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NASCAR released starting times for the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series races.

 

The March Martinsville race will start at 2:00 pm

 

The October Martinsville race will start 30 minutes earlier next year than this year's race. New start time is 2:30 pm

 

No night time Cup races at Martinsville in 2018.

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Dang it. Well, it HAS to be coming soon. Our area and the sport in general needs it to happen. The popularity of NASCAR has been on the decline over the past few years with the yearly changes to the Chase and the playoffs, to the neverending turn away from iconic race track to the cookie-cutter tracks. Those are snoozefests!

 

And NASCAR lacks any real characters or unique drivers anymore. Its a shame.

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Dang it. Well, it HAS to be coming soon. Our area and the sport in general needs it to happen. The popularity of NASCAR has been on the decline over the past few years with the yearly changes to the Chase and the playoffs, to the neverending turn away from iconic race track to the cookie-cutter tracks. Those are snoozefests!

 

And NASCAR lacks any real characters or unique drivers anymore. Its a shame.

 

 

A night race would likely not be as much of a boon for our local economy compared to a traditional 3 day weekend. The layout for this past fall race weekend was NASCAR's "enhanced" weekend format that is designed to cut team costs and give fans more bang for their buck in a condensed weekend. This is close to what a night race weekend would be like. Teams and a majority of the fans are in town for 2 days or less compared to the traditional 3 days.

 

i'm nervous the only way we will have an actual night race is if a race gets moved closer to the middle of the year. if thats the case, one of our races could get moved to somewhere else - Iowa maybe since it's a short track and ISC manages it. The 5-year sanction deal ends 2020. That didn't stop New Hampshire from losing a date to Vegas next year.

 

I'm glad ratings are finally up this year over last year for the 10 chase races. The last 2 races of the year are sellouts.

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Cars will be on the track this week for Daytona! Lot of new drivers, rules and stories.

 

The Daytona 500 will be Danica Patrick's final cup race driving the #7 for Premium Motorsports with engines and chassis from RCR.

 

Bubba Wallace will become the first full-time african american race car driver in cup since Danville native Wendell Scott in 1971. He will pilot the famous 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports.

 

Hendrick now only has 1 driver who has won a Cup race: Jimmie Johnson. Alex Bowman(88), Chase Elliott(9), and William Byron(24) will look to break into victory lane this year.

 

Will Truex Jr be able to maintain his dominance on 1.5 mi tracks after losing a team car?

 

I will be interested to see the driver changes of Kasey Kahne to the #95, Ryan Blaney left to Wood Brothers to drive for the new Penske #12, and Paul Menard is now in the #21 after leaving RCR. I'll also be interested to see how Aric Almirola does driving the #10 the Danica was in and if he performs better than he did in the 43.

 

Chevy has a new body that has proven fast in preseason testing. They will race a Camaro body in cup this year. Ford now has the oldest body in cup.

 

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Pit crews are now limited to 5 guys over the wall. You will likely see 2 tire changers, jack man, gas man, and only 1 tire carrier. This is a safety and cost cutting rule. NASCAR is also going to a spec air gun as a cost savings move and a competition rule. Teams have spent millions developing air guns. Joe Gibbs Racing is notoriously known for exploiting this area.

 

The teams will be limited to the number of people they can have perform work on the car. This is both a cost cutting rule and a competition rule. Each team’s crew members can only work on their own car and not another from the same organization unless that crew member is listed on the roster for both teams -- a crew member from the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team cannot help the No. 24 team unless they are listed on both organizational depth charts.

 

The cars themselves aren't being changed that much. Teams are going to a spec radiator, splitter, and oil cooler. This is all considered a cost savings implementation as teams have literally spent millions of dollars developing these areas of the cars. This will also remove downforce from the cars and give Goodyear more flexibility on the tire they bring to the track.

 

Teams will be required to run 13 engines for 2 weekends next year. The engines will be sealed meaning they aren't allowed to be torn down. Teams are allowed to change valve springs and cylinder heads. Must use the same engine block, crankshaft, camshaft, connecting rods, pistons, and oil pan for each of the 2 races the engine is used. Also, teams will run a single engine the whole weekend at Daytona coming up. That will put close to 700 miles on the engine. It will be interesting to see if we have any engine failures as teams try to build up reliability for this rule. All-Star Race must be an engine used previously in the year with NO modifications. If your car wins, that counts as 1 of your 13 engines since the winner's engine is normally torn down. Teams can pick the races they want to use the 2nd engine at. A team must use a previously raced engine for 25 percent of a race for it to count toward its 13 second-race engines.

 

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I think this would be an interesting season with the new playoff format, the heat racing, and mostly the retirement of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

 

He has been the most popular driver in the sports for over a decade. And many credit the survival of NASCAR after his father's death in 2001 to him.

 

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Short block sealed engines? The rules are getting in the way of the racing IMO. Whatever happened to racing a race and the fastest one wins? All these points and teammates on the track and rules out the wazoo has turned "racing" into something else.

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Short block sealed engines? The rules are getting in the way of the racing IMO. Whatever happened to racing a race and the fastest one wins? All these points and teammates on the track and rules out the wazoo has turned "racing" into something else.

 

 

Yep. Thats it right there!

 

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Short block sealed engines? The rules are getting in the way of the racing IMO. Whatever happened to racing a race and the fastest one wins? All these points and teammates on the track and rules out the wazoo has turned "racing" into something else.

 

 

It's not really going to change the way the drivers race. If they didn't do a press release about it, 99% of the people watching the races wouldn't notice.

 

I remember 10 years ago you couldn't go a race without an engine failure. Now the teams have perfected their craft so much that it's nothing for these cars to go up to 600 miles. I think anytime NASCAR can save the teams money and encourage innovation and durability, that's a good thing.

 

It used to be that teams would regularly change the engines 3 times during the weekend. They'd have a qualifying engine, a practice engine, and a race engine. At one point, they could even change the engine during the race if they had a failure. If they were doing that today, we'd only have 20 cars at the track.

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I think this would be an interesting season with the new playoff format, the heat racing, and mostly the retirement of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

 

He has been the most popular driver in the sports for over a decade. And many credit the survival of NASCAR after his father's death in 2001 to him.

 

 

My money is on chase elliott taking that title this year. His daddy won that award a time or 2.

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Yeah, Awesome Bill From Dawsonville was the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Chase has been a bullet out of the gun since his rookie year 2 seasons ago in the 24 after Jeff Gordon retired. He will FOR SURE get his 1st Cup win this season; I'd expect within the first 10 races of the year.

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Yeah, Awesome Bill From Dawsonville was the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Chase has been a bullet out of the gun since his rookie year 2 seasons ago in the 24 after Jeff Gordon retired. He will FOR SURE get his 1st Cup win this season; I'd expect within the first 10 races of the year.

 

 

Wouldnt it be something if it was the 2nd race of the season - Atlanta?

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Bill Elliott had 8 - 2nds before his first win in his 116th start. Chase has 7 - 2nds in 77 starts.

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OH Yeah, Hands down he should be most popular by far for the next few years. Great personality and he has that old school mentality on the track.

 

looking forward to seeing some racing this weekend.

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Cup Cars hit the Tracks Saturday for the first time with Clash Practice AND Daytona 500 qualifying practice. Both Qualifying and the Clash will take Sunday.

 

The ARCA boys have their season opening race at Daytona late Saturday Afternoon.

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The Brad Keselowski took the blue deuce to victory lane in the opening exhibition race - The Clash. Fords look strong for their Speedway package.

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FORD has really stepped up it's plate program last year and it looks like it's continuing into 2018,now if they can get a handle on those mile and a half tracks they might have something for them Yota's.

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FORD has really stepped up it's plate program last year and it looks like it's continuing into 2018,now if they can get a handle on those mile and a half tracks they might have something for them Yota's.

 

 

I think Chevys are going to be tough on 1.5 MI tracks with the new camero bodies

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Greensboro had the highest rated TV market for Daytona 500 qualifying.

 

TV Ratings for the NASCAR Clash following qualifying were up 29% over last year.

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Sports Business Daily is speculating that Comcast may be interesting in purchasing NASCAR and track operators ISC(Martinsville) and SMI.

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