Memo to The Sports Network (TSN). NASCAR uses the expression “put it out” – meaning “wave the yellow flag,” – on a regular basis. When a race is delayed it is VERY important that TSN “put it out” to inform their customers on which of the five channels the rained out race will be broadcast.
The reason you ask? Many, many NASCAR fans have regular jobs and they want to see the race when they get home from work.
However, they never know which channel they should record. As I am retired, I can flip through and find the race.
We are so fortunate to have both TSN and SportsNet here in Canada that cover almost every race for us. I have friends in the US who are jealous of us for our great coverage up here in God’s Country!! LOL
NASCAR PINTYS SERIES: The VERY successful season is over but preparations are already in full swing for next year. Hopefully those preparations will include finding a competent Canadian webmaster for their website; a site that needs help.
Sadly, I doubt that Jay Adamczyk, the ultimate NASCAR guru, would be interested in doing a ‘Jayski Canada’ site.
At the Pinty’s Fall Brawl, a week ago at Delaware Speedway, I was talking with NASCAR Tech Director Jeff Wilcox and Bill Burns, crew chief for Jacques Villeneuve’s NASCAR Whelen Euro Series team, at the back of the NASCAR hauler.
They both want me to write a story on the number of racers who worked at my old dealership, Motion Lincoln Mercury in London, as well as the many racers that we sponsored/supported.
Jeff and Bill were both mechanics on the Red Team back in the day. I think I will write the story for one of my Looking Back columns in the print version of Inside Track Motorsport News sometime in the future. Stay tuned!!
NASCAR CUP SERIES: Bubba Wallace was the BIG winner at Talladega Monday afternoon in the rain delayed Yellawood 500!! And this one ended in the rain as well about 71 laps short of the scheduled distance, 117 laps completed of 188.
Brad Keselowski finished second with Joey Logano third. There was a lot of carnage during the race with cars hitting the walls and each other but, surprisingly, all but three cars were running at the time of the red flag which ended the race. A tribute to the crews!
Several cars in the Championship Chase took a big hit including Kyle Larson (27th), Kyle Busch (27th) and Chase Elliott (18th), formerly 2nd, 3rd and 6th in the points.
Hamlin leads the points by 19 points over Larson and 20 points over Logano. They race Sunday on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Should be entertaining!
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: What a ‘feel good’ finish for their race Saturday afternoon at Talladega!! Long time independent campaigner Brandon Brown driving his family-owned car was declared the winner with about six laps to go when the race was ended due to darkness.
And it was REALLY dark, not a good plan for cars running in a close pack at about a buck seventy!! Another Brandon (Jones) finished second, also wrecking at the line while Justin Allgaier grabbed third. Alex Labbe started 32nd and ended up 21st on the lead lap.
Austin Cindric (finished 8th) continues to lead the points by 22 over Allgaier and 36 ahead of Daniel Hemric. Former points leader AJ Allmendinger got taken out earlier finishing 39th but stays 4th in points 44 back. Their next race is Saturday on the ‘Roval’ at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Should be fun, fun, fun!!
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS: Wow, what a race Saturday afternoon at Talladega! On lap 57 Austin Hill ‘bump drafted’ Zane Smith causing the BIG ONE. Every race at ‘Dega seems to have one.
Tate Fogelman won the race but got collected in a wreck at the line and had to go to the infield care center thus delaying, once again this year, the Winner’s Circle celebrations.
Tyler Hill finished 2nd and Todd Gilliland, who led the most laps (39), finished 3rd. John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the points but with only a one point over Ben Rhodes and 26 over Matt Crafton who got bounced around a lot but still finished on the lead lap (14th).
The trucks get a month off before heading to the tight bullring at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 30.
Canadian Stewart Friesen started a strong 4th but got collected with about 20 to go and headed for the garage. Jason White started 35th and ended up 27th also heading to the barn. Special mention has to go to 38th place finisher Lawless Alan!!
NHRA: Their next race is at the beautiful Texas Motorplex just west of Ennis, Texas this weekend.
INDYCAR: The rumour mill has Toyota returning to the series as the third engine supplier!
FORMULA ONE: That November 21 TBD that has been lurking on the 2021 schedule has finally been filled… Qatar!! Their next race is in Turkey this weekend.
IMSA: Their season wraps up this weekend at the Country Club of Racing, Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. What other track has an actual barn for their main building? LOL
Did You Know?
– One of the strangest things that came out of the Pinty’s Series weekend at Delaware actually happened to me. I was standing at the top of the main grandstands in a spot I have stood at for many, many years talking with a couple of racers in the break between race one and two when a woman who was sitting just down from us came over and asked me, I kid you not, ‘Are you Roger Penske’? She actually had his picture on her phone. I laughed and said ‘no, but it appears we use the same barber’!! We all got a good laugh out of that!!
– Here’s an awesome idea from the Texas Motorplex that Canadian race promoters, track owners and sponsors might like to use. Check out this link.
– Wow… the Circuit of The Americas has reportedly sold 350,000 tickets for their October 24 Formula One race!! If true that would be the largest attended sporting event this year!! Outstanding.
Until next week!!