Want to Fix NASCAR? Start With the Drivers

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.
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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”

TFLW Podcast: Auto Club 400 in California NASCAR Pre-Race Show with Ryan Truex and Aric Almirola

SHOW #507 – Guests: Aric Almirola, Ryan Truex – We recap the Phoenix ISM Raceway Weekend, Lowe’s is toast, Busch is back for more, Elliott’s #9 busted, play off points, plus a full Fontana Auto Club Speedway preview. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby “Dets” Christie

(Roughly 48:00 mins)

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A Year After Swap to Ford, Things Are Clicking For Stewart-Haas Racing

By Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

A year ago, Stewart-Haas Racing went through the daunting task of swapping the manufacturer of their four-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series organization from Chevrolet to Ford. It was a move that had the usually potent championship contending team staggering for much of the 2017 season.

The team captured just three victories, and even though Kevin Harvick worked his way into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it just felt like a lost season as Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. burned the ground down following his first-career Cup Series title celebration.

Now, in 2018, things have done a total 180-degree turn for the four-car SHR team.
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The Final Lap Weekly NASCAR Racing Radio Podcast #489 Aric Almirola / Phoenix Preview

SHOW #489 – Guest: Aric Almirola – We also recap the Texas NASCAR weekend, 2018 race start times announced, another Larson is coming, Kenseth has nothing for 2018, Almirola gets the 10 car, we announce 1 Championship Weekend ticket package winner and announce how to win even more. Plus Toby rubs elbows with fans at Texas and more. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie.

LIKE us at http://facebook.com/thefinallap to enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 Homestead Championship Weekend prize package BONANZA’S!!!!  Like us NOW! (Roughly 48:00 mins)

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