Brickyard 400 Should Bring Excitement In Battle For Playoffs!

Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles is confident the Brickyard 400 will enjoy an increased race attendance when the action unfolds on Sunday. The inaugural race attracted a reported 275,000 screaming fans in 1994, but that plummeted all the way down to an estimated 70,000 in 2017. Nevertheless, Boles believes decisions like moving the race to a cooler weekend and adding a dirt track race will generate an attendance increase of 10% to 15%. What he will really be praying for is some of the exceptional racing and heart stopping…

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McMillen, Gray Earn 1st U.S. Nationals Victories, Todd Repeats

CLERMONT, Ind – The 2018 edition of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals once again didn’t disappoint. In the top three divisions, Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, we saw two of the three crown first time winners in the prestigious event and the other a repeat champion. In Top Fuel competition, Terry McMillen had a dream elimination day as the No. 13 qualifier marched all the way to the final round of action. He had just 18 combined final round appearance in his first 137 races of his career. Plus,…

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Points Leaders Torrence, Force, Anderson Upset Early In Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

CLERMONT, Ind – It was looking like all three points leaders in the top three divisions of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series would have a great chance of winning Monday’s final eliminations in the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway. Instead, all were bounced by the end of the second round. 

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The U.S. Nationals, Then And Now

INDIANAPOLIS – The sixty fourth edition of the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Chevrolet Performance US Nationals will take place at Lucas Oil Raceway Park, located just west of Indianapolis, over Labor Day weekend. It has been billed as the biggest and most historic drag race in the world. It also remains as the most prestigious event on the NHRA’s 24 race schedule. To further the importance of this race, it is now the final race before the Countdown to the Championship. Often called “The fastest sport in the world,” the…

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Taking A Deeper Look at Elliott’s Win In Watkins Glen

When Chase Elliott won his first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International Raceway, on August 5, 2018, it became a huge media event for the whole NASCAR nation and all of its’ fans. Ever since Chase moved up to the Cup Series, he has been compared to his famous NASCAR Hall of Fame dad, Bill Elliott. Everyone has speculated as to when and where that first win would come. We now have our answer and now we can all wait for the next win. Chase Elliott’s…

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A Cup Race On Dirt? A Look At The Pros And Cons

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) returned to the Eldora dirt track, located near Rossburg Ohio, last Wednesday July 18th. for their sixth running of  the Eldora Dirt Derby 150. The race had its’ usual three and four wide racing that race fans have come to expect at Eldora. The race was won on the last lap by Chase Briscoe after narrowly beating his teammate Grant Enfinger to the finish line. With that said, I encourage everyone to read the race reports and statistics by Eric Smith for the…

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Opinion: MY 60th INDIANAPOLIS 500 MILE RACE

The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was contested on May 27, 2018 and dating back to May 30, 1959, it was my 60th straight race. This year’s event was witnessed by approximately 300,000 people (The Speedway never releases attendance figures). By contrast, the attendance for the 1959 Indianapolis 500, my first race, was approximately 180,000. Every Indianapolis 500 is special, but what made my 60th 500 mile race so special was that my friends and family put together a special video to honor my 60 years of attending the race. Many…

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Has An Indy 500 Car Owner Ever Won Both The ‘500 And The Kentucky Derby?

The 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby was run this past weekend and was won by Justify the pre-race favorite. He was ridden by veteran jockey Mike Smith and trained by veteran trainer Bob Baffert. That brings up the trivia question. Has an Indianapolis 500 winning race car owner also owned a Kentucky Derby winning race horse? The answer is yes. A wealthy oil man named Howard Keck was the car owner of the winning 1953 and 1954 Indianapolis 500 race car driven by Bill Vukovich. He and his wife Elizabeth…

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MY DAY AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Any day spent at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or IMS, is special and Monday April 30, 2018 was a special day. Winter finally ended a few days earlier and Monday was a spectacular spring day. Even more spectacular was that race cars finally took to the track, much to the delight of the many spectators that congregated on the turn two spectator mounds. It meant that I was finally able to return to the center of the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For me, like every other race fan that…

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Short Track Racing

During the week end of March 24 and 25, 2018 Martinsville Virginia Speedway hosted the NASCAR truck an cup series. Unfortunately, the Martinsville area was hit with a snow storm and both series had to be run on Monday March 26th. It was the first short track race of the year and many comments were made during the TV broadcast about short track racing. In the TV commentators booth Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon commented many times about their past short track experience and how that helped their respective careers.…

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