The truck races tend to be racy anyway, and to me Iowa Speedway is as racy a track as NASCAR has on its schedule. The race will start at 8:30 p.m. EDT/7:30 p.m. CDT.
I realize this blog is on the site www.bostonmadness.com meaning New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the area’s “home track,” but I have never liked the venue. With just 7 degrees of banking in the turns, it is difficult to pass on the Loudon track, meaning track position is everything. Track position, track position, track position. I have never understood the thought process used in building many of the newer NASCAR tracks that make pit stops and pit strategy as important as, or maybe even more important than performance on the track. Yes, pits are an important part of racing, but how many people go to the track with the sole purpose of watching pit stops?
Perhaps track position, track position, track position makes for boring racing, boring racing, boring racing, meaning empty stands, empty stands, and really empty stands. For me, the starting point in building a new track should never be fat cat luxury suites; the first words out of the track owner’s mouth to the designer should be “build me the damndest racy track ever.” It sure wasn’t at Loudon. Actually, the track was built without consulting engineers, and only one surveyor was used.
Before I talk more about the Loudon race, I want to mention some NASCAR Home Tracks in New England. If you watch Sprint Cup on TV, there will be a NASCAR Home Track commercial sometime during the race. These tracks are NASCAR’s version of grassroots racing, and in my opinion provide more action than 90% of the big speedways do. The tracks listed below are all asphalt and range in size from 1/3rd mile to 6/10ths mile in size. Check out the track websites, and do yourself a favor-visit one. You won’t regret it.
-Stafford Motor Speedway
-Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
-Waterford Speed Bowl
-Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
-Lee USA Speedway
-Devils Bowl Speedway
Back to Loudon and facts at random:
-of the 2014 top ten drivers in point standings, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Ryan Newman are tied for most wins at New Hampshire with three.
-the race should take about 3 hours to complete. Well, 3 hours to complete if Mother Nature does not intervene. The shortest race was 2 hours and 42 minutes, while the longest race was 3 hours and 14 minutes. My math makes that come out to an average of 2 hours and 58 minutes, rounded to 3 hours.
-Brad Keselowski has two poles at the track, but has never won a race at NHMS. Neither has Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Carl Edwards.
-Denny Hamlin has two wins at NHMS, and of The Chase drivers has the best average finish of 9.0.
-20 of the 38 Sprint Cup races at NHMS have been won from a starting position of 10th or better. Remember, track position, track position, track position.
-while Gordon has won 3 times at NHMS, he has finished 2nd five more times.
-for Danicamaniacs, Ms. Patrick has started to Sprint Cup races at the track, finishing 37th and 27th.
-in 2008, Speedway Motorsports purchased the track for $340,000,000 or about 1/3rd of what it would cost to buy the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise in 2014.
-Tony Stewart has won both a NASCAR and Indy Car race at the track.
-yesterday a Hudson, New Hampshire resident was booked for reckless conduct and criminal mischief. Seems a black Toyota Supra Coupe and a gray Subaru WRX were racing down a Granite State highway and passed a state trooper. Now that in itself isn’t illegal-I have done that if the trooper was not going the speed limit. However, the trooper clocked these cars at 132 miles per hour. The incident occurred about 45 minutes from NHMS. Law officers are still searching for the Subaru. Oh, the qualifying record for Sprint Cup cars at the New Hampshire track is 136.497 miles per hour.
In an attempt at humor I predicted Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would win the Coke Zero 400 last weekend. It wasn’t really humorous that Stenhouse was the cause of “big one #1” at Daytona, though Stenhouse fans want to blame Jeff Gordon instead. I am definitely NOT choosing Stenhouse this weekend. However, given the track’s location I do believe I should pick a Roush Fenway Racing driver to win. I’ll go with Greg Biffle to get a win and secure a spot in The Chase. I could do just as well drawing names from a hat as trying to use logic, so I wouldn’t call any Las Vegas sports book and put down money on Biffle.
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