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CP MOTORSPORTS - FIELD SET FOR ‘THE CLASH’ AT DAYTONA


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NASCAR fans get a double-dose of racing action to open the 2018 season on Sunday, February 11, with The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway capping a day that starts with Coors Light Pole Award qualifying for the 60th Annual Daytona 500.

A star-studded lineup of elite drivers will battle in the 75-lap event which airs live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 3 pm ET. The annual preseason race will be run in two segments, with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments.

MONTE DUTTON: LEAVE BAD ENOUGH ALONE

It’s holiday season, which means that stock car racing fans, confronted by a period when engines are not firing nor checkered flags waving, ask themselves, when bored by yet another ballgame:

How can they fix it?

It’s not how can they fix it. They can’t fix it. The Lords of Daytona Beach think they can fix it by showing up or watching on TV, but NASCAR’s problems are no simple matter. To paraphrase from a baseball love story, if they fix it, we will come. If we merely come – perhaps, to quell the multitude of dirty minds, if we go, as to the track – that will not fix it.

MONTE DUTTON: A LONG TIME FORGOTTEN

The death of Walter “Bud” Moore led me to reminisce about other stock car racing heroes I knew during my time traveling with the gypsy troupe that follows NASCAR from coast to coast.

A “troupe,” as opposed to a “troop,” refers to a group of entertainers. I found our troupe wildly entertaining.

In the 1990s fulltime and part-time for many years afterwards, I worked for Hal Hamrick at FasTrack, a weekly tabloid. Hal and I made many long trips together, and a lot of what I know about the heroes of my youth came from stories relayed by Hal while we were driving to and from Daytona Beach, or a trade show in Syracuse, N.Y., or just sitting around FasTrack’s Gastonia, N.C., office. I know the stories well because I heard most of them more than once.

Hal broadcast races for the old Performance Racing Network. A prized possession of his was a wooden Coca-Cola crate he sat on while bringing a race from Martinsville to radio listeners. Hal worked in public relations for Chrysler, on both the NASCAR circuit and the NHRA. He ran tracks in Atlanta, Hickory, Bristol and a wildly successful dirt bullring in Woodstock, Ga., at various times, and broadcast the first Daytona 500 in 1959. Hal died in 2008 at age 79. His was a friendship I cherished. I learned from him information about Fred Lorenzen, Fireball Roberts, David Pearson, Bobby Isaac and Junior Johnson, among many others, that I never could have gotten elsewhere.

CP MOTORSPORTS -WALTER "BUD" MOORE PASSES AWAY

 

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Walter "Bud" Moore Jr., a decorated member of America’s "Greatest Generation" who went on to win NASCAR championships as car owner and crew chief, has died at the age of 92.

Moore, a Spartanburg, S.C., native who won the NASCAR premier series title in 1957 as crew chief for Buck Baker and car owner titles in 1962-63 with Joe Weatherly, had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2011.

 

MONTE DUTTON: THE DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE

 

It now seems as if Martin Truex Jr.’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship was a foregone conclusion. A system that was designed not to work, worked. NASCAR officials drew up their latest title format like a concept album. They put in phases, stages, circles, cycles, and a few other miscellaneous words from Willie Nelson songs, and, miracle of miracles, the guy with eight victories and 2,253 laps led actually won the championship.

I just surfed the Internet, looking at preseason predictions. No one I could find predicted Truex to be the champion. I found one seer who predicted he would make the final four. Much more common were such prognostications as:

“I think this is Joey Logano’s year.”

CP MOTORSPORTS - ARCA RACING RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN 2018

 


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The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will make a triumphant return to Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2018, during Pole Night. The first ARCA race at Charlotte since 2004 will bring stock car racing’s future standouts to a world-class stage during the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder following qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600. The 150-mile race will provide drivers with a special opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the racing world’s most prominent teams.

CP MOTORSPORTS - ARCA RACING SERIES GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

ARCA, Gateway Motorsports Park and Track Enterprises today announced the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will compete at GMP in 2018. The 150-mile race will take place on the evening of Friday, June 22, one day before GMP's annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

The 2018 race will be the seventh ARCA event held at GMP, but the first since 2007. GMP ARCA winners include 10-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel (2001) and the late Bryan Clauson (2007). The full-size stock car series has a rich history dating back to 1953 and has served as the launching pad for many successful motorsports careers, including Benny Parsons, Kyle Petty, Davey Allison, Alex Bowman and Ty Dillon. The series is diverse and challenging because it competes on superspeedways, short tracks, dirt ovals and road courses.

 

CP MOTORSPORTS - MARTIN TRUEX JR. WINS 2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP


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Following a long and winding road, Martin Truex Jr. finally owns the biggest prize in motorsports.

The driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota capped off a dominant season in fitting fashion –by capturing the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with a stirring victory in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

 

MONTE DUTTON: LAST OF THE COOL

Some would define going out on top as winning a championship in a final year. I guess Alan Kulwicki came closest, and he didn’t want to go out. A plane crash cost him his life. Ned Jarrett retired late in 1966 after winning the 1965 championship of the series that would one day become Monster Cup.

In other words, no one’s ever really done it, by choice or tragedy. Matt Kenseth has one race to go, but he hadn’t won all year when he took the checkered flag at Phoenix Raceway. Of course, Kenseth isn’t really retiring by choice. He’s too proud to beg for a lesser ride and just ride around for a paycheck.

Within reason, he is going out on top. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going out on top in terms of popularity, but Kenseth won his penultimate race, and the exclamation point is that he proved Joe Gibbs -- or whichever pencil pusher who deemed him expendable -- wrong.

CP MOTORSPORTS - BARNEY VISSER HAS SUCCESSFUL BYPASS SURGERY AFTER SUFFERING HEART ATTACK

Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser suffered a heart attack on  Saturday  Nov. 4 and underwent successful bypass surgery  Monday  Nov. 6 in Denver, Colo.

 

 

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