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ISC, Dover Motorsports report fourth quarter, 2017 financial data

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International Speedway Corp. reported Thursday that its revenue for last year increased to its highest level since 2010, driven by corporate and broadcast partnerships.

Full ISC report here.

ISC reported total revenue of $671.4 million. Last year, ISC’s revenue was $661 million.

ISC reported four sellouts at its tracks in 2017 — the Daytona 500, Watkins Glen, the fall Phoenix Raceway event and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The company had three sellouts in 2016.

Admission revenue for the year declined 1.6 percent. For the fourth quarter of the year (September to November), admission revenue increased 1 percent. That period included eight Cup, six Xfinity, five Truck, two ARCA and one IndyCar event.

ISC reported “some softness” in admissions for the fall Kansas and Martinsville races. Talladega and Phoenix (now ISM Raceway) and Homestead-Miami Speedway, had “strong performances,” while results for Darlington, Richmond and Chicago were “in line with expectations.”

ISC stated that the company is trending toward another sellout for next month’s Daytona 500.

ISC reported that research has shown that the “vast majority of 18- to 34-year-old fans favor the new stage racing format.’’

ISC stated that its initiatives continue to target new and lapsed customers and strategies include “value-added options that enhance the live motorsports experience, including exclusive VIP hospitality experiences with drivers appearances and Q&A sessions.’’ 

ISC also revealed the average ticket price for Cup events last year. Here’s how it compares to recent years.

2017 — $92.19 average ticket price

2016 — $90.12

2015 — $86.10

2014 — $85.82

— Dover Motorsports also issued its report for the fourth quarter and all of 2017.

The company reported its fall 2017 race weekend was comparable with the previous year, noting higher broadcast revenue was offset by “slightly lower event related revenue and higher purses and marketing expenses.’’ Full Dover report here.

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Brad Keselowski wins pole for New Hampshire Xfinity race

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Brad Keselowski will start first in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski claimed the pole for the Lakes Region 200 (4 p.m. ET on NBCSN) with a speed of 130.296 mph.

It’s his second pole in three starts this season and his fifth pole in 10 starts at the 1-mile track.

Keselowski is trying to win his fourth straight Xfinity race.

The Team Penske driver will be joined on the front row by Christopher Bell (130.126 mph).

The top five is completed by Ryan Preece, Cole Custer and John Hunter Nemechek.

Ryan Truex, Matt Tifft, Austin Cindric, Kaz Grala, Jeremy Clements, Michael Annett and Ross Chastain did not advance out of the second round.

During the first round the red flag came out with 6:25 left due to fluid on the track from Ryan Reed‘s No. 16 Ford.

Reed will start last.

Click here for qualifying results.


Today’s Xfinity race at New Hampshire: Start time, lineup and more

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Last year, Ryan Preece finished second to Kyle Busch in this race. Preece takes over the car that beat him last year and hopes to improve by one position. He’ll have to beat Cup regulars Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon to do so.

Here’s all the info for today’s Xfinity race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:16 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (211.6 miles) around the 1.05-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 7 a.m. Qualifying is at 11:05 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Boston Sports Team Vocalist John Robert Murphy will perform the anthem at 4:01 p.m. The Canadian National Anthem will be performed by Jodie Cunningham at 3:58 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBCSN. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 78 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch beat his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Ryan Preece by more than 10 seconds. William Byron came home third, with Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

Denny Hamlin posts fastest lap in Saturday morning Cup practice

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LOUDON, N.H. – Denny Hamlin had the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s Cup practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, leading the field with a lap of 132.942 mph.

He was followed by Ryan Blaney (132.526 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (132.462), Kyle Busch (132.406) and Kevin Harvick (132.356).

Harvick ran the most laps at 50. Harvick told NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Rick Allen in the garage that he ran so many laps to see how much the speed falls off as the tires wear. Jimmie Johnson was next with 42 laps run.

There were no incidents in the 50-minute session.

Ryan Blaney had the best 10-lap average at 131.767 mph.

Click here for the speed chart.

Start time of Sunday’s Cup race moved up to 1 pm ET

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LOUDON, N.H. – The start time for Sunday’s Cup race has been moved up to 1 p.m. ET because of the threat of rain, NASCAR announced.

NBCSN will broadcast the race. NBCSN’s coverage begins at noon ET.

The forecast for 1 p.m. ET Sunday calls for a 49 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. There is a threat of rain throughout the day.

Kurt Busch won the pole for Sunday’s race.