Look: All 2018 Darlington Cup Series Throwback Paint Schemes

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

It’s here, everyone’s favorite week — Darlington Throwback — is here. We get to see an amazing race, but we also get to see colors, and designs that take us back to when we were younger. This year, a bunch of teams have stepped up their games and have brought amazing throwback paint schemes.

I have gone ahead and taken each scheme, and in the honor of throwback weekend, I made them into a replica trading card from the first-ever NASCAR collector set (1988 Maxx) which was released 30 years ago. Now, you get to see and read about each of the throwback paint schemes that will be on track during Sunday’s Bojangle’s Southern 500 at Darlington. Continue reading “Look: All 2018 Darlington Cup Series Throwback Paint Schemes”

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NASCAR May Have Just Unofficially Eliminated Cup Drivers in Lower Series

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

On Thursday, NASCAR released new rules for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series seasons. While there were a ton of new rules announced — I will get to some of those in a few — nothing is bigger than the incentive NASCAR just gave car owners to keep Cup Series drivers out of their Xfinity and Truck Series rides.

Starting in 2019, wins by Cup Series drivers in either of the other two NASCAR National Series will not count toward playoff points, or berths for the teams in which they compete.

In essence this means if any owner wants to be able to run for the owner’s championship they must stick with series regular drivers. Cup drivers had already been eliminated from driving for lower tier series championships while running for the Cup Series title in recent years. Then NASCAR took their rules to the next step by limiting the races in which Cup Series drivers could participate in the NXS and NGOTS.
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Bill Elliott Sporting Rookie Stripes at Road America

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Since news broke that Bill Elliott would be coming out of retirement to run the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Road America, Kerry Murphey has joked on basically every episode of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast that in doing so Elliott would be losing his place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame for at least a couple of years.

Of course, Elliott’s enshrinement is staying put, but the 1988 NASCAR Cup Series champion and winner of 44 Cup Series races has an interesting rear bumper this weekend on his No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro.

The team was instructed to place yellow rookie tape on the bumper before Elliott could run any laps in practice around the massive 4-plus mile race course. Elliott also partook in the rookie driving meeting with Tyler Reddick and the other NXS 2018 rookie class.
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Ross Chastain’s ‘Ryan Preece’ Opportunity Has Finally Come

By Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Rides in top-flight equipment in the NASCAR Xfinity Series do not come easy. It typically takes a driver – regardless of their talent – bringing a pile of their own cash if they want to show what they can do in a premier vehicle in the series where names are made.

Ryan Preece is the latest example of what can happen when a talented racer hits the racing lottery. A season ago, Preece – who was an amazing NASCAR Whelen Modified Series driver but was failing to garner attention from top teams in the Xfinity Series — opted to forgo a full-time season with an underfunded race team, and instead lumped his season-long sponsorship funds together for a couple of one-off opportunities with Joe Gibbs Racing. Continue reading “Ross Chastain’s ‘Ryan Preece’ Opportunity Has Finally Come”

Updated Playoff Standings and Clinch Scenarios

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Man, what a race Bristol Motor Speedway put on. The race had it all. Big crashes, tight battles all night long, and in the end a driver — Kurt Busch — got their first win of the season.

Not only that, but three more drivers — Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson — did enough to secure berths in the Playoff Grid. With two races remaining 12 of the 16 slots have been filled, which leaves four positions for 18 drivers to battle for.

Who is locked in? Who is currently hanging on? And who is on the outside looking in? Continue reading “Updated Playoff Standings and Clinch Scenarios”