WELCOME, N.C. – Richard Childress Racing announced plans for a yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration today, commencing in February with a pair of gold Daytona 500 entries for it’s two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. Defending Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon will drive a gold No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 while Daniel Hemric will make his career-first Daytona 500 start in a gold No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar Camaro ZL1 in “The Great American Race.” The race airs live on FOX at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb.17. Continue reading “RCR To Celebrate 50 Years In 2019”
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”
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”
As Kyle Busch crossed the finish line yesterday in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, many fans let out a collective sigh of disappointment. Once again a Sprint Cup Series regular won a Nationwide Series race. Add to that Busch just won the night prior in the Camping World Truck Series.
Based on new rules for the Sprint Cup Series, this should be a sight to see in each Nationwide (soon to be XFINITY) Series and Camping World Truck Series races, Cup drivers dominating. Starting in 2015, the Sprint Cup Series cars will have less horsepower, putting them in line with the Nationwide Series cars. Add to that talk about a ban on testing and many teams will be putting in work on Saturdays for use on Sundays.
To underscore the point of Cup Series drivers dominating the Nationwide Series, Joe Gibbs Racing got their 100th win with Busch’s triumph in the series. Of those 100 wins, 94 have been Cup drivers winning for them. Only Mike McLaughlin (2001), Mike Bliss (2004), Aric Almirola (2007 big asterisk on this because Denny Hamlin relived Almirola for this race), Joey Logano (2008 before he went to Cup in 2009), Elliott Sadler (2014), and Sam Hornish, Jr. (2014) have been the lone exceptions. And even then some have question marks on how to count them.
If fans thought it was bad before, it is going to get a lot worse. The only silver lining is NASCAR’s rule about getting points for one series will keep the Cup drivers from winning the championship, but we should be seeing more no win champions like Austin Dillon last season.
Much was made last November about a changing of the guard in NASCAR when we ran the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mark Martin and Ken Schrader made it be known it would be their final Sprint Cup Series race. For Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte it represented their final full-time race in the series, although Labonte did not make the trip south as his finale was a week prior at Phoenix. Continue reading “The Paradigm Shift In NASCAR”
After 32 races it all comes down to this. At the conclusion of Saturday’s Ford 300 there will be a new Nationwide Series champion. Will it be current point leader Austin Dillon or second place Sam Hornish, Jr.?
After this weekend’s ServiceMaster 200, Dillon got a little bit more breathing room by adding two points to his lead. Hornish showed signs of not giving up, as a poor handling car made his team roll the dice to get him back up near the front. That move worked and showed that they will be a factor in the season finale.
Taking a look at both drivers history at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Hornish has the advantage when it comes to experience. His stat line is five career starts, one top-5 finish, two top-10 finishes, and he’s led nine laps total. Dillon has one start to his credit, but it was a good one. He started third, finished fifth, and led 66 laps.
Comparing last year’s Ford 300, Hornish finish fourth in that race to Dillon’s above mentioned fifth place run. Both led a lap, so using that as a guide, it would still be Dillon’s day. Judging by how their run was at Phoenix, it will be close, but I would give the advantage to the man coming into the race leading, Dillon.
For Dillon to win the championship regardless of what Hornish does he needs to finish third or better. At worst fourth with a lap led and at worst fifth with leading the most laps.
The best part about this is we can forecast what will happen, but that is why they run the races. Anything can happen. The Ford 300 gets underway at 4:30 PM EST and can be seen on ESPN2.
One day after having a dust up with his boss’ grandson, Kevin Harvick apologized for comments made after Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race. He chalked it up to emotions getting the best of him in the heat of battle. Continue reading “Harvick’s Perception The Indicator Of Why He’s Leaving”