NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Mike Neff · Sunday December 25, 2005
Racing at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Five words that millions of NASCAR fans have been dying to hear for over nine years. Recently, those words have seemed closer to reality than ever before. Rob Marsden, a young man from New York, is spearheading an effort to purchase the speedway from Bruton Smith and Bob Bahre. The group’s hope is to bring racing back to the historic track in the foothills of North Carolina. The problem, as with most business negotiations, is the asking price.
The deteriorating speedway is listed on the county’s tax roll as having a value of $4.83 million dollars. Smith and Bahre, on the other hand, are asking $12 million, even though the track’s once proud two Cup race dates are not included in that price. This seems to be a bit exorbitant considering the two gentlemen’s previous interactions with that county concerning the value of the speedway. A few years ago, they argued that the track should only be valued at $2.8 million. We all know that tax value and actual value of real estate are two different things, but almost four times as much seems a bit ridiculous for a track that has gone virtually unused since the last Nextel Cup race there in 1996. Smith paid $6 million for his half of the speedway when he purchased it back then, while Bahre paid $8 million in a separate deal for his share. While those numbers at least make you understand where a $12 million asking price is coming from, expecting to recoup all or the majority of your investment from a property that has received zero maintenance or upkeep in many years is simply unreasonable.
Marsden’s group, Save the Speedway, is diligently working to not only secure the property, but to put the plans into motion that will have racing on the track in 2006. They have commitments from ISMA, USCS and ASA already in place, along with letters of intention from 11 "" 12 other series who want race dates provided this group can acquire the track. You can see the conceptual drawings and proposed race schedule of Marsden and company at www.savethespeedway.net.
Mr. Smith has always maintained that he would not improve a facility in which he was not a majority owner. He has also said he would sell the track if the right opportunity presented itself. Apparently the right opportunity is someone with more money than sense. For example, Junior Johnson has long been a proponent of the speedway. He has offered Smith $4 million in the past to try and acquire that facility, but was never taken seriously. Mr. Smith apparently wants someone who will pay him for ripping racing away from the North Wilkesboro area.
However, the fact that Bahre and Smith have even agreed on a price tag proves things are finally taking a step in the right direction. Until this point, the two had never even been able to reach a number that was acceptable to both sides. Let’s hope now that Save the Speedway can get together with these owners and come up with some acceptable terms and conditions to make this happen. Marsden’s group would be well served to get the aforementioned Junior Johnson on their side before that happens. Besides being a huge track supporter, the man is a very savvy businessman who was responsible for the initial meetings that resulted in RJR sponsoring NASCAR and taking the Nextel Cup Series to the next level back in the early "˜70’s.
The grand old lady of North Wilkesboro needs to be hosting races again. Let’s hope that Smith and Bahre can think about history and tradition a little more than the bottom line, for once, and give some small town racing in North Carolina back to the fans who deserve it.
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Thanks for fine article. Smith, Bahre should be made to pay a fair share of tax on the property.
Hey, I’ve got an idea. If all NASCAR fans donate even $10 toward the purchase of North Wilkeboro I’d bet the money could be raised to buy it.
If you’re a real fan of racing then it shouldn’t matter where you live or even if you’ll ever see a race there, this place has historic value to the sport you love and should be saved.
I live in California and I’m willing to contribute.
I agree with Sean.I’ll throw in $20.00.What a shame this once great racing facility is not being used anymore.I’m from New Hampshire and would gladly give up one Loudon race to see a cup race there again.I know it will never happen.
I noted this story when it first made the media rounds about a month ago.
And I raise the same two points now.
“Letters if intent from 11 â€“ 12 other series” means exactly what? In reality not much, LoI’s are full of legal jargon and lists of pre-conditions 20 miles long. In many cases LoI’s are the legal version of “when pigs fly” or “don’t call us, we’ll call you.”
Secondly, and honestly the 11-12 figure is suspect as well. You would be hard pressed to name that many sanctioning bodies or series that have any financial viability (Or fit the venue, i.e. the IRL or Champ Car would never consider the place) to start with.
NOTE: don’t count NASCAR’s AutoZone Elite Series. That entire Series is being canceled after the ‘06 season. That announcement should come from the Daytona suits sometime this morning.
I tend to think Marsden is seeing a bit too many pies in the sky with his 11-12 figure, but that’s just me.
I hope the kid succeeds but with the tracks location in the middle of nowhere infrastructure wise even if he does it will never raise to it’s former level of fame and will only serve as a Saturday night bullring.
Not that that’s a bad thing.
I actually sent that in as a suggestion on their website Sean. I suggested they issue 15 million shares of stock at $1 each. Limit the shares to be non-voting. Sell them online and at tracks. I bet they could raise the cash in a couple of months.
Marc, I agree that 11-12 is probably optimistic. I don’t know if I could name that many but then again I wouldn’t have named ISMA or USCS either. I sincerely think, if they can get the track back to racing condition and implement the changes they have proposed, they could attract five touring series. I also think they could support a weekly lineup of racing like any other local track. I would hope NASCAR would give them a Truck race and possibly a Busch race after a couple of years if they proved to be successful.
Its all just wishful thinking at this point but the first order of business is getting Smith and Bahre to be reasonable about a price for a facility they have let fall apart for nine years.
First, Thanks Mike, for the return response to my email regarding Dr. Punch. As for Wilkesboro, My wife & I took our Honeymoon there 15 years ago & went back every year until it closed. It would be awesome to have it back in any capacity at all. You can count me in!
WTF would they want to take so litle for the real estate simply because they aren’t keeping up the track ?? DUH..
Why not wait for some commercial development and at least get what was invested ??? If they continually invested money to keep up the track and it was later torn up to build a hospital, wouldn’t that be stupid?
But that’s why people like Bruton Smith & Bob Bahre are wealthy. They know how to think !
Smith and Bahre have the same idea as Dick Connole (owner of Texas World Speedway)-let it rot away in quiet.
To Peter Pan:
Never been to North Wilkesboro much, have you? Commercial development at the current track site? That’s decades if not centuries away, as it is simply not situated in a place condusive to immediate, even long term, commercial development. To be worth 12 mill, it has to be as a functioning race track. Otherwise it is simply worth $5k-10k per acre minus the demolition cost of the existing structures. My guess? That figure is considerably less than the tax assessement, and WAY less than $12 mil.
Besides, Bruton/SMI and Bob Bahre didn’t “pay” 12 mil for the track, they paid that money for the 2 dates they got for Texas and Louden. Just like Bruton “bought” NCS for $400 mil for its dates too. What’s “that” site down in the Sandhills worth? Maybe $10 mil, if you tore down the track and grandstands.
Excellent point Sim. That was going to be my response too. There isn’t much possibility for commercial development there any time soon. If Smith and Bahre could get that money out for commercial development, they would have done it already. My assumption is they are hanging on for the tax benefit. I don’t know how long they will be able to depreciate the property. My guess is something like 20 years. I just can’t imagine the track, in any capacity, being worth $12,000,000.
Thanks for the supportive article Mike, it’s good to know there are people out there rooting for us to get this ball rolling.
Sadly I cannot elaborate on our plans for obvious reasons (and our critics hate us for that but loose lips sink ships). But we do have a comprehensive and realistic business plan lined up and a pretty good roll call of racing series who want to race there, although I cannot name names outside of those which are public knowledge already (those being the ISMA, ASA Late Model Series South (2 Dates), and ISCARS (3 Dates, Former Ipower Dash Series). Just be confident that with what we have, we will have a pretty busy race schedule when it’s all said and done. And hopefully with our efforts, NWS will become the premiere short track in the South East. As for the 11-12 series, that is a realistic number and not exaggerated. With what we have in our arsenol, as long as the loyal race fan will support the track if it is reopened, we should be in good shape.
Keep an eye on our website, we should be releasing more and more information to the fans and critics alike in the upcoming weeks.
Thanks for your continued support, keep the faith!
STS Motorsports, Inc.
Bob Bahare sez â€œ build it and they will come â€œâ€¦. Not the first time he has pulled something like that offâ€¦â€¦
Don’t ya know that you donâ€™t have to already have commercial development in order to start building some ??
Keeping that faith brother !
Peter Pan: “Donâ€™t ya know that you donâ€™t have to already have commercial development in order to start building some ??”
While that statement is true, it fails address the basic problem with the area the track is located in.
Namely near zero infrastructure or enough population in the immediate area to support a strip mall for instance.
The same reasons that created the environment for the track to close in 1996 is present today. Not enough fan base to support a NASCAR Series.
As a local bullring with the occasional touring series events it could be made marginaly profitable.
Thanks for the reply Todd. I will certainly keep an eye on the site. And I’d love for y’all to look at the shares in the corporation idea. I think there are a ton of race fans who would really love to own a piece of the track even if there wasn’t any major potential for monetary gain out of the deal.
Keep up the good work. I know I’m pulling for you.
I can’t speak about investments in the track, however I can tell you about a promotion we are kicking around that will allow people to be a part of the hallowed track upon purchasing; that being a buy-a-brick program which will be used to rebuild the wall at the main entrance. I think the idea at the moment is having people able to buy a brick of three levels ($50, $200, $500-up) each with different perks upon purchase. This would allow people who want to be a part of the track to have their names or companies immortalized in stone at the track. So far, the idea has recieved a lot of positive feedback, and if you want to see some concepts of the design, please look at our concept art page for examples.
first of all i live in wilkes county. do you know many ideas or businesses have been started and then ripped away from wilkes? the first that comes to mind is of course is the speedway. it was one of the first tracks on the nascar cirquit. secondly, lowes companies. it was moved they say because of lack of workforce. personally i think it was the lack of brothels being close by? well the list can go on holly farms? northwestern bank, american drew is soon to follow i fear. now with that being said, wilkes county has still grown? why? i think some people still want to raise their children in a decent enviroment. it was said “wilkes is in the middle of nowhere” i’d like to point out the race track is less than 15 minutes from a interstate? also we have a major 4 lane going right past it? i belive in the idea that we the nascar population cold invest in the speedway and make a viable endeavor out of it. the problem is in actually purchasing the race track from two people that are so greedy? why? they have enough money. it was mentioned they are using north wilkesboro as a tax right off? if they were, shouldn’t such people sink money into it hoping it will fail and count that as a tax loss? i’m here to tell you that i think if i had the backing to purchase this track (for reasonable price} i could make it work. make it turn a profit. because i think if bruton smith, bob bayre & lest we forget bill france can do it. so could we
I’m with you Kent. And the folks at Save the Speedway are too. Let’s hope that they can make it happen and bring racing back where it belongs.
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