Friday night kicks off the start to the race weekend at Dover International Speedway with the Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter will roll onto the “Monster Mile” tonight leading the point chase.
One of the new changes to the points system for 2011 is that the drivers now have to pick which series they would like to score points in towards the chase. The 18 of Kyle Busch has won three times in the Camping World Truck Series this season, one of which Kasey Kahne piloted the Z-Line Designs Toyota to victory lane while Kyle vacationed with his wife. » Continue reading more of this post…
This weekend the Nascar Sprint Cup series will be racing at Bristol. Bristol traditionally is one of those tracks where cages get rattled, and the old bump and run used to be the only way to pass a guy and get by him.
Since they have changed the track banking, it has opened up from a one groove track to two and even sometimes three lanes of racing. Even with the changes, the atmosphere at Bristol is incredible. It’s a half mile of short track racing with steep seating completely around the track that reminds you of a roman coliseum.
It’s also the loudest track on the circuit, because of the way its designed there’s no way for the noise to escape. Pit crews aren’t able to talk to one another like they do at other tracks, so they use hand signals and pass pieces of paper with instructions to one another to get the job done. » Continue reading more of this post…
That’s what Joe Denette decided to do when he woke up one morning and realized he had won the Virginia Lottery for $75,600,000 in May of 2009.
When Joe checked his lottery ticket, he was on his way to meet some friends over at the race track to attend a NASCAR race. He told his friends that he just hit the lottery and was going to start his own race team. His friends didn’t take him seriously and joked around with him, saying “yah right“!
That Monday morning Joe told the Virginia Lottery officials the story of how he found out that he had won, and what he wanted to do with some of his winnings. So they decided to have the official presentation ceremony at Richmond International Raceway. » Continue reading more of this post…
Pretty much anything can happen during the Daytona 500, and one thing’s for certain, this years Daytona 500 was no exception to the rule. With record lead changes and the big one happening early in the race, many top contenders such and Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and many other popular drivers had their chances of winning end early.
Once the smoke cleared and the final lap emerged it was rookie Trevor Bayne racing for the Wood Brothers in a Motorcraft sponsored Ford that crossed the finish line first.
The only rookie to ever win the Daytona 500 was Lee Petty during the first Daytona 500, because essentially everyone was a rookie for that race. Trevor Bayne is the youngest rookie to have won the Daytona 500 in history at the age of 20.
I have been watching this kid draft with Jeff Gordon all week long and from what I can see he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Picture borrowed from Fox news
The big news out of Daytona from yesterday had to be that Dale Earhardt Jr crashed his 500 car during practice. He was drafting with teammate Jimmie Johnson when they came up on a pack of slower cars. Jimmie Johnson slowed down and got loose causing Earnhardt to slow, resulting in Martin Truex Jr. to get into the back of Earnhardt’s car sending him into the inside retaining wall.
Earnhardt has gone to a back up car and will need to start at the rear of the field as mandated by Nascar for the Daytona 500.
The Gatorade Duals are today and will be shown at 1:00 pm on Speed, the race starts at 2:00. The rest of the field has to race its way into the Daytona 500 during these two races. If you can catch them they’re a great race to watch, Speed usually replays them a few times at night during the week.
Photo borrowed from: www.Nascar.com
Due to cars hitting speeds of 206 MPH during the Bud Shootout on Saturday night, Nascar has decided to change the size of the restrictor plate to 1/64th of an inch.
This change should drop about 10 horsepower from the motors, resulting in speeds just under 200 MPH for Sunday’s race. These changes help to keep the cars at speeds that will keep both the drivers and fans safe.
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Turning in a time of 48.364 at 186.089 MPH Dale Earhardt Jr. turned in the fastest qualifying lap earning himself the top spot on the pole of the 53rd Daytona 500
If one things for certain Dale Jr is a force to be reckoned with on the super speedways. He ran well during the Bud Shootout on Saturday night until Carl Edwards bumped him from behind sending him into the fence and putting an early end to his night. » Continue reading more of this post…