept caters to those fans that may not have RVs but still want an upscale and park-like alternative for tailgating with family and friends on race weekends. This concept will be distinctive, not only in motorsports, but among professional sports entities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as we continue to identify various amenities to further enhance the race-week experience of our fans.”
To secure a Pit Stop Park tailgating spot, fans must purchase a Personal Parking License (PPL) – which is similar to a Personal Seat License (PSL) – for $1,000. The PPL holder will then be charged a $750 yearly maintenance fee. Texas Motor Speedway is offering its PSL and season-ticket holders introductory pricing on both the PPL and annual fees with huge savings, ranging from 17 to 34 percent.
PSL holders can purchase the Personal Parking License for $500 and have a $650 annual fee, an initial savings of $600. Season-ticket holders can purchase the PPL for $750 and have a $700 annual fee, a savings of $300.
Pit Stop Park tailgate spots will go on sale Thursday, Jan. 6, at 9 a.m. CT and are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (817) 215-8500. A diagram of the layout of Pit Stop Park as well as rules and regulations are available HERE.
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More racing is what our fans want, and more racing is what they will get next season at Richmond International Raceway. Track president Doug Fritz announced today the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will race at America’s Premier Short Track “under the lights” on Thursday, April 28, 2011 to kick off the first NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend in Richmond since 2005.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features separate schedules and championships for the East and West, and makes up the top step of the NASCAR Home Tracks ladder—a launching pad for developmental drivers and home for veterans of motorsports. In addition to producing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series has served as the starting point for some of the top up-and-coming talent now in NASCAR’s three national series, including Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne, Brian Ickler, Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Truex.
“We are excited to bring another great racing series to the best fans in all of motorsports at Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz. “The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, which is a huge effort to promote youth and diversity in motorsports—will be a great addition to our Spring 2011 weekend, which includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.”
For additional information on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, log on to www.NASCARHomeTracks.com – the ultimate online destination for fans of all of NASCAR’s developmental series.
Tickets for the Spring 2011 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend go on sale Friday, January 14, 2011. All tickets for the Thursday, April 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race are $10 and general admission, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult.
Tickets for the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, April 29 start at $30. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.
The weekend’s main event—the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 30—marks the return of hometown hero and 2010 series runner-up Denny Hamlin. He will battle it out “under the lights” with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and all of your favorite drivers. Saturday’s tickets start at $45.
The countdown is on for the USARacing Pro Cup Series 2011 season kickoff.
Just 74 days remain between now and the Pro Cup opener at New Smyrna [Fla.] Speedway on March 19.
“The Pro Cup Series is proud to kickoff the 2011 season at a track that hosts some of the best short-track racing in the Southeast,” said USARacing Series Director, Jimmy Wilson.
Pro Cup veterans like Clay Rogers, Caleb Holman, Jeff Agnew and J.P. Morgan are slated to appear in the 250-lap event at the half-mile asphalt oval. Stephen Nasse is also expected to make an appearance at what is considered his home track on the Pro Cup Circuit.
Joining the Pro Cup series for the first time is the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association (TBARA) winged sprint cars. According to TBARA, it is , “the premier pavement series in the State (of Florida) offering the largest car counts, busiest schedule and thrilling races with winged sprint cars.
“The addition of the high speed, open-wheel winged sprint cars on the high banks of New Smyrna Speedway will add to the excitement of the weekend for fans,” said Wilson. “We want to give everyone the most racing for their money.”
The sprint cars are sure to put on a show as they team up with the Pro Cup Series for their season opener. TBARA regulars such as Dave Steele, Troy DeCaire, Dude Teate and Bo Hartley are expected for the 30-lap shootout scheduled to run before the Pro Cup event.
For information about tickets for the event at New Smyrna Speedway please visit www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org or call 386.427.4129 for more information.
A new year and a new NASCAR season brings new reduced ticket prices for fans of Nashville Superspeedway. Single event tickets for NASCAR events at Nashville will go on sale this Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8 a.m.
Fans can take advantage of the new reduced ticket prices by reserving their seats in advance to receive the best pricing available. Tickets for NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Nashville on April 23 and July 23 start at $ 30, while tickets for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on April 22 and July 22 start at $ 25.
Nashville has also increased the age and reduced the price on all junior tickets for fans 14 and under. Juniors can attend any of the four NASCAR events for just $ 10 when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased at the gate will increase by $ 5 for juniors and $ 10 for adults per ticket.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-RACE-TIX or by clicking here.
“Our new ticket prices give fans many affordable ways to experience a NASCAR race,” said Cliff Hawks, vice president & general manager of Nashville Superspeedway. “Fans who purchase in advance can reap the benefits of locking in a great seat at a reduced price from what will be available at the gate. Coupled with the debut of the new NASCAR Nationwide Series car at Nashville, there’s a lot for fans to be excited about this season.”
Season ticket packages are also available starting at $ 129 for adults, and just $ 40 for juniors. Season ticket packages include tickets for both the April 22-23 and July 22-23, 2011 race weekends, a Season Ticket Holder Day at the Superspeedway that gives fans the opportunity to drive their vehicle on the track, and the highly popular ALL ACCESS pass that includes many behind-the-scenes amenities.
The ALL ACCESS pass can also be added to any April 23 or July 23 NASCAR Nationwide Series race ticket for $ 30. The pass allows fans unprecedented access at the track prior to the race. Fans can attend the pre-race driver’s meeting, walk the grid near the cars on pit road, visit Victory Lane and experience the Fan Walk prior to the start of the race.
NASCAR returns to Nashville Superspeedway in 2011 with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series-NASCAR Nationwide Series doubleheaders on April 22-23 and July 22-23. For more information, call 1-866-RACE-TIX or click here.
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Credit: Dover Motorsports Press Release