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MONTE DUTTON: YOU CAN FIGHT CHANGE, BUT YOU CAN’T CHANGE IT

I miss the stock car racing of my youth mainly because I miss my youth.

My hero was David Pearson. He was from up the super highway. Occasionally, my dad bumped into him when he landed his twin-engined plane at the Spartanburg Downtown Airport because Leo Sell, whom my father retained as a crop duster, flew in and out of there, too.

Pearson grew up on a mill hill. They called them hills whether they had any or not. My grandfather worked most of a half century in a mill. I worked at one in the summer. Third shift. I went to college so I wouldn’t work in a mill anymore. Pearson raced stock cars.

CP MOTORSPORTS - WOOD BROTHERS RACING AND PAUL MENARD TEAM UP BEGINNING IN 2018

Wood Brothers Racing, the oldest active NASCAR team and one of the winningest teams in series history, and veteran driver Paul Menard, will join forces for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENSC) season, the two parties announced today. The new partnership will see the team continue to compete full time for the coming seasons with Menard driving the legendary No. 21 Ford Fusion.

 

CP MOTORSPORTS - PENSKE TO EXPAND TO THREE-CAR NASCAR CUP TEAM IN 2018


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Team Penske announced today that Ryan Blaney will join the organization as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) beginning in 2018 as the team returns to a three-car operation in NASCAR’s premier series. The 23-year-old Blaney, who also signed a multi-year contract extension with the team, will pilot the No. 12 Ford Fusion, beginning with the annual non-points “Clash” event at Daytona International Speedway in February. 
 

CP MOTORSPORTS - DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO JOIN NBC SPORTS GROUP’S NASCAR TEAM IN 2018


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Dale Earnhardt Jr., the motorsports icon voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for an unprecedented 14 consecutive years (2003-16), will join NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage beginning in 2018, it was announced today. Chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports Mark Lazarus, and NBC Sports Executive Producer and President of Production Sam Flood, will introduce Earnhardt, in a media conference call today, Monday, July 24 at 3 p.m. ET. An advisory with specific information regarding the conference call will be distributed later this morning. 
 

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.

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