When NASCAR announced its overtime line in 2016, I had hopes for it. I thought a consistent line could help avoid controversy, unlike the old rule for cautions at the end of the race, and shushing conspiracy theorists about “rigged races” is almost always a positive. But then I saw the overtime line used in a race.
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.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is no stranger to getting hurt in the race car, but last year’s long concussion recovery opened his eyes to just how tenuous his health is as a racer. So, he announced today that he was retiring from the NASCAR Cup Series on his own terms while he still can make that announcement on his own.
No recent retirement announcement has stung racing fans quite as much as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s did today. Sure, he’s 42 and we should all have expected this, but he simply feels like one of us: a straight-talking man of the people—the likes of which the hyper-polished world of NASCAR could use a lot more of.
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.
When the No. 37 car of Chris Buescher was tapped from behind from the No. 77 of Erik Jones in the pit lane during this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in Texas, Buescher’s car spun around into its pits stall trunk-first—right into Buescher’s jack man Zack Young. Ouch!
Tony Stewart isn’t in the clear just yet regarding the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who died of blunt trauma injuries after being struck by Stewart’s car in 2014. Criminal charges against Stewart were dropped two years ago, but Ward Jr.’s parents have since filed a civil lawsuit that they’re fighting to be heard.
NASCAR may finally give its teams a choice in tires next year, reports Fox Sports. This year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will allow teams to test out the two compounds and see if they like having the choice. If it’s a hit, expect to see these two options return in 2018.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives used a secret off-the-books bank account to buy a $21,000 NASCAR suite at Bristol Motor Speedway and a trip to Las Vegas, among other things, reports the Washington Post. Sadly, it wasn’t to investigate on-track fistfights, or anything else for that…
The freshly repaved Texas Motor Speedway is a little slippery thus far, but man, does it look sharp. What’s more noticeable than usual, however, are the freshly painted, bright-white lines against the dark new asphalt. It begs the question: why are they there?
The owner of a Connecticut short track was arrested this week for his part in a human-trafficking ring in which young men with mental illnesses were brought to him and paid for sex acts, local station News 8 reported. NASCAR dropped the sanctions for its regional touring series at the track soon after.
When a NASCAR driver goes into a spin, especially at a race track as short as Martinsville Speedway, there usually isn’t much that can be done about it—the vehicle is either going to hit a wall or another vehicle. But when Chase Briscoe went around on Saturday, another driver actually wrecked him back in line.
If there’s one thing we know about modern NASCAR, it’s that the sanctioning body often takes the most complicated route in order to solve a problem. Look at the points system. But there was a painfully obvious way to go in its most recent “fix” to make a parade of a race more interesting, and NASCAR didn’t do it.
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Cole Custer has a history of being in the wrong place at the times when his fellow NASCAR competitors are feeling a bit too aggressive. But, in a rare sighting at Auto Club Speedway in California, Custer actually experienced a wreck without any greedy or petty motive behind it.
One thing is constant in life: if there is a way to translate something into a merchandising or sponsorship opportunity, NASCAR will do it. Behold the t-shirt born of the greatest motorsport interview in years, in which Kyle Busch answered every question with some variation of “Everything is great.”
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.
Not content to merely ruin Porsche’s shot at winning the 12 Hours of Sebring, air hoses also ruined one of Martin Truex Jr.’s pit stops during today’s NASCAR Cup Series race. The air hose from Michael McDowell’s car caught the corner of Truex’s wheel well and didn’t want to let go.
You never really know who’s holding on to a NASCAR grudge until the next race. Given how Kyle Busch isn’t really commenting on his make-nice chats with NASCAR officials and Joey Logano following last weekend’s fight, I’m not sure those talks accomplished much. Clearly, we need the “I Love You” car again.
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.