Were you the last of your friends to know that Tony Stewart broke his leg in a sprint car crash? Or to find out that Kyle Larson will be in the Target car next year, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya? If you hate not knowing what’s going on in your favorite sport, then it’s time to arm yourself with the best NASCAR apps out there. And, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. intones in his Nationwide Insurance commercial, “There is nothing a fan, team or driver wants more than to be first.”
BY: RANDY REED
NASCAR Mobile 13
You’ve planned your weekend so you can watch both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races. But, unfortunately, you’re going to miss watching the qualifying runs, as you’re planning to look at used cars so that you can build yourself a replica of the Intimidator’s number eight car for your next ride. Fortunately, you can stay up-to-date on all the latest qualifying information with your NASCAR Mobile 13 app. This app, which is available for free for Apple products and for Android 2.3, 4 x or later platforms, is your ticket to all things NASCAR.
Want to look up a driver’s Twitter handle? Just check his page on the app, which lists all his stats and Twitter account. You can also access current news about drivers and teams, schedules, the latest standings for the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series, and limited race-day leaderboards with this handy little app.
Race Fan Custom
This handy free app for NASCAR lovers features up-to-the minute news, stats on your favorite Sprint Cup drivers, race schedules, results, and the current points standings. Race Fan Custom, which is available for free (iOS only), also provides detailed previews and recaps of each race. If you are interested in the Nationwide and Camping World truck series, you’ll have to upgrade to Race Fan Ultimate for $2.99.
Many of the more popular drivers and teams now have their own apps. For example, fans of Hendrick Motorsports will want to download its app, which will keep you updated on the team, including events it may be attending and race standings. You can also get free team wallpaper for your mobile device from this app.
If you enjoy an occasional road racing fix in addition to your oval track races, check out the Grand-Am Road Racing app. Grand-Am is owned by NASCAR and a number of drivers, including Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Max Papis, drive cars in both NASCAR and Grand-Am. This app keeps you up-to-date on Rolex and Continental Tire series news. In addition, its live timing and scoring features are extremely helpful while viewing a race in person. Because road races are so spread out, it’s often hard to tell what position cars are in, but this app will help you keep the field sorted out. There is one drawback, however — fans who don’t have this app are constantly going to be asking you what position their favorite drivers are in.
Randy grew up in a family of hunters outdoors men and women. He also teaches creative writing workshops.
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