NASCAR national media blitz in Chase across America

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Ten different drivers embarked on a 10-city media blitz Tuesday as Day 2 of ‘Chase Across America’ kicked into high gear.

NASCAR’s second-annual cross-country media tour – in which the 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers visit the 10 Chase track markets, New York City and Bristol, Conn. – featured events ranging from pep rallies to baseball games, and boat tours to firefighting lessons.

Below is a rundown of each of today’s events. For more information, photos, audio and video of today’s events, visit NASCARMedia.com throughout the evening and tomorrow.

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NASCAR “Eats Fresh” with the Subway 600 Saturday Night

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Jared had better equip each driver with two footlongs for the 600km race at Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday—because we’re NIGHT RACIN’ boys.  It’s also the signal to 14 straight weeks of racing, no weekends off!

The picturesque mile-long, extra fat oval (more circle, less oval) is plopped right down into the mountains.  Phoenix hosts two races this season—the first this weekend and the second in mid-November when drivers in the Chase will race in anticipation of the final shootout at Homestead the following week.

There aren’t too many Saturday night races—those are usually designated for Nationwide Series races (which is on Friday this week).  And this year’s race here is different – there are 63 more laps (375 total) and it starts a bit earlier. So expect pit stops to be important and the track to get faster as night settles in and the temperatures drop. [Read more…]

Martinsville Tests NASCAR Changes & Jimmie Johnson Fatigue

By: Melissa S. Wollering

NASCAR drivers will use the spoiler in competition for the first time at Martinsville Speedway this Sunday since the new car’s debut in 2007. Martinsville doesn’t present any major handling issues, so the first real test probably won’t come until Texas later next month. But Martinsville is a paper-clip shaped short track and is one of Jimmie Johnson’s best—likely to keep his reign of terror alive.

This past week: Dale Earnhardt Jr’s tirade about his speeding penalty at Bristol gets overhyped, Carl and Brad simmer down since their crash, and as always we preview the top contenders for the week.  So put down your brackets for a wee bit, while we preview Martinsville! [Read more…]

Back in Bristol, the Toilet Bowl of NASCAR

By: Melissa S. Wollering

When a race track is half of one mile, you get a kink in your neck just from watching cars go round-and-round in a tiny circle. But Bristol—the World’s Fastest Half Mile—has a rich history in stock car racing and is hosting the Food City 500 this Sunday. The past three spring Bristol races have gone beyond 500 miles though; due to green-and-white checkered finishes. There can always be drama at Bristol.

A lot has happened in the last few weeks in racing: Edwards and Keselowski have been using fighting words; killer whales and stock cars will have something in common soon; Danica put NASCAR aside until June and drivers tested out the new spoiler at Talladega.  So put down your brackets for just two minutes while we preview Bristol! [Read more…]