It’s been almost two full months since we had a real NASCAR race. The Pro Invitational Series did a suitable job of filling the hole left by the absence. However, I am very much looking forward to seeing real NASCAR events again and perhaps this can be a good first step towards getting major Sports back. As is to be expected, the races will all be empty-seat events. These next four races are to be split among Darlington and Charlotte, to keep the teams from traveling too far out of their home bases of North Carolina. Continue reading →
Last Sunday was meant to be an exciting day of NASCAR at Atlanta, however, due to the Coronavirus scare that was not to be. All of the race events would be suspended at Atlanta Motor Speedway and also the following weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Instead, a replacement race of sorts was assembled by both iRacing and NASCAR to fill the void left by the missed action. It would be broadcast live by Podium eSports on the popular streaming service Twitch. Continue reading →
It was a Daytona 500 that offered plenty of memories, including a photo-finish victory by Denny Hamlin, along with a visit by President Trump to kick the new season off. Good news on the Ryan Newman front. Two days after being involved in that scary wreck on Monday, with people waiting for any good news. Newman was walking out of the hospital hand in hand with his two children. It was announced this week, Ross Chastain will fill in for Newman while he completes his recovery.
Denny Hamlin’s second straight Daytona 500 win, would come down to a photo finish, between both himself and Ryan Blaney. This was the second closest finish in Daytona history, the closest, in fact, being in 2016 when Hamlin would beat out Martin Truex Jr. by 0.010 seconds. Chris Buescher, David Ragan, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Brendan Gaughan, Corey Lajoie, Ryan Newman, and Kyle Larson would fill out the top 10.
Needing to get one of the last two spots, Denny Hamlin would put on a very decisive performance in Phoenix. Earning himself the victory along with a seat at the Final Four table in Homestead. Hamlin had one of the quickest cars all day, topping most laps led with 143.
It was a very convincing showing for Martin Truex Jr., taking over the lead from Denny Hamlin during the first wave of pit stops and not relinquishing it from there on out. In dominating fashion, Truex would lead 464 of the race’s 500 laps, if there was one driver that had at least a little something for the nineteen it would be William Byron.
It took two overtime restarts to get finished, but Denny Hamlin would manage to come through with a toughly fought win edging out Chase Elliot. Hamlin would get a nice assist from teammate Kyle Busch to get him the lead he needed in the final green white. Busch, Kurt Busch, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Eric Jones, Clint Bowyer, Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10. Elliot manages to qualify for the round of eight after just managing to beat out Brad Keselowski by three points.