2021 Racing Thread

Guess what week it is y'all!? I really hope we get to go to some races this year. Hard to believe the last one I attended was last years Daytona. I'm so happy to have it back, this winter has been the worst.

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Whew. Was beginning to worry this thread wasn't gonna get made lol feels like yesterday we were down there for the races. Can't wait!

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Maybe you NASCAR guys will watch a little more IndyCar this year with Jimmie Johnson in the mix going for rookie of the year.

I watch all racing. I follow Indy it's just not that much fun on TV.

I hope Jimmie is able to do well there. It would give it a little more crossover from the NASCAR fans. That's

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Wish I could get down to Sebring for the IMSA races again this year but both COVID and my work schedule aren't going to allow it.

I'm excited F1 season gets rolling in a little over a month. Sir Lewis just signed a single year contact so 2022 is really going to be a year to watch.

Fellow f1 fan checking in. Completely agree that the 2022 season with new regs should be extremely interesting. I am definitely here for all the driver reshuffling that just took place!

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Pretty odd that Hamilton only signed a 1yr deal with Mercedes. It will be interesting to see if he makes a move next year, maybe to try and silence doubters that 6 of his titles are only because he drives the best car.

check out IMSA at Virginia International Raceway August 20-22

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Oh man. I'm ready. Haven't been in two years because my Pancreas exploded and then the pandemic. I really cannot wait to go back.

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Really looking forward to the new schedule this year. With the additional road courses, it'll be great to see if anyone can compete with Chase. Last year was a lot of fun. Hoping to see the #12 break through.

Druckenmiller the shotgun snap, fakes short, fires it deep into the end zone it is....caught! It is caught for a touchdown by Jermaine Holmes with 47 seconds left!

Same. Something I hadn't really thought of until now, this is kind of a put up or shut up year...for the fans. Almost everybody has been clamoring and begging for a changeup in the schedule for years. Screaming for more road courses (Nascar really outdid themselves on this front), short tracks (ehh...we got dirt at Bristol for a year, I can't fathom them going thru with this every year forever unless they just absolutely set the woods on fire with the spring race), less "cookie cutter tracks." Nascar's fanbase, whether it's the majority or extremely loud, whiny minority, complain...a lot. We have no excuse not to show up in droves this year because Steve Phelps has stepped out on a big ass limb.

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We didn't get more short track races, though, they just converted one to dirt. I was really hoping when the dirt race was being teased that it would be a 3rd visit to Bristol, not replacing one of the existing two. We will get a new short track in SoCal whenever they get around to reconfiguring Auto Club Speedway, but I would imagine that'll only be one race a year, increasing the total from 6 to 7. Not nearly as crazy as doubling the number of road course races on the schedule (triple from where it was like 3 or 4 years ago).

If you all are interested, I work at VIR and I'm sure we could organize a "VT area", or something like that, for the IMSA race in August? This would first depend on COVID protocols at that time. If you get me a headcount, I could organize a tent, catering, etc on our hospitality row.

If you haven't been, VIR is a real gem for VA and we're still trying to get the word out there. Don't take my word for it, ask those that have been or pick up this months CAR and DRIVER, it's Lightning Laps edition is done there.

I got a group of boys that would love that.

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Just opened your profile. Hey Mike! Happy your are on TKP. We have met you up there a few times. We like riding around in the highly decorated golf carts. We camp in hog pen with a pool.

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Oh yeah, I now know EXACTLY who you are. LOL

We'll see if others want to meet up and even if we just come up with a spot to enjoy a few drinks together (maybe around the Pavillion) that would be cool

Our notoriety very much excites me just so you know.

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Heck of a finish to the Busch Clash. FKB tho.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

By God what a great Clash. I am itching. I want to see some cars in person pronto.

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For a reason I can't remember, I wasn't able to watch but like the last couple laps of the summer date there last year. I do not remember that course being that damn long.

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Love to see them wrecking on the last lap! Exciting! Maddy D top 10 (10th). Go 21.

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Cars on track every day now till Sunday! I have some money left over in fanduel sports book since that needs to be blown. I unfortunately am thinking about putting it all on KFB.

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Meh

Forecast is not looking awesome tonight.

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Dammit, I haven't even looked. Too much looking at the forecast here

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It has since cleared up. Turns out, Florida weather is unpredictable! Who knew?!

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First Duel pretty calm. Buckle up.

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Happy Daytona Day everybody! I'd kill to be down there right now.

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I'm having power and internet issues. Lack there if that is. I fixed the power one but I haven't learned how to generate my own internet yet.

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Same. Power is back, but internet is down...chomping down on some data on the ol iPad right now.

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I'm back up but I couldn't even use the cell network. I guess everyone on it had it jammed up

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Annnd now a red flag due to lightening. Looks exactly like it did last year. Sigh. Maybe it stays west of the track.

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What a 24 hours it has been. But I have power, internet, and late night racing!

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They really are going to run dirt track cup race at Bristol? Also why do they want more road races those are the woorrssttt.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I guess it depends on your point of view. The general consensus for years was that road courses suck, and the reason for that was that there were only two different tracks and these specialist drivers (such as Borris Said) would come out of the would work and dominate them. They were in areas that didn't draw a big NASCAR crowd, and they were hard to watch because you only got to see the cars for a few seconds every 4 minutes.

These days, because IMSA is now owned by NASCAR, they are really able to make these road courses more fun to watch. The new drivers have a more diverse road background, and therefore drivers that can dominate on the ovals are also able to dominate on the road courses. Chase Elliott for example. Also since the introduction of the ROVAL at Charlotte, they have proven how much fun the oval road courses are. They have the advantage of other tracks, as you can see most of the circuit from the stands. They have also really gone leaps and bounds to make these fan immersive experiences. I can attest that watching cars come out of the Bus Stop at Daytona and going into turns 3 and 4 is quite exhilarating.

Circuit of the Americas was added this year, and that should prove to spice it up a bit more. We are still holding out for an event at VIR in the coming years. I personally believe they could do either the truck or Xfinity series there the same weekend the race is at Martinsville. Takes a little heat off the infrastructure at Martinsville but is still close enough for everyone to enjoy.

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Having never been to a NASCAR race, would the COTA race be worth attending? It's a great track for F1 and WEC but I don't know if stock cars would even make it through the esses 😅

I've never watched a single race at COTA that I can think of...but yeah, go. If you can't have a good time at a Nascar race there's something wrong with ya. Only "road course" race I've ever been to was the Roval in 2019 and it was great.

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We will all find out together hahaha. It's a classic racing track, so should be fun either way? I would go if I had the chance for sure.

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Yeah I'm going to have to disagree with you there. I kinda stopped watching after a while because the racing on the "intermediate" tracks had gotten so stale, and even Bristol was getting a bit boring (blasphemy, I know), but tuned in for the first Charlotte Roval race a few years back and it pulled me back in. I still don't really like the racing on most of the intermediate tracks, but the road courses have some of the best action and interesting strategies that I've seen from NASCAR in years. I'm definitely looking forward to the new additions to the schedule.

My god how awesome! What a race. I love seeing small times win the 500! Front Row Motorsports!

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Figured it would be a wild finish. I took a slight nap and woke up to watch the 2nd stage and final. Wife bet on the 34 in a race pool due to where she drew a number. I had 11 as an odds favorite and told her to take 34 as he is good on speedways and that new package. Never thought it would happen though. Wild finish and underdog winning is great to me!

talk about the parting of the sea... the 2 one way, the 22 the other, and the 34 right up the middle. LOVE'S it!

Go Hokies

Not sure what races Nascar folks are planning on going to this year. I do both Dega races. They just emailed today no tent camping or camper unless it is an RV style all contained. Same thing for upcoming Atlanta race. I'm headed to the dirt track on Bristol and am pumped for it. Haven't had anything saying they are cancelling that camping as of yet.

I was seriously worried that the truck race was never going to end last night.

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ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Anyone watch the Aussie Supercars? I usually try and catch the highlights, but make sure to watch the full races at Mount Panaroma like this weekend... what a crazy track.

Hand up, only thing I know about the v8 supers is Marcus Ambrose and that time Pastrana flipped violently and as mic'd up throughout.

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VIR's date now conflicts with the Notre Dame game.

Mike Joy is gonna piss his pants saying that in the broadcast.

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Ok we are past the boring slump after Daytona and now on to the fun stuff. Really looking forward to watching the Bristol dirt stuff. Wish I could be there.

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Drive to Survive season 3 continued the impressive run for the series. Just what I needed to get amped up for the Sunday return of F1.

Welp, rain and dirt don't mix too well. Bahrain looked sexy as hell under the lights, though. Happy to have F1 back tomorrow morning!

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Can this finally be the year Mercedes doesn't dominate?... nah, probably not. Don't care though, the major reshuffle of drivers will make things spicy for the midfield.

Well sucked with the rain in Bristol but the F1 race was amazing. So nice to actually have a battle at the front late in the race for once and Max almost pulled it off. It is looking like Red Bull will actually take the fight the Mercedes this year and I definitely hope that is the case as there really has not been a battle for the last 7 years of Mercedes dominance. Ferrari looked improved as well, and that could potentially be a great battle with McLaren for 3rd. The fist race definitely gives me hope for a competitive season.

Barring some wild misfortune, I suspect Red Bull will win at Imola. I think you're right about the level of competition being elevated this year. I think Ferrari, Red Bull, and McLaren have the stuff to really make things exciting and make it less of a Merc show every weekend.

I would root for the Russians before I would root for Virginia.

Also shout out to Perez with a heck of a drive (again) from last to 5th. So excited to see some good racing all across the field this year

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I have a feeling this is going to get canceled, unfortunately. They were not prepared for this.

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Second highest 48 hour total in recorded history. LOTS of rain. All flowing downhill.

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Yes, when Noah built the Ark he did it in the parking lot of a NASCAR race because he knew for sure that if it was going to rain that's where it would start.

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ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Already down to pavement on the "dirt race" in Bristol. Are they going to add more dirt to the track during the race?

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That's not pavement my man. They are actually laying down rubber on the dirt. The depth of that dirt where you are thinking it is pavement is around 5 feet.

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Welp, I loved that!

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I'm hoping at some point they consider doing this at Martinsville. I think the flat corners would make it that much more interesting.

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NO! Martinsville was dirt when it was first built. It's gotten better over the years since. Some things do not need to go back to their roots!

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Lol as someone who grew up there and whose earliest memories are of that track, I'm ok with them doing it.

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I just happen to know a company that would be happy to oblige lol but I think I can promise that will never happen

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It won't. However I said that about them adding lights too!

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Come on man. As much fun as those grass and clay parking lots are after a big rain, you don't want to move some of that stuff inside the track?

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I thought it was pretty awesome as well. Great move on NASCAR's part to already announce next year's Bristol spring race will be on dirt. I think it brought a lot of eyes to NASCAR that don't normally watch, including mine.

Our group had to deal with the rain, change camping spots as they told us our spot would flood (and did), and losing a number of canopies to wind damage I would go back to that dirt race in a heartbeat. Was a ton of fun. Getting back home at 2 a.m after the race Monday and getting straight back to work was rough. Hopefully tv did it justice.

I know its a long shot but looking for 4 tickets to martinesville this weekend. I know the going rate and will to pay around 350 range per ticket if anyone has any connects or anything please shoot me a text.
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Is anyone partying at Martinsville?

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Two hot dogs down during the pre-race. The jet dryers make for a beautiful tool to cool the food down.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Enjoying my bag of pickled eggs and half gallon of tea. Ready for hotdog insomnia later.

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What the heck has happened to Allmendinger?

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Broke a shock I think and dragging the front splitter.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Whole lotta rain coming thru. Martinsville races and rain go together like Cornelson and Jet Sweeps.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Noah built the Ark in the parking lot of a NASCAR race

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Lol we gonna get this in tonight? Will be 12:30 at least before the track is dry.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Looked so much like Bristol. I have been slowly catching up on sleep and chores since that crazy weekend with the flooding. Spring time races are so dicey with the weather on the east coast. Be a long day with the Masters and racing tomorrow if it all pans out right.

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Perfectly summed up. Me and the wife gambled that it would be ran tomorrow and didn't even drive up. As much as I hate it...that's what I'm rooting for.

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I think it's going to get started. Track looks good and there is a small window. But they won't get to half way.

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Would've killed for a later caution...but that was a good race in my book. Truex has turned into a short track hero. I picked him to win in the finishline (think it's like "jackpot races" app now) and blamo, he delivered. Brad and Kyle Busch had unfortunate days.

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Jimmie Johnson did not look too bad in his debut yesterday despite finishing 19th after a late spin almost knocked him out of the race (fortunately he was on a down slope and was able to roll start the car). Looking like the Indycar series is going to be super competitive this year overall.

F1 race in Imola was also a great race. It will be a full on battle for once this year between Hamilton/Verstappen and Mercedes/Rebull.

BOOM. If you're gonna lead a lap all day, best make it the last one!

Note: haaate that for Matty D. Man I wanna see him so bad.

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Yeah. Matty D was in literally a no win position there.. Stuart would have been hoping had he been able to pull it off.

The first race I got to see live since 2019 at TMS yesterday got off to a wild start. It was nice to get out to the track though.

BIG fan of the NextGens. Idk if it was the design (or lack thereof) on the Camry, but it didn't quite pop as well as the Camaro and nowhere near as much as the Mustang. My dad had to run by Martinsville Speedway one day a few weeks ago and they were having a very sneaky test and he said they sound badder than hell as well. Can't wait to see them in action.

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