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ROVAL Makes Round a Knockout

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series Playoff has a whole new look and I believe round could be a real knockout.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

When Martin Truex, Jr. hesitated with a long "Ummmmm" when asked about the future prospects of his Monster Energy Cup Series championship team during a media center press conference recently at Bristol, it was the first hint something big was going on at Furniture Row Racing, but no one thought team owner Barney Visser would ever shut it down. So, when he decided this week to do just that it was an earthquake that rocked the NASCAR garage.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

I wasn't surprised by Elliott's Sadler's decision to retire from full-time racing. I wasn't surprised by his reasoning. And I wasn't surprised by the outpouring of support for one of the most likable drivers who ever strapped on a helmet.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

I admit to a moment last Monday morning to nearly yelling, "Are you kidding me?!" We finally see one of our budding superstars on the Monster Energy Cup Series, Chase Elliott, get to victory lane, after coming tantalizingly close over the course of two and a half seasons, and then we are t-boned by word NASCAR boss Brian France had been arrested for aggravated DWI and criminal possession of oxycodone. Surely, I thought this was going to overshadow one of the most popular wins in a long time.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

JOHNSON 600 AND COUNTING

Monday, July 30, 2018

Jimmie Johnson's has now made 600 Monster Energy Cup Series starts and over the weekend I thought "holy cow" I've been around for every single one of them, witnessing one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all-time do his thing.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

The other day I took in the first major practice on Charlotte Motor Speedway's new road course and it was so wild my first thought was NASCAR is headed for a "Rovalution".  At 2.28 miles and 17 turns, this track is like no other and the Bank of America Roval 400 could wind up being more unpredictable than a restrictor plate shootout….and it's a cut-off race in Round 1 of the Playoff.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

NO WHINE WITH THAT FINISH

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

At Chicagoland Speedway Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson manned up, put on the big boy pants and made the last lap unforgettable.

Larson didn't tell a tall tale about his intentions to bash his way to his first win of the season. Busch refused to lie about the retaliation preserving his fifth trip to victory lane in 2018.  Neither made excuses and, as there should have been, there was no whine with that finish. 

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Posted by Mark Garrow

Prior to last Sunday, the conventional wisdom for winning at Sonoma was to be the contender who was the first to make the last pit stop. That would give them the upper hand and the best chance to ultimately capture the checkered flag. The other contenders would have to quickly follow or have no chance at all, losing ground by the second to the man with fresher tires.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

Everyone agrees, the racing on the 1.5 to two-mile tracks with the current rules package is in most cases dull and uninspiring and if it isn't fixed NASCAR will not be able to attract new fans or hold on to staunch supporters, whose interest may now be waning.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

THE RIGHT CLASS

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

When it comes to the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting, the first nine years each time I was left feeling after the final cut someone who should have made it didn't and, occasionally somebody who did shouldn't have.  I was never fully satisfied they got it right.

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Posted by Mark Garrow