We've had six weeks of positive energy from great racing and a truly momentous victory by possibly the most popular driver in NASCAR today. And what is the big story nearly 24 hours removed? It's the arrest of the sport's leader for drunk driving.
FOX Sports brought their "Daytona Day" ad campaign back this year to promote the 59th running of the Daytona 500. It's as cheesy and silly as you'd expect and tries to give off a atmosphere of a party environment of NASCAR's biggest race.
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- One term I've heard used by those attending the Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend has been "Corporate NASCAR," meaning NASCAR's desires to grow the sport has made it lose touch with the interests and desires of its core fans. After watching yet another lackluster All-Star Race that was overhyped by both NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway, I believe there's truth to that "Corporate NASCAR" label.
I had some observations on Sunday's race at Atlanta that I wish to share with the class.
"The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading..." and I need to make it clear that restrictor plate racing isn't going away. As usual, yesterday's GEICO 500 was quite the show of excitement and carnage. We saw cars upside down and a whole gaggle of cars caught up in one wreck, 37 lead changes among 17 different drivers and mayhem coming to the finish line.
"The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading..." and I need to unload on who's been performing and who's been lacking so far in 2016.
"The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading..." and I need to unload the question of whether you really want to see Jeff Gordon in a Sprint Cup car next week.
The point I'm driving at here is that the race track is a dangerous place and you must have constant awareness of your surroundings. If you don't, you're going to get yourself injured or killed. If fans continue to not pay attention, NASCAR will start coming down harder on you and make hot passes harder to get.
Every year on the weekend before the Coca-Cola 600, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gathers at Charlotte Motor Speedway to run the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.