Mon, 2019-01-07 14:53
Start your engines — early! NASCAR fans in the greater Atlanta metro will not have to wait until February’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 event to get a glimpse of the 2019 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). QuikTrip (QT), one of the nation’s premier convenience and gasoline marketers, will host a Pit Party for fans on Saturday, Jan. 26th at a Norcross QT store to kick off the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 race weekend in February.
QT’s Pit Party will feature a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment throughout the day. Coca-Cola® will feature its interactive race simulator where fans can enjoy a NASCAR driver’s seat experience. Coca-Cola Racing team drivers Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suãrez will make appearances.
Fri, 2019-01-04 19:00
This year at Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama alongside vintage vehicles and cool customs you’ll also find an extreme machine that has just one purpose: go fast. Very fast.
During Motorama weekend the Million-Dollar Salon will be the temporary home of this Bonneville Streamliner, but as its name suggests the car is most at home on the salt flats.
"Bonneville is obviously the land speed record location in Utah, recognized worldwide as the mecca of speed for those who want to go really fast,” said Mike Welch, who’s been making the pilgrimage to Bonneville for nearly two decades. Over the years he’s brought several different cars as he’s chased higher and higher speeds, and recently put together a Streamliner to take his top speed potential to a whole new level.
Written by Monte Dutton Fri, 2019-01-04 10:34
I was returning from an assignment this morning and I heard a discussion on satellite radio about travel expenses. Supposedly, the lodging rates for Daytona Speedweeks have become drastically more reasonable.
This is a consequence of capitalism, just as 10 years ago, the price gouging was a consequence of capitalism gone mad.
This, of course, is great news, if true. This week I’ve been talking with Clemson fans about how difficult it was for them to afford traveling to Arlington, Texas, one week and Santa Clara, Calif., the next to watch their Tigers try to win the national championship of college football.
Written by Monte Dutton Fri, 2018-12-28 09:34
As bad as the business is overall, journalism is somewhat promising for the young. In part, this is because most of the vets such as I have been retired, bought out and otherwise given offers we couldn’t refuse. Another reason for youthful promise is the fact that management can hire you for less money.
Lots of people begin writing or taking photos because they love racing and want a job that takes them to races.
From time to time, back when I was traveling the NASCAR circuit, someone would ask me, “Hey, how can I get a job doing what you do?
Written by Monte Dutton Sat, 2018-12-22 19:52
’Twas Christmas in NASCAR and all through the realm
All the geniuses gathered to look at the film
Of crashes and comebacks and breathtaking rallies
But also bad crowds and poor ratings tallies
At least Dale Junior was still on the tube.
Tue, 2018-12-18 11:33
In 2019, year five of its award-winning Throwback Weekend, Darlington Raceway will celebrate the 1990-1994 era of the sport for its 2019 campaign. The 2019 event will also mark the 70th running of the Bojangles’ Southern 500.
The “Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR” will be celebrated during the track’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® and NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 weekend on Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Tue, 2018-12-18 11:12
Dominic Scelzi is racing for a championship next year for the first time in several seasons.
Scelzi will drive for Roth Motorsports as the team tackles the entire King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series schedule along with racing in the famed Trophy Cup and numerous other 410ci and 360ci winged sprint car events in his home state of California.
Written by Monte Dutton Fri, 2018-12-14 17:55
It’s never a good sign when the blockbuster news is a driver going from behind the wheel to behind the microphone. What’s more, it’s the second year in a row.
Kurt Busch is moving to Chip Ganassi’s Chevy team, which means that Jamie McMurray, long the driver of No. 1, is out of a ride. He has joined the Fox television roster. A year ago, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined NBC, it was bigger news than McMurray. Then again, his loss from the race track was bigger, too.
They can’t drive forever.
Thu, 2018-12-13 09:29
Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), in a special grant distribution ceremony on Wednesday, announced that the nonprofit’s Charlotte Motor Speedway chapter distributed $1,040,350 in grants – a record annual amount – to 100 charitable organizations located throughout the Charlotte region.
More than 250 children were joined by Santa Claus and Lug Nut, the world’s fastest mascot, for the grant reception in the Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect & Drive infield village at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Written by Monte Dutton Thu, 2018-12-06 07:23
In 2004, Kurt Busch became NASCAR’s first Chase champion. He was extraordinarily fortunate. One reason he won it was because the Ford Busch drove for Jack Roush that year had on it the smartest tire in the sport’s history.
The right-front tire flew off at the only place where his title hopes could be preserved. On the 93rd of 267 laps in the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it flew off near the entrance of the pits. Busch was able to limp down pit road as the errant tire rolled down the front straight and into turn one, thus producing the caution flag that saved Busch. Greg Biffle won the race, but Busch managed to finish fifth, and fifth was enough to win the title.