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CP MOTORSPORTS - PIT BOX: GREEN FLAG SET TO FLY IN FLORIDA

Technically, the NASCAR race season is already underway.
Jeff Choquette grabbed a pair of Super Late Model wins last month at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, and Chris Eggleston walked away the big winner at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway to close out January.
But Friday is when the engines really get fired up full throttle, and the green flag flies in furious fashion, with the 52nd running of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna. Nine nights of racing, highlighted by the opening event of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, and including the traditional Super Late Model and tour-type Modified events will complement Speedweeks at nearby Daytona International Speedway and leading up to the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18.

 

CP MOTORSPORTS - 2018 STAGE LENGTHS SET FOR ALL THREE NASCAR NATIONAL SERIES


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NASCAR today announced the 2018 stage lengths for its three national series, looking to build on last season’s successful debut of the race format.

In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, all 2018 stage lengths will remain consistent with 2017. The race and stage lengths for the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course race in the Playoffs will be announced at a later date.

 

CP MOTORSPORTS - NASCAR AND DIGITAL ALLY ANNOUNCE A MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

 

NASCAR® and Digital Ally®, Inc., a company with the mission to provide law enforcement agencies, emergency management, and commercial companies with the highest quality video solutions and software management, announced today a multi-year official partnership, naming Digital Ally "A Preferred Technology Provider of NASCAR." 

As part of the new relationship, Digital Ally will provide cameras that will be mounted in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage throughout the season, bolstering both NASCAR’s commitment to safety at every race track, as well as enhancing its officiating process through technology.

CP MOTORSPORTS - TRUEX JR., FURNITURE ROW RACING BEGIN QUEST TO DEFEND CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Turn out the lights the party’s over. It’s back to business as usual for Martin Truex Jr., the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.

The above Willie Nelson lyric is exactly how Truex feels as his celebratory offseason is nearing the checkered flag.

“No doubt it’s been the busiest but also the most exciting offseason of my career,” said Truex, who has made a number of personal and media appearances since winning the NASCAR title in late November.

CP MOTORSPORTS - NASCAR LAUNCHES ALL-NEW FANTASY GAME FOR 2018 SEASON

Following a successful first season of stage racing, NASCAR® today announced a new fantasy game inspired by the competition format that has created closer, side-by-side racing and even more dramatic moments throughout races.

Accessible via NASCAR.com and the NASCAR Mobile app, the all-new NASCAR Fantasy Live follows the NASCAR official scoring system, allows players to make in-race driver substitutions and features incentives for correctly predicting stage wins, race wins and more.

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MONTE DUTTON - THEY’RE BLOSSOMING INTO MANHOOD

Once upon a time, Joey Logano was the biggest thing since sliced bread. “Sliced Bread” was an early nickname, a reference to the talent he showed at an early age. A double-edged knife did the slicing. Part of the nickname was tribute; part was sarcasm.

I hear he’s the biggest thing since sliced bread.

This year the bread is available in a variety of forms: English muffins, bagels, croissants. Many older drivers have moved on.

MONTE DUTTON - LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

For some reason, it is alleged that, at age 22, Chase Elliott is under intense pressure.

​He hasn’t won a Monster Cup race yet.

Well, my God.

He has finished second seven times!

MONTE DUTTON - WANTED: NEW HEROES

The NASCAR star power lost in the past few years is imposing.

This season victory lanes are going to be populated by some young men we shall get to know better. We’d better get to know them better, or else the decline in interest, ratings and attendance is going to get worse.

Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Stewart. Carl Edwards. Matt Kenseth. Greg Biffle. Danica Patrick. NASCAR looks like a college football team whose underclassmen all decided to declare for the draft.

All had fan bases now looking for someone else to inspire them. Some aren’t looking very hard.

CP MOTORSPORTS - 2018 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY HONORS FIVE NASCAR LEGENDS


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Five NASCAR icons – two drivers, a crew chief/owner, an engine builder/owner and a broadcaster – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates make up the ninth class of The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which now holds 45 inductees.

 

MONTE DUTTON: THE REAL REASON THE RACING IS BETTER

Let me tell you what I love about NASCAR that I didn’t 25 years ago.

It’s safer.

In the 1990s, writing about races at Talladega Superspeedway used to scare me. A writer hates dealing with tragedy more than anything else. The job is distasteful, but it has to be done. He sees track workers covering the wreck with tarpaulin and carting it off. He knows the signs that something is terribly wrong. He prays his instincts are wrong, but he knows they aren’t. That’s the way it was the day Dale Earnhardt died on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

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