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NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France today revealed changes to NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship “playoff” system—the winner of which will be crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend for a 10th consecutive season this fall (Nov. 20).


The new points system will award 43 points to the race winner, with the points rewarded then decreasing in one-point increments to a single point for the last-place finisher. The race winner will also be awarded three bonus points for the victory, as well as another point for leading a lap during the race.

“Many of our most loyal fans don’t fully understand the points system we have used to date,” France said in making the announcement. “So, we are simplifying the points system to one that is much easier to understand. Conceptually, it is comparable to our previous system, but it is easier to follow....It's going to create even more excitement and drama [and] last year, we got the best racing we have seen all the way down to South Florida in the closest Championship ever.”

In years past, the first 26 events of NASCAR’s 36-race season determined the Top 12 points-scoring drivers for the 10-race Chase “playoff.” The new format will feature the Top 10 points-scoring drivers plus potentially two wild cards who don’t qualify in the Top 10 but score the highest number of victories.


“This makes the scoring system much easier to understand, and based on what I've heard from our fans over the last few days there is no question that this was the right move,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “There is so much drama that unfolds on the track each week, and I'm for anything that helps tell that story in a more effective way as we work toward the Sprint Cup Championship during Ford Championship Weekend in Miami. I am also thrilled for the fans with the addition of the two wild-card spots: It has always been about winning, but to now have two spots in the Chase be solely determined by wins just ratchets up that level of emotion.”

CREDIT: Homestead-Miami Speedway PR

With the announcement of changes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points system, the summer race dates at Michigan International Speedway on June 19 and August 21 will offer more excitement for fans and become even more pivotal races on the 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule. A two-time Sprint Cup Series race winner at MIS agrees …

“The points system will be easier for all to understand and therefore track their favorite driver and team. Mathematically it will still reward the winner and therefore a winning and deserving champion,” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman said. “The Michigan race in August is especially pivotal because you can mathematically eliminate yourself from the Chase or lock yourself in for that matter. That can't be done at Infineon or Darlington. There are just as many points to gain or lose, but you can change the outcome of the rest of your season in that one race.”

The announcement, which took place on Wednesday night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., will make the points standings easier for fans to understand, while putting a greater emphasis on winning.

“I love the simplicity of the points for our fans and am very excited that NASCAR has emphasized leading and winning,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “Our sport is about proving who is the best, not just over the course of the season, but each week on a variety of race tracks. These changes balance awarding consistent success over 10 months and great performances on a weekly basis.

“I am very happy with the addition of the wildcard drivers and that they did not add “knockout” rounds as had been rumored. The Chase is an exciting playoff for our sport as seen with this last year’s thrilling championship. Blaming a once-in-a-lifetime witnessing of Jimmie Johnson and his race team’s amazing success is not a reason to scrap the Chase or make kneejerk reactions. Yet, the changes announced by NASCAR are not subtle and put the focus on where is should be – racing and winning and earning your way into the playoffs and then racing win the Championship,” Curtis continued

The new points system – which applies to all NASCAR national series – will award points in one-point increments. As an example, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, race winners will earn 43 points, plus three bonus points for the win. Winners also can earn an extra point for leading a lap and leading the most laps, bringing their total to a possible maximum of 48 points.

All other drivers in a finishing order will be separated by one-point increments. A second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, and so on. A last-place finisher – 43rd place – earns one point. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the last-place finisher receives eight points, to account for that series’ 36-driver race field.

While the 12-driver Chase field remains intact, the final two spots will be determined by the number of wins during the first 26 races. The top 10 in points following Race No. 26 – the “cutoff” race – continue to earn Chase berths.

Positions 11 and 12 are “wild card” qualifiers and will go to non-top-10-ranked drivers with the most wins, as long as they’re ranked in the top 20 in points. The top-10 Chase drivers will continue to be seeded based on wins during the first 26 races, with each win worth three bonus points. The wild card drivers will not receive bonus points for wins and will be seeded 11th and 12th, respectively. It’s a move aimed towards rewarding winning and consistency during the regular season.

The deadline to place a deposit is approaching on Jan. 31. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 go to customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011.

 

CREDIT: MIS PR

As part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR announced competition changes for the 2011 racing season.

Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager Ed Clark commented on the modifications outlined by series officials: “NASCAR is to be saluted for their off-season work on the significant program changes announced today. The new elements will keep the sport fresh and interesting for both long-time fans and new followers of the sport. The changes to NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will bring a great amount of drama back to pole qualifying day. We will see new heroes emerge in the Nationwide Series as drivers now have to choose what series they want to run for a title in. And, with the point system changes, there will be a heightened level of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 2011 will be a very interesting season.”

Atlanta Motor Speedway will play host to all three of NASCAR’s top touring divisions on Labor Day weekend in 2011 with night racing under the lights:

Friday, Sept. 2nd: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday, Sept. 3rd: NASCAR Nationwide Series

Sunday, Sept. 4th: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

 

CREDIT: AMS PR

Construction crews have nearly completed the first phase of work on thesite where the world's largest
high-definition video board will rise 110 feet above the track for its debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway's 2011 May race events.


Using heavy earth-moving equipment, crews from Granite Contracting,
of Concord, N.C., have removed 18,000 cubic yards of dirt and 3,000 cubic
yards of concrete behind the backstretch where the gigantic, nearly
16,000-square-foot screen will be located. The concrete bleachers that were
removed were part of the speedway's original construction in 1960.
The next phase of site work will include removing another 900 cubic
yards of dirt by drilling 12 holes, each 54 inches in diameter, more than 50
feet deep to bedrock level. Concrete piers will then be installed in the
holes to support the massive 500,000-pound steel frame that will hold the
165,000-pound video board. When completed, the total structure will weigh
332-and-a-half tons or 665,000 pounds.


Designed and created by Panasonic, the approximately 200-foot-wide
and 80-foot-tall screen will be centered along the backstretch between Turns
2 and 3, across from the start/finish line. Fans seated throughout the
frontstretch from Turn 4 to Turn 1 will have clear viewing angles of instant
replays, leaderboard updates and interactive entertainment displayed in 720P
high-definition visuals. The screen will be illuminated by more than nine
million LED lamps during each NASCAR race event at Charlotte Motor Speedway
this spring, including the May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the May 29
Coca-Cola 600.


Frontstretch tickets with the best views of the new HD video board
and pit road start at just $49 for the May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Fans can also purchase two frontstretch tickets for just $99 to the May 29
Coca-Cola 600 by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or
online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

 

CREDIT: CMS PR

Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber today announced 3 Amigos Tequila – the Official Tequila of PIR – as title sponsor for the upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at PIR on Feb. 24. The 3 Amigos Organic Blanco 100 will run at Phoenix International Raceway at 4:30 p.m. local time as the first race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season and will also open the 2011 NASCAR season for PIR.

“3 Amigos Tequila is a quality product that’s all about good times and fun – a perfect match to help us open the 2011 NASCAR season at PIR next month,” Sperber said. “The product’s local roots make our partnership even more exciting for race fans in the Valley of the Sun.”

Known as “Your Arizona Family Tequila,” 3 Amigos Tequila was founded by Arizona resident Santiago Gonzalez and his family in 2007. The product is made from agave grown at his family's farm in Mexico. The tequila is distilled and bottled in Mexico before being brought to the United States for distribution. The Paddington Corporation and Pelican Brands serve as the global brand manager for 3 Amigos Tequila.

“3 Amigos Tequila is an amazing, 100 percent agave, hand-crafted tequila that can go head-to-head with Patron and Don Julio and is uniquely priced to give amazing value to our consumers,” said J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman & CEO of Pelican Brands and Chairman of The Paddington Corporation. “We are very excited to launch the 2011 NASCAR season at Phoenix International Raceway with the 3 Amigos Organic Blanco 100 on Feb. 24.”

Tickets for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Feb. 27 are available now and start at just $25. For Phoenix International Raceway tickets and information, call 866-408-RACE (7223) or visit
PhoenixRaceway.com. Let the GO begin.

 

CREDIT: PIR PR

The Champion’s Breakfast has always been one of the great traditions surrounding Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race.

On the Monday morning, Feb. 21, race fans will once again have the opportunity to celebrate with the winning driver, team and crew chief from the 53rd annual Daytona 500 at the Champion’s Breakfast, which will be held in the velocitorium near the Daytona International Speedway ticket offices.

Available for $40, the Champion’s Breakfast car induction festivities include:

· Fan forum with the winning driver, owner and crew chief from the 53rd annual Daytona 500

· Breakfast

· Entertainment including watching the NASCAR Victory Lane show on SPEED, Minute to Spin It games and signed giveaway items.

· Souvenir gift

The first 100 Champion’s Breakfast tickets purchased will also include a free All-Access Track Tour ticket.

To purchase tickets for the Champion’s Breakfast or any of the Speedweeks 2011 events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

 

CREDIT: DIS PR

Michigan International Speedway takes great pride in keeping its fans, visitors and NASCAR drivers and personnel safe each and every time they visit the Irish Hills for race weekends.

Those efforts were recognized during NASCAR’s annual safety meetings in Charlotte, N.C. last week when MIS and its Security Director Jim Hobbs were honored with an Award of Excellence for garage/pit security. Hobbs’ award was one of three given out by NASCAR for having one of the industry’s top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend security teams.

It is the second time MIS and Hobbs have been honored with the sanctioning bodies’ excellence award, with the first coming in 2007.

“It was great to receive such a wonderful honor like this from NASCAR. To be recognized as one of the industry’s top garage and pit road security teams means a lot to all of us at MIS,” Hobbs said. “Even though this award was given to me, I see it more as a team achievement. We have an outstanding security team at MIS and everyone who visits our track has a great time in a safe environment because of our team. It’s more for them, than just for me.

“MIS gives us the tools we need to do our jobs well. With the amount of fans we have and the amount of people we work with, it truly is a joint effort that keeps this place safe and secure for everyone,” Hobbs continued.

Hobbs is a retired deputy sheriff with more than 30 years experience in law enforcement. He has been at MIS since 1997

The MIS security team will again be in action this summer when the speedway hosts the Sprint Cup Series on June 17-19 for the Heluva Good! Sour Creams Dips 400 and again on August 19-21. Tickets for both Sprint Cup races will be available online at MISpeedway.com or by calling 800-354-1010 beginning on Feb. 1.

The deadline to place a deposit is approaching on Jan. 31. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 go to customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011.


Credit: MIS PR

Four days of NASCAR action will return to Phoenix International Raceway next month, Feb. 24-27, headlined by the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ Sprint Cup Series race on Feb. 27. The event schedule, which occurs one week after the DAYTONA 500, showcases a different NASCAR series race each day: Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and the K&N Pro Series West. 

PIR also announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will move from its previous spot on Friday to 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 – prior to the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Race at 3:30 p.m. The move will allow more fans to enjoy Sprint Cup time trials.

The SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday, Feb. 27. Spectator gates open at 8 a.m. for Sunday’s SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™.

Set to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 is the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Spectator gates will open at 11 a.m., giving fans the chance to view NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 12:05 p.m. before Sprint Cup qualifying.

On Friday, Feb. 25, the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event begins under the lights at 6 p.m., with practice at 9 a.m. and qualifying at 3:05 p.m. Gates will open at 9 a.m. and fans will also have the chance to watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series practices at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Race weekend action will begin on Thursday, Feb. 24 with the Phoenix 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opener at 4:30 p.m. Spectator gates will open at 9 a.m., giving fans the opportunity to watch the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West practice at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and qualifying at 2:30 p.m.

A full copy of the weekend fan schedule is attached to this release.

Tickets to the exciting Feb. 24-27 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ NASCAR event weekend are available with prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixraceway.com/tickets or call 866-408-RACE (7223).

 

CREDIT: PIR PR

Phoenix International Raceway

Fan Schedule

SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Event

February 24 – 27, 2011

NSCS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NNS: NASCAR Nationwide Series

NCWTS: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

NKNPS-W: NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West

Thursday, February 24

9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates open

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NKNPS-W Practice

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NKNPS-W Final Practice

2:30 p.m. NKNPS-W Qualifying (two laps, all positions)

4:30 p.m. NKNPS-W Race (100 laps, 100 miles)

Phoenix 100

 

Friday, February 25

9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates open

9:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. NCWTS Final Practice

11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. NNS Practice

12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. NSCS Practice

2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. NNS Final Practice

3:05 p.m. NCWTS Qualifying (two laps, all positions)

4:00 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. NSCS Final Practice

6:00 p.m. NCWTS Race (150 laps, 150 miles)

Lucas Oil 150

 

Saturday, February 26

11:00 a.m. Spectator Gates open

12:05 p.m. NNS Qualifying (two laps, all positions)

1:40 p.m. NSCS Qualifying (two laps, all positions)

3:30 p.m. NNS Race (200 laps, 200 miles)

Bashas’ Supermarkets 200

Sunday, February 27

8:00 a.m. Spectator Gates open

1:00 p.m. NSCS Race (312 laps, 312 miles)

SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500

01/18/11

 

(Track times are in bold)

 

(Schedule tentative & subject to change)

To ring in the new year, Charlotte Motor Speedway is offering fans the chance to reserve any seat at "The
Greatest Place to See the Race" for just $20.11 by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).


After reserving tickets for just a $20.11 down payment, fans can
develop a customized, interest-free payment plan and reserve their favorite
seats to one of the speedway's premier NASCAR, NHRA and World of Outlaws
Series events.


"More than one million fans will visit us in 2011 to see the world's
greatest drivers compete and to create memories that will last a lifetime,"
said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor
Speedway. "Plus, we'll debut the world's largest high-definition television
screen to revolutionize the fan experience for a live sporting event.
"The $20.11 payment plan is the most convenient and affordable way
for fans to reserve the best seats for this spectacular year of
entertainment at Charlotte Motor Speedway."


In addition to individual race ticket orders, the $20.11 down
payment plan can also apply to the purchase of season ticket or multi-event
packages for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway,
NHRA events at zMAX Dragway and World of Outlaw races at The Dirt Track at
Charlotte.


For NASCAR fans the best value in racing is the Victory Lane Club
Season Ticket. In addition to reserved seats to all three NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series races in May and October at the speedway, members will receive $1,500
in added value including a 15 percent discount on tickets, VIP parking,
trial membership to The Speedway Club, free tickets to other select speedway
events and invitations to members-only functions.


Drag racing fans can witness the two NHRA national events at the
Bellagio of drag strips with the zMAX Dragway Season Ticket. The package
includes 10 percent savings on four-day reserved tickets to both the NHRA
Four-Wide Nationals in April and the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in
September, VIP parking, a personalized photo identification hard card and
other great values.


To see "The Greatest Show on Dirt" at one of the world's premier
dirt track facilities, fans can purchase a 2011 sprint car or late model
ticket package for The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The Sprint Car Double Down
Ticket Package includes tickets to the May Sprint Car Showdown and
November's World Finals, while the Late Model Double Down Ticket Package
includes the October Late Model Showdown and World Finals. Both packages not
only come with a five percent discount on ticket prices, but also include
VIP parking for both events, a free ticket to Saturday of the spring
AutoFair, a free ticket to a Summer Shootout event, plus a free pit pass for
the World Finals.


In addition to individual event tickets and season ticket packages,
other special ticket promotions are available. For more information on
ticket promotions and ticket pricing visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

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To reserve seats for any of these events for only $20.11, fans must
call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) and speak directly
to a Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket agent to develop a customized,
interest-free payment plan.
Credit: CMS PR

One of the most memorable moments from November's AAA Texas 500 was the fight between Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton on Texas Motor Speedway's backstretch.

Did you get a great photo or even some video of the fight? We want to see it!

Send your photos or video to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you could win a VIP Pit Pass to the Samsung Mobile 500 for EVERYONE in your family (must be 18 years or older to enter the pit area) and have your photos featured in a 2011 Texas Motor Speedway television commercial.

So let's see what you've got -- the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5! Be sure to include a number where you can be reached.

 

Credit: TMS PR

That tingling sensation you’ve been feeling the past few days hopefully isn’t poison ivy or chicken pox. It’s the sensation race fans get around this time: the NASCAR itch. That means, after weeks of yearning for the Sprint Cup Series cars to return to the track, NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona kicks off this week, Thursday through Saturday. And you can catch it all, courtesy of a live SPEED-TV feed on Richmond International Raceway’s website by visiting http://www.rir.com/daytona.

Fans may log on to the site during the three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Daytona International Speedway—the first official engine firings of 2011. Teams participating in NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona will use the time to prepare for both the 53rd Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 20 and the track’s new asphalt surface.

“The upcoming test at Daytona should go a long way in helping the teams get their setups right for next month’s Speedweeks,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition. “We received a lot of positive feedback from the competitors about the new racing surface at Daytona following the Goodyear tire test last month. We believe the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 has all the makings of being the most exciting one we’ve seen.”

The test is scheduled to run each day, Thursday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET daily, weather permitting, with a noon-1 p.m. lunch break each day. The SPEED TV broadcast schedule is also available at www.rir.com/daytona.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway April 28-30 for a Tripleheader Weekend, highlighted by the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 30. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend also features a full day of on-track activity on Friday, April 29, with the BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights,” as well as practice and pole qualifying for both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday.

Thursday, April 28 marks the debut of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at America’s Premier Short Track. All tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

For additional information and tickets, please log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

 

Credit: RIR PR

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