NASCAR PLAYOFFS: WHAT WE LEARNED

Toyota was particularly fast, mistakes were made and there’s much to be decided.


In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, it’s basically the same thing, save the whole playoff points and stage racing thing.

As in years past, there are still 16 drivers racing their way through a three-round, nine-race gauntlet in the hopes of being four of the 16 to compete for the championship in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr. won for the fifth time this season to cement the conviction that he will ultimately clinch one of those four spots when NASCAR arrives in South Beach later this year.

He has so many of these playoff points that he will basically start each of the next two rounds with a 25-point advantage over anyone else in the field.

We saw during the NASCAR playoffs that Toyota was fast but not fast enough. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch as the two former champions sparred on Twitter of the pace shown by Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row.

Keselowski alleged that NASCAR hasn’t done enough to level the playing field this season and that Toyota has taken advantage of that perceived indecision. Continue reading “NASCAR PLAYOFFS: WHAT WE LEARNED”

BANK OF AMERICA 500 RETURNS TO SUNDAY AFTERNOON

For the Bank of America 500, “Daylight Racing Time” is back with the race returning to a Sunday afternoon start time in 2017.


This important piece of information was made available in an announcement on Thursday by the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

As such, the fourth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffsand first race in the Round of 12 will now be held on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. ET. This will be provided full TV coverage on the NBC.

Initially, the earlier announced date was Saturday, Oct. 7. However, to allow for a better on-track competition as well as a more family-friendly schedule over a three-day weekend, the date was dropped and another date was chosen.

In a recent track release, Jimmie Johnson, seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and defending Bank of America 500 winner had a few things to say about Charlotte. Continue reading “BANK OF AMERICA 500 RETURNS TO SUNDAY AFTERNOON”

NASCAR Focus On Phoenix Races

There had been a debate over what action; NASCAR would take against Kyle Busch when he took a swing at their driver Joey Logano at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway racing event.


Many felt that NASCAR would levy a fine as a penalty to the accused. However, current news reveals that everything is fine between Logano, NASCAR and Busch. It has been revealed that Kyle Busch and Joey Logano had a discussion with NASCAR and the outcome of that was not very pleasant. The meeting had taken place before the practice on Friday. Kyle had seemed angry. Continue reading “NASCAR Focus On Phoenix Races”

HAMILTON KEEN ON TRYING NASCAR

Lewis Hamilton has shown much enthusiasm in participating in a Nascar race as he believes that the grand prix can learn a thing or two from it.


The formula 1 champion said that he wants to try a one off NASCAR race in the nearest future hoping that with this, the grand prix could pick up a few lessons from them.

Hamilton was present at the sprint cup finale held at homestead last weekend to support Jeff Gordon in the farewell event being held in his honor. He became friend with Gordon by mere chance after the two had met in Nashville a couple of years ago.

“There were definitely some things that for sure they do a lot better than us,” Hamilton said in regard to his Nascar experience. He went on to say that the Nascar had an impressive event and was a really great spectacle.

“There were for sure things that we could learn from them. It was a great show, a great spectacle particularly for the fans. A bit like DTM, the fans get very, very close to the garages in the background and to the drivers. It was a really cool event. I hope I get to do one one day.” Continue reading “HAMILTON KEEN ON TRYING NASCAR”

SUAREZ FACING UNSURE MOVES IN THE SERIES

A discussion of a move to the cup series for Daniel Suarez was ignited after his unexpected championship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season.


However, it seems as he would be remaining where he currently is at the moment – at least, for now.

His team owner, Joe Gibbs had hinted on the idea of going to the Cup series quite soon after Suarez’s win at Homestead- Miami Speedway, in the season finale.

“It’s going to be pretty quick we’ll be going to Cup,” Gibbs had said.

“I think it’s in Daniel’s hands, but obviously, he’s performed so well.

“It’s hard to get all that organized, but we’re working – that’s going to be our end game. That’s what we’re going to be working for.”

However, a team spokesman for Joe Gibbs Racing, on Saturday, had told Motorsport.com that current plans by the organization would see Suarez competing full time next season in the Xfinity series. Continue reading “SUAREZ FACING UNSURE MOVES IN THE SERIES”

Chris Buescher Saves The Day

Many might be aware of the hurdles that were faced in the mid race that would have prevented the Cinderella story of Pocono from not happening.


The restart that was required in the middle of the race might have ended Chris Buescher’s attempts there only for that race. When the race was over by halfway, there were several cars that choked up in the middle. Buescher wanted to avoid the chaos and he decided to aim at the bottom. One of the tires cut in a rough asphalt section. Such sections are known for their ability to send cars spiraling into the air.

As Chris recounts later, he was getting into Turn 2. It was a close race and it could have been a restart. There were a couple of cars in front and they were crossed and put out of shape. Chris had to focus on Brian, who was coming back and forth, which made him pull down. As he pulled down on the track he realized that there was a car that was a little too close. As a result of the brakes the back tire smoked and came off. It was a penalty that could have gotten them off the race.
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