by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2017-04-10 12:08
There was only one way for Jimmie Johnson and the crew of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet to raise their heads at smile after struggles on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. They needed to win, which exactly what the team did after starting last in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.
“I guess I remembered how to drive, and I guess this team remembered how to do it!,” stated Johnson from Victory Lane. “I’m just real proud of this team. What a tough track and tough conditions. We were really in our wheelhouse, and we were just able to execute all day.
“ Oh, it was hot in (the car). I got cooked in the car today. I didn’t have any fluids, so I’m not feeling the best, but we got into Victory Lane. I’m so proud of the fight in this race team. I can’t wait to celebrate during this off-weekend with my family and friends and enjoy this.”
Written by Monte Dutton Sat, 2017-04-08 19:00
I love Martinsville Speedway. It’s the same way I love Darlington, not to mention Fenway Park, Ryman Auditorium and Wilder Stadium (where I played high school ball).
Martinsville was a place I never went until 1993, when I was 35 years old. I then wrote about 39 more races in a row until I lost my ride in 2013.
Back then, H. Clay Earles held a genial sway in the press box. A little pond was situated behind turns three and four. Dogwood trees were everywhere, blooming in the spring. I can name dozens of baseball parks that are charming. Martinsville was the first speedway that deserved the adjective.
By Bobby Bennett Mon, 2017-04-03 09:22
In the final 50 laps of the STP 500 at Martinsville (Na) Speedway Brad Keselowski outran a failing Kyle Busch to collect his first “Grandfather” Clock trophy in what was revealed as the 1,000th Cup Series start for Team Penske.
The win was also the first for Ford Performance since the fall race in 2002 at the 526-mile racetrack which is the only track to be at the top level of NASCAR racing since the start of the company. The win was also the second of the season for Keselowski, both coming on tracks where he had yet to post a victory.
“You know, the two wins this year have both come at tracks that I haven't won at before and we haven't won at as a team before, so certainly that feels really good to be able to check something off the list, and with everything else that goes into today, there seemed to be a lot of numerology today with this being the Penske team's 1,000th start here in this series, and it's been a long time since Ford won here,” stated Keselowski when ask about the special moments attached to the win.
Written by Monte Dutton Sat, 2017-04-01 07:55
When I watch the races on TV these days, I can think about them. The down side is I don’t make much money. The upside is I don’t have to busy myself with scribbles on notepads about the running order for a green-flag pit sequence, why the driver of the 68 car is apparently a lunatic, and what in the wide, wide world of Smokey Yunick is Chad Knaus going to try next?
I can seek “the big picture.” I can think “outside the box.” I can find “where the rubber meets the road.” I can attain “transparency,” which used to mean I could see right through someone but now means, magically, that such a person is open and honest.
Sat, 2017-04-01 07:48
The secret is out. It’s an April Fool’s Day prank. Only this one is real.
Many readers have requested it. It matches Monte Dutton’s generally acknowledged field of expertise. His sixth novel, Lightning in a Bottle, is about stock car racing.
Barrie Jarman is the hope of racing’s future because he is a link to its past.
Written by Monte Dutton Sun, 2017-03-26 07:44
NASCAR is completing its annual production of How the West Was Won. Cue the music.
Buh-buh-buh-buh-BUH, buh, buh-BUH-buh-buh …
With the wagons safely circled in Fontana, Calif., let’s take inventory. Let’s check off what we’ve got and circle what we’re waiting for.
Four races. Four winners. Two Fords. A Toyota. A Chevrolet. Kurt Busch won the Daytona 500. Brad Keselowski triumphed near Atlanta. Martin Truex Jr. cashed in at Vegas. Ryan Newman pulled off his first win in a while near Phoenix.
Fri, 2017-03-24 08:58
is teaming up with NASA
and Richmond International Raceway to give NASCAR’s youngest fans the opportunity to learn the science behind the sport as well as meet the seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion prior to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 30.
The Jimmie Johnson Ticket Package gives kids the chance to see not only their favorite driver, but also learn about the role STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has in NASCAR. Kids will learn how the science of speed plays a role in both NASCAR and the launch of rockets into space.
Tue, 2017-03-21 11:01
NASCAR America, NBCSN’s daily motorsports show, is launching a new series My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows to highlight and celebrate local race tracks and racing associations in all 50 states across the country.
As part of My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows, NASCAR America will cross the country alphabetically from Alabama to Wyoming and showcase an individual track each day. Featuring speedways including Central Arizona Speedway (Casa Grande, AZ), Diamond Park Speedway (Nashville, AR), Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, KY), Magic Valley Speedway (Twin Falls, ID), Dixie Speedway (Birch Run, MI) and Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, MS), My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows will shine a spotlight on the heart and soul of the racing community and what the nation’s fascination with speed and stock car racing is built upon.
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2017-03-15 10:27
One of my favorite jokes was told me by a roommate in college. It’s about two little twin boys who decide they have “blossomed into manhood.”
It usually comes slower for the entitled sons of NASCAR.
Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are among the more unlikely fighters I know. As Rodney Dangerfield said in Back to School, “I’m not a fighter. I’m a lover.”
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2017-03-13 08:09
While Martin Truex Jr showed his strength in his Furniture Row Toyota throughout the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he owes a huge thank you to whatever demon kicked Brad Keselowski's Miller Ford in the closing laps.
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano owe the same thanks as they also clear Keselowski for their top five finishes. On the other end of the stick Keselowski was able to hang on for a sixth place finish and the points lead.
Truex was quick to admit Keselowski's issues handed him the win.