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CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: ONE HOT NIGHT’ STILL BLAZES

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway billed it as “One Hot Night.”

It proved that and beyond on May 16, 1992, thanks to star drivers Davey Allison, Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Even after passage of so much time, the events of 24 years ago remain vivid for most of the thousands who saw the incredible action.

Many, including me, rate the last lap of the NASCAR Cup Series all-star race that night high among the most exciting finishes in the sanctioning body’s history, dating to 1949.

This event at the Charlotte track that has been its home all but onet time since the inaugural in 1985.

CP MOTORSPORTS - HARVICK SHEDS THE STRESS AND THE COMPETITION IN WINNING LOUDON

 

Remember last week, when Kevin Harvick was trapped a lap down at Chicagoland Speedway, finished 20th and fell out of the top 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings?

Remember last year, when Harvick crashed at Chicagoland and ran out of fuel while leading at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and had to win at Dover to advance in the Chase?

That’s all moot, now that Harvick redeemed himself with a victory in Sunday’s Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire, the second race in the Chase.

SADLER WINS FIRST EVER KENTUCKY XFINITY RACE

 

A huge push from Daniel Suárez on a restart with four laps to go in Saturday night’s eventful VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 sent Elliott Sadler ahead of Ryan Blaney to win the opening race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase at Kentucky Speedway.

Sadler’s third win of the season and 13th of his XFINITY Series career was about more than just stamping his way into Round 2 of the Chase. The Emporia, Virginia, native fought for the win while thinking of his mother, Bell, who was released from the hospital Saturday, after a week of hospitalization and two surgeries.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME

The first few times I went to New Hampshire, I thought every middle-aged woman in the state was Cliff Clavin’s mother.

I also had to learn the lexicon where a traffic circle is a rotary, an ice cream cone a custard and the new and variegated definition of the adjective “wicked” is applied indiscriminately. It means “extra.” Wicked hard. Wicked soft. Here wicked. There wicked. Everywhere a wicked wicked.

It helped that I love the Boston Red Sox with as much ardor as anyone from outside New England can.

WILLIAM BYRON TAKES HOME LOUDON TRUCK TITLE

 

William Byron stole a page from his mentor and team owner, Kyle Busch.

Leading 161 of 175 laps in Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – the first race in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase – Byron cruised to victory, the way Busch has done so many times before, and punched his ticket into the Chase's Round of 6.

Not that runner-up Christopher Bell, Byron’s stablemate at Kyle Busch Motorsports, didn’t make it interesting in the closing laps. As Byron worked traffic in the late going, Bell closed from 1.325 seconds behind with five laps left to .430 seconds down on the next-to-last lap.

CP MOTORSPORTS - TRUEX SCORES CHICAGOLAND CUP VICTORY

 

You could see it coming from a mile-and-a-half away.

On new tires, Martin Truex Jr. rocketed around the outside lane after a restart in overtime at Chicagoland Speedway and pulled away to win Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, the opening race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: FOND MEMORIES OF DAVEY ALLISON AND RICHMOND

 

It was a deeply touching triumph for Davey Allison 28 years ago at the “new” Richmond International Raceway.

The young driver won the Miller 400 after receiving a surprise, inspirational pep talk by telephone from his famous father, Bobby.

That call in 1988 came just prior to the Cup Series race on Sept. 11, a date destined to gain everlasting infamy 13 years later.

CP MOTORSPORTS - BUSCH WINS CHICAGOLAND TRUCK RACE

In a race punctuated by a record 10 cautions, Kyle Busch streaked away from Chase hopeful Cameron Hayley in overtime and won Friday night’s American Ethanol e15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

With Busch’s victory over runner-up Daniel Hemric, who passed Hayley after the final restart on Lap 150, Hemric and Timothy Peters locked up the final two of eight spots in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, which starts Sept. 24 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE UPCOMING TURKEY SHOOT

Who’s going to win the Chase? Anyone who claims to know is lying. The process has too many variables. The Sprint Cup champion is going to have to perform, but he’s also going to have to be lucky. No one who predicts this turkey shoot is playing anything but a hunch.

Scribes, pundits, wags and show-offs will often throw out a long shot because they want to be able to claim swami status by picking a moderate underdog, thus enabling them to claim great powers of analysis they do not actually possess.

Or, if applicable, they make a pick based on a number gleaned from a Powerball ticket or a fortune cookie.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: RICHMOND REMINDS ME OF EARNHARDT

Richmond International Raceway has never gotten the credit it deserves. In an era in which architects took over the design of race tracks and paid attention to everything except the actual tracks, the late Paul Sawyer knew the way to true fan happiness was through the modern short track.

Time has affirmed Sawyer’s intuition. He knew that he needed a race-track architect, not an architect designing a race track. He needed someone he could tell what he wanted done, and then have him draw up the best way to do it.

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