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Tony Stewart at last night’s Motorsports Hall Of Fame Induction (photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

I have been waiting for this year’s list of nominees for the NASCAR HALL OF FAME (NHOF) with bated breath this year, hoping that Tony Stewart would be on the list. I am pleased to report that on the heels of his induction into the Motorsports Hall Of Fame of America last night; Tony Stewart has been announced as one of twenty possible nominees for the 2020 class of inductees for the NHOF today.

The other nominees are: (more…)

Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag at ISM Speedway in Phoenix (Photo source: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch may not have gotten the sweep he was hoping for at his home track in Las Vegas, but he put on a clinic in Phoenix. I miss going to the Phoenix race- I love it, but it is just too much vacation time for me to take enough to get through the Vegas race and the Phoenix race since they moved to a “west coast swing” schedule several years ago.  I love the Phoenix area, and even when I am not at the track, I end up having fun in Scottsdale.

Ryan Blaney captured the pole with Chase Elliott hot on his heels and completing the second row.

However, Kyle Busch stole the show at ISM speedway, leading a good chunk of the race in the middle, and then again at the end when it counted most.

One thing about this configuration of ISM is the weird way the drivers cut corners through what use to be the infield. I will be honest; I don’t like it as much as I did the previous configuration of the one-mile track.

I was impressed to see Jimmie Johnson in the top ten- a solid run for a team that seems to have been struggling so far this year.  It is a new crew chief for Johnson so I wonder if part of that isn’t the issue. The team is still learning to gel together.  I hope for him that the team gets a win soon. Of course, I love the Ally bank paint scheme- mostly because purple is my favorite color and I think there needs to be more purple cars. Ha!

Also impressive was Clint Bowyer’s run. He was solidly in the top 5 most of the race.

What I find ironic is that the two drivers who scuffled during qualifying, Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell, both did kind of poorly during the race itself. It almost made the scuffle inconsequential.

Next week we are off to Fontana.

Race Winner Joey Logano in Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Source: Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Vegas is a sentimental track for me- because it is the first track where I saw a NASCAR race in person.  It scrolled through my history here on BadGroove and found the very first Racecation report I made- I had so much to say I had broken it up into three parts: My First NASCAR Race Part 1, Part 2: Qualifying Day, and Part 3: Race Day.  I don’t believe I have missed a Vegas race since then. My first NASCAR race was not the beginning of my love of NASCAR; I had loved racing (NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA) since I was about six or seven. (more…)

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It seems like yesterday that I was cruising through January impatiently counting down the days until Daytona and now we are already done with the second race of the season. The Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway showcased good side-by-side racing and some pit strategy. This new “aero package” that they are using seems to keep the cars sporty around with each other. (more…)

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Denny Hamlin. But it took a lot for him to get there. Including three major accidents within the last ten laps of the race.

So let’s talk about the race. (more…)

Gracie and my RACR14 Plate

The Tony Stewart Foundation is having a promotion this month that will put you in the running to win a prize pack!

Entering is easy! Take a picture of your RACR14 plate (the new sprint car one or the old one) and share it on social media with #RACR14 and don’t forget to tag three friends.  After you do that you are entered! Easy peasy right?

If you don’t have a RACR14 plate you can get one at the Tony Stewart Foundation website here. The price of the plate goes directly to support the Tony Stewart Foundation grant programs.

Abbie wanted her picture taken with the license plate too.

Tire barrier and threatening clouds at Laguna Seca during the Spring Test at WeatherTech Raceway. (Photo Source: Amy K. Marbach)

I may write primarily about NASCAR, but would you be surprised to know that the first race I ever attended in person was an Indycar race in the late 1990s? The closest track to my home is Laguna Seca Raceway (now called WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca), and my dad took me to my first in-person race when I was a teenager. He spared no expense and got us paddock passes to go with our seats in the grandstands. It was wandering around that paddock area watching teams work on their cars that my love for motorsports was cemented into my soul. The last Indycar race at Laguna Seca was in 2004. But 15 years later -it’s back. They will now host the 2019 IndyCar final race of the season.

On Friday, February 8th, Indycar held their first spring test- at Laguna Seca and luckily for me I was able to get the day off and attended it, with yes you guessed it, my dad. The weather at the raceway was tenuous. It looked like it would rain most of the day, after having rained on and off the day before. We pulled into the track about 8:30 to the sound of cars already on road course. We drove over them as we made our way to park in the paddock area. The teams were obviously there getting as much out of the day as they could while the weather held out.

It was just so fun for me to walk around the paddock and sit in the stands while the Indycars were running around the track. I couldn’t help but smile- while I have been to various other types of races at the track since the “big boys” as my dad calls them were at Laguna, and there is nothing like the sound of an Indycar. Sadly the test was cut short after the teams brought in the cars for a lunch break, the rain came and didn’t let up at all. Still, it was a fun day, and I can’t wait until September.

Here are some of the sights from the day: (more…)

The 2019 Clash at Daytona always signals the start of the 2019 NASCAR season to me. This year it seems like we were just turning over a new year and BOOM its race season. The thing about the clash is that it’s all about bragging rights. There are no points. It’s also a good time for teams to run in race conditions that will be similar to the Daytona 500 because Thursday’s Duel Races will be run during the evening and will not give the teams any real feedback that would necessarily be useful for the big show on Sunday.

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The Clash itself was red flagged twice for rain and once at the end of the race for a major accident involving at least half of the 20 car field. This accident was “one of those racing deals” that happened when Paul Menard came down the track as Jimmie Johnson was coming up the track. Jimmie hit Paul’s left rear fender which sent Paul Menard sideways which collected the field coming up behind him. It put Jimmie in the race. The race was then stopped with a handful of laps left as the rain again descended on the cars that were sitting on pit road.

Jimmie Johnson was in the lead after the collision with Menard and declared the winner when they decided the weather would prohibit them from continuing the race. Ironic that Jimmie won the clash with his new crew chief Meendering when Knaus led Byron to the pole for the Daytona 500. Seems both are doing well after their off-season divorce.

For me- the hardest part of this new season is going to be remembering the driver changes. It seems wrong to me to see MTJ in the 19 and Kurt Busch in the 1. Those are going to be the hardest ones for me to remember. I don’t know about you all, but I am ready for the Daytona 500. Have at it boys!