Doug "Fireball" Turnbull's Race Blog 

Scanner Chatter: Kevin Harvick on the big changes for his team and the sport in 2017

  • 10:09 am Friday, January 27th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Kevin Harvick talks to WSB about Stewart-Haas Racing’s big switch from Chevy to Ford. Harvick highlights the challenges in the team building its own chassis  and the manpower in switching the cars’ bodies over.

Harvick also talks about NASCAR’s new segmented race format and how he thrives when dealing with change. He also shares who he’s rooting for in the Super Bowl – it may not be who you think.

Listen now.

2016 Georgia drivers review and 2017 preview

  • 9:24 am Friday, January 13th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Georgia’s NASCAR drivers corps had mixed 2016 results. Three made the Chase (one in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and two in the Xfinity Series) and they won one race. But they also spent plenty of races toiling in underfunded rides and in the infield care centers of various tracks. We digest these results and look ahead to what could be a promising 2017 for Peach State pilots in NASCAR’s top three series.

Chase Elliott: The now-21-year-old Elliott will be the far and above flag bearer for the Georgia gang for years to come, as long as he keeps up [More]

Townley retiring, Athenian Motorsports shutting down

  • 11:45 pm Monday, January 9th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

John Wes Townley will not race in 2017. A source says that the 27-year-old Watkinsville, Georgia native has decided to end his racing career and take some college courses. Townley also got engaged to girlfriend Laura Bird in the autumn of 2016 and his settling down includes not competing in NASCAR.

Concord, North Carolina-based Athenian Motorsports, owned by Townley’s father and Zaxby’s co-founder Tony Townley, is also ceasing operations. The team had fielded entries for Townley in the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and ARCA Racing Series the past couple of seasons. Several drivers also filled-in for Townley in some [More]

Atlanta Motor Speedway announces repave of 20-year-old surface

  • 1:22 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announce that following the March 5th Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, they will repave the 1.5-mile track surface.

Drivers and fans alike have applauded the multi-groove racing the Hampton, Georgia track has produced over the years, but two decades of racing and weather have aged the surface to the point of needing new pavement. Officials have said for several years that this was coming – the question has always been when.

AMS repaved and realigned the racetrack in 1997, between the March and November races, switching the front and back straightaways and [More]