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Alex FL Racing Fan
@alex-fl-racing-fan
02/19/17 03:42:15PM
221 posts

1980 ARCA 200 at Daytona


Stock Car Racing History

What a dumb way to end a race.  angry-4

Alex FL Racing Fan
@alex-fl-racing-fan
02/07/17 06:21:06PM
221 posts

For those trying to find the blogs


Administrative

It's easy!  Just check out the black bar on the top of the page.  In that list, you'll see "Activity," "About," and, if you keep going, "Blog"!

:)

Alex FL Racing Fan
@alex-fl-racing-fan
02/03/17 10:52:52AM
221 posts

Need a Translator? I can help... maybe


Current NASCAR

I think I'm going to return to the blog-o-sphere to help explain my perspective on this issue.  Because it is not just NASCAR.

Alex FL Racing Fan
@alex-fl-racing-fan
02/03/17 08:45:51AM
221 posts

Who is the greatest race car driver of all time?


General

I'd have to side with Patrick on this one.  Mario competed in and was an all-time great in IndyCar, Formula 1, sports cars, and dirt open-wheelers.  He also had moderate success in stock cars (he didn't run those much).  And his IndyCar success came in several different eras with championships in 1965, 1966, 1969, and 1984.

Most of today's drivers embarrass themselves whenever they step into another kind of car unless it's an IndyCar or F1 driver hopping to sports cars, which I haven't yet been able to figure why it's been that way throughout racing history.  But yesteryear's NASCAR drivers (e.g. Allison, Earnhardt, Labonte, etc.) did hop into the sports cars with success, while today's drivers are often the reason why the team doesn't win.  And I only bring up the sports cars because it's the one series where drivers almost all the others (minus U.S. short tracks) are all together in one place.  I'd say it's the downforce and steering wheel differences; NASCAR drivers are the only ones with real steering wheels and stick shifts (albeit they often don't use the clutch anymore) still.

Mario Andretti was also one of the best race car drivers in the world even when he was in his 50s, being the oldest driver to win a closed circuit IndyCar race.  So he had longevity, success in various disciplines, and all while being someone admirable out of the car as well.  And he's so amazing he still drives the Indy two-seater.

In response to Sandeep's post, it's difficult to assess a Kevin Harvick or Carl Edwards because he has never run anything but stock cars.


updated by @alex-fl-racing-fan: 02/03/17 08:47:43AM
Alex FL Racing Fan
@alex-fl-racing-fan
02/02/17 12:45:03PM
221 posts

Who is the greatest race car driver of all time?


General

It's definitely not Jimmie Johnson.  Or Dale Earnhardt.  Or Richard Petty.  A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Jacky Ickx don't make the cut either.  Michael Schumacher and Jackie Stewart are nice, but it's not them.  Even David Pearson and Ayrton Senna can't lay that claim.

It's all a matter of opinion.  And while certain criteria demand certain drivers, the opinion is in the choice of criteria.  What's the criteria?  Wins, titles, personality, quality of car, etc.?

Alex FL Racing Fan
@alex-fl-racing-fan
01/23/17 06:48:01PM
221 posts

Need a Translator? I can help... maybe


Current NASCAR

New rules for 2017

I think I fully understand what it all means.  It sounds like fields are being cut to 36 cars in 2018, with 36th-40th all getting one point this season.

Short explanation: fans were driven away by gimmicks, so NASCAR is trying to lure them back in with gimmicks.


updated by @alex-fl-racing-fan: 01/23/17 06:54:54PM
Alex FL Racing Fan
@alex-fl-racing-fan
01/17/17 07:33:06PM
221 posts

First Active Driver to Become a Pit Reporter


Trivia

Don Tarr?  NBC?  1970?  Daytona?


updated by @alex-fl-racing-fan: 01/17/17 07:34:08PM
Alex FL Racing Fan
@alex-fl-racing-fan
01/10/17 11:08:23AM
221 posts

Carl Edwards retiring


Current NASCAR

http://www.racer.com/nascar/item/137608-nascar-edwards-to-announce-retirement

Fascinating stuff... he's awfully young, but then again Ned Jarrett was only 34 when he called it quits.

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