No Fans as NASCAR Returns to Racing

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After realizing drivers and most crew members already wear a mask, gloves, visor, and a fireproof suit, the next step in reopening the most successful racing franchise in motorsports history was to find a track. Not just any track but one that is uniquely located close to most North Carolina-based racing teams but far enough away from everything else to minimize human exposure. The most obvious track… Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. There’s more Spanish Moss surrounding the track than people living there. Plus, why not choose the original superspeedway known as the Lady in Black. Although the sanctioning body had to restrict fans gathering anywhere on track property, everyone was quick to accept the fact that returning to racing must be in accordance with the CDC...

May 18, 2020
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Gate Scheduled to Drop on Monster Energy Supercross Season

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Due to the spread of coronavirus, officials at Monster Energy Supercross were forced to suspend championship racing following the tenth round at Daytona Bike Week in early March. Restrictions on domestic and international travel as well as federal, state, and local governments prohibiting large group gatherings, put one of the best championship point races on an indefinite hold. Team Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac and Team Honda’s Ken Roczen shared the red plate (denoting the Monster Energy Supercross series leader) with both riders deadlocked at 200 points. Midway through the Daytona Supercross, Roczen led the main event ahead of 2019 SX Champion Cooper Webb, Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson, and Tomac. Known for his ability to mount a late-race charge, Tomac reeled in Anderson and...

May 18, 2020
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iRacing Captures Fans During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Sim (or simulated) racing games have been around for gaming consoles for more than two decades with all the major manufacturers like X-box participating in the growth and development of indoor racing. With stay-at-home mandates issued by governments around the globe, major sporting event organizers began to suspend games, races, and tournaments on a scale that had never been seen before. Suddenly, sports fans found themselves obeying “Stay at Home” orders but with very limited options for entertainment on television. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of reruns being broadcast, but unless you’ve been living off the grid, you probably already know the outcome. Fortunately for racing fans worldwide, eRacing has emerged as a viable alternative for...

May 18, 2020
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Can Formula One Survive in the Red?

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Race fans eagerly await announcements from Chase Carey, the chief executive of the Formula One Group, about revisions to the schedule of events for the 2020 season. Unfortunately, Formula One’s traveling circus of race teams, officials and media is at high risk from the COVID-19 Pandemic. As it circles the globe each year, F1 travels to more than twenty countries over an eight-month span. Since many of the governments involved have closed their borders to stop the spread of the coronavirus, no one currently knows if restrictions will end in time for Formula One to salvage its 2020 season. In early March, Formula One officials had to cancel the sanctioning body’s season opener at the Australian Grand Prix after a crew member at McLaren was diagnosed with COVID-19. Although...

May 17, 2020
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Revised 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Schedule

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Draw a big circle around June 5th on your racing calendar as it is back to work for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the NHRA announced a compressed schedule for the 2020 points chase that modifies the Countdown to the Championship, as the points for the Top 10 drivers will not automatically reset to zero after Indy. In an effort, to reduce travel and ease the financial burden to racing teams, senior officials at the NHRA have revised the schedule accordingly for the remainder of the 2020 season. Essentially, five (5) events were impacted by the new schedule. The series will not race in Atlanta, Richmond, or Epping, New Hampshire; and Las Vegas and Charlotte will host only one race instead of two. These changes come after the NHRA Mello Yello Drag...

May 17, 2020
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Week Late Groundhog Day at NHRA Winternationals

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Eighty days ago Steve Torrence, Robert Hight and Erica Enders were eagerly awaiting the outcome of the NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA. Although all three would claim class championships in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, none took home a Wally. Those went to race winners Doug Kalitta, Jack Beckman and Jegs Coughlin Jr., respectively. After a short off-season,  all three drivers returned to Pomona this weekend for southern California's week-late version of Groundhog's Day and picked up where they had left off with fast, consistent runs from Friday qualifying through Sunday's final eliminations at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. After two days of beautiful weather during qualifying runs, the fans, drivers and crew members had to deal with a...

February 10, 2020
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Eric Jones Pushed to Victory with Only Six Drivers Left in the Clash

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The Clash is an annual invitation-only NASCAR Cup Series exhibition race held at Daytona International Speedway the weekend before the Daytona 500. Like the All-Star Race held at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, the race does not award championship points to drivers or teams. Instead, the format offers a large cash purse that encourages racers to compete in an all-out driving spectacular that is not practical during the regular NASCAR schedule. Moreover, for the drivers who are Clash eligible, it gives the teams an opportunity to see how their setups are working in traffic at competitive race speeds. In 2020, the original event sponsor Busch Beer returned to assume naming rights for the Busch Clash. This was one of those races where the drivers were either going to victory lane or...

February 9, 2020
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Jeg Coughlin Claims Wally; Enders Wins Third Crown

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It was a double win for the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock racing team on Sunday, as Jeg Coughlin Jr. defeated Fernando Cuadra in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA. Although Coughlin Jr. started the day three rounds back of points leader and teammate Erica Enders for the 2019 Pro Stock crown in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Series, Enders got the job done to claim her third world championship. It was the second national win of the year for Coughlin Jr., who won earlier this season at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler AZ. Sunday's victory at Pomona marked the 63rd Pro Stock event title of his stellar drag racing career. Coughlin entered the 2019 NHRA Countdown to the Championship in eighth place overall. During the...

November 18, 2019
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Beckman Takes Pomona; Hight Claims Third Funny Car Title

Beckman Takes Pomona; Hight Claims Third Funny Car Title Image

To paraphrase the Funny Car winner of the Auto Club NHRA Nationals at Pomona CA this weekend, "It is what it is!" Fast Jack Beckman came to Pomona this year in second place trailing Robert Hight. The driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Camaro would line up next to Beckman in the final round with one purpose in mind. Avoid a centerline points violation at all costs. The John Force Racing Team driver could clinch his third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title by coasting down the track. After all, Hight had already thrilled the stands with a convincing win over fellow title contender, Matt Hagan, to all but lock up the championship. In a classic Don Schumacher Racing versus John Force Racing showdown, Fast Jack's Infinite Hero Dodge was rock solid and the Funny Car...

November 18, 2019
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Tempers Flare as Kalitta Claims Final Wally in NHRA Top Fuel at Pomona

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The cool down area at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA was needed for more than cooling off the 11,000 horsepower super-charged power plants after Sunday's opening rounds at the Auto Club NHRA finals. Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence leaped ahead of the field on Saturday by earning his fifth Number One qualifier of the year and the 24th of his career. Torrence's outstanding run at 3.686 ET for a 329.99 mph stamped his ticket for the finals of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at Pomona. Second in the points for 2019, Brittany Force trailed Torrence by just 22 points going into Sunday's finals, where the past champions could have a head-to-head matchup in second round eliminations. Naturally, emotions run high when you are in the hunt for a second straight championship. As...

November 18, 2019
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