A certain percentage of the NASCAR fan base wants to see and hear no evil. These fans cry out for positive news. They want no talk of crowds and ratings. They deem coverage only appropriate if it’s promotional in nature.
Sorry. The job is to spread the news of what happens, whether it’s Trump and Putin in Helsinki or Busch and Larson in Chicagoland.
Driving a race car that ran like a thoroughbred at Kentucky Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. claimed his fourth victory of the season and his second straight at the 1.5-mile track.
It was a perfect weekend for Truex in the Bluegrass state. He not only won the race, he qualified on the pole, won the first two stages and collected the seven maximum playoff bonus points. He remains third in both overall driver points and playoff points.
The record books keep getting rewritten each week when cars take the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1/4 mile Thunder Ring for Thursday Thunder presented by Papa John's Pizza.
While Locust Grove's Bill Plemons Jr. continues to rewrite history as the oldest winner in Thursday Thunder competition, it was last Thursday’s finishing order of the Associates Group Young Lions that created a new entry in the Thursday Thunder record books. For the first time in the 21-year history of the series, the top three finishers in a feature race were female.
Ashton Whitener of Monticello, in her first full season behind the wheel of a Legends car, snagged her first career Thursday Thunder victory on June 28 as she avoided a pile up in turn two on the final restart of the night with two laps remaining. With the front of the field crashing around her, Whitener outpaced Cumming's Annabelle Mohwish, who finished second, and Suwanee's Audrie Ruark in third for the win.
Junior got himself a great race to make his telecasting debut.
“Earnhardt. Dale Earnhardt Jr.” It’s a Southern-friend take on “Bond. James Bond.” Not a vodka martini, “shaken, not stirred,” but in the timeless voice of Harry Caray, “a nice, cold Budweiser!”
Dale Earnhardt Sr. (man, he hated being called Senior) never a met a man he didn’t initially distrust. His son is a citizen of the world, as disarming with a prince as a pauper. Another difference is that Junior is unafraid of being himself, while Senior couldn’t be anyone else.
Darlington Raceway is celebrating “7 Decades of NASCAR” for its Bojangles’ Southern 500 Throwback Weekend on Sept. 1-2. As part of the celebration, the track Too Tough To Tame is highlighting specific moments in the sport’s history, continuing today with the 1980s.
After enduring the ups and downs of the 1970s, NASCAR entered the 80s decade with strong momentum and fresh new faces driving the sport to new heights.
Given the prosperity of a NASCAR team based in Denver, Colorado, it’s not nearly as outrageous to buy a jar of salsa made in, uh, New York City!
I assume you’ve seen the commercials.
Given the success of Barney Visser’s Furniture Row team, and how it turns upside down what most other turns have learned over the past two decades, I can’t help but wonder if the Pettys now wish they’d never left Level Cross, the Wood Brothers Stuart, and the Elliotts Dawsonville.
Chicagoland Speedway announced today the official Grand Marshal and Honorary Starters list for the upcoming Stars and Stripes Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend.
Starting with the ARCA Racing Series SCOTT 150 on Thursday, June 28, representatives from the Joliet’s Stone City VFW will waive the green flag. Overton’s Director of Operations Pat Baker will say the most famous words in racing, “Gentlemen, start your engines” to begin the Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 225 on Friday. Representatives from Will County Sheriff’s Office and Native American Veterans Group will serve as the honorary starters for Friday night’s race.
Overton’s Vice President of Merchandise & Business Development Nicolas Goreau will say the magic words to begin the XFINITY Series Overton’s 300 on Saturday afternoon. Representing the race on Saturday as honorary starters will be World War II veteran and three time Purple Heart Recipient Bill Mencke and the Tinley Park Riders
I was sort of amazed NASCAR held no Monster Energy Cup race on Father’s Day weekend, which has always been considered a prime spot. I figured it out. TV calls the shots, I suspect, and Fox owned the rights to both the United States Open golf tournament and the World Cup, and it had little programming room, especially since NASCAR races are sometimes prone to rain delays.
Of course, I watched the Truck and Xfinity races in Iowa, where, since they built it, people used to come. They hoped their support would draw a Cup race. It didn’t. Their civic enthusiasm waned, and now they don’t come anymore, by and large.
So I watched a good bit of the Open and the World Cup. The golf tournament featured that sport’s equivalent of many crashes. I decided on Saturday that Brooks Koepka was likely to win because he seemed to have more sense and composure than anyone else.