Year after year I am consistently disappointed by the poor design of motorsports apparel. Okay, there are a few leagues, teams, brands and fans that do it well, but for the most part, it’s a mess. When will the silhouetted face of a driver pushing through a myriad of colours or non-subtle use of logos splashed across every inch of material fade into the past? It appears that in motorsports apparel, the treasured ‘whitespace’ doesn’t exist.
As part of our motorsports lifestyle initiative, I’m starting a series on motorsports fashion. Over the next while, we’ll be highlighting various designers that… read more
The Budweiser Shootout has a special place in the hearts of many NASCAR fans. The Budweiser Shootout, formerly the Busch Clash, is the first race of the year, the first sign that the off-season that so many fans dread has finally come to an end, and the lead-in to the Daytona 500. With no points at stake, the select drivers entered in the invitation-only race are free to go all out for the win, to the enjoyment of the drivers and fans alike.
And just which drivers were eligible for the Budweiser Shootout? For nearly 30 years, the criteria were… read more
As a NASCAR writer, I try to remain maintain a level of objectivity and usually refrain from cheering for drivers. I try and pay attention to as many details as I can, noting drivers who are running well, drivers who aren’t, and any potential storylines that could arise from any given situation. If a race comes down to a few drivers and a good battle for the lead seems possible, I usually just hope for a good finish and that I’m given a good storyline to write about during the week. I don’t cheer for any particular driver to win.… read more
Racing this past weekend brought victory, elation, disappointment, and also a tragedy to the track. Read on to find out what happened September 4-6 in motorsports.
NASCAR Nationwide Great Clips 300
It was a great showing for Jamie McMurray this weekend, as he took the checkered ahead of the Sprint Cup race – where he so desperately needed to finish well to better his chances of making it into the Chase.
Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards
Kasey Kahne got the pole on a rare Nationwide start. It looked like he would have a top-10… read more
The underdog story of the season undoubtedly has to go to Jamie McMurray. After struggling for four years at Roush Fenway Racing (RFR), a move that was supposed to accelerate his career but instead derailed it, McMurray returned to his original home at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and immediately excelled. McMurray has won the two biggest races of the year this season, and is now within shouting distance of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Most likely, he will not make it. Clint Bowyer, the driver he is gunning for, is 100 points ahead of McMurray and has been running consistently… read more
|Series:||NASCAR, Sprint Cup|
|Course Type:||Primarily oval, some road|
|Approximate Race Length:||600 miles|
|Top Speed:||~200 mph|
|0-60 mph:||Know the answer? Let us know!|
|0-100 mph:||4-5 secs|
|Traction Control:||Not allowed|
|Engine:||Normally-aspirated, 5.8L V-8; no turbochargers or superchargers allowed|
|Gearbox:||Manual with 4 forward gears|
|Tires:||Ungrooved racing slicks|
|Chassis:||Steel tubing with integral rollcage|
|Brakes:||4-piston steel (carbon pads)|
|Suspension:||Front and rear–independent coil springs, upper and lower A arms|
|Min. Weights:||3,400 lbs. without driver|
|Geographic Scope:||United States|
|Annual Cost Per Car:||Approximately $10 million|
|Vehicle Manufacturers:||Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Toyota|