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2017 Georgia NASCAR drivers review and 2018 preview

  • 11:42 am Thursday, February 1st, 2018 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

The 2018 season was one of almost utter exuberance and certain, sighing heartbreak for the Georgia drivers gang – and several drivers struggling with middle or back marker teams. Here’s a quick breakdown of how each driver in NASCAR’s top series fared and what they look forward to this quickly approaching season.

Chase Elliott:

Wins: 0, Top 5s: 12, Top10s: 21, Poles: 1, Rank: 5, Avg. fin.: 12.0, DNFs: 4, LLFs: 27

That goose egg in the win column should not be of worry; Elliott notched five runner-up finishes (four in the Playoffs), out performed all of his teammates (including seven-time [More]

NASCAR rookies testing more than just the track at Atlanta

  • 9:40 am Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

On a sunny, windy Monday, Atlanta Motor Speedway went green with even greener drivers making their first 2018 laps. Xfinity Series rookies Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick and Camping World Truck Series yellow-striper Dalton Sargeant had more on the line than just learning a new track with new vehicles. They began the synergy with their new teams and in different ways.

They began the two-day test the way most of many testing days unfold – waiting. The rains from Sunday kept the track damp all Monday morning, thanks to weepers in the 21-year-old surface. But rubber hit the road in [More]

Melancholy and the infinite gratefulness

  • 10:40 am Monday, September 25th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

This weekend marked the final September NASCAR races for both New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Speedway Motorsports Inc. (the parent company of those tracks and several others…and Performance Racing Network, of course) got a big break in gaining the financial support of the city of Las Vegas to move the events to a second NASCAR date in 2018. The news is even bigger for Las Vegas Motor Speedway, because that weekend opens the 2018 NASCAR playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

But there’s a twinge of sadness and a sea of gratitude for me. When NASCAR [More]

Race Capsule: Harvick dominates Atlanta, Keselowski wins, many speed

  • 10:15 am Monday, March 6th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

As we saw at Daytona last week, leading the last lap is the one that really counts. Brad Keselowski overcame unscheduled pit stops for a loose wheel and a flat tire to stay in contention, then take the lead after race dominator Kevin Harvick sped on pit road. His 22nd-career win is his first at Atlanta Motor Speedway and he almost won the Xfinity Series race the day before. Here is how the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, a hard fought race on AMS’ 20-year-old pavement, played for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Flag to flag: This will be [More]

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]

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: 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: 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]

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]