May 28, 2008 |
Pocono Raceway is not for sale. Rose Mattioli told the Associated Press yesterday that her family has no plans to sell the NASCAR track, which currently has two Sprint Cup races. "It never was available; it never will be available," said Mattioli, who owns the track with her husband, Joseph. She said the 2 1/2-mile triangle track was entrusted to their grandchildren. Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased Kentucky Speedway last week and there was speculation SMI owner Bruton Smith had his eye on Pocono.
December 18, 2001 |
Plans for a $50 million world-class motor-sports complex are scheduled to be revealed today by Cumberland County, which for years has been trying to bring NASCAR racing to the region. Principals from New Jersey Motorsports Inc. will present their plans for a speedway and display a conceptual model of a "multifaceted" project that will "generate great appeal to those who love motor sports," said Freeholder Director Louis N. Magazzu, who is among those spearheading the drive. Magazzu would not disclose details about the plan, give the complex's proposed location, or name the principals in New Jersey Motorsports.
October 10, 2006 |
Lowe's Motor Speedway is beefing up security for driver Brian Vickers after angry race fans called the track to complain that Vickers wrecked Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson on the last lap at Talladega on Sunday. The Nextel Cup Series is scheduled to race Saturday night at Lowe's, in Concord, N.C., and track owner Bruton Smith felt the need to offer Vickers assistance because of the flood of phone calls the track received yesterday. "We want to make sure Brian has an uninterrupted weekend here and that he is able to focus on his driving duties," Smith said.
April 1, 1998 |
Most travelers think of Dover, Del., as a place to pass through on the way to the Delaware beaches or other points south. Dover is the state capital, the home of Dover Air Force Base and Delaware State University. Now, it also is the base of one of the major players in motorsports. With its purchase of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Calif., Dover Downs has a presence on both coasts, the South and the Midwest. A CART Indy car race in the FedEx Championship series is held every April at Long Beach.
January 13, 1999 |
Just because Bruton Smith and H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler have led Charlotte Motor Speedway to the forefront of race tracks in the United States doesn't mean they always agree. One racing issue they disagree on is taking NASCAR international. Wheeler, the creative CMS president, believes that in 20 years, NASCAR could have as many as 10 races in Europe and the Far East. Smith, whose Speedway Motorsports Inc. owns CMS and five other race tracks, isn't as enthusiastic as Wheeler about an international schedule.
April 3, 1997 |
The eyes of Texas - as well as every driver, mechanic and team owner - will look upon Saturday's Coca-Cola 300 Busch Grand National race (Channel 3, 2 p.m.), when NASCAR makes its first visit to the Lone Star state in 16 years. There is one simple reason why this may be the most scrutinized event in Busch Series history: It will be the first race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, on the much-maligned 1.5-mile track where the Winston Cup regulars will strap in for Sunday's Interstate Batteries 500 (Channel 3, 2 p.m.)
April 5, 1997 |
Assured that fans will flock to his new $110 million facility, racing entrepreneur Bruton Smith built a 1.5-mile superspeedway deep in the heart of Texas. The main attraction, NASCAR Winston Cup's touring drivers, are here for tomorrow's inaugural Interstate Batteries 500. The drivers, however, aren't armed with the enthusiasm the fans have. Many drivers have serious concerns about Texas Motor Speedway. The high-speed critics say that the track is too narrow, that there won't be enough places to pass.
December 17, 1998 |
NASCAR's 50th anniversary coast-to-coast celebration made its final stop in the nation's capital the other night. Between good-natured kidding, "NASCAR Night at the Smithsonian," featuring a panel of top drivers and officials, offered the audience of adoring fans at George Washington University a glimpse of the sport's future. With a gold-colored stock car glistening on the stage at Lisner Auditorium, Jeff Gordon, Richard and Kyle Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ron Hornaday and the Frances, Bill Jr. and Brian, fielded questions covering the Winston Cup schedule, television contracts and diversity.
June 17, 1998 |
They called it "Brasington's Folly" when retired racer Harold Brasington decided to build NASCAR's first superspeedway near his hometown of Darlington, S.C. Imagine, building a paved, 1.366-mile speedway in rural South Carolina in the late 1940s. There were no motels, fast-food restaurants or interstate highways nearby. Back then, few would have envisioned fights to keep racing dates. When Darlington opened in 1950, the hope was that fans would just show up for the races. Now, new tracks are opening and older tracks like Darlington and Pocono raceways face battles to keep both of their Winston Cup races each year.
May 14, 1998 |
The Atlantic City Race Course, which will run its last five days of horse racing later this month, is under a tentative agreement to be sold to Michigan commercial developer Samuel Sobel. The track and its distinctive brick clubhouse, built 53 years ago by Philadelphia's legendary bricklayer and Olympic rower John B. Kelly Sr., sits on a 280-acre site in Hamilton Township about 12 miles outside Atlantic City. It is now perched on the edge of what has become a boomtown of commercial and retail development, off Route 322 (the Black Horse Pike)