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CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: DARLINGTON, OH, DARLINGTON, JUST SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT, PLEASE

I'm looking forward to the Bojangles Southern 500, not so much because I always look forward to races at Darlington Raceway, though I do, and not so much because my favorite track has been restored to its rightful place on Labor Day weekend, though it has, but because I have some hope that this race might not be more of the same.

I'm tired of the same.

Darlington is the second and final test of NASCAR's "less downforce" rules package. It worked when in place at Kentucky Speedway on July 11. The cars slid around. The drivers had more to do with the outcome. At a track where previous races had been reliably humdrum, the spectacle improved dramatically.

    

CP MOTORSPORTS - LOUIS BREWSTER: RANDOM THOUGHTS HEADED INTO LABOR DAY

Throwback time: Eleven years later, NASCAR has restored a tradition by scheduling a Labor Day Sunday race back at Darlington Raceway. There are many fans who have held a grudge against the sanctioning body all those year for moving the Southern 500 away from Darlington.

What made it even worse, for the majority of fans, was shifting a traditional race to Southern California in a move to try and expand revenue and the fan base. After a seven-year run at California/Auto Club Speedway, NASCAR made an adjustment and gained a second date in Chicago while track owner International Speedway Corp. gained a casino in Kansas.

CP MOTORSPORTS - RACING WILL ALWAYS BE DANGEROUS

From the moment I started to follow, and enjoying, auto racing, I knew it was a dangerous sport. High speeds, tight turns, brazen moves, total teamwork and exceptional talent. While I grew up in a stick and ball world, I was awed by the sport.

CP MOTORSPORTS - SOUTHERN 500 BRINGS THE PAST TO THE PRESENT

Few tracks in NASCAR catch match the tradition of Darlington Raceway.

With its narrow straightaways, abrasive tire-eating surface, hot temperatures and jaw-dropping speeds, the fearsome egg-shaped oval in rural South Carolina has long presented one of the toughest tests in all forms of motorsports.

Basically, a win at Darlington gains a driver a page of hard-earned NASCAR history.

CP MOTORSPORTS - NASCAR TO CELEBRATE START OF CHASE WITH CHASE FEST

 

Chicago will once again host the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with one of the biggest NASCAR® themed parties of the season, NASCAR Chase Fest™ sponsored by Toyota. The free outdoor fan fest will feature all 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Challengers and culminate with a live concert by Grammy-nominated band, 3 Doors Down. NASCAR Chase Fest will take place on Weed Street between Fremont and Kingsbury streets from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. CDT on September 17.

CP MOTORSPORTS - ICONIC RACE CARS FROM NASCAR HALL OF FAMERS SHOWCASED AT AUTO FAIR

 

Automobile and racing enthusiasts will get the exclusive opportunity to view the iconic cars of NASCAR Hall of Famers during the Sept. 24-27 AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Historical vehicles driven by “The King” Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt will be among the many cars displayed in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion.

CP MOTORSPORTS - STENHOUSE TO HONOR DAVID PEARSON WITH ICONIC NO. 17 SCHEME IN DARLINGTON

A NASCAR ‘Throwback’ weekend at Darlington Raceway and a No. 17 Ford Fusion canvas made for an undeniable invitation for a David Pearson Ford Torino retro paint scheme.  As Pearson remains the winningest driver at Darlington with 10 trips to victory lane at the historic track, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and his sponsor Cargill Beef were honored with the opportunity.

“David Pearson is not only an icon in our sport, he is one of the greatest racers of all time,” said Stenhouse.  “He knew how to save his car for when it counted and that’s why he had over 100 wins.  From the time I thought this paint scheme might be a possibility, I have been counting the days to get that car on the track at Darlington.  I only hope I do it justice.”

NASCAR RELOCATING NEW YORK OFFICE IN 2016

 

NASCAR, which has had an office in New York City since the 1990s, has completed a new lease agreement to move into new space just a block away from its current location. The new location keeps NASCAR in close proximity to important industry marketing and media partners and the chance to streamline and customize the office for its needs.

CP MOTORSPORTS - TOM HIGGINS: A TALE OF NASCAR'S TOUGHMAN, CALE YARBOROUGH

 

A pal and I were waiting out a rainstorm in a shelter while fishing a while back and started talking racin'.

"Who is the toughest, bravest driver you've seen and known in all your years of covering NASCAR?" he asked.

I replied that there have been plenty of super-tough, daredevil drivers.

I named some examples:

GET YOUR NEVER GIVE UP WRISTBAND DESIGNED BY SHERRY POLLEX, MARTIN TRUEX JR.

During a post-race interview following his June 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Martin Truex Jr. was asked by a member of the media how he was able to keep going forward after all the adversity that’s confronted him over the past two seasons.
 
Without hesitation Truex gave a succinct and heartfelt answer -- "Never Give Up."
 
The "Never Give Up" saying has taken on a meaning of its own, touching Truex’s social media followers and race fans throughout the country and the world.

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