Garage Pass Blog

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

SWINGING FOR THE FENCE

Friday, May 18, 2018

Over the last few years, NASCAR has been working hard to improve the racing on the Monster Energy Cup Series, especially on the 1.5-mile and two-mile tracks that are the majority of the schedule. In baseball terms, they've hit some singles, a few bloop doubles, a triple here and there, and suffered the occasional strikeout.

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ROVAL RAVING

Monday, May 7, 2018

I always thought it was bold step by Bruton and Marcus Smith to build the "Roval" at Charlotte Motor Speedway and make this fall's Playoff shootout a road race.  I was genuinely excited about the prospect of broadcasting the new version of the Bank of America 500, but, after watching the final day of last week's Goodyear tire test, I feel like a kid at Christmas who doesn't want to wait until September 30th to unwrap his present.

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KENSETH COMEBACK PAIN FOR BAYNE

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sometimes to go forward you have look backwards. So, in hopes of a brighter future Roush Fenway Racing has turned to a blast from the past, enticing Matt Kenseth to return to share the No. 6 car with Trevor Bayne during the remainder of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season.

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IS IT THE FENDER'S FAULT?

Monday, April 23, 2018

We did have some crashes last week at Bristol, but in recent years it seems to me short track racing on the Monster Energy Cup Series has gotten a lot tamer. There's less contact between the drivers after the green flag flies, which means there are no helmets flying following the checkered flag.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

For the last several seasons there's been a pit gun arms race. Millions have been spent by top-tier Monster Energy Cup Series teams for research and development in their all out, never ending battle to shave a few tenths of a second off a pitstop, which could, potentially, lead to more trips to victory lane.

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BOY OH BOWYER

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

There has been a lot of talk at the beginning of the Monster Energy Cup Series season, we need some of the younger drivers to have success and make their way to victory lane to fuel a NASCAR rebound.  That would certainly help, but I would also argue we could use a big dose of Clint Bowyer.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

BUBBA AND THE BAND

Friday, March 23, 2018

I was invited the other day to an appearance Bubba Wallace did at Magna Vista High School in Rigeway, VA, which is just a few miles from Martinsville Speedway. I decided to go just to see how the 24-year-old Monster Energy Cup Series rookie related to the students and they to him. Turns out they liked each other a lot and connected almost immediately. 

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Posted by Mark Garrow

After demolishing the competition in Las Vegas, pictures started popping up on Twitter and other social media platforms showing how Kevin Harvick's rear windshield was buckling because of a broken brace and the commentary became heated whether it did or did not give the California driver an unfair advantage.

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Posted by Mark Garrow