Kyle Larson Sweeps California NASCAR Races

A blistering first in qualifying. A surprising first in the Xfinity Series race.

And a steady, tenacious first when it really mattered on Sunday.

Kyle Larson was second to nobody in his home state.

Larson persevered through four late restarts to win at Fontana, adding his second career victory to his overall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series points lead.

“Lots of fun to be Kyle Larson right now,” Larson said with a grin. “Our race cars are really fast in Xfinity and Cup, so it’s a blast to show up to the race track every week.”

Larson finished second in each of the past three races, but the Sacramento-area native’s Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was the class of the field at Auto Club Speedway all weekend long.

He claimed the second pole of his career Friday, and he also won the Xfinity race Saturday in a result that surprised him much more than his Cup triumph. The 24-year-old prodigy became just the fourth driver to sweep a race weekend at Fontana.

Fontana’s bumpy 2-mile track particularly suits Larson’s skills, and he was unshakable during the late drama and jockeying typical to the five-wide asphalt one hour east of Los Angeles.

After surging up from fourth to first with four new tires before the final caution, he made one last outstanding restart and cruised through two overtime laps to win.

“This is just amazing,” Larson said. “We have been so good all year long, three seconds in a row. I’ve been watching all the TV, like, ‘He doesn’t know how to win.’ But we knew how to win today, so that was good.”

Brad Keselowski was second, and Clint Bowyer came in third for his best finish since June 2015 and his first top-five finish in 52 races. Martin Truex Jr. was fourth after challenging Larson aggressively, and Joey Logano roared up to fifth.

Larson added to his other career victory, which came on NASCAR’s other 2-mile oval at Michigan.

Logano and Busch Have Heated Exchange on the Track in Las Vegas

A skirmish between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano left Busch with a cut on his forehead following Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch and Logano made contact racing to the finish of the Kobalt 400, resulting in Busch spinning off Turn 4 and down pit road. Unhappy with what transpired, Busch waited for Logano to circle around and park on pit road where he then sought him out and threw a punch at Logano before being wrestled down by crew members for Logano’s No. 22 team. It was inclusive whether Busch connected with the punch.

NASCAR officials quickly intervened to break the fracas up, with one official forcefully lifting Busch up and removing him from the scene.

Despite this, neither Kyle Busch nor Joey Logano is likely to face discipline over their roles in the fight following Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said Monday on SirusXM NASCAR Radio.

“We’ve always said that we’ve got to take everything and make sure we look at all the video,” O’Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I would say from our initial assessment last night in looking at what happened, as far as on track, I don’t think we saw anything that was intentional by any means. We’ll continue to review that. We’ve got to have discussions with both drivers. We talked to some folks postrace as well.”

NASCAR’s stance on drivers fighting has softened in recent years.

NASCAR’s preference is that if two drivers have issue with one another, their teams allow them to resolve it how they best see fit and crew members do not interject or escalate the proceedings. But if an altercation does become physical between drivers, it is acceptable for crew members to intercede and break up the fracas.

“What our position has been, we want to leave it in the drivers’ hands,” O’Donnell said. “What we don’t want to see, and the drivers have asked for this, which is very fair, is a crew member initially approaching a driver or initiating some type of altercation with a driver.

“Just early review of this (incident). This was two drivers with crew members kind of stepping back, and once something happens, a crew is taught, which I think is right, that if someone comes up in your pit box and attacks your guy, you have the right to try to break that up or bring it to a stop. That was the initial review that we saw from the crew members. Again, there is still other video out there that we’ve got to look at. When we talked postrace to the race team, that kind of confirmed what we had seen.”

If after its review is concluded and NASCAR determines those involved deserve punishment, any penalties would be announced on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Nascar Videogames

Not only can we enjoy the thrill of watching the amazing Nascar Races, but now we can bring it into our homes. There are countless ways where we can virtually interact with our favorite drivers and take part in the amazing sport. The entertainment industry is better than ever that it will feel like we’re right on the race track. Whichever game system that you have, there will definitely be a Nascar version so that you can be part of the games too. Bring out your Playstation 1, 2, or 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo, Gameboy, Wii, IPhone, IPad, Android, because whichever device you have there will be a Nascar game readily available so you can take part in the action. These games allow you to pick your favorite cars and drivers so that you can ride on your favorite track. The options are endless and you don’t have to play the same race twice! Don’t have any of these electronics? No problem, head to your local arcade and find an even more thrilling experience. You will be able to find a Nascar stimulation system allowing you to sit in a char that is virtually connected to your race, which allows you to feel every sharp curve or turn. Not only would you be able be the driver, but now you can feel like the driver as well. Every year these games are constantly being updates so that you can have the best experience possible. Whats on the market now? Keep a look out for Nascar Heat Evolution and Forza Motorsport 6 as the newest, best possible Nascar experience you are able to have.

2017 Race Schedule

The year has just begun and we are just waiting for the races to begin. Last year we many good races and the level is raised. We expect top speed races from our favorite drivers. So far its looking like Chase Elliot is off to a great start. By winning his second consecutive poll in a row for the 59th Daytona 500 poll, it’s looking like it has become a family tradition.Chase Elliot was able to finish a lap in record time of 192.8 miles per hour. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliot will both be starting off Daytona 500 with high expectations. This will also be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return after his unfortunate concussion last year and we are happy to say that he has been able to make a full recovery. After many treatments and a lot of care, taking a break was good for him and has allowed him to start off the year fresh. Daytona is where it all begins and it doesn’t stop there. There are many more action packed races to look forward to this coming year and it will take place all across the country. Here’s what we can expect for some major races.

Nascar Cup Series Schedule 2017:

February 18 – Daytona International Speedway – Unlimited

February 19 – Daytona International Speedway – Daytona 500 Qualify

February 23 – Daytona International Speedway – Dual

February 26 – Daytona 500

March 5 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

March 12 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 19 – Phoenix International Raceway

March 26 – Auto Club Speedway

April 2 – Martinsville Speedway

April 9 – Texas Motor Speedway

April 23 – Bristol Motor Speedway

April 30 – Richmond International Raceway

May 7 – Talladega Superspeedway

May 13 – Kansas Speedway

May 20 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Nascar All-Star Race

May 28 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 4 – Dover International Speedway

June 11 – Pocono Raceway

June 18 – Michigan International Speedway

June 25 – Sonoma Raceway

July 1 – Daytona International Speedway

July 8 – Kentucky Speedway

July 16 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

July 23 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

July 30 – Pocono Raceway

August 6 – Walkins Glen International

August 13 – Michigan International Speedway

August 19 – Bristol Motor Speedway

September 9 – Richmond International Raceway

September 17 – Chicagoland Speedway

September 24 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

October 1 – Dover International Speedway

October 7 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

October 15 – Talladega Superspeedway

October 22 – Kansas Speedway

October 29 – Martinsville Speedway

November 5 – Texas Motor Speedway

November 12 – Phoenix International Raceway

November 19 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

 

Safety First

The guidelines are in and driver security is toughening up. Safety is always a priority when it comes to Nascar and now the rules are made to make prevent future accidents from happening. This will not only improve the sport but it will also guarantee that our drivers will be able to drive longer and compete more in the future. What are the new rules you ask that are making the Nascar experience more beneficial to all involved? The new changes now prohibit drivers to replace damaged car parts that occur during racing accidents. These include panels, hoods, splitters, etc. Sheet metal, however, will be given exactly five minutes to replace as soon as the driver enters the pit stop. Although, if replacements require excess care or excess workers, then the driver will be prohibited from re-entering the race. This includes the car going behind the pit wall or exceeding the allotted five minutes. In previous races, drivers were able to replace any car parts with zero time limit and no restrictions. As you can see the rules have really changed and it has become more specific as to what the driver is or is not able to do and for how long. This will prevent drivers returning to the race with an unqualified car that may not be able to handle to speed and agility that Nascar races require. We expect that these rules make huge improvements to the future safety of drivers and prevent many injuries from happening. We wouldn’t want to see another one of our favorite drivers on a hospital bed with a concussion. I certainly would not.

Daytona 500

The Daytona race is coming closer than we expect. The race is scheduled in Florida for the end of this month, February 26th to be exact. Are you guys all ready? Hopefully the drivers will be. Make sure you have all your favorite driver’s gear to support them though this race! We are expecting a good race this year featuring all of our favorite drivers. We can definitely expect Truex to be revved up this year with his near almost win in 2016. He’ll be wanting to make a comeback for sure. This year is going to be slightly different from last. Nascar has been putting a lot more emphasis and making sure these drivers are racing safely and have put extra guidelines requiring them to do so. It was probably Dale Jr. recent concussion and countless other driver incidents that are giving fans a scare that Nascar sees a need to toughen up the rules. There is a new damaged vehicle policy put in place to help ensure safety for the current drivers. Nascar also announced the length of this coming race which is consisting of two 60 lap stages with an 80 lap stage to finish it off. The point system is expected to be very similar to previous years as well for the third and final stage. However, this year the top ten drivers to finish the first two laps will be awarded points as well. With these improvements we expect this race to be even better than the last. The drivers are getting ready, are you?

The Driver’s Return

The anticipated day that we have all been waiting for has finally returned. Dale Jr. is making a comeback to the raceway and this time it will be better than ever. He, as well as all of us, are looking forward to his return, happy to hear that he has made a full recovery. It has been over 7 months since the last time Dale Jr. has been in a race, and it’s been hard to continue without him. On December 8th, Dale Jr. got the all clear from his doctor to continue racing and now he’s almost running to join his competitors. Unfortunately we wont be able to see Dale Jr.’s return as soon as we would like. He won’t be able to compete in the “Clash at Daytona”, which we will all be tuning in to see. We hope to see him with a full recovery sweeping his competitors away on February 23 racing in the Daytona 500. Mark your calendars everyone! The real races have finally begun.