By Toby Christie, Editor (Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie)

Matt DiBenedetto’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season was another positive step in the right direction for a driver looking to make his mark on this sport. Sure, his overall box score and championship points ranking (29th) aren’t super impressive on paper, but what DiBenedetto did for the small GoFas Racing organization was a good effort. Continue reading “Review / Preview: Matt DiBenedetto”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

We have heard a lot about the illegal spoiler that was on Stewart-Haas Racing’s race-winning No. 4 Ford Fusion in last week’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR’s Scott Miller has weighed in on it, everyone has formed an opinion about it one way or the other, but one thing we haven’t gotten is the crew chief’s thoughts.

Friday, while serving the first of his two week suspension from the race track, Rodney Childers sought to squash the endless speculation and opinions about the infraction as he opened up about the spoiler that spoiled the end of his season. Continue reading “Rodney Childers Opens up on Spoiler Infraction on Twitter”

By Robert Schloemer, NASCAR Fan Contributer – Follow on Twitter @SchloemerZ

*Editor’s note: The Schloemer Zone is a place for NASCAR fans to hear the ranting and raving of a true NASCAR fan — Robert Schloemer. Schloemer is not a trained journalist, and has no skin in the game financially, he is just a huge NASCAR fan and has agreed to bring his thoughts and opinions in a periodic column on The Final Lap.

Kevin Harvick absolutely dominated the Texas race. There is no denying that. Harvick has been the class of the field this season winning eight races and should have probably won more (Kansas, Talladega, Dover just off the top of my head, but was cursed with pit road issues and bad luck). Winning both stages and the checkered flag, Harvick looked to be returning to his dominating ways with no pit road issues in the AAA Texas 500. Continue reading “Schloemer Zone: The Kevin Harvick Scandal From a Fan’s Perspective”

By Robert Schloemer, NASCAR Fan Contributer – Follow on Twitter @SchloemerZ

What do most people think about when they think about Texas motor speedway?  A cookie cutter 1.5-mile oval? A repave disaster? A boring race?

How about one of the biggest events for a huge demographic? 

I am a Texan, loud and proud.  Texans love sports.  Texans spend a lot of money on sports.  Texans also love cars, trucks and racing.  Texas is a huge demographic. And that is why Texas Motor Speedway is so important. Continue reading “Texas Motor Speedway: From a Fans Perspective”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Somewhere along the way our NASCAR drivers got soft.

Long gone are the days of Red Byron bouncing down a rut-filled clay short track with a leather helmet. So too are the days of Petty and Pearson literally crashing each other for a Daytona 500 victory, while Dave Marcis shined his wing tips. Cale, Bobby and Donnie’s epic fist fight that thrust NASCAR into a mainstream sport, seems like it would never be possible in today’s buttoned up sport. And Dale Earnhardt? Forget about it, no sponsor these days would touch him.
Continue reading “Want to Fix NASCAR? Start With the Drivers”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, played out like a Southwest Airlines advertisement. You know those television ads where someone makes a horrific blunder in front of the entire world and as they freeze to look at the camera you hear, “Wanna get away?” NASCAR’s sanctioning body had this type of moment during pre-race inspection for the AAA Texas 500.

Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team rolled their car through tech and failed a couple of times. However, the third time through inspection was a charm and Johnson was set to chase his first win in what has been a frustrating year for the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.
Continue reading “O’Donnell: NASCAR to Make Changes After Falsley Penalizing Johnson”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Fireworks singed into the clear Texas sky after a hectic overtime restart at Texas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick became the latest championship contender that was revealed for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship race in two weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as the No. 4 Ford Fusion capped off a dominating performance with a victory in the AAA Texas 500.
But while Harvick was busy tasting the spoils of victory, another driver hoping to contend for the title, Martin Truex Jr., caught his breath after a feverish effort to save his championship hopes after a trying afternoon at the 1.5-mile speedway. Continue reading “Truex Potentially Saves Championship Hopes After Rough Luck in Texas”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Following Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, one of the favorites for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, Noah Gragson stood in disbelief over how badly his night went. Gragson was noticeably peeved with his hands on his hips. His face was red from where his helmet had been pressed against his skin for nearly two hours, and his eyes were slightly teared up.

But how did the 20-year-old end up so frustrated on a night where he rolled off from the outside pole position? Continue reading “Noah Gragson: “It’s unacceptable that we are not winning races””

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Myatt Snider came into Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on a hot streak of sorts. He had finished sixth at Dover, Second at Texas and third a week ago in Martinsville. In Friday night’s event at the 1.5-mile speedway, it looked like Snider was heading to his first career victory.
Continue reading “Myatt Snider Takes First Stage Win, Finishes 13th After Being Stuck in Dirty Air”