Maybe you chalk it up to a "legend has it" moment, but there’s word that one of NASCAR’s legends nearly had a starring role in the iconic stock-car movie "Days of Thunder."The movie, released in 1990, features Tom Cruise in the starring role as a young up-and-coming stock-car driver from California. According to the movie’s writers, the Cruise character was based on driver Tim Richmond. Many of the other characters were based on NASCAR personalities. Robert Duvall played the grizzled crew chief, a character based on Harry Hyde. The character of Rowdy Burns, antagonist to Cruise’s Cole Trickle, played by Michael Rooker, has always been believed to have been based on Dale Earnhardt Sr., at the time one of the biggest names in NASCAR and in the midst of writing his own legend.As it turns out, the role may have been written for Earnhardt, instead of simply being based on it.His son Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 16 years old when the movie … [Read more...] about Did NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. nearly have a starring role in ‘Days of Thunder’?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have just extended his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career by one exhibition race with Friday’s pole-winning effort at Daytona International Speedway.The driver who will step away from the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at the end of the season will start first in that car in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC), after edging teammate Chase Elliott by .044 seconds for the top spot on the grid.The Coors Light Pole Award was Earnhardt’s first of the season, his second at Daytona and the 14th of his career.In touring the 2.5-mile speedway in 47.127 seconds (190.973 mph), Earnhardt also qualified for the 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, and that’s what raised the prospect of another race at “The Birthplace of Speed” for NASCAR’s most popular driver.“Yeah, I’ll talk to my boss man Rick (Hendrick) and see if we can make some arrangement and come … [Read more...] about Dale Earnhardt Jr. edges teammate Chase Elliott for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup pole
Chalk it up to a ‘legend has it’ moment but only days after the 25th anniversary of the release of one of the most iconic stock-car movies in history there’s word that one of NASCAR’s legends nearly had a starring role.The movie released in 1990, features Tom Cruise in the starring role as young up and coming stock car driver from California. According to the movie’s writers, The Cruise character was based on Tim Richmond. Many of the other characters were based on NASCAR personalities. Robert Duvall played the tough grizzled crew chief and was based on Harry Hyde. The character of Rowdy Burns, antagonist to Cruise’s Cole Trickle, played by Michael Rooker, has always been believed to have been based on Dale Earnhardt Sr. at the time one of the biggest names in NASCAR, and in the midst of writing his legend.As it turns out, the role may have been written for Earnhardt, instead of simply based on it.His son Dale … [Read more...] about Did Dale NASCAR legend Earnhardt Sr. nearly have a starring role in ‘Days of Thunder’?
I’ve been aware of this problem for some time and decided now is the time to speak out. Traction Control products are advertised in certain media and I have a problem with that. As a part of the racing community, publications should, and do for the most part, promote a healthy racing environment and that health is based on making racing more affordable, safer, and more equally competitive.It’s the last of those health items I have a problem with in relation to traction control. And I will explain my thinking on this in more detail. But for now, I can tell you I had a very interesting and informative discussion with a fellow editor and friend of mine (at least he used to be) where he and I discussed the ethics and effects of traction control products in our sport.He explained that the people who develop and sell those products are good people and are just trying to do business in the sport. He explained that a test was conducted whereby several drivers drove cars that were … [Read more...] about The Harm of Traction Control (Bob Bolles Commentary and Q&A)
Of all the rules related problems we have encountered over the years, specifying and matching different engines has been at or near the top of the list. Some sanctions just cannot get a handle on making common sense rules when it comes to what they allow for motors. And so, teams who get the setup right can often suffer from lack of performance on the engine side.The problem is what is referred to in some circles as Balance of Performance. This is a common term in the old Grand-Am racing series, forever in NASCAR racing and now in IMSA racing as you incorporate different brands and configurations of motors. It is done to equal out the competition so that some teams do not end up with way more performance than the other teams.That is all understandable as far as it goes, but what if they get it wrong. And what if there are politics involved whereby the tech official is swayed by one or more engine builders against other types of engines (insert crate motors here).The crate motors have … [Read more...] about Engine Control Needed and Q&A with Bob Bolles
Over 250 pieces of original NASCAR art, including 85 autographed pieces of sheetmetal, by Sam Bass will be sold at an auction as part of a court-ordered bankruptcy sale. The auction will take place on May 3 at 10 a.m. ET at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, North Carolina. Bidding will also take place over the internet, with pre-bidding opening up on April 25. Iron Horse Auction Co. Inc. will conduct the auction. “Offered in this auction are more than 250 pieces of original Sam Bass Artwork with certificates of authenticity. Also available are 85 Custom Guitars -- many designed by Mr. Bass -- including one used as a prop for the film 'Talladega Nights.' Custom guitars autographed by The Rolling Stones, B.B. King and ZZ Top (and) guitar amplifiers of many vintages will be offered,” the company said in a press release. “Stock-car hoods and vehicle pieces autographed by Dale Earnhardt Sr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are also … [Read more...] about SPONSORED CONTENT: NASCAR Artist Sam Bass to sell collection at bankruptcy-ordered auction
On the first weekend of the NASCAR racing season, there are no flowers at Fireball Roberts’ final resting place. There should be. At the end of a short stone walkway at Daytona Memorial Park is the mausoleum that holds the remains of E. Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, NASCAR’s first superstar driver. Four miles away, its tall grandstands visible from the cemetery, is Daytona International Speedway. The thunder of race cars roaring along the high banks can be heard in this otherwise quiet place, and it sends chills up the spine. Graveside memorials sometimes overstate the qualities of the deceased. Roberts’ does not. “He brought to stock car racing a freshness, distinction, a championship quality that surpassed the rewards collected by the checkered flag,” it says. Not many visit this section of the cemetery these days, even on a warm weekend. A cemetery employee says Daytona race weeks usually bring in a curious few. Most are familiar with the … [Read more...] about Glenn ‘Fireball’ Roberts was NASCAR’s first superstar
It’s 1984. Richard Petty won his 200th NASCAR Winston Cup Race, Niki Lauda beat Alan Prost by Half a Point for the Formula 1 World Championship, Stefan Bellof was dominating the World Sportscar Championship, and Cale Yarborough had just won the Daytona 500. IROC had been on a 3 year hiatus from it’s first years because of lack of funding. The series had not been able to find a car manufacturer to supply a car after Chevy could no longer fund and supply Second-Generation Camaros to race. In 1984, IROC presented a solution that could fund the cars that could help rebirth the series. A production car. For the 1985 model year Chevy would release a higher trim Camaro. The new car would sit above the Z28 and would be fitted with upgraded suspension, lowered ride height, new shocks, larger sway bars, and a Tuned Port Injection system. It would be called the IROC-Z. Chevy cut a deal with IROC to race the cars in Late-1984, and the series would be reborn. IROC just need their … [Read more...] about A Test of Talent (Part 2: A New Era, 1984-1989) #BlogPost
Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the man of the moment at Sunday’s Daytona 500. The speedway has been a life landmark for Earnhardt Jr. since his childhood. As a kid, he played with other drivers’ children in the track’s massive infield and watched his father battle for victories, then finished second to teammate Michael Waltrip on the Black Sunday in 2001 when Dale Sr. was killed on the race’s final lap. Earnhardt Jr.'s return to the speedway this week is being billed as a major NASCAR event -- it's the best sign he's over his concussion issues, and he's seen as a sort of savior for a sport whose fan base and television numbers have been in decline. Earnhardt Jr. missed half of last season because of problems associated with concussions. He underwent extensive therapy to return to racing status and decided -- against the advice of some -- to pass up the easy road to retirement and to try driving again. Earnhardt Jr. remains … [Read more...] about All eyes will be on Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday’s NASCAR Daytona 500
Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Even a partial list of drivers who have won the Daytona 500 makes up a murderers’ row of racing talent. Junior Johnson. Dale Earnhardt Sr. Richard Petty. David Pearson. Cale Yarborough. Jimmie Johnson. Jeff Gordon. Bobby Allison. Darrell Waltrip. A.J. Foyt. Mario Andretti. Oddly enough, it’s possible to compose another stellar list of top-gun racers considering only those drivers who haven’t won the 500. That impressive list would include: Tony Stewart: Arguably one of the top-20 American racers of all time, the freshly retired Stewart never won the Daytona 500 despite scoring four times in the summer Cup race at Daytona. He also failed to win the Indianapolis 500 in his years on that side of the fence. Rusty Wallace: The Cup champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame member not only failed to win the 500, he also went 0-for-forever in all Cup races at Daytona. 45 events, 0 wins. Mark Martin: Martin hated the circuit’s … [Read more...] about List of drivers who have not won the Daytona 500 is impressive
It’s not every day you’re offered an opportunity to drive a 500 horsepower actual race used NASCAR, so you can imagine my excitement when my dad presented me with a gift card to the NASCAR Racing Experience for Christmas last year. After all the wrapping paper was put away, I realized I had the hardest decision of my whole life ahead of me. The NASCAR Racing Experience gift card can also be used at the Mario Andretti Racing Experience, so I had to make a decision over what obscenely powerful racecar I wanted to drive. It would be too embarrassing to share with you how much time I spent making this decision over the next few months, but in the end I choose NASCAR. It came down to the fact that (according to their website) the Mario Andretti Racing Experience uses “Actual Indy-Styled Race Cars”, whereas the NASCAR Racing Experience uses “Real NASCAR Race Cars that were driven by NASCAR drivers.” I’m sure the open wheeled cars are cool, but they … [Read more...] about Ford Fusion NASCAR Racing Experience Edition
Dale Earnhardt is buried back in the woods behind his farm in North Carolina. No, you can't visit the gravesite. In NASCAR, that is called a "lost marketing opportunity." But Dale's third and final wife, Teresa, wants it that way. Nonetheless, discreet inquiries were made - all denied now, of course - about placing Dale's remains in a more accessible location. Can you imagine what a wailing wall Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, Inc., would become if Dale could be interred outside the new-car showroom he owned in Newton, North Carolina? It could have been NASCAR's Graceland. Rumors even suggested that the construction work going on behind blue tarps next to Daytona USA, the profitable little museum of sorts that celebrates all things NASCAR and is located just outside Daytona's towering Turn Four, the place where Earnhardt crashed and died at last year's Daytona 500, was in preparation for moving his body there. Not true. NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway were forced to admit, weeks … [Read more...] about NASCAR B.C. (before crash) and A.D. (after Dale)
It’s not every day you’re offered an opportunity to drive a 500 horsepower actual race used NASCAR, so you can imagine my excitement when my dad presented me with a gift card to the NASCAR Racing Experience for Christmas last year. After all the wrapping paper was put away, I realized I had the hardest decision of my whole life ahead of me. The NASCAR Racing Experience gift card can also be used at the Mario Andretti Racing Experience, so I had to make a decision over what obscenely powerful racecar I wanted to drive. It would be too embarrassing to share with you how much time I spent making this decision over the next few months, but in the end I choose NASCAR. It came down to the fact that (according to their website) the Mario Andretti Racing Experience uses “Actual Indy-Styled Race Cars”, whereas the NASCAR Racing Experience uses “Real NASCAR Race Cars that were driven by NASCAR drivers.” I’m sure the open wheeled cars are cool, but they … [Read more...] about Capsule Review: Ford Fusion NASCAR Racing Experience Edition