The first time I saw The Winston was one of the better ones. It was in 1992, the first contested at night. Lights at superspeedways are now taken for granted, but 26 years ago, whether they could work was an issue of considerable doubt. A 1.5-mile track requires lots of illumination, and all sorts of high-tech precautions had to be taken in order to eliminate glare.
The doubt disappeared after Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Petty and Davey Allison all crashed on the final lap, in two installments, and Allison’s celebration of victory took place at a nearby hospital.
Today doubt would have appeared. At the time, it seemed as if Humpy Wheeler had just invented pizza.
Martin Truex Jr. will be aiming for a three-peat at Kansas Speedway, a track where he suffered a few misfortunes over the years but rebounded with a vengeance last season scoring both wins at the 1.5-mile oval.
“Winning three straight at Kansas would be pretty special,” Truex said. “We’ve been so good there the past three or four years but also had some heartbreakers after having the best car and not winning. Getting those two last year meant a lot. It was gratifying to get the job done but still feel the track owes us a few more.”
NASCAR® and Camping World have expanded their agreement to provide Gander Outdoors naming rights to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Beginning in 2019, the national series will be rebranded as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
Camping World originally became title sponsor of the Truck Series in 2009. In 2014, NASCAR and Camping World signed a landmark seven-year agreement, continuing the partnership through 2022. This newly expanded agreement provides official NASCAR status and naming rights to Camping World’s partner brand, Gander Outdoors. The remaining years on the deal are still intact.
I have nodded off watching at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this year. Maybe two. It was probably at least as much a result of me being tired as it was a reflection on the race.
Not all races are exciting. All races are interesting, though. It takes close attention to appreciate fully any sporting event. Most fans who don’t find sports interesting are fans who aren’t interested.
I saw lots of posts, mostly on Facebook, to the effect that Joey Logano’s victory on Sunday at Talladega Speedway was “the worst race there I’ve ever seen,” and “boring as hell,” and “I’d rather watch golf,” which really ticked off golf fans.
Former NASCAR driver and ARCA team owner James Hylton and his son were killed early Saturday when the vehicle hauling their race car back from Talladega Superspeedway crashed on I-85 in Franklin County, Ga.
The Georgia State Patrol and the Franklin County Coroner’s office told WSPA in Spartanburg, S.C., that James Harvey Hylton, 83, and his son James Harvey Hylton Jr., 61, both of Inman, S.C., died at the accident scene. They were passengers in the vehicle. The vehicle’s driver, who was not identified, was taken to Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
Bear with me. I’ve got a point to make, but it’s going to take some finagling. On Sunday, I’ll be three weeks’ worth of 60. It took this long for me to notice. Sixty was just a number, not a check point. I guess I didn’t notice until last night. When I went to sleep, I thought I felt satisfied. I had just finished writing a story of which I was proud. I’m excited about a change on the horizon, but there’s a trace of panic in the furrowed fields of my mind. Such things take time, and I’m ready to go. I feel like a bucking horse waiting to get out of a stall, except that I’m too old to buck. The arthritic knees have been acting up.
At the conclusion Monday of the weather festival in Bristol, Tenn., I was down and out, man. I was bummed. The low was lower than the high was high.
The Food City 500 was such a great race, and so few people know it. Kyle Busch’s victory was too exciting to be wasted on a tiny crowd and a dearth of TV viewers. NASCAR needed the whole world to be watching. Instead, the crowd at Bristol Motor Speedway looked as if Tennessee had decided to hold its high school lacrosse finals there.
Martin Truex Jr. will make his 450th career NASCAR Cup Series start in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
“That’s crazy how time flies,” said Truex when he was told that Richmond will be his 450th career start. “Just seems like yesterday we were making preparations to run our first Cup races.
“I feel fortunate to be competing at the highest level of stock car racing, thanks to everyone who has helped and supported my career along the way. I am still having plenty of fun and feel I have more good years left in me.”