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MONTE DUTTON - HOW COULD THE THRILL POSSIBLY BE GONE?

 

 

At the conclusion Monday of the weather festival in Bristol, Tenn., I was down and out, man. I was bummed. The low was lower than the high was high.

The Food City 500 was such a great race, and so few people know it. Kyle Busch’s victory was too exciting to be wasted on a tiny crowd and a dearth of TV viewers. NASCAR needed the whole world to be watching. Instead, the crowd at Bristol Motor Speedway looked as if Tennessee had decided to hold its high school lacrosse finals there.

CP MOTORSPORTS - TRUEX TO MAKE 450TH CAREER START IN RICHMOND


Credit: 354868(Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr. will make his 450th career NASCAR Cup Series start in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.



“That’s crazy how time flies,” said Truex when he was told that Richmond will be his 450th career start. “Just seems like yesterday we were making preparations to run our first Cup races.



“I feel fortunate to be competing at the highest level of stock car racing, thanks to everyone who has helped and supported my career along the way. I am still having plenty of fun and feel I have more good years left in me.”

CP MOTORSPORTS - NASCAR, CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCE RULES PACKAGE, FORMAT FOR MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE

NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format and competition package for the May 19 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, both tailored to achieve one goal – the best possible race for the fans.

For the first time, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will implement the competition package used in last season’s successful NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which saw record numbers in leaders, lead changes and green flag passes for the lead.

MONTE DUTTON - AT THE VERY LEAST, IT’S BETTER THAN MOST

Every year at this time, I am a bit appalled at comments I see on social media to the effect that the racing at Bristol Motor Speedway isn’t any good anymore.

Or, more commonly, “ain’t no good no more.’

Really?

Racing at “the world’s fastest half (actually, .533) mile” has changed since the surface was tapered to widen the alleged racing groove. Where once the fastest lane through the turns was at the very bottom of the banking, now the preferred groove is at least a line up. This was done to make passing easier, and it is.

CP MOTORSPORTS - MONSTER ENERGY TO REMAIN ENTITLEMENT SPONSOR OF NASCAR PREMIER SERIES THROUGH 2019

NASCAR® and Monster Energy have signed an agreement that will extend the entitlement sponsorship of NASCAR’s premier series. The extension keeps NASCAR and Monster Energy partners through 2019.As part of the agreement, the brand also continues as the Official Energy Drink of NASCAR.

CP MOTORSPORTS - NASCAR CHAMP BOBBY LABONTE TO RACE FOR NASCAR WHELEN EURO SERIES TITLE

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is about to get some American flavor. 

Bobby Labonte, the first driver to win championships in two different NASCAR national series, will compete fulltime in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2018 in hopes of adding an international title to his Hall of Fame-worthy career. Labonte will drive the No. 18 Yacco Toyota for RDV Competition.

 

MONTE DUTTON - THE FRIED STEAK IS THE CREAM-GRAVIEST

There’s a little bit of everything in Texxasss.

So did the late, great Ernest Tubb sing, and I’ve seldom seen his point disputed. The distance from Fort Worth to El Paso is greater than the highway miles, and the same is true of Amarillo to Corpus Christi, or Lubbock to Laredo.

It’s hard to sum up Texas with a speedway, or a stadium, or a home on the range where the deer and the antelope play.

CP MOTORSPORTS - 2019 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

 

 

MONTE DUTTON – CHANGE IS ON BACK ORDER

Clint Bowyer is likable. He’s funny. After winning the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Monday, Bowyer made no secret that he planned to party like it was, at the very least, 2012.

He’s a character. NASCAR needs characters.

This isn’t to say that everybody likes him. If Jesus had a Cup ride, a segment of the fans would complain that he was too nice and didn’t race the Devil hard enough.

Bowyer is 38. He has been racing full-time in what is now the Monster Energy Cup Series since 2006. He’s won nine times in 438 tries. When he crossed the finish line first at the sport’s oldest track, it was the first time since 2012. Bowyer went 190 races between his eighth and ninth victories.

CP MOTORSPORTS - CELEBRATING “7 DECADES OF NASCAR” AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY

 

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 1960s.
 
In the 60s, it was all about “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” as the automobile manufacturers (namely Ford, General Motors and Chrysler) were heavily investing in NASCAR as a way to showcase and sell their products. It was considered an arms race of which manufacturer could build the fastest car in the sport throughout the 60s.

 

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