Doug "Fireball" Turnbull's Race Blog 

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.

Race Capsule: Busch finally wins The Great American Race, as it slips away for several others

  • 10:04 pm Sunday, February 26th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Two years ago, Kurt Busch’s suspension from NASCAR kept him out of the Daytona 500. Now, newly married and back in a Ford, his success comes back full-circle. Busch’s 29th-career win is his most important. The only lap he led was the one that mattered. Here is how he and the Tony Gibson-led No. 41 team survived a wild race with cars sputtering to the finish line to win the 59th Great American Race.

Flag-to-flag: NASCAR’s debut of its new triple-stage, mid-race points-paying format was inauspicious at first. After major wreck fests in both the Camping World Truck Series and [More]

Elliott’s emergence and more to expect in the 2017 Daytona 500

  • 9:47 am Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

NASCAR’s Great American Race will commence for the 59th time Sunday. As is the case every year, 40 teams roll into the start of the season with unchecked hope for not just the Daytona 500, but the entire season. Most of them think they have at least a chance to make the playoffs and win at least one race. Most will not. And Sunday’s 500 will not give a true look necessarily at who the season-long contenders are.

Restrictor plate racing bunches the entire pack and gives most entries in the field a chance to draft to the front. Those [More]

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]

Race Capsule: Logano wins, advances at Talladega; Truex Jr., Keselowski surprisingly out

  • 11:24 am Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Team Penske is clutch at Talladega Superspeedway. Joey Logano picked up right where teammate Brad Keselowski left off at the Alabama track, scoring a much-needed win in the Hellman’s 500 and advancing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase playoffs to the Round of Eight. Logano’s second win of the season was also his second-straight in the Talladega fall race. Bliss for Logano was depression for others with Chase title hopes. Here is how it unfolded.

Quick Shakedown: Martin Truex Jr. (finished 40th) entered Talladega 13 points to the good on the Chase bubble and started the race on the [More]

Race Capsule: Larson finally tops the mountain, enters the Chase at Michigan

  • 11:34 am Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Kyle Larson had his day Sunday – finally. His berth in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup came at the expense of a Chase…Chase Elliott, that is. The two battled over the last half of the race and Larson, in his third full Sprint Cup season, got that coveted first Cup win in his 99th-career start. Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

Flag to Flag: Larson’s flight to the front was not an easy endeavor and almost did not come to be. The 200-lap race did not have a single dominator. Joey Logano (finished 10th) started on the pole and led 24 [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: Buescher helps Front Row slay giants again at Pocono

  • 8:47 am Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Strange things happen at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Stranger things happen than rained out races pushed to Monday and fog ending an August race early. Stranger things happen than animals on the track (an oft occurrence at Pocono Raceway). Fuel and weather strategy Monday gleaned 23-year-old rookie Chris Buescher his first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in the Pennsylvania 400 in the under-funded No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. No one predicted that, not even them. Here is how it went down.

Flag to Flag: Martin Truex Jr. (finished 38th) started on the pole for the third time this [More]