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10/22 2017

THE 11th ANNIVERSARY BLOG

AT THE MIKE: Making introductory remarks before presenting 2017 Jim Chapman Award for excellence in motorsports public relations to ESPN’s Andy Hall in IMS Media Center last May. (Photo: Dan R. Boyd). BY:  MICHAEL KNIGHT “The SPIN DOCTOR”…http://spindoctor500blog.blogspot.com/ I certainly wasn’t smart enough to have fully imagined the extent of the communications revolution on its […]

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09/27 2017

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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03/17 2017

Jack Roush says his career is ‘down to a three-year window’ BY:  MICHAEL KNIGHT

(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports) Jack Roush, one of NASCAR’s most successful owners and a pioneer in bringing engineering technology into the sport with his multi-car Ford teams, has used the R word. Retire. “I expected to have better years than (winless) 2016 and 2015,” Roush said to The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic in advance of […]

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03/16 2017

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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11/11 2016

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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