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When Jimmie Johnson arrived at Daytona Int’l Speedway to open the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, it marked the beginning of his first season without Chad Knaus as his crew chief.
The road hasn’t been easy for Craig Dollansky, but earlier this year he finally got the good news he was hoping for.
The days when a manufacturer’s involvement in NASCAR Cup Series racing consisted primarily of free sheet metal and complimentary wind-tunnel time have long ago been relegated to the history books along with the Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet Lumina and Dodge Intrepid.
There always has been and always will be a connection between the short-track racing that so many of us love and big-time motorsports such as NASCAR and Indy car, but that synergy seems greater now than it has been in years.
Steve Phelps was named president of NASCAR in September. Prior to November’s Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Phelps sat down with members of the media for a question-and-answer session.
Auto racing has long been populated by colorful, eccentric and adventuresome figures. Arthur Sutton Sparks was one.
For the first time in a long time, fans gearing up for the NASCAR season might need to put in a little study before Speedweeks to make sure they know who is who and what is what.
Keith Waltz Mug
During our annual journey to Indiana for the holidays, we stopped at 16th Street and Georgetown Road to check out Hoosier Thunder: Indiana’s Short-Track Heritage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
A perception that car counts are low, the defection of reigning champion Tanner Gray to NASCAR, radical and expensive rule changes in recent years and the rise in popularity of the Factory Stock Showdown and Pro Modified classes have beset the NHRA’s Pro Stock class.
When Kyle Larson completed his climb from dirt racing to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2014, he made many waves and brought a large amount of attention along for the ride.

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