Written by Louis Brewster Thu, 2015-07-23 12:05
Random thoughts about NASCAR as the traveling road show heads to the heartland and a Sunday show at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
So what's all the fuss about water bottles and what drivers do with them. From this standpoint, it's quite simply making a mountain out of a hole hill.
Of course if one's favorite driver is slowed by the hole hill, then it's a different story. Just look at the reaction from Loudon last Sunday as the result of a yellow flag being thrown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Written by Kelli Bennett Thu, 2015-07-23 08:30
Christopher Bell is no stranger to the dirt.
Bell has been racing for and winning championships on dirt surfaces around America. So it's no surprise to race fans the 20-year-old Norman, Oklahoma native won the Third Annual 1-800-CarCash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway; grabbing his first win in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series in just his third start of his career in the series.
Bell, who just dreamed of the opportunity to run in this race two years ago, was able to hold off 18-year-old dirt track ringer Bobby Pierce by almost a full second on Wednesday night.
Thu, 2015-07-23 07:07
Regarding Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Martin Truex Jr. has feelings ranging from optimism to trepidation.
For the optimism part, Indy's 2.5-mile flat track has similarities to Pocono Raceway where Truex claimed a victory last month, driving the No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet. The apprehension is a result of NASCAR's new aerodynamic rules package for the fabled track.
"Indy is a super challenging and technical racetrack," said Truex. "However, after winning at Pocono I feel like we'll have a little bit of an edge there because of some of the similarities between the two tracks. I feel that we can apply a lot of things we did at Pocono to Indy.
Written by Monte Dutton Tue, 2015-07-21 09:00
Lots of people tell me, "I don't even watch the races anymore," or, "I just watch the last 30 minutes."
I never thought, back in the early 1990s, when I started making most of a living writing about stock car races, that what people said about NASCAR would ever be what, at the time, they were saying about the NBA.
I guess part of it is that people have changed to the point where they'd rather watch their phone than their television set. One reason folks think the racing is boring is that they don't really watch it anymore.
Written by Kelli Bennett Mon, 2015-07-20 07:00
Sometimes in racing, it's better to be lucky than good.
Kyle Busch was both lucky and good in Sunday's 5 Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on his way to the checkered flag. Busch led 96 laps on the way to his third victory in the last four races. The three victories for Busch now places him just 58 points out of top 30 in the Sprint Cup points standings; his final obstacle in gaining Chase eligibility.
Busch believes this may be one of the most special seasons of his career with his success despite trying circumstances.
Written by Kelli Bennett Sun, 2015-07-19 07:02
Denny Hamlin didn't slam his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Hamlin didn't bump Austin Dillon after a late race restart either.
Hamlin did; however, rub fenders with both of them and in the immortal words of fictional movie character Cole Trickle's crew chief Harry Hogge, 'Rubbing, son, is racing."
Hamlin was able to rub and nudge his way to the checkered flag in Saturday's Lakes Region 200 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The win is Hamlin's first win in Xfinity competition at New Hampshire and his second win of the season.
Written by Kelli Bennett Fri, 2015-07-17 22:21
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyota Camrys are shifting into high gear.
JGR's momentum from Kentucky carried over to Friday afternoon's qualifying session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The newest member of JGR, Carl Edwards, won the pole for Sunday's 5 Hour Energy 301 with a speed of 135.164 mph and a fast lap of 28.179 seconds. In addition to Edwards' pole run, all three of his JGR teammates qualified inside the top eight for Sunday's race.
Edwards, driving the No. 19 Sport Clips Toyota this weekend, knows how important it is to start up front at New Hampshire.
Written by Louis Brewster Fri, 2015-07-17 07:14
Random thoughts for a Friday about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, wondering what the sanctioning body would charge a parched city for a weekend race day, err, days of rain.
Having known and heard about Kyle Busch in the last century, and fully aware how successful West Coast drivers had been in Sprint Cup competition, it was easy to secretly root for the young Las Vegas racer.
Thu, 2015-07-16 07:03
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick’s dominating year on the race track earned him the ESPY for ‘Best Driver’ last night at the 23rd annual ESPY Awards show presented by ESPN. Harvick triumphed over 2015 Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, 2014 IndyCar champion Will Power, 2014 Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and 2014 NHRA champion Erica Enders-Stevens for the win.
Last season, Harvick posted five victories, six runner-up finishes and 14 top-five finishes en route to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, clinched in walk-off fashion in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick also set six track qualifying records and earned a series-best eight poles.
Written by Monte Dutton Mon, 2015-07-13 08:21
What a difference a week makes. (My guess is this isn't the only time someone led a column with this sentence.)
NASCAR slapped a new set of rules, reducing downforce, on the cars for Saturday night's Quaker State 400 in Kentucky, and it looked like the 1.5-mile track had been coated with that old "bear grease" used at Darlington in the 1970s.
Kyle Busch's Toyota was fastest. What a surprise. He's adept at hanging loose. Before he won, though, he, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards put on an actual duel.