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2019 Track News and Announcements

John's March at Sonoma Raceway raises more than $23,000: More than 350 walkers, runners and four-legged friends took to the Sonoma Raceway road course on Saturday for the 8th annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer, the West Coast's only fundraising walk for No Stomach for Cancer. The unique fundraiser generated $23,670 for No Stomach for Cancer (www.NoStomachForCancer.org), bringing the event's eight-year total to more than $133,000 raised for gastric cancer research and awareness.[More](1-18-2019)

Camping World to sponsor Chicagoland Speedway races: Chicagoland Speedway announced today that Camping World, the nation's largest network of RV-centric retail locations, and the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR, will serve as the entitlement sponsor for this year's ultimate summer NASCAR festival June 28-30. The three NASCAR National Series races at Chicagoland Speedway will officially be known as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Camping World 225, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Camping World 300 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400.[More](1-17-2019)

Pocono Raceway upgrades more camping spots: Pocono Raceway announced today an upgrade to a popular camping area, now referred to as '50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping,' to include electricity and water. These improvements were made one year after the Raceway added power and water hook ups to the Trackside and 50-Amp Infield Camping areas. All camping spots, including the new 50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping locations, are now available for purchase for the 2019 Pocono 400, Gander Outdoors 400 and ABC Supply 500 race weekends. As a reminder, kids camp for free at 'The Tricky Triangle.'[More](1-17-2019)

Woodstock Festival to be held at Watkins Glen: Original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang has announced that the official 50th anniversary concert will be held in Central New York. Lang announced Wednesday that "Woodstock 50," a three-day festival honoring the original 1969 event, will take place at Watkins Glen, located 80 miles outside of Syracuse, on Aug. 16, 17 and 18, 2019. Tickets will go on sale in February; prices have not been announced.[More](1-10-2019)

Talladega tickets now on sale: Come and experience the celebration of Talladega Superspeedway's 50 Years of Speed! Tickets for the track's springtime tripleheader motorsports weekend (April 26-28) are officially on-sale and fans can save on countless ticket offers with the track's economical, advance-priced tickets. Advance-priced ticket options give fans the chance to save on tickets for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 28, as well as the Talladega 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series event on Saturday, April 27.[More](1-10-2019)

Teams to test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Four NASCAR Cup Series champions with a combined 10 titles highlight a list of 14 drivers tentatively scheduled to participate in a two-day test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas-born titlists Kurt Busch (2004) and Kyle Busch (2015), as well as 2012 champ Brad Keselowski, will be on-hand for the test, which will be open to the public free of charge. [More](1-9-2019)

Formosa Productions and Bristol Motor Speedway work to bring NASCAR back to Nashville UPDATE: Formosa Productions Inc. and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) have today reached an agreement to explore bringing major NASCAR racing events back to Nashville. The joint effort intends to combine local racing and other major motorsports events that once made Fairgrounds Speedway one of the premier raceways in motorsports.(12-18-2018)
UPDATE: [Nashville] Councilman Robert Swope, a first-term councilman from South Nashville and an amateur racer, said it's his understanding that the mayor's office is beginning talks with Speedway Motorsports about a 30-year agreement with the city.[More](12-18-2018)

Chicagoland Speedway to host carnival on NASCAR race weeekend: Chicagoland Speedway announced today that a Carnival will be added to the growing line-up of fan enhancements during the NASCAR Festival Weekend June 27-30. The carnival, a first at Chicagoland Speedway, will be set up in Champions Park, the ultimate pre-race fan experience in a park-like atmosphere with live entertainment and interactive displays, will be open Friday through Sunday. There will be family-friendly rides, multiple youth attractions and games including bumper cars, a Tilt-A-Whirl, Ferris wheel and more.[More](1-9-2019)

Watkins Glen International season tickets on sale: Tickets and camping for the 2019 season at Watkins Glen International will go on sale to the general public Tuesday, January 8 at 9 a.m. The calendar features exciting marque events such as the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen featuring the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (June 27-30) and the return of New York's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series weekend, with the Go Bowling at The Glen (August 4), XFINITY Series Zippo 200 (August 3), and K&N Pro Series East Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 (August 2).[More](1-8-2019)

Tire test at Auto Club Speedway this week: Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano and a driver from Stewart-Haas are expected to participate on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9-10.[More](1-7-2019)

Richmond Raceway names Fan Advisory Board members: The Fan Advisory Board (FAB) at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) has a legacy as the voice of loyal fans at the historic track. Now in its ninth year, this group of Richmond fans continue to provide feedback and ideas to senior leadership to aid the growth and development of the track to deliver the ultimate fan experience. The track will also continue to hear from the next generation of race fans as the Youth Fan Advisory Board (YFAB) enters its second season in 2019.[More](1-7-2019)

Auto Club Speedway planning five wide salute for NASCAR Auto Club 400: For the first time ever on the NASCAR circuit, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will line up five wide during the pace laps prior to the drop of the green flag for the Auto Club 400 on March 17, 2019. The "Five Wide Salute" not only pays homage to Saturday night short tracks, but also celebrates Auto Club Speedway's signature racing style of flat out and five wide. Racers saluting their fans is a long-standing tradition and now NASCAR drivers will have the chance to do it in Southern California on the 2-mile oval that is Auto Club Speedway. [More](1-6-2019)

Progress continues on Talladega's vehicle tunnel: The hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, but not the construction efforts for Talladega Superspeedway's new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, the first development of the 2019 Transformation Infield Project. Crews worked through much of the holidays and the tunnel walls are now coming to life as a result despite battling a host of inclement weather. In addition to the walls, rebar and concrete pours continue for the extension of the tunnel slab (nearing the infield entry/exit access).[More](1-5-2019)

Dover International Speedway to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019: Dover International Speedway is gearing up for the biggest year in its history as the Monster Mile celebrates its 50th anniversary season and hosts its 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.[More](1-4-2019)

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