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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.

MONTE DUTTON: I WISH RACING WAS FOR REAL AGAIN

Football games seem so real, and NASCAR races seem so artificial.

This occurred to me as I was watching the college bowl games.

South Carolina was storming back from a 19-3 deficit to defeat Michigan. The Gamecocks did it the old-fashioned way.

MONTE DUTTON: NASCAR NEEDS CARS THAT ARE COOL

This is a time to accentuate the positive. NASCAR will have plenty of time to disappoint us later.

Chevrolet is running a Camaro. It won’t look as much like a Camaro as the one Tiny Lund drove in the Grand American Division in 1971, but it’s going to be better than the winged Car of Tomorrow (hah!).

We’ll go by our eyes and ears, of course. When the COT was unveiled, NASCAR propaganda ministers passed out press kits and, while the media was squatting down, scratching heads, rubbing eyes, and wondering if hallucinogens had been blended into our sweet teas, informed us – with straight faces! – that the different makes were vastly different.

MONTE DUTTON: THINGS WILL GET BETTER

There really isn’t that much to write about this time of year, and that’s the way it should be. Kids are out of school. The ones in college are already complaining about how “there’s nothing to do” at home.

So we make mountains out of molehills and molehills out of anthills.

“The law firm of Scotch & Waters has announced it is extending its associate sponsorship of Loosy Goosy Motorsports from 18 to 19 races. To celebrate its increased investment, one lucky fan will get a frivolous lawsuit for absolutely free!”

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