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MONTE DUTTON: THE BRICKYARD’S RISE AND FALL

In 1994, when NASCAR first held a major race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was considered the greatest thing since sliced bread (with apologies to Joey Logano, who vitamin-enriched his several years later).

Now it’s moldy, old bread. Its approval rating is right up there with TrumpCare.

I wrote about every Cup race at Indy except one through 2012. I don’t think last year’s race, won by Kyle Busch, was much different from the first, won by Jeff Gordon. Like so much else in NASCAR, the race went out of style. It went from a big deal to a ho-hum. The first Brickyard 400 had the highest attendance of any stock car race in history. Last year’s race had about 20 percent as many. The world’s most famous race track had over 200,000 empty seats.

CP MOTORSPORTS - ​ALEX BOWMAN TO DRIVE NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET IN 2018


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One year after his impressive debut with Hendrick Motorsports, the team has named Alex Bowman full-time driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series with a 19-race majority sponsorship from  Nationwide beginning in 2018.

MONTE DUTTON: LOST IN THE FRUSTRATION

Can you sense a bit of panic in the air?

Gosh. Life is so distracting. A man (or, I hasten to add, a woman) can’t pay attention to any one thing, so, naturally he (she) doesn’t pay attention to anything.

Take NASCAR. Please.

If it’s a great race, the TV ratings plunge. If it’s a lousy race, they plunge. If it’s modestly interesting, guess what happens? An argument can be made that it doesn’t matter. NASCAR fell into Johnny Cash’s burning ring of fire.

CP MOTORSPORTS - ​TRUEX JR. POCKETS POLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

 


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After initially qualifying second for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. was later informed that he won the pole due to Kyle Larson’s car failing post-qualifying inspection.  
 
It was the first pole of the season for Truex, who had qualified second five times. It was also his 13th career pole. 

CP MOTORSPORTS - ​ DARLINGTON RACEWAY TO HOST GOODYEAR TIRE TEST ON JULY 18

 

Fans who want to experience the sights and sounds of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series roaring around Darlington Raceway before the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend might want to pay a visit to the famed South Carolina track on Tuesday, July 18.
 
On that day, Darlington Raceway is hosting a Goodyear tire test session from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The test is free and open to the public, giving fans the opportunity to see NASCAR’s stars race around the high banks of the track Too Tough To Tame.

BLANEY JOINS WALL OF WINNERS AT WOOD BROTHERS MUSEUM

Ryan Blaney was recently added to the Wall of Winners at the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, Va. When that happened, he tweeted that he's wanted to be on that wall since he first saw it in 2015. This video takes us back to that moment in 2015.

CP MOTORSPORTS - ​ RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ANNOUNCES NEW BRAND IDENTITY AS RICHMOND RACEWAY

 

Richmond International Raceway officially rebrands as Richmond Raceway (Richmond) reflecting a bold brand identity to forge a greater connection to the local roots of racing in RVA and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The new brand logo unites the past and present to showcase the vibrant future of the sport at Richmond Raceway.

The new Richmond Raceway brand identity has a simplified color palette of red and black. Pantone® Black represents the track’s iconic Richmond night racing experience. Red (Pantone® 185C) signifies the red stripes that are part of the past and present of the track walls and logo. The double RR’s in the logo are inspired by the organization’s Richmond International Raceway logo introduced in 1988 designed by Sam Bass, who is NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist. Bass is a Hopewell, V.A. native and Virginia Commonwealth University graduate. 

Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois has launched a major capital improvement project designed to improve the  race day  experience for fans and provide an enhanced competition environment for race teams. This is the third phase of a plan implemented in 2012 to completely update and upgrade the venue. The primary focus of this phase is to replace the track's 20-year-old asphalt and dramatically improve GMP's parking capacity.

 

CP MOTORSPORTS - ​ GATEWAY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING REPAVE

Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois has launched a major capital improvement project designed to improve the  race day  experience for fans and provide an enhanced competition environment for race teams. This is the third phase of a plan implemented in 2012 to completely update and upgrade the venue. The primary focus of this phase is to replace the track's 20-year-old asphalt and dramatically improve GMP's parking capacity.

 

CP MOTORSPORTS - WIX® FILTERS WILL HAVE PRIMARY SPONSORSHIP ON MARTIN TRUEX JR.’S NO. 78 TOYOTA IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

WIX® Filters, celebrating 50 years in motorsports, will carry the primary paint scheme on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota in this weekend’s Overton’s 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

A leading global manufacturer of filtration products, WIX Filters joined Furniture Row Racing this season as a key technical partner. In addition to the primary sponsorship in New Hampshire, WIX Filters has a season-long associate sponsorship role with Furniture Row’s two-car team of Truex in the No. 78 Toyota and Erik Jones in the No. 77 Toyota.

MONTE DUTTON: WHAT WE HALFWAY KNOW

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s surprise victory in the Coke Zero 400 – an even bigger surprise is that it was his second win of the season – occurred in the 17th race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It seems natural that the halfway point of the season would be in Daytona Beach, Fla., but it isn’t.

It’s at Kentucky Speedway, nestled near both the Ohio River and Ohio, between Louisville of Kentucky and Cincinnati of Ohio. Give it a month, and it’ll be a trick trivia question.

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