These are grand and wonderful gestures, to be sure, but nothing tops a decision NASCAR made way back in the dark ages, on Sunday May 25, 2009. Instead, the playoffs will open at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a sister track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The first was moving the Brickyard 400 from its usual July date to September, where it is now the cutoff race before the NASCAR playoffs begin.
Smith's boyhood experience shows that NASCAR has always worked to broaden its appeal beyond just the cars roaring around the track. Formula One and track officials have refused to confirm the exact amount of the sanctioning fee, but without the reimbursement from the state, it's unlikely the track could afford to host the race. Kimi Raikkonen still leads as he chases his first win since the season-opening Australian GP in 2013.
Harvick will start atop the pole at this year's Coca-Cola 600 after having an incredible run during the qualification race. "But it does give us great pit position and that will help".
NASCAR is trying desperately to keep its brand relevant in the modern age of sports entertainment.
Still, at least one driver already has said he'd like to see the annual All-Star Race circulate among the NASCAR tracks, much like Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. "But loose is fast". Putting the event at a track on which the Cup Series doesn't run, like one of the more high-profile short tracks across the country, would make the thing a can't-miss, but we all know how likely that is.
NASCAR has already set its 2018 schedule with the All-Star race in May in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the championship finale set for Homestead, Florida, in November.
Truex, who led a record 392 of 400 laps in winning this race a year ago, finished 0.352 seconds ahead of Jimmie Johnson.
Larson's auto failed to get through prequalifying inspection in time for him to make a qualifying lap. When all the cars are qualifying as tight as they do, we can't pass as easily as anybody, we have to logically look at it and say, 'Hey, we're all going the same speed, no wonder we can't pass'. The machine wouldn't work there, late, and it cost us a minute or minute and a half, and we actually passed. He changed the game for crew chiefs in the 1990s, even though I hated him and Jeff Gordon with a passion as a child. The Charlotte area is home to dozens of the sports' drivers, teams and organizations, as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR points at the teams. "It's all confusing to me". He will line up at the tail end of the field for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The second stage was red-flagged for a storm on Lap 143.
The stages will be 100 laps apiece.
Another fan, Matt Miller of Charlotte, said he liked this year's All-Star format, but that he won't be coming back for the 600 race. "But I love it like it is now, too". "I don't think you're going to race any different because you're going to want to lead as many laps as you can and score as many points as you can".
As race leader Kyle Busch was passing Jeffrey Earnhardt, a mechanical issue in the No. 33 vehicle dropped debris and fluid on the 1.5-mile track.
The sticky substance is created to promote better grip.
"Running this race during the day is probably the best decision", Earnhardt said.
"We couldn't get in the gas and it would just push up the race track", Earnhardt said on his Periscope feed.
Sunday is packed with three major events that span the racing world.
Sunday's race from Charlotte is expected to start at approximately 6:18 p.m. ET.