At Michigan International Speedway:
· 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.
· 386 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Series races at Michigan International Speedway; 284 in more than one.
Dover International Speedway:
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
At Richmond Raceway:
· 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.
At Bristol Motor Speedway:
· 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.
Texas Motor Speedway:
· 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.
At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
· 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.
· 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.
Blaney, 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.
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.
Bobby 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.
Allison 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.
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.