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Julie Giese becomes the only current female president of an ISC track Michael Knight, Special for azcentral sports

(Photo: ISM Raceway) ISM Raceway’s new president should feel right at home since she’s been deeply involved in the $178 million, two-year transformation of the Avondale oval, which has its Grand Opening weekend Nov. 9-11, headlined by the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. Until her promotion was announced Tuesday, first reported by…

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Bryan Sperber stepping down as ISM Raceway president after November NASCAR race Michael Knight, Special for The Arizona Republic

A one-on-one talk with PIR President Bryan Sperber (Photo: Sean Logan/azcentral sports) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Bryan Sperber’s last act as president of ISM Raceway could be to figuratively spike the ball in Gatorade Victory Lane after the Nov. 11 Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. It turns out that celebration will include not only the…

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NASCAR’s exciting Kyle Larson has knack for pushing limits BY:  Michael Knight, Special to Arizona Republic

    CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE With the retirements of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR is quickly introducing to fans its next generation of Monster Energy Cup Series drivers. The most exciting, arguably, is Kyle Larson. “He’s constantly trying to find more speed, push the limits, find the edge,” four-time champion Jeff Gordon said.…

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Phoenix International Raceway to become ISM Raceway starting in 2018  BY:  MICHAEL KNIGHT

(Photo: Ben Moffat/azcentral sports) What’s in a name? For Phoenix International Raceway to become ISM Raceway starting in 2018, a total investment that could approach $100 million over 10 years, including installation of leading-edge digital technology designed to enhance the at-track experience for fans and corporate partners alike. ISM – Ingenuity Sun Media – will…

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Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus stick together to chase NASCAR history BY:  MICHAEL KNIGHT

(Photo: Daniel Shirey, Getty Images) Jimmie Johnson is in a long-term relationship. Yes, Johnson has often spoken of the support he’s received from wife Chandra, married since 2004. But for all of his statistical accomplishments, including a record-tying seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships and 80 victories heading into Sunday’s Camping World 500 at…

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Major PIR upgrade approval said to be imminent BY: MICHAEL KNIGHT

(Photo: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports) It appears the long-awaited renovation of Phoenix International Raceway is at hand. Directors of International Speedway Corp., PIR’s parent company, met in recent days and are believed to have approved plans to modernize the Avondale facility, azcentral sports was told exclusively by two motorsports industry sources with knowledge of the situation.…

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