Nearly three years after drunk NASCAR fan No. 1 climbed the catch fence during a race at Richmond International Raceway, it happened again Sunday. NASCAR never even threw a caution for this guy, and USA Today reports that local police said he “kicked an officer in the knee” while being taken into custody.
Tires have been particularly tricky in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway this time around, and one of the recent victims was the Monster Energy car of Kurt Busch. If Monster hasn’t made a figurative bang as the new title sponsor so far, well, it has now—literally.
Before the 2017 race season, the powers that be in NASCAR decided to overhaul the sport’s rules—like, seismic levels of change here. But they couldn’t leave it alone for more than 11 races, changing the race format for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. And now, they’re considering more rule changes for 2018.
In June, things are going to get pretty weird in NASCAR broadcasting. For the first time, the entire broadcast team will be active drivers—the booth, the pit-road reporters and everyone else. Fox Sports, the broadcaster for that race, said they have free rein “as long as no one sets fire” to the booth. Uh, yikes?
Aric Almirola had to be cut out of his car after being collected by a fiery wreck between Joey Logano and Danica Patrick during Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, and he left a local hospital Sunday with a compression fracture in his back. His driving status is to be determined.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field at Talladega Superspeedway was eerily clean for almost 170 laps on Sunday, which was odd for a restrictor-plate track. But the drivers managed to right that odd feeling with 20 laps to go, with A.J. Allmendinger starting a giant wreck that put him on his roof.
So far, so good for the yellow steed pacing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
It’s finally happening. The prophecy has been fulfilled. Time is a flat circle. The great words spoken by the Monster Bros have become our reality. NASCAR, the hockey of motorsports, is hosting a sanctioned Bellator MMA fight during its upcoming race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Praise be to the bro.
Talking to reporters before practice at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, 24-year-old Kyle Larson apparently called himself the “last true racer” in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series—you know, the one with 40 different racers in any given field.
Following McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso’s decision to skip the Monaco Grand Prix to race the Indianapolis 500, three-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton said over the week that he’d be interested in doing one-off races in other series—particularly MotoGP and NASCAR’s Daytona 500.
I’ll be honest, it took me a few days after this video on the Monster Energy girls published to actually write this. My hands were shaking too much out of anger to do anything for a while. But there’s something we need to talk about—again!—and it’s glorifying the objectification of women in motorsports.
Remember the awkward coincidence of NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick being in the television booth when a driver he called a spoon-fed rich kid intentionally wrecked someone under caution? Well, that kid got no fines or penalties for it. Instead, NASCAR served up penalties to drivers whose cars failed inspection.
It isn’t often that racing spats over wrecks get super technical. It’s usually just a finger-pointing match over who hit whom and why. But after a wreck with Joey Logano in Las Vegas, Kyle Busch apparently asked to see his throttle data to determine if Logano hit him on purpose—after trying to punch him, of course.
They’re giving out stage trophies in NASCAR. Kevin Harvick dominantly won the first two stages in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, so not only does he get bonus points toward the title, but he also gets a bunch of extra stuff to find a place for when he gets home.
Since virtually every human the planet doesn’t want Atlanta Motor Speedway to repave its racing surface after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, the track may actually reconsider its plans to destroy everything that’s good and holy in the world of cookie-cutter race tracks. This is a beautiful day.
On Sunday, Jalopnik posted a guide on how to understand NASCAR and the Daytona 500 under the sanctioning body’s new, complicated rules. The views on that post shot up and down in an almost unprecedented way during the race, plotting an astonishing graph of exactly when and how confused people were.
Leading a single-file line of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race cars across the finish line after a wild amount of lead changes in the final laps, Kurt Busch won the 2017 Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing. He then proceeded to do a celebratory burnout across the infield grass, tearing it right up.
After more than a stage and a half of racing in the Daytona 500—that’s 105 laps in new-NASCAR talk—a tire went down on Kyle Busch’s car and spun the No. 18 around, collecting bunch of cars and tearing them up. Afterward, Busch blamed and served a major burn to NASCAR’s “official” tire. That’ll be a nice fine.
The day is here: glorious, high-speed American stock-car racing is back for a new season. But that new season comes with a lot of changes, from a major rules overhaul to alarming driver swaps over the offseason. Let’s get you caught up on everything you need to know before the Daytona 500.