Doug "Fireball" Turnbull's Race Blog 

Race Capsule: Newman strategizes to victory at Phoenix, win slips away from Busch

  • 9:10 am Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Ryan Newman was not anybody’s pre-race pick entering the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway. In fact, Newman wasn’t in the mix for the lead any of the race, until crew chief Luke Lambert’s call not to pit on the final stop gave the No. 31 car the lead with six laps to go. Newman held back the thundering herd and scored his 18th-career win, his first win in 129 races, and RCR’s first since 2013.

Flag to flag: Joey Logano (finished 31st), co-subject of the fight talk all week, started on the pole and [More]

Scanner Chatter: Garrett Smithley at home with both his team and at AMS

  • 4:10 pm Friday, March 3rd, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

HAMPTON, Ga

Garrett Smithley has come from obscurity to security with JD Motorsports. He has begun his second year in the No. 0 Chevy, having run all but the season-opening Daytona race last season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Smithley’s strong 9th-place run last week in a wounded car gave the team a good boost to this weekend, where the Peachtree City native tackles his home track Atlanta Motor Speedway. He finished 24th in his underfunded ride a year ago, but says the new low-downforce package for the NXS cars is drastic.

“It’s like learning how to drive all over again,” he says [More]

Elliott shaking off Daytona, helping kids in Atlanta

  • 10:24 pm Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Chase Elliott unveils his new foundation at Children’s Egleston and talks about Atlanta Motor Speedway and his loss in the Daytona 500.

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]

Race Capsule: Hamlin on top after crazy day at The Glen

  • 10:10 am Monday, August 8th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Denny Hamlin can now say he’s won on a road course. After losing on the last lap to Tony Stewart at Sonoma in June, Hamlin led the final 10 laps and used caution laps to help stretch his fuel 41 laps, en route to winning Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen.

Flag to Flag: Hamlin started the race 6th and would run in the top 5 most of the day, but not lead until the end. His teammate Carl Edwards (finished 15th) started on the pole and looked dominant until his first pit stops under green around lap [More]

Race Capsule: Kenseth outduels Larson and Elliott and the major carnage at Dover

  • 10:21 am Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Matt Kenseth wins Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway, but the win didn’t come easy nor did the race for anyone. Kenseth’s 37th-career win comes ahead of a caution-filled race and a charging young Kyle Larson (finished 2nd) and Chase Elliott (3rd). A massive wreck on a lap 356 restart eliminated several contenders and set up the thrilling drive to lap 400.

Flag to Flag: Rain canceled Friday qualifying and handed Kevin Harvick (15th) the pole, based upon Friday’s practice speeds. The Sprint Cup Series points leader actually had the dominant car on the day, as Harvick [More]