Author: Michael Metzger

Michael is the founder of Start 'N' Park Blog, a NASCAR blog showcasing news, views, stats, & more. He has run the site since it's creation in 2010 and continues to do most of the day to day activity of the site.

Lowe’s To Leave Hendrick After 2018

CONCORD, N.C. – The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champions No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team with driver Jimmie Johnson will have a new primary sponsor beginning next season. Lowe’s Companies Inc., which has been the No. 48 team’s only primary sponsor since 2001, will not return to Hendrick Motorsports in 2019. Continue reading “Lowe’s To Leave Hendrick After 2018”

Post Daytona Thoughts

Before I jump into what I thought about the action is past weekend at Daytona, I have to do some house cleaning first. With this site I’ve admittedly neglected it over the past year. Without diving too  much into, I needed a break and needed to re-find my focus on what I wanted to do with Start ‘N’ Park Blog. When I started this many years ago the mission was simple, give unfiltered opinions. Then I tried to be an information hub re-posting press releases, which was fine but a lot of work. These teams put out a lot of press releases beyond the news. Then I became unfocused and drifted around until taking a break last year. Continue reading “Post Daytona Thoughts”

Engine Rule Misses The Point

NASCAR once again came up with a new rule that misses the point on what it is trying to prevent.

Enter starting next season Cup teams will have to use 13 engines during the year for two full race weekends. The rule, which sounds on the surface to be a cost savings measure for teams, actually seems designed to keep drivers from “burning it down” after victories. Continue reading “Engine Rule Misses The Point”

The Road Course Ringer Myth

There’s this myth that comes around NASCAR twice a year during the Cup Series schedule. That myth is if you get yourself a “road course ringer,” you’ll have instant success in the race. Well that’s not been the case more often than not and it’s actually surprising to me that this is still a thing.

Working against the road course specialist is how the Cup Series is structured now with 36 charters in play. Because of this guaranteed spot, it’s harder than ever for good and competitive rides to be open and available for someone to jump in once or twice in a given year. Usually the driver of the car is too tied to the sponsor that they cannot step away, or they might be in the thick of the championship battle. Continue reading “The Road Course Ringer Myth”

The Number 3

When Austin Dillon crossed the finish line to capture the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday/Monday evening he became the 13th different driver to win in a car number 3. That might come as a shock to some people as all of the commentary post-race left the impression that only Dale Earnhardt EVER drove a car numbered 3. Turns out 78 other drivers have driven with the number 3 on their car, it just is that Earnhardt has the most starts and wins with the number. Continue reading “The Number 3”

NASCAR Stat War Is Over

The epic battle of NASCAR stats that I’ve personally struggled with the past four years has concluded and one lone victor remains. It appears that sometime in the last week NASCAR has acquired the site and is now using it as its historical database for old NASCAR results. Now that the two entities has merged, it has left me confused and annoyed.

On one hand I’m grateful that Racing-Reference will continue on, there was a message earlier this year that the man who ran the site was experiencing health issues and did not know if he would continue. With NASCAR involved, that is no longer an issue since the entity can survive anyone one person coming or going on the site. Continue reading “NASCAR Stat War Is Over”

Irvan Was On Cusp Of Greatness

It’s unfortunate that life has a way of derailing things and you’re left to look at what was and think of what could have been. This ‘what if’ game is one I play often when it comes to NASCAR. If this or that happened, what would have been the immediate impact/result and what would have been the long term result? Continue reading “Irvan Was On Cusp Of Greatness”