Fans get to vote on format of Sprint Unlimited
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - The format for the first NASCAR race of the year will be determined by race fans.
Fans will be able to vote on the length of the race segments, pit stops and how many cars will be eliminated after the second segment of the exhibition Sprint Unlimited scheduled for Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway. The race was previously known as the Budweiser Shootout, and is the official kickoff for Speedweeks.
The lineup of 22 drivers will be comprised of 2012 pole winners and past Shootout champions. Fan can vote on NASCAR's new mobile app or at NASCAR.com. Votes on the NASCAR Mobile '13 app will count twice.
Fans can also vote on the style of firesuit Miss Sprint Cup will wear in Victory Lane.
Denny Hamlin introduces daughter on Twitter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin has announced the birth of his daughter.
Hamlin posted photos of Taylor James Hamlin on Twitter on Monday. She was born Sunday and is the first child for Hamlin, whose given first name is James, and his girlfriend, former Charlotte Bobcats dancer Jordan Fish.
Hamlin is entering his eighth season with Joe Gibbs Racing and has 22 career victories. He has made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship every year.
Texas Speedway lowers some frontstretch tickets
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Texas Motor Speedway will offer some frontstretch tickets at its lowest prices in 15 years for NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the track.
The track will offer about 8,000 frontstretch seats for $49 for each of its two Cup races, and has lowered prices on about 7,400 other seats. The track held steady on prices for all other seats even after having last season's highest-attended Cup race with 159,200 fans last April.
Based on recommendations from a 22-member fan council and surveys of former season and individual ticketholders, the track Monday also announced new pricing for kids 12 and under. Those include $25 frontstretch seats for Sprint Cup races and $10 for the IndyCar Series in June.
Another significant change will be the prohibition of smoking in the grandstands.
Mobil 1 extends NASCAR partnership through 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Mobil 1 will remain the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR" through 2017 under a contract extension with parent company ExxonMobil.
Mobil 1 is entering its 11th year as an official NASCAR partner. It will now be a contingency partner across all NASCAR national and touring series, the presenting sponsor of the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race Award, and the presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Mobil 1 motor oil is used by more than half of the teams in NASCAR's three national series, and the brand also sponsors three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart.
The new deal takes ExxonMobil digital with the launch of the "NASCAR Automotive Technology Center Engineered by Mobil 1." The technology-driven content will be on NASCAR.com.
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