When NASCAR visited Charlotte Motor Speedway, I was there.
When NASCAR visited Dover International Speedway, I was at my nephew’s house, celebrating my mother’s birthday and watching great-nephews crash into one another.
At Charlotte, I watched 400 laps, interspersed by brief periods of inactivity at the end of what are now stages and used to be called delays. At Dover, I watched roughly the first 10 and last 25 laps on TV.
I’m back. Home. Home sweet home. I got home from Charlotte Motor Speedway at five in the morning. I was reverent on Memorial Day. It may have been because I was tired, though I’d like to think not.
The return to a NASCAR track was pleasant, late-night barrels of truck-stop coffee notwithstanding.
I’ve been reading about everything else that happened in the world while I was away. The Indianapolis 500, won by Takuma Sato, overshadowed the object of my endeavors. Indy had Fernando Alonso’s brave performance, Scott Dixon’s frightening crash and an upset victory for the second straight year.
On the heels of launching its new live TV service, premium streaming service, Hulu, today announced a new brand partnership with NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, serving as the primary sponsor for 19 races in 2017. Earnhardt’s new #33 Chevrolet and racing suit were revealed today at the Dover International Speedway – one of Earnhardt’s favorite tracks - and features the company’s signature Hulu green.
The sponsorship marks the first of its kind for Hulu, and will bring the Hulu brand to the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time. Jeffrey Earnhardt’s newly-rebranded #33 Chevrolet and racing suit will make its on-track debut this Sunday, June 4th at the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Dover International Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. said that not winning Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 had a stinging effect. But there was a silver lining for the Furniture Row Racing driver with his third-place outcome in NASCAR’s longest race (400 laps, 600 miles).
He took over the NASCAR Cup Series driver points lead, thanks to an additional 26 points he accrued for finishing second, first and fourth in the three stages leading up to the final 100-lap shootout.
All the buzz at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway all month had centered on the Hollywood-handsome two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, who elected to bypass another crack at the Grand Prix of Monaco to race at this tantalizingly tough 2.5-mile oval course.
And a foreign driver had a better-than-even chance to win Sunday’s 101st Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Nineteen of the 33 starters were non-Americans.
In a captivating Coca-Cola 600 that stretched into Monday morning, Austin Dillon stretched his fuel mileage just enough to capture his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in unforgettable fashion at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon saved enough fuel to go the distance to score the first win for Richard Childress Racing’s iconic No. 3 Chevrolet since Dale Earnhardt in October of 2000.
“It hasn’t sunk in, truthfully. … I am just so proud of all the effort that all these guys put in," Dillon said. "I have the best pit crew and my grandfather has done everything he could to get the best he could get. I feel like we are the small team out there trying to get all we can get. And tonight we got it. The race, when it came down to it, we had everything we needed. It just feels amazing.”
A late restart was all Ryan Blaney needed to clear Kevin Harvick and speed to victory in an action-packed Hisense 4K TV 300 on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blaney led a race-high 107 of 200 laps and joined his father, Dave – who won in 2006 – as the first father-son duo to win NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Charlotte, and the sixth combination to win XFINITY Series races.
Oh, bother, Winnie the Pooh might say. What to do with the All-Star Race? What indeed?
Each year brings with it talk of relocating the Great Race That Has Lost Its Way. How come Charlotte gets three race weekends? It used to be because it could draw a crowd two weeks in a row. This isn’t true anymore. Nor is it true that most tracks can draw a crowd with a weekend alone, at least not as in the days of yore.
Yore featured slam-bang duels between Earnhardt and Elliott, Wallace and Waltrip, Davey and Kyle, etc.
SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar® Series, announced today that it will offer live coverage of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
SiriusXM listeners will have access to the live call of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28, on Sirius channel 214, XM channel 209 and on the SiriusXM app.