Bristol is where NASCAR’s fans will be missed the most

Bristol Motor Speedway once had a streak of more than 50 consecutive races of completely selling out its grandstand seats for the two NASCAR Cup Series races held in the upper northeastern corner of Tennessee each year. And though that streak has long since been broken and there were events in which it looked as if the grandstands were barely half filled, there were signs that things had turned around and were beginning to head in the right direction in terms of tickets sales, particularly for the night race held each August. But this Sunday, there is no doubt what…

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Did the “right” driver get the checkered in Charlotte this time?

The fastest car is supposed to win, right? Chase Elliott appeared to have the fastest car at Charlotte Motor Speedway on two separate occasions within the past week. The trouble is, he only won one of the two NASCAR Cup Series races held on that track within that time frame. As has been well documented by now, Elliott was seemingly on his way to victory on Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600 until a late race caution came out when Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron suffered a flat tire and spun. With the race heading toward an overtime finish,…

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CARS Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series approve NEXT-GEN Body for competition

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 27, 2020) – CARS Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS officials are pleased to announce the approval of the Next-Gen body for competition in their Super Late Model divisions, as well as the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance Pro Late Model division, beginning with the Thomas Automotive American Freedom 300 at Jennerstown Speedway on July 4. The new body is approved without any weight penalties or advantages when competing against existing ABC-approved bodies. CARS Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS officials would like to thank Five Star Bodies, who worked diligently…

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Will Chase Elliott retaliate against Kyle Busch?; History says yes

NASCAR’s first Cup Series race held on a Wednesday night in decades had no shortage of drama as the highly competitive event boiled down to a controversial late race incident and an early stoppage due to the weather. Denny Hamlin left Darlington Raceway at the end of the Toyota 500 as the winner when rain began to fall and NASCAR officials were forced to call the race with 20 laps still remaining. It was the second victory of the season for the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota. But the real story of the race actually occurred…

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Turn 2 Blog: NASCAR did it right and the racing was excellent in Darlington

*Turn 2 Blog is a regular feature on InsideCircleTrack.com. Here, site operators Michael Moats and Richard Allen take turns offering their thoughts on the NASCAR and pavement short track racing topics of the day. Richard: It’s often easy to criticize NASCAR and virtually everyone who follows the sport has done so from time to time. However, now is the time to give credit where credit is due after this past weekend. NASCAR became the first major sport(I don’t care what UFC and PBR say) to return to action on Sunday when they contested ‘The Real Heroes 400’ at the Darlington…

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Rich’s Ramblings: Props to NASCAR; Just one year for Bowman?; the Masked Assassin

From time to time I plan to drop in a brief recording to offer a few thoughts. I plan to make most of these on the way to or from a race track on some topic that may be of interest but not necessarily for a written story. In this edition of Rich’s Ramblings I talk about the great job NASCAR did in organizing and implementing their plan for returning to action. I also offer some thoughts on the seeming return to prominence by Hendrick Motorsports which includes Jimmie Johnson’s error in Darlington and the one year extension given to…

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The Ingredients are in Place for Really Entertaining Racing in Round 2 at Darlington

A NASCAR Cup Series race can actually take place without qualifying or practice? I’m sure there have been instances of such a happening when weather has been involved but in Sunday’s ‘The Real Heroes 400’ at Darlington Raceway that was the plan all along. In order to keep person-to-person contact to an absolute minimum, both of those NASCAR racing rituals were scraped well ahead of the time teams were scheduled to arrive at the track. As a result, drivers were kept separate from their teams and literally walked straight to the starting grid, got in their cars, and took off….

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Darlington with no practice: This could get interesting quickly

After weeks of strictly racing on simulator rigs in virtual iRacing events, NASCAR Cup Series drivers will return to action on Sunday afternoon for their first race in actual cars since the checkered flag fell on the Fan Shield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 8, 2020. And not only will the drivers and crews be back on track for the first time in over two months, but they will be taking on perhaps the most difficult of challenges on the entire circuit. Darlington Raceway with its narrow racing groove and worn surface has rightfully earned the moniker of “Too…

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Rich’s Ramblings: We might just realize there’s a better way of doing things

(For those who would prefer to listen rather than read you can click on the play button below to hear the spoken version of this story) The NASCAR Cup Series is finally set to return to action this Sunday, May 17th at Darlington Raceway and with that return comes an entirely new way of doing things. Significantly reduced numbers of crew members being allowed on the property, no practice, no qualifying, fewer media members to report what is happening, social distancing regulations being enforced to the point that a team member who fails to adhere could be removed from the…

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Fans Ready to Return to Race Tracks Despite Potential Risks

It’s not exactly a secret that frustrations are growing as social distancing restrictions remain in place over many parts of the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. And perhaps as much as anywhere, those frustrations are being felt in the world of sports. Among those who are missing their previously taken-for-granted doses of sports entertainment are fans of auto racing. Even though some forms of racing have returned to action in made-for-PPV events such as last Friday’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drinks Sprint Car Series race at the storied Knoxville(IA) Raceway shown by DirtVision.com along with numerous Dirt…

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