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CP MOTORSPORTS -NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR HONORS NATIVE CHAMPION WITH MARTIN TRUEX JR. DAY

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series Champion Martin Truex Jr. was honored in his home state of New Jersey Thursday with a proclamation by Gov. Phil Murphy designating May 31, 2018 as Martin Truex Jr. Day.  
 
Truex, who was raised in Mayetta, N.J., took part in the festivities at the governor’s offices in Trenton, where he presented Gov. Murphy with an autographed race-worn Furniture Row Racing firesuit. 

MONTE DUTTON - GO GET SOME FANS FACE TO FACE

There’s way too much politics on TV nowadays. It’s unavoidable. I’m starting to think NASCAR needs what political analysts call “a ground game.”

Democrats and Republicans try to get out the vote. They set up phone banks, registration drives, rallies, social media campaigns and canvassing drives.

NASCAR does some of that. Every time someone mentions that grandstands look empty, someone says, well, our electronic footprint has never been better. One reason is that it hasn’t been long since there wasn’t an electronic footprint at all. TV ratings down? Ah, but the number of people who “stream” the races has gone up 1,000 percent. Go back five years, and it’s gone up infinitely.

On Saturday, when the Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was rain-delayed and moved from FoxSports1 to FoxSports2, my TV wouldn’t move with it because, a couple months ago, I dropped the latter channel in the interest of shaving my monthly bill, which I am nonetheless still having difficulty paying.

CP MOTORSPORTS - KYLE BUSCH WINS CHARLOTTE

Kyle Busch recorded his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver did it in dominating and historic fashion in the Coca-Cola 600. Busch became the first driver in NASCAR’s modern era to win a points race at every active premier series track – a feat the veteran driver once considered to be impossible.

“It’s certainly pretty cool, having the opportunity to do what I have been able to accomplish (in winning at every track)," Busch said. "We’ve been talking about this in (the media center) for several years now. I was able to finally close the deal out tonight. It feels so good to win here at Charlotte. It’s everybody’s backyard. I grew up watching these races here and dreaming of winning them. It’s so cool to spend a couple of weeks at home. It’s just a phenomenal night. Adam Stevens (crew chief) and everybody was just on it. That Camry was fast. It wanted to stay up front.”

CP MOTORSPORTS -FIVE LEGENDS NAMED TO 2019 NASCAR HALL OF FAME CLASS

NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The five-person group – the 10th since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jeff Gordon, Roger Penske and Jack Roush. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim Hunter earned the 2019 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. The distinguished group will be honored during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Feb. 1, 2019.
 
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2019 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award. 
 
 

MONTE DUTTON - IF YOU AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’, YOU AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ TO LOSE

One will never see two races, on the same track, that are so different. It’s always true in some ways. The Monster Energy All-Star Race is short. The Coca-Cola 600 is long. This time, when the 600 takes the green flag late Sunday afternoon, the cars will be different, too.

Vastly different.

Kevin Harvick won the All-Star Race. He may well win the 600. At the moment, there appears to be no format Harvick cannot conquer. His Ford is “freaky fast,” regardless of whether or not Jimmy John’s is delivering that week.

Harvick’s domination of the ending didn’t negate the approval most fans voiced after the race. More often, a crackerjack ending leads them to overlook the stagnant laps leading up to it. When the going got tough, the tough became preoccupied with one another, and Harvick escaped.

CP MOTORSPORTS - DARLINGTON RACEWAY TO HOST BENEFIT TRACK DRIVE

On Saturday, June 16, Darlington Raceway will give race fans a unique opportunity to drive their personal vehicles on the high banks of the Lady in Black, and in turn, support our service members and veterans.
 
For a $30 cash donation per car, Darlington Raceway will allow fans to take three laps around the famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. The Track Drive is scheduled for 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on June 16.

MONTE DUTTON – THE LIGHTS DON’T SPARKLE SO BRIGHTLY

 

The first time I saw The Winston was one of the better ones. It was in 1992, the first contested at night. Lights at superspeedways are now taken for granted, but 26 years ago, whether they could work was an issue of considerable doubt. A 1.5-mile track requires lots of illumination, and all sorts of high-tech precautions had to be taken in order to eliminate glare.

The doubt disappeared after Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Petty and Davey Allison all crashed on the final lap, in two installments, and Allison’s celebration of victory took place at a nearby hospital.

Today doubt would have appeared. At the time, it seemed as if Humpy Wheeler had just invented pizza.

CP MOTORSPORTS - TRUEX JR. EYES KANSAS THREE-PEAT


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 Martin Truex Jr. will be aiming for a three-peat at Kansas Speedway, a track where he suffered a few misfortunes over the years but rebounded with a vengeance last season scoring both wins at the 1.5-mile oval.



“Winning three straight at Kansas would be pretty special,” Truex said. “We’ve been so good there the past three or four years but also had some heartbreakers after having the best car and not winning. Getting those two last year meant a lot. It was gratifying to get the job done but still feel the track owes us a few more.”

MONTE DUTTON - QUE, SERA, SERA (WHATEVER WILL BE WILL BE)

No, I don’t know what to make of it. The Reuters report that NASCAR is up for sale doesn’t surprise me, but I didn’t see it coming, at least not in close range.

One of the principles ingrained in me over many years of trial and error is:

When a rumor spreads widely, and no one will deny it, it’s usually true.

CP MOTORSPORTS - GANDER OUTDOORS NAMING RIGHTS OF TRUCK SERIES TO BEGIN IN 2019

NASCAR® and Camping World have expanded their agreement to provide Gander Outdoors naming rights to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Beginning in 2019, the national series will be rebranded as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
Camping World originally became title sponsor of the Truck Series in 2009. In 2014, NASCAR and Camping World signed a landmark seven-year agreement, continuing the partnership through 2022. This newly expanded agreement provides official NASCAR status and naming rights to Camping World’s partner brand, Gander Outdoors. The remaining years on the deal are still intact. 

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