Schloemer Zone: The Kevin Harvick Scandal From a Fan’s Perspective

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”

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Texas Motor Speedway: From a Fans 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”

Truex Potentially Saves Championship Hopes After Rough Luck in Texas

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”

Noah Gragson: “It’s unacceptable that we are not winning races”

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””

Blaney Tops 200 mph For Texas Pole, Bowyer to start second

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Ryan Blaney was fast all day on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, and it culminated in a pole position for the 24-year-old driver after a 200.505mph lap in qualifying for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

Blaney, who drives the No. 12 Ford Fusion for Team Penske, was happy to take the pole position, especially after missing his marks in the second of three rounds of qualifying. Continue reading “Blaney Tops 200 mph For Texas Pole, Bowyer to start second”