Doug "Fireball" Turnbull's Race Blog 

Who replaces Dale Jr. as both the driver of the 88 and the face of NASCAR?

  • 2:15 pm Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Anyone interested in the topic of NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr. heard the news about 9 a.m. today – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the end of this season. This announcement comes on the heels of his missing the final 18 races of last season with debilitating concussion-like symptoms and in annual succession of the retirements of Jeff Gordon (before 2016) and Tony Stewart (2017) – arguably NASCAR’s two most popular drivers behind Earnhardt Jr. The reasons Earnhardt Jr. has to retire – though he will articulate them later today – are obvious: after multiple concussions, he wants [More]

Did the Bristol of old return Monday?

  • 8:46 pm Monday, April 24th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

NASCAR’s off week stretched one extra day…kind of. Rain postponed the annual Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway to Monday at 1 p.m. and raised even more questions about how the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars would take to the track. Track officials took to adding an adhesive substance again and again in a fine mist the bottom groove of the track. This is the latest attempt by BMS officials to drive racing back to the one-groove, bump-and-run, confrontational cadence that turned Thunder Valley’s half-mile track into a coliseum.

The track has tried for years to regain the [More]

Scanner Chatter: Helio Castroneves ready to win again

  • 10:22 am Friday, April 21st, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Three-time Indianapolis 500 champ Helio Castroneves swung by WSB Thursday to promote this weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

The jovial “Dancing With the Stars” victor and 23-time IndyCar race-winner opens up about his almost-three-year winless streak and chasing his elusive first championship. The 41-year-old also shares his ties to Atlanta and how long he figures he can keep wheeling the No. 3 Team Penske Chevy.

Castroneves also discusses the Verizon IndyCar Series’ short schedule and dual-race weekends and if NASCAR should go that direction.

Listen here.