Tag Archives: Wikipedia

Race Preview: Coca-Cola 600

26 May

NASCAR got lazy this week and decided to stay in North Carolina, so we have another Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night…

Just kidding!

It looks like there is a NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway every year on Memorial Day Weekend, and this year is no exception. (Thanks as always, Wikipedia!).

Unlike last weekend’s Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race, this week’s Coca-Cola 600 will count in the standings, so don’t expect any drivers to “sandbag” their way through this one like Jimmie Johnson did last weekend.

The Coca-Cola 600 is race #12 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup circuit. Race coverage on Sunday night starts at 5:30 PM EDT on FOX. (The race itself starts at 6:16 PM EDT).

Below the logo (which has to be the most boring one I’ve seen in NASCAR so far), find everything you need to prepare for Sunday’s race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Coca-Cola 600

  • Location: Concord, NC
  • Track name: Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Track shape: Quad-oval
  • Banking: 24 degrees (turns), 5 degrees (straights)
  • Lap length: 1.5 miles
  • Race distance: 400 laps / 600 miles

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As always, I’ll be tweeting my comments and questions about NASCAR during the race from my Twitter account: @NASCARneophyte. If you can answer my questions, please do.

Enjoy the race everyone!

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Race Preview: Bojangles’ Southern 500

11 May

I must be a Northerner, because I’d never heard of Confederate Memorial Day before today, but apparently it’s a real thing, and apparently there is always a NASCAR race in South Carolina that weekend.

According to Wikipedia, Confederate Memorial Day is “an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.”

Excellent.

So yes, I’m a Northerner, but I have heard of this week’s sponsor: Bojangles’. (It’s basically like Popeye’s or KFC, but their locations are mainly in the South).

My sister went to school in North Carolina, so we drove past a Bojangles’ once, and I laughed at the name. Never ate at one, though.

Anyways… The Bojangles’ Southern 500 is race #11 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup circuit. Race coverage on Saturday starts at 6:30 PM EDT on FOX. (The race itself starts at 7:15 PM EDT).

Below the logo, find everything you need to prepare for Saturday’s race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Bojangles’ Southern 500

  • Location: Darlington, South Carolina
  • Track name: Darlington Raceway
  • Track shape: Not-quite oval, or: “egg-shaped.”
  • Banking: 25° turns 1-2, 23° turns 3-4, 6° frontstretch, 6° backstretch
  • Lap length: 1.366 miles
  • Race distance: 367 laps / 501 miles

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As always, I’ll be tweeting my comments and questions about NASCAR during the race from my Twitter account: @NASCARneophyte. If you can answer my questions, please do.

Enjoy the race everyone.

Race Day Preview: Subway Fresh Fit 500

4 Mar

Apparently, nothing says “Subway restaurants” like the great state of Arizona, because the company purchased the naming rights for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race in Avondale…

This is the second Sprint Cup race of the season, but a less-hyped race than the Daytona 500, and I’m looking forward to finding out if the drivers are more cautious during this one (or not).

According to Yahoo! Sports, the race starts at 3:14 PM ET, although the television coverage on FOX starts at 2:30 PM ET if you want to enjoy some extra “D-dubb-ya” beforehand.

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Here’s all you need to know to prepare for today’s race:

  • Location: Avondale, Arizona
  • Track name: Phoenix International Raceway
  • Lap length: 1.0 mile
  • Race distance: 312* miles / 312 laps

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* I was wondering about this, but thanks to Wikipedia, I discovered why the race is called Subway Fresh Fit “500” even though it is not 500 miles long. Well, 312 miles works out to ~500 km. So that’s how they can get away with calling the race a “500” without really being wrong. (I’ll be on the lookout for more NASCAR trickery going forward…)

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Once again, I’ll be tweeting my questions and comments during the race from my Twitter account: @NASCARneophyte. If you can answer my questions, please do. I’m here to learn!

Enjoy the race everyone! (Subway optional).

Who The HECK Is Bobby Labonte?

11 Feb

To gauge my current level of NASCAR knowledge – we’ll call this “Day 1” of my journey – I gave myself 60 seconds to name as many drivers as I could. Thanks to the clothing section at Walmart past episodes of SportsCenter, here’s what I came up with:

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Dale Jarrett
  3. Carl Edwards
  4. Tony Stewart
  5. Jimmy Johnson
  6. Bobby Labonte
  7. Dale Earnhart, Jr.
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Darryl Waltrip
  11. Danica Patrick (see below)

Yes, this woman is a professional racecar driver. In NASCAR. See, we can all get into this sport after all...

Two things stand out to me from the above. #1: Danica Patrick is a babe; and much less striking, #2: NASCAR must run in families, because I know that Dale Earnhart, Sr. drove in NASCAR, and – this is just a wild stab in the dark here – I think Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch are related. So yeah, I guess the passion for racing is in the blood or whatever.

Random questions that came up as I wrote this post:

  • Is Danica Patrick the first woman to race in NASCAR? Has she won a race? If so, was she the first woman to win a race?
  • Are there “locker rooms” at NASCAR tracks where drivers put on their racing suits? If so, does Danica have a separate changing room from the male drivers?
  • Who the HECK is Bobby Labonte???

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UPDATE:
I went back through my list with Wikipedia as my fact-checker, and it turns out that Dale Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip are retired NASCAR drivers, so I guess I was only able to name 9 current drivers in a minute…

I misspelled “Darrell,” “Earnhardt,” and “Jimmie” when I first made my list. For that, I apologize. I’m still learning…

Thanks to Wikipedia, I’ve learned that Robert Alan “Bobby” Labonte is still racing in NASCAR. More on him in a later post… Probably.

Finally, I think I’ll do this exercise again at the end of the NASCAR season to see how much I’ve learned. To make it harder though, I’ll only count the drivers I can name AND match with their car number.