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By David Morgan, Associate Editor In a move that has been a long time coming, NASCAR is making a major shift in the way it deals with post-race inspections and penalties across all three national series, announcing Monday that it will be tearing down vehicles after the checkered flag falls and if found illegal, penalties will be handed out then and there. Should those infractions be found in the winning car, the guilty party would be disqualified, resulting in a last-place finish and the loss of all benefits from the win/finish,Read More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer There were a lot of unknowns about the aero-package heading into the 2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race. NASCAR implemented a taller spoiler, aero ducts, and a restrictor plate for the exhibition race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Post-race, drivers of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, including defending Champion Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, and eventual race winner Kevin Harvick, called the package ‘different,’ ‘fun,’ and ‘racy.’ The race in total had 12 official lead changes, becoming just the third All-Star race to reach double-digit leadRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor NASCAR announced a handful of personnel moves among various leadership roles within the sport on Tuesday, with Ben Kennedy being named as the general manager of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series highlighting the announcement. Kennedy, a fourth-generation member of the France family, is the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, Jr. His mother, Lesa France Kennedy, is the CEO of International Speedway Corporation, while his uncle, Brian France, is the current CEO of NASCAR. Over the past four years, Kennedy has raced inRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor NASCAR will continue the trend of cost-cutting measures in 2018 as the sanctioning body announced roster limits to the number of pit crew and at-track crew members for each team on a given race weekend. Rosters will be broken down into three categories: Organizational, road crew, and pit crew. The organizational category is comprised of the competition director, technical director, team manager, IT specialists, etc. Starting next year, only three to four people in this category will be allowed at the track. For Monster EnergyRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor It’s safe to say the finish of Friday night’s 400 at Texas will still be getting discussed at the water cooler on Monday morning. With Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell running neck and neck over the closing laps, the caution would fly for a vicious crash between Timothy Peters and Austin Wayne Self that saw Peters wind up on his roof on the frontstretch after flipping through the grass. Though Bell led at the start/finish line to take the white flag, it appeared BriscoeRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Through the first 11 weeks of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the trend has been for each race to feature three stages, with the first two stages making up about half of the race and then the final stage to the finish. But things will be a bit different when the series rolls into Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 as NASCAR announced on Monday that the longest race of the season will now feature four stages instead of the normal three. Instead ofRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor With the 2017 running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race just weeks away, NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway gathered on Tuesday afternoon to unveil the format for this year’s race, which differs a bit from years past. This year, the race will consist of 70 laps, broken down into four stages, with the first three stages running 20 laps each and a final 10 lap dash for the $1 million prize. Winners of the first three stages will automatically advance to the final stageRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway’s repave and reconfiguration are officially complete and on Monday, both NASCAR and IndyCar joined in on the fun. The 1.5-mile oval began the process in January with the aim to add extensive draining to help with its irrigation issues that plagued it the past few years. None more apparent than last year when IndyCar underwent a 70-plus day red flag rain delay, with the race being completed on August 27 in a thriller won by Graham Rahal by justRead More