Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International SpeedwayAt Michigan International Speedway:

History
· Michigan International Speedway sits on more than 1,400 acres in the "Irish Hills" of Southeastern Michigan. Ground-breaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan was held June 15, 1969 – won by Cale Yarborough at a speed of 139.254 mph.
· The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race was 500 miles in length; the second was scheduled for 600. The track was re-measured to 2.04 miles for the last race in 1970 and both races in 1971 – with the race distance being 402 miles. All other races have been scheduled for 400 miles.
· The 2-mile speedway underwent a repave in 2012.
· There have been 98 NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway since the first race there in 1969. Other than 1973, which had just one race, there have been two races each season since 1969.

Go Bowling at The Glen Event at Watkins Glen InternationalAt Watkins Glen International:

History
· After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen was in 1957, won by Buck Baker (83.064 mph, 08/04/1957).
· After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.
· Then after a 21-year absence, the NASCAR Cup Series returned to The Glen, and has run one race a year there since 1986.
· The first NASCAR Grand National race at Watkins Glen was scheduled for 101.2-miles in 1957, the second race was 161.7-miles (1964) and the third race was 151.8-miles (1965). Every race since has been scheduled for 220.5-miles.
· The famous road course underwent a repave in 2015.
· There have been 35 NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, one race per season.

Starts
· 268 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen; 165 in more than one.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series all-time in starts at Watkins Glen with 24.

2018 Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono RacewayAt Pocono Raceway:
History
· Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile track, Pocono Raceway held the first race on the 2.5-mile track in 1971.
· The first Winston Cup Grand National race was in 1974 – won by Richard Petty, Dodge, 115.593 mph, on August 4, 1974.
· The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
· 2012 marked the first season the NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles.
· Prior to 2012, all NASCAR Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
· There have been 81 NASCAR Series races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.

Starts
· 341 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 244 in more than one.
· Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Pocono with 55.
· Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in the series with 37 starts; followed by Kevin Harvick with 35.
· David Pearson (six starts) leads the series in average starting position at Pocono with a 4.667.
· Denny Hamlin (25 starts) leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Pocono with a 7.320.

Foxwood's Resorts Casino 301 at New HampshireAt New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

History
· Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
· The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres; the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race was on July 11, 1993 – won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace.
· Speedway Motorsports, Inc. agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008, and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
· There have been 46 NASCAR Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; one per year from 1993 through 1996 and two per year from 1997-2017. Starting again in 2018, the track will host just one event per season.

Starts
· 180 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 144 in more than one.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at New Hampshire with 42; followed by Jeff Burton with 39.
· Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in series starts at NHMS with 36 starts; followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch with 34 each.
· 16 different drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series start at NHMS all-time. Active drivers that made their first start at NHMS are BJ McLeod (9/27/2015), Corey LaJoie (9/21/2014) and Joey Logano (9/14/2008).

19 quaker state 400At Kentucky Speedway:
History
· In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
· The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2011 – won by Kyle Busch.
· During the 2016 season, the track underwent a repave. The banking in Turns 1 and 2 were increased to 17 degrees.
· There have been seven NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 – one race per season.

Starts
· 81 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 58 in more than one.
· 18 different drivers have made all seven series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
· Brad Keselowski (seven starts) leads all drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 5.3; followed by Kyle Busch (5.9) and Jimmie Johnson (8.1).

Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona

At Daytona International Speedway:

History
· Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959 – won by Bob Welborn.
· The first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was held on July 4, 1959 – won by Fireball Roberts (140.581 mph).
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
· Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under the lights ever since.
· The track underwent a repave in 2010.
· There have been 142 NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 60 have been 500 miles, 55 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.

Overtons 400 at Chicagoland Speedway History

· Construction of the Chicagoland Speedway began in August 1999.
· The first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicago was July 14, 2001 – won by Jimmie Johnson.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on July 15, 2001 – won by Kevin Harvick.
· For seven seasons Chicagoland Speedway was the opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2011 – 2017)
· There have been 17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races held at Chicagoland Speedway, one race per season since the first event in 2001.

Starts
· 128 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway; 99 in more than one.
· Three drivers have competed in all 17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events at Chicagoland Speedway: Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick.
· Eight drivers all-time have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Chicago; Ray Black Jr. (2017), Joey Gase (2014), Justin Allgaier (2013), Josh Wise (2011), Todd Kluever (2006), David Stremme (2005), Chad Blount (2004) and Johnny Sauter (2003).
· Jimmie Johnson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Chicago with an 8.25 in 16 starts.

Toyota/Savemart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

At Sonoma Raceway:

was Infineon Raceway June 22, 2002 thru May 31, 2012
before that was known as Sears Point
since June 2012 it is Sonoma Raceway

Track Specs:
1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
Pit Road/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
increased from 1.949 miles to 1.99 after the 2000 season

Track Records & Stats

June 2017 Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 78.710mph, started 12th
Race Record: Clint Bowyer, June 2012, 83.624mph (current layout)
Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 2000, 78.789mph (old layout)
Oldest Winner: Ricky Rudd, 45 years, 9 months, 11 days, 6/23/2002
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch. 23 years, 1 months, and 20 days, 6/22/2008

Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International SpeedwayAt Michigan International Speedway:

History
· Michigan International Speedway sits on more than 1,400 acres in the "Irish Hills" of Southeastern Michigan. Ground-breaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967.
· The first NASCAR Series race at Michigan was held June 15, 1969 – won by Cale Yarborough at a speed of 139.254 mph.
· The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).
· The first NASCAR race was 500 miles in length; the second was scheduled for 600. The track was re-measured to 2.04 miles for the last race in 1970 and both races in 1971 – with the race distance being 402 miles. All other races have been scheduled for 400 miles.
· The 2-mile speedway underwent a repave in 2012.
· There have been 97 NASCAR Series races at Michigan International Speedway since the first race there in 1969. Other than 1973, which had just one race, there have been two races each season since 1969.

Starts
· 386 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Series races at Michigan International Speedway; 284 in more than one.

2018 Pocono 400 Pocono SpeedwayAt Pocono Raceway:
History
· Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile track, Pocono Raceway held the first race on the 2.5-mile track in 1971.
· The first Winston Cup Grand National race was in 1974 – won by Richard Petty, in a Dodge, with an average speed of115.593 mph, on August 4, 1974.
· The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
· 2012 marked the first season the NASCAR Series races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles.
· Prior to 2012 all NASCAR Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
· There have been 80 NASCAR Sanctioned races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.

Starts
· 338 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Series race at Pocono Raceway; 243 in more than one.
· Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Pocono with 55.
· Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in the series with 36 starts; followed by Kevin Harvick with 34.
· David Pearson (six starts) leads the series in average starting position at Pocono with a 4.667.
· Denny Hamlin (24 starts) leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Pocono with a 7.208.
· A total of 33 drivers in the NASCAR Series have made their series debut at Pocono Raceway, the most recent and only active driver to make his debut at Pocono is Bubba Wallace (June 11, 2017).

KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas SpeedwayAt Kansas Speedway:

History
· Groundbreaking for the speedway was held on May 25, 1999.
· The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA Racing Series race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day – June 2.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 – won by Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet).
· During the 2012 season, between the April and October events, the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave, adding variable banking in the corners.
· There have been 24 NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
Starts
· 132 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas; 104 in more than one.
· Four drivers have started all 24 NASCAR Cup Series races and lead the series in starts at Kansas Speedway – Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.

AAA Drive for Autism 400 at Dover International Speedway Dover International Speedway:

History
· The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty.
· The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
· The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
· The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.
· The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.
· There have been 96 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race per year in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.
Starts
· 399 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 291 in more than one.
· Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56.
· Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with 35 starts at Dover; followed by Kevin Harvick with 34.

2018 Geico 500 at Talladega

Talladega Superspeedway:

History
· Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega was held on Sept. 14, 1969 – won by Richard Brickhouse (Dodge).
· The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
· Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.
· There have been 97 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one MENCS event in 1969, and two races per year since 1970.

Starts
· 453 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega; 314 in more than one.
· Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 starts each.
· Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers in starts at Talladega with 34 each; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman with 32 each.
· Bobby Isaac (eight starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 3.625.

2018 Toyota owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway

At Richmond Raceway:
History
· Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race was held on April 19, 1953 and won by Lee Petty.
· The spring 1964 race was run on a Tuesday night under temporary lighting.
· The track name changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.
· The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.
· The track name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
· The track was re-measured to .542-mile in 1970.
· The track was rebuilt as a three-quarters-mile D-shaped oval following the Feb. 21, 1988 race.
· The first race under permanent lights was Sept. 7, 1991.
· The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
· In 2017, the track underwent renovations and changed the name to Richmond Raceway.
· There have been 123 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway, one event from 1953 - 1958 and two races per year since 1959.

2018 Food City 500 at Briston Motor Speedway

 At Bristol Motor Speedway:

History
· Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile.
· First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race was July 30, 1961; Jack Smith won the event (with relief from Johnny Allen).
· All of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.
· In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533-miles.
· The name changed to Bristol International Raceway in 1978.
· The first night race was held in the fall of 1978.
· The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.
· The name changed to Bristol Motor Speedway in May 1996.
· The track was resurfaced between races in 2007, and the turns were ground down in 2012 to eliminate part of the progressive banking.

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 Texas Motor Speedway:

History
· Construction on Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) began in 1995.
· The first NASCAR national series race at TMS was a NASCAR Xfinity Series event on April 5, 1997 – won by Mark Martin.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was on April 6, 1997 – won by Jeff Burton.
· The track underwent a repave between the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
· In 2011, the spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. 2017 marked the first season it was moved back to a Sunday afternoon race.
· Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race on November 6, 2005 – won by Carl Edwards.
· The track underwent its second repave between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The renovation added a new layer of asphalt over the existing pavement, an expansive French drainage system on the frontstretch and backstretch and reduced the banking in Turns 1 and 2 by four degrees (now 20 degrees).
· There have been 34 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.

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03 Pennzoil 400 At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

History
· The construction to build the superspeedway known today as Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) began in 1995. Speedway Motorsports Inc. acquired the property in 1998.
· The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998, won by Mark Martin.
· In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.
· There have been 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. LVMS has hosted one race per season from 1998 to 2017; this season marks the first time Las Vegas will host two MENCS events in a single season.

Starts
· 148 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; 112 in more than one.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth lead the series in starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 18 each.
· Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman lead all active series drivers with 17 starts each; followed by Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson with 16 each.

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2008 Newman summaryNewman Finds Gold at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ryan Newman outran teammate Kurt Busch and edged the lead pack of cars to win Sunday's 50th running of the Daytona 500.

0b can am duelsBlaney, Elliott take victories in Can-Am Duels at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Blaney held off Team Penske teammate Joey Logano to win Thursday night’s first 150-mile qualifying race in the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway, but the story of the race was the list of prominent cars that did not survive until the checkered flag.

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Earnhardt ends droughts with first Daytona 500 win
By Bruce Martin
Sportsticker Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 1998)
Fighting the pressure of an entire field of race cars behind him, as well as 19 years of disappointment, Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

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Brad Keselowski wins The Clash at Daytona as field wrecks behind him

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For once, as he put it, Brad Keselowski didn’t “choke away” a chance at victory during Speedweeks at Daytona.

1988 daytona 500 finishBobby and Davey Allison 1-2 in Daytona 500; Petty Survives Bad Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 14) -- Bobby Allison led the final 18 laps and edged his son Davey to win the 31st Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The two car length triumph was the 85th in the 25 year career for the 50 year-old Hueytown, AL veteran.

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A number of drivers spoke Tuesday during NASCAR's annual pre-season media tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.

1978 daytona 500 vlAllison Ends Losing Skid With Daytona 500 Victory

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 19) -- Bobby Allison grabbed the lead with 11 laps to go and outlasted Buddy Baker to win the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The Hueytown, AL driver, manning Bud Moore Fords for 1978, ended his 67 race losing streak with the 'upset' triumph.

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Yarborough Nips Yarbrough In Close Daytona 500 Finish

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 25) -- Cale Yarborough squeezed past LeeRoy Yarbrough with four laps to go and held on to win the 10th annual Daytona 500 by one second. Yarborough's triumph, his third on a superspeedway, gave Ford Motor Co. a sweep of the first three spots in the classic at Daytona International Speedway.

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