A new era of closer and more intense NASCAR racing competition will begin when the green flag drops for the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR today announced a new rules package for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars that will provide closer competition. The new package calls for a longer 2-inch splitter overhang at the front and a taller 8-inch spoiler at the rear of the car, as well as a radiator pan that is 37-inches at the front and tapered to 31-inches at the rear at all tracks in 2019.
I’m not fond of the term “roval.” The road courses that use both infield and oval in Daytona Beach and Indianapolis aren’t called rovals. I’m surprised it’s not a new prescription drug (“In rare instances, Roval has been known to cause understeer in mice.”) or a cereal that sounds healthy but isn’t.
It’s going to be ubiquitous on TV. They’re all going to say “roval” as often as they say the reigning Monster Cup champion’s name without one of its letters.
They’re off. For a short period of time, only NASCAR is in the playoffs. Baseball will arrive shortly. Football is a long way off. This should be stock car racing’s time to shine.
But it’s not. Four drivers have had superlative seasons. In the unlikely event that the playoffs actually wind down fairly, those drivers – Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex and Brad Keselowski – will decided the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship between them.
Not that NASCAR or anything else is fair, by the way.
Joined by hundreds of breast cancer survivors, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, fellow drivers Chris Buescher and Kaz Grala and legendary Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams painted Charlotte Motor Speedway’s pit wall pink on Thursday.
The fifth Paint Pit Wall Pink event featured a collection of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina employees helping an all-star cast of dignitaries and breast cancer survivors in adorning the speedway’s wall with a bright shade of pink to salute breast cancer awareness.
NASCAR today announced that Steve Phelps has been named NASCAR President, effective October 1, 2018. Brent Dewar has elected to step down and will remain with the company through the end of the 2018 racing season, transitioning to a senior consulting and advisory role in 2019.
Phelps will assume the duties held by Dewar and will report to Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. As President, Phelps will have responsibility over all competition and business operations for the sanctioning body.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is opening its camping facilities to evacuees seeking refuge from Hurricane Florence.
The campgrounds, which are equipped to handle thousands of campers during the track’s annual NASCAR weekend, will again be made available free of charge for dry RV and tent campers in the Legends Campground.
After an overwhelming response in 2017 when the Speedway hosted more than 100 campers during Hurricane Irma, a limited number of camping spaces with water, power and sewer have been made available for a nominal fee of $20 per night in the Premier Campground.
Due to a lack of necessary funding to field a competitive team, Furniture Row Racing has been left with no reasonable option but to cease operations following the completion of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
“This is not good for anybody,” said team owner Barney Visser. “The numbers just don’t add up. I would have to borrow money to continue as a competitive team and I’m not going to do that. This was obviously a painful decision to arrive at knowing how it will affect a number of quality and talented people.
“We’ve been aggressively seeking sponsorship to replace 5-hour ENERGY and to offset the rising costs of continuing a team alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing but haven’t had any success. I feel that it’s only proper to make the decision at this time to allow all team members to start seeking employment for next year. I strongly believe that all of our people have enhanced their careers by working at Furniture Row Racing.”
If Clint Bowyer would rather win at Kansas Speedway than anywhere else, it makes sense. Bowyer is a Kansan.
Just because I never raced doesn’t mean South Carolina isn’t something special to me. I’ve watched more races at Darlington than any driver has raced. Most of my bone-jarring hits occurred on a high school football field, and the home site of the stripes I earned there is important to me, too.
I hope I never stop getting chill bumps every time I think of Darlington Raceway, Clinton High School, Furman University and Fenway Park.