Austin Dillon Brings the 3 Car Back to Victory Lane

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OK, so last week I said the winner would probably come from the top drivers in the All Star race and while possible, I did not predict a surprise winner. I also acknowledged that Charlotte can become a fuel mileage race but I wondered how the new stage format might change that.

Well, not much changed and Austin Dillon won his first race in a surprising fashion. Shows you how much I know, eh?

Five Icons Selected As 2018 NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class

Byron, Evernham, Hornaday, Squier, Yates Comprise Hall’s Ninth Class

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 24, 2017) – NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The five-person group – the ninth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim France earned the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Kyle Busch Finally Wins A Race At Charlotte

There is a reason I don’t pay a lot of attention to the All-Star race. It’s at a 1.5 mile track known for aero challenges. The leader gets away and it’s all over. No matter what kind of gimmicks NASCAR puts in place with clown shows before the race, untested tire compound choices and stages, nothing really works to make for a really good race. The All-Star race used to be worth watching, but it hasn’t lived up to expectation in years. The only element I like is whittling the cars down so that the top 10 drivers run the final stage. NASCAR could add a twist where a driver or 2 gets dropped at each stage, mimicking the playoff format. That would make the stage racing even more compelling.

Monster Mash: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Ready To Roar At Charlotte

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Date: Saturday, May 20
The Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 6 p.m. ET (Monster Energy Open)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 105 miles (70 laps); Stage 1 (Ends after 20 Laps), Stage 2 (Ends after 40 Laps), Stage 3 (Ends After 60 Laps), Final Stage (Ends After 70 Laps)

Stephen Cox Seeks National Super Cup Title; Returns to Rohrbaugh Racing for 2017 Campaign

Indianapolis IN, May 16, 2017 — Rohrbaugh Racing will compete for the Super Cup Stock Car Series national championship this year with driver Stephen Cox, who returns to the seat following a successful 2016 campaign.

Cox is a versatile veteran who has posted 3 wins, 4 poles and 9 top fives in his last eleven starts on both ovals and road courses. Driving for ARCA’s Codie Rohrbaugh, Cox is expected to be among the favorites for the Super Cup North Division championship and the overall national title. He also will be a front runner for the Rookie of the Year championship.