Sport Dale Earnhardt Jr. likes the idea of NASCAR Cup Series possibly racing on Indy's road course
Kevin Harvick wins Saturday Cup race at Pocono
Kevin Harvick finally cashed in to earn his first career Cup win at Pocono Raceway in his 39th start at the so-called 'Tricky Triangle.'That’s the situation for Kevin Harvick, who earned his first career NASCAR Cup win in his 39th start at Pocono Raceway on Saturday.
For the people tuning into this Saturday’s NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants them to keep in mind one key question: “Could this work in the Cup Series?”
For the first time ever, NASCAR and the IndyCar Series are racing at the same track over the same weekend. IndyCar kicks things off Saturday with the GMR Grand Prix at noon ET, followed by NASCAR’s second-tier XFINITY Series in the Pennzoil 150. Both races will be on Indy’s road course, which is.
The top-tier Cup Series race on Sunday, however, will still be on the iconic 2.5-mile oval, marking the first time the Cup and XFINITY series will have two races in the same location but on different tracks.
Jimmie Johnson: First IndyCar test with Ganassi instead of McLaren SP
© Motorsport Images Jimmie Johnson will drive his first IndyCar test for Ganassi on July 8th It is known that Jimmie Johnson is interested in circuit racing in the IndyCar car. The seven-time NASCAR champion should have already completed his first IndyCar test for McLaren SP in Barber Motorsports Park in April this year . But the corona virus pandemic thwarted the plan. On Wednesday next week (July 8th) Johnson is late for his test debut in the IndyCar -Boliden.
As Earnhardt noted on his Dale Jr. Download podcast this week, the XFINITY Series experimenting with stock cars on Indy’s road course could potentially lead to the Cup Series moving from the iconic oval to the road course too, especially “if the [Cup] racing continues to be boring or not satisfactory at the oval.”
Like many racing fans, Earnhardt — who owns JR Motorsports, an XFINITY team — said he’s “really, really excited” about the XFINITY Series racing on the road course. He explained on the Dale Jr. Download:
“I think the road course there has always been a point of conversation. There’s been times throughout the racing at Indianapolis for the Cup cars where the racing hasn’t been that great. With the new rules package, we’re kind of still sifting through to see whether this is going to improve the racing at Indy on the oval.
Four NASCAR Cup Series teams issued lug-nut penalties post-Pocono
NASCAR officials handed out fines to four Cup Series teams and one Gander Trucks team for lug-nut infractions last weekend at Pocono Raceway. On the Cup Series side, four teams were each penalized for having one lug nut not safely secured in post-race checks after the circuit’s two events during a weekend doubleheader. The violations […]In Gander Trucks, the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota driven to victory by Brandon Jones at Pocono was also found with one unsecured lug nut. As a result, crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. was fined $2,500.
“But a lot of people have called for the possibility or the idea for the Cup Series to go to the road course and try to race the road course at Indy. This will be the first test of whether that’s really the move to make. So I think as we’re watching this race Saturday, we need to keep in mind not only are we watching it to see who wins and we’re pulling for our favorite drivers and all that good stuff. But we’re also watching it with the idea of: Could this work in the Cup Series?
“I think everybody should pay attention while they’re watching the XFINITY race and make that decision for themselves at the end. Did what you see — would you like to see the Cup cars doing just what you saw the XFINITY cars doing on Saturday? Because if the Cup racing at the [Indy] oval doesn’t improve or doesn’t trend toward more exciting racing, then they might have to make a change or they likely will make a change.”
Indy provides a treasure trove of memories for Cup drivers
From moments with fathers and family to going well over 200 mph, Cup drivers share their special memories of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Regardless the recollection, the memories all point to one location.
Earnhardt fully admitted that his excitement over just the idea of the Cup Series taking on Indy’s road course is largely because he retired from the Cup Series and moved to NBC Sports’ broadcast booth. He clearly wants to watch a Cup race on the road course, but he said he wouldn’t want to actually race in it.
Back in January, Matt DiBenedetto was the first NASCAR driver to test on Indy’s road course, and because of that, the full-time Cup Series driver is ineligible to compete in this first XFINITY race. But after the test,of the NASCAR drivers racing on it.
On the Dale Jr. Download, Earnhardt continued explaining why he’s enthusiastic about the hypothetical idea of the NASCAR Cup Series switching to Indy’s road course from the oval:
“I like the idea because the IndyCar oval is — that belongs to IndyCar, that belongs to open-wheel, that belongs to the legends of [A.J.] Foyt and [Mario] Andretti. We are merely just guests —. That’s what it’s felt like. … So if that was taken away, our cars racing there doesn’t have this long tradition. We just started racing there since .
Johnson softens stance on racing an IndyCar oval, Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson's stance has softened when it comes to racing the Indianapolis 500. Johnson will test an Indy car next week for Chip Ganassi Racing on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first step the seven-time NASCAR champion must take to determine if actual races are in his future. If he's any good, he said, he would be open to racing all 12 street and road course events on the IndyCar schedule. TheJohnson will test an Indy car next week for Chip Ganassi Racing on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first step the seven-time NASCAR champion must take to determine if actual races are in his future.
“We’re not losing this tradition or history of great triumphs and exciting finishes going back into the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, like maybe you have at Daytona or even Charlotte, right? That’s the one thing I’m afraid of for Charlotte, if we quit racing the oval entirely, is losing all that history and tradition of what happened there and the race and the triumphs that have happened there. So I’m OK with this though. If we moved away from the oval and when Cup cars go to Indy, we run the road course, I’d be OK with that.”
Of course, there is no guarantee the XFINITY Series taking on Indy’s road course will produce captivating racing. And even if it does, NASCAR could still keep the Cup Series on the iconic oval.
But between theand — prior to too — NASCAR has shown its willingness to experiment and offer fans some variety. So maybe sometime in the future, Cup cars on the Indy road course will be next.
William Byron aims to 'right the ship,' carries confidence into Indy return
Even at just 22, William Byron still has a pull toward the history and aura surrounding Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR’s annual 400-mile race at Indy is older than Byron is, but the appreciation is still keen. “When you drive in that place, it’s just a different atmosphere,” Byron says, noting the stadium-style feel and the […]For the third-year driver of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 Chevrolet, carrying the car number that five-time Indy winner Jeff Gordon used as one of the Brickyard’s all-time best only adds to the magnitude.
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2020 stage points for the NASCAR Cup Series .
Every 2020 race, except the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, is comprised of three stages — Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage. The Coca-Cola 600 added a fourth stage. Drivers who finish in the top 10 in Stage 1 and Stage 2 earn additional race points, with the winner of each stage […]Below is a cumulative running tally of how many stage points drivers have earned this year, as well as their stage wins — a stage win will provide an additional bonus point per win of the postseason.