by Zachary Hinson; Photos by Getty Images Mon, 2019-09-23 07:54
As if his dominant win at Las Vegas wasn’t enough for Martin Truex to prove he wants the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series championship, he had to go and do the same at Richmond Raceway at the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Darlington Raceway is as precious to NASCAR fans as Lambeau Field to connoisseurs of professional football. Indianapolis, though often derided by the stock car faithful, is the most famous place to race cars in the country and likely the world.
Next? Viva … viva … Las Vegassssss!
Sure, fans go to see the race, but they don’t go to Vegas just for the racing. They hit the casinos, not to mention the lavish shows. Once I left the track and headed to the Hoover Dam, then got back in time to see Willie Nelson at the Orleans. Another time a friend and I drove through Death Valley.
Race fans do not like to see death. They like to see death defied. People who go to the circus like to see someone shot out of a cannon. Claiming a fan doesn’t like to see wrecks is like saying football fans don’t like hits, or baseball fans home runs, or basketball fans three-pointers.
Twice, in particular, at Bristol Motor Speedway, death was defied.
Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and INDYCAR officially announced a multi-year deal for the NTT IndyCar Series to return to America’s Premier Short Track at a press conference. The announcement was made near the historic Start/Finish Line at Richmond. For the first time in 11 years, the NTT IndyCar Series will race at Richmond “under the lights” on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Richmond will host a festival headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series, welcoming fans to engage in a speed-themed weekend event on June 26-27, 2020.
by Zachary Hinson; Photos by Getty Images Fri, 2019-09-06 12:50
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a crown jewel track that every racecar driver would love to go and win at and put their name in the record books as Kevin Harvick did this Sunday when he won the Big Machine Vodka 400 to capture his third win of the year. But for this year only, Indy became something more than just another race to win for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup drivers to win, it became a moment they had all been racing for all season, the moment the playoffs begin.Kevin Harvick, with no pressure to make the playoffs, got the pole while Paul Menard would surprise by starting second. Harvick got to a strong lead early on as he already had a over three second lead only five laps in. Soon after, the issues began for one driver trying to make the playoffs as Daniel Suarez brought out the caution after he got too high out of the corner and heavily scraped the wall but kept it moving.
This season has been a trying one for Erik Jones in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, while being consistent and keeping himself in playoff contention, his future has been murky at Joe Gibbs Racing due to being the only driver not having a win on the team while Christopher Bell has been very strong in the Xfinity series and has been making a case for a Cup ride. Essentially, Erik Jones needed a win to make his own case as to why he deserves his ride and at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 he got that win; beating his teammate, the strong Kyle Busch, for it.
I wish the Southern 500 was the last race. The season – even when the Let’s Make a Deal playoffs get underway – seems anticlimactic after The Track Too Tough to Tame has, in fact, been tamed. Most of the remaining tracks – notable exception: Martinsville – seem adolescent after The Granddaddy of Them All presides over the remnants of the France Dynasty.
Que sera, sera.
In South Carolina, the only downer is that Clemson has already played. It was Thursday, so by Sunday, the bold, boisterous Tiger fans should be sufficiently rested to watch a race on Sunday night. By Monday, the office doldrums will seem normal after a post-Thursday Clemson hangover of joy.
It was the first year my primary job was writing about NASCAR. I had written about occasional races since 1981. I had attended them as far back as 1965. Lest you say to yourself right now, “My God, is Dutton that old?” let the record note I was seven when Ned Jarrett won that day.
Anyway, I knew the sport and was anxious to make my fortune. It became endlessly frustrating when every time I asked Gant a question, his answer was ridiculous.