Month: March 2017

What Is Wrong With NASCAR?

The latest race at Phoenix saw viewership tumble again to new lows. I haven’t yet seen track attendance numbers, but let’s assume they are close to what we have been seeing which means there were some seats available.

In the past few days, I have read about ideas of introducing another “Winston Million” idea to the series to generate interest, making the cars quieter or adding restrictor plates to the cars at The Brickyard and other tracks to improve racing.

Frankly, I don’t think any of those ideas will help the sport that is bleeding fans faster than Kyle Busch can get into trouble.

RYAN NEWMAN EARNS VICTORY FOR CHEVROLET AT PHOENIX

 

(Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)

Chevy SS Driver Kyle Larson Takes Point Lead with Runner-Up Finish

AVONDALE, ARIZ. (March 19, 2017) – When Ryan Newman and the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet SS team made a gutsy call to stay out on old tires while the leaders pitted during the final caution in the Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENSC) race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), it netted winning results.

The pit strategy call yielded the team’s first victory of the season, Newman’s second career victory at PIR and snapped a 127-race winless streak for the 39-year-old veteran driver. The victory is the first for the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) organization in 112 events.  Newman and the No. 31 Chevy SS team are now qualified for the end of the year playoffs.

The victory is the first for Chevrolet in 2017 MENSC competition, and extends the Bowtie Brand’s winning record at PIR to 23.

Notable Quotables – MENCS Chevrolet Drivers Before Phoenix Race

PACING THE FIELD: This weekend the field will be looking at a gold Bowtie as they head toward taking the green flag at Phoenix International Raceway.  A silver Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will bring the field to the start of the 312-lap/312-mile event around the 1-mile oval in the desert.  This will mark the third time in 2017 the silver Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will serve as the pace car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Read what the Chevrolet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had to say leading into the Phoenix race weekend: