Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Hot Take: Cut the Kansas, Kentucky, Chicago and Texas races to 300 miles

Wednesday afternoon on SiriusXM Speedway with Dave Moody, the driving topic was about the idea of shortening races. Some callers brought up shortening some races to 400 miles or 300 miles. Some callers brought the idea of stripping tracks of two races each. That is not an idea most tracks would find marketable. Their profit margins might have issues....

Bill Rexford: NASCAR’s forgotten champion of Conewango Valley

On Wednesday afternoon, the 2019 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame was announced. 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki became a Hall of Famer 26 years after his death. Car owners Jack Roush and Roger Penske are in, along with racer Davey Allison and champion Jeff Gordon. With Gordon and Kulwicki in, the only retired NASCAR Winston...

Jeremy Clements & Ryan Sieg need better-fueled rides

The Xfinity Series Dash4Cash races are helping breathe some new life into the series. With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup drivers out of commission for four weeks (Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover), the series has been showing off the future of NASCAR. Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell have both shown off their strength. The races at Bristol and Richmond...

Looking at the concept of more racetracks having 1 race or 2

During a drive through North Carolina, this writer’s radio was listening to Tradin’ Paint on SiriusXM Radio Channel 90. That day, in passing, Jim Noble noted that with the 2021 schedule to be the first after the sanctioning agreement would end, that maybe it is time to remove a few races from a few tracks that currently have two...

Fontana needs to come off the Xfinity schedule

The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California was another day of ho-hum Cup drivers winning. In the five races since the season began, a grand total of one Xfinity Series regular has won. That race was the 2018 PowerShares QQQ 300, which required all the Cup drivers to wreck during a green-white-checkered finish and...

All this talk of grassroots is nice, it will not change anything

Since Sunday night, when ISM Raceway at Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick and his car owner Tony Stewart talked in the media center about the lack of grassroots interest in racing, the talk has been all grassroots. Harvick and Stewart both called out Phoenix president Bryan Sperber about their decision to not have the K&N West (Touring) Series and the...

A NASCAR miracle on February 18

On February 18, 2001, this writer was a nine-year old kid who spent an afternoon sick and unable to play with his friends. That afternoon, this writer sat down and watched the 43rd Daytona 500. It was a depressing day when Mike Helton’s famous words, “we lost Dale Earnhardt.” This writer spent two and a half hours crying in...

The loss of Englishtown is another strike against Jersey racing

Last month at Armchair All-Americans, we talked about the history of auto racing in New Jersey. We also looked at the idea of some K&N racing returning to Wall Speedway, the track where Ray Evernham, the now-NASCAR Hall of Famer, began his career. We noted that there were a few tracks still open for auto racing in New Jersey....

Looking at a New Jersey track outside of Millville

In the last piece on Wednesday, we looked at a New England/New York and Pennsylvania racing series. In the past, we have looked at the idea of a race track on Staten Island and even F1/IndyCar style racing in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. However, this writer spent 20 years in New Jersey. Right now the only track with...

Looking at a new investment of stock car racing in the Northeast

Stock car racing is a Southeastern production and most of its success is still in the Southeast. NASCAR has expanded across the nation, trying to reach big markets, such as Las Vegas and Los Angeles. For the most part, that has worked. However, at the same time, NASCAR’s investment in the region of America where this man author lives...
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