Opinion Category

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Josef Newgarden winning the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was far from the biggest story. Instead, it was television and streaming contracts, two media outlets IndyCar fans have gone full rage all week. Just as the sport is hitting mass strides, something alters their momentum every time. This time around, it’s the television deals around the world that’s brought a lot of frustrations from the fans. Let’s start off with the biggest piece of the TV puzzle – NBC Sports. Last season, IndyCar announced IndyCarRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Six years ago, Michael Annett’s career drastically changed at Daytona International Speedway when a broken sternum sidelined him 6-8 weeks, ending his bid of contending for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, where in the previous season, he finished fifth in points. Ever since that gloomy afternoon, Annett’s view of the sport didn’t change but his performances created a whirlwind of struggles in NASCAR. Scoring only two top-fives in 91 Xfinity Series starts, numbers that’s undesirable especially the equipment he runs for whichRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What a difference a year makes. The 2018 edition of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener was a barn burner all the way to the end, lasting through five overtime periods and culminating with a photo finish between JR Motorsports teammates Tyler Reddick and Elliott Sadler. Not to mention there had never been a closer finish in series history – EVER. On Saturday afternoon, we got a race on the opposite side of the spectrum that featured single file racing pretty muchRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Let’s face it, just about everything that could go wrong in the 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash went wrong. A bungled running order, inclement weather, a jet dryer leaking fluid, a race-ending, field consuming crash, and a yellow-line rule debate were the ‘highlights’ of this Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Exhibition Race. Ultimately, The Clash, for the first time in its’ history was shortened due to weather. Before we go any further, yes, there is nothing that NASCAR, or anyone else, can do to controlRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer The only components of a racing car designed to purposefully make contact with the racing surface are the tires. That’s why they are so critical to a race car’s performance. But don’t take this author’s word for it, Mario Andretti’s opinion would be the more important one. “There’s no element of a race car that’s more important than the tires. I think you can fix the aerodynamics, you can fix the suspension technology, so on and so forth, but you cannot afford to have issues withRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Let’s face the music. As much as I prefer seeing the NTT IndyCar Series champion represent the No. 1 in their car, history has been against them due to various shortcomings. Over the past two seasons, the reigning INDYCAR champion have carried the No. 1 banner, but weren’t able to retain it. Heading into 2019, five-time champion Scott Dixon did a photo shoot standing next to his PNC Bank Honda. What stood out was the No. 1 appearing on his car instead of the iconic No.Read More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Let’s face it, CORE Autosport were at the short end of the stick. The team announced on November 30th that the team would be switching to the Nissan DPi platform after Extreme Speed Motorsports pulled out. That gave the team just over a month to get everything prepared for the Roar Before the 24, iron out any kinks in the car and prepare for the Rolex 24 at Daytona with team owner Jon Bennett driving alongside Colin Braun, Loic Duval and Romain Dumas. Then comes theRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Transcending. That’s one word I’ll use to define four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this Friday. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve pondered about his legacy in the sport. Everyone that’s been inducted in the sport’s biggest enshrinement have their legacies and how they stood out because of what they’ve accomplished in the sport. Gordon is quite extraordinary because of that word, transcending. Love him or hate him, Gordon made his mark that wasn’t seenRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Eight months ago today, James Hinchcliffe climbed from his No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda, dejected after failing to qualify for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. With crew members, photographers and television cameras nearby, the Canadian had to come to terms with what must’ve been a completely alien concept to him heading into the month of May. After all, Hinchcliffe had won the pole for the 500 back in 2016 and was sitting fifth in points following the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis MotorRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Now that the 2018 NASCAR season is complete and the year is drawing to a close, we’ll take this opportunity to take a look back at the year that was. Today, we dive into the final part of the 10 most memorable moments of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Truex Throws Down the Gauntlet at Martinsville “He may have won the battle, but he ain’t winning the damn war,” Martin Truex, Jr. said after the conclusion of the First Data 500 at Martinsville. MinutesRead More